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Nickelback Hosts Blackjack Tournament at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Multi-platinum selling rock band Nickelback, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and AEG Presents partnered with Lotus Broadcasting to host an exclusive blackjack tournament on Tuesday, Feb. 27, with radio winners, invited casino guests and members of media at Hard Rock Hotel ahead of the band’s third performance at The Joint.

Photo credit Brenton Ho/Kabik Photo Group

Photo credit Brenton Ho/Kabik Photo Group

Photo credit Brenton Ho/Kabik Photo Group

Photo credit Brenton Ho/Kabik Photo Group

Participants gathered inside the former Peacock High-Limit Gaming Lounge where they were seated at four tables, with one band member at each table. Fans mix and mingled with the band members, took selfies, asked for autographs and had a chance to play a one-hour tournament, face-to-face with the band members.

Lucky fans each received a pair of tickets to Nickelback’s show at The Joint and an autographed lyric sheet. The grand prize winner of the tournament received an electric guitar autographed by Nickelback.

After a nearly seven-year absence from Las Vegas, multi-platinum, chart-topping rock band, Nickelback, launched their highly anticipated five-night limited engagement at The Joint, February 23.

Clint Holmes and Earl Turner Take the Stage together for Soundtrack: Your Songs. Our Stories. The Show

Celebrated entertainers and singers Clint Holmes and Earl Turner have joined forces on stage to celebrate the “soundtrack” of our lives in Soundtrack: Your Songs Our Stories, The Show. inside the famed Westgate International Theater at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino.

Earl and Clint, who have often shared each other’s stages as headliners and, for more than two decades lent their voices to each other’s award-winning shows, combine their unique energy, voices, humor and life experiences to bring new life to some of the most memorable songs from our past and present that makes up the soundtracks of our lives.

Whether on performing solo or in a duet, these artists bring back a feeling of “old Vegas” in a high energy show that celebrates some of the best music of years gone by as well as hit songs from contemporary artists. Featuring their own, fantastic renditions of hit songs from Michael Jackson, Al Green, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Blake Shelton, Justin Timberlake, Bill Withers and Irving Berlin, among others, the talented singers also pay tribute to musical greats such as Stevie Wonder and Prince, as well as Las Vegas legends, Elvis and Sammy Davis Jr. Backed by a live eight-piece band led by musical director/conductor and pianist Christian Tamburr, a three-time Down Beat Magazine Music Award winner, the show also features female vocalist Serena Henry, whose credits include performing with Gladys Knight and Smokey Robinson.

With their amazing chemistry, camaraderie, and talent, these two powerful performers provide an explosive and unforgettable evening of entertainment that should not be missed.

SOUNDTRACK: Your Songs. Our Stories. The Show. will showcase an ever-changing repertoire of iconic musical favorites, including “You’ve Got a Friend” and “Yesterday.”

Clint Holmes is simply one of the country’s finest vocalists. A consummate entertainer, performer and recording artist, Holmes scored a number-one hit in 1972 with “Playground in My Mind.” He has established a long resume of accolades and accomplishments, including “Singer of the Year” in both Las Vegas and New York City. His latest album Rendezvous was recently nominated for two Grammy® Awards.

Earl Turner, a multi-talented singer, songwriter, musician, dancer and actor is” a 30-year veteran of Las Vegas showrooms and countless casino theaters across the country. He was honored when Harrah’s New Orleans Hotel and Casino named a showroom for him during his multi-year engagement and was inducted in the New Orleans Music Hall of Fame.

SOUNDTRACK: Your Songs. Our Stories. The Show. performs Thursday through Sunday at 7 p.m. inside the International Westgate Theater at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. Tickets are $48, $58, $78 and $98 plus tax and fees and can be purchased at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino Box Office.

Menopause The Musical Celebrates 13 year Anniversary in Las Vegas

Menopause, the Musical celebrated its 13 year anniversary in Las Vegas on Thursday night, February 22 at Harrah's Hotel & Casino where it has been staged for the last three years. It is the longest running scripted musical in the history of Las Vegas.

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Menopause is such a highly entertaining show with so much to offer guests that it is no suprise that it continues to draw audiences for each performance. Along with its clever, well written script which celebrates, pays tribute, pokes fun at the “changes”, and is ultimately empowering and uplifting, the high energy production features a strong cast of four extremely talented singer/actresses. Jaqueline Holland Wright as the aging soap star, Vita Corimbi as the hippie/earth mother; Lori Legacy as the Iowa housewife, and Lisa Mack as the career woman, are all fantastic in their roles, have great chemistry and beautifully interact with each other as they perform hilarious parodies of hit songs.

