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Weekend best bets: ‘Zarkana,’ Ray Charles tribute, St. Petersburg Philharmonic and Miley Cyrus


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The red carpet grand opening of Cirque du Soleil’s “Zarkana” at Aria on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012.

March is just around the corner, and Las Vegas is already gearing up for the city’s busiest, most event-packed month with a diverse array of music and more in the weekend ahead.

Here’s a look at our weekend best bets:

    • Yuri Temirkanov, artistic director and principal conductor of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, leads the orchestra in the performance of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2005, during opening night at Carnegie Hall in New York.

      Saturday: St. Petersburg Philharmonic at the Smith Center

      If you didn’t get enough Russia with the Sochi Olympics, head to the Smith Center on Saturday evening for a performance by the acclaimed St. Petersburg Philharmonic featuring works by Rachmaninoff, Rossini and Prokofiev. The performance at Reynolds Hall starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $39 to $150.

    • Miley Cyrus performs at the American Music Awards at Nokia Theater L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles.

      Saturday: Miley Cyrus at MGM Grand

      Love her or hate her, there’s no denying that Miss Miley puts on a show. Catch the antics of her “Bangerz” tour Saturday night at MGM Grand Garden Arena, featuring can’t-miss openers Icona Pop (of the ubiquitous summer hit “I Love It”) and indie-pop powerhouse Sky Ferreira. Tickets are $20 to $94. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. — and there will be tongue.

    • Blues singer Ray Charles sings "Oh What a Beautiful Morning" in this March 3, 1996, file photo in Pasadena, Calif. during the 25th annual Easter Seal fundraiser event. Charles, the Grammy-winning crooner who blended gospel and blues in such crowd-pleasers as ``What'd I Say'' and heartfelt ballads like ``Georgia on My Mind,'' died June 10, 2004. He was 73.

      Friday: Georgia on My Mind: Celebrating Ray Charles at the Smith Center

      Join Grammy winners Take 6 and Kirk Whalum, local favorite Clint Holmes and others in honoring the life and work of soul legend Ray Charles with an evening of blues and jazz powerhouses at the Smith Center.

    • Friday: “Zarkana” grand reopening at Aria

      After taking time off in January, one of Cirque’s newer Las Vegas productions on the Strip returns with a revamped spectacle featuring new music, a new aerial act and more. Shows begin at 7 and 9:30 p.m., and tickets are $87 to $209.

    • Angelo Sosa.

      Sunday: “Iron Chef America” viewing party at Poppy Den

      Come cheer on Las Vegas chefs Angelo Sosa (of Poppy Den in Tivoli Village and “Top Chef”) and Iron Chef Bobby Flay (of Las Vegas’ own Bobby’s Burger Palace and Mesa Grill) on Sosa’s own turf as they go head-to-head in a kitchen showdown. The cooking starts at 9 p.m. on the Food Network, with the viewing party from 8 to 10 p.m. Call ahead to reserve a seat: (702) 907-5227.

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