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The Cost of Construction on Vimeo Filmmaker Jordan Ehrlich spent seven years working on his documentary The Cost of Construction, which examines construction worker deaths at Vegas hotel-casino projects. Spurred by the Pulitzerwinning reporting by Alexandra Berzon in the Las Vegas Sun, the California-based filmmaker made multiple trips to Las Vegas, interviewing family members of killed construction workers, along with Berzon and experts on construction deaths (although he was never able to get official comment from casino owners or construction companies). “It’s a very controversial issue, and a lot of people don’t want to ruffle any feathers,” Ehrlich told the Sun. The movie is available for rent via Vimeo, so you can see for yourself. $3-$9, thecostofconstruction. org. –Josh Bell

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Artist Daniel Bozhkov at Marjorie Barrick Museum Hear the multidisciplinary performance artist and fresco painter discuss his work, inspirations, absurdist philosophies and societal theories as part of UNLV’s Visiting Artist Lecture Series. Born in Bulgaria and now based in New York City, he’s known for international acts of resistance, including a crop-circle portrait of Larry King, for which he took flying lessons so he could aerially film the image (“Learn How to Fly Over a Very Large Larry”), and a first-hand commentary on industrial globalization, for which he became a Walmart greeter and painted a mural in his store’s layaway section (“Training in Assertive Hospitality”). Free. –Rosalie Spear


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Red Rock Canyon is in trouble. A developer hopes to build more than 5,000 homes on neighboring Blue Diamond Hill. Though the developer insists the planned tract won’t produce high levels of traffic, light pollution or noise, these changes are certain to exceed the current levels, which are already too high for this peaceful, secluded spot. If you’d like to help keep Red Rock pristine, head to Spring Mountain Ranch State Park Saturday morning to hike, bike, do some yoga or run a 5K. The Red Rock Rally will present those activities as a form of demonstration, in both definitions of the word: The Rally shows developers that locals are passionate about Red Rock, and it puts a human chain of healthy activity between today and an undesirable future. Event is free, parking costs $9 per vehicle. Saveredrock.com. –Geoff Carter

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he Golden Knights would seem to be more about owner Bill Foley—the Knights part is a nod to his alma mater, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point—than us. And when he tried to prove the opposite by shortening the team down to the Vegas Golden Knights—partly, he says, because locals often drop the “Las” in casual conversation—he committed an even bigger faux pas. So what if Nevada is the state that produces the most gold, which outranks silver (and hence no Silver Knights)? Now, locals are grumbling and the Army is investigating “what the way ahead would be” out of concern for its own Golden Knights parachute team. Hockey is a tough enough sell here without Foley fumbling the puck. –Mike Prevatt If a hockey team’s name needs to be explained, it missed the mark. Las Vegas has waited a long time for its first major league sports franchise and deserves a name with a little more flash and relatability. The Golden Knights could be the moniker of any squad in North America, but no one thinks of Las Vegas as just any old city. Playing it safe (or myopic) with this first impression means missing out on a first chance to connect with fans that live here in a more meaningful way; fortunately there will be many more opportunities. –Brock Radke It’s not great but it’s also hardly deserving of the freak-out I’ve witnessed the past few days. People saying they won’t ever go to games now? Obviously they didn’t care about the team enough in the first place. Ninety percent of sports-team names are dumb. Whatever. –Spencer Patterson

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I have no real beef with the team’s name, though if you look at things through the lens of feudalism— which I’ve done a lot recently—it makes us subservient to the [LA] Kings. But I don’t like that they’re calling themselves the Vegas Golden Knights when they’ll be playing all their home games in Clark County. They should call themselves the Unincorporated Golden Knights. –Geoff Carter

When Vesta Coffee Roasters (facebook. com/vestacoffee) opens the doors to its Arts District location sometime this month, you’ll see it immediately: The Probat P12 coffee roaster, a sexy beast that produces 12 kilos of beans every 18 minutes. “My plan is to max this thing out in a year,” says Vesta’s roaster Jerad Howard, who’s opening this Casino Center Boulevard spot in

collaboration with Le Thai’s Dan Coughlin, Shauna Dong and Puoy Premsrirut. Howard is self-taught and detail-obsessed: “Every roast is data-logged,” he says, from roasting temperature to atmospheric conditions. But he’s also putting major effort into everything surrounding the Probat—the décor, food, vibe. “I know I can roast great coffee,” he says, “but I want people to come here and say, ‘This is a place I can hang out.’” –Geoff Carter


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MOUNT CHARLESTON’S FRONT DOOR The next time you ascend Mount Charleston for a rejuvenating breath of alpine air, make a stop at the Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway (gomtcharleston.com), just off State Route 157. If we were a hillbilly militia, we’d happily occupy this U.S. Forest Service-run complex and enjoy its modest array of recreational amenities: interactive displays describing the local wildlife, volunteer hosts who can answer questions about trail conditions and a selection of snacks and drinks. It even offers Mount Charleston-specific merchandise, including a T-shirt that invites you to bike “Mt. Charlie.” Mock that if you will, but it beats “Vegas Golden Knights.” –Geoff Carter

While supporters celebrate President-Elect Donald Trump’s win, many citizens are unsure how to move forward following the election. In an effort to address concerns of students, UNLV professors held what they called a “postelection aftermath teach-in” on Monday to attempt a healing dialogue for students who feel the threat of marginalization. “We need to build a sense of community,” said Anita Tijerina Revilla, event organizer, associate professor and chair of the university’s gender and sexuality studies program. “A community of people who are looking at the election not from a Republican/Democrat perspective, but from a social justice perspective.” The context she provides: the contentiousness of Trump’s candidacy, which incorporated anti-immigrant and white supremacy sentiments that often carried a bullying-like tenor. “One of the reasons why I’m here is to prevent history from repeating itself,” said Costancio Arnaldo, a postdoctoral scholar who discussed the long-term negative effects of incarcerating 120,000 JapaneseAmericans during WWII. “We have to be mindful of this kind of history,” he added, drawing comparisons between internment and Trump’s proposal of a Muslim registry. The university has a responsibility to ensure a safe and inclusive campus, Revilla said in a phone interview after Monday’s event, which aimed to reaffirm such a commitment. “Dangerous groups are using this election as a means to affirm their discrimination and hatred of others. We want to be really proactive and say that’s not going to be accepted here on campus.” After the election, Revilla and a group of professors launched a petition to make UNLV a sanctuary campus for undocumented students under Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program—something Trump has promised to revoke. University president Len Jessup issued a statement Monday in support of DACA, declaring that “UNLV will continue to protect its students, faculty and staff against racism, discrimination, bullying or other intimidation.” Revilla maintains that the petition is nonetheless necessary, especially if campus immigration raids become a threat. “We hope the president-elect will not enforce that kind of terror in university classrooms.”


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The two holiday season events I look forward to most are presided over by a couple of guys who make it seem like they just happened into these things. They don’t act or speak or feel like the Las Vegas Christmas mascots they might be. ¶ Chet Buchanan, of course, is a local radio institution, the leader of the Morning Zoo on KLUC 98.5-FM and the weather-impervious titan who lives on a 30-foot-tall metal scaffold for 12 days each December for the station’s annual Toy Drive, which begins its 18th session December 3 in the parking lot at NV Energy on West Sahara. Buchanan will collect toys, bikes, gift cards and other stuff on behalf of HELP of Southern Nevada, to benefit local families and nonprofits. ¶ His friend Mark Shunock has only been in Las Vegas four years, but has quickly become one of our leading philanthro-tainers, mostly through his infinitely fun Mondays Dark monthly show, which benefits various local charities throughout the year. The big third-anniversary show goes down December 19 at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel. It’s always a cavalcade of Vegas entertainers having at least as much fun as the audience, and Shunock will also announce the 11 charities with which he’ll work next year, when he moves Mondays Dark to his new venue, the Space. That’s some Christmas mascotry right there.


