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Tony n' Tina's Wedding Opens at Bucca Di Beppo Inside Bally's Las Vegas

The interactive dinner/theater show, Tony n' Tina's Wedding, has found its perfect venue, opening in Buca di Beppo inside Bally’s Las Vegas on Friday, June 15. This joining together of two renowned brands means the production will continue to bring lighthearted entertainment to Las Vegas, and this time the wedding will be catered with family-style Italian meals from Buca di Beppo. With its original director, Larry Pellegrini, at the helm, and an ensemble cast featuring Breon Jenay as Tina and Joseph Ben Shimon as Tony, this production incorporates today’s popular culture into the show’s repertoire.

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Tony n' Tina's Wedding Opening Night Celebration at Buca di Beppo inside Ballys Las Vegas Friday June 15 - Photo courtesy of Bally's Las Vegas

Among those in attendance at the Grand Opening celebration were celebrities and entertainers including the hunks from Chippendales, FANTASY, Menopause the Musical, comedy magician Murray Sawchuck, sleight of hand trickster Douglas Leferovich, Andrew Freeman of Raiding the Rock Vault, BMX pro Ricardo Laguna, the cast of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man, Tenors of Rock, WOW, magician Xavier Mortimer, Irwin Raymer of TV's Tanked on Animal Planet, among others.

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FANTASY at Tony n' Tina's Wedding Opening Night Celebration at Buca di Beppo inside Ballys Las Vegas Friday June 15 - Photo courtesy of Bally's Las Vegas

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Irwin Raymer at Tony n' Tina's Wedding Opening Night Celebration at Buca di Beppo inside Ballys Las Vegas Friday June 15 - Photo courtesy of Bally's Las Vegas

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Ricardo Laguna and his wife at Tony n' Tina's Wedding Opening Night Celebration at Buca di Beppo inside Ballys Las Vegas Friday June 15 - Photo courtesy of Bally's Las Vegas

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Tenors of Rock at Tony n' Tina's Wedding Opening Night Celebration at Buca di Beppo inside Ballys Las Vegas Friday June 15 - Photo courtesy of Bally's Las Vegas

The cast of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man at Tony n Tinas Wedding Opening Night Celebration at Buca di Beppo inside Ballys Las Vegas Friday June 15
The cast of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man at Tony n' Tina's Wedding Opening Night Celebration at Buca di Beppo inside Ballys Las Vegas Friday June 15 - Photo courtesy of Bally's Las Vegas

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WOW at Tony n' Tina's Wedding Opening Night Celebration at Buca di Beppo inside Ballys Las Vegas Friday June 15 - Photo courtesy of Bally's Las Vegas

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Xavier Mortimer at Tony 'n Tina's Wedding Opening Night Celebration at Buca di Beppo inside Ballys Las Vegas Friday June 15 - Photo courtesy of Bally's Las Vegas

Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding is a comedic and festive celebration in which the audience doesn’t just watch a show, they participate directly in the fun, joining Tony and Tina, along with their colorful and madcap Italian-American families, as the couple ties the knot. You can kiss the bride, dance with the groom, make friends and mingle with the family. It is the wildest, wackiest wedding reception you’ll ever experience with a cast of characters that also includes a priest, a nun, and a wedding singer.

The hilarious Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding is the longest running Off-Broadway comedy in history. Since opening February 14, 1988 in New York City, this unique theatrical experience has won over the hearts of thousands of people, in over 100 cities worldwide, including Japan, Australia and throughout Europe and on Norwegian cruise lines in Hawaii and the Mediterranean. With over 15,000 shows staged around the world and 3,300 in Las Vegas alone, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding is a classic crowd pleaser that proves, night after night, that against crazy odds and despite crazy families, love really does prevail.

Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding performs at Buca di Beppo in Bally’s Las Vegas Friday through Wednesday at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $99, which includes dinner and the show. A VIP package is available for $129, which includes a two-hour open bar and a post-show meet and greet. Other packages are available. Tickets are now on sale and available to purchase in person at the Bally’s Box Office.

Beverly Hills Rejuvenation Center Celebrates Grand Opening with Star-Studded Party in Las Vegas

One of the nation’s leading high-end medical spas,  Beverly Hills Rejuvenation Center (BHRC) opened its second location in Las Vegas in Downtown Summerlin on Thursday night, June 14, with the help of local officials and celebrity guests, to benefit The Shade Tree. Co-owners, Devin Haman and Dan Holtz, were joined by Commissioner Susan Brager, a representative from the Office of Senator Dean Heller, Executive Director of The Shade Tree, Stacey Lockhart, and General Manager of Downtown Summerlin, Anthony Rossi, for a ribbon cutting ceremony. The distinguished guests welcomed the newest Las Vegas med-spa with a proclamation and ‘Welcome to the City’ certificates.

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Photo credit: Joe Durkin courtesy of Beverly Hills Rejuvenation Center

Celebrity guests included Joanna Krupa, Dean Cain, Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley from “Real Housewives of Orange County,” and Janice Dickinson. While Krupa walked the carpet in a colorful dress with a plunging neckline, Rossi was styled in a lacey, white summer dress and festive tassel earrings. The reality star, engaged to Smiley, who regularly visits BHRC to receive Hydrafacial treatments, also showed off a nude handbag from her own accessory line, Gretchen Christine. Cain, who references BHRC as ‘the single stop fountain of youth,’ and Smiley were both seen happily taking dozens of selfies and social media videos with fans. Also in attendance, the casts of Thunder From Down Under, Aussie Heat and FANTASY at Luxor; Jaymes Vaughan and boyfriend Jonathan Bennett of “Mean Girls;” Miss Nevada Teen USA 2018 Britney Barnhart; and Mrs. Nevada-America 2018 Yelena Anter.

