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 The staff at Las Vegas Round the Clock along with the Las Vegas entertainment community mourns the loss of the multi-talented, funny, and beloved entertainer Joey Scinta (member of the popular Las Vegas act, The Scintas) who passed away on Friday, November 17 after suffering a series of strokes. He was 69 years old. Our sincere condolences and prayers goes out to the entire Scinta family and their loved ones. He surely will be missed.

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Jarrett & Raja Music & Magic Opens at The Stratosphere

Just a few months after closing shop at Hooters Hotel & Casino, internationally acclaimed magic and music duo, Jarrett & Raja, who have appeared on Shark Tank, America's Got Talent and Masters of Illusion, celebrated the Grand Opening of their afternoon show Magic Vs. Music at the Stratosphere Hotel & Casino on Thursday, October 16. It is the same show they performed at Hooters featuring stage assistant/dancer Andi and powerful singing sensation JR Phelps,who belts out magic themed songs. However, the move to this venue gives the handsome and talented showmen a larger stage and showroom to showcase their act.

Jarrett & Raja have put together a unique show that blends magic, music and comedy under the guise of playful rivalry between Jarrett, the magician and Raja, the Julliard trained master pianist, as each competes for stage time to show off their individual, amazing skills.

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Incorporated in this family friendly show are spectacular card tricks, levitation, mind reading, a nod to a famous work of art, audience participation, tributes to Beethoven and Harry Houdini, magnificent piano playing and more, all of which are spellbinding.

Directed by Doug Baker (Tournament of Kings), “Magic vs Music” performs Wednesday through Sunday at 4pm at Stratosphere Theater. Tickets start at $39.99 for general admission, $49.99 for preferred seating $69.99 for VIP and VIP booth seating.

Clink on the below link and see LVRTC reporter Dianne Davis's interview with Jarrett & Raja at their Grand Opening at The Stratosphere.

Stars Fill the Stage as Vegas Cares Raises More Than $100,000 to Honor Those Affected by the OCT. 1 Tragedy

More than two dozen Las Vegas entertainers filled the stage on Sunday, Nov. 5 at the Vegas Cares benefit at The Venetian® Las Vegas to honor the victims and first responders of the tragic events of Oct. 1.

The event, hosted by stand-up comedian Alex Reymundo, raised more than $100,000, which will go toward a commissioned memorial art piece by Tim Bavington to honor those involved and affected by the Oct. 1 shooting.

Anne Martinez Naomi Mauro Janien Valentine Kelly Clinton Holmes and Gret Menzies sing at Vegas Cares Benefit Nov. 5 2017
Anne Martinez Naomi Mauro Janien Valentine Kelly Clinton Holmes and Gret Menzies sing at Vegas Cares Benefit Nov. 5 2017
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Blue Man Group shows support at Vegas Cares Benefit Nov. 5 2017
Blue Man Group shows support at Vegas Cares Benefit Nov. 5 2017
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Elvis Monroe leads all star ensemble in finale at Vegas Cares Benefit Nov. 5 2017
Elvis Monroe leads all star ensemble in finale at Vegas Cares Benefit Nov. 5 2017
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Jewel performs at Vegas Cares Benefit Nov. 5 2017
Jewel performs at Vegas Cares Benefit Nov. 5 2017
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Terry Fator at Vegas Cares Benefit at The Venetian Nov. 5 2017
Terry Fator at Vegas Cares Benefit at The Venetian Nov. 5 2017
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GRAMMY nominated singer-songwriter Jewel performed her powerful song “Mercy” alongside of some of Vegas’ most celebrated performers including Tenors of Rock, Clint Holmes, Penn & Teller, Blue Man Group, BAZ – A Musical Mash-Up, the cast of Mystère by Cirque du Soleil and more.

The fundraising event was full of memorable moments including hilarious performances by Penn & Teller, Rich Little and Mac King. Pop superstar Britney Spears auctioned off a painting she created that was won by Vegas’ own Robin Leach for $10,000. Additionally, dancers from the show Jubilee made a triumphant return to the stage in their original costumes, for the first time since the show closed in 2016, for a brilliant performance. Prominent male vocalists Frankie Scinta, Chris Phillips, Earl Turner, Sonny Charles, Bubba Knight, Travis Cloer, Adrian Zmed, Vin A. Adinolfi, Jimmy Hopper and Clint Holmes joined forces for a one-of-a-kind sensational medley that was felt throughout the entire theater. The show closed with an emotional performance by local band Elvis Monroe, who were then joined by all the performers in a vivid display of strength for Las Vegas.

