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Norway’s Espen Jorstad Makes Poker History As The First-ever World Series Of Poker® Main Event® Champion On The Las Vegas Strip

After 9 days of intense Main Event play, Norway’s Espen Jorstad solidified his place in poker history as the first-ever World Series of Poker (WSOP®) Champion to be crowned on the Las Vegas Strip. Defeating 8,662 players from around the world, Jorstad took home $10,000,000 in earnings and was presented with the newly designed Main Event bracelet by Senior Vice President and General Manager of Paris Las Vegas and Bally’s, the future Horseshoe, Jason Gregorec.

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The Final Three L-R Michael Duek, Espen Jorstad, and Adrian Attenborough - Photo credit: Poker News

On Saturday afternoon,July 16, Jorstad outlasted Adrian Attenborough and Michael Duek at the Final Table. 23-year-old Duek took home third place, with a total of $4,000,000 in earnings. Attenborough called Jorstad in the intense heads-up, setting Jorstad up for a dramatic victory once he revealed his winning hand – a full house. Espen’s win cements the international dominance in poker’s World Championship – marking the fourth consecutive win by an international player. Following his life-changing win, Jorstad immediately called his mom. 

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Espen Jorstad - Photo credit: Poker News

“It was a very emotional call,” said Jorstad. “She could barely speak. She is my biggest fan, so to be able to share that moment with her was very special.”

“This year’s historic WSOP was special for the poker community,” said World Series of Poker Senior Vice President and Executive Director, Ty Stewart. “Against all odds, poker made its way back in a big way and for the first time to the Las Vegas Strip. To see Espen persevere through 8,662 Main Event entrants – the second most in WSOP history, was incredible. We’re looking forward to raising Espen’s banner and coming back bigger than ever in the new Horseshoe Las Vegas next summer.”

The newly designed Main Event bracelet is custom created from 500 grams of 10 karat white and yellow gold, featuring 55 and a half karats or 2,767 various precious stones including rubies, and black and white diamonds.

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2022 Main Event Bracelet - Photo credit: Poker News

Tacos & Tequila Officially Celebrates Return to Las Vegas with a Lively Grand Opening Party

Tacos & Tequila (T&T) celebrated their vibrant new 4,000 square foot restaurant and cantina, located at Palace Station Hotel and Casino, with a grand opening party on Tuesday night, July 12, that featured energetic tunes from a live mariachi band.

Mariachi with Neon Sign by Joe Durkin

Enjoying festive music throughout the evening, guests stopped for photos in front of the “Eat Tacos, Drink Tequila, Make Love” neon sign before taking in the mural and photos of Mexico City canvasing the dining room walls. A sampling of T&T’s award-winning Mexican dishes were available, including carne asada fries; taquitos with refried beans; carnitas sliders; and tres leches cake. Guests also indulged in uniquely flavored margaritas including white peach and pineapple chipotle, along with draft beers including Modelo Especial and Pacifico.

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Michael Frey Craig Gilbert - Photo credit: Joe Durkin

TacosTequila Sign by Joe Durkin
TacosTequila Sign - Photo credit: Joe Durkin

TT GO Party by Joe Durkin
Photo credit: Joe Durkin

T&T is open from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday – Thursday and 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Happy hour is 3 – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday. Brunch is Sunday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., with a live mariachi band from noon – 2 p.m.

Australia’s Thunder From Down Under Celebrated 20th Anniversary at Excalibur

It was a night of fun and excitement on Wednesday, July 13 inside Excalibur’s Thunderland Showroom as Australia’s Thunder From Down Under entertained and danced for fans, celebrating 20 years of performances at the castle along The Strip. The festivities included Adam Steck, CEO of SPI Entertainment and co-owner of the show, receiving a proclamation from the Clark County Commission, declaring July 5 – 13 as “Thunder From Down Under Week.” MGM Resorts Vice President of Entertainment Laura Ishum congratulated Steck and the cast on the tremendous milestone with a large, decorated cake.

