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Sixth Annual “Food is Art” Raises More than $200,000 for the ALS Association Nevada Chapter

The sixth annual “Food is Art” dine-around raised more than $200,000 for the ALS Association Nevada Chapter on Friday evening, September 24.

The event, held 855 feet high at The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod, showcased the cuisine of local chefs from Las Vegas’ top restaurants, including Top of the World, PT’s Taverns, Al Solito Pasto, Stockman’s Steakhouse, River Rock Pizza & Pasta, Pierro’s and a variety of restaurants from ARIA Resort and Casino, among others. Hundreds of guests attended to support the cause.

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Chad Castinino Executive Chef at Top of the World at The STRAT - Photo courtesy of ALS Association Nevada Chapter

Top-selling auction items included a signed guitar by Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Famer Sammy Hagar; a home dinner for six, prepared by Bradley Manchester, executive chef for Golden Entertainment; and a two-night stay at the Aquarius Casino Resort, including four cabana rentals, dinner at River Rock Pizza & Pasta and tickets to see Toby Keith in concert.

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Display of Auction Items - Photo courtesy of ALS Association Nevada Chapter

Funds raised will assist the non-profit organization in its mission to serve all people in Nevada and their families who are living with and fighting ALS one person at a time. Association Nevada Chapter provides much-needed programs that offer emotional, physical, and financial assistance and currently serves 130 people in Nevada living with ALS.

Rock Legend Sammy Hagar Launches Sammy’s Beach Bar Cocktail Co. with Unprecedented Rooftop Performance on the L.V. Strip

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and spirits trailblazer SAMMY HAGAR commemorated the launch of Sammy’s Beach Bar Cocktail Co., debuting with a line of top shelf sparkling rum cocktails, by making history on September22, with the first-ever rooftop performance overlooking the Las Vegas Strip. Sammy Hagar & The Circle, featuring fellow rock legends bassist Michael Anthony, drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson, wowed fans on the Las Vegas Strip with a sunset performance from the second story rooftop of BEER PARK at Paris Las Vegas beneath the replica of the Eiffel Tower across from the spectacular Fountains of Bellagio.

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Sammy Hagar Launches SBBCC at BEER PARK - Photo courtesy of BEER PARK

Thousands gathered on Las Vegas Boulevard below to watch the explosive performance, which lasted about 30 minutes as the sun went down and featured iconic hits including “I Can’t Drive 55,” “One Way to Rock,” “Mas Tequila” and more. Hagar was joined by hundreds of fans who won free tickets through radio promotions and through a lottery, as well as invited guests including former Guns N’ Roses guitarist, DJ ASHBA and Johnny Christ from heavy metal group Avenged Sevenfold.

Following the performance, Hagar made his way next door to Cabo Wabo Cantinaat Miracle Mile Shops for an afterparty, where he passed out cans of Sammy’s sparkling rum cocktails, available now in four playful twists on classic flavors: Tangerine Dream, Pineapple Splash, Island Pop and Cherry Kola Chill. In the rocker’s signature Cabo vibe, he and the band kept the beach party going by tossing dozens of autographed beach balls to fans.

Following the performance, Hagar made his way next door to Cabo Wabo Cantina at Miracle Mile Shops for an afterparty, where he passed out cans of Sammy’s sparkling rum cocktails, available now in four playful twists on classic flavors: Tangerine Dream, Pineapple Splash, Island Pop and Cherry Kola Chill. In the rocker’s signature Cabo vibe, he and the band kept the beach party going by tossing dozens of autographed beach balls to fans.

Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens Reveals ‘Deeper Into the Woods’ Autumn Display

Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens recently debuted an autumn display that transports guests “Deeper Into the Woods” for an enchanting journey through a magical forest filled with playful woodland creatures and one-of-a-kind artistic floral arrangements. The dazzling display, imagined by designer Ed Libby, was brought to life by Bellagio’s Horticulture team and is open now through November 13.

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Photo courtesy of Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Upon entering the Bellagio Conservatory, guests are instantly immersed into the heart of a forest featuring bright-colored floral mushroom topiaries, towering ginkgo trees, festive foliage and whimsical dragonflies dancing overhead.

“As guests embark on their journey Deeper Into the Woods, a fairytale-like adventure inspires transformation and reflection at each turn,” said Libby. “Our fall display is designed to be a fully immersive experience through delightful visuals, scents and sounds that give guests the familiar warm and cozy autumn feeling.”

