Weekender: The best in magic, music and meals in Vegas

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Criss Anngel performs at the Luxor

Criss Angel performs at the Luxor

Headline shows capture the magic of Vegas

“Criss Angel Believe” combines the magic of “Mindfreak” star Criss Angel with the showmanship of Cirque du Soleil. That might sound like an odd combination, but after some tweaks to the show’s original format, it all comes together. Showtimes are 7 and 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 7 p.m. tonight. Tickets start at $73.85.

Celine Dion is back with a resident show at Caesars Palace. The Canadian sensation performs with an orchestra and band, as well as a special “virtual” guest performer. She’ll hit the stage Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $117.

Grab a bite… or a pint

“Summer Skool Thursdays” is in session tonight at McFadden’s Las Vegas at the Rio, which is holding its Naughty School Girl contest and a beer pong tournament for cash prizes starting at 10 p.m. They’ll be serving up $5 pitchers and $20 endless drafts from 10 p.m. until close.

Fleur at Mandalay Bay serves up small bites with big flavor. Chef Hubert Keller offers a diverse tapas-style menu, with a little bit of something for everyone, including vegetarians and diners with selective palates. Expect an average cost of $15-25 per person.

A meal at B.B. King’s Blues Club is basically dinner and a show. In addition to delicious Southern-style cooking, you also get a performance by The Memphis All-Star Band and The Grant Garland Band. Diners get a three course meal with their choice of salad or gumbo, BBQ salmon, ribs, filet mignon or chicken, and banana bread pudding. The whole dinner and meal package costs $55.22.

Laugh it up in Las Vegas

The Diceman is back in Sin City! Andrew Dice Clay brings his vulgar, say-it-like-it-is brand of humor to the Playboy Comedy Club Thursday through Saturday. Clay is perhaps best known for his naughty takes on nursery rhymes in the ’80s and ’90s and is the only person to be banned from MTV for life. The show starts at 10 p.m., with an extra 8 p.m. show on Saturday. Tickets start at $59.99.

Bobby Miyamoto and Steve McGrew come to Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club Friday through Sunday. There are 8 and 10 p.m. shows on Friday and Saturday and an 8 p.m. show on Sunday. Miyamoto is best known for appearances on the “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and “Comics Unleashed,” while McGrew has been on Comedy Central, CMT, MTV and other comedy specials. Tickets start at $37.50.

Mark Curry, TV’s “Mr. Cooper,” brings the laughs to the Las Vegas Hilton at 10 p.m. tonight and Friday night. Cooper also hosted “Showtime at the Apollo” and has continued to perform in various comedy festivals and TV shows, including a recurring role in Showtime’s “Fat Actress.” Tickets start at $27.95.

Drew Carey’s Improv-A-Ganza brings some of the best stand-up comedians in the country to the MGM Grand at 9 p.m., tonight through Saturday. Carey is the host of “The Price is Right,” but has had a natural affinity for comedy, with his hit show “The Drew Cary Show” and “Whose Line is it Anyway.” Tickets start at $89.

This weekend: A concert for everyone

Kid Cudi and special guest Chip Tha Ripper come to the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Friday at 9 p.m. Cudi is perhaps best known for his hit single “Day ‘N’ Nite” and appearance on Kanye West’s “808s and Heartbreak.” Tickets start at $39.50.

Canadian prog-rockers Rush come to the MGM Grand Garden Arena Friday night, playing the classic “Moving Pictures” album live in its entirety. They’ll also be performing some of their other classic hits from throughout the years. The concert starts at 8 p.m. and tickets start at $55.

Britney Spears follows up with the latest stop of her Femme Fatale tour at the MGM Grand Garden Garden Arena Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. Special guest Nicki Minaj will take the stage, in addition to Jessie and the Toy Boys and Nervo. Tickets start at $29.50.

Frank Sinatra, Jr., son of the legendary Vegas icon, comes to the Orleans showroom Saturday and Sunday night at 8 p.m. In recent years, Sinatra has produced music and performed in various TV shows, including the animated series “Family Guy.” Tickets start at $33.

Wiz Khalifa’s Rolling Papers World Tour makes a stop at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Monday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $31.

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