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Donny & Marie Osmond Honored With The Keys To The Las Vegas Strip

Friday afternoon, August 23, Donny & Marie Osmond were honored with the Key to the Las Vegas Strip. Clark Commission Chairwoman Marilyn Kirkpatrick and Caesars Entertainment CEO Tony Rodio recognized the duo for their immense contributions to the entertainment landscape of the city via their celebrated 11-year residency at Flamingo Las Vegas.

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Donny & Marie Osmond Honored With The Keys To The Las Vegas Strip - Photo credit: Denise Truscello

Before an ecstatic crowd inside The LINQ Promenade, Donny & Marie thanked the city of Las Vegas, Caesars Entertainment and, of course, their fans for their love and support throughout their time as headliners at Flamingo Las Vegas. True to form, Donny & Marie’s banter led to a playful dispute over who would take home the ceremonial key, ending in a rock, paper, scissors game.

What began as a six-week concert engagement ended up being so well received that by popular demand, the residency was extended again and again. After more than 1,600 performances, Donny & Marie will take their final bow at Flamingo on Nov. 16.

Donny & Marie perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday in the Donny & Marie Showroom at Flamingo Las Vegas, with post-show meet and greet packages available every night except Saturday. Tickets range in price from $95 - $262 (additional service fees apply) and are available at any Las Vegas Caesars Entertainment Box Office.

Pop Up Phenom Happy Place Debuts Las Vegas Residency at Mandalay Place

Following sold out runs in Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto and Boston, HAPPY PLACE, an interactive, immersive pop-up experience with larger-than-life installations and multi-sensory themed rooms, is now open at its newest location in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. On a mission to spread happiness across the world, “the most Instagrammable pop-up in America” (Urban Daddy) has helped people of all ages “find their happy” while exploring multiple vibrant rooms.

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Happy Place - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

HAPPY PLACE was joyfully welcomed to Las Vegas with a grand opening event on Thursday, Aug. 22, that was attended by local celebrities including Adam London, David Goldrake, Hans Klok, Jabbawockeez, Marc Savard and Xavier Mortimer, as well as the casts of Australian Bee Gees, FANTASY, FRIENDS! the Musical Parody, Legends in Concert, Tenors of Rock, Thunder From Down Under, X Burlesque, X Country and X Rocks. Invited guests were treated to bites and beverages provided by House of Blues.

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Happy Place - Photo credit: Lexi Colvin

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Cast of Friends: The Musical Parody at Happy Place - Photo credit: Lexi Colvin

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Magician Xavier Mortimer at Happy Place - Photo credit: Lexi Colvin

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Jabbawockeez at Happy Place - Photo credit: Lexi Colvin

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FANTASY at Happy Place - Photo credit: Lexi Colvin

Spanning15,000 square feet, HAPPY PLACE is packed with colorful, playful spaces and cheerful moments including a Super Bloom room filled with 40,000 handmade gold flowers, an Upside Down room that defies gravity and bends reality, six-foot tall X’s and O’s covered in thousands of mirrored squares and surrounded by red lips, the World’s Largest Indoor Confetti Dome, a Giant Rainbow complete with a Pot of Happiness to jump into, the signature Rubber Ducky Bathtub of Fun, the wildly popular Cookie Room, which is like stepping inside of your favorite chocolate chip cookie complete with the aroma of fresh baked cookies, the just added life-size Unicorn named Cornelius, plus other photo-friendly fantasy rooms. Las Vegas’ HAPPY PLACE also adds special features and art unique to the town.

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Happy Place - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

With the perfect background to countless once-in-a-lifetime moments, HAPPY PLACE offers a extraordinary whimsical experience for groups of all sizes and ages, from birthday parties to date night to bachelorette parties. The pop-up has been the site of over a dozen marriage proposals and promposals plus hundreds of first dates and private parties.

HAPPY PLACE at Mandalay Bay also features its charity Lemonade Stand with net proceeds benefitting local charities. To date, HAPPY PLACE has donated over $100,000 to local groups in the four cities it has resided in.

The inspiration behind HAPPY PLACE comes from its founder, Jared Paul, who is on a journey to raise his children surrounded by positivity and joy. “HAPPY PLACE exists to provide an oasis for people of all ages and backgrounds to come together and embrace moments of happiness in their everyday lives. It’s been incredible to see all of the smiles created and lives it has touched so far,” said Jared Paul, Founder of Happy Place. “I am thrilled that we are coming to Las Vegas, which is already full of so much joy and HAPPY. I look forward to seeing how the city will express itself using HAPPY PLACE!”

