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Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine Opens First Las Vegas Restaurant, Robert Irvine's Public House Inside the Tropicana Las Vegas

Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine officially opened his highly anticipated restaurant Robert Irvine’s Public House inside Tropicana La Vegas on Thursday, July 27. The renowned chef and TV personality celebrated opening day in true Robert Irvine fashion by descending upon Las Vegas Boulevard with a three-vehicle military-inspired convoy. Chef Irvine topped himself by making his grand entrance by arriving via helicopter, where he landed on the Northeast entrance of the iconic property, just off the famed Las Vegas Strip.

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Military convoy - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Accompanying Chef Irvine was Medal of Honor recipient, Hershel W. Williams, as well as his wife, Gail Kim and VP and General Manager at Tropicana Las Vegas, Aaron Rosenthal. Upon arrival, Chef Irvine was welcomed by 30 active-duty military, Tropicana team members and property executives, and together they commenced the celebration with an official ribbon-cutting affair, complete with a brick wall-inspired ice sculpture, which Chef Irvine knocked down with a sledge hammer – for a one-of-a-kind opening celebration. The military guests were then treated to a first taste of the all-new restaurant hosted by Chef Irvine himself in honor of its opening day.

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Robert Irvine and Medal of Honor recipient, Hershel W. Williams - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

 

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Robert Irvine and family - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

 

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Robert Irvine breaks the ice at Public House - Photo credit: Erik Kabik Photography/erikkabik.com


 
"After much anticipation, we are thrilled to finally welcome Robert Irvine’s Public House to Tropicana Las Vegas,” said Rosenthal, VP and General Manager for Tropicana Las Vegas. “Chef Irvine will truly redefine the dining experience on property, and we are excited to embark on a new culinary journey here at Tropicana Las Vegas – allowing our guests to enjoy the property as a premier destination on The Strip." 
 
Boasting nearly 9,000 square feet, the restaurant features a 275-seat dining room complete with a wraparound bar, open kitchen design, private dining room and views of The Strip. The new restaurant offers a range of comfort food options inspired by Chef Irvine's culinary travels from around the world - all in a pub-like atmosphere.

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Robert Irvine's Public House dining room - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Robert Irvine's Public House kitchen - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn
 
“Opening a restaurant in Las Vegas has been a longtime dream of mine and being inside the iconic Tropicana Las Vegas makes Public House that much more extraordinary,” said Chef Irvine. “With this restaurant, I am excited to share my travels through food and beverage, and presenting guests with good food and a great experience, all at a reasonable price. Public House is all about offering something for everyone.”

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Robert Irvine's Public House crew - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn
 
To complement the overall dining experience, guests can imbibe with an emporium of beer, wine, and craft cocktails options. The restaurant features over 32 beers on tap, 30 by the bottle, plus a variety of wines by the glass or bottle, and over a dozen signature cocktails – allowing for the perfect night out for any occasion. Signature cocktails include Patron Tequilacocktails featuring Patron Reposada and Anejo barrels hand-selected by Robert Irvine at Patron Hacienda such as El Karma and The Patroni; as well as healthy-inspired cocktails made with Boardroom Spirits such as the Cranberry Caipiroska and Beet Down, and much more.
 
Fourteen months ago, Chef Irvine made headlines after he rappelled 22 stories (220 feet) down the exterior of the Tropicana Las Vegas to announce his first-ever restaurant concept in Sin City. 
 
Robert Irvine’s Public House, located on the casino floor of Tropicana Las Vegas, is open for daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Circus 1903 Celebrates Momentous Opening Night at Paris Las Vegas

Tuesday night July 25, the dynamic cast and crew of Las Vegas’ newest stage production, Circus 1903 celebrated their opening night performance at Paris Theater at Paris Las Vegas. The new resident production features some of the world’s most talented performers and breathtaking puppeteering that transports theatergoers back to the golden age of circus with thrilling acts and all of the nostalgia that made the era unforgettable.

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Queenie the Elephant Puppet in CIRCUS 1903 at Paris Las Vegas - Photo credit: Ethan Miller

 

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The Elastic Dislocationist Senayet Assefa Amara Performs in CIRCUS 1903 at Paris Las Vegas - Photo credit: Ethan Miller

 

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The Cycling Cyclone Florian Blummel Performs in CIRCUS 1903 at Paris Las Vegas - Photo credit: Ethan Miller

 

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Teeterboard Act The Flying Finns Perform in CIRCUS 1903 at Paris Las Vegas - Photo credit: Ethan Miller

 

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Strong Man Performs in CIRCUS 1903 at Paris Las Vegas - Photo credit: Ethan Miller

 

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Russian Cradle Act Les Incredibles Perform in CIRCUS 1903 at Paris Las Vegas - Photo credit: Ethan Miller

 

