Vegas Weekender: Food, fun and entertainment

Don’t let the cold weather get you down. Come to Vegas for fun, food, entertainment and more. Celebrate a crooning legend’s 95th birthday with dinner, a show and some dancing. Cheer on two heavyweight UFC champions as they fight to be named king of the ring or watch a parade of divas as they entertain you with their impersonations.

Whether you want to sing with Sinatra or dance like a diva, it’s all happening this weekend in Vegas.


Frank Marino, star of "Frank Marino's Divas Las Vegas"

Frank Marino, star of "Frank Marino's Divas Las Vegas"

After starring in “La Cage” at the Riviera for more than 20 years, Frank Marino brings his show (and his divas) to the Imperial Palace for a show fit for a queen. “Frank Marino’s Divas Las Vegas” is a fun, 75-minute revue with impersonators portraying divas like Madonna, Cher, Bette Midler and Dolly Parton. Marino gets the crowd laughing with his portrayal of comedy legend Joan Rivers. Show time is 9 p.m. on Dec. 9, 11 – 12 and tickets start at $47.47.

Clint Black is credited as one of the first artists to make country music go mainstream in the ’90s. Now, he brings his guitar to Las Vegas to perform at the Golden Nugget. Black’s hits include “A Better Man,” “Killin’ Time” and “Loving Blind.” The concert takes place on Dec. 9. Show time is 10 p.m. and tickets start at $79.85.

Southern rockers The Black Crowes bring all of their hits to the Hard Rock Hotel at 8 p.m. Dec. 10. Tickets are priced from $49.50.

Music legend Leonard Cohen performs Dec. 10 – 11 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Show time is 8 p.m. and tickets are $49.50 and up.

Italian-born tenor Andrea Bocelli performs live with the New West Symphony at MGM Grand Dec. 11. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $75 and up.

Playboy Comedy at the Palms features Tammy Pescatelli this weekend. Pescatelli is best know for being a top five finalist on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing Season 2.” The comedian has also appeared on “Last Call with Carson Daly” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” The Playboy Comedy Show takes place Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 10 at 10 p.m. and Dec 11 at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets start at $39.99.

Miranda Lambert also performs at the Palms this Friday, Dec. 10. Lambert will be singing songs from her No. 1 album “KEROSENE” and her follow-up album “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” as she takes Las Vegas by storm. The concert will take place at the Pearl at the Palms. Show time is 10 p.m. and tickets start at $55.50.


Lagasse's Stadium

Lagasse's Stadium in the Palazzo Las Vegas

The National Finals Rodeo rides its way into town this week and concludes this Saturday with a few big parties. Head out for a night on the town at Studio 54 at MGM Grand with a VIP party hosted by Trevor Brazile. Cover charge applies and the party starts at 10 p.m.

The Official Wrangler NFR World Champion Awards Show and 10th Night After Party will be held at the Mirage Dec. 11 at 8:30 p.m. There will be live music, celebrity red carpet appearances and rodeo gear giveaways.

If you participated in any sort of Black Friday sale this year, the UFC 124 fight will seem tame. However, you might want to check out heavyweights Georges St-Pierre as he battles Josh Koscheck at the viewing party at Lagasse’s Stadium at the Palazzo.

Chef Emeril Lagasse’s bar food, plush seating and more than 100 HD TVs are just some of the reasons why. The fight starts at 7 p.m. on Dec. 11 and food and beverage minimums apply.

If you like the smooth sounds of Frank Sinatra, you’re not alone. To celebrate Frank Sinatra’s 95th birthday, join in on the fun at a few places that pay tribute to the crooner.

Bernard’s Bistro at Lake Las Vegas is offering a special dinner with live entertainment from Pianist LeNae Huff. The five-course menu will be served while footage from Sinatra will be playing from Carnegie Hall in 1980.

The Sinatra dinner will take place on Sunday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. Dinner is $75 per person with wine pairing for an additional $40.

Sinatra Dance with Me opens this weekend at the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas. The show features choreography from Twyla Tharp and vocals from Sinatra. Tickets start at $81.40 and show time is 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 12.

After the show, head to Sinatra restaurant at Encore for dinner. At the restaurant, feast on dishes like agnolotti with bufala ricotta and ossobuco with risotto and gremolata. Sinatra is open nightly, 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.