Thursday, April 3, 2014 | 6 p.m.
The weekend ahead is packed with star power, from the Academy of Country Music’s five days of celebration starting tonight with Hunter Hayes to sports champions teeing up for a cause in the annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational at Shadow Creek.
Here’s a look at our weekend best bets:
Tonight - Sunday: ‘The Tempest’ at the Smith Center
Don’t miss this innovation adaptation of the Shakespeare masterpiece from award-winning directors Aaron Posner and Las Vegas’ own Rio headliner magician Teller, who also designed the illusions featured in the show. The production feature songs by Tom Waits and the creative talents of Pilobolus Dance Company. Performance times and ticket prices vary. Visit the Smith Center website for more information.
Friday - Sunday: ACM Weekend
Country music fans have a lot to look forward to this weekend in Las Vegas with a slate of events leading up to Sunday evening’s 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards co-hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan at MGM Grand Garden Arena at 5 p.m. Tickets for the big show range from $175 to $550. Fan also can attend the simultaneous ACM Fan Jam at Mandalay Bay Events Center (5 p.m., $45-$250), featuring additional performance for the night’s broadcast. Leading up to the awards, ACM sponsors the Party for a Cause festival at the Linq on Friday and Saturday featuring headliners Rascal Flatts, Florida Georgia Line and Keith Urban. Tickets are $45 to $225.
Tonight - Sunday: Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational at Shadow Creek
Celebrities team up for a cause this weekend at the 13th-annual edition of the charity golf tournament, which pairs amateur players with competing stars. This year’s participants include Ray Romano, Luke Wilson, Wayne Gretzky, Ken Griffey Jr. and, of course, Michael Jordan. Passes are $30 to $500.
Tonight - Saturday: Las Vegas 51s at Cashman Field
The Las Vegas 51s kick off the Triple-A baseball season at 7 p.m. today with a game against the Fresno Grizzlies and locals’ beloved Dollar Beer Night. The matchup kicks off an eight-game homestand against Fresno and Sacramento. As the New York Mets’ top affiliate, the defending PCL Pacific-Southern Division champions are expected to return loaded with talent, including opening-day starter Noah Syndergaard — the Mets’ top minor league prospect, expected in New York by June.
Saturday: Las Vegas Chocolate Festival at Crystals
As if the Shops at Crystals couldn’t get more decadent, local pastry chefs and chocolatiers will join forces to offer a variety of sumptuous confections to benefit Nevada Ballet Theater. Participants include Jean Philippe Patisserie, Sugar Factory and Payard. The event is 9 to 11 p.m., with tickets from $45 to $99.
Saturday: Mini Maker Faire at the Learning Village
This family-friendly celebration of DIY technology and creations showcases the work and projects of local “makers” ranging from tech enthusiasts and crafters to educators and artists. Check out what Las Vegas’ tinkerers have been up to from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Entry is $10 for adults and $8 for children.
MGM Grand, a AAA Four Diamond resort, offers 5,044 rooms and suites.
MGM Grand features KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; and world-class entertainment at the Grand Garden Arena and Hollywood Theatre.
The resort offers signature restaurants by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans Fish House, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill and Michelin three star and Forbes Five Star restaurant, Joël Robuchon.
As part of its ongoing “Grand Renovation,” MGM Grand has remodeled all rooms and suites in its main tower and is adding several new experiences to its lineup including Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Nightclub, a new upscale dining/nightlife concept (coming in April 2013).
MGM Grand also features a state-of-the-art, non-smoking conference center, the Grand Spa, Cristophe Salon, "CSI: The Experience" and an inviting pool complex featuring the tantalizing daylife of Wet Republic.
Upscale accommodations include The Mansion, an exclusive hotel within the hotel; the luxurious two-story SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand; and The Signature at MGM Grand, a luxury all-suite, non-gaming hotel located adjacent to the main resort.