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Grand Opening Celebration for New Magical Memories DISNEY Fine Art Gallery Inside The Forum Shops

Magical Memories, an art gallery featuring Disney fine art at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, kicked off its official four day Grand Opening celebration on the afternoon of Thursday August 10 with a special preview for members of the media who were invited to tour the gallery, check out its amazing artwork, and meet with the gallery design team and staff.

The Grand Opening celebration featured a Special Salute to the 25th Anniversary of the original animated feature film, Beauty and The Beast, with in person appearances and meet and greets throughout the weekend by voice over artists from the film, including Paige O’Hara (voice of Belle), Robby Benson (voice of the Beast), Richard White (voice of Gaston) as well as background artist James Coleman and Mark Henn, animator of “Belle”.

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Richard White (voice of Gaston), Paige O’Hara (voice of Belle), and Robby Benson (voice of the Beast) - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Later, in the evening, at the Grand Opening Party with the cast and crew from Beauty and the Beast, the art gallery presented their long time partner, Make-A-Wish® Southern Nevada with a $10,000 donation. Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada is part of one of the world's leading children's charities, serving children living in Clark, Nye, Lincoln and Esmeralda Counties. With the help of generous donors and more than 500 volunteers, Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada has granted over 1800 wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions since its inception in 1996.

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The premier dealer of artwork inspired by the rich artistic heritage of Disney, Magical Memories also hosted a variety of opening activities throughout the weekend that were free and open to the public including art lessons for kids, 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, panel discussions and more.

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Tim Rogerson - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

More than a traditional art gallery, Magical Memories is an interactive experience of images and sounds that bring the stories and characters on canvas to life for families and fans of all ages. The store is styled as a 1950s sound stage from the golden era of animation and filmmaking.

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Magical Memories DISNEY Fine Art Gallery - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Magical Memories DISNEY Fine Art Gallery video ceiling - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

With innovative art products and experiences, Magical Memories featuring Disney Fine Art has a diverse portfolio of limited edition giclees, serigraphs, mixed media prints and original paintings. This leading gallery also features a wide selection of new and vintage animation-related collectibles and publications spanning the portfolio of all Disney animation studios.

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Magical Memories DISNEY Fine Art Gallery - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Magical Memories DISNEY Fine Art Gallery - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Artwork by Paige O'Hara - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Magical Memories is located on the third level of the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace - near the top of both spiral and Neptune escalators.

“SHARKNADO 5: Global Swarming” Premiers at the LINQ Hotel & Casino

Celebrities and fans swarmed at the star-studded premiere of “SHARKNADO 5: Global Swarming” at the Mat Franco Theater at The LINQ Hotel & Casino, Sunday, August 6. 
Syfy’s highly-anticipated fifth installment of the “Sharknado” franchise took the world by storm as beloved characters Fin Shepard, April Wexler and Nova Clarke prepared to save the globe from sharks that are bigger, stronger and stranger than before.

The shark storm may have gone international, but the premiere made a splash in the Las Vegas desert. Fin-tastic shark showgirls flanked the blue carpet, as Sharknado stars Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Cassie Scerbo and Masiela Lusha made their appearance. Anthony C. Ferrante, director of the “Sharknado” franchise, and screenwriter Scotty Mullen were joined on the carpet by additional Sharknado cast members, Cody Linley and Olympic diver Greg Louganis. Other celebrities in attendance including Kendra Wilkinson (“Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man,” “Kendra on Top”), Jai Rodriguez (“Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man,” “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”), Nichelle Nichols (“Star Trek”), Eileen Davidson (“Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”), Daniel Maguire and Vinny Ventiera from “Bachelor in Paradise” also dove into the fun.

Tara Reid and Ian Ziering - Photo credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Tara Reid and Ian Ziering - Photo credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Cody Linley - Photo credit Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Cody Linley - Photo credit Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Cassie Scerbo - Photo credit Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Cassie Scerbo - Photo credit Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Masiela Lusha - Photo credit Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Masiela Lusha - Photo credit Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Following the premiere, celebrities and fans attended the official after party at The LINQ Pool.

As rumors circled in the water throughout the night, it was finally revealed that The Asylum, Bernie Yuman of SAY Entertainment, Royal Oak Management, Panacea Entertainment and Caesars Entertainment have joined forces with plans to produce “Sharknado Live.” "We have watched this niche sci-fi film explode into a worldwide, social media phenomenon and annual TV event, with many families watching together,” said the Sharknado producers The Asylum. “With this devoted co-viewing fan base, we knew it would make an exciting transition to stage, and we are pleased that our producer partners and Caesars Entertainment, the world's greatest providers of live-event entertainment, agreed.”

The multi-sensory show will be a musical journey featuring humor and intrigue as well as the characters that tens of millions of fans have loved through five films…and yes, lots of sharks. The live spectacle will bring the Sharknado movie franchise to life on the Las Vegas Strip, with more details to come in the upcoming months.

