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TO-DO LIST, DEC. 12-18

<p>Lake Havasu's The Known Pleasures get into the Christmas spirit with ceremonial Santa torching. The KPs will be at the Double Down Saloon on Saturday.</p>

Lake Havasu's The Known Pleasures get into the Christmas spirit with ceremonial Santa torching. The KPs will be at the Double Down Saloon on Saturday.

[DOWNTOWN TECH]

THURSDAY, DEC. 12

Tech Cocktail Week Sessions

The Downtown Project’s monthly get together with movers and shakers of technology will feature opportunities to listen to and rub shoulders with the tech industry’s movers and shakers. Thursday’s session will be led by Baratunde Thurston, Brian Janosch and Craig Cannon from Cultivated Wit discussing integrating humor and technology into marketing, content, product and community. Free Nacho Daddy. Thursday, 5 p.m., The Learning Village, 727 Fremont St.

[MORE CHRISTMAS]

THURSDAY-SUNDAY, DEC. 12-15

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Las Vegas Little Theater presents a big show, with at least 19 actors in a self-referential comedy of theater, Christmas and difficult children. Thursday through Saturday, 7 p.m., Sunday, 1 p.m., Las Vegas Little Theater, 3920 Schiff Drive, $5-$15.

[$6 MILLION MAN]

THURSDAY, DEC. 12 - FEB. 21

Symbioid

Eleven UNLV student-artists will present their take on what was once science fiction, but is ever more a contemporary reality: The merger of man and machine. Featured artists are Amy Bornalo, Ray Dayauon, Andrew Dwyer, Alex Kereczman, Lea Ligot, Felicia Mora, Andrew Tango, Gosha Tomasik, Richard Vanderstelt, Dustin Yabarra and Lucas Yabarra. Opening is Thursday, 4:30 p.m., Lee and Thomas Beam Music Center, Donna Beam Art Gallery, UNLV, free.

[XMAS RATTLE]

FRIDAY, DEC. 13

The Chop Tops

Five bands for a sawbuck, you can’t go wrong: SoCal’s Chop Tops have been rattlin’ rockabilly style for more than a decade, and appear here for a holiday-themed bash. The War on Christmas will also include horror-punkers Calabrese, psychobillies the Rocketz, and Vegas’ own The People’s Whiskey, who might pull out a couple of country songs for the crusties (cq) in the audience. With Dead at Midnight. 9 p.m., Las Vegas Country Saloon, $10.

[ROCK JAM]

FRIDAY, DEC. 13

The Black Crowes

For 25 years, the Black Crowes have been carving their slice of heavy blues-rock, and building a huge fan base at the same time. Pop trends have come and gone, but the Crowes just keep soaring above them all. They’re touring in support of a new, four-sided live album, Wiser for the Time. (See Dec. 5 CityLife.) 8 p.m., the Joint at the Hard Rock Casino, $34.50-$70.

[NOT QUITE NOSTALGIA]

SATURDAY, DEC. 14

Third Eye Blind

Remember those late 1990s’ bands like Smash Mouth and Sugar Ray and the Wallflowers and Third Eye Blind? Nice haircuts, radio-friendly sunny pop tunes? Yeah, neither do we. But Third Eye Blind have been threatening a new album for at least a year, and the House of Blues felt that the nearly 20-year old band would be perfect to celebrate the House of Blues’ 20th anniversary. 8 p.m., House of Blues, Mandalay Bay, $35.

[PLANNING AHEAD]

SATURDAY, DEC. 14

The Book of Mormon

South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, with Avenue Q composer/lyricist Robert Lopez, won a Tony Award and critical praise for this musical-comedy. The response from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been officially “measured,” but the church has taken out ads in some of the playbills in venues around the country. The show actually will come to Las Vegas next June but tickets are going to go fast. 749-2000, thesmithcenter.com, $39-$150.

[MUSIC FOR MODERNS]

SATURDAY, DEC. 14

The Known Pleasures

Lake Havasu might seem like an unlikely place for squeezing out a top-notch, Joy Division-referencing post-punk band, but indeed it has: The Known Pleasures. We like them. With Safewerd, about whom we know little but we love their music video on the Youtubes. 10 p.m., the Double-Down Saloon, free.

[DARE TO BELIEVE]

SATURDAY, DEC. 14

UFOS At The United Nations, The Smithsonian, And In The Media

Lee Speigel, who has built a cottage industry investigating and documenting unexplained phenomena such as UFO sightings, will discuss his 1975 documentary “UFOs: The Credibility Factor” and international UFO disclosure, UFO debate held at the Smithsonian Institution in 1980 and how the media often mishandles the subject of UFOs. 6 p.m., Atomic Testing Museum, 755 E. Flamingo Road, $20 members/$30 nonmembers.

[THE TRADITION]

SATURDAY, DEC. 14 - SUNDAY, DEC. 22

The Nutcracker

The Nevada Ballet Theatre continues the tradition “as you are transported to a world of magic and wonder,” or what a musician friend calls “The Ball Buster.” This production, including sets, costumes and choreography, has been designed specifically by Artistic Director James Canfield for the Reynolds Hall stage. Various times, Smith Center, thesmithcenter.com, $29-$178.

[XMAS OVERDOSE]

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY THROUGH SUNDAY, DEC. 22

Sunset Wonderland

Santa. Synthetic ice. Carolers. Horse-drawn carriage rides. Tree decorations. Music. Games. High-fructose corn syrup. It’s a Christmas miracle! Clark County Parks and Recreation is transforming Sunset Park into a holiday Wonderland. The park is free, but ice-skating on the EZ Glide 350 Synthetic Ice Skating Rink as seen on the Regis & Kelly Show is $8 an hour, including skate rental. Friday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunset Park at Sunset and Eastern, free.

[SANTA IS COMING]

SATURDAY, DEC. 14

Santa in the Circle

No Wicca references here, just good clean holiday fun - pushed back a week because of cold weather. Enjoy hot cocoa and cookies at the Huntridge Circle Park with a special performance of “The Nightmare Before Christmas” by the Las Vegas Ballet School. Santa Claus also is threatening to bless the good children and punish the unbelievers. 1 p.m., Huntridge Circle Park, free.