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One Night for One Drop Imagined by Cirque du Soleil Raises Over Six Million Dollars at Annual Philanthropic Event

“One Night for One Drop” imagined by Cirque du Soleil raised over $6 million dollars through the generous support of their partners and donors at the seventh annual philanthropic event that was held at the “O” Theatre at Bellagio Resort & Casino on March 8, 2019.

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The evening spotlighted an exclusive lineup of six spectacular live auction items and experiences that raised over $1,350,000 including pledges donated from the audience and online donations. In addition, impressive amounts were also raised from ticket sales and numerous in-kind donations for a grand total of over $6,000,000. All proceeds will directly support One Drop’s safe water access initiatives in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities, as well as educational efforts throughout the Las Vegas community.

The sold-out One Night for One Drop performance mesmerized the 1,800 spectators with an emotional production that took the audience on an empathetic journey, drawing inspiration from human connection, friendship, beauty, nature, love and loss, in an aquatic ambiance.

Among the extravagant lots offered at the auction, the McLaren 570S Spider raised $310,000. The specially designed and manufactured McLaren 570S Spider in Muriwai White, dubbed the "2019 One Night for One Drop 1 of 1" is part of the exclusive limited unique six car collection "Racing Through the Ages" bespoke by the McLaren MSO (McLaren Special Operations) in the UK that offers clients limitless tailoring opportunities to customize their supercar.

Audemars Piguet, a committed supporter of One Drop for the past 10 years, created a unique and dedicated Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph especially for the event. This timepiece, distinctive for its elegance and iconic octagonal case design, was crafted entirely in 950-platinum and features a deep purple “Grande Tapisserie” patterned dial with blue counters and external zone. The limited edition Audemars Piguet watch raised $220,000.

The other four auction lots offered exceptional travel experiences including a voyage aboard The World, the largest privately-owned residential yacht on the planet that raised $28,000, a secluded St. Tropez getaway in a private Château that raised $60,000, a private jet to the Turks & Caicos and villa at COMO Parrot Cay that raised $80,000 and a Serengeti safari-living experience in Tanzania and ‘Male Cheetah’ bronze sculpture by artist Richard MacDonald that raised $100,000.

For the evening’s exclusive performance, One Night for One Drop imagined by Cirque du Soleil, presented by MGM Resorts International & Colgate and co-written and directed by André Kasten and Leah Moyer, welcomed award-winning film score composer Hans Zimmer, celebrated Las Vegas headliner Blue Man Group, internationally recognized choreographers Andrew Winghart and Alexander Ekman, as well as world-renowned creatives Keone and Mari, who all orchestrated breathtaking pieces.

SLS Las Vegas Celebrates Grand Opening of Uno Más

SLS Las Vegas® held the official grand opening celebration for its newest culinary concept, Uno Más – a fast casual dining experience featuring authentic, traditional Mexican dishes with a modern twist – on Friday, April 12.

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Anthony Olheiser and Paul Hobson at the Grand Opening of Uno Mas - Photo courtesy of SLS

Following a celebratory piñata breaking ceremony, guests were treated to a selection of authentic Mexican bites and libations, including the Dole Whip cocktail, the signature Uno Más Margarita, carne asada, shrimp and the Impossible crunchy vegetarian and vegan street tacos, while entertainment was provided by a live mariachi band. In addition, local artist Izaac Zevalking created a live, hand-painted mural boasting palm fronds and colorful Mexican sugar skulls that added a festive flair to the restaurant’s exterior.

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The Uno Más menu includes shareable bites like queso fundido with chorizo, guacamole and chips, pork chicharrones and grilled corn. A variety of street tacos are also offered, including pan-roasted shrimp, carne asada, al pastor, lengua, fish and beer, beer-braised short rib, carnitas, crispy pollo, lamb, and vegetarian options like queso a la plancha and cactus, all served in hand-crafted tortillas made fresh daily. Satisfy that sweet tooth with house-made churros served with a trio of sauces.

Signature cocktails include the Uno Más Margarita, featuring Patrón Reposado Tequila, Anchos Reyes Verde, lime agave syrup and Grand Marnier. The restaurant also features Mexican beers, Micheladas and unique cocktails like the “Just South of Crazy,” the “Evening with Caballeros” or a Dole Whip cocktail made with Casamigos Tequila, as well as non-alcoholic beverages including Mexican sodas and house-made Horchata.

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Amidst its modern yet festive décor, Uno Más features a variety of seating options to accommodate any guest or party size. The restaurant is the first new addition to the culinary program since the resort re-opened five years ago. The award-winning restaurant collection at SLS Las Vegas is known for its fine dining concepts including its anchor, Bazaar Meat by José Andrés.

