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Latest from Vegas – September 2018

What’s happening in America’s entertainment capital, Las Vegas. Latest from Vegas – September 2018.

Inaugural Fall NASCAR Race Weekend Debuts in Las Vegas

Following years of efforts to bring a second NASCAR race to Las Vegas, the sport’s top drivers will return Sept. 13-16 for the inaugural Fall NASCAR Race Weekend. The event weekend includes the inaugural South Point 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race, the DC Solar 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race, the World of Westgate 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoff race and the Star Nursery 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at The Dirt Track. The Cup Series race will be the first race of the playoffs for the top 16 drivers, and Las Vegas is the only track with two triple-header weekends on the NASCAR schedule. In addition to the action on the track, the weekend will include a NASCAR Burnout Boulevard event on the Las Vegas strip, NASCAR playoffs party downtown on the Fremont Street Experience, and a free concert by Cole Swindell.

Criss Angel Unveils Brand New MINDFREAK, an Immersive Evolution of Magic

After more than a decade of dominating the world of magic, Criss Angel will unveil an over-the-top visual spectacular unlike any other in existence – Criss Angel MINDFREAK, in the newly-renamed Criss Angel Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino opening Dec. 19, 2018. The brand-new production incorporates cutting-edge technology and boasts more than 75 illusions with 20 never-before-seen effects that will give fans the ultimate immersive experience, showcasing the iconic Angel on a massive scale.

Electra Cocktail Club to Open in Early September

The Palazzo Las Vegas introduces Electra Cocktail Club. A collision of energy and style, Electra embodies a dynamic scene where cocktail creations challenge the limits of tradition in an atmosphere that exudes an escapist, kinetic vibe. Electra completes The Venetian Cocktail Collective, comprised of the sophisticated Dorsey, the romantic Rosina and now the inventive Electra. The Collective represents the evolution of nightlife in Las Vegas. Electra’s backbar features a diverse selection of spirits with a focus on rums, agricoles, and mezcals. Like the menus at The Dorsey and Rosina, Electra’s offerings were conceived by noted barman Sam Ross and feature cocktails that are both imaginative and playful with a bend toward the tropical.

Waldorf Astoria Debuts on Las Vegas Strip

Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas, formerly Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, debuted on the Las Vegas Strip on August 31. Discerning guests will find the ultimate in non-gaming comfort and luxury, including elegant guest rooms and suites featuring stunning views, exceptional restaurants, a luxurious spa and True Waldorf Service, including signature personal concierges. A guest room restyle is scheduled for summer 2019.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Debuts Block 16 Urban Food Hall

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is thrilled to announce the recent opening of Block 16 Urban Food Hall. A first of its kind on the Las Vegas Strip, the made-to-order, fast-casual concept features a dynamic lineup of restaurants handpicked from foodie capitals across the U.S. Block 16 Urban Food Hall continues to reinforce The Cosmopolitan as a culinary leader, unifying the country’s most sought-after chefs and eateries, introducing them first-to-market and providing a place for locals and visitors alike to celebrate their shared passions of easy to love food and drink. Located on the second level of the Boulevard Tower, Block 16 Urban Food Hall introduces an emerging class of acclaimed chefs and their distinct culinary creations, including District: Donuts. Sliders. Brew.; Hattie B’s Hot Chicken; Lardo; Pok Pok Wing; and Tekka Bar: Handroll & Sake. Ghost Donkey, a tequila and mezcal cocktail bar from New York City will complete the collection in early Fall 2018.

La La Noodle Coming to Park MGM This Fall

Park MGM adds to its portfolio of original restaurants with La La Noodle, a new concept, debuting this November. Serving authentic Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai cuisine, La La Noodle will be a casual destination where guests will enjoy a lively yet relaxed atmosphere while savoring a selection of noodle, seafood, meat, vegetable and rice dishes. Named after the Mandarin term for pulled – 拉 (pronounced lah) – La La Noodle will feature familiar and savory hand-pulled noodle dishes such as Pork Belly Noodles and Chicken Chow Mein, as well as regional delicacies such as Hong Kong Seafood Crispy Noodles with shrimp, scallops and squid. In addition to noodles, mouthwatering entrées will round out the menu including Vietnamese Braised Catfish, served in a clay pot with fish sauce, chiles and garlic.

The Factory Kitchen Opening in Las Vegas

FactoryPlaceHospitalityGroup and The Venetian Las Vegas recently announced plans to open The Factory Kitchen at The Venetian in December 2018. The Factory Kitchen is the product of a long-standing friendship between Matteo Ferdinandi, CEO of FactoryPlaceHospitalityGroup and Chef Angelo Auriana. Ferdinandi and Auriana share the vision of imparting their Italian roots and memories through food and hospitality.

SLS Las Vegas Integrates the W Hotel at SLS Las Vegas Into Full Resort Experience

SLS Las Vegas recently announced the W Hotel at SLS Las Vegas was integrated into the full resort operation and called The Grand Tower. Additionally, SLS Las Vegas assumed full operational control of the resort’s reservations system from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and the SLS Las Vegas brand will discontinue membership as a Starwood Tribute Portfolio Hotel & Resort. The Grand Tower will continue as a Four Diamond experience for guests. Existing reservations for the W Las Vegas past the August 17 date of operational transfer will be honored. SLS Las Vegas also assumed operation of the Spa, Pool, Lounge and Meetings Space located within the Tower’s footprint. Current W Hotel at SLS Las Vegas team members have been invited to stay on with their employment either transferring to SLS Las Vegas or continuing with Marriott, the parent company of Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

Aerosmith Announces Las Vegas Residency at Park Theater at Park MGM

America’s all-time top-selling rock ‘n’ roll band, Aerosmith, is bringing the heat to the Las Vegas Strip with their headlining residency, AEROSMITH: DEUCES ARE WILD. Shows begin Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Park Theater at the new Park MGM resort. Aerosmith’s Las Vegas residency, promoted by Live Nation and MGM Resorts International, will bring fans face to face with America’s Greatest Rock ‘N’ Roll band in one of the most immersive, state-of-the art audio and video technology experiences in Las Vegas. The show features never-seen-before visuals and audio from Aerosmith recording sessions.

Hong Kong’s Mott 32 is Coming to The Palazzo at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas

Mott 32, one of Hong Kong’s most award-winning restaurants and a culinary icon in contemporary Chinese cuisine, will open its first U.S. outpost this winter, bringing their Eastern concept West to The Palazzo at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas. The acclaimed menu combines authentic Chinese recipes handed down from generations with progressive cooking techniques. Paired with exceptional mixology methods and stunning design, the experience at Mott 32 is truly one of a kind.

Fremont Street Experience to Begin Renovation of Viva Vision Canopy in February 2019

Fremont Street Experience will begin its $32 million renovation of Viva Vision, the world’s largest single video screen located in historic downtown Las Vegas, February 2019. Spanning five city blocks above one of the most vibrant streets in Las Vegas, the upgraded Viva Vision canopy will illuminate the pedestrian mall with 16,433,152 pixels and 5,000 Nits, making it seven-times brighter than the existing canopy with four-times the resolution. In partnership with the city of Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, renovations to the iconic, city-owned Viva Vision canopy will be completed for the unveiling on Dec. 31, 2019.

Celebrated Chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken Open BBQ Mexicana in Las Vegas

Restaurateurs and renowned chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken continue to evolve their hospitality empire and deliver authentic-meets-contemporary Mexican cuisine with the debut of BBQ Mexicana, a quick service smoked dishes concept now open at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Located across from sister restaurant Border Grill and adjacent to the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, this fast-casual eatery continues to reinforce Feniger and Milliken’s penchant for craveable Mexican dishes in an approachable, warm setting. BBQ Mexicana is a convenient takeaway counter featuring a variety of house smoked meats and non-meat options prepared as burritos, bowls, and salads, along with margaritas, aguas frescas, and beers to-go.

Boathouse Asian Eatery Debuts its First Las Vegas Location inside Palace Station

As part of a $192 million property-wide modernization, Palace Station unveiled its all-new Asian-inspired restaurant, Boathouse Asian Eatery. Created by dynamic brother and sister team Cat and Tu Do together with their partner Hans Mogensen from Northern California, the restaurant joins the recently opened next generation Feast Buffet on the new casino floor. Boathouse Asian Eatery serves up lunch and dinner and features authentic Asian cuisine with an innovative dining experience. The restaurant features a guest capacity of more than 200 people for both indoor and outdoor seating, complete with a large cocktail bar, 14-seat sushi bar and six seat noodle bar, all in a contemporary atmosphere. The restaurant celebrates Asian fare and features an eclectic menu with touches from Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese cuisine.

Team-Based Virtual Reality Adventure Opens Labor Day Weekend at Madame Tussaud

This Labor Day, Madame Tussauds Las Vegas is challenging friends, families and co-workers to “Be a Hero” in the city’s newest team-based virtual reality adventure. Kicking-off Labor Day weekend in partnership with Virtual Room USA, the collaborative virtual reality experience allows groups of 2-4 people to participate in up to four, 15-minute timed challenges all while communicating with their teammates. Teams set off on a journey through history’s most iconic moments, solving puzzles and challenges along the way. Together, teams will explore Ancient Egypt and the Medieval Ages, come face-to-face with dinosaurs and journey to the moon, under the ocean and beyond, and hopefully save the world. Virtual Room is a sold as an upgrade with tickets from just $12. The experience is designed for players ages 12 years and up and perfect for groups of friends, family, team-building, birthday parties and more.

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Latest from Vegas – August 2018

What’s happening in America’s entertainment capital, Las Vegas. Latest from Vegas – August 2018.

The Underground at The Mob Museum Launches Happy Hour, Announces Packaged Moonshine and Vodka for Sale

The Mob Museum, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, announces its ongoing Happy Hour program in The Underground speakeasy exhibition. The speakeasy’s full-service bar purveys not only house-distilled moonshine and craft beer, but also wines by the glass, non-alcoholic beverages and—of course—a tempting array of authentic, Prohibition-inspired cocktails. From 5 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, visitors can now enjoy 20 percent off select craft cocktails, draft beer and wine by the glass. In addition, visitors can take a taste of Prohibition history home with them with The Underground’s house-distilled moonshine and proprietary vodka.

