Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008 | 11:06 a.m.
No reason for Las Vegas locals to be bored during the weekend ahead:
TGIFF: Thank God it's First Friday! The monthly downtown outdoor celebration of the arts features live music from Vegas rockers Think, Bleachers and Hetfield's Beerd, a Metallica tribute band, plus open art galleries, barbeque and beer, and tons of fun stuff to discover. First Friday runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; admission is $2. Here's a map of the area, and here's more detailed info on what's on offer this time. See you there!
Good eatin': Here’s a chance for the rest of us to try the food at pricey places like L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Bradley Ogden and RM Seafood. Through Sunday, if you order the specially priced prix fixe menu — either $25.08 or $50.08 — part of the proceeds go to the local Three Square food bank. Check out the restaurant list and learn more about Three Square at www.threesquare.org.
Stand up sitting down: Go ahead and feel superior about staying in and watching TV this Friday night: Tune in at 8 p.m. to either ABC, CBS or NBC for “Stand Up to Cancer” — it’s not your average telethon. A talent lineup including Jennifer Aniston, James Taylor, Scarlett Johansson, Meryl Streep, David Cook, Christina Applegate, Lance Armstrong, Jack Black, Kirsten Dunst, Charles Barkley, America Ferrera, Halle Berry, Hilary Swank, Forrest Whitaker, Jimmy Fallon and Keanu Reeves will make appearances on the commercial-free prime time show devoted to raising awareness funds for the fight against cancer. More at standup2cancer.org.
Cool moves: It's at least 10 to 15 degrees cooler up at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, and that's just one good reason to catch Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theatre doing its thing under the stars. It's one of the last events in Super Summer Theatre season, starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday; tickets $15, 594-7529.
Roast Oscar: If you like Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, you might enjoy seeing him take a good-natured roasting. And if you don't like him, you might especially like to see him take the heat. Comedians Rich Little, David Brenner and Louie Anderson will be among the roasters ribbing Goodman over lunch at The Plaza at 2 p.m. on Saturday; tickets $75-$100, 364-8669, theshowbizsociety.com.
Tuning up: You’ll be able to name that tune, no problem, when the Las Vegas Philharmonic opens its season Saturday night with a Masterworks concert conducted by music director David Itkin. They’ll be playing Ravel’s familiar “Bolero,” Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7. 8 p.m. at UNLV’s Artemus Ham Hall; tickets $25-$75, 895-2787, www.pac.unlv.edu.