“This was by far the most inspirational event I have ever produced...the staff, talent and audience were all loving each other....it was in the air,” said Vegas Cares Producer and BEST Agency CEO, Ken Henderson. “There is always good that comes from bad and Oct. 1 has brought our community together like never before.”

Hakkasan Group hosted Benefit Concert at OMNIA Nightclub for Las Vegas Victims Fund

In response to the tragic events that took place on October 1 at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, Hakkasan Group hosted a Benefit Concert at OMNIA Nightclub inside Caesars Palace on Tuesday, Nov. 7. The event brought locals, partygoers, and artists together for an eventful evening to raise funds for those affected.

The nightspot opened its doors at 9:30 p.m. and welcomed some of the industry’s top turntable artists including Tiësto, Zedd, Kaskade, Steve Aoki, Party Favor, Cash Cash, Nghtmre, and more in the main room, while renowned SKAM Artists Lil Jon, FAED, Turbulence, Crooked, NEVA and OB One took over Heart of OMNIA as Bojo from Vegas’ Q 100.5, kept the energy going throughout the night. UFC’s official Octagon announcer Bruce Buffer participated throughout the night as he helped hype up the packed room and welcomed artists to the stage.

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 As the night went on, the nightspot was treated to an unbelievable surprise as legendary singer, and Vegas icon, Céline Dion joined DJ Steve Aoki on stage where she performed a special rendition of her classic song “My Heart Will Go On” alongside the popular DJ.

The Benefit Concert went on into the early hours of the morning as the artists played back-to-back sets, creating a remarkable affair. With the goal of bringing the community together, and to further cement Vegas as the entertainment capital of the world, Hakkasan Group has announced that they raised over $1,000,000 through donations, ticket sales, and all revenue earned throughout the night, all of which is being donated to the Las Vegas Victims Fund, via the Direct Impact Fund.

In addition to the event, Hakkasan Group hosted a private dinner at Searsucker inside Caesars Palace for a number of the city’s first responders. In honor of all their hard work and dedication to the community, the evening acted as a thank you and allowed them to enjoy a night out in true Vegas fashion.

Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Launches 2017 Season

Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway launched its 17th season on Thursday, November 9 with a The VIP/Media night. Nearly 300 guests were in attendance to celebrate another year of the award-wining holiday drive-thru light show. Celebrity guests included Tape Face of “America’s Got Talent”, Kevin Burke of “Defending The Caveman”, Bellator pro-fighter Ana “Hurricane” Julaton, Murray Sawchuck, Dixie Miranda, BMX rider Ricardo Laguna and comedy-magician Adam London.

Tape Face, of America’s Got Talent season 11, was this years’ headliner for the joyous affair. Tape Face was joined on stage by Jayne Post of “Marriage Can Be Murder” at the D Las Vegas, for a countdown to the unveiling and the traditional button-pushing for the light launch. Once the light park was launched, Santa Claus was driven into the light park by Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Department’s Engine 1 firetruck.

“For better or for worse, this year has showed what a strong sense of community Las Vegans have,” said John Bentham, CEO of Ivory Star Productions and co-producer of Glittering Lights. “We present Santa in a special way every year and nothing could be more special than paying tribute to our amazing first responders.”

The award-winning, internationally acclaimed light park will be open every night from November 10 to January 7. Las Vegas Motor Speedway will house the holiday spectacular of 2.5 miles of over 3 million dazzling lights.

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Anytime tickets are Monday through Thursday $20 per vehicle; Friday-Sunday, holidays and December 18-25, $30 per vehicle.

Experience the Arts: The Silver Anniversary Gala" Raises $135,000 for Las Vegas Academy of the Arts Students and Programs

Las Vegas Academy of the Arts celebrated 25 years of excellence with its “Experience the Arts” Gala on November 13, 2017. The event, hosted by the “Friends of LVA” raised over $135,000 to benefit students directly through travel scholarships, new instruments & technology, classroom supplies, new uniforms, facilitating college recruiting, updates to our theaters, guest artist / conductor fees, new compositions / arranging fees, and more. 

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“What a wonderful way to celebrate 25 years!” said Las Vegas Academy Principal Scott Walker. “My heart is full from the outpouring of support shown from our community last night for our great institution. LVA is doing something right, and people are noticing.”

Founding Principal Bob Gerye was honored. He gave a moving recap of his experience creating the school, and he pointed to Las Vegas Academy as a shining example of the power of arts education throughout the nation.

