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Owner/Editor in Chief/writer - Las Vegas Round The Clock

Owner/Editor in Chief/writer - The Flick Chicks 
Founder - Nevada Film Critics Society

Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience Celebrates Reopening at Bally's Las Vegas

The family friendly show, Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience - A Parody by Dan and Jeff, returned to The Magic Attic showroom inside  Bally's Las Vegas on Friday, July 30, once again casting its spell on Las Vegas.
The enchanting, intimate, award-winning production celebrated its returned to Las Vegas with a re-opening night filled with Potter fans and VIPs. Even Delious Kennedy, lead singer of the hit vocal group, All-4-One joined Potter stars James Edwards and Nicholas Charles on the red carpet before the show.

Prior to the show’s shutdown due to COVID in 2020, in their first six months on the Strip, Potted Potter garnered two Best of Las Vegas awards – “Best New Production” (Gold) and “Best Value Show” (Bronze) and, drove legions of Potter fans to Las Vegas.

Delious Kennedy, lead singer of the hit vocal group, All-4-One joined Potter stars James Edwards and Nicholas Charles on the red carpet

Selling out to crowds around the world, the cleverly curated show will have you flying off your seat (or broomstick) with laughter. The perfect show for muggles, witches and wizards of all ages, this production of the boy-who-lived’s story combines all seven books into 70 hilarious minutes that includes all of your favorite characters, perfect Potter props, and even a live Quidditch game!

After several successful North American tours, Starvox Entertainment and Potted Productions have created a magical evening with London’s West End debuted in Las Vegas on June 4, 2019, for its first ever run on the famous Strip. The show was written and created by two-time Olivier Award-nominated BBC actors Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner.  Additional production credits include: Director - Richard Hurst; Set and Costumes Designer - Simon Scullion; Lighting Designer - Tim Mascall; and, Composer - Phil Innes.  Both audiences and critics have embraced the show, which currently stars Nicholas Charles and James Edwards.

CREDIT ONE BANK® Supports Communities in Schools of Southern Nevada at 2021 FILL THE BUS EVENT

On July 22, Credit One Bank, a Las Vegas-based financial services company, presented Communities In Schools of Southern Nevada a check for $1,900, along with over 1,500 school supplies including: backpacks, containers of Clorox and Lysol spray, packages of pens and pencils, notebooks, packages of highlighters, and more that were donated by Bank employees for the non-profit’s ninth annual Fill the Bus event.


The annual school supply drive provides Clark County School District students and their families with the tools they need, which is more important than ever as they recover from the impact of COVID-19 school closures and return for a new academic school year.

“This is our fourth year participating in Communities In Schools of Southern Nevada’s Fill the Bus event,” said Todd Mayhew, senior vice president of human resources at Credit One Bank.  “Each year I’m amazed by the incredible support from our employees and their commitment to ensuring that Las Vegas students are prepared for the start of the upcoming school year.”

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

A fortunate guest at The Orleans Hotel and Casino hit Boyd Gaming’s regional linked Pai Gow Poker progressive jackpot on Wednesday, July 21, winning him more than $119,000. The Las Vegas local, who requested to remain anonymous, was playing Face Up Pai Gow Poker when he hit a seven-card straight flush with a joker, capturing a Pai Gow Poker progressive jackpot of $119,663.03. He also placed a dragon bonus side bet that won him $5,000.

Join your favorite characters from through the looking glass as a unique production of the famed ALICE IN WONDERLAND comes to The Space (located at 3460 Cavaretta Ct, Las Vegas) every Sunday in August.  After two highly attended afternoons in July, the musical and puppetry production of the timeless classic has been extended due to popular demand.  The production of Alice in Wonderland is every Sunday in August at 2 p.m. Using actors, life size puppetry, Live Virtual Sets and parodied classic songs, this show provides entertainment for the entire family. All tickets are $25.

CRISS ANGEL'S CABLP (an acronym name which stands for Criss Angel’s breakfast, lunch and pizza) is now open for business at 309 S Moapa Valley Blvd., in Overton, NV, 45 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip. The former Sugars Home Plate restaurant has been transformed into Angel’s vison – Cablp, featuring a sit-down option, walkup window and to-go service from your car with the highest quality foods, desserts and spirits. Angel and his executive chef, Amy Coram Reynolds, and his partners, pizzamaker Mike Baram and brother Costa Sarantakos, have created a menu featuring fresh ingredients with a something-for-everyone approach.

“This has been an incredible experience creating Cablp with my partners and entire team,” said Angel. “Building a restaurant is a lot like building a show – you grind over every detail and in the end, you hope you’ve created something that will blow away the expectations of every guest that walks in the door.”
“Before we were a magic family, we were a restaurant family,” said Angel. “My dad owned restaurants in New York for years. This in many ways is celebrating his memory and our lives during that time.”

