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Food is Art ‘Black Ties & Blue Jeans’ Event Raises More than $280,000 for the ALS Association Nevada Chapter

Through the generosity and support of the local community and headline sponsors: Team Ford/Lincoln of Las Vegas, Golden Entertainment, Inc., Action Gaming, Kaercher Insurance, Gaming Arts, The Godfather of Las Vegas, Konami, and United Healthcare, the 4th annual Food is Art raised $282,562 for the ALS Association Nevada Chapter on Friday, Oct. 4.

“We have worked incredibly hard to grow this event and in doing so, are continuing to provide more support for those with ALS and their families,” said Steve Arcana, chief operating officer of Golden Entertainment, Inc. “This is very personal for me and I’m grateful for the support of the Las Vegas community in making this event a success.” Arcana, who lost his mother to ALS, is also a board member for the ALS Association Nevada Chapter.

The amount raised in 2019 exceeds last year’s total of $185,422 by nearly $100,000, and more than doubles the total, $118,640, from 2017. In total, Food is Art has raised $748,618 for the ALS Association Nevada Chapter since the first event in 2016. The money raised will assist the non-profit organization in its mission to serve all persons and their families living with and fighting ALS in Nevada, one person at a time. The Nevada Chapter provides much-needed programs that offer emotional, physical, and financial assistance and currently serves over 100 people with ALS in Nevada.

This year’s event honored Christopher J. Curtis, a life-long Nevada resident and retired senior partner of Thorndal Armstrong. Curtis’ efforts are the inspiration behind TeamCuris4ACure, an organization founded to assist in the fight to raise awareness and funding for ALS.

“We are beyond grateful for the generosity our community showed in supporting our Food is Art fundraiser,” said April Mastroluca, executive director of the ALS Association Nevada Chapter. “The money raised by this event will help support so many Nevadans who are afflicted with ALS and their families.”

Held at Keep Memory Alive Event Center, Food is Art showcased the cuisine of local chefs from 12 Las Vegas restaurants, including: Top of the World and BLVD & MAIN Taphouse at The STRAT Hotel, Casino and SkyPod, STK at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Esther’s Kitchen, Sambalatte and Delmonico. More than 300 guests, dressed in this year’s theme of “black ties & blue jeans,” enjoyed live entertainment by Franks & Deans while sampling cuisine paired with wine selected by award-winning sommeliers.

127 Robert Reyes Lauren Olsen Reyes Mark Wayman Annie Wayman and Darlene Ghiardi
Robert Reyes, Lauren Olsen Reyes,  Mark Wayman, Annie Wayman, and Darlene Ghirardi - Photo courtesy Joseph Durkin

133 Stephanie Wilson Diane Boyle and Lauren Cahlan
Stephanie Wilson, Diane Boyle, and Lauren Cahlan - Photo courtesy Joseph Durkin

137 Molly Burford Jeff Burford Marian Burford and Jim Burford
Molly Burford, Jeff Burford, Marian Burford, and Jim Burford - Photo courtesy Joseph Durkin

153 Honoree Chris Curtis surrounded by friends and family ahead of presentation
Honoree Chris Curtis surrounded by friends and family ahead of presentation - Photo courtesy Joseph Durkin

167 Ashley Fiumara Chris Fiumara Dana Arcana Steve Arcana Jennifer Jensen and Jeremy Jensen
Ashley Fiumara, Chris Fiumara, Dana Arcana, Steve Arcana, Jennifer Jensen, and Jeremy Jensen - Photo courtesy Joseph Durkin

242 Brad Goldberg Steve Arcana and Chris Fiumara
Brad Goldberg, Steve Arcana, and Chris Fiumara - Photo courtesy Joseph Durkin

ALS Crowd
ALS Crowd - Photo courtesy Joseph Durkin

BLVD MAIN - Photo courtesy Joseph Durkin

PTs Station
PTs Station - Photo courtesy Joseph Durkin

Top Of The World - Photo courtesy Joseph Durkin

More information about The ALS Association Nevada Chapter, including future fundraising events, is on the website at www.alsanv.org.

TREVI Italian Restaurant Hosts Fifth Annual Charity Pizza-Making Competition Featuring Local Entertainers

TREVI ITALIAN RESTAURANT located inside of The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, hosted its fifth annual media pizza-making competition, featuring local media personalities competing for charity, on Wednesday, Oct. 23.

Media contestants included Mercedes Martinez, host of “Mercedes in the Morning” on KMXB/Mix 94.1 and co-host of “Las Vegas NOW” on KLAS; Kim Wagner, co-host of “News 3 Today” on KSNV; and Al Mancini, food and dining reporter for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Each participant worked with TREVI’s Executive Chef, Tylor Urias, to create a one-of-a-kind pizza using individually selected ingredients.

