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Magicians and Friends Celebrate the Life of The Amazing Johnathan at Plaza Hotel

The invitations said “not a prank” in reference to the Memorial/Celebration of Life for The Amazing Johnathan (real name Johnathan Szeles) who passed away on February 22, 2002, and was well known as not just a comedy magician but also a prankster. The event, which was held Monday afternoon, March 7 in the showroom of the Plaza Hotel in downtown Las Vegas was hosted by blonde bombshell, funny lady Penny Wiggins, Johnathan's close friend and former onstage sidekick/partner.

 


Amazing Johnathan and Penny Wiggins - Photo courtesy of amazingjohnathan.com


Penny Wiggins - Photo credit: Judy Thorburn

Attendees in the packed showroom included entertainers Elisa Furr, Ben Stone, Jasmine Trias, Jarrett Parker, Raja Rahman, Kelly Vohnn, Shayma Tash, Doug Leferovich, Mike Hammer, Dave Johnson, Melanie Kramer and Kevin Lepine, just to name a few, as well as members of the media (including yours truly) and many, many other friends and fans of the beloved entertainer.

It was an afternoon filled with laughter, sarcasm, raunchy moments, memories and heartfelt tributes to the Amazing Johnathan shared by several of his good friends and colleagues including Jonathan Scott (Property Brothers), Mac King (who jokingly described the event as a "Dead Person Roast), David Copperfield (via a video clip), Tape Face, Carrot Top, Bizzaro, Criss Angel, Harrison Greenbaum, and many more. Words used to describe Johnathan were “madman, chaotic and dangerous”. But on the other side of the coin he was also “a sweetheart, dear, down to earth and genuine.  And, as stated, “he played a fool, but he was definitely not. Rather, he was a great entertainer, who knew how to craft comedy.”


Mac King - Photo credit: Judy Thorburn


Criss Angel - Photo credit: Judy Thorburn


Carrot Top and Penny Wiggins - Photo credit: Judy Thorburn

The world of entertainment has lost a talented performer.  For sure, The Amazing Johnathan was one of a kind. He will be missed...but never forgotten!

New York-New York Hotel & Casino Celebrates ST. Patrick’s Day With Celtic FEIS

New York-New York Hotel & Casino celebrated the luck of the Irish at its annual Celtic Feis festival on March 17 with leprechauns, stilt walkers and live entertainment. Thursday’s festivities kicked off with a jovial parade led by a traditional Irish pipe band through New York-New York and culminated on the iconic Brooklyn Bridge.

 
Photo courtesy of New York New York Hotel & Casino

Following the lively procession, the green-clad crowd was greeted with a Guinness toast by James Healey, Director of Hotel Operations at New York-New York Hotel & Casino.

“We love that Celtic Feis has become a St. Patrick’s Day tradition for locals and visiting guests alike, and we’re so proud of the event we delivered this year,” said Mike Neubecker, President & COO of New York-New York & MGM Grand.


Photo courtesy of New York New York Hotel & Casino

During the all-day celebration, festival goers gathered on the Brooklyn Bridge to watch musical performances by Sin E Ri Ra, Jimmy Denning’s Celtic Nation, and Celtic Chaos. Guests also indulged in traditional Irish fare from Nine Fine Irishmen, including shepherd’s pie, corned beef & cabbage, and more.


Photo courtesy of New York New York Hotel & Casino

The celebration continues on March 18 with New York-New York's St. Baldrick’s Foundation event where friends, family and spectators can enjoy entertainment and donate to help fund lifesaving children’s cancer research. Throughout the day, celebrity head-shavers like Xavier Mortimer, Piff the Magic Dragon, and the casts of FANTASY, Chippendales and Mad Apple will assist those looking to brave the shave in solidarity with pediatric cancer patients.

Chippendales Celebrates 20th Anniversary at Rio Las Vegas with "Jersey Shore" Star Vinny Guadagnino Returning as Celebrity Host for Third Time

“Jersey Shore” star Vinny Guadagnino  (“Vinny G.”) returned to Chippendales  as the special celebrity guest host for a third residency with a red-carpet event on Friday, March 11, 2022.  His return coincides with Chippendales celebrating its 20th  anniversary at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The 20th anniversary celebration 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 small bites provided by Guy Fieri’s El Burro Borracho, as well as cocktails.


Photo courtesy of Chippendales

Guadagnino was met with screams of joy as he once again stepped on stage and into the shower scene that made his last appearance “baring all” break the internet. In addition to steaming up the stage with his shower scene, Guadagnino personally invited fellow Vegas headliner, Lady Gaga to the show as his “dream guest” to watch him in action on stage. “Lady Gaga has got to come to Chippendales,” says Guadagnino. “It’s right up her alley - I’ll even give her a lap dance – I’ll do whatever I can to get her here!”



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  celeb Tony Dovolani and actor/singer Joey Lawrence.

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.


Photo courtesy of Chippendales

Chippendales performs nightly at 8:00 p.m., with additional shows on Friday and Saturday at 10:30 p.m. (dark Monday and Tuesday). Vinny Guadagnino’s limited engagement runs Friday, March 11 through Sunday, April 10 (Friday through Sunday performances). Tickets range from $59.95 - $149.95 (+ taxes and fees).

Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens Elevates the Season with Vibrant “Flights of Fancy” Spring Display

Celebrating the exquisite beauty of flight, Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens unveils an “elevated” spring display titled, “Flights of Fancy,” on view now through May 14. Featuring various forms of flight from fanciful hot air balloons to hummingbirds and butterflies, all beds showcase a spring palette of purples, pinks, yellows and blues.


Photo courtesy of Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

A collaborative effort between designer Ed Libby and the talented Bellagio horticulture and engineering teams, the spring display features the most variety of plants and flowers ever used in the Conservatory. Ensuring guests are fully immersed in the season, the team added distinct new touches this year including theatrical lighting for each bed, a song playlist as whimsical as the display and a custom “Lavender Woods” scent that infuses the air with soft floral notes.

“The spring exhibit features fanciful flying creatures and a festival of balloons outfitted in high-fashion colors inspired by the 2022 runways,” said Libby. “The focal point in each bed are hot air balloons which symbolize freedom and independence, and the variety and beauty of each balloon and bed will entice guests to take a walk through the clouds and capture all of the picture perfect details throughout the display.”

The Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is FREE and open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Station Casinos Breaks Ground On Durango Casino & Resort

Station Casinos and hundreds of its team members celebrated the future of Durango Casino & Resort with a ceremonial groundbreaking on March 11. The Company also unveiled the resort’s new logo and icon and shared additional property renderings of its latest resort, which is slated to open in late 2023.  Durango Casinos & Resort’s logo is a clean and modern representation of the resort, and the word mark is topped by its signature icon, the agave plant – a nod to the desert landscapes in which the resort will sit.


Photos courtesy of Durango Casino & Resort

The groundbreaking ceremony included Red Rock Resorts, Inc. Chairman and CEO Frank J. Fertitta III, Vice Chairman Lorenzo J. Fertitta, and 300 team members amidst a pop-up preview of the casino resort, including inspirational hotel vignettes set across the construction site providing an innovative glimpse of what guests can expect.  Additional attendees included Scott Kreeger, President of Red Rock Resorts, Inc., Bob Finch, COO of Red Rock Resorts, Inc., and  Bill Richardson, Principal of W.A. Richardson Builders.

“Station Casinos is bullish on the local and overall Las Vegas gaming market, which is why we are investing $750 million in Durango Station,” said Scott Kreeger, President of Station Casinos. “This brick-and-mortar investment will create thousands of construction and permanent jobs, generating tens of millions of dollars in economic impact and tax revenue to the state and county.”

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Foundation Held 5th Annual Hidden Heroes Gala

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) Foundation and The Gratitude Project hosted the Fifth Annual Hidden Heroes Gala on Friday, March 4 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas to celebrate and recognize the men and women of the LVMPD Fusion Watch.


Photo courtesy of The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) Foundation and The Gratitude Project

The 2022 Hidden Heroes of the LVMPD Fusion Watch are trained civilian specialists and uniformed officers who work in a 24/7 real-time crime center and virtual crime-fighting unit responsible for the development and deployment of advanced technologies to prevent crime and terrorism in real-time across the Las Vegas Valley, and beyond.

Fusion Watch is responsible for proactive police work and patrol overwatch via its 600+ public safety cameras, gunshot detection systems, drone monitoring and enforcement, tactical workups, intelligence gathering, and much more. Fusion Watch personnel regularly help prevent and fight crime on an ongoing basis and help to keep our officers and citizens safe from violent crimes, sexual assaults and, robberies to misdemeanor crimes, alike.

“The Hidden Heroes Gala is annual event to honor and thank all the Hidden Heroes of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department,” said Nami Oneda, member, Board of Directors, LVMPD Foundation, and founder and president, The Gratitude Project. “It is a wonderful opportunity to meet the Hidden Heroes of the LVMPD and recognize their bravery, selflessness, and their commitment to serve. This event allows us to enjoy our everyday lives and feel safe knowing they are helping to protect us. It is our mission to honor and thank these heroes.”

Started in 2018 in collaboration with The Gratitude Project, the Hidden Heroes Gala benefits the LVMPD Foundation in raising important funds to support LVMPD programs.


Photo courtesy of The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) Foundation and The Gratitude Project


Photo courtesy of The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) Foundation and The Gratitude Project


Photo courtesy of The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) Foundation and The Gratitude Project


Photo courtesy of The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) Foundation and The Gratitude Project

“We are honored to partner with The Gratitude Project on this public awareness initiative, that raised $300,000 for programs and initiatives supported by the LVMPD Foundation, as we continue to work to strengthen the relationships between LVMPD and the community,” said Tom Kovach, Executive Director, LVMPD Foundation. “Fusion Watch’s hard work has a tremendously positive impact on public safety, operating virtually and hidden from the public as the unit and its personnel work to combat crime. For these reasons, we celebrate Fusion Watch men and women for their great service to our community as our 2022 Hidden Heroes.”

