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Las Vegas Spotlight: June 2011

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While most people spend the summer shooing away the bugs, there's one Beatle you'll want to see at the MGM Grand Garden Arena -- yes, Paul McCartney is bringing his "Up and Coming Tour" to town on June 10. With a set list spanning his unparalleled musical career, it's an unforgettable evening with a true legend. Also at the MGM is Rush, presenting their Time Machine Tour 2011 on June 24, and Britney Spears, who brings her "Femme Fatale" show on June 25, joined by special guest Nicki Minaj.

Among the notable long-running acts are Barry Manilow at Paris Las Vegas, Garth Brooks at The Wynn's Encore Theater, and Celine Dion at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

The Joint will be jumping at The Hard Rock this month. On June 7, country music's number one touring act, Tim McGraw, will be joined by special guest Brantley Gilbert. On June 11, modern rockers The Deftones are joined by guests The Dillinger Escape Plan and Le Butcherettes. And on June 27, Wiz Khalifa brings his Rolling Papers World Tour, joined by Big Sean and Chevy Woods.

Summertime means summer concerts, and The Cosmopolitan is taking full advantage at The Boulevard Pool. Modern pop group CAKE will "go the distance" on June 11, and space rock group The Flaming Lips stop by on June 17. Some cool R&B music complements the hot summer nights at The Las Vegas Hilton, when singer Joe is joined by special guests After 7 on June 4.

At The Palms' Pearl Concert Theater are Bruno Mars and Janelle Monae, with guests Mayer Hawthorne & The Country (June 16) and Deep Purple, featuring The Steve Beyer Orchestra, with special guest Ernie & The Automatics (June 23). Then the Oscar-winning Dreamgirl herself, Jennifer Hudson, steps into the "Spotlight" on June 24.

Laughs a-plenty are at The Venetian this month, when red carpet diva Joan Rivers brings her acerbic wit to Vegas on June 2-4. On June 17-18, former Saturday Night Live and current Rules of Engagement star David Spade performs his biting comedy. And the award-winning, soft-spoken Rita Rudner continues her residency.

The Mirage has some top-notch shows this month. On June 11, it's Larry King: Standing Up as the broadcast veteran presents an evening of stories - plus, the audience gets to turn the tables and ask Larry the questions. Also at The Mirage are some of the Aces of Comedy: Jay Leno (June 10) and Rodney Carrington (June 17-18).

The Man of a Thousand Voices is at The Riviera's Starlite Theater. That's right, comic impersonator Rich Little continues his "Laugh a Little" show thru June 12. As usual, Treasure Island brings plenty of chuckles, with Blue Collar comedian Bill Engvall (June 10). Green Valley Ranch Resort presents An Acoustic Evening With Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt on June 4 at the Grand Events Center.

The South Point Showroom is offering up some fine entertainment. On June 4-5, 70s singer-songwriter Paul Williams will help you find "The Rainbow Connection." For comedy fans, Pauly Shore performs from June 10-12, and John Heffron hits the stage from June 17-19. Go through the "Time Tunnel" with 50s teen idol turned 60s TV star James Darren on June 25-26. And at the South Point Arena is Junefest with Three Dog Night, War, and The Fixx. Referred to as "Las Vegas' Largest High School Reunion," it's a chance to chill out to some hot rock (June 11).

There's literally something for everyone at The Orleans. In the Showroom, catch 90s alternative rockers Gin Blossoms (June 11-12), iconic comedienne Lily Tomlin (June 18-19), and Frank Sinatra Jr. and his big band (June 25-26). Meanwhile, at the Orleans Arena, there's something for the kiddies - Thomas & Friends Live! on June 11-12. It's a musical adventure featuring Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends.

Even though June means that the curtain has come down on Las Vegas' regular theatre season, the sun will come out tomorrow as Stage Door Entertainment and Super Summer Theatre present Annie, the incomparable Charles Strouse/Thomas Meehan/Martin Chamin musical based on the long-running comic strip (June 8-25).

Looking for even more to do with the whole family? Then head to UNLV's Thomas & Mack Center for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey - Fully Charged (June 16-19). This all-new extravaganza will entertain children of all ages with the breathtaking dare-devilry and superhuman stunts! With acts like The Fearless Fernandez Brothers, Ukrainian strongmen Dmitry Nadolinkskiy and Ruslan Gilmulin, and The Human Fuse Brian Miser, it's high-voltage fun that you won't want to miss!

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