ROD STEWART BEGINS 2012 DATES AT CAESARS PALACE
Legendary rocker, Rod Stewart will return to the Colosseum at Caesars Palace for the second year of his Las Vegas residency with “Rod Stewart: The Hits.” He'll finish this year with Nov. 3-20 dates and start next year with eight dates from March 24-April 7. Tickets range from $49 to $250; call 800-745-3000.
Stewart has a deal with Random House to publish his autobiography.
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RIVIERA REMODELS AND OPENS R STEAK & SEAFOOD
The Riviera has opening R Steak & Seafood, a fine dining restaurant featuring modern décor and a wide variety of meat and fish options. It was a $450K renovation to the previous restaurant space. Hours are 4 to 11 p.m.
P.J. CLARKE'S HOLDS FIRST OYSTER & BEER FESTIVAL
On Saturday, Nov. 12 from 1 – 4 p.m., P.J. Clarke's inside The Forum Shops at Caesars will host its 1st Oyster & Beer Festival. The day's festivities will celebrate the ongoing success of the Daily Pearl Happy Hour and the launch of a new extended happy hour: Double Happiness—$1 oysters from 'a quarter to three' until 6 p.m. and $3 draft beers from 10 p.m. until close, daily.
Events will include shucking and eating competitions, a Guinness Beer Chug competition, and beer tasting and pouring by Brew Master Tim Etter of Tenaya Creek Brewing Company. For information, visit www.pjclarkes.com.
DRAKE STARTS NEW YEAR OFF AT HARD ROCK
Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling recording artist and actor Drake is scheduled for a special New Year's Day performance at The Joint at the Hard Rock on Sunday, Jan. 1. Drake is set to release his sophomore album, “Take Care,” on Nov. 15. “Headlines,” a popular single on the album is available on iTunes and is currently No. 15 on Billboard's Top 100 chart. Tickets start at $99.50; call 800-745-3000.
LADY ANTEBELLUM MAKES TOUR STOP AT HARD ROCK
The multi-platinum trio Lady Antebellum will launch the first leg of its “OWN THE NIGHT 2011 TOUR,” and make a stop at The Joint inside Hard Rock on Friday, Nov. 18. The group will be joined by special guests Josh Kelley and Randy Montana. Lady Antebellum released its third Capitol Nashville studio album, “OWN THE NIGHT,” on Tuesday, Sept. 13. Tickets start at $45.
FIGHTERS ONLY WORLD MMA HOLDS AWARDS AT THE PALMS
The fourth annual Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Awards black-tie celebration will be held inside the Pearl at the Palms on Wednesday, Nov. 30, with host UFC middleweight star Chael Sonnen. Fans are voting for 22 categories at www.WorldMMAAwards.com. The event will air on the FOX Sports network with a date TBA. Tickets are priced at $59, $79 and $99, call 702-944-3200.
FIRST FRIDAY CONTINUES TO EVOLVE
First Friday Las Vegas continues to grow with more artwork, galleries, entertainment and events at the popular outdoor festival. The next First Friday will be Friday, Nov. 4, with hours extended from 6 p.m. until midnight. For more information, visit the Facebook page www.facebook.com/firstfridaylasvegas
A new highlight will include an appearance by Zappos.com CEO and author of “Delivering Happiness” Tony Hsieh at A Book Exchange from 6:30-7:30. Hsieh will give away a free signed copy of his book to the first 100 people.
Another new event will be the Blinking Man Poetry Bike Brigade - bicycle meet up at 5:30 p.m. at 1114 S. Casino Center. Riders will listen to poetry as they make stops at different galleries.
At 7 p.m., the Outdoor Cinema @theatre7 will present a special mix of film, music videos and trailers as the event expands to include 3rd Street from Colorado south to Utah.
There will be two stages with live music and DJ performances from 6 p.m. until midnight.
CHEF MOONEN HOSTS 'LITERATURE & FOOD FAIR'
Renowned Chef Rick Moonen will host “Feasting on Words – The Literature & Food Fair” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. downtown at the Historic Fifth Street School. All events are open to the public, and most are free.
A highlight of the day will be cooking demonstrations from noon to 2 p.m. by nine acclaimed Las Vegas chefs including Moonen, of Rick Moonen's rm seafood at Mandalay Bay and author of “Fish Without a Doubt. There will be a $10 entry fee to the chefs' plaza, visit www.vegasvalleybookfestival.org and learn more about all the events.
SINBAD TELLS HIS STORIES AT THE ORLEANS
Renowned comedian Sinbad will return to The Orleans Showroom with his branded storytelling and wit Nov. 5 and 6. Last year, he was a cast member on the third season of NBC's “The Celebrity Apprentice.” Sinbad began his career as a seven-time contestant on “Star Search” and spent four years on the television show “A Different World,” followed by his own series “The Sinbad Show.”
CORK PROCTOR PERFORMS AT RAILROAD PASS
Cork Proctor, a Las Vegas comedy icon and featured entertainer during the Rat Pack era, will be performing for one night at the historic Railroad Pass Hotel & Casino, on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. Proctor has opened for some of the biggest names in showbiz, including The Supremes, B.B. King, Joe Williams, Lee Greenwood, and Mel Tillis, and was a regular on such television shows as “Vegas” and “Crime Story.” Tickets are $10 at the casino cage.
