The highlights of this week in your city.
Head out to Henderson to see the only active-duty Air Force band west of the Rockies give a free concert at the Henderson Convention Center. Stationed at Travis Air Force Base in California, the 45-member U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West will cover a wide range of music, from patriotic to pop, with some Broadway and jazz in between. U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West Concert Band at the Henderson Convention Center,
200 S. Water St., 7 p.m., free.
Loosen your blue collar and get ready to laugh your red neck off: Daniel Lawrence Whitney, a.k.a. <strong>Larry the Cable Guy</strong>, will be in Primm on Friday to take his stand-up routine to the Star of the Desert Arena. Nothing beats the recession blues like a night of laughing at what we can’t change, so forget about your dwindling 401k and looming foreclosure and use what’s left of your savings to fill up the gas-guzzler with some overpriced fuel and head west. The Joe Six Pack fun starts at 9 p.m. Larry the Cable Guy, Star of the Desert Arena at Buffalo Bill’s in Primm, 9 p.m., $34.95-$89.95 (plus taxes and service fees).
Put on your reds and support the UNLV Rebels as they take a run at Colorado State at the Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV defeated the Rams, 80-72, on the road in Fort Collins last month and now the Rams are looking to even the score when they visit. <em>Colorado State Rams at UNLV, Thomas & Mack Center, 3 p.m., $10-$30.</em> After the game, put some twang in your evening as Brad Paisley’s “American Saturday Night” tour rolls to Mandalay Bay. Realizing Saturday is the night “to let loose and forget about what’s going on during the rest of the week,” the three-time Grammy Award-winner will do his best to make it memorable. Brad Paisley at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, 7:30 p.m., $60.75-$81.75 (plus taxes and service fees). If you prefer comedy to country, check out the king of insult comedy, 83-year-old Don Rickles, at the Orleans. Once a regular guest of Johnny Carson’s on The Tonight Show, Rickles has been performing long before Jay Leno took over for Carson, handed the reins to Conan O’Brien, then snatched them back again. Don Rickles at the Orleans Showroom, Feb. 20-21, 8 p.m., $82.50-$110.
Yes, they do think they can dance—and cheer, too: The nation’s best pompom-shaking and quick-stepping dance and cheer teams are coming to Las Vegas for the 2010 JAMZ National Cheerleading and Dance Competition. Get up early on Sunday to support the Vegas Cheer Authority and Las Vegas Envy (8:27 and 8:35 a.m., respectively) or sleep in and support the Las Vegas Envy and Nevada Elite All–Stars (5:59 and 6:17 p.m.). More than 30,000 people are expected so get there early to snag a good seat. Orleans Arena, Feb. 19-21, single-day passes $12.50-$22 if pre-ordered through jamzcheer.com or $15.25-$29.75 at the door, children 5 and under free.
Warm up to thoughts of summer and get ready to send the kids to camp. Feb. 22 is the first day to register kids ages 4 to 15 for the city of Las Vegas’ popular summer day camps. Registration for the value-packed series continues until all spots are filled (which usually doesn’t take long). Weekly specialty camps include science discovery, musical theater, trampoline, Project Runway and International Fun, and a range of sport-specific camps are offered, such as flag football, soccer skills and gymnastics. All camps run from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday starting June 7. Camps generally run through Aug. 6, though some programs continue through Aug. 20. $65-$100 per child ($60-$90 for each additional child from the same household), 229-4168,
Celebrate National Pancake Day and support a charity, too, by carb-loading at your local IHOP. The international house of all-things-grilled-and-covered-in-syrup will be giving away short stacks of its fluffy buttermilk pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. in exchange for a donation to the Children’s Miracle Network. Multiple locations, ihop.com. Vegas Seven food critic Max Jacobson shares his thoughts on pancakes—and the international house dedicated to them—on page 91.
Embrace National Cherry Month and enjoy a bowl of the luscious, sweet and antioxidant-packed fruits. You won’t find any at the Las Vegas Farmers Market (but they do have some mighty tasty strawberries this time of year) so continue your cherry quest elsewhere. One option: The Cupcakery’s “cherrylicious” cupcake (chocolate-cherry mousse inside a cherry-chocolate cupcake, covered in five layers of chocolate ganache). If all else fails, get your fix and raid the garnish tray when the bartender isn’t looking. Las Vegas Farmers Market at Bruce Trent Park, 1600 N. Rampart Blvd., 2-6 p.m. The Cupcakery, 7175 W. Lake Mead Blvd., 9680 S. Eastern Ave., or in the Monte Carlo.