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Bouncing around From tradition to Tradition to make the season bright by brock radke The Las Vegas Philharmonic goes Home for the Holidays in Reynolds Hall at the Smith Center, playing selections including pieces from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker and Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf narrated by Oscar-, Emmy-, Tony- and Grammy-winning actress and singer Rita Moreno. Pre-matinee entertainment includes a make-your-own ornament bar sponsored by Zappos and performances by the Clark County Children’s Choir or Nevada School of the Arts Chamber Orchestra. December 3, 2 & 7:30 p.m.; December 4, 2 p.m.; $30-$109; lvphil.org. We don’t get a lot of Winter Wonderland around these parts, but our pop-up ice rinks come the closest to Norman Rockwellian, classic-Americana Christmas action. The Ice Rink at the Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool offers awesome Strip views, movie nights and occasional snow showers; it’s open through January 1 from 2 p.m. to midnight Mondays-Fridays and noon to midnight Saturdays and Sundays. (Admission to skate costs $20, or $10 for locals.) You can also find seasonal rinks at the Park at T-Mobile Arena and Downtown Summerlin, and if skating is a spectator sport for you, the SoBe Ice Arena at Fiesta Rancho presents its annual holiday show on ice, Destination North Pole, featuring local figure skaters of all ages December 3 at 5 p.m. and December 4 at 1 p.m. (tickets run from $10-$15). The KLUC Toy Drive and Mondays Dark will both benefit from the return engagement of Christmas at My Place with Broadway veteran/Jersey Boys vocalist Travis Cloer. With a nine-piece band and loads of special guests, Cloer will Christmas you up and also provide the first real look at the Space, the new charity-based arts complex. December 9, 8 p.m., $30-$50, thespacelv.com. Locals obliged to put in some Strip time entertaining out-of-town holiday visitors know the go-to is still the Bellagio, and not just because of the fountains. The Conservatory & Botanical Gardens are also free, open around the clock and, come December 2, home to a polar bear family, animated toy soldiers, a twinkling 42-foot White Fir tree and trains covered in red and white roses rolling through a station coated with crushed walnuts. 702-693-7111.

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This year marks the 25th season of Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest, the epitome of a Southern Nevada holiday tradition. Opening nightly at 5:30 p.m. through January 1, the family-friendly park includes hundreds of decorated trees, the Forest Express train, Cheyenne’s Enchanted Carousel, the Avalanche Slide, Rudolph’s Raceway, photos with Santa and other rotating nightly entertainment. $10-$12, 6300 W. Oakey Blvd., 702-225-9627.


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THE NAME OF THE LONGTIME STRIP SHORTCUT IS CHANGING—AND SO IS ITS FACE BY GEOFF CARTER PHOTOGRAPHS BY MIKAYLA WHITMORE

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f you need to get to Caesars Palace, the Fashion Show or even just from Sahara to Spring Mountain on a Saturday night, you don’t take Las Vegas Boulevard or I-15. You take Industrial Road. It’s even useful in accessing some properties on the east side of the Strip, like MGM Grand; I mean, have you been on Paradise lately? It’s okay heading southbound from Desert Inn to Twain, but after that, things get stupid. Just take Industrial. Most tourists don’t even know Industrial exists, and even if they do know about it, they probably don’t want to take it: Why skirt one of the world’s most spectacular scenic byways to cruise a street whose chief landmarks are auto shops, warehouses and the unadorned backsides of Caesars Palace and Circus Circus? For the longest time, the only reason visitors came to Industrial was for its strip clubs—enough of them for some to make the case for Industrial as a “Vegas Amsterdam.” (Even the Weekly made that connection, in an October 2004 article by Damon Hodge.) But Industrial is changing. For one thing, it’s not entirely Industrial: A good stretch of it has been rechristened Sammy Davis Jr. Drive. (The renamed street begins, fittingly, at the intersection of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, and continues north to Sahara. The remaining leg of Industrial, from Sahara to Wyoming, will likely follow suit one day.) And while the old strip clubs and adult shops are still in evidence, they

seem diminished—by Internet pornography, perhaps, but also by time. Crazy Horse Too is permanently closed, and the street’s biggest, newest strip club—Sapphire, also the world’s biggest—feels more like one of the Strip’s sleek, ultramodern dance emporiums; it even has a pool and dayclub. There will always be a place for grit on Industrial/Sammy Davis Jr.—two of the city’s most venerable dive bars, Hard Hat Lounge and Sonny’s Saloon, bookend the street at its north and south ends, and they’re probably here to stay. But as the north end of the Strip fills in, it seems inevitable that developers will notice the former Industrial’s underused properties (perhaps even as soon as the opening of Resorts World, which already has a rear entrance facing Sammy Davis Jr.). If you’re one of those who prefers Industrial to remain, well, industrial , don’t worry. It could take Sammy Davis Jr. more than a generation to even begin to resemble the burnished shopping mall the Strip has become. And judging by the success of the businesses that have already flourished on the street in recent years—from a sexy museum to a different kind of shooting range—the former Industrial is well on its way to developing an identity that won’t easily be changed, only embellished. Sammy Davis Jr. could well become the place you go for niche adventures—experiences that are either unique in their presentation, or simply unique, full stop. Don’t think Vegas Amsterdam; think Vegas Westworld.


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ocated at Sammy Davis Jr. and Fashion Show Drive is the Erotic Heritage Museum (3275 Sammy Davis Jr. Drive), a 24,000-square-foot sex museum owned by Harry Mohney, founder of the Déjà Vu strip club chain. (A Déjà Vu Showgirls club is just one door over, as is our answer to Hamilton, Puppetry of the Penis.) At first, it’s tempting to write the EHM down as pure raunch; signs even politely request that patrons refrain from groping or fondling the exhibits. But as you wander the museum, a strange thing happens: You start thinking. The EHM is making a bona fide effort to condense the entire spectrum of human sexuality into its two floors of exhibits, from the Kama Sutra to the Marquis de Sade to the Chicken Ranch. There’s a Ron Jeremy fortune-telling

machine here; a reproduction of Catherine the Great’s wooden throne, with a strategically placed phallus; erotic porcelain pieces from China and more. All these exhibits endeavor to explain how our sexuality shapes our inner and outer selves, for good or ill. Some people get it, others don’t. But everyone leaves thinking about it. “Reactions [to EHM] are just as wide-ranging as sexuality is,” says museum director Victoria Hartmann. “I’d say that 99 percent of the people who come in here, whether they’re from a conservative background, a background of faith or with more liberal leanings, come out and say, ‘I didn’t know sexuality was so diverse.’”

trictly by the numbers, Sapphire Las Vegas impresses: It’s 70,000 square feet (only a bit smaller than the 75,000 square-foot Omnia nightclub at Caesars Place), and the massive gentleman’s club packs in as many as 7,000 bodies a week. That might not mean anything to you if you’re not into a good headstand twerk, however, so let’s try this: Right next door to Sapphire is El Dorado Cantina (3025 Sammy Davis Jr. Drive), a Mexican restaurant with 4.5star ratings on both Yelp and TripAdvisor. Chef Paco Cortes’ shrimp taquitos, pulled chicken tacos and tableside-made ghost chili salsa—prepared with organic, GMO-free ingredients, as is everything on El Dorado’s menu—are positively sensational. Co-owner Darin Feinstein says all of El Dorado’s ingredients come from sustainable farms, some as distant as Northern California. El Dorado went to all that trouble for a pretty basic reason. “I have two young children, 2 and 4,” Feinstein says. “As you become a parent, you start really focusing on what goes into your children’s bodies, because they’re so fragile. I follow an organic and sustainable lifestyle, and it was important for me to have a place where I wanted my children to eat.” And in case you’re wondering, you can totally bring your mom. El Dorado and Sapphire are separate businesses with separate entrances.


