Because we all like a good party, and most of us like a good cause, today we spotlight the Hearts & Hands Gala, 6 p.m. at the Keep Memory Alive Center. It has all the standards: great food, music, entertainment and an auction, and it benefits the Helping Hands of Vegas Valley, which provides services for seniors. HHOVV.org.
Wendy Kveck, JK Russ and Erin Stellmon are three Las Vegas artists who share a penchant for breaking their subjects down into little pieces and then reassembling the pieces into something else. They also share an exhibition, Break Ups & Tear Downs, at UNLV’s Barrick Museum. The opening-night party is at 6 p.m. UNLV.edu.
Beer. Downtown. What more do you need to know? Maybe a few details would help. The Downtown Brew Festival starts at 5 p.m. at the Clark County Amphitheater and features more than 200 craft brews from 60 brewers, plus celebrity chefs and live music. DowntownBrewFestival.com.
Pirates are so mainstream now that you have to wonder what they were really like: swashbuckling marauders or pathetic scurvy-ridden tramps? Leave it to Springs Preserve to help sort truth from fiction with Pirates: Myth and Merriment, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. weekends through Nov. 29. SpringsPreserve.org.
You’ve driven by Wayne Newton’s Casa de Shenandoah a million times and wondered, “What’s behind those gates?” Oh, nothing, really. Just a 52-acre estate featuring lakes, waterfalls, lush landscaping, wild peacocks, a plane hangar, etc. Newton has finally opened the place to public tours, and we suggest you take one. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. CasaDeShenandoah.com.
It’s turn-of-the-century America, and anything is possible. That’s the stage for Ragtime, a Tony Award-winning musical coming to The Smith Center today through Nov. 1. It’s by the same folks who produced Spamalot and The Color Purple. In other words, go while you can. TheSmithCenter.com.
Wednesdays are especially well suited to learning, and today’s lesson is anthropology. University of Washington professor Donald Grayson will speak on Ice Age Mammals of the Great Basin and give some hints as to what the heck happened to them all, since many are now extinct. 7:30 p.m. in the Barrick Museum. UNLV.edu.
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