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Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens Celebrates Summer With its First Italian-Inspired Display
In celebration of Summer, Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens has transformed into the picturesque island of Capri, Italy. On view now through September 9, the Italian-inspired display, abounding with lemons and Cypress trees, takes visitors on a delightful journey through scenic grounds rich in botanical wonder, calming water features and vibrant colored villas, reminiscent of the charming island.
Envisioned by renowned designer Ed Libby and the Bellagio Horticulture team, the summer installation pays homage to well-known gardens throughout Italy and surprises visitors with a replica of the island of Capri, located in the Bay of Naples.
The journey begins in the East Garden as guests make their way through two 26-foot stone archways framed by eight Cypress trees. A four-tiered, 8-foot fountain, centrally located between the archways adds a soothing element to the garden while lemon trees emerge from four oversized handcrafted Italian vases.
Photo courtesy of the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Photo courtesy of the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Passersby will happen upon two lush gardens, resembling an estate near Rome. In the South Garden, an oversized 22-foot, moss-covered fountain overflowing with water pays tribute to The Fontana dell'Ovato located in Villa d’Este, a 16th century residence in Tivoli. Made of lentils, an 8-foot plate depicts the image of an Italian village landscape, illustrating the beauty found throughout the countryside. Nearby in the North Garden, water streams from five lion and monkey sculptures mounted on a foliage-covered wall lined with four lemon topiaries comprised of 1,400 flowers and an intricately majolica-tiled bench.
Surrounded by magnificent vegetation and eight hanging Italian lanterns, onlookers catch their breath at the rugged landscape and cove-studded coastline in the West Garden. Fifty multicolored villas complete with terraces, a 12-foot chiming bell tower and sun-soaked umbrellas create an architectural model representing life on the island of Capri. A 30-foot lemon tree provides shade to blue and white yachts calmly floating by Lovers’ Rock.
Bellagio’s Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is complimentary to the public and open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Clark County Awards Insomniac Founder and CEO, Pasquale Rotella, With Key to the Strip In Celebration of EDC Week 2017
On Wednesday, June 14, at the Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak, celebrated the 21st anniversary of Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) by awarding Insomniac CEO and Founder, Pasquale Rotella, with the key to the Las Vegas Strip. Welcoming North America’s largest three-day music festival back to Las Vegas for the seventh year, Clark County renamed the Strip to “Electric Daisy Ln.” from June 13 – 19 to commemorate the success of EDC in Las Vegas, with a temporary street sign displayed at the corner of Mandalay Bay Rd. and Las Vegas Blvd. In addition, Clark County declared June 12 – 19, 2017 officially “EDC Week” and presented Rotella with a proclamation.
Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak and Insomniac CEO and Founder, Pasquale Rotella- Photo credit: Bennett Sell-Kline for Insomniac
“I am so honored and humbled to receive the key to the Strip, a proclamation for this year’s EDC Week and the renaming of Las Vegas Blvd. from Clark County,” said Pasquale Rotella. “EDC would not be such an incredible success without the outpouring of support from Las Vegas. The Strip has always been home to EDC fans every year and we’re so excited that they’ll have the chance to cruise down Electric Daisy Ln.”
Insomniac CEO and Founder, Pasquale Rotella - Photo credit: Bennett Sell-Kline for Insomniac
Since its inception in Las Vegas, EDC has helped bring over 2.1 million fans to the city, generating over $1.3 billion in economic impact, and stimulating the growth of dance music locally and globally.
Additional recent and upcoming “happenings” in and around Las Vegas include:
Harrah’s Las Vegas guests, Nicholas Blaskowski and Nicole Perry of Phoenix, were shocked and excited when they HIT THE THE PENNY SLOT JACKPOT while playing Willy Wonka: World of Wonka, on Sunday, June 18. The jackpot amount was just under one million at $944,337.37.
HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO LAS VEGAS has partnered with the largest travel retailer in North America, Hudson Group, to unveil SIX NEW EXCITING AND ENERGETIC SHOPS totaling 14,500 square feet and adding to the resort’s diverse retail and dining collection. The redeveloped retail spaces showcase high-end watches, timepieces and jewelry, travel essentials, electronics, wine, spirits and apparel.
The shops include:
CHILL BY HUDSON- offering travel essentials ranging from books, magazines, snacks and beverages to travel and convenience necessities, tasteful local souvenirs and electronics.
HOOTENANNY BY HUDSON – Like Hudson Group’s modern Hudson brand, Hootenanny's design is one that stands out. A modern apothecary meets old school roadhouse with raw, distressed fixtures and furnishings that have an industrial distillery feel. The 3,075-square-foot shop offers travel essentials, electronics, top-shelf liquor and premium cigars in a humidor.
