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“Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel in Concert” Opens at Harrah's Las Vegas

“Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel in Concert, produced by the same people behind Rock of Ages, celebrated its Grand Opening Monday, April 15, at Harrah’s Las Vegas. The show, a celebration of Elvis Presley and his music, is presented as a historical journey through his meteoric rise to fame and features a stellar cast of singers and musicians performing more than 18 Elvis songs that came to define “rock ‘n’ roll” as we know it today. In addition, four giant LED walls display authentic images and scenes from his extraordinary life.

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“Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel in Concert” - Photo credit: Denise Truscello

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Cast of Elvis Presleys Heartbreak Hotel in Concert - Photo credit: Ira Kuzma

“Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel in Concert” is the only Elvis production in Las Vegas authorized by Authentic Brands Group, owner of Elvis Presley Enterprises, LLC. Inspired by the musical originally written and directed by Floyd Mutrux and now adapted for the stage by Ivan Menchell, the concert version of the show in Las Vegas is being staged by Broadway veteran Jeff Calhoun. Unlike previous versions of the show, the Las Vegas production focuses on the music and is a concert performance.

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Eddie Clendening - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Colte Julian - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Geno Henderson - Photo credit: Denise Truscello

Leading the band as Elvis Presley is Eddie Clendening, who is widely regarded as one of the most genuine and true-to-life performers of Elvis. Clendening created his role while starring as the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” in 2,200 performances on the Broadway production of “Million Dollar Quartet.” He also played Elvis in the Chicago and Japan productions of the show. Clendening is joined on stage each night by Matt Codina, who originated the role of Scotty Moore in the musical “Heartbreak Hotel;” Jonny Bowler(bass), who has recorded and played with numerous top acts including Wanda Jackson, Guana Batz, Levi Dexter and others; Cole Maxwell (drums), who has been performing since he was five years olLeadingd and has worked alongside Andre Williams, Dick Dale and Brian Setzer; Colte Julian (piano and Music Director), best known for his critically acclaimed national touring role as ‪Jerry Lee Lewis in ‪”Million Dollar Quartet;” and Geno Henderson (guitar), who has performed as Jackie Wilson, BB King, Ike Turner and others and originated the role of Jocko Henderson on Broadway in “Baby It’s You.”

In attendance at the Blue Carpet premiere were cast members Eddie Clendening (guitar and vocals), Matt Codina (guitar), Jonny Bowler (upright bass), Cole Maxwell (drums), Colte Julian (piano and Music Director), Geno Henderson (guitar), Jackie Wiatrowski (vocals), Tymara Walker (vocals) and Fana Hughes (vocals), as well as show producers Scott Prisand and Seth Fass from Robbins Lane Entertainment.

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Scott Prisand and Seth Fass from Robbins Lane Entertainment - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Other celebrity attendees included Princess Long Long, Adrian Zmed, Doc Phineas, Waldo Waldman, Clint Mauro, Anthony Cools, Gerry McCambridge, Marc Savard, Ricardo Laguna, Joe Labero, Crazy Girls, Murray SawChuck, The Naked Magicians, The Miss Behave Gameshow, The Bronx Wanderers, Tenors of Rock, Fantasy, X Country, Adam London, cast members from Marriage Can Be Murder, cast members from FRIENDS! The Musical Parody and cast members from Raiding the Rock Vault.

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Michael T. Ross of Raiding The Rock Vault - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Cast of Friends: The Musical Parody - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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X Country cast- Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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FANTASY dancers - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Mentalist Gerry McCambridge - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Cast of  The Miss Behave Gameshow - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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The Naked Magicians - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Hypnotist Marc Savard - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Celebrity Magician Murray Sawchuck with girlfriend Dani Elizabeth and sidekick, master card trickster, Douglas 'Lefty' Leferovich - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Adam London - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Hypnotist Anthony Cools - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Tenors of Rock - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Vinny Adinolfi  and son Vin A. from The Bronx Wanderers - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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BMX pro Ricardo Laguna and Amber Ramsey - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Adrian Zmed - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn


“This is a musical experience not to be missed,” said Seth Fass, producer for Robbins Lane Entertainment. “Whether you love Elvis, love his music or just love a good storytelling concert about the birth of rock ‘n’ roll, this production has something for everyone. Audiences young and old will share this moment in time, a pivotal moment in pop history when Elvis Presley became the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll forever.”

“Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel in Concert” performs Wednesday through Monday at 8 p.m. with an additional 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday. The show is dark Tuesday. Tickets are on sale now and start at $49. Additional fees may apply.

“Jersey Shore” Star Vinny Guadagnino (“Vinny G.”) Makes Debut as Chippendales Celebrity Guest Host at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino

The award-winning #1 male revue Chippendales, at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, welcomed “Jersey Shore” star Vinny Guadagnino (“Vinny G.”) as the special celebrity guest host on opening night, April 26, of his 5 week limited engagement that will run through May 26.

