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The Bronx Wanderers Celebrate Grand Opening at The Linq

The Bronx Wanderers, recently moved their show to a new home with a larger showroom, The Mat Franco Theatre, located inside the Linq Hotel & Casino where they celebrated the Grand Opening on Wednesday night, February 20. Before the performance, celebrity attendees that walked the red carpet included actor Chazz Palminteri, magician Mat Franco, Anthony Cools, singer Chadwick Johnson, Chris Phillips of Zowie Bowie, master card trickster Douglas Leferovich, entertainer Eric Jordan Young, mentalists Frederic Da Silva and Gerry McCambridge, singer/musician Michael Shapiro, entertainer Melody Sweets, BMX pro Ricardo Laguna, Tenors of Rock, the ladies from Fantasy, and the casts of “Menopause the Musical” and “Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man.

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The Bronx Wanderers with Frederic Da Silva - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Anthony Cools - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Mat Franco with The Bronx Wanderers Producers Alan and Kathy Glist - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Cast of Sex Tips For Straight Women From A Gay Man - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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FANTASY dancers - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Douglas 'Lefty' Leferovich - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

 

 

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Zowie Bowie's Chris Phillips - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Melody Sweets - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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BMX Pro Rider - Ricardo Laguna - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Michael Shapiro and wife - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Producers Alan and Kathi Glist with The Naked Magicians, Chris and Wayne - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Chadwick Johnson - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

At their official Grand Opening performance, the band, led by the very likable, charismatic Bronx born,Vinny Adinolfi, his two sons, singer/keyboard player and guitarist Vin A, drummer extraordinaire Nick, and backup musicians Joe Bari, Fernando Tort and David Braun, rocked the house with their spectacular vocals and musicianship performing some of our favorite oldies but goodies from the 60's through today that we have come to love, including amazing renditions of hits from Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Dion and The Belmonts, Billy Joel, to Queen and Bruno Mars. Vinny also takes time to reminisce about his roots. Among the memories he shares with the audience are his earlier life in The Bronx, working in the music industry as a successful chart topping record producer, becoming a singer/musician in his own right, and ultimately, fulfilling his dream of being a Las Vegas headliner.

Ever since I first saw them perform at their prior venue at Bally's, I have been a big fan of The Bronx Wanderers. I can't rave enough about them and totally understand why they have built a huge fan base. What more can I add? Only that if you haven't had the pleasure of watching and listening to this terrific band perform, go catch them at the Linq at your earliest convenience. I promise, you are in for an evening of first rate musical entertainment by an immensely talented group of musicians that will have you singing along and wanting to get up and dance.

The Bronx Wanderers perform Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays at 9 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. and are dark on Saturdays. Tickets ranging in price from $59.99 to $109 are on sale now and may be purchased in person at any Las Vegas Caesars Entertainment Box Office.

Xavier Mortimer’s Magical Dream Hosts Debut Event at Bally's Las Vegas

Award-winning magic show, Xavier Mortimer's Magical Dream, hosted a magical grand debut event to commemorate its move to Bally's Las Vegas’ Windows Showroom on Tuesday night, February 19.

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Xavier Mortimer - Photo credit: Tom Donoghue

Internationally-renowned illusionist and former Cirque du Soleil star, Xavier Mortimer, along with French celebrity and the show’s producer, Alex Goude, welcomed media, entertainers and guests to the celebration of the spellbinding production’s transition to the larger stage and theatre. Mortimer’s revamped performance introduced new reality-defying visuals and interactive audience participation.

Notable entertainers in attendance included the cast of FANTASY, Mike Tyler and Christopher Wayne from The Naked Magicians, Frederic Da Silva from Paranormal, French magician Titou and more.

Xavier Mortimer and The Naked Magicians on the Red Carpet
Xavier Mortimer and The Naked Magicians on the Red Carpet - Photo credit: Tom Donoghue

Xavier Mortimer and FANTASY Girls on the Red Carpet
Xavier Mortimer and FANTASY Girls on the Red Carpet - Photo credit: Tom Donoghue

Xavier Mortimer Allie Sparks and Alex Goude on the Red Carpet
Xavier Mortimer Allie Sparks and Alex Goude on the Red Carpet - Photo credit: Tom Donoghue

The 70-minute production, which debuted at Planet Hollywood in 2016, depicts Mortimer’s dream world and his quest to win the affection of his love interest, Belle, played by Allie Sparks, through 14 acts of astounding illusions, eccentric characters, dancing and animations, all set to an original soundtrack composed by Mortimer and Maxime Rodriquez.

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Caesars Entertainment by bringing the show to a new and larger stage to showcase Xavier’s astounding illusions,” said Alex Goude, international celebrity and writer and director of Xavier Mortimer’s Magical Dream. “It certainly feels like a magical dream come true.”

Mortimer began performing on the Las Vegas Strip in 2013 when he joined Cirque du Soleil’s acclaimed production, Michael Jackson ONE. He is the first performer from a Cirque du Soleil production to headline his own show on the Las Vegas Strip.

Show times for Xavier Mortimer’s Magical Dream are at 6 p.m. from Saturday through Thursday in the Windows Showroom at Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. Tickets start at $52 for general admission and $72 for VIP, excluding tax and box office fees. Guests of all ages are welcome. Tickets may be purchased at the Bally’s box office,

The Naked Magicians Celebrate Grand Opening of First-Ever Las Vegas Residency at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino

The Naked Magicians, a pair of hunky guys from Australia, have brought their finely chiseled, magical and physical talents to Las Vegas for their first ever Las Vegas residency. The R-rated magic show, starring Mike Tyler and Christopher Wayne, celebrated the grand opening inside  Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on Friday, Feb. 22 with a night of magic, muscles and endless laughs. The “stripped-down” affair was attended by members of the press and celebrities including Melody Sweets, Mac King, Eric Jordan Young, Gerry McCambridge, The Australian Bee Gees and the ladies of Fantasy.

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The Naked Magicians - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Following the requests of several boisterous audience members to make their clothes disappear. two of Australia’s most famous magicians, Tyler and Wayne did just that and, have since performed and undressed for millions of fans in more than 200 cities and seven countries in high-profile locations including London’s world-famous West End.

Leaving little more to the imagination than their magical feats, Tyler and Wayne have guests laughing out loud, as they bring a whole new meaning to the phrase, “now you see it'. These two hot guys bare it all in The Naked Magicians, foregoing top hats and capes for full-frontal illusions complete with magic, muscles and endless laughs. Left with only their hand covering their private parts, The Naked Magicians perform mesmerizing feats that are both baffling and entertaining.”

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FANTASY cast members - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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The Naked Magicians with Michael Shapiroand his wife  - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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The Naked Magicians with Australian Bee Gees - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Gerry McCambridge - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

“Good magicians don't need sleeves and great magicians don't need pants,” said Tyler. “When we say ‘abracadabra,’ the audience isn’t always looking at our hands.”

"It's kind of crazy because magic is the second-oldest profession and we couldn't believe no one had combined the two things that everyone loves: magic and nudity," said Wayne.

“We are thrilled to open our first Sin City residency,” said Tyler. “Las Vegas is very sexy with a lot of magic and is the perfect place for our show.

The complete package of funny, athletic, sexy and good with his hands, Tyler was a competitive swimmer in the National Championships and Pan Pacific Games, before discovering his love of magic and becoming a skilled hypnotist. Wayne, a Macklemore look-a-like, originally starred as the “clothed” magician on Channel 10’s long-running television program, “Toasted TV,” before becoming the first Australian magician in broadcast history to have his own series, “More Than Magic,” which aired in Australia, New Zealand, England and the United States.

The Naked Magicians performs Wednesday through Monday, dark Tuesday, at 10 p.m. inside Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. Tickets start at $54.95 (plus tax and fees) and Nevada residents receive a 30% discount. All audience members must be 21 years or older.

New Restaurant Blooms in Henderson

Blume, a modern, 6,500 square feet, restaurant serving innovative fusion cuisine for lunch and dinner, opened for business in the Seven Hills Plaza in Henderson on February 22. The atmosphere in Blume is stylish, elegant and casual, featuring artistically presented dishes and hand-crafted cocktails prepared with only fresh, high-quality ingredients.

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Blume - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

The menu, created by Chef Joseph “JoJo” Saady, who discovered his love of food and passion for cooking as a child, offers a variety of colorful dishes with an international flair, including small plates such as Stuffed Meatballs, Bao Bun Garden with Pork Jowl, and Crab Cakes. Guests can also enjoy a variety of salads and soup, including a classic Caesar, Caprese, Burrata Nectarine, and Butternut Squash Bisque.

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Blume - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Blume - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Blume - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Blume - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Entrees at Blume include Squid Ink Linguini with Prawns; Short Rib Ragu with Pappardelle; Roasted Chicken; Korean Short Ribs with a fig glaze and caramelized shallots; a 30oz Tomahawk with Truffle Butter; and Atlantic Salmon with red quinoa, a quail egg and honey glaze. Vegetarian options include a Roasted Cauliflower Steak, and sides including Grilled Asparagus, and Roasted Tricolor Carrots. To accompany a meal there is also a selection of signature hand-crafted cocktails, wine and beer.

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Blume - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

“We have created an amazing menu of unique dishes with beautiful presentations that we believe will be embraced by Henderson,” said Daniel Hackett, Director of Operations for Blume. “We have assembled a talented team and are excited to become involved in Henderson and the greater Las Vegas community.”

The elegant restaurant features a striking interior of sleek white acrylic countertops and tabletops, custom Armani blue tufted booths and chairs, and black marble flooring. Dramatic large-scale floral wallpaper adorns a back wall, while two accent walls are decorated with over 17,000 handmade gold silk roses and hydrangeas. Other refined touches include four crystal chandeliers imported from Europe.

