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Grant A Gift Autism Foundation Raises $1.5 Million at 11th Annual Gala

Grant a Gift Autism Foundation recently hosted its 11th annual charitable gala on the Allegiant Stadium field, raising an unprecedented $1.5 million in donations towards the foundation’s mission to help children, young adults and their families throughout Southern Nevada master autism. The sold-out event recognized the Las Vegas Raider’s, Sletten Companies and UNLV Interim President, 2018 – 2020 Marta Meanna Ph. D. for their unwavering dedication and support of the foundation and its mission over the years.

Marking the first-ever charitable event held on the stadium’s field, the silver and black-themed evening hosted by Mark Shunock featured surprise Blue Man Group disturbances, guest appearances from Raider’s defensive end Maxx Crosby and tight end Darren Waller, exclusive VIP stadium tours and more. Guests participated in lively auction events, bidding on luxurious items including signed Vegas Golden Knight memorabilia for $3,900, an exclusive JetSuite x Newport Beach vacation package for $24,000, two 2021 Ford Broncos for a total of $280,000, a Goldendoodle puppy for $26,000 and much more. The evening was memorialized with a heartfelt presentation from Airforce Thunder Bird Colonel John Caldwell, who gifted a signed Thunder Bird memorabilia and a highly coveted military coin to a Grant a Gift client whose lifelong dream is to be a pilot one day.

Grant A Gift Autism Foundation 11th Annual Charity Gala - Photo credit: Staycolorblind

Grant A Gift Autism Foundation 11th Annual Charity Gala - Photo credit: Staycolorblind

Grant A Gift Autism Foundation 11th Annual Charity Gala - Photo credit: Staycolorblind

Grant A Gift Autism Foundation 11th Annual Charity Gala - Photo credit: Staycolorblind

Grant a Gift’s Silver and Black gala was a success made possible through generous contributions from Gaudin Motor Company, The Smile Generation, and the local community. As President and CEO Peter Krauss noted in his opening remarks, the Ackerman Center has served more than 5,000 families, assisting them in their plight to master Autism. Sadly, more than 5,000 children remain on the waitlist. Every dollar donated will go directly towards furthering Grant a Gift Autism Foundation’s mission to help children, young adults and their families master autism by providing assessment and treatment funding, support services, vocational training and transition planning.

For more information on Grant a Gift or to make a donation of any stature, please visit grantagift.com.

The Original Immersive van Gogh Exhibit Celebrates Las Vegas Premiere at the All-New Lighthouse Las Vegas at The Shops at Crystals

The highly-anticipated art installation, THE ORIGINAL IMMERSIVE VAN GOGH EXHIBIT, celebrated its Opening Night Premiere with a “starry night” gala event at the all-new venue, Lighthouse Las Vegas, at The Shops at Crystals (adjacent to ARIA) on Thursday, October 7. Lighthouse Immersive and Foster entertainment, the catalysts of the mesmerizing digital art space, debuted its worldwide sensation in the heart of Las Vegas for the first time. In addition, producers announced that the exhibit will remain at Lighthouse Las Vegas through March 2022. The visually striking exhibition encourages guests to experience the awe-inspiring works of post-Impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh through 500,000 cubic feet of immersive projections, 60,600 frames of video and 90,000,000 pixels.

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The evening began with a red carpet event with a sunflower wall to provide a stunning backdrop for various celebrities and Las Vegas show casts including Rick Harrison and Austin “Chumlee” Russell (Pawn Stars); the Chippendales, Jabbawockeez, magician Xavier Mortimer (The STRAT headliner); Murray SawChuck (Tropicana Headliner/Pawn Stars Expert); David Hernandez (American Idol / Naked Boys Singing); Christopher Salvatore (Eating Out / Naked Boys Singing); Jennifer Romas (SEXXY: The Show); actor Adrian Zmed (Grease 2/TJ Hooker); Melody Sweets; Nebraska Thunderfuck (drag queen featured on RuPaul’s Drag Race); magician Douglas “Lefty” Leferovich; Nicholas Charles and James Edwards (stars of Potted Potter – The Harry Potter Parodyat Bally’s) and more.

