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Terry Fator Launches New Show in Conjunction with 10th Anniversary at The Mirage Hotel & Casino


Master ventriloquist/singer/impressionist Terry Fator celebrated his 10 year anniversary as headliner at The Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Friday night, March15. He kicked off the evening in a pre-show ceremony by receiving the Key to the Las Vegas Strip by Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom who also proclaimed March 15 as Terry Fator Day.

In conjunction with his anniversary, the multi-talented performer launched a new show aptly titled, Terry Fator: The VOICE of Entertainment Presents an Evening with the Stars.

 Fator continues to keep a promise made 10 years ago - to create a new character each year he was performing at The Strip property. This year, in addition to introducing four new characters, new songs, jokes and hilarity also join the lineup. An Evening with the Stars features the puppets fans have come to know and love, including Winston, the Impersonating turtle, red-haired teen singing sensation Emma Thompson, country singer Walter T. Airdale, Maynard Thompkins, the World's Greatest Elvis impersonator, annoying neighbor/stoner Dougie Scott Walker, soul singer Julius, Latin lover Fernando Francisco, the return of fan favorite Wrex the Crash Test Dummy, and the introduction to new superstar characters: Willie Nelson; Justin Bieber, David Bowie and Stevie Wonder. In addition, Fator brings the Oceans 11 Rat Pack back to Las Vegas with special appearances by Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin.

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Following a spectacular performance of Terry’s new show An Evening with the Stars, his family and friends headed to a star-studded after party full of live entertainment.
In attendance throughout the night were actress Jane Seymour, America’s Got Talent’s Mat Franco, Drew Scott & Jonathan Scott (HGTV’s Property Brothers), Pawn Stars’ Rick Harrison, legendary impressionist Rich Little, Broadway star Franc D’Ambrosio, Olympic figure skater Brian Boitano, illusionist Criss Angel, America’s Got Talent alum Julienne Irwin, Mirage singer Matt Goss, actress and singer Pia Zadora, magician Murray Sawchuck and entertainer Douglas “Lefty” Leferovich.

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As the evening’s after-party was in full swing, guests were treated to a special performance of songs from The Phantom of the Opera by legendary Franc D'Ambrosio, known as "The World's Longest Running Phantom.”


Terry then took over with a spectacular set by Terry Fator & Friends– featuring the headliner Terry Fator belting out tunes (sans puppets!), with special guests including his America’s Got Talent season 2 cast-mate Julienne Irwin, Fator’s friend and one of his writing partnersPete Mitchell, violinist Ashley Rose, John Rosenberg (Terry’s lawyer who played guitar!) and the Terry Fator Band.

Showtimes for Terry Fator: The VOICE of Entertainment Presents an Evening with the Stars are 7:30 pm.
Monday – Thursday; select Friday and Saturday shows. Tickets start at $59.99, plus applicable taxes and fees. A “Most Valuable Package” (MVP) Experience is available for $149.99 per ticket, plus applicable taxes and fees. The MVP Experience includes premium seating, an autographed photo, a souvenir show program and a complimentary drink.
Tickets can be purchased at any MGM Resorts International box office.

Fuerza Bruta, an Immersive, Interactive Entertainment Spectacle Opens on Las Vegas Strip

The Grand Opening for the International sensation FUERZA BRUTA at Excalibur Hotel & Casino took place on Thursday evening, March 7. The acclaimed production, presented in a technologically advanced tent along the Las Vegas Strip at the northwest corner of Las Vegas Boulevard, welcomed guests with an immersive purple carpet and cocktail reception attended by celebrities, VIPs and special guests to commemorate the show’s opening at Excalibur Hotel & Casino. 

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Cast of Fuerza Bruta - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Among those in attendance were Creator and Artistic Director Diqui James, President of EMM Williams Productions Tony Haswani, Anthony Cools, Chadwick Johnson, Dani Flahive and Murray SawChuck, Eve Dawes, Lydia Ansel, Marc Savard, Mark Shunock and Cheryl Daro, Melody Sweets, Ricardo Laguna and Amber Ramsay, Stephanie Bell, Xavier Mortimer, Christopher Wayne and Mike Tyler of The Naked Magicians, the ladies of Fantasy, Thunder From Down Under and The Australian Bee Gees. Ashanti McGee, representing Congresswoman Susie Lee, was on hand to present a proclamation welcoming FUERZA BRUTA to Las Vegas.

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FUERZA BRUTA (Spanish for Brute Force) is an interactive theater experience unlike any other. Words like avant garde and performance art come to mind when trying to describe this high energy, extraordinary production that delights the senses through music, emotion and kinetic aerial imagery. With eye popping visual effects, FUERZA BRUTA breaks free of the confines of spoken language and theatrical convention to transport audiences to a parallel reality where emotion takes control. At every show, guests are ushered inside the tent, where it is literally, standing room only, as the audience is surrounded in a 360-degree spectacle with performers demonstrating spectacular feats just inches away,on stages, on the walls and in the air. From several young women twisting ethereally in a Lucite pool above the audience to performers suspended in mid-air surrounded by a vast sea of Mylar, creative genius James’ original scenes and customized staging will blow you away.

