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National Atomic Testing Museum Debuts New Exhibit "Beyond the Manhattan Project" Cleaning up the Legacy of America's Nuclear Defense and Research Missions"
On Tuesday, August 2, The National Atomic Testing Museum (NATM) debuted a brand-new joint exhibit created in partnership with the United States Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Environmental Management (EM) titled “Beyond the Manhattan Project: Cleaning up the Legacy of America’s Nuclear Defense and Research Missions.” The exhibit details the critical work EM does to clean up various sites impacted by five decades of nuclear weapons production and government-sponsored nuclear energy research. In addition to showcasing how the cleanup of contaminated nuclear weapons manufacturing and testing sites is completed, the new exhibit will also increase public awareness of how EM cooperates with local communities to ensure the health and safety of the public and workforce in the United States.
To celebrate this new exhibit, attendees were invited to the grand opening event which included a ribbon cutting, an exclusive guided tour of the exhibit and guest reception. Guests also explored the array of artifacts and equipment on display, watched a demonstration showing the hydrogeologic principles at play in groundwater systems and enjoyed light refreshments.
“We are thrilled with the positive reception from the grand opening event and look forward to welcoming museum guests to this brand-new, one-of-a-kind exhibit,” said Joseph Kent, director of education for the National Atomic Testing Museum. “We hope guests not only leave with extensive knowledge of the history of nuclear testing but also understand the extenuating measures taken to ensure proper cleanup of such nuclear tests.”
Station Casinos Presents $120,000 Donation to the Public Education Foundation
On Thursday, August 11, leaders from Station Casinos hosted a check presentation ceremony at Whitney Elementary School to benefit the Public Education Foundation. The company announced a $120,000 donation for its 22-year long “Smart Start” education program which benefits 11 partner schools throughout Clark County. Additionally, Station Casinos leaders distributed gift bags filled with school supplies to all students at Whitney Elementary School and brought sweet treats and a custom three-tiered cake for teachers and staff from the Red Rock Bake Shop.
“We are proud to be able to continue our long-standing partnership with the Public Education Foundation and provide our local schools with the supplies they need,” said Bob Finch, COO of Station Casinos. “Our properties do an amazing job contributing to our partner schools year after year, providing support that the students, teachers and staff need to ensure they have the best school year possible.”
Leading up to the start of the school year, team members from all of Station Casinos’ properties delivered thousands of back-to-school items including backpacks, notebooks, crayons, markers, colored pencils, glue sticks, Kleenex, hand sanitizer and much more. Teachers from Laura Dearing Elementary School were treated to a beautiful luncheon hosted by the team at Boulder Station.
“Station Casinos has been one of our premier partners over the years, and it’s a pleasure to continue to work with them to help our schools,” said Kristen Searer, President of the Public Education Foundation. “Providing students, teachers and staff the support they need is our main objective and donations like the one we received today will help further the quality of education in our local communities.”
Additional recent and upcoming “happenings” in and around Las Vegas include:
TITANIC: THE ARTIFACT EXHIBITION AT LUXOR HOTEL & CASINO commemorated the 24th anniversary of the largest Titanic artifact recovered to date, “Big Piece,” with a special book signing hosted by BILL WILLARD, member of the RMS Titanic, Inc.’s historic 1998 expedition. On Aug. 11, guests learned about Bill’s first-hand experience and had a chance to get a signed copy of his non-fiction book, “Our Story: Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the 1998 TITANIC EXPEDITION,” from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Photo courtesy of The Luxor Hotel and Casino
Photo courtesy of The Luxor Hotel and Casino
RMS Titanic's wreck site is located 963 miles northeast of New York and 453 miles southeast of the Newfoundland coastline. Originally failing to recover the 17-ton, 25-feet wide and 13-feet high starboard side of the hull during the 1996 expedition, the RMS Titanic, Inc. recovery team returned and successfully recovered the side of the ship during the fifth expedition in 1998. A 15-ton portion of the hull can be found inside the exhibition at Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, famously named “Big Piece,” and a 2-ton portion, commonly referred to as “Little Piece,” can be found inside the Orlando exhibition.
