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Legends in Concert Celebrates 35 Year Anniversary in Las Vegas

Legends in Concert, starring the world's greatest tribute artists in a musical celebration of the most iconic entertainers of all time, celebrated its 35 year anniversary in Las Vegas on Tuesday night, July 24 at Flamingo Las Vegas.

Legends is the longest running production show on the Las Vegas strip. Over the course of its run, it has proudly entertained more than 6.6 million Las Vegas visitors and residents, produced over 18,500 performances on the Las Vegas Strip and performed to more than 30 million fans worldwide. It opened at the Imperial Palace in 1983 and moved to the Flamingo in 2013, where it continues to entertains audiences with a cast of five amazingly talented lookalike and soundalike tributes artists that bring to life the essence, vocals, signature movements and mannerisms of the original, iconic musical legends on the Legends stage.

The anniversary performance was no exception and featured fabulous tributes to the King of Pop: Michael Jackson, The Queen of Rock: Tina Turner, country legend Johnny Cash and, for the first time on the Legends stage, rocker Jon Bon Jovi and reggae king Bob Marley, along with a live band, back up singers and dancers.

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Throughout the years beginning with past superstars Elvis and Marilyn Monroe, and up to the present, the acts have changed periodically with the addition of superstar tributes relevant to the times such as Madonna and Whitney Houston and today's top acts including Adele, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Gwen Stefani and Carrie Underwood, just to name a few.

Always top notch and spot on, Legends in Concert performs at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. Tickets are on sale at all Caesars Entertainment box offices.

Menopause The Musical Celebrates Milestone 5,000th Show

Menopause, The Musical, the hilarious show about women and “the changes”, celebrated its 5000 show in Las Vegas on Wednesday evening, July 18, inside Harrah's Cabaret. The landmark show was welcomed by Las Vegas celebrities and VIPs who walked the red carpet before the show, including The Bronx Wanderers, Katie Kenner (Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man), Tenors of Rock, cast members from The Miss Behave Gameshow, and Clint Holmes.

As the longest running musical in Las Vegas history, 12 years and counting, that is quite an achievement and rightly deserved. The script is great, the cast of four powerhouse singer/actresses are nothing less than spectacular, and the musical parodies of classic songs from the 60's 70's and 80's are spot on and hysterical. And, for a limited time only, actress Cindy Williams (best known as Shirley from the iconic 70's TV comedy series Laverne & Shirley) is currently appearing in the show in a role written especially for her. She brings a wonderful sense of comedic timing, a great spirit, and is a delightful addition to the cast.

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Producers and cast of Menopause The Musical - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

The milestone 5,000th performance was met with a standing ovation, after which producer Alan Glist presented the show’s cast including Lisa Mack (the professional woman), Vita Corimbi (the hippie “earth mother”), Lori Legacy (the Iowa housewife) Jacqueline Holland-Wright (the aging soap opera star), guest star Cindy Williams, and Cherity Ellen Harchis (dance captain and understudy for all 4 roles) with a celebratory cake and a proclamation from Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman declaring July 18 Menopause The Musical Day. Glist stated that along with the production in Las Vegas, the show has been produced in over 120 cities across the U.S. and in 13 countries, and has been seen by over 11 million women and men worldwide.

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Producer Alan Glist holding Mayoral Proclamation - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Glist's wife and co-producer, Kathi, who found the show and turned her husband on to the production 17 years ago, also showed up on stage with several bouquets of roses that she presented to the cast. “We’re elated to have made it to this milestone,” said Kathi. “We’re so proud of our cast and crew and grateful to our fans who made this achievement possible.”

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Proving that Menopause is a show people love and enjoy going to over and over again (including yours truly), Alan Glist gave recognition to a couple in the audience from Rhode Island, Mr. and Mrs. Wall, who were seeing the show for the 54th time.

