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New York- New York's 13th Annual St. Baldrick's Day Event Raises Over $288,000 for Childhood Cancer Research

On Saturday, March 19, New York-New York Hotel & Casino raised more than $288,000 to benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation during its 13th annual head-shaving event. Throughout the day, 120+ participants had their heads shaved by Las Vegas celebrities including the cast from shows like Mad Apple by Cirque du Soleil, FANTASY, Thunder From Down Under and Chippendales and performers like Piff The Magic Dragon and Xavier Mortimer amongst many others.

Highlights from this year’s fundraising effort include:

John McManus, MGM Resorts Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary was recognized for raising more money for St. Baldrick’s than any other fundraiser nationwide with a contribution of $113,053 for this year’s event. McManus is a long-time St. Baldrick’s volunteer and was recently appointed to the foundation’s board of directors.

Brad Garrett shaved the head of longtime St. Baldrick’s supporter and Las Vegas Review-Journal entertainment columnist John Katsilometes during a live show at his comedy club to promote and drive fundraising efforts for the event.

Las Vegas Aviators’ Spruce and The Aviator and BUCKET$ of the Las Vegas Aces were in attendance to take photos with fans and cheer on volunteers as they braved the shave.

The all-day event was co-hosted by a variety of Las Vegas media personalities including Vegas Golden Knights in-arena announcers Bruce Cusick and Katie Marie Jones, JJ Snyder, Shawn Tempesta, and John Katsilometes along with MGM Resorts employees James Healey and Jason Wooge.

Throughout the day, Las Vegas’ biggest names in entertainment served as celebrity head-shavers, including: Cast members from Mad Apple by Cirque du Soleil; Cast members from FANTASY;  The men of Thunder From Down Under;  The men of Chippendales;  Farrell Dillon;  Cast of WOW – Las Vegas Spectacular;  Cast of Potted Potter;  Cast members of X Burlesque; Xavier Mortimer;  Cast of EXTRAVAGANZA – The Vegas Spectacular;  Piff The Magic Dragon;  Adam London;  Cast members of X Country.

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New York-New York’s annual St. Baldrick’s event raises funds and awareness for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s efforts in the fight against childhood cancers. The funds generated at this event are pivotal in supporting research focused on improving treatment options and finding cures for all childhood cancers.

Fifth Annual Wonder Women of Metro Luncheon presented by LVMPD Foundation

More than 350 community, business, and law enforcement leaders, many of them women, attended the Wonder Women of Metro Luncheon on Tuesday, March 29 that is hosted by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) Foundation to celebrate and recognize female leadership in law enforcement and in our communities.  Started in August 2017, the Luncheon honors Wonder Women in our community who are dedicated to public safety.

This year’s Luncheon keynote speaker was Missy Young, Chief Information Officer, Switch, who has demonstrated strong community leadership and has excelled in an industry typically dominated by men.  Trailblazing women in our community previously honored at this event as keynote speakers include Diana Bennett, Kris Engelstad McGarry, Robin Greenspun, and Nikki Fargas.

During the Luncheon, the inaugural Crystal Sims Award was presented to a female officer in memory of LVMPD Police Officer Crystal Sims (Las Vegas, 2020) a dedicated and compassionate LVMPD officer, a military war veteran and loving mother who passed away from cancer due to her exposure to hazardous materials during wartime deployment to Afghanistan.

LVMPD Officer Christina Martinez was awarded the Crystal Sims Wonder Women Medallion for her demonstration of compassion, determination, and optimism in the face of adversity.  Martinez was one of 15 female law enforcement officers nominated and was selected for her heroism and compassion in saving the life of fellow LVMPD Officer Raquita Sanchez through the donation of her kidney.

For more than four years, Martinez assisted Sanchez to find a medical center to perform the transplant.  They were denied in Nevada, California, and Arizona, but through their determination finally found a medical team in Utah to perform the surgery in July 2021.  She donated over 300 of her personal PTO hours for the surgery and recovery.  Martinez’ unselfish sacrifice of being an organ donor has allowed three young girls to grow up with their loving mother.