E/M GROUP honored the 24th anniversary of the “Big Piece” recovery and paid tribute to the founder of RMS Titanic, Inc., George Harmon Tulloch, with the unveiling of commemorative plaques at the Las Vegas and Orlando exhibitions. Tulloch was a Titanic explorer who co-led five expeditions to the wreck site beneath the ocean floor of the Atlantic, salvaging artifacts from the debris field of the wreck site of the famed ocean liner following the tragic sinking on April 15, 1912. His leadership and vision for respectfully preserving Titanic left an indelible mark shaping and guiding E/M Group and its affiliate RMS Titanic, Inc.’s goals which continue to inspire a vision for the future of Titanic. TITANIC: The Artifact Exhibition at Luxor Hotel and Casino is open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. with the last admission at 7 p.m.
Photo courtesy of The Luxor Hotel and Casino
NEW YORK NEW YORK HOTEL & CASINO launched a $63 MILLION ROOM REMODEL PROJECT this week of its 1,830 rooms and 155 of its suites. When completed in the summer of 2023, the accommodations will feature vibrant new designs and upgraded in-room amenities that will appeal to travelers from around the world. The remodel features design details that harken to New York City, such as rooms with exposed faux brick walls and accent colors such as Big Apple Red and Taxicab Yellow. These elements subtly bring the ‘City that Never Sleeps’ to life in the Entertainment Capital of the World. Reflecting a thoughtful use of space, rooms will incorporate modern conveniences such as moveable work surfaces, readily available USB/USB-C power outlets and additional shelving and closet space.
THREE SQUARE FOOD BANK has announced a total of 625,848 MEALS will be provided for the nearly 364,000 FOOD INSECURE VALLEY RESIDENTS, thanks to the combined efforts of Southern Nevada’s culinary community, residents and visitors during Las Vegas Restaurant Week this past June. This year, the 12-day epicurean event welcomed a record-breaking 78 first-time participants, bringing the total number of participating restaurants and foodservice businesses to 211. From June 6-17, participating restaurants across the valley offered three-course prix-fixe menus at price points ranging from $20 to $80 with $4, $5 or $6 from each cover donated to Three Square. Special promotions were also offered by participating foodservice businesses with a fixed portion of proceeds donated. Furthermore, 76 restaurants and foodservice businesses extended their participation in Las Vegas Restaurant Week through June 24. This year’s top Las Vegas Restaurant Week earners in the restaurant category include Bouchon by Thomas Keller, Amalfi by Bobby Flay and estiatorio Milos. The Coffee Class, Sweet Sin and Braud’s Funnel Cake Café were top earners in the special promotion category.
AREA15, the immersive art and entertainment district located minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, welcomes TWO BRAND NEW BULLDOG STATUES created by world-renowned Belgian artist, WILLIAM SWEETLOVE titled “Cloned Bulldog with Pet Bottle.” The two monumental figures were formerly displayed across the globe in Beverly Hills, New York City, London, Paris and Montélimar, France. Now, the two statues serve as guardians of AREA15’s main entrance located next to Art Island, a permanent gallery for the exhibition of large-scale, commercially available, festival-style artwork featuring seven original pieces by international art stars
Photo credit: Laurent Velazquez
A Las Vegas local hit a $100,000 jackpot at JACKPOT AT ALLIANTE CASINO CASINO, HOTEL & SPA on Thursday, August 11 while playing an IGT Triple Play/Five Play/Ten Play Machine. Drew, a Boyd Rewards member who is a frequent Aliante visitor, was playing IGT’s Five Play Game at a $5 denomination. After placing a $125 bet, Drew hit a dealt royal flush, receiving the jackpot of $100,000 and making his visit to the property an unforgettable one. This is the third major jackpot that has hit at a Boyd Gaming property within the last month. On July 30, another Las Vegas local took home more than $125,000 at Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa after hitting the grand progressive jackpot on Light & Wonder, Inc.’s Dancing Drums® slot machine. On July 29 at a lucky player took home $340,000 at ORLEANS HOTEL & CASINO after hitting the Pai Gow Poker regional progressive jackpot.
