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CONAN O’BRIEN WILL PERFORM TWO SHOWS AT THE PALMS
Jackie Brett
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Conan O’Brien will headline a live comedy/music review that begins a two-month, 30-city tour on April 12, and includes a stop at The Pearl Concert Theater on Saturday, May 1 and Sunday, May 2, at 9 p.m. The aptly titled “Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television” tour will take O’Brien and a cast that will include longtime sidekick Andy Richter and the former “Tonight Show” band to theaters in at least 20 states and two Canadian provinces. Tickets are $75, $100 and $150, call 800-745-3000.


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American Express is sponsoring the tour and promises a night of music, comedy, hugging and the occasional awkward silence.

Conan O'Brien

Other acts booked at The Pearl include Jay-Z on March 27 with tickets starting at $159, and New Kids On The Block on May 7 and 8.

VIVA LAS VEGAS! ROCKABILLY WEEKEND RETURNS TO THE ORLEANS

Viva Las Vegas! Rockabilly Weekend will be back at The Orleans marking its 13th year as a prominent Las Vegas happening. The four-day event-filled weekend runs April 1-5. It is the largest event of its type in the world, and features bands and fans from all over the globe who come to experience Rockabilly, ‘50s music, the Classic Car Show, burlesque performers, dance lessons and contests, a Tiki Pool Party and more than 120 vendors.

This year, legendary musician Chuck Berry will perform on the Car Show stage at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 3 and later that same evening, “The First Lady of Rockabilly” Wanda Jackson will perform in the main ballroom at 11 p.m.

Wanda Jackson

More than 50 bands and 15 DJs will perform nightly. Saturday's Classic Car Show has historically been the most attended event with more than 20,000 people in previous years.

Four-day unlimited admission passes are $99 and $125 at the event, call 800-595-4849 or 702-365-7075. A ticket for the Car Show only on Saturday is $25 and includes the Chuck Berry concert.

Chuck Berry

MATT GOSS HAS OPENED HIS WEEKLY SHOW AT CAESARS PALACE

Matt Goss has opened his weekly 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday show on Cleopatra's Barge in Caesars Palace. Backed by a nine-piece band and sexy female dancers known as The Dirty Virgins, Goss' new production blends original music from his “Gossy” album with classic covers influenced by the Rat Pack. Tickets are $40, call 800-745-3000.

Matt Goss

For Goss' opening night during the final number, Natasha Bedingfield and Mel B sang and danced with Goss on stage. Other attendees included creator of the Pussycat Dolls and show producer Robin Antin, and multi-platinum recording artist Leona Lewis.

Matt Goss

ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC HOLDS AWARDS AND EVENTS, APRIL 16-19

Brooks & Dunn, Lady Antebellum, Randy Houser, Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Montgomery Gentry and more will participate in events surrounding the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas.

Reba McEntire

The Academy of Country Music has announced events for April 16-19. The awards show hosted by Reba McEntire for a record 12th time will honor country music's top talent and will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 18, at 8 p.m. live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. In addition, the Academy will tape an all-star concert special, “ACM Presents: Brooks & Dunn - The Last Rodeo” at the same location on Monday, April 19, to air at a later date on the CBS Television Network.

The list of events includes the free ACM concerts at Fremont Street Experience with Lady Antebellum on Friday and Miranda Lambert on Saturday, the invitation-only ACM Chairman's Ride, a special USO performance, All-Star Jam and more.

GEORGE WALLACE GIVES AWAY A SMART CAR

Comedian George Wallace is known for giving away prizes at his show, and now he is giving away a Smart Car to one lucky winner chosen at random on April 1, at 11:15 p.m. during Wallace's “I Be Thinkin’” show at the Flamingo.

Fans can participate by filling out an entry form at the Flamingo Showroom directly after seeing Wallace's show. In addition, those who purchase tickets to the show on VegasOnDemand.com will be automatically entered. Winner does not have to be present.

In addition, the Flamingo headliner will be calling unsuspecting entrants, who are losers, in the middle of the night prior to the April 1 drawing. The calls will be recorded and posted on Wallace's Web site and Facebook page during the next three weeks.

FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE IS MARCH HOOPS CENTRAL

The Fremont Street Experience downtown is hosting a month-long hoopfest with March Hoops Central taking place through Monday, April 5. The madness includes the world's largest NCAA bracket on the Viva Vision screen, two sexy new stage shows, Hardwood Hotties by Missy Cochran Entertainment and Dream Team Divas by Face Productions, and an interactive area where guests can test their skills at the 30-foot basketball hoop.

Drink specials will also be available throughout the month at the 10 Fremont Street Experience properties. Specialty cocktails include: Slam Dunk; 3 Pointer; and Ally Oop.


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FRANK SINATRA JR. PERFORMS AT THE SUNCOAST

Frank Sinatra Jr. and his 20-piece big band will pay tribute to his legendary father and entertainment icon Frank Sinatra by performing his treasured hits in “Sinatra Sings Sinatra” at the Suncoast Showroom, April 10 and 11. Tickets start from $29.95, call 702-636-7075 or visit www.suncoastcasino.com.

Frank Sinatra Jr.

An inherited honor, Sinatra Jr. performs the songs that his late father sang during his stellar 50-year career, many of which the younger Sinatra witnessed first hand. Sinatra Jr. conducted for his father at New York City's Radio City Music Hall and went on to perform his own show at Tavern on the Green and later, Trump Plaza in Atlantic City. His 1996 release of “As I Remember It,” a tribute to Frank Sinatra's talents and the composers and arrangers, who defined the Sinatra legend, climbed the charts and earned critical acclaim. In his tour that followed, Sinatra Jr. used a 44-piece orchestra.