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Chippendales - THE ORIGINAL IMMERSIVE VAN GOGH EXHIBIT - Photo credit: Denise Trucello

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Jabbawockeez - THE ORIGINAL IMMERSIVE VAN GOGH EXHIBIT - Photo credit: Denise Trucello

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Xavier Mortimer - THE ORIGINAL IMMERSIVE VAN GOGH EXHIBIT - Photo credit: Denise Trucello

The exhibit's producer Svetlana Dvoretsky was also on hand for a special ribbon cutting ceremony with fellow producer Slava Zheleznyakov and Nicholas Strause, General Manager, The Shops at Crystals at Simon Property Group - accompanied by models body painted as Vincent van Gogh’s “Starry Night” and “Sunflowers.” 

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“It’s extremely gratifying to be here in this beautiful place surrounded by so much beauty,” said Svetlana Dvoretsky. “I think this installation is the most elaborate, the most exclusive location we have opened so far – we are so very proud to be here in Las Vegas sharing Vincent van Gogh with this wonderful city.”

The Original Immersive van Gogh Exhibit team includes Creator Massimiliano Siccardi; Composer Luca Longobardi and Art Director Vittorio Guidotti, all of whom have created immersive art exhibits in Europe. In addition, David Korins, the award-winning designer of numerous Broadway hits including Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen has joined forces with the Italian creative team and will sculpt the Immersive van Gogh public spaces. Korins is also bringing creative technology to make a series of illuminating, interactive and one-of-a-kind elements that offer ways to learn more about Vincent van Gogh, his life, his body of work and to take a deeper more meaningful look at how his work resonates with modern-day audiences. 

This winning team has made The Original Immersive van Gogh Exhibit in Las Vegas one of the most impressive stagings to date, having already opened to tremendous acclaim in Toronto, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. Additional openings are scheduled for 16 cities across North America. Since its North American premiere in July 2020, more than 3 million tickets have been sold to The Original Immersive van Gogh Exhibit, making it the most popular attraction currently in North America. 

Tickets for the exhibition, located at the all-new Lighthouse Las Vegas on Level 3 at The Shops at Crystals (adjacent to ARIA Resort & Casino) are on-sale now at VanGoghVegas.com. Tickets range in price from $59.99 to $99.99 (+ taxes and fees).

Grand Opening Event for New Aviation Facility at Henderson Executive Airport

Flight school and aircraft rental company, All In Aviation, along with maintenance partner, Lone Mountain Aviation, elected officials and dignitaries celebrated the grand opening of its 26-hangar facility and aviation complex at Henderson Executive Airport (HND) on Wednesday, October 13.

The first purpose-built, multi-use aviation facility of its kind at HND includes 9,000 square feet of office space, five training rooms, a 16-person conference room, an avionics workshop, a pilot shop, a parts department and a 22,000 square-foot maintenance hangar. The event was originally scheduled to take place in April of 2020 but was postponed due to the pandemic.

The private event kicked off with a ceremonial Ribbon-Cutting with the Henderson Chamber of Commerce. Invited guests were treated to hors d'oeuvres and drinks and a tour of the newly built facility. Airplanes on display included Cirrus Aircraft's newest 2021 models.

Paul Sallach, president of All In Aviation, and Kenny Scherado, president of Lone Mountain Aviation, both spoke about the opening of the facility and how it serves the local general aviation community. Also in attendance were Clark County Director of Aviation Rosemary Vassiliadis, Clark County Commissioner Michael Naft, City of Henderson Mayor Debra March, and representatives from the Henderson and Las Vegas City Councils, Congressman Steven Horsford, Councilwoman Dina Titus and Congresswoman Susie Lee’s offices.

