Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012 | 6 p.m.
This weekend's best bets include concerts featuring Gavin DeGraw, Colbie Caillat, Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez and Hank Williams III. If you're in the mood for some sporting action, head to the ballpark and watch the Las Vegas 51s take on the Omaha Storm Chasers. Here are our best entertainment bets for the weekend:
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Friday-Saturday: David Spade at Venetian
Comedian David Spade headlines at the Venetian ballroom. The sitcom and stand-up veteran is currently cracking up audiences in "Rules of Engagement." Tickets are $65.75-$175.75, and shows are Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m.
Friday-Sunday: "MythBusters" at the Palazzo
The Palazzo presents the new live show “MythBusters: Behind the Myths,” starring Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, co-hosts of the Emmy-nominated Discovery Channel series "MythBusters.” The show presents an evening of onstage experiments, audience participation, video and behind-the-scenes stories. Tickets are $60-$130, and the show starts at 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Friday-Sunday: AniMegaCon at LVH
In its inaugural year, the AniMegaCon anime convention arrives at the LVH (Las Vegas Hotel). The convention offers anime fans the opportunity to meet the most famous artists, voice actors, directors and musicians from the top anime and manga series. Fans can also enjoy fashion shows, concerts, trading card games and an anime formal ball. Tickets are $20-$120, and events run from 10 a.m. Friday straight through to the closing ceremonies at 5 p.m. Sunday.
Friday: The Las Vegas 51s at Cashman Field
The Las Vegas 51s will take on the Omaha Storm Chasers at Cashman Field. The 51s will donate $5 from each ticket purchased to the nonprofit Helping Hands of Vegas Valley, a food pantry providing food and transportation for seniors. Tickets are $10-$30, and the game starts at 7:05 p.m.
Saturday: End of Summer Block Party at the Henderson Pavilion
The Henderson Pavilion plays host to 98.5 KLUC’s End of Summer Block Party featuring music from X Factor finalist Chris Rene, teen heartthrob Austin Mahone, and Outasight of “Tonight is the Night” fame. Tickets are $9.85, and the show starts at 7 p.m.
Saturday: Enrique Iglesias and J.Lo at Mandalay Bay
Get a double dose of Latin superstars when Enrique Iglesias and J.Lo perform together at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Special guest Frankie J opens the show. Tickets are $45-$250, and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday: Hank III at House of Blues
Hank III, son of Hank Williams Jr., has performed with groups such as Assjack, Arson Anthem and Superjoint Ritual. Now hear his solo music at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay. Tickets are $20-$23, and the show starts at 9 p.m.
Saturday: Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw at Mandalay Beach
Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw team up for a performance at Mandalay Beach, along with special guest Justin Young. Caillat is known for mellow pop tunes like "Bubbly" and "Realize," and DeGraw earned fame with songs like "Chariot," "Follow Through" and "I Don't Want to Be." Tickets are $45, and the show starts at 9 p.m.
Saturday: Cooking class at the Springs Preserve
Learn how to beat the heat by making chilled Thai melon soup, classic vichyssoise (potato leek soup), and tofu berry and groovy green smoothies at a cooking class at the Springs Preserve. The cooking workshop is presented by professional chefs from the Springs Cafe and the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas. Call 702-822-7700 to preregister. Tickets are $40, or $30 for Springs Preserve members. The event starts at 10 a.m.