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TO-DO LIST, DEC. 19-25

<p>Before they were reality-TV personalities in "Bad Ink," Rob Ruckus, left and Dirk Vermin, two longtime buddies, played thrash-punk in their band, The Vermin. The band will host its White-Trash X-Mas event Tuesday, which also happens to be Christmas eve.</p>

Before they were reality-TV personalities in "Bad Ink," Rob Ruckus, left and Dirk Vermin, two longtime buddies, played thrash-punk in their band, The Vermin. The band will host its White-Trash X-Mas event Tuesday, which also happens to be Christmas eve.

[DOWNTOWN TALK]

THURSDAY, DEC. 19

Behind the Seams Speaker Series

Something called Stitch Factory, in partnership with Downtown Project, presents the Behind the Seams speaker series featuring Zappos executive Fred Mossler as keynote speaker. Mossler oversees various company departments including merchandising. Mossler will be interviewed by Hsieh lieutenant Zach Ware, best known for overseeing Zappos’ “campus development” downtown. Brand scent stylist Lori Smith of Perfume Culture will also give a short talk, “Catch a Whiff of the Future,” discussing her experiences working for fragrance houses. Thursday, 5 p.m., The Learning Village, 727 Fremont St.

[XMAS OVERDOSE]

FRIDAY, DEC. 20 - 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.

[THE TRADITION]

THROUGH 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.

[NOT QUITE DINO]

FRIDAY, DEC. 20 - SUNDAY, DEC. 22

The Deana Martin Christmas Show

Deana Martin, daughter of Dean, brings us some classic Christmas songs and, undoubtedly, memories of her father. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Smith Center for the Performing Arts, $37-$59.

[STARGAZING]

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, DEC. 20-21

CSN Planetarium

“Oh holy night, the stars were brightly shining…” The College of Southern Nevada has a sweet little planetarium and holiday show, perfect for charging up your potentially burnt-out Yuletide batteries. A musical program followed by stargazing. Discounts for seniors and students. 6, 7 and 8 p.m., CSN-Cheyenne Campus, room 1033, $6.

[IF YOU REMEMBER THE 80s]

SATURDAY, DEC. 21

80s Christmas at LVCS

Holding any band together through 30 years of commercial disinterest, vicious personal infighting and legal combat is impressive. It’s no wonder that none of these bands (except the contemporary local bands) are their original lineups. Death and dysfunction take a toll on us all, but for those with an odd longing for the New Wave, there’s Missing Persons, Bow Wow Wow, and one of two touring versions of Gene Loves Jezebel, with locals the Psyatics, Midnight Clover and Pet Tigers, to rock Fremont Street. 9 p.m., Las Vegas Country Saloon, $17.

[PASTORELA]

SATURDAY, DEC. 21

La Otra Posada

The Las Vegas theater group Inarte will present a traditional Spanish-language pastorela, a play on the first Christmas. “La Otra Posada” refers to the story that Mary and Joseph were turned away from the inn, or posada, in Bethlehem; Jesus was born in a stable, or “the other inn.” The play is conducted entirely in Spanish. 7 p.m., Winchester Cultural Center Theater, 3130 S. McLeod Drive, $12.

[THE SPORT]

SATURDAY, DEC. 21

MGM Grand Showcase

Four of the nation’s top-ish college hoops programs will meet in a nationally televised doubleheader. Marquette will face New Mexico and Oklahoma States takes on Colorado. Is this a trial run for the viability of a new MGM arena? We’ll see. Portions of the proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. 6 p.m., MGM Grand Garden Arena, $37.55-$285.15.

[MORE SPORT]

SATURDAY, DEC. 21

Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl

Athletes with Mountain West champion Fresno State (11-1) dress up in shiny spandex and try to score more “points” then their spandex-clad rivals in the Southern California (9-4) team of the Pac-12 Conference. 12:30 p.m., Sam Boyd Stadium, $25-$100.

[FEATS OF STRENGTH]

MONDAY, DEC. 23

Festivus

Why people want to hate on this sit-com inspired holiday is beyond us. At CityLife, we have a long tradition of the Airing of Grievances. All day, wherever you are, free.

[SOMETHING IN YOUR STOCKING]

TUESDAY, DEC. 24

White Trash X-Mas with The Vermin

If you can get past their repulsive jokes, the Vermin have been and remain one of the loudest and best bands to ever soil a stage anywhere. They were good even (especially?) before the TV show. With free baloney sandwiches. It’s a Christmas miracle! 9 p.m., Double Down Saloon, free.

[FESTIVAL OF SATURNALIA]

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 25

Christmas

About three hundred years or so after the birth of Jesus, the Western church adopted Dec. 25 as the official birthday, but honestly no one really knows when JC was born. What we do know from the historical record is that there were talking animals, snowmen, elves, colored light bulbs and flying reindeer involved. Also, Megyn Kelly at Fox News has given us this year a precious gift: new meaning to the holiday classic and hoped-for event, “White Christmas.” All day, everywhere, more than we can afford.