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A Mob Story Debuts at the Plaza Hotel & Casino

“A Mob Story”, an original musical production about the history of the mob in Las Vegas recently debuted at The Plaza Hotel & Casino in the heart of downtown Las Vegas.

The show is the creation of legendary producer, Emmy and Golden Globe award winner, Jeff Kutash (known for creating 12 time “Las Vegas Show of the Year,” “Splash”) who recruited a world class team to bring the show to life on the stage. Joining Kutash as co-producer is former Colombo family capo, Michael Franzese, a true “made man”.  Franchese, aka “The Mafia Prince”, also appears as the show's host, in which he provides an unprecedented, authentic journey into the secret world of the mafia and the crime underworld through personal knowledge and recollections of his real life experiences.

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Michael Franzese - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

When Franzese is not reminiscing about his life in, and eventually out of the mob, the stage comes alive with fantastic dance numbers set to contemporary popular music, influenced by wiseguys, gangsters, and mistresses to the mob, performed by a spectacular troupe of extraordinary dancers who captivate and engage the audience. Brian Friedman, who has worked with superstars including Britney Spears, Cher, Beyonce Knowles and Mariah Carey is the show's supervising choreographer, has partnered with choreographers Will “Willdabeast” Adams, Janelle Ginestra, Tracy Philips, and Shannon Mather, who add diverse dance styles to the production.

I have to admit I was skeptical about seeing a musical about the rise and fall of the mob in Las Vegas. But you can't help but be drawn into this well paced journey that is highly entertaining, educational, and staged in an old time Vegas showroom. It is the only place in the world to see a show about mobsters hosted by a real mobster that spent twenty years in that life.

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A Mob Story - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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A Mob Story - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

“Downtown Las Vegas is where Vegas began, and the Plaza has been a downtown iconic hotel for decades. Our vintage showroom is the perfect place for the debut of this amazing show that will entertain audiences, young and old,” said Jonathan Jossel, Plaza CEO. “The mob is a big part of the intrigue of Las Vegas, and as we welcome more visitors to downtown, we are proud to offer them a fresh Vegas experience on a historic tale. ‘A Mob Story,’ with its unparalleled leadership and world-class production staff, will give audiences a glimpse of Vegas history in an unforgettable way.”

I could not agree more.

Tickets prices (not including taxes and fees) start at $59.99 for general admission, $79.99 for VIP with preferred seating, and $150 for platinum tickets that offer preferred seating and a meet and greet with the performers and Michael Franzese.

Keep Memory Alive Hosted Inaugrual Texas Hold-Em Charity Poker Tournament

Keep Memory Alive hosted the inaugural Texas Hold 'em Charity Poker Tournament at the stunning Keep Memory Alive Event Center on Sept. 21. Hosted by casino legend Jack Binion, the event raised funds and brought awareness for the patients and caregivers at Cleveland Clnic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.

Jack Binion Larry Ruvo Doyle Texas Dolly Brunson and guests at the Keep Memory alive Texas Hold em charity Poker Tournament on Sept. 21
Jack Binion, Larry Ruvo, Doyle Texas Dolly Brunson, and guests at the Keep Memory alive Texas Hold em charity Poker Tournament on Sept. 21 - Photo credit: Joseph Donato for Keep Memory Alive


Larry Ruvo at the Keep Memory alive Texas Hold em charity Poker Tournament on Sept. 21
Larry Ruvo at the Keep Memory alive Texas Hold em charity Poker Tournament on Sept. 21 - Photo credit: Joseph Donato for Keep Memory Alive


Camille Ruvo Doyle at the Keep Memory alive Texas Hold em charity Poker Tournament on Sept. 21
Camille Ruvo Doyle at the Keep Memory alive Texas Hold em charity Poker Tournament on Sept. 21 - Photo credit: Joseph Donato for Keep Memory Alive


Jon Taffer at the Keep Memory alive Texas Hold em charity Poker Tournament on Sept. 21
Jon Taffer at the Keep Memory alive Texas Hold em charity Poker Tournament on Sept. 21 - Photo credit: Joseph Donato for Keep Memory Alive

With their $500 buy-in, guests took their chance at the poker tables, roulette wheel and silent auction alongside notable guests Doyle “Texas Dolly” Brunson, Barry Shulman, Jack McClelland and Jon Taffer. In the end, Gary Kapral walked away as the first-place winner with $10,000. The runners-up didn’t leave empty handed as they took home some incredible prizes including exclusive chef dinners, fantastic trips, exquisite jewelry and first-class wine.

