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The Bronx Wanderers Open Their New Residency at Westgate

After having to close their show at another venue due to the pandemic, the very popular band, The Bronx Wanderers are finally back on a Las Vegas stage, performing in their new home, The Cabaret at The Westgate in Las Vegas.

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Having been a big fan of the band since I first saw my fellow, former Bronxites perform in Las Vegas several years ago, I was thrilled to be in the audience along with several of my colleagues and local entertainers for the press night opening on October 26.

Making a surprise appearance was singer Tony Orlando, a longtime friend and fan of Vinny Aldinolfi, the leader/frontman of The Bronx Wanderers that includes Vinny's sons Vin A, on vocals, guitar and keyboard, Nick on drums, and backup musicians Joe Bari, Fernando Tort and David Braun. The beloved entertainer flew in especially for this event and introduced the band before they took to the stage.

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Vinny Aldinolfi and Tony Orlando

As usual, the Bronx Wanderers were in top form, delivering a high energy performance complete with great music, showmanship, spectacular vocals and instrumental talent as they take audiences on a musical journey with chart topping pop/rock classics from the 60's and up to the present that includes oldies but goodies from Dion and The Belmonts, Neil Diamond, Billy Joel, The Beatles, Queen, to Bruno Mars as well as some new additions to their show.

The charismatic, charming, and very likable Vinny also takes time between songs to share his inspirational back story from his earlier life that entailed growing up on the streets of The Bronx, raising a family, to music industry executive and ultimately, fulfilling his dream as a Las Vegas headliner. It's his genuine, heartfelt, personal story as well as The Bronx Wanderers' superb renditions of the music we've all come to love that creates a special connection with everyone that has seen them perform.

To reiterate what I've said and written about this band before, I can't rave enough about The Bronx Wanderers and totally understand why they have built such a huge following of loyal fans from across the country. If you haven't yet seen this terrific band perform, go catch their show at their new residency inside The Westgate. I promise, you are in for an uplifing evening of exceptional, first rate musical entertainment by an immensely talented group of musicians that will have you singing along and dancing in the aisles.

The Bronx Wanderers perform at the Westgate Cabaret Monday - Thursday 8:00pm | Sunday, Friday & Saturday – 5:30pm. Ticket Prices start at $49.95 (plus taxes & fees). Ages 5 and older.

iLuminate Opens at The STRAT Theatre

After months of anticipation, iLuminate (pronounced eye-luminate) who appeared on America's Got Talent where they became finalists for their season and were dubbed Best New Act in America, delivered an electrifying opening night inside The STRAT Theater on Friday evening, October 22.

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Miral Kotb and Cast of iLuminate - Photo credit: Edison G

Prior to the start of the show, Mayor Carolyn Goodman’s office named Oct. 22 “iLuminate Day” and a proclamation was presented to iLuminate Founder Miral Kotb who stated, “It’s been a dream of mine for so long to open this Vegas show, so I’m thrilled that the time has finally arrived!”

After the show, fans of all ages gathered outside the showroom for a meet and greet and photo opportunity with the cast. Among those in attendance was mentalist and magician Banachek (who also performs in The STRAT Theater) with his daughter.

iLuminate is a high energy, innovative new production featuring a talented cast adorned in colorful, eye dazzling, glow in the dark, body suits, performing incredible routines in several dance styles that includes a showstopping tribute to Michael Jackson and his hit, Smooth Criminal. The production, performed entirely in the dark, features a great music soundtrack, comedy, illusions, state of the art technology, prerecorded video on each side of the stage, as well as some playful audience interaction. The result is a sensational, multi sensory, visual arts experience.

iLuminate performs at the STRAT Theatre Wednesdays – Saturdays and Mondays at 10 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tuesdays – DARK. For more information, visit www.iLuminate.com

Eight Cigar Lounge at New Resorts World Las Vegas Celebrates Grand Opening with Star-Studded Affair

