When it comes to fun, Las Vegas has everything. But much of the fun is expensive (Adele front row tickets cost $6,061.) But it’s my job, dear readers, to suss out the fun things that are FREE.
Buckle up ’cause here we go!
Can You Feel the Love Tonight at Arizona Charlie’s? (North)
Who loves Elton John? Me and Princess Diana, for starters. I saw his show at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace three times. But I digress.
Tonight Joey Riedel does Elton songs the Elton way. His show, “The Elton John Experience,” will have something the Las Vegas Strip show didn’t: Intimacy.
Riedel is performing at Naughty Ladies Saloon at Arizona Charlie’s Decatur. This is a small, cozy 1960’s style Las Vegas showroom with a Texas-sized dance floor. Back in the day, this saloon was one of my favorite Saturday night haunts.
Riedel, a songwriter and master pianist himself, will tower over the grand piano like Sir Elton did back in the day.
I assume he will perform all the great songs in the oeuvre. And the cost is FREE!
You do have to be 21 because this is a saloon and typically there is lots of liquor in a saloon.
The show starts early: 8 pm.
One show only, tonight Friday.
Rock Out with Franky Perez at Sunset Station (Henderson)
Make this a music week-end. Friday Elton. Saturday night: energetic rock’n’roll thanks to Franky Perez.
The Franky Perez Band (that’s a 10-piece band) gets the walls shakin’ at Sunset Station’s Club Madrid. This was another one of my favorite haunts during my clubbin’ days. I lived seven minutes from here, so it was easy to stay out to zero dark 40. But I digress.
Perez is a cyclone of energy, a vocalist who just gives and gives.
Perez’s mentor is Slash of Guns N’ Roses. Perez became a member of his band after he went solo.
Club Madrid is another intimate venue inside a locals casino. It has a large proscenium stage, a sizable dance floor and tables for seating.
Once again, the show is FREE. But you do have to been 21 to get in because yes, they have liquor here too!
The show starts at 9. But if you want a good table, better be there when the doors open at 8.
Learn about Hate-Based Crimes (Online)
In case you aren’t sad enough, check out the documentary “A Tree of Life.” It’s the story of how a white supremacist opened fire at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh in 2018.
The film, part of the Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival, actually takes a larger look at the hate-based crisis in America today.
I only mention this because hate-based crimes are not going away. We had the FBI fly in a SWAT team to Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas just two weeks ago. And in the last month here in Las Vegas we had Asian men shot and/or beaten on two different occasions.
You can watch the film online at http://lvjff.com. FREE but you have to register. It’s available tomorrow through Monday.
I am going to watch the film for two reasons:
- My cousin, Richard Gottlieb, was murdered. My parents grew up in Pittsburgh.
- I want to learn more about hate…because I want to make my corner of the world more loving. You can’t beat the enemy if you don’t understand them.
Yeah, Pollyanna me.
Get a FREE $10 Gift Card at Smith’s Marketplace (Henderson)
Tomorrow morning Smith’s is opening a new Marketplace in Henderson.
The store opens at 8. The first 400 people will get a $10 gift card.
In addition to great produce, this store will also sell apparel, housewares, toys, hardware and kitchen appliances.
This store, in the Cadence development on Lake Mead Parkway, is the second Marketplace in the valley. The first opened in Sky Canyon in 2018.
I visited that store and it was hoppin’. It was a place to socialize as well as shop. Knowing Henderson like I do, the experience will be intense.
Have a great week-end, Las Vegas!
((hugs)) BETH Ellyn
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