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Since 2001, the show has partnered with the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. to raise funds to fight breast cancer. At each show Menopause fans are sold for $1 each, with all proceeds benefiting the charity. So far, over $1 million has been raised.

Menopause The Musical® has performances Monday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., as well as an additional 4 p.m. matinee each Saturday and Monday. Tickets start at $52.95. Locals can reserve the mid-level ticket for $34.95 with the code MMLOCAL. Additional fees may apply. 

George Wallace Opens New Residency at Westgate Las Vegas Las Vegas Resort & Casino

One of the funniest comedians in show business, George Wallace, who has been selling out comedy clubs and concert venues all over the world, is back performing in Las Vegas. He started his new residency show at the intimate Westgate Cabaret at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino on June 26. “I’m very happy to return to Las Vegas on a regular basis,” said George Wallace. “Time away from the city the last few years has provided me with plenty of new material and experiences to add into the show. I’m looking forward to performing in an intimate venue and thrilled to be part of the Westgate family.”

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At all costs, Wallace avoids standard opening lines and is known to be an ace at reading an audience. Among other comics, Wallace is known as “the guy who can roll the room over if it’s dead.

It was a packed house at the VIP Grand Opening on July 17 and the new Mr. Vegas was in top form, livening up the room with his quick and clever wit. In fact, the funnyman had the audience roaring with laughter from the moment he came on stage. Whatever subject that comes to mind, no-one is better at finding humor in everything including world events, relationships, rappers and their “crazy names”, going to church, preachers, TV ads, what he calls “wordology”, as in the stupid use of words, and even hemorrhoids. Yet, he never stoops to vulgarity or uses foul language, which is rare these days, when listening to most stand up comedians, who somehow feel the need to push the envelope to the extreme and get down and dirty. And, although he said he didn't want to discuss politics or Republicans, when someone in the audience yelled out Donald Trump, George couldn't hold back and ran with it, poking fun at the President, but not as to go over the line.

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Comedian Don Barnhart opened the show for Geroge Wallace - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

George Wallace makes it clear, “It is all about laughter”, and he is a master at delivering the goods. The only complaint you may hear upon leaving his show, is that faces were hurting from laughing so hard.

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George Wallace - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

On a footnote, during the Grand Opening performance, actress/singer Pia Zadora came on stage and presented George with a custom made birthday cake in his favorite colors of blue and green. Long time friend, singer Earl Turner, who performs with Clint Holmes in their show "Soundtrack" at the Westgate, was also in attendance, and later shared a moment on stage with George.

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Singer Earl Turner with George Wallace - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

George Wallace performs Tuesday through Thursday at 8 p.m. inside the intimate Westgate Cabaret at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. Tickets are $65, $75 and $95 plus tax and fees and can be purchased at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino Box Office. Must be five years or older to attend.

The Gazillionaire Unveils Shrunken Head at The Golden Tiki

The Gazillionaire, host and producer of Vegas' #1 show, ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace, unveiled his shrunken head at The Golden Tiki on Wednesday, July18.

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 The Gazillionaire to ensure physical accuracies, including his gold tooth.

The Gazillionaire poses with his shrunken head at The Golden Tiki
Gazillionzire with shrunken head - Photo credit: Hew Burney

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Before introducing The Gazillionaire, Monti Rock III took to the stage, saying The Golden Tiki was his favorite hangout.

The Gazillionaire thanked The Golden Tiki for the great honor, adding, "If you want to get a little Gazillionaire head, you can come here now. I'm happy to be enclosed in a glass case with Carrot Top for all of eternity." He gave his head a kiss on the lips and posed for photos with fans.

The Gazillionaire joins the bar's growing collection of famous shrunken heads, including 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, Monti Rock III, Lonnie Hammargren, Rich Little and Piff the Magic Dragon.

