Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 | 6 p.m.
The PBR World Finals are in town but this weekend also features a plethora of community Halloween events as well as standard Las Vegas fare like amazing concert headliners and comedians. Look forward to shows from Bob Dylan, Jonny Lang and Rodney Carrington. Here are our best entertainment bets for the weekend:
Thursday-Sunday: Rodney Carrington at the MGM Hollywood Theatre
Stand up comedian Rodney Carrington blends comedy and music in his acts and that combination has led him to sell millions of comedy albums. He recently co-wrote and starred in the film "Beer for my Horses" alongside Toby Keith. Tickets are $70-$90 and shows start at 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday at MGM's Hollywood Theatre.
Friday: Jonny Lang at Green Valley Ranch
Since the age of 15, Jonny Lang has been a mature creative force whose music often reveals the hard times and chaos in his life that has toughened him up for future endeavors. Hear his legendary guitar licks at Ovation at Green Valley Ranch. Tickets are $55-$85 and the show begins at 8 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: Switchfoot at Vinyl
Rock band Switchfoot performs at Vinyl at the Hard Rock along with Paper Route. Look forward to songs like "Meant to Live" and "Dare You to Move.” Tickets are $25 and shows begin at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Friday-Sunday: Ralphie May at the South Point
Comedian Ralphie May is large and in charge and ready to make you laugh with a three-night 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 the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday.
Saturday: Bob Dylan at Mandalay Bay
Bob Dylan performs along with Mark Knopfler at Mandalay Bay Events Center. The classic folk singer put on quite a show at the Pearl last year and now he returns with even more firepower in the form of the ex-Dire Strait. Tickets are $59.50-$129.50 and the show begins at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday: Ramon Ayala in Primm
Ramon Ayala, Mexican accordionist extraordinaire, has defined much of modern norteño music with his distinctive accordion playing and lyrics. Though he added electric guitars and drums to his music, it still retains a traditional northern ranchera style. Tickets are $58.70-$94.30 and the show begins at 8 p.m. at the Star of the Desert Arena at Buffalo Bill’s in Primm.
Saturday: Halloween car show at Tivoli Village
The Mustang & Classic Ford Club of Las Vegas will host a Halloween car show displaying approximately 120 makes and models of cars on the streets of Tivoli Village. There will be live music by the Chuck E. Bumps Rockabilly Band and all proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation. Children can enjoy Halloween candy handed out at the event.
Saturday: Halloween dance with Jerry Tiffe at Charleston Heights Arts Center
Get in the spirit of the season and “Monster Mash” at the annual Halloween-themed dance featuring music from Jerry Tiffe and his combo band. Dress in your favorite costume and call 229-6383 to obtain tickets. The event is intended for adults and tickets are $10-$15. The concert begins at 7 p.m. at Charleston Heights Arts Center.
Saturday: Nevadaween at the Old Mormon Fort
The Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park presents Nevadaween, a celebration of Nevada's statehood, featuring the 13th annual children's pumpkin decorating contest from 9-11 a.m., a soup cook off from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. plus scavenger hunts, raffles, pioneer activities and games, free birthday cake, rope making, candle dipping and a talk with pioneer rancher Helen Stewart, as portrayed by Dr. Linda Miller. The free event begins at 9 a.m.
Saturday: Clark County Shooting Complex Pumpkin Smash
The Clark County Shooting Complex hosts the third annual Pumpkin Smash on the Archery Fields in the Shooting Complex. Archers will aim at paper pumpkin targets as well as real pumpkins that ooze green when hit. A 30-arrow five-spot competition will award prizes for first, second and third in youth and adult categories. The event begins at 10 a.m. and is $10 per person.