Guests are greeted by a unique 8 ft. by 5 ft.virtual reality aquarium featuring beautiful underwater scenes with life-like fish. Seating is available in the main dining room, a chef's table (which seats 12), a bar with an adjacent big screen TV, and a patio with lounge seating and heat lamps. Blume also has a 2,500 square foot private room available for special events with seating for up to 120 people. The private dining room has a similar sophisticated feel as the main dining room, as well as a separate entrance from the restaurant, and frosted glass retractable doors that can make the room smaller for more intimate events.

Located at 3145 St. Rose Parkway, Suite 120, in Henderson, Blume is the first restaurant built by Stable Development, which also developed the surrounding business park.

Free parking is offered in an adjacent structure, and valet parking is available Thursday through Saturday beginning at 5pm. Blume is open from 11am to 10pm daily.

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

On Friday, February 1, 2019, KEVIN RIPSKI from Ontario, Canada, became the first winner of the Sands Millionaire Progressive. Ripski, a guest at The Venetian Resort, was seated in seat seven – his favorite number – at the Caribbean Stud table on The Venetian casino floor. He was playing “blind,” meaning he wasn’t looking at the cards he was dealt. “I play Caribbean Stud blind so I can relax and watch TV,” Ripski said. “I let the dealer flip over my cards so it’s a surprise at the end of the hand.” 

And what a surprise it was. The dealer flipped over the hand revealing a royal flush, making Ripski the winner of $1,114,079. “I always play the bonus bet for the very reason if you hit it and are not playing the bonus, you will regret it for the rest of your life.”

For the second time in 10 days the Sands Millionaire Progressive made someone a millionaire at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas. The second lucky player, who wished to remain anonymous, took home $1,018,472 at the Ultimate Texas Hold’em table game. The Sands Millionaire Progressive is available on several table games and can be won by placing a $5 side bet and being dealt a natural royal flush.

Then on Tuesday, February 12 a Las Vegas resident turned his visit to Suncoast Hotel and Casino into a $1,559,521.68 payday after playing Aristocrat’s Buffalo Grand™ slot game. The lucky player hit the life-changing jackpot at 6:52 p.m. at the popular local’s entertainment destination located in the Northwest area in Las Vegas. The video slot machine landed on the Grand Jackpot slot of the bonus wheel indicating the winning jackpot.

On Saturday, Feb. 16 DISCOVERY Children’s Museum introduced DISCOVERY Lab, its newest creative space featuring first-of-its-kind programming that challenges visitors to create a product from start to finish through engineering-oriented pursuits related to electronics, robotic, coding, 3-D printing, metalworking, pottery, sewing, arts and more. The new space stimulates exploration and risk-taking through open-and-guided workspaces and encourages a creative thinking process where children become the creators, builders and shapers of their curiosities by drawing on a “Do-It-Yourself” mindset while learning practical skills and using them creatively. In addition, DISCOVERY Lab offers daily presentations featuring Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematical (STEAM) learning. Visitors can participate in a variety of opportunities throughout the year with interactive demonstrations and summer camp experiences.

During their victory against the Dallas Stars on Wednesday evening, February 27, the VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS raised nearly $20,000 for the TYLER ROBINSON FOUNDATION with their 51/49 Raffle. TRF families also enjoyed the intense match amidst a high-energy atmosphere at T-Mobile Arena alongside Imagine Dragons drummer Daniel Platzman. TRF, the non-profit organization of the GRAMMY Award-winning band Imagine Dragons, is dedicated to supporting children battling pediatric cancer with 85 percent of every dollar raised goes directly to families in need.

PARIS LAS VEGAS illuminated the Las Vegas Strip with the debut of a $1.7 MILLION LIGHT SHOW AT THE EIFFEL TOWER on Wednesday, Feb. 27, joined by world-renowned chef Guy Savoy, legendary French actress and singer Line Renaud and Clark County Commissioner Jim Gibson. With a total investment of more than $92 million this year, the resort will also offer elevated experiences for its guests including an additional 1,600 renovated guest rooms and the all-new Voie Spa & Salon as it celebrates its platinum anniversary. Inspired by the Eiffel Tower’s illuminations in France, the enhanced lighting at the Paris Las Vegas attraction will offer a free, recurring show featuring synchronized and choreographed twinkling and colored lights for visitors to enjoy nightly on The Strip. In partnership with Vision Sign Inc., Paris Las Vegas installed approximately 300 color washing light fixtures and more than 800 white strobe lights on the tower’s exterior. Guests can enjoy the nightly light show every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour from sunset to midnight.

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Eiffel Tower Light Show 

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG, the hilarious Tony Award-winning hit Broadway comedy, will make its Las Vegas debut at The Smith Center April 18-24. Tickets starting at $29 went on sale beginning Friday, Feb. 22.

Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, has extended the YAYOI KUSAMA EXHIBITION past its original end date of April 28, giving visitors from around the globe the opportunity to enjoy this unique experience through June 30, 2019. The two installations by internationally celebrated artist Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Mirrored Room:Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity and Narcissus Garden, have become must-see attractions in Las Vegas, welcoming more than 55,000 visitors since the exhibition opened in November 2018. Both installations showcase Kusama’s exploration of infinite space and offer visitors a wonderland of shimmering lights and endless reflections. Tickets to Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art are $15 for adults. Nevada residents, seniors 65 and older, students, teachers and military personnel can purchase for $13. Children five and younger are free. For groups of 10 or more, the gallery offers special pricing of $11 per person. Due to limited space, guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance at the gallery’s ticket office.

Admit.VIP, the operator of the Night Owl Showroom at Hooters Casino Hotel and the Pegasus Showroom at Alexis Park Resort Hotel, is proud to announce that the wild 70-minute comedy showcase, THE HILARIOUS 7, hosted by John Hilder, is expanding to four performances a week, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 9 pm at the Night Owl Showroom inside Hooters Casino Hotel beginning March 5, 2019, and COMICS BATTLE will welcome comedian and television personality Tom Garland as new co-producer and host starting March 1, 2019, Comics Battle starring Tom Garland runs Friday and Saturday nights at 9 pm at Alexis Park Resort Hotel.


Monster Energy Cup Series Driver of Car #15, ROSS CHASTAIN, will make his appearance at the OFFICIAL BOYD GAMING 300 RACE AFTER PARTY AT VICTORY'S SPORTS BAR & GRILL inside Cannery Casino and Hotel on Saturday, March 2. Guests and fans alike will have the opportunity to hangout and take pictures as well as win one of 10 racing-themed prize packages, including autographed items by NASCAR drivers Clint Bowyer and Chase Elliott and consist of team hat, t-shirt and die-cast race-car. Following the 6 p.m. appearance, there will be a live performance at 8 p.m. by The Highwaymen Live, giveaways, autographed prizes, beer and drink specials.After-Admission to the Party/Ross Chastain appearance is FREE.

THE VENETIAN RESORT LAS VEGAS AND SANDS EXPO will turn their TOWER SIGNS PURPLE IN SUPPORT OF NEVADA READING WEEK AND THE READ ACROSS AMERICA EDUCATION AND LITERACY INITIATIVE on Saturday, March 2, from 12:01 am until sun-up; sundown until 11:59 pm. Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss. Nevada Reading Week began in 1987 as a statewide initiative by the Nevada Department of Education, and coincides with the birthday of Dr. Seuss and Read Across America.

FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE, the six-block entertainment district located in historic downtown Las Vegas, will celebrate NASCAR Weekend with FREE, non-stop live entertainment and a high-energy performance by five-time CMA Award-winning country music group, DIAMOND RIO, on Saturday, March 2 beginning at 9 p.m. The 16th annual RaceJam celebration is open to fans of all ages with no charge for admission.

CHATEAU NIGHTCLUB & ROOFTOP AT PARIS LAS VEGAS will host the official Ultimate Fighting Champion (UFC) 235 AFTERPARTY FOR TYRON “THE CHOSEN ONE” WOODLEY at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 2.  The afterparty will be held inside the nightclub under the iconic Eiffel Tower replica at Chateau immediately following Woodley’s fight against Kamary Usman at T-Mobile Arena. Admission to the afterparty starts at $20 excluding taxes and fees.

THE LIBERACE FOUNDATION will be hosting a SPECIAL BENEFIT for CSN’s DEPARTMENT OF FINE ARTS MUSIC PROGRAM on Saturday, March 2nd, at 6:00 PM at the Thrilla Villa, the former Las Vegas residence of Michael Jackson. The CSN Chamber Chorale will perform along with the award winning Jazz Singers. A tour of the Liberace Museum Collection is also included in the evening. General admission for this special event is $50.00 are available for purchase at the liberacemuseum.com.

Four-time world champion bull rider Tuff Hedeman heats up Las Vegas with the TUFF HEDEMAN BULL RIDING TOUR at the South Point Arena & Equestrian Center on Saturday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. Featuring Hedeman’s signature style event, 24 of the world’s best bull riders will compete for a prize purse of $30,000 in the invitation only, three-round competition with a sudden death format. Tickets are on-sale now starting at $30.

Life Time Green Valley, located at 121 Carnegie Street in Henderson, will host a 90 minute ‘YIN & VIOLIN YOGA CLASS from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 2 TO BENEFIT ST. JUDE CHILDREN'S RESEARCH HOSPITAL. Participants will be guided through a Yin format yoga class and taught specialized movements that are designed to create optimal relaxation for the mind and body. Throughout the class, Rebecca Ramsey, professional violinist and current member of Celine Dion’s ensemble of her Las Vegas show, will play live music to yogis. Life Time has partnered with St. Jude in its mission to help kids across the nation get healthy and to ensure that families never receive a bill from its hospitals for treatment, travel, housing or food. Donations from the ‘Yin & Violin’ class will be used to benefit St. Jude in their effort to fight childhood cancer. Participants are encouraged to donate $10 to reserve a mat in the class. Attendees who make a donation of $25 or more will be invited to attend a social at Life Time’s VIP Poolside Bar after the class to enjoy light bites and refreshments. All donations will be accepted at the door the day of the event. Life Time’s ‘Yin & Violin’ event is open to club members and guests.

Singer/showman MATT GOSS will return to the Las Vegas Strip, headlining an extended engagement at The Mirage. Goss will perform with his multi-piece band, sultry backup singers and dirty virgin showgirls each Sunday at 8 p.m. from March 3 through June 16. Tickets starting at $27.51 (not including applicable service fees) are available at any MGM Resorts International box office.

KURT VILE AND THE VIOLATORS bring their infamous riffs and rhythms to the House of Blues Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Sunday, March 3, with supporting act The Sadies. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25, plus applicable fees.

Pop music icon, JANET JACKSON, has announced her headlining residency “METAMORPHOSIS” beginning Friday, May 17 at Park Theater at Park MGM resort. Tickets starting at $79 go on sale Saturday, March 2 at 10 a.m. PST. All shows are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. The 15 dates going on sale are:  May 2019: 17, 18, 21, 22, 25, 26; July 2019: 24, 26, 27, 31; August 2019: 2, 3, 7, 9, 10.

Global hospitality company HAKKASAN GROUP will reinvigorate Sunday nights in the Las Vegas nightlife scene with the announcement of their latest concept, “ONE NIGHT ONLY,”premiering at Hakkasan Nightclub at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino starting Sunday, March 3. Every Sunday will be an open-format music night, merging EDM, hip-hop, Top 40 and more for guests to enjoy from a diverse collection of in-demand talent across a myriad of music genres including Tyga, Party Favor, Modern Machines, FAED and 4B. Guests can anticipate live performances, show-stopping moments, fun-filled themed events and new atmospheric elements on the special night in the Main Room of the five-level nightlife mecca. “One Night Only” club-goers can enjoy oversized VIP booths surrounding the dance floor, offering a high-energy experience for table guests who wish to be at the center of the action. Guests must be 21 years or older. Cover charges and table reservations will vary.

CHATEAU NIGHTCLUB & ROOFTOP AT PARIS LAS VEGAS will celebrate the return of the USA Sevens Rugby team with an “AFRO BEAT EXPERIENCE” after-party featuring a multicultural musical experience hosted by world-renowned DJ Fully Focus from 4 to 10 p.m. on Sunday, March 3. Admission to the USA Sevens Rugby after-party and ‘Passport Experience’ starts at $20, plus taxes and fees.

THE+SOURCE DISPENSARIES will present 8|FOLD’S NEW EXTRACTION TEAM AND INTRODUCE A NEW TERPENE EXTRACTION METHOD starting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5.  The ‘meet and greet’ will be held at The+Source’s Treehouse events space, located at 2550 S. Rainbow Blvd., Ste. 11.

QUEEN BEE MARKET, the popular urban-style market, has partnered with OPPORTUNITY VILLAGE to host a FUNDRAISING DRIVE at the bi-annual shopping event held at The Conference Center of Las Vegas on Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9. Opportunity Village will have a booth at Queen Bee Market, where representatives will collect new or gently used items. Suggested donations include household items, clothing, shoes, school supplies, books and more. Shoppers who bring a donation for Opportunity Village will receive $1 off their general admission ticket. Attendees can also make monetary donations at the booth. Tickets to Queen Bee Market are priced at $5 per person and will be available for purchase at the door. Children 12 years old and younger and military members with ID will receive free entry.

The highly anticipated UCU WEST COAST CONFERENCE MEN'S AND WOMEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS will return to the Orleans Arena Thursday, March 7 through Saturday, March 9, and Monday, March 11 through Tuesday, March 12. Teams vying for the 2019 championships include Gonzaga University, Brigham Young University (BYU), Loyola Marymount University (LMU), University of the Pacific, Pepperdine University, University of Portland, Saint Mary’s College, University of San Diego, University of San Francisco and Santa Clara University. Tickets are currently unavailable.

ONE DROP will present its SEVENTH ANNUAL PHILANTHROPIC EVENT imagined by Cirque du Soleil “ONE NIGHT FOR ONE DROP” at the “O” Theatre at Bellagio Resort & Casino on Friday, March 8. Initiated a decade ago by Cirque du Soleil founder, Guy Laliberté, One Drop is a world-renowned non-profit organization dedicated to providing access to safe water around the globe. The evening’s exclusive performance will showcase the creativity of Directors André Kasten and Leah Moyer featuring a very special guest star this year; Academy Award-winner & world-renowned score composer Hans Zimmer. The show will also be sparked by a breathtaking act from the Blue Man Group and special collaborations of internationally sought-after choreographers; Andrew Winghart, Alexander Ekman and Keone & Mari, who all orchestrated extraordinary pieces.