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ave you ever felt the side of a helicopter?” asks Battlefield Vegas staffer Trevor Logan. “Go feel it. You’ll get thrown for a loop.” As I tap the side of the army copter, I’m surprised to discover that it’s borderline flimsy. “Soda cans have more protection than this,” Logan says. Hands-on moments like these are why Battlefield Vegas (2771 Sammy Davis Jr. Drive) stands apart from other gun ranges. Everyone who works here has served in the military; many of the staffers are current reservists. They pick up customers in camouflaged Humvees that, like their drivers, have also served. And needless to say, you can handle and fire a dizzying array of weapons here, from handguns to an M134 mini-gun capable of firing off 4,000 rounds a minute. But firing a big gun is one thing; firing it under the guidance of people who

handle this kind of ordinance for a living is something else entirely. The yard in front of BV is full of decommissioned military vehicles—tanks, mostly, from an M60 Patton to a World War II-era Sherman. The BV crew calls it the Petting Zoo, and it’s free to visit. (Though if you’d like to use a Soviet-era T-55 or a British Chieftain Mk.5 to crush a car—and who wouldn’t?—that’ll cost you $2,500.) Most of us haven’t handled this equipment and probably never will, which is what makes BV such a fascinating place to visit. Things you’ve only seen on television and movie screens are suddenly given weight. “When you go back and you watch that movie or play that video game, you have a better appreciation for the actual equipment,” Logan says.

hen former Bunkhouse owner Charlie Fox purchased the office and industrial complex that would become Downtown Spaces & Naked City Studios (1800 S. Industrial Road) back in 2013, it was hard to imagine a day it would be fully populated. That day came in 2015. “This time last year we were 100 percent occupied, but artsrelated businesses lead to high turnover,” says leasing agent Tamarisk Wood, who says that 35 of Downtown Spaces’ 40 spaces are currently occupied. And oh, what a tenant list: The terrific surrealist-pop artist Cristina Paulos has a studio here, as do photographers Jennifer Burkart and Ryan Reason, bodypaint artist Robin Barcus Slonina and many others. Wood is confident they’ll soon draw new artists and businesses to fill those empty spaces, and that the tide might spill over. “North Industrial could very well could expand the Arts District footprint,” she says “It has a bunch of cheap, large spaces up for grabs. And I see potential in the stretch of Oakey between Commerce and Industrial; those buildings are begging to become restaurants, shops, bars or cafés. It would link the two areas perfectly.” That’s a nice thought: The Arts District spilling over onto a revitalized Sammy Davis Jr. Drive. Imagine beginning a Friday evening with a gallery crawl and finishing it by driving a tank over a sedan. It’s a proper Vegas dream, and it’s within our reach. Westworld is here.


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egas loves Australia. Whether it’s the Thunder From Down Under male revue, the Human Nature Jukebox and Australian Bee Gees tribute shows or the EDM duo known as the Stafford Brothers, it’s likely to get the Strip stamp of approval. Ahead of the pair’s Surrender gig on December 2, we spoke with Matt Stafford about the history of Australia’s EDM movement, DJing at Wynn and the new music he and brother Chris are set to drop in 2017. How much has your career and the scene changed from those early days starting out in Australia? Pretty dramatically. When we first started, we were playing on vinyl records and all that sort of stuff. Even the technology has changed so much, and I guess the scene was much more underground.

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What are your favorite things about Wynn nightlife? For us, being part of the Wynn nightlife thing is just huge. It’s definitely the No. 1 group, it’s got the No. 1 artists and being part of that is great for us and for our brand. It’s a pretty special thing. [Those were] always the clubs that we’d go to when we had a night off. Now to be part of it is great. Will you have any tracks ready to go soon? We’ve got a whole lot of new music that’s going to drop February of next year. We’ve got some amazing features, some really good artists on the record. I can’t really drop those names until it comes out, but we’ve got so much music. We haven’t put out a record in nearly a year. We’ve got so much fire about to come. I’m pretty excited about it. Stafford Brothers at Surrender at Encore, December 2; at Intrigue at Wynn, December 10. –Leslie Ventura For the full interview, visit lasvegasweekly.com/industry.

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Indeed, the Luxor nightclub has surged this year, thanks in part to the success of its Throwback Thursdays promotion, along with its growing reputation for friendly service and an overall welcoming vibe. “My biggest thing is, I want the staff to enjoy coming to work, to have fun while they’re here,” Marolla says. “If they’re happy, that experience and attitude will reflect in the guest experience.” –Brock Radke


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all the time instead of having a residency in your own city and seeing the same people every time.” Baby Yu’s career exploded when he spent more than three years touring with Young Jeezy, but he eventually had to come off the road to focus on his own endeavors. “It’s a great job to have that kind of experience, but it’s almost like living someone else’s life,” he says. “If they have a show come up tomorrow, you just have to go. Now I can concentrate on myself more.” He’ll release his own music in the first half of 2017. Expect the style and sound he has cultivated in his travels to be reflected

in his upcoming release, “a diverse EP that’s not just one sound, that combines hip-hop to trap to pop to EDM, not fusing them all together but having those different sounds in one thing. … I come from Toronto, which is so diverse; that’s why I flourished in Atlanta. If you’re an EDM or pop DJ there, you can never step foot in a hiphop club. But I could do everything.” DJ Baby Yu at Tao at Venetian, December 2. –Brock Radke


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You won’t go wrong with the olive oil potatoes—utterly satisfying and possibly addictive. The winter squash flatbread is sure to win hearts and stomachs, too. Instead of tomato sauce, CK uses the smoky/sweet Serbian roasted red pepper sauce ajvar for the base, and tops it with crunchy kale chips and house ricotta for a perfect one-two punch.

The gastropub’s new winter menu stays in line with Simon’s imaginative-yetclassic takes on American fare, from finger foods to fork-and-knife entrées. Start with a few shareable social plates, like the Pig in a Duvet with savory chorizo swaddled in a buttery pastry crust and served with tajin mustard.

Pork chops with red wine-poached pears and pomegranate replace lamb chops, and the short rib grilled cheese with gouda and sourdough is a win on any occasion. Squid ink spaghetti with calamari, Calabrian butter and tapenade is lighter, but no less daring. And you can drink your

dessert with CK’s holiday cocktails, particularly the Pair of Pear, featuring Whistling Andy Pink Peppercorn and Pear Gin, St. George Spiced Pear Liqueur, lemon juice and vanilla, with a charred rosemary sprig. It’s a great ending to a perfect meal in the heart of Downtown. Carson Kitchen, 124 S. Sixth St. #100, 702-473-9523; Sunday-Wednesday 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Thursday-Saturday 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. –Leslie Ventura

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bananas, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and banana Laffy Taffy, or the decadent, vodka-doused A-Chocolypse Now, but a new seasonal specialty has arrived to steal your affections. The Candy Cane Bam-Boozled Shake combines rich vanilla ice cream and peppermint schnapps with crushed candy canes, peppermint glaze, vanilla frosting and whipped cream. Ridiculously festive might be an understatement. With this Christmastime

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JEW EL 12/2 DJ Ruckus. 12/3 WeAreTreo. 12/5 BRKLYN. 12/9 Justin Credible. 12/10 3LAU. 12/12 LA Leakers. 12/16 DJ Turbulence. 12/17 Lil Jon. Aria, Mon, Thu-Sat, 702-590-8000.

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12/2 Chuckie. 12/3 Hardwell. 12/6 Burns. 12/9 Burns. 12/10 Fergie DJ. 12/13 Fergie DJ. 12/16 Mark Eteson. 12/17 Jeff Retro. Caesars Palace, Tue, Thu-Sun, 702-785-6200.

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Following in the recent footsteps of Kaskade, platinum-selling DJ and producer Zedd is making the move to Hakkasan Group’s nightlife venues. He’ll make his debut at Omnia on January 7. ... Franklin Lounge, the swanky lobby bar at Delano Las Vegas, hosts a Repeal Day party on December 5, encouraging 1930s-era attire, offering live entertainment and, if you know the secret speakeasy password, serving up complimentary drinks. (It’s “Fala.”) ... Host and promotions group interviews for Wynn Nightlife, including Encore Beach Club, XS, Surrender and Intrigue, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on December 8 at Surrender Nightclub at Encore Las Vegas. ... Tao Group has made some additions to its New Year’s Eve Weekend lineup leading into 2017: Ty Dolla $ign plays Tao at Venetian on December 29; T-Pain rings in the new year on December 31 at Lavo at Palazzo; and the NYE party on the Strip starts early at the Marquee Dayclub Dome at the Cosmopolitan at 11:30 a.m. December 31 with Cash Cash.


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2. SIN CITY BREWING CO. AT MIRACLE MILE SHOPS The small-batch brewer’s original microbrew bar location is still serving strong inside the long and winding mall at Planet Hollywood. 702-732-1142.

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Tasty small plates and a pet-friendly patio make this wine and whiskey lounge the perfect retail relaxer. 702-473-5415.

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RODEO ROUNDUP A COUNTRY-CONCERT CAVALCADE RIDES INTO TOWN DURING NFR BY JOSH BELL UPERSTARS Two big Vegas country-music residencies are timing their latest local shows to NFR: Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn team up again at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace (December 2-3, 7, 9-10), while George Strait performs two nights at the T-Mobile Arena (his current exclusive live-performance home) along with opener Kacey Musgraves (December 2-3). The MGM Grand Garden Arena will host two big-name concerts, with redneck kingpin Toby Keith (December 9) followed by country icon Tim McGraw (December 10), who’s been a Vegas regular in his mini-residencies with wife Faith Hill but hasn’t headlined a solo show here in a while.

