Christmas Vacation in the Park, Cockroach Theatre Gets Grounded and More

A curated guide to this week in your city

Photo by Anthony Mair

Catch Christmas Vacation among friends at Container Park.

December 10

Wintertime? Winter Fest! Henderson knows how to celebrate the holidays: gingerbread-house displays, a tree-lighting ceremony, parades, music, arts and crafts, food trucks—this one has it all. The fun begins at 7 p.m. with a concert by the Henderson Symphony Orchestra and runs through Saturday in Downtown.

December 11

George Brant’s one-woman play Grounded is a Nevada tale if ever there was one. It’s the story of a fighter pilot who finds herself pregnant and reassigned to flying remote drones at Creech Air Force Base. Nurturing mother at night, relentless hunter by day, it’s emotional stuff. 8 p.m. at the Cockroach Theatre, with shows through Sunday.

December 12

Nothing says Christmas in the desert like a hayride, and tonight your best shot at hitching one is St. Jude’s Night of Lights in Boulder City. In addition to a ride you’ll find games, food and live entertainment. 5-8 p.m., proceeds benefit St. Jude’s Ranch for Children.

December 13

Movies are best enjoyed communally, so we recommend that if you are going to watch Christmas Vacation for the 17th time, you do it among friends at Downtown Container Park. It’s showing at 5 p.m., but get there early to fill your cup with holiday cheer a time or two beforehand.

December 14

If you don’t love a good circus, there may be something wrong with your soul. There’s a good one in town at the Meadows Mall through Dec. 20: Circus Vargas. It’s full of cool stuff such as the Globe of Death, the Wheel of Death, trapeze artists, clowns and magic. 7 p.m.

December 15

Photographer, researcher and UNLV professor Julian Kilker has spent a lot of time thinking about how visual information is emphasized in an age of manipulation and big data. Those questions inform his new photography exhibit, Aesthetic Evidence: Place, Context and Process in the Southwest, on view through Jan. 28 at the Nevada Humanities Program Gallery, 1017 S. First St.

December 16

Hoops, baby! The Runnin’ Rebels are back doing what they do best, and tonight’s game against Arizona State has them on their home turf at the Thomas & Mack. The season is young, and hopes are high. 7 p.m.

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