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The Worlds Greatest Rock Show Opens at The Stratosphere

With the title, The World's Greatest Rock Show, the latest production to open at the Stratosphere, sure has a lot to live up to. The show features several of Las Vegas' most talented tribute artists that celebrate some of the most beloved classic rock bands in history, giving audiences a chance to experience fantastic renditions of classic anthems from Bruce Springsteen, Heart, Meatloaf, Journey, Van Halen, KISS and more.  The cast rotates, but based on what I heard and saw on media night, each act does an excellent job delivering the goods as they recreate the look and sound of their respective duo or group from the 70's and 80's as they perform top, identifiable covers such as Springsteen's Born to Run, Hearts' Barracuda, Van Halen's Jump, Journey's Open Arms, Meatloaf's Two Out of Three Ain't Bad and KISS's Rock N' Roll All Night.

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When it comes to rock music, there has been numerous rock legends tribute shows that have come and gone in Las Vegas and even a few successful shows that are still packing the house with fans of that genre.  The way I see it, The World's Greatest Rock Show fits the bill as yet another welcome addition to the Las Vegas entertainment scene. You can't help but sing along, get up and dance along to those memorable chart topping hits. That said, it's a great, fun show that should have locals and visitors coming back for more.  Let me put it this way..The World's Greatest Rock Show rocks!

Showtimes are 9pm Tuesday – Sunday inside the Stratosphere Theater.

Stars Unite to Honor Ronald O. Perelman at Keep Memory Alive's 21st Annual Power of Love Gala

Some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry joined Keep Memory Alive on Thursday, April 27, 2017, to honor remarkable philanthropist and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated, Ronald O. Perelman, at Keep Memory Alive’s 21st annual Power of Love ® gala inside MGM Grand Garden Arena.  The star-studded event raised funds and awareness for  Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and its fight against brain disease including Alzheimer's, Huntington's and Parkinson's diseases, multiple sclerosis and multiple system atrophy.

Wynn Resorts Chairman and CEO Steve Wynn honoree and Chairman and CEO of MacAndrews Forbes Inc. Ronald O. Perelman and Keep Memory Alive Co Founder and Chairman Larry Ruvo
Wynn Resorts Chairman and CEO Steve Wynn honoree and Chairman and CEO of MacAndrews Forbes Inc. Ronald O. Perelman and Keep Memory Alive Co Founder and Chairman Larry Ruvo
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Highlights from the night included a surprise $1 million donation from Community Achievement Award recipient and tennis super star, Andre Agassi and wife Stefanie Graf. World-renowned rock star Jon Bon Jovi kicked off the night with a performance of legendary hits “Who Says You Can’t Go Home,” “You Give Love A Bad Name” and “Livin’ On A Prayer.” GRAMMY-Award winning artist Jennifer Hudson surprised the crowd and stepped in for Gwen Stefani who was unable to attend due to doctor’s orders. Hudson brought down the house with high-energy performances of “Hallelujah,” “Remember Me” and a Whitney Houston mash-up of “I’m Every Woman” and “I Wanna Dance with Somebody.” Celebrity supporters who also attended the event included Steve Schirripa, Kenneth “Baby Face” Edmonds, Larry King and John Paul DeJoria.

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Andre Agassi, Stephanie Graf, and Michael Mina
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Anita and Toby Cosgrove
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Dr. Jeffrey Cummings and Dr. Kate Zhong
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Erich Bergen
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Cast members of FANTASY
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Jim Plunkett
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John Paul Dejoria
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Larry King
Larry King
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Lester Hays and Tom Flores
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Manika Ward
Manika Ward
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Napoleon McCallum
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Nicole and Jon Taffer
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Noel Lee
Noel Lee
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Rain Hannah and Vince Neil
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Richard MacDonald
Richard MacDonald
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Steve Schirippa
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 Babyface
Babyface
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Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson
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Jon Bon Jovi
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Nadeea
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Siegfried and Roy with Mayors Carolyn Goodman and Oscar Goodman
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In addition to honoring Perelman for his outstanding philanthropic efforts, Keep Memory Alive recognized Siegfried Fischbacher of the legendary magic duo, Siegfried & Roy, with its inaugural Caregiver Award.

