Best Choices: Lindsey Stirling, ‘The Nutcracker,’ college basketball and more for your Las Vegas weekend


Courtesy Stirling strikes the Chelsea on December 22.

It will be tough to stay home for the holidays with these interesting entertainment choices beckoning you to bundle up and have some fun this weekend.

LINDSEY STIRLING Violinist and author Lindsey Stirling’s cinematic brand of orchestral and electronic popular song is perfect for a huge Christmas show, which is why she’s touring behind her first holiday album, “Warmer in the Winter season.” That trip lands at the Cosmopolitan’s Chelsea concert hall Friday night. December 22, info at < a href="" target=

” _ blank” > PAUL SHAFFER & THE SHAF-SHIFTERS The venerable bandleader released his mini-residency at Cleopatra’s Barge at Caesars Palace last night, bringing high-powered R&B, soul, funk, pop, rock and more– plus some great stories from his long profession on “Late Night with David Letterman”– into the famous lounge. The show goes on Thursdays through Saturdays through January 6. December 22-23, information at < a href="” target=” _ blank” > CONTINENTAL TIRE CLASSIC College basketball squads from Nevada, San Francisco, Duquesne, Southern Illinois, UC Davis, Radford, Lamar and North Carolina A&T hit the court at the Orleans Arena for this two-day hoops extravaganza. December 22-23, info at < a href="" target=" _

blank” > Associated content MASTERS OF ILLUSION The most recent show to arrive on the Strip is this ensemble production based upon the CW network TELEVISION program of the same name. From grand illusions to funny magic to sleight-of-hand trickery, Jason Bird, Farrell Dillon, Greg Gleason, Chris Randall and Tommy Wind pack all the wonder you can handle into the Jubilee Theater at Bally’s. You can make your holidays wonderful this weekend or any night aside from Tuesday, when “Masters of Illusion” takes its break. December 22-24, information at < a href="” target=” _ blank “> THE NUTCRACKER It’s an organization. You haven’t appropriately celebrated Christmas in Las Vegas until you have actually seen the Nevada Ballet Theatre’s classic production of “The Nutcracker” at the Smith Center’s Reynolds Hall, and it finishes up its yearly operate on Christmas Eve. Do not miss it. December 22-24, into at

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