“Las Vegas is home to the biggest residency artists in the world, who bring so much joy to thousands of guests each year,” said Kurt Melien, president of Live Nation Las Vegas. “I cannot think of a better complement to these shows and a more perfect addition to the Las Vegas entertainment landscape than HAPPY PLACE!”

HAPPY PLACE is open Monday through Sunday: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.  General admission tickets start at $30 plus additional fees.

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

Pet lovers from all over the world gathered under one roof at Mandalay Bay Convention Center the week of August 19 for SUPERZOO 2019, North America's largest pet industry trade show. Produced by the World Pet Association (WPA) SuperZoo showcases 1,200 exhibitors and thousands of pet brands from around the globe displaying their newest developments and hottest trends for pets in 2019 and beyond to more than 9,000 global attendees. Only there were you able to experience all of what the pet industry has to offer, and learn about this year's highly anticipated launches, ranging in categories from grooming and lifestyle, to edibles and more!

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Multi-platinum recording artist and international superstar MARTIN NIEVERA and multi-entertainer and international judge for the CBS talent show, “The World’s Best,” FILIPINA “CONCERT QUEEN” POPS FERNANDEZ made their sold out Labor Day Weekend performance at M Resort Spa Casino an extra special family affair. Currently on their “Two-gether Again 2019” Tour, which may be their final US tour together, on Sunday, September 1, the talented pair surprised the crowd at their M concert by bringing all three of their sons, Robin Nievera, Ram Nievera and Santino Nievera, on stage to perform together as a family.

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Martin Nievera Pops Fernandez - Photo credit: Richard Brian Photography

This Labor Day Weekend kicked off with a bang for ANTHONY KLOSOWSKI OF SOUTH MILWAUKEE, WI as he hit the LET IT RIDE PROGRESSIVE JACKPOT AT BIRD BAR AT FLAMINGO LAS VEGAS the evening of Thursday, Aug. 29, resulting in a win of $1,323,251. Klosowski, long-time fan of the Let It Ride game and lover of the Flamingo Las Vegas, plays every time he visits Las Vegas. He couldn’t believe that he won, but had his good luck charm by his side, his wife. When asked for any advice to give to future players, Klosowski says, “Don’t give up.”

This season saw major changes for professional baseball in Las Vegas, and those accomplishments were recognized in the 2019 year-end awards from ballparkdigest.com, with LAS VEGAS BALLPARK NAMED BALLPARK OF THE YEAR and the LAS VEGAS AVIATORS NAMED TEAM OF THE YEAR. This year’s selection of both Las Vegas Ballpark and the Las Vegas Aviators for major citations make history in the annual Ballpark Digest Awards: It’s the first time an organization has snared both awards in a single year.

NEVADA BALLET THEATRE (NBT) has announced that country pop icon SHANIA TWAIN will serve as the Company’s 2020 ‘WOMAN OF THE YEAR,’ an honor that will be celebrated among hundreds of local arts supporters, community leaders and dignitaries at NBT’S BLACK & WHITE BALL, on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Caesars Palace. This distinction follows shortly after the December 6, 2019 opening of Twain’s highly-anticipated residency, Shania Twain “Let’s Go!” The Las Vegas Residency at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

DISCOVERY CHILDREN’S MUSEUM has partnered with Zappos and its resident artist, MIGUEL HERNANDEZ, to create a HAND-PAINTED MURAL FOR THE NEW CREATIVE EXHIBIT, DISCOVERY LAB. The new mural is inspired by the museum’s welcoming, vibrant, and inclusive environment where all are invited to engage in playful and educational experiences that ignite a lifelong love of learning. The project, which began a few weeks ago, is slated to be completed on Friday, Sept. 6, is being hand painted by Hernandez during museum hours for visitors to watch and inspire the mural design.Museum guests and spectators who are interested in watching the mural painting at the DISCOVERY Lab are encouraged to watch.

