Thursday, March 27, 2014 | 6 p.m.
The weekend ahead is laid back and locals-friendly, with a number of concerts, plays and even a chili cook-off to keep the whole family entertained.
Here’s a look at our weekend best bets:
Tonight: John Legend at the Smith Center
The Grammy-winning crooner recently played the Palms, but tonight he’ll take the stage at Reynolds Hall for a more intimate, stripped-down acoustic set that’ll be a can’t-miss event for fans. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $29 to $110.
Saturday: Extreme Thing Sports and Music Festival at Desert Breeze Skate Park
Pop-punk and halfpipes come together for a day under the sun at Las Vegas’ annual sports and music festival. Featured bands include Taking Back Sunday, The Used, Killswitch Engage, Bring Me the Horizon and many more. The event is 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $35.
Saturday: Chili Cook-off at Lake Mead
Spring is in the air — as are the smells of the best foods of summer. Calville Bay Resort and the Marina at Lake Mead host their annual chili cook-off Saturday. The $6 public tasting ticket comes with hot dogs, cornbread, ice cream and a vote in the People’s Choice winner. Grab some napkins and head over for the start at 5 p.m.
Saturday: ††† at Hard Rock Live! on the Strip
Pronounced “Crosses,” the new side project from The Deftones frontman Chino Moreno brings synth-laden, Depeche Mode-influenced dark rock to Hard Rock Live! on the Strip before hitting Coachella in a few weeks. The show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $19 to $24.
Friday: Nick Swardson at the Mirage
Comedian, actor and writer/producer Nick Swardson brings his comedy chops to Terry Fator Theater at the Mirage on Friday night, doling out the kind of laughs that made him a favorite in films like “Grown Ups” and FX’s new animated series “Chozen.” The show starts at 10 p.m. Tickets are $40.
Tonight through Sunday: Songs for a New World at Onyx Theater
Check out the penultimate weekend of Jason Robert Brown’s musical that takes audiences on a journey from the deck of a 1492 Spanish ship to a ledge 57 stories above Fifth Avenue. Songs include off-Broadway hits such as "Stars and the Moon," "King of the World" and "I'm Not Afraid of Anything." Shows are at 8 p.m., with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. Tickets are $24.