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Photo courtesy of Chippendales

The inaugural weekend included not only the traditional Chippendales audience of bachelorettes, birthday girls and divorcees but dozens of Vinny G. and “Jersey Shore” fans who got to see the “Double Shot At Love” star up close and personal, showing off his “Keto Guido” six-pack and toned, muscular physique.

The opening night reception was held at the Flirt Lounge inside the Chippendales Theatre Complex at the Rio where Vinny G. and the cast of Chippendales mingled with partygoers who enjoyed cocktails and small bites provided by Guy Fieri’s El Burro Borracho.

“It was amazing – I couldn’t have asked for a better response,” said Vinny G. of his debut on the Chippendales stage in Las Vegas. “To hear the roars of the crowd, I have never heard anything like it before it my life. I can’t wait to keep doing this show for the next five weeks!”

Other celebrities who have donned the iconic cuffs and collar costume include international super model Tyson Beckford, Dancing with the Stars and America’s Next Top Model champion, Nyle DiMarco, everyone’s favorite Beverly Hills 90210 childhood crush, Ian Ziering, celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, DWTS dance pro Tony Dovolani and actor/singer Joey Lawrence. 

Every naughty fantasy you can imagine comes to life in a dynamic, immersive environment, perfect for any Girls Night Out occasion. Women looking to celebrate their bestie’s bachelorette party in Las Vegas, their big birthday bash or just a wild night out, Chippendales shows are the ultimate way to let loose and have fun.
Tickets for Vinny G.’s engagement are currently on sale at Chippendales.com.

Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas Commemorates National Pretzel Day With Celebrity Pretzel Eating Contest

Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas celebrated National Pretzel Day on Friday, April 26 with a celebrity pretzel eating competition. For the second year in a row, Strip headliner and world-class juggler Jeff Civillico took home the $1,000 grand prize for Win-Win Entertainment, which creates opportunities for professional performers to share their time and talent with children in need.

Devouring a jumbo pretzel in two minutes and twenty seconds, Civillico beat out challengers including Dave Davis of The Australian Bee Gees, hypnotist Anthony Cools, Courtney Perna (Las Vegas NOW), magician David Goldrake, Garrett Pattiani (QLife), Micah Manalo (Morning Blend), hypnotist Marc Savard, Mike Tyler of The Naked Magicians, and Russ White (QLife).

Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas and donation sponsor Prop Peller present pretzel eating contest winner Jeff Civillico with 1000 check April 26
Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas and donation sponsor Prop Peller present pretzel eating contest winner Jeff Civillico with 1000 check April 26

Jeff Civillico taps the first Maibock keg of the season April 26 at Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas
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Jeff Civillico and Tony Sinzger tap the first Maibock keg of the season April 26 at Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas
Jeff Civillico and Tony Sinzger tap the first Maibock keg of the season April 26 at Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas

Participants gather for Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas National Pretzel Day pretzel eating competition April 26
Participants gather for Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas National Pretzel Day pretzel eating competition April 26

Following the celebrity pretzel eating contest, participants enjoyed traditional Bavarian fare and world-famous beers imported directly from Munich, before Civillico had the honor of tapping the season’s first keg of Maibock, a strong bottom-fermented brew and a spring favorite.

Brad Paisley Headlines 19th Annual Governor’s Black-Tie Event To Support Local Charities

Olympia Companies SH Charitable Foundation (OCSHCF) kicked off its 19th Annual Governor’s Black-Tie Event recently (April 11 – 13) at Southern Highlands Golf Club and M Resort Spa & Casino. Supported by the Governor of Nevada since its inception, the Governor’s Black-Tie continues to be the premier fundraising event in the state of Nevada.

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Brad Paisley - Photo courtesy of Southern Highlands Golf Club and M Resort Spa & Casino

The three-day gala began Thursday with the Governor’s Grand Bash highlighted by a patriotic tribute from Las Vegas local Daniel Emmett.

Headlined by three-time  Grammy Award winner Brad Paisley, OCSHCF raised $1.3 million dollars during the annual event. With this year’s fundraising effort, the OCSHCF has now raised more than 20 million dollars for local charities.

Money raised from the weekend will support nine local charities including Boys and Girls Club of Southern Nevada, Candlelighters, Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation, Children’s Heart Foundation, Assistance League of Las Vegas, Opportunity Village, Andson, Discovery Children’s Museum, and The Folded Flag Foundation.

Since 2001, Olympia Companies SH Charitable Foundation, (formerly Southern Highlands Charitable Foundation,) founded by Garry Goett and Guy Inzalaco has led the charge to improve the quality of life for women and children in Southern Nevada by donating monies from its various fundraising events and numerous philanthropic endeavors.