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Photo courtesy of Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Welcoming guests at the center of the West Bed is a gleaming fairy house, surrounded by flowing water symbolizing renewal and featuring snails with large hand-painted spiral shells, oversized 800-pound gourds and an abundance of floral mushrooms. The tall ginkgo trees covered in lush golden leaves arching over the garden and creating a charming autumn scene. Symbols of transformation and adaptability are reflected in the dragonflies flying overhead.

In the North Bed, a family of four playful grizzly bears sits beside an abundant water fountain made of copper-stemmed glass-blown blue flowers, while waving to guests inviting everyone to celebrate the new season with all the nearby woodland creatures.

The East Bed creates a stunning pathway through the Bellagio Conservatory with a large hollow tree flanked with two wooden doors guiding guests into the woods beyond. Iconic red-orange leaves crown the tree and are incorporated in the large, detailed lanterns overhead. Colorful floral mushrooms accompany acorn-shaped lanterns as well as pumpkins and gourds of all shapes, colors and sizes.

In the South Bed, guests are greeted by a family of friendly foxes. Two adventurous foxes sail the Koi fishpond in a hand-crafted sailboat marked with the iconic Bellagio “B.” Meanwhile, another peacefully dozes beneath a large mushroom topiary topped with colorful flowers while another playfully rolls in a majestic waterfall. Nestled among the full bed of botanicals is a magnificent floral-embellished hand-hewn wooden treehouse with a spiral staircase. 

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

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

With an ongoing mission to provide educational opportunities and resources to underserved populations, the ANDRE AGASSI FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION is DONATING $250,000 TO LAS VEGAS BASED NON-PROFIT CORE.  Motivated by Agassi’s deep personal admiration for Beverly Rogers and her commitment to equitable education for all kids, the funds will be used to expand CORE’s program to include a new cohort of Scholars that will be named the Andre Agassi Foundation cohort. CORE’s mission centers around the belief that the most powerful way to ensure economic mobility and equity is to invest in children and their families over a long-term period and with a holistic approach. CORE is a long-term, out-of-school program that provides both Scholars and their families with an infrastructure for year-after-year success. The holistic approach has been designed to incorporate comprehensive wrap-around support, social work case-management, and social emotional development into a program that allows whole students to walk into their classroom every day, ready to achieve their best.

On September 22, ONE LUCKY LAS VEGAS LOCAL WON BIG AT ARIZONA CHARLIE’S, located at 4575 Boulder Hwy., taking home $40,000 after hitting eight out of eight spots while playing video keno.

BRUCE FROM SAN DIEGO, California, a lucky Las Vegas visitor, was playing at THE ORLEANS HOTEL AND CASINO when he WON A PROGRESSIVE JACKPOT OF MORE THAN $665,000 on Aristocrat Gaming’s Buffalo Grand™ slot game! The lucky player, who was in town visiting family, tried his luck on a Buffalo Grand™ slot machine on Friday evening, September 24,  winning the $665,106 progressive jackpot on a $3.75 bet. This is the second major Buffalo Grand™ jackpot to hit at a Boyd Gaming property in less than a month. On September 10, a Las Vegas local hit a progressive jackpot on a Buffalo Grand™ slot game and won more than $1 million after betting $3.75 at Cannery Casino Hotel.

The 52nd ANNUAL WORLD SERIES OF POKER officially kicked off September 30 at the RIO ALL-SUITE HOTEL & CASINO. Recognized as the gaming industry’s largest and most prestigious poker tournament series, competitors from around the world will be competing in one of 88 highly coveted WSOP gold bracelet events through Tuesday, Nov. 23 for the chance to be immortalized as poker royalty.

Back and bigger than ever, the WSOP is raising the stakes this year with new and noteworthy events like the $500 “The Reunion” featuring a $5,000,000 GTD prize pool on Saturday, Oct. 1; the $25,000Heads Up No-Limit Hold’em Championship featuring poker’s finest on Tuesday, Oct. 5; the Return of the Record Breakers with appearances from The Millionaire Maker, Monster Stack, Double Stack, Colossus and The Closer beginning Friday, Oct. 8 – Friday, Nov. 19; and much more.

BARRY’S DOWNTOWN PRIME, located at Circa Resort & Casino, in the heart of downtown Las Vegas, has been named official STEAKHOUSE OF THE VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS in a sponsorship deal that will run through 2024. The restaurant launched the collaboration in style with an inaugural team dinner on Thursday, Sept. 16. The Vegas Golden Knights were wined and dined after their annual Fan Fest at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, sponsored by the D Las Vegas. Upon arrival, the team was greeted with a champagne toast from Chef Barry, Lyoubi and Cicione before enjoying a fantastic dinner prepared by the chef in The Mint Room.