Industry veteran and renowned hip hop chronicler RASAR AMANI (FRONT MAN OF LAS VEGAS' OWN, THE LIQUE) brings music history to The WRITER'S BLOCK EVENT SPACE IN DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS with the Introduction of "THE VINYL TAKE W/ RASAR AMANI" presented in tandem by The Writer's Block Book and Coffee Shop and The Lucy, a first-of-its-kind creative community in Downtown Las Vegas. The needle on this all-new performance and discussion showcase begins September 6th at 6 p.m and will be held every First Friday of the Month. Show is free for all ages. This month Amani welcomes fellow MC and Las Vegas native Ekoh as his first guest. Branded with the label of HEART HOP by loyal fans, his emotional lyrics and high-energy shows have helped to raise his profile beyond city limits and earn the respect of fellow artists and peers within the hip hop community. The two will share the stage in the name of culture and take a deeper look at one of their most personally and professionally impactful albums.

BIG BLUES BENDER, the 6th annual, only-in-Vegas hotel takeover at the HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO will host ONE NIGHT ON YASGUR'S FARM, a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the legendary music festival that took place on Max Yasgur’s dairy farm, on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. Single day tickets are available for purchase day of show at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino box office, giving Blues fans the opportunity to see the biggest names in Blues at an intimate venue held in the “Entertainment Capital of the World.” Limited four-day tickets, VIP and “Big Daddy Baller” packages are also available for purchase through Wednesday, Sept. 4. Tickets begin at $125 and are subject to additional taxes and fees.

As the Blues’ most artist-friendly festival, the Bender will once again feature its popular fundraising event “BENDER PARTY WITH HART!” on Wednesday, Sept. 4. Featuring a star-studded musical review and live auction, the event benefits the H.A.R.T. (Handy Artist Relief Trust) Fund.The Blues Foundation established the H.A.R.T. Fundfor Blues musicians and their families in financial need due to a broad range of health concerns impacting artists. The Fund provides for acute, chronic and preventive medical and dental care as well as funeral and burial expenses. Big Blues Bender proudly produces the “Bender Party with HART!” at no expense to the charity. All production costs and artist fees are paid for by Big Blues Bender so that 100-percent of the proceeds benefit the community of artists in need, totaling more than $100,000 raised to date.

Big Blues Bender features four days and nights of music and accommodations, with “Everything, An Elevator Ride Away.®” In addition to single and four-day tickets, rooming packages starting at $799 per person are still available for purchase. VIP and “Big Daddy Baller” packages, which include suite accommodations, upgraded concert sightlines, unlimited premium drinks at all venues, and more, are also available. To purchase tickets and room packages, visit www.bigbluesbender.com.

THE SECOND ANNUAL SILVER STATE FILM FESTIVAL will be held at the CENTURY ORLEANS 18 AND XD MOVIE THEATRE AT THE ORLEANS HOTEL & CASINO Las Vegas. The organizers of The Silver State Film Festival have announced this event to celebrate and honor the many and talented independent filmmakers from across the globe, while promoting Nevada as a premier entertainment leader.

Film screenings for the The Silver State Film Festival 2019 will begin on Thursday, September 5th, and will run through Sunday, September 8th.

Las Vegas resident, documentary creator, ZACHARY CAPP’S THE RINGMASTER, which just won “Best Documentary” at Festival of Cinema NYC will screen his poignant, funny, heartbreaking film about the world's greatest onion rings and its midwestern chef Larry Lang (Minn .at The Silver State Film Festival at the Century Orleans on Saturday, Sept. 7th at 7:30pm. Zachary and producers/directors Molly Dworsky and Dave Newberg will be in attendance for a Q&A following the film. Zach and his co-directors filmed for three years and hundreds of hours and has most interesting anecdotes including getting the legendary band KISS involved, flying Larry on his first trip to Las Vegas for a special taste testing at Piero's with VIP's etc.

The documentary became two docs in one - trying to film Larry and getting him on camera and the directors turned the cameras on Zach - a former gambling addict and what he went through to get this film done with some inheritance money from his grandfather. Zach spent each summer in Minn with family growing up and always loved these onion rings and decided to honor Larry and the Lang family with the most unusual love story documentary.

Additionally, the Silver State Film Festival 2019 will hold an awards ceremony and closing party. More information about the Silver State Film Festival can be found on its website, www.silverstatefilmfestival.com.

THE PALM RESTAURANT, LOCATED WITHIN THE FORUM SHOPS AT CAESARS PALACE, invites guests on Monday, September 9 to make a positive change in support of brain health during its special event, “MAKE A MEMORY AT THE PALM.” As part of a collaboration with the local nonprofit organization, Keep Memory Alive, The Palm will donate 10 % of all sales of lobsters, steaks, cocktails and more in support of the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. The “Make a Memory at The Palm” event will be held on September 9 from 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.