The pizzas were judged on taste, creativity and presentation by a panel of local celebrity judges including castmembers of “FRIENDS! The Musical Parody” of The D Las Vegas; Tianna Tuamoheloa, Miss Nevada USA 2019; cast members of the show “WOW – The Vegas Spectacular” of Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino; and cast members of the show “Chippendales” of Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino.

Group Shot of Judges Joe Durkin
Group Shot of Judges - Photo courtesy Joseph Durkin

Media Participants and Judges Holding Check Joe Durkin
Media Participants and Judges Holding Check - Photo courtesy Joseph Durkin

Media Participants Joe Durkin
Media Participants Kim Wagner, Al Mancini and Mercedes - Photo courtesy Joseph Durkin

Miss Nevada Tasting Pizza Joe Durkin
Miss Nevada Tasting Pizza - Photo courtesy Joseph Durkin

The winner received $500, donated by Landry’s Inc., the parent company of TREVI Italian Restaurant, to donate to a charity of their choice. KSNV “News 3 Today” anchor, Kim Wagner, took first place with a classic pizza entitled, “Olive the Best,” made with pepperoni, dollops of ricotta cheese and whole black olives. The donation will benefit Safe Nest, a nonprofit organization that provides shelter and resources for abused women and children in Southern Nevada.

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

The historic WILLIAM HILL RACE & SPORT BOOK AT THE PLAZA HOTEL & CASINO revealed a completely remodeled and updated space on Friday, November 8, with a turning on ceremony.

To mark the occasion, William Hill US CEO Joe Asher, Plaza Hotel & Casino CEO Jonathan Jossel, and former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman ‘turned on’ Downtown Las Vegas’ largest seamless HD video wall. The video wall, which is the most dramatic change to the Race & Sports Book, measures 5 feet tall by 16.5 feet wide and offers an incredible viewing area of more than 80 square feet.

William Hill US CEO Joe Asher

Former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman


In addition to the turning on ceremony, Goodman placed the ceremonial first bet in the new book was a $100 charity 3-team parlay consisting of this week’s the Saints (-13.5), Seattle (+6) and Kansas City (-6.5). The Las Vegas icon placed the first sports bet in the Plaza’s Race & Sports Book when it was previously refurbished in 2013, which marked the beginning of William Hill and the Plaza Hotel & Casino’s long-running partnership.

The Race & Sports Book will offer guests and bettors access to William Hill’s mobile app, kiosks, and InPlay wagering menu alongside the casino’s best-in-class restaurants and entertainment options.

The updated Race & Sports Book is located near the South Tower on the Plaza’s 80,000-sq. ft. casino floor.

On October 31, the outlandish crew of the starship OPIUM 73 celebrated their 800th space flight from Uranus to Las Vegas with another uproarious in-flight performance of OPIUM while en route to The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. After landing and disembarking its load of Halloween costume-clad passengers following the 10 p.m. journey, the crew celebrated backstage with the ultimate OPIUM-themed cake by Las Vegas’ own Just a Bite Cheesecakes. With the performance coinciding with Halloween, any passenger who boarded the OPM 73 in costume received a complimentary Spocktail, resulting in an extra rowdy in-flight performance and a standing ovation for the galaxy’s most incredible entertainers and space oddities.

OPIUM Celebrates 800 Shows at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas 10.31.19 courtesy Spiegelworld 1
OPIUM Celebrates 800 Shows at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas - Photo courtesy of Spiegelworld

A visitor from the state of Pennsylvania won big with a $64,821.61 JACKPOT on Sunday, Oct. 27 at The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod. While playing on a ‘Tarzan’ slot machine in The STRAT’s Link Slot Lounge, Jacqueline Skibber hit the jackpot for $64,829.61. Skibber had made a $2.00 bet on the $0.01 machine when she hit the jackpot.

Jacqueline Skibber Jackpot Winner
Jacqueline Skibber Jackpot Winner - Photo courtesy of the STRAT

One lucky local won big while playing bingo on October 30 at Arizona Charlie's Decatur, located at 740 S. Decatur Blvd. Delores won $46,848 while playing Charlie’s Double Progressive bingo, a coverall game that can only be won within the posted number of balls, starting at 32 and progressing up to 35 numbers called. She won when ball B-3 was called.

Arizona Charlies Bingo Winner Delores
Arizona Charlies Bingo Winner Delores - Photo courtesy of Arizona Charlie's Casino

Maverick Aviation Group has announced that the company has been honored with two 2019 Best of Las Vegas Awards, presented by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. MAVERICK HELICOPTERS won gold for BEST HELICOPTER TOUR, and MAVERICK AIRLINES also won gold for BEST AIRLINE/CHARTER. Maverick Helicopters operates award-winning service in Las Vegas, Grand Canyon South Rim, Grand Canyon West Rim, Maui, and Kauai and flies over 250,000 guests annually. Maverick Airlines offers excursions to the Grand Canyon West Rim and Grand Canyon South Rim from the Las Vegas Valley.