The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod Raises Over $12,000 After Hosting “SkyJump for a Cure” Charitable Event in Partnership with Students of the Year

On March 12, The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod raised over $12,000 after hosting its first ever “SkyJump for a Cure” charitable event, partnering with Students of the Year to raise money for the  Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Throughout the day, 108 participants took the plunge from SkyJump, The STRAT’s exhilarating, open-air leap from 829 feet above the Las Vegas Valley. All proceeds from SkyJump were donated directly to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to help reach an end goal of $50,000.

Through Students of the Year, high school students take on innovative campaigns during a seven-week competition to raise money for cures and access to treatment for blood cancer. The “SkyJump for a Cure” campaign was led by 17-year-old Kailee Olliges, who spearheaded the event as part of her personal mission to help create a world without blood cancer.


Stephen Thayer, vice president and general manager of The STRAT, and Allie Amato, Kailee Olliges and Gillian Rodophele of Students of the Year pose at "SkyJump for a Cure" event - Photo courtesy of The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod


Allie Amato and Kailee Olliges of Students of the Year promote "SkyJump for a Cure" event - Photo courtesy of The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod


"SkyJump for a Cure" participant taking the leap - Photo courtesy of The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod

 

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

Popular Vegas restaurant NACHO DADDY returned to its Henderson roots with the opening of its new location at 3561 St. Rose Pkwy (near Texas Roadhouse and In-N-Out) on March 16 at 11 a.m. Originally on S. Eastern, the new location is a stone’s throw away in the hotly-expanding area at 3561 St. Rose Pkwy (near Texas Roadhouse and In-N-Out).


Photo courtesy of Nacho Daddy


Photo courtesy of Nacho Daddy


Photo courtesy of Nacho Daddy

With three additional locations in Las Vegas, as well as outposts in Salt Lake City and suburban Atlanta, 2022 marks another great year for the restaurant group’s expansion efforts since bursting onto the scene.

The sixth official location is sure to satisfy all nacho-lovers with its unique nacho collisions, hot vegan options, flaming fajitas, award-winning margaritas and the world-famous Scorpion Shot. With three additional locations in Las Vegas, as well as outposts in Salt Lake City and suburban Atlanta, 2022 marks another great year for the restaurant group’s expansion efforts since bursting onto the scene.
 
“Ever since moving out of Henderson in 2016, ‘when are you coming back?’ is the most prominent question Nacho Daddy gets,” says Paul Hymas, Co-Founder and President of Nacho Daddy. “We’re thrilled to say that we are back to the city where our nacho domination started and in arguably one of the best locations we’ve built.”

Like the other locations, the new Henderson restaurant serves traditional Mexican-American cuisine including a variety of creative nachos and specialty cocktails made famous in Vegas and featured on The Food Network, “Food Paradise” on Travel Channel and Animal Planet’s “Tanked.” The expansive menu has an ample selection of options that will please a variety of diners with dietary preferences from meat lovers to vegetarian and vegan guests with meatless and dairy-free twists on popular items.  Plus, for those who cannot tolerate or are sensitive to gluten, there are several gluten free dishes and/or items on the menu.



Photo credit: Judy Thorburn

The 4,500 square-foot restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating with a garage door-style patio, 14 high-def televisions for optimal sports viewing, neon art installations and a scorpion tank perfect for Instagrammable moments, and an open floor plan and kitchen where guests are able to watch the chefs prepare menu favorites.

Nacho Daddy features the restaurant’s signature items including Filet Mignon Nachos with house-made corn chips topped with a cheese blend, refried beans, filet mignon, sour cream, pico de gallo, guacamole, cilantro and house-made ranchero sauce; Vegan Chick’n Nachos with marinated chick’n, house-made vegan queso, black beans, red & green bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, fire-roasted corn, avocado lime salsita, and pico de gallo on house-made spinach chips; Flaming Fajitas  with choice of chicken, filet mignon or shrimp, as well as vegan fajitas, served on tableside with all of the fajita fixings;  Mexi-Cobb Salad  with romaine hearts tossed in onion-thyme vinaigrette, topped with chicken strips, pico de gallo, cheese blend, corn, cucumbers, avocado and tortilla strips; Combination Plates  with choice of enchiladas and tacos; and the Nacho Daddy Triple Dip featuring warm tortilla chips with spicy salsa, signature skillet queso dip and fresh guacamole. Nacho Daddy also serves its award-winning Daddy’s Margarita and the world-famous Scorpion Shot (featuring salt, a slime wedge, and a sting-removed, deceased scorpion).


Nacho Daddy is open for lunch, dinner, and its very popular happy hours. Hours of operation are 7 days a week, 11 am to 11 p.m.

AN EVENING WITH WHITNEY: THE WHITNEY HOUSTON HOLOGRAM CONCERT, marked its 100th performance at Harrah's Las Vegas on Wednesday, March 2. The boundary-breaking hologram spectacle, featuring Whitney Houston’s impeccable voice complete with a live four-piece band and charismatic dancers performing to her iconic songs, celebrated with a group photo on stage. Tickets start at $49 (plus applicable tax and fees)


Photo courtesy of Harrah's Las Vegas


Photo courtesy of Harrah's Las Vegas


Photo courtesy of Harrah's Las Vegas

“It feels great to make history for a concert unlike any other in Vegas,” said Brian Becker,Chairman & CEO of BASE Entertainment and BASE Hologram. “100 performances is an amazing accomplishment, especially for a show dedicated to one of the world’s most iconic popstars.”