"How humbling it was for me to be recognized for developing a program that was the capstone accomplishment of my career. Here's to the next successful 25 for LVA!" replied Mr. Gerye when asked how he felt about the event.

This year’s Gala featured collaborations between LVA students and professionals Lindsay Roginski, Maestro Jack Gaughan, Randal Keith, Serena Henry and Keith Thompson. An all-student rendition from LVA’s spring musical “42nd Street” with tap-dancing Musical Theater Majors, 140-voice Symphonic Chorus and award-winning Jazz Ensemble closed out the evening with a standing ovation. 

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

On Tuesday, Nov. 7, team members from THE VENETIAN AND THE PALAZZO presented a $10,000 check to VETERANS VILLAGE LAS VEGAS CEO Arnold Stalk to be used toward general funding of a new assisted living facility, which is slated to open on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2018. SANDS CARES and The Venetian and The Palazzo also announced a two-year, $60,000 commitment to U.S.VETS that will fund gap and preventative services to its clients to ensure non-homeless status and keep Nevada at functional zero for homeless veterans.

Team members from The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas Present a 10000 check to Veterans Village Las Vegas CEO Arnold Stalk
Team members from The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas Present a 10000 check to Veterans Village Las Vegas CEO Arnold Stalk

Team members from The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas Present a 60000 check to U.S.VETS Courtesy The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas
Team members from The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas Present a 60000 check to U.S.VETS Courtesy The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas


"Veterans Village and U.S.VETS provide essential services to Nevada's veteran community," said Stephanie Stanton, director of operations for Sands Cares. "The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas have a steadfast commitment to ensuring the dignity of those who have defended our country."

The city’s sweetest fundraising event, EASTERSEALS NEVADA 7th ANNUAL 'CHEERS TO CHOCOLATE,” brought the community together on Friday night, Nov. 11 at The District at Green Valley Ranch in support of children and adults with disabilities. Guests were treated to luxurious samplings of crisp wine and rich chocolate at numerous stations throughout the event from vendors like Ethel M Chocolate and Southern Glazers Wine and Spirits.

Attendees enter the lavish silent auction at Easterseals Nevada Seventh Annual Cheers to Chocolate at The Distrct at Green Valley Ranch
Attendees enter the lavish silent auction at Easterseals Nevada Seventh Annual Cheers to Chocolate at The Distrct at Green Valley Ranch

Entrace to Easterseals Nevada Seventh Annual Cheers to Chocolate welcomes attendees to The District at Green Valley Ranch
Entrace to Easterseals Nevada Seventh Annual Cheers to Chocolate welcomes attendees to The District at Green Valley Ranch

Guests savor wine at Easterseals Nevada Seventh Annual Cheers to Chocolate
Guests savor wine at Easterseals Nevada Seventh Annual Cheers to Chocolate

“It was truly an incredible evening as the Las Vegas community demonstrated their genuine support for people with disabilities throughout Nevada,” said Brian Patchett, president and CEO of Easterseals Nevada. “We extend tremendous thanks to our partners, vendors and sponsors for creating a great night of fine wine and gourmet chocolate for a great cause.”

Sweet treats weren’t the only part of the night as guests enjoyed live music by DJ Jesse, mesmerizing illusions and mind readings by magician, Rob Anderson and a lavish silent auction. Additionally, delicious bites were served by Raising Canes, Crazy Pita, Kings Fish House, Whist Stove and Spirits, Due and Proper, Balboa Pizza, Ben and Jerry’s and Anderson Dairy.

In front of fans and the media, JOSE LUIS SANCHEZ SOL, commonly referred to as CHELÍS, made his first public appearance Tuesday afternoon, November 14, as head coach of Las Vegas Lights Football Club (FC) at a press conference held at Inspire Theatre in Downtown Las Vegas. The setting was mere blocks from where Chelís will build a team in the vision of both he and the club’s owner and CEO, Brett Lashbrook. Before inviting everyone in attendance to join him later in the evening for a beer (on him) in Downtown Las Vegas at the Gold Spike, Chelís doubled down on his promise to make the club truly one by, for and of Las Vegas. He announced upcoming tryouts – a combine – to take place in the second weekend of December, as he promises to scour Las Vegas for players qualified to help fill his roster.

