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Ethel M Celebrates 35th Anniversary with Unveil of Renovated Factory and Flagship Store

In conjunction with National Chocolate Day, Ethel M celebrated its 35 year anniversary by unveiling their newly renovated factory and flagship store in Henderson on Thursday night, October 28.

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The chocolate filled experience included a visit into the tasting room where guests were able to sample a few Ethel M Chocolates fresh off the factory line, a walk down the self guided viewing aisle to catch a glimpse of  the process that goes into the makings of Ethel M's best chocolates from scratch, a visit to the newly remodeled retail store where there are are plenty of chocolates to choose from and souvenir items, and a sneak peak of the Botanical Cactus Garden's Holiday cactus lights, which promises to attract thousands of visitors to the breathtaking display. The official Holiday Cactus Lighting Event will be held on Tuesday, November 15.  Located just feet away from the indoor venue, the outdoor cactus garden is the largest in the Southwest United States with over 3 acres of botanical cactus. The chocolate viewing aisle and admission to the cactus garden are FREE and open to the public. The Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Botanical Cactus Garden is located just 15 minutes from the strip, near Mountain Vista and Sunset Road. Normal business hours are Sunday - Saturday 8am - 6pm.

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Britney Spears “Piece of Me” Charity Ride Raises More Than $500,000 to Benefit Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation

Britney Spears and Mario Lopez joined dozens of cyclists in the ‘Britney Spears Piece of Me Charity Ride’ at XCYCLE Las Vegas on Thursday afternoon, October 27 to raise money for the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation (NCCF) Spears and Zappos.com, along with XCYCLE, presented a check of $553,130 to NCCF president and CEO, Jeff Gordon, before the ride. The money was raised by sponsors and other riders who donated for a chance to ride with Spears. The class was instructed by XCYCLE owner, Jen Barnet.

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Spears, wearing a grey XCYCLE shirt and black pants, greeted sponsors and donors before the ride. She then joined Lopez and others in the XCYCLE studio for the 45-minute class.

Sponsors include Spears’ popular Las Vegas show, “Piece of Me,” at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Zappos.com, Live Nation Inc., Robert Earl on behalf of Collide, Southwest Specialty Contractors, Caesars Entertainment, RCA/SONY Music, Elizabeth Arden, George Maloof, JP’s Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation, Creative Artists Agency and iHeartRadio. The ride was part of the initiative by Spears and Zappos to raise $1 million toward building a new facility for the NCCF to provide critical services to young cancer patients and their families.


RH Celebrates the Unveiling of RH Las Vegas, The Gallery at Tivoli Village

VIPs gathered to celebrate the unveiling of RH Las Vegas, The Gallery at Tivoli Village on Thursday, October 27, 2016. The event featured a DJ performance by Chris Malinchak and a guest appearance by actress and supermodel Amber Valletta. Guests enjoyed gourmet bites by Nobu and sipped on fresh peach bellinis by Cipriani NYC and curated wines by Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley. The event benefitted local charity After-School All-Stars Las Vegas.

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Commanding four levels and 60,000 square feet, this innovative new retail experience features artistic installations of home furnishings in a gallery setting – including an entire floor dedicated to RH Modern with an integrated RH Contemporary Art Gallery. RH Las Vegas also includes an interactive Design Atelier, a professional workspace that allows customers, designers, and architects to conceptualize and customize a home.

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RH Las Vegas marks RH Chairman & CEO Gary Friedman’s ongoing collaboration with James Gillam of Backen, Gillam & Kroeger, a firm recognized as one of Architectural Digest’s Top 100 architect and design firms in the world.

Conceptualized as a grand-scale, classical contemporary structure filled with fresh air and natural light, RH Las Vegas features a charcoal-grey Venetian plaster exterior with an expanse of glass-and-steel French doors that open onto a streetscape defined by towering silver date palms and garden walls lush with fig ivy. Looking overhead, guests will admire Juliet balconies, an expansive garden terrace on level three and a Rooftop Park & Conservatory with mature heritage olive trees. As night falls, the building is transformed through dramatic illumination, highlighting its architectural details and landscaping.

Other highlights include a Ben Soleimani Rug Showroom and an array of specialized galleries for window treatments, bed and bath linens and bath hardware.

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Fantasy Celebrates 17 Year Anniversary and Calendar Reveal

The gorgeous ladies of Fantasy, the sexy, adult revue at the Luxor Hotel & Casino celebrated its 17th year anniversary and reveal of the 2017 “Fantasy: Natural Beauties of Las Vegas” Calendar on Tuesday night, October 25.

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The calendar features the stunning cast of FANTASY modeling at iconic destinations throughout the Las Vegas Valley. The beautiful showgirls impressed on the pink carpet in sequined rose pink dresses as they posed for photographers and showed off their new calendar pages.

