Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 | 6 p.m.
Thanksgiving is upon us, but if you’re looking to get away from leftovers and Black Friday madness this weekend, there’s plenty to do in town to help wear off the tryptophan.
Here’s a look at our weekend best bets:
Friday - Saturday: Jenny McCarthy at Vinyl
Actress-author-TV personality Jenny McCarthy returns to comedy this weekend at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel, bringing with her five comediennes for two nights of yuks in the new show “Dirty Sexy Funny.” Tickets are $30, and shows start at 9:30 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: Justin Timberlake at MGM Grand
Triple-threat Justin Timberlake gives the ladies something to be thankful for this weekend, returning to MGM Grand Garden Arena with a new slate of songs from this fall’s “The 20/20 Experience — 2 of 2.” The electrifying live show kicks off at 8 p.m., and tickets are $52.50 to $203.
Today - Sunday: ‘Evita’ at Smith Center
The Tony Award-winning musical from Tim Rice and Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber comes to Smith Center’s Reynolds Hall, sharing the story of Eva Peron’s meteoric rise from the slums of Argentina to the role of first lady. Featuring classic theater songs like “High Flying, Adored” and “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” the new production from director Michael Grandage promises to be one of the season’s most unforgettable performances. Tickets are $26 to $129, and show times vary.
Saturday: Holiday Havoc with Thirty Seconds to Mars, Panic! at the Disco, Pepper and Parade of Lights at the Joint
Get out your eyeliner: Hometown boys Panic! at the Disco and Parade of Lights are part of X107.5’s 2013 Holiday Havoc concert Saturday night at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel, along with Thirty Seconds to Mars and Pepper. Tickets start at $39.50, and the show begins at 8 p.m.
Saturday: John Legend at the Palms
Grammy Award-winning artist John Legend brings his “Made to Love” North American tour to Pearl at the Palms this weekend. Guest Tamar Braxton opens. The show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are $49 to $100.
Friday - Sunday: ‘Sister’s Christmas Catechism’ at Smith Center
The sister of the hit “Late Nite Catechism” returns for a case of “CSI: Bethlehem” in this festive mystery extravaganza inside Smith Center’s Troesh Studio Theater. Join Sister as she attempts to solve the mystery of what happened to the Magi’s gold in a hilarious retelling of the story of the nativity. Tickets are $35 to $40, and show times vary.
The Pearl is the Palms premier concert venue, hosting some of the most legendary and popular names in entertainment.
Vinyl, which opened in August 2012, is the intimate live entertainment venue at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, featuring a diversity of genres, including rock 'n' roll, jazz, blues, pop and even country.
The multifunctional room provides an intimate setting that puts the audience within an arm's reach of the performers.
The space, which is just under 7,000 square feet, can accommodate 650 guests. With a speakeasy atmosphere, Vinyl has an industrial look from its Chicago-common brick and cinderblock, distressed wood floors and an exposed, sky-high ceiling.
An elevated VIP section houses leather banquette seating and offers guests their own wait staff and an exclusive bar. The perimeter features a bar where guests can watch all the action. A state-of-the-art entertainment system offers high-definition screens on both sides of the main stage.