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Isidro Sanchez and Chelis - PHOTO CREDIT: Idris Erba / Las Vegas Lights FC

HOUSE OF BLUES RESTAURANT & BAR (inside Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino) invites Las Vegans to embrace the holiday spirit by helping House of Blues local charitable partner, Las Vegas Rescue Mission, during the ‘FEED THE SOULS’ FOOD DRIVE. From Nov. 11 – Dec. 11, House of Blues Restaurant & Bar will be collecting canned and non-perishable food items to give to the Mission to help them continue their work feeding the less fortunate in the community.

For every non-perishable item donated, guests will not only receive 30 percent off their purchase at House of Blues Restaurant & Bar, they will also be entered into the Feel Good Bonus Raffle to win amazing prizes including show tickets, House of Blues gear and more. Guests cannot use more than one promotion per person for dining, each guest is requested to provide a donation for the discount to apply to the entire group. Excludes alcohol, discount only applies to regular menu items and donation must be presented to server upon ordering.

Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino (located at the north end of the Las Vegas Strip at 300 W. Sahara Blvd.) presents JAZZ SATURDAYS from 7 to 10 p.m. at Cha Garden, the resorts indoor-outdoor tea lounge. The weekly Saturday event will feature live music by DJ Sojourner along with delectable bites.

The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas commemorated the 400th PEFORMANCE OF "BAZ - A Musical Mash-Up," Thursday, Nov. 16, when the cast came to together to mark the milestone on stage following that evening's performance. The production, which debuted at The Palazzo Theatre in July 2016, has consistently been met by popular and critical acclaim.

BAZ A Musical Mash Up Celebrates Its 400th Performance at The Palazzo Theatre Courtesy The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas
BAZ A Musical Mash Up Celebrates Its 400th Performance at The Palazzo Theatre Courtesy The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas

After a successful run in October during Filipino-American Heritage month, Lucky Dragon continues its “HOT MANILA NIGHTS,” featuring live band performances on Friday, Nov. 24, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. inside Dragon’s Alley, adjacent to the casino floor. There is a $5 cover charge for Dragon Club Members and a $10 cover charge for non-members. Cover includes one San Miguel beer.

Excalibur Hotel & Casino’s recently opened ULTIMATE 4-D EXPERIENCE currently features three fan favorite film shows which include San Andreas 4-D Experience®, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island – The 4-D Experience® and The LEGO® Movie™ 4-D Experience®, a custom-made animated film that takes place in the world of The LEGO® Movie™. Located in the Fun Dungeon area,The Ultimate 4-D Experience® is open daily from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Shows run every 20 minutes, with each experience playing once an hour. Guests can see one show for $9.99, two shows for $12.99 or three shows for $14.99. Tickets are available at the Excalibur Box Office and at the theater. The Ultimate 4-D Experience features a dynamic theme park quality queue experience complete with cinematic lighting and music to build excitement for each film.

In partnership with the THE MOB MUSEUM, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, FASHION SHOW will display the notorious Mob boss JOHN GOTTI'S RED 1972 JAGUAR XKE CONVERTIBLE at the Neiman Marcus plaza for guests, tourists and car aficionados alike. Starting November 16, the show-stopping convertible can be seen from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sundays until December 18. Special discounts for Mob Museum Premium Memberships also will be available. In addition to the car display, families can visit the premier shopping experience every Monday and participate in a raffle with prizes such as Mob Museum water bottles and books, courtesy of The Mob Museum.

After postponing their limited engagement in October 2017 following the 1 October tragedy, multi-platinum alternative rock heavyweight, INCUBUS, has announced RESCHEDULED SHOW DATES AT THE JOINT at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Performances are scheduled for Friday, Feb. 2 and Saturday, Feb. 3 and returning on Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31. Tickets go on sale Friday, Nov. 17 at 10 a.m.

Tropicana Las Vegas continues its food and beverage revamp with a new gourmet buffet experience. Aptly named SAVOR, THE BUFFET, this all-you-can-eat eatery has something for everyone to indulge in. The new buffet experience is slated to open November 22 - just in time for the holiday season.

MORE THAN 1,200 LOW INCOME CHILDREN AND FAMILIES FROM 25 LOCAL NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AND AGENCIES INCLUDING AFTER-SCHOOL ALL-STARS LAS VEGAS, POSITIVELY KIDS, THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS OF SOUTHERN NEVADA - will receive a COMPLIMENTARY THANKSGIVING DINNER from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m on Thursday, November 23, at the ANNUAL TURKEY GOBBLE AT PIERO’S ITALIAN CUISINE. Piero’s chefs and employees will prepare approximately 400 pounds of turkey, 1,100 pounds of potatoes, 2,000 rolls, 300 pies and more for these special guests, many who would otherwise not have a warm Thanksgiving meal.The meal is served by dozens of the restaurant’s loyal patrons – long-time local Las Vegans and their families who frequently dine at Piero’s and have established a family tradition of giving back by serving Thanksgiving dinner each year.