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Excalibur President and COO Ann Hoff said, "On behalf of our employees, I'd like to welcome our new Entertainment partners, FUERZA BRUTA, to the Excalibur family. FUERZA BRUTA has performed to extraordinary acclaim around the world and we believe they will quickly become a mainstay on The Strip. We know Las Vegas audiences will fall in love with the spectacular production that must be seen to be believed."

Celebrity guests have included Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Jim Carrey, Bradley Cooper, Leonardo DiCaprio, John Legend, Madonna, Jimmy Page, Kanye West and Usher, who recorded the music video for his hit song “Scream” at the show, while he was a guest performer in the New York City production, which ran for nine years.

FUERZA BRUTA performs 10 shows weekly, at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays (dark Mondays and Tuesdays) at The Excalibur for a limited 6 month engagement. Tickets start at $72.50 (excluding fees). A limited number of VIP packages are also available, starting at $115 (excluding fees), and include a special VIP lanyard, early entry, concessions, a special gift and priority location. Tickets can be purchased at any MGM Resorts International box office.

Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada Honors local heroes and childhood cancer survivors at annual Evening of Hope Gala

Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada held its annual Ray of Hope Honoree Luncheon and Evening of Hope Gala Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9. The events raised more than $250,000 to support local families battling pediatric cancer through financial assistance, emotional support and quality of life services.  Candlelighters is southern Nevada’s first and oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting local pediatric cancer patients. 

“It is our dream that, one day, there will no longer be a need for our services in the community,” said Avi Dan-Goor, Candlelighters Board Member and Evening of Hope Chairman. “We look forward to a time when no one in our community faces the devastation of childhood cancer; however, until that day arrives, Candlelighters will be here to support our families in their fight. And, we are so grateful to those in the community who join us in this effort by giving back and supporting events like Evening of Hope so we can support these courageous children in their journeys.” 

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The Ray of Hope Honoree Luncheon provided the opportunity to recognize Candlelighters’ children as well as those who have offered their time, talent and treasure to support the organization. Childhood cancer survivors and Ray of Hope honorees for 2019 include: Iyanna, J’Vionn, Jordan and Mia. Glen Lerner of Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys received the Philanthropist of the Year award; Dr. Alan Ikeda, Chief Medical Officer of Cure 4 The Kids Foundation was recognized as the 2019 Candlelighters Medical Hero; and Karen Dorsey, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Ellis Island Casino was named Volunteer of the Year. 

Hosted by celebrity emcee Jaymes Vaughan, of Celebrity Page TV and Amazing Race fame, the Evening of Hope Gala featured a culinary experience highlighting decadent bites and craft cocktails created by local culinary artists, a children’s art gallery, a live and silent auction and live entertainment provided by up-and-coming country sensation John King. 

Proceeds from both events benefit Candlelighters quality of life, emotional support and financial assistance programs. Event sponsors included presenting sponsor The Revolution, Centennial Toyota and Comprehensive Cancer Centers. 

The annual Evening of Hope Gala and Ray of Hope Honoree Luncheon are just two examples of the many events Candlelighters hosts throughout the year. With the aim of increasing both awareness for the organization’s cause as well as funds to support families in their fight against pediatric cancer, there are many ways to support Candlelighters’ mission. Annual events include the popular Superhero 5K, Camp Independent Firefly and the annual ShineGOLD for Cancer campaign in September. For more information visit candlelightersnv.org. 

New York-New York Hotel & Casino Raises More Than $400,000 for Childhood Cancer Research at 10th Annual St. Baldrick’s Day Head-Shaving Event

Celebrating a decade of raising funds and awareness for childhood cancer research, NewYork-New York Hotel & Casino raised more than $400,000 to benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation during its 10th annual head-shaving event on Saturday, March 9.

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In addition to the $2 million raised by the landmark event over the last decade, hotel executives have a goal to surpass last year’s total of more than $600,000 raised by the end of this year and are on track to do so with the contributions continuing to come in. Throughout the day, more than 215 volunteers braved the shave at the hands of Las Vegas’ biggest public figures and celebrities, including Congresswoman Susie Lee, former Mayor of Las Vegas Oscar Goodman and casts from top shows such as ABSINTHE, ZUMANITY, Magic Mike Live and OPIUM.

Highlights from this year’s event include:

• St. Baldrick’s Foundation Chief Development Officer Anja Kloch presented Brent Cook, Vice President of Food & Beverage at New York-New York Hotel & Casino, with a framed certificate recognizing the more than $2 million raised by the property over the course of ten years, making this a landmark event for the organization.

