Seven Days

A curated guide to this week in your city

Thursday, Aug. 8

Back to school already? Relax kids, you’re good until August 26. They’re just getting a jump on things in Ward 2 with the Back-to-School Fair and Movie in the Park, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Ansan Sister City Park, 7801 Ducharme Ave. The event features entertainment, free school
supplies and refreshments.

Friday, Aug. 9

If the names Tim Russ, Chase Masterson and Michael Westmore ring a bell, you are probably a geek and probably already have tickets to the Las Vegas Star Trek Convention, through Sunday at the Rio. This is the big one, with just about everyone ever connected to the series in even the most tenuous manner making an appearance. And, yes, William Shatner is coming, too.

Saturday, Aug. 10

Pole dancing: It’s not just for strippers anymore. In fact, it’s now a competitive sport featuring regional events and a national championship held right here in Las Vegas, of course. The National Pole Championships are Aug. 9 through today at the Tropicana, and you’ll see some amazing displays of athleticism. But leave the dollar bills in your wallet.

Sunday, Aug. 11

Got an idea for a business? Then this is your weekend. The annual Startup Weekend Las Vegas is a gathering of entrepreneurs, visionaries and assorted business people who can help get your idea off the ground, or at least give you some solid advice. Aug. 9 through today at the InNEVation Center. 6795 Edmond St.,

Monday, Aug. 12

If your kid has ever dreamed of being a UNLV cheerleader, sign him or her up for the UNLV Cheer Camp, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily through Friday. It’s a bit pricey at $300, but still cheaper than a lot of summer camps—and it will get them off Facebook for a few hours.

Tuesday, Aug. 13

Massive solar installations, such as the one proposed for a chunk of the Mojave Desert near Blythe, California, are not necessarily “green.” A new documentary film, Who Are My People?, shows that solar power plants can harm fragile ecosystems and erase Native American history. The film’s Nevada premier is tonight at 7 at the Flamingo Library. 1401 E. Flamingo Rd.,

Wednesday, Aug. 14

Homegrown talent takes the stage at The Smith Center tonight at 10:30 for the Composers Showcase of Las Vegas. Don’t think of it as an open mic; these are carefully selected composers and songwriters honing their craft right here in the Valley.