Showgoers were captivated by the tribute show honoring Houston’s legacy as they were on their feet, dancing, singing and taking in never-before-released live vocal tracks along with chart-smashing hits including “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me),” “I Will Always Love You,” “The Greatest Love of All Time” and more.

AN EVENING WITH WHITNEY takes guests on a musical journey through the legendary superstar’s storied career with state-of-the-art, proprietary holographic technology in partnership with The Estate of Whitney E. Houston. Featuring unmatched theatrical stagecraft, the show has been hailed as a “breathtakingly convincing hologram of the late, great American superstar,” (Telegraph UK) with artistic direction from pop culture’s most influential creatives including Grammy Award-winning producer  Keith Harris  and famed TV producer,  Mark ‘Swany’ Swanhart.

Guests will also be delighted to know that Whitney’s brother, Gary Houston, will be making a special appearance during Easter weekend shows.  AN EVENING WITH WHITNEY performs Tuesday through Sunday at 6 p.m. inside the Harrah’s Showroom at Harrah’s Las Vegas and at 8 p.m. on select performance days, with no shows on Monday.

Non-profit CORE was recently awarded funds totaling more than $500,000 through two grants from the City of Las Vegas. The vital funds will help the non-profit continue to build an infrastructure for success that offers long-term holistic support for under-resourced students and their families. CORE is on a mission to ensure that historically underserved students and families can achieve economic mobility to lead choice-filled lives.

The funds strategically align with the organization’s goal to secure a combination of public and private funding, noting that it takes long-term, whole-community investments to solve whole-community problems including achieving equity in historically under-resourced communities. Additionally, the funds help ensure that CORE is on track to meet its goal of 5 by 2025 – serving at five school sites in Southern Nevada by the end of 2025.

The funds include $68,000 from a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and $440,000 from the American Rescue Plan. Each serve as an important part of CORE’s expansion road map with the goal of providing increased service to meet the critical levels of need throughout our community in the wake of the pandemic.

iLUMINATE– the high-energy show lighting up the Las Vegas Strip at The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod, celebrated the show’s 100th  performance on Monday night,  March 7,! Cast, crew and founder Miral Kotb gathered after the show to celebrate the milestone.  Named “Best New Act in America” by America’s Got Talent, the show launched in 2021 and has had audiences groovin’ since! iLuminate showcases the country’s top dancers outfitted in custom LED light suits paired with energetic music to create a mind-blowing, multi-sensory live show that’s fun for all ages.  iLuminate performs a flexible schedule featuring 8 p.m. evening show times, as well as 2 p.m. matinees. Tickets start at $49 plus taxes and fees and dinner shows are now available. Children five years or older can attend and must be accompanied by parent or guardian 18 years or older. Free valet and self-parking is available at The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod.


Photo courtesy of iLuminate

The Wedding Capital of the World™ issued its 5-millionth marriage license since Clark County was founded in 1909. The license was issued on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022, to MAYRA RAMIREZ, 40, and LUIS PANTOJA, 39, out of Patterson, Calif. To commemorate this historic and exciting milestone, Clark County Clerk Lynn Marie Goya, along with the wedding and hospitality industry, has launched a year of celebration dubbed Five Million Love Stories  to honor all of the couples that are part of this Las Vegas Legacy.
  
“We’re so excited to be able to share this momentous occasion with Mayra and Luis, but it isn’t just this one couple, but the five million love stories of all the couples that came before and made the decision to marry in Las Vegas. It is their legacy that turned us into the Wedding Capital of the World,” said Clark County Clerk Lynn Marie Goya. “Couples who married in Las Vegas are part of our history. If you were married in Las Vegas, YOU are part of our history. We are reaching out to our couples from all over the world and inviting them to send us their stories.”
  
For being the 5-millionth couple, Ramirez and Pantoja received a host of gifts from throughout Clark County to commemorate this special occasion, including a Key to the Las Vegas Strip and a proclamation in their name presented by County Commissioner Tick Segerblom. They also received a return trip to Las Vegas to come back and join in the  Five Million Love Stories Celebration: World’s Largest Vow Renewal  later this summer.

CIRCA RESORT & CASINO – downtown Las Vegas’ first adults-only casino –will launch a utility NFT art collection of the famous kicking cowgirl neon sign, VEGAS VICKIE, painted by  prolific artist Jason “Borbay” Borbet.  The NFT will pay homage to Vegas Vickie, a 20-ft. blonde cowgirl neon sign who made her mark on the world-famous Fremont Street Experience in 1980, smiling into the crowds while perched upon Bob Stupak’s Glitter Gulch Casino. Circa will be the first Las Vegas casino to debut an NFT to the blockchain with an NFT collection. The details surrounding the NFT tiers, real-life utility functions and mint date will be announced in the coming weeks.


Photo courtesy of Circa Resort & Casino

Originally designed by Charles F. "Chuck" Barnard, the sign was acquired by Circa’s  CEO Derek Stevens  in 2016, where she was refurbished by Las Vegas-based sign company YESCO and now lives as a signature art piece in Circa’s lobby.

