Friday, March 22, 2013 | 6 p.m.
With the arrival of pop princess Britney Spears and His Serene Highness Prince Albert of Monaco at tonight’s Cirque du Soleil gala extravaganza “One Night for One Drop,” it might look as if nobody else will receive attention in this weekend’s Las Vegas entertainment scene.
Not true! Other entertainment offerings include Vince Neil’s Bob Rocks show with Night Ranger, Skid Row, Warrant and Quiet Riot at The Orleans Arena, the first anniversary of KISS by Monster Mini Golf and Jon Bon Jovi solo.
Add in country king Kenny Rogers and country queen Shania Twain and funnymen Daniel Tosh and Bill Maher, and you couldn’t ask for a more diverse list of VIPs and stars proving yet again that Las Vegas truly is The Entertainment Capital of the World.
We’ve even got 60 Model A Ford cars from 80 years ago at Eastside Cannery. Drivers and passengers will shine bright wearing the fabulous fashions from yesteryear.
We’re going dark this week as hotels join in the World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour on Saturday night by turning off their lights. At The Venetian and Palazzo, they’re going even farther. President John Caparella has pledged to pedal a bike to power blenders to make smoothies while it’s dark. Forty thousand employees worldwide are encouraged to turn off their lights, and the winning team of various challenges will have trees planted in their honor.
Now in this weekend of environmental consciousness and in the spirit of Cirque founder Guy Laliberte’s extraordinary nonprofit One Drop, let’s start with how he’s raising global awareness on water-related issues. He has partnered with MGM Resorts International, Lamborghini and Las Vegas Springs Preserve for today’s World Water Day leading up to this evening’s one-night-only show and parties at Hyde Bellagio and Bellagio pool and gardens.
This morning, Jerry Nadal, Cirque’s senior VP of Las Vegas shows, presented our Springs Preserve with a $1 million One Drop check to support water conservation and sustainable living in the Las Vegas Valley. Olympic gold medalists Missy Franklin, Mary Whipple and Erin Cafaro hosted a water-preservation rally afterward.
Vegas DeLuxe has contributing photographer Tom Donoghue on hand at the 2-hour dress rehearsal. Tonight, expect to see everybody from Playboy cover beauties Pamela Anderson and Claire Sinclair to Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps, illusionist Criss Angel, supermodel Oluchi Orlandi and actress Bridget Fonda on the blue carpet at Hyde for Guy’s first party. Many more are expected!
After “One Night for One Drop” with its 240 Cirque performers and guest stars including Jackie Evancho and “The Human Mermaid” Hannah Fraser, Guy’s second party includes 500 Cirque performers providing entertainment alongside singers and starlets.
Switching ears, it’s wonderful to report that “Beauty and the Beast” at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts” is sold out, but a performance has been added for April 20, so get those last-chance tickets this weekend. It’s proof perfect that musicals there continue to do blockbuster business.
So let’s track down all the box office boffo as we rock out with the highlights of the good, the bad and the ugly in our favorite weekly Royal Robin Rundown:
FRIDAY, MARCH 22
Def Leppard begins its short residency with “Viva Hysteria!” at The Joint in The Hard Rock Hotel. Opening weekend is sold out.
Superstar Shania Twain is at The Colosseum in Caesars Palace all weekend.
Country king Kenny Rogers is at Texas Station.
Bob Rocks 2013 with Vince Neil solo, Night Ranger, Quiet Riot, Warrant and Skid Row is at The Orleans Arena.
Flyleaf and Drowning Pool are at Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip.
Nashville Unplugged featuring Chris Wallin and Aaron Barker are at Red Rock Resort.
Daniel Tosh is at The Mirage for two nights.
John Pinette is at The Orleans Showroom for two nights.
Jo Koy is at Treasure Island.