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In attendance were producer and choreographer Anita Mann, Executive Producer of “So You Think You Can Dance,” Nigel Lythgoe, dancer Chloe Crawford, the cast of “SEXXY,” the cast of Rock of Ages and the cast of Thunder From Down Under walked the carpet.

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A preshow reception was held in the Velvet Room where guests sipped on signature cocktails and enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and mingled with the ladies of Fantasy. The night continued in the Atrium Showroom with a special celebration performance. Lead singer, Lorena Peril, impressed the audience with her powerhouse vocals, while Sean E. Cooper, the only male member of the cast, kept the audience laughing.

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FANTASY was named “Best Showgirls” in the 2015 and 2012 Las Vegas Review-Journal’s “Best of Las Vegas” poll and a recipient of the Las Vegas Weekly “Best of Vegas 2014” awards. Dynamic lead singer Lorena Peril adds an exciting and unforgettable element with powerhouse vocals, taking center-stage alongside a talented cast of beautiful dancers. Popular among singles and couples alike, the sexy production showcases 15 high-energy numbers set to a variety of today’s top music genres. While the gorgeous dancers lure guests into their wildest fantasies, comic relief Sean E. Cooper keeps audiences on its toes with his spot-on impressions of some of pop culture’s most recognizable personalities.

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FANTASY performs nightly at 10:30 p.m. in the Atrium Showroom at Luxor. Tickets start at $39, plus taxes and handling fees.  Guests must be 18 years of age or older.


Maggiano's Little Italy Opens New Location In Downtown Summerlin

Maggiano's Little Italy opened its newest location on Monday, October 24 at 10940 Rosemary Park Drive in Downtown Summerlin, bringing another familiar dining option to the shopping center’s stuffed dining scene. Twenty five years after the original restaurant opened in downtown Chicago, this location is its 52nd restaurant and the 2nd in the Las Vegas area, offering visitors and residents a go-to for Italian fare and special occasions off the strip. In addition, the new restaurant will also add 120 new jobs to the community.

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On hand for the Grand Opening, which began with a traditional “pasta cutting” ceremony, was Maggiano's President Steve Provost, Maggiano's General Manager Luigi DiGrande, Chef Antony Psyk, Andy Ciarruchi General Manager of the project from the Howard Hughes Corporation, Vice President of Communications Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Cara Clark, and Las Vegas dignitaries, State Senator Mo Denis and Assembly Woman Victoria Seaman.

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Also in attendance was Caroline Coccia, Executive Director/CEO of the Make A Wish Foundation. A donation was presented to the local Make-A-Wish chapter as a result of qualifying proceeds made from a recent Friends and Family event. Since 2003, Maggiano's and Make-A-Wish have teamed up to grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions through the annual "Eat-A-Dish for Make-A-Wish" campaign. Having partnered with the charitable organization for 13 years Maggiano's has raised over $7 million for children suffering from life threatening disease. Maggiano’s work with Make-A-Wish affirms the restaurant’s commitment to giving back and supporting local communities, and the opening marked an opportunity to surprise a young woman in attendance with the fulfillment of her wish. Veronica Beauchamp, who was diagnosed with lupus, has always wanted to travel the world as a national geographic photographer, and Maggiano's announced that they will fund her trip to Italy.

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The new 9,732-square-foot restaurant features a menu of authentic Italian-American cuisine including homemade pastas, signature salads, prime steaks, fresh fish, chef-inspired features and specialty desserts, accompanied by a large selection of wines and handcrafted cocktails. Food is made from scratch daily and served in a warm and friendly environment. Family style service or individual entrees are available. The restaurant also has two private dining rooms that can accommodate up to 24 guests each or 48 total when combined for any special occasion.

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Hours of operation for Maggiano's Little Italy in Downtown Summerlin are Monday to Thursday from 4 to 10 p.m.



Motley Brews Draws Record Breaking Attendance at Downtown Brew Festival Fifth Anniversary

On Saturday evening October 22, a sold-out crowd of more than 4,000 craft beer fanatics celebrated the biggest Motley Brews’ Downtown Beer Festival to date.  Guests were greeted with more than 200 of their favorite pours from over 60 local, national and international breweries, while the delicious aroma of beer-themed dishes and nonstop entertainment filled the intimate backyard setting of the Clark County Amphitheater during the fifth anniversary.

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Highlighting the special celebration, Mayor Carolyn Goodman proclaimed Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 “Get Motley Day” in honor of the highly anticipated fall craft beer event, and fans were not disappointed. Festival goers discovered new tastes by sampling a variety of pale ales, IPAs, stouts, lagers, porters and more. Local favorites included fresh brews from PT’s Brewing Company, Tenaya Creek Brewery and Ellis Island Brewery, as well as national and international pours from Lagunitas Brewing, Indian Wells Brewing Co., Wasatch Brewery, Warsteiner and more.

