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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...   
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...   
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  Festivals and Holiday Events  

A Brief History

Artist Gig De Pio seeks to visually document emotion in his art. His new series focuses on personal and collective struggles through the recession and the path to rebuilding. This exhibit will include several large-scale impasto paintings featuring a cast of hundreds all collaborating to tell this explosive, yet brief story. Free. Clark County Government Center Winchester Gallery,

Unnatural Selection

Through Jan. 15, Mon-Thu 7a-5:30p. Artist Sam Davis uses his little robots to illustrate the most human aspects of us all. Free. Las Vegas City Hall Grand Gallery, 702-229-1012

Light Works

Through Jan. 31. Artist Pasha Rafat’s first solo exhibit echoes the work of a group of 20th century artists whose interest lie in real and physical phenomena rather than illusory material. Free. Brett Wesley Gallery in Art Square,

Faberge Revealed

Through May 25, 8a-10p. Showcasing 238 rare Fabergé artifacts as part of the largest public collection of Fabergé outside of Russia. Unique to this exhibition is a small collection of “Fauxbergé” objects – look-alikes once believed to be originals. $17, $14 for Nevada residents, $12 students/seniors/military, children 12 and under free. Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art,

First Friday

Jan. 2, 6p. What will 2015 have in store for the Las Vegas art world? Join in the first Friday of the year to find out! There will still be 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.,


Jan. 19-Mar. 6. Artist reception Jan. 12, 6-8p. Italian artist Giorgio Guidi’s new sculpture is a design similar to Roman basilicas, the first public buildings located near the main square of a town with no religious affiliation.  The structure’s interior will be decorated with graffiti provided by volunteers from local schools and other institutions. The goal of the sculpture is to make the viewer rethink accepted assumptions and open a discussion about the future of the community by forcing communication between young and old. Free. Clark County Government Center Rotunda Gallery,

DK Sole

Jan. 20-Mar. 13. Artist reception Jan. 23, 5:30-7p. Sole creates small sculptures from discarded items she finds along the streets. More than one hundred of her assemblage sculptures will be displayed along the walls in clusters or “islands,” linked by threads. The artist hopes to mirror the interplay of human connections in the community and to prompt viewers to pay attention to these broken street-scraps as they might pay attention to a crowd of faces. Free. Clark County Government Center Winchester Gallery,

Rock Stars: Stone Sculpture

Jan. 22-May 5, Mon-Thu 7a-5p. This exhibit includes various genres of stone sculpture created by artists who have studied stone-carving techniques at Gainsburg Studio, taught by owner and artist Sharon Gainsburg. Free. Las Vegas City Hall Grand Gallery, 495 S. Main St., first floor, 702-229-1012

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,

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.,

Tango Buenos Aires Dance Troupe: Song of Eva Peron

Jan. 15, 8p. This presentation weaves the layered tale of Argentina’s beloved former First Lady into the passionate steps of her country’s traditional dance. $25-$75. UNLV’s Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall,

Celebration of Asian Arts and Culture

Jan. 17, 2p. Experience the thunder of Taiko drumming, the Chinese tradition of the lion dance and exhilarating beauty of the dances of Thailand. $15 at the door. Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., 702-229-6383

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

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,

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.,

Our Kansas City Connection and Screening

Jan. 27, 7p. In his new documentary Gangland Wire, filmmaker and former police officer-turned- lawyer Gary Jenkins will describe the rise and fall of Kansas City’s River Quay district and the investigation which exposed the Mafia influence over the Teamsters International Union and Las Vegas casinos. Free. Clark County Library,

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,

Straight Ahead Jazz with Freddy Jackson

Jan. 3, 2p. Enjoy classic video concerts featuring all-star legends of jazz, such as Earl Hines, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Louie Armstrong and Lionel Hampton. Join host Freddie Jackson, “The Doctor” of 91.5 KUNV, while he travels through musical moments in jazz history with commentary, coffee and tea. Free. West Las Vegas Arts Center, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd.,