BriovaRx and OptumRx Employees Dunk for Dollars to Support the Light the Night Campaign Benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

BriovaRx and OptumRx hosted a dunk tank fundraiser on Thursday, July 12 to raise funds and awareness for the Light the Night Campaign, benefiting research for the Southern Nevada Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. BriovaRx and OptumRx employees paid for the chance to sink their supervisors in a dunk tank to raise funds for the charity walk. As part of UnitedHealth Group’s giving! program, all employee donations were matched, doubling the amount of money raised at the event.


OptumRx and BriovaRx employees dunked their executives to raise funds and awareness for the Light the Night Walk benefiting research for the Southern Nevada Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, helping to bring their total funds raised to more than $8,000 thus far, July 12

Employees gather to watch OptumRx Las Vegas Site Director, Jaclyn Latteri get dunked at OptumRx and BriovaRx facility during the annual fundraiser to raise money for the Light the Night Walk benefiting research for the Southern Nevada Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, July 12

BriovaRx Senior Vice President, Michael Zeglinski, OptumRx Las Vegas Site Director, Jaclyn Latteri and Leader of Briova Infusion, Ted Kramm, pose at the OptumRx and BriovaRx facility during the annual fundraiser to raise money for the Light the Night Walk benefiting research for the Southern Nevada Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, July 12

BriovaRx Senior Vice President, Michael Zeglinski gets dunked by BriovaRx Las Vegas Specialty Lead Pharmacist, Jessica Delaney at the OptumRx and BriovaRx annual fundraiser to raise money for the Light the Night Walk benefiting research for the Southern Nevada Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, July 12

The LLS’ 2018 Light the Night walk will celebrate cancer survivors, honor loved ones lost to the disease and raise funds to help find a cure. The walk will take place Nov. 3.

OptumRx Las Vegas Site Director Jaclyn Latteri, Pharm.D., is spearheading fundraising activities and recruiting employees from OptumRx and its specialty pharmacy BriovaRx to participate in the Light the Night walk. It’s a personal cause for Latteri, whose best friend passed away of blood cancer at age 23 and her cousin is now in a difficult battle with Stage 4 breast cancer.

OptumRx and its specialty pharmacy BriovaRx help ensure people have affordable access to the prescription drugs they need to get and stay healthy. OptumRx and BriovaRx are partnering with LLS to help support the health and well-being of the Las Vegas community

Sharky’s Modern Mexican Kitchen Celebrates the Grand Opening of its 2nd Las Vegas location

Sharky’s Modern Mexican Kitchen, a fast-casual Mexican restaurant with locations in California, Nevada and Oregon, officially opened its second Las Vegas location on Saturday, July 14. The newly built stand-alone restaurant is located in the Southwest area of the valley at 5070 Blue Diamond Road, just west of Decatur Boulevard.

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Formerly Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill, the restaurant is focusing on new flavor profiles along with its new name and location. Sharky's has reimagined its modern approach to Mexican cuisine in a more contemporary and inventive way, with the restaurant maintaining its commitment to organic, clean eating. The menu features items made-to-order using organic and non-GMO ingredients and cooking techniques beyond the grill including roasting and braising. The flavors appeal to a variety of individual tastes and lifestyles– from meat and seafood eaters to vegetarian or vegan to gluten-free and low-carb.

New offerings are highlighted by tacos such as the Chipotle-Braised Chicken Tinga with slow-cooked chicken thighs, Sharky’s sauce, pickled red onions, cheese, and cilantro in a corn tortilla; and the vegan Roasted Cauliflower and Mushroom tacos with “chorizo-spiced” cauliflower and mushrooms, mashed organic yams, sautéed spinach, arbol salsa, and pepitas in an organic flour tortilla. An additional focus is put on seasonal options including the Summer Harvest Salad made with organic mixed greens, quinoa, fire-roasted organic corn, zucchini and summer squash, tomato slices, sliced radish, pickled onions, cilantro buttermilk dressing, golden raisins, goat cheese and toasted almonds; and the BBQ Chicken Salad featuring fire-roasted organic corn, toasted pecans, sweet peppers and organic mixed greens, with a creamy chipotle BBQ dressing and crispy corn tortilla chips. Wash it all down with a handcrafted lemonade and a selection of local draft beers coming soon.

