Kitten season seems to still be in full swing in the Las Vegas Valley, with many feral kittens rescued minus their moms. The great thing is that these little guys can adapt perfectly to life with humans with a little attention and nurturing. The Nevada SPCA in Las Vegas has 11 orphan kittens as of September 15 needing temporary homes. (Also some bunnies and a pregnant dog)
The UNLV School of Music presents dozens of free classical music recitals and concerts every term. Most are by students, performing solo or in small groups. There are also performances by music faculty, guest artists, and visiting ensembles. Some things, such as their symphony orchestra and wind band concerts, have a small charge. You can find the complete list on their website.
Gilcrease Orchard in the northwest part of the Las Vegas Valley has fruit and vegetables for sale. You can purchase from their stand or pick your own on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon. Check their website to see what's available. They also have apple cider.
UNLV's University Libraries will host an original First Folio of the works of William Shakespeare from 1623 in September, thanks to a traveling exhibit from the Folgers Shakespeare Library. Admission is free, but you need to sign-up for a time to see it, since space is limited.
Some 50 large-scale photos examining the whole lifespan of oil: drilling, production, distribution, the uses it’s put to. (The Canadian artist took some of the photos in North Las Vegas.) Oil — it gets into everything. Free, unlv.edu/barrickmuseum
Pop-Up Science will be held at the Springs Preserve (in the gardens) weekends in September. Kids will have a blast, whether they're exploring the gardens, meeting animals that call the garden home or performing a science experiment. No charge.
Super Summer Theater at Spring Mountain Ranch State Parlk presents the musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood September 8-24. The title character disappears mysteriously one stormy Christmas Eve-but has he been murdered? And if so, then whodunnit? The giddy playfulness of this play-within-a-play allows the audience to vote on one of several hilarious endings! Produced by Hynes-Sight Productions.
Hundreds of butterflies and an array of plants return to the seasonal butterfly exhibit at the Springs Preserve. Wander through the unique Butterfly Habitat and witness the interactions between free-flying butterflies and the plants that sustain them.
If you enjoyed the photos from the ‘Focus on Nevada’ annual photo contest from the June issue of Desert Companion, you can now feast your eyes on all the finalists at various locations around the valley. Come check out all the beautiful photography of Southern Nevada — including people and places, abstracts and nature shots, and even altered images.
This exhibition brings the science of the future into the present, sending you on a unique journey filled with explorations, curiosity and discovery. Interactive, engaging exhibits challenge the mind and body. You can move objects with your mind, become invisible, play games with robots, experience augmented reality and more. Science Fiction, Science Future is a co-production of Scitech Discovery Centre and Imagine Exhibitions.
Reception Sept. 23, 6 p.m. Stark will share a portfolio of recent ceramic work dedicated to ceremonial and memorial sculptural vessels. Free. Clark County Government Center Rotunda Gallery, clarkcountynv.gov
Revisit the true story of the iconic singer-songwriter from her beginning as a songwriting partner with Gerry Goffin through her personal tragedies and ultimate triumph as the creator of Tapestry and other classic albums. Features many of her greatest songs. $29–$127. Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center, thesmithcenter.com
Sept. 20–Oct 2, Tue-Sun 7:30 p.m., Sat & Sun 2 p.m.
Left of Center Art Gallery presents No Ordinary Life, an exhibition of paintings and installations by Kim Johnson, a native Las Vegan who received her BFA degree from UNLV. She has formally studied human anatomy, environmental science, and the principles of ecology and infuses the imagined into reality to create an other-worldly environment through dreamlike spaces and images. Through October 1.
6 p.m. Izel Ballet Folklorico will take you back to the time when Mexico battled for its independence. The group will pay tribute to many of the states in Mexico and feature colorful costumes and traditional dance. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Winchester Cultural Center, 3130 McLeod Drive, clarkcountynv.gov
7 p.m. Guitarist, organist and vocalist Peterson performed on The Ed Sullivan Show at the tender age of 5 and has released more than 20 albums featuring his take on modern blues. $39–$59. Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center, thesmithcenter.com