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Matt Goss Headlines Extended Engagement at Mirage

British born singing sensation Matt Goss, who has been referred to as Britain's answer to Frank Sinatra, has returned to the Las Vegas Strip, headlining an extended engagement inside 1 OAK Nightclub at The Mirage.

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Matt Goss - Photo credit: Petra Jezkova/Cashman Photo

His show, simply titled 'Matt Goss at the Mirage” is staged in the relaxed intimate club setting, reminiscent of old style Vegas, when classic lounge crooners had the ability to get up close and personal with their audience. It is apparent that Goss is comfortable in this setting, which is right up his ally, because it allows him the opportunity to mingle and interact with guests. Backed by a live seven piece band, two female singers, and four sexy, barely clad dancers, “The Dirty Virgins”, Goss performs his own renditions of beloved standards such as Luck Be A Lady, That's Life, My Way, Fly Me to the Moon, along with more recent hits like The Eagles' Hotel California, Alicia Key's If I Aint Got You, plus several songs that he wrote.

As for the reference to Sinatra, it's easy to see why Goss has been compared to the late, iconic crooner. Like Sinatra, the handsome and debonaire showman comes equipped with smooth vocals, a sleek style, cool swagger, and knows how to engage his audience and make the ladies (and some men) swoon. You either have that magic or you don't. And Goss has it. That's for sure.

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Matt Goss - Photo credit: Petra Jezkova/Cashman Photo

If you are hungry for an evening of superb, old style musical entertainment performed by a terrific crooner, than look no further. “Matt Goss at the Mirage” is for you.

“Matt Goss at The Mirage” performs on select evenings beginning at 7:30 p.m inside 1 OAK Nightclub.Tickets start at $49.99, plus service charges. A VIP meet and greet, including a photo opportunity, is available for an additional $50. Tickets can be purchased at The Mirage Box Offices.

Comedy-Magician Adam London Celebrates Five Years at the D Las Vegas

Comedy magician Adam London celebrated the 5 years anniversary of his family friendly show Laughternoon at the D Hotel & Casino on Saturday, January 13, National Rubber Ducky Day. The event housed a showroom packed with comedy-magic fans.

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Adam London - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Featuring a clever mix of humor with clever slight of hand magic, card tricks, mind reading and audience participation, the likable and engaging London delivers a fast paced show that people of all ages will enjoy.

To celebrate the milestone performance, audience members at the anniversary show were treated to complimentary cake, vanilla ice cream cups and lemonade. And at the end of his show, London announced the launch of his “I Give a Duck Campaign” in which he will give back to the community that has helped to make his show such a success. All proceeds from tickets sales and merchandise sold went to the chosen charity of the month, Nevada Blind Children's Foundation. With the “I Give a Duck” celebration, London has chosen a different local charity or organization to donate to for each month of 2018.

“The goal behind this campaign is to position the entire year of 2018 as a triumphant merge between Las Vegas’ entertainment and philanthropic industry,” said London, writer and star of Laughternoon. “Our campaign is meant to say thank you to the community in the best way that we knew how.”

"It's going to be a magical year. I'm happy to celebrate such a great milestone with the show while also being able to help support such a terrific charitable organization," said London, Laughternoon's creator, writer and performer. "I look forward to 11 more months of giving back to organizations that help out the children in our community."
A portion of t-shirt sales throughout the year will also go to back to the different charity organizations and can be purchased at The Showroom at the D Las Vegas.

Throughout 2018, the second Saturday of each month will be designated to London’s “I Give a Duck” campaign, where proceeds from that day will go to the designated charity or local organization.

Having perfected his craft in comedy clubs around the world, including the world famous Magic Castle in Los Angeles, Adam London’s Laughternoon is daily at 4 p.m. inside The Showroom at the D Las Vegas. Tickets for Laughternoon start at $19.95+ Laughternoon accolades include TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence in 2013 and 2014.

Beverly Hills Rejuvenation Center Celebrates Opening of First Las Vegas Location

Beverly Hills Rejuvenation Center, one of the nation’s leading high-end medical spas, hosted an exclusive event in celebration of the opening of its first location in Las Vegas in Boca Park (750 S. Rampart Blvd.) on Thursday evening, January 25.

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Beverly Hills Rejuvenation Center - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Co-owners, Devin Haman and Dan Holtz, and the entire BHRC team were joined by Councilman Steve Seroka for a ribbon cutting ceremony. The councilman recognized the newest Las Vegas med-spa with a ‘Welcome to the City’ plaque.

