Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 | 6 p.m.
As with most holidays in Las Vegas, Valentine's Day means Valentine's Weekend. Take your date to a wine tasting at Hyde or a dance at Silverton on the actual big day or spread the love out over the weekend with events like a free makeup class from Makeup Forever at Town Square. Here are our best entertainment bets for the weekend:
Thursday: Valentine's Day Dance at the Silverton
The Silverton presents a Valentine's Day Dance featuring music from the Kool Tones from 4-7 p.m., music from Serpentine Fire (Earth, Wind & Fire tribute band) from 7-10 p.m., a jewelry giveaway from Michael E. Minden Jewelers, dancing and cocktails. Entry is free but there is a two-drink minimum and guest must be 21 or older.
Thursday: Complimentary wine tasting at Hyde Bellagio
Hyde Bellagio celebrates Valentine’s Day with the second installment of Hyde’s complimentary wine tasting event from 7-9 p.m. Enjoy wines from Terra Valentine Winery plus chocolate rouge chocolate red wine and La Marca Prosecco. Gourmet small plates from Circo are available to order until 9 p.m. to complement the wines. In honor of “Singles Awareness Day,” Hyde and Match.com also will welcome 300 of Vegas’ sexiest singles hoping to be struck by Cupid’s arrow. Following the tasting, guests can stay for Live Music Thursdays featuring music from “American Idol” contestant and acoustic guitarist Mahi Crabbe. Admission is complimentary and guests must be 21.
Thursday-Sunday: Ramos Bros. Circus at the Boulevard mall
Thursday through Feb. 25, the Ramos Bros. Circus will call the Boulevard mall home. Nightly performances will take place in the parking lot on Maryland Parkway north of Twain Avenue. Tickets start at $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 3 to 10. Circus highlights include acrobatics, a zoo with animals, trapeze acts, clowns, motorcycle stunts and much more. The cost is $10-$20 and the circus is open from 7:30-9:30 Thursday and Friday, 5-7 p.m. and 8-10 p.m. Saturday and 2-4 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. on Sunday.
Saturday-Sunday: Makeup class from Make Up Forever
Many people have at least one impulse beauty product that he or she has no idea how to use or is too intimidated to try at home. Make Up Forever’s team of professional artists will take a look inside consumers’ makeup bags and teach them how to properly use what they’ve got regardless of the brand, as well as overhaul products that are the wrong shade or texture or may be past their prime. Make Up Forever brings a bus to the Town Square parking lot for this event. Sephora in Town Square is a Make Up Forever retailer and can help customers purchase the products they learn about.
Consumers can book appointments for 30 minute one-on-one makeup bag evaluations inside the Make Up School, where a professional artist will go through their bag, provide an interactive, hands-on lesson explaining how to apply their products, and show them how to supplement what they already own to create their most flattering look. Each client will walk away with a new make up bag, a custom face chart detailing how to use the products they brought, and a list of any additional products recommended by the artist to round out their look. A professional photographer will also be on-site to capture each client’s “after” look, which will be uploaded to an album on the Make Up Forever USA Facebook page. The free event runs Saturday from noon-8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday: The Color Run
The Color Run, the “happiest 5K on the planet” returns to Downtown Las Vegas. Get ready to be covered in colorful paint powder. If such a thing as Louis Vuitton running shorts exist, leave those at home on race day. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. and is sold out but this will definitely be a spectator-friendly event so bring the family to the starting line at Bridger Avenue and Las Vegas Blvd.
Thursday-Sunday: Steve-O and Tom Green at the Riviera
The Original Pranksters, two comics who gained notoriety for self-inflicted punishment and less-than-safe stunts, perform at the Riviera. Steve-O, the star of "Jackass" and former contestant on "Dancing with the Stars," and former MTV personality Tom Green bring their personal brands of physical comedy to the Riviera’s Starlite Theater as part of the Icons of Comedy's Original Pranksters Comedy Tour. Both comedians will host a meet and greet following each performance. Tickets are $40-$60 and the show starts at 10:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday.
Saturday: Community-wide clean-up at various parks
Local volunteers and locals will join forces for a community-wide clean-up day, from 9 a.m. to noon for the second annual Impact Las Vegas. The efforts will help clean up and maintain local trails, adjacent neighborhoods and parks. Volunteers will be working at the following trails and parks:
- Bonanza Trail No. 1: 100 Michael Way at Bromley Avenue.
- Bonanza Trail No. 2: Mirabelli Community Center at 6200 Hargrove Ave.
- Pioneer Trail at Heritage Park: Las Vegas Boulevard at Washington Avenue
- Bradley Bridle Park: Horse Drive at Bradley Road
Saturday: Black History Month Festival at Springs Preserve
The Springs Preserve presents its fourth annual Black History Month Festival featuring arts and crafts, carnival games, face painting, soul food and cultural gift items. There will also be performances by youth step groups and local jazz, gospel and hip-hop entertainers, as well as an art competition featuring students from Andre Agassi Prep and a special appearance by comedian George Wallace.
In addition, My Haley, widow and writing collaborator of Alex Haley, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "Roots," will autograph copies of her recently-released novel. The Henderson-based author wrote "The Treason of Mary Louvestre," which tells the story of an enslaved seamstress who risks her life while spying on the Confederate navy during the Civil War. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children 12 and under.
Friday: The Yellowjackets at the Smith Center's Cabaret Jazz
Grammy-winning, legendary jazz group, the Yellowjackets, celebrate 32 years as one of jazz’s greatest bands. Performing all original compositions from their catalogue of over 24 albums, band members Russell Ferrante, William Kennedy, Bob Mintzer and Felix Pastorius perform at Cabaret Jazz at the Smith Center. Tickets are $36-$56 and the show starts at 7 p.m.
Saturday: Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort's 50th Anniversary Party
Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort hosts its 50th Anniversary Party, an after-dark, ski and snowboard competition and birthday bash on Saturday. The competition is open to athletes of all ages who are season pass holders. The registration fee for the competition is $25 and is available online at www.skilasvegas.com or on the day of the event day, from 3-4:30 p.m. There is a one-hour practice session for athletes prior to the competition, which commences at 6 p.m. Non-competing guests can enjoy the festivities for free.
The event commemorates the resort's golden anniversary and the destination’s only after-dark event. Male and female athletes compete in separate categories in the ski and snowboard competitions and judging will be based on landing, difficulty and style. Special prizes will be awarded to the top four athletes in each category with the first place winners receiving a special prize package, including a 2013 - 2014 season pass.