Kick Off the Week With Cowboys, Santa and PlayStation

A curated guide to this week in your city


Thursday, Dec. 4

This week is so stuffed with rodeo we barely know where to begin: Miss Rodeo America, the Cowboy Christmas Gift Show, the Cowboy Fanfest and on and on. It’s rodeo overloadeo, and it starts with the opening salvo of the 10-day Wrangler National Finals Rodeo at 6:45 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Friday, Dec. 5

Time once again to party like it’s 1933 at the Mob Museum’s third annual Repeal Day Celebration. This anti-Prohibition bash has it all: cigars, casino table games, food, a costume contest and, of course, oceans of booze. Thumb your nose at Carrie Nation from 6 p.m.-midnight.

Saturday, Dec. 6

Has it really been 10 years that we’ve been dressing up like Santa Claus and running a race to benefit Opportunity Village? Time flies when you’re sweating in your fake beard. This year’s Great Santa Run starts at 8 a.m., and you can choose the 5K run or a one-mile walk. There’s a party afterward, if that helps motivate you.

playstation_WEBSunday, Dec. 7

If you’ve ever stayed up all night trying to get to the next level, then you’ll be among friends (who will actually be there beside you!) at PlayStation Experience, a gamer get-together of epic proportions Saturday and today at the Venetian. Play unreleased games or old favorites, and trade tips about playing—all with real people at your side!

Monday, Dec. 8

The sounds of the season will fill UNLV’s Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. during the Desert Chorale’s annual Christmas Celebration Concert, featuring the Nevada Pops. To the uninitiated, the Desert Chorale is a nonprofit community chorus, while the Nevada Pops is a nonprofit symphony. Together, the two create pure holiday magic.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

It’s a good day for a little history lesson, and UNLV has an important one: Line in the Sand: The People, Power and Progress of the Culinary Union, a student-curated exhibit that explores the history of the Culinary Workers Union, Local 226. Founded in 1935, the union has more than 55,000 workers and is one of the strongest in the country. Through April 1 on the first floor of UNLV’s Lied Library,

jazz_WEBWednesday, Dec. 10

Speaking of talented musicians, students from UNLV’s Jazz Studies program will be laying it down at 7 p.m. at the Clark County Library’s Main Theater, 1401 E. Flamingo Rd. The show is free—not a bad deal, especially at this time of year.