Mount Up for War Horse at The Smith Center

War Horse runs at The Smith Center October 2.

War Horse runs at The Smith Center October 2.

Thursday, Sept. 26

When we were little tykes, there was nothing more appealing than whatever we weren’t allowed to see/hear/do. Still isn’t. In that spirit, we note that we are in the midst of Banned Books Week (Sept. 22-28), and the Vegas Valley Book Festival and the local ACLU are marking it at 7 p.m. at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Rd., with the fourth annual Uncensored Voices, a celebration of freedom of speech.

Friday, Sept. 27

Singing, dancing, great food and music … at a church? Indeed. It’s time once again for the Las Vegas Greek Food Festival, today through Sunday at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 5300 El Camino Rd. It’s like a trip to Mykonos without the jet lag. Tickets: $6.


Saturday, Sept. 28

We’re festival heavy this weekend. Over at Springs Preserve they are celebrating the Asian Harvest Moon Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The party features food, crafts, artisans and live entertainment, all to mark one of the world’s most cherished celebrations. Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for children.


Sunday, Sept. 29

One more while we’re at: the Las Vegas Jazz Festival, Friday through today at the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa. This one celebrates one of this country’s most loved traditions with 24 jazz and R&B artists taking the stage, including saxophonist and Las Vegas native Paul Taylor. Tickets: $65 and up.


Monday, Sept. 30

UNLV’s Visiting Artist Lecture Series rescues your Monday with a talk by artist Gay Outlaw, 7 p.m. at the Marjorie Barrick Museum. Born in Alabama in 1959, Outlaw learned about pastry in Paris, photography in New York and sculpture in San Francisco. In 1995, she baked a 35-foot-long wall of fruitcake bricks and installed it in a San Francisco park.


Tuesday, Oct. 1

UNLV is also graciously offering to lessen your Tuesday doldrums with a lecture by Michael Eisner, the guy who pretty much reinvented and revitalized the Disney brand, 7:30 p.m. in Artemus Ham Concert Hall. The talk is free, but tickets are required and only available at the UNLV Performing Arts Center box office.


Wednesday, Oct. 2

You can go see War Horse at 7:30 p.m. at The Smith Center for the heartwarming tale of a soldier and his loyal horse that’s been winning over audiences around the world, or you could go see it for the amazing puppetry that brings it to life onstage. Either way, it’s worth seeing. Through October 6, Tickets: $26-$129.