Thunder From Down Under with celebratory cake - Photo courtesy of the Excalibur

Steck, who received the proclamation with business partner and group founder Bill Cross, said,  “We have enjoyed our residency at the iconic Excalibur for 20 years as well as having the distinction of being the longest-running male revue on the Las Vegas Strip. Having this proclamation and last week’s Key to The Strip presentation is an incredible honor. We want to thank our wonderful MGM Resorts partners and, of course, the millions of fans who have supported us through the years and celebrated countless bachelorette parties, birthdays, graduations and yes, even divorces.”

Thunder From Down Under remains a favorite among celebrity guests, hosting stars such as Demi Moore, Kelly Clarkson, Paris Hilton, Heidi Klum, Chrissy Teigen, Gene Simmons of KISS, The Property Brothers and dozens of others who have attended the show since it first opened.

Thunder debuted in Las Vegas in 1993 at the Stardust Hotel and had its first full residency at The New Frontier, prior to making Excalibur its home for the last 20 years.  
Tickets for the show start at $49.95 (not including taxes and applicable service fees) and preferred and VIP seating prices vary. Guests must be 18 years of age or older to attend.Performance Schedule - Monday | Wednesday | Thursday – 9:00 p.m. Tuesday – DARK - Friday | Saturday – 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m. & 11:00 p.m. Sunday – 9:00 p.m. & 11:00 p.m.

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

Caesars Entertainment awarded 22 U.S. students, including 9 students from Nevada, with up to $20,000 to go toward a college or degree-granting program. Recipients will receive $5,000 a year, renewable up to four years.

THE DON CARANO LEGACY SCHOLARSHIP is a tribute to Don Carano’s passion for the gaming industry and the family values shared by all Caesars Team Members. The scholarship was open to dependents of Team Members who are high school seniors or currently enrolled in college.

Don Carano

“We were incredibly impressed by the applicants for our inaugural year of the Don Carano Legacy Scholarship,” said Tom Reeg, CEO of Caesars Entertainment. “Supporting our Team Members is our top priority, and that means supporting their families as well. We’re proud to launch this scholarship program and provide financial aid to these remarkable and diverse students.”

In partnership with the Community Foundation of Northern Nevada, students were selected from a diverse pool of applicants whose parents or legal guardians represent a wide range of positions and properties across Caesars Entertainment. Scholarship recipients hail from across the company’s footprint, including students from Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

The Don Carano Legacy Scholarship is part of Caesars Entertainment’s recently launched “All-in On Education” program, which offers low to no cost education, tuition reimbursement, student loan debt repayment options, 529 college savings plan options and scholarship opportunities.

Thursday evening, July 21, A GUEST AT THE VENETIAN® RESORT LAS VEGAS was dealt A MILLION-DOLLAR HAND. The guest, who wished to remain anonymous, was playing Three Card Poker and was dealt a spade royal flush. The guest made the $5 side bet making them eligible to win the mega tier of the resort’s Millionaire Progressive for $1,040,235.

On July 15, BELLAGIO GALLERY OF FINE ART debuted its newest exhibition CALDONIA: CONCERT AND ILM POSTERS FROM THE RALPH DELUCA COLLECTION. Showcasing icons of American music, Caldonia features a collection of 44 vintage posters advertising performances and films featuring African American musicians and actors from the 1920s into the 1970s.The exhibition is named after “Caldonia,” an iconic love song by Louis Jordan, released in 1945 by Decca Records, and also features film posters such as “Cabin in the Sky” (1943) featuring Ethel Waters and Lena Horne; and “St. Louis Blues” (1929), the only cinematic presentation of Bessie Smith. Originally presented in New York’s Salon 94, Caldonia features video footage and examples of the iconic music that inspired American sound. Caldonia: Concert and Film Posters from The Ralph DeLuca Collection is on display daily at Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art July 15 – October 2 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Last admissions are sold 30 minutes prior to closing time. Tickets are $18 for adults; $15 for Nevada residents; and $15 for seniors 65 and older, students, teachers and military with a valid ID. Children 5 and younger are free.

