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Lionel Richie Presented with the Key to Las Vegas’ Iconic Strip

On Tuesday evening, August 14, multi-platinum-selling artist and four-time Grammy® Award winner Lionel Richie was presented with the Key to Las Vegas’ iconic Strip by Clark County Commissioner Jim Gibson, who also officially declared Wednesday, Aug. 15 as “Lionel Richie Day.”

Also in attendance were Live Nation Las Vegas President Kurt Melien, and Caesars Entertainment Chief Marketing Officer Chris Holdren. The event took place at Zappos Theater inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

Lionel Richie with Live Nation Las Vegas President Kurt Melien, Caesars Entertainment Chief Marketing Officer Chris Holdren and Clark County Commissioner Jim Gibson - Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

Lionel recently announced the final shows of his wildly successful residency, “Lionel Richie - All the Hits.” The music icon will return to the stage at Zappos Theater August 15 through October 20 for his final performances.

The critically-acclaimed Las Vegas residency “Lionel Richie – All The Hits” celebrates decades of Richie’s timeless musical career. Since the show’s premiere in 2016, “Lionel Richie – All The Hits” has received rave reviews and accolades from fans and critics alike.

Wynn Nightlife Partners with Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada For Over-the-Top Wish Reveal For Local 18 Year Old

On Friday evening, August 17, Las Vegas 18-year-old, Sarah Hodge, learned her wish for a home music studio was coming true thanks to Make-A-Wish® Southern Nevada, which partnered with Wynn Nightlife to underwrite and orchestrate a wish reveal worthy of music royalty. With help from Wynn Nightlife resident act, The Chainsmokers, along with DJ Marc Stout, Hodge was presented with a MacBook Pro loaded with a suite of music editing software and was told she would receive further instruction to ensure she could create and edit her own music.

Make A Wish Recipient Sarah Hodge with Wynn Nightlife Resident DJ Duo The Chainsmokers at Intrigue Nightclub Las Vegas 8.17.18 Credit Danny Mahoney for Wynn Nightlife 12
Make A Wish Recipient Sarah Hodge with Wynn Nightlife Resident DJ Duo The Chainsmokers at Intrigue Nightclub Las Vegas - Photo credit: Danny Mahoney for Wynn Nightlife

Hodge, who was told she was attending a Make-A-Wish event as one of the organization’s many wish child/teen ambassadors, was both surprised and thrilled to learn her wish was coming true and that the party was just for her! She was especially excited when The Chainsmokers stopped by to extend their best wishes, giving her the ultimate selfie moment that is sure to make her the envy of friends far and near.

Wynn Nightlife Staff and Wynn Nightlife Resident DJ Duo The Chainsmokers Present Make A Wish Recipient Sarah Hodge with a New MacBook Pro at Intrigue Nightclub Las Vegas 8.17.18 Credit Danny Mahoney for Wynn Nightlife
Wynn Nightlife Staff and Wynn Nightlife resident DJ Duo The Chainsmokers present Make A Wish Recipient Sarah Hodge with a New MacBook Pro at Intrigue Nightclub Las Vegas - Photo credit: Danny Mahoney for Wynn Nightlife

The grand wish reveal, which began with the arrival of Hodge and her family via limousine provided by Wynn, took place at Intrigue – The Nightclub at Wynn before doors opened for operation that evening. Hodge’s family and close friends, along with Make-A-Wish board members, volunteers and staff, were joined by the entire Wynn Nightlife executive staff, including Alex Cordova, Executive Vice President of Nightlife; Ronn Nicolli, Senior Executive Director of Nightlife Marketing; Pauly Freedman, Executive Director, Wynn Nightlife; Michael Waltman, Executive Director of Operations, Encore Beach Club; and Ryan Jones, Executive Director of Operations, Wynn Nightlife.

Wynn Nightlife with Wynn Resident DJ Duo The Chainsmokers and Make A Wish Recipient Sarah Hodge at Intrigue Nightclub Las Vegas 8.17.18 Credit Danny Mahoney for Wynn Nightlife 3
Wynn Nightlife with Wynn Resident DJ Duo The Chainsmokers and Make A Wish Recipient Sarah Hodge at Intrigue Nightclub Las Vegas - Photo credit: Danny Mahoney for Wynn Nightlife

Following the wish reveal party that included a special mocktail and appetizers, Hodge and her family were treated to a hosted dinner at Lakeside at Wynn before returning home later that night via limousine, also provided by Wynn.

