Bacon Fest, Pirates and More

A curated guide to this week in your city.

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia commons

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia commons

Thursday, Nov. 12

For a select few, brain injury is more than a tragedy; it’s a window into a world of creativity. Some can suddenly play musical instruments, others find themselves painting masterpieces. The Black Mountain Institute explores the phenomenon in a free talk called Stroke of Genius, 7 p.m., in UNLV’s Stan Fulton Building.

Friday, Nov. 13

This week is huge for equestrian buffs. The Las Vegas National Horse Show is at the South Point Arena Nov. 10-15, and you’ll have to wait another year to see so many competition horses gathered in one spot. Hunters, jumpers, pros, amateurs—they’re all here. Today’s riding begins at 8 a.m.

Saturday, Nov. 14

Think you get excited about bacon? You aren’t even in the same league as the carnivores at the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival. This thing features 10 chefs competing in the Extreme Bacon Bite Challenge, an Elvis competition and a bacon-infused wedding, and that’s just the sizzle. 5-10 p.m. at Rain in the Palms.

Sunday, Nov. 15

Combine some of the most talented singers in Las Vegas with a 20-piece orchestra and a 60-member choir, and you’ve got God Lives in Glass, a concert/fundraiser at 3 p.m., and only today, at The Smith Center. The show, which features drawings from children all over the world, benefits The Smith Center’s education and outreach programs.

Monday, Nov. 16

It’s fall, which means UNLV’s jazz ensembles are swinging. For a mere $10, you can check out three separate ensembles and groove to the magic of guest saxophonist Brandon Fields, 7:30 p.m. at the Alta Ham Fine Arts Center.

November 17

It isn’t every day that you get to meet a World War II fighter pilot. 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.

Wednesday, Nov. 18

Who among us hasn’t at some point wanted to chuck it all and become a deep-sea treasure hunter? Before you do, learn a little about the trade at Springs Preserve’s newest traveling exhibit Shipwreck! Pirates & Treasure, through Jan. 31. You’ll discover what it’s like to recover artifacts underwater, be the captain of a sinking ship and be in the middle of a hurricane.

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