Cirque du Soleil has extended the residency of award-winning stage production THE BEATLES™ LOVE™ AT THE MIRAGE HOTEL & CASINO Through 2023. Working in tandem with MGM Resorts International and Hard Rock International through the property’s transition, The Beatles LOVE will continue celebrating the musical legacy of the most influential rock band in the world and welcome many more audiences from around the world. The Beatles LOVE is a vibrant and thrilling tribute filled with breathtaking aerial artistry, colorful visuals and high-energy choreography on a 360-degree stage. The fan-favorite show recently celebrated its 16th anniversary, further solidifying it as one of the most popular productions in Las Vegas. The Beatles LOVE performs Tuesday – Saturday at 7 and 9:30 p.m. inside its world-class theater at The Mirage in Las Vegas. Tickets for performances in 2023 will be on sale in the coming months.

According to a report from Billboard, U2 will open MSG SPHERE, the $1.8 billion arena currently under construction near the Venetian Resort. The band is expected to perform a multi engagement residency when MSG Sphere opens in 2023. Performance dates will be spread out over several months on non consecutive days. Information as to dates and tickets have yet to be revealed. The 388-foot-tall venue will hold between 17,500 and 20,000 people along with what is promised to be a state-of-the-art audio and visual experience.

The Howard Hughes Corporation®, developer of the Summerlin® master planned community, has announced the selection of Southern Nevada artist BONNIE KELSO to create THE LARGEST PUBLIC MURAL IN DOWNTOWN SUMMERLIN, the community’s 400-acre walkable, mixed-use urban core. Kelso’s design will transform the north- and west-facing exterior walls of the parking garage of 1700 Pavilion—the ten-story Class-A office tower currently under construction and actively leasing at Downtown Summerlin. The mural, which is designed in panels to accommodate the open spaces between levels, measures more than 120 feet long and more than 54 feet wide on both sides  Kelso’s design will be installed at 1700 Pavilion the first week of August.

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1700 Pavilion Garage

Famous Food Street Eats’ discreet speakeasy, HERE KITTY VICE DEN, located at FAMOUS FOOD STREET EATS INSIDE RESORTS WORLD LAS VEGAS, is hosting an exciting pop-up cocktail experience, “TOKYO VICE DEN,” with award-winning Japanese spirits brand House of Suntory, for a limited time - now through October 1. The resort’s elegantly grunge hideaway has transformed into a must-see, must-experience destination filled with Japanese-inspired décor and expertly crafted cocktails. “Tokyo Vice Den” now welcomes guests to a laidback hangout where they can indulge in specialty House of Suntory cocktail selections. Tokyo Vice Den will open daily, starting Sunday-Thursday 4:30 p.m. -- late Friday and Saturday 3 p.m. – late through October 1. Guests must be 21 and older to enter.

DRAI'S BEACHCLUB • NIGHTCLUB (located 11 stories high on the rooftop of The Cromwell with dazzling views of the Las Vegas Strip at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Boulevard) takes gaming to new heights with the recent launch of the FIRST-EVER GAMING CABANAS PRODUCED BY XSET, the world's most diverse, innovative and socially conscious Esports "SET" ever assembled. Gamers can now play their favorite video games in cabanas equipped with gaming consoles, enormous screens, and advanced sound-systems. Intersecting gaming with music, sports, fashion, art and culture, the innovative cabanas are available throughout the summer. “These XSET cabanas are a perfect complement to the Drai’s Beachclub experience where guests can enjoy music, drinks, food and cutting edge gaming all in the comfort and privacy of these luxurious cabanas,” said Dustin Drai, Vice President of Marketing and Entertainment for Drai’s Beachclub • Nightclub.

ILLUMINARIUM Las Vegas at AREA15 has amplified its nightlife programming with an all-new, high-energy experience – the “ULTRA-LOUNGE,” an upbeat lounge showcasing unique entertainment programming.. The Ultra-Lounge offers an elevated atmosphere by surrounding guests in visually stunning one-of-a-kind digital environments like no other. Synced to the beats of a live DJ and enhanced by state-of-the-art 3D Beamed audio, the trendy lounge takes sound and nightlife to the next level with over 5,000 in-wall speakers and 141 in-floor vibrating haptics. The Ultra-Lounge will also offer two different music experiences in each room so visitors can enjoy their cocktails to their preferred music genre. The all-new experience allows guests to enjoy different genres of music throughout the weekend, including house music, hip-hop, Top 40 and more. Every Friday, Illuminarium hosts “LOCAL LOVE,” which allows Las Vegas locals to enter free throughout the summer to enjoy performances from local DJs. To enhance “Local Love,” the immersive destination invites local DJs to apply to play in the remarkable Ultra-Lounge for an unforgettable set. Additionally, guests can experience various themed nights such as retro nights, space-themed parties and more on Saturdays. Illuminarium’s 21-and-over offerings are available nightly, with the ever-popular After Dark available on weekdays and the new Ultra-Lounge bringing an extraordinary environment on Fridays and Saturdays.

