The highlights of this week in your city.
The women who move and shake Las Vegas are gathering at the Paris hotel-casino for the annual Women’s Leadership Luncheon, which features a keynote address from Marie Osmond and benefits United Way of Southern Nevada. The event honors former UNLV president and Black Mountain Institute Executive Director Carol Harter for her commitment to education, former lieutenant governor and Clark County Commissioner Lorraine Hunt-Bono for her work regarding financial stability, and Keep Memory Alive CEO Maureen Peckman for her efforts related to access to health care. (11:30 a.m., $80). Let loose, 1970s-style, later that night with a round of Gong Show Karaoke at Foxy’s at the Vegas Club. Be prepared to get loud and get gonged alongside promised celebrity guests and a Chuck Barris impersonator. Costumes and props are encouraged at the free event, so grab that white polyester jumpsuit and see if you will survive, à la Gloria Gaynor (10 p.m.-2 a.m.).
Get ready to paint the town red as the Sin Sity Sisters host the fourth annual Red Dress Event at the Downtown Cocktail Room. The “red dress mandatory” event was created to raise awareness for HIV and AIDS and features an art display from the Erotic Heritage Museum (7:30 p.m., $40 in advance, $50 at the door). Afterward, head around the corner and join the Sisters at Beauty Bar for the “Rough Tough and Red All Over” party featuring DJ Axis (10 p.m., $20 in advance, $25 at the door, free for paid Red Dress Event participants, sinsitysisters.org).
Mariah Carey made headlines last week when Star suggested that the singer’s husband, Nick Cannon, wants her to go to rehab. Still, the champagne-loving songbird seems to be pulling a mild Amy Winehouse, saying “No, no, no,” to any help. On the bright side, that means we can see her Angels Advocate tour as it comes to a close at Caesars Palace (9 p.m., $75-$250). The concert comes a month before Carey’s 40th birthday (March 27) and her new album, Angels Advocate, which drops on March 30. If you need more musical grit for your Saturday night, get “Bad to the Bone” with the ever-rugged George Thorogood as he and his Destroyers roll into House of Blues at Mandalay Bay (8 p.m., $28.50-$45.50). Or tell Mimi, “Here’s a quarter, call someone who cares,” and check out Travis Tritt at Buffalo Bill’s Star of the Desert Arena in Primm (8 p.m., $38.45-$54.95).
As the 2010 Winter Olympic Games come to a close, get off the couch and hit the slopes of Mount Charleston for some snow-covered fun. Whether you ski, snowboard or just hang out in the chalet, Mount C is a great place to spend the day (lift tickets $30-$50, ski and snowboard rentals $35). Sunday also marks the first of three “Chill on the Hill” events at the Mt. Charleston Lodge, which provides a great place to chill après ski—or just chill (1200 Old Park Road, spyonvegas.com/chillonthehill or chillonthehill.com).
Get National Nutrition Month off to a good start and register for a healthy-cooking class or two. Upcoming opportunities include Springs Preserve’s “Perfect Spring Produce” workshop (6-8 p.m., March 17, $75, 822-7786) and the Creative Cooking School of Las Vegas’ “Creative Salads” class (6-9 p.m., March 3, $99, 7385 W. Sahara Ave., 562-3900, creativecookingschool.com). Ironically, March 1 is National Pig Day, which is a whole different occasion and therefore requires a whole different approach. One option: Go to Famous Dave’s, which is giving out free pork sandwiches all day to anyone wearing pink and is hosting a pig costume contest at all locations at 5 p.m. (4390 Blue Diamond Road, 9695 W. Flamingo Road, 1951 N. Rainbow Blvd., or 2630 E. Craig Road).
Guitar picks and pixie cuts rule the day as twin indie pop sensations Tegan and Sara take the stage at House of Blues (7 p.m., $31-$34). The Canadian duo is promoting their Sainthood album, which was co-produced by Death Cab for Cutie guitarist Christopher Walla. New Jersey indie rockers Steel Train open the show.
It may be Nevada Reading Week, but that doesn’t mean you have to read at the library. The Paseo Verde Library in Henderson hosts two midweek screenings of the 2009 political thriller Storm. The movie, part of the “Film Movement” series, tells the story of a prosecutor in The Hague who is accused of the deportation and murder of dozens of Muslim civilians. After the film, pop by the racks and pick up a good book to take home. (Paseo Verde Library conference room, 280 S. Green Valley Parkway, 4 and 6:30 p.m., free).