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BLANC de BLANC Celebrates Grand Opening at SAHARA Las Vegas

International cabaret sensation BLANC de BLANC celebrated its grand opening at SAHARA Las Vegas on Wednesday, Sept. 4, with a VIP red carpet affair. The acclaimed production, which features high-flying aerial stunts, serious booty and one fine French hunk, made its debut inside the recently renamed BLANC de BLANC Theatre with a champagne soiree attended by several Las Vegas entertainers.

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Cast of Blanc de Blanc - Photo credit: Denise Truscello

Among those in attendance were Anthony Cools, Aussie Heat, David Goldrake, Eric Jordan Young, Gerry McCambridge, Jennifer Romas, Kate Shelor and Marc Savard, Melody Sweets, Ricardo Laguna, Sabina Kelley, X Burlesque, Zowie Bowie, and performers from FANTASY and Thunder From Down Under, who were seated in the production’s exclusive hot tub seats.

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BLANC de BLANC is the Las Vegas debut of Strut & Fret Production House, one of Australia’s preeminent theatre and major events companies. The award-winning production, which has sold out the Sydney Opera House, London’s West End, the Brisbane Festival and the Adelaide Festival, plunges audiences into a world of overflowing champagne bottles, sparkles and glamour, leaving every spectator breathless with delight.

Devised by an electric creative team, BLANC de BLANC was conceived and directed by Scott Maidment (cabaret sensations LIMBO, Cantina, Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour), choreographed by Kevin Maher (choreographer for Justin Bieber, Britney Spears and Madonna), with costumes by James Browne (costume design for musicals Cabaret, Ghost and Xanadu), lighting and set design by Philip Gladwell (Magic Mike Live, The Exorcist), and a thumping soundtrack from Danish electronic artist Kenneth Bager. 

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BLANC de BLANC performs Thursdays through Mondays (dark Tuesdays/Wednesdays) at 7 p.m. inside the BLANC de BLANC Theatre. Tickets range in price from $49 to $129 (Hot Tub tickets are priced for groups) and are on sale now.

Cesar Millan Premiered his One Man Show, CESAR MILLAN – MY STORY: UNLEASHED to the MGM Grand

The world's most celebrated dog behaviorist, Emmy nominated Cesar Millan, brought his one man show “Cesar Millan – My Story: Unleashed” to the David Copperfield Theatre inside the MGM Grand for a limited engagement, September 12-18, for an evening that was motivating, entertaining and inspiring.

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Millan led audiences on his life's journey, as he shared his inspiring rags to riches story, ranging from his humble beginnings in rural Mexico and travels to America, to his struggles, successes and passion for transforming families and their lives with his unique approach to canine discipline. At one point, Cesar Millan was joined onstage by his two sons Andre and Calvin, and some beloved four-legged friend.

Millan described his “journey of hope, sending us back to the basic training of life without the leash”. He explained his early introduction to dogs, when as a youngster in Mexico, he was inspired by watching Lassie and Rin Tin Tin on TV to become the greatest dog trainer in the world. Now, with more than 25 years of animal behaviorist experience and an Emmy Award-nominated television series, “The Dog Whisperer” on National Geographic, Millan works to rehabilitate hundreds of misguided dogs with his innovative methods of training. The life-changing technique not only earned him worldwide success but also allowed him to change dogs’ behavior and the lives of their owners.

“I train people not dogs,” and now for the first time ever, Millan “live in person” shared his authenticity, honesty and bravery during this once-in-a-lifetime experience. A gifted storyteller, Millan resonated with the human breed through emotion, comedy and lessons on every species.

Cesar Millan – My Story: Unleashed was co-created and produced by Adam Steck of SPI Entertainment, who created the famed headlining show Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, which successfully toured the world and performed on Broadway.

Big Blues Bender Celebrates 6th Annual Festival at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Wrapping the sixth annual festival, Big Blues Bender hosted an impressive lineup of the biggest names in Blues music in an intimate event over the course of four days in the “Entertainment Capital of the World.” After selling out the past several years, this year, the only-in-Vegas hotel takeover moved to a larger location at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, allowing the annual event to accommodate more guests and feature larger acts.

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Big Blues Bender kicked off the festival Wednesday night, September with its sold-out fundraising event, “Bender Party with HART.” Featuring a star-studded musical review and live auction, Big Blues Bender raised over $30,000 for H.A.R.T. (Handy Artist Relief Trust) Fund. The Blues Foundationestablished the H.A.R.T. Fundfor Blues musicians and their families in financial need due to a broad range of health concerns impacting artists. All production costs and artist fees are paid for by Big Blues Bender so 100-percent of the proceeds benefit the community of artists in need, totaling more than $130,000 raised to date.