While guests educated their palates, they were exposed to other beverage options such as hydration stations located throughout the footprint, RESQWATER Proactive Recovery to combat that morning hangover,  as well as White Claw Hard Seltzer, which offered fans an assortment of spiked sparkling waters.

Once festival goers worked up an appetite, they traveled to Restaurant Row to dine on beer-infused menu items, as well as classics from Las Vegas’ restaurants and food trucks.   VIP ticketholders enjoyed an exclusive experience, with a flavorful sampling of small bites prepared by celebrity chefs Gina Marinelli of D.O.C.G. Enoteca and Brian Howard inside the VIP Pavilion. Guests indulged in Marinelli’s Clam Cannellini Chowder with Smoked Scallion Oyster Cracker and BBQ Quail with Calabrian, while Howard showcased Wood Roasted Lamb Hearts with Walnut and Mint Pesto and Muhammara Crepes from his Sparrow + Wolf concept. Rare and discontinued pours were available to VIP guests, offering them the chance to sample brews not available to other guests, while Barefoot Bubbly provided sparkling wines and mimosas to complete the tasting experience.

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Taste was not the only sense delighted at the festival; guests’ ears also enjoyed the party with new sounds from Josh Royse’s band Naked Elephant, multi-instrumentalist Trevor Green, and the electric blues tunes from The Routine.

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Offering a safe and enjoyable experience, Motley Brews teamed up with Lyft to provide easy transportation options to and from the festival, as well as shuttle service coordinated with PKWY Tavern, where the official after party was held. A portion of proceeds from the event were donated to the Nevada Craft Brewers Association and the Goodie Two Shoes Foundation.


Britney Spears Donates $200,000 To The Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation  

Prior to her show at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Friday, Oct. 21, pop music icon Britney Spears invited children serviced by the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation (NCCF), as well as NCCF President and CEO Jeffrey Gordon, backstage in order to present the foundation with a check for $200,000.

Throughout her time performing at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, $1 of every ticket purchased to Britney’s headlining Las Vegas show, “Britney: Piece of Me,” has been donated to the NCCF as part of her partnership with the organization. With this donation, Britney will have reached halfway to her goal of raising $1 million for NCCF to build its new permanent facility.

The NCCF is a local non-profit organization providing services in Southern Nevada since 1993, whose goal is to improve the quality of life for critically ill children and their families living in the community.


‘Battle of the Bras’ Fashion Show Raises Over $120,000 for the American Cancer Society to Benefit Las Vegas Community

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas resorts raised more than $120,000 to benefit the American Cancer Society through the seventh annual “Battle of the Bras” fashion show hosted at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Thursday, Oct. 20. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society and the services and treatments the organization provides specifically to the Las Vegas community.

Teams of Caesars Entertainment employees from the Las Vegas region embraced this year’s “Go for the Gold” theme by decorating bras and selecting costumes for their property or corporate leaders to model down a catwalk in front of cheering fans. After the models walked the runway, this fun competition for a cause concluded with a public auction for the bras decorated by Caesars Entertainment’s employees and partners.

Last year, “Battle of the Bras” raised $65,000 through this event and other team member activities throughout the city as part of a month-long fundraising effort. This year, the event and month-long fundraising effort far exceeded the goal of raising $85,000.


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

Terra Tech Corp. a vertically integrated cannabis-focused agriculture company, held the Grand Opening  of its third and latest BLUM retail dispensary in Las Vegas, on Saturday morning October 22. On hand for the ceremonial ribbon cutting were Blum's CEO, Derek Peterson, his designer wife Amy, Clark County Commissioners Steve Sisolak and Rory Reid, and Nevada State Senator Richard “Tick” Segerblom. Derek Peterson, CEO of Terra Tech, stated, "We are excited to see Nevada advance toward the legalization of recreational cannabis, which we believe would help fund public health programs, promote job growth and reduce violent crimes, in Nevada. We are proud to be at the forefront of this explosive industry. As a point of interest, this building was featured in the movie Casino as the bank utilized by Sam 'Ace' Rothstein and Ginger McKenna, the characters played by Robert De Niro and Sharon Stone. The Company also plans to open another dispensary in Reno, Nevada later this fall.”

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The 5,220 square foot facility, located at 1130 East Desert In Road, east of the Las Vegas Strip next to the Convention Center, is a fully compliant, medicinal marijuana collective stocking all varieties of medicinal and recreational cannabis, including indica (kush), sativa, hash, hybrids, concentrates, wax, edibles, pipes, vaporizers and equipment. The professional and friendly staff have a wealth of knowledge and are available to make their clients feel comfortable, and will guide them in their purchasing choices. Offering highly competitive rates, free samples, game, giveaways and top shelf specials, Blum promises to be a pleasure for any customers to visit. Updated ID is required for all purchases and letters of reference are required for first time visitors.

