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Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens Celebrates The Year of the Pig with Stunning Lunar New Year Display

In celebration of the Year of the Pig, Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens has unveiled a captivating Lunar New Year display envisioned by renowned designer Ed Libby in collaboration with the Bellagio Horticulture team and Feng Shui Master George Yau. Each Lunar New Year, Master Yau works alongside Libby and the horticulture team to create a serene environment guided by the ancient practice of Feng Shui – the art of using surroundings to attract harmony, balance and positive life energy.

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Represented throughout the display, the theme “East Meets West” is signified by the blending of elements from Asian culture and Western ideology. Designed to bring prosperity and good fortune to all who visit, the gardens radiate hues of red and gold with 32,000 flowers, silk-lantern chandeliers and a special display celebrating Macau, a market with special significance for MGM Resorts as it is home to two of the company’s luxurious international resorts – MGM MACAU and MGM COTAI.

The pig, the 12th animal in the Asian zodiac, serves as a symbol of wealth, honesty and prosperity. Four happy, golden pigs welcome guests in the East Garden as they enter the Conservatory through breathtaking 20-foot jade medallions. Regarded as one of the most valuable and precious stones in Asian culture, jade signifies benevolence, righteousness, wisdom, bravery, honesty and cleanliness. Five pendants crown the top of the pavilion, each decorated with a gilded dragon.

At the center of the Conservatory is a family of pigs surrounded by the riches of nature. Nine piglets are seen frolicking through fields of fruit and corn. Two grand 18-foot cherry blossom trees stand tall on both sides of the garden to symbolize love and passion. Completing the West Garden, two sacred ding pots burn incense to protect against bad fortune.

Nearby, the North Bed depicts notable landmarks of Macau, including the Golden Lotus sculpture. The original sculpture marks the return of the sovereignty of Macau to China, marking its 20th anniversary this year. The display also features the Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge, the world’s longest sea crossing connecting Hong Kong, Macau and Zhuhai. At the left and right of the bed, a representation of the traditional Lunar New Year lion dance brings good luck as children dressed in colorful floral regalia convey joy and prosperity throughout the Conservatory. Whimsical water features draw the elements together with a signature Bellagio touch.

A 32-foot-tall replica of the Temple of Six Banyan Trees, a Buddhist temple in Guangzhou, China, towers over the South Garden closely guarded by two Chinese Fu Dogs. Giant red lanterns strung with fire crackers brighten the gardens overhead while koi fish swim in the tranquil pond below. Children dance on both sides of the bed, holding festive lanterns and fire crackers in celebration of their blessings of the past year and the coming year.

The Conservatory is complimentary and open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Lunar New Year display is open through March 9.

Morphis Weekend Latino Makes History in Las Vegas

Morphis Weekend Latino kicked off the new year in Las Vegas with two Latin music events. SBS Entertainment presented an innovative concept by uniting "Día Nacional de la Banda" and Calibash Las Vegas for a two-day music extravaganza that brought together the most influential entertainers across all Latin music genres at T-Mobile Arena. The two events made Latin music history with more than 30,000 guests in attendance on both Friday and Saturday night.

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During a press conference held Thursday. Jan. 24, John J. Lee, Mayor of North Las Vegas, recognized Mr. Lucas Piña, Vice President of SBS Entertainment and creator of the MWL concept, for his great contribution to the Latino community in Las Vegas and the Hispanic culture and music in the United States. He also proclaimed January 25 and 26 as "National Band Day" and "Calibash Las Vegas Day," recognizing them as two of the most important Latino events in the city.

The 'Morphis Weekend Latino' stage featured the highest technology and special effects on a rotating stage, which allowed everything to run seamlessly during each four-hour show. On Friday, Jan. 25, "Dia Nacional de la Banda" kicked off with the lights of the arena dimming and the stage lights coming up as the high-energy audience roared with approval. "Día Nacional de la Banda" began with the music of Adal Loreto and Gaby Tamez, who set the mood to continue the evening with the young star Raymix. The talented young Christian Nodal took the stage next to the cheers from the crowd and sang several of his hit songs. Los Ángeles Azules continued the night with an electrifying performance followed by the rhythm and energy of Los Recoditos and La Adictiva.