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Rola Bola Act The Sensational Sozonov Performs in CIRCUS 1903 at Paris Las Vegas - Photo credit: Ethan Miller

 

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CIRCUS 1903 Director Neil Dorward with Peanut the Elephant at Opening Night of CIRCUS 1903 at Paris Las Vegas 7.25.17 - Photo credit: Ethan Miller

 

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Cast of CIRCUS 1903 at Opening Night at Paris Las Vegas 7.25.17 - Photo credit: Ethan Miller

Recreating the traditional circus as it was at the turn of the 20th century, the big top production presented awe-inspiring and death-defying acts such as aerial acrobatics, high-wire walking, body contortion and many others, mixed with heart-warming moments featuring the world’s largest performing elephants, Queenie and Peanut, who are brought to life through groundbreaking design and puppeteering. Ringmaster Willy Whipsnade kept the laughter rolling throughout the one-act production, and the high-spirited audience delivered nearly non-stop applause in return to the extraordinary cast before giving them a full standing ovation at their final curtain call.

In attendance of the premiere performance was the production’s director, Neil Dorward and creative producer Simon Painter, as well as several celebrities and local performers, including The Gazillionaire and Melody Sweets from ABSINTHE Las Vegas, cast members from MAGIC MIKE LIVE LAS VEGAS, magician Mac King, cast members from Chippendales, DIVAS star Frank Marino, comedy hypnotist Anthony Cools, mentalist Frederic Da Silva, and magician Murray SawChuck.

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ABSINTHEs The Gazillionaire and Green Fairy Melody Sweets Attend Opening Night of CIRCUS 1903 at Paris Las Vegas 7.25.17 - Photo credit: Ethan Miller

 

CHIPPENDALES Stars Ryan Kelsey and Dimitri Blizzeard Attend Opening Night of CIRCUS 1903 at Paris Las Vegas 7.25.17 Ethan Miller
CHIPPENDALES Stars Ryan Kelsey and Dimitri Blizzeard Attend Opening Night of CIRCUS 1903 at Paris Las Vegas 7.25.17 - Photo credit: Ethan Miller

 

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Comedy Hypnotist Anthony Cools Attends Opening Night of CIRCUS 1903 at Paris Las Vegas 7.25.17 - Photo credit: Ethan Miller

 

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DIVAS Star Frank Marino Attends Opening Night of CIRCUS 1903 at Paris Las Vegas 7.25.17 Ethan Miller

 

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Magician Mac King Attends Opening Night of CIRCUS 1903 at Paris Las Vegas 7.25.17 - Photo credit: Ethan Miller

 

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Magician Murray SawChuck Attends Opening Night of CIRCUS 1903 at Paris Las Vegas 7.25.17 - Photo credit: Ethan Miller

 

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MAGIC MIKE LIVE Stars Luke Broadlick and David Terry Attend Opening Night of CIRCUS 1903 at Paris Las Vegas 7.25.17 - Photo credit: Ethan Miller

 

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Mentalist Frederic De Silva Attends Opening Night of CIRCUS 1903 at Paris Las Vegas 7.25.17 - Photo credit: Ethan Miller

 

Following the show, the cast and creative team joined invited guests for an exclusive post-show celebration at Napolean’s Dueling Piano Lounge inside the center-Strip property where guests enjoyed a hosted bar and a selection of sweet treats inspired by the show. Treats included caramel corn balls, miniature cotton candy cones, a liquid nitrogen popcorn station and more.

Circus 1903 performs at Paris Las Vegas July 25 - December 31, 2017. Showtimes are Tuesday 7PM; Wednesday 7PM; Thursday 7PM; Friday 7PM; Saturday 3PM & 7PM; Sunday 3PM & 7PM.

You can read more about Circus 1903 in this week's edition of Dianne Davis' column “Views of Vegas”.

The Golden Tiki Celebrates 2 Year “Terrible Twos” Anniversary

The Golden Tiki, located in Chinatown, Las Vegas, celebrated its second anniversary on July 23 with the debut of Monti Rock III and Claire Sinclair’s shrunken heads. Guests were treated to tiki punch, magic tricks from a strolling entertainer, a scavenger hunt featuring several of the bar’s unique artifacts, a mermaid braid bar from Kelly Cardenas Salon and a DJ set by Tony Felicetta of The Sharps.

“We’re thrilled to be celebrating our Terrible Twos with Monti Rock III and Claire Sinclair,” said Branden Powers, The Golden Tiki’s managing partner.  “Most importantly, we couldn’t have done this without the support of the Las Vegas community and our wonderful staff.  We look forward to many more years of serving our loyal guests and celebrating the tiki tradition.”