Anita Baker Set to Perform Limited Engagement at Wynn Las Vegas

Eight-time GRAMMY Award-winning singer-songwriter and 2018 BET Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Anita Baker will bring her talents to Wynn Las Vegas for a limited engagement this summer. Performing as part of the Anita Baker – Farewell Concert Series, Baker will appear at the intimate Encore Theater Aug. 24-25 and Aug. 29-Sept. 2. Boasting an inspiring career in the arts, Baker has appeared on the silver screen and climbed the Billboard Hot 100 and Contemporary charts. Performing hits like “Just Because,” “Sweet Love, “Caught Up in the Rapture” and other fan favorites, Baker’s engagement at Wynn will serve as one of the final stops on her farewell tour.

Ethel M Chocolates Uncorks New Wine Tasting Experience at the Factory Store

Everything pairs well with Ethel M Chocolate, and for the first time in history, their premium chocolates are now offered with wine in the Factory Store in Henderson, Nevada. Guests can now immerse their senses in Ethel M Chocolates’ new wine pairing experience and discover how their chocolatiers carefully select wines to pair with their signature sweets. Long-time cactus garden-goers and tourists alike can delight in sipping Trinchero Family Estates’ wine alongside unique fan-favorites such as Ethel M’s signature Pecan Caramel Raptures and Lemon Satin Crèmes.

Robot Butlers Recharge Guest Experience at Vdara Hotel & Spa

Vdara Hotel & Spa welcomes the newest additions to its team with Fetch and Jett – two Relay robots responsible for delivering snacks, sundries, and even spa products directly to guest suites. These talented bots work alongside their human colleagues to transport an array of frequently forgotten and requested amenities including shaving and dental kits as well as tasty bites and drinks from Market Café. Designed and built by robot developer Savioke, Fetch and Jett are fully autonomous indoor delivery robots that use advanced technology to seamlessly navigate around people and objects.

Nitro Circus Revs Up Resident Stage Show Coming to Las Vegas Spring 2019

Hot on the heels of Travis Pastrana’s jaw-dropping tribute to Evel Knievel in July, Nitro Circus announced an all-new event. Known throughout the world for its spectacular arena and stadium live shows, Nitro Circus is creating its first-ever resident stage show to open at Bally’s Las Vegas in Spring 2019. This electrifying all-new production will feature the world’s most talented action sports athletes performing spectacular feats and unbelievable stunts in a fully choreographed, adrenaline-charged event. The innovative show will take over the Jubilee Theater, to be reimagined, redesigned and renamed the Nitro Circus Theater, offering guests an up-close look at all the action.

Neon Museum Introduces Self-Guided, General Admission Tours

Fresh off its fiscal year where a record 200,000 people visited the museum, the Neon Museum has once again expanded its offerings. A new general admission ticket, where visitors can take self-guided tours during daytime hours, has been introduced in an effort to meet public demand. Museum historical interpreters stationed around the exhibition area are available to answer questions while guests are free to explore the more than 200 signs on display at their own pace.

Blue Ribbon Restaurants to Debut All-New Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya at Red Rock Resort in Late 2018

Bruce and Eric Bromberg, brothers, chefs and co-founders of Blue Ribbon Restaurants, the New York-based restaurant group that famously began in 1992 with its famous SoHo brasserie, are pleased to announce the return of Blue Ribbon Sushi to Las Vegas. Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya will open in late 2018 at Red Rock Resort located in the center of the upscale Summerlin community, with an all-new Japanese-style tavern, including a traditional sushi bar with indoor and outdoor seating.

Seven oh Brew Oktoberfest to Launch Inaugural Two-Weekend Festival

From the producers who bring Glittering Lights to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway every winter, a new food, drink and music festival will emerge in the Las Vegas Valley this September. Seven oh Brew Oktoberfest is coming to Craig Ranch Regional Park for an over-the-top brewhaha celebration akin to the original festival in Munich, Germany. The almost-authentic Oktoberfest will be hosted over two weekends – September 27 through 30 and October 4 through 7.

Sundance Helicopters Announces Neon & Nature Weddings with Las Vegas Skyline as Backdrop Beginning 8.8.18

Sundance Helicopters, Inc., has announced plans to marry couples at their exclusive scenic overlook beginning on the lucky date of August 8, 2018. The Neon & Nature Wedding Experience will be held on a private bluff overlooking the Las Vegas Valley with breathtaking views of the Las Vegas Strip, all while surrounded by the natural beauty of red, orange, and yellow rock formations. The Neon & Nature Wedding Experience starts at $1,825 per couple and includes an awe-inspiring tour in a private state-of-the-art helicopter en route to the wedding location, access to a VIP waiting room at the Sundance terminal, an officiant, personal cake, wedding flowers, champagne, photography and limousine service. Additionally, specially-curated Lucky 8 Weddings, available on August 8 and 18 is priced at $2,088 and in addition to the Neon & Nature Wedding Experience inclusions, will include elegantly themed “lucky 8” décor and the option to fly in aircraft number 8 with availability.

Off-Strip Luxury Hits Summerlin as JW Marriott Introduces Two Extravagant Suites: The Aviation Suite and The Penthouse Suite

JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa recently launched two new suites in the property’s Palms Tower. The Aviation Suite sits high atop the Palms Tower stretching its more than 2,400-square-foot layout into a sleek, modern space and features shades of blue and grey, and industrial touches inspired by aviation throughout. Nestled at the other end of the Palms tower, guests will find The Penthouse Suite – a perfect space for a relaxing, wellness-inspired getaway. Keeping things light and bright, the 2,300-square-foot suite features shades of warm-whites and beiges are accented with touches of gold.

Go Greek Yogurt to Bring Fast Fresh Menu to The Venetian Las Vegas

Go Greek Yogurt, an authentic yogurt bar inspired by Greek culture and cuisine, will open its first location outside of Southern California at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas. Scheduled to open mid-August, the fresh yogurt bar features master “yogurtiers” who customize each dish both fresh and frozen. The fresh Greek yogurt is particularly authentic, imported by air from Greece, where the thick and creamy yogurt is made using old-world methods and traditions. Ingredients to finish the product and various toppings are also imported from Europe.

South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa Gears Up for September’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, South Point 400, with Property-wide Experiences

In anticipation for the first-ever South Point 400, South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa is going all-out with property-wide activations to promote the upcoming September Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Guests can now partake in a variety of experiences, including a specialty drink menu, specialty gaming chips, gaming promotions, themed spa specials and more.

I Love the 90s – The Vegas Show to Open at Paris Las Vegas

The hugely-successful I LOVE THE ’90s TOUR will have a permanent home on the Las Vegas Strip when I LOVE THE ’90s – THE VEGAS SHOW opens at Paris Las Vegas Friday, Oct. 12. This 90-minute, immersive dance party will feature a live DJ, nostalgic video content, dancers and more. A rotating lineup of crowd favorites will headline the Las Vegas shows, with Salt-N-Pepa, Rob Base and All-4-One kicking off the residency. Other artists confirmed to take part in this unbelievable live experience include Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath, Kid ’n Play and Dru Hill.

Downtown Las Vegas Events Center and Collective Zoo Announce High-Energy Electronic Music Festival, September 1

Downtown Las Vegas Events Center is teaming up with Collective Zoo to bring the heat this Labor Day weekend with an evening of booty shakin’ electronic music on Saturday, September 1. The event promises visitors a jam-packed evening celebrating diversity in music, art, food and culture – all in the same spot. House Music lovers can catch memorable electronic sounds in the heart of downtown Las Vegas with performances from a collection of talented entertainers, including Grammy-nominated producer and headliner for the evening Chris Lake, NYC-based Walker & Royce, SINDEN and more.

Palace Station Unveils All-New Contemporary Feast Buffet

Palace Station, the original Las Vegas locals’ casino, recently debuted its all-new Feast Buffet as part of a $192 million modernization of the property. Known as the original Station Casinos’ buffet concept that first debuted at Palace Station in 1988, the next generation buffet concept, 30 years after its debut, now features a modern era vibe within the historic property – allowing for a sensible conquest-worthy dining experience. Located on the new casino floor, the new Feast Buffet boasts a 14,000 square-foot buffet experience and allows seating for up to 394 guests in a dining hall setting.

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Latest from Vegas – July 2018

What’s happening in America’s entertainment capital, Las Vegas. Latest from Vegas – July 2018.

HISTORY, Nitro Circus and Caesars Palace Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Evel Knievel’s Legendary Jump
HISTORY, Nitro Circus and Caesars Palace have partnered for, “Evel Live,” an unprecedented three-hour live event airing on Sunday, July 8 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on HISTORY. “Evel Live” will see motorsports superstar Travis Pastrana pay tribute to Evel Knievel, the founding father of motorcycle stunts, and aim to the push the limits even farther than the American icon. Caesars Palace, world-famous home of memorable moments in both sports and entertainment and the site of Evel Knievel’s legendary fountain jump 50 years ago, will host the grand finale jump, both for a national TV audience and a packed Las Vegas crowd.
 
1967 Evel Knievel Jumps Caesars Palace Fountains
 
Los Angeles’ Houston Hospitality to Open First Las Vegas Nightlife Venue at Park MGM
Los Angeles-based Houston Hospitality, founded by trendsetting fraternal twin brothers Jonnie and Mark Houston, will redefine the Las Vegas Strip’s nightlife landscape with the Dec. 31, 2018 opening of On The Record at Park MGM. The three-room venue will include both indoor and outdoor spaces, a world-class cocktail program and an escape into an immersive and entertaining hidden club experience driven by their award-winning interior design. After conceiving and operating numerous successful venues in Los Angeles over the past 10 years, including hotspots Break Room 86, Black Rabbit Rose, No Vacancy, Good Times at Davey Wayne’s, and La Descarga, among others, On The Record (OTR) will be the Houstons’ first Las Vegas venture.
 
