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Da Vinci The Exhibition Arrives at The Venetians Imagine Exhibitions Gallery

On March 12, Imagine Exhibitions Gallery, inside The Venetian Ls Vegas, debuted its newest feature exhibition, Da Vinci The Exhibition, a comprehensive and interactive look at the brilliance of the original Renaissance man.  Featuring more than 65 fully built, life-size inventions, more than 20 fine art studies and dozens of stunning displays, guests will learn the complex beginnings and lifetime achievements of da Vinci through his discoveries in art, engineering, flight, hydraulics, music, light, anatomy and more.

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Throughout the exhibition’s six themed galleries, visitors will discover the breadth and scope of da Vinci’s incredibly advanced understanding of science, mathematics, nature, and the relationship between the three. The artist’s intricate designs and extraordinary early concepts are spotlighted, including his ideas for the helicopter, military tank, SCUBA, crane, clock, submarine, hang glider and plan for a modern city. Additionally, various multimedia and documentary presentations throughout the experience provide a multitude of supplementary information on da Vinci’s discoveries and creative process.
In addition to da Vinci’s role as an inventor, Da Vinci The Exhibition investigates a collection of da Vinci’s most renowned paintings, including some controversial works traditionally attributed to him, but not yet authenticated. Guests will have the opportunity to thoroughly study the artistic mastery behind such works as “Mona Lisa,” “The Last Supper,” “Portrait of a Young Man,” “Virgin of the Rocks,” “St. John the Baptist” and more.

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Da Vinci The Exhibition will be open to the public daily for a limited engagement through early 2015. Tickets are available for purchase at The Venetian box office. Prices are: adult $27.50, senior/military/Nevada residents/students $22.50 (must show relevant ID); children 12 and under are free with one paying adult, with additional children $20.50 each.
Operating hours for Da Vinci The Exhibition is Sunday through Thursday 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., last ticket sold at 6 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m., last ticket sold at 8 p.m.

Terry Fator Celebrates 5th Anniversary at The Mirage

“The Voice of Entertainment” Terry Fator, celebrated his 5th anniversary at the Mirage on Friday night, March 7 with the debut of his new show that features fresh, clever new material and Fator's statuesque wife Taylor Makakoa who serves as his onstage assistant.

To celebrate the fifth anniversary, and the five year extension included in his 10 year, $10 million contract, there was a video montage of celebrities offering their congratulations including Ray Romano, Martin Short, Penn & Teller, Tony Orlando, Carrot Top, Jerry Springer, Drew and Jonathan Scott, Boyz II Men and cast members of “Absinthe,” “Rock of Ages”, “Jabbawockeez”, “Jersey Boys” and former America Got Talent judge, CNN host Piers Morgan, whose appearance was greeted by several boos from the audience.

For the new show Fator has added a storyline centered around Winston The Impersonating Turtle, who announces at the beginning of the show that he has decided to quit working with Fator and is heading for stardom in Hollywood. Looking for his replacement, Fator brings on stage a variety of puppet characters, each with distinct personalities and singing voices, including  Wrex, the crash-test dummy, country legend Walter T. Airedale, Elvis impressionist, Maynard Tompkins, freckle faced 12 year old, Emma Taylor,Vikki the Cougar, R & B singer Julius, and “stoner” Duggie Scott Walker. One by one, they show off “their” vocal talents and engage in comical back and forth banter with Fator that contains pop culture references targeting celebrities such as Arnold Swartzenneger, the Kardashians, Britney Spears and a hysterical running bit pertaining to David Hasselhoff. Also, interspersed throughout the show are humorous video news reports about Winston's career in Hollywood.

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Terry Fator with Winston and Taylor Makakoa
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I have seen Fator's show at the Mirage several times over the years and what I have noticed is that not only has he become more confident and relaxed on stage, he continually proves he is in a class all his own with his fabulously entertaining show that showcases his talents as an extraordinary impressionist, ventriloquist, singer and comedian. His amazing ability to lend his voice to the lovable puppets while not moving his lips is unparallelled. Audiences also have the pleasure of hearing the multi gifted performer sing in his own voice a few emotionally touching songs that he wrote.

