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Glittering Lights Kicks Off at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Nevada's premiere holiday themed drive thru experience,“Glittering Lights” at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, held a sneak preview for VIPs and the media on Wednesday evening November 17.
Now celebrating its 21st year, Glittering Lights, presented by Goettl Air Conditioning & Plumbing, is Nevada’s largest holiday drive-thru light show featuring millions of colorful twinkling lights along a 2.5-mile course and is an eye dazzling display for people of all ages to enjoy.

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The evening's festivities was hosted by Jayne Post, star of "Marriage Can Be Murder" and featured performances by comedy magician Farrell Dillon, and the cast of the Christmas holiday show "This is Christmas" at the Venetian starring British singer/entertainer Ben Stone, former American Idol contestants Jasmine Trias, Diana De Garmo, Ace Young, Laura Suzanne Wright and Lou Gazzara and Broadway star/singer Randal Keith and an amazing display of fireworks that lit up the sky. Guests were also treated to a dinner of baked chicken breasts and caesar salad catered by Carrabas Italian Grill along with offerings of hot chocolate, coffee and other non alcoholic beverages and a meet and greet/photo op with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

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Tickets for Glittering Lights are $35 per carload of people with Speedway Children’s Charities receiving a portion of each ticket sold benefitting over 50 local children’s charities in Southern Nevada. Hours of operation are Sunday – Thursdays 5:30pm – 9:00pm and Friday, Saturday & Holidays 5:30pm – 10:00pm. through closing night of January 9.


Big Boys Toys Innovation, Luxury, and Lifestyle Exhibition Returned to Las Vegas

If money is no object and you are looking for the perfect Christmas or Hanukkah gift for a loved one or even yourself, Big Boys Toys, the world’s premier innovation and luxury lifestyle exhibition that took place November 19-21 inside the renowned World Market Center in downtown Las Vegas, was the place to shop.

This year's event featured an array of the world's most extraordinary and exclusive products and services from a variety of categories: lifestyle, ride, digital, fashion, wellness, drive, off-road, adventure, marine, aviation, art, luxury pet accessories – women's world and more, with products ranging from the exhilarating to the luxurious.

Among the exhibits showcased were: CFC Volante AirCar, a street-legal, dual-use air and ground car; Skyrunner's FAA certified special light-sport aircraft; Thor 24, a one-of-a-kind $12 million semi-truck with 3,974 horsepower, 12 superchargers and 24-cylinders; light sport aircraft; Swarovski-studded bathtubs by The Diamond Bathtub; opulence message chairs, tailor made guitars; vehicle combining off road adventure with the safest form of aviation; bags with digital displays; fascinating forms of art, jewelry and precious gemstones; custom made cars, and electric bikes.

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The three day event was open to the public. A general admission ticket cost $10.


Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens Unveils 
Winter Display

Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens  unwrapped its extravagant holiday display, inviting visitors to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year now through January 1. Decked in holiday-trimmed botanical elements, the Conservatory features a 42-foot-tall fir tree sparkling with thousands of lights, a beautifully snowcapped mountain range, a cozy Swiss chalet and Santa’s large sleigh filled with gifts.

When guests set foot into Bellagio’s winter wonderland, time stands still, with each garden bed representing a holiday tradition or magical moment. Designed by Ed Libby and the Bellagio Horticulture team, this year’s theme is appropriately titled “Holiday Time,”   inspired by MGM Resorts International’s recent brand campaign “It's Time” which entices guests to return to the Las Vegas experiences they know and love.
“They’ve outdone themselves again with this year’s theme which  offers a glimpse of treasured time-honored holiday traditions while creating memorable moments and whimsical vignettes at every turn,”said Libby.

