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X Burlesque Celebrates Sweet 16 on the Las Vegas Strip at Flamingo Las Vegas

X Burlesque celebrated 16 years of performances on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip with a star-studded red carpet reception at Flamingo Las Vegas on Wednesday evening, May 23. Immediately following, guests were treated to a rousing performance of the production inside Bugsy’s Cabaret, with new set pieces and dance numbers including a hip hop medley featuring Rihanna’s “Lemon” and “Bad Bitches” by Tyga, as well as a country number spotlighting “Midnight Train to Memphis” by Chris Stapleton.

Joining the X Burlesque dancers on the red carpet were show producer/directors Matt and Angela Stabile, producer/manager Tiffany Mondell and choreographer/manager Anthony Cardella. Spotted at the event was Cheryl James (aka “Salt”) of Salt-N-Pepa, as well as Jeff Timmons of 98 Degrees, Flamingo Las Vegas headliner Piff the Magic Dragon and Jade Simone, professional BMX rider Ricardo Laguna, UFC fighters Eryk Anders and Julian Marquez, burlesque star Melody Sweets, mentalist Gerry McCambridge, the Australian Bee Gees, magician Xavier Mortimer, magician Seth Grabel, guitarist Frank Sidoris, model Alexandria Finley, and dancers from sister shows X Country at Harrah’s Las Vegas and X Rocks at Bally’s Las Vegas.

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Australian Bee Gees - Photo credit: Edison Graff/ Stardust Fallout

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Frank Sidori - Photo credit: Edison Graff/ Stardust Fallout

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Guests with Cheryl James aka Salt of Salt N Pepa - Photo credit: Edison Graff/ Stardust Fallout

Jade Simone and Piff the Magic Dragon
Jade Simone with Piff The Magic Dragon - Photo credit: Edison Graff/ Stardust Fallout

Jeff Timmons
Jeff Timmons - Photo credit: Edison Graff/ Stardust Fallout

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Julian Marquez, Ricardo Laguna, Matt Stabile, and Eryk Anders - Photo credit: Edison Graff/ Stardust Fallout

Melody Sweets
Melody Sweets - Photo credit: Edison Graff/ Stardust Fallout

Piff the Magic Dragon
Piff the Magic Dragon and Mr. Piffles - Photo credit: Edison Graff/ Stardust Fallout


Sarai Chavez and Gerry McCambridge
Sarai Chavez and Gerry McCambridge - Photo credit: Edison Graff/ Stardust Fallout

Seth Grabel
Seth Grabel - Photo credit: Edison Graff/ Stardust Fallout

Xavier Mortimer
Xavier Mortimer - Photo credit: Edison Graff/ Stardust Fallout

Provocative, daring and scintillating, X Burlesque brings adult fantasies to the stage in a bubbly production show led by a troupe of gorgeous dancers. Running as the city's hottest topless revue for 16 years, X Burlesque beauties bare their assets all while playfully interacting with the audience. With bits set to music by hot contemporary artists, numbers range from frisky to X-rated, hence the show's seductive name. X Burlesque has been voted “Best Female Revue” in Las Vegas two years in a row by readers of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Created and produced by husband and wife team, Matt and Angela Stabile, X Burlesque performs nightly at 10 p.m. at Flamingo Las Vegas. Tickets are $55.95, $79.95 and $86.27, plus tax and fees, and can be purchased at the Flamingo Box Office.

Back Bar USA Hosts Fifth Annual "For the Love of Cocktails" Grand Gala in Las Vegas

Back Bar USA’s “For the Love of Cocktails” celebrated its fifth year of honoring Las Vegas’ cocktail culture, at the annual event’s grand gala, held at Skyfall Lounge and Rivea on the 64th floor of Delano Las Vegas on Saturday night, May 19.

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BBUSA Alex Smith, Eric Stys, Brendan White, and Tyler Halpin - Photo credit: Mona Shield Payne

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BBUSA Kaitlin White, Tyler Halpin, Tim Haughinberry, Eric Stys, Alex Smith, and Marcala Obregon - Photo credit: Mona Shield Payne

Presented in partnership with MGM Resorts International and the United States Bartenders’ Guild, “For the Love of Cocktails” was held from 7-11 p.m., hosting hundreds of attendees buzzing with excitement while sampling the latest cocktails trends. The event showcased specialty cocktails from more than 45 mixologists, each created with a sponsored spirit.