Highlights throughout the weekend included GRAMMY® nominated Tab Benoit playing to a sold-out crowd, legendary rock 'n' rollers Little Steven And The Disciples of Soul performing some of their timeless hits, Robert Cray wowing the crowd with his trademark soul drenched vocals, and beloved jamsters Gov’t Mule performing an impressive high-energy set. To top it off, in this year's installment of the legendary "One" series, GRAMMY® nominee Victor Wainwright and his group of Bender All-Stars took to the stage for One Night on Yasgur's Farm to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the generation-defining music festival. Dozens of Big Blues Bender artists, including Mike Zito’s Big Blues Band and special guest Ruthie Foster performed together to take festivalgoers back to Yasgur's farm in a celebration of peace, love and music.

Big Blues Bender features four days and nights of music and accommodations, with “Everything, An Elevator Ride Away.®” Big Blues Bender has become a festival favorite among Blues fans and artists alike, making it a “bucket list” event for all who attend. Attracting fans from all 50 states and more than a dozen countries, the annual sell-out event features the most talented and sought-after Blues artists touring today, performing on multiple stages with everything an elevator ride away.

Imagine Dragons' Nonprofit Foundation Raises Record Amount of Funds for Pediatric Cancer

In an extraordinary, one-night-only experience, the 6th Annual Rise Up Gala raised $3.2 million for the Tyler Robinson Foundation, Imagine Dragons’ nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting families facing a pediatric cancer diagnosis.

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More than 850 guests attended the star-studded, sold-out event held at Wynn Las Vegas which featured a performance by the GRAMMY® Award-winning, multiplatinum-selling band, as well as appearances by master of ceremonies Oliver Trevena and special guests Alexandra Daddario, cast of Le Rêve – The Dream, Concetta “Aunt Chippy” Potenza, Daniel Emmet, Dolph Lundgren, “Impractical Jokers” stars The Tenderloins, Mike Xavier, Sean Giambrone and last year’s TRF Community Impact Award honorees Vegas Golden Knights including Alex Tuch, Brayden McNabb, Cody Eakin, Deryk Engelland, Marc-Andre Fleury, Mark Stone, Max Pacioretty, Nate Schmidt, Nick Holden, Paul Stastny, Reilly Smith, Ryan Reeves and Shea Theodore.

The Rise Up Gala honored those who have made notable contributions to TRF through direct personal efforts, philanthropic support, or by raising public awareness for pediatric cancer. This year’s honorees included the TRF Community Impact honorees Zappos and Zappos For Good, Team TRF Honoree Corner Canyon High School, TRF Honorary Chair Shaquille O’Neal and TRF Legacy Award honoree artist Tim and Amy Cantor.

In a surprise for the evening, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman recognized Imagine Dragons for their philanthropic efforts supporting families battling childhood cancer in support of TRF’s efforts in Las Vegas and beyond, naming Sept. 6, 2019 Imagine Dragons Day in Las Vegas.

The Rise Up Gala offers attendees an exclusive night of entertainment and glamour while celebrating the individuals who have made notable contributions to TRF through direct efforts, philanthropic support, or by raising public awareness for pediatric cancer. Actor and presenter Oliver Trevena serve as master of ceremonies. The evening also featured a special acoustic performance from the GRAMMY Award-winning, multiplatinum-selling band, Imagine Dragons. All proceeds raised benefited TRF, with 85 percent of every dollar raised going directly to families in need. 

Cherry Boom Boom Celebrates New Residency With Grand Opening Show

Cherry Boom Boom celebrated its new residency at Hooters Casino Hotel Las Vegas with a grand opening party and performance on Thursday night, September 5.

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The “rock’n’roll a go-go” showcase hosted local performers on its red carpet, including Kyle Gass from Tenacious D, headlining magician, Xavier Mortimer, and local female impersonatorFrank Marino. Throughout the evening, guests also enjoyed complimentary drinks and custom cupcakes, topped with a chocolate-covered cherry from Freed’s Bakery.

Following the show, attendees had the opportunity to pose and take pictures with the dancers of Cherry Boom Boom as well as creator and director, Lindsley Allen. As a takeaway gift, dancers from the show handed out Cherry Boom Boom posters to guests during the meet and greet.

Allen is a founding member of female performer group and dance ensemble, The Pussycat Dolls, as well as a former dancer for legendary performer, Prince. Allen now brings her talent and expertise to Cherry Boom Boom, creating a standout show that mixes rock ‘n’ roll Americana roots with sexy choreography. The 70-minute production features a cast of five dancers, specialty acts and a host.

