John Legend performs at Pearl at the Palms on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013.
Thursday, March 27, 2014 | 6 p.m.
The weekend ahead is laid back and locals-friendly, with a number of concerts, plays and even a chili cook-off to keep the whole family entertained.
Here’s a look at our weekend best bets:
Tonight: John Legend at the Smith Center
The Grammy-winning crooner recently played the Palms, but tonight he’ll take the stage at Reynolds Hall for a more intimate, stripped-down acoustic set that’ll be a can’t-miss event for fans. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $29 to $110.
Saturday: Extreme Thing Sports and Music Festival at Desert Breeze Skate Park
Pop-punk and halfpipes come together for a day under the sun at Las Vegas’ annual sports and music festival. Featured bands include Taking Back Sunday, The Used, Killswitch Engage, Bring Me the Horizon and many more. The event is 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $35.
Saturday: Chili Cook-off at Lake Mead
Spring is in the air — as are the smells of the best foods of summer. Calville Bay Resort and the Marina at Lake Mead host their annual chili cook-off Saturday. The $6 public tasting ticket comes with hot dogs, cornbread, ice cream and a vote in the People’s Choice winner. Grab some napkins and head over for the start at 5 p.m.
Saturday: ††† at Hard Rock Live! on the Strip
Pronounced “Crosses,” the new side project from The Deftones frontman Chino Moreno brings synth-laden, Depeche Mode-influenced dark rock to Hard Rock Live! on the Strip before hitting Coachella in a few weeks. The show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $19 to $24.
Friday: Nick Swardson at the Mirage
Comedian, actor and writer/producer Nick Swardson brings his comedy chops to Terry Fator Theater at the Mirage on Friday night, doling out the kind of laughs that made him a favorite in films like “Grown Ups” and FX’s new animated series “Chozen.” The show starts at 10 p.m. Tickets are $40.
Tonight through Sunday: Songs for a New World at Onyx Theater
Check out the penultimate weekend of Jason Robert Brown’s musical that takes audiences on a journey from the deck of a 1492 Spanish ship to a ledge 57 stories above Fifth Avenue. Songs include off-Broadway hits such as "Stars and the Moon," "King of the World" and "I'm Not Afraid of Anything." Shows are at 8 p.m., with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. Tickets are $24.
Smith Center for the Performing Arts The Smith Center for the Performing Arts offers a blend of performances by resident companies and touring attractions. The 5-acre cultural campus features three performance spaces, which includes a main performance area with more than 2,000 seats. This downtown cultural center of Las Vegas looks to educate, entertain and excite community members.
To provide and preserve a high-quality performing arts center that is embraced by the community and recognized as a vital force by supporting artistic excellence, education and inspiration for all.
To entertain, educate, enrich and inspire the southern Nevada community.
Thanks to the generous support of our dedicated founders, members, donors and community partners, The Smith Center continues to provide a wide variety of services for Southern Nevada residents, including access to world-class performances, inspirational Education and Outreach programs for students and teachers, and a unique space to host events, meetings and special occasions. Celebrating our fifth season, we depend upon public support to fulfill our mission and serve as the Heart of the Arts® for many years to come.
With ticket sales covering just 75 percent of our operating budget for each season, the remaining 25 percent comes from the community we serve. Philanthropic support at all levels helps provide programming that entertains, educates, enriches and inspires. By giving to The Smith Center, you play a vital role in providing an important resource for our community.
There are many opportunities to volunteer and play a direct role with your community’s performing arts complex. Volunteers engage with staff and patrons to enhance experiences at The Smith Center, and can serve in various capacities including tour guide/docent, usher, security team member or community ambassador. As important members of The Smith Center team, volunteers help us remain financially sustainable and provide numerous services for the community. Please show your support for The Smith Center’s mission by gifting your time and unique skills.
Members’ annual support provides crucial resources for The Smith Center’s artistic programming, education opportunities and cultural enrichment each year. There are a variety of giving options and levels, and Members receive exclusive benefits and behind-the-scenes opportunities based on their level of support. To learn more, please visit www.thesmithcenter.com/support-us/members.
The Encore Society recognizes those generous donors who have included The Smith Center as a part of their estate plan. Corporate Sponsorship is available to companies to underwrite all, or part, of a program, performance or event.
Fanfare! is The Smith Center’s young progressional networking organization, open to anyone with an interest in the performing arts who is between the ages of 21-40. And our Show Dedication allows for the celebration of an individual or special occasion with unique recognition opportunities during a specific performance.
The Smith Center provides world-class performing arts and outreach and education throughout the Southern Nevada region.
The organization originally formed in 1996 as the Las Vegas Performing Arts Center.
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