'PIN UP™' WILL DEBUT AT STRATOSPHERE WITH CLAIRE SINCLAIR!
The world debut of “PIN UP™,” an original show inspired by the famous pin up girl calendars, will open with a red carpet event at the Stratosphere on Feb. 25 and star Playboy's 2011 Playmate of the Year® and Bettie Page Clothing model, Claire Sinclair. After opening night, performances will be at 10:30 p.m. Stratosphere headliner Frankie Moreno is co-producer of the new show. Tickets will be $49.99.
Sinclair's fame first came from her “Playboy®” magazine acknowledgements. She has been featured on E!'s hit reality television shows “The Bunny House” and “Holly's World,” and was a special guest performer for “Crazy Horse Paris” at the MGM Grand in 2010 and 2011.
Lacey Schwimmer of ABC's “Dancing With The Stars” choreographed the dance sequences featuring a wide variety of dance styles weaved through the production's month-by-month vignettes. The show will feature four female dancers and one male dancer.
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'TRIBUTE ROYALTY' OPENS AT V THEATER
The “Kings and Queens” of music are immortalized in the show “Tribute Royalty” opening at the V Theater at Planet Hollywood. The production with dancers features the artists that are worthy of the title “Royalty.” Performances are daily except Sunday at 4 p.m.
ELTON JOHN EXTENDS CAESARS PALACE RESIDENCY
Elton John is extending his “The Million Dollar Piano” show at Caesars Palace with April and May dates: April 20 - 21, 23 - 24, 27 and 30 and May 1, 4 – 5 and 8-11. Tickets range in price from $55 to $250.
Elton John is one of the top-selling solo artists, with 25 platinum and 35 gold albums, and 29 consecutive Top 40 hits. The five-time Grammy® and Grammy Legend award winner has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has received both Academy and Tony Awards for his contributions in “The Lion King” and “Aida.” Additionally, Elton composed the music for the stage production of “Billy Elliot.”
KRAVE TEMPORARILY MOVES TO RIO BEFORE NEONOPOLIS
The popular Las Vegas gay nightlife destination Krave has opened for weekends at the Crown Theater and Nightclub in the Rio until it can move into its 80,000-square-foot space at Neonopolis in March. “Krave at Crown” will be open from 10:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
The new Krave Massive downtown will be located in the former Galaxy 11 multiplex movie theater. It will offer five dance rooms themed around different styles of music.
'RAACK N ROLL' OPENS AT D DOWNTOWN
The producers of “X Burlesque” are opening the topless revue “Raack N Roll” at the D downtown on Friday, Feb. 1. The show also features comedy impressionist Robert Nash, who mixes music, comedy and impressions. The show was previously at Hooters for a while. Shows are Thursday through Monday at 10:30 p.m. Tickets range from $39.95 to $69.
TAYLOR HICKS MOVES FROM BALLY'S TO NAPOLEON'S AT PARIS
“American Idol” winner Taylor Hicks is moving his popular Las Vegas show from The Indigo at Bally's to Napoleon's at Paris on Monday, Jan. 21. Hicks recently signed a year-long extension with Caesars Entertainment through 2013. In addition, he will also continue to perform at other Caesars properties across the country throughout the year.
'COUNTRY SUPERSTARS' FINDS NEW HOME AT V THEATER
The country show “Country Superstars” paying tribute to big country stars and featuring a live band that was downtown at the Golden Nugget is now calling the V Theater at Planet Hollywood home. Shows are nightly except Sunday at 6 p.m. The show features four tribute performances per show. The rotating cast of superstars includes such hit makers as Tim McGraw, Reba McEntire, Brook & Dunn and Willie Nelson, etc.
'JERSEY BOY' TRAVIS CLOER WILL PERFORM AT SMITH CENTER
Travis Cloer, who currently stars as Frankie Valli in “Jersey Boys” on the Strip, will bring his talents to The Smith Center's Cabaret Jazz on Feb. 4. His performance titled “Setting the Standard” will feature an evening of Broadway favorites, Jazz, R&B, Pop and his own personal creations.
FOUR MADAME TUSSAUDS TO HONOR WHITNEY HOUSTON
In celebration of Whitney Houston's life and unparalleled career, Madame Tussauds will immortalize the beloved artist in wax at four separate and distinct points of her life at each Madame Tussauds attraction in the United States. This will represent the first time in the more than 200-year history of Madame Tussauds that the attraction has created four distinct wax likenesses of a single subject represented at different points of their life.
The four new wax figures will be unveiled at a special ceremony in early February at Madame Tussauds New York in Times Square. The Houston figure that will find a home in Las Vegas will be from the video for “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” and styled in the same way she appeared in the video, wearing a tight purple-pink tank dress and blonde curly hair.
'ONE NIGHT FOR ONE DROP' IS A GLOBAL PHILANTHROPY EVENT
“ONE NIGHT for ONE DROP,” a completely original, one-night-only production featuring artists from each of the seven Las Vegas Cirque du Soleil productions and joint effort with MGM Resorts International, will be performed on March 22 at the “O” Theatre at Bellagio. VIP tickets that include the post party extravaganza are $2,500 and other tickets are priced from $250 to $1,500.
