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Fantasy Celebrates 23rd Anniversary and 2023 Calendar Release at Luxor

The beautiful and talented ladies of FANTASY, the award-winning topless female revue at Luxor Hotel and Casino, celebrated 23 years of success on the Las Vegas Strip with a VIP party at Public House inside the iconic Las Vegas property, followed by a performance of the show. As part of the night’s festivities, the highly-anticipated annual calendar was released, titled “2023: FANTASY Has Legs,” paying tribute to the stunning cast as well as the longevity of the production which has remained popular since its beginnings under producer, director and Emmy award-winning choreographer Anita Mann.
10. Cast of FANTASY during Opening Number credit Bryan Steffy
Cast of FANTASY during Opening Number - Photo Credit: Bryan Steffy
To commemorate the milestone, FANTASY’s stunning showgirls posed for photographs on the red carpet with the new calendar.  They were joined on the carpet by one of the show’s guest performers, Murray SawChuck, headliner of “Murray the Magician” at Tropicana Las Vegas. Also joining the award-winning cast on the carpet were Nigel Lythgoe, choreographer, Emmy award-winning producer and co-founder of American Dance Movement; Glorya Kaufman, philanthropist and founder of the USC  Kaufman School of Dance and the Glorya Kaufman Performing Arts Center at Vista Del Mar in Los Angeles; Oscar Picazo, renowned photographer behind the 2023 “FANTASY Has Legs” calendar; Ricardo Laguna, BMX rider and television personality; John Stotts, member of the “AGT: Extreme” winning Cage Riders; Michael Clift, Rick Powell, Tony Richards and Alex Fetzko, members of the Australian Bee Gees, the Bee Gees tribute show at Excalibur Hotel & Casino; and Vin Adinolfi, founder of the Bronx Wanderers.
5. Cast of FANTASY with Calendar Photographer Oscar Picazo credit Bryan Steffy
Cast of FANTASY with Calendar Photographer Oscar Picazo - Photo Credit: Bryan Steffy
Prior to the curtain being raised, Chuck Bowling, President & COO of Mandalay Bay and Luxor, took to the stage where he welcomed the audience and congratulated Mann along with the entire team at FANTASY on 23 incredible years. Bowling was joined by Mann, who expressed her deep gratitude for the cast, crew and fans of FANTASY. The Nevada Donor Network Foundation was announced as the recipient of an annual donation from sales of the new “2023: FANTASY Has Legs” calendar. Steven Peralta, foundation president, and Joe Ferreira, president and CEO, as well as Rick Harrison, owner of the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop and star of “Pawn Stars” on the History Channel; comedian Sam “Tape Face” Willis and MGM Resorts International executives were in attendance for the evening’s celebrations.
During the sizzling anniversary show, Lorena Peril, headliner of the award-winning revue, captivated the audience with her vivacious personality and powerful vocals alongside the cast of talented dancers, while SawChuck had the audience in awe with his mesmerizing magic. The production also introduced several new numbers into the show, each sung by Peril, including the new opening number “Let’s Get Loud/Already All Ready” and “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!,” both choreographed by Yesi Burgess, dancer and in-house choreographer for FANTASY, as well as “Leave Your Hat On” and the rousing new finale number, “Show Me How You Burlesque,” choreographed by superstar dancer and choreographer Sienna Lyons. The anniversary celebration also revealed two other new numbers, “Buttons,” performed by Mariah Rivera, dancer and co-producer for FANTASY, and “Good Girls,” sung by Skyla Jade, Stevie Heptig and Ashton Bray, three of the show’s striking dancers, complete with feathered fans; both numbers also choreographed by Lyons.
15. Lorena Peril during 23rd Anniversary credit Bryan Steffy
Lorena Peril during 23rd Anniversary - Photo Credit: Bryan Steffy
18. Morgan Jane during Skin Silk Routine - Photo Credit: Bryan Steffy
Morgan Jane during Skin Silk Routine - Photo Credit: Bryan Steffy
19. Murray SawChuck Magic Act credit Bryan Steffy
Murray SawChuck Magic Act - Photo Credit: Bryan Steffy
The “FANTASY Has Legs” calendar is now available for purchase on the revue’s website.  Show times are nightly at 10:30 p.m. inside the Atrium Showroom, with an additional 8 p.m. show on Sundays. All guests attending the show must be at least 18 years of age or older with valid ID.

