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MADAME TUSSAUDS WILL DEBUT “THE HANGOVER EXPERIENCE”!

Jackie Brett
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Madame Tussauds Las Vegas will launch its newest themed room, The Hangover Experience complete with the notorious hotel room, a smashed replica of the Las Vegas Metropolitan police car and a wedding chapel. Also making its debut will be Madame Tussauds' brand new figure of “Alan” played by Zach Galifianakis in The Hangover films who will be joined by the figure of “Phil” played by Bradley Cooper. The 1,100-square-foot room, based on Warner Bros. Pictures' “The Hangover,” pays homage to the popular comedy trilogy, whose original movie turns five this year.

Hangover the Experience at Madame Tussauds logo

A national sweepstakes is taking place through Jan. 9, 2015, with a grand prize including roundtrip airfare for two to Las Vegas, Nev., a two-night stay at Caesars Palace, a VIP tour of Madame Tussauds Las Vegas and The Hangover Experience, The Hangover Trilogy prize pack and dinner for two. To enter, visit www.MadameTussauds.com/LasVegas/ TheHangoverExperience. On Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, - also known as National Hangover Day -The Hangover Experience will officially debut to the general public at 4 p.m.


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OFF THE STRIP WILL OPEN AT THE LINQ DEC. 24

Off The Strip will debut at The LINQ Promenade on Wednesday, Dec. 24. The two-story, 11,000-square-foot bar and bistro will be open 24 hours daily offering breakfast, lunch and dinner. Indoor and outdoor seating will be available, with the latter situated on prime Las Vegas Strip real estate.

Off the Strip sign at LINQ

Founded in 2007 in the Southern Highlands neighborhood, the restaurant cultivated a Las Vegas locals following. Off The Strip is known its steaks, chops, seafood and pasta dishes. New to Off The Strip at The LINQ will be its “Fresh & Fit” menu offered for breakfast. All menus will change seasonally.

SMASHBURGER WILL OPEN FIRST STRIP LOCATION DEC. 23

On Tuesday, Dec. 23, Smashburger will debut its first location on the Las Vegas Strip inside Caesars Palace's brand new 14,900-square-foot Forum Food Court. This momentous opening marks Smashburger's ninth location in Las Vegas and second one to open in the area within seven months. Smashburger starts with 100 percent -- fresh, never frozen, all-natural Certified Angus Beef and is smashed on a 400 degree flat grill to sear in the juicy flavor and served on a toasted artisan bun. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

GLUTTON WILL OPEN DOWNTOWN IN JANUARY 2015

Chef Bradley Manchester will debut Glutton restaurant downtown next month and offer an eclectic menu of New American cuisine for lunch and dinner daily, as well as brunch on Sundays. Glutton will be located on Carson Avenue, across 7th Street from Downtown Container Park and showcase locally sourced produce.

Glutton is housed in a renovated midcentury building with the original oak ceiling from when it was constructed in 1955. Stained concrete floors, exposed brick and a solid stone chef's counter help create a comfortable industrial atmosphere. The restaurant has a wood-burning oven and seats approximately 78 patrons indoors and an additional 25 on an outdoor patio.

Prior to developing Glutton, Manchester oversaw the culinary program for five restaurants at Red Rock Resort. Previously, he served on the opening team of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, at the Wit Hotel in Chicago, Caesars Palace and the Renaissance Hotel in Las Vegas, and Monarch Urban Bistro & Lounge, which was named one of Houston's best restaurants by “The New York Times.”

HUMAN NATURE PRESENTS ‘CHRISTMAS, MOTOWN AND MORE’

Las Vegas headliners Human Nature launched a new holiday production show “Christmas, Motown and More” on Dec. 12 in The Sands Showroom at The Venetian with special guest artist Robin Meade and an 11-piece band. Meade is a country music artist and host of HLN's “Morning Express with Robin Meade.” Human Nature will perform the show for 11 days beginning Friday, Dec. 12 with a special 1 p.m. matinee show on Christmas Eve.

The acclaimed Las Vegas group perform 14 Christmas classics from their new chart-topping record, “The Christmas Album,” including “Please Come Home For Christmas”, “Sleigh Ride” (duet with Meade), “Silent Night - O Holy Night,” and “Winter Wonderland.” They also perform a selection of Motown hits they have become famous for, including “My Girl” and “Reach Out I'll Be There.”

