Thursday, Oct. 10
Though only in its fourth year, Las Vegas’ PollyGrind Film Festival already has outsize influence in the industry: More than 50 PollyGrind selections have gone on to national distribution. With titles like Slaughterhouse Bride and Buried in Flesh, it’s easy to see why. The festival began Oct. 9, and continues through Oct. 13, with an encore weekend Oct. 25. PollyGrind.com.
Friday, Oct. 11
Knights, swords, busty wenches, flagons of ale, roast turkey legs … who doesn’t love a renaissance festival? And now that the black plague is over and the renovation of Sunset Park is complete, this year’s Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival is set to be the best in ages. It even boasts full-contact jousting! Through Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri-Sat, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun; $10, $5 ages 5-12
and over 60. LVRenFair.com.
Saturday, Oct. 12
In addition to temperatures that aren’t life threatening, fall brings many wonderful things. Among them, a new season of the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s Pop Series, which opens tonight, 7:30 at The Smith Center, with Dancing & Romancing, a tribute to the music of George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and others. $25-$94, LVPhil.org. Meanwhile, Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors comes to Henderson’s Discovery Park at 7 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 13
It’s about this time every year when Summerlin gets arty via the Summerlin Art Festival, Saturday and today at Summerlin Centre Community Park, 1800 S. Town Center Dr. It always features artists from across the Southwest displaying their work, but this year it also has a chalk art expo in which the sidewalks become the canvas. Summerlin.com.
Monday, Oct. 14
If you haven’t been over to Springs Preserve’s Big Springs Gallery lately, you’re in for a treat. There you’ll find Cody Brothers’ stunning photography exhibit titled Nevada Reflections: The Silver State in Black and White. Brothers focused on the state’s rugged landscape and fragile resources, giving viewers a stark perspective on this water-starved region. Through Jan. 20, SpringsPreserve.org.
Tuesday, Oct. 15
George Saunders, author of Tenth of December and regarded as one of this country’s great short-fiction writers (see Page 80), will be in town today, 7 p.m. at UNLV’s Student Union Theatre, for a conversation with UNLV Creative Writing Program profs Maile Chapman and Douglas Unger. BlackMountainInstitute.org.
Wednesday, Oct. 16
Artist Kevin Chupik’s striking images of faces on panels highlight an exploration of the union of shape and imagery at his new exhibit, Head Space, at the Brett Wesley Gallery. Through Oct. 26, BrettWesleyGallery.com.