Friday, Aug. 28, 2015|2 p.m.
The extraordinary Las Vegas home entertainment scene continues this weekend on the heels of among the best psychological showbiz successes of perpetuities Thursday night with Celine Dion’s extraordinary return to Caesars Palace. Her 40-show run continues Saturday night, Wednesday and into Labor Day Weekend.
Good-looking hunk Tyson Beckford returns as guest host in Chippendales at the Rio, and it’s guaranteed that he’ll drop his trou again to bare butt and flex his fantastic physique. Ariana Grande, with opener Prince Royce, is at Mandalay Bay for a scintillating showcase without flashing (excessive) flesh.
As the 2015 Miss America Pageant candidates, including our Miss Nevada Katherine Kelley of Las Vegas, begin to fly into Atlantic City for their 95th annual pageant, Las Vegas has its own glamorous parade, the third-annual Miss Asian Las Vegas. The final outfit rehearsal is today, then a preliminary competitors of swimsuit, evening dress and skill. Bryan Chan and Patranya Bhoolsuwan host, and you can see the radiant entrants at MissAsianLasVegas.com.
The red carpeting with the 2015 delegates, 2014 queens, celebs and visitor judges is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday at the Venetian Theater lobby, followed by the pageant. Hong Kong magician Louis Yan will perform alongside our artists Jasmine Trias, Ben Stone, Daniel Park and reigning Miss Teenager Asian Las Vegas Rianne Lu.
We have two fabulous festivals right here this weekend. AFAN’s Black & & White Party is Saturday night at the Joint. Host Ross Mathews and AFAN Executive Director Antioco Carrillo’s previews were posted this week. And Mandalay Bay Beach plays host Saturday to the Las Vegas Beer and Barrel Task with dozens of brews, entertainment and food from celebrity chefs Hubert Keller, Gerald Chin, Chris Conlon, Shawn McClain and Jay Calimlim.
Fight fans aren’t overlooked with boxing authority Don King returning to Las Vegas with a six-fight schedule at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. The significant Friday night attraction is the heavyweight extravaganza when Trevor Bryan takes on Derric Rossy. Queensryche and Dokken rock the same venue Saturday to keep the knockout action rolling. In other sports news, Yahoo! Sports Dream Football nationwide draft day with Jim Kelly, Randall Cunningham and Maurice Jones-Drew gets underway at the Acid rock Hotel.
Our regional USO organization introduces its Operation That’s My Dress fundraiser for Saturday and Sunday afternoons at Bally’s Skyview Roos, so kindly assistance this effort of clothing needs for widows and other halves of our brave military servicemen.
Two buddies also deserve a mention for their weekend activities. Our contributing culinary columnist and Food Network star Ben Vaughn hosts his launching pop-up breakfast at Velveteen Bunny downtown on Sunday that consists of a sign session for his just-published book “Southern Routes.”
The very hectic and busty burlesque beauty Melody Sweets is not just nominated for the Black & & White Fashion Icon Award at Saturday’s AFAN gala, however she also presents her own one-night efficiency celebration, “Coney Island Burlesque at the Beach” at midnight tonight in her “Absinthe” theater tent outside Caesars Palace.