‘LEGENDS IN CONCERT’ HOLIDAY SHOW HIGHLIGHTS LOCAL TALENT

“Legends in Concert” at the Flamingo has its annual holiday show running through Dec. 26. While the current headlining tribute cast sing a few of their artist's hit tunes, each performs a holiday tune: Michael Jackson - “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus;” Barbra Streisand - “Jingle Bells;” Bobby Darin - “Jingle Bell Rock;” Britney Spears - “Santa Baby,” and Elvis - “Blue Christmas.”

Local youth choirs and performing dance groups take turns performing in the holiday production, which offers a real “feel good” experience witnessing the young students in their transformation.

For a very merry finale, the full cast join in on “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and the Legends band pays a stunning tribute to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's “Christmas Eve in Sarajevo” (“Carol of the Bells”) delivering the holiday spirit.

JACK WHITE WILL APPEAR AT BROOKLYN BOWL

Jack White will be live at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, at 9 p.m. Tickets are $65 and $70.

White was born the youngest of 10 children, raised in Southwest Detroit and been a resident of Nashville since 2005, He is one of the most prolific and renowned artists of the past 15 years. When the White Stripes started in 1997, no one least of all White, expected that a red, white and black two-piece band would take hold in the mainstream world. It was their 2001 release “White Blood Cells” that thrust the White Stripes onto magazine covers

In 2004, White teamed up with Loretta Lynn to produce and perform on her Van Lear Rose album, an effort that won Grammy Awards for Best Country Album and Best Country collaboration with vocals for the single “Portland, Oregon.” To date, White has won nine Grammys in seven different categories.

White formed a “new band of old friends,” the Raconteurs, in 2006. Their debut album “Broken Boy Soldiers” featured the No. 1 hit single “Steady, As She Goes” and showed a markedly different side of White, one where songwriting, vocal and guitar duties were shared.

In 2009, White returned to his original instrument, the drums, and started the Dead Weather with members of the Kills, Queens of the Stone Age and the Greenhornes. Releasing two albums in two years and unleashing a dark, captivating live show upon curious audiences, the Dead Weather further cemented White's musical versatility and range.

Also in 2009, White opened the doors to his very own record label, Third Man Records, where he has since produced and released more than 200 records in just over three years.

COMEDIAN JOHN MULANEY MAKES ACES OF COMEDY DEBUT

Chicago native John Mulaney will make his Aces of Comedy debut Friday, March 6. Mulaney, is a young comedian and an actor currently starring in “Mulaney,” FOX's new comedy about a rising stand-up comic trying to take his career to the next level. He also serves as creator, writer and executive producer of the series. Tickets start at $39.99.

John Mulaney

NEW SHOW ‘PIANO MAN’ OPENING AT V THEATER

“Piano Man” is opening Friday, Dec. 19 at 5:30 p.m. in V3 Showroom at V Theater at the Miracle Mile. With more than 500 million records sold between them, Billy Joel, Barry Manilow and Elton John rank among the world's best loved singer songwriters and it is their music that will fill the show nightly except Sunday.

OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN EXTENDS HER RESIDENCY AT FLAMINGO

Olivia Newton-John has been highly successful with her “Summer Nights” residency show at the Flamingo and is now extending her stay there through September 2015. The beloved internationally-renowned singer-actress will continue to take audiences on a musical journey through her life in film and music next year accompanied by an eight-piece band. Tickets for her 7:30 p.m. show are $70, $110 and $150, and a special meet and greet package is available for $350.

HOZIER TO PERFORM AT THE CHELSEA AT THE COSMOPOLITAN

Hozier has been added to the The Chelsea's entertainment lineup at The Cosmopolitan. The Irish singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Hozier-Byrne, known as Hozier, will headline on Thursday, April 9 at 9 p.m. Hozier's full-length self-titled album was released this past summer. Tickets start at $30.

Hozier

‘50 SHADES! THE PARODY’ WILL DEBUT AT BALLY'S NEXT YEAR

The “New York Daily News” proclaimed “50 Shades! The Parody” as “filthy and funny.” Las Vegas audiences will find out when the show opens in the Windows Showroom at Bally's on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. The show is a naughty satire that explores the steamy relationship between Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, as seen through the eyes of a trio of girlfriends at a book club meeting. As the women devour the novel, the character's delicious affair comes to life before their eyes. This musical features a sassy original score, including such songs “Open Your Book,” “I Don't Make Love,” and “There Is A Hole Inside Of Me.” Tickets start at $69.

