Nevada Ballet Theater’s “The Nutcracker” at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. The annual performance opened Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, and continues through Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013.
Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 | 6 p.m.
It’s a slow pre-holiday weekend ahead, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of festive activities for the whole family.
Here’s a look at our weekend best bets:
Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium
Head to Sam Boyd Stadium on Saturday afternoon to watch two Top 25 teams go head-to-head in his year’s hotly anticipated pre-New Year’s bowl matchup. Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr, the younger brother of former Fresno State great and NFL quarterback David Carr, leads his team against USC, which plays under its third head coach this season.
Tonight - Sunday: Sunset Wonderland at Sunset Park
Head to Sunset Park this weekend to catch the last days of Sunset Wonderland, an outdoor holiday celebration honoring Clark County Parks and Recreation’s 50th anniversary and the park’s recent renovation. The attraction includes an ice-skating rink, Ferris wheel rides, a Christmas tree lot and a Holiday Wonderland of Trees display. Sunset Wonderland is open from 4 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free.
Friday - Sunday: Deana Martin at Smith Center
The spirit of the Rat Pack lives on in the vocal stylings of Deana Martin, who regales audiences this weekend with festive holiday performances at Cabaret Jazz in Smith Center. Tunes will range from Christmas fare to American standards to classics honoring the legacy of her late father, Dean Martin, for three nights of shows. Tickets are $37 to $59, and shows begin at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Thursday - Sunday: ‘The Nutcracker’ at Smith Center
Catch the final weekend of Nevada Ballet Theater’s dazzling new interpretation of the holiday classic in Reynolds Hall featuring enchanting performances to delight the whole family. Price ranges and performance times vary. Weekend night performances will feature a live orchestra. Visit the Smith Center website for details and more information.
Saturday: ‘La Otra Posada’ at Winchester Cultural Center
Theater group Inarte presents “La Otra Posada,” a traditional Spanish-language “pastorela,” or Christmas play, telling the story of the first Christmas through Inarte’s mission of sharing the holiday traditions of the Mexican people with audiences. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 the day of the show and can be purchased at the front desk or online at ClarkCountyNV.gov/parksregistration.
Smith Center for the Performing Arts The Smith Center for the Performing Arts offers a blend of performances by resident companies and touring attractions. The 5-acre cultural campus features three performance spaces, which includes a main performance area with more than 2,000 seats. This downtown cultural center of Las Vegas looks to educate, entertain and excite community members.
To provide and preserve a high-quality performing arts center that is embraced by the community and recognized as a vital force by supporting artistic excellence, education and inspiration for all.
To entertain, educate, enrich and inspire the southern Nevada community.
Thanks to the generous support of our dedicated founders, members, donors and community partners, The Smith Center continues to provide a wide variety of services for Southern Nevada residents, including access to world-class performances, inspirational Education and Outreach programs for students and teachers, and a unique space to host events, meetings and special occasions. Celebrating our fifth season, we depend upon public support to fulfill our mission and serve as the Heart of the Arts® for many years to come.
With ticket sales covering just 75 percent of our operating budget for each season, the remaining 25 percent comes from the community we serve. Philanthropic support at all levels helps provide programming that entertains, educates, enriches and inspires. By giving to The Smith Center, you play a vital role in providing an important resource for our community.
There are many opportunities to volunteer and play a direct role with your community’s performing arts complex. Volunteers engage with staff and patrons to enhance experiences at The Smith Center, and can serve in various capacities including tour guide/docent, usher, security team member or community ambassador. As important members of The Smith Center team, volunteers help us remain financially sustainable and provide numerous services for the community. Please show your support for The Smith Center’s mission by gifting your time and unique skills.
Members’ annual support provides crucial resources for The Smith Center’s artistic programming, education opportunities and cultural enrichment each year. There are a variety of giving options and levels, and Members receive exclusive benefits and behind-the-scenes opportunities based on their level of support. To learn more, please visit www.thesmithcenter.com/support-us/members.
The Encore Society recognizes those generous donors who have included The Smith Center as a part of their estate plan. Corporate Sponsorship is available to companies to underwrite all, or part, of a program, performance or event.
Fanfare! is The Smith Center’s young progressional networking organization, open to anyone with an interest in the performing arts who is between the ages of 21-40. And our Show Dedication allows for the celebration of an individual or special occasion with unique recognition opportunities during a specific performance.
The Smith Center provides world-class performing arts and outreach and education throughout the Southern Nevada region.
The organization originally formed in 1996 as the Las Vegas Performing Arts Center.
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Sunset Park Located in the southeast part of the Las Vegas Valley and diagonally across from McCarran Airport, Sunset Park is the focus of a surprising number of activities. Almost every day a group is having an event or activity there. One of the most prominent features of Sunset Park is the lake.
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