Thursday, December 2
ARTS: MICHAEL GREEN The Writer’s Block Book Shop hosts Michael Green, an associate professor of history at UNLV and author of numerous books on 1800s-era American politics and the history of Nevada, for a reading and signing of his latest work, Lincoln and Native Americans. Green examines Lincoln’s reaction to the 1862 Dakota War in southwest Minnesota, after which he ordered a review of the findings of a military commission that convicted more than 300 Santee Sioux following “trials” that, in some case, were as brief as five minutes. Lincoln commuted the sentences of all but 39 of them. Green considers Lincoln’s decision, and widens his lens to consider “how Lincoln thought about Native Americans, interacted with them, and was affected by them” in a larger sense. 7 p.m., free. Writer’s Block, thewritersblock.org. –Geoff Carter
SPORTS: TIM KURKJIAN For more than two decades, ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian has served as one of the most reliable and knowledgeable Major League Baseball analysts in the business. Fans have come to further adore him for his hysterical laughter and willingness to participate in silly segments on such popular radio shows as SVP & Russillo and The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz. And now, Kurkjian has received one of sports’ ultimate honors: induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, having been selected as the 2022 recipient of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s Career Excellence Award. Hear tales from his storied career covering the game at an event hosted by his son, Jeff, co-host of 102.7-FM’s Jeff and Aimee in the Morning. Better yet: All proceeds benefit ALS-related causes. 8 p.m., $20-$40, the Space, thespacelv.com. –Spencer Patterson
SPORTS: EAST-WEST SHRINE BOWL 5 p.m., Allegiant Stadium, ticketmaster.com.
PARTY: PARTY FAVOR 10:30 p.m., Hakkasan Nightclub, hakkasangroup.com.
COMEDY: JESSICA KIRSON Thru 2/5, 8:30 & 10:30 p.m., Laugh Factory, ticketmaster.com.
PARTY: JERRO 10 p.m., Commonwealth, seetickets.us.
MUSIC: EL PERRO With Jason Walker & The Majestic 12, 8 p.m., Count’s Vamp’d, eventbrite.com.
SPORTS: HENDERSON SILVER KNIGHTS VS. SAN JOSE BARRACUDA 7 p.m., Orleans Arena, ticketmaster.com.
PARTY: MARIA ROMANO & DANTE DEIANA 10 p.m., Zouk Nightclub, zoukgrouplv.com.
ARTS: PRISMATICA KALEIDOSCOPE EXPERIENCE Thru 2/6, Fashion Show, fslv.com.
Friday, December 3
SPORTS: NHL ALL-STAR WEEKEND Thru 2/5, times vary, T-Mobile Arena, axs.com.
PARTY: KASKADE 10:30 p.m., Omnia Nightclub, hakkasangroup.com.
ARTS: FIRST FRIDAY 5-11 p.m., Downtown Las Vegas, ffflv.org.
MUSIC: SHINEDOWN With Ayron Jones, 8 p.m., Theater at Virgin, axs.com.
COMEDY: TIM ALLEN 10 p.m., & 2/5, Mirage Theatre, ticketmaster.com.
MUSIC: VAMPIRES EVERYWHERE With Young Medicine, City of the Weak, Junexa, 8 p.m., Rockstar Bar at Las Vegas Golf Center, eventbrite.com.
PARTY: LUDACRIS 10 p.m., Drai’s Nightclub, draisgroup.com.
MUSIC: KOOL & THE GANG 7 p.m., & 2/5, Westgate International Theater, ticketmaster.com.
MUSIC: BUMPIN UGLIES Joey Harkum, 8 p.m, Backstage Bar & Billiards, eventbrite.com.
PARTY: SAM FELDT 10:30 p.m., Marquee Nightclub, marqueelvnc.taogroup.com.
MUSIC: STRAWBERRY GIRLS With Standards, Dwellings, Moondough, 8 p.m., SoulBelly BBQ, brownpapertickets.com.
PARTY: MEDUZA 10:30 p.m., XS Nightclub, wynnsocial.com.
MUSIC: THE SILHOUETTES With The Psyatics, Thee Swank Bastards, 9 p.m., Double Down Saloon, doubledownsaloon.com.
PARTY: SULLIVAN KING 9 p.m., Area15 A-Lot, seetickets.us.
MUSIC: LILIAC With Levinia, 8 p.m., Count’s Vamp’d, eventbrite.com.
MUSIC: GARTH BROOKS 8 p.m., & 2/5, Dolby Live, ticketmaster.com.
