In 1950, a group of abstract expressionists got together to protest what they thought was the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s disrespect for modern art. UNLV’s Barrick Museum has Mark Kostabi’s 1985 “headless” group portrait of those artists on display, and you’re invited to come “Lose Your Head” by having your photo snapped and drawing yourself a new one. 4-7 p.m. at the museum. UNLV.edu.
Friday, Aug. 21
Best way to avoid becoming a bridezilla at your wedding? Plan ahead. Iron out the details and watch your magical day go off without a hitch. The Bridal Spectacular, today through Saturday at the Cashman Center, is where you go to start. BridalSpectacular.com.
Saturday, Aug. 22
If you’re gaga for Googie, and frankly, who among us isn’t, then Springs Preserve is your outlet today, 4 p.m. There you’ll find a panel discussion and short films about this modern architectural style, and some examples of how Googie buildings have fared in the last 50 years. SpringsPreserve.org.
It’s not often that you get the chance to see a brand-new musical hit the stage. Ace: A New American Musical, is the story of three generations of fighter pilots and a family’s search for heroes. It features a score by the conductor of KÀ, performers from top Strip productions and a full orchestra. 1 p.m. at UNLV’s Bayley Theatre. UNLV.edu.
Monday, Aug. 24:
That breeze you felt sweeping across the Valley this morning was a collective sigh of relief from tens of thousands of parents who no longer have to entertain bored kids, because classes start today for the Clark County School District. Watch those crosswalks, drivers. CCSD.net.
Tuesday, Aug. 25
Your hot August day assignment is to find something to do indoors. The Clark County Library has you covered with its Tuesday Afternoon at the Bijou movie series. This week’s film is Damn Yankees, the story of a baseball fan who makes a deal with the devil to become a star player. 1 p.m. at the Main Theater. LVCCLD.org.
Photographer and geographer Robert Ford spent more than 40 years in Africa teaching, protecting gorillas, rehabbing parks and fighting desertification. Tonight he brings his experience to UNLV’s Barrick Museum in his talk, “Working to Save Both Society and Nature in Africa,” 7:30 p.m. UNLV.edu.