Big B's BBQ. Photo by Krystal Ramirez

Enjoy Big B’s at a DirtyBird Barbecue, Indulge in Big Dog’s Brewing Co.’s Tap Takeover

What to do around the clock in Las Vegas.

Thursday 18

Take a breather and enjoy the benefits of tai chi in a class led by instructor Jeanne Sands. 3–4 p.m., free, Paseo Verde Library, 280 S. Green Valley Pkwy., hendersonlibraries.com

The Red aerial gallery along Downtown’s First Street Art Trail (from Boulder to Bridger Avenues) features vinyl banners by artists Lyndia Radice, Camilla Quinn, Valentin Yordanov, David Ryan, Matthew Couper, JK Russ, Gig Depio and Andrew Colunga. Attend the artists’ reception tonight. 5:30 p.m., in front of Las Vegas City Hall on the Oscar B. Goodman Plaza, 495 S. Main St.

The Christians won the 2016 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play. See opening night of Cockroach Theatre Company’s production at Art Square Theatre. 8 p.m., $16–$20, 1025 S. First St., cockroachtheatre.com

Get your dubstep on tonight: Spag Heddy brings his Meatball Mafia tour to Vinyl with support from Zack the Ripper, Don Criminals and Blazed & Confuzed. 9 p.m., $15–$20, inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, hardrockhotel.com

Friday 19

The Mob Museum’s Wiseguy Speaker Series continues with a talk and book signing by Tom Wainwright, author of Narconomics: How to Run a Drug Cartel. 7–9 p.m., free for members or with museum admission ($10–$24), 300 Stewart Ave., themobmuseum.org 

Kongos, known for their “Come With Me Now” hit, plays at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Friday Night Live at the Pool series. Alternative rockers Mother Mother open.
9 p.m., $25–$30, hardrockhotel.com

CRAFTkitchen offers recess for adults with a Fridays-only happy hour menu featuring dishes such as polenta fries with spicy pomodoro sauce and shaved parmigiana-reggiano cheese or sticky toffee cake with vanilla bean gelato. 4–9 p.m., 10940 S. Eastern Ave., craftkitchenlv.com

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Saturday 20

The first of three Vegas Golden Knights 2017 Sticks For Kids street hockey clinics kick off before it gets so hot the pucks start melting on the asphalt. Kids ages 5-15 will learn the fundamentals of shooting, stick handling and passing in these two-hour sessions. 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., Paradise Park, 4775 S. McLeod, nhl.com/goldenknights. Read more about Sticks For Kids at vegasseven.com/sticksforkids.

Check out Shanda & the Howlers’ music video for “Don’t Need Your Love” on YouTube. If you dig the band’s rockabilly-tinged R&B and soul, catch a performance during the group’s record release party at the Sand Dollar Lounge. 10 p.m., free, 3355 Spring Mountain Rd., thesanddollarlv.com

Ice Cream Festival—nuff said. If you don’t have a sweet tooth, Springs Preserve’s celebration also features live entertainment, face painting, carnival games, an ice cream eating contest, storytelling and a pirate magic show. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., $8–$10, 333 S. Valley View Blvd., springspreserve.org

Critic, anthologist, editor and poet David Lehman, largely responsible for inaugurating the almost 30-year-old The Best American Poetry Series, gives a reading at The Writer’s Block. 7 p.m., 1020 Fremont St., thewritersblock.org

Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin, Eats Everything, Shiba San, Ciszak and Dateless play the Dirtybird Barbecue, which also features food from some of the best ’cue joints in town. 2 p.m.–midnight, admission $63–$69, food $20, dlvec.com

Sunday 21

Nominees for best lead actor and actress in the Nevada High School Musical Theater Awards perform in front of a panel of esteemed judges, vying for the chance to represent Nevada at the 2017 National High School Musical Theatre Awards in New York City. 2 p.m., $10, Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center, thesmithcenter.com

Michael Kessler and Melinda Jackson of Broadway and the M&M American Dance Theater perform Contact!, a musical theater act blending dancing, singing and acting. 7:30 p.m., $22–$33, South Point Showroom at South Point Hotel Casino & Spa, southpointcasino.com

Bay Area metal band Aethere thrashes with Omnipresent Apparition, Plague Doctor, Commonear and Opticleft at Backstage Bar & Billiards. 8 p.m.–1 a.m., $10–$12, 601 Fremont St., backstagebarlv.com

Monday 22

Denver-based pop-punk band Tonight We Rise headlines at Beauty Bar with support from The Coast Is Ours, Kat Kalling, Demi Vie and Midnight Clover.
7 p.m., 517 Fremont St., beautybarlv.com

Drift back to the lounge era with Laura Shaffer & the Noir Nightingale Trio, as seen on Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. 7:30 p.m., at Piazza Lounge inside Tuscany Suites & Casino, tuscanylv.com

Ugh, Monday. Soothe yourself with vengeance and blood splatter by watching Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, out on Netflix today. netflix.com

Tuesday 23

If you haven’t been to Umami Burger, Beer Garden & Sports Book this month, it’s not too late to enjoy Big Dog’s Brewing Co.’s tap takeover. Pair the Peace, Love & Hoppiness Pale Ale with a juicy burger, or try any of the other four beers Big Dog’s shares through the end of the month. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Sat.–Sun., inside SLS Las Vegas, slslasvegas.com

From Michael Crichton, the author of Jurassic Park, comes Dragon Teeth, in which two paleontologists hunt for dinosaur bones in the wild west in 1876. $29, harpercollins.com

Wednesday 24

Grab your fiddle for an Open Jam with Nevada Old-Time Fiddlers Association. If you don’t have a fiddle, just listen to the sweet music. 6 p.m., James I. Gibson Library, 100 W. Lake Mead Pkwy., hendersonlibraries.com

Have a few drinks and paint Baby Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 during the Bubblegum Gallery’s paint class, being held tonight at Millennium Fandom Bar. Costumes encouraged! 6 p.m., $30, 900 Las Vegas Blvd. South, facebook.com/thebubblegumgallery

Looking for more stuff to do? Go to vegasseven.com/calendar.

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