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.
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
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.
Just in time for the prom! Based on the classic Stephen King novel, this musical about a young girl with telekinetic powers comes to bloody life in its Vegas premiere. $27. Majestic Repertory Theatre, 1217 S. Main St., majesticrepertory.com
Olive Crest Nevada is looking for donations of body wash, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, and other hygiene items for their clients. Olive Crest provides emergency and long term shelter and care for abused, vulnerable and neglected children.
Lucas Hnath’s soul-searching drama journeys into the crisis of belief that is ignited in a flock of Evangelical Christians when their pastor announces a radical departure from church doctrine. $16–$20. Cockroach Theatre, cockroachtheatre.com
Explore the style and function of Art Deco design in water facilities across the Western United States through the stunning black and white pinhole photography of Cody Brothers. Free for members or included with paid general admission. Big Springs Gallery, Springs Preserve, springspreserve.org
Artists of all ages and backgrounds were invited to enter and have their artwork displayed in the show, judged in categories, and bid on in a silent auction. This exhibit showcases the winners in multiple categories. Free. Las Vegas City Hall, second floor outside City Council Chambers, 495 S. Main St., Mon.- Fri. 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., elkshelldorado.com
New work from artist Jennifer Henry featuring wearable sculptures crafted from new and reclaimed materials and set in lush environments that capture the forlorn fantasy of fictional lost loves’ very last moments. Free. Clark County Government Center Rotunda Gallery, clarkcountynv.gov
The artwork in this exhibit was gathered by a national call for art that uses beadwork and thread predominately and creatively. Free. Las Vegas City Hall Chamber Gallery, 495 S. Main St., second floor, artslasvegas.org
Paying tribute to the iconic entertainment found only in Las Vegas, this show features entertainers, sparkle, talent, and a “wow” factor that is worthy of our fair city. $20 Starbright Theatre at Sun City Summerlin, scscai.com
Each ticket includes unlimited samples of beers from across the country and around the world. Commemorative mugs will be available to the first 1,900 guests. Local and national blues acts will provide the back beat while vendors will have plenty of tasty food options for purchase. $35–$75. 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Springs Preserve, springspreserve.org
Set in a world where humanity is forced to deal with the existence of natural-born clowns, one clown must return to the city he abandoned to find his lost love and solve a diabolical murder that may destroy his kind forever. This musical concert will benefit the Nevada Conservatory Theater. $30. 2 p.m. Judy Bayley Theatre at UNLV, unlv.edu
The Las Vegas Philharmonic presents Anton Bruckner’s 6th Symphony. Also featured are Mozart’s Overture to Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) and Richard Strauss’ Concerto for Oboe and Small Orchestra, featuring Liam Boisset on oboe. $30–$109. 7:30 p.m.; Pre-concert conversation at 6:30 p.m. Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center, thesmithcenter.com
Purbasha Banerjee, Artistic Director of Nritya Academy of Indian Dances, discusses the culture behind classical and modern dances of India. Following her lecture, the dancers of Nritya Academy of Indian Dances will give live performances of "Bharata Natyam" and Bollywood. Free. 2p.m. Concert Hall at Whitney Library, lvccld.org
The Young Artists Orchestra closes out the season with one of the most famous works in classical music, Beethoven’s Symphony no. 5. Russian-Canadian violin virtuoso Stanislav Pronin makes his Las Vegas debut in Ravel’s Tzigane. The Young Artists Orchestra Academy will play works by Bach. It all starts at 2 p.m.
The Tamburitzans present dance and music from Croatia, Armenia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Russia, Ukraine, France, and India — with a finale “Dance of the Roma” that will leave you breathless. $20. 7 p.m. Starbright Theatre at Sun City Summerlin, scscai.com
The show is an all-new, first-class entertainment experience based on the hit films Magic Mike and Magic Mike XXL. It is a sizzling 360-degree dance and acrobatic striptease spectacular guaranteed to bring on the heat. $49–$139. Club Domina at Hard Rock Hotel, magicmikelivelasvegas.com
Join us as we celebrate this year’s Photo Contest finalists at the 5th Annual Desert Companion Photo Showcase on Wednesday, May 31 from 5:30 - 9:00 p.m. at the Historic 5th Street School. Enjoy light-bites, refreshments, and entertainment along with a retrospective exhibit showcasing a selection of past Photo Contest winners.