The genesis for Cablp was inspired by family dirt bike outings in the desert around the Moapa Valley.
Cablp brings more than just Angel’s reputation for flair and daring, but his philanthropic spirit as well. Cablp offers a “Free Meal Outreach” program benefiting underprivileged and pediatric cancer families. Cablp is also a part of the “Earn & Learn” youth job program.

FASHION SHOW LAS VEGAS (located at 3200 Las Vegas Blvd S.) invite guests to celebrate the upcoming Back to School season with COMPLIMENTARY INTERACTIVE CUSTOMIZATION EVENTS every Friday and Saturday during the month of August. Starting Friday, Aug. 6, families can head to FSLV and enjoy an afternoon filled with arts and crafts, games, and dance-offs, all while viewing their favorite blockbuster films in the Great Hall, including “Moana,” “Trolls World Tour,” “Akeelah and the Bee,” and “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.” To kick-off the most stylish time of the year, the iconic destination will host multiple interactive stations consisting of activities inspired by the featured movie each day. The schedule of events is listed below:

Friday, Aug. 6 and Saturday, Aug. 7 (2:00 to 5:00 p.m.) – “Moana” plus hula hooping
Friday, Aug. 13 and Saturday, Aug. 14 (2:00 to 5:00 p.m.) – “Trolls World Tour” featuring dance-offs and painting with local artist Pretty Done
Friday, Aug. 20 and Saturday, Aug. 21 (2:00 to 5:00 p.m.) – “Akeelah and the Bee” plus a game of life-size Scrabble
Friday, Aug. 27 and Saturday, Aug. 28 (5:00 to 7:00 p.m.) – “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”

For an additional customizable experience, guests who spend $250 can receive an exclusive Gift with Purchase when they show their receipt at Guest Services. This exclusive offer will include a lunch box, bento box, and infuser water bottle as well as the perfect tools students need to conquer the upcoming school year. Guests can also bring their gifts to the Great Hall to customize their new back-to-school gear.

ARIZONA CHARLIE'S, located at 740 S. Decatur Blvd., will bring live entertainment back to the Naughty Ladies Saloon stage with a performance by popular Eagles tribute band, AMERICAN EAGLES USA, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7. American Eagle USA will pay tribute to the award-winning rock band by playing every classic song including “Take it Easy,” “Lyin’ Eyes,” “One of These Nights,” “Life in the Fast Lane,” “Hotel California,” and more. The cover band features musicians who have played alongside artists including John Paul Jones of Led Zepplin, The WHO, The Righteous Brothers and others. Guests must be at least 21 years of age and admission will be FREE.

DISCOPUSSY, an after-hours dance haven that brings mainline house and techno to Fremont East at 512 E Fremont St, has announced a residency for house and techno duo, GETTOBLASTER, kicking off its four-show series at 10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7. DISCOPUSSY is open from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Thursday – Saturday, and from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Sunday, with a capacity limited to seating only on tables that are separated by six feet, in addition to social distancing protocols on the dance.

STONEY'S ROCKIN' COUNTRY (located at 6611 Las Vegas Blvd. So., Unit 160 at Town Square) hosts live music every Friday night in August featuring some of country’s hottest new stars! The lineup of performers are:
Tyler Braden – Friday, August 6
Scott Stevens – Friday, August 13
Dillon Carmichael – Friday, August 20
Levi Hummon – Friday, August 27

Advance tickets start at just $10 and are on sale now. Shows are open to 18+ and doors open at 7 p.m
Additionally, line dancing is back and in full effect, with free line dance lessons Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Every weekend in August, DRAI’S BEACHCLUB • NIGHTCLUB will host spectacular parties with LIVE performances by big-name artists like 2 Chainz (Friday, August 20), Rae Sremmurd (Friday, August 13) and Gucci Mane (Saturday, August 7), to name a few. Plus, Rick Ross will return for the second performance of his new multi-year residency.(Saturday, August 14). The Drai’s LIVE concert series offers fans an up-close and personal experience with some of today’s biggest stars for phenomenal full-length performances in an experience unlike any other on The Strip.

THE STRAT HOTEL, CASINO & SKYPOD is offering a scream-worthy ‘YOLO BOGO’ THRILL RIDES PROMOTION in celebration of National Roller Coaster Day, available from 2 – 10 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 16. ’You Only Live Once’ (YOLO) enthusiasts may purchase one ride ticket and get the second ride ticket free or purchase one unlimited thrill rides pass and receive the second pass free. The promotion will apply to Big Shot, which catapults riders up the tower’s mast at 45 miles per hour; Insanity, which dangles riders from the side of the tower, more than 900-feet-high, while spinning in circles; and X-Scream, the STRAT’s thrill ride that propels riders head-first 27-feet over the edge of the tower. Tickets will be available for purchase exclusively at the box office at The STRAT.

