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Absinthe Celebrates Eight Years at Caesars Palace with the World Debut of the Absinthe Electric Oak™

The Gazillionaire and the bawdy cast of his hit Las Vegas production celebrated eight years of ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace, on Monday night, April 1, with an unforgettable party in the show’s immersive courtyard, which was brought to life with the lighting of the ABSINTHE Electric Oak.

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The Gazillionaire - Photo credit: Judy Thorburn

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The Green Fairy - Photo credit: Judy Thorburn

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The Chair Guy - Photo credit: Judy Thorburn

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The Inept Acrobats - Photo credit: Judy Thorburn

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Tap dancers Sean and John - Photo credit: Judy Thorburn

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The Silicon Valley Girls - Photo credit: Judy Thorburn

Following a special 9 p.m. performance of ABSINTHE, invited guests were ushered out of the spiegeltent at the foot of Caesars Palace by a five-piece brass band and gathered in the show's courtyard under the boughs of the ABSINTHE Electric Oak. Serving as the 35’ tall arborous art installation’s first-ever Tree-J, The Gazillionaire took to a nearby perch to provide the evening’s soundtrack and man the controls that illuminated the tree’s 120,000 LED leaves of ever-changing color.

Spiegelworld Impresario Extraordinaire, Ross Mollison announced to the crowd, “We’re so excited to be here celebrating this great achievement of eight years of ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace,” shared Mollison before the crowd of invited guests. “From everyone at Caesars Palace to our incredible cast and crew - the 250 people who make up what happens onstage for two shows every night of the year - you’ve made this possible.”

Late into the night, invited guests reveled with the electrifying energy of the courtyard’s new centerpiece, taking advantage of The Gazillionaire’s plentiful offerings of specialty cocktails from an open bar sponsored by SKYY Vodka and Aperol, never-ending food stations featuring paella, mini-tacos, and artisan flatbreads, a four-tiered cake, ice luge shots, and more. A secret speakeasy space also delighted guests with additional food offerings, chair massages, Spiegelworld documentary showings, and other surprises.

“From all of us at Caesars Palace, I’d like to congratulate ABSINTHE on eight incredible years,” shared President of Caesars Palace, Gary Selesner to The Gazillionaire and Mollison in a brief moment before the start of the show. “Having thrilled more than one million guests over the course of 4,300+ performances, ABSINTHE has become an entertainment centerpiece for Caesars Palace, and we look forward to entertaining many millions more with you.”

ABSINTHE continues to perform two shows a night every night of the year at Caesars Palace. Tickets start at $99.

Legends in Concert Officially Opens New Residency at the Tropicana

Legends in Concert, the longest-running show in Las Vegas, which recently moved to its new home at the newly named Legends in Concert Theatre inside the Tropicana Las Vegas, held its official grand opening performance on Wednesday evening, March 27.

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Cast of Legends in Concert - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Cody Slaughter as Elvis Presley - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Tierney Allen as Lady Gaga - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Jazmine Katrina as Whitney Houston - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Brian Duprey as Frank Sinatra - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Legends in Concert - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Since it made its debut in 1983 at another venue, I have seen the show and its rotating cast of tribute artists several times. Now, with its new residency at the Tropicana, the production has upped the ante and is better than ever featuring spectacular new staging, lighting, choreography, video, and of course, some of the best tribute artists in the world backed by a live backup band, singers and dancers. It is also the only show in Vegas to feature authentic Las Vegas showgirls that has been synonymous with the entertainment Capital of the World.

At the grand opening performance, the current lineup of four talented performers using their own natural voices to portray legendary music artists were Cody Slaughter as Elvis Presley, Jazmine Katrina as Whitney Houston, Tierney Allen as Lady Gaga and Brian Duprey as Frank Sinatra. Complete with lookalike appearance, soundalike vocals and mannerisms, they are as close to watching and listening to the real deal.

Legends in Concert performs Monday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with additional matinee shows available at 4 p.m. on Thursday and Saturday. Tickets start at $49.99 (excludes tax and fees). VIP booths and preferred seating is also available, ranging from $59.99 to $79.99 (excludes tax and fees). Tickets can be purchased in person at the Tropicana Box Office.

The Greatest Piano Men Opens at Flamingo Las Vegas

The Greatest Piano Men, which celebrates the world’s greatest pianists and showmen opened on March 26 inside the Donny & Marie Showroom at Flamingo Las Vegas, where it will perform for a limited engagement through April 21.

