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Ekoh performs at Vinyl at the Hard Rock on March 5.
    • The Mint 400

      March is filled with big sporting events in Las Vegas, and it’s fitting that the one kicking it off is one of our most historic. Established in 1967, “the Great American Off-Road Race” is a grueling, 400-mile Nevada desert marathon, sort of the Super Bowl of its sport, even if you know it best as the event that inspired a certain writer’s certain savage journey to the heart of the American dream. This year’s extracurriculars are again based Downtown, including a documentary film presentation, elevated food and drink offerings for spectators and VIPs and a Saturday champions’ party at Hogs & Heifers. March 2-5, themint400.com. –Brock Radke

    • Wonderland Gallery No. 2 Opening

      Suite 160 near the north entrance of the Arts Factory has an interesting history. It’s the space that formerly housed Trifecta, Jenny Valdez Gallery and Twisted Artist Galley, and it was the original home of Jana’s RedRoom. Now, Wonderland Gallery has annexed #160 as its second location, in which it plans to showcase more local art. The first exhibiting artists will be owners Lynne Adamson Adrian and Kat Tatz, photographer Karen DiSorbo and mixed-media artist Debora Tsakalos.

      The original Wonderland (#110) has chosen Gear Duran (Gearboxxx) and Heather Hermann (the Duchess of Deco) as March’s featured duo, with both exhibiting never-before-shown work. Their show, Raw and Uncut in Virtual Hyperspace, consists of visually stimulating art from a Cyberpunk world, based on Chinese and Japanese painting techniques, in multiple mediums ranging from digital imagery to spray paint. March 2, 4 p.m., On display through March 29, free. –Rosalie Spear

    • Know Your Immigration Rights lecture at UNLV

      These are dark days for anybody whose immigration status is in question. Ever since Trump took office, fear, uncertainty and misinformation have prevailed. UNLV Law Professor Michael Kagan will attempt to deliver clarity, via a lecture entitled “President Trump’s Legal Threats to Immigrant Rights, and Legal Avenues of Resistance.” The director of UNLV’s Boyd School of Law Immigration Clinic, Kagan has spent years working around the world for immigrants’ human rights. Who knew he’d be so needed at home? March 3, 6 p.m., John S. Wright Hall (Room 151, Building C), free. –C. Moon Reed

    • Nightmare Before Christmas Group Art Show at Bubblegum Gallery

      Consider the strange case of Tim Burton and Henry Selick’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. When Disney first released the stop-motion animated film in 1993, it didn’t actually call it a Disney film, instead releasing the film under its Touchstone Pictures imprint. The film performed tepidly; it didn’t even place in that year’s domestic top 20. (It was #27, underneath such enduring classics as Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit.) It wasn’t an auspicious beginning for the cultural icon that would someday give Hot Topic a reason to exist. But time has written Nightmare’s story from minor performer to towering inspiration, and this week, an entire Halloween Town’s worth of Vegas artists—including Roselle Carmina Joie Tuzon, John Patterson, Rachel D’Onofrio and more—fill Bubblegum Gallery with their heartfelt tributes to a movie that made less money on first release than the live-action Dennis the Menace. Anyway, head to the show, check out cool artistic representations of Jack Skellington and imagine a parallel universe that went crazy for Sister Act 2 instead. March 3, 6 p.m., 1800 S. Industrial Rd. #207D, free. –Geoff Carter

    • UNLV Dance presents Movement & Tides

      Professor of Dance Victoria Baltimore-Dale is a master of jazz. Her many credits include performing as the Green Lady in the film The Wiz, teaching master classes in China and working as a professional dancer and choreographer for various companies around the country. This weekend, the choreography of Baltimore-Dale and four other UNLV dance faculty/artists-in-residence will be on display in an original dance performance, which should be as varied as the professors participating. March 3 at 7:30 p.m., March 4 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., Judy Bayley Theatre, $10-$18. –C. Moon Reed

    • The Music of John Williams: Star Ways and Beyond at Reynolds Hall

      We won’t spoil the exact setlist for you (ahem, Smith Center website!). Just know that when the Las Vegas Philharmonic and Las Vegas Master Singers team up for two shows, Williams’ most cherished cinematic works will be well-represented, including E.T., Jaws, Harry Potter, Saving Private Ryan and yes, the big S-W. No booing when (er, if!) they play something from the prequels. March 4 at 7:30 p.m., March 5 at 2 p.m.; $30-$109. –Spencer Patterson

    • Ekoh at Vinyl

      It’s not just us. Huffington Post contributor and Fresh Is the Word podcast host Kelly Frazier has also been hooked on the playful new video for Ekoh’s latest single, “Let Me Down Easy.” Check the short—featuring cameos from Carrot Top and BMX rider T.J. Lavin—before catching the Vegas MC’s show this weekend. With Donnie Menace, Luck Factor Zero, Austin Cain. March 5, 7 p.m., $8-$20 –Leslie Ventura

    • Other Mama Guest Chef Dinner at Honey Salt

      Two favorite west-side neighborhood restaurants converge when Other Mama chef Dan Krohmer pops up at Honey Salt Tuesday night. Along with his sublime salmon tartare with waffle fries, Krohmer will serve up new stuff like chicken-fried Kobe beef in truffle-mushroom gravy and a spicy seafood stew. March 7, 6:30 p.m., $54. –Brock Radke

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