John Caponera, Shayla Rivera and Marc Price are at The Improv at Harrah’s all weekend.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Tickets go on sale for Billy Idol’s May 25 performance at Pearl at the Palms; “Billy Elliot: The Musical” at The Smith Center from May 14-19; Jeff Dunham’s “Disorderly Conduct” at Caesars on June 14; and Bruno Mars’ “The Moonshine Jungle World Tour” stop at MGM Grand Garden Arena with Fitz & The Tantrums on Aug. 3.
The Mint 400 activities are on Fremont Street, with racing down I-15 in Jean.
Monster Jam XIV World Finals are at Sam Boyd Stadium for two days.
“Jewels of the Titanic,” prestigious diamonds, sapphires, pearls and gold recovered from ship, go on display at “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” at Luxor through May 31.
“Shrek: The Musical” is at The Smith Center all weekend.
“S.F. Jazz Collective: The Music of Chick Correa” is at Cabaret Jazz in The Smith Center for two nights.
Nevada Ballet Theater’s “The Studio Series: Extending Boundaries” is at Troesh Studio Theater in The Smith Center all weekend.
Kelly and Rick Dale of “American Restoration” go “On Air With Robert & C.C.” at PBR Rock Bar at Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood.
Mopars at the Strip, a form of legal street racing, is at Las Vegas Motor Speedway all weekend.
Jay Sean hosts the anniversary celebration at Chateau Nightclub at Paris as the outdoor open-air club and gardens reopen for the spring and summer season.
“Who Came to Party?! With Sky Blu” of LMFAO is at The Bank in Bellagio.
Zed’s Dead is at Surrender in Steve Wynn’s Encore.
SATURDAY, MARCH 23
The Eagles are at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Vincente Fernandez is at Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Boyz II Men continue their residency at The Mirage for two nights.
Gladys Knight is at Buffalo Bill’s in Primm Valley.
Sevendust, Lacuna Coil and Candlelight Red are at Boulder Station.
Sheena Easton is at South Point for two nights.
Blue Oyster Cult is at Cannery.
Clutch is at Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip.
Anthrax, Exodus, High on Fire, Municipal Waste and Holy Grail are at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.
Bill Maher is at The Pearl for two nights.
Vicki Lawrence and her alter ego Momma are at Suncoast Showroom for two nights.
The Riviera’s search for its next Strip comic headliner has reached the semifinals with 16 people selected from 226 entries to compete in four events beginning tonight. Four comedians will perform over four weekends. One winner from each semifinal will compete in the finale April 20 coinciding with the 58th anniversary of Riviera. Chad Haskell of North Las Vegas is one of this weekend’s competitors.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Melissa Gorga of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” hosts a book signing at Sugar Factory in Miracle Mile.
Las Vegas Women’s Life and Style Expo is at Santa Fe Station.
Easter Seals Nevada’s 5th Annual “Walk With Me” features host and Flamingo headliner comedian George Wallace and grand marshals the Jabbawockeez.
The Model A Ford Club hosts a weekend-long festival of antique memorabilia, fashions and activities at Eastside Cannery.
It’s Las Vegas Wranglers vs. Utah Grizzlies at The Orleans Arena.
Turnt Up with DJ Pauly D is at Haze in Aria.
Jenna Jameson celebrates her birthday at Crazy Horse III.
Keri Hilson performs at Pure in Caesars.
Kid Ink is at LAX in Luxor.
Taboo of The Black Eyed Peas is at Moon in Palms.
Mike Stud is at 1 OAK in The Mirage.
Morgan Page is at Surrender.
SUNDAY, MARCH 24
Jon Bon Jovi goes solo with Kings of Suburbia at The Joint.
The 1st International Blues, Jazz and Gospel Festival is at Las Vegas Hotel through March 31.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
It’s Game 2 of the Wranglers vs. the Grizzlies.
SKAM Artists Takeover at The Bank.
Leah Labelle is at Lavo in Palazzo.
Please check back over the weekend as we post “One Drop” highlights and then starting Sunday report the weekend attractions. Next week, a preview of Vegas Uncork’d as our chefs tantalize with taste treats.
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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