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REMODEL PLANNED FOR BILL'S GAMBLING HALL AND SALOON!

Jackie Brett
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Bill's Gambling Hall and Saloon formerly the Barbary Coast on the Strip will undergo a nearly $200 million renovation that will include remodeling nearly 200 rooms, the 17,200-square-foot casino and adding a rooftop pool and a new nightclub operated by Victor Drai. Renovations are expected to wrap up by the end of 2013, with the nightclub opening a few months later.


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NEW CASTLE WALK FOOD COURT OPENS AT EXCALIBUR

The Castle Walk Food Court at Excalibur held its grand opening with former mayor Oscar Goodman and dozens of Strip entertainers. The innovative new food court introduces the first Cinnabon, Hot Dog on a Stick, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Pick Up Stix and Schlotzsky's to the Strip. The food area also features Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Tropical Smoothie Café, Auntie Anne's and Popcornopolis. In addition, the area features face painting, spray tattoos, oversized high-definition televisions for watching sports, flat panel screens as menus, an area for lounging, and the Big Chill, serving beer and cocktails.

Oscar Goodman and Lincoln Spoor at Excalibur Castle Walk Food Court

COMMONWEALTH OPENS ADDING TO DOWNTOWN'S SOCIAL SCENE

The two-story bar Commonwealth is open downtown on East Fremont Street and will celebrate its grand opening on Wednesday, Dec. 12. The quintessential 6,000-square-foot cocktail bar is inspired by pre-Prohibition era design and libations, complete with its very own small backroom speakeasy. A 2,000-square-foot rooftop bar offers an open air setting for live music.

The Commonwealth, Downtown, Las Vegas

Commonwealth was designed to emulate an East Coast bar that has been sitting on the same cobblestone street for the past 100 years. The drink menu features a collection of the finest spirits and libations split into different sections including the “Common” and “Wealth” sections.

The lower level has a warm, incandescent lit atmosphere with dark, grainy wood and exposed brick on the walls and floor. Private conversation areas are on the perimeter with the center being a communal area with a 20-foot-long bar and two-long tables propped up by old-fashion radiators. The room's focal point in the center of the back bar is an oversized peacock. Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 5 p.m. to closing and noon to closing on Saturday.

LADY LUCK IS BECOMING THE DOWNTOWN GRAND

The former Lady Luck downtown is being transformed into the Downtown Grand and will open late next year in a five-block area that is also being reworked. The walkable Third Street corridor being dubbed Downtown3rd currently has Triple George Grill, Mob Bar, Hogs & Heifers, The Mob Museum and a weekly farmer's market on Fridays from 9 a.m. 2 p.m. at the former bus terminal. When completed the area will feature more retail, dining and entertainment options and will include Pizza Rock, which will occupy the old Celebrity Theater space at the corner of Third and Ogden. A retail center featuring 100,000 square feet of space is also in the works for a parcel of land adjacent to the Mob Museum on Stewart Avenue.

The two-tower, 650-room Downtown Grand hotel, which is joined by a pedestrian walkway over Third Street, has been completely gutted. When completed, the 30,000-square-foot casino will feature a factory design with exposed beams and brick walls and a new escalator bringing guests into the casino.

NEW HONEY SALT RESTAURANT SETS THE TABLE FOR COMFORT

Honey Salt is a new restaurant in Summerlin at 1031 S. Rampart Blvd. offering a farm-to-table inspired menu. It is the first independent venture from hospitality visionaries Elizabeth Blau and Chef Kim Canteenwall and it is inspired by the couple's passion for entertaining.

Honey Salt Restaurant

The décor features whitewashed brick, citrus green banquettes and an eclectic collection of mirrors mixed with antique chandeliers and mismatched vintage chairs to create a cozy communal space. Artwork from renowned food photographer and family friend Bill Milne and paintings by Blau's accomplished sister, Alex Blau, continue the family-friendly theme.

