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SAHARA SIGN VANISHES TO MAKE ROOM FOR SLS!

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The famous Sahara sign on the Strip came down last week as part of a project to transform the iconic Las Vegas casino into the SLS Las Vegas, the high-end resort project announced in January 2012. The company expects to spend upwards of $750 million on the project and to open in early 2014. The Sahara closed in 2011 after 59 years of operation.

RESTAURANT GUY SAVOY INTRODUCES COGNAC LOUNGE

Michelin two-star and recently awarded Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Restaurant Guy Savoy inside Caesars Palace is introducing Las Vegas' first Cognac Lounge and master-crafted cognac menu. The lounge formerly Bites and Bubble upholds its design blend of elegance and glamour, adorned with an array of elite cognac bottles.

Cognac Lounge at Guy Savoy

DEADMAU5 JOINS HAKKASAN LAS VEGAS AT MGM GRAND

Hakkasan Las Vegas at MGM Grand has announced that dance music phenomenon deadmau5 will begin appearing at the new restaurant and nightclub complex and at the WET REPUBLIC Ultra Pool. Based in Toronto, Grammy-nominated deadmau5 has made a name globally. He became the first electronic dance music artist to grace the cover of "Rolling Stone," appeared at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in 2012, marking the first-ever televised celebration of electronic music, and has made four critically-acclaimed albums.


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'RECYCLED PERCUSSION' OPENS WITH BANG AT THE QUAD

"Recycled Percussion," a truly audience interactive show, has kicked off its two-year residency at The Quad in the Q Theater. The show has been a staple on the Strip for more than three years offering a combination of extreme percussion, engaging humor and athleticism. As the audience enters the theater, they get to pick out an item and take a drumstick so they can bang away during the show and root for the red, green, blue or black team lead by one of the four performers on stage that play instruments as well as buckets, ladders, grinders, sinks, etc. It's all junk rock fun!

'Recycled Percussion' grand opening at Quad 2013

ANDREW DICE CLAY UNVEILS MEMORABILIA CASE AT HARD ROCK

Andrew Dice Clay kicked off the first-ever comedian residency in Vinyl at the Hard Rock resort by dedicating a memorabilia case with several of his iconic leather jackets that will be on display through his May 26 show. Among the clothing was a zebra print jacket that the bold entertainer wore during his last and most famous MTV appearance in which he was banned for life. Show tickets start at $54.

Andrew Dice Clay and Memorabilia Case Hard Rock Las Vegas

NEW WILLIAM HILL RACE & SPORTS BOOK UNVEILED AT PLAZA

William Hill will officially unveil downtown's largest race and sports book at the Plaza on Tuesday, March 19 at 10 a.m. The completely redesigned sports book features 75 TV screens, including 80-inch displays for sports viewing, 25 high- and low-top tables with seating, 37 carrels and 12 display boards located above the wagering counter. There will be free pizza provided at the unveiling by Pop Up Pizza, which has a location adjacent to the book on the Plaza's casino floor, and a mini basketball giveaway. Customers can also sign up for the William Hill Mobile Sports App, which enables wagering from anywhere in the state of Nevada. William Hill operates 75 full-service sports book locations throughout Nevada.

PALMS UNVEILS SWANK REC ROOM WITH A VIEW

The Palms has opened The View, a recreational space with a stylish bar scene and spectacular views. In addition, there are old-school board games, billiards and shuffleboard. The View is located atop the Fantasy Tower between Nove Italiano and Moon Nightclub. The playlist will change nightly and range from classic rock, to 80s, 90s, classic hip-hop, new wave and mash-ups created by musical director Mark Stylz. The View is open Fridays and Saturdays at 9 p.m. Cover is complimentary until 10:30 p.m. and thereafter the charge is $25.