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The Piano Men - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Greg Ransom as Elton John - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Donnie Kehr as Billy Joel - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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The Piano Men - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

The electrifying 90 minute production stars four remarkable pianists/singers who team up to take the audience on a musical journey through history’s most influential and talented piano icons as far back as Beethoven and Liberace. Featuring 25 hits from legendary music artists, the show's talented cast include producer/creative director Donnie Kehr as Billy Joel and Jerry Lee Lewis, Greg Ransom as Elton John, Peter Peterkin as Ray Charles, Little Richard and Stevie Wonder, along with keyboardist Stephen “Hoops” Snyder in the band and two backup singers. In addition, the show features video and storytelling.

“This isn’t the traditional tribute show,” said Executive Producer Steve Leber. “These four guys are amazing performers who take the audience through the history of the greatest piano players the world has known. There’s nothing like it on any stage, anywhere.”

The Greatest Piano Men performs nightly except Mondays. Performance times vary; please visit flamingolasvegas.com for schedule. Tickets start at $49 plus tax and fees and are now on sale at the Flamingo box office.

BLVD & MAIN Taphouse at The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod Celebrates Grand Opening

BLVD & MAIN Taphouse at The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod kicked off the grand opening celebration with a celebratory beer toast held at “the corner of IPA and OMG” on Tuesday night, April 2.

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Golden executives raise glasses during inaugural beer toast - Photo courtesy of BLVD & MAIN

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Chris Fiumara, Steve Arcana, and Bob Coffin - Photo courtesy of BLVD & MAIN

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Chef Johannes Bernau and Chef Andrew Bateman - Photo courtesy of BLVD & MAIN

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Steve Arcana and Eric Dickerson - Photo courtesy of BLVD & MAIN

BLVD & MAIN Taphouse’s inaugural toast included executive vice president and chief operating officer of Golden Entertainment, the parent company of The STRAT, Steve Arcana, vice president and general manager of The STRAT, Chris Fiumara, professional football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson, Brewmaster Dave Otto and Executive Chef Johannes Bernau, along with John Barry, principal of Kevin Barry Fine Art, and local artists, Robby Martin, aka Biscuit Street Preacher, and Manny Avila. To commemorate the occasion, Las Vegas City Councilman Bob Coffin honored the event with a proclamation.

Several local celebrities posed for photos before heading into the party, including the casts of FANTASY and Thunder from Down Under, along with Miss Nevada USA 2019, Tianna Tuamoheloa, guitarist and former Guns N’ Roses guitarist DJ Ashba and magician Murray Sawchuck.

Guests enjoyed samplings of elevated pub fare created by Bernau including short rib sliders, 50/50 meatballs and buffalo fried oysters. Guests also enjoyed chilled seafood bar loaded with crab legs, shrimp and oysters along with a large, displayed charcuterie board, including an assortment of meats and cheeses. Signature cocktails, created by Golden Entertainment’s Corporate Director of Beverage Jason Shullo, included 1149 to the Top, Downtown Lovin’ and The Stupak.  Brewmaster Otto also presented his signature ale, the SkyJump Golden Ale.

To add to the night’s excitement, Biscuit Street Preacher painted an exhibition art piece throughout the duration of the evening.

Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens Celebrates Japan With Vibrant Spring Display

Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is celebrating the exquisite beauty and tradition of Japan with the unveiling of its stunning spring display, on view through June 15, featuring for the first time an intricate replica of the Osaka Castle, one of Japan’s most iconic landmarks.

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The Conservatory takes guests on a cultural journey through many of the most vibrant elements associated with the Land of the Rising Sun, including delicate cherry blossoms, elegant butterflies and thousands of fresh tulips, calla lilies and chrysanthemums. The spring display, featuring 65,000 fresh flowers, honors nature’s awakening and the bloom of a new season with Japanese influences around every turn. Butterflies, a sign of good luck in love in Japanese culture, are found flitting throughout the display, while a traditional tea house honors the grace, etiquette and hospitality of the age-old Japanese tea ceremony.

“Incorporating a replica of the stunning Osaka Castle into our Conservatory allows us the unique opportunity to share a piece of Japanese culture with tens of thousands of visitors each day,” said Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International. “We aim to spark conversation and curiosity about this remarkable country and this storied castle.”

