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X Rocks Debuts at Rio Hotel & Casino

The producers of X Burlesque and Raack Roll premiered Las Vegas’ hottest new all-rock, topless revue X ROCKS on Thursday, Aug 29 inside King’s Showroom at Rio Hotel & Casino. The production stars the seductive X ROCKS Girls and features the comedy antics of John Bizarre, sexy choreography and cutting-edge sets.

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X Rocks
Photo credit: Edison Graff

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X Rocks
Photo credit: Edison Graff

X ROCKS is a stimulating, high-voltage show with performances from Las Vegas’ sexiest showgirls, set to intense, heart-pounding rock songs from artists including Slash & the Conspirators, MUSE, Metallica, The Beatles, Awolnation, Alice in Chains, Alice Cooper and Black Sabbath.  The cast also includes stand-up comedian and filmmaker John Bizarre, who has appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Drew Carey Show” and “The District,” among others. John recently released his critically-acclaimed film, “Finding The Funny.”

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John Bizarre
Photo credit: Edison Graff

“We’ve taken some of the most powerful rock songs of all time and combined them with erotic, high-energy choreography and unbelievable sets to create a show unlike any we’ve ever produced. With surprises throughout, X ROCKS delivers on its name and then some,”  said  Angela Stabile who created and produced the show with her husband Matt.

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X Rocks
Photo credit: Edison Graff

 X ROCKS will be performed Thursday through Sunday at King’s Showroom inside Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. All performances begin at 10 p.m. Tickets are $35.95 plus tax and applicable fees for general admission, $45.05 plus tax and applicable fees for VIP seating and $55.95 plus tax and applicable fees for the Rockstar premium seating.  Guests must be 18 years or older.

Reed Whipple Cultural Center and Nevada Repertory Unveil Plans for Cultural Corridor Theatre Center

Exactly a year after pledging to renovate and expand Reed Whipple Cultural Center, Nevada Repertory, the sister company of Las Vegas Shakespeare Company, has unveiled plans to transform the face of non-profit performing arts in Southern Nevada.

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In partnership with more than a dozen local arts organizations, Nevada Repertory announced that Reed Whipple will be transformed into more than just a permanent home for its full season of performances. As the Cultural Corridor Theatre Center (CCTC), it will become home to many non-profit arts organizations in the valley.

“We came to Reed Whipple with the idea to bring it back to life as the home to Las Vegas Shakespeare Company, and now have expanded that vision with Nevada Repertory, Nevada’s first and only L.O.R.T. professional theater,” said Michael Gill President, Nevada Repertory. “Early on it became clear to us that our company was just one of many that have struggled to find facilities that are cost effective for local productions and the solution to that struggle could be found in collaboration.  Over the last year we have worked with our colleagues across the arts spectrum to develop the vision behind the Cultural Corridor Theatre Center and we are delighted to be partnering with the CCTC to create a home for many of Nevada’s non-profit arts.”

Under the guidance of the Cultural Corridor Theatre Center’s leadership, the renovated complex will be a facility where performing arts organizations can cohabitate and share the facilities of a 21st century arts complex.  All tenants of CCTC will utilize the facility rent free and utility free.  Among the more than a dozen groups confirmed to take up residence at CCTC, in addition to Nevada Repertory, are the Rainbow Youth Theater Company, the Las Vegas Youth Orchestra and Next Wave Opera.  One of Las Vegas’ cultural gems, the Las Vegas Philharmonic, will be using space at CCTC to showcase its new SPOTLIGHT SERIES, performing smaller and more specialized programming utilizing members of the Philharmonic.

Located across from Cashman Field in downtown Las Vegas, CCTC is part of the redeveloping Cultural Corridor, a designated stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard between Washington and Bonanza, including the Neon Museum, the Natural History Museum, Cashman Center, and the Old Mormon Fort State Park.

“The Cultural Corridor is a vital and important part of the city of Las Vegas’ overall plan to become a world-class city and a welcoming destination for both locals and tourists alike,” said Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman. “Redeveloping Reed Whipple into a home for organizations working to bring the arts to life in Las Vegas is a wonderful way to add fuel to our cultural resurgence.”

In keeping with the spirit of its mission to cultivate creativity through collaboration, every organization working within the renovated CCTC facility agrees to work in a collaborative, non-competitive atmosphere with the intent to create work that celebrates the arts and supports Southern Nevada’s artistic community.