THE VENETIAN RESORT LAS VEGAS exterior tower signs went blue in observance of WORLD AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS on Saturday, July 30, from 12:01 a.m. until sunrise; sundown until 11:59 p.m. World Day Against Trafficking in Persons (WDATP) was designated by the United Nations in 2013 to “raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.” This year’s theme is “use and abuse of technology” and focuses on the role technology as a tool that can both enable and impede human trafficking.
With its new residency recently launched inside SAHARA Las Vegas, RECKLESS IN VEGAS, offering a Modern Twist on Vintage Vegas with exhilarating original renditions of beloved classics, is partnering with local businesses to help raise funds for deserving non-profits through ANTE UP, a collaborative community give back program created to connect Southern Nevada businesses to local charities. Thanks to July’s Ante Up program sponsor Accurate Building Maintenance, $3,000 was raised for St. Jude’s Ranch for Children. This month, the Ante Up program announces Cornerstone Wealth Management as its August sponsor. To raise additional funds for St. Jude’s, Cornerstone Wealth Management will donate $3 per each Reckless In Vegas ticket sold in August directly to the charity.
WALK-ON'S SPORTS BISTREAUX, inside HARRAH'S LAS VEGAS, a leading sports-themed restaurant with an underdog culture and a Louisiana inspired menu serving up breakfast, lunch, dinner, and sports, is introducing Happy Hour from 2 – 5 p.m. seven days a week starting Mon., August 1. Additionally, Nevada locals with valid ID will receive 15% off any time they dine in at Walk-On’s!
Former America's Got Talent winner, ventriloquist/singer/comedian Terry Fator will debut his late night show TERRY FATOR AFTER HOURS, a once a month performance featuring special guests, inside THE BAR AT TIMES SQUARE AT NEW YORK NEW YORK. Fator will join up with other Las Vegas entertainers to perform songs accompanied by the venue's popular dueling pianos. This will allow Fator to showcase his singing talent without his puppets. Fator and his special guests, who have yet to be announced, will perform some of their favorite songs as well as requests from the audience. Scheduled performance dates are Thursdays: August 18, September 22 and November 17.
3ICE, an all-new independent, three-on-three professional ice hockey league in North America, is bringing its inaugural playoff and championship games to the ORLEANS ARENA on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 1 p.m. 3ICE is uniquely designed to give hockey fans the speed, skill and excitement they’ve grown to love since the three-on-three overtime concept was introduced in 2015. The six-team league will conclude its season with a bracket-style, single-elimination format featuring two semifinal matchups, followed by a title game. Tickets are now available. Now through Friday, Aug. 19 at 5 p.m., event attendees can take advantage of the buy-one-get-one-free promotion using the online code “BOGO” at checkout here. Tickets start at $46.50 plus tax and fees
GEOFF KEITH will headline the 8 p.m. show from Monday, August 22 through Sunday, August 28 at the L.A. COMEDY CLUB INSIDE THE STRAT HOTEL, CASINO & SKYPOD.. Geoff Keith is just one comedian in a riveting lineup at L.A. Comedy Club, which offers three shows nightly at 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Top national touring comedians headline the 8 p.m. shows including MIKE MERRYFIELD from Monday, August 15 to Sunday, August 21; EDWIN SAN JUAN from Monday, August 29 through Tuesday, August 30 and JACK JR. from Wednesday, August 31 through Sunday, September 4. JAMES MICHAELS REDNEK COMEDY VARETY SHOW kicks off shows nightly at 6 p.m.; and the nightly 10 p.m. show features BUTCH BRADLEY from Thursday - Monday; and BRET ERNST every Tuesday and Wednesday. Tickets start at $39.95 plus taxes and fees, with the option to purchase L.A. Comedy’s famous “$25 All You Can Drink Special.” Nevada locals with valid ID receive 50 percent off.
