Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012 | 6 p.m.
This weekend's best bets include concerts featuring R&B queen Mary J. Blige and chart-topper Gotye. Joan Rivers will be in town performing her stand-up act and serving as a grand marshal for the Pride Parade. Here are our best entertainment bets for the weekend:
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Thursday-Sunday: Pride Las Vegas
This weekend Pride Las Vegas is in town with a slew of events, including the Pride Parade beginning at 8 p.m. on West Charleston Boulevard. The pre-parade show begins at 7 p.m. and features appearances by Kathy Griffin, Margaret Cho and Joan Rivers. Also this weekend is the Festival Under the Neon Lights beginning at 6 p.m. at the Neonopolis. The event features performances by Sharon Needles, Lady Bunny Forever!, Yara Sofia Fans and more. The event will run before, during and after the Pride Parade. Over at the Tropicana, Gay Days Las Vegas presents several pool parties and the Gay Days Expo, which runs from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.
Friday-Sunday: Harvest Festival at the Cashman Center
The Harvest Festival, the West’s largest indoor arts and crafts show, returns for its 40th anniversary tour of the West (25 years in Vegas) and features creative goods from jewelry to clothing, stage and strolling entertainment, and specialty food. Get a head start on your holiday shopping or find some new arts and crafts project ideas. Tickets are $4 to $9 and the event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Friday: Gotye at House of Blues
House of Blues at Mandalay Bay presents "Someone That I Used to Know" singer Gotye with special guests Chairlift and Jonti. Tickets are $61 to $95.50 and the show starts at 8 p.m.
Friday: Mary J. Blige at the Pearl at the Palms
Nine-time Grammy winner and multiplatinum recording artist Mary J. Blige performs at the Pearl at the Palms, along with D’Angelo and special guest Melanie Fiona. The “Queen of Hip-Hop Soul” is riding high on the success of her latest release, "My Life II…The Journey Continues (Act 1)." Tickets are $110 to $220, and the show starts at 8 p.m.
Thursday-Saturday: Joan Rivers at the Venetian
Feisty, brash comedian Joan Rivers has run the gamut from writing best-selling books to hosting her own TV show. Now, she'll return to her stand-up comedy roots with a show at the Venetian. Tickets are $65.75 to $85.75, and the show starts at 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
Saturday: UNLV Rebels football at Sam Boyd Stadium
The UNLV Rebels will take on the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks at Sam Boyd Stadium. There is a 2-for-1 ticket promotion good for any area in the stadium, excluding the RAF priority seating areas on the west side. Tickets are $9.50 to $90, and the game starts at 7 p.m.
Saturday: 3rd annual Pedal to the Medal at the West Career and Tech Academy
Sponsored by Gaudin Porsche, the 3rd Annual Pedal to the Medal bicycle event to support Special Olympics Nevada will take place at the West Career and Tech Academy. Riders can choose a 25- or 50-mile ride, plus a free bike rodeo for riders' families and friends. The bike rodeo will offer children and those with special needs the chance to learn safe riding practices and try out different types of bikes, including adapted cycles for disabled riders. Tickets are $35 to $45, and the race begins at 7 a.m.
Saturday: Love Walk Las Vegas at Town Square
The Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, a nonprofit breast cancer research foundation, hosts the first ever Love Walk Las Vegas at Town Square. This 5k walk is an opportunity for community members to learn more about the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation and its signature program, the Army of Women, and how it is mobilizing the Las Vegas community to turn awareness into action by contributing to breast cancer research. Tickets are $25 to $75, and the walk begins at 7 a.m.
Saturday: Flavors of the Heart at World Market Center
Join the American Heart Association for the second annual Flavors of the Heart event. Flavors of the Heart is a multicultural culinary event that includes Las Vegas' top chefs and restaurants creating and serving special dishes that are healthy for the heart and still a feast for the taste buds. The event allows Las Vegas residents to discover new restaurants, new recipes and new ways to live heart healthy. Renowned Chef Carla Pellegrino of Bacio and Bratalian is the honorary heart chef of the event. A silent auction will be held, and cookbooks featuring the recipes prepared at the festival will be available for purchase. Tickets are $75, and the event begins at 7 p.m.