Bat Out of Hell – The Musical Opens at Paris Las Vegas

Bat Out of Hell – The Musical, the critically acclaimed new musical set to Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf’s greatest hits and best-selling albums, celebrated its highly anticipated official opening in its brand-new, immersive theatre at Paris Las Vegas on Oct. 7. The sold-out audience was filled with VIPs including select members of the media (including yours truly), rock fans, and musical theatre enthusiasts alike who were treated to an electrifying performance of back-to-back hit numbers, punctuated by high-octane special effects, pyrotechnics and a colossal set.
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Travis Cormier, in the starring role of Strat, the immortal leader of The Lost - Photo courtesy of Paris Las Vegas.
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Las Vegas entertainer Alize Cruz as Raven, the daughter and heiress to the Falco fortune - Photo courtesy of Paris Las Vegas.
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Entertainment veteran Travis Cloer, as  Falco, and Anne Martinez, as Sloane - Photo courtesy of Paris Las Vegas.
The award-winning production is a Rocky-Horror, Romeo-and-Juliet celebration of star-crossed lovers from opposite sides of the tracks,  and features a 25-member ensemble of internationally recognized talent, backed by an eight-person live band.
For the stage musical, the legendary and award-winning Mr. Steinman has incorporated iconic songs from the Bat Out Of Hell albums, including “You Took The Words Right Out of My Mouth,” “Bat Out Of Hell,” “I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That),” and “Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad,” as well as two previously unreleased songs “What Part of My Body Hurts the Most” and “Not Allowed to Love.”
The powerhouse cast that brings this epic tale of rebellious youth and romance to life includes: Travis Cormier, in the starring role of Strat, the immortal leader of The Lost, who first received mainstream recognition for his viral audition of “Dream On” on the Canadian version of “The Voice”;  local Las Vegas entertainer Alize Cruz as Raven, the daughter and heiress to the Falco fortune; Entertainment veteran Travis Cloer, known as the longest running actor to play Frankie Valli in the Tony and Grammy Award-winning Broadway production of “Jersey Boys”, as  Falco, the tyrannical ruler and Raven's father;  Anne Martinez, seen on stages across the Las Vegas Strip for her veteran roles in “Jubilee!,” “Showstoppers,” “Fantasy,” “Zombie Burlesque,” “50 Shades the Musical” and much more, as Sloane, wife of Falco and Raven's mother.
Before curtain call, the cast of Bat Out of Hell – The Musical arrived to its new, permanent home on the Las Vegas Strip on custom motorcycles to pose for photos and greet fans. The special welcome moment marked the musical production’s official arrival to Paris Las Vegas.
After the 85-minute production and standing ovation, the cast, crew, producers, creative team and invited guests enjoyed a Bat Out of Hell-themed after party fit for a rockstar at Pool á París, nestled under the hotel’s Eiffel Tower.
Bat Out of Hell – The Musical performs Tuesday – Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., and Sunday at 7 p.m. with tickets starting at $49 plus tax and applicable fees. A special VIP upgrade will be available upon checkout for those looking to elevate their entertainment experience.

SAHARA Las Vegas Celebrates 70th Anniversary

SAHARA Las Vegas’ celebrated its 70th Anniversary on Friday, Oct. 7.  The event included a brief discussion by Dr. Michael Greenof the University of Nevada, Las Vegas about SAHARA’s origins on Oct. 7, 1952, and vibrant, seven-decade-long history as well as remarks by SAHARA Las Vegas President Paul Hobson.
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Sahara Las Vegas 70th Anniversary Celebration - Photo courtesy of Sahara Las Vegas
The celebration concluded with a 70th anniversary cake presentation and champagne toast inside SAHARA’s AZILO Ultra Lounge before guests attended the Epicurean Charitable Foundation’s (ECF) MENUS fundraiser at SAHARA’s AZILO Ultra Pool. At that event, Alexis Meruelo, chief vision and purpose officer for Meruelo Gaming, SAHARA’s parent company, made a surprise $15,000 donation to the ECF, which provides scholarships for students to attend the University of Nevada Las Vegas’ hospitality school.
SAHARA Las Vegas’ anniversary celebration also marked the official debut of “70 Years of Extraordinary Images: SAHARA’s History in Photographs,” an exhibition spanning the resort’s history and noteworthy milestones from 1952 to the present day. The collection of iconic images sourced from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) Archive includes vintage images of dazzling entertainers and global superstars, including Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra, among many other notable guests at SAHARA.
Over its 70-year history, the world-renowned resort and casino has also hosted other prominent entertainers, celebrities and world leaders, including The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Elizabeth Taylor, Eleanor Roosevelt, Johnny Carson, Judy Garland, Liberace, Clint Eastwood, Cher, Nancy Wilson, Bon Jovi and more. The property’s interior and exterior were also featured in 1960’s “Ocean’s Eleven.”
Since developer Milton Prell opened the property on Oct. 7, 1952, SAHARA has undergone several expansions and transformations. The property’s first expansion to add additional hotel rooms took place in 1954 and, in the years following, SAHARA has continued to add new facets to the hotel. Two new hotel towers were built in 1960 and 1963, and a third tower was added in 1988.
In 2011, the property underwent a redevelopment as SLS Las Vegas before reopening in 2014. In 2017, Alex Meruelo and his company, Meruelo Gaming, announced the purchase of the SLS Las Vegas and its rebranding to SAHARA Las Vegas.
Since its grand reopening in 2019, SAHARA Las Vegas has been completely reimagined thanks to a $200 million renovation which incorporates extraordinarily elegant design elements conceived by Nancy Paolino of Las Vegas-based Innovativo Design.  The all-new SAHARA includes several eateries, including Noodle Den and Chickie’s & Pete’s, as well as the AZILO Ultra Pool and Ultra Lounge, a purpose-built theater for the popular MAGIC MIKE LIVE production, a spectacular porte-cochere fronting the Las Vegas Strip and James Beard Award-winning Chef Shawn McClain’s Balla Italian Soul.

Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens Unveils Fall Masterpiece with “Artfully Autumn” Display

Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens  has unveiled its latest seasonal display called  'Artfully Autumn” that welcomes guests as they embark on a feast for the senses with dramatic sculptural pieces and an abundance of fall floral, foliage and pumpkins, all while being captivated by a new custom fragrance.
Open through November 12, this season’s masterpiece was envisioned by designer Ed Libby and Bellagio’s Horticulture team. The experience pays homage to modern architecture and artists such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Christo and Jeanne-Claude and Louis Comfort Tiffany, incorporating reverence to their designs in unexpected and imaginative ways.
Throughout the Conservatory journey, guests will enjoy botanical works of art nestled within a palette of rich golden hues and crisp oranges and reds as a new festive fall “cornucopia” scent fills the air with the aroma of cranberry and orange mixed with rich cinnamon, setting the mood for the season.
Upon entering the Conservatory, guests are welcomed by a spectacular waterfall sculpture towering above the West Bed. The sculpture is a reinterpreted homage to the famed Rain Vortex at Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore, the world’s tallest indoor waterfall.  To create the infinity waterfall basin, Bellagio engineers removed a portion of the Conservatory subfloor below, a first in the resort’s 24-year history.
In the North Bed, guests will encounter a series of gilded archways complemented by metallic copper-hued bonsai trees accented with colorful floral bases. Each tree, which is said to bring harmony and good luck, creates a couture approach to the ancient meditative practice of shaping nature into living works of art. State-of-the-art lighting accentuates the bonsai sculptures and gilded components, providing a warm glow for all who visit. Nearby LED screens bring the autumnal display to life with artfully interpreted scenes of falling leaves, cascading waterfalls and other moving botanical elements.
Autumn Conservatory 2022 North Bed
Autumn Conservatory 2022 North Bed
Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1935 architectural masterpiece, Fallingwater, the reimagined design is the centerpiece of the South Bed and embraces the harmonious fusion of art and nature through architecture. To the right of the sculpture are two giant acorn topiaries, created with 32,000 orange carnations, representing the cycle and vitality of life. Flying high above the display are five flickering dragonflies, a symbol of wisdom, transformation and adaptability with wings inspired by glass work from Louis Comfort Tiffany.
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Autumn Conservatory 2022 Fairy
The East Bed is inspired by artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s 2005 New York City popular orange fabric art installation, The Gates. Four 20-foot-tall, gilded archways adorned with vibrant multicolored flowers are shaded above by a giant oak tree branch with flickering acorns and giant hand-made orange leaves. Within each arch, a sheer descent of water creates a window for an artistic view of the Conservatory
Autumn Conservatory 2022 East Bed
Autumn Conservatory 2022 East Bed
“’Artfully Autumn’ is an artistic representation of fall, inspired by art and architecture that reimagines seasonal designs in elegant and creative ways,” said Libby. “It’s been my dream to create a display that is not only visually appealing, but also speaks to works of art that touch the soul. This display achieves all this and more.”
Admission toThe Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is FREE and open to the public, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE) Reunites Baking Industry in Las Vegas

The International Baking Industry Exposition, which took place in Las Vegas, Nevada from September 17 through September 21, welcomed the industry after a three-year hiatus from events. Close to 20,000 professionals registered for the expo, ready to take their baking businesses to the next level after pandemic-induced challenges filled much of the gap in the show’s three-year cycle. Over the four-day expo, attendees flooded the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center, looking for the latest equipment, ingredient and supply solutions from more than 800 industry suppliers. While exhibitor personnel and non-exhibiting supplier guests fell just shy of pre-pandemic numbers, baker attendee participation was an astounding 25% ahead, further cementing the perception from exhibitors that high-quality bakers—with intent to buy—were walking the show floor.
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A common theme expressed by exhibitors was the number of international buyers who attended the Las Vegas event. Many exhibitors stated that this was the best IBIE in history for connecting with buyers from outside the United States—buyers that many exhibitors would not have been able to reach on their own. Despite COVID-related travel challenges, the number of international bakers increased 34% over 2019, hailing from more than 105 countries and making up more than 27% percent of baker attendance, with the largest participation from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, and El Salvador—and a record-setting delegation from Mexico.
“IBIE 2022 has exceeded all expectations,” said Dennis Gunnel, IBIE chairman. “The Baking Expo has a long history of championing innovation aimed at the changing needs of our bakers—from the advancements on the show floor and IBIEducate presentations to the high-quality buyers walking the aisles. During a time when trade events are getting a fraction of their pre-pandemic participation, our industry showed up.”
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Photo courtesy of The International Baking Industry Exposition
IBIE Highlights Included:
More than 100 education sessions, including a full day of education on Saturday, Sept. 17. 
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Demonstrations from Master Bakers, celebrity chefs and influencers in the RBA Bakers Center, including Buddy Valastro, Paulina Abascal, Coinneach MacLeod (The Hebridean Baker), Lauren V. Haas, Jenna Hutchinson & Ashley Kosowan (Jenna Rae Cakes), Keegan Gerard and Sébastien Canonne. Many demos were standing room only.
Two new pavilions, one focused on sanitation the other on cannabis as an ingredient. Demos in Cannabis Central were live-streamed to audiences outside the convention center.
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A live musical performance from Duff Goldman and his chef-led rock band, Foie Grock.
Popular returning features included: The Artisan Marketplace, Great American Pie Festival, Pizza Information Center, and an expanded Innovation Showcase.
IBIE, together with Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery magazine, recognized more than 70 industry suppliers and bakeries that have made particularly notable achievements in sustainability, sanitation, workforce development, and innovation.
BIE will return to Las Vegas September 13-17, 2025.