The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace is dressing up for the season with festive, new décor adorned throughout the premier retail destination.
Anchored by a spectacular and iconic 40-foot feature tree shimmering in gold and white lights and ornaments, the extravagant new decorations also include four Roman Centurion toy soldiers – each eight feet tall - and Instagram-worthy holiday sets and photo backdrops including an oversized laurel wreath and a Roman pediment and column setting with decorative trimmed trees – ideal places to strike the perfect pose.

Designed and created by The James Trogolo Company, a full-service leader in the commercial holiday décor industry, the impressive decorations also include more than 87,000 shimmering lights, custom tapered LED illuminated garland swag spanning column to column, gold roping, regal ornaments and an abundance of Roman shield accents that perfectly complement the distinctive, thematic ambiance of The Forum Shops. 

The spectacular 40-foot tree makes an impactful statement in the Festival Court area of The Forum Shops. Featuring 350 branches covered in 42,000 LED lights, the statement tree has a steel frame and weighs more than 9,500 pounds.

Many of the iconic statues of the center are also getting a holiday makeover. The Goddess Fortuna who greets guests as they enter from Caesars Palace casino will be adorned in a Roman holiday sash complete with garland swag and rich red fabric trimmed in gold and finished with a custom clasp with a holiday motif, gold roping and tassels. She is topped off with a golden laurel wreath on her head. 

Custom foliage sprays with Roman shield accents, fully trimmed accent trees placed in Roman-style gold urns and illuminated garland adorn the distinctive center’s interior and exterior. Set for debut mid-November and on display throughout the holiday season, the glittering decorations transform the top-performing luxury retail center into a Roman winter wonderland.

RIVERDANCE - 25th ANNIVERSARY SHOW will play a limited engagement at PARIS THEATER AT PARIS LAS VEGAS from May 22 – May 24, 2020. Riverdance – 25th Anniversary Show is Riverdance, as you’ve never seen it before. A powerful and stirring reinvention of this beloved favorite, celebrated the world over for its Grammy Award-winning score and the thrilling energy and passion of its Irish and international dance. 25 years on, composer Bill Whelan has rerecorded his mesmerizing soundtrack while producer Moya Doherty and director John McColgan have completely reimagined the ground-breaking show with innovative and spectacular lighting, projection, stage and costume designs.Tickets for the international Irish dance phenomenon start at $55.The five-show limited engagement schedule is as follows:May 22 – 7:30 p.m; May 23 – 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m; May 24 – 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

HAKKASAN GROUP recognizes the sacrifices of service members from Nov. 1 through Nov. 30 in celebration of NATIONAL VETERANS AND MILITARY FAMILIES MONTH with two exclusive offers including complimentary entry, plus a guest, to its internationally recognized nightlife destinations, and 20 percent off dining at select restaurants. Retired and active military men and women, with valid I.D., will receive complimentary entry, plus one guest, to the famed nightclubs OMNIA at Caesars Palace, JEWEL at ARIA Resort & Casino, 1OAK at The Mirage Hotel & Casino and Hakkasan at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. During the month of November, brave military personnel will enjoy an unforgettable experience at the noted venues with an impeccable artist lineup including Tiësto, Steve Aoki, Illenium, Lil Jon and more. Those looking to elevate their evening at 1OAK inside The Mirage will enjoy a new open bar package available for purchase each night of operation valid 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Additionally, servicemen and servicewomen, with valid I.D., will receive 20 percent off dining at Searsucker inside Caesars Palace and Hakkasan Restaurant at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino.

Aquarius Hotel & Casino Resort, Colorado Belle Hotel & Casino Resort and Edgewater Hotel & Casino Resort will host the 8th ANNUAL ‘FEED A FAMILY' PROGRAM from Friday, Nov. 1 through Wednesday, Dec. 25. The annual “Feed A Family” initiative helps provide boxes of food to families in the tri-state area through partnerships with local food pantries in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas. For every 15,000 True Rewards points contributed or $25 donated, Aquarius, Colorado Belle and Edgewater will purchase one food box. Each box includes a seven-pound ham or 12-pound turkey along with potatoes, gravy, vegetables, rolls, cranberry sauce, stuffing, pie and whipped cream. Each box contains enough food to feed a family of four. To participate in the program, True Rewards members may contribute any amount of points or monetary donations, all of which are allocated towards the purchase of food items to be included in a box.

