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    • 'PRINCESS MONONOKE' AT VALLEY MOVIE THEATERS

      When filmmakers, critics and fans talk about the works of the great animation director Hayao Miyazaki—now 76 years old, and still working—they usually invoke the names of three films before all others: Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro and Princess Mononoke. The first two films, while spectacular to behold, are more or less about families, while 1997’s Mononoke has the ambitions of a Lawrence of Arabia-like epic: In it, Miyazaki addresses nothing short of man’s ongoing and largely one-sided war against nature. Mononoke’s world of forest demons, cursed princes and feral warriors raised by wolves is like nothing else you’ve seen, even 20 years after other filmmakers first began to imitate it. It returns to theaters for two nights on January 5 (with subtitles) and January 9 (dubbed). Immerse yourself in the genius of Miyazaki. January 5 & 9, prices vary, fathomevents.com. –Geoff Carter

    • HUNTRIDGE THROUGH THE DECADES AT CLARK COUNTRY LIBRARY

      The Huntridge Theatre has been the subject of passion and controversy almost since it opened in 1944. Join members of the Huntridge Foundation for the latest edition of Las Vegas Stories, when they’ll dive into the history of a surviving city treasure. January 5, 7 p.m., free. 1401 E. Flamingo Road. –Geoff Carter

    • LUCID DAY DREAMING OPENING AT SKIN CITY BODY PAINTING

      Painting a live canvas, another moving, breathing human being, is tedious, patient work. Las Vegan Scott See debuts his illustrations of the female form, which fuse photography, drawing and body painting into one mesmerizing medium. January 6-25, free, 1800 S. Industrial Road. –Leslie Ventura

    • JON LOVITZ & DANA CARVEY AT THE FOUNDRY

      Dana Carvey and Jon Lovitz became fast friends 30 years ago as Saturday Night Live cast members, and they’ll meet up again for 10 shows at SLS, this weekend through May.

      How will this joint show work? Lovitz: We’ll probably do an opening number, then each of us will do a half hour of stand-up, and then we’ll come out and do a question and answer and show videos of sketches.

      Do you plan to include some music? Carvey: We’ll definitely play around with that—we’ll probably have a little drum set, and we’ll have a keyboard-piano. I will definitely try to re-create my drum solo from Wayne’s World each night.

      Lovitz: We’ve actually played at my house together. Musically, we think very similar, because we both loved The Beatles growing up … not that we are The Beatles …

      Carvey: Jon can really play the piano. I pretend (laughs) … “Choppin’ Broccoli” is pretty simple.

      Do you remember meeting? Lovitz: It was in ’86. I was with Phil Hartman, and Dana was there. I don’t think they had picked Dana yet for SNL, and I said to Phil, “Boy, I hope that guy gets the show. He’s so nice.” January 6 & 7, $49-$89. –Matt Kelemen

    • HANNIBAL BURESS AT FREMONT COUNTRY CLUB

      Some of the funniest parts of a Hannibal Buress show are the parts he seems to enjoy least: dealing with hecklers, upbraiding club management, telling people to put their damn phones away. When Buress brought a surprise set to Backstage Bar & Billiards last year, he got several minutes of material from the bar’s TVs, which were showing the Al Pacino movie Scarface. He asked that they be turned off; later, he admitted he was beginning to follow the plot. During the exchange he never lost his grin, and even cracked himself up a few times. Buress is the rare comic who fully recognizes when he’s the butt of the joke, and leans into it. That’s not to say the rest of his set isn’t the funniest sh*t you’ve ever heard. Buress is a brilliant observational comic. His stories have an effortless flow to them, and he isn’t afraid to go off on tangents if the crowd is with him. Just don’t point your phone at him on Saturday; he might just throw you out. Like Scarface, Buress’ patience stretches only so far. January 7, 9 p.m., $31. –Geoff Carter

    • LAST SUPPER AT DB BRASSERIE

      Daniel Boulud’s second Las Vegas restaurant ended up living a shorter life than his first, but DB Brasserie at the Venetian has been a favorite since its spring 2014 arrival. It’s booked for CES events until Sunday, when you can get 30 percent off your last meal with a local ID. January 8, 5-11 p.m. –Brock Radke

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