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Weekend forecast: tame yet torrid

It’s a pretty tame weekend for big events, unless you’re into country music. Here’s your weekend forecast — lukewarm and out of rehab.

FRIDAY

Dennis Rodman was busted on a domestic abuse charge May 1. He entered rehab a few days later. Then, this past Tuesday, he turned 47. Now he’s back on the Dennis Rodman Lifestyle Plan as he is the center of a birthday party tonight at Hawaiian Tropic Zone.

Maybe you shouldn’t call it "rehab" with Dennis. Maybe it’s "rebound."

Officially, Hawaiian Tropic turns into a nightclub called Torrid after 10 p.m. Everyone gets in free at the Planet Hollywood hangout. Females of the species drink for free from 10 p.m. until midnight. And feel free to e-mail me photos of Dennis for my blog of grand and dubious shocks.

SATURDAY

Get your mustache on, and chuck one into the spittoon, because it’s Helldorado Days downtown, yee-haw, and don’t forget to catch the genuine "Whiskerino" contest to see who’s got the hottest man hair on his man face at 4 p.m.

Helldorado celebrates Las Vegas’ 103rd birthday. That’s 103 years of Hoover Dam builders, Mormon settlers, Frank Sinatra’s crooning, Elvis’ eating sandwiches and Oscar Goodman’s drinking, plus the evolution of slots, sluts and bar shots.

Some events start midday. The parade hoofs it up at 7 p.m. along Fourth Street downtown. Fireworks pop at 9:15 p.m. at Fremont Square, formerly known as Neonopolis. For more, check out Steve Bornfeld’s breakdown in today’s Neon.

SUNDAY

Rapper Ludacris makes a nonrapping appearance at the latest club-type pool party. It’s the official launch of Wet Republic at MGM. Local women pay nada to get in. Someone at the club told me at press time that management still was trying to decide how much to charge everyone else. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Or, at 5 p.m. Sunday, you could shell out $106 to $456 to go to the Academy of Country Music Awards to see Toby Keith, Reba McEntire and other Nash-villains party together at the MGM Grand Garden arena. Critics Mike Weatherford and Jason Bracelin have the scoop in Neon. Check it before you wreck it.

Doug Elfman’s column appears on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. Contact him at 702-383-0391 or e-mail him at delfman@reviewjournal.com. He also blogs at reviewjournal.com/elfman.

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