Born with Cystic Fibrosis, Hodge undergoes twice daily treatments and says her bathroom looks like a pharmacy because of all the medications required to keep her lungs clear. Her condition, which is complicated by pulmonary manifestations, makes everyday life challenging for Hodge who goes out of her way to avoid stairs or anything that will cause her to be short of breath. An avid music lover who listens to nearly every genre, Hodge says music is the one thing that can lift her spirits when the challenges of her condition make life especially difficult.

John's Incredible Pizza Company Crowns Kids Cook-Off Champion

On Thursday, Aug. 16  Omar of Fountain Valley, Calif. was crowned the John’s Incredible Kids Cook-Off Champion after a fierce competition at John's Incredible Pizza Company at The Boulevard Mall. After competing in the semi-finals, Omar, Autumn from Apple Valley and Saniha of Fremont, Calif. created three new dishes for the championship round. The kid chefs had one hour to prepare and cook their dish in John’s kitchen before presenting before the panel of three judges – John Parlet, owner and founder of John’s Incredible Pizza Company, CHOPPED Champion Chef Joe Youkhan, and Maria Silva of FOX5 News in Las Vegas.

Winner of Johns Incredible Kids Cook off Omar with Chef Joe Youkhan and John Parlet
Winner of Johns Incredible Kids Cook off Omar with Chef Joe Youkhan and John Parlet - Photo courtesy of John's Incredible Pizza Company

All three judges were incredibly impressed with each child’s presentation as well as how they all handled themselves with ease in the kitchen. Autumn made a beef stroganoff inspired by her grandmother, and Saniha prepared an Indian chicken kabob rice plate with a cucumber salad and a chocolate milkshake. In the end, Omar’s traditional Arabic dish maqluba, also known as upside-down, won him the title of John’s Incredible Kids Cook-off Champion. Omar took home a $5,000 cash prize, a party for him and 20 of his friends at any John’s Incredible Pizza Company location and will now begin working alongside CHOPPED Champion Chef Joe Youkhan to create John’s next incredible dish. The other two runners-up walked away with free pizza for a year as well as a party with 10 of their friends at any John’s Incredible Pizza Company location.

The three finalists Saniha Autumn and Omar with their prizes and Chef Joe Youkhan Maria Silva IncrediBear and John Parlet
The three finalists Saniha Autumn and Omar with their prizes and Chef Joe Youkhan Maria Silva IncrediBear and John Parlet - Photo courtesy of John's Incredible Pizza Company

John’s Incredible Pizza Company launched the Incredible Kids Cook-off competition to inspire young chefs to get involved in the kitchen to create new flavors and recipes.

Over 70 kids, ages 7-12, submitted a video showing off their cooking skills by preparing an original dish and 50 kids were then selected to move on to the semi-finals where they prepared a second dish at select John’s locations throughout California. Three finalists were selected from each semi-final location to compete in the Championship round.

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

Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas had the Haus rockin’ with its first BATTLE OF THE BANDS event, on Friday, Aug. 17. A couple hundred guests filled the Beer Garden as local bands Gravel, Queens Riot, RumRunners and Blitzkrieg played an eclectic mix of tunes. DJ Santos kicked off the evening as the main music maker before turning the microphone over to “America’s favorite Elvis,” Pete Wilcox. Blitzkrieg then took the stage, followed by RumRunners, Queens Riot and Gravel Band. In a surprise finale, DJ Santos announced that all four bands would walk away winners, each earning a future booking at Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas.

Las Vegas magician JEFF MCBRIDE, a 10-year headliner at his popular McBride’s Wonderground nightclub, was just awarded one of the magic world’s most prestigious awards, the International Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques (FISM) Theory & Philosophy Award. The award was announced over the weekend of July 15 at the organization’s tri-annual convention, held this year in Busan, South Korea.

