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Weekend best bets: UNLVino, Bryan Ferry and Pacquiao vs. Bradley


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2013 UNLVino’s first-ever Bar-B-Q honoring Scott Sibella with the Dom Perignon Award of Excellence at The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health on Sunday, April 21, 2013. From left: Angelo Sosa, Masaharu Morimoto, Sibella, Gustav Mauler, Scott Conant and Michael Severino.

From UNLVino’s 40th anniversary to a hotly contested fight night between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley at MGM Grand Garden Arena, ’tis indeed a weekend to eat, drink and be merry.

Here’s a look at our weekend best bets:

    • Thursday - Saturday: UNLVino

      Las Vegas’ original wine-and-spirits festival celebrates its 40th anniversary this weekend with a slate of events at Strip venues offering delectable concoctions from celebrity chefs and wine and spirits galore. Proceeds benefit scholarships for students of UNLV’s William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration. Times, venues and ticket prices vary.

    • Boxer Manny Pacquiao, left, of the Philippines and undefeated WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley face off during a news conference at the MGM Grand Wednesday, April 9, 2014. Pacquiao will challenge Bradley at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday. The fight is a rematch to a June 9, 2012 fight that Bradley won.

      Saturday: Pacquiao vs Bradley 2 at MGM Grand

      Manny Pacquiao looks to settle the score against Timothy Bradley during a welterweight fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena. The brawl is a rematch of their controversial 2012 fight where Bradley ended Pacquiao’s seven-year undefeated streak by taking a split decision considered one of the worst in the sport's history. Whatever the outcome, expect plenty of drama. The event starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $150 to $1,000.

    • Saturday: Bryan Ferry at the Palms

      If you can’t make it to Coachella, you can still catch glam rock pioneer and Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry at Pearl at the Palms, where fans can expect to hear career-spanning hits such as “Love Is the Drug” and “Let’s Stick Together.” The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $49 to $99.

    • Friday: TEDxUNLV

      UNLV hosts its inaugural student-organized TEDx event featuring 15 speakers ranging from professors to students who will give short inspirational talks on topics including psychology, education and Las Vegas. Event tickets are sold out, but the lectures can be streamed via live webcast. The talks are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    • Friday - Saturday: Preservation Hall Jazz Band at the Smith Center

      Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the world-renowned Preservation Hall brings the spirit of New Orleans jazz to Cabaret Jazz in the Smith Center for the Performing Arts with a timeless, high-energy show led by director Ben Jaffe, son of group founders Allan and Sandra Jaffe. Tickets are $39 to $50. Shows are at 6 and 9 p.m. both days.

    • The blanket-wrapped body of film actress Carole Lombard is removed from the shattered wreckage of the Los Angeles bound TWA air liner on Table Mountain, near Las Vegas, Nev., on Jan. 18, 1942.  Lombard, 33, who was on tour to sell war bonds, and 21 other passengers, were killed when the plane crashed into the cliff high on the snow-covered mountain on Jan. 16.  In the background are searchers looking for other bodies.

      Friday: Mount Potosi plane crash talk at Sahara West Library

      Author Robert Matzen discusses his book “Fireball: Carole Lombard and The Mystery of Flight 3,” examining the the response, mystery and investigation surrounding the 1942 Mount Potosi, Nev., plane crash that killed the popular 33-year-old actress. The free lecture begins at 2 p.m.

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