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
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.
Held on the fourth Wednesday of every month, starting at 11:45 a.m in the Clark County Library. Take something to eat and join folks from other non-profit organizations for a networking lunch. There's no formal agenda, just sharing.
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.
The Canyonlands Field Institute will hold a camping field trip to the Eastern Book Cliffs (Colorado/Utah border) May 27-29. You would see incredible native rock art spanning 8000 years and historic trapper inscriptions, and learn about ranching families and cattle and sheep “wars” and about geologic formations and current and proposed energy development in the area.
Drawing on her French and Chinese heritages, chanteuse and songwriter Jessica Fichot performs a combination of French chanson, 1940s Shanghai jazz, swing and international folk. Armed with her accordion, toy piano and multilingual vocals, Fichot is backed by a fiery band of clarinet/saxophone, upright bass and guitar. $16 advance, $19 at the door. 7 p.m. Winchester Cultural Center, 3130 McLeod Drive, clarkcountynv.gov
Before Full House and America’s Funniest Home Videos, Saget was an award-winning standup comedian. He’s also a successful writer, director, and producer. This night is sure to be filled with fun and laughter. 21+. $30–$100. 7 p.m. Brooklyn Bowl at The Linq, brooklynbowl.com
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.