Keep Memory Alive Hosted Annual Summer Social And Rodeo At Shakespeare Ranch to benefit Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

Keep Memory Alive hosted the annual Summer Social And Rodeo At Shakespeare Ranch on the weekend of July 28 and 29. The 2 day philanthropic event featured Western-style fun to raise funds for neurological disorder and included a professional rodeo event and evening with celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse and Motown classic group The Commodores that benefitted Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. During the event Rhonda and Don Carano and the Carano family were honored with the Keep Memory Alive Community Leadership Award, which pays tribute to individuals who have displayed outstanding effort in community improvement as well as philanthropic achievements for the great state of Nevada.

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Keep Memory Alive 2017 Summer Social and Rodeo at Shakespeare An Evening with Emeril - Photo credit: Court Leve for Keep Memory Alive

Keep Memory Alive 2017 Summer Social and Rodeo at Shakespeare An Evening with Emeril Emeril Lagasse in the kitchen
Keep Memory Alive 2017 Summer Social and Rodeo at Shakespeare An Evening with Emeril Emeril Lagasse in the kitchen - Photo credit: Court Leve for Keep Memory Alive

Keep Memory Alive 2017 Summer Social and Rodeo at Shakespeare An Evening with Emeril The Commodores
Keep Memory Alive 2017 Summer Social and Rodeo at Shakespeare An Evening with Emeril The Commodores - Photo credit: Court Leve for Keep Memory Alive

Keep Memory Alive 2017 Summer Social and Rodeo at Shakespeare An Evening with Emeril The Commodores
Keep Memory Alive 2017 Summer Social and Rodeo at Shakespeare An Evening with Emeril The Commodores - Photo credit: Court Leve for Keep Memory Alive

Camille and Larry Ruvo, along with the McGill family, resurrected the Glenbrook rodeo in 2000, which had been discontinued in 1965. On Friday, July 28, the rodeo featured bull riding and barrel racing, as well as carnival games, a watermelon eating contest for kids, and a Western-style barbeque.

Keep Memory Alive 2017 Summer Social and Rodeo at Shakespeare Community Leadership Award Recipients Carano Family
Keep Memory Alive 2017 Summer Social and Rodeo at Shakespeare Community Leadership Award Recipients Carano Family - Photo credit: Court Leve for Keep Memory Alive

The festivities continued on Saturday July 29, when world-renowned chef Emeril Lagasse's cowboys took the reins in the kitchen to prepare an extraordinary dinner at Shakespeare Ranch. Guests enjoyed the best of his signature cuisine with a selection of fine wine and spirits. The evening culminated with an intimate performance by The Commodores.

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

A HEALTHY, FEMALE BOTTLENOSE DLOPHIN CALF WAS BORN July 17, to Huf n Puf, at SIEGFRIED & ROY'S SECRET GARDEN AND DOLPHIN HABITAT. “Everyone at The Mirage is thrilled about the new calf and how well she is doing,” said David Blasko, Director of Animal Care at The Mirage. “We invite guests to see the calf and discover how our conservation efforts today will help preserve these beautiful animals in the wild for future generations to enjoy.”

Huf n Puf, an experienced mother, and her calf are in the Birthing and Research pool which is open to public viewing during the facility’s operational hours. Alongside the new mother and calf are Huf n Puf’s mother and daughter, Duchess and Bella. Together, these females represent three generations of dolphins at The Mirage. Sofi, an 11-year-old female, completes the female pod. The calf’s father, Lightning, is located in another pool.

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The Mirage Huf n Puf Calf Three Generation - Photo credit Kathryn Curreri

Opportunity Village, in partnership with Clark County School District, held their 15th annual event celebrating the JOB DISCOVERY PROGRAM on Friday, July 28.The event acknowledged CCSD students that successfully completed the job training and discovery program, acquiring invaluable vocational training in preparation for future successful employment. President and CEO of Opportunity Village, Bob Brown, and Nevada Secretary of State, Barbara Cevagske, were on hand to pass out the Job Discovery Program Celebration certificates. The Opportunity Village OV Elvi were just some of the evening’s entertainment at the Job Discovery Program celebration. The event took place at the

Opportunity Village Event Center (6300 West Oakey Blvd.  Las Vegas, NV 89146).  The Job Discovery Program is a partnership between Opportunity Village and CCSD.
Grammy-award winning artist, and entrepreneur Armando Christian Perez, known as international superstar PITBULL, aka "Mr. Worldwide," debuted three new signature goblets at Sugar Factory American Brasserie at Fashion Show in Las Vegas on Saturday, Aug. 5. Designed and tasted by Pitbull and made exclusively with Voli 305, the goblets include Watermelon Patch (Meloncito 305); Fuzzy Peach Penguin Mango (The Tongue Twister) and Hot & Wild Spicy 305 Pineapple (Esto Esta De Pina).

