CEELO GREEN ANNOUNCES RESIDENCY AT PLANET HOLLYWOOD
Confirming the buzz, mega superstar CeeLo Green will be Planet Hollywood's newest resident headliner with his new show, “CeeLo Green Presents LOBERACE.” His show will premiere on Wednesday, Aug. 29, in the resort's 1,400-seat showroom and mark the first of 28 performances this year.
His new show will be designed exclusively for Planet Hollywood. It is being described as more of a spectacle than a show with CeeLo as conductor/ringmaster “LOBERACE” taking the audience through decades of music with the experience being part dance party and live intimate concert. Other elements being promised are mind-twisting magic, sexified showgirls, and a larger-than-life wardrobe. Shows will be at 11 p.m. and midnight so stay awake.
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O'sHEAS WILL CLOSE TO MAKE ROOM FOR LINQ PROJECT
O'sheas, the 23-year-old Irish-themed casino on the Strip, known for discount entertainment and beer pong, will close on April 30 to make way for Caesars Entertainment's new half billion dollar Linq project, an urban, outdoor entertainment district anchored by a giant observation wheel slated to open in mid-2013. The company says eventually, a new O'Sheas will be built in the Imperial Palace.
CENTER CUT STEAKHOUSE WILL OPEN AT FLAMINGO
Located in the former Burger Joint space, Center Cut Steakhouse is a new 172-seat restaurant that will debut in April at the Flamingo where other recent additions include the opening of Margaritaville Casino last October, renovated FAB rooms that opened in January and Carlos'n Charlie's set to open this spring.
The steakhouse menu will feature beef provided by cows born and raised in the United States that are 100 percent hormone and steroid-free. The venue will include a bar and lounge with specialty martinis, restaurant and private dining room. Happy hour will run daily from 4 p.m. to midnight and include 2-for-1 martinis and a tapas menu.
The black and white décor will be striking with pink accents. Several plasma screens will showcase Las Vegas photo montages from the 1940s to today.
CARLOs'N CHARLIE's WILL OPEN AT FLAMINGO
The first West Coast location of the Mexican eatery Carlos'n Charlie's will debut in April at the Flamingo adjacent to the Race & Sports Book and span more than 13,000 square feet. Serving lunch and dinner daily, the dining room will seat 150, an outdoor terrace overlooking the pool and gardens will accommodate 150, and a large bar will welcome 40 guests. There will also be space for dancing.
The first Carlos'n Charlie's opened in Acapulco, Mexico, in 1970, and the first in the United States was in 1994.
COUNTRY STARS WILL SHINE DOWNTOWN DURING ACM WEEKEND
The Academy of Country Music (ACM) is hosting two days, March 30 and 31, of free all-star concerts at Fremont Street Experience during The Week Vegas Goes Country® that leads up to the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards being held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 1, and televised on the CBS Television Network. The two days will be hosted by three-time ACM On-Air Personality of the Year Award winner Blair Garner, host of “After MidNite with Blair Garner.” Featured performances will include ACM New Artist of the Year nominees Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes and Scotty McCreery as well as Love and Theft and headliner Luke Bryan on Friday, March 30, and Laura Bell Bundy, Craig Campbell, Eli Young Band, Jana Kramer, and headliner Eric Church on Saturday, March 31.
CODY COLLINS JOINS ‘COUNTRY SUPERSTARs' AT GOLDEN NUGGET
“Country Superstars” at the Golden Nugget downtown, formerly known as “Country Superstars Tribute,” has launched a new show format with the addition of Cody Collins, former lead singer of Lonestar. “Country Superstars” is a concert-style hybrid show featuring a rotating cast of country music artists performing original songs and tribute artists' tunes backed by a live five-piece band. Tickets start at $25.
COUNTRY SINGER DARIUS RUCKER PLAYS AT MANDALAY BAY BEACH
Country music singer Darius Rucker will perform at the Mandalay Bay Beach Saturday, March 31, at 9 p.m. Hailing from South Carolina, Rucker's solo debut album, “Learn to Live,” was released in 2008 and produced three consecutive No. 1 singles. His second country album, “Charleston, SC 1966,” was released in 2010. Tickets priced at $40.
ORLEANS ARENA HOSTS ‘BEST IN SHOW’ FOR ADOPTABLE CANINES
On Sunday, April 22, cuddly canines in need will compete in The Animal Foundation's 9th annual “Best in Show” premier fundraiser at Orleans Arena at 1 p.m. Magician Nathan Burton will host the event with 50 furry contestants from The Animal Foundation's Lied Animal Shelter participating in the American Kennel Club-style dog show. All the dogs are available for adoption following the program. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children 2-12 years of age and seniors.
LEGENDARY GENERAL TIRE MINT 400 WILL INVADE DOWNTOWN
World-renowned General Tire Mint 400 has selected the Golden Nugget as the “Official Host Hotel” for the 2012 race. With more than 270 pre-entries already counted, the top off-road teams in the world will compete in over 20 different classes of race vehicles at this year's Mint 400, March 21-25.