DUNKIN' DONUTS – A high-energy mash-up of bubblegum rock and pop art brings excitement to the iconic 1,546-square-foot coffee and baked goods eatery. The state-of-the-art restaurant can be found on the first floor of the hotel and is open 24-hours a day, seven days a week, serving Dunkin' Donuts' menu of delicious food and beverages, including its signature hot and iced coffees and world famous donuts.
Leading, multi-dimensional brand experience and design firm, Big Red Rooster, has collaborated with retail shops BEZEL (the 831-square-foot high-end watch and timepiece store), DAY + NIGHT (shoppers’ leisure travel wardrobe needs from a sun-drenched day at the pool to a star-studded night on the town) and SHINE (chic jewelry store) to create their own identity and personality that offer a rock and roll vibe paired with an authentic shopping experience.
Thanks to the tremendous generosity of the Las Vegas community, THE BACKSTREET BOYS, LIVE NATION AND THE ANIMAL FOUNDATION ticket donation promotion to support shelter animals was a resounding success RAISING MORE THAN $15,500 IN JUST THREE HOURS. Due to overwhelming demand, all Backstreet Boys tickets donated for the promotion have already been claimed by generous patrons in the Las Vegas community. The Backstreet Boys and Live Nation donated more than 250 tickets in support of The Animal Foundation, the nation’s largest single-site intake shelter.
Animal enthusiasts who made a donation of a Petco or PetSmart gift card of $100 or more to The Animal Foundation, received a pair of tickets to see “Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life” at one of their recently-announced performance dates in November 2017 or February 2018 at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
For those still wishing to make a donation to The Animal Foundation on Friday, June 23 or Saturday, June 24, Live Nation will provide tickets to see PITBULL at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino during select performances in July 2017 and August 2017. Donate a $100 or more giftcard to Petco or PetSmart (with proof of receipt), limit two (2) tickets per person. Limited quantities available per day, offer good while supplies last. Offer good for redemption during July 2017 and August 2017 show dates only.
Rick Harrison, owner of Pawn Plaza, has announced the opening of fellow “Pawn Star” CHUMLEE'S CANDY ON THE BLVD. Chumlee’s Candy on the Blvd features a combination of Chumlee’s favorite candies such as Bottle Caps and Razzles; nostalgic favorites including candy cigarettes, candy buttons, Turkish taffy, Niklnips and Astro Pops, among many others and bulk candy such as salt water taffy, gummy bears and much, much more! . Chumlee’s Candy on the Blvd is co-owned by Austin “Chumlee” Russell and his younger brother Sage Russell and is now open Wednesdays through Sundays from 12 – 8 p.m. Pawn Plaza is located at 725 Las Vegas Boulevard South, just south of the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, home to HISTORY’s “Pawn Stars.”
RICKY MARTIN, one of the most intriguing and impactful performers of all time, returns to Park Theater at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino June 23 through July 2 for his headlining Las Vegas residency “ALL IN.” Ticket prices start at $59.50, not including applicable service charges.
DEANA MARTIN, legendary songstress and daughter of Dean Martin, will host THE DEANA MARTIN CELEBRITY ROAST HONORING THE 'MAN OF THE HOUR', DENNIS BONO, in the South Point Showroom on Monday, June 26 at 6 p.m., with doors opening at 5 p.m. To celebrate Bono's 70th birthday, entertainment legends on stage and screen will take part in the roast as well including Robert Davi, Clint Holmes, Lorraine Hunt-Bono, Robin Leach, Rich Little, Tony LoBianco and Frankie Scinta. Following the roast, an after party hosted by Chris Phillips and Dennis Blair will take place with a variety of musical performances in the Grandview Lounge at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7:30 p.m. The birthday celebration doubles as a fundraising event for Opportunity Village, a local Las Vegas nonprofit that provides services and resources that help adults with intellectual disabilities lead enriched and productive lives. Please visit Opportunity Village's website for more information on the organization.
Tickets for the Deana Martin Celebrity Roast honoring the 'Man of the Hour' Dennis Bono are available to purchase for $35 and the Dennis Bono After Party tickets are available for $20. Guests planning to attend both shows can purchase a package ticket for $50 at the South Point Box Office.
SLS LAS VEGAS will honor Fourth of July poolside with an outdoor cookout, live DJ spinning a mix of American party hits and drink specials, including the holiday-themed “Firework” cocktail.
