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Palms Casino Resort Welcomes Back The Pearl Theatre

Celebrating the unofficial end of summer, Palms Casino Resort welcomed back the iconic Pearl Theater on Saturday, September 3, with a community donation and ribbon cutting prior to the newly opened venue's first performers, recent inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo taking the stage. After a 903-day hiatus, Vice President of Entertainment and Activation Crystal Robinson-Wesley, surrounded by the Palms team, cut the ribbon heralding back the iconic concert venue. The Labor Day weekend continued with a pool party at SOAK hosted by P. Diddy.

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In support of the local community, prior to opening, County Commissioner Michael Naft joined Palms Casino Resort General Manager Cynthia Kiser Murphey to present a $50,000 donation to Nevada Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League Jolie Brislin, and Sam Schaul, Chairman of the ADL Board.

Communities In Schools of Southern Nevada partners with Shania Kids Can Foundation to Empower and Educate More Students in the Community

Communities In Schools of Southern Nevada (CIS), an affiliate of the fifth largest state office of the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization, has partnered with Shania Kids Can Foundation (SKC) to meet the needs of underserved students at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, a new addition to CIS’ school roster for the 2022-2023 school year.

On Wednesday, Sept. 7, select students from Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School met with Shania Twain to help announce the new partnership at a press conference at Zappos Theater inside Planet Hollywood, home of Shania Twain “Let’s Go!” The Las Vegas Residency.

Shania Kids Can partners with CIS of Southern Nevada Sept. 7 2022 credit Baylee Jo Lorrick
Shania Kids Can partners with CIS of Southern Nevada Sept. 7 2022 - Photo credit: Baylee Jo Lorrick

“We are so grateful to Shania and the Shania Kids Can Foundation for supporting our mission to remove barriers that prevent students from learning and for enabling us to expand our reach into Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School,” said Debbie Palacios, executive director, Communities In Schools of Southern Nevada. “Thanks to this partnership, we’ve opened a special CIS Resource Room appropriately called the Shania Kids Can Clubhouse that is operated by one of our full-time CIS coordinators who provides mentorship, resources and services to students who need them. Seeing celebrities like Shania Twain do such good things in our community is truly inspiring, and we can’t wait to see the positive difference it will have on the students at Martin Luther King Jr. ES.”

“I am so excited for Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School to join the Shania Kids Can Foundation family,” said Shania Twain. “Growing up, I struggled financially, and I recall all too often going to school hungry, which affected my ability to focus, learn and enjoy school. While I didn’t always have the courage to ask for help, I believe organizations like Communities In Schools are finding new ways to reach students who need the help, whether it’s food, clothing, school supplies or just someone to talk to. I’m rooting for all the students at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School who have so much potential to succeed in school and in life.”

Martin Luther King Jr. ES is one of 11 new CIS schools this year that is expanding CIS’ reach to 65 schools in Southern Nevada, or one in five Title I schools, supporting more than 74,000 K-12 students. Statewide, CIS has grown to 91 schools, an expansion made possible, thanks in part, to public and private partners like SKC.

Founded by music icon, Shania Twain, SKC’s dedication to educating and empowering children so they may succeed in life goes hand-in-hand with CIS’ evidence-based model that provides wraparound services to improve academic performance and graduation rates among underserved students. Thanks to this new partnership, a CIS site coordinator at Martin Luther King Jr. ES will develop meaningful relationships with vulnerable students to identify needs and barriers they face that prevent them from learning. Site coordinators tap into a community-wide network of agency partners, nonprofits and resources to provide students with whatever they need, including school supplies, new shoes and clothes, emergency food and hygiene items, medical/dental/vision/mental health services, to name a few.

For the 2020-2021 school year, the graduation rate for CIS case-managed high school seniors in Nevada was 92 percent, 13 points higher than the Nevada statewide graduation rate of 79 percent for students on free or reduced lunch, as released by the Nevada Department of Education.

City Of Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman Officially Declares Saturday, Sept. 17, As Reckless In Vegas Day

Reckless In Vegas, the high-energy alt-rock band where Vintage Vegas Meets Rock ‘n’ Roll, and the City of Las Vegas officially announced Saturday, Sept. 17 as Reckless In Vegas Day. Proclaimed by city of Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Reckless In Vegas Day occurs on the birthday of lead singer and band founder Michael Shapiro.

