Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 | 6 p.m.
New Year's Eve is behind us and the busy week of the Consumer Electronics Show is yet to come but there are still plenty of entertainment options in town including a chance to cheer on the Rebels men's basketball team. Here are our best entertainment bets for the weekend:
Friday-Sunday: Ralphie May at South Point
Comedian Ralphie May is large and in charge and ready to make you laugh with a three-night run at the South Point Showroom. The veteran of "Last Comic Standing" will have you in stitches with his ode to Chik-fil-A and what it was like to swim in Saddam Hussein's pool.
Thursday-Friday: Esteban at LVH
Known for his trademark bolero hat and sunglasses, guitarist Esteban rose to fame after numerous classical guitar CDs. He'll begin a three month residency at LVH's Shimmer Cabaret, performing along with his daughter, violinist Teresa Joy. Tickets are $19-$39 and shows begin at 8:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday.
Friday-Sunday: Saturday: 'Rock of Ages' at Venetian
Set in LA’s infamous Sunset Strip in 1987, "Rock of Ages" tells the story of Drew, a boy from South Detroit, and Sherrie, a small-town girl, in LA. to chase their dreams of making it big and falling in love. The humorous love story features plenty of big guitar solos and even bigger hair. Look forward to rock hits like "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," "I Wanna Know What Love Is," "Here I Go Again" and "Don't Stop Believin’." The new show celebrates its grand opening weekend at the Venetian. Tickets are $45-$115 and shows run Tuesdays-Fridays and Sundays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Friday: First Friday in the Downtown Arts District
First Friday recently celebrated 10 years of art and community in downtown Las Vegas, and this month’s event will warm up downtown with heating stations and hot beverages to keep patrons warm, alongside the Art Nouveau aesthetic. A new stop has been added to each shuttle route at Rick’s Restoration/Artistic Iron Works at Charleston Boulevard and Commerce Street. Patrons can jump off at the stop and check out live entertainment, a car show and get the chance to meet the cast of "American Restoration" on History Channel. The event is free and begins at 5 p.m.
Friday: Blood Drive at MaximuM Comics
January is National Blood Donor Month and the cast of "Evil Dead: The Musical" at V Theater inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino invite the public to donate during an event on Friday. United Blood Services will have donation vans at MaximuM Comics, located at 7950 W. Tropical Parkway, Suite 120, just north of Ann Road, from 3 – 7 p.m. All donors will receive a free pair of tickets to "Evil Dead" and a comic book from MaximuM Comics. Appointments are available every 20 minutes and can be made here.
Saturday: Miss America meet and greet at Fashion Show mall
Catch a sneak peek of all 53 2013 Miss America contestants at a public meet and greet at Fashion Show. Las Vegan Lynn Weidner, Miss New Jersey 1971 and current member of the board of directors of the Miss America Organization, is mistress of ceremonies. The contestants will sign autographs following the runway presentation.
Saturday: The UNLV Runnin' Rebels men's basketball at Thomas & Mack
The UNLV Runnin' Rebels men's basketball team takes on CSU Bakersfield at the Thomas & Mack Center. Tickets are $15-$45 and the event begins at 7 p.m.
Sunday: Our Town for Newtown concert fundraiser at the Railhead
Brody Dolyniuk, former Las Vegas resident and entertainer, joins with the Maddux Foundation and Station Casinos to host Our Town for Newtown — A Concert for Sandy Hook Elementary School at the Railhead inside Boulder Station. The event will feature a host of local bands, Las Vegas headliners and solo artists, and all proceeds from the event will be channeled via the Maddux Foundation and directed into an existing account set up in Newtown, Conn., by the United Way. The concert will feature performances by Beatles tribute the Fab, Lon Bronson All-Star Band, Rick Duarte of Strung Out Sessions, Paul Shortino of Quiet Riot and Rough Cut, Bella Electric Strings, Zowie Bowie, Elisa Furr of iCandy, the Las Vegas Tenors, Lorena Peril of Fantasy, Michelle Johnson of the Platters, Brent Muscat of Faster Pussycat and the Sin City Sinners, Michael Cavanaugh from Broadway’s “Movin’ Out,” Yellow Brick Road and Zeppelin USA, among others. A minimum donation of $10 is requested.