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Adictiva - Photo courtesy of Morphis Latin Weekend

The high-intensity of the crowd grew louder as La Arrolladora Banda El Limón took the stage, followed by one of the most applauded artists of the night, Gerardo Ortiz. The final band of the night was none other than the legendary band, El Recodo de Cruz Lizárraga, who perfectly concluded a very special night for all Mexicans and Hispanics.

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Recodo - Photo courtesy of Morphis Latin Weekend

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Geraldo Ortiz - Photo courtesy of Morphis Latin Weekend

'Morphis Weekend Latino' continued with Calibash Las Vegas Saturday, Jan. 26. This is the third year Calibash Las Vegas has returned to T-Mobile Arena and every year it is still one of the most anticipated Latin concert in the Entertainment Capital of the World - Las Vegas. The thousands of people who packed the arena witnessed the incredible talent of entertainers including Soleil J, Daniela and Sebastian Reynoso, who were in charge of opening the spectacular night. Stellar Cuban artist, Osmani García, ignited the stage with his iconic single "El Taxi" followed by a couple of his other singles. He was followed by the dynamic Larry Over who continued to entertain everyone with his high-energy set.

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Enrique Iglesias - Photo courtesy of Morphis Latin Weekend

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A special video by Wisin served as the introduction to legendary musician, Yandel, who performed one of the most enjoyed sets of the night. The night continued with multi-award winning worldwide star, Enrique Iglesias, who performed some of his greatest hits. The lady of the night, the spectacular Becky G, lit the stage up with her amazing voice and dynamic dance moves. Following her was Anuel AA, who sang all of his hit singles.

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Becky G - Photo courtesy of Morphis Latin Weekend

Ozuna then took over the stage, with an electrifying performance. When everyone thought he had completed his set, the stage turned to introduce the talented pianist, Arthur Hanlon, who accompanied Ozuna performing a stripped-down version of "Aura." The evening continued with the rhythm and energy of one of the crowd favorites, Farruko. Calibash Las Vegas concluded with a spectacular closing performance by Bad Bunny which featured an impressive set with captivating special effects.

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Bad Bunny - Photo courtesy of Morphis Latin Weekend

Inspirational Film “Becoming the Keys” Has World Premiere at Southpoint Hotel & Casino

Local writer, producer and President of the Las Vegas Convention Speakers Bureau, Robin Jay held the VIP red carpet premiere of her latest film, “Becoming the Keys,”at 7 p.m, January 17 at the South Point Casino showroom. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales and the silent auction will benefit Volunteers in Medicine, Southern Nevada.

Red Carpet arrivals included the following cast members of the film:

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Robin Jay and Elizabeth Mathisen - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Robin Jay and Dannion Brinkley and wife Kathryn Brinkley - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Robin Jay and Rachel Magario - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Robin Jay and Mandy Morris - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Dr. Erwin Jay - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Robin Jay, Dr. Janis Johnson and Don Clay - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Robin Jay and Kelly Lee Bennett - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Robin Jay and Steve Roger Phillips - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Robin Jay and Jodi Friedman - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Robin Jay and Barbara Steingas - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Robin Jay and Shannon Knight - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Robin Jay and Juliette Miles  - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Robin Jay and Mona Lisa "ML" Brookshire - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Robin Jay and Doug Smith - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Robin Jay and Cammie Ritchie - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

The inspirational movie series combines a unique hybrid of fictional characters interacting with a few of today’s top thought leaders, including don Miguel Ruiz (‘the Four Agreements’), success guru Brian Tracy, Dr. Joe Vitale (‘The Secret’), and Dannion Brinkley (‘Saved by the Light’) to create a compelling narrative, each reflecting on the importance of embracing the seven keys to greater success and a more joyful, loving and happier life.The experts in the films share stories that reflect the importance of embracing seven keys: appreciation, harmony, passion, courage, faith, vibration, and empathy.

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Robin Jay and Gloria Loring - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Jay’s first two films in the Key Movie series are “The Keeper of the Keys”, starring Jack Canfield, John Gray, and Marci Shimoff, and “The Secrets of the Keys”, which stars Brian Tracy, don Miguel Ruiz, Rev. Michael Beckwith, Dannion Brinkley, John Assaraf, and Gloria Loring. Both films have won awards, including Best Independent Film and Best Concept, and have earned international distribution deals. “Becoming the Keys” will join Jay’s first two films in distribution with GAIA.com, which is referred to as “Spiritual Netflix.”