Cherry Boom Boom will perform shows starting at 11 p.m. from Thursday through Saturday at the Night Owl Showroom at Hooters Casino Hotel Las Vegas.

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

The longest-running headliner in Las Vegas history, female impersonator FRANK MARINO, joined the the longest-running production show, LEGENDS IN CONCERT in its legendary home at Tropicana Las Vegas beginning September 11, for a limited engagement. “Legends in Concert continues to evolve with each new incredible cast, and we are very excited to bring legendary comedy to our fans with the talents of the one and only Frank Marino,” said Mark Mercer, Corporate Marketing Director of Legends in Concert.

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“ I'm simply ecstatic to be going from Diva status to a Legend inside the world famous iconic Tropicana Las Vegas where I’ll be retiring the Joan Rivers character from my act. As Joan would say "Can We Talk? This is the last time you'll be able to see me play tribute to the legendary first lady of comedy," said Marino, when it was announced he was joining the show.

Dressed in “fabulous”, colorful, designer costumes Las Vegas legend Frank Marino hosts the show as comedic legend Joan Rivers and has the audience roaring with laughter with his hilarious comedy routine, in between introducing each each sensational new tribute artist. Performing as some of the world's most famous music icons, the cast of lookalike/soundalike impersonators include Fernando Castro as Freddie Mercury, Tierney Allen performing a breathtaking homage to Lady Gaga, and Jill Burke recreating the hits of 80's rock star Pat Benatar.  Elvis also returns to the Legends in Concert Theater with hunk of “Burnin’ Love” Matt Lewis and his beloved portrayal of The King, Elvis Presley.The acclaimed production also features back up dancers and singers, along with a special tribute to the showgirl glamour that is synonymous with the Entertainment Capital of the World.

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Legends in Concert performs at Tropicana Las Vegas Monday through Saturday (dark Sunday) at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and start at $49.99 (excluding tax and fees). VIP booths and preferred seating are also available, ranging from $59.99 to $79.99 (excluding tax and fees). Bottle service is available in the VIP booths, starting at just $45. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Tropicana Box Office.

THE STRAT HOTEL, CASINO AND SKYPOD hosted a party to celebrate the grand opening of its NEWLY REMODELED OBSERVATION DECK, located on the 108th floor of the tower, on Wednesday evening, September 18.

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The high-in-the-sky party with 360-degree views of the Las Vegas Strip began with an inaugural toast of colorful cocktails from 108 Drinks, an addition to the Observation Deck with the remodel, along with 108 Eats by James Trees. Following remarks by The STRAT’s vice president of tower operations David Rand and Golden Entertainment’s vice president of marketing and entertainment Brad Goldberg, guests raised their glasses and toasted the day, proclaimed “108 Day” by the City of Las Vegas. To commemorate the occasion, Las Vegas CityCouncilman Cedric Crear and Councilwoman Olivia Diaz honored The STRAT with a proclamation. County Commissioner Tick Segerblom was also in attendance for the celebration.

Several local celebrities were in attendance including the casts of FANTASY and Chippendales.

Trees, a popular Las Vegas chef, provided samplings of signature selections from 108 Eats, including cookies, popcorn and ice cream. After a little liquid courage provided by 108 Drinks, brave partygoers ventured on level higher to experience The STRAT’s thrilling rides including X-Scream, Insanity and Big Shot.

To add to the night’s excitement, electric violinist Lydia Ansel provided musical entertainment throughout the duration of the evening.

The 2019 IBIE (INTERNATIONAL BAKING INDUSTRY EXPOSITION), commonly known as the Baking Expo, the most comprehensive event in the Western Hemisphere for the grain-based food industry—recently wrapped up its largest show to date at the Las Vegas Convention Center after welcoming baking industry professionals from around the world on September 7-11, 2019. With nearly 1,000 exhibitors—237 new to IBIE—and at 700,000 sq. ft, the largest show floor in its 100-year history, highlighting everything bakers need to increase their efficiency, improve their operations and their your bottom line, IBIE continues to break records reflecting the growth and health of the industry. On display were cutting edge equipment, ingredient and tech innovations and booths offering sample tastings of all kinds of baked goods, including an assortment of breads, cookies, desserts and more. I am also pleased to report that this year's show featured an expansion of gluten free ingredients, as well as vegan products for the growing need to accommodate dietary restricted consumers.