PENN & TELLER KICK OFF ‘13 BLOODY DAYS OF CHRISTMAS’

For the 14th consecutive year, Rio headliners Penn & Teller will partner with United Blood Services to raise awareness of the need for blood donations during the holiday season. Those who donate blood between Friday, Dec. 19 and Thursday, Jan. 1 will receive two complimentary tickets to Penn & Teller's show.

The blood drive will be held Friday, Dec. 19 through Thursday, Jan. 1 at designated United Blood Services locations and mobile units. Guests may donate at the following addresses: 6930 W. Charleston Blvd.; 4950 W. Craig Road; and 601 Whitney Ranch Dr. Bldg. D, Suite 20 in Henderson.

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BELLAGIO STARTS ORGANIC COLD-PRESSED JUICE PROGRAM

The Bellagio has added a healthy beverage selection to its food and beverage portfolio by now serving USDA-Certified Organic, cold-pressed juices. The kale, beet and carrot juices are gluten-free and made from organic fruits and vegetables. The juice is made and bottled in-house by Bellagio's culinary team using a hydraulic press juicer and producing a superior juice without the oxidation and degradation that can be caused by blending or grinding various ingredients together. The juices, priced at $12 each, are available for purchase at Jean Philippe Patisserie, Spa Bellagio, Palio, Palio Pronto, Café Bellagio and Café Gelato.

Bellagio organic cold pressed juices

The three flavor combinations include: Balance - a mix of kale, cucumber, green apple, celery, lemon and ginger root; Energy - a blend of beet, orange, kale and cucumber; and Metabolize - a combination of carrot, orange and ginger root.

THE MOB MUSEUM ADDS THREE NEW EXHIBIT ITEMS

Three new exhibit items are now on view at The Mob Museum downtown. The museum pursues artifacts that help tell the story of the historic battle between organized crime and law enforcement, as well as the reflections of that battle in popular culture.

The Nucky Thompson “Death Suit” was worn by Steve Buscemi, who played bootlegging gangster Enoch “Nucky” Thompson in HBO's “Boardwalk Empire.” Buscemi wore the three-piece suit complete with a bullet hole in the series finale, in which his character was killed on the Atlantic City boardwalk.

Enoch “Nucky” Johnson, Atlantic City organized crime boss during the Prohibition era, sponsored the silver Nucky Johnson Culinary Trophy cup, which was awarded to Omer Bondoux in a culinary contest in 1925. Bondoux was the chef at the Breakers Hotel in Atlantic City. The Nucky Thompson character in “Boardwalk Empire” was inspired by the real-life Nucky Johnson.

Nucky Johnson culinary trophy

The Paulie Walnuts Track Suit was worn by Tony Sirico, who played Paulie “Walnuts” Gualtieri in HBO's “The Sopranos, ”during the opening scene of Season 6, Episode 4. The Paulie character is shown walking out of a SCUBA shop toward his car.

TBONES CHOPHOUSE & LOUNGE HOSTS WINE PAIRING DINNER

Tbones Chophouse & Lounge at Red Rock Resort is holding a special evening of food and wine featuring the distinguished wines of Napa Valley's Joseph Phelps Vineyards on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at 6 p.m. Cost for the multi-course dinner, paired with Joseph Phelps wines is $105 excluding tax and gratuity, call 702-797-7517.

JK RUSS PRESENTS HOUSE OF PAPER BIRDS AT THE COSMOPOLITAN

The artist-in-residence at The Cosmopolitan through Jan. 4, 2015, is JK Russ. During her residency, Russ invites guests to join her for the creation of a magical new kingdom ruled over by feathered fashionistas.

JK Russ House of Paper Birds

House of Paper Birds is a collage collision of female forms, birds and desert plants laced with a strong fashion component inspired by The Cosmopolitan itself. The kingdom will manifest itself in two large collages. One window work features bird women figures positioned in a desert landscape. Guests can co-create this landscape using rock and sky images from National Geographic magazines. The second collage is created on panels and features a surreal flowering Joshua tree created from images cut from fashion publications. The discarded paper cut-outs produced during this process are being left to accumulate on the floor, creating a sea of color as the weeks pass.