MINUS 5 ICE EXPERIENCE is gearing up for the season with a complete makeover of its flagship location inside The Shoppes at Mandalay Place. Slated to be unveiled December 2017, Las Vegas' original ice experience will offer guests a newly renovated venue with all-new material and a frosty, winter wonderland to enjoy - just in time for the holiday season.Boasting over 120 tons of 100% pure Canadian ice, the 1,300 square-foot ice venue will soon feature more than five brand new themes that guests can enjoy year-round. Starting November 22, the Minus5 team of award-winning ice carvers will be busy creating an all-new space, giving guests a new reason to visit one of the coolest experiences in Sin City.

TERRY FATOR: THE VOICE OF ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS A VERY TERRY CHRISTMAS, a holiday-themed performance by Terry Fator and his amazing cast, returns to The Mirage Hotel & Casino beginning November 27. A Very Terry Christmas is a holiday tradition in the style of those great family television specials of the past, while mixing in the perfect amount of Las Vegas. Fator and cast will celebrate the holidays with comedy, singing, celebrity impersonations and ventriloquism, featuring classics including “Winter Wonderland,” “Sleigh Ride,” and “White Christmas,” plus fans will learn all about “Juana,” a new holiday guaranteed to make guests laugh.Monday – Thursday; select Saturday shows. Performances are Monday, Nov. 27 through Monday, Dec. 25 at 7:30 p.m.Tickets for Terry Fator: The VOICE of Entertainment Presents A Very Terry Christmas start at $59.99, plus applicable taxes and fees. A “Most Valuable Package” (MVP) Experience is available for $149.99 per ticket, plus applicable taxes and fees. The MVP Experience includes premium seating, an autographed photo, a souvenir show program and a complimentary drink.

In partnership with the city of Las Vegas, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, Switch, and Urban Land Institute, the Downtown Vegas Alliance (The Alliance), a nonprofit organization comprised of downtown business owners and stakeholders, will hold a COMMUNITY FORUM FOCUSED ON SMART CITIES TECHNOLOGIES, on Monday, November 27, at Las Vegas City Hall, 495 Main Street. The event features a slate of nationally recognized Smart Cities leaders and local experts who will discuss the role of technology in improving the lives of residents and visitors in urban downtown areas.  The event is part of The Alliance’s ongoing Successes and Insights series that focuses on economic growth and quality of life in Downtown Las Vegas. Registration: 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Program: 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Complimentary cocktail reception: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The event is FREE and open to the public.

WILLIAM CARR GALLERY recently opened at Grand Canal Shoppes inside The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas. Known as the "Modern Master of Photography," the new flagship gallery located on The Palazzo side takes guests through a captivating journey with a range of high end landscape portraiture and architectural photography highlighting some of Las Vegas' most notable attractions. William Carr Gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

THE BRONX WANDERERS will present its first ever HOLIDAY SHOW in Las Vegas at Bally’s Las Vegas November 28 through December 30. The Bronx Wanderers Holiday Show is an extravaganza complete with falling snow, a real live action Grinch and a rockin' feel good time! Vinny and his two sons - Vinny “The Kid” and Nicky “Stix” - flanked by their top-notch band present a holiday show you'll never forget featuring favorites Rock ‘N’ Roll style, including “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “Run Run Rudolph” and more, as well as many other songs. The Bronx Wanderers' fans love. The Bronx Wanderers perform seven nights a week at 6 p.m., with select performances on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $69.99, $79.99 and $99.99 for VIP seating which includes a front pass for a meet and greet with the cast. Pricing includes all additional fees. Locals can purchase premium seats for $34.50 (additional fees apply) when they mention the code BWLOCAL. Tickets may be purchased at any Las Vegas Caesars Entertainment Box Office.

Master impressionist and longtime Las Vegas entertainer GORDIE BROWN is set to make his hilarious, headlining debut at Hooters Casino Hotel Las Vegas. Known for his eccentric impressions of some of the biggest celebrities in the world today, Brown’s hit show Gordie Brown will debut inside the Night Owl Showroom at Hooters Casino Hotel Las Vegas on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

The IRREPLACEABLES TOUR FEATURING THE GIRLS FROM DANCE MOMS originally scheduled for Nov. 29, 2017 at House of Blues Las Vegas has been CANCELED. Refunds will be provided at the point of purchase.

