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Cultural highlights this month

The skull showAll month

The Skull Show

Donna Beam Fine Arts Gallery, UNLV

The skull is a meaning-rich symbol — among other things, it’s redolent of death, fear, human consciousness and cheesy tattooing — that’s ripe for artistic interpretation by the 40 or so artists in this biennial show. Through Jan. 31, free,





Brian SetzerDecember 20

Brian Setzer Orchestra

Pearl at the Palms

Under Setzer’s rockabilly-revivalist pompadour is a true fretman, and although his band numbers 17, there’s usually room for some fierce guitar amid all the jump, jive and wail. 8p, $53-$85,

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Repeal DayDecember 5

Repeal Day Party

The Mob Museum

Eighty-one years later, the end of Prohibition still seems like a reason to party: Take that, government do-gooders! The Mob Museum marks the occasion with five hours of dancing, gaming and, natch, a cocktail competition. VIP tix get you an extra hour of fun. 7p, $40 general, $60 VIP, The Mob Museum,


Meshugginah KelzmoriumDecember 14

Meshugginah Klezmorium

Winchester Cultural Center

“Messhugginah” translates from Yiddish as “crazy,” while Klezmer translates from Wikipedia as “easily identifiable by its characteristic expressive melodies, reminiscent of the human voice.” Also known as “Jewish jazz,” which oughta translate into fun. 2p, $10 advance, $12 door, 702-455-7340


As You Like ItDecember 5

As You Like it

Black Box Theater, UNLV

The synopsis of this great Shakespearean comedy clocks in at 900-plus words — some synopsis! — and mentions “rules of primogeniture.” So let’s settle for this instead: young lovers, unrequited romance, wrathful royals, comedic cross-dressing, all in the lovely language of the Bard, performed by Nevada Conservatory Theatre. 8p, Dec. 5, 6 and 11-13, $15,


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