Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun
Thursday, June 27, 2013 | 6 p.m.
With Fourth of July festivities just around the corner, kick back for a weekend and enjoy some of Las Vegas' music and community event offerings in the days ahead.
Here’s a look at our weekend’s best bets:
Saturday: Beyonce at MGM Grand Garden Arena
Beyonce — ahem, Mrs. Carter — brings her world tour to MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night, her first since 2009.The tour, which launched in April, has already received rave reviews from critics for its theatrics, choreography and showmanship of Queen B herself. Beyonce recently announced that she’ll be back with a second run of the tour this winter, but why wait? Saturday’s sold-out show is 8 to 11 p.m.; tickets are $50 to $250.
Friday to Saturday: Anjelah Johnson at The Orleans
Bon Qui Qui is back! Former "Mad TV” star Anjelah Johnson brings her trademark sass and sarcasm to The Orleans Showroom for a two-night run. Shows start at 8 p.m.; tickets are $33 to $60.50.
Friday: Ne-Yo at Boulevard Pool
Las Vegas’ hometown hero returns this weekend for a starlit show at The Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool. Expect tunes from the Grammy winner off his most recent album "R.E.D.," as well as fan favorites like "Closer." Tickets to see the show, which kicks off at 8 p.m., are $55.
Friday: Vans Warped Tour at Silverton
Pop-punk fest Vans Warped Tour returns for its annual stop in Las Vegas this weekend with a slate of bands, food trucks, vendors and more to the Silverton Casino Lodge parking lot. Bands include Las Vegans Falling in Reverse, Motion City Soundtrack, The Used and more than 100 others at the daylong fest, which opens at 11 a.m. The "Reverse Daycare" tent for parents and chaperones also is back this year. Tickets are $29.65.
Saturday: Juneteenth Festival at The Smith Center
The Las Vegas Juneteenth Festival marks the 13th year of the city’s annual celebration of culture and unity commemorating the end of slavery and celebrating the diversity of the Las Vegas community and the achievements of African Americans. The event recognizes the ratification of the Emancipation Proclamation, marking the U.S.’s oldest African-American holiday observance.
Saturday’s event in Symphony Park is sponsored by Rainbow Dreams Educational Foundation with proceeds going to the public charter school Rainbow Dreams Academy, which serves underprivileged "at risk" elementary school students. Tickets are $23; the event begins at 6 p.m.
Friday to Sunday: Art and Ink Festival featuring Junefest at South Point
Local tattoo artists will join forces with international talents this weekend at South Point for two days of craft beer, burlesque, tattoo contests and more surrounding the art of tattooing. Featured shops include Living Dead, West Coast, Roman Abrego, Fonzy, Flaks Nitti and Boog.
This year’s festival combines with South Point’s Junefest celebration to bring a slate of live music throughout the weekend, including performances by KC & the Sunshine Band, Stray Cats alumni Lee Rocker and Slim Jim Phantom, Tommy Tutone and Toto lead singer Bobby Kimball. The event is Friday from 3 to 11 p.m.; Saturday from 1 to 11 p.m.; and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. For ticket pricing and more information, visit the South Point website.
Sunday: 'Ribbon of Life' fundraiser at The Smith Center
Nonprofit HIV/AIDS foundation Golden Rainbow presents is 27th annual “Ribbon of Life” fundraiser Sunday at Smith Center’s Reynolds Hall. In addition to performances from Grammy winner Jon Secada and "America’s Got Talent" champion Michael Grimm, the afternoon will feature top Las Vegas’ entertainers including Clint Holmes, Josh Strickland, George Wallace, Frankie Moreno, Human Nature and cast members of "Jubilee!", among others. TV personality Chris Saldana and "Zumanity” star Edie will host. The event also includes a silent auction benefiting Golden Rainbow, with prizes including art, entertainment and vacation packages, as well as dining packages. "Ribbon of Life" kicks off at 1 p.m.; tickets start at $38.
Saturday: 'Centerpiece' film screening and Q+A at The Center
The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada debuts its arts and culture series “The Centerpiece” this weekend with a documentary screening and Q+A discussion. The film "Still Black: A Portrait of Black Transmen” shares the story of six diverse transmen and the journeys and challenges they face. A Q+A with award-winning director Kortney Ryan Ziegler will follow. The free event is 1 to 3 p.m.