This year’s lead mixologists were Derick Baumgartner from Lago by Julian Serrano at Bellagio and Derek Crow from Libertine Social at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Baumgartner’s featured drink was the Shot At The Night, made with Bombay Sapphire gin, Bénédictine, Orange Oleo, orange juice and lemon juice; and Crow served his Sabor Del Amor made with Herradura Silver Tequila, Grand Marnier infusion, Licor 43 and Absinthe, garnished with a dehydrated orange wedge and Moroccan nuts.

Other featured mixologists included Sarah Delgado-Rith from Rosina at The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino; Jair Bustillos at District One Kitchen & Bar; Cesar De La Rosa from Skyfall Lounge at Delano Las Vegas; Gary Schneck from Parlor Lounge at The Mirage Hotel & Casino and Garth Lutsko from Bavette’s Steakhouse and Bar at Park MGM Las Vegas. Other highlights of the evening included gourmet cuisine from Alain Ducasse’sRivea and live entertainment from The Moonshiners, all set to the backdrop of stunning views of the Las Vegas Strip.

The gala concluded with a check presentation by Back Bar USA to Tony Abou-Ganim’s Helen David Relief Fund, a non-profit organization that assists bartenders affected by breast cancer. “For the Love of Cocktails” has donated the proceeds to the Helen David Relief Fund since its inception, having raised more than $100,000 to date.

The Capezio Dance Awards Celebrates 130 Years of Dance

Capezio, the name that makes the world dance with their custom made, theatrical dance shoes, celebrated 130 years of excellence in a one-night only special Awards and show, Monday evening May 14, inside Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Host for the evenings's gala event was Nigel Lythcoe, executive producer and judge on TV's So You Think You Can Dance and past recipient of a Capezio award.

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Nigel Lythcoe - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

This is the first time that the Capezio Dance Awards was held in Las Vegas, and the first time the awards were presented to recipients in several dance genres. The glorious production highlighted some of the magical history of Capezio with numerous dance legends saluting this milestone.

Those honored with The Capezio Dance Foundation World of Dance Award for making a significant contribution to the art were: Debbie Allen with the Life Achievement Award as a dancer, actress, choreographer, director, teacher and producer. She was introduced to the stage by Davion Glover, Tony award winning (Bring In the Noice, Bring In The Funk) tap dancer and past recipient of the Capezio award. In the ballet genre Wendy Whelan was honored as NYCB principal ballerina, and current programs promoting emerging choreographers. David Parsons was honored for choreography as a world-renown Modern dance choreographer who has created more than 75 works; Michelle Dorrance was honored for Tap as an exceptional dancer and innovative choreographer; Steve "Mr. Wiggles" Clemente: was honored with the first Capezio Award in the genre of Hip Hop to one of its foremost leading pioneers as a dancer, inventor, choreographer, and teacher.

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Debbie Allen and Zavion Glover - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

The event featured a special performance by Nevada Ballet Theatre and appearances and performances from California All Stars, Cirque du Soleil, Contemporary West Dance Theatre, Dorrance Dance, Ephrat Asherie Dance, Parsons Dance, Rock Steady Crew, singer Mike Minery, ballroom dance couple DNA from Jennifer Lopez's World of Dance, and So You Think You Can Dance winner Lex Ishimoto and and 2nd runner up Taylor Sieve.

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Produced and directed by Ann Marie DeAngelo, proceeds from the evening's event, which host Lythcoe rightfully described as a “feast of dance”, benefited The Actors Fund and NBT's Education and Outreach program, Future Dance.

The Golden Tiki Hosts the Las Vegas Preliminaries of the 10th Annual Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival

The Golden Tiki hosted the Las Vegas preliminaries of the 10th Annual Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival on Saturday, May 12. Andrew Pollard from Wynn Resorts won first place earning an all-expense paid trip to Hawaii to battle against the country's top bartenders for the title of the world's best Mai Tai on Aug. 18. His prize included roundtrip airfare to Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, hotel accommodations at Royal Kona Resort, and $250 food & beverage credit.

"Wow, this is amazing," said Pollard as he was handed a jumbo Bacardi U.S.A. boarding pass and adorned with a lei from Hawaii in honor of his victory. "It's great to be standing up here with these competitors, and I look forward to the finals competition."