JW MARRIOTT HOLDS ANNUAL EASTER BRUNCH WITH FAMILY FUN

JW Marriott is gearing up for the Seventh Annual Easter Celebration at Ceres Restaurant. The Easter Brunch is scheduled for Sunday, April 4 with three seating times at 9:30 a.m., noon and 2:30 p.m. followed by giant Easter egg hunts.

The event starts with an opportunity to have a photo taken with the Easter Bunny. During brunch at Ceres Restaurant, the Easter Bunny and his friends visit the tables inviting children to partake in the grand Easter Egg Hunt held on the resort grounds. During the special hunts, a golden egg will be hidden for each age group to find and the winners will receive a gift certificate good for a JW Marriott Las Vegas private poolside cabana for the day with lunch for a family of four.

The cost of the brunch is $52 per adult and $24 for children four to 12. For reservations, call 702-869-7381.

POOLS AND NIGHTTIME OUTDOOR LOUNGES ARE OPENING

Caesars Palace in unveiling its new three-level Garden of the Gods pool oasis replete with classically inspired landscaping, statues and fountains. The swimming and lounging oasis has been completely redesigned and features eight distinctive swimming pools with lavish amenities and 44 new private plush cabanas. The new Fortuna pool features an 18-foot waterfall and swim-up blackjack tables. Completing the additions is an all-new whirlpool retreat and an added garden wedding venue. Both Juno and Venus gardens are perfect for small or large ceremonies, with seating for up to 114 guests.

Caesars Palace Fortuna Pool

Making its Las Vegas debut this month and presented by The Light Group, the Liquid Pool & Lounge at ARIA is providing an adult-only alfresco hideaway.

Opening for its third season, WET REPUBLIC at MGM Grand combines an ultra nightlight vibe with supreme poolside amenities. In 2009, WET REPUBLIC hosted such celebrity guests as P. Diddy, Lindsay Lohan and Kim Kardashian, among others.

Set amidst the famous 11-acre Mandalay Bay Beach, Moorea Beach Club at Mandalay Bay has opened for the season.

Down the Strip, Bare Pool Lounge at The Mirage has opened for its fourth season.

QUICK CLIPS

One of my favorite singers, Jeneane Marie will be singing at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay on April 16 and 19 at 8 p.m.

Jeneane Marie

NASCAR Champ Kurt Busch will be participating in a special one-hour team endurance race at Pole Position Raceway across from the Palms on April 13 at 7:15 p.m. There are only 10 team spots available for $500 per team. Advance registration is required; call 702-227-7223. Busch will be signing autographs, posing for pictures and racing fans in high-performance karts. The $35 admission includes special VIP access and one standard adult meet-and-greet, 5:30 – 9 p.m.

Shakespeare At Play, composed of award-winning actors, directors, writers and producers that have performed in various destinations such as China, England, Canada and the United States, will present “The Taming of the Shrew” at The Village at Lake Las Vegas on Friday, March 26 at 7 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring a low-back chair to the free show. The outdoor stage will be located near the gazebo on the platform in front of Sonrisa Grill.

Ethel's Chocolate Factory and Cactus Garden in Henderson will celebrate Easter from on March 27-28 and April 2-4 from 1 to 5 p.m. by having the Easter Bunny available for photos underneath the gazebo and having a face painter on hand. Activities are free.

Buffalo, New York's snarling rockers Every Time I Die have announced plans for a headlining US tour sponsored by ESP Guitars and Van's beginning this month with Four Year Strong, Polar Bear Club and Trapped Under Ice. They will be appearing at Area 702 Skatepark on Tuesday, March 30 at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 on show day, call 800-734-3000. Area 702 Indoor Skatepark is located at 3040 Simmons St #104 in North Las Vegas.

“Silence of the Clams” is running on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Onyx Theater in Commercial Center through March 27. It's a new comedy by Jamie Morris, who also penned “Mommie Queerest” and “The Facts of Life: The Lost Episode.” Tickets are $20, call 702-732-7225.

Pete's Dueling Piano Bar at Town Square will host an evening of gaudy entertainment and fun to raise proceeds for Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 25. All proceeds from a $10 cover collected at the door will be donated to AFAN. Also, AFAN will host the 20th Annual AIDS Walk Las Vegas at the World Market Center at 8 a.m. on Sunday, April 25.

Primm Valley Casino Resorts has launched its New Member Millionaire Mania promotion that allows participants to swipe their card and instantly win $5 to $1 million in cash. The promotion runs until July.

Ben & Jerry's will commemorate its 32nd Annual “Free Cone Day” at Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shops inside the Galleria at Sunset, the District at Green Valley Ranch and, for the first time, Sunset Station in Henderson, with celebrity scoopers helping to benefit Lied Discovery Children's Museum, the Nevada Community Learning Centers (formerly Classroom on Wheels) and St. Jude's Ranch for Children. All small cones are FREE with no purchase necessary, but patrons are invited to make a donation to the respective local charity Tuesday, March 23, from noon to 8 p.m.

Forty contestants on March 25 from 7 to 8 p.m. will gather to each devour a “Big Mother Shucker” hamburger and platter of chili cheese fries. The grand prize winner will receive $100 in cash and full bragging rights. Second and third prize winners receive $50 in “Shucks Bucks.” This event will be held at Shucks Tavern I at the corner of Eastern and Serene. Entry fees are $10 by 10 p.m. on March 21.



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