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Michael Jackson One by Cirque du Soleil Hosted the Annual Celebration of the King of Pop's Birthday

Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil, in collaboration with The Estate of Michael Jackson, honored the legendary King of Pop’s birthday by delighting guests with fun-filled activities inside its world-class theater at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

The two-day birthday festivities began Sunday, Aug. 28, with a special screening of the record-setting behind-the-scenes documentary, “Making of Michael Jackson’s Thriller,” to all in the theater, including Michael’s son, Prince, who was in attendance.  The 45-minute documentary was followed by an exclusive Q & A session with musical director and keyboardist, Greg Phillinganes. In recognition of the upcoming 40thanniversary of the world’s best-selling album, “Thriller,” Greg shared personal stories of having worked with Michael.

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Q A with Greg Phillinganes - Photo courtesy of Cirque du Soleil

The audience was then dazzled by a specially created, one-time-only performance by the electrifying cast of Michael Jackson ONE. The dance number, performed to Michael’s hit “The Girl Is Mine” from the “Thriller” album, was conceived by cast members and Dance Master Tiffany Baker.

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Michael Jackson ONE Birthday Celebration Special Performance - Photo courtesy of Cirque du Soleil

And, for the first time, in addition to those lucky enough to be in the theater, the Q&A and special performance were live streamed for everyone to enjoy.

Later in the day, guests joined a private book signing by Michael Bush, Michael Jackson’s longtime costume designer and author of “The King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson.” The evening concluded with complimentary birthday cake and a meet and greet with John Branca, the Co-Executor of The Estate of Michael Jackson, Michael Jackson ONE writer and director Jamie King and show choreographers Rich and Tone Talauega. 

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Prince Jackson and John Branca - Photo courtesy of Cirque du Soleil

To wrap up the celebratory weekend, on Monday, Aug. 29, ticket holders attended a private brunch where Sony Music presented new Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certification plaques for four singles on the “Thriller” album. Both “Billie Jean” and “Thriller” received diamond certification, signifying the 10X platinum achievement. In addition, “Beat It” achieved 8X platinum certification and “P.Y.T.” achieved 4X platinum achievement.

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Michael Bush Book Signing - Photo courtesy of Cirque du Soleil

In addition to celebrating Michael Jackson’s iconic legacy and the upcoming 40thanniversary of the best-selling album worldwide, “Thriller,” the production introduced a brand-new premier VIP package for experiences starting Saturday, Sept. 15.

The VIP experience allows fans to explore the world of Michael Jackson ONE like never before with a private entrance and early access to the theater, followed by an intimate pre-show reception inside the VIP room. Guests can take an exclusive guided video tour including a meet and greet with several cast members. Also included is special VIP seating, giving guests the opportunity to enjoy the musical sensation set to Michael Jackson’s greatest hits. To mark the unforgettable evening, showgoers will receive a commemorative gift along with photos. The experience is available for both early and late performances and dates are based on availability.
Michael Jackson ONE performs Thursday – Monday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. inside Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

SuperZoo Welcomes 16K Pet Industry Professionals to 2022 Trade Show

From August 23-25, Las Vegas’s Mandalay Bay Convention Center was packed with pet industry professionals from around the world for SuperZoo, North America’s leading pet retail trade show. Produced by World Pet Association (WPA), SuperZoo 2022 welcomed more than 16,000 pet professionals, representing over 25 countries and all 50 states, to engage in new product introductions, expert-led education sessions and peer-to-peer networking events. The energetic 331,500 square foot show floor featured more than 1,000 exhibitors from every pet product category: Natural and Health, Specialty and Lifestyle, Farm and Feed, Aquatics, Reptiles and Small Animals, Groomers Marketplace, Emerging Brands and the New Product Showcase, including an impressive 262 first-time exhibitors and 72 emerging brands. 900+ products made their debut in SuperZoo’s sold-out New Product Showcase.

