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The Downtown Hoedown, Howie Mandel, a tamale fest and more happening this week in Las Vegas

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Markus Schulz spins at Marquee on November 30.
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  • Opportunity Village Magical Forest

    The tree-lighting ceremony that launches this enchanting Christmas display will feature local luminaries Clint Holmes, Melody Sweets, the Chippendales and Mayor Carolyn Goodman—plus Mr. and Mrs. Claus, who will fly in by helicopter. Friday, November 29, 5:30 p.m., $15-$22. Magical Forest up through January 4, 6300 W. Oakey Blvd. –Genevie Durano

  • Kathleen Madigan at Terry Fator Theatre

    "They say, 'We have a new rooftop bar,'" tweets Kathleen Madigan, "and I hear, 'We'll have vomit in the elevator in the morning.' Let's keep the bars down low." The acclaimed comic—and former journalist, bless her—brings her wry, observational humor to the Mirage, where the bars are ground-level. Friday, November 29, 10 p.m., $33-$55. –Geoff Carter

  • Howie Mandel at Paris Theater

    Few current comedians have played Las Vegas as consistently as Howie Mandel, but the Canadian entertainer who broke through onstage at LA's Comedy Store might be most recognized for something other than his stand-up. Mandel is the longest-tenured judge on America's Got Talent, the competition show that has been cranking out Vegas acts for years.

    "If you go down the Strip, I bet 70 percent of headliners have something to do with AGT," he tells the Weekly. "Vegas is the epitome of where anyone wants to be in live entertainment. It's the gold standard." Mandel digs his gigs on AGT and Deal or No Deal, but he also loves bouncing between TV and comedy. He refuses to give anything up, even for a Vegas residency of his own.

    "Not a chance. I have the attention span of a gnat, so the good news is that makes everything exciting. But on TV, there are a lot of things preplanned and marks to hit and lines to recite. That's why stand-up is the thing, the most freeing exercise I can imagine. There are no boundaries or borders. It's the most exciting place I can be in." Saturday, November 30, 8 p.m., $27-$100. –Brock Radke

  • Markus Shulz at Marquee

    The Florida-based trance titan dropped new single "You Light Up the Night" with Alina Eremia last month, but you can hear the German-born DJ every week on his radio show, Global DJ Broadcast. Get a taste when he takes the reins at the Cosmo nightclub on Saturday. Saturday, November 30, 10:30 p.m., $20-$30. –Leslie Ventura

  • Tamale & Mariachi Festival at Historic Fifth Street School

    Celebrate the holiday traditions of our neighbors to the south with mouthwatering tamales, antojitos, mariachi music, folklorico dance, beer and tequila tastings and more. Saturday, November 30, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., free. –Genevie Durano

  • Lindsay Nixon at UNLV RLL Room 101

    Black Mountain Institute hosts the award-winning author, editor and curator as part of its fall Breakout Nonfiction Writer series. Here's hoping the Cree-Métis-Saulteaux writer reads from 2018 "prairie punk" memoir nîtisânak. Monday December 2, Free, 7 p.m. –C. Moon Reed

  • Earthless at Bunkhouse Saloon

    Guitarist Isaiah Mitchell will spend 2020 touring as a member of the reunited Black Crowes, but first, catch him captaining his blazing, San Diego-based heavy-psych trio. With Warish. Monday, December 2, 9 p.m., $12-$15, Bunkhouse Saloon. –Spencer Patterson

  • Downtown Hoedown at Fremont Street Experience

    Once again, the National Finals Rodeo kicks off with a free country blowout, this one featuring Jackson Michelson, Gabby Barrett, David Lee Murphy, Filmore, Dylan Scott and Rodney Atkins, performing on three stages. Wednesday, December 4, 4:30-11 p.m. –Spencer Patterson

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