If Victorian England is more to your liking than modern Las Vegas, a trip back in time may be closer than you think. At 6 p.m. every Thursday at the Charleston Heights Art Center, 800 S. Brush St., the Southern Nevada Old Time Country Dancers meet for an evening of English country dancing. Often performed in large groups, the intricately choreographed routines are fun and actually not that hard to learn. Tickets for one session are only $5. For information, call 229-6383.
Smokey Robinson just gets better with age. Having recently celebrated 55 years in the music business, the Motown maestro will perform at 8 p.m. in the Eastside Cannery Casino’s Casablanca Event Center. The Grammy Award winner will take concert-goers on a musical time warp with such classics as “Just to See Her” and “I Second That Emotion.” Tickets and information are available at EastsideCannery.com.
Dancing With the Stars champion and co-host Brooke Burke handled the tango with ease, but how will she deal with hosting duties tonight at the 90th Miss America at Planet Hollywood? You’ll have to show up to find out before the rest of the nation. The pageant kicks off Friday with a parade starting at the Paris, and ends tonight with the finale at Planet Hollywood. Tickets are $150 plus fees, available at Ticketmaster. If that’s too rich for your blood, ABC will be carrying tape-delayed coverage at 9 p.m.
A unique piece of art can truly bring a room together; it can also come with a hefty price tag. So the New Vista Community is holding a special event to give Valley residents a shot at custom, local, affordable artwork with their Shabby $hic Sunday, 11 a.m. at Emergency Arts, 520 Fremont St. Local artists will be showcasing work all priced under $100. Admission is free. For information visit NewVistaCommunity.org.
Today would have been Martin Luther King Jr.’s 82nd birthday, and Valley residents are celebrating the civil rights leader’s influential life. For example, the Nevada Desert Experience, a nonprofit organization, would like you to join its Peace Platoon. They’ll meet at 10 a.m. at Fourth Street and Hoover Avenue to read King’s influential speeches aloud while parading through downtown. They continue the remembrance on Wednesday with a showing of the PBS documentary Citizen King at 7 p.m. at the NDE’s Pace e Bene enclave, 1420 W. Bartlett Ave. For information, visit NevadaDesertExperience.org.
Why the obsession with the well-dressed thugs who populate films such as Casino and Goodfellas? Good question, and one that the Clark County Library will ponder as part of its ongoing Mob Month series, 7 p.m. at 1401 E. Flamingo Road. Frank Cullotta, a former Chicago mobster and technical adviser on Casino, and Henry Hill, whose life was the basis of Goodfellas, will headline a panel on Hollywood’s influence on mob life. Go if you know what’s good for you. Visit lvccld.org for information.
Does your broadsword have plus-five agility? If you understand what that means, you’re a candidate for the Dungeons & Dragons group that meets at Avatar Comics, 881 S. Rainbow Road, every other Wednesday to explore the Chaos Scar in D&D Encounters Season 3. The group meets at 5:30 p.m. and has six open seats available on a first-come, first-served basis, but they can make room for more. Grab that 12-sided die. Call 795-8700 for information.