THE COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN NEVADA DEPARTMENT OF FINE ARTS will host an exhibition of drawings dealing with issues of life, death and culture’s anxiety about the future by Alabama based artist and Chair of the Department of Art & Art History at Auburn University, CHRISTOPHER MCNULTY. DAYS will begin Friday, November 8, and will run through Saturday, January 25, 2020. Mr. McNulty will participate in an Artist Talk on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at 6 p.m. A Reception with refreshments will follow Mr. McNulty’s Artist Talk in the Artspace Gallery. The CSN Artspace Gallery is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The Artspace Gallery is upstairs above the main entrance lobby on the North Las Vegas campus located at 3200 E. Cheyenne Avenue, one-mile East of I-15 North.

In celebration of America’s military service members, FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE will host the 7th annual “SALUTE TO THE TROOPS” featuring a special performance by GARY SINISE & THE LT. DAN BAND on Saturday, Nov. 9, free of charge. Beginning at 7 p.m., guests can head down to the six-block entertainment district located in historic downtown Las Vegas for a memorable night of festivities including a full-length concert by Gary Sinise & The Lt. Dan Band on the 1st Street Stage.

THE DEPARTMENT OF FINE ARTS MUSIC PROGRAM presents CSN’s popular and talented vocalists at the upcoming CHAMBER CHORALE BENEFIT CONCERT on Saturday, November 9, at 7:00 p.m. in the Jay Morrison Recital Hall at CSN’s North Las Vegas campus. This semester students will be performing a variety of challenging compositions and solos to help raise funds to support the choral program. The concert will include a number of musical theater and contemporary music selected by each student to perform. General Admission is $10. To purchase tickets online, please visit the PAC’s website at: www.csn.edu/pac. For more information, please contact CSN’s Performing Arts Center Box Office at 702-651-LIVE (5483). The CSN Performing Arts Center is located at 3200 East Cheyenne Avenue in North Las Vegas.

In honor of Veterans Day, SHARK REEF AQUARIUM AT MANDALAY BAY AND SIEGFRIED & ROY'S SECRET GARDEN AND DOLPHIN HABITAT AT THE MIRAGE are offering the following special promotions to thank the brave members of the Armed Forces for their service to our country. All active and retired military personnel will receive one complimentary admission to the Shark Reef Aquarium with a valid ID, and up to four accompanying family members will receive a $15 general admission ticket on November 8 & 9 from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. and November 10 & 11 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. All active and retired military personnel will receive one complimentary admission with a valid ID, and up to four accompanying family members will receive a $5 discount off a general admission ticket to Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat November 8 – 11 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


During their stay, the veterans will enjoy all-suite accommodations, excursions throughout Las Vegas, dining experiences at Matteo’s Ristorante Italiano, Mott 32, and Yardbird Southern Table, and a number of activities including a mixology class, gaming classes, and services at Canyon Ranch spa + fitness.  Additionally, the veterans will be treated to a special Veterans Day dinner at Chef Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bistro, serving a custom menu created in partnership with Omaha Steaks.

On Monday, Nov. 11, at 3:30 p.m., guests and team members of THE VENETIAN RESORT will honor the wounded warriors at a SPECIAL VETERANS DAY CEREMONY inside the resort’s Grand Colonnade in The Venetian Lobby. Airmen from Nellis Air Force Base will participate with the Presentation of the Colors. The ceremony is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.

PT’s Taverns and Allegiant will host a LOCAL FAN APPRECIATION WATCH PARTY FOR THE VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS GAME AGAINST THE WASHINGTON CAPITALS AT SIERRA GOLD ON EASTERN AND SERENE, PT’s newest location on Saturday, Nov. 9. Vegas Golden Knights game against Washington Capitals begins at 4 p.m.  During the party, guests are invited to enter Allegiant’s giveaway for a chance to win tickets to a Golden Knights game in their T-Mobile Arena Suite. Allegiant will also raffle off Golden Knights hockey sticks and pucks, as well as Allegiant flight vouchers. PT’s award-winning happy hour and monthly food and beverage specials will also be available during the game. The public is invited to attend.

FANTASY, Luxor Hotel and Casino’s award-winning female adult revue, will SALUTE THE NATION’S TROOPS WITH A COMPLIMENTARY PERFORMANCE at 10:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11 in honor of Veteran’s Day. FANTASY will offer complimentary tickets for veterans and active-duty military with valid military identification. Following the show, all guests are invited to mix and mingle with the FANTASY cast at a meet-and-greet, with the opportunity for autographs and photos. Ticket reservations are available by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday, Nov. 8.