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Oksana Shatova, Devin Haman, Gretchen Rossi, Dan Holtz, Steve Seroka, Annabel Newell and Katherine Trench ribbon cutting at Beverly Hills Rejuvenation Center - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Beverly Hills Rejuvenation Center group photo - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Celebrity guests including Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley from “Real Housewives of Orange County”, along with other notable Las Vegas locals, including Tiffany Masters, Jaymes Vaughan, magician Murray SawChuck and others.

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Slade Smile and Gretchen Rossi - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Guests enjoyed the evening with cocktails and light bites while viewing live demonstrations of innovative services, techniques and treatments offered at the luxurious med-spa.

Established as a pioneer in treatments that reverse the effects of natural aging caused by the environment, stress and disease, the Beverly Hills Rejuvenation Center is an anti-aging and wellness destination which seeks to rebalance and rejuvenate the whole person in a comfortable and supportive environment, through healthcare advancements and customized programs. Beverly Hills Rejuvenation Center locations offer state-of-the-art equipment and the highest quality of products and services, specializing in advanced, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy and non-surgical aesthetic treatments.

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

Multi-Michelin star chef and television personality Gordon Ramsay, joined by the finalists of Season 17 HELL’S KITCHEN All-Stars and famous faces from the sports and entertainment world, celebrated the official grand opening of the first-ever Gordon Ramsay HELL’S KITCHEN restaurant at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas,on January 26. Since its soft opening in early January, the highly-anticipated restaurant has already received reservations for nearly 25,000 guests. Designed to be an experiential and immersive destination restaurant, guests at Gordon Ramsay HELL’S KITCHEN will feel transported to the studio set of the globally popular FOX television show. The inspiration from the hit show is evident from the signature fiery pitchfork – direct from the set of the popular TV show – that marks the entryway, to the life-size video screen of Chef Ramsay that greets guests upon arrival, to the chef uniforms and menu items. The winner of current Season 17 of HELL’S KITCHEN All-Stars will be named Head Chef and have portrait hung with the other previous champions on the winner’s wall.

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On Tuesday night, January 16, the HIGH ROLLER, the world’s tallest observation wheel located at The LINQ Promenade, turned blue in support of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) Foundation’s “GO TRUE BLUE” campaign launch. The Foundation also launched its Good Ticket program, designed in collaboration with local Girl Scout Sydney Ramenofsky, which provides recognition to LVMPD officers and Las Vegas Valley civilians for good deeds performed around the valley. The first Good Tickets, sponsored by Caesars Entertainment, were issued to nine LVMPD officers at The LINQ Promenade and included staycations at Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas resorts and complimentary rides on the High Roller.

In addition to the High Roller observation wheel, other landmarks around the Las Vegas Valley also turned blue in support of LVMPD. The campaign is part of an effort to encourage further support from the community for LVMPD through the LVMPD Foundation. The LVMPD Foundation raises funds to support and supplement LVMPD programs and initiatives including advanced officer training, updated equipment and more.

To start off the New Year on a positive note, on Thursday, January 18, HARD ROCK CAFE LAS VEGAS STRIP donated a $5,000 GRANT TO CLEVELAND CLINIC LOU RUVO CENTER FOR BRAIN HEALTH TO SUPPORT ITS MUSIC THERAPY PROGRAM. The Music Therapy Program helps those suffering from neurodegenerative diseases recall memories, reduce stress and improve relationships through music. Hard Rock International and its charitable arm, the Hard Rock Heals Foundation, selected Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas Strip out of over 200 Hard Rock properties around the world to receive this grant to support its local community.

Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas Strip donated an acoustic guitar as well as the $5,000 grant, box lunches for event attendees (many were Music Therapy patients and their caregivers) and arranged a performance by Betsy Holm, local singer/songwriter and frequent performer at Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas Strip’s Acoustic Breakfast.

AFFINITY GAMING donated $12,8000 to the UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER OF SOUTHERN NEVADA in recognition of their response to the tragic Oct. 1 shooting in Las Vegas. Affinity Gaming CEO Michael Silberling presented the check to Dr. John Fildes, chief of trauma and UNLV school of Medicine chief of surgery in front of many other members of University Medical Center and Affinity Gaming staff. "The generous donation from Affinity Gaming will go toward training our staff and help us maintain readiness in the event of another mass casualty" said Dr. Fildes. "What took place on Oct. 1 was 10 times what we see in one night, and we were so fortunate to be as prepared as we were."