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Slade Smiley, Dan Holtz, Janice Dickinson, Dean Cain, Joanna Krupa, Gretchen Rossi, Oksana Haman, and Devin Haman - Photo credit: Joe Durkin courtesy of Beverly Hills Rejuvenation Center

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Cast of FANTASY  - Photo credit: Joe Durkin courtesy of Beverly Hills Rejuvenation Center

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Cast of Thunder From Down Under and Joanna Krupa - Photo credit: Joe Durkin courtesy of Beverly Hills Rejuvenation Center

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Jaymes Vaughn and Jonathan Bennet - Photo credit: Joe Durkin courtesy of Beverly Hills Rejuvenation Center

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Yelena Anter - Photo credit: Joe Durkin courtesy of Beverly Hills Rejuvenation Center

Guests enjoyed the evening with live entertainment provided by Nieve Malandra and DJ High Maintenance, while indulging in catered bites and cocktails made with Voli 305, Pitbull’s brand of vodka, Alma tequila and Lemba rum. Attendees also had the opportunity to view live demonstrations of treatments offered at the luxurious med-spa throughout the evening. Through a silent auction and additional donations, BHRC raised funds for local non-profit, The Shade Tree, an organization which provides a safe shelter to homeless and abused women and children in crisis.

Tropicana Las Vegas Raises Over $18,000 for Three Square Food Bank during 'Summer Cookout featuring Robert Irvine' Event

On Thursday evening, Tropicana Las Vegas celebrated the kick-off of the 12th annual Las Vegas Restaurant Week with its ‘Summer Cookout featuring Robert Irvine’ at Robert Irvine’s Public House. The iconic property partnered with Three Square Food Bank to host a summer camp-inspired affair for adults and raised over $18,000 – allowing Three Square to provide more than 54,000 meals to food insecure residents of Southern Nevada.

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Tropicana and Three Square Food Bank Executives - Photo credit: Powers Imagery

Locals and tourists spent the evening inside with Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine at Robert Irvine’s Public House at the Tropicana Las Vegas. Guests were able to sample a variety of summertime inspired dishes, prepared by restaurants such as Oakville Steakhouse, Robert Irvine's Public House, and the all-new Red Lotus Asian Kitchen. Highlighted dishes included Blackened Mahi Sliders; Assorted Signature Wood-Fired Pizzas; Prime Cowboy Sushi Nigiri; Thai Veggie Egg Rolls; Smashed Cucumbers and more. 

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Dave Reid and Robert Irvine - Photo credit: Powers Imagery

Adding to the evening festivities, guests were able to mix and mingle with Chef Irvine himself, including two lucky fans – who won a Summer Cookout contest put on by the property – were treated to a private meet and greet experience prior to the event. From floor games to photo booths, plus a decked out silent auction station, guests were able to make it a night to remember. Chef Irvine kept guests on their toes with pop up activations throughout the event, including a special cocktail face-off between him and Aaron Rosenthal, VP and General Manager for Tropicana Las Vegas, as well as a surprise live auction of his very own chef coat.

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Robert Irvine auctioned off his signed chef coat - Photo credit: Powers Imagery

"It was truly an honor to be able to host the Summer Cookout at Robert Irvine’s Public House at Tropicana Las Vegas,” said Chef Irvine. “It’s a very special event to me, and it was definitely a cookout to remember! Three Square Food Bank is an amazing charity, one that I have fallen in love with here in Las Vegas, and to see the Las Vegas community come together to raise over $18,000 amounting to 54,000 meals – just melts my heart and makes the event worth it.” 

Sponsors included 21st Amendment Brewery, Boardroom Spirits, Bocelli Family Wines, Hampton Water Wine Company, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., The Keaton Red Wine,Ainsworth Game Technology, Dyntek, Ecolab, Elite Media Inc., GeoTab, Hosts Las Vegas and Style Event Design, ShutterBooth, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and WAXIE Sanitary Supply.

Proceeds from the evening benefited Three Square Food Bank in its fight to end hunger in Southern Nevada. Now in its 12th installment, Las Vegas Restaurant Week gives restaurants in the local community the opportunity to give back through the culinary arts. Since 2007, more than 2.5 million meals have been provided for those in need through Restaurant Week. Las Vegas Restaurant Week 2018 will run June 18 through June 29.

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Silent Auction - Photo credit: Powers Imagery

In addition, Robert Irvine’s Public House will also participate in Las Vegas Restaurant Week from June 18 through June 29. Guests will be able to indulge in a special three-course menu featuring favorite dishes such as choice of appetizer: Baked Whipped Ricotta or PH Poutine; choice of entrée: Fish and Chips or Steak and Guinness Pie; and choice of dessert: Dark Chocolate Cake, Banoffee Pie or Lemon Ricotta Cannoli – priced at $40 per person (excludes tax and gratuity).

The Hydrant Club Hosts Pups and Poetry Raising Funds for Alzheimers

The Hydrant Club held its inaugural “Pups and Poetry” event, an evening of poetry readings by deeply talented local poets, on Saturday, June 2. Pulling from Las Vegas’ rich community of talented writers, poets read their work, shared their inspiration and offered copies of their works for sale all in the name of charity, with proceeds benefitting Alzheimer’s Poetry Project Nevada. In addition, dogs were dressed in Vegas Golden Knights gear as the hockey game was live streamed for fans during the event.