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

We are deeply saddened to learn that FRANCO DRAGONE, passed away on Friday, September 30 at the age of 69. It was reported that he died of a heart attack while in Cairo, Egypt. He was responsible for some of Cirque Du Soleil's most successful productions including Nouvelle Expérience, Alegría, Mystère, “O,” and La Nouba. Our condolences go out to his friends, family, and the entire Dragone organization. Franco was an industry icon, contributing to the success of Cirque du Soleil. His passing is a loss not only for his family, but for the entire industry. Out of respect, the September 30 performances of Mystère and “O” in Las Vegas was dedicated to his life’s work.
On October 7, DURANGO CASINO & RESORT hosted a ceremony as construction workers topped off the 15-story, 216-foot tower with the final beam, symbolic tree, and concrete pour of the hotel. Leaders from Station Casinos and William A. Richardson Builders together with Clark County Commissioner Justin Jones, and several hundred construction workers were on-site to sign the final beam and celebrate this milestone. The symbolism of a “topping tree” marks the completion of the skeleton of a building structure reaching its final height.
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Scott Kreeger President of Station Casinos and County Commissioner Justin Jones
Scott Kreeger President of Station Casinos and County Commissioner Justin Jones - Photo courtesy of Durango Casino & Resort
Durango Casino & Resort is slated to open late 2023. The new hotel and casino will feature 15 floors with over 200 hotel rooms, convention, and meeting spaces, a resort pool with cabanas, outdoor social areas, and free parking.
The $750 million Durango Casino & Resort is the next generation Station Casinos Resort Hotel as the company continues to set out its long-term strategic vision in the Las Vegas gaming market.
On September 27, leaders from STATION CASINOS provided THREE SQUARE FOOD BANK with a $100,000 CHECK to close out SEPTEMBER’S HUNGER ACTION MONTH. The check presentation concludes a series of team member led volunteer events throughout the month. Station Casinos’ donation to Three Square is earmarked for the organization’s “BACKPACK FOR KIDS” PROGRAM, which ensures low-income students receive healthy food during the weekend or long breaks from school.  The event took place while team members volunteered filling the “backpacks for kids” and it culminated with a check presentation from Station Casinos Chief Operating Officer Bob Finch that was accepted by Kate Hibbard Gaines, Director of Development with Three Square Food Bank.
Bob Finch and Kate Hibbard Gaines at Three Square
Bob Finch and Kate Hibbard Gaines at Three Square
NEVADA BLIND CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION  hosted its first-ever goalball game on Saturday, Sept. 24. A dozen students and their families participated in the game which is known as the most popular sport for people with visual impairments. Raquel O’Neill from Blind Connect, who has competed in the sport on regional and national levels and was invited to join the Paralympics, helped coach them on how to play the game.   Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation is proud to offer goalball as a new sport for our students to be able to experience the same sense of accomplishment and fun that their sighted peers experience when playing traditional sports,” said Maribel Garcia, Interim Executive Director of Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation. “After playing their first games this weekend, our students are very excited and envisioning what the future can hold for them in the world of sports. They are already talking about forming a team to compete on a regional level.”
Following hundreds of submissions, weeks of voting, and judging from a panel of world-renowned artists, the PARK WEST FINE ART MUSEUM & GALLERY has announced surrealist artist CHRIS ELLIMAN as the winner of its second annual Made in Vegas art competition. Elliman, who was selected from nearly 500 artists who entered, will receive a contract offer from Park West Gallery, the world’s largest art dealer, as well as a three-month exhibition of his artwork, where his paintings will hang alongside masterpieces by Picasso, Rembrandt, Renoir, and other art legends at Park West’s Las Vegas location. Elliman’s work is currently on display at Park West Gallery in the Forum Shops inside Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel and Casino on the famed Las Vegas Strip.
As a local woman owned "Amalfi Coast"-style restaurant, DOLCE & CHIANTI, located at 4275 South Durango Drive, has dedicated the month of October to show appreciation for their local patrons by providing 20% OFF Dinner & Brunch (excluding alcohol), 10% OFF private events and a $10 gift card for every next visit through October 31st. A new season brings new entertainment and Dolce & Chianti is kicking this fall off with new bi-weekly entertainment on Wednesday & Thursday nights. These sets will include "Durango Vibes Wednesdays" Spanish guitar night debuting October 5th & 19th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and "Open Mic Thursdays" karaoke night on October 6th & 20th from 8 p.m to 10 p.m.
FLYOVER in Las Vegas, the Strip’s premier flight ride attraction, is celebrating its first anniversary with the launch of its newest flight ride experience, WiNDBORNE: CALL OF THE CANADIAN ROCKIES. Featuring incredible footage captured in remote areas of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, the film spotlights areas unreachable to most, providing a rare glimpse into the most isolated and untouched areas of the mountain range. Las Vegas visitors will explore Canada’s snow-capped peaks, turquoise lakes, picturesque valleys and dramatic vistas as they travel over Banff, Jasper and Yoho National Parks amongst other spectacular locales.  Tickets to this immersive adventure are now on sale. To kick off the launch and celebrate FlyOver’s first anniversary in Las Vegas, Nevada residents can receive 50 percent off ticket prices and a free photograph with a valid state ID through November 20.
Legendary rockers TESLA are returning to Las Vegas for a special five-night residency inside HOUSE OF BLUES LAS VEGAS AT MANDALAY BAY RESORT AND CASINO beginning on Friday, March 17, 2023.  Show starts 8:30 p.m; Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Additional Performance dates are  Saturday, March 18, 2023; Wednesday, March 22, 2023; Friday, March 24, 2023; Saturday, March 25, 2023.  Tickets start at $59.50 plus applicable fees and are on sale now.
HELP OF SOUTHERN NEVADA, a non-profit dedicated to assisting the local underserved community for more than 50 years, is thrilled to announce the return of the NIGHT OF THE WITCHES hosted by Mystic Mona ®. The sixth annual event will be held from 6 – 8:30 p.m. on Thurs. Oct. 27 at Grape Street Café in Downtown Summerlin. Admission for the event is $40 and includes a Witches Brew specialty beverage, a raffle ticket, a word search puzzle, happy hour pricing and entry into the costume contest. A swag bag will be gifted to the first 100 guests. Local tastemakers Aimee Thomas and Shawn Tempesta, hosts of Aimee + Shawn on 102.7 VGS, will make a special appearance as the judges of the annual Night of the Witches costume contest. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed up in their best witch and warlock costumes for their chance to win the titles of ‘Most Famous Witch,’ ‘Best Wizard/Warlock,’ ‘Scary Witch,’ ‘Best Overall Costume’ and ‘Best Hat.’
