Thursday, Nov. 14
The Salzburg Marionette Theater has had a very long run—100 years and counting—and has brought their puppeteering skills to the world’s greatest venues. Today through Sunday, the show is coming to The Smith Center, where you can witness the magic a century of playing with dolls can produce. Tickets: $15-$40; TheSmithCenter.com
Friday, Nov. 15
The aliens have landed, but don’t fret; they just want to teach your kids about art. The Youth Educational Spaceship Project is here from San Francisco, where kids put the mobile spaceship classroom together from found objects to explore their own universe of creativity. It’ll be here for a month, but the grand opening celebration is today, 6-9 p.m. at the Learning Village. 727 Fremont St.; For more information, see the Youth Educational Spacecraft Project’s Facebook page.
Saturday, Nov. 16
The whole food truck thing seems to have peaked, but there’s a festival or two left in the trend for sure. Witness the Sunset Park’d Food Truck Festival, noon to 10 p.m. at Sunset Park. In addition to 30 food trucks, you’ll find bands, a car show and stuff for the kiddies to do. SunsetParkd.com
Sunday, Nov. 17
There are marathons, and then there is the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, which makes running seem almost … fun? Yeah, we have a hard time believing it too, but the evidence is clear: pre- and post-run parties, concerts, weddings, etc. It’s not your dad’s marathon. The actual race is today, at 4:30 p.m., starting at the Luxor, but the parties began Nov. 15. RunRockNRoll.Competitor.com
Monday, Nov. 18
Monday blues? UNLV to the rescue with the Department of Arts’ Visiting Artist Lecture Series. This week’s lecturer is Jennifer Wynne Reeves, a painter who combines abstract and realistic references to explore the awkwardness of first encounters and first steps. 7-9 p.m. at the Marjorie Barrick Museum. UNLVVisitingArtist Series.com.
Tuesday, Nov. 19
Tuesday blues? You guessed it: right back to UNLV, this time for the Black Mountain Institute’s Emerging Writers Series. Poet and author Derek Henderson is the guest this time, and he’ll be talking about and reading from his first book, the critically acclaimed work of poetry Inconsequentia. 7 p.m. at Greenspun Hall. BlackMountainInstitute.org
Wednesday, Nov. 20
Another sign that the holidays are upon us: Glittering Lights has returned to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This drive-through wonderland of electric festivity actually opened for the season Nov. 15, but you’ve got through the end of the year to enjoy it. Cost per carload: $15 on weeknights, $20 on weekends and holidays; GlitteringLightsLasVegas.com.