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Things to do in Southwest/Spring Valley Nov. 27-Dec. 3

Actor and poet James McGuire plans to create an interactive gallery experience inviting the public to illustrate his poems in the gallery of the Spring Valley Library, 4280 S. Jones Blvd. An opening reception and poetry reading are slated for 6 p.m. Thursday. The exhibit is scheduled to be on display Thursday through Feb. 5. Visit lvccld.org or call 702-507-3820.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is set to bring its big band sound to yuletide classics in a Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Party at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at The Orleans Showroom, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave. Tickets start at $19.95. Visit orleanscasino.com or call 702-365-7075.

Tara Pollard is scheduled to speak about her book “Season’s Christmas Quest: The Dog’s Story” from 2:15 to 3 p.m. Friday at the West Charleston Library, 6301 W. Charleston Blvd. Visit lvccld.org or call 702-507-3940.

Pianist Antonio Carnota has performed for kings and presidents and is slated to perform at 4 p.m. Sunday at the West Charleston Library, 6301 W. Charleston Blvd. Tickets are $17 for adults and $8 for children and seniors. Visit lvccld.org or call 702-507-3940.

The Emerge Indie Showcase is set for 8 p.m. today at The Lounge at the Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road. This emerging artist showcase features three to four local and regional independent bands. The show is free. Visit palms.com.

The Guitar Society of Las Vegas plans to team up with Las Vegas Academy guitar students for a free holiday concert at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at the West Charleston Library, 6301 W. Charleston Blvd. Visit lvccld.org or call 702-507-3940.

Bass Pro Shops’ fifth annual Santa’s Wonderland Village is scheduled to be open through Dec. 24. At the 8200 Dean Martin Drive location, patrons can get photos with Santa, do crafts and play free games. The village offers an old-time model train, remote-control trucks, a laser arcade, a soft-gun range and slot-car racing. New to this year’s village is a talking caribou. Most crafts and activities are free. Visit tinyurl.com/santabasspro. 

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s rock opera “The Lost Christmas Eve” is scheduled at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at The Orleans Arena, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave. With elements of rock, classical, folk, Broadway and R&B, the show takes audiences through a rundown hotel, an old toy store, a blues bar and a Gothic cathedral and introduces their respective inhabitants, all intertwined during a single Christmas Eve in New York City. Tickets start at $33. A portion of the proceeds will go to The Public Education Foundation and Operation Fire H.E.A.T. For each ticket purchased online, guests will receive a digital copy of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “Dreams of Fireflies (On A Christmas Night)” five-song EP. Call 702-284-7777 or visit orleansarena.com.

Watch local skaters show off their skills during the Holiday Extravaganza on Ice scheduled for 5 p.m. Dec. 15 and 16 at the Las Vegas Ice Center, 9295 W. Flamingo Road. Tickets are $10 for adults and free for children 12 or younger. The center’s Winter Wonderland public skate is available for $10 for adults and $6 for skaters 5 or younger through Jan. 6. Times vary, and prices may change. Visit tinyurl.com/lvicice or lasvegasice.com.

Dress warmly and bring blankets to enjoy a free screening of “The Grinch,” featuring Jim Carrey, and free crafts, hot chocolate, candy canes, popcorn and cookies, while supplies last at the Ward 4 free holiday movie in the park at
6:30 p.m. Friday at Police Memorial Park, 3250 Metro Academy Way.

ONGOING events

Ongoing shows at Money Plays, 4755 W. Flamingo Road, include live local music at 9 p.m. Saturdays and a live open mic night at 9 p.m. Thursdays. Visit moneyplayslv.com.

Ricardo Griego is slated to play Spanish guitar from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturdays at Barcelona Tapas & Bar, 10690 Southern Highlands Parkway, No. 100. Visit ricardogriego.com.

“Line, Rhythm, Stroke: Portraits and Life” a show of artwork by Cristina Natsuko Paulos is scheduled to be on display through Jan. 6 at the Windmill Library, 7060 W. Windmill Lane. Visit lvccld.org or call 702-507-6030.

Music 4 Life offers drum circle sessions at Dinosaurs & Roses, 6029 W. Charleston Blvd. Visit music4life.us or call 702-889-2881.

Plan Ahead

The Red Rock Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints plans a Live Nativity performance outdoors with actors and animals at 6 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6 and 7 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7 and 8 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8 at Opportunity Village’s Ralph & Betty Engelstad Campus, 6050 S. Buffalo Drive. The show is set to be presented in Spanish at 7 p.m. Dec. 5. Parking and admission are free. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit thenativitylv.com.

A Christmas celebration with warm beverages, music and activities is planned from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 15 at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, about 15 miles west of Las Vegas on state Route 159. The decorated Ranch House is to be lit up, and Santa is to be available for photos with children. The regular gate entrance fee of $9 per vehicle will be in effect. There is a $2 discount for Nevada residents. Call 702-875-4141 or visit parks.nv.gov.

The Clark County Commodore Computer Club (the 5Cs) plans to host its monthly meeting at 9 a.m. Nov. 24 in the Wengert Conference Room at NV Energy, 6226 W. Sahara Ave. The group of Commodore Computers enthusiasts meets the fourth Saturday of each month. Contact Al Jackson at 702-645-2402 or email him at ajax2@outlook.com.

“Tape,” by Steven Belber and directed by Jason Nino, is set for Dec. 7-23 at the Las Vegas Little Theatre, 3920 Schiff Drive. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. The past comes back to haunt two former high school best friends during a 10-year reunion. The play toys with the concept of memory and how it can change over time. Tickets are $15 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. “A Little Theatre Christmas,” the theater’s third annual music celebration featuring 10 local performers, is scheduled at 8 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8 and 2 p.m. Dec. 9. Tickets are $15 for adults. $14 for seniors and students and $5 for children 15 or younger. A bake sale is is planned before and after performances. Visit lvlt.org or 702-362-7996.

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