“The LVMPD Foundation is honored to recognize and highlight the significant contributions of women in the department,” said Tom Kovach, Executive Director, LVMPD Foundation.  “In addition to raising important funds for the LMVPD Foundation, the event helps strengthen the relationship between LVMPD and the community, and calls attention to the importance that diverse perspectives bring to our community.”

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Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux Brings Unique Louisiana Flavor to Las Vegas Strip

Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux – a leading sports restaurant with an underdog culture, Louisiana-inspired menu, and family-friendly atmosphere officially opened to the public at Harrah’s Las Vegas on Monday, March 28. To commemorate the occasion, Walk-On’s hosted a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, March 30, marking the brand’s entry into the bustling Las Vegas market.

The restaurant brings its unique Louisiana flavor to the Las Vegas Strip with diverse, made-from-scratch dishes including Crawfish Etouffee, Duck & Andouille Gumbo, and Krispy Kreme Donut Bread Pudding, game-day classics such as burgers, and everyday favorites like salads, wraps, and more. As the first Walk-On's to feature a full breakfast menu, the Las Vegas location offers new menu items such as a French Toast Bacon Double Cheeseburger and Chicken & Waffles, in addition to staple dishes like Biscuits & Gravy, Beignets, and popular signature cocktails including the Mad Mary. With more than 82 TVs inside the space, Walk-On’s Las Vegas is poised as a go-to destination on The Strip.

“Our team of culinary experts has worked diligently to ensure that guests of this new location are welcomed with an authentic Louisiana experience,” said Brandon Landry, Founder and CEO of Walk-On’s. “ With seasoned Vegas experts and Hash House A Go Go concept owners, Jim Nyberg, Jim Rees and Bill Underhill as our franchise partners, we’re confident that this team will bring our made-from-scratch cuisine to life.”

“We’re very excited to partner with the Walk-On’s and Caesars teams to bring a taste of Louisiana to the Las Vegas Strip and to create 180 new jobs in a very challenging market,” said Jim Nyberg, CEO of Hash House A Go Go. “The Walk-On’s concept is a leader in the casual dining space. We will be the first to offer a breakfast menu with their signature flavor which, when paired with signature cocktails and 82 TVs, offers a great place to spend game day on the Las Vegas Strip.”

This announcement follows a period of rapid growth and success for Walk-On's with the system at $5 Million AUV and being named Entrepreneur's "#1 Best Sports Bar Franchise" for the second consecutive year.

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

Restaurateur, television star and philanthropist LISA VANDERPUMP AND HUSBAND KEN TODD have opened their 36th establishment and second Las Vegas venue, VANDERPUMP A' PARIS, AT PARIS LAS VEGAS. The restaurant is located adjacent to the front desk and features delicious dishes, whimsical cocktails, and a lush atmosphere with eclectic, Parisian-inspired design details. Vanderpump à Paris follows the success of Vanderpump Cocktail Garden at Caesars Palace.

On Monday, March 21, SOUTH POINT HOTEL, CASINO AND SPA broke ground on the NEW LAS VEGAS METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT K-9 OPERATIONS CENTERThe groundbreaking ceremony was led by Lieutenant Jeff Clark of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department K-9 Section, alongside with Sheriff Joe Lombardo, Clark County Commissioner Michael Naft and Ryan Growney, general manager of South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa. The speakers shared personal stories tied to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and their excitement for the new state-of-the-art facility. The operations center will be 11,400-square-feet and home to the department’s K-9 section. It will be equipped with kennels, a canine obstacle course, a 9,186 square foot canine grass area, office spaces and more. It will be located near South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa on Pyle Ave. and is expected to open by the end of the year.