The gift will go to the UMC Foundation, in support of UMC Emergency Services and Trauma Center, for the purchase of equipment and technology, training and education of UMC staff members and the broader community, counseling and support services for UMC staff and patients, and general UMC Trauma Center and Emergency Services operations. Affinity Gaming acknowledges the dedicated staff members at UMC that continue to provide advanced emergency and trauma services to the community and support their goal of continued and enhanced preparedness in the event of an emergency.

Music icon CHER, arrived at the world-famous Fountains of Bellagio to debut a new fountains show to her hit song, “Believe” on Wednesday evening, January 17. Joined by MGM Resorts International and AEG Presents executives, Cher viewed the new show for the first time alongside hundreds of fans that gathered at the Strip-side attraction.

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Cher at Fountains Show Debut at Bellagio - Photo credit: Al Powers for Bellagio

“It’s an honor to be part of the MGM Resorts entertainment family and to be included in such a spectacular landmark on the Las Vegas Strip,” said Cher.

Cher partnered with MGM Resorts International in 2016 to launch an exclusive extended engagement to perform at Park Theater, located at Monte Carlo in Las Vegas, and at The Theater at MGM National Harbor in Maryland. Since the premiere of CLASSIC CHER in February 2017, the over-the-top spectacle that celebrates the Cher’s phenomenal 50-year career has continued to receive rave reviews from across the globe, being hailed as a must see show by critics and audiences. CLASSIC CHER performances are currently running through February 3 and May 2 – 19 at Park Theater at Monte Carlo. The GRAMMY Award-winning song is the newest show choreographed by WET, the original Fountains’ creators. WET Executive Designer & Director of Choreography Peter Kopik carefully choreographed the show ensuring the rapid water movements matched the same vigorous energy showcased in the instantly recognizable song. The Fountains of Bellagio is complimentary with daily performances that rotate more than 30 songs.

On Tuesday, Jan. 23, one local Henderson resident won big while playing Double Super Times Pay video-poker at M Resort Spa Casino.The lucky Marquee Rewards member, who has decided to remain anonymous, turned his $35 bet into $400,000 after he was dealt a royal flush on Double Super Times Pay video-poker.

“It is always thrilling to see one of our guests win big,” said Ryan Scott, Director of Casino Operations at M Resort Spa Casino. “M Resort Spa Casino is proving to be a fantastic place to stay and play, especially as our Marquee Rewards program ramps up and exciting casino promotions are continually introduced.”

Within the heart of the Las Vegas Medical District, an intersection of two streets renamed during the last year has taken on special meaning following the One October shooting. The intersection of WELLNESS WAY AND HOPE PLACE now stands as a symbol of the extraordinary life-saving work performed at UMC, Valley Hospital and other nearby medical facilities. Wellness Way, formerly Bearden and Goldring Avenue, runs east from Shadow Lane (Bearden) and west from Shadow Lane just north of UMC (Goldring).According to Lois Tarkanian, Mayor Pro Tem, city of Las Vegas, the name change to Wellness Way was a unanimous decision of the Las Vegas Medical District and the department of Economic and Urban Development and in keeping with the vision of the area that is undergoing significant economic redevelopment as a result of the new medical school, improvements to existing medical facilities and the arrival of new businesses to support the growing area.

Hope Place, formerly known as Rose Street and renamed in March 2016, runs north and south in front of the UMC Trauma Center and Children’s Hospital of Nevada at UMC. According to UMC CEO Mason VanHouweling, the decision to rename the street was made months before the One October shooting to reflect the life-changing and life-saving care provided at the UMC Trauma Center and Children’s Hospital of Nevada at UMC on a daily basis.

The ELYSIAN LIVING FOUNDATION (ELF) raised more than $8,000 in its inaugural year of 2017 to benefit local charity organizations through the foundation's unique crowd-collecting platform. Throughout the year, Elysian Living residents and non-residents can commit to a small monthly donation that are pooled together. At year's end, half of all funds raised benefit a charity organization designated by ELF at the beginning of the year with the other half going to a charity nominated and voted upon by the members.

