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DECEMBER 2014
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Dec. 18, 6-9p. See the glittering, decorated cactus garden while enjoying the strolling carolers from the largest all-male a capella organization...   
Dec. 18, 6p. Fun for the whole family, with latkes and donuts served. Free. Chabad of Southwest Las Vegas, 5651 S. Grand Canyon Drive #110,...   
December 14. “Messhugginah” translates from Yiddish as “crazy,” while Klezmer translates from Wikipedia as “easily...   
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Black Crowes

Regarding the Black Crowes, we hear there’s new life in the old birds these days, possibly thanks to new guitarist Jackie Green. Scouting reports from the current tour reassure us that frontman Chris Robinson will be his usual dervish of charisma when the band jams at the Hard Rock Hotel on Dec. 13. The Crowes appear to be mixing hits (“Hard to Handle,” et al) with deep cuts and creative covers. Tickets are $34.50-$70. Info: hardrockhotel.com

Mariachi

Here’s a mashup worth an earful: The CSN Department of Fine Arts’ concert band will join forces with CSN’s mariachi band for an evening of holiday tunes, Dec. 10. It’s a heartening cross-cultural collaboration that may just spawn a new musical form known as “chamber mariachi.” 7:30p, $5-$8, Nicholas J. Horn Theatre at CSN Cheyenne Campus

Motel sign Installing art in motel rooms — it’s a thing now. For Greetings from Las Vegas, some 30 artists, architects, organizations and free-range dreamers will fill rooms at downtown’s  Gateway Motel with their creative visions of a greener, more sustainable Las Vegas. (Like we said, dreamers — but the kind we need.) The one-night-only event will be 6-10p, Dec. 5, at 928 Las Vegas Blvd. S. Free.

If we have learned anything from David Lynch — other than “don’t make Dune” — it’s that small-town America, beneath its homespun veneer, is a hot seethe of human psychodrama. (Thanks, “Twin Peaks”!) That’s certainly the case in playwright Joshua Conkel’s fictional Clear Creek, the setting for “The Chalk Boy,” about a disappeared kid and four girls crushing on him. Dec. 6-22, Cockroach Theatre in Art Square. Info: cockroachtheatre.com

Chalk Boy

Here in the gray haze of magazine lead time, we have no idea which two college football teams — one each from the Mountain West and PAC-12 conferences — will meet in the 22nd annual Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 21. But if attendance holds to recent form, some 30,000 people will pack the Sam Boyd Stadium to see for themselves. You could be one of them. Tickets are $35-$110. Info: lvbowl.com

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