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Emanii Davis of Georgia Crowned Miss Earth USA 2019 at The National Competition

Miss Georgia Earth, Emanii Davis, was crowned Miss Earth USA 2019 at the national competition held at the South Point Hotel & Casino on Sunday, June 30. Davis will represent the USA at the international Miss Earth competition this fall in the Philippines.

The Miss Earth USA pageant was watched by over 100,000 viewers throughout the week, as more than 100 candidates took part in annual national competition activities held in Las Vegas for the first time.

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Miss Georgia Earth, Emanii Davis - Photo courtesy of Miss Earth USA

Davis, 25, is a law program graduate of DePaul University and is attending graduate school at Valdosta State University where she is pursuing a Master’s in School Counseling. She is co-chair of the Greenhouse Project and the founder of her own non-profit called Modern Enlightenment.

Managed by Carousel Productions of the Philippines, Miss Earth focuses on empowering women, promoting eco-tourism and aiding environmental causes around the globe. Nearly 100 delegates representing their nations will participate at the highly anticipated four-week competition in the Philippines, with the coronation taking place on October 12, 2019.

As Miss Earth USA, Davis aims to change the lives of children worldwide. Throughout her reign, she will travel extensively to visit schools, undergo Climate Reality leadership training with Al Gore, and aid rebuilding efforts in Puerto Rico. Additionally, she will model for corporate partners such as AshleyLauren and Pixton Design, and she will walk in New York Fashion Week.

Davis says the reason she competes in pageants is because “I love women empowerment. Being able to meet and learn from so many strong and amazing women is so impactful.” She adds that the women in the pageants are beautiful – inside and out.

While in Las Vegas for the multi-day pageant, Miss Earth USA state contestants posed for a photo at the famous Welcome To Las Vegas sign, participated in a swim suit showcase poolside at Citrus at the Downtown Grand and dedicated time to clean up for Flores Park in conjunction with Las Vegas Parks & Recreation, The Clean Earth Project and Garbo Grabber, Inc. 

The national competition included categories such as community service, interview, multimedia, swimwear, runway and evening gown. State delegates are selected through application and interview or by winning a state or regional pageant.

In addition to the crowing of the coveted title of Miss Earth USA the organization crowns four elemental titles for the runner-ups who will continue their advocacy in their respective communities. The results of the national competition were first runner up Miss Gulf Coast Libby Hill (Miss Earth Air USA), second runner up Miss Delaware Mia Jones (Miss Earth Water USA), third runner up Miss South Carolina Francie Evans (Miss Earth Fire USA) and fourth runner up Miss California Kirstin Bangs (Miss Earth ECO USA). The national director of Miss Earth USA is Laura Clark, owner of Beauty Beyond Borders, Inc.

“What an amazing experience the Miss Earth USA organization had in Las Vegas,” said Clark. “This was our first time holding the pageant here and the city exceeded our expectations. We are looking forward to returning next year and building new traditions in Las Vegas."

A special guest appearance was made by reigning Miss Earth 2018 Nguyen Phuong Khanh of Vietnam, making this her first visit to the USA.

Celebrated as one of the top three international pageants and known as the planet’s most relevant pageant, Miss Earth draws nearly 100 national representatives from six continents each year to compete at international festivities in the Philippines.

Recognized as a charitable organization with 501(c)3 status, the mission of Miss Earth USA is to provide a platform for America's women to be a voice for environmental responsibility, while featuring these impressive and driven young women in fashion, media and leadership opportunities.

Flights Lands on the Las Vegas Strip with Vip Grand Opening Celebration

FLIGHTS, the aviation-themed eatery, known for its tapas-style comfort food and one-of-a-kind cocktail program, celebrated the grand opening of its fifth location, and first outside of California, on Saturday, June 29. The restaurant, located inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, opened its doors to guests with an exclusive VIP affair featuring cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and live entertainment.

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Chef Kyle Kingrey and Alex Hult - Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

Alex Hult handing out drinks at the grand opening of FLIGHTS Las Vegas
Alex Hult handing out drinks at the grand opening of FLIGHTS Las Vegas - Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

Attendees included Gerry McCambridge, Lori Legacy of “Menopause the Musical,” Marc Savard, The Australian Bee Gees, Blonde Invasion, Crazy Girls, cast members from “V: The Ultimate Variety Show” and “Zombie Burlesque,” and Aussie Heat, who surprised guests with a “Top Gun”-inspired performance. Additional attendees included Mrs. Nevada Eve Dawes, Miss Silver State Teen Alyssa Fuller and Miss Tivoli Teen Tinley McWhorter.