Friday saw newly-elected Governor Steve Sisolak and Mr. Goett welcome guests to the black-tie reception dinner at Southern Highlands Golf Club, as well as the start of the two-day golf tournament, which wrapped Saturday afternoon with a million-dollar shot competition and closing awards ceremony.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled about the event and the generosity of our guests,” said Garry Goett, founder of Olympia Companies SH Charitable Foundation and CEO of Olympia Companies, developer of Skye Canyon and Southern Highlands. “We started this in 2001 with a vision to improve the quality of life for women and children in Southern Nevada. Supporting charities that align with our vision is a priority for us at Olympia, and we work very hard to make sure the Governor’s Black-Tie champions this cause. We are grateful for the work of our charity partners and the support of Governor Sisolak and this year’s attendees.”

The District at Green Valley Ranch Raises $5,000 for Human Trafficking Victims

The District at Green Valley Ranch, a mixed-use shopping, dining and lifestyle center in the Las Vegas Valley, held a “Help for the Hopeless” benefit on May 4 that raised $5,000 to aid Seeds of Hope, a program of the Salvation Army Southern Nevada that aids the victims of human trafficking in reclaiming their lives. Services provided by the Seeds of Hope organization include a 24-hour hotline, alternative housing, food and basic necessities as well as working with victims to establish life and parenting skills and provide long-term specialized counseling, medical and dental treatment, educational assistance and job training. The Seeds of Hope typically assists over 150 victims per year ranging in age from 12 to 60 – though they have assisted at least one victim as young as 9 years old.

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Matt Lanter - Photo courtesy of Help for the Homeless

The Help for the Hopeless benefit event, which attracted over 1,000 attendees, included a guest appearance from Hollywood celebrity Matt Lanter which drew significant attention to the cause. Lanter, a television and film heartthrob, kicked off the benefit with a short speech denouncing the damage human trafficking inflicts on its victims and proclaiming their desperate need for help in rebuilding shattered lives. Lanter often uses his celebrity status to draw attention to worthy causes including pediatric AIDS and now, with his appearance at The District at Green Valley Ranch’s “Help for the Hopeless” event, human trafficking. Following his remarks, Lanter remained on hand for an exclusive meet-and-greet with attendees where he signed autographs and posed for pictures - a significant draw for the event and a boon to the cause.

While attendees enjoyed a host of great wine, beer and food, local artists KD Matheson, Stormy Holt and Jon Salvador Gascon painted original works of art live and on-site that were auctioned during the event to also benefit Seeds of Hope. Shoppers who spent $100 or more at participating retailers received a complimentary butterfly keychain to commemorate the occasion. The theme for the original paintings created by the three local artists during the event was “survival.” In addition to proceeds from ticket sales, each piece of art was auctioned during the event and all proceeds from the art sales also benefitted Seeds of Hope.

Human trafficking is a worldwide problem that affects as many as 40.3 million people globally and encompasses both forced labor and sexual exploitation. Bringing the numbers a little closer to home, Las Vegas ranked sixth among a list of major U.S. cities with the most calls to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. Additionally, a Justice Department study cites Las Vegas as one of 17 cities across the nation most likely to be a destination for human trafficking.

“Las Vegas is one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the world, and at The District at Green Valley Ranch here in nearby Henderson, we’re proud to call the city of Las Vegas our neighbor,” says Heath McCue, CMD, Senior Director of Marketing for the shopping center. “There are a lot of very good, very concerned people in Las Vegas who have formed a multidisciplinary team – including numerous legal, law enforcement, school district, crisis management and victim’s advocate volunteers and professionals – to combat the crime of human trafficking, and we wanted to help these dedicated people by shining a light on the problem and raising funds to assist its victims.”

In addition to raising funds for human trafficking victims, the District at Green Valley Ranch’s “Help for the Hopeless” event, sponsored by Life Realty and Me Gusta Tacos, was held to draw attention to the important work being done by the Salvation Army’s Seeds of Hope program as well as local law enforcement, government agencies and the numerous other community service organizations hard at work to identify, rescue and restore victims of all forms of human trafficking.

“Human trafficking is a crime that most people know exists, but no one thinks is happening in their own back yard,” says Brittany Hopballe, Director of the Salvation Army Seeds of Hope Program in Southern Nevada. “At Seeds of Hope, we not only exist to serve the needs of identified victims of human trafficking, but we also work hard to raise awareness about what human trafficking is and where it takes place – even when that means taking a hard look at our own lovely city. We so appreciate that The District at Green Valley Ranch has recognized the plight of human trafficking victims worldwide and has reached out to us to help shine a light on the work we’re doing to end this crime here in Nevada and to help its victims recover and lead joyful and purpose-filled lives.”

UNLV and Hyperx Esports Arena Las Vegas Celebrate Exclusive Partnership at “UNLV Night”

HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas became the official practice and tournament home for UNLV’s 8-Bit collegiate esports intramural teams on Thursday night, May 2, Hosting its first “UNLV Night” for a crowd of faculty, students and alumni. The venue debuted the UNLV-branded VIP room with a special ribbon cutting presentation by Timothy Toepfer, UNLV Program Coordinator for Sport Clubs and Youth Camps, and Aaron Smith, Marketing & Social Media Manager. In addition, the arena team presented players with branded team jerseys.