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currently scheduled concert. Vegas regular Gary Allan (December 9-10, the Joint) is a New Year’s Eve staple, but he’ll be hitting town a little earlier this year, with guitar phenom Lindsay Ell opening. Coming off her first No. 1 country single (“Peter Pan”), Kelsea Ballerini (December 9-10, Orleans Showroom) will be joined by fellow fresh country face Cam. Also: Frankie Ballard (December 2, the Foundry); Josh Turner (December 2-3, Orleans Showroom); Chase Rice (December 5, the Chelsea); Justin Moore (December 9, the Chelsea); Love and Theft (December 9, Stoney’s). COUNTRY LIFERS A contemporary of George Strait and Garth Brooks, Clay Walker (December 2, MGM Grand Gold Buckle Zone) has been playing solid, straightforward country since the early ’90s. Veteran country band Alabama (December 2-3, the Chelsea) has experienced a resurgence in recent years thanks to collaborations with artists like Brad Paisley and Florida Georgia Line. Tanya Tucker (December 4, Golden Nugget) had her first hit nearly 45 years

ago at age 13, and still maintains an outlaw country spirit. Wynonna Judd (December 8, Golden Nugget) will bring along her backing band the Big Noise for a show featuring Christmas favorites and original hits. Also: Terri Clark (December 1, Golden Nugget); Lonestar (December 4, MGM Grand Gold Buckle Zone); Brenda Lee (December 5, Golden Nugget); Trace Adkins (December 9, Golden Nugget). ALTERNATIVE CHOICES In past years, alt-country and Americana artists have had a fairly significant presence during NFR, but there are only a few left-of-center performances scheduled this year. Canadian singer-songwriter Corb Lund (December 8, MGM Grand Gold Buckle Zone) will make a rare Vegas appearance to showcase his quirky repertoire. Veteran Dwight Yoakam (December 8, the Chelsea) has always been just outside the country mainstream, and his latest album is a collection of bluegrass songs. And country swing act Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys (December 8, Backstage Bar & Billiards) will head Downtown to catch the rockabilly crowd.


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Restless roots Zach Ryan and Benjamin D. Hale make their Vegas return wild It’s not every day you can catch a former local indie-scene mainstay at the Smith Center, but on December 9 you’ll be able to catch one performing there—alongside a second Vegas ex-pat. Singer-songwriter Zach Ryan, once the frontman for Vegas outfit The Rooks, will team with Benjamin D. Hale, who played Johnny Cash in Million Dollar Quartet at Harrah’s, to present Wild, Restless and Blue inside Cabaret Jazz theater. The show will explore American roots music, ’50s rock ’n’ roll and stories the two have gathered on their travels. Both currently live in Nashville. “For the last year or so, I’ve spent a good deal of time traveling around playing the guitar, and Ben

is the same way,” Ryan says. “[Wild, Restless and Blue] is a way for us to chronicle the stuff we’ve gone through.” Ryan says the show was inspired by film noir, likening it to a David Lynch production. It will feature a full band, guest vocalists and theatrical monologues, with appearances by a few Million Dollar Quartet cast members. Ryan and Hale will perform originals and covers, drawn from an upcoming EP and an inprogress debut album, respectively. “I’m so thankful to go back to Vegas and be working strictly in music,” Ryan says about his return. “That’s initially why I left Las Vegas, because I felt I couldn’t gain a footing as a working musician. I’m excited.” –Leslie Ventura

ZACH RYAN & Benjamin D. Hale December 9, 7 p.m., $25-$45. Cabaret Jazz at Smith Center, 702-749-2000.

Canadian R&B singer/songwriter The Weeknd had been steadily building an audience when his popularity exploded last year behind his druggy, dancey chart-topper, “Can’t Feel My Face.” Just over a year later, he returns with third album Starboy, led by its Daft Punk-produced title track, which blends brooding vibes, robot vox and punchy percussions for another hypnotic hit. Even more infectious is the aptly named “Party Monster,” a trap-fueled slow-burner sure to keep dancefloors warm until spring. The Weeknd has a knack for weaving through musical genres while maintaining his signature reverb-y, bittersweet style. The post-punk-inspired “False Alarm” is sandwiched between the 2-step-fueled “Rockin’” and the nu-discoish “Secrets,” the latter an excellent reworking of The Romantics’ “Talking in Your Sleep.” The flipside of the opening “Starboy” comes in the form of the airy “Stargirl Interlude” (Lana Del Rey guests here), and the chilled-out island grooves continue into the record’s second half, where “Sidewalks” features a show-stealing verse from Kendrick Lamar. Sadly, things begin to dip as the 18-track album presses on (see: derivative stripper ode “Six Feet Under”), though the final stretch does include the Diplo-helmed “Nothing Without You” and Daft Punk collabo “I Feel It Coming,” which closes Starboy on a high note. –Mike Pizzo

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Francisca (Kika Magalhaes), the sympathetic predator. (Magnet Releasing/Courtesy)

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Arthur Christmas (2011) Aardman Studios, the folks behind Wallace & Gromit, bring their dry British charm to this warm and funny animated movie about Santa’s hapless son attempting to prove himself by delivering a single neglected Christmas present. A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (2011) The eponymous stoners go on a quest for a Christmas tree while mending their friendship and getting really, really baked in the goofy, endearing third movie in the series. Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever (2014) No, this Lifetime movie starring a famous Internet cat isn’t actually good, but it’s entertainingly bad and often strikingly weird, thanks to Aubrey Plaza’s voiceover performance as the title character. Happy Christmas (2014) This low-key dramedy from prolific indie filmmaker Joe Swanberg stars Anna Kendrick as an aimless young woman who moves in with her brother and sister-in-law and struggles to find her place in their family dynamic. Krampus (2015) There’s some surprising wit to this Christmas-themed horror movie, along with some unexpected nastiness, as the filmmakers turn family togetherness into a sort of existential hell, courtesy of a Christmas demon. –Josh Bell

Unexplained horrors The Eyes of My Mother finds beauty in terror By Josh Bell n horror movies, the most frightening has combined her knowledges of surgery and thing is often the inexplicable, awful situtorture into a whole new avocation. Pesce shifts ations characters find themselves in for the movie’s focus with remarkable precision, reasons that make no sense. Life is full of connecting Francisca’s status as an apparently random terrors, and never knowing why innocent victim to her later status as we are suffering is one of the scariest a predator, and muddling the definiaaabc tions of both in the process. things to contemplate. Writer-director Nicholas Pesce’s gorgeous debut feature The movie’s visual style is as THE EYES OF The Eyes of My Mother is full of unknowhaunting as its narrative; Pesce and MY MOTHER able horrors, courtesy of a protagonist cinematographer Zach Kuperstein who commits horrific acts without ever shoot in gorgeous, high-contrast Kika Magalhaes, Will Brill, justifying or even reflecting on them. black and white, giving the movie Diana Agostini. And yet in some ways Francisca (Kika an eerie, timeless feel that goes with Directed by Magalhaes) is a sympathetic figure, deFrancisca’s unnerving presence. AlNicholas Pesce. Rated spite all the pain she inflicts on others. though it takes place in recognizable, R. Available Growing up on an isolated farm, realistic settings (the farm, a roadside December 2 Francisca forms a close bond with bar), the movie has the tone of a fairy on VOD. her mother, a doctor originally from tale passed down from one teller Portugal who teaches Francisca all to another, and Francisca’s actions about dissecting animals. When a murderous don’t always make logical sense. Their visceral, drifter shows up on the family’s doorstep, Franemotional power is stronger than logic, though, cisca gets a different kind of education, and and with no major new releases in theaters this when the movie jumps ahead to Francisca as week, The Eyes of My Mother is perfect home an adult, living alone on the remote farm, she viewing for a chilly night.

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small-town family drama and romance, while the second half has excessively violent and gory battlefield action. The movie lays on the sentiment and the blood and guts in equal measure, and both drown out the genuine heroism. –JB Theaters citywide.

Kate Mara and Shia LaBeouf in Man Down. (Lionsgate/Courtesy)

Christmas Movie Series 12/1, 12/6-12/8, 7 & 10 p.m., free. Bunkhouse Saloon, 124 S. 11th St., 702-854-1414.

