Thursday, March 15, 2012 | 6 p.m.
Between the NCAA Tournament and St. Patrick’s Day, there will be no shortage of entertainment. With a host of big-name comedians and concerts, if you can’t find something fun to do in Las Vegas, just move to Reno. Here are our best bets for the weekend:
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Friday: Jeffery Ross Roasts Las Vegas at the House of Blues
The House of Blues welcomes the Roast Master General Himself, Jeffrey Ross. Jeff’s most recent Roast of Charlie Sheen was the most successful roast in Comedy Central history and he's gotten slews of laughs from celebrity roasts honoring stars like Joan Rivers, Hugh Hefner, Pamela Anderson, David Hasselhoff and Donald Trump who dubbed him as a “One-Man Verbal Assault Unit." Tickets are $25-$30. The show starts at 8 p.m.
Friday: "Carmen" at Ham Hall
Get a little culture this weekend as The UNLV Opera Theater, directed by Linda Lister, and UNLV Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Taras Krysa, present Georges Bizet’s “Carmen” in Artemus Ham Concert Hall. LaToya Lain (March 16 and 18 performances) and Kathleen McVicker (March 17) are featured in the role of Carmen. Others in the cast include Martha Banks, Cecilia Lopez, Jonathan Napier-Morales, Victor Romero, Dominick Chenes, Barron Coleman, Xavier Brown, Amanda Mura, Charlie Rolison, Linda Jackley, Stephanie Redman, Daniel Hunter, Carnell Johnson, Jonathan Mancheni, and Brian Myer. Tickets are $5-$25. March 16, 17 at 7:30 p.m.; March 18 at 3 p.m.
Saturday: Dublin Down Festival at the Thomas and Mack
The Thomas and Mack hosts the first ever Dublin Down Festival featuring Celtic punk rock band Flogging Molly in a celebration of Irish heritage and rock-n-roll. The festival will kick off St. Patrick’s Day weekend on Friday, March 16, with the festivities beginning at 3 p.m. throughout the TMC plaza with the concert at 6:45 p.m. Flogging Molly will be bringing along traditional Celtic instruments like violin, mandolin and the accordion to blend with their unique punk sound. Other special guests include Suedehead and Sean Wheeler and Zander Schloss. Tickets are $27.
Thursday-Sunday: Sons of Erin St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Henderson
The City of Henderson hosts the 46th annual Southern Nevada Sons of Erin St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival Thursday through Sunday at the Henderson Events Plaza. The celebration will feature a parade, carnival, car show, concerts, demonstrations and more. Admission is complimentary, though some activities may require paid admission. The parade will at 10 a.m. Saturday. This year’s honorary grand marshal is Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. on March 15 and 16 and at 10 a.m. on March 17 and 18.
Saturday and Sunday: SFJAZZ Collective at the Smith Center
Each member of the SFJAZZ Collective is a master of his own craft and with their powers combined, expect a nice of pure energy as they pay tribute to Stevie Wonder's impressive repertoire along with several of their original compositions. They will be performing in the Cabaret Jazz venue. Tickets are $39-$69. Shows begin at 7 and 10 p.m. March 17 and at 2 p.m. March 18.
Saturday: Kathy Griffin at Mirage
The Mirage welcomes the queen of the D List, Kathy Griffin, as she performs a live stand-up show. The Emmy Award-winning actress gained notoriety for her show “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List” and continues to gain fame for her outspoken celebrity-slamming style. Tickets are $59.99-$79.99. The show starts at 10 p.m.
Saturday: Blake Shelton at Mandalay Bay
Country star Blake Shelton brings his “Well Lit and Amplified Tour” to the Mandalay Bay Events Center. The singer has had ten No. 1 country hits, such as "Austin" and "Hillbilly Bone." He is in his second season coaching singers on the TV show "The Voice." Tickets are $32-$52. The show starts at 8 p.m.
Saturday: St. Patrick's Day block party at Hennessey's Tavern
Las Vegas Weekly and Jameson Irish Whiskey present the St. Patrick's Day block party at Hennessey's Tavern at the corner of Fremont St. and Las Vegas Blvd. in downtown Las Vegas. Enjoy drink specials and music from Arms of America U2 tribute band, Darby O'Gill and the Little People, Crown Avenue and The Sheleighly's. The party starts at 1:00 p.m.
Saturday: Rebels Baseball at Wilson Stadium
The UNLV Rebels will be taking on TCU at Wilson Stadium. If you're looking for an alternative way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, go support the Rebs and fear not, the stadium does serve beer, though you might have to bring your own green food coloring. Tickets are $5-$8. The game starts at 2:05 p.m.
Friday-Sunday: Celtic Feis at NYNY
New York-New York Hotel and Casino will spread the luck of the Irish this St. Patrick’s Day by lighting the Chrysler building green from March 16-18. On St. Patrick’s Day, New York-New York will spread cheer with a bag pipers parade led by New York-New York Hotel and Casino’s Employee of the Year, other hotel executives, Desert Sky Pipe Band and firefighters from around the country. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day all weekend inside Nine Fine Irishmen and on the Brooklyn Bridge with the Celtic Feis, a traditional Gaelic arts and cultural festival, featuring three days of authentic Irish entertainment, traditional food and drinks. Law enforcement officials, firefighters, military personnel, veterans and EMTs will receive complimentary admission with their IDs or badges, as well as anyone in a kilt. For all others, the cover at Nine Fine Irishmen is $25. Festivities begin at 4:00 p.m. on March 16, 10:00 a.m. on March 17 and 11:00 a.m. on March 18.