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
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
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
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.
Chinese New Year is known as "Spring Festival" in China, “Tet New Year” in Vietnam and “Seol-lal” in Korea. For the first time, Chinese New Year in the Desert will be held in multiple locations over a one-week period. Participating venues include: The LINQ Promenade, Downtown Container Park, Fashion Show Mall, Las Vegas Natural History Museum and The Boulevard Mall.
Little films, all in your face! Comedies, dramas, documentaries, foreign shorts. This is quality short-attention-span theater. Pictured above, a still from The Bespoke Tailoring of Mister Bellamy, directed by Alexander Jeffery. Schedules and ticket info at damshortfilm.org
Clark County students from kindergarten to fifth grade were invited to submit drawings based on the theme, “Where I Live.” More than 1,600 entries from schools around the county were submitted. Free. Spring Valley Library, lvccld.org
A special photo exhibition in collaboration with the Las Vegas News Bureau and Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas. Free. Las Vegas City Hall Chamber Gallery, 495 S. Main St., second floor, artslasvegas.org
4p.m. A high-energy, fast-paced country show that features a wide range of classic to contemporary country music favorites performed by husband and wife team, Patrick and Tracy. $13. Starbright Theatre at Sun City Summerlin, scscai.com
Thurs - Sat 8 p.m.; Sun 5 p.m. This regional premiere celebrates cosplay culture as best friends fight their way through all nine flights of Dante’s Fire-Con to meet their anime artist idol. $15–$20. Onyx Theatre, onyxtheatre.com
The annual Pasta for Paws dinner benefitting the All Fur Love Animal Society will be held February 11, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Sauce, in Henderson. $30 includes dinner, music by American Voodoo, and a raffle ticket.
Barnes, author of the classic Vegas novel The Lucky, busts out of the valley with his new Texas-set novel The Gambler’s Apprentice. His prose? Spare, tight. His stories? Moving, human. His cred? Been in the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame since 2009. 7p, free, thewritersblock.org
Translated as "Women are Like That," this updated opera, based on the original libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte (with whom Mozart collaborated), is sung in English and accompanied by the Sin City Opera Orchestra. $15. Winchester Cultural Center, clarkcountynv.gov