Thursday, April 11, 2013 | 6 p.m.
See performers from across the age spectrum this weekend as youngster Jackie Evancho performs as well as Don Rickles. Here are our best entertainment bets for the weekend:
Sunday: AIDS Walk Las Vegas
More than 9,000 people walked last year in the AIDS Walk Las Vegas, raising more than $450,000 for Aid for AIDS of Nevada. This year’s goal is $600,000, and AFAN is hoping you’ll come out to support, exercise and enjoy some live entertainment. The event takes place at UNLV. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the opening ceremonies taking place at 9 a.m. The walk begins at 10:30 a.m. with the after-walk picnic starting at 12:30 p.m.
Saturday: Vegas Loves Brazil cultural festival at the Clark County Amphitheater
The Vegas Loves Brazil cultural festival will take place Saturday at the Clark County Amphitheater and is Nevada’s only Brazilian cultural festival. Bring the family and enjoy Brazilian food and drinks. Kids can enjoy an array of carnival style rides, bounce houses, face painting, games and pony rides. Samba music and capoeira dance performances will take place throughout the day as well as a live performance from Brazil’s Ninha, the former singer of the world famous Timbalada. Admission is $5 and the event starts at 1 p.m.
Friday: Garbage at the Pearl
Alternative rock band Garbage performs at the Pearl at the Palms. The award-winning band topped the charts with their debut self-titled album in 1995, which spawned the hit singles “Stupid Girl” and “Only Happy When It Rains.” Their follow up album earned them Grammy nominations for Best Rock Album and Album of the Year. After several hiatuses, Garbage released their first album in seven years, "Not Your Kind Of People." Tickets are $40-$60 and the concert starts at 8 p.m.
Friday: Vampire Weekend at the Cosmopolitan
Vampire Weekend came together in early 2006 while its members were attending school at Columbia University. Following two years on the road, Vampire Weekend released its second album, Contra, in early 2010. The band’s third album is due out this year so expect a few new tracks when they perform at the Cosmopolitan's Boulevard Pool. Tickets are $43.25 and the show starts at 9 p.m.
Saturday: Don Rickles at Orleans
Legendary comedian Don Rickles will perform at the Orleans Showroom. The veteran of "Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" and many film roles is most known for his work as an insult comic. Rickles earned the nickname "Mr. Warmth" as a result of his insult comedy. Prior to Rickles' performance, catch actor and singer Robert Davi do a set from his critically-acclaimed show, “Davi Sings Sinatra: On the Road to Romance.” The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $74.95 - $99.95.
Saturday: Jackie Evancho at the Smith Center
Jackie Evancho’s current album, “Songs From The Silver Screen,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Classical charts and seventh on the Billboard Top 200. At just 13 years old, Evancho has made a name for herself with sell-out U.S. shows and TV appearances. Following the success of her first PBS show, “Jackie Evancho: Music of the Movies” debuted in 2012 featuring classic songs from “South Pacific, “Cinema Paridiso” and the timeless hit “My Heart Will Go On” from “Titanic.” Hear her perform at the Smith Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets start at $58.
Friday: Michael Franzese at the Mob Museum
Former Colombo crime family capo Michael Franzese makes a special appearance in the Mob Museum courtroom. Guests will take a step-by-step journey through the world’s most famous criminal organization as lived by one of its most notorious members. Franzese will questions about life on the inside as one of the few men that quit the family and lived to tell the tale. Tickets are $15-$20 and the event starts at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: Thomas the Tank Engine at the Nevada State Railroad Museum
Bring your preschoolers to take the ride of their lives. Seen on the pages of favorite storybooks, in playrooms, and on the television screen, Thomas the Tank Engine pulls into the station at the Nevada State Railroad Museum for a larger than life experience at "Day Out With Thomas: The Go Go Thomas Tour 2013," visiting Nevada State Railroad Museum. Children will take a ride along with their favorite engine friend on his latest adventure and participate in Thomas-themed activities. Tickets are $14-$16 and the event begins at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday: Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole at the Historic Fifth Street School
Five-time Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winner Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole has developed into an impressive world music artist with an inventive talent that shines through on his self-titled new album, "Kaumakaiwa." Hear him perform at the Historic Fifth Street School. Tickets are $10-$15 and the concert starts at 7 p.m.