Thursday, April 5, 2012 | 6 p.m.
The Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend takes over The Orleans while bodybuilders invade the Palms for the Jay Cutler Classic this weekend. If you’re looking for some music to spice up your leisure time, catch the opening of ArtBeat in Henderson, Tony Orlando at the South Point or Chris Isaak at Green Valley Ranch. For more information on Easter and Passover events, check out our Easter and Passover guide.
Here are our best entertainment bets for the weekend:
Follow Allison Duck on Twitter at @AllisonDuck.
Friday: ArtBeat at the Henderson Events Plaza
No Doubt’s Adrian Young, along with Bow Wow Wow’s Annabella Lwin and Leigh Roy Gorman, will open the spring season of Henderson’s ArtBeat series with a special ‘80s throwback show. The Grammy Award-winning drummer will join his favorite New Wave band, performing their 1982 smash hit, “I Want Candy,” and more. Admission is free, and the event begins at 6:30 p.m.
Friday: Tony Orlando at South Point
From his days recording music to his time on Broadway in Barnum and Smokey Joe's Cafe, then on to television, where he hosted a popular variety show during the 1970s, Tony Orlando has become a permanent fixture in show business. Catch him live at the South Point Showroom at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Tickets are $45-$55.
Thursday-Sunday: 51s home opening series
The 51s host the Sacramento River Cats, Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland A's, to kick off the season. Friday night’s game features a fireworks display and five flat screen TVs will be given away to fans. Saturday’s game features a 51s t-shirt giveaway to the first 2,500 fans. Sunday’s game features an Easter egg hunt to celebrate the holiday. Games are Friday and Saturday at 7:05 p.m. and Sunday at 12:05 p.m. Tickets are $10-$30.
Thursday-Sunday: Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend at The Orleans
The Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend has returned for its 15th installment, taking over The Orleans through Sunday. Check out the retro hair, clothing, bands and cars at the burlesque competition, car show, burlesque showcase and Tiki Pool Party. The car show features strictly pre-1963 vehicles on display plus music from Grammy Award-winning Rock 'n Roll Hall of Famer Duane Eddy. Also featured are The Polecats and Big Sandy & his Fly-Rite Boys. Car show tickets are $50 for all four days and $30 for Saturday only.
Friday-Sunday: IGN Pro League video gaming tournament at the Cosmopolitan
IGN Entertainment and the Cosmopolitan present the IGN Pro League video gaming tournament IPL 4 this weekend with IPL 5 happening in August. IPL 4 will play host to the finals for Korea's Global StarCraft Team Leagues, one of the most highly anticipated eSports events of 2012. This will be the first time a GSTL final has been hosted outside of Korea, where eSports is a hugely popular sport. Tickets are $25-$75. Game play begins at 10 a.m. on Friday and Sunday and 9 a.m. on Saturday.
Friday and Saturday: Gabriel Iglesias at the Mirage
Enjoy Latino comedian and actor Gabriel Iglesias as he brings his hilarious stand-up routine to the Mirage. The comic has performed on “Last Comic Standing” and is known for his jokes about the “six levels of fatness.” Expect some “fluffy” humor for sure. Shows are Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m. and tickets are $50-$60.
Saturday: Chris Isaak at Green Valley Ranch
Chris Isaak performs Saturday at the Grand Events Center at Green Valley Ranch. The rocker and occasional actor has made a mark with his soulful tunes like "Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing." Tickets are $25-$58 and the show starts at 8 p.m.
Saturday: Tuff-N-Uff's FIST-ival at the South Point
Tuff-N-Uff: The Future Stars of MMA returns to the South Point Arena with the nation’s leading amateur fighters for The FIST-ival.The top mobile restaurants from Las Vegas and Southern California will roll into the arena for this multifaceted event, serving fight fans and foodies their innovative takes on mac ‘n cheese pot pie, chicken wings, burgers and sliders, among other specialties. Anyone is welcome to attend the food truck portion of the event. The official preparty begins at 5:30 p.m. and will feature free beer tastings and a live music performance. Ticket holders can then stick around for the MMA action. The first fighters will hit the ring at 7:30 p.m. The fight card includes a heavyweight title defense match between David Sands and Carl Postma and a title defense in the ladies' 115-pound division between Jillian Lybarger and Stephanie Gonzalez. Fight tickets are $25-$50, and the prefight events are free.
Saturday: Jay Cutler Desert Classic at the Palms
The Palms Casino Resort and Fine Chiropractic present the Ageless Forever and Martini Tan 2012 NPC Jay Cutler Desert Classic. The second annual competition begins with a prejudging event at 10 a.m. Tickets for the prejudging event are $24. The finals will take place at 7 p.m. and tickets are $34-$39. The contest, featuring contestants from around the country, consists of Body Building, Men’s and Women’s Physique, Women’s Figure and Women’s Bikini. Making a special appearance, the four-time Mr. Olympia, Jay Cutler, will be in attendance for a meet-and-greet and to sign autographs. Multiple vendors specializing in supplements and apparel will also be on hand during the event.
Saturday: Amy Schumer at the Riviera
The Icons of Comedy Series presents Amy Schumer at the Riviera. She recently was the standout of Comedy Central’s “Roast of Charlie Sheen” and has appeared on "The Howard Stern Show" and "The View." She made her network debut in 2007 on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” Tickets are $42-$65 and the show starts at 10:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday.