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RICE & COMPANY WILL OPEN AT LUXOR

Jackie Brett
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The Rice & Company, an Asian bistro, opened at the Luxor on the second level at the entryway to The Shoppes at Mandalay Place on Friday, July 22. The 10,000-square-foot restaurant, sushi bar and lounge offers contemporary Chinese and Japanese cuisine, an array of sushi and sashimi selections including dozens of innovative rolls, as well as specialty cocktails and an expansive sake menu.

The eatery combines classic and contemporary design features and offers three semi-private dining rooms for business meetings, rehearsal dinners, bachelor/bachelorette parties and more, accommodating 10, 30 and 40 guests, respectively.

Rice & Company is open daily from 5 to 11 p.m., and the lounge stays open until 2 a.m.


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CENTRAL MICHEL RICHARD WILL OPEN AT CAESARS PALACE

This September, Central Michel Richard will debut at Caesars Palace in the area previously occupied by the Augustus Café, adjacent to the registration lobby and will be open 24 hours daily. Chef Richard's signature American cuisine is crafted with a French accent.

The restaurant will seat 220 inside and 80 outside on a spacious patio. A centralized row of banquettes will serve as the spine of the restaurant and a 75-foot-long onyx bar will spill into the resort's main lobby. The Central's color palate will be burgundy and green, showcase an oversized rotisserie designed for 40 chickens, and highlight red and white wine rooms.

Whimsical décor touches will include an eight-foot-high sculpture composed of white porcelain dishes appearing to topple and dishes suspended from ceiling mobiles.

Chef Richard is an author and James Beard Award winner. He was a pioneer in French/California cuisine before moving to Washington, D.C., where Michel Richard Citronelle became his flagship restaurant.

‘ILLUSIONs' STARRING JAN ROUVEN DEBUTS AT CLARION

Illusionist Jan Rouven, who is direct from Europe, opened his “Illusions” show at the Clarion this month. Tickets for his 7 p.m. show start at $49.

Illusions' Jan Rouven in Water Tank

Rouven's drive to go close to the edge brought him to the attention of Germany's Pop-star, Michelle. An illusionist opening for a singer was unheard of and they broke boundaries as they toured 35 cities. Soon after, he began performing his own longstanding show at Europe's biggest revue-theatre, the legendary Royal Palace in Alsace, France. The show became known as “The Man With Nine Lives.” Accolades, awards and recognition followed and then Las Vegas.

After appearing at the Fremont Street Experience for the past two years, Rouven's new show features his outstanding cast of five professionally trained dancers and assistants. Some of his daredevil routines include the Bed of Death, Fire Spiker, Hand Stab where an audience volunteer plays Russian roulette with a sharp knife, and the exhilarating Water Tank where the illusionist nearly drowns cuffed and chained under water. Rouven is skilled, very personable, and deserves to be headlining a Las Vegas show.

TROPICANA HOSTS CELEBRITY POKER TOURNAMENT FOR CHARITY

On Saturday, Sept. 17, the Tropicana will welcome the second “All-In for All-Good” Hold’em Tournament, benefiting Brad Garrett's Maximum Hope Foundation, a non-profit offering practical assistance to families caring for a child with life-limiting illness.

Brad Garrett

Hosted by Garrett, the charity tournament will welcome professional poker players and celebrity guests including Ray Romano, Jason Alexander, Cheryl Hines, Teri Hatcher, poker champion Annie Duke and more to compete for a $5,000 grand prize. Entry fee is $500.

FAMED DUO CROSBY & NASH REUNITE AT MANDALAY BAY

The singer-songwriter duo of Crosby & Nash – David Crosby and Graham Nash – will bring their legendary vocals to Mandalay Bay on Friday, Sept. 9, at 9 p.m. for their first tour together since 2008. Tickets are $65 and $90 and $65, call 877-632-7400.

David Crosby and Graham Nash

Crosby & Nash first rose to fame as a duo in 1972. The 2004 two-disc release of “Crosby-Nash” was the first album of original music the duo released in 30 years after each explored solo careers.

McFADDEN's PRESENTS “PRISM DJ BATTLE”

Las Vegas' hottest DJs will fight to the finish in McFadden's eight-week “Prism DJ Battle” at the Rio every Thursday night between Aug. 4 and Sept. 22. Up to four DJs will compete each week for a chance to win $2,000 cash, their own disc jockey unit and a weekly DJ spot at McFadden's. All DJs will drink for free as they give it their best. Plus, their friends and family will enjoy free cover, $5 pitchers and $20 endless Coors drafts as they cheer on their comrade. The winner will be selected based on crowd applause and guest attendance.

FORMER BEACH BOY AL JARDINE's PERFORMS AT RIVIERA

Al Jardine's Endless Summer Beach Party will headline the Starlite Theatre at the Riviera, Aug. 3-14 at 7:30 p.m. Jardine is a founding member of The Beach Boys and was a member of the band for more than 35 years. As the band's rhythm guitarist and harmony vocalist, Jardine sang lead on many of their hits including the number one hit “Help Me, Rhonda” as well as “Then I Kissed Her,” “Christmas Day,” “Cotton Fields” along with others. Tickets are $39.95 and $59.95.