Continuing its 20-year history, the Power of Love® gala showcased a dinner prepared by superstar chefs Michael Mina and Wolfgang Puck, who has participated in every gala since its inception. In addition to enjoying the finest cuisine, wine and spirits, guests bid on one-of-a-kind experiences during the event’s signature live and silent auction. Items auctioned include a week-long vacation sailing off the coast of Australia aboard the ultra-luxurious MY Texas super yacht, a private meet and greet with GRAMMY Award-winning songstress Lady Gaga and a once-and-a-lifetime Italian vacation complete with an exclusive event at the world famous Roman Coliseum headlined by Andrea Bocelli.

JOURNEY Honored with Memorabilia Case Dedication and Begins New Residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

After a wildly successful, sold-out run in 2015, legendary rock band, JOURNEY, launched its second, nine-show residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Wednesday, May 3. Newly inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, JOURNEY, performed its seventh studio album, Escape, and the band’s eighth studio album, Frontiers, back-to-back and in their entirety for the first time in the United States on Wednesday, which the band will do again on May 10 and May 17.

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Earlier in the day, Hard Rock Hotel welcomed the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers back to the property with a proclamation by City of Las Vegas, Mayor Carolyn Goodman, declaring Wednesday, May 3 as JOURNEY Las Vegas Day and a memorabilia property takeover. The memorabilia tour included an updated band case with items from Steve Smith, Neal Schon’s new personal case and Steve Smith’s drum kit display.

Chas Smith, vice president of entertainment at Hard Rock Hotel, and Bobby Reynolds, senior vice president of entertainment at AEG Presents, were on hand to introduce the band to the crowd of cheering fans. The duo recognized the band for its second residency at the award-winning entertainment venue, as well as the property’s memorabilia curator, Beau Dobney, who masterfully created the three displays.

Following the Journey case unveiling, Schon revealed his own display case, featuring two of his signature Paul Reed Smith guitars, a hand-tailored suit, shoes, sunglasses and a custom Journey plaque presented to Schon commemorating nearly 50 million U.S. album sales. Steve Smith concluded the memorabilia tour by displaying his 1980 Sonor drum set, used on such albums as Escape and Frontiers.

 

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JOURNEY’s remaining shows take place at The Joint on May 10, May 12, May 13, May 17, May 19 and May 20. Tickets start at $59.50 (plus applicable service fees) and can be purchased at the Hard Rock Hotel box office.

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

After serving customers in Southern California for 25 years, the first SHARKY'S WOODFIRED MEXICAN GRILL to open its doors in Las Vegas debuted on the west side of the valley at 8975 W. Charleston Boulevard at Fort Apache, on May 8, during Fiesta de Mayo celebration. While this is Sharky's first Las Vegas location, more are in the planning stage with three more restaurants set to open in the area during the next few years.

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Sharkey's Woodfired Mexican Grill
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For health conscious individuals (and who shouldn't be?) what stands out as unique about this Mexican inspired, contemporay and welcoming, casual dining venue, is that all the dishes on the menu are all natural, non GMO, hormone-free, and made with organic, local ingredients that meet their high standard.  Their motto is “Feel Good About Eating” and Sharky's is truly committed to living up to their mission statement in every aspect.  First off, whether you are a meat eater, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, or calorie conscious, there are several options on the diverse menu that was purposefully created to taste great and appeal to a variety of dietary requirements. Featuring the best of both traditional and contemporary Mexican fare, made fresh-to-order using only the best ingredients, the menu includes a variety of tacos and burritos, nachos, enchiladas, power plates, and salads, as well as an array of housemade and original beverages, such as fresh and flavorful sangrias, seasonal lemonades, and infused organic teas. Also, eat in diners will enjoy their food served on real, not paper, plates, with steel utensils, not plastic utensils. In addition, the friendly staff, led by manager Jessica Jackson, are first rate, doing their best to accommodate and make sure that their customers experience both great food and service.  After dining at this new Mexican eatery, I am thrilled to report Sharky's has accomplished their mission...to make you feel good about eating.  With healthy menu options that are affordable as well as delicious, what's not to like!

In an effort to support the local community, during the grand opening, Sharky’s will match cash and credit card donations made to the non profit, charitable organization, No Kid Hungry® which uses proven, practical solutions to end childhood hunger today by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. Among the non-profit organizations in the Las Vegas area that are supported by No Kid Hungry is Three Square, Southern Nevada’s only food bank that provides food assistance to its residents.

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Sharkey's Woodfired Mexican Grill COO David Goldstein
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Read more about Sharky's Woodfired Mexican Grill and Jacqueline Monahan's dining experience in this week's edition of her column “Jacqueline Monahan About the Town".