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Claire Sinclair (far right) celebrates at The Golden Tiki with friends - Photo courtesy of the Golden Tiki

Powers and Felicetta presented Rock and Sinclair with their shrunken heads during the celebration.  Created exclusively for The Golden Tiki's cabinet of curiosities, the heads were sculpted over the course of four weeks referencing photos of both celebrities to ensure physical accuracies.

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Golden Tiki General Manager Joey DAmore serves tiki punch to guests - Photo courtesy of the Golden Tiki

 

“I’m honored to call Branden a friend and be a part of this tradition,” said Rock.  “I landed in Vegas as a columnist and have come a long way. I really want to thank all of you. I’m grateful to be here, and I love my head.”

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Tony Felicetta, Branden Powers, and Monti Rock III with Rock's shrunken head - Photo courtesy of the Golden Tiki

“Thank you Golden Tiki for the honor of being the first female shrunken head and letting me celebrate with you tonight,” Sinclair added. “This is amazing. Look at the profile. They got me down to the eyelashes and everything. It’s perfect.”

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Tony Felicetta Branden Powers and Claire Sinclair with Sinclairs shrunken head - Photo courtesy of the Golden Tiki

Grand Illusionist David Goldrake Premieres “Imaginarium” at the Tropicana Las Vegas

Luxembourg’s award-winning illusionist David Goldrake's held the Grand Opening of his new production 'IMAGINARIUM' at the Tropicana Las Vegas Theater on Thursday evening, July 20.

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David Goldrake - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Among the invited guests in attendance were several celebrities and notable dignitaries including Luxembourg’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy, Etienne Schneider, representatives from the offices of Congresswoman Dina Titus and Senator Dean Heller, comic-magician Adam London (Laughternoon), the ladies of FANTASY, magician Murray Sawchuck, magic and music duo Jarrett & Raja, illusionist Dan Sperry, hypnotist Anthony Cools, Cheyenne Ruether star of Discovery’ s TV series “Vegas Rat Rods,” actress and singer Pia Zadora, BMX star Ricardo Laguna, master impressionist Rich Little, comedy hypnotist Marc Savard, and many more.

Featuring gorgeous set design and visuals, Goldrake's production combines illusions and escapology intertwined with music and choreography and the modern edge of 3D projection mapping technology. As usual, magicians are often supported on stage by one or more assistants. In this show there are four, two female and two male, who do much more than assist in an illusion. Each gets a chance to showcase their own amazing talents in a segment called “side show”.  They add a surprising, positive element to the production.

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Sideshow Performers/Assistants - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

In developing the show, Goldrake enlisted a team made up of the best creative talent in the field of magic and entertainment who have worked with some of the the world's top performers and stage productions. The creative team includes: Director/Choreographer Doriana Sanchez (Cher's director and choreographer for more than 20 years); Costume Designer Topaz, (who has worked with Katy Perry, Madonna, Oprah, and Michael Jackson); Set Designers EDC (Barbara Streisand); Visual Content by Drop the Spoon (Céline Dion, Le Rêve, Lido in Paris, Franco Dragone); Lighting Designer Jeff Johnson ( Siegfried & Roy); Illusion Creator/Designer and Writer Jim Steinmeyer (David Copperfield, Siegfried & Roy, Lance Burton, Disney, and several Broadway productions).

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David Goldrake - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

 

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David Goldrake - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

 

"We are absolutely thrilled to welcome David Goldrake to the Tropicana family! Having inspired audiences all over the world, Goldrake is the perfect addition to our all-new entertainment line-up," said Aaron Rosenthal, VP and General Manager for Tropicana Las Vegas. "Goldrake has performed his grand illusion spectacles to standing ovations in over 20 countries and with his artistic versatility, this show will truly wow the audience night after night – offering a new dimension to entertainment on the Las Vegas Strip."

Tickets for David Goldrake's 'Imaginarium' start at $49.98 (excludes tax and fees). Performances are six days a week, Tuesday through Sunday at 7 p.m.

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

On August 3, representatives from DUNKIN DONUTS LAS VEGAS and the beloved Sprinkles mascot presented families and team members of NEVADA CHILDHOOD CANCER FOUNDATION with a $7,554 CHECK IN SUPPORT OF THE FOUNDATION'S CAMP CARTWHEEL. NVCCF parents and their children enjoyed donuts and selfies with Sprinkles while helping accept the donation that was used to send many of the kids to the annual Camp Cartwheel. The camp is a three-night experience designed to give critically ill children time to enjoy being a kid while participating in activities they may not otherwise be able to do.

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On the afternoon of July 25, hot dog aficionados gathered at AMERICAN CONEY ISLAND in D Las Vegas to commemorate the LANDMARK SALE OF ITS ONE MILLIONTH CONEY DOG. Additionally, the City of Las Vegas declared July 25 “American Coney Island Las Vegas Day,” as the Detroit-originated company is currently celebrating 100 years in business.

