Plan Ahead for Valentine’s at Forever Sweethearts


Thursday, Feb. 6

You are no doubt familiar with the famous La Concha Motel lobby, once an iconic Strip landmark and now the home of the Neon Museum visitors center. But did you know the lobby was designed by Paul Revere Williams, who in 1923 became the first African-American member of the American Institute of Architects? Williams’ life is the subject of a lecture by Neon Museum specialists, 7 p.m. at UNLV’s Marjorie Barrick Museum.

Friday, Feb. 7

Today and tomorrow at 7 p.m. are your last opportunities to catch Green Valley High School’s production of Mary Poppins. The show features choreography from the Broadway production, and doesn’t even require a spoonful of sugar to help it go down. Tickets: $15;

Saturday, Feb. 8

Best thing about the Chinese New Year? The parties aren’t limited to a single night. Fremont Street’s CNY in the Desert rages Friday through Sunday, and features parades, concerts, cultural performances, a vendor village, a lunar lantern wish tree and more. If you haven’t already celebrated the Year of the Horse, it’s not too late.

Sunday, Feb. 9

Guys, don’t fall into the same Valentine’s Day trap every year, frantically scouring 7-Eleven at the last minute for flowers and a box of chocolates. Plan ahead and attend the Forever Sweethearts Craft & Gift Show, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sun City MacDonald Ranch’s Desert Willows Community Center, 2020 W. Horizon Ridge Pkwy. in Henderson.

Monday, Feb. 10

Need a little Monday inspiration? Attend the lecture by Ray Kurzweil at 7:30 p.m. at UNLV’s Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall. Dubbed “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes, Kurzweil has dozens of technological innovations to his credit, 20 honorary doctorate degrees, has written seven books (five of which were best-sellers) and is Google’s director of engineering. He doesn’t have bad Mondays. Admission is free, but tickets are required.

Tuesday, Feb. 11

Today’s date is notable because it marks National 2-1-1 Day. Get it? OK, see 2/11 is a date, and 2-1-1 is a hotline where Nevadans can access information on critical health- and human-services needs, including food programs, shelter, mental health resources, etc. It’s kind of a marketing thing, but the product is assistance.

Wednesday, Feb. 12

Five days, 26 special programs, 171 short films, a bunch of parties … yep, time once again for Boulder City’s Dam Short Film Festival. The event’s 10th year features a showcase of films from the Silver State, plus retrospectives of the history of the festival. Through Feb. 16 at the historical Boulder Theatre. Tickets range from $7 per program to $100 for a five-day pass;