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Golden Rainbow Hosts 32nd Annual Ribbon of Life at the Foundry at SLS

Over 600 guests gathered for a sold out show at the Foundry at SLS for Golden Rainbow's 32nd annual Ribbon of Life on Sunday afternoon, June 24. The event raised nearly $85,000 for critically needed services for those living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.

Edie, from "Zumanity," and Sean McAllister, from FOX 5's MORE Show, served as hosts for the show as they introduced over 150 performers from more than 30 Strip shows. Entitled "The Show Must Go On," the original production featured numbers influenced by classic Broadway musicals and the iconic British performers and composers, including a George Michael medley, "Jumpin' Jack Flash" by the Rolling Stones, "Mercy" by Duffy, "Let's Dance" by David Bowie, a Queen medley, and many more.

Performers from top Las Vegas shows gathered and volunteered their time and talents to support Golden Rainbow's production, including Human Nature, Chippendales, Tenors of Rock, cast members from "BAZ- A Musical Tour de Force," "Le Reve- The Dream," "The Beatles LOVE," "Zombie Burlesque," "Tony N' Tina's Wedding," "WOW- World of Wonder," "Fantasy," "Opium," and more.

 Brent Barrett poses with showgirls on the red carpet Credit Brenton Ho
Brent Barrett poses with showgirls on the red carpet.  Credit: Brenton Ho

Cast members from BAZ walk the red carpet at Ribbon of Life Credit Brenton Ho
Cast members from BAZ walk the red carpet at Ribbon of Life. Credit: Brenton Ho

Cast members from Tony N Tinas wedding join in on the fun at Ribbon of Life Credit Brenton Ho
Cast members from Tony N Tinas wedding join in on the fun at Ribbon of Life. Credit: Brenton Ho

Cast members of Chippendales come support Golden Rainbow s Ribbon of Life Credit Brenton Ho
Cast members of Chippendales come support Golden Rainbow s Ribbon of Life. Credit: Brenton Ho

Cast members of Chippendales join Niki Scalera on stage for Ribbon of Life Credit Tom Donoghue
Cast members of Chippendales join Niki Scalera on stage for Ribbon of Life. Credit: Tom Donoghue

Edie poses with Chippendale cast members Credit Brenton Ho
Edie poses with Chippendale cast members. Credit: Brenton Ho

Entertainers perform at Ribbon of Life Lisa McClung
Entertainers perform at Ribbon of Life. Credit: Lisa McClung

Gary Gosta and Pietra Sardelli from Golden Rainbow pose for pictures Credits Brenton Ho
Gary Gosta and Pietra Sardelli from Golden Rainbow pose for pictures. Credit: Brenton Ho

Golden Rainbow board members at Ribbon of Life Credit Brenton Ho
Golden Rainbow board members at Ribbon of Life.  Credit: Brenton Ho

Host Sean McAllister and Edie post for pictures on the red carpet Credit Brenton Ho
Host Sean McAllister and Edie post for pictures on the red carpet. Credit: Brenton Ho

Human Natures shows their support for Golden Rainbow Credit Brenton Ho
Human Natures shows their support for Golden Rainbow. Credit: Brenton Ho

Entertainers perform Mercy by Duffy Credit Tom Donoghue
Entertainers perform Mercy by Duffy. Credit: Tom Donoghue

Jaclyn McSpadden performs at Ribbon of Life Credit Brenton Ho
Jaclyn McSpadden performs at Ribbon of Life. Credit: Brenton Ho

Jennifer Romas walks the red carpet at the 32nd Annual Ribbon of Life Credit Brenton Ho
Jennifer Romas walks the red carpet at the 32nd Annual Ribbon of Life. Credit: Brenton Ho

Murray Sawchuck performs at 32nd Annual Ribbon of Life Credit Tom Donoghue
Murray Sawchuck performs at 32nd Annual Ribbon of Life. Credit: Tom Donoghue

Opium s Dusty Moonboots performs at RIbbon of Life Credit Tom Donoghue
Opium's Dusty Moonboots performs at RIbbon of Life. Credit: Tom Donoghue

Performers don over the top fashions at Ribbon of Life Credit Tom Donogue
Performers don over the top fashions at Ribbon of Life. Credit: Tom Donogue

