It’s the time of year where sugar plum fairies dance with snowflakes and tin soldiers duel with giant rats; and not just for those deep into the eggnog. This is about the Anaheim Ballet Theatre’s presentation of The Nutcracker, 7:30 p.m. at the South Point Showroom. The traveling troupe—the official ballet of Anaheim, Calif.— is only here through Dec. 19, so don’t be daydreaming. Visit SouthPointCasino.com for tickets and more information.
Barbershop quartets have been popular since the 1940s. The Las Vegas Gamble-Aires Barbershop Chorus have been popular for almost as long, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Enjoy your lunch with Nevada’s original barbershop chorus as they perform at noon as part of the Downtown Courthouse Series at the Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse jury assembly room (333 Las Vegas Blvd. South). The group’s 30-plus members blend their voices into the traditional four-part harmonies, which always aids digestion. For information, check ArtsLasVegas.org.
The cost of two tickets to paradise: starting at just $44.50. If you consider an Eddie Money (pictured) concert paradise, that is. He’s playing the Orleans Showroom, 8 p.m. Imagine the thrill of listening to classics like “Take me Home Tonight,” “I Wanna go Back” and “I Think I’m in Love” yet again! (Apparently, Money’s music is found a second wind in movies, TV shows and even video games.) For information, visit OrleansCasino.com.
Since closing his headlining show at Harrah’s in 2006, Clint Holmes has created a Broadway musical and write his first-ever holiday album, Hallelujah. Holmes will be celebrating the release of his new tracks with a 7:30 p.m. performance at the Suncoast Showroom. The son of an African-American jazz musician and a classically trained opera singer from Great Britain will be joined by his wife and sister to crank out popular seasonal songs with a smooth, jazzy twist. Tickets start at $29.95. Check SunCoastCasino.com for information.
A couple of local eateries are getting into the holiday spirit by offering incentives to get you giving back. Start with a complimentary meal for two at either of the two Cannery Row Buffets, which you’ll receive for free by donating blood at the club inside the Cannery, 2121 E. Craig Road, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For dessert, the Cupcakery and Retro Bakery are teaming up with Three Square for a canned-food drive. Throughout December, patrons who donate a can of food get a free cupcake in return (limit three per day).
Nigeria native Dayo Adelaja has become one of Southern Nevada’s best-known artists; several of his massive sculptures decorate public spaces in west Las Vegas. Adelaja, who works as an art specialist for the Clark County School District, has a new exhibit on display at the West Las Vegas Arts Center Community Gallery (947 W. Lake Mead Blvd.) called Cubism Juxtaposed. A confrontation of space and negative movement, influences of his Nigerian heritage are evident throughout. The gallery is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. Call 229-4800 for information.
In the early parts of the NCAA basketball season, teams travel the country participating in regional tournaments to test their skills against out-of-conference opponents. One of the most popular tournaments out west is the 10th annual Las Vegas Classic, which starts at 11:30 a.m. at the Orleans Arena. A field of eight teams from across the country will take center court, including Indiana University, University of Colorado, University of New Mexico and the University of Northern Iowa. For tickets and information, visit OrleansArena.com.