In support of the victims of the October 1 tragedy, on Friday, December 1 at 7:30 p.m., T-Mobile Arena will host the VEGAS STRONG BENEFIT CONCERT, a special evening of entertainment featuring Boyz II Men, Cirque du Soleil, David Copperfield, Imagine Dragons, Penn & Teller, The Killers, and others soon to be announced.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the Las Vegas Victims Fund. Tickets range from $75 - $125 and are available at any MGM Resorts International Box Office or Concierge Desk.

New York Times Best-Selling author and TV personality HOLLY MADISON will join a sea of Santas to proudly serve as the official GRAND MARSHALL of the 13th annual LAS VEGAS GREAT SANTA RUN, returning to Downtown Las Vegas on Saturday, December 2. Las Vegas’ favorite fundraiser will also welcome Mayor Carolyn Goodman and The Strip’s famed Chippendales as the one-mile Kris Kringle Jingle Grand Marshals. Guests will enjoy special performances by the cast of Human Nature, Jennifer Romas’ Sexxy featuring Gabriella Versace, Santa and Mrs. Claus and, of course, the beloved OV Elvi – the world’s only all-Elvis dance troupe; with more entertainment to be added. The internationally-recognized Las Vegas Great Santa Run raises funds and awareness for Opportunity Village’s programs and services, which provide unparalleled opportunities, enrichment and support to more than 2,000 Southern Nevada residents with disabilities and their families. The holiday event will return this year to compete against rival Liverpool and others for the international title of most Santas gathered for a fun run through the “World Santa Alliance.” Registration is now open for the 2017Las Vegas Great Santa Run  at LVSantaRun.com and is $45 for general participation; free for children three and under; and $10 for canine companions. The package includes a five-piece Santa suit, a runner goody bag and a commemorative medal from event sponsors

Award-winning tribute band, NIRVANA MANIA, will perform a special show at the House of Blues Las Vegas on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 with special guests Smashing Alice and Under. Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Ages: 18+Tickets for Nirvana Mania are $10, plus applicable fees. With each ticket sold, $1 will be donated to the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund.

Comedian, actor, and writer, PATTON OSWALT will perform his standdup act at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on Saturday, Dec. 2  at 9pm. Tickets starting at $49.95 (plus applicable service fees) are on sale at the Hard Rock Hotel box office.

Mix94.1 Presents Mercedes in the Morning’s NOT SO SILENT NIGHT featuring multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning singer/songwriter KELLY CLARKSON and special guest ALL TIME LOW, at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on Sunday, December 3. Doors open at 7:00 PM. Tickets start at $35.80 (plus applicable service fees) and are available at the Hard Rock Hotel box office. A portion of the proceeds from each ticket sale will be donated to the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund.

THE DEPARTMENT OF FINE ARTS MUSIC PROGRAM, AT THE COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN NEVADA (CSN) presents an afternoon of classic and contemporary jazz selections performed by THE JAZZ SINGERS AND THREE JAZZ COMBO GROUPS, on Sunday, December 3 at 2:00 p.m. in the BackStage Theatre at the North Las Vegas campus.CSN Saxophone and Jazz Combo Instructor, John Summers will direct the Jazz Combos Group and the Director of Vocal Music, Dr. Mark Wherry will conduct The Jazz Singers who are scheduled to perform. General admission tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. The CSN Performing Arts Center is located at 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave. in North Las Vegas. For ticket reservations, please call the CSN Box Office at 702-651-LIVE (5483).

In what has quickly become an annual Las Vegas tradition, PIFF THE MAGIC DRAGON will hit pause on his regular show at Flamingo Las Vegas to present his third PIFFMAS PIFF-TACULAR,” PIFFMAS AT PIFFANYS,” December 4 – 30, 2017. “Piffmas at Piffany's” is about three things and three things only: points, prizes and pummeling the opposition into submission. There can only be one winner, and second place is just first loser. On arrival each member of the audience will be separated from their loved ones and divided into one of four teams all competing for Piff's Prize Potluck. Because what's more traditional than spending the holiday season falling out with your nearest and dearest over some petty game? The evening culminates in the Sale of a Sandwich, to benefit a local charity. During its initial run, Piff raised over $15,000 in less than three months by selling stale pastry treats to minor celebrities. Will he be able to top that this Piffmas for this year’s charity – Feeding America? Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets for Piff’s shows at Flamingo Las Vegas are now on-sale. VIP Meet & Greet packages are also available and include a private party with Piff before the show. Piff’s Private Party starts at 7 p.m.

