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Weekend best bets: ACM Weekend, Michael Jordan, Las Vegas 51s and ‘The Tempest’

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Michael Jordan, fiancee Yvette Prieto and Will Smith at the 2013 Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational Gala at Aria on Friday, April 5, 2013.

The weekend ahead is packed with star power, from the Academy of Country Music’s five days of celebration starting tonight with Hunter Hayes to sports champions teeing up for a cause in the annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational at Shadow Creek.

Here’s a look at our weekend best bets:

    • Tonight - Sunday: ‘The Tempest’ at the Smith Center

      Don’t miss this innovation adaptation of the Shakespeare masterpiece from award-winning directors Aaron Posner and Las Vegas’ own Rio headliner magician Teller, who also designed the illusions featured in the show. The production feature songs by Tom Waits and the creative talents of Pilobolus Dance Company. Performance times and ticket prices vary. Visit the Smith Center website for more information.

    • Friday - Sunday: ACM Weekend

      Country music fans have a lot to look forward to this weekend in Las Vegas with a slate of events leading up to Sunday evening’s 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards co-hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan at MGM Grand Garden Arena at 5 p.m. Tickets for the big show range from $175 to $550. Fan also can attend the simultaneous ACM Fan Jam at Mandalay Bay Events Center (5 p.m., $45-$250), featuring additional performance for the night’s broadcast. Leading up to the awards, ACM sponsors the Party for a Cause festival at the Linq on Friday and Saturday featuring headliners Rascal Flatts, Florida Georgia Line and Keith Urban. Tickets are $45 to $225.

    • Tonight - Sunday: Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational at Shadow Creek

      Celebrities team up for a cause this weekend at the 13th-annual edition of the charity golf tournament, which pairs amateur players with competing stars. This year’s participants include Ray Romano, Luke Wilson, Wayne Gretzky, Ken Griffey Jr. and, of course, Michael Jordan. Passes are $30 to $500.

    • Tonight - Saturday: Las Vegas 51s at Cashman Field

      The Las Vegas 51s kick off the Triple-A baseball season at 7 p.m. today with a game against the Fresno Grizzlies and locals’ beloved Dollar Beer Night. The matchup kicks off an eight-game homestand against Fresno and Sacramento. As the New York Mets’ top affiliate, the defending PCL Pacific-Southern Division champions are expected to return loaded with talent, including opening-day starter Noah Syndergaard — the Mets’ top minor league prospect, expected in New York by June.

    • Saturday: Las Vegas Chocolate Festival at Crystals

      As if the Shops at Crystals couldn’t get more decadent, local pastry chefs and chocolatiers will join forces to offer a variety of sumptuous confections to benefit Nevada Ballet Theater. Participants include Jean Philippe Patisserie, Sugar Factory and Payard. The event is 9 to 11 p.m., with tickets from $45 to $99.

    • Saturday: Mini Maker Faire at the Learning Village

      This family-friendly celebration of DIY technology and creations showcases the work and projects of local “makers” ranging from tech enthusiasts and crafters to educators and artists. Check out what Las Vegas’ tinkerers have been up to from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Entry is $10 for adults and $8 for children.

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