Desert oasis restaurant and bar, PEYOTE (located at 1028 Fremont St.), and irreverent new showroom and discotheque, CHEAPSHOT (517 E. Fremont St. Suite 100), have unveiled a DOWNTOWN DINNER AND A SHOW EXPERIENCE showcasing Latin American cuisine, late-night laughs and more each Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The experience will begin on Peyote’s lush patio garden with a three-course, prix fixe menu created by Executive Chefs Daniel Arias and Isidro Marquez-Castillo. Following dinner, the evening of Downtown entertainment will continue steps away at Cheapshot, where heavy-handed bartenders will serve classic cocktails in Las Vegas’ most intimate showroom and discotheque. At 7 p.m., the curtains will draw for “MISS BEHAVE’S MAVERICKS,” the brainchild of Cheapshot’s maestro of entertainment, Amy Saunders. The high-speed cornucopia of comedy, burlesque, circus and singing acts features world-class performers along with rotating special guests for an unpredictable, one-of-a-kind show. Peyote and Cheapshot’s Downtown experience will be priced at $99 per person and now available each week from Thursday through Saturday.

THE COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN NEVADA, SCHOOL OF ARTS & LETTERS AND DEPARTMENT OF FINE ARTS will host an exhibition featuring drawings and paintings by New York based artist, Charles Geiger. CHARLES GEIGER: QUASIBOTANICS: LANDSCAPE OF DISQUIET will open Friday, July 22, 2022, and will run through Saturday, September 17, 2022 in the FINE ARTS GALLERY ON THE NORTH LAS VEGAS CAMPUS OF THE COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN NEVADA. Much of Geiger's art is informed by science concepts and botanical elements which are interlaced with current environmental and societal stresses: climate change, sea level rise, forced migration, Covid pandemic, and political extremes. He is interested in a different surrealist path through traditional notions of landscape painting and uses it to reinterpret the natural environment.

The CSN Fine Arts Gallery is FREE and open to the public. Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The Fine Arts Gallery is located adjacent to the Nicholas J. Horn Theatre Lobby on the North Las Vegas campus located at 3200 E. Cheyenne Avenue, one-mile East of I-15 North. For more information, please call (702) 651-4146.

Veteran rockers THREE DOG NIGHT will bring their catalog of hits including “Mama Told Me Not to Come,” “Joy to the World” and “Black and White” to the stage at EDGEWATER CASINO RESORT'S E CENTER with a performance on Saturday, Nov. 5. Tickets will go on sale to the public beginning at 10 a.m. PT on Thursday, July 28. Tickets start at $40.

The E Center’s impressive lineup of entertainers includes: JEFF FOXWORTHY on Saturday, July 30, JOSH TURNER on Saturday, Aug. 13, THE FAB FOUR on Saturday Aug. 20.

THE BARBERSHOP CUTS & COCKTAILS, the hidden speakeasy inside THE COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGAS, will launch a new country-themed night, “WILD WEST WEDNESDAYS,” starting Wednesday, July 27. The saloon’s new country-themed night will kick off the start of the weekly event with country-rock band MACH FIVE taking the stage around 10 p.m. For tickets, pricing and reservations, please visit The Barbershop or call (702) 698-7434.

TIVOLI VILLAGE, Las Vegas’s premier destination for dining, retail, office and health and wellness amenities, invites guests to enjoy MOVIE DATE NIGHTS AT THE PIAZZA (located next to Restoration Hardware,400 South Rampart Blvd, in Summerlin) in partnership with Mix 94.1 this summer. With an array of gourmet eateries and world-renowned restaurants, attendees are invited to book an early dinner reservation prior to showtime and complete date night enjoying an action-packed film at the open-air Piazza. Seating opens at 8 p.m.; showtime begins at 8:30 p.m. Guests are also encouraged to arrive early and bring blankets or folding chairs for seating. Admission is FREE but reservations are required.

