The Nutcracker Nevada Ballet Theatre’s production of the Christmastime favorite features dazzling costumes and set pieces, captivating choreography and Tchaikovsky’s brilliant suite (performed by Las Vegas Philharmonic musicians). December 12, 18 & 19, 7:30 p.m.; December 13 & 20, 1 & 5:30 p.m.; December 19, 2 p.m.; $29-$179; Smith Center’s Reynolds Hall.
DVDA Avant-garde performance-art group TSTMRKT is aiming for the impossible in Part 1 of its new audio-visual spectacular via “segmented soundscapes,” “multi-source film loops” and other unexplainable feats. December 11, 8 p.m., $10-$15, the Attic, 1010 N. Main St.
Live Forensic Sketch Exhibit Ever wonder how forensic artists draw up missing persons? Learn during Jane Billingham’s afternoon-long demonstration/discussion at the Mob Museum, which delves into the art of sketching the unidentified and the disappeared. December 12, noon-6 p.m., free with $10-$22 admission (and for members).
Aesthetic Evidence Using the Southwest as his laboratory, photographer and UNLV professor Julian Kilker explores visual information, place and context in the age of visual manipulation and data analysis. Through January 28, 1-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, Nevada Humanities Program Gallery, 1017 S. First St. #190.
Christmapus Written and illustrated by locals Paul Mattingly and F. Andrew Taylor, this comical “tentacled yuletide tale” will get readers in a merry mood, especially when read by RJ Owens (Mystère’s Bebe François) during the release party. December 10, 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 567 N. Stephanie St.
Chicano Batman The LA quartet stirs everything from psych to surf to soul into its sonic brew. Get an up-close taste Friday, when Beauty Bar sends up the Bat-Signal. With Slipping Into Darkness. December 11, 8 p.m, $12-$15.
Holiday Havoc The annual KXTE 107.5-FM roundup goes for stylistic havoc with art-rockers The Moth & the Flame, irreverent punkers Fidlar, ethereal fuzzboxers Silversun Pickups and alt-pop faves Bastille. December 15, 7 p.m., $41-$101, the Joint.