Nowhere is this spirit more evident than in the announcement of Nevada Repertory’s premiere production, the Richard Rodgers musical ON YOUR TOES scheduled to open in Sept. 2015.  Demonstrating the uniqueness of the CCTC collaboration process, ON YOUR TOES is being co-produced by Nevada Repertory, Nevada Ballet Theatre, and the Las Vegas Philharmonic.

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“The production of ON YOUR TOES is exactly the kind of collaborative production process that we believe will flourish at CCTC,” said CCTC representative Jack Gaughan.  “Developing new works in partnership with multiple dynamic arts organizations will only strengthen the city’s cultural platform.”

In an effort to ensure the complex becomes a true destination, CCTC is moving forward with  previously announced plans to bring in-house eateries, ROSEMARY’S CAFÉ and the BARd LOUNGE, both operated by acclaimed Chef Mike Jordan, as well as GALLERY OV – OPPORTUNITY VILLAGE FINE ARTS retail gallery.

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

Pop  superstar,  BRITNEY SPEARS, recently announced the start of  her two year residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino beginning Friday, December 27 2013. Ticket prices for “Britney: Piece of Me” range from $59 to $179, plus applicable tax and fees. All shows begin at 9 p.m. PT, with the exception of the special Tuesday, Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve performance, which will begin at 10 p.m. PT.

American Idol” winner and Paris Las Vegas headliner TAYLOR HICKS will take the stage with the smash-hit musical MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET on Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Harrah’s Las Vegas Showroom. Hicks will perform alongside the cast for a special encore during the show’s finale.  General admission tickets are $39.99 and VIP tickets, which include a meet and greet with Hicks, are $69.99. Additional service fees apply.

In celebration of the downtown property’s first year in Las Vegas, The D will host three major concert events on the 3rd Street Stage of the Fremont Street Experience  The lineup will include UNCLE KRACKER, Thursday, Sept. 26 and STONE TEMPLE PILOTS WITH CHESTER BENNINGTON Friday, Sept. 27. To cap off the festivities, KID ROCK will deliver an unforgettable performance Saturday, Sept. 28. Each of the concerts begin at 9 p.m.

American Idol alum and country music artist KRISTY LEE COOK performs Saturday, September 28 at 8 p.m. at the Henderson Events Plaza, 200 Water St., in the historic Water Street District as part of this year’s Super Run Classic Car Show. Admission to the concert is complimentary.

On Saturday, September 28, the cast of BEATLESHOW! from the Saxe Theater inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood will tap the keg at the 10th ANNUAL OKTOBERFEST EVENT at Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas (4510 Paradise Road) then perform some of The Beatles’ greatest hits. The Beatles spent time in Germany on several occasions and even recorded some of their beloved hits like “I Want to Hold Your Hand” which was recorded in German as “Komm, gib mir deine Hand.” At the keg tapping event, they will perform this song in German and more classics in both English and German as guests raise their stein and toast to Oktoberfest along with the cast of BeatleShow!

BeatleShow!’s Mick McCoy had this to say about the event, “ It’s been almost 50 years since The Beatles recorded some of their hits in German and it will be an honor to play these for the crowd at Hofbräuhaus.” The keg tapping begins at 7 p.m. with the concert immediately following.

Broadway star JOSH STRICKLAND, who most recently starred in Peepshow, is joining the cast of VEGAS! THE SHOW at the Saxe Theater inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood.  He is set to debut in the production by the end of September.

KAT RAY, who was recently crowned Ms. Senior Nevada 2013, is performing 7-10:00 pm on Oct 1st at the Mad Greek Cafe (8565 W. Sahara) with her dynamic jazz trio: Red Michaels/Bass, John Falbo/Guitar, Joe Darro/Piano. There is no cover charge, but reservations are highly recommended.

HUSSONG'S CANTINA & TAQUERIA AND SLICE OF VEGAS at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place will celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month during the month of October with a selection of THEMED FOOD & DRINK SPECIALS. All month long, the two restaurants will each offer delectable ways to support breast cancer research. Part of the proceeds from each venue’s specials will support the Save The Ta-Tas Foundation.
KNOCKOUT CANCER FOR CANDLELIGHTERS KIDS, an annual Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event that was created to help raise funds and awareness for Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada, will be held October 3, 2013 at the Orleans Arena, adjacent to The Orleans Hotel & Casino. This exciting, unique charity event features a night of amazing fights and a fabulous charity raffle. New to the event is the expansion of boxing and kickboxing.  There will be something for everyone with four MMA bouts, four boxing bouts and four kickboxing bouts.   Doors open at 6 p.m. and tickets are available starting at just $15.

