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Nov. 28-Dec. 6, 7p; Sat-Sun, 3p. It’s “CSI: Bethlehem” in this holiday mystery extravaganza, from the author of Late Nite...   
Nov. 28, 10:30a. Kick off the holiday season right with this family-friendly event featuring Santa’s house, where children can take photos...   
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  Festivals and Holiday Events  

Erik Breehn - From Where I Stand

Nov. 5-Dec. 5, opening reception Nov 5, 6-8p. Returning briefly from his MFA studies at the Art Institute of Chicago, Beehn’s entirely new body of work explores many new artistic directions as a result of his continued formal training. Drawings, photo collage and works on paper will be on view. Free. MCQ Fine Art, 620 S. Seventh St., (702) 366-9339

Enigma - Anthony Bondi

Nov. 6-Dec. 14. Collage artist Bondi uses classic imagery with Las Vegas glitz to create stunning portraits of post-modern mischief. Free. Sin City Gallery,

Sea Whiz

Nov. 7-30. In her first solo show in four years, Blackbird Studios chief Gina Quaranto will delve into the mysterious connection between moon-made tidal surges and human behavior. Her blue-drenched pieces, some wall-mounted and others “in the round,” will feature moons and the sea as totems of change as a life process. Free. Blackbird Studios,

Repeal Day Party

Eighty-one years later, the end of Prohibition still seems like a reason to party: Take that, government do-gooders! The Mob Museum marks the occasion with five hours of dancing, gaming and, natch, a cocktail competition. VIP tix get you an extra hour of fun. The Mob Museum, 7p, $40 general, $60 VIP, The Mob Museum,

Abigail Goldman

Through Dec. 28. Goldman’s “dieoramas” feature miniaturized murder scenes at 1/87th size. Free. Trifecta Gallery,

Skull Show Biennial

The skull is a meaning-rich symbol — among other things, it’s redolent of death, fear, human consciousness and cheesy tattooing — that’s ripe for artistic interpretation by the 40 or so artists in this biennial show. Donna Beam Fine Arts Gallery, UNLV free,

Public Employee Art Exhibit

Through Feb. 5, Mon-Thu 7a-5:30p. This exhibit includes several city, county and state employees who also practice fine art. There will be a variety of media in the exhibit. The curator is Marty Walsh, owner of Trifecta Gallery in the Arts Factory. Free. Las Vegas City Hall Chamber Gallery, 495 S. Main St., second floor, 702-229-1012

Wendy Kveck "Princess"

Dec. 4-28. A suite of paintings and drawings that extend from Kveck’s “Princess” series depicting images of women dealing with lives complicated by excess. Free. Trifecta Gallery,

The Mid-Century Las Vegas Stage: The Acts tha Built the Entertainment Capital of the World

Dec. 4-Feb. 14, Wed-Fri 12:30-9p; Sat 9a-6p. The exhibit will include photographs from the News Bureau archives showing lounge acts from the mid-20th century in Las Vegas entertainment history, as well as photographs of signs and marquees highlighting the same entertainers. The Nevada State Museum will be loaning a costume from the period. Free. Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., 702-229-6383

Pure Imagination

Dec. 5-Jan. 31. The entire gallery becomes a giant chocolate factory of sorts, with pieces themed around the beloved children’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Free. Blackbird Studios,

First Friday

Dec. 5, 6p. This month’s theme is “Round-Up.” First Friday goes a little country, recapping the past year and welcoming visitors and cowboys joining the Las Vegas community for the National Finals Rodeo. There will still be the exhibits, open galleries, live music and DJs, food trucks, vendor booths and special activities for the kids. Free. Arts District; hub at Casino Center Blvd. between Colorado St. and California St.,