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8-bit Team Players - Photo courtesy of UNLV

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8 Bit VIP Room at HyperX ESALV - Photo courtesy of UNLV

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Ribbon Cutting - Photo courtesy of UNLV

“Celebrating this special partnership with UNLV is just another step in our commitment to supporting the gaming community in Las Vegas,” said Smith. “There are not many collegiate esports teams that receive major partnership opportunities, so we are excited to be one of the few with UNLV.”

Aiming to support the growing esports community in Las Vegas, the partnership will include a dedicated VIP practice room for the teams, customized jerseys and future hosting of events and tournament participation at the arena.

8-Bit at UNLV specializes in esports competitions, tournament viewing parties, and social events, and supports five gaming groups representing League of Legends, Overwatch, Hearthstone, Fortnite, and Super Smash Bros Ultimate.

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

Two of the most talented and popular female entertainers in Las Vegas, KELLY CLINTON-HOLMES and ELISA FIORELLO have combined forces to star in their own show, THE FIRST LADIES OF LAS VEGAS ENTERTAINMENT, which opened recently in the intimate Pegasus Showroom at Alexis Park All Suite Resort, located at 375 East Harmon. Both ladies are powerhouse singers, complement each other, and have a genuine knack for comedy. Filled with music, song, laughter, impressions, and even a few surprises, their show, is nothing short of a gem and a must see. Showtime is Friday nights at 7 p.m. For tickets and prices go to ticketkite.com

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Kelly Clinton-Holmes and Elisa Fiorello - Photo credit: Judy Thorburn

THE 16TH ANNUAL COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS HALL OF FAME gala celebration at UNLV was held on Tuesday, April 2 at the UNLV Student Union ballroom. This year's honorees included Mayor Carolyn Goodman, former mayor Oscar Goodman, American character animator Ronald Husband, and musical artist Frankie Moreno. Also recognized with the Koep Dean's Medal were entertainment journalist John Katsilometes and musical group Santa Fe & The Fat City Horns. Architect Michael Del Gatto will be recognized as Alumnus of the Year.


The Las Vegas Clark-County Library District celebrated the grand opening of its new East Las Vegas library branch on April 25. The 41,051-square-foot facility, which is located at 2851 East Bonanza Road, includes innovative 21st century design elements, as well as free educational resources, materials, and programs, intended to facilitate limitless learning and personal achievement for library users of all ages.

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Photo courtesy of The Las Vegas Clark-County Library District

Along with a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony which featured remarks from various Library executives and local dignitaries, a variety of festivities continued to take place at various scheduled times throughout the day, including a car display; art exhibit; food trucks; Vegas Golden Knights Mascot Chance and Golden Aces cheerleaders; Las Vegas Lights players and Mascot Cash; crafts for children; 3D pens; cooking demonstrations; and headliner Jarabe Mexicano in concert.

Record-winning contestant on the game show, Jeopardy, Las Vegas resident James Holzhauer, is giving back to his hometown community, and to his favorite museum, Las Vegas Natural History Museum. He and his wife, Melissa, members of the museum and frequent visitors with their daughter, surprised the museum with a $10,000 donation on April 25. “We think the museum is an amazing resource for the Las Vegas community and we can't wait to see how our donation helps it move forward,” said Holzhauer.

The Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas LIFE, that provides a vehicle for companies and individuals in the private sector to support key city initiatives, has received donations in excess of $600,000 - less than six months after the fund was established in September 2018. According to Dr. Lisa Morris Hibler, director, Youth Development & Social Innovation, city of Las Vegas, and who is charged with overseeing the Fund, The Mayor’s Fund was launched expressly to target specific community needs in the areas of Livability, Innovation, Future and Education (LIFE). “The Mayor’s Fund set an ambitious goal of raising $1 million during its first year, and with the community’s help, we are hopeful we will reach that goal,” she said.

CJ 4DPLEX and Regal Theatres announced that the latest round of 4DX SCREENS in the U.S. will have opened across five cities - Knoxville, Nashville, San Diego, King of Prussia and Las Vegas – by the end of April. The openings will bring the current count of Regal 4DX theaters to 17. The latest sites to bring the innovative multi-sensory formats include Red Rock Stadium 16 in Las Vegas.The theater will be opening with Avengers: Endgame in 4DX.

“The openings in April mark the largest consecutive openings in a single month of our 4DX technology and we have to thank Regal for being an excellent partner in bringing the format to wider audiences across the U.S.,” said JongRyul Kim, CEO of CJ 4DPLEX. “We are extremely excited for audiences to experience the sensations of 4DX for the very first time.”

“We’re always looking for innovative technologies to engage our audiences and the expansion of 4DX offers our guests all around the U.S. an incredibly immersive moviegoing experience that we know they will love and can only get at Regal theatres. ‘Avengers: Endgame’ will be an incredibly fitting experience to open these new theatres and we look forward to the next round of openings for 2019” said Ken Thewes, CMO at Regal.