CSN Fine Arts Music Program presents an evening concert of spirited performances featuring traditional favorites from CSN’s CONCERT BAND (conducted by Dr. Richard McGee) on Tuesday, December 5th at 7:00 p.m. in the Nicholas J. Horn Theatre at the North Las Vegas campus,where Nevada audiences will be treated to foot-tapping classics by popular composers. General Admission is $8.00 and $5.00 for students and seniors. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call the CSN Box Office.

Bandito Latin Kitchen & Cantina, located at 325 Hughes Center Drive Suite 100, will welcome Chef John Courtney of Carson Kitchen to host a pop-up dinner experience, 'CHEFS FOR FLAGS,' on Tuesday, December 5, from 7pm to 9 pm. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Clark County Fire Department Honor Guard in order to raise funds for a new 30-foot American flag. This special dinner will be priced at $50 per person (excludes tax and gratuity), where $40 of every ticket will directly benefit the Clark County Fire Department.  The menu will feature a variety of courses created by Chef John Courtney and Bandito's Chef, Jordan Perry, paired with some of the restaurant's signature Patron-based cocktails to create a truly unique twist on #tacotuesday.

MASTERS OF ILLUSION, the hit CW television series and America’s largest touring magic show, will debut a thrilling live stage show in the Jubilee Theater at Bally’s Las Vegas beginning Wednesday, Dec. 6. Starring the world’s greatest award-winning magicians, this 21st century magic show is unlike anything audiences will have seen before. Masters of Illusion’s limited engagement is a brand-new production for the whole family, featuring modern illusions and unbelievable arts of deception. Masters of Illusion will perform Wednesday – Monday at 7 p.m. beginning Wednesday, Dec. 6. General ticket prices begin at $49, plus applicable tax and fees and may be purchased at any Caesars Entertainment box office. The show is suitable for ages 8 and up.

 Record-breaking, global comedy superstar and master ventriloquist JEFF DUNHAM brings his cast of characters to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Wednesday, Dec. 6. Tickets prices are $79.50/$69.50/$49.50 (prices include 9% Live Entertainment tax) and may be purchased in person at The Colosseum Box Office.

The Department of Fine Arts Music Program presents the return of the MARIACHI CONCERT on Wednesday, December 6, at 7:00 p.m. in the Nicholas J. Horn Theatre at the Cheyenne Campus, located at 3200 East Cheyenne Avenue in North Las Vegas. This exhilarating performance event will feature three groups: The Mariachi Los Bravos from JD Smith Middle School under the direction of Thomas Garibay and Daniel Gonzales; Chaparral High School Mariachi and the CSN Mariachi will be under the direction of Monica Fogelquist. General Admission is $8.00 and $5.00 for students and seniors. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call the CSN Box Office at 702-651-LIVE (5483).

As the official home and hotel of Cowboy Christmas during National Finals Rodeo (NFR), SLS LAS VEGAS will transform into a country destination for RODEO FANS from Thursday, Dec.  7 through Saturday, Dec. 16 with live NFR streams, exclusive dining offerings and live entertainment. Plus, a FREE shuttle will provide transportation to and from NFR at the Thomas & Mack Center throughout the duration of the event.

For the second time in its inaugural year, THE SPACE welcomes a Tony Award-winning performer to the stage. JOHN LLOYD YOUNG, star of the hit musical “Jersey Boys” on both Broadway and the Clint Eastwood-directed film, is set to grace the stage for a two-night engagement Friday, Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 9. This very special evening with Broadway Superstar John Lloyd Young will feature a variety of music from Young’s award-winning Broadway career and as a solo artist.Tickets start at $45.