Following the show there was an after party for invited guests and VIPs. Seen among the crowd were veteran ventriloquist Willie Tyler, Harrah’s headliner Mac King, actor/comedian Fred Willard, comedians Marty Allen and George Wallace, singer Pia Zadora, cast members from Chippendales, Rick Harrison of reality TVs“Pawn Stars”, BMX pro Ricardo Laguna and comedy magician Murray Sawchuck.  Also in attendance were Mirage president,Trevor Scherrer, and vice president of hotel operations Franz Kallao, who congratulated Terry on his extended deal as headliner at The Mirage.

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Tickets for Terry Fator start at $59.99, plus applicable taxes and fees. A “Most Valuable Package” (MVP) Experience is available for $149.99 per ticket, plus applicable taxes and fees. The MVP Experience includes premium seating, an autographed photo, a souvenir show program and a complimentary drink.

LVH and Raiding The Rock Vault Celebrate 2014 Rockin’ Revelations Night

RAIDING THE ROCK VAULT, featuring “Classic Rock by Those Who Rocked It”, celebrated their return to the VH – LAS VEGAS HOTEL & CASINO on Tuesday, March 4.  The evening, dubbed “2014 Rockin' Revelations Night” included a pre show black carpet event to showcase the production’s new lineup and new songs.

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Cast of Raiding The Rock Vault
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Among the invited guests, were a bevy of local celebrities in attendance including Melody Sweets (Absinthe), BMX pro Ricardo Laguna, actor/singer/dancer Adrien Zmed (Grease 2, T.J. Hooker), Lyssa Lynne (the band Mr. & Mrs. Smith), vocalist Lorena Peril, hypnotist Anthony Cools, comedy magician Murray SawChuck, Las Vegas Wranglers President Billy Johnson, singer/actress Pia Zadora, former boxing heavyweight champion Leon Spinks, former American Idol finalist Jasmine Trias, singer Ben Stone, producer and screenwriter Mylo Carbia, and others.

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Mylo Carbia and Robin Mc Auley
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Ray John Narbaitz and his wife Lorena Peril Narbaitz
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“We couldn’t be happier with the show this year,” said Ron Johnson, General Manager at the LVH.  “We didn’t think it could get any better than last year, but with new musicians, new singers and new songs, it absolutely has!  We anticipate a long, successful run for this show at the LVH and it just continues to add to our ‘legendary’ status.”

RAIDING THE ROCK VAULT brings the history of rock and roll to life as some of rock's most talented musicians pay homage to rock’s greatest hits from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s, including classic anthems from The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Free, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Queen, Boston, Kansas, U2, Aerosmith, Van Halen, AC/DC, Pat Benatar, Foreigner, Heart, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, Supertramp, and many more.

Refreshed for 2014, RAIDING THE ROCK VAULT has signed on phenomenal rock guitarist Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio), as well as two dynamite female vocalists who will trade off: Carol-Lyn Liddle (Masters of Rock) and Stephanie Calvert (Starship). Classic songs that have been added to the hit show include “Dreams” (Fleetwood Mac), “Heartbreaker” (Pat Benatar), “Alone” (Heart), “Dream On” (Aerosmith), “Highway to Hell” and “Thunderstruck” (AC/DC).

Returning in the all-star lineup are Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, guitarist Howard Leese (Heart), lead vocalist Robin McAuley (MSG, Survivor), lead vocalist and bass guitarist John Payne (Asia), lead vocalist Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt, Quiet Riot), drummer Schellen (Badfinger, Asia), lead vocalist and guitarist Andrew Freeman (Lynch Mob, The Offspring), and keyboard player Michael T. Ross (Lita Ford, Hardline).
“We’re thrilled to showcase our new content,” said producer Sir Harry Cowell. “The support we’ve received here in Las Vegas―from LVH, locals, visitors, and other entertainers―has been incredible. We couldn’t be more pleased.”