The access to wholesalers, distributors and other brands to network with was incredible. SuperZoo was absolutely awesome,” said Peter Liu, co-founder of RIFRUF.

“SuperZoo is very professionally put together in a thoughtful way that enhanced the experience. In the live animals area, people are able to come up to see the animals, hold the animals, and it allows us as exhibitors to be interactive with potential customers,” said anonymous of Northwest Zoological Supply (live animals).

SuperZoo’s customizable education lineup delivered 70+ seminars and trainings—led by nearly 30 industry thought leaders—to help pet professionals refine their retail strategies, master the latest grooming techniques and stay ahead of animal wellness trends. Following input from attendees, show organizers streamlined the 2022 education program, with sessions taking place Monday and Tuesday to allow for more time on the show floor to discover the newest pet products and innovations. This year’s education featured two specialty tracks—grooming and retail—and highly-attended 30-minute Free Show Floor Talks that covered consumer trends, technology, social media and influencer marketing, sales tactics and more.

A record-breaking 900 debut products were on display at SuperZoo’s sold-out New Product Showcase. On Tuesday, August 23, a panel of five industry experts selected first-place winners and runners-up in 10 different product categories, as well as one award for the Best New-to-Market Pet Product for 2022.

With more than $35,000 in winnings at stake, SuperZoo’s grooming contests celebrated the creativity and talent of grooming professionals on the industry’s grandest stage. Awards were given in multiple divisions for each regular breed class, as well as nine special contests.

WPA also recognized several pet retailers and industry leaders during the WPA Chairman’s Reception, which was held at the Skyfall Lounge in the Delano on Tuesday, August 23. Each year, WPA honors pet retailers and industry leaders for their achievements and contributions in helping make a difference in the industry and in pets’ lives.

SuperZoo 2023 will be shifting to new Wednesday through Friday dates, taking place August 16-18, 2023, with education August 15-16.

Make-A-Wish Recipient Dances with Derek Hough at the Venetian Resort Las Vegas

Three-time Emmy award winner and six-time Dancing with the Stars champion, Derek Hough partnered with Make-A-Wish to grant the wish of 16-year-old Reese from Hamilton, Ohio. Reese, who has epilepsy, is a former competitive dancer and it was her wish to meet Derek and see him perform live in Derek Hough: No Limit at The Venetian® Resort Las Vegas.

Derek met with Reese and her family before his show inside The Summit Showroom. The group posed for pictures before going inside the theatre for a Q&A session and tour. For the grand finale, and unbeknownst to Reese, Derek did more than make her wish come true and invited Reese on stage to dance with him, putting the biggest smile on her face.

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Photo courtesy of Make-A-Wish

In addition, Reese and her family spent the weekend in one of the resort’s luxurious suites, experienced a gondola ride and had a pre-show dinner at Matteo’s Ristorante Italiano.

Make-A-Wish grants life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. The experience can be a game-changer that brings joy and a sense of normalcy back into a child’s life – many of whom view the wish as a pivotal moment in their healing journey.

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Photo courtesy of Make-A-Wish

Derek Hough: No Limit is a dance-centric show that features elements and dance numbers designed specifically for the astounding versatility of The Summit Showroom, and, as always, Derek's magnetic stage presence. Fans journey through a true fusion of dance and music as Derek explores styles ranging from ballroom and tap to salsa, hip-hop and everything in between.

Performances are held Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. through Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022. Tickets are available for purchase at any box office at The Venetian Resort.

Brooklyn Bowl Hosts HELP of Southern Nevada Shannon West Homeless Youth Center Youth in Honor of National Nonprofit Day

On Aug. 17, Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas hosted clients of HELP of Southern Nevada’s Shannon West Homeless Youth Center (SWHYC) for an evening of luxury bowling, delicious house-made comfort food and unforgettable fun in honor of National Nonprofit Day, Aug. 17.

