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Top 10 things to do in Las Vegas this week

COMEDY

1. Ron White

Comedian Ron White performs during 'Vegas Strong: A Night of Healing,' a benefit concert for fi ...
Comedian Ron White performs during 'Vegas Strong: A Night of Healing,' a benefit concert for first responders and those effected by the Route 91 shooting on Thursday, October 19, 2017, at The Orleans Arena, in Las Vegas. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal @benjaminhphoto

“I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade … and try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party.” Expect such sage advice when comedian Ron White returns to town with drink in hand — though no bourbon in it. Once a purebred booze hound with a liver sizable enough to taxi aircraft upon, White no longer partakes in the strong stuff. Don’t worry, though, he’s still the life of the party even if his partying days are behind him. See him at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Mirage Theatre. Tickets start at $65.99 at mirage.mgmresorts.com.

— Jason Bracelin

CONVERSATION

2. Erica Vital-Lazare and Faylita Hicks

Faylita Hicks pairs with Erica Vital-Lazare (Black Mountain Institute)
Faylita Hicks pairs with Erica Vital-Lazare (Black Mountain Institute)

Hicks, now wrapping up a fellowship at the Black Mountain Institute, is a powerhouse spoken-word artist; Vital-Lazare belongs on any Mount Rushmore devoted to Southern Nevada literature. Together they will explore the condition of Black women, their “joy, resilience and infinite spaces of memory and possibility”; it’s an extension of “Seeing/Seen,” an exhibit curated by Vital-Lazare. 7 p.m. Friday in UNLV’s Barrick Museum, eventbrite.com.

— Scott Dickensheets

FAMILY

3. The Velveteen Rabbit

Margery Williams’ classic heartstring-yanker about a stuffed rabbit that — and this only counts as a spoiler if you’ve spent the past few decades as a house plant — is brought to life by the power of love: schmaltzy, a little, sure. But, hey, the kids don’t know from schmaltz, and “The Velveteen Rabbit,” the OG toy story, is for them. Various times, Friday through Dec. 12 at the Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St. Tickets are $6, plus fees. For more: artslasvegas.org.

— Scott Dickensheets

FESTIVALS

4. Winter Wonderland Beer Festival

The Southern Nevada Brewers Guild and Pub 365 will collaborate on the Winter Wonderland Beer Festival from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at the Tuscany. More than 60 beers — including collaborations and one-offs — from local breweries, bottle shops and craft beer bars will be available for tasting, and holiday-themed food will be available for purchase. It’s $50 in advance, $65 at the door for general admission or $80 in advance, $95 at the door for VIP, with 6 p.m. opening and other perks. For tickets, visit eventbrite.com.

— Heidi Knapp Rinella

THEATER

5. ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

Maurice-Aime Green as Seymour in "Little Shop of Horrors." (UNLV)
Maurice-Aime Green as Seymour in "Little Shop of Horrors." (UNLV)

You’ll never look at your house plants the same way after catching “Little Shop of Horrors.” The musical adaptation of the classic Roger Corman B-movie is about a meek flower shop employee who receives assistance from an unexpected source in pursuing the woman of his dreams. Presented by the Nevada Conservatory Theatre, the show runs Friday through Dec. 13 at Judy Bayley Theatre on the UNLV campus. Tickets are $25; 702-895-2787.

— John Przybys

COMEDY

6. Jim Gaffigan

Jim Gaffigan is among the star headliners booked at Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas. (Wynn Las ...
Jim Gaffigan is among the star headliners booked at Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas. (Wynn Las Vegas)

The Grammy-nominated comedian and actor brings his new “Fun Tour” to the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas on Wednesday. Expect Gaffigan — whose regular gigs include recurring commentaries on “CBS Sunday Morning” — to tackle topics that include family, fatherhood, friendship and food in a deadpan sort of way that’s almost subversive. The shows, at 7 and 10 p.m., also would be a great warm-up for Gaffigan’s latest Netflix special, which premieres Dec. 21. Tickets start at $55. wynnlasvegas.com/entertainment.

— John Przybys

COMMUNITY

7. Historic Westside Legacy Park

Sign posted as construction on Historic Westside Legacy Park, a partnership between the city of ...
Sign posted as construction on Historic Westside Legacy Park, a partnership between the city of Las Vegas and Clark County, is underway on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Las Vegas. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_Images

Learn some local history while getting a little fresh air at the dedication of the Historic Westside Legacy Park. The new $3.2 million park, a partnership between the City of Las Vegas and Clark County, features an interpretive walking trail and public artwork, along with the more traditional trees, landscaping and playground. The focal point of the new park is a timeline of the Historic Westside and the stories of 36 of its leaders, residents and founders. The dedication is set for 10 a.m. Saturday at the park, 1600 Mount Mariah Drive.

— Christopher Lawrence

MUSIC

8. George Strait

NFR brings country icon George Strait back to T-Mobile Arena, perhaps the most intimate venue i ...
NFR brings country icon George Strait back to T-Mobile Arena, perhaps the most intimate venue in which you’re likely to see him. (Tom Donoghue)

Even if you harbor no particular desire to see human beings willingly and insanely jump onto wildly bucking large animals in the interest of sport, you still have to welcome the National Finals Rodeo back to Las Vegas for the country music-listening options it brings. Case in point: George Strait, undisputed “King of Country,” who marks his NFR return with shows Friday and Saturday at T-Mobile Arena. Caitlyn Smith will open for Strait, whose long roster of hits includes “Amarillo by Morning” and “All My Ex’s Live in Texas.” The shows kick off at 8 p.m. and tickets start at $50 at t-mobilearena.com/events.

— John Przybys

SPORTS

9. Pac-12 Championship

Utah running back Tavion Thomas (9) runs into the end zone during the second half of an NCAA co ...
Utah running back Tavion Thomas (9) runs into the end zone during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Oregon Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Alex Goodlett)

It was like watching a dump truck plow through a child’s sandcastle — relax, no kids were hurt — when the Utah Utes savaged the Oregon Ducks in Salt Lake City in mid-November, the Utes ending the Ducks’ hopes of a berth in the College Football Playoff with a knee to the athletic supporter. Now comes the rematch on a neutral field. Two weeks should be about enough time for the Ducks to dislodge the Utes’ cleats from their backsides, right? Find out when the two squads clash again at 5 p.m. Friday at Allegiant Stadium. Tickets start at $33 at ticketmaster.com.

— Jason Bracelin

MOVIES

10. Hidden Cinema

The debate rages on: Is “Die Hard” a Christmas movie? Some of us are firmly in the camp that of course it is, since the disaster at hand comes, like so many before it, in tandem with an office Christmas party. But don’t take our word for it; no less an authority than Turner Classic Movies has included it in the anthology “Christmas in the Movies,” by Jeremy Arnold. And at 7 p.m. Friday, it’ll launch the holiday schedule of movies at Hidden Cinema, outdoors on the roof atop 321 Casino Center Blvd. The schedule continues through “The Grinch” at 6 p.m. Dec. 19. For tickets, which start at $17.50, visit hidden-cinema.com.

— Heidi Knapp Rinella

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