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Aussie Heat Blonde Invasion Lori Legacy Gerry McCambridge and Marc Savard - Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

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Australian Bee Gees - Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

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Crazy Girls - Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

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Tenors of Rock - Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

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Zombie Burlesque - Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

Founded by restaurateur Alex Hult and his wife, Miss Nevada 2011 Sarah Hult, FLIGHTS features a delectable menu of offerings from Corporate Executive Chef Kyle Kingrey for guests to savor. The food and beverage options, served as a trio, or a “flight,” allow patrons to get a taste of the restaurant’s wide variety of offerings.

Signature flights showcase ingredients, such as ahi tuna, shrimp, French fries and more, and preparations including ceviche, skewers and salads served in three different styles. This unique culinary treatment allows guests to experience a multitude of flavors in a single dish. Shareable entrees, small bites, sides, and a build-your-own slider flight are also available, as well as delectable desserts including a beignet flight and a cheesecake flight.

FLIGHTS allows guests the opportunity to try their favorite cocktails three different ways, including daiquiris, frozen margaritas, martinis, mules, mojitos, cosmopolitans and old fashioneds, as well as beer, wine and spirit flights. Patrons can also partake in one of the restaurant’s specialty craft cocktails, such as the Aviation, with gin, crème de violette and luxardo; the Maverick, featuring bourbon, peach and balsamic; the Mile High with tequila, Campari and grapefruit, or the giant Miracle On The Hudson with Flights Rum, citrus and berry la croix.

Excellent food that is made for sharing, combined with flight attendant servers and aviation-themed decor, makes FLIGHTS a one-of-a-kind dining experience that is both delicious and entertaining. FLIGHTS is open daily from 9 a.m. to midnight.

Tropicana Las Vegas Raises $28,000 for Three Square Food Bank During ‘Summer Cookout Featuring Robert Irvine Event'

Tropicana Las Vegas celebrated the kick-off of the 13th installment Las Vegas Restaurant Week with its “Summer Cookout featuring Robert Irvine” on Thursday evening, June 13. In its third year, guests were invited to dine out for a cause at Robert Irvine’s Public House and helped raise $28,000 for Three Square Food Bank, providing more than 84,000 meals to food insecure residents of Southern Nevada.

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Summer Cookout Aaron Rosenthal, Robert Irvine, Brian Burton - Photo credit: Powers Imagery

“Each year the Summer Cookout at Tropicana Las Vegas continues to grow. Through the generosity of the many sponsors and guests at the event, we were able to raise nearly double our sponsorship dollars from last year,” said Aaron Rosenthal, General Manager of Tropicana Las Vegas. “Seeing members of the Las Vegas community come together to help raise over $86,000 in the past three years, providing 258,000 meals to those in need, is an amazing opportunity and we’re proud to be a part of.”

Guests celebrated the season with the ultimate dine-around experience with Chef Robert Irvine. Throughout the evening, guests indulged in a variety of specialty summer-inspired dishes and refreshing beverages, courtesy of Tropicana Las Vegas’ venues such as Oakville Steakhouse, Robert Irvine’s Public House, Red Lotus Asian Kitchen, and Trago Lounge.

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Summer Cookout Chef Cookoff Sliders - Photo credit: Powers Imagery

As the evening continued, there was a special live performance by one of the world’s greatest Frank Sinatra tribute artists from the acclaimed cast of ‘Legends in Concert.’ In addition, Robert Irvine’s Public House Executive Chef Kelsey Macstravic and Three Square Executive Chef Ryan Brown went head-to-head in the ultimate slider cookoff, and Chef Brown took the win with his delectable slider creation.

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Summer Cookout Chefs Ryan Brown and Robert Irvine - Photo credit: Powers Imagery

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Legends in Concert Frank Sinatra - Photo credit: Powers Imagery

"Summer Cookout is one of my favorite events of the year! It’s an absolute honor to have partnered with Three Square for the third year in a row,” said Chef Irvine. “This event is incredibly special to me and the fact that it benefits Three Square Food Bank makes it all worthwhile. I am thrilled at how many guests came out to celebrate the kick-off of Las Vegas Restaurant Week at Robert Irvine’s Public House inside Tropicana and look forward to continued success for years to come.”

Menu highlights for the evening included Wagyu beef sliders with a Public House sauce and micro watercress; hickory smoked dry rubbed baby back ribs with a Public House BBQ sauce; hamachi poke parfait with unagi sauce; baby tomato and creamy burrata with balsamic pearls; an assortment of mini pizzas; chocolate and orange pops, and more.