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Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Bowl

The kids’ smiles and laughter filled The Bowl as 16 SWHYC youth took to the lanes while the Brooklyn Bowl team served up several platters of the Bromberg Brother’s famed Blue Ribbon fried chicken platters, alongside crispy tater tots and pitchers of soda. With four games happening at once, the energy in the room was palpable as the youth competed for a chance to win.

“Brooklyn Bowl is proud to partner with HELP of Southern Nevada and host their youth for a fun evening as they head back to school,” said Kirk Reed, Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas Director of Marketing. “It is important for us to give back to the local community and HELP’s mission is one that we’re thrilled to support through and through.”

HELP of Southern Nevada’s Shannon West Homeless Youth Center houses and cares for at-risk youth, age 16-24, that are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless. SWHYC provides services at no cost to youth in need of safe and stable housing, basic needs/food, intensive case management and more to up to 150 youth.

“We want to thank Brooklyn Bowl for their generosity in hosting the youth at Shannon West Homeless Youth Center in honor of National Nonprofit Day tonight,” said Abby Quinn, HELP of Southern Nevada Chief Community Relations Officer. “It brings us great joy to watch our clients enjoying activities they may never have experienced outside the Center. We are so grateful for the Las Vegas community, and specifically Brooklyn Bowl, for their ongoing support over the last five years.”

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

A lucky Las Vegas visitor took home a more than $153,000 JACKPOT playing IGT’s Double Diamond™ slot machine at Boyd Gaming’s Fremont Hotel & Casino on Thursday, August 25. The guest, who requested to remain anonymous, was visiting from Hawaii and staying at the hotel when she decided to play IGT’s Double Diamond $5 slot machine. After placing a $15 wager, the Boyd Rewards member hit a row of double diamonds unlocking the grand progressive jackpot totaling $153,651.87.

On Aug. 20, MYSTERE™ by Cirque du Soleil marked its 13,000th performance at TREASURE ISLAND HOTEL & CASINO since debuting 29 years ago. After opening in 1993, more than 17 million people have been enthralled by the original must-see Cirque du Soleil production which has become Las Vegas’ flagship production for high-energy acrobatics. Mystère features exhilarating stunts including flying trapeze artists, Chinese poles and teeterboards acts set to the backdrop of inspiring imagery, powerful music and vibrant costumes. To celebrate the unprecedented milestone, artists and crew were treated to a celebratory cake presented by Treasure Island Hotel & Casino and they snapped a photo on stage to commemorate the impressive feat. Mystère’s finale was met with a thunderous standing ovation from a sold-out crowd as a special “13,000th show” sign was displayed on stage.

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Photos courtesy of Cirque du Soleil

Legendary entertainer and music icon DONNY OSMOND returned to the Las Vegas Strip on Tuesday, Aug. 30 for his award-winning solo residency inside HARRAH’S LAS VEGAS SHOWROOM at Harrah’s Las Vegas.Osmond’s show is a dynamic, energy-filled musical journey of his unparalleled life as one of the most recognized entertainers in the world.This show is a completely reimagined presentation that also includes an audience interactive segment where anyone can request any song he's ever recorded.Performances will take place nightly from Tuesday to Saturday with all shows beginning at 8 p.m Upcoming performance schedule: September 2022: 1 – 3, 6 – 10, 13 – 17, 27 – 30, October 2022: 1, 4 – 8, 11 – 15, November 2022: 1 – 5, 8 – 12, 15 – 19

YESCO, the 102-year-old company known for creating, repairing and maintaining internationally recognizable signs, and the city of Las Vegas has installed two brand-new, 50-FOOT-TALL SHOWGIRLS on the corner of Main Street and Las Vegas Boulevard. These new showgirl signs are double the height of the prior showgirl icons installed in 2018, which each stood 25-feet tall. The showgirls litup for the first time at dusk, the evening of August 31. The retro-style showgirls will create a lasting legacy for the city as they join the previously installed dice sculptures and sidewalk roulette table to welcome visitors to downtown Las Vegas.