Florida Georgia Line Announces a Limited Engagement at Zappos Theater
Bringing Music City to Las Vegas for five-nights-only, world-class entertainers Florida Georgia Line will elevate their revolutionary status with a limited residency on the iconic Strip. “FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS” begins Saturday, December 1 inside Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Fans are invited to join Florida Georgia Line for anything-goes shows on December 1, 5, 7, 8, and 11. The multi-platinum hitmakers’ headline-worthy live performances will open each night with Big Loud Records and Atlantic Records artist Mason Ramsey.
 
Wynn Las Vegas Announces Exclusive Retailers Joining Wynn Plaza
Wynn Las Vegas announces an update to the collection of world-renowned luxury, contemporary, and lifestyle brands joining Wynn Plaza, the resort’s unique new 70,000-square-foot retail destination located directly on Las Vegas Boulevard. Brands that can only be found in Las Vegas at Wynn Plaza include Cipriani, Urth Caffé, SoulCycle, Céline, Balmain, Loewe, James Perse, Cotton Citizen, Marie France Van Damme, and Vitra Eyewear, with more to be announced in the coming months. Additional boutiques include Stella McCartney, Kiton, Omega, RIMOWA, Breitling, and Le Labo. Wynn Plaza is scheduled to open in October 2018.
 
Wolfgang Puck Debuts Spago Overlooking Bellagio Fountains
When Wolfgang Puck’s legendary Spago opened 25 years ago in Las Vegas, the level of influence he and the restaurant would have on the city was unimaginable. The revolutionary restaurant is recognized for igniting Las Vegas’s dining scene into a culinary epicenter. Wolfgang’s relentless drive to transform continues today as the chef recently debuted the new Spago Las Vegas at Bellagio Resort & Casino, bringing two internationally renowned brands together.
 
Celine Dion Announces New Residency Show Dates at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
Due to ongoing ticket demand, Celine Dion has announced 24 additional show dates for her Las Vegas residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The performances are scheduled October 30 through November 17 and December 28 through January 20, including a performance on New Year’s Eve. Since March 2003, Celine has performed over 1,000 shows to over 4 million fans at The Colosseum.  Her second Las Vegas residency, presented by AEG Presents and Caesars Entertainment, is directed by legendary Grammy Awards producer Ken Ehrlich and features her biggest hits mixed with timeless classics including her newest song, “Ashes,” from the box office blockbuster “Deadpool 2.”
 
Palace Station to Debut New Restaurants this Summer
Palace Station, the original Las Vegas locals’ casino, will ante up this season with the debut of new first-to-market restaurant concepts and a brand-new award-winning Feast Buffet, as part of a $192 million modernization of the property. Set to debut this summer, guests will soon be able to enjoy exciting new food and beverage offerings such as bBd’s (Beers Burgers Desserts), Boathouse Asian Eatery, Mumfresh Asian Eats and the next evolution in Station Casinos’ popular Feast Buffet – providing for an enticing array of updated dining experiences in the classic tradition of Las Vegas. bBD’s, Boathouse Asian Eatery, Mumfresh Asian Eats and the all-new Feast Buffet will join the acclaimed 18-seat Oyster Bar, Little Tony’s created by 12-time World Pizza Champion Tony Gemignani, and Station Casinos’ popular steakhouse concept, the Charcoal Room.
 
Madame Tussauds Las Vegas Launches The Hangover Bar
Grab the wolf pack and head over to Madame Tussauds Las Vegas, where The Hangover Bar is open for all to enjoy a full-service bar offering specialty drinks inspired by the hit movie “The Hangover.” Guests will be transported to the scene of Phil, Stu, Alan, and Doug’s rooftop toast that kicked off “The Hangover” film’s uproarious series of events. Industrial design elements that invoke the roof of Caesars Palace, where the scene takes place, include ducting tables and pipes, an aircon feature, an LED backdrop of the world-famous Las Vegas skyline, and more. The Hangover Bar is the latest addition to Madame Tussauds Las Vegas and The Hangover Experience, which currently features the notorious hotel suite and wedding chapel, as well as figures of Alan (portrayed by Zach Galifianakis), Phil (portrayed by Bradley Cooper), and Mike Tyson.
 
Perez Hilton Joins Chippendales as Special Celebrity Guest Host
Get ready to “Party with Perez” this summer when Perez Hilton, the original celebrity social media influencer, joins Chippendales as the special guest host at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.  Hilton’s limited six-week engagement runs from July 26 through Sept. 2, 2018 (Thursday through Sunday performances).
 
Topgolf Las Vegas and TruFusion Launch Yoga with a View
Welcome summer with a salutation in the form of a yoga fusion class that offers a one-of-a-kind view as Topgolf Las Vegas and TruFusion partner up to launch Yoga with a View. Yogis of all levels are welcome to practice their chaturanga atop the fourth floor of the venue with a view that overlooks the Las Vegas Strip. Yoga with a View classes are for guests 21 and over, and will take place at 10 a.m. every other Sunday beginning Sunday, June 24. The first 10 guests to come to each class will receive a free Topgolf yoga mat. Yoga with a View classes are open to all skill levels, and are free and open to the public.
 
Harrah’s Laughlin Completes $20 Million Redesign of 410 South Tower Rooms
Surrounded by the Colorado River and desert mountains, Harrah’s Laughlin has completed a $20 million renovation of all 410 guest rooms and suites in its South Tower. Harrah’s Laughlin features more than 1,500 guest rooms and 170 suites, with convenient access to a variety of exciting experiences offered at the premier riverfront resort destination. Designed by WESTAR Architects, Harrah’s Laughlin’s South Tower guest rooms and suites overlook the golden glow of the Colorado River.
 
Japanese Artist Kisho Mwkaiyama Displays New Artwork at BellagioResort & Casino
Notable Japanese artist Kisho Mwkaiyama begins work on a new artwork, “Vendarta 100: Six Elements and The Seasons,” in a temporary public studio at Bellagio Resort & Casino. From June 29 through January 2019, Mwkaiyama will work on a commissioned artwork comprised of 24 square gouache paintings. The artist studio space is located next to Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art and features a guest lounge for viewing and learning more about Mwkaiyama’s artistic practice.
 
Blue Moon Bar Coming Soon to Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
Beer lovers have a new spot to get their fix of creative and unique beer offerings on the Strip with the introduction of the Blue Moon Bar which opened recently at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. The brand-new space, located in front of Zappos Theater, will include Blue Moon’s flagship beer, Blue Moon Belgian White, as well as seasonal and limited-release beers from Blue Moon Brewing Company.
 
“Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding” Opens in Buca di Beppo inside Bally’s Las Vegas
“Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding” has found the perfect venue in Buca di Beppo inside Bally’s Las Vegas. The joining together of two renowned brands means the production will continue to bring lighthearted entertainment to Las Vegas, and this time the wedding will be catered with family-style Italian meals from Buca di Beppo. The interactive comedy will perform Friday through Wednesday at 7 p.m.
 
Neon Museum Announces Hot Yoga in the Boneyard
The Neon Museum announces its summer 2018 Hot Yoga in the Boneyard calendar. Taught by Certified Instructor Eileen Lorraine, the one-hour sessions will take place on nine Saturdays this summer from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. on the Neon Museum’s outdoor patio: June 23, July 7, July 14, July 21, July 28, Aug. 4, Aug. 11, Aug. 18 and Aug. 25. Yoga at the Neon Museum Boneyard is restricted to participants 18 years of age or older or children 16 and older accompanied by an adult guardian.
 
Rod Stewart Adds New 2018 Concert Dates to Las Vegas Residency
Iconic singer and songwriter Rod Stewart has announced new fall 2018 show dates for his record-breaking Las Vegas residency “Rod Stewart: The Hits.” at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The six new shows scheduled November 21 – December 2.
 
Wynn Las Vegas Announces the Return of Diana Ross
Following a highly-successful second run, world-renowned entertainer Diana Ross will make her return to Wynn Las Vegas for a third headlining engagement this fall. The Lifetime Achievement Award-winner will once again take the stage at the intimate Encore Theater for nine performances beginning October 31, with additional performances November 2-17.
 
Celebrate the Season with Wynn Las Vegas’ New Holiday Show
This holiday season, Wynn Las Vegas will unveil “The Holiday Show,” its first-ever seasonal production. Created and directed by Philip Wm. McKinley with choreography by Marguerite Derricks, who were both most recently involved in the re-imagination of Wynn Las Vegas’ award-winning production “Le Rêve – The Dream,” this musical production combines a score of holiday hits like “Santa Baby” and “This Christmas,” festive comedy and multi-genre dance numbers that will light up the stage at the intimate Encore Theater November 30 – December 30, 2018.

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Latest from Vegas – June 2018

What’s happening in America’s entertainment capital, Las Vegas. Latest from Vegas – June 2018.

Mariah Carey Returns with Headlining Residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
Mariah Carey, the iconic chanteuse and best-selling female artist of all time with over 200 million records sold, is returning to Las Vegas with an all-new headlining residency, “The Butterfly Returns” at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace beginning Thursday, July 5, 2018. “The Butterfly Returns” will spotlight a more intimate performance on The Colosseum’s stage, showcasing Mariah Carey’s world-famous vocals with an all-new show that highlights her extensive catalogue of music.
 
Mariah Carey on stage Las Vegas
 
Park MGM Officially Takes Its Place on the Las Vegas Strip
With the lighting of its new marquee and hotel tower signs, Monte Carlo officially shed its name Wednesday, May 9, 2018 for a new identity – Park MGM – making way for the resort set for completion later this year. Following a transformation that will touch every element of the central Strip property, Park MGM is a welcoming social hub that evokes the residential spirit, intimacy and individuality of a boutique experience on a resort scale. A partnership between Sydell Group and MGM Resorts International, Park MGM was born from the collaborative vision of the New York-based lifestyle hotelier and one of the world’s preeminent destination resort developers. When complete, the project will comprise two new distinct experiences: Park MGM, and a Las Vegas version of the renowned NoMad, a standalone 292-room hotel encompassing the tower’s top four floors.
 
Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas to Debut in August 2018
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Hilton’s iconic luxury hotel brand, recently announced plans to convert the Mandarin Oriental on the Las Vegas Strip to the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas in August 2018. Waldorf Astoria will assume full operation of the property with plans to re-imagine and renovate the hotel with brand touches and improvements. When the property opens as the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas it will be at the epicenter of the entertainment capital and the brand’s first property in the market. With elevated offerings alongside Las Vegas’ most sought-after attractions, the hotel will offer True Waldorf Service with Personal Concierges to ensure every guest enjoys thoughtful, intuitive and graceful service. Guests can also expect unforgettable experiences, including innovative dining concepts, spectacular views of The Strip from the hotel’s exclusive 23rd floor bar, helicopter rides, spa retreats and more.
 
Jen Kramer Becomes Only Female Headlining Magician in Las Vegas
Celebrated magician Jen Kramer became the only female headlining magician in Las Vegas, performing her own show at the renowned Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. Featuring mind-boggling magic and mentalism, comedy and audience participation, “The Magic of Jen Kramer” debuted Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Jen Kramer turns the impossible into the impossible-to-ignore, wowing audiences with her contagious smile and world-class sleight-of-hand. She predicts what the audience is thinking, makes a signed hundred-dollar bill magically appear inside a tube of lipstick and even creates a larger-than-life social media page on stage. Named “Female Magician of the Year” by the International Magicians Society, Jen graduated with honors in Theater from Yale University and has been featured on “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” and “Masters of Illusion” on The CW Television Network.
 
Las Vegas Aces Debuts Inaugural WNBA Season
After beginning their inaugural season with two games on the road, the Las Vegas Aces celebrated their home opener on Sunday, May 27 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. The Aces were joined by special performances by Boyz II Men, Jabbawockeez and the cast members from “Michael Jackson ONE” by Cirque du Soleil. The Las Vegas Aces will take the court for regular season games through the end of August.
 
Van Morrison Returns for Five Shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
After multiple sold-out weekends, legendary singer and composer Van Morrison is returning to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace for a five-night engagement in 2019. The British R&B icon is scheduled to perform Friday, January 25 through Saturday, February 2. The shows are presented jointly by AEG Presents and Caesars Entertainment. 2018 is a significant year in Morrison’s career, marking 50 years since the release of the iconic Astral Weeks album in 1968. Morrison shows no sign of slowing things down, continuing to work on new material and exciting upcoming projects, including the release of his latest album, “You’re Driving Me Crazy,” a musical collaboration with Hammond organ virtuoso and trumpet master Joey DeFrancesco, which was released on April 27, 2018.
 
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Announces Arrival of Block 16 Urban Eatery & Bar
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas announced a dynamic new culinary destination known as Block 16 Urban Eatery & Bar, opening early Fall 2018. Established as The Strip’s first made-to-order urban market, Block 16 Urban Eatery & Bar will showcase a curated selection of undeniably unique concepts, uniting the most sought-after chefs and restaurants handpicked from foodie capitals across the country. Six individual food and beverage outposts will live within the urban space, offering curious eaters and ambitious restauranteurs a place to celebrate their shared passion for innovative food and drink. Located on the second level of the Boulevard Tower, Block 16 Urban Eatery & Bar introduces an emerging class of acclaimed chefs and their distinct culinary creations to guests of The Cosmopolitan.
 
Stevie Wonder Announces a Limited Engagement at Park Theater
Singer, songwriter, musician, and producer Stevie Wonder announced “The Stevie Wonder Song Party: A Celebration of Life, Love & Music,” a limited engagement at Park Theater at Park MGM August 3, 4, 8, 10 and 11, 2018 at 8 p.m. Stevie Wonder is one of the most celebrated and prominent figures in popular music who, at the age of 12, was the youngest recording artist to have achieved a No. 1 single with “Fingertips, Part 2”. To date he has amassed 49 Top Forty singles, 32 No. 1 singles and worldwide sales of over 100 million units. Stevie has won 25 Grammy Awards, the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award.
 
Canyon Ranch Launches New Culinary Concept CR CREĀT Inside Grand Canal Shoppes
Canyon Ranch introduces its third brand extension since launching trademarked CR aesthetics and CR shops last fall by announcing the opening of CR CREĀT – the wellness industry leader’s first stand-alone, quick-and-casual concept inside the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian® and The Palazzo® Las Vegas. CR CREĀT joins the brand’s Canyon Ranch Café and Canyon Ranch Grill as an alternative to the indulgences of Las Vegas. The new brand extension brings elevated counter culture to the Strip and features modernized healthy options through a carefully curated menu by Canyon Ranch master chefs.
 
George Wallace Returns with a New Residency at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino
“The New Mr. Vegas” is back. Renowned comedian and longtime star of stage and screen, George Wallace, is returning to Las Vegas with a new residency show at the intimate Westgate Cabaret at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. George Wallace will serve up a plate of laughs, with extra hot sauce, beginning Tuesday, June 26, 2018.
 
Bally’s Las Vegas Completes $125 Million Renovation
Located in the center of the action on the Strip, Bally’s Las Vegas has completed a $125 million redesign of 2,052 guest rooms and suites in the new Resort Tower. The latest redesign features neutral, dark wood tones and striking pops of red throughout decorative accents and fashionable wall coverings, with various geometric patterns that create a contemporary feel. Additional highlights of the new rooms include USB charging stations, chic lounge furniture and reimagined bathrooms with spacious glass-enclosed showers. Caesars Entertainment donated more than 2,000 rooms of furniture from Bally’s Las Vegas – more than $1.1 million in estimated value – to Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas, hurricane relief efforts in Houston, Texas, and other non-profit agencies.
 
Barry Manilow Announces Return to Las Vegas at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino
GRAMMY®, TONY®, and EMMY® Award-winning singer-songwriter, arranger, producer and musician, Barry Manilow announced that he will be returning to Las Vegas with a brand-new stage production to perform his extensive catalog of hits as the exclusive headliner at the Westgate International Theater at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. The legendary entertainer will return to where he previously made his spectacular residency debut on February 24, 2005. The 85-minute show will celebrate his well-loved greatest hits.
 
New Clubhouse Deli Debuts at Rampart Casino and JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa
Clubhouse Deli recently opened at Rampart Casino and JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa. Featuring a variety of signature and custom-made sandwiches, salads, breakfast, and hot menu items, Clubhouse Deli is Rampart Casino’s answer to fast-casual dining options in Summerlin. Modeled after famous New York delis complete with custom-marble cases, the Clubhouse Deli houses an exposed kitchen, pendant lighting and an open floorplan designed with all Rampart Casino and JW Marriott Las Vegas guests in mind.
 
Absinthe Extends Run at Caesars Palace
Recently proclaimed “The #1 Greatest Show in Las Vegas History” and hosted by the filthy rich (and just plain filthy) Gazillionaire, ABSINTHE has announced a long-term deal with Caesars Palace through 2028. The outrageous comedy with jaw-dropping feats of virtuosity and danger for a one-of-a-kind performance for an adults-only audience will now be delivering the fun across two shows every day of the year.

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Latest from Vegas – May 2018

What’s happening in America’s entertainment capital, Las Vegas. Latest from Vegas – May 2018.

Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire Opens at the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas
The VOID, the global leader of a new category of immersive location based experiences, has teamed up with ILMxLAB to create Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire. Using state-of-the-art VR technology, The VOID will transport guests deep into the Star Wars universe where they can walk freely untethered, see, touch and interact with the environment that blends the physical with the virtual world. Under the orders of the rebellion, teams of four guests must work together to infiltrate an Imperial base disguised as stormtroopers where they’ll navigate through to steal critical intelligence with help from familiar Star Wars characters along the way. Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire opened to fans, travelers and locals alike in April and is located at St. Mark’s Square at the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas.
 
Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Announces Gwen Stefani Las Vegas Residency
Multi-platinum recording artist and global icon Gwen Stefani is heading to the Las Vegas Strip with her exclusive headlining residency show, “Gwen Stefani – Just a Girl,” inside Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino beginning Wednesday, June 27, 2018. Gwen Stefani, Live Nation Las Vegas and Caesars Entertainment have also announced their partnership with Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, where $1 of every ticket purchased to “Gwen Stefani – Just A Girl” at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino will be donated to the non-profit organization.
 
OPIUM Premieres at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
During the galactic premiere of OPIUM on April 8, the crew of the Orbital People Mover 4.2 (OPM 4.2) blasted off on their inaugural interplanetary flight from the planet Uranus, successfully landing at the OPIUM Theatre at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Earth. On its maiden voyage, the starship’s passengers were treated to a stellar performance by an irreverent ensemble crew of fools, many showcasing their peculiar talents – from sword swallowing and singing, to feats of danger, wonder, extreme athleticism, and more. The thrilling, at-capacity premiere flight was met with wild applause and a standing ovation by the ship’s passengers upon touchdown. OPIUM performs Monday and Wednesday at 8 p.m. and Thursday through Sunday at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. with no performances on Tuesday.
 
Las Vegas Skyline at Night
 
REAL RESULTS Gym Opens at the Plaza Hotel & Casino
A one-of-its-kind hotel performance gym opened May 1 at the Plaza Hotel & Casino.
The new 5,000-square-foot fitness center by the popular downtown Las Vegas gym, REAL RESULTS will offer athletic sports style training, including group classes and personal training, as well as traditional workout equipment, dynamic group classes led by experienced certified trainers, and private one-on-one training. REAL RESULTS’ signature group cross-training and yoga sessions will be offered both in the new fitness center and on the recreation deck of the Pool at the Plaza, weather permitting. Conventions and special events at the Plaza can take advantage of customized activities, like “Detox to Retox,” private group and team building classes, and pre/post conference classes.
 
MGM Resorts International Releases “UNIVERSAL LOVE”
MGM Resorts International announced the release of “UNIVERSAL LOVE,” a collection of reimagined wedding songs for the LGBTQ community, celebrating the enduring and overwhelming power of love and music to unite. “UNIVERSAL LOVE” offers six newly recorded versions of iconic love songs that give same-sex couples a soundtrack for their own love stories and feature pronouns changed to reflect the world of LGBTQ relationships. The album includes boundary-changing songs from some of today’s most-beloved artists. The album features stellar artists from Bob Dylan, Kesha, St. Vincent, Benjamin Gibbard of Death Cab, Kele Okereke of Bloc Party, and Valerie June.
 
