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STK RESTAURANT OPENS AT COSMOPOLITAN
Jackie Brett
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New York-based The ONE Group will open its edgy steakhouse STK on Dec. 15 at the new Cosmopolitan and named Stephen Hopcraft (Bravo's ‘Top Chef’ and Food Network's ‘Chefs vs. City’) as executive chef.


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Aptly coined, “not your daddy's steakhouse,” STK redefines the American steakhouse by blending two concepts into one – the modern steakhouse with a chic lounge. STK offers three separate plate sizes—Small, Medium and Large, and has become known for signature side dishes.

STK Las Vegas will feature natural materials, a large central lounge furnished with creamy leather banquettes and textured crocodile tiles surrounded by an elevated more formal dining room, theatrical lights illuminating each table, and smoky mirrors while a DJ creates a sound vibe throughout the entire space. This location, which is the fourth, is the first to incorporate a gold hue to the traditional STK color palette. For more information, visit www.stkhouse.com.

I♥BURGERS SET TO OPEN AT PALAZZO

The modern take on the classic American burger joint, i♥burgers is set to open its first location at The Shoppes at the Palazzo in mid-December. This dining outlet will be different by offering premium gourmet burgers with creative toppings and sides as well as the largest fry menu in Las Vegas, with options including truffle-butter tossed fried Yukon Gold potatoes; London-style chips; and baked potato fries.

The Executive Chef/General Manager is Errol LeBlanc, formerly of R.E. Tapas Kitchen and Aureole. The Las Vegas-based Fine Concepts, which owns i♥burgers, also owns and operates The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and Jamba Juice stores in the Las Vegas valley.

BELLAGIO FEATURES WINTER WONDERLAND

Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens will feature its winter holiday display Dec. 3 through Jan. 2, 2011. The centerpiece will be a stately 42-foot Shasta Fir ablaze with more than 7,000 lights and decorated with more than 1,800 red, gold and silver ornaments. Other elements will include four 15-foot-tall toy soldiers, a 7-foot-tall, custom-sculpted rocking horse, a five-car toy train around the base of the tree, eight reindeer comprised of 110 pounds of whole pecans in mid-flight, a present-filled, red-lacquer sleigh and a snowy sky.

Bellagio Conservatory Christmas 2009

Other highlights will include 28 adult and baby penguins, which 13 are animated, in an arctic terrain, an igloo, 20-foot-tall pine trees, a “reflective pond,” three massive icicle stars, a polar bear family adorned with coats made of 16,000 white carnations, five 4-feet to 8-feet tall twinkling gold holiday ornaments, and a bed of colorful seasonal flora. This free display is open 24 hours every day.

FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE HOSTS ANNUAL HOEDOWN

The 24th Annual Downtown Hoedown celebrating the return of the National Finals Rodeo will take place at the Fremont Street Experience on Wednesday, Dec. 1 beginning at 5:30 p.m. with free live concerts on three stages. The entertainment lineup will include top country music talents: Jack Ingram, Randy Rogers Band, Eli Young Band, Trailer Choir, Stealing Angels, Kevin Fowler, Jason Jones and Brett Eldredge.

Randy Rogers Band

Jack Ingram

THOMPKINs' NEW STYLISTICS HEADLINE THE CLARION

“America's Soul Music” has an indefinite run at the Clarion's 537-seat showroom with Russell Thompkins Jr. and The New Stylistics headlining at 8 p.m. for eight weeks into mid-January. Thompkins with his famous falsetto voice has been with The Stylistics and The New Stylistics for decades. The Stylisltics had 12 consecutive hits on the Top 10 R&B charts. Tickets are $69.96, $79.95 and $99.95, call 702-463-8186.

Stylistics Jonathan Buckson, Russell Thompkins Jr. and Raymond Johnson

RODEO AND NASCAR SIGNINGS AT MGM

You’ll find World Champion rodeo riders including nine-time winner Trevor Brazile signing autographs on Dec. 7 and 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the MGM Grand Hotel Lobby. In addition the NASCAR driver of the Crown Royal No. 17, Matt Kenseth will sign autographs on Tuesday, Nov. 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. and his car will be on display in the lobby from Nov. 30 – Dec. 4.