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MADAME TUSSAUDS LAS VEGAS teamed up with CURE 4 THE KIDS FOUNDATION, a local Las Vegas nonprofit, to help fight childhood cancer. In honor of the famed Gwen Stefani’s new residency in Vegas and her recently announced partnership with the reputable organization, the renowned attraction was pleased to support the efforts to raise funds for the foundation with the donation of a one-of-a-kind Fender Squier Electric Guitar signed by Gwen herself in 2010.  After several bids, the signed guitar went to a loyal Gwen Stefani fan for $1,500 with every cent of the winning bid go back to Cure 4 the Kids. Additionally, on August 4 Madame Tussauds was thrilled to partake in the Cure 4 the Kids annual event where children and their families were given the opportunity to act like a celebrity for a day and pose with the Gwen Stefani figure on the red carpet.

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Wax likeness of Gwen Stefani - Photo courtesy of Madame Tussaud's Las Vegas

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Signed Guitar - Photo courtesy of Madame Tussaud's Las Vegas

SLS Las Vegas has announced the W HOTEL AT SLS LAS VEGAS will be integrated into the full resort operation and called THE GRAND TOWER as of Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. Additionally, SLS Las Vegas will assume full operational control of the resort’s reservations system from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and the SLS Las Vegas brand will discontinue membership as a Starwood Tribute Portfolio Hotel & Resort.

PENN & TELLER returned to their hit show at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino on Saturday, Aug. 18 following a brief hiatus to allow Teller to recover from back surgery. Teller has since made a full recovery and is excited to return to the long-running residency. In celebration of the magic duo’s upcoming 25th anniversary, Penn & Teller will extend their contract at Rio Las Vegas for an additional three years. The show originally opened at Rio Las Vegas in January 2001.

It was recently announced that FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE will begin its $32 MILLION RENOVATION OF VIVA VISION, the world’s largest single video screen located in historic downtown Las Vegas, February 2019. Spanning five city blocks above one of the most vibrant streets in Las Vegas, the upgraded Viva Vision canopy will illuminate the pedestrian mall with 16,433,152 pixels and 5,000 Nits, making it seven-times brighter than the existing canopy with four-times the resolution. In partnership with the City of Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Conventions and Visitors Authority, renovations to the iconic, city-owned Viva Vision canopy will be completed for the unveiling on Dec. 31, 2019.

“The redevelopment of the iconic Viva Vision canopy is a major milestone for Fremont Street Experience and the City of Las Vegas,” said Patrick Hughes, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fremont Street Experience. “With Fremont Street Experience attracting more than 23 million visitors a year, we’re really looking forward to seeing the new energy this brings to downtown Las Vegas and the positive impact it will have on the entire community.”

THE BRONX WANDERERS will be joined by two special guests from Monday, Aug. 20 through Sunday, Aug. 26, as the group’s VIN A. will be taking a much-deserved vacation. Well-known musical director, arranger and composer KEITH THOMPSON will fill in on the keyboard and background vocals, with BEAU CASSIDY as a featured vocalist. In the nearly two years that The Bronx Wanderers have been performing at Bally’s Las Vegas seven days a week, Vin A. has not taken off a single day, except for when he opened for Bon Jovi at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday, March 17.

The Bronx Wanderers - Photo courtesy of The Bronx Wanderers

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Beau Cassidy - Photo courtesy of The Bronx Wanderers

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Keith Thompson - Photo courtesy of The Bronx Wanderers

The Bronx Wanderers perform seven nights a week at 8 p.m. through September 9. Beginning September 10, performances are at 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $69.99, $79.99 and $99.99 for VIP seating which includes a front pass for a meet and greet with the cast. Pricing includes all additional fees. Locals can purchase premium seats for $34.50 (additional fees apply) when they mention the code BWLOCAL. Tickets may be purchased in person at any Las Vegas Caesars Entertainment Box Office.

NATHAN MYHRVOLD, the world's most disruptive food photographer, has debuted seven CLASSIC COCKTAIL IMAGES at his MODERNIST CUISINE GALLERY, located inside The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. With 90 food-focused images now on display, and for sale at  Modernist Cuisine Gallery, Nathan has his viewfinder set on a more specific subject - the food and beverage culture of the cities in which his galleries reside, and he refuses to come up short on authenticity. This NEW cocktail collection pays homage to some of the most iconic party drinks with many of the scenes set to evoke a truly 'spirited' sensation. Myhrvold used innovative photography techniques and custom-built equipment, including brand new robots, to capture these intoxicating images of classic cocktails.