Towering high above this year’s display in the West Bed is a 42-foot-tall fresh-cut fir tree from California’s Mt. Shasta. Elegantly decorated with 7,000 twinkling white lights and 2,500 modern vintage gem-colored ornaments, the tree is crowned with a glimmering Swarovski crystal tree topper and is surrounded by 25-foot-tall fragrant fir trees. A welcoming tree farm stand is brightly lit to evoke nostalgic memories about holiday traditions. Nearby, a vibrantly colored sleigh prepared to deliver gifts around the world is perched among enormous, oversized poinsettias made of hundreds of preserved roses.

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West Bed - Photo courtesy of the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

In the North Bed, guests are transported to a luxurious shopping village. Tall snowcapped mountains with gondolas surround the village and a jewel-embellished clock monogrammed with the iconic Bellagio ‘B’ is nestled within the mountain range inspiring guests to cherish the holiday time with each strike of the hour. Framing the garden are stacks of oversized presents and an abundance of poinsettias and winter-colored botanicals.

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North Bed - Photo courtesy of the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Strolling through the East Bed guests find themselves in a cozy Swiss chalet decorated with wide windows, a wooden clock on the fireplace mantle and shadow boxes of flowers and ornaments hanging above a credenza. Artfully designed wooden gem-colored trees line the chalet and sit amongst a bed of fresh-cut poinsettias. 

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East Bed - Photo courtesy of the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

The charming South Bed takes guests into a snowy scene filled with friendly critters and creatures. Coca-Cola polar bears, penguins, seals and white foxes frolic in the arctic ecosystem welcoming guests to the Conservatory as giant snowflakes twinkle above. An inviting wooden cabin is warmed by a fireplace topped with a large wooden clock surrounded by painted ornaments, while a puppy plays in the living room decorated with a rocking horse and oversized teddy bear.

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South Bed - Photo courtesy of the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

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


“EXTRAVAGANZA – The Vegas Spectacular” Celebrates 500th Performance at Bally's Las Vegas

“EXTRAVAGANZA - The Vegas Spectacular” the critically-acclaimed and five-time “Best of Las Vegas” award-winning production celebrated its 500th  performance on the evening of November 9, inside the Jubilee Theater at Bally’s Las Vegas

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The show which had its first (and only) preview performance on March 14, 2020, before it closed the following day in compliance with state directives relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, reopened on Monday, November 23 and remained the only the largest production in Las Vegas that continued to perform during the pandemic, even when limited to a 50-person audience maximum capacity per regulations. The show is now performing to full capacity audiences.

The cast and crew, including  America’s Got Talent  alumni, crossbow artist Silvia Silvia and her husband, juggler Victor Ponce, celebrated the occasion with on stage photos with a “500th  performance” cake designed by Showboy Bakeshop and a post photo shoot toast and celebration backstage prior to the performance.

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In addition, November 23 marked the one-year anniversary since the show reopened during the pandemic.

 This extravaganza of passion and thrills features sensual performances that showcase the captivating talents of over 30 of the most talented, sexy and breathtaking artists from around the world - including dancers, acrobats, aerialists, skaters, comedians and, the return of the iconic showgirl to the legendary Jubilee Theatre. Beautiful feats of strength and flexibility will make you gasp while the spectacular sets, massive LED screens and state-of-the-art holograms (which include some of Las Vegas’ most famous headliners, from Elvis to Frank Sinatra, among others), will take your breath away. 

Add to this some of the most glamorous costumes and sizzling dance numbers that will take the audience on a visual whirlwind as they follow the show’s hero on his mysterious journey through the best of Las Vegas entertainment. From the return of the heart-stopping “Globe of Courage” motorcycle act to a stage filled with aerialists, acrobats, dancers and, the iconic Las Vegas showgirls, audiences are sure to feel the passion in this gorgeous, sexy and unforgettable revue - “EXTRAVAGANZA”!


“EXTRAVAGANZA - The Vegas Spectacular”  performs nightly at the Jubilee Theatre inside Bally’s Las Vegas Monday, Wednesday and Thursday  at 8pm and Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at 7pm and 9:30 pm (dark Sunday).  Tickets are on sale now  and prices range from $109.99 to $145.99+  taxes and fees and can be purchased at the Bally’s Las Vegas Box Office.


