The Copycats and Other Critters animal program runs on the weekends at the Springs Preserve January 29. It explores the range of special skills found among Mojave Desert animals. Participate in experiments and activities.
Ready to Roar is an exhibit of Prohibition Era fashion and culture, curated in conjunction with UNLV. It llustrates the indelible impact the Prohibition Era had on not only women’s fashions, but also on their rights and freedoms. Free with Museum admission.
Artists explore the cultural heritage of Chinese New Year for 2017. In the artwork, each artist is asked to include and highlight the animal associated with the year as well as investigate more information about Chinese heritage. Free. Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St.
Working within the constraints of feminism and formalism, the artist, Artist Shelbi Schroeder, challenges the viewer to look beyond the façade of repetition and decoration into a deeper understanding of female desire. Free. Las Vegas City Hall Grand Gallery, 495 S. Main St., first floor, artslasvegas.org
See how the relationship between the tiny fig wasp and the giant fig tree in Africa forms the basis of a complex food web for thousands of species. Wasps battle both predators and parasites in an attempt to reproduce and pollinate a tree whose flowers bloom inside the fruit. Saturdays and Sundays in January.
"Havana - in the times of Fidel," a collection of photos by Armand Thomas, will be on display through February 14 in the Summerlin Library Art Gallery. It shows the capital city of Cuba on the cusp of change, as a thawing political climate will inevitably lead to a transformation of its appearance and people.
Set in 1900 Sweden, A Little Night Music explores the tangled web of affairs centered on actress Desiree Armfeldt and the men who love her. Book by Hugh Wheler, music and lyrics by Steven Sondheim. $21–$24. Las Vegas Little Theatre, lvlt.org
The 16th annual Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival will run January 14 – 29, with most of the screenings on the Adelson Educational Campus in Summerlin. There's a mix of feature films and documentaries. Included will be a tribute to Kirk Douglas in honor of his 100th birthday, lifetime achievement in cinema, and Jewish philanthropy. .
Left of Center Art Gallery presents “A Room of One’s Own,” an exhibit of women visual and literary artists. Inspired by the feminist essay by Virginia Woolf published in 1929, it plays on the idea that women need their own space to create. It has professional visual artists from both Las Vegas and Los Angeles who work in all mediums, including video and installation; and professional literary artists.
Russian angst meets zombie-fu in Troy Heard's mash-up of classical theatre and modern horror. Part of Majestic Repertory Theatre’s inaugural season. $25. Majestic Repertory Theatre, majesticrepertory.com
A comedic tragedy by Taylor Mac about Isaac, a marine working in Mortuary Affairs, coming home from the war to take care of his father. Will Isaac's newly radicalized mother and transgender sibling make it easy for him? $16–$20. Cockroach Theatre, cockroachtheatre.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. Activities include bowling, movies, sports events, lunch/dinner outings, and leisure education classes. Hosted by the City of Las Vegas.
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 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.
Atul Gawande, MD’s bold visions for improving performance and safety in healthcare have made him one of the most sought-after speakers in medicine. His three books, Complications, Better and Check-list Manifesto, have all been highly praised inside and outside the medical community. His new book is Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. Free, tickets required. Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall at UNLV, atulgawande.com
UNLV's contemporary music ensemble performs the best in new music, including works by students, faculty, guests, and 20th - and 21st -century masters. Discover something original and unusual, and prepare to be surprised! 7:30 p.m. Free. Lee and Thomas Beam Music Center, unlv.edu
Men can, indeed, dance en pointe. You want to see Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo’s playful, entertaining parody of classical ballet because you’re guaranteed to enjoy dancers like Ida NevaSayNeva and The Legupski Brothers perform works from Swan Lake, Esmeralda, and Don Quixote. Warm up your winter with the world’s foremost all-male comic ballet company. $25–$75. 8 p.m. Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall at UNLV, trockadero.org