ROGER DALTREY, founding member and frontman of iconic rock band THE WHO, recently launched a limited-edition champagne in association with Eminent Life –Champagne Cuvée Roger Daltrey – to toast the band’s 50th anniversary. Daltrey was onsite at MR CHOW at Caesars Palace on Friday, Aug. 11 to celebrate the champagne’s U.S. launch, in partnership with Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. THE WHO recently premiered their exclusive headlining residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

Roger Daltrey Champagne Launch at MR CHOW Credit Anjali Ram
Roger Daltrey Champagne Launch at MR CHOW - Photo credit: Anjali Ram

Roger Daltrey Champagne Launch at MR CHOW Credit Patrick Gray
Roger Daltrey Champagne Launch at MR CHOW - Photo credit: Patrick Gray

As she prepares to return for another run of her wildly popular headlining residency show, legendary pop icon BRITNEY SPEARS has announced her partnership with Louisiana School Boards Association, where $1 of every ticket purchased to “Britney: Piece of Me” at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino through December 31, 2017 will be donated to public schools in Louisiana. As of August 2017, over $65,000 has been donated to the LSBA as part of Britney’s partnership with the organization. “I am so proud to be able to give back to my home state and help the Louisiana School Boards Association,” said Britney.

MB Steak inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino recently introduced of “THE MAGIC HOUR”,” a new late-night party held every Sunday evening. Starting at 11 p.m., the Garden Lounge transforms into a post-show party with DJs, dancing and drinks, alongside the company of some of Las Vegas’ hottest performers. The spacious second-story lounge offers a full bar, including Champagne by the glass selections and signature cocktails.

Flamingo Las Vegas recently launched the #FLAMINGO CHALLENGE, a cause marketing campaign TO RAISE AWARENESS AND FUNDS FOR THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY. So far, Celine Dion, Marie Osmond, John Rich (of Big & Rich) and many others have already taken part in the challenge. You participate in the #FlamingoChallenge by 1. Posting onto social media a picture or video of you and your friends mimicking the flamingo one-legged pose in fun and unique places. 2. Nominate your friends; they have 24 hours to respond or forfeit and make a financial pledge to the American Cancer Society at the following website: ACSFlamingoChallenge.com.
The goal is to raise $70,000 by Tuesday, Oct. 31 in celebration of the iconic casino-resort’s 70th anniversary.

Flamingo Las Vegas regional president Eileen Moore; Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino regional president David Hoenemeyer; The Colosseum at Caesars Palace headliner Celine Dion; Marie Osmond, Piff the Magic Dragon, Legends in Concert and X Burlesque from Flamingo Las Vegas; Murray Sawchuck and Crazy Girls from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino; The Miss Behave Gameshow from Bally’s Las Vegas; and country stars John Rich and Runaway June have already taken the challenge.

DAVID CHANDLER, a 22-year Army Veteran and award-winning magician, is guest starring in MURRAY SAWCHUCK'S show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, starting Thursday, August 10. David was one of the key magicians that invited Murray to headline on this past USO Tour. Murray and David, along with one other magician, did a 3 1/2 week USO Tour to Puerto Rico, Greenland, Guantanamo Bay - Cuba, Honduras, and AUTEC - Bahamas where they met for the first time.

In honor of National Relaxation Day, Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino is offering new SUMMER BODY TREATMENTS at the award-winning SERENITY SPA, starting Tuesday, Aug. 15 and available through September 30.  Serenity Spa is the ultimate experience in relaxation and rejuvenation. The Summer Body Treatments include a relaxing body scrub with the choice of cucumber water, strawberry blonde or watermelon Fresca essence for $65, or, for $55, guests can receive a pedicure with the choice of cucumber water, strawberry blonde or watermelon Fresca essence. Both Summer Body Treatment packages include a complimentary cocktail at the Westgate Pool Bar.

Local performers Mariah Rivera of FANTASY, The Gazillionaire from ABSINTHE Las Vegas and James Davis of Chippendales will use their love of pizza for a good cause as judges at TREVI Italian Restaurant’s third annual MEDIA PIZZA MAKING COMPETITION on Wednesday, Aug. 16.

Local media personalities will compete to raise money for their charity of choice by creating and implementing their own recipe, choice of ingredients and style to make the tastiest pizza. While cheering on their favorite participant, children 12 and under will receive a complimentary slice of cheese pizza. This year’s competitors include Tedd Florendo, meteorologist at KLAS Ch. 8, JJ Snyder, cohost of The Morning Blend on KTNV Ch. 13, Rob Kachelreiss, contributing author at thrillist.com, Jason Harris, contributor at Las Vegas Weekly and Marisa Finetti, food and wine columnist at Vegas Seven, Luxury Las Vegas and DAVID Magazine. Located at The Forum Shops inside Caesars Palace, the award-winning restaurant will present the selected winner with a $500 donation to be made at their local charity of choice. Selected charities include Opportunity Village, The Shade Tree, JDRF and the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth.

