Want to save lives? The Animal Foundation is offering training for volunteers to foster kittens (with or without their moms) through April, when kitten season is expected to start. They also need volunteers to walk dogs and help with dog playgroups, socialize cats, talk with people who are interested in adopting, and to foster adult cats and dogs who need a break from the shelter for medical or behavioral reasons.
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.
Is it ever not fun to see artists nudged from their usual work into something more whimsically specific and offbeat? No, it is not. So this exhibit — a cross-state collab between Las Vegas’ Core Contemporary Gallery and Virginia City’s St. Mary’s Art Center — ought to delight. Some 30 artists, split between both places, created exquisite corpse pieces that will surely teem with zinging juxtapositions, surreal imagination, and inspired silliness. (SD) Core Contemporary, 900 E. Karen Ave. #D-222, free, corecontemporary.com
It’s amazing what a life-changing moment it can be when you choose to open your heart to a child in need of a temporary home! There are approximately 3,000 children in the care of the Clark County Department of Family Services, ranging from toddlers to teenagers. Some are in foster homes and others need foster homes. Find out how you can help at a foster care info session.
The Community Cat Coalition of Clark County 1s an all-volunteer organization working to save feral and free-roaming cats through a trap, neuter and return program. C5 can use folks to help with the trapping and returning; caring for cats pre and post op, and co-ordinating with members of the community.
Be transported back to the era of Las Vegas as a burgeoning railroad town in the Boomtown 1905 exhibit. Walk through re-creations of the original train depot, Arizona Club, Majestic Theatre, First State Bank, Lincoln Hotel and a mercantile. Encounter interpretive, interactive exhibits and period décor to learn about life in 1905 - 1920 Las Vegas.
Police officers who work as partners can form bonds that go beyond friendship, fraternity, even love — but when those bonds break, the shockwaves are powerful. What happens when the trust, loyalty, and mutual respect between two veteran cops is tested by a painful truth? That’s the question facing Chicago police officers Joey and Denny in A Steady Rain. Based on an anecdotal story about serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, A Steady Rain explores the fallout when the officers respond to a call involving a young, frightened Vietnamese boy and an older man. The older man claims to be the boy’s uncle and convinces the officers to return the boy to his care. How Joey and Denny deal with the aftermath of their decision tests their moral core. (AK) Feb 7-23, 7:30p and 2p, $25-$30, The Usual Place, 100 S. Maryland Parkway, apublicfit.org
Take part in an eclectic experience — Nevada style! The year-in-the-making exhibit explores aspects of Nevada life far beyond the sagebrush and neon clichés. Coyotes, soapbox derby cars, maps: you can start to sense the breadth of this show. In addition to the largest photographic exhibit the museum has ever mounted, there are interactive elements, too. Type on a typewriter, feel an animal pelt. Bask in all of Nevada’s glory. Nevada State Museum, $9.95, nvculture.org
Academy Award-winning writer Tarell Alvin Mcraney (Moonlight) offers the story of Marcus, a young gay black man (“sweet” is Southern slang for gay) searching for the truth about his father, and himself. Its staging is often called “unconventional”: the characters’ dialogue includes stage directions, they often act in unison, and the stage itself isn’t overly realistic. “Taut, moving,” says Variety. (MC) UNLV’s Black Box Theatre, $10-$20, unlv.edu/calendar
The Jewish Genealogy Society meets on the third Sunday of the month at the Sahara West Library, starting at 1:30. They usually have a program devoted to some aspect of genealogy. Non-members are welcome to attend.
The library is at 9600 West Sahara Avenue. Their number is 507-3630.
Did we say men in boats? We meant women and non-binary people on boats. This is the high-voltage creative twist in Jaclyn Backhaus’ historical-adventure-comedy chronicling John Wesley Powell’s 1869 expedition through the Grand Canyon. However full of laughs it may be, this isn’t a drag-campy, RuPaul Goes West caper. The nontraditional casting subverts the macho bluster of Western mythmaking while, as the New York Times noted in an approving review, underlining how impossible it is to know the whole truth about the past. (SD), various times, $XX, Art Square Theatre, theatre.vegas
The exhibition features large-scale murals and interactive installations enriched by artist Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya’s belief that power and impact are created through connections and networks. Through Feb. 22. Marjorie Barrick Museum at UNLV, unlv.edu
"A Night at the Opera," a collaboration between Vegas City Opera and the Young Artists Orchestra will feature favorites by Mozart, Puccini, Bizet, and others. The singers have performed internationally and across the United States and now call Las Vegas home. Start time is 7:00.
In Ghana, the word “sankofa” is a one-word proverb that roughly translates into “Go back and get it.” In other words: Don’t forget the lessons of the past. That’s the animating idea behind Sankofa: A Musical Celebration of Black History. The show promises to be a fond revisiting and historic consideration of the rich music and dance of African culture, whether it’s tribal music from the continent, gospel songs from church, or jazz from the Harlem Renaissance. Las Vegas entertainer Michelle Johnson, the show’s producer, has culled an all-star team from friends and colleagues in the Las Vegas entertainment scene to perform, which promises to make Sankofa just as much a talent showcase as a celebration of heritage. (AK) 3p, Myron’s Cabaret Jazz in The Smith Center, $25-$40, thesmithcenter.com
From Leontyne Price to Jessye Norman, Scott Joplin to Porgy and Bess, the contributions of African Americans to the American musical canon were achieved in the face of prejudice and exclusion. In this concert, Opera Las Vegas salutes back composers, performers, and works. (SD) 2p, free, Windmill Library, operalasvegas.com
The Southern Nevada Rock Art Association meets on the fourth Monday of every month, starting at 6:30 p.m., in the REI store in Boca Park. Admission is free and anyone interested in rock art is invited to attend. There's usually a program on rock art and/or archeology, most often local or regional.
The Rape Crisis Center in Las Vegas uses male and female volunteers, ages 21 and over, to assist sexual assault victims. Volunteers assist the staff of the center by answering crisis calls around the clock, making referrals for victims and others who are seeking assistance, and more.
What is the secret sauce of Shen Yun that the show inspires such fervent fandom, such reverential awe? The flawless dancing, the impeccable music? The aura of optimism that seems to beam from every colorful poster and TV ad? Could be. Or it could be the larger story that looms behind all the joyous dancing: Shen Yun performers are practictioners of Falun Dafa, a religious practice related to Buddhism that employs meditation and moral instruction in service of human goodness and achievement; and they feel that dance in particular is an art form that flourishes under the auspices of their religion. But in China, Falun Dafa is banned, considered a dangerous cult; adherents are regularly persecuted. In that light, Shen Yun is more than a dance performance; it’s a highly physical expression of religious devotion. (AK) 7:30p, Reynolds Hall in The Smith Center, $84-$224, thesmithcenter.com
Leisure Connection (for adults 22+) is a social group for high-functioning adults with developmental disabilities. It provides recreational activities that promote socialization and independence in the community.