The Nutcracker Nevada Ballet Theatre’s holiday tradition set to the music of Tchaikovsky includes a life-sized Victorian dollhouse and 15-foot props to create a larger-than-life experience in dance, complete with a live orchestra and plenty of holiday fanfare. December 13-21, times vary, $29-$179, Smith Center’s Reynolds Hall.
Holiday RAWk Emerging local art, music and fashion get a fancy platform thanks to RAW, an organization working in more than 60 American cities to give exposure to the little talents that could. We’re talking paintings inspired by horror movies and fierce evening gowns made of trash. December 11, 7 p.m., free, Fremont Country Club.
Moving Units The fidgety LA indie band celebrates a decade Dangerous Dreams by playing that debut in its entirety, at its usual local haunt, the Beauty Bar, with support from garage-psych outfit L.A. Witch and locals Newsense. December 12, 9 p.m., $8-$10.
No Gods just Santa Claus Toy Drive/Winter Formal Wear your best duds, donate a toy to SafeNest and celebrate the holidays with heavy Vegas bands like the Hard Pipe Hitters, Mercy Music, New Cold War and Illicitor. December 12, $5 (or free with toy donation), Artistic Armory.
Vincent Herring The NYC saxophonist/flutist has always embraced the flavors of ’60s bebop, having worked with the Horace Silver, Art Blakey and the Cannonball Legacy Band. He and his group visit Las Vegas as part of the Scullery’s new “Back Room Jazz” series. December 17, 7:30 p.m., $15 donation suggested, Scullery.
Amir Khan vs. Devon Alexander This bout between welterweight contenders isn’t for a belt, but it sorta feels like it is, since the winner will probably get a shot at Floyd Mayweather next. Plus, it’s the final big fight of 2014. December 13, 3 p.m., $50-$300, MGM Grand.
Spago’s Throwback Menu Wolfgang Puck’s 22-year-old restaurant offers classic dishes from the original menu (at original pricing!) for four days this month. One bite of house-smoked sturgeon and you’ll remember how delicious things were … and still are. December 15-19.