Caesars Palace Launches Dynamic Brand Campaign, ‘Like a Caesar’
The iconic Caesars Palace Las Vegas has launched a dynamic new brand campaign with a fully integrated, sharable narrative video, sweepstakes and room package, showcasing how every guest who visits the reimagined resort is treated ‘Like a Caesar.’ The centerpiece of the campaign, the video showcases a character known as Caesar indulging in the resort’s world-class amenities, including the pool, nightlife, spa, dining, shopping and more. Building off the resort’s rich legacy of trailblazing innovation and opulent offerings in the center of the Las Vegas Strip, the film pays homage to the resort’s rich history while showcasing its distinctive experiences in an approachable and humorous way. The ‘Like a Caesar’ campaign follows exciting developments at Caesars Palace. Now through December 28, 2018, guests can live ‘Like a Caesar’ by indulging in a range of experiences and packages at Caesars Palace.
 
The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas Displays One of the World’s Oldest Gondolas
The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas are celebrating the spirit of Venice with a new seasonal display that features one of the world’s oldest Venetian gondolas. The historic gondola, thought to be constructed around 1850, is considered by experts to be one of the best surviving examples of Venetian gondolas from that time period. The impressive specimen spans 36 feet and is nearly 5 feet wide. The original 1800s furniture is still featured on the gondola, as well as the etched glass windows and hardware. To commemorate the artifact’s arrival to the resort, the gondola is displayed among a collection of hundreds of flowers in the atrium gardens, affording great “Instagrammable moments” around the gondola.
 
Plaza Hotel & Casino Announces Debut of “A Mob Story”
Opening in July at the Plaza Hotel & Casino in the heart of downtown Las Vegas, “A Mob Story” will entertain audiences with an original production that tells the “tale of how the Mob made Las Vegas, and how Vegas took down the Mob.” Created and directed by legendary producer, Emmy and Golden Globe award winner, Jeff Kutash, “A Mob Story” is the most realistic portrayal of the mob ever presented on stage, as told by the last Godfather, former Colombo family capo, Michael Franzese. A true “made man,” Franzese will provide an unprecedented authentic journey into the secret world of the mafia as the show’s host. Former city of Las Vegas Mayor and illustrious mob attorney, Oscar B. Goodman will be an ambassador to the show with special appearances. Tickets are on sale now for the limited engagement show featuring stunning 180-degree visual effects and world class choreography set to today’s popular music, influenced by wise guys, gangsters, and mistresses to the mob.
 
“Marilyn! The New Musical” to Open at Paris Las Vegas
One of Hollywood’s most iconic stars is coming to the Las Vegas Strip in “Marilyn! The New Musical,” an original musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe. The show will open at Paris Las Vegas with preview performances beginning May 23 and a grand opening June 1, just in time for Marilyn’s birthday. Written, directed and produced by Tegan Summer, CEO of Prospect House Entertainment, in partnership with Authentic Brands Group, owner of the Estate of Marilyn Monroe, the new musical will feature acclaimed Broadway actress Ruby Lewis as the resident Marilyn Monroe. “Marilyn! The New Musical” features 20 original musical numbers as well as classics like “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” and “My Heart Belongs to Daddy.”
 
World Market Center Las Vegas Announces Expansion
International Market Centers (IMC), owners and operators of World Market Center Las Vegas, announced a partnership with the City of Las Vegas to construct a new 350,000-square-foot Expo Center on the World Market Center Las Vegas campus. The new Expo Center will provide state-of-the-art exhibition and meeting space in the downtown area for corporate and private events, meetings and tradeshows, as well as service the Las Vegas Market furniture, gift and home décor trade events that attract roughly 100,000 attendees annually.
 
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Latest from Vegas – April 2018

What’s happening in America’s entertainment capital, Las Vegas. Latest from Vegas – April 2018.

Madison Meeting Center to Debut at Park MGM
As part of Monte Carlo Resort and Casino’s transformation into Park MGM this spring, an innovative venue within the new meetings and conference space is now booking groups for this May and beyond. The Madison Meeting Center, the first of its kind in Las Vegas, will cater to customized meetings for groups from 10 to 50 people. The 10,000-square-foot, modern-designed conference center space will offer 10 flexible rooms able to accommodate varying layouts ideal for classroom-style training, certifications, product seminars, workshops and tailored events. With two self-service lounges, ergonomic moveable furniture with integrated power along with built-in audio/visual equipment, confidence monitors and rolling whiteboards, the Madison Meeting Center will inspire interaction and encourage collaboration.
 
The LINQ Promenade Introduces Kind Heaven
The music, film and entertainment visionaries behind a groundbreaking new entertainment venture recently announced that Kind Heaven will open at The LINQ Promenade in Las Vegas in 2019. Kind Heaven is the result of a partnership between Perry Farrell, whose Lollapalooza franchise has revolutionized the modern music festival, Immersive Artistry, whose award-winning co-founders have been responsible for major Hollywood fantasy film franchises, and Caesars Entertainment, the world’s most diversified casino-entertainment provider. Combining leading edge technology and Hollywood style storytelling, Kind Heaven will take visitors on a sensual exotic journey that offers the best of Southeast Asian culture, music, food, danger, fashion, exoticism, exploration, mystery and spiritual enlightenment. Featuring a soundscape curated by Farrell, Kind Heaven will provide a wide variety of experiences, from dark and mysterious back alleys to a Forest Temple and beautiful Sanctuary. Every area will feature different food, drink, and entertainment experiences and everything will be available for purchase.
 
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Palms Casino Resort Introduces Send Noodles
As part of its ongoing $620 million property-wide renovation, Palms Casino Resort recently unveiled Send NOODLES, an Asian-inspired concept. The restaurant will join the latest culinary additions Lucky Penny Café and A.Y.C.E. Buffet on the casino floor and will showcase an authentic and imaginative Asian fusion menu, in an intimate, art-infused environment. The restaurant features a robust menu with influences from Mandarin, Cantonese, Szechuan, Japanese, Korean and Thai cuisines as well as creative takes on American and Italian classics using Asian ingredients. Led by Executive Chef Francis Mo, the restaurant will serve vibrant dishes in a lively setting. Chef Mo has traveled the world and proudly brings to task over 40 years of experience in the culinary industry.
 
The MINT Tavern Celebrates Opening
The MINT Tavern, a classic Las Vegas lounge featuring time-honored libations, a variety of live entertainment and 24-hour gaming, all centered around a cool and relaxed vibe, recently celebrated its official grand opening. The local-friendly spot is conveniently located just off the Las Vegas Strip. Todd Worz, nightlife mogul, and Jonathan Fine, owner of FINE Entertainment, conceptualized the space based on their mutual appreciation for the roots of Las Vegas, blending classic hospitality with a progressive tavern experience.
 
SeaQuest Las Vegas Debuts Asian Small-Clawed Otter Pups
SeaQuest Las Vegas recently welcomed two new Asian small-clawed otter pups to the Interactive Aquarium located inside The Boulevard Mall. The Asian small-clawed otters are the newest addition to the aquarium, following the recent addition of two coatimundi and two capybaras.
 
Zappos and Caesars Entertainment Announce Partnership
Zappos.com recently announced that it is teaming up with Caesars Entertainment, beginning with the renaming of The AXIS, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino’s world-class 7,000-seat state-of-the-art live entertainment venue. As part of the multi-year partnership, officials from both Zappos and Caesars revealed the theater will now be known as Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
 
MGM Resorts and Sydell Group Reveal Pool Oasis at Park MGM in Las Vegas
MGM Resorts International and New York-based Sydell Group have debuted the new pool oasis at the much-anticipated Park MGM. Channeling the sundrenched South of France, the vibrant outdoor escape features three pools, an oversized heated spa, 12 cabanas, lounge areas and multiple bars serving up delicious bites and beverages. Guests can mingle among friends at one of three pools – the South Pool, the East Pool or the North Pool – while lively music evokes a cool, laid-back vibe. Martin Brudnizki Design Studio drew inspiration from the natural surroundings of a country estate, incorporating layered horticulture to shape each pool space.
In addition to chaises throughout the deck area, each pool boasts Baja shelf seating and submerged wet decks, allowing guests to sunbathe while staying cool. Those seeking an elevated experience can upgrade to the VIP area by the East Pool, where they’ll find deluxe cushioned chaises.
 
Palms Casino Resort and Live Nation Present blink-182 Residency
Palms Casino Resort and Live Nation present GRAMMY-nominated trio blink-182’s first-ever Las Vegas rock residency “Kings of the Weekend” at the newly renovated Pearl Concert Theater. The 16-show run, which begins May 26 with dates through November, is one of the resort’s first major entertainment collaborations as part of the recently announced $620 million property-wide overhaul. In anticipation of announcing this milestone, blink-182 took a hand at making their unique mark on the property during its recent renovations.
 
Las Vegas Monorail Unveils Mobile Ticketing with Google Pay
The Las Vegas Monorail Company announced the launch of virtual transit ticketing with the new Google Pay app for Android phones. The Monorail now offers riders the ability to quickly and easily purchase fares online and use their phone at the fare gates for immediate transit access to everything along the Las Vegas Strip. It is the first transit system in the world to fully integrate their ticketing system with Google Pay using MIFARE contactless technology. With just a few clicks, Monorail customers can now purchase and save tickets using their credit and debit cards or PayPal account linked to Google Pay with the security of Google encryption. Once customers arrive at the Monorail station, they simply tap their phone on the fare gate and ride.
 
The Comedy Lineup debuts at Harrah’s Las Vegas
Tom Green and John Caparulo will take the stage when The Comedy Lineup debuts in the Harrah’s Showroom at Harrah’s Las Vegas in May. Incorporating videos and music into his set, Tom Green engages the audience the minute he hits the stage, delivering laughs with every poignant observation. Known as the “under-dressed everyman,” John “Cap” Caparulo is known for his impeccable comedic timing. Cap presents a sarcastic and often self-deprecating view on such topics as fatherhood and marriage, and a quick-witted approach to reflections on daily life. The Comedy Lineup will also welcome additional powerhouse comedians throughout the year.
 