Performers gather at the 32nd Annual Ribbon of Life Credit Tom Donoghue
Performers gather at the 32nd Annual Ribbon of Life. Credit: Tom Donoghue

Ribbon of Life performers pose for pictures on the red carpet Credit Brenton Ho
Ribbon of Life performers pose for pictures on the red carpet. Credit: Brenton Ho

Sin Sity Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence show their support for Golden Rainbow Credit Brenton Ho
Sin Sity Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence show their support for Golden Rainbow. Credit: Brenton Ho

During the show, a heartfelt video was shown, showcasing a few of Golden Rainbow's client stories and how the organization has changed their lives. Golden Rainbow Executive Director Gary Costa and Ribbon of Life Producer Pietra Sardelli greeted the audience and thanked them for their support.

"The demand for Golden Rainbow's client services are still tremendous," said Costa. "Until there is a cure and the stigma of HIV/AIDS is gone, we will continue to educate the community and fight for an AIDS-free Nevada. Thank you to all the performers, musicians, and volunteers that have donated their time and efforts to put on this amazing show."

Following the performance, attendees enjoyed an after party at the Sayer's Club hosted by Katie Kenner from "Sex Tips for a Straight Woman from a Gay Man" and Enoch Augustus from "Zombie Burlesque." Guests mixed and mingled with performers from the show while enjoying appetizers, drinks, and additional performances.

Motley Brews Hosted its Second Annual Hopped Taco Throwdown in Downtown Las Vegas 

Beer festival production company, Motley Brews, hosted its second annual Hopped Taco Throwdown at Zappos Headquarters’ backyard in Downtown Las Vegas on Saturday night, June 23.The sold-out event featured unlimited samples of 50 craft brews and showcased the creative skills of Las Vegas’ top and most talented chefs in a culinary competition. Local and regional breweries included CraftHaus Brewery, PT's Brewing Company, Lovelady Brewing, Joseph James Brewing Company, Inc., Ellis Island Brewery, Latitude 33 Brewing and more.

 Hopped Taco Event Atmosphere
Hopped Taco Event Atmosphere - Photo credit: Fred Morledge

Hopped Taco Tacos and Beer
Hopped Taco Tacos and Beer - Photo credit: Fred Morledge

Hopped Taco Tacotarian Booth
Hopped Taco Tacotarian Booth - Photo credit: Fred Morledge

Hopped Taco Wasatch Brewery
Hopped Taco Wasatch Brewery - Photo credit: Fred Morledge

Over a dozen chefs from across the city competed in a fiery taco competition, demonstrating their innovative culinary skills 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.

This year’s competitors included Chef John Simmons from Firefly and Tacotarian, Chef Kevin Lopez and Chef Chris Bulen from Andre’s Bistro & Bar, Chef Bryan Forgione from Buddy V’s, Chef James Trees from Esther’s Kitchen, Chef Hermant Kishore from The Toddy Shop, Chef Bubba Grayer from Jammyland Cocktail Bar & Reggae Kitchen and more.

The 2018 winners of the Hopped Taco Throwdown competition included:
• Chef John Simmons from Firefly – “Best Hopped Taco”
• Chef Josh Clark from The Goodwich for “Most Creative Taco Loco”
• Chef Kevin Lopez and Chef Chris Bulen from Andre’s Bistro & Bar for “Sweetest Taco Dulce”

A portion of the proceeds from the event benefited the Folded Flag Foundation, a local non-profit organization that provides educational scholarships and grants to the spouses and children of fallen United States military and government personnel.

Piff The Magic Dragon Hosts "Piff's Ping Pong Pifftacular Tournament" Benefitting Mission High School Students at Flamingo Las Vegas Beach Club

Piff the Magic Dragon, who performs in his popular show alongside Mr. Piffles, the World’s First Magic Performing Chihuahua, hosted “Piff’s Ping Pong Pifftacular” tournament on Wednesday, June 20 at the Beach Club at Flamingo Las Vegas. All proceeds were raised to benefit students of the local Mission High School, a comprehensive secondary school designed for students in recovery from substance abuse, use or dependency.