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Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, Uno Más will serve as the ultimate destination for the Sunday, May 5 holiday celebrations. In addition to the restaurant’s tasty menu, revelers can enjoy live mariachi music throughout the day and half-price signature Dole Whip cocktails made with Casamigos Tequila. The new restaurant is open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Middletown Premieres in Las Vegas With An All-Star Cast at The Smith Center

The Las Vegas premiere of MIDDLETOWN, Dan Clancy’s universal depiction of love, life, and friendship, took place at The Smith Center’s Myron’s Cabaret Jazz on March 31. The play was 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, Del.

The all-star cast of MIDDLETOWN features CINDY WILLIAMS, best known for playing Shirley Feeney on the hit TV show, “LAVERNE & SHIRLEY,” DIDI CONN, Frenchy the beauty school dropout in “Grease,” DONNY MOST known for his role as Ralph Malph in the hit TV show HAPPY DAYS, and ADRIAN ZMED, best known for his starring roles in the “BACHELOR PARTY” and TV’s T.J. HOOKER.

The red carpet sparkled with appearances by the play’s all-star cast, GFour Productions producers Kenneth Greenblatt, director Seth Greenleaf, playwright Dan Clancy, Anson Williams of HAPPY DAYS, the cast of MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL - Jacquelyn Holland-Wright, Lisa Mack, Cherity Harchis, Judy Lombino;  Niki Scalera of THE COCKTAIL CABARET, Pia Zadora, Keith Thompson, Rachel Tyler of LADY LUCK, Paul Beard of The Smith Center, the Naked Magicians, Megan Ruger of RAIDING THE ROCK VAULT, Lyssa Lynne and many others.

“This show is brilliant and brings you back to living the priorities of life,” said Anson Williams, Potsie Weber from HAPPY DAYS.

“Funny, touching and very moving,” stated Niki Scalera, Broadway’s HAIRSPRAY, Disney’s TARZAN, and star of BASSEY AND ME and THE COCKTAIL CABARET.

“It is a snapshot of everything I have gone through, and it reverberated deep in my soul,” added Keith Thompson, musical director for JERSEY BOYS, MAMMA MIA, and co-founder of THE COCKTAIL CABARET and THE COMPOSERS SHOWCASE

A heartfelt and joyful story about two couples reminiscing about their friendship, 33 years in the making, MIDDLETOWN explores the highs, the lows, and everything in between. The initial workshop of MIDDLETOWN received a Carbonell nomination for best new work in 2017 and was originally presented at the Jan McArt Reading Series and West Boca Theatre Company.

“I wanted to tell a relatable ‘every-person’s’ story in a direct and straightforward manner where human emotions are front and center – without bells, whistles, special effects, or props,” said writer Dan Clancy, best known for his play THE TIMEKEEPERS, which ran off-Broadway and in Israel for 13 years. “I wanted the words to speak for themselves.”

“As Harold Clurman famously said, ‘Make ’em laugh and when their mouths are open, pour in the medicine.’ When I first read MIDDLETOWN, it followed that sagely advice to a T. I was introduced to four wonderful characters and was swept up in the ride before it took me to some very real places,” said Tony Award-winning director Seth Greenleaf. “Dan Clancy’s work here is exceptional and in the hands of these great players. I believe audiences are going to have a powerful experience they won’t soon forget.”

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

Friday afternoon April 12, on the 20th anniversary of the release of their mega hit, “I Want It That Way,” the best-selling boy band of all time, THE BACKSTREET BOYS - AJ MCLEAN, BRIAN LITTRELL, HOWIE DOROUGH, KEVIN RICHARDSON AND NICK CARTER, were immortalized within PLANET HOLLYWOOD RESORT & CASINO as they participated in a HANDPRINT CEREMONY which will be displayed at the property alongside the handprints of other iconic celebrities.

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The event kicked off with a surprise performance by kids from Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada, who wowed the Backstreet Boys and fans by dancing to their iconic song, “Larger Than Life.” After arriving in Las Vegas, the Backstreet Boys wanted to find a way to give back to the community they had quickly fallen in love with. Starting in November of 2017, in partnership with Live Nation Las Vegas and Caesars Entertainment, they began donating $1 per ticket sold to “Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life”back to BGCSNV, and yesterday presented Andy Bischel, President / CEO of BGCSNV with a final donation of $180,000. Live Nation Las Vegas President Kurt Melien and Caesars Entertainment President of Entertainment Jason Gastwirth were on hand to present the check, along with the Backstreet Boys.