To celebrate, One Drop is presenting an exclusive lineup of six live auction items during the show:  McLaren 570S Spider, limited edition Audemars Piguet timepiece, private jet to the Turks & Caicos and villa at COMO Parrot Cay, Serengeti safari-living experience in Tanzania, St. Tropez getaway in a private Château and a voyage aboard The World, the largest private residential yacht on the planet. The 1,800 audience members will have the opportunity to bid on these exclusive luxury items and experiences ranging from $25K to $300K each. The proceeds of the auction will directly support One Drop’s mission in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities as well as several local water initiatives in Southern Nevada.

Emmy Award-winning comedian DANA CARVEY will return to The Mirage March 8 – 9. Carvey will perform with Ray Romano in his Aces of Comedy series debut in lieu of the originally scheduled David Spade.  Romano and Spade’s show dates April 5 – 6, October 4 – 5, November 22 – 23 and December 20 – 21 will continue as originally scheduled. Tickets start at $79.99 (not including applicable tax and service charges) and can be purchased at any MGM Resorts International box office.

Celebrating a decade of bringing the community together in the crusade against childhood cancer, NEW YORK-NEW YORK HOTEL & CASINO will host its 10th ANNUAL ST. BALDRICK'S DAY HEADSHAVING EVENT on the iconic Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday, March 9, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Throughout the day, family-friendly entertainment will be available, including live music and activities, and some of the city’s most celebrated names in entertainment will take the stage to serve as celebrity head-shavers for those bold enough to brave the shave for the St. Baldrick's Foundation. This year’s event will be emceed by Vegas Golden Knights’ in-arena announcers Big D and Mark Shunock and New York-New York Hotel & Casino director of hotel operations James Healy. The roster of celebrity head shavers set to make an appearance includes Las Vegas Aces standout players, cast members from ABSINTHE, MAGIC MIKE LIVE, OPIUM, Chippendales, Human Nature, FANTASY, WOW-World of Wonder, Legends in Concert, and more. Those interested in braving a shave for the cause can register online or onsite the day of the event. Group registration is also available for teams and organizations.

THE COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGAS will welcome Celtic punk-rockers FLOGGING MOLLY to The Chelsea on Friday, March 15, for the ultimate St. Patrick’s Day weekend celebration.Tickets start at $39 plus applicable taxes and fees.

THE AGE WELL EXPO will take place on Saturday, March 16, at the RIO CONVENTION CENTER – PAVILION BALLROOM. This event will feature vital information on how to live life to the fullest after 50, and hundreds of local and national companies re-imagining aging. Top experts will be covering a variety of topics like career, fitness, financial planning advice, health and wellness, dating, retirement and more. The expo is FREE and open to the public with free parking and free entertainment. The Rio Convention Center parking is located off of Twain and Valley View Blvd.

The ladies of FANTASY at Luxor Hotel & Casino will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by OFFERING A COMPLIMENTARY GIFT BASKET TO ONE LUCKY GUEST attending the show Sunday, March 17 at 10:30 p.m. All guests attending FANTASY’s show on St. Patrick’s Day will be entered into a drawing to win an array of gifts from the cast. During the performance, the FANTASY ladies will randomly select one seat and the selected guest in the ‘lucky seat’ will be the evening’s winner. The selected audience member will be treated to a complimentary FANTASY Pot of Gold Gift Basket including a variety of items such as, the show’s 2019 “The Golden Goddesses of FANTASY” calendar, a deck of FANTASY-branded playing cards, FANTASY-branded poker chips and more. The winner may pick up their complimentary gift basket at the Atrium Showroom merchandise counter following the show. In addition, guests are invited to a meet and greet opportunity with the cast for photos and autographs. Tickets are available for purchase at the Luxor box office.

FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE, the six-block entertainment district located in historic downtown Las Vegas, will celebrate the luck of the Irish with a four-day ST. PATRICK'S DAY SHAMROCK CELEBRATION beginning Thursday, March 14. Strolling flash mobs, magnetic dancers and free live entertainment from 16 bands on three stages will have guests embracing the good cheer while rocking out to themed, theatrical musical performances by bands including Celtic Rockers, Darby O'Gill, Finigans Wake, Luck of the Spandex, Johnny McCuaig, Whiskey Galore and more.

Adding to the Irish-themed festivities, lads and lasses can follow the rainbow to Main Street Stage on Sunday, March 17 as uniformed firefighters from across the country join Las Vegas Valley firefighters and bagpipers during the 13TH ANNUAL LAS VEGAS FIREFIGHTERS BENEFIT ASSOCIATION ST. PATRICK’S DAY MARCH beginning at noon. Also returning for the St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans is the interactive, Cirque du Soleil-inspired production show, “Sticky Sweet,” featuring dancing, singing and high-flying aerialist acts performing nightly from 8 – 10 p.m. on 3rd Street Stage.

Furthermore, as part of the efforts of the Las Vegas Coalition for Zero Fatalities, Fremont Street Experience, LYFT LAS VEGAS AN ZERO FATALITIES be offering up to $5 OFF TWO RIDES FOR NEW AND EXISTING LYFT USERS in Downtown Las Vegas beginning Friday, March 15 at 7 p.m. through Monday, March 18 at 8 a.m. (Fremont Street Experience’s code is “LVCZFSTPD”). Lyft users can call their designated driver on demand and celebrate responsibly.