The POOLSIDE COOKOUT at SLS Las Vegas will be held on Saturday, July 1 and Sunday, July 2 for both Las Vegas locals and hotel guests. In addition to grill selections such as chicken sandwiches, hot dogs and burgers, the resort-style pool will offer beer buckets with a choice of Bud Light, Michelob Ultra, Budweiser or Bud Light Lime, priced at $35; and cabana deliveries of a Stella Artois kegerator, equivalent to 35 beers, priced at $185.
The Firework, a festive, limited-time Fourth of July cocktail, priced at $12, will deliver a taste of red, white and blue on the rocks from Saturday, July 1 through Friday, July 7 at Monkey Bar, Cleo, Katsuya and Center Bar.
Additionally, SLS Las Vegas hotel guests, age 21 and over, can visit Retro Pool Lounge and enjoy a rooftop ambience featuring a full-service bar, premium cabanas, available for reservations, as well as an open cabana concept available for all guests.
As part of Fremont Street Experience's Downtown Rocks Concert Series, ANN WILSON OF HEART will perform a FREE CONCERT on Monday, July 3.
The center Strip hotspot, THE FLAMINGO GO POOL has announced additional performers for the 2017 season. Singer / songwriter BEBE REXHA is confirmed to perform live on Saturday, July 8, and additionally, 8KY (formerly Sky Blu of LMFAO), will kick off July 4th weekend with a live DJ set and performance on Saturday, July 1. These artists join a number of other upcoming celebrity performances confirmed for later this summer, including MARK MCGRATH on Saturday, June 24, THE YING YANG TWINS on Saturday, July 15, DJS FROM MARS on Saturday, July 22, YAZZ "THE GREATEST"; on Saturday, July 29 and MONTELL JORDAN on Saturday, Aug. 5. Tickets for performances are $10 for Flamingo hotel guests and $20 for non-hotel guests.
The entire Las Vegas valley is invited to celebrate Independence Day at the 23rd ANNUAL SUMMERLIN COUNCIL PATRIOTIC PARADE, Southern Nevada’s largest and most colorful Fourth of July parade on, Tuesday, July 4, 2017, 9 – 11 a.m / Escort division commences at 8:30 a.m.This year, parade grand marshals are Major General Glen D. VanHerck, Commander, United States Air Force Warfare Center, Nellis Air Force Base; and Chief Master Sgt. Charles R. Hoffman, Command Chief Master Sergeant, United States Air Force Warfare Center, Nellis Air Force Base. More than 35,000 people are expected to attend the parade.
The parade features more than 70 entries, including traditional floats, giant inflatable balloons, American military heroes, bands, musical groups and a variety of kids’ favorite storybook and cartoon characters. More than 2,500 people are participating in the parade and more than 500 volunteers from dozens of local schools and community groups are assisting with parade operations. The parade is open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to arrive early, bring water and wear sunscreen. The parade begins at the corner of Hillpointe Rd. and Hills Center Dr. in The Trails village of Summerlin. Participants travel south toward Village Center Circle, then west on Trailwood Drive. The parade ends near the corner of Trailwood Drive and Spring Gate Lane. New this year is a FREE park and ride shuttle offered by Downtown Summerlin. The public can park by the Lawn at Downtown Summerlin and ride a shuttle to the parade site. When the parade is over, the shuttle will bring parade-goers back to Downtown Summerlin. The free shuttle runs every 30 minutes between 7 a.m. and noon.
Funk, Jazz, R&B and Rock N' Roll legends, WAR will perform in concert Saturday, July 8th at Avi Resort & Casino - 10000 Aha Macav Parkway, Laughlin, NV. Tickets start at $29.
The Universal Domino League announces the SUMMER SLAM DOMINO TOURNAMENT will be held at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino on Saturday, July 8, 2017. The UDL and its world-renowned domino players compete in seven head-to-head, action-packed, single-elimination rounds. Each match will be a best-of-five up to 150 points, with the last contestant standing named the “Universal Domino League Summer Slam Domino Tournament Champion.” More than 350 contestants will compete for $50,000 in cash and prizes, with the top 25 players receiving a cash prize. There is a $200 tournament entry fee for the Summer Slam Domino Tournament. Pre-registration is at 10 a.m and the tournament begins at 2 p.m.
Las Vegas’ longest-running headliner Frank Marino and his all-star cast of superstar female impersonators in DIVAS LAS VEGAS will introduce new show times at The LINQ Hotel & Casino. Beginning July 10, the fabulous Frank Marino’s Divas will perform Wednesday and Thursday at 8 p.m. and Friday through Monday at 4 p.m.