The Arthritis Foundation has announced its honorees for the 2017 "JINGLE BELL RUN/WALK” annual fundraiser that will take place on December 9th at Tivoli Village, 440 S. Rampart. Kelly Clinton Holmes, popular Las Vegas entertainer and community leader, has been named Adult Honoree. Dr. Fahreen Rasool, whose focus at Southwest Medical is on arthritis, osteoporosis, juvenile arthritis and other autoimmune diseases has been named Medical Honoree, and Ellie Bennett, age 15, has been named the Youth Honoree, it was announced by Catharine Rinehart, the Arthritis Foundation's Director of Development for Southern Nevada. More than 1200 people will be running, walking, or just enjoying the many other activities at the annual "Jingle Bell Run / Walk". This festive annual fundraiser aims to fight and cure arthritis, the nation's leading cause of disability. The annual holiday-themed event will begin with registration at 6:30 a.m. and starting time at  8:00 a.m. and will host runners and walkers alike donning their most dazzling holiday apparel - everything from bells on shoelaces to full holiday regalia.  This 5K/10K/ and 1k 'fun run' will be entertaining for the whole family and pets are welcome too.To sign up for the 2017 annual "Jingle Bell Run / Walk," please visit www.jbr.org. or telephone Catharine Rinehart at 702-888-3266.

To keep up with ticket demand of their hit residency, “Together in Vegas” at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, country music superstars Reba McEntire, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn have added a show on Sunday, Dec. 10 to close out their final run of 2017. Tickets for the new performance are on-sale NOW.

Hogsalt Hospitality’s Bavette’s Steakhouse & Bar has debuted as part of the rebirth of Monte Carlo into Park MGM Hours of operation are 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 5 p.m. – midnight Friday and Saturday; and 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Sunday.

Celebrity sightings:

Saturday, November 18...

With over one million followers on Instagram and 1.8M likes on Facebook, social media phenomenon and world’s most popular French bulldog Manny The Frenchie enjoyed a unique visit to the action-packed production KÀ by Cirque du Soleil® at MGM Grand during a recent trip to Las Vegas. Manny was first fitted in a custom replica costume of the show’s counselor character by the KÀ wardrobe department and later received a tour of the gorgeous theater, surprised the cast backstage and then met up with his show twin, the counselor, for photos.

Manny The Frenchie and the KÀ counselor pose in their matching costumes after the show at MGM Grand on Saturday Nov. 18 2017
Manny The Frenchie and the KÀ counselor pose in their matching costumes after the show at MGM Grand on Saturday Nov. 18 2017

Friday, November 17...

Popular comedians Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley from the hit YouTube channel “I Mom So Hard” visited Las Vegas’ hottest production, MAGIC MIKE LIVE at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. In town for a stop on their highly-successful “Mom’s Night Out: Summer Break Tour,” the pair treated their team to an exciting ladies’ night out before their performance Saturday night at Green Valley Ranch.

Comedians Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley with a few of the MAGIC MIKE LIVE performers
Comedians Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley with a few of the MAGIC MIKE LIVE performers

Thursday, November 16...

Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda was seen enjoying dinner with his dad and friends after the Latin Grammys at TAO Asian Bistro in The Venetian.

Also at TAO Thursday was rapper French Montana and his entourage.

Across the room was recording artist Prince Royce who enjoyed dinner with his girlfriend and a group of friends.

Professional skateboarder and TV personality Rob Dyrdek was seen having dinner with four others at LAVO in The Palazzo.

Monday, November 13...

Famed rapper and TV personality Flavor Flav attended Mike Tyson Undisputed Truth – Round 2 at MGM Grand.

Flavor Flav 11.13.17
Flavor Flav

Thursday, November 9...

Legendary crooner, Tony Bennett, along with his wife and daughter, enjoyed lunch at La Cave Wine & Food Hideaway at Wynn Las Vegas.

Wednesday evening, November 8...

Comedian Tom Green celebrated the grand opening of “The Tom Green Show” in the Back Room at Bally’s Las Vegas. Several local celebrities came out to the show and had fun posing for photos on a replica of the original Tom Green Show television show set. Those in attendance included Anthony Cools, The Australian Bee Gees, cast members from BAZ, The Bronx Wanderers, Carrot Top, “Defending the Caveman’s” Kevin Burke, Gerry McCambridge, Gordie Brown, Mike Hammer, The Miss Behave Gameshow, Ricardo Laguna, Tenors of Rock and Zowie Bowie’s Chris Phillips. 

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Tom Green and Carrot Top - Photo courtesy of Ballys Las Vegas

Australian Bee Gees
Australian Bee Gees - Photo courtesy of Ballys Las Vegas

Gordie Brown Chris Phillips
Gordie Brown and Chris Phillips - Photo courtesy of Ballys Las Vegas

Ricardo Laguna Amber Ramsay
Ricardo Laguna and Amber Ramsay - Photo courtesy of Ballys Las Vegas

Tenors of Rock
Tenors of Rock - Photo courtesy of Ballys Las Vegas

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