It’s an interesting weekend in Las Vegas, to say the least. You’ve got rock legends Aerosmith and Cheap Trick playing MGM on the same night, the Silverton’s King of Pop tribute, ice skaters, pro-gamers and a psychic. Sure, those last few sound like they’re going to build up to a punchline, but this weekend is no joke.
Shows and Concerts
“Le Rêve – The Dream” at Wynn is a fascinating experience crafted by Franco Dragone, the director behind dozens of productions throughout the world, including Vegas’ own “O” and “Mystère.” French for “the dream,” “Le Rêve” is Dragone at the top of his game. An aquatic dreamscape filled with mysterious characters, the show takes place in a circular theater, so there isn’t a bad seat in the house. Multiple platforms extend in and out of the 68.5-foot-diameter pool in the center, providing ever shifting scenery for the performers, dancers, aerialists and synchronized swimmers to weave their colorful tale. You can catch “Le Rêve” nightly (except for Wednesday and Thursday) at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets start at $115.50.
Country music artist Shania Twain returns to Caesars Palace on Dec. 2 with a 7:30 p.m. engagement. Her new show, “Shania: Still the One,” is slated for a two-year residency in The Colosseum. A five-time Grammy Award winner, Twain has sold more than 75 million albums worldwide, including 50 million albums in the United States. She’s the top-selling female country artist of all time and has multiplatinum album sales in 32 countries. Tickets start at $95.
Aerosmith has kicked off the second leg of The Global Warming Tour, making a stop at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Dec. 1. The band, featuring Steven Tyler (vocals), Joe Perry (guitar), Brad Whitford (guitar), Tom Hamilton (bass) and Joey Kramer (drums), is armed with both their career-defining hits like “Walk This Way” and “Dream On,” along with new tracks from its most recent album “Music from Another Dimension.” Rock group Cheap Trick, best known for their hit songs “Surrender,” “I Want You to Want Me,” “Dream Police” and “The Flame,” is also appearing with Aerosmith, making this a must-see evening for classic rock fans. Tickets start at $49.50, with the show kicking off at 8 p.m.
Songstress Chantal Claret plays Vinyl at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Nov. 30. Influenced by icons like Nancy Sinatra and Brigitte Bardot, Claret’s music has been featured in commercials for the Canadian TV series “Degrassi” and ESPN’s “First Take,” as well as VH1’s reality show “Mob Wives.” Entry is free.
Las Vegas headliners are using their talents for a night of entertainment on Dec. 1, benefitting the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots drive at the LVH. This year’s event is hosted by popular Vegas performers Chris Phillips and Marley Taylor of Zowie Bowie and features Elvis tribute artist Trent Carlini, Quiet Riot frontman Paul Shortino and singer and impressionist Gordie Brown. Tickets start at $19, with the show beginning at 8 p.m.
World-renowned psychic Char Margolis is ready to mesmerize audiences in Vegas with her show at the Flamingo, starting Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. Margolis has appeared on “Dr. Phil,” “The Doctors,” “Dr. Oz,” “Extra,” “Entertainment Tonight” and “Access Hollywood,” and uses her gifts to allow people to connect with their own gifts and help them live without fear. Tickets start at $97.50.
IGN Pro League (IPL), the competitive video game league presented by IGN Entertainment, will head back to Sin City for IPL 5, which runs Nov. 29 – Dec. 1 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Featuring the best of the best in League of Legends and StarCraft II, the prize pool totals more than $200,000. Tickets start at $40.
As part of Winter in Venice, guests can check out the first night of the four-week “Culinary Clash Master Chef Competition” on Nov. 30 from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. at The Venetian’s Doge’s Palace. The event provides head-to-head competition between the sous chefs and chefs de cuisine from dozens of restaurants located inside The Venetian and The Palazzo, who will be challenged to create recipes using ingredients provided from a “mystery basket” in mobile “food truck” kitchens. Guest appearances include celebrity chefs Emeril Lagasse, Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich and Sammy DeMarco, who are judges of the competition.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has transformed its Boulevard Pool area into a winter wonderland, including a full-fledged ice rink. Debuting Nov. 30, the scene will feature fire pits, picnic tables and Adirondack chairs, as well as a selection hot drinks and bites. A full bar is available, serving up signature cocktails and warm food options. Hours of operation are Monday – Friday from 3 – 11 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. All-day skating access is $15 (skates can be rented for $5). Admission to the unique holiday atmosphere surrounding the ice rink is free.
NOTE: A previous version of this post listed “Moonwalker” for Nov. 30. “Moonwalker” has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date.