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13 Things To Do This Week In Downtown Las Vegas

13 Things To Do This Week In Downtown Las Vegas

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Jul 31, 2014

Here is a list of 13 Things To Do In Downtown Las Vegas for July 31-Aug. 7:

1. Kickstart your weekend with Throwback Thursday at the El Cortez. Club members can enjoy free White Castle cheeseburgers while playing from noon to 6 p.m. and sip on $5 champagne while Frank Sinatra tribute sensation Peter Pavone performs 6 to 10 p.m. Karaoke follows from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. In additiion, receive 50 percent off wine at the Flame Steakhouse with purchase of two entrees and any bottle of wine.

2. First Friday is back and this month's theme is "Wonderland." For the first time, the local artists have been responsible for all of the magnificent artistic installations from conception to activation. The 14 local artists featured in “Wonderland” include the Las Vegas Steampunk Guild, Dead Girls and Robots, Justin Lepper, Star Nursery  , the Kristef Brothers, Brock Nordstrom, Poptaart, Johnny Hansen, Alison Mercado, Epyk Entertainment, Allison Streater and Angela Johnson,  Kelsey Clarke and Annica Alvillar. First Friday takes place from 5 to 11 p.m. in the Arts District. RELATED: New parking options available this month.

3. Blues guitarist Matthew Curry will perform Aug. 1 at PICNIC at Downtown Grand. Curry is fresh off a six-city tour with the Steve Miller Band. Curry will perform poolside. The Lucky Cheats will open for Curry at 8 p.m. Free admission.

4. Tuff-N-Uff will feature the future stars of the mixed martial arts at an event on Aug. 1 at The Plaza. Doors open at 7 p.m. There will be 12 bouts. Tickets are $25-$50.

5. The Commissary Latin Kitchen by Richard Sandoval has expanded its 99-cent Taco Tuesday promotion. The inexpensive brisket, chicken or bean and cheese tacos are now available at the price every day. The offer will be available throughout the summer. The Commissary is also offering a special combo meal that includes their signature burger, fries and a fountain soda for $9.99 during lunch and late afternoons during the summer.

6. Dave Kos and Friends Summer Horns will perform in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts on Aug. 2. Other performers include Mini Abair, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot. Tickets are $29 through $99.

7. The monthly Composers Showcase, hosted by "Jersey Boys" conductor Ken Thompson, will take place Aug. 6 at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. The showcase features original music from some of the Las Vegas' best composers and songwriters. Tickets are only $20.

8. The Mob Museum will host Hot Havana Nights from 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 7. Guests will celebrate everything about Cuban culture, including its delectable cuisine, the sounds of Latin Jazz by Space to Pace Cuban Latin Trio and dances such as the Tango and Conga. Exhilarating casino games including blackjack, roulette, craps and baccarat will be available, as will tropical cocktails and a cigar bar from The Spirit of Cuba. Hot Havana Nights is presented in collaboration with the Cuban Heritage Foundation and the Las Vegas Latin Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are $40.

9. Barley's Angels will be celebrating their one-year aniversary on Aug. 3 at the Velveteen Rabbit. The event will begin at 5 p.m. and will included two special beers on tap that were brewed by the Angels on National Homebrew Day, goodies, raffles and more. Admission is free.

10. Curious about what is happening in downtown Las Vegas? The Downtown Project Lowdown takes place the first Tuesday of each month. There is an open bar and music from 4:15 to 5 p.m. and the Lowdown from 5 to 6 p.m. It all happens at The Learning Village on Fremont Street.

11. The Bar + Bistro at the Arts Factory is hosting an event titled You're Getting On My Nerves from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Aug. 2. The event will feature comedy by Sandi Selvi, live music by Gold Crush and Molodi, and magic acts and fire eating by Bizarre. There will also be food, drinks, raffle prizes and a costume contest. 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit those affected by MS. Suggested donation of $25.

12. Nathan Douglas' second solo show "Face Value" is on display through Aug. 30 at the Brett Wesley Gallery on South First Street. Douglas' visual style features high contrast and bold colors to create photographic images which are strking and unforgettable.

13. The Las Vegs Film Festival is taking place through Aug. 5 in downtown Las Vegas. The festival features 70 flm screentings and eight festival parties. The films are being shown in the theaters inside Inspire and Scullery.

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Joyce Lupiani

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Joyce Lupiani is the Digital Executive Producer for and writes for Now Trending.