The Calida Group Managing Director and Co-Founder Douglas Eisner presented a $4,000 CHECK TO HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF LAS VEGAS' CEO Douglas Coombs in support of their mission to bring people together to build homes, communities and hope throughout Clark County. ELF members elected the Community Cat Coalition of Clark County to receive the remaining $4,000 to assist in the elimination of senseless euthanasia of feral and free-roaming cats in the Las Vegas valley.

"We're in the business of building not only homes, but communities that are socially engaged and involved," said Eisner. "We are proud to be able to give back and empower others to give back through the Elysian Living Foundation. Hopefully our residents' contribution will help change lives, one member at a time."

UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA LAS VEGAS took TOP HONORS IN THE DIVISION DANCE HIP HOP GAME DAY DANCE COMPETITION AT THE COLLEGE CHEERLEADING AND DANCE TEAM NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, which was held at the Walt Disney World Resort® in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, January 13 and 14. The event hosted more than 4,500 of the country’s top college cheerleaders, dancers and mascots from 220 teams with representation from 41 states and 10 countries. Competing were 117 squads in the cheerleading division and 103 teams in the dance team division. Cheerleading teams are judged on their stunting and tumbling skills, crowd-leading abilities and overall performance, while the dance competition is judged on choreography, technique, execution and overall effect.

Wednesday morning, January 24, marked the first physical step towards making Cashman Field the home of Las Vegas Lights Football Club (FC). At 8 a.m., an event was held to celebrate the beginning of the FIRST CONVERSION OF CASHMAN FIELD TO A SOCCER VENUE, led by Lights FC Owner & CEO Brett Lashbrook. Crews will begin to lay the first pieces of turf to convert the stadium into a traditional soccer pitch for the first of 20 home matches Lights FC will host this season. Lights FC play at Cashman begins Feb. 10, when Major League Soccer (MLS) club Montreal Impact comes to Downtown Las Vegas for the first game in club history. Wednesday's event was open to both the media and the general public, and those in attendance were be able to take home a commemorative piece of the first patch of turf laid for Lights FC play in the club's new home.

World-renowned DJ, record producer, and songwriter CALVIN HARRIS has extended his residency through 2020 with an exclusive partnership with Global hospitality company, Hakkasan Group. The platinum-selling artist will continue to play at a number of Las Vegas’ premier nightlife and daylife destinations including, OMNIA Nightclub at Caesars Palace, and Hakkasan Nightclub and WET REPUBLIC at MGM Grand.

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.’s One Piece Thousand Storm, a mobile game based on the hit anime series One Piece, has sets its sight on a celebration worthy of the lights on the Las Vegas Strip.  Las Vegas was specifically chosen for this celebration for the city’s audience, its international reputation of the city of entertainment, and the game producer’s love of all things Vegas.

Keeping with the pirate theme, family fun washed ashore as One Piece Thousand Storm took over Sirens Cove with a festival that began at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27 at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino. This special event celebrated the first anniversary of the worldwide version of the mobile game, One Piece Thousand Storm. The event, “ONE PIECE THOUSAND ISLAND STORM IN LAS VEGAS 2018,” i s a treasure chest for any fan of the series. From 2 – 9 p.m., Sirens Cove at Treasure Island transformed into a world of all things One Piece. Fans enjoyed photo-ops with One Piece characters with the Treasure Island pirate ship as a backdrop, as well as played One Piece Thousand Storm on the famed Las Vegas Strip for a chance to win huge prizes, and much more.  This event was FREE and open to the public of all ages.

THE SALVATION ARMY SOUTHERN NEVADA is once again partnering with the Safari Club International(SCI) Foundation and Sportsmen Against Hunger Committee to provide a WILD GAME COMMUNITY MEAL. The special Sportsmen Against Hunger™ meal, which will feed approximately 1,000 homeless and low-income individuals, will be held inside The Salvation Army’s Lied Dining Facility, located at 35 W. Owens, on Tuesday, Jan. 30, beginning at 2:30 p.m. The event will kick off the 2018 SCI Convention in Las Vegas.

NULEAF'S SIGNATURE SERIES continues in the new year with a LIVELY PARTY on Thursday, Feb. 1, 7-10 p.m. at NuLeaf Las Vegas, 430 E. Twain Ave.,featuring hip-hop legend Spice 1, live spinning by DJ Wizdumb, a VVG vape raffle and goodies from Glacé edibles. Admission: No cover, 21 and over with valid ID.