Loving aaacc Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga, Alano Miller. Directed by Jeff Nichols. 123 minutes. Rated PG-13. Nichols’ film dramatizes the events that led to the landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia, which legalized interracial marriage in the U.S. While the film preaches to the converted, there seem to be fewer of the converted than many of us had hoped. –MD Colonnade, Downtown Summerlin, Suncoast.

Date Skate Mon, ice skating plus movie double feature, 6 & 9 p.m., $10-$20. 12/5, Gremlins, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan, 702-698-7000. Nerdland 12/6, animated movie plus bonus features, 8 p.m., $13-$15. Select theaters. Info: fathomevents.com.

Moana aaacc Voices of Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House. Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. 113 minutes. Rated PG. Influenced by Polynesian mythology, Moana is a pleasant but not particularly distinctive addition to the Disney animated princess canon, with the title character (Cravalho) seeking out a buffoonish demigod (Johnson) in order to save her island home. The animation is lovely, but the songs and the plot are mediocre. –JB Theaters citywide.

RiffTrax Holiday Special Double Feature 12/1, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, Christmas short films, plus comedic commentary, 7 p.m., $13-$20. Select theaters. Info: fathom events.com. The Rocky Horror Picture Show 12/3, augmented by live cast and audience participation, 10 p.m., $9. Tropicana Cinemas. Info: rhpsvegas.com. Sci Fi Center Sun, Westworld viewing party, 7 p.m., free. Mon, Cinemondays, 8 p.m., free. 5077 Arville St., 855-501-4335, thescificenter.com. She Loves Me 12/1, broadcast of Broadway performance, 7 p.m., $18-$20. Select theaters. Info: fathomevents.com. Sherlock: The Abominable Bride 12/7, Sherlock episode plus preview of the show’s fourth season, 7 p.m., $13-$15. Select theaters. Info: fathomevents.com. Spirited Away: 15th Anniversary 12/4-12/5, Japanese animated feature, Sun noon (dubbed), Mon 7 p.m. (subtitled), $10-$12.50. Select theaters. Info: fathomevents.com. Tuesday Afternoon at the Bijou Tue, 1 p.m., free. 12/6, Remember the Night. Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 702-507-3400.

New this week Believe (Not reviewed) Ryan O’Quinn, Shawnee Smith, Isaac Ryan Brown. Directed by Billy Dickson. 120 minutes. Rated PG. A small-town business owner works to preserve the local Christmas pageant. Colonnade, Red Rock, South Point, Sam’s Town, Town Square, Village Square.

thrills. –JB Red Rock, Sam’s Town.

Now playing The Accountant aaccc Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, Jon Bernthal, J.K. Simmons. Directed by Gavin O’Connor. 128 minutes. Rated R. Affleck plays an autistic accountant and combat expert in this ludicrous thriller that grossly mischaracterizes autism. The sometimes solid action is surrounded by increasingly farfetched and clumsily delivered exposition. The movie piles on silly plot twists and reveals in service of a story that’s not even particularly interesting. –JB Theaters citywide. Allied aaacc Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. 124 minutes. Rated R. Zemeckis’ gratifyingly old-school WWII drama stars Pitt and Cotillard as spies who accidentally fall in love while pretending to be married as part of an operation. If nothing else, the film’s elegance makes for a welcome respite from endless CGI pyrotechnics aimed at bored teenagers. –MD Theaters citywide.

Incarnate (Not reviewed) Aaron Eckhart, Carice van Houten, David Mazouz. Directed by Brad Peyton. 91 minutes. Rated PG-13. An exorcist with psychic powers attempts to save a young boy from a demon. Theaters citywide.

Arrival aaabc Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker. Directed by Denis Villeneuve. 116 minutes. Rated PG-13. Hard sci-fi that’s easy to enjoy, Arrival stars Adams as a linguist who’s drafted by the U.S. military to help translate an alien language—by “talking” to the bizarre creatures face to face. Here, for the first time in ages, is proof that “thrilling” and “analytical” aren’t mutually exclusive. –MD Theaters citywide.

Man Down abccc Shia LaBeouf, Jai Courtney, Kate Mara. Directed by Dito Montiel. 92 minutes. Rated R. LaBeouf plays a Marine dealing with trauma both on and off the battlefield in this melodramatic and manipulative psychological thriller, which pays lip service to honoring veterans while exploiting their struggles for absurd plot twists and cheap

Bad Santa 2 aaccc Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Cox, Kathy Bates. Directed by Mark Waters. 92 minutes. Rated R. This belated sequel featuring alcoholic degenerate Willie Soke (Thornton) and his partner in crime Marcus (Cox) once again posing as Santa and his elf in order to pull off a heist captures very little of the wit or surprising likability of the

original, instead going right for easy vulgarity and grossness. –JB Theaters citywide. Doctor Strange aaacc Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams. Directed by Scott Derrickson. 115 minutes. Rated PG-13. Marvel’s latest superhero movie follows a familiar template in telling the origin story of mystical hero Doctor Strange (Cumberbatch). While the story isn’t groundbreaking, the characters are engaging, the dialogue is snappy, the performances are lively and the special effects are dazzling, making for some astonishing action set pieces. –JB Theaters citywide. The Edge of Seventeen aaaac Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Haley Lu Richardson. Directed by Kelly Fremon Craig. 104 minutes. Rated R. Steinfeld is fantastic as sullen, overdramatic teen Nadine in Craig’s funny, heartfelt coming-of-age story. Craig depicts Nadine’s freak-outs with sensitivity and wit, grounding even the goofiest plot developments in real emotion. The humor and the heartbreak are equally affecting, making for the most satisfying American teen movie in years. –JB Theaters citywide. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them aaacc Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler. Directed by David Yates. 133 minutes. Rated PG-13. This Harry Potter spinoff set in 1926 NYC is an entertaining ride, even if it doesn’t make a case for itself as essential. Wizard Newt Scamander’s quest to recapture his weird, cute and creatively designed beasts is light and fun, but the darker storylines, mostly setting up future installments, are less thrilling. –JB Theaters citywide. Hacksaw Ridge aaccc Andrew Garfield, Teresa Palmer, Vince Vaughn. Directed by Mel Gibson. 131 minutes. Rated R. The first half of this biopic about nonviolent WWII hero Desmond Doss (Garfield) is an ultra-corny

Moonlight aaabc Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, Trevante Rhodes. Directed by Barry Jenkins. 110 minutes. Rated R. Divided into three segments, Moonlight follows the introverted, gay Chiron as a kid, a teenager and a young man, coming to terms with his identity growing up in one of Miami’s poorest African-American neighborhoods. It’s rooted in real details, and each segment (even the slowmoving final third) achieves its own grace. –JB Colonnade, Suncoast, Texas. Rules Don’t Apply aaccc Alden Ehrenreich, Lily Collins, Warren Beatty. Directed by Warren Beatty. 126 minutes. Rated PG-13. Beatty’s long-in-the-works Howard Hughes drama is really about two fictional Hughes employees played by Ehrenreich and Collins, who engage in a forbidden romance. With its awkward mix of tones, lurching plot and shifting character focus, it’s a bit of a mess, quickly losing sight of its early charm. –JB Theaters citywide. A Street Cat Named Bob aabcc Luke Treadaway, Ruta Gedmintas, Joanne Froggatt. Directed by Roger Spottiswoode. 103 minutes. Not rated. Viral cat sensation Bob stars in his own biopic, which is really about his owner, former homeless drug addict James Bowen (Treadaway). The story of how meeting Bob helped Bowen turn his life around is inherently heartwarming, and the movie handles it in a fairly straightforward fashion, ending up cute but superficial. –JB Village Square. Trolls aabcc Voices of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel. Directed by Mike Mitchell. 92 minutes. Rated PG. This animated adventure based on the tiny, colorful, tall-haired dolls manages to avoid being crass, showcasing some cute characters and amusing situations in the process. It’s mostly forgettable and sloppily plotted, but for kids entertained by bright colors and catchy music, it will be a great time-passer. –JB Theaters citywide. JB Josh Bell; MD Mike D’Angelo For complete movie listings, visit lasvegasweekly.com/movie-listings.


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Norm Macdonald teams up with fellow SNL alumni for two shows at the Joint. (Courtesy)

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December 2-3, 9 p.m., $50-$175. The Joint, 702-693-5222.