Meanwhile, a number of Russ' completed collages are on display in P3Studio's second room that's turned into a reading. In addition, the room holds a collaged cardboard bird-head mannequin showcasing a changing selection of fashion items from The Cosmopolitan boutiques. The resort's artist-in-residence program is developed and curated in partnership with Art Production Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to producing ambitious public art projects.

NEW YEAR'S EVE AND DAY CLIPS

Marquee has just added a New Year's Day pool party that will take place under the Dayclub Dome and be headlined by Carnage with special guests Cash Cash. There will be a complimentary brunch and champagne open bar in the Marquee main room from 1 - 2:30 p.m. and New Year's Day bowl games will be broadcast on Marquee's 40-foot LED screen. Cover is males $20, females $10, and free for locals and anyone who purchased tickets for the Marquee, TAO or LAVO New Year's Eve party.

Marquee DayClub dome

Green Valley's new dining spot, Lucky Foo's Restaurant & Bar located at 8955 S. Eastern Ave. will be holding a ritzy “Classic Vegas” supper club-style New Year's Eve bash and offer two options, seated reservations starting at $90 and individual admission starting at $55.

Lucky Foo's sushi bar

Liaison Nightclub at Bally's - the Strip's only gay nightclub in a casino - is set to welcome in the New Year with cult-favorite drag queens Alyssa Edwards and Shangela Laquifa Wadley of the prestigious Haus of Edwards, a group of drag queens who rose to fame with “RuPaul's Drag Race.” The general admission ticket starts at $50.

Alyssa Edwards and Shangela Laquifa Wadley

SOUTH POINT CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS AND MAGIC

Tony Orlando will take the stage at the South Point Showroom Dec. 19-21 at 7:30 p.m. with his Christmas Show. As one of America's most endearing artists, Orlando electrifies the audience with his infectious energy and one-of-a-kind shows. The night will be filled with popular Christmas carols and a few of his No. 1 hits such as “Tie A Yellow Ribbon ‘Round The Ole Oak Tree” and “He Don't Love You.” Tickets start at $45.

After Christmas, Dec. 26-28, illusionist Rick Thomas will amaze audiences. Thomas seamlessly intertwines magic, music and dance into a meaningful show. Tickets start at $15.

FAST TRACKING THE NEWS

There's word that “Defending the Caveman” may be on the move again leaving the comedy showroom at Harrah's in mid-January for a new home on the Strip. When it first opened in town, it was at the Golden Nugget downtown.

Santa will be at the Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at the Luxor on Sunday, Dec. 21 from 1-3 p.m. greeting guests and posing for photos on the opulent Grand Staircase.

Titanic Exhibit grand staircase with Santa

Minus5 Ice Bar at Monte Carlo just unveiled its new signature “Knockout Punch” cocktail in honor of Top Rank Boxing's Knockout Girls.

UFC Star Bobby “King” Green will host a fight night viewing party for the highly anticipated UFC 182: Jon “Bones” Jones versus Daniel “DC” Cormier at The Sports Bar at Crazy Horse III on Saturday, Jan. 3, starting at 5 p.m.

For the remainder of December, locals and guests can enjoy a complimentary yoga class every Sunday at Foxtail Pool Club® inside SLS Las Vegas® starting Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. Lululemon ambassadors will lead the weekly sessions by the heated pool, and mats will be available. All levels are welcome to join, and participants should arrive 30-minutes prior to the start of class.

Reminder that the Nevada Ballet Theatre's “The Nutcracker” is playing at The Smith Center Dec. 13-21 and features a full orchestra and larger-than-life landscapes. It's a holiday tradition not to be missed.

Special motion graphics created by three Las Vegas Academy graphic design students were recently selected as the winner in a design competition and will be displayed on the Stratosphere Tower's marquee on New Year's Eve just as fireworks launch off the Tower to welcome in the new year.

Las Vegas Academy graphic design students

THE JUICE STANDARD OFFERS THREE-DAY STANDARD CLEANSE

The Juice Standard at 4555 S. Fort Apache Road will help kick start New Year's resolutions to lose weight and live healthier with the company's signature juice cleanses. Customized for full-body nutrition, the juice cleanses are available in one-day, three-day and 10-day packages. Priced at $60 per day, the cleanses include a variety of juices ranging from light and refreshing to filling. Juicers are encouraged to pre-order cleanses a few days in advance by calling 702.476.9800.

Juice Standard interior



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