Singer/actress PIA ZADORA celebrated her victory in Westgate Las Vegas’ March Madness “HOOPS CENTRAL CELEBRITY BRACKET CHALLENGE” by DONATING THE $5,000 GRAND PRIZE TO PROJECT F.O.C.U.S. AT UNLV. With the help of her son Jordan, an avid basketball fan, Zadora beat out more than a dozen other celebrities in the challenge. Project F.O.C.U.S. (Forming Occupational and Community Understanding for Success) is a two to four year post-secondary education program for young adults with intellectual/developmental disability including Autism. F.O.C.U.S. uses the principles of the Universal Design for Learning and Person Centered planning to provide a 100% inclusive program to help college students achieve current and future academic, independent living, and employment goals.

CAESARS ENTERTAINMENT LAS VEGAS RESORTS received TWO VIBE VISTA AWARDS at this year’s VIBE Conference, a division of Nightclub & Bar Media Group, which honored top bar and nightlife performance in multi-unit chain restaurants, hotels, cruise lines and casinos.  At the ceremony, Caesars Palace won for “Best Spirits Program,” and Caesars Entertainment won the “Best Overall Beverage Program.” More than 200 operators of the top 150 restaurants and chains in the United States compete each year for these prestigious awards.

As part of its continued partnership and pledge to contribute at least $125,000 in 2017, Affinity Gaming and Silver Sevens presented the first $5,000 check towards reaching that goal at the 14th annual Alzheimer's Association Education Conference, Thursday, April 27, at the Henderson Convention Center. Affinity Gaming Human Resources Director Mariah Dyer and Silver Sevens General Manager Dan Uonites presented the $5,000 check to Desert Southwest Chapter Executive Director Dan Lawler. The conference featured information, education and research updates from renowned experts Dr. Charles Bernick, associate medical director of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health; Dr. Marisa Menchola from the University of Arizona; Dr. Dylan Wint, director of education in neurodegenerative disorders and fellowship in cognitive disorders at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health; and John Michaelson from Michaelson and Associates.

UNLV JAZZ ENSEMBLE, under the direction of Dave Loeb, recently tied for first place at the prestigious Monterey Next Generation Jazz competition — akin to "winning the NCAA tournament of jazz." His program also has won 11 Downbeat Magazine awards since 2010, garnered outstanding reviews for its seven jazz CDs, and stood out at numerous other festivals around the country.

Henderson, Nevada resident MICHAEL COOK, is one of eleven contest winners of the Share the Experience photo contest. More than 16,500 photos were submitted with more than 710,000 photo views over the course of the contest, which ran from April 28, 2016, through December 31, 2016. Michael’s winning photo was taken at the Hoover Dam. Share the Experience photo contest, hosted by the National Park Foundation, the national non-profit partner to the National Park Service, is an annual contest that invites amateur photographers to submit their favorite views, moments, and adventures showcasing the more than 500 million acres of federal lands and drawing entries from across the United States.

On April 28, Celebrated multi-Michelin star chef and television personality Gordon Ramsay announced live to his fans on Facebook his plans for the first-of its-kind Gordon Ramsay HELL’S KITCHEN located at Caesars Palace Las Vegas, set to open this winter. To commemorate the announcement, Ramsay skillfully ignited the series’ 17-foot signature pitchfork – transported straight from the set of the hit FOX show – in the center of Caesars’ iconic fountains. This marks Ramsay’s fifth Las Vegas restaurant and extends his successful partnership with Caesars Entertainment.   Masterfully designed by Jeffrey Beers International to be an experiential and immersive destination restaurant, guests will feel transported to the studio set, as if they are participating in the globally popular television show, the 17th season of which will air during the 2017-2018 season on FOX.  With design features that are engaging to all senses and are a nod to both the red and blue teams featured on the show, the dynamic and bustling kitchen will be the centerpiece of this unique eatery to be enjoyed and appreciated from every seat in the house.

In celebration of May being NATIONAL MILITAIRY APPRECIATION MONTH, REMEDY'S’, ELIXIR, and DISTILL will be hosting their second USO OPERATION: CARE PACKAGE DRIVE throughout the month of May. Las Vegas locals can show their support for troops and their loved ones all month long by donating wish list items at any of the R.E.D. Tavern locations. All donations can be made in the form of goods or monetary contributions and can be dropped off at the following locations: Distill Summerlin – 10820 W. Charleston Blvd.Las Vegas ; Distill Southern Highlands – 4830 W. Pyle Ave. Las Vegas; Distill Centennial Hills – 6430 N. Durango Dr. Las Vegas; Elixir – 2920 N. Green Valley Pkwy. Green Valley;  Remedy’s St. Rose – 3265 St. Rose Pkwy. Henderson; Remedy’s Conestoga – 530 Conestoga Way Henderson.