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More than 20,000 baking industry professionals walked the exhibit hall—with baker participation increasing nearly 10 percent over the previous expo in 2016. IBIE’s new all-in-one exhibitor booth pricing also encouraged exhibitors to bring more equipment and machinery than before—totaling nearly 600,000 pounds of additional freight—a huge benefit for bakers to experience multitudes of product and equipment on the show floor. Much of the growth has come from international markets with attendees hailing from more than 100 countries and making up nearly 30 percent of the total attendance, with the largest participation from Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Japan and Mexico.

Show highlights included:

 The Innovation Showcase - prominently featured in the Grand Concourse where attendees were able to shop and see evolving trends before entering the Exhibit Halls.

 Fresh Take Talks -  presented a series of brief presentations from industry, health and trend experts, with informative presentations featuring influential thought leaders sharing perspectives on consumer, nutrition and industry trends.

 The two new Artisan Marketplaces - housed a virtual reality tour, samples from the world’s only Sourdough Library, and featured demos from Certified Master Bakers.

 iba.Virtual Bakery Tours - provided attendees a first-hand look at how world-class artisan and industrial bakeries operate from Cincinnati, San Francisco, Reykjavik, Vienna, Versailles, Athens and more. Virtual reality offered the opportunity to observe how these leaders utilize the ingredients, equipment, technologies and solutions found on the IBIE show floor.

 IBIEducate - featured more than 100 sessions designed to deliver a fresh, forward-thinking perspective on business, operations and creativity for every role and every segment within the industry.

 IBIE provided a newly implemented day of learning—Saturday, September 7. Courses included talent management classes with a concentration on acquiring, developing, and retaining employees and cultivating great leaders. The day also offered hands-on workshops designed for artisan bakers taught by Julien Otto from the French Pastry School and hands-on cake decorating skills sessions taught by Bronwen Weber, who has appeared on the Food Network

 Retail Bakers of America (RBA) Bakers Center - hosted baking competitions and live demonstrations from some of the biggest names in the industry, including your Food Network stars Buddy Valastro and Bronwen Weber whose demos were standing room only. This new state of the art center also hosted the 18th annual Pillsbury Bakers’ Plus Grand Champion Creative Decorating Competition.

 The education also included RPIA’s Business of Baking for Beginners seminar and the Tortilla Industry Association’s two-day Technical Conference, which addressed operation skills, safety regulations, quality control, plant efficiency and best practices for the baking industry’s fastest-growing market segment.

 Popular returning features included: The All-American Tailgate Party, The Great American Pie Festival and PMQ Pizza Information Center.

 IBIE introduced a new Student Immersion Program, sponsoring the attendance of 16 emerging professionals,  - 16 emerging professionals were selected for IBIE’s new Student Immersion Program. As participants, they not only gained behind the scenes access and educational and networking opportunities, they were also matched with an industry mentor, participated in meetings with exhibitors and received a stipend for travel and accommodations.

In addition, IBIE, together with Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery magazine, honored 42 industry suppliers and bakeries that have made notable achievements in sustainability, sanitation, workforce development and innovation.

IBIE will return to Las Vegas on September 17-21, 2022.

On Friday, Sept. 13, HOFBRAUS LAS VEGAS became the dog Haus as it welcomed world-renowned dog whisperer Cesar Millan as the first celebrity keg tapper of the Oktoberfest season in celebration of the grand opening of his limited-engagement residency show at the David Copperfield Theater inside MGM Grand.

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Veteran keg tapper and fan-favorite Las Vegas performer Frankie Moreno tapped the keg on Saturday, Sept. 14. The multi-talented singer and songwriter performed an exclusive set to fans at Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas after he tapped the keg, while revelers enjoyed food, drink and seasonal festivities.

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Join celebrity keg tappers every Friday and Saturday night during Oktoberfest as they tap the keg while guests enjoy stein-holding contests, live entertainment, bar games, prizes and more. This season’s upcoming keg tappers include FANTASY (Friday, Sept. 20), Jeff Civillico (Saturday, Sept. 21), Hans Klok (Friday, Sept. 27), Raiding the Rock Vault (Saturday, Sept. 28), Crazy Girls (Friday, Oct. 4), Rick Harrison (Saturday, Oct. 5), The Australian Bee Gees (Friday, Oct. 11), Anthony Cools (Saturday, Oct. 12), Chippendales (Friday, Oct. 18), Zowie Bowie (Saturday, Oct. 19), Murray SawChuck (Friday, Oct. 25) and Ricardo Laguna (Saturday, Oct. 26).

