Seven Days

This week in your city.

Thu 21

Laury and John Bakie, authors and publishers of The World of Las Vegas Dining—an up-close look at 750 meals they shared at Las Vegas restaurants—will be at Khoury’s Fine Wine and Spirits for a book-signing and wine-tasting event. (6-8 p.m., 9915 S. Eastern Ave., free.) Keep the wine flowing for a good cause, as the American Cancer Society presents Purses & Pearls—Ties & Treasures. The fundraiser includes epicurean delights, wine tasting and a silent auction of new and used purses, jewels and other luxury items inside Spiedini Ristorante at JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort. (6-9 p.m., 221 N. Rampart Blvd., tickets are $40 apiece or two for $70 at, or at the door for $50 per person.)

Fri 22

Gather the kids and slither on down to the Springs Preserve to learn about area reptiles during the production of the live animal show VENOM! In the Big Springs Theater, zoologists will introduce a cast of Western diamondbacks, Mojave sidewinders, Great Basin rattlesnakes, speckled rattlesnakes, desert night snakes and Gila monsters, along with information on how and why snakes use venom. (Shows at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily, 333 S. Valley View Blvd., free for members or included in general admission prices, Feed your case of the giggles as MGM Resorts presents an outlandish lineup of comedy carousers. Get your laughs on with British bloke Russell Brand (1) at the Mandalay Bay Theatre (10 p.m., tickets $65 and $90 at or check out funny boy Gabriel Iglesias (2), who got his start on Nickelodeon’s All That, tonight or tomorrow at the Terry Fator Theatre in The Mirage. (Doors open at 9 p.m., show at 10 p.m., tickets start at $50 at

Sat 23

With the film Captain America: The First Avenger debuting July 22, Cosmic Comics (3) will give away promotional items for the film along with raising funds for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. The store will give 25 percent off all Captain America T-shirts and graphic novels all weekend. (2-6 p.m., 3830 E. Flamingo Road, free.) Two 140-pound boxers step into the ring at Mandalay Bay Events Center as Amir “King” Khan (4) fights Zab Judah as a part of the super lightweight world championship unification. (Doors at 3 p.m., tickets start at $50 at Hit the Condesa Commons on the second floor of the Cosmopolitan for ARTrageous, a benefit for LGBT community outlet The Center. The fundraiser will have exhibits from emerging and prominent local artists, showcasing body and live painting, musical performances and a fashion show. (6-11 p.m., $25 at or $30 at the door.)

Sun 24

Attention all pork lovers: The All-Star Cochon (5) is back, this month bringing together 10 renowned chefs and four-star butchers who will use their skills to create samples from 14 different heritage breed pigs. Restaurants inside the Cosmopolitan will also offer samplings and cocktails inside the Chelsea Ballroom. (3:30 p.m. for VIP, 4:30 p.m. general admission; in the Cosmopolitan; general admission tickets $150, VIP $200 at Spend the night with a true musical legend, the handsome and timeless Tony Bennett. The beloved crooner takes the stage at the Pearl to bring back Vegas’ golden age to the Palms. (Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8, tickets from $66 at

Mon 25

If you like to break it, lock it and pop it (or are just a fan of those who can) strut down to the 10-year anniversary of Hip Hop International, the world’s largest break-dance competition, at Red Rock Resort. The preliminaries begin today, and crews of 5-8 people are invited to compete in one of the three age divisions: junior, varsity and adult. The new megacrew division allows teams of 15-40 members. The three best dance crews will advance to the World Hip Hop Dance Championship on July 26-31 and compete against squads from 35 countries. (

Tue 26

In January, Mandalay Bay’s Shark Reef Aquarium had three zebra shark eggs hatch under the care of the facility’s on-site husbandry center. The three zebra shark pups, also known as leopard sharks, can be visited in the Touch Pool, the same one their parents lived in more than a decade ago. (Aquarium open daily 10 a.m.-10 p.m., adults $18, children $12, 4 and under free,

Wed 27

Celine Dion is back for a second residency at Caesars Palace, and Wolfgang Puck’s Spago has developed a special for show-going diners. On show nights, the restaurant has a three-course menu for $60 per person offering a variety of options, including the jumbo lump crab salad Louie with quail eggs and lemon vinaigrette, grilled prime skirt steak au poivre and chocolate filled crepes with fresh berries. (5:30-6:30 p.m., visit for show schedule and tickets.)