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Tickets are on sale now for Las Vegas’ newest attraction, PRINCESS DIANA: A TRIBUTE EXHIBITION, inside THE SHOPS AT CRYSTALS adjacent to ARIA Resort & Casino, opening on Friday, Sept. 2. The custom-built, 10,000 square foot exhibition combines Las Vegas entertainment and the world’s leading collection of Diana and royal memorabilia to offer North America’s premiere journey inside the royal family and features a multi million-dollar collection of over 700 items, including several of Diana’s authentic evening gowns and fashion garments, artist installations, historic royal textiles and a collection of correspondence, gifts and personal items of Diana and the royals. Beginning at Diana’s aristocratic family estate and journeying through her whirlwind introduction to and ultimate reinvention of royal life, the exhibition contains 12 curated rooms anchored by three standout collections: “Wedding of the Century,” “Fashion Icon” and “Royal Obsession.” General admission adult tickets start at $29, with special pricing available for children starting at $21 and for students, seniors, military and Nevada residents, starting at $25. All general admission tickets are timed entry. Guests can upgrade to VIP tickets, which include entry at any time on the ticket date, priority line access, a commemorative VIP gift and a complimentary audio guide. The exhibition also offers family and special packages for parties of 10 or more. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Enjoy live music from some of country’s hottest rising stars at STONEY'S ROCKIN' COUNTRY (located at 6611 Las Vegas Blvd. So., Unit 160 at Town Square) in September. The following dates and performers are: Fri., Sept. 2 – ADAM SANDERS; Fri., Sept. 9 – CRAIG CAMPBELL; Sat., Sept. 10 – RYAN GRIFFIN; Fri., Sept. 16 - DEREK JONES & THE 50 SOUTH; Sat., Sept. 17 - JORDAN HARVEY; Fri., Sept. 23 – ROYALE LYNN. Advance tickets start at just $10 and are on sale now. Take a chance on the mechanical bull or take a spin line dancing! Stoney’s has you covered with free line dance lessons Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m/ Visithttps://stoneysrockincountry.com/dance-lessons/ for details.

Acclaimed interdisciplinary artist, THOMAS PUTZIER has been selected as THE NEON MUSEUM’s (located at 770 N. Las Vegas Blvd.) 2022 ARTIST IN RESIDENCE. Describing his inspiration for the residency project, Putzier stated that he will focus on the role neon signage has played in serving as visual representatives of expression, personality, and leisure. “I plan to explore the way this design iconography has impacted the field of architecture. In my solo show, I will highlight sci-fi futuristic space-age forms and geometry, from the design history of Las Vegas, by collaging their elements into completely new works of art.” In selecting Putzier, 2022 guest AIR juror, associate curator and outreach director for the Nevada Museum of Art, Carmen Beals described his work as “engaging, futuristic, bold, and engaging.” She stated, “his prior geometric sculptures are fun, brightly colored, and flamboyant, which match the expectations of this great city.”  Selected from a record number of high-quality and diverse submissions, Putzier will visit Las Vegas for an introductory week in September when he will have the opportunity to explore the city and learn more about its cultural and architectural history. He will then return to Las Vegas at the end of the year to create new work during the six-week residency period, culminating in a solo exhibition.

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Thomas Putzier - Photo courtesy of The Neon Museum

Photo courtesy of The Neon Museum

KELLY CLINTON-HOLMES, celebrated Las Vegas entertainer of more than 25 years with deep roots in the entertainment industry and community, has been named the NEW DIRECTOR OF ENTERTAINMENT AT THE STIRLING CLUB IN LAS VEGAS. Born in New Jersey but long-time Las Vegas resident, Kelly Clinton-Holmes holds years of experience in the entertainment industry as a singer, actress and comedienne. Kelly has also had her own share of headlining at The Stirling Club for eight years. The Stirling Club is an upscale private city club offering 73,000 square feet of opulent amenities and luxury service located at 2827 Paradise Rd in the heart of Las Vegas.