I've seen the show numerous times and I can attest, Menopause the Musical, is one of the most entertaining shows in Las Vegas.

Producer Alan Glist, from G4Productions, was in attendance at the anniversary performance and came on to the stage to talk about the show's success and how, through the years, it has raised over $1 million for women's charities, with its sales of Hot Flash fans (that sell for $1 each). Last year, $100,000 was raised for the Susan Koman Foundation in it battles against breast cancer and, he added, in February all proceeds will go to the Marjory Stoneman High School victims fund in Parkland, Florida.

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Menopause The Musical performs in the intimate setting in Harrah's Cabaret at Harrah's. Performances are Monday through Saturday at 7:30pm with additional 4p.m matinees each Saturday and Monday.

Peng Zu Asian Restaurant Celebrates Official Opening and Chinese New Year

Peng Zu Asian restaurant, showcasing Asian favorites and authentic tastes in a contemporary and comfortable atmosphere, celebrated its grand opening at Suncoast Hotel and Casino, on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 21. Invited guests were treated to complimentary samplings of dishes from the menu such as honey walnut shrimp, coconut shrimp, cashew chicken, pork pot stickers, pork egg rolls, pepper steak,salt and pepper chicken wings, snow peas as well as assorted cocktails,

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The event also featured a festive lion dance celebration across across the casino floor. The dance, which included three lions, one dragon and four musicians, is believed to bring good luck and fortune and spectators were given red envelopes with money to feed to the dragon to bring good luck. The dance culminated at Peng Zu for a special blessing of the restaurant with Boyd Gaming senior leadership.

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Named after Peng Zu – a legendary figure in China said to have lived more than 800 years – Suncoast’s all-new signature restaurant encompasses the inspiration of using cooking, herbs and spices to promote long life and good health. Peng Zu was known for a chicken soup that could aid any ailment and add years to one’s life. A take on this magical recipe lives on at Peng Zu as a specialty dish served nightly as well as other dinner specialties prepared fresh to order.

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Additional menu highlights include::
·Appetizers:  Moo Shu Pork
·Soups: Vietnamese Beef Pho, Oxtail Soup, Cha Shu Ramen and its delicious and nutritious Peng Zu Soup
·Wok Fried Specialties: Orange Peel Beef
·Noodles: Pad Thai, BBQ Pork Noodles, Singapore Noodles, Hong Kong Chow Mein and Cantonese Lo Mein
·Peng Zu House Specialties: Roast Duck, Black Pepper Steak, Curry Chicken Clay Pot and Black Bean Prawns
·Rice and Vegetables: Chinese Broccoli, Baby Bok Choy and Buddha’s Delight mixed Chinese vegetables
·Desserts: Mochi Ice Cream, Lychee Nuts and Mango Cake
· Combination Specialties ($10): Choice of Mongolian Beef, Sweet & Sour Chicken or Pork, Beef Chow Fun or General TSO’s Chicken served with Vegetable Spring Roll and Vegetable Fried Rice. Hot & Sour Soup, Egg Drop Soup or Miso Soup can be added for $2.

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The bright and cheerful design the restaurant brings to mind the casual noodle shops of Hong Kong and Shanghai with 50 authentic, screen-printed parasols from China that have been converted into a gorgeous ceiling feature and a back wall featuring a wall-to-wall custom art installation designed with imagery and symbolism representing joy, longevity, and good fortune.

“Peng Zu offers the northwest Valley an authentic new Asian dining option featuring a fun and approachable concept,” said Mark LaVoie, Vice President of Food and Beverage for Boyd Gaming. “The menu at Peng Zu appeals to a variety of tastes, and locals and visitors are really going to enjoy this fresh amenity to the hotel.”
Peng Zu serves dinner Sunday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The Howard Hughes Corporation Breaks Ground on Las Vegas Ballpark in Downtown Summerlin®

The Howard Hughes Corporation, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), community leaders, Major League Baseball (MLB) executives, and hundreds of loyal fans broke ground on Friday, February 23 on Las Vegas Ballpark, a 10,000-person capacity baseball stadium that will be the future home of the Las Vegas 51s, the city’s professional baseball team. The team, a member of the Pacific Coast League (PCL) and a Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets, is wholly owned by The Howard Hughes Corporation.

The newest addition to Downtown Summerlin, Las Vegas Ballpark, will be located on approximately eight acres just south of City National Arena, the practice facility for the city’s National Hockey League (NHL) team, the Vegas Golden Knights. As the second major sports facility in Downtown Summerlin, the new stadium will establish the community’s urban core as a vibrant sports and entertainment hub.

