Friday, April 12, 2013 | 6 p.m.
Comedy kings rule this weekend with five big names in the laughter business vying for the spotlight and sharing it with glamour girls Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and NBC’s “Biggest Loser” star Jillian Michaels. It’s Kim’s first visit with her baby bump.
However, despite exclusive events with Quincy Jones and Sir Michael Caine and Penn & Teller’s AFAN AIDS Walk, it’s highly possibly that a 12-year-old sensation might make all the headlines.
First the comics: TV stars Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno are in head-to-head competition, and four-letter killers Andrew Dice Clay and Bobby Slayton are the weekend pit bulls. To top it off, the man who started vicious attack humor (but in good sport), Don Rickles, continues his 54th year in Las Vegas showbiz.
The glowing -- and ever-growing -- Kim will be at her family’s Kardashian Khaos at The Mirage -- will baby daddy Kanye West join her? -- while Jillian will inspire us to trim our tummies.
Rihanna is set to ooze sex and shocks with her “Diamonds” tour stop at Mandalay Bay Events Center tonight. Her F-bombs will outdo The Diceman, and her pants-less, thigh-high-boots costume for “Man Down” and “Rude Boy” will surely raise the temperatures in our desert kingdom. If that’s not hot enough, wait until you see her sexy red evening gown during “S&M.”
Two shout-outs for charity this weekend: the combined two nights of 80th birthday celebrations for Quincy and Michael at the Downtown Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and then at MGM Grand Garden Arena for Keep Memory Alive’s “Power of Love” gala, plus, The Rio headliners Penn & Teller are grand marshals for AFAN’s annual AIDS Walk. My Q+A with Michael was posted Wednesday, while the two legends attended Cirque du Soleil's “Ka” at MGM Grand on Thursday night.
We say a fond farewell this weekend to top British rockers Def Leppard as their Hard Rock Hotel residency comes to an end, and we get ready for just two final weekends for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s “Soul2Soul” at The Venetian.
Despite all the entertainment superstars, 13-year-old Jackie Evancho (her birthday was April 9) could steal the spotlight again, just as she did three weeks ago at the Cirque du Soleil “One Night for One Drop” fundraiser at Bellagio. This precious angel is blessed with a voice from heaven, and she will stun the audience at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts into silence with her amazing talent Saturday night.
Now it’s time to hit some high notes, pick up the orchestra leader’s baton and conduct our weekly Royal Robin Rundown.
FRIDAY, APRIL 12
Grammy winner Rihanna is at Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Def Leppard’s “Viva Hysteria!” mini-residency concludes at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel for two nights.
Tim and Faith’s “Soul2Soul” is at The Venetian for its final two weekends.
Garbage with Kitten are at Pearl at the Palms.
Vampire Weekend with Tanlines are at Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
The Scintas, who launched their residency Thursday night, are at The D Hotel.
Julie Budd’s “Show Stoppers” is at Cabaret Jazz in The Smith Center for two nights.
Clint Holmes, Michael Firestone, “Birdman” Joe Krathwohl and David Perrico and The Pin Up Players are on “Las Vegas Rocks Variety Show” hosted by Tony Sacca at LVH -- the show airs Saturday on Vegas TV Channel 14.
Nashville Unplugged featuring Dave Pahanish and Bruce Wallace is at Red Rock Resort.
Spiritualized is at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.
Gwar with Warbeat Wilson are at Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip.
L.A. acoustic duo Crimson Crowbar is at Lounge at the Palms for two nights.
Jerry Seinfeld is at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace for two nights.
Jay Leno is at The Mirage for two nights.
Andrew Dice Clay is at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel all weekend.
Bobby Slayton, “The Pitbull of Comedy,” and guest Drew Thomas are at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club at MGM Grand all weekend.
Aaron Arrington presents Gospel Giggles’ “Laughter Is Good for the Soul” at LVH.
Bob Zany, Zan Aufderhide and Rob Brackenridge are at Harrah’s Improv all weekend.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Tickets are on sale for Scott Weiland’s “Purple at the Core” tour stop at the Pearl on June 1. a performance to take place June 1 at the Pearl at the Palms; The Gipsy Kings at the Pearl on Aug. 2; and Adam Ant and The Good, The Mad and The Lovely Posse’s Sept. 20 show at HRC on the Strip.
