Looking for a new best friend? The Animal Foundation in Las Vegas is lowering adoption fees for dogs six months and older in March to just $50. Fees are waived for pit bulls. This includes shots, spaying/neutering, and microchipping. There might be an additional $10 city license fee, depending on where you live. Also, no fees for rabbits.
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 Nevada State Museum at the Springs Preserve has two exhibits running through August 31. "Folies Bergere: Entertaining Las Vegas, One Rhinestone at a Time" looks back at the show that ran for nearly 50 years at the Tropicana, with rare photographs, spectacular costumes, and the personal narratives of those who brought life to the show. "Branding Las Vegas, 1941 - 1958: Highlights from the Greeno Collection" has promotional items from casinos.
To the fiction writer, Las Vegas has always offered a fecund excess of things worth writing about: spectacle, risk, easy money, over-the-top characters, the resonant dichotomy of illusion and reality (remember when they were different things?) and a gonzo permissiveness. Now the UNLV library has assembled an exhibit of books that showcase the wide range of Vegas’ portrayals in fiction, a veritable syllabus for the well-read Las Vegan. Through June, unlv.edu/calendar
Enjoy hundreds of butterflies and the plants they depend on in the Springs Preserve's seasonal Butterfly Habitat, open daily from 10-3. You'll emerge with a better understanding of just what it takes for butterflies to survive. And, of course, they're a lot of fun to watch.
“First Installment: History - Abandoned Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Germany” is a limited-edition photographic art collection celebrating diversity, culture and humanity, dedicated to inspire by portraying extraordinary sites, accomplishments and ideas in past, present and future. Tivoli Village, 400 S. Rampart Blvd., mariobasner.com
After suffering a major loss while he was on a cross-country bike trip, 21-year-old Leo seeks solace from his feisty 91-year-old grandmother Vera in her West Village apartment over the course of a single month. $10–$15. The Black Box at Las Vegas Little Theatre, lvlt.org
The pavilion transforms into a magical kingdom beneath the sea, where the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. $20. Henderson Pavilion, 200 S. Green Valley Parkway, cityofhenderson.com
The God-fearing children of Cypress, Texas spend their after-school hours practicing Christian Puppet Ministry at the local church. When one devout young boy discovers that his hand puppet has a life of its own, all hell breaks loose. Literally. $23. Majestic Repertory Theatre, 1217 S. Main St., majesticrepertory.com
In this encore presentation, renowned critically-acclaimed pianist Fortenberry and emerging star vocalist Emmet perform across genres from classical to Broadway and pop. $25–$45. 7 p.m. Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center, thesmithcenter.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.
This renowned pedal steel guitarist, vocalist and songwriter grew up in the church and had such a cloistered childhood and adolescence that he heard no secular music while growing up — which makes it all the more remarkable that Randolph is today an inspiration to the likes of Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana and Derek Trucks, all of whom have played with him and studied his technique. $20 advance, $22.50 day of show, $37.50 VIP lounge. 6 p.m. Brooklyn Bowl at The Linq, brooklynbowl.com
There is a parade of musical talent lining up at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas this winter, and we are bringing you specially-priced tickets for each show, with 100% of the proceeds benefitting the radio you love. Many musicians claim that they “grew up in the church,” but for Robert Randolph that is literally the case.
The UNLV University Libraries will host "Sin City Apocalypse: Writing and Editing Las Vegas Dystopian Futures" on March 28 at 4 p.m. in the Lied Library. Dr. Jarret Keene, assistant professor in residence of English at UNLV, will survey fictional and cinematic images of the neon heartland.
Join business leaders at this event aimed at involving the business community in efforts to improve Nevada’s public K–12 education system. This year’s summit will include experts and panel discussions, focused on four areas of need in our public schools, which are directly tied to student success in the classroom. $20, $50 for the luncheon. 7 a.m. Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center, thesmithcenter.com
Planned Parenthood of Southern Nevada will host its 8th annual Corks and Forks Gala March 30 in The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Elaine Wynn will receive the Joyce Mack Philanthropic Award.
UNLV's College of Liberal Arts' University Forum lecture series presents "From Pancho to Pacquiao: Masculinity, Nationalism, and Filipino Boxing," a talk by Constancio R. Arnaldo, Jr., a post-doctoral scholar at UNLV.
The Las Vegas Music and Wine Festival Pop-up Series takes classical music outside of the concert hall and repackages the experience. Gaudin Porsche of Las Vegas will host a recital March 30, with wine and lite bites accompanying the music. Works by Brahms, Schumann, Bach, and Handel-Halvorsen will be performed by the Las Vegas Music and Wine Festival's director, pianist Alexandria Le, Brian Bak and Yuri Cho (violins), Yunior Lopez (viola), and Andrew Smith (cello).
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. Through March 31.