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Get your Kart on at Downtown Grand.
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    • Oscar screenings

      The 89th-annual Academy Awards air February 26 at 5:30 p.m. on ABC, hosted by Las Vegas’ own Jimmy Kimmel, and the days leading up to the awards offer plenty of chances to catch up on nominated films at local theaters. Regal Cinemas at Green Valley Ranch and Red Rock and Century Theaters at South Point are each offering $35 packages of tickets to see all nine of this year’s Best Picture nominees (Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, La La Land, Lion, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight) at various times through Sunday.

      At South Point, that $35 also gets you access to programs of this year’s nominated animated and live-action short films (including the new Pixar short “Piper,” plus live-action films from France, Switzerland, Denmark, Hungary and Spain). Or if you’d like to see the shorts programs by themselves, they’re playing February 24-26 at Century’s South Point and Suncoast locations, Friday-Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., for $10 per program.

      And finally, the Oscar-nominated documentary feature Fire at Sea, which never played in Las Vegas theaters, will be shown at the College of Southern Nevada’s Charleston campus (Building B, #102) for free February 24 at 6 p.m. The screening of the documentary, filmed on the Italian island of Lampedusa during the 2015 refugee crisis in Europe, will be followed by a Q&A with CSN Italian professor Barbara Bird and Italian film liaison Marta Soligo. February 23-26. –Josh Bell

    • Mardi Gras Vegas

      We’re not New Orleans, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do Mardi Gras right. A plethora of celebratory events kick off with the Historic Fifth Street School’s festival on February 24 (7:30-9 p.m., $10-$15), featuring Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys, whose style combines rhythm & blues, zydeco and Creole music. On the official Fat Tuesday (February 28), head out to Boulder Dam Brewing Co. (6-10 p.m., no cover). The pub will have nine beers from Louisiana’s Abita Brewing on tap, including Mardi Gras Bock and Andygator. Or, if you fancy Downtown’s vibe, ReBAR will host Mini Mardi Gras on February 28, complete with free beads and beer for participants. Make your own cardboard-box mini-float (there are prizes for the best and worst), then travel with their parade and New Orleans-style live band for a festive bar crawl (7 p.m., free). –Rosalie Spear

    • Heart and Soul at Henderson Events Plaza

      Known for bringing the Valley rich, diverse and daylong outdoor cultural programming, Henderson Events Plaza will host a considerable slate of African-American gospel singers (headlined by Felicia Coleman Evans) and dance troupes to celebrate Black History Month. February 25, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 200 Water St., free. –Mike Prevatt

    • Southwest Tea Festival at Lucky Dragon

      Sample, purchase and learn about different teas from all over the world. This second-annual tasting festival moves from Downtown 3rd Farmers Market to the authentic ambiance of the Lucky Dragon hotel and casino, already known for its impressive tea program. February 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; February 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; $30-$50. –Leslie Ventura

    • Classic Game Night at Downtown Grand

      Want to enter a video game tournament, but can’t roll with the current crop of first-person shooters/jumpers? Classic Game Night pits you against three classic Nintendo games: Mario Kart 64, Bomberman 64 and Mario Party 64. It has a $125 prize pool, and even includes a free drink. February 25, 6 p.m., $15. –Geoff Carter

    • Poet Morgan Parker at UNLV

      Incorporating politics, pop culture and personal experience, Parker’s new poetry collection, titled There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé, vies for that categorization. She’ll read as part of Black Mountain Institute’s Emerging Writers Series. March 1, 7 p.m., Rogers Literature & Law Building, Room 101, free. –C. Moon Reed

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