Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011 | 2 a.m.
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:
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 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.
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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.
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.