Decay can be beautiful, especially in the hands of artist Anya Gallaccio, whose work explores the aesthetic beauty, timelessness and inevitability of decline. Gallaccio is known for her installations made of flowers and fruit, sugar and ice and other materials that are both beautiful and temporary. Gallaccio is in town as part of UNLV’s Visiting Artist Lecture Series, 7 p.m. at UNLV’s Barrick Museum. UNLV.edu.
Food trucks are still a thing, and there are still people who refer to themselves as “foodies,” so here you go: Great American Foodie Fest is going on Oct. 15-18 at Sunset Station in Henderson, and that means food trucks aplenty. Pulled pork sliders to Filipino tacos—it’s all here. GreatAmericanFoodieFest.com.
Organized crime and the drug trade is the subject of journalist Nicholas Schou’s presentation at the Mob Museum, 7 p.m. It’s heady stuff: smugglers, drug dealers, the CIA and the Hippie Mafia. TheMobMuseum.org.
Halloween is less than two weeks away, and Springs Preserve is already in the mood. The Haunted Harvest cranks up this weekend with a haunted hay maze, ghost stories, a petting zoo, bingo and live entertainment. Fri.-Sun. through Oct. 31. SpringsPreserve.com.
If you’ve got preschoolers and are in need of something to keep them entertained, Discovery Children’s Museum has a new traveling exhibit called Thomas & Friends Explore the Rails. It’s about Thomas the Tank Engine, as you might have guessed, but it’s also heavy on STEM learning concepts for the little ones. Through Jan. 10. DiscoveryKidsLV.org.
Fall brings many wonderful things, including a new season of concerts from the UNLV Choral Ensembles. Tonight, more than 200 singers open the season with the Great Spirit of Love, which includes works by Vivaldi, Brahms, Haydn and other greats. 7:30 p.m. at UNLV’s Artemis W. Ham Concert Hall. UNLV.edu.
The Smith Center’s four-show family series kicks off tonight, 6:30 p.m., with Room on the Broom, a kid-friendly musical that tells the tale of a witch who loses her hat and picks up some hitchhikers. The series continues through March with other shows for young theatergoers. TheSmithCenter.com.