Winner Adam Pollard with judges Branden Powers Jaymee Mandeville and Mike Doyle
Andrew Pollard - Winner - Photo courtesy of The Golden Tiki

Tim Weigel from Hakkasan Group earned second place, while William Perbellini from Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas placed third. Each earned entry into the finals competition in Hawaii as well as Golden Tiki and Bacardi U.S.A. prizes.  Additional competitors included Ryan Clark from Vince Neil's Tatuado, Terry Clark from Sparrow + Wolf, Mike "Guzzie" Guzman from Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen and Bar, Maxwell Hague from Atomic Liquors, Seong Ha Lee from The Sand Dollar Lounge, Doug Monroe from The Chandelier, Javier Ortega from Libertine Social, Adam Rains from Flock & Fowl Downtown, Gary Schneck from Parlor Lounge, Noelle Scott from Opium, and April Simm from The Underground at The Mob Museum.

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All the judges and competitors - Photo courtesy of The Golden Tiki

Andrew Pollard creating his winning mai tai
Andrew Pollard making his winning Mai Tai - Photo courtesy of The Golden Tiki

All competitors prepared their twists on the classic Mai Tai for judges Mike Doyle, Bacardi U.S.A.'s national account portfolio manager; Jaymee Mandeville, Bacardi U.S.A.'s West Coast senior portfolio ambassador; and Branden Powers, The Golden Tiki's managing partner. Points were awarded on appearance, aroma, creativity, taste, and proficiency.

"It was a blast to host this competition at The Golden Tiki," said Powers. "We celebrate Don the Beachcomber every day, and it's great to see these top-notch competitors honor his legacy through their unique takes on the Mai Tai. They all would make strong contenders in the finals."

To qualify, bartenders submitted recipes using Bacardi Ocho, Bacardi Cuatro, or Bacardi Diez as the base spirit for their cocktail. Additionally, each stirred, shaken, or blended drink was limited to nine ingredients and needed to be made within ten minutes.

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

The loser of "America's Got Talent," PIFF THE MAGIC DRAGON, unveiled his shrunken head Thursday night, May 17, at The Golden Tiki. His sidekick, Mr. Piffles, got in on the action too with a miniature stuffed version.

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Mr. Piffles, Jade Simone, and Piff The Magic Dragon - Photo credit: Claire Hart Photography

Piff enjoyed a Dole Whip while checking out the bar's one-of-a-kind decor and Cabinet of Curiosities, stopping for a closer look at a mummified alligator, perhaps one of Piff's ancestors.

The Baron of the Universe welcomed Piff, Mr. Piffles, and showgirl Jade Simone before Managing Partner Branden Powers unveiled the head. Smithsonian artist Terry Barr sculpted the head over the course of four weeks, referencing photos of Piff to ensure physical accuracies, including his dragon scales.

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Mr. Piffles and Piff The Magic Dragon shrunken head - Photo credit: Claire Hart Photography

"Thank you for honoring us with a tiny, shrunken head, AKA a lifesize head," said Piff.

The stars took a "shellfie" in the clamshell, before posing with fans, who showed up in Piff T-shirts.

Chippendales dancer James Davis was also in attendance.

Overhead in the crowd, "This is as Vegas as it gets."

Piff joins the bar's growing collection of famous shrunken heads, including Marky Ramone of The Ramones, Carrot Top, Frank Marino, Robin Leach, Norm Clarke, Claire Sinclair, magician Murray Sawchuck, Vinnie Paul of Pantera, Chris Phillips of Zowie Bowie, Monti Rock III, Lonnie Hammargren, and Rich Little.

On Saturday, May 5, one Lawrenceburg, Ind. resident won big during the FIFTH ANNUAL MARQUEE MILLIONAIRE SLOT TOURNAMENT AT M RESORT SPA CASINO. After three rounds of tournament play, the lucky Marquee Rewards member, Richard Ideker, ended up with the highest cumulative score to become the winner of $1 million.

“We always look forward to the Marquee Millionaire Slot Tournament each year,” said Patrick Durkin, Vice President of Marketing at M Resort Spa Casino. “We continually introduce a variety of new casino promotions at M Resort, but this is one of the most exciting. The $1 million is our largest payout, so it’s thrilling to see one of our Marquee Rewards members take home the grand prize.”

To qualify for their chance to enter the tournament, Marquee Rewards players took advantage of events all across the country at Marquee Rewards casinos. During the tournament weekend, players enjoyed not only exciting gaming action, but also took advantage of delicious dining and memorable entertainment. $10,000 in Free SlotPlay and Marquee Comps were also awarded to players throughout the weekend.