RAIDING THE ROCK VAULT  performs Friday through Tuesday nights weekly (schedule subject to change) at 8 p.m. in the LVH Theater. Ticket prices range from $49 to $80 plus taxes and fees. A special Rock Star Package is available for $140 (which includes tickets in the first five rows, t-shirt, concert program, CD, meet and greet and VIP pass).  A special 2-for-1 locals discount will be available for a short time (must present valid Nevada ID) and there are dinner/show packages with the world-famous Benihana and Vince Neil’s Tatuado Restaurant & Cantina.

Read Jacqueline Monahan's review of Raiding the Rock Vault in this week's edition of her column “About The Town.”

Rock house Celebrates One Year Anniversary at The Venetian/Palazzo

Rock house, located inside the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian/The Palazzo, celebrated its “first birthday” Tuesday night, March 11, with a one-year anniversary bash. Among the attendees at the ultra-dive bar were a line-up of talented guests including UFC Heavyweight Champ Frank Mir, former 98 degrees singer and current Las Vegas entertainer Jeff Timmons, along with the Men of the Strip, reigning Miss Nevada USA Nia Sanchez, UNLV mascot Hey Reb, the scintillating cast of FANTASY, the Rock of Ages cast, Robin Leach and more.

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While the local Las Vegas personalities signed the hot spot’s pop-art inspired celeb wall, anniversary party guests sipped on booze-filled baby bottles, rode the mechanical bull and enjoyed an array of appetizers, including Rockhouse’s signature tacos and sliders.

Rocker Vinnie Paul Celebrates 50th Birthday at Vinyl

Rock ‘n’ roll legend Vinnie Paul, best known as the drummer in the heavy metal group HELLYEAH, hosted his 50th birthday bash inside Vinyl at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Wednesday, March 11.

Joining Paul for this unforgettable celebration were many of his close friends and family including a list of talented musicians. As guests walked in, Las Vegas-based rock band Sin City Sinners joined by Slash bassist Todd Kerns performed a cover of Guns N’ Roses song “Welcome to the Jungle.” Attendees continued to hop on stage throughout the night including Guns N’ Roses lead guitarist DJ Ashba, LA Guns vocalist Phil Lewis, Papa Roach drummer Tony Palermo, Ace Frehley drummer Scot Coogan, Zowie Bowie's Chris Phillips, Armored Saint and DC4 guitarist Jeff Duncan and more, to perform some of the greatest hits in rock ‘n’ roll history. Paul was seen having a great time and was shocked when a customized birthday cake shaped as a HELLYEAH bass drum and drumsticks was presented to him.
Additional celebrity guests in attendance included Las Vegas Strip headliner Frankie Moreno, actor Brian Thomas, professional dancer Lacey Schwimmer (formerly of Dancing With the Stars), Asia frontman John Payne, Quiet Riot vocalist Paul Shortino,  Whitesnake guitarist Doug Aldrich, Lynch Mob vocalist Andrew Freeman, musician Zachary Throne, former“American Idol” finalist Jasmine Trias, singer and magician Ben Stone and others.

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Additional recent and upcoming “happenings” in and around Las Vegas includes:

TOWBIN FIAT of Las Vegas (located at 2550 S. Jones Blvd.) celebrated International Women’s Day on Saturday evening March 9 by throwing a Girls Night party at the studio.  Among those in attendance was reigning Miss Nevada Teen USA, Alexa Taylor, who enjoyed delicious Italian fare and music.

The party, which honored the women of Las Vegas and the large number of female customers and employees on staff, featured music by DJ Miss Joy, a resident DJ at The Bond Bar inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, and food from Novecento Pizzeria. In addition, Towbin Fiat gave away several items throughout the evening, including hats, T-shirts, gift bags, and a mini Fiat go-cart.