LILY BAR AND LOUNGE AT THE BELLAGIO announces its INNOVATIVE NEW COCKTAIL PROGRAM AND DEDICATED LIVE ENTERTAINMENT CONCEPT, LILY LIVE. Launching Aug. 19, the upscale lounge will debut an array of signature cocktails spanning refreshing on the rocks libations to unique pairings served straight up. The hand-crafted cocktails carefully curated by Hakkasan Group’s chief mixologist, Tim Weigel, include a selection of seasonal offerings and classic recipes with a modern twist. Complementing the mixology program, guests can enjoy the sounds of Lily Live, a new live entertainment experience. Starting now, every Tuesday and Thursday at 10 p.m., Lily Live offers live music from classic and traditional pop genres. Highlighting a roster of local talent, performers include solo artists Jeremy Cornwell, Daniel Park and Shawn Eiferman, while bands gracing the stage include Harmon Eyes, STOKED! and Dino & The Sharps.

America's all-time top-selling rock ‘n’ roll band, AEROSMITH is bringing the heat to the Las Vegas Strip with their headlining residency, AEROSMITH: DEUCES ARE WILD. Shows begin Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Park Theater at the new PARK MGM RESORT.   Tickets starting at $75 go on sale Friday, Aug. 24. VIP packages and on-stage seating will also be available. All shows are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.

BEER PARK AT PARIS LAS VEGAS will host a performance by SINCLAIR WHEELER starting at 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 24. Wheeler is the former tour guitarist for Machine Gun Kelly, a rapper and singer best known for hits “Wild Boy,” “See My Tears,” and “A Little More. Wheeler’s performance will begin with a live guitar show and continue with a DJ set.

On Friday, August 24, DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS EVENTS CENTER will partner with FOX5 Las Vegas to throw the ultimate Raiders celebration. As the largest downtown football viewing destination, the venue will host the OFFICIAL LAS VEGAS RAIDERS WATH PARTY, bringing stadium-style seating, a live DJ, official Raiders merchandise, and much more. Doors open on Friday at 5 p.m. and the game starts at 7:30 p.m. against the Green Bay Packers with a special FOX5 broadcast at 7 p.m. The event will be free. All reservations will include a $25 per person beverage minimum.on and open to all ages. In addition, FOX5 will be broadcasting live from the venue all night for play-by-play coverage.

THE DISTRICT AT GREEN VALLEY RANCH will host a SAVASANA AND SANGRIA EVENT on Saturday, August 25th, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Savasana is a yoga pose that focuses on deep relaxation and tension release. The yoga class will be led by veteran instructor Celine Go, and snacks and sangria will be provided after the class by Me Gusta Tacos. The event is FREE and open to the public; sangria will only be served to guests over age 21. Event Takes Place in the Courtyard Off Main Street, 2225 Village Walk Drive in Henderson.

Bavarian Beer Hall, HOFBRAUS LAS VEGAS will host REGGAE SUNDAY on August 26 with musical acts Skunkdub, Gnashing, ST1, Los Ataskados and Irie Empire Dub Sound featuring special guest Selectah. Cultures collide when the event kicks off at the Haus at 4 p.m. and runs through 11 p.m. Admission is FREE..

AUSSIE HEAT, Vegas’s most hands-on male revue, will be hosting and producing a genre-spanning, groove-inspired entertainment industry showcase, THE VEGAS VARIETY SHOW, on Wednesday, August 29 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. at the Opportunity Village Ralph and Betty Engelstad Campus. The inaugural variety show will feature performances by individuals in Opportunity Village’s Performing Arts Program, along with local talent who perform throughout Las Vegas in shows and venues including AUSSIE HEAT, SEXXY, DAVID GOLDRAKE – IMAGINARIUM, STONEY'S ROCKIN' COUNTRY, and many more. Attendees will also have the chance to get on their feet and show off their best moves by participating in a line dance lesson.Open to the public, the event is suited for all ages. Tickets can be purchased for $15 at the door. All proceeds from the event will benefit Opportunity Village’s Fine & Performing Arts Program.