World-renowned performance group iLUMINATE (pronounced “i” “luminate”) invite audiences to ‘get lit’ during their brand new production show at The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod beginning Aug. 26, with performances Wednesday through Monday.  With the show’s 10 p.m. timeslot, iLuminate™ is the ultimate Vegas night out and the most full you’ll ever have in the dark blending music, dance, comedy, technology, and art from the group named “Best New Act in America” by America’s Got Talent. Tickets begin at $49, plus additional taxes and fees, and can be purchased online or in person at the box office at The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod. Guests must be 16 years of age or older

As part of his Papi Juancho 2021 World Tour Latin Global superstar MALUMA will perform at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino’s Michelob ULTRA Arena at Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021 at 9 p.m. Tickets are on sale now.

Communities In Schools of Nevada, the fifth largest state office of the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization with affiliate offices in in the Clark, Elko, Humboldt and Washoe County school districts, announces the theme for its annual gala, TODAY FOR TOMORROW: TOGETHER. The theme celebrates the commitment of everyone who has come together during these past two unprecedented years to serve the 75,000-plus vulnerable students statewide who rely on CIS for social-emotional and basic needs, academic supports, mentorship — and sometimes just a caring and trusted adult to turn to on campus. The much-anticipated event will honor Elaine Wynn, CIS’ founding chairperson and current chairperson for Communities In Schools (national) at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11 at THE CHELSEA INSIDE THE COSMOPOLITAN of Las Vegas. Starting at $1,000 per pair, tickets are now on sale.

International pop band 98 DEGREES is scheduled to make their return to the stage this summer and will perform Thursday, Sept. 16 at the Mandalay Bay Beach as part of Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino’s 2021 Concerts on the Beach Series.  The show is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. General admission and VIP tickets starting at $44.98 go on sale Friday, July 30 at 10 a.m. PT.

Ryan Doherty, founder of the company behind some of Downtown Las Vegas’ top bars and restaurants, Corner Bar Management, will bring retro desert charm and a touch of glamour to FERGUSONS DOWNTOWN MOTEL with the company’s latest boutique restaurant and bar, PEYOTE, opening in early September. A Fremont East Entertainment District landmark since 1960, Fergusons is a retro haven where modern desert architecture, captivating retail and live music collide as one eclectic community. A 3,400-square-foot, color-soaked oasis, Peyote will enhance the mix with distinctive brunch and dinner dishes, creative cocktails and funky, laid-back décor. A cactus and succulent garden will welcome and inspire a sense of free-spirited wanderlust as a harmonious arrival.  Peyote will be open from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and from noon to 2 a.m. from Fridays through Sundays.  

Pop singer, songwriter, producers QUINN XCII and CHELSEA CUTLER are set to take The Chelsea stage at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Sunday, Oct. 3 as a stop on the duo’s highly anticipated “Stay Next To Me” tour, with support from Tai Verdes. Tickets are on sale now.

Multi-platinum recording artist and international superstar MARTIN NIEVERA, known as the “Concert King” of the Philippines, will return to M RESORT SPA CASINO, with special guest, Travis Cloer, for a live performance on October 9. Tickets, starting at $25, are now on sale.

PHISH will end its combined Summer and Fall Tour with a four-night Halloween run at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The MGM Grand performances are scheduled Thursday, Oct. 28 – Sunday, Oct. 31 with all shows scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. Tickets are on sale now.

Celebrity sightings:

Saturday, July 31st...

UFC Welterweight Daniel Rodriguez, Flyweight Jessica Eye and Bantamweight Trevin Jones had dinner at JING Las Vegas located in Downtown Summerlin following the UFC Vegas 33 main event.

Sunday, August 1....

After being declared champions at the Concacaf Gold Cup, Team USA took their winning trophy to Drai's Beachclub . Nightclub where they were met with sparklers, flags and champagne. The Drai’s Dolls danced with signs that read “USA” and the team was invited on stage to show off the gold cup. Legendary DJ and producer, DJ Franzen kept the energy high for the winners at his epic SunDrais experience. Pop-star Becky G and “Ted Lasso” stars Brendan Hunt and Cristo Fernández were among the thousands in the crowd enjoying Franzen’s renowned party atmosphere.

Daniel Rodriguez, Jessica Eye and Trevin Jones pose for a photo with management in front of JING Las Vegas (photo credit: JING Las Vegas)

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