On May 18, EDM superstars RIGGI & PIROS mixed their famous house beats for an energetic EDC crowd at ACRES CANNABIS’ UNDERGROUND: MARIJUANA FARMERS MARKET. Presented by Acres Cannabis and Dope magazine, the 60-minute sonic roller coaster was a first-of-its-kind event played in Las Vegas’ newest, most unique live music venue. Set against the Underground’s black-market junkyard backdrop where a variety of cannabis vendors and cultivators sell goods out of shipping containers and Cadillac trunks, the Riggi & Piros session treated live music lovers to a truly original concert environment.

On May 18, M Resort Spa Casino introduced an elevated culinary attraction: 16 – A HANDCRAFTED EXPERIENCE, open Friday – Tuesday from 7 p.m. – 1 a.m. Perched on the 16th floor of M Resort, this intimate venue offers stunning, floor-to-ceiling windows and an outdoor patio, providing unmatched views of the Las Vegas skyline paired with a diverse menu of handcrafted cocktails and innovative shared plates.

Las Vegas' premier shopping destination, Fashion Show Las Vegas has doubled-down on its commitment to public art with the debut of a larger than life art light installation, GLOBAL RAINBOW along with its all-new sculpture garden. The pair of art displays were unveiled on Friday evening, May 18 with a special lighting ceremony - showcasing a colorful future at Fashion Show.

ABSINTHE, an intoxicating cocktail of circus, burlesque and vaudeville for a 21st century audience, has extended its run with Caesars Palace and will play two shows per day, every day, according to the long term deal.

MARVEL AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. inside Treasure Island has launched the first-ever Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. SUPER HERO SHUTTLE BUS. This complimentary decked-out bus will pick up S.TA.T.I.O.N. ticket holders and transport them directly to the attraction. The 25-person Super Hero shuttle bus will circumnavigate the Strip, stopping at The LINQ Hotel & Casino and the Excalibur Hotel & Casino and will land at Treasure Island. The shuttle bus will run every Friday through Sunday from noon until 6 p.m. In addition, the bus will also sell tickets to the attraction so that eager fans can avoid box office lines and go straight into the exhibit from the bus. Updated ticket prices for Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. are $42 adults, $32 children age four – 11, children three and under are free (ticket prices are now all-inclusive and include a commemorative ticket)

For the second year in a row, Winston the Impersonating Turtle inside the Terry Fator Theatre extends an invitation to Las Vegas locals and tourists to stay cool with him by offering a SUMMER OF WINSTON TICKET DISCOUNT.  Now, through Sept. 20, 2018, fans can receive 40-percent off standard ticket prices (available in sections B, C and D). This offer can be redeemed at the box office or by calling 702-792-7777 and using code WINSTONSUMMER. The Summer of Winston also brings discounts to Winston-themed merchandise, including t-shirts, plush toys, and the popular children’s book“Winston,” written by Sally L. Kirkham, Ph.D., a leader in learning behavior, and illustrated by longtime Fator collaborator Pete Mitchell. Tickets for Terry Fator: The VOICE of Entertainment presents Terry Fator Tonight start at $40, plus applicable taxes and fees with the Summer of Winston discount (regular pricing starts at $59).

Tickets are on sale now for LOS RIELEROS DEL NORTE in concert on Saturday, June 2 at the Star of the Desert Arena in Primm. This night of música norteña legends also features Conjunto Azabache. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25.

DOWNTOWN ROCKS, the amplified concert series on FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE will continue throughout the summer with an upcoming roster of chart topping talent including: June 9 – Lit and Filter on 1st Street Stage; June 30 – SiriusXM Presents Summerland Tour 2018 starring EVERCLEAR, MARCY PLAYGROUND AN LOCAL H, on 3rd Street Stage; July 4 – BILLY RAY CYRUS on 3rd Street Stage; July 14 – THE CULT on 3rd Street Stage; July 21 – JEFFERSON STARSHIP AND EDDIE MONEY on 1st Street Stage; Aug. 11 – MOLLY HATCHET on 1st Street Stage; Aug. 25 – HALESTORM on 3rd Street Stage; Aug. 31 – MELISSA ETHERIDGE on 3rd Street Stage; Sept. 29 – RATT AND SABASTIAN BACH on 3rd Street Stage. In addition to the free live entertainment, concert goers can turn it up “One Louder” with the new Rockstar VIP Package, which includes signed memorabilia, access to the VIP area, band meet-and-greets during select shows and a pass to experience SlotZilla and Fear the Walking Dead Survival at Fremont Street Experience.

KESHA AND MACKLEMORE will team up in 2018 for 'The Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore' Tour, coming to Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, June 9, at 7 p.m. Tickets ranging in price from $39.50 to $125 (not including applicable service charges or fees).