Surrealist Expressionist in Fine Art

Dec. 6-Jan. 24, Wed-Fri 9:30a-6:30p; Sat 9:30a-5p. The daughter of artist Yabo, Vanessa loved to draw as a child in San Fernando, Calif. She covered her bedroom walls with mushrooms, butterflies and lots of polka dots and heart shapes. Now, she shares her surrealist expressions with the world through her art. Free. W. Las Vegas Arts Center Community Gallery, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd., 702-229-4800

In Honor of Chinese New Year: Year of the Goat

Dec. 19-Feb. 21, by appointment. The upcoming New Year symbol can also be shown as the sheep and is the eighth sign of the Chinese Zodiac. The number eight in Chinese is an auspicious one, symbolizing peace and prosperity. Multiple artists contribute to this annual celebration. Free. Mayor’s Gallery, Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St.; 702-229-1012

Zombie Burlesque

Every Mon-Sat, 8:30p. With comedy, variety acts, a live Big Band and an award-winning cast of characters, Zombie Burlesque takes place in Las Vegas during the Atomic Era, circa 1958. Be the first living audience to experience classic burlesque, zany musical numbers and top-notch singing all performed by the sexiest zombies at the hottest, formerly zombie-only, nightclub in town. $65-$85. V Theater, 3663 Las Vegas Blvd. S.,

Ethnic Express International Folk Dancing

Dec. 3, 10 and 17, 6:30-8:45p. Have an evening of fun learning international dance styles, including Arabic, Armenian, Bulgarian, Chinese, Greek, Israeli, Macedonian, Russian, Serbian and Turkish folk dances. No need to bring a partner. Ages 8+. $4. Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.,

CSN Fall Dance Concert

Dec. 5-6, 2p and 7p. The Performing Arts Department’s final show of the year will celebrate with special guests and a showcase of their best performers. $8-$10, CSN’s Nicholas J. Horn Theater,

The Nutcracker

Dec. 13, 19 and 20, 7:30p; Dec. 14 and 21, 1p and 5:30p; Dec. 20, 2p. What if dreams came to life before your eyes? They can. Featuring a full orchestra and larger-than-life landscapes, Nevada Ballet Theatre offers the beloved holiday tale with incredible costumes and staging. $29-$179. Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center

Scottish Country Dancing

Dec. 19, 6:30-8:45p. From the first chord to the final bow or curtsey, participants will be inspired by the driving reels, jigs, strathspeys or lilting airs. Dancers should wear comfortable clothes and soft shoes. Ages 13+. $5. Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.,

Contra Dance

Dec. 20, 7-10p. Group lesson 6:30p. Ages 8+ can dance to a live acoustic band playing joyful tunes, driving reels and a waltz or two. All dances are taught and called; newcomers and families welcome. No need to bring a partner. Wear comfortable flat-soled shoes and casual clothing. $10 adults, $5 members/students/military, $3 children under 16 and spectators. Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.,

Farmers Market

Thursdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Mario Batali & Joe Bastianich’s sustainable farmers market. Seasonal offerings, regionally and locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, fresh eggs, honey, nuts, dates, locally roasted coffee and more. Free admission. Note that vendors accept cash only. The Springs Preserve

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater

Every Tue-Sun, 4p. The most beloved family show in the world, featuring an amazing cast of housecats, dogs, parrots, even geese and mice! A unique blend of physical comedy, world-champion juggling and the extraordinary talents of more than 30 performing pets. Gregory Popovich has rescued these animals from shelters all over the country and has transformed them into Las Vegas stars. $35-$50. V Theater, 3663 Las Vegas Blvd. S.,

Wicked Plants

Through Jan. 4. Inspired by Amy Stewart’s book Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother and other Botanical Atrocities, this exhibit offers up-close and personal experience with plants that can kill you. Free for members or with general admission. Origen Museum at Springs Preserve

Charleston Heights Arts Center Winter Student Showcase

Dec. 17, 6-7:30p. Bring your family and friends to view dance routines, demonstrations and an exhibit of completed projects by students in courses offered at the center throughout the year. Bring snacks to share for a reception following student demonstrations. Free. Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.,

