This week’s Must Dos are all about action by day and entertainment by night. You may be into the sun and the fun of a pool club, the geek chic of a panel on diversity in comics or the historic hotness that is Elvis. Or you may not care about any of that stuff and just want to see Ron Swanson. We can’t promise that last one, no matter how much we wish we could ask him how he feels about Las Vegas. But we can promise a weekend full of pool parties and cosplayers by day and incredible music and hilarious comedy by night.
Graceland Presents ELVIS: The Exhibition – The Show – The Experience
Where: Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino
When: April 23
Elvis is eternally Vegas. Graceland may have been his home, but it doesn’t have a sea of impersonators running around its streets karate chopping the air and accepting donations for a picture. Regardless of whether or not that’s a good thing, Graceland and Vegas are finally teaming up to bring Elvis back to Sin City in style. The permanent exhibition will feature hundreds of Elvis artifacts like his recording contracts, motorcycle, wardrobe and stagewear in all its glamour and his first Gold album. All the artifacts come directly from Graceland and select pieces will be rotated to keep the exhibit as fresh as the King’s legacy. And at the grand opening on April 23, Priscilla Presley will participate in the official ribbon cutting. Take in the “Elvis Experience” live show, enjoy the artifacts, and even get married at the Elvis wedding chapel, it’s all available in the biggest Elvis town this side of the Mississippi — Las Vegas.
Nick Offerman & Megan Mullally perform “Summer of 69: No Apostrophe”
Where: House of Blues at Mandalay Bay
When: April 24 @ 9 p.m.
You probably known Nick Offerman best as Ron Swanson from “Parks and Recreation.” What you may not know is that in real life he’s only like 98 percent that character. He’s also a delightful humorist whose approach to comedy syncs perfectly with his approach to life and marriage. In their current tour, with wife Megan Mullally who you might recognize from “Will and Grace” or as Ron’s ex-wife Tammy(2), the duo bring their saucy senses of humor to the stage. The show is naughty, nuanced and quite adult — so don’t bring your kids. But when you and your spouse or partner or first date you’re hoping to hook up with need a night of variety that doesn’t shy away from sexy subjects, this is the show for you this weekend. “It’s like comedic sex-ed,” according to Mullally. So enjoy that.
Foxtail Pool Club’s grand opening
Where: Foxtail at SLS Las Vegas
When: April 24 – 26
Yeah, they’ve been open for a while. That’s the way we do it in Vegas. Open the doors, give the buzz time to spread, then have a freaking blowout “opening” party. And SLS knows how to do it right. This weekend, Foxtail will hold its official season opener featuring the DJ talent of Steve Angello on April 25. Angello will be flanked by Erick Morillo on April 26 and Rebecca & Fiona on April 24. More than just the stellar entertainment, this is a must-do party because Foxtail is a must-do pool club. The space is superbly utilized, letting you actually walk around and mingle instead of pushing past sweaty bodies. We may have just hit on why so many pool clubs are tiny. But if you’re not into having sweaty guys rub up against you because they’re “just trying to get to the bar,” Foxtail is wide open and, on top of that, hits all the other pool club marks.
Wizard World Las Vegas Comic Con
Where: Las Vegas Convention Center
When: April 24 – 26
We’ll try not to comment on the crossover of crowds between pool clubs and Comic Con. We don’t want to play into the stereotype that people who go to Comic Con are way too cool to ever go to a pool club. Those poor pool club kids have put up with enough. But we will say that for all you awesome cosplayers, fankids, Whedonites, Potterheads and whatever you call people who are really into Lou Ferrigno, this weekend will bring the best of the worlds of comics, fantasy and sci-fi to Las Vegas. Here are just a few of the special guests: Robert Englund (Freddy Kruger), James Marsters (Spike from Buffy and Captain John Hart from Torchwood. It was so hot when he made out with John Barrowman.), Jason David Frank (The MFing Green Ranger) and Lou Ferrigno (Lou Ferrigno). That’s not even counting all the amazing comic book artists and writers (and yes, some inkers too) that will make their mark on Las Vegas. If you’re into anything geeky, nerdy, quirky, wonky or given to wiggins, get to Wizard World Las Vegas Comic Con this weekend. Excelsior!
Zappa Plays Zappa
Where: Brooklyn Bowl at the LINQ Promenade
When: April 25 @ 9 p.m.
Dweezil sounds like a name you’d remember. It also sounds like a name Starbucks would have no hope of getting right on a cup. But it’s also the name of a man who’s a great musician in his own right, and happens to be the son of the legendary Frank Zappa. On his current tour, the eclectic guitarist has arranged an array of his father’s songs and assembled a team of musicians to play every note the way Frank would have wanted. It’s OK if you don’t know the music of Frank Zappa. Well, it’s actually not OK. You should really know Frank Zappa. But we’ll overlook it for now because you’ve got this brilliant opportunity to see the best possible tribute to the man, and take in the art of another generation of Zappa. Either bone up on Zappa before you go, or enjoy the surprises. But no matter your level of Zappatude, this is a show that brings everyone together to hear outstanding music by outstanding musicians.