1 NOW THEY’RE SMOKIN’: Professional and amateur barbecue experts will vie for $12,000 in prizes with their best chicken, ribs, pork and brisket at the 13th annual Best Dam Barbecue Challenge. Festivities get underway at 4 p.m. Friday as competitors begin setting up and heating their smokers. There will be musical entertainment, food and more. Saturday’s activities are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Highlights will include a car show, the rib eating competition and the KidsQue contest. Visit www.bestdambarbecue.com for more information
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1 ROCKIN’ AND ROLLIN’: Folks will be rocking, rolling and strolling as they help raise funds for the Senior Center of Boulder City’s Meals on Wheels program and other activities at the center. Bicentennial Park will be site of the second annual family-friendly event and fundraiser that includes entertainment, food and more. Registration and check-in begins at 9:30 a.m., with opening ceremonies set for 10 a.m. For details, visit www.seniorcenterbouldercity.org .
1 LET THE GOOD TIMES STROLL: The Best Dam Wine Walk returns to downtown from 4-8 p.m. Saturday with a Mardi Crawl. Tickets are $25 per person or $45 per couple; there is a $5 discount for those who bring back a previous wine walk glass. Purchase a wine glass at the first stop, Boulder City Chamber of Commerce, 465 Nevada Way.
1 REBEL ROCKETTE: Seattle-based singer songwriter Darci Carlson will perform a free show Friday night at the Boulder Dam Brewing Co., 453 Nevada Way. Carlson also models and acts, but she comes from a background of country music and all-American rock and roll. In addition to her solo act she performs with multiple bands, including The Dolly Rottens and The Billy Cook Band. The show is open to all ages, and music begins at 7 p.m. For more information, call 702-243-2739 or visit https://www.reverbnation.com/darcicarlsonmusic .
1 HIGH FLYING: Full Flight performs at Boulder Dam Brewing Co. on Saturday evening. A little taste of everything rock, the three-piece Henderson regulars love entertaining audiences with covers of hits from the Eagles to the Black Keys and everything in between. Music begins at 7 p.m. The Brewpub is at 453 Nevada Way. Call 702-243-2739 or visit http://bit.ly/2jyFxSg for more information.
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1 SIN CITY SAINTS: The Saints of Las Vegas will perform a free show Friday and Saturday at the Backstop Sports Pub. The four-piece rock band has played numerous shows in Las Vegas, as well as around the country, including in Nashville and Los Angeles. Their up-tempo shows are known for fan interaction and a set list that includes everything from classic rock hits and ’90s favorites to power pop and the occasional country tune. The performances will begin at 9:30 p.m. The pub is at 533 Avenue B. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/TheSaintsLV/ or call 702-294-8445.
1 DAM FINE FILMS: The 13th annual Dam Short Film Festival will be held at the historic Boulder Theatre, 1225 Arizona St. More than 100 short movies in a variety of genres will be screened through Saturday, all organized into blocks with shared themes. There’s something for everyone with romance, comedy, animation, drama, horror and international films. There’s even a showcase of films made by Nevadans. Tickets are $9 per block, $35 per day or $100 for all four days. Call 702-509-4326 or visit www.damshortfilm.org for more information.
The Dam Short Film Festival returns Wednesday for its 13th year, and festival director John LaBonney knows why it keeps drawing in fans and filmmakers from around the world, because he used to be one.
1 READING CLUB: Mike Kurban, also known as the psychic Confucius, will be performing a show at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Ascension’s Holistic Art Boutique, 1400 Wyoming St., Suite 1. As Confucius, Kurban’s show blends humor and insightful readings into an interactive experience that has thrilled audiences around the country. Kurban has performed on stages, in private residences and at corporate events. At Ascension’s, he will be giving free 10-minute readings to members of the audience. For more information, call 702-743-6887.
The kids at St. Jude’s Ranch for Children were treated to a private show Saturday when Jeff Civillico took a break from headlining at the Flamingo to perform his signature blend of comedy and juggling inside the ranch’s old gift shop.
1 Jase Wills performs a free show at 8:30 p.m. Friday at The Dillinger Food and Drinkery, 1224 Arizona St. The Las Vegas-based singer-songwriter’s show includes a mix of heartfelt acoustic original songs along with interpretive covers of hits by artists such as Johnny Cash, Prince and Helmet. The show is open to all ages. For more information, call 702-293-4001 or visit facebook.com/thedillingerbar .
Filmmakers from all over the country will converge on Boulder City on Feb. 8 for the Dam Short Film Festival at Boulder Theater.
1 NATIVE MUSICIAN: James Howard Adams of Same Sex Mary will perform at The Dillinger Food and Drinkery on Saturday night. The Boulder City native began playing music as a cellist in the Garret Junior High School orchestra and since has been involved in numerous projects in Las Vegas. His solo material is highlighted by introspective storytelling and reflects the influence of such acts as Modest Mouse and Marty Robbins. His free, all-ages show begins at 8:30 p.m. The Dillinger is at 1224 Arizona St. Call 702-293-4001 or visit www.thedillinger.com for more information.