“THE COCKTAIL CABARET” returns to the stage to present two showcase performances at WESTGATE LAS VEGAS RESORT & CASINO IN THE CONCIERGE LOUNGE on Nevada Day, Oct. 28, and Oct. 29. “The Cocktail Cabaret” features musical virtuosity and humor brought to life by a small cast of power-house musical performers. Original cast members NIKI SCALERA (“Hairspray,” “Tarzan,” “Footloose”) and MAREN WADE (“America’s Got Talent,” “Confessions of a Showgirl,” “Pin Up,” “50 Shades! The Parody”) will welcome sensational baritone-tenor DOUG CARPENTER (“Baz,” “Dirty Dancing, “Beautiful, the Carol King Musical”) and veteran singer ARIAS as emcee. The fantastic four-piece band is led by co-producer and renowned pianist DR. PHILIP FORTENBERRY (“Behind the Candelabra”), drummer DON MEOLI (“Jersey Boys”), bassist JOSH JONES (“Million Dollar Quartet”) and saxophonist John Summers (“Lady Gaga”). Doors open for cocktails at 5 p.m. and show time is 6 p.m. Tickets are $40 general admission and $60 VIP includes two cocktails.
CABO WABO CANTINA, located inside the MIRACLE MILE SHOPS AT PLANET HOLLYWOOD RESORT & CASINO, will honor BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH BY DONATING $1 From each Vojito cocktail sold from Saturday, Oct. 1, through Monday, Oct. 31. to SUSAN G. KOMEN NEVADA.  The nonprofit organization is dedicated to saving lives by meeting the needs of the community and investing in research that can cure and prevent breast cancer.
FEAR FACTORY LAS VEGAS, an all-new interactive experience celebrating all things monsters, macabre, and more, opened October 1 at 350 S. Rampart Blvd., Suite 160 inside TIVOLI VILLAGE. Spanning more than 10,000 sq. ft., Fear Factory Las Vegas houses not one, not two, but four different attractions, all under one roof.  Museum of Monsters is back with an expanded footprint full of life-sized creatures and monsters from the most popular cinematic nightmares throughout haunt history.  Zombie Axe Kingdom is where the zombies have taken over Axe Kingdom and made it their own axe throwing medieval mayhem dungeon. Zombie Escape is a haunted maze filled with scary surprises and live actors. Enter if you dare! Stride Esports is a space set up where gamers can enjoy playing the most popular titles and competing with others. Guests ages 8 to 18 can get a FREE Haunt Pass Gold Voucher if they sign up for a Stride Education account on site. The Haunt Pass Gold Voucher includes admission to Zombie Escape, Museum of Monsters, and the Stride Esports Experience (a $45 value). Hours of operation: Thursday-Friday: 5 – 11 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday: Noon – 11 p.m.Open expanded hours for Halloween starting October 24 through October 31. Tickets for ages 18 and up can be purchased on-site. Fear Factory Las Vegas is recommended for ages 8 and up.
DRAI'S AFTER HOURS may be celebrating its 25 year anniversary in October, but the club has no intention of slowing down as it relaunches it’s infamous “IMAGINE” PARTIES”,  which will take place on the first Thursday of every month beginning Thursday, Oct. 6 through Thursday, March 2, 2023. The monthly “Imagine” parties, previously hosted on the first Wednesday of each month, invite guests to dress with the theme of the night and enjoy today’s hottest hits. Drai’s Beachclub • Nightclub is located 11 stories high on the rooftop of The Cromwell at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Boulevard.
CLIQUE BAR & LOUNGE, the upscale cocktail lounge located in the heart of THE COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGAS will offer 15% DISCOUNT TO GUESTS  sporting apparel supporting Vegas’ home team on game days beginning Friday, Oct. 7. Games shown at the lounge will be based on television network availability. CliQue Bar & Lounge opens at 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, noon on Saturday and 9 a.m. on Sunday featuring a menu of exclusive cocktails and delectable dishes.
The award-winning L.A. COMEDY CLUB AT THE STRAT HOTEL, CASINO & SKYPOD continues to bring the laughs with BRANDT TOBLER headlining the 8 p.m. show on Monday, Oct. 10 through Sunday, Oct. 16. Tickets for Tobler, and other hilarious comedians, are priced at $39 for general admission and $59 for VIP admission, plus tax and service fee.
GRAMMY Award-winning R&B legend PEABO BRYSON is returning to Las Vegas for a special performance at CHROME SHOWROOM INSIDE SANTA FE STATION on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $37.50 plus applicable fees.
BROOKLYN BOWL is partnering up with When We Were Young to present three exclusive SIDESHOWS  throughout both festival weekends. The concert series features an all-star performance from members of some of the most iconic emo and rock performers from the past two decades. The series kicks off with Strange 90’s,  an epic rock mashup featuring rotating performances by NICK WHEELER OF ALL AMERICAN REJECTS, RONNIE WINTERS OF THE RED JUMPSUIT APPARATUS, JARET REDDICK OF BOWLING FOR SOUP and many more. - Oct. 21 - Ages: 18+ | Doors open at 8 p.m. | Tickets start at $27.50.  The uber-popular EMO NIGHT BROOKLYN returns with ANTHONY RANERI OF BAYSIDE AND SHANE TOLD OF SILVERSTEIN - Oct. 22 - Ages: 18+ | Doors open at 11:30 p.m. | Tickets start at $17, and BUDDY NELSON OF SENSES FAIL ALONGSIDE DEREK SANDERS OF MAYDAY PARADE - Oct. 28 - Ages: 18+ | Doors open at 11:30 p.m. | Tickets start at $17.
The 22nd ANNUAL WOMAN'S DAY OUT EXPO, dedicated to the specific needs of women and their families, will take place Saturday, October 22 from 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM inside the NEVADA BALLROOM AT GOLD COAST HOTEL & CASINO. This event represents all area of a woman's lifestyle, including: health, beauty, nutrition, fashion, arts and entertainment, career and education. Vendors will be on- site sampling and giving away products and services. For FREE admission tickets go to www.WomensDayOutExpo.Com
THE COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN NEVADA'S FINE ARTS THEATRE PROGRAM in association with A Public Fit Theater Company (APF) present KEELY AND DU, a staged reading of Jane Martin’s timely play, directed by Adrienne Showker. Keely and Du opens on Friday, October 21, with another performance scheduled on October 22, at 7:00 PM in the BACKSTAGE THEATRE AT THE NORTH LAS VEGAS CAMPUS, located at 3200 East Cheyenne Avenue.  A 1994 Pulitzer Prize finalist, Keely and Du tells the story of a young, pregnant woman held captive by an extremist pro-life organization in an effort to prevent her from terminating the pregnancy.  This unflinching examination of the outlying arguments on both sides of the nation’s on-going abortion debate is certain to keep audiences talking long after the final curtain.  General Admission is $10.00. For more information, please call the CSN Box Office at 702-651-LIVE (5483).
