Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 | 6 p.m.
March is just around the corner, and Las Vegas is already gearing up for the city’s busiest, most event-packed month with a diverse array of music and more in the weekend ahead.
Here’s a look at our weekend best bets:
Saturday: St. Petersburg Philharmonic at the Smith Center
If you didn’t get enough Russia with the Sochi Olympics, head to the Smith Center on Saturday evening for a performance by the acclaimed St. Petersburg Philharmonic featuring works by Rachmaninoff, Rossini and Prokofiev. The performance at Reynolds Hall starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $39 to $150.
Saturday: Miley Cyrus at MGM Grand
Love her or hate her, there’s no denying that Miss Miley puts on a show. Catch the antics of her “Bangerz” tour Saturday night at MGM Grand Garden Arena, featuring can’t-miss openers Icona Pop (of the ubiquitous summer hit “I Love It”) and indie-pop powerhouse Sky Ferreira. Tickets are $20 to $94. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. — and there will be tongue.
Friday: Georgia on My Mind: Celebrating Ray Charles at the Smith Center
Join Grammy winners Take 6 and Kirk Whalum, local favorite Clint Holmes and others in honoring the life and work of soul legend Ray Charles with an evening of blues and jazz powerhouses at the Smith Center.
Friday: “Zarkana” grand reopening at Aria
After taking time off in January, one of Cirque’s newer Las Vegas productions on the Strip returns with a revamped spectacle featuring new music, a new aerial act and more. Shows begin at 7 and 9:30 p.m., and tickets are $87 to $209.
Sunday: “Iron Chef America” viewing party at Poppy Den
Come cheer on Las Vegas chefs Angelo Sosa (of Poppy Den in Tivoli Village and “Top Chef”) and Iron Chef Bobby Flay (of Las Vegas’ own Bobby’s Burger Palace and Mesa Grill) on Sosa’s own turf as they go head-to-head in a kitchen showdown. The cooking starts at 9 p.m. on the Food Network, with the viewing party from 8 to 10 p.m. Call ahead to reserve a seat: (702) 907-5227.
MGM Grand, a AAA Four Diamond resort, offers 5,044 rooms and suites.
MGM Grand features KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; and world-class entertainment at the Grand Garden Arena and Hollywood Theatre.
The resort offers signature restaurants by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans Fish House, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill and Michelin three star and Forbes Five Star restaurant, Joël Robuchon.
As part of its ongoing “Grand Renovation,” MGM Grand has remodeled all rooms and suites in its main tower and is adding several new experiences to its lineup including Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Nightclub, a new upscale dining/nightlife concept (coming in April 2013).
MGM Grand also features a state-of-the-art, non-smoking conference center, the Grand Spa, Cristophe Salon, "CSI: The Experience" and an inviting pool complex featuring the tantalizing daylife of Wet Republic.
Upscale accommodations include The Mansion, an exclusive hotel within the hotel; the luxurious two-story SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand; and The Signature at MGM Grand, a luxury all-suite, non-gaming hotel located adjacent to the main resort.