To kick off the project, Borbay created a painting of Vegas Vickie that will serve as the foundation for the NFT. The neon portrait – which was live painted at Circa throughout the month of February – now lives in the property’s rooftop lounge, Legacy Club and is placed next to a QR code that leads to the NFT landing page with additional details.

IMMERSIVE VAN GOGH, the critically-acclaimed art installation at THE SHOPS AT CRYSTALS (adjacent to ARIA) has been extended at LIGHTHOUSE ARTSPACE Las Vegas through May 30, 2022.  The visually striking exhibition encourages guests to experience the awe-inspiring works of post-Impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh through 500,000 cubic feet of immersive projections, 60,600 frames of video and 90,000,000 pixels. Tickets are on sale now.

MARRIAGE CAN BE MURDER, Las Vegas’ longest-running fully-interactive dinner theater experience, is showing its support for Ukrainian citizens by altering the show’s menu to include a new appetizer, deruny, a popular Ukrainian potato pancake dish. The new menu began on March 10th. Eric and Jayne Post, in collaboration with Ivory Star Productions, have pledged to donate a portion of all ticket sales in March to USA for UNHCR, guaranteeing a minimum of $10,000 for Ukrainian relief.

TAILGATE SOCIAL SPORTS BAR & GRILL, located at Palace Station Hotel and Casino, is hosting weekly trivia nights with fan-worthy prizes including Vegas Golden Knight tickets every Thursday at 7 p.m.  

THE STOVE NV, the high-energy brunch spot nestled in the community of Anthem in Henderson, Nevada, is starting 2022 with a new name, new chef, and new refined party brunch experience. Formerly known as the Stove LV, it is now called the Stove NV and shuttered for two weeks to retrain, rehire and fine tune the culinary experience under the reign of Executive Chef John Baez.

FAMOUS FOODS STREET EATS AT RESORTS WORLD LAS VEGAS has debuted four new concepts that add to the lineup at the 24,000-square-foot Asian hawker-inspired venue.  Guests can now enjoy dishes from FUHU CHA CHAAN TENG (which translates to “tea restaurant” in English), FAMOUS PHO (serving three traditional variations of pho including Pho Tai(rare beef), Pho Gau (fatty brisket) and a combination option,  Pho Tai Gua Sach Bo Vien  (rare beef, fatty brisket, beef ball); BURGER BARN (adding a variety of deluxe burger options) and Harajuku Ramen.  The interactive food destination now provides 17 food stalls, one speakeasy and a center bar, with dishes curated by top chefs and restaurateurs from around the world. Famous Foods is the only destination in the country with the most Michelin Plate and Bib Gourmand recognized concepts under one roof.

Celebrated Chef Bobby Flay has expanded his fast-casual brand, BOBBY'S BURGERS, with an additional location now open at Paris Las Vegas. Drawn from Flay’s love of bold flavors and top-quality ingredients, this quick-service establishment brings a unique twist to traditional burgers, fries and shakes.

PT'S TAVERNS has officially opened its newest PT’s Gold tavern, located on 7770 W. Ann Road, with happy hour specials, bites and more.

The youngest of the Wayans brothers,  comedian/actor MARLON WAYANS, returns to Las Vegas to perform at M Resort Spa Casino inside the Pavilion on Saturday, May 21, 2022.  Tickets for the Marlon Wayans show, starting at $35 went on sale beginning March 4.

L.A. COMEDY CLUB has announced a hilarious lineup for the club’s custom new DRAGON ROOM SHOWROOM at The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod.  Joining the club’s hilarious resident comics in the 8 p.m. headliner spot are: Monday, March 14 through Sunday, March 20: STEVE GILLESPIE along with MIKE ESHAQ; Monday, March 21 through Sunday, March 27: KABIR SINGH(a semi-finalist on season 16 of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent) plus Specials Guests; Monday, March 28 through Sunday, April 3: JAY REID along with CODY WOODS; Tuesday, April 5 through Sunday, April 10: PAUL OGATA.

The club’s nightly, three-show lineup includes JAMES MICHAEL'S REDNECK COMEDY SHOW at 6 p.m.; a rotating selection of top national touring headliners nightly at 8 p.m.; comedian BUTCH BRADLEY at 10 p.m. Thursday through Monday; and comedian BRET ERNSTE at 10 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. Guests must be 18 years or older to attend. Ticket prices start at $39.95 plus taxes and fees, with the option to purchase L.A. Comedy’s famous “$25 All You Can Drink Special.” Nevada locals with valid ID receive 50 percent off.

Starting Friday, March 18, GREEN VALLEY RANCH springs into the new season with its seasonal outdoor pop-up lounge, “SPRING AT THE TERRACE.” Through the early summer, the resort’s patio, located in The Backyard, has transformed into a botanical garden filled with a colorful ambiance, greenery and more where guests will be whisked away to a blissful springtime escape and enjoy garden inspired cocktails, light bites and more throughout the springtime months.

