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Las Vegas calendar

Through June 19 Asian Contemporary Art

Where: CENTERpiece Gallery (CityCenter)

Highlights: Part of CityCenter's commitment to bringing quality art to Las Vegas, this exhibit features works in various media by leading artists from China, Japan and Korea. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.

Info: (702) 739-3314,

Through July 4 Letters to Troops

Where: Palazzo

Highlights: Among red, white and blue floral displays in the resort's waterfall atrium, guests are encouraged to write a letter to a soldier, to be distributed by the USO.


Through mid-July Storytime in the Square

Where: Town Square Park (South Strip)

Highlights: From 11 a.m. to noon each Wednesday, kids and their parents will be treated to classic children's tales, enhanced by singing and dancing.

Info: (702) 269-5001

Through August Mac King Comedy Magic Show

Where: Harrah's

Highlights: During the summer, this family-friendly show is offering half-price tickets with a California ID.

Info: (702) 369-5222,

Through Sept. 11 Temptation Sundays

Where: Luxor (North Pool)

Highlights: One of the hottest LGBT events in Sin City is this weekly pool party for locals and visitors.


June 8, July 13 and Aug. 10 Art and Wine: A Perfect Pairing

Where: Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art

Highlights: Enjoy the gallery's exhibit, "A Sense of Place: Landscapes From Monet to Hockney," while enjoying wines from the resort's cellars. 5-7 p.m.

Info: (702) 693-7871,

June 10 Paul McCartney

Where: MGM Grand Garden Arena

Highlights: As more than a million fans learned at concerts last year, McCartney gives great value for money, with shows often lasting three hours.

Info: (800) 929-1111,

June 11 Reggae in the Desert

Where: Clark Co. Government Center Amphitheater (downtown)

Highlights: Enjoy some of Jamaica's finest musicians while enjoying Caribbean arts, crafts and food.

Info: (702)-455-8838,

June 16 Bruno Mars

Where: The Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms

Highlights: The multitalented singer-songwriter is joined by guest Janelle Monáe.

Info: (702) 924-3200,

June 18 and 19 Lily Tomlin

Where: Orleans Showroom

Highlights: Her many awards — including Emmys, Tonys and Peabodys — attest to this talented comic's class act.

Info: (702) 365-7075,

June 25 Britney Spears

Where: MGM Grand Garden Arena

Highlights: The pop trendsetter is joined by an all-female singing troupe.

Info: (800) 929-1111,

June 25 and 26 London — Principals of the Royal Ballet

Where: The Art of Richard McDonald (CityCenter)

Highlights: This one-man show features more than a dozen studies of lead dancers from the legendary London ballet company.

Info: (702) 730-3990,

July 1 Mike Epps

Where: The Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms

Highlights: The talented funnyman blends hip-hop and comedy.

Info: (702) 924-3200,

July 3 Celebrating Independence

Where: Lake Las Vegas (Henderson)

Highlights: The Henderson Symphony performs as fireworks reflect off the lake. For an added treat, enjoy an unobstructed view while dining at the Ravella Hotel & Resort.

Info: (888) 810-0440,

July 8-9 Billy Gardell

Where: Terry Fator Theatre (The Mirage)

Highlights: Now known to the masses as the star of "Mike & Molly," Gardell was first recognized for standup stories about his life — warts and all.

Info: (702) 792-7777,

July 23 Neil Sedaka

Where: Star of the Desert Arena (Primm, Nev.)

Highlights: Sedaka has been writing and performing music that has stood the test of time for more than 50 years.

Info: (702) 386-7867,

July 24 10 Chefs, 4 Butchers, 14 Pigs

Where: Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Highlights: Described as "the ultimate pork tasting," this event features the snout-to-tail bounty of heritage breed pigs sourced from the participating chefs' local markets across the U.S.


July 29-30 Elvis Fest

Where: Las Vegas Hilton

Highlights: Tribute artists pay homage to the King at the hotel where he performed for fans from around the world.

Info: (800) 222-5361,

Aug. 6

Toby Keith Where: Red Rock Amphitheatre (Summerlin)

Highlights: With many hit singles and albums under his belt, Keith is one of country music's superstars. Eric Church also performs.

Info: (702) 797-7777,

Aug. 6 Loverboy

Where: Fremont Street Experience (downtown)

Highlights: As part of the free "Absolutely '80s Summer," Loverboy performs, while original MTV VJ Nina Blackwood shares her personal favorites from the '80s.

Info: (702) 678-5777,

Aug. 13 Lost 80s Live

Where: Mandalay Beach

Highlights: Among the bands taking to the beach stage are Tommy Tutone, Flock of Seagulls and Boys Don't Cry.

Info: (702) 632-7580,

Aug. 13 B.B. King

Where: Green Valley Ranch (Grand Events Center)

Highlights: The King of Blues continues to energize audiences with his electric guitar

Info: (702) 617-7777,

Aug. 20 Josh Groban

Where: MGM Grand Garden Arena

Highlights: Yes, it really has been 10 years since this pop-classical crossover appeared in the season finale of "Ally McBeal," and he's still wowing the crowds.

Info: (800) 929-1111,

Opening Aug. 24 Rod Stewart

Where: The Colosseum (Caesars Palace)

Highlights: A career spanning 40-plus years, and fans still scream when he asks, "Do You Think I'm Sexy?" Stewart will be one of the headliners spelling Celine over the next two years.

Info: (800) 745-3000,

Aug. 27 Sugarland

Where: Mandalay Bay Events Center

Highlights: The multi-platinum, Grammy award-winning duo brings its "Incredible Machine Tour" to Vegas.

Info: (702) 632-7580,

Ongoing Almost Topless

Where: M Resort (Henderson)

Highlights: Women who don't quite want to bare all can buy a pair of custom pasties before tanning at the Daydream Pool Club.

Info: (702) 797-1808,

Ongoing Mosaic

Where: Silverton Casino

Highlights: Impressive arrangements are performed by these guys without the benefit of a single instrument other than their mouths.

Info: (866) 866-6868,

—Jay Jones

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