KRYSZTOF NEMETH will exhibit a 10-year retrospective of his pinup work entitled, “Live, from Sin City,” at Sin City Gallery Oct. 3-27, 2013. On Thursday, Oct. 3, there will be a reception at the gallery with Nemeth available for Q&A with attendees from 6-11 p.m.  Sin City Gallery is located off the Strip in the famous Arts Factory, situated in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas’ thriving arts community, at 107 E. Charleston Boulevard, Suite 100.

Opportunity Village, Las Vegas’ favorite charity, introduces, “HALLOVEEN” at the MAGICAL FOREST (located at  6300 W. Oakey Blvd.)weekends in October (Friday-Sunday beginning October 4th) from  5-9 p.m. This family friendly event will feature lots of fun games, events and entertainment for all ages. Ticket prices are $19.99 adult Passport (includes entry and unlimited rides);$17.99 child Passport (includes entry and unlimited rides);$11.00 adult General Admission; $9.00 child General Admission;$12.00 wristband for unlimited rides;$3.00 single ride or attraction ticket. Children 2 and under are free

Students at the COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN NEVADA and members of the Las Vegas theatre community have joined together to direct and perform in one-act plays that are being presented Oct. 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. in the BACKSTAGE THEATRE on the Cheyenne campus. Scheduled each semester and led by CSN theatre professor Mindy Woodhead, the festival is designed to provide unique educational opportunities for directors and actors of all levels.  Scheduled to be performed are One Tennis Shoe, by Silverstein; Game Theory, by Sagal; Scheherazade, by Emily Roderer; Foul Territory, by Craig Wright; Salesgirl, by Stephen Levi; The Individuality of Streetlamps, by Anna K. Gorsich; and Creep, by James Christy. General admission is $5. Seating is limited. The CSN Performing Arts Center is located at 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave.

Nevada Ballet Theatre has partnered with Cirque du Soleil to present “A CHOREOGRAPHER'S SHOWCASE" at the Mystère Theatre at Treasure Island on Sundays, Oct. 6 and 13 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $25-$45.

THE NEVADA CONSERVATORY THEATRE at UNLV opens its Main Stage season Oct. 10 with Neil Simon’s comedic play “BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS” in the Judy Bayley Theatre, located  on the campus of UNLV. Barbara Brennan directs. Show times are at 8 p.m. on Oct. 10, 11 and 12. Matinees are at 2 p.m. on Sept. 12 and 13. Tickets are $20-$30 for adults, and 10 percent off for children 18.

Marquee Cares, the charitable arm of Marquee Las Vegas, will host its 2ND ANNUAL BARQUEE event at Marquee Dayclub on October 10 in an effort to support The Animal Foundation, a non-profit organization that operates Nevada's largest open-admission animal shelter and pet adoption center.

Animal lovers will have the chance to mingle and sip on cocktails while their furry counterparts enjoy some fresh air and make friends. The outdoor event will feature an open bar with specialty cocktails from 6 pm to 7 pm as well as samples of Bowser Beer, a non-alcoholic dog beer, for thirsty pups. In addition, gift bags filled with pet items will be given to the first 200 people at the door.

Businesses contributing and participating in the event include Doggy Luxe, a high-end dog collar company, Doggie District, a popular local pet daycare, Earth Rated, a company known for environmentally-friendly waste bags, The Animal Foundation, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, who is launching a new line of dog clothing and items, Modern Dog Magazine and others.  Guests and dogs can take a lap around the pool area and learn more about these supporters as a handful of businesses will take over a section of cabanas and feature an assortment of goodies, apparel and services.

BarQuee's cover charge is $5 with 100% of proceeds directly benefitting The Animal Foundation and their mission to eliminate the tragedy of pet overpopulation. The event is 21+. Dogs must be 25 pounds or less and a leash is required.

Celebrity Sightings:

Wednesday evening, Sept 18...

Mötley Crüe, comprised of vocalist Vince Neil, bassist Nikki Sixx, drummer Tommy Lee and guitarist Mick Mars, transformed The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino into a fiery abyss with the debut of their second residency, Mötley Crüe Invites You to an Intimate Evening in Hell.

Celebrities and rockstars spotted in the crowd included Brian May of legendary rock band Queen and Academy Award-winning actor Nicolas Cage were amongst others.

