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Rock icon Sammy Hagar and Rick Springfield Celebrate Reinvention of The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod

After completing over $100 million in renovations at The Strat Hotel, Casino & SkyPod, Golden Entertainment, Inc. marked the official transition to the iconic property’s new identity with a special event on Wednesday, January 22 hosted by rock icon, Sammy Hagar.

Guy Fieri, Rick Springfield and Governor Steve Sisolak were among the special guests who commemorated the transformation and transition to the iconic property’s new name.

Guy Fieri with Santo
Guy Fieri with Santo - Photo credit: Denise Truscello

Springfield and Hagar Blue Carpet
Rick Springfield and Sammy Hagar - Photo credit: Denise Truscello

The event began with a ribbon cutting, where Charles Protell, president and chief financial officer and Steve Arcana, executive vice president and chief operations operator of Golden Entertainment, Inc., the parent company of The STRAT, welcomed guests along with the hotel’s vice president and general manager, Stephen Thayer. City of Las Vegas Council members Olivia Diaz and Cedric Crear proclaimed the day, “The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod Day,” on behalf of the City of Las Vegas; and proclamations were presented by Governor Sisolak and Congresswoman Dina Titus on behalf of the State of Nevada.

As the ribbon cutting ceremony came to an end with Hagar, he was surprised by Fieri, who snuck up behind him. Fieri, who is Hagar’s friend and business partner in Santo Blanco Tequila and Santo Mezquila, was celebrating his birthday. The surprise guest and Food Network favorite unexpectedly showed up just in time to cut the ribbon with the rest of the guests.

The STRAT Ribbon Cutting
Ribbon cutting at The STRAT commemorating the iconic reinvention of the property with Councilman Cedric Crear, Guy Fieri, Rick Springfield, Steve Arcana, Sammy Hagar, Governor Steve Sisolak, Charles Protell, Councilwoman Olivia Diaz and Congresswoman Dina Titus (L-R: Crear, Fieri, Springfield, Arcana, Hagar, Sisolak, Protell, Diaz and Titus) - Photo credit: Denise Truscello

In addition to celebrating the transformation of The STRAT, Hagar, Springfield and Fieri were also celebrating a new partnership with Golden Entertainment for their spirits. Fieri and Hagar are partners in Santo, and during the event Hagar announced that Springfield is his new partner in Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum. The trio went from the ribbon cutting at The STRAT’s main entrance straight to REMIX Lounge, where they poured shots and drinks for a packed bar full of fans. Fieri was presented with a birthday cake made by Freed’s Bakery of Food Network’s “Vegas Cakes” honoring him and their tequila with “Blondes and Blancos Have More Fun.” Proving the birthday message rings true, Fieri poured Santo Blanco Tequila over the cake and then served it to fans in cocktail glasses.

The group then joined the ‘blue carpet,’ a nod to The STRAT’s new identity, where they joined other celebrities and entertainers for photographs including DJ ASHBA, Carrot Top, special guest hosts Joss Mooney and Rogan O’Connor; professional BMX Rider and TV personality, Ricardo Laguna; the host of Crazy Girls, Dani Elizabeth; Murray The Magician; and the casts ofCelestia, the otherworldly new production at The STRAT, FANTASY, Thunder from Down Under and Chippendales.

Hundreds of VIP guests enjoyed a “Taste of The STRAT” with food stations from the property’s award-winning Top of the World restaurant and elevated pub, BLVD & MAIN Taphouse. 

“With this comprehensive renovation of The STRAT, we are introducing a new era for the iconic Las Vegas Strip hotel and casino,” said Blake L. Sartini, chief executive officer of Golden Entertainment. “This includes elevated design, restaurants, bars, entertainment, rooms and a new Observation Deck, all accentuated by custom art installations created by talented local artists,”

A full remodel of the entire 80,000-square-foot casino, which encompasses 750 slot machines and 44 tables, including a Baccarat pit, is now completed. Designed to improve sight lines and the flow of traffic to enhance the overall guest experience, the casino has been completely transformed. From the carpet to décor, the colors were inspired by the sky, sun, stars and moon with shades of blue and amber. Other new features include directional signage, a full redesign of the hotel registration area, and a video wall behind the box office.

The exterior has been renovated to deliver a striking new arrival for guests through new landscape architecture at the main entrance and surrounding the property; new exterior signage on the tower and at the porte cochere, where new LED is customized for holidays and special events; and a new LED screen showcasing vibrant video content.


Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens Celebrates Year of the Rat with Festive Lunar New Year Display

Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens has unveiled a captivating Lunar New Year display celebrating the Year of the Rat that is open for visitors to view through mid-March.

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East Bed - Photo courtesy Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

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North Bed - Photo courtesy Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

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Panorama - Photo courtesy Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

CNY 2020 Night South Bed
South Bed - Photo courtesy Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

CNY 2020 Night West Bed
West Bed - Photo courtesy Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Designed to bring prosperity and luck to all who visit, the gardens lead visitors into a world of legend, myth and culture. Complete with silk-lantern chandeliers, firecrackers and a gilded representation of the first animal in the Chinese Zodiac, the Rat, this display is comprised of more than 32,000 flowers.

The result of collaborative efforts between designer Ed Libby, Bellagio’s horticulture team and Feng Shui Master George Yau, the intricate creation is layered with meaningful features honoring The Year of the Rat. Each Lunar New Year, the team collaborates to create a serene environment guided by the ancient practice of Feng Shui – the art of using surroundings to attract harmony, balance and positive life energy. Represented throughout the display, the theme “Free Flowing Fortune” is signified by the blending of elements from Asian culture and Western ideology.

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



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

Thursday night, January 8, 2020, XAVIER MORTIMER'S MAGICAL DREAM celebrated its 1000th show with a special anniversary performance at Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino at The Magic Attic in Las Vegas. Proceeds from the event will go toward local nonprofit, Opportunity Village. A formal check presentation will be held in the coming days, exact details to be announced.

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Xavier Mortimer

For nearly an hour and a half, Xavier entertained a packed house with his unique brand of mind-bending magic and charming humor with a French twist. Notable names in attendance included the cast members from FRIENDS! The Musical Parody, Marriage Can Be Murder, Chippendales, Tape Face, Melody Sweets, Adam London, Potted Peter, Ricardo Laguna (The Ricardo Laguna Project, MTV Tr3s), and more.

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Marriage Can Be Murder - Photo credit: Alexander Zayas/kabikphotogroup.com

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Chippendales - Photo credit: Alexander Zayas/kabikphotogroup.com

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Cast of Friends The Musical Parody with Xavier Mortimer - Photo credit: Alexander Zayas/kabikphotogroup.com

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Tape Face with Xavier Mortimer - Photo credit: Alexander Zayas/kabikphotogroup.com

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Ricardo Laguna with Xavier Mortimer - Photo credit: Alexander Zayas/kabikphotogroup.com

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Adam London with Xavier Motimer - Photo credit: Alexander Zayas/kabikphotogroup.com

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Potted Potter with Xavier Mortimer - Photo credit: Alexander Zayas/kabikphotogroup.com

On January 15, BOYD GAMING representatives presented a $5,000 DONATION TO OPPORTUNITY VILLAGE as a result of the limited-edition Opportunity Ale brew sold at Triple 7 Restaurant & Brewery throughout the month of December. The funds will support Opportunity Village’s mission of providing those with intellectual and related disabilities the chance to enhance their lives through programs, services and resources. The specialty ale was brewed on-site at Triple 7 inside Main Street Station with more than 600 pounds of grain including toasted buckwheat and caramel malts.

Dennis Bono, star of the DENNIS BONO SHOW, the longest running musical entertainment broadcast in Las Vegas history has extended his contract through 2020 with the Southpoint Hotel & Casino. Dennis' one hour variety show, celebrating 20 years of continuous weekly broadcasts, is heard world-wide on the CRN Network and its affiliates, armed Forces Network Radio and locally on KJUL.7 FM, as well as Sound Cloud, Apple Podcasts and the dennisbonoshow.com

ARIZONA CHARLIE'S DECATUR brings out the laughs with the introduction of  a NEW COMEDY SERIES BY BONKERZ COMEDY PRODUCTIONS at the NAUGHTY LADIES SALOON with a monthly performance from January through March. Texas comedian Alex ‘KOOLAID’ Ansel kicked off the series with a performance at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11. Ansel was named the “Funniest Person in South Texas” and has opened up for WWE Hall of Fame Pro-Wrestler Jake “The Snake” Roberts during his “The Unspoken Word” comedy tour. James “Bigfoot” Scott, who has appeared on NBC’s “This is Us,” “Oceans 8,” “Pawn Stars” and more, will be the second act of the series with a show at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8. Comedian Tommy Lama will conclude the series with a show at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 14. Lama, a New York City native, was named “best comedian” at the Boston Comedy Festival, Ventura Comedy Festival and the LA Comedy Awards.  Bonkerz Comedy performances are open to the public with no cover charge. Guests are encouraged to come early as seating is limited and on a first come, first serve basis.