ACI co-owner Chris Sotiropoulos was joined by the D’s CEO Derek Stevens and ACI’s mascot Coney D for the special occasion, where locals and visitors alike lined up for the chance to purchase the coveted millionth dog. The lucky “wiener” was Las Vegas resident Peter Monroy, who received a year of free Coney Dogs.

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Chris Sotiropoulos Congratulates the Lucky Winner - Photo courtesy of The D Las Vegas

 

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Derek Stevens and ACI Co Owner Chris Sotiropoulos Celebrate American Coney Island Las Vegas Day - Photo courtesy of The D Las Vegas

“We’ve always loved Downtown Las Vegas and we are excited and lucky to have such a strong fan base outside of Detroit,” said Sotiropoulos. “What better way to celebrate in Las Vegas than winning big?”

Sotiropoulos presented Monroy with a giant check for a years-worth of deliciousness, which was followed by Stevens reading Mayor Carolyn Goodman’s proclamation recognizing July 25 as “American Coney Island Las Vegas Day.” Additionally, Sotiropoulos surprised the purchaser of the 1,000,0001 Coney Dog with a $100 D Las Vegas Chip. Visitors were encouraged to check out American Coney Island’s 100-year anniversary t-shirts, designed by Grammy-winning artist and Detroit native, Kid Rock. 

MARRIAGE CAN BE MURDER, a long-running dinner show at the D Las Vegas, participated in Three Square's Restaurant Week from June 19 to June 30, 2017. During Restaurant Week, a PORTION OF THE SHOW'S TICKET SALES WERE DONATED TO THREE SQUARE. At the conclusion of Restaurant Week, the show's entire cast spent a day volunteering at the food bank and presented the check with their donation money.

Following the City Council meeting on Wednesday, July 19, seven council members voted unanimously to approve the 15-year lease agreement between Cashman Field and Las Vegas Pro Soccer LLC, which will bring a UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE (USL) EXPANSION TEAM TO LAS VEGAS with play to begin in the 2018 season.Las Vegas’ USL Division II team will become the 33rd Club to join the league. Throughout the 2018 season, the team will compete in 16 regular season games at Cashman Field. In addition, Las Vegas Pro Soccer LLC will utilize the field for additional events including, but not limited to, exhibition matches featuring international soccer clubs and more. Las Vegas Pro Soccer LLC has invited the local community to submit name ideas for the team on their website. Entries will be available for submission until Monday, July 31 at 11:59 p.m. PT.

Multi-platinum superstar, MARIAH CAREY, performed the 50th and final show of her highly-successful two year Las Vegas residency “MARIAH: #1 TO INFINITY”, at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Thursday night, July 18. During the show she surprised the audience with a Christmas in July announcement that she will return to The Colosseum this December with her acclaimed Christmas concert series “All I Want For Christmas Is You”. Tickets for five special Las Vegas performances of “All I Want for Christmas Is You” scheduled Dec. 14, 16, 17, 20 and 22 are now on sale to the public and may be purchased in person at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Box Office. Ticket prices are $250/$175/$140/$95/$55 (prices include 9% Live Entertainment Tax).

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas is remembering American singer and songwriter CHESTER BENNINGTON, best known as the frontman for the rock band Linkin Park, with a special memorabilia case on property. He was also the lead singer for Dead by Sunrise and fronted Stone Temple Pilots from 2013 to 2015. Bennington’s last performance at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino was in January of 2014. Linkin Park also rocked The Joint two nights, back-to-back in March 2008 and in August 2011. The case includes a Ve’cel by Chester Bennington shirt which belonged to the singer and was gifted to Hard Rock Hotel from Bennington and the band. The shirt was noted as “stage worn.”

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Chester Bennington memorabilia case - Photo courtesy of The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Saturday night, July 29, THE WHO marked the beginning of their exclusive Las Vegas residency, at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace with a rocked out performance in front of a sold-out theater that garnered them multiple standing ovations. THE WHO joined the home of the greatest entertainers in the world as the first rock band to take residency at The Colosseum since the venue opened in 2003. Fans were taken on an “Amazing Journey” through their entire career from the days of The High Numbers to classic albums such as Who’s Next, Tommy, Quadrophenia, My Generation and Live at Leeds up to the present day. The remaining 2017 shows at The Colosseum with limited tickets still available are: Aug. 7, 9, 11. Tickets for performances scheduled through Aug. 11, 2017 are on sale now.

Monday night, July 31, the “Entertainment Capital of the World” welcomed alternative rock band THE KILLERS back to their hometown during a special pop-up performance at Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip. Broadcasted on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” the Las Vegas natives gave the packed crowd a sneak preview of their highly-anticipated new album,Wonderful Wonderful, including a performance of their newest single “The Man.” The energetic audience also enjoyed classic Killers’ hits including “Somebody Told Me,” “Humans” and “Mr. Brightside.”

