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SBE ANNOUNCES SLS LAS VEGAS GROUNDBREAKING!

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Hospitality company sbe is breaking ground on SLS Las Vegas, formerly the Sahara. The property sbe has owned and operated for seven years is slated to reopen in the fall of 2014.

Once complete, SLS will be a fully-integrated, entertainment-driven resort and casino with more than 1,600 guest rooms and suites. Among the key elements will be a collection of restaurant concepts including The Bazaar by José Andrés, Katsuya by Starck and Umami Burger. Also joining the restaurant collection will be The Griddle Café, which has taken on a cult-like status in

Los Angeles for its acclaimed breakfast, lunch, dessert and cocktail menus.

SLS Las Vegas will feature four nightlife experiences, including a reinvention of sbe's original nightlife concept, Shelter, and The Sayers Club, regarded as

SLS by sbe Las Vegas Exterior

Los Angeles' most exclusive live music venue. The property also will offer a 10,000-square-foot Fred Segal retail experience, featuring seven Fred Segal-branded boutiques, with a wide range of stylish merchandise across various categories. Fred Segal will be the exclusive retailer for SLS Las Vegas.


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PENN & TELLER HAVE SIX-YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION AT RIO

To celebrate 20 magical years of performing in Las Vegas, the eccentric comedy-magic duo Penn & Teller have extended their show at the Rio through 2018, making the twisted duo the longest-running headliners at the same property in Las Vegas history.

Penn and Teller Anniversary

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC'S 50 GREATEST PHOTOS ON DISPLAY

“50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic,” a comprehensive exploration of National Geographic's most iconic photos, is on display in the Imagine Exhibitions Gallery located by the front door inside The Venetian. The exhibit features a comprehensive exploration of images long associated with the 125-year-old global organization, such as Steve McCurry's mysterious “Afghan Girl.”

The compelling photos are displayed with a behind-the-scenes explanation under each image along with a map marking where the photo was taken and the year. In some cases there is a sequence of “near frame” images made before and after “the perfect shot.” Additionally, there are documentary videos throughout the exhibit that tell the stories behind the photos and photographers.

National Geographic 50 Photos Exhibit

Tickets are: general admission $18; senior/military/Nevada residents/students $15; and children 12 and under receive free admission when accompanied by a paying adult.

DETAILS WILL BE UNVEILED FOR NEW MICHAEL JACKSON SHOW

This Thursday, The Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil will unveil the name, logo and additional details surrounding the upcoming show created around the King of Pop - Michael Jackson. The show, the second partnership between Cirque du Soleil and the Estate of Michael Jackson, will open and take residency exclusively at the Mandalay Bay this summer.

FOUR SEASONS WILL LAUNCH NEW INDOOR/OUTDOOR BAR

The lobby and pool garden at Four Seasons will come alive in April with the opening of Press, a new indoor/outdoor bar concept that will offer morning, afternoon and night drink and food options. The edgy décor will feature a dramatic modern art centerpiece, oversized windows and a glass door leading to the patio area, two large gas outside fire pits and comfortable sofa seating with a view of the hotel's lushly landscaped private pool. There will be high-speed Wifi connection and multiple outlets bar side. The opening of Press comes on the heels of the hotel's major guest room renovation, completed in December 2012.

Four Seasons Pool Area

BUFFALO BILL'S UNVEILS $2 MILLION RESORT RENOVATIONS

Buffalo Bill's in Primm, Nev., has unveiled recent suite improvements as well as a newly reconfigured casino floor and live poker. A revamped sports book, featuring the latest services from William Hill plus a full-service bar featuring video poker games, is now open to the public. Included in the enhancements are 52 refurbished suites as well as 22 connecting guest rooms. General upkeep to the common areas including painting, cleaning and new carpet has been completed. Over the last two years there have been added dining options such as Denny's and the first-ever Ramon Ayala's Cocina and Cantina.

NOBU AT CAESARS PALACE IS NOW OPEN

The highly-anticipated 181-room boutique hotel with 18 suites, the world's first Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace, is a collaboration between Caesars Palace, Chef Nobu Matsuhisa and Nobu Hospitality primary shareholders, actor Robert De Niro and Hollywood film producer Meir Teper. This is the first celebrity chef-branded hotel venture in Las Vegas. The 327-seat Nobu Restaurant and Lounge with 12,775 square feet is the world's largest Nobu Restaurant and the first to offer teppanyaki in the United States.

Nobu Hotel ribbon cutting Meir Teper, Chef Nobu and Robert Deniro

THE SMITH CENTER ANNOUNCES NEXT 10 BROADWAY SHOWS

The recently unveiled upcoming 2013-2014 Broadway Las Vegas season at The Smith Center is comprised of 10 of Broadway's most beloved productions. Present at the announcement was Joey from “War Horse,” the 10-foot long and eight-foot tall horse puppet.