CJ 4DPLEX’s 4DX immersive theater technology enhances the on-screen visuals of action-packed blockbusters, transcending the traditional cinema experience through special effects including motion-synchronized seats, wind, fog, rain, lightning, snow, bubble, vibration, and scents. The result is one of the most immersive cinema format in the industry, drawing fans into the action on the big screen.

Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group has announced R.U.N – a groundbreaking new show and the entertainment group’s first live action thriller, premiering at Luxor this fall. R.U.N is an unprecedented entertainment experience, using live action performance, cutting-edge technology and multimedia to explore the world of stunts.R.U.N will begin performances on October 24, 2019 and play in the R.U.N Theater at Luxor Hotel and Casino Wednesday through Sunday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and start at $69 plus tax and applicable fees. Tickets can be purchased in-person at the R.U.N Theater box office.

ANIMAZING GALLERY at Grand Canal Shoppes inside The Venetian® Resort Las Vegas is CELEBRATING THE 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF WIZARD OF OZ from May 3 to May 23. An opening reception featuring renowned artist Fabio Napoleoni took place on May 3 and May 4. In addition, multiple renowned artists will be in attendance throughout the month for this historic event, which will showcase their themed art as well as life-sized realistic looking figures in the window of Animazing Gallery and inside the exhibit. Guests will not only be able to view, but can also purchase the exclusive artwork throughout the month of May. 

Emerging Japanese-American artist PARKER ITO is the new resident of the ARTIST STUDIO AT BELLAGIO, where guests have the opportunity to observe first-hand as the artist’s works come to life. Now through June 23, Ito will produce five major paintings inspired by his experiences in Las Vegas and subtly influenced by his Japanese heritage. These innovative works, paired with Ito’s unconventional studio practice utilizing photography, painting and printmaking techniques, will encourage viewers to reconsider familiar images of the Las Vegas cityscape.

Due to scheduling conflicts, the Yayoi Kusama exhibition “Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity” at Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art closed on its originally scheduled last day of April 30, 2019.  This has been one of the most-visited exhibitions in the gallery’s history. Individuals who have purchased advance tickets to visit during May and June will be provided a full refund. All ticket sales made via the internet/or with any method of payment other than cash, will be refunded automatically. Any tickets purchased with cash may be refunded in person at Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art.

XAVIER MORTIMER'S MAGICAL DREAM at Las Vegas Hotel and Casino is honoring active and retired military service members by offering FREE VIP TICKET UPGRADES throughout the month of May. Located in the Windows Showroom, the spellbinding production will offer complimentary VIP ticket upgrades throughout the month of May for veterans and active-duty service members with a valid military I.D. Xavier Mortimer’s Magical Dream is at 6 p.m. Friday through Wednesday, with tickets starting at $49 for general admission and $69 for VIP, excluding tax and box office fees.

THE+SOURCE, with two locations at 9480 S. Eastern Blvd. in Henderson, Nev. and 2550 S. Rainbow Blvd. in Las Vegas, will double its military discount to 20 percent every Monday throughout May in honor of MILITARY APPRECIATION MONTH. The increased military discount will apply to full-priced items every Monday throughout the month of May for all previous and current military members. Customers taking advantage of the military discount must present a valid, government-issued military ID and must be members of The+Source’s loyalty rewards program, which offers one point for every dollar spent.

Popular hotspots DISTILL & REMEDY’S are continuing to show their support to the troops during NATIONAL MILITARY APPRECIATION MONTH with the return of the annual OPERATION: USO CARE PACKAGE DRIVE. Throughout May, all locations will be collecting items to fill up as many care packages as possible to donate back to the troops and their families. All donations can be made in the form of goods or monetary contributions.

Multi-Platinum singer-songwriter CHRISTINA AGUILERA, Live Nation Las Vegas and Caesars Entertainment have announced that $1 OF EVERY TICKET purchased to CHRISTINA AGUILERA: THE XPERIENCE AT PLANET HOLLYWOOD RESORT & CASINO will be donated back to THE SHADE TREE, Southern Nevada’s only 24-hour accessible emergency shelter for women and children in crisis, servicing many who are victims of domestic violence and/or human trafficking. Christina Aguilera: The Xperience will open at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Friday, May 31. Tickets for 16 performances through October 5, 2019 are on sale now. General ticket prices begin at $60 plus applicable tax and fees, and may be purchased in-person at the Planet Hollywood box office. A limited number of LaneOne Premium VIP Packages are also available, including amazing seats, transportation, preferred entrance and more. All shows begin at 9 p.m.

Glodal singing sensation, JACKE EVANCHO brings her 2019 Tour to Reynolds Hall at  The Smith Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, October 13th, at 7 p.m. Tickets for reserved seating starting at $35 went on sale beginning Monday, April 22. All tickets are subject to facility and ticketing surcharges. All ages welcome.

