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Thursday, July 17, 2014 | 6 p.m.
Need cheering up? This weekend’s entertainment options will give you plenty to smile — and laugh — about with an array of comedic theater and standup offerings, as well as music heavy-hitters.
Here’s a look at our weekend best bets:
Saturday: Lady Gaga at MGM Grand Garden Arena
Mother Monster is back, bringing her sure-to-dazzle new “ArtRave: The ArtPop Ball” tour to MGM Grand. Even if her latest album of the same name isn’t at the top of your list, expect two hours of hits and nonstop spectacle that keep Gaga at the top of her game. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $38 to $203.
Sunday: Monty Python Live (Mostly) at South Point
Legendary comedy troupe Monty Python’s highly anticipated reunion performance takes place in London this weekend, but if you can’t make it across the pond, you’re still in luck. Century 16 South Point will broadcast the one-off live performance on tape delay at 11:30 a.m. Tickets to the three-hour show are $16 to $18.
Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden at Planet Hollywood
Whether you’re reliving the ’90s or are a fan of recent albums, expect a night of some of the finest hard rock has to offer as Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden team up for a night of back-to-back sets. Be sure to get there early to catch experimental electronic auteur Oneohtrix Point Never kick the night off at 8 p.m. Tickets are $80 to $125.
Tonight - Saturday: “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” at Super Summer Theater
Grab a picnic basket and head to Spring Mountain Ranch State Park for an evening of ancient Roman yuks with the classic musical comedy “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” presented by Second Star to the Right Productions. Shows start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $13 to $20.
Friday - Saturday: Heather McDonald and Iliza Shlesinger at the Venetian
Known best for work as a writer and panelist on E!’s “Chelsea Lately,” comedienne and bestselling author Heather McDonald teams up with “Last Comic Standing” champ Iliza Shlesinger for two nights of top-notch standup as the Venetian’s new all-women comedy series “Lipshtick.” Shows begin at 10 p.m. on Friday and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $52.25 to $96.25.
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.
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.