Additionally, the show is offering an all-new drink package, including tickets and a free drink served in a spectacular souvenir cup to sip on while the sequins flash on stage. Decadent dining packages are also available which includes the option to enjoy dinner or weekend brunch at Flavors the Buffet at Harrah’s Las Vegas. For the night owls, Divas will perform their final late night shows Monday through Sunday 9:30 p.m. through Sunday, July 9. Tickets start at $24.99 (plus tax and fees) to $129.99 (plus tax and fees)
After a successful start to its 42nd season with “The Wedding Singer” (currently playing through June 24), Super Summer Theatre announces its second show of the season,“IN THE HEIGHTS” (winner of 4 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations) playing July 12 – 29 at the Spring Mountain State Park.Super Summer Theatre also supports local charitable food pantries and asks patrons attending opening night to bring one canned food item per car to be collected at the entrance of the parking lot. Tickets for all performances are $15 in advance and $20 day of show. Children ages five and under are free (no ticket needed). Tickets can be purchased online or Super Summer Studios 4340 S. Valley View Suite 208, Las Vegas. Theatre parking is available starting at 5 p.m. and the meadow opens at 6 p.m. All performances of “In the Heights” begin at 8:05 p.m. Guests are invited to bring a blanket or chair, as well as a picnic dinner, or may purchase dinner from one of several food vendors onsite. Chairs are available for rent for $1.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famers EARTH WIND & FIRE, bring a night full of dancing grooves to Las Vegas with a special performance in the intimate Pearl Concert Theater inside Palms Casino Resort on Friday, July 14 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $69 plus applicable fees.
Stand-up comic and Broadway, film and television star DAVID ALAN GRIER will perform at the Treasure Island Theater with Kira Soltanovich on Friday, July 14 at 9 p.m. Tickets start at $49.95, plus taxes and service charges.
Dashboard Confessional is returning to Las Vegas with THE ALL AMERICAN REJECTS for a performance at the Pearl Concert Theater inside Palms Casino Resort on Saturday, July 15 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $55 plus tax and applicable fees.
The second annual "WOMEN WHO SLAY," an event celebrating the hard work and success of some of the nation's most inspiring female influencers who have turned their dreams into reality will take place on Saturday, July 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa. The afternoon will include networking, unique lifestyle activations, pop-up shops, champagne, food and a panel providing advice, tips and tricks for entrepreneurs, influencer marketers, content creators and brand builders. Get glammed with a pre-event party at Sephora Downtown Summerlin from 9-11 a.m. and continue making connections at a VIP pool after party. Tickets are $49 general admission or $75 VIP, which includes reserved seating and an exclusive gift bag. Guests must be 21 years of age to attend.
RODNEY LOUGH JR., located along Gallery Row at ARIA Resort & Casino, closed on Friday, June 16.
As part of the ongoing transformation into Park MGM, THE SPA MONTE CARLO CLOSED, Monday, June 19. Details on new concepts coming to the property will be made available in the coming months.
Thursday night, June 22...
Model Jasmine Sanders was spotted enjoying dinner with friends at TAO in The Venetian.
Upstairs at TAO Nightclub, NFL star Phil Taylor was seen at a VIP table during Worship Thursday.
Wed., June 21...
Singer, actor and radio personality Donny Osmond stopped by The Palm Las Vegas, inside The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, to check out the newest addition to The Palm Las Vegas’ famous caricature collage – a painting of the legend himself performing on stage. Hand-painted by The Palm Las Vegas’ resident artist, Steve Spector, Osmond’s rendering can be found next to the likenesses of other world-class entertainers including Celine Dion, Rod Stewart and Jerry Seinfeld.
Donny Osmond Added to Famous Caricature Collage at The Palm Las Vegas Photo credit: The Palms Las Vegas
Monday night, June 19...
Chris Santos and The TAO Group celebrated the first anniversary of Beauty & Essex in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Friends of the restaurant including DJs Carnage, Zedd, Sam Feldt, Ghastly and Jauz came together in honor of Beauty’s birthday.
Lou Abin Adan Gewanter Chris Santos Hung Yim Jason Strauss at Beauty Essex First Anniversary- Photo credit Tony Tran
Marc Marrone Adam Gewanter Chris Santos and Lou Abin Celebrate Beauty Essex First Anniversary- Photo credit Tony Tran
Sam Feldt DJs Beauty Essex First Anniversary Party - Photo credit Tony Tran
Saturday, June 17...