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Photo courtesy of the Hydrant Club

The mission of the Alzheimer's Poetry Project Nevada (APP NV) is to facilitate the creativity of people living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. APP NV uses classic, well-loved poems to connect students and people living with dementia.

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The Hydrant Club, a canine social club and training academy, offers a 9,500 square-foot outdoor park and adjacent 3,100 square-foot indoor space complete with daycare, overnight boarding, bathing facilities and retail. Located in the heart of downtown Las Vegas, equal parts play space, educational facility and social club, The Hydrant Club is embarking on a mission to evolve the nature of dog care facilities, turning them into places where people go WITH their dogs for social activity, exercise and learning. For more information, please call (702) 721-WOOF (9663), visit HydrantClub.com

Wet 'N' Wild Donates $1,000 Scholarship to Winner of Vegas Idol Youth Singing Competition During Memorial Day Weekend Bash

Nevada’s acclaimed water park, Wet’n’Wild Las Vegas, celebrated Memorial Day Weekend with a colossal summer bash on Saturday, May 26. The celebration included live entertainment by “American Idol” star Jasmine Trias and pop-rap boy band In Real Life presented by 98.5 KLUC; a fireworks display, the Vegas Idol singing competition with a $1,000 first prize winner and much more.

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Vegas Idol sining competition winner Danica Ruiz - Photo courtesy of Wet 'n' Wild Las Vegas

The top 10 finalists of Vegas Idol, which were pre-selected by fans, competed in front of a panel of judges for the first prize of $1,000 towards a college savings plan account and four Gold Season Passes. The winner of the event was the youngest participant at 10 years old. Bryan Chan, former member of boy band LMNT and star of “Making The Band” on ABC, emceed the event while the judges included Mikalah Gordon, vocalist at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas; JJ Snyder, co-host of KTNV’s “The Morning Blend;” and Shawn Tempesta, co-host of KTNV’s “The Morning Blend” and radio personality on Mix 94.1. An unforgettable fireworks display closed out the night.

Wet’n’Wild Las Vegas is open for operations through Sunday, Sept. 30. Wet‘n’Wild is located at 7055 S. Fort Apache Road near I-215 and Sunset Road.

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

Acclaimed magician, Xavier Mortimer celebrated the second anniversary of his enchanting show, XAVIER MORTIMER’S MAGICAL DREAM at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino's Sin City Theatre on Wednesday, June 6.

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Xavier Mortimer - Photo courtesy of Xavier Mortimer

Following a successful international career, Mortimer made Las Vegas history as the first Cirque du Soleil performer to headline his own Strip-side production.

Comprised of over 14 magic acts, the 70-minute show that invites guests to journey into his extravagant dream world, is filled with reality-defying illusions and an unconventional cast of characters, including the wonders of Mary Poppins, the theatrics of Charlie Chaplin and the animations of Mickey Mouse, along with an original soundtrack created by the French performer. Xavier Mortimer’s Magical Dream is at 7 p.m. from Saturday through Thursday, with tickets starting at $49 for general admission and $69 for VIP, excluding tax and box office fees.

Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower celebrated the addition of its NEW GAMING PIT AND NEW ASIAN MENU SELECTIONS promptly at 6:08 p.m. on June 8 with a traditional CHINESE LION DANCE throughout the casino floor. The specific celebration time incorporated the number 8, a symbolic number for luck, fortune and prosperity in the Chinese culture. Stratosphere’s new offerings include a dedicated gaming pit complete with six Baccarat tables and a new Asian menu with more than two dozen selections at Roxy’s Diner, open 24 hours.

The ancient tradition for good fortune was initiated by the Awakening of the Lions by Stratosphere executives Chris Fiumara, property vice president and general manager, Marianne Tuan, director of Asian gaming, and Jackie Yee, gaming executive.  Concluding the ceremony, Steve Mann, vice president of casino operations, Thomas Grande, director of facilities, and Tim Kuykendall, vice president of hotel operations, took part in the ceremonial “feeding” of the lions with red envelopes and fresh green lettuce for good luck.

The Venetian® and The Palazzo® Las Vegas honored fellow employee CARNELL "GOLDEN PIPES" JOHNSON on Tuesday afternoon, June 5. Guests, team members of The Venetian, The Palazzo, and Sands® Expo, and representatives from the Vegas Golden Knights Foundation filled every level of the three-story atrium to celebrate the Las Vegas native, who has been singing the national anthem at Vegas Golden Knights home games since February.

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Carnell Johnson stands in front of the LOVE installation at The Venetian and The Palazzo - Photo courtesy of Venetian/Palazzo Las Vegas

Vegas Golden Knights inner-arena announcer Mark Shunock emceed the event where Johnson was gifted a plaque by Pete Boyd, senior vice president of operations for The Venetian and Palazzo and Tina Peetris, vice president of retail for The Venetian and The Palazzo. Paying tribute to his day job as a gondolier at The Venetian, a hockey stick, fashioned from an authentic gondola oar was presented for photos.

The Vegas Golden Knights fan base has embraced the Vegas born Johnson as their national anthem singer, allowing a 7-3 record in the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs. Like the Vegas Golden Knights, Johnson has become a community favorite.  Guests can see Johnson, or Pippo, as he's known on the Venetian waterways, Monday through Friday at The Venetian's outdoor gondola attraction, which runs from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily. Schedule subject to change.

