Vegas Weekender: Special events take over Sin City

There’s a lot happening in Las Vegas this weekend. Much of the action is centered in the showrooms along the Strip where plenty of great bands and comedians will be performing. But several special events are also being held. From tennis and equestrian sports to the Latin Grammy Awards and a mustache festival, thousands of people are expected to be jamming the city – and we couldn’t be happier!

Shows and concerts

Gordie Brown

Gordie Brown performs great impressions and hilarious song parodies.

If you enjoy impressions of famous people, then check out Gordie Brown. This all-around entertainer can do the voices of politicians, actors, musicians, pop culture figures and more while capturing their facial expressions and body language. It’s both amazing and hilarious because he adds some crazy antics into the mix. Brown performs at the Golden Nugget every Tuesday – Saturday at 7:30 p.m. nightly.

Be part of the send-off for Garth Brooks. The acoustic shows that have featured just Brooks, his guitar, a stool and a bottle of water are about to become part of Vegas lore. The country superstar will make his final performances in the Encore Theater on Nov. 16 – 17 at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m.

The Eagles will land at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Nov. 17 (and return for another concert on Dec. 30). The revered band, which was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, is in the middle of their Long Road Out of Eden tour. Expect to hear classic hits like “Hotel California” and “Take It to the Limit.” The music begins at 8 p.m.

The Chicago rock band Styx, best known in the late ’70s and early ’80s for hits like “The Best of Times” and “Mr. Roboto,” is coming to the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms on Nov. 16 – 17 at 8 p.m.

Funnyman Daniel Tosh is coming to town as part of The Mirage’s Aces of Comedy series. Tosh, who stars in the Comedy Central talk show “Tosh.O,” hits the stage of the Terry Fator Theatre on Nov. 16 – 17 at 10 p.m. nightly.

Jerry Lewis

Jerry Lewis will tell stories of his eight-decade career through narrative and musical performances.

Comedian Jerry Lewis will be getting up to his old shenanigans on Nov. 18 in The Orleans at 8 p.m.

Interested in some free music? Head over to Vinyl at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Nov. 15. The Las Vegas-based band Whiskey Breath, which blends Americana, Southern Rock and country music, will play at 10 p.m.

You can also enjoy a complimentary show featuring the electronic dance group Fans of Jimmy Century (FOJC) in The Lounge at the Palms on Nov. 16 – 17 at 11 p.m. FOJC hails from the San Francisco Bay Area. The group is famed for their theatrical live performances.

The Deftones, an alternative metal band from Sacramento, just released the new album “Koi No Yokan.” To promote it, they are on tour and making a Sin City stop at the House of Blues on Nov. 18. Scars on Broadway will be their special guests. The show starts at 7 p.m.

Special events

The South Point Arena is hosting the Blenheim Equisports National Hunter and Jumper Show. You can see U.S. Olympic team member and reigning show jumping world cup champion Rich Fellers in action. The event is free to the public. The shows start at 6 p.m. on Nov. 15 – 16 and 5 p.m. on Nov. 17.

Juan Luis Guerra

Juan Luis Guerra is in the lead with six Latin Grammy nominations.

Que pasa? The Latin Grammy Awards is what’s happening! They will be held on Nov. 15 in the Mandalay Bay Events Center. This marks the fifth time that Latin music’s most prestigious awards show has taken place in Las Vegas. Doors open at 3 p.m., with the show beginning at 5 p.m. It will air live on the Univision Network from 8 – 11 p.m.

Tennis anyone? Legendary players Andre Agassi, John McEnroe, Jim Courier and Michael Chang are in town on Nov. 17 to compete in the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) Championships as part of the PowerShares Series Tour. The challenge will consist of three matches in which the winners of the first two matches will compete against each other in the third match. The action gets under way at 7:30 p.m. in the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

If you’re a fan of facial hair, then you’ve got to attend the third annual Mustachio Bashio on Nov. 17 at the Silverton’s Veil Pavilion. At this crazy event, attendees are invited to sport their best mustache. The title of “Mr. Stash 2012” is up for grabs, along with a $1,000 cash prize. In addition to drink specials and a beer pong tournament, there will be a mashed potato eating contest and Jaimoke Karaoke. Doors open at 6 p.m. Mustachio Bashio is free to the public. Proceeds will benefit the Prostate Cancer Foundation.


The Pumpkin Cupcake at Hyde Bellagio

The Pumpkin Cupcake at Hyde Bellagio is a dessert in a glass!

Join the party scene at Vanity Nightclub in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino this weekend. On Nov. 16, Rock, Paper, Scissors will up the vibe with some help from resident DJs Presto One and Spair. Taking over the tables on Nov. 17 are DJs Loczi and Joseph Gettright, followed by DJs Shift and Franzen on Nov. 18. Vanity Nightclub is open every Friday – Sunday from 10 p.m. – 4 a.m. nightly.

Celebrate the fall harvest season with the new Pumpkin Cupcake cocktail available in Hyde Bellagio. The rich and creamy libation blends apple Stoli vodka with pumpkin purée, yellow Chartreuse, simple syrup and lemon juice. Topped with whipped cream and cinnamon, it’s truly a drinkable dessert! The chic Hyde Bellagio overlooks the breathtaking Fountains of Bellagio. It opens at 5 p.m. for early evening revelry and doesn’t close until the wee hours.


Good news: Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé! When the clock strikes midnight on the third Thursday of November, a new vintage of Beaujolais Nouveau, a coveted red wine, is released to the world. To honor the French tradition, Mon Ami Gabi in Paris Las Vegas is adding Beaujolais Nouveau-inspired items to its menu from Nov. 15 – 22. This includes briny oysters du jour with a Beaujolais mignonette and cream of garlic soup with Savoy cabbage, flageolet beans and duck confit. Among the entrées will be a wonderful pan-seared whitefish with red potatoes, Brussels sprouts, caramelized garlic and a Beaujolais bacon sauce. And you can satisfy your sweet tooth with the blackcurrant sorbet in red wine syrup.


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