Several members of the 2017 NBA Championship-winning Golden State Warriors returned to Drai’s Nightclub atop The Cromwell in Las Vegas for a high-energy performance by renowned hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd presented by Drai’s LIVE. MVP Kevin Durant arrived with two party busses of guests, including teammates power forward David West, small forward Andre Inguodala, center JaVale McGee, center Zaza Pachulia, shooting guard Ian Clark, forward Matt Barnes, and Damian Jones, and 60+ friends. Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch and Sacramento Kings power forward Willie Cauley-Stein were also spotted at the dazzling rooftop venue, and were later seen onstage with the Warriors before heading to Drai’s After Hours.
Kevin Durant Attends Rae Sremmurds Drais LIVE Performance at Drais Nightclub Las Vegas - Photo credit: Tony Tran
Drais LIVE Presents Rae Sremmurd at Drais Nightclub Las Vegas - Photo credit: Tony Tran
Other notable names in attendance Saturday night included Sacramento Kings power forward Aaron Affalo, Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng boxer Curtis Stevens, who was seated at a private bungalowwith a small group of friends, Golden State Warriors power forward Kevon Looney, Raiders cornerback Sean Smith, former NBA player Marcus Banks and Mychel Thompson.
At night, Matthew McConaughey and wife Camila Alves were spotted at TAO in The Venetian along with actress Ali Larter, country music artist Jack Ingram and entrepreneur Butch Gilliam. The group was joined by 17 others and enjoyed dinner at the restaurant in the private dining room before heading upstairs to the nightclub where they gathered at a VIP table.
Also at TAO Nightclub was MMA star Nick Diaz.
Earlier in the night, internet personality Jake Paul was seen having dinner at TAO Restaurant.
Victoria Secret models Jasmine Tookes, Sara Sampaio and Lais Ribeiro enjoyed dinner at Beauty & Essex in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, before heading to the Marquee Skydeck at EDC.
The Golden State Warriors, including Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, Zaza Pachulia and Matt Barnes, among others, continued celebrating their recent NBA championship title with a visit to LIQUID Pool Lounge at ARIA Resort & Casino.
LIQUID Draymond Green and Bennie Fowler - Photo credit: Gabe Ginsberg
LIQUID Draymond Green Klay Thompson and Matt Barnes - Photo credit: Gabe Ginsberg
Green continued his lively celebrations from the previous night at JEWEL Nightclub. Thompson, who arrived a little later in the day, mingled with his teammates.
Friday, June 16...
In the afternoon, Members of the Golden State Warriors including Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson celebrated their championship at Marquee Dayclub in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The group partied the day away in a VIP cabana where rapper G-Eazy joined in on the celebration.
Also at Marquee Dayclub was comedian Pauly Shore with friends. The group took in the party as DJ-duo Galantis manned the decks.
Friday night, Paris Hilton and Drew Carey were both seen taking in EDC fromVIP tables at the Marquee Skydeck. Also at the Skydeck were Founder of Insomniac Pasquale Rotella and wife Holly Madison.
Sacramento Kings small forward Rudy Gay were with a large group of friends during an installment of “The COOLest Party” with DJ Esco at Drai’s Nightclub. Nick Kwiatkoski, linebacker for the Chicago Bears, was spotted at a private VIP booth with a small group of friends. Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard was seen partying with a group of 10 friends. Germany national midfielder Mesut Ozil and Manchester City midfielder Leroy Sane were seen attending the club together with a large group of friends. Comedian and returning Drai’s guest Dave Chappelle was also spotted onstage enjoying Esco’s late night performance with a small group of friends.
2017 NBA Champs the Golden State Warriors Attend DJ Esco at Drais Nightclub Las Vegas - Photo credit: Tony Tran
Later that evening, Kevin Durant was spotted attending Drai’s After Hours where he received a “Warriors”-engraved magnum of Belvedere. He was later joined by Matt Barnes.
Thursday, June 15...
Several members of the 2017 NBA Championship-winning Golden State Warriors took to Drai’s Nightclub atop The Cromwell in Las Vegas for an unforgettable installment of “The COOLest Party” with DJ Esco. Shooting guard Ian Clark, small forward Andre Inguodala, center JaVale McGee and power forward David West were spotted arriving together via two party busses with an entourage of friends and family. Shortly after their arrival, center Zaza Pachulia was seen arriving with a group of friends and was later joined by Damian Jones. Later that evening, Finals MVP Kevin Durant was seen arriving with small forward Matt Barnes and friends, and Klay Thompson and Drai’s LIVE resident artist G-Eazy, showed up with a large entourage of friends.
LIQUID Zaza Pachulia and Klay Thompson - Photo credit: Gabe Ginsberg
Several of the teammates were later spotted at Drai’s After Hours where they joined Draymond Green.