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Have A Great Weekend (March Edition)


The weather is warming up - some times - and there is a lot to do this March beyond the green-soaked celebration on the 17th. 

Here are some ideas from Desert Companion's Brent Holmes and Heidi Kyser:

Brent’s Picks:


March 7 through 18

Solo MFA Thesis Exhibition by Wendy Chambers
Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery in Alta Ham Fine Arts Building on University of Nevada, Las Vegas

On view: March 7 – 18. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m, Saturday Noon - 5:00 p.m. Closed on Sunday and holidays.
Reception: Friday, March 11 6:00 - 9:00pm.

"There, I am at the border of my condition as a living being. My body extricates itself, as being alive, from that border. Such wastes drop so that I might live, until, from loss to loss, nothing remains in me and my entire body falls beyond the limit - 'cadere', cadaver." - Julia Kristeva 

March 12 

Art exhibit reception for Mugshots at Left of Center Gallery

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

A pop-up show of paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography and more! Political satire by artists across the country celebrating free speech, with humor and action, voter registration by Rock the Vote.

March 17

Erik Beehn exhibition

The Las Vegas native is returning from Chicago and is presenting a new selection of drawings, photo collages and a wallpaper installation. 

Michele C. Quinn Fine Art Advisory

620 S. 7th Street 

Reception 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

March 20 and March 23

"The Ten Commandments"

Orleans Theater 

Orleans Hotel-Casino

4500 West Tropicana Avenue

60th anniversary of the 1956 classic from Cecil B. DeMille starring Charlton Heston as Moses and Yul Brynner as the Pharaoh. 

March 26

Joshua Tree Bloom Hike

6 p.m. 

Spring Mountain Ranch Park

6375 Nevada State Route 159, Blue Diamond, Nevada

A ranger led night hike to see the luminous flowers of the Joshua tree as they bloom by moonlight. Bring water, a flashlight and appropriate footwear. Please arrive 30 mins. before the hike. Date and time are subject to change.

Beyond the normal $7 per vehicle entry fee, there is no charge to participate in the hike. 

It is appropriate for children ages 7 and up, and will last about two hours. Total distance covered will be two miles. Participants should be comfortable moving over rock and uneven terrain.

Heidi Picks


SATURDAY, MARCH 12, 8 p.m. 

Cockroach Theatre’s “The Nether” at Arts Square Theatre

I’m very excited about this play by Jennifer Hadley, which promises to be a creepy, poignant science fiction mystery-thriller about a future in which people can play out their darkest desires via an online avatar.


More about the play here:  From Desert Companion: Zeit Bites



7 a.m. - noon

Farmers Market and pick your own fresh food at Gilcrease Orchard the northwest part of the valley.

Some of my favorite things are in season right now, including kale and asparagus. I haven’t been out there for a while, so I’m looking forward to seeing how the farm is doing. Note to those who are interested: Hats, walking shoes, sunscreen are highly recommend but no pets.

It is free to get into the orchard but you will of course have to pay for the vegetables and fruit you pick.



Heidi Kyser, staff writer, Desert Companion; Brent Holmes, graphic artist, Desert Companion

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(EDITOR'S NOTE: Carrie Kaufman no longer works for KNPR News. She left in April 2018)