Photo courtesy of Las Vegas Ballpark

Photo courtesy of Las Vegas Ballpark

Photo courtesy of Las Vegas Ballpark

Photo courtesy of Las Vegas Ballpark

Photo courtesy of Las Vegas Ballpark

“Today's groundbreaking marks an important milestone in the next stage of growth for both Downtown Summerlin and the Las Vegas 51s,” said David R. Weinreb, Chief Executive Officer of The Howard Hughes Corporation. “This would not have been possible without the vision and support of Clark County and the LVCVA. Developing Las Vegas Ballpark in the heart of Downtown Summerlin is symbolic of our focus on creating dynamic experiences and making entertainment and culture a central component of our communities.”

In addition to serving as the home of the Las Vegas 51s, Las Vegas Ballpark will host civic, community, nonprofit and sporting events. Designed to create a festival-like atmosphere, the site will be landscaped to complement the Summerlin® master planned community and will provide a wide range of seating options including 20 suites, party zones and decks, a kids’ zone, and bars and a pool beyond the outfield wall. Parking will be conveniently located on adjacent sites. Las Vegas Ballpark is being designed by HOK, a global architecture firm with an expertise in stadium design, having designed more than 40 professional and collegiate stadiums worldwide. 

“Along with the leaders of Clark County and the LVCVA, we have worked tirelessly to give baseball a new home in Southern Nevada,” said Kevin T. Orrock, President, Summerlin. “Las Vegas Ballpark will help elevate baseball in the region while providing valley residents with another first-class amenity in Downtown Summerlin.”

Totaling nearly 400 acres, Downtown Summerlin is the planned walkable urban core within the award-winning 22,500-acre Summerlin master planned community. With more than 125 stores and restaurants in an open-air streetscape environment, Downtown Summerlin is at the forefront of destination development.

“This is exciting news for all Clark County residents,” said Clark County Commission Chair Steve Sisolak. “The new stadium will bring family-friendly entertainment to Southern Nevada for decades to come.”

Additional baseball figures in attendance included Don Logan, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Las Vegas 51s; Pat O’Conner, President and Chief Executive Officer, Minor League Baseball; Fred Seymour, Senior Manager, Major League Baseball; and Branch Rickey, President of the Pacific Coast League and grandson of baseball legend Branch Rickey.

The MINT Tavern Revitalizes Vintage Vegas and Celebrates Official Opening

The Mint Tavern, a classic Las Vegas lounge, celebrated its official grand opening on Thursday, March 1. Conveniently located in the heart of Sin City, and centered around a cool and relaxed vibe, the local friendly spot, featuring time-honored libations, a variety of live entertainment and 24-hour gaming, serves as the solution for those who are looking to enjoy a night out, but don’t want to go to a club or lobby bar.

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Nightlife mogul, Todd Worz, and Jonathan Fine, owner of FINE Entertainment, envisioned the space based on their mutual appreciation for the roots of Las Vegas, blending classic hospitality with a progressive tavern experience. With the goal of bringing back Frank Sinatra-era class and service, The MINT Tavern pays historical tribute to Las Vegas through namesake revitalization of a celebrated classic hotel and a location that’s a few doors down from the oldest operating steakhouse in town, Golden Steer.

“We meticulously designed both the sign and the space to create an inviting and comfortable lounge that’s both lived in, yet refined,” said Todd Worz, partner of The MINT Tavern. “Inside, guests will find carefully-curated artwork and a thought-provoking drink menu. We want guests to have the feeling that The MINT Tavern has been around for a while, but that they’re still kept on their toes with regularly changing entertainment.”

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Currently, The MINT Tavern features free weekly swing dancing lessons on Fridays from 7:30 – 9 p.m. and will also have a rotation of other entertainment such as a pianist and vocalist, a three-piece band, an acoustic guitarist, comedy shows and big bands. The name is inspired by The Mint Las Vegas, which originally opened its doors as a hotel and casino in downtown Las Vegas in 1957.

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The MINT Tavern is open 24 hours daily and located just west of the Las Vegas strip at 332 W Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas.

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

THE GOLDEN TIKI, Las Vegas' world-famous premier tiki bar, celebrated DON THE BEACHCOMBER'S BIRTHDAY Friday night, February 23, with drink specials, guest bartenders, a special performance by house band The Sharps, and the unveiling of Lonnie Hammargren's shrunken head.

Lonnie Hammargren strikes a pose with his shrunken head and The Golden Tikis Managing Partner Branden Powers
Lonnie Hammargren strikes a pose with his shrunken head and The Golden Tikis Managing Partner Branden Powers - Photo courtesy of THE GOLDEN TIKI

To kick off the festivities, former Lt. Gov. of Nevada, retired neurosurgeon and collector of unusual Vegas artifacts LONNIE HAMMARGREN was honored with his own SHRUNKEN HEAD. Tony Felicetta of The Sharps was on hand to present the latest addition to the bar's growing collection of famous heads. Prior to the unveiling, Hammargren and his family were emotionally moved as Felicetta paid tribute to the Las Vegas legend by sharing various personal and professional highlights and accolades.

