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The outdoor ice rink Boulevard Pool Cosmopolitan Resort Las Vegas. | Denise Truscello PHOTO

The outdoor ice rink at the Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan Resort in Las Vegas. | Denise Truscello PHOTO

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Updated: January 17, 2013 6:25AM

Las Vegas ice, ice baby

Who says you can’t ice skate in the desert?

Two Strip resorts, The Cosmopolitan and The Venetian, are again hosting their outdoor skating rinks for winter enthusiasts.

The Doge’s Palace and outdoor skating rink, part of the “Winter in Venice” celebration at the Venetian abuts the resort’s facade resplendent with winter scenes, and holiday-themed light show. The skating surface, made of environmentally-friendly material requires no refrigeration. Skating sessions cost $14.95 per person ($9.95 for Grazie loyalty card members) and include skate rental. Children ages 7-12 skate free when accompanied by a Grazie member (limit 3 children). Refreshments available for purchase include hot cocoa, hot cider, coffee and specialty drinks/cocktails. Visit

Or, head indoors for Mannheim Steamroller’s “Christmas in Las Vegas” concert series (through Dec. 30). Tickets, $64-$124 (plus tax), are available at the nearby Palazzo Theatre box office, (866) 641-7469.

The Cosmopolitan has transformed its outdoor Boulevard Pool into a winter skating wonderland complete with breathtaking views of the Strip. Featuring real ice, the rink area also boasts outdoor fire pits, cocktails/specialty drinks, s’mores, small bites and other refreshments. On Mondays, it’s “Date Skate” night, with scenes from beloved holiday movies playing on the resort’s 65-foot digital marquee. Wednesday nights boast “Industry Skate on the Strip,” featuring local DJs. “Throwback Thursdays” invite patrons to don their favorite disco gear and leg warmers and skate to the music of the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. All-day skating access is $15 for non-Nevada residents. Bring your own skates or rent a pair for $5. Kids 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit www.cosmo

Buddy Guy to headline Jackson, Miss. Fest

Five-time Grammy winner Buddy Guy will headline a new Jackson, Miss., festival in 2013. The Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival will be held Sept. 20-21 on the grounds of the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum. In addition to Guy, other performers include Bobby Rush, Denise LaSalle, Urban Mystic, Mint Condition, Dorothy Moore and Vasti Jackson. Organizers will use the agriculture museum’s rustic flavor and buildings to re-create juke joints and a front porch for performances. A percentage of festival proceeds will benefit the Mississippi Blues Commission to help with its Benevolent Fund, to aid blues musicians living in poverty.

Museum featuring Dust Bowl era autos

A West Michigan car museum is offering an exhibition that looks at autos in the Dust Bowl era of the 1930s. The display at the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Mich., coincides with the recent airing of PBS’ two-part television series, “The Dust Bowl.” The museum’s display includes Dust Bowl-themed photographs, but its focus is on the cars of the time. A Duesenberg custom-built for Hollywood’s elite sits next to a Ford Model T covered with a family’s only belongings. Museum executive director Michael Spezia said it’s important to “show these automobiles in a setting that reflects the social and economic context of the time period.” Visit

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