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Piff the Magic Dragon - Photo courtesy of Flaming Las Vegas

Participating celebrities included Matt and Angela Stabile, producers of X Burlesque, X Country, X Rocks and Piff the Magic Dragon; Absinthe; Toby Allen from Human Nature; John Caparulo; Laugh Factory Las Vegas partner Harry Basil; Laugh Factory headliner Felicia Michaels; Comedy Cellar headliners Jeremy Freid and Des Bishop; Anthony Cools; Joe Labero of INFERNO: The Fire Spectacular; Elvis of Legends In Concert; Mac King; Miss Behave Gameshow; Bebe Francois from Mystère by Cirque du Soleil; OPIUM; Frankie Sidoris; Melody Sweets; Tenors of Rock; X Burlesque; X Country; X Rocks; Xavier Mortimer; and, of course, Piff the Magic Dragon.

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Mr,. Piffles the Performing Chihuahua - Photos courtesy of Flamingo Las Vegas

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Piff's stage assistant - Photo courtesy of Falmingo Las Vegas

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Photo courtesy of Flamingo Las Vegas

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Mystere's Baby - Photo courtesy of Flamingo Las Vegas

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Comedy Magician Mac King - Photo courtesy of Flamingo Las Vegas

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Photo courtesy of Flamingo Las Vegas

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Photo courtesy of Flamingo Las Vegas

Tournament highlights included:

• Mac King arriving with two arms in slings, before Xavier Mortimer inspired him to rise to the occasion
• Gypsy Wood from OPIUM going head to head with Kasey Wilson from Absinthe for best Spiegelworld player
• Battle of the comedians with Des Bishop (Comedy Cellar), Jeremy Fried (Comedy Cellar), Felicia Michaels (Laugh Factory) and John Caparulo (Harrah’s)
• An English showdown between Miss Behave Gameshow and Tenors of Rock 
• The X Shows showdown with dancers from X Burlesque, X Country and X Rocks playing against show producers Matt and Angela Stabile 

After five rounds, it was down to Frankie Sidoris, who performs with Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, vs. Joe Labero from INFERNO. Labero stormed to a crushing victory, taking the two games required with the kind of ruthless efficiency one would expect.

All was not done though, as Labero still had to take on Piff the Magic Dragon, indisputably the Greatest Ping Pong Playing Magic Dragon of All Time, in a best-of-one-point game to decide the ultimate champion.

In a stunning upset, Piff emerged victorious and carried home the trophy. While Labero fought well, he had to make do with the defeat. 

Piff said, "I’d like to take a moment to congratulate myself for winning my own ping pong tournament. All it took was establishing a hit show in Las Vegas, inviting a whole group of local celebrities, and then scamming my way to victory."

Mission High School (MHS) is a comprehensive secondary school designed for students in recovery from substance abuse, use or dependency. There is No Hero in Heroin (TINHIH), established in June 2013, has partnered with Clark County School District (CCSD) in a groundbreaking way to combat the unprecedented opioid epidemic with the development and opening of the first-in-the-nation public recovery high school. To date, 37 students are enrolled at MHS. Students come from a variety of social-economic backgrounds, families and neighborhoods. All have one thing in common- they suffer from substance use disorder and they want to get well. Since opening in August 2017, the students who came in with severe credit deficiencies have increased their academic scores by more than 20 percent.

Piff may bill himself as the Loser of Season 10 of “America’s Got Talent,” but he has proven he is anything but as the plucky British magician/comedian/genuine magic dragon playing to sold out crowds on tour dates across the United States. Don’t miss Piff’s shows at Flamingo Las Vegas all summer long, from June 7 through August 12. Showtime is 8 p.m. VIP Meet & Greet packages are also available and include a private party with Piff before the show. Piff’s Private Party starts at 7 p.m.

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

On Tuesday night, June 26, SUSHISAMBA Las Vegas Executive Sous Chef, THOMAS TAPAT, took home the GRAND PRIZE ON 'CHOPPED', the Food Network’s popular reality-based cooking show in which four chefs compete against each other, taking a mystery basket of ingredients and turning them into dishes that are judged on their creativity, presentation, and taste. Judges, Martha Stewart, Chris Santos and Mark Murphy proclaimed Tapat the winner of the night’s episode titled “Think Small,” and awarded him the grand prize of $10,000. The episode’s mystery ingredients included Daikon Kimchi, Pork Sandwich, Patatas Bravas, Roasted Chickpeas and to celebrate the airing of last night’s episode, SUSHISAMBA Las Vegas hosted a screening and offered a special menu, inspired by the ingredients Tapat worked with on the show. Dishes include Grilled Chorizo apple seviche, sweet soy; Wagyu Meatballs teriyaki - aji amarillo glaze, mixed green salad; Aji Panca Sautéed Pork gnocchi, organic poached egg, sake soy reduction and Sata Andagi agave yogurt sauce.