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• Congresswoman Susie Lee was onsite to shave the head of one of her staffers and commended the crowd and event attendees for their commitment to the fight against childhood cancer.

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• Former Mayor of Las Vegas Oscar Goodman made a special appearance to shave the head of longtime supporter and Las Vegas Review-Journal entertainment columnist John Katsilometes.

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Big D, Oscar Goodman, Johnny Kats, Clint Holmes, Antonio Fargas - Photo Courtesy of St. Baldrick’s Foundation

• MGM Resorts International Executive Vice President and General Counsel John McManus was recognized as a top donor for New York-New York Hotel & Casino’s St. Baldrick’s Day event for a fifth year, raising more than $1 million to date for the cause. The ladies of FANTASY at Luxor Hotel and Casino were onsite to do the honors of shaving the executive’s head while his beard was shaved off by his son.

• The all-day event was co-hosted by Vegas Golden Knights in-arena announcers Mark Shunock and Big D and New York-New York Hotel Operations Director James Healey, a longtime supporter of the annual event.

Throughout the day, Las Vegas’ biggest names in entertainment and most celebrated public figures turned out to serve as celebrity head-shavers, including: Congresswoman Susie Lee, Former Mayor Oscar Goodman, Cast members from Magic Mike Live – Las Vegas, Cast members from OPIUM, Cast members from ABSINTHE, Comedian John Caparulo, Las Vegas Aces standout Carolyn Swords, Cast of Cirque du Soleil’s ZUMANITY, KLUC-FM radio personality Kayla Walker, Cast of WOW – World of Wonder, Human Nature, Cast of Chippendales, Cast members from Legends In Concert, Cast of Thunder From Down Under, Cast of FANTASY, Cast members from Tournament of Kings, Coyote Ugly Girls, Chance, mascot of the Vegas Golden Knights, Cosmo, mascot of the Las Vegas Aviators.

New York-New York’s St. Baldrick’s event helps raise funds and awareness for the fight against childhood cancer. The funds generated at this event are crucial in supporting research focused on improving treatment options and finding cures for all types of childhood cancers.

One Night For One Drop Raises Over One Million Dollars at Annual Philanthropic Event

One Drop presented 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. During their live auction, pledges and online donations One Night for One Drop raised a total of $1,117,155.

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 showcased 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 was also featured 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.

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'One Night for One Drop' spotlighted an exclusive lineup of six spectacular live auction items and travel experiences with all proceeds directly benefitting One Drop's safe water access initiatives.  Among the extravagant lots offered, highlights of the auction included the McLaren 570S Spider, dubbed the '2019 One Night for One Drop 1 of 1' that raised $310,000 and the one-of-a-kind Audemars Piguet timepiece that raised $220,000.

CBS premiered a new entertainment special, 'ONE NIGHT FOR ONE DROP, IMAGINED BY CIRQUE DU SOLEIL' brought to you by COLGATE, on Saturday, March 16, 2019 from 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT.  This is the first time this special charity performance was televised! 

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

RUN AWAY WITH CIRQUE DU SOLEIL” took over the Las Vegas Springs Preserve for the 18th annual 5K run and 1-mile walk on Saturday, March 2. Supporting Springs Preserve and Cirque du Soleil foundations, participants enjoyed a fun-filled day alongside iconic Cirque du Soleil characters, from all six Las Vegas resident shows, while wearing Cirque-inspired costumes.

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Blue Man Group kicks of the start of the race at Run Away with Cirque du Soleil March 2

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Cirque du Soleil artists pose with Run Away with Cirque du Soleil costume contest participants March 2

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Cirque du Soleil performers at Run Away with Cirque du Soleil start line March 2

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Cirque du Soleil performers pose with Run Away with Cirque du Soleil participants March 2

The morning kicked-off with beloved Las Vegas headliner Blue Man Group directing runners at the start line signaling the beginning of the race. Attendees jogged through Springs Preserve’s beautiful desert terrain, and upon reaching the finish line, were treated to a circus play area, massage therapy, a performance by Trapeze Las Vegas and live music. The runners and walkers were also incorporated into much-loved event by adding a word of positivity to a collaborative art piece created by Chelsea Allen, a wardrobe technician for The Beatles™LOVE™.

At the end of the successful fundraiser the 5K winners were announced along with the winner of the “show your Cirque side” costume contest, who received a behind-the-curtain package to The Beatles™ LOVE.

SOUTH POINT ARENA & EQUESTRIAN CENTER recently received the “FACILITY OF THE YEAR” AWARD, FROM THE LEAGUE OF AGRICULTURAL AND EQUINE CENTER in recognition for the center’s commitment to the equestrian industry and excellence in the management and operation of an equestrian facility.“The Facility of the Year Award is presented to a facility based upon operational excellence, professional development, safety and security and service to the community and South Point Arena & Equestrian Center exemplifies those attributes,” says Jennifer Bexley, Chairman of the Board of the League of Agricultural Centers and Chairman of the Awards Committee.

