Thursday, May 22
So you know how your dog is always complaining that you never take it anywhere? We’ve got the cure for that: the Mutt Mixer, 5-8 p.m. at Tivoli Village. The evening features vendors, trainers, sitters and even yoga for the pooch, and craft beer and food for you. TivoliVillageLV.com.
Friday, May 23
Think of today as the tipoff to your long Memorial Day weekend. Then think about how much you love barbecue. Now all you have to do is get out to Boulder City between 4 and 10 p.m. today, or from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow, for the 10th annual Best Dam Barbecue Challenge. It’s free to the public and features a car show, games for the kiddies and loads of good eats. BestDamBarbecue.com.
Saturday, May 24
This weekend is an embarrassment of riches. Here, for example, we have an Ice Cream Festival, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Springs Preserve amphitheater. It’s all you can eat, so skip breakfast and plan to load up on sundaes, cones, floats, etc. There’s also stuff like pony rides to help settle your stomach. SpringsPreserve.org.
Sunday, May 25
Only once a year do balls and pins mesh so beautifully with rebellion: It’s time again for Punk Rock Bowling! The music portion of the festival is sold out, but you can still participate in auxiliary activities such as free movie matinees at noon Saturday-Monday. Get scooped on the gritty music scene, and then chat afterward with the filmmakers. Did we mention free popcorn? 21+, Backstage Bar & Billiards, PunkRockBowling.com/Movies.
Monday, May 26
It’s a day off and it’s the unofficial start of the summer season (pool party!), but there is actually a reason for the holiday. If, before diving into summertime, you’d like to pay your respects to all who died fighting for our country, here are three places to do it: Davis Memorial Park, 6200 S. Eastern Ave., 9 a.m.; Palm Mortuary, 9 a.m. at the Downtown location and 11 a.m. at the Henderson location; and the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veterans Memorial Dr. in Boulder City, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, May 27
Richard Hooker was Las Vegas’ urban arts coordinator for more than a decade, and now he’s contributing to the city’s art scene with his exhibition Pregnant Neon: A Tale of Conspicuous Devotion. Hooker’s mixed-media work is all built around a single word or phrase in neon, which is very Vegas. Through July 12 at the Sahara West Library. LVCCLD.org.
Wednesday, May 28
Hollywood too mainstream for you? Good thing the Vegas Indie Film Fest starts today at venues all over town. See what indie filmmaking looks like in Las Vegas, and maybe catch a rising star. Today through Saturday; visit VIFF.net for details.