R.E.D. Taverns will be collecting wish list items including back to school items, chapstick, gift cards, personal hygiene products, calling cards, and neck pillows. Guests may also contribute by signing and donating a $1, $3 or $5 USO Pinup card now available at all R.E.D. taverns. Donations and monetary contributions will be accepted until May 31.

After logging nearly 600 performances of his first-ever Las Vegas residency, Matt Franco - Magic Reinvited Nightly, Magician MAT FRANCO will be honored with his namesake theater at The LINQ Hotel & Casino in celebration of his career success. Going into effect for performances starting July 10, which go on sale through the end of the year beginning Monday, May 1, at 10 a.m., fans can continue to experience the young magician’s mystifying talent and breezy humor in the newly renamed space. Perfomances are Thursday through Tuesday at 7 p.m., with a 4 p.m. matinee performance on Saturday. Ticket prices start at $59.

Mexican born artist, GILDA GARZA, launched her new exhibition MEXICO ES GRANDE on May 5,  for a month at the David Kairy Gallery in the Shops at Crystals. Gilda is an extremely passionate painter whose work exudes the heart and soul that she puts into each piece. Constantly striving to find new ways that can test her technique and abilities to produce her masterpieces, she acquires her inspiration from occurrences in her life; bringing beauty combined with thought to life on her canvases.

Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay has teamed up with National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore to host the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTO ARK EXHIBITION in an effort to enlighten guests to the importance of protecting the world’s wildlife and their habitats. The photo exhibition runs through September 6.

The National Geographic Photo Ark is a multiyear effort led by Sartore to document every species in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries and inspire people to save these animals before it’s too late. Sartore has visited 40 countries in his quest to create a photo archive of global biodiversity that currently features the portraits of an estimated 12,000 species of birds, fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. Once completed, the Photo Ark will serve as an important record of each animal’s existence and a powerful testament to the importance of saving them.

The subjects in each of Sartore’s photos are treated with the same respect and admiration, no matter their size, to create a captivating image that visually connects with the viewer. “It’s the eye contact that moves people,” said Sartore. “It engages their feelings and a desire to help.”

The Photo Ark exhibition at Mandalay Bay can be found on public view along the wall adjacent to Shark Reef and inside the aquarium itself for guests visiting the attraction. Some of the animals featured in the photos include a Malayan Tiger, Okapi, Woodland Caribou, Tapir and Javan Rhinoceros Hornbill.

VEGAS INDOOR SKYDIVING is offering a M.I.L.F. (Mom I’d Like to Fly) MOTHER'S DAY SPECIAL,valid Friday, May 12 through Sunday, May 15. The special M.I.L.F. (or G.I.L.F.) in your life will fly for free with the purchase of one flight at retail price. Guests are limited to one free M.I.L.F. flight per group/family and not valid with any other offers or coupons. With flights starting at $75, this will be a Mother’s Day your M.I.L.F. will never forget. M.I.L.F. (Mom I’d Like to Fly) Mother’s Day Special packages can be purchased in-person at Vegas Indoor Skydiving using the promo code “MILF.” Vegas Indoor Skydiving is open daily from 9:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. Reservations are MANDATORY.

Majestic Repertory Theatre concludes its inaugural season with the Las Vegas premiere of CARRIE THE MUSICAL, based on the classic novel by Stephen King. Performances will be May 4 through 28; show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 5 p.m. on Sundays. Majestic Repertory Theatre performs at 1217 S. Main Street. General admission tickets are $27.

Pixies and pirates across the valley will soon gather fo a night of food, fun and philanthropy during the 26th ANNUAL CHEFS FOR KIDS GALA at South Point Hotel, Casino, and Spa on Saturday, May 13. The black-tie optional gala with a Neverland theme supports the nonprofit’s mission to alleviate malnutrition and hunger in children through education and awareness.The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception and silent auction followed by a gourmet dinner, raffle and live auction beginning at 7 p.m. During the event, Chefs for Kids will present individual and corporate awards to Michael Severino and The Binion Family Foundation. Severino will receive the Legacy Award for his steadfast support of Chefs for Kids throughout the years. The Binion Family Foundation will receive the Corporate Award for their longstanding commitment to supporting Chefs for Kids programs including Healthy Eating, Cookin’ Up Breakfast, Operation Thanksgiving, and more.Tickets: The Lost Boys, $195 per person; Tinker Bell, $1560 for a table of 8; and Peter Pan, $1,950 for a table of 10. VIP tickets: Lost Boys Hideout, $3,500; Pixie Hollow, $5,500; and Neverland, $10,000. To purchase tickets, visit chefsforkidsneverland.eventbrite.com, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with additional questions.