To support relief for victims of the Australia bushfires, The Venetian® Resort Las Vegas will unite with Australian resident headliner HUMAN NATURE to match 100% of proceeds from their January 25 performance of “HUMAN NATURE SINGS MOTOWN & MORE.” The Australian award-winning pop vocal group and their producer, SPI Entertainment, recently committed to donate 100% of proceeds from all tickets sold at their January 25 show to benefit the Australian bushfires relief efforts. Humanitarian aid organization Australian Red Cross will be the beneficiary of donations matched from the show through Sands Cares, the corporate giving program of Las Vegas Sands and its property, The Venetian Resort. Tickets are on sale and start at $49.95 + taxes and fees and VIP options are available. Tickets can be purchased at any box office at The Venetian Resort.

In early January THE VENETIAN RESORT Las Vegas began transforming the waterfall atrium for Chinese New Year to celebrate the Year of the Rat. The 2020 Lunar New Year display features a 2,000-pound golden rodent.

A dragon that spans 18 feet adorns the infinity pond in the waterfall atrium at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas
A dragon that spans 18 feet adorns the infinity pond in the waterfall atrium at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas

An 8 foot tall golden rat sits behind the reception desk in The Palazzo tower at The Venetian Resort
An 8 foot tall golden rat sits behind the reception desk in The Palazzo tower at The Venetian Resort

An 18 foot tall golden rodent is featured in the waterfall atrium of The Venetian Resort Las Vegas
An 18 foot tall golden rodent is featured in the waterfall atrium of The Venetian Resort Las Vegas

One of nine rats installed throughout The Venetian Resort this one holding a peach in The Venetian Lobby
One of nine rats installed throughout The Venetian Resort this one holding a peach in The Venetian Lobby

The Venetian Resort Las Vegas Celebrates Chinese New Year 2020 Year of the Rat
The Venetian Resort Las Vegas Celebrates Chinese New Year 2020 Year of the Rat

The rat is the first of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals, which has existed since the Qin dynasty, more than 2,000 years ago. “The Chinese zodiac is very deep and very traditional,” said Dana Beatty, executive director of floral operations. “We take the sensitivities of this cultural event very seriously. For example, I consult with a feng shui master in designing each art installation, to make sure we have considered all of the culture’s beliefs and requirements for such a display.”

Conception to completion of the featured rodent in the waterfall atrium took nearly one year. A group of artisans from California handcrafted the 18-foot-tall steel and gold painted rat. In addition, nine playful rats have been installed throughout the resort, including one at The Palazzo tower front desk that sits eight feet tall, as well as an ox, the secret friend of the rat.

A LION DANCE AND FIRECRACKERS TO RING IN THE NEW YEAR

At 3:00 p.m., on Jan. 25, the resort will officially kick off Lunar New Year with the ceremonial lion dance and eye ceremony. The auspicious dance begins at The Venetian’s porte cochere and winds its way through The Venetian lobby and casino, stopping in the waterfall atrium before continuing through The Palazzo casino and lobby, and ending at The Palazzo porte cochere. This exciting and joyful event features firecrackers, and a parade of dancers and drummers in authentic costumes.

TRADITIONAL FAN DANCE AND HOLIDAY PROMOTIONS AT GRAND CANAL SHOPPES

Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort will celebrate the Year of the Rat in true fashion with the 9th Annual Chinese New Year in the Desertä on Jan. 25. In honor of Lunar New Year, the shopping, dining and entertainment destination invites guests to ring in the new year with four days of live entertainment and activations, available January 23 – 26.

MTV’s “The Challenge” hottest dynamic duo and reality star heartthrobs, JOSS MOONEYAND ROGAN O'CONNOR will join the world famous, all male revue, CHIPPENDALES as celebrity guest hosts for four shows only, January 24 and 25 (8:30 pm and 10:30 pm) at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Chippendales performs nightly at 8:30 pm with additional shows on Friday and Saturday at 10:30 pm). Tickets range from $64.95 to $165.09 + tax and fees (18+).