'Joey' star of 'War Horse'

The upcoming season includes: “Les Misérables” Aug. 7 –11; “The Wizard of Oz” Sept. 10 –15; “War Horse” Oct. 2 –6; “Sister Act” Oct. 15 –20; “Evita” Nov. 26 –Dec. 1; “Mamma Mia!” Jan 7 –12; “Flashdance – The Musical” Jan. 28 –Feb. 2; “The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess,” April 15 –20; “Once” May 20 –25; and “The Book of Mormon” June 10 – July 6.

PALAZZO BRINGS 'LANTERN FESTIVAL' TO LAS VEGAS

The Venetian and The Palazzo will hold the first Las Vegas Lantern Festival celebrating the end of Chinese New Year on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. The event, sometimes called “Chinese Moon Festival,” will feature traditional dim sum, Chinese-inspired cocktails, and entertainment. The Beijing Trio, known for their traditional Chinese music from ancient and folkloric to contemporary, will be the featured entertainment. Tickets are $48.88.

ADELE JOINS FRANK MARINO'S 'DIVAS LAS VEGAS' AT THE QUAD

This weekend, Grammy-Award winning and multi-platinum recording artist Adele joined the cast of Frank Marino's “Divas Las Vegas” at The Quad. Sammy Gonzales, who also impersonates Liza Minnelli and Mariah Carey, performs a disco mash-up of Adele's top hits including “Rolling in the Deep” and “Rumor Has It.” “Divas Las Vegas” is full of female celebrity look-alikes impersonating beloved superstars from Cher and Bette Midler to Celine Dion and Janet Jackson.

Sammy Gonzales as Adele

SPORTSMEN'S EXPO ATTRACTS RENOWNED OUTDOOR CELEBS

The second Las Vegas International Sportsmen's Expo (ISE), which is Nevada's largest outdoor adventure travel, fishing and hunting consumer show, will be held Feb. 28 through March 3 at the Las Vegas Convention Center and feature more than 600 booths and 350 companies. The four-day show opens daily at 10 a.m. Tickets are $12 for adults.

This year, a number of outdoor celebrities will also be joining the event on the Adventure Theater stage. The impressive list of Seminar Presenters will include Randy Newberg, award-winning host of the popular television hunting show “On You Own Adventures,” and Tiffany Haugen, author of many wild-game cookbooks, including her newest, “Tips for Cooking Game and Fish.”

Other notables include: Scott Leysath, renowned outdoor chef and host of the hit TV show “Dead Meat;” Corey Jacobsen, seven-time winner of the World Elk Calling Championships; Chef John McGannon, columnist for “Bugle Magazine” and owner of Wild Eats; and Kent Brown, Ultimate Bass Radio host and Bass Pro Angler.

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RICK MICHEL STARS IN 'SINATRA FOREVER' AT M PAVILION

Rick Michel, who has performed and headlined in Las Vegas since 1981, will present his “Sinatra Forever” with a 24-piece orchestra on Saturday, Feb. 23 in the M Pavilion at the M Resort. Michel, who has been called “the closest thing to Sinatra we have ever heard” by “Variety,” will salute and interpret “Ol' Blue Eyes” standards. In addition, more than half the musicians in the orchestra played with Sinatra.

Rick Michel

Rick Michel, a master impressionist for more than 40 years, has been touring his “Sinatra Forever” show around the country as well as internationally with performances in Canada, Mexico and Chile. Tickets are $19.50 and $29.50.

'LEGENDS IN CONCERT' OPENS IN NEW HOME AT FLAMINGO

“Legends in Concert,” a show that began in 1983 with a limited six-week engagement, will debut in its new home in the Flamingo Showroom on Feb. 28 with an all-star lineup including tributes to entertainment icons Britney Spears, Elvis Presley, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson and Rod Stewart.

Celebrating 30 years of continuous success, “Legends in Concert” has a long-term multi-year residency at the Flamingo. Performances are every Sunday through Friday at 4 p.m. along with additional shows at 9:30 p.m. every Sunday and Monday and on other select weekdays and performance times throughout the year.

ANDREW DICE CLAY STARTS RESIDENCY AT VINYL AT HARD ROCK

America's rock 'n' roll comedy legend Andrew Dice Clay will start his 20-show headlining gig for March-May at Vinyl on Thursday, March 14. Additional performances will be announced later.

Andrew Dice Clay

Clay's career has been going through resurgence. He had a critically-acclaimed recurring role on the final season of HBO's “Entourage” and on Dec.31, 2012, he won rave reviews for his Showtime special “Indestructible,” his first in 17 years. This summer, Clay will be co-starring alongside Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin in Woody Allen's forth-coming feature “Blue Jasmine.” And to this day, Clay remains the only performer banned for life from MTV. Tickets start at $54.

STRATOSPHERE'S SKYJUMP APPROACHES 100,000TH JUMP

Sometime this month, SkyJump Las Vegas at the Stratosphere will host its 100,000th jump, which is a controlled 855-foot descent from the 108th floor to the ground at 45 miles per hour. SkyJump opened in April 2010.

Stratosphere Skyjump

The 100,000th jumper will receive a prize package including one free SkyJump, a two-night stay in a recently remodeled Stratosphere Select room, dinner for two at the Stratosphere's new McCall's Heartland Grill, two tickets to Frankie Moreno's show and official SkyJump merchandise.