The Mob on Trial: The Kefauver Hearings and Their Impact on Organized Crime

Jan. 6, 7p. In 1950, Senator Estes Kefauver led a U.S. Senate committee to investigate organized crime. The televised hearings were held in Las Vegas and 14 other cities, and included testimonies from more than 600 witnesses. David G. Schwartz, director of UNLV’s Center for Gaming Research, will examine the importance of the hearings and the impact on organized crime, law enforcement and state gaming regulations. Free. Clark County Library,

Spectacular - A History of Las Vegas Neon

Jan. 8, 7p. Hear about the origins of 21st century neon in Las Vegas and the role of the Neon Museum in rescuing and preserving some of these “spectacular” signs (a term used to describe the largest, most elaborate works.) Free. Clark County Library,

The Wisdom of Dreams

Jan. 11, 1p. Join author and astrologer Cathy Pagano as she explores the meaning of dreams and how they can help us understand ourselves. Free. West Charleston Library,

The Fix is In: Sports and the Mob

Jan. 13, 7p. Experts in the fields of sports betting, sports journalism, athletics and regulatory control will discuss how The Mob has been able to penetrate the sports world. Free. Clark County Library,

The Power of Story: Karla Huntsman and Rochelle Hooks

Jan. 16, 12p. Bring your lunch as Huntsman and Hooks take you on an hour-long journey to explore many varied types and styles of story: story with music, story with dance, the traditional folktale and personal tales, to shake up your thinking and open your heart. Free. Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse Jury Room, 333 Las Vegas Blvd. N.

The Great Debate: Is the Mob Still in Las Vegas

Jan. 20, 7p. A panel of guest speakers comprised of journalists, politicians, historians and law enforcement will discuss those very questions as they probe for answers in a roundtable debate. Free. Clark County Library,

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.,

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,

Ethnic Express International Folk Dancing

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+ only. $4. Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.,

Moscow Nights and the Golden Gates: An Evening of Russian Folk Music, Dance and Stories

Jan. 9, 7p. Two world-renowned, prize-winning ensembles will share their skillful virtuosity, colorful costumes, feats of gymnastic leaping and syncopation of foot-stomping ferocity. The groups have spent ten seasons touring together presenting authentic and traditional Russian folk music, dance and stories. Free. Clark County Library,

Back Room Jazz! With the John Abraham-Steven Lee Project

Jan. 6, 7:30p. Joining the Project will be Rochon Westmoreland, Eric Plante and Otto Ehling. Part of the American Jazz Initiative. $15 at the door. The Scullery, 150 Las Vegas Blvd. N.,

An Intimate Evening with Diane Schuur

Jan. 8-9, 7p. Long regarded as one of contemporary jazz’s leading vocalists, Diane Schuur is as eclectic as she is brilliant. With a distinguished career that includes two Grammy awards, Schuur’s music has explored almost every corner of the 20th century musical landscape. $35-$59. Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center

Las Vegas Wind Quintet Concert

Jan. 10, 2p. Enjoy an afternoon program of folk, light classical and woodwind favorites. Free. Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., 702-229-6383

Mariano Gonzalez

Jan. 10, 2p. Gonzalez is known for his revolutionary harp playing. He builds harps and adapted his native Paraguayan harp to play jazz. He will be joined by special guest harpist Cristina Cabrera, originally from Veracruz and now considered one of the finest harpists in Mexico. $10 in advance, $12 on concert day. Winchester Cultural Center at the Clark County Government Center,

Masterworks III: Rising Star

Jan. 10, 7:30p. Each season the Las Vegas Philharmonic showcases the talents of an internationally rising star.  Acclaimed for her passionate performances, and compelling command of her instrument, violinist Bella Hristova will perform Max Bruch’s romantic First Violin Concerto. $26-$94. Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center

