Thursday, Sept. 19
UNLV’s Performing Arts Center kicks off its new season at 7:30 p.m. in the Lee & Thomas Beam Music Center, with the Chamber Music Series’ presentation of La Revue de Cuisine, a showcase of faculty and students performing jazz and popular dance tunes. It’s a season of local talent doing good things. Tickets: $25, PAC.UNLV.edu.
Friday, Sept. 20
Beer, doughnuts, dynamite and an exploding puppy … what more could you possibly ask for in a play? Once again we go to the UNLV well of talent for Dog Explosion, 8 p.m. today and tomorrow (along with a matinee tomorrow) at UNLV’s Black Box Theatre. Tickets: $15, $10 for UNLV students, PAC.UNLV.edu.
Saturday, Sept. 21
Maybe dispense with the exploding puppies and get right to the beer at the Downtown Brew Festival, 6-10 p.m. at the Clark County Amphitheater. Immerse yourself in 150 brews from 50 breweries, some excellent eats and some fine music. Bonus: Preview beers that four local breweries will be entering in the Great American Beer Festival in October. Tickets: $45-$75 at the door, $10 off through the online presale, DowntownBrewFestival.com.
Sunday, Sept. 22
It’s like a state fair, only at a casino. That’s our best shot at a description of the Nevada Wild Fest, which begins at 3 p.m. Sept. 20 and runs through 10 p.m. today at the Rio. It features real carnival rides, food, beer, music, arts and crafts and … a dog competition. Should be a hoot. Tickets: $10 at the gate, $6 online, NevadaWildFest.com.
Monday, Sept. 23
What can you do on a Monday night for just $10, other than pick up a 12-pack of bad beer and watch football? We recommend Improv Vegas’ S.E.T., a weekly 8 p.m. stage show at the Onyx Theatre that’s created and performed live in front of an audience. It’s improvisational theater at its finest … maybe. OnyxTheatre.com.
Tuesday, Sept. 24
Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself, Alan Alda’s one-man show at The Smith Center, deals with such minor topics as the meaning of life. (For a sneak preview of Alda’s wit and wisdom, read Steve Bornfeld’s interview with the M*A*S*H icon on Page 81.) 7:30 p.m., Tickets: $29-$99, TheSmithCenter.com.
Wednesday, Sept. 25
What’s the haps with Downtown these days? Do people really live there, or is Downtown all just in Tony Hsieh’s head? Find out by attending Downtown Living, the latest in a series of free lectures at the Historic Fifth Street School. You’ll hear from Downtown newbies, long-timers and wonks about life where all the lights are bright. Plus there’s a wine reception, and that’s never bad. Reception at 5 p.m., lecture at 6; 401 S. Fourth St., SymphonyPark.com.