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Mayor Carolyn Goodman with Michael Shapiro

“As a Las Vegas native whose family has called the city home for generations, I am beyond honored Mayor Goodman officially declares Saturday, Sept. 17 as Reckless In Vegas Day,” said Michael Shapiro, band founder, Reckless In Vegas. “Reckless In Vegas truly embodies vintage Las Vegas so we are thankful to be recognized with this proclamation.”

Performing in the showroom at the Sahara Las Vegas, Reckless In Vegas offers exhilarating original renditions of beloved classics by the Rat Pack, Elvis Presley and more. The power trio comprised of Michael Shapiro (band founder, lead vocals, guitar), Jack E. Roth (drums) and Chris Nichols (bass, vocals), brings high-energy performances to its residency inside the SAHARA Las Vegas Theatre. Whether audiences remember the swinging Vegas lounge era days or were born much later, Reckless In Vegas brings something for everyone. Video montages, dialogue, humor, modern hard-rocking grooves and tender moments of balladry combine to create a truly original take on this classic genre.

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

IMMERSIVE VAN GOGH, the critically-acclaimed art installation, celebrated its ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY AT LIGHTHOUSE ARTSPACE LAS VEGAS AT THE SHOPS AT CRYSTALS on Thursday, September 15, 2022, with a custom-designed cake surrounded by management, staff and executives from The Shops at Crystals, to mark the occasion. Immersive Van Gogh Las Vegas has been extended through January 2023 and, beginning November 19, will the space also feature The Immersive Nutcracker: A Winter’s Tale, just in time for the holiday season. Tickets are on sale now.

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Among those in attendance for the celebration were Immersive Van Gogh’s Amy Pittle – Associate General Manager, Keti Motil – Project Director Lighthouse Immersive, and Veronica Corona – Special Events, as well as Nick Strause – General Manager of The Shops at Crystals and Travis Mills – Director of Operations, The Shops at Crystals, as well as the amazing staff and crew from Immersive Van Gogh. The special anniversary cake created was created by Showboy Bakeshop.

On the morning of September 10, over 200 active firefighters, police, EMT and military personnel came together to honor those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, with a CLIMB UP 1,455 STEPS to the top of THE STRAT HOTEL , CASINO & SKYPOD'S 1,149-foot tower.  Climbing in full gear, each participant wore a lanyard with a photo of a fallen firefighter to represent the heroes whose lives were lost. First responders from across the Las Vegas Valley participated in the climb, including Chad Paddock, Las Vegas Fire and Rescue peer fitness trainer and firefighter engineer; Jake Levesque, North Las Vegas Fire Department public information officer; and Mario Rueda, Las Vegas Fire and Rescue peer fitness trainer and firefighter engineer, among others.  Following the climb, participants, plus family and friends, were invited to raise a glass at PT’s Wings & Sports in memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice 21 years ago.

Demolition has begun at TEXAS STATION in North Las Vegas and FIESTA HENDERSON in Henderson, two Las Vegas-area casino properties, that have remained closed since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020. In a release, Red Rock Resorts reported the permanent closures will allow the company to reinvest in other properties. Station Casinos is building a new property, Durango Casino & Resort, off the 215 Beltway southwest of the Las Vegas Strip.

Following nearly two weeks of public voting and hundreds of submissions, the final three artists in the second annual MADE IN VEGAS COMPETITION include Chris Elliman, Ziggy O’Leary and Zoltan (The Art of OZ) A panel of world-renowned artists and Park West Gallery representatives will now select a champion, who will win the chance to be offered a year-long contract with the world’s largest art dealer and the opportunity to display their winning works inside the Park West Fine Art Museum & Gallery on the Las Vegas Strip. The final three artists currently have their work on display inside Park West Gallery at the Forum Shops inside Caesars Palace and the ultimate Made in Vegas winner will be announced next week.

For the fourth time,THE D LAS VEGAS has been voted USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Award for “Best Las Vegas Casino.” After four weeks of fan voting, readers selected the downtown Las Vegas hotspot as their favorite casino in the city.

