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Shepard Fairey and Frank Zummo Unveil One-of-a-Kind Drum Kit and Art Display at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Artist and activist Shepard Fairey, known for his OBEY art campaign, alongside co-founder of Street Drum Corps and drummer for Sum 41, Frank Zummo, unveiled their original SJC Custom Drums titled “Rise Above” at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on Friday, February 16. Fairey, who is well-known for his Barack Obama "Hope" poster during the 2008 U.S. presidential election, also debuted eight hand-painted wooden panels that surround the “Rise Above” drum kit. Fairey and Zummo were joined by Sum 41 band members including Deryck Whibley, Cone McCaslin and Dave "Brownsound” Baksh; as well as friends, family and fans.

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Photo credit: Jeff Ragazzo/Kabik Photo Group

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Photo credit: Jeff Ragazzo/Kabik Photo Group

The event kicked off when Beau Dobney, artist relations & exhibits coordinator at Hard Rock Hotel, welcomed the crowd and introduced Fairey, Zummo and Mike Ciprari with SJC Drums. The trio each took turns discussing the background on the drums and how they came to life, before lifting off a black sheet and exposing the drum kit. The unveiling concluded with the group mingling with fans, posing for photos and signing autographs.

Finished by Shepard Fairey and titled “Rise Above,” the one-of-a-kind drum kit at Hard Rock Hotel, has been printed with a dark organic patterns and three-dimensional woodgrain mandalas on each shell. The drum kit was used by Frank Zummo from 2016-2017 during Sum 41’s U.S. and Canada tours, festivals and the 2017 Alternative Press Music Awards. The drum kit will remain at Hard Rock Hotel for the next three years.

“The Rise Above art piece deconstructs guns and repurposes them from weapons into components of a mandala. There is a power in making something beautiful out of ingredients that are cold and threatening. I hope the Rise Above gun mandala can be a metaphor for spiritual transformation toward peace and harmony,” said Shepard Fairey.

Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas Resorts Celebrates Lunar New Year With Ribbon Cutting and Lion Dance Parades

In honor of the Lunar New Year, Caesars Palace hosted a lively lion dance parade to celebrate the Year of the Dog and bring good luck to the iconic resort on Saturday, Feb. 17. President and Chief Executive Officer of Caesars Entertainment Mark Frissora, Regional President of Caesars Palace Gary Selesner and President of International Marketing for Caesars Palace Jon Jaggers participated in a traditional lion eye painting ceremony to kick off the parade at the resort’s porte cochère and main entrance.

Chinese New Year 2018 Caesars Palace Eye Painting Ceremony Caesars Entertainment President CEO Mark Frissora
Chinese New Year 2018 Caesars Palace Eye Painting Ceremony Caesars Entertainment President CEO Mark Frissora - Photo credit: Patrick Gray/Kabik Photo Group

After the eye painting ceremony, the lion dancers continued the parade through Palace Court, Beijing Noodle No. 9, the recently opened Pronto by Giada, Bacchanal Buffet and MR CHOW. Caesars Palace welcomed guests with elaborate decorations on the casino floor including hanging lanterns, banners, firecrackers and a blossom tree.

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Lion Dance - Photo credit: Patrick Gray/Kabik Photo Group

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Lion Dance - Photo credit: Patrick Gray/Kabik Photo Group

To bring good luck across the city, Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas Resorts also hosted lion dance performances at Bally’s Las Vegas, The Cromwell, Flamingo Las Vegas, Harrah’s Las Vegas, The LINQ Hotel & Casino, The LINQ Promenade, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and Paris Las Vegas from Feb. 16-17.

The LINQ Promenade began its four-day Lunar New Year festival on Feb. 16 with a ribbon cutting featuring Chinese dignitaries, local government officials, leaders of major Chinese community associations and Caesars Entertainment executives. Guests also enjoyed live cultural performances and dragon dances on The LINQ Fountain Stage with the High Roller Observation Wheel lit red and gold in the background.

