Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 | 6 p.m.
Take a break from the usual headliner fare in the Entertainment Capital of the World with a slate of unique options across town this weekend, from Academy Award winner Al Pacino to roller coasters.
Here’s a look at our weekend best bets:
Saturday: National Roller Coaster Day
Celebrate America’s favorite thrill ride with plenty of deals on roller-coaster rides across the valley. Buffalo Bill’s Desperado will feature 2-for-1 rides, as will the Canyon Blaster and new El Loco at Circus Circus’ Adventuredome. The Big Apple Coaster at New York-New York will offer discounted general-admission prices. Full details are as follows: Desperado: 12:15-9:45 p.m., $10; $12-$22 unlimited-ride passes, 702-386-7867. Adventuredome: 10 a.m.-midnight, $10 per coaster; $17-$30 for all-day ride passes, 702-794-3939. New York-New York: 10:30 a.m.-noon, $14, 702-740-6969.
Saturday: Al Pacino: ‘One Night Only’ at the Mirage
Don’t miss your chance to get up close and personal with one of Hollywood’s greats as Al Pacino stops by Terry Fator Theater with his one-man show “One Night Only.” The celebrated actor will discuss his extensive career and life behind-the-scenes with our John Katsilometes before turning to the audience for a candid Q+A. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $150 to $500.
Tonight - Sunday: Viva Veracruz at Planet Hollywood
Planet Hollywood’s latest offering kicks off its inaugural run this weekend at Planet Hollywood Showroom. The production is 12 dance and musical numbers and shares the culture and folklore of Veracruz, a Gulf Coast state in Mexico. The Veracruz government has backed the production as a new experiment in promoting tourism to the state. Shows start at 6 p.m. Tickets are $39 to $69.
Friday: Red Bull BC One North American Final at Brooklyn Bowl
Local b-boys go head to head in exhilarating live dance battles in the first of six regional competitions toward the world finals in Paris, France, this fall. The free event, which begins at 9 p.m., is at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq Promenade and will showcase the unmatched talent of 16 top b-boys before a panel of judges and host Sway of MTV.
Friday - Saturday: Whitney Cummings at the Venetian
Comedienne and “2 Broke Girls” co-creator Whitney Cummings brings her trademark observational humor to the Venetian this weekend as part of the property’s “Lipshtick” all-female comedy series. Fans can expect the TV personality to spit witticisms on favorite topics ranging from trends to relationships. The show starts at 10 p.m. Friday and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $74 to $118.
Catering to the young and modern crowd, Planet Hollywood is a one-stop shop for entertainment with its massive shopping mall, slew of restaurants, spacious casino and clubs.
The ambiance of the casino is retro-chic meets high-tech with black granite floors throughout and colorful LED lights throughout the space. The theme carries into the 100,000 square-foot casino with 250 flat screens topping off slot machines. The casino is also home to 87 tables, a sports book and a poker room.
There's also the Miracle Mile Shops, one Vegas' largest malls, with 140 stores including BCBG Max Azaria, bebe, Urban Outfitters and The Discovery Channel Store.
Following an afternoon of shopping, guests can satisfy their appetites at one of the gourmet restaurants in Planet Hollywood, like the non-traditional approach to steakhouses at Strip House or check out the exotic Far East motif at KOI restaurant and lounge. And if guests are still looking for more, they can spend the after hours at Privé, Triq or Krave nightclubs.
Perhaps one of the resorts biggest attractions came in March with the addition of "Peepshow." The naughty twist on the story of Little Bo Peep is modern-day spin on the run-of-the-mill Vegas topless review. The "Peepshow" stage has seen visiting celebs like Scary Spice Mel B, "Dancing with the Stars" Kelly Monaco and Playboy's Holly Madison.