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Thomas Tapat - Photo courtesy of Sushisamba

Notable Japanese artist KISHO MWKAIYAMA will begin work on a new artwork, VENDARTA 100: SIX ELEMENTS AND THE SEASONS, in a temporary publics studio at Bellagio Resort & Casino on June 29. The experience is presented by MGM Resorts Art & Culture, a program which focuses on commissioning, collecting, supporting and presenting modern and contemporary art in and around MGM Resorts destinations globally. Mwkaiyama’s work will become part of MGM Resorts’ Fine Art Collection. June 29 through January 2019, Mwkaiyama will work on a commissioned artwork comprised of 24 square gouache paintings. The artist studio space is located NEXT TO BELLAGIO GALLERY OF FINE ART and features a guest lounge for viewing and learning more about Mwkaiyama’s artistic practice. Guests can also view permanent art from Japanese artists at MGM Resorts properties, including Masatoshi Izumi’s sculpture A Gift from Earth at Bellagio Resort & Casino and Tatsuo Miyajima’s unique work HOTO at ARIA Resort & Casino. Upon completion, Mwkaiyama’s commissioned artwork will join the MGM Resorts Fine Art Collection, and will be installed permanently at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

The PLAZA HOTEL& CASINO will host its annual INDEPENDENCE DAY PARTY on Saturday, June 30 at 7 p.m. on its fully renovated rooftop pool.  At the party, which is FREE to attend, guests can swim or relax poolside while a DJ plays crowd favorites. The party will also feature a hot dog eating contest, a festive drink special and made-to-order poolside fare from the Pool at the Plaza Food Truck. The festivities will culminate with a spectacular fireworks show lighting up the downtown skyline at 10 p.m. At 8 p.m., the Plaza Hotel & Casino will host downtown Las Vegas’ first-ever hot dog eating contest in the style of the famous event held annually at Coney Island. The winner of the contest will receive a grand prize valued at more than $1,000 that includes $200 cash, a 2-night stay at the Plaza, a free cabana rental plus a $50 food and beverage credit, $150 to Oscar’s steakhouse, two tickets to “A Mob Story” opening in July, breakfast at Brightside Breakfast & Burgers and match play. The contest, sponsored in part by Hoffy Hot Dogs, will be limited to 10 participants, 21 years of age or older.

ELDORADO CANTINA, an authentic Mexican restaurant and bar located close to the Las Vegas Strip, at 3025 Sammy Davis Jr. Dr., celebrates its FOURTH ANNIVERSARY THIS MONTH. In honor of the milestone, all guests who dine at the restaurant through June 30th will receive A COMPLIMENTARY BIRTHDAY CUPCAKE, baked in-house and featuring classic vanilla cake, whipped cream, rainbow sprinkles and topped with fresh berries.

EDEN IN LOVE, a retail boutique that is dedicated to giving back to the community through the power of consumerism, is ‘paw-tnering’ with the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) for a festive “CHRISTMAS IN JULY” SHOPPING FUNDRAISER FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH OF JULY. Shoppers who come in the store will be able to make donations to purchase an “ornament” from the Christmas tree that designates what the donation will go towards. Eden in Love will accept donations up to $30 and will match the donation with a discount off their entire purchase. Shoppers can share their support with contributions towards: Grooming for rescued cats and dogs; Bottles and kitten formula for newborn, rescued kittens; Nursing kits and puppy formula for newborn, rescued puppies; Rescue an animal in peril at another shelter.