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Ribbon cutting - All In Aviation and Lone Mountain Aviation celebrated the grand opening of its 26-hangar facility and aviation complex at Henderson Executive Airport (HND) with a ribbon cutting ceremony and event on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. - Photo courtesy of All In Aviation & Lone Mountain Aviation Complex

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Director of Aviation Rosemary Vassiliadis - Director of Aviation Rosemary Vassiliadis spoke at All In Aviation and Lone Mountain Aviation’s grand opening event of its 26-hangar facility and aviation complex at Henderson Executive Airport (HND) on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. - Photo courtesy of All In Aviation & Lone Mountain Aviation Complex

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Clark County Commissioner Michael Naft - Clark County Commissioner Michael Naft spoke at All In Aviation and Lone Mountain Aviation’s grand opening event of its 26-hangar facility and aviation complex at Henderson Executive Airport (HND) on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. - Photo courtesy of All In Aviation & Lone Mountain Aviation Complex

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City of Henderson Mayor Debra March - City of Henderson Mayor Debra March spoke at All In Aviation and Lone Mountain Aviation’s grand opening event of its 26-hangar facility and aviation complex at Henderson Executive Airport (HND) on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. - Photo courtesy of All In Aviation & Lone Mountain Aviation Complex

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Ken Griffey Jr. – Former Major League Baseball player Ken Griffey Jr. posed with Paul Sallach, president of All In Aviation, at All In Aviation and Lone Mountain Aviation’s grand opening event of its 26-hangar facility and aviation complex at Henderson Executive Airport (HND) on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. - Photo courtesy of All In Aviation & Lone Mountain Aviation Complex

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Dale Klapmeier - Paul Sallach, president of All In Aviation, posed with Dale Klapmeier, co-founder of Cirrus Aircraft, at All In Aviation and Lone Mountain Aviation’s grand opening event of its 26-hangar facility and aviation complex at Henderson Executive Airport (HND) on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. - Photo courtesy of All In Aviation & Lone Mountain Aviation Complex

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Wide shot of event outside – Guests, dignitaries and elected officials enjoyed All In Aviation and Lone Mountain Aviation’s grand opening event of its 26-hangar facility and aviation complex at Henderson Executive Airport (HND) - Photo courtesy of All In Aviation & Lone Mountain Aviation Complex

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

With an ongoing mission to provide a “hand up” to underserved populations, the SAN MANUEL BAND OF MISSION INDIANS (SMBMI), a federally-recognized Indian Tribe, DONATED $100,000 to Las Vegas based non-profit THREE SQUARE FOOD BANK, on October 6. Key leaders from SMBMI on hand to present donation to Three Square  This donation is a part of the Tribe’s ongoing commitment to the communities that they serve. Subject to regulatory approvals and licensing, the San Manuel Gaming and Hospitality Authority is planning to acquire The Palms and introduce San Manuel’s philanthropic values to Las Vegas.

The Tribe has awarded over $9.3 million dollars to educational institutions and charities in Las Vegas since January 2020. This donation to Three Square will provide over 300,000 meals to individuals and families who are being impacted by food insecurity in the Southern Nevada community. One of the Tribe’s main giving pillars is to reinforce healthy and resilient communities as stewards of the land and the environment. This donation is representative of their plan to support organizations addressing food insecurity, educational institutions and assisting with public safety measures. 

“It is important to our Tribe that we work to impact and change lives of those who are in need and facing economic challenges,” said San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairman Ken Ramirez. “Our Tribe is proud of the community involvement and support we have provided in Southern California and across Indian country, and we are humbled and honored to continue this tradition of giving here in Las Vegas.”

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Rikki Tanenbaum - COO, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians; Latisha Casas- Chairperson, San Manuel Gaming and Hospitality Authority; Brian Burton - President & CEO, Three Square and Laurens Vosloo - CEO, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

“Food insecurity remains above pre-pandemic levels – nearly 364,000 Southern Nevadans, or one in six, don’t know where their next meal is coming from,” said Three Square President and CEO Brian Burton. “This incredible support from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is life-changing for our many neighbors in need. Words will never convey how grateful we are to the Tribe for joining us in the fight against hunger.”