Urijah Faber vs. Scott Jorgenson at Mandalay Bay Events Center; additionally, the winner of this season’s “The Ultimate Fighter” will be crowned.
Angelo “La Cobra” Santana vs. Bahodir Mamadjonov and Amir “Young Master” Imam vs. Jeremy “Hollywood” Bryan at Treasure Island for Don King’s Showtime Boxing.
Golden Nugget’s Fifth Annual Wine Fest is all weekend with Wine Revolution: North America vs. South America.
Michael Franzese, former Top 50 Mafia boss, speaks at The Mob Museum.
The Craft Festival is at Cashman Center all weekend.
Hook Jaw Net Radio’s “On Air With Robert & C.C.” interviews Blush at PBR Rock Bar at Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood.
Spring Fling at The Strip is at Las Vegas Motor Speedway all weekend.
Insert Coin(s) celebrates its second anniversary with guest Nadastrom.
Gina Ruggieri, Maxim Magazine’s 2012 Bottle Service Beauty, hosts at 1OAK in The Mirage.
SATURDAY, APRIL 13
Tracy Lawrence is at Silverton Casino Lodge.
Jackie Evancho is at The Smith Center.
How to Destroy Angels and DIIV are at the Pearl.
Everclear is at the Cannery.
Queensryche starring Geoff Tate is at Santa Fe Station.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs are at Boulevard Pool.
The Bronx Wanderers are at South Point for two nights.
Hal Linden and Loni Anderson star in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Love Letters” at Suncoast.
Foals with The Neighbourhood are at HOB.
Hard Rock Rising, the 2013 Global Battle of the Bands with Hyperion’s Horizon, Prince Ama, Rush & Roulette and This Is My Curse, is at HRC on the Strip.
Skinny Lister is at Backstage Bar & Billiards downtown.
Don Rickles is at The Orleans for two nights and is joined by actor and singer Robert Davi, whose guest column for us was posted Thursday.
It’s the last semifinal in Riviera’s nationwide comic search, and one Las Vegas resident, Jessica Keenan, is competing. If she defeats her rivals from New York, California and Oregon, then she goes into the April 20 finals celebrating the casino resort’s 58th anniversary. If Jessica wins, she’ll be named a resident headliner at the Riviera.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Kim Kardashian is at Kardashian Khaos to promote her new perfume Glam.
Keep Memory Alive’s 17th Annual “Power of Love” gala celebrating Quincy and Michael’s 80th birthday is at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
NBC’s “ Biggest Loser” star Jillian Michaels brings her ‘Maximize Your Life’ tour to the Cox Pavilion
Village Square and co-host Color Me Mine host the inaugural Arts & Eats at 9400 W. Sahara Ave. and Ft. Apache Road to benefit Three Square food bank.
The 8th Annual Las Vegas Cadillac Through the Years returns for a two-day event at Town Square.
CBR Championship Bull Riding’s “South Point Vegas Challenge” is at South Point.
Vanilla Ice hosts and performs at LAX in the Luxor.
DJ Pauly D celebrates the season opening of Liquid Pool Lounge, then brings his “Turnt Up” party to nearby Haze at Aria.
Benji Madden is at Gallery Nightclub in Planet Hollywood.
A$AP Rocky, who is opening for Rihanna tonight, is at Tao in The Venetian.
“The Ultimate Fighter” post-fight party is at Mix at The Hotel at Mandalay Bay with Urijah, Scott and guest Chael Sonnen.
The highly anticipated Bagatelle Beach opens for the season at the Tropicana.
SUNDAY, APRIL 14
Romeo Santos is at The Joint.
The Selector and Lee “Scratch” Perry are at HRC on the Strip.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Penn & Teller serve as grand marshals for the 12th consecutive year and host a fundraising challenge at the 23rd Annual AFAN AIDS Walk at UNLV.
DJ Avicii is at Encore Beach Club in Steve Wynn’s Encore.
DJs Tommy Trash and Nervo are at Wet Republic at MGM Grand.
Check back Sunday for reports and photos. On Monday, we’ll have the backstage behind-the-scenes of Quincy and Michael’s birthday blast. And on Tuesday, our exclusive interview with NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw about his new song and dance show headed to The Mirage in late June.
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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