Towbin Fiat co-owner, Josh Towbin, closed the evening by thanking everyone in attendance for helping create an amazing community of Fiat owners in the Las Vegas Valley and for making Towbin Fiat the number one Fiat dealership in the West for 2013.

BROOKLYN BOWL LAS VEGAS, described as “a temple of live music, bowling, food and drink”  and “an 80,000 square foot wonderland” is now open at The LINQ in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip.

Following a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, March 7 with founders Peter Shapiro and Charley Ryan and Blue Ribbon co-owner, and partner Bruce Bromberg, the first concert at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas featured the New York-based soul/jazz fusion trio Soulive, whose members have played the original Williamsburg venue more than fifty times.

Spanning 80,000 square feet and able to accommodate more than 2,000 concertgoers, Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas is one of the largest dedicated music venues in America. In addition to the music lineup, the Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas experience is complemented by five bars that feature 12 beers on tap, including craft brews and Brooklyn offerings and rocking comfort food by world-renowned Bromberg Brothers Blue Ribbon Restaurants, including their iconic Fried Chicken seen on Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate.”

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Bowling lanes will be available for rent during the day from 11:00 a.m. until close beginning Monday, March 17. All-ages bowling will be available daily from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Restaurant-style service featuring the full menu will be available at each lane.

Las Vegas’ March programming takes the lead from the original Brooklyn Bowl by offering a robust schedule of live concert and performance events as well as afterhours entertainment. The lineup of upcoming concerts include: Hip hop band  The Roots - Friday, March 14 (show: 11:30 p.m., admission: $35-$40 ); Elvis Costello and The Roots - Saturday, March 15 (show: 9 p.m., admission: $69.50. 2 night pass: $139.00) Following that performance, The Roots’ leader Questlove will DJ a “Bowl Train” set, the iconic party he has hosted at Brooklyn Bowl New York every Thursday since the venue opened in 2009; Elvis Costello and The Roots - Sunday, March 16  (show: 8 p.m. , admission: $69.50 ); Folk/pop singer and songwriter  Brett Dennen with Irish musician Foy Vance– Wednesday, March 19 (show: 8 p.m., admission: $15 - $20 ); Alternative rock band Cake - Thursday, March 20, Friday, March 21 & Saturday, March 22 (show: 6 p.m., admission: $36.50 - $40.  3-night pass: $109.50); Funk and jazz saxophonist, flutist and vocalist Karl Denson, formerly of Lenny Kravitz’s band, brings his band Tiny Universe- Thursday, March 20, Friday, March 21 & Saturday, March 22 (shows: 11:59 p.m., admission: $15 - $20. ) ;Indie rock band Local Natives - Sunday, March 23  (show: 8 p.m., admission: $20 - $25 );New Orleans based funk and jazz jam bandGalactic - Wednesday, March 26, Thursday, March 27, Friday, March 28 & Saturday, March 29  (shows: 11:30 p.m., admission: $25) Brooklyn-based, seven-piece funk outfit, Lettuce- Saturday, March 29 & Sunday, March 30 (shows: 7 p.m., admission: $20. 2 night pass: $40)

THE ORLEANS ARENA has been awarded LEED Gold certification for existing buildings by the U.S. Green Building Council. It is the first arena in the state of Nevada to receive LEED Gold recognition.  The certification caps a multi-year effort to incorporate sustainable practices throughout the Arena’s operations. Through a variety of measures – most completely unnoticeable to guests -- the Arena significantly reduced its energy consumption, and reduced the amount of waste sent to local landfills by 25 percent.

Beginning Friday, March 7, THE MOB BAR at the Downtown Grand Las Vegas Hotel & Casino will feature HEADLINER COMEDY ACTS from Bonkerz Comedy Productions on Friday and Saturday nights.