Contingency or tech inspection takes place each year on Fremont Street for the race fans to get up close and personal. The General Tire Mint 400 party will be held at The Grand in the Golden Nugget on March 22 at 8 p.m. and the 2012 Miss Mint will be crowned. For more information, visit www.themint400.com.
STARSHIP AND SURVIVOR VISIT EASTSIDE CANNERY
Two rock groups Starship starring Mickey Thomas and Survivor will perform at the Eastside Cannery April 20 at 8:30 p.m. The albums of both groups were an almost constant fixture on “Billboard's” Hot 100 Songs of the Year and 200 Albums of the Year in 1985, 1986 and 1987. Tickets range from $19.95 to $49.95.
Starship received an Oscar nomination for the No. 1 hit “Nothing Gonna Stop Us Now” from the movie “Mannequin.” Another top hit “It's Not Over Till It's Over” became Major League Baseball's theme in 1987.
Survivor's title song “Eye of The Tiger” took their 1982 album to multi-Platinum status but also earned the group a Grammy® award and an Oscar® nomination. The song was expressly written for “Rocky III” and stayed at No. 1 on U.S. charts for seven weeks. The song “Burning Heart” peaked at No. 2 on the charts as part of the “Rocky 4” soundtrack.
COMEDIAN KEVIN HART HOSTS AFTER-PARTY AT RPM NIGHTCLUB
Comedian/actor Kevin Hart will hold his official after-party at RPM Nightclub inside the new Tropicana following his sold-out performance at Mandalay Bay Events Center on Saturday, March 24.Fresh off the NBA All-Star Game court and crowned “MVP” during the celebrity all-star game, Hart will be in town as part of his “Let Me Explain” tour. Not one to sit still in between tour dates, he also celebrates the release of two new feature films in April: “Think Like a Man” (Screen Gems) and “The Five-Year Engagement” (Universal).
CORK PROCTOR RETURNS TO RAILROAD PASS
Comedian Cork Proctor will make another appearance at Railroad Pass in Henderson on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, following his sold-out show a few months ago. Proctor works as a stand-up comedian, emcee, auctioneer and teller of true tales of classic Las Vegas. He tells how lobsters used to be smuggled into Las Vegas, how he was fired from five of Las Vegas' vintage hotel/casinos, how his father once rode a horse into the Thunderbird Hotel, what Sheriff Glen Jones kept in his desk drawer, about Dick Clark's 50th birthday party at the Union Plaza, etc. Tickets are $20 all inclusive at the casino cage.
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5TH DIMENSION WILL BE ‘UP AND AWAY’ AT CANNERY
The 5th Dimension featuring the original member Florence LaRue will perform at The Club inside the Cannery on Saturday, April 7, at 8 p.m. The original group burst onto the scene in 1967 with “Up, Up, and Away.” Twelve of the group's hit albums earned 14 Gold and six Platinum records, and seven Grammy Awards. Tickets are $24.95.
CLIPS AND TIDBITS
After a seven-and-a-half month run, “Name That Tune Live!,” the stage version of the famous game show at Imperial Palace, closed suddenly with no real notice. The show was hosted by Las Vegas song-and-dance duo Zowie Bowie, Chris Phillips and Marley Taylor.
White Cross Drugs, a 60-year-old landmark on the corner of Oakey and Las Vegas Boulevard that had the city's first 24-hour pharmacy, will be closing permanently on March 31. Tiffany's Cafe, the diner tucked in White Cross, is owned separately from the pharmacy and will remain open.
Rapper, reality television star and UNLV Runnin’ Rebels fan Flavor Flav is opening his new Las Vegas restaurant House of Flavor Take Out on Maryland Parkway and Desert Inn Road in the former space occupied by Italian eatery Capozzoli's that was destroyed by a fire in 2007. Flav's place is described as a “celebrity-centric Las Vegas take out restaurant” specializing in soul food, with a menu featuring assorted fried dishes and “Flavor Flav's signature red velvet waffle.”
Ali “Dubfire” Shirazinia, from the Grammy Award-winning duo, Deep Dish, will bring his innovative mixes to Chateau Nightclub & Gardens inside Paris as the hot spot celebrates its one-year anniversary with its Industry Candy Shop party under the Eiffel Tower on Tuesday, March 20.
E!'s “Holly's World” and “Absinthe” starlet, Angel Porrino, will be a guest for “On Air with Robert & CC,” a live Internet radio show hosted at Rockhouse Bar & Nightclub on Friday, March 16, at 5 p.m. During the program, there will be two-for-one drinks and $5 shots.
The Rampart Casino has been managed by Cannery Casino Resorts, LLC (CCR) for the past 10 years and to say “thank you” to the community, they will be serving free cupcakes and champagne from 2-6 p.m. on March 14. New management will take over on April 1.
On Saturday, March 24, the Las Vegas Wranglers hockey team will host “Chuck-A-Puck” at the Orleans Arena in support of Easter Seals Nevada. The event also allows fans to purchase pucks for $2 each and throw them onto the ice during intermission for a chance to win Wranglers prizes. Event tickets are $10.
