Thursday, May 1, 2014 | 6 p.m.
May starts off with a bang in Las Vegas, with top-notch entertainment this weekend ranging from a fight night to fresh standup to a little speakeasy jazz.
Here’s a look at our weekend best bets:
Tonight: Holly Madison’s 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque grand opening at Mandalay Bay
The Strip welcomes its latest attraction with the grand opening of Holly Madison’s 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque at Mandalay Bay. The Prohibition Era speakeasy, located in the space formerly known as Forty Deuce, specializes in assorted whiskeys and cigars and features burlesque-style cabaret and live jazz nightly from Skye Dee Miles. The celebration kicks off at 9 p.m.
Saturday: Mayweather vs. Maidana at MGM Grand
Floyd Mayweather Jr. looks to keep his 45-0 boxing record perfect against Marcos Maidana at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Oddsmakers aren’t in Maidana’s favor, pitting Mayweather as a -1,200 favorite, but the underdog just might bite back in this much-buzzed-about bout. The fight begins at 6 p.m., and tickets are $350 to $1,500.
Saturday: Mike Birbiglia at the Mirage
Acclaimed comic, storyteller, NPR contributor and filmmaker Mike Birbiglia brings his hilarious, poignant brand of standup and storytelling to Terry Fator Theater for his first-ever Las Vegas gig. Comedian Henry Phillips opens. Tickets are $44. The show starts at 8 p.m.
Sunday: AIDS Walk at UNLV
Get out in the May sunshine and join 12,000 fellow Las Vegans to stroll for a cause in Nevada’s most significant fundraising event in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Registration for the free event begins at 8 a.m. For details and more information, visit AFANLV.org.
Saturday: Mariachi Festival at the Smith Center
Get ready for Cinco de Mayo with a nightlong musical celebration featuring more than 300 local students of mariachi music and ballet folklorico dance alongside noted bands from Mexico and L.A. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $35.
Saturday: Vaisakhi Mela Indian Food and Cultural Festival at Clark County Government Center
The 11th annual celebration of Indian cuisine and culture features music, dance competitions, a fashion show and plenty of delicious food from local restaurants including India Palace, Gandhi and Royal India Bistro. The free event is 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
MGM Grand, a AAA Four Diamond resort, offers 5,044 rooms and suites.
MGM Grand features KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; and world-class entertainment at the Grand Garden Arena and Hollywood Theatre.
The resort offers signature restaurants by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans Fish House, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill and Michelin three star and Forbes Five Star restaurant, Joël Robuchon.
As part of its ongoing “Grand Renovation,” MGM Grand has remodeled all rooms and suites in its main tower and is adding several new experiences to its lineup including Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Nightclub, a new upscale dining/nightlife concept (coming in April 2013).
MGM Grand also features a state-of-the-art, non-smoking conference center, the Grand Spa, Cristophe Salon, "CSI: The Experience" and an inviting pool complex featuring the tantalizing daylife of Wet Republic.
Upscale accommodations include The Mansion, an exclusive hotel within the hotel; the luxurious two-story SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand; and The Signature at MGM Grand, a luxury all-suite, non-gaming hotel located adjacent to the main resort.