THE LAS VEGAS MEDICAL MARIJUANA ASSOCIATION, Nevada’s largest non-profit organization for medical marijuana, will host a FREE event,“THE FORGOTTEN PATIENTS – TELLING THEIR STORIES” ” in conjunction with 420 SAHARA WELLNESS, a patient-oriented dispensary (located at 420 E. Sahara) , on Thursday, August 30th from 3:00 p.m. to 4:20 p.m. There will be 12 patients talking about how medical marijuana has saved their lives. These patients are referred to as the “Forgotten Patients” -- patients who have fallen out of the mainstream medical care and found medical marijuana as a useful alternative.Many of these patients had lost hope until their lives were impacted by the use of medical marijuana. These are the people with cancer, wasting disease (Cachexia), HIV, spasms, depression, anxiety, and pain. Attending this event will be the Nevada Department of Taxation, Las Vegas City Council, Nevada Legislators and a representative of the County Commission.  Doctors,nurses, caregivers and vendors will also be joining the event to offer additional information and to answer questions. Refreshments will be provided.

PT’s ENTERTAINMENT GROUP will commemorate the GRAND OPENING OF ITS 60TH TAVERN PT'S GOLD, located at 8985 Blue Diamond Rd., with a celebration including giveaways, free play and discounts on food and drinks from 5 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30. The milestone location is now open for business.

JIM BELUSHI AND THE BOARD OF COMEDY return to THE LAUGH FACTORY, Tropicana Las Vegas over Labor Day Weekend, Saturday, September 1st and Sunday, September 2nd. Show times are 8:30 PM & 10:30 PM nightly. Ticket prices start at $44.95.

THE MARTIN AND LEWIS TRIBUTE SHOW starring tribute artists TOM STEVENS AND TONY LEWIS as the legendary comedy duo Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, will be held at the Suncoast Casino, September 2. Showtime is 3 p.m. Tickets start at $14.95 plus taxes and fees and can be purchased in-person at Suncoast, The Orleans, Gold Coast and Sam’s Town. Tickets may also be purchased the day of the show (depending upon availability) at the venue box office.

WAITRESS, the Tony nominated musical will be premiering at The Smith Center on October 9 - 14 for a limited engagement and is looking for two young girls to perform the role of “Lulu” for the duration of the engagement. Waitress tells the story of “Jenna,” an expert pie baker working at a local diner and stuck in a loveless marriage. Her salvation comes in the form of her daughter, “Lulu.” The character of “Lulu” is a sweet and carefree four to five -year-old who appears in the production’s finale scene.  Qualified young girls should be shorter than 4’2 and be no older than 5 years and 3 months.  Individual applicants are welcome, as are sets of twins or siblings. Space is limited to the first 60 applicants to sign up. The “SEARCH FOR LULU” will take place in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Sept. 4th from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. inside Boman Pavilion, the building adjacent to Reynolds Hall and the Box Office at The Smith Center.  The audition will consist of the child speaking two lines from the show. If possible, parents should bring a current head shot and resume for each child. Headshot, resume and prior acting experience is not required. For more information and to sign up for visit www.TheSmithCenter.com/lulu. The character of “Lulu” will be cast locally in each tour market and two girls are chosen to share the role. Each girl chosen will perform in 4 performances each during the one week engagement.

On Thursday, Sept. 6, from 5 to 7 p.m., MJ CHRISTENSEN DIAMONDS (located in Boca Park at 8980 W. Charleston Blvd.), Nevada’s oldest and most trusted diamond and jewelry retailer will again host a “DIAMOND DIGTO BENEFIT DRES FOR SUCCESS SOUTHERN NEVADA, the local nonprofit that empowers women to achieve economic independence. Guests will enjoy an elegant evening of live music, light hors d’oeuvres, champagne, amazing prizes and shopping. The highlight of the evening will be the opportunity to buy ‘scoops’ in a large sandbox to uncover gemstones and win great prizes and gift cards along with a grand prize of a 14kt rose gold pendant with white and champagne diamonds totaling 1ct+ and valued at $2,599! Additionally, MJ Christensen will donate 10 percent of proceeds from items purchased that night to Dress for Success Southern Nevada and will also offer a 10 percent off the entire store (some exclusions apply). Admission is $25 per person in advance and includes one dig. Day-of tickets will be available at the door for $30 per person.Tickets and additional digs may be purchased online at www.dressforsuccesssouthernnevada.org/events/diamond-dig

