Jay Z At press time, reduced-price Night 2 tickets—for lower-tier seats, no less—were on Ticketmaster for $25, which means some folks will see one of hip-hop’s most dynamic live acts at a serious discount. Even if you have to pay full price ($40-$150), it’s worth considering for a show that reportedly stretches close to 30 songs. December 13 & 14, 8 p.m., Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Rusty Maples The Vegas faves get some deserved pro treatment, playing the same Hard Rock stage Courtney Love and Jenny McCarthy have worked this year. Bonus: It's free. December 18, 8:30 p.m., Vinyl.
A Night of (Mostly) Holiday Boylesque Burlesque performers traditionally lack a Y chromosome, but the boylesque movement is out to prove the art of striptease isn’t just for the “fairer” sex. December 13, 11 p.m., $20, Baobab Stage at Town Square. Non-perishable food donations for Three Square encouraged. December 7, 6:30 p.m., $5 donation, Learning Village, 727 Fremont St.
LV4PH Festival Red Dragon, the crew behind several local food fests, teams with the Nevada chapter of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations to present this relief effort for victims of Typhoon Yolanda. Jabbawockeez headlines the live entertainment, and more than 50 vendors and food trucks will be there. Admission is free, so give what you can. December 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Rio’s east parking lot.
Carnival of Cuisine Winter in Venice continues with this showcase of more than 20 Venetian/Palazzo restaurants, including Bouchon, Carnevino, Delmonico, Pinot Brasserie, Tao and Public House. Celeb chef Emeril Lagasse will stop by, and proceeds benefit Three Square.December 14, 1-4 p.m., $60-$85, Palazzo pool.
Book of Mormon tickets Why are you dying to see this musical, by South Park’s Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q’s Robert Lopez, at the Smith Center? Because, as the New York Times wrote, it’s “more foul-mouthed than David Mamet on a blue streak,” and yet, “its heart is as pure as that of a Rodgers and Hammerstein show.” Get tickets now; they won’t last. On sale December 14, 10 a.m., $39-$150.