On Tuesday, June 5, a Wisconsin woman hit big with a $1.4 MILLION JACKPOT WIN at the iconic Golden Gate Hotel & Casino in Downtown Las Vegas. Playing the Million Degrees game by Scientific Games on the casino floor, the payout will be the largest jackpot payout in history for the property.

“She is a big fan of the D and Golden Gate so we really couldn’t have asked for a better winner,” said CEO and owner Derek Stevens. “This is the biggest payout of my career in Las Vegas and our lucky casino player has made the experience unforgettable.”

The winner was in town for a Bingo tournament when she hit the big prize. She intentionally went to win the car promotion that the Golden Gate has been running but is overwhelmed with excitement about the unexpected news. Taking pictures with Derek Stevens, Golden Gate has plans to post the winner’s picture on the Million Degrees machine. She will walk away with a total of $1,453,640.47.

Wednesday night, June 6, global superstar Jennifer Lopez celebrated the 100th SHOW of her critically-acclaimed headlining residency, “JENNIFER LOPEZ: ALL I HAVE,”at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Jennifer Lopez celebrated 100 shows in true Vegas fashion with a glamorous cake presentation on-stage and afterparty in the lavish Nobu Villa atop Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace.

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Photo credit: Denise Truscello

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Photo credit: Denise Truscello

In order to meet the growing needs of Clark County’s expanding population, the LIBRARY DISTRICT is proud to announce the grand opening of its newly expanded MESQUITE LIBRARY CAMPUS, located at 160 W. First North St. in Mesquite, Nevada, on May 31, 2018, soon to be followed in the spring of 2019 by another much-needed library facility in East Las Vegas (a heavy populated area that currently houses more than a dozen schools currently lacking adequate library resources) located at Bonanza Road and East 28th Street. Both the Mesquite Library Campus and the East Las Vegas Library complex will house Workforce Connections One-Stop Career Centers that offer one-on-one expertise for job seekers and entrepreneurs. The new buildings will also showcase local artists and performers, appealing to multiple age groups; and provide a hub for learning, economic advancement, and civic engagement. Adding to the Library District’s heightened digital footprint is their new and improved website (that will launch on June 19) which easily and efficiently guides library customers through the millions of materials and thousands of events, classes, and live performances that are available in the District’s 25 branches throughout the year.According to Dr. Ronald R. Heezen, executive director of the Library District, the new site allows library customers to explore books (hard copy, large print, eBooks, and audio books), magazines, graphic novels, comic books, movies from all eras, downloadable music to suite any taste, plus research databases, and a calendar of classes, programs, art gallery shows, theater, music, and dance.

KA BY CIRQUE DU SOLEIL is ushering in the summer season with a updated times for its highly popular open house, dubbed KÀ 360. Designed to bring wonder and delight to fans in a whole new way, the COMPLIMENTARY OPEN HOUSE will take place every Saturday and Tuesday at 12 p.m. and 12:30 p.m.  All ages are welcome, As part of the experience, guests will enjoy a rare demonstration inside the theatre at MGM Grand, where they will get an inside look at the impressive work, inspiration and state-of-the-art technology used in this stunning $165 million production.

After preview performances and a Grand Opening on June 1, Paris Las Vegas, MARILYN! THE NEW MUSICAL closed on Sunday, June 17. It was reported that the show is going on a summer hiatus through Monday, Sept. 3 in order to further refine the show and prepare for the Las Vegas-created production to launch a national tour. Performances at Paris Las Vegas are expected to resume Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino Executive Pastry Chef Stephen Sullivan, who was recently named “Pastry Chef of the Year” at the 29th Annual U.S. Pastry Competition, created a truly ONE-OF-A-KIND BIRTHDAY CAKE FOR GRAMMY®, TONY®, and EMMY® Award-winning singer-songwriter, arranger, producer and musician, BARRY MANILOW, who turned 75 on Sunday, June 17. The piano cake, which required a truck to move from the pastry kitchen to the Westgate International Theater to the hotel lobby, took Chef Sullivan and his team more than a week to brainstorm, bake and construct.

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Caesars Entertainment will participate once again in one of Las Vegas’ most anticipated culinary events, Three Square Food Bank’s annual LAS VEGAS RESTAURANT WEEK. Restaurant Week returns for its 12th installment to provide visitors and locals the opportunity to affordably dine at some of Caesars Entertainment’s most popular restaurants while also helping end hunger in the Las Vegas valley. Restaurant Week begins on Monday, June 18 and runs through Friday, June 29. Guests who take advantage of special Restaurant Week menus contribute to this deserving cause with a portion of proceeds from each sale benefiting Three Square.  For every $1 raised, Three Square provides three meals for hungry families in Southern Nevada. Three Square Food Bank provides 37 million meals per year for those in need through the help of Las Vegas Restaurant Week. Since first participating in Las Vegas Restaurant Week in 2010, Caesars Entertainment has provided more than 420,000 meals for the community.

Several restaurants will offer different brunch, lunch, and dinner menus, with some menu items exclusive to their Restaurant Week menus. All menus are priced at $30, $40, $50, or $80. Participating restaurants include: All-American Bar & Grille at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino; BLT Steak at Bally’s Las Vegas; Burger Brasserie at Paris Las Vegas;Center Cut Steakhouse at Flamingo Las Vegas; Giada at The Cromwell;Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace; Guy Fieri’s El Burro Borracho at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino; Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen + Bar at The LINQ Hotel & Casino; Le Café Ile St. Louis at Paris Las Vegas; Mesa Grill at Caesars Palace; Old Homestead Steakhouse at Caesars Palace; Oyster Bar at Harrah’s Las Vegas; Rao’s, the authentic Italian-New York City experience at Caesars Palace; Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Harrah’s Las Vegas; VooDoo Steak at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.