Germany's Koray Aldemir Crowned the 2021 World Series of POKER® MAIN EVENT® CHAMPION

Following 12 intense days of play at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, Germany’s  Koray Aldemir  was officially crowned the 52nd WSOP World Champion on Wednesday, November 17. Overcoming the 6,650 participants from around the world, Aldemir won his first-ever Main Event victory on Wednesday night, boasting  $8,000,000  in prize winnings and taking home the highly coveted Main Event bracelet, a 10k yellow and white gold bracelet encrusted with 2,230 rubies, white and black diamonds.

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Aldemir first came onto the professional poker scene in 2012 and, up until today’s $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event win, had amassed over $12,000,000 in total earnings. No stranger to the tournament circuit, Aldemir never secured the title as World Champ—until today.

“It felt great. It’s the biggest final table in the world, so it’s a dream come true. Probably every poker player thinks about this moment when they watch this, believing ‘maybe I could be there one day’,” reflected  Aldemir on his 2021 Main Event win.

At 2 p.m. PST on Wednesday, Nov. 17 the Final Three Players, Koray Aldemir, Jack Oliver and George Holmes, took to the felt to battle it out for their chance at the World Champ title. Oliver busted first, leaving Holmes and Aldemir to go head-to-head into the evening. After just over six and a half hours of trading hands, the energy burst throughout the Amazon room as the intense face-off culminated in Aldemir claiming the 2021 World Series of Poker World Championship title on hand 223. The final hand started with Aldemir calling Holmes’ 6,000,000, and ended with Holmes all in for 133,000,000 and Aldemir winning with two pairs of tens and sevens.


Eli Elezra Officially Named the 2021 World Series of Poker®  Hall of Fame Inductee

On Wednesday, Nov. 17, the World Series of Poker® enshrined veteran poker professional Eli Elezra into the 2021 Poker Hall of Fame. The long-awaited induction ceremony was held in tandem with day two of the Main Event Final Table and the Hall of Fame Bounty tournament at Rio Hotel & Casino  in Las Vegas.

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Originally hailing from Israel, Eli Elezra has several notable tournament wins including  four World Series of Poker gold bracelets - earning his fourth and latest career bracelet in 2019. Elezra, better known as Mr. Vegas, claimed the win in Event #20 $1,500 Seven-Card Stud at the 2019 WSOP. His triumphant win in the four-day event earned him an illustrious career high of $93,766, leaving him with a lifetime career total of $2,620,198.

“I want to start by thanking all current living members of the Poker Hall of Fame for their kindness in selecting me to be bestowed with this honor,” said  2021 Poker Hall of Fame Inductee, Eli Elezra. “It feels so surreal to be back on the felt and playing with some of poker’s most influential players in person throughout this year’s tournament. I am so excited to take home this achievement today and look forward to the 53rd annual World Series of Poker tournament in just a few short months.”


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

On Tuesday, November 16, House of Blues headliner CARLOS SANTANA was joined by Henderson Mayor Debra March as they visited the home of Reuben Nieves, a homeowner through the Habitat for Humanity program. The group came together to unveil the placement of a PEACE-designed bench in Reuben’s front yard. The “PEACE” bench is part of a series of benches that local artist Justin Lepper of Vegas Murals and wood and metal artist Kerm Sablan created in honor of Santana’s long running show at House of Blues. Creating the bench and placing it in the new Pittman community developed by Habitat for Humanity is a way for neighbors to gather, share a cup of coffee, and get to know each other. A fun and artful way to give back to the community.  Carlos and the Mayor then walked to the Phase 2 construction site where they wrote some messages of encouragement for future homeowners. Carlos’ message - “Change your mind, change your destiny.” is a great message for the future homeowners.

