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By Judy Thorburn This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Award-winning, worldwide internet phenomenon Xavier Mortimer celebrated the World Premiere of his new show, “The Dream Maker” at The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod inside the refreshed  STRAT Theater  on August 11, 2021, to unanimous acclaim.

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Xavier Mortimer and Allie Sparks Onstage Photo credit: Denise Truscello

The most-followed magician on the Las Vegas Strip, with more than five billion views online, 10 million followers and numerous appearances on TV shows such as America's Got Talent, Masters of Illusion and  Penn and Teller Fool Us, Mortimer is the first ever Cirque Du Soleil featured performer to have his own headlining show on the Strip, taking the Las Vegas magic scene by storm.

Mortimer’s celebration began with a VIP reception inside the 108 Observation Deck at The STRAT, showcasing spectacular views as well as cocktails, small bites and guests including “The Dream Maker” producer/director Alex Goude, female impersonator Frank Marino, SPI Entertainment’s Alex Schecter, Allie Sparks and fellow magician, David Goldrake, among others.

Entering his fifth year headlining in Las Vegas, Xavier’s “The Dream Maker,” produced and directed by one of France’s most acclaimed theater directors and television hosts, Alex Goude, delivers a dynamic and visual, family-friendly production that can be enjoyed by audiences from around the world. Mortimer has added his own touch to magic by creating a show with creative and original illusions, comedy and a poetic storyline. 

During the pandemic, Mortimer took to social media with his illusions while his live show was temporarily shut down so that he could continue to bring his magic to fans around the world.  Some of these videos broke records, one of them being the most viewed video worldwide on Facebook in June 2020 with more than 354 million views. In all, Mortimer received more than five billion views on social media as of May 2021, and more than 10 million followers in one year – a record for any magician in the world. With this new  visibility, Mortimer caught the eye of numerous celebrities, including multi-platinum selling singer, songwriter and recording artist Jason Derulo, who reached out to collaborate on mind-blowing videos that took TikTok and Instagram by storm, garnering nearly 75 million views.

“Xavier Mortimer – The Dream Maker”  will perform nightly, (Dark Tuesday), at 6 p.m. inside The STRAT Theater at The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod.    Tickets are on sale now ranging in price from $39 - $89  +  taxes and fees and can be purchased at The STRAT Box Office.

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

TWO DOUBLE PROGRESSIVE BINGO PLAYERS HIT THE JACKPOT to win a combined sum of $115,992 at  Arizona Charlie’s Decatur, located at 740 S. Decatur Blvd. and  Arizona Charlie’s Boulder, located at 4575 Boulder Hwy. on Sunday, July 31 and Tuesday, Aug. 3. One lucky local won $68,342 at Arizona Charlie’s Decatur on Sunday, July 31, while the other player, Henry, won $47,650 at Arizona Charlie’s Boulder on Tuesday, Aug. 3.

BINNIE TATE WILKIN, the official storyteller for THE NEON MUSEUM’S “MY LAS VEGAS” PROGRAM in 2020, has been awarded the 2021 REGIONAL EXCELLENCE ORACLE AWARD BY THE NATIONAL STORYTELLING NETWORK (NSN). The award recognizes the creativity, professional integrity, and artistic contributions of storytellers who have greatly enriched the storytelling culture of their region. The ORACLE Awards were founded in 1995 by NSN, and this year, only eleven recipients nationwide were recognized.The Neon Museum is located at 770 N. Las Vegas Blvd. in Las Vegas.

Downtown Las Vegas’ newest casino-resort – CIRCA RESORT & CASINO – has received the coveted  AAA FOUR DIAMOND RATING. Circa is currently the only location in Las Vegas’ historic downtown region with this prestigious designation. Hotels at this level are committed to providing every guest with a high degree of hospitality and attentive service in upscale surroundings, according to AAA. Four Diamond Rated properties typically offer an extensive array of amenities and guest services.