Piff the Magic Dragon, who performs in his popular show alongside Mr. Piffles, the World’s First Magic Performing Chihuahua™, will host “PIFF'S PING PONG PIFFTACULAR” TOURNAMENT on Wednesday, June 20 at the Beach Club at Flamingo Las Vegas from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. All proceeds will benefit students of the local Mission High School, a comprehensive secondary school designed for students in recovery from substance abuse, use or dependency. Participating celebrities include Matt and Angela Stabile, producers of X Burlesque, X Country, X Rocks and Piff the Magic Dragon; Frank Sidoris, guitarist in Slash, featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators; cast members from X Burlesque, X Country and X Rocks; stars of the Miss Behave Gameshow; Comedy Cellar headliner Jeremy Freid; Tenors of Rock; comedian John Caparulo; and, of course, Piff himself. Trophies will be awarded for first, second and third place winners.  The public is invited to attend the tournament to cheer on their favorite celebrity. Guests will have the option to vote for which player will win each game. To vote, they are asked to donate any dollar amount not exceeding $20. If the player they choose wins the match, they receive a ticket to Piff the Magic Dragon’s show at Flamingo Las Vegas. If the player they choose loses, they receive a custom item.

For the fifth consecutive year, the iconic water park  WET’N’WILD LAS VEGAS, located at 7055 S. Fort Apache Road near I-215 and Sunset Road, will be an official host venue in the global record attempt for THE WORLD'S LARGEST SWIMMING LESSON on Thursday, June 21 at 9:45 a.m. Check-in will begin at 9:15 a.m. Tens of thousands of kids and adults at aquatic facilities around the world will unite to set a new Guinness World Record™ while raising awareness about the importance of water safety and drowning prevention. Team WLSL holds the current Guinness World Record™ for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson with 40,000 participants representing 24 different countries but is hoping to better that number this year.The WLSL covers a 30-minute, basic swim lesson that will be held in the Red Rock Bay wave pool. Following the WLSL at Wet’n’Wild Las Vegas, participants can enjoy the park’s world-class slides and attractions for FREE. To participate, each child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.To register, visit www.wetnwildlasvegas.com and click on the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson event page. Availability is on a first come, first served basis. Once the maximum 400 people is reached, registration will close. Each child who participates must have a parent assisting for one-on-one attention.

Mesquite Gaming, owner of Casablanca Resort hosts the 2018 ELVIS ROCKS MESQUITE COMPETITION for three days, Thursday, June 21 through Saturday, June 23. The master of all impersonators, celebrity judge Mr. Rich Little, will lead the judging panel to find the top entertainer that truly embodies Elvis. Little will be accompanied by Steve Beyer, Vegas’ top talent agent; and Genevieve Dew, a veteran Vegas entertainment and singer. Host, Kelly Clinton Holmes, will keep the energy high throughout the contest and after hours events like movies by the pool and a late-night karaoke party with DJ Jimmy Z will keep the fun going all weekend long. This year, 22 Elvis tribute artists from Ariz., Calif., Nev., Utah and even Okla. will perform at the Casablanca Resort, competing in three preliminary rounds: the ‘50s ‘60s and ‘70s, in hopes of moving on to the final round for the title and $10,000 in prize money. Tickets are available for purchase.

Julien’s Auctions in Las Vegas will be AUCTIONING OFF ITEMS FROM THE ESTATE OF LEGENDARY JERRY LEWIS, THE LATE "KING OF COMEDY, " AT PLANET HOLLYWOOD RESORT AND CASINO on June 22nd, This spectacular tribute to a legend will feature a stunning collection of Lewis’ watches; a 14K yellow gold cigarette case topped with a high relief image of Carmen Miranda with engraved initials, "J.L." ; a 14K yellow gold lighter with a high relief caricature of Lewis in his clown make-up'; Lewis’s wardrobe and props from The Nutty Professor including a trio of vintage prop black frames including reading glasses in the style Lewis wears in his film with painted eyeballs on the lenses; a collection of custom funny teeth; made for Lewis in a custom built box featuring Lewis's face in relief as his character Prof. Julius Kelp and a custom made tweed burgundy suit worn by Lewis in the smash film, and more. A FREE public exhibition will be held from 11 am – 6pm daily Monday, June 18 – Friday, June 22 . The live and on line auction will be held June 22. Session 1: 10 am PDT; Session 2: 1pm. PDT.

UNLV College of Fine Arts Dean, Nancy J. Uscher, Ph.D. cordially invites you to MEET TODD FISHER - SON OF DEBBIE REYNOLDS AND BROTHER OF CARRIE FISHER - as he signs copies of his newly-released memoir, My Girls: A Lifetime with Carrie and Debbie, 5:30 - 7 p.m. on Friday, June 22 in the Blasco Event Wing of the UNLV Foundation. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of My Girls will benefit the UNLV Debbie Reynolds Performing Arts Scholarship.