Upon entering the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, the stunning 30-foot-high Osaka Castle replica stands in the center of the West Bed. Recreated in precise detail, the Edo-era landmark features shining golden trim and is flanked by two Japanese-style stone lanterns, illuminating the path to the castle. Colorful butterflies flutter throughout the bed which includes intricate topiaries made up of 2,000 fresh-cut carnations. Just below the castle, a waterfall flows into a wide pond accented by three lively fountains, a nod to Bellagio’s world-renowned water feature along the Las Vegas Strip.

To ensure the display accurately conveyed the historical and cultural significance of the iconic Osaka Castle, designer Ed Libby and Bellagio’s horticulture team collaborated with Japan-based producer Noriko Minai and her team at Dentsu Live Inc. to bring the vision to life with a precise combination of colors and flowers. The creative process included several months of reviewing detailed visual assets and models of the castle to create a masterpiece that was true to life and also uniquely Bellagio.

As visitors enter the East Bed of the Conservatory, they are greeted by the beautiful blooms of cherry blossom trees, lining a stone pathway accented with spring gates. As they wander through the gates, the sweet scent of delicate cherry blossoms fills the air, while two massive Japanese paradise flycatcher birds “fly” overhead, in perpetual flight.

In the South Bed, glowing Japanese celebration lanterns hang over a waterfall amid a collection of intricately designed pottery. Decorated with lush green, pink and blue lentils, the color palette of the vases evokes the signature hues of spring. Four-foot-tall lanterns are suspended overhead, glowing over the graceful koi swimming in the pond below. 

Nearby in the North Bed, two 18-foot red-crowned Japanese cranes tower over blooming lotus flowers in various stages of life. The cranes are inspired by the popular One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, one of a series of ukiyo-e prints by Japanese artist Hiroshige. In Japanese culture, the crane symbolizes longevity and strength, while the lotus flowers are honored for their ability to bloom from the mud of a murky pond – a process that symbolizes enlightenment. Designed to replicate a legendary tea house that debuted at the 1893 World Fair in Chicago, a traditional tea house sits just beyond the pond, set for a time-honored tea ceremony.

With more than 19 million residents, Osaka is the second largest city in Japan and the center of commerce in the western part of the nation. Dating back to the 7th century, Osaka is rapidly becoming a global tourist destination renowned for its great food, history and people. MGM Resorts has declared Osaka as the number one candidate for the development of an integrated casino resort after Japan legalized casinos in 2018. Osaka has been chosen as the host city of the World Expo 2025, with MGM Resorts as the proud sponsor of the bid. The representation of the Osaka Castle within the Bellagio Conservatory is a celebration of this wonderful Japanese city designed for millions of Las Vegas visitors to enjoy daily.

The Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is complimentary to the public

Bellagio’s spring Conservatory reflects MGM Resorts International’s commitment to celebrating Japanese culture with visitors from around the world. Also featured at the resort are two installations by internationally celebrated artist Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Mirrored Room: Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity and Narcissus Garden, both on display at Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art through June 30.

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

MIDDLETOWN” a four character play by Dan Clancy was staged at the Smith Center in downtown Las Vegas from March 31 to April 2. Starring Cindy Williams (Laverne and Shirley), Didi Conn (Grease), Donny Most (Happy Days) and Adrian Zmed (Grease, TJ Hooker) the play is presented as a script reading in which the actors portray two couples/ best friends that reminisce about their lives and friendship from the age of teenagers up to their twilight years. Although the play does feature some comedy at the start it soon segues into drama which includes dealing with infidelity, cancer, being a parent and grandparent, 9/11, a family tragedy, having a gay son, Alzheimers, and, ultimately, death, that will tear at your heart and bring you to tears. For many in the audience, the overload of sadness may be too much, but it is the brilliant acting by the fine cast that makes this show worth seeing. Continuing its tour to other U.S. cities, Middletown is coming soon to Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, PA. April 17-21, and the Delaware Theatre Company in Wilmington, DE May 28- June 2. For up to date your information visit middletownplay.com

CHEBA HUT, a "Toasted" sub concept that has been curing munchies since its start in 1998, has opened its third and newest Las Vegas location, right near UNLV at 4550 South Maryland Parkway. Founder Scott Jennings decided to showcase the harmony between great tasting food and ... well, a very specific counter-culture. The menu features over 30 signature sub sandwiches, as well as a variety of Rice Krispy treats, salads and munchies. This location also offer craft beer bars offering local beers from neighborhood breweries.What really sets Cheba Hut apart, though, is the combined experience of homegrown, delicious and affordable food, with real people in a relaxed and friendly environment. Read more about this new eatery in this week's edition of Jacqueline Monahan's column, “About The Town.”