Chinese New Year 2018 The LINQ Promenade Dragon Dance
Chinese New Year 2018 The LINQ Promenade Dragon Dance - Photo credit: Gabe Ginsberg

Chinese New Year 2018 The LINQ Promenade Ribbon Cutting
Chinese New Year 2018 The LINQ Promenade Ribbon Cutting - Photo credit: Gabe Ginsberg

Additional lion dance performances took place at The LINQ Promenade at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 18 and Monday, Feb. 19 and will also take place at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28.

Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada Commemorates 40th Anniversary with Torch Relay Down the Las Vegas Strip

Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada commemorated the start of the organization’s 40th anniversary year in bold fashion on Sunday, Feb. 11 as Candlelighters children, local dignitaries, celebrities and first responders took to the world-famous Las Vegas Strip to honor local families’ fight against pediatric cancer.

In a nod to the Olympic year, Candlelighters’ children and their parents, paired with local celebrities and community first responders, passed a lit torch every quarter-mile along the length of Las Vegas Boulevard ending at the Downtown Container Park on Fremont Street where a final cauldron was lit honoring every family Candlelighters has touched over the past 40 years. The flame is symbolic of Candlelighters’ cancer journey.

Following the final ceremony, which was presided over by host Mark Shunock, Candlelighters families enjoyed a performance from local band, Lonesome Highway, as well as face painting and other children’s activities at Downtown Container Park.

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Chet Buchanan Nick Carter Brittany Phillips Mia Theriault and Mark Shunock - Photo credit: Denise Truscello

Celebrity relay participants included: Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys, two-time World Series champion Jose Canseco, two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Jim McMahon, professional BMX dirt jumper Ricardo Laguna, Heather King and Agnes Wilczynski from Animal Planet’s “Tanked,” Clint and Kelly Holmes, comedian Martin Montana, magician David Goldrake, magician Murray SawChuck, Kevin Burke from Defending the Caveman, Santana Jackson from MJ Live, cast members from WOW, cast members from Chippendales, and The Bronx Wanderers. In addition, County Commissioners Marilyn Kirkpatrick and James Gibson helped to kick-off the ceremony at the Welcome to Las Vegas sign while local first responders from the Clark County Fire Department and Clark County Metro Police Department accompanied Candlelighters’ runners across the route. Families unable to make the event were able to watch the procession online during a Facebook Live event hosted by KLUC’s Chet Buchanan on Candlelighters’ Facebook page.

Alyssa Smith with Nick Carter
Alyssa Smith with Nick Carter - Photo credit: Denise Truscello

Benji Sanchez with Jose Canseco
Benji Sanchez with Jose Canseco - Photo credit: Denise Truscello

Brittany Phillips and Mia Theriault
Brittany Phillips and Mia Theriault - Photo credit: Denise Truscello

Chippendales with Abigail Coeto Juarez
Chippendale hunks with Abigail Coeto Juarez - Photo credit: Denise Truscello

Family of Cooper Ricciardi with Jim McMahon
Family of Cooper Ricciardi with Jim McMahon - Photo credit: Denise Truscello

Hannah Fitzgerald with Ricardo Laguna and Murray SawChuck
Hannah Fitzgerald with Ricardo Laguna and Murray SawChuck - Photo credit: Denise Truscello

James Kish and Abigail Coeto Juarez
James Kish and Abigail Coeto Juarez - Photo credit: Denise Truscello

Melissa Cipriano Brittany Phillips and Mia Theriault
Melissa Cipriano Brittany Phillips and Mia Theriault - Photo credit: Denise Truscello

Ricardo Laguna with Luci LaMonica and Family
Ricardo Laguna with Luci LaMonica and Family - Photo credit: Denise Truscello

Torch Relay Finale at Downtown Container Park
Torch Relay Finale at Downtown Container Park - Photo credit: Denise Truscello

“A cancer diagnosis is devastating for families,” said Melissa Cipriano, Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada executive director. “For the past 40 years, Candlelighters has been there to provide emotional and financial support as well as quality of life programs taking a holistic approach to treating the whole family, through all stages of treatment and across the spectrum of services.

“We hope, one day, there will come a time when no one in our community faces this devastating disease; but, until that day comes, we are here to support our families in their fight. Our torch relay was designed to honor each of our Candlelighters’ cancer journeys, across the past 40 years, and we stand with them in solidarity.”

The Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada torch relay was just the start of what promises to be a big anniversary year for the nonprofit. With the aim of increasing both awareness for the organization’s cause as well as funds to support families in their fight against pediatric cancer, there are many ways to support Candlelighters’ mission. Annual events include the popular Super Hero 5K, Camp Independent Firefly and the annual ShineGOLD for Cancer campaign in September.

Candlelighters’ next large event will be the Evening of Hope Gala on Saturday, March 10 at Enclave Las Vegas. Celebrating all of Candlelighters’ children and their families, Evening of Hope includes a fun night of art, entertainment and the finest culinary delights from across the Las Vegas Valley. Tickets may be purchased by visiting CandlelightersNV.org.

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

Friday afternoon, February 9, the Backstreet Boys made a surprise visit to approximately 270 children at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada (BGCSNV) Lied Memorial Clubhouse.

After being introduced by KLUC’s Chet Buchanan, the Las Vegas headliners were welcomed to the club by BGCSNV President/CEO Andy Bischel, who presented each Backstreet Boy with his own BGCSNV t-shirt and membership card, making them honorary members. Bischel also thanked the Backstreet Boys, Live Nation Las Vegas and Caesars Entertainment for the contributions they have made to the clubs by donating $1 of every ticket sold to the Backstreet Boys Las Vegas residency show back to BGCSNV.

Some of the kids then competed in a dance off, with the Backstreet Boys showing off their own dance moves. The afternoon ended with the pop group playing basketball with the kids and posing for a photo in the club’s gymnasium.

The Backstreet Boys are currently performing their record-breaking headlining residency, “BACKSTREET BOYS: LARGER THAN LIFE” at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Tickets for shows through November 2018 are on sale now.

GRAMMY award-winning band IMAGINE DRAGONS made a surprise appearance at a LAS VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS game last week in support of their nonprofit organization, the TYLER ROBINSON FOUNDATION (TRF).

Imagine Dragons - Photo credit: Emily Wilson

Devoted to strengthening families financially and emotionally as they cope with the tragedy of a pediatric cancer diagnosis by providing grants specifically to offset out-of-pocket life expenses, TRF partnered with the Vegas Golden Knights Foundation to draw awareness for the organization’s mission and raise funds during the Tuesday, Feb. 13 game at T-Mobile Arena.

The Vegas Golden Knights Foundation serves as the primary charitable link between the NHL's newest team and the Las Vegas community by supporting Las Vegas non-profits that make a difference every day via direct grants and fundraising partnerships. In addition to the in-game fundraiser, TRF and the Golden Knights Foundation recently teamed up for a dual fundraiser during “A Knight with Gatsby” event at Commonwealth in downtown Las Vegas. That fundraiser generated $6,000 for both organizations.

DENNIS BONO, star of The Dennis Bono Show, the longest running musical entertainment broadcast in Las Vegas history has extended his contract through 2018 with Michael Gaughan's South Point Hotel-Casino. Dennis' one hour variety show is celebrating 18 years of continuous weekly broadcasts. In addition to the broadcasts in 191 cities on CRN Cable Television, Las Vegas and the United States, The Dennis Bono Show is also aired on 104.7 FM, KJUL Radio in Las Vegas and can be heard on the internet on iTunes and SOUNDCLOUD as a Podcast.

The Golden Tiki, Las Vegas' world-famous premier tiki bar, has announced a SPECIAL CELEBRATION FOR DON THE BEACHCOMBER'S BIRTHDAY. On Thursday, Feb. 22 from 9 p.m. to midnight, The Golden Tiki will host a tribute to the founder of  tiki cocktail culture with several of Las Vegas' preeminent bartenders, a special performance by house band The Sharps, and more revelry. Bartenders will be offering their original takes on Donn Beach classic cocktails for a special price during the event. Guests are encouraged to dress in Hawaiian shirts and tiki wear. Admission is free.

Todd Rundgren, Kasim Sulton, Willie Wilcox (“Utopia”) and Ralph Schuckett (“Todd Rundgren’s Utopia”) are reuniting for their first North American tour since the Chernobyl nuclear reactor exploded. TODD RUNDGREN’S UTOPIA will perform at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas Saturday, May 26 at 7 p.m. Tickets range in price from $49 to $109 (plus applicable service fees) and go on sale Friday, Feb. 23 at 10 a.m. PST at the Hard Rock Hotel box office.