Every Friday night, Mob Bar will be home to a 90-minute comedy show produced by Bonkerz Comedy Productions, one of the nation’s oldest and most successful comedy production companies. The emcee will be Warren Durso, who was featured in Esquire magazine as the ugliest person in America. Saturday nights will offer an abbreviated 30-minute act followed by Mob Bar’s longstanding dueling piano entertainment.

The comedy acts coming to Mob Bar in March and April include the following popular headliners:
March 7, 8 –  Dave Williamson as seen on Nick at Night
March 14, 15 – Chris Cope as seen on Comedy Central
March 21, 22 – Darren Moore from the Fox network sitcom “Enlisted”
March 28, 29 – Arnie Ellis as seen on Comedy Central
April 4, 5 –  Pat Garrity as seen on “Last Comic Standing”
April 11, 12 –  Ian Gutoskie as seen on CBS’ “Comedy Night School”
April 18, 19 –  Forrest Shaw as seen on Comedy Central
April 25, 26 –  JC Currais from the Sundance Film Festival
There is no cover charge to attend the comedy shows, but there is a two drink minimum.

This year's ST. PATRICK'S DAY CELEBRATION will feature four straight days and nights of Gaelic madness Friday, March 14 through Monday, March 17 on the FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE. Downtown party spots, The D and Golden Gate invite guests to earn a little luck o’ the Irish with T-shirt giveaways, drinks specials and fun for all. Just outside each casino’s doors, celebrants can enjoy free live performances all weekend by bands including Tempest, L.A. Vation, Darby O'Gill and the Little People and more.

The celebration reaches its pinnacle on Monday, March 17 when thousands of partygoers donning their best green attire flood Fremont Street for the Sixth Annual Downtown St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl. The Pub Crawl will take place from 2 p.m. to midnight, with stops at the neighborhood’s hottest bars including D Bar, LONGBAR and Vue Bar (the D) and One Bar, Flair Bar and Bar Prohibition! (Golden Gate).

Following two successful performances in 2013, comedic sensation and roundtable regular on “Chelsea Lately” JO LOY returns to Treasure Island March 21 at 9 p.m. Tickets start at $49.95, plus tax and handling fees. Guests must be 18 years or older to attend.

POLE POSITION RACEWAY, in partnership with the NEVADA HIGHWAY PATROL and SUDDEN IMPACT AUTO BODY, will hold its DUI PUBLIC SERVICE MESSAGE EVENT 1 – 3 p.m. Monday, March 17th at the high-performance indoor kart track at Pole Position Raceway. Located across the street from the Palms Towers at 4175 S. Arville, the event is designed to graphically illustrate the effects of drinking and driving to bring awareness to the dangers behind mixing alcohol with operating machinery on the St. Patrick’s Day holiday.

The three organizations have teamed up to demonstrate the real-time journey of how alcohol impacts reaction time and impairs judgment. Angelique Gorges and Crystal Thurman have volunteered to serve as crash test dummies as they race during the special event. The experiment will be held on a private closed course, separate from the public.  In addition, volunteers from Sudden Impact Auto Body, offering automotive and collision repair services in Southern Nevada, will join in on the message to create awareness by demonstrating a vehicle after a severe collision, serving as visual aid of the dangers caused by alcohol-impaired driving.

Comedian BILL MAHER returns to The Pearl inside Palms Casino Resort with performances March 22-23 and October 10 –11, 2014 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $50, plus any additional service fees.

On Sunday, March 23, the best amateur mixed martial arts fighters from the Las Vegas region will face off at Golden Gate Hotel & Casino in the “DOWNTOWN BEATDOWN' – WORLD FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS WFC 19 COMPETITION. After scouring the region for the top amateur MMA fighters, WFC has pitted 30 of the best men and women against each other in 15 exciting matchups.

Downtown Beatdown’s headlining fight will feature a welterweight title bout between undefeated Las Vegas native Justin Driggers and current 170-pound champion Anthony Browder out of Bullhead City, AZ. Not to be outshined by the men is Las Vegas local Kari Lichtenwalner – a driven single mother who works two jobs and trains fulltime out of UFC legend Randy Couture’s gym, Xtreme Couture.