The grand opening of Eight Cigar Lounge at Resorts World Las Vegas was celebrated on the evening of Thursday, November 4. Among the VIPS and celebrities in attendance was Entrepreneur Giuseppe Bravo and esteemed celebrity attorney, David Chesnoff, along with Clique Hospitality founder, Andy Masi, and legendary boxer, personality and entrepreneur, Mike Tyson; award-winning actor Michael Cudlitz, known for his roles in “The Walking Dead” and “Southland;” professional boxer, Ryan Garcia; NBA great Charles Oakley; professional poker player, Phil Ivey; poker player and social media star, Dan Bilzerian; and soccer star, Cobi Jones.  The party culminated a week-long celebration that included A-list guests such as hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, and baseball star and commentator, Alex Rodriguez. 

Legendary boxer Mike Tyson - Photo credit Denise Truscello

Eight Cigar Lounge partner Giuseppe Bravo, celebrity attorney, David Chesnoff, poker player and social media star, and entrepreneuer, Dan Bilzerian - Photo credit Denise Truscello

Professional poker player, Phil Ivey - Photo credit Denise Truscello

NBA great Charles Oakley - Photo credit Denise Truscello

Award-winning actor Michael Cudlitz - Photo credit Denise Truscello

Soccer star, Cobi Jones - Photo credit Denise Truscello

Some of Las Vegas’ top power players took in picturesque views of the Las Vegas Strip from Eight’s stunning terrace while sitting by the fireplace, smoking cigars and socializing. Guests were treated to ample supplies of Casa Fuentes and Drew Estate cigars, bottles of Casamigos and Grey Goose on all the tables, and signature cocktails, including the Macallan 18 smoked Old Fashioned. Sultry singer, Christina Amato, entertained a lively crowd indoors, where guests enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres including mini caviar blinis.

The architecturally stunning cigar and spirits lounge spans 7,000 square feet of indoor-outdoor space overlooking the Las Vegas Strip. A limited number of exclusive, personal lockers are marked with gold name plates and store cigars and spirits for Eight’s exclusive clientele, including the iconic Michael Jordan and country superstar Luke Bryan.

30 Vegas Vickie Lookalikes Compete in Circa’s $10K Halloween Costume Contest

On Halloween, 30 Vegas Vickie™ lookalikes competed in the first ever “Neon Idol” costume contest at Circa Resort & Casino in downtown Las Vegas. A panel of judges determined that contestant #103, Las Vegas resident, Mistianna Lund, created the best interpretation of the iconic kicking cowgirl neon sign, taking home a coveted $10,000 prize.

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Mistianna Lund was named winner of the 2021 Neon Idol Vegas Vickie Costume Contest - Photo courtesy of Circa Resort & Casino

Lund’s winning costume featured more than 3,000 jewels and took 115 hours to make. She also shared that she will be donating her winnings to her new non-profit, Answers4Cancer, where she serves as president. The organization provides individuals battling cancer funds for holistic services, such as chiropractic, massage, acupuncture services and more, at zero cost to the patient.

“This contest was a surreal experience that I’ll never forget,” said Lund. “It’s an honor and I’m so blessed and grateful. This was a creative and fun way to raise money for Answers4Cancer, and this check from Circa will help us in our mission to help as many cancer patients in Clark County as we can. It’s an honor to be named your 2021 Vegas Vickie!”

The judging panel consisted of an array of local personalities, including:“Horny” Mike Henry of “Counting Cars” on The History Channel; Las Vegas Review-Journal Entertainment columnist John “Kats” Katsilometes; Hosts of the Vegas Revealed podcast, Dayna Roselli and Sean McCallister; Vital Vegas founder Scott Roeben and Wes VanDyke of YESCO, the company that oversaw Vegas Vickie’s recent refurbishment.

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More than 30 contestants entered Circa s Vegas Vickie Neon Idol Costume Contest - Photo courtesy of Circa Resort & Casino

Vegas Vickie has been a staple in the downtown Las Vegas scene since she made her first appearance on the Fremont Street Experience in 1980. Circa’s owners, Derek and Greg Stevens, acquired the sign in 2016, later restoring her and placing her as a centerpiece to Circa’s lobby. She can now be seen kicking her mechanical boot to welcome visitors to her namesake cocktail lounge, Vegas Vickie’s.

