Thursday, Dec. 20
There’s not much point in going any further with this column as the world is ending tomorrow. So tonight you need to party. Eli Roth’s Goretorium has you covered on that end. Dress up as a dead celebrity and drink Mayan Blood cocktails all night long. What have you got to lose? Goretorium.com.
Friday, Dec. 21
OK, so the world didn’t end. But you’ve sold the house, blown your cash, crashed your car and have a wicked hangover. Now what? Time to rebuild. But first, take a moment to reflect on beauty and truth at the World of Art Showcase, today through Sunday at Wynn. The show brings together renowned artists to explain how and why you should buy art, so that when you do rebuild you won’t just go buy more paintings of dogs playing poker. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 20-22, $55 one-day pass, $125 three-day pass, WorldofArtShowcase.com.
Saturday, Dec. 22
Ready for a mind-opening, toe-tapping, genre-busting musical experience? Head for the Historic Fifth Street School to see Holidays in Hicksville, a performance by those masters of jazz/folk/pop, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks. For a dose of Hicks, visit DanHicks.net. 7 p.m.; tickets $10 in advance, $15 at door; ArtsLasVegas.org.
Friday, Dec. 28
It’s the annual problem: how to fill those slow days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Never fear—in our basketball town, it’s easy. The D3Hoops.com Classic runs through Sunday at the South Point Arena, pitting teams from smaller colleges across the country against one another. $10 general admission, SouthPointArena.com.
Saturday, Dec. 29
OK, now things are picking up. Tributepalooza at the Fremont Street Experience is the hot, cheesy ticket tonight. If you can’t find entertainment value in Fan Halen and Led Zepagain, check your pulse. Big plus: It’s free. 6 p.m.-3 a.m., VegasExperience.com.
Tuesday, Jan. 1
How about something wintery on this first day of 2013? Lake Las Vegas’ ice rink is a unique chance to hone your skating skills in the desert. Grab a cup of hot chocolate, and you’ll think you’re back in Michigan. Through January. $15, $12 children, MontelagoVillage.com.
Wednesday, Jan. 2
2013 could be the year you open your eyes to social injustice and inequality all around us. A good start: Left of Center Gallery’s juried exhibition Looking the Other Way, a collection of work by local artists on the above themes. It opens today and runs through March 2. LeftOfCenterArt.org.