Iconic singer and songwriter Rod Stewart has announced new fall 2018 show dates for his record-breaking Las Vegas residency “ROD STEWART: THE HITS” at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The six new shows scheduled Nov  21, 23, 24, 28, Dec.  1, 2 will go on sale to the public beginning Friday, June 22 at noon PST. Tickets start at $49, plus tax and fees, and  may be purchased in person at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Box Office,

The Mirage Hotel & Casino is welcoming summer with a warm “aloha” by kicking off POOLA DAYS on Friday, June 22. A salute to the hotel’s Polynesian-themed roots, Poola Days (openfrom 8 a.m. – 8 p.m) will feature hula performances, pool party giveaways, food specials and more.

Bazaar Meat by José Andrés at SLS Las Vegas will host its first-ever “BAZAAR ON THE ROOF” outdoor food and drink festival at RETRO POOL LOUNGE from 10 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. on Friday, June 22. The all-inclusive event will serve Bazaar Meat’s award-winning food and cocktails, set to poolside entertainment by DJs and whimsical décor. Tickets start at $75 per person, excluding taxes and fees. Retro’s poolside cabanas will be available for purchase and will include one bottle of Dom Pérignon champagne and one bottle of premium liquor. VIP cabanas will be served a personal tasting of all of the cuisine and cocktails at their table.

FREAKSLAM makes its way to Downtown Las Vegas on Saturday, June 23 at Fremont Country Club (601 Fremont St.). The creators of Freakshow Wrestling and its whacky cousin from the West coast Hoodslam are combining their two comical variety shows for an unthinkable and unimaginable tag team match. Doors and Meet & Greet for FREAKSLAM are at 8 p.m. and the wrestling action begins at 9 p.m. Tickets for the show are $20.FREAKSLAM is a 21+ event.

AN EVENING WITH GILLIAN WELCH comes to House of Blues Las Vegas inside Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Saturday, June 23. Doors: 8 p.m. Show starts 9 p.m. Ages: 18+. Tickets start at $29.50 plus applicable fees.

The District at Green Valley Ranch invites the community to attend a summer concert featuring talented local rock/country/alternative musician MATT MATELKO, on Saturday, June 23 from 7 – 9 pm. in the Courtyard off Main Street. The performance is part of the center’s summer concert series which will feature a different artist each Friday and Saturday evening in June, July and August. Concerts are FREE and open to the public.

MOTLEY BREWS' HOPPED TACO THROWDOWN will return for its second year on Saturday, June 23, bringing together craft beer and tacos for a culinary competition showcasing the talents of some of Las Vegas’ top chefs. The event will be held at Zappos Headquarters’ backyard in Downtown Las Vegas, a venue typically closed to the public, from 8 to 11 p.m. The Hopped Taco Throwdown will gather some of the best and most innovative breweries and chefs spanning the Las Vegas Valley. Twelve chefs will step out of their culinary comfort zones and strive to earn the title of “Hopped Taco Champion” in one of three categories: Hopped Taco, for best-beer-infused taco; Taco Loco, for most creative taco; and Taco Dulce, for best dessert taco. Motley Brews will bring together top-notch breweries to complement the tacos with endless samples of craft brews. Both general admission and VIP tickets are available for the 21+ event, which includes endless tacos and craft beer samples. Prices will vary with purchase times with general admission tickets starting at $55 and VIP starting at $75. VIP tickets include one-hour early entry at 7 p.m. and upgraded glassware for sampling brews.

THE TYLER ROBINSON FOUNDATION, the nonprofit organization of the Grammy Award-winning, multiplatinum-selling band Imagine Dragons, will partner with XCYCLE LAS VEGAS for a NIGHT SWIM AND SPIN at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 23 at Crimson Nightclub and Pool inside Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa (located at 11011 W Charleston Blvd. Las Vegas) to raise funds for families facing pediatric cancer diagnoses. The evening will feature three rides at 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Following the rides, a pool party will be held at Crimson Nightclub and Pool. Guests are encouraged to bring a bathing suit and party at the pool until midnight. Participants must be 21 years of age or older. Tickets to the Night Swim and Spin benefitting TRF can be purchased online. A $10 donation per bike is requested and $5 donation per entry if not participating in the spin session.

Life Time Athletic Green Valley, located at 121 Carnegie St. in Henderson, invites members and nonmembers alike to experience a night in Old Havana with its annual “HAVANA NIGHTS” THEMED PARTY from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 23.  The sizzling poolside event will feature dancing, live entertainment and Cuban-inspired appetizers. Guests may enjoy cocktails available for purchase from the poolside bar, while a live DJ sets the mood with sultry Latin music and more. Attendees may also enjoy breathtaking fire dancers who will bring a tropical Cuban flair to the event. Havana Nights is FREE for Life Time Athletic members and their guests who are the age of 21 and older. Life Time Kids will simultaneously host a Parent’s Night Out from 6 to 10 p.m., in correlation with the event, for children ages four to 12, priced at $25 per child.

Due to the overwhelming support from the local entertainment community, GOLDEN RAINBOW'S 32nd ANNUAL RIBBON OF LIFE will return to its origins and present an original production at the Foundry at SLS on Sunday, June 24. Entitled "THE SHOW MUST GO ON," the one-of-a-kind show will feature talented performers from almost every major show on the Strip including Anne Martinez and Jaclyn McSpadden from "BAZ - A Musical Tour de Force," Ruby Lewis from "Marilyn the Musical," cast members from Opium, Zumanity, and Chippendales, as well as entertainment veteran Brent Barrett from Broadway's revival of "Chicago." A red carpet reception and silent auction will begin at 11 a.m. with the show to follow at 1 p.m. Proceeds will benefit Golden Rainbow's critically needed housing, education, and direct financial assistance services for those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in Southern Nevada. Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased at goldenrainbow.org/ribbonoflife. The Sayers Club at SLS will host the official after party with additional exclusive performances and acts. Entry is $25 at the door or $20 in advance through the Golden Rainbow website. VIP and Premiere level ticket prices include the after party admission. Guests of all ages are welcome to attend the show but must be 21+ for entrance into the after party. As one of the most anticipated events of the year, guests are encouraged to purchase tickets early as seating is limited.

