Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 | 6 p.m.
Get in the holiday spirit with a Christmas concert double header at the Orleans featuring Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. The music continues this weekend with Aerosmith at MGM Grand and the debut of Shania Twain's new resident show at the Colesseum at Caesars Palace. Here are our best entertainment bets for the weekend:
Friday: Smiles for Survivors happy hour at Foundation Room
The House of Blues celebrates its 20th anniversary with 20 Las Vegas Weekly-sponsored happy hours to benefit local charities. Friday’s organization is the Smiles for Survivors Foundation, a group that raises awareness about the oral side effects of cancer treatment and provides dental help for breast cancer patients and survivors. RSVP at lasvegasweekly.com/hob. The event begins at 5 p.m.
Friday: Alice Cooper at the Pearl
Shock rock pioneer Alice Cooper brings his "Raise the Dead" tour to the Pearl at the Palms. His recent album, "Welcome to My Nightmare 2," continues the tale of Steven, the character from Cooper's first solo album. Tickets are $55-$105 and the show starts at 8 p.m.
Friday-Sunday: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Trans-Siberian Orchestra at the Orleans
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy brings their "Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Party,”to the Showroom at the Orleans. The band will rework such yuletide classics as “Blue Christmas,” “Jingle Bells” and “We Three Kings” to get guests into the holiday spirit. Tickets are $22-$44 and shows are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The Orleans keeps the holiday music going with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, as they return to the Orleans Arena with "The Lost Christmas Eve," part three of the Christmas trilogy by Paul O'Neill. The show tells the story of one enchanted Christmas Eve in New York City through music, lights and lasers. Guests can get a five song EP download with every ticket purchased online. Tickets are $33-$70 and shows are at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
Thursday-Sunday: Brad Garrett at Brad Garrett's Comedy Club
"Everybody Loves Raymond" star Brad Garrett headlines at his own comedy club at the MGM Grand along with Sean Kent and Gilbert Esquivel. Tickets are $68.40-$90.40 and shows begin at 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday.
Saturday: Areosmith at MGM Grand
For more than three decades, Aerosmith has been one of rock's most popular groups. The band first reached stardom in the '70s with a string of chart-topping songs, including "Dream On," "Sweet Emotion" and "Walk This Way." The band performs at MGM Grand along with Cheap Trick. Tickets are $49.50-$149.50 and the show starts at 8 p.m.
Saturday: Shania Twain's debut at Caesars Palace
Country and pop superstar Shania Twain is the world’s best-selling female country artist of all time and she'll be bringing her new show Shania: Still the One for a two-year residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. This weekend’s shows are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with additional shows scheduled through next April. Tickets are $55-$250.
Friday: College of Southern Nevada’s Fall Dance Concert
The Department of Fine Arts presents a revival of Professor Kelly Roth’s 1997 dance work, “Wisdom,” a reflection of Princess Diana’s life and a collage of the unexpected events that made headlines that year. The Concert Dance Company, CSN Dance Ensemble and special guests perform. Tickets are $8-$10 and the show starts at 7 p.m.
Saturday: Great Santa Run at Town Square
Help Opportunity Village defend the World Santa Challenge title as thousands of red-suited supporters gather at Town Square for the Las Vegas Great Santa Run. Participants can choose the the 5K run or one-mile Kris Kringle Jingle. Entertainment includes Jeff Leibow from "Jersey Boys," Lorena Peril from "Fantasy" and parachuting Santas courtesy of Las Vegas Extreme Sky Diving and Maverick Helicopters. Mayor Carolyn Goodman will lead the opening festivities along with honorary chair Robin Leach. Mirage headliner Terry Fator serves as grand marshal, Commissioner Steve Sisolak as honorary great santa, and FOX 5 More's co-anchors Monica Jackson and Jason Feinberg as emcees. Entry is $35-$50 and registration starts at 8 a.m. with the races start at 10 a.m.
Sunday: Not So Silent Night at the Joint
Radio Station Mix 94.1 kicks off the holiday season with an all-star lineup at the Joint. Mark & Mercedes’ Not So Silent Night will feature Train with special guests Better Than Ezra, the Script and Ryan Star. In true holiday spirit, a portion of the proceeds from Not So Silent Night will benefit Three Square. Tickets are $37.50-$171 and the show starts at 7 p.m.
Sunday: Las Vegas Rock 'n Roll Marathon on the Strip
See the Strip at night as you cruise the streets of Las Vegas while running in the Las Vegas Rock 'n Roll Marathon. The race kicks off in the Luxor Festival Grounds and winds along the Strip with the finish line adjacent to the Mirage. For a list of entertainment before, during and after the race, click here.