Inception Couldn’t quite wrap your head around Christopher Nolan’s tangle of dreams within dreams within dreams the first time around? Watch it again on DVD, then crack the current issue of Wired for the director’s scene-by-scene comments. Out now.
127 hours Danny Boyle’s highly stylized film about Aron Ralston, the hiker who cut off his own arm after it got trapped under a boulder, is one of the best movies of the year, with a moving lead performance from James Franco. Now playing citywide.
Deadmau5 His third album, 4X4=12, has already been crushing dance floors with single “Some Chords” and Wolfgang Gartner collabo “Animal Rights.” We’re also digging “Sofi Needs a Ladder” and the dubstep-dabbling “Raise Your Weapon.” Out now.
The Art of Giving Centerpiece Gallery’s silent auction features works by local artists, and nearly half the proceeds go to Three Square. Cocktail reception and auction December 9 at 6 p.m. Bidding ends at 7. RSVP at 739-3314.
The Santaland Diaries If you missed David Sedaris’ recent Henderson book reading, you can still catch Jamie Morris’ one-man performance of Sedaris’ play recounting the author’s stint as a Macy’s Christmas elf. December 9-11, 8 p.m.; December 12, 5 p.m.; $15; Onyx Theatre.
Leonard Cohen We almost fell on the floor when the reclusive folk-rock icon announced his first Vegas date in 2009. Two more?! Anyone have an inhaler we can borrow? December 10-11, 8 p.m., $49.50-$250, the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.
UNLV vs. UC Santa Barbara men’s basketball The last time UNLV took the court at the T&M, the Rebels slipped past Wisconsin in a down-to-the-wire nail-biter. Something tells us this one won’t be quite so suspenseful. At least, it better not be. December 15, 7 p.m., $10-$30.
Holiday cactus garden Experience Ethel M Chocolate’s annual winter display like never before—in 3D! Carol performances and weekend Santa appearances through December 23. Daily, 5-10 p.m., Ethel M Chocolate Factory, 2 Cactus Garden Dr., 433-2500.