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The Killers - Photo credit: Rob Loud

On August 1, Caesars Entertainment Corporation announced the completion of a $6.5 MILLION RENOVATION OF FLAMINGO LAS VEGAS' MEETING SPACE, which began in April 2017. Executives commemorated the re-opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony.The Flamingo meeting space is the newest renovation of its kind on the east side of the Las Vegas Strip. The new space offers a fresh, bright and modern look, along with an abundance of natural light from its windows. Each meeting room is named after a different Nevada city and features historic photos from the 1950s, creating a nostalgic feeling in the space. The redesign includes updated walls, carpet, lighting fixtures and more. With Caesars Entertainment’s Code GREEN initiatives in mind, all lighting has been converted to LED technology, which is expected to result in a 70 percent energy savings each year.

BRAVO! Cucina Italiana (located near the newly-renovated “Plaza” area at the Galleria at Sunset) is helping HARRIET TREEM AND JIM THORPE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS in Henderson, prepare for the upcoming school year with a special BACK-TO- SCHOOL SUPPLIES DRIVE, Aug. 1 – 31. Diners that bring in an item from the suggested school supplies list will receive a $10 BRAVO! gift card to use during their next visit.

According to a study on 2017's Best Big Cities to Live In by the personal-finance website WalletHub, LAS VEGAS IS RANKED 8TH BEST BIG CITY TO LIVE IN. WalletHub’s analysts evaluated the 62 largest U.S. cities in terms of 50 key metrics. The data set ranges from quality of public school system to job opportunities to median annual property taxes.

USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice recently named CAESARS PALACE AND THE CROMWELL as the top two Las Vegas resorts in the “BEST U.S. CASINO” category. Caesars Palace ranked No. 2 and The Cromwell ranked No. 8 in the category.

Grammy award winning singer/songwriter/musician RICHARD MARX, who had a stream of hits in the 80's and 90's including Endless Summer Nights, Right There Waiting, Should've Known Better, and Now and Forever, will perform those and other chart toppers during his upcoming limited engagement inside the Donny & Marie Showroom at the Flamingo Las Vegas, August 15-September 2. The acoustic show, titled "SATISFIED: ONLY THE HITS”, will also feature a four women string quartet that accompany the music artist on several of his songs. Performances are 7:30 pm.

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Richard Marx and string quartet.  Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

 

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Richard Marx - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Playing a baby grand piano, MICHAEL SPADONI blends his classical music training with his “hippie-hopera” style to create a unique and entertaining show, featuring original songs and creative covers from Bach to Britney, inside the lounge at Oscar’s steakhouse at the Plaza Hotel & Casino every Friday and Saturday night from 7 to 10 p.m.

SUMMER OF DRUMMING exhibition is currently on display through October 1 at the GALLERY OF MUSIC & ART, located within the Forum Shops at Caesars, Terrace Level 3. This unique exhibition features the work of rock icons Steve Smith, Steven Adler, Carl Palmer, Bill Ward, Chad Smith, Dave Lombardo and Chad Sexton. The Artists will be making special in-gallery appearances during the summer months. All appearances are complimentary and open to the public. All Artwork is presently on exhibition and available for acquisition July 1st through October 1st, 2017 during Gallery Hours 10 am to 11 pm daily. This is a do not miss exhibition.

Guests can enjoy INCREDIBLE ENTERTAINMENT ACROSS STATION CASINOS IN AUGUST. Highlights include: Rotating DJs at Red Rock Resort on Sundays; “Sinday” Industry Night Bingo at Palace Station  Sunday, August 27; ALICE: A Steampunk Concert Fantasy at Red Rock Resort on Monday, August 14; Silent Savasana Yoga at Green Valley Ranch Resort on Thursday, August 10; Xtreme Bingo at Santa Fe Station on Friday, August 25 and Salsa Dancing at Palace Station on Saturday, August 26.

Majestic Repertory Theatre celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the Summer of Love with an immersive staging of HAIR: THE AMERICAN LOVE-ROCK MUSICAL. Performances of HAIR: THE AMERICAN TRIBAL LOVE-ROCK MUSICAL will be August 3 through 27; 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 and are on sale now.

MTV “Teen Mom” reality star, entrepreneur and public figure, FARRAH ABRAHAM, will celebrate the launch of award-winning gentlemen’s club Crazy Horse III's VIP back door key party on Friday, August 4. In celebration of her adult film, “Backdoor Teen Mom,” the brunette bombshell will host the opening party for the Crazy Horse III VIP back door membership alongside the city’s hottest entertainers. The Crazy Horse III Back Door Membership includes premium transportation; discrete and expedited entry through a back door entrance for the keyholder and their guests; VIP seating options; and a complimentary bottle of Moet Champagne with each visit. With a retail value of $10,000, the lifetime membership is available at a discounted rate of $5,000 when purchased online, for a limited time.