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A lucky Caesars Rewards member hit a MEGA PROGRESSIVE JACKPOT ON FACE UP PAI GOW AT HARRAH’S LAS VEGAS on Sunday, Nov. 14. The guest, QUOCLONG PHAM, is a professional player from Vancouver, Wash. with Caesars Rewards Platinum Tier Status who was in town on business and vacation. After just sitting down to play at a Face Up Pai Gow table, Pham opened his hand and was in disbelief as he became a millionaire with a Seven Card Straight Flush with a joker. His initial reaction was, “It’s just surreal. It’ll hit me tomorrow once it hits the account.” Pham has never hit a jackpot of this size before, and he plans to save his winnings.

Early in the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 10, a lucky Caesars Rewards member hit a MEGA PROGRESSIVE JACKPOT ON ULTIMATE TEXAS HOLD 'EM FOR $544,904 AT PLANET HOLLYWOOD RESORT & CASINO. The guest, SCOTT LONG, a frequent Ultimate Texas Hold 'Em player from Harrisburg, Pa.,was visiting the resort with his friends for a poker tournament. After approximately an hour of playing at the same table, he won the Mega Progressive Jackpot with a royal flush in diamonds. Long’s initial reaction was, “I could not believe it!” He and his friends were still in disbelief as the jackpot was paid out. Long plans to pay off his mortgage and college tuition and have some family fun with his newfound wealth.

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In honor of Veterans Day and in support of  the  nonprofit's efforts to assist veterans in need across the Las Vegas Valley, BOYD GAMING HAS DONATED $10,000 TO U.S. VETS.  U.S. VETS serves as the largest provider of housing and support services for veterans experiencing homelessness in Southern  Nevada.

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STATION CASINOS has announced it is donating over $200,000 to two Las Vegas organizations committed to helping the valley’s children. The company is donating $110,000 TO THE PUBLIC EDUCATION FOUNDATION FOR ITS “SMART START” EDUCATION PROGRAM and $100,000 TO THREE SQUARE FOOD BANK’S BACKPACK FOR KIDS PROGRAM.

To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, Latin inspired restaurant and craft coffee house MAKERS & FINDERS PARTNERED WITH CHICANOS POR LA CAUSA to raise money for the local non-profit. Following the successful partnership, Makers & Finders presented members of the organization with A CHECK FOR $2,500. As part of the partnership, Makers & Finders launched a limited time three-course brunch menu that donated $5 from every sale and was ordered more than 200 times. Additionally, Makers & Finders hosted a fundraiser at the Main Street location during its inaugural Salsa Night with all the proceeds benefiting Chicanos Por La Causa. Chicanos Por La Causa’s core mission is to drive economic and political empowerment in low to moderate individuals and families to help them achieve self-sufficiency.

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SANTA’S EXPERIENCE INTERACTIVE POP-UP opened Friday, November 26 at 410 S. Rampart Blvd. inside TIVOLI VILLAGE. Dedicated to lovers of all things holiday fun, Santa’s Experience is an interactive social media photo-op experience filled with scenes that celebrate the season. The experience is designed to be enjoyed by all ages and is the perfect opportunity to fill your social media pages with winter wonderful holiday images. The attraction is open seven days a week through December 30, 2021. Hours of operation are Monday – Friday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Adult tickets are $20 per person, children 12 and under are $10 each. Children four and under receive free admission.

TOPGOLF LAS VEGAS TRANSFORMED THE BIRDIE BAR INTO TINSEL TOWN – a holiday-themed bar celebrating all things merry and bright, on Friday, Nov. 26 and runs through Dec. 27. Tinsel Town features festive decorations, multiple areas for fun photo opps, a featured drink and dessert, and a show-stopping gingerbread house of the four-level venue assembled onsite by a local pastry chef. Entrance into Tinsel Town is free, but guests must be 21 years or older.