Rock legends GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTOYERS are returning to Las Vegas for a special performance at the Sunset Amphitheater at Sunset Station on Friday, July 20 at 8 p.m. Located poolside, tickets start at $25 plus tax and applicable fees and are on sale now.

Singer, songwriter, musician, and producer STEVIE WONDER will perform “The Stevie Wonder Song Party: A Celebration of Life, Love & Music,” for a limited engagement at Park Theater at Park MGM August 3, 4, 8, 10 and 11 at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now starting at $69, plus applicable fees.

Singer/songwriters GAVIN DEGRAW AND PHILLIP PHILLIPS, bring their co-headlining tour to the intimate Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort on Friday, Aug. 24 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $45 plus applicable fees and are on sale now. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and guests under 21 must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets can be purchased at the Pearl Concert Theater box office or any Station Casinos Rewards Center.

ACM Male Vocalist of the Year BRETT YOUNG will perform at Mandalay Bay Beach in Las Vegas on Friday, August 17 as part of Mandalay Bay’s Concerts on the Beach 2018 summer lineup. Young will be joined by special guest Mitchell Tenpenny. Tickets start at $42.50 (plus applicable service fees) and are on sale now.

Guitar legend AL DI MEOLA  is bringing the Al Di Meola Opus Tour 2018 with special guest Jordan Rudess to the Chrome Showroom inside Santa Fe Station on Saturday, September 29 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $45 plus tax and applicable fees and are on sale now.

Platinum selling artist DRAKE announced the ‘Aubrey and The Three Amigos Tour” will make a Las Vegas stop at MGM Grand Garden Arena with two shows Friday, Oct. 5 and Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 at 7 p.m.  DRAKE will be joined by special guests and “Walk It Talk It” collaborators Migos. Tickets ranging in price from $59.50 to $229.50 (not including applicable service charges or fees) are on sale now.

Global comedy superstar RUSSELL PETERS brings his Deported World Tour to the newly renovated Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $39 plus applicable fees and are on sale now.

As part of their North American tour this fall, STING & SHAGGY will bring their dynamic and vibrant joint live show, Sting & Shaggy: The 44/876 Tour, to Park Theater at Park MGM Saturday, Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. Tickets range in price from $60 to $250, plus applicable fees, and are on sale now.

GRAMMY Award-winning pop icon CHRISTINA AGUILERA, has announced a new North American tour this fall, her first outing since 2008. The music powerhouse will kick off the tour, on September 25 and travel to 22 cities, including Las Vegas where she will perform at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Saturday, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. Tickets range in price from $59 to $225 and are on sale now.

Following the incredible success thus far of JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE'S GLOBAL MAN OF THE WOODS TOUR, Live Nation has confirmed an additional Las Vegas show on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 at T-Mobile Arena at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the additional show range in price from $60 to $280 (not including applicable service charges) and go on sale Monday, June 4 at 10 a.m. PT.

THE COFFEE BEAN AND TEA LEAF, Las Vegas will launch the annual HEROES AT HEART CAMPAIGN,, this year benefitting local first responders. From May 21 through July 8, $1 from each in-store purchase of limited edition coffee and tea blends will be donated to the Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation, which provides support to victims of fires and catastrophic events throughout Las Vegas.

In addition to purchasing these speciality blends for $9.95 each for their own brews at home, guests have the option to buy both items to donate directly to local fire departments. Local Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf locations will also host various in-store events in addition to sponsoring the upcoming 2018 Firefighter Bachelor Auction at The Foundry inside the SLS Hotel & Casino on Saturday, June. For more information on the Heroes at Heart campaign, including local store locations, please visit coffeebeanlv.com.

Following the success of the inaugural summer MECUM LAS VEGAS VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE AUCTION last June, which achieved $4.4 million in sales with an 80-percent sell-through rate, Mecum will again return to the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2 with an estimated 600 vintage and collectible motorcycles on offer.