Energetic heavy metal band BUTCHER BABIES are returning to Las Vegas for a special performance at BACKSTAGE BAR & BILLIARDS (601 E. Fremont St.) in Downtown Las Vegas. Presented by Smash Magazine, the band will perform Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022, alongside special guests Uncured. Tickets start at $25 plus applicable fees and are on sale now. Concert goers must be 21 years old or older to attend. Doors are at 8 p.m.
On Thursday, Aug. 25 at a special event from 6 to 9 p.m. at THE SHAG STORE INSIDE THE PALMS CASINO RESORT, JOSH AGLE, AKA SHAG, will debut and personalize “THE HIGH ROLLER SUITE,” an exclusive piece he created specially to capture mid-century Las Vegas. “The High Roller Suite” is a silk screen print on black paper, measuring 26 by 38 inches, and boasts Shag’s signature artistic style of 11 vibrant colors. Each print is hand signed by Shag and numbered with only 200 available. At this event, which is open to the public and requires no RSVP, Shag will personalize the limited-edition prints for attendees.
THE PLAZA HOTEL & CASINO will welcome ERIC SHERWOOD, author of the immensely popular book “Dealt – Stories from My Life on the Felt,” for his first BOOK SIGNING AND MEET AND GREET EVENT in Las Vegas on Friday, Aug. 26, at 6 p.m. At the Annoyed Pit Boss Book Signing, guests can have either their personal copy of the book signed or purchase one onsite. Attendees will also receive one complimentary cocktail. Registration via RSVP is required at https://www.plazahotelcasino.com/annoyed-pit-boss/and space is limited onsite to the first 100 people to arrive. On Saturday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m., guests can again meet up with Sherwood to play blackjack on the Plaza’s casino floor.
YESCO, the 102-year-old company known for creating, repairing and maintaining internationally recognizable signs, announces its new exhibition, “LIGHTING UP LAS VEGAS: YESCO MARKS A GLITTERING CENTURY,” will move to the EAST LAS VEGAS LIBRARY, located at2851 East Bonanza Road. Currently on display at the Clark County Museum through Monday, August 29 and formerly at the Nevada Humanities Gallery in downtown Las Vegas, this exhibition will open to the public at the East Las Vegas Library on Thursday, September 15. This exhibition is sourced from the LVCVA News Bureau’s extensive archive collection and from UNLV’s Special Collections. This joint exhibition, organized with the support of the LVCVA’s Las Vegas News Bureau and The Neon Museum, examines the history and impact of YESCO in Las Vegas. The exhibit will be on display Sept. 15 – Nov. 20. Open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The world famous CHIPPENDALES has announced that “Jersey Shore” star VINNY GUADAGNINO will bring his fist-pumping party back to their stage for a fourth residency. The “Keto-Guido’s” six-week engagement kicks off Labor Day Weekend, September 2 and will keep the temperature rising through October 9 at RIO ALL SUITE HOTEL & CASINO. Having had to cut his last run short due to COVID, Vinny is back and ready to bare it all once again with the Chippendales – and yes, his now legendary shower number will steam up the theater and give the audiences another chance to view all of his Italian stallion talents once again! In addition to Vinny G.’ return, Chippendales also features many familiar cast members including Ricky Rogers, who found additional fame on MTV’s Double Shot at Love and Jersey Shore Family Vacation when he was featured alongside his buddy Vinny Guadagnino. Chippendales performs nightly at 8:00 p.m., with additional shows on Friday and Saturday at 10:30 p.m. (dark Monday and Tuesday) There will be an additional show on September 4 at 10:30 pm. Vinny Guadagnino’s limited engagement runs Friday, September 2, through Sunday, October 9 (Friday through Sunday performances). Tickets range from $59.95 - $149.95 (+ taxes and fees)
The UNLV PPERFORMING ARTS CENTER kicks off its 46th season on Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the ARTEMUS W.HAM CONCERT HALL with renowned flamenco composer and guitar virtuoso ANTONIO RAY. 2020 Latin GRAMMY® Award winner for best flamenco album, “Flamenco Sin Fronteras,” Rey is regarded by flamenco aficionados as among the world’s top premier flamenco guitar virtuosos. He is beloved by audiences for his natural charisma, charm and for his prodigious musicality. His dazzling speed, comprehensive yet effortless flamenco vocabulary and soulful compositions combine to make for an unforgettable musical experience. Single tickets go on sale Aug 6. and are priced at $30 (discounts available) and can be purchased by telephone at 702-895-ARTS (2787), at the PAC box office from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.