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“We’re so passionate when it comes to providing delicious Mexican food with modern flavors in a healthy way,” says Sharky’s CEO Steven Paperno. “We’re thrilled to be able to launch this new menu with our brand-new location in the Southwest area of Las Vegas as well as our West Charleston and Fort Apache location.”

Extending it commitment to healthy living, the restaurant offers a comfortable space and atmosphere that is designed with recycled or reclaimed elements both inside and outside the eatery, such as a 99-percent recycled plastic wood alternative on the exterior; variable speed motors in kitchen exhaust hoods and air conditioning units to improve energy consumption; and thermalized insulated window glass and mechanized window coverings that are activated by sunlight, to reduce building heat load.

Sharky’s Blue Diamond is open daily Sunday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

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

On Sunday night, July 22, Seth Yudolf, CEO of UD Factory, held a press conference to announce that I LOVE THE ’90s – THE VEGAS SHOW, a 90-minute, immersive dance party, will open at Paris Las Vegas Friday, Oct. 12.  A rotating lineup of crowd favorites will headline the Las Vegas shows, with Salt-N-Pepa, Rob Base and All-4-One kicking off the residency. Other artists confirmed to take part in this unbelievable live experience include Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath, Kid ’n Play and Dru Hill. The opening line-up along with Dru Hill’s Sisqó treated surprised Paris Las Vegas guests to a pop-up performance inside the center-Strip casino.The opening line-up along with Dru Hill’s Sisqó treated surprised Paris Las Vegas guests to a pop-up performance inside the center-Strip casino. Ticket prices for I LOVE THE 90's – THE LAS VEGAS SHOW start at $69.99, plus applicable taxes and fees.

SLATER'S 50/50 opened its first location in Las Vegas at 467 E Silverado Ranch Blvd #100, on Saturday, July 28, bringing their famous bacon-infused burgers to the valley. To celebrate,  the first 50 guests on Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29 will receive a complimentary Original 50/50 Burger, made with Slater's signature 50/50 beef and bacon blend patty, pepper jack cheese, avocado, sunny-side up egg and chipotle mayo on a brioche bun. Additionally, all customers for the entire weekend can spin the Slater's 50/50 prize wheel for a chance to win deals and discounts for upcoming visits, including free appetizers, buy one, get one lunch specials and much more.

Actor and comedian, EDDIE GRIFFIN, celebrated his 50th birthday with a surprise party at El Dorado Cantina on Sunday, July 15.

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Griffin was blindfolded and escorted to a private dining room within the restaurant by his wife, Ko Griffin, where he was greeted by friends and relatives with a boisterous, “Surprise!” Griffin and guests enjoyed an array of signature appetizers an assortment of the cantina’s specialty entrees, served family-style, provided by Executive Chef Paco Cortes.

Live music played throughout the night by guest performer, Sahara Prade, who sang a playlist of Griffin’s favorite songs, accompanied by keyboardist, Ricky Dread. Griffin also took the mic throughout the night to sing along to some of his favorite tunes.

Towards the end of the evening, Griffin gave a heartfelt speech, thanking his friends and family who attended the party. “To my children and family here, I couldn’t do it without you,” said Griffin. The actor and comedian celebrated the night with friends, comedian George Lopez, Richard Murphy and MJ The Legend, Jalles Franca.

Notable guests included award-winning entertainment columnist, John Katsilometes; Valentino “Val” Vella, president of La Casa Cigar Lounge at Tivoli Village; and NBC Sports Talk Radio host, Jonathan Scott.

On Tuesday, July 17, Hooters Casino Hotel Las Vegas, in conjunction with Admit.VIP, officially opened its newest comedy production at The Night Owl Showroom, THE HILARIOUS 7. The Hilarious 7 is a departure from typical stand-up comedy where seven comics will deliver an ‘all punchlines’ comedy bout.

