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Las Vegas Landmarks Turn Red for World AIDS Day

Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) and the Las Vegas community showed its support in the fight against HIV and AIDS on Saturday, December 2, with a series of commemorations all around town honoring those living with or affected by the disease.

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City Hall
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The day began with the world-famous "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign turning red while Clark County Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick presented AFAN Executive Director Antioco Carrillo with a proclamation recognizing the significance of the day in Las Vegas and the importance of AFAN's work in the community.

Starting at 8 p.m., many casinos and landmarks across the Valley turned their marquees including Caesars Palace, Harrah's Las Vegas, The LINQ Hotel & Casino, The LINQ Promenade & High Roller Observation Wheel, Flamingo Las Vegas, The Cromwell, Bally's Las Vegas, Paris Las Vegas, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Downtown Summerlin, Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, The Venetian and The Palazzo, Keep Memory Alive Event Center, Fremont Street Experience, Stratosphere Casino Hotel, & Tower, Plaza Hotel & Casino, Miracle Mile Shops, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas City Hall, MEET Las Vegas, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, and all of the Station Casino properties.

Fremont Street Experience Canoy Photo courtesy AFAN
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High Roller Observation Wheel Photo courtesy AFAN
High Roller Observation Wheel
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Keep Memory Alive Event Center Photo courtesy AFAN
Keep Memory Alive Event Center
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Events were scheduled throughout the rest of the week to raise awareness for HIV/AIDS and to benefit AFAN's client services. On Saturday, Dec. 3, the fifth annual #iPARTYinRED Zumbathon took  place at the Gramercy from 5:30-7 p.m. The $10 minimum donation directly supports AFAN.

AFAN is also hosting their annual holiday toy drive now through Dec. 9 to make this season special for children living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. Please visit facebook.com/afanlv for more information on how to adopt a child or family from the "digital angel tree."

For more information on AFAN's involvement with World AIDS Day or to make a donation visit afanlv.org.

Terry Fator Presents Holiday Themed Show, “A Very Terry Christmas”

Mirage headliner, Terry Fator: The Voice of Entertainment debuted his holiday themed show on Monday, Nov. 28 through Thursday, Dec. 22.  Titled, A Very Terry Christmas, this show is a holiday tradition in the style of those great family television specials of the past, while mixing in the perfect amount of Las Vegas.

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Pretending be at home in his living room with the stage decorated with a Christmas tree, a fireplace (by way of video screen), and a doorbell signaling the arrival of  “visitors”, the multi talented Fator and cast celebrate the holidays with comedy, singing, celebrity impersonations and ventriloquism, featuring classic tunes such as  “Winter Wonderland,”  and “Baby It’s Cold Outside”.  There is even talk about “Juana” a new holiday that is sure to make audiences laugh out loud.

A Very Terry Christmas features pre-show opener Ben Harris, a brilliant cast fronted by the amazingly talented Fator along with his lovable puppet characters including Winston, the Impersonating Turtle, Vikki “The Cougar,” country legend Walter T. Airdale, stoner Duggie Scott Walker, the “flamboyant” Berry Fabulous,  soul singer Julius, teen vocal sensation Emma Taylor, the world’s greatest Elvis impersonator Maynard Tompkins and Latin heartthrob Fernando V. Francisco. New additions to A Very Terry Christmas is President elect Donald Trump and a duet between David Bowie and Bing Crosby, which features Fator performing with two puppets simultaneously.  Fator's new bride Angie also joins her hubby on stage, filling in as his assistant, carrying puppets to and from Fator when not seated on a nearby chair watching him perform.

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Tickets for the 7:30 pm show of Terry Fator: The VOICE of Entertainment presents A Very Terry Christmas start at $59.99, plus applicable taxes and fees. A “Most Valuable Package” (MVP) Experience is available for $149.99 per ticket, plus applicable taxes and fees. The MVP Experience includes premium seating, an autographed photo, a souvenir show program and a complimentary drink.

Tony Sacca Explores the history of  Las Vegas in “Vegas The Story” at Ballys Window Showroom

Entertainer, singer, TV host and  producer Tony Sacca has brought his new and original musical production,“Tony Sacca’s Vegas The Story,” to the Windows Showroom at Ballys Hotel & Casino.