AREA 15, the immersive art and entertainment district located minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, has launched “O'KEEFE; ONE HUNDRED FLOWERS”, celebrating the legacy of GEORGIA O’KEEFE, the “Mother of American Modernism” and the greatest painter of flowers in the history of Western Art. The exhibit will be on view throughout the rest of 2022. Featuring cutting-edge, 360-degree projection mapping technology, the exhibit is the most recent immersive art experience to launch at AREA15, following “Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience” and “Klimt: The Immersive Experience” which concluded in August.

In this vividly immersive experience, O’Keeffe’s paintings come to life in a virtual garden revealing her most celebrated pieces – including a few which are not publicly displayed. Set to an anthemic 12-song soundtrack of notable all-female artists, including Nina Simone, Cyndi Lauper and Andra Day, guests can experience the art as if looking through a magnifying glass.The timed digital art exhibition encompasses 35 minutes inside the 7,000-square-foot Portal. General admission tickets are available for $30 and discounted tickets for children, seniors, Nevada residents and military are available for $23. Various dates are now on sale through September; the show will run until February.

Multi-platinum country superstar SARA EVANS is bringing her Go Tell It On The Mountain Tour to the CHROME SHOWROOM INSIDE SANTA FE STATION  on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $37.50 plus applicable fees and go on sale Friday, Sept. 9.

From producer and creator of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and fresh from Broadway, FREESYLE LOVE SUPREME brings hip-hop improv to THE SUMMIT SHOWROOM inside THE VENETIAN RESORT LAS VEGAS on Nov. 10. Recipient of a 2020 Special Tony Award®, FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME, directed by Thomas Kail, is a non-stop blend of hip-hop, improvisational comedy, music, and vocal stylings. The cast of talented performers will provide non-stop action throughout the 90-minute show, spinning suggestions from the audience into humorous bits, instantaneous songs and riffs, and fully realized musical numbers. No two shows are ever the same. FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME pays homage to John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme," with a nod to musical roots in jazz, soul, blues and hip-hop. Performances will run Wednesdays – Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., and Sundays at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $57.45 and can be purchased at any box office at The Venetian Resort.

Beginning September 15, when THE AXE CAPITAL opens at PKWY TAVERN MARKS, in Henderson, visitors will be able to experience the latest in recreational axe throwing, Using cutting-edge digital projection technology and scoring software, the axe throwing experience has evolved an age-old past time into a modern-day game experience. Up to four people per lane may participate in each session with a scoring system like a bowling alley. The Axe Capital’s software-controlled target projection allows game to be rotated constantly for new challenges. The attraction is perfect to enjoy alone, with family members or groups for guests of all ages and skill level. Each session begins with a safety briefing by skilled instructors teaching all the basics. Sessions maybe reserved in 30-minute increments for $25 per person. Operating hours are Monday through Thursday from 5pm – 10pm, Fridays from 6pm – 12am, Saturdays from noon – 12am and Sundays from noon – 10pm.

The NEON MUSEUM reilluminated the historic PLAZA HOTEL & CASINO SIGN during a special lighting ceremony and reception after which the sign debuted to the public as a permanent addition to the Museum’s collection in its NEON BONEYARD. “The Plaza is where Las Vegas was born,” said Aaron Berger, executive director of The Neon Museum. “Its historical value is invaluable and adding its illuminated logo sign to our permanent collection will offer us the opportunity to enhance our tours with stories about the founding of Las Vegas as a railroad town, the flamboyant Rat Pack era, and how the Plaza has evolved over its 50-year history.” Berger noted that the Plaza sign is the 22nd sign to be refurbished and reilluminated in the Museum’s Neon Boneyard. The last sign that was reilluminated was the Moulin Rouge in September 2020.

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AMY SCHUMER, Emmy-winning standup comedian, actress, writer, producer, and director, will be bringing her new tour to Las Vegas at the RESORTS WORLD THEATRE for one night only on November 5. Tickets will go on sale to the public Friday, September 16 at 10 a.m. PT.