Las Vegas 51s Slide into Home for New Season
The Las Vegas 51s, professional baseball team of the Pacific Coast League (PCL), Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets, will swing into the regular season this month with a five-game homestand against the El Paso Chihuahuas starting Thursday, April 5 at Cashman Field. In its 36th season in Southern Nevada, the 70-game home season will feature various promotional nights, including the traditional firework shows presented at every Friday “home” game (and a Fireworks Extravaganza on Tuesday, July 3), Dollar Beer Nights, Jersey giveaway nights and more. Additionally, eight times this season the team will take the field as the Las Vegas Reyes de Plata (“Silver Kings”), as part of a new multi-cultural fan engagement platform. Reyes de Plata celebrates the city and state’s pioneering history at the forefront of the precious metal mining business that continues to define the Silver State today. 

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Latest from Vegas – March 2018

What’s happening in America’s entertainment capital, Las Vegas. Latest from Vegas – March 2018.

Las Vegas Lights FC Make Regular Season Debut This Month
Las Vegas’ newest professional sports team, the United Soccer League (USL)’s Las Vegas Lights FC, will kick off its first regular season match on Saturday, March 17 on the road against Fresno FC. On Saturday, March 24, at 8 p.m. the Lights’ first regular season home match will double as the birth of an in-state rivalry as the team hosts Reno 1868 FC at Cashman Field. The Lights will finish the month with another home match on Saturday, March 31, against the Swope Park Rangers.
 
Marriott International and Witkoff to Open The Drew Las Vegas
Marriott International, Inc. and global development firm Witkoff recently announced a plan to open a new resort at 2755 Las Vegas Boulevard South, formerly known as the Fontainebleau. Ushering in a new era of world-class hospitality, the integrated resort and casino to be named The Drew Las Vegas will debut the EDITION brand in Las Vegas and mark The Strip’s first JW Marriott. Anticipated to open in late 2020, the resort will feature nearly 4,000 rooms and suites as well as over 500,000 square feet of convention and meeting space. Once open, the hotels will be managed by Marriott International. Two Blackbirds Hospitality, led by renowned hotelier and former Cosmopolitan CEO John Unwin, will oversee the launch and operations of The Drew Las Vegas. As an integrated resort, The Drew Las Vegas will be home to a broad offering including a casino, luxury hotels, together with convention facilities, entertainment, nightlife, retail and dining curated into one cohesive guest experience.
 
Las Vegas 51s Break Ground on New Stadium
The Las Vegas 51s recently broke ground on a new facility, Las Vegas Ballpark, in Downtown Summerlin. The team will play its final season at Cashman Field this year, and is expected to move to the new facility in time for the 2019 season.
 
Harrah’s Las Vegas Completes $140 Million Renovation, Celebrates 80th Anniversary of Brand
Harrah’s Las Vegas has completed a $140 million transformation, which includes 1,622 modern new guest rooms and suites in its Valley Tower. Pairing seven-day-a-week free, live entertainment with a new lobby bar and casino floor, Harrah’s Las Vegas offers the best value at the center of the Strip. The new look comes as Harrah’s celebrates 80 years as a premier gaming brand. This latest redesign follows the renovation of 672 guest rooms and suites on the south side of the tower in 2016, resulting in a completely refreshed Valley Tower at the beloved Caesars Entertainment resort. The easily accessible Harrah’s Las Vegas is steps away from various Las Vegas landmarks and attractions and is a stop on the Las Vegas Monorail line.
 
Neon Museum Debuts “Brilliant!”
The Neon Museum recently debuted “Brilliant!”—an audiovisual immersion experience that uses technology advances to reanimate 40 monumental examples of the museum’s iconic vintage signs. Presented after dark in the Neon Museum’s North Gallery, “Brilliant!” was created by digital artist and designer Craig Winslow using projection mapping to arrive at a shared augmented reality experience. Earth Water Sky served as the system designer and integrator. To guests immersed in the 30-minute experience, the unrestored, non-working and in some cases broken signs will appear to be suddenly re-electrified, as though by magic, before their eyes. Up to 50 guests at a time will be transported directly into Las Vegas’ history, where the static signs come to life while accompanied by music from some of the entertainment industry’s most storied performers.
 
Pronto by Giada Now Open at Caesars Palace
Celebrated chef, author and television personality, Giada De Laurentiis, has officially opened her second restaurant, Pronto by Giada, at Caesars Palace. Guests can now take a quick bite of the good life with De Laurentiis’ signature California-Italian fare but in a fast, casual format. All Pronto dishes are made in an abbreviated time, perfect for guests on the go or those looking for a leisurely bite. Once guests receive their dishes, a variety of seating is available from counter and bar seating to casual lounging.
 
The Mob Museum Debuts Major Renovation
The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, debuted its major first-floor renovation, which includes a brand-new exhibition space called Organized Crime Today, focusing on the modernization and evolution of organized crime in the present day. Two new experiential spaces include the Use of Force Training Experience and Crime Lab, which join the Museum’s already robust experiential platform, focusing on methods employed by law enforcement to apprehend and prosecute criminals and their organizations. These new exhibits and experiences represent the first phase of the Museum’s largest capital improvement project since opening on February 14, 2012. The final phase of the Museum’s renovation and expansion will be completed this April with the opening of the enhanced Prohibition history exhibition, The Underground, which will include a working speakeasy and distillery.
 
South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa Unveils $40 Million Renovation of Guest Rooms
South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa unveiled a $40 million remodel plan to its guest rooms throughout the property’s three towers, which includes 2,049 rooms and 84 suites featuring new furniture, luxury flooring, crown molding, mini refrigerator and bathroom upgrades. The first phase of the redesign, which will begin in April of 2018, will be completed by September 2018, with 100 rooms currently on sale for reservations beginning in May 2018 at the South Point Hotel website. The three-year project will refurbish one hotel tower each year and is scheduled to be completed by September 2020. By the end of 2018, more than 630 newly designed rooms will be available for guests for a $10 upgraded room fee. The guest rooms offer a refreshed look with new Bernhardt furniture, such as beds, dressers, night stands, chairs, sitting tables, and lounge chairs with an ottoman. In addition, the guest rooms offer lamps with power and USB ports, functional desks for business executives and a new color palette.
 
Tape Face to Debut New Residency at Harrah’s Las Vegas
After two successful limited engagements in 2017, modern-day mime and comedian Tape Face is returning to Las Vegas. The “America’s Got Talent” alumnus has announced a multi-year residency at Harrah’s Las Vegas, beginning Friday, March 16 at 7 p.m. PST. Although his show contains no dialogue, his return to Sin City will be louder than ever. In conjunction with his new show, Harrah’s Las Vegas will premiere a uniquely customized theater for Tape Face’s return called “House of Tape.” An intimate, 200-seat venue, the brand-new showroom will be easily accessible from Harrah’s main gaming floor. 
 
The D Las Vegas Debuts Fortune Cup™ Mechanical Horse Racing Game
The D Las Vegas recently saddled up as the first Downtown Las Vegas casino to feature the new-to-market Fortune Cup™ mechanical horse racing game. Created by Konami Gaming, Inc. and to be housed on property’s second-level Vintage Vegas casino floor, the new addition brings modern technology improvements to a high-demand gaming format. Fortune Cup will feature a 9-foot wide mechanical track with eight horses synchronized to real-time digital animation of the game’s action through connected LCD displays. Powered by Konami’s cutting-edge, cross-platform game engine, it includes 10 individualized betting stations with an intuitive touchscreen interface. Ushering in the new wave of old-versus-new throwback gaming, Fortune Cup will sit next to another famous equestrian form of entertainment at the D, the beloved Sigma Derby racing experience that has captivated gamers in Las Vegas for decades. It is one of the last two machines in the city and has served as the centerpiece of the D’s Vintage Vegas section. The dueling games will offer guests two uniquely different ways to enjoy the iconic game.
 
Comedy Cellar to Debut First Las Vegas Location
For Comedy Lovers Only: Visit the longest-running and most successful comedy club in New York – the Comedy Cellar – without leaving Las Vegas, beginning April 5, 2018. After 36 years of selling out every show, the Comedy Cellar will open its first West Coast location at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The Cellar, as insiders call it, will bring its unique vibe from the iconic, underground, Greenwich Village, “brick wall and stained glass,” low ceiling design and feel —to its new, intimate 300-seat club at Rio. Even the menu will be entertaining, as the food and bar service will be provided by Rio’s world-class chefs and bartenders.
 
Madame Tussauds Launches New DJ Experience
From pumping up the crowd to Champagne spraying and cake throwing, one never knows what fun to expect at a Steve Aoki performance. Anything can happen when the two-time Grammy-nominated international DJ and producer makes an appearance at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas, on Tuesday, March 6, for an exclusive celebration to launch a new DJ experience featuring his first ever wax figure. Guests can get behind the decks with Aoki in the state-of-the-art dance-party installation that will inspire #FOMO in any electronic dance music fan.

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Latest from Vegas – February 2018

What’s happening in America’s entertainment capital, Las Vegas. Latest from Vegas – February 2018.

First Gordon Ramsey HELL’S KITCHEN Restaurant Opens at Caesars Palace
Multi-Michelin star chef and television personality Gordon Ramsay, joined by the finalists of Season 17 HELL’S KITCHEN All-Stars and famous faces from the sports and entertainment world, celebrated the official grand opening of the first-ever Gordon Ramsay HELL’S KITCHEN restaurant at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Since its soft opening in early January, the highly-anticipated restaurant has already received reservations for nearly 25,000 guests. Designed to be an experiential and immersive destination restaurant, guests at Gordon Ramsay HELL’S KITCHEN will feel transported to the studio set of the globally popular FOX television show. The inspiration from the hit show is evident from the signature fiery pitchfork – direct from the set of the popular TV show – that marks the entryway, to the life-size video screen of Chef Ramsay that greets guests upon arrival, to the chef uniforms and menu items. The winner of current Season 17 of HELL’S KITCHEN All-Stars will be named Head Chef and have portrait hung with the other previous champions on the winner’s wall.
 