ZANDER CLINTON FROM BISHOP GORMAN HIGH SCHOOL in Las Vegas won 3RD PRIZE IN C-SPAN'S NATIONAL 2019 STUDENTCAM COMPETITION, which asked students to create a 5-6 minute documentary on the theme, What Does it Mean to Be American? Clinton will receive $750 for the documentary, "Gun Violence in Vegas. Clinton is among the 340 students across the country winning a total of $100,000, including one grand prize winner, four first prize winners, 16 second prize winners, 32 third prize winners and 97 honorable mentions. This year C-SPAN marks its 15th year of the competition and awards its 1 millionth dollar in StudentCam prize money. 

DELANO LAS VEGAS’ commitment to art is reflected in the resort’s new solo presentation by internationally recognized artist SUSH MACHIDA.. His works combine the aesthetics of Modern Art, Pop Art, traditional Japanese symmetry and animal patterns to create vibrant, abstract linework that merge Eastern and Western themes. The artist transforms a frenzy of lines and images into formal compositions that are both lyrical and complex; each painting brought together by the balance of its symbols. On view from March 13 through June 12, Machida’s 6-work installation will be the featured work within the Delano Art Series, a rotating exhibition platform shining a spotlight on local and regional artists. In addition to Yokoso Las Vegas at Delano, a retrospective titled 20 Years in Las Vegas is on view at the Sahara West Library through April 27.

As part of their “The Millennium Tour, ”multi-Platinum R&B group B2K (Omarion, Boog, Fizz and Raz-B) along with special guests Mario, Pretty Ricky, Lloyd, Ying Yang Twins, Chingy and Bobby V, will visit the MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA Sunday, May 26. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, March 15.

Supermodel and actress CHRISTIE BRINKLEY will join the national tour of the Tony Award-winning hit musical CHICAGO as Roxie Hart for a limited seven-show engagement at THE VENETIAN THEATRE inside The Venetian® Resort Las Vegas from April 10–14. The show will be begin at 7:30 p.m. every night with additional matinee shows at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14.Tickets for the engagement at The Venetian Theatre start at $75, plus applicable fees, and went on sale to the public beginning Friday, March 8. Tickets will be available for purchase in person at The Venetian Resort box offices.

Multi-Platinum R&B group B2K(OMARION, BOOG, FIZZ AND RAZ-B) are adding a Las Vegas date to their limited engagement tour kicking off this month, entitled “The Millennium Tour.” The iconic group, along with special guests Mario, Pretty Ricky, Lloyd, Ying Yang Twins, Chingy and Bobby V, will visit the MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA Sunday, May 26. The tour is produced by G-Squared Events in association with Omarion Worldwide, Hall of Fame Entertainment, and Blvd. Music. Tickets went on sale to the public Friday, March 15.

THE SMITH CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS is thrilled to announce that tickets for the Las Vegas engagement of Roald Dahl’s CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY went on sale March 15. Tickets will be available in-person at The Smith Center box office. Roald Dahl’s CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY will play Reynolds Hall June 18 - 30.

ANIMAZING GALLERY AT GRAND CANAL SHOPPES inside The Venetian® Resort Las Vegas will host its SPRING ART CONNECT EVENT on Friday, March 22 from 6pm -9 pm. Now in its second year, Animazing Gallery is the first gallery on The Strip to collaborate with the Downtown Arts District. Guests are invited to enjoy the original artworks from Derek Douglas of Snipt, which will also be available for purchase.

THE COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN NEVADA DEPARTMENT OF FINE ARTS will host a PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION BY LOCAL ARTIST AND CSN ADJUNCT PROFESSOR OF ART, KATHLEEN NATHAN, who was born in Utica, NY. In 2011, Nathan moved to Brooklyn, New York.The photographs in this exhibit are the results of her musings and observations of time, light and the subtle nuances of daily life during her residence in Brooklyn. INSIDE BROOKLYN will begin Friday, March 22, 2019 and will run through Saturday, April 27, 2019. Ms. Nathan will participate in a Gallery Talk and Reception on Thursday, March 28, 2019, at 6 p.m. in the CSN Fine Arts Gallery, Room H101, on the North Las Vegas Campus. The CSN Fine Arts Gallery is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. To 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The Fine Arts Gallery is located at the half circle drive near CSN’s main entrance, on the North Las Vegas campus at 3200 E. Cheyenne Avenue, one-mile East of I-15 North.


Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will become Las Vegas’ college basketball headquarters with a lineup of unmatched NCAA tournament viewing parties and an unbeatable room package from Thursday, March 21 to Saturday, March 23. The property’s award-winning entertainment venue, Vinyl, will offer slam-dunk views of each action-packed game during its TOURNAMENT MADNESS VIEWING PARTIES on Thursday, March 21 and Friday, March 22. On Saturday, March 23, the party will continue inside Goose Island Pub, where guests can enjoy Goose Island’s signature beers on tap. During the three-day celebration, basketball fanatics can root for their favorite college team alongside hundreds of fans while enjoying a live, high-definition stream of each game. General admission tickets start at $135 per person, per day and include unlimited open bar. Events will kick off at 9 a.m. daily. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older with a valid form of identification. General admission tickets can be purchased at the Hard Rock Hotel box office

TOPGOLF LAS VEGAS and American beer company Anheuser-Busch are starting MARCH MADNESS in a big way with THE BUDWEISER CLYDESDALES making a stop at the venue on Thursday, March 21 from 2 – 4 pm, the first day of the tournament. Fans of all ages are welcome to meet and take photos with all eight of the Budweiser Clydesdales. These majestic animals are an integral part of the Anheuser-Busch company and have appeared in more than 25 Super Bowl commercials.

TOURNAMENT MADNESS TAKES OVER THE COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGAS WITH HOOPS & HOPS, a three-day college basketball luxury viewing experience, inside the Belmont Ballroom March 21-23. Doors will be open from 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. A college basketball betting seminar at the Race & Sports Book on Wednesday, March 20, will help bettors build an unbeatable bracket.

College basketball fans flocking to Las Vegas this March can dribble their way into Downtown for a high-energy MARCH HOOPS CELEBRATION AT THE D LAS VEGAS, March 20-24. With free viewing parties, private Man Caves and guests watching games nightly at LONGBAR, the D Las Vegas offers plenty of ways to party like an MVP. Fans can enjoy free gameday events, secluded party suites, merchandise giveaways and more.

HOFBRÄUHAUS LAS VEGAS transforms into the MAD HAUS for tournament viewing parties. From Thursday, March 21 through Sunday, March 24, fans are invited to cheer on their favorite teams inside the restaurant’s famed Bavarian Biergarten, where they can enjoy all-you-can-eat and all-you-can-drink menus with guaranteed seating to watch opening rounds of the 68-team tournament.

TOURNAMENT MADNESS TAKES OVER THE COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGAS WITH HOOPS & HOPS, a three-day college basketball luxury viewing experience, inside the Belmont Ballroom March 21-23. Doors will be open from 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. On Wednesday, March 20 at 1:00 p.m.The Race & Sports Book will host a complimentary Tournament Madness preview for bettors, featuring tips and predictions for a winning bracket from a panel of experts comprised of The TC Martin Show on Fox Sports Radio host TC Martin, vice president of CG Sports Book Jason Simbal, Las Vegas handicapper Scott Spreitzer, and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas’ vice president of casino operations Brian Benowitz. Hoops & Hops offers four distinct experiences starting at $150 for a single day open bar pass to three day open bar pass at $475. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster. All guests must be 21 and over. Guests will also receive complimentary entry into Marquee Nightclub with a valid Hoops & Hops wristband.

The PLAZA HOTEL & CASINO will host its annual MARCH MANIA VIEWING PARTIES from Thursday, March 21 to Sunday, March 24 in its Plaza Event Center, a nearly 5,000 sq. ft. event space that has 18 large screen high-definition televisions, two projectors and a state-of-the-art sound system, making it one of the city’s most popular sports event viewing experiences. 

At the March Mania Viewing Party, guests will enjoy stadium style food and drinks with comfortable seating options so groups, large and small, can mix and mingle while watching the basketball games. A satellite betting station from William Hill inside the Plaza Event Center will make it convenient for guests to places bets during the games. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. each day. Admission to the Plaza’s March Mania Viewing Party is $15 for a One-Day Pass or $40 for a Four-Day Pass (plus taxes and fees). Each admission pass includes a commemorative shirt and one complimentary drink and food item per day. Tickets can be purchased at the Casino Box Office.

FASHION SHOW WILL TRANSFORM THE GREAT HALL, located in the heart of the shopping destination, into a one-of-a-kind fan zone and offer slam dunk views of the best games in college basketball available March 23-24, and March 30-31, as well as April 6 and April 8. For the first time, Fashion Show will showcase six days of the exhilarating games on their larger than life digital screens, which will be lowered to create the ULTIMATE COLLEGE BASKETBALL VIEWING EXPERIENCE. Guests will be able to view multiple games during each viewing party, and additional seating will be provided in the event space.To adhere to the madness, guests will also be treated to various complimentary activations during the viewing parties, including the chance to learn how to play casino games courtesy of the Casino Education Group.  The college basketball tournament viewing experiences are FREE and open to the public.