NINE FINE IRISHMEN HOLDS 4TH ST. BALDRICK'S EXTRAVAGANZA

The 4th Annual St. Baldrick's Day head shaving event will be held on Saturday, March 2 from 1 – 11 p.m. on the New York-New York Brooklyn Bridge with live music, drinks and more. Participants can shed their locks in support of the St. Baldrick's Foundation, a national organization funding research for childhood cancer.

The event is free and open to the public with live performances by Spazmatics, Phoenix and Ri-Ra and photo opportunities at the head-shaving booths to commemorate the day. In exchange for their tresses, shavees can take advantage of a special “shavecation” package at New York-New York featuring hotel accommodations, 2-for-1 admission to The Roller Coaster, 2-for-1 breakfast at Il Fornaio and half off daybeds at the pool. As an added bonus, any adult who shaves their head will receive a free pint of beer at Nine Fine Irishmen and children will receive a free ride on The Roller Coaster. Participants will also be given free admission to Celtic Feis, a three-day Irish festival at New York-New York on St. Patrick's Day weekend.

MOE. WILL PERFORM AT HARD ROCK CAFÉ

Veteran jam band, moe., will appear at the Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip on Thursday, March 7 with special guests Orgone. Hailing from New York, the band was formed at the University of Buffalo in 1989. Their first record was “Fatboy” established the band in the 1990s. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 day of show.

ON-THE-AGENDA TIPS

The Louis C.K. performance originally scheduled for Friday, March 8 at MGM Grand has been postponed due to scheduling conflicts related to the comedian's current movie project.

Fashion boutique Francesca's® is now open inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood and the revolutionary male grooming shop The Art of Shaving® will open in May.

Marquee identity signage for The Quad formerly the Imperial Palace on the Strip should be done.

On Valentine's Day, Eli Roth's Goretorium collaborated with Soul In Motion and Crowd Control Productions to present “Stereo Love,” a bi-monthly all-female DJ series held at Baby Dolls Lounge from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Admission is $5 at the door.

Earlier this month, Madame Tussauds unveiled a wax figure of singer, actress and producer Whitney Houston. Houston's wax figure is styled in the same way she appeared in the video, “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me),” wearing a tight purple-pink tank dress and blonde curly hair.

Madame Tussauds Wax Figure of Whitney Houston

Known for its over-the-top Spring Break parties, Señor Frog's will celebrate its first Spring Break in Sin City with a weekly events lineup at its new two-level, indoor-outdoor restaurant and party bar at Treasure Island from Saturday, Feb. 23 through Sunday, March 31.

Tacos & Tequila (T&T) at the Luxor will celebrate National Margarita Day on Friday, Feb. 22 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. with two-for-one Top Shelf margaritas and National Tortilla Chip Day on Sunday, Feb. 24 with $5 nachos at the Luxor. From March 1-31, Tacos & Tequila will host Spring Break fiestas with food and drink specials from March 1- 31.

Season eight “American Idol” winner Kris Allen was spotted enjoying Blue Man Group at Monte Carlo on Sunday, Feb. 10.

“The Impersonators & Tribute Artists-Variety Dinner Show” is back at The Mad Greek Café at 8565 W. Sahara Ave. every Wednesday night from 7 - 9 p.m., call 702-242-7669 for information.

TOUCH-A-TRUCK IS A FAMILY EVENT AT ORLEANS ARENA

The 9th Annual TOUCH-A-TRUCK event will take place at the Orleans Arena on Saturday, March 2. There will be more than 100 different vehicles for kids to explore from a big rig and ambulance to bulldozer and garbage truck. From 9:30 – 11 a.m. is horn-free for children with special needs followed by general admission from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Admission is $6 in advance at www.touchatruck.com and $8 at the door. Children under 2 are free.

CHOCOLATE & SPICE BAKERY FEBRUARY COOKING CLASS

Chocolate & Spice Bakery on West Sahara will hold its On the Lighter Side Cooking Class highlighting healthier options on Wednesday, Feb. 27 from 6-7 p.m. The class features personal recipes and professional instruction by Chef Megan Romano, a take home gift, small bites and refreshments for $75, call 702-527-7772.

SHINE ALTERNATIVE FITNESS CELEBRATES FIRST YEAR

Shine Alternative Fitness, the Cirque-inspired fitness studio, will commemorate its first year with an open house featuring complimentary classes, instructor meet-and-greets, equipment demonstrations and a mixer on Wednesday, Feb. 27 starting at 12:30 p.m. There will be an open house mixer starting at 9 p.m. and exclusive 90-day membership packages will be available for purchase from Feb. 21 to 28.

4TH ANNUAL 'ARTFULLY SWEET' FUNDRAISER SET FOR MARCH 30

On March 30 from 1-4 p.m., Southern Nevada Children First (SNCF) will host the 4th Annual “Artfully Sweet” event at an exclusive residence at Southern Highlands with desserts and pastries from premium pastry chefs, artwork from international and local artists, a variety of live performances and a silent auction. Tickets are $40 and must be purchased in advance; call 702-487-5665.


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