THE STRAT HOTEL, CASINO & SKYPOD will celebrate LABOR DAY WEEKEND WITH POOL PARTIES, FOOD AND BEVERAGE SPECIALS AND MORE, beginning Friday, Sept. 2. Throughout the weekend, pool parties will take place at WET24 Pool & Bar and Elation Pool, Café & Bar. Poolside beer specials will be available, including a beer bucket of six, priced at $40; and complimentary samples of Bud Light and Bud Light Next, served exclusively on Saturday, Sept. 3. Live DJs will perform at WET24 from 1 to 9 p.m., including DJ Aravi and DJ Jay T on Friday, Sept. 2; DJ Vegas Vibe and DJ Jay T on Saturday, Sept. 3; and DJ Vegas Vibe and DJ Santos on Sunday, Sept. 4. Hotel guests will receive complimentary access to both pools, and non-hotel guests may enter with a $10 admission fee.

LIGHT NIGHTCLUB, located at MANDALAY BAY RESORT AND CASINO, will keep the late-night party going over Labor Day weekend with performances by hip-hop artist and producer for rapper FUTURE, DJ ESCO Friday, Sept. 2 and Hip-hop artist and GRAMMY Award nominee SWAE LEE Saturday, Sept. 3.

CABO WABO CANTINA, located inside the MIRACLE MILE SHOPS AT PLANET HOLLYWOOD RESORT & CASINO, will host a LABOR DAY WEEKEND FIESTA with a live DJ, Strip-side views, signature cocktails and more, beginning Saturday, Sept. 3. The high-energy weekend will kick off with a live performance from DJ Uffe at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3. Guests will also be able to party on Cabo Wabo’s newly remodeled, Strip-side patio throughout the weekend.

THE STIRLING CLUB has the perfect day planned for members and non-members on Labor Day. On Sunday, September 4, 2022, enjoy live music from BEACH BOYS TRIBUTE BAND, GOOD VIBRATIONS. Showtime will take place from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. inside of The Stirling Room. There is a member price of $29 and a non-member price of $39.

DRAI’S RESORT POOL (11 stories high on the rooftop of The Cromwell at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Boulevard) is celebrating its new menu, available now, by offering a 20% DISOUNT FOR ALL LOCAL GUESTS who present a valid Nevada ID.The spa-inspired lunch menu, complete with breakfast and sharable selections, plus small plates appeals to customers looking for fresh and tasty dishes, a variety of sides, sweets and of course, options that are vegan, gluten-free or vegetarian.

BOOMBOX!A Vegas Residency on Shuffle, starring a high-energy line-up of legendary ‘80s, ‘90s and ‘00s artists will makes its debut at WESTGATE LAS VEGAS RESORT & CASINO. The exclusive limited-run concert party series features live performances from renowned music stars including CEELO GREEN, KID ‘N PLAY, J.J. FAD, TONE LOC AND THEA AUSTIN OF SNAP starting at 8 p.m. from Wednesday, Aug. 31, to Sunday, Sept. 4, and from Wednesday, Sept. 28, to Sunday, Oct. 2. In addition to performances of their own multi-generational hits, the artists will alternate back-and-forth and collaborate on the concert stage together, accompanied by a live DJ and drummer, nostalgic videos, dancers, and much more. Partygoers can enjoy dance party hits from the past few decades without breaking the bank with tickets ranging in price from $29 to $109, available for purchase now.

The award-winning L.A. COMEDY CLUB AT THE STRAT HOTEL & CASINO continues to bring raucous comedy with TRIXX (Frankie Agyemang) headlining the 8 p.m. show from Monday, Sept. 12 through Sunday, Sept. 18. As a regular on Much Music’s “Video On Trial” and “Stars Gone Wild,” TRIXX has built a fanbase across the country for his trademark on-stage characters. Tickets are priced at $39 for general admission and $59 for VIP admission, plus tax and service fee.