Throughout the event, guests sipped on spectacular wine and specialty cocktails, while indulging on dishes by Clique Hospitality and enjoying music by Michael Shulman. Guests were able to brush up on their skills with a tutorial before the actual tournament started. Before they kick-offed the tournament,Camille and Larry Ruvo presented Jack Binion with a model of the Frank Gehry model playhouse to thank him for his contributions to Keep Memory Alive.

Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens Unveils Vibrant Autumnal Display

Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens invites guests to experience the season’s splendor with vibrant shades of autumn, pumpkins of all shapes and sizes and comforting aromas, now through November 25.

Envisioned by renowned designer Ed Libby and the Bellagio Horticulture team, the display is inspired by Greek mythology and tells the story of summer’s transition into autumn. Scents of chrysanthemums, carnations and roses enchant visitors while oversized oak, birch and maple leaves cascade in translucent splendor overhead, heralding the season’s debut.

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Bellagio Conservatory Fall Display East Garden - Photo courtesy of Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens


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Bellagio Conservatory Fall Display South Garden - Photo courtesy of Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens


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Bellagio Conservatory Fall Display West Garden - Photo courtesy of Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens


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Bellagio Fall Display South Garden - Photo courtesy of Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Titled “Falling Asleep,” the tale begins in the East Garden as visitors walk through a 25-foot gilded pavilion covered in gold and burgundy foliage. Lined with massive pumpkins and four bubbling fountains, the hand-painted walkway guides guests into the whimsical gardens. Sparkling oak leaf chandeliers embellished with crystals and rust-colored foliage illuminate a soft glow over the pathway.

The West Garden features a sleeping figure of Persephone, daughter of Greek gods Zeus and Demeter, adorned with 38-foot wings and a dress made from hydrangeas, roses and oak leaves. She rests against a peaceful waterfall that flows into a small pond. Three 14-foot waterfall fairies watch over Persephone among the giant cattails and a 24-foot Birch tree with 30 hand-painted leaves.

According to myth, Persephone spends half of the year away from her mother, the goddess of growth and fertility. Overcome with sadness while her daughter is away, the weather chills, and vibrant greens turn to reds and browns as fall creeps over the earth. When Persephone returns to her mother in the spring, nature once again blooms into life.

Nearby in the North Garden, two 25-foot tigers surrounded by magnificent vegetation watch over the Conservatory and greet passersby with a watchful eye. Made from yellow lentils, red and black cargo rice, and caraway seeds, the tigers are nestled among two floral sculptures made from more than 2,000 vibrant roses. Tropical blooming trees, birds of paradise and cattails surround the exotic garden, complete with a soothing rain curtain that flows over a fallen log, providing a restful perch for the observant tiger.

A family of wily foxes frolic and gather food for the coming winter in the South Garden. The mother sleeps in a hollowed log while the daughter watches her father and brother play among a bed of amber flowers and giant acorn topiaries, made from 1,700 carnations. A 28-foot enchanted talking tree provides shelter for two animated peacocks that fluff their feathers and call to each other from neighboring branches. During the evening, dragonflies dance above the garden.

Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is complimentary to the public and open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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

Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas continued its 15th annual OKTOBERFEST celebration with the stunning ladies of one of The Strip’s sexiest shows, FANTASY, tapping the keg on Friday, Sept. 21. On Saturday, Sept. 22, stars of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Raiding the Rock Vault performed the ceremonial keg tapping duties after enjoying Oktoberfestbier and traditional Bavarian fare.

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Raiding The Rock Vault - Photo courtesy of Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas

Anthony Cools, star of the longest-running hypnotist show in Las Vegas, tapped the keg on Friday, Sept. 28. Then, on Saturday, Sept. 29, Courtney Perna, gal about town and host of “Las Vegas NOW,” had some fun with Oktoberfest guests during her keg tapping role.