SKYE CANYON will celebrate art, autumn, and inspiration during its sixth annual juried chalk art competition, CHALKTOBERFEST, a festival welcoming the fall season featuring a chalk art contest, art fair, games and inflatables, and pumpkin patch, set for Saturday, October 22,  at Skye Canyon Park (10111 W. Skye Canyon Park Dr.) from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. The family-friendly event is FREE and open to the public.
This year’s chalk art contest theme is “Spread Love - Land, Sea, and Skye” and nearly 35 artists of all skill levels will vie for top honors and cash prizes as they imaginatively interpret this hopeful theme and display the power of uplifting artistic creativity.The juried chalk art competition includes three categories, student (ages 12-18), amateur (18+), and professional. Cash prizes awarded in each category are $300 for first place, $200 for second place, and $100 for third place. Additionally, there are $100 cash prizes for one winner in two more categories: Best 3D piece, and Best Use of Color. As in previous years, attendees can vote on the People’s Choice earning the winner a $100 cash award. Other Chalktoberfest offerings include a Vendor Village featuring more than 30 vendors and artists, a pumpkin patch, a free canvas painting class, inflatable games, a rock wall, and an air jumper as well as a variety of food and drinks from popular food trucks. As part of Skye Canyon’s ongoing community support program Skye Serves, Chalktoberfest proceeds will benefit local non-profit Project 150 whose mission to provide support and services to homeless, displaced, and disadvantaged high school students so they can remain in school, graduate, and build bright futures.
LAS VEGAS METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT (LVMPD) FOUNDATION will host the 9TH ANNUAL SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD YOUTH 3-ON-3 BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT on Saturday, October 22 from 8 am to 3 pm at the UNLV Student Recreation and Wellness Center, 4505 S. Maryland Pkwy. A fun day of hoops, the 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament provides valley children a unique opportunity to interact with other local youth from across Southern Nevada while developing life skills such as teamwork and sportsmanship.  Boys and girls from ages 6-12 will compete in three age-based divisions to ensure fairness:  6-8, 9-10 and 11-12.  Participants will receive a basketball jersey with the Area Command name they represent, backpacks, UNLV swag, water bottles, and lunch.  The UNLV Lady Rebels will warm up the players prior to the start of the tournament.  Medals and trophies will be awarded to winners of each age group. The goal of the event was to create a basketball tournament for Southern Nevada children where they could spend a day with a police officer on a share space to start building positive relationships.  LVMPD officers and community volunteers will act as coaches and referees allowing for a human connection in a fun way. The 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament will also include College Readiness events, UNLV campus tours, Parent Resource information, and of course fun.   Youth participation is free to residents.  Sign up is limited to the first 300 children, register today at LVMPD SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD YOUTH 3-ON-3 BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT (google.com)
Las Vegas' most celebrated performers and entertainment-loving philanthropists will again join forces against neurofibromatosis at the 12th ANNUAL NF HOPE CONCERT. NF Hope Concert founders Jeff Leibow, formerly of “Jersey Boys,” and his wife Melody, are bringing the concert back to the prestigious MYRON’S AT THE SMITH CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS on Sunday Oct. 23.Hosted by consummate emcee and top radio personality, Chet Buchanan, 2022’s NF Hope Concert features legendary Vegas performer Clint Holmes, popular vocalist Michelle Johnson, Broadway star Brent Barrett, and LVA Grad, Future Broadway Star Runner-Up Breanna DeSantos, and more, along with Jeff and Melody Leibow with a special guest appearance by daughter Emma.The lobby opens at noon for silent auction viewing, with the entertainment portion of the afternoon beginning at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $49 and can be purchased by visiting www.thesmithcenter.com/nfhope. For people who wish to watch the event from the comfort of home or outside of Nevada, livestream tickets are also available for the performance beginning Oct. 3.The NF Hope Concert benefits Neurofibromatosis Network, an organization dedicated to families and individuals suffering from Neurofibromatosis (NF).
On Friday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. THE MOB MUSEUM, National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, will host NEVADA DAY AT THE MOB MUSEUM, a FREE, family-friendly, community event in partnership with first responders and public resource providers. Held in the Museum’s new outdoor Event Plaza, guests are invited to learn about Nevada’s rich history and the positive impact various organizations have throughout our community. An event for all ages, families are encouraged to come out to enjoy live music, games, giveaways, trick-or-treating at vendor booths (costumes are welcome), food and drinks and other interactive activities. The Museum’s Nevada Day event is free for all guests. To show appreciation for locals, visitors with a Nevada ID will receive buy-one-get-one Museum admission that day, and all children 10 and under are free.  Attendees can kick off the celebration by testing their Nevada history knowledge with The Mob Museum. All guests will have a chance spin the Nevada trivia wheel at the Museum’s booth and, if they answer the question correctly, they just might walk away with a prize.
THE MUSIC PROGRAM AT THE COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN NEVADA will present WHAT A WONDERFUL YEAR 2020 WILL BE, an original opera written by Dr. Mark Wherry which debuts at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 4th with performances scheduled November 5, 10 and 12 at 7 P.M. in the Nicholas J. Horn Theater at the North Las Vegas campus, located at 3200 East Cheyenne Avenue. The opera runs approximately one hour and twenty minutes. General admission for this special event is $10. For more information, call the Performing Arts Center Box Office at 702-651-LIVE (5483). All proceeds will go to benefit CSN’s Music Vocal Program.
Following his tour stop in Las Vegas, GRAMMY Award-nominated artist POST MALONE will take the stage at ZOUK NIHTCLUB AT RESORTS WORLD LAS VEGAS on Friday, Nov. 11 for a special live performance.
Comedian ANJELAH JOHNSON-REYES will perform live at the TREASURE ISLAND THEATRE on Friday, November 11 at 9:00 p.m. A former Oakland Raiders cheerleader,, she got her big break with the viral video “Nail Salon” and shortly after, she joined “MADtv” as a series regular.  Tickets are available starting at $54.95, plus taxes and service charges. This show is available to adults only, 18 and older.
Due to scheduling issues, the JEREMY PIVEN performance which was originally scheduled for Friday, Sept. 9, 2022 has been rescheduled to Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022 at 8 p.m. at the RED ROCK BALLROOM INSIDE RED ROCK RESORT. All tickets previously purchased for the Sept. 9 performance will be honored for the new date. Those wishing to receive a refund should do so at original point of purchase.