Tuscany Suites & Casino unveils $5 Million Renovation of Guest Rooms
Tuscany Suites & Casino recently unveiled an interior refresh to its guest rooms across its 716 suites as part of a property-wide renovation. The project, which kicked off in 2015, is now complete, featuring new furniture, carpeting and bathroom vanity. The newly designed rooms feature thoughtful touches that reflect a modern take on the Tuscany region of central Italy, meticulously and personally selected by the property’s owner, Brett Heers. Standout implementations of the refreshed guest rooms include an updated color palette and design, environmentally friendly lighting fixtures, new artwork, functional desk space for business travelers, additional power outlets, and faster in-room WiFi.
 
Matt Goss Returns to the Las Vegas Strip at The Mirage
Hit entertainer and beloved showman Matt Goss returns to the Las Vegas Strip, headlining an extended engagement at The Mirage. “Matt Goss at The Mirage” is appearing now on select evenings inside 1 OAK Nightclub. Known for his impassioned performances that combine intoxicating vocal sets, big band instrumentals and old-school glamour, British-born singing sensation Goss’ sleek style and unparalleled ability to engage audiences embody the magic of Las Vegas’ classic lounge crooners. A favorite among visitors and locals, Goss’ talents and numerous accolades proclaim him “The New King of Vegas.”
 
Las Vegas Lights FC to Kick Off Inaugural Season with Three Pre-Season Games
Las Vegas’ newest professional sports team, the United Soccer League (USL)’s Las Vegas Lights FC, will kick off its inaugural season with Soccer Spring Training matches against visiting MLS clubs on Feb. 10 (Montreal Impact), Feb. 17 (Vancouver Whitecaps FC) and Feb. 24 (DC United). The first regular season home match for Las Vegas Lights FC at Cashman Field will double as the birth of an in-state rivalry as the Lights FC will host Reno 1868 FC on Saturday, March 24, at 8 p.m.
 
The Westin Las Vegas Transforms into Non-Gaming, Non-Smoking Property
The Westin Las Vegas Hotel & Spa, located just steps from the Las Vegas Strip, has completed major renovations, transforming into the city’s newest non-gaming, non-smoking option, perfect for corporate travelers and leisure guests. Under the management of Crescent Hotels & Resorts, the casino floor has been removed to make way for Jake & Eli, a vibrant culinary experience and lobby bar concept, as well as new and upgraded meeting spaces. The Westin Las Vegas has added four new meeting rooms, located off the lobby, increasing its capacity by 20 percent. These flexible spaces are complete with custom catering options including a private buffet, signature menus from Jake & Eli, and a dedicated pre-function space, making this area the ideal spot for large and small business or social groups.
 
Chef Roy Choi Hits Up Las Vegas with New Restaurant at Park MGM
Los Angeles culinary legend Roy Choi will electrify the Las Vegas dining scene in the fall of 2018 with the debut of a Koreatown-inspired concept. Choi’s multifaceted, multisensory experience will be a dynamic destination within the transformation of Monte Carlo into Park MGM. The soon-to-be-named restaurant will be a celebration of L.A.’s Koreatown district featuring immersive spaces that feel comfortable and familiar, while creating an eclectic environment for people to open their perceptions to the new and extraordinary.
 
Westgate Resorts announces World’s Largest Free-Standing Sign Gets Digital Upgrade
The world’s largest free-standing outdoor sign has received a major digital upgrade! In partnership with New Tradition, Westgate Resorts has announced the completion of the digital upgrade for its iconic Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino sign, standing 28-stories tall near the corner of Paradise Rd. and Elvis Presley Blvd. The updated sign’s state-of-the-art LED video displays cover a combined 15,000 square feet, with 16mm LED display areas of nearly 5,600,000 pixels that is larger than the Dallas Cowboys’ famous stadium video displays.
 
Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas Resorts Unveils Personalized Virtual Concierge Service
Caesars Entertainment properties in Las Vegas are using technology to enhance the guest experience with Ivy™, a 24-hour virtual concierge service. With additional rollouts to Caesars Palace and The LINQ Hotel & Casino over the summer, Ivy is now live in more than 6,000 rooms within Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas Resorts, making Caesars Entertainment the first major gaming company in Las Vegas to offer a widespread guest text messaging program with built-in artificial intelligence. Ivy, created by Go Moment®, is the world’s first automated guest engagement platform for hotels powered by IBM Watson. Caesars Palace and The LINQ Hotel & Casino are the latest Caesars Entertainment resorts to introduce guests to Ivy, which initially launched at the boutique Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace and The Cromwell in December 2016. Ivy is expected to expand to Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in February with planned rollouts to the remaining Las Vegas resorts in 2018.
 
Lolli & Pops Brings Sweet Delight to Sin City with First Nevada Location
Lolli & Pops, a growing mass-premium candy company, will open its first location in Nevada with a brand-new store at Las Vegas’s Fashion Show Las Vegas. Set to debut this month, the new store is the 46th location opened by San Francisco-based Lolli & Pops, which is on schedule to open over 30 more stores across the U.S. by the end of 2018. Each store offers a thoughtfully curated selection of sweets and treats sourced from around the world. Fashion Show guests will be greeted with a dazzling display of colorful French macarons, marzipan fruits and a gummy bear bar with more than 15 flavors to choose from. The 2,200 square-foot store will stock sweets from famed candy producers and local artisans that will change daily. 
 
Allied Esports Sets March 22 Date for Grand Opening
Allied Esports, the world’s leading network of dedicated esports properties and content production facilities, recently announced the grand opening date of Esports Arena Las Vegas, the Strip’s first dedicated esports arena. The arena will officially open its doors at Luxor Hotel and Casino on Thursday, March 22 with a series of events, including an invitation-only, multi-day, live-streamed tournament. Allied Esports and Esports Arena have partnered with Luxor to transform the former nightclub space into a multi-level arena with a competition stage, LED video wall, telescopic seating, daily gaming stations, and state-of-the-art streaming and television-quality production studios. The arena will provide a ready-to-go championship destination for tournaments, leagues and high-stakes matchups in a setting designed to deliver an unparalleled fan experience. In December, Allied Esports and world-renowned chef Jose Andres’ ThinkFoodGroup announced a partnership to create the first gaming-inspired food and beverage menu at Esports Arena Las Vegas.
 
Downtown Grand Presents “Bed & Brewski” Featuring Tenaya Creek Brewery
Unexpected partnerships are the best partnerships. The Downtown Grand Hotel and Casino has announced a property-wide partnership with Las Vegas Brewery, Tenaya Creek, to create the city’s first “Bed & Brewski” hotel room package and experience, which will offer private tours of the brewery exclusively to hotel guests. Guests who book this experiential package will be greeted with a 6-pack of their chosen brewski upon check-in, as well as a ticket to privately tour Las Vegas’ own Tenaya Creek Brewery. These first-of-their-kind tours will offer hotel guests an intimate look at one of Las Vegas’ most successful craft breweries.
 
Wynn Las Vegas Introduces Solar Energy Facility
Wynn Las Vegas will power its multi-use development, Paradise Park, with 100 percent renewable energy sourced from a new 160-acre solar energy facility, making it one of the most environmentally conscious planned developments in Las Vegas. Under the terms of the agreement with Enel Green Power North America, Inc. (EGPNA), Wynn Las Vegas will begin receiving power in the first half of 2018 which will be used to offset up to seventy-five percent of the resort’s current peak power requirements until Paradise Park opens. This is the largest percentage of renewable energy used by any resort in Las Vegas, and an industry first for a gaming operator in Nevada.
 
The Big Apple Roller Coaster at New York-New York Hotel & Casino Announces New Virtual Reality Experience
Fasten your safety belts and prepare for liftoff! New York-New York Hotel & Casino will take attraction rides to new levels when The Big Apple Coaster Virtual Reality Experience debuts February 7. The first of its kind in Las Vegas, this white-knuckle ride high above The Strip will combine thrill-seekers’ need for speed with advanced, immersive graphics, resulting in a 4D experience that’s out of this world. The first virtual reality ride to incorporate popular current landmarks into its creative visuals, the ride combines real G forces, drops and the high speed of The Big Apple Coaster to create an unforgettable experience.
 
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas to debut REVIV IV Wellness Spa
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas recently announced REVIV IV Wellness Spa, leading global wellness provider of signature IV therapies and booster shots, will open on property early Spring 2018. The third Las Vegas location will offer both guests of The Cosmopolitan and locals the opportunity to receive world-class IV wellness therapy to treat a variety of common ailments including dehydration, inflammation, vitamin deficiencies and the after effects of a fun night out in Las Vegas. REVIV will feature signature amenities of the IV wellness lounge including full body massage chairs, private and group treatment areas complete with televisions and iPads, views of the Las Vegas strip, aroma therapy and beverages. Treatments will be available in either a private treatment room onsite or in-room for guests staying at The Cosmopolitan.
 
The Mob Museum Announces February 14 as Opening Date for First-Floor Renovation
The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, announces February 14, 2018 as the opening date for its major first-floor renovation, which includes a brand-new exhibition space called Organized Crime Today, focusing on the modernization and evolution of organized crime in the present day. Two new experiential spaces include the Use of Force Training Experience and Crime Lab, which join the Museum’s already robust experiential platform, focusing on methods employed by law enforcement to apprehend and prosecute criminals and their organizations. This represents the first phase of the Museum’s largest capital improvement project since opening on February 14, 2012. To celebrate the Museum’s sixth anniversary and the debut of its new experiences, general admission will be FREE for Nevada residents and buy-one, get-one for non-residents from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. that day.
 
Wynn Resorts Acquires Smiling King Bear Sculpture
Wynn Resorts adds a new level of modern vigor to its world-class art collection with the acquisition of Smiling King Bear, a pop-surreal sculpture created by the famed Spanish contemporary artist Okuda San Miguel. At a towering 16-feet tall and executed in the artist’s signature prismatic style, the sculpture is a multicolored geometric masterpiece featuring a whimsical bear with a spiked crown, holding an equally imposing smiling ball. The sculpture was installed at Wynn Las Vegas during a meticulous multi-day process overseen by the artist, and is now on display in the Wynn Plaza rotunda as part of the resort’s continued appreciation and commitment to public art.
 