The event will kick off with a Legends of Racing Preview Party on Thursday, May 31 at 4 p.m. hosted by Don Emde and featuring Brad Lackey, Eddie Lawson, Kenny Roberts and Bubba Shobert. The auction will start Friday morning at 10 a.m., and the current lineup is chock-full of desirable collector motorcycles.Bidder registration for the auction is available online in advance for $100—or $200 at the auction—and includes admission for two to each auction day. General admission tickets are available in advance online for $20, and for $30 at the door and online after May 31. Children 12 years of age and younger receive complimentary admission. Doors open daily at 8 a.m. with the auction beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2. Portions of the event will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network on Sunday, June 3 from 1 to7 p.m

The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace and retailer lululemon are teaming up to present YOGA FOR A CURE, a fundraiser benefiting Susan G. Komen (SGK) Nevada. The first event of its kind at the premier retail center is set for Saturday, June 2 at 8:30 a.m. and will take place atop the Reflecting Pool and throughout the picturesque center, surrounded by the iconic spiral escalator and architectural beauty. With 100% of the proceeds benefitting SGK, tickets for the fundraising event are $15 for General Admission and $40 for VIP Admission and are now available for purchase here. VIP participants will enjoy a premier position on the event stage floating atop The Reflecting Pool and within close-proximity to the yoga instructor and will receive a gift bag inclusive of a lululemon branded towel. General admission guarantees a position near or overlooking the Reflecting Pool and an event gift bag. Participants are encouraged to bring their own yoga mat. A limited supply of yoga mats will be available for use at the event. Complimentary parking at Caesars Palace main valet or self-parking garage on the morning of the event will be provided to the first 200 guests to check in. Guests must present parking ticket stub at event registration. Check-in and event registration begins at 7:30 a.m. addition to Yoga For A Cure, The Forum Shops is also continuing to offer Ducks For A Cure - pink ducks for “adoption” for $5 with ALL proceeds benefiting Susan G. Komen®.

The Hydrant Club, located at 109 N. 9th St., will launch its inaugural “PUPS AND POETRYEVENT,, an evening of beautiful poetry readings by deeply talented local poets, on Saturday, June 2 from 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m The Hydrant Club believes in “paw-ties” with purpose, with all proceeds from the “Pups and Poetry” event benefitting the Alzheimer's Poetry Project Nevada (APP NV) whose mission is to facilitate the creativity of people living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. APP NV uses classic, well-loved poems to connect students and people living with dementia. Suggested donation of $10 per person at the door. Raffle prizes will also be available. Dogs are welcome as long as they have received pre-authorization by The Hydrant Club. For Vegas Golden Knights fans not wanting to miss the Stanley Cup finals, the game will be streaming live during the event.

The UNLV MAJORIE BARRICK MUSEUM OF ART invites the public to experience IN PROCESS: EVERY MOVEMENT COUNTS, a new work and a museum-wide installation by Los Angeles-based artist ANDREW SCHOULTZ at the UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art from June 2 to Sept. 15, 2018.

Fusing museum space with the dynamic energy of streets and skateparks, Schoultz makes art that asks questions about the reality of contemporary life and global power. His installations and murals juxtapose ideas from illuminated manuscripts, ancient cartography, and the flattened space of Persian miniatures. Images of beasts, bricks, trees, and eyes surge across the walls, bringing different elements of the artist’s mark-making vocabulary into play as he charts a struggle between visual clarity and complex truth. An opening reception will be held at the Barrick Museum 5-8 p.m. Saturday, June 2. Parking is free in student, staff, and metered spots.

FASHION SHOW LAS VEGAS will celebrate the upcoming season with the return of its summer movie series starting Wednesday, June 6. The 'SWEETEST LITTLE MOVIE SERIES' will allow families and friends to beat the heat and enjoy an evening out with the kids at the ultimate family summer destination in Las Vegas. Home to over 250 retail stores and two dozen restaurants, Fashion Show Las Vegas will take entertainment to newer and higher heights by offering a lineup of FREE, family-friendly movies every Wednesday, in a park-like setting in The Great Hall with an evening show time of 6 p.m.  The schedule includes: June 6 - Frozen Sing-a-long (PG); June 13 - The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (PG); June 20 - Despicable Me 3 (PG); June 27 - Peter Rabbit (PG); July 4 - The LEGO Ninjago Movie (PG); July 11 - The Emoji Movie (PG); July 18 - Coco (PG); July 25 - Cars 3 (G).

The District at Green Valley Ranch invites the community to attend a summer concert featuring talented local pop/rock musician REIN GARCIA on Friday, June 8th: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The performance is part of the center’s summer concert series which will feature a different artist each Friday and Saturday evening in June, July and August. Concerts are FREE and open to the public. Performances are held in the Courtyard off Main Street, Village Walk Drive
Henderson, NV.