This summer’s movie schedule follows:
Friday, July 29: “THE 355”
Friday, August 12: “NO TIME TO DIE”
Friday, August 19: “BELFAST”

To commemorate the 60-year anniversary of the formation of the Sedan Crater, the largest man-made crater in the United States created on July 6, 1962, the NATIONAL ATOMIC TESTING MUSEUM (NATM), located at 755 E. Flamingo Road in Las Vegas, will host a ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION on Saturday, July 30 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Guests are invited to learn more about one of the most significant blasts in atomic testing history and the crater that formed as a result. During the event, three former Nevada Test Site employees and current trustees for the Nevada Test Site Historical Foundation will share their remembrances about Sedan and answer moderator-led questions. Attendees will then have the exclusive opportunity to enjoy breakfast with the speakers and ask their own questions at this casual meet and greet. Tickets to the roundtable discussion are $10 for general admission, $5 for students with valid IDs and free for museum members.

THE COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN NEVADA, SCHOOL OF ARTS & LETTERS AND DEPARTMENT OF FINE ARTS will host a national traveling group exhibition featuring fine print artwork that bridges the gap between civilians and veterans by educating the public about life in the military through storytelling and art. EVAC Project: EXPERIENCING VETERANS & ARTISTS COLLABORATION will open Friday, July 29, 2022, and will run through Saturday, September 24, 2022 in the Artspace Gallery on the North Las Vegas Campus of the College of Southern Nevada.

Participating veterans representing all five branches of the military included service from World War II through the Post 9/11 period. Gallery goers see the stories and the images side by side in a format that suggests multiple interpretations of oral histories and visual imagery, as well as the power of storytelling. EVAC Project gives glimpses into real people’s lived experiences. It creates an environment for a viewer that invites genuine understanding and engagement. The process of storytelling and interpretation central to EVAC Project makes it a undertaking uniquely positioned to promote empathy from multiple groups – the artist and viewer for the veteran’s experience, and the veteran for the artist’s realization of their stories.

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 located 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.

PANCHO’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT, located in Downtown Summerlin, will offer a 10% DISCOUNT ON FOOD when presented with a receipt from the Downtown Summerlin mall for back-to-school shopping from Monday, Aug. 1 to Sunday, Aug. 7.

TAILGATE SOCIAL BAR & GRILL, located at PALACE STATION HOTEL AND CASINO, will present TRIVIA NIGHTS co-hosted by a drag queen beginning at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month, starting August 2.  
Putting a glamorous twist on classic trivia, Tailgate’s drag trivia nights will test guests’ knowledge while keeping them entertained with a drag queen co-host complete with two shows each evening. Participants can fuel their minds with a variety of domestic and imported brews. And mouthwatering eats. Along with monthly drag-themed trivia, Tailgate Social also hosts weekly trivia every Tuesday at 7 p.m., offering participants the chance to win prizes including tickets to sporting events, pitchers of beer, and more.

GHOSTBAR AT PALMS CASINO RESORT will reopen its doors on Wednesday, August 3, 2022. Originally debuting in 2001, this widely popular bar and lounge perched high atop the 55th floor, quickly became one of the city’s most treasured nightspots featuring the most spectacular and stunning views of the entire Las Vegas skyline. After a ghostly disappearing act, Palms has not only brought the Ghostbar back, but it has also reimagined it as the city’s newest, elevated and most intimate Ultra Lounge experience. Unlike other nightspots in Las Vegas, Ghostbar’s DNA will be based on a concept that is exclusively inclusive. No private rooms here, instead, pop up performances will surprise and delight guests, DJ’s will ramp up the party as the night gathers momentum and Las Vegas’ own Midnight Skye will bring the rebirth of cool to Las Vegas. Hip, sexy, soulful with a touch of class and beauty, she will be joined by live bands, sultry dancers, specialty acts and surprise guests. With a music theme rooted in soul, expect Ghostbar to deliver the funkiest good time in Las Vegas.