Proceeds from the evening benefited Three Square in its fight to eradicate hunger in Southern Nevada. Las Vegas Restaurant Week gives restaurants in the local community the opportunity to give back through the culinary arts. Since 2007, nearly 5 million meals have been provided for those struggling with hunger through the 12-day culinary event. Las Vegas Restaurant Week 2019 will run June 17 through June 28.

Frites Las Vegas Opens First Ever French Fry Concept on the Strip

FRITES LAS VEGAS, a food truck specializing in gourmet french fries opened for business on June 24 inside Excalibur Hotel & Casino’s Castle Walk Food Court. It is the first ever French fry concept to open on the strip and first original concept from Feel Good Brands, which has operated multiple franchises for more than 20 years in the Las Vegas valley.

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Frites - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

For those who love french fries, (and who doesn't?) and can even enjoy eating it as a main dish, this is for you, since Frites offers a variety of French fry entrees made with just the right amount of crunch on the outside and a creamy texture on the inside and topped with different sauces.

Original Frites and specialty frites are made with 100% beef tallow, which was the good ol’ way French fries were made when rendered beef fat was a staple of nearly every kitchen in America and was the “secret” ingredient to some of the world’s most popular French fries. That said, in addition to the Original Frites, Frites Las Vegas also offers vegetarian options using peanut oil, and for diners that are gluten sensitive or intolerant, I am happy to report the entire menu is gluten free.

The Frites Las Vegas menu features a variety of entrees to please every palette such as  Chips ‘N Dip including Deviled Egg Sauce with Thick Cut Potato Rounds, Castle Frites with Crispy Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Sour Cream & Chives on top of Stubby Frites Fries, Sausage Gravy Frites topped with Breakfast Sausage & Black Peppered Gravy on top of Stubby Frites Fries and Nacho Frites with Yellow Queso, Cotija Cheese, Jalapenos, Red Onion and Cilantro on top of Stubby Frites Fries. Of course, there is also Original Frites Fry, which can also be dressed up as the Everything Bagel Mix Frites or the Double Ketchup Frites; guests can also upgrade to Truffle Frites for a richer flavor.

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Frites menu - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Frites drink options - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Frites - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Frites - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Frites - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Frites - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Frites Root Beer Float - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Sauce toppings include the classics like Frites Fry Sauce and Spoor’s favorite, Buttermilk Ranch, to more Specialty Sauces such as Thai Chili, Deviled Egg, Nacho Cheese and Aji Crema. The sweet side of the menu allows guests to crunch into Churro-style Crinkle Cut Sweet Potato Fries with Whipped Malted Nutella Cream made with Coconut Oil or cool off with a Root Beer Float.

With so many options and flavors of fries to choose from Frites Las Vegas aims to provide customers with an exceptional french fry experience.

Frites Las Vegas is open daily Sunday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m. – midnight and Friday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Steve Aoki Celebrates Worldwide Premiere of new Viva Vision Light Show at Fremont Street Experience

Two-time GRAMMY Award-nominated record producer, DJ, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Steve Aoki, celebrated the official worldwide premiere of his new Viva Vision light and sound show at Fremont Street Experience On June 13.

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Steve Aoki takes over Fremont Street Experience to celebrate the worldwide premiere of his Viva Vision light show - Photo credit: Black Raven Films

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Fremont Street Experience unveils all new Viva Vision light show featuring chart topping hits from Steve Aoki - Photo credit: Black Raven Films

During the event, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman welcomed guests alongside President and CEO of Fremont Street Experience Patrick Hughes, who thanked the City of Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Conventions and Visitors Authority and their property partners for their hard work and dedication to exceeding all expectations with the first phase of the $32 million renovation to the iconic Viva Vision screen in Downtown Las Vegas. Shortly after, Steve Aoki made his grand entrance and flew high above the crowd on the SlotZilla zipline to Main Street Stage while excited spectators watched from below.

Following the daring display, Fremont Street Experience gave visitors a first glimpse of the upgraded canopy and unveiled the captivating, six-minute musical montage featuring Aoki’s top hits “Delirious,” “Azukita” and “Waste It On Me.” Later, partygoers went wild as the electro house trailblazer took over the turntables and delivered a high-powered set, hyping up fans with his signature sounds and undeniable onstage aura.