SOUTH POINT UNVEILS HALF MILLION DOLLAR RENOVATED SALON

Costa Del Sur Spa & Salon at South Point will unveil a fully-renovated salon on Saturday, Dec. 1 after the completion of a two-month project in which more than $500,000 was invested to create a vibrant new feel with upgraded treatment stations and a new menu of services.

Costa Del Sur Spa and Salon at South Point Resort

Salon upgrades will offer cutting-edge treatments through the addition of five pedicure stations, five hair stations, three manicure stations and a new make-up station accompanied by a lavish state-of-the-art color bar. In addition, Costa Del Sur will be the only property to supply top-of-the-line TIGI Hair Reborn products.

Costa Del Sur Spa and Salon at South Point Resort

For couples, there will be a couples only relaxation lounge and sauna steam Jacuzzi. The 40,000-square-foot Costa Del Sur features 28 treatment rooms.

TEENAGE SENSATION RYAN BEATTY VISITS HARD ROCK CAFÉ

Teenage singer-songwriter Ryan Beatty will perform at the Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip Friday, Nov. 30. Quickly gaining worldwide popularity, Beatty started out by uploading YouTube videos and building a worldwide following with more than 31 million YouTube views. Beatty then created his own YouTube Channel and became featured on “Billboard's” Top Fastest Rising Artists across Social Media Networks. After being nominated for a Teen Choice Award for “Choice Web Star” Ryan released his debut EP “Because of You” exclusively on iTunes, and within 24 hours it hit No. 1 Pop Album US Charts and No. 7 on the Top Album US Charts on iTunes, all without being signed to a label. Tickets are $16.50 in advance, $20 day of show.

SNOOP DOGG PERFORMS AT HARD ROCK CAFÉ

Hip-hop icon and legendary rapper, Snoop Dogg, will perform at the Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip on Saturday, Dec. 22 with special guests Pac Div. Dogg's music career catapulted to near-instant fame in 1992, when he was discovered by record producer Dr. Dre. With the release of Dogg's 11th studio album “Doggumentary,” his career continues to soar. Tickets are $49.50 in advance and $55 day of show.

Snoop Dogg

ALICE COOPER HEADLINES AT THE PALMS

The pioneer of shock rock Alice Cooper will bring his theatrical music experience to the Pearl at the Palms on Nov. 30. For more than 40 years, Cooper has shocked audiences around the world with his live performances and wild stage antics. Tickets start at $49.

In 1975, Cooper joined forces with longtime collaborator and producer Bob Ezrin to record his first solo album “Welcome to My Nightmare,” a theatrical concept album about the nightmares of a young boy named Steven. Now, Cooper has followed Steven into adulthood and presents “Welcome 2 My Nightmare” (2011), a new but familiar concept album about the fear, anxiety and disgust that haunt Cooper's dreams in an era of Facebook, Lady Gaga, Sketchers and Angry Birds.

PHILLIPINES' MARTIN NIEVERA RETURNS TO THE SUNCOAST

“The Concert King of the Philippines” Martin Nievera will return to the Suncoast Showroom, Dec.15 and 16. Nievera performs his own hits including his signature “On the Right Track,” movie and soap opera theme songs, and his own adaptations from Broadway to Bublé. Currently, Nievera is one of four celebrity judges of “The X Factor Philippines,” and is the host of “A.S.A.P,” a musical variety show in the Philippines. Tickets start at $15.95.

Martin Nievera

MOB MUSEUM DOWNTOWN HOLDS REPEAL DAY PARTY

The Mob Museum downtown will celebrate our nation's constitutional right to imbibe at its Repeal Day Party, on Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 6 10 p.m. On Dec. 5, 1933, Prohibition was lifted and Americans could once again legally drink. This Roaring 20s after-hours party will have a historical setting with live music, vintage costumes, classic cocktails and other surprises.

A special price of $19.33 signifying the year 1933, and $15 for museum members will include: full access to the museum; Prohibition-era cocktail samplings and libations; former Mayor Oscar Goodman as host; 1920s fashion contest; costumed characters and prizes; and live jazz music; call 702-229-2743.

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HOLIDAY NEWS

Terry Fator will perform his holiday show “A Very Terry Christmas” at The Mirage Nov. 20-Dec. 29.

The second Winter in Venice is underway at The Venetian and The Palazzo. The seasonal event was kicked off by “Dancing with The Stars All Stars” contestant Gilles Marini and his family and Dot-Marie Jones from “Glee” with family and friends. A new marquee element is an exclusive six-week run of “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Las Vegas by Chip Davis.”

Country music chart-toppers Restless Heart will perform songs of the season and timeless hits with their “Season of Harmony” show at the Suncoast on Dec. 1 and 2. The group came together in late 1983 for a project by writer and producer Tim Dubois. In all, the band has released six albums. Tickets are available from $15.95.

Restless Heart

Cadillac of Las Vegas will present a “Celebrity Benefit Show To Support Toys for Tots” on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. at LVH. Admittance is a $19 donation or free with an unwrapped new toy(s) of similar or greater value.

The El Cortez downtown will hold its annual month-long gift drive in honor of the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Foundation of Clark County, Nev., from Nov. 20- Dec. 20. Donations will be accepted at the casino cage from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. All guests who donate a new, unopened gift valued at $5 or more will receive $10 in free play.

A special holiday season Champaign & Shopping Brunch featuring a specially crafted menu will be held at DiVine Café located at 6380 S. Valley View, Ste. 308, on Saturday, Dec. 8 with seatings at 9 and 11 a.m. Cost is $30 for food ony and $40 with bottomless drinks, call 702-253-1400.

Two boutiques, the chic specialty store The Bungalow and the contemporary design company Unica Home, have a seasonal Pop-Up Shoppe in Tivoli Village through mid-January. Hours are 10 a.m. 9 p.m. daily.

LVH HOSTS 27th ANNUAL 'MERRY CHRISTMAS LAS VEGAS'

The 27th annual “Merry Christmas Las Vegas” live show will take place at the LVH on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. and will be taped for television from the main showroom. As tradition, the show will be hosted by entertainer Tony Sacca and feature Las Vegas entertainers performing in the holiday spirit. This fundraising show is open to the public with a donation of $25 per person to benefit The Youth Foundation For The Performing Arts and can be purchased by calling 702-877-2278.

WINTERFEST IS A THREE-DAY EVENT IN HENDERSON

Henderson will host WinterFest An Old-Fashioned Christmas Delight, Dec. 13-15. The free weekend celebration will feature holiday family traditions including: horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, evening light parade, a carousel, gingerbread house display, craft bazaar and more at the Henderson Events Plaza.

The Henderson Symphony Orchestra concert featuring holiday classics and several local high school choirs will perform on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m.

On Friday, Dec. 14 from 6-9 p.m., Santa Claus will arrive and the Henderson Christmas tree will be lit.

On Saturday, Dec. 15 from noon 8 p.m., the celebration will feature strolling carolers, the Festival of Trees, storytelling, pony rides, musical recitals by local children's groups and other holiday activities. The grand finale will be the Light Parade at 5 p.m.

SELENA GOMEZ WAX FIGURE VISITS MADAME TUSSAUDS

Selena Gomez's wax figure dressed in a holiday-inspired outfit is on display at Madame Tussauds through Jan. 31. Through Dec. 24, visitors can fill out letters addressed to Santa and drop them in the mailbox for the figure of Gomez to deliver to the North Pole. Madame Tussauds will remain open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve and Day. The attraction will close at 5 p.m. on New Year's Eve and at 9 p.m. on New Year's Day.

Selena Gomez Wax Figure Madame Tussauds

HENDERSON HOSTS 11TH ANNUAL HENDERSON 250 DESERT RACE

For the 11th consecutive year, Henderson will host the Best in the Desert Henderson 250 off-road race championship weekend, Nov. 30- Dec. 1. The event features pre-race festivities, including tech and contingency and a fan expo on Nov. 30 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., concluding with the Henderson 250 Desert Race and points battle decision for the 2012 racing season champ. More than 150 race teams, representing 30 professional and sportsman classes, are expected to compete just 35 minutes south of Henderson in Jean, Nev. Spectator admission is complimentary.