The Rec Room at the Palms

'PIN UP' HAS OPENED AT THE STRATOSPHERE

The Stratosphere Tower's new original show "PIN UP," inspired by classic pin up girl calendars and starring Playboy's 2011 Playmate of the Year and Bettie Page Clothing model Claire Sinclair, has debuted in the Stratosphere Theater. The 10:30 p.m. show features dancers, singers and a live six-piece band with a horn section led by acclaimed trumpeter, conductor and composer Dave Perrico, “PIN UP” is a fast-paced, swingin' production that transports audiences to a modern version of a vintage era where red lips, corsets and garter stockings grace the most beautiful of women.

LIGHT NIGHTCLUB OPENS APRIL 26 WITH EXCLUSIVE DJ PARTNERS

LIGHT, the first nightclub created by the minds behind Cirque du Soleil, will open on April 26 with world-renowned DJs, including global electronic music sensation Skrillex, Swedish House Mafia's Sebastian Ingrosso, man of the moment Zedd and rising star Baauer. The creative entertainment is partnering with audio/visual live production outfit Moment Factory to produce distinctly different live experiences for each performer.

LAS VEGAS GLOBAL BUSINESS DISTRICT UNVEILED

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority recently unveiled plans for the Las Vegas Global Business District, an overarching vision for the Las Vegas Convention Center and the surrounding area. Envisioned to be completed in phases, the Las Vegas Global Business District will creates an international business destination by incorporating major renovations of the Las Vegas Convention Center, leveraging the World Trade Center designation and developing transportation connectivity through a centralized hub. The first phase, over the next two years, will include programming and design, the development of overall budget, improvements to the current space at the Las Vegas Convention Center and land acquisition.

INAUGURAL COLLABORATION ALE WILL DEBUT AT BEER FESTIVAL

Motley Brews is partnering with the Nevada Craft Brewers Association (NCBA) to create its first-ever collaboration beer —dubbed Pyrite Pale Ale—to serve as the official brew at the Great Vegas Festival of Beer. Local craft brewers will begin the brewing process with a special ceremony on Friday, March 22 and the first keg of Pyrite Pale Ale will be tapped during the festival on Saturday, April 27 at Sunset Park.

FOOD UNIVERSITY AT CAESARS PALACE HOSTS THREE-DAY EVENT

Food Network series "Ace of Cakes" star Duff Goldman, winner of season 10 of "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 will join the faculty of Food University at Caesars Palace, taking place March 27-29. Tickets are available for the event, which is designed to transform fun-loving foodies from average cooks into exceptional home chefs in just 72 hours with a dynamic schedule of classes.

MONSTER JAM CHAMPIONS WILL PARADE ON THE STRIP

The 14th Annual Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam® World Finals presented by NGK Spark Plugs will take place at Sam Boyd Stadium, March 22-23. Three events will be held on Thursday, March 21 with two helping Make-A-Wish. At 5 p.m., Monster Jam trucks and drivers will be parked for a meet and greet with the public in front of Planet Hollywood. At 7 p.m., there will be a Monster Jam truck procession on the Strip.

HEART PREMIERES ON FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE'S VIVA VISION

The Fremont Street Experience has added a new show to its Viva Vision lineup. “Heart – Crazy on Vegas” is a musical showcase built around three of the band's most iconic and popular songs: "Magic Man," "Barracuda" and "Crazy on You." The new Viva Vision show features live Heart performance footage from today as well as a newly restored rare and classic Heart concert film.

SOUTH POINT ARENA HOLDS CHAMPIONSHIP BULL RIDING EVENT

The Championship Bull Riding (CBR) South Point Vegas Challenge, presented by Boot Barn, will showcase only the top 24 riders in the world competing in three rounds of an "8-second formation" competition on Saturday, April 13 at the South Point Arena. The tour will include newly crowned 2012 CBR World Champion Josh Barentine, current PRCA World Champion Cody Teel and three-time PRCA World champion J.W. Harris. Tickets begin at $20.