CABO WABO CELEBRATES ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY

The Cabo Wabo Cantina will celebrate its one-year anniversary with a party on Friday, Dec. 3 at 9:30 p.m. with autographed Sammy Hagar giveaways and a Red Rocker Look-Alike Karaoke Contest. Participants will perform on Hagar's stage for a chance to win one of his signature autographed guitars. There will be free shots every time Hagar's hit song “Mas Tequila” hits the speakers.

Cabo Wabo

“LEGENDS IN CONCERT” PERFORMS HOLIDAY SHOW

The world's longest running celebrity tribute show, “Legends in Concert” is producing a holiday version now through Dec. 26 at Harrah's. The seasonal version features Elton John singing “Feliz Navidad,” Faith Hill and Tim McGraw doing “Run Run Run Rudolph,” Michael Jackson performing “Santa Clause is Coming to Town,” Aretha Franklin belting “Oh Holy Night” and Elvis crooning “Blue Christmas.” The band performs an instrumental version of “Christmas Eve Sarajevo” and the entire cast sings “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”

Legends In Concert Christmas Logo

MISS AMERICA PARADE RETURNS IN 2011

The Miss America Organization has announced the return of a tradition for the first time since 2005, the Miss America Parade, renamed the “DSW Show Us Your Shoes Parade” presented by DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse. The parade will be hosted by master of ceremonies Robin Leach and open to the public on Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, at the Arc de Triomphe at Paris Las Vegas starting at noon. In addition, there will be a musical performance by Miss America 2010 Caressa Cameron. The 2011 “Miss America Pageant,” will air live on ABC, Jan. 15 from Planet Hollywood.

SILVERTON FEATURES COUNTRY MUSIC AND WRESTLING

In December, the Silverton will headline country music and wrestling. Country singer Laura Bell Bundy, who played the lead role of Elle Woods in the Broadway musical “Legally Blonde,” will headline during NFR at 10:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3. The singer-songwriter's debut release is “Achin’ and Shakin’.” Tickets are $20, call 702-263-7777.

Austin Law made up of eight multitalented musicians hailing from across the country will take the stage on Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.

There will be a change of pace on Friday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. with Half Pint Brawlers, a troupe of little person wrestlers. Led by Owner Puppet “The Psycho Dwarf,” the troupe has been entertaining fans on their hit Spike TV show. Tickets are $20 and $35.

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VEGAS HAS AWARD WINNING RESORTS

In its debut year, which is rare, CityCenter has received the coveted AAA Five Diamond Award® for both ARIA and the Mandarin Oriental. In addition, the Mandarin Oriental has received the coveted Forbes Five-Star award for its spa. For the second consecutive year, the M Resort has been honored with a 2011 Forbes Four-Star Award by Forbes Travel Guide.

The Bellagio has been awarded the prestigious AAA Five Diamond Award for the tenth consecutive year. It is the first resort and casino in Las Vegas to ever reach this milestone, which it did in 2001, and the only hotel in America to have two AAA Five Diamond restaurants under one roof – Picasso and Le Cirque.

QUICK CLIPS

Actor/comedian Bill Engvall will be headlining at Treasure Island on Dec. 2, 3, 9 and 10 at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $49 and $65, call 800-392-1999 or 702-894-7722.

Bill Engvall

“The Concert King of the Philippines” Martin Nievera will return to the Suncoast Showroom, Dec. 10-12. Nievera is a popular recording artist with several platinum albums. He has appeared in 11 films and seven television series and specials.

Martin Nievera

The annual Cowboy Christmas Gift Show will take place Thursday, Dec. 2 – Saturday, Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the Las Vegas Convention Center's North Halls. The 300,000-square-foot show features 400 vendors selling jewelry, western wear, boots and spurs, furniture, art, crafts and pottery, as well as Official Wrangler NFR and PRCA merchandise.