As Mexico takes on Brazil in the World Cup, Monday, July 2, fans will have the chance to cheer on their favorite team in style with thrilling VIEWING PARTIES parties AT DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS EVENTS CENTER. The venue will once again transform into a soccer sanctuary where guests can enjoy free, comfortable seating and catch an action-packed morning of gameplay on the venue’s 72-foot screen.Fans can enjoy a number of game-day offerings, including: Free outdoor games, On-site food stations serving delicious bites from the En Seltan food truck and a variety of cold beverage selections, including Mexican micheladas. This FREE event is open to all ages and doors open at 6:30 a.m. PT with kickoff scheduled for 7 a.m. PT.

Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower’s iconic, 1,149-foot-tower will light up the Las Vegas Strip this Independence Day with a FIREWORKS DISPLAY to celebrate America’s birthday. Plus, Stratosphere will offer Fourth of July perks for locals, available exclusively on Wednesday, July 4.  Visible throughout the Las Vegas Valley, the fireworks display will begin at 9:15 p.m. A VIEWING PARTY will be held at Elation rooftop pool offering guests an up-close experience to the fireworks, with doors opening at 8 p.m. Earlier in the day, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., locals with Nevada ID will receive free observation tower admission, a $25 per person value, and buy-one-get-one free admission to Crafted Buffet.

In honor of Independence Day, Xavier Mortimer will offer magic fans the best seats in the house with a COMPLIMENTARY VIP SEATING UPGRADE to the 7 pm performance of his spellbinding show, XAVIER MORTIMER'S MAGICAL DREAM at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino's Sin City Theatre on Wednesday, July 4 Guests may redeem this offer when purchasing a general admission ticket at Sin City Theatre’s box office.

The Flamingo Las Vegas’ GO Pool is going country! When the sun goes down this summer, the party heats up with the COUNTRY CABANA CONCERT SERIES AT THE FLAMINGO GO POOL. Throughout the summer, Las Vegas’ hottest pool party turns into the city’s best live music venue featuring some of your favorite country music artists who will perform live poolside on the Las Vegas Strip. Kicking off the series on Thursday, July 5 is Scotty McCreery,Season Ten of “American Idol” in 2011. Tickets are $20 each.The first 200 tickets sold are available for $10 each. Prices do not include tax and fees. Doors open at 7 p.m., and show start at 8 p.m. Guests must be at least 21 years of age to attend.

THE LAS VEGAS-CLARK COUNTY LIBRARY DISTRICT FOUNDATION’S ANNUAL SUMMER BOOK SALE will take place on July 5 and July 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and on July 7 from 10 a.m.  to 2 p.m. at the Sahara West Library located at 9600 West Sahara Avenue. This is a great chance to pick up all kinds of books, reading, movies and music at huge bargains, with some items discounted as low as 50 cents. A fun hunt for book collectors, this book sale has been known to uncover first/special editions and even signed copies from famous authors. All proceeds and donations go to fund new resources and priority projects for the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District and Foundation, such as Teacher Tutors, Teen Tech Labs, and the new Nevada CareerExplorer.

FIRST FRIDAY's theme on July 6th is “EMBRACE” – encouraging the community to embrace positivity, learning, creativity, healing and diversity. Featured Artist will be the Vegas Strong mural artist Kitos Lucero, a lifelong Las Vegas resident. Entertainment will be provided by 5 piece R&B BAND B. BIGGA at 8 pm and Latin duo LOS JUAN HIT WANDERS at 9:30 pm on the Main Stage.

BEER PARK AT PARIS LAS VEGAS will host a VIEWING PARTY FOR THE ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP (UFC) 226 fight between Stipe Miocic and Daniel “DC” Cormier starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 7. Following the fight, Cormier will host a knock-out afterparty at CHATEAU NIGHTCLUB & ROOFTOP  beginning at 10:30 p.m. Admission to the afterparty starts at $30 excluding taxes and fees.

Then, starting on Tuesday, July 10, BEER PARK AT PARIS LAS VEGAS will kick-off the semi-finals and final of the 2018 soccer world championship games with VIEWING PARTIES. Viewing parties for the semi-finals will begin at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 10 and Wednesday, July 11. The viewing party for the final match will begin at 8 a.m. on Sunday, July 15. BEER PARK will show the soccer games on dozens of high-definition TVs throughout the venue and offer live betting at the in-house sportsbook.