Topgolf Las Vegas and TruFusion have partnered up to launch YOGA WITH A VIEW classes are for guests 21 and over, that will take place at 10 a.m. every other Sunday beginning Sunday, June 24. Yogis of all levels are welcome to practice their chaturanga atop the fourth floor of the venue with a view that overlooks the Las Vegas Strip.The first 10 guests to come to each class will receive a free Topgolf yoga mat.  Yoga with a View classes are open to all skill levels, and are FREE and open to the public. Classes will feature traditional yoga poses incorporated with a blend of fitness techniques focusing on combining the mental and spiritual lift of yoga with the physical benefits of strength, aerobics, balance and flexibility. Class size is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. All yogis are required to bring a yoga mat and towel with them.

Renowned comedian GEORGE WALLACE is returning to Las Vegas with a new residency show at the intimate Westgate Cabaret at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. George Wallace will serve up a plate of laughs, with extra hot sauce, beginning Tuesday, June 26. George Wallace will perform Tuesday through Thursday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $65, $75 and $95 plus tax and fees and can be purchased at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino Box Office.

With KHLOÉ KARDASHIAN’S BIRTHDAY just around the corner, MADAME TUSSAUDS LAS VEGAS will celebrate in style offering the famous Cancer the ultimate birthday gift… her first ever Madame Tussauds figure. Details of the “Revenge Body” star’s figure pose and outfit will remain a “bible” secret until the figure is revealed on June 26, the day before her birthday. In addition to the figure reveal, Madame Tussauds has announced a flyaway contest, #MTBirthdayWishes4Khloé, giving one lucky winner the chance to attend the unveiling in Vegas. Launching June 14 through June 19, the winner and a guest will receive a complimentary flight, a one-night stay at the Tropicana Las Vegas and complimentary entry into Madame Tussauds Las Vegas to be one of the first to get that fierce selfie with Koko, and much more.

SUSHISAMBA EXECUTIVE SOUS CHEF THOMAS TAPAT will be appearing on the Food Network’s wildly-popular cooking competition show, CHOPPED, airing Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 9 pm.

The SUPER SUMMER THEATRE continues its 43rd outdoor Summer Series with the delightful Tony Award winning romantic comedy set in a 1930s European perfumery, “SHE LOVES ME” playing Wednesday, June 27 through Saturday, July 14. Tickets for the Summer Series are priced at $15 for general admission. Parking opens at 5 p.m. and Meadow Seating begins at 6 p.m. Super Summer Theatre is located at Spring Mountain Ranch, just 10 miles west of the 215/West Charleston intersection or 5 miles east past Blue Diamond from the intersection of Hwy 159 and Hwy 160. All performances are outdoors and run Wednesday – Saturday, excluding September’s production which runs Thursday – Saturday.

One of Entertainment Weekly's “25 Funniest People in America WANDA SYKES brings her wry, intelligent stand-up comedy to the Treasure Island Theatre, June 29 at 9 p.m. Tickets are available starting at $59.95, plus tax and handling fees. Guests must be 18 years or older to attend.

In celebration of their 2nd anniversary, THE MARVEL AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. EXHIBIT WILL HOST A FREE SIGNING WITH CHRIS CLAREMONT, THE RENOWNED COMIC BOOK WRITER AND NOVELIST OF TH X-MEN SERIES AND JOE RUBINSTEI, A COMIC BOOK ARTIST AND INKER, most associated with inking Marvel Comics' “The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe” and the 1982 four-issue “Wolverine” miniseries by Chris Claremont. The signing and meet and greet will take place on June 30, which is the same week as the Comic Con enthusiasts are coming to Las Vegas and is expected to bring in comic fans from around the world. Additionally, June 25 – July 1, those attending the Las Vegas Comic Con can receive 50 percent off their admission ticket into the exhibit by showing their convention badge. Guests who purchase tickets online can use the code ComicCon to receive the discount.

THE GAZILLIONAIRE, FROM ABSINTHE LAS VEGAS at Caesars Palace, announced that he has been working with the designers of the enormous tree that was illuminated with 25,000 LED leaves of ever-changing color featured at Burning Man 2017, to create his own 35 feet high arborous art installation. The WORMWOOD TREE will be planted on the forecourt outside the ABSINTHE tent at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Wormwood Tree will form the centerpiece of an ABSINTHE forecourt redesign due to be launched in September. A “Tree-J” will provide a music soundtrack which will be synchronized with the multitude of colored patterns created by the 25,000 LED leaves. By the time the tree is fully grown, this will be the world’s largest Wormwood Tree.

New and Upcoming Openings include:

Madame Tussauds Las Vegas has launched THE HANGOVER BAR, where guests will be transported to the scene of Phil, Stu, Alan, and Doug's rooftop toast that kicked off "The Hangover" film's uproarious series of events. Guests will be transported to the scene of Phil, Stu, Alan, and Doug's rooftop toast that kicked off "The Hangover" film's uproarious series of events. “We're always looking for new ways for guests to interact within the attraction," said General Manager Gabriel Hewitt. "The Hangover Bar is a natural extension of The Hangover Experience, allowing guests to order up drinks and toast to a time in Vegas they'll never forget, all against a stunning LED backdrop of the city."

