Start the Holidays with a Cactus Lighting

A curated guide to this week in your city


Thursday, Nov. 13

The surest sign that the holiday season is under way in Southern Nevada? The magnificent Ethel M Chocolates’ Cactus Garden Lighting is on the books. They’ll fire up this desert holiday wonderland tonight, but you’ll need a free ticket to attend. You can get one at the store, 2 Cactus Garden Dr. in Henderson, until 6 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 14

It’s called the Duel in the Desert, and it’s the largest dirt-track racing event in the country. Take what look like stock cars, send them around a dirt track at insane speeds and you’ve got a day of loud, intense fun. The action started Nov. 12 and continues through tomorrow at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Saturday, Nov. 15

Dig food trucks? Like to have a good time? Then it’s off to Sunset Park, which hosts Sunset Park’d, a delicious combination of food, music and something called the Redneck Games that really has us curious. (Toilet-seat horseshoes? Sign us up.) Noon to 8 p.m.

rock_n_runner_WEBSunday, Nov. 16

Pretty much the entire weekend is dedicated to running and partying, at least if you plan on having anything to do with the Las Vegas Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon. The partying started Friday with music, open bars and a health and fitness expo (which seems a little incongruous, but who are we to judge?). The races—marathon, half marathon, 5K and “half of the half”—are Saturday and today.

Monday, Nov. 17

One hundred years ago, women in Nevada were finally allowed to vote and hold office. But the latter accomplishment didn’t happen overnight; it took about 45 years. Dana R. Bennett, a scholar who has studied Nevada history, recounts that long struggle in a talk titled 45 Years in the Desert, 7:30 p.m. at UNLV’s Marjorie Barrick Museum.

Tuesday, Nov. 18

Find yourself hanging around campus again today? Cruise over to Greenspun Hall at 7 p.m. for another installment of the Black Mountain Institute’s Emerging Writers Series. This evening’s speaker is fiction writer Jennifer Pashley, author of two collections of stories: States and The Conjurer.

anne_frank_WEBWednesday, Nov. 19

Michael Knigin was an artist and lithographer who spent much of his career doing work that paid tribute to Holocaust victims. Some of his best pieces kick off the Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Arts 2014 fall season in an exhibit titled Anne Frank, An Historical Remembrance. Knigin’s work is paired with “Chai Lights,” a Jewish-focused collection of 100 works by Las Vegas artists. Through Nov. 26,

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