LAS VEGAS LOCAL SHASMA, won big at Arizona Charlie’s, located at 740 S. Decatur Blvd., to win $67,374 ON CHARLIE’S DOUBLE PROGRESSIVE during the 7 p.m. session on Wednesday, Oct. 6. 
On October 10, Las Vegas Local Danilo visited Boyd Gaming’s California Hotel and Casino and hit a jackpot of nearly $110,000 on IGT’s Red, White & Blue slot game.

The lucky guest, who recently moved to Las Vegas from Hawai’i, was playing on the Red White & Blue slot machine on Sunday at 2:54 a.m. when he won the progressive jackpot totaling $109,732 on a $10 spin. The big win comes off the heels of another a large jackpot on an IGT slot game at a Boyd Gaming property in Downtown Las Vegas last month. The lucky player, who was visiting the Fremont Hotel and Casino to celebrate her wedding anniversary, scored a progressive jackpot of $382,310 on a Wheel of Fortune® Triple Red Hot 7’s slot machine on September 3.

On October 6 at 8 p.m., a weekly OPEN MIC NIGHT, hosted by local musician and personality, Shawn Eiferman, debuted inside THE SHAG ROOM AT VIRGIN HOTELS LAS VEGAS, part of Curio Collection by Hilton. Open mic night will continue weekly, Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Local musicians and vocalists ready to take center stage will have the chance to perform live in The Shag Room, offering state-of-the-art audio quality at the fun, groovy signature venue of Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. Contestants will be judged by host Shawn Eiferman and audience reception of the performance will also play a factor in the judging process. All participants will be entered into a nightly drawing to win a one-night stay at the resort. Quarterly, grand prize winners will be drawn to receive a paid performance at The Shag Room and a two-night stay at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. Participants must be 21+ to perform at open mic night. Music fans are encouraged to attend to enjoy sounds from the city’s up-and-coming artists while sipping on unique cocktails from the expansive and curated menu.

One of the world’s greatest pop vocal groups, HUMAN NATURE, return home to Las Vegas since the March 2020 pandemic shutdown, for a limited engagement of their acclaimed holiday show.  “CHRISTMAS, MOTOWN & MORE” that celebrate all the things the guys and their audiences love most – family, fun and holiday music – for three nights only, Friday, December 17 to Sunday, December-19, in the SOUTH POINT SHOWROOM at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa. Showtime: Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:30 PM Tickets are $40 and are on sale now at ticketmaster.

THE LAS VEGAS PHILHARMONIC returns to the stage for a live performance on Saturday, October 23rd at THE SMITH CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS. Marking the 23rd season of the LVP, Music Director Donato Cabrera has selected music, composers and artists that celebrate humanity’s indomitable spirit to not only survive, but to thrive when faced with adversity.  The first live public performance for the orchestra since March 2020 will welcome audiences and the LVP musicians back to share in a musical experience with unprecedented fanfare. American Cellist JOSHUA ROMAN will make his debut as the LVP’s first Artist-In-Residence as he takes the stage with the orchestra to perform Dvořák’s spirited cello concerto.

Music Director Donato Cabrera and special guests will host a pre-concert conversation one hour prior to performance in Reynolds Hall to discuss the works to be performed and the history behind the music. All ticketholders are invited to attend and participate in the discussion, which offers deeper insight into the music, composers and artists and enhances the concert experience.

BARBIE: THE EXHIBITION will open in Las Vegas at the SHOP at CRYSTALS on October 22, taking guests from 1959 to present day; examining how pop culture and fashion trends have shaped this global phenomenon.The exhibition celebrates Barbie as a reflection of culture, with exclusive interviews and an up-close look at vintage dolls, career representation, and fashion trends from each era. Tickets are on sale now.

