Vegas Weekender: Enjoy a star-studded weekend in Vegas

The Blue Man Group has enjoyed more than 10 years on the Strip without ever saying a word. Photo by James Porto.

The Blue Man Group has enjoyed more than 10 years on the Strip without ever saying a word. Photo by James Porto.

While you may have seen your fair share of beauties on the Las Vegas Strip, once a year every state in America sends its best-of-the-best to Vegas in hopes of winning the crown and title of Miss America.

This year’s show, which will take place Jan. 15 at Planet Hollywood, is the 90th edition and will be the sixth consecutive time the pageant has appeared in Las Vegas after spending the previous 84 in Atlantic City, N.J.   

Television personality and co-host of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” Brooke Burke will co-host the competition alongside Chris Harrison from ABC’s “The Bachelor.” In honor of the special anniversary, at least 40 former Miss Americas will be at the event, creating the largest single gathering of Miss Americas in history.

Additionally, the Miss America event will bring back its parade for the first time in five years.
It will take place at the Arc de Triomphe at Paris Las Vegas on Jan. 14 beginning at noon and is open to the public. It will feature all 53 of the Miss America contestants along with Miss Americas from previous decades.


The silent picture has long been replaced by action-packed, dialogue-driven drama, but thanks to three men who paint their faces blue nightly and perform for 90 minutes without uttering a word, silence is en vogue again.

The Blue Man Group has intrigued Strip audiences for the past decade with wacky humor and facial expressions. The trio find ways to interact with guests by inviting some on stage for memorable (and hilarious) experiences. You can also grab a front-row seat — and a poncho — where you will find yourself immersed in the action.

Blue Man Group performs two shows nightly at the Venetian at 7 and 10 p.m. Tickets start at $101.85. 

Drew Carey’s Improv-A-Ganza, which will air on the Game Show Network in spring 2011, comes to the MGM Grand for two shows nightly Thursday-Sunday. The shows start at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. and tickets start at $58.90.

Smokey Robinson brings his Motown sound to the Eastside Cannery at 8 p.m on Jan. 14. Robinson has had 37 songs reach the Top 40, with classics like “The Tracks of my Tears” and “I Second That Emotion.” Tickets start at $64.95.

Former teenage idols Frankie Avalon and Bobby Rydell team up for a three-night engagement at The Orleans Showroom at 8 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Tickets start at $29.95.

Famed guitarist Joe Satriani brings his band and science-fiction themed tunes to the House of Blues inside Mandalay Bay at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets start at $25 per person.

Raunchy comedian Lisa Lampanelli comes to the Palms at 8 p.m. Saturday where she is sure to make fun of more than a few members of the audience. Tickets to see the comedian known for her insults and racy style begin at $56.

Grammy-winning singer Julio Iglesias brings his classic romantic songs to the Green Valley Resort at 8 p.m. Jan. 15. Tickets start at $34.95.

Australian-rock duo Air Supply performs their hits at Buffalo Bill’s in Primm at 8 p.m. Saturday. Air Supply is best known for their romantic ballads such as “I’m All Out of Love,” and “Making Love Out of Nothing At All.” Tickets start at $32.95.

Lena Prima, daughter of “King of Swing” Louis Prima, will perform at the Suncoast at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The show is a tribute to her father, whose hits included “That Old Black Magic” and “Jump Jive ’An Wail.”  Tickets start at $19.95.

Styx brings its 1970s hits to the House of Blues at 8 p.m. Sunday, where they will perform classics such as “Renegade,” “Come Sail Away,” and “Mr. Roboto,” in a show dubbed “An Evening With Styx.” Tickets start at $50.


Grammy Award-winning artist John Legend will celebrate his 32nd birthday at Haze Nightclub inside Aria at CityCenter on Saturday. Haze, which was recently named best nightclub by a local magazine, features a high-tech lighting system along with television screens around the dance floor that accompany the music.
You never know what you might see at Haze with sexy-models in eclectic dress in the “Voyer Room” and aerial dancers.

Cover charge starts at $30 for women and $50 for men and bottle packages are available. Doors open at 10:30 p.m.

Kristin Cavallari, star of MTV’s “The Hills,” will host at The Bank inside the Bellagio on Saturday. Cover charge starts at $30 for women and $50 for men. Doors open at 10:30 p.m.

Rain Nightclub inside the Palms is debuting its newest format, “Clash,” Friday with international DJs Diplo and Felix Da Housecat as exclusive residents. The new show will feature the best in electronic music combined with an edgy, sexy stage production.

Cover charge starts at $50 and also gives you access to Ghostbar, Playboy Club and Moon.

Reality TV star and hip-hop artist Ray J celebrates his 30th birthday Saturday at Vanity Nightclub inside the Hard Rock Hotel. Doors open at 10 p.m. and the cover charge starts at $20.

DMC of Run DMC grabs the mic Saturday at LAX inside the Luxor. Doors open at 10 p.m. and front-of-the-line admission starts at $40.