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Fremont Street Experience presents Steve Aoki with a special cake to celebrate the debut of his all new Viva Vision light show - Photo credit: Black Raven Films

Renovations to the city-owned Viva Vision canopy, which will be completed for the unveiling on New Year’s Eve 2019, are being done in sections to ensure visitors can enjoy the light shows throughout the entire process. Steve Aoki’s free light and sound show will run seven days a week and rotate with existing shows from artists such as The Chainsmokers, Green Day, Imagine Dragons, The Killers, Tiesto and more.

Additional recent and upcoming 'happenings' in and around Las Vegas include.

The iconic Vegas dinner show, MARRIAGE CAN BE MURDER begins a year-long ‘killebration’ at the D Las Vegas on July 3, in honor of 20 years of performances for the interactive, comedy, murder-mystery dinner show.
The Vegas-born show was created by married couple Jayne and Eric Post. It started at the former Showboat Hotel and Casino, and moved to the Egg & I, before relocating to downtown Las Vegas in 2008 where it currently performs nightly at the D Las Vegas. Marriage Can Be Murder will reach its 6,000 show performance in September 2019.  
The Posts write new scripts every three months and hosts auditions for new actors so the audience and the murderer remain a mystery, even for returning guests. Because of this, many Las Vegas performers and actors have graced the stage at Marriage Can Be Murder.

Marriage Can Be Murder currently has two promotions active, and future promotions to be announced during its year-long celebration. Summer of Laughs 25% off ticket purchase with code Summer19 at ivorystar.com $20++ tickets for Nevada residents with limited seating, and valid on 20th of each month from July 2019 to June 2020. Purchase tickets by calling 702-388-2111.

Marriage Can Be Murder performances are at 6:30 p.m. nightly at the D Las Vegas.

Read Jacqueline Monahan's review of “Marriage Can Be Murder” mystery/dinner show in the latest edition of her column “About The Town”.

Proudly hailing from St. Louis, SCOTT BERRY went with his gut instinct this past January as he placed a $400 bet at the Paris Las Vegas sportsbook on the St. Louis Blues to win the 2019 Stanley Cup, even at their current 250-1 odds and ranking last in the league. Fast forward to Tuesday, June 18, Berry made a special return trip to the Paris Las Vegas sportsbook to collect his winnings of $100,400. To sweeten the deal, Berry also encouraged fellow St. Louis friend, BRANDON CHAPEL, to place the same bet. Chapel followed Berry’s conviction and support of the Blues and placed a $200 wager. Joining Berry in collecting his winnings was Chapel, who also had a generous amount of $50,200 to collect.  This was the first Stanley Cup in the franchise’s 52-year existence. Both Berry and Chapel are extremely excited with the outcome, but more so excited and proud of their St. Louis Blues.

On Friday, June 21, THE MILLIONAIRE PROGRESSIVE AT THE VENETIAN RESORT LAS VEGAS crowned yet another winner. The LATEST WINNER, SEAN BARRY from Ohio, was seated at a Three Card Poker table at The Venetian Resort when buona fortuna dealt him a club royal flush to win $1,010,155.

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Sean Barry The Millionaire Progressive Winner - Photo courtesy of The Venetian Las Vegas

One lucky Arizona native hit big at the AQUARIUS CASINO RESORT, located at 1900 South Casino Dr. in Laughlin, Nev., with a $270,844.54 win on Sunday, June 16. The winner, CHRISTA F. from San Tan Valley, Ariz., found her win while playing Pink Diamond Wheel of Fortune, a 25-cent machine, after wagering just $1.25.

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Christa Pink, Diamond Wheel of Fortune Winner at the Aquarius Casino Resort - Photo courtesy of Aquarius Casino Resort

Celebrated LOCAL CHILDREN'S AUTHOR,, C.A. HARTNELL, has been honored as the Gold Award Recipient by Mom’s Choice Awards for her Vintage Activity and Coloring Book, Skypark at Santa’s Village.  Honored for excellence in family-friendly media, products and services for the Juvenile Book category (ages 5-8), Skypark at Santa’s Village takes children on a blast to the past throughout the activity book with loads of nostalgic, 1950’s-era coloring pages and fun, engaging activities, including following a map through the original Santa’s Village.

At the 50th running of the WORLD SERIES OF POKER (WSOP), which is taking place at the Rio All Suite Hotel, more players than ever before have come to participate.  Through 66 events, the WSOP has already shattered the attendance record, as 147,334 entrants have played in WSOP gold bracelet events.  That is already 19% above last year’s record of 123,865 – and there are still 24 events remaining.  In fact, this year’s participation exceeds the first 36 years of the WSOP combined!

