Ah, the circus. Zany clowns, trained elephants, people shot out of cannons, empty calories … it’s all so nostalgic. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey is back in town, tonight through Sunday at the Thomas & Mack. Treat the kids to a taste of what excitement was, pre-Internet. UNLVTickets.com.
Friday, June 12
You live in a physiographic region known at the Basin and Range Province, characterized by faulted mountain chains alternating with arid valleys. This topography, aptly described as looking like an army of caterpillars marching toward Mexico, is unique and inspirational. A new exhibit at UNLV’s Beam Gallery, which runs through Sept. 5, features Southern Nevada artists responding to the natural beauty of the area. The opening reception is at 6 p.m. today. UNLV.edu.
Saturday, June 13:
Beer, music and food are three of our favorite things. And the trinity comes together in a synergistic extravaganza that the Cannery has dubbed Blues, Brews & BBQ. If you like having a rib in one hand and a craft beer in the other while shaking your stuff, we’ll see you there, 4 p.m. CanneryCasino.com.
Opera. We’re thinking you don’t get enough of it in your life. To remedy that, we’d like to see you at Opera Las Vegas’ production of Madama Butterfly, 2 p.m. at UNLV’s Bayley Theatre. The production features stars from the Metropolitan Opera and a full orchestra. UNLV.edu.
Monday, June 15
Summer isn’t a time of carefree exploration for everyone. In fact, for the 58 percent of Clark County students who rely on reduced-price meals, it’s a time of food insecurity. Three Square is stepping up its collection efforts this summer, including a deal for $5 off admission to Cowabunga Bay Water Park every Monday with the donation of a canned food item. CowabungaBayVegas.com.
Tuesday, June 16
Las Vegas is tough. It’s eat or be eaten around here. Actually, we’re not so different. The entire natural world is pretty tough, as Springs Preserve demonstrates in a new animal exhibit titled Eat or Be Eaten: Predators and Prey, offered through late August in the Big Springs Theater. SpringsPreserve.org.
Perhaps you’ve noticed that it’s usually sunny around here. Perhaps you’ve wondered why you pay so much for electricity. Perhaps you should make time for a talk titled “The Solar Energy Revolution and You,” 6 p.m. at the Green Valley Library in Henderson. MyPublicLibrary.com.