Barry’s sponsorship of the Vegas Golden Knights includes a $1,000 Chef’s Table experience giveaway during 21 regular-season home games. The lucky winner will receive an all-expenses paid dinner for up to 12 guests in a private dining area.

Due to popular demand, “SARAH HESTER ROSS: LIVE: MUSIC & COMEDY” has been extended at NOTORIETY LIVE AT NEONOPOLIS through November. The multi-talented musical comedian will perform every Thursday at 9 p.m. through Nov. 18. Tickets for newly announced show dates are now on starting at $35 (plus taxes and fees).

LEGENDS IN CONCERT is offering a special COMPLIMENTARY TICKET FOR HEALTH CARE WORKERS through November 21. The longest-running and most-awarded show in Las Vegas, Legends in Concert, pays tribute to those in the health care field as they sit back and watch some of the biggest icons and luminaries in British music history (including Elton John, Freddie Mercury, and George Michael) performing on one stage along with celebrity guest host Frank Marino, the Strip’s longest running headliner, starring as comedic legend Joan Rivers, performing weekly Thursday through Sunday. Legends in Concert’s special Direct from London production performs at Tropicana Las Vegas Thursdays through Sundays at 7:30 p.m. Health care workers with valid work ID receive one complimentary ticket and $20 off each additional ticket purchased with code DFLHC through November 21. Tickets are on sale now and start at $59.99 (excluding tax and fees). VIP booths and preferred seating are also available, ranging from $84.99 to $104.99 (excluding tax and fees). Tickets can be purchased in person at the Tropicana Box Office.

THE ROGERS ART LOFT at THE LUCY, a multi-disciplinary artist-in-residency program dedicated to inclusivity, creativity, and empowerment of artists, welcomes MULTI-TALENTED AND MULTI-INSTRUMENT PLAYING PROFESSIONAL JEAN FINEBERG for a SIX-WEEK ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCY now through Nov. 3, 2021. While in Las Vegas, Fineberg will immerse herself in and engage with the community to explore a variety of musical topics and create a performance to share.

Fineberg will host an Artist Talk on Friday, October 1 at 6 p.m., at Rogers Studio Gallery located downtown at 620 S. 7th St., to explain and discuss her music composition process, particularly as it relates to the 18-piece Jazz Orchestra and their Jazz/R&B octet, JAZZphoria. 

Additionally, Fineberg will host a free, two-part workshop “Demystifying the Blues,” for musicians and non-musicians of all ages. Universally popular, Fineberg will share the origins, form, and structure of The Blues.

The public art project powered by MEOW WOLF AND SAVEARTSPACE is culminating in the display of several pieces of work by 10 Nevada-based artists on dedicated billboards across the Las Vegas valley, now through at least Oct. 10. The project, themed “PORTALS & PATHWAYS,” collected more than 250 unique submissions during the summer-long open call for entries.

A first of its kind for the Las Vegas community, the partnership between Meow Wolf Las Vegas, creators of the new immersive art attraction Omega Mart, and nonprofit organization SaveArtSpace was launched to increase public accessibility to art while creating opportunities for artists’ work to be viewed by thousands of people in a public setting. Since 2015, SaveArtSpace has installed the artwork of 315 artists on 600 advertising spaces in more than 35 cities across the country.

MUSEUM OF MONSTERS opens Thursday, October 7 inside TIVOLI VILLAGE (410 S. Rampart Blvd., Suite 130). Dedicated to lovers of all things haunt and horror, the Museum of Monsters is an interactive social media photo-op experience filled with life-sized creatures and monsters from your nightmares. The museum is designed to be enjoyed by all ages, but be aware that the characters in the museum are very life-like and scary. Open 7 days a week through October 31,  hours of operation are Monday – Friday 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person.

CARDS FOR KIDS, the annual event to benefit CHILDREN'S HEART FOUNDATION will be held October 9 from 6pm to 10 pm at THE INDUSTRIAL (2330 Industrial Road). Guests can hit, stay or split their way to raising money for the local organization and support the one in 100 (or 40,000) children in the United States who are born with a congenital heart defect (CHD) each year. Throughout the evening, attendees will enjoy a fun evening of blackjack, cocktails and food knowing they are supporting Vegas’ littlest hearts.  Guests can also participate in the silent auction featuring more than 60 items, a live auction and raffle while enjoying the sounds of Frankie Lee and the Infernos and a special appearance by the Vegas Golden Knights cheerleaders. Tickets for Cards for Kids are $100 per person and includes $100 worth of chips and two drink tickets.Tickets can be purchased online at www.chfn.org.