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

Since opening its doors, SALT ROOM HENDERSON, located at 10624 S. Eastern Ave., Suite G, has been a popular destination for salt wellness enthusiasts and area residents looking for a soothing and nearby location for facials, massages, yoga and other holistic therapies.

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The Salt Room - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

“It’s been a wonderful year and a half and we’ve really been welcomed by the community. Not only by those who were already aware of halotherapy and our services, but also by curious new customers – many of whom tried a salt cave session and keep coming back for more,” said Raffi Mucikyan, owner and operator of Salt Room Henderson. “We love being in Henderson for the locals, but also for those who travel from other parts of town to experience halotherapy and our professional spa staff.

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The Salt Room - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn


Salt Room Henderson features a 400 square foot salt cave, with an ornate salt “fireplace” design and a ceiling decorated with salt stalactites and stars. In addition, there is also a large massage room designed for individual or couples massages, as well as a separate room for facial services.

Salt therapy, also commonly known as halotherapy, includes relaxing in a “salt cave” for a 45-minute session. The cave walls are made of large Himalayan salt bricks while the floor is covered in Himalayan salt pebbles. Caves can accommodate multiple guests at one time, while pharmaceutical-grade, breathable particles of salt circulate throughout the room.

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The Salt Room - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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The Salt Room - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

While many Salt Room Henderson customers seek a drug-free, holistic experience for health and skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema, and a range of respiratory ailments including sinus infections, asthma, allergies and bronchitis, others simply enjoy the health benefits while relaxing in the cave’s quiet, comfortable chairs and spa-like atmosphere. I recently had the opportunity to visit the salt cave, and with the assistance of a guided meditation, I found the experience to be thoroughly relaxing and therapeutic for both my mind and body.

Salt Room Henderson also offers numerous revitalizing salt-based treatments including facials, full-body detoxifying treatments and massages, day and evening yoga classes for adults and children, as well as by reservation-only classes that include Shamanic drum journeys, Reiki and crystal singing bowls guided meditation.

Guests can bring the salt experience into their own home, with unique retail products made from pure Himalayan salt for purchase, such as lamps and beauty products. Salt Room Henderson also offers custom home salt feature designs, from art pieces and accent walls to fireplaces and headboards.

In early 2019, Salt Room Henderson will serve its 2,500 customer at its serene 10624 S. Eastern Ave., Suite G locale. Salt Room Henderson is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The smash-hit comedy “SEX TIPS FOR STRAIGHT WOMEN FROM A GAY MAN”” recently celebrated its 500th PERFORMANCE at Paris Las Vegas. Stars of the show Mark Melton, Katie Kenner, and Chris Hodgson celebrated with a custom cake made in honor of this momentous performance.“Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man” performs nightly (dark Wednesdays) with a 9 p.m. show Mondays, 7 p.m. shows Tuesday through Sunday with additional 11 p.m. shows Saturday nights.

Las Vegas Headliner JEFF CIVILLICO has signed a two-year extension with Paris Las Vegas. His “Comedy in Action” continues at the Anthony Cools Showroom inside Paris Las Vegas Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. and select days at 4 p.m. Civillico has been a headliner with Caesars Entertainment since 2012, having performed over 2,000 shows at The LINQ Hotel & Casino, Flamingo Las Vegas and now Paris Las Vegas.

To commemorate the CHINESE YEAR OF THE PIG, dynamic and colorful dragon and lion dances will take place at the following MGM RESORTS properties:

 MGM Grand – Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 4 p.m. inside the main lobby with a processional through the casino. 
 Bellagio – Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 4 p.m. at the main porte cochere with a processional through the casino. 
 ARIA – Thursday, Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the main valet with a processional through the casino.

Beginning Friday, Jan. 25, the MAIN LOBBY AT ARIA HOTEL & CASINO will be adorned in celebratory décor to honor THE YEAR OF THE PIG. Three Chinese Deities: Fuk, Luk and Sau, will greet guests upon check-in at ARIA’s front desk. The deities personify the important aspirations of mankind: happiness, wealth and longevity. A 196-foot dragon will hang from the lobby’s ceiling, weaving its way around a spectacular money tree made up of 88 golden coins symbolizing wealth and good fortune. Pigs will surround the base of the tree. Throughout the resort, guests also will encounter more than 50 spectacular floral arrangements, kumquat citrus trees with lucky money envelopes, a nine-foot pig covered in vibrant floral near the Baccarat Lounge and a special Buddha garden at North Valet.

