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
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
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.
Comedic heavyweights Capri (Now That’s Funny! The Living Legends of Stand-up Comedy) and Solomon (My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy) deliver nonstop laughs in this stand-up comedy throwdown. Following a sports-announcer opening fit for a major boxing event, the comedians face off in two rounds of hilarious stand-up to test which funnyman can win the audience. 35–$40. Troesh Studio Theater at The Smith Center, thesmithcenter.com
House of Blues Music Forward Foundation presents Bringing Down the House at House of Blues Las Vegas, a chance to see some of Las Vegas' top emerging talent showcase their skills on the legendary House of Blues stage. Free, but tickets required.
Home + History Las Vegas focuses largely on the importance of Nevada’s history and the preservation of historic neighborhoods and structures, with an emphasis on Midcentury architecture, in the Las Vegas Valley. There will be a reception at the newly renovated Historic Westside School, plus bus tours, walking tours, and vintage Vegas home tours. And, cocktails each night. Hosted by the Nevada Preservation Foundation.
This exhibition combines traditional Mexican masks with contemporary artwork, to blur the lines between art and artifice, self and other, being and nonbeing. Far from static artifacts, masks point to shifting meanings and challenge us to question notions of identity. Free. Through April 28. Marjorie Barrick Museum at UNLV, unlv.edu
UNLV Percussion and the Moving Light Lab perform featuring Javier Nandayapa, Nick Mancini, James Bailey and Bishop Gorman Percussion. $10. 7:30 p.m. Black Box Theatre, Alta Ham Fine Arts at UNLV, unlv.edu
Award-winning trumpeter, composer and conductor Perrico leads a 30-piece ensemble of strings and horns. He is joined by a rhythm section featuring Latin percussionist Michito Sanchez and vocalists Lily Arce, Noybel Gorgoy and Eric Sean. $20–$40. 8 p.m. Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center, thesmithcenter.com
The Las Vegas Science and Technology Festival returns for nine days of educational activities April 28 through May 6 across the valley. The festival aims to spark curiosity and passion while celebrating the science and technology that makes this region special. There will be fifty or so free events.