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ALL SHOOK UP: TRIBUTE TO THE KING, the only all-Elvis show on the Las Vegas Strip, celebrated its milestone 1,000th PERFORMANCE on Wednesday, Oct. 26, complete with a cast and production party, ever-flowing champagne and an enthusiastic packed house.  Opened on January 20, 2014, the 75-minute tribute show features music spanning three decades of Elvis’ iconic career as the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Backed by a live band and an impressionist emcee, All Shook Up: Tribute to the King takes guests on an energetic musical journey through love, lust and patriotism; symbolic themes in the life of Elvis Presley. Performances are seven nights a week at the V Theater inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Tickets to the classic show start at $59.99

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Cast and production crew of All Shook Up: A Tribute to the King toast to the show’s 1,000th performance with champagne and cake during a special celebration on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016.
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SPY ESCAPE & EVASION hosted by Ex-CIA Officer Jason Hanson, opened Wednesday evening October 26 at the Stratosphere Hotel & Casino. After almost a decade in the CIA, Hanson brings real-world spy safety experience and techniques direct to audiences, teaching valuable life saving skills and information that 99 percent of Americans will never know or have access to learn, until now.This all-new 75-minute stage show allows the opportunity for individuals and their families to learn those skills and crisis preparedness all while being entertained on the Las Vegas Strip at a minimal cost. Showtime is 5 p.m. and performance dates include October 26, 27 & 29 as well as November 2, 3, 4, 5.  Ticket prices start at $59 per person plus applicable taxes and fees and can be purchased in person at the Stratosphere box office. All guests must be age 5 or older. Locals can visit TicketBAT.com and use promotion code CO50 and save 50% on tickets for this special Las Vegas engagement.  Check out Dianne Davis's interview with Jason Hanson in this week's edition of her column, Views of Vegas.

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The rockin' burlesque show, CHERRY BOOM BOOM held its final performance at Tropicana Las Vegas on Wednesday, October 26. The show, after choosing to depart its current showroom, is weighing their options, exploring new venue opportunities.


SOLID GOLD SOUL has opened inside the Windows Showroom at Ballys. The show features America's greatest Soul & Motown impersonators, performing some of the greatest hits by legendary recording artists Jackie Wilson, Ray Charles, Smokey Robinson, The 4 Tops, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Sam Cooke, Diana Ross & The Supremes and James Brown, backed by a live band and several female dancers. Showtimes are 7:30 pm, Sunday through Thursday.

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At a CHANH BOUPHA PUMPKIN CARVING EVENT held in the Atrium at Walker Furniture on Sunday, Oct. 30,  the top three winning drawings were all created by Robert E. Lake Elementary School students in art teacher Ms. Gallimore’s classes. Chef Boupha carved first place winner, third grader Karla Cervante’s drawing with a cat on a 70-pound pumpkin that she got to take home for Halloween along with a $100. The second place artist was Javier Monroy with a spider in his drawing and third place was Nathan Williams with a lion. Chef Boupha and his son carved faces on two more giant pumpkins that were won by guests in a drawing. There was also free face painting plus hot dogs and sodas.


Due to having knee surgery on October 31, comedy juggler JEFF CIVILLICO has CANCELLED his show at The Flamingo between now and February 6. Anyone who has purchased tickets to his show on those dates will, of course, be refunded.


According to a study by the personal-finance website WalletHub, Las Vegas is  2016’s 10TH BEST CITY FOR HALLOWEEN. To help Americans prepare for the spookiest time of the year, WalletHub crunched the numbers to find the best and cheapest cities to celebrate the holiday and compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 18 key metrics, ranging from “number of candy and chocolate stores per capita” to “average cost of a Halloween party ticket” to “Halloween weather forecast.”



To celebrate the bubbly beverage, champagne, which has been a cornerstone to the internationally renowned restaurant since the first location opened in 1968, MR.CHOW at Caesars Palace introduces an all-new “SOCIAL HOUR” From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Sunday through Thursday when guests can drink Champagne from MR CHOW’s impressive selection of Krug and Moet & Chandon at the restaurant’s sleek bar for an incredible price.


Beginning Thursday, Nov. 3, DOUBLE BARREL ROADHOUSE AT MONTE CARLO RESORT & CASINO is teaming up with Boots On Stage and Las Vegas’ new country leader 95.5 THE BULL FOR THE BOOTS CONCERT SERIES starting at 8 p.m. With live performances from some of country’s hottest new music acts, top hits spun by DJ Sean Cvtter, surprise giveaways and special appearances by the Jack Daniel’s and Bud Light girls, partygoers can enjoy the high-energy atmosphere before, during and after select T-Mobile Arena concerts at the rowdy roadhouse.

