Thursday, May 10, 2012 | 6 p.m.
This weekend, celebrate Mother’s Day or just plain stuff your face at one of the many food and drink festivals in town. Hard Rock hosts the Rock ‘N Brew beer fest and Rio hosts the bi-annual San Gennaro Feast, celebrating all things Italian. For the gourmet palate, try the Vegas Uncork’d events at various venues along the Strip. Here are our best entertainment bets for the weekend:
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Friday: Rock ‘N Brew beer festival
The Hard Rock Hotel presents the Rock ‘N Brew beer festival. Proceeds benefit the UNLV Beverage Management Club. Enjoy more than 100 beers and music from American Cream, DJ Sousay and Michael Uriarte. The event runs from 6:30 to 10 p.m. by the pool.
Grammy Award-winning rockers Creed perform at The Pearl at the Palms. In honor of the 15-year anniversary of their debut alum “My Own Prison,” they will be performing this top selling album and “Human Clay” in their entirety along with hits from their other albums. Tickets are $81 and the show begins at 9 p.m.
Friday-Sunday: Ralphie May at the South Point
Comedian Ralphie May is large, in charge and ready to make you laugh with a three-day run at the South Point Showroom. The veteran of “Last Comic Standing” will have you in stitches with his ode to Chik-fil-a and what it was like to swim in Saddam Hussein's pool. Tickets are $30-$40 and shows are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Friday-Sunday: Vegas Uncork'd
Bon Appetit presents Vegas Uncork’d, one of the most exciting foodie events of the year. Dozens of events will feature the work of master mixologists, sommeliers and celebrity chefs. The Grand Tasting will take place at the Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis at Caesars Palace, featuring food from more than 50 award-winning chefs and more than 100 top wines and spirits. Prices for individual events vary; admission is $200 for the Grand Tasting, which runs from 7:30 to 10 p.m.
Multi-platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated recording artist Drake brings his Club Paradise Tour to MGM’s Grand Garden Arena in support of his album “Take Care.” J. Cole, Waka Flocka Flame, 2 Chainz and French Montana will open the show. Tickets are $60-$110, and the show begins at 7 p.m.
Thursday-Sunday: San Gennaro Feast
Take a spin on the rides, scarf calzones and celebrate Italian heritage at the San Gennaro Feast. The food festival includes live entertainment, carnival rides and more than 70 restaurant food booths. Festivities will be held in the northeast parking lot of the Rio. The event is open from 4 to 10 p.m. Thursday, from 4 p.m. to midnight Friday, from 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Entry is $8. Unlimited rides on the carnival rides are an additional $25-$30.
Saturday: Liza Minnelli at LVH
Liza Minnelli, Broadway's biggest sweetheart, next to her mother, Judy Garland, sings songs from some of her most memorable stage performances such as “New York, New York” and “Cabaret” at the LVH — Las Vegas Hotel and Casino (formerly the Las Vegas Hilton). Tickets are $89-$250, and the show starts at 8 p.m.
Saturday: A Tribute to Frank Sinatra featuring Clint Holmes at the Bellagio
The Bellagio presents A Tribute to Frank Sinatra featuring Clint Holmes with guest conductor Vincent Falcone and the Vincent Falcone Orchestra. Enjoy all of your favorites from Old Blue Eyes as Holmes breathes new life into them. Tickets are $79.99 per person and include an open bar. The show begins at 8 p.m.
Saturday: Ice cream festival at the Springs Preserve
Enjoy some sweet treats in the great outdoors at the ice cream festival at the Springs Preserve. The event will feature stations serving ice cream cones, sundaes and novelties, and root beer floats. Entertainment includes airbrush tattoos, a photo booth, a bubble play station and carnival games. Access to museums and galleries is free for children when accompanied by a paying adult. The event runs from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. Tickets are $3.50 to $8; children 4 and under get in for free.
Sunday: Lily Tomlin at The Smith Center
In a career spanning 45 years, Lily Tomlin continues to expand her career in television, theater and movies. In addition to “Laugh In,” Tomlin has appeared on television programs such as “The West Wing,” “Murphy Brown,” “The Simpsons,” “The Magic School Bus” and, more recently, “Desperate Housewives” and “Damages.” Catch her performing live on Mother’s Day at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $29-$89 and the show starts at 2 p.m.