PT’S TAVERNS will host  its 23rd  ANNUAL TOY DRIVE in partnership with KLUC and The  Chet Buchanan Show to collect gifts for local children for the 2021 holiday season through Friday, Dec. 3. All PT’s Taverns throughout the Las Vegas Valley will act as locations for locals to drop-off and donate new bikes, toys and monetary donations. Donation items collected will support 98.5 KLUC’s annual “Chet Buchanan Show Toy Drive,” BENEFITTING HELP OF SOUTHERN NEVADA AND THEIR HOLIDAY TOY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.

Opportunity Village is proud to announce that long-time partner, CHIPPENDALES, will be GRAND MARSHAL FOR THE 2021 LAS VEGAS GREAT SANTA RUN on Saturday, December 4th! The male revue has been a staple at Opportunity Village’s signature events for nearly 10 years, serving as both 1-Mile Marshal and entertainment at the jolly fun-run. In their new, elevated role at the event, Chippendales will be the face of the Las Vegas Great Santa Run.

THE LAS VEGAS GREAT SANTA RUN, presented by Circle K, features a 5k and 1-mile course where thousands of registrants decked out in Santa suits run or walk to support people with disabilities at Opportunity Village. Race day will feature three unique stages featuring a variety of entertainment partners. The stages will be emceed by Jason Feinberg and Alyssa Deitsch of FOX5 (Third Street Stage), John Katsilometes of the  Las Vegas Review-Journal  (Starting Line Stage), and AJ of  Sunny 106.5  with MoJoe of  95.5 The Bull  (After-Party Stage).

Those interested in registering or participating in this incredible event can do so at LVSantaRun.com. The 17thyear offers both an in-person and virtual option for supporters who are not able to be there in person. The in-person race takes place in Downtown Las Vegas and registrants will receive a 5-piece Santa suit, medal, swag bag, race bib, and more. Pets are always welcome to join in the fun – simply sign them up when you register yourself and they will receive a special goodie bag of their own!

In-Person race day festivities kick off with a fun-filled pre-show at the  Fremont Street Experience beginning at 8 a.m. From there, you will take on the 5k or 1-mile course, and cross the finish line into the Llama Lot for the after-party featuring a variety of food trucks, vendors, and live entertainment!

FLYOVER IN LAS VEGAS –  the new flight-ride attraction on the Las Vegas Strip that takes guests over the world’s most iconic locations and natural wonders – is introducing a new “KIDS RIDE FREEPROMOTION FOR LOCAL AND VISITING FAMILIES. With the purchase of an adult ticket, a child ages 12 and under can experience FlyOver for free now through December 31, 2021. Booking must be made at the FlyOver Las Vegas ticket office and cannot be used with any other discounts or offers. Located next to the Hard Rock Café and across from T-Mobile Arena on Las Vegas Boulevard, FlyOver in Las Vegas is open Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Friday – Sunday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.


The renowned LAUGH FACTORY has announced the residency of comedy legend, JON LOVITZ, performing Nov 22-24, Nov 29-Dec 1, Dec 6-8, Dec 27-29, with additional 2022 dates to be announced. Jon Lovitz will perform  at 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.  General admission is $49.95, VIP seating is $59.95, and Golden Circle & VIP booth seating is $69.95 plus taxes and applicable fees.

RED ROCK CASINO RESORT & SPA is celebrating the most wonderful time of the year with the return of MERRY CRIMSON. This season, the festive indoor and outdoor poolside lounge transformed into Tinsel Town, a luxurious experience that kicked off Friday, Nov. 26. Merry Crimson is draped in sophisticated and glamorous holiday décor and the vibrant destination welcomes guests to jingle and mingle in a picturesque escape filled with the city’s most festive cocktails, live DJ-spun music, fire pits and photo moments galore. New this year: cozy igloos located on the outdoor pool deck – making for the ultimate holiday destination for guests to share fa-la-la-la-la lots of fun with family and friends. Also new, a holiday punch bowl and spiked hot cocoa beverage cart are sure to liven the party.Merry Crimson’s Tinsel Town is open every Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Sundays from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.  through Dec. 23, and then daily from Dec. 24 through to Jan. 1. Guests must be 21 or older, and entry is complimentary, though reservations are highly recommended.

