NASCAR, Food and Beer: The Makings of a Weekend


Thursday, March 6

Fans of the roundy round, your time has come. NASCAR Weekend is the annual chance to bathe in all things NASCAR, from meeting drivers to checking out the Neon Garage to watching actual racing Saturday and Sunday. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway,

Friday, March 7

Fans of the dinner (or breakfast or lunch) plate, your time has also come. Today marks the beginning of Las Vegas Restaurant Week, which is both a fundraiser for local food bank Three Square and a fabulous way to try out new places to eat, or revisit old favorites. Just pick a participating restaurant, choose a multicourse meal and your check will include a donation to Three Square. Through March 14,

Saturday, March 8

Beer! Do we have your attention? Good. Today is the spring edition of the Brew’s Best Beer Festival, featuring local and regional breweries, unlimited samples, live music and food against the scenic backdrop of Lake Las Vegas. 2-6 p.m.,

Sunday, March 9

Today we offer an engineering challenge: Eggs are fragile. But with a little ingenuity, they can survive a drop from great heights. Your job is to design a protective capsule—an egg helmet, if you will—that will preserve the shell and its contents. The Great Egg Drop happens at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. every Sunday in March at Springs Preserve.

Monday, March 10

College basketball’s regular season may be over, but the best is yet to come. The men’s and women’s 2014 Mountain West Championships are this week, with 20 games over six days to determine which teams get automatic bids to the NCAA “Big Dance.” The women’s tourney begins today; the men take the court on Wednesday. And it’s all going on right here at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Tuesday, March 11

We all know what the Strip is. But have you ever considered what it could be? Drawing on a trove of architectural documents, UNLV’s Dreaming the Skyline exhibit answers that question with theoretical drawings and writing that ponder the alternatives. Through March 14 at the Richard Tam Alumni Center,

Wednesday, March 12

Perhaps you’ve noticed that the world of international commerce is changing. Brookings Mountain West fellow Joshua Meltzer can help you make sense via his lecture titled “International Trade, the Internet and Cross-Border Data Flows,” an examination of how business gets done these days. 5:30 p.m. at UNLV’s Greenspun Hall,

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