Thursday, March 22, 2012 | 6 p.m.
Though there isn’t a boxing or UFC card in town this weekend, there will be a clash of the sonic variety as competing music events — the Neon Reverb Festival and the Pastel Project — bring a slew of local and visiting bands to the stage. If comedy is more your flavor, get an in-person “Weekend Update” from SNL star Seth Meyers as he headlines at the Mirage. And to make the most of the springtime weather, mark your calendars for Sunday morning when local Cirque performers participate in the Run Away With Cirque du Soleil 5k at the Springs Preserve. Here are our best bets for the weekend:
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Thursday-Sunday: Neon Reverb and The Pastel Project
The sound clash has arrived as two big music festivals take over the downtown area on the same weekend. The established Neon Reverb music festival brings local favorites, such as The Clydesdale, Ministry of Love and Dude City, plus exciting out-of-town acts, such as Nico Vega or YACHT, to downtown venues like Beauty Bar and the newly reopened Aruba Ballroom. The competing Pastel Project at The Royal House features bands like The Whigs, Tennis and HEALTH. Pastel runs March 23-24 beginning at 4:30 p.m., and prices are $39-$149. Neon Reverb runs March 22-25; times and prices vary.
Drink for a cause this weekend as the 38th Annual UNLVino hits the town. Proceeds from the three-day tasting benefit UNLV’s College of Hotel Administration. The event begins with a Bubble-Licious, a champagne tasting at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health from 7 to 10 p.m. on March 22. March 23 is Sake Fever at the Mirage from 7 to 10 p.m., and the final event, the Grand Tasting, isat Bally’s on March 24 from 7 to 10 p.m. Prices for each night are $75-$125.
Friday: Seth Meyer at Mirage
This weekend you can get a truly live “Weekend Update,” though on Friday night, not Saturday, as SNL’s Seth Meyers performs at the Terry Fator Theatre at Mirage. His performance at last year’s Washington’s Correspondents Dinner was a huge hit and a strong indicator that this is one comedy show you don’t want to miss. Showtime is 10 p.m., and tickets are $40-$60.
Friday: Lonestar at The Silverton
If you want to be “Amazed” this weekend, head to the Veil Pavilion at the Silverton, where country group Lonestar will perform its 1999 crossover hit “Amazed” along with others like "I'm Already There" and "My Front Porch Looking In." Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets are $30.
Friday: Ani DiFranco at The Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip
Grammy Award-winning musician Ani DiFranco performs at the Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip along with Sean Hayes. The singer, guitarist and poet has put out an impressive number of albums in her 20 years in the business and has gained much attention for her political views as well as her hits like “32 Flavors.” Showtime is 8 p.m., and tickets are $34.50-$39.50.
Saturday: Roots Rock Revival Series at the House of Blues
Pabst Blue Ribbon Presents the Roots Rock Revival Series at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay. The band lineup includes The Guilty Party, local favorite Paige Overton from the Clydesdale performing solo, The Lucky Cheats, burlesque by local performers Cha Cha Velour and Miss Karla Joy plus music from DJ Maybelline. Showtime is 10 p.m., and tickets are $15.
Saturday: Las Vegas Wranglers' Regrettable Tattoo Night at Orleans Arena
Las Vegas Wranglers will take on the Idaho Steelheads at the Orleans Arena in the final weekend of regular season games. Saturday night is "regrettable tattoo night." Fans with the worst tattoos can win tattoo removal and cover-up prizes. Tipoff is 7:05 p.m., and tickets are $6-$38.
Sunday: Street Food Throwdown 6 at Slidin' Thru
Giant Grinder Co. and Slidin’ Thru slider truck are teaming up again to present the Street Food Throwdown 6, held at 5165 Ft. Apache, the site of the future Slidin’ Thru restaurant. Vegas food trucks Slidin’ Thru, Haulin’ Balls, Curbside Café, Rusty Pickle and Ben’s BBQ and Smokehouse will be competing to see who has the best pulled pork sandwich on wheels. Guests can also enjoy beverages from Grouchy John’s Coffee and music from DJ Chunk. Las Vegas Weekly writers will serve as judges in this pork-o-rama. The event runs from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and is free, though food items are priced individually.
Sunday: Straight No Chaser at The Smith Center
Straight No Chaser was originally formed over a dozen years ago while group members were students at Indiana University. The group has amassed more than 20 million views on YouTube. See them live at Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center. Showtime is 7 p.m. and tickets are $24-$59.
Sunday: Cirque du Soleil 5k at Springs Preserve
Get a chance to interact with Cirque performers during the Run Away With Cirque du Soleil 5k at the Springs Preserve. Cirque artists will entertain and participate with you in this 5k run or mile walk to support the Springs Preserve and mark World Water Day’s mission to fight poverty. The race begins at 7:30 a.m., and the entry fee is $30-$40.