Popular dispensary, THE SANCTUARY, will commemorate local Las Vegas Arts District by hosting their first “CANNIBIS AND CANVASES” COMMUNTY EVENT", featuring an art supply donation drive, live art demonstration, charity art raffle, DJ, food trucks, and blow-out retail deals, from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m on Friday, Sept. 23, at their downtown location at 1324 S. 3rd Street.The art-inspired celebration will showcase a live demo by local ISI Group working on a large custom canvas art piece, which will be raffled off at the end of the party. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase during the event for just $5. All raffle ticket proceeds will be donated to local nonprofit GRANT GIFT AUTISM FOUNDATION, which supports families in our Southern Nevada community by providing family-centered clinical care and social programming for children and young adults living with autism. Additionally, attendees who bring a minimum donation of three brand new art supplies, such as crayons, coloring books, scissors, glitter glue, and craft kits, will receive their choice of a pre-roll or a gram of flower ($15 value) for just a penny. All art supplies collected will also be donated to Grant A Gift Autism Foundation Ackerman Center.

P.T. TAVERNS will host the return of the GUINNESS PERFECT PINT CHALLENGE for the ninth year. Local bartenders will compete to determine who has mastered the art of the perfect pour of the iconic stout. The ninth annual challenge will be held at PT’s Ranch, located at 2430 E. Pebble Road in Henderson, Nev., starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24.Taverns bartenders, as well as other bartenders throughout the Las Vegas Valley, will go toe-to-toe to determine who can pour the perfect pint of Guinness Draught Stout in the allotted amount of time. Guinness Brewery Ambassadors will judge the competition and choose the top three winners based on pour angle, settle and presentation. The first-place winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000, the second-place winner will receive $500 and a third-place winner will receive $250.   From 6 – 7 p.m fans will receive complimentary pints of Guinness and $4 pints for the remainder of the event. as they cheer on their favorite contenders. In addition, guests will have the opportunity to get in on the fun at the mobile pint station where they can attempt to pour their own perfect pints from 7 – 10 p.m. Crowd participation is encouraged as guests are invited to join the excitement by competing for titles throughout the evening such as “Best Dressed” and “Best Spirit.”

REFUGE FOR WOMEN LAS VEGAS (RFW), the non-profit organization dedicated to empowering sexually exploited women to live a life of freedom through faith-based residential programs encompassing mental-health counseling, invites the Southern Nevada community to its 7th ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT on Friday, September 30 at Desert Willow Golf Course,
2020 W Horizon Ridge Pkwy in Henderson. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. Event begins at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. With event proceeds going directly to RFW, golfers will enjoy a morning of friendly competition to raise crucial funds to support survivors of human trafficking.

To participate, interested members of the community are invited to purchase team tickets for groups of four or individual tickets. Golfers participating as individuals will then be organized into teams of four for the tournament. Each team will be provided with golf carts to compete in the 18 hole competition for first, second and third place prizes Tee sponsor Golf Galaxy will also offer complimentary golf balls, a golf club for the player whose ball stops “closest to the pin,” a golf bag and store coupons. Individual tickets are available for $125, plus fees.Tickets also include access to a luncheon and silent auction. Guests can also look forward to giveaways, raffle items, swag bags and other notable prizes.  Team tickets for four players are available for $400, plus fees. An array of sponsorship opportunities are also available and range from $250 to $5,000, plus fees.

Wedding chapels, venues and industry members across Clark County will kick off Veterans Day weekend and honor our military members as it brings back “LAS VEGAS MARRIES THE MILITARY”. All day Nov. 10, 2022, chapels and wedding professionals across Las Vegas and Clark County will open their doors to members of the United States Armed Forces (active duty, guards/reserves, retired and veteran) by donating wedding services. Submissions to win a free wedding or vow renewal are now open at LVMarriestheMilitary.com, and interested couples need to submit a 30-60 second video on what a Las Vegas wedding or vow renewal would mean to them by Monday, Sept. 26. All winning couples will receive at minimum free wedding or vow renewal package, group reception and a $250 Allegiant Airlines travel voucher. The Office of the County Clerk and Vegas Wedding Chamber put a call out valley-wide to the local industry to participate and received overwhelming support – 38 industry vendors have offered free services valued at nearly $50,000 with 20 weddings or vow renewals to take place. Las Vegas is rare in that it offers wedding services from the grand resorts and country clubs to the simple chapel wedding.