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L R Guest bartenders Anthony Demaria Jessica Lee Westergom Adam Rains and Wendy Hodges celebrate Don the Beachcombers birthday with their twists on classic tiki cocktails. - Photo courtesy of THE GOLDEN TIKI

"I just thought we were going out for a drink," Hammargren told his emotional family, friends and fans who gathered in his honor. "It was a total surprise to be included in the shrunken head collection, and it means the world to me."

Hammargren's shrunken likeness was created exclusively for The Golden Tiki's cabinet of curiosities by Smithsonian artist Terry Barr. The head was sculpted over the course of four weeks, referencing photos of Hammargren to ensure physical accuracies. It's the eleventh in a series of celebrity shrunken heads on display at Vegas' iconic Tiki revival bar. Previous shrunken heads include Marky Ramone of The Ramones, Carrot Top, Frank Marino, Robin Leach, Norm Clarke, Claire Sinclair, magician Murray Sawchuck, Vinnie Paul of Pantera, Chris Phillips of Zowie Bowie, and Monti Rock III.

Throughout the night, local guest bartenders served up their twists on Donn Beach classic cocktails in honor of the founder of tiki cocktail culture. Participating bartenders included Anthony Demaria from Campari who served the "Bungle in the Jungle;" Wendy Hodges from Fusion Bar who served the "Pearl Diver;" Adam Rains from Flock & Fowl who served the "Navy Grog;" and Jessica Lee Westergom from The Black Sheep who served the "Zombie."

"Donn Beach is responsible for tiki bars and tiki culture," said Branden Powers, The Golden Tiki's managing partner. "Tonight we pay tribute to a man who continues to inspire us. Cheers to his legacy!"

On Thursday afternoon, February 22, a live reading of MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL SEQUEL, Still Hot! was held at Harrah's Hotel & Casino. Written by celebrated entertainer Clint Holmes and comedian/musician Dennis Blair, the sequel follows the same four ladies including the earth mother/hippie, aging soap opera star, career/power woman and Iowa housewife, as they reunite in Las Vegas for a weekend of fun and adventure. Based on what I experienced from the amazing cast, brilliantly written script, and laugh out loud song parodies, this follow up production is just as relatable, hilarious an entertaining as the original. Producers Alan and Kathi Glist and everyone involved in the creative process have another sure fire hit to open sometime in the near future.

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Wednesday, Feb. 21, multi-platinum selling rock band NICKELBACK made an on-screen appearance at the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Calgary Flames game at T-Mobile Arena with an exclusive hype video to cheer on Las Vegas’ adored local hockey team. The band was in Las Vegas for a five-night limited run at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Feb. 23, 24, 27 and March 2 and 3 with Monster Truck opening all five shows.

Sunday afternoon, March 4, artist KITOS LUCERO, known as Childhood Cancer Is The Real Boogieman, took over MARVEL AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. in Treasure Island and created one-of-a-kind pieces of art with Marlee and Nic, two childhood cancer warriors battling their disease. As each kid narrated their journey and answered questions from Lucero, he represented their answers through paint colors. When the stories were done, the paint was applied to the canvas to create a new story – an abstract painting that evokes the feelings of hope, love, survival, and strength. The kids and their family then spent time having fun in the attraction, escorted by Agent 11 and Spiderman!

One of the final art pieces will be donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to be auctioned off during their annual gala later this year.

Lucero has made it a mission in life to use his skills in helping to bring awareness to childhood cancer. Using his art and passion, Lucero works throughout the year with “warriors” (those kids fighting, or who have fought childhood cancer), on fundraising projects and awareness events.

CHEF STEPHEN SULLIVAN, the accomplished Executive Pastry Chef at WESTGATE LAS VEGAS RESORT & CASINO, was named “PASTRY CHEF OF THE YEAR” at the 29th ANNUAL U.S. PASTRY COMPETITION on Sunday, March 4, 2018. Held in New York City at the 2018 International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York, Chef Stephen showcased eight signature desserts, a plated dessert and a custom-made show piece made of chocolate. The 2018 showpiece theme was “The Great Race,” meaning competitors’ inspiration was derived from recognized forms of race, including car racing, swimming, horse racing, running, cycling and boating. “It’s a thrill to be named ‘Pastry Chef of the Year,” said Chef Stephen Sullivan. “I’m honored to have represented Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino and the Las Vegas community at this prestigious event. Being a Pastry Chef is unlike any other job in the world. It truly is an art form and I have dedicated myself to pushing the boundaries of what is possible with desserts.”