As part of its continued partnership, Affinity Gaming and the Alzheimer's Association will present the annual WINE TO REMEMBER EVENT on Saturday, May 13 from 6-9 p.m. at Whiskey Pete's Hotel & Casino in Primm. With a "Denim and Diamonds" theme, attendees are encouraged to don their best western attire for a rowdy good time with fine wines, hors d'oeuvres, silent auction packages and boot stompin' live music from the Carter Hall Project.

Tickets are $50 per person or $80 for a pair and can be purchased at alz.org/dsw/in_my_community_64098.asp. Shuttle service will be available from Silver Sevens Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas or make it a full evening out by adding a room at Whiskey Pete's for only $50 plus tax. All proceeds will benefit local programs, services, treatments and preventions for Alzheimer's and dementias.

American smooth jazz saxophonist and songwriter, KIRK WHALUM, will take the stage at The Foundry at SLS Las Vegas for an exclusive, one-night-only performance on Saturday, May 13. Tickets starting at $39.50, not including applicable service charges, are on sale now and front row VIP meet-and-greet options are also available for $89.50. For larger parties seeking to enhance their experience, VIP table packages are available for purchase.  Doors open at 7 p.m. for this 21+ event.

Argentine rock trio ENANITOS VERDES bring their energetic live show to House of Blues May 18. Doors open 7:30 p.m. Show starts 8:30 p.m. Tickets start at $45, plus applicable fees.

Songstress ANTONIA BENNETT, daughter of legendary singer Tony Bennett, makes her Smith Center debut in George Bugatti' Piano Bar at Cabaret Jazz on Friday, May 19 at 7:00 and 9:00 PM inside The Smith Center. Tickets are priced at $39 - $49.

Rock, blues and jazz artists EDGAR WINTER AND RICK DERRINGER bring their top hits to The Club at Cannery Casino Hotel on Saturday, May 20. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets start at $19.95 plus taxes and convenience fees.

Following two sold-out performances, enchanting chanteuse MELODY SWEETS returns to The Smith Center with her acclaimed show THE SWEETS' SPOT, this time with an all-new guest rotating roster of glamour-puss performers. This one night only extravaganza of tantalizing treats will dazzle audiences at Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center on Monday, May 22, 2017 at 9:30 pm.T ickets range from $25-$40 and can be purchased at the Smith Center Box Office.

BEN HARPER’s reunion with THE INNOCENT CRIMINALS continues with a night at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas at The Linq Promenade on Thursday, May 25 at 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. This show is for ages 18+. General admission tickets start at $45 (plus applicable service fees) and are on sale at the Brooklyn Bowl box office.

THE LAS VEGAS FASHION COUNCIL (LVFC) will host its annual ARTLIVE! event inside the Troesh Theater at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, located at 361 Symphony Park Ave., from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 25. The event will feature ten unique Maddison mannequins, each uniquely hand painted by local artists, which will be available for purchase in a silent auction. Attendees will also be able to participate in an auction for other “Art of” items in the categories of: food, fashion, beauty, entertainment, art, travel and adventure. Emceed by Clint Holmes, the evening’s program will include various artistic presentations, fashion shows, music, hors d’oeuvres and wine. The night will conclude with a ceremony honoring MGM Resorts International as the event’s “Art Visionary,” and Junior League of Las Vegas as the event’s “Fashion Visionary.”  Proceeds of the event will benefit the Las Vegas Fashion Council and the Las Vegas Arts Community. Sponsors of the event include Zappos; Delano Las Vegas; BESTAgency; Encore Event Technologies; Barefoot Wines; Wicked Creative; and more. Ticket prices are $100 for VIP with reserved seating, $75 for general admission and $35 for students. Students must show valid student identification for entry. For more information on becoming a sponsor or to purchase tickets, visit www.lasvegasfashioncouncil.com.