Santa Arrival Parade

Nov. 28, 10:30a. Kick off the holiday season right with this family-friendly event featuring Santa’s house, where children can take photos with Santa, a trackless train ride around Tivoli Village and live performances on the main stage. Free. Tivoli Village,

Santa Photos and Train Rides

Through Dec. 24, Fri-Sun noon-4p. Pet photos Dec. 10 and 17, 5-8p. Need a photo for a family holiday card or want to capture your child’s holiday spirit? Bring the family for photos with Santa and take a train ride through Tivoli Village. Photo packages start at $5. Train rides are $2 per ride or $5 for three rides. Tivoli Village,

Ethel M Chocolates Cactus Garden Holiday Lights Display

Through Dec. 24, 5-10p. Santa visits Fri-Sun, 5-9p. Stroll among the world’s largest collection of cacti, all done up in holiday lights. Free. 2 Cactus Garden Drive,

Merry and Bright in Vegas - Night Tours of the Neon Boneyard

Through Jan. 1, nightly 5-7p. Take a night tour through the Neon Boneyard of Las Vegas – all done up with holiday lighting. See the recently restored Jerry’s Nugget and Liberace Museum signs. Must book in advance, $25 general admission, $22 seniors/students/military/locals. The Neon Museum,

Glittering Lights

Through Jan. 4, Sun-Thu 5:30-9p; Sat 5:30-10p. A holiday tradition featuring 2.5 miles full of millions of twinkling lights. This year features old favorites and brand new displays. $20 per car; $55 season pass. Las Vegas Motor Speedway,

Holiday Cooking Oil Recycling

Dec. 1 and Dec. 26-Jan 15, 10a-4p. Help our local waterways! Use a funnel to carefully pour your used cooking oil back into its original container, seal it and then bring it to the South Ticketing parking lot, where a special collection receptacle will be available. A component of the Clark County Water Reclamation District's "Don't be a Pain in the Drain" campaign. Free. Springs Preserve,

Temple Sinai First Annual Holiday Bazaar

Dec. 7, 9a-2:30p. Family fun including food, vendors, activities and much more. Get your last-minute holiday shopping done. Free. Temple Sinai Event Center, 9001 Hillpointe Road,

City of Henderson's Annual Winterfest Celebration

Dec. 11-13, multiple times (check website for specific events). This year's theme is "It's a Fairy Tale Christmas." The event will feature a variety of family-friendly activities, including an official tree-lighting ceremony with Santa Claus, gingerbread house displays, roaming performances and an evening light parade. Children's author Kevin Janison will serve as this year's Grand Marshal. Free. Henderson Events Plaza,

December to Remember Event at the Neon Museum

Dec. 13, 3-5p. This holiday ornament-making event will be followed by hot chocolate and caroling by the Las Vegas Academy choir, amongst the dazzling light display. Free. Neon Museum,

Chanuka Party!

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, 702-821-0770

The Silver Statesmen at the Ethel M Chocolate Factory Cactus Garden

Dec. 18, 6-9p. See the glittering, decorated cactus garden while enjoying the strolling carolers from the largest all-male a capella organization in the state. Free. 2 Cactus Garden Drive,

Jingle Bell Run and Family Fun Walk

Dec. 20, multiple start times. Dress in your most fun holiday attire and jingle bells to join this festive 5K run or family fun walk along Pittman Wash Trail. Afterwards, visit with Santa Claus and enjoy holiday music and cheer. $6-$25. Pecos Legacy Park, 150 N. Pecos Road,

JFSA Menorah Lighting

Dec. 21, 5-7p. Youth choirs from around Las Vegas will be singing for this celebration of Chanukah with menorah lighting. Visit the website to see how to get your family’s name in lights. Free. The Magical Forest at Opportunity Village, 6300 W. Oakey Blvd.,

Train Rides with Santa

Dec. 22-24, every hour 11a-3p. Hop on for a Christmas adventure, as Santa Claus reads holiday stories and hands out candy canes while the Polar Express makes its magical journey. $20 members, $25 non-members. Springs Preserve

Christmas Tree Recycling

Dec. 26-Jan. 15, 10a-4p. Help the Southern Nevada Christmas Tree Recycling Committee give our community a gift - recycle your tree at one of more than 30 convenient drop sites throughout the valley. Before dropping off your tree, remove all non-organic objects such as lights, wire, tinsel, ornaments and nails. Flocked trees cannot be recycled. Free. Springs Preserve (and other locations).

