I need a weekend off from this crazy Las Vegas weather. Sixty-mile-an-hour winds driving home from a Mongolian New Year’s Eve fest on Tuesday. Snow pellets on Wednesday. Mother Nature, stop acting like Vegas!
Thankfully there are a lot of kewl things to do this weekend that have nothing to do with the temperature.
Las Vegas has a lot of high end entertainment with prices that equal car, even mortgage payments. For example, this weekend BrewDog is pouring a chocolate dessert stout (two of my favorite foods) for a mere $250 a glass. (Not a typo.)
Fortunately, dear readers, you have me. I have curated for you FREE fun in Las Vegas. This version has three different types of music. Buckle up ’cause here we go!
Burlesque And Broadway (Fremont East)
Two of my favorite things (Sorry, Sound of Music) are burlesque and Broadway.
I discovered my love for burlesque when I moved here in 1996. Did you know Las Vegas has it own burlesque school? (The Burlesque Hall of Fame’s School of Striptease.) I’ve seen comic burlesque ( my fav), athletic burlesque, sexy burlesque but never Broadway burlesque.
I am going to fix that tomorrow night. AHF Media is presenting A Westside Story Burlesque Show. The show is in honor of International Condom Day.
Did you know Leonard Bernstein (more on symphonic music below) penned the score? Guess who wrote the lyrics? Stephen Sondheim! But I digress.
The tickets are FREE but you have to register for them on Eventbrite. Show starts at 6:30. It’s at the Fremont Country Club.
Enjoy Culture in the Land of the Casinos: Henderson Symphony (Henderson)
Did you know I was a music minor at Yale? No, I didn’t play an instrument. It seemed like a good idea to have to spend time in the library listening to gorgeous classical music.
I love symphonic music.
Las Vegas has its own symphony. It performs at The Smith Center and it’s not FREE. But the Henderson Symphony‘s performances are!
This orchestra has a female conductor: Alexandra Arrieche. And she knows her stuff.
Tonight’s performance features Tchaikovsky‘s brooding Fifth Symphony. But the star of the show is Yvonne Cox, a charismatic harpist. Would it be a bad pun to say her music is heavenly?
The Symphony used to play inside Henderson’s outdoor bandshell. Now it floats around town. Tonight’s FREE performance is at Pincecrest Academy Sloan Canyon.
Yes, people, we have both culture and casinos in Las Vegas.
If Rock ‘n Roll is More Your Thing: Fan Fernando Band at Boulder Station (East)
If classical music from ancient Russian composers is too high-brow for you and burlesque is to racy, there are always local cover bands to listen and dance too. This is one of the best least known facets of the Las Vegas entertainment scene.
Tonight Friday San Fernando Band is playing at the Palace Grande Lounge at Boulder Station. This room has always been a favorite of mine since its Thursday night blues series in 2002. It’s cozy. There’s a Strip-quality sound system. Plus a large dance floor.
The band does dance covers. The goal is to get the audience on their feet. And they do!
The FREE show starts at 8 but you’d better be there by 7 if you want a table.
Have a great weekend, Las Vegas!
Cheer on the Runners (Downtown and the Strip)
This the Rock ‘n’ Roll race weekend.
There’s a 5k through the streets of Downtown tomorrow. The 10k and half marathon will close down the Las Vegas Strip Sunday afternoon.
There will be live bands and DJs throughout the course. The Blue Man Group will perform at the starting line. The cast of Mad Apple will belt out the national anthem.
It’s a scene that you’ll want to be part of…especially if you are not the ones running. (Zumba and weights are more my thing.)
Have a great weekend, Las Vegas.
((hugs)) BETH Ellyn
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