GLITTERING LIGHTS, the nation’s largest drive-through light show spectaculars, INVITES ALL VETERANS to experience the millions of holiday themed lights at LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY, FREE OF CHARGE on Monday, November 11. This experience is courtesy of Aliante Hotel & Casino as a gift to our service men and women as a special thank you to their sacrifice. In addition, Glittering Lights will continue their annual Flag Fairway, where all 50 states will be represented with its respective state flag that was flown over their capital. Veterans and their families can enter free by showing a form of ID with Veterans status. The entrance is per carload, doesn’t matter how many people are in the car. Begins at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. (or when the last car drives through).

FREED'S BAKERY will offer FREE CUPCAKES TO ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY AND VETERANS in honor of VETERANS DAY on Monday, Nov. 11. Throughout the day, veterans and active-duty service members may enjoy a complimentary Freed’s Bakery signature cupcake with the presentation of a valid military I.D. In addition, military members will receive a 10 percent discount on all Freed’s Bakery desserts..

The longest-running headliner in Las Vegas history, FRANK MARINO, performs his FINAL WEEK OF PERFORMANCES as guest star in LEGENDS IN CONCERT, November 11-19, in its legendary home at Tropicana Las Vegas. Don’t miss the last chance to see Frank Marino as Joan Rivers, along with the fall cast of tributes to Freddie Mercury, Lady Gaga, Pat Benatar and Elvis Presley. Legends in Concert performs at Tropicana Las Vegas Monday through Saturday (dark Sunday) at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and start at $49.99 (excluding tax and fees). VIP booths and preferred seating are also available, ranging from $59.99 to $79.99 (excluding tax and fees). Tickets can be purchased in person at the Tropicana Box Office.

For the past 13 years, Las Vegas resident and nationally known Award-winning Home Stager GAYLE NOVAK, nicknamed “The Residential Illusionist,” has been that expert working her magic in the Las Vegas Valley. A member of The International Association of Home Staging Professionals (IAHSP), Novak, the CEO of her own company called “Enhance Your Home, LLC” was honored this month as a 2019 Trifecta Winner in all three categories: Staging Excellence, Client Care Excellence, and Industry Leadership Excellence. To celebrate her award, Novak is throwing a BOOMING BUSINESS BASH on November 13 from 6-9p.m. at THE EMERALD IN QUEENSRIDGE that is open to the public. It will be a night of entertainment, delicious food, cocktails, exclusive offers plus the first 50 people will receive a goodie bag. Vendor opportunities are also available, Admission to the event is FREE.

THE SOUTH POINT ARENA AND EQUESTRIAN CENTER welcomes back THE LAS VEGAS NATIONAL CSI 3*-W HORSE SHOW, now in its 13th year, Monday, Nov. 11 through Sunday, Nov. 17. The Las Vegas National CSI 3*-W Horse Show will host the AON/USHJA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS for the second year. From Olympians and previous Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ competitors, guests will watch Olympic-level jumpers and the nation’s top hunters compete for the highest honors.

Throughout the week, hunter, equitation and jumper competitions will take place in both the Main Arena and the Priefert Pavilion starting at 7:30 a.m. In addition, free evening classes will be held Monday through Friday.

On Saturday, Nov. 16, some of the most prestigious riders in show jumping both nationally and internationally will compete in the $100,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Las Vegas. Along with prize money at stake, the event is one of 14 legs of the North American League Tour, where riders can earn points toward an invitation to the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Finals that will take place in Las Vegas in 2020.

Throughout the evening, spectators are invited to enjoy family fun activities such as a caricature artist, face painting, a photo station, craft stations, shopping and more. Doors to the event open at 5 p.m. with opening ceremonies kicking off at 7 p.m., which will include a Parade of Nations and a Parade of Champions. Tickets to the $100,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Las Vegas are available for $20 per person with free admission for children under 10 years of age. Ringside lounge and VIP tables are also available.

Additionally, the AON/USHJA National Championships will be held throughout the weekend featuring classes in hunter, jumper and equitation divisions for all ages and levels. In addition to the competition, the championships will offer educational opportunities for exhibitors and attendees with industry professionals like Sharon Classen, PT, ATC, CERP, known for having provided both equine and human physical therapy at the World Equestrian Games. Classes will lead an informational session on equine and human sports medicine, other classes will focus on topics like equine vital signs, hoof care, sports psychology, and equestrian judging.

COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS OF NEVADA (CIS of Nevada), one of the nation’s leading dropout organizations that serves 60,000 students in 68 schools statewide, will hold its annual fundraising gala, “TODAY FOR TOMORROW,” on Saturday, Nov. 16 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Major event sponsors include Destinations by Design, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and the Bennett Family Foundation.