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The show, written and created by Sacca with additional material from the late comedian David Brenner, is funny and nostalgic with a multimedia video presentation that explores the history of Las Vegas over the past 100 years.  Narration is by Nevada Hall of Fame Broadcaster, Ron Garrett, with musical direction from Grammy Award winner Gary Anderson and also includes four of Sacca’s original musical compositions.
 
Vegas The Story takes audiences on a journey through the history of Las Vegas from 1904 to the beginning of legalized gambling in the 1930s, the passage of a quickie divorce, and the building of Hoover Dam, up until the present along with a glimpse into the future of Las Vegas in the year 2050. The show pays tribute to several resident headliners who made Sin City “The Entertainment Capital of the World” including Sacca performing the songs of legendary headliners Jimmy Durante, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Donny Osmond, Sonny Bono, Louis Prima, Wayne Newton, and Bobby Darin.

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Joining Sacca are comic impressionists Tom Wallek and Rich Natole performing top notch impressions of several iconic Las Vegas entertainers as they guide you through the history of Las Vegas including Liberace, George Burns, Bugsy Siegel, Johnny Carson, Don Rickles and David Brenner, just to name a few.

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The cast also features Laurie Caceres, Amanda Kaiser, Nellie Norris, Joelle Righetti and Janien Valentine, four very talented Las Vegas-veteran female singers and dancers who span the decades paying tribute to the Andrew Sisters, McGuire Sisters, Ann-Margret,  Cher, Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez.

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Tony Sacca’s Vegas The Story” is performed Tuesday through Saturday at 2 p.m.in the Windows Showroom at Bally’s Las Vegas. Tickets are $39.99 general admission and $49.99 VIP, which includes a Las Vegas musical clock and meet-and-greet. Ticket prices To purchase tickets call 702-777-2782 or visit Bally’s Las Vegas Box Office.

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Tony Sacca, Josette LeBlond and the cast of "Tony Sacca's Vegas The Story"
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Additional recent and upcoming “happenings” in and around Las Vegas include:

Hakkasan Group hosted its final HAKKASAN GIVES BACK EVENT WITH THE GOODIE TWO SHOES FOUNDATION on Friday morning, December 9. Kicking off its efforts in late August, the nightlife and hospitality company partnered with the reputable organization as a part of its third annual Hakkasan Gives Back initiative.

During the final event, a number of Hakkasan Group Executives and employees came together for a celebratory check presentation ceremony and presented Goodie Two Shoes founders, Tony and Nikki Berti, with a check for $55,000, resulting in the outfitting of approximately 2,200 children.

Hakkasan Gives Back Goodie Two Shoes Check Presentation with EVP of Marketing Dianna Balabon and GTS Co Founder Nikki Berti Photo Credit Aaron Garcia
Hakkasan Gives Back Goodie Two Shoes Check Presentation with EVP of Marketing Dianna Balabon and GTS Co Founder Nikki Berti
Photo credit: Aaron Garcia/Hakkasan Group

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Hakkasan Gives Back Volunteers Goodie Two Shoes
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Hakkasan Gives Back Goodie Two Shoes
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In a five month span, Hakkasan Group hosted four volunteer opportunities during Goodie Two Shoes’ shoe distribution events, which was open to all Hakkasan Group employees. With those opportunities the group accrued over 460 volunteer hours and helped outfit approximately 1,662 children with a brand new pair of shoes and socks. In addition to employee efforts, Hakkasan Group artists joined in this year with monetary donations and volunteer hours, including Steve Aoki’s Aoki Foundation. Donation efforts will continue throughout the end of the year, allowing for staff and guests to donate at select Hakkasan Group restaurants in Las Vegas.

Hakkasan Group developed the Hakkasan Gives Back initiative in 2013, and continues to be involved with a variety of charitable organizations each year. The company strives to provide opportunities to its employees, artists and guests alike, encouraging those to participate and give back to its community throughout each year.