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The dates for next year's Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open golf tournament at Summerlin have been set: Oct. 1-7, 2012.
Grammy award winning country artist LeAnn Rimes is teaming up with Green Valley Ranch and Vegas Country 95.5 KWNR for a special acoustic performance inside Ovation on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. to benefit StandUp For Kids. Tickets are $9.55, call 800-745-3000.
The 42nd Annual World Series of Poker® will finish with the final table of the Main Event being played inside the Penn & Teller Theater at Rio beginning Nov. 6. From a field of 6,865, the “November Nine” will fight for the $8.7 million top prize.
DJ Innovate of CDG DJ's won the Vegas Spin-Off DJ contest and chance at turntable glory opening for Lil Jon at Surrender Nightclub inside Encore at Wynn Las Vegas on Nov. 11. He also won a $10,000 in-home recording studio, $1,500 in PUMA apparel and a $1,000 Visa gift card.
Butterfly at Chateau Gardens will have singer Nadia Ali performing at the 22,000-square-foot outdoor nightclub on Saturday, Nov. 5, along with renowned DJ Robert Oleysyck.
Nevada Ballet Theatre (NBT) will present “The Nutcracker,” Dec. 17-24 at Paris. The production will mark the NBT's 30th anniversary of presenting this cherished Holiday story.
Penn & Teller will hold the “13 Bloody Days of Christmas” blood drive Dec. 17-31. People who donate blood will receive two tickets to their show at the Rio.
NBC's “America's Got Talent” Season Five winner Michael Grimm, will play an exclusive engagement at the Flamingo, Nov. 29-Dec. 11.
“Battle of the Dance,” an experience showcasing a fusion of dances, will play an exclusive engagement at the Flamingo, Dec. 13 – Jan. 15, 2012.
“Legends In Concert” at Harrah's will offer holiday-themed performances Nov. 25-Jan. 8, 2012 with Toby Keith, Elvis, Connie Underwood, Donna Summers and Michael Jackson hosted by Whoopi Goldberg impersonators.
The Chippendales who perform at the Rio have their 2012 calendar available.
If you purchase a Bud Light draft beer during a pro football game at the Gold Spike Hotel and Casino downtown, they will give you a ticket to be entered into a drawing to win tickets to the Pro-Bowl in Hawaii with airfare. Winner must be present to win.
The Injured Police Officer's Fund (IPOF) is hosting the sixth annual John & Goldie Moran Golf Classic sponsored by The Friedmutter Group on Monday, Nov. 21 at Bali Hai Golf Club. Entry fee is $150, call 702-380-2840.
VEGAS MUSIC SUMMIT
Industry leaders from all areas of the music trade will come together to offer free workshops for musicians and the public looking to further their involvement in the music industry on Saturday, Nov. 5, at the El Cortez. Cost is free but guests must register at www.vegasmusicsummit.com. The day will end with a performance by AWOLNATION, Imagine Dragons, Twin Atlantic, Halloween Town and Summit Grove at Fremont Street East.
SAXOPHONIST DON HILL CELEBRATES 90TH BIRTHDAY
Legendary saxophonist Don Hill from the Treniers is celebrating his 90th birthday with two celebrations taking place from 7-10 p.m. The first will be on Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Italian American Club with Jazzin' Jeanne Brei & The Speakeasy Swingers, a band he's been playing with since 2002. Cost is $10 with a free drink and cake included, call 457-3866.
The second will be an All-Star Tribute at the Ovation Showroom at Green Valley Ranch on Tuesday, Nov. 8, co-hosted by comedian/musician Pete Barbutti and Jazzin' Jeanne Brei. Tickets are $15 tickets at the door.
MAX BROOKS SPEAKS AT VALLEY BOOK FESTIVAL
The Jewish Community Center of Southern Nevada (JCCSN) will present its Fourth Annual Jewish Book & Arts Festival, Thursday, Nov. 3 - Sunday, Nov. 20. This year's Festival is partnering with the Vegas Valley Book Festival and the Nov. 3 keynote speaker will be Max Brooks, son of Mel Brooks and Ann Bancroft and author of “How to Survive a Zombie Attack.” He'll speak at the Clark County Library at 1401 E. Flamingo Rd. For information, call 702-794-0090.
SERENDIPITY 3 AT CAESARS PALACE VIDEOS 'FAMOUS FOOD'
The successful video series, “Famous Food,” at Serendipity 3 at Caesars Palace has introduced its newest segment starring Chef de Cuisine Michael Wolf. The third video teaches making the restaurant's signature Orchard Salad. The debut video gave step-by-step instructions on how to build the High Heel Pump sandwich while the second installment was the Heirloom Tomato Salad. The videos, which are released every month, are available on the Caesars Palace YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/caesarspalace.
MOUNTAIN RESORT OFFERS MURDER MYSTERY PACKAGES
The Resort on Mount Charleston is offering two special murder mystery packages hosted by A Touch of Mystery on Saturday, Nov. 19. The “Mystery at Mount Charleston Saloon” dinner is $87. A couple's stay over package is $280.
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