Hosted by Las Vegas veteran comedian, JohnHilder, this hysterical comedy performance takes guests on a journey where seven comedians from around the world take the stage to showcase their best jokes in just 70 minutes. Bypassing the awkward hit-or-miss format of the standard comedy club experience, each comic only has a short time for their top jokes to win over the crowd. Each week, guests can experience different comics as they go head-to-head in an all-out battle to be dubbed the funniest comedian. The audience has minutes to love or hate each of the comedians, and they will decide who's the funniest of the night in a winner-takes-all, no stakes, no rules, comedic battle.

Palace Station, the original Las Vegas locals’ casino, debuted its ALL NEW FEAST BUFFET on July 18, as part of a $192 million modernization of the property.Known as the original Station Casinos' buffet concept that first debuted at Palace Station in 1988, the next generation buffet concept, 30 years after its debut, now features an all new modern look, feel, location and menu that includes vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options.

RESTAURANTS AT THE VENETIAN AND THE PALAZZO RESORT’S DONATED A RECORD 119,985 MEALS TO THREE SQUARE FOOD BANK as part of the citywide Restaurant Week. The annual program is held for two weeks at the end of June, but for the second year in a row, The Venetian and The Palazzo added an additional “bonus week.” Participating restaurants offered prix fixe menus at a special price as a great way to try the resort’s award-winning restaurants with a portion of the proceeds going to Three Square Food Bank. In addition, The Venetian and The Palazzo added two cocktail hotspots, Rosina and The Dorsey, donating a portion of proceeds from a special cocktail menu. 

MARRIAGE CAN BE MURDER, a long-running dinner show at the D Las Vegas, participated in Three Square's Restaurant Week from June 18 to June 29, 2017. During Restaurant Week, a PORTION OF THE SHOWS' TICKET SALES WERE DONATED TO THREE SQUARE.

Topping last year’s numbers through June 2017 by 64 percent SUMMERLIN marked the first half of 2018 with strong new home sales to earn the community the #3 spot on a list of country’s best-selling master-planned communities, according to a report recently released by national real estate consultant RCLCO.  With 772 new home sales for 2018 as of June 30, Summerlin, a development of The Howard Hughes Corporation, is the highest ranked MPC in Nevada.

Bruce and Eric Bromberg, brothers, chefs and co-founders of Blue Ribbon Restaurants, the New York-based restaurant group that famously began in 1992 with its famous SoHo brasserie, have announced the return of BLUE RIBBON SUSHI to Las Vegas, Nevada. Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya will open in late 2018 at Red Rock Resort located in the center of the upscale Summerlin community, with an all-new Japanese-style tavern, including a traditional sushi bar with indoor and outdoor seating. The restaurant will offer a variety of small bites, entrées and family-style platters, providing something for everyone – vegetarians, sushi lovers and meat lovers alike. In addition, guests will be able to enjoy a full bar and an extensive wine and sake list – perfect for any first-class business dinner, lively date night occasion or a satisfying late-night out with friends.

MASTERS OF ILLUSION, the magic show at Bally's based on the hit CW TV series of the same name is closing on September 3, 2018. The live production stars five magicians that bring their own style of magic to the show, with the rotating cast presently featuring Tommy Wind, Greg Gleason, Naathan Phan, Farrell Dillon and Joseph Gabriel. Word is the producers are looking to re-open the show at another venue in the near future.

With just half of the year left, GLITTERING LIGHTS AT LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY pre-sale tickets for their holiday light park are now available for 25 percent off all ticket tiers. The 25-day offer started July 14 and runs until August 7. The Christmas in July special is the first and only time discounts will be offered on the Fast Pass, the speediest entry during peak days and times.Various ticket types are available and cater to both families that want to stay in their own car to see the lights and the groups that want to ride in an open-air tram through the experience.