102.7 THE COYOTE'S COUNTRY FEST 2017 is bringing some of country music’s top artists to the Orleans Arena on Saturday, Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. The event will be hosted by 102.7 The Coyote’s Kris and Mad Dog from “Mornings with Kris and Mad Dog,” and is starring the dynamic country music duo Dan + Shay who will perform their top hits. The Country Fest 2017 lineup also features performances by special guests Jordan Davis, Trent Tomlinson, Brooke Eden, Devin Dawson, Brandon Lay and more. Tickets are available from $15 plus tax and fees, and can be purchased in-person at gift shops inside The Orleans, Suncoast, Gold Coast and Sam’s Town. Tickets may also be purchased the day of the show (depending upon availability) at the venue box office.

Platinum-recording artist TRAVIS SCOTT will perform a special live performance at Hakkasan Las Vegas Nightclub at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Saturday, Aug. 5. Shortly after he takes the Las Vegas stage on The DAMN. Tour at T-Mobile Arena, the Houston native will make his way to the nightlife mecca and put on an encore show for his fans. Tickets are on sale now. Guests must be 21 years of age or older. Cover charges and table reservations will vary.

MICHAEL MCDONALD will perform on Saturday, Aug. 5 at Star of the Desert Arena in Primm. An original member of The Doobie Brothers, McDonald will play all his hits including "No Lookin' Back," "Sweet Freedom," "If That's What it Takes" and "Love Can Break Your Heart." Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $30.

Legendary hip hop artist, GINUWINE, best known for his worldwide hit “Pony,” makes his Rehab Beach Club debut on Sunday, Aug. 6 at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. Tickets to Rehab start at $20 for females and $40 for males. The dayclub is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Guests must be 21 years of age or older with a valid form of identification to attend.

DANCING WITH THE STARS: LIVE! - HOT SUMMER NIGHTS” will bring many of the hit show’s pro dancers and more, to Orleans Arena on Sunday, Aug. 6. This all-new production showcases every type of ballroom and modern dance seen on ABC’s hit show, “Dancing with the Stars,” including sizzling group numbers, steamy duets and over-the-top original pieces choreographed and creative directed by four-time Emmy nominee Mandy Moore.

Captivating audiences across the country, “Dancing with the Stars: Live! - Hot Summer Nights” features the hottest cast in dance, including Lindsay Arnold, Sharna Burgess, Artem Chigvintsev, Sasha Farber, Keo Motsepe, Gleb Savchenko, Emma Slater, Alan Bersten, Hayley Erbert and Britt Stewart, with more surprise casting to be announced. Audiences will have the opportunity to experience the professional dancing, exquisite costumes and excitement they see in the ballroom every Monday night. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $49 plus taxes and convenience fees.

To help ease the process of school supply shopping, Las Vegas-based IT company NetEffect has partnered with Southern Nevada Children First to get students stocked up on everything they need to begin the new year. The organization is looking for school supplies for elementary school students age five and up to college students. NETEFFECT is ACCEPTING SCHOOL SUPPLIES from the public now through Wednesday, Aug. 9 at 5575 S. Durango Dr. #110, Las Vegas, NV, 89113. Hours of operation are Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The company’s team members will drop off the donations to Southern Nevada Children First the following day.

The public is invited to a four-day celebration marking the official grand opening of MAGICAL MEMORIES FEATURING DISNEY FINE ART AT THE FORUM SHOPS AT CAESARS PALACE, August 10 -13.

More than a traditional gallery, Magical Memories is an interactive experience of images and sounds. For its multi-day grand opening, the flagship visual art venue presents a public celebration featuring a salute to the 25th anniversary of the original animated film Beauty and the Beast.

Fans of all ages are invited to meet original voice cast members including Paige O’Hara (voice of Belle), Robby Benson (voice of the Beast), Richard White (voice of Gaston), director Gary Trousdale, background artist James Coleman, and Mark Henn, animator of Belle, who will be appearing throughout the weekend at multiple events.

The celebration begins Thursday, Aug. 10 with a free animation class from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m., followed by a Grand Opening party with the cast and crew from Beauty and the Beast from 6 – 8 p.m., benefiting Make A Wish and including a wish reveal. On Friday, August 10, learn to draw with Disney Fine Artists from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. In the evening, from 6 – 8 p.m., another opening party with the Beauty and the Beast cast and crew benefiting Candlelighters will be held.