“ONE NIGHT for ONE DROP” will be held on World Water Day and highlight water as the essence of life within the earth's ecosystem.
ONE DROP, a non-profit organization created in 2007 by Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté, works to secure water access by implementing integrated and unique water projects around the world and to reverse the growing water crisis by raising awareness for water-related issues.
MASTER GUITARIST TOMMY EMMANUEL VISITS SUNSET STATION
This month, master guitarist Tommy Emmanuel has returned to the United States with an 18-city tour that includes an appearance at Club Madrid in Sunset Station on Jan. 25. His mainstream popularity has blossomed due in part to his PBS TV special last year, “Tommy Emmanuel and Friends: Live from the Balboa Theatre.” Last July, Emmanuel joined forces with longtime friend, fellow performer and jazz guitarist, Martin Taylor for a new acoustic duet album titled “The Colonel & The Governor” scheduled for released in April.
Emmanuel is considered a master of many genres and described as the most charismatic, soulful and technically brilliant “fingerstyle” guitarist today. His approach to fingerstyle playing was inspired by the great, Chet Atkins.
PHIL VASSAR WILL PERFORM AT THE SILVERTON
Contemporary country singer Phil Vassar, who made his name as a chart-topping songwriter before landing a record deal and becoming a hit-making artist, will perform at the Veil Pavilion inside the Silverton on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. Vassar released his self-titled debut album in 2000 that featured No. 1 country music song “Just Another Day In Paradise.” Tickets are $25, $40 and $65.
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CAESARS PALACE OFFERS NEW FOOD UNIVERSITY
Food Network series “Ace of Cakes” star Duff Goldman, winner of season 10 “Hell's Kitchen” Christina Wilson, acclaimed pastry chef François Payard, chef and restaurateur Frank Pellegrino, Jr. and the “Godfather of Italian-American cooking” Steve Martorano have been added to the faculty of Food University at Caesars Palace, taking place March 27-29.
The intense three-day culinary event will feature 12 hands-on classes, three off-site “field trips,” a mixology seminar, six meals, a graduation ceremony, the “Enlightened Palate” diploma and more. Food University is a revolutionary and immersive culinary travel experience for foodies seeking to raise their culinary IQ. The fundraising Keep Memory Alive tuition is $1,995; visit www.FoodUniversityLasVegas.com.
UNLVINO EXPANDS TO FOUR DAYS FOR 39TH ANNUAL EVENT
This year, the UNLV college scholarship fundraising 39th annual UNLVino will expand to four days of events, for wine, beer and spirit enthusiasts, April 18-21. UNLVino's special $350 wine-lovers “passport” package includes admission to all four tastings and saves more than $100.
The events include: “Bubble-Licious” at The Venetian – Thursday, April 18: 7-10 p.m. Tickets $125 in advance; $150 at the door; “Sake Fever” at The Mirage – Friday, April 19: 7-10 p.m. Tickets are $100 in advance; $125 at the door; “Grand Tasting” at Paris – Saturday, April 20: 7-10 p.m. Tickets are $125 in advance; $150 at the door; and “BAR-b-q” at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health – Sunday, April 21: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tickets are $100 in advance; $125 at the door.
THE MOB MUSEUM HAS FIRST ANNIVERSARY ON VALENTINE'S DAY
This Valentine's Day, The Mob Museum - The Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, will celebrate its one-year anniversary. The museum opened last year on Feb. 14, which coincided with the anniversary of the infamous 1929 St. Valentine's Day Massacre—an artifact of which is part of the museum's collection.
In conjunction with its anniversary on Feb. 14, the museum is offering a commemorative collectible pin to the first 1,000 guests and a special line-up photo opportunity with Valentine's Day messages such as “Just Married” and “It's Complicated.” An oversized post card will also be displayed in the lobby for guests to leave their well wishes.
In addition, visitors to the museum on Saturday, Feb. 9 can take the “Blood Oath” for United Blood Services. Anyone who registers to donate blood in the museum's multi-purpose room between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. that day will receive two free tickets to the museum. Donors are asked to make an appointment online at https://www.bloodhero.com or by calling 877-827-4376. Sponsor code: MobMuseum.
SCOTT PRITCHARD HOLDS SPORTS BETTING WORKSHOP
As America prepares for the Super Bowl, America's top sports betting expert from Las Vegas, Scott Pritchard, will host “Get It and Bet It! How to Bet the Superbowl and WIN” at Harrah's on Saturday, Feb. 2 from noon-4 p.m. He will be joined by professional sports bettor “Dink,” who was portrayed in the movie “Lay The Favorite” by Bruce Willis. Vince Vaughn, Catherine Zeta Jones and Rebecca Hall were also in the film. Cost is $597; visit www.pritchardspicks.com.