BLUE MOON BAR, offering creative and unique beer offerings, is scheduled to open this June at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. The brand-new space will be located in front of Zappos Theater. Inside the space, guests can expect bar and lounge seating with video poker machines and multiple televisions throughout, making it a great spot to catch sporting events.

PALACE STATION, the original Las Vegas locals' casino, will debut new first-to-market restaurant concepts and a brand-new award-winning Feast Buffet, as part of a $192 million modernization of the property. Set to debut this summer, guests will soon be able to enjoy EXCITING NEW FOOD AND BEVERAGE OFFERINGS SUCH AS BBD'S (BEERS BURGERS DESSERTS), BOATHOUSE ASIAN EATERY, MUMFRESH ASIAN EATS, AND THE NEXT EVOLUTION IN STATION CASINOS' POPULAR FEAST BUFFET- providing for an enticing array of updated dining experiences in the classic tradition of Las Vegas.

This month, luxury and exotic car industry experts Nick Dossa and Ed Ghaben will shift gears on how car aficionados purchase luxury vehicles in the secondary market with the launch of VEGAS AUTO GALLERY, a boutique dealership based in Las Vegas. The more than 24,000-square-foot open floor plan showrooms will open to the public on June 30 featuring distinctive areas to show off the most prestigious cars on the market, attracting local, national and international buyers. Owned by Las Vegas residents Dossa and Ghaben, the hands-on duo are at the forefront of the business with more than 40 years of combined experience allowing them to cater to a buyer on every level. 

LA STREGA, serving modern Italian cuisine, will open in Summerlin in early summer at 3555 South Town Center Drive. Executive Chef Partner Gina Marinelli is taking her talent off the Strip to oversee the kitchen and guest dining experience, while celebrating her Italian culture with dishes from all regions of Italy.

Celebrity sightings:

Tuesday, June 18...

The national tour cast of the 11-time Tony Award®-winning production Hamilton: An American Musical was spotted attending the hit show ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Hamilton Cast Attends ABSINTHE 6.18.18 Credit Joseph Sanders Spiegelworld
Hamilton Cast Attends ABSINTHE 6.18.18 - Photo credit: Joseph Sanders/Spiegelworld

Thursday, June 14...

Extreme motorsports legend and star of MTV’s Nitro Circus, Travis Pastrana was spotted attending the 8 pm performance of the hit show ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace.

Travis Pastrana attends ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace 6.14.18 Credit Joseph Sanders Spiegelworld 1 v1 current
Travis Pastrana attends ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace 6.14.18 - Photo credit: Joseph Sanders/Spiegelworld

Wednesday, June 13...

The beloved Vegas Golden Knights athletes visited Andiamo Italian Steakhouse at D Las Vegas  to celebrate an amazing first season as a team. Thanking fans earlier that day at their “Stick Salute to Vegas” on Fremont Street Experience, the players were joined by their significant others including twins Emily and Haley Ferguson from The Bachelor and Bachelor in Paradise. Players in attendance included James Neal, Jonathan Marchessault, Nate Schmidt, Erik Haula, Luca Sbisa, Cody Eakin, Brayden McNabb, Reilly Smith, Shea Theodore, Malcolm Subban, Oscar Dansk. William Karlsson and Jon Merrill.

Sunday, June 10...

The national tour cast of the 11-time Tony Award®-winning production Hamilton: An American Musical was spotted at the 10:30 p.m. performance of Magic Mike Live at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Friday, June 8...

Former NHL all-star Colby Armstrong and wife Mel Armstrong hosted three of the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team tragedy survivors, Nick Shumlanski, Brayden Camrud, and Tyler Smith for the 10 P.M performance of the hit show ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Colby Armstrong at ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace 6.8.18 credit Joseph SandersSpiegelworld v1 current
Colby Armstrong at ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace 6.8.18 - Photo credit: Joseph Sanders/Spiegelworld

Saturday night, June 2...

Actor Jake Short celebrated his 21st birthday with friends at TAO Restaurant in The Venetian.

Upstairs at TAO Nightclub, NFL stars Jimmie Ward and Pierre Garçon were seen partying together at a VIP table as DJ Mustard manned the decks.

Over at Marquee Nightclub in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, French Montana took over the night. The “Unforgettable” artist, who fueled up for his performance at Beauty & Essex, took over the Marquee stage with hip-hop star Belly.

Thursday night, May 31...

Reality television stars, Brace Land and Bradley Lords, known for their roles on the Vegas-based “Gigolos” series, spent the evening at brothers David and Michael Morton’s MB Steak at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Michael Carbonaro, star of TruTV’s “The Carbonaro Effect,” was spotted attending the 10 p.m performance of OPIUM at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Fifth Harmony member Normani Kordel Hamilton celebrated her birthday at TAO in The Venetian.

Normani at TAO 5.31.18
Normani - Photo courtesy of TAO Nightclub

Members from the group R5 were also seen enjoying dinner at TAO Restaurant.

At TAO Nightclub, Pauly Shore took in Worship Thursday with a female friend.

Wednesday, May 30...

Former NHL player Jeremy Roenick and his family stopped by Hyde Lounge at T-Mobile Arena during game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Vegas Golden Knights and Washington Capitals.

Brett Jeremy and Tracy Roenick at Hyde Lounge at T Mobile Arena May 30
Brett Jeremy and Tracy Roenick at Hyde Lounge at T Mobile Arena May 30


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