Thursday, July 19, 2012 | 5:52 p.m.
Chose from a wide variety of events this weekend, from outdoor movies to basketball at the NBA Summer League to a dose of culture at the Las Vegas Film Festival at the Las Vegas Hotel. Here are our best entertainment bets for the weekend:
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Thursday-Sunday: The Las Vegas Film Festival at LVH
The Las Vegas Film Festival returns to the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. There will be about 60 original films and documentaries, including an Asian American and Asian international film block curated by the San Diego Asian Film Festival. Also, guests can enjoy parties, panel discussions and a screenplay competition. Individual tickets and packages are available from $10-$150. Screenings run from Thursday to Sunday.
Thursday-Sunday: NBA Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center and the COX Pavilion
The 2012 NBA Summer League will feature a record 24 teams competing in a 60-game schedule at the Thomas & Mack Center and the COX Pavilion. The 2012 NBA Summer League will showcase 13 of the top 14 picks in this year’s NBA draft. Ticket prices are $12-$225, and games begin at 1 p.m. each day.
Saturday: Centennial Hills Park movie night
Ward 6 Councilman Steven D. Ross hosts movie night at Centennial Hills Park featuring “Dolphin Tale.” Bring your blankets or folding chairs a for a free movie at 7:30 p.m. at the Centennial Hills Park Amphitheatre, 7101 N. Buffalo Drive. Refreshments, including smoothies and snacks, will be available for purchase from Smoothie King.
Saturday: Willie Nelson at Sunset Station
Following the release of his critically acclaimed new album Heroes, country music legend Willie Nelson returns to the Las Vegas Valley with a performance at the Sunset Amphitheater at Sunset Station in Henderson. Tickets are $39-$99, and the show starts at 8 p.m.
Saturday: Rock of Vegas concert series at the Fremont Street Experience
The Rock of Vegas free concert series continues at the Fremont Street Experience. Warrant and Skid Row perform on the First Street Stage. Warrant is known for songs like "Heaven" and "Sometimes She Cries," and Skid Row will take you back a few years with hits like "I Remember You," "18 and Life" and "Monkeys Business." The show starts at 9 p.m.
Saturday: Bill Cosby at Treasure Island
Bill Cosby, star of the The Cosby Show and Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, got his start in stand-up comedy. The TV star opened doors for other African-American actors as he broke through racial barriers. He will be performing live at the Treasure Island Theatre. Tickets are $59-$79 and the show starts at 8 p.m.
Friday-Sunday: Surf the Musical at Planet Hollywood
Surf the Musical, inspired by the songs of the Beach Boys, has arrived at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Under the direction of a creative team that includes Tony Award-nominated director Kristin Hanggi and choreographer-to-the-stars RJ Durell, Surf the Musical builds on the classic beach party concept and spices it up with vibrant sets and dance numbers. Tickets are $64-$144, and the show begins at 7 p.m. Friday, 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday.
Sunday: First Food and Bar "Unique Eats" watch party
Check out First Food and Bar on Cooking Channel’s "Unique Eats" on Sunday while munching on free samples of the dishes featured in the show, like pulled pork egg rolls and monkey bread. The party runs from 7-8 p.m.
Sunday: The Phat Pack at the Smith Center
Inspired by the spirit of the Rat Pack, three singers from “Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular” realized that the bulk of their careers were supported by three shows. Ted Keegan spent years playing the Phantom role on the road and on Broadway. Randal Keith spent years playing Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables” on the road and on Broadway. Bruce Ewing sang three of the four roles in “Forever Plaid” on the road and in Las Vegas. And now, as the Phat Pack, all they want to do is sing the songs they want to sing and have fun performing musical theater, American standards and Las Vegas hits in the Cabaret Jazz venue at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $20-$35, and shows are at 2:30 and 7 p.m. on July 22.