FASHION SHOW LAS VEGAS, the leading shopping destination located at,3200 Las Vegas Blvd S, has announced it will become a DOG FRIENDLY PROPERTY. Starting Friday, Oct. 22, in honor of National Make A Dog’s Day, shoppers will have the opportunity to explore the iconic destination with their furry best friend. To commemorate the new dog friendly status, FSLV will host AN ADOPTION EVENT in partnership with local organization, HEAVEN CAN WAIT ANIMAL SOCIETY on Friday, Oct. 22. Guests will have the opportunity to meet adoptable dogs and learn more about Heaven Can Wait Animal Society. Additionally, FSLV will continue its dog friendly efforts with the launch of a designated pet area in the coming months.

STONEY'S ROCKIN' COUNTRY (6611 Las Vegas Blvd. So., Unit 160 at Town Square) hosts live music in October with some of country’s hottest new stars! Friday, October 22, 2021 – CANAAN COX; Thursday, October 28, 2021 – LADIES NIGHT COSTUME CONTEST PARTY; Friday, October 29, 2021 – MARK MACKAY. Advance tickets start at just $10. Shows are open to 18+ and doors open at 7 p.m. Additionally, line dancing is back and in full effect with FREE LINE DANCE LESSONS Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

In its second year, LAS VEGAS CONCOURS D'ELEGANCE, featuring a magnificent showcase of more than 100 famous collector cars, moves to a new location at LAS VEGAS BALLPARK, 1650 South Pavilion Drive, Saturday, October 23, 2021 (Show: 12 noon to 6 / Helene Awards at 6). Presented by Towbin Motorcars by founder Stuart Sobek, Concours d’Elegance is a showcase of classic cars that transcend motoring history with designs that elevate the classic car to an art form. Tickets are $100 with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Miracle Flights, a nonprofit that provides free commercial flights to children and adults who need assistance to reach life-changing medical care not available in their local communities.

HELP OF SOUTHERN NEVADA (that provides assistance to low-income families, homeless youth and other individuals, to help them reach self-sufficiency through direct services, trainings and referrals) is celebrating Halloween for a cause with MYSTIC MONA'S FIFTH ANNUAL NIGHT OF THE WITCHES event from 6 - 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27 on the patio of GRAPE STREET CAFE in Downtown Summerlin. Guests are encouraged to come donned in their best witch or warlock attire to the spooky event. $35 admission includes one Witches Brew sangria with souvenir cup, costume contest entry, a raffle ticket and Happy Hour food pricing. First 100 witches and warlocks to arrive will be gifted an exclusive Halloween gift bag. Tickets are available for purchase at the door.

FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE,  the six-block entertainment district located in historic downtown Las Vegas, has announced the return of its iconic ROCK OF HORROR HALLOWEEKEND celebration from Oct. 28-31. Guests can head down to Fremont Street Experience for Halloween haunts, flash mobs and free nightly entertainment including themed, theatrical musical performances by ALTER IGOR on 1st Street Stage, as well as an exclusive production show “WICKED DREAMS", complete with dazzling visuals, alluring dancers and aerialists on 3rd Street Stage.  On Halloween night, guests can enter an epic costume contest by wearing their scariest and most wild costumes for a chance to win first, second and third place cash prizes of $1,500, $1,000 and $500.

To mark the beginning of their sixth year, MAJESTIC REPERTORY THEATRE is producing the American premiere of THE SANDMAN - a new musical by the writers of the Tony-winning Broadway musical Bandstand, Richard Oberacker and Robert Taylor. Oberacker is also the Music Director for Cirque du Soleil's KA. Drawn from the nightmarish fantasy of E.T.A. Hoffmann, author of The Nutcracker, comes a new and darkly comic musical tale – The Sandman. When the family of an ingenious German clockmaker engages a new nanny to care for the children, a series of bizarre and unnatural events begin to unfold. As the Strauss family is thrust ever deeper into chaos, the sinister forces at play are revealed – forces from which only the children may be able to save them. Performances of The Sandman will begin October 28, 2021, at Majestic Repertory Theatre, 1217 S. Main Street, Las Vegas, NV, 89104. Showtimes are 8 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays, and 5 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are on sale now.