FREAKLING BROS. HORROR SHOWS is back from the dead and ready to scare the hell out of Las Vegas for its 30th horrifying year! Rated the scariest haunt in the country by USA Today, Freakling Bros. Horror Shows offers a hellishly-curated festival of nightmares - three expertly-crafted haunts in one horrifying location, including Nevada’s first and only R-rated attraction, Gates of Hell, the experimental COVEN of 13 and the classic Castle Vampyre. JUDGEMENT – You’re Guilty, Death is Coming, a haunting new room inside COVEN of 13, is also set to make its debut for the 2022 Halloween season. Located in the IKEA parking lot at 6555 S. Riley St. in Southwest Las Vegas, Freakling Bros. Horror Shows returns Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022 at 7 p.m. Dates of operation will be Oct. 1 – 2, Oct. 6 – 9 and Oct. 13 – 31. The Freakling Bros. Horror Shows box office will operate from 7 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays - Thursdays. The box office will also remain open until midnight from Saturday, Oct. 22 through Sunday, Oct. 30. On Halloween it won’t close until you stop coming! Freakling Bros Horror Shows general admission is $50 per person Sunday – Thursday and $60 on Fridays and Saturdays. Admission includes access to three haunts of your choice, as well as a trip to the Freakling Bros resident Fortune Teller, nightly food trucks and up-close-and-personal performances by the Freakling scare characters. The show starts when you enter the park! Cashman Photo will also be on site nightly, offering group souvenir photos.

Returning for the third year, THE SAND DOLLAR LOUNGE (located at 3355 Spring Mountain Rd, Ste 30) will once again transform itself into NIGHTMARE ON SPRING MOUNTAIN this fall. Nightmare on Spring Mountain is a fully immersive, hauntingly-entertaining Halloween pop-up experience, complete with bone-chilling specialty drinks, live music, themed costume nights and more than $10,000 in Halloween décor and lighting.Keeping with its long tradition of live entertainment, Nightmare on Spring Mountain will treat guests to a month full of specialty costume nights and live music. Costume nights will be held every Sunday and Wednesday, beginning Wednesday, Oct. 12, with live performances scheduled as follows throughout the month. Wednesday, Oct 12 – Walking Dead/Zombies -Sunday, Oct. 16 – Slutty Anything -Wednesday, Oct. 19 – Evil Clown/Circus -Sunday, Oct. 23 – Disney (Fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Foundation - Wednesday, Oct. 26 – 70s Disco/Funk Prom. Nightmare on Spring Mountain will rise from the dead Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022 and will run through Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022.

First Friday Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, that creates a positive economic impact in the Arts District and supports artists of all genres in the community, celebrates the event’s 20th year anniversary on OCT. 7 in downtown Las Vegas. This month's First FRIDAY featured artist is IZAAC ZEVALKING, sole creative of Recycled Propaganda. He is a member of the First Friday Foundation board and an active participant in the Las Vegas art community. Recycled Propaganda is a socio-political artist acclaimed for his graphic exploration of a broad variety of contemporary issues from global history to current affairs. The art walk area on Boulder Avenue and First Street will feature an estimated sixty First Friday artists and craftspeople. The food garden and bar area remain in the Art Square parking lot, along with entertainment. First Friday's hours of operation is 5:00 p.m. to 11p.m.

The College of Southern Nevada, School of Arts & Letters and Department of Fine Arts will host an exhibition of drawings by New Jersey based artist, architect, musician, designer, comedian, historian, philosopher and educator, JOHN 'YANNI' FOTIADIS, METAPHYSICAL GREECE: SELECTED DRAWINGS will open Friday, October 7, 2022, and will run through Saturday, December 7, 2022, in the ARTSPACE GALLERY ON THE NORTH LAS VEGAS CAMPUS OF THE COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN NEVADA. The drawings in this project, done in graphite, colored pencil, and charcoal, document the ruins of ancient sites, and explore the effects of the luminous Aegean light on the architectural remnants there. Equally informed by philosophy and academic drawing techniques rooted in optical theory, Fotiadis’s drawings reveal the unique and visceral metaphysical character of these ancient places that transcends space and time. A special Preview, Gallery Talk, and Artist Reception with refreshments will take place of Thursday October 6, 2022, starting at 6 p.m.The CSN Artspace Gallery and all art gallery events are free, family friendly, 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 Artspace Gallery is located 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 UNLV Performing Arts Center welcomes back (by popular demand) the MONTREAL GUITAR TRIO (MG3), this time with the CALIFORNIA GUITAR TRIO (CGT) at ARTEMUS W. HAM CONCERT HALL on Friday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Perennial favorite MG3 with the CGT will form a doubly electrifying ensemble of six exceptional guitarists.  Audiences will enjoy original compositions and new arrangements fusing progressive rock, world, jazz, and classical music in a joyful musical phenomenon. Students throughout the county and the general public are invited to a pre-show “Rap with the Artists” from 6 to 6:45 p.m. in the concert hall. Among other topics, the groups will discuss their artistic responses to the pandemic. Questions from the audience will be encouraged. Single tickets are priced from $45 (discounts available) and may be purchased by telephone at 702-895-ARTS (2787), online at pac.unlv.edu or at the PAC box office from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.