THE NEON MUSEUM, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying, and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic, arts and cultural enrichment, has achieved ACCREDITATION BY THE AMERICAN ALLIANCE OF MUSEUMS (AAM), the highest national recognition bestowed to museums in the United States.

Accreditation signifies excellence within the museum community and recognizes an institution’s commitment to good stewardship of resources as well as its pursuit of continual institutional growth and public accountability to its guests, community, governments, funders, and outside agencies.
Of the estimated 33,000 museums in the United States, fewer than 1,100 are currently accredited --about 3 percent of all museums. The Neon Museum is one of only six museums now accredited in Nevada.

The Neon Museum executive director Aaron Berger noted that accreditation also enables The Neon Museum to bring more exhibitions and significant works of art from other accredited institutions around the world to the museum, which typically welcomes more than 225,000 local, national and international visitors a year. “Accreditation also will bolster the Museum’s fundraising efforts as it plans for an expansion to the Reed Whipple Cultural Center,” he said.

The internationally acclaimed production,”WOW” - THE VEGAS SPECTACULAR”, made its dazzling return to the RIO SHOWROOM AT RIO ALL-SUITE HOTEL & CASINO in Las Vegas on Tuesday, August 10.  The production will feature many of its favorite performers, as well as all-new acts that will thrill audiences nightly. Tickets are on sale now.

THE COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGAS prides itself on its charitable giving efforts throughout the last decade, with a special dedication and focus on learning and student enrichment, food and hunger relief, diversity and inclusion, military and veteran support, first responders and accessible art. As the first resort to launch the EVERICARES GIVING MODULE two years ago, which provides guests the opportunity to donate a portion of their slot winnings to a list of select charitable organizations, the program has garnered upwards of $100,000 in TOTAL DONATIONS TO BENEFIT 32 CHARITIES.

National Nonprofit Day was Tuesday, Aug. 17,and the resort announced July as a record-breaking month in donations, with $8,226.76  donated to several local nonprofits including Hope For The City,  Clark County Public Education Foundation,  Parent Citywide African American Educational Focus Group,  U.S. VETS – Las Vegas,  Refuge for Women, Disabled American Veterans, Epicurean Charitable Foundation  and  The Just One Project.  One hundred percent of donations collected go directly to each respective charity, with the resort matching up to $10,000 each quarter. To date, The Cosmopolitan has made more than  $55,000 in matched donation payments. Charities interested in becoming a recipient of the resort’s Giving Module program can reach out to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for consideration.

For more than a decade, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has committed more than  $5.6 million in donations  to benefit  540+ charitable organizations.
As demand for assistance continues to rise,  HELP OF SOUTHERN NEVADA is launching its “EVERY $1 COUNTS” campaign,  Aug. 8 – Sept. 12. The second installment, “DOLLARS FOR DINING,” places a special focus on SHANNON WEST HOMELESS YOUTH CENTER and the at-risk youth that are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The month-long campaign emphasizes that any donation, no matter the size, allows HELP of Southern Nevada to further its mission and alleviate hunger by providing three nutritious meals and two snacks to over 100 youth  daily at the homeless youth center.Friends, family and co-workers alike are encouraged to make a donation of any stature through the dedicated online portal HERE. To commemorate participants’ generous contributions, a golden plate will be displayed in Shannon West Homeless Youth Center’s dining room. The plate can be personalized to include a quote, a family name or words of encouragement as residents continue to become self-sufficient.

MICHAEL JACKSON ONE by Cirque du Soleil, reopened its exclusive residency at MANDALAY BAY RESORT & CASINO on Aug. 19, 2021, after a 16-month intermission due to the global crisis. The internationally acclaimed production and virtual parade packed with countless ‘wow’ moments, was welcomed back by a sold-out audience and special guests including Jamie King, creative director and choreographer, and Daniel Lamarre, president and chief executive officer for Cirque du Soleil. Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil  will perform five nights Thursday through Monday at 7 p.m. and at 9:30 p.m. on select show days. Tickets are on sale now. Inspired by the King of Pop and featuring his acclaimed music, the show  returns to the  Michael Jackson ONE Theater in time to celebrate Michael’s August 29 birthday.