Some of hip hop’s most legendary acts will visit the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center with an all-star lineup on Friday, September 7 at the LAS VEGAS HOUSE PARTY TOUR. Headlined by Kid ‘N Play, Vanilla Ice and Naughty by Nature, fans can enjoy a night of nostalgia and pay homage to the genre with additional performances by Biz Markie, Tone Loc,Rob Base, 2 Live Crew and Young MC. Tickets start at $28.50 plus applicable fees. Doors for the show will open at 7 p.m. with music set to begin at 8 p.m

Celebrated bandleader PAUL SHAFFER along with his talented full band, The Shāf-Shifters, will return to the iconic CLEOPATRA’S BARGE AT CAESARS PALACE to perform a limited three-week engagement on select dates in September, October and November 2018. Fans will experience an intimate set of pop, funk and R&B hits mixed with anecdotes and stories from over four decades of working with the biggest names in music, film and television. Performance dates and showtimes are: Sept. 6 – 8; Oct. 11 – 13; Nov. 29 – Dec. 1; 8 p.m.  Tickets are available at any Las Vegas Caesars Entertainment Box Office. Tickets start at $49. VIP tickets, including a meet & greet and photo with Paul Shaffer after the show, are available for $149. Additional service fees apply. Guests must be 21 years of age or older.

THE DISTRICT AT GREEN VALLEY RANCH invites the community to enjoy the center’s FREE “FALL MOVIE NIGHTS.” Taking place each Saturday evening from September 8th through October 20th at 7:30 p.m. outdoor movies will be shown on the green behind Whole Foods. Moviegoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. No alcohol or glass allowed.

The scheduled movie lineup is:  September 8: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (PG-13)
 September 15: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (PG-13)
September 22: A Wrinkle in Time (PG)
September 29: Avengers: Infinity War (PG-13)
October 6: The Incredibles (PG)
October 13: Wonder Woman (PG-13 )
October 20: The Nightmare Before Christmas (PG).

AID FOR AIDS OF NEVADA'S BLACK & WHITE PARTY, will return for the 32nd year on Saturday, Sept. 8 at DAYLIGHT Beach Club inside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Themed "Escape to Paradise," guests will enjoy a totally tubular 80s throwback party featuring performances from popular entertainers, avant-garde fashions, appetizing hors d'oeuvres, and more. All proceeds from the night will directly benefit AFAN's supportive services for those individuals living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. As always, guests are encouraged to wear as much black and white as you want, or as little as you can get away with. Guest passes start at $80 and can be purchased at afanlv.org.

THE DISTRICT AT GREEN VALLEY RANCH invites the entire Henderson community to its weekly FARMER'S MARKET where shoppers will enjoy a colorful assortment of freshly harvested, farm-fresh produce, including an array of seasonal fruits and vegetables grown exclusively by local Nevada farmers.  There will also be a smorgasbord of delicious hot foods every Thursday in September, October and November from 4pm to 8pm. . (The market will be closed on Thursday, November 22nd, Thanksgiving Day.) Farmer’s Market will be held in the Courtyard Off Main Street, 2225 Village Walk Drive., Henderson.

Fill SAFENEST's pantry by donating unexpired, non-perishable canned food, paper goods, and baby items and receive $2 off admission to the 46th ANNUAL LAS VEGAS HARVEST FESTIVAL ORIGINAL ART AND CRAFT SHOW, Sept. 7-9, at its new location at World Market Center, Pavilion 2 (209 S. Grand Central Pkwy). An arts and crafts tradition in Las Vegas, the Harvest Festival opens at 10 a.m. and is open until 5 p.m. on Friday and Sunday and 6 p.m. on Saturday. Proceeds are also donated to SafeNest when you purchase a bag for your belongings and utilize the bag check area during the event. For all three days, SafeNest volunteers and staff will sell bags for $1 each and check bags for a donation of $1 per bag.

Five-time GRAMMY-nominated country music singer and songwriter, HUNTER HAYES, will take the stage for an unprecedented full-length performance at M Pool as part of M Resort Spa Casino's concert series on Saturday, Sept. 15. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets, start at $29.99 plus applicable L.E.T. and facilities fees.

Tickets are on sale now for LOS LOBOS AND THE MAVERICKS in concert on Saturday, Sept. 15 at the STAR OF THE DESERT ARENA IN PRIMM. The two bands will come together for a night of energetic Tex-Mex sounds. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25.

