This weekend is your first chance to watch “Usher: My Way The Vegas Residency” this year, but it certainly won’t be your last. The singer just added 15 new dates in June and October, which will go on sale to the public via Ticketmaster on Saturday. If you need an early fix, meet him Friday, Saturday and Wednesday at Dolby Live at Park MGM at 9 p.m. Performances are mostly sold out, although tickets are available through resale sites.
Viper’s home opener
Few things in life are as sad as the end of the NFL season and the ensuing 7 extremely long Sundays of actually having to interact with family and months of waiting for football to return. Football fans, dry your tears, the XFL is coming. The on-and-off professional league is back for a third round after suspending operations during the pandemic in March 2020. And this time, Las Vegas has a squad. Watch the Vipers host the nasty DC Defenders at Cashman Field on Saturday at 4 p.m. Tickets start at $22; ticketmaster.com.
Impact Wrestling will take over Sam’s Town Live this weekend for three days of chaos. The promotion’s “No Surrender” event is scheduled for Friday, followed by two nights of “No Surrender Fallout,” which will be filmed on an upcoming episode of “The Impact on AXS TV.” Many wrestlers will also be appearing at meet and greets during the Sportscards, Toys and Collectibles Show at the hotel on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets for nightly wrestling events start at $25; ticketmaster.com.
A former professional surfer and no-nonsense environmentalist, Jake Johnson has made the ocean his life’s work in many ways. His soulful folk-pop is like the waves he once rode expertly, swelling and blissfully enveloping you. See him Friday and Saturday at the Encore Theater in Wynn Las Vegas at 8pm. Resale tickets are available for purchase at ticketmaster.com.
West Coast Conference Championship
As far as basketball rivalries go, it wasn’t exactly Duke vs. UNC. Still, there are always fireworks when Gonzaga takes on St. Mary’s, and with both teams currently ranked in the top 15 in the AP Men’s College Basketball Poll, the two are more evenly matched than usual. Expect a tight clash if they meet in the West Coast Conference Men’s Championship, where they’ll be favorites in a field that includes BYU, San Diego and Santa Clara. The women’s first round kicks off at noon on Thursday, while the men’s starts at 6 p.m. at the Orleans Arena. Fares vary; ticketmaster.com.
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On Sunday, Finger Licking Foodie Tours launched its third outing, “Best of Summerlin.” The 2.5-hour tour starts at 5pm and serves signature dishes at Lotus of Siam in Red Rock Resort, Harlø Steakhouse & Bar and Jing in downtown Summerlin. The $199 per person fee includes tips and highlight videos. Beverage packages with pre-selected cocktails are available for an additional $60 per restaurant. Tours are limited to 35 people. Reservations/details: fingerlickingfoodietours.com.
When Shen Yun returns, a combination of classical dance, live orchestral music, and interactive backdrops takes audiences on a journey through Chinese culture 5,000 years before the rise of communism. Viewings in Reynolds Hall at the Smith Center at 7:30pm Friday, 7:30pm Saturday and 1pm Sunday. Tickets start at $95; thesmithcenter.com.
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beer with dinner
Starting Monday at 6 p.m., the Rainbow Club Casino in Henderson will host its first public beer dinner, a four-course meal featuring beer from Vegas’ Mojave Brewing Company. Pairings include chunky crab cakes with Ruby Soho stout cider, and seared pork chops with Imperial stout. Tickets: $40, payable on site. Reservations required: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Miniature Artisans International Market
Don’t get confused, the International Miniature Artisans Market is a place where you can buy miniature artwork, not the work of miniature artists. Think model trains, dolls, and dollhouses, but also die-casting, kawaii, stop-motion animation, and other miniature art forms. Watch it all Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 10am-4pm at the Arizona Room on the Gold Coast.Tickets are $6 for children and $12 for adults; EmmaTravel.com
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RPM Italian in the Forum Shops at Caesars has launched Happy Hour, Monday through Friday, 3-6pm in the bar and lounge. Happy hour offers wine, signature cocktails and cicchetti snacks, small plates and sides, all for $8. These include Giuliana prosecco, Chianti Classico, RPM negroni, arancini and cremini mushroom pizza. The restaurant is accepting happy hour reservations on resy.com and reservations for the high table in the lounge.