NORM MACDONALD’S SUBVERSIVE, ANECDOTAL HUMOR GOES FROM THE STAGE TO THE PAGE BY JASON SCAVONE ike the heat death of the universe, Norm Macdonald’s comedy has only grown cooler over the years. The subversiveness that characterized his all-time-great turn as Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update anchor has only increased in scope, apparent in his New York Times best-seller, Based on a True Story: A Memoir, a gonzo riff on the celebrity memoir that reads like Mickey Spillane filtered through Mark Leyner’s postmodern surrealism. But with more jokes about weapons stuffed up butts. We spoke to Macdonald in advance of his Vegas dates with Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider and Tim Meadows.

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Did the election surprise you? I wasn’t shocked. To me they were both very disliked, but [Donald Trump] was this big, charming guy, and she was this real humorless sort. I don’t vote, because I’m Canadian, but I would just vote for the one that seemed like the coolest guy. I would have voted for Obama, and I probably would have voted for [Trump]. Did you ever cross paths with Trump? I was on The Tonight Show, following him. It was the one

where Jimmy Fallon touched his hair. It was so weird, because the next day [the headlines] were like, “Jimmy Fallon throws softballs at Trump.” Like he’s supposed to be Walter Cronkite. … But anyway, he comes out, and I was the next guest, and I go, “Mr. Trump, can I get a picture?” And he goes, “Oh yeah, sure! I love this guy, he’s great, he’s funny. Just give me a minute.” And then he turns around with his Secret Service and they get on the elevator and leave.

I probably lost about eight times as much money as the book paid, but I had to complete the book. I just couldn’t do it in my spare time. Buck Henry told me his favorite words are “the end.” I didn’t know what he meant until I did it. I’ve written sketches and stuff, but [this was] like a hundred thousand words. Geez.

You got ghosted by the president-elect? It was hilarious. It was like a Buster Keaton movie. I kept waiting for him to step into a room or something and come back. But he just got on the elevator and left. Everyone was cracking up it was so funny.

You’ve talked a lot lately about how you hate confessional comedy. What do you think the next big evolution in comedy should be? I don’t know if we need one. I thought [Jerry] Seinfeld was fine, and I thought [Richard] Pryor was fine. I guess the problem with confessional to me is, it’s all about the person. ... To me, when you go out to be entertained, the last thing you want to hear is the person blathering on about their problems.

Did you like writing the book? Did anything surprise you about the process? Most of it was not fun. The only surprises were bad ones. I thought I could do it in a year, and I thought I could do it on the road while I was doing stand-up. Finally, I took like six months off stand-up, and during that time

The New York Times described your book as “dangerous.” How dangerous is it? It’s not dangerous. The thing that really made me mad was, they published it in their nonfiction list, which really sucked, because I can’t compete with actual nonfiction about presidents and wars and stuff.


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SENSE AND PHYSICALITY NEVADA CONSERVATORY THEATRE EDITS SOME MODERN ENERGY INTO A JANE AUSTEN CLASSIC BY JACOB COAKLEY evada Conservatory Theatre welcomes the holidays with an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility that aims to turn the regency romance into a visceral, adrenaline rush of a play with the energy and physicality of a Dancing With the Stars episode. “I’m a big fan of Jane Austen,” says Chris Edwards, artistic director of Nevada Conservatory Theatre. “The emotional roller coaster her characters go on, buttressed against the societal morays—it’s very interesting.” This new adaptation of Austen’s classic story is penned by Kate Hamill, a friend of Edwards’. “Her adaptation is funny and active and not your run-of-the-mill, BBC drawing-room adaptation. It takes the classic story and tweaks it to give it a little more of a contemporary theatrical sensibility.” (Pun probably not intended.) Part of that sensibility (pun definitely intended) means including a lot of “physical theater” in the production. Physical theater takes a break from realism and doesn’t hide the conceit of actors putting on a show, incorporating dance-like movement to convey an attitude, an emotional moment or even a setting.

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The Dashwood sisters, played by (clockwise from left) Christina Harvec, Alex Ralph and Therese Anderberg. (Courtesy)

“It’s all about being imaginative and inventive they could physically do a lot of movement they and seeing how far you can push the envelope,” weren’t used to,” Woodhead says. Part of this work director Paul Barnes says. “The thing that Hamill’s included such things as figuring out all the ways acadaptation does, rather brilliantly, is incorporate tors can bear the weight of other actors if they need an ensemble within the cast, which she to be a carriage, along with making sure the calls ‘the Gossips.’” The Gossips move furensemble had appropriate period movement SENSE AND niture, actors in furniture—or even actors SENSIBILITY for when the story does move into a ball. Through themselves— and appear in locations where “The TV show So You Think You Can December 17, others wouldn’t normally be (like the sisters’ Dance does a lot of physical theater pieces days & times bedroom) to try and convey, through physithat are not just the vocabulary of dance vary, $10-$33. Judy Bayley cality, the attitudes of society that are pushmoves, but a gestural vocabulary that comes Theater, 702ing the Dashwood sisters in their choices from the real world—and uses it to illumi895-2787. and their inner emotional state. “It’s made nate a character or moment, extending the it really fun to be imaginative and to honor expression of it to tell a story.” That’s what the playful spirit while also trying to keep on physical theater is, and that’s what Nevada task about what is the story at heart.” Conservatory Theatre wants to do with the show. As movement director, Mindy Woodhead (who Further incentive? NCT will conduct a food drive also appears in the play as Mrs. Dashwood) helped throughout the show’s run. Bring two cans of food the actors create a vocabulary of movement for the and score half-price tickets to this kinetic, romanpiece. “I needed to get the actors to a place where tic holiday treat.


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READING INTO CIRCUMSTANCES TWO COMPELLING NONFICTION BOOKS CONSIDER THE STRIFE THAT MAKES LITERARY ART BY CHUCK T WARDY here are two kinds of books: those that stack on my nightstand and those that collect on my living-room coffee table. The bedroom books I consume a few pages each night to suit my bedtime moods, and the living-room books I read more intently, any time of day. Recently, though, I found myself reading two books that transcend room assignments. The Year of Lear and Looking for The Stranger rise above literary category, too. Both are about famous authors composing classics, but they read like biographies of the works themselves. Unfortunately, books about books tend to be overlooked in the year’s releases. Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro’s Year of Lear came out (in trade paperback) in September, as did Alice Kaplan’s look The politics of occupied France, the Vichy rump at how Camus’ existentialist novel took shape. state and Vichy-controlled Algeria, in all three of which Both books reflect on literary creation in times of Camus worked and wrote, matter little in The Stranger, political upheaval. The Year of Lear is 1606, and the which sailed through German censors when Gallimard Gunpowder Plot of November 5, 1605 resonates throughpublished it in Paris in 1941. The absurdist story about a out. Prominent Catholics nearly succeeded in blowing French Algerian who kills an unnamed Arab on a beach up Parliament and King James I, hoping to was deemed “asocial” and “apolitical,” but re-establish Catholicism in Anglican England. AAAAC Kaplan reports that Camus had to remove a Guy Fawkes was among the lesser plotters, but chapter about Kafka from the nonfiction The LOOKING FOR because he was caught red-handed his name has Myth of Sisyphus because the Czech author was THE STRANGER attached itself to the day. And Camus wrote and Jewish. Camus was anything but collaborationBy Alice Kaplan, published The Stranger as Germany subdued ist, though; he also risked his life to write for a $26. France in the early 1940s. clandestine paper of the Resistance. AAAAC In Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?, Items in the newspaper for which he wrote, the THE YEAR Shapiro defended Shakespeare from claims that Algers-Républicain, reverberate in The Stranger, others wrote all or some of his plays, but scant including the sensational murder of an Algerian OF LEAR: documentary evidence leaves him little choice SHAKESPEARE by a French colonial and the spectacular guillotine but to speculate about how the Gunpowder Plot execution of a murderer in Paris. The novel’s IN 1606 By James Shapiro, first-person narrator, Meursault, only anticipates affected the playwright personally. Still, he $18. makes a strong case that King Lear, written as his death, but Camus, Kaplan writes, followed the Gunpowder Plot unraveled, and Macbeth and news of the Parisian execution and “imagined, as Antony and Cleopatra, composed in 1606, bristle Meursault would imagine, the gathering crowds with political repercussions from the conspiracy and from and their cries of hatred.” James’ efforts to unite England and his native Scotland. Both Shapiro and Kaplan consider literary works One echo is the word “equivocation,” which denoted as products of imaginations shaped by the times their priestly advice to Catholics on how to lie to Anglican auauthors endured. Shakespeare navigated a period of susthorities about their faith, by saying one thing and meaning picion and shifting power, and Camus examined the indianother. Shakespeare made it the hallmark of his play about vidual’s place in the world while that world was consumed murdering a Scottish king. “Equivocation makes following by war. The Year of Lear and Looking for The Stranger Macbeth’s dialogue a mentally exhausting experience,” Shamake excellent companion pieces in our unsettled times. piro observes. He also notes that both Duncan and Macbeth die offstage, in deference to the Scottish James. Find more by Chuck Twardy at chucktwardy.com.