As part of a comprehensive reimagination of its North Gallery, the NEON MUSEUM is installing a new mural on the south wall to pay tribute to the diverse communities and lesser-known individuals who helped shape and have significantly impacted Las Vegas cultural history. The mural installation kicked off on Tuesday, Nov. 23 with the beginning of detail painting with color. Entitled “Las Vegas Luminaries,” the mural features a diverse, dedicated and sometimes overlooked cast of icons including pioneering showgirls, heart throb headliners, champions of civil rights, dazzling designers and more. The mural also gives a nod to those keeping the longstanding craft of neon bending alive to ensure our city continues to glow.

FANTASY, the award-winning topless female revue at  LUXOR HOTEL AND CASINO, will offer a SPECIAL GIFT TO GUESTS ATTENDING WRANGLER NATIONAL FINALS RODEO (NFR) December 2-11. Guests with proof of NFR tickets or credentials will be able to take home a complimentary piece of the hottest show on The Strip: the “2022: THE GOLD STANDARD” CALENDAR. The new calendar features the beauty of FANTASY’s sizzling cast. Guests can pick-up their calendar at the merchandise counter inside the Atrium Showroom.

STONEY’S ROCKIN’ COUNTRY (6611 Las Vegas Blvd. So., Unit 160 at Town Square) hosts live music in December with some of country’s hottest new stars (see below). Advance tickets start at just $5 (except New Year’s Eve) and are on sale now for...

Friday, December 3 – ALLIE COLLEEN
Saturday, December 4 – JORDAN ROWE
Friday, December 10 – HEATH SANDERS
Saturday, December 11 – SEAN STEMALY
Friday, December 17 – AFTER MIDTOWN
Friday, December 31 – SAM GROW WITH STEPHEN WESLEY

HOMETOWN HOLIDAY HITS” presented by Ivory Star Productions puts the Swing and Doo Wop in the Holiday Season with special live performances at SUNCOAST for a special limited engagement, December 16-19. Travel back in time as vocal harmonies from the ‘40s and ‘50s fill the air with an upbeat holiday variety show featuring the vintage vocal trio of The Swing It Girls and The Doo-Wop Kings. Performances are December 16-19 at 7 p.m. There will be a special matinee show as well on Sunday, December 19 at 2 p.m. Tickets start at just $29 and are available now and can be purchased online.

THE VENETIAN RESORT is celebrating with “Season of Sparkle,” a month of special shows including:

“THIS IS CHRISTMAS” SHOW: Backed by a live all-star band, “This is Christmas” will bring audiences on a magical journey through the holiday season featuring, timeless Christmas favorites. The show, held in The Palazzo Theatre, will feature a stellar cast of 10 performers from television and Broadway including “American Idol’s” Jasmine Trias, Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young. Tickets are available for the 7 p.m. show on the following dates: Nov. 26 – 28; Dec. 2 – 5; Dec. 9 – 12; Dec. 16 – 19; Dec. 22 – 25. In addition, a 3 p.m. matinee performance is available on Dec. 19, 25 and 26.

HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR AT GRAND CANAL SHOPPES: A new digital show using advanced technology and digital mapping will illuminate the Clock Tower and magically bring the holidays to St. Mark’s Square. In addition, The Venetian Streetmosphere characters will perform unique renditions of traditional holiday carols sung in Italian and mixed with contemporary rhythms. The Streetmosphere Holiday Spectacular will be held at 6 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout Nov. and Dec. in St. Mark’s Square.