Arizona Charlie’s, at 740 S. Decatur Blvd. will welcome the following local performers in the NAUGHTY LADIES SALOON for live performance,  8 p.m. on  Saturday, March 26: YACHT & ROLL who deliver a yacht rock experience with a fun, high-energy performance.

Arizona Charlie’s Boulder at 4575 Boulder Hwy. will take it back to the 80s at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 25 with live entertainment by cover band ROMANCING THE 80S at Palace Grand Lounge.  

STONEY'S ROCKIN' COUNTRY (6611 Las Vegas Blvd. So., Unit 160 at Town Square) presents live music from some of country’s hottest rising stars this March. The schedule lineup is as follows:  Friday, March 25 - KYLIE MORGAN; Saturday, March 26 - AUSTIN BURKE. Advance tickets start at just $5.  Additionally, the bull is back and line dancing is in full effect! Stoney’s has you covered with free line dance lessons Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

SOUTH POINT HOTEL CASINO & SPA is hosting the 2022 UNITED STATES BOWLING CONGRESS (USBC) OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS, March 12 - July 17. Over the course of 14 weeks, the tournament will bring over 50,000 bowlers from around the world to participate in its 118th edition. South Point’s bowling plaza offers a total of 60 lanes, the latest in bowling technology and unparalleled amenities for tournament participants.

FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE, the vibrant and energetic entertainment district located in the heart of downtown Las Vegas will welcome back its annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration, the  SHAMROCK BASH, March 16-20. The five-day celebration offers an unforgettable experience with live entertainment, events, drink specials, and all-around electric atmosphere.   Fremont Street Experience will celebrate in true Irish style with an incredible 187 hours of free, live entertainment, featuring authentic Irish bands, THE ARCANA KINGS, CELTIC ROCKERS, WHISKEY GALORE, FINNEGAN'S WAKE, and more. Additional entertainment will include the FIREFIGHTERS PARADE & CHALLENGE CELTIC DANCERS, and more.

The Las Vegas stage spectacular turned global sensation, MAGIC MIKE LIVE Las Vegas welcomed six new cast members from international productions of the hit show for a limited time starting March 16. Joining the Las Vegas production of MAGIC MIKE LIVE for a limited time includes Berlin engagement cast members: South African-born KALON BADENHORST and Macedonia native BURIM JUSUFI; original London cast member and Berlin performer:  EDSON JUARAZ of Texas; and first Australian national tour cast members:  JAKE PAUL GREEN of Perth, NICK PHILLIPS of Melbourne, and BLAKE VARGA of Sunshine Coast. The group can be seen on the Vegas stage alongside original and fan favorite cast members through early May 2022. Tickets starting at $49 are on sale now.

DRAI'S NIGHTCLUB AT THE CROMWELL is now open Friday through Sunday from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.   Plus, March marks the exciting return of Drai’s Beachclub, a dazzling, one-of-a-kind multi-level rooftop resort pool, opening for weekends starting Saturday, March 12.

ÉLIA BEACH CLUB at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, opening Friday, March 18 has announced the first artists set to bring the heat all summer long. Lead by iconic rapper SNOOP DOG, Élia Beach Club’s 2022 lineup ranges from hip-hop to EDM and beyond. Fans will not want to miss his inauguaral Élia Beach Club performance, taking the stage on  Saturday, April 2.   Joining Snoop Dogg on Élia Beach Club’s genre-bending resident artist lineup will be some of the brightest names in electronic dance music. Catch ELDERBROOK, JAUZ, LANE 8, MALAA, SICKICKTCHAMI AND TROYBOI throughout the season at Élia Beach Club. Additional artist and date announcements will be made soon, including the much-anticipated grand opening weekend, March 25 – 27. Élia Beach Club will be open Fridays – Sundays starting at 11 a.m.

DAYLIGHT Beach Club, located at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino  in Las Vegas, is bringing American rapper and BET Hip-Hop Award winner WAKA FLOCKA FLAME and open-format DJ from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Maria Romano to the beach club stage for “LIT Sundays” Sunday, March 20.

Legendary singer DIONNE WARWICK will debut her new Las Vegas Residency inside THE STIRLING ROOM AT THE STIRLING CLUB starting March 24th, 2022. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for cocktails and appetizers. After the show, the dedicated lounge with a full service bar will remain open for an hour for guests to enjoy. The official title of her residency is "An Intimate Evening with Ms. Dionne Warwick at The Stirling Club" and will take place on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 8 p.m, serenading audiences with her effortless soulful delivery of the most memorable songs of the 60's and beyond. Tickets range from $89 to $199.

BALLY'S LAS VEGAS visitors will get to experience some of the world’s most astounding phenomena in the new National Geographic Society exhibition, “RARELY SEEN,” presented by Imagine Exhibitions.  In this exhibition of visual wonders, National Geographic reveals a world very few have the chance to see for themselves. Inspired by the book, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC RARELY SEEN: Photographs of the Extraordinary, features 50 striking images shot by some of the world’s finest photographers of places, events, natural phenomena, and man-made heirlooms seldom seen by human eyes. With an introduction by National Geographic Explorer and photographer Stephen Alvarez, whose work has taken him from the Peruvian Andes to the deepest caves of Papua New Guinea, this exhibition captures unbelievable moments, natural wonders, and extraordinary objects from the far reaches of the globe. National Geographic’s Rarely Seen,  an immersive photography exhibition of the world’s most rare sightings will open on Friday, March 25, 2022. Rarely Seen will be located inside Bally’s Las Vegas on the lower level. It will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and advance reservations are encouraged. Tickets are on sale now, starting at $35 for adults and $22 for children.