MINT INDIAN BISTRO held the Grand Opening of its second Las Vegas restaurant on Saturday evening December 3. Located in the Northwest part of Las Vegas in Spring Valley at 4246 S. Durango, this new location offers the same delicious Indian food, a mix of North Indian, South Indian, Indo Chinese, fusion food and Thai curry as the Eastside/Paradise location, but has stretched the envelope with the introduction of elements never before seen in an Indian restaurant. In addition to the tandoors in the kitchen, the Spring Valley location is the only Indian restaurant in Las Vegas with a LIVE tandoor on the restaurant floor, floor churning out fresh, hot naan breads, and a sports bar and self-serve stations so guests can pour their own wine and beer by the ounce. There is also a banquet facility available for bigger, more special occasions.  In addition, the lunch Buffet and salad bar (which is available daily including holidays and weekends) have more options than ever before.  No matter what dietary philosophy you follow, Mint Indian Bistro has something for everyone, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free delicacies.  Mini Indian Bistro in Spring Valley is open 7 days a week (including holidays and long weekends). Lunch buffet: 11am – 3 pm; Dinner (weeknights): 3pm to 10 pm; Dinner (weekends): 3pm – 11:30 pm.

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Local fashion designer ERMALINDA MANOS celebrated the official launch of her book "LOST IN LAS VEGAS" Wednesday night, December 7, with a fashion event at The Metropolitan Gallery Art Museum in Downtown Las Vegas. Manos gave thanks and appreciation to her team, guests, and family for the endless support they have shown her throughout her life, the creation of the book, and her lifelong battle with immigration. With her mom and dad by her side, she teared up as she dedicated the evening and book to other young immigrants going through the same process. Francy Johnson, who played an integral role in Manos' immigration case, traveled 20 hours from Kuwait to celebrate the evening with her.

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After walking through the eclectic art in the gallery and snapping photos in the photo booth, guests were treated to a fashion show with designs from Manos' line featured in the book, modeled by TNG Models and hair and makeup by Kelly Cardenas Salon. Local personality Sancho Van Ryan emceed the event as guests sipped on cocktails from Hug L'Originale and Tequila Chamucos. DJ Douglas Gibbs provided the soundtrack to the evening.

Mayor Carolyn Goodman honored Manos with an official proclamation declaring Dec. 7 as "Ermelinda Manos Day," recognizing her contributions to the Las Vegas community through fashion and the arts.  Wearing a glittering black and gold backless design of her own, Manos then personally signed copies of her book and posed for photos with guests.

OSCAR'S STEAKHOUSE AT THE PLAZA HOTEL & CASINO has launched a brand new LOCALS NIGHT ON WEDNESDAYS in the lounge where guests can enjoy happy hour pricing all night long on food and drinks as well as 50 percent off all bottles of wine and champagne. Non-locals get to enjoy the specials too. Wednesdays will also offer live entertainment with a DJ beginning at 7 p.m. in the lounge. Visitors to Las Vegas can also enjoy the special Wednesday evening offers, as they are invited to “live like a local” in Oscar’s lounge. 

THURSDAY IS LADIES NIGHT in Oscar’s lounge. Ladies can enjoy an additional half off happy hour priced drinks, equating to $3 glasses of house wine and beer and $2 well drinks all night long.

The hub of bites, sips and sounds –BAILIWICK - is now open at The Orleans Hotel and Casino. The unique venue is an inventive hybrid of a gastropub and an intimate entertainment venue with live entertainment, offered nightly.

The popular Solana Beach company, GRACEDBYGRIT, with worldwide online sales, opened its second retail store, a popup at Tivoli Village in Las Vegas, a few weeks ago. With its new piece of high-performance women’s athletic apparel: the Chelsea Legging added to its collection, GRACEDBYGRIT will donate up to $50 per legging to Chelsea’s Light Foundation—a foundation that has helped create the strongest laws in the country to protect children against known violent predators. The Chelsea Legging is priced at $118 and may be purchased in-store in Solana Beach or Las Vegas.

On the morning of Friday, Dec. 2, TWIN LAKES ELEMENTARY STUDENTS, TEACHERS AND ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL KRISTIN MILLER, gathered as supplies were donated by UNITED HEALTHCARE/HEALTH PLAN OF NEVADA to support the start of club programs. The donated items totaled $1,721.33 and included supplies such as movement scarves for the Music and Dance Club, paint kits and brushes for the Cool Cats Art Club and fitness pedometers for the Running Club. Following the donation presentation, UnitedHealthcare/Health Plan of Nevada’s Community Outreach Manager, Kim Gahagan was thanked with a card created and signed by Twin Lakes Elementary students and staff.