LAS VEGAS LIGHTS FC has added another talented piece to its steadily improving offensive attack, with 20-year-old midfielder JAMES MURPHY joining the club on loan from Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Football Club. The Scotch Plains, N.J., native is eligible to play for Lights FC immediately. He joins a wave of impactful midseason acquisitions, including fellow midfielders Zach Mathers and Raul Mendiola, plus strikers Daniel Guzmán Jr. and Omar Salgado, who will both be eligible to play following the July 10 opening of the U.S. Soccer Federation’s Summer Transfer Window. Lights FC next returns home to Downtown Las Vegas on Saturday, July 7, when it will take on Saint Louis FC at 8 p.m. on “Salute to Service” night, honoring our veterans, current military and first responders. Tickets start at just $15.

NEVADA BALLET THEATRE (NBT) has announced that the 2019 Black & White Ball will mark its milestone 35thAnniversary by honoring Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award-winning performer,  RITA MORENO as its “WOMANOF THE YEAR.” Moreno joins an extensive list of nationally-renowned female icons who have been feted over the past 35 years by the Las Vegas-based Ballet Company for their artistic achievements, philanthropic contributions and connection to Las Vegas. Moreno will accept this honor on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at ARIA Resort & Casino.

Celebrity Entertainer JEFF CIVILLICO, best known as an award-winning comedic entertainer on the famed Las Vegas Strip for more than a decade, has been named “AMBASSADOR” FOR LAS VEGAS NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM. This is the first-time in the 27-year history of the Museum that a celebrity has partnered with the Museum to further rally local and national recognition for the Museum and its current growth and expansion.“When our team first met Jeff, we knew he was the perfect match to embrace and spread our message on education, science, archaeological discovery and the preservation of fossils and rich history found in our immediate surroundings,” said Las Vegas Natural History Museum Founder/Executive Director, Marilyn Gillespie.“Civillico’s role will include being the celebrity ambassador for LVNHM in marketing, special events, corporate development and special programming,” Gillespie said.

Comedian MICHAEL CHE will bring his 2018 Summer Tour to the world-famous Comedy Cellar at Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, alongside special guest CIPHA SOUNDS. The Saturday Night Live star will perform two shows, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., on Wednesday, July 11. Tickets are $45 plus applicable taxes and fees for general admission. Tickets for Las Vegas locals with a valid ID are $25 plus applicable taxes and fees. All tickets can be purchased in-person at any Las Vegas Caesars Entertainment Box Office.

MB STEAK, brothers David Morton and Michael Morton’s steakhouse at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, has launched SOCIAL HOUR featuring cocktails, wines by the glass and beer from 5 to 6 p.m. daily.

TRIPLE GEORGE GRILL, located at Downtown Grand’s 3rd Street between Stewart and Ogden, will CELEBRATE ITS 13TH YEAR of serving classic American-style steak, chops and seafood beginning on Friday, July 13th (yes, Friday the 13th) by rolling out 13 “lucky” days of ALL-DAY happy hour at the Triple George Bartop, $13 power-lunch pricing, PLUS a special shout out to all the “Georges" in Las Vegas. Highlighting the July celebration will be the return of the “Cheers to George” campaign. Beginning July 13 and lasting through July 30, Triple George Grill will celebrate all those men (and women) who have been lucky enough to be named George!  Any single George will receive a complimentary appetizer with their meal while all double Georges (that’s any two Georges that dine together) will be served a whiskey flight and dessert gratis. For the coup de gras “jackpot”, all triple Georges (yes, that’s three Georges serendipitously feasting as one) will inherit a 96 oz. porterhouse steak and house wine FREE for the table.

The College of Southern Nevada Department of Fine Arts will host an exhibition of medium and large-scale paintings by artist and University of Massachusetts Amherst Professor of Studio Art and Art Department Chair, Shona Macdonald. Macdonald’s work begins with her observing her surroundings during the normal course of life but, develops through the artistic process, creating psychological content that connects the viewer to the subject matter through the palpable presence of the artistic process. “SHONA MACDONALD: OVERCAST” will begin Friday, July 13, 2018 and will run through Saturday, September 8, 2018. Ms. Macdonald will participate in an Artist Talk Thursday, September 6, at 4 p.m. in the Fine Arts Gallery, room H101, on the North Las Vegas campus.The CSN Fine Arts Gallery is FREE and open to the public. Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The Fine Arts Gallery is located at the half circle drive near CSN’s main entrance, on the North Las Vegas campus at 3200 E. Cheyenne Avenue, one-mile East of I-15 North.