Communities in Schools has once again come up with a fun and inventive twist on the standard gala. On the heels of last year’s colorful and highly successful Electric Daisy Carnival-themed gala, which raised over $500,000, guests are invited to wear their “best pajamas” for this sleepover-themed evening. Guests are invited to stay up past their bedtime and help support the organization’s mission of providing every at-risk student the means to graduate, empowering them to dream big.An impressive line-up of culinary offerings featuring The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas’ renowned Restaurant Collection will highlight the evening. Tickets and lounge seating are available for purchase on the CIS of Nevada website. Individual seats start at $400 and include a range of VIP and sponsorship options.

MARLON WAYANS, celebrated actor, comedian, producer, writer and film director, will join THE ACES OF COMEDY SERIES AT THE MIRAGE HOTEL & CASINO Friday, Nov. 15 at 10 p.m. Tickets to see the comedian’s debut at Terry Fator Theatre start at $49.99 and can be purchased at any MGM Resorts International box office. Age restrictions vary per show.

MGM RESORTS ART & CULTURE will unveil  物質から存在へ MATERIAL EXISTENCE: JAPANESE ART FROM Existence: Japanese Art FROM JOMON PERIOD TO PRESENT AT BELLAGIO GALLERY OF FINE ART on November 16. Curated by independent curator Alison Bradley, this two-part, year-long exhibition invites visitors to experience large-scale installations complemented by smaller, intimate works, some of which are being shown in the U.S. for the first time. During this exhibition, BGFA will be open daily 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for Nevada residents, seniors 65 and older, and students, teachers and military with valid ID.  Locals are invited to visit the gallery for $11 admission on Wednesday nights from 5 – 7 p.m. Children five and younger are free.

REMEDY'S CONESTOGA celebrates 11 years serving Henderson residents with a totally tubular ’80s ANNIVERSARY PARTY on Saturday, Nov. 16. Get ready for a bitchin’ time with live music, dinner buffet, drink specials and a costume contest. The party starts at 7 p.m. and there is no cover, however, guests must be 21 years or older with valid ID.  Remedy’s is located at 530 Conestoga Way.

HAKKKASAN NIGHTCLUB invites guests to rock out on Sunday, Nov. 17 for its annual ‘ROCK WITH ME' EVENT AND THE OFFICIAL AFTER PARTY OF THE ROCK 'N' ROLL MARATHON. ‘Rock with Me’ is a unique event that pairs a live band, DJ and theatrical elements supported by a rock theme in a nightlife setting. Guests are encouraged to dress in character and revel in the energetic atmosphere with a live band covering popular songs by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, Nine Inch Nails and more complemented by a rock inspired set by resident artist, DJ Shift.

Additionally, Hakkasan Nightclub will serve as the Official After Party of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. The acclaimed nightlife venue invites runners to celebrate crossing the finish line with complimentary admission with a valid race badge or wristband. Runners are invited to commemorate the occasion by sporting their race gear to the nightclub.

FREED'S BAKERY, popular family-owned establishment, will celebrate 60 years of sweet treats and creative cakes in Las Vegas with a CUPCAKE HAPPY HOUR, available from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18 through Friday, Nov. 22. In honor of 60 years, Freed’s will offer select cupcake flavors for 60 cents at Freed’s Bakery, located at 9815 S Eastern Ave., and both Freed’s Dessert Shops, located at 6475 N Decatur Blvd. and 10870 W. Charleston #110. Signature cupcake flavors include red velvet with cream cheese icing, and chocolate and vanilla cupcakes with buttercream icing.

Celebrating its momentous 16th season, members of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE’s Top 10 finalists will make their way to THE SMITH CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS in Las Vegas on Nov. 22 as part of Season 16’s SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE LIVE! 2019 tour.Tickets starting at $29 are on sale now.

 As part of its Celebrity Comedy Series, DELIRIOUS STAND-UP COMEDY INSIDE THE SPARE ROOM AT DOWNTOWN GRAND HOTEL & CASINO, PAULY SHORE will make his return to Las Vegas on Friday, November 22nd for the first time since 2018. The one-night-only engagement will feature a dual stand-up performance from Shore, 7:30 and 9:30, and feature guest sets from LA-based comedian Sandy Danto and Las Vegas' own Don Barnhart. Tickets staring at $39.99 are on sale now.

MARVEL AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. invites Las Vegas visitors and the local community to visit the exhibit for multiple SPECIAL TICKET PRICING throughout the upcoming holidays. From November 22—December 2 and December 20—January 2, Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. will offer a seasonal ticket rate of $20 for adults and $15 for children for out-of-state visitors and $10 admission for local residents (must show Nevada I.D.). Service fees are included for both offers. Tickets for out-of-state visitors may be purchased in person at Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. using the code “HOLIDAY” for the specified dates. Locals tickets must be purchased in person at the exhibit box office.