THE VENETIAN® RESORT LAS VEGAS AND THE VENETIAN® EXPO celebrated EARTH HOUR 2022 by turning off non-essential exterior lighting on Saturday, March 26 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.This effort is a part of the worldwide annual environmental campaign that asks organizations and individuals to turn off lights for one hour. More than 180 countries and territories and millions of people around the world participate in Earth Hour every year.  To bring further awareness to this initiative, the resort turned exterior LED tower signs green on The Venetian and The Palazzo towers and The Venetian Expo for the entire evening, outside of Earth Hour.

On March 30, OAK VIEW GROUP (OVG), the global venue development, advisory, and investment company for the sports and live entertainment industry,  announced its vision to welcome A NEWLY PLANNED ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT INCLUDING AN ARENA in Las Vegas. Groundbreaking and construction for the estimated $3B point of destination entertainment district and arena are scheduled for 2023.  The 25 acres, which is located on 66.5 acres of land near the intersection of two major freeways, I-15 and I-215, will feature an 850,000 square foot arena, a casino, a hotel, and an additional entertainment venue amphitheater. Featuring as many as 20,000+ seats and modern amenities that will include suites, premium hospitality clubs, the arena will host live events including concerts, sporting events, family entertainment, as well as conventions, large meetings, international events, as well as award shows, exhibitions, and more. With a focus on the prioritization of technology, sustainability, and green initiatives, the construction of Las Vegas’ new world-class arena is expected to create thousands of permanent and temporary jobs for the surrounding community.

Houston-based psychedelic three-piece KHRUANGHIN will be gracing the BROOKLYN BOWL LAS VEGAS stage for an exclusive one-night performance on Thursday, Sept. 29. Tickets start at $49.50 and are on sale now.

KILLER QUEEN, a tribute to Queen, will perform at M RESORT SPA CASINO INSIDE THE PAVILION on Saturday, June 25. The longest established worldwide Queen tribute direct from the UK, Killer Queen will perform songs originally made famous by Freddie Mercury and Queen with lead singer Patrick Myers as Freddie. Tickets for Killer Queen, starting at $25 plus taxes and fees, went on sale Friday, March 25 at 10 a.m.

Global music icon, rapper/songwriter, DADDY YANKEE, who recently announced his retirement from the music industry, will kick off his farewell tour “La Ultima Vuelta” (The Last Round) in Portland, Oregon and will make a stop at T-MOBILE ARENA in Las Vegas Saturday, Aug. 20. General public tickets are now on sale.

In honor of Vincent van Gogh’s birthday on Wednesday, March 30 IMMERSIVE VAN GOGH, the critically-acclaimed art installation at THE SHOPS AT CRYSTALS (adjacent to ARIA) in Las Vegas has announced that the exhibit has been extended at LIGHTHOUSE ARTSPACE LAS VEGAS through Labor Day, September 5, 2022. Tickets are on sale now. In collaboration with Immersive Van Gogh and the International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD), folk rock legend Don McLean will also release a new music video of his song “Vincent,” also known as “Starry, Starry Night.” The video was recorded at Immersive Van Gogh Los Angeles and is being released in commemoration of Van Gogh’s birthday and World Bipolar Day on Wednesday, March 30. Visit immersivevangogh.com/don to view the video. Viewers are encouraged to make a donation to support the ISBD; anyone making a donation of $40 or more will receive a two-for-one coupon code (valid through April 30) to visit Immersive Van Gogh in any of the 14 cities where it is currently being presented. To make a donation to the ISBD, click here.

THE VENETIAN®, THE PALAZZO® LAS VEGAS AND THE VENETIAN® EXPO turned their exterior marquee signs blue to recognize WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY, Saturday, April 2, 2022 from 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. World Autism Awareness Day shines a bright light on autism as a growing global health issue. This special awareness day helps to increase and develop world knowledge of children and adults with autism.