Back by popular demand, THE BOOK OF MORMON, the winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, returns to Las Vegas for a limited engagement July 30 – August 4 at THE SMITH CENTER.  Single tickets went on sale beginning Friday, May 3. Tickets will be available at The Smith Center box office (361 Symphony Park Ave).

It has been announced that 17-time GRAMMY Award winning musician STING will headline a Las Vegas residency, “My Songs,” set to open at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Friday, May 22, 2020.   The show will present a compendium of Sting’s songs with dynamic, visual references to some of his most iconic videos and inspirations.Tickets will go on sale to the public Friday, May 3 at 10 a.m. PT. Sting.com fan club members  have first access to a presale beginning Thursday, April 25 through Thursday, May 2 at 10 p.m. PT. General ticket prices begin at $59, and a limited number of VIP meet & greet packages are also available for each show. All tickets and packages can be purchased in-person at The Colosseum box office. All shows begin at 8 p.m.

Back at The Smith Center by high demand, PAUL ANKA returns to Las Vegas with his concert entitled, Anka Sings Sinatra: His Songs, My Songs, My Way on Saturday, Nov. 23. Tickets went on sale beginning Friday, May 3.

THE COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN NEVADA DEPARTMENT OF FINE ARTS presents the NTI-TRAVELING EXHIBITION, MAKING A MARK, which addresses the history and practice of drawing by narrowing in on a few Nevadan artists for whom the mark is foundational. Here, the work of seven creatives speaks not only for the respective artists, but also for drawing itself. The NTI-Traveling Exhibition: Making a Mark will begin Monday, May 6, and will run through Friday, June 28. A Reception will take place on Friday, May 17, 2019 from 6-8pm in the Artspace Gallery on the North Las Vegas Campus. The CSN Artspace Gallery is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The Artspace Gallery is upstairs above the main entrance lobby on the North Las Vegas campus located at 3200 E. Cheyenne Avenue, one-mile East of I-15 North.

SG BAR owned and operated by PT’s Entertainment Group, will host weekly “PINOT ON THE PATIO” parties from 5 to 8 p.m. every Friday from Friday, May 10 through Friday, June 28.

SG BAR WILL THROW “PINOT ON THE PATIO” PARTIES with live music by Shawn Eiferman every Friday on its patio. An expanded drink selection will also be offered, including Blue Moon, Stella Artois, Grey Goose, Patrón and Woodford Reserve. Menu selections include a charcuterie board made with locally sourced cured meats and cheeses, house-made pickles, fruit compote, honey and a warm baguette; steak frites made with grilled skirt steak, house-made Kennebec fries, chimichurri and grilled vegetables; classic hummus made with a chickpea puree, roasted garlic, olive oil and warm pita bread; a fruit plate with a variety of fresh fruit and more. Due to inclement weather or private events, “Pinot on the Patio” may be moved indoors on select Fridays.

MARRIAGE CAN BE MURDER, the long-running comedy, dinner show at THE D LAS VEGAS, will offer $20++* TICKETS TO ALL NEVADA POLICE OFFICERS from May 12-18. The special-priced tickets are the local show producers and actors' way of thanking law enforcement during National Police Week.The Police Week promo will be a pre-celebration of Marriage Can Be Murder’s 20-year anniversary in Las Vegas. Marriage Can Be Murder performs seven nights. Doors open at 6 p.m. and bodies begin to drop at 6:30 p.m. To take advantage of the National Police Week promotion, officers can call the D Box Office to reserve. To book in person, officers can bring police badge or ID to the box office at the D Las Vegas.

The locally-owned, award-winning, and standard-setting Globe Salon invites the public to join them in celebrating the OPENING OF ITS SECOND LOCATION, on the doorstep of SUMMERLIN AT THE RAMPART COMMONS LIFESTYLE CENTER. The celebration happens on Thursday, May 16, 2019, at GLOBE SALON, 1025 S. Rampart Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89145. The event is open to invited guests only from 7:00 - 7:30pm, and the public is invited to join the celebration from 7:30 - 9pm. Guests will enjoy a stylish mix & mingle featuring the menthol Kool musical stylings of Michael Shulman, and complimentary cocktails and hors' d'oeuvres catered by Honey Salt. The evening will also feature a charity raffle to benefit the local non-profit Three Square food bank, featuring prizes from neighboring businesses.

THE COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN NEVADA FINE ARTS GALLERY will present its annual JURIED STUDENT EXHIBITION beginning Friday, May 17,and will run through Saturday, June 22. A reception with refreshments, awards ceremony, gallery talk, and Salon de Refusés will take place on Friday, May 17, from 6 - 8 p.m.  This exhibition will feature student artwork made in connection with CSN Fine Arts Department, Art and Art History courses with media including drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, jewelry and design.The CSN Fine Arts Gallery and all gallery events are FREE and open to the public. The Fine Arts Gallery and Horn Theatre lobby are located at the half circle drive near CSN’s main entrance, on the North Las Vegas campus at 3200 E. Cheyenne Avenue, one-mile East of I-15 North.