The College of Southern Nevada Department of Fine Arts will host AN EXHIBITION OF PRINTMAKING, MIXED MEDIA AND INSTALLATION & ARTWORK by Maryland based artist, LIZ ENSZ. CONTEMPORARY STRATIGRAPHY will begin Monday, September 9 and will run through Saturday, October 19, 2019. Ensz examines the human role of shaping the current geological era and its possible interpretations as a chronicle of our activity. Liz Ensz will participate in an Artist Talk on Monday, September 9, at 6 p.m. in the Fine Arts Gallery, Room H101, on the North Las Vegas Campus. An Opening Reception with refreshments will follow the Artist Talk. THE CSN FINE ARTS GALLERY is FREE and open to the public. The Fine Arts Gallery is located at the half circle drive near CSN’s main entrance, on the North Las Vegas campus at 3200 E. Cheyenne Avenue, one-mile East of I-15 North.

RÍ RÁ LAS VEGAS, LOCATED INSIDE THE SHOPPES AT MANDALAY PLACE, will host a week-long celebration in honor of HALFWAY TO ST. PATRICK'S DAY, Tuesday, Sept 10 through Tuesday, Sept. 17. During the week-long celebration, guests will enjoy authentic Irish dishes located on a specially crafted menu with 20 percent of proceeds benefiting HELP of Southern Nevada, which offers assistance to low-income families, homeless teens and adults among other individuals, to become more self-sufficient through direct services, trainings and referrals. The main attraction of the week-long celebration will take place with a true Irish party on the official Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day mark, on Tuesday, Sept. 17. The evening will be filled with live entertainment starting at 9 p.m., $6 Guinness pints available from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., must-have giveaways and more.

Marijuana-themed sandwich shop CHEBA HUT’S LAS VEGAS SHOPS are offering FREE NUGS to the first 100 people in line on Friday, September 13th as a way to give back as school gets back in session and the seasons start to change.  #freenugday is just that: A 4" toasted sub sandwich on the house. No catch. No conditions. All love. Why so generous, you ask? Cheba Hut founder Scott Jennings said it best: "We love you, simple as that. There's no strings attached here—come on in, get a free nug.”  The 3 Cheba Hut Las Vegas restaurants participating are: UNLV address: 4550 S Maryland Parkway, Ste 1-3; Sahara address: 2550 S Rainbow Blvd Ste 13-4;  Durango address: 7210 S Durango Dr, Ste. B.

The UNLV location is also hosting a "Beat the Heat Kool aid Fest" to kick-off the school year from 3pm-10pm including: Drink Specials, Live music and Beer extended into the parking lot area, Games and events throughout, such as, but not limited to: Kool Aid Chugging competition,  Wet T-shirt competition with Kool aid super soakers,  Kool Aid Dunk tank,  Live Art,  Photo Booths, Raffles and Giveaways throughout.

HOFBRÄUHAUS LAS VEGAS, located at 4510 Paradise Road, once again plans to celebrate OKTOBERFEST, the world’s biggest beer party, by offering guests the most authentic Oktoberfest experience in the city. The 16th annual Oktoberfest celebration runs Friday, Sept. 13 through Thursday, Oct. 31 and will feature celebrity keg tappers, Oktoberfest stein-holding contests, live entertainment, bar games, prizes and more. Guests are encouraged to join in on the fun by wearing their favorite Bavarian outfit.

The 2020-MODEL MOTOR TREND INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW returns to Las Vegas, bringing more than 350 of the latest automobile models, from nearly 20 top manufacturers. Located at the Las Vegas Convention Center (3150 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89109), the annual event will take place Friday, September 13 through Sunday, September 15, 2019 (9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday/Saturday at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday) in Hall S4. Open to the public and offering free parking in Platinum Lot 3, attendees may explore 2020 car, truck and SUV models, learn about what’s new in automobile technology and get a jump-start on researching their next vehicle purchase at the auto show. Luxury car enthusiasts will not want to miss the Million Dollar Exotic Vehicle Display showcasing ultra exotic vehicles, courtesy of Lamborghini Las Vegas and Royalty Exotics. These high-end models are built for power, rocketing to 60 mph in under three seconds and offer an escape from the ordinary commute. Show-goers will also get the chance to view and experience a display of tricked-out and customized vehicles from the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show from the likes of Team Hybrid and M2 Motoring. Admission for adults ages 13 and older is $10; seniors 62 and older is $8; military with any DOD ID is $8; and children 12 and under are free

GRAMMY-nominated guitarist, singer and songwriter, KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD BAND will take over the 3RD STREET STAGE AT FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE for an astounding full-length performance on Saturday, Sept. 14. Beginning at 9 p.m., music fans of all ages can gather under the iconic Viva Vison canopy as the modern musical vanguards perform iconic hits including “Blue on Black,” “Lay It Down,” “Deja Voodoo” and “Woman Like You.”