THE BARBERSHOP CUTS & COCKTAIL, a swanky upscale barbershop and speakeasy located inside THE COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGAS, will host a rockin’ performance by heavy metal band, STEEL PANTHER, on Saturday, Dec. 4, with doors open at 9 p.m. Steel Panther has been paying homage to 80s hair bands for decades with big hair, tight pants and satirical songs that celebrate the iconic era. General admission tickets for this performance are $68.81(not including taxs and fees).

THE DEPARTMENT OF FINE ARTS MUSIC PROGRAM presents CSN’s VOCAL ENSEMBLES celebrating their return to the stage with a Choral Music Performance after a nearly two year absence! The Chamber Chorale under the direction of Dr. Mark Wherry and Voltaire Verzosa will sing selections for the Classical and 20th Century periods. They will also present the “Costco” scene from Dr. Wherry’s new comic opera “What a Wonderful Year 2020 Will Be,” based on Dr. Wherry’s lockdown experiences. The CSN Jazz Singers will perform a tribute to Duke Ellington and a new arrangement of the Weather Report/Manhattan Transfer hit, “Birdland.”  Voice classes instructed by Dr. Mark Wherry and Voltaire Verzosa will sing representative selections from the repertoire they have been working on this semester, from folk songs, Italian art songs and musical theater. The concert takes place on Thursday, December 9th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Nicholas J. Horn Theatre at the North Las Vegas campus, 3200 East Cheyenne Avenue. General Admission is $8.00 and $5.00 for students and seniors.  For more information or to purchase tickets, please call the CSN Box Office at 702-651-LIVE (5483).

This holiday season NEVADA BALLET THEATRE'S “THE NUTCRACKER” will perform on stage at the SMITH CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, December 11 – 26. Tickets are on sale now.

THE ROGERS ART LOFT AT THE LUCY, a multi-disciplinary artist-in-residency program dedicated to inclusivity, creativity, and empowerment of artists, welcomes artist and writer SUSY BIELAK for a monthlong artist-in-residency now through Dec. 18, 2021. While in Las Vegas, Bielak is interested in bringing together city and desert to create work addressing lifecycles. She will connect with and engage the community to explore this and other topics and create a culminating work to share.

Grammy Award-winner and one of the best-selling holiday music artists of all time, Chip Davis, will bring “MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS” classics to ORLEANS ARENA on Sunday, December 26.This year’s show will feature favorite original Christmas hits from the first “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas” album, along with dazzling multimedia effects in an intimate setting. Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets start at $39 plus tax and fees,

CRISS ANGEL AND FRANCO DRAGONE have teamed up to create AMYSTIKA THE SECRET REVEALED, a fantastical and mysterious production which immerses the audience in a spectacle of euphoric, stunning illusions, one-of-a-kind special effects, jaw-dropping stunts and much more, at PLANET HOLLYWOOD RESORT & CASINO. Preview Performances begin Dec. 27, with opening night to be announced in the Criss Angel Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and performs Wednesday through Sunday at 10 pm. Tickets are on sale now.

Long-time Las Vegas performer ROB GARRETT, America's #1 Neil Diamond tribute artist, will be performing his full show at the M RESORT SPA AND CASINO on Saturday, January. 8, 2022. Doors open at 7p.m. and show will begin at 8 p.m. in M  Pavilion. Tickets are on sale now starting at $15.00 plus applicable L.E.T.  and fees.

THE CHRISTOPHER SMITH FOUNDATION, an organization dedicated to supporting professional caregivers for people with profound disabilities, has moved to THE LAS VEGAS RANCH at 8390 West Windmill Lane, home of the Collaboration Center Foundation. Expanding the foundation’s reach and capabilities, The Christopher Smith Foundation joins the Collaboration Center Foundation’s disability network of providers, agencies, and nonprofits serving those with different and unique abilities, as well as their families, throughout Southern Nevada.