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Anthony Cools - Photo courtesy of Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas

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Courtney Perna - Photo courtesy of Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas

The 15th annual Oktoberfest celebration runs through October 31 and features Oktoberfestbier stein-holding contests, live entertainment, bar games, prizes and celebrity keg tappings every weekend. Celebrity magician Murray SawChuck brings his comedic craziness to the Hofbräuhaus stage as he taps the keg on Friday, Oct. 5. Then on Saturday, Oct. 6, Jeff Civillico, brings his high-energy juggling skills to guests of the Haus.

The HEALTHY FEMALE DOLPHIN CALF born on August 11 at SIEGFRIED & ROYS SECRET GARDEN AND DOLPHIN HABITAT AT THE MIRAGE was officially named this week after an employee contest that drew more than 200 entries. The winning submission, Karli, is an acronym which stands for Knights, Aces, Rebels, Lights and “I” for inclusion as the name represents four of Las Vegas’ sports teams. She and her mother Sofi are available for public viewing during the facility’s operational hours, currently 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. They share a pool with Duchess, Huf N Puf, Bella and Coco to complete the female pod.

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For the 10th Restaurant Week in a row MESA GRILL at Caesars Palace received GOLD PLATE AWARD for top donor during Three Square Food Bank’s Las Vegas Restaurant Week 2018. As a result of selling an impressive 2,641 covers, Mesa Grill contributed more than $13,000 over the span of June 18 to June 29, 2018. The proceeds will provide more than 39,000 meals to help end hunger in Southern Nevada.

(From left to right) Mesa Grill General Manager Jean Pierre Francois, Three Square President and CEO Brian W. Burton
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Photo Credit: David Becker


Three Square President and CEO Brian W. Burton with the team at Mesa Grill at Caesars Palace
Photo Credit: David Becker

Three Square’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Brian Burton, presented Mesa Grill General Manager, Jean Pierre Francois, and the Mesa Grill team with the top honor. Since first participating, Mesa Grill has raised more than $120,000 through the Restaurant Week campaign. Bobby Flay has been a major supporter of Three Square and has shared his passion for service with his Mesa Grill team. The Mesa Grill staff not only goes above and beyond for Restaurant Week, but participates in a monthly service visit to Three Square Food Bank.

The D LAS VEGAS, has been announced as the winner of USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Award for “BEST LAS VEGAS CASINO.” After four weeks of fan voting, readers picked the D’s unique two-level casino as their favorite in the city. M RESORT SPA CASINO received high honors earning a spot in the top 10 for two categories; placing SECOND FOR “BEST LAS VEGAS CASINO” and SEVENTH FOR “BEST CASINO HOTEL” nationwide.

The Tony-nominated musical WAITRESS, which opens at The Smith Center on Oct. 9th and runs through Oct. 14th, has cast two young area actresses to take on the role of “Lulu” during the Las Vegas engagement. Adelaide, 5, and Melina, 5, of Las Vegas, will alternate the role of “Lulu,” the daughter of the production’s main character, “Jenna.”

Legendary singer-songwriter JAMES TAYLOR has announced a 12-show run in Las Vegas this spring at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Taylor will be joined by his All -Star Band for the limited engagement. Tickets for shows scheduled April 17 through May 11, 2019 went on sale to the public beginning Friday, Sept. 21. The 12 show dates are: April 2019: 17, 19, 20, 24, 26, 27. May 2019: 1, 3, 4, 8, 10, 11. Ticket prices start at $55, plus tax and fees, and may be purchased in person at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Box Office.

To show appreciation for the local Las Vegas community, MARVEL'S AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N., located at Treasure Island Hotel and Casino, announces two promotions to spark the inner superhero in all of us. Beginning Tuesday, September 25 all locals will receive FREE exhibit admission all day every Tuesday through October 30, 2018, including a commemorative collectible Marvel’s Avengers character badge. ($8.00 service fee per person. Must show Nevada State I.D.) Tickets may be purchased in person at Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.

