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Where to go, what to learn and you should be cheering this week



NASCAR Weekend Racing fans, rejoice! This year’s Vegas events include Stratosphere Pole Day, (Friday), the Sam’s Town 300 (Saturday), and the Kobalt Tools 400 (Sunday). Drooling yet? March 4-6, times & prices vary, LV Motor Speedway.

Bare Wires What to do after the Drive-By Truckers’ Thursday-night Silverton show? Get a dose of catchy, throwback garage-punk and a discounted Neon Reverb festival pass ($10 off the normal $50 price). Now that’s an afterparty. March 3, 10 p.m., $6, Bunkhouse, with Hooves & Dude City.

Bark in the Park Saturday’s high of 70 should be perfect for you and your pooch to enjoy a day of doggone excitement. Watch a demonstration, enter your four-legged companion in a contest or adopt another furry friend! March 5, 10 a.m., free, Paseo Verde Park.

Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl

B-movie Night The monthly showcase for weird, twisted cinema moves to Saturdays with a showing of Japanese gore-fest Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl, hosted by Selene, Mistress of the Ring. March 5, midnight, free, Rave at Town Square, email for tickets.

Benefit for Marisa The Frank Caliendo Show Band teams up with a musical-comedy duo and third-generation magician Kristi Touguchi at a benefit show for a 26-year-old in need of hyperbaric oxygen treatment. March 7, 7 p.m., Black Door, donations requested.


Mountain West Tournament Turn the UNLV men’s basketball squad’s home court into a real advantage. With two league rivals ranked in the Top 10, the Rebels could use your help. March 8-12, $20-$35 per day, all-event pass $175, Thomas & Mack.


Grape Day Thinking Vegas could never produce a palatable chardonnay? Think again. Take a trip to the orchard to learn the basics of grape growing and winemaking while you sample vintages from fruit grown in the Valley. March 5, 8 a.m., 4700 Horse Dr., 257-5555.

Steve Vai online guitar lesson Help the guitarist break a Guinness World Record at Added bonus, the site’s promotional video from Spinal Tap’s Nigel Tufnel. March 3, 10:30 p.m.


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