Recently, one bingo player and two slot players at both Arizona Charlie’s Decatur and Arizona Charlie’s Boulder won more than $80,000. A Las Vegas local won $50,753 at Arizona Charlie’s Boulder while playing Charlie’s Double Progressive bingo, a coverall game that can only be won within the posted number of balls, starting at 32 and progressing up to 35 numbers called. Plus, an Arizona Charlie’s regular and Las Vegas local, Rosalba, hit a $18,756.52 jackpot while playing on the Loteria Lock It Link game on Saturday, Sept. 7 at Arizona Charlie’s Decatur, while, another lucky player hit a $12,104.99 jackpot on the Lighting Link game.

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The all new ZOMBIE RAMPAGE PAINTBALL HUNT ATTRACTION opened on September 6 at the Plaza’s Core Arena, bringing to Las Vegas the thrills of paintball shooting, live target interaction, and monster trucks!  Every Wednesday through Sunday evening in September, guests can climb aboard a 14-foot tall monster bus and fire away at the zombies roaming the arena. Hunts start at 6 p.m. each night and run every 20 minutes. Patrons can buy tickets for their preferred date and time slot at the Plaza Hotel & Casino Box Office on the casino floor. Ticket prices are $30 for General Admission with 100 rounds of paintballs, and $45 for VIP, which offers guests priority boarding on to the bus and 300 rounds of paintballs. Prices are plus taxes and fees. Children ages 5 to 12 are permitted with an adult admission, and children under 5 years of age are not permitted.

The College of Southern Nevada Department of Fine Arts is hosting an exhibition of painting, fiber, and mixed media installation artwork that blend narrative elements from mythology and alchemy, the forerunner of modern science, by North Carolina artist, Virginia Derryberry. Truth To Tell began Friday, September 13, 2019 and will run through Saturday, October 26, 2019. Ms. Derryberry participated in a Gallery Talk on Thursday, September 19, 2019, at 6 p.m. in the Artspace Gallery, on the North Las Vegas Campus.

Critically acclaimed actor and author  After a successful show in April of 2019, ROB LOWE is returning to Las Vegas as part of his “STORIES I ONLY TELL MY FRIENDS: LIVE!” tour, and will make a tour stop at Criss Angel Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Saturday, February 15, 2020.Inspired by the success of his two NY Times Best-Selling memoirs, Stories I Only Tell My Friends and Love Life, Rob has created an all-new, peek behind the curtain at Hollywood, fame, fatherhood, marriage, and a life lived at the forefront of culture for four decades. Tickets for his performance at the Criss Angel Theater are on sale now.

ANIMAZING GALLERY AT THE GRAND CANAL SHOPPES AT THE VENETIAN®️ RESORT LAS VEGAS is hosting SUPERSTARS: ICONS OF THE DC UNIVERSE BY SIDESHOW AND WORLD-RENOWNED PIN-UP ARTIST OLIVIA DE BERARDINIS, known in the art world as simply Olivia. The new collection of deluxe Diamond Dust Fine Art Prints will be showcased and for sale at Animazing Gallery. Superstars: Icons of the DC Universe by Olivia De Berardinis, an exhibition that gathers a unique assembly of fan-favorite Olivia paintings in a never-before-seen format. Originally created for Sideshow’s Art Print program, these images spotlight powerful female icons of pop culture cinema, namely the women of the DC Films universe, capturing their strength and sensuality in photorealistic detail.

Some of the fine art collectibles receiving the deluxe Diamond Dust treatment include Wonder Woman: Amazon Warrior, which features Gal Gadot as the groundbreaking Amazonian heroine, and Chat Noir, showcasing Michelle Pfeiffer’s unforgettable performance as Catwoman in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns. Animazing Gallery will feature a total of seven Diamond Dust prints, also including Olivia’s portrait of Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad, a tribute to Adam West and Julie Newmar’s Batman and Catwoman from the 1960s television series, and more. Each of these larger-than-life prints will come finished with a custom frame and is hand-signed by the artist as a part of the highly limited edition of 99 pieces. Each print will retail for $4,000 USD and will include a Certificate of Authenticity, making these dazzling collectibles a must-have for fans of Olivia’s instantly iconic artwork.

Multiple GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter and social activist, MICHAEL BOLTON, will perform at THE SMITH CENTER Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets ranging in price from $40.95 to $130.95 will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. PT and can be purchased by calling 702.749.2000 or in-person at The Smith Center box office.

Las Vegas’ beloved murder-mystery dinner show, MARRIAGE CAN BE MURDER, which is performed at the D Las Vegas, is hosting AN ALIEN THEMED PERFORMANCE for three nights only, September 20-22. These performances are peppered with alien themed décor and are sure to amuse Area 51 enthusiasts, with a mystery to solve and plot that’s out of this world. 
 “Nevada is making international headlines with the ‘Storm Area 51' campaign. It will be a fun show full of alien surprises.” said Eric Post, who created the show with his wife, Jayne Guests can reserve tickets with code STORMTHED to receive 25% off their purchase. Along with the specialty performance, guests will be served their choice of alienesque dishes.