Throughout the month of October, CABO WABO CANTINA, located inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, will show support for NATIONAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH by donating a $1 FROM EACH VOJITO COCKTAIL PURCHASE to SUSAN G. KOMEN OF SOUTHERN NEVADA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds to provide breast health education, screening and treatment services to medically underserved women in the area. In addition, guests who purchase a Vojito will receive a complimentary pink rubber wristband to continue to spread awareness for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and may purchase the souvenir glass for an additional $10.

The College of Southern Nevada Department of Fine Arts is hosting an exhibition of cut paper, drawings, sculptures and photographs by Nevada native and 2017 recipient of an Artist Fellowship Grant in Visual Arts from the Nevada Arts Council, Bobbie Ann Howell. “BOBBIE ANN HOWELL: SILENCED SNOWSTORM” that began Friday, September 28, 2018 and will run through Saturday, November 10, 2018. Ms. Howell will participate in an Artist Talk, Workshop and Reception on Thursday, October 25, 2018, at 6 p.m. in the Artspace Gallery on the North Las Vegas campus. The CSN Artspace Gallery is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The Artspace Gallery is upstairs above the main entrance lobby on the North Las Vegas campus located at 3200 E. Cheyenne Avenue, one-mile East of I-15 North.

Special ops attraction APOCALYPSE VEGAS will debut their interactive Halloween haunted experience “DEAD CITY VEGAS” on Oct. 4 and run through Oct. 28. The attraction,located at 4375 S. Valley View Blvd. Suite G, will operate every Thursday and Sunday evening from 7 to 10 p.m. and every Friday and Saturday evening from 7 p.m. to midnight offering guests 20 minutes of adrenaline packed adventure as the only haunted house in Las Vegas where you can fight back.

“We wanted to give Vegas a Halloween experience unlike any other,” said Travis Krauss, owner and creator of Dead City Vegas, as well as Apocalypse Vegas. “This is not your average haunted house. Our guests will actually have the opportunity to find weapons and fight back against the zombies, rather than just walking through, making the experience truly interactive as the guests themselves become part of the scene and part of the story.”

General admission is priced at $29.99 per person and includes entrance into the haunted experience. VIP admission must be booked with a minimum of six people and maximum of ten people and is priced at $39.99 per person and includes fast pass entry into the haunted house and a digital group photo. Taxes and fees are applicable. Guests will be required to fill out a waiver before entering Dead City Vegas.

In celebration of National Taco Day and National Seafood Month, the Las Vegas locations of SHARKY'S MODERN MEXICAN KITCHEN (at Blue Diamond and in Summerlin) invites guests to enjoy a FREE  Baja-style Wild Fish Taco with any purchase on October 4. The fish taco, a favorite amongst locals, features crispy battered wild-caught Alaska Pollock with a cabbage blend, jalapeño tartar sauce, chipotle crema and cilantro on an organic flour tortilla. The Free Baja-style Wild Fish Taco is limited to one per person with any purchase and not valid in conjunction with other offers. 

The UNLV Performing Arts Center continues its exploration of the art of the guitar with a performance of GRISHA GORYACHEV at 7:30 p.m Friday, Oct. 5. Goryachev is reviving the tradition of solo, concert, flamenco guitar and is renowned for his musical sensitivity and virtuosity.

Tickets to Grisha Goryachev are $45 and can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center box office. Student rush tickets are $10 each and available one hour prior to each event with valid student I.D. UNLV faculty and staff discounts also are available.

Straight from Los Angeles to Vegas, the most buzzed about rock and roll burlesque show, LITTLE MISS NASTY brings the edgiest and sexiest vixens to the stage inside the Night Owl Showroom at Hooters Casino Hotel beginning Oct. 5, 2018, with shows each Friday and Saturday night at 10:30 p.m. Tickets start at $49, plus applicable fees.

Experience an evening of magic and mystery as DEVEREAUX THE MAGICIAN takes the stage for one special night, 7.p.m on October 6th, at the Starbright Theatre, located at the Pinnacle Community Center in Sun City, Summerlin. Participants are involved on a personal level throughout the program, guaranteeing an alternate conclusion to every show he performs.  This shared experience is like none other in magic and will leave audience members forever bonded. Tickets are $20. Contact the Box Office at (702)-240-1301.