JUHL, a 344–residence, loft-style community that spans an entire city block in downtown Las Vegas and known for its flexible floor plans and industrial chic design aesthetic, announces its next featured artist of its ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM, now in its sixth installment. Atlanta-based community leader, painter and entrepreneur OKEEBA JUBALO, will live and work at Juhl in Downtown Las Vegas from June 29 – August 6. Jubalo, best known as a visionary pioneer for the advancement of African American art and business in Atlanta, will host a visual arts and spoken word performance at Classic Jewel, a downtown cocktail lounge located on the ground floor of Juhl, 353 E. Bonneville Ave., 89101, on July 30 from 6 to 9 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

The famed attraction, MADAME TUSSAUDS, located inside the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas, welcomes its newest celeb, GRAMMY Award-winning artist DRAKE, in a fully interactive set. Giving a nod to the ever-popular video “Hotline Bling,” Drake makes his home in Madame Tussauds’ music room and is looking more stylish than ever in his signature OVO sweatshirt, jeans, Timberlands, and don’t forget that Rolex! (relax…it’s an imitation).

PEACHY, one of nine Chilean flamingos that reside in the WILDLIFE HABITAT AT FLAMINGO LAS VEGAS, got to “party like a flockstar” for his 21 BIRTHDAY I. Just in time for national Pink Flamingo Day on June 23, the Chilean flamingo celebrated with flamingo-friendly treats and was presented with a multi-tier faux flamingo-themed birthday cake among the Instagram-worthy scenery. To further celebrate Peachy and Pink Flamingo Day, guests can enjoy a special Pink Flamingo cocktail at Bird Bar inside Flamingo Las Vegas now through July 31. Featuring Barefoot Rosé and New Amsterdam peach vodka with a splash of soda, the $10 drink is topped with signature pink flamingo gummies and a special flamingo stir stick.

THE DOWNTOWN GRAND HOTEL & CASINO, has announced the launch of THE SPARE ROOM featuring live comedy weekly with Don Barnhart’s HYPNOMANIA, an  interactive, and improvisational hypnosis show, and DELIRIOUS STAND-UP COMEDY ,starring a rotating lineup of the best comedians on tour. The Spare Room (Latin for "wasn't being used") represents the first-ever showroom in the near 6-year history of the property and features two shows so funny you’ll lose your mind every Wednesday-Sunday at 7 p.m. and 9 pm. Tickets are on sale now starting $29.99 and available in person at Downtown Grand Box office.

In putting together the cast for ATOMIC SALOON SHOW, which opens at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort in September, Madam Boozy Skunkton has just engaged an ITALIAN ACROBAT who would definitely be on the hard side of al dente in any spaghetti western. Known ‘round these parts as the Abdominal Outlaw, the Italian stallion who forgoes a six-shooter for a six-pack, is infamous around the world for hold-ups, push-ups, sit-ups, and for stealing hearts wherever he goes. With an international cast of comic actors, variety acts, and acrobats, ATOMIC SALOON SHOW will take audiences back to the Wild West as it never was. Ensuring she can oversee the day-to-day wrangling of her band of misfits, Boozy Skunkton has enlisted the assistance of Spiegelworld and Britain’s leading comedy director Cal McCrystal to create the new show that’s envisioned as “Blazing Saddles” meets “America’s Got Talent” meets “A Night at the Roxbury”… did anyone even see that movie? LAS VEGAS PREVIEW PERFORMANCES BEGIN SEPT. 8, 2019. ATOMIC SALOON SHOW will perform Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m., Thursday through Sunday at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., with no shows on Wednesday.

Nevada’s premier water park, WET 'N WILD LAS VEGAS is offering a SPECIAL DEAL FOR STUDENTS. Now – Sept. 2 Students K-12 who receive straight A’s will receive a one-time complimentary entry by showing their year-end report card at the ticket window.

In celebration of 4,500 performances of ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace, there will be a FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR above the Las Vegas Strip Just before the 10 p.m. milestone performance, The Gazillionaire will illuminate the night sky with more fireworks than China could produce for such an occasion. The presentation will culminate above the center-Strip Spiegeltent at 9:15 p.m. and satellite presentations produced by longtime fans and supporters of the award-winning show may be seen across the valley throughout the evening.

FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE continues to transcend Las Vegas entertainment boundaries with an unprecedented 4th of July performance by GRAMMY-nominated country music group, ELI YOUNG BAND on Thursday, July 4. Known for their chart-topping hits “Crazy Girl,” “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” and “Love Ain’t,” the ACM Award-winning sensations will take the stage for a full-length concert in downtown Las Vegas as part of the six-block entertainment district’s free Downtown Rocks concert series.

The ladies of FANTASY, Luxor Hotel and Casino’s award-winning adult revue, will offer FREE GIFTS AND DISOUNTED TICKETS TO VETERANS AND ACTIVE-DUTY MILITARY MEMBERS attending the 10:30 p.m. show Thursday, July 4. Military personnel, both veterans and active, will be offered a 50 percent discount on tickets for the Fourth of July show, as well as complimentary 2019 “The Golden Goddesses of FANTASY” calendars. Audience members will be treated to a patriotic performance by lead singer Lorena Peril to honor the military attendees. Following the Fourth of July performance, all guests who present a ticket stub from that night’s show at the merchandise stand will receive a complimentary calendar. All audience members will be invited to meet the FANTASY cast, as well as have an opportunity for autographs and photos. The calendar, regularly priced at $20, is available for purchase at various retail locations throughout Luxor including the Atrium Showroom and on FANTASY’s website. Tickets are available for purchase at any Luxor box office.

M RESORT SPA CASINO lights up the sky with a FESTIVE FIREWORK DISPLAY choreographed to music in honor of Independence Day Thursday, July 4 at 9 p.m. Guests can view the fireworks from the M Pool deck after enjoying a special Fourth of July holiday menu at Studio B Buffet and holiday-themed casino promotions throughout the resort.

BEER PARK at Paris Las Vegas will host a ROOFTOP CELEBRATION featuring Fourth of July cocktails this Independence Day, all day on Thursday, July 4. The popular rooftop bar and grill will be offering incredible views of the Las Vegas Strip fireworks show beginning at 9 p.m., along with specialty cocktails and a roaming hot dog cart.

CAESARS PALACE will host an EXTRAVAGANT FIREWORK DISPLAY on Thursday, July 4, beginning at approximately 9:15 p.m.

HOFBRAUHAUS LAS VEGAS will continue its year-long initiative to raise funds and awareness for the LAS VEGAS METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT FOUNDATION on Tuesday, July 9 with this month’s edition of #GoTrueBlue Tuesday. The monthly event gives patrons the opportunity to round up for charity and proceeds from the day’s specialty dish go directly to the campaign, which recognizes and supports officers who, day-in and day-out, work hard to keep the Las Vegas community safe. This July, Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas and the LVMPD Foundation will celebrate the Women of Metro.

THE DISTRICT AT GREEN VALLEY RANCH invites the community to attend a SUMMER CONCERT featuring talented local progressive rock musician MIKEY TUCKER, July 13th: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The performance is part of the center’s summer concert series which will feature a different artist each Friday and Saturday evening June 1st through August 31st. Concerts are FREE and open to the public. Performances Held in the Courtyard off Main Street, 2225 Village Walk Drive in Henderson.

XAVIER MORTIMER'S MAGICAL DREAM at Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino will offer complimentary VIP upgrades to guests wearing France’s national colors on Sunday, July 14, in honor of Bastille Day in Mortimer’s home country of France. The spellbinding production will offer COMPLIMENTARY VIP UPGRADES to all guests purchasing general admission tickets at the box office who are wearing red, white and blue. Xavier Mortimer’s Magical Dream performs at 6 p.m. Friday through Wednesday, with tickets starting at $49 for general admission and $69 for VIP, excluding tax and box office fees.

AHMED WEINBERG, a Los Angeles-based comedian from Philadelphia, takes the stage at BONKERZ COMEDY AT TOPGOLF LAS VEGAS Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27. Doors for Topgolf Laughs open at 8 p.m. and show time is 9 p.m. All shows are 18+ show only and all seating is general admission. Tickets can be purchased aT TopGolf.com

BROOKLYN BOWL LAS VEGAS has announced a new ongoing concert series and craft beer festival in partnership with Motley Brews. The first of this series, dubbed the REEL BIG BEER & BOWLING FEST, will take place on Saturday, July 27, at 6 p.m. and will feature craft beer tastings from more than 30 of Las Vegas’ favorite breweries, washed down with performances by pop-punk favorites Mest at 7 p.m, ska punk band Reel Big Fish at 8:45 p.m., and aptly-named rockers Bowling for Soup at 10:15 p.m.  The craft beer festival portion will run from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. (6 p.m. for Club Level attendees) and will feature unlimited tastings from a selection of local and regional breweries expertly curated by Motley Brews, accompanied by live music. More than 30 breweries will be posted up throughout the venue, with a couple exclusive options located in the upstairs Club Level section.  General admission to Reel Big Beer & Bowling Fest is $45 and is for ages 21+. Club Level entry is $85 and will include early access to the beer tasting, exclusive beer tastings, a limited-edition concert poster, open bowling and more.

