Vegas Weekender: Dive in to a weekend of partying, laughs and excitement

It’s a busy weekend in Vegas, as many of comedy’s finest acts flock to town, while UFC makes a return and pool season is in full effect.

Special Events

Whether you missed UFC 130 last week or need another fix, it’s Team Lesnar vs Team Dos Santos this weekend at the Palms. The finale for Ultimate Fighter 13 comes to The Pearl Saturday at 6 p.m. Tickets start at $276.

Revolution at The Mirage will be throwing the after-party for Ultimate Fighter 13, hosted by Kyle Kingsbury. It all starts at 10 p.m. and ladies have complimentary open bar until 12 a.m.

Changing your style and going for a sharper look? Nivea and Esquire magazine are putting on the “Look Like You Give A Damn” weekend, which starts off Friday night at Aria at the Deuce Lounge at 6 p.m. and kicks into full gear at the Gold Lounge at 10, with special guest DJ Mark Ronson. Nivea will be partying at Liquid pool club from 11 a.m and Haze at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, and they’ll be ending the weekend festivities at 11:30 a.m. at Todd English P.U.B. All-access passes start at $50.

On Friday night, The Plaza Hotel hosts Kaiju Big Battel, “a modern conflict of epic proportions. Evil villains, menacing alien beasts, and giant, city-crushing monsters threaten to destroy the planet Earth.” The city-crushing starts at 8 p.m.

If that’s not your cup of tea, the Dixie Evans Burlesque Show brings the “best of burlesque past and present” to the stage at The Plaza at 10 p.m. Saturday. The show will also feature comedy, magic, music and daredevil and variety acts with special surprise guests.


Rob Sherwood and Sam Fedele come to Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club at the Tropicana through Sunday at 8 and 10 p.m. Fedele doesn’t shy away from anything, touching on family, politics, television and whatever else that might be laugh-worthy at the time. Sherwood’s knowledge of how showbiz “really” works in Sin City has had audiences laughing since 1993. Tickets start at $37.40. Garrett himself, the club’s namesake perhaps best known for his role in “Everybody Loves Raymond,” will appear on Friday and Saturday, at the 8 p.m. show only.

Bret Ernst, a featured comedian on “Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Show,” “Comedy Central Presents” and “The Late Late Show,” will be at the Playboy Comedy Club through Saturday at 10 p.m., with an early 8 p.m. show Saturday.

Actress, comedian and talk show host Joan Rivers will have audiences laughing at the Venetian through Saturday at 9 p.m. Tickets start at $75.75.

Mark Curry, the actor and comedian from “Showtime at the Apollo” and “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper” performs at the Las Vegas Hilton’s Shimmer Cabaret through Sunday. Tickets start at $38.75 and the show starts at 10 p.m.

Headline Shows

"The Lion King" at Mandalay Bay has been dazzling audiences for more than 6,000 performances.

"The Lion King" at Mandalay Bay has been dazzling audiences for more than 6,000 performances.

“The Lion King” at Mandalay Bay recently saw its millionth guest. The 1994 Disney film is beautifully adapted in stage musical form, with vibrant set pieces, costumes and puppetry, alongside inspired acting by the cast, creating a real-life version of the jungle in which Simba, Nala, Scar, Timon and Pumba roam. “The Lion King” is dark Fridays and tickets start at $66.

“Le Rêve” at the Wynn is like taking a trip through someone’s vivid dream, which sounds just about right for a show whose name means “the dream.” A solid soundtrack accompanies the cast’s aquatic and aerial maneuvers. The theater in the round gives a good vantage point for all of the action, as characters perform gymnastic spectacles off of dangling silk ribbons and a wire-frame globe. Performances run Friday through Tuesday at 7 and 9:30 p.m, with tickets starting at $108.90.

You can catch seven-time Grammy Award-winner Gladys Knight’s new show at The Tropicana tonight at 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday at 9. Her revue showcases classics like “Midnight Train to Georgia,” “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” and “Every Beat of My Heart” but also newer hits like “Settle.” Tickets start at $71.50.

Nightlife and Pools

Encore Beach Club is giving away 100 Hello Kitty swimsuits Friday as part of Recess Fridays.

Playboy cover model and “Dancing with the Stars” regular Karina Smirnoff hosts TAO Beach at the Venetian Saturday, with the party starting at 10 a.m.

Singer Amanda Wilson, known for hits like “Seek Bromance” and “Keep This Fire Burning” will be at Blush at Wynn Saturday night.