Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 | 6 p.m.
With Valentine’s Day and President’s Day bookending the weekend ahead, there’s plenty to celebrate — and plenty to do.
From live music to free hiking to film screenings, here’s a look at our weekend best bets:
Tonight - Sunday: Dam Short Film Festival at Boulder Theater
Boulder City’s annual short-film festival celebrates its decennial this year with a program that includes a local film showcase and retrospectives from the past 10 years. Film times vary. Screenings are $7 each, with passes ranging from $30 to $100. For more information, visit DamShortFilm.org.
Tonight: Queens of the Stone Age at the Hard Rock Hotel
Touting a slate of new songs from last year’s acclaimed “...Like Clockwork,” the Palm Desert boys of Queens of the Stone Age promise to deliver with their signature full-throttle live show — let’s just hope the crew at the Joint won’t follow the Grammys and cut the alt-rockers off mid-set. Goth-folk songstress Chelsea Wolfe opens. Tickets are $35, and the show starts at 8 p.m.
Saturday - Monday: Free admission at Lake Mead and Red Rock Canyon
Take in a bit of the great outdoors this weekend — in honor of President’s Day, local national parks are waiving entrance fees. Fees for camping, lake use and concessions will still apply, however. The Alan Bible Visitor Center and the Western National Parks Association Bookstore at Lake Mead also are offering a 15 percent discount on regularly priced items.
Sunday: Las Vegas ProSoccer Challenge at Sam Boyd Stadium
The Las Vegas ProSoccer Challenge returns to Sam Boyd Stadium this weekend for an anticipated preseason match between the Colorado Rapids and Chivas USA, with hopefully less brawling than (but just as much excitement as) last summer’s El Super Classico. Tickets are $15 to $78, and the game starts at 7 p.m.
Saturday: "Casablanca" with the Las Vegas Phil at Smith Center
If you can’t celebrate Valentine’s Day on Friday, Smith Center’s screening of this 1942 classic — featuring live accompaniment from the Las Vegas Philharmonic performing the film’s score — is sure to make for one heck of a date night. Tickets are $25 to $94, and screenings are at 2 and 7:30 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday: Roos-N-More Zoo Benefit at Zappos
Lemurs and owls and kangaroos, oh my! Moapa’s Roos-N-More zoo is bringing what it describes as a “pop-up petting zoo” to Zappos’ downtown campus this weekend. Get up close and personal (and even touch) some of the 80 exotic animals they’ll be bringing to help benefit the nonprofit zoo’s facility upgrades. The zoo runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and tickets are $7 to $35.