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WOW - “The Vegas Spectacular" Celebrates 1,000th Performance at RIO All Suite Hotel & Casino

WOW – The Vegas Spectacular recently reached a milestone in Las Vegas. On Tuesday evening, December 10, the internationally acclaimed, family friendly production celebrated its 1,000 performance as well as is its 2nd year anniversary at the Rio Hotel & Casino.

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I was at the show when it made its Las Vegas debut in October of 2017 and gave it a rightfully deserved rave review. Since then I have come back several times and I am pleased to report the show continues to live up to its name, by “wow”ing audiences nightly with all it has to offer.

Staged in a 180 degree theatrical setting, the water themed show delivers a spectacular mix of eye dazzling immersive 3D multi media projections, holograms, lighting, waterfalls, gorgeous costumes, and an excellent cast of 30 performers including jaw dropping specialty acts, dancers, and just the right amount of playful humor, as it centers around a nerdy fisherman whose fantasy adventure is woven throughout the engaging production.

It comes as no surprise, that WOW is a hit with seats filled nightly. In a town where multimillion dollar productions open and close in a matter of weeks or months, WOW has plenty of reason to celebrate its success. I love this show and rate it among the top ten shows in Las Vegas. Congratulations goes out to the creative team, cast and crew and everyone involved in putting this show together.

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Performances for “WOW” at the Rio Showroom at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino are Tuesday through Sunday at 7:00 p.m with additional shows at 9:00 pm Friday through Sunday. Tickets range from $49 - $169 + taxes and fees, and can be purchased at the Rio Box Office.

Over 6,500 Participants Attend The 15th Annual Las Vegas Great Santa Run

On Saturday, December 7, Opportunity Village hosted the 15TH annual Las Vegas Great Santa Run in Downtown Las Vegas and were able to gather 6,644 Santa participants from across the world, including 6 countries and 43 states.

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All proceeds from the Las Vegas Great Santa Run will go towards the programs and services for adults with disabilities at Opportunity Village.

The race kicked off at the Fremont Street Experience and featured numerous special guests, including 5K Grand Marshal A’ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces, 1-mile Marshals The Chippendales, Santa Claus, Mayor Carolyn Goodman, former Mayor Oscar Goodman, and the organization’s all-Elvis dance troupe – The OV Elvi.

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“For 15 years, we’ve been honored to host the Great Santa Run in wonderful Downtown Las Vegas in support of adults with disabilities,” said Adam K. Joseph, Vice President of Philanthropy at Opportunity Village. “This truly could not be done without the Southern Nevada community. From our vendors to volunteers to long-time partners, we’re absolutely thrilled with the support and outcome.”

Additional pre-race entertainment was provided by Gabriella Versace of SEXXY: The Show, Zumba by Kat and Jjohn, aFit4Mom workout to the late George Dare’s “Run Santa Run”, DJ Mikey P, DJ Jesse Estrada, and mascots from the Vegas Golden Nights, Las Vegas Aces and Las Vegas Aviators. The starting line stage and after-party entertainment stage were hosted by Mark Shunock of Monday’s Dark and featured an impressive line-up of entertainment including Empire Records, WOW! The Vegas Spectacular, Celestia, Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel in Concert, and Kung Pow (DJ).

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All Las Vegas Great Santa Run participants received a five-piece Santa suit with their registration and a commemorative medal upon completion. Another highlight of the event was Mena Hawkins, an inspirational young woman with cerebral palsy, not only crossing the finish line, but also raising over $7,200 for Opportunity Village in her fundraising efforts.

Brooklyn Gamer Wins $50,000 Shopping Spree at Simon Cup at HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas

On Saturday, November 23, gamer Daryl John (Bugzvii) from Brooklyn, NY was crowned the champion of the first Simon Cup, a national esports competition co-produced by Allied Esports and Simon retail. John topped a field of 64 amateur Fortnite players from around the country at the Grand Final event at HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas, winning a $50,000 shopping spree at a Las Vegas Simon destination.

