The Las Vegas 51s’ home opener, a Brazilian festival and other stuff you’ll want to know about

New York State of Mind: Pitcher Carlos Torres and the 51s will rep the Mets franchise in Vegas this season.


Las Vegas 51s The local Triple-A baseball team switched its Major League affiliation from the Blue Jays to the Mets in the offseason, which means top-ranked prospects like pitcher Zack Wheeler and catcher Travis d’Arnaud will call Cashman Field home this year (at least for now). Get an early look at the new squad during its first home stand. Vs. Colorado Springs Sky Sox, April 12-15, times vary, $8-$20.

Vegas Loves Brazil The sexy, colorful culture of Brazil showcases its best for the sexy, colorful culture of Vegas. From samba and capoeira performances to a vendor corridor that’s all about juicy meat skewers and açai libations, this fest is the real deal. April 13, 1-9 p.m., $5, Clark County Amphitheater.

Dealer’s Choice Patrick Marber’s award-winning play is a perfect Vegas fit: six guys sitting around a poker table. Learn life lessons on the perils of gambling as you’re entertained. April 12-14, 19-21, times vary, $15, Onyx Theatre.


Spike & Mike’s Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation The birthplace of Beavis and Butt-Head, this touring show of animated shorts is all about the kind of strange and sinister films that don’t get love from the Academy. April 18, 11 p.m., $15-$17, 18+, Vinyl.

Words and Patterns Connie Norman takes ceramics in a contemporary stylized direction by incorporating text, patterns and bold colors into works on display at Clay Arts Vegas. Through April 27, 1511 S. Main St.


AIDS Walk Las Vegas More than 9,000 people walked last year, raising over $450,000 for Aid for AIDS of Nevada. This year’s goal is $600,000, and AFAN is hoping you’ll come out to support, exercise and enjoy some live entertainment. April 14, 8 a.m. registration, 10:30 a.m. walk, $50, UNLV.


UNLVino tickets The 39th edition of our favorite local boozefest runs April 18-21, so now’s the time to secure a spot. New this year is the celebrity chef-studded Bar-B-Q at the Ruvo Center on Sunday, April 21, with craft cocktails paired with tasty grub. Individual event tickets start at $100, various venues, unlvino.com & unlvtickets.com.


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