Clark County Parks and Recreation presents the 28th ANNUAL AGE OF CHIVALRY RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL AT SUNSET PARK Oct. 7-9, 2022.The Age of Chivalry will immerse visitors in the Renaissance era with numerous villages and different guilds, activities, historical reenactments, live performances and an array of authentic period foods and beverages – truly an event that is fun for the entire family. The festival boasts more than 100 artisans from throughout the U.S. and Canada including gold and silver smiths, stained glass designers, costume makers, wood workers, toy makers, leather workers, perfume blenders, potters, armor makers and many more.The Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $15 per day in advance for adults ($20 day of event) and $8 per day in advance for seniors ages 60 and older and children ages six to 12 ($13 day of event). Children five and younger are free. The box office will be open at the festival starting at 9 a.m. daily during the fair and will only accept credit cards only (no cash accepted).

SUMMERLIN® FESTIVAL OF ARTS, now in its 26th year, returns to THE LAWN AT DOWNTOWN SUMMERLIN (1980 Festival Plaza Drive) from 10m – 5 pm. October 8 and 9. Parking is free and available throughout the shopping center.  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. New this year! Visit the Dining Arroyo at Downtown Summerlin all weekend to celebrate the art and culture of the Southern Paiute, Nuwu Art and friends. Browse handcrafted Southern Paiute fine art and folk crafts available for purchase and experience the authentic Native American dances presented by Las Vegas Native Youth Dancers, Calpulli Tlatelolco Azteca/Chichimeca Dance Circle, and Nuwu Wonumeegah.  For the science-minded, the UNLV Engineering School and Nevada Association of Land Surveyors will offer interactive hands-on science activities.  Bishop Gorman High School, The Meadows School and Alexander Dawson will also host various kid-friendly activations throughout the weekend.  Create salt dough nature prints at the Children’s Pavilion, hosted by Discovery Children’s Museum, along with a children’s pinwheel activity, courtesy of Las Vegas Review-Journal, 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 8. The Las Vegas Famers Market at Downtown Summerlin will host extended hours on Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9 for all Festival of Arts attendees to enjoy. Located under the Pavilion from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

A fun lead-up to Halloween, JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF SOUTHERN NEVADA is hosting the return of its BOO-A-THON BOWLING TOURNAMENT on Saturday Oct. 15 and Sunday Oct. 16, 2022 at the Santa Fe Station Bowling Center. Participants can choose from two sessions on Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon or 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday bowling is noon to 2 p.m. "The Boo-A-Thon is a great company team-building activity that helps us raise needed funds in an entertaining way to support financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurial programs for more than 20,000 K-12 students," said Michelle Jackson, president and CEO of the nonprofit Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada.  Boo-A-Thon is a day of fun and festivities where participants can show off their bowling tricks and treats. Bowlers put together a five-person team and raise at least $100 per person from friends, family, neighbors, colleagues and acquaintances. Teams are encouraged to wear costumes for chances to win best team and individual costume prizes. Prizes also will be awarded for lane decoration, top individual bowler, and top individual and team fundraiser. Participants can purchase raffle tickets for more chances at winning prizes and bid on silent auction items.  Junior Achievement will provide all of the fundraising tools to help individuals and teammates reach and exceed donation goals. There is a $20 registration fee for all bowlers, which includes unlimited bowling for two hours, shoes, pizza, soda, and the chance to win fabulous prizes.

