See Vintage Vegas in Color, Celebrate Nevada’s Existence

A curated guide to this week in your city

Iconic black-and-white photos get the color treatment in "Re-visualizing Las Vegas"

Iconic black-and-white photos get the color treatment in “Re-visualizing Las Vegas.” 

Thursday, Sept. 18

Want to know what’s going on with our university? You can hear UNLV acting President Donald Snyder’s State of the University Address at 2:30 p.m. at UNLV’s Judy Bayley Theatre.

Friday, Sept. 19

Attention, muscle heads: The 50th annual Mr. Olympia contest starts today and runs through Sunday. This is the big one; it spawned Arnold Schwarzenegger’s career, after all. If you dig oily guys in tiny swimsuits with monster pecs, be at the Orleans Arena at 7 p.m. today and tomorrow, and 11 a.m. Sunday. Tickets: $63-$160;

Saturday, Sept. 20

Downtown, grass, beer, music, food … the third annual Downtown Brew Festival has it all. The Clark County Amphitheater hosts (hence the grass) 50 brewers bringing more than 150 beers for you to sample while noshing on beer-infused eats and digging some local tunes. 6-10 p.m.; tickets: $40-$85;

Sunday, Sept. 21

Perhaps you are already familiar with Mozart’s enchanting opera The Magic Flute. But we’ll hazard a guess that you’ve never seen it “Las Vegasized,” as you will at 6 p.m., for free, on Fremont Street. Sung in English by some of the top operatic talent the Valley has to offer, The Magic Flute on Fremont is a great way to introduce the kids, or anyone, to this amazing work.

Monday, Sept. 22

It’s Monday. Why not celebrate our state’s 150th birthday at The Smith Center with a Sesquicentennial All-Star Concert? Performers on loan from shows such as Penn & Teller, Cirque du Soleil, Clint Holmes, Human Nature and many others will take the stage to sing and dance about Nevada’s century-and-a-half of existence. That should make you feel younger. 7 p.m.; tickets: $25-$100;

Tuesday, Sept. 23

Now that you’re all grown up, you may not realize that there are still scolds out there trying to keep kids from reading books such as Catcher in the Rye, Harry Potter, Captain Underpants and others. Poke a stick in their collective eye at the wonderful Uncensored Voices: Celebrating your Freedom to Read event, 7 p.m. at the Clark County Library’s Main Theater, 1401 E. Flamingo Rd. It’s part of Banned Books Week.

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Las Vegas’ history is rich, and now it’s also colorful thanks to photographer Brian Jones, who borrowed some of the most iconic black-and-white photos in the Las Vegas News Bureau’s collection and added color to them in Re-visualizing Las Vegas. The exhibit is a new way to look at the past in a city that rarely bothers to do so. Jones’ work is on display at City Hall’s Chamber Gallery through Nov. 15.