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UHC HPN Club Donation to Twin Lakes Elementary
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Twin Lakes Student Presents UHC Kim Gahagan with Card at Donation Presentation
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The Wright Family Bronco Riders, sponsored by  the D Las Vegas, are dominating the WRANGLER NATIONAL FINALS RODEO competition and the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC) has created an action-packed viewing hub to capture it all. Guests have been joining the legendary family of cowboys and learning rodeo tricks at the D during their meet and greet sessions, which will continue throughout the week at the Vue Bar in the D Las Vegas, DLVEC’s sister property. Fans can join the brothers from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. every day until the rodeo wraps up on Dec.10. VIEWING PARTIES are being hosted nightly from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. at DLVEC, allowing guests to enjoy live entertainment under a 20,000 square-foot heated tent. To kick off the opening festivities, DLVEC and the D Las Vegas hosted an exciting viewing party on December 1 and 2 with sexy Crown Royal models. The models will be back to greet guests on December 8 and 9 from 9:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. at DLVEC and from 10 p.m. – 11 p.m.at the D Las Vegas.

PIFF THE MAGIC DRAGON, Las Vegas’ resident ray of sunshine, and the loser of “America’s Got Talent,” is spreading holiday cheer with the return of PIFF'S PIFFMAS PIFF-TACULAR. With a sleigh of new tricks and a special guest appearance from Mr. Piffles the Red Nose Chihuahua, Piff’s Piffmas Piff-Tacular runs Monday, December 5, 2016 through Wednesday, January 4, 2016 inside the Bugsy’s Cabaret at Flamingo Las Vegas. In addition, Piff, who will be appearing on “America’s Got Talent Holiday Spectacular” on NBC, December 19, will make the season a bit more enjoyable for some of Las Vegas’ furry friends, with the inaugural PIFF FOR PETS HOLIDAY PET FOOD DRIVE WITH THREE SQUARE FOOD BANK. Guests who bring an unopened bag of pet food to Bugsy’s Cabaret at Flamingo Las Vegas during the special holiday run of Piff’s Piffmas Piff-Tacular, will receive a free poster of Piff the Magic Dragon. The show is dark Thursday, December 15, 2016 through Sunday, December 18, 2016. All shows begin at 8 p.m. inside Bugsy’s Cabaret at Flamingo Las Vegas, with additional 5:30 p.m. shows on select dates. Tickets start at $68.62 plus tax and service fees and can be purchased in-person at the Flamingo Box Office.

“You Light Up My Life” songstress DEBBY BOONE will return to the Suncoast Showroom with “Swing This,” her captivating new performance, on Dec. 9-10.  Showtime is 8:30 p.m. each night. Tickets are priced at $17.50 plus taxes and fees, and can be purchased in-person at gift shops inside The Orleans, Suncoast, Gold Coast and Sam’s Town. Tickets may also be purchased the day of the show (depending on availability) at the venue box office.

In the spirit of the season, The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace presents its first-ever GREAT GIVE from Dec. 10-17. Partnering a number of its world-renowned retailers with a variety of local and national non-profits the week-long shopping event benefits a wide variety of charities and causes. Each participating retailer has a designated charity and will either donate a portion of sales of specific items, donate a flat percentage of sales or raise funds directly to benefit their partner charity.Forum Shops retailers participating in GREAT GIVE and their designated non-profit include: MULBERRY | Nevada Ballet Theatre; ELIE TAHARI | Make-A-Wish; DAVID YURMAN | ELBI; CHLOE | Project 150; SANDRO | Three Square Food Bank;  VERSACE | Kode with Klossy;  L.K.BENNETT | Simon Youth Foundation; HENRI BENDEL | The Girls on the Run LV;  ANNE FONTAINE | Anne Fontaine Foundation in honor of Save the Brazilian Atlantic Forest;  DONALD J PLINER | American Cancer Society;  TUMI | St. Jude Children's Research ; BORDER GRILL | Three Square Food Bank; KIEHL'S SINCE 1851 | Feeding America; PANDORA | Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Darin Feinstein, the owner of Fat Bar on the Las Vegas Strip and three local Fatburger franchise locations, along with his wife Patricia Feinstein, have announced the 4th ANNUAL HOLIDAY GIVE BACK TO THE SHADE TREE donation drive and private star-studded event for its residents. With a goal of filling more than tummies for the holiday season, the annual month-long donation drive and private lunch for residents has become a highly successful fundraising activity for the residents of The Shade Tree.  Fatburger supplies a commercial grill and a dozen staff members who all look forward to take part and grill up the world-famous Fatburgers for residents. Additionally, special guests come to support the cause such as Rio headliner and comedian Eddie Griffin and entertainer Early Clover and friends, who have supported the Holiday Give since its launch in 2013, Phillip Limon and Dana Anderson of the ISI group who come every year to paint inspiring murals at The Shade Tree, and Steve Siegel and Judi Siegel of Siegel Suites, who last year brought Santa Claus and provided toys for the children.

