4 things to do this weekend, including family fun

Family fun



If the floral world conjures images of the good and the green, prepare to enter the dark side, courtesy of the Springs Preserve’s “Wicked Plants.”

The display explores the macabre world of diabolical botanicals — poisonous, carnivorous and nasty — and reveals their eerie secrets; author Amy Stewart’s “Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother and other Botanical Atrocities” inspired the exhibit.

Funded by the North Carolina Arboretum Society and the Creel-Harison Foundation, “Wicked Plants” is on display daily through Jan. 4 in the Origen Museum at the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd., which is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily (except Christmas Day).

Admission to “Wicked Plants” is included in Springs Preserve admission, which is $4.95-$9.95 for Nevada residents, $10.95-$18.95 for nonresidents and free for Springs Preserve members. For more information, call 702-822-7700 or visit www.springspreserve.org.




If it’s Black Friday, it must be time for “Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold,” which begins a weeklong return visit to The Smith Center on Friday.

This holiday romp, from the wonderful folks who brought you “Late Nite Catechism,” focuses on the centuries-old question: Whatever happened to most valuable of the Magi’s gifts to the baby Jesus? As Sister (alias Nonie Newton-Riley) observes, “we know that Mary used the frankincense and myrrh as a sort of potpourri — they were in a barn, after all.”

“Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold” returns at 7 p.m. Friday, 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Troesh Studio Theater at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, 361 Symphony Park Ave. Additional performances are at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 and 5 and 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 6. For tickets ($35-$40), call 702-749-2000 or visit www.thesmithcenter.com.

Family fun



Cosmopolitans don’t have ice. But The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas definitely does, once again transforming its Boulevard Pool into an overlooking-the-Strip ice rink at 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South.

Unlike real winter wonderlands, this one guarantees snow throughout December, with scheduled light snowfalls every half-hour between 6 and 10 p.m., Thursdays through Sundays.

An expanded skating area — with more than 4,200 square feet of real ice — will greet skaters through Jan. 4. Seasonal food and drink also will be served, including make-by-the-fire-pit s’mores.

Themed nights also return, including “Date Skate” Mondays — featuring favorite holiday movies on the Cosmo’s digital marquee — and “Throwback Thursdays,” when guests can groove to music from the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s. (Don’t forget the leg warmers and disco duds.)

The rink is open 3 p.m. to midnight weekdays and noon to midnight on weekends. (The noon-to-midnight schedule will be in effect daily Dec. 22-Jan. 2 — except on New Year’s Eve, when the party continues past 2015’s midnight arrival.)

If you just want to enjoy the atmosphere, admission to the ice rink is free for guests 2 and older; those 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult over 21. All-day skating access is $15; on weekdays, all-day skating access for Nevada residents is $10. Visitors may bring their own skates or rent them for $5.

For complete details, call 702-698-7000 or visit www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com.




Artist Lolita Develay traces her path toward a Master of Fine Arts degree in the retrospective “A Master’s Journey,” now on display at Left of Center Gallery.

The first African-American woman to graduate from UNLV’s MFA Studio Arts Program, Develay’s exhibit includes paintings created for class assignments, along with independent explorations. Many of them focus on the associations the artist makes between high-end clothing and relics of primitive costumes — the former signaling society’s desire to use dress as an outward symbol of self, the latter reflecting the naive place where Develay found beauty as a child.

“A Master’s Journey” continues through Jan. 31 at Left of Center Gallery, 2207 W. Gowan Road, North Las Vegas. The gallery’s regular hours are from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 702-647-7378 or visit www.leftofcenterart.org.


Artists from Cirque du Soleil contribute art to Las Vegas art exhibit
Artists from Cirque du Soleil contribute art to Las Vegas gallery exhibit
Red Plate on the Las Vegas Strip serves a cocktail made with blooming jasmine tea
Red Plate on the Las Vegas Strip serves a cocktail made with jasmine tea
Benny the Ice Skating Dog
Benny is a Las Vegas Labrador who was rescued by former pro skater Cheryl Del Sanyo, and trained to ice skate. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
The Nevada State Museum
The Nevada State Museum of Las Vegas, located at the Springs Preserve, covers all eras of the state, from prehistoric to today.
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1. Various Artists, “Holidays Rule," with Rufus Wainwright, The Shins, Calexico and more. 2. Various Artists, “We Wish You a Metal Xmas and a Headbanging New Year," with Lemmy Kilmister, Alice Cooper, Chuck Billy and others. 3. Various Artists, “Christmas on Death Row," featuring Snoop Dogg and Nate Dogg to name but a few. 4. Bright Eyes, “A Christmas Album.” 5. Various Artists, "The Motown Christmas Album." (Jason Bracelin/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Inside the kitchen at Springs Preserve
The staff of Divine Events do party preparation in the kitchen at Divine Cafe at Springs Preserve. With nine parties the following day, this is a particularly busy time for the crew. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
WinterFest in Henderson.
Miss Rodeo America Fashion Show
The 28 women contestants of Miss Rodeo America compete in a fashion show at the Tropicana on Dec. 7, 2018.
Tournament Of Kings Holiday Show
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Take a dive with the Silverton mermaids
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Vegas Golden Knights Christmas Display
In the Las Vegas Valley, the chances of getting a white Christmas are slim. But this year, you can have a “Knight” Christmas. A Henderson resident has a Christmas lights display that is synchronized to the entrance music for the Golden Knights. GG Misa’s Knights light show is played every 30 minutes from 5 to 10 nightly. His light show consists of two songs: Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” and the entrance music, “Le Castle Vania,” from the movie “John Wick.” The display is located at 730 Bollons Island St. (Richard Brian/Las Vegas Reivew-Journal)
Holiday Hooch At El Cortez is Just in Time For Repeal Day And Christmas
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Green Valley Ranch's Winter's Village
The Mob Museum
Best Friend Menu Reveal Wednesday
Chef Roy Choi tells us what to expect from Wednesday’s Facebook Live Menu Reveal for his new Park MGM restaurant Best Friend. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Quick Chat With Criss Angel
James D. Gish and Susan Anton rehearse
Susan Anton will be special guest at James D. Gish’s holiday concerts Dec. 7 at Summerlin Library and Dec. 9 at Clark County Library. (John Przybys/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Bellagio Winter Wonderland
"Majestic Holiday Magic" at the Bellagio Conservatory.
Underwater Santa At The Silverton
Santa takes a dive Sunday, December 2, at the Silverton Casino Hotel. (Mat Luschek / Review-Journal)
Cowabunga Bay Christmas Town
Las Vegas Natural History Museum
Las Vegas Natural History Museum, which opened in 1991, has exhibits of mechanical dinosaurs and taxidermied animals, along with live snakes, fish and sharks. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Magical Forest Lights
Cirque Du Soleil Performers Team Up For New Show "Kinekt"
Through dance, acrobatics and aerial arts, “Kinekt” tells a story all too familiar to modern families: how to maintain a human connection in the digital age. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Ethel M Holiday Cactus Garden
The Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas
The Pinball Hall of Fame was created by Tim Arnold and opened in 2006. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Jump! The Ultimate Dog Show at Springs Preserve in Las Vegas
Trainer Lou “Mack” McCammon guides several rescue dogs through a series of tricks and jumps two shows a day weekends through December at the Springs Preserve in Las Vegas. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
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