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December 22, 2014

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Weekend happenings: Devils, lasers and the rapture

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Justin M. Bowen

The Clark County Shooting Park archery range in Las Vegas held its first Annual Pumpkin Smash Saturday. Participants were able to shoot at paper pumpkins and real pumpkins that oozed green goo.

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Concerts dominate this weekend’s notable events. For those who want to boogie, electronic dance music will fill the Hard Rock Café on the Strip. For those who want to remember times when music wasn’t so loud and thumpy, the sounds of The Who and Pink Floyd will be available. For those who like to make music, one notable producer is opening a new studio with a local concert.

Then again, most of this won’t matter if one doomsday prediction proves true.

Here’s the breakdown:

    • Atlantis
      /AP Photo/NASA - Bill Ingalls

      NASA display

      Only a dozen men have ever stepped foot on the moon. The last of them, Apollo 17 commander Eugene Cernan, is now headed to Las Vegas. He will join fellow astronauts Charlie Duke, who flew to the moon on Apollo 15, and Thomas Stafford for a public forum and panel discussion. Former CNN correspondent Miles O’Brien will moderate.

      The free event is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday at the public space at Crystals. The panel is running in conjunction with an exhibit at Crystals featuring rare artifacts from iconic space missions, including an Apollo 10 space suit and a lunar rover. That exhibit closes Friday.

    • Wranglers vs. Grizzlies
      Photo by Stephen Sylvanie/Special to the Sun

      Rapture and hockey

      Remember Harold Camping, the so-called prophet who has unsuccessfully predicted doomsday twice? He thinks the world is ending Friday. The Las Vegas Wranglers are taking notice with a tongue-in-cheek rapture theme for their game this weekend, which also happens to be their home opener. “The Last Hockey Game on Earth” will include a Camping impersonator, who will drop the first puck and take part in a photo booth.

      The puck drops at 7:05 p.m. Friday at the Orleans Arena. Tickets range from $6 to $38, and, if Camping’s third attempt is correct, it could be the last money you ever spend.

    • Pumpkin Smash at the Clark County Shooting Park
      Photo by Justin M. Bowen

      Pumpkin Smash

      Spice up your fall festivities with a little pumpkin smashing. Don’t worry — it’s legal! The Clark County Shooting Park is holding its second annual pumpkin smash. The event allows residents to shoot arrows at paper pumpkin targets or real pumpkins that ooze green. Archery equipment will be provided, though attendees are free to bring their own.

      The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for those 17 and younger. For more information, call the park at 455-2000.

    • Modern Science
      Photo by Donna Smith

      Hideout

      Celebrated producer Kevin Churko has been working with big-name artists like Shania Twain, Ringo Starr and Ozzy Osbourne for years. Now, the Canadian-born producer is opening a private studio called the Hideout and is celebrating with a concert at the Casa de Copa Room inside the Bootlegger Bistro. Modern Science, a local duo fronted by Kevin’s son, Kane, is scheduled to perform, along with Beggars & Thieves, Marshal Reign and special guests.

      The show is scheduled for 8 p.m., Saturday after the studio hosts a by-reservation-only open house. For more information, visit hideoutlv.com or contact Mike McHugh at [email protected]

    • 2010 Miss America Caressa Cameron @Super Bowl XLIV
      Photo by Tom Donoghue/www.donoghuephotography.com

      Roger Daltrey performs The Who’s “Tommy”

      Although The Who officially disbanded in 1983, their anthemic music has lived on through pop culture and tributes. This Saturday, Who lead vocalist Roger Daltrey performs “Tommy,” as well as other classic songs from the band’s library of music.

      The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Joint. Tickets range from $52 to $600 and can be purchased through ticketmaster.com. For more information on tickets, call the venue’s box office at 693-5000, ext. 6914.

    • Devil's Night

      Devil’s Night 14

      Halloween parties are a dime a dozen in Las Vegas this month, but for fans of electronic dance music, the place to be this Saturday is the Hard Rock Café on the Strip, for Devils Night 14. Known for over-the-top staging and décor, hypnotic lighting and a solid lineup of EDM acts, the annual event’s lineup includes Drop the Line, Mark Instinct, Phetsta and Hulk, among others.

      Tickets are $30. For more information, including the full schedule and ticketing information, visit devilsnight14.com.

    • Jimmy Buffett Celebrates Margaritaville, World's Largest Margarita
      Photo by Scott Harrison/Retna/HarrisonPhotos.com

      Jimmy Buffett at Mirage

      Jimmy Buffett may have already opened his own gaming property — the aptly titled Margaritaville — but the longtime musician isn’t through with Las Vegas just yet. The man behind the Coral Reefer Band will be performing at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday.

      Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with showtime scheduled for 8 p.m. Tickets range from $70 to $211 and can be purchased from ticketmaster.com.

    • Dark Side of the Moon

      Laser Spectacular at Henderson Pavilion

      The Who isn’t the only classic rock band being honored this weekend. Laser Spectacular at Henderson Pavilion will set lasers and 3-D effects to the sounds of Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” in its entirety, as well as select pieces from “The Wall” and other hits.

      The all-ages event runs from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $10 to $20. For more information, click here.

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