As part of their upcoming summer co-headlining amphitheater tour, celebrated American rock bands COHEED AND CAMBRIA AND TAKING BACK SUNDAY will make a Las Vegas stop at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas Friday, Aug. 10 at 6 p.m. Northern California act THE STORY SO FAR will be the opener on all dates. Tickets range in price from $59.50 to $129.50 (plus applicable service fees) and go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, Feb. 23 at 10 a.m. PST at the Hard Rock Hotel box office.

Acclaimed alternative rock pioneers THE SMASHING PUMPKINS featuring founding members Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, and James recently announced the Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour, their first tour in nearly 20 years. Their North American tour will make a Las Vegas stop at T-Mobile Arena Sunday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Friday, Feb. 23 at 10 a.m. PST.  Tickets range in price from $36 to $168 (not including applicable service charges).

Multi-platinum artist POST MALONE announced his upcoming North American tour with multi-platinum rapper 21 SAVAGE and special guest SOB X RBE will make a Las Vegas stop at Park Theater at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino Friday, June 22 at 8 p.m. Tickets range in price from $45.50 to $102.50 (not including applicable service charges or fees) and go on sale to the general public starting Friday, Feb. 23 at 10 a.m. PST.

GRANT A GIFT AUTISM FOUNDATION along with SHAWN STOCKMAN of the hit R&B group BOYZ II MEN, his wife Sharhonda, and their non-profit organization, MICAH'S VOICE, have come together to announce GRANT A VOICE, a two-month-long crowdfunding campaign. The Stockman’s son, Micah, is living with an autism diagnosis. Designed to raise awareness or the 1 in 68 affected by autism and to raise money for both Las Vegas’ Grant a Gift Autism Foundation and the Stockman’s national foundation Micah’s Voice, the campaign will call on the public to donate and share messages on social media channels beginning Monday, Feb. 26. Donations and additional information can be found at www.GrantAVoice.org.

Beginning February 28, THE D LAS VEGAS will saddle up as the first Downtown Las Vegas casino to feature the new-to-market FORTUNE CUPMECHANICAL HORSE RACING GAME. Created by Konami Gaming, Inc. and to be housed on property’s second-level Vintage Vegas casino floor, the new addition brings modern technology improvements to a high-demand gaming format. Fortune Cup will feature a 9-foot wide mechanical track with eight horses synchronized to real-time digital animation of the game’s action through connected LCD displays. Powered by Konami’s cutting-edge, cross-platform game engine, it includes 10 individualized betting stations with an intuitive touchscreen interface.

In celebration of World Wildlife Day, on March 1- 4, SIEGFRIED & ROY'S SECRET GARDEN AND DOLPHIN HABITAT at The Mirage invites guests to participate in educational activities designed to demonstrate the importance of protecting the world’s wild animals. This year’s theme is “BIG CATS: PREDATORS UNDER THREAT.”Activities and information stations located throughout the Secret Garden and Sustainability Center will demonstrate to visitors why these animals are vulnerable, threatened or endangered and what they can do to help. Artwork from a local elementary school will be on display in the underwater viewing area of the Dolphin Habitat. Adults: $22; Children (4-12): $17; Children (3 and under): Complimentary. Children ages 4-12 wearing clothing representing the theme “Big Cats: Predators Under Threat” will receive complimentary admission March 1-4.

Internationally-famed magician, Xavier Mortimer, invites Spring Breakers with a valid university I.D. to enjoy an unforgettable journey into his newly-renewed spellbinding production, Xavier Mortimer’s Magical Dream at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino’s Sin City Theatre,with complimentary upgrade to VIP seating from Thursday, March 1 through Sunday, April 1. The 70-minute show is comprised of more than 14 acts and an unconventional cast of characters, including the wonders of Mary Poppins, the theatrics of Charlie Chaplin and the animation of Mickey Mouse, along with an original soundtrack created by the former Cirque du Soleil performer.Xavier Mortimer’s Magical Dream is at 7 p.m. every night, except for Fridays, with tickets priced at $49 for general admission and $69 for VIP, excluding tax and box office fees.