MAJESTIC REPERTORY THEATRE, Vegas’s award winning company in the Arts District, is proud to present a limited engagement of BONO AND THE EDGE WAITING FOR GODOMINO'S, a clever and ingenious new take on Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. Written and directed by Richard Lucas, starring Jeff Blumberg, Curt Collier, Richard Lucas, and Bruno Olive, the 65-min play will be onstage for two nights only, 10:00PM July 13 and 14, 2018, at Majestic Repertory Theatre, 1217 S. Main St., Las Vegas. Cost: $15 in advance purchased online, $20 at the door.

Crafting gets a makeover with the opening of CORKS ‘N CRAFTS at Downtown Summerlin (1875 Festival Plaza Drive, Suite 100). From wood crafting, seasonal décor, jewelry making, string art, fabric dying, and décor boards; Corks ‘n Crafts offers something for everyone in an upscale, industrial workshop environment with a scrumptious menu, craft beers, and fine wine. This modern day DIY craft and sip studio is open Monday – Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  Corks ‘n Crafts is set to host a WEEKEND OF GRAND OPENING ACTIVITIES on July 14 and 15 noon-4 p.m. in celebration of the Downtown Summerlin opening. In addition to make and take crafts throughout the day, guests can enjoy refreshments, treats, tours of the space, children’s activities, raffles, and more.

THE PARK, located between New York-New York and Park MGM, will host an ICE CREAM FESTIVAL Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15 from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Participants can visit ice cream tents offering unique takes on milkshakes, sundaes, ice cream cocktails and more. Live music, games and ice cream-inspired photo opportunities will be located throughout The Park. Price is $10 per person; kids under 5 are complimentary
Each ticket includes unlimited samples of ice cream and limited free samples of alcohol-infused treats for guests 21 years of age and older with valid identification.

After a great two-year run, BAZ– A MUSICAL TOUR DE FORCE, at the Palazzo Theatre, will close on July 29, 2018.

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Cast of Baz - A musical Tour de Force - Photo courtesy of Baz

SARAH SHOOK & THE DISARMERS, the North Carolina-based country-punk quintet on the rise, bring their unique spur-rattling style to Beauty Bar Las Vegas on Monday, July 16 at 8 p.m. This show is one of many country shows presented by Beauty Bar in recent months. Tickets are $12 in advance.

UB40 FEATURING ALI, ASTRO AND MICKEY, the founders of Britain’s famed reggae band, are headed to BROOKLYN BOWL LAS VEGAS at The Linq Promenade for a two-night celebration, vintage Vegas style. FOOLS RUSH IN WEEKEND will be held Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28. Fools Rush In Weekend will feature UB40’s founding members playing their biggest hits like “Red Red Wine,” and finding inspiration from their classic cover of Elvis Presley’s “(I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You” while paying tribute to old Vegas. Brooklyn Bowl will be transformed in homage to time gone by, with a photo booth allowing fans to take pictures with Elvis impersonators and showgirls, classic artwork on display, and more. Fools Rush In Weekend with UB40 is for ages 18+. Single-day general admission tickets start at $47.50 (plus applicable service fees) and are on sale at the Brooklyn Bowl box office.

In conjunction with the growing esports phenomenon and inspired by competitive gamers from across the globe, THE RIO ALL-SUITE HOTEL & CASINO introduces the first phase of Las Vegas’ newest interactive space by Hybrid One, THE WALL GAMING LOUNGE. The Wall is the first permanent esports venue for Caesars Entertainment. Designed as a multi-phased, 24,000 square-foot project, The Wall is now open and boasts ample gaming and lounge space highlighted by 30 high performance Alienware gaming PCs. A number of console gaming stations are also available. With graffiti artwork inspired by all of today’s hottest games, The Wall is not only a place to showcase one’s gaming prowess, but to enjoy the gamer’s vibe. The Wall features a self-serve beverage wall and mobile food/drink ordering.  “The Wall at The Rio is designed to be highly interactive and enables our guests to enter the space and feel immersed in a highly-visual and dynamic gaming atmosphere. You can compete like an esports professional or spectate in a social, ultramodern atmosphere,” said Christian Stuart, Executive Vice President of Gaming and Interactive Entertainment for Caesars Entertainment.