Additional grand opening events include; artist meet and greets, opportunities to see artists Dave Bossert, James Coleman, Tennessee Loveless, James C. Mulligan, Tim Rogerson, John Ramirez, Michelle St. Laurent and Paige O’Hara at work creating art in the gallery, a Q & A with the creative team of Beauty and the Beast, book and art signings, raffles to win a piece of Disney Fine Art, ribbon and cake cutting ceremony and plenty of photo opportunities. For more information and complete schedule of opening events, visit www.magicalmemoriesforumshops.com

Eccentric glam metal quartet STEEL PANTHER will electrify the stage for a late summer, four-date run: Friday, August 11, 18, 25 & September 1, at House of Blues Las Vegas. Doors: 9 p.m. Show: 9:30 p.m. 18+ Tickets for Steel Panther start at $22, plus applicable fees.

The “KUMUKAHI UKULELE AND HULA FESTIVAL" will bring the spirit and culture of Hawai’i to Sam’s Town Live! on Aug. 11-12. The two day festival kicks off on Friday, Aug. 11 at 2:00 p.m. with several fun-filled activities, including performances by Ukulele, Kupuna Group, as well as Keiki Kane, Kupuna, Makuahine, and Wahine soloists.  On Saturday, Aug. 12, festival goers can enjoy more events with Kane, Kaikamahine, Wahine Group, Kane Group, Kahiko,  ‘Auana, Makuahine, and Group ‘Auana. The festival will end with a concert by Kanikapila, featuring Harman-Suganuma ‘Ohana and Mark Yamanaka. Hula competitions will be held throughout the festival, leading up to the awards ceremony on Saturday evening.

Motley Brews, the creators of Great Vegas Beer Festival, are teaming up with some of Las Vegas’ top restaurants to take tacos to new heights with “HOPPED TACO THROWDOWN,” a heated competition and craft beer tasting. Chefs will vie for their innovative creations to be crowned the top tacos at the inaugural competition, held at the Backyard at Zappos in Downtown Las Vegas from 8 – 11 p.m. on Saturday, August 12. “Hopped Taco Throwdown is going to be a no-holds-barred battle among local chefs to make non-traditional tacos. The only rule is, ‘there are no rules,’” says Brian Chapin of Motley Brews. “It’s like ‘Iron Chef’ meets summer beer festival. ”Tickets to Hopped Taco Throwdown start at $50 plus fees for general admission, which includes access to the event from 8 to 11 p.m. along with a tasting glass, unlimited beer and taco samples. VIP tickets are also available for $70 plus a service fee, and include early entry at 7 p.m., an upgraded tasting glass, and unlimited beer and taco samples.

As part of their hugely successful Home of the Strange Tour, Fueled By Ramen recording group YOUNG THE GIANT will perform at the Pearl Concert Theater inside Palms Casino Resort on Friday, August 18, 2017 at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $25 plus tax and applicable fees.

Caesars Entertainment Corporation, the world’s most diversified gaming and entertainment company, recently announced the opening of NEVADA'S FIRST FULL SERVICE PRODUCTION STUDIO, CAESARS ENTERTAINMENT STUDIOS produced by Sidekick Productions. Located in Las Vegas, the production studio offers the newest, most advanced production facility capable of housing full-scale television, movie and eSports production - all just a short distance from Hollywood.I n a move intended to bring new production revenue into Nevada, the state legislature recently passed a bill funding $10 million a year in film tax credits - an act that will help incentivize productions to utilize Caesars Entertainment Studios.

 The iconic GOLDEN GATE CASINO, one of Las Vegas’ original hotels, will continue its storied 111-year legacy with A MAJOR EXPANSION, which will be unveiled in late August. Merging modern design and gaming with the property’s illustrious history, the renovation will nearly double the casino in size with an expanded all-slot floor, an added dramatic entry way on Fremont Street Experience and an extended high-energy outdoor bar, OneBar at One Fremont Street.

Las Vegas’ favorite charity, Opportunity Village, has opened up its early bird registration for the 13th annual LAS VEGAS GREAT SANTA RUN. This event has become the largest gathering of Santa-clad runners in the world and will head back to Downtown Las Vegas on Saturday, December 2.

The EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT this year’s fun run presents a limited-time offer for any Saint Nicks who register for the 5K or 1-mile Kris Kringle Jingle Walk now through September 4. The discounted price is $25, and free for children three and under. Paid registration includes a five-piece Santa suit, a commemorative medal and a goodie bag with items from a variety of event sponsors. Participants are also encouraged to bring their furry friends, who can join in on the fun for $10 and will receive a doggie bag full of canine treats. Registration is available on the Great Santa Run website.

The Great Santa Run raises funds and awareness for Opportunity Village’s ongoing programs and services. This allows unparalleled opportunities to enhance and support more than 2,000 Southern Nevada residents with intellectual disabilities and the families who love them. 

The holiday event will return this year to compete against rival Liverpool and others for the international title as the No. 1 Santa run through the “World Santa Alliance.”

