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Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 | 6 p.m.
It's not every day that we welcome a new casino to the Strip. The opening of the new locals-friendly SLS Las Vegas highlights a weekend packed with exciting entertainment offerings on the Strip and beyond.
Here’s a look at our weekend best bets:
Saturday: Ball Up Streetball Championship at Cox Pavilion
Top new streetball talent from across the country travel to Las Vegas this weekend for the annual tournament pitting players head-to-head for a shot at a $100,000 contract with Ball Up All-Stars. Whose skills and style will land the top spot? Head to Cox Pavillion at 7 p.m. to find out. Tickets are $13 to $53.
Saturday - Thursday: Restaurant Week
Las Vegas’ twice-yearly culinary celebration and benefit is back offering a week of dining deals at 150 local eateries with proceeds benefiting Three Square food bank. Whether you’re looking to sample dim sum at Hakkasan or the catch of the day at Milos, don’t miss this opportunity to chow down for a cause. Deals and locations vary; visit HelpOutDineOutLV.org. for details and more information.
Saturday: SLS grand opening
The Strip’s newest resort has arrived at last opening its freshly renovated doors at the property formerly known as the Sahara. Celebrate and explore the resort-casino’s three nightclubs, refurbished rooms, retail including Fred Segal and a slate of unique eateries with refreshing price points suited for locals and tourists alike.
Friday - Saturday: Bruno Mars at the Cosmopolitan
Come for the songs, stay for the dancing: Electrifying showman and soul-pop darling Bruno Mars returns to the Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan with his “Unorthodox House Party” residency doling out favorites from his catalog of 22 Hot 100 hits and beyond. The party gets started at 9 p.m. Tickets are $95 to $125.
Friday - Saturday: Daniel Tosh at the Mirage
Sharp-tongued comedian Daniel Tosh returns with his button-pushing brand of standup to Terry Fator Theater at the Mirage as part of its Aces of Comedy series. Tosh, best known for his viral-video slapstick on Comedy Central's hit series "Tosh.0," released his third comedy album “Happy Thoughts” in 2011. Shows are 10 p.m. Friday and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $65, $75.99 and $95.99.
Sunday: John Legend at the Cosmopolitan
Grammy-winning crooner John Legend, who recently played the Palms and the Smith Center, takes on the Chelsea for an intimate evening of soul and R&B hits with special guest Mapei. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $61.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas dares to be different. From the hotel’s red reservations desks to fine art found throughout the resort, The Cosmopolitan’s signature style is helping to pave its own path on the Las Vegas Strip.
Upon entering the resort, you’re greeted by pillars of video boards playing video art by Digital Kitchen and David Rockwell Studio exclusively produced for The Cosmopolitan. Just beyond that, you’ll find all your favorite casino games on the resort’s 100,000-square-foot casino floor.
The Cosmopolitan’s rooms standout as the resort’s most unique feature. About 2,220 of The Cosmopolitan’s 2,995 rooms have 6-foot deep terraces that span the length of the room, a first at a modern Strip hotel. Other in-room amenities include soaking tubs, kitchenettes and quirky accessories like artsy coffee table books.
The dining experience at The Cosmopolitan isn’t something you’ll find at other Strip resorts, either. All of The Cosmopolitan’s 13 restaurateurs are new to the Las Vegas market. You’ll find American steakhouse fare in a modern setting at STK, top-notch sushi at Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill and the freshest fish flown in from the Mediterranean daily at Estiatorio Milos.
Whether the sun is up or down, Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub is the place to find the party at The Cosmopolitan. The venue is a dayclub/nightclub, complete with a pool and cabanas outside and three different rooms with three different vibes inside.
If nightclubs aren’t your thing, you can grab a drink at one of The Cosmopolitan’s five other bars, like The Chandelier, which is encased in 2 million dripping crystals.