Sunday, December 6, 2009

A Night On the Town

Autumn is usually the time of year I look forward to most when it comes to the performing arts. After three months of nothing but "Target Presents Art Beat" (which is better than nothing), it's nice to welcome cool weather with great weekend performances. This past fall, however, there were far fewer concerts than normal due to significant lack of funding. This is particularly obvious if you check out Nevada Ballet Theater's 2009/2010 schedule: 4 performance. Yikes. But do not despair! If ever there is a time of year when dance, music, and theater companies are willing to pull out all the stops, it is now. That being said, I've compiled a thorough list of upcoming concerts and events for the week of December 7-12 (Mon-Sat). You're on your own for Sunday, also I didn't include Pictures with Santa because I don't care about that crap. Bah-humbug.

Hopefully you will be able to make it out to a few of these gems-- the quality of performances in our city varies by event, but stick it out and you might be surprised. Last night I went to a Mariachi Christmas Concert where an 11-year-old boy in a middle school band sang a song so pure and beautifully that it made the concert well worth the trip.

If you need more information about any of the events let me know. And remember, car-pooling is good for the environment.

Highly recommended

Monday 12/7
Gift of Lights; through Jan 2; 5-9pm; $15 per vehicle
Ethel M Cactus Garden; 5-10 pm; free
Bellagio Garden; through Jan 2; free
Ice Skating Rink; Monte Lago Village; 12-9 pm; $15
A Christmas Celebration; Desert Chorale at UNLV; 7:30; free
CSN Orchestra; Cheyenne campus; 7:30pm

Tuesday 12/8
CSN Concert Band; Cheyenne Campus; 7:30; $8
Poerty Night; ReJAVAnate; 7-9; free
Across the Universe (film); CC library; 7pm; free

Wednesday 12/9
Sing it Yourself Messiah; Green Valley Presbyterian Church; 7pm; free
UNLV Jazz Concert; CC library; 7pm; free
Piano Recital; CC library; 6pm; free
A Signature Christmas; Summerlin Library; 7:30-10:30pm; free Dec 9-10
Palazzo lobby; 12/9-1/1; 5-9pm; free
Chorus; Town Square; Wed through Christmas; 6pm; free
Seldom Seen Poets; Sunrise Coffee; 7pm; free
minUmental invitational; Trifecta Gallery; W-S until 12/24; 12-4pm (art)

Thursday 12/10
Open mic poetry; North LV library; 6:30pm; free
Magical Forest at Opportunity Village; $9.50
Henderson Symphony Concert; Henderson Pavillion; 7pm; free
A Christmas Carol; UNLV; 12/10-13; 8pm; $30
Mystic Falls; Sam's Town Casino; through Jan 1; free
Santos Peregrinos (film); East LV Comm Center; 6:30pm; free
Winter Choral Concert; Cheyenne campus; 7:30; $10
Show Choir; Winchester cultural center; 6pm; $5
Wonder of the World (theater); LV Little Theater; 12/10-13; 8pm; $12

Friday 12/11
"On With the Snow"; Starbright Theater; 12/11-13; $8
Luminaria and Las Posadas with live nativity; Boulder City; 6pm; free
Nutcracker glimpses; Boulder City; 12/11-13; 7pm; $20
Winterfest; Henderson plaza; 12/11-12; parade 12/12 10am; free
Winter Lights Festival; Springs Preserve; weekends; 5-9pm; $8 
Falun Dafa; Sahara West library; 12:30-5:45; free (relaxation techniques)

Saturday 12/12
Health Fair; Boulevard mall; 10-2; free
Twilight Bazaar- holiday arts and crafts; Boulder City; 2-7; free
Pioneer Christmas; Old Mormon Fort; 5:30-7:30; $1
Hawaiian Music and Dance; 5th street School; 7-9pm; free
Seasons Greetings; East LV Comm Center; 3pm; free (arts and crafts, sending cards to troops)
NV Chamber Symphony; CC library; 5pm; free
Santa Train; Boulder City; 10am-3pm; $2
Gamble-Aires Christmas; Summerlin library; 2-4:30; free
Dynamic Trombone; Reed Whipple; 2pm; $5
Nation's tallest Christmas tree lighting; M Resort; 5pm; free
Silent Night/Zombie Night (film); Sci-Fi Center; 8 pm; $5
LV Philharmonic; UNLV; 2 and 8pm; $35+


Tricia and Aaron said...

Sunday 12/13: North Las Vegas Stake Center Choir and Orchestra Concert; performances at 5:30 & 7:30, LDS church @ Azure & Goldfield, free **Highly recommended ;-)

Carol said...

Thanks for the list!

Ron said...

That's quite a schedule....bah humbug. Gotta make the time to take one in.