Friday, May 31, 2013 | 6 p.m.
A lot of people are still recovering, recuperating and rejuvenating after the jam-packed 96 hours of last weekend’s Memorial Day Weekend fun — maybe even still sleeping. It explains why it’s a lot quieter this weekend. But as usual in The Entertainment Capital of the World, we still have a lot of wide-ranging attractions, music and parties.
Sexy Jennifer Lopez has already seen Jabbowockeez’s new show “Prism” at Luxor in previews. Tonight is the official grand opening, and although the “America’s Best Dance Crew” Season 1 champions have kept their anonymous identical masks in place, their costumes have changed to the many colors of the rainbow. (Check back Sunday for Senior Editor Don Chareunsy’s report from “Prism.”)
I’m looking forward to Sunday’s concert by The Tenors at The Smith Center. These Canadian singers are spellbinding and are the equal of Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli and Placido Domingo. Their operatic pop music is mixed with classics and today’s hits. I never knew until Guy Laliberte’s recent “One Night for Drop” benefit show at Bellagio where they performed that Clifton Murray met me when he was a pre-teen when I filmed a segment of “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” with his father.
Comedy is king again this weekend with Joan Rivers and Wayne Brady duking it out opposite each other at The Venetian and The Mirage, respectively. There’s interesting music choices ranging from veteran Gary Puckett and his Union Gap to Appalachian sounds and New Orleans jazz at Smith Center.
The real sparkle this weekend is the invasion of thousands of global jewelry manufacturers, designers and retailers for the huge JCK jewelry industry convention. With more than $100 million in items on hand, more security is reportedly on duty around the clock than for any other convention here. Simon G throws the biggest soiree with Jenny McCarthy and Mario Lopez at Tao in The Venetian on Saturday, and Maroon 5 performs for JCK’s Rocks the Beach party at Mandalay Bay on Sunday.
Now it’s time to glitter our gems, shine our sparkle and mount a 24-carat edition of the Royal Robin Rundown:
FRIDAY, MAY 31
New Orleans jazz meets the lonesome sounds of the Appalachians with Preservation Hall Jazz Band and The Del McCoury Band at Smith Center.
Singer-songwriter Karla Bonoff is at nearby Cabaret Jazz for two nights.
Nashville Unplugged features singer-songwriters Rebecca Lynn Howard and Marty Dodson at Red Rock Resort.
1960s pop-rock sensations Gary Puckett and The Union Gap are at South Point Showroom all weekend.
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club is at Vinyl in The Hard Rock Hotel.
Franky Perez has two nights of free shows at Lounge at the Palms.
Fortunate Youth is at Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip.
Wayne Brady is at The Mirage for two nights.
Joan Rivers is at The Venetian for two nights; my Q+A with her was posted Thursday.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
“Light Up the Skies,” the first single by Jaymes Vaughan and James Davis of Chippendales at The Rio and CBS’ “The Amazing Race,” with producer Tanzer, is out today – listen to and buy it on iTunes and elsewhere.
Light Up the Skies
Jabbawockeez’s grand opening of “Prism” is at Luxor, with an after-party at nearby LAX.
Tickets go on sale for Alice in Chains at Pearl at the Palms on Oct. 26.
The 44th Annual World Series of Poker continues with its first weekend of events featuring “Millionaire Maker” at The Rio.
“Dock Dogs: World Premier Canine Aquatics Competition” is at Cannery all weekend.
Mopar Midnight Mayhem, Test ’n’ Tune and Dragsters is at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for two nights before it closes Monday to begin preparations for the 2013 Electric Daisy Carnival from June 21-23.
Filmmaker and author Leslie Zemeckis —our interview with her was posted Wednesday — will be signing her book “Behind the Burly Q” at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender at The Orleans through Sunday.
Today is National Save Your Hearing Day, and May is National Better Hearing & Speech Month. Las Vegas celebrities took part in a 30-second PSA.
Our colleagues at Las Vegas Weekly celebrate their annual music issue with a poolside showcase of six local bands at The Hard Rock Hotel. Life Is Beautiful festival founder Rehan Choudry is the host.
Coco Austin, star of "Peepshow" at Planet Hollywood and "Ice Loves Coco," taps the keg at Hofbrauhaus, and actor and rapper husband Ice-T joins her.
SATURDAY, JUNE 1
Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts are at The Pearl.
Michael Bolton is at Eastside Cannery.
Trapt is at The Hard Rock Hotel.
Kelly Clinton performs her one-woman cabaret show “Freckled for Life” at Suncoast Showroom, with guest stars including Tara Palsha of “Vegas! The Show.”
Steel Panther is at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.
The Henderson Symphony Orchestra presents an orchestral screening of Charlie Chaplin’s “Gold Rush” at Henderson Pavilion.
3 Pill Morning is at Vinyl (the band returns to town July 28 at HOB).
Pepe Aguilar is at Primm Valley.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Star chef Mario Batali kicks off the three-month-long Carnevale at the Palazzo atrium.
Tickets go on sale for the 2013 NBA Summer League from July 12-22.
The Fourth Annual Brews and Blues Festival is at the Springs Preserve.
The Rocky Mountain Gun Show is at South Point for two days.
Jenny McCarthy, Mario Lopez and Courtney Lopez and Katrina Bowden attend the annual Simon G Soiree for JCK at Tao.
“Dancing With the Stars” pro dancer champion Derek Hough hosts a pool party for Smirnoff Sorbet Light at Liquid Pool Lounge at Aria.
OnBoard.com launches its jewelry editions at Surrender in Steve Wynn’s Encore with DJs Lil Jon and Sidney Samson.
Spice Girl Mel B celebrates her birthday at Andrea’s in Encore; my Q+A with her was posted Thursday. Her “America’s Got Talent” host Nick Cannon is guest DJ at Ling Ling Club at Hakkasan Las Vegas at MGM Grand. (Will wife Mariah Carey leave the kids at home to join him?)
Krewella is at Light in Mandalay Bay.
SUNDAY, JUNE 2
The Tenors are at Smith Center.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada hosts its Third Annual Poker Tournament at Aria. The winner earns a seat in the 2013 WSOP Main Event.
Have a wonderful weekend, and we’ll be back Sunday with weekend-highlight reports and photos, plus, on Monday, a preview of the musical “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” headed here in mid-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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One of the most iconic resorts on The Strip, the Luxor pyramid invites curiosity while the resort’s interior rewards visitors with equal parts excitement, mystery and intrigue.
This 4,405-room resort features a wide variety of entertainment including world-famous dance crew Jabbawockeez (spring 2013), the Cirque du Soleil production CRISS ANGEL Believe, the provocative adult revue, FANTASY, the hilarious comedy of Carrot Top, Menopause The Musical and the exclusive LAX Nightclub.
The property also offers a spa and salon, wedding chapel and inviting pool complex and is connected to Mandalay Bay through The Shoppes at Mandalay Place — a collection of unique boutiques and restaurants.
With a 120,000-square-foot gaming area, delectable restaurants and top-notch nightlife and entertainment, Luxor provides an unparalleled travel destination.