Rod Stewart will continue his residency this spring at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace with an eight-show run beginning March 24.
Seven-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician John Mayer has canceled his recently announced U.S. tour and thusly his May 5 date at The Joint at Hard Rock. His new album “Born and Raised” will be released as planned by Columbia Records on May 22.
Registration is now open to volunteer for the 2012 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin, Sept. 30 – Oct. 7. Register at: jtshrinersopen.com/volunteer or contact Donna Millwood at email@example.com.
Alison Victoria, host of DIY Network's hit show “Kitchen Crashers” remodeled a kitchen in a Las Vegas home earlier this month.
The Riviera, home to the only bingo room on the Las Vegas Strip, is bringing back its $200,000 Superstar Bingo Extravaganza on March 28 and 29. There will be 20 games played per day on both days with a minimum payout per game of $3,000 plus a $25,000 Superstar Coverall at the end of both sessions. Buy-in for the tournament is $150.
LAS VEGAS HOTEL SLAM DUNKS WITH “HOOPS CENTRAL”
The LVH - Las Vegas Hotel (formerly Las Vegas Hilton) will hold “Hoops Central” featuring all of the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship games on giant HD screens March 15 – 18 in the LVH Theater. There will be more than 1,500 seats, satellite betting stations, giveaways, $2 beers/$2 hot dogs and other specials. Admission is free.
PALMS POOL & BUNGALOWS LAUNCHES SATURDAY BASH
Palms Pool & Bungalows is carrying over the party from Ditch Fridays, and rolling it into the weekend with its Palms Pool Saturday's weekly bash that will start at noon. The latest poolside party will kick off Saturday, May 5, and feature an eclectic mix of talent including the sounds of new Palms resident Grammy Award winning producer, remixer and DJ, Roger Sanchez.
EVEN MORE ST. PAT's DAY FESTIVITIES ABOUT TOWN
NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman will channel his inner-Irish and host a St. Patrick's Day party at Tabú Ultra Lounge at MGM Grand on Saturday, March 17. The former NBA great will celebrate the holiday surrounded by sexy model servers in St. Patty's Day attire while the venue will be themed with green holiday décor.
Rí Rá Las Vegas, a 19th century-style Ireland pub, will celebrate St. Patrick's Day and its one-year anniversary with a parade through Mandalay Bay featuring a bagpiper, Irish dancers, Rí Rá staff members and more at 11 a.m. on March 17. At noon, there will be live Irish music featuring Ireland's Gallowglass Band at Rí Rá.
RHUMBAR at The Mirage will offer green eggs and ham breakfast burritos, $6 Ultimate Bloody Marys, Irish Car Bombs, Patron Margaritas and more on March 17.
To celebrate St. Patrick's Day, The Venetian and The Palazzo are offering a 5 Leaf Bar Hop experience pass featuring five drink tickets for Irish-inspired concoctions a number of bars for $30 through March 18.
The Young Dubliners will celebrate St. Patrick's Day Eve with a unique performance inside Body English at the Hard Rock on March 16 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $20.
PBR ROCK BAR & GRILL HOSTS AFTER PARTIES
PBR Rock Bar & Grill inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood will have special live performances by Austin Law Band from March 30 through April 1 at 10 p.m. The Strip-side eatery will host the official Red Chapter Academy of Country Music Awards after party on Sunday, April 1, which will kick-off immediately after the prestigious awards ceremony
NEVADA BALLET THEATER FEATURES BALLERINA CYNTHIA GREGORY
Nevada Ballet Theater will present “Words On Dance,” engaging conversations and screening with legendary dance artists featuring ballerina Cynthia Gregory and moderated by “Phantom the Las Vegas Spectacular” performer and former principal dancer with Dance Theater of Harlem, Donald Williams, on Thursday, March 29 in the Troesh Theater at the new Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $25.
Gregory's career spanned more than a quarter of a century. In addition to “Swan Lake,” she danced in more than 80 works during her 26 years with the American Ballet Theater and has authored two books, “Ballet Is the Best Exercise” and “Cynthia Gregory Dances Swan Lake.”
ACKNOWLEDGING EARTH HOUR AND EARTH DAY
Reflecting the company's commitment to sustainable business practices, Boyd Gaming Corporation's nine Las Vegas Valley properties will go dark for an hour, 8:30 – 9:30 p.m., on Saturday, March 31, in recognition of Earth Hour 2012. Now in its seventh year, Earth Hour is one of the world's most prominent environmental events. Last year, participants in more than 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries shut off their lights for one hour to show their commitment to protecting the environment and combatting climate change.
LBS Burger Joint at Red Rock Resort will give back by donating all proceeds from their “Urth” Burger featuring a house made vegan patty on Sunday, April 22, to Las Vegas' nature-centered attraction, Springs Preserve. Sister restaurants Holstein's inside The Cosmopolitan and Pink's Hot Dogs at Planet Hollywood will also be donating to the cause with the “Urth” Burger Earth Day offering.
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