Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012 | 6 p.m.
From Motley Crue to First Friday to Super Bowl XLVI, the weekend is packed with enough events to make even the most seasoned Las Vegan’s head spin. Lucky for you, we’ve managed to parse through them! Here are 10 arts and entertainment offerings to kick off February:
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Motley Crue at the Hard Rock
Get out your hairspray: Motley Crue kicks off the Strip’s first-ever hard-rock residency Friday night at Hard Rock Hotel's Joint. The head-banging quartet will take up post at the venue for a highly anticipated three-week stint. Friday’s gig starts at 9 p.m.; tickets for the nearly sold-out show start at $145.
Dana Carvey at Orleans Showroom
From the Church Lady to "Wayne’s World," Dana Carvey has been cracking up audiences with his original characters since first emerging as an “SNL” cast member in 1986. Now the Emmy winner brings his comedic repertoire back to Vegas for a three-night stint of standup at the Orleans Showroom. The show runs Friday through Sunday at 8 p.m.; tickets start at $60.50.
Saturday: Studio 54's closing bash at MGM Grand
After an unprecedented 14-year run, Studio 54 at MGM Grand is closing its doors with a farewell bash Saturday night. The club goes out in style with a final party hosted by rapper and actor LL Cool J. The evening will celebrate the Studio 54 legacy with ‘70s and ‘80s dance tributes, aerial acrobatics and DJ sets from Studio 54 heyday favorites like DJ Frankie and DJ Joey D.
Saturday: George Strait with Martina McBride at MGM Grand
Chart-topping country singer George Strait teams up with Grammy-winning songstress Martina McBride at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday. The show begins at 8 p.m.; tickets start at $60.50.
Friday: Moksha at Country Saloon
Hometown prog-rock heroes Moksha kick off a Southwest tour at Country Saloon. The quintet is playing the string of shows in support of their latest album, “Here to Go,” and is bringing a backing horn section of jazz- and jam-band royalty along with ’em; show starts at 8 p.m.
First Friday downtown
Love is in the air for February’s First Friday Las Vegas arts and culture festival this weekend. In addition to the usual array of food, music, arts and crafts, this month’s activities will feature the “First Love Confession Caboose” at the train caboose at 3rd and Colorado Street; attendees can share the story of their first love with the First Friday crowd and receive a free rose for that special someone. Down at Fremont East, you can get your groove on with your sweetheart at the funk and soul dance party Get Back Alley. First Friday takes place from 5 to 11 p.m. in the Downtown Arts District.
Super Bowl Sunday
Football, food and flat screens: Is there any better place to kick back and watch Super Bowl XLVI than Vegas? You can get the lowdown on the city’s best watch parties with the comprehensive guide from Sun colleague Allison Duck. From free sushi at the Lady Silvia to all-you-can-drink draft beer at Cabo Wabo, there’s sure to be something for everyone.
Daniel Tosh at the Mirage
Tim Allen at the Venetian
“Home Improvement” and “Toy Story” funnyman Tim Allen returns to his standup roots Friday and Saturday night for a night of comedy at the Venetian Showroom. Both shows begin at 9 p.m.; tickets start at $55.
Between the Super Bowl, UFC 143 and numerous DJ residencies, Vegas nightlife offers an embarrassment of riches this weekend:
Friday includes the debut of Gabriel and Dresden’s residency at Marquee, featuring a performance by collaborator Jes; Grammy-winning DJ Afrojack spins at Surrender; and Sports Illustrated swimsuit models Irina Shayk and Jessica White get Super Bowl weekend started early with a party at 1 OAK.