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Mistianna Lund as Vegas Vickie poses with Michael Printy as Vegas Vic - Photo courtesy of Circa Resort & Casino

The Beverly Theater Marks Start of Construction with Uncommon GroundTaking Event

On Friday, October 29, The Beverly Theater officially broke ground on S.6th and Bonneville, marking the start of construction on Las Vegas’ only indie film house and performance theater coming to downtown. Featuring live performances, a logo reveal, surprise guests and more, the event celebrated the development milestone for the fully funded project that is expected to debut in mid-late 2022.

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Photo courtesy of The Beverly Theater

With live music provided by headlining composer and Raiders bandleader Dave Perrico joined by the neighboring Las Vegas Academy Jazz Band, the event began with Kip Kelly, the founding creative director of the new theater, serving as master of ceremonies. He revealed The Beverly Theater logo, announced the upcoming availability of it as an NFT, explained what a GroundTaking is, and proclaimed that all in attendance would now be known as the official Beverly Theater Groundskeepers and would be presented with a commemorative jar of dirt to take with them as proof. Immediately following, congratulatory remarks were made by Rory Reid, Chief Executive Officer of The Rogers Foundation and Beverly Rogers, Chairman of the Board, The Rogers Foundation and Ward 3 City Councilwoman Olivia Diaz before the traditional and ceremonial shovel photos were taken.

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The event concluded with a surprising appearance by what seemed to be a bungling construction worker but was actually the talented RJ Owens who is widely known as Bebe Francois from Cirque du Soleil’s Mystere. Owens masterfully fooled the crown and ultimately performed a disruptive poetic recitation to the enthusiastic crowd.

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Once complete, the two-story, 14,306 square-foot film house and performance theater will host independent film, music happenings, artistic performances, literary experiences, and educational programming seven days a week. The not-for-profit venue is perfectly situated next to the popular independent bookstore, The Writer’s Block at The Lucy. The Beverly Theater will further catalyze creativity and enhance the already burgeoning cultural scene in Las Vegas.

The Original Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit Las Vegas Launched Immersive Yoga Classes with a VIP Preview Featuring Various Las Vegas Entertainers

The Original Immersive van Gogh exhibit in the heart of Las Vegas has partnered with America’s favorite kefir company, Lifeway Foods, to offer yoga under The Starry Night.  Gogh with Lifeway Kefir Immersive Yoga classes are led by a certified yoga instructor inside Lighthouse Las Vegas, the all-new venue located at The Shops at Crystals (LEVEL 3) adjacent to ARIA Resort & Casino.  Classes began October 29 and tickets are on sale now.

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Immersive Van Gogh Yoga Chippendale Chaun Williams - Photo credit: Denise Truscello

A special VIP preview was held on October 21 inviting patrons of all fitness levels – including some of Las Vegas’ favorite entertainers - to take part in Gogh with Lifeway Kefir Immersive Yoga classes.

Performers from shows on the Las Vegas strip that participated in the class included: Chaun Williams HBO Max’s FBoy Island and currently featured in Chippendales (at the Rio); acrobats from WOW-The Vegas Spectacular (at the Rio): dancers and showgirls from EXTRAVAGANZA (at Bally’s); Jennifer Romas and Kelly Magaro from SEXXY: The Show; Rico Bozant (pro fighter/entertainer), Nicholas Charles and James Edwards, stars of Potted Potter – The Harry Potter Parody (at Bally’s) and more.

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Immersive Van Gogh Yoga Extravaganza Showgirls - Photo credit: Denise Truscello

Described as an experience that “opens the aperture of your senses” by Insider, beginners and experts alike are welcome to enroll in the 35-minute flow yoga course. All classes take place within the multi-sensory and all-encompassing Immersive van Gogh experience. Each workout is designed to challenge the body and inspire the mind; choreographed in harmony with the music, sounds, light and moving images from van Gogh’s vast catalogue of masterpieces. All Gogh with Lifeway Kefir Immersive Yoga participants will receive a nutritious Lifeway Kefir snack packed with probiotics to nourish their microbiome and assist in recovery from their yoga session. Guests are invited to remain in the exhibit following the class to take in the dynamic projections one last time.