Daryl John (Bugzvii) from Brooklyn, NY - Photo courtesy of HyperX

John earned his trip to Las Vegas through the New York Regional, where he finished in the 16th and last spot that qualified for the Grand Final. Zavier Untalan (Maniacal IceC), 17, finished in a tie for fourth place to pace the eight Las Vegas-area competitors in the tournament.

The inaugural six-week tournament featured thousands of Fortnite players who competed in online qualifiers and in-person regional events at Simon locations in New York and California. The Grand Final event was streamed live on the Twitch channels of FaZe Clan’s Nickmercs and Allied Esports. Popular gamers Cizzorz, GwidT and Clipz from FaZe Clan participated in the show, providing commentary and analysis for the competition and interacting with players and fans throughout the event.

Allied Esports is a global esports entertainment company and owner and operator of HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas. Simon is a global leader in premier shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed-use destinations, with four locations in Las Vegas: The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, The Shops at Crystals, Las Vegas North Premium Outlets and Las Vegas South Premium Outlets.

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

For the sixth consecutive year, PT’S ENTERTAINMENT GROUP contributed to 98.5 KLUC’S TOY DRIVE WITH 752 BIKES AND $25,000 DONATED on Wednesday morning, December 11.

Over the course of two days, 15 trucks and 16 boxes were delivered to the toy drive, filled with new bikes, scooters and toys collected over the course of six weeks at 64 PT’s locations across the Las Vegas Valley from guests and staff. Around 30 PT’s team members, family and friends assisted with the drop off early Wednesday morning.  To conclude the donation made to the 21st annual event, which benefits H.E.L.P. of Southern Nevada, radio host Chet Buchanan encouraged Vice President of Operations Jimmy Wadhams and District Operations Manager Jason Anderson to ceremoniously close Coca-Cola truck number 20 filled with various gifts for the toy drive, in celebration of PT’s Entertainment Group’s charitable efforts.

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PTs 2019 Bike Donation
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PTs 2019 Truck Donation
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BANKSY: GENIUS OR VANDAL?, the unofficial Banksy exhibition featuring the mysterious street artist’s famous works from private collectors, is now open inside Immersion Vegas,the new immersive entertainment venue, located near Forever 21 on the first floor of Fashion Show, 3200 S. Las Vegas Blvd. The thought-provoking, interactive, 12,000 square-foot BANKSY: GENIUS OR VANDAL? exhibition features the highest value collection of artworks from European private collectors ever presented, including the 700 pound “Stop Esso,” “Rose Trap,” “Holocaust Lipstick” and “Heavy Weaponery.” The exhibition is a limited engagement and will run through Sunday, April 5, 2020.
BANKSY: GENIUS OR VANDAL? showcases more than 70 original creations from the groundbreaking and mysterious street artist, including “one of a kind” artworks, 3D objects, limited editions, photographs, video installations and a specially-created multimedia presentation. Banksy’s ironic and witty works are a protest against politics, war, capitalism and mortality, while becoming a hunting ground for journalists, photographers, vandals and art critics, alike. Hours of operation for BANKSY: GENIUS OR VANDAL? are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., with final admission at 8 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., with final admission at 6 p.m. Tickets are $29 plus applicable fees and $15 plus applicable fees for children 11 and under. Free audio guide is available on izi.travel platform and App.

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Meanwhile, located adjacent to the acclaimed Banksy: Genius or Vandal? Exhibition, the new holiday-themed, pop-up art exhibition, HOODWINK – THE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL! has opened for a limited engagement. With more than 40 holiday-focused, 3D trick art images,the winter spectacular art exhibition is guaranteed to create memories to last a lifetime and the only holiday-themed 3D gallery on the famed Las Vegas Strip. HOODWINK – The Christmas Special! operates Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $29 plus applicable fees and $15 plus applicable fees for children 11 and under.

COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS OF NEVADA (CIS OF NEVADA)— the fifth largest state office within the nation’s leading dropout organization that serves nearly 70,000 students in 68 schools statewide—announced the results of its fourth annual TODAY FOR TOMORROW GALA, held at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Nov. 16. The event, which was attended by more than 500 supporters, raised more than $650,000 via proceeds from sponsorships, ticket sales and live and silent auction items, making the 2019 gala the most successful for Communities In Schools of Nevada. In addition to raising critical funds for the organization, the event was a celebration of its mission. Of the students who receive case management services and support through CIS of Nevada, 94 percent graduate high school.