Super Summer Theatre presents its third show of the season, the iconic Broadway musical “MAN OF LA MANCHA,” playing August 9 – 26 at the Spring Mountain State Park. Tickets to the following performances are on sale now : Wednesday, Aug. 16, Thursday, Aug. 17, Friday, Aug. 18, Saturday, Aug. 19, Wednesday, Aug. 23, Thursday, Aug. 24, Friday, Aug. 25, Saturday, Aug. 26. Super Summer Theatre also supports local charitable food pantries and asks patrons attending opening night to bring one canned food item per car to be collected at the entrance of the parking lot. Tickets for all performances are $15 in advance and $20 day of show. Children ages five and under are free (no ticket needed). Tickets can be purchased online at www.supersummertheatre.org or at Prestige Travel at 7550 W Lake Mead Suite 7, Las Vegas, NV 89128 (NE corner) or Super Summer Studios 4340 S. Valley View Suite 208, Las Vegas, NV 89103 (Valley View and Flamingo). Theatre parking is available starting at 5 p.m. and the meadow opens at 6 p.m. All performances of “In the Heights” begin at 8:05 p.m. Guests are invited to bring a blanket or chair, as well as a picnic dinner, or may purchase dinner from one of several food vendors onsite. Chairs are available for rent for $1.

Esteemed artist and master photographer, PETER LIK AND GRANT A GIFT AUTISM FOUNDATION proudly announce a new collaboration designed to help families in Southern Nevada affected by autism. As part of this collaboration, The LIK Foundation will donate $10,000 to the local organization.  In addition, The LIK Foundation is donating proceeds from art sales in LIK Fine Art Galleries at Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian, Shoppes at Mandalay Place, Forum Shops and Caesars Palace.

Kicking off with a lavish, private event on Aug. 17, this campaign will continue through Oct. 31. During this time art lovers can add to their collections while supporting Grant a Gift at any one of the LIK Fine Art locations in Las Vegas. Patrons must mention ‘Grant a Gift Autism Foundation’ at the time of their purchase. Proceeds from art sales will benefit Grant a Gift Autism Foundation and help support scholarships and services for families affected by autism.

"THIRD THURSDAY ON 3RD" AT THE DOWNTOWN GRAND HOTEL & CASINO returns August 17 from 7 – 10 pm with five gourmet food trucks, Secret Walls Competition (a live illustration battle on the ground) music, street games, craft beers and more.

Smacktalk Sports, the hit sports talk radio show on KDWN 720 AM, will host a GOLF TOURNAMENT at Angel Park’s Cloud 9 course on Aug. 18 from 6 to 11 p.m. Smacktalk Sports is joined by the Vegas Golden Knights for the event TO SUPPORT THE FOLDED FLAG FOUNDATION, the charitable organization that gives back to the families of the brave men and women who have lost their lives in hostile action while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

On August 18, 2017, LAS VEGAS ACADEMY OF THE ARTS kicks off its SILVER ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION.  Alumni, parents and staff are welcoming students back to school with a complimentary t-shirt and 25th anniversary picture taken on the field.  Students will wear their t-shirts on the 25th of each month to celebrate the Silver Anniversary all year long.

"Las Vegas Academy of the Arts is excited to share this milestone in our history with the Las Vegas community," said Las Vegas Academy Principal Scott Walker.  "August 18th, marks the beginning of the 25th year for LVA to celebrate where we came from, where we are now, and where we are headed."

The event will feature remarks from Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky and Mayor Carolyn Goodman who will be issuing a proclamation to name August 18, 2017 "LVA Day." “The Las Vegas Academy is such a vibrant part of our urban core and our entire community,” Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman said. “I’m happy to recognize all the great accomplishments of the Academy and its graduates over the last 25 years.”

KNIGHT GOLF FOR THE FOLDED FLAG FOUNDATION will feature nine holes of lighted nighttime golf and three dark “glow” holes featuring glow balls, glow sticks and a glow tape. These glow holes will provide a unique experience to the golfers in attendance.

The first 100 guests will receive t-shirts courtesy of the Vegas Golden Knights and the Folded Flag Foundation. Golfers that hit a hole-in-one on the Findlay Toyota Hole-9 and win a brand new Toyota Tacoma or Camry.  A closest-to-the-pin contest on the Vegas Golden Knights Island Hole will determine the winner of one of three prizes, including Vegas Golden Knights game tickets (1st place), a Marc-Andre’ Fleury signed hockey stick (2nd place) and a Vegas Golden Knights t-shirt and hat (3rd place). 

During the event, a FREE reception will be enjoyed by guests with food, live music (beginning at 9 p.m.) and a chance to win once-in-a-lifetime prizes for the golfers and non-golfers alike. Drinks are available for purchase at the event and on the course.  At the reception, multiple mystery box prizes will add to the excitement and intrigue and, depending on the mystery box won, may include signed hockey memorabilia, select alcohol and two grand prizes. The grand prizes are once-in-a-lifetime hockey experiences--a one-on-one meet-and-greet with the Vegas Golden Knights hockey team at their practice facility. The lucky hockey fan who wins one of these will have the opportunity to watch a practice at the City National Arena, the Knights’ practice facility located in Downtown Summerlin. After the practice the players will be available on ice for a personal meet-and-greet. 
Proceeds from golfers, raffle prizes and donations will be presented to the Folded Flag Foundation.