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Immersive Van Gogh Yoga - Photo credit: Denise Truscello

"Lifeway is proud to collaborate with Immersive van Gogh for this initiative," said Julie Smolyansky, President and Chief Executive Officer, Lifeway Foods. "Our company motto, 'Love Your Guts,' is emblematic of the need for us to take care of our wellness every single day. A balanced gut microbiome positively influences our mental health, and vice versa. By engaging in the practice of yoga, surrounding ourselves with incredible art, and nourishing the gut with kefir, an ancient probiotic superfood, this unique collaboration is a great way to strengthen the mind-gut connection. Now more than ever, we hope to bring joy to our community with this once-in-a-lifetime immersive wellness experience that intersects movement, sound, art and light.”

Classes began October 29 and are scheduled for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings at 9am. Admission is $54.99 per person/per class.  To reserve a spot, visit VanGoghVegas.com.

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

On Thursday evening, October 21, RICHIE PALMER'S MULBERRY STREET PIZZERIA AT RESORTS WORLD LAS VEGAS unveiled a commemorative statue of MIKE TYSON, one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time. The 10-foot-tall statue is located just outside of the entrance of Mulberry Street Pizzeria.

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Mulberry Street Pizzeria owner Richie Palmer and Mike Tyson - Photo courtesy of Mulberry Street Pizzeria

Resorts World President Scott Sibella kicked off the unveiling ceremony by welcoming guests and commenting on how thrilled the team is to celebrate Mike Tyson with the statue and welcome Mulberry Street Pizzeria to the property. Mulberry Street Pizzeria owner and founder Richie Palmer then praised Tyson as the greatest heavyweight of all time and welcomed his longtime friend to the stage to say a few words. Following the unveiling, Tyson, Palmer, and Sibella posed for pictures before Tyson signed the wall of Mulberry Street Pizzeria and enjoyed a slice of pizza with Palmer.

DOWNTOWN GRAND HOTEL & CASINO partners with THREE SQUARE, Southern Nevada’s largest food-relief organization, to host a FALL FOOD DONATION DRIVE , Nov. 1 – 17. Guests who donate non-perishable food items at the Grand Rewards Club, located on the casino floor, will earn five bonus entries into the Downtown Grand Gameshow Drawings for a chance to win up to $25,000. The drawings will be held Nov. 19 – 20.

THE BARBERSHOP CUTS & COCKTAILS, a swanky upscale barbershop and speakeasy located inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, will support ‘MOVEMBER’ by donating a portion of proceeds generated by its vast array of high-end men’s grooming services throughout the month of November. Recognized as Men’s Health Awareness Month, November is a time in which many men grow moustaches and beards to raise awareness of men's health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men's suicide. The Barbershop Cuts & Cocktails will donate a portion of the proceeds from its impeccable men’s grooming services throughout the month of November to ‘Movember’ as a dedicated effort in battling these diseases. 

AQUARIUS CASINO RESORT, located at 1900 S. Casino Dr., and EDGEWATER CASINO RESORT, located at 2020 S. Casino Dr., in Laughlin, Nevada will host the 10th annual ‘FEED A FAMILY’ CHARITABLE INITIATIVE, beginning Monday, Nov. 1 through Saturday, Dec. 25.

The annual Feed A Family program helps provide boxes of food to families through partnerships with local food pantries in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas. For every 25,000 True Rewards points contributed or $25 donated, Aquarius Casino Resort and Edgewater Casino Resort will purchase and donate one food box sized to feed a family of four. Each box includes a ham or turkey along with potatoes, gravy, vegetables, rolls, cranberry sauce, stuffing, pie and whipped cream. To participate, True Rewards members may contribute any amount of points or monetary donations, all of which will be allocated towards the purchase of food items to be included in each box.