THE COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN NEVADA, DEPARTMENT OF FINE ARTS is hosting AN EXHIBITION FEATURING THE ARTWORK OF ARTIST AND UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ART, DAWN HUNTER. This exhibition showcases drawings highlighting Hunter’s research into Spanish neuroscientist, pathologist, and histologist specializing in neuroanatomy and the central nervous system, Santiago Ramón y Cajal. Dawn Hunter: Aesthetic Instincts: The Intersection of Art and Science in the life of Santiago Ramón y Cajal. The exhibition debuted Friday, September 24, 2021, and will run through Saturday, November 20, 2021.

Dawn Hunter will lead an Artist Talk on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, in room H211 on the CSN North Las Vegas Campus. A Reception with light refreshments will follow the Artist Talk in the Artspace Gallery, 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. 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 NEON MUSEUM will debut SPANISH LANGUAGE GUIDED TOURS of the NEON BONEYARD every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8:30 p.m. beginning Oct. 1. The tours are being introduced for Hispanic Heritage month and will become a permanent offering.The guided tours will be conducted by fluent Spanish speaking Museum Interpreters and will last 45 minutes, just like the English language tours. Guided tour tickets are $28 per person ($24 for Southern Nevada residents). The Spanish speaking tour should be specifically selected when tickets are purchased.

Popular local bars DISTILL & REMEDY'S are calling on blood donors in the community as their annual #VEGASSTRONG BLOOD DRIVES return on Wednesday, Oct. 6 and Wednesday, Oct. 13. This marks the fourth year of hosting this yearly blood drive with Vitalant in remembrance of those who suddenly lost their lives that evening and to honor the heroes who put their lives on the line and saved many more.

The first blood drive will take place at Remedy’s St. Rose (3265 St. Rose Pkwy.) on Wednesday, Oct. 6 from 2-8 p.m. and the second blood drive will be at Distill Summerlin (10820 W. Charleston Blvd.) on Wednesday, Oct. 13 from 2-8 p.m. Donors can sign up at www.bloodhero.com and search ‘Remedys’ or ‘Distill’ to reserve a spot. Reservations are highly recommended.

For those unable to participate in the blood drives can still show support with an exclusive Distill and Remedy’s #VegasStrong jacket for just $40. Jackets are available through Oct. 31 or while supplies last at all locations across the valley. In addition, Distill and Remedy’s will highlight Tito’s Vodka cocktails for $10 all month long and proceeds from the cocktails and jackets purchased will go back to the Professional Firefighters of Nevada Benevolent Association which helps reduce the financial burden suffered by firefighters and their families in the event of a line of duty injury or death.ended, but walk-ins are welcomed. Donors are required to wear a face mask upon arrive of reservation.

THE SOURCE HOLDING LLC, an award-winning cannabis company with dispensaries in the Las Vegas Valley and Reno, will support the INK RIBBON FOUNDATION throughout the month of October in honor of BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH. From Friday, Oct. 1, through Sunday, Oct. 31, customers may round up purchases while shopping in-store to directly support the Ink Ribbon Foundation. The Source+ will also accept direct donations for the organization at each of its locations.

Platinum recording artist and Las Vegas headliner BRUNO MARS’ SELVAREY RUM presents “LATIN NIGHT” at EL DORADO CANTINA inside Tivoli Village every Thursday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. starting October 7. Guests can enjoy live music by Puro Vincente Space to Pace and a selection of hand-crafted cocktails featuring SelvaRey Rum in addition to El Dorado Cantina’s signature margaritas, sangrias, and more.

DISCOPUSSY, the late night dance haven at 512 E. Fremont St., will host the LAS VEGAS PRIDE PARADE OFFICIAL AFTERPARTY with HE.SHE.THEY and Bodywork starting at 10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8, with a free guest list all night. The afterparty will include a collaborative performance featuring Kim Ann Foxman, Bored Lord, A.C. Esme and Brock G. Additional performers include Aja Hildreth, Beverly Chillz, Eva Soriano, Jin Ierome and Lynn Troller.