Pacific Concert Group and Q100.5’s NIGHTMARE ON Q STREET returns to ORLEANS ARENA on Saturday, October 15, featuring top ‘90s and 2000s hip-hop and rap artists. Starring hip-hop icon THE GAME, the concert will feature performances by special guests BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY, TOO $HORT, DIGITAL UNDERGROUND, THE LUNIZ, and A LIGHTER SHADE OF BROWN. Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets start at $41.28 plus tax and fees,

The robotic riot is on its way to Las Vegas. Sparks will fly and bloodthirsty robots will die right in front of guests’ eyes during BATTLEBOTS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP VII, taking place inside the iconic BattleBox arena at Caesars Entertainment Studios from Oct. 18 – 30.There will be three ticketed sessions on Saturdays (12 p.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.) and two ticketed sessions on all other scheduled days (12 p.m. and 6 p.m.), culminating in the crowning of the 7th BattleBots World Champion. Each session lasts between three and four hours. Dark days for the live show will take place on Oct. 20, 24 and 27. Tickets to be part of the live audience are on sale now.Children under 16 must also be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are non-refundable.

Viewed in more than 150 countries, the world’s premier robot combat invites fans to witness world-class fighting machines and the globe’s top-ranked bots as they battle to the death in the hopes of being crowned the BattleBots World Champion. Presented by hosts Chris Rose and Kenny Florian, as well as the formidable, booming voice of ring announcer Faruq Tauheed, the seventh season of the popular show will air on Discovery Channel early next year.  The audience will witness the awesome spectacle of robot-on-robot, gear-grinding mayhem and see their favorite bots, including Whiplash, Witch Doctor, Hydra, Tantrum, HyperShock, Minotaur, End Game, SawBlaze and more. Also fighting this season is local favorite, Jackpot, built by Las Vegas local Jeff Waters.

OFF STRIP presents TABLE FOR DEUX – A ONE-NIGHT HALLOWEEN CHARITY CABARET SHOW AND COSTUME PARTY, Tuesday, October 25 at The Space (3460 Cavaretta Ct.)This one-night cabaret spectacular will showcase a variety of acts from performers around the Strip and Broadway’s National Tour of The Lion King, all while raising funds to provide a scholarship for underprivileged youth to Southern Nevada’s Theater Arts Preparatory School (TAPS). Conceived by Eric Bean of Disney’s The Lion King (Broadway National Tour), OFF STRIP invites guests to ‘leave their reality at the door’ for a night of dancing and merriment.The charity costume party and cabaret is themed ‘dynamic duos and famous pairings’ and guests are encouraged to don their favorite costume pairings. The night will include a DJ set, fun and games, all while leading up an original cabaret performance by some of the best in the industry. Guest can expect everytHIng from high-energy vocal performances to sassy and sultry burlesque routines. Doors open at 8 p.m. with performances starting at 9 p.m.  VIP tickets are $35 for early bird and $40 after Sept. 30, 2023, and include early access at 7:30 p.m. as well as reserved seating, a take-home swag bag and one lucky VIP will get to participate in one of the cabaret numbers. GA tickets are available for $25 early bird and $30 after September 30. Tickets are on sale now.

SESAME STREET LIVE! MAKE YOU MAGIC, in partnership with the non-profit educational organization Sesame Workshop, is coming to the THOMAS & MACK CENTER for three performances – Saturday, November 19 at 2 pm and Sunday, November 20 at 12noon and 4 pm. This production features favorite Sesame Street pals Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, and more in a magical adventure live on stage. Family friendly ticket are now available for purchase online or at the venue Box Office.

Venue and restaurant openings:

PKWY Tavern opened a new 1,200 sq.ft. “BEERCADE” to their PKWY Decatur location located at 4930 W. Flamingo Rd. (at Decatur). The new boutique bar serves all the signature beer selections PKWY is so well known for, along with assortment of wines and cocktails. The BeerCade not only gets its name for the beer offerings, but also from the game collection, which contains digital shuffleboard, digital beer pong, Pop-A-Shot, pinball four-player Pacman and much more, including two-10 pin bowling lanes that will be added shortly. The bar includes seating for up to 45 guests with 12 additional TVs for premium sports viewing as well as darts and board games.