Legendary disco and funk band KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND will return to Las Vegas Saturday, September 15, alongside special guests the VILLAGE PEOPLE, to help celebrate the Grand Re-opening of the newly-modernized Palace Station. Tickets are $40 plus tax and applicable fees.

STANCE, the brand known for turning socks into a statement piece, opened the doors of its newest retail location at Fashion Show Las Vegas on Friday, July 27. Located on the first level near Saks Fifth Avenue, the store is just the eighth store for the brand, and only its third location in the western United States.

THE BACKSTREET BOYS will host official concert after-parties with new summer dates at Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop at Paris Las Vegas starting at 10:30 p.m. on Friday, July 27, Saturday, July 28, Friday, Aug. 3, Saturday, Aug. 4, Friday, Aug. 10 and Saturday, Aug. 11. General admission to the popstars’ parties starts at $40.

Magician Mat Franco will celebrate the third anniversary of his award-winning show, MAT FRANCO – MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY, with a MONTH-LONG PET SUPPLY DRIVE BENEFITTING THE ANIMAL FOUNDATION, Nevada’s largest open admission shelter. Visit any Las Vegas-area Petco location between Monday, July 30 and Tuesday, Sept. 4 to purchase and donate a minimum of $10 worth of items from the organization’s wish list, or a Petco gift card of equivalent value, and receive one complimentary ticket voucher to see MAT FRANCO – MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY live onstage in the Mat Franco Theater at The LINQ Hotel & Casino. One complimentary ticket voucher will be awarded per minimum donation of $10 worth of items, with a maximum of two vouchers awarded per transaction.

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THE PLAZA HOTEL & CASINO, in downtown Las Vegas, will introduce BINGO MILLIONS, the only million-dollar bingo game in Nevada, on Aug. 1. Players can win the entire jackpot by completing a coverall pattern in 47 ball calls or less. Players can win other jackpots up to $25,000 for completing their coverall in up to 54 ball calls. All prizes are paid on a no-split basis, except for the grand prizes which are aggregate.The odds of winning the Bingo Millions’ jackpot are considered to be some of the best in the industry. The game was the brainchild of Weldon Russell, bingo manager at the Plaza. Russell’s bingo career spans decades, and he is known in the Las Vegas bingo community as an innovator in the game.

In appreciation of the teachers and administrators that work tirelessly in an effort to educate the children and young adults of Las Vegas, Award-winning entertainers CLINT HOLMES AND EARL TURNER are offering ALL CLARK COUNTY TEACHERS AND SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS WITH VALID CCSD IDENTIFICATION TWO FREE TICKETS to an August performance of their show SOUNDTRACK: Your Songs. Our Stories. The Show inside the famed Westgate International Theater at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. In addition, one dollar from every ticket sold to SOUNDTRACK: Your Songs. Our Stories. The Show. in August, will go directly to The Public Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization that creates dynamic initiatives and programs that reimagine and improve public education.

August performances of SOUNDTRACK: Your Songs. Our Stories. The Show. include: Thursday, August 2 through Saturday, August 4 and Thursday, August 9 through Saturday, August 11. All performances begin at 7 p.m. and tickets can be picked up at the Westgate Box Office, in advance or the day of the performance.

In celebration of their first anniversary in Las Vegas, starting Thursday, Aug. 2, the retail boutique EDEN IN LOVE (with two locations in Waikiki and Honolulu) and Opportunity Village, Las Vegas’ favorite charity, will be retailing their silk scarves in store throughout the weekend, with a portion of the proceeds going back to the charity. The scarves were created by the Opportunity Village individuals in the Fine and Performing Arts Program and can be found online or at the Opportunity Village campuses. Shoppers are encouraged to get to the store early on Saturday as the first 100 guests will receive an exclusive Eden in Love Las Vegas tote and will get 40-percent off everything they can fit in the bag. Shoppers will also enjoy $9 deals on some of their most popular items in celebration of Las Vegas being the “9th Island.” The celebration is amplified from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., when guests 21 and older can shop around the store while sipping on Hawaiian mimosas and nibbling on spam musubi from Paina Café. Guests can also create their own flower crowns at the complimentary ‘haku bar’ by Corks n Crafts.  Eden in Love is located inside Town Square, next to the South Parking Garage.