Backstreet Boys recently announced the final shows of their record-breaking Las Vegas residency at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino through April 27, 2019. “Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life” is one of the fastest-selling shows in Las Vegas history. Promoted by Live Nation and Caesars Entertainment, the record-breaking residency is sold out on a regular basis with over $38 million in ticket revenue and has been seen by over 300,000 guests from all over the world, hosting the biggest audience in a single night in the history of Las Vegas headlining residencies.

On Monday, April 8, CREDIT ONE BANK, ISSUER OF THE OFFICIAL CREDIT CARD OF THE VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS AND THE LAS VEGAS AVIATORS, presented Mondays Dark with a $10,000 CHECK at The Space, located at 3460 Cavaretta Ct., where the variety show is held twice a month.

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Credit One Bank Mondays Dark Check Presentation April 8 2019 - Photo courtesy of Monday's Dark

Following the opening of the show, Lenny Chide, senior vice president and community reinvestment officer of Credit One Bank®, presented the donation to Mondays Dark founder and host, Mark Shunock. Audience members cheered on as Chide and Shunock posed for photos onstage.

Credit One Bank’s donation to Mondays Dark was issued for affordable housing, employment services, and education; and will further the show’s mission in raising thousands of dollars each year for local Las Vegas charities.

Tiger Woods wasn’t the only big winner on Masters Sunday. One bettor, JAMES ADDUCCI, successfully turned an $85,000 wager on Tiger to WIN THE 2019 MASTERS INTO A $1,190,000 PAYOUT AT SLS LAS VEGAS. The bet on Tiger to win the 2019 Masters Tournament was placed on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at 14/1 (+1400) odds, at the resort and casino’s William Hill Sports Book. The win represents the largest golf payout in William Hill history.

Award winning GALAXY THEATRES is raising the moviegoing experience bar once again by bringing state-of-the-art technology to Las Vegas with the Grand Opening on Friday, April 5 of its newest theatre located inside the Boulevard Mall. Galaxy Theatres’ new Luxury+ Boulevard is home to Las Vegas’ largest screen and first all-Laser projection theatre in addition to the first Sony Digital Cinema™ in the world. The new theatre combines Sony’s latest laser projection technology with Galaxy’s well-loved brand of hospitality in a luxurious environment while offering premium quality amenities. The theatre’s opening weekend April 5 – 7, was full of surprises including giveaways, cosplayers and money-saving deals.

Galaxy Theatres Luxury+ Boulevard invited moviegoers to be the first in Las Vegas to experience the Sony Digital Cinema during the auditorium’s first public screening of “Shazam!”, on Friday at 7 p.m. The Hollywood style premier featured giveaways, including a Sony 55-inch TV, “Shazam!” posters, cosplayers and more.

The Sony Digital Cinema will amaze guests with an unforgettable theatrical experience featuring Sony’s industry-leading dual laser projection system, which delivers an exceptional 4K picture and Dolby ATMOS sound for an amazing moviegoing experience. The auditorium features the largest screen in Las Vegas at 4 stories tall by 7 stories wide.

Galaxy Theatres Luxury+ Boulevard features a convenient quick service café offering a full, deluxe menu, as well as premium quality concessions. Deluxe offerings include pretzel sticks, cinnamon gooey bites, nachos, hummus plates, salads, burgers, pizzas, kid’s meals, desserts and more. Specialty cocktails, beer and wine will also be offered at the full-service bar.

Guests have their choice of luxurious and unique seating options at Galaxy Theatres Luxury+ Boulevard. All nine auditoriums will feature Galaxy’s popular state-of-the-art power reclining seats. The theatre also offers D-BOX’s unique motion seats giving guests a hyper-realistic and immersive experience. The motion system is perfectly synchronized with on-screen action and audio providing subtle movement, smooth rolling and vibration. And for those that want to snuggle, the theatres will offer loves seats, sold together for the price of two tickets.

Galaxy Theatres Luxury+ Boulevard will be regularly hosting special events and screenings, including Flashback Cinema. Flashback Cinema is a program celebrating classic movies on the big screen with a different classic movie being presented each week on Sundays and Wednesdays. Flashback Cinema debuted with “Singing in the Rain” on Sunday, April 21 and Wednesday, April 24.

Award-winning Galaxy Theatres is inviting all Marvel Comics fans to experience “AVENGERS: ENDGAME at the new Galaxy Theatre Boulevard, at the Boulevard Mall as they kick off the summer blockbuster season, April 25-29. Moviegoers are invited to be the first in Las Vegas to experience “Avengers: Endgame” in 3D on the first Sony Digital Cinema™ in the world on Thursday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. Fans are encouraged to dress up as their favorite superhero or villain. “Avengers: Endgame” opening weekend will be full of surprises for moviegoers, including special Avengers-themed giveaways, while supplies last. Tickets for “Avengers: Endgame” are on sale now.