Due to a scheduling conflict, comedian, actress and writer AMY SCHUMER postponed her Thursday, Nov. 4 special engagement, “Amy Schumer & Friends,” at THE MIRAGE HOTEL & CASINO. Schumer, along with special guests, has rescheduled her performance at The Mirage Theatre for Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 10 p.m.Tickets purchased for the Thursday, Nov. 4 performance will be valid for the April 2022 show. Refunds are being accepted through Friday, Dec. 3 at 5 p.m.

Due to unforeseen medical symptoms CELINE DION, who had been preparing for the November 5 opening of her brand-new show in the beautiful, new RESORTS WORLD THEATRE in Las Vegas, is forced to delay the opening and cancel the performances scheduled  November 5 to 20, 2021 and January 19 to February 5, 2022. Celine has been experiencing severe and persistent muscle spasms which are preventing her from performing."I'm heartbroken by this," said Celine. "My team and I have been working on our new show for the past eight months, and to not be able to open this November saddens me beyond words.”

Meeting popular demand, master illusionist DAVID GOLDRAKE will continue to mesmerize audiences in “M IS FOR MAGIC” at NOTORIETY LIVE AT NEONOPOLIS through spring 2022. “The International Man of Mystery” has announced a six-month extension at the downtown entertainment hotspot, where he performs a magical spectacle for guests Thursdays through Sundays at 7 p.m. Tickets for newly announced performance dates are now on sale.

“PIFF THE MAGIC DRAGON” has been extended at FLAMINGO LAS VEGAS through 2024. Las Vegas’ favorite magic dragon will continue to perform his resident show inside the Flamingo Showroom for three more years. The announcement comes as the acclaimed production approaches its six-year anniversary at the world-famous, center-Strip resort this November.

Three of the hottest acts from the recently completed Season 16 of America’s Got Talent television show are joining the all-star lineup of AMERICA'S GOT TALENT LIVE at Luxor Hotel and Casino. Newly crowned Season 16 winner, magician DUSTIN TAVELLA, along with finalists, singer JIMMIE HERROD, illusionist LEA KYLE, round out the cast of former AGT winners, finalists, runner-ups and fan favorite acts in this one-of-a-kind stage show spectacle. Hosted by Season 12 finalist PREACHER LAWSON, America’s Got Talent Las Vegas LIVE premiered Thursday, Nov. 4. America’s Got Talent Las Vegas LIVE will perform Wednesday – Sunday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. inside Luxor Theater. Tickets starting at $49, plus tax and applicable fees, are on sale now.

THE GIVING MACHINE, the popular “vending machine” that works in reverse by giving users an opportunity to purchase a variety of much-needed items for local and global charities via the swipe of a credit or debit card, returned to Downtown Summerlin on Nov. 3 where it will remain through Jan. 3, 2022. Local nonprofit beneficiaries this year include Communities In Schools of Nevada, Eye Care 4 Kids, Three Square, Future Smiles and Opportunity Village. Las Vegans can make donations by purchasing items that range in price from $3 to $300 and include staples such as clothing and dental hygiene items, eyeglasses, meals, school supplies, and a variety of medical, vision and dental services. Other donation opportunities include underwriting college admission and testing fees, job skills training, as well as tents, winter clothing and solar lanterns for refugees. A global initiative of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the campaign launched worldwide in 2017 and in Las Vegas at Downtown Summerlin in 2019.

BLUME KITCHEN & COCKTAILS in Henderson is kicking off November with the following upcoming lineup of Hip-Hop artists. Doors open for all performances at 10 p.m.