Boots On Stage Concert Series entertainment lineup includes:
·Thursday, Nov. 3 –Tyler Rich with support by Chaley Rose of the TV show Nashville
· Friday, Nov. 4 – Loving Mary, with support by Golden West
· Saturday, Nov. 5 – Caleche Ryder, with support by Golden West
· Sunday, Nov. 6 – Smithfield, with support by Caleche Ryder
· Wednesday, Nov. 26 – Morgan Leigh Band


As the property celebrates 17 years in Las Vegas, JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa and Rampart Casino will be holding a FALL JOB FAIR, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.on Friday, Nov. 4 to hire additional employees for existing departments, as well as the new, soon-to-be-announced signature restaurant. More than 70 positions are looking to be filled with qualified candidates. Positions are available in the following areas: Accounting,  Food & Beverage, Dealers, Engineering, Housekeeping, Payroll Salon and Spa Sales, Security, Sportsbook, and more. JW Mariott Las Vegas Resort & Spa  is located at  221 N. Rampart Blvd.


The premier venue for country music in Las Vegas, Stoney’s Rockin’ Country, will host a live performance by iconic country duo MONTGOMERY GENTRY on Friday, Nov. 4. This performance will be an ACM Lifting Lives® Club Benefit Show with a portion of the proceeds donated to ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy of Country Music. Money raised will help fund organizations that are improving lives through the power of music. For more information, please visit www.ACMLiftingLives.org.  Tickets are priced at $25 for general admission. This is an 18+ event. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m.


International recording artist NOELIA LORENZO has CANCELED her performance scheduled for Friday, Nov. 4 at Boulder Station. Tickets purchased for the Nov. 4 performance will be refunded at the original point of purchase. There is no rescheduled date at this time.


First Friday Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and advancing local arts and culture in Las Vegas, announced a celebration of “suffrage” on First Friday, November 4, 2016. Key elements for this month include: First Friday's Featured Artist – local artist Daniel Holbrook, who will present his concept of “Love Everyone” - stenciling on the Mission Building – live!
The Las Vegas Paiutes offer prayer dancing throughout the evening.

The Nevada Art Museum provides lessons in bead making – guests can make a bracelet and take it with them. Also, learn more about the Seven Magic Mountains.

NOVEMBER 4TH FIRST FRIDAY HIGHLIGHTS:

Art Style: Emerging and established artists, arts, crafts. Interactive painting for those who want to explore their own creativity.
ArtWalk 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. showcases work by emerging Las Vegas artists. Check out the artist booths in main festival area. Be sure to stop into the Arts Factory and Art Square, and visit the many art galleries and studios.

First Friday Farmer’s Market on Boulder Ave.: 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. curated by Intuitive Forager (who also produces the Downtown Farmer’s Market and the Downtown Summerlin Farmer’s Market), featuring chef demonstrations throughout the evening.

Drum Circle 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. with their very special DrumBus.com.

Family fun and entertainment on California and Casino Center. 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. Visit the galleries. Youth Outdoor Unity bringing family fun all night long.

Epyk Dance DepARTment 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. is where First Friday patrons can learn about a variety of dance forms, listen to music, and make new friends all while getting good exercise. Location for the Dance DepARTment: on Coolidge (between 1st and Main Streets).
Community Productions in Boulder Plaza 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Food & Drink 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. Explore the many options for your taste buds as the First Friday Culinary experience is back in full force with delicious options from a wide variety of food trucks and artisan food vendors – over 30 in total. Enjoy a high-quality tequila experience with Don Julio's tasting lounge located next to the main bar with Don Julio drink specials. There are also many brick and mortar options in the Arts District, as well as the Fremont East District, with new restaurants and bars opening regularly.
Music 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. E 320 Entertainment Group presents live entertainment on the main stage.


Hailed as one of the most epic shows on The Las Vegas Strip, KA by CIRQUE DU SOLEIL is ushering in the holiday season with a new two-day schedule for its highly popular open house, dubbed the THEATRE SPECTACULAR. Designed to bring wonder and delight to fans in a whole new way, the COMPLIMENTARY OPEN HOUSE will take place every Saturday at 12 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. beginning Nov. 5, 2016. As part of the experience, guests will enjoy a rare demonstration inside the theatre at MGM Grand, where they will get an inside look at the impressive work, inspiration and state-of-the-art technology used in this stunning $165 million production.  Introduced to the public last year, the KÀ Theatre Spectacular is also available every Tuesday at 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.