Nevada Chamber Symphony - A New Year Welcome

Jan. 11, 3p. Maestro Fernandez will perform well-loved classical and popular pieces to celebrate the coming of the New Year. Winners of the FINAL 4+1 Music Achievement Awards will also perform as guest soloists. Free. Clark County Library,

Back Room Jazz! With the Ronnie Fabre Trio

Jan. 13, 7:30p. Part of the American Jazz Initiative. $15 at the door. The Scullery, 150 Las Vegas Blvd. N.,

Bill Pinkney's Original Drifters

Jan. 14, 7p. The legacy group carries on the proud Drifters tradition, performing all of the classic R&B hits that made them a mainstay on the charts since the early days of rock and roll. A nostalgic night of fun and great music. $22. Starbright Theatre,

Soul Men Starring Spectrum

Jan. 17, 7p. This group boasts four incredible singers who combine their voices and dexterity to create the angelic harmonies and deft choreography that has become their trademark. $37-$40, Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center

Ira Glass: Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host

Glass has been working with Monica Bill Barnes & Company to invent a show that combines two art forms that, as Glass puts it, “have no business being together – dance and radio.” The result is a funny, lively and very talky evening of dance and stories that brought down the house in its first test run at Carnegie Hall. $29-$99, Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center

Back Room Jazz! With the Young Lions UNLV

Jan. 20, 7:30p. Part of the American Jazz Initiative. $15 at the door. The Scullery, 150 Las Vegas Blvd. N.,

The Composers Showcase of Las Vegas

Jan. 21, 10:30p. Jersey Boys conductor Keith Thompson hosts this monthly musical showcase that features original music from some of Las Vegas’ best composers and songwriters, performed by some of the best performers and musicians from the Vegas Entertainment and Theatrical communities. $20-$25, Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center

Tony Desare's Night Life

Jan. 23-24, 7p. Acclaimed vocalist/pianist/composer DeSare presents Night Life, a postmodern version of the classic, elegant New York nightclub show of the 1950s brought to life at The Smith Center’s Cabaret Jazz. $39-$49, Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center

Back Room Jazz! With the Hot Club of Jazz

Jan. 28, 7:30p. Featuring Mundo Juillert. Part of the American Jazz Initiative. $15 at the door. The Scullery, 150 Las Vegas Blvd. N.,

David Perrico-Pop Evolution

Jan. 28, 10p. The twenty-piece band transforms popular songs from all genres to produce a one-of-a-kind sound experience. $15-$30, Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center

An Evening with Burt Bacharach

Jan. 30, 7:30p. One of the world’s most acclaimed, award-winning composer/songwriters, Bacharach helped define the music of the 20th and 21st centuries. Now the three-time Academy Award winner and eight-time Grammy winner will perform some of his greatest hits with his band of three singers and seven musicians. $29-$125. Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center

Benjamin D. Hale - A Night of Cosmic American Music

Jan. 31, 5p and 8p. Hale, currently starring as Johnny Cash in Million Dollar Quartet, draws from the best of country, blues, gospel and folk and blends them into his own spicy musical gumbo. Backed by a stellar band and featuring special guest vocalists, this is an event not to be missed. $29-$45, Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center

Rabbit and His Crazy Cast of Characters

Jan. 31, 7p. A talented and versatile saxophone player and comic performer, Martin Mancuso has played in many jazz festivals and won many awards for his tribute shows. He is often billed as “The Man with the Singing Saxophone.”  Mancuso, a.k.a. “Rabbit,” teams up with Carmine Mandia to present a celebration of music, comedy and dance from the '40s to the present in a tribute to Frank Sinatra, Jerry Lewis and Sam Butera. $13, Starbright Theatre,

A Tribute to Andres Segovia

Jan. 31, 8p. Grammy Award-winning classical guitarist Scott Tennant and UNLV professor and award-winning guitarist Ricardo Cobo join together in a powerful tribute to virtuoso Spanish guitarist Andrés Segovia. Two masters perform the music of the father of modern classical guitar, who has influenced generations of classical guitarists. $40. UNLV Performing Arts Center,

