This week’s 5 best bets for Vegas entertainment

‘America’s Got Talent’ Live

This year’s Las Vegas shows promised to the winner of the NBC talent contest offer only three finalists. But that’s all you need when the winner is the show’s most popular in years: 12-year-old singer and ukulele strummer Grace VanderWaal. With her are the far more Vegas-typical variety acts Tape Head and The Clairvoyants. See them all at 7:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday at Planet Hollywood Resort. Tickets are $55 to $185; call 800-745-3000.

The Original Wailers

You think of summer for reggae, but October can drum up even better outdoor weather in Las Vegas. There have been a few versions of The Wailers since Bob Marley died. This one, The Original Wailers, is fronted by his “Natty Dread” lead guitarist Al Anderson. The rasta vibrations begin at 8 p.m. Friday at Topgolf Las Vegas. Tickets are $20 to $35; call 800-745-3000.

Gavin DeGraw

Remember in college when someone always came to the Halloween party in street clothes as “a college student”? Well, you can say you are Gavin DeGraw instead, or just go see him if you opt for normal on a big pre-Halloween costume-party night. The nice-guy singer-songwriter teams with Andy Grammer and Wrabel at 8 p.m. Saturday in The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Tickets are $27.50 to $67.50; call 800-745-3000.


“What were Loverboy’s hits? I know, they did ‘Some Like It Hot,’ right?” Wrong, and right. The Canadian rockers celebrate their 40-year resiliency with a couple of new singles, including one with that name, which is not the song you’re thinking of. But they’re “Working for the Weekend” too at 8 p.m. Friday at the Golden Nugget. Tickets are $53.41 to $216.91; call 866-946-5336.

Greensky Bluegrass

Stay up late. Or don’t. Greensky Bluegrass — acoustic instruments played with rockin’ jam-band energy — get a late start Sunday night with an 11 p.m. show at Brooklyn Bowl at The Linq. But then they tumble out of bed — unless they just stay up — and play a 2 p.m. Halloween matinee as a benefit for the Waterwheel Foundation. Tickets are $27.50 to $35 on Sunday, $22.50 to $27.50 on Monday or $50 for both. Call 702-862-2695.

Artists from Cirque du Soleil contribute art to Las Vegas art exhibit
Artists from Cirque du Soleil contribute art to Las Vegas gallery exhibit
Red Plate on the Las Vegas Strip serves a cocktail made with blooming jasmine tea
Red Plate on the Las Vegas Strip serves a cocktail made with jasmine tea
Benny the Ice Skating Dog
Benny is a Las Vegas Labrador who was rescued by former pro skater Cheryl Del Sanyo, and trained to ice skate. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
The Nevada State Museum
The Nevada State Museum of Las Vegas, located at the Springs Preserve, covers all eras of the state, from prehistoric to today.
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Cash appears at Baseball Winter Meetings
Lights FC mascot Cash plays the electronic drums at the EZ Inflatables’ booth on Tuesday at the Baseball Winter Meetings trade show at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
5 albums to soundtrack your holiday gatherings in style
1. Various Artists, “Holidays Rule," with Rufus Wainwright, The Shins, Calexico and more. 2. Various Artists, “We Wish You a Metal Xmas and a Headbanging New Year," with Lemmy Kilmister, Alice Cooper, Chuck Billy and others. 3. Various Artists, “Christmas on Death Row," featuring Snoop Dogg and Nate Dogg to name but a few. 4. Bright Eyes, “A Christmas Album.” 5. Various Artists, "The Motown Christmas Album." (Jason Bracelin/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Inside the kitchen at Springs Preserve
The staff of Divine Events do party preparation in the kitchen at Divine Cafe at Springs Preserve. With nine parties the following day, this is a particularly busy time for the crew. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
WinterFest in Henderson.
Miss Rodeo America Fashion Show
The 28 women contestants of Miss Rodeo America compete in a fashion show at the Tropicana on Dec. 7, 2018.
Tournament Of Kings Holiday Show
Wizards and warriors are ready for the holidays at Excalibur's Tournament of Kings Holiday Dinner Show.
Take a dive with the Silverton mermaids
A visit to the Silverton Casino Hotel is not complete without taking in the popular, and very unique, mermaid show.
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Vegas Golden Knights Christmas Display
In the Las Vegas Valley, the chances of getting a white Christmas are slim. But this year, you can have a “Knight” Christmas. A Henderson resident has a Christmas lights display that is synchronized to the entrance music for the Golden Knights. GG Misa’s Knights light show is played every 30 minutes from 5 to 10 nightly. His light show consists of two songs: Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” and the entrance music, “Le Castle Vania,” from the movie “John Wick.” The display is located at 730 Bollons Island St. (Richard Brian/Las Vegas Reivew-Journal)
Holiday Hooch At El Cortez is Just in Time For Repeal Day And Christmas
Holiday Hooch At El Cortez Is Just In Time For Repeal Day And Christmas. Janna Karel/Las Vegas Review-Journal
TV's LGBT superheroes
Green Valley Ranch's Winter's Village
The Mob Museum
Best Friend Menu Reveal Wednesday
Chef Roy Choi tells us what to expect from Wednesday’s Facebook Live Menu Reveal for his new Park MGM restaurant Best Friend. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Quick Chat With Criss Angel
James D. Gish and Susan Anton rehearse
Susan Anton will be special guest at James D. Gish’s holiday concerts Dec. 7 at Summerlin Library and Dec. 9 at Clark County Library. (John Przybys/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Bellagio Winter Wonderland
"Majestic Holiday Magic" at the Bellagio Conservatory.
Underwater Santa At The Silverton
Santa takes a dive Sunday, December 2, at the Silverton Casino Hotel. (Mat Luschek / Review-Journal)
Cowabunga Bay Christmas Town
Las Vegas Natural History Museum
Las Vegas Natural History Museum, which opened in 1991, has exhibits of mechanical dinosaurs and taxidermied animals, along with live snakes, fish and sharks. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Magical Forest Lights
Cirque Du Soleil Performers Team Up For New Show "Kinekt"
Through dance, acrobatics and aerial arts, “Kinekt” tells a story all too familiar to modern families: how to maintain a human connection in the digital age. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Ethel M Holiday Cactus Garden
The Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas
The Pinball Hall of Fame was created by Tim Arnold and opened in 2006. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Jump! The Ultimate Dog Show at Springs Preserve in Las Vegas
Trainer Lou “Mack” McCammon guides several rescue dogs through a series of tricks and jumps two shows a day weekends through December at the Springs Preserve in Las Vegas. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
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