The Shade Tree donation drive runs through Saturday, December 17 at three local Fatburger locations as well as Fat Bar on the Las Vegas Strip.  This year, the donation drive has partnered with Pledgeling, whose mission is to power the impact economy by aligning businesses and nonprofits to connect with their audiences in engaging ways and make giving back as easy as possible. Pledgeling provides a text-to-donate service to enable donors the convenience of donating from their smart phone by texting SHADETREE to 91065. For each $1 donated to The Shade Tree, Fatburger will match up to $10,000. Las Vegas Fatburger locations participating include Fat Bar and Fatburger on the Las Vegas Strip; Fatburger at Red Rock Resort & Casino, and Fatburger at Green Valley Ranch Resort & Casino.

The College of Southern Nevada Department of Fine Arts will host the “2016-2017 CSN ART & ART HISTORY FACULTY EXHIBITION”  featuring work of 38 faculty/artists from its Art & Art History Program, beginning Friday, December 2, that will run though Saturday, January 28, 2017. Works featured in this exhibition will highlight the vast range of offerings within the CSN Art & Art History Program including: ceramics, digital media, drawing, metal work, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. The CSN Fine Arts & Artspace Galleries are FREE and open to the public. Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The Fine Arts Gallery is located adjacent to the Nicholas J. Horn Theatre Lobby and the Artspace Gallery is located upstairs above the main entrance lobby, both on the North Las Vegas Campus of the College of Southern Nevada, one mile East of I-15 North, 3200 E. Cheyenne Avenue, North Las Vegas.

In the spirit of the holiday season, award-winning gentlemen’s club CRAZY HORSE III will collect toy donations to support KLUC-FM’s 18th ANNUAL TOY DRIVE from Thursday, Dec. 1 through Saturday, Dec. 10.   Plus, Crazy Horse III will treat patrons to one free drink for a new and unwrapped toy that is priced at $15 or more. For the ten days of the toy drive, Chet Buchanan of KLUC-FM’s Chet Buchanan and the Morning Zoo will collect donations on behalf of HELP of Southern Nevada to benefit local families and hundreds of non-profit agencies. Crazy Horse III is located at 3525 W. Russell Rd., just minutes away from the Las Vegas Strip and a few blocks west of I-15.

XEB, featuring ex original members of the hit band Third Eye Blind, will make its Las Vegas debut at Palms Casino Resort. The band, which includes Kevin Cadogan, Tony Fredianelli and Arion Salazar, will perform hits from Third Eye Blind’s self-titled debut album during the Official Holiday Havoc After-Party at The Lounge inside Palms Casino Resort on Thursday, December 8, 2016 and Friday, December 9, 2016. Doors for both shows open at 10 p.m. and there is no cover. Guests must be 21 years or older.

Two rising stars in the country music world, KELSEA BALLERINI WITH CAM, will take the stage at The Orleans Showroom on Dec. 9-10. Showtime is at 7 p.m. each night. Tickets start from $39.95 plus taxes and fees, and VIP experiences are also available, which include a Meet & Greet opportunity. Tickets can be purchased in-person at gift shops inside The Orleans, Suncoast, Gold Coast and Sam’s Town. Tickets may also be purchased the day of the show (depending upon availability) at the venue box office.