Get ready for “Hunktoberfest” as the CHIPPENDALES transform their Las Vegas home a RIO ALL-SUITES HOTEL & CASINO into a sexy and spooky playground for these Halloween hunks to host a special COSTUME CONTEST for two nights only, on Saturday and Sunday, October 30 and 31, in honor of one of the biggest themed-holiday weekends of the year. One lucky winner each night will receive a cash prize of $500, while two lucky runner ups will get the chance to be a part of the action on stage.  In addition, there are no tricks, just treats, as the show adds a new Halloween-themed number (and special surprises) to the show which now performs nightly at 8 p.m. with an additional show added on Saturdays at 10:30 p.m. (dark Monday and Tuesdays).

With Halloween already in motion, beginning October 13, Chippendales is sure to thrill (and chill) audiences as their “off-the-chain” party gets into the Halloween spirit with special effects, new numbers and of course the hottest man candy anyone could wish for this Halloween.

LAKESIDE CASINO & RV PARK, located at 5870 Homestead Rd., will host its ANNUAL HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION & SAFE NIGHT AT THE LAKE, featuring an RV park decorating contest, trick-or-treating and a barbeque from 4 – 8 p.m.  on Sunday, Oct. 31. The ghastly celebration will begin at 4 p.m. with barbeque from Pete’s Meats and Treats food truck. Trick-or-treating will begin at 5 p.m. where Halloween candy will be provided to participating RV park guests who wish to pass out candy to trick or treaters. Lakeside Casino & RV Park guests are also invited to decorate their RV space to compete for ‘best spooktacular RV.’ The first-place winner will receive $250 in cash, second place will receive $150 in cash and third place will receive $100 in cash.

DISCOPUSSY, the new after-hours dance haven located at 512 E. Fremont St., will host a packed Halloween weekend lineup with performances starting at 10 p.m. by Canadian Electro-Funk Duo, CHROMEO, on Friday Oct. 29; PARTIBOI69 on Saturday, Oct. 30; and  VNSSA + HONEYLUV on Saturday, Oct. 31. In celebration of Halloween, DISCOPUSSY will host daily costume parties throughout the weekend with themes including “Creature Feature” on Friday; a “Matrix” theme on Saturday; and  “Disco Zombie Prom” theme on Sunday. In addition to the costume themes, guests may enter into daily bottle giveaways during the weekend for the chance to win a premium bottle for up to six guests.

THE NEON MUSEUM, located in downtown Las Vegas, recently acquired the famed PLANET HOLLYWOOD RESTAURANT SIGN that originally rotated upon an iconic column pedestal in front of the Caesars Palace Forum Shops and Colosseum. Donated by Planet Hollywood International/Earl Enterprises, the sign is currently being assessed for conservation and display plans.

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Comedian, actress and writer AMY SCHUMER will perform a special engagement, “Amy Schumer & Friends,” at THE MIRAGE HOTEL & CASINO, Thursday, Nov. 4. Schumer, along with special guests, are scheduled to take The Mirage Theatre stage at 10 p.m.Tickets start at $100, not including taxes and applicable fees.

UNLV College of Fine Arts Dean Nancy J. Uscher invites you to the 4TH ANNUAL UNLV ART WALK, this year entitled "Art Restart" — a celebration of the arts, to be held on Nov. 5. Come and explore a variety of art exhibitions, performances, and live music as you walk along the academic mall of the UNLV campus. In addition, enjoy bites from your favorite local restaurants, a beer garden, wine tastings, and more. The event is FREE and open to the public.This year also features a special tribute to honor the 40th anniversary of "The Flashlight" — UNLV's most famous sculpture, located in the plaza between Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall and Judy Bayley Theatre.

On Saturday, Nov. 6, LIL BABY returns to the stage at DRAI'S NIGHTCLUB for the first time in nearly two year with an unforgettable full-length LIVE show. Baby’s show will follow the highly anticipated fight between boxing champions Canelo Álvarez and Caleb Plant set to take place in Las Vegas, making Drai’s Nightclub the ideal place to party on fight night.