MUSIC: LIONEL RICHIE Among Strip headliners, Lionel Richie certainly stands out as a true master of the craft of songwriting. The hitmaker will be honored with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, a lifetime achievement award for living artists who have elevated song to a place of inspiration and cultural understanding, in an all-star tribute concert in Washington, D.C., that will broadcast on PBS in May. Previous recipients include Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Carole King and Smokey Robinson. Let Richie, a former Commodore and 1980s pop titan, regale you with the stories behind his songs with two concerts this week. February 4-5, 8 p.m., $75-$300. Encore Theater, ticketmaster.com. –Brock Radke
MUSIC: DINOSAUR JR. & BUILT TO SPILL At press time, Dinosaur Jr. had 48 shows scheduled for 2022, and Built to Spill had 46. But only one—this one, at Las Vegas’ Brooklyn Bowl—will find both bands playing the same stage on the same night. If that’s not reason enough for fans of guitar-forward ’90s indie rock to turn out for a reasonably priced bill that also includes Black Mountain offshoot Pink Mountaintops, consider these additional factors: Dinosaur Jr. hasn’t played Las Vegas since 2005(!), when original/current trio J Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph had only just reunited after 15-plus years apart; and Built to Spill’s latest lineup—with bassist Melanie Radford and drummer Teresa Esguerra joining linchpin Doug Martsch—will be making its local debut. Now that’s bang for your buck. 7:30 p.m., $30-$35, Brooklyn Bowl, ticketweb.com. –Spencer Patterson
Saturday, December 4
ARTS: NEVADA BALLET THEATRE: TWO WORLD PREMIERES The Nevada Ballet Theatre’s 50th season continues to enchant audiences, and now, the company of dancers will present the visions of renowned creators Trey McIntyre and Lauren Lovette. McIntyre has served as resident choreographer for the Oregon Ballet Theatre and is the founder of Trey McIntyre Project, a dance company that has earned coast-to-coast acclaim. Lovette is a rising choreographer who previously commanded the stage as a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet. Preceding the performances, NBT will present Insights, an educational discussion featuring special guests and multimedia presentations, in the Troesh Studio Theater adjacent to Reynolds Hall, 45 minutes prior to showtime. 2 & 7:30 p.m., $40-$141, Reynolds Hall, thesmithcenter.com. –Evelyn Mateos
ARTS: THE COLOR PURPLE, THE MUSICAL This week marks the start of Black History Month, a time of remembrance for the African Americans who have struggled and persevered throughout our country’s history. It’s also an occasion to look back on the achievements of influential speakers, artists, musicians, historians and scientists, along with authors who told stories about those who otherwise might have been forgotten. Alice Walker’s 1982 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Color Purple shined an important light on the Black female experience of the early 1900s. Three years later, Steven Spielberg and screenwriter Menno Meyjes adapted that coming-of-age tale for the big screen, bringing new life to compelling characters like protagonist Celie (played by Whoopi Goldberg). Broadway in the H.O.O.D. will present a musical version at the West Las Vegas Library Theater to kick off Black History Month. February 4-6, free,West Las Vegas Library Theater, lvccld.org.
MISC: LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS Every year, Las Vegas transforms its casino-resorts with elaborate, festive decor to celebrate the Lunar New Year, known as Spring Festival in China.Evelyn MateosThis year, they’re welcoming the Year of the Tiger, with traditional dragon and lion dances at such properties as Aria (February 4, 6 p.m.), the Cosmopolitan (February 5, 3 p.m.), Red Rock Casino (February 5, 8 p.m.), Resorts World (February 5, 5 p.m.), Bellagio (February 5, 3 p.m.) and MGM Grand (February 6, 3 p.m.). Additional, local spots such as Downtown Summerlin and Desert Breeze Community Center will mark the occasion with eye-catching decor and more. –Evelyn Mateos
MUSIC: THE GASLAMP KILLER 9 p.m., Backstage Bar & Billiards, eventbrite.com.
PARTY: ZEDD 10 p.m., Zouk Nightclub, zoukgrouplv.com.
FOOD & DRINK: POUR IN THE ALLEY Bourbon tasting, 5:45 p.m., Fergusons Downtown, fergusonsdowntown.com.
PARTY: MARTIN GARRIX 10:30 p.m., Omnia Nightclub, hakkasangroup.com.
MUSIC: THE GREEN With Keznamdi, 7 p.m., Brooklyn Bowl, ticketweb.com.
PARTY: STEVE AOKI 10:30 p.m., Hakkasan Nightclub, hakkasangroup.com.