Just in time for the 2022 baseball season, the LAS VEGAS AVIATORS®, LAS VEGAS BALLPARK® AND THE SOUTHERN NEVADA HEALTH DISTRICT have teamed up to declare Las Vegas Ballpark a SMOKE FREE FACILITY. The new policy takes effect on the Aviators’ opening day, April 5, 2022.“Encouraging good health is everyone’s business, so we are proud to do our part by partnering with the Southern Nevada Health District to make Las Vegas Ballpark a smoke-free facility,” said Don Logan, President and COO, Las Vegas Aviators. “We want the game to be enjoyable for everyone and set a good example for fans of all ages.” The new policy prohibits the use of all smoke and tobacco products, including cigarette, chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes (including Juul) and all vapes on Ballpark property.  Signage will be posted at all entrances of Las Vegas Ballpark, and fans can expect to see educational messaging to be shared throughout Aviators’ games all year.

SICKIES GARAGE BURGERS & BREWS (located atTown Square Las Vegas) - known for offering diners a choice of supercharged burgers and a revved up list of brews, and now those looking to give back can score one of those beers free as TOAST OUR TROOPS returns for its second year! From April 1-30, diners can donate new items from the care package list found at https://sickiesburgers.com/toast-our-troops and receive a FREE 16 OUNCE TAP BEER  From Shiner Beer. Donated items include everything from personal care items like high quality socks, sunscreen, and lip balm to recreation with puzzles, playing cards, and board games. Items from the Food and Snacks category include hot sauce, beef jerky, protein bars, and other munchies. Items collected will be distributed to service members and veterans through local military bases and operations at the end of the donation period. Donors must be 21 and older to receive the free beer. Offer good for one complimentary beer per guest, per visit.

Local collector, Michael Frey, has turned his longtime passion for art into a new gallery just off the Las Vegas Strip at 4044 Dean Martin Dr. Due to continued success, FAS44, also known as FreyBoy Art Salon, has extended its premier exhibit showcasing the work of acclaimed British photographer, CIG HARVEY, now on display through Friday, April 29. Spanning 1,300 square feet, FAS44 currently displays 61 pieces by Harvey from various stages of her photography, much of which is shot near where she resides in Maine. Known for her ability to showcase the magic in the mundane with surreal images of nature and family, the pieces range from $2,500 to $10,000 and up.

To celebrate WORLD HEALTH DAY on Thursday, April 7, BODIES…THE EXHIBITION AT LUXOR HOTEL AND CASINO will debut special displays to bring awareness to the function and well-being of the human body. World Health Day is dedicated to reimagining healthier living and fostering an environment that’s committed to educating humans on optimal ways to condition their bodies and combat various health emergencies. The special displays will highlight nutrition and fitness facts and recommendations to help keep our bodies healthy. Guests can view nutrition-focused displays sharing a wide variety of information, including the importance of nutrition for strong bones, tips to improve brain health, needs for muscle strength, a healthy digestive system and many more. BODIES…The Exhibition is now open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. with final admission granted at 7 p.m.

LIOZ brings his racy magic parody show to the famed Las Vegas stage. Hailed as a “Comedy Genius” by Simon Cowell and “Hysterical” and “Brilliant” by Howie Mandel, LIOZ has amassed more than 500 million views on social media. Beginning April 7th, 2022, LIOZ will finally debut his highly anticipated residency at THE MAGIC ATTIC INSIDE BALLY’S LAS VEGAS. Performances are Thursday through Monday at 10 p.m. Age Limit – 18 and over. The show is for adults and part of it contains explicit material. Tickets start at $27.96 and are available now at Bally’s Las Vegas Box Office.

Country music superstar MIRANDA LAMBERT has just announced her first Sin City residency, "Velvet Rodeo," at ZAPPOS THEATER INSIDE PLANET HOLLYWOOD RESORT & CASINO, which kicks off later this year in September. Tickets start at $79 and go on sale to the general public on April 7.

FASHION SHOW LAS VEGAS (3200 Las Vegas Blvd S) will partner with HEAVEN CAN WAIT ANIMAL SOCIETY for A SERIES OF ADOPTION EVENTS throughout the year. Guests will have the opportunity to meet adoptable, rehabilitated dogs as a part of the animal society’s Pups on Parole program. Starting Saturday, April 9, the adoption events will occur every two months on the second Saturday of the month (Saturday, April 9, June 11, August 13, October 8 and December 10 from noon to 4 p.m.) in the Lower Level, near Macy’s Men’s by Guest Services.  Heaven Can Wait’s Pups on Parole program provides a second chance for dogs to find a family to call their own. The dogs in the program were rescued by the organization and trained to correct behaviors and trust people to get a new lease on life.