BACK OF HOUSEBRAWL, Las Vegas’ most popular food truck cooking competition series, will make its debut March 23 at THE PARK, The Strip’s premier outdoor gathering destination. The late-night foodie event will pair some of the city’s most talented chefs in a battle to create two unique dishes, using secret ingredients delivered moments before the race begins, with only 30 minutes on the clock. Admission to all Back of House Brawl events is complimentary and open to the public. The fun afterhours event features two teams, each comprised of one chef from a Strip restaurant and a partner from an off-Strip venue. The duos will present their collaborative creations to a panel of judges – Iron Chef Michael Symon; Reigning Back of House Brawl Champion and Chef de Cuisine John Courtney of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas; and VEGAS Magazine Editor-in-Chief Emmy Kasten. The winning team will move on to the championship round November 16.All Back of House Brawl events will begin at 9 p.m. with drinks and bites available for purchase from popular food truck vendors such as Truk-N-Yaki, Boqueria Street, Stripchezze and Cousins Maine Lobster. At midnight, spectators can catch a battle between resident mixologists as they put their skills to the test to create the best cocktail, followed by the 1 a.m. Back of House Brawl competition.

AZIZ ANSARI, the award-winning co-creator and star of Netflix’s hit original series Master of None, will return to Las Vegas for a very special performance at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Saturday, March 23, 2019 as part of his “Road to Nowhere” tour.  Doors will open at 10:00 p.m. with show time scheduled for 10:30 p.m. Ticket prices start at $59.50 and may be purchased in person at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Box Office.

Allied Esports’ PLAYTIME™ WITH KITTY PLAYS will kick off on Sunday, March 24 at HYPERX ESPORTS ARENA LAS VEGAS inside Luxor Hotel & Casino. The event will be hosted by popular gamer, Kristen “KittyPlays” Michaela, and will be streamed in front of a live studio audience. Each show will include celebrity guests, competitive gameplay, fan participation and more. The debut event will feature a live conversation with headline guest, mega-streamer Ali “Myth” Kabbani. Audience members will have the chance to be randomly selected to play with KittyPlays and Myth on stage for the ultimate esports experience. Tickets to participate in the live show are FREE. Fans can register here.

THE GREATEST PIANO MEN, the electrifying production that celebrates the world’s greatest pianists and showmen including Elton John, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard -- all the way to Beethoven and Liberace, will perform from March 26-April 21 at Flamingo Las Vegas. THE GREATEST PIANO MEN features four remarkable pianists/singers: creative director/producer Donnie Kehr, Greg Ransom, Peter Peterkin and Stephen “Hoops” Snyder, who team up to take the audience on a musical journey through history’s most influential and talented piano icons. In addition, the show features a seven-piece backing band, video and storytelling all of which combines for a thrilling 90-minute celebration featuring 25 hit songs. THE GREATEST PIANO MEN performs nightly except Mondays. Performance times vary. Tickets start at $49 plus tax and fees and are now on sale at the Flamingo box office.

In celebration of their 5th anniversary, BROOKLYN BOWL LAS VEGAS will host a SILENT HAUS PARTY CHARITY EVENT featuring a photo exhibit by ERIK KABIK PHOTO GROUP, silent auction and silent disco on Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m. One hundred percent of the event proceeds will benefit Life By Music, a local foundation dedicated to inspiring underprivileged youth through the power of music.

The Bowl will transform into a photo gallery paying tribute to five years of iconic concerts captured by prominent concert and nightlife photographer Erik Kabik and photographers from his namesake photo group. From Robert Plant and Social Distortion, to Post Malone, Lauryn Hill, Khalid, and everyone in between, Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas has set the stage for some of the most interesting and captivating live concert photos taken in Las Vegas. Each photo will be for sale as part of the silent auction.

Music will bump from LED-lit headphones through a silent disco provided by Sound Off Experience. Admission includes a complimentary glass of Knockdown Punk Hoppy Lager brewed by CraftHaus Brewery in honor of the 5th anniversary, and open bowling all night. Tickets for the Silent Haus Party are $15 and are available at the Brooklyn Bowl box office.

THE PLAZA HOTEL & CASINO will host the inaugural CASINO BATTLE ROYAL DEMOLITION DERBY in Las Vegas from Stirrin Dirt Racing, the largest demolition derby promoter in the west, at the Core Arena, March 29 and 30. The family-friendly 2-day event will begin at 3 p.m. each day and run two car classes: Mini Cars (80’s – 90’s front wheel drive foreign and domestic cars) and Stock Class (stock built old Detroit iron cars). Each night, a free After Party will be held under the Plaza’s iconic dome beginning at 7 p.m. All ages are welcome to the party that will offer music, food and drink specials, and wrestling presented by Snake Pit Pro Wrestling Academy with a special guest appearance by Juventud “the Juice” Guerrera. Tickets start at $30.

