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.
The coming 2016 Chinese New Year is the Year of the Monkey. Artists in this annual invitational fine art exhibit are asked to make pieces that include the Monkey and signifiers, images or visual concepts that honor and celebrate Chinese tradition. Free. Historic Fifth Street School Mayor’s Gallery, 401 S. Fourth St., artslasvegas.org
This installation by Audrey Barcio features seven reflective triangular towers that, while taller than most viewers, will appear tiny in relation to the rotunda. Free. Clark County Government Center Rotunda Gallery, clarkcountynv.gov
Artist John Trimble’s collection of acrylic paintings illustrate the various moods and emotions one might experience in daily life through the amplified use of color. This exhibition will encourage viewers to look at color in a non-traditional way. Free. West Las Vegas Arts Center, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd., artslasvegas.org
Artists Elizabeth Blau, Rossitiza Todorova and Orlando Montenegro Cruz explore similar topics having to do with nature, movement relating to travel through space, and human effect on the environment. Free. Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., artslasvegas.org
Brent Holmes’s collection focuses on the Latin ideologies of epicurean ideals through the philosophical views of Lucretius. He presents Polaroid photographs and digital images and an installation of Doric columns. Free. Winchester Gallery.
The first of 10 monthly exhibits of political satire, curated by art activist, Diane Bush. The launching exhibit at the Brett Wesley Gallery features 10 national and local artists, in a wide variety of media and styles. The effort is geared towards celebrating free speech, providing light relief during a stressful election season, emboldening artists and registering new voters, with Rock the Vote.
Weekends through February 28 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Visit Sustainability Gulch, a live, wacky, wild-west puppet adventure. Learn how the citizens of Sustainability Gulch live in harmony with the environment and how you can do the same. For $5, stay for the Puppet Party Hoedown after the show. Meet, sing, dance and take pictures with the citizens of Sustainability Gulch.
10A-4P. Dating back to 1923, these awards are part of the nation’s longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens. Come explore the best artwork and writing from local students in a variety of category and mediums. Free for members or with paid general admission. Big Springs Gallery, springspreserve.org
Christ Church Episcopal in Las Vegas is hosting an organ recital series through April 29, with local, national and international musicians. Dates are February 5 and April 29. The organ, they say, is the biggest in the state. Suggested donation is $15.
Originally from Ethiopia, Eyob Mergia is a painter, filmmaker and photographer. His large drawings; colorful, multi-panel paintings; and murals borrow from many different artistic styles — from the emotional realism of the Baroque period to cubism and expressionistic abstraction of the early twentieth century. Free. Sahara West Library, lvccld.org
Defying categorization, Pink Martini is a stylish and sophisticated musical blend, combining elements of jazz, classical, and old-fashioned pop with unexpected Cuban and Brazilian rhythms. They’ll join the Las Vegas Philharmonic in concert at the Smith Center February 6, starting at 7:30.
One of the foremost violinists of our time, Chang dazzles audiences with her technical virtuosity and emotional depth. She will be joined on piano by Elizalde. $25–$75. 8 p.m. at the Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall at UNLV, unlv.edu
12–6 p.m. Laissez les bons temps rouler (let the good times roll) as you celebrate Cajun and Creole culture. Featuring live music, food from local Southern eateries, a beer garden for the adults, a character parade and crafts for the kids. $6. Springs Preserve, springspreserve.org
Learn about the critical role that ice plays in the lives of people and animals in the Arctic. Find out how they've responded to the rapid changes brought on by climate change in their environment. Shown on weekends.
3 p.m. This concert for the young and the young at heart introduces the orchestra, how it functions and the sounds of the instruments, with informative narratives about the composers and their music. The program is illustrated with well-known classics and popular American music. Highlighting the performance is award-winning magician Jason Andrews. Free. Main Theater at Clark County Library, lvccld.org