BROOKLYN BOWL LAS VEGAS is bringing this year’s must-see festival acts to the Strip, providing fans with a run of crossover shows right here in Las Vegas. Skip the festival grounds and opt for intimate, one-of-a-kind performances by some of today’s hottest artists including BABY KEEM (April 9 - SOLD OUT), MEUTE, a techno marching band (April 14 - Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25), The HU, a unique, heavy metal band that masterfully blends modern sounds with traditional Mongolian instruments (April 17 - Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets star at $29.50) and OMAR APOLLO ,one of the most exciting rising stars of R&B, (April 19 -Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $23).

DRAI'S NIGHTCLUB will welcome back music industry icon, MEEK MILL, for a multi-show Drai’s LIVE residency that kicks off on Saturday, April 9. The Grammy-nominated artist will return as part of Drai’s incredible Memorial Day weekend lineup, taking over the stage at Drai’s Nightclub on Friday, May 27, and at Drai’s Beachclub for a daytime performance on Saturday, May 28.  Additional shows of his 2022 residency will be announced at a later date. Tickets are available for purchase now.

11x platinum-certified phenomenon BLANCO BROWN and world class DJ BRANDI CYRUS have been added to the unparalleled artist lineup at ÉLIA BEACH CLUB LOCATED AT VIRGIN HOTELS LAS VEGAS, and are set to get down with the crowd on Sunday, April 10.

Trumpeter and singer BRIAN NEWMAN announced 24 new performance dates of his late-night show BRIAN NEWMAN: AFTER DARK, an ode to vintage Las Vegas, creating a late-night rendezvous filled with great music and good friends, at the NOMAD LIBRARY AT NOMAD LAS VEGAS.  All shows are scheduled to begin at 11:30 p.m.The intimate evenings will feature special guest performers from New York City, Las Vegas and beyond. During prior runs at NoMad Las Vegas special guests included multi-award-winning superstar Lady Gaga, burlesque star Angie Pontani,Ashanti, Robby Krieger from The Doors,  and Kelsea Ballerini, among many others.  NoMad Library features a menu of handcrafted cocktails, wine and small bites for showgoers to enjoy during Newman’s performances. Newman’s 2022 show dates are: April: 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30; May: 1; June: 30; July: 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17.Tickets start at $49, plus applicable services charges and can be purchased at any MGM Resorts box office. Must be 21 years of age or older to attend.

Marking 110 years on April 15 since RMS Titanic’s maiden voyage ended in tragedy after colliding with an iceberg and sinking, TITANIC: THE ARTIFACT EXHIBITION AT LUXOR HOTEL AND CASINO has installed 32 artifacts directly recovered from the wreck site inside The Strip’s premier educational attraction. Visitors can catch a glimpse of newly installed items including personal artifacts from passengers aboard that fateful night. Of the 32 NEWLY INSTALLED ARTIFACTS, a few highlights include: Paper currency, Playing cards, Perfume labels, Pocket corkscrew,Ink pen recovered in its original wrapper and box, Three French miniature calendar pages, Wooden brush.

The popular Aces of Comedy comedian GABRIEL IGLESIAS will add an additional performance at THE MIRAGE THEATRE, Sunday, April 17. Due to popular demand Iglesias will now perform three shows that weekend at The Mirage Hotel & Casino . All shows are scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. Tickets starting at $59.99 can be purchased at any MGM Resorts box office.