Eight time Grammy nominees, alternative rock band, DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE will perform at THE JOINT on Friday, March 29 at 8p.m. . Tickets start at $40 (plus applicable service fees) and can be purchased at the Hard Rock Hotel box office

The new play MIDDLETOWN, an exhilarating and universal depiction of love, life, and friendship and how each endures through the roller coaster of life, will premiere at THE SMITH CENTER’S MYRON’S CABARET JAZZ on Sunday, March 31 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. and Monday, April 1 at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The play is launched by GFour Productions, producers of MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL and Tony-nominated FIDDLER ON THE ROOF in partnership with Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, PA, and Delaware Theatre Company of Wilmington, DE. Cast will feature CINDY WILLIAMS, best known for playing Shirley Feeney on the hit TV show, “LAVERNE & SHIRLEY,” DIDI CONN, Frenchy the beauty school dropout in “Grease,” and ADRIAN ZMED, best known for his starring roles in the “BACHELOR PARTY” and TV’s T.J. HOOKER and DONNY MOST from TV's “Happy Days”.Tickets are on sale now priced at $25 to $45 and can be purchased at The Smith Center Box Office.

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Cast Photo Didi Cohen, Cindy Williams, Adrian Zmed. Donny Most of MIDDLETOWN

CSN’S FINE ARTS DEPARTMENT MUSIC PROGRAM will be presenting A CONCERT OF CHAMBER MUSIC on Sunday, March 31st at 3:30 p.m. in the Jay Morrison Recital Hall at the Cheyenne campus, located at 3200 East Cheyenne Avenue in North Las Vegas. This fundraising concert event will feature a string quintet and all members of the Las Vegas Philharmonic, who will perform various works from the standard repertoire. General Admission is $10.00.  To purchase tickets online, please visit: www.csn.edu/pac. For more information, please call the Performing Arts Center Box Office at 702-651-LIVE (5483).

Other recent openings:

TRAGO LOUNGE, a contemporary bar and lounge hideaway, is now open at the Tropicana Las Vegas. The all-new venue serves up an extensive menu, boasting an array of scotch, tequila, and whiskey, as well as signature cocktails, 24 hours a day.

Celebrity sightings:

Saturday afternoon, March 16…

Late night talk shot host Jimmy Kimmel was spotted dining with actor Chris Parnell at Virgil’s Real Barbecue.

Friday, March 15...

Actress Ajiona Alexus from TV's Empire and 13 Reasons celebrated her 222nd birthday throughout the day in Las Vegas. She soaked up the sun at Marquee Dayclub during the afternoon before heading to dinner at Beauty & Essex at night. Perez Hilton, who was dining nearby stopped by to say hello and wish her a Happy Birthday. After dinner, the birthday girl hit Marquee Nightclub.

Also spotted at Marquee Nightclub was Ne-Yo. The singer and friends partied at a VIP table, taking in the sounds of DJ Mustard.

March 14...

Jonathan Scott, from the hit HGTV series “Property Brothers,” and WWE superstar Emma, aka Tenille Dashwood, were each spotted attending the 8 p.m. performance of OPIUM at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Enjoying a night on the town with their respective parties, the TV personalities went backstage after the show for photos with a few members of the OPM 73 crew, including Chip, Admiral Todd, and Rob the Robot.

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Johnathan Scott Attends Opium - Photo credit: Marcus Skrinak/Spiegelworld

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Tenille Dashwood Attends Opium - Photo credit: Marcus Skrinak/Spiegelworld

Tuesday, March 12...

Vegas Golden Knights standout Paul Stastny, son of Hockey Hall of Famer Peter Stastny, was spotted attending the 10 p.m. performance of ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace. Afterwards he went backstage for a photo with The Gazillionaire.

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Paul Stastny Attends ABSINTHE - Photo credit: Fabian Pino/Spiegelworld

Vegas Golden Knights centerman William Karlsson and left wing Jonathan Marchessault, enjoyed a Vegas Nights flight with Maverick Helicopters. Accompanying Karlsson and Marchessault were the live auction winners from the Vegas Golden Knights Foundation’s “Knight to Remember” gala. The guests experienced unparalleled views of the Las Vegas Strip, Downtown Las Vegas and of the home ice of the Golden Knights, T-Mobile Arena.

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Vegas Golden Knights centerman William Karlsson and left wing Jonathan Marchessault - Photo courtesy of Maverick Helicopters

Sunday, March 10...

British actor Matthew Postlethwaite, best known for his role as “Nipper” in the hit BBC drama turned Netflix original “Peaky Blinders,” was spotted attending the 10 p.m. performance OF ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace. After the show he went backstage for a photo with The Gazillionaire and the Green Fairy.

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Matthew Postlethwaite Attends ABSINTHE - Photo credit: Alyssa Reamy/Spiegelworld

Friday, March 8...

Comedian and actor Cedric the Entertainer was spotted attending the 8 p.m. performance of Absinthe at Caesars Palace. Afterwards, he went backstage for a photo with The Gazillionaire.

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Cedric the Entertainer at ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace - Photo credit: Fabian Pino/Spiegelworld

Thursday, March 7...

Following his fight at T-Mobile Arena, Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley celebrated the release of his new album “Chaos Theory” inside Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop at Paris Las Vegas on Saturday night.

