Terry Fator went all out redoing his ventriloquism showcase for Christmas, so he’s keeping it open most of the week (except for Sunday and Monday) for you to see it at The Mirage, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Tickets are $74.93-$173.93; call 792-7777.
— Mike Weatherford
They toot their own horns, but they’re not arrogant: They’re ska punk. Get illuminated by Streetlight Manifesto at 6 p.m. today at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Tickets are $28; call 632-7600.
— Jason Bracelin
‘We Bought a Zoo’
Cute kids, beautiful animals, a heart-tugging premise and yet another quietly compelling Matt Damon performance make the fact-based “We Bought a Zoo” a sweet all-ages treat for holiday-weekend moviegoers.
— Carol Cling
Everybody feeling good? Cool, then you won’t be depressed, but merely curious over the “Lost Places of the Mojave Desert” exhibit at the Barrick Museum on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Photographer Julian Kilker’s work examines “the decay and ruin that fill the human landscape.” C’mon, cheer up. The exhibit runs through Jan. 22. Call 895-3381.
— Steve Bornfeld
Queen Victoria Pub
If you’re not sick of Christmas carols yet and “now bring us some figgy pudding” makes you hungry, consider trying that traditional dessert at Queen Victoria Pub at the Riviera, through New Year’s Day.
— Heidi Knapp Rinella
MTV just named Afrojack its fifth-favorite electronic-dance musician of 2011. On Wednesday, he returns to his residency at Surrender nightclub at Encore, where he’ll certainly spin his mega-hit “Take Over Control” and his Grammy-nominated “Collide.” He also plays club XS on Jan. 1.
— Doug Elfman