MGM GRAND’S MAIN LOBBY recently transformed into a LUNAR NEW YEAR SPECTACLE with vibrant displays of eye-catching floral décor surrounding the resort’s iconic lion. Custom filigree arches with Year of the Pig medallions also hang between the lobby’s columns while playful panda bears greet guests on the banks of the front desk.

VEGAS MUSIC SUMMIT, a two-day annual conference that converges music and media with educational panelists and artist showcases will take place Thursday, Jan. 31 and Friday, Feb. 1 at the Downtown Grand Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. Music and media fans will have their chance to ask questions and educate themselves as each panel has been carefully curated to include discussions on the most important topics facing the entertainment industry today. Invited speakers are influential executives from companies such as Warner Music Group, Lionsgate, ReverbNation and Brooklyn Bowl to name a few.

Leading up to the most anticipated professional football game of the year, sports broadcasting icon Brent Musburger will be joined by former National Football League executive Michael Lombardi and legendary bookmarkers Chris Andrews and Vinny Magliulo for “BETTING & BUDS WITH BRENT,” a sports betting seminar and panel on Friday, Feb. 1 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.in the Grandview Lounge, at South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa. The event is FREE and open to the public, and will offer exclusive insight into the breakdown of lines as well as hundreds of prop bets expected ahead of the Big Game. In addition, guests can enjoy $1 Budweiser products from 5 to 8 p.m.

The ANNUAL LIGHTS OF LOVE DISPLAY returns to ETHEL M® CHOCOLATES (2 Cactus Garden Drive, Henderson, NV), February 1 -16. During the annual Lights of Love, more than half a million pink, red, white, and purple LED lights will brightly embellish the three-acre botanical cactus garden for the days leading up to Valentine’s Day weekend.This year, Ethel M Chocolates is giving away a pair of tickets to the luxury suite, with dinner and beverages included, for the Vegas Golden Knights vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey game at T-Mobile Arena on February 14! Snap a photo at the Cactus Garden or Factory Store and caption with #EthelMMoments for a chance to win a Valentine’s Day with our very own Vegas Golden Knights for you and your date. The contest will run now through – Monday, February 11, 2019 at 11:59 A.M PST.

Actor JON STAMOS will join THE BEACH BOYS as a special guest performer during their “NOW & THEN” CONCERT engagement at The Smith Center on Saturday, Feb. 2. Tickets start at just $49. As a special guest of the band, Stamos has performed with the legendary pop group several times already, including their last visit to Vegas in Sept. 2017.

CARMINE'S inside The Forum Shops and VIRGIL'S REAL BARBEQUE will host Big Game viewing parties on February 3.

GILLEY'S at Treasure Island is throwing a SUPER BOWL PARTY on Feb. 3. The only real honkytonk on the Las Vegas Strip is cooking up an all-you-can-eat-and-drink big game buffet, with barbeque and football favorites for $150. will also enjoy prizes and giveaways. Doors open at 12 p.m. hours before big game kickoff. Price is all-inclusive and per person. Guests must be 21 or older with a valid ID. An admission fee is not required to view the big game.

THE PLAZA HOTEL & CASINO will host its annual BIG GAME VIEWING PARTY on Sunday, Feb. 3 with stadium style buffet, open bar and William Hill satellite betting stations. Doors open at noon with a cash bar, and the party with open bar and food begins at 2:30 pm in the Sierra Ballroom. Tickets are $100 until Feb. 1 and $125 on Feb. 2 and Feb. 3. Ticket prices are inclusive of tax and gratuity. All guests must be 21 years of age or older.

Due to overwhelming demand, legendary singer and composer VAN MORRISON has added an additional two show dates to his run at THE COLOSSEUM AT CAESARS PALACE for a total of seven nights in 2019. The added performances are scheduled for Friday, Feb. 8 and Saturday, Feb. 9, in addition to dates currently on sale Jan. 25 through Feb. 2.  Tickets for the added shows went on sale this morning. The shows are presented jointly by AEG Presents and Caesars Entertainment.The seven 2019 dates currently on sale are: Jan: 25, 26, 30, Feb: 1, 2, and just added: 8, 9.