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DOWNTOWN HEARTLAND FREEDOM BEAT AIMS TO BRING AMERICAN PRIDE TO YOUR PLATE BY DEBBIE LEE hether you’re still rejoicing or licking your wounds from the election results, I suppose now is as good a time as ever to discuss a new American-themed restaurant. Freedom Beat, which debuted in September at the Downtown Grand, focuses on regional classics from across the country. The menu was created by chef Scott Commings, winner of Gordon Ramsay’s reality TV cooking competition Hell’s Kitchen, and aims to take guests on a “culinary road trip.” Most dishes suggest a glutton’s day at the state fair: chicken-fried bacon ($11), grilled sandwiches stuffed with mac and cheese ($9) and deep-fried Twinkies ($6). Hoppy ale and cheese soup ($6) is over the top with pork-belly croutons; fries are available loaded ($9) with smoked meat and cheese sauce; and chicken-fried chicken ($12) drowns in country gravy. There are options for health conscious eaters, too. A brown rice bowl with peas, greens, avocado and a fried egg ($13) is very of-themoment, and grilled salmon with brown rice ($18) is a serviceable choice for those looking to avoid an emergency triple bypass. I took the middle road on a recent visit, sampling the few dishes that were lighter than fried pickles ($7) and funnel cakes ($6) but not quite as virtuous as a grain bowl. East Coast steamers ($16), a nod to

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a New England summer, were cooked in American ale and served with sliced sausage. The clams were tiny, but medallions of corn on the cob and a side of toasted garlic bread for sopping up the broth kept it filling. The “Freedom Beet” ($12)—roasted beets with candied pecans and crumbled chevre—had a cute name but was little more than an ordinary salad bar lunch. A bushel of leaves certainly made it substantial but came in the form of spinach rather than arugula as advertised. Having never been to Louisiana, I feel unfit to judge the authenticity of the restaurant’s oyster po’ boy ($12). But the oysters were as large as golf balls, and a serving of pickled vegetables strewn across the top was a welcome foil for the deep-fried filling and heavy layer of remoulade. The BBQ burger ($12), topped with onion rings, smoked pork, a fried egg and gobs of sweet barbecue sauce, was an undeniably hefty hand-held meal, and perhaps a bit too messy for some people’s tastes. Freedom Beat replaces Stewart + Ogden, the hotel and casino’s former coffee shop. Renovations included space for a stage, and the restaurant now hosts live-music performances in the evenings. It’s not for everyone—on my visit, some guests applauded ’90s cover tunes while others begged for respite and a table change. Between this and the down-home, gut-busting fare, the restaurant is an accurate reflection of our current political climate: a seemingly patriotic place best reserved for a particular kind of palate.

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F&B changes continue at the Venetian, where Sugarcane just arrived, the Dorsey is on its way and just announced to take the space of DB Brasserie is Chica, a new Latin culinary concept from 50 Eggs founder John Kunkel. Chica will debut in early 2017 right next to sister restaurant Yardbird. “Living in Miami the past 20 years, I have been surrounded by so many amazing representations of Latin cuisine,” Kunkel says. “I can’t wait for the Las Vegas market to experience this new concept.” The menu has been co-created by Top Chef Masters contestant and one-time Taco Bell pitchwoman Lorena Garcia, who plans to take Chica “back to the roots of cooking and showcase the process through a more simplistic, ethereal approach.” Open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, Chica is set to serve cuisine with influences including Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, Mexico and Argentina. Expect dishes like ceviche; sweet plantains with pickled onions; rotisserie chicken with spicy mango sauce on cheesy telitas flatbread; and arepas and tamales made fresh throughout the day. –Brock Radke

INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 oz. Pendelton Blended Canadian Whisky 4 oz. Mixwell Ginger Ale 2 dashes aromatic bitters Mint sprig and orange slices for garnish

METHOD Combine ingredients over ice and stir. Garnish with a sprig of mint and orange slices. Serve.

Created in honor of NFR, this cocktail is made for cowboys, ranchers and their fans. This particular recipe dresses up the cocktail we know and love, and elevates it using highquality ingredients and a little extra flair. Pendelton Blended Canadian Whisky is smooth yet complex, and combines beautifully with the spicy-sweet ginger ale. A couple dashes of aromatic bitters highlight the richness of the spirit, and the simple garnish keeps things light and clean. Giddyup!

Cocktail created by Francesco Lafranconi, Executive Director of Mixology and Spirits Education at Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits.


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Live Music THe Strip & Nearby Brooklyn Bowl Asking Alexandria, Born of Osiris, I See Stars, After the Burial, Upon a Burning Body, Bad Omens 12/1, 5:30 pm, $23$25. Emo Night Brooklyn 12/1, 11:30 pm, $8-$10. Linq, 702-862-2695. Caesars Palace (Colosseum) Reba, Brooks & Dunn 12/2-12/3, 12/7, 7:30 pm, $60-$205. 702-731-7333. Cosmopolitan (Chelsea) Alabama 12/2-12/3, 10 pm, $49-$99. Chase Rice 12/5, 8 pm, $20-$50. Lady Antebellum 12/7, 8 pm, $49-$129. Dwight Yoakam 12/8, 8 pm, $29-$69. 702-698-7000. Double Down Lift My Fear, 40 Oz. Folklore, Agent 86, Off the Wall 12/2. The Gringoz, Hardship Anchors, The Whining Pussys, One Less Zero 12/3. Johnny Zig & the Highlighters 12/4, 9 pm. Franks & Deans’ Weenie Roast 12/7. TV Party Tonight w/Atomic Fish 12/8, 9 pm. Shows 10 pm, free unless noted. 640 Paradise Road, 702-791-5775. Hard Rock Hotel (Vinyl) Mark Wills 12/2, 10 pm, $25-$45. Sam Riggs 12/3, 10 pm, $25-$45. Thrillbilly Deluxe 12/4-12/5, 9:30 pm, free. CJ Simmons 12/6, 12/8, 9:30 pm, free. Johnny Cash Tribute ft. Doug Allen Nash 12/7, 10 pm, $10-$25. 702-693-5000. Hard Rock Live Jonas Bridges, Simon Britton, Justin Blake, Bryce Hall, Sam Collins, Jackson Krecioch, New District & more 12/2, 7 pm, $29. Hard Rock Cafe (Strip), 702-733-7625. House of Blues Kings of Chaos 12/1-12/3, 9:30 pm, $27-$100. Mandalay Bay, 702-632-7600. MGM Grand (Garden Arena) Andrea Bocelli 12/3, 8 pm, $82-$418. Toby Keith 12/9, 9 pm, $35-$100. 702-891-7777. Orleans (Showroom) Josh Turner 12/2-12/3, 7 pm, $55-$75. 702284-7777. Palms (The Pearl) Blink 182, Jimmy Eat World, Pierce the Veil, Weathers, The Hunna 12/8, 6 pm, $70-$143. Weezer, Grouplove, Saint Motel, The Moth & The Flame, 888, Catfish and the Bottlemen 12/9, 6 pm, $70-$143. 702-944-3200. Rumor Lisa Mac 12/1, 8 pm, free. 455 E. Harmon Ave., 702-369-5400. SLS (The Foundry) Frankie Ballard 12/2, 9:30 pm, $25. Jennifer Nettles 12/3, 9:30 pm, $43. 702-761-7617. T-Mobile Arena George Strait 12/2-12/3, 8 pm, $75-$200. 702-692-1600.