FANTASY is celebrating MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY with a show-stopping performance by LORENA PERIL, headliner of the award-winning topless female revue. The performance of “La Charreada,” a mariachi classic, will take place Friday, Sept. 16 at LUXOR HOTEL AND CASINO. This special tribute to Mexican Independence Day will be in addition to FANTASY's high-energy, 15-number show which includes stunning dancers, aerial acts and special guest performers. Shows are scheduled nightly at 10:30 p.m. inside the Atrium Showroom, with an additional 8 p.m. show on Sundays. All guests attending the show must be at least 18 years of age or older with valid ID.

Renowned singer-songwriter, bass player, producer, and DJ BLU DE TIGER is bringing her unique sound to THE SAND DOLLAR DOWNTOWN AT THE PLAZA HOTEL & CASINO. Performing as part of the official LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL” WEEK OF BEAUTIFUL” AFTER PARTY. , DeTiger will perform a live DJ set Friday, Sept. 16, 2022 at 1:30 a.m. Cover is $10 at the door and guests must be 21 years or older.

TIVOLI VILLAGE, located at 400 South Rampart Boulevard, invites the community to shop unique gifts and crafts from more than 50 local vendors at its upcoming CRAFT FEST events this fall. Attendees can look forward to discovering one-of-a-kind gifts while supporting local artists, as well as enjoying tempting food and drink from Tivoli Village’s variety of eateries. Families and guests of all ages are welcome. This event is also pet friendly. Each Craft Fest will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Upcoming dates include:Sunday, Sept. 18, Sunday, Nov. 13, Sunday, Dec. 11. The cost is FREE. Tivoli Village offers complimentary parking.

Corner Bar Management will keep the good times rolling before and after Life Is Beautiful with THE BLOCK, A PACKED LINEUP OF PRE- AND POST-FESTIVAL PARTIES AT WE ALL SCREAM, DISCOPUSSY,COMMONWEALTH AND PARK ON FREMONT from Friday, Sept. 16 through Sunday, Sept. 18.   The Block, sponsored by Las Vegas Weekly, will highlight 15 headliners across four venues within three days on Fremont East. For the first time, Corner Bar Management will offer an all-access pass to the events, priced at $99, or each event ticket may be purchased separately. Tickets are available now.

DAYTIME BRUNNCH PARTIES will rock THE BLOCK from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at PARK ON FREMONT, a lush craft cocktail garden in the heart of downtown Las Vegas. The lineup features CHET PORTER on Friday, Sept. 16; FLAMINGOSIS on Saturday, Sept. 17; and a KRAAK & SMAAK DJ set on Sunday, Sept. 18. Tickets to each event begin at $10.

By night, Fremont East will light up with post-festival events, each beginning at 11 p.m. DISCOPUSSY, the warehouse-inspired dance haven distinguished by its LED disco-octopus chandelier, will host a lineup of DJs including SOLARDO on Friday, Sept. 19; JUSTIN MARTIN on Saturday, Sept. 17; and VNSSA on Sunday, Sept. 18. At COMMONWEALTH, a two-story industrial-style craft cocktail bar with rooftop dance floor, artists will include ANDRE POWER on Friday, Sept. 16; AUSTIN MILLZ on Saturday, Sept. 17; and MILES MEDINA on Sunday, Sept. 18. WE ALL SCREAM, Corner Bar Management’s double-decker ice cream-themed club, will host two headliners nightly, one IN THE TRUCK, the venue’s vintage dairy truck-turned-DJ booth, and another ON THE CONE, the rooftop’s custom ice cream cone-shaped booth. The lineup includes UNIIQU3 and BEXXIE on Friday, Sept. 16; YEHME2 and DJ DAN on Saturday, Sept. 17; and MANILA KILLA (DJ set) and DJ MES on Sunday, Sept. 18. Tickets to each event begin at $20.