Major event sponsors included honorees Destinations by Design, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, the Bennett Family Foundation, Breakthru Beverage Group and PSAV.

“Investing in Nevada’s underserved students is our top priority and driving force,” said Tami Hance-Lehr, CEO of Communities in Schools of Nevada. “It’s wonderful to have the support of so many companies, individuals and organizations that share our belief. Every student, regardless of circumstance, should have the same opportunity to succeed and to graduate high school. We are grateful for our community of supporters who came together for this celebratory event. Together, we raised critical funds to help ensure the students we serve have access to the resources they need.”

CIS of Nevada’s mission is to provide every at-risk student it serves the means to graduate. The organization does this by bringing community resources into the school and case managing individual students via onsite coordinators. CIS of Nevada relies on its community partners, as well as grants and donations, to fund its proven system of integrated student supports.

A LUCKY PARIS LAS VEGAS GUEST hit the FACE UP PAI GOW POKER PROGRESSIVE JACKPOT AT ITS HIGHEST AMOUNT TO DATE, $2,330,133.44 with a 7-card straight flush in diamonds on the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 21.

The hit Motown revue, MOTOWN EXTREME, exclusively at OYO Hotel & Casino (formerly Hooters Casino Hotel) is transforming its award-winning show into a holiday filled winter wonderland of Christmas classics from the Motown catalog. Starting Thursday, November 28, 2019 ticketed guests of the Merry Motown Extreme can expect to enjoy tributes to some holiday Motown classic hits including “Sleigh Ride” by the Ronettes, “Silent Night” by the Temptations, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” by the Jackson 5, the iconic “Christmas Song” by Jermaine Jackson and the Jackson 5 and many, many more.Tickets are on sale now for shows through December 22, 2019; with added Saturday 3 PM matinee performances throughout the season.Tickets are selling fast, and while there is limited availability Las Vegas Locals can enjoy special discounted tickets by using promo code “MotownXmas” for 50% off regular price. For more information or to purchase tickets call 702-483-8056; limited tickets are also available through most major ticket outlets.

THE SUPER SUMMER THEATRE FALL/WINTER SEASON IN CITY SERIES continues with performances of “HOUSE OF TOMORROW,” playing through Sunday, December 15 at Super Summer Theatre. Studios.“House of Tomorrow” weaves together humorous, yet poignant, stories about seniors taking strength from their yesterdays, pursuing the passions of their tomorrows, opening the doors and windows of their lives (AKA their houses) to remodeling and keeping their dreams big and their hopes high. Tickets for the In City Series are $20 for general admission. The lobby opens at 6 p.m. with seating at 6:30 p.m. Show time is 7 p.m. The studio is located at 4340 S. Valley View, Suite 208 Las Vegas, NV 89103.

This year’s HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE AT THE PARK, located between New York-New York and Park MGM, is beaming with bright lights and holiday cheer for the whole family, now through December 31. Guests of all ages will feel the festive joy with delicious holiday treats from vendors, live entertainment and a visit with Jolly Ole’ Saint Nick on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Vegas Golden Knight fans are also in for a treat when Santa Claus makes special appearances before each home game leading up to Christmas.

Snap the perfect holiday photo for social media with fun light installations located throughout The Park, including a massive 30-foot tall royal ribbon tree, 10-foot tall LED snowman and 9-foot tall Santa chair. The Holiday Experience at The Park comes to life each Friday and Saturday night beginning at sunset and Sundays at 3 p.m. Santa arrives early for Vegas Golden Knights fans who want to visit before a home game with special hours: Tuesday, December 17; 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday, December 21; 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Monday, December 23.

On December 9, CEO and developer Derek Stevens announced that his highly anticipated integrated gaming resort CIRCA RESORT & CASINO has reached THE HALFWAY MARK in its 22-month construction process. On track for a December 2020 opening, the project will be the first ground-up gaming resort in historic Downtown Las Vegas since 1980.

DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS EVENTS CENTER will host the all-new REGGAE RISE UP VEGAS (RRU VEGAS) FESTIVAL, taking place April 18-19. The two-day music extravaganza includes headlining performances from SoCal reggae-rock stars Slightly Stoopid and Dirty Heads. Tickets went on-sale beginning Monday, December 9th, with Tier 1 GA Weekend starting at $90 and VIP Weekend starting at $160. Tier 1 Single-Day GA and VIP tickets go on-sale for $50 and $85, respectively. Promising a weekend of positive vibes and unforgettable performances, RRU Vegas will feature an impressive list of reggae all-stars including SOJA, J. Boog, Matisyahu, Common Kings, Hirie, Collie Buddz, Fortunate Youth, The Movement, Iya Terra, Mike Love, Jessie Royal, Nattali Rize and more. Festival attendees also can expect a variety of art installations, bar options, food trucks, a vendor village and additional interactive fan experiences suitable for all ages.

Las Vegas’ philanthropic event of the year, MONDAYS DARK, celebrated their 6TH ANNIVERSARY on Monday, Dec. 9 at THE PEARL CONCERT THEATER INSIDE PALMS CASINO RESORT.  This anniversary event also celebrated hitting the $1 million mark of raising funds for Las Vegas' philanthropic organizations.

Bleacher Report debuted a new live interactive game show from the B/R Studio at the Caesars Palace Las Vegas Sports Book on Thursday, December 12. The weekly B/R BETTING GAME SHOW will be shot in front of a live audience with content distributed across the B/R app and B/R Betting social handles throughout the week. It will feature a rotation of guest hosts starting with former NFL superstar Chad Ochocinco, who led the audience in games and contests immediately following the NFL’s Thursday Night Football broadcast for its debut. The B/R Betting Game Show puts fans at the center of the action by inviting them to participate in a series of fun, interactive games with the chance to win cash and prizes. Guests can also experience Bleacher Report on Sunday mornings with live shows from 8:30-10 a.m. from the B/R STUDIO AT THE CAESARS PALACE LAS VEGAS SPORTS BOOK.

FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE kicked off the holiday season during its ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY in downtown Las Vegas on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 5 p.m. The annual tree lighting was hosted by Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Patrick Hughes, President of Fremont Street Experience. The majestic, 50-foot tree is wrapped in garland, decked with ornaments and shines brightly below the 49.3 million energy-efficient LED lights of the recently upgraded Viva Vision canopy.

There has been in change in country artists performing on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13 and 14 at GILLEY'S SALOON, DANCE HALL & BAR-B-QUE, located at TREASURE ISLAND. Instead of Rob Staley performing at 10 p.m., he will be performing at 9 p.m., and will be followed by Michael Austin at 12:30 a.m.

Renowned Japanese calligraphist and artist SISYU is the new resident at the ARTIST STUDIO AT BELLAGIO. Since opening in 2018, the Artist Studio has offered guests the opportunity to observe works in progress first-hand while providing a focused, inspiring environment for artists to create new pieces.During her residency, Sisyu will showcase her talent in bringing Japanese calligraphy into modern forms by creating two new works that combine traditional and contemporary art styles. Through a practice guided by what she calls the “soul of language,” one work will feature a Hō-ō (phoenix), which symbolizes the foreshadowing of a new age. The second work will be a painting of Buddha imagined in his current spiritual form, exemplifying how Sisyu takes historical symbols and doctrines and reconfigures them to investigate the concept of Zen. Guests are invited to view Sisyu’s work at the Artist Studio at Bellagio now through January 30, 2020. The Artist Studio is located adjacent to Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art.

Grammy-nominated band THE JETS is launching a powerhouse stage production at the V Theater inside Planet Hollywood, on December 17th featuring the top hits, dance beats and nostalgic tunes of the 80’s & 90’s performed LIVE by original members: LeRoy, Haini, Rudy and their band! THE JETS 80’s & 90’s EXPERIENCE will take audiences down memory lane, singing their own Billboard Chart hits like “Crush On You,” “You Got It All,” and “Make It Real” as well as paying musical tribute to the artists they’ve had the privilege to tour and work with through the years. THE JETS 80’s & 90’s Experience will run 7pm Tuesday – Saturday (dark Sunday and Monday) at V Theater inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. For ticket information, call 866.932.1818.