The two pros will teach handicapping strategies and systems and discuss 250 different ways to make prop bets that are good values. Pritchard's motto is “Before you BET it, make sure you GET it.” Pritchard hosts Internet TV sports betting show, “Let's Bet” on Vegas Video Network. The past year, out of 40-50 professional sports bettors/handicappers, Pritchard was No. 1 for the season in college football and basketball, and major league baseball.
ITEMS OF INTEREST
Kathleen Dunbar, winner in the “2003 Las Vegas Star Search” competition, performs at Sin City Comedy in Planet Hollywood, Jan. 21-27.
Public House at the Luxor has launched Wine Down Wednesdays with specially half-priced bottles of select wine and three-course, prix-fixe menus for $40 every Wednesday night from 7 to 10 p.m.
Patty's Closet Fashion Boutique known for their stylish take on designer looks for less and seven local stores has a completely redesigned website that immediately introduces owner Patty Barba. The new website is http://ilovepattyscloset.com/.
The third installment in the JAZZ ROOTS series at The Smith Center is “A Tribute to Ella, Joe & Basie” on Feb. 3. In correlation with Black History Month, this tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Williams and Count Basie will feature Grammy®-winner Patti Austin, Kevin Mahogany and the Count Basie Orchestra.
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The Cannery Race and Sports Book Manager Joe Porrello has won “Gaming Today” Magazine's Bookies Battle for a history-making second year in a row. Porrello beat out 52 Strip and other Nevada casino bookmakers by picking the most point spread winners of every NFL game during the 17-week season. He finished with a 152-104 record. Sister property, Eastside Cannery, finished third in the Bookies Battle with a 146-110 record.
Señor Frog's at Treasure Island will host a National Margarita Day fiesta with food and drink specials on Friday, Feb. 22. The party bar will discount its famous margarita yards at $22. From 3 to 6 p.m., there are two-for-one drink specials and half-priced appetizers.
The 28th Shareholders in Life Banquet & Silent Auction benefiting the Women's Resource Medical Centers of Southern Nevada, Inc. (WRMCSN) will be held Friday, April 26 at the Rio pavilion Convention Center with keynote speaker former Governor Sarah Palin. Tickets are $100, visit http://www.wrmcsn.org/banquet.html.
Broadway Bound and Studio One's Summerlin Dance Academy will present “Little Women” at the Summerlin Library Theater Feb. 8 – 16. Tickets are $15, visit www.broadwayboundlv.com.
BELLAGIO HOSTS DIAOYUTAI STATE GUESTHOUSE
The Bellagio will welcome the prestigious Diaoyutai State Guesthouse to the United States for only the second time, Feb. 14-16. Typically reserved for royalty, heads of state and other world leaders, the cuisine of Diaoyutai State Guesthouse of Beijing will be showcased in celebration of Chinese New Year. Tickets are $500 at Bellagio's Epicurean Epicenter webpage or by calling 866-406-7117.
Bellagio's Tuscany Kitchen will host the three-day culinary event and offer exclusive prix fixe dinner menus to the public Feb. 14 -16 at 7:30 p.m. The eight-course meal will be prepared and served by the Diaoyutai culinary team dressed in traditional Chinese attire and led by Executive Chef Hao Baoli, who has hosted more than 1,000 world leaders. Guests will enjoy traditional presentations, including Diaoyutai's Dragon Bearded Noodle ritual and extraordinary fruit carvings.
NEXT ROCK 'N' ROLL FANTASY CAMP IS JAN. 23-27
Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp next installment is scheduled Jan. 23-27 at the MGM Grand and the camp facility west of the Strip. Headlining the camp are rock icons Roger Daltrey (The Who) and Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction), joined by Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield), Simon Townshend (The Who, Jeff Beck) and Stephen Perkins (Jane's Addiction), among others. The camp's culmination will be a live concert at Rouge Lounge at MGM Grand on Sunday, Jan. 27.
BORDER GRILL'S CHEF MIKE MINOR HONORED BY PEERS
Executive Chef Mike Minor of Border Grill at Mandalay Bay has been honored as one of the country's top culinary talents in the inaugural edition of “Best Chefs America.” This is the first-ever peer review guide of U.S. chefs, who were chosen by more than 5,000 participating chefs and Best Chefs America analysts. Chef Minor will be showcased in the 386-page coffee table book coming out March 1 and costing $75 plus $5 shipping and handling, visit www.bestchefsamerica.com/buy.
FAT TUESDAY EVENTS
For Fat Tuesday, Rockhouse at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian will hold a “Rock You Like a Hurricane” Mardi Gras celebration on Feb. 12 with plenty of beads and $5 Hurricane cocktails.
PBR Rock Bar & Grill inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood will bring a taste of New Orleans to the Strip with its “Bourbon, Beads and Bulls” Mardi Gras celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 12. The Strip-side spot will offer Fat Tuesday partygoers a bourbon drink, colorful beads and bull rides for $10 all day.
For Fat Tuesday, Ranch House Kitchen at Town Square will offer a $5 Hurricane cocktail special, party beads, as well as “Dirtbag Tuesdays” Pabst Blue Ribbon drafts for 50 cents from 9 p.m. until midnight.
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