Venue Openings:

Acclaimed Chef Bobby Flay has expanded his fast-casual brand, BOBBY'S BURGERS, to a second location now open at Harrah’s Las Vegas. Inspired by Flay’s love of the grill, this quick-service concept brings a unique flair to the traditional burger, fries and shake combo. Additionally, Bobby’s Burgers at Harrah’s Las Vegas features a breakfast menu for guests to enjoy.

NELLIE'S SOUTHERN KITCHEN a Jonas family experience, will make its Las Vegas debut at MGM Grand in early 2022. Helmed by Denise and Kevin Jonas, Sr., their sons Kevin II, Joe and Nick (the Jonas Brothers) and Franklin – in partnership with TLI Bedrock LLC, a New York City-based investment firm – Nellie’s will celebrate the comfort food, hospitality and Southern charm of the family’s 1760s roots in North Carolina. Located in The District opposite the MGM Grand Garden Arena, the 11,000-square-foot-restaurant will pay homage to Kevin, Sr.’s grandmother, Nellie, who lived in Belmont, North Carolina until she passed in 2011. With an atmosphere inspired by the Jonas’ love for music, the vibrant space will be a lively spot for all ages to enjoy fresh, flavorful dishes and live entertainment.


CELEBRITY SIGHTINGS:

On Friday, November 12....

Money, Baby! at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, hosted the Above Ground Management event hosted by RAPPERS RICO NASTY AND LARRY JUNE. Superstar DOJA CAT made a guest appearance and danced with friends. She even joined Rico Nasty in the DJ booth to perform their song “Tia Tamera.”

Saturday, November 13 ...

BRENT FAIYAZ hosted the Lost Boys N Vegas event at Money, Baby! and promoted his upcoming album, “Wasteland.” RAPPERS SHECK WES, POLO G, BLXST AND JOEY BADASS made appearances as well.

Sunday, November 14...

CHAD KROEGER, the powerhouse lead singer for rock band, Nickelback, celebrated his 47th birthday at The Barbershop Cuts & Cocktails inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. This was Kroeger’s second time at the swanky cocktail lounge, where he took in a performance by Raw Hide and partied with a group of several friends, including a striking companion.

Fresh off receiving his Hall of Fame ring at Allegiant Stadium prior to the Raiders vs. Chiefs game NFL Legend and recent Hall of Fame inductee, CHARLES WOODSON continued his celebrations after the game at the new Eight Lounge inside Resorts World Las Vegas with a group of three friends.

Thursday, Nov. 11...

Global music legend STING was spotted attending the hit show OPIUM at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Afterwards, Sting and his group dined at Spiegelworld’s new psychedelic restaurant, Superfrico, where they enjoyed Italian-American cuisine in the Ski Lodge. 

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Sting Attends OPIUM at The Cosmopolitan - Photo credit: Bryce Betts/Spiegelworld

Sunday, November 7...

In the afternoon, Epic DJ STEVE AOKI AND HEARTTHROB ACTOR, HENRY GOLDING, star of the critically-acclaimed film, “Crazy Rich Asians,”were seen smoking cigars at Las Vegas’ luxe new Eight Cigar Lounge at Resorts World Las Vegas.

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At 6:30 pm RICK HARRISON, who is best known for his History Channel TV show "Pawn Stars", was seen at Dueling Axes Las Vegas at AREA15. Harrison posed with Dueling Axes GM, David Peterson, at the modern axe-throwing bar and lounge destination.

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At 7 pm, rapper 2 CHAINZ was spotted as a guest budtender at Jardín Premium Cannabis Dispensary. 2 Chainz spent 2 hours at Jardín, learning the brand and meeting with fans. Also at the event was Vegas-area disc jockey, DJ FRANZEN, who was playing a special DJ set at the event.The event also featured food trucks, giveaways, and special deals on product.

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2 Chainz - Photo courtesy of Jardin Cannabis Dispensary

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DJ Franzen - Photo courtesy of Jardin Cannabis Dispensary

 


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