Friday, November 12 – Los Angeles-based rapper YG

Sunday, November 14 – Detroit-based rapper BABY FACE RAY

Friday, November 26 – Fresh off their performance at The Millenium Tour in Dallas, YING YANG TWINS

In honor of VETERANS DAY, BANACHEK'S MIND GAMES at THE STRAT HOTEL, CASINO & SKYPOD, headlined by award-winning mentalist, Banachek, is offering COMPLIMENTARY TICKETS FOR ACTIVE AND RETIRED MILITARY PERSONNEL during the 4 p.m. performance on Thursday, Nov. 11 Recently debuted on the Las Vegas Strip, “Banachek’s Mind Games Live” takes mind reading to new heights with mesmerizing illusions and death-defying stunts in a heart-pounding journey throughout the fast-paced show. Military personnel can reserve their seat to the show by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with proof of military photo ID on or before noon on Tuesday, Nov. 9. Tickets will be available on the night of the show at The STRAT box office. All tickets are subject to availability and management reserves all rights. Show times are scheduled for 4 p.m. six days per week, dark Fridays. Ticket prices begin at $29.

Las Vegas fine dining restaurant, PIERO'S ITALIAN CUISINE, will honor VETERANS DAY BY OFFERING A 15% DISCOUNT TO ALL VETERANS AND ACTIVE MILITARY DUTY all day on Thursday, Nov. 11.

ARIZONA CHARLIE’S, with casinos at 740 S. Decatur Blvd. and 4575 Boulder Highway, will offer DISCOUNTS FOR ALL ACTIVE AND RETIRED MILITARY IN HONOR OF VETERANS DAY on Thursday, Nov. 11. PT’s Express at both locations will offer a 20% discount on all food and beverage orders, and all casino bars will offer draft beers priced at $2 for those with a valid military ID.

PANCHO’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT, located in Downtown Summerlin, will say thank you to ALL ACTIVE DUTY AND RETIRED MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES WITH A 25% DISCOUNT on food, available all day on Thursday, Nov. 11. All veterans and active-duty service members who show a valid military ID will receive a discount from their bill on food throughout the day.

Celebrate the holidays than with the internationally renowned STREEETMOSPHERE cast at GRAND CANAL SHOOPE INSIDE THE VENETIAN RESORT. Starting Friday, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m., guests will be transported to a holiday Italian ‘vacanze’ every weekend as they make their way down the Venice-inspired, enchanted cobblestone streets, to experience the all-new “Holiday Spectacular” provided by the Streetmosphere cast in St. Mark’s Square.

The cherished complimentary entertainment offering, known for its beauty inspired by the Renaissance period, will embellish the famed Streetmosphere show for the winter season with unique renditions of traditional holiday carols mixed with contemporary rhythms and sung in Italian. The harmonious Pop Opera singers will be accompanied by a talented team of live musicians and adorned with couture-inspired festive costuming. After enjoying the holiday inspired melodic sounds, guests will have the opportunity to take stunning photos with the cast as they meet guests and hand out sweet treats for those who would like to indulge.

Adding even more to the spectacular affair will be a magnificent digital show that will illuminate the Clock Tower that sits in the center of St. Mark’s Square. The majestic light performance will use advanced technology and digital mapping to magically bring the square to life in a new and exciting way. The unique experience will leave guests awe-struck with vibrant dancing lights, sweet sounds, and plenty of holiday spirit during the one-of-a-kind show that can only be found at The Shoppes.

The Streetmosphere holiday spectacular will launch Friday, Nov. 12, and will continue every Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout November and December at 6 p.m. in St. Mark’s Square. Additional Streetmosphere entertainment can be found daily in St. Mark’s Square at 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. as well as near Grimaldi’s at 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

As part of his Glow LIVE holiday tour, country star BRETT ELDREDGE is stopping in Vegas for one night only on Saturday, Nov. 13 at THE THEATER AT VIRGIN HOTELS LAS VEGAS where he will be performing Christmas classics and all-new tunes. Tickets are $50 (not including taxes and fees). Show starts at 8pm. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Jazz enthusiasts will delight in the COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN NEVADA'S VOCAL JAZZ SOLO NIGHTS CONCERT on Friday, November 12, and Saturday, November 13, at 7:00 PM, in the Jay Morrison Recital Hall located in the Fine Arts Department at the North Las Vegas campus. The evening will feature each member singing a solo of their choice as well as selections sung by the ensemble. Highlights, include "A Tribute to the Duke", a Duke Ellington medley and an arrangement of Birdland in the style of Manhattan Transfer. There will also be invited guest vocalists performing. General admission tickets for each performance are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. For more information, call the PAC Box Office at 702-651-LIVE (5483). The CSN Performing Arts Center is located at 3200 East Cheyenne Avenue in North Las Vegas.