Kwanzaa 2014

Dec. 27, 10a-5p. Join the community celebration to share the meaning of Kwanzaa and celebrate the accomplishments of youth graduating from the annual Rites of Passage mentoring workshops. Enjoy the best in African culture, community and humanity. Free. W. Las Vegas Arts Center, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd. and W. Las Vegas Library Theatre, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd.,

9th Annual DIY Messiah Charity Fundraiser

Dec. 3, 7p. Multiple choirs and musicians will perform Handel's "Messiah" to benefit Henderson Presbyterian Church Food Bank. Features Mark Thomsen of the Metropolitan Opera and members of the Las Vegas Philharmonic. The score will be available for purchase and the audience is invited to sing the choruses! Free-will offering; raffle drawing for gift baskets. Green Valley Presbyterian Church, 1798 Wigwam Parkway,

Bob Tallman WNFR Charity Bowling Tournament

Dec. 6, 10:30a. Sign up to bowl and meet Bob Tallman, the voice of professional rodeo and actress/supermodel Lydia Hearst. Proceeds from the annual event will benefit the Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities and the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund. $50 individuals, $160 teams of four. Gold Coast Hotel & Casino,

Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada's Fourth Annual Suite Holidays Tours and Tastings Experiences

Dec. 6, 3-10p. The nine-stop tour offers a chance-of-a-lifetime opportunity to live the life of luxury by socializing in rarely-seen suites and accessing first-class experiences throughout new and established Strip properties. Guests will enjoy complimentary transportation to each destination, culinary creations by signature chefs, wine and cocktail selections crafted by hotel sommeliers, breathtaking suite views and visits to memorable Strip attractions. All proceeds benefit K-12 Clark County students’ curriculum-based financial literacy training. $150. Multiple Strip locations,

ADL Imagine a World without Hate Gala

Dec. 6, 6:15p. Honoring the Barrick Gold Corporation, Cari Marshall and Todd Marshall with the Anti-Defamation League’s Americanism Award. Each has shown exceptional leadership as humanitarians bringing together people of all races, religions and ethnic backgrounds. For location and reservations, call 702-862-8600 or email

20th Annual Shoes for Children Drive and Benefit Performances

Dec. 12, 7p; Dec. 13-14, 2p and 6p. Broadway in the Hood, A Source of Joy Theatricals, Inc. performs the one-act musical "Once on This Island," a calypso-flavored retelling of a peasant girl who uses the power of love to bring people of different social classes together. Bring new pairs of children’s athletic shoes for donation. W. Las Vegas Library, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd.,

Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis

Dec. 13, 7a-noon. Walk your talk (or run it) to benefit those suffering with arthritis. This holiday-themed 10K and 5K includes a kid’s zone, crafts, games, vendors, raffles, contests, live music and roaming holiday characters. Wear your holiday finest and lots of jingle bells! $35-$50 for walk/run. Tivoli Village,

Beyond the Neon

Dec. 20, 10a-10p; Dec. 21, 10a-6p. Two days and nights of emerging artists, musicians and "edu-tainment," including more than 70 exhibitors. Pick out your unique gifts for the holidays, enter exhibitor raffles and treasure hunts, and join in sacred yoga, drum circles, sound meditation, a solstice ceremony and much more. $5 donations at the door benefit homeless teens. Alexis Park Resort,

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts Walking Tours

10:30a,Wed and Sat. Take a guided tour of the campus and learn about its architectural accomplishments, artwork and historic overview. Register in advance for free. The Smith Center,

Global Climate Change: What's Going On?