CABO WABO CANTINA, located inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, will honor MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES WITH A SPECIAL, INCREASED DISCOUNT ON VETERANS DAY, Thursday, Nov. 11. On Veterans Day, Cabo Wabo will invite all veterans and active-duty service members with a valid military ID to enjoy an increased, 20% discount on food and drinks. Sammy Hagar’s Strip-side rocking cantina always recognizes servicemen and women by offering a 10% discount every day throughout the year.

LAS VEGAS DAYS (formerly known as Helldorado Days), an annual cowboy-themed event celebrating Las Vegas’ Wild West history, will return to the CORE ARENA AT THE PLAZA HOTEL & CASINO in downtown Las Vegas with two nights of exciting rodeo events, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 12-13 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. (gates open at 6 p.m.).  In addition, the Plaza and Las Vegas Days are hosting a rodeo-themed coloring contest for Southern Nevadan children in grades kindergarten through six. The Las Vegas Days Rodeo will feature bull riding, barrel racing, team roping, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, breakaway, and bareback riding, with prize purses totaling $45,000 and custom belt buckles for champions. Admission to the rodeo is free. Advanced registration is required.

The 11TH ANNUAL NF HOPE CONCERT returns to the stage! Las Vegas' most celebrated entertainers and show-loving philanthropists will once again join forces against neurofibromatosis at the 11th Annual NF Hope Concert.  NF Hope Concert founders Jeff Leibow, formerly of “Jersey Boys,” and his wife Melody, are bringing the concert back to the prestigious MYRON’S AT THE SMITH CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS on Sunday Nov. 14.  Hosted by consummate emcee and top radio personality, Chet Buchanan, 2021’s NF Hope Concert features Ashley Fuller, Nicole Pryor, LVA Grad and Future Broadway Star Runner-Up Breanna DeSantos, American Idol finalist Lou Gazzara, Jassen Allen and more, along with Jeff and Melody Leibow with a special guest appearance by daughter Emma. The lobby opens at 11:30 a.m. for silent auction viewing, with the entertainment portion of the afternoon beginning at 1 p.m.  Tickets start at $49 and can be purchased by visiting www.thesmithcenter.com/nfhope.   The NF Hope Concert benefits Neurofibromatosis Network, an organization dedicated to families and individuals suffering from Neurofibromatosis (NF).  Please note, the NF Hope Concert will adhere to all  COVID policies of The Smith Center.

by Cirque du Soleil makes its highly anticipated return to the colossal KÀ THEATER INSIDE MGM GRAND HOTEL & CASINO on Wednesday, November 24. On Monday, October 11, the cast and crew members celebrated their return to the stage for rehearsals since closing its doors more than a year ago. Since its debut in 2005, KÀ has captivated audiences with its innovative blend of acrobatic feats, Capoeira, puppetry, projections and martial arts. Tickets starting at $69 are on sale now. The cinematic production is the final Cirque du Soleil Las Vegas resident show to reopen this year.

As part of Camínalo Tour, the new concert series that he is presenting in various cities of the United States, GILBERTO SANTA ROSA, also known as “The Gentleman of Salsa,” will perform inside THE THEATER AT VIRGIN HOTELS LAS VEGAS on Sunday, November 14.Doors open at 7:30 p.m. / Show time is 8:30 p.m.  Tickets start at $75.00 plus tax and fees and are on sale now.

For its tenth consecutive season, THE ICE RINK returns to the COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGAS, open to the public daily from Tuesday, Nov. 16 through Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022. Upholding tradition for the past decade, the Boulevard Pool will once again transform into an enchanting holiday wonderland showcasing a 4,200-square-foot rooftop skating rink made of real ice, seasonal light bites and cocktails, a holiday village with firepits for s’mores making, a new-to-debut dining area called The Chalet featuring cozy seating areas for reserve and a large, communal fire pit, and fan-favorite holiday films displayed above the rink on the resort’s 65-foot marquee. All day skating access is $30. Monday through Thursday, all day skating access for Nevada residents, military and first responders with a valid ID is $20. Skate aid seals and reindeers are available for $15 an hour. Admission to the unique winter wonderland atmosphere surrounding The Ice Rink is complimentary. The Ice Rink welcomes guests ages two and up. Minors must have a liability waiver signed and be accompanied by an adult over the age of 21. Advanced ticket purchases and reservations are strongly encouraged.