DISCOPUSSY, the new after-hours dance haven in Fremont East at 512 E. Fremont St., has announced a residency for house dj and producer,  VNSSA. The So Cal DJ kicks off her four-show series on Friday, Aug. 27. VNNSA has had a meteoric rise in the house and techno space, with regular performances at well-known venues all over the country. In addition to playing her own shows, she has performed with numerous acts such as Chris Lake, Claptone, Destructo, Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin and many more. VNSSA’s residency at DISCOPUSSY includes performances with special guests on 8/27, 10/31, 11/26 and 12/18.

THE EVENT LAWN AT VIRGIN HOTELS LAS VEGAS, part of Curio Collection by Hilton, seamlessly turns an open outdoor space into an exciting, one-of-a-kind entertainment venue. The Event Lawn calendar of events includes a diverse lineup of entertainment which kicks off with TRIBAL SEEDS on August 28 (Tickets start at $25)  and multiple performances over Labor Day Weekend including bluegrass guitarist BILLY STINGS on Friday, September 3 and Saturday, September 4 (Tickets start at $49.50). SQUEEZE brings ‘The Nomadband Tour’ to the Event Lawn on Monday, September 6 (Tickets start at $43.50)  and STEPHEN MARLEY makes a stop on October 28 (Tickets start at $26.50). Additional events to be announced soon.

Multi-talented musical comedian SARAH HESTER ROSS will perform a month-long limited engagement, “SARAH HESTER ROSS LIVE: MUSIC & COMEDY,” at NOTORIETY beginning Thursday, Sept. 2. The world-traveling entertainer will perform Thursdays  at 9 p.m. in a one-of-a-kind music and comedy show featuring original material that has garnered her millions of social media followers.“Sarah Hester Ross LIVE: Music & Comedy” performs at 9 p.m. Thursdays through September starting Thursday, Sept. 2. Tickets start at $35 (plus taxes and fees) and are now on sale.

RESORTS WORLD LAS VEGAS, the city’s most technologically advanced resort, continues to break the mold with unique and never-before-seen offerings with the addition of THREE IRRESISTIBLY CUTE ROBOTIC PUPPIES to welcome guests as they arrive to the new resort. In collaboration with aibo and built with Sony’s latest technology, Resorts World Las Vegas has brought three AI powered companions to the Conrad Las Vegas lobby. Housed in custom-built playpens, the cleverly named pups - Sinatra, Stardust and Elvis - are ready to greet guests at their new home.  Brought to life with a wide range of sensors and actuators, aibo’s adaptable behavior is made possible through deep learning AI technology. With lifelike expressions and a dynamic array of movements, the three lobby dogs are sure to bring fun and joy to all guests as they arrive to the luxury resort.

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aibo Dogs Photo credit: Resorts World Las Vegas

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aibo Dogs Photo credit: Resorts World Las Vegas

CHIPPENDALES has announced they will return to THE CHIPPENDALES THEATER INSIDE RIO ALL-SUITE HOTEL & CASINO on Labor Day Weekend. The men will take the stage and “take it off” beginning September 1. The summer may be coming to an end, but the temperature is just about rise! Chippendales  performs Wednesday through Sunday at 8:30 pm. (dark Monday and Tuesday). Special Labor Day 2021 performance schedule: Wednesday through Sunday at 8:30 pm with additional performances Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 pm. Tickets range from $49.95 to $149.95 + tax and fees (18+) Tickets go on sale Friday, August 20, at 10am PST.

DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS MAINSTREET STATION CASINO BREWERY AND HOTEL will reopen to  the public on Wednesday, Sept. 8 at 6 a.m
Set in the splendor  of the Victorian era – with dozens of rare antiques, award-winning  restaurants and  historical vintage items, including a slab of the Berlin Wall – Main Street  Station will once again be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“We are thrilled to  announce the reopening of Main Street Station, and to welcome back our  team  members and guests who have been eagerly awaiting our return,” said Steve  Thompson,  Boyd Gaming’s Executive Vice President of Operations. “We are  counting the days until Sept.  8, when Boyd Gaming’s complete trifecta of  Downtown Las Vegas properties – California,  Fremont and Main Street Station –  will once again be fully open and ready to welcome our  guests.”

Upon reopening,  Main Street Station will bring back guest-favorite amenities, including  gaming  entertainment on the nearly 27,000-square-foot casino floor, comfortable hotel  accommodations, dining at the property’s two restaurants and more than 2,500  square-feet of  Victorian-inspired meeting and event space. 

Beginning Sept. 8,  the hours of operation for Main Street Station’s restaurants will be as  follows:

TRIPLE 7 RESTAURANT AND MICROBREWERY  – one of  Downtown Las Vegas’ premier breweries and eateries – will be open Thursday  through Monday from 5 p.m. – 12 a.m.

GARDEN COURT, an all-you-can-eat experience,  will be open daily for brunch from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., and open for dinner on  Friday  and Saturday from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.

PT'S TAVERNS, with 64 locations across the Las Vegas Valley, will host FANTASY FOOTBALL DRAFT PARTIES complete with party boxes of food, plus specials on pitchers of beer and shots until the start of the regular season on Thursday, Sept. 9.

LEGENDS IN CONCERT has announced the Las Vegas premiere of DIRECT FROM LONDON with four  performances weekly starting September 9, 2021. The longest-running and most-awarded show in Las Vegas, Legends in Concert, will pay tribute to some of the biggest icons and luminaries in British music history (including ELTON JOHN, FREDDIE MERCURY, AND GEORGE MICHAEL) performing on one stage along with CELEBRITY GUEST HOST FRANK MARINO, the Strip’s longest running headliner, starring as comedic legend Joan Rivers, Legends in Concert’s special Direct from London production will return with performances at Tropicana Las Vegas Thursdays through Sundays at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and start at $59.99 (excluding tax and fees). VIP booths and preferred seating are also available, ranging from $84.99 to $104.99 (excluding tax and fees). Tickets can be purchased in person at the Tropicana Box Office.

LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL,  Las Vegas’ premier three-day music, art, culinary and comedy festival has announced its full comedy line up for  “THE KICKER” featuring comedian and best-selling author SARAH COOPER, the hit “Sibling Rivalry” podcast featuring BOB THE DRAG QUEEN AND MONÉT X CHANGE,  as well as performances from  ZIWE,  iconic star and executive producer of her self-titled Showtime variety series,  Emmy-nominated writer and comedian SAM JAY and “Crazy Rich Asians” actor NICO SANTOS. The laugh-packed lineup of top and upcoming standup comedians, dazzling drag queens, acclaimed podcast shows and more adds an additional layer to the festival’s already impressive collection of musical acts and experiences. Open to all festival goers, The Kicker stage is located at VENUE VEGAS and will feature stand-up, variety shows, and podcasts from the top actors and comedians in the industry. Fans can also catch a live episode of hit comedy podcasts, “STIFF SOCKS” WITH TREVOR WALLACE AND “THE BITCH BIBLE” WITH JACKIE SCHIMMEL. Each evening, Venue Vegas will transform into every millennial’s dream party with nostalgia-filled themed nights including 90'S, Y2K, AND EMO NIGHT DANCE PARTIES presented by the Emo Night Tour.