Dec. 3, 7:30p. Michael G. Pravica, associate professor, department of physics, UNLV, will investigate global climate change from a physicist’s perspective and discuss what to expect for the future. Free. UNLV Barrick Museum Auditorium,

Las Vegas Stories: Origins of the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort

Dec. 5, 7p. In 1855, Mormon missionaries from Utah built a 150-square-foot adobe fort, the first permanent structure erected in the valley. Learn about the tumultuous history of the fort, from its early beginnings to various acquisitions. Free. Clark County Library,

The Beatles and Their Songs - A Musical Revolution

Dec. 6, 2p. Featuring information about The Beatles' music history, form and influences, Dr. Dulais Rhys will showcase pictures and music samplings. Dr. Rhys has been a professional musician and studied music at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Free. Rainbow Library, 3150 N. Buffalo Drive,

Fashion and the Changing Face of American Femininity

Dec. 8, 7:30p. Cultural historian Deirdre Clemente and clothing connoisseur Corinne Entratter Sidney discuss the evolution of 20th century American fashion and femininity. Free. UNLV Barrick Museum Auditorium,

Conversations with Norm Presents Wayne Newton

Dec. 14, 1p. Wayne Newton will share many of his favorite stories from the Rat Pack years, from his feud with Johnny Carson to his long association with the USO. Norm Clarke’s one-hour interview with “Mr. Las Vegas” will be followed by a half-hour of questions from the audience. $25-$35. Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center

B-A Tribute to the Beatles

Every Mon-Sun, 5:30. This show takes everything you love about the Beatles and presents it just as if John, Paul, George and Ringo were on stage together again. You will want to get up, sing and dance as some of the best Beatle musicians recreate some of the most memorable Beatle moments from every era of their career - from Beatlemania all the way up to the White Album. $60-$70. Saxe Theater, 3663 Las Vegas Blvd. S.,

Chrissie Hynde

November 28 Chrissie Hynde The Pearl at the Palms This isn’t a Pretenders gig — the iconic, hard-rocking frontwoman is touring her critically acclaimed recent album, Stockholm — but expect some cuts from her prodigious back catalogue of hits. 8p, $52-$205,

Brian Setzer Orchestra

December 20. Under Setzer’s rockabilly-revivalist pompadour is a true fretman, and although his band numbers 17, there’s usually room for some fierce guitar amid all the jump, jive and wail. Pearl at the Palms, 8p, $53-$85,

Meshugginah Klezmorim

December 14. “Messhugginah” translates from Yiddish as “crazy,” while Klezmer translates from Wikipedia as “easily identifiable by its characteristic expressive melodies, reminiscent of the human voice.” Also known as “Jewish jazz,” which oughta translate into fun. Winchester Cultural Center, 2p, $10 advance, $12 door, 702-455-7340

December 19, noon-1p. They will be performing some favorite Chanukah melodies like “I Have a Little Dreidel” and “Chanukah O Chanukah.” Free. Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse Jury Assembly Room, 333 Las Vegas Blvd. S.


The Composer's Showcase of Las Vegas

Dec. 3, 10:30p. Jersey Boys conductor Keith Thompson hosts this musical showcase that features original music from some of Las Vegas’ best composers and songwriters and performed by some of the best performers and musicians from the Vegas entertainment and theatrical communities. $20-$25. Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center

Clint Holmes for the Holidays

Dec. 5-6, 8:30p; Dec. 7, 2p. The acclaimed singer named Las Vegas Entertainer of the Year three times, Singer of the Year four times and awarded the Sammy Davis Jr. Foundation award, performs a spellbinding evening of holiday music that is both live and alive. $36-$46. Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center

Bluegrass for the Holidays

Dec. 6, 1p. Enjoy classic bluegrass tunes and holiday songs from local favorites Stuck in Reverse and the Sagebrush Stringband. Free. Las Vegas Library,

