If you’re reading this and you don’t have plans for Thanksgiving, chances are you’d rather eat than cook. Fear not, as restaurants across the Valley are preparing turkey and all the fixings for people just like you. All of the Boyd Gaming restaurants are offering a traditional dinner, just like mom used to make (visit BoydGaming.com for details). Restaurants at the Venetian and the Palazzo have changed their menus to reflect a higher-dining Thanksgiving experience (check Venetian.com for details), and if you’re looking for something a little less traditional, Cabo Wabo Cantina at Planet Hollywood is offering a Mexican brunch. Reservations are recommended, so call 385-2226 to make them.
Studies have shown that laughing out loud can burn calories, something everyone is looking to do after gorging themselves yesterday. Get ready for a workout at the Lounge in the Palms as the Australian comedy trio Axis of Awesome (pictured) is putting on a free show at 10 p.m. tonight and Saturday. Comedian Jordan Raskopoulos, classically trained musician Benny Davis and self-proclaimed “Iron Chef enthusiast” Lee Naimo formed the group in 2006 and have been entertaining audiences with their quirky humor, sarcastic banter and original music ever since. For information, visit Palms.com.
While March Madness is still months away, college basketball fans can get a good look at a few teams that could make waves in the NCAA Basketball Championship at the 10th annual Las Vegas Invitational at the Orleans Arena. The action tips off Friday with a field of eight teams: Kansas, ranked No. 7 in the AP polls and winner of the 2006 Invitational, is hoping for another championship. Other teams to watch include perennial powerhouse Arizona, and up-and-comers Ohio and Santa Clara. For tickets, visit OrleansArena.com.
If you could switch places with a celebrity and no one would notice, would you do it? Would the lap of luxury still look as good? That’s the question Mark Twain asked in his novel The Prince and the Pauper. This stage adaptation, performed by the traveling production group Hampstead Stage Company at 11 a.m. at the Spring Valley Library Story Room (4280 S. Jones Blvd.), takes audiences to medieval London, where a chance meeting between a prince and a beggar, along with a switch of clothing, results in unexpected mishaps and adventures. For information, call 507-3820.
Unless you’re planning a trip north, or have access to a snow-making machine, chances are you won’t be seeing much snow in the near future. So pack the kids into the car and take a trip to Sam’s Town Mystic Falls Park as it transforms into a winter wonderland. A 30-foot, professionally decorated Christmas tree greets you as you walk among the snow-covered lamp posts and festive trees. Scenes of polar bears and snowy hills will transport you from the barren desert to the tundra. Visit SamsTownLV.com for information.
Attend a reading by award-winning author Alissa Nutting and you won’t know whether to laugh, cry or just pick your jaw off the floor. The author, a devotee of dark humor, will read from her recent book Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls (Starcherone Books, $18) along with her upcoming novel The Father Birth, at 7 p.m. at UNLV’s Greenspun Hall Auditorium. Unclean Jobs is a collection of short stories about unfortunate women put in unusual situations: having sex with a garden gnome, communicating with a dead mother’s ghost and using a parakeet to replace a missing limb, for example. The event is free and open to the public. Visit BlackMountainInstitute.org for more information.
Shine your belt buckles and pull up your bootstraps for the 24th annual Downtown Hoedown, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Fremont Street Experience. In conjunction with the 52nd annual National Finals Rodeo, this free concert will feature eight country music bands, including the Eli Young Band (pictured), Kevin Fowler, the Randy Rogers Band, Stealing Angels and Brett Eldredge. Although the lineup lacks the notable names of years past, the concert is a great way to introduce yourself to the next generation of country music superstars. Visit VegasExperience.com for information.