THE PLAZA HOTEL & CASINO in downtown Las Vegas will again host the LAS VEGAS DAYS RODEO at its outdoor equestrian center, the CORE ARENA, on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11-12 starting at 6 p.m. (gates open at 5 p.m.). The event will also feature a free Whiskerino contest, Mutton Busting, historical exhibits, and coloring contest for Southern Nevadan children in grades kindergarten through six. Sponsored by the Commission for the Las Vegas Centennial and the Plaza Hotel & Casino, the Las Vegas Days rodeo is fully sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association. It will feature bull riding, barrel racing, team roping, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronco riding, breakaway, and bareback riding, with prize purses totaling $40,000 and custom belt buckles for champions. Admission is free but RSVP is recommended.
BRUNCHED BY AN ANGEL, the first-ever Las Vegas production show that will allow guests to brunch with their dearly departed, will make its spiritual debut at KAOS INSIDE PALMS CASINO RESORT on November 12-13, 2022, with additional shows in the limited-engagement residency set for December 10-11, 2022, and January 14-15, 2023. Created and brought to life by four-time Emmy Award winning Executive Producer Shane Farley, Brunched By An Angel is spearheaded by three of the world’s best psychic mediums who will connect with the spirits of the audience’s loved ones who have passed away. Each medium possesses their own special gifts to reach the departed, and the trio includes Reginald Lewis, along with friends Loriann Mans and Christopher Allan. The two-hour show is limited to only 272 guests to ensure an intimate experience, as well as produce the best odds for anyone that has ever hoped to get a reading from a celebrity medium. Each show will begin with a musical set and brunch, followed by a live gallery read whereby Lewis, Mans and Allan will connect directly with audience members.  Each weekend will feature two shows per day: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Brunch starts at 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. with live music, and the show starts at 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. respectively. Presale tickets for Club Serrano members go on sale October 13 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets go on sale to the public on October 14, via Ticketmaster.
Puerto Rican “salsa crooner” GILBERTO SANTA ROSA, also known as the “Gentleman of Salsa,” brings his concert series, Camínalo Tour, to THE THEATER AT VIRGIN HOTELS LAS VEGAS, 4455 Paradise Road on  Sunday, November 14, 2021. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. / Show time is 8:30 p.m.  Tickets start at $75 plus tax and fees and are on sale now.
THE MOB MUSEUM, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, locate at 300 Stewart Avenue) is offering FREE MUSEUM ADMISSION FOR NEVADA RESIDENTS (with a valid I.D.) and buy-one, get-one admission for non-residents on Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. to CELEBRATE KEFAUVER DAY, which commemorates the U.S. Senate investigative hearing into organized crime that took place in the Museum’s courtroom on Nov. 15, 1950.  Named after Senator Estes Kefauver of Tennessee, the Kefauver Committee hearings were televised nationwide and brought organized crime into the living rooms of many Americans for the first time. Held in 14 U.S. cities from 1950 to 1951, the Kefauver hearings were pivotal in the national fight against organized crime, as well as events that influenced the development of Las Vegas.
THE COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGAS has announced the return of its beloved ICE RINK for the eleventh year, open to the public daily starting Tuesday, Nov. 15 through Monday, Jan. 2, 2023. The Boulevard Pool will once again transform into the only rooftop winter wonderland overlooking the Las Vegas Strip featuring a 4,200-square-foot rink made of real ice, and the return of The Chalet, a holiday village with open-air fire pits perfect for cocktails and s’mores making while classic holiday films display above the rink on the resort’s 65-foot marquee. Back by popular demand, the Ice Rink’s famed Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony returns this year on Wednesday, Dec. 7  from 6 - 8 p.m,. hosted by Josh Jacobs of the Las Vegas Raiders.  New this season, Overlook Grill will transform into Overlook Chill, a rink-side café featuring traditional holiday bites, with unique twists on comfort food classics. Guests can also expect festive new additions to the Ice Rink’s cocktail menu, expertly reimagined this season by resort mixologist, Andrew Pollard, featuring elevated takes on lively holiday libations.
Enchant, producers of the world’s largest Christmas light experience, and RESORTS WORLD LAS VEGAS, announced plans to brighten the holiday season in Las Vegas with over four million outdoor lights—bringing a special edition of America’s fastest-growing live-holiday event to Las Vegas Boulevard for the first time billed as “ENCHANT ON THE STRIP”.  “We’re thrilled that Resorts World Las Vegas will be home to Enchant this season as we bring our brand of holiday excitement to the Strip for the very first time,” said Kevin Johnston, founder and CEO of Enchant. “We hope to become an annual tradition. Christmas in Vegas is never going to be the same, and we look forward to hosting thousands of guests visiting ‘Enchant on the Strip’.”  Tickets for “Enchant on the Strip” are on sale now.The event officially opens on Saturday, Nov. 19 and will continue operation through Jan. 1. The spectacle will span over ten acres—more than three football fields— across the Resorts World Las Vegas property. In addition to featuring a one-of-a-kind immersive walk-thru light maze experience and a 100-foot-tall holiday tree, the event will also include ice skating, live entertainment, Santa visits, interactive games and a holiday marketplace featuring local artisans. Specialty cocktails and culinary offerings will also be available from the array of Resorts World restaurants.
In anticipation of the holiday season, SNOW CARNIVAL HOLIDAY FOREST, a one-of-a-kind winter-themed attraction,will welcome guests of all ages beginning Wednesday, November 23 at M RESORT SPA CASINO. A gentle flurry of snowflakes will greet visitors as they are welcomed into a world of more than 350 tons of real snow both falling from above and coating the ground in an inviting blanket.  From snowball throwing to snowman building, this celebratory attraction will offer a variety of seasonal favorites. Coast down the snowy inclines of the “Mini Matterhorn” snow slide, visit the Candy Cane forest, or stop by a snow play area for winter games and more! Snow Carnival will create a storybook experience of exploration, wonder and fun for the entire family. Snow Carnival will also offer wintery eats, treats, and drinks to pair with the season’s excitement. Snow Carnival will be open daily inside of the M Pavilion with select operating hours through January 8, 2023.  Tickets for the seasonal attraction are on sale now.