Pops II: Fa La La Las Vegas

Dec. 6, 2p and 7:30p. The full orchestra will be joined by the men and women of the Las Vegas Master Singers and other special guests, to present a seasonal program including classical selections from Tchaikovsky and Vaughan Williams alongside Leroy Anderson favorites. $26-$94. Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center

Wishing You a Merry Christmas

Dec. 6, 3p and 7p. The Silver Statesmen Barbershop Chorus and quartets will present their Christmas shows with fabulous a capella music the whole family will enjoy. $12 advance; $15 at the door, children 10 and younger free. Clark County Library,

Christmas Harmony with CSN Big Band

Dec. 6, 4p. Under the direction of Dr. Dick McGee, the College of Southern Nevada’s 17-piece jazz band will provide a festive performance of familiar holiday and Christmas tunes, including "White Christmas" and "Silent Night." Free. Sahara W. Library, 9600 W. Sahara Ave.,

Goin' on a Sleigh Ride - A Winter Concert

Dec. 6, 7p; Dec. 7, 2p. The Silvertones Chorus will take you on a mystical ride with holiday favorites old and new. $8. Starbright Theatre,

Totally 80's Symphonic

Dec. 7, 7:30p. From the creator of "Symphonic Rockshow," comes Brody Dolyniuk’s newest production. Combining '80s pop and new wave hits with the sound of a 21-piece orchestra, the show promises to breathe new life into songs from a-ha, Eurythmics, The Cure, Tears For Fears and more. $24-$79. Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center

Travis Cloer: Christmas at My Place

Dec. 8, 7p. Cloer and his seven-piece band bring an evening full of all your favorite Christmas songs with that old time Holiday TV Special feel, complete with surprise special guests. $36-$46. Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center

Duo Mystique

Dec. 13, 1p. Experience classical pieces, Celtic tunes and other musical fare tossed in to celebrate all that December has to offer. Free. Las Vegas Library, 833 Las Vegas Blvd. N.,

Holidays from the Heart

Dec. 13, 2p and 7p. Infinitely versatile songstress Kristen Hertzenberg and critically-acclaimed pianist Philip Fortenberry will perform your holiday favorites. $26-$36. Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center

A Holiday Portrait

Dec. 13, 7p; Dec. 14, 2p. Director Megan Schnizlien has once again planned a fantastic upbeat choral revue that is a heartwarming celebration of all the joy the season can bring. Using the unifying theme of the family photo album, the program takes a touching look at families and the value of family relationships during the holiday season. $8. Starbright Theatre,

Colorations in Frost

Dec. 13, 7:30p. The Desert Winds’ holiday concert features seasonal classics from cultures around the globe. $10-$15, CSN’s Nicholas J. Horn Theatre,

Nevada Chamber Symphony - Music with a Classic Touch

Dec. 14, 3p. Celebrate the season with traditional songs and melodies guaranteed to spark the holiday spirit. Guest artists include the Dean Petersen Elementary School Choir. Free. Main Theater at Clark County Library,

A Holiday Variety Show

Dec. 19, 6:30p. Timeless Entertainment presents Ms. Senior Nevada and the Lummis Elementary School fourth- and fifth-grade choir to set the pace for a wonderful season. Also appearing will be headliner performers, current and retired professionals. $13. Starbright Theatre,

One More Holiday with You

Dec. 20, 7p. Two of Las Vegas’ most critically acclaimed vocal groups, Fifth Avenue and Dangerous Curves, join forces to bring you a holiday show you are not likely to soon forget. Featuring seven-part harmonies, time-honored holiday tunes and some good old-fashioned Christmas cheer. $15. Starbright Theatre,

Michale Feinstein's New Year's Eve with Special Guests Laura Osnes and Jessica Sanchez

Dec. 31, 7:30p. Ring out the old and ring in the new with a magical evening of America’s most celebrated standards, performed as only this talented trio can. $49-$199. Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center