SUGAR FACTORY AMERICAN BRASSERIE, located at Fashion Show, is partnering with local fashion designer ERMELINDA MANOS to host a CHARITY FASHION SHOW INSIDE THE CHOCOLATE LOUNGE on Friday, Aug. 18 from 7-10 p.m. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Dress for Success Southern Nevada, a women empowerment service that helps clients achieve economic independence. Open to the public, the show will feature garments made by Manos, a lively DJ set, and a live auction. Sweet raffle prizes donated by Sugar Factory will be up for grabs, and attendees can purchase tickets starting at $3. In addition to having the opportunity to bid during the live auction on original pieces made by Manos, guests will also be able to purchase a signed copy of her fashion book "Lost in Las Vegas."

FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE, the five-block entertainment district located in historic Downtown Las Vegas that is home to the “Original Strip,” will celebrate the life of late LINKIN PARK FRONTMAN, CHESTER BENNINGTON Park, during a rocking SIX MINUTE SOUND LIGHT AND SOUND SHOW, representing the official worldwide premiere of Linkin Park’s new VIVA VISION, music video montage on Aug. 19 beginning at 8 p.m. The official worldwide premiere of Linkin Park’s new Viva Vision show will run at the top of every hour from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. on Aug. 20.

UNLV CATHOLIC NEWMAN CENTER (located at 4765 Brussels Road, Las Vegas) will be hosting a STAGED READING OF NY TIME BEST SELLING AUTHOR LEONARD HOLTON'S MYSTERY, THE SAINT MAKER, on Saturday, August 19, to raise the remaining $6000 needed to repair their roof. Doors at 7pm, show at 7:30pm. Tax-deductible donation $35; comp tickets available for students with ID tickets http://unlvnewman.com/the-saintmaker/ or phone (702) 736-0887.

Downtown Container Park's monthly KIDS CAMP SERIES returns this month with “CANDY CARNIVAL,” a sugary spin on a beloved sideshow spectacle. Families can enjoy an afternoon away at the circus with face painting, grandstand games and a big top balloon artist! On Saturday, August 19th, for $10 per child, kids will become carnies for-a-day  treated to festive games and heart-warming confections. Kids (and parents!) are encouraged to dress as their favorite sideshow character to help spread the end-of-summer merriment! Staple carnival fare will be on-hand to fuel youngsters during their afternoon sugar-rush. Parents can skip the heat of the sideshow spotlight and grab a refreshing drink while their child enjoys the DIY sundae station. Kids Camp “Candy Carnival” takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; kids under 12 years are welcome to attend. Sideshow and circus attire is encouraged!

R&B star AUGUST ALSINA returns to the House of Blues Las Vegas on August 24. Doors open 7 p.m. Show starts 8 p.m. 18+ Tickets start at $29.50, plus applicable fees.

Tickets are on-sale for the FOURTH ANNUAL BELIEVER GALA, an extraordinary, one-night-only experience created to raise funds for THE TYLER ROBINSON FOUNDATION, the IMAGINE DRAGONS' nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting families with pediatric cancer diagnoses. Actor and comedian Joel McHale will serve as the host of the star-studded event which takes place at Caesars Palace on Friday, Aug. 25 and features a performance from the GRAMMY Award-winning, multiplatinum-selling band. The Believer Gala offers attendees an exhilarating night of entertainment and glamour while celebrating the individuals who have made notable contributions to TRF through direct efforts, philanthropic support, or by raising public awareness for pediatric cancer. The evening includes cocktails, dinner, a live and silent auction and entertainment. All proceeds benefit The Tyler Robinson Foundation. For more information or for ticket purchase, visit TRF.org.

Broadway Bound will present the five-time Tony Award-winning musical, “THE DROWSY CHAPERONE,” August 25 – September 9 at the Summerlin Library, located at 1771 Inner Circle Drive, Las Vegas, Nev. 89134. Tickets for “The Drowsy Chaperone” are $15 each.

Top artists of the ‘80s, including BOY GEORGE, THE ROMANTICS, TIFFANY, TOMMY TUTONE, NU SHOOZ AND FARRINGTON AND MANN, will bring their classic hits to 96.3 KKLZ’s SUPER SUMMER BASH at the Orleans Arena on Friday, Aug. 25. The hit-filled evening will be hosted by Mike O’Brian and Carla Rea from “The KKLZ Morning Show.” Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets start at $39 plus tax and fees, and can be purchased or 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.

This FIGHT WEEKEND, step into the ring with Drai’s Las Vegas to enjoy some of the biggest names in hip-hop during one of the most buzzed-about weekends in Sin City. Several of Drai’s’ resident artists will take over the Drai’s LIVE stage before and after the highly-anticipated Mayweather vs. McGregor fight for three rounds of epic performances Aug. 25-27, 2017.
On Friday, Aug. 25, hip-hop and R&B heavyweights 50 Cent, Trey Songz and Jeezy join together for a sure-to-be epic combined performance at the dazzling rooftop venue, featuring performances of hits like “In Da Club,” “Slow Motion,” “Put On” and others. On Saturday, Aug. 26, following the high-powered fight, Drai’s Nightclub invites fans to keep the celebrations going with Chris Brown atop The Cromwell where he will make his return to the Drai’s LIVE stage for a full-length performance of chart-topping songs, including “Privacy,” “Party” and many more. Closing out the weekend on Sunday, Aug. 27, renowned artist Fabolous will take over the venue to perform hit after hit, like “Lituation” among others.

