Thursday, July 24
Are you in balance, or is your yin outweighed by your yang? If the latter best describes you, we humbly suggest the opening reception for artist Yaffa Cary’s exhibit Harmony of Balance, 5 p.m. at Las Vegas City Hall’s Grand Gallery. Cary’s work is all about balance, duality and visual harmony. The show runs through Sept. 17. ArtsLasVegas.org.
Friday, July 25
In Sush Machida Gaikotsu’s work, less is more and everything is Zen. His sparse, colorful art looks as good on the walls of the Springs Preserve’s Big Springs Gallery as it does on a Burton snowboard. See for yourself at the Japanese native’s one-man show Tokyo in Vegas: Vision Collision through Sept. 27. SpringsPreserve.org.
Sunday, July 27
Peruvian food is a mash-up of local staples such as corn, potatoes and peppers, and imported cuisines from Spain, China, Italy and Germany. The result is something to celebrate, and today is the day to do it at the Festival Peruano, noon to midnight at the My Dream & Union Hall, 1701 Whitney Mesa Dr. in Henderson. Check Festival Peruano’s Facebook page for more info.
Wednesday, July 30
Doughnuts and beer go together like … doughnuts and beer. Both are great, so why not pair them and see what happens? That’s what the outside-the-box thinkers at Container Park are doing at 7:30 p.m. for the D’ohnut and Beer Pairing. After which you can catch a screening of The Simpsons Movie, of course. See what they did there? DowntownContainerPark.com.
Thursday, July 31
William Shatner once famously urged Star Trek devotees to “Get a life!” Well, they haven’t, as evidenced by the Official Star Trek Convention, today through Sunday at the Rio. What’s more, Shatner has apparently given up on driving away fans: He’s appearing at the show and even directed a short film promoting it. Of course there will be scores of vendors, dozens of cast members and all the geeking out you can possibly stand. Live long and prosper. Tickets: $20-$149, CreationEnt.com.
Saturday, Aug. 2
Great artists have always been inspired by great art. And you, gentle reader, may be a great artist in search of inspiration. Or perhaps you are simply in need of somewhere quiet to work off a hangover. In any case, try UNLV’s Barrick Museum for Sketch Saturday. They’ll provide the pencils and paper; you wander around and draw what you see, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. UNLV.edu.
Tuesday, Aug. 5
Las Vegas’ finest are hosting our local gathering for National Night Out, a nationwide effort to promote programs that fight crime and get neighbors to work together. That’s cool and all, but we’re going specifically for the burgers and the Dunk-A-Cop tank. How often do you get to do that? 5 to 9 p.m. at Town Square. MyTownSquareLasVegas.com.