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 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
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.
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.
Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell, visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night. With a sprinkle of pixie dust, they begin a fantastical journey across the stars to new lands that none of them will ever forget. Take the entire family to enjoy this co-production with the Rainbow Company Youth Theatre. $27.50–$33. Tues. - Thurs. at 7:30 p.m. Judy Bayley Theatre at UNLV, unlv.edu
This installation asks viewers to participate in the process of viewing through the work and examining the layers that make the paintings. Playfully placed in a “park” of Astroturf, five paintings comprised of laser-cut images deconstruct common objects into abstract shapes and forms. Free. Clark County Government Center Rotunda Gallery, clarkcountynv.gov
Chambers investigates the material connection between painting and the human body. The exhibition is comprised of paintings, each of which emphasizes the qualities of both paint and flesh: their color, viscosity, and texture. Free. Winchester Gallery, 3130 McLeod Drive, clarkcountynv.gov
A juried ceramic teapot exhibit that benefits the artistic education of Vegas teens. All of the details of the exhibition are based on international professional calls for work in the ceramics industry, from the juror selection to the venue. Free. 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Las Vegas City Hall Grand Gallery, 495 S. Main St., theneonteapotprize.com
A spirited presentation of some of the most beloved contemporary music ever written, including many of John Denver and the Beach Boys’ greatest hits and a rousing chorus from Vivaldi’s Gloria. $10. Starbright Theatre at Sun City Summerlin, scscai.com
The Las Vegas Celtic Society hosts their 13th annual Celtic Gathering and Highland Games at Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs April 29 and 30. There will be live music, Celtic dancers, pipe and drum competitions, beer gardens and plenty of food and drink. And, of course, amazing feats of strength at the highland games!
It will be an afternoon of wine tasting, fabulous boutique shopping, raffles, live and silent auctions, best in shoe contest, shoe guys, fashion show and more to benefit St. Jude's Ranch for Children. The non-profit organization has been transforming the lives of abused and neglected children in Southern Nevada for over 50 years.
Critically acclaimed entertainer Bergen is best known as Blake Moran on the CBS hit Madam Secretary and to local audiences as Bob Gaudio in the original Las Vegas production of Jersey Boys. Filled with songs from The Great American Songbook all the way through today’s top hits, Bergen and his band will have you laughing, crying and singing along for the entire show. $39–$65. Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center, thesmithcenter.com