REMEDY'S ST. ROSE will host their third annual WHITE OUT PARTY on Saturday, Jan. 25. The White Out Party is one of the ‘coolest’ parties of the year as locals are welcome to get down with drink specials, a food buffet and live music spinning the hottest tunes. The partying starts at 8 p.m., however, guests must be 21 years or older with valid I.D. Remedy’s St. Rose is located at 3265 Saint Rose Pkwy.

REMEDY'S CONESTOGA kicks off another year of fun-themed, year-long parties with their annual HILLBILLY BALL on Saturday, Jan. 25. In its tenth year, the Hillbilly Ball welcomes hillbillies and city folk of all kinds to party ‘til the cows come home with live music, drink specials and fun costume contest. The barnyard fun starts at 8 p.m. and there is no cover, but those hankerin’ for a good time must be 21 years or older with valid I.D.

THE LAS VEGAS ARTISTS GUILD (LVAG) invites the public to enjoy LIVE MUSIC and LIVE ART created by local artists every Saturday evening from 5pm to 9pm in their new gallery located on the second floor next to Dillards inside the Galleria at Sunset. Admission is FREE. Light refreshments included. For more information call LVAG at 702-831-3765.

GRAND CANAL SHOPPES AT THE VENETIAN® RESORT LAS VEGAS partnered with Parker 3D to bring to life a dazzling NEW DRAGON ART INSTALLATION in honor of the Lunar New Year. Once complete, the interactive display will stand over eight feet tall and measure an impressive 34 feet long. The dragon body will be covered in 5 miles of metallic stranded material and lit by 13,750 computer programmed LED lights with sparkle strobes. The beast is powered by 5.2 miles of copper wire and feature a theatrical smoke show that will create the perfect photo opportunity for awestruck guests. Located near Kate Spade New York and Louis Vuitton, the festive dragon will be constructed with a metal frame and chromed polyester metallic foliage that compliments its gold accents, along with a face a made of hard coated CNC foam. Thousands of heavily lit warm white lights will be buried in the foliage and programmed with a tiny strobe effect that radiates the holiday spirt to all.

PLANET HOLLYWOOD RESORT & CASINO brings a new show to the SIN CITY THEATER beginning March 26, 2020. Audiences of all ages can ‘get lit’ with an all-new experience from the performance group, iLUMINATE (pronounced “i” “luminate”). ‘iLuminate Presents: HAPPY HOUR’ blends music, dance, comedy, technology and art from the group that held a finalist spot on America’s Got Talent in 2011.‘iLuminate Presents: Happy Hour’ performs Thursday through Monday. Tickets go on sale to the public on Jan. 17 at 10 a.m. PST. Tickets begin at $69, plus additional taxes and fees, and can be purchased in person at any Caesars Entertainment box office. Guests must be 12 years of age or older.


 The First National Tour of MEAN GIRLS—the record-breaking new musical comedy based on the hit film, will play THE SMITH CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS April 14-19 as part of the 2019-2020 Broadway Las Vegas Series® season. Tickets starting at $40 go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 17 at The Smith Center box office.

BLACK MOUNTAIN INSTITUTE (BMI), invites the Las Vegas community to connect with literary luminaries and emerging talent through a SERIES OF READINGS AND CONVERSATIONS. Locals, visitors, and writers alike are welcomed to join BMI as they begin their spring season and continue their mission to enliven, support and connect the Las Vegas community through their work with highly-acclaimed literary visionaries. Below are events taking place in January. Both are FREE and open to the public.

THE COMMUNAL WEST: TERRY TEMPEST WILLIAMS IN CONVERSATION WITH TÉA OBREHT

Friday, Jan. 24, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Historic Fifth Street School, 401 South 4th Street

Terry Tempest Williams, a passionate activist and conservationist whose work is rooted in the landscape and the spiritual traditions of the American West, is also a sharp-eyed critic of one of its most enduring myths: rugged individualism. A resident of Castle Valley, Utah, Williams visits Las Vegas to discuss her most recent book, Erosion: Essays of Undoing, a deft intersection of assaults on public lands alongside an erosion of commitment to the open space of democracy. Williams will be interviewed on stage by Téa Obreht, author of the international bestseller The Tiger's Wife, finalist for the National Book Award.