LIFE TIME ATHLETIC GREEN VALLEY, located at 121 Carnegie St. in Henderson, invites members and nonmembers alike to join its complimentary PUPPY RUN starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6. Participants are invited to walk or run alongside their canine companions in the semi-annual fun run and will begin outside the entrance of the athletic club. Biscuits, dog treats and water bowls will be provided by Life Time Athletic for furry friends, while healthy snacks will be available for their owners as well as a coffee bar and water. All breeds are welcome to attend. Additional information can be found by calling Life Time Green Valley 702.802.7300 or by visiting the Activity Center.

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL AND NEVADA BALLET THEATRE PRESENT ART FROM ART: THE 11th ANNUAL CHOREOGRAPHERS' SHOWCASE in the Mystére Theatre at Treasure Island, Sunday, October 7, Saturday, October 13, and Sunday, October 14 at 1:00 pm each day. One of Las Vegas' most dynamic and unique events, A Choreographers' Showcase kicks off its second decade of delighting audiences with an unforgettable journey through movement, music and collaboration. Celebrating the myriad of ways art in all its forms brings flavor and vibrancy to our lives, Art from Art: the 11th annual A Choreographers' Showcase is the creation of a diverse coterie of Las Vegas Artists, from dancers to acrobats to aerialists. Over 60 performers from Nevada Ballet Theatre and Cirque du Soleil® will lead this expedition through inspiration and imagination. Tickets are $25 and $45.

SCHOOL OF ROCK LAS VEGAS WEST, a music school providing workshops, classes, camps and performance programs to the Las Vegas Valley, will bring its end-of-season concert to The Park, located between New York-New York and Park MGM, for the second consecutive year on Sunday, Oct. 7. The talented students, ages 8 – 18, will perform hits from artists such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer, Black Sabbath and more. Attendees can rock out in a lively, family-friendly atmosphere, with plenty of options for food and drink available at Beerhaus, California Pizza Kitchen and other restaurants around The Park. Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets for seating. Lawn games will be available for all ages to enjoy at this FREE event.

Nevada audiences will be treated to a variety of classic and popular composers as CSN'S The Department of Fine Arts Music Program presents the FALL 2018 MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP CONCERT featuring an evening of lively musical performances from a variety of ensembles including CSN’s Calypso Coyote Steel Drum Band; CSN’s Jazz Singers and Chamber Chorale; CSN’s Big Band; and CSN’s Concert Band. The Eldorado High School Chamber Chorale will also perform, as will CSN’s Mariachi Band. Proceeds for the fundraising concert will go to support the following Music Scholarship Funds at CSN: The Joe Williams Music Scholarship Fund, The Jay Morrison Music Scholarship Fund; The Tom Ferguson Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Richard McGee Scholarship Fund.he Music Scholarship Concert event takes place on Tuesday, October 9th at 7:00 p.m. in the Nicholas J. Horn Theatre at the North Las Vegas campus. General Admission is $15.00. For more information please call the CSN Box Office at 702-651-LIVE (5483).

House of Blues Las Vegas welcomes JONATHAN DAVIS OF KORN: BLACK LABYRINTH TOUR 2018 on Oct. 10. Doors: 7 p.m. Show: 7:30 p.m.Tickets start at $20, plus applicable fees.

In remembrance of the senseless events of 1 October and to help fill the ongoing need for our Las Vegas blood banks, locals’ ‘home away from home’ REMEDY'S AND DISTILL are working with the UNITED BLOOD SERVICES to host TWO BLOOD DRIVES for donors to give back to those affected by last year’s tragedy. Donors are encouraged to visit www.bloodhero.com and sign up now to reserve their spot. The blood drives will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 2 – 8 p.m. at Distill Summerlin (10820 W. Charleston. Blvd) and Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 2 – 8 p.m. at Remedy’s St. Rose (3265 St. Rose Pkwy). For every donation made, Remedy’s and Distill will provide a gift certificate for a free pint of beer to be redeemed at a later date.  In addition to the blood drive, all Remedy’s and Distill locations will be selling #VegasStrong hats for $20 for the entire month of October. All proceeds will be donated to the Injured Police Officers Fund in order to help reduce the financial burden suffered by Police Officers and their families in the event of a line of duty injury or death.

