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December 19, 2013

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Arts&Entertainment MOVIES + MUSIC + ART + FOOD TOURNEY TALK College hoops descends, just in time for the holidays Like a shopping spree in the hours right before Christmas, there are opportunities for locals to wait until the last minute to stuff their stockings with basketball, too. Las Vegas is home to at least three Division I basketball tournaments or showcases in the days leading up to Christmas. Here's a primer on where to go and who to see. > JUSTIN TIME Timberlake should take SNL out of 2013 in style. TRUST US holiday tunes await at the journey's end. December 24, 9:30 a.m., $54-$88, (800) 455-3493. SEE ROYAL PURPLE LAS VEGAS BOWL One of the best pre-New Year's bowl matchups features two top-25 BCS teams, a QB leading the nation in total offense (Fresno State's Derek Carr) and a USC squad playing under its third head coach—this season. December 21, 12:30 p.m., $35-$110, Sam Boyd Stadium. Stuff you'll want to know about SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE Jimmy Fallon is hosting and Justin Timberlake is the musical guest. Do you need more? Fingers crossed the duo produces some digital short gold! December 21, 11:30 p.m., NBC. IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE Sure, the beloved Christmas classic gets a TV airing every year, but what better way to spend Christmas Eve than watching George Bailey, the guardian angel Clarence and the people of Bedford Falls on the big screen? December 24, 2 & 7 p.m., $7-$10.50, Century Orleans, South Point, Suncoast, Sam's Town, Santa Fe Station. RAFTING WITH SANTA If sitting on the big guy's lap isn't much of a thrill, take to the river with Mr. Claus piloting Black Canyon River Adventures' 12-mile, smooth-water trip down the Colorado. Hot chocolate, cookies and FEAST OF THE SEVEN FISHES An Italian tradition, this classic Christmas spread is all about the sea—and abstaining from meat on certain holidays. This year, Rao's offers its items à la carte, including dishes like baccala arancini, lobster diavolo and smoked salmon cakes. December 24 & 25, Caesars Palace, 731-7267. DRINK ALASKAN WINTER ALE Winter is coming, so stock up on some winter ales. This product from Juneau is a delicious example of how to do it right. Perilously drinkable with a warming 6.4 ABV, this will help you forget all about eggnog. Available at most liquor stores. Las Vegas Classic When & where: December 22 & 23, Orleans Arena Who: Eight teams, highlighted by UNLV, South Florida, Mississippi State and Santa Clara Why you should go: That's an easy answer for Rebels fans, who can watch their team play Santa Clara at 7:30 p.m. Sunday and then either South Florida or Mississippi State Monday night. The matinee games feature 2013 NCAA Tournament darling Florida Gulf Coast, plus Radford, Sacred Heart and Florida A&M. South Point Holiday Hoops Classic When & where: December 19-22, South Point Arena and Equestrian Center Who: Fourteen teams, highlighted by Bradley, Princeton, Portland and Pacific Why you should go: What it lacks in headliners this one makes up for in volume. The four above teams play on back-to-back nights (Friday and Saturday). The rest of the time it's a smorgasbord of Division II men's and women's hoops. –Taylor Bern MARCUS SMART BY SUE OGROCKI GO EAT MGM Grand Showcase When & where: December 21, Grand Garden Arena Who: Marquette vs. New Mexico, 6 p.m.; No. 7 Oklahoma State vs. No. 20 Colorado, 8:30 p.m. Why you should go: The Lobos return in February to play UNLV, but here's an early chance to cheer or boo at the Rebels' rival as you see fit. And the nightcap features the only matchup of two ranked teams in the country that day. Also, Oklahoma State point guard Marcus Smart is on track to be one of the top 5 players selected in June's NBA Draft. 46 LASVEGASWEEKLY.COM DECEMBER 19–25, 2013 46_A&E_Opener_20131219.indd 46 12/18/13 3:41 PM

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