Locals Only: Going, going … octagon


As part of the UFC’s International Fight Week, you could spend $125 to $1,250 for a ticket to Saturday’s UFC 175: Weidman versus Machida.

Or, for more bang for your buck, you could drop $40-$65 for admission to the UFC Fan Expo, Saturday and Sunday at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

Or, if you’re really on a budget, you could spend Friday with some of the sport’s biggest names for free.

Chris Weidman, Lyoto Machida, Ronda Rousey and Alexis Davis will be among those taking part in the UFC 175 weigh-in from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. That will be followed at 5:30 p.m. by a special edition of “UFC Tonight,” hosted Jay Glazer, Kenny Florian and Chael Sonnen and featuring appearances by other UFC talent.

Other UFC stars will participate in meet-and-greets from 6 to 8 p.m. Forrest Griffin, Demetrious Johnson and Brittney Palmer will be at the Golden Nugget, 129 Fremont St.; TJ Dillashaw, Chad Mendes and Vanessa Hanson will be at the El Cortez, 600 Fremont St.; and Johny Hendricks and Travis Browne will be at Hogs &Heifers, 201 N. Third St.

Other free Friday events tied into Fight Week include “The Art of Fighting” exhibition at The Gallery, 1217 S. Main St., and a concert featuring Papa Roach, POD and Lit at 9 p.m. on the Fremont Street Experience’s 3rd Street Stage.

For more information, visit www.ufc.com/fightweek.

Have a little history

He’s Nevada’s longest-serving governor, so you probably already know Bob Miller. Even if you don’t — or even if you do — you’ll have a chance to know more about him, and about Las Vegas, during a free presentation that will trace local history from his perspective. A reception, and book signing (featuring Miller’s book “Son of a Gambling Man”), will follow the event, which begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road. For more information, call 702-507-3459 or visit www.lvccld.org.

Happy and helpful

A happy-hour event for the benefit of Opportunity Village will get happy from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Dom DeMarco’s Pizzeria &Bar, 9785 W. Charleston Blvd. During those hours, 25 percent of proceeds will be donated to Opportunity Village. The event, which is open to the public, is sponsored by OV Nation, a group of young professionals.

Swing shift

Too many nightlife choices kept you from checking out the cool new Viva Las Vegas Event Center? Get an early start (and finish) with “Swingin’ Sundays” jazz from 5 to 8 p.m., with vocals by Kathryn Arianoff. The cover is $10 at 201 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Call 702-384-0771.

Roll call

Reefer lovin’ reggae punks Sublime with Rome recently got in a tiff with Linkin Park at a gig in Tucson, Ariz., after a member of the latter band’s security called the cops on Sublime for smoking weed in an adjacent dressing room (turns out one of the dudes in Linkin Park is allergic to marijuana smoke). They may have gotten their bud confiscated, but, undaunted, Sublime keeps on rollin’ — literally and figuratively. See them at 9 p.m. Saturday at Mandalay Bay Beach, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Tickets are $49.50; call 702-632-7580.

 

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