THE SUMMERLIN FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS returns Oct. 9-10 and will take place at THE LAWN AT DOWNTOWN SUMMERLIN, 1980 Festival Plaza Drive, from 9a.m. To 5 p.m. each day. Parking is free and available throughout the shopping center. FREE to the public, the hallmark, outdoor festival features approximately 100 fine artists from Southern Nevada and surrounding states, each carefully selected by a jury of local art experts.

Live art demonstrations will be presented by students and local professionals from College of Southern Nevada Photography and Graphic Communications Departments and the members of local chapter AIGALV (American Institute of Graphic Arts Las Vegas). 

For the science-minded, the award-winning Faith Lutheran High School Robotics program and the UNLV Engineering School and Nevada Society of Professional Engineers will offer interactive robotic demonstrations and hands-on science activities.  Bishop Gorman High School will also have various kid-friendly activations throughout the weekend.

Interactive autumn wreath creation at the Children’s Pavilion, hosted by Discovery Children’s Museum, along with a children’s sand art activity, will be available for all to enjoy. Community mascots, balloon artists and face painters round out of the Festival’s offerings for kids. 

The Art of The Classic Car presented by The Mustang and Classic Ford Club of Las Vegas will have a variety of cars on display along Festival Plaza Drive on Saturday, October 9.

The LAS VEGAS FARMERS MARKET AT DOWNTOWN SUMMERLIN will host extended hours on Saturday, October 9 and Sunday, October 10 for all Festival of Arts attendees to enjoy. Located under the Pavilion from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Trumpeter and singer BRIAN NEWMAN announced he is adding 12 new dates of his late-night show Brian Newman: AFTER DARK at NoMad Las Vegas. Newman will perform at the NOMAD LIBRARY (located in the heart of The Strip) October 14 – 17, October 21 – 24 and October 28 – 31 with all shows scheduled to begin at 11:30 p.m. The intimate evenings will feature special guest performers from New York City, Las Vegas and beyond. During prior runs at NoMad Las Vegas special guests included multi-award-winning superstar Lady Gaga, Jaclyn McSpadden of Postmodern Jukebox, Ashanti, Robby Krieger from The Doors, Terence Blanchard, Puddles Pity Party, Morgan James of Postmodern Jukebox, Kelsea Ballerini and burlesque great Angie Pontani, among many others. Tickets start at $49, and can be purchased at any MGM Resorts box office. Must be 21 years of age or older to attend.

Wayne Newton aka “Mr. Las Vegas,” will begin a limited engagement of “WAYNE: UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL” in the WAYNE NEWTON THEATER INSIDE BUGSY’S CABARET AT THE FLAMINGO, Saturday, Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. with select dates through Jan. 2, 2022. Newton’s show presents the entertainer in an intimate setting where he interacts with the audience, performs some favorite songs, and shares personal career highlights through songs, film clips, anecdotes and audience Q&A. Tickets start at $79.

ARIZONA CHARLIES, with locations at 740 S. Decatur Blvd. And 4575 Boulder Highway, has announced its live entertainment lineup through the remainder of the year with Yacht Rock in October, Beatles tribute music in November and music by Journey in December.

Local yacht rock band, YACHT & ROCK, will perform at the Palace Grand Lounge every Friday at Arizona Charlie’s Boulder and at Naughty Ladies Saloon every Saturday at Arizona Charlie’s Decatur in October. Yacht & Roll covers yacht rock songs that combine elements of rock, jazz, and rhythm and blues music.

Beatles tribute band, THE THREETLES, will perform at Arizona Charlie’s Boulder location at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19 at Palace Grand. The group is a local, three-piece front-line acoustic band that covers a selection of greats from The Beatles and other iconic groups.

Las Vegas based Beatles tribute band, THE FAB, will perform at Arizona Charlie’s Decatur location at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20 at the Naughty Ladies Saloon.

A JOURNEY tribute group will perform in December at Arizona Charlie’s Decatur. Additional information on the show time will be announced at a later date.

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF SOUTHERN NEVADA will hold the inaugural PUMPKIN CHUCK'N FESTIVAL on Saturday, Oct. 23. The fall-themed, family-friendly event provides another use for pumpkins and a fun way to raise needed funds to support the nonprofit organization's financial literacy programs offered at no cost to students throughout the Las Vegas Valley. The outdoor festival will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the main parking lot at WORLD MARKET CENTER, 475 S. Grand Central Pkwy.

