Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 | 6 p.m.
No sooner do the 2012 NASCAR Champion’s Week racetrack stars leave their tire marks on the Strip than another set of slower speedsters race into town.
It’s a keep-fit weekend in Las Vegas with the arrival of hundreds of runners for two major events. First up Saturday morning is the Great Santa Run to benefit our beloved Opportunity Village, and that starts at Town Square. Then on Sunday, the new night run of the Zappos.com Rock N’ Roll Marathon and Half-Marathon.
Also racing over the finish line of rehearsals to begin her two-year run at Caesars Palace is superstar Shania Twain on Saturday night. When she officially arrived on the Strip two weeks ago, she roared in on a horse, which will be one of two featured in her show “Still the One.”
Director Raj Kapoor tells me that Shania’s Marc Bouwer gowns onstage will be the most sensational and glamorous ever seen on a Las Vegas stage. “We have many surprises to unveil, but everybody is going to be amazed by the cutting-edge video technology never seen before. The video mapping lets us create amazing onstage effects.
“Most important, though, of course, is Shania herself. She is the star. Her voice is magnificent, and it’s the story of her life through her hits. She looks and sounds the very best. We are very happy about what we have created.”
It’s time now for us to get to the starting line with this week’s Royal Robin Rundown and race as fast as we can into the highlights of a high-speed weekend in the Entertainment Capital of the World:
FRIDAY, NOV. 30
Alice Cooper is at the Pearl at the Palms.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s “Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Party” is at Orleans Showroom for two nights.
Ryan Beatty is at Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip.
Sick Puppies perform at Zappos.com’s Rock N’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon Kickoff Party on the 3rd Street Stage at downtown’s Fremont Street Experience.
Tower of Power is at South Point all weekend.
Tierney Sutton Band is at Cabaret Jazz in the Smith Center for the Performing Arts for two nights.
“Late Nite Catechism” is at Troesh Studio Theater in Smith Center all weekend.
“The Classical Mystery Tour” is at Reynolds Hall in Smith Center.
Al Stewart is at Sunset Station.
UFO is at Boulder Station.
Falling in Reverse is at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.
Chantal Claret with Douglas Gibbs is at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel.
Amy Schumer is at the Riviera all weekend.
Steve Thomas and Steve Mazan are at Big Al’s Comedy Club at the Orleans all weekend.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Tickets go on sale for Bon Jovi’s “Because We Can: The Tour” at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 20.
The Las Vegas Wranglers face the Orlando Solar Bears at Orleans Arena for two nights.
The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens unveils its winter display with a holiday tree-lighting ceremony.
The IGN Pro League, a competitive video game league, returns with IPL 5 at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas all weekend.
Fabulous Shoe Night at Lily Bar & Lounge in the Bellagio benefits Las Vegas Metro Police Organization’s shopping program for underprivileged children.
The 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Awards on Speed TV is at the Wynn with host Howie Mandel and performances by Train, Lifehouse, Natasha Bedingfield and “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips.
Stoli celebrates its new flavor-infused vodkas Salted Karamel and Chocolat Kokonut with a launch party at Drink & Drag in downtown’s Neonopolis.
SATURDAY, DEC. 1
Shania Twain’s “Still the One” has its official premiere at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace for two nights. The shows continue through Dec. 15.
Legendary rockers Aerosmith and Cheap Trick are at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Louis Prima Jr. performs a Wranglers post-game concert at Orleans Arena.
The 4th Annual Cadillac of Las Vegas Celebrity Benefit Show supporting Toys for Tots features host Zowie Bowie and performances by Louie Anderson, Gordie Brown, Trent Carlini, Frankie Moreno, Murray Sawchuck and more at LVH.
Lee Ritenour and Mike Stern are at Santa Fe Station.
Three Dog Night is at Eastside Cannery.
Restless Heart’s holiday show “Seasons of Harmony” is at Suncoast for two nights.
The Fab presents “A Very Beatles Christmas” at the Cannery.
Headliner Rita Rudner is at the Venetian.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Saturday is World AIDS Day, and we pause to remember and honor those who have succumbed to the horrific disease, those who continue to fight and those who are working tirelessly to find a cure.
Cirque du Soleil presents “Cirque Week” with exclusive and intimate experiences now through Dec. 8. It kicks of today with “O” Behind the Water,” a behind-the-scenes look at what makes the master machine of water operate at the Bellagio. And it’s “Love” at the Mirage on Sunday.
Opportunity Village’s Great Santa Run is at Town Square.
MMA Xtreme Showdown is at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel.
The Las Vegas Sin holds a mini-camp of practices and a scrimmage at Longevity at 5975 Topaz St.
Bagatelle Restaurant & Supper Club debuts its legendary brunch with “The First Brunch” and then “Sunday Fun Day: Snow Bunny Brunch.”
Sia has a guest DJ set at Bank in Bellagio.
SUNDAY, DEC. 2
“Mix 94.1’s Mark & Mercedes’ Not So Silent Night” with Train, Better Than Ezra, the Script and Ryan Star is at the Joint.
“Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s The Lost Christmas Eve” is at Orleans Arena at 3 and 7:30 p.m.
Danny Wright: Home for the Holidays with Terry Fator and Mark OToole is at Reynolds Hall.
Lost Bayou Ramblers and Whiskey Breath are at Vinyl.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Zappos.com’s Rock N’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & Half-Marathon returns, and New York-New York is giving couples the chance to say “I Do” during the run with a 3-minute ceremony on the Brooklyn Bridge. Rao’s at Caesars and Valentino at the Venetian invite runners to carbo load at their restaurants before the race.
Check back throughout the weekend for reports and photo galleries as we enter the final month of 2012!
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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