Singer and songwriter JONNY CRAIG is returning to Las Vegas for a special performance at ROCKSTAR BAR (6730 Las Vegas Blvd) on Monday, Sept. 19 alongside special guests KEEPM SECRETS AND FOREGN. Tickets start at $20 plus applicable fees and are on sale now.

Seattle punkers DRAGGED UNDER are returning to Las Vegas for a special performance of their Upright Animals Tour at AMERICAN LEGION HALL (737 N Veterans Memorial Drive) in Downtown Las Vegas. Presented by Smash Magazine, the band will perform Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022, alongside special guests RIVALS, Aryia and Glasslands. Tickets start at $22 plus applicable fees and are on sale now.  All ages and doors are at 6 p.m.

With more pickleball courts than any Las Vegas hotel/casino, THE PLAZA HOTEL & CASINO is again the official hotel and title sponsor of the Las Vegas PICKLEBALL OPEN, set for Sept. 21-25. The tournament will again offer professional players a competitive prize package of $60,000 split between grand prize, silver, and bronze medalists.. The event will offer men’s, women’s, and mixed amateur doubles matches as well as men’s, women’s, mixed and senior (50-plus) professional doubles matches. Spectators are welcome to watch any of the matches for free.Players can register for the tournament at www.lasvegaspickleballopen.com.

THE UNLV PERFORMING ARTS CENTER will welcome Las Vegas’ own Cirque Mechanics as they present “ZEPHYR—A WHIRLWIND OF CIRCUS” at the ARTEMUS W. HAM CONCERT HALL on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m. as a part of its 46th season. The company’s newest production is being launched exclusively in partnership with the UNLV PAC.  The show is an emotive and exhilarating tale about our choices for our planet and its resources, featuring a performance windmill as the multi-functional mechanical centerpiece of the story. Witness the unrelenting tug-of-war between man and nature in the name of progress as the artists harness human power, instead of wind, to generate an awe-inspiring, energetic acrobatic experience.

In “Zephyr—A Whirlwind of Circus,” performers will fly, balance, float on air, and defy gravity in an exhilarating circus, taking audiences on a journey with the beauty and efficacy of that timeless and ingenious process inspired by the creative team at Cirque Mechanics’ latest theatrical circus show for all ages. Traditional circus acts from contortion to hoop diving, hair hang to foot juggling, will be presented with modern and distinctive whimsy and theatricality. Thanks to the partnership between these two community arts organizations, the UNLV PAC is offering a free student matinee to 1,500 Las Vegas area students at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 23. Additionally, Cirque Mechanics and the UNLV PAC are planning learning opportunities in partnership with the UNLV departments of dance, theatre, and the entertainment engineering and design program. Single tickets are priced from $20-$50 (discounts available). PAC Only Packages for the 46th season may also be purchased by telephone at 702-895-ARTS (2787), or at the PAC box office from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.

With at least one in 100 children in the United States born with a congenital heart defect each year, it’s time to raise awareness and honor the champions fighting against what can be a deadly pediatric disease.  On Thursday, Sept. 29 at 11 a.m., Las Vegans come together to support Children’s Heart Foundation at the "FOURTH ANNUAL HARTS FOR CHARITEA” to raise money directly for the organization’s signature program, CAMP MEND-A-HEART.  The annual event honors Philanthropist of the Year, Mollie Stewart, at THE FOUR SEASONS HOTEL LAS VEGAS FOUR SEASONS BALLROOM (3960 S. Las Vegas Blvd.). Women are invited to break out the party dress, don their best fascinator, and mix and mingle over afternoon tea and champagne while supporting Children’s Heart Foundation and their mission to provide financial, emotional and educational support for children living with heart conditions in Nevada.  Upon entering, attendees will be able to bid on extravagant silent auction items including a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork made by CHF campers, entertainment packages, beauty baskets, spa certificates, fashion finds, and much more. As guests make their way into the grand ballroom, they will be treated to a full afternoon tea service featuring an assortment of delicious teas, champagne cocktails, finger sandwiches, petit fours, and other sweet treats. Tickets are $150 per person or $1,200 for a table of eight by calling (702) 967-3522 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Deadline to RSVP is Sept. 16.  For those who cannot attend the event, the silent auction will be available beginning Sept. 26 by visiting www.chfn.org.