The LINQ Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas is where diehard football fans will be during the first round of the 2019 NFL DRAFT on Thursday, April 25. Caesars Entertainment and The NFL Alumni Association – Las Vegas Chapter (NFLA) are hosting the NFL Alumni Las Vegas Draft Party with exclusive fan access to an autograph session with NFL Legends, giveaways and an open bar. Tickets are on sale now and start at $75 for general admission. Fans looking for a VIP experience with up to 10 guests, can rent a Fan Cave for $750.

To celebrate the debut of the new film, Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Endgame,” Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. , located at Treasure Island Hotel and Casino, will be offering all visitors who present an AVENGERS: ENDGAME movie ticket stub $5 off admission to the exhibit from Friday, April 19 through Sunday, May 5, along with a special gift.

In addition, visitors are invited to a special event on National Super Hero Day, Sunday, April 28 from 1 – 4 p.m. FREE and open to the public, the event will feature Marvel-themed cosplayers, an Avengers super hero mask making station, balloon and glitter tattoo artist, and 15% off select merchandise throughout the retail store.

On National Super Hero Day, exhibit tickets will be available at a special price of $30 for adults and $20 for kids – valid all day. Honoring our community’s real-life heroes, all first responders including Paramedics, Law Enforcement Officers, Fire Fighters and Physicians will receive FREE admission all day ($8 service fee not included).

THE NAKED MAGICIANS, who began their first-ever Las Vegas residency in February, have announced that they will continue to perform inside Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club at MGM Grand through June 2019. Starring Mike Tyler and Christopher Wayne, The Naked Magicians perform six nights a week at 10 p.m.

THE COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGAS will host the highly anticipated match between ROBERT EASTER AND RANCES BARTHELEMY on Saturday, April 27 live on Showtime (10 p.m. EST/ 7p.m. PST) from The Chelsea and presented by Premier Boxing Champions. Doors open at 3:00 p.m. PST. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast will also feature a WBC Super Lightweight Title Eliminator fight between former super lightweight champion, Ukranian Viktor Postol (30-2, 12 KO) and France’s Mohamed Mimoune (21-2, 2 KO). Rising heavyweight sensation Nigerian Efe Ajagba (9-0, 8 KOs) looks to remain unbeaten against once-beaten German Michael Wallisch (19-1, 12 KOs)  in a 10-round attraction. Tickets start at $30 plus applicable taxes and fees.

Nathan Adelson Hospice, Southern Nevada’s oldest, largest and only non-profit hospice, announced the 16TH ANNUAL JOHN ANDERSONCELEBRATION OF LIFE’ LIVE BUTTERFLY RELEASE will take place on The Lawn at Downtown Summerlin® at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 28. The event is open to the public.Southern Nevada community members are invited to celebrate and honor the memory of lost loved ones during this annual event, which takes place on the large lawn area at the shopping center at 1980 Festival Plaza Drive. The butterfly release will commence promptly at 2:30 p.m. The event brings together hundreds of friends and families to release more than 500 butterflies in memory of loved ones who have passed away.
Butterflies can be reserved in advance for $50 a box, with each box containing two butterflies, by contacting Stephanie Forbes at 702.938.3910 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The 12TH ANNUAL LAS VEGAS FILM FESTIVAL, presented by Zappos, will be held April 28 through May 5. While the majority of the Festival will take place in venues around Downtown Las Vegas, some events will be held at the Brenden Theatres and Palms Casino Resort. The lineup includes a mix of feature films and documentaries that have been favorites on the international festival circuit, as well as films with Las Vegas ties, including a documentary about The Amazing Johnathan, and Robin Greenspun’s personal portrait of local businesswoman Amy Ayoub. Additionally, one of the documentaries, Knock Down the House, follows the campaigns of four progressive women who ran against incumbents in the elections last fall, including Amy Vilela who ran for Congress in Nevada’s 4th Congressional District in the U.S. House.

The VIP ALL ACCESS PASS is on sale for $300. The VIP ALL ACCESS PASS is the perfect pass for patrons who want the best Festival experience. The VIP ALL ACCESS PASS includes:

● Admission for one person to all reserved films, live events and Q&A’s.

● Only VIP pass holders have access to private parties.  

● Be first to reserve online seating for all screenings. 

● Early admission for priority seating to all screenings and events.

Individual tickets to screenings were released Friday, April 12.