For those who love Vintage Vegas entertainment, legendary Las Vegas singer, DONDINO, brings his one-man show with original band back to the ITALIAN AMERICAN CLUB (2333 E. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas) on Wednesday, August 10. Dondino’s vocal power and Italian charisma takes the audience on an emotional journey, evoking fond memories, while creating new ones. He will perform a mix of popular standards as well as new and original compositions during this intimate show at the Italian American Club. Doors: 6pm Buffet Dinner: 6:30pm. Show: 8pm. Tickets: $65.

The world-famous HOUSE OF BLUES GOSPEL BRUNCH has been extended at House of Blues Las Vegas inside MANDALAY BAY RESORT & CASINO. Since returning to the music hall in April 2022, families and friends have attended the Sunday events for the ultimate brunch, to celebrate milestones, and to just gather for an uplifting afternoon under emcee Patti Pennington’s production.  Tickets for Gospel Brunch at House of Blues are $54.50 (adults), $27.50 (children three – 11), plus applicable fees. A portion of ticket sales supports the House of Blues Music Forward Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides arts and cultural educational programs and resources for youth in communities across the United States.  2022 Performances (all performances at 10 a.m.): Aug. 7, Sept. 11, Oct. 9 & 23 – Just added!,Nov. 20 & 27 – Just added!Dec. 4 & 11 – Just added!

ARIZONA CHARLIE’S DECATUR, located at 740 S. Decatur Blvd. and ARIZONA CHARLIE’S BOULDER, located at 4575 Boulder Hwy., will host a jam-packed lineup of live comedy and musical entertainment this August.

The lineup of live cover and tribute bands set to hit the stage at 8 p.m. at NAUGHTY LADIES’ SALOON AT ARIZONA CHARLIE’S DECATUR includes:

Friday, Aug. 5 and 12: local variety cover band, SAN FERNANDO BAND
Saturday, Aug. 13: Eagles tribute band, AMERICAN EAGLE USA
Friday, Aug. 19: BLOCK PARTY, a variety act specializing in classic rock, new school dance, Motown and old school hits  
Saturday, Aug. 20: Madonna tribute, TRUTH OR DARE
Saturday, Aug. 27: Led Zeppelin tribute, WHO'S ZEPPELIN

ARIZONA CHARLIE’S BOULDER PALACE GRAND LOUNGE will welcome the following performances:

8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 6 and 26: local show and dance band, THE KLIQUE
7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5: comedian JAMES 'BIGFOOT' SCOTT, as seen on NBC’s “This Is Us” and in “Ocean’s 8” 
8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12: five-piece variety band, IN-A-FECT 
7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13: comedian ANGIE KRUM, as seen on Showtime, ABC and FX 
7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20: comedian STEVE MCINELLY, as seen on “The Screening Room” on CW Network or “Street Genius” on National Geographic

JON DORENDOS, the beloved top three finalist on Season 11 of the top-rated television show America’s Got Talent, will guest host the larger-than-life variety production AMERICA'S GOT TALENT LIVE AT LUXOR HOTEL & CASINO, August 18 – September 11. As part of an incredibly talented cast comprised of previous winners, finalists, golden buzzer acts and fan-favorite talent, the former Philadelphia Eagles long snapper will dazzle audiences five nights a week with his magical act and magnetic personality. America’s Got Talent Las Vegas LIVE performs Wednesday through Sunday at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. inside Luxor Theater. Tickets starting at $49, plus tax and applicable fees, are now on sale.

Imagine Exhibitions, Inc., known around the world for creating, producing, and operating immersive experiences, announces a new a long-term tenancy at LUXOR HOTEL & CASINO – DISCOVERING KING TUT'S TOMB, a reimagined show about the monumental discovery of the celebrated Egyptian Boy King that will open 100 years after renowned Egyptologist Howard Carter first laid eyes on the preserved tomb. The opening of the exhibition is slated for August 30, just prior to Labor Day Weekend.