After 10 years on the Las Vegas Strip, headliner/comedy juggler JEFF CIVILLICO is closing his one man show “COMEDY IN ACTION” and shifting focus to the national expansion of his nonprofit Win-Win Entertainment. Final performance of Jeff Civillico: Comedy in Action is Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Anthony Cools Showroom inside Paris Las Vegas. Limited tickets are still available for the following performances: Dec. 11 (7 p.m.) Dec. 18 (7 p.m.).

TROPICANA LAS VEGAS will partner with the MIA ST. JOHN FOUNDATION to host a SPECIAL BENEFIT CONCERT EVENT on Thursday, December 19 from 9 pm to 11 pm inside Legends in Concert Theater at Tropicana Las Vegas. Guests will be treated to a performance by Broadway singer and Las Vegas headlining vocalist Angela Teek with a full 16-piece orchestra, as well as special guest Tony Orlando. The event is free and open to the public. Guests can redeem their tickets at the Tropicana Las Vegas box office. 

Mia St. John is a five-time world and international boxing champion and first generation Mexican born in America. She founded the Mia St. John Foundation – "El  Saber es Poder" – to empower individuals suffering from mental illness, homelessness, addiction and poverty by providing programs to better educate, inform and improve physical and mental health.
From starring on Broadway to winning Star Search to performing around the globe, Angela Teek captures the Art-of-Storytelling through her musical interpretation and heartfelt joy of sharing her authentic life in a captivating theatrical experience. Teek has performed at Myron’s Cabaret inside The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, The Space, The Italian American Club, The Dennis Bono Show, and more.

ARIZONA CHARLIE’S BOULDER & ARIZONA CHARLIE’S DECATUR will host VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS THEMED BINGO in December and January with special appearances from beloved mascot, Chance, and promo team, the Vegas Vivas. On Thursday, Dec. 19, during National Bingo Month at Arizona Charlie’s Decatur, Chance and the Vegas Vivas will host a team themed bingo night. The mascot and promo team will be available for photo opportunities starting at 6 p.m. in the bingo room, and the session will begin at 7 p.m. Arizona Charlie’s Decatur VGK Bingo session will include four $1,000 coveralls, five free electronic rainbow packs for guests wearing Vegas Golden Knights apparel who confirm a $10 minimum electronic buy-in, VGK prizes to anyone who receives a bingo on a specialty colored ball, prize drawings between games and more. A second event will take place at the Arizona Charlie’s Boulder location on Thursday, Jan. 16, and will include the same photo opportunities and gaming promotions.

Players are invited to sign up for True Rewards, Golden Entertainment’s rewards program, to receive bonuses including increased point multipliers, prizes such as cash and free slot play, as well as eligibility in select tournaments and special events. More information is available at the True Rewards center at either location.

Comedy magician/Tropicana Headliner, MURRAY SAWCHUCK presents his 8th annual FAMILY VARIETY HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR, 'BEGGIN' FOR MAGIC' at the Tropicana Laugh Factory December 20 benefiting Friends for Life Humane Society. Murray's co-host will be dancer Dani Elizabeth (Host of Crazy Girls) and the lineup of special guests include Lefty, Piff the Magic Dragon, Lance Burton, Dimmare, John Di Demenico (Trump Impersonator), musician Michael Shaprio (Reckless in Vegas), Troy Burgess (Lead in Rock of Ages), comedian Sean E. Cooper (Fantasy), Fielding West (Comedy Magician). Show starts at 5pm. Tickets are only $20 and can be purchased at murraymagic.com

FRIENDS! THE MUSICAL PARODY gets into the Christmas spirit the way the gang knows best - karaoke bars and ugly sweaters. Your favorite New York pals are breaking out their holiday sweaters in honor of National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day that falls on December 20, 2019. Fans of the iconic sitcom can use promo code "UGLYSWEATER" to save 25% on show tickets through December 31. Guests wearing an ugly Christmas sweater to the show December 18-20 will receive a free drink (domestic beer, wine, well drink) in FRIENDS! The Musical Parody cups.