DOWNTOWN SUMMERLIN has announced the return of the Halloween parade "PARADE OF MISCHIEF", this October. The frightfully fun, family-friendly parade will fill the streets of Downtown Summerlin with mischievous mayhem every Friday and Saturday night in October starting Saturday, October 1 at 7 p.m. Other parade nights include Oct. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29. “Parade of Mischief is back and better than ever! We’ve added three themed floats that will enhance patron visibility and add to the overall entertainment value of each performance,” stated Halee Harczynski, senior marketing director, Downtown Summerlin. “In addition to the new floats, we’ve cast over 30 local youth as dancing zombies, ghosts, witches, wizards, wild creatures and more. It’s an event you won’t want to miss!”. The parade is free, open to the public and takes place along Park Centre Drive.

San Diego- based soul and R&B trio THEE SACRED SOULS will return to BROOKLYN BOWL for an encore performance on Wednesday, Oct. 5 celebrating the release of their highly anticipated, self-titled debut album.Tickets to Thee Sacred Souls at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas are now on sale.

Restaurant openings:

James Beard Award Winner Shawn McClain, with partners Richard and Sarah Camarota, will open their newest Las Vegas restaurant, BALLA ITALIAN SOUL, at SAHARA Las Vegas on Friday, September 30.  Balla Italian Soul will offer dinner Wednesday through Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m. Balla Italian Soul’s menu embraces the lighter, brighter and more seasonally driven aspects of Italian cuisine, focusing on a parade of best-in-season vegetable dishes, preparations honoring the purity of great seafood and handmade pastas and pizzas designed to make guests swoon.Balla Italian Soul will offer dinner Wednesday through Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m.


PBR ROCK BAR & GRILL will end its 12-year run at Miracle Mile Shops. PBR Rock Bar & Grill is a Professional Bull Riders affiliated venue that epitomizes the term, “A little bit country, a little bit Rock ‘n’ Roll”. The venue was a favorite for both visitors and locals alike with the mechanical bull, extensive food menu, and giant 100oz “Porch Pounder” cocktails. Throughout the years PBR became known as the headquarters for the Professional Bull Riders World Finals, and a hot spot during the National Finals Rodeo each year. “It’s absolutely heartbreaking that after two years of negotiations with the Miracle Mile Shops, we were unable to reach a new deal with the landlord,” stated Jonathan Fine, owner of PBR Rock Bar & Grill.

STRIPSTEAK at Mandalay Bay will temporarily close for an exciting remodel following service on Friday, October 14. The restaurant will reopen in early 2023. Additional details will be shared in the coming months. In the interim, Mandalay Bay will open a STRIPSTEAK pop-up location at Fleur restaurant beginning Monday, October 17. The dining experience will exclusively offer STRIPSTEAK menu items nightly from 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Celebrity Sightings:

Saturday, August 27...

The stars came out for Lil Baby’s show-stopping Drai’s LIVE performance.  FLOYD MAYWEATHER, JORDIN SPARKS, CHRIS BROWN, & DAVIDO WERE JOINED BY NBA STARS DAMIAN LILLARD of the Portland Trailblazers and MALIK MONK of the Sacramento Kings.

Sunday, August 14...

The clock-wearing rapper known as FLAVOR FLAV was spotted at The Stove NV, the eclectic party brunch hotspot in Henderson.

FlavorFlav - Photo courtesy of The Stove NV




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