February's edition of FIRST FRIDAY on February 2 will be themed “ROCK & RISE,” continuing the current conversations about female empowerment, stopping harassment and abuse, and supporting awareness campaigns such as #TimesUp and #MeToo. The event includes discussions and performances encouraging respect (the “Rise” in Rock and Rise) for all people.Key elements for this month include: featured Artist, Steven Horlock, a Las Vegas artist who explores many genres and cultures; live entertainment by Powerful female guitar shredder Lita Ford who will end the evening performances with her set beginning at 9:30pm.; Liz Ortenburger, CEO of Safe Nest, who will deliver the opening message at 6:00 p.m. on the City of Las Vegas Stage about respecting and honoring each other. Emcee Michelle Rohl ROX "A tribute to Janis Joplin" will host the evening, introducing women rockers. The evening will benefit Safe Nest: First Friday will host raffles with giveaways, such as Magic Mike Tickets w/live meet and greet, helicopter rides, local restaurants, Pink Jeep tours, Mob Museum tickets and much more.Once again, the main stage moves to south end of Art Way parking lot.  Majority of artists/vendors move to First Street, extending to Hoover. Premium Parking available in lot in front of Mission building and Art Square (accessed via Coolidge and South Casino Center Blvd.).

R&B legend PEABO BRYSON is returning to Las Vegas with a special performance at the Dallas Events Center inside Texas Station Gamblng Hall & Hotel on Friday, February 2, at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $20.

BRANDON BOYD, an accomplished visual artist and lead singer of the platinum-selling rock band, Incubus, will present a large-scale display of fine art prints at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on Friday, Feb. 2 at 4:30 p.m. The display is located in front of The Joint entrance and will remain there through 2018. Boyd’s art display coincides with Incubus’ limited engagement at The Joint on Friday, Feb. 2 and Saturday, Feb. 3 and returning on Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31.

Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, the acclaimed venue located center-Strip on The Linq Promenade, is launching a new and ongoing local musicians’ showcase, designed to highlight Las Vegas’ best and brightest emerging artists. The NEON VALLEY SHOWCASE will be an ongoing performance series, debuting on Saturday, Feb. 3, and will feature an array of local acts sourced through online submissions solicited through the venue’s social media platforms. The event will feature performances by three local musical acts along with local visual artists, live painting, DJ sets, discounted bowling specials and more. The Neon Valley Showcase at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas is FREE to attend and open to the public, ages 18 and up.

Las Vegas’ original dayclub REHAB BEACH CLUB at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino prepares for an epic pool season with CASTING CALLS Monday, Feb. 5 – Tuesday and Feb. 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. inside The Joint. Available positions: Promotional models, Model servers,Model bartenders, Model barbacks, Model server assistants, Model food runners, VIP hosts, Promoters, Security officers, Lifeguards, Cashiers. Prospective employees auditioning for model positions should come dressed in swimsuits and sneakers. Non-model positions should come dressed in business casual attire.

The Gazillionaire is holding an OPEN CASTING CALL for Las Vegas-based specialty performers to join his stable of talented artists at Las Vegas’ #1 show, ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace. Auditions will be held for selected applicants at an undisclosed location in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Feb. 6.

How to Audition: Las Vegas-based specialty performers who are interested in auditioning for ABSINTHE should send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday, Feb. 2 with supporting materials, including a photo, video of their act, bio, and details of any technical requirements for their act. Selected applicants will be contacted with an audition time and location.

LEGENDS IN CONCERT has made history with its RECORD-BREAKING 35th SEASON ON THE VEGAS STRIP. The longest-running show in Las Vegas will bring audiences to their feet with performances paying tribute to Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Sting and for the first time in Legends’ history, a young Michael Jackson at Flamingo Las Vegas, February 3 through May 17.

Two of the world’s greatest rock bands - DEF LEPPARD and JOURNEY - are teaming up for a massive co-headlining North American tour composed of both stadium and arena concerts, half the shows being closed by Journey and half by Def Leppard. The tour will make a Las Vegas stop at T-Mobile Arena Saturday, Sept. 8 and will feature complete sets and all-new production from both bands, and an arsenal of their hits. Tickets go on sale beginning Saturday, Feb. 3

GRAMMY-nominated, multi-platinum rap superstar JEEZY brings the “Cold Summer Tour” to House of Blues Las Vegas on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018. Doors: 8 p.m. Show: 9 p.m. Ages: 18+ Ticket start at $39.50, plus applicable fees.

