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Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 | 6 p.m.
Super Bowl weekend in Las Vegas means it's time to watch football and gorge on bar food , but there are plenty of other options to entertain you this weekend. Here are our best entertainment bets for the weekend:
Friday: Joe Rogan at Mandalay Bay
He's not just a UFC announcer. Joe Rogan got his start in stand-up and he'll be showing off his skills onstage at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Tickets are $35-$50 and the show starts at 9 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: Taylor Hicks at Paris
"American Idol" winner Taylor Hicks has found a new home in Las Vegas. He'll be performing his bluesy hits at Napoleon's at Paris Las Vegas. Tickets are $40-$70 and the show starts at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Friday: First Friday Downtown
First Friday showcases more than 75 artists, 15 live bands and DJs on four stages, 25 food trucks and more. This month's theme is the Art of Romance, featuring a concert by guitar legend Esteban and a giant hop-scotch party. The event is free and begins at 5 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: Dana Carvey at the Orleans
Emmy-award winning comedian Dana Carvey brings his stand-up routine to the Orleans Showroom. Carvey became a household name when he became a cast member of "Saturday Night Live." His impressions and original characters were big hits on the show. Carvey brought his Wayne’s World sketch with Mike Myers to the big screen. Tickets are $60-$88 and the show starts at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Friday-Saturday: Drew Carey at MGM Grand
Drew Carey, stand-up comic, producer, writer and host of “The Price is Right,” brings “Drew Carey’s Improv-A-Ganza” back to the Hollywood Theatre at MGM Grand. The dynamic Improv All-Stars cast joins Carey on stage for a lively, unrehearsed, no-holds-barred show with audience participation. Tickets are $50-$70 and the show starts at 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Friday: Kodo at the Smith Center
Kodo, the legendary taiko drummers from Japan, bring the latest iteration of their ever-evolving One Earth Tour to the Smith Center. Titled “Legend,” the production was created under the direction of Japanese Living National Treasure Tamasaburo Bando. Tickets are $29-$89 and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday: Stars of the Russian Ballet at UNLV
The UNLV Performing Arts Center welcomes the Stars of the Russian Ballet to Artemus Ham Concert Hall. Skilled dancers will perform excerpts from the historic story ballets, including "Sleeping Beauty," "Cinderella," "Don Quixote," and "Paquita."
Saturday: UFC 156 at Mandalay Bay Events Center
UFC 156 at Mandalay Bay Events Center features a showdown between Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar. Also on the card are Rashad Evans and Antonio Nogueira. Tickets are $85-$525 and the fights start at 7 p.m.