Paracon, Black & White, Back to School

A curated guide to this week in your city

Las Vegas Paracon runs August 22-25 at Binion’s.

Las Vegas Paracon runs August 22-25 at Binion’s.

Thursday, Aug. 22

Pondering the existence of an afterlife is beyond the pay grade of this column, so we’ll simply note that there are folks in town who believe. Las Vegas Paracon is a gathering of ghost hunters, celebrity guests and enthusiasts of the spooky that begins Friday and runs through Sunday at Binion’s. Admission ranges from $30-$125.

Friday, Aug. 23

Gourmands and gourmets agree: This is one of the best weeks of the year. Las Vegas Restaurant Week combines fine dining with civic responsibility, and the result is a benefit for Three Square food bank. Pick from dozens of eateries through Aug. 30, from Addiction Restaurant to Zenshin Asian, enjoy a prix-fixe meal, and part of your tab goes to feed hungry people in our community.

Saturday, Aug. 24

While we’re on the topic of signature Las Vegas events, Aid for AIDS of Nevada’s 27th annual Black & White Party is tonight, and it is not to be missed. This classy blowout at 9 p.m. at the Hard Rock Hotel isn’t just a good time: Monies raised help fight HIV and AIDS in the Valley. General admission is $35.

Sunday, Aug. 25

What could be finer than a Sunday afternoon of ballet? The Nevada Conservatory Theatre’s Hope 6 show is 2 p.m. Aug. 24 and today at UNLV’s intimate Judy Bayley Theatre. Featuring dancers from the former Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular show, along with others, Hope 6 offers a lot of talent onstage for $20.

Monday, Aug. 26

The calendar may disagree, but kids know the truth: Summer is over. Classes begin in the Clark County School District today, and that means pencils, books and teachers’ dirty looks until next June. It was fun while it lasted. Oh, and ease up on the gas in those school zones, will ya?

Tuesday, Aug. 27

We haven’t sent you over to the Clark County Museum in awhile, so let’s remedy that with the new Top to Toe: A Look at American Hats and Shoes exhibit through Dec. 31. Fashion recycles, so perhaps you can get ahead of the curve by studying your grandparents’ style.

Wednesday, Aug. 28

Remember actual paper books? Bauman Rare Books certainly does, hence their latest exhibit, Before They Were Movies, a collection of first-edition books that became some of the greatest movies of all time: War of the Worlds, To Kill a Mockingbird, Call of the Wild, etc. See the books, and buy them if you have the lettuce, through Aug. 31 at the Bauman store in the Shoppes at the Palazzo.




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