"Nashville" actor Sam Palladio was spotted at LAVO Nightclub with a group of friends taking in the sounds of DJ Mike Attack at a VIP table on the dance floor.

Friday, Sept. 20...

Hip-hop icons Method Man and Redman took over the Rooftop of Chateau Nightclub & Gardens and put on a memorable performance for their fans.

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Redman and Method Man
Photo credit: Gabe Ginsberg of WireImage

Spotted dining at separate tables t Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant  inside MGM Grand Hotel & Casino was GRAMMY Award-winning artist Drake,"X Factor" judge and former Destiny's Child songstress Kelly Rowland, Twilight star Ashley Greene, and"Extra TV" host Mario Lopez, who was with a large party of friends.

After rocking at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, Katy Perry and Muse joined friends to celebrate with a dinner party followed by a night out.

The group gathered at Botero, the steakhouse at Encore, with Katy making her appearance shortly after 12:30 a.m.  Adam Lambert, Queen guitarist Brian May, Kate Hudson, Matthew Bellamy and Nick Hissom were included in the group of 50 friends that joined in the celebration. Steve and Andrea Wynn also joined in the festivities.

Following the lavish dinner, the group walked the short distance to XS nightclub where they continued the evening in three private cabanas overlooking the club.

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Katy Perry and Steve Wynn
Photo credit: Danny Mahoney/XS nightclub.

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Adam Lambert Group
Photo credit: Danny Mahoney/XS nightclub.

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Katy Perry and Brian May
Photo credit: Danny Mahoney/XS nightclub.

Saturday, Sept. 21...

Alexia Echevarria, reality TV star of “The Real Housewives of Miami,” dined at TREVI Italian Restaurant for lunch.

Sisters Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian, Kourtney’s boyfriend Scott Disick, and Billboard Hot 100 rapper Tyga dined at Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant inside MGM Grand Hotel & Casino.

Dirk Vermin, reality TV star of A&E's "Bad Ink," dined at Chef Carla Pellegrino's neighborhood restaurant, Bratalian. Vermin lives close to the restaurant and stopped in with a few friends.

Grammy Award-winning R&B singer Miguel hosted TAO Nightclub and treated a packed house to a thrilling performance of hits. Miguel addressed the crowd making a special announcement stating he will be ringing in 2014 at TAO.The singer then returned to his VIP table with girlfriend Nazanin Mandi and friends.

Also at TAO, “Glee” star Darren Criss and “Pretty Little Liars” starlets Lucy Hale and Shay Mitchell were spotted at a VIP table.

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Nazanin Mandi and Miguel
Photo Credit: Karl Larson, Powers Imagery

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Miguel performing
Photo Credit: Karl Larson, Powers Imagery

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Darren Criss
Photo Credit: Karl Larson, Powers Imagery

Pop sensation Ke$ha, in town for the iHeartRadio Music Festival, made an appearance atHakkasan Las Vegas Nightclub inside MGM Grand Hotel & Casino.

After her performance with rock legend Joan Jett, the singer was escorted to the DJ booth where she partied the night away with Hakkasan resident Calvin Harris, featured DJ Pete Tong and her group of revelers.

Sunday, Sept. 22...

Actress Barbara Alyn Woods, best known for her roles in television series One Tree Hill and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, attended V- The Ultimate Variety Show, along with her family, at the V Theater inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood.

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Barbara Alyn Woods with cast of "V" The Ultimate Variety Show
Photo courtesy of "V" The Ultimate Variety Show

After wrapping up their show, the cast of Vegas’ smash hit Jersey Boys hosted an unforgettable Fashion/Show Sundays affair under the stars at PURE Nightclub.

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The Jersey Boys
Photo credit: Brenton Ho of Powers Imagery, LLC.

Jersey Boys Cast PURE Nightclub
The cast of Jersey Boys
Photo credit: Brenton Ho of Powers Imagery, LLC.

Colton Haynes, best recognized for his role in the television series “Teen Wolf,” dined with friends at TAO Asian Bistro.

Las Vegas’ newest headliner, Véronic DiCaire, was spotted at Divas Starring Frank Marino at The Quad Resort & Casino. Frank, Las Vegas’ longest-running headliner, welcomed Véronic to the show just before the Divas’ Celine Dion impersonator took the stage for a dazzling drag performance to the hit song, “I’m Alive.” After the show, Véronic and her dancers, The Voicettes, met with Frank, the divas and their dancers.

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Veronic with Frank Marino

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Veronic with the cast of Frank Marino's Divas