A fundraiser is being held on Sunday, Dec. 5 at the Las Vegas Rocks Café from 2 to 4 p.m. to raise money to help Las Vegas performer Jeneane Marie with medical costs for a much needed hip replacement. Fellow headlining entertainers will provide the entertainment. Cost is $22 at the door.

Jeneane Marie

Flamingo headliner George Wallace whose show “I Be Thinkin’” is normally billed as “The Best 10 p.m. Show” will be performed at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30 through Saturday, Dec. 11. His show will resume at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 14.

The ladies of the “Fantasy” adult revue at the Luxor launched their 2011 Swimsuit Calendar at Cabo Wabo Cantina on Black Friday, Nov. 26.

Special musical guest Derek Sholl will provide complimentary performances in the Hard Rock Hotel Saloon Dec. 2-5 and 9-11. Sholl is well known for serving as the opening talent on Jay Leno for more than three years.

Station Casinos plans to bring back its Grand Café restaurants to five of its properties and replace the national chain Coco's Bakery Restaurants that opened less than two years ago. The first will open on Dec. 27 at Palace Station followed by Sunset Station in mid-January. Costing about $3 million for capital improvements and training the change should be completed by next summer.

Earlier this month, Mr. Lucky's 24/7 inside the Hard Rock began featuring two new graveyard specials available from midnight to 6 a.m. daily: New York Steak & Eggs for $4.99 and a Burger Basket Special for $3.99.

Holly Madison, star of “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood and “Holly's World” will celebrates her birthday at TAO with Hpnotiq on Thursday, Dec. 2.

Holly Madison

Singer Linda Angeline, who is now performing with the country/classic rock band “Route 66,” will be performing at Arizona Charlie's on Decatur for two weekends during NFR: Dec. 3 - 4, and 10 - 11.

The 9th Annual SASS Convention and Wild West Christmas will present Riders in the Sky at the Riviera on Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call 877-411-7277. “Matsuri,” Japan's most acclaimed musical production at the Imperial Palace, celebrated a milestone performance this month with its 400th performance.

Matsuri Hula Hoops

The Cannery in North Las Vegas has again teamed up with United Blood Services to host a blood drive at the property on Sunday, Dec. 19 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Monday, Dec. 20 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Guests who donate blood will receive a complimentary Cannery Row Buffet for two. Plus, donors will be entered in a drawing to win two tickets to any concert before March 11, 2011, at The Club in the Cannery. For appointments, visit www.bloodhero.com or call 702-562-2166. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse Chef Partner Travis Herbert will offer a free cooking demonstration from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4 at Williams-Sonoma in Summerlin at 1001 S. Rampart Blvd. Based off of Fleming's current “Memorable Meal” for two special– available through Dec.15 – the class menu will feature Caesar Salad with King Crab Crostini, Cellar Master's Steak and Maine Lobster Tail, Maple Roasted Baby Carrots and Carrot Cake with Dark Rum Caramel. For information, call 702-938-9480.

UFC octagon girl and model, Arianny Celeste, will host the official after-party following Spike TV's “The Ultimate Fighter” Finale at Moon Nightclub inside the Palms on Dec. 4 at 11 p.m. with the official deejay of UFC, AL3, spinning the tunes. Cover charge is $40.

There will be a Pioneer Christmas event at the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Park at 500 E. Washington Ave. from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4. The free festivities will include historic demonstrations, musical performances, and refreshments.

Lagasse's Stadium at The Palazzo will host the UFC 124 viewing party on Dec. 11 from 7 to 10 p.m. This Welterweight Championship fight will feature Georges St-Pierre vs. Josh Koscheck.

“Torn From Home: My Life as a Refugee” is the current human rights exhibition for children and families at the Lied Discovery Children's Museum until Jan. 2, 2011. This display gives a first-hand look through recreations of actual refugee camp settings and features interactive multimedia, photographs, artwork, and testimonials.

The Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation have kicked off the 9th annual “Fill the Fire Truck Toy Drive.” The seasonal toy drive will take place at select Wal-Mart locations every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 19.


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