Tuff-N-Uff Roughs Up the Cox Pavilion, Flurry of Festivals Take the Valley

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Tuff-N-Uff amateur MMA fights at the Palms Hotel and Casino/Photo Ray Kasprowicz

Tuff-N-Uff amateur MMA fights at the Palms Hotel and Casino/Photo Ray Kasprowicz

Thursday 28

Black Lives Matter is a movement born of the moment, true, but it has roots in activism, protest, mobilization and slavery. Robert Patterson, director of African American studies at Georgetown University, explores the connections, 7:30 p.m., at UNLV’s Barrick Museum, in a talk titled Black Lives Matter, Except When They Don’t: Why Slavery Still Matters. UNLV.edu.

Friday 29

Where do MMA stars get their start? Tuff-N-Uff, an amateur series featuring fighters who dream of going on to the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Watch them fight for their dream, 7 p.m., at the Cox Pavilion, UNLVTickets.com.

Saturday 30

If you love Indian food like we do, you’ve already got the Indian Food and Cultural Festival, 11 a.m. at the Clark County Amphitheater, on your calendar. Tandoori chicken, fish pakoras, vegetable biryani … we’ll be in all the lines. LasVegasMela.com.

Sunday 1

From atomic testing to the Hoover Dam, the Las Vegas Science and Technology Festival celebrates our science heritage with programs to interest kids (and their parents) in STEM education. The festival continues today at Springs Preserve, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. SpringsPreserve.org.

Monday 2

When it comes to escapes, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman makes Al Capone look like an amateur. Guzman escaped a Mexican prison via a 5,000-foot tunnel that ended right in his cell. The Mob Museum’s El Chapo’s Great Escape, has all the details, as well as a a scale model. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. TheMobMuseum.org.

Tuesday 3

While any day is a good day to listen to the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Tuesdays seem particularly suited to Baroque music. Plan on being at The Smith Center, 7:30 p.m., for Baroque Splendour, a concert featuring compositions by Bach, Vivaldi and others. TheSmithCenter.com.

Wednesday 4

If it’s May, it must be time for yet another San Gennaro Feast, the 37th annual, to be precise. By now you know the drill: great Italian food, live acts onstage hourly, rides for the kiddies, arts and crafts, etc. Craig Ranch Park in North Las Vegas, 4-11 p.m., through Sunday. SanGennaroFeast.com.