The World-Famous GOSPEL BRUNCH AT HOUSE OF BLUES INSIDE MANDALAY BAY RESORT & CASINO returns for the first time since March of 2020. Friends and families can enjoy all-you-can-eat down-home Southern cooking while rejoicing with the triumphant return of PATTI PENNINGTON AND THE HOUSE OF BLUES GOSPEL CHOIR. Easter brunch takes place on Sunday, April 17 with two seatings at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Kids receive a special gift when they arrive to their seat – complete with Easter eggs filled with prizes and sweet treats, while the adults can vie for raffle prizes including tickets to upcoming events and performances at the House of Blues Las Vegas. Additional Gospel Brunch dates include May 15, June 19 (Father’s Day), July 3, Aug. 7, and Sept. 11. All seatings will be at 10 a.m.Tickets for all dates are available now.

THE LAS VEGAS METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT (LVMPD) Foundation will hold its 2nd ANNUAL GO TRUE BLUE GOLD TOURNAMENT on Tuesday, April 19 at SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS GOLF CLUB, 1 Robert Trent Jones Lane, Las Vegas.  The Tournament, which will include an LVMPD officer in every foursome, is open to anyone from the community to participate with pre-registration required. The Tournament begins at 7:30 am with breakfast and practice followed by a 9:00 am shotgun start. Awards and lunch to follow at 1:30 pm.  Registration for foursomes and individuals is open. For registration and sponsorship information click Go True Blue Golf Tournament | LVMPD Foundation

FRANK MARINO'S RED CARPET BRUNCH, a star studded, immersive event opens Sunday, April 24 exclusively at the World-Famous WESTGATE LAS VEGAS RESORT & CASINO. This upscale Drag Brunch dining experience invites you to walk the red carpet, pose for the paparazzi, and then be amazed by the World’s Best Celebrity Female Impersonators all while consuming your favorite delicious dining options and specialty cocktails.At the helm is Las Vegas Icon Frank Marino as comedian and Chief of the Fashion Police, Joan Rivers and features an all-star cast of music’s biggest superstars from Liza Minnelli to Cher, Diana Ross to Whitney Houston, Country hitmaker Taylor Swift to Rock-n-Roll legend Tina Turner and many, many more. Meanwhile, Marino in his role as the show’s emcee and star changes into jaw dropping couture gowns between each amazing act.  Frank Marino’s Red Carpet Brunch will perform Sunday, April 24, Saturday, April 30, and Sunday May 1, 2022.  Tickets are on now on sale. Prices range from $49.99 - $99.99 + taxes and fees and can be purchased at The Westgate Las Vegas Box Office.

BROOKLYN BOWL is keeping the 4/20 holiday vibes rolling throughout the week with exclusive performances by reggae powerhouses. IYA TERRA (with E,N. YOUNG, CYDEWAYS AND HALEARMO) performs Wednesday, April 20.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25. COLLIE BUDDZ (with ARTIKAL SOUND SYSTEM) takes the stage Friday, April 22. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25.  From roots-style island jams to certified dancehall classics, these are two performances reggae fans won’t want to pass up.

The nation’s largest STUDENT FARMERS MARKET returns to DOWNTOWN SUMMERLIN UNDER THE PAVILION on Earth Day, Friday, April 22 – 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Organized by Green Our Planet, a local nonprofit that helps schools nationwide to plant and operate indoor and outdoor gardens, the market will feature produce from gardens at 50-plus schools throughout CCSD.  More than 500 student farmers will be on hand to sell their produce to the public with all proceeds going directly to participating school garden programs.

PALMS CASINO RESORT has announced April 27, 2022 as the official PUBLIC OPENING DATE for the legendary Las Vegas property, with room and suite reservations now being accepted for stays beginning on April 28, 2022. This new chapter in Palms history will be celebrated with a FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA on opening night.

RED ROCK CASINO is hosting a PRO FOOTBALL DRAFT WATCH PARTY AND FAN EVENT on Thursday, April 28 at the Race and Sports Book. The FREE event will be hosted by former Minnesota Vikings player-turned-head coach Mike Tice and 11-season pro football vet Corey Chavous as they provide first-hand insights and strategies from their experiences in the league. Guests in attendance can enter to win draft caps from each team in the league and a slew of prizes from Red Rock Casino, while enjoying beverage specials  throughout the event. Admission is limited to first-come, first-serve basis and is open to guests 21 and over. See the Red Rock Rewards Center for official drawing rules.

