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Best Bets: Rascal Flatts, Kings of Leon, Lakers vs. Kings and more for your Las Vegas weekend


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Rascal Flatts arrives at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, April 3, 2016, at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Before their Tuesday night show at the Flamingo, Donny and Marie Osmond walked out onstage to greet the crowd, announce they would be donating the proceeds of that night’s show to the victims of Sunday’s shooting at the Route 91 music festival, and really just do what Vegas does—keep on being Vegas.

“A theater is a place where people come to dream in public,” Donny said. “And we as entertainers are in charge of that dream. So we hope, for the next 90 minutes or so, that Marie and I and our entire cast can take you to a place where there are no problems. That’s what show business is all about. That’s why we’re here.”

Check out these stellar entertainment options in Las Vegas this weekend, proof that the show goes on.

KINGS OF LEON The Nashville-rooted arena rockers’ tour behind October’s album “Walls” has been so successful, the band added an entirely new fall leg, including Friday night’s show at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel. Just yesterday, Kings of Leon announced net proceeds from the show will be directed to support Las Vegas nonprofits helping with immediate and long-term needs of the Route 91 Harvest festival shooting victims via the Music City Cares Fund. October 6, info at

RASCAL FLATTS: NIGHT TO SHINE Nothing will stop the hitmaking country trip from launching their residency at the Venetian Theatre, according to the band’s statement this week on social media: “Our hearts are in Vegas, and we will perform our shows there in honor of the victims. Our hope is to bring some light to such a dark time and offer any sort of healing we can through music … We are all in this together.” October 6-7 (and continuing through October 21), info at

THE AMAZING JOHNATHAN The irreverent comic-magician and longtime Vegas headliner made a surprising return to the stage earlier this year after retiring due to a degenerative heart disease. Friday and Saturday at the Red Rock Resort’s Rocks Lounge mark his first local shows in years, and he’s not planning more at this time, so head out to Summerlin. October 6-7, info at

JOHN BELUSHI & THE BOARD OF COMEDY You’ve known him as a sitcom anchor in “According to Jim,” a movie star in “Mr. Destiny,” and even as a Blues Brother in a musical capacity. But John Belushi cut his teeth with Chicago’s famed Second City improv group, and he’s bringing his own veteran troupe to the Laugh Factory at the Tropicana for an interactive comedy spectacular. October 6-8, info at

MAXWELL The last time this smooth, elegant R&B singer played Vegas, he was teaming up with Mary J. Blige. This time he takes over at the Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan for a soulful show with support from all-star singer, songwriter and producer Raphael Saadiq. October 7, info at

LA LAKERS VS SACRAMENTO KINGS The annual NBA-in-Vegas preseason clash between two California teams with strong followings in Sin City lands at T-Mobile Arena Sunday at 6 p.m. Consider it a pro sports teaser before our hockey team the Vegas Golden Knights takes over T-Mobile for its inaugural season. October 8, info at

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