CSN’s Fine Arts Department Music Program presents the CSN ORCHESTRA CONCERT featuring special guest artists, THE HOT CLUB OF LAS VEGAS with Charles Kushinery conducting on April 28, at 2 p.m. in the Nicholas J. Horn Theatre. The Hot Club of Las Vegas will perform their unique style of Gypsy Djazz which is an acoustic style of music that combines the elements of American Swing, Flamenco and Parisian Musette. It was born out of the Paris jazz scene in the 30’s and 40’s. The Hot Club of Las Vegas includes Noybel Gorgoy as the lead vocalist; Mundo Juillerat and Johnny Miles on guitars, Gabriel Santana Falcon on cajon; and CSN’s Chris Davis on bass. The CSN Orchestra will be featured in the first half of the performance, performing music from the popular film composer John Williams. The CSN Orchestra will be joined by The Hot Club of Las Vegas on the second half of the concert featuring arrangements by CSN’s Dick McGee and Tyler Williams. General Admission is $8.00 and $5 for seniors and students. For more information call the PAC Box Office at 702-651-LIVE (5483)

PANCHO’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT, located in Downtown Summerlin, will honor ALL VETERANS AND ACTIVE-DUTY SERVICE MEMBERS WITH SPECIAL DISCOUNTS THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF MAY. To kick off the month, veterans and active-duty military service members who present a valid military ID will receive a 20 percent discount on Wednesday, May 1, as well as a 10 percent discount throughout May.

BEER PARK AT PARIS LAS VEGAS will kick off MILITARY APPRECIATION MONTH with a COMPLIMENTARY DRAFT BEER FOR ACTIVE AND RETIRED MILITARY PERSONNEL on Wednesday, May 1, as well as continue its military discount throughout the month of May. Veterans and active-duty service members who present a military ID will receive complimentary Budweiser draft beer on Wednesday, May 1.

THE VENETIAN RESORT LAS VEGAS will celebrate its 20TH ANNIVERSARY on May 3. To kick off the celebration, the resort will honor the more than 650 “Founders,” or current team members who have been employed at the resort since it opened in 1999.  Activities will include: Individual pictures of the Founders will be featured on exterior marquees at The Venetian, paying tribute to their 20-year service with the company. A photo of the group will be taken in the Waterfall Atrium in front of the LOVE installation. A special gala event, called the “Founders Ball,” will be held in their honor, later this summer.

In addition: All guests who ride The Venetian Gondola attraction, both indoor and outdoor, will receive a special namesake Venetian Rose as they step aboard on May 3. This custom variety of rose, with warm coco peach undertones and champagne hues, was specially bred to honor the Las Vegas resort, and was introduced to the floral community in 2015. Team members will surprise and delight guests at check-in on May 3 with special treats to commemorate the occasion.

THE DISTRICT AT GREEN VALLEY RANCH, a mixed-use shopping, dining and lifestyle center in the Las Vegas Valley, will host an evening filled with great wine, beer and food to raise awareness and funds to benefit SEEDS OF HOPE, a program of the SALVATION ARMY SOUTHERN NEVADA that aids the victims of human trafficking in reclaiming their lives. The center’s “Help for the Hopeless” event will take place Saturday, May 4th, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Main Street. Entertainment during the event will feature a series of local artists painting original works of art live and on-site. Event attendees will enjoy sampling food, wine and beers from a variety of restaurants and eateries at The District at Green Valley Ranch, including King’s Fish House, Elephant Bar, Shake Shack, Bella Vita, and P.F. Chang’s China Bistro. Shoppers who spend $100 or more at participating retailers will get a complimentary butterfly keychain to commemorate the occasion. Artwork created during the event will include original paintings by up-and-coming local artists. The theme for their work will be "survival." In addition to proceeds from ticket sales, each piece of art will be auctioned during the event with all proceeds from the art sales also benefiting Seeds of Hope. Tickets cost $25 each and can be purchased online at http://ow.ly/RctQ30ooWfC.

BEER PARK AT PARIS LAS VEGAS will host a ROOFTOP VIEWING PARTY FOR THE KENTUCKY DERBY starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 4. A trumpet player will sound the horn to start the races, known as “the most exciting two minutes of sports,” adding to the fanfare of some of the race day’s favorite traditions, including mint juleps, complimentary champagne, themed decor and Kentucky Hot Brown sandwiches. The popular bar and grill will show the highly-anticipated 145th annual Derby on dozens of high-definition TVs, with viewing available from every seat in the venue. Live betting will be available at the venue’s in-house sportsbook, one of just a few places in Las Vegas outside of casino sports books to offer live betting. BEER PARK offer complimentary glasses of Veuve Clicquot Champagne to the first 30 guests who arrive in derby attire and prizes to the guests who correctly guess the winning horse.