THE COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN NEVADA DANCE ENSEMBLE joins with the internationally acclaimed CONCERT DANCE COMPANY in unveiling the world premiere of a new contemporary ballet by choreographer and CSN Dance Program Director, Kelly Roth , on Friday, November 22 at 7 pm and Saturday, November 23 at 2pm. at the Nicholas Horn Theatre. MAD STOP REQUIEM, gives emotional voice to both afflicted and inflicted sufferers. taking inspiration from the emotionally painful behavioral condition known as borderline personality disorder or BPD. In striking contrast to the premiere, The Concert Dance Company will perform ALL YOU NEED 2: YESTERDAZE. This light-hearted romp, first seen last July at the Las Vegas Dance in the Desert Festival, utilizes pianist John Bayless’ baroque styled piano improvisations on beloved Beatle tunes played in the style of Bach. General admission tickets for each performance is $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.. For more information, call the PAC Box Office at 702-651-LIVE (5483).The CSN Performing Arts Center is located at 3200 East Cheyenne Avenue in North Las Vegas.

THE SMITH CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS presents the Las Vegas premiere of DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL inside Reynolds Hall from Nov. 26 - Dec. 1, 2019, including a sensory-friendly performance on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 11 a.m. Hailed by The New York Times as “100 times better than any bedtime story,” this classic holiday musical will enchant adults and children alike. Tickets starting at $30 are on sale now.

TERRY FATOR: THE VOICE OF ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS A VERY TERRY CHRISTMAS 2, THE SEQUEL, a holiday-themed performance by Terry Fator and his amazing cast at THE MIRAGE HOTEL & CASINO with performances beginning Nov. 29. Terry’s annual Christmas shows are Las Vegas’ most famous and anticipated holiday tradition. This year’s updated show continues that festive and fun tradition, while adding new characters, new comedy, new songs and a new theme as Fator and cast of stars celebrate the holidays with comedy, singing, celebrity impersonations and ventriloquism. Tickets are on sale now starting at $39.95, plus applicable taxes and fees. The “Most Valuable Package” (MVP) Experience is available for $139.95 per ticket, plus applicable taxes and fees which includes premium seating, an autographed photo, a souvenir show program and a complimentary drink. Tickets can be purchased at any MGM Resorts International box office.

KATHLEEN MADIGAN, one of the most respected comedians of her generation, will return to the ACES OF COMEDY SERIES, Friday, Nov. 29 at 10 p.m. Tickets to see Madigan perform inside Terry Fator Theatre inside THE MIRAGE HOTEL & CASINO start at $29.99 (not including applicable tax and service charges) and can be purchased at any MGM Resorts International box office,

The iconic children’s show Sesame Street is bringing its celebrated production – “SESAME STREET LIVE! MAKE YOUR MAGIC” – to to the ORLEANS ARENA on Saturday, Nov. 30 and Sunday, Dec. 1. In partnership with the non-profit, educational organization Sesame Workshop, this production features favorite Sesame Street pals Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, Cookie Monster and more in a magical adventure live on stage. With high-energy dance numbers and a soundtrack that’s sure to get everyone out of their seats, “Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic” is an inspirational introduction to live theater and the art of illusion that the entire family will enjoy. Tickets start at $20 plus fees, and can be purchased in-person at gift shops inside The Orleans, Suncoast, Gold Coast and Sam’s Town. Tickets may also be purchased the day of the show (depending upon availability) at the venue box office.

THE SMITH CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS will present a sensory-friendly performance of Broadway’s #1 holiday hit DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL at 11 a.m. on Nov. 30. To make live theater more accessible for all community members, this performance will be specially designed for audience members with sensory sensitivities and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. Accommodations include the reduction of jarring noises and lights throughout the performance and providing designated quiet areas in the lobby for audience members to take breaks as needed. Tickets for the performance start at $19.

PAHRUMP NUGGET HOTEL & CASINO, located at 681 NV-160, will celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with its SIXTH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30. Guests are invited to get into the holiday spirit during the event, which will feature carolers, cookies, hot chocolate and coffee. The festivities will take place in the southwest corner of the Pahrump Nugget parking lot.

The GRAMMY Award Nominated Liverpool Legends, “THE COMPLETE BEATLES EXPERIENCE,” will take over M RESORT SPA CASINO for a much-anticipated one-night performance inside the M Pavilion on Jan. 11, 2020. Performing songs from the entire career of The Beatles and their solo years, Liverpool Legends pay close attention to every musical and visual detail, with costume changes, vintage instruments and special effects. Concertgoers will feel like they are witnessing the real thing when these four lads come together on stage to bring down the house. Tickets are now on sale starting at $15.