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Zappos.com announced that it is teaming up with Caesars Entertainment, beginning with the renaming of The AXIS, the Las Vegas resort’s world-class 7,000-seat state-of-the-art live entertainment venue. As part of the multi-year partnership, officials from both Zappos and Caesars revealed the theater will now be known as ZAPPOS THEATER AT PLANET HOLLYWOOD RESORT & CASINO. Additional initiatives will be announced in the near future.

FORBES TRAVEL GUIDE unveiled its 60th annual list of worldwide Star Rating winners, and named THE SPA AT RED ROCK by Well & Being as a part of this list, receiving an honor of a FOUR STAR SPA RATING, a designation that signifies it among the finest spas in the world.

The LAS VEGAS COALITION FOR ZERO FATALITIES is pledging $10,000 to empower local bars and restaurants to combat impaired driving. The $10,000 will fund "Designated Drivers On Demand" for bar and restaurant employees to request a Lyft ride through Lyft's Concierge platform for intoxicated patrons needing a ride home. This program aims to build a network of 100 bars and restaurants committed to eliminating impaired driving fatalities, and is the second initiative from  the Las Vegas Coalition for Zero Fatalities. Coalition members including PT's Entertainment Group and Andiron Steak & Sea have already begun using the Concierge platform at their establishments.

TOTO has announced the first set of North American shows in support of the band’s 40th Anniversary.The 40 Trips Around The Sun World Tour will arrive at the Sunset Amphitheater at Sunset Station on Friday, August 10, 2018. Tickets to TOTO are $35, $45 (plus tax and applicable fees) for reserved seating. Standing room only tickets are available for $25 (plus tax and fees). Tickets went on sale Friday, March 2.

Multi-platinum-selling artist and four-time Grammy Award winner LIONEL RICHIE has announced additional 2018 dates of his wildly successful residency, “Lionel Richie - All the Hits.” The music icon will return “All Night Long” to the stage at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino March 9 through 20 and Aug. 15 through Oct. 20.General ticket prices begin at $59, plus applicable tax and fees, and may be purchased in-person at the Planet Hollywood box office.

On Friday, March 9, CARMINE'S location Las Vegas will be selling $1 MEATBALLS outside its restaurant in celebration of National Meatball Day with all proceeds going to the charity, Three Square Food Bank. Carmine’s is known for their family-style, large-portion dishes and their famous meatballs are no exception. Made with veal and beef, the meatballs are rolled into enormous balls making them a favorite menu item nationwide. The $1 meatball offering will be available 2 – 4 PM PST at the following Las Vegas location:3500 South Las Vegas Boulevard (in the Forum Shops at Caesars Hotel & Casino).The $1 meatballs will be first come, first served and will only be available at the specified times and only at the National Meatball Day tables outside the restaurant. All proceeds will be donated charity and extra donations from patrons will be accepted.

QUEEN BEE MARKET, the popular urban-style market, has partnered with THREE SQUARE FOOD BANK to host A FOOD AND FUNDRAISING DRIVE at the annual shopping event held at The Conference Center of Las Vegas on Friday, March 9 and Saturday, March 10. Three Square, Southern Nevada’s only food bank, offers wholesome, nutritious food to non-profit and faith-based organizations, schools and feeding sites that serve a wide range of Southern Nevadans in need. Three Square will have a booth at Queen Bee Market, where representatives from the local non-profit will collect monetary donations and non-perishable goods, such as canned tuna, canned chicken, canned fruit, beans, cereal, personal hygiene products and more. Shoppers who donate five items will receive a Queen Bee Shopping card worth 10 percent off their purchase at the expo. Exclusions may apply.

Co-owners of Queen Bee Market, sisters Kellie Dooley and Allison Gharst, meticulously selected the artisans who will be showcasing and selling an array of handmade home décor, accessories, clothing, paper arts, vintage items, natural skin care products and more. Tickets to Queen Bee Market are priced at $5 per person and will be available for purchase at the door. Children 12 years old and younger and military with ID receive free entry.

RainMaker Productions Vegas Variety Show proudly presents an evening with singer JIMMY HOPPER “UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL” at the Bootlegger Bistro's Copa, 7700 South Las Vegas Blvd., on March 14, 2018. VIP tickets are $35 and General Admission tickets are $25. A 2 drink minimum including water, soft drinks or spirits, is required.

