Show Off Your Skills at SkillCon

A curated guide to this week in your city


Friday, Dec. 26

You know the old adage that no matter how good you are at something, there’s someone who’s better? Keep that in mind as you attend SkillCon, the “ultimate skills convention,” today through Jan. 2 at the Riviera. From sign spinning to bartending to gaming, this is a celebration of talent like you’ve never seen.

Saturday, Dec. 27

If you’ve ever wondered what Kwanzaa is all about, head over to the West Las Vegas Arts Center, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd., between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. It’s Kwanzaa 2014: A Celebration of African Values, Culture & Community, and it features a marketplace, dance classes, yoga, a play and other aspects of this traditional celebration.

Sunday, Dec. 28

Get a lump of coal in your stocking this Christmas? Turn it into science at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum’s Holiday Science program. This weekend’s feature is all about the traditions of giving coal—as a bonus, you’ll use chemistry to unlock a surprise in that lump. 12:30 p.m. at the museum;

Wednesday, Dec. 31

While there’s a ton of boozy fun to be had tonight, if you have kids, New Year’s Eve can be kind of dull. Downtown Container Park has a solution: a kid-friendly party that kicks off at 6 p.m. and culminates at 9 p.m., which, you know, is when the East Coast rings in 2015. They’ll have games, dance contests and music, and you’ll be back home in time to hit the town, adult style.

ice_skating_WEBSunday, Jan. 4

Ice skating season in Las Vegas is winding down. Tonight is your last chance to glide around on the Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool, which offers one of the trippiest rinks in the world with its commanding view of the Strip and the Cosmo’s giant LED screen.

Tuesday, Jan. 6

Can you think of a better way to kick off 2015 than with a gory musical starring George Wendt? Neither can we, which is why we’ll be front and center for Re-Animator, The Musical, today through Jan. 18 at The Smith Center. Based on a book by H.P. Lovecraft, this play tells the tale of a plucky young scientist who discovers a serum to revive the deceased. But things don’t go as planned. 8 p.m.,

recycle_xmas_tree_WEBWednesday, Jan. 7

Psssst … buddy: Christmas is over. Time to get that tree out of the house. A “green” way to dump your tree is to take it to one of dozens of recycling centers around the Valley, where it will be turned into mulch. Springs Preserve has a list of such places on its website,