STRATOSPHERE HOLDS FOUR DAYS OF BASKETBALL VIEWING

The Stratosphere will host a four-day, non-stop playoff viewing party, March BBall Tournament HQ, from Thursday, March 21 to Sunday, March 24 inside the recently remodeled Stratosphere Theater. Viewers will be surrounded by nine huge theater-style screens. Admission is free with $3 and $6 food specials. The Stratosphere Theater features new carpeting, acoustical wall panels, chairs, tables, reupholstered booths and free Wifi.

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DON RICKLES RETURNS TO THE ORLEANS SHOWROOM

Don “Mr. Warmth” Rickles will return to Las Vegas for the 54th consecutive year and perform at The Orleans Showroom April 13 and 14. With the other nickname "The Merchant of Venom," Rickles' style of comedy is never mean-spirited and for many being "zinged" by him is a "badge of honor."

Don Rickles

Last year, Rickles joined David Letterman as the only performers to receive the prestigious "Johnny Carson Award for Comedic Excellence" at The Comedy Awards aired on Comedy Central.

Opening each show will be stage, film and television actress, best-selling author, recording artist and Emmy®-nominated producer Lorna Luft. She is the daughter of legendary entertainer Judy Garland and producer Sid Luft. Show tickets start from $79.95.

ECLECTIC TIDBITS

The Lon Bronson Band will begin a weekly gig every Friday at Boulder Stations starting on March 22.

Lon Bronson Band

Commonwealth downtown will add an acoustic soundtrack by showcasing live music from local and international talent every Sunday on the establishment's 2,000-square-foot rooftop. Love Hate Away will perform on March 24 and Donacat on March 31.

Commonwealth Downtown, Las Vegas roof

Fashion oriented "SYCK Magazine" will present the "Dark Side of Fashion" Design Competition with Las Vegas fashion designers at KISS by Monster Mini Golf on Paradise Road on Wednesday, March 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be a black carpet, three celebrity judges and fashion by designer Amy C. Hanley and her Mob Doll Haute collections.

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar at 8721 West Charleston Blvd will hold a four-course wine tasting dinner on March 29. Special guest will be winemaker Jason Ledbetter. Cost is $85, call 702-838-4774.

Chihuly is presenting his most recent artistic endeavor "Chihuly Silvered" in the Chihuly Gallery located in Via Fiore at Bellagio. The hardcover collectible tome is the first comprehensive survey of his newest series of work using silvered glass.

Chihuly Silvered

Whisk(e)y Wednesday showcasing different fights, pours and whiskey has returned to Andre's Cigar Lounge on the restaurant's second floor at Monte Carlo from 7 p.m. until closing. For an unlimited two-hour tasting, the price is $25 in advance.

Andre's Monte Carlo

On Thursday, March 28, Hyde Bellagio's weekly series "Vino Thursdays" will feature a complimentary wine tasting from 7 to 9 p.m. followed by an exclusive acoustic set by platinum selling singer-songwriter Ryan Cabrera. For information, call 702-693-8700.

Caesars Entertainment has created 703 millionaires since 1987. Earlier this month, Gordon won $1,452,799.89 playing Wizard of Oz – Journey to Oz at Margaritaville Casino at the Flamingo.

Families can visit Town Square Park on Saturday, March 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a free Hop & Shop Easter event with a variety of children's activities including free egg hunts and photos with the Easter Bunny.

Cantina Laredo welcomes families to celebrate Easter with modern Mexican cuisine by offering a complimentary kids' meal with purchase of an adult entrée.

Chef Romano will hold a cooking class at her Chocolate & Space Bakery in Summerlin on Wednesday, March 27 from 6-7 p.m. and make her personal recipe for Guinness-Braised Oxtail with Mushroom Risotto along with “Green River” lemon-lime drink and Apple Bread Pudding with Whiskey Anglais and Hot Toffee. Class costs $75; call 702-527-7772.

The seasonal Filet & Lobster Combination at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is available at all 65 locations through April 7 for $37.95

SAILOR JERRY HOSTS AUTOGRAPH SIGNING WITH SABINA KELLEY

Folks with tickets to the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend at The Orleans will be able to visit the Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum Airstream to meet international pin-up model Sabina Kelley who will hold a calendar autograph signing session on Saturday, March 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. She is the star of "Best Ink" on the Oxygen Network.