QUICK NOTABLES

The new Public House at the Luxor has introduced a happy hour every weekday from 4 to 7 p.m. with $3 Coors Light and Bud Light draft beers and $5 bar bites such as Cheesesteak Spring Rolls.

Public House Luxor cheesesteak Spring Rolls

“Jersey Boys” at Paris is sending support to New Jersey, the birthplace of The Four Seasons and backdrop of the hit show, by donating $25 of select full-price ticket sales using the code “JERSEY” for performances from Nov. 27-Dec. 22 to the American Red Cross for the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, call 702-777-7776.

Sammy Hagar's Cabo Wabo Cantina inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood will introduce a new menu with flavorful new selections beginning Wednesday, Nov. 28. The menu now features more of a Baja twist from the flagship restaurant and bar in Cabo San Lucas.

Folk artist Al Stewart will perform at Club Madrid at Sunset Station on Friday, Nov. 30. Stewart released his debut album, “Bed-Sitter Images,” in 1967. His most recent album, “Sparks of Ancient Light,” made number 16 and was released in 2008. Tickets are $19, $24 and $29.

A fundraiser “Suite Tour” with appetizers, cocktails and raffles put on by Junior Achievement will take place on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 2 10 p.m. The tour will include six luxury suites at Caesars Palace, The Cosmopolitan, Hard Rock Hotel, Palms, Paris and the Rio. Tickets are $100, call 702-214-0500.

The Improv at Harrah's, the longest-running comedy club on the Strip, will showcase Wendy Liebman and Adam Ray this week. Dat Phan will be the headlining act Dec. 4-16 followed by Kivi Rogers Dec. 18-23. Tickets are $31.95 or $49.45.

CollectiveZOO is partnering with single malt Scotch whisky distillery Glenfiddich for a product tasting at The Lady Silvia at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28. Access to the event is complimentary, although attendance is limited. Email reservations at contact@collectivezoo.com.

Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort is now open for the 2012/13 season. The upgrades for this historic season include a new quad chairlift, 14 new trails, a new locker room, a remodeled restaurant with an updated menu and an on-mountain grill.

A 10-mile round-trip “Holiday Bike Ride” from 8-10 a.m. will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1at the RTC's Westcliff Transit Center at 25 S. Durango Dr. south of Summerlin Pkwy. Cyclists should bring a new unwrapped toy and wear festive holiday attire or a decked out bicycle for holiday cheer and to win prizes.

The Las Vegas Natural History Museum's newest exhibit, Tony Hawk: Rad Science, explores how physics principles like gravity, force, velocity, acceleration, inertia and balance make radical tricks possible in action sports and allows visitors to put themselves into the role of skateboarders and scientists as they explore more than 25 interactive experiences. The exhibit runs through Jan. 20 at the Sahara West Library at 9600 W. Sahara Ave. Tickets range from $5 to $7 and $2 off with a valid a local library card.

Tony Hawk

X107.5 is bringing its annual holiday blow out to The Joint at the Hard Rock on Thursday, Dec. 6. This year's lineup features The Shins with special guests AWOLNATION, Passion Pit and Youngblood Hawke. The Shins have release four albums and are an American indie rock band founded and fronted by vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, James Mercer. Tickets start at $38.

IGN PRO LEAGUE HEADS BACK TO SIN CITY FOR IPL 5

The IGN Pro League (IPL), the competitive video game league presented by IGN Entertainment, will hold IPL 5 at The Cosmopolitan Nov. 29-Dec. 2 and will feature the top League of Legends and StarCraft II players from around the globe battling for world domination and prize pools totaling more than $200,000. Tickets start at $40 per person for general admission.


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