The Animal Foundation will hold their 14th annual Best in Show on April 23 in the Thomas and Mack Cemter. There will be 50 dogs from the shelter competing to be named top dog, and all will be available for adoption afterwards. Sponsoships are available, and individuals and groups are invited to volunteer.
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.
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
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
The beloved story of the small, tradition-steeped town of Anatevka, Russia, where Jews and Russians live in delicate balance. During the course of the show, the time-honored traditions of Anatevka are both embraced and challenged by Tevye, a poor dairyman, as he tries to instill in his five daughters the traditions of his tight-knit Jewish community in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. $25–$30. 7:30 p.m. Theatre at Summerlin Library, lvccld.org
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
An Alzheimer's caregiver support group meets on the third Tuesday of the month, from 10 to 11 a.m., at the H2U MountainView Office in Las Vegas. It allows family, friends, caregivers and others to meet regularly for mutual emotional support and to discuss coping skills.
Keep Memory Alive at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas hosts "Lunch & Learn" talks most Wednesdays from noon to 1:00. Most often they cover topics of interest to those serving as caregivers to people with dementia.
Relax in the "Village Square" at the Center for Science and Wonder. Take a dish or bottle of wine to share and, if you have song in your heart, take your favorite instrument. Share a story. Enjoy an old fashioned Village Social. Doors open at 6 p.m. It's behind the PTs restaurant in the southeast part of the parking lot.
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 Realistic Joneses introduces us to Bob and Jennifer and John and Pony, two separate Jones families that share more than just a common backyard fence. As one set of Joneses begins to struggle with a sudden harsh reality, the second Jones family throws a bright spotlight on everyone’s secret fears and hidden frailties. $10-$25 CSN’s Backstage Theatre, 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave., apublicfit.org
Something bookish this way comes — an innovative new literary event, featuring an evening of readings in Red Rock Canyon, a clever mock trial (of the American Dream) in the Mob Museum’s historic courtroom, and more at Downtown locations. Guests include Dave Eggers, Heidi Julavits, Carrie Brownstein, Miranda July and more. Big, big. See blackmountaininstitute.org for details.
Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation will host its 8th annual Ladybug Ball at Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa on April 22, starting at 6 p.m. There will be a hosted cocktail reception, a multi-course gourmet meal, live and silent auctions, entertainment, and a rockin’ VIP after party.
The 3rd annual Dads Night Out to benefit the Fatherhood Support Network will be held April 22 at the Aliante. Included will be a a buffet dinner, guest speaker, a silent auction, and the Best Dads Awards. The non-profit organization mentors and supports dads in their efforts to maintain an active role in the lives of their children.
Mark Preston is an international entertainer who performed as a member of The Lettermen for 11 years. Michelle Murlin is a versatile singer/dancer/actress who has appeared in multiple Broadway hits. Between these two dynamic performers and a swinging band, you can expect to hear world-class music with comedic antics and impersonations in-between. $20. 7 p.m. Starbright Theatre at Sun City Summerlin, scscai.com
With a legendary career spanning more than four decades, Kansas has firmly established itself as one of America’s iconic classic rock bands. $33–$99. 7:30 p.m. Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center, thesmithcenter.com