Vegas Weekender: Moms, margartias, amazing food

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Cirque du Soleil's Viva Elvis performs twice a night Tuesday-Saturday at Aria Resort & Casino giving Elvis fans a large production of the King's best work. Tickets start at $116.40.

Cirque du Soleil's Viva Elvis performs twice a night Tuesday-Saturday at Aria Resort & Casino giving Elvis fans a large production of the King's best work. Tickets start at $116.40.

Not only does this weekend lend itself to another reason to consume plenty of Coronas and tequila on Cinco de Mayo, but Las Vegas is also playing host to Mother’s Day, a championship boxing match and the biggest foodie event of the year.

Shows for everyone in a mixed-bag weekend
Elvis has definitely not left the building. Head to Aria at CityCenter for Cirque du Soleil’s “Viva Elvis.” The show features numbers that take the audience through the phases of Elvis’ life set to classic songs like “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Don’t Be Cruel” and many more.

Cinco de Mayo in Las Vegas wouldn’t be complete without an appearance by Carlos Mencia. The Latin funny man and former star of Comedy Central’s “Mind of Mencia,” has made regular appearances on this date celebrating Mexican and Latino heritage. Mencia will bring the house down at 9 p.m. May 6 at Treasure Island. Tickets start at $48.20.

One night before he takes on Manny Pacquiao in a world-title bout, Sugar Shane Mosely presents “Comedy Explosion” at the Las Vegas Hilton. Lavell Crawford, DeRay Davis, Aries Spears and Gary Owen will perform at 10 p.m. Friday with tickets starting at $66.45.

Mosley will follow up the comedy with what he’s known for, boxing. Mosley will try to dethrone the Filipino boxing icon at the MGM Grand on Saturday with the doors opening at 3 p.m. If you can’t get into the fight, which is expected to sell out, Mandalay Bay will play host to ESPN Friday Night Fights at 5 p.m. May 6. Tickets start at $25.

Former teen-idol and ’70s TV star David Cassidy performs a two-night engagement at the Orleans at 8 p.m. May 7-8. Tickets start at $39.95.

Ventriloquist and stand-up comedian Jeff Dunham brings his array of puppets to Caesars Palace at 8 p.m. Saturday. Voted by numerous publications as one of America’s funniest comedians, Dunham uses cutting-edge comedy with colorful puppets such as the Achmed the Dead Terrorist to keep audiences laughing until the curtain closes. Tickets start at $69.50.

Las Vegas native Jo Koy, named as one of the “10 comics to watch” by Daily Variety, performs at the MGM Grand  at 10:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday with tickets starting at $39.

Blues guitarist Robert Cray has performed with the best, from opening for Eric Clapton to playing alongside John Lee Hooker. Cray brings his band to Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa at 9 p.m. Saturday. Tickets start at $22.

The Monster Energy Supercross Finals come to Sam Boyd Stadium at 7 p.m. Saturday where top supercross stars like James “Bubba” Stewart and Chad Reed will race for the championship. Tickets start at $45.

Concert King of the Philippines, Martin Nievera, performs at the MGM Grand inside the Hollywood Theatre at 7 p.m. Friday. “A Knockout Concert,” will benefit Filipinos affected by the tsunami in Japan with tickets starting at $75.

Uncork'd returns for its fifth year, giving foodies a chance to dine and learn from the most celebrated chefs in the world.

Uncork'd returns for its fifth year, giving foodies a chance to dine and learn from the most celebrated chefs in the world.

Food and Drink
Vegas gets Uncork’d

Celebrating its fifth anniversary, Uncork’d seems to get bigger every year. This event will not only coincide with Mother’s Day, but with Cinco de Mayo, giving chefs a chance to display some Hispanic flair in their cuisine. The events take place up and down the Strip from Mandalay Bay to Wynn with chefs such as Hubert Keller, Steve Martorano, Michael Mina, Joël Robuchon and more showcasing the food that has made Las Vegas a culinary destination.

Uncork’d goes beyond food too. With master sommeliers and award-winning mixologists pouring drinks to wow any palate.

Tickets for the event are à la carte. Some events have already sold out, but there are many great ones remaining including Chef Showdown, where two chefs will face off in a battle of creative dishes with the guests as the judges, Viva Las Vegan! an interactive tasting luncheon for the vegan crowd and a Mother’s Day brunch at Border Grill inside Mandalay Bay with cocktail and cuisine demonstrations with Master Chef Mary Sue Milliken.

Mother’s Day
What mother wouldn’t enjoy a massage on this special day? The M Resort, located just south of the Strip, features three luxurious packages at Spa Mio all designed to show that special lady in your life how much she means to you. Packages start at $155.

While you wouldn’t dare tell your mother she looked old, the Spa & Salon Bellagio is offering an Age Reversal Face and Body Treatment for $195 per person. Using the antioxidant Idebenone, the 50-minute face and body treatment is designed to brighten the skin and lighten stretch marks while stimulating cell turnover.

For that special Mother’s Day meal, Aureole at Mandalay Bay is offering a five-course menu in its main dining room or Swan Court. Highlights include Dover sole, petit beef filet rossini and chocolate and salted caramel tart. Prices start at $85 and a wine pairing can be added for additional $65.

Nightlife
Take in the Cinco de Mayo celebration with a TV icon, a reality TV star and a room full of half pints. Tacos and Tequila inside the Luxor hosts its second annual CHiPs & Salsa Cinco de Mayo Fiesta on Thursday with former “CHiPs” star Erik Estrada, “Real Housewives of Orange County” star Tamra Barney and the Half Pint Brawlers, a traveling wrestling troupe that was seen in “Jackass 3D.” The party begins at 11 a.m with drink specials all day long.

Tao celebrates Cinco de Mayo with Chuy Bravo, a regular on “Chelsea Lately,” on Thursday night. Entry to the “Cinco de Chuy,” party starts at $30 for women and $50 for men and includes access to Lavo and Tao Beach.

Pure Nightclub features two nights of big-name performances. Mike Posner, whose hit songs “Cooler Than Me,” and “Please Don’t Go,” have smashed the charts, takes the stage on Friday. Multitalented singer Chris Brown, who will be celebrating his 22nd birthday, brings his dance moves and popular songs like “With You,” “Forever,” and “Deuces.” Front-of-the-line admission begins at $60.

Hugh Hefner and a dozen Playmates descend on Ditch Fridays at the Palms Pool and Bungalows at the Palms on May 6. The grand-opening party begins at noon and entry starts $20.

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