In addition to being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on March 29, 2019, rock ‘n’ roll icons DEF LEPPARD Leppard will be taking over the Las Vegas Strip later this year with their exclusive headlining residency show. Def Leppard Hits Vegas: The Sin City Residency kicks off Wednesday, Aug. 14 at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.Tickets went sale to the public beginning Friday, Feb. 22. General ticket prices begin at $69, plus applicable tax and fees, and may be purchased in-person at the Planet Hollywood box office. All shows begin at 8 p.m.

Actor, executive producer and Emmy-nominated comedian KEVIN JAMES will return to The Mirage Hotel & Casino Saturday, April 27 to perform his standup comedy routine at 10 p.m. inside the Terry Fator Theatre. Tickets start at $49.99, plus tax and service charges, and are now on sale at any MGM Resorts Box Office.

As part of his upcoming North American tour, Chicago artist JUICE WRLD will make a stop at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on Friday, May 3, with support from Ski Mask The Slump God and The Lyrical Lemonade All-Stars. Tickets start at $39.50 and went on sale Friday, Feb. 22 at the Hard Rock Hotel box office.

PHIL LESH & FRIENDS will make a stop at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on Saturday, May 4 at 8 p.m. The former Grateful Dead bassist performs alongside a rotating lineup of brilliant musicians playing Grateful Dead originals, common covers, and the songs of the members of the band.Tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 22 at 10 a.m.

Multiple-platinum Rock & Roll Hall of Fame legends, HEART (ANN and NANCY WILSON), will bring their ‘Love Alive Tour’ with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and Special Guest Elle King to The Pearl Stage inside The Palms Casino Resort for One Night Only, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019 at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now.

Nevada’s premier water park, WET’N’WILD Las Vegas, returns for its seventh season of spring and summer fun with 2019 Season Passes on sale now. For a limited time, guests can save up to $60 on a Season Pass. All three Season Pass options offer unlimited entry during operating hours and select food, beverage and retail discounts. As a bonus, Wet’n’Wild will offer a Season Pass payment plan that splits the cost into three monthly installments, starting as low as $17.33, for a limited time only.

Other recent and upcoming openings:

On February 14, The Stove Las Vegas' celebrated chefs Antonio Nunoz and Scott Cummings opened the MIMOSA GARDEN, the newest boozy-brunch to hit Henderson. The menu consists of the chefs' interpretations of American small, all day sweet and savory bites including Baratta caprese “sort of”; Crab Spinach Artichoke Dip; Petite Fours and Chocolate Covered Strawberries. Guests will enjoy unlimited house bubbles, French champagne available upon request, and even a champagne-meets-bong challenge.

Bringing the personal hospitality and inspired flavor of Italy to Las Vegas’ renowned Summerlin community, Executive Chef Partner Gina Marinelli shares her passion for food, family and friends at her first restaurant, LA STREGA, now open for dinner at 3555 South Town Center Drive. Through March 13, La Strega will be open to the public for a special preview period Tuesdays- Sundays, and all guests will receive a 33 percent discount on their check. Beginning March 14, La Strega serves dinner daily starting at 5 p.m.

Tropicana Las Vegas has announced the addition of its all-new bar and lounge concept, TRAGO LOUNGE, set to debut March 2019. Located off the casino floor, steps away from the newly renamed Legends in Concert Theater, the completely revamped bar and lounge will feature a touch of classic elegance and offer the ultimate locale to mix and mingle with friends or colleagues, paired with an upscale beverage program.

Celebrity sightings:

Thursday, February 28...

“90 Day Fiancé” star and Las Vegas native, Colt Johnson, hosted his official divorce party at Crazy Horse 3 in Las Vegas. Johnson has made national headlines for his recent and controversial divorce filings following his appearance on season six of the popular television series.

Colt Johnson Arrives at Crazy Horse 3 with Bouquet
Colt Johnson Arrives at Crazy Horse 3 with Bouquet - Photo credit: Bryan Steffy/Wireimage

Monday, February 25...

Reality star Brielle Biermann (Bravo’s Don’t Be Tardy) and friends celebrated her 22nd birthday with dinner at Beauty & Essex inside The Cosmopolitan. After dinner, they made their way to Marquee Nightclub to take in the sounds of DJ Mustard from a VIP table, where she was surprised with a birthday presentation.

BRIELLE BIERMANN Marquee Las Vegas 2.25.19
Brielle Biermann Marquee Las Vegas - Photo credit: Global Media Group

Saturday, February 23...

Vegas Golden Knights’ superstar forward, Ryan Reaves celebrated the launch of his brewing company, 7Five Brewing Co. at Hyde Bellagio in Las Vegas alongside longtime friend and business partner, AdamCoates. 