I LOVE THE ‘90S - THE VEGAS SHOW has added the iconic voices of EN VOGUE, known for their high energy performances, to the lineup. With timeless looks that match their stellar artistry, the Platinum-selling trio joins the exciting bill of iconic acts coming to Paris Las Vegas. As previously announced, Salt-N-Pepa, Rob Base and All-4-One will kick off the residency Friday, Oct. 12, and the show will feature a rotating lineup of other crowd favorites including Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath, Kid ’n Play and Dru Hill. This 90-minute, immersive dance party will feature a live DJ, nostalgic video content, dancers and more, giving audiences the opportunity to rediscover the music that influenced and defined a generation and contributed to making the ‘90s a decade to remember. The schedule for 2018 is as follows:  October 12 – 27: Salt-N-Pepa, Rob Base and All-4-One; November 8 – 12: En Vogue, Rob Base and Kid ’n Play; November 15 – 19: En Vogue, Mark McGrath and Kid ’n Play; November 22 – December 3: Salt-N-Pepa, Mark McGrath and Kid ’n Play; December 6 – 17: Salt-N-Pepa, Rob Base and All-4-One. The show will perform select evenings at 9 p.m. beginning Friday, Oct. 12.. Ticket prices start at $69.99, plus applicable taxes and fees.

Clark County Parks and Recreation presents the 25th ANNUAL AGE OF CHIVALRY RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL as it returns to Sunset Park (2601 E. Sunset Rd. Las Vegas) Oct. 12 – 14, 2018. This three-day event will immerse visitors in the Renaissance era with numerous villages and different guilds, activities, historical reenactments, live performances and an array of authentic period foods and beverages – truly an event that’s fun for the entire family!The Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $13 per day in advance for adults ($15 day of event) and $8 per day in advance for seniors ages 60 and older as well as children ages six to 12 ($10 day of event). Children five and younger are free. Three-day passes can be purchased in advance for $30 for adults and $20 for children ages six to 12 and seniors ages 60 and older. Combo packs including three-day admission, an event T-shirt and an 18x24 commemorative poster are also available. Event box offices will be open at the festival 9 a.m. daily during the fair.

The Southern Nevada Bluegrass Music Society has announced that the second annual “VIVA LAS VEGRASS” BLUEGRASS MUSIC FESTIVAL will be held at Craig Ranch Park from 10 am Friday, October 12 until 5 pm Sunday October 14. This “green bluegrass” festival will feature non-stop music performed by local, regional and national bluegrass groups on a solar powered stage. The event will showcase artisans and craftspeople focused on recycled art, organic products and crafts, food trucks and a beer garden in addition to community style art projects. Tickets are $20 per day or $50 for a 3 day pass; children under 12 receive free admission.

The District at Green Valley Ranch invites the community to enjoy “WONDER WOMAN” on Saturday, October 13th at 7:30 p.m. as part of the center’s FREE “FALL MOVIE NIGHTS.” Taking place each Saturday evening through October 20th, outdoor movies will be shown on the green behind Whole Foods. Moviegoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. No alcohol or glass allowed.

The 2018 MONSTER ENERGY CUP, the sport’s largest invite-only Supercross race, which posts a $250,000 purse and a potential $1 Million bonus awarded to the winner of all three 10-Lap Main Events, will take place on Saturday, October 13 at Sam Boyd Stadium.Tickets for the 2018 Monster Energy Cup start at $20 plus fees and can be purchased at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office or UNLVtickets outlets at La Bonita Supermarkets. Tickets will be available at the Sam Boyd Stadium Box Office on the day of the event only. Practice and qualifying begins at 12 p.m. and the Main Event begins at 6 p.m.