Classic rock supergroup ASIA Featuring JOHN PAYNE is returning to Las Vegas with a special performance at Club Madrid inside Sunset Station on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $30.


Emmy Award-winning group THE FAB FOUR – THE ULTIMATE TRIBUTE will pay homage to The Beatles in two performances at the Suncoast Showroom Nov. 5 and 6. Showtime is at 8:30 p.m. Tickets start at $33 plus taxes and fees, and can be purchased at Boyd Gaming box office locations.


LEGENDS IN CONCERT at Flamingo Las Vegas will commemorate the historic milestone of 33 successful years in the entertainment capital of the world November 6 through November 21, celebrating Las Vegas legends with special appearances. Robin Leach of Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous and Las Vegas Review-Journal, along with a wonderful list of rotating celebrity guests will emcee the world-famous production for a select number of performances. Monti Rock III and his transcendent showmanship will host an unforgettable evening, after selling over 7 million disco albums and appearing on The Tonight Show and in the iconic film Saturday Night Fever. The Morning Zoo radio host Chet Buchanan of 98.5 KLUC and “Radio Showgirl” Heidi Harris on AM 840 KXNT, will also bring their on-air personalities to the stage, while celebrity magician and Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino headliner Murray Sawchuck from America’s Got Talent and Pawn Stars joins the celebration with his incredible talents. Performances are at 4 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. throughout the entire year.


Centric’s SOUL TRAIN AWARDS will return to the Orleans Arena on Sunday, Nov. 6 with four-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Erykah Badu hosting the star-studded event. Drake and Beyonce lead the group of artists with the most nominations, with Drake receiving 12 and Beyonce receiving eight. The Soul Train Awards will air on Sunday, Nov. 27 at 8 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST) on Centric and BET.Tickets start at $55 plus taxes and fees.


HEXX Chocolate + Confexxions, located in Paris Las Vegas, will celebrate the spirit of the holidays by holding its SECOND ANNUAL TOY DRIVE, beginning Monday, Nov. 7 through Friday, Dec. 16.  Throughout the drive, the Strip-side retail store and candy shop will be collecting new and unused toys to be donated to popular children’s charity, TOYS FOR TOTS. HEXX will also give donors the opportunity to purchase toys onsite with selections ranging from $5 to $25. Guests that choose to donate will receive 15 percent off their in-store purchase that day and will be entered into weekly raffles, making them eligible to win retail items or gift certificates to the store. On Tuesday, Dec. 20, one lucky donor will be chosen to receive a grand prize basket, valued at $500.


SAPPHIRE GENTLEMEN'S CLUB, Located at 3025 Sammy Davis Junior Drive,  will be hosting an ELECTION NIGHT PARTY on October 8. A $10 donation to the Sapphire Foundation for Prostate Cancer at the door grants guests access to free champagne, all American buffet, and one raffle ticket for a chance to win prizes. And, one extra raffle ticket will be given to each guest that shows their “VOTED” sticker. Trump and Hillary mask will be handed out to each guest and the best Trump or Hillary impersonator judged by crowd applause will win $1000 in prizes.  Enjoy free champagne from 5pm to 9pm while anticipating the election results. Watch the returns roll in on three mammoth 12-foot screens in Sapphire’s state-of-the-art Showroom. Hamburgers, hot dogs, pasta and salad will be provided by Sapphire Grill.


Former child actor, DUSTIN DIAMOND, best known for his role as “Screech” in 90’s hit sitcom “Saved by the Bell” will headline five special shows of Sin City Comedy & Burlesque at Planet Hollywood & Casino Nov. 10, 11 and 12. Diamond will be joined by Sin City Comedy & Burlesque running co-headliner Lisa Landry and the Sin City Dollz. VIP, General Admission and Standing Room Only Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster.


Award winning actress, comedienne, producer and host WHOOPI GOLDBERG will return to Treasure Island November 11 at 9 p.m.Tickets are available starting at $69.95, plus taxes and service charges.


M RESORT will show appreciation for MILITARY SERVICE MEMBERS ON VETERANS DAY, NOVEMBER 11 by offering a COMPLIMENTARY MEAL AT STUDIO B BUFFET.  Studio B will be open from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will feature a prime rib brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a seafood dinner from 2:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Veterans and active duty personnel may show proof of military service on Friday, November 11, for complimentary admission into the buffet. Military service members may also take advantage of M Resort’s ongoing military discounts, including 10% off a full-priced seafood buffet at Studio B (Friday through Sunday) and 10% off hotel accommodations, based on availability.


BEER PARK at Paris Las Vegas will honor ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY AND VETERANS with a 20 PERCENT DISCOUNT ON VETERANS DAY, all day on Friday, Nov. 11. Veterans and active-duty service members who show a valid military ID will receive 20 percent off their total bill. Guests can enjoy some of BEER PARK’s many tailgate-style food options.