More than 1,000 people are expected to bring the holiday spirit to  Summerlin on December 10th when they "jingle all the way" to Tivoli Village, 440 S. Rampart Boulevard,  for the Arthritis Foundation's annual fundraiser, JINGLE BELL RUN/WALK event, to support the fight  to cure arthritis, the nation's leading cause of disability.  The annual holiday-themed event will start at 8:00 a.m. and will have host walkers and runners alike donning their most festive apparel -- everything from bells on bobtails to full holiday regalia.   Locally, in 2015 the Jingle Bell Run/Walk raised more than $110,000 with approximately 1000 participants and volunteers.  Our goal for  2016 is to raise $125,000,” said Catharine Rinehart, Development Director for Southern Nevada. To register for the “JINGLE BELL RUN,” please visit www.JBR.org/LasVegas, or call Catharine  Rinehart at 702-888-3266 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

LIFE TIME ATHLETIC GREEN VALLEY, located at 121 Carnegie St. in Henderson, invites families to celebrate the holiday festivities at the club’s annual kids’ celebration, “REINDEER GAMES,” from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 10.   Kids of all ages can enjoy a morning filled with festive activities, including holiday arts and crafts, games and photos with Santa. While the kids play, adults can get into the holiday spirit with a gourmet breakfast spread, featuring bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys. Reindeer Games at Life Time Athletic Green Valley is priced at $20 per child, with a $15 multi-child discount. Adults may purchase a food wristband for $5 or a food and drink wristband for $10.

Mercedes in the Morning’s annual NOT SO SILENT NIGHT will bring its rockin’ holiday show back to The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on Saturday, December 11 at 6:30 p.m. This year’s lineup will feature ONEREPUBLIC with special guest LINDSEY STIRLING.  Tickets start at $59.50 (plus applicable service fees).

BEER PARK AT PARIS LAS VEGAS has transformed into a WINTER WONDERLAND FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON complete with a 15-foot Christmas tree, fake snow and festive lights strung throughout the venue. As a 12-day countdown to Christmas, the rooftop bar and grill will show HOLIDAY FILMS on dozens of high-definition TVs from Tuesday, Dec. 13 through Saturday, Dec. 24, visible from every seat in the venue, beginning at 8 p.m. or after scheduled sporting events.

The Orleans Arena will host ‘CIRQUE MUSICA HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR’ Live on Dec. 14 at 7:30 pm. Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular” is a family-friendly show featuring acrobats, aerialists and hilarious hijinks, all set to the tune of classic holiday songs performed live by the Las Vegas Philharmonic orchestra.  Tickets start at $29 plus taxes and fees and can be purchased at the Orleans Arena Box Office (702.284.7777). A portion of the show’s proceeds will benefit The Public Education Foundation.

Award-winning gentlemen’s club Crazy Horse III, located at 3525 W. Russell Rd. will be throwing an over-the-top “NAUGHTY NOT NICE” HOLIDAY BASH to celebrate local industry professionals on Thursday, Dec. 15.  The evening's festivities will include sexy Santa photo opportunities, a hosted open bar from 10 p.m. to midnight and a Neon Flow party beginning at 2 a.m., with DJ Tortorice performing, showcasing his unique 3D projection-mapped lighting stage and projections alongside DJ C.L.A.  

The Hawaiian-based group SOCIETY OF SEVEN will heat up the Suncoast Showroom with its signature aloha vibe and its versatile variety show Dec. 17-18. Showtime is at 8:30 p.m. each night. Tickets start at $38 plus taxes and fees, and can be purchased in-person at gift shops inside The Orleans, Suncoast, Gold Coast and Sam’s Town. Tickets may also be purchased the day of the show (depending upon availability) at the venue box office.

MARC D. DONOVAN (who stared in the recently closed Million Dollar Quartet) along with Gary Green Productions, Inc. present the inaugural holiday benefit show, “CHRISTMAS CROONER” on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. The star-studded, family friendly event will benefit Foster Change, a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides support, resources and empowerment for foster, kinship, and adoptive families of Southern Nevada. Ticket prices start at $34.75 plus applicable fees and can be purchased at the Westgate box office.
 
The 3rd ANIVERSARY OF MONDAYS DARK with Mark Shunock, and the end of year celebration of its monthly charity events, will be held on Monday, Dec. 19 at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas.  Mondays Dark begins at 8 p.m. with doors at 7 p.m. $20 reserved seating and $50 VIP tickets are available now online at www.MondaysDark.com. 100 percent of the ticket proceeds from the 3rd Anniversary of Mondays Dark will benefit the 11 charities featured in 2016 – Broadway in the Hood, Candlelighters Children Cancer Foundation of Nevada, Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation, The Foundation Assisting Seniors, Habitat for Humanity, Injured Police Officer’s Fund, Make A Wish Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Shiloh Horse Rescue & Sanctuary, Through the Eyes of a Child, and the USO.

