Fiesta Las Vegas Takes Over Downtown

Fiesta Las Vegas celebrates Hispanic culture Downtown September 14.

Fiesta Las Vegas celebrates Hispanic culture Downtown September 14.

Thursday, Sept. 12

UNLV is a big slice of the local economic pie. How are things going over there? How are the school’s coffers looking these days? What are the prospects for expansion? UNLV President Neal Smatresk will answer these and other burning questions at his annual State of the University Address, 2:30 p.m. at UNLV’s Judy Bayley Theatre.

Friday, Sept. 13

Hey whiz kids, time once again for the Tech Cocktail, a monthly series that mixes entrepreneurship with alcohol. This month’s speaker series features tech pioneers Nolan Bushnell (of Atari fame) and George Ruiz (founder of Intelligent Arts). 1-4 p.m., The Learning Village, 715 Fremont St.

Saturday, Sept. 14

Any excuse for a fiesta, we always say, so you’ll find us at Fiesta Las Vegas today, going on all over Downtown. The festivities begin with a parade at 10 a.m., and the party doesn’t end until 11 p.m. It’s a celebration of Hispanic culture, so you know the food, music and dancing will be good.

Sunday, Sept. 15

If you haven’t had your fill of cultural good times—and who can get enough of that?—Henderson can hook you up with the 23rd annual Ho’olaule’a Pacific Islands Festival, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. yesterday and today at the city’s Events Plaza on Water Street. You’ll find vendors, food, dancing and plenty of island spirit.

Monday, Sept. 16

If you’ve ever found yourself scanning the bookshelves in someone else’s house to get a sense of who they are, then you need to visit the Nevada State Museum before Sept. 23 to see photographer Walter Jacques Taieb’s exhibit, Portraits Through Books. Taieb took the idea a step beyond curiosity, and his formal portraits are both beautiful and illuminating.

Tuesday, Sept. 17

The Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is more than a clinic; it’s also a repository of fantastic art. And twice a month the public is invited into the clinic for art talks and seminars hosted by the Cleveland Museum of Art. Today’s seminar, 11 a.m. to noon, deals with how contemporary artists around the world respond to their culture and environment. Free, for more information, call Susan Solorzano at 483-6055.

Wednesday, Sept. 18

Fall means the Brookings Mountain West lecture series gets cranked up again. Today’s offering, 5:30 p.m. at UNLV’s Greenspun Hall, is Brookings senior research associate Jonathan Rothwell on STEM—that’s science, engineering, technology and math—education and jobs. The lecture is free and open to the public.