Mariah Carey's two-month residency at The Colosseum and more must-see shows in Las Vegas.
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What would a trip to Vegas be without a shotgun wedding? Knock the nuptials off your bucket list (but avoid the awkwardness of the morning after) at New York–based performance artist and presiding “priestess” Gabrielle St. Evensen’s ’Til Death Do You Part—Marry Yourself, an interactive experience that invites costumed guests to wed themselves (handwritten vows and commemorative photos included), inside Cosmopolitan’s P3Studio from May 13 to June 7. Commitment-phobic? Stop by the exhibition space from June 10 to July 12, when it hosts Amy Gartrell and Patterson Beckwith’s “Chromophilia,” an experiment in color therapy and portraiture. P3Studio at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 702-698-7000
Mimi Does Vegas
With leading female pop stars like Celine Dion, Shania Twain, and Britney Spears already enjoying the Las Vegas spotlight, was it any wonder that Mariah Carey would soon follow? One of the top-selling vocalists of all time, with her self-titled debut album going multiplatinum in 1990, Carey will join the ranks of her fellow divas this month when she arrives in Vegas for the start of a two-month residency at The Colosseum. The show, Mariah Carey #1’s, has been designed to showcase all 18 of her chart-topping hits—from “Dreamlover” and “Fantasy” to “We Belong Together” and “Touch My Body”—in a single concert. May 6–July 26. The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, 866-227-5938
“Weird Al” Yankovic is on Tour
“Weird Al” Yankovic has long outlasted the band that inspired his first song parody, 1979’s “My Bologna,” based on The Knack’s “My Sharona.”
More than 35 years after he released his first song parody, “Weird Al” Yankovic is still at the top of his game. Rather than going the way of most novelty acts (does anyone remember 2 Live Jews?), he has only become more popular—culminating last year in his first number-one album, Mandatory Fun. It’s even rarer for a comedy performer to be winning Grammy Awards so late in his career (his first came in 1984, his fourth this past February). But Yankovic isn’t settling for industry accolades. He’s also embarking on an ambitious worldwide tour, starting with a five-night run at Planet Hollywood. From die-hard fans to the merely curious, expect a big crowd; his shows often include songs performed in full regalia mixed with music videos. Just seeing what kind of outrageous costumes Yankovic has planned for his parodies of Pharrell Williams’s “Happy” (“Tacky”), Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” (“Handy”), and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (“Word Crimes”) may be worth the price of admission. May 12–16. The Showroom at Planet Hollywood, 800-745-3000
How is Nevada Ballet Theatre Closing Its Season?
Nevada Ballet Theatre will close out its 2015 season at the Smith Center with James Canfield’s romantic rendition of the French classic Giselle. Staged by Canfield with music by Adolphe Adam and choreography by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, the production’s two performances conveniently fall on Mother’s Day weekend, taking all the guesswork out of planning a memorable day for mom. Ticket prices range from $29 to $129. May 9–10. The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, 702-749-2000