THE COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN NEVADA DANCE PROGRAM joins with the CONCERT DANCE COMPANY to present “LOOKING FORWARD: LOOKING BACK.” Their first Formal dance concert in 3 years, this presentation is done as an homage to their late Director of Dance, Professor Kelly Roth. The concert will feature two wonderful artists-in-residence: Carrie Miles (a member of the Kelly Roth Dance Company from 2015-2020 as well as being a part time instructor at CSN and UNLV)  and Frit & Frat Fuller (producers and choreographers for television, film and stage). The students of CSN Dance will have the opportunity to perform alongside both artists and experience collaborating with them as well as CSN Dance Alumni.The concert event is scheduled on Friday, April 29th at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 30th 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, call the CSN Box Office at 702-651-LIVE (5483).The CSN Performing Arts Center is located at 3200 East Cheyenne Avenue in North Las Vegas.

In observance of World Pilots’ Day, ALL IN AVIATION will host an OPEN HOUSE EVENT Friday, April 29 from 3-7 p.m. at its Henderson Executive Airport (HND) facility. Open to the public, the family-friendly event will feature aircraft on display, as well as information on general aviation and how to become a private pilot. Guests with an interest in private pilot training can learn about the process through a special presentation on All In Aviation’s flight school and aircraft rental programs, as well as tour through the complex. Recognized throughout the general aviation community as one of the top flight schools in the U.S., All In Aviation specializes in training as well as aircraft rental, management, storage and sales.All In Aviation’s Henderson Executive Airport facility, located at 1456 Jet Stream Drive, was built in partnership with maintenance provider Lone Mountain Aviation to serve the growing needs of the general aviation community in the south valley, and is the first purpose-built, multi-use aviation complex of its kind at HND. 

WORCS RACING – one of the biggest off-road motocross, ATV, QUAD, SXS and UTV racing series in the United States – returns to ORLEANS ARENA on Friday, April 29 through Sunday, May 1. WORCS Racing brings top professional and amateur riders to compete for the coveted title as one of the fastest off-road racers in the country.  The event will also feature various motorsport vendors with exhibits located outside of Orleans Arena. Practice races begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 29. The official races begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1. Tickets start at $19.27 plus tax and fees.

TACOS AND TAMALES FESTIVAL, a unique culinary food, and libation experience returns to DESERT BREEZE PARK, April 30. There will also be entertainment for the whole family, featuring Lucha Libre Wrestling, local and international musical performances, art area, live painting, and carnival games and activities for the kids. Admission is $5.00 for ages 12-59 for tickets purchased online (plus fees) or $10 at the door (no cash accepted).  Ages: 11 or under and 60+ will be free, admission tickets will be required to enter. Additional fees apply onsite for Carnival, Food Vendors/Trucks, and Alcohol Tasting (must be 21+ to participate in the tasting and your tasting ticket includes event admission).

On April 30th, ROB GARRETT, widely considered America's #1 NEIL DIAMOND TRIBUTE ARTIST and known, worldwide, as the 'King of Diamonds” will perform TWO 2-HOUR SHOWS FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER at ARIZONA CHARLIE'S DECATUR (740 S. Decatur Blvd) for their 34th anniversary celebration.  He has been performing in Las Vegas for over 4 decades and has received numerous accolades & awards including 'Male Musical Tribute Artist of the Year.

Garrett has never performed at Arizona Charlie’s, nor has he ever performed two 2-hour "Diamond" shows in one evening. "In most cases my casino shows would run anywhere from 75-100 minutes. It's very rare for a casino to allow a performer to perform for that long. However I always welcome the challenge of doing things I have never done before and in this case this will be TWO things I've never done" said Garret.In keeping with the tradition of old Vegas there will be an 'early’ show (5:00 p.m.) and a ‘late’ show (8:00 PM.).  Since the show is being held on the final day of the anniversary celebration, Arizona Charlie's is offering FREE admission to either show on a first come fist serve seating basis.