FREAKLING BROS. HORROR SHOWS has announced the return of the world-famous TRILOGY OF TERROR for its 27th horrifying year in Las Vegas. Rated the scariest haunt in the country by USA Today, Freakling Bros. The Trilogy of Terror will once again feature the award-winning Gates of Hell, Nevada’s first and only R-rated attraction, the experimental COVEN of 13 and the classic Castle Vampyre, which will be celebrating its final season, leading the way to a new haunt in 2020. Freakling Bros. The Trilogy of Terror will open for the 2019 Halloween season Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 at 7 p.m. Auditions for the 2019 season will be held Saturday, Sept. 14 and Saturday, Sept 21 at noon inside Pizzeria Monzu at 6020 W. Flamingo Rd #10, Las Vegas, NV 89103. Complete training, including costumes and makeup, will be provided. Candidates must fill out an application at freaklingbros.com, prior to attending casting interviews. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age, have big personalities, and most of all, have a passion for Halloween.

Now in its seventh year, LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL MUSIC & ART FESTIVAl , which takes over Downtown Las Vegas from September 20-22 with headliners Chance the Rapper, Black Keys, Post Malone, Billie Eilish, and Vampire Weekend — is proud to unveil its most robust culinary program yet, featuring Eataly, Gordon Ramsay Steak, Jaleo by José Andrés, Mabel’s BBQ, Momofuku, The NoMad, Kogi BBQ and more than 80 of Las Vegas’ preeminent chefs and mixologists.

LAS VEGAS BALLPARK® will host the MEXICAN BASEBALL FIESTA on Friday and Saturday, September 20-21. A “spring training” for teams in the Mexcian Winter Leagues, this fun, colorful and exciting event features two of the top teams in the Liga Mexicana del Pacifico  – Los Naranjeros de Hermosillo and Águilas de Mexicali. Fans can purchase at the Las Vegas Ballpark box office. Individual game tickets are priced at $11 (general admission/berm); $17 (outfield box); $22 (infield box); $30 (home plate box) and $40 (club level).

Entertainment icon BEN VEREEN will perform a limited, three-day engagement of STEPPIN’ OUT WITH BEN VEREEN at THE SMITH CENTER Sept. 20-22. In his latest show, Vereen, a Tony-award winner and multiple time Golden Globe and Emmy nominee, delivers a dazzling performance of beloved tunes that showcases his masterful vocals, charisma, and range, transporting audiences on a tour of both contemporary and classic melodies, including “Wait for It” from Hamilton, “Defying Gravity” from Wicked, and favorites from Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. Steppin’ Out with Ben Vereen will perform at Myron’s Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20 and Saturday, Sept. 21 and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22. Tickets starting at $49 are on sale now.

ONE DROP will host the eighth annual WALK FOR WATER on Saturday, Sept. 21 at the LAS VEGAS SPRINGS PRESERVE, ahead of the annual One Night for One Drop event coming spring 2020. The three-mile walk will bring the Las Vegas community together to raise awareness, once again, for global and local water issues. All proceeds will benefit water initiatives throughout the Las Vegas valley. During the event, participants can carry buckets filled with water giving them the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the millions of people who are forced to travel miles every day to retrieve water. The day’s festivities will conclude with refreshments, entertainment by JayR Beatbox and DJ Sohype, and complimentary access to the Springs Preserve WaterWorks exhibit. For more information and to register for Walk for Water, please visit Active.com. For more information about One Drop, please visit OneDrop.org.

THE COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGAS will welcome BANDA EL RECORDO to THE CHELSEA STAGE on Friday, Sept. 27, along with MARIACHI VARGAS DE TECALITLÁN, on their Northamerican 200 Años de Musica Mexicana tour. The seventeen-member ensemble consists of four clarinets, three trumpets, a tambora, a bass drum with a cymbal on top, a tarola, a snare drum, a tuba three trombones, two alto horns and two singers. Banda el Recodo is considered a pioneer of Banda music, a style of Mexican music involving wind instruments. Tickets start at $95 plus applicable taxes and fees.

