Yo, ho, ho and a bottle of rum, and now it seems that Tommy Bahama’s got most of em’. Tommy Bahamas in Town Square will unveil what it claims is the largest selection of pirate fuel anywhere in the Valley at 6 p.m. today. They’ve sourced selections from Nicaragua, Barbados, Trinidad, Jamaica, Thailand and the Netherlands, meaning you’ll have options when you need to hoist a glass or two. The rummeliers behind the bar will help you choose from more than 150 varieties, including some that have been aged for 30 years. Visit TommyBahama.com for information.
Charles M. Schulz’ Peanuts has been around almost forever—actually, about 60 years. So it seems fitting that the iconic characters are jumping from the funny pages and TV screens to center stage as the Rainbow Company Youth Theatre presents You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, 7 p.m. at the Charleston Heights Arts Center (800 S. Brush St.). Snoopy, Woodstock, Linus, Peppermint Patty and the rest of the ensemble take you through a musical day in the life of Charlie Brown, and you may not be surprised to learn that nothing seems to go right. For tickets, visit ArtsLasVegas.org, or call 229-6383.
Santa’s coming to town, but without the sleigh because he’s going to be doing some racing and those things suck off-road. Head out to the dirt roads outside Jean for the ninth annual TransWest Ford Henderson 250 Desert Race. Starting at 6:15 a.m., dirt bikes, trucks, cars, quads and dune buggies will race in the final event for the Best of the Desert series. Spectating is free; visit Hendersonlive.com for more information. For something a bit slower-paced and less dusty, head over to Town Square for the Great Santa Run. This popular 5K run is a sight as more than 9,000 participants dress up in Santa gear and run to support Opportunity Village starting at 10 a.m. Visit OpportunityVillage.org for more information.
Although everyone enjoys opening presents on Christmas morning, not all have the opportunity, making events such as the seventh annual Toys for Tickets All-Star Jam an important part of the holidays. Beginning at 6 p.m. in Ovation theater at Green Valley Ranch, country music lovers can listen to Josh Thompson and The Band Perry, among others, all for the price of a new, unwrapped toy ($10 value, limit eight tickets). Donated toys will be given to the Children’s Advocacy Alliance. Visit KWNR.com for information.
It wouldn’t be Christmas without the classics, so check out the Desert Chorale’s annual Christmas Celebration, 7:30 p.m. at Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall at UNLV. This free event, performed by a 60-member community choir, is a great way to kick off the holiday season, putting even the Grinchiest curmudgeon in the holiday spirit. Visit UNLV.edu for information.
Emergy is a new exhibit by artist Maria Michails at the Charleston Heights Art Center (800 S. Brush St.) that couldn’t happen without viewers—literally. That’s because Michails put a 9-foot rowboat right in the middle of it, and guests have to climb aboard and grab the oars to make the whole thing work. Rowing creates the power that lights up the photos, which in turn invite the viewer to think a little harder about how we consume power and water in the desert. The exhibit is free; call 229-6383 for gallery hours.
A$$hole, flip cup and quarters are all favorite drinking games, but one competition has elevated itself from frivolity to a full-fledged sport: beer pong. The king of all drinking games, beer pong has grown from frat-house basements to officially sanctioned events, notably the World Series of Beer Pong. Now in its sixth year, the championship sees teams from across the world competing for $50,000. The WSOBP will be coming to the Flamingo in January, and maybe this time a local team will take the trophy home. If you think you’ve got what it takes to compete at the international level, sign up by Dec. 10 at BPong.com.