Desert Companion

Your arts + entertainment calendar for December


The Las Vegas Bowl

The Las Vegas Bowl

December 17

The Las Vegas Bowl

Sam Boyd Stadium

It’s not the most famous college-football bowl game, or the most respected, or the most lucrative — but it is the most local. It pits the Mountain West Conference against the PAC-12. And this is its — did you know this? — 25th year. Sounds like a good reason to see a game. 12:30p, $35-$110,


Tom LutzDecember 7

Tom Lutz

The Writer’s Block

Best unknown as the editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books, an online literary concern, Lutz is somewhat less unknown as a hardcore, no-frills, cross-cultural, monkey-warts-and-all traveler who chronicles his exploits and observations in books such as And the Monkey Learned Nothing. He’ll read from it tonight. 7p, free,

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December 16

Zirna Trio

Zirna Trio

Winchester Cultural Center

The Winchester continues its culturally rich presentations when this ensemble — pianist Damaris Alvarez, violinist Rebecca Sabin and cellist Moonlight Tran — performs the work of neglected woman composers. 7p, $10 advance, $12 door, 702-455-7340


Radio PlayDecember 17

It’s a Wonderful Life — a Live Radio Play

Charleston Heights Cultural Center

Poor Richard’s Players will bust out the holiday classic in the format of a radio play, complete with sound effects and old-timey radio ads. 7p, $10 advance, $15 door, 


Linda RonstatdtDecember 8

Linda Ronstadt in Conversation

Artemus Ham Hall, UNLV

The singer, who’s earned both a place in the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Latin Grammys, talks onstage with Ray Suwarez. 7:30p, free, but tickets are required,

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