In town for the college hoops tournament action, Maryland resident KENNETH SNOOTS became an INSTANT MILLIONAIRE overnight while playing Mississippi Stud at Bally’s Hotel & Casino. Snoots hit a royal flush and won a jackpot of more than $1 million.

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PALMS CASINO RESORT has launched a new campaign “Unstatus Quo”, featuring an eclectic group of pop culture icons and friends of the resort, that is expected to bring worldwide attention to the reimagined property and usher a new era for the iconic city. The launch of the Palms' new campaign, celebrates  a truly transformational, different by design,  $690 million renovation that touches virtually every aspect of the property. When guests set foot in the completely reimagined property, they will be greeted with anything but the Vegas norm.

FUERZA BRUTA will perform its final show at Excalibur Hotel & Casino on Sunday, April 7, 2019. The acclaimed production, which has been seen by more than six million spectators in more than 34 countries and 58 cities since its launch in 2003, will continue to impress audiences from around the world as it prepares to make the move from Las Vegas to MGM Cotai in Macau in June 2019. Tickets for the remaining Las Vegas performances of FUERZA BRUTA are now on sale and available at any MGM Resorts International box office, online at Excalibur.com or by calling (702) 597-7600. Refunds for tickets purchased for shows at Excalibur after April 7 will be available at the point of purchase.

TENORS OF ROCK” , featuring five of the best male rock voices in the UK, recently closed their show at Harrah’s Hotel & Casino. Good news is that they are moving to the Sin City Theater at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

Multi talented brother and sister duo, DONNY & MARIE OSMOND have announced that they will be ending their 11 year residency in the Donny & Marie Showroom at Flamingo Las Vegas. Their final performance is scheduled for Nov. 16.

The iconic Las Vegas shopping destination, FASHION SHOW LAS VEGAS ups the ante with the ULTIMATE COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT VIEWING EXPERIENCE. 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 30-31,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

The College of Southern Nevada Department of Fine Arts will host AN EXHIBITION OF ARTWORK CREATED BY STUDENTS OF THE CSN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION LABORATORY PROGRAM. This exhibition, a collection of artworks by children ages six months through five years, utilizes a variety of media and expresses the thoughts, emotions, and creative explorations of its young artists. “2019 ART OF THE YOUNG CHILD” is on display now and will run through Saturday, April 27. This exhibition is featured in conjunction with the CSN Early Childhood Education Program and in celebration of the National Association of the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) “Week of the Young Child,” April 8 – April 12. This exhibition is FREE and open to the public. Artworks will be on display at the Artspace Gallery on the North Las Vegas campus, 3200 E. Cheyenne Avenue, North Las Vegas, and in the “I” Building, First Floor, Main Corridor, on the Charleston Campus, 6375 W. Charleston Boulevard, Las Vegas. This exhibition will be open during normal campus building hours. 

Charlie Blum Entertainment / CB Entertainment and Red Tail Productions LLC, in partnership withNickelodeon, announce additional new tour dates for DOUBLE DARE LIVE STAGE SHOW, featuring original host Marc Summers and his beloved sidekick Robin Russo. Inspired by the iconic TV game show Double Dare, Double Dare Live features two teams comprised of selected audience members competing to win prizes by answering brain-bending trivia questions, completing messy physical challenges and ultimately facing the legendary obstacle course. The DOUBLE DARE LIVE tour dates, which launched March 26 in Lancaster, PA., continues with engagements in the fall and winter, including a Las Vegas stop at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, Oct. 20. Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, April 5, at 10 a.m.

CSN FINE ARTS THEATRE PROGRAM presents the Las Vegas Premiere of THE PILLOWMAN. Violence in film and television has become such an accepted mode of expression that it fails to shock. No matter how much blood is splattered and how many vehicles explode, our audiences have become inured to the horror. Yet we live in a violent, cruel and heartless world. THE PILLOWMAN addresses this moral anesthesia by fusing grotesque violence with macabre humor. Performances are April 5th, 6th, 11th, 12th and 13th at 7:00 p.m. with two matinees on April 7th and 14th at 2:00 p.m. in the Nicholas J. Horn Theatre located at the North Las Vegas campus at the College of Southern Nevada.  General admission tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. For more information, please call the Performing Arts Center Box Office at 702-651-5483. It is located at 3200 East Cheyenne Avenue in North Las Vegas.