CSN FINE ARTS MUSIC PROGRAM presents AN AFTERNOON OF CLASSIC AND CONTEMPORARY JAZZ SELECTIONS which will include performances by all three of CSN’s talented instrumental jazz combo groups. In addition to CSN’s popular Jazz Singers, the Latin Jazz Combo will be performing. Gary Queen and Lindsey O’Connor will also be conducting two other jazz combos that are scheduled to perform. The concert will take place on Friday, May 5 at 2:00 p.m. in the Nicholas J. Horn Theatre at the North Las Vegas campus, located at 3200 E. Cheyenne Avenue in North Las Vegas.  General admission tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. For more information, call the PAC Box Office at 702-651-LIVE (5483).

NEVADA BALLET THEATRE (NBT) closes its 47th Performance Season at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts with the Las Vegas premiere of Septime Webre’s renowned Ballet, ALICE (IN WONDERLAND).  With an enhanced weekend performance schedule, tickets from $29 and up are available for four performances beginning Friday, May 3 through Sunday, May 5 and may be purchased by calling The Smith Center Box Office at (702) 749-2000.

THE NEVADA CONSERVATORY THEATRE (NCT) presents Heather Hach's LEGALLY BLONDE (based on the blockbuster movie starring Reese Witherspoon) May 3-12 in the Judy Bayley Theatre.Show Dates/Times are 7:30 p.m. May 3, 4, 10, and 11, 2 p.m. May 5 and 12. Tickets are priced at $28 - All seats. Discounts available.

After a year of dual performances in México and the U.S., CAMILA AND SIN BANDERA extend their “4LATIDOS” tour to play Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino for one night only on May 5, at 8 p.m. Noel Schajris and Leonel García, Mario Domm and Pablo Hurtado bring their talent together in 2019 for this dual tour. General ticket prices begin at $49, plus applicable tax and fees, and may be purchased in-person at the Planet Hollywood box office.

In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, PANCHO'S MEXICAN RESTAURANT, located in Downtown Summerlin, will host an ALL DAY FIESTA featuring mariachis, traditional Mexican food and tequila shots on Sunday, May 5. Pancho’s mariachi band will spice up the festivities throughout the cantina with traditional Mexican music for partygoers from noon to 5 p.m. Guests can enjoy Pancho’s signature Mexican dishes as well as Pancho’s Patrón Barrel Select Reposado tequila shots, priced at $6.95 each. From 2 to 5 p.m., guests can enjoy $3 off house and flavored margaritas, $3 off well cocktails and $3 off house wines.

Longtime musical collaborators and friends, VIOLINIST JOSHUA BELL, CELLIST STEVEN ISSERLIS AND PIANIST JEREMY DENK, will unite this spring 2019 for their first-ever trio tour to ten American cities, playing at THE SMITH CENTER in Las Vegas, 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 6. Tickets starting at $35.

THE DEPARTMENT OF FINE ARTS MUSIC PROGRAM presents an evening concert of dynamic performances featuring traditional favorites from CSN’S CONCERT BAND where Nevada audiences will be treated to pulsing classics by popular composers. The concert event will feature works by American composers Leroy Anderson, John Philip Sousa, Henry Mancini, Clifton Williams, and CSN student composer, Anthony Marentic. Dr. Rick McEnaney will be conducting CSN’s Concert Band which takes place on Tuesday, May 7th at 7:00 p.m. in the Nicholas J. Horn Theatre at the North Las Vegas campus. General Admission is $8.00 and $5.00 for students and seniors.  For more information or to purchase tickets, please call the CSN Box Office at 702-651-LIVE (5483). The CSN Performing Arts Center is located at 3200 East Cheyenne Avenue in North Las Vegas.

THE HUNGER GAMES: THE EXHIBITION, based on the world-renowned films from Lionsgate, is set to launch at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in May and features a new spectacular, fully-immersive archery training experience, as well as new interactives, set decoration and costumes. The previous tour of the exhibition included New York, San Francisco, Louisville and Sydney, Australia.

Upcoming or recent venue openings:

THE DISTRICT AT GREEN VALLEY RANCH, a mixed-use shopping, dining and lifestyle center in the Las Vegas Valley,  announced the addition of THE LOCAL, a 1,000-square-foot wine bar to be located between Bath & Body Works and Chico’s. The brainchild of Chris Connors and Li Hsun Sun, co-owners of the wildly successful Me Gusta Tacos fast-casual Mexican restaurant, and their partners, local realtor Randy Maher and his wife Amy Maher, The Local is expected to open at The District at Green Valley Ranch by mid-May.

Celebrity sightings:

Tuesday, April 23...