The event's featured activity is the Pumpkin Chuck’n Competition. Teams of five will use a specially-designed slingshot to launch pumpkins down a 200-yard range. Each team member will launch one pumpkin. Teams will be scored on distance (best distance of the five pumpkins), flair (team costumes) and fundraising (amount team raises). Prizes will be awarded for the combined score of the top five teams as well as a prize for the overall best costume.
Other Pumpkin Chunk'n activities will include carnival games, costume contest, inflatables, hay maze, pumpkin patch, food trucks, trunk or treat, face painting and more.

Entrance to the festival is free with tickets available for purchase for the various activities. To participate in the Pumpkin Chunk’n Competition, each team member must raise at least $100 each.For more information about the Junior Achievement Pumpkin Chunk’n Festival or to register online, please visit https://secure.qgiv.com/event/japumpkinchunk/ or contact Chris Palladino at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dynamic Productions and Dance Dynamics presents “THE ADDAMS FAMILY A NEW MUSICAL" live on THE LAWN AT DOWNTOWN SUMMERLIN Oct. 28 – 31. This spooky family-friendly musical theater production features acting, singing and dancing by local performers ages 12+. All showings are FREE and open to the public. Visit http://www.ddshowtickets.com/ for details.

Venue Openings:

Earlier this month, on September 17, MULBERRY STREET PIZZA officially opened at RESORTS WORLD LAS VEGAS, treating guests to its signature New York pizza. The opening marks the first out-of-state location of Richie Palmer’s Beverly Hills institution, which has been serving authentic pizza by the slice as well as whole pies since 1991.

RESORTS WORLD LAS VEGAS recently debuted AWANA SPA – a wellness haven with social experiences and rituals from around the world, offering an experience not available anywhere else in the country. Guests can choose from a variety of treatments inspired by European and Eastern rituals with a unique social approach. Providing rejuvenation and social gathering for the shared goal of greater well-being, the spa showcases a theater-inspired heated room with aromatherapy, choreographed music, lighting and dancing towels. An avant-garde, social experience that will relax, invigorate and inspire playfulness as each Sauna Meister curates a 30-minute themed experience. 

Resorts World Las Vegas and Zouk Group welcomed the debut of the Strip’s most anticipated nightlife destination, ZOUK NIGHTCLUB. Headlining the opening weekend were featured artists Tiësto, Becky G, DJ Snake and Charly Jordan. Located inside The District next to FUHU and RedTail, guests are immediately greeted by striking, floor-to-ceiling LED displays as they make their way through the newly opened 36,000-square-foot space. Featuring three unique experiences Capital Bar, Empire and the main room, Zouk, guests will now be able to enjoy a fully innovative nightlife experience at the famed resort.

PIERO'S ITALIAN CUISINE, a treasured Las Vegas dining restaurant (located directly off of the Las Vegas Strip adjacent to the Convention Center), reopened its doors on Tuesday, September 28. This marks the award-winning restaurant’s return to pre-COVID operations from 5:30-10 p.m., daily.

PEYOTE, Corner Bar Management’s eclectic new boutique restaurant and bar, is now open and accepting reservations. Located at 1028 Fremont St. inside Fergusons Downtown Motel in downtown Las Vegas’ Fremont East, Peyote serves from scratch seasonal new American cuisine and craft cocktails for brunch and dinner in a funky, laid-back setting.

GREEN VALLEY RANCH’S OUTDOOR POP-UP LOUNGE,THE TERRACE AT DUNDOWN” opens Friday, Oct. 1. The resort’s lobby patio will transform into a cozy space with picnic tables, outdoor lounge furniture, and beautiful fall decor all under a canopy of bistro lights overlooking the resort’s stunning terrace. The vibrant pop-up experience will feature fall photo moments galore, and guests will also be encouraged to wander throughout the vineyard, sandy beach, and mature greenery that make up the backyard at GVR, quickly transporting guests to a Mediterranean landscape in Henderson, NV. “The Terrace at Sundown” will remain open every Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Those looking to keep the party going late into the evening can continue sipping with “Endless Nights at The Pond” Fridays and Saturdays from 8 p.m. to midnight. Walk-ins welcome

Celebrity sightings:

Saturday, Sept. 18...

International entertainment phenomenon, Blue Man Group made a surprise appearance on stage with DRAMA at Life is Beautiful. Blue Man Group kicked off Saturday’s festivities making noise throughout the festival-grounds and taking photos with concertgoers at various art installations. The trio also joined in on the House of Yes PRIDE parade. Later that evening, Blue Man Group surprised festival attendees with a special performance alongside DRAMA, the multi-genre artists known for their do-it-yourself approach to creating their music.

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