RESORTS WORLD LAS VEGAS opened a new luxury bar and lounge, JALISCO UNDERGROUND, on Thursday, Sept.15. Located directly underneath Wally’s Wine & Spirits, the opulent cocktail experience will feature a collection of agave-based cocktails and decadent bar bites inspired by bold, Mexican flavors.

MGM GRAND has reimagined the LOBBY BAR experience for guests and visitors with a new beverage program by MGM Resorts International’s Executive Director of Beverage Julian Cox. Now open, the new Lobby Bar offers a newly designed social gathering space with elevated bar offerings that features an array of new specialty libations and large format cocktails, within a welcoming and fun environment for guests to enjoy on any occasion.

The newly upgraded WILDFIRE LAKE MEAD completes its renovation by opening its WILD GRILL, The all-new Wild Grill offers a robust menu of round-the-clock favorites, from breakfast burritos and pancakes to bar classics like wings and tenders. Specialty snacks include sheet pan nachos or loaded tater kegs. Guests can enjoy the signature Wild Burger or order from a selection of pizzas or entrees capped with a sweet treat from the dessert menu. The property, located on East Lake Mead across from the newly developed Cadence community, also features an expanded casino, an STN Sportsbook, and free, convenient parking.

One of the country’s top 15 vegan fast food chains, PROJECT POLLO , a plant-based fast food chicken concept is set to open on W. Sahara in October 2022. The opening marks the first Project Pollo in Las Vegas.

Celebrity Sightings:

Saturday, Sept. 17...

BLUE MAN GOUP surprised fans with two onstage appearances during both Alessia Cara and Marc Rebillet’s electrifying sets at Life is Beautiful, one of the most beloved music festivals in the country.

Thursday, Sept. 15....

Former professional football player and running back for the Dallas Cowboys, EMMIT SMITH,  stopped by the hidden speakeasy , The Barbershop Cuts & Cocktails, inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, to enjoy the show.

Tuesday, September 13...

NASCAR drivers, MARCO ANDRETI and ALEXANDER ROSSI enjoyed a night out at The Barbershop Cuts & Cocktails, as rock music superstar, keyboardist and backup vocalist for Journey, Jason Derlatka, jumped on-stage for an impromptu performance.

Sunday, September 11...

Country music singer and songwriter HARDY surprised guests with an impromptu performance at The Barbershop Cuts & Cocktails.

Hardy on stage 5 courtesy of The Barbershop Cuts Cocktails
Hardy on stage - Photo courtesy of The Barbershop Cuts Cocktails

Saturday, Sept. 10...

Aerialists and artists from various Strip-side CIRQUE DU SOLEIL shows made a surprise special appearance onstage at Allegiant Stadium alongside the GRAMMY Award-winning, multi-Platinum band IMAGINE DRAGONS as they played hits from their newly released album in front of tens of thousands of fans.

September 3-5...

Actress and singer VICTORIA JUSTICE spent the Labor Day weekend at The Venetian® Resort Las Vegas. During her three-night getaway, the “Perfect Pairing” star stayed in a Premier Suite in The Palazzo tower, known for its opulence and Italian-inspired luxury, and spent her first night enjoying the newly opened celebrity hot spot, WAKUDA, where she was treated to innovative interpretations of Japanese classics.  Continuing her weekend festivities, Justice also dined at TAO Restaurant, the NYC-based Asian bistro, and estiatorio Milos, one of the world’s most celebrated Greek seafood restaurants. After enjoying the unforgettable meals, she rounded out her trip with a Gondola ride through the Grand Canal.

Victoria Justice at WAKUDA Courtesy of The Venetian Resort Las Vegas 1
Victoria Justice at WAKUDA - Photo courtesy of The Venetian Resort Las Vegas

Wednesday, August 31..

Members of legendary ‘80s pop rock band DURAN DURAN, SIMON LEBONand JOHN TAYLOR, stopped by the world-renowned tribute production The Beatles™ LOVE™ by Cirque du Soleil® at The Mirage Hotel & Casino. The GRAMMY Award-winning musicians showed their excitement with a pre-show photo in the lobby with their guests.

Simon LeBon and Guests Pose For a Photo at The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil August 31 2022 2
Simon LeBon and Guests Pose For a Photo at The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil August 31 2022




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