When it comes to holiday celebrations, Las Vegas is a city of putting out. And by putting out, we mean giving presents to people you love—really love, perhaps in the biblical sense. Lucky for you, we at Vegas Seven have provided an assemblage of ideas for the special someone(s) in your life. No matter whom you’re married to, in love with, or feel obliged to pity post-breakup with a token of merriment, this guide will make you seem human, at worst, and, at best, get you laid.
FOR THE INTELLECTUAL AUDIOPHILE: It’s one thing to test your sweetie’s knowledge of classic albums. It’s another to challenge said person’s spatial memory of classic album covers. This is why RedisCover Jigsaw Puzzles make a nice gift for the music nerd who has everything. These double-sided, 300-piece puzzles feature the original front and back cover of iconic records, including David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust, Rolling Stones’ Let It Bleed and Johnny Cash’s At Folsom Prison. Each puzzle contains “ArtiFacts” about the art’s creation, plus behind-the-scenes info on the making of the album. Moreover, nothing says satisfaction like clicking into place the final puzzle piece of that naked-swimming-baby penis on Nirvana’s Nevermind cover. $22, ImaginationGames.com.
Stocking Stuffers: Zia Records’ Thanksgiving weekend sale Nov. 23-25 with limited-edition indie-vinyl exclusives available on National Record Store Day/Black Friday, Nov. 23. … Keep your iPod/iPhone earbuds from tangling with a cord wrapper called Earbud Yo-Yo. Camo, checkers and neon-green designs. $10-$15, EarbudYoYo.com.
FOR THE SHOP-LOCAL COMMUNITY BUILDER: We all know a person committed to transforming downtown into an art and commerce mecca. So why not take this person to the inaugural Neon Holiday Bazaar for what’s being billed as “Vegas’ first pop-up market”? The event features more than 40 mega-cool vendors. Highlights include art prints by Ninjabot (we described their awesomeness in our July 5 issue) and Naked City Sweets, known for its specialty caramel apples such as The Amazing Elvis. Another hip local vendor to look for: clothing line Black Cloud, for your gothic darling or anyone into retro-horror and the End Times. Noon-8 p.m., Nov. 24, Jackie Gaughan Plaza across from El Cortez, NeonBazaar.tumblr.com.
Stocking Stuffers: While you’re downtown, pop over to the third annual Small Business Saturday on Nov. 24, where various local businesses offer discounts. Two highlights: Hiptazmic Studio (Hiptazmic.com), a maker of steampunk jewelry in the Arts Factory, is offering 20 percent off. Gaia Flowers, Gifts and Art is offering 10 percent off all art.
FOR THE WANNABE STRIPPER WHO ONLY NEEDS A NUDGE: You’ll be doing yourself a favor with this one, actually. Las Vegas Burlesque Classes is the only Vegas studio dedicated to the art of vintage striptease. I mean, where else can you learn to make your own G-string and pasties? Workshops by burlesque legends and bachelorette burlesque parties are also offered. Drop-in classes $10, LasVegasBurlesqueClasses.com.
Stocking Stuffers: In Stripper 101, Vegas strippers instruct students—i.e., ladies in a bachelorette party—on the finer (and perhaps unrefined) aspects of lap-dancing, pole-spinning and striptease. Carpe stake—seize life by the pole! V Theater in Miracle Mile Shops, $40 Stripper101.com. ... Learn to dance sans pole with the JabbaWockeeZ School of Dance Instructional DVDs. Get the five-disc set at JbwkzDVD.com for $60.
FOR THE CHRISTMAS-FRIENDLY METALHEAD/SANTA-WORSHIPPING GUITAR-SHREDDER: Nothing gets the holiday blood pumping like a pyro-crazy, laser-ripping, heavy-metal hyper-medley of reindeer-humping jingles crossbred with arena-rock insanity otherwise known as Trans-Siberian Orchestra. The sonic and theatrical avalanche, which makes KISS look and sound like mini-KISS, has everything—a headbanging Nutcracker tribute and a fretboard-racing Beethoven’s “Fifth.” This year, new songs are built around a new narrative: The Lost Christmas Eve. Buy a ticket online and get a free digital copy of Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s five-song EP Dreams of Fireflies (On A Christmas Night). Orleans Arena, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2, $33-$70, OrleansCasino.com.
Stocking Stuffers: There’s a “Cyber-Monday” offer on Nov. 26 for two-for-one tickets to Rock of Ages, which launches Dec. 18 at the Venetian. Use code CYBER when calling 414-9000, or visiting RockofAgesVegas.com. … Mannheim Steamroller Vegas started a six-week residency at the Palazzo on Nov. 20. Palazzo.com.
FOR THE TOY LOVER: Vinyl toys that you scribble, pierce, paint and pose are all the rage. What better place to get stoked about a pop-culture fad than Vegas Vinyl Invasion? The show, hosted by Get Up Gallery and Lil’ Art Bodega and sponsored by Happy Panda Toys, runs through month’s end in the Emergency Arts common area. Vinyl Invasion features customized figures (Munny, Foomi, etc.) created by 25 local artists, so it’s a chance to see what Vegas creatives can do with items easily found at Michaels. While you’re in EA, you’d do well to check the galleries inside, including Get Up, which offers a great show by U.K. duo Static—they execute a clean, graphic design-influenced street-art-style—with prints and originals starting at $65. Lil’ Art Bodega is also doing a holiday painting series that pays homage to Keith Harring. LilArtBodega.com/blah.html.
Stocking Stuffers: The awesomest comics shop in Vegas, Alternate Reality (4110 S. Maryland Parkway, Suite 8, 736-3673, AlternateRealityComics.net) has a rad assortment of vinyl toys, only these are all comics-related and superhero-focused. For serious nerds only. … The only brick-and-mortar DIY and designer toy shop is Happy Panda (HappyPandaToys.com), in the Arts Factory. All the template figures are here: Foomi, Munny, Raffy and more. It also offers the Almost Doesn’t Count coloring book ($15) by local artist Juan Muniz.
FOR THE ROWDY CLUB-HUMPING, DIRTY-LITTLE-ROCK STAR: Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy Camp gives amateur musicians a chance to jam onstage and write and record original tunes with iconic rockers such as Jack Bruce (Cream) and Alice Cooper. The camp offers both a three-day or five-day experience ($7,499-$11,999), and a “Rock Star for a Day” package, which starts at $299. A great gift idea for someone who dreams of being the next Hendrix or Beiber. RockCamp.com.
Stocking Stuffers: The Art of Punk: The Illustrated History of Punk Rock Design (Voyageur Press, 2012) chronicles the art and style of punk rock. With 900 color photos, the book reveals the influence that punk rockers had on art, fashion and style from the ’70s until now. $40, Amazon.com.