Downtown Las Vegas’ popular cocktail bar, Commonwealth will host “A KNIGHT WITH GATSBY” party to benefit the Vegas Golden Knights Foundation and the Tyler Robinson Foundation at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9. The event will feature prohibition-inspired cocktails, a champagne toast with a mystery Gatsby host, hors d’oeuvres courtesy of STK Las Vegas, live music from The Moonshiners Band, raffle prizes and the opportunity to mingle with Vegas Golden Knight Mascots and Vegas Golden Knights ice crew. Raffle prizes include tickets to local festival Life Is Beautiful, tickets to the Tyler Robinson Foundation Gala, featuring Imagine Dragons and tickets to Vegas Golden Knights games. Tickets include two cocktails and a champagne toast and are priced at $20 online and $30 at the door.

Las Vegans that can’t make it to PyeongChang for this year’s Winter Olympics can show support for Team USA by catching all the action at PKWY TAVERN, while enjoying rewards and discounts for every gold medal earned. Throughout the duration of the Winter Games, Feb. 9 – 25, all three PKWY Tavern locations (Marks, Rampart and Flamingo) will offer TEAM App loyalty members a free domestic beer every time the U.S. wins a gold medal via a push notification offer on the app (valid through end of day received).In addition, those that dine in at PKWY during the Olympics will receive a discount on their total bill based on the U.S. gold medal count at that time.

Raise a wine glass to love! Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Downtown Container Park announces the return of its monthly Wine, Walk & Shop line-up of events with “Love the WINE You’re With” Wine Tasting! Toast your loved ones and friends on as you sip unlimited wine n’ stroll the open-air shopping center and park!

On Saturday, February 10, from 5 to 8 p.m., Downtown Container Park’s monthly Wine & Beer Tasting series kicks off its 2018 roster with a Valentine’s Day-themed wine walk for love birds and friends alike. “LOVE THE WINE YOU'RE WITH WINE TASTING” attendees are invited to take a sunset stroll through Container Park side-by-side with your Valentine and enjoy live entertainment and unlimited wine tastings, while exploring boutique stores and gourmet small eateries like Las Vegas Valley-favorite JinJu Chocolates and recently opened Black Boutique, an all-black apparel and accessories specialty shop. Guests will follow romantically lit paths to wine stations located throughout the park – allowing love-drunk patrons to replenish their commemorative wine glass from a selection of over 20 wines, including red, white and rosé varietals. And, since it wouldn’t be a proper Valentine’s Day without chocolate, each “Love the WINE You’re With” Wine Tasting ticket comes paired with complimentary chocolates for a match made in Container Park heaven! Tickets to the event are on sale now for $25 online or at Downtown Container Park’s gates for $30.

Liberal political podcast, Pod Save America, co-hosted by Jon Favreau, Tommy Vietor, Jon Lovett, Daniel Pfeiffer and special guests is hitting the road and making a stop at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on Sunday, Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. POD TOURS AMERICA is a live, no-nonsense conversation about politics, the press and the challenges posed by the Trump presidency. Tickets start at $39.50. A limited number of student discount tickets are available for purchase in person at the box office with a student ID.

Two of Las Vegas’ most beloved and highly-regarded entertainers, CLINT HOLMES AND EARL TURNER are taking the stage together to celebrate the ‘soundtrack’ of our lives in SOUNDTRACK: Your Songs. Our Stories. The Show. The latest collaboration between these two Las Vegas legends will debut inside the famed Westgate International Theater at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 7 p.m. Based on the music of our lives, past and present, Earl and Clint will combine their unique energy, voices, humor and life experiences to bring new life to the music that makes up the soundtracks of our lives. The audience will reminisce to songs that make us all ‘remember when’ and celebrate the music of some of today’s great contemporary artists.  SOUNDTRACK: Your Songs. Our Stories. The Show. will perform Thursday through Sunday at 7 p.m. inside the International Westgate Theater at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, beginning Wednesday. February 14, 2018. Tickets are $48, $58, $78 and $98 plus tax and fees and can be purchased at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino Box Office.

Internationally renowned hairstylist, CLAUDE BARUK of Claude BARUK Salons at Wynn and Encore, has been nominated for excellence in hairstyling by the Hollywood Beauty Awards. The fourth annual black tie dinner gala to announce the winners for 2018 will be held at Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 25.

