Thursday, June 6, 2013 | 6 p.m.
The summer heat is here in full force, but that doesn't mean you need to spend your weekend cowering inside by the air conditioner. Cool off with a number of nighttime and outdoor entertainment options this weekend, including downtown festivals, comedy shows and more. Read on for our top picks:
Thursday: Jewel at The Smith Center
Nineties folk-pop songstress Jewel will give an intimate acoustic solo performance at Reynolds Hall tonight. Expect to hear her latest single “Two Hearts Breaking,” as well as classics like “Foolish Games” culled from the three-time Grammy nominee’s first greatest-hits album released this year. The show starts at 7:30; tickets are $29 to $99.
Thursday-Sunday: Vegas Fringe Festival at Las Vegas Little Theater
Catch the second half of the two-weekend string of new and established plays at Las Vegas Little Theater, offering an array of hour-or-less performances ranging from “Alice in Wonderland” to the improvised “Your Life” to the musical “The Residents.” Performance times and ticket prices vary. Visit the Las Vegas Little Theater website for more info.
Friday-Saturday: First Fridays and Vegas StrEATS
Downtown’s two monthly outdoor festivals land on the same weekend this month for a double-header of live music, food trucks, art and more. This month’s First Friday is themed “Sounds of Summer” and features a slate of local bands including Life Is Beautiful performers American Cream at 8:45 p.m. and jam band favorites Moksha at 8:30 p.m. Check out more local bands at Saturday’s Vegas StrEATS festival, which also includes a number of Life Is Beautiful performers like DJ ZO and psych-garage outfit Same Sex Mary.
Friday-Sunday: Heather McDonald at South Point
Known best for work as a writer and a commentator on E!’s “Chelsea Lately,” comedienne and bestselling author Heather McDonald gets her turn in the spotlight this weekend with three nights of stand-up at South Point. Fans can look forward to McDonald’s racy humor and distinct impressions in this 18-and-older show. Performances begin each night at 7:30; ticket start at $15.
Saturday: Frankie and Firenze go classical at Winchester Cultural Center
Some of Las Vegas’ finest local talent will be on parade Saturday night at Winchester Cultural Center for an eclectic, genre-spanning concert. Stratosphere headliner Frankie Moreno will join forces with The Firenze String Ensemble, the all-women sextet featuring some of Nevada’s top classical musicians. A number of other top local performers will provide additional accompaniment for the pairing. The show starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the performance.
Saturday-Sunday: Bill Maher at the Palms
Firebrand comedian and political commentator Bill Maher will take a break from hosting his acclaimed HBO series “Real Time With Bill Maher” this weekend to returns to his residency at Pearl Concert at the Palms. Fans can look forward to Maher’s unflinching honesty and plenty of laughs as he takes the stage Saturday and Sunday nights at 8. Tickets start at $45.
Saturday: Rising Phoenix Charitable Foundation Fire and Ice Benefit Gala at MGM Grand
The Rising Phoenix Charitable Foundation, which benefits and provides shelters for abused women, children and pets, has its annual gala and supports its anchor charity The Shade Tree on Saturday night at MGM Grand. Themed “Fire and Ice,” the event includes a three-course dinner, private performances from artists Chris Mann and Aaron Hendra Project and the opportunity to bid on items such as an African safari, movie and sports memorabilia and luxury services. The event is 6 to 8 p.m.; tickets are $175.
Sunday: Sammy Shore’s annual “Funny Bones” charity event
Comedy for a cause? We can get behind that. Comedian and Comedy Store founder Sammy Shore returns with his annual “Funny Bones” charity event benefiting the Nevada SPCA at Orleans Showroom on Sunday afternoon. Hosted by Shore (father of Pauly), the afternoon will feature performances from comedians and local talents including Pete Barbutti, Shades of Sinatra, Billy Gardell of “Mike and Molly," Vinnie Favorito, Chris Philips of Zowie Bowie, Geechy Guy, The Amazing Johnathan and Tony Orlando. The show starts at 2 p.m.; tickets are $25.