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

‘The Nutcracker’

There’s still time to catch the holiday magic of Nevada Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker,” with two more performances full of fanciful characters and eye-popping effects (accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s beloved score) at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday in The Smith Center’s Reynolds Hall. For tickets ($29-$179), call 702-749-2000 or visit


The clock’s ticking on this standout exhibit at UNLV’s Barrick Museum, featuring photographer Edward Burtynsky’s international odyssey to depict the world’s thirst for oil. The museum’s closed Monday (and Jan. 2), but otherwise you can explore “Oil” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays (Thursdays until 8 p.m.) and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays, through Jan. 14. Admission is free (suggested donation $2-$5); call 702-895-3381 for more information.

‘December to Remember’

Holiday traditions from around the world inspire the 10th annual “December to Remember” at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum, with displays, programs and activities — from making a nutcracker to creating a nighttime winter collage — from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Dec. 31. The museum, 900 Las Vegas Blvd. North, is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily (closed Christmas Day, open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 1); admission is $5 to $10. For more information, call 702-384-3466 or visit

‘Science Fiction, Science Future’

Playing games with robots, moving objects with your mind, becoming invisible — these are a few of the phenomena explored in the touring “Science Fiction, Science Future” exhibit at the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd., through Jan. 8. Closed Christmas Day, the preserve otherwise is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; admission is $4.95 to $9.95 for Nevada residents, $8.95 to $18.95 for nonlocals. For more information, call 702-822-7700 or visit

George Bugatti

If you’re looking for some old-school Vegas cool — and some mellow musical vibes — singer-pianist George Bugatti obliges from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (including Christmas Eve) at the Bootlegger Bistro, 7700 Las Vegas Blvd. South. For reservations, call 702-736-4939.

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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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.
5 albums to soundtrack your holiday gatherings in style
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.
Cowboys and western aficionados can buy virtually anything at Cowboy Christmas
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
TV's LGBT superheroes
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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