Some Atomic History, Midnight Mayhem and More

A curated guide to this week in your city

cloud_atomic_testing_museum_WEBThursday, July 2

Return with us now to the days when mushroom clouds out at the Nevada Test Site were synonymous with progress in Las Vegas proper. National Atomic Testing Museum docents Ernest Williams and Richard Reed will explore how the two were intertwined during a talk at the Clark County Library’s Jewel Box Theater. 7 p.m.,

Friday, July 3

Have we steered you over to Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s Midnight Mayhem yet? It’s a great way to test your machine and your mettle. For $15 you get to run your car, motorcycle, whatever down The Strip (not that one; the drag strip) as fast as you care to go. Racing starts at 8 p.m. and runs until 1 a.m., when things cool down a smidge.

Saturday, July 4

Our country’s birthday just wouldn’t be as special without Boulder City’s Damboree, beginning at 7 a.m. From the pancake breakfast to the coin toss at the pool, this slice of homespun goodness is American to the core. Cap it off with dusk fireworks shows from Boulder City to the Stratosphere Tower to Cashman Field to Station Casinos in Red Rock and Green Valley, and you’ve got yourself a holiday, son.

baseball_las_vegas_51s_WEBSunday, July 5

Still in a patriotic mood? Then head out to the ballpark today and enjoy our national pastime, as the Las Vegas 51s continue their nine-game homestand with a 7:05 p.m. battle against the Albuquerque Isotopes at Cashman Field.

Monday, July 6

It’s a big week for mixed martial arts fans, because today through Thursday is the 2015 IMMAF World Championships of Amateur MMA at the Flamingo. These are the preliminaries for the championship event Saturday. Come and watch the talent rise to the top.

Tuesday, July 7

UNLV’s Marjorie Barrick Museum has a long-standing commitment to nurturing art and artists in Southern Nevada, as demonstrated by Recent Acquisitions, its newest show. It features, as you might guess, new work, and much of it is from local artists. Daily through Sept. 19,

speaker_freedom_fest_WEBWednesday, July 8

We’re just a few days past celebrating our nation’s 239th birthday, so what could be more apropos than Freedom Fest, “the world’s largest gathering of free minds”? This libertarian love-in, through Saturday at Planet Hollywood, features speakers sure to excite the anti-government crowd. We’re most pumped about the Paul Krugman (The New York Times) vs. Steve Moore (Wall Street Journal) debate July 9. Could get ugly!

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