CHATEAU NIGHTCLUB & ROOFTOP AT PARIS LAS VEGAS will offer FREE ENTRY to MAGIC Marketplace attendees with valid badge on Wednesday, Feb. 6 and Thursday, Feb. 7. On Wednesday night, DJ Shadow ReD, will kickstart the evening for MAGIC attendees by spinning hot tracks on the Strip-side rooftop club. The party will continue with Chateau’s Moontower Thursdays, as local DJs, Bayati and Casanova, will spin an array of new tracks, popular top hits and dance-inducing remixes.

BRONCO & CONJUNTO PRIMAVERA, BRYNDIS X SIEMPRE, LOS YAGUARU DE ANGEL VENEGAS & LA MERA MERA RAZA OBRERA will bring their top Norteño and cumbia hits to FRIAS ENTERTAINMENT’S BAILE AT THE ORLEANS ARENA on Friday, Feb. 8.  Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets start at $60 plus fees and can be purchased in-person at gift shops.

Highly-acclaimed funk, soul, R&B and old school entertainers from the 1970s and 1980s, including MIDNIGHT STAR, COLOR ME BADD, READY 4 THE WORLD FEATURING MELVIN RILEY, EVELYN CHAMPAGNE KING, THE JETS, MALO, PEACHES & HERB, & BLUE MAGIC, will bring romantic throwback hits to Old School 105.7’s LOVE AFFAIR CONCERT at the ORLEANS ARENA on Saturday, Feb. 9. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $32.50 plus fees and can be purchased in-person at gift shops.

Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group will welcome the return of its signature philanthropic wine and food event, SIP & SAVOR, to LUPO BY WOLFGANG PUCK inside Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Hosted by Chef Wolfgang Puck, the unforgettable evening will offer a distinguished selection of Italian food and drinks, along with Italian-inspired music and entertainment, in an effort to INCREASE AWARENESS AND RAISE FUNDS FOR KEEP MEMORY ALIVE SUPPORTING CLEVELAND CLINIC LOU RUVO CENTER FOR BRAIN HEALTH. With tickets starting at $175 for general admission and $225 for VIP -- which includes early entry to the event, a meet and greet with Wolfgang Puck, and more -- Sip & Savor will be an unforgettable affair as chefs, guests, and food aficionados come together to raise funds and support Keep Memory Alive.

Following their performance on Thursday, Feb. 14, the ladies of FANTASY, Luxor Hotel and Casino’s the award-winning female revue, will treat the audience with the show’s 2019 “THE GOLDEN GODDESSES OF FANTASY” CALENDAR as a COMPLIMENTARY VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT while supplies last. Regularly priced at $20, guests may receive their complimentary calendar at FANTASY’s merchandise counter following the show. In addition, guests are invited to a meet and greet opportunity with the cast for photos and calendar signings. Tickets are available for purchase at the Luxor box office.

Initial preview performances for CELESTIA, an all-new, international production written and directed by Sasha Ivanov, the founder of the live entertainment company Intrigue Shows, have been moved to accommodate required enhancements to the production’s physical structure and audience experience. Preview performances are tentatively scheduled to debut at the STRATOSPHERE CASINO, HOTEL & TOWER Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. Ticketholders will be contacted for refunds or to secure tickets on newly released show nights.

HARRAH’S LAUGHLIN has announced that DUSTIN LYNCH, one of the hottest must-see country music stars, will thrill audiences at the outdoor Rio Vista Amphitheater on March 30. The outdoor, under-the-stars evening concert will begin at 8 p.m. and feature a high-energy set filled with Lynch’s chart-topping hits including “Small Town Boy,” “Seein’ Red,” “Mind Reader,” “Hell of a Night” and “Where It’s At”. Tickets start at $29 (plus service fees). Tickets can be purchased at the Harrah’s Laughlin Box Office.

As part of her upcoming North American The Sweetener World Tour, mult-platinum superstar ARIANA GRANDE will perform at T-MOBILE ARENA Saturday, May 11 at 8 p.m. Previously revealed special guests Normani and Social House will also perform. Tickets are now on sale and range in price from $34.95 to $249.95 (not including applicable service charges).