The Las Vegas Fashion Council (LVFC) will host "THE ART OF HAT DESIGN" event with international award-winning hat designer LOUISA VOISINE offering an inside look into her design studio, on Thursday, March 15 from 5:30-8 p.m. It is FREE to attend and guests are invited to shop the latest collections with proceeds benefiting the LVFC's scholarship fund and their mission to further the Las Vegas fashion economy by providing and creating opportunities for emerging artists, students and designers. Louisa Voisine Design Studio is located at 10219 Gillespie St. Las Vegas.

Ground-breaking metal artists, BETWEEN THE BURIED & ME, bring their North American headlining tour with The Dear Hunter and Leprous to the House of Blues Las Vegas on Thursday, March 15. Doors: 6 p.m. Show: 7 p.m. Ages: All Ages. Tickets start at $25, plus applicable fees.

THIRD THURSDAY ON 3RD Returns to the Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino with a special “Shamrock the Street” edition on Thursday, March 15th from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. just in time to kick-off St. Patrick’s Day festivities. This month’s event aims to give attendees of ALL AGES a bit of craic with five gourmet food trucks, street games, and O’swag give-a-ways, Live Art O’Installation, PLUS All-You-Can-Drink Green Beer (21+ over) for just $20 from 6pm-Midnight, and MORE.

XCYCLE Las Vegas, located in Boca Park, will host its second annual ‘BIKES AND BRUNCHCHARITY RIDE with proceeds benefitting the Patrick Kelley Youth Foundation (PKYF) beginning at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, March 17. Dozens of riders will participate in a 45-minute RYTHMX spin class set and choreographed to high-energy music in a state-of-the-art cycling studio. Immediately following the cycle class, participants are invited to indulge in a decadent brunch catered by Rachel’s Kitchen and light refreshments provided by Pressed Juicery.

The Patrick Kelley Youth Foundation aims to provide support, education and other resources to disadvantaged youth and their families in the local Las Vegas area. All proceeds from XCYCLE’s Bikes and Brunch charity ride will go directly to the PKYF. Additionally, donations will be directed to PKYF’s annual PK Bike Day held on Sunday, April 15th. XCYCLE’s charity ride and brunch is open to the public for a $40 participation fee. Reservations are required and will be available to a limited number of participants. To make a reservation, riders may visit xcyclelv.com, or call 702-489-6099.

Don’t miss a second of basketball action, from Cinderella stories to favorite teams making a run for the title at the MADNESS IN MARCH COLLEGE BASKETBALL VIEWING PARTY at Treasure Island. Located in the ballroom, on the second level,  the event begins March 15 at 7:30 a.m. and continues through March 17 at 10 pm. There is no charge for admission.The Ballroom features multiple large screen TVs and first come, first served banquet table seating. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older with a valid ID. This is a non-smoking event.

America's Got Talent alumnus, Sam Wills, aka TAPE FACE, will debut his new multi year residency at Harrah's Las Vegas beginning March 16 in a uniquely customized, intimate, 200 seat theater, “HOUSE OF TAPE”. Ticket prices begin at $63 plus applicable tax and fees. VIP seats including a meet and greet with Tape Face are also available for $99 plus applicable tax and fees. Tickets are available at any Las Vegas Caesars Entertainment Box Office.

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The Plaza Hotel & Casino will host its annual MARCH MANIA VIEWING PARTY March 15-18 in its Plaza Event Center, a nearly 5,000 sq. ft. event space that has 18 large screen high-definition televisions, two projectors and a state-of-the-art sound system. Guests will enjoy stadium style food and drinks with comfortable seating options so groups, large and small, can mix and mingle while watching the basketball games. A satellite betting station from William Hill inside the Plaza Event Center will make it convenient for guests to places bets during the games. Admission to the Plaza’s March Mania Viewing Party is $15 for a One-Day Pass or $40 for a Four-Day Pass (plus taxes and fees). Each admission pass includes a commemorative shirt and one complimentary drink and food item per day. Tickets can be purchased at the Casino Box Office. To support the Las Vegas hometown team, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Runnin' Rebels, the Plaza will give each attendee of the March Mania Viewing Party during which UNLV wins a game $25 in cash and free pizza. This offer is limited to first come first serve in the Plaza Event Center, which will be closed once at capacity. Attendees must be a Plaza Royal Rewards player’s club member to be eligible for the $25 cash prize, and the offer is contingent on UNLV advancing to the NCAA March Madness tournament.

A FREE ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARTY will overtake the iconic dome entrance of the PLAZA HOTEL & CASINO on Saturday, March 17 starting at 7 p.m. and culminating at 10 p.m. with a live green fireworks show shot from multiple locations on the property.