Life Time Athletic invites the community to “IGNITE THE NIGHT” with glow in the dark themed classes starting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 2 at both locations in Green Valley and Summerlin. The glow-in-the-dark, high-energy workout will feature upbeat electro and house music in a transformed, neon-themed group fitness studio. The ninety-minute workout will feature three 20-minute sessions highlighting Life Time’s signature formats, including: FLOW yoga, a combination of both free and guided vinyasa pose sequences; AMP cycle, a pulse-pounding party on a bike, featuring energizing, calorie-burning cardio set to the hottest club music; and Dance Jam, a dance-inspired workout inspired by funk, jazz and more. Following the workout, guests will enjoy a poolside social hour featuring light appetizers and beverages, with additional refreshments available for purchase. Ignite the Night is a FREE event open to members and non-members at both locations. Space is limited and attendees must register online to reserve entry by visiting www.mylt.life.

Tropicana Las Vegas will welcome EDWIN SIU AND FANG NING FOR A SPECIAL MIDSUMMER CHINESE CONCERT inside Tropicana Theater on Saturday, August 4 at 8 pm. Guests will be treated to an array of Mandopop and Cantopop for a one-of-a-kind concert experience, featuring Mandarin and Cantonese dialogue. Tickets for this all ages event are priced from $48 to $188 per person (excludes taxes and fees), and can be purchased at the Tropicana Box Office, 

TAO Beach will launch CIELO SUNDAYS on August 5, Vegas’ only Sunday Latin pool party featuring DJs spinning the hottest mixes of Latin-fusion sound. The weekly party will kick-off with Gil Barba, Exile the Jedi and Joey Illness on August 5.

Comedian RYAN HAMILTON is returning to Las Vegas for a special performance at the world-famous COMEDY CELLAR at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The Netflix Happy Face star will perform Monday, August 6, at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $25 for Las Vegas locals and are on sale now.

Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower will show there are no heights in appreciating TEACHERS with ‘BACK TO SCHOOL’ OFFERS FOR STRATOSPHERE TOWER AND CRAFTED BUFFET. From Monday, Aug. 6 – Thursday, Aug. 9, all teachers will receive FREE admission to the iconic 1,149-foot tower for themselves and a guest, a $25 per person value, as well as buy-one-get-one free admission to Crafted Buffet. The offer is available to teachers everywhere with valid school credentials.Plus, Stratosphere is offering two admissions to Crafted Buffet now through Sunday, Sept. 30 with any new membership to its casino rewards program,ace/PLAY TM, available to guests 21 and over. New members will receive the first buffet entry after 200 base points are earned, within 24 hours of sign up; the second buffet entry is awarded after 500 base points are earned, within 24 hours of sign up. Free valet and self-parking is available anytime for locals and visitors, as well as complimentary observation tower admission for hotel guests.

Renowned comedian and Emmy-nominated actor BILLY GARDELL s returning to Las Vegas for a special performance at the Grand Events Center inside Green Valley Ranch Resort on Saturday, August 11 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25

Latin Grammy Award-winning música urbana artist, TEGO CALDERON, with special guest Diego Val, will take over M Pool ON August 11 as part of M Resort Spa Casino’s concert series. Tickets, starting at $27, are now sale now.

AVENGED SEVENFOLD have announced the cancellation of their upcoming “End of The World” summer tour, as lead singer M. Shadows is under doctor’s orders to rest his damaged vocal cords. The tour had planned to make a Las Vegas stop at T-Mobile Arena Friday, Aug. 17.