THE ROYAL CROWN REVIEW VISITS THE CANNERY

The Royal Crown Review will be performing at the Cannery on March 30 at 8 p.m. Formed in 1989, The Royal Crown Review is often credited with starting the swing revival movement. The band has made numerous film, television, radio and print appearances. In 1998, the group appeared at the Playboy Jazz Festival, recorded and performed live with Bette Midler at the Billboard Music Awards and composed the original theme for the WB Network's 1999 television season. Tickets are $24.95.

LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL FESTIVAL HOLDS MUSIC SHOWCASE DOWNTOWN

The Life is Beautiful Festival will present its third showcase on Sunday, April 7 in a series of monthly musical events, geared towards providing a platform for the best musicians in the Las Vegas Valley. Each month, the festival hosts free local concerts at varying Downtown Las Vegas venues with the intent of showcasing and selecting a few local acts to play at the highly-anticipated festival this Fall. Attendees of the April Showcase will enjoy a rock-n-roll themed evening of performances from 6-11 p.m. complete with $6 Stoli drink specials at Commonwealth.

MICHAEL JORDAN CELEBRITY INVITATIONAL IS CELEBRITY MAGNET

Hosted by ARIA, the Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational (MJCI) will return to Las Vegas for the third consecutive year April 4–7. The biggest names in the worlds of sports and entertainment will gather for four days of competitive golf at the exclusive Shadow Creek Golf Course.

Michael jordan

Celebrities scheduled to attend include: Michael Jordan, Marcus Allen, Anthony Anderson, Brian Baumgartner, Jerome Bettis, Wayne Brady, Brandi Chastain, Chris Chelios, Roger Clemens, Vince Coleman, James Denton, Josh Freeman, Wayne Gretzky, Ken Griffey, Jr., Penny Hardaway, Brett Hull, Dan Jansen, Dustin Johnson, Janet Jones-Gretzky, Toni Kukoc, Mario Lemieux, Greg Maddux, Win McMurry, Christina Milian, Kevin Nealon, Jonathan Ogden, Paul O'Neill, Jake Owen, Michael Phelps, Jerry Rice, Rob Riggle, Stuart Scott, Ozzie Smith, Alan Thicke, Tom Welling, Jesse Williams, Winky Wright, Adrian Young and more.

ARIA'S NEW 'ZARKANA' OFFERS SHOW-DINNER PACKAGES

Las Vegas' newest Cirque du Soleil ® spectacular "Zarkana" at ARIA is now offering three dinner-and-show packages named for elusive characters in the show: "The Jovian," "The Lia" and "The Zark." Each package includes a prix fixe menu before the show, premium orchestra seating and a complimentary "Zarkgria," a Zarkana-inspired Sangria. Prices start at $128, $138 and $158 respectively, call 855.ZARKANA (855.927.5262) and mention "Zarkana Dinner & Show Package."

BELLAGIO BUFFET OFFERS CAVIAR

The Buffet at Bellagio announced the addition of a lavish new station featuring traditional, Ikura and Tobiko caviars. Every Friday and Saturday from 3:30-10 p.m. during Gourmet Dinner Service, guests may savor the delicate flavors of some of the world's finest caviars alone or as complements to a selection of freshly prepared traditional dishes. This decadent option comes included in the Gourmet Dinner price of $37.99.

FREE WORKSHOP WITH LOCAL IMAGE EXPERTS

Khavkin Facial Plastic Surgery will present a free workshop and networking opportunity, “Best Face Forward: Understanding the Influence of Image,” for women and men on Thursday, March 28, from 5 – 8 p.m. The evening includes networking and brief talks by local image experts. It will be held in a private residence in The Ridges in Summerlin. Reservations are required, email RSVP@fortecreativemedia.com.


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