THE DEPARTMENT OF ART AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, Las Vegas, is delighted to announce the installation of “THE LAND OF HIDDEN GEMS,” a public sculpture by its inaugural Transformation Fellow, BROOKLYN-BASED ARTIST AMANDA BROWDER. The Land of Hidden Gems is a collective portrait of our community in Las Vegas. It uses only recycled and donated materials, and it has brought together Las Vegas residents and the students, staff, and faculty at UNLV. This large-scale fabric installation also reflects the expansiveness of the surrounding desert and mountain-scape and the various micro- and macro-environments within and around the city. Browder is deeply invested in the power of socially engaged art to strengthen community.  The installation is on view Tuesday, April 2, to Friday, April 12, 2019, on the East side of UNLV’s Archie C. Grant Hall on Maryland Parkway between and Harmon and East University Avenues. On Saturday, April 6, The Department of Art will host a public celebration of the project from 2:00 - 5:00 pm.During and after the installation, participants have shared personal and collective thoughts and memories through audio interviews, some of which Browder will share, along with process documents and photographs, on April 6 in the Grant Hall Gallery. The April 6 events will include public remarks by the artist, representatives from the Department of Art, community partners, and other surprises; a Grant Hall Gallery exhibition documenting Browder’s 7-week Las Vegas project. Free parking nearby.

LIFE TIME GREEN VALLEY, located at 121 Carnegie St. in Henderson, invites members and nonmembers, alike, to join enjoy its complimentary PUPPY FUN RUN with their four-legged friends from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 6. Puppy lovers are invited to either run or walk alongside their canine companions on a designated course outside the club. On the day of the run, participants will meet at the starting line outside the front entrance of the club before the fun run kicks off. Participants will also enjoy an array of healthy refreshments throughout the run, including snacks, water and a coffee bar, as well as dog treats and water bowls for their furry friends. All breeds are welcome to participate.

Two-time platinum recording artist, KRISTINIA DEBARGE will host a launch party from 12 until 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 6 for her brand new makeup line, KRISSY D COSMETICS, at BEAUTY KITCHEN BOUTIQUE at 501 Nevada Way #5 located in the heart of downtown Boulder City, just 20 minutes away from The Las Vegas Strip. The launch party will feature a lavish beauty garden featuring a makeup station for guests to receive mini makeovers with Krissy D Cosmetics products as well as a braid bar, complements of Layla, A Social Salon. Refreshing mocktails and sweets will also be served. Additionally, guests can shop a wide-array of Beauty Kitchen’s clean at-home spa and skincare products, like face masks, sugar scrubs and bath bombs, also available for purchase.

Multiplatinum, three-time Grammy Award-winning ZAC BROWN BAND is set to kick-off the first of the KAOS Pool Concert Series concerts at The Palms Resort Casino on Sunday, April 7, 2019. Tickets for Zac Brown Band start at $50, plus applicable fees and are on sale now. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. and all guests must be 21 or older.

The sensory-thrilling stage spectacle,“CURRENTSBY MAYUMANA, is set to make its U.S premiere at The Smith Center on Friday, April 12.

MAYUMANA will embark on its US tour with its electrifying new show, which creatively and abstractly portrays the historic battle between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla. The show delivers a mix of the exhilarating energy and percussion of “Stomp” with the dazzling stagecraft and playfulness of Blue Man Group, plus the pure athleticism of Pilobolus dancers, encompassing everything from music to theater, percussion, dance and more. Featuring gifted performers from around the globe, Mayumana is one of Israel’s leading cultural exports, entertaining 3.5 million of people in 30 countries worldwide. “CURRENTS” BY MAYUMANA will perform at THE SMITH CENTER at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $29, with specialty pricing for students/children starting at $16.50, and are on sale now.

Entertainment arena, GLOWZONE LAS VEGAS, invites adults to release their inner child at their upcoming “ADULT NIGHT” on Friday, April 12 from 8 p.m. to midnight. The event is for ages 21 and over. Tickets are on sale now for $30 per person pre-sale and $40 at the door.