BROOKLYN BOWL welcomes the iconic American rock band CLUTCH to the stage for an exclusive, one-night engagement on Friday, March 25. Founded in Germantown, Maryland in 1991, the band has been a rock mainstay for over three decades—boasting an impressive twelve studio albums, multiple rarities and countless live albums.

PAK WEST FINE RT MUSEUM & GALLERY welcomes world-acclaimed abstract artist KRE8 to the famed Las Vegas Strip, for a free exhibition and fan event. Held Saturday, March 26 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., fans will have the opportunity to view Kre8’s one-of-a-kind work and visit with the renowned artist, during a free meet & greet and Q&A. Kre8 has developed a unique style which he named "Faceless," which incorporates graffiti, surrealism, realism, cubism, and abstract art into one. Park West Fine Art Museum & Gallery recently expanded its footprint on the famed Las Vegas Strip, with two new locations at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace Las Vegas. The world’s largest art dealer, Park West Fine Art Museum & Gallery showcases hundreds of timeless works from iconic artists ranging from Picasso to Las Vegas’ own Michael Godard.

Former junior lightweight world champion MIGUEL “EL ALACRAN” BERCHELT, will battle Namibian contender JEREMIAH NAKATHILA in the 10-round main event on Saturday, March 26 at the RESORTS WORLD EVENTS CENTER, located at Resorts World Las Vegas. “Miguel Berchelt is motivated to become a two-weight world champion, and he has a formidable test in his lightweight debut against Jeremiah Nakathila,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. Berchelt-Nakathila marks the debut sporting event at Resorts World Las Vegas, which opened June 2021 as the first integrated resort to be built on The Strip in over a decade. Tickets start at $25.

On Tuesday, March 29, at 6 p.m., DUELING AXES, the modern axe-throwing bar and lounge destination at AREA15, will be hosting TUESDAY NIGHT THROWDOWN - a 32-participant, double elimination bracketed tournament to kick off their Spring Axe Throwing League.The event will be hosted with sponsors Stella Artois and Nevada Beverage, with $2 of every pint and $5 of every pitcher of Stella sold will be donated towards helping local 3-year-old Leukemia patient, Enzo, fight cancer.  Participants will get the chance to compete for cash prizes, freebies, entry to Dueling Axes' spring league, and free entry into other AREA15 experiences. Entry is open to individuals of all ages. Cost is $25/person.

PT’s TAVERNS will host an official VEGAS GOLDEN NIGHTS VIEWING PARTY with food and beverage specials at Sierra Gold on 215 and Jones, located at 6515 S. Jones Blvd. Plus, Chance and the Vegas Vivas will be present for meet and greet opportunities, beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30.

Beginning April 1, 2022, the historic EL CORTEZ HOTEL & CASINO in Downtown Las Vegas will begin its transition to a 21 YEARS AND OVER-ONLY PROPERTY, starting with hotel guests. This two-phase rollout comes in the final stages of the hotel and casino’s complete $25 million property remodel, including the revamped 200-room Premium Tower and the redesigned casino floor and high-limit room. Still in progress is a renovation of the original 47 “vintage” rooms, built in 1941 when the gambling house first opened its doors. For all hotel stays booked April 1, 2022, and beyond, all guests must be 21 years of age or older with a valid state-issued identification. The future phase of this new policy will include identification checks at every entrance, making the entire property—including all food and beverage outlets—limited to guests 21 years and older.

THE COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN NEVADA'S 22ND ANNUAL VOCAL JAZZ SOLO NIGHTS CONCERT will beheld on Friday, April 1, and Saturday, April 2, at 7:00 PM, in the Jay Morrison Recital Hall located in the Fine Arts Department at the North Las Vegas campus, 3200 East Cheyenne Avenue. 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 The Manhattan Transfer. There will also be invited guest vocalist performing.

“The Jazz Singers group is one of a variety of musical ensembles offered to students at CSN," says vocal studies director Dr. Mark Wherry. "Our talented group of singers perform difficult jazz music at a very high level. Vocal Jazz Solo Night concerts are a highlight for the students and their audiences.” 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 all-new TAO BEACH DAYCLUB at the VENETIAN RESORT LAS VEGAS will mark its return to the Las Vegas Strip with a preview and opening blessing on Friday, April 1. Guests are invited to celebrate TAO Beach Dayclub’s grand opening weekend with an all-star lineup of performances by AFROJACK, FISHER, ILLENIUM, AND KASCADE on Saturday, April 2. The festivities will continue Sunday, April 3 with a DJ set by LIL JON, MUSTARD, TYGA, and more to be announced.