BALLSFEST will bounce onto the Strip with its first Las Vegas fundraiser from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14 at Waldorf Astoria, formerly the Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas. The uplifting nonprofit, founded by testicular cancer survivor, Frank DeBlasi, raises money to provide unforgettable experiences for young cancer patients, who are affectionately called “Ballers.” Emceed by local television personality, Jillian Lopez, Ballsfest will treat guests to an afternoon of food, entertainment and various fundraising opportunities. “This isn’t your typical fundraising gala,” said DeBlasi. “Everything about Ballsfest is uplifting and whimsical; and this event reflects that spirit.”Tickets may be purchased online, with individual tickets starting at $150.

Renowned husband and wife song and dance team MICHAEL KESSLER & MELINDA JACKSON, founders of M&M American Dance Theatre and affectionally known as M&M, with their music director and popular music  director and composer Keith Thompson and a group of young talented pre-professional competition winners ages 7-19 from Innovation Youth Dance Company, will present “BROADWAY LOVE SONGS, DANCES & BACKSTAGE STORIES,” an intimate musical journey through a life lived of song and dance on Friday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the Windmill Library Theatre, 7060 W. Windmill Lane. Tickets are $25.Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit M&M's nonprofit M&M American Dance Theatre Works dedicated to promoting artistic collaboration, educational and cultural enrichment through exposure, mentorship and involvement in musical dance theatre.

Las Vegas' most prominent entertainers will take the stage at Las Vegas’ 8th ANNUAL NF HOPE CONCERT on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. at The Palazzo® Las Vegas. Benefit organizers Jeff Leibow, formerly of “Jersey Boys,” and his wife Melody, have once again united the entertainment community bringing together a who's who of Las Vegas performers, including Human Nature, All-4-One, Clint Holmes, Earl Turner, MO5AIC, and many more in an afternoon spectacular to raise money and awareness for the Neurofibromatosis Network, an organization dedicated to families and individuals suffering from Neurofibromatosis (NF), and the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation to support NF families in Southern Nevada.  Tickets start at $49 and can be purchased at any box office at The Venetian or The Palazzo.

Legendary singer, songwriter, actor and author RICK SPRINGFIELD is returning to Las Vegas for a special performance at the Grand Events Center inside Green Valley Ranch Resort on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25.

The District at Green Valley Ranch invites the community to enjoy “THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS” 7:30 pm on Saturday, October 20th, as the final movie in the center’s FREEFALL MOVIE NIGHTS.” This movie will be shown outdoors on the green behind Whole Foods, 2225 Village Walk Drive in Henderson. Moviegoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. No alcohol or glass allowed

Motley Brews’ backyard beer bash, DOWNTOWN BREW FESTIVAL (DBF), will return to the Clark County Amphitheater for its seventh year from 5-9 p.m., with early entry and VIP entry at 4 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 20. Touted as one of the largest craft beer festivals in Las Vegas, second only to Motley Brew’s Great Vegas Festival of Beer, DBF will unite craft beer enthusiasts with more than 250 beers from 70 breweries, some of the city’s finest chefs and live music.Tickets to Downtown Brew Festival start at $35 plus fees for general admission, which include access to the event from 5 to 9 p.m. along with a tasting glass, unlimited beer samples and more. Early admission tickets are also available, with entry at 4 p.m. and access to exclusive beers, priced at $45 plus fees. VIP tickets are available for $80 plus a service fee, and include early entry at 4 p.m., access to the VIP Pavilion Lounge, which includes limited-release and unique beers, a decadent spread of beer-inspired cuisine prepared by local chefs and more. In addition to supporting deserving, local non-profits, one dollar of each ticket sold will benefit the victims of the Oct. 1 tragedy.

Celebrity sightings:

Monday, October 1...

Former professional NBA player, Scottie Pippen dined at Zuma at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The former Chicago Bull and six-time NBA title winner best known for playing alongside Michael Jordan was seen posing for a photo with a fan outside Zuma.

Scottie Pippen Sighting Oct. 1 2018
Scottie Pippen - Photo courtesy of Zuma

Sunday, September 30...

Platinum-selling country artist, Brett Young, celebrated his official bachelor party at OMNIA Nightclub Las Vegas inside Caesars Palace. Seated in a VIP booth of the famed Terrace, the country star and 13 friends enjoyed cocktails while dancing to the sounds of top country DJ and friend, Dee Jay Silver.