DAVID LEE ROTH – front man and voice of Van Halen – is bringing the rock to the HOUSE OF BLUES LAS VEGAS with a residency beginning on Jan. 8, 10, and 11 at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Doors 7:30 p.m., Show time 8:30 p.m.; Ages 18+): Tickets for David Lee Roth: ROCKS VEGAS start at $63.50, plus applicable fees.

Upcoming Openings:

Award-winning chef Michael Mina and renowned restaurateur Ayesha Curry will light up Las Vegas with their nationally recognized dining collaboration INTERNATIONAL SMOKE, opening this December at MGM GRAND HOTEL & CASINO. Inspired by Curry and Mina’s shared love of global travels and international cooking techniques, International Smoke is a chef-driven, wood-fired cooking experience that delivers flavorful, smoke-infused dishes.

GOLDEN NUGGET LAS VEGAS lden Nugget Las Vegas has announced the newest CHICK-FIL-A restaurant in Las Vegas will be housed inside the famed Downtown Las Vegas hotel and casino, opening this December. It is the first location inside a casino in Las Vegas.

Celebrity sightings:

Saturday, November 2...

“Sugar” Shane Mosley dined at El Dorado Cantina after the Canelo fight with his girlfriend Trisha and one of his reps (pictured here).

ElDo Shane Mosley
ElDo Shane Mosley - Photo courtesy of El Dorado Cantina

Tuesday, October 29...

To celebrate the conclusion of the fall performances of his hit show “The Terry Bradshaw Show”  inside the Atrium Showroom at Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Terry's fellow co-star of NBC’s “Better Late Than Never,” Jeff Dye, along with comedian JC Currais, were in the audience to cheer him on.

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JC Currais, Terry Bradshaw, Jeff Dye, and friend - Photo courtesy of Luxor Hotel and Casino

Monday, October 28...

Vegas Golden Knights’ alternate captain Mark Stone and 2019 NHL Entry Draft first-round pick Peyton Krebs, currently playing for the WHL’s Winnipeg Ice, were spotted attending the 8 p.m. performance of ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace.

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Mark Stone and Peyton Krebs Attend ABSINTHE - Photo credit: Paul Mattingly/Spiegelworld

Sunday, October 27...

Vegas Golden Knights standout Jonathan Marchessault was spotted attending the 9pm performance of ATOMIC SALOON SHOW at the Grand Canal Shoppes inside The Venetian Resort. After the show, Marchessault went backstage for photos with Madame Boozy Skunkton and The Mayor and to express his enjoyment of the performance.

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Jonathan Marchessault Attends ATOMIC SALOON SHOW - Photo courtesy of Jami Jones/Spiegelworld

Saturday, October 26...

Grammy award-winning superstar Shania Twain attended one of the first performances of Las Vegas’ newest headlining show R.U.N, inside Luxor Hotel and Casino. After enjoying the adrenaline-packed performance, Shania was invited on stage for a photo with the cast and crew.

Shania Twain Attends Brand New Show R.U.N produced by Cirque du Soleil at Luxor Hotel and Casino Oct. 26 2019
Shania Twain Attends Brand New Show R.U.N produced by Cirque du Soleil at Luxor Hotel and Casino

Rapper, singer and songwriter Roddy Ricch, celebrated his 21st birthday at Drai’s Nightclub at The Cromwell, where he was presented with an elaborate cake, complete with $100 bills and topped with a crystal-encrusted “21.”

Roddy Ricch poses on the red carpet at Drais Nightclub
Roddy Ricch poses on the red carpet at Drais Nightclub

Friday, October 25...

Patty Rodriguez, senior producer of “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” and host of the popular segment “Ryan’s Roses,” was spotted attending the hot production, Magic Mike Live at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Following the sizzling performance, the co-founder of the bilingual children’s publishing company Lil’ Libros met with the cast during a private meet and greet.

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Patty Rodriguez Attends MAGIC MIKE LIVE - Photo credit: MML Photography

Thursday, October 24...

Spotted in the audience on opening night of GRAMMY Award-winning singer and choreographer Paula Abdul's official opening of her headlining residency show, Paula Abdul: Forever Your Girl on at Flamingo Las Vegas, were several of Paula’s celebrity friends and fans, including Caesars Entertainment headliners Wayne Newton, Penn Jillette and Mat Franco as well as Kathy Griffin, Frankie Grande, Jen Atkin, Kathy Hilton and others.

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Paula Abdul Forever Your Girl at Flamingo Las Vegas - Photo credit: Denise Truscello

Penn Jillette by Denise Truscello
Penn Jillette - Photo credit: Denise Truscello

Wayne Newton by Denise Truscello
Wayne Newton - Photo credit: Denise Truscello

Mat and Tianna Franco 2 by Denise Truscello
Mat and Tianna Franco - Photo credit: Denise Truscello

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