Puerto Rican singer and songwriter JAY WHEELER will perform at THE CHELSEA INSIDE THE COSMOPOLITAN of Las Vegas on Friday, November 26.Tickets start at $29.75, plus applicable taxes and fees.

Golden Entertainment, Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement with Flite Golf & Entertainment (“Flite Golf”) to bring ATOMIC RANGE, a new 92,000-square-foot golf entertainment destination, to seven acres of Company-owned land adjacent to The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod (“The STRAT”) in Las Vegas. The new Atomic Range will be located on Las Vegas Boulevard, just north and adjacent to The STRAT. Atomic Range, a production of Flite Golf and located at The STRAT, will be a premier golf entertainment destination that offers an immersive, technology-enhanced experience through game play and entertainment. Atomic Range will span nearly seven acres, rise four stories and host 103 separate hitting bays when it opens in 2023. It will also include four bars, meeting space, and a 12,000-square-foot Astrocade.

DRAFT KINGS, INC. a leader in the digital sports entertainment and gaming industries, announced its latest, state-of-the art office location to be based out of Las Vegas, where the company expects to eventually have an expanded team of more than 1,000 employees. The company’s new 90,000-square-foot technology hub will occupy much of an entire building at UnCommons, Matter Real Estate Group’s  40-acre modern workplace and stylized mixed-use community coming to Southwest Las Vegas in early 2022.

Venue Openings:

PKWY Decatur, the sixth location of the PKWY Tavern brand, opened Thursday, Oct. 14. The neighborhood sports bar is centrally located at 4930 W Flamingo (Decatur and Flamingo) in the former Ricardo’s location. The existing 7,800 sq ft structure has been remodeled to house a full bar, built to hold 50 beers on tap, 200 canned and bottled beer options, two spacious dining rooms with 60 TVs, seating options for both small and large parties and separate private dining room for events, meetings and celebrations accommodating up to 450 guests. PKWY Decatur is the second PKWY Tavern location to open in 2021. PKWY Volunteer, located at St. Rose and Las Vegas Blvd., near M Resort opened in July.

Celebrity sightings:

Friday, October 8...

Vanderpump Rules reality TV star JAMES KENNEDY was spotted attending the 8 p.m. performance of ATOMIC SALOON SHOW at the Grand Canal Shoppes inside The Venetian Resort

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James Kennedy Attends Atomic Saloon Show - Photo courtesy of Bryce Betts Spiegelworld

RAPPER JADAKISS was at Jardín Premium Cannabis Dispensary for a Special Guest Budtender appearance. Jadakiss, fresh off the announcement to join the series “Queens” on NBC during the fifth episode, is best known for being a member of rap group The Lox before launching his own solo career.

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DJ INFAMOUS was on-site DJing the event. A special appearance was also made by retired NBA basketball player, JASON TERRY, who was a former NBA guard and has been named the new head coach of the Grand Rapids Gold, the new G League affiliate of the Denver Nuggets. Jason Terry arrived with Jadakiss to the venue.

Saturday, October 9...

Heavyweight TYSON FURY celebrated his victory over Deontay Wilderone in 11 rounds at Hakkasan Nightclub Las Vegas . The crowd erupted when Tyson showed slightly before 1:30 AM, who took the mic and sang along to “Sweet Caroline” and did several shirt-less victory dances to “American Pie” and “You Shook Me All Night Long.” He also joined STEVE AOKI in the DJ booth multiple times during the set to strut on stage with some friends.

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Photo courtesy of Hakkasan Nightclub Las Vegas

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