Al Jardine

Jardine left The Beach Boys after the passing of Carl Wilson and has since toured with his Endless Summer Band, which features several members of the original Beach Boys touring band. Jardine released his first full-length solo studio album, “A Postcard from California,” in June 2010.

“Oh What a Night! A Musical Tribute to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons” will be the next show Aug. 17 – 28.

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RONN LUCAs' VENTRILOQUIST SHOW VISITS SUNCOAST

Ventriloquist Ronn Lucas and his cast of characters especially Scorch the Dragon and Buffalo Billy will entertain with a mix of stand-up comedy and improvisations at the Suncoast on Aug. 27 and 28. Tickets are $15.95, call 702-636-7075.

Ronn Lucas

Lucas was the first ventriloquist to headline a long-running show in Las Vegas. He was named The World's Best Ventriloquist by “The New York Times” and “The London Times” and has performed for several U.S. presidents. In 1992, Scorch was the star of his own self-titled television show on CBS and Lucas had his own show in the United Kingdom. He also performed on the “Jerry Lewis' MDA Telethon” for 12 years.

QUICK CLIPS

Hash House A Go Go will open a new location in the newly renovated Plaza Hotel and Casino downtown in late August. The well-known Las Vegas restaurant is famous for its unusual décor and enormous portions.

The El Cortez will host a “Vintage Vegas Foods” Street Food Throwdown on East Fremont Street on Friday, July 29 at 8 p.m.

Local street vendors and food trucks will compete to create classic dishes inspired by El Cortez's Vintage Dining Menu.

At the Rio, 20 of the Masquerade Suites are getting a facelift taking them from 1997 to life in 2011.

Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, star of MTV's hit show “Jersey Shore,” will host the evening at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at Paris on Saturday, Aug. 13.

Actor and star of “The Hangover” blockbuster movies, Bradley Cooper has joined Madame Tussauds Las Vegas collection at the Venetian with his wax likeness.

Bradley Cooper at Madame Tussauds

Miami-based electronic music DJ and producer, George Acosta has signed an exclusive one-year, 12-date Las Vegas DJ residency with Encore Beach Club and Surrender Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas.

Pamela Anderson, will celebrate her birthday at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at Paris on Saturday, July 30.

Five-time NBA champion and cigar aficionado, Dennis Rodman, recently celebrated his 50th birthday and the launch of his new WB Brand Cigar line at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at Paris.

Dennis Rodman

To celebrate National Lasagna Day on July 29, Café Martorano at the Rio will cook up a special homemade lasagna dish starting Thursday, July 28 through the weekend for $24.

The Summertime Taste of Wynn is back this year with the chefs of Wynn and Encore offering new, distinctive three-course menus at approachable price points at the property's extensive collection of restaurants.

Los Angeles-based café circuit singer/songwriter, Jake Walden will complete the first leg of his “Same Something Different" concert tour in support of his new album of the same name in Las Vegas with an intimate performance on Thursday, Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. at Don't Tell Mama Piano Bar downtown. The event is free.

Jake Walden

George Wallace is offering free show tickets to his “I Be Thinkin’” at the Flamingo to college students up to the age of 23 through the summer.

The Rockhouse on the Strip is celebrating National Girlfriend Day on Monday, Aug. 1 by inviting all ladies to come in with their best girlfriend and receive their first shot or drink for free.

McFadden's Restaurant & Saloon at the Rio will hold a Christmas in July celebration on Saturday, July 30. Partygoers wearing Christmas ensembles or costumes will receive a complimentary Open Bar for the evening.

Hogs and Heifers downtown will hold its monthly “Blues, Brew and BBQ” on Sunday, July 3, it's “Frustrated Musicians Jam Night” on Monday, Aug. 8, and it's “Tommy's Ride” Charity Motorcycle Run on Sunday, Aug. 14.

Coyote Ugly at New York-New York offers two-for-one cocktails, $4 draft beers and $5 shots of Patron daily from 6 - 9 p.m.

At the PBR Rock Bar & Grill at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, patrons can now enjoy bottomless domestic drafts from 3 - 7 p.m., and again from midnight until closing, for $20.

Sammy Hagar's Cabo Wabo Cantina inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood will host a UFC 133 viewing party on Saturday, Aug. 6. The matchup will feature American fighters, Rashad Evans and Tito Ortiz. Admission is $20.

The Village Lake Las Vegas features a free concert series “Jazz on the Lake” every Saturday from 7-10 p.m. on the lawn.

Australian hunks Thunder from Down Under from the Excalibur were on the recent cover of “Las Vegas Magazine.” The Australian hunks perform shows nightly at Excalibur.

Thunder from Down Under

The Silverton has new specials at its Sundance Grill. For late night from midnight to 5 a.m. daily, there's biscuits and gravy for 99 cents, all-you-can-eat pancakes for $4.99 and the Wild Card Special breakfast for $3.99. Another offer with a rewards card is a buy one get one free special through July.

In the first season finale of A&E's local reality TV Show “Flipping Vegas,” Scott Yancey takes on the biggest flip…an unfinished, multi-million dollar Vegas mansion. The show will air on Saturday, July 30.


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