Vegas Weekender: Poker, power ballads and perfect pairings

Halloween may be over, but the fun in Vegas never ends. Enjoy a weekend full of big-name headlining acts, cheap drinks and all the things that make this city oh-so-tempting. Even with winter just around the corner, Vegas continue to keep it hot.


terry2This weekend, tease that funny bone with all the comedic acts on the Strip. See “America’s Got Talent” winner Terry Fator at the Mirage and let him wow you with his spot-on humorous impressions, charismatic personality and powerhouse vocals.

Funny man Charlie Murphy will share his comedic talent at House of Blues inside Mandalay Bay on Saturday, Nov. 6.

Jason Alexander performs as “Donny Clay” at the Hollywood theater from Nov. 4 -10. He will counsel and advise audiences during his hilarious seminar nightly at 8 p.m.

Fans of Rod Stewart can enjoy his greatest hits at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace this Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 6 – 7 at 8 p.m. Fans who have seen his amazing, high energy shows in arenas and stadiums can now see him in a much smaller and more intimate venue.

If you’re really into the old-school music, The Platters, The Cornell Gunter Coasters & The Marvelettes perform at the Crown Theater inside the Rio nightly at 7 p.m. You’ll get to hear all your favorites including “My Prayer,” “Please Mr. Postman,” “Charlie Brown,” “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes,” “Yakety Yak” and

R&B sensation Kenny Edmonds (better known as “Babyface”) performs at the Orleans Nov. 6 and Nov. 7 at 8 p.m.

Drake (with special guest Tyga) performs at the Hard Rock Hotel Sat. Nov. 6. The show is sold out, butmaybe you can convince a friend to give you the extra ticket. You can always catch his after-party at Tryst inside the Wynn later that night.


crownCrown Nightclub at the Rio is hosting tons of parties this weekend.

On Nov. 4, Snowboard Cinema Thursday features “Paint it Red” and “F— It.” Doors open at 10:30 p.m. Powder and Sun, in association with Tyrant Snowboards, brings some of the best snowboard videos of 2010 to the 12 massive screens at Crown.

Those who attend have the chance to win fantastic prizes like snowboards, bindings, headphones, clothing and more. Enjoy music by C-Money and The Players Inc. (with members of Slightly Stoopid) and DJ Crime will be spinning. Admission is $5.

On Saturday, Nov. 6 Crown Nightclub hosts MMA Xplosion: Amateur Team Challenge between the Las Vegas Spiders and Las Vegas Scorpions. The event starts at 5 p.m.

And here’s something for the ladies on the same night: At 10 p.m., Crown hosts a four-week pole dancing competition, with other competition dates on Dec. 11 and Jan. 22. The top winner for each of these three events wins $500. The final winner in January walks away with $3,500. Even if you’re not competing, it’ll be a fun show to cheer for your favorite contestant.


Poker fans are in for a treat with this weekend’s tournaments. Whether you’re a novice or a pro, join in Caesars Palace’s fourth annual poker tournament inside the resort’s poker room through Saturday, Nov. 7.

Single table satellites for all events will run daily from 9 a.m. – 11 p.m. The poker room features a selection of the most popular poker games including Texas Hold’em, Stud and Omaha. An extensive menu and dedicated cocktail service allow players to have food and beverage delivered directly to the tables during play.

And through Nov. 24, the Venetian poker room hosts Deep Stack Extravaganza IV. The action-packed tournament features No-limit, P.L.O., Omaha H/L and H.O.R.S.E events. Each event starts with a notable amount of chips, generous blind structures and 40, 60 or 90-minute levels. Single table satellites will be held daily from 8 a.m. until 2 a.m.


Ready to escape to Vegas after a long week at work? This Friday, El Segundo Sol restaurant and bar kicks off its Cinco de Noviembre celebration. The fifth of every month, enjoy Loco Hour menu deals offered all day. Frozen margaritas in flavors like Prickly Pear, Strawberry and ¡Mexelente! Mango margaritas are only $5. Tres Agave Tequila Shots are only $3. If you’re here for lunch, grab chicken quesadillas for only $4.95 and cheese crisps for $4.95. El Segundo Sol is located at 3200 S. Las Vegas Boulevard, inside the Fashion Show mall.

Aspiring cooks, rejoice! Come celebrate Thanksgiving at a cooking class at 12 p.m. on Nov. 6 at Nove Italiano at the Palms. Join Nove Italiano’s Executive Chef Geno Bernardo in an intimate and special cooking class called “My Italian Thanksgiving.” The holiday class offers seasonal cuisine from Chef Geno with a twist on traditional Thanksgiving dishes. The six courses are comprised of his family’s Thanksgiving dishes and feature rich and savory flavors from Italy.

The class ends with attendees trying each course paired with wine. The cost of the cooking class is $75 per person.


Most folks take their Vegas jackpot winnings back home, but my dad decided to stay here instead. That’s how I left Seattle almost 20 years ago. I moved from greenery and rainy days to hot summers, palm trees and desert. As much as I love my hometown, I decided to stick around Vegas. This city just has so much to offer. You don’t even have to be a gambler, bar hopper or an all-night partier. I love Vegas for its awesome vegan-friendly spots, concerts, swanky hotel suites and spas so big, they’re like castles. The pool scene is not too shabby either, which is why I love taking stay-cations. Besides living it up -- Vegas style -- I’m hanging out with my handsome hubby, adorable baby girl, two cats and super-fluffy Shih-Tzu. I’m also a huge fan of '90s music, shows and movies. You can find me on Google+ and Twitter.