MGM Resorts Art & Culture is pleased to announce a FREE SCREENING of the feature-length documentary KUSAMA: INFINITY on September 28 at 4 p.m. at the MARJORIE BARRICK MUSEUM OF ART AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, Las Vegas (UNLV). The screening will be followed by a special Q&A with the film’s director Heather Lenz and Raw Femme founder Amanda 'Rawky' Lozano. The screening is FREE and open to the community. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP in advance.  Kusama: Infinity details the life and legacy of celebrated Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, now the top-selling female artist in the world. Despite growing up in Japan during World War II and struggles with mental illness, she rose to fame after becoming the first Japanese woman to exhibit at the 45th Venice Biennale in 1993. Her globally-renowned work spans the disciplines of painting, sculpture, installation art, performance art, poetry and literary fiction.

O’SHEAS CASINO at The LINQ Hotel + Experience is celebrating yet another incredible milestone as it honors its 30th ANNIVERSARY. The icon opened back in 1989 and made a triumphant return to The LINQ more than five years ago. Beginning Sunday, Sept. 1, O’Sheas will celebrate 30 days of shenanigans with month-long drink specials, new weekly events, daily entertainment and a Grand Finale blowout bash on Saturday, Sept. 28. From Sept. 1 through Sept. 30, O’Sheas will feature live bands like Evenflow, Roxy Gunn Project, Flannel Channel and more, daily beginning at 7 p.m. DJs will then take over and keep the party going all night long. The 30 days of shenanigans also introduces two new weekly events—beer pong tournaments on Thursdays and St. Patrick’s Day Fridays. Think you got game? Beginning Thursday, Sept. 5, join in and cheer on weekly beer pong tournaments. Sign-up begins at noon on the day of, with tournaments starting at 4 p.m. Teams of two are $30, and one-time re-buys are $20 per team. The first-place team wins $200; winner takes all. Beginning Sept. 6, every Friday throughout the month will go green with St. Patrick’s Day Fridays. Brian “Lucky” Thomas, the face of O’Sheas for nearly 15 years, will host games, trivia and raffles. Festivities begin at 4 p.m.

On Saturday, Sept. 28, O’Sheas will host a 30TH GRAND FINALE BIRTHDAY BASH with famous friends, games, live bands and more. Games like Wheel of Destiny, Rapid Fire Beer Pong, flip cup and more begin that day at 4 p.m., with a green carpet, toast and Darby O’Gill and Flannel Channel performing throughout the night.

Club, Store, Restaurant and More Openings:

AMBRA ITALIAN KITCHEN + BAR has debuted at the MGM Grand blending classic Italian fare and craft cocktails with its colorful surroundings, creating a fun and convivial dinner experience. Ambra’s menu takes time-honored classics to the next level with vibrant flavors, avant-garde recipes and interactive presentations.

The $150 million resort transformation of SLS Las Vegas into THE SAHARA HOTEL & CASINO continues with the unveiling of the property’s newest gaming amenity, INFINITY, a sophisticated and refined premium gaming lounge. As the crown jewel and finishing feature of the newly renovated casino floor, Infinity offers players a variety of high-limit table games including baccarat, roulette, six-deck shoe and double deck blackjack, five bartop poker machines as well as 40 premium gaming machines boasting today’s hottest titles including two first-to-Strip products, Pure Luxe machines and Crystal Slant poker.

CLUB 101 is now open at THE SAHARA HOTEL & CASINO. The weekly pop-up parties, which take place every Friday and Saturday night, offer spectacle, specials and so much more. Club 101 features open-format house DJs, ultra-high-definition video screens displaying a variety of visually stimulating, artistic content and open seating for all guests both inside and on its Strip-facing outdoor patio. Admission is FREE to all guests age 21 and up every Friday and Saturday starting at 9:30 p.m

CHAMPION ATHLETICWEAR, makers of authentic athletic apparel since 1919, has expanded its retail presence with its first store in Las Vegas and its sixth U.S. retail specialty store overall. The official grand opening of the new store, located inside FASHION SHOW, in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, at 3200 South Las Vegas Boulevard, took place on Saturday, August 24.

