Thursday, June 25
Film festivals seem to be more about gloss and less about nurturing aspiring filmmakers. The Las Vegas Lift-Off Film Festival is the exception to that rule. It encourages risk taking and pays little regard to technical wizardry. It’s about film, it features some great Nevada filmmakers and—here’s the best part—it’s free. Through June 27 at the Palms, Lift-Off-Festival.com.
Friday, June 26
Before you can become Miss America, you have to become Miss Whatever Your State. Here in the Silver State, that cut happens this weekend at The Smith Center. The Miss Nevada competition starts at 7 p.m. with teens, and wraps at 2 p.m. Saturday with the big show. TheSmithCenter.com.
Saturday, June 27
You don’t need us to tell you that summer is here. But that doesn’t mean you curtail your enjoyment of the great outdoors; instead, you move your activities into the evening. Red Wine & Brew, for example, mashes up a wine and beer fest with a barbecue pig out, and puts it all outdoors. 9 p.m. at Mandalay Bay, MandalayBay.com.
Sunday, June 28
We’ve sent you to the Chaiya Meditation Monastery’s monthly food festival before, but it bears repeating that this event is a great way to score some tasty Thai victuals while helping the monks pay their mortgage. 9 a.m. to noon, 7925 Virtue Court, Chaiyacmm.org.
Monday, June 29
Kids got that itchy feeling of summer boredom? Springs Preserve to the rescue. Every week they have a themed Summer-Fun Camp. This week they’re tackling the meaning of, and cultural traditions unique to, holidays. Bonus: The kiddies will learn about the science behind fireworks. Through July 3, SpringsPreserve.org.
Tuesday, June 30
There are some talented artists in Boulder City. The Boulder City Art Guild knows this, and offers its Library Art Show as proof. This juried competition is open to Guild members and is free for the public to view. Through July 10, Boulder City Library, 701 Adams Blvd., BoulderCityArtGuild.com.
Wednesday, July 1
Ever thought about chucking it all and walking off into the wilderness? That’s the theme of If You Don’t, I Will, a French indie film (with English subtitles) that tells the story of a formerly vibrant couple that has fallen into a life of complacency. One day they go for a hike, and one of them decides not to return. Deep contemplation results. 6 p.m., Henderson’s Paseo Verde Library, MyPublicLibrary.com.
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