MAVERICK AVIATION GROUP, the parent company of Maverick Helicopters, Mustang Helicopters and Maverick Airlines, invites ALL VETERANS AND MILITARY PERSONNEL to enjoy Veterans Day with an iconic flight on Friday, Nov. 11. In support of the nation’s military and their commitment to service, Maverick Aviation Group offers 10 percent off select flights daily including the company’s most popular excursions, Vegas Nights, Wind Dancer and Molokai Voyage. To receive the offer, guests must book directly through Maverick Aviation Group and present their valid military ID card at check-in. To book a reservation, please call 702.261.0007 or visit www.flymaverick.com and mention the code “MILITARY.”


This Veterans Day weekend, Fremont Street Experience will host the 4th ANNUAL SALUTE TO THE TROOPS featuring a FREE CONCERT FROM GARY SINISE & THE LT. DAN BAND. The concert kicks off Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. on the 1st Street Stage. Prior to Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band taking the stage, there will be an opening performance by country music artist Phil Vandel.

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Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band will perform a free concert during the 4th Annual Salute to the Troops concert Veterans Day weekend at Fremont Street Experience.
Photo Courtesy of: Gary Sinise Foundation.

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A 70-ft American Flag is unfurled over a VIP area for approximately 150 veterans and their loved ones from both Walter Reed at Naval Support Activity Bethesda & Fort Belvoir during the Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band “Salute the Troops” free concert at Fremont Street Experience on November 15, 2015.
Photo Courtesy of: Fremont Street Experience.


Once again rekindling their synonymous holiday music magic, multi-platinum GRAMMY winners AMY GRANT AND MICHAEL W. SMITH will co-bill their popular Christmas tour this year, joined by recording artist JORDAN SMITH, Season 9 winner of NBC’s “The Voice.” Incorporating a full symphony orchestra at each performance, this seasonal crowd-pleaser is expanding this year with additional dates including Saturday, Nov. 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.  Tickets, start at $30 (not including applicable service charges) and can be purchased at any MGM Grand or Mandalay Bay box office.


REMEDY'S TAVERN celebrates its 8th Anniversary on Saturday, Nov. 12 with a party that begins at 7 p.m.  There is no cover for the party, however all guests at Remedy’s must be over 21 years-old with valid ID.

REMEDY'S 8th ANNIVERSARY PARTY is at the Conestoga location only at 530 Conestoga Way in Henderson, just off the I-95 at the intersection of Wagon Wheel and Nevada State Drive. The Phil Friendly Trio will rock and roll as guests enjoy recreated sounds from Johnny Cash, Wanda Jackson, Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis and Buddy Holly.  Party-goers are encouraged to wear their finest rockabilly fashions and compete in a costume contest.  Guests can also partake in a dinner buffet, drink specials and hourly prize giveaways all night long.


Celebrity sightings:

Sunday afternoon, October 30...

French Montana, Floyd Mayweather and Dan Bilzerian were all in attendance at Marquee Dayclub Dome in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. each enjoying their own VIP cabanas with friends. All three took part in the judging of the $10,000 sexiest bikini contest as the contestants strutted their stuff on the Marquee stage.

French Montana at Marquee Dayclub Dome 10.30.16
French Montana
Photo credit: Tony Tran Photography

Dan Bilzerian Floyd Mayweather at Marquee Dayclub Dome 10.30.16
Dan Bilzerian Floyd Mayweather at Marquee Dayclub Dome
Photo credit: Tony Tran Photography

Bikini Contest Winners at Marquee Dayclub Dome 10.30.16
Bikini Contest Winners at Marquee Dayclub Dome
Photo credit: Tony Tran Photography

Saturday evening, October 29...

French Montana took over TAO Nightclub in The Venetian as part of his exclusive residency with TAO Group. The rapper fueled up at the restaurant with friends before heading upstairs to the nightclub.

French Montana Dan Bilzerian at TAO 10.29.16
French Montana Dan Bilzerian at TAO
Photo credit: Al Powers

French Montana Performs at TAO 1 10.29.16
French Montana Performs at TAO
Photo credit: Al Powers

Also at TAO was Dan Bilzerian who enjoyed dinner with friends at the restaurant before heading up to the nightclub to take in French Montana’s performance.

Hip hop sensation Lil Wayne celebrated Halloween weekend at Foxtail Nightclub inside SLS Las Vegas where he hosted Halloweezy Part II. Following his dynamic set, Wayne was spotted  at his VIP table with fellow Young Money artists Lil Twist, Hoodie and Mack Maine.