On Friday night, March 2, 2018, popular Las Vegas vocalist MICHELLE JOHNSON presents “SPOTLIGHT: My Journey from Backstage to Centerstage” in Myron’s CABARET JAZZ AT THE SMITH CENTER. The intimate, one-woman up-close-and-personal, musical show will highlight the multi-talented songstress’ behind-the-scenes experiences as a Broadway actress, session singer, and backup singer for artists including Paul McCartney, Barbra Streisand, Elton John, Sheena Easton, Gladys Knight, David Cassidy, Rosalind Cash, Lesley Gore, Slash, Paul Rogers (Bad Company), the Platters, and many, many more.  Audiences at “SPOTLIGHT” will experience great selections of jazz, R&B, rock, and pop in recognition of her association with iconic megastars in each category. “SPOTLIGHT” will take place at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $22 plus applicable taxes and fees.

Tony Award-winner performer JOHN LLOYD YOUNG returns to THE SPACE for another two-night engagement making him the first internationally-acclaimed performer to return to The Space’s stage.  The star of the hit musical “Jersey Boys” on both Broadway and the Clint Eastwood-directed film, is set to grace the stage for two nights only on Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3. This very special evening will feature a variety of music from Young’s award-winning Broadway career and as a solo artist.Tickets are $45, $65, and $85, not including applicable fees. Two drink minimum applies.

DRAI'S BEACHCLUB, atop The Cromwell will open its doors for the 2018 pool season on Friday, March 2. The Strip’s only rooftop beach club will thrill partygoers each weekend this season with high-energy sets by the world’s most-acclaimed DJs and live concert performances by chart-topping recording artists.

First Friday Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, announces that March 2nd FIRST FRIDAY'S THEME IS “THINK”, – asking the community to think about some of the pressing issues in our world today. Art sparks ideas and conversations, and can inspire deep thought about some of the challenges we face as humans. Really stopping to THINK about the issues at hand is the first step towards action, and is necessary to effect positive change. Key elements for this month include: First Friday's Featured Artist – Lucas Rome, AKA Mr. MK Ultra, a street graffiti artist born. He uses spray cans and acrylic paint to airbrush and paint his electric colors, showcasing brooding themes. Live entertainment – 5:00PM DeBlanc Music; 6:15PM Rising Stars; 7:30PM Half Step; 8:45PM, The Wild Sparrows, an indie Americana/ folk rock band from Las Vegas; 10:00PM Teej. KidZone - Join the Girls Scouts of America in building a marshmallow tower, and enjoy other S.T.E.A.M. initiative activities inspiring thought and learning for kids of all ages. FIRST FRIDAY FOOTPRINT – 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.).

CABO WABO CANTINA, located inside  Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino will satisfy NASCAR fans’ need for speed with VIEWING PARTIES and drink specials from Friday, March 2 through Sunday, March 4. Cabo’s Strip-side patio will offer front and center views of the official kick off to NASCAR weekend, the Hauler Parade, set to rumble down the Las Vegas Strip at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 1. During the weekend, NASCAR enthusiasts can watch drivers zip around the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on any of Cabo Wabo’s numerous flat-panel big-screen TVs.

Crazy Horse III (located at 3525 W. Russell Rd.) invite guests to race in for VIEWING PARTIES and beer bucket specials in celebration of the highly-anticipated 2018 PENNZOIL WEEKEND from Friday, March 2 through Sunday, March 4. Crazy Horse III will handle the driving, offering complimentary limo service, pending availability.

HBO and Sesame Workshop - in collaboration with many local public television stations and community-based organizations - recently announced "SESAME STREET: F IS FOR FRIENDS", A FREE MALL TOUR inspired by the 48th season of Sesame Street. This special tour event will debut at FASHION SHOW LAS VEGAS on Saturday, March 3. This immersive limited-engagement tour includes a 15-minute show starring costumed Elmo and Abby Cadabby characters, filled with stories and songs about celebrating similarities and differences between friends. Free to families in ten cities, shows will be repeated throughout the day at each participating mall. Families will also enjoy character meet-and-greets, digital activity stations, photo opportunities that include Cookie Monster's new food truck, and more. New this year, "Sesame Street: F is for Friends" will also make private stops at community-based organizations including libraries, family shelters, and childcare centers.

FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE, the five-block entertainment district located in historic downtown Las Vegas, will celebrate NASCAR Weekend with FREE, non-stop live entertainment and a high-energy performance by 38 SPECIAL on Saturday, March 3 beginning at 9 p.m. Best known for their timeless hits including “Hold On Loosely,” “Rockin’ Into the Night,” “Caught Up in You” and “Fantasy Girl,” 38 Special will take over 3rd Street Stage for a full-length performance featuring their signature blast of Southern Rock as part of the 15th annual RaceJam concert during the 2018 Pennzoil 400 Weekend.The 15th annual RaceJam celebration is open to fans of all ages with no charge for admission.

In the spirit of this year's festival of Purim, a Jewish holiday that commemorates the salvation of its people, various Jewish organizations valley-wide are teaming up to present the inaugural QUEEN ESTHER'S BALL from 8 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, March 3 at The Center (401 S. Maryland Pkwy.). Open to the public, the colorful all-gender costume party will feature refreshing libations, an assortment of dessert, live DJ entertainment and a costume contest with cash prizes. All proceeds from the event will benefit The Gay & Lesbian Center of Southern Nevada, a community-based organization that promotes activities directed at furthering the well-being, positive image and human rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community and its allies. Individual tickets start at $36 a person. Sponsorship levels start at $1,000 and includes admission for four individuals.

Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, along with new sponsor Boston Beer Company’s Sam ’76, presents the second installment of the local musicians’ performance series, THE NEON VALLEY SHOWCASE, on Thursday, March 8 at 7 p.m. Chop 808 & Itsrayiguess, Von Kim and Ekoh will be the featured artists for the March 8 engagement, with DJ AR performing before, between, and after the three other select artists’ sets.As a presenting sponsor, Boston Beer Company will be providing Sam ’76 merchandise and product for winners of monthly lane giveaway contests, as well as to the of-age performers selected to participate in the showcase itself. Brooklyn Bowl will have special pricing on Sam ’76 for guests throughout each each of the showcase’s performances. Additionally, Brooklyn Bowl, in conjunction with Boston Beer Company, will be holding a banner art design contest for a 20-by-30-foot banner, which will be hung on stage at each Neon Valley Showcase. Design submissions are being accepted from the public for a design that incorporates the Neon Valley Showcase and Sam ’76 logos. The Neon Valley Showcase at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, which is designed to highlight Las Vegas’ best and brightest emerging artists, is FREE to attend and open to the public for all ages.

Song stylists CHADWICK JOHNSON AND JONATHAN KARRANT will perform at Myron’s Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, March 8th 2018 at 8:00pm.  These two diverse artists share a rare musical synergy on stage; from Jonathan’s unique Jazz chops to Chadwick's soul stirring vocal stylings making for an unforgettable performance.Tickets for this show are $25, $33 and $40 plus tax and applicable fees and are available for purchase today. Tickets can be purchased in-person at The Smith Center for Performing Arts Box Office at 361 Symphony Park Avenue, On Saturday, March 10, New York New York Hotel & Casino invites Las Vegans and visitors alike to join the crusade against childhood cancer at the NINTH ANNUAL ST. BALDRICK'S DAY HEAD SHAVING EVENT. The fun-filled celebration will take place on the property’s iconic Brooklyn Bridge from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with some of Las Vegas’ best entertainers participating as celebrity head-shavers as shavees shed their locks in support of the St. Baldrick's Foundation. The event is FREE and open to the public.Those interested in braving a shave for the cause can register on site the day of the event. Group registration also is available for teams and organizations.

The St. Baldrick’s Day festivities will kick off with a special appearance by the Las Vegas Pipe Band followed by celebrity guest appearances by cast members from MAGIC MIKE LIVE, ABSINTHE, BAZ—Star Crossed Love, INFERNO, FANTASY, ZUMANITY by Cirque du Soleil and more. Family-friendly entertainment, including balloon art, face painting and a raffle with exciting prizes, also will be featured.