GIRL SCOUTS OF SOUTHEN NEVADA recently received a PROPERTY AND LAND GIFT VALUED A NEARLY $9 MILLION from the CHARLES AND PHYLLIS M. FRIAS CHARITABLE TRUST. The gift marks the largest single private donation in the history of the Girl Scouts.   Honoring the memory of Las Vegas philanthropists Charlie and Phyllis Frias, the donation includes personal property and acreage in rural Lincoln County, Nev. located 90 miles north of Las Vegas. The donation of 70 acres of property includes: A Cowboy’s Dream Bed and Breakfast, Windmill Ridge Restaurant and Lodging and undeveloped land.

The GAY AND LESBIAN COMMUNITY CENTER OF SOUTHERN NEVADA (The Center) has appointed JOHN WALDRON to serve as executive director. Waldron will lead the organization's mission of furthering the well-being, positive image, and human rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community, their allies, and low to moderate income residents in Southern Nevada.

The Howard Hughes Corporation, developer of the Summerlin master planned community that includes the 400-acre urban center of Downtown Summerlin, has announced the name of its SECOND LUXURY APARTMENT COMPLEX now under construction: TANAGER®. The name is a tribute to the Curtiss Model 54 Tanager, an aircraft constructed in 1929 by Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company, and winner of the Daniel Guggenheim Safe Aircraft Competition that same year.

Caesars Entertainment has announced the creation of THE SHARED FUTURE FUND, a new and innovative investment model that will be used to create long-term positive change for adult and child victims of human trafficking. The fund will be controlled and managed by IMPACTNV, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in Southern Nevada dedicated to mobilizing cross-sector leadership to address pressing social needs and building a better community.


Vdara Hotel & Spa has opened the doors to its latest luxury amenity — VDARA CLUB LOUNGE— a secluded space welcoming guests with gourmet meals, a dedicated concierge service and a nightly social hour complete with complimentary libations.Vdara Club Lounge is a deluxe amenity for guests staying in the hotel’s Luxury Suites, City Corner Club Lounge Suites and Studio Fountain View Club Lounge Suites. Guests who choose any other accommodations may also access Vdara Club Lounge for a nightly fee.

Known for its classic glamour, impeccable service and signature Italian recipes, CIPRIANI LAS VEGAS in Wynn Plaza Shops at Wynn Las Vegas is now open. This is the brand's first West Coast location.

Bellagio is proud to welcome SADELLE'S, SoHo’s popular vintage-style restaurant from Major Food Group and one of the most desired reservations in New York City, to the resort’s award-winning culinary portfolio. In a coveted location overlooking the exquisite Bellagio Conservatory, Sadelle’s brings an elevated perspective to all-day dining in Las Vegas through culinary craftsmanship forging a new identity for approachable cuisine normally found in cafés and bakeries.

Celebrity sightings:

Saturday night, Jan. 19...

U.S. Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy was spotted attending Las Vegas’ hottest production, MAGIC MIKE LIVE at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Following the performance, the Olympic silver medalist and LGBT rights advocate met with the cast during a private meet and greet.

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Gus Kenworthy Attends MAGIC MIKE LIVE at Hard Rock Hotel Casino

Gus Kenworthy Attends MAGIC MIKE LIVE at Hard Rock Hotel Casino 1.19.19
Gus Kenworthy Attends MAGIC MIKE LIVE at Hard Rock Hotel Casino

Thursday, January 17...

House of Blues headliner Carlos Santana made a special visit to Spread the Word Nevada where he provided a donation that will give 57 Southern Nevada schools access to 15,000 books! The guitar legend was also able to meet some local students from CC Ronnow Elementary School, one of the schools benefitting from the donation.

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Carlos Santana - Photo courtesy of Spread the Word Nevada

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Carlos Santana - Photo courtesy of Spread the Word Nevada

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Carlos Santana - Photo courtesy of Spread the Word Nevada

Saturday, January 12...

Paul Stanley, famed musician and lead singer for the legendary rock band KISS, attended Criss Angel MINDFREAK® at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Following the finale and standing ovation, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee met Criss, his long-time friend, backstage where he congratulated him on the monumental production, the two posed for photos, and Stanley signed the MINDFREAK train located at the entrance of the theater. Earlier that evening, Stanley was spotted in front of his hand-painted art piece he made exclusively for the interactive lobby inside the Criss Angel Theater.

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Paul Stanley Signs Train on Display at Criss Angel Theater

Paul Stanley Poses with Criss Angel after MINDFREAK Show at Planet Hollywood Jan. 12
Paul Stanley Poses with Criss Angel after MINDFREAK Show at Planet Hollywood

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