Clint Holmes and Earl Turner Debut New Show Inside Historic Westgate International Theater
Celebrated entertainers Clint Holmes and Earl Turner are taking the stage together to celebrate the ‘soundtrack’ of our lives in SOUNDTRACK: Your Songs. Our Stories. The Show. The latest collaboration between these two Las Vegas legends will debut inside the famed Westgate International Theater at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 7 p.m.

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Latest from Vegas – January 2018

What’s happening in America’s entertainment capital, Las Vegas. Latest from Vegas – January 2018.
 
MGM Resorts Selects ‘Las Vegas Aces’ as New Name for WNBA Franchise
MGM Resorts International recently announced that its WNBA franchise will be called the Las Vegas Aces. Las Vegas’ first major professional basketball team – formerly the San Antonio Stars – will begin play in its new home in the 2018 season. Las Vegas Aces President of Basketball Operations and Head Coach Bill Laimbeer was joined by MGM Resorts President Bill Hornbuckle and WNBA President Lisa Borders to reveal the team’s name and logo at a news conference at Mandalay Bay.
 
Frank Sinatra’s Granddaughter AJ Lambert Launches Monthly Las Vegas Residency
For the first time ever, multi-talented songstress and Frank Sinatra’s granddaughter, AJ Lambert will perform in Las Vegas with a monthly residency at The Space beginning Friday, Jan. 12. AJ will rotate between performing two of her grandfather’s albums – the 1955 pioneering concept album “In The Wee Small Hours,” as well as his 1958 album, “Only The Lonely.” In this show, AJ shares her deeply intimate recollections of her grandfather Frank Sinatra, as only she can, while singing the iconic albums in their entirety with a voice all her own. The stripped-down presentation of Nelson Riddle’s classic arrangements (with piano accompaniment by John Boswell) allows for a rare opportunity for intimacy with these incredible pieces of American music. Whether you know the albums by heart or always wanted to know more, this show makes for a very rewarding evening.
 
LAS RAGEOUS Music Festival Returns to Downtown Las Vegas
After a successful debut in 2017, which drew rock and metal fans from around the world with sellout crowds of 10,000 each day, Las Rageous returns for its second year on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21. The two-day music festival created by Live Nation will take over two square blocks, in the heart of iconic downtown Las Vegas at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, and will feature performances from A Perfect Circle, Five Finger Death Punch, Ghost, Judas Priest, and more, on two stages.
 
Earth, Wind & Fire Launch First Las Vegas Residency
Legendary music group Earth, Wind & Fire announced a very special limited engagement at The Venetian Theatre inside The Venetian® Las Vegas. The show will be held on May 2, 4, 5, 9, 11 and 12, 2018 at 8 p.m. This will be the band’s debut residency in Las Vegas. The Earth, Wind & Fire live tour legacy is considered groundbreaking with rich history of state-of-the-art production and surprises. The residency will showcase a spectacular stage production like never seen before.
 
China Lights Festival Coming to Craig Ranch Regional Park
The Sichuan Tianyu Culture Communication Co. Ltd., in cooperation with Zigong City and the Sichuan Provincial Department of Commerce, recently announced that world-class China Lights lantern festival will debut in North Las Vegas as part of a cultural trade mission. From Jan. 19 through Feb. 25, Craig Ranch Regional Park will be illuminated with 40 larger-than-life lantern displays, comprised of more than 1,000 components using state-of-the-art LEDs and animation. The festival will also include cultural demonstrations and displays, traditional Asian and western dining options, and nightly live stage entertainment.  For the inaugural year, Boyd Gaming will be the exclusive gaming sponsor, with opportunities for other local businesses to sponsor the lanterns throughout the exhibit.
 
Alexxa’s Bar Opens inside Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
ALEXXA’s, a modern bar with a unique twist, debuted on Dec. 30, 2017 inside Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, bringing a sangria-focused element, global small dishes and live music to The Strip. As the muse of its adjoining restaurant HEXX kitchen + bar, ALEXXA’s bar will boast an upscale design with a sexy vibe. ALEXXA’s bar, connecting to HEXX kitchen + bar, will open to beautiful patio doors directly onto Las Vegas Boulevard. The bar will feature nine sangria options to choose from, including sparkling sangria, cider sangria and seasonal sangrias. A selection of curated cocktails made with fresh juices will also be available at ALEXXA’s bar.
 
The Mob Museum to Debut The Underground, a Permanent Prohibition History Exhibition Featuring Working Speakeasy and Distillery
The Mob Museum, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, will reinvent the way guests experience history when it unveils The Underground, a permanent exhibition dedicated to the history of Prohibition, in April 2018. Guests touring The Underground will learn about Prohibition-era bootlegging and rum running. Entirely re-envisioning the typical museum exhibition experience, The Underground will take visitors on an uncommonly vivid journey back in time: Situated discreetly in the basement of the Museum, The Underground will house a real working distillery and speakeasy. While visiting these vibrant, immersive environments, guests will be compelled to ponder the time when consuming alcohol was not only a criminal act, but also bred secret watering holes that became the most glamorous places to be.
 
Lady Gaga Announces Two-Year Special Engagement at Park Theater
Six-time GRAMMY Award-winner, Golden Globe Award-winner and Academy Award-nominee superstar entertainer Lady Gaga will bring her one-of-a-kind talent and creativity to the stage at Park Theater at Park MGM in Las Vegas beginning in December 2018.  On the heels of a year that included a stunning Super Bowl performance and a wildly celebrated sold-out tour, Lady Gaga’s energy and raw talent will forever change the Las Vegas entertainment landscape. With a show designed specifically for this intimate venue, Lady Gaga will launch a two-year, multi-date love affair with Las Vegas.
 
Donny & Marie Residency at Flamingo Las Vegas Extended to 2018
Having already spent more than five decades in the entertainment spotlight, the unwavering talent and lasting showmanship of Donny & Marie remains so popular that the multi-talented duo have announced the extension of their critically-acclaimed residency in the Donny & Marie Showroom at Flamingo Las Vegas through the end of 2018. With competition in Las Vegas more heated than ever before, Donny & Marie have proven to deliver one of the most dynamic and high-energy shows in Las Vegas.  Since beginning in Sept. 2008, the singing duo has now performed more than 1,300 shows. What began as only a six-week concert engagement ended up being so well received that by popular demand, the residency was extended again and again. With sold-out rooms featuring high-energy performances, their distinctive blend of talents will go on for another year, enabling them to hit a milestone decade on the famed Strip.
 
Palms Casino Resort Fires up A.Y.C.E. Buffet
Palms Casino Resort, the iconic property now part of the Station Casinos’ family, recently opened A.Y.C.E., the reimagined buffet concept with a distinct approach to culinary offerings and preparations in a swanky environment. A celebration of “All You Can Eat,” A.Y.C.E. Buffet is part of the Palms’ recently announced $485 million renovation plan, which will touch virtually every aspect of the property. Worldly cuisine presented in an innovative, technique-focused fashion will be the signature of A.Y.C.E., which will host guests in an open food hall setting. Wood burning grills, large rotisseries, and smokers offer an interactive chef-driven experience, while communal tables provide for unexpected social engagements.
 
Inferno, the Fire Spectacular, Brings the Heat to Paris Las Vegas
The heat is on this winter as INFERNO, the fire spectacular that has taken Europe and Asia by storm, lands at Paris Las Vegas. A dazzling display of pyrotechnics, fire stunts and spectacular illusions, INFERNO has been called “a perfect show that surprises over and over again!” Performances begin at the Paris Theater on Jan. 24. Led by critically acclaimed European illusionist Joe Labero and the most exciting fire, pyro and aerial group in the world, The Fuel Girls, INFERNO blends death-defying stunts, jaw-dropping illusions and more fire than you can imagine into a gasoline-soaked spectacular.
 
Masters of Illusion Celebrates Mystifying Opening
Masterfully weaving a series of grand illusions with mind-blowing sleight-of-hand, and everything in between, Masters of Illusion features engaging performances by magicians Jason Bird, Farrell Dillon, Greg Gleason, Chris Randall, and Tommy Wind. Each with their own extensive career in magic expertly showcased, this team of illusionists has joined forces to create an exciting and hilarious evening of entertainment that’s fun for the whole family. Mixing jaw-dropping magic and side-splitting comedy with fresh artistry and technology, the Las Vegas production of Masters of Illusion is set to bring the hit CW television series of the same namesake to life for audiences nightly.
 
“Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man” Announces New Stars
“Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man” is entering 2018 with two new headlining stars: Scheana Shay and Chester Lockhart. Shay, an actress, model, and reality television personality will make her Las Vegas stage debut alongside recording artist and MTV star Lockhart on Thursday, Jan. 4 at Paris Las Vegas. Tickets for 2018 performances are now on sale.
 
Tropicana Las Vegas to Debut Asian-Inspired Restaurant Concept
Tropicana Las Vegas will soon debut an all-new restaurant concept, Red Lotus Asian Kitchen. Set to open early 2018, the new eatery will feature an approachable Asian-inspired menu, offering both lunch and dinner options – bringing a fresh and fun dining experience to the property. From Thailand to Japan, Korea to China, and Vietnam, Red Lotus Asian Kitchen will offer the ‘greatest hits’ of Asian-inspired cuisine and will showcase traditional Asian dishes prepared with a Westernized flair.
 
Renegades Debuts at Cleopatra’s Barge at Caesars Palace
The rebels of sports are taking over the Las Vegas Strip with Renegades, a new interactive and totally unique show. Opening Thursday, Jan. 25 inside Cleopatra’s Barge, the intimate 180-seat theater at Caesars Palace, Renegades gives sports fans an up-close and personal experience with three of their favorite sports stars. The starting line-up includes baseball great Jose Canseco and two-time Super Bowl champion Jim McMahon. The Fab Five’s Jimmy King will appear during the first eight shows, with six-time NFL Pro Bowler Terrell Owens taking over starting Thursday, Feb. 8. The shows will be hosted by comedian Martin Montana, and its roster will rotate athletes every three months.
 
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