During the 3rd anniversary event, some of Las Vegas' top entertainers will come together on one stage to perform  as a way of giving back to the community, and 22 charities for 2017 will be welcomed to the family. In addition to witnessing a stellar night of entertainment, guests can also bid on luxurious live and silent auction items including art, show and concert tickets, dining packages, spa treatments, jewelry, and more.

Early 2017, Mondays Dark will move to its new home, The Space, a new community-driven, charity-based arts complex opening Jan. 5, 2017 that will be a haven for all arts and artists in Las Vegas.  Located at 3460 Cavaretta Court, the new arts complex will feature a 3,000 sq. ft. raw performance space a black box theater, two rehearsal studios, podcast/recording studio, and a vintage piano bar and lounge.

Celebrity sightings:

Friday afternoon, December 9...

Professional golfer J.B. Holmes, who owns four career PGA tournament wins and is known for being one of the longest drivers on the PGA tour, practiced his swing at Topgolf Las Vegas.

After enjoying Topgolf back in July, country superstar and Vegas headliner Kix Brooks returned to hit golf balls from the entertainment complex’s third floor.

Thursday, December 8...

Country music artists and Caesars Palace headliners, Reba McEntire along with Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn of superduo Brooks & Dunn, were spotted attending the hit 10 p.m. performance of the hit show, Absinthe, at Caesars Palace.

Wednesday afternoon, December 7...

Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley of the Grammy Award-winning country band Lady Antebellum were spotted hitting golf balls at Topgolf Las Vegas.

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Lady Antebellum
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Saturday, December 3...

World-famous UFC fighter Anthony Smith arrived at Palms’ premier nightlife destination, Ghostbar, with his training team to celebrate his win in “The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale” that took place earlier that evening at The Pearl.

Herb Dean, one of the most famous American Mixed Martial Arts Referees stopped by Ghostbar’s rager to socialize with friends and hit the bar for some after-hours fun.
Mixed martial artist Tito Ortiz spent the day at Marquee Dayclub Dome in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas celebrating the birthday of his girlfriend Amber Miller. Friends joined the couple as they partied the day away under the Dome that kept the pool deck at 80 degrees. That night, the group continued the party at Marquee Nightclub where they took to a VIP table as DJ VICE manned the decks.

Also at Marquee Nightclub was MMA artist Chuck Liddell at a VIP table with friends.

At TAO restaurant in The Venetian, “Orange is the New Black” star Jackie Cruz was seen enjoying dinner with friends. After dinner, the group headed to Marquee Nightclub where they sipped on champagne throughout at the night at a VIP booth.

Friday night, December 2...

Famed American Mixed Martial Arts Professional and Jiu-Jitsu Practitioner, BJ Penn dined at NOVE Italiano with a large group of friends. BJ Penn, the first American gold medalist of the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship, was met by Executive Chef Marlon Simbulan where he was given a VIP tour of the kitchen.

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BJ Penn and Chef Marlon Simbulan at NOVE Italiano
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MLB star Marlon Byrd was spotted at TAO Nightclub in The Venetian. Joined by a group of friends, Byrd took in the night from a VIP booth as Baby Yu manned the DJ booth.

Sunday, Nov. 27...

Award-winning actress Chloe Grace Moretz spent a playful evening at one of the most thrilling shows in Las Vegas, the beloved Zumanity by Cirque du Soleil. Joined by her family, the young star wrapped Thanksgiving weekend in true Vegas fashion as she attended the show for her very first time. Her brother, Trevor Duke Moretz, added to the excitement as he was pulled onstage for the finale—an “orgy” with the entire cast that typically involves an audience member or two.

Chloe Grace Moretz with the cast of Zumanity by Cirque du Soleil Nov. 27 2016
Chloe Grace Moretz
Photo courtesy of Cirque du Soleil

Actor Corey Feldman and new bride “Angel” Courtney Anne celebrated their joined bachelor/bachelorette party at Crazy Horse III.

 

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