Rampart Casino welcomed their newest player to the team – STEVE MIKKELSON as RACE & SPORTS DIRECTOR. Mikkelson will be overseeing the daily operations of The Race & Sports Book.


Award-winning New York Burger joint, BLACK TAP CRAFT BURGERS & BEER is now open at The Venetian Las Vegas. The internationally recognized restaurant from Michelin starred chef Joe Isidori and noted restaurateur Chris Barish features award-winning burgers and Instagram-worthy milkshakes.

On Thursday, Feb. 1, MANCHU WOK will officially open in the food court of the Plaza Hotel & Casino, offering fast and fresh Chinese cuisine in the heart of downtown Las Vegas. Manchu WOK at the Plaza will offer a special promotion to celebrate its official grand opening weekend. From Thursday, Feb. 1 through Sunday, Feb. 4, customers can buy a two item combo plate for just $5 (regular price $8.99). Choosing from any two items, such as Orange Chicken, Honey Garlic Chicken, Beef and Broccoli, General Tso’s Chicken or Fresh Vegetables, plus rice or noodles, two item combo plates offer diners almost endless options to create a delicious meal.

Celebrity sightings:

Saturday, January 27...

Superstar Jennifer Lopez and her all-star boyfriend Alex Rodriguez were spotted at Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge inside Bellagio Las Vegas. The couple enjoyed a quiet date night dinner before making their way to T-Mobile Arena where Lopez headlined the 2018 Calibash concert.

Thursday afternoon, Jan. 25...

American rapper Post Malone was spotted at Herringbone Las Vegas Restaurant inside ARIA Resort & Casino.

Wednesday, January 24...

Six-time MLB All-Star Jose Canseco, two-time Super Bowl Champion quarterback Jim McMahon and former NBA player Jimmy King were spotted attending the the 10 p.m. performance of Absinthe at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

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Jose Canseco, Jim McMahon, and Jimmy King Attend ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace - Photo credit: JosephSanders Spiegelworld

Monday, January 22...

Vegas Golden Knights star William Karlsson was spotted at TAO Asian Bistro in The Venetian with former teammates.

NHL standouts Zach Werenski and Pierre-Luc Dubois of the Columbus Blue Jackets were spotted attending the 7 p.m. performance of Mat Franco -Magic Reinvented Nightly in the Mat Franco Theater at The LINQ Hotel & Casino.

Friday, January 19...

Singer and actor Nick Jonas was spotted dining at Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant inside the MGM Grand.

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Nick Jonas at Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant - Photo Credit: Joe Janet

Wednesday afternoon, January 17...

In the afternoon, actor Justin Hartley, best known for his lead role in the NBC drama “This Is Us,” made a surprise appearance at BEER PARK at Paris Las Vegas.

Scheana Shay and Chester Lockhart, stars of the smash hit comedy, "Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man," held an educational session of their own at the male revue, Thunder from Down Under inside the Excalibur Hotel and Casino. Scheana Shay ("Vanderpump Rules") and Chester Lockhart (MTV) along with a few friends had an amazing time seeing the famous Aussies grooving and shaking all night long. Scheana even found herself as part of the show when she was taken on stage during one of the numbers.

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Scheana Shay and Chester Lockhart at Thunder from Down Under

Sunday night, January 14...

President Trump's daughter Tiffany, along with actress Abigail Breslin, dined at Beauty & Essex in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The two friends were joined by nine others including Breslin’s boyfriend.

John Branca, co-executor of the Estate of Michael Jackson and Executive producer of Michael Jackson ONE and his fiancé,  model Jenna Hurt, attended MICHAEL JACKSON ONE by Cirque du Soleil at the Michael Jackson Theater at Mandalay Bay Casino and Resorts.

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Jenna Hurt and John Braca - Photo courtesy of Michael Jackson ONE

Saturday, January 13...

In the afternoon, First Daughter Tiffany Trump celebrated her friend Andrew Warren’s birthday at LAVO Party Brunch in The Palazzo. Accompanying the first daughter was her friend Peter Brant.

Recording artist Wiz Khalifa and couple Ty Dolla $ign and Lauren Jauregui enjoyed dinner together at LAVO Italian Restaurant in The Palazzo.

French Montana took over the party at Marquee Nightclub in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas with a special performance in honor of the nightclub’s seventh anniversary. Before heading to the party, the rapper dined at Beauty & Essex with his entourage.

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