Book Signings, Free Hockey Lessons and Gershwin at the Smith Center

A curated guide to this week in your city


Thursday, Feb. 19

Local author S.P. Grogan will sign his new book, Atomic Dreams at the Red Tiki Lounge, at 6 p.m. at Writer’s Block, our new independent bookstore and “artificial bird sanctuary.” Grogan, you may recall, is the author of Vegas Die. 1020 Fremont St., 702-550-6399.

Friday, Feb. 20

The third annual Mesquite Off-Road Weekend happens today through Sunday, featuring some of the best endurocross and freestyle motocross action on two wheels. Whether you’re there to race, check out such endurocross stars as Cody Webb and Destry Abbott, or pull a sick backflip on the Thrill Seeker Mega Ramp, you’re guaranteed to be in moto heaven.

hockey_WEBSaturday, Feb. 21

One drawback to living in the desert: very few opportunities to learn how to play ice hockey. The Las Vegas Junior Wranglers plan to address that problem with Try Hockey for Free. Lessons start at 4:15 p.m. at the Fiesta Rancho SoBe Ice Arena, and you get equipment, training and a goody bag. (No fighting, please.)

Sunday, Feb. 22

Totally into the mellifluous tones of masterful choral singing? Duh, who isn’t? Good news: the USC Thornton Chamber Singers perform at 7 p.m. at the Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts. The Thornton Chamber Singers are considered one of the nation’s best collegiate choral ensembles, and tonight they share the stage with local singers, including the UNLV Chamber Chorale.

Monday, Feb. 23

Totally into the harmonious blending of form, function and context? Then head for the Historic Fifth Street School auditorium at 5:30 p.m., when Gregg Pasquarelli, founding principal of New York’s SHoP architecture firm, will be the guest speaker in the Klai Juba Wald Lecture Series. SHoP was recently named Fast Company magazine’s “Most Innovative Architecture Firm in the World,” so the man knows his business.

Tuesday, Feb. 24

Head south to the Boulder City Art Gallery to catch the last few days of Endangered Species, an exhibit of work by painter Jeffrey Oldham. It explores and catalogs the beauty of what’s being lost when animal species are threatened. Through Feb. 27 at Boulder Dam Hotel, 1305 Arizona St.;

roaring_20s_WEBWednesday, Feb. 25

Gershwin classics, gin fizzes, flappers—why it’s as if the Roaring ‘20s had never ended over at The Smith Center. Nice Work if You Can Get It is the Tony Award-winning tale of the budding romance between a bootlegger and a playboy. The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m., with shows through March 1.