Effective April 1, THE NEON MUSUM will introduce TWO NEW TICKET OPTIONS, including a discounted youth rate and a combination ticket for evening visits to include the museum’s guided tour and the immersive audiovisual show, Brilliant! Jackpot. All tickets will also be available for purchase online up to three months in advance of a visit date.The Neon Museum has always welcomed children aged six and under for free, and as of April 1, it will offer a youth discount for children aged 7-17. The new youth ticket for general admission will be $10, $14 for an evening guided tour, and $11 for Brilliant! Jackpot. Also, as many visitors choose to do both of the museum’s evening offerings, a guided tour of the Neon Boneyard and Brilliant! Jackpot in the North Gallery, a new combination ticket at $45 will offer a $6 savings over the individual ticket prices.

2nd ANNUAL LACE ‘EM UP FOR EPILEPSY WALK will take place Sunday, April 3 to Benefit HUNDLEY FOUNDATION. NFL Quarterback BRETT HUNDLEY and his celebrity and professional athlete friends will join those walking to support families struggling with Epilepsy. The Lace ‘Em Up for Epilepsy Walk Las Vegas is in its second year and funds raised will improve the lives of children and their families in need, specifically those struggling with Epilepsy. Registration is $30 for adults and $20 for kids.  Participants are encouraged to form teams and fundraise. The walk will begin at 10:00 am with registration beginning at 9:00 am and the Opening Ceremony at 9:30 am. Registration includes an event t-shirt and boxed lunch.  The festivities will include a 1.5 mile walk around the walking trails at Sunset Park, music, food and family fun. To register visit Hundleyfoundation.org.

EDGEWATER CASINO RESORT'S E CENTER IN LAUGHLIN is set to host a night of famous ballads and arias with “TENORS, BARITONES AND SOPRANOS - A NIGHT AT THE OPERA” concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 2. The “Night at the Opera” will feature 90 minutes of the very best arias, famous ballads and beautiful music from some of the most popular operas performed by world-class artists. Concertgoers will enjoy selections from “La Bohème,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Madame Butterfly,” “Tosca,” “La Traviata” and “Les Miserables,” among other award-winning song selections. Tickets start at $35. The performance adds to the E Center’s and Laughlin Event Center’s impressive lineups, including: OLD DOMINION AND MICHAEL RAY on Saturday, April 9 at the Laughlin Event Center; EASTON CORBIN on Saturday, April 23 at the E Center

MAD APPLE, a completely new and wickedly fun Las Vegas production by Cirque du Soleil will debut at NEW YORK-NEW YORK HOTEL & CASINO on May 26, 2022. Featuring comedian BRAD WILLIAMS, freestyle rapper CHRIS TURNER and vocalist XHARLIE BLACK amongst the incredibly talented cast of 39 people, Mad Apple will be a nonstop New York thrill ride from the moment guests enter the theater. Each act will reflect a different nocturnal side of New York, brought to life by underground stars, high-flying acrobats, street performers, up-and-coming entertainers, and the biggest musical hits to come out of the City. Mad Apple will be a delicious Cirque du Soleil cocktail of music, comedy, magic and mayhem that puts NYC nightlife under the Las Vegas lights. Previews for Mad Apple begin on May 12, with tickets starting at $49. Mad Apple will celebrate its premiere May 26; tickets are available for shows beginning May 27 and start at $59.

Cultural Icon SNOOP DOGG and living legend ICE CUBE will perform at MICHELOB ULTRA ARENA AT MANDALAY BAY in Las Vegas with special guest WARREN G on Saturday, May 14, 2022. Tickets went on sale to general public starting Friday, February 25.

Celebrity Sightings:

Monday, Feb. 21...

LUKE SPILLER, frontman of the legendary British rock and roll band “The Struts,” attended the 10 p.m. performance of ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace.


Photo courtesy of Caesars Palace

Tuesday, March 1...

Grammy award-winning country music superstar Zac Brown surprised fans with an impromptu performance at The Barbershop Cuts & Cocktails, the hidden cocktail lounge and music venue at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Brown joined the band, The Busker Kings, who had the ultimate surprise bandmate in the impromptu performance for not just one, but three songs.


Photo courtesy of Cosmopolitan Las Vegas


Photo courtesy of Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

Saturday, March 12...

SIMON COWELL and HOWIE MANDEL  visited America’s Got Talent Las Vegas LIVE, the celebrated live show from the world’s most successful TV franchise. The executive producer and creator of the “Got Talent” franchise, Simon Cowell, along with long-time AGT judge Howie Mandel, reunited with AGT alumni including winners, finalists, runner ups, fan favorites and golden buzzer acts. Ahead of the production’s showtime, Cowell and Mandel were met by Clark County Commissioner Michael Naft and MGM Resorts International’s Dan Bernbach, Senior Vice President of Content Development, who together presented the world-famous personalities with Keys to The Las Vegas Strip as Saturday, March 12 was officially declared “America’s Got Talent Las Vegas LIVE Day.”


Photo courtesy of MGM Resorts


Photo courtesy of MGM Resorts

Sunday, March 14...

In town for his birthday weekend in Las Vegas, reality star, JUSTIN BRESCIA a.k.a. JUSTIN BOBBY, enjoyed dinner at Kassi Beach House, located inside the newly reimagined Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. Brescia was accompanied by friends and family.


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