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Weekend best bets: Miss America 2013, World MMA Awards and Gregg Allman

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The first-night preliminaries of the 2013 Miss America Pageant at PH Live in Planet Hollywood on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013.

The Consumer Electronics Show will be over but the fun is just beginning as Las Vegas welcomes another jam-packed weekend. Highlights include the 2013 Miss America competition plus concerts and comedians galore. Here are our best entertainment bets for the weekend:

    • Daniel Tosh has become a regular Las Vegas performer.

      Friday-Saturday: Daniel Tosh at the Mirage

      Daniel Tosh is eager to prove he can stand on his own two feet as a comedian, even without the ridiculously hilarious Internet videos he makes fun of on his "Tosh.0" show. As a member of the Aces of Comedy series at the Mirage, he’ll do just that. Tickets are $65.99-$95.99 and the show starts at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

    • "What's another word for Thesaurus?" Steven Wright brings his strange, wonderful observations to the Orleans this weekend.

      Friday-Saturday: Steven Wright at the Orleans

      Steven Wright's onstage persona might have just as much to do with his comedy as do his jokes. You really have to see him perform in order to understand his brand of deadpan comedy. Check him out at the Orleans Showroom. Tickets are $38.50-$60.50 and the show starts at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

    • The Malt Shop Memories Cruise was inspired by Time Life's popular Malt Shop Memories CD series, the voyage will be highlighted by performances by some of the biggest artists of the era, including Dion (who will be making a special appearance in concert on the cruise), Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell, Ronnie Spector, Darlene Love, to name a few. The Malt Shop Memories Cruise will set sail from Fort Lauderdale, for 7 glorious days and hit the ports of Turks and Caicos, St. Thomas and San Juan.

      Friday-Sunday: Bobby Rydell at the Suncoast

      Robert Ridarelli, better known as Bobby Rydell, is a an original American idol. After performing with Frankie Avalon in his youth, Rydell launched his solo career in 1959. He'll perform hits like “We Got Love,” “Kissin’ Time,” “Wild One” and “That Old Black Magic” in the Suncoast Showroom. Tickets are $17.50-$44 and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday.

    • Friday: World MMA Awards at the Joint

      "Fighters Only" magazine presents the fifth Fighters Only World MMA Awards ceremony hosted by the most outspoken man in mixed martial arts, Chael Sonnen and Molly Qerim of CBS. This year's event takes place at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel. The event is being recorded for a later television air date and fans can attend and get a first-hand look at all of their favorite fighters. Tickets are $25-$45 and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

    • Friday-Sunday: Cirque du Soleil art exhibit at Trifecta Gallery

      Cirque du Soleil presents its eighth collective art exhibition, "Parade: The Collective," at Trifecta Gallery. The collective features artwork created by Cirque du Soleil employees (including performers, technicians and support staff) in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando and from the Cirque du Soleil International Headquarters in Montreal. This activity is part of the Cirque du Soleil Cultural Action policy to encourage and support the artistic projects of its employees. The exhibition runs until Jan. 25 and is free and open to the public. Trifecta Gallery is open from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

    • Saturday: UNLV men's basketball vs. Air Force

      The men’s Rebels basketball team will take on the Air Force Falcons at the Thomas & Mack Center. The Rebels are currently ranked No. 24 so they need all the support they can get to keep the momentum going in this Mountain West Conference opener. Tickets are $20-$50 and the game starts at 7 p.m.

    • Best Performing Arts Organization: Las Vegas Philharmonic

      Saturday: Las Vegas Philharmonic at the Smith Center

      The Las Vegas Philharmonic's Masterworks Series III concert, "Rising Star" will feature internationally-acclaimed violinist Elena Urioste as its special guest soloist. Urioste will perform Sibelius's Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 with the orchestra and guest conductor Alastair Willis. The concert will open with Mozart's Overture to "Don Giovanni" and also features Richard Strauss's "Death & Transfiguration" and Ravel's "Bolero." Tickets are $46-$94. A pre-concert talk will be held in Reynolds Hall at 7:15 p.m. and the concert begins at 8 p.m.

    • Greg Allman rolls into the Pearl for a solo show on January 12.

      Saturday: Gregg Allman at the Pearl

      Solo artist and member of the Allman Brothers Band Gregg Allman has had a string of hit singles including “I’m No Angel” and a reworked version of the ABB classic "Midnight Rider." The Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award winner performs at the Pearl at the Palms. Tickets are $45-$95 and the show starts at 8 p.m.

    • Saturday: Miss America at Planet Hollywood

      The 2013 Miss America Competition will broadcast from the PH Live Theatre inside Planet Hollywood with the newest Miss America being crowned on Saturday. The event will feature 53 of the most beautiful and talented women on the planet. Tickets are $165 and the show starts at 5:30 p.m.

    • Martin Luther King Jr. delivers a speech at the Las Vegas Convention Center April 26, 1964.

      Sunday: Peace Week 2013 at the West Las Vegas Library Theatre

      Las Vegas Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services and Las Vegas-Clark County Library District Theatre join forces for Peace Week 2013 – Living the Dream: Dream with a Vision, Live with a Purpose at the West Las Vegas Library Theatre. The event will recognize community seniors whose contributions continue the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. The event is free and begins at 2 p.m.

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