Las Vegas boasts it is the “Entertainment Capital of the World.” While we are certainly in the running, what IS true is there is sooo much talent here there is always something exciting and brilliant to do.
One challenge: many of the tickets, especially on the Las Vegas Strip, are expensive.
It is my job, dear readers, to find you FREE things to do in Las Vegas.
Broadway (in the HOOD) is Back!
Broadway is back! The Smith Center for the Performing Arts‘s Las Vegas Broadway series won’t see a curtain rise until October. But Broadway in the HOOD kicks off the show tunes extravaganza with its production of Annie.
Broadway in the Hood is one of my favorite charities in Las Vegas. In 2010 founder Torrey Russel created a theater program for youth between the ages of 10 and 20 who live in the worst neighborhoods of Las Vegas. As he says, “neighborhoods plagued with violence, gangs, drugs and other atrocities.”
In other words, “It’s a Hard Knock Life” NOT an “Easy Street.”
The goal is help these kids have better goals. And in the process, put on a play.
Local Las Vegas stars often play the adult roles.
I first saw its production of Once Upon This Island in the Troesh Studio Theater at the Smith Center, a small, black box kind of venue. Then they graduated to Reynolds Hall with Dreamgirls and The Whiz. Great productions, all.
For the post-Covid reopening, they are going back to their roots. The show will be at the West Las Vegas Theater Library on Lake Mead Boulevard.
Sixty local kids will star in the musical. This will be the final performance of Broadway in the HOOD’s annual FREE Musical Theatre Summer Camp.
You will love the ticket price: FREE.
The performances are Friday and Saturday at 6:30 and Sunday at 3.
You will have to wear a mask.
FREE Music at the Sand Dollar Blues Lounge
If sunny show tunes are not your thing, how about songs from a “psychedelic country blues grass rap and roll” band?
That would be the Stoney Holiday Band. One of their big hits is “Pass the Potato.” Their motto is “Your Host from Coast to Coast.” Love their sense of humor as well as their two-part harmony.
They describe their music as “Allman Brothers with a hint of Grateful Dead.”
You can hear this band FREE tomorrow night at 9 at the Sand Dollar Blues Lounge.
The Sand Dollar Blues Lounge has a long history as a beloved local dive bar. Now under new ownership, the venue is expanding to the Plaza Hotel.
Crafts Fair at Tivoli Village
There are only 113 days until Christmas. So it’s not too early to start your Christmas shopping.
I like buying one-of-a-kind crafts gifts because then nobody knows what you paid for them!
Tivoli Village in Summerlin is hosting Vintage and Craft Fest this Sunday. It’s outdoors, so it should be safe to shop without a mask.
There will be 60 different vendors to choose from. You can buy hand-made items from candles to furniture.
The shopping center’s restaurants are featuring brunch specials for the event in case you get hungry.
You can peruse for FREE. Hey, that’s half the fun.
Don’t forget tonight is First Friday http://offthevegasstrip.com/free-fun-in-las-vegas-4-letter-friday-85/and tomorrow Morgan Page performs at Elia Beach Club at Virgin Hotels. http://offthevegasstrip.com/4-letter-friday-free-fun-in-las-vegas-155/
Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend, Las Vegas.
((hugs)) BETH Ellyn
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