Mardi Gras Parties, GMO Education and Boozy Movies

A curated guide to this week in your city


Thursday, March 5

Las Vegas has long been catnip for the press, providing fodder in the form of blockbuster investigations and crazy tales of crime and decadence. UNLV history professor Michael Green (who doubles as our politics columnist) hits the highlights at 7 p.m. in the Clark County Library’s Jewel Box Theater, with a talk titled “The Evolution of the Press in Las Vegas.”

Friday, March 6:

Want to have a good time for a good cause? Then head to the 16th floor of the World Market Center at 6 p.m. for the Candlelighters Evening of Hope. It’s the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada’s largest fundraiser of the year, and it features photography and art by kids the foundation has helped.

Saturday, March 7:

The bon temps are about to rouler over at Springs Preserve. The annual Mardi Gras Vegas party from 3-7 p.m. has music, good Southern eats, a beer garden and stuff for the kiddies. Maybe you’ll score some beads.

Sunday, March 8

gmo_WEBWhat’s all the hullabaloo about genetically modified organisms? Find out at a free screening of the documentary GMO OMG, 7 p.m. at Downtown’s Beauty Bar. Then stick around for the showing of Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, which (as you might guess) is about the meat industry. Check GMO-Free Las Vegas’ Facebook page for info.

Monday, March 9

Attention hoops fans: This week, three conferences—West Coast, Mountain West and Pac-12—invade Vegas for their annual postseason tournaments. The women get things started for the Mountain West at 2 p.m. today at the Thomas & Mack Center (; the West Coast Conference men and women have their semifinals starting at noon at the Orleans Arena (; and on Wednesday, the Pac-12 men tip off at noon at the MGM Grand (

Tuesday, March 10:

Spring is around the corner, and you’re going to need to up your game in the kitchen. Toward that end we’d like to mention the Taste of Home Cooking School, 5 p.m. at the Silverton. Cooking specialist Eric Villegas will lead you through tips and techniques for dishes that make the most of seasonal ingredients and flavors.

movies_WEBWednesday, March 11:

When it was released in 1999, Troy Duffy’s crime thriller The Boondock Saints screened in only five theaters, earned barely $30,000 at the box office, garnered terrible reviews … and amassed a bonafide cult following. Scullery shows the film as part of its Boozy Movies series at 7 p.m. Get in for free when you purchase a cocktail.