Fights start at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m. Tickets are priced at VIP: $45; Premium: $30; General Admission: $25 in advance; $30 at the door.

The UNLV College of Fine Arts presents the 11th ANNUAL NEVADA ENTERTAINER/ARTIST HALL OF FAME honoring acclaimed artist Tim Bavington; celebrated vocalist and musician Sue Kim; and legendary jazz vocalist, Joe Williams (posthumously), Also recognized is June Brennan, who receives the College of Fine Arts Dean’s Medal for continually demonstrating commitment to education and extraordinary contributions to the College of Fine Arts, and musician Ronnie Vannucci, College of Fine Arts Alumnus of the Year.

The evening begins with a cocktail reception at 5:30pm on Thursday, March 27 in the UNLV Student Union Ballroom. Tickets for the event are $75 and include cocktails, dinner, ceremony, and performances. All proceeds benefit the UNLV College of Fine Arts. Contact the UNLV Performing Arts Center Box Office at or 895-ARTS (2787) for tickets.

THE ANIMAL FOUNDATION'S BEST IN SHOW EVENT returns to the Orleans Arena, Sunday, April 27, 2014 from 1-3 p.m. This one-of-a-kind dog show features fifty shelter dogs, which are available for auction after the show. 100 percent of the proceeds from this event will go to support The Animal Foundation. Best In Show will commence with a pre-event VIP Sponsorship Brunch and silent auction at 11 a.m. At noon, doors will open for the vendor fair, live family-friendly entertainment and general admission seating. The show will begin at 1 p.m. General admission tickets are $12 for adults, and $5 for children (ages 2-12) and seniors (ages 55+). Tickets can be purchased by calling the Orleans Arena Box Office at 702-284-7777 or by visiting

95.5 The Bull’s 6th Annual All-Star Guitar Pull will be held at the Red Rock Ballroom inside Red Rock Resort on Thursday, April 3 at 7 p.m. With the venue, staffing and all production costs being donated by Red Rock Resort and Encore Productions, all proceeds from the 95.5 The Bull’s 6th Annual All-Star Guitar Pull will be donated directly to St. Jude Children's Hospital.

The Bull’s 6th Annual All-Star Guitar Pull will feature a dynamic lineup of country music’s biggest stars, who will share the stage to combine stripped down, acoustic performances and fascinating stories. The lineup for 95.5 The Bull’s 6th Annual All-Star Guitar Pull includes Gary Allan, Sheryl Crow, Kacey Musgraves, Thomas Rhett, Kellie Pickler, Parmalee, Dustin Lynch and Lindsay Ell.  Tickets for 95.5 The Bull’s 6th Annual All-Star Guitar Pull are $29, $39, $49 and $59 plus tax and applicable fees.

The College of Southern Nevada Fine Arts Gallery will present A SOLO EXHIBIT OF FINE ARTS, PRINTS, DRAWINGS AND INSTALLATION ARTWORK BY CSN PROFESSOR OF PRINTMAKING AND DRAWING ANN HOFF. “Anne Hoff:  Seeking Silence” will begin Friday, April 4 and will run through Friday, June 6. An artist reception with refreshments will take place on Friday, May 9, from 6 - 8 p.m.
One of the most distinctive vocalists and accomplished songwriters in contemporary music, ROB THOMAS, lead singer of Matchbox Twenty, will perform solo performances at The Pearl inside Palms Casino Resort on April 4 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $60, plus any additional service fees.

Edgy comedian, JEFF ROSS, aka Roastmaster General on Comedy Central’s Roasts, will perform in The Terry Fator Theatre at the Mirage Saturday, April 5th. Showtime: 10:00 pm. Tickets are $39.99 & $49.99.

