Thursday, May 8
Spend four years toiling away on an engineering degree and you’d want to show off a little at the end of it all. The UNLV College of Engineering’s Senior Design Competition is where you’d do it. See the inventions and innovations of some of the Valley’s brightest minds today at UNLV’s Cox Pavilion. UNLV.edu.
Friday, May 9
There’s good music; there’s free music. When good music is free, well, that’s just gravy. Such is the case at 7 p.m. at Bruce Trent Park, 8851 S. Vegas Dr., when the Red Rock Ramblers take the stage with their mix of bluegrass, country, swing and gospel. ArtsLasVegas.org.
Saturday, May 10
May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, and we have a lot of that to celebrate. A good place to start is Springs Preserve’s Ohana Festival, featuring food, music, cultural performances, crafts, games … all the good stuff from the islands. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; SpringsPreserve.org. If you’re feeling the need for speed, and want to support our troops while you ride, check out Randy Couture’s Bike Poker Run, departing from O School Choppers at 10 a.m. and heading to Searchlight and back to Stoney’s at Town Square. Signups at 8 a.m. at O School, 5275 S. Valley View; Information: XCGIF.org.
Sunday, May 11
If you’re looking for something special to do for Mother’s Day, check out the roundup we’ve compiled at VegasSeven.com/MothersDay2014. If Mom digs art, take her to the College of Southern Nevada’s Nicholas J. Horn Theatre at 2 p.m. for the Fine Arts Collaboration of Teachers and Students. It features dance, jazz, theater and art. $8 adults, $5 seniors/students; CSN.edu/pac.
Monday, May 12
Jerry Lewis: comedian, actor, philanthropist, photographer. Wait, photographer? Lewis almost always carries a camera with him, and is both prolific and expert in its use. Painted Pictures, an exhibition of more than 200 of Lewis’ photos, is on display at UNLV’s Barrick Museum through Aug. 16. UNLV.edu.
Tuesday, May 13
Can’t get enough of the mob? We’ve got an offer you can’t refuse: a combo ticket package featuring admission to both the Mob Museum (any day through Dec. 31) and tonight’s 7:30 performance of A Bronx Tale at The Smith Center (seating selection is limited). You’re no doubt familiar with the former; the latter is a one-man show about a boy charmed by a life of organized crime starring Chazz Palminteri. Tickets: $49.35; TheMobMuseum.org.
Wednesday, May 14
Today marks the start of Helldorado Days, five days of carnivals, parades, music, contests, food, parties and rodeo action. It’s one of Las Vegas’ longest-running festivals, and there’s something for everyone, no matter if you wear boots or not. Tickets: $10-$20; ElksHelldorado.com.