DOWNTOWN GRAND HOTEL & CASINO LAS VEGAS + LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL MUSIC & ART FESTIVAL have announced the lineup for three official pool party concerts, presented by Entercom. Performing FREE Live shows at Citrus Grand Pool Deck atop The Downtown Grand Hotel During Festival Weekend, September 20-22 are Jonas Blue, Omar Apollo (Friday, Sept. 20), Dashboard Confessional, MUNA, The Regrettes (Saturday, Sept.21), Shallou, Phantoms, Felix Cartal, Cub Sport (Sunday, Sept. 22).

SKYE ART GALLERY, the official Nevada dealer for The Art of Dr. Seuss Collection, will present a compelling selection of artworks titled, “THE CAT BEHIND THE HAT!” Exhibition. This delightful collection - a series of print and bronze limited edition art, is from the fantastic and imaginary world of American children's author, illustrator, and poet, Theodor “Ted” Seuss Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss). The exhibition will be on display, September 21 through October 6, with a special opening reception on Saturday, September, 21, from 6:00 pm until 8:00 p.m. “The Cat Behind the Hat!” exhibition explores one of the most popular and iconic children’s book characters of all-time, The Cat in The Hat. The collection will feature the famous feline with names every bit as interesting as the colorful and clever cat himself, to include, “Cat in Obsolete Shower Bath,” “Catin the Cradle Doing Cat’s in the Cradle,” “Yawning Cat,” and the collection namesake, The Cat Behind the Hat. The exhibition is free, with all artwork on display available for acquisition. SKYE Art Gallery is located in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.

FRIENDS! The Musical Parody celebrates the sitcom’s 25 year monumental anniversary on September 22 by expanding the show to seven nights a week, starting September 24. That’s right, seven… seven… SEVEN nights a week with Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Ross, Chandler and Joey at the D Las Vegas. For 25% off tickets, use code “SEVEN” at checkout. Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 702-388-2111. Offer is valid through October 31, 2019.

Dodger fans rejoice! FIELD OF DREAMS, located near the Neptune Fountain and escalator in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, is HOSTING FOUR LEGENDARY INFIELDERS OF THE 1970’S LA DODGERS inside the leading sports memorabilia store on Saturday, September 28 from 2-4 p.m. Meet legends 1B STEVE GARVEY, 2B DAVY LOPES, SS BILL RUSSELL and 3B RON CEY. The quartet stayed together for nearly nine seasons (1973-81) and anchored four pennant winners and one world championship. Field of Dreams is the nation's leading celebrity, sports, and gift store. Featuring authentic signed sports memorabilia from all the major sports as well as autographed memorabilia from the entertainment industry.

“O” BY CIRQUE DUE SOLEIL' will celebrate more than 10,000 shows with FIRST EVER ACROBATIC PERFORMANCES ON THE FOUNTAINS OF BELLAGIO. For two weekends only, “O” cast members will take the aquatic masterpiece to The Fountains of Bellagio for variations of two beloved acts from the award-winning show. Fans can experience the exclusive takeovers September 28 – 29 and October 12 – 13. All four special performances are scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.

Following a successful run in August, legendary professional football player and iconic entertainer TERRY BRADSHAW will bring his musical, comedy and storytelling production, “THE TERRY BRADSHAW SHOW ,” back to the Atrium Showroom at Luxor Hotel and Casino for an additional limited engagement: three Tuesday nights October 1, 22 and 29. All shows are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Tickets for all performances are now on sale with prices starting at $65.99 (not including applicable taxes and fees). VIP tickets are priced at $199.99 (not including taxes and applicable fees) and include premier seating plus a meet-and-greet and photo opportunity with Bradshaw following the show. Tickets may be purchased at the Luxor box office.

The Plaza Hotel & Casino will be hosting a FREE VIEWING PARTY OF THE VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS HOME OPENING GAME on Wednesday, Oct. 2. The free viewing party, open to all ages, will be held in the Plaza Events Center, which has 18 large screen high definition televisions, two projectors and a state-of-the-art sound system, making it one of the best sports viewing experiences downtown. Along with drink, pizza and wings specials, throughout the game, the Plaza will giveaway official VGK licensed Items, such as lanyards, car gear, hats, bags, VGK wine, and select inaugural season Items. One lucky guest will also have a chance to win a 2-night complimentary stay in one of the Plaza's newly renovated premium Luxe rooms (restrictions may apply). Each guest will receive one complimentary drawing ticket upon entry for a chance to win prizes (21 years of age or older for certain items). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and RSVP is encouraged via Facebook Events.