First Friday Foundation, in partnership with Feed the Children and Opportunity Village, has announced that GRAMMY award-winner SHERYL CROW will make her first appearance in Downtown Las Vegas on Friday, April 4 at the new Container Park, located at 727 Fremont St, with openers Las Vegas’ Sabriel and rising country star Charlie Worsham. Doors open at 6 p.m. Less than 1,000 tickets will be sold to this event, with general admission at $39, plus any service fees, and VIP tickets for $79, including guaranteed seating and valet parking. Tickets are on sale now. To purchase tickets, visit

Celebrating the “King of Rock and Roll,” BRANDON BENNETT returns to the Suncoast Showroom with his “ELVIS MY WAY” show on April 12 and 13.  Bennett’s show takes the audience on a journey through Elvis's career, including “The King’s” introduction to the entertainment world in the ‘50s, the famous 1968 television appearance that marked Elvis's return to live performances, and the concert years – symbolized by the powerful vocals, high energy stage performances and the legendary jumpsuits.  Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available from $15.95, plus tax and fees.

YUSHO, the Japanese-inspired grill and noodle house by renowned Chicago chef Matthias Merges will make its Las Vegas debut at Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino in April. 

Celebrity Sightings:

Monday, March 3...

Billy Gibbons, guitarist for rock band ZZ Top, was spotted hanging out at The Ainsworth inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas.

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Billy Gibbons at The Ainsworth with restaurant manager Tommy Ippolito
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Wednesday night, March 5...

Nigel Lythgoe, executive producer of “So You Think You Can Dance” and co-founder of the Dizzy Feet Foundation, was spotted at FANTASY, Luxor Hotel and Casino’s popular adult revue. Lythgoe stayed after the show for a meet and greet and to take photos with the gorgeous cast.

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Nigel Lithgoe and Anita Mann with the cast of FANTASY
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The talented producer was in Las Vegas to begin taping his latest project, CBS’s new pilot “The Spotlight,” a music reality show where the winner is decided based solely on the decision of the studio audience.

Friday night, March 7...

World champion boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. purchased two new vehicles from Towbin Motorcars, Nevada’s leader in luxury automotive brands. The undefeated fighter, who was being filmed for the Showtime series “All Access” while at the dealership, took home a Ferrari 458 Italia and a Bentley Flying Spur. Mayweather paid cash for both vehicles.

Ultimate Fighting Championship mixed martial artist Miesha Tate went to the Jabbawockeez  show “PRiSM” at Luxor Hotel and Casino. Tate was joined by a group of friends including fellow fighter Bryan Caraway.

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Miesha Tate
Photo courtesy of Jabbawockeez

During the performance, Tate was taken by surprise and selected from the crowd to participate in a playful mock wedding ceremony onstage with the Jabbawockeez. Afterwards, Tate’s group joined members of the dance crew backstage for a meet and greet and photos.

Monday, March 10...

Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games gold medalists Kaillie Humphries, back-to-back champion Canadian bobsledder, and members from the Canadian women’s hockey team attended Blue Man Group Las Vegas at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino on Hockey players included Meghan Agosta-Marciano, Laura Fortino, Brianne Jenner, Rebecca Johnston, Meaghan Mikkelson, Lauriane Rougeau, Natalie Spooner and Tara Watchorn.

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(Left to Right, Top to Bottom): Brianne Jenner, Meghan Agosta-Marciano, Lauriane Rougeau, Rebecca Johnston, Natalie Spooner, Tara Watchorn, Meaghan Mikkelson, Kaillie Humphries and Laura Fortino at Blue Man Group in Monte Carlo Resort and Casino

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(Left to Right, Top to Bottom): Brianne Jenner, Meghan Agosta-Marciano, Lauriane Rougeau, Natalie Spooner, Tara Watchorn, Kaillie Humphries, Rebecca Johnston, Laura Fortino and Meaghan Mikkelson at Blue Man Group in Monte Carlo Resort and Casino