Artist Robert Irwin began planning the Getty Center’s Central Garden five years before the Los Angeles landmark opened in 1997. Since then, the installation has matured, changed and charmed visitors with its living expression of light and reflection. Irwin talks about his creation at 7 p.m. in UNLV’s Barrick Museum. UNLV.edu.
Latin cultures have a centuries-old tradition of honoring the dead called Día de los Muertos. You can still find local events that honor the holiday’s true nature. Springs Preserve’s weekend-long festival is a good example. It features live theater, dance, altars, costumes and more. Through Sunday. SpringsPreserve.org.
Lots of edible things grow in our desert. The annual Mesquite Pancake Breakfast brings some of them together. How about a big plate of mesquite-flour pancakes topped with prickly pear jelly, roasted almonds and pumpkin butter? 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Vegas Roots Community Garden, 715 N. Tonopah Dr. GreatBasinPermaculture.org
If you like beer, snacks and cute dogs, then Boulder City’s Boulder Dam Brewing Co. is your destination today. Rescue Brews, 2-6 p.m., is a beer tasting that benefits two organizations that rescue and help find homes for dogs. Check Southern Nevada Beagle Rescue Foundation’s Facebook page for more info.
Eighty years ago, the nation was gripped by the courtroom drama of a vice trial that ended the crime career of Lucky Luciano. Author C. Joseph Greaves has re-created the trial in his novel Tom & Lucky and George & Cokey Flo, written with exclusive access to documents from Luciano’s defense attorney. Greaves will be reading from his book at 1 p.m. at the Mob Museum. TheMobMuseum.org.
It isn’t every day that you get to meet a World War II fighter pilot. But you can today. Traian Matye, the author of Prop Wash, a Fighter Pilot’s Hazy Recollections of WWII, will be speaking at Henderson’s Green Valley Library at 11 a.m. Matye, 93, flew 75 combat missions in his P-47 Thunderbolt. MyPublicLibrary.com.
If you have Veterans Day off, think about hitting the Veterans Parade, billed as the largest event of its kind west of the Mississippi. There’ll be floats, bands, motorcycles and 40,000 or so of your closest friends. The DTLV Parade starts at 10 a.m., but get there early for good viewing. VeteransParadeLV.com.
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