It was also announced that a special installment of MARKET IN THE VALLEY presented by FERGUSONS DOWNTOWN will return to this year’s LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL festival, Sept. 17-19.  Centered on community and celebrating Las Vegas’ talented creatives, Market in the Alley will showcase over 50 local small businesses, artists and curators. Located within the festival grounds on Fremont Street between 10th  and 11th, festival goers will have the opportunity to discover unique and thoughtful pieces ranging from handmade clothing, candles, art, one-of-kind jewelry, festival flare and more. Market in the Alley will be open Sept. 17-19 from 2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. each day.

BROOKLYN BOWL LAS VEGAS, in collaboration with  Life is Beautiful, has announced a specially curated lineup featuring exclusive performances leading up to and throughout the festival weekend. The concert series kicks off with breakout artist JACOB COLLIER (8 pm, Sept. 15), followed by singer - songwriter BRITANY HOWARD (8 pm, Sept. 16)  and closes out with late night shows starring the critically acclaimed SAN HOLO (late show 1 am, Sept. 17)  and hip-hop icon LUDACRIS (late show 1 am, Sept. 18). Tickets for each show are now sale.

SKYE CANYON will celebrate art, autumn and family fun with its fifth annual juried chalk art competition, CHALK & CHEERS, a fall festival, raffle, and art fair featuring a “CHEERS FOR CHARITY” beer tasting, set for Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, at Skye Canyon Park (10111 W. Skye Canyon Park Dr.) from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Chalk and Cheers 2021 benefits SKYE SERVES; the community’s ongoing charitable outreach program, through the sale of raffle tickets and with the first-ever, “Cheers for Charity” beer tasting presented by Local 808. Tickets for “Cheers for Charity” will be sold for $10 ahead of time online or $15 upon entrance to the event inside Skye Canyon Park.

Free to attend and open to the public, Chalk & Cheers promises to be a fun-filled day outside where families can not only enjoy art, but also several all-ages activities including an Upside-Down Room photo activation, rock wall, bungee jump, sports and games inflatables, digital caricature artists, a 20-ft. interactive coloring wall, raffle and a craft tent where kids can flex their creative muscles with a canvas painting activity.  Chalk & Cheers will also feature an arts and craft fair with more than 30 local artisans and vendors showcasing and selling their creative offerings.  This year’s chalk art contest theme is “The Skye’s The Limit.”  Artists of all skill levels can still register to participate by visiting  https://skyecanyon.com/call-to-artists/

AMERICA'S GOT TALENT LAS VEGAS LIVE, the star-studded spectacle from the world’s most successful TV franchise has revealed its opening lineup for the brand-new, high-energy, variety-style, spectacular production premiering Nov. 4 at LUXOR HOTEL AND CASINO. America’s Got Talent Las Vegas  LIVE will feature an extraordinary ensemble of winners, finalists, runner ups, AGT fan favorites and golden buzzer acts.

Serving as resident host is season 12 finalist and  America’s Got Talent: The Champions  competitor, stand-up comedian  Preacher Lawson,  who will guide audiences through the jaw-dropping performances in this first-of-its-kind ongoing stage show based on a major television brand.  Season 15 winner  Brandon Leake  will make a special five-week appearance during the show’s opening window, sharing his unique and moving spoken word talent with audiences. The talent never lets up as Leake joins:

KODI LEE, the season 14 winner who captured the hearts of America and the rest of the world with his sensational voice and emotional golden buzzer moment

DEADLY GAMES, the world-renowned knife-throwing duo and semi-finalists that earned a Golden Buzzer and mesmerized viewers throughout season 11 and again on  America’s Got Talent: The Champions  with a combination of danger, artistry and flexibility

DUO TRANSCEND,  season 13 performance artists specializing in viral, death-defying circus skills including aerial trapeze, diving and roller skating

THE CLAIRVOYANTS, the world-famous mentalism duo and season 11 finalists

THE SILHOUETTES,  the astounding shadow performance group that finished as first runner-up in  season 6 and was a Golden-buzzer act from  America’s Got Talent: The Champions in 2020

LIGHT BALANCE,  a high-tech neon and LED dance group that was a Golden Buzzer recipient and finalist in season 12

The UPCOMING SEASON 16 WINNER of  America’s Got Talent

America’s Got Talent Las Vegas  LIVE will perform  Wednesday – Sunday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.  inside  Luxor Theater. Tickets starting at  $49, plus tax and applicable fees, are on sale now.