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  and  Jan. 31, 2p. $10 in advance, $12 on concert day. Winchester Cultural Center at the Clark County Government Center,

The Bucket Show

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


Improv Kingdom

Every Mon, 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.,

Re-Animator, The Musical

Jan. 6-15, Tue-Sun 8p; Sat-Sun 2:30p. The bizarre story of Herbert West, a young medical student who has discovered a glowing green serum that can bring the dead back to life … with catastrophic results! Based on the cult classic by H.P. Lovecraft, this award-winning horror comedy is helmed by Stuart Gordon (who also directed the film), stars six-time Emmy Award nominee George Wendt (“Norm” from TV’s Cheers) as Dean Halsey, and features a Splash Zone for those who enjoy a little splatter! $44. Troesh Studio Theater at The Smith Center

Rumors by Neil Simon

Jan. 9-25, Thu-Sat 8p; Sun 2p. Special matinee Jan. 17, 2p. At a large, tastefully appointed townhouse, the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Gathering for a wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer and wife must get their story straight before the other guests arrive. Four couples are in for a severe attack of farce! $21-$24, Las Vegas Little Theatre,

Ni Princessa Ni Esclava

Stacy Mendoza directs Humberto Robles’ play, filled with fun and laughter and presenting the perspective of a woman with an ideology. Three women: a housewife, a night butterfly and an intellectual, reflect on their successes and life events. Robles takes the women from the role of “victim” and shows women as they are. The play is entirely in Spanish. $10 in advance, $12 on performance day. Winchester Cultural Center at the Clark County Government Center,

The Little Dog Laughed

Jan. 16-Feb. 1, Thu-Sat 8p; Sun 2p. Mitchell is a Hollywood star on the rise, and Diane, his full-time agent and part-time beard, is doing all she can to keep his “slightly recurring case of homosexuality” from derailing his fame. But when he falls in love with a NYC rent boy, things become ... complicated. The play takes an acerbic and sharply funny jab at the entertainment industry and human nature in a tabloid-obsessed society. Adults only. $10-$15, Fischer Black Box at Las Vegas Little Theatre,

From Broadway to Hollywood

Jan. 18, 3p. Once again, Bill Fayne and Mistinguett have joined forces to bring you this fast-paced show, featuring great moments from the best of Broadway musicals that eventually made it to the silver screen, including Chicago, South Pacific, Les Misérables and many others. The show stars five triple-threat entertainers and is produced, directed and choreographed by Mistinguett. $18, The Starbright Theatre,

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Jan. 20-25, Tue-Sun 7:30p; Sat-Sun 2p. Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son. Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colors, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including "Those Canaan Days," "Any Dream Will Do" and "Close Every Door." $28-$119, Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center


Jan. 16-Feb. 1, Thu-Sat 8p; Sun 2p. The story of a lonely, middle-aged waitress victimized by her abusive ex-husband and tortured by the kidnapping of her child in a supermarket almost ten years ago, a mysterious, timid stranger with a military past and psychotic tendencies, and the romance and paranoia that develops between them in a cramped, trashy motel room in Oklahoma City.  $16-$20. Cockroach Theater at Art Square,

Improv Throwdown

Jan. 23, 8p. Several improv teams from all over the country will go head-to-head competing for the audience’s vote! $5. Clark County Library,

Improv Kingdom

Every Mon, 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.,

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.,

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,

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.,

Las Vegas Improvisational Players

Jan. 24, 7p. Join in on-the-spot creations in the first show of the year. 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,

Poetry at First Friday

Jan. 2, 5-11p. The Vegas Valley's best poets from the most honored and newest Vegas Valley venues will take the stage and set streets ablaze with the excitement and relevance of the word, in collaboration with First Friday. LVFFP is produced by widely published performance poet Lee Mallory, with local poet-host Lana Hanson. Free. Colorado Ave., between Third Street and Casino Center Blvd.


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