Your 5 best bets for arts and culture in Las Vegas


With the 2012 opening gala and 2014 New Year’s Eve concert to her credit, Tony nominee Laura Osnes is no stranger to The Smith Center. This weekend, however, the versatile Tony nominee — who played both “Cinderella” and Bonnie Parker in “Bonnie and Clyde” — makes her Cabaret Jazz debut, sharing tunes and tales at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; for tickets ($39-$59), call 702-749-2000 or visit


You don’t have to run away to join the circus this holiday season; it’s as close as Circus Vargas’ blue-and-white big top, where its new show “ArleQuin” unfolds through Dec. 20 at the Meadows Mall and from Dec. 25-Jan. 4 at Boca Park, featuring acrobats, aerialists and magicians (all in the person of “America’s Got Talent” contestant Patrick Marinelli) plus daredevils, clowns and more. For showtimes and tickets ($15-$35 general admission, $35-$70 for reserved ringside seats), call 877-468-3861 or click on


Move over, Santa. Step aside, Scrooge. Holiday theatergoers have another memorable character to embrace as burlesque queen Blanche DeBris takes over the Onyx Theatre, in Commercial Center at 953 E. Sahara Ave., for “The Blanche DeBris Emergency Xmas Broadcast,” in which she attempts to save a low-power radio station from a scheming developer. The show goes on at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays through Dec. 10; for tickets ($20), call 702-732-7225 or visit


“Third World America” returns for a third time to the Eden Gallery, as artists Daniel Miller and Justin Lepper explore local homelessness through their work. The opening, at 6 p.m. Saturday, includes a clothing and food drive benefiting Safe Nest and HELP of Southern Nevada; 50 percent of all art sales (and 100 percent of cash donations) will go to the National Aliiance to End Homelessness. “Third World America” continues through Jan. 1 at the Eden Gallery, located in the Arts Factory at 107 E. Charleston Blvd., Suite 215. For more information, call 702-706-7103.


Who says you can’t go home again? Not the Clark County Museum, 1830 S. Boulder Highway, which offers a seasonal blast from the past with its free Heritage Holidays program from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. In addition to the museum’s historic houses glowing with holiday lights, the festival features strolling carolers, a craft tent where kids can make their own ornaments, a model holiday railroad display and, of course, visits with Santa and his elves. For more information, call 702-455-7955.

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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)
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
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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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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)
Skybar at Waldorf Astoria lets you sip your way through Las Vegas history
Skybar At Waldorf Astoria Lets You Sip Your Way Through Las Vegas History (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Stan Lee in Las Vegas for Madame Tussauds unveiling
Stan Lee Las Vegas speaks with the Review-Journal's Chris Lawrence about his love for his fans and shared universes. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Ultimate Belgium Waffle Sundae at Lavo
Lavo at the Palazzo serves a 16-scoop ice cream sundae that costs $800. (Rochelle Ricahrds, Janna Karel/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
A New Zip Line Is Opening On The Las Vegas Strip
A New Zip Line Is Opening On The Las Vegas Strip (Janna Karel lLas Vegas Review-Journal)
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