THE SAYERS CLUB at SLS Las Vegas will travel back in time for a glitzy, one-time exclusive performance of DIZZY WITH A DAME at 10 p.m. on Thursday, March 8. The cabaret-style show will entice guests into a tantalizing night of seduction through curated song, dance and specialty acts. The Sayers Club will be evocative of a dimly-lit 1920s hideaway and transport guests into an old-world ambience complemented by burlesque, nostalgic glamour and retro style with a modern twist. Tickets start at $20, excluding tax and fees. Doors open at 9 p.m. with the show beginning at 10 p.m. for this 21+ event. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Tickets are on sale for THE LECTURE SERIES "THE '21' EXPERIENCE, A GENDER PAY GAP CONFERENCE”, will take place on Sunday, March 11 from 1-4 p.m. at The Oquendo Center, 2425 E. Oquendo Road, Las Vegas, where guests will witness discussions about the disparate gap in pay between women and men across all industries, races, age groups, demographics, and education levels. The conference will include a compelling timeline of events, laws, and efforts that have suppressed and limited women's efforts to succeed and excel in the workplace and entrepreneurship. . Some of the keynote speakers include: Dr. Lois Tarkanian, Las Vegas Councilwoman for Ward 1, Mayor Pro Tem of Las Vegas; Michelle Ansani, Financial Executive, MBA (Risk Management), Former Sr. Director of Quality and Complaint Program and Operations, Capital One Finance; Maria Dent, Nevada State Director for AARP and Erika Washington, Nevada State Director for Make It Work Campaign, 1st Vice Chair of Clark County Democratic Party, Former Director of Development, Las Vegas Urban League. Following the conference, guests are invited to attend the cocktail reception to network and meet with the keynote speakers, while enjoying passed hors d'oeuvres and an open bar. Prior to Feb. 21, tickets will be $79. After that date, tickets will be priced at $99.

’80s Latin pop girl group FLANS is back together again to bring their Asi Somos Tour to House of Blues Las Vegas on Sunday, March 18. Show starts 8:30pm. Doors open 7:30pm. Ages: 18+ Tickets start at $42, plus applicable fees and go on sale Friday, Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. PT

Restaurant Openings:

BRETT RAYMER, reality star of Animal Planet’s hit show ‘Tanked’ has opened a fourth Las Vegas location of his “DONUT MANIA”.  Donut Maniacs can now get their sweet tooth fix in Summerlin, at 1930 Village Center Circle Ste 4, open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily .A grand opening for the Summerlin location is scheduled for Sunday, March 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The theme of the opening will be a Celebrity Donut Olympics. Las Vegas headliners, entertainers and media will compete in doughnut challenges. Confirmed attendees include Tenors of Rock, Magician Murray Sawchuck, Jennifer Romas and the cast of SEXXY, and many more. The event is FREE and open to the public.

Celebrated chef, author and television personality, Giada De Laurentiis, has officially opened her second restaurant, PRONTO BY GIADA, at Caesars Palace. Guests can now take a quick bite of the good life with De Laurentiis’ signature California-Italian fare but in a fast, casual format.

Counter-cultural themed restaurant CHEBA HUT "TOASTED" SUBS is now open, bringing a unique taste and atmosphere for Las Vegans to enjoy sandwiches, salads and various munchies. "We are incredibly stoked to bring Chēba Hut to Las Vegas and have the community experience our iconic vibe and quality food options," said Chēba Hut Founder Scott Jennings. "There really is no other restaurant like Chēba Hut - you'll have to experience it yourself to truly understand!" Chēba Hut is located at 2550 S. Rainbow Blvd, Suite 113 and is open daily 10 a.m.-midnight.

Celebrity sightings:

Sunday, February 18...

"Vanderpump Rules" star James Kennedy was spotted at the smash-hit comedy "Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man," at Paris Las Vegas. After the show, the star caught up with his Bravo costar and Las Vegas headliner star Scheana Shay, during the meet-and-greet.

On the heels of a big win against the Montreal Canadiens and the amazing Cirque du Soleil and Blue Man Group performances on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena, Colin Miller treated himself and a few friends to the 7 p.m performance of “O” by Cirqu du Soleil.

Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Colin Miller poses with friends during meet and greet with talented O artists on Sunday Feb. 18
Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Colin Miller poses with friends during meet and greet with talented O artists on Sunday Feb. 18 - Photo courtesy of “O” by Cirqu du Soleil

Supermodel/TV host Heidi Klum made it a family affair as she and her four children visited Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil. After the show, Klum enjoyed a backstage meet-and-greet with cast members where she posed for photos and praised the high-energy performance, at one point saying she wanted to get up and do the “Thriller” dance.

Supermodel Heidi Klum meets with cast of MJ ONE on Sunday Feb. 18 2018
Supermodel Heidi Klum meets with cast of MJ ONE on Sunday Feb. 18 2018 - Photo courtesy of MJ ONE by Cirque du Soleil

Saturday, February 17...

Members of the band Pentatonix were spotted at TAO in the Venetian. Beginning their night with dinner, the group celebrated the birthday of their newest member Matt Sallee before heading up to the nightclub to continue the festivities.

Also at TAO Nightclub was Texas Governor Greg Abbott with his daughter Audrey Abbott who celebrated her recent 21st birthday with a group of friends.

Friday, February 16...

In between rehearsals for the sixth annual One Night for One Drop that is inspired by pivotal moments in her life, Jewel visited the aquatic masterpiece "O" by Cirqu du Soleil, where she was spotted in awe at the mesmerizing choreography and met with a few “O” artists following the performance.

GRAMMY nominated singer songwriter Jewel stands alongside O artists during exclusive meet and greet on Friday Feb. 16
GRAMMY nominated singer songwriter Jewel stands alongside O artists during exclusive meet and greet on Friday Feb. 16 - Photo courtesy of "O" by Cirque du Soleil

Experiencing “O” for the very first time, famed acapella group Pentatonix vocalist, Scott Hoying, also was spotted attending the spectacular production.

Pentatonix vocalist Scott Hoying poses with O artists on Friday Feb. 16
Pentatonix vocalist Scott Hoying poses with O artists on Friday Feb. 16 - Photo courtesy of "O" by Cirque du Soleil

Head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers Luke Walton and Denver Nuggets player Richard Jefferson along with 10 friends were seen having dinner together at Beauty & Essex in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Also at Beauty & Essex was Texas Governor Greg Abbott with 13 others that included his wife and daughter.

Vegas Golden Knights left-wing Erik Haula was spotted attending the 9:30 p.m. performance of Mat Franco – Magic Reinvented Nightly in the Mat Franco Theater at The LINQ Hotel & Casino.

Vegas Golden Knight Erik Haula Attends MAT FRANCO MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY 2.16.18 Credit MatFranco MagicReinventedNightly
Vegas Golden Knight Erik Haula Attends MAT FRANCO MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY Photo credit: Mat Franco Magic Reinvented Nightly

Wednesday, February 14...

Vegas Golden Knights left-wing James Neal was spotted attending the 10 p.m. performance of ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace. After the show, Neal went backstage for a photo with The Gazillionaire and to express his enjoyment of the performance.

Friday night, February 9...

Actress and social media star Amanda Cerny dined at TAO Asian Bistro in The Venetian.

Sunday, February 11...

Current Headliners of “Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man,” Scheana Shay of “Vanderpump Rules” and MTV star Chester Lockhart attended the hit adult revue FANTASY at Luxor.

Cast Members of FANTASY with Chester Lockhart and Scheana Shay of Sex Tips
Cast Members of FANTASY with Chester Lockhart and Scheana Shay of Sex Tips - Photo courtesy of FANTASY at the Luxor

Saturday night, February 10...

YouTube star Remi Cruz celebrated her 23rd birthday at TAO in The Venetian Saturday night. Joined by friends, the group started their night with dinner before heading up to the nightclub.

Thursday, Feb. 8...

Actress and producer Jessica Biel was spotted at Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge inside Bellagio Las Vegas. When she arrived at the famed dining destination around 9:00pm she was greeted by Executive Chef Akira Back.

Jessica Biel Akira Back Yellowtail Restaurant Photo Credit Hakkasan Group
Jessica Biel and Akira Back at Yellowtail Restaurant - Photo Credit: Hakkasan Group


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