Celebrating three decades of jazz in Las Vegas, Clark County Parks & Recreation announces the talent that will be performing at the 30th ANNUAL JAZZ IN THE PARK CONCERT SERIES. Taking over the Clark County Government Center Amphitheater, Jazz in the Park boasts live performances, picnic and seating areas, and an array of food and drinks to choose. Jazz in the Park will host Tito Puente Jr. on May 18, Raul Midon on May 25, Althea Rene, Selina Albright and Kayla Waters on June 1 and Paul Taylor on June 15. The admission and parking for the event is FREE and open to all ages.

Vegas Events and More and the City of Henderson Redevelopment Agency will host the 2nd annual, SHOP WATER STREET AT THE HENDRSON EVENTS PLAZA in Henderson on Saturday, May 18. The event will run from 10 am - 4 pm. Admission is free. There will be a free Kidz Korner with complimentary face painting, caricatures, crafts, and a bounce house. Family and fur baby friendly.

Grab your tiara and celebrate National Tiara Day with HELP OF SOUTHERN NEVADA for its third annual TIARAS & TEQUILA EVENT, hosted by Mystic Mona, the Las Vegas psychic. The fundraiser will take place at Gilley’s Saloon inside Treasure Island Hotel & Casino from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 20. Guests are invited to an evening of fancy festivities, prizes, psychic readings and more, while wearing their favorite tiara or cowboy hat. Tickets are priced at $20 per person. Each ticket allows admittance for one, a signature tequila cocktail, and a raffle ticket for an array of prizes. An additional five raffle tickets are available for $20 each. Swag bags will be available to the first 50 guests. Mystic Mona, most recently seen on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” in Las Vegas, will host the event and offer psychic readings, available to all guests for $20 per reading.

The SUPER SUMMER THEATRE is back for its 44th year and the popular outdoor series with a stellar lineup for the 2019 Summer Series. Held at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, the season kicks off with INTO THE WOODS beginning Wednesday, May 22.Tickets for the Summer Series are priced at $15 for general admission. Parking opens at 5 p.m. and Meadow Seating begins at 6 p.m. Super Summer Theatre is located at Spring Mountain Ranch, just 10 miles west of the 215/West Charleston intersection or 5 miles east past Blue Diamond from the intersection of Hwy 159 and Hwy 160. All performances are outdoors and run Wednesday – Saturday, excluding September’s production which runs Thursday – Saturday.

DOWNTOWN ROCKS, the amplified concert series on FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE, invites kicks off the FREE LIVE CONCERT SERIES on Friday, May 24 with an unprecedented debut performance by American rock band, Good Charlotte. Guest of all ages are invited to attend.

Now in its 11th year, the annual WE ♥MAGGIE (We Heart Maggie) GOLF TOURNAMENT will again be a two-day celebration: the We ♥ Maggie Weekend, with more events, more golf, and more fun for all TO SUPPORT THE CHILDREN'S HEART FOUNDATION. We ♥ Maggie returns to the Revere Golf Club (2600 Hampton Road, Henderson) Friday, May 24 and Saturday, May 25. We ♥ Maggie celebrates the life of young Marguerite “Maggie” Anne Stewart.  Energetic, inspirational, and happy, Maggie passed away in July 2008 at 14 months of age due to complications during a procedure to correct a congenital heart defect.  Her loving and devoted parents, John and Mollie Stewart, immediately founded the golf tournament to celebrate her short, yet love-filled, life. Since the inaugural event, nearly $1 million has been raised to benefit Children’s Heart Foundation. This year, the We ♥ Maggie Weekend will soar beyond the $1 million mark, helping hundreds of Heart Kids in the Las Vegas area. To participate in any of the weekend activities, please visit www.weheartmaggie.com or call the Children’s Heart Foundation at 702-967-3522.

PUNK ROCK BOWLING & MUSIC FESTIVAL AND DOWNTOWN GRAND HOTEL & CASINO have joined forces to create a huge splash with this years FREE pool party concert series. For the first-time ever, Citrus Grand Pool Deck will be the host venue for the annual series of free poolside concerts. Showcasing more than 35,000 square feet of entertainment space complete with a sparkling infinity pool, restaurant and bar, and picturesque views of the downtown skyline Citrus will welcome headliners H20, The Pietasters, and Sloppy Seconds over Memorial Day Weekend May 25 - 27. 

GOLDEN NUGGET LAS VEGAS HOTEL AND CASINO proudly presents the 12th ANNUAL GRAND POKER SERIES May 28 – July 8, 2019, hosted in the Grand Event Center with more than 90 poker tournaments spread across 42 days ranging in both buy-in amounts and poker disciplines. Of the 90-plus events on the schedule, 21 are in forms other than No Limit Hold’Em, including stand-alone Omaha 8 or Better, Pot Limit Omaha, Stud, Short Deck and Big-O events, along with mixed game formats including Razz, Stud, Stud 8 or Better, Pot Limit Omaha, Omaha 8 or Better, 2-7 Triple Draw and Big-O. Buy-ins range from $100 to $1,000, and most days, feature three events – at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 7 p.m.