ILIZA SHLESINGER will bring her impressive style of relatable comedy back to the ACES OF COMEDY Series Saturday, Nov. 30 at 10 p.m. Tickets to see America’s favorite ‘elder millennial’ perform inside TERRY FATOR THEATRE AT THE MIRAGE HOTEL & CASINO went on sale Friday, June 21.

GUNS N’ ROSES is bringing their outrageously successful Not In This Lifetime Tour back to the U.S this fall – and for the first time in 2019. With fans hungry for more GNR, today the band revealed eight new dates across the United States, including two back-to-back nights at THE COLOSSEUM AT CAESARS PALACE Nov. 1 and 2. The shows are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Tickets starting at $149 go on sale to the general public starting Friday, June 21 at 10 a.m. PT in-person at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace box office.

The top-selling female country artist of all-time, SHANIA TWAIN, is returning to the Las Vegas Strip with Shania Twain “Let’s Go!” The Las Vegas Residency, opening at ZAPPOS THEATER at PLANET HOLLYWOOD on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. Tickets go on sale to the public starting Friday, June 21. General ticket prices begin at $60 plus applicable tax and fees, and may be purchased in-person at the Planet Hollywood box office. All shows begin at 8 p.m.

Two of the biggest names in hip-hop – MEEK MILL AND FUTURE – will be hitting the road together for the first time this fall on their co-headline Legendary Nights Tour. They will be joined by a star-studded lineup of special guests including YG AND MUSTARD. The 24-city outing will wrap in Las Vegas Saturday, Oct. 5 at MANDALAY BAY EVENTS CENTER. The show is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Tickets ranging in price from $29.50 to $199.50 (not including applicable service charges or fees) go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, June 21.

NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” Season 13 Top 10 Finalist, DANIEL EMMET, will headline an exclusive six-night limited engagement, Daniel Emmet: All That I Am on the Las Vegas Strip at Caesars Palace Aug. 25-26; Sept. 1, Sept. 6, and Sept. 22-23, 2019 at 8 p.m. Tickets for DANIEL EMMET: ALL THAT I AM go on sale Monday, July 1 at 10 a.m. PT. Tickets are available at any Las Vegas Caesars Entertainment Box Office. General admission tickets are available for $59, or preferred seating is available for $79, plus applicable tax and fees. A meet and greet/photo opportunity is available with Daniel for $29 with the purchase of a ticket.

Additional Recent and Upcoming Venue Openings:

A new EINSTEIN BROS. BAGELS restaurant opened Monday, July 24, inside EXCALIBUR HOTEL & CASINO'S CASTL WALK FOOD COURT Castle Walk Food Court, bringing to The Strip a casual eatery where guests can grab a quick bite, with all-day breakfast and lunch options.
To celebrate the opening, Feel Good Brands collaborated with the team at Einstein Bros.® Bagels to roll out an exclusive bagel sandwich – the All Knighter. That pays homage to home hotel, Excalibur Hotel & Casino, and is only available at new location through July 31.

WELCOME TO LAS VEGAS GIFT SHOP by Marshall Retail Group is now open on the casino floor adjacent to the William Hill Sports Book inside The STRAT Hotel, Casino and SkyPod. The newly opened shop is home to some of the city’s most popular souvenirs for both tourists and locals alike.

Celebrity sightings:

Thursday, June 27...

Kix Brooks, one half of the Grammy Award-winning country duo Brooks & Dunn, was spotted attending the 8 p.m. performance of OPIUM at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. After the show he went backstage for a photo with Dusty Moonboots and Rob the Robot of the OPM 73 crew.

Kix Brooks Attends OPIUM 6.27.19 Marcus SkrinakSpiegelworld
Kix Brooks Attends OPIUM Photo credit: Marcus Skrinak/Spiegelworld

Monday, June 24...