AN ALL-NEW SMITH & WOLLENSKY RESTAURANT is set to debut on the Las Vegas Strip in the Spring of 2019. The highly-anticipated “America’s Steakhouse” branded restaurant will be located in Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas.

Celebrity sightings:

Wednesday, July 27...

Among the audience at Gwen Stefani's debut of her headlining residency “Gwen Stefani – Just a Girl” inside Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino were professional athletes and celebrities, including fashion designers Jeremy Scott and Andrea Lieberman, Deryk Engell and and Marc-André Fleury of the Vegas Golden Knights, Raiders owner Mark Davis, and famed magician Mat Franco.

Tuesday, June 26...

10-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Phil Ivey was spotted attending the 10 p.m. performance of Absinthe at Caesars Palace. After the show he went backstage for a photo with The Gazillionaire.

More than 30 Miss Nevada USA and Miss Nevada Teen USA contestants took in the smash-hit production of BAZ – A Musical Tour de Force” at The Palazzo Las Vegas. After the show, the contestants joined the cast on stage for a photo opportunity and meet-and-greet.  Miss Nevada USA contestants in attendance included: Haley Passione (Carson City), Clarissa Roman (Reno), Kita Rice (Las Vegas), Claire Smith (Ruby Mountain), Camryn Lueck (North Las Vegas), McKenna Hines (Elko), Allison Garcia (Summerlin) Lauren Pelligrino (Boulder City), Elizabeth Penton (Sparks). Miss Teen Nevada USA contestants in the audience included: Shaleigh Shippy (Elko Teen), Angelina Green (Washoe County Teen), Lili Grajeda (Reno Teen), Autumn McKissick (Boulder City Teen), Sophia Elumba (Clark County Teen) Jordan Rocheleau (Summerlin Teen), Isabella McGinnis (Las Vegas Teen), Tia Henderson (Virginia City Teen), Karrina Ferris (Lake Tahoe Teen).

Saturday night, June 24...

Retired National Basketball Association (NBA) star, Shaquille O’Neal, hosted a pop-up DJ set at Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop at Paris Las Vegas.The athlete-turned-DJ took over the main DJ booth and performed a variety of hits and mixes for an hour-long performance, as fans cheered and enthusiastically took photos.

Friday, June 22...

Comedian Brad Garrett was sighted in the front row of multi talented musician Alanis Morissette's concert at the newly renovated Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort. Also spotted on the floor enjoying the show was female impersonator Frank Marino who was chatting pre-show with Vegas-based producer Adam Steck.

Wednesday, June 20...

Jersey Shore cast members, DJ Pauly D and Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, attended a RHYTHM-X cycling class at XCYCLE Las Vegas on while filming the second season of the hit show, “Jersey Shore Family Vacation.”

XCYCLE Ronnie and Pauly D Before Class 1 PRESS
XCYCLE Ronnie and Pauly D Before Class Photo courtesy of XCYCLE

Tuesday, June 19...

The Gazillionaire hosted members of Humboldt Broncos hockey team for the 10 p.m performance of his hit show, ABSINTHE, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Reuniting for the first time since the tragic accident to attend the NHL Awards in Las Vegas, the junior hockey team was spotted enjoying ABSINTHE’s outlandish acts and hilarious antics and went backstage after the show for a photo with The Gazillionaire.

Humbolt Broncos Hockey Team at ABSINTHE 6.19.18 Credit Joseph Sanders Spiegelworld
Humbolt Broncos Hockey Team at ABSINTHE 6.19.18 - Photo credit Joseph Sanders Spiegelworld

Sunday, June 17...

Actress, model an author Sasha Grey took over Hyde Bellagio for a dynamic DJ set to kick off the newest weekly party, Stereo Hyde.

Hyde Bellagios sexy servers welcome Sasha Grey 6.17.18
Hyde Bellagios sexy servers welcome Sasha Grey 6.17.18 - Photo courtesy of Hyde Bellagio

Hyde Bellagios sexy servers welcome Sasha Grey 6.17.18 - Photo courtesy of Hyde Bellagio

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