Vegas Weekender: Another opening, another show!

Get ready for another big opening in Vegas. “Zarkana” by Cirque du Soleil is set to unleash its fantastically bizarre world on the Strip this weekend. And that’s not the only new show in town. Fans of the “Fifty Shades” trilogy can check out a sexy yet hilarious parody of the book. Plus, there are a lot of great concerts, comedians and DJs scheduled to appear in the Entertainment Capital of the World as well.

Shows and concerts

The high wire in "Zarkana" by Cirque du Soleil at Aria

The high wire in "Zarkana" by Cirque du Soleil at Aria

Are you ready for another surreal show from Cirque du Soleil? The acrobatic rock experience “Zarkana” featuring a cast of more than 75 international artists has opened in the Zarkana Theater at Aria Resort & Casino. The spellbinding extravaganza follows Zark on his quest to regain his powers. Shows are scheduled every Friday – Tuesday (dark Wednesday and Thursday as well as on Nov. 9 – 10) at 7 and 9:30 p.m.

The Bellamy Brothers, the original bad boys of country music, take over the Veil Pavilion at the Silverton on Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. With a history in the music industry spanning 35 years, expect to hear a string of hits ranging from their 1975 breakout single “Let Your Love Flow” to the 1992 chart-topper “Cowboy Beat.”

“Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody” is appearing at the Crown Theater inside the Rio through Nov. 10. A parody of the risqué E.L. James novel “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the show brings the characters to life in a laugh-filled evening with sexy and fun musical numbers. Show time is 10 p.m. nightly.

Comedian Lewis Black

Comedian Lewis Black

It will be a rare treat to see music legend Steve Winwood in the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms. Hear stirring versions of his classic hits “Can’t Find My Way Home” and “Higher Love.” Winwood performs on Nov. 9 at 8 p.m.

Hungry for laughs? Comedian John Pinette, who is loved for his food-obsessed stand-up specials (like “Show Me the Buffet” and “I’m Starvin’”), makes a stop at The Orleans on Nov. 9 – 10 at 8 p.m. nightly. Or those who prefer angry rants and political humor can check out Lewis Black, who is also appearing Nov. 9 – 10. He is part of the Aces of Comedy series at The Mirage and performs at 10 p.m. nightly.

The Doobie Brothers are “Takin’ It to the Streets” and bringing more than 40 years worth of songs to LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino on Nov. 9 – 10 at 8:30 p.m. nightly.

Theresa Caputo, a psychic medium and the star of the TLC show “Long Island Medium,” will be making a special appearance at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. Loud and gregarious, you never know what will happen when Caputo starts speaking to the spirits. Tip: Bring Kleenex.


Enjoy the weekly Haute Thursdays party with sexy Perla Garcis and resident DJ Que in 1 OAK , the luxurious nightclub at The Mirage. Doors open at 10:30 p.m.

Music will be played in full force in XS at Encore this weekend. Hard Rock Sofa, a popular Russian duet famous the world over, is hosting on Nov. 9. Rusko, an English dubstep record producer and DJ, will continue the party on Nov. 10 in Surrender, also at Encore. Doors open at 10:30 p.m. both evenings.

DJ Skribble

DJ Skribble

For a stunning setting overlooking the Las Vegas Strip, head to Chateau Nightclub at Paris Las Vegas on Saturday nights. DJ Skribble plays heart-pumping music while hosting a rooftop party under the replica of the Eiffel Tower. The fun gets under way at 10:30 p.m.

Get your groove on at Marquee Nightclub in The Cosmopolitan, which will feature tunes spun by Ferry Corsten on Nov. 9 beginning at 9:30 p.m.

The weekend lives on with “Girls Do It Better Sundays,” a weekly event where ladies take over the turntables at Tabú ultra lounge in MGM Grand. On Nov. 11, Wendi Cakes, who has been on the rise in San Diego, will spin a variety of music for partygoers. Doors open at 10 p.m.


Porsche Design’s 40th Anniversary Display is being showcased in Crystals at CityCenter through Nov. 15. Exclusive pieces from the company’s most popular collections – such as the first all-black watch developed by Professor Ferdinand Alexander Porsche in 1972 – are being showcased. There is no cost.

The Neon Museum in downtown Las Vegas has unveiled a new visitors’ center in the rehabilitated La Concha Motel lobby that is now open to the public. Through Dec. 31, tours of the Neon Boneyard, a two-acre outdoor space that houses more than 150 rescued neon signs, are being offered daily, every half hour, from 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


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