REGGAE IN THE DESERT, Las Vegas’ largest Reggae festival showcasing the unifying power of reggae music and the Caribbean lifestyle, announces the 17th annual music festival on Saturday, June 9 at the Clark County Amphitheatre (500 S. Grand Central Parkway, Las Vegas). This year’s music festival will feature headliners Collie Buddz and Third World. Other musical performances include Mr. Vegas, Kabaka Pyramid, Cocoa Tea, The Mighty Diamonds, Arise Roots, Ras Kronik, and The Reggae Warriors. Doors open at noon and the event concludes at 11 p.m. General admission tickets start at $19.99.. Only cash is accepted at the door for tickets on the day of the show. All seats are general admission and available on a first-come, first-served basis. No re-entry is permitted. Reggae in the Desert is a rain or shine event, no refunds will be issued.

LYFT is partnering with Fired Up Management to create the INTERGALACTIC ART CAR FESTIVAL on Saturday, June 9, with all proceeds benefiting local art programs through the First Friday Foundation. The out-of-this-world festival will convene the largest collection of art cars outside the playa created by some of the country's most brilliant installation artists, including 30-foot alien creatures, praying mantises, rhinos, monsters, alligators, swans, and even a stapler. At 7 p.m., the cars will proceed from Llama Lot at Ogden and 9th Street, then run down the Las Vegas Strip to Harmon before turning to return to Llama Lot.  An all-ages, art-filled immersive experience festival will follow from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. with fire dancers, live DJ performances, food trucks, and artist demos. To make the festival accessible to everyone, Lyft has made GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS FREE while supplies last with RSVP at artcarfestival.com. "Philanthropist" ticket packages start at $75 per person and feature various festival upgrades including an open bar at Atomic Liquors, free credit with Lyft to encourage responsible rides, and express entry to the festival. Ticket buyers also have the opportunity to make a donation to be entered to win a ride in an art car during the processio

THE NATIONAL FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION will host its annual CONFERENCE & EXPO at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, June 11 – 14. This comprehensive event brings together thousands of the industry’s leading professionals who will attend more than 110 educational sessions and special events addressing the latest issues, challenges and trends in the world of fire, electrical, and life safety. This year’s expo, featuring more than 350 exhibitors, will focus on technology’s role in our future and how it is reshaping our world. “The Building of the Future” expo, a virtual reality simulation, will give attendees a glimpse into the future complete with smart building and vehicle electrification.

Tropicana Las Vegas will be hosting its SECOND ANNUAL SUMMER COOKOUT FEATURING ROBERT IRVINE on Thursday, June 14 at Robert Irvine’s Public House. This event will be kicking off the 12th installment of Las Vegas Restaurant Week and will include summertime favorite dishes, as well as refreshing beverages and restaurants such as Oakville Steakhouse, Robert Irvine's Public House and the all-new Red Lotus Asian Kitchen. Proceeds from the evening will benefit Three Square, a Summer Cookout Partner, in its fight to end hunger in Southern Nevada

International drag superstar TRIXIE MATTEL (RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 7 and All Stars 3 on VH1) stops by House of Blues Las Vegas on Saturday, June 16 as she embarks on a North American, solo Now With Moving Parts Tour featuring music from her new album Moving Parts, plus lots of drag and comedy. Doors: 7 p.m. Show: 8 p.m. Ages: All Ages. General admission tickets start at $23, plus applicable fees.

Celebrity sightings:

Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend, May 26...

Entrepreneur, activist and television personality Amber Rose made a rousing appearance at Flamingo Las Vegas' GO Pool. The talented personality arrived at 3:30 p.m. and kept the party going with a champagne shower over the crowd while interacting with fans.

Amber Rose - Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

Prior to arriving at the GO Pool, Amber was spotted next door at Influence, The POOL at The LINQ,where her friend Tori Brixx, performed a live DJ set. Their friend, rapper Rich The Kid, also made an appearance at both pools.

In the evening, “Dancing with the Stars” professional Mark Ballas celebrated his recent birthday with friends at TAO Restaurant.

At TAO Nightclub, the holiday weekend festivities continued as Gucci Mane gave a special performance for party-goers. In the crowd was defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks Branden Jackson, taking in the night from a VIP table. Also at a VIP booth was Kansas City Chiefs star Kareem Hunt.

Gucci Mane - Photo credit: Brenton Ho/Global Media Group

Sunday, May 20...

Straight from his win for best rap song at the Billboard Music Awards, chart-topping artist Post Malone gave an exclusive performance  at Hakkasan Nightclub inside MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. Among the party goers in attendance were Singer songwriter Halsey, Atlanta-born rapper T.I., hip hop artist French Montana, country star Brett Young, and former member of Fifth Harmony turned solo act Normani Kordei.