Celebrity sightings:

Saturday, July 28…

Businesswoman and soon-to-be bride Paris Hilton danced the night away at the renowned Hakkasan Las Vegas Nightclub at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. Joined by a roster of the beauty industry’s top influencers, the heiress hosted the official VIP launch party for her first skincare line, Paris Hilton Skincare ProD.N.A.

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Paris Hilton and Beauty Influencers at Hakkasan Las Vegas Nightclub July 28 2018 - Photo courtesy of Hakkasan Las Vegas

Paris Hilton Greets Fans at the Ling Ling Club Inside Hakkasan Las Vegas Nightclub July 28 2018
Paris Hilton Greets Fans at the Ling Ling Club Inside Hakkasan Las Vegas Nightclub July 28 2018 - Photo courtesy of Hakkasan Las Vegas

Friday night, July 27...

Dancing with the Stars” judge, actress and dancer Julianne Hough danced the night away at MAGIC MIKE LIVE Las Vegas inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino during the 10:30 p.m. show to celebrate her sister’s bachelorette party. After the high-energy performance, Hough and her friends met the cast backstage.

Julianne Hough Attends Magic Mike Live 7.27.18
Julianne Hough Attends Magic Mike Live 7.27.18 - Photo courtesy of Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

Thursday afternoon, July 26...

Former all-star athlete and media personality, Shaquille O’Neal, made a surprise appearance at BEER PARK at Paris Las Vegas. O’Neal chatted and took photos with eager fans and the bar staff, while enjoying panoramic views of the Las Vegas Strip.

Shaquille ONeal with Beer Park Staff Courtesy of Beer Park
Shaquille ONeal with Beer Park Staff - Photo courtesy of Beer Park

Monday, July 23...

Eureka O’Hara, season nine and 10 contestant on VH1’s hit series RuPaul’s Drag Race, attended Zumanity by Cirque du Soleil® inside New York-New York Hotel & Casino. After reveling in the performance and dazzling at the acrobatics, Eureka made her way backstage to mingle with the cast, pose for photos and rave about the erotic headlining show.

Eureka OHara with Edie the Mistress of Sensuality at Zumanity by Cirque du Soleil 7.23.2018
Eureka OHara with Edie the Mistress of Sensuality at Zumanity by Cirque du Soleil 7.23.2018

Sunday night, July 22...

Actress Abigail Breslin was spotted at Beauty & Essex in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas with her boyfriend Ira Kunyansky.

Saturday night, July 21...

Rapper, songwriter and broadcaster, Joe Budden, dined at MB Steak at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino with a group of several friends. Budden was in town to host a special recording of his podcast “The Joe Budden Podcast with Rory & Mal” at the Hard Rock Hotel on Friday night.

Philadelphia 76ers player Ben Simmons, 76ers owner Michael Rubin, rapper Meek Mill and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft were spotted dining together at TAO Asian Bistro in The Venetian . Celebrating Simmons’ and Rubin’s recent birthdays, the group enjoyed a selection of sushi, as well as the fried rice and satay of sea bass.

Musicians Jeff Timmons and Justin Jeffre, of the multi-platinum boy band 98°, enjoyed Barry Manilow’s hit new show at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino on, alongside friends. The pop stars, who were seen dancing to Manilow’s hits throughout the evening, joined the legendary performer for photos following the show.

Thursday, July 19...

American professional boxer, Freddie Roach, dined  MB Steak at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino with a group of eight friends.

Monday night, July 16...

“Scream Queens” and “American Horror Story” star Billie Lourd celebrated her birthday at Beauty & Essex and Marquee Nightclub in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The daughter of actress Carrie Fisher kicked off the festivities at dinner with her boyfriend Austen Rydell. After dinner, Lourd headed to Marquee where she took in the party from a VIP table and was surprised with a birthday presentation.

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