Chart topping Country Artist Brett Young Smiles in Celebration of Official Bachelor Party at OMNIA Nightclub Las Vegas on Sunday Sept. 30 Photo Credit Mike Kirschbaum
Chart topping Country Artist Brett Young Smiles in Celebration of Official Bachelor Party at OMNIA Nightclub Las Vegas on Sunday Sept. 30 Photo Credit; Mike Kirschbaum

Saturday, September 29...

EMMY Award-winning actor and comedian Seth Green was spotted attending the 10 p.m. performance of Opium at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

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Seth Green attends OPIUM. Credit: Marcus Skrinak Spiegelworld Photography

TV personality Jeannie Mai was spotted attending the 10 p.m. performance of Absinthe at Caesars Palace.

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Jeannie Mai attends ABSINTHE.  Credit; Fabian Pino Spiegelworld Photography

Sunday, September 23...

Singer and actor James Maslow, of Big Time Rush and “Celebrity Big Brother” fame, was spotted attending the the 8 p.m. performance of OPIUM at The Cosmopolitan with his father.

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James Maslow attends OPIUM. Credit: Marcus Skrinak Spiegelworld Photography

After thrilling a sold-out T-Mobile Arena at the iHeartRadio Music Festival earlier in the weekend, 10-time Grammy Award-winning recording artist and four-time Emmy Award-winning actor Justin Timberlake was spotted attending the 10 p.m. performance of ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace. Afterwards, he went backstage for a photo with The Gazillionaire.

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Justin Timberlake attends ABSINTHE.  Credit; Daniel Kells Spiegelworld Photography

Saturday, September 22...

Twilight star Taylor Lautner and friends dined at Beauty & Essex inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Actor Jeremy Renner and Dutch DJ Sam Feldt spent the night partying in the booth with DJ Vice at Marquee Nightclub inside The Cosmopolitan, following Feldt’s performance at the Life Is Beautiful festival.

Michael Clifford from Aussie pop band 5 Seconds of Summer dined at TAO inside The Venetian, while Travis Scott was spotted at TAO Nightclub taking in the sounds of DJ Eric DLux with Chase B. Scott stopping by the DJ booth to say hello to Eric DLux, taking over the mic.

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Travis Scott and Eric DLux - Photo courtesy of TAO

Friday, September 21...

Former Bachelor Ben Higgins partied at Hyde Bellagio in Las Vegas alongside Blake Horstmann, Jason Tartick and Nick Viall.

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Ben Higgins, Blake Horstmann, Jason Tartick, and Nick Viall Party at Hyde Bellagio - Photo courtesy of Hyde Bellagio

World-famous television host Ryan Seacrest enjoyed a spectacular lunch at one of the world’s finest Greek restaurants, Estiatorio Milos at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

The Vegas Golden Knights including William Karlsson, Erik Haula, Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith, amongst others, were in the house for three-time GRAMMY-winning, multi-platinum country band  Zac Brown Band's show inside The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort.

Star of E!’s Model Squad, Shanina Shaik and fellow catwalker Lais Ribeiro dined at Beauty & Essex inside The Cosmopolitan of Vegas, while celebrating a friend’s birthday

The just-announced cast Magic Mike London was spotted taking in a sizzling performance of MAGIC MILE LIVE LAS VEGAS at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. In town to experience the original production ahead of their own debut this November, the London cast met with the Las Vegas cast.

Thursday, September 20...

Lead guitarist of Queen, Brian May, took in X Country at Harrah’s Las Vegas The rock legend attended the kick’n topless revue with a group of friends, after which he met with the girls to take photos from the stage at Harrah’s Cabaret.

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Brian May at X Country - Photo courtesy of Harrah's Las Vegas

American rock band The Neighbourhood, best known for their hit song “Sweater Weather,” was spotted attending the 10 p.m. performance of Absinthe at Caesars Palace and later went backstage after the show for a photo with The Gazillionaire.

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The Neighbourhood attend ABSINTHE.  Credit: Fabian Pino Spiegelworld Photography

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