The home of the Original Fish Tacoâ, RUBIO'S COASTAL GRILL, is opening a new location in Las Vegas, Nevada. On October 10, Las Vegas residents are invited to dine at the new Rubio’s Coastal Grill, located at 7385 S. Rainbow Blvd. To celebrate the opening and give back to the community, Rubio’s will donate 50 percent of opening day sales to the Judith E. Steele Elementary School. Additionally, all guests who order an entrée on Oct. 10 at the new Rainbow Blvd. restaurant will receive a prize-filled envelope. Three lucky winners will receive free Rubio’s for a year!

THE SHADE TREE, a 24-hour accessible shelter designed to specifically meet the needs of women and children in crisis, will kick off national Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October and celebrate its 30th anniversary with its MASK OFF GALA on Oct. 3. Multi-Platinum singer-songwriter, Christina Aguilera, will make an appearance to receive an honor at the event for her long-standing work in raising awareness and supporting survivors of domestic violence. She will receive the inaugural Deacon Bonnie Polley Community Hero award, named for one of The Shade Tree’s founders, Rev. Deacon Bonnie Polley. Aguilera has generously supported The Shade Tree throughout her current Las Vegas residency, during which $1 of every ticket sold is donated to the shelter.

The gala will be held at Mansion 54 in downtown Las Vegas and features a special performance from the cast of Wynn Las Vegas’ signature production, Le Rêve – The Dream, and a variety of entertainment, custom art pieces, signature cocktails and an impressive spread from area restaurants. Tickets and sponsorships are available, with all proceeds benefiting The Shade Tree in its mission to provide safe shelter to women and their children in crisis while offering life-changing services promoting stability, dignity, and self-reliance.  General admission tickets are $200 and include an open bar sponsored by Breakthru Beverage, silent auction and “A Taste of DTLV," featuring a variety of signature bites from downtown Las Vegas' most popular eateries including: Le Thai; The Cake Ballers; Downtown Terrace; Makers and Finders; PublicUs and more.

Southern California’s favorite pop/reggae/hip-hop band THE DIRTY HEADS will perform at MANDALAY BAY RESORT AND CASINO’S 2019 CONCERTS ON THE BEACH SERIES sponsored by MillerCoors and Pepsi Friday, Oct. 4 at 9 p.m. General admission tickets are $62.50.

EASTERSEALS NEVADA (ESN), an innovative healthcare and human services non-profit, invites the community to participate in its 9th ANNUAL BLOCK PARTY (formerly Cheers to Chocolate), showcasing food from THE DISTRICT AT GREEN VALLEY RANCH restaurants, wine and spirits by Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits and beer by Bad Beat Brewery. Block Party tickets include unlimited food and beverage tastings. This Fox 5 “TAKE 5 TO CAREEVENT will take place from 6 – 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, at The District at Green Valley Ranch. In addition to food and beverage tastings, the ticket price includes live music, caricature artists, psychics and other street performers. During the event, guests will also have the opportunity to bid on decadent silent auction items including a slot machine, helicopter tours, staycations in luxury suites at The Nomad, Aria, Park at MGM and Venetian, Jet Blue roundtrip domestic airline tickets, and many more distinctive luxury items. The evening will raise awareness and funding for ESN’s programs which provide physical, occupational, speech and nutrition/feeding therapy services to children with special needs and launch adults with physical and/or intellectual limitations into careers in the community. Event attendees must be 21 years of age or older. Tickets are $50 per person or $80 for two and can be purchased at: https://www.eastersealsnv.org/blockparty.

Las Vegas' most prominent entertainers, music lovers and philanthropists will join forces against neurofibromatosis at the 9th ANNUAL NF HOPE CONCERT. Benefit organizers JEFF LEIBOW, formerly of “Jersey Boys,” and his wife Melody, have decided to embrace a more intimate vibe for the 9th year of the annual Vegas tradition.  For the first time ever, the 2019 NF Hope Concert makes its home at the prestigious Myron’s Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday Oct. 6.  The lobby opens at 12:30 p.m. for silent auction viewing, with the entertainment portion of the afternoon beginning at 2 p.m.  Tickets start at $49 and can be purchased at The Smith Center box office or online at www.thesmithcenter.com.   A limited number of VIP tickets are available by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The event benefits Neurofibromatosis Network, an organization dedicated to families and individuals suffering from Neurofibromatosis (NF).

