Thursday, May 30, 2013 | 6 p.m.
Memorial Day Weekend has come and gone but that doesn't mean there is any shortage of great entertainment in town. Here are our top picks for the weekend:
Thursday-Saturday: Joan Rivers at the Venetian
Feisty brash comedian Joan Rivers has run the gamut from writing best-selling books to hosting her own TV show. Now she'll return to her stand up comedy roots with a show at the Venetian. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m. and tickets are $66-$86.
Thursday-Sunday: The Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend
The Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend and 56th Annual Titans of Tease at the Orleans is the world's largest, longest-running and most prestigious burlesque event. With four days and nights of live entertainment, vendors, classes and activities, this fundraiser for the Burlesque Hall of Fame offers plenty of opportunities to get in on the fun. Click here for a full schedule of events, times and prices.
Saturday: Henderson Symphony Orchestra at Henderson Pavilion
The Henderson Symphony Orchestra treats the crowd to a live orchestral screening of Charlie Chaplin’s “The Gold Rush.” The score has been restored and adapted for live performance to fit the original silent 1925 version. Tickets are $10 and the show starts at 8 p.m.
Friday: Grand opening of Chronic Tacos
Chronic Tacos is hosting a grand opening event at its newest location, in the Eatery of the Palms. Chronic Tacos will be donating 20 percent of grand opening day sales to Street Teens, a local non-profit organization dedicated to assisting homeless, abandoned and at-risk teens in the Las Vegas Valley by providing basic necessities in a safe, compassionate environment. The first 25 local customers (with proper local ID) who line up at 9:30 a.m. get one free taco a week for an entire year. The next 50 customers who line up at 9:30 a.m. get a free taco on opening day. All customers can enjoy free chips and salsa on opening day. Doors open at 7 a.m. and at 10 a.m. there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony set to include the Chamber of Commerce and MTV celebrity Wee Man who will also return later at 5 p.m. to sign autographs and take photos with fans.
Saturday: Thomas Nicholas Band at Tivoli Village
Actor, singer and musician Thomas Ian Nicholas performs at Tivoli Village with his group the Thomas Nicholas Band. Nicholas, who was born in Las Vegas, is best known for his roles in "Rookie of the Year" and "American Pie." Following his performance, Nicholas will host a meet-n-greet on the patio at Cantina Laredo, also at Tivoli Village.
Friday-Saturday: Wayne Brady at Mirage
Emmy Award winning actor, recording artist, improvisationalist, dancer and television personality Wayne Brady performs at the Mirage. After launching his career with "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" the star went on to host "Let's Make A Deal" and to guest star on shows like "The Dave Chappelle Show," "30 Rock," "How I Met Your Mother," "Dirt," and "Everybody Hates Chris." Tickets are $40-$60 and the show starts at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Friday: Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Del McCoury Band at the Smith Center
Authentic New Orleans jazz meets the sounds of the Appalachians as the Preservation Hall Jazz Band shares the stage with the world-class bluegrass ensemble, the Del McCoury Band at the Smith Center. Tickets are $26-$79 and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday: Blues & Brews at Springs Preserve
Brews & Blues at Springs Preserve offers up beers from numerous local, regional, domestic and international brewers plus live entertainment from Twice as Good (4 p.m.), Scott Rhiner & The Moanin' Blacksnakes (4:55 p.m.), the Diane Kallay Band (5:50 p.m.) and Dennis Jones (6:45 p.m.). Featured breweries include Great Basin, North Coast, Tommyknockers, Speakeasy, Firestone Walker, New Belgium, Dogfish Head, Big Dogs, Chicago Brewing Co., Joseph James, Triple 7 Brewpub, Tenaya Creek, Coronado, Sierra Nevada, Innis & Gunn, Asahi, and more. Entry includes sampling mug and unlimited samples. A portion of ticket sales benefit Keep Memory Alive, which supports the mission of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door for regular admission and $75 for VIP. The event begins at 4 p.m.