The Plaza invites the public to join in the fun taking place throughout the evening under the dome, where guests will enjoy St. Patrick’s inspired entertainment and a DJ.
The Plaza will also debut a new 10 ft. x 5 ft. Plaza pyrotechnic logo sign that will be behind the stage and flaming throughout the celebration, until the party culminates with a 3-minute live fireworks show, lighting the sky up with green pyrotechnics. The fireworks will be shot from multiple locations at the Plaza offering people numerous views of the fireworks from the dome and Fremont Street.

The party under the dome will also offer several drink specials and guests will receive discounts redeemable for cocktails at the Plaza’s Omaha or Race & Sports Book bars on the casino floor.

The CSN ORCHESTRA CLUB will be presenting a concert event conducted by Charles Cushionery to raise funds to support the strings program at CSN. This special FUNDRAISING CONCERT will feature the CSN Orchestra playing smaller and more intimate Chamber Orchestra works.The concert will take place Monday, March 19th at 7:00 p.m. in the Nicholas J. Horn Theatre at the Cheyenne campus. General Admission is $10. To purchase tickets online go to: www.csn.edu/pac. For more information, please call the PAC Box Office at 702-651-LIVE (5483).

CSN FINE ARTS DEPARTMENT PRESENTS NEXUS, a student dance concert including independent works by DONIESHA CUNNINGHAM, KAYLEE HANNIG, AND ARIADNA RAMIREZ. This concert will present new works that take inspiration from the choreographers’ life experiences, and express their emotional connection to dance. With unique music, movement, and concepts, Nexus presents choreography that will connect to the audience.. Nexus takes place on Friday, March 23, at 7:00 p.m. in the Nicholas J. Horn Theater at the College of Southern Nevada on the North Las Vegas campus located at 3200 East Cheyenne Avenue, one-mile East of I-15 North.Ticket prices are $8 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors.

FREED'S BAKERY, located at 9815 S. Eastern Ave., will sell specialty $1 CUPCAKES TO BENEFIT THE DOWN SYNDROME ORGANIZATION OF SOUTHERN NEVADA, on Wednesday, March 21. Cupcake enthusiasts may choose between chocolate or vanilla cupcakes for $1 each to raise money for Down Syndrome Awareness. 75 percent of all cupcake purchases will be donated to the DSOSN.

Multiple Grammy, Country Music Awards (CMA) and Academy of Country Music (ACM) Award-winner CHRIS STAPLETON will perform at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Friday, March 23, at 8 p.m. Tickets starting at $49 not including applicable service charges.

Comedian and prankster JIM FLORENTINE brings his raunchy and sarcastic humor to the stage inside The Birdie Bar at Topgolf Las Vegas on March 30 and 31. Tickets are $20.

Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop at Paris Las Vegas will present its first ‘HOPS & HOGS BEER FOOD FEST’ starting at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Mar. 31. Set against the backdrop of the Las Vegas Strip at sunset, the nightclub & rooftop invite guests to sample craft beers and a variety of pork-inspired food stations under the Eiffel Tower. The festival will offer beers on tap from over 20 local and regional craft breweries, as well as a live DJ performance. Tickets to the ‘Hops & Hogs Beer and Food Fest’ start at $49.99 for general admission and $59.99 for VIP tickets, which will allow entry to the festival one hour before opening, excluding taxes and fees.

GEORGE CLINTON AND PARLIAMENT FUNKADELIC bring the funk, the whole funk and nothing but the funk to House of Blues Las Vegas on Saturday, March 31. Doors: 7:30 p.m. Show: 8:30 p.m. Ages: 18+ Tickets start at $29.50, plus applicable fees.

LAS VEGAS-CLARK COUNTY LIBRARY DISTRICT is now offering library card holders access to KANOPY, a film streaming service with more than 30,000 titles – FOR FREE. More than 1.5 million people in Las Vegas will have access to Kanopy as it becomes available in all 25 branches. More than 5 million Kanopy users can stream movies and documentaries from award-winning filmmakers, must see film-festival picks, and experience the best in independent and classic film, world cinema, and critical favorites.Content highlights include documentaries, feature films, rare and hard to find titles, and classic films, with curated work from The Great Courses, Kino Lorber, Music Box Films, Samuel Goldwyn, The Orchard, PBS and thousands of independent filmmakers. Kanopy, can be accessed from leading devices and platforms, including Roku, Chromecast, AppleTV, iOS and Android and can be viewed using your phone, tablet or computer. The user does not need to physically be in the library in order to access the service.

MAVERICK HELICOPTERS, an award-winning division of Maverick Aviation Group, recently received the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) 2017 Award of Excellence “DIAMOND AWARD.” The prestigious honor is a result of the company’s ongoing dedication to maintenance training and aircraft safety. This is Maverick Helicopters’ seventh consecutive Diamond Award for its Las Vegas and Grand Canyon South Rim locations.

