Thursday, April 30
Always fancied yourself something of a wordsmith? Perhaps you should plan on catching best-selling author, newspaper columnist and public speaker Jack Sheehan’s free talk on how to make a living as a writer, 11:30 a.m. at UNLV’s Greenspun auditorium. We’ll be in the front row. UNLV.edu.
Friday, May 1
The term “foodie” has sorta jumped the shark, but the allure of victuals served from the side of a truck remains. There will be plenty to choose from at the Great American Foodie Fest, Thursday through Sunday at the Rio. Some 50 trucks, as well as TV chefs galore, will be serving it up. GreatAmericanFoodieFest.com.
Saturday, May 2
Boulder City is such a fun little town. Proof: the annual Spring Jamboree, 8:45 a.m. today through Sunday at Bicentennial, Escalante and Government parks. The city has lined up a car show, arts and crafts vendors, folks hawking antiques, live entertainment, doggies on display and a kids’ carnival. SpringJamboree.com.
Sunday, May 3
Ready to unleash your inner artist? Here’s your chance: Commonwealth’s Uncommon Canvas Paint Night, 6 p.m. Sundays through May. Each week local artist Christina Ambubuyog guides students through a step-by-step re-creation of a painting. And because the class happens in a cocktail lounge, you can drink until your painting becomes a masterpiece. CommonwealthLV.com.
Monday, May 4
It may be May, but there’s still football being played—Las Vegas Outlaws arena football, to be precise. Catch all the high-scoring action when the Outlaws host the L.A. KISS, 7:30 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center. ArenaFootball.com.
Tuesday, May 5
What would our city be without showgirls? A drier Fargo. OK, maybe not, but it wouldn’t have the same storied history of glamorous ladies in outlandish costumes. UNLV’s Lied Library explores a bit of that history in the new exhibit French Connection, which features costumes, set pieces and photographs from the city’s first French revues. Daily through Oct. 1; UNLV.edu.
Wednesday, May 6
Has it really been 36 years since we celebrated the first San Gennaro Feast? That’s a lot of spaghetti and meatballs. As you might guess from its longevity, this party honoring Saint Gennaro (and featuring entertainment, rides and endless Italian food) is hugely popular. It runs through May 10 at 4245 Grand Canyon Drive. SanGennaroFeast.com.