Bachelor Contestant, Kamil Nickalek, was spotted at Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop enjoying an evening under the iconic Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas.

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Kamil Nickalek - Photo credit: Chateau Nightclub Rooftop

Kamil Nicalek was spotted dining at Beauty & Essex inside The Cosmopolitan Thursday night. The model and contestant on ABC’s The Bachelorette was joined by his parents for a feast which included Tuna Poke Wonton Tacos, Yellowtail Sashimi and the signature Grilled Cheese, Smoked Bacon & Tomato Soup Dumplings as they celebrated his dad’s 50th birthday.

Raiders owner Mark Davis hit up TAO Nightclub’s Worship Thursday with friends, taking in the sounds of DJ Five.

Professional dancers Mari and Keone Madrid (from season one of NBC’s “World of Dance), , along with their dance troupe Beyond Babel, were spotted attending the 8 p.m. performance of ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace. Afterward, they went backstage for a photo with The Gazillionaire.

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Mari and Keone Madrid Attend ABSINTHE - Photo credit: Fabian Pino/Spiegelworld

Former “Take That” front man Robbie Williams attended an exclusive dress rehearsal of One Night for One Drop imagined by Cirque du Soleil at the “O” Theatre inside Bellagio Resort & Casino.

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Robbie Williams poses with cast members of One Night for One Drop - Photo courtesy of Cirque du Soleil

Tuesday, March 5...

Professional dancers Hayley Erbert, Britt Stewart, Witney Carson, Lindsay Arnold, Emma Slater, and Jenna Johnson from ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars” were seen celebrating Johnson’s bachelorette party at the 10 p.m. performance of ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace. After taking the stage at The Smith Center in Downtown Las Vegas for “Dancing With The Stars: Live! A Night to Remember,” the ladies hit the town for a sizzling performance of The Strip’s hottest show.

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DWTS Members Cast Attend ABSINTHE at Ceasars Palace - Photo credit: Fabian Pino/Spiegelworld

Monday, March 4...

Vegas Golden Knights standouts Mark Stone, Alex Tuch, and Cody Eakin were spotted at a performance of the hit show at ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace. Afterwards they went backstage for a photo with The Gazillionaire and the Green Fairy after the show.

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Mark Stone, Alex Tuch and Cody Eakin of the Vegas Golden Knights Attend ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace - Photo credit: Fabian Pino/Spiegelworld

World-renowned illusionist, David Copperfield was spotted attending the 8 p.m. performance OPIUM at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Afterwards, he went backstage for a photo with a few members of the OPM 73 crew, including Lt. Harriet, Admiral Todd, and Rob the Robot.

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David Copperfield Attends Opium - Photo


Sunday, March 3...

Former NBA All-Star Metta World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, was spotted attending the 10 p.m. performance of ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace. He went backstage after the show for a photo with The Gazillionaire and Green Fairy.

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Metta World Peace Attends ABSINTHE - Photo credit: Alyssa Reamy/Spiegelworld

Saturday, March 2...

“90 Day Fiancé” star Larissa Dos Santos Lima hosted a late-night party to celebrate her newly-found freedom at Crazy Horse . Lima, along with ex Colt Johnson have recently gained national media attention for their controversial divorce process following their appearance on season six of the popular TLC television series.

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Larissa Lima with Divorce Cake - Photo credit: Bryan Steffy/Wireimage

Actress Alyson Hannigan and her daughter attended a performance of Gwen Stefani’s headlining residency, “Gwen Stefani – Just A Girl” at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Prior to the show, the actress, who is currently in town filming episodes of The CW’s hit series “Penn & Teller: Fool Us,” went backstage to take a photo with Gwen.

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Alyson Hannigan with Gwen Stefani - Photo courtesy of Planet Hollywood

UFC champion Kamaru “The Nigerian Nightmare” Usman celebrated his UFC 235 fight victory inside the Electra Cocktail Club at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas alongside team member Rashad Evans and Luke Rockhold.

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Kamaru Usman UFC - Photo courtesy of Electra

UFC Light Heavyweight contender Anthony Smith celebrated a nail-biting match at Hyde Bellagio during an over-the-top fight night after-party hosted by former UFC Bantamweight Champion Cody Garbrandt and winner of his UFC 235 match, UFC Bantamweight fighter, Cody Stamann.

Comedian and HQ Trivia host, Scott Rogowsky was spotted attending the 10 p.m. performance of Opium at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. After the show he went backstage for a photo with the raucous crew of the OPM 73.

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Scott Rogowsky Attends OPIUM - Photo credit Marcus Skrinak/Spiegelworld

Friday, March 1...

Boxing heavyweight champion Mike Tyson was caught in the audience at “Mo’Nique Does Vegas” at SLS Las Vegas. The International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee took in the show with his wife, Kiki, before snapping a photo with Mo’Nique and congratulating her on her groundbreaking Las Vegas residency.


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