Restaurant Openings:

Renowned Hong Kong-based Lai Sun Group officially makes its Western Hemisphere debut with the opening of CHINA TANG at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. China Tang crafts a unique dining experience that revives the glory of the Tang Dynasty regarded as China’s golden age of cosmopolitan culture and cuisine. The eatery serves some of the finest cuisine from Canton, with a touch of Sichuan, a dash of Beijing and a unique repertoire of dim sum.

Celebrity sightings:

Sunday, March 4...

Rachel Lindsay, the most recent bachelorette to star on ABC’s “The Bachelorette,” dined at MB Steak at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. She was joined by a group of friends, who were also former contestants of “The Bachelor” and “Bachelor in Paradise,” including Astrid Loch, Raven Gates, Kristina Schulman, Alexis Waters, Danielle Lombard and Jasmine Goode. The reality stars were in town celebrating Loch’s 28th birthday.

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MBSteak Raven Gates, Kristina Schulman, Danielle Lombard, Alexis Waters, Jasmine Goode, Astrid Loch, Rachel Lindsay - Photo courtesy of MB Steak

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MBSteak Danielle Lombard, Alexis Waters, Raven Gates, Jasmine Goode, Rachel Lindsay, Astrid Loch, Kristina Schulman - Photo courtesy of MB Steak

Saturday night, March 3...

R&B singer and producer Al B. Sure attended Matt Goss at The Mirage with friends.

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Matt Goss and Al B. Sure - Photo courtesy of The Mirage

Wednesday, Feb. 28...

NASCAR Xfinity Series driver and Las Vegas native Spencer Gallagher,and Camping World Truck Series drivers Justin Haleyand Dalton Sargeant were spotted attending the 10 p.m. performance of  ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. After the show, the GMS Racing teammates went backstage for a photo with The Gazillionaire.

NASCAR Drivers Spencer Gallagher Justin Haley and Dalton Sargeant Attend ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace 2.28.18 Credit JosephSanders Spiegelworld
NASCAR Drivers Spencer Gallagher Justin Haley and Dalton Sargeant Attend ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace 2.28.18 - Photo credit: Joseph Sanders Spiegelworld

Saturday night, February 24...

Vocalist and guitarist of band Metro Station, Trace Cyrus, hosted his 29th birthday celebration at Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop at Paris Las Vegas, featuring special guest and epic party host, Mike Busey.


Mike Busey and Guest Chateau Nightclub
Mike Busey and Guest Chateau Nightclub - Photo courtesy of Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop

Some of the biggest names in WWE gathered at the D Las Vegas for a chow-down at Andiamo Italian Steakhouse. Stopping in Las Vegas for the Elimination Chamber on Sunday at T-Mobile Arena, athletes visited throughout the night including Dana Brooks; tag team Titus O’Neil and Apollo Crews, joined by “Tanked” star and owner of Donut Mania, Brett Raymar; tag team Sheamus and Cesaro; and Seth Rollins.

 Dana Brooks at Andiamo Steakhouse
Dana Brooks - Photo courtesy of Andiamo Steakhouse

Titus ONeil at Andiamo Steakhouse
Titus ONeil at Andiamo Steakhouse - Photo courtesy of Andiamo Steakhouse

Brett Raymar and Titus ONeil
Brett Raymar and Titus ONeil - Photo courtesy of Andiamo Steakhouse

Recording artist Trace Cyrus celebrated his 29th birthday with dinner at TAO in The Venetian.

Trace Cyrus and Guest Chateau Nightclub
Trace Cyrus and Guest - Photo courtesy of Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop

Sports Illustrated model Brooklyn Decker enjoyed dinner at TAO as part of a bachelorette party. After starting their night off in the restaurant, the 12 women headed up to the nightclub where they partied at a VIP table.

Also having dinner at TAO was Page Six TV’s Bevy Smith with friends.

Vocalist and guitarist of band Metro Station, Trace Cyrus, hosted his 29th birthday celebration featuring special guest and epic party host, Mike Busey, at Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop at Paris Las Vegas.

Friday, February 23...

YouTube sensation Mamrie Hart dined at Beauty & Essex in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas with a friend.

DJ, drummer and social media sensation Steven Spence took over Hyde Bellagio during Friday Night Social for a live drum performance and DJ set. He arrived with friends that included social media stars Lance Stewart, Adin Kolansky, Galang To, Raymundo Diaz, Bryant Wood, George Janko and Tim Brehmer.

Thursday, Feb. 22...

Singer, actress, dancer, and fashion designer Jennifer Lopez hosted her twin's, Max and Emme, 10th birthday party at Sugar Factory American Brasserie Las Vegas at the Fashion Show.

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