Vegas Weekender: Magicians, Miss America, music acts

While Super Bowl Sunday and Valentine’s Day aren’t quite here yet, Vegas is still loaded with events that everyone can enjoy.

Shows

Legends, tribute legends and soon-to-be legends

Grammy nominated French alternative rock band Phoenix (with special guests The Soft Pack) perform at the Joint at the Hard Rock on Thursday, Jan. 28.

Japanese singing sensation, Utada takes the stage at Mandalay Bay’s House of Blues, Saturday, Jan. 30.

Fans of the rock legends Heart definitely won’t be “Alone” as they perform at the Las Vegas Hilton Friday, Jan. 29 and Saturday, Jan. 30.

Legends in Concert

The cast of Legends in Concert

Other music legends to check out this weekend include Bette Midler at Caesars Palace, Wayne Newton at the Tropicana and Donny & Marie at the Flamingo.

They may not be the real legends, but the impersonators at “Legends in Concert” at Harrah’s might just convince you otherwise.

More tribute shows include The Rat Pack is Back at the Plaza, as well as Frank Marino’s Divas Las Vegas and the Motown sounds of Human Nature at Imperial Palace.

Magic in the air: Burton, Copperfield and more

For all you fans of mystery and illusion, Vegas offers a slew of magic shows. Take Lance Burton at the Monte Carlo, for example. You’ll be shocked how he makes others (and himself) disappear into thin air, as well as transforms a piece of paper into a dove. Lance Burton performs nightly, with the exception of Sundays and Mondays.

David Copperfield at MGM Grand, Amazing Johnathan at Planet Hollywood and Mac King Comedy Magic Show at Harrah’s are just a few of the magicians you can catch this weekend.

Events

Here she comes: Miss America in Vegas

Get ready as your favorite Miss America contestants take the stage for the 2010 Miss America Pageant.
The pageant features 53 women, including Miss District of Colombia, Miss Puerto Rico and Miss Virgin Islands.

Hosted by Mario Lopez, the 2010 Miss America Pageant returns to Planet Hollywood Saturday, Jan. 30.

Sports

Fight Night: Campillo vs. Shumenov at the Joint

Fight Night with De La Hoya and Hopkins presents: Campillo vs. Shumenov at The Joint at the Hard Rock on Friday, Jan. 29th at 7 p.m.

In the 12-round main event, Spain’s Gabriel Campillo will defend his WBA Light Heavyweight World Title against Las Vegas resident Beibut Shumenov, who will defend his IBA Light Heavyweight World Title, in a rematch of their 2009 title fight.

Hotels

Rio offers “20” specials to honor its anniversary

In celebration of Rio’s 20th anniversary, the hotel will offer specials now through Feb. 4.
Spa specials include $20 manicures as well as a two-day fitness room and spa pass for $20. If you choose to double your pampering, you can purchase any service at full price and get the second service for $20 (equal or lesser value).

Other hot deals include two cocktails for $20 at iBar, $20 off your tattoo (for tattoos valued at $100 or more) at Vince Neil Ink, 20-cent wings at All American Bar & Grill and $20 open bar at McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon (valid from 4 – 6 p.m. and 8 – 10 p.m.).

Dining

Wine and dine at Simon at Palm Place

What can be more savory than an organic Italian wine dinner?

Simon at Palms Place welcomes winery owner Francesco Kovarich and invites guests to sit down for an extraordinary wine dinner event featuring Italian producers Poggio Foco from Tuscany and Fattorie Azzolino from Sicily.

Priced at $85 per person, this special wine pairing will be held Thursday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m.

The evening includes hamachi sashimi with bacon avocado and yuzu kosho paired with Azzolino D’Incanto Grillo 2008; stuffed Maine lobster tail moussseline partnered with Azzolino Diletto Nero d’Avola; chicken cacciatore with Tuscan potatoes complemented by Poggio Foco Secondo 2005; waggyu flat iron bistecca, fingerling coins with wild arugula served alongside a Poggio Foco Sesa 2005; and a decadent pairing of toasted Meyer lemon angel food cake with brown butter ice cream and Azzolino Dama Cortese, a rich desert wine made from native, sun-dried Sicilian white grapes.

For more information or to place reservations, call (702) 944-3292.

Casual, South American fare at Town Square

Looking for something a little more casual? Try the new Caña Latin Kitchen and Bar restaurant inside Town Square. Caña features South American-inspired fare served “bocadillo-style” on small plates. You can also enjoy a variety of sugar cane-based spirits.

The Springs Preserve

The Springs Preserve

Attractions

Southwest art exhibit at Springs Preserve

After all the partying, you’ll definitely need some peace. You can find it at Las Vegas Springs Preserve’s latest art exhibit.

Featuring artists from the Southwest, the attraction’s current exhibit, “Desert Chromaticity” showcases the quality of colors found in the desert, including anything natural or manmade, with sunsets and neon signs as influences. You’ll see sculptures, paintings and photography that narrate the quality and purity of color in the desert environment.

Noted artists include David Baird, Catherine Borg, Chad Brown, Sam Davis, Stephen Hendee, Shawn Hummel, Mayme Kratz and Ayako Ono.

This exhibit is available through March 7, 2010, and is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Entrance to the exhibit is free with purchase of a general admission ticket to the Springs Preserve.

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