Lil Wayne Gives an Energetic Performance at Foxtail Nightclub 10.29.2016
Lil Wayne Gives an Energetic Performance at Foxtail Nightclub
Photo credit: Global Media Group

Winners of the Costume Contest at Foxtail Nightclub on 10.29.2016
Winners of the Costume Contest at Foxtail Nightclub
Photo credit: Global Media Group

Prior to Lil Wayne’s Foxtail takeover, guests were treated to a thrilling performance by local rock bands Adelitas Way and Conflict of Interest inside  The Sayers Club during “Nightmare on Adelitas Way.”

Saturday evening, October 29...

Adult entertainment stars Asa Akira and Joanna Angel were spotted at Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop at Paris Las Vegas for the club’s annual Wicked Halloween Ball.

Asa Akira and Joanna Angel at Chateau
Asa Akira and Joanna Angel at Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop
Photo credit: Joey Olvera

Friday, October 28...

Poker players Cliff Josephy, Qui Nguyen, Gordon Vayo, Kenny Hallaert, Michael Ruane, Vojtech Ruzicka, Griffin Benger, Jerry Wong and Fernando Pons, who  are currently competing in the finals at The 47th annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Championship – commonly referred to as the Main Event at Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino enjoyed breathtaking views of the city from a private, glass-enclosed cabin, 550 feet above Las Vegas, on the High Roller observation wheel at The LINQ Promenade.

WSOP November 9 credit Jeff Ragazzo
WSOP
Photo credit: Jeff Ragazzo

Saturday evening, October 27...

Following the grand opening of RH Las Vegas, The Gallery at Tivoli Village, Gary Friedman, CEO of RH (Restoration Hardware) dined at Jenna and Michael Morton's La Cave Wine & Food Hideaway  inside Wynn Las Vegas.

Monday night, October 24...

Actress Zoey Deutch enjoyed dinner with friends at TAO in The Venetian.

Sunday, October 23...

Former Miss USA and Executive State Director of the Miss Nevada USA organization, Shanna Moakler, accompanied by current Miss Nevada USA Emelina Adams and Miss Nevada Teen USA Carissa Morrow, was in attendance at the official 2017 Miss Nevada USA and Miss Nevada Teen USA pageant orientation at Life Time Athletic Green Valley. A representative from Jovani Fashions was also in attendance to host an exclusive trunk show, featuring its latest evening gowns.

2017 Miss Nevada USA and Miss Nevada Teen USA contestants at the 2017 Miss Nevada USA Orientation at Life Time Athletic Green Valley
2017 Miss Nevada USA and Miss Nevada Teen USA contestants at the 2017 Miss Nevada USA Orientation at Life Time Athletic Green Valley

2017 Miss Nevada USA and Miss Nevada Teen USA contestants during a high energy Zumba class at Life Time Athletic Green Valley
2017 Miss Nevada USA and Miss Nevada Teen USA contestants during a high energy Zumba class at Life Time Athletic Green Valley

2017 Miss Nevada USA and Miss Nevada Teen USA contestants trying on Jovani Fashions
2017 Miss Nevada USA and Miss Nevada Teen USA contestants trying on Jovani Fashions
Photo credit: Georgina Vaughan

Thursday, October 20...

After visiting Michael Jackson ONE at Mandalay Bay earlier in the week, The Rolling Stones’ Ron Wood was so enthralled by the wonder of Cirque du Soleil® that he returned for more fun and visited The Beatles LOVE at The Mirage. The legendary musician was joined by his friends and family, who took in some of the greatest catalogs in pop music while visiting Las Vegas. After LOVE, he happily took photos with the cast and thanked them for the unforgettable evening.

Ron Wood at The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil Oct. 20 2016
Ron Wood at The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil
Photo courtesy of Cirque du Soleil

Wednesday night, October 19...

Actor and director Peter Berg enjoyed dinner at LAVO Italian Restaurant in The Palazzo with friends that included U.S. Navy Seal and author Marcus Luttrell.

DJ and social media star YesJulz had dinner at Beauty & Essex in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas with a group of friends.

Professional golfer Dustin Johnson practiced his swing at Topgolf Las Vegas. The 2016 U.S. Open Champion was joined by a group of friends on the fourth floor of the entertainment complex.

Tuesday, October 18...

GRAMMY-nominated musician Ne-Yo celebrated his 37th birthday at Hyde Bellagio in Las Vegas during Industry Tuesdays insider night.  The party didn’t end there as DJ D-Miles delivered high-powered sets for the club-goers.

Libertarian Party candidate for president and former governor of New Mexico, Gary Johnson, participated in a Q&A with CNN’s Dana Bash and guests at BEER PARK at Paris Las Vegas.

Gov. Gary Johnson with BEER PARK staff
Gov. Gary Johnson with BEER PARK staff
Photo credit: Daniel Coffey

 

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