LIGHT NIGHTCLUB, LOCATED AT MANDALAY BAY RESORT AND CASINO, will close out the month and the first professional football draft weekend in Las Vegas with a performance by the legendary  award-winning rapper LUDACRIS, Saturday, April 30, as part of the venue’s jaw-dropping lineup of top artists.

CSN’S FINE ARTS DEPARTMENT MUSIC PROGRAM presents the CSN POPS ORCHESTRA CONCERT, Sunday, May 1st at 3:00 p.m.  The program will feature music by CSN’s former Music Department Chair, Dr. Richard McGee. This unique concert event will include SPECIAL GUESTS, CSN ORCHESTRA AND FRIENDS. CSN’s Music Program Lead Faculty in Music and Low Strings Coordinator, Christopher Davis, will be conducting.General Admission is $8.00 and $5 for seniors and students.  To purchase tickets 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.

CLARK COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION kicks off the spring with its annual JAZZ IN THE PARK CONCERT SERIES, which celebrates its 32nd year.  This year the free series will feature NESTOR TORRES on May 7, DOWN TO THE BONE on May 14, JARROD LAWSON on May 21, ERIC DARIUS on May 28, and SPYO GYRA on June 4. All dates will be supported with opening performances by the students of the Las Vegas Academy Jazz Program. Seating for those with picnic baskets, blankets, and low-back chairs will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Clark County Government Center Amphitheater located at 500 S. Grand Central Pkwy. Performances will begin around 6:30 p.m. Seating space is limited to first come first served based on availability occupancy. ADMISSION AND PARKING ARE FREE. Tickets are required for entry and will be available online beginning March 25 at 10 a.m.

Celebrity Sightings:

Monday, April 4...

After making a “clean sweep,” winning all four categories he was nominated for at the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards Sunday night, superstar artist ANDERSON.PAAK, founding member of Silk Sonic, along with GRAMMY Award-winning record producer ROGÉT LUTFI CHAHAYED, celebrated by attending the award-winning topless female revue FANTASY at Luxor Hotel and Casino.

Saturday night, April 2...

Legendary comedian and actress CAROL BURNETT was spotted dining at the upscale eatery Triple George Grill at Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino before performing at her show at The Smith Center. The comedy icon was seen enjoying Triple George Grill’s classic dishes and stopped to take a photo with general manager George Gatewood.

Carol Burnett George Gatewood General Manager of Triple George Grill
Carol Burnett George Gatewood General Manager of Triple George Grill

R&B sensation H.E.R. took time out from her busy GRAMMY schedule to enjoy a night out with her team, taking in iLuminate’s production show at The STRAT.  iLuminate founder MIRAL KOTB was there to help H.E.R. become part of team ILuminate by donning one of the show’s signature LED lit custom jackets for a fun photo opp.

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Friday, April 1...

Actors BRYAN CRANSTON AND AARON PAUL made a stop at Jenna and Michael Morton’s La Comida in Downtown Las Vegas to treat guests to tastes of their new mezcal, Dos Hombres.After enjoying a lunch of fajitas, tacos and more, Cranston and Paul made their way around the restaurant; signing bottles, taking selfies and meeting ecstatic fans. In the most casual and congenial manner, Cranston and Paul visited tables to say hello, even sitting down to chat with guests at times. One woman, complete with a “Breaking Bad” tattoo noted after meeting the duo, “this day has made my entire year.”

Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul Speak with Fans at La Comida
Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul Speak with Fans at La Comida

THE BACKSTREET BOYS, NICK CARTER, HOWIE DOROUGH, AJ MCLEAN, BRIAN LITTRELL AND KEVIN RICHARDSON, were spotted taking in the acclaimed Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil® at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The legendary boyband sat alongside Rich and Tone Talauega, choreographers of the show and after the show  took photos with the electrifying cast.

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Backstreet Boys at Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil April 1 Credit Cirque du Soleil




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