REGGAE AT THE PARK brings island vibes and smooth rhythms to The Strip for an evening of music for all ages on Saturday, April 13. This complimentary event is headlined by YouTube sensation Conkarah, who has more than 200 million combined views.The event lineup also includes performances by local musicians BAND OF BRUDDAHS and teen crooner ROSIE DELMAH, whose cover of “Hello” by Adele with Conkarah has amassed more than 95 million views on YouTube. Food and drink specials, including specialty cocktails, will be available for purchase at satellite bars sponsored by Beerhaus, Sake Rok and California Pizza Kitchen throughout the event. Admission is FREE for all ages. VIP packages are available for purchase and will include seating and a private bar. The Park is located between New York-New York and Park MGM, 3780 South Las Vegas Blvd.

THE LAUGHLIN EVENT CENTER, located at 500 Bruce Woodbury Dr. in Laughlin, Nev., will host singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer BRAD PAISLEY for a performance starting at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 13. Gates will open starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $60.

Comedian, actor, director, and “Kids in the Hall” founder/alum, KEVIN MCDONALD, brings his unique humor and improv skills to THE SPACE for an exclusive performance on Sunday, April 14 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 and available now.

From the producers of “Rock of Ages” comes “ELVIS PRESLEY'S HEARTBREAK HOTEL IN CONCERT”, the ultimate Elvis hit-driven, story-telling concert experience, opening Monday, April 15 at HARRAH’S LAS VEGAS. Presenting the music and the story of Elvis’ meteoric rise to fame all in one night’s immersive experience, the show features more than 18 Elvis songs that came to define “rock ‘n’ roll” as we know it today, while four giant LED walls present authentic imagery and scenes from his extraordinary life. “Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel in Concert” will perform Wednesday through Monday at 8 p.m. with an additional 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday. The show will be dark Tuesday. Tickets are on sale now and start at $49. Additional fees may apply.

THE US AIR FORCE BAND OF THE GOLDEN WEST, presents a FREE concert in Las Vegas, Nevada by the Travis Brass. This family-friendly event is open to the public and will take place 7:00 P.M, April 15th at. at the COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN NEVADA RECITAL HALL (H122), 3200 East Cheyenne Avenue, Las Vegas. Tickets are required and can be reserved at https://travisbrasscsn.eventbrite.com.

The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District will celebrate the grand opening of its beautiful, NEW EAST LAS VEGAS LIBRARY located at 2851 E. Bonanza Road, on April 25. The ribbon-cutting ceremony begins at 10 a.m. and the public is invited. The opening day celebration will feature activities and fun for all ages. This 40,000 sq. ft. building represents 21st century library design and is a milestone in the history of the East Las Vegas community.

NATHAN ADELSON HOSPICE, the largest, oldest and only non-profit hospice in Nevada, will hold its annual ‘FLAIR FOR CARE” FASHION SHOW on Thursday, April 25, in partnership with Wynn Las Vegas. This year’s show will feature 2019 runway and ready-to-wear looks from many of the world’s most illustrious designers, all hand-picked from the exclusive fashion and accessories offering at Wynn Collection. The show begins promptly at 11 a.m. in the LE RÉVE THEATER AT WYNN LAS VEGAS.  The event serves as a major fundraiser for the hospice’s uncompensated care program. Last year, Nathan Adelson Hospice provided more than $2.2 million in uncompensated care, programs and services to individuals throughout southern Nevada.Luxury designers that will be showcased include: Carolina Herrera, Giambattista Valli, Grayse, Jason Wu, Oscar De La Renta, Pamella Roland, and Vicedomini. Tickets may be purchased for $250 per person. For more information on sponsorships or tickets, contact Stephanie Forbes at Nathan Adelson Hospice at 702-938-3910.

On Thursday, April 25, DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS EVENTS CENTER will partner with Michelob Brewing Company to host “DOWNTOWN WATCH ZONE PRESENTS: MICHELOB ULTRA DRAFT PARTY”, the ultimate professional football draft celebration. Known for hosting some of the top sports viewing events in the city, Downtown Las Vegas Events Center will offer fans stadium-style seating, Man Cave rentals, delicious food from American Coney Island and more. To upgrade the experience, on-field tables can be reserved to accommodate groups of four to 12 party-goers, which will entail a $25 per person beverage minimum.As an added bonus to attendees, the Vegas Stats & Information Network (VSiN) will be broadcasting live from the venue for play-by-play coverage. Doors open on Thursday at 4 p.m. and the draft begins at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to ages 21 and over.

AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH is coming up in April and GRANT A GIFT AUTISM FOUNDATION will host its 10TH ANNUAL RACE FOR HOPE presented by Subway on Saturday, April 27 from 7-10 a.m. at UNLV. Registration is now open and must be completed by Tuesday, April 23. Registration fees are included below and registration can be completed by visiting: https://www.classy.org/event/grant-a-gift-autism-foundation-10th-anniversary-5k-race-for-hope/e218817. 

• 5K - Individual Participant - $35
• 5K Youth (ages 6-14) - $15
• Kidz Run (ages 10 and under) - $10
• Sleep in for Autism - $20

Race for Hope proceeds benefit Grant a Gift Autism Foundation and the more than 8,500 children in Nevada living with Autism and their families.  Please note that children 5 years and younger can participate for free, but t-shirts are not included. T-shirts will be available for purchase on the day of the race for $5.

Southern Nevadans are invited to join together again to celebrate and promote diversity and inclusion at the third annual ADL WALK AGAINST HATE. The family-oriented, multi-cultural walk and event will be 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Sunday, April 28 at SPRINGS PRESERVE, 333. S. Valley View Blvd.  Local officials and community leaders will participate in the group walk through the Springs Preserve’s desert habitats and through Boom Town, a re-creation of the 1905 Las Vegas streetscape. Musical groups and performance artists will provide lively entertainment before the walk and throughout the course, and local schools will be recognized for their “No Place for Hate®” bullying prevention and anti-bias initiatives. After the event, attendees who are wearing their Walk Against Hate shirts can explore other areas and exhibits in Springs Preserve for no additional charge.

Tickets are now on-sale for the sixth annual RISE UP GALA, an exclusive, one-night-only experience, created to raise funds for THE TYLER ROBINSON FOUNDATION , the non-profit organization of the GRAMMY Award-winning band Imagine Dragons dedicated to supporting children battling pediatric cancer. Actor and comedian Joel McHale will once again serve as the host of the glamorous event that will take place at WYNN LAS VEGAS on Friday, Sept. 6 and feature an exclusive acoustic performance by Imagine Dragons. Individual tickets and corporate sponsorships are still available for the 2019 event. The evening includes a cocktail hour, dinner, a live and silent auction along with all-star entertainment. All proceeds benefit the Tyler Robinson Foundation where 85 percent of every dollar raised goes directly to families in need. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit TRF.org.

OZZY OSBOURNE will postpone all his 2019 tour dates, which includes his show at MGM Grand Garden Arena scheduled for Saturday, July 20, as he recovers from an injury sustained while dealing with his recent bout of pneumonia. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee fell at his Los Angeles home aggravating years-old injuries (from his 2003 ATV accident) that required surgery last month. OSBOURNE will remain under doctor’s care in Los Angeles as he recovers.

Other recent and upcoming openings:

The global leader in premium luggage, RIMOWA, has opened a new store inside the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. Combining heritage and craftsmanship with the rigors of modern technology, the new RIMOWA boutique features the latest luggage carrousel-style design concept and showcase RIMOWA’s updated luggage collections – the RIMOWA Original, RIMOWA Classic, RIMOWA Essential, and RIMOWA Hybrid.  As part of this fresh design, the new store also includes a sticker wall prominently displaying luggage stickers from the RIMOWA Sticker Collection designed by renowned artist and design studios from around the world.

A symbol of style and elegance worldwide, LOUIS VUITTON  recently unveiled its latest stand-alone store, dedicated entirely to the Men’s Universe, at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. The new Louis Vuitton Men’s store offers all product categories including leather goods, ready-to-wear, accessories, shoes, watches and fragrance.

Executive Chef and Owner Dan Krohmer of Las Vegas’ favorite Asian seafood restaurant and critically-acclaimed off-strip hotspot, Other Mama, announced his highly anticipated arrival to Downtown Las Vegas with the debut of HATSUMI AND LA MONJÁ to Fergusons Downtown this spring.

Celebrity sightings:

Sunday, March 31...

Actor Anson Williams, best know for playing Potsie on the iconic TV show Happy Days, was seen at the afternoon performance of Middletown at the Smith Center in downtown Las Vegas. He was there to support his friend and former Happy Days co-star Donny Most, who co-stars in Middletown with Cindy Williams and Didi Conn. Also spotted in the audience was Mike Tyler, of The Naked Magicians duo, the cast of Menopause The Musical, and singer Pia Zadora.