ARIZONA CHARLIE’S WILL DONATE ITS RECOGNIZABLE, ORIGINAL CASINO SIGNAGE from its Decatur location to THE NEON MUSEUM LAS VEGAS this summer. Arizona Charlie’s original brightly lit, colorful signage, featuring the iconic figure, Charlie, measures 17 feet long and 8 feet tall. The sign, which stood in place since 1988 at 740 S. Decatur Blvd., will be displayed at the Neon Museum in the future. Located in downtown Las Vegas, The Neon Museum is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying, and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic, artistic, and cultural enrichment. An upgraded, contemporary Arizona Charlie’s sign with a new logo has been installed at its Decatur location.

Vegas City Opera brings artistic vocal excellence to the youth of the Vegas valley with the creation of the VEGAS CITY CHILDREN'S CHORUS. Maestro Dennis Doubin of LA Opera and San Francisco Opera leads the inaugural year of the Vegas City Children’s Chorus in a passionate commitment to distinctive training in the choral arts. “Vocal training, professional discipline, and self-confidence will be the focus as we cultivate young singers to use the power of the voice to enrich their communities through the gift of music,”  stated Mo. Doubin.  

Weekly rehearsals are Tuesday evenings, September 20th - December 14th, 6:00 - 7:30 pm. Inclusion in the children's chorus of Vegas City Opera’s upcoming La BoDEAD, with performances Nov. 12 - 21 as well as a final concert on December 18th all held at CHARLESTON HEIGHTS ARTS CENTER included in the program. 

Registration is $250 for the 12 week program.    Scholarships available through the generous support of Jeri Crawford. The chorus is open to all levels, ages 8 – 18 years of age.To register or for more information:  VegasCityOpera.org  or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

LADY GAGA announced she will return to PARK MGM in Las Vegas  October 2021. Lady Gaga will take the Park Theater stage for nine performances of her critically acclaimed LADY GAGA JAZZ & PIANO show. The shows will celebrate her forthcoming collaborative album with Tony Bennett,  Love For Sale, which will be released  on October 1 via Interscope. Scheduled dates for Lady Gaga's performances at the Park Theater are Thursday, Oct. 14; Saturday, Oct. 16; Sunday, Oct. 17; Thursday, Oct. 21; Saturday, Oct. 23; Sunday, Oct. 24; Thursday, Oct. 28; Saturday, Oct. 30; Sunday, Oct. 31.Tickets starting at $90 (not including applicable service charges or fees) go on sale  Saturday, Aug. 28 at 10 a.m. PT. A limited number of on-stage seating also will be available.

GILBERT GOTTFRIED'S “DIRTY COMEDY FESTIVAL” will come to The Comedy Works at the  Plaza Hotel & Casino  on  Friday, Oct. 15 and Saturday, Oct. 16  at 9 p.m.inside the Plaza’s vintage Vegas showroom featuring red velvet booth seating, an updated sound system, full bars, and table cocktail service. Gilbert Gottfried’s “Dirty Comedy Festival” is a showcase of Gilbert’s dirtiest comedy along with three of the most talented “blue” comics in the business. This show is not for the easily offended!

In addition to Gilbert Gottfried, the show will feature:

BOBBY SLAYTON – the “Pitbull” of Comedy, who is listed as one of Comedy Central’s top 100 stand-up comedians of all time;
THEA VIDALE – star of the ABC sitcom “Thea,” featured on Last Comic Standing, and co-host of the AVN (Adult Video News) awards
PATTY ROSBOROUGH – “Ladies of Laughter” winner and featured on Comedy Central, A&E, Showtime and VH1

Show tickets can be purchased online, including VIP tickets for $45 that offers seating in the first two rows and general admission tickets for $30. Must be 21 years of age to attend.

