Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun
Thursday, March 14, 2013 | 6 p.m.
Leading up to the NCAA tournament, there is conference basketball action galore in town including the Mountain West, Western and Pac-12 tournaments. If you're looking for concerts or comedy, enjoy Alicia Keys, Muse or Jay Mohr, and of course you can't forget about St. Patrick's Day on Sunday. Here are our best entertainment bets for the weekend:
Saturday: Run Away with Cirque du Soleil at Springs Preserve
Join dozens of artists from Cirque du Soleil's Las Vegas shows and more than 1,000 community members for the 12th anniversary of Run Away with Cirque du Soleil at the Springs Preserve, a One Drop World Water Day event. In addition to the 5k run or 1-mile fun walk, participants can enjoy live entertainment by Cirque du Soleil musicians, massage therapy, a warm-up with Cirque performers and activities for children. Bring your camera for photo ops with Cirque's cast and crew. Arrive by 7:30 a.m. for pre-race activities and surprises. Admission is $30 for the 1-mile walk and $50 for the 5k.
Thursday-Sunday: St. Patrick’s Day events around town
St. Patrick’s Day is for the Irish, and the Irish at heart. Use it as an excuse to drink green beer or satisfy that corned beef craving. Plan the perfect holiday and don’t forget to designate a driver. Click here for a full list of events and restaurant and bar specials.
Friday: Alicia Keys at Mandalay Bay
R&B piano queen Alicia Keys performs her hits like “If I Ain’t Got You,” “No One” and “Empire State of Mind” at Mandalay Bay Events Center along with opener Miguel. Tickets are $55-$145 and the show starts at 8 p.m.
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 $60-$80 and the show starts at 10 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: Exhibition baseball games at Cashman Field
Head to Cashman Field for two weekend games between the Chicago Cubs and the Texas Rangers. Check out veteran sluggers Alfonso Soriano and Adrian Beltre and rising stars Anthony Rizzo and Jurickson Profar. Tickets are $40-$60 and games start at 1:05 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday: Flogging Molly at Boulevard Pool
The Cosmopolitan welcomes Flogging Molly with special guest Mariachi El Bronx to the Boulevard Pool. The band infuses punk rock with Celtic instruments like violin, mandolin and the accordion. Tickets are $35 and the show starts at 9 p.m.
Sunday: Muse at Mandalay Bay
British rock band Muse brings hits like “Uprising” and “Madness” to a St. Paddy’s show at Mandalay Bay, along with the light show they are known for. Dead Sara opens the show. Tickets are $45-$75 and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Friday-Sunday: Jay Mohr at South Point
“Jerry Maguire” star Jay Mohr will entertain guests at South Point this weekend. Look forward to a killer Christopher Walken impression if he’s up for it. Tickets are $35-$45 and the show starts at 7:30 Friday-Sunday.
Thursday-Sunday: Conference basketball championships
Catch teams like UCLA, Utah, Oregon and Washington compete for the Pac-12 championship at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Tickets are $70-$150 and games start at 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday.
Down the road a few miles, The Thomas & Mack welcomes the Mountain West Conference Championships featuring teams like UNLV, New Mexico, Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State and Wyoming. Tickets are $14-$625 and games start at 8:30 Thursday, noon Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday.
Over at the Orleans, the Western Athletic Conference Championships features teams including Denver, Seattle, UTSA, Idaho, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State, San Jose State, Utah State, UT Arlington and Texas State.
Friday-Sunday: Shen Yun at the Smith Center
Dancers, drummers, acrobats and musicians bring 5,000 years of classical Chinese culture and performing arts to the Smith Center stage for Shen Yun, an epic, colorful show featuring nearly 100 artists and 400 costumes. Tickets are $50-$180 and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.