Reality TV stars Stassi Schroeder, Beau Clark, James Kennedy, Raquel Leviss, Ariana Madix, Jesse Montanaand Scheana Shay from Bravo’s hit reality series “Vanderpump Rules” were spotted attending the hit show ABSINTHE at Caesars Palacein Las Vegas. In town for the opening of the Vanderpump Cocktail Garden at Caesars Palace, the group could be seen taking in ABSINTHE’s outlandish acts and hilarious antics and went backstage after the show for photos with The Gazillionaire and the alluring Green Fairy.

Saturday, March 30...

Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, along with his family and friends, attended a performance of The Beatles™ LOVE™ by Cirque du Soleil at The Mirage Hotel & Casino. After the show’s grand finale, Kimmel and his family and friends went backstage for a meet and greet, posed for photos, and mingled with the cast.

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Jimmy Kimmel poses with cast members of The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil - Photo courtesy of Cirque du Soleil

Jimmy Kimmel poses with Kids of Liverpool Characters from The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil 3.30.2019
Jimmy Kimmel poses with Kids of Liverpool Characters from The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil - Photo courtesy of Cirque du Soleil

Friday, March 29...

Actor Misha Collins, widely known for his breakout role on The CW’s hit series “Supernatural” was spotted attending the 10 p.m. performance of ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace.

Thursday, March 28...

Actor, model and television host Jonathan Bennett was spotted at FUERZA BRUTA at Excalibur Hotel & Casino. During the show, the “Mean Girls” and “Celebrity Big Brother” star was brought up into the DJ booth, where he blew horns and sprayed water onto an enthusiastic crowd, who celebrated his guest appearance in the show. Accompanied by “Celebrity Page” host Jaymes Vaughan, Bennett met and took photos with the cast and fans after delivering an electrifying guest performance.

Jaymes Vaughan and Jonathan Bennett at FUERZA BRUTA Thursday March 28 3 Credit Eric Brugger
Jaymes Vaughan and Jonathan Bennett at FUERZA BRUTA - Photo credit Eric Brugger

Jaymes Vaughan and Jonathan Bennett at FUERZA BRUTA Thursday March 28 5 Credit Eric Brugger
Jaymes Vaughan and Jonathan Bennett at FUERZA BRUTA - Photo credit Eric Brugger

Tuesday, March 26...

Celebrity chef and restaurateur Bobby Flay was spotted attending the 8 p.m. performance of ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace, which is also home to his acclaimed restaurant Mesa Grill. After the show the Food Network star went backstage for a photo with The Gazillionaire and the alluring Green Fairy.

Saturday, March 23...

Former Fifth Harmony star, Ally Brooke, performed for a packed club at TAO inside The Venetian. Before her performance, she dined at TAO Asian Bistro. Corbyn Besson and Jonah Marais from boy band Why Don’t We were dining at a nearby table and stopped to say hello and snap a photo for Instagram.

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Ally Brooke - Photo courtesy of TAO

The Bachelor couple Colton Underwood and Cassie Randolph were spotted at Hyde Lounge at T-Mobile Arena during the Vegas Golden Knights game against the Detroit Red Wings in Las Vegas alongside Randolph’s sister, Michelle Randolph, and former Disney Channel star, Gregg Sulkin.

Wednesday, March 20...

Right winger for the Vegas Golden Knights, Reilly Smith, and his girlfriend, dined at LAVO inside The Palazzo.

Saturday, March 16 …

Actor/comedian Billy Crystal, caught a performance of Criss Angel MINDFREAK® at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. After the show ended Crystal got a behind-the-scenes tour where he congratulated the illusionist for his outstanding performance and the two posed for photos.

In the afternoon, Carl McDowell from HBO’s Ballers was spotted at Marquee Dayclub with actress AnnaLynne McCord.  Also taking in the pool scene and the sounds of DJ Chuckie was actress Ajiona Alexus.

Gashi dined at TAO Saturday night, fueling up for his club performance.

Also feasting at TAO with a large group was actor and entertainment reporter, Terrance J., before heading to the club for Gashi’s performance.

Taking in Gashi’s performance were producer duo Play N Skillz, who also dined at TAO prior to continuing their night at the club where they celebrated Play’s birthday.

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