Downtown 11th Street Records Snailmate, Drinking Water, Child Support, Same Sex Mary 12/3, 8 pm, $5. 1023 Fremont St., 702-527-7990. Backstage Bar & Billiards Fea, Wolfhounds, Los Ataskados, Joni’s Agenda 12/1, 8 pm, $7-$10. DJ Sense, L Boogie 12/2, 11 pm, free. We Are Pancakes, The American Weather, Jessica Manalo, Kurumpaw 12/3, 8 pm, $5. Big Sandy 12/8, 8 pm, $12-$15. 601 E. Fremont St., 702-382-2227. Beauty Bar Pet Tigers, Demi Vie, Machine, Luck Factor Zero 12/1, 8 pm, free. Black Pussy, Strange Mistress 12/2, 8 pm, free. AC Slater, Flash Gang, Sam V, P Snugs, Byra Tanks 12/6, 9 pm, $10. Naked Walrus 12/8, 8 pm, free. 517 Fremont St., 702-598-3757. Bunkhouse Saloon The Lique 12/2, 9 pm, $10. Macro-Fi Night 12/3, 9 pm, $5. 124 S. 11th St., 702-854-1414. Downtown Grand (Freedom Beat) Hector Esparza 12/1, 6 pm. Keith Wren 12/2, 6 pm. Doyle Bramhall II 12/3, 10 pm. Ryan Whyte Maloney 12/4, 6 pm. Shows free. 206 N. 3rd St., 702-953-4343. Fremont Country Club Ruloor, Jose Rubio, Harborace, Nebula X, Cielo Impuro, DJ Joseph 12/3, 9 pm, $5. 601 E. Fremont St., 702-382-6601. Golden Nugget (Grand Event Center) Terri Clark 12/1, $32-$53. Lynyrd Skynyrd 12/2-12/3, $98-$360. Tanya Tucker 12/4, $43-$75. Brenda Lee 12/5, $32-$53. Charlie Daniels Band 12/6, $43-$217. 38 Special 12/7, $43-$162. Shows 10 pm. 866-946-5336. Hard Hat Lounge Bryan McPherson, Justin Bridges, Brock Frabbiele 12/1, 8 pm, $5. 1675 Industrial Road, 702-384-8987. LVCS Dark Tranquility, Swallow the Sun, Enforcer, Starkill, Mynas, Sicocis 12/2, 7 pm, $20-$22. 425 Fremont St., 702-382-3531. Smith Center (Reynolds Hall) Rita Moreno 12/3, 2 pm & 7:30 pm; 12/4, 2 pm, $30-$109. (Cabaret Jazz) George Kahumoku Jr., Uncle Richard Ho’opi’l, Kawika Kahiapo 12/2-12/3, 7 pm, $35-$55. 702-749-2000.

Everywhere Else Bootlegger Bistro Joe Darro Trio 12/4, 2-4 pm, $15. 7700 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-736-4939. Dive Bar Hemlock, NE Last Words, Driven, Darkest Day, Astoria 12/3, 8 pm, $12-$15. Mos Generator, Spiritual Shepherd, Riff Witch 12/7, 8 pm, $7. 4110 S. Maryland Parkway, 702-586-3483. Four Seasons Church Sirocco Flutes 12/3, 2 pm, free. 2980 S.

Veteran Swedish death-metal outfit Dark Tranquility invades LVCS on December 2. (Courtesy)

Durango Drive #103, 702-233-3029. Suncoast (Showroom) Brandon Bennett 12/2-12/3, 8:30 pm, $16$40. 702-636-7075. Sunset Station (Club Madrid) Bobby Caldwell 12/3, 8 pm, $29-$49. Empire Records 12/3, 10 pm, free. 702-547-7777.

Comedy

Beauty Bar A Night of Live Music & Comedy ft. The Vegabonds, Laxi, Ryan Doon 12/7, 8 pm, $10-$15. 517 Fremont St., 702-598-3757. Hard Rock Hotel (The Joint) Adam Sandler, Norm Macdonald, Rob Schneider, Tim Meadows 12/2-12/3, 9 pm, $50-$400. 702-693-5000. Mirage (Terry Fator Theatre) Ron White 12/2-12/3, 12/9-12/10, 10 pm, $65-$89. 702-792-7777. Smith Center (Reynolds Hall) Miranda Sings, Colleen Ballinger 12/1, 7 pm, $25-$99. 702-749-2000. Treasure Island Bill Engvall 12/2, 9 pm, $52-$82. 702-894-7111.

Performing Arts

Charleston Heights Arts Center Seussical 12/2-12/3, 7 pm; 12/4, 2 pm, $6. 800 S. Brush St., 702-229-6383. Faith Conservatory of the Fine Arts A Christmas Carol 12/2-12/3, 7 pm; 12/4, 4 pm, $6-$20. Faith Lutheran, 2015 S. Hualapai Way, 702-804-4400. Fiesta Rancho (SoBe Ice Arena) Destination North Pole 12/3, 5 pm; 12/4, 1 pm, $10-$15. 702-631-7000. Las Vegas Little Theatre (Mainstage) Absurd Person Singular 12/212/3, 12/8-12/10, 8 pm; 12/4, 12/11, 2 pm, $21-$25. 3920 Schiff Drive, 702-362-7996. Majestic Repertory The Bad Seed 12/1-12/3, 12/8-12/10, 8 pm; 12/4, 12/11, 5 pm, $20-$25. Alios, 1217 S. Main St., 702-478-9636. Smith Center (Troesh Studio Theater) Steve Solomon’s My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m Home for the Holidays 12/1-12/2, 7 pm; 12/3, 3 & 7 pm; 12/4, 3 pm, $35-$40. 702-749-2000. Theatre in the Valley ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas 12/2-12/3, 8 pm; 12/4, 2 pm, $12-$15. 10 W. Pacific Ave., 702-558-7275. UNLV (Artemus W. Ham Hall) UNLV Choral Studies: Dawn Until Dusk 12/1, 7:30 pm, $8-$10. Home Free: A Country Christmas 12/4, 3 pm, $25-$125. The Desert Chorale’s Celebration of Christmas 12/5, 7:30 pm, free. (Judy Bayley Theatre) NCT’s Sense and Sensibility 12/2-12/3, 12/8, 7:30 pm; 12/4, 2 pm, $28-$33. (Rando-Grillot Recital Hall) UNLV Opera Theatre: Law & Order 12/3, 7:30 pm, $8-$10. 702-895-3332.

Special Events

#iPARTYinRED Zumbathon 12/3, 5:30 pm, $10. Gramercy, 9275 W. Russell Road, bit.ly/2gqhS4u. Arts District Holiday Shopping Weekend 12/1-12/4. 702-625-2781. Benefit for the Water Protectors 12/2, 7 pm, $5+ donation. 11th St. Records, 1023 Fremont St., bit.ly/2fM12f4. Great American Comic Con Las Vegas 12/3-12/4, 10 am, $20-$350. Cashman Center, greatamericancomicconvention.com. Great Santa Run 12/3, 8 am, $15-$45. Downtown, LVSantaRun.com. Rally for Red Rock: Ride, Run, Hike & Yoga 12/3, 7 am, $1-$9. Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, 6375 Highway 159, saveredrock.com. Repeal Day Events 12/1-12/5, times vary, free. Mob Museum & select Downtown bars, 702-229-2734. Sharon Olds Writers’ Workshop 12/2, 6 pm, free. CSN Building D Theater. Poetry Reading 12/3, 7 pm, free. Clark County Library. TSTMRKT: DVDA Parts 1 & 2 12/2, 12/7, 8 pm, $10. Tstmrkt.com. UNLV Visiting Artist Series: Daniel Bozhkov 12/1, 7-9 pm, free. UNLV Barrick Museum, 702-895-2787.

Sports

National Finals Rodeo 12/1-12/10, 6:45 pm, $256-$384. Thomas & Mack Center, unlvtickets.com. Ultimate Fighter Finale 12/3, 4 pm, $105-$355. Pearl, 702-944-3200.

Galleries

Arts Factory 107 E. Charleston Blvd, 702-383-3133. Sin City Gallery Jeff Wack: City of Angels 12/1-12/15. #100, 702-6082461. Wonderland Gallery Susanne Forestieri 12/1-12/29. #110, 702-6864010. Art Square 1025 S. First St., 702-300-4337. Nevada Humanities Paiute Voices: Sage Romero, Theodore Tso, Fawn Douglas 12/1-1/20. #190, 775-784-6587. CSN 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave., 702-651-4146. Artspace & Fine Arts Galleries CSN Art & History Faculty Exhibition ft. Suzanne Acosta, Christopher Bauder & more 12/21/28/2017. Opening Reception 12/2, 6-8 pm. Downtown Spaces 1800 S. Industrial Road, dtspaces.com. Skin City Body Painting Hundred Dollar Art Show ft. 3 BAAAD Sheep, Azia Sheen & more 12/2, 6-9 pm, free. 702-431-7546.


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