There are a lot of ways to get your kicks in Las Vegas this weekend. Several celebrity-studded productions are being featured in the city’s theaters – including one that is raising money for an important cause. You’ll also discover an array of talented stand-up comedians to whoop it up with. Or head to one of Vegas’ many international pubs to cheer on your favorite European soccer team during Euro 2012.
Entertainment: High-octane shows and hilarious headliners will be onstage in Vegas
The Tropicana recently launched “Dancing with the Stars: Live in Las Vegas” to the joy of fans of the ABC hit television show as well as dance enthusiasts. Alums including Carson Kressley, Kyle Massey, Sabrina Bryan and Tia Carrere have Vegas audiences tapping their toes, cheering and even wanting to join in onstage, as they perform beloved routines from past episodes combined with new choreography. The 80-minute show plays in the Tropicana Theater on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Fridays at 9 p.m. and Sundays at 2 and 8 p.m.
See ventriloquist Jeff Dunham and his cast of puppet cohorts – Walter, Peanut, Jose Jalapeño and others – at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on June 22 at 8 p.m.
Ron White will have visitors in hysterics inside the Terry Fator Theatre at The Mirage. He has received two Grammy nominations, authored a bestselling book and sold more than 10 million CD s and DVDs. White appears June 22 – 23 at 10 p.m. nightly.
You’ll split your sides with laughter watching jokester Bill Engvall inside the Treasure Island Theatre on June 22 at 8 p.m.
Also in town is “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper” TV star Mark Curry. The comedian will appear in the Rivera’s Starlite Theatre as part of the Icons of Comedy Series June 21 – 24. Showtime is 10:30 p.m. nightly.
Steel yourself! Sirc Michaels Productions is bringing “Evil Dead the Musical” to the V Theater in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. The horror film-inspired musical features 4-D elements, campy comedy and a chainsaw. Performances are offered Fridays beginning June 22 at 10 p.m. and Saturdays at 11:30 p.m.
The 26th annual “Ribbon of Life” to benefit Golden Rainbow will be held inside The Smith Center for the Performing Arts on June 24 at 1 p.m. Among the confirmed performers are the Chippendales, Clint Holmes, Human Nature and cast members from “Dancing Queen,” “Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular,” David Saxe Productions, “Jubilee!” and “Peepshow.” Funds raised will be used to provide housing and financial assistance to people in Southern Nevada living with HIV/AIDS .
Concerts: The best live music acts come to the Entertainment Capital of the World
Rock out with Primus in The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel on June 22 at 9 p.m. The band is touring in support of the recently released “Green Naugahyde,” their first album in 11 years. They’ll be joined by special guest Fishbone. Two days later on June 24 at 8 p.m., three hit-making artists – Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs – take the same stage. They’ll perform in “The Dukes of September Rhythm Revue,” a blend of soul, rock, jazz and R&B.
The Scorpions are making a stop at the Thomas & Mack Center with Tesla on June 23 at 7 p.m. as part of their Final Sting Tour. These hard rockers have been around for more than four decades. Diehard fans won’t want to miss out because this tour is being billed as their final performances together.
For softer rock from an equally enduring artist, go to Sunset Station on June 23. Singer, songwriter and guitarist Kenny Loggins will be headlining the Amphitheater, an outdoor venue, during a concert under the starts. The music begins at 8 p.m.
All kinds of exciting things are happening at The Venetian and The Palazzo as part of the summer-long Carnevale celebration. The Azure pool club at The Palazzo will showcase renowned musicians at Carnevale Nights every Saturday from 9 p.m. – midnight. On June 23 and 30, you can hear Grammy Award-winning artist Jody Watley. Admission is free and guests wearing masquerade masks will receive a complimentary cocktail.
Hanging out in Vegas until Tuesday? On June 26, singer Ron Pope is dropping by the Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip, with Josiah Leming and Zach Berkman. An internet-success story, his free performance aims to promote his new album “Atlanta.” Doors open at 8 p.m.
Sports: Root for the your favorites at soccer and UFC viewing parties
Several bars are hosting gatherings so fans can watch this summer’s biggest sporting events. See the countries of Europe battle it out for soccer supremacy in the 2012 European Football Championship. Many tournament matches are being shown at Rí Rá, an authentic Irish pub located in The Shoppes at Mandalay Place in Mandalay Bay. This weekend, June 21 – 24, you can view the quarterfinals at 11:45 a.m. daily while indulging in draft pints and, perhaps, a full Irish breakfast. Or head over to Blondies Sports Bar & Grill in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. During the Euro games, you can take advantage of all-you-can-drink domestic drafts for $20 (and if you’re wearing a team jersey, you’ll receive $5 off that price) as well as $3 yellow shots for yellow cards and $1 red shots for red cards.
Cabo Wabo Cantina, also in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, is holding a UFC viewing party. Fight buffs can get their fix during The Ultimate Fighter Live, being broadcast on June 22. The event features a showdown between Gray “The Bully” Maynard and Clay “The Carpenter” Guida. Doors open at 4 p.m. Admission is free.