GOLDEN NUGGET LAS VEGAS will be serving the best craft brews as it welcomes the return of its NINTH ANNUAL BEER FEST, Saturday, Sept. 15 from 7-10 p.m. inside The Grand Event Center, where guests can sample award-winning beers paired with beer-inspired food and live entertainment. Portions from each full-price ticket sold will BENEFIT THE ANIMAL FOUNDATION. A new feature being added to this year’s event include VIP tickets. Guests who purchase VIP tickets will be granted early admission at 6:00 p.m., one hour before the event starts. With over 100 different beers from 30 different breweries, this makes for the largest Beer Fest. Pre-sale tickets to The Grand Tasting are now on sale and start at $64. Tickets will be available at the door for $69. For $84, guests can upgrade to VIP tickets and receive early admission one hour prior.


SHIRAZ, located at the corner of Decatur and Sahara, is now open serving authentic Persian, Indian and Pakistani halal cuisine. Named after the ancient Iranian city known for its colorful gardens and breathtaking art, the wide-ranging menu offers a fresh and innovative take on Mediterranean food including a variety of vegetarian options. Shiraz is owned by longtime restaurateur Raja Majid, with Chef Jainine Jaffer helming the kitchen and Jozef Letasi behind the bar.

MUSIC & ARTS has unveiled their newest musical instrument store and lessons facility, located in Summerlin, NV. The new store serves the residents of Summerlin and the surrounding Clark County towns of Spring Valley, Paradise, and Las Vegas by offering a private and group lessons program, instrument rentals, repairs and a wide assortment of instruments and accessories. Located at 8700 W Charleston Blvd. in Las Vegas, the store also serves school music programs throughout the county.

Celebrity sightings:

Saturday, August 18...

In the afternoon,U.S. superstar athlete and controversial swimmer, Ryan Lochte was seen partying with friends at a grand cabana at Marquee Dayclub in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

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Ryan Lochte at Marquee Dayclub - Photo credit: Radis Denphutaraphrechar/Global Media Group

Later in the day, comedian Bill Burr dined at Beauty & Essex with family before his show. Before leaving, chef Chris Santos greeted the table and the two posed for a photo together.

Rapper Wiz Khalifa was spotted having dinner with friends at TAO in The Venetian.

Thursday, August 16...

Ryan Lochte, joined by 10 friends, was spotted celebrating his bachelor party and birthday at Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Nightclub inside MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. After dining at the acclaimed Cantonese restaurant Lochte and crew headed to the nightclub.

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Ryan Lochte at Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Nightclub - Photo credit Joe Janet

August 13...

Recording artist Spiff TV enjoyed dinner with friends at TAO Asian Bistro in The Venetian.

Friday night, August 10...

Attending Alice Cooper's sold out concert at the Pearl inside the Palms was rocker Vince Neil, who watched the show from a VIP skybox. Also in the audience were guitar player Frankie Sidoris, and the rock star manager of all rock star managers…Shep Gordon.

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Alice Cooper - Photo credit: Denise Truscello

Saturday, August 11...

Newly minted 21 year-old Kylie Jenner’s birthday revelry continued as she and Travis Scott celebrated the debut of his album Astroworld at #1.  The club was decked out in Astroworld theme as Travis took to the Marquee stage inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and performed a medley of hits along with several new tracks.  Kylie and friends took in the show from a VIP table where she was also surprised with a cake marking her newly legal status.

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Travis Scott - Photo credit: Radis Denphutaraphrechar/Global Media Group

Also spotted at Marquee was Stevie Wonder, fresh off his Las Vegas concert.

Following her standup performance at The Cosmopolitan, Amy Schumer dined with friends and fellow comedian George Wallace at Beauty & Essex, snapping a photo for her Instagram feed.

Actor and star of ‘We’re the Millers’, ‘Horrible Bosses’, and more, Jason Sudeikis, visited The Dorsey at The Venetian Las Vegas alongside ‘Veep’ actor Sam Richardson, and drummer Billy Brimblecom.

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Sam Richardson Jason Sudeikis Billy Brimblecom at The Dorsey at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas - Photo courtesy of The Venetian Resort Las Vegas

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