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The Vegas Strong benefit concert, a Philharmonic doubleheader and other stuff to do this week

From left, The Killers’ Ronnie Vannucci, Mark Stoermer and Brandon Flowers.
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  • Blood in the Gravy at Forge Social House

    This PowerPoint-enhanced discussion—led by Southern Nevada historian Dennis McBride—of murder and violent death in 20th-century Boulder City isn’t for the fainthearted (or those under 18). Live music before and after the macabre program should take the edge off. December 1, 7 p.m., $10. –Mike Prevatt

  • Vegas Strong Benefit Concert at T-Mobile Arena

    The past two months have seen Las Vegas band together to raise millions of dollars for those affected most by the October 1 Route 91 Harvest shooting, and now Las Vegas’ biggest bands are pitching in. It normally takes a festival or an awards show for The Killers and Imagine Dragons to land on the same bill, but this benefit concert—proceeds from which will go to the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund—will feature sets from the groups behind “Mr. Brightside” and “Radioactive,” along with contributions from Cirque du Soleil performers and resident Vegas headliners Penn & Teller, David Copperfield and Boyz II Men. The bill promises even more talent (unrevealed at press time), which has us wondering what other Strip regulars might pop in to make their presence felt on what should be a powerful and productive night of entertainment.December 1, 7:30 p.m., $75-$125. –Spencer Patterson

  • Las Vegas Great Santa Run at Fremont Street Experience

    You don’t need a reason to join this festive elf stampede. You only need a course through Downtown, a jolly red suit and a good cause. Try this one: Proceeds from this 5K/one-mile fun run benefit Opportunity Village’s mission to help those with intellectual and related disabilities. December 2, 8 a.m., Registration $25-$45, –Geoff Carter

  • Las Vegas Philharmonic’s Holiday Concerts at Reynolds Hall

    Donato Cabrera conducts two holiday classics at the Smith Center. Home for the Holidays promises family-friendly fun in the afternoon (with narration by Clint Holmes), while the nighttime A Baroque Holiday: Handel’s Messiah will feature the Las Vegas Master Singers, plus a 6:30 p.m. pre-show conversation. December 2, 2 & 7 p.m., $30-$109 each. –C. Moon Reed

  • Paul Beatty & Viet Thanh Nguyen talk at UNLV

    A Pulitzer Prize winner (Nguyen) and a Man Booker Prize winner (Beatty) join together for a conversation about literature, politics and satire. The Believer and Black Mountain Institute present this free event. RSVP at December 4, 7 p.m., Arturo-Grillot Recital Hall/Beam Music Center. –C. Moon Reed

  • Help the Homeless for the Holidays

    It’s meant to be a joyous time, but for the Valley’s homeless population, the holidays can be an extra-difficult time. As Las Vegans gear up for end-of-the-year festivities, local nonprofits are relying on community kindness to spread some extra cheer to those who need it most.

    “There’s this misconception about homeless youth that they’re often running away and they don’t want to listen to authority, and that’s so far from what we see,” says Lanette Rivera, spokeswoman for Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth. “We see youth who are coming from neglectful, abusive families, and they want a holiday like anyone else. What we’re trying to do is bring them the best holiday possible.”

    NPHY is asking for gift donations through December 5, and it’s as easy as ordering an item from the organization’s Amazon Holiday Wish List (available at and having it shipped to the center—or purchasing a gift and dropping it off at NPHY’s drop-in center at 4981 Shirley St. NPHY is also looking for volunteers to wrap presents during its holiday block party on December 9.

    Likewise, the Las Vegas Rescue Mission is seeking donations and volunteers for its 2017 holiday meal service (donations can be dropped at 480 W. Bonanza Road), and the Annual Chet Buchanan Toy Drive will celebrate its 19th year starting on November 30. Donations for the toy drive are accepted at NV Energy (6226 W. Sahara Ave.) through December 11. –Leslie Ventura

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