Seven Days

This week in your city.

Thu 5

Step under the big top for traveling troupe Circus Vargas (1), a family-friendly, animal-free circus performing at the Galleria at Sunset mall through Jan. 9. ($15-$70, Today is your last chance to catch the National Atomic Testing Museum’s exhibit Building Atomic Vegas, where guests are guided through the story of Las Vegas’ nuclear past. (10 a.m., 755 E. Flamingo Road, $5 members, $10 nonmembers,

Fri 6

The Riviera turns up the volume with its show Confessions of a Rock Star. Pat DiNizio (2) of the Smithereens plays his greatest hits and pays homage to heroes Buddy Holly and The Beatles as he explores his 32-year career in music in a multimedia show. (7 p.m. Wed–Mon, $30, Visit downtown for the first First Friday of 2012 as artists, vendors and musicians come together to showcase and celebrate their creations. (5-11 p.m., the Arts District, free,

Sat 7

Henderson celebrates the opening of the 60-acre Hidden Falls Park, which features a playground, splash pad, dog park, skate park, basketball court, shaded picnic areas and a trailhead. (1 p.m., 281 W. Horizon Drive, The Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (3) visits the UNLV Performing Arts Center as part of the Charles Vanda Master Series. (8 p.m., ticket information 895-2787, Bar + Bistro hosts the Painters and Poets Jam, a weekly event where poets, musicians and spoken-word enthusiasts are invited to express themselves. (6 p.m., 107 E. Charleston Blvd.,

Sun 8

It’s the final day for Winter in Venice at the Venetian and Palazzo. Ice-skate next to the outdoor gondola attraction or just enjoy the festive holiday atmosphere with seasonal treats. (10:45 a.m., skate rentals $15, The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art hosts the final day of A Sense of Place: Landscapes From Monet to Hockney with more than 30 works of art that contrast and compare both approach and expressionism in landscape art. (10 a.m.-6 p.m., $15, Nevada residents $12,

Mon 9

The Yelp Book Club (4) hosts its bimonthly meeting focusing on nonfiction literature. Visit Mob Bar for a discussion of Fade Sag Crumble, a decay-themed collection of works by 10 Las Vegas-based writers, including Vegas Seven’s Stacy J. Willis and Jarret Keene. (7 p.m., 201 N. Third St.,

Tue 10

Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall at UNLV hosts the Las Vegas Philharmonic Youth Concert Series through Jan. 12. (10:15 and 11:45 a.m., free, Beware the traffic surrounding the Las Vegas Convention Center as the International Consumer Electronics Show, previewing the latest innovations in technology, returns for another year. (Continues through Jan. 13,

Wed 11

Las Vegas native Jerry Misko (5) continues his residency at the Cosmopolitan’s P3 Studio through Jan. 14. The artist, known for his large-scale abstract paintings of Las Vegas signs (see his mural at the Cosmo’s Pop-up Wedding Chapel), draws new inspiration from his surroundings in the resort. Watch Misko at work (and he’s always ready to chat) 4 p.m. to midnight every day except Monday. (