RED ROCK CASINO RESORT & SPA welcomed the return of its classic Italian eatery, TERRA ROSSA on August 26. Located inside Station Casinos’ popular Summerlin luxury resort, the reimagined restaurant features approachable Italian cuisine, complete with family-style menu options and classic staples – offering dinner and happy hour.

ARIZONA CHARLIE’S BOULDER, located at 4575 Boulder Hwy., has unveiled the recently REMODELED WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK, a partnership between Golden Entertainment, Inc. and William Hill, the world’s leading sports book operator. The sports book is conveniently located steps away from the casino floor and showcases a completely new remodel with contemporary design aligned with other property improvements and the William Hill brand.

Celebrity sightings:

Sunday Sept 1...

Floyd Mayweather, Akon and hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd were just a few of the celebrities partying at Drai’s Nightclub at The Cromwell Hotel Las Vegas as multi-platinum recording artist Trey Songz celebrated a decade of success for his hit album, “Ready.” Following his performance, Songz was surprised with an elaborate cake presentation and a plaque for his achievement while the stunning Drai’s Dolls danced around him with oversized cutouts of his face.

The excitement continued with a surprise visit from Jeezy, who performed “SupaFreak” with Songz. In addition, 2 Chainz joined the group on stage, performing hits “It’s a Vibe” and “No Problem.”

Thursday, August 29...

It was an exciting night at the Thunderland Showroom inside Excalibur Hotel & Casino, as Shin Lim, Season 13 winner of America’s Got Talent, and renowned magician and author, Rocco Silano, were both in attendance of Hans Klok’s hit new show Hans Klok: The World’s Fastest Magician. Following the sold-out performance, the renowned magicians gathered together backstage for photos.

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Rocco Silano, Hans Klok, and Shin Lim - Photo courtesy of Excalibur Hotel and Casino

Wednesday evening,August 28...

Celebrated entertainer Frankie Moreno and dance pro Lacey Schwimmer were spotted in the audience at “Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel in Concert” at Harrah’s Las Vegas. Near the end of the show, Moreno jumped on stage to perform "Jailhouse Rock" with the band. Following the show, Moreno and Schwimmer joined cast members backstage for photos.

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Frankie Moreno and Lacy Schwimmer - Photo courtesy of Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel in Concert

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Frankie Moreno performing with "Elvis Heartbreak Hotel in Concert" - Photo courtesy of Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel in Concert

Saturday, August 24...

Academy Award-winning actress Viola Davis, along with her husband, enjoyed a night out in Las Vegas with family and friends, that included “O” by Cirque du Soleil at Bellagio Resort & Casino. Following the curtain close, Davis headed backstage to say hello to the cast.

Viola Davis poses with O by Cirque du Soleil cast members Aug. 24
Viola Davis poses with O by Cirque du Soleil cast members - Photo courtesy of Cirque du Soleil

Meanwhile, at MGM Grand Las Vegas, “Veronica Mars” star Jason Dohring and “Big Time Rush” actor James Maslow were seen attending KÀ. After the epic finale, the actors were treated to a meet and greet with the cast.

Jason Dohring and James Maslow pose with the cast of KÀ by Cirque du Soleil Aug. 24
Jason Dohring and James Maslow pose with the cast of KÀ by Cirque du Soleil - Photo courtesy of Cirque du Soleil

Friday, Aug. 23...

Vegas Golden Knights superstars Reilly Smith and Nick Holden celebrated at Hyde Lounge at T-Mobile Arena during the George Strait “Strait to Vegas” concert in Las Vegas. The NHL players enjoyed the energetic atmosphere of the exclusive nightclub alongside Nick’s wife, Angela Holden and Reilly’s fiancé, Melissa Ponte.

Thursday, Aug. 22...

Janet Jackson and her team visited Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas in celebration of the end of her 'Metamorphosis' Las Vegas Residency. In a photo posted on her personal Instagram, Jackson thanked her team, fans and brother Randy Jackson for their support throughout her first Vegas residency. The group enjoyed drinks, food and bowling in between photo opps.

Wednesday, August 21...

Actor John O'Hurley was spotted walking the convention floor at SuperZoo, North America's largest pet industry trade show, held at Mandalay Bay.

Actor/stunt performer/professional skateboarder Jason Acuna, better known by his stage name, Wee Man, one of the stars of MTV's Jackass, was spotted in the audience at singer Jonathan Karrant's 2 year anniversary show at Red Rock Casino.

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