Tana Mongeau celebrated her proper 21st birthday Monday night at TAO Las Vegas surrounding by family and friends and new fiancé Jake Paul. After dinner the group made their way to  Marquee Nightclub, where the newly minted 21 year old immediately started dancing to the sounds of Sam Feldt, before being surprised with a huge birthday celebration and a kiss from her fiancé. Jake later hit the Marquee stage where he received a quick DJ Lesson from DJ Lema.

Tana Mongeau Jake Paul MarqueeLV 6.24.19
Tana Mongeau Jake Paul Marquee LV - Photo credit: Global Media Group

Sunday night, June 23...

Flo Rida and a large group of friendsdined at Beauty & Essex inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Friday, June 21...

Former Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki was spotted attending the 8 p.m. performance of ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace. In town to celebrate his birthday with a large group of friends which included, former NBA standout and Dallas Mavericks’ President of Basketball Operations Michael Finely, Nowitzki and Finely could be seen taking in ABSINTHE’s outlandish acts and hilarious antics.

Dirk Nowitzki and Michael Finely attend ABSINTHE 6.21.19 Credit Alyssa Reamy Spiegelworld Photography
Dirk Nowitzki and Michael Finely attend ABSINTHE - Photo credit: Alyssa Reamy/Spiegelworld Photography

Wednesday, June 19...

Tabitha D’umo, one-half of the married choreographing duo Nappytabs, best known for their work on So You Think You Can Dance, was spotted attending the 8 p.m. performance of Opium at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and went backstage after the show for a photo with the crew of the starship OPM 73.

Tabitha Dumo Attends OPIUM 6.19.19 Marcus SkrinakSpiegelworld
Tabitha Dumo Attends OPIUM - Photo credit: Marcus Skrinak/Spiegelworld

Sunday, June 16...

Lineal heavyweight champion and famed ‘Gypsy King,’ Tyson Fury, celebrated his win at the globally acclaimed pool party, WET REPUBLIC Ultra Pool at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. Fury arrived at the popular dayclub around 2 p.m. with a crew of 15.

Boxing Champion Tyson Fury and St. Louis Blues Stanley Cup Winner Robert Bortuzzo with Famed Trophy at WET REPUBLIC Ultra Pool in Las Vegas on June 16 Photo Credit Wolf Productions
Boxing Champion Tyson Fury and St. Louis Blues Stanley Cup Winner Robert Bortuzzo with Famed Trophy at WET REPUBLIC Ultra Pool in Las Vegas Photo credit: Wolf Productions

Tyson Fury Addresses the Crowd at His Official After Party at Hakkasan Nightclub Inside MGM Grand Hotel Casino Photo Credit Wolf Productions
Tyson Fury Addresses the Crowd at His Official After Party at Hakkasan Nightclub Inside MGM Grand Hotel Casino - Photo credit: Wolf Productions

In a near VIP bungalow, the new 2019 Stanley Cup champions, the St. Louis Blues, marked the end of their 52-year wait with team chants and by drinking out of the iconic Stanley Cup trophy.
Later in the afternoon, Fury and the St. Louis Blues joined forces, congratulating each other on the epic win and posing for photos. The champions partied the day away, dancing to sounds by resident artist Party Favor.

Saturday, June 15...

"90 Day Fiance" star, Larissa Lima, arrived hand-in-hand to her Beauty Kitchen collaboration party alongside boyfriend, Eric Foster,  at Beauty Kitchen Boutique.

Friday, June 14...

Following the UFC fight between Tyson Fury and Tom Schwarz, actor Sean Astin, well known for his title role in the 1993 film, “Rudy”; and “Lord of the Rings” character, Sam, dined at Morton Group’s CRUSH, located inside MGM Grand Las Vegas.

Rick Harrison, of Pawn Stars fame, was spotted attending the 10 p.m. performance of ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace with his wife and daughters. He went backstage after the show for a photo with The Gazillionaire and the enchanting Green Fairy.

Rick Harrison Attends ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace 6.14.19 Josheph SandersSpiegleworld
Rick Harrison Attends ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace - Photo credit: Josheph Sanders/Spiegleworld

The View co-host Meghan McCain was seen attending the new hit show OPIUM at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. While taking in the laugh-out-loud space odyssey’s intergalactic antics, McCain was spotted onstage during the show as a volunteer assistant for the sword-swallowing Rear Admiral Todd Vader. After the show, McCain went backstage for photos with the crew of the starship OPM 73.

Meghan McCain Attends OPIUM 6.14.19 Marcus SkrinakSpiegelworld
Meghan McCain Attends OPIUM - Photo credit: Marcus Skrinak/Spiegelworld

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