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
Friends of Nevada Wilderness hosts a meeting the first Thursday of every month at REI Boca Park: the Wild Speaker Series. It's a great way for folks who are interested in conservation to learn about current issues. Arrive at 6:45 to socialize and snack before the presentation at 7 p.m.
The acclaimed entertainers travel around the world in 90 minutes performing an eclectic mix of classic tunes with an international flair, from “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” to “Walking in Memphis.” $37–$46. Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center, thesmithcenter.com
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
A powerful tribute to Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen and Led Zeppelin fronted by singer/producer Brody Dolyniuk and joining forces with a 21 piece orchestra led by Vegas veteran Lon Bronson. The show incorporates stunning visuals, from state of the art lighting and lasers, to video imagery and up-close camera feeds of the group. $29–$59. 7:30 p.m. at Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center, thesmithcenter.com
The Southern Nevada Herpetological Society will meet on February 5 beginning at 7 p.m., at the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension's Lifelong Learning Center is Las Vegas. Turtles of Mexico—their lives in nature, and in captivity—will be the topic of discussion by Russ Gurley, owner of Living Art publishing.
7:30. An engrossing performance featuring the Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater, a multi-cultural five-star American dance company dedicated to continuing the legacy of excellence in the arts and bringing dance to the people. Free. West Las Vegas Library Theatre, 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.