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Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 | 6 p.m.
This weekend's best bets include concerts featuring Huey Lewis and the News, Chubby Checker, Kelley James and The Symphonic Rockshow. If you're looking to have some fun and show your charitable side, head to the Hard Rock pool for AFAN's annual Black & White Party. If gourmet food is what you crave, the Venetian and Palazzo have the answer with their annual Carnival of Cuisine. Here are our best entertainment bets for the weekend:
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Friday-Saturday: Kevin Nealon at the Orleans
He never broke as big as some of his "Saturday Night Live" contemporaries, but Kevin Nealon remains one of the funniest men around. We can only hope he’ll bring “Mr. Subliminal” to the Orleans Showroom. Tickets are $27.50 to $55, and the show starts at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Friday: Huey Lewis and the News at Green Valley Ranch
Huey Lewis and the News will be performing hits like "The Power of Love" and "Do You Believe in Love" at the Grand Events Center at the Green Valley Ranch Resort. Tickets are $37 to $70, and the show starts at 8 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: Kelley James at the Culinary Dropout opening
Singer/songwriter Kelley James combines acoustic guitar music with hip-hop beats and thoughtful lyrics. He'll be on hand to perform at the opening of Culinary Dropout, the new gastropub at the Hard Rock. The concert is free and begins at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Friday: The Symphonic Rockshow at the Smith Center
The Symphonic Rockshow, the vision of Brody Dolyniuk., vocalist, musician and entertainer, is coming to the Smith Center for the Performing Arts. He has produced a stage show that combines his unique vocal dynamics with a cast of superior musicians/vocalists, impressive visuals and special effects. The music will span the classic rock spectrum, ranging from supergroups such as Aerosmith to Led Zeppelin and everything in between. Laser projectors and pyrotechnics complete the rock concert atmosphere. Tickets are $24 to $79, and the show starts at 8 p.m.
Saturday: Carnival of Cuisine at Venetian
The Venetian and Palazzo present their fifth annual food festival, Carnival of Cuisine. The grand tasting event will feature award-winning cuisine from more than 15 celebrated restaurants of the Venetian and Palazzo, including B&B Ristorante, Bouchon, Café Presse, Carnevino, Delmonico Steakhouse, Grand Lux Café, Lagasse's Stadium, LAVO, Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro, OTTO Enoteca Pizzeria, Pinot Brasserie, Public House, SUSHISAMBA, Sweet Surrender, Table 10, TAO, Valentino, Sweet Surrender, ZINE Noodles Dim Sum and the Venetian and Palazzo catering department. A portion of every ticket price will benefit Three Square, Southern Nevada's food bank. Tickets are $60, or $85 for VIP, which includes an early entry at noon. Doors open at 1 p.m. for regular admission ticket holders.
Saturday: The Black & White Party at the Hard Rock pool
Hosted by 8 News Now anchor Chris Saldana and presented by AFAN and the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the Black & White Party features gourmet food, drinks and live entertainment to benefit the largest nonprofit serving Nevada’s HIV/AIDS community. Individuals can purchase Black & White Party tickets for $35, which provides access to the Hard Rock's Nirvana Pool, live entertainment, and food and beverage tastings. VIP tickets are available for $100 and include entry into an exclusive VIP reception from 7:30 to 9 p.m., early entrance into the main event and entry into the VIP Lounge at the Hard Rock's Breathe Pool. Entertainment includes performances from the Chippendales, Jeff Timmons, the cast of "Le Reve" and the cast of "Vegas! The Show." The party starts at 7:30 p.m. for VIP ticket holders and 9 p.m. for general admission guests.
Saturday: Chubby Checker at the Star of the Desert
If you're dying to do the twist, then head on down the road to Primm, where you can dance with singer Chubby Checker at the Star of the Desert Arena at Buffalo Bill's. Tickets are $36 to $60, and the concert starts at 8 p.m.
Saturday: Kid Fest at Kidville
Kidville will be open to members and non-members alike on Saturday August 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for their Second Annual Kids Fest benefiting local charity, Goodie Two Shoes Foundation. The event will be hosted by radio DJ and Las Vegas local Mercedes Martinez. Kids Fest will feature a 30-minute Rockin’ Railroad concert, toddler yoga by Yoga Jr., gym games, arts and crafts, a balloon artist from Balloons with a Twist, pizza from Radio City Pizzeria and more. The price of admission to Kidville’s Second Annual Kids Fest is a minimum donation of $10, or a new, tagged, boxed pair of sneakers for the Goodie Two Shoes Foundation.
Sunday: Sin City Sinners at Vinyl
Las Vegas-based rock group Sin City Sinners hits the stage at Vinyl at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for the Vegas Rocks! Magazine Award Show after party. The popular local rock stars will be part of the new music venue’s opening weekend shows. The concert is free and begins at 10 p.m.