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.
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
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.
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)
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.
Day of Caring is the United Way's largest one-day community-wide volunteer event celebrating the spirit and value of volunteering. Don’t miss this opportunity to impact our entire community, help local nonprofits and schools, connect with others and participate in the most anticipated United Way event of the year. September 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
7 p.m. Merle Haggard once called DeMent “The best singer I have ever heard.” She performs country and folk songs from her recent album, The Trackless Woods, as well as earlier material. $39–$59. Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center, thesmithcenter.com
2 p.m. Mexico Vivo Dance Company celebrates its 21st anniversary with a bilingual celebration of rock music, featuring selected songs and dances from the 1971 show Grease. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Winchester Cultural Center, 3130 McLeod Drive, mexicovivodancecompany.com
Visit Nevada’s longest running stand-alone haunted attraction as it celebrates its 18th year of being a “Top Haunt.” Walk through the sanitarium as a terrifying story unveils. This isn’t your basic monsters and spooks attraction, this is the real deal. $15–$35. Fri. & Sat. 6:30 p.ml.; Sun & Thu 6:30 - 10 p.m. Meadows Mall, lvhaunts.com
Continually voted one of the scariest haunted houses on the planet! Enter through the Gates of Hell (rated R), be vexed by the Coven 13 and sink you fangs into Castle Vampyre. $14–$35. Grand Canyon Shopping Center, 4245 S. Grand Canyon Drive, freaklingbros.com
Local artist Cristian S. Aluas has formed a concept-driven art series featuring six pieces inspired by the relationships people create with each other and the energy each person shares with the universe. Aluas used locally sourced carbon steel and materials from Nevada’s natural surroundings in his sophisticated, thought-provoking three-dimensional works of art. Through September 30. Free. The Delano, csa1.ca
You're invited to spend some time with piano experimentalist and poet Seth Carlos Mongrut October 1 at the Sahara West Library. Through his music and motivational poetry, Mongrut hopes to inspire his audience by tapping into their soul, influencing them to expand their minds, and work toward making the world a better place, one listener at a time. It starts at 2:00.
Wildland firefighter and environmental sciences educator Scott Abella’s new book is richly illustrated with 247 photos, maps and sketches, and is supported by more than 350 scientific literature citations. Join Abella as he reveals what damage has been done and what efforts are being made to salvage our 408 national parks, including those in Nevada. A book signing will follow the presentation. Free. 2 p.m. Jewel Box Theater at Clark County Library, lvccld.org