THE COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN NEVADA’S FINE ARTS THEATRE PROGRAM is premiering UNCENSORED, a celebration of life featuring a cast of talented, smart eloquent students and community members who have created an explosion of work, movement, and song that gives voice to their revolutionary spirit. Utilizing texts devised by the cast and young poets in our community, as well as songs that range from Rap to Showtunes, this promises to be an evening of intense passion and joy. Performances dates are November 12th, 13th, 18th, 19th, and 20th at 7:00 p.m. with two matinees on November 14th and 21st at 2:00 p.m. in the Backstage Theater located at the North Las Vegas campus at the College of Southern Nevada. General admission tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.

Las Vegas’ longest-running and most-awarded tribute show, LEGENDS IN CONCERT, is ready to celebrate the holidays as they launch their annual Holiday show in Las Vegas.

This very special holiday production at Legends in Concert begins November 26  and continues through December 30.  This season features The Strip debut of Legends of Country and will pay tribute to some of the biggest icons and luminaries in country music history, together on one stage. Audiences can expect to hear signature hits from the stars that made them legendary, and holiday classics that they recorded during their illustrious careers.  This year’s production is more spectacular than ever with dazzling tributes by Stacey Whitton Summers as she pays homage to Shania Twain, Chad Collins as Luke Bryan, and Dean Simmons as country music superstar Garth Brooks.  The show also includes a special appearance by Karen Hester, currently featured on the E! Hit television show Clash Of The Cover Bands, as the loveable Dolly Parton. Legends in Concert performs at TROPICANA LAS VEGAS Thursday through Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and start at $59.99(excluding tax and fees). Tickets can be purchased in person at the Tropicana BoxOffice.

SAM’S TOWN HOTEL AND GAMBLING HALL is making the season merry and bright with the return of MYSTIC FALLS PARK® WINTER WONDERLAND DISPLAY, featuring festive décor, more than 26,000 points of light and the return of its holiday laser light show. The holiday attraction can be enjoyed starting at sundown on Wednesday, November 24 through Saturday, January 1, 2022.

“TOURNAMENT OF KINGS: TWAS THE KNIGHT” will make its return to EXCALIBUR HOTEL & CASINO November 24 – December 27, continuing the popular holiday tradition at The Strip’s longest-running dinner show. The Tournament of Kings Arena will transform into a magical winter wonderland, guaranteeing all a ‘holly jolly’ time during this limited engagement.Tickets are available at the Excalibur Box Office and start at $51.86 (not including applicable taxes and fees.) Nevada residents (with a valid I.D.) receive a $10 discount on admission. Children three years of age and younger are complimentary while sitting on an adult’s lap.

PANCHO’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT, located in Downtown Summerlin, will offer a BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL – A DISCOUNT ON ALL FOOD ITEMS ON NOV. 26. Any guest with a same-day receipt from a Downtown Summerlin store will receive 10% off food items at Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant.

FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE, the six-block entertainment district located in historic downtown Las Vegas, will officially kick off the 2021 WRANGLER NATIONAL FINALS RODEO with its FREE DOWNTOWN HOEDOWN featuring country music stars JORDAN DAVIS, FRONTMEN OF COUNTRY & DIAMOND RIO on Wednesday, Dec. 1.This celebration will transform the world-famous Fremont Street Experience into a honky-tonk paradise. Country fans can flock to Fremont Street’s various stages to catch all three performances. Chart-topping country music singer-songwriter Jordan Davis will kick off the celebration at 6:00 p.m. on the Main Street stage, performing his countless hits. Following Davis’ set, fans can head down to the 1st Street stage at 7:40 p.m. to catch 90’s Country supergroup Frontmen of Country, comprised of Richie McDonald of Lonestar, Larry Stewart of Restless Heart and Tim Rushlow, formerly of Little Texas. Country music fans can sing along to nostalgic 90’s hits as this talented trio will perform classics from their respective groups. Beginning at 9:30 p.m. on the 3rd Street stage, GRAMMY-award winning group Diamond Rio will close out the night with a show-stopping performance of their hits.