Grammy Award winning singer and songwriter Sarah McLachlan was spotted attending the 8 p.m. performance of ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace. Enjoying a night out on The Strip, the “Angel” singer was seen taking in ABSINTHE’s outlandish acts and hilarious antics during the and went backstage after the show for photos with The Gazillionaire.

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Sarah McLachlan Attends ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace - Photo credit: Joseph Sanders/Spiegelworld

Grammy Award-winner Marc Anthony attended at a performance of Zumanity by Cirque du Soleil at New York-New York Hotel & Casino.

Marc Anthony at Zumanity by Cirque du Soleil April 23 2019
Marc Anthony at Zumanity by Cirque du Soleil - Photo courtesy of Cirque du Soliel

Sunday, April 21...

Photographer and director Ellen von Unwerth was spotted attending the 10 p.m. performance of ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Enjoying a night out on The Strip, the erotic femininity focused photographer went backstage after the show for photos with The Gazillionaire and Green Fairy.

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Ellen von Unwerth Attends ABSINTHE - Photo credit: Alyssa Reamy/Spiegelworld

Saturday, April 20...

Actor Kevin McHale, widely known for his breakout role on FOX’s hit series “Glee” was spotted attending Las Vegas’ hottest production, Magic Mike Live at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Following the sizzling performance, McHale met with the cast for photos during a private meet and greet.

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Kevin McHale Attends MAGIC MIKE LIVE at Hard Rock Hotel Casino - Photo credit: MML Photography

Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer, was spotted attending the 8 p.m. performance of Absinthe at Caesars Palace. Enjoying a night out on The Strip, the “Deuces Are Wild” headliner went backstage after the show for a photo with The Gazillionaire and the alluring Green Fairy.

Joey Kramer attends ABSINTHE 4.20.19 Credit Joseph Sanders Spiegelworld Photography 1
Joey Kramer attends ABSINTHE - Photo credit: Joseph Sanders Spiegelworld Photography

Saturday afternoon, APRIL 21...

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Malcolm Subban made a surprise appearance at BEER PARK at Paris Las Vegas.

Malcolm Subban with BEER PARK Server
Malcolm Subban with BEER PARK Server - Photo courtesy of Beer Park

Friday, April 19...

Rob $tone was spotted at TAO Nightclub inside The Venetian. The rapper hung out in the DJ booth with Justin Credible, who made sure to spin some of his hits for the crowd.

Also at TAO was retired NFL great Jerry Rice, who partied with friends at a VIP table on the dance floor.

Wednesday, April 17...

Burlesque star Dita Von Teese was spotted attending Las Vegas’ hottest production, Magic Mike Live, at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Following the sizzling performance, the “queen of burlesque” met with the cast for photos during a private meet and greet.

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Dita Von Teese Attends MAGIC MIKE LIVE at Hard Rock Hotel Casino - PPhoto credit: MML Photography

Steven Tyler, lead singer of Las Vegas’ newest residency Aerosmith, was treated to a one-of-a-kind experience and performance of The Beatles™ LOVE by Cirque du Soleil at The Mirage Hotel & Casino. As a known Cirque du Soleil show enthusiast, Tyler was escorted to the show’s exclusive audio room where he listened to a few isolated tracks from the 120 songs used in the show’s soundtrack. Tyler also said hello to the cast and posed for photos with the vibrant characters.

Steven Tyler at The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil April 17 2019
Steven Tyler at The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil - Photo courtesy of Cirque du SOliel

Saturday, April 13...

Miss Nevada USA Tianna Tuamoheloa hosted an over-the-top party at Hyde Bellagio before leaving to compete for the crown during the 2019 Miss USA Pageant in Reno, NV.

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Miss Nevada USA Tianna Tuamoheloa With Cake at Hyde Bellagio - Photo courtesy of Hyde Bellagio

Friday, April 12...

Eden Sher dined at LAVO inside The Palazzo. The actress from ABC’s The Middle and a group of girls celebrated the bachelorette party of a friend. After dinner, they made their to Marquee Nightclub to continue the celebration, where they took in the sounds of DJ Markus Schulz from a VIP table. Saturday they commanded a cabana at Marquee Dayclub while Tritonal manned the decks, before hitting TAO Nightclub for DJ Vice.

They wrapped up the weekend with brunch at LAVO on Sunday.

Thursday, April 11...

Kevin Richardson, of pop juggernaut vocal group Backstreet Boys, was spotted attending the 10 p.m. performance OPIUM at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and went backstage after the show for a photo with the raucous crew of the OPM 73.

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Kevin Richardson Attends OPIUM - Photo credit: Marcus Skrinak Spiegelworld Photography

Tuesday, April 9...