The boundary-breaking hologram concert spectacle, AN EVENING WITH WHITNEY: THE WHITNEY HOUSTON HOLOGRAM CONCERT,  featuring the voice of one of the world’s greatest entertainers virtually performing among a live band, backup singers and dancers while being surrounded by cinematic special effects, will make its North American debut with an extended residency at HARRAH'S LAS VEGAS starting  Oct. 26, 2021.    Tickets ranging from $49 to $89 plus applicable tax and fees.

A longtime Las Vegas icon for live music and craft cocktails, THE SAND DOLLAR LOUNGE will open a second location inside the PLAZA HOTEL & CASINO this fall, bringing to downtown Las Vegas a venue dedicated to late-night live music and entertainment. THE SAND DOLLAR DOWNTOWN will be in a nearly 5,000 sq. ft. space adjacent to the Plaza’s casino floor. It plans to offer its full menu of craft cocktails with pizzas made by Pop Up Pizza at the Plaza. Live music, both local acts and other headliners, will take the stage in the evenings on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. “Sand Dollar Downtown will be focused on recreating the classic age of electric blues and Rock ‘n Roll in the Downtown corridor,” said co-owner Nathan Grates.


The second oldest souvenir shop in Las Vegas,  MR. BOXER INC., closed its retail location located in the Las Vegas McCarran International Airport, Gate C-24, on August 13th. Est. in 1992, Mr. Boxer has proudly sent tourists and locals home with their favorite souvenirs, novelty boxers, men's and women's loungewear and apparel for over 25 years. Owned and operated by UNLV alumnus James Rathner, Mr. Boxer is a local business through and through. What started as a kiosk in the esplanade area of McCarran grew into a 900 sq. ft. inline location at Gate C-24. Mr. Boxer will forever be thankful to all of its wonderful employees and loyal customers over the years.

Celebrity sightings:

Saturday, August 14...

Celebs and pro athletes including DIDDY, THE NFL’S MARSHAWN LYNCH, RAE SREMMURD, AND A MASSIVE GROUP OF THE NBA’S BEST INCLUDING JAMES HARDEN, GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO, JAREN JACKSON JR. and more came out to DRAI’S BEACHCLUB • NIGHTCLUB  to celebrate superstar  Rick Ross’ new Las Vegas residency. Ross performed hit after hit, including songs like “Aston Martin Music,” “Hustlin’” and “9 Piece” with the celeb-packed audience joining him on stage and off during Ross’ second sold-out Drai’s LIVE performance. 

Sunday night, August 15...

LIL JON AND DJ RUCKUS were on hand as Drai’s resident DJ and producer,  DJ FRANZEN closed out the weekend with his epic SunDrais experience. Drai’s was an NBA hotspot with star players including JAREN JACKSON JR., JAMES HARDEN, GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO, DILLON BROOKS, JA MORANT, LONZO BALL, BOL BOL, BUDDY HIELD, NORMAN POWELL, MARCUS MORRIS, MARKIEFF MORRIS, WILLIAM BARTON, JOHN WALL, MOHAMED BAMBA, JAHLIL OKAFOR AND JAYLEN NOWELL spotted parting throughout the weekend.

Friday night, Aug. 20...

BOYZ II MEN’S MEMBER SHAWN STOCKMAN  made a special appearance at The After Party’s  concert at  The Summit Showroom inside The Venetian Resort Las Vegas. Stockman joined the iconic super group, made up of Boyz II Men bandmate WANYA MORRIS, BACKSTREET BOYS’ AJ MCLEAN AND NICK CARTER AND *NSYNC’S JOEY FATONE, to perform a medley of iconic boyband hits.

Photo credit: Pat Gray/Kabik Photo Group

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