RUMBAZO -el reventón del año - will take place across Las Vegas on September 10 +11, kicking off Hispanic Heritage month with a series of events including a highly anticipated one-day music festival on September 10th.The marquee music festival - a true celebration of Latin rhythm and pride - will include performances by globally acclaimed artists including MALUMA, PRINCE ROYCE, NATANAEL CANO, IVY QUEEN and more. The festival will be held at the DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS EVENT CENTER, and tickets went on sale Friday, July 15 at 10 a.m. PT, starting at just $59.00.

Recent and Upcoming Spa and Dining Openings:

HAND & STONE MASSAGE AND FACIAL SPA, the nation’s leading luxury massage and facial spa franchise, has opened its newest franchised location at 530 Marks Street, in Henderson. The new Hand & Stone Henderson spa is owned and operated by business partners Lisa Ann Mascari and Wayne Crowther, bringing high-quality professional massage services, including Swedish, Himalayan Salt, Sports, Deep Tissue and Prenatal massages to the Henderson community. Additionally, guests may visit the new Henderson spa to enjoy Hand & Stone’s signature hot stone massage and top tier facial treatments. These facials are tailored to individual's needs or skin concerns and available for women, men and teens.

At Hand & Stone Henderson, members will have access to a team of wellness experts who specialize in providing exceptional skincare and massage treatments, guaranteeing a tranquil, comfortable and relaxing experience.
Like all Hand & Stone spas across the country, the new Henderson location will have advanced skincare and spa services that incorporate new technologies to amplify the guest experience. The Henderson Hand & Stone spa is open Monday-Sunday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

TOCA MADERA LAS VEGAS, a modern Mexican steakhouse,nestled in the courtyard between Aria and The Shops at Crystals, will open its doors Tuesday, August 9.  A unique and immersive dining experience helmed by Noble33 Co-Founders Tosh Berman and Mikey Tanha. Toca Madera Las Vegas will debut a new menu, soon to be shared across all locations, that features popular Toca Madera dishes such as Sashimi Mexicano with ahi tuna, cucumber, avocado, pomegranate, chile de árbol, and leche de tigre, along with brand-new offerings created by Noble 33 Corporate Executive Chef AJ McCloud, including theA5 Wagyu Tacos with crispy wonton, cilantro, and kizami wasabi. Guests will be transported to Mexico City through a selection of modern Mexican cuisine prepared with sustainable, organic ingredients.Toca Madera’s third location features a 220-seat restaurant with a spacious lounge and speakeasy. Las Vegas can expect an elevated, high-energy atmosphere featuring upscale dining and nightly live entertainment.

Caesars Entertainment and Tao Group Hospitality will introduce a new dining concept at CAESARS PALACE LAS VEGAS, STANTON SOCIAL PRIME, from Chef Chris Santos. Stanton Social Prime is set to open this winter and will be located adjacent to OMNIA Nightclub, Tao Group’s mega club at the resort. This new concept will feature iconic menu items from the original Stanton Social restaurant in New York’s Lower East Side, which marked Santos’ first restaurant project and was known for its spectacular sharable dishes featuring prime meats.

RED ROCK CASINO RESORT AND SPA, a luxury resort in Summerlin, announced major plans to elevate its dining scene, entertainment offerings, and gaming experiences with all-new additions to the resort. New concepts, currently underway, include the famed Thai restaurant LOTUS OF SIAM (slated to open in the fourth quarter of 2022), an all-new Greek restaurant NAXOS TAVERNA, and an OYSTER BAR, all in partnership with Bua Food Group, as well as a stunning cocktail lounge, and adult-only pool, alongside a reimagined High Limit Slots room, and a lively casino bar.

Celebrity Sightings:

Monday night, July 18...

Broadway and television star CHAZZ PALMINTERI, and SANDY “BLUE EYES” FAVUZZI were spotted attending the 10:30 p.m. performance of award-winning topless female revue FANTASY at Luxor Hotel and Casino. Afterwards, Palminteri and Favuzzi joined the fabulous cast of FANTASY in the Atrium Showroom lobby to take pictures with the beautiful ladies.

 FANTASY Chazz Palminteri Sandy Blue Eyes Favuzzi and cast July 18
FANTASY Chazz Palminteri, Sandy "Blue Eyes" Favuzzi, and cast July 18 - Photo courtesy of FANTASY at the Luxor




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