Actress Jennifer Veal, best known for her YouTube channel “Lucas and Jenny,” was spotted attending the 10 p.m. performance of ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

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Jennifer Veal Attends ABSINTHE- Photo credit: Fabian Pino/Spiegelworld

Just days after debuting Aerosmith’s Las Vegas residency, the band's lead singer/frontman Steven Tyler caught a performance of KÀ by Cirque du Soleil at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, for the third time. After the show, he joined the cast backstage for a commemorative group photo.

Steven Tyler with the cast of KA by Cirque du Soleil April 9
Steven Tyler with the cast of KA by Cirque du Soleil - Photo courtesy of Cirque du SOliel

Monday, April 8...

Legendary supermodel and actress Christie Brinkley, currently starring as Roxie Hart in Chicago The Musical at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas, christend all-new bar with her Bellissima Prosecco at soon-to-be-open Smith & Wollensky inside Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas.

Smith Wollensky with Christie Brinkley with Bellissima Prosecco
Smith Wollensky with Christie Brinkley with Bellissima Prosecco

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and her husband, former Mayor Oscar Goodman were spotted sharing a sweet moment inside The Hangover Bar at Madame Tussauds. Sipping their signature cocktails (Carolyn enjoying a cosmopolitan and Oscar a gin martini with whole jalapeno), Mayor Goodman was showered with chocolates and flowers from her loving husband.

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Mayor Carolyn and Oscar Goodman at Madame Tussaudes - Photo courtesy of Madame Tussaudes

Saturday afternoon, April 6...

Kristinia DeBarge, best known for her hit single "Goodbye," which topped the Billboard charts and to date has over 6.8 million views on YouTube, celebrated the release of her newest venture, Krissy D Cosmetics, with a launch party at Beauty Kitchen Boutique in Boulder City, Nev. (just 25 min from the Las Vegas Strip).

Egypt Criss L and Kristinia DeBarge R all smiles at the Krissy D Cosmetics launch party at Beauty Kitchen Boutique
Egypt Criss L and Kristinia DeBarge R all smiles at the Krissy D Cosmetics launch party at Beauty Kitchen Boutique

Heather Marianna L and Kristinia DeBarge R at the Krissy D Cosmetics launch party at Beauty Kitchen Boutique
Heather Marianna L and Kristinia DeBarge R at the Krissy D Cosmetics launch party at Beauty Kitchen Boutique

Kristinia DeBarge looks gorgeous posing next to oversized bath tub filled with bath bombs at Krissy D Cosmetics launch party at Beauty Kitchen Boutique
Kristinia DeBarge looks gorgeous posing next to oversized bath tub filled with bath bombs at Krissy D Cosmetics launch party at Beauty Kitchen Boutique

Alongside popular TV personality and Beauty Kitchen CEO, Heather Marianna, (Bravo "Tour Group,)  DeBarge was greeted by hundreds of fans including one who flew in from Illinois just for the day, to be a part of the launch party festivities. Also celebrating was Egypt Criss (daughter of "Naughty by Nature" star, Treach, and Peppa of Salt & Peppa), star of "Growing Up Hip Hop," which DeBarge previously appeared alongside on for several seasons.

Friday, April 5...

Emmy Award-winning actor and director Steve Buscemi caught a performance of The Beatles™ LOVE™ byCirque du Soleil at The Mirage Hotel & Casino. 

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Steve Buscemi with the cast of Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil - Photo courtesy of Cirque du Soliel

CMT correspondent Marley Sherwood was spotted filming a commercial for Florida Georgia Line’s Old Camp Whiskey at Virgil’s Real Barbecue at The LINQ Promenade.

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Marley Sherwood at Virgils LV - Photo courtesy of the LINQ

Washington Redskin, Andrew East, who is expecting his first child with Olympic gymnast Shawn, dined with friends at TAO inside The Venetian. The group was celebrating a bachelor party and headed to the nightclub after dinner.

At TAO Nightclub, actress Kiirstin Leigh celebrated her birthday with Crazy Rich Asians cast members Chris Pang and Remy Hii.  The friends were spotted taking in the sounds of DJ Mike Attack from a VIP table as Leigh was presented with a giant cupcake in celebration.

Thursday, April 4...

Legendary rocker and spirits pioneer, Sammy Hagar, made an appearance at his very own Cabo Wabo Cantina, located inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

Just before making the official announcement of his new partnership in Los Santo with Emmy Award winning chef and restaurateur, Guy Fieri, later that day, Hagar arrived to Cabo Wabo in high spirits and mingled and took selfies with fans at the restaurant. Hagar sipped on his own spirit, Santo Puro Mezquila, the world’s first and only blend of tequila and mezcal, and discussed plans to launch a new tequila with Fieri, Santo Fino Blanco.


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