Hakkasan Post Malone Photo credit Joe Janet 2
Hakkasan Post Malone - Photo credit: Joe Janet

Christina Aguilera was spotted having dinner inside TAO Las Vegas’ private dining room where she celebrated her electrifying Billboard Music Awards performance. The pop superstar dined with 10 friends including her fiancé Matthew Rutler.

Also at TAO following the awards show was French Montana and rapper Lil Pump.

Across the room was “Bank Account” artist 21 Savage who was seen enjoying dinner with his entourage that included DJ and model Chantel Jeffries.

Over at Beauty & Essex in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas,“We the Best” superstar DJ Khaled fueled up at the restaurant following his blowout performance with Jennifer Lopez at the Billboard Music Awards.

Also at Beauty were actor Darren Criss and Rapper T.I.

Actress Gabrielle Maiden, best known for her role as “Mick” on season two of Netflix’s Stranger Things, was spotted attending the 8 p.m. performance of Absinthe at Caesars Palace.

Kristin Maldonado from the popular acapella group Pentatonix was spotted at Magic Mike Live, the 360-degree dance and striptease spectacular conceived by Channing Tatum offered exclusively at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Kristin Maldonado from Pentatonix at Magic Mike Live 5.20.18 3
Kristin Maldonado from Pentatonix at Magic Mike Live 5.20.18 3 - Photo courtesy of Magic Mike's Las Vegas

Saturday, May 19...

“Treat You Better” artist Shawn Mendes and Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter were seen dining together with friends at Beauty & Essex.

Across the restaurant was fellow Backstreet Boy Howie Dorough who dined with friends before performing at KLUC’s SPF concert.

“Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Kandi Burruss celebrated her recent birthday at TAO. Burruss and her entourage kicked off the celebrations with dinner before heading up to the nightclub where they took over a VIP table and partied the night away.

Friday, May18...

Actress Leah Remini celebrated her birthday early with dinner at Beauty & Essex in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas with friends and family.

Pentatonix band member and Broadway star Kirstin Maldonado celebrated her birthday at TAO in The Venetian next to the giant Buddha with friends.

Thursday, May 17...

Vegas Golden Knights left wing Erik Haula was spotted attending the 8 p.m. performance of Absinthe at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Erik Haula attends ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace 5.17.18 credit Joseph SandersSpiegelworld
Erik Haula attends ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace 5.17.18 - Photo credit: Joseph Sanders/Spiegelworld

Later in the night, Brett Raymer, from Animal Planet’s “Tanked,” and Seattle Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas were both seen taking in the 10 p.m. performance of The Strip’s hottest show.

Brett Raymer attends ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace 5.17.18 credit Joseph SandersSpiegelworld
Brett Raymer attends ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace 5.17.18 - Photo credit: Joseph Sanders/Spiegelworld

Monday night, May 14...

Triple-threat performer and YouTube sensation Todrick Hall (who was in town to perform at House of Blues) was spotted attending the 10 p.m performance of Absinthe at Caesars Palace.

Friday, May 11...

NHL star/former New York Ranger, Dan Blackburn was spotted with friends at TAO Nightclub in The Venetian.

Thursday, May 10...

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and friends dined at Beauty & Essex in The Cosmopolitan.

Audrina Patridge and Ryan Cabrera headed to OMNIA Dayclub to enjoy a beachside retreat. Afterwards, the couple made their way back to Casa Calavera for a few drinks, and then finished the day at SHOREbar

Audrina Patridge and Ryan Cabrera Birthday Celebration Herringbone Los Cabos 5.9.18 Photo Credit Cabo Pictures
Audrina Patridge and Ryan Cabrera Birthday Celebration Herringbone Los Cabos 5.9.18 - Photo Credit: Cabo Pictures

On Wednesday, May 9...

Audrina Patridge made her way to the Brio Spa at Vidanta and indulged in a morning of pampering. Later in the evening, she and her beau pair headed to Herringbone inside the Entertainment District for a special birthday dinner.

Tuesday, May 8...

Reality television star Audrina Patridge was spotted at Los Cabos’ Ultimate Entertainment District at Vidanta Los Cabos for a special birthday getaway alongside ex-boyfriend, and rumored new beau, Ryan Cabrera.

That evening they went to Casa Calavera, Hakkasan Group’s newest restaurant concept, for dinner..

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