Santa Rampage You might have done the Santa Run, but you haven’t done Santa till you’ve stormed the Fremont Street Experience in full St. Nick drag, clutching a plastic, fishnetted leg full of PBR and belting out holiday parodies like “Walking ’Round in Women’s Underwear.” Come fully costumed and ready to participate, or don’t come at all. December 18, 8 p.m.-3 a.m., santarchy.com.
Winter Art Bazaar Snag original art, prints, jewelry and crafts at the pop-up event by Las Vegas Tattooers’ Alliance and Dick Blick Art Materials, with proceeds benefitting local sellers. December 19, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., 6300 W. Charleston Blvd.
Edgar Winter Random places you’ve heard the Texas blues-rocker’s songs (like “Frankenstein” and “Free Ride”): movies like Encino Man and Tupac: Resurrection, and TV’s The Simpsons and Queer as Folk. On Friday, hear his chestnuts live at the Golden Nugget. December 18, 8 p.m., $29-$99.
Serial The addictive, investigative podcast returns with Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier who walked off his post in Afghanistan only to be captured by the Taliban. His story is far-reaching; he’s “an interesting and unusual guy, not like anyone I’ve encountered before,” says host Sarah Koenig. serialpodcast.org.
Metropolis with Michael Shane The Sci Fi Center brings the pianist back for its latest presentation of a classic silent movie with live musical accompaniment. Shane will perform alongside Fritz Lang’s landmark 1927 science-fiction film. December 17, 8 p.m., $10.
Preston Lacy You know him as a frequent mark and Wee-Man’s buddy in the Jackass TV series and films, and if you saw him perform at Adrenaline Sports Bar in July, you know his self-abusing, stunt-comedy past comprises a big part of his stand-up routine. He circles back for a gig at Dive Bar as part of the Fat Chance Tour, co-headlined by fellow Midwestern comedian Tom Garland. December 18, 8 p.m., $12-$15.
UNLV Basketball The Rebels look pretty legit this year, having beaten ranked Indiana and Oregon teams, and this week brings another chance to topple a Top 25 foe, when UNLV travels to No. 13 Arizona on December 19. Catch that one on ESPN2 at 6:30 p.m., then welcome the squad back to town for (what should be) an easier bout on December 22, versus South Dakota. 7 p.m., $11-$137, Thomas & Mack Center.
Free Day at the Natural History Museum What does everybody love? Pizza and dinosaurs! And now we can love both even more, because Grimaldi’s is sponsoring a day of free admission at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum. It coincides with the kickoff of the museum’s December to Remember cultural celebration, including a visit from another thing everybody loves—Santa. December 19, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.