After an ultra-successful engagement during Spring 2017, Season 11 America’s Got Talent finalist, mime sensation, TAPE FACE, returns for a sophomore residency at Flamingo Las Vegas. Tape Face will take the stage for a limited-engagement at Bugsy’s Cabaret, September 29-30, October 5-8, 19-22, 25 and November 1-5, 8-12, 15-19, 2017. Ticket prices begin at $62.95, plus applicable tax and fees and are available at any Las Vegas Caesars Entertainment Box Office. VIP seats including a meet and greet with Tape Face are also available. The silence and mischievous antics begin with doors at 7:30 p.m., and an 8:00 p.m. show start.

Celebrity sightings:

Wednesday, August 2...

Reality stars and Paris Las Vegas headliners Kendra Wilkinson and Jai Rodriguez were spotted attending the newest production to hit the Las Vegas Strip, CIRCUS 1903 at Paris Las Vegas. Wilkinson took in the family-friendly production alongside her children, Alijah and Hank, brother Colin Wilkinson, and SEX TIPS FOR STRAIGHT WOMEN FROM A GAY MAN co-star, Jai Rodriguez.

Thursday, July 27...

WWE pro wrestling divas Rae and Emma, aka Danielle Moinet and Tenille Dashwood respectively, were spotted attending the 10 p.m.performance of Absinthe at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Emma Summer Rae at ABSINTHE Las Vegas 7.27.17 credit Joseph SandersSpiegelworld
Emma Summer Rae at ABSINTHE Las Vegas 7.27.17 - Photo credit: Joseph Sanders/Spiegelworld

 

Saturday, July 22...

Following his performance at Cleopatra's Barge, R&B artist CeeLo Green was spotted enjoying a night out at Vista Cocktail Lounge inside Caesars Palace.

Friday night, July 21...

TLC, UFC president Dana White and undefeated boxing champion Floyd Mayweather  and DLVEC CEO Derek Stevens were spotted at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center enjoying a blast from the past at Love The 90’s Tour: The Party Continues featuring acts such as Coolio, Rob Base and headliners.

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Derek Stevens and Floyd Mayweather Enjoy I Love The 90s Tour at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center - Photo credit: Tom Donoghue

Actress AnnaLynne McCord celebrated her 30th birthday at TAO in The Venetian The “90210” star kicked off her birthday weekend with dinner at TAO restaurant. Afterwards, she and her entourage headed upstairs to TAO nightclub where she received a special birthday presentation complete with a cake adorned with the number “30”.

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AnnaLynne McCord - Photo credit: Brandon Pearson/Tony Tran Photography

Also enjoying dinner at TAO were Golden State Warriors champions Kevin Durant and Matt Barnes, Los Angeles Clippers star DeAndre Jordan and former NBA player Marcus Camby Afterwards, Durant and Jordan continued their night at Marquee Nightclub in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas where they took over a VIP booth.

Across the room at Marquee Nightclub was professional boxer Anthony Joshua at a VIP table taking in DJ Mustard’s set.

Luke Hemmings of the boy band 5 Seconds of Summer, celebrated his recent 21st birthday with his fellow band members and friends at TAO restaurant.

Thursday, July 20...

Renowned boxer and five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather was spotted attending Absinthe at Caesars Palace. Mayweather visited the 10 p.m. performance as a guest of ABSINTHE’s tap dancing duo, Sean and John Scott. Following the show, Mayweather stayed for photos with the twin brothers, and was also seen chatting backstage with aerial strap artist Ming Fang and skater Billy England.

Wednesday, July 19...

Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding made a surprise appearance at the 10 p.m. performance of Magic Mike Live where she was seen with a group of friends at Club Domina inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Tuesday, July 18...

Famed professional boxer Floyd Mayweather was spotted enjoying a night out at OMNIA Nightclub inside Caesars Palace.

Nearby in the main room, star of HGTV’s “Flip or Flop Vegas” Aubrey Marunde also stopped by OMNIA with four guests to celebrate a friend’s birthday.

Sunday, July 16...

Popular television hosts, T.J. Lavin, of MTV's “The Challenge,”and Ricky Smith, of the Travel Channel's “Yes Man,” and retired professional basketball star, Jerry Stackhouse, were all spotted at BEER PARK at Paris Las Vegas.

Former NBA player, Jerry Stackhouse, enjoyed a variety of BEER PARK’s culinary offerings and craft beers in the company of a small group of friends later in the evening.

Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16...

New England Patriots tight end and two-time big game champion Rob Gronkowski, World Wrestling Entertainment superstar Mojo Rawley and resident electronic DJ 3LAU partied at Las Vegas’ original dayclub, Rehab Beach Club, at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. The best buds were celebrating Mojo’s birthday all weekend long with champagne showers and unforgettable dance moves on the poolside stage to beats by DJ Drama.


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