Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 | 6 p.m.
Ronda Rousey vs. Sara McCann
It’s a clash-of-champions weekend in and out of the ring.
Sports fans will revel with Ronda Rousey as she defends her world bantamweight title against Sara McMann in UFC 170 at Mandalay Bay Events Center. Since both are former Olympians, this will compete against the sparks flying in Sochi.
Ronda won her bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Games, while Sara won her silver at the 2004 Athens Games. MMA fans are predicting that this will be Ronda’s toughest challenge yet. Here’s a YouTube video of their pre-fight press conference combat Thursday.
From outrage in the Octagon to dueling with danger and thrills on the track, the 2014 NASCAR season starts this weekend with the famous Daytona 500. No less fewer than seven of our hotels have sanctioned viewing parties for the Great American Race: Sam’s Town, Suncoast, Orleans, Gold Coast, Stratosphere, Cannery and South Point. Fans will get the opportunity to win tickets to our Las Vegas Motor Speedway NASCAR weekend from March 8-9.
Comedy still reigns supreme, but fans have their own neighborhood clash with rivals in humor. They’ll be torn between Adam Carolla at Treasure Island and George Lopez next door at the Mirage. As if that duel isn’t enough, Tim Allen is exactly opposite at the Venetian, while off Strip, “Saturday Night Live” alumnus Kevin Nealon is at Suncoast.
The Chinese musical “Panda!” continues to draw fans to its residency home at Palazzo, but this weekend it faces three days and nights of competition from the Shen Yun 2014 tour showcasing classical dance and music that brings to life 5,000 years of civilization.
Talk about choices all competing under the same roof: Britney Spears keeps celebrities and VIPs coming to Axis Theater at Planet Hollywood for her “Britney: Piece of Me” residency show. Fergie and Josh Duhamel, at Thursday night’s performance, are the latest Hollywood couple to rave about the spectacular.
However this weekend, as The Jacksons officially premiere their new run of shows in “Rocktellz & Cocktails” with a star-studded gala red carpet celebration at Planet Hollywood on Saturday, their Motown sounds will be preceded by the powerful rock opera sounds of Meat Loaf, the inaugural headliner of “R&C.” Their back-to-back appearances are Meat Loaf at 7:30 p.m. and The Jacksons at 9:30.
And what’s a Las Vegas weekend without some beautiful women fighting among themselves? At least the 2014 Mrs. Nevada America Pageant on Sunday at Sam’s Town will be graceful and not a cruel catfight. But there are weapons of war for the sexy housewives: fiery red lipstick, mascara, eyelashes, hairspray, glamorous gowns and stunning swimsuits.
If you prefer peace to pugilism, I suggest the Central Christian Church appearances all weekend of LVH headliners Mo5aic. The voices-and-sound-effects-only musicians perform a spiritual rendition of pop hits to go with Pastor Jud’s message at two Saturday services and three on Sunday.
So without further ado, let’s say a prayer as we get right into the middle of the mayhem and punch with the power of our weekly Royal Robin Rundown:
FRIDAY, FEB. 21
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are at the Venetian for two nights.
Michael Cavanaugh showcases the hits of the Great American Rock and Roll Songbook at Cabaret Jazz in the Smith Center for two nights.
The Jennifer Keith Quintet is at Chandelier in the Cosmopolitan all weekend.
The “Las Vegas Rocks Variety Show” hosted by Tony Sacca with guest “Jersey Boys,” Zowie Bowie and The Blonde Divas is at Boulder Station.
Nashville Unplugged with songwriter hosts Brian McComas and Aaron Benward features Brent Anderson at Sunset Station.
Kid Hollywood is at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel.
Dom Kennedy is at Hard Rock Live! on the Strip.
George Lopez is at the Mirage for two nights.
Adam Carolla, whose signature rants that have become a popular downloaded iTunes show, is at Treasure Island in a live podcast.
John Caparulo is at South Point Showroom.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Shen Yun 2014 is at the Smith Center all weekend.
Tickets go on sale for Jason Alexander at Harrah’s for four weeks of shows starting April 11 and Guns N’ Roses at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel from May 21-June 7.
Jamz All-Star Cheerleading is at Orleans Arena all weekend.
Mesquite Off-Road Weekend featuring Cowboy Kenny’s Steel Rodeo, Beyond Pro Racing with champions Kenny Bartram and Mike Brown, mud and endurance challenge racing is Eureka in Mesquite all weekend.
Sean Paul’s album-release party and performance is at the Bank in Bellagio.
SATURDAY, FEB. 22
Rapper 2 Chainz and guests Pusha T and August Alsina are at the Joint.
The Blonde Divas are at the Italian American Club.
Pia Zadora, Rich Little and Steve Rossi are at F.A.S.T. for Kids Gala hosted by Fox 5’s Ted Pretty at the LVH benefiting the New Horizons Center for Learning, which Pia’s son, Jordan, attends.
12th Planet is at Hard Rock Live! on the Strip.
Empire Records’ All ’90s Experience is at Vinyl.
Kevin Nealon is at Suncoast for two nights.
Tim Allen is at the Venetian.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
UFC 170 features Ronda Rousey vs. Sara McCann and Daniel Cormier vs. Patrick Cummins (the last-minute fill-in for Rashad Evans) at Mandalay Bay Events Center.
The 11th Annual Walk With the Heart of a Child supporting Nevada-based Children’s Heart Foundation is at Fashion Show.
Veteran actor Hal Holbrook is at UNLV.
Lil Jon spins at Surrender in Steve Wynn’s Encore.
The Color Run Official After Party is at Ghostbar Dayclub in the Palms.
SUNDAY, FEB. 23
Danny Wright’s “Real Romance” is at Cabaret Jazz at the Smith Center.
Alternative rockers the Pixies with guest Best Coast are at the Joint. It’s the first collection of new music in 20 years for the Pixies’ Black Francis, Joey Santiago, David Lovering and new bassist Paz Lenchantin (founding member Kim Deal departed last year).
Hard Candy is at Vinyl.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
LVMS hosts seven Daytona 500 viewing parties.
More than 15 beautiful married ladies from Las Vegas and in the state compete for the title of 2014 Mrs. Nevada America at Sam’s Town.
We’ll be back Sunday with reports and photos of all the action. On Monday, we’ll unveil an inside look at the new Cromwell center-Strip hotel. Next week, join us behind-the-scenes at “O” in Bellagio for its technical wizardry as it celebrates its 15th anniversary, and “Mamma Mia!” producer Judy Craymer previews the return of the ABBA musical to the Strip.
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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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.