Thursday, April 12, 2012 | 6 p.m.
This weekend you could choose to create your own “Hangover” experience or skip the debauchery and just see Mike Tyson’s new one man show at MGM Grand, hopefully without his tiger ending up in your hotel room. Other entertainment options include the triumphant return of alt-rock band Garbage at the Pearl in the Palms and the opening of the Silverton’s Sway Pool with a concert by Steel Pulse.
Here are our best entertainment bets for the weekend:
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Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth at MGM Grand
Don't miss the world premiere of “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth – Live on Stage,” starring legendary boxer Mike Tyson. The one-man show will have a limited run at the Hollywood Theatre at the MGM Grand. The fighter will reveal untold stories in an up-close-and-personal setting featuring images, music and video. Saturday night will be the star-studded grand opening with celebrities like 50 Cent, Floyd Mayweather, Rosie O'Donnell, Vince Neil and Paul Abdul expected to attend. Tickets range from $99-$499 and shows are nightly at 8 p.m. through April 18.
Friday: The Craft Festival at Cashman Center
If you want to get an early jump on your holiday shopping or you are just eager to see what creative crafters are doing and get some ideas for your own projects, check out The Craft Festival at Cashman Center. More than 150 craft workers from all over the country will sell their handmade goods in categories like jewelry, pottery, leather, woodwork, glass, sculpture and weaving. Tickets are $2-$6, and the event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Friday-Sunday: Cinderella at The Henderson Pavilion
The Las Vegas Shakespeare Company turns up the magic with the classic fairytale “Cinderella” lat The Henderson Pavilion. With the help of her fairy godmother, a little “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” and a pair of glass slippers, Cinderella’s dreams really do come true. Tickets are $10, and shows are at 8 p.m. on April 13, 14, 20 and 21 and at 6 p.m. on April 15 and 22.
Friday: The Shins at Cosmo's Boulevard Pool
The Shins received a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Album in 2008 for their third album, "Wincing the Night Away," helping launch the band from under the radar indie rockers to mainstream recognition. The Shins are hitting the road in support of their fourth album, "Port Of Morrow," which came out in March. Tickets are $37, and the show starts at 9 p.m.
Saturday: Garbage at The Pearl
Alternative rock band Garbage performs at the Pearl at the Palms. The award-winning band topped the charts with its debut, self-titled album in 1995 that spawned the hit singles “Stupid Girl” and “Only Happy When It Rains.” The group's follow-up album earned it Grammy nominations for Best Rock Album and Album of the Year. After several hiatuses, Garbage recently announced it is releasing in May its first album in seven years, "Not Your Kind Of People." Enjoy all your favorite hits and get to know the band's new music at The Pearl. Tickets are $34, and the show starts at 8 p.m.
Saturday: "Dancing with the Stars: Live in Las Vegas" at the Tropicana
Fresh off the launch of Season 14, ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" brings its live show to the Tropicana in Las Vegas for a 12-week run. "Dancing with the Stars: Live in Las Vegas" is an 80-minute show that brings the excitement of the TV series to life. Some of the beloved show alums will be featured in the opening run, including Carson Kressley, Joey Fatone, Kyle Massey, Sabrina Bryan, Tia Carrere, Dmitry Chaplin and Lacey Schwimmer. Tickets are $40-$89, and show times are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 8 p.m., Fridays at 9 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 and 8 p.m.
Saturday: Steel Pulse at the Silverton
Roots reggae band Steel Pulse kicks off the pool concert series at the Silverton pool. They've been together nearly 40 years putting out hits like "Kibudu Mansatta Abuku" and "Door of No Return." Tickets are $20-$30; doors open at 6 p.m.
Saturday: NASA lectures at Springs Preserve
Space enthusiasts, don't miss this opportunity to meet two pioneers of space exploration. Join David D. McBride, director of NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, as he shares insights into the future of space exploration. McBride discusses the completion of NASA’s shuttle program, the future of NASA’s space exploration initiatives, and the latest developments in aeronautics research, science and unmanned and manned space exploration. Both the 11:45 a.m. and 2 p.m. presentations are free for Springs Preserve members and are included with general admission. From 7 to 9 p.m., astronaut Al Worden will share his career experiences, including his 1971 mission with Apollo 15. After his presentation and book signing in the Big Springs Theater, Worden will lead a tour of the SPACE exhibit. Adult tickets are $25 for members, $30 for nonmembers and $15 for those 18 and under. The adult tickets include a copy of Worden's book "Falling to Earth: An Apollo Astronaut’s Journey to the Moon."
Sunday: AIDS Walk at UNLV
Aid for AIDS of Nevada hosts the 22nd Annual AIDS Walk Las Vegas on the UNLV campus. The walk begins at the Student Union building at 4505 S. Maryland Parkway. All ages are welcome as well as pets. Sign-in for teams and individuals begins at 8 a.m., and the opening ceremonies begin at 9 a.m. Grand Marshals Penn & Teller will kick off the walk at 10:30 a.m. At noon, the closing ceremony commences with a food-truck roundup and picnic. Registration is free but a minimum donation of $50 per person is encouraged and includes an AIDS walk T-shirt. Walkers and teams may also join the Penn & Teller Challenge. All funds raised by teams will be matched by Penn & Teller. For additional information and to register, visit www.afanlv.org.
Sunday: Broadway Bares at Planet Hollywood
The Third Annual Las Vegas Broadway Bares: Barelesque, hosted by Absinthe’s dynamic duo the Gazillionaire and his assistant Penny Pibbets, will be held Sunday at Planet Hollywood. The show will feature the sexiest entertainers from across the Las Vegas Strip, with a special performance by PEEPSHOW’s Josh Strickland. All proceeds from the event will be donated to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, which is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. The event will feature performers from the Strip’s top shows and performance groups, including PEEPSHOW, Matt Goss, The Pussycat Dolls, Show in the Sky, Jubilee!, LOVE, Divas of Las Vegas, Vegas! The Show and the Sirens of TI. Tickets are $20-$50, and the show starts at midnight.