Musical icon YANNI will perform a one-night-only engagement at REYNOLD’S HALL AT THE SMITH CENTER on Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Audiences will get to see the two-time GRAMMY-nominated artist like never before, during a stripped down 90-minute performance and Q&A session that will showcase Yanni like never before.

CSN’S DEPARTMENT OF FINE ARTS presents the JOE WILLIAMS MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER CONCERT on Tuesday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Nicholas J. Horn Theatre. All general admission tickets for this special concert event are $15. The CSN Music Program will celebrate the legacy of the great baritone, Joe Williams, with performances by five wonderful music ensembles. The Calypso Coyote Steel Drum Band will open the program; followed by two stellar choral ensembles, the CSN Chamber Chorale and Jazz Singers. The program also features CSN’s Big Band and CSN’s Concert Band, to round out the special concert event. Ticket sales will benefit the Joe Williams Music Scholarship Fund at the College of Southern Nevada. Please visit  www.csn.edu/pac to purchase tickets. For more information, call the PAC Box Office at 702-651-LIVE (5483). The CSN Performing Arts Center is located at 3200 East Cheyenne Avenue in North Las Vegas.

THERAPY RESTAURANT, located in the Fremont East Entertainment District, will offer SPECIALTY COCKTAILS IN HONOR OF BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH THROUGHOUT OCTOBER. Cocktails include the Pink Lady, made with Don Q rum, Oro Pisco, Razzmatazz raspberry flavored liqueur, Raspberry Reál, simple syrup, lemon juice, club soda and lemonade; and the Rosey Mary, mixed with Mezcal, lemon juice, rosemary simple syrup and egg white, then topped with Malbec. Both libations will be priced at $10 and 50 percent of profits generated from each cocktail will be donated to breast cancer research.

This year’s PRIDE FESTIVAL will be held at DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS EVENTS CENTER on October 11-12 with exhilarating acts from Kiesza, Vassy and Cazwell as well as performances by RuPaul’s Drag Race stars Manila Luzon andBob The Drag Queen. The yearly celebration features good eats, great music and an evening of entertainment hosted byJennifer Warner, Drew Dixon, Edie and J.Son. The two-day event will also include entertainment by Inaya Day, DJ Rex Von Rex, DJ Jaydean, Dollface, Empire Records,Zumba Group, Joey Jay, Joey Suarez, Lady Q, Nick Ayler, Nikki Exotika and Sonora Mar Y Mar.

Doors to the event open at 5 p.m. on Friday, October 11. PRIDE after dark (18+) will go from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m. Festivities will kick off the following day at noon and PRIDE after dark (18+) will begin at 8 p.m. and end at 1 a.m. $15 weekend pass tickets to the event are on sale now while tickets at the door will start at $20 per day.

Club, Store, Restaurant and More Openings:

The iconic lingerie brand, Provocateur, recently debuted a new boutique concept at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. Perfectly situated in the Festival Court area, the new location houses Agent Provocateur’s signature pieces including continuity styles from the Icons collection, as well as seasonal collections for Spring/Summer 19 including the Pleasure Patrol Swimwear collection.


Temptation Sundays at Luxor Hotel and Casino’s north pool is closed for the 2019 season.

Celebrity sightings:

Monday, Sept. 16....

Vanessa Hudgens was spotted at BLANC de BLANC at SAHARA Las Vegas . After the show, she posed for a photo with Kimberly Daugherty, cast member Laura New, Natalie Saidi and Shelley Buckner at the iconic property’s resident production.

Vanessa Hudgens at BLANC de BLANC at SAHARA Las Vegas Monday Sept. 16
Vanessa Hudgens at BLANC de BLANC at SAHARA Las Vegas - Photo courtesy of SAHARA Las Vegas

Tuesday, Sept. 10...

The iconic show business siblings Donny and Marie Osmond met Mark Davis, the owner of the Raiders.  Davis watched the show from a VIP booth in the Donny and Marie Showroom.  After the performance, Davis and a group of friends met the stars to share some laughs and photos on stage.

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Donny and Marie Osmond and Mark Davis - Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment

Saturday, Sept. 7...

ESPN host and sports reporter Michelle Beadle was spotted attending MAGIC MIKE LIVE at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Following the performance, Beadle met with the cast.

Michelle Beadle Attends MAGIC MIKE LIVE at Hard Rock Hotel Casino 9.7.19
Michelle Beadle Attends MAGIC MIKE LIVE at Hard Rock Hotel Casino - Photo courtesy of MAGIC MIKE LIVE

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