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Weekend best bets: NASCAR, Alvarez vs. Angulo, Restaurant Week and Brooklyn Bowl

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The Thunderbirds, the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, fly over the Las Vegas Motor Speedway prior to the start of the during the Kobalt Tools 400 NASCAR race Sunday, March 10, 2013.

Las Vegas’ March entertainment madness continues with another weekend packed with events sure to please music and sports crowds.

Here’s a look at our weekend best bets:

    • Saturday - Sunday: Brooklyn Bowl opening at the Linq

      Las Vegas welcomes its newest live music venue this weekend (and bowling alley and restaurant), imported from the popular New York nightlife spot of the same name. The party gets started with a pair of shows from funk-jazz trio Soulive (veterans of the original venue) and continues all summer long with concerts from the likes of Jane’s Addiction, Elvis Costello, Spoon and more. Shows start at 9 p.m. with tickets priced at $10 to $20.

    • Tonight - Sunday: NASCAR at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

      Fans, start your engines: NASCAR Weekend 2014 is upon us and continues through the weekend with practices, meet-and-greets, the Boyd Gaming 300, the Kobalt 400 and more. Times and prices vary. Visit the LVMS website for schedules and more information.

    • Saturday: Canelo Alvarez vs. Alfredo Angulo at MGM Grand

      Alvarez may have lost to Floyd Mayweather Jr. last fall, but the fighter has no plans for a repeat performance as he takes on ferocious underdog Angulo in what promises to be a night of mayhem in the ring. The fight starts at 3 p.m., and tickets are $25 to $600.

    • Chicken tortas are on the Restaurant Week menu at the Hard Rock Hotel's Pink Taco.

      Friday - Sunday: Las Vegas Restaurant Week

      Chow down for a cause this weekend as more than 100 restaurants from across the Valley join forces to offer specially crafted (and discounted) menus, with proceeds going to benefit Three Square food bank. Participating restaurants range from upscale Strip eateries like Hakkasan to downtown favorites like Pizza Rock. For more information, visit HelpOutDineOutLV.org.

    • Full disclosure: Gary Numan is a huge Trent Reznor fan.

      Friday: Gary Numan at Hard Rock Live! on the Strip

      Forget EDM — synth-pop pioneer Gary Numan has been an electronic music innovator since before most Strip DJs were born. Though his sound has been more of an influence on the likes of Nine Inch Nails and Dave Grohl than Skrillex and Avicii, it’s still sure to get you moving. Big Black Delta and Roman Remains open. The show starts at 9 p.m., and tickets are $29 to $33.

    • Tom Green plays Vinyl this weekend.

      Friday - Sunday: Tom Green at Vinyl

      Former MTV funnyman Tom Green returns to Vinyl at the Hard Rock Hotel following his shows with Steve-O, this time with his new act “The Tom Green Show: An Outrageous Evening of Comedy, Satire and Storytelling.” The show features video elements from his MTV days, music (remember “The Bum Bum Song”?) and, of course, plenty of standup. The yuks begin at 7:30 p.m. with opener Mike Tricarichi. Tickets are $55 to $97.

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