Boyd Gaming will bring highly acclaimed entertainment to The Orleans Hotel and Casino and Cannery Casino Hotel in September. Scheduled to perform at the ORLEANS SHOWROOM are: Australian soft rock duo AIR SUPPLY (Friday, September 2 and Saturday, September 3. Tickets start at $59.95 plus tax and fees), harmony rock group LITTLE RIVER BAND (Friday, September 16. Tickets start at $59.95 plus tax and fees) and Filipino sensations 10Q FEATURING ANGELINE QUINTO AND BUDAKHEL (Friday, September 30. Tickets start at $78.00 plus tax and fees). Scheduled to perform at CANNERY'S THE CLUB are award-winning THELMA HOUSTON: My Motown Memories & More with Special Guest Anita Ward (Saturday, September 10. Tickets start at $29.95 plus tax and fees) and high-energy rock groups GREAT WHITE and RILEY’S L.A. GUNS (Saturday, September 24. Tickets start at $24.95 plus tax and fees). Showtime for all acts is 8 p.m.
PAHRUMP NUGGET HOTEL & CASINO, located at 681 S Hwy. 160 and LAKESIDE CASINO & RV PARK, located at 5870 Homestead Rd., will welcome September with a LABOR DAY WEEKEND BASH and live music throughout the month. Lakeside Casino & RV Park will host its annual Labor Day Weekend Bash from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 4. NEARLY DEPARTED, a local rock ‘n’ roll cover band, will perform rock hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. Guests may enjoy a variety of BBQ and beverage specials, set to spectacular lake views. A variety of local food vendors will also be on site.
Pahrump Nugget Casino will offer live music throughout the month, with ROXY STARDUST slated to perform at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9. The high energy cover band will play the greatest hits from the 80s. Variety cover group GlennGallarde Project will hit the stage at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, performing top hits from across the decades.
This football season, ILLUMINARIUM Las Vegas at AREA15 will bring sports-lovers to the sidelines with their all-new 21+ MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL VIEWING EXPERIENCE. Beginning Monday, Sept. 12, the entertainment venue will provide the most unique game-watching events, as the destination immerses guests in the action. Guests will also be welcomed with a curated menu, a selection of specialty cocktails and complimentary entry to Illuminarium’s nightlife experience “AFTER DARK” for a post-game gathering. Monday Night Football at Illuminarium will be available every Monday night from Sept. 12, 2022 through Jan. 2, 2023, except on Monday, Oct. 3. Doors will open 30-minutes prior to kick off with first come, first serve seating. This event is for 21+ only with a valid ID.
Eight time Grammy nominated Hip Hop artist, TRAVIS SCOTT will bring his “Road to Utopia” – a mind-bending, first-of-its-kind nightclub residency experience to ZOUK NIGHTCLUB AT RESORTS WORLD LAS VEGAS. The first of seven shows begin on September 17, 2022. Current dates on sale to the public are: Sept. 17 and Oct. 15.