In conjunction with the Floyd “Money” Mayweather vs. “The Notorious” Conor McGregor showdown at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday, August 26, BELLAGIO OF FINE ART will offer a 50% DISCOUNT ON ADMISSION TO ALL GUESTS WHO VISIT THE 'I AM THE GREATEST; MUHAMMED ALI' EXHIBIT DURING FIGHT WEEK from AUGUST 21-27.
Presenting a never-before-seen look into Ali’s captivating and historic life and organized with support from Muhammad Ali Enterprises, “I Am The Greatest: Muhammad Ali,” explores the legend’s rise from “The Louisville Lip” to “The Greatest of All Time.” The exhibit (on display now through September 30) features unseen video footage and family photos, rare personal heirlooms and stories from his closest friends.

SLS LAS VEGAS will host a PRE-FIGHT POOL PARTY at Foxtail Pool in honor of the highly-anticipated Mayweather vs. McGregor fight from noon – 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26. Property activities include a pre-fight pool party with various drink specials.

Comedy hypnotist RICHARD BARKER will bring his mesmerizing show to The Orleans Showroom on Saturday, Aug. 26. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25 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.

Award-winning comedienne SOMMORE will bring her celebrated stand-up act back to Suncoast Showroom on Aug. 26-27.Showtime is 8:30 p.m. Tickets start at $35 plus taxes and fees, and can be purchased in-person at Suncoast, The Orleans, Gold Coast and Sam’s Town. Tickets may also be purchased the day of the show (depending upon availability) at the venue box office.

As the second in a series of rock star artist appearances at The Gallery of Music and Art inside the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, ROCK ICON CARL PALMER of EMERSON LAKE & PALMER & ASIA, will appear in person Sunday, August 27TH, from 4-6 p.m. Over the last 5 years, Palmer has focused a significant amount of time to his art career.  Working with art team SceneFour, Palmer is one of the pioneers of the rhythm-on-canvas medium. Palmer's appearance is part of the Gallery's Summer of Drumming – New Visual Art Created From Rhythm exhibit.

THE OTHEROOM is now open at The Forum Shops inside Caesars Palace. A premier social hub, the otheroom offers the perfect spot to grab a drink and unwind outside on the casual patio seating in front of the Strip-side Trevi Fountain landmark or socialize inside the lively and upscale lounge. Afternoon happy hour begins at 3 p.m. and runs until 6 p.m. Reverse Happy Hour runs from 10 p.m. to close.

Las Vegas locals’ “home away from home,” R.E.D. Taverns (Remedy’s, Elixir, and Distill) are sharing the love throughout August as they support the American Heart Association to help raise awareness of heart disease and stroke. Available now, patrons can visit any R.E.D. Taverns location in the valley and delight themselves to the RED Cosmo specialty cocktail for just $10, with 100 percent of the proceeds going back to the organization.

Thanks to Former NBA star and current BIG3 3 Headed Monsters Captain Rashard Lewis, KIDS UNDER THE AGE OF 13 will be able to attend this summer’s BIG3 GAMES, including the CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, August 26, for FREE. Fueled by a desire to provide opportunities for parents, children and families to spend more quality time together, Lewis will buy a ticket for each child accompanied by a guest who has purchased a full-priced ticket. Guests may take advantage of Lewis’ offer by purchasing tickets at MGM Grand box offices (complimentary tickets for kids are not available online).  Tickets start at $27.50 (not including applicable service fees). Guests may receive one complimentary child ticket for every adult ticket purchased. Tickets are subject to availability. Previously purchased tickets will not be discounted.

The 41stannual MRS. AMERICA PAGEANT will once again return to its original home at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. Hosted by Barbara Chase, daughter of the late Florence Henderson, and actor Christopher Knight, the 2017 Mrs. America Pageant will be held Saturday, August 26, 2017 inside the renowned International Westgate Theater .More than 52 women, including a contestant that will be more than eight months pregnant at the time of the competition, will compete in the 2017 Mrs. America Pageant for the chance to represent the United States in the internationally-televised Mrs. World Pageant, which will be held in South Africa in December 2017. A winner will be crowned during the final competition on Saturday, August 26 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase in-person the day of the show. The final competition day of the 2017 Mrs. America Pageant will once again be streamed for free at MrsAmerica.com.