The world-famous BUDWEISER CLYDESDALES will make an appearance at THE STRAT HOTEL, CASINO AND SKYPOD from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 22. The legendary horses will culminate at the porte cochère of The STRAT. The eight-horse hitch will be harnessed and hitched to the famous Budweiser red beer wagon and will be available for guests to view and for photo opportunities. While the Clydesdales are at The STRAT, Bud Light and Michelob ULTRA beers will be available for $3 at BLVD & MAIN Taphouse, located on the main casino floor. Free parking and valet are always available at The STRAT Hotel, Casino and SkyPod.

FRANK MARINO returns as guest host of LEGENDS IN CONCERT for the FINAL FOUR PERFORMANCES of the holiday spectacular at Tropicana Las Vegas. The longest-running headliner in Las Vegas history will close out the year as host of the legendary show December 26 through December 30. Frank Marino will bring back his legendary comedy to Legends in Concert, and will be joined on stage by incredible tributes to Mariah Carey, Bono, Reba McEntire and of course the King, Elvis Presley. 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 ladies of FANTASY at Luxor Hotel and Casino will make the final hours of 2019 extra sultry with an EXCLUSIVE NEW YEAR’S EVE PERFORMANCE Tuesday, Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. Prior to the seductive performance, the award-winning female revue will treat the audience to 2020 eyeglasses, while supplies last. Attendees may redeem the complimentary eyeglasses when picking up their tickets at the Luxor Box Office. Following the complimentary meet and greet after the show, attendees are invited to meet the ladies at The Velvet Room for Luxor’s New Year’s Eve bash, featuring cocktails, entertainment and a champagne toast.

World-renowned host, specialty act, and curator MISS BEHAVE will host TACO TUESDAY 2020 at DOWNTOWN GRAND HOTEL & CASINO. The raucously-delightful Strip headliner and acclaimed Queen of Ceremonies will bring her MC magic to the biggest FREE NYE BASH in Las Vegas on Tuesday, December 31st. Along with a special appearance from premier hula-hooper and sideshow stunter Lilikoi Kaos, Miss Behave's hosting shenanigans will take center-stage throughout the night with pop-up performances, activations, give-a-ways, and chance to win $500,000 - all served up with her infamous indifference towards any of it. In addition, DJ FIVE, known for his foodie ferver as much as his turntable prowess, will headline the evening. The accomplished musician and Vegas local has been a resident fixture in the national nightlife scene for the past 15 years and brings his personality, bold mixing skills, and love for all things culinary to the cheesiest NYE party of the year.Taco Tuesday 2020 is FREE for everyone 21+ over.

With six new taverns joining the local bar scene in 2019, DISTILL AND REMEDY'S  rings in the New Year with an even bigger property-wide extravaganza. All eleven taverns will host their annual NEW YEAR'S EVE BASH on Tuesday, Dec. 31 at 9 p.m. with a live DJ spinning the best tunes, festive drink specials, party favors and a special champagne toast at midnight. For those looking to ditch the craziness of the Strip on New Year’s Eve, Distill and Remedy’s have eleven convenient locations for locals to choose from. The party is free and guests must be 21 years or older with valid ID.

Beloved showman MATT GROSS has extended his acclaimed engagement through April 2020 inside 1 OAK NIGHTCLUB AT THE MIRAGE. Tickets to see Goss bring his celebrated act, including a multi-piece Big band, sultry backup singers and iconic showgirls, start at $25 (not including applicable service fees) and are on sale now. Schedule for Sunday night performances: January 12; 19; 26; February 2; 9; 16; 23; March 1; 8; 15; 22; 29; April 5; 12; 19; 26 All shows are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at any MGM Resorts International box office.

