Vegas Weekender: Dazzling acrobatics, timeless music and more

From Cirque to science, variety is what it’s about this weekend

Mystère is Cirque fun for all ages.

It’s no mystery why “Mystère” continues to dazzle audiences almost 20 years after its debut in Las Vegas. Cirque’s ever-dazzling storytelling and acrobatic work come to a perfect union in “Mystère,” which explores universal themes from birth and rebirth to the pursuit of happiness. With a colorful cast, death-defying feats and some subtle humor, this one’s perfect for the whole family. Tickets start at $75.40 and shows run Saturdays – Wednesdays at 7 and 9:30 p.m.

Legendary country singer Garth Brooks is back in town to play a few more shows in the Encore at Wynn Las Vegas on Aug. 17 – 18. This intimate acoustic set in the Encore Theater showcases hits such as “The Thunder Rolls,” “Friends in Low Places,” and “We Shall Be Free” in a whole new manner. Tickets start at $247.50, with shows at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m.

Celine Dion is also back for another set of performances on Aug. 17 – 19 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Dion goes through fan favorites such as “Where Does My Heart Beat Now,” “Because You Loved Me” and “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now,” as a stunning light and video display designed just for The Colosseum enhances the performance. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $117.

On Aug. 18, singer-songwriters Gavin DeGraw and Colbie Caillat promise a melodic night as the two perform some of their greatest hits at Mandalay Bay as part of their 2012 tour. Justin Young will join them as a special guest. Tickets start at $51.05, show time is at 9 p.m. The concert will take place outdoors at the resort’s stunning Mandalay Bay Beach.

Legendary progressive rock band Yes takes the stage in the Pearl concert theater at the Palms on Aug. 19 at 8 p.m., bringing classics like “Owner of a Lonely Heart” and “Love Will Find a Way” to fans in Vegas. Special guest Procol Harum, the Grammy Award-winning group behind “A Whiter Shade of Pale,” opens for Yes. Tickets start at $61.75.

The Bikinis, Bands and Burgers Poolside Concert Series continues at the Silverton in the Sway Pool Lounge on Aug. 18, with San Francisco-based Michael Jackson tribute band Foreverland paying homage to the King of Pop’s greatest hits. With four lead vocalists, four horns and a six-piece rhythm section, the band puts a one-of-a-kind twist on hits like “Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough,” “Beat It” and “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’.” Tickets are $15 on the day of the event. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show begins at 7 p.m.

The live stage show “MythBusters: Behind the Myths Tour” comes to the Palazzo Theatre in The Palazzo on Aug. 17 – 19 and returns again Aug. 31 – Sept. 2. It features science-exploring performances by Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, the hosts of Discovery Channel’s “MythBusters” TV series. This includes onstage experiments, audience participation, video footage and behind-the-scenes stories. Tickets start at $66. Show time is 7 p.m. nightly.

Empire Comedy Club at Paris Las Vegas presents Ari Shaffir on Aug. 16 – 18. Shaffir’s edgy comedy has been highlighted on “National Lampoon” DVDs, in comedy specials on HBO and TBS, and in “The Opie & Anthony Show” talk radio program. Tickets start at $29.99, with show time at 8 p.m.

On Aug. 17 – 18, David Spade brings his biting comedy to The Venetian. Spade is perhaps best known for his TV and movie roles, but his sharp-tongued standup act draws from day-to-day life, unusual experiences, pop culture and Vegas itself. Tickets start at $85.75, the show starts at 9 p.m. in the Venetian Showroom.

The Orleans welcomes award-winning comedian Paula Poundstone Aug. 17 – 18 at 8 p.m. Poundstone’s offbeat take on life has made her infamous among standup fans and earned her appearances on the HBO, Showtime and Comedy Central networks as well as a frequent guest spot on NPR’s “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” Tickets start at $22.

Come to Vegas and celebrate the good things in life

Mandalay Bay’s Wine and Spirits Weekend is a series of culinary events celebrating savory meals and elegantly crafted drinks and cocktails. It will be held Aug. 16 – 18. Wine blending, spirit tastings and fun “educational” sessions are among the slated events. They will take place in several restaurants and lounges at the resort. Tickets start at $100, or you can attend the entire roster of events for $950.

Drink lots and be merry!

Celebrate National Rum Day on Aug. 16 in Rhumbar at The Mirage, which offers buy-one-get-one Bacardi cocktails all day. Or go to Rick Moonen’s rm seafood at Mandalay Bay, which is serving up special rum cocktails and rum-inspired culinary delights all day.

Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas performs at Rain Nightclub inside the Palms on Aug. 17. The party starts at 11 p.m. You can also see him the next day, on Aug. 18, at the Palms Pool & Bungalows.

The pool party craze has also made its way to Downtown Las Vegas. DJ Mark Mac spins at Binion’s Kiss the Sky party on Aug. 17. Bar and drink specials include $3 Miller Lite draft beer, $3 Red Bulls and $4.50 Bacardi cocktails, with doors opening at 9 p.m. Admission is free.