Adam Coates Ryan Reaves and Darcy Oake celebrate the launch of 7Five Brewing Co. at Hyde Bellagio in Las Vegas 2.23.19
Adam Coates, Ryan Reaves, and Darcy Oake celebrate the launch of 7Five Brewing Co. at Hyde Bellagio in Las Vegas

Reaves’ family, celebrity friends, guests and teammates were seen toasting to his success and posing for photos throughout the night, including Alex Tuch, Erik Haula, Jonathan Marchessault, Marc-Andre Fleury and Paul Stastny, as well as Vegas Golden Knights owner, Bill Foley and Canadian illusionist and finalist on Britain’s Got Talent, Darcy Oake.

Friday, February 22...

Cast members from the first U.S. national tour of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Come From Away were spotted attending Las Vegas’ hottest production, Magic Mile Live at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Following the sizzling performance, the group met with the cast for photos during a private meet and greet.

Baseball great Jose Canseco attended MAT FRANCO – MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY at The LINQ Hotel & Casino. Immediately following the show, the two-time World Series champion and his girlfriend, Morgan Strelow, went backstage to take a photo with magician Mat Franco.

Thursday evening, February 21...

Lead vocalist of Duran Duran, Simon Le Bon; bass guitarist of The Killers, Mark Stoermer; and tour manager for Smashing Pumpkins, Tommy Lipnick, enjoyed a night out in Downtown Las Vegas at Morton Group’s Mexican restaurant, La Comida.

Viral internet sensation and YouTube personality Trisha Paytas was spotted in the crowd along with AJ McLean and Howie Dorough, from the juggernaut pop band Backstreet Boys at the performance of Criss Angel MINDFREAK at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. After the grand finale, Paytas, McLean and Dorough made their way backstage to congratulate Criss on his larger-than-life performance and pose for group photos.


PT’s Entertainment Group hosted Vegas Golden Knights player, Ryan Reaves, for a post-game celebration in honor of the tapping of his ‘7Five Training Day’ beer. The party was held at Sierra Gold, located at 6515 S. Jones Blvd. in Las Vegas, NV, at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Reaves joined guests in a post-game celebration at Sierra Gold where he tapped his ‘7Five Training Day’ beer. The Vegas Golden Knights player poured complimentary beers for patrons, mingled with guests and signed autographs for fans. Additionally, Reaves gave away a signed jersey to one lucky winner. The event commemorated the addition of ‘7Five Training Day’ beer to taps at all four Sierra Gold locations in the Las Vegas Valley.

Wednesday, February 20...

PT’s Entertainment Group hosted Vegas Golden Knights player, Ryan Reaves, for a post-game celebration in honor of the tapping of his ‘7Five Training Day’ beer. The party was held at Sierra Gold, located at 6515 S. Jones Blvd. Reaves joined guests in a post-game celebration at Sierra Gold where he tapped his ‘7Five Training Day’ beer. The Vegas Golden Knights player poured complimentary beers for patrons, mingled with guests and signed autographs for fans. Additionally, Reaves gave away a signed jersey to one lucky winner. The event commemorated the addition of ‘7Five Training Day’ beer to taps at all four Sierra Gold locations in the Las Vegas Valley.

Ryan Reaves introduces Training Day golden ale the launch of 7Five Brewing Co. at Hyde Bellagio in Las Vegas 2.23.19
Ryan Reaves introduces Training Day golden ale the launch of 7Five Brewing Co. at Hyde Bellagio in Las Vegas

 

Bill Foley and Ryan Reaves celebrate the launch of 7Five Brewing Co. at Hyde Bellagio in Las Vegas 2.23.19
Bill Foley and Ryan Reaves celebrate the launch of 7Five Brewing Co. at Hyde Bellagio in Las Vegas

Ryan Reaves and Erik Haula at the launch of 7Five Brewing Co. at Hyde Bellagio in Las Vegas 2.23.19
Ryan Reaves and Erik Haula at the launch of 7Five Brewing Co. at Hyde Bellagio in Las Vegas

Tuesday, February 19...

Legends in Concert Live tribute artist, Lady Gaga visited The Hangover Bar inside Madame Tussauds Las Vegas. Paying tribute to her fans and Legends in Concert, she introduced the “Legends Little Monster” shot made with peach schnapps, blue curacao, vodka, and a splash of orange juice and sprite that will make everyone “Just Dance”.

Sunday, February 17...

Playboy model and pin-up icon, Claire Sinclair was spotted attending the 8 p.m. performance of Opium at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Enjoying a night on the town, the 2011 Playmate of the Year went backstage after the show for a photo with the raucous crew of the OPM 73.

Friday, February 15...

American MMA fighter Amanda Lucas was spotted attending the 8 p.m. performance of Absinthe at Caesars Palace. After the show, the eldest daughter of George Lucas went backstage for a photo with The Gazillionaire.

TV host and actor Mario Lopez attended Criss Angel MINDFREAK® at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. After Angel’s all-new 90-minute performance concluded Lopez met the magician and friend backstage where the two toasted to the birth of Angel’s second baby boy and the upcoming arrival of Lopez’s third child.


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