THE COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN NEVADA DANCE PROGRAM joins with the CONCERT DANCE COMPANY to present its first DANCE FESTIVAL since the Fall of 2019, before the COVID 19 shutdown. Within the 60-minute performance, audience members will see works created by Alumni, Students, Faculty, with special guest choreographers Frit and Frat Fuller, and a special presentation from CSN’s Folklorico ensemble.CSN’s Dance Program is under the direction of Denise Darnell. The concert event is scheduled on Friday, December 2 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 3 at 2:00 p.m. in the Nicholas J. Horn Theatre at the North Las Vegas campus. General Admission is $8.00 and $5.00 for students and seniors.  For more information, please call the CSN Box Office at 702-651-LIVE (5483).

NEVADA BALLET THEATRE (NBT) has announced that Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, author, activist and humanitarian JUDY C0LLINS will serve as the organization’s 2022 “WOMAN OF THE YEAR” at the 38th ANNUAL BLACK & WHITE BALL on Saturday, January 22, 2022. Returning to its customary time slot, Collins will be feted among hundreds of local arts supporters, community leaders, and VIP’s during this renowned black-tie affair at ENCORE AT WYNN LAS VEGAS. As one of Las Vegas’ preeminent society and fashion events, the annual Black & White Ball supports all areas of NBT including its professional company, affiliated school, the Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre, and its successful Community Education programs--including the acclaimed Future Dance Program, that impacts 20,000 students a year, largely from underserved communities.

Boasting an important history of honoring female trailblazers beginning with Elaine Wynn in 1985, Collins now joins an impressive list of internationally-recognized female icons who have been celebrated over the past three decades by NBT for their artistic achievements, philanthropic contributions and connection to Las Vegas including Debbie Reynolds, Celine Dion, Marie Osmond, Bette Midler, Mitzi Gaynor, Florence Henderson, Debbie Allen, Olivia Newton-John, Vanessa Williams, Giada De Laurentiis, Rita Moreno, and Shania Twain among many others.

Venue Openings:

MasterChef winner and executive chef Shaun O’Neale and master mixologist Benjamin Browning take the helm to debut LARREA a modern American cuisine concept with international influences and inventive signature cocktails. Located in front of the luxurious Panorama Towers, the city’s newest social dining venue, will open its doors to the public for dinner service on November 13, 2021.

Celebrity sightings:

Tuesday,October 26...

In town for his Las Vegas residency at Caesars Palace, music icon STING was spotted attending the the 8 p.m. performance of ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace. Also in attendance was actor Steve Buscemi – famously known for his work on critically acclaimed productions such as “Boardwalk Empire,” “The Sopranos” and “Reservoir Dogs”.

Sunday, October 24...

DYLAN MINNETTE, famous for his role in the Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why,  was spotted with his girlfriend Lydia Night and friends, enjoying signature dishes and cocktails at David Chang’s hot new restaurant Majordomo Meat & Fish at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS HEAD COACH RICH BASACCIA, along with his wife and another couple, celebrated the team’s big win with a dinner at Bottiglia Cucina & Enoteca, Clique Hospitality’s popular Italian restaurant at Green Valley Ranch Spa Resort & Casino.

Friday, October 22...

One of Hollywood’s hottest couples, MACHINE GUN KELLY AND MEGAN FOX, were spotted attending Vegas’ hit show Absinthe at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

RAPPER REDMAN toured Jardín Premium Cannabis Dispensary in Las Vegas. Redman is best known for his collaborations with Method Man, as part of the rap duo Method Man & Redman. While at Jardín, Redman received some indica and hybrid flower. He also did a surprise DJ set.

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Rapper Redman - Photo courtesy of Jardín Premium Cannabis Dispensary, Las Vegas

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