Vegas Weekender: Shows, sweets and (for some) free drinks

Even though Valentine’s Day and the Big Game are already over, Vegas keeps the excitement going through the month of February.


Happy Birthday to February babies

McFadden’s Irish Pub at the Rio is throwing a big birthday bash on Saturday, Feb. 20. Those with February birthdays, who are 21 years or older, can enjoy free birthday cocktails from 11 p.m. – 1 a.m. Friends and family may also join in the celebration: McFadden’s offers all-you-can-drink specials ($10 for ladies, $20 for men) and $5 birthday cake shots.


Treasures of Egypt on display in Las Vegas

King Tut at Las Vegas Natural History Museum.

King Tut at Las Vegas Natural History Museum.

If you’ve never visited a museum in Las Vegas before, now is your chance. And at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum, you won’t have to worry about a dinosaur skeleton chasing you or a monkey stealing your set of keys. Instead, you’ll get to see the museum’s latest exhibit, “Treasures of Egypt,” a 4,000-square-foot exhibit with replicas of Egyptian artifacts. Following the closing of Luxor’s King Tut museum, the hotel donated its pieces here. But this exhibit is twice the size. You’ll see 500 replicas, including King Tut’s golden throne, shrine and chariots, and the gold-painted sarcophagus, which sits atop King Tut’s tomb. Relive Egypt during King Tut’s time, but with a modern twist. Walk through Pharoah’s Tutankhamun’s burial chamber with touch screen monitors, pieces of art and King Tut’s face projected onto the wall. There’s also an ancient Egyptian marketplace and an interactive mummy-scan. Las Vegas Natural History Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. It is located at 900 N. Las Vegas Blvd.


Headliners take the stage in Vegas

Gordie Brown

Gordie Brown

For a trip down memory lane, see Tony Bennett perform live at Las Vegas Hilton Friday, Feb. 19 and Saturday, Feb. 20. Best known for his signature song, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” the crooner will perform his string of hits, spanning a period of more than five decades.

Another old-school favorite comes to town this weekend. Don Rickles performs at Orleans on Saturday, Feb. 20 and Sunday, Feb. 21.

Carlos Santana performs live in his show “Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through the Hits” at the Hard Rock Hotel from Friday, Feb. 19 through Sunday, Feb. 21.

See The Expendables perform at Mandalay Bay’s House of Blues Sunday, Feb. 21.

Rock out to Adler’s Appetite (Thursday, Feb. 18 at 10 p.m.) and The Head Cat with special guest Yeller Bellies (Sunday, Feb. 21 at 9:30 p.m.) at Wasted Space inside the Hard Rock.

And if you’re planning on spending a long weekend in Vegas, The Red Chord with special guests My Children My Bride, Chelsea Grim and Those Who Lie Beneath will do a show Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. at 702 Skatepark.

Tickle your funny bone with the comedy of Larry the Cable Guy on Friday, Feb. 19 at 9 p.m. at Star of the Desert Arena at Buffalo Bill’s.

Other comedians to enjoy this weekend include Frank Caliendo at Monte Carlo (performing nightly except Sunday and Wednesday), George Wallace at Flamingo (performing nightly except Sunday and Monday) and up-and-coming comic acts at Playboy Comedy at the Palms from Thursday through Sunday.

While you’re in town, don’t miss out on all the celebrity impressions and song parodies of Gordie Brown at the Golden Nugget. Brown performs nightly at 7:30 p.m., with the exception of Sunday and Monday.

Better off Red: Mall supports a good cause

Your eyes aren’t deceiving you if you seeing red when you glance at the fountain outside the V Theater in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. Throughout February, the fountain is bathed in red in honor of National Heart Month. All change thrown into the fountain will be donated to the American Heart Association.

Not a Mirage, this treat is too sweet to miss

If you haven’t made your way to Sugar Factory inside Mirage yet, what are you waiting for? Popular with many celebrities, the signature couture lollipop is all the craze these days. The latest to hit Sugar Factory is Spice Girl Mel B.’s signature pop. With its glittery purple handle, you’ll be the center of attention everywhere you go. These handles can be used long after your candy is gone, since the lollipop heads are replaceable.


Champagne adds the sparkle of romance

Speaking of sweet, one place to check out with your sweetie is the new Laguna Champagne Bar at Palazzo. Guests can enjoy fine champagne cocktails in a luxurious environment with elegant entertainment. During the weekends, a harpist comes to play at Laguna, making the evening even more romantic.