THE BELIEVER PRESENTS: CARMEN MARIA MACHADO IN CONVERSATION WITH NIELA ORR

Wednesday, Jan. 29  7:00 – 8:00 p.m. The Writer’s Block, 519 South 6th Street, Ste #100

Carmen Maria Machado's debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, was a finalist for the National Book Award and the winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction. Machado will read from and discuss her genre-bending memoir, In the Dream House–an account of a relationship gone toxic, and a bold dissection of the mechanisms of psychological abuse. Machado will discuss her work with The Believer’s deputy editor Niela Orr.

Monday, January 27, the Guinn Center is hosting a lively discussion led by NPR Latino USA Executive Producer/ Anchor MARIA HINOJOSA and her 'In the Thick' Podcast host JULIO RICARDO VARELA inside the HORN THEATER AT CSN NORTH LAS VEGAS CAMPUS. Guest speakers will be Ruben Navarrette, a national columnist/speaker;  Bethany Khan, Culinary 226 Director of Communications, & Astrid Silva, Executive Director of Nevada Dream Big. The panelists will discuss Nevada's changing demographics and unique features and how these factors influence local politics and play out against national presidential politics. This event will be taped for 'In the Thick' podcasts. The event starts at 6:00 pm. VIP reception to follow at 7:30 pm. General admission is $10. The Guinn Center is offering free admission to CCSD teachers and students and NSHE students.

The "King of Country" and Country Music Hall of Famer GEORGE STRAIT returns to Las Vegas for two shows over Super Bowl weekend, Jan. 31 - Feb. 1, with special guest Gone West. Tickets start at $75 (up to 55% off) for Travelzoo members for performances at T-MOBILE ARENA.

CLARENCE GILYARD, faculty at UNLV Department of Theatre, is starring as Hoke in DRIVING MISS DAISY at REYNOLDS HALL INSIDE THE SMITH CENTER on Jan. 31. Gilyard is best known for his roles as Jimmy Trivette on the hit television show Walker, Texas Ranger and as Conrad McMasters on the iconic television series Matlock. Gilyard has also appeared in numerous feature films, including Die Hard, Top Gun, and The Karate Kid, Part II. Miss Daisy is played by Gilyard's former Walker, Texas Ranger co-star, Sheree J. Wilson.TICKET PRICES $20.00 — $59.00.

Local and national music industry veterans return to Downtown Las Vegas for the VEGAS MUSIC SUMMIT, Thursday, Jan. 30 and Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 inside the DOWNTOWN GRAND HOTEL & CASINO. The two-day conference brings together artists, entertainment executives, lifestyle brands, technology professionals, college students, entrepreneurs and visionaries to present, educate and share ideas that are facing the evolving music landscape. The event presents the opportunity for music lovers from diverse backgrounds to engage in an environment that welcomes sharing information and creative collaborations.  Panels will touch on various topics about the ever-changing music industry as well as engage with the audience with answering questions and sharing ideas. General admission starts at $79 and includes admission for both days. Discounted student tickets are also available.

THE ACES OF COMEDY SERIES adds THEO VON AND WHITNEY CUMMINGS to its already impressive 2020 lineup at The Mirage Hotel & Casino. Theo Von will return Friday, Jan. 31 – Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020 and Whitney Cummings is scheduled to make her debut Saturday, May 2, 2020. Tickets for Theo Von are on sale now and tickets for Whitney Cummings will go on sale Friday, Dec.13 at 10 a.m. All shows are scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. 

DRAI'S NIGHTCLUB AT THE CROMWELL will host a weekend-long party in celebration of the Big Game featuring DJ Pauly D, TIP and Gucci Mane from Friday, Jan. 31 to Sunday, Feb. 2. The Drai’s resident and charismatic DJ Pauly D, known for his larger than life personality on MTV’s “Jersey Shore,”will kick off Big Game Weekend with a live performance on Friday, Jan. 31 Pauly D is a resident performer at Drai’s Beachclub and Nightclub. Drai’s Nightclub opens at 10:30 p.m. from Friday to Sunday. Admission pricing starts at $40 for women and $60 for men.

South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa, home to Las Vegas’ premier sports book and the VSiN broadcast studio, will host their annual BIG GAME WATCH PARTIES on Sunday, Feb. 2. With no admission fee, five watch parties, food and drink specials, on-site wager stations and more, South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa offers football fanatics the perfect location to watch the most anticipated professional football game of the year.

Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2. Seating the Showroom, Exhibit Hall and Grand Ballroom are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Guests will cheer loud as they catch all the action on large-screen televisions. In addition, sports fans can catch the Big Game action in the Grandview Lounge and Sports Book.

Renowned singer, songwriter, composer, pianist and author, NEIL SEDAKA will perform Friday, February 7 and Saturday, February 8 in the Showroom at the Orleans Casino.  Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets start at $59.95 plus tax and fees, and can be purchased in-person at The Orleans, Suncoast, Gold Coast, Sam’s Town, Aliante, Cannery and Eastside Cannery. Tickets may also be purchased the day of the show (depending upon availability) at the venue box office.

FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE, the six-block entertainment district located in historic downtown Las Vegas, will celebrate NASCAR Weekend with FREE, non-stop live entertainment and an unforgettable performance by multiplatinum rock star and frontman of Poison, BRET MICHAELS on Saturday, Feb. 22 beginning at 9 p.m.

Eighties chart topping band, LOVERBOY will perform Saturday, February 29 in the Showroom at the Orleans Casino. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets start at $49.95 plus tax and fees, and can be purchased-person at The Orleans, Suncoast, Gold Coast, Sam’s Town, Aliante, Cannery and Eastside Cannery. Tickets may also be purchased the day of the show (depending upon availability) at the venue box office.

Restaurant openings:

MOON PALACE, a new concept from David Chang and the team behind Majordōmo Meat & Fish centering around a compact menu of Tastys, Hot Chips, and Half Dips, opened on Monday, January 20 at The Venetian Resort. Moon Palace aims to serve quick, tasty food in a fast-paced environment. The goal is to offer good food at a good value for Las Vegas locals and visitors alike.

EL DORADO CANTINA Dorado Cantina opens its newest location at Tivoli Village at 11 a.m. Friday, January 24. Serving its popular authentic Mexican cuisine featuring sustainably sourced, organic, non-GMO ingredients, El Dorado Cantina introduces several new additions to the menu including a variety of vegan selections and the inclusion of several Latin-inspired dishes crafted by their new corporate culinary team, led by Executive Chef Sean Bernal. Plans to launch Sunday brunch service are also in the works in the coming months.

Celebrity sightings:

Saturday, January 18...

Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey and wife Camila Alves treated their three children to a performance of The Beatles™ LOVE™ by Cirque du Soleil at The Mirage Hotel & Casino.

Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves Backstage with the Cast at LOVE by Cirque du Soleil Jan. 18 2020
Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves Backstage with the Cast at LOVE by Cirque du Soleil

Matthew McConaughey with the Kids of Liverpool at LOVE by Cirque du Soleil Jan. 18 2020
Matthew McConaughey with the Kids of Liverpool at LOVE by Cirque du Soleil

Friday, January 17...

Also spotted at LOVE was former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell.

Chuck LIddell with the Cast of LOVE by Cirque du Soleil Jan. 17 2020
Chuck LIddell with the Cast of LOVE by Cirque du Soleil

Chuck Liddell Poses with the Characters of LOVE by Cirque du Soleil Jan. 17 2020
Chuck Liddell Poses with the Characters of LOVE by Cirque du Soleil Jan. 17 2020

Wednesday, Jan. 8...

Joey Fatone, former member of eight-time Grammy-nominated boyband *NSYNC, was spotted attending the 8 p.m. performance of OPIUM at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

The Pittsburgh Penguins were spotted attending the 10 p.m. performance of ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas after a win over the Vegas Golden Knights in a close game on Tuesday.

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Pittsburgh Penguins Attend ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace - Photo credit: Paul Mattingly/Spiegelworld

Saturday, Jan. 4...

Vegas Golden Knights’ superstar forward, ALEX TUCH took over Hyde Lounge at T-Mobile Arena for a post-game party in support of his new foundation, AT9. Throughout the night, Tuch signed autographs and treated fans to a special Q&A session hosted by Wayne “Big D” Danielson. Hyde Lounge collected $4,120 in donations for the AT9 Foundation and presented Tuch with a giant check. The AT9 Foundation’s primary purpose is to assist children currently facing challenges in all areas of their lives, with a specific focus on supporting research to end children’s cancer and helping those with special needs.

Alex Tuch and Wayne Big D Danielso n at Hyde Lounge at TMA 1.04.20
Alex Tuch and Wayne Big D Danielson at Hyde Lounge at TMA


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