Local students are encouraged to audition for Broadway Bound’s next musical, “THE DROWSY CHAPERONE,” on Friday, May 26 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Summerlin Dance Academy, located at 1181 S. Buffalo Drive, Las Vegas, Nev. 89117. The production is looking to cast 21 actors and actresses, ages 10 to 18. To sign up for an audition time, visit Summerlin Dance Academy or call (702) 838-5131 to reserve a time.  Performances of “The Drowsy Chaperone” will be held August 15 to September 9, 2017 at the Summerlin Library, located at 1771 Inner Circle Drive, Las Vegas.

Tickets are on sale now for "CLOWNTOWN," an original musical filled with murder, romance, big laughs and bigger shoes, debuting May 27-28 at the Judy Bayley Theatre. Performances are Saturday, May 27 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 28 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person plus fees, and can be purchased at unlv.edu/pac/tickets with all proceeds benefitting the Nevada Conservatory Theatre, the professional theater training program of UNLV.

On Thursday, June 1, CIRQUE DU SOLEIL will unveil its 12th annual art exhibition, THE COLLECTIVE, an extraordinary collection of artworks created by the company’s performers, technicians and staff in Las Vegas. Serving as a creative outlet for employees, the exhibit will be on display for a limited time, June 1 – 30 at THE METROPLITAN GALLERY OF LAS VEGAS ART MUSEUM, available Wednesdays through Saturdays from 12 – 5 p.m. For the first time in the program’s 12-year history, each employee will be able to submit up to three works of art instead of one, allowing them to express themselves creatively through different mediums. All formats of artwork will be featured throughout the month, kicking off with a special reception for the Las Vegas community June 1 from 6 – 8 p.m. In addition to the original works created this year, The Collective will also display Cirque du Soleil-owned art pieces, props and costumes from various productions along The Strip to inspire participants in exciting new ways. Among the items featured will be a Jester-patterned aluminum chainmail shirt by Michael Rawlins of “O”, a 3/4 scale animatronics robot by Preston Altree of Michael Jackson ONE and memorabilia from the Cirque du Soleil shows on The Strip.  To access The Collective, guests will need to pay a $5 entrance fee at The Metropolitan Gallery of Las Vegas Art Museum.

Celebrity Sightings:

Sunday night, May 7...

Magician David Blaine had dinner with friends at LAVO Italian Restaurant in The Palazzo. He captivated the room while performing card tricks in the middle of the restaurant for the LAVO team and guests.

Saturday, May 6...

After effortlessly defeating opponent Julio Caesar Chavez Jr. in the ring, boxing champion Canelo Alvarez headed to JEWEL Nightclub inside ARIA Resort & Casino to celebrate with girlfriend Fernanda Gomez. Former boxing great,  Oscar De La Hoya, who now works as Alvarez’s promoter,was also spotted celebrating his client’s exciting victory at the Official After-Fight Party.

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JEWEL Canelo Alvarez
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JEWEL Oscar de la Hoya
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TV personality an actor, Mario Lopez and his wife Courtney enjoyed dinner with a group of friends at Beauty & Essex in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas,
Over at TAO Nightclub in The Venetian, “Jersey Shore” star Ronnie Magro was spotted at a VIP table with a friend. The two took in the party as Eric D-Lux manned the decks.

Friday, May 5...

Reality star Blac Chyna was spotted at Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant inside MGM Grand.  The new mom joined Young Jeezy for a cocktail at the esteemed restaurant before continuing her night out in Vegas.

Dave Chappelle and 35 crew members and friends that included Eddie Griffin dined at Beauty & Essex in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Thursday, May 4...

NFL stars Rodger Saffold, Von Miller and Emmanuel Sanders partied the night away together at TAO Nightclub in The Venetian, The group took in Worship Thursday as TAO Group resident DJ Mustard manned the decks.

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Rodger Saffold

Saturday night, April 29...

French Montana treated party-goers to an over-the-top performance of his top hits  at Marquee Nightclub in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, The rapper fueled up for his set with dinner at Beauty & Essex before taking the stage at Marquee.

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French Montana
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Thursday, April 27..

Actor and dancer Channing Tatum Facetimed more than 430 attendees during the Las Vegas Hospitality Association’s (LVHA) annual staff appreciation luncheon, dedicated to honoring the administrative staff who continue to support and play an imperative role in the success of businesses throughout Las Vegas. Tatum, co-director of MAGIC MIKE LIVE LAS VEGAS, called into the luncheon being held at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, giving a special shout out to attendees right before introducing a sneak peak of Las Vegas’ newest show.


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