I Know I Came in Here for Something

Jan. 4, 3p. Begin your New Year with laughter and a finger-snapping, toe-tapping journey through life’s experiences. A very happy, memorable show that will have audiences cheering, dancing and laughing. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Gateway Arts Foundation. $15. Starbright Theatre,  and


Nov. 25-30, 7:30p; Sat-Sun, 2p. The story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life, or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory? $39-$139. Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center,

Sister's Summer School Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi's Gold

Nov. 28-Dec. 6, 7p; Sat-Sun, 3p. It’s “CSI: Bethlehem” in this holiday mystery extravaganza, from the author of Late Nite Catechism, as Sister takes on the mystery that has intrigued historians throughout the ages — whatever happened to the Magi’s gold? $35-$40. Troesh Studio Theater at The Smith Center,

As You Like it

December 5. The synopsis of this great Shakespearean comedy clocks in at 900-plus words — some synopsis! — and mentions “rules of primogeniture.” So let’s settle for this instead: young lovers, unrequited romance, wrathful royals, comedic cross-dressing, all in the lovely language of the Bard, performed by Nevada Conservatory Theatre. Black Box Theater, UNLV, 8p, Dec. 5, 6 and 11-13, $15,

Improv Kingdom

Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 29, 8p. The Las Vegas comedy show featuring both short and long form improv from some of the valley’s most experienced improv actors. Wine and concessions available. Come at 6p for drop-in class with Paul Mattingly. $10 show, $15 for both drop-in and show. Baobab Stage Theatre, 6587 Las Vegas Blvd. S.,

Sister's Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi's Gold

Dec. 3-6, 7p; Dec. 6, 3p. Retelling the story of the nativity, as only Sister can. Employing her own scientific tools, assisted by a local choir as well as a gaggle of audience members, Sister creates a living nativity unlike any you’ve ever seen. $35-$40. Troesh Studio Theater at The Smith Center

The Bucket Show

Dec. 3, 10 and 17, 10p. Paul Mattingly (Second City) and Matt Donnelly (former writer for Penn & Teller) offer up improv at its finest. You call the shots from songs to Same Scene, Different Genre. Free - donations go in the buckets at the end of the show. Scullery Theater, 150 Las Vegas Blvd. N.,

A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant

Dec. 4-20, Thu-Sat 8p; Sun 2p. (Special Dec. 20, 2p. No performance Dec. 5.) It’s the story of L. Ron Hubbard’s Dianetics, told in the style of a school Christmas pageant, complete with Xenu, E-meters and John Travolta, performed entirely by kids! $25, $20 students/seniors. Art Square Theatre, 1025 S. First St.,

Meet Me in St. Louis

Dec. 5, 6, 12 and 13, 7p; Dec. 7, 13 and 14, 2p. Rainbow Company Youth Theatre Production presents this heartwarming tale of the Smith children, who learn the lessons of life and love as they reluctantly pack to move to New York just as their hometown of St. Louis prepares for the 1904 World’s Fair. $5. Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.,

A Christmas Story

Dec. 12-13 and 18-20, 7p; Dec. 14 and 21, 2p. All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family's temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys' experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie's father winning a lamp shaped like a woman's leg in a net stocking; Ralphie's fantasy scenarios and more. $5-$15. Las Vegas Little Theatre,

Las Vegas Improvisational Players

Dec. 13, 7p. Join in on-the-spot creations in the last show of the year. The Holiday edition of LVIP is clean-burning, interactive fun for the whole family. One of the only shows in Las Vegas with live musical improv! $10 at the door, kids free. American Heritage Academy, 6126 S. Sandhill Road,

Two Trains Running

Dec. 27, 1p; Dec. 28, 3p. This play by August Wilson explores the social and psychological manifestations of changing attitudes toward race, from the perspective of urban blacks. For mature audiences. Free. W. Las Vegas Library, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd.,


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