Whether a runner or a walker, all Las Vegans can show off their stride for a great cause at the 3rd ANNUAL ‘SHOW YOUR HEART RUN’ to benefit the CHILDREN'S HEART FOUNDATION on Saturday, Oct. 7, at Kellogg Zaher Park (7901 W. Washington Ave. Las Vegas). Participants can enjoy their choice of a 5K race or a 1.7 mile fun walk. Festivities begin at 7:30 a.m. with a warm up and announcements, the 5K run begins promptly at 8 a.m., with the 1.7 mile fun walk beginning immediately following the race start. To register as a runner or walker, and for sponsorship inquiries, please visit www.chfn.org or call 702-967-3522. 5K runner fees are $35 per person now through Aug. 31 or $45 per person beginning Sept. 1 through the event, walkers are $10 per person. All runners receive a custom medal, bib, and D-tag for timing. Packet pick-up is available on Friday, Oct. 6 from 3 – 6 p.m. at Red Rock Running Company at 7350 W. Cheyenne Ave., Suite 106. Packet pick up will also be available the day of the event from 7 – 8 a.m.

Australian soft rock duo AIR SUPPLY will bring their iconic hits to The Orleans Showroom Sept. 1-3. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets start at $39.95 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.

As part of her North American STRENGTH OF A WOMAN TOUR, nine-time GRAMMY® Award-winner, Golden Globe® Award nominee and multiplatinum R&B legend MARY J. BLIGE will perform at the Pearl Concert Theater inside Palms Casino Resort, on Friday, September 1, at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $70 plus tax and applicable fees.

Station Casinos and 95.5 The Bull present country superstar JERROD NIEMANN at Chrome Showroom inside Santa Fe Station on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $9.55, $25 and $35 plus tax and applicable fees for reserved seating. Doors open at 7 p.m. and guests under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Fremont Street Experience’s FREE CONCERT SERIES, DOWNTOWN ROCKS, continues Sunday, Sept. 3 with an electrifying performance on Main Street Stage by world-renowned alternative rock band BETTER THAN EZRA.

Following the knockout premiere of UNDISPUTED TRUTH, legendary boxer, Mike Tyson’s stage debut in 2012 and subsequent, sold-out runs on Broadway and again at MGM Grand, the champ will return to the stage for a limited run at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club inside MGM Grand Hotel & Casino with MIKE TYSON'S UNDISPUTED TRUTH – ROUND 2, debuting Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 10 p.m. Co-created and co-produced by Adam Steck, CEO of SPI entertainment, and Kiki Tyson, who also wrote the show. Mike Tyson's UNDISPUTED TRUTH - ROUND 2 will pick up where Undisputed Truth left off and will be a captivating and unapologetic, no holds barred look at the ups and downs of Tyson’s tumultuous post-boxing life and career. Performances will be Thursday through Sunday from Thursday, September 7 through Sunday, November 19, with select dark dates. All shows begin at 10 p.m. Tickets start at $54.95 plus tax and service fees and can be purchased at any MGM Grand box office. Special VIP Knock Out Packages are available for $249.99 plus tax and service fees and include a VIP ticket, a souvenir photo with Tyson, which would be taken during the post-show meet and greet, and a one-of-a-kind souvenir VIP lanyard.

A rock show with KISS, Guns N’ Roses, Journey, AC/DC, Def Leppard, Van Halen and Queen is coming to Henderson next month. The band HAIRBALL is bringing its bombastic CELEBRATION OF ARENA ROCK – most likely with big hair, leather jackets and pyrotechnics, and of course, an anthology of greatest hits from the 1980s – to the HENDERSON PAVILION, 200 S. Green Valley Pkwy., at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 8. Tickets start at $18.50 per person. 

Southern rock legends 38 SPECIAL will perform in concert on Saturday, Sept. 9 at Star of the Desert Arena in Primm. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $20.

COLOR - A Salon By Michael Boychuck at Caesars Palace has announced its exclusive partnership with the globally-recognized hair cutting technology, Calligraphy Cut, as Las Vegas' only certified partner salon. Developed by Frank Brormann, the Calligraphy Cut offers an innovative haircutting experience by using the Calligraphy Pen's unique technology to achieve precise shape, volume and layers for ultimate customization and healthier hair.

BAZAAR STUDIO & PARLOR, providing cutting edge beauty and photography services under one roof, opened to the public, August 8. Seated coolly in the heart of Las Vegas,at 6201 Dean Martin Dr., Bazaar Studio revives the 1930’s-era parlor experience as guests are transported into a modern steampunk wonderland reminiscent of NY underground, with aesthetic touches of ship wood, brick and indoor trimmed hedges as champagne glasses clink, scissors snip, shutters click, and toasts are made with cotton candy. Serving as the ultimate creative destination in Vegas, the 3,200-sq. ft. facility will provide clientele with elite access to a multifarious collection of salon and photo studio offerings ranging from hair styling, processing and cuts from the industry’s finest, to editorial-style photo shoots with professional photographers. And, all guests can indulge with Bazaar’s vintage cotton candy and popcorn machines on-site. Hours of operation for Bazaar Studio will be Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday by appointment only; Bazaar Parlor will be open Mondays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday – Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The STEPHANIE MILLS performance scheduled for September 29 at Texas Station has been CANCELLED. As tickets were not yet on sale, no refunds will be necessary.

R. KELLY has been CANCELLED to perform at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on Thursday, October 5. Refunds are available at the point of purchase. R. Kelly, The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and AEG Presents apologize for any inconvenience this causes ticket holders.

