This week’s 5 best bets for arts & culture in Las Vegas

‘A Little Night Music’

You may know “Send in the Clowns.” But that’s only one of the enchanting waltz-time tunes that composer Stephen Sondheim conjures in his Tony-winning “A Little Night Music,” as a celebrated actress, the men who love her — and the women who love them — collide one memorable weekend. Complete with live orchestra, the show opens a three-weekend run Friday at Las Vegas Little Theatre, 3920 Schiff Drive; performances continue through Jan. 29 at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays (with an additional 2 p.m. matinee Jan. 21). For tickets ($21-$4), call 702-362-7996 or visit

Las Vegas Philharmonic

Beethoven and Mozart share star billing as the Las Vegas Philharmonic kicks off 2017 with Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 (featuring pianist Maria Radutu), Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Sixth Symphony and Michael Torke’s “Ash” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in The Smith Center’s Reynolds Hall; a pre-concert conversation with music director Donato Cabrera begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets ($30-$109) are available by phone at 702-749-2000 or online at

Ronnie Foster Trio

Hammond organ master Ronnie Foster has worked with everyone from George Benson to Stevie Wonder, but you can catch him (with guitarist Jake Langley and drummer Jess Gopen) at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Winchester Cultural Center, 3130 S. McLeod Drive; for tickets ($10 in advance, $12 on concert day), call 702-455-7340 or click on

Folktales and fables

Storytellers Djeliba Baba and Diane Ferlatte team up to spin folktales and fables in the African tradition at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St. For tickets ($10 in advance, $15 at the door), call 702-229-6383 or visit

‘Bassey and Me’

British belter Shirley Bassey gets an 80th-birthday salute from singer Niki Scalera and music director Keith Thompson, who spotlight Bassey’s best, including “Goldfinger.” The show goes on at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at The Smith Center’s Cabaret Jazz; tickets ($25-$45) are available at 702-749-2000 or

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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Cash appears at Baseball Winter Meetings
Lights FC mascot Cash plays the electronic drums at the EZ Inflatables’ booth on Tuesday at the Baseball Winter Meetings trade show at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
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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
Wizards and warriors are ready for the holidays at Excalibur's Tournament of Kings Holiday Dinner Show.
Take a dive with the Silverton mermaids
A visit to the Silverton Casino Hotel is not complete without taking in the popular, and very unique, mermaid show.
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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
Holiday Hooch At El Cortez Is Just In Time For Repeal Day And Christmas. Janna Karel/Las Vegas Review-Journal
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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)
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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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Famous Infinity Mirror Room is open in Las Vegas
Yayoi Kusama's "Aftermath of Obliteration of Infinity" mirror room is open at the Bellagio in Las Vegas (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Glittering Lights dazzles Las Vegas
The Glittering Lights holiday display is shining at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. (Mat Luschek/ Las Vegas Review-Journal)
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