Vegas Weekender: Hot acts spice up Vegas

It already feels like summer in Vegas, so get ready for some hot fun with a thrilling new attraction, exciting headliners and parties that last all day – and night.


penntellerFunny man Joel McHale, E!’s “Talk Soup” host and NBC’s “Community” actor tickles your funny bone Friday, April 30 at 9 p.m. at Mandalay Bay. Also appearing at Mandalay Bay this weekend is hip-hop superstar Lupe Fiasco, playing at House of Blues on Saturday, May 1. Opening for Lupe Fiasco is up-and-coming rap artist, B.o.B.

If rock is more your thing, Carlos Santana performs now through Sunday, May 2 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

Located at the Rio, Penn & Teller deliver a one-of-a-kind magic show, which includes audience interaction. Show times are Saturday through Wednesday at 9 p.m.

Other magic shows include Lance Burton at Monte Carlo (Tuesday – Saturday, 7 p.m.), Mac King Comedy Magic Show at Harrah’s (Tuesday – Saturday, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.) and Nathan Burton at the Flamingo (Tuesday – Friday and Sunday, 4 p.m.).

Fight night

Floyd Mayweather Jr. takes on Shane Mosley on Saturday, May 1 at the MGM Grand Grand Arena. Tickets were still available in some seating sections as of April 30. But if you don’t score admission, watch the fight in one of Las Vegas sports books.

Afterwards, Mayweather will host his offical after-party at Studio 54 at MGM Grand on Saturday. Expect Mayweather to make an appearance after 12:30 a.m.


Get ready to jump

skyjumpvdcDo something really daring this weekend. Try the latest Stratosphere attraction, SkyJump Las Vegas and get the thrill of a lifetime. Described as a “controlled free fall,” this vertical zip line ride is one you won’t want to miss. Riders descend 855 feet from the top of the Stratosphere tower to the ground. That’s more than 100 stories!

While the ride may sound intimidating, SkyJump is definitely worth the try. Guide wires keep you from straying off course. In addition, the ride slows down early enough for you to land safely (and smoothly) on the ground. Plus, how many people can say they jumped from one of the tallest buildings in the country? Rides are $99.99. Hours are noon – 7 p.m., daily. Starting May 21, hours are 10 a.m. – 1 a.m., Sunday to Thursday and 10 a.m. – 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday (weather permitting).


Show off your drinking skills at McFadden’s

For those with the ability to flip perfectly and chug rapidly, McFadden’s holds a flip cup tournament this Thursday, April 29. Teams of five players can begin signing up at 10 p.m. The entry fee is $25 per team. The tournament kicks off at 11 p.m. Pitchers of Coors Light will be available for $5, along with $5 you-call-it bomb shots. As a preliminary warm-up, all ladies drink for free from 10 until 11 p.m.

Spring “Broke?”

Are you a college student who’s short on cash but wants to go all out in Vegas? Don’t fret – we’ve got
you covered. Rockhouse Bar and Nightclub  at Imperial Palace offers weekday specials including two-for-1 $5 canned beers and $5 Cuervo margaritas and Jager bombs.

Every Thursday, the club hosts “Schoolgirl’s Night Out,” where ladies receive complimentary admission
and free drinks from 10:30 p.m. – midnight.

If you’re the king (or queen) of beer pong, show off your skills during the weekend beer pong competitions. These college beer pong competitions happen every Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. And as long as you’re a student, everyone makes the VIP Dean’s List with a student ID. This includes complimentary admission any night of the week before 10 p.m.

These specials only last until Memorial Day weekend.

Skybar ready to sizzle this summer

Just when you thought you had seen every variation of pool club, think again. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
presents Skybar, a sophisticated lounge ideal for social relaxation. Located above the HRH Beach Club, the day-to-night pool deck creates an exclusive, chic atmosphere. Enjoy the sun on the upper deck by day, or lounge under the stars while admiring the Strip at night.

Skybar and HRH Beach Club nearly double the overall size of the hotel’s pool area and offer guests a high-end and tranquil escape. Guests can lounge on the plush bar seating, custom daybeds, couches and banquettes.

The lower Skybar pool features 14 luxurious cabanas surrounding a circular infinity wading pool. Choose from HRH Beach Club Bar & Grill menu, which includes cheeseburger sliders, crispy shrimp, chilled fruit
skewers and more.

Drinks include premium spirits, bottle service and signature cocktails such as the Manhattan LV, Skybar Margarita, Strip Cleanse and Skybar Smash.

During the day, Skybar opens daily from noon – 8 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Nighttime
hours will be 8 p.m. – midnight on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Admission is complimentary for hotel guests and $20 for the public. And remember, upscale beach is strictly enforced.