Celebrity sightings:

Sunday, August 13...

Singer-songwriter and producer, The Weeknd, was spotted attending Drai’s Nightclub atop The Cromwell in Las Vegas. Prior to taking the stage for his late-night set, Fabolous was seen chatting with The Weeknd at his private table.

Saturday, August 12...

Joanna Krupa (Bravo's "The Real Housewives of Miami”) threw a festive bachelorette party for her sister, Marta, at MB Steakhouse at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino last night. Marta, who is marrying Indy car racer, Marco Andretti, was joined by a group of 20 of her closest friends.

Actor Robbie Amell, best known for his roles on the CW’s “The Flash” and “The Tomorrow People”,and was seen enjoying dinner with friends at Beauty & Essex in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

At TAO Nightclub in The Venetian, actress and model Natalie Martinez partied the night away at a VIP table with her boyfriend and a group of friends.

Across the room at a separate VIP booth was former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb. Joined by friends, the football star took in DJ Politik’s set from a dance floor table.

Thursday evening, August 10...

In town to celebrate his 24th birthday, Detroit Pistons Center Andre Drummond was spotted attending the latest installment of The COOLest Party with DJ Esco at Drai’s Nightclub atop The Cromwell. Drummond was seen enjoying the late-night party with a large group of friends at a private VIP booth.

The COOLest Party with DJ Esco at Drais Nightclub Las Vegas 8.10.17 Tony Tran Photography
The COOLest Party with DJ Esco at Drais Nightclub Las Vegas 8.10.17 Photo credit: Tony Tran Photography

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The COOLest Party with DJ Esco at Drais Nightclub Las Vegas 8.10.17 - Photo credit: Tony Tran Photography

Host of ABC’s Who Wants to Be A Millionaire and The Bachelor franchise, Chris Harrison was spotted attending the 8 pm performance of ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. T. After the show, Harrison went backstage for a photo with The Gazillionaire and to express his enjoyment of the performance.

Chris Harrison Attends ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace 8.10.17 credit Joseph SandersSpiegelworld
Chris Harrison Attends ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace 8.10.17 - Photo credit: Joseph Sanders/Spiegelworld

Later in the night, Loren Gold, keyboardist for legendary rock band and Caesars Palace resident headliners The Who, was seen enjoying the raucous ensemble’s 10 p.m. performance of ABSINTHE.

Loren Gold Attends ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace 8.10.17 credit Joseph SandersSpiegelworld
Loren Gold Attends ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace 8.10.17 - Photo credit: Joseph Sanders/Spiegelworld

Actress, dancer and model, Coco (Nicole) Austin, dined at MB Steak at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Best known for her reality television series “Ice Loves Coco” with husband, rapper and actor, Ice-T, Coco arrived with her one-year-old daughter, Chanel Nicole, and a group of five friends.

Wednesday night, August 9...

Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett was spotted dining at Beauty & Essex inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The co-star of Sex Tips for Straight Women From a Gay Man was joined by three friends.

Monday, August 8...

Proving he’s as skillful at wielding a sledgehammer as he is a chef’s knife, multi-Michelin star chef and Emmy-nominated television personality Gordon Ramsay helped out with some demo work during his visit to the construction site of Gordon Ramsey Hell's Kitchen Restaurant at Caesars Palace.

Magician Murray SawChuck went to see David Copperfield with his good friend and stage tech. Jeff Wesson on his birthday. During the show Murray was escorted back stage to say hello to David.

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Jeff Wesson, David Copperfield, and Murray Sawchuck - Photo courtesy of Murray Sawchuck

Sunday, August 6...

The cast of Dancing with the Stars Live! including Emma Slater, Sasha Farber and Keo Motsepe dined at TAO Las Vegas .

Professional boxer and undefeated champion Floyd Mayweather was spotted at Ginuwine’s performance at Las Vegas’ original dayclub, Rehab Beach Club, at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas.The boxer hung out in a private VIP cabana with a personal hot tub.

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Ginuwine - Photo credit: Jeff Ragazzo/Kabik Photography

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Ginuwine - Photo credit: Jeff Ragazzo/Kabik Photography

Legendary hip-hop artist Flo Rida also stopped by Rehab and hung out in one of the dayclub’s exclusive bungalows.

Saturday, August 5...

Vinny Ventiera was spotted at TAO Nightclub in Las Vegas. The reality TV regular who has appeared on The Bachelorette, Bachelor in Paradise and Million Dollar Matchmaker was seen at the club with a group of female friends.

Earlier in the day, Flo Rida was seen taking in the sounds of DJ Jermaine Dupri from a VIP cabana at TAO Beach.

Reality stars Haley and Emily Ferguson (The Bachelor, Bachelor in Paradise) were spotted attending Las Vegas’ hottest new production, MAGIC MIKE LIVE LAS VEGAS, with a group of friends at Club Domina inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Returning fans of the show, the ladies enjoyed the 10 p.m. performance, followed by an exclusive meet-and-greet with members of the cast.

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