Renowned hip hop duo SNOTTY NOSE REZ KIDS are returning to Las Vegas for a special performance at ROCKSTAR BAR (6730 Las Vegas Blvd.) The band will perform Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022, alongside special guests Scotty Dub. Tickets start at $22 plus applicable fees and are on sale now. Concert goers must be 21 years old or older to attend. Doors are at 8 p.m.
Renowned deathcore band OCEANO is returning to Las Vegas for a special performance at FREMONT STREET COUNTRY CLUB (601 Fremont Street) in Downtown Las Vegas on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022, alongside special guests LEFT TO SUFFER and CROWN MAGNETAR. Tickets start at $30 plus applicable fees and are on sale now. Concert goers must be 21 years old or older to attend. Doors are at 7 p.m.
Recent and Upcoming Store and Dining Openings:
Forward-thinking, luxury menswear brand MACEOO is now open inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, bringing engineer precision-design, fit and comfort to the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. Adjacent to Drybar on Level 2 of the Boulevard Tower, Maceoo is a luxury lifestyle destination scientifically proven to increase self-image, open daily from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Both STEAK 'N SHAKE AND JAVA VEGAS opened at Cannery Casino Hotel. Steak ‘n Shake opened on Monday, Aug. 1 followed by Java Vegas on Wednesday, Aug. 10. Founded in 1934 in Normal, Illinois, Steak ‘n Shake will serve its well-known and delectable Steakburgers, yummy milkshakes and fries.
Java Vegas features hot and cold espresso creations, teas and juices. Those looking for light bites can also find sweat treats and locally baked pastries, s’mores brownies and red velvet cupcakes, in addition to personal pizzas and other quick bites. Steak ‘n Shake will be open 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10:30 a.m. to 12 a.m. Friday and Saturday, beginning Aug. 1. Java Vegas will open daily from 11 p.m. to 3 p.m., starting Aug. 10.
LAS VEGAS’ first 24/7 BACON-INSPIRED RESTAURANT is set to open at the D Las Vegas this Fall. Located on the newly renovated second floor of the Fremont Street Experience hotspot, the restaurant’s 24/7 menu will be centered around a love for all things bacon. Bacon Nation is proudly part of a larger expansion for the D, which includes a renovated second-level casino floor and expansion of its Canadian-themed sports bar, BarCanada. More details on the restaurant, its menu and opening date will be announced in the coming weeks.
Tuesday, August 2...
The night before the return of his Silk Sonic residency in Las Vegas, Anderson .Paak attended the monumental production of the popularCirque du Soleil show, KÀ at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. Following the performance, .Paak, along with his children, joined the cast of KÀ backstage for a group photo.
Saturday night, August 6...
UFC Champion Mohammed Usman attended “Neon Vibra” at DAYLIGHT Beach Club, located at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, to celebrate his victory and newly acquired title of “The Ultimate Fighter.” Usman watched Play-N-Skillz put on an energetic performance from 12:30 a.m. to 2 a.m., as they played their popular hits including “Azukita,” “Besame,” “El Teke Teke” and their newest collaboration with Pitbull “Party of a Lifetime.”
Photo credit: Toby Acuna
Mohammed Usman UFC Friends Neon Vibra feat Play N Skillz - Photo credit: Toby Acuna
Mohammed Usman UFC Friends Neon Vibra feat Play N Skillz - Photo credit: Toby Acuna
Thursday night, August 11...
Taking a short break between Silk Sonic performances, Anderson .Paak was seen viewing the water-inspired masterpiece “O” inside Bellagio Resort & Casino from an elevated view in a lavish private VIP suite, which is a part of the show’s VIP package, known as the La Grande Expérience. Prior to the show, he was treated to La Grande Expérience’s full package including an intimate pre-show reception followed by a meet and greet with “O” artists and a guided video tour.
Saturday night, August 12...
GRAMMY award-winning duo Silk Sonic, composed of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak, surprised thrilled guests with a unannounced performance at The Barbershop Cuts & Cocktails, a hidden speakeasy inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
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