Venue and restaurant openings:

HIBACHI HOUSE, a new Las Vegas, take out only, food service founded and operated by Zach Tolen a.k.a. Vanilla Rice held its grand opening on Thursday, Oct.13 offering all your classic hibachi style favorites, including protein, rice, vegetables, and more. Also offered is private catering, private cooking shows, platter drop-offs.  Located at 3654 East Flamingo between Sandhill & Pecos, hours of operation are 4pm to 10 pm. Thursday – Monday, closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
CHAGAROOT, the new plant based, casual dining, vegan restaurant that uses ancient healing plants in all their dishes to nourish and help your body thrive, opened its doors at 3318 E Flamingo Rd, Suite D, on September 27. Focusing as the health benefits of medicinal mushrooms, the ultimate functional superfood is the foundation of its menu that includes burgers, salads, soups and tacos.
A new culinary addition. SPIEDINI FIAMMA ITALIAN BISTRO, set in the main Promenade connecting Rampart Casino to the JW Marriott Las Vegas in Summerlin will open Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 5 p.m.The new concept features Italian comfort classics from A to V…that is, from Antipasto to Veal Parm and everything in between! Spiedini Fiamma will serve dinner Sunday through Thursday from 5-9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5-10 p.m. with Happy Hour (beginning Oct. 23) from 4-6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.
James Beard Award-winning pastry chef Dominique Ansel will debut DOMINIQUE ANSEL LAS VEGAS INSIDE CAESARS PALACE on Friday, Oct. 21. Chef Dominique will bring his signature creations to The Strip, including his iconic Cronut® pastry, the best-selling DKA (Dominique’s Kouign Amann), freshly baked French viennoiserie and the new “Lucky 7” collection – a set of pastries as unique as Las Vegas. As a “thank you” to those looking to take the first bites of Chef Dominique’s masterpieces, the first 100 guests will receive a commemorative gift in celebration of the opening.
Las Vegas restaurant VETI CUCINA will reopen its doors on November 1 at Palms Casino Resort.  Located on the 56th Floor and offering panoramic views of the city below, and featuring only 75 seats, this intimate dining experience uniquely captures the energy of Las Vegas below and it will once again feature the acclaimed Italian cuisine that made it an award-winning Las Vegas dining destination.

Celebrity Sightings:

Monday, October 10....
Golden Globe and Academy Award-nominated actress, KIRSTEN DUNST, who recently starred in the critically acclaimed “The Power of the Dog,” made a brief visit to CliQue Bar & Lounge, the upscale cocktail lounge inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Thursday, October 6...
Supermodel and entrepreneur KENDALL JENNER celebrated the Nevada launch of her new Añejo Reserve, Eight Reserve by 818, at Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant & Nightclub. She enjoyed dinner with friends in the restaurant’s private dining room before making her way to a stage table in the nightclub.
Kendall Jenner celebrates the Nevada launch of Eight Reserve at Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant Nightclub Credit Sophie Sahara 1
Kendall Jenner celebrates the Nevada launch of Eight Reserve at Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant Nightclub - Photo Credit: Sophie Sahara
Kendall Jenner celebrates the Nevada launch of Eight Reserve at Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant Nightclub Credit Sophie Sahara 6
Kendall Jenner celebrates the Nevada launch of Eight Reserve at Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant Nightclub - Photo Credit Sophie Sahara
Tuesday, September 27....
Pop-sensation DOJA CAT visited The Shag Room at Virgin Hotels, Las Vegas, part of Curio Collection by Hilton, and sipped drinks with friends before her appearance at JBL Fest at the resort’s Event Lawn last night.
Thursday, September 22...
Country music singer SEAN STEMALY stopped by The Barbershop Cuts & Cocktails, a hidden speakeasy inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas where he surprised fans with a performance.
Sean Stemaly on stage 1 courtesy of The Barbershop Cuts Cocktails
Sean Stemaly on stage - Photo courtesy of The Barbershop Cuts Cocktails
Wednesday, September 21...
Legendary impressionist RICH LITTLE welcomed friends from the productions of “THE JEW MAN GROUP,” “THE RAT PACK IS BACK,” AND THE STAR OF “MJ LIVE,” JALLES FRANCA, to his show at The Laugh Factory inside Tropicana Las Vegas.




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