MUSIC: LOVE AFFAIR Ft. Zapp, Midnight Starr & more, 7 p.m., Orleans Arena, ticketmaster.com.
MUSIC: JIMMIE ALLEN With Neon Union, 7 p.m., Stoney’s Rockin’ Country, etix.com.
PARTY: GRYFFIN 10:30 p.m., XS Nightclub, wynnsocial.com.
MUSIC: CASH’D OUT With Paige Overton, 8 p.m., SoulBelly BBQ, brownpapertickets.com.
PARTY: WALKER & ROYCE 10 p.m., Discopussy, seetickets.us.
MUSIC: WAYNE DAVID BAND 9 p.m., Hardway 8, hardway8henderson.com.
Sunday, December 5
MUSIC: AMINÉ Just when Neil Diamond thought he had (Sweet) Caroline all to himself, hip-hop star Aminé brought us “Caroline,” his 2016 debut single which became a viral, infectious hit with more than 600 million streams. In an interview with Genius.com, the Portland rapper said the song was loosely inspired by OutKast’s “Roses” and his attempt to make his own “modern day ‘Billie Jean.’” Aminé’s music is what an aural sugar rush might sound like. Behind the candy-hard beats, the rapper’s frenzied lyrical gymnastics take center stage. There’s no question this show will be high-energy, especially with support from Florida MCs Cochise and 454. $33-$43, Brooklyn Bowl, ticketweb.com. –Amber Sampson
PARTY: LIL BABY 10 p.m., Drai’s Nightclub, draisgroup.com.
SPORTS: NFL PRO BOWL Noon, Allegiant Stadium, ticketmaster.com.
MUSIC: KANE BROWN. 7 p.m., T-Mobile Arena, axs.com.
JONATHAN KARRANT 2 p.m., Notoriety, notorietylive.com.
MUSIC: OBSCURA With Abysmal Dawn, Vale of Pnath, Interloper, 8 p.m., Backstage Bar & Billiards, eventbrite.com.
ARTS: LAS VEGAS CLASSICAL GUITAR ENSEMBLE 2 p.m., Windmill Library, lvccld.
Monday, December 6
MISC: MONDAYS DARK 8 p.m., the Space, mondaysdark.com.
MUSIC: SOULFLY 8 p.m., Rockstar Bar at Las Vegas Golf Center, eventbrite.com.
PARTY: KID CONRAD 10:30 p.m., Jewel Nightclub, hakkasangroup.com.
MUSIC: VRSTY With Annelida, TRVLRS, Kalani, 8 p.m., Backstage Bar & Billiards, eventbrite.com.
Tuesday, December 7
ARTS: JOSÉ BELLVER A former UNLV art professor now living in Pahrump, José Bellver creates oil and pastel paintings of rectangular forms, partially inspired by the works of Mark Rothko. They’re meant to be a part of the built environments they occupy, as opposed to being the centerpiece of them. His latest show, A Conjugation of Light, hanging in the Studio at West Charleston Library, invites viewers to “focus on the perception of color through light and explore it as a spiritual consciousness,” according to an online artist’s statement.
Formally trained in Spain during the 1960s, this longtime fixture of Las Vegas’ visual arts scene has had works hanging on the softly lit walls of venerable local restaurant Piero’s for years. Now, you can see Bellver’s work in a new light.
Through April 24; Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free, West Charleston Library, lvccld.org. –Geoff Carter
SPORTS: UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL VS. AIR FORCE 7 p.m., Thomas & Mack Center, unlvtickets.com.
MUSIC: POLO & PAN With Mindchatter, 7 p.m., Brooklyn Bowl, ticketweb.com.
ARTS: LAS VEGAS ACADEMY: LET MUSIC LIGHT THE WAY 7 p.m., Reynolds Hall, thesmithcenter.com.
ARTS: POETRY OUT LOUD! 3:30 p.m., West Charleston Library, lvccld.org.
MUSIC: THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS 6:30 p.m., & 2/9-2/10, South Point Showroom, ticketmaster.com.
Wednesday, December 8
PARTY: FERGIE 10:30 p.m., Library at Marquee Nightclub, marqueelvnc.taogroup.com.
MUSIC: UNLV LATIN JAZZ ENSEMBLE 7 p.m., Clark County Library, lvccld.org.
PARTY: DJ FIVE 10:30 p.m., EBC at Night, wynnsocial.com.
MUSIC: SAMMY HAGAR 9 p.m., the Strat Theater, tickets.thestrat.com
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