THE LADIES NIGHT OUT COMEDY TOUR is coming to the entertainment capital of the world for a one-night-only tour stop on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020 in the Paris Theater at Paris Las Vegas. Celebrity host Nene Leakes leads an all-star lineup of talent including Adele Givens, special guests Loni Love, Sherri Shepherd, Kym Whitley and B Simone – a cast of comediennes sure to leave audiences cracking up.Tickets are now on sale for Ladies Night Out Comedy Tour at Paris Las Vegas with shows at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Feb. 15. Tickets begin at $39, plus additional taxes and fees.

Upcoming openings:

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, a trio of first-to-market retailers energetic fashion boutique ALTAR’D STATE, TECH-SAVVY B8TA AND CONTEMPORARY MEN’S BRAND PSYCHO BUNNY, are now open at the premier retail destination in Las Vegas, The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.

The Shade Tree, a 24-hour accessible shelter designed to specifically meet the needs of women and children in crisis, marks the re-opening of its STALLMAN TOURO CLINIC located on the third floor of the shelter, on December 12. The Clinic, which is operated by Touro University Nevada through its Physician Assistant Studies Program, enables residents to receive much-needed healthcare services on property, including acute medical care and chronic illness management.

This New Year’s Eve weekend, THE MAYFAIR SUPPER CLUB AT BELLAGIO will introduce Las Vegas to a new restaurant concept that envelops dining and late-night fun in an immersive entertainment experience produced by global production company No Ceilings Entertainment.In collaboration with some of the world’s top choreographers, musical directors, makeup artists and costume designers, No Ceilings is conceptualizing a multi-act production at The Mayfair that embraces the glamorous entertainment of the 1920s and 1930s with a modern, sultry and sexy edge. 

KAMU – ULTRA KARAOKE, the first high-end karaoke club on the Las Vegas Strip and the most ‘note’-able in the world, boasting an unrivaled experience with the ultimate in luxury and technology, will open in early February 2020 at the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas, in the Palazzo Tower.

Recent and Upcoming closings:

B.B.D.’S (2411 W Sahara Ave) closed on November 30, 2019, and will soon be moving to a new location and the existing space shall become a Palace Station-managed concept. Ralph Perrazzo, owner and chef of b.B.d’s and Palace Station, have made a mutual decision to pursue different goals for their brands.

Celebrity sightings:

Thursday, Dec. 12...

UFC fighter Germaine “The Iron Lady” de Randamie hosted a meet and greet with fans at OYO Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. The event was in partnership with Grand Leyenda Tequila and took place inside the Casino.

UFC fighter Germaine “The Iron Lady” de Randamie - Photo courtesy of OYO Hotel & Casino

Wednesday, December 11...

World-renowned illusionist and endurance artist David Blaine was spotted attending the 10 p.m. performance of ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace and went backstage after the show for a photo with The Gazillionaire and Green Fairy and to express his enjoyment of the show.

David Blaine Attends ABSINTHE 12.11.19 Paul Mattingly Spiegelworld
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Friday, December 6...

Jersey Shore TV personality Jen Harley along with her daughter Ariana Sky Magro enjoyed the holiday spirit without her estranged beau at Hamptons located at Tivoli Village. Harley was joined by her close gal pal, model and socialite Kina Tavarozi and her son. The duo and their children were seen taking pictures around the restaurant with the whimsical Christmas decor and even posed for photos ops with Hell's Kitchen Season 12 winner Chef Scott Commings.

Jen Harley poses for a photo with gal pal Kina Tavarozi and Celebrity Chef Scott Commingsv- Photo credit: Ava Rose Agency

Thursday, December 5...

David Copperfield, world-famous illusionist and MGM Grand Las Vegas headliner, received VIP treatment at the newly opened R.U.N – the first live-action thriller produced by Cirque du Soleil at Luxor Hotel and Casino.

MGM Headliner David Copperfield Attends R.U.N Produced by Cirque du Soleil at Luxor Hotel and Casino 12.5.19
David Copperfield with cast of R.U.N - Photo courtesy of R.U.N – by Cirque du Soleil

Former NBA basketball player, actor, and esports businessman Rick Fox got in the game at HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas to complete a 24-hour charity livestream to benefit the Bahamas Relief Foundation. He was joined by popular content creators and gamers including Travis Gifford, Hammoudi "Yassuo" Abdalrhman, Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok and more. 

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