“We’re excited to usher in the 12th anniversary of the Grand Poker Series at Golden Nugget,” said Andy Rich, Golden Nugget Las Vegas Director of Poker Operations. “From affordable buy-ins, and mixed events to daily prize pool guarantees that total over three million dollars, this year is shaping up to be our biggest to date.Also, free parking if you get here before the lot is full!”

Celebrity sightings:

Sunday, May 12...

Jim Root, Alessandro Venturella, and Jay Weinberg of heavy metal band Slipknot were spotted attending the 10 p.m. performance of ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace and went backstage after the show for a photo with The Gazillionaire and Green Fairy.

Thursday, May 9...

Rock legend Jon Bon Jovi came to Las Vegas to pay a visit to the most recent addition to The Palm at The Forums Shop at Caesars Palace, his own caricature added to the restaurant’s iconic walls.

Bon Jovi was joined by his son, Jesse, for lunch at The Palm. Prior to being seated, the two signed their names below their caricatures on the walls, engaged with the staff and continued to feast on The Palm’s classic fare.



Wednesday, May 8...

Celebrity chef and TV personality Curtis Stone and model-actress Ellie Gonsalves were each spotted attending ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace. The actress best known for her role in the Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson film “Fighting with My Family” took in ABSINTHE’s outlandish acts and hilarious antics during the 8 p.m. performance , while the co-host of “Around the World in 80 Plates” attended the 10 p.m. performance.Both went backstage after the performances to take photos with The Gazillionaire.

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Curtis Stone Attends ABSINTHE - Photo credit: Fabian Pino/Spiegelworld

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Ellie Gonsalves Attends ABSINTHE - Photo credit: Fabian Pino/Spiegelworld

Sunday, May 5 (Cinco de Mayo)...

Bravo TV's "Real Housewives of Orange County," star Emily Simpson hosted the inaugural Rock 4 Health Women's Day that took place at Tivoli Village, where she discussed her trials and tribulations with infertility, a topic that was introduced when she was first signed onto the show during Season 13.  Following Simpson's speaking series, she was spotted celebrating Cinco De Mayo with her sister-in- law Shireen at Cafe Americano located at Caesars Palace.  The duo then headed over to the Vanderpump Cocktail Garden just after 5 p.m.

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Emily Simpson - Photo credit: Adam Trujillo

Saturday, May 4...

Professional hockey player and right winger on the Vegas Golden Knights, Ryan Reaves and his wife, dined at MB Steak at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, before attending one of most anticipated boxing events of the year, the bout between Canelo Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs.

One of the greatest boxers of all time and the founder of Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar De La Hoya, enjoyed food and drinks from Morton Group’s MGM Grand restaurants, CRUSH and Greek Sneek.

Wednesday night, May 1...

World-renowned illusionist Criss Angel was spotted attending the 10 p.m. performance of ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace. Afterwards he went backstage for a photo with The Gazillionaire and Green Fairy.

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Criss Angel Attends ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace - Photo credit: Fabian Pino/Spiegelworld

Mariah Carey celebrated her Billboard Icon Award at TAO Las Vegas. The singer took over the restaurant’s private dining room, which was decked out in balloons spelling out ICON. Joined by boyfriend Bryan Tanaka and friends, Carey was surprised with a sushi platter with rolls in the shape of her initials M.C. Jennifer Hudson, who presented the Billboard ICON award to Carey, was also dining at TAO and popped into the private dining room to toast her friend.

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Mariah Carey - Photo credit: Global Media Group

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Mariah Carey Jennifer Hudson - Photo credit: Global Media Group

Madonna took over the Pearl Lounge at Beauty & Essex for an after-hours celebration. She arrived fresh from the Billboard Awards and the debut performance of her new single “Medellin” with Maluma, who joined shortly thereafter. Together with their guests they dined in the candle-filled room.

Saturday, April 27...

As the Backstreet Boys prepare for the final performance of their headlining Las Vegas residency, “Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life” at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Nick Carter met with fans at Influence, The POOL at The LINQ. Carter took photos with attendees before performing an intimate acoustic set of hits including “As Long As You Love Me,” “Just Want You to Know,” “I Need You Tonight” and “I Want It That Way,” as well as covers of Richard Marx’s “Right Here Waiting for You,” America’s “A Horse with No Name” and The Moody Blues’ “Nights in White Satin.”

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Nick Carter performs private acoustic set at Influence The POOL at The LINQ - Photo credit: Denise Truscello

Nick Carter performs private acoustic set at Influence The POOL at The LINQ Saturday April 27 9
Nick Carter performs private acoustic set at Influence The POOL at The LINQ - Photo credit: Denise Truscello

Thursday night, April 25...

Fresh off winning three Latin Billboard Awards, supergroup CNCO celebrated with dinner at TAO inside The Venetian.

Also dining at TAO was duo Play N Skillz.


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