JEFF CIVILLICO STARS IN TRAVEL CHANNEL'S "VEGAS STRIP SEARCH"!
On Saturday, April 6 at 3 p.m. PST, Jeff Civillico's pilot episode of his new Travel Channel show “Vegas Strip Search” will air. The show features Civillico traveling across North America seeking out undiscovered talent. The unique acts he finds get the opportunity to perform in his 2 p.m. show, “Jeff Civillico: Comedy in Action,” at The Quad. Tickets range from $30 to $40.
In addition, Civillico is the founder and president of Win-Win Entertainment, a non-profit which pairs performers willing to donate their time and talent with charity organizations in need of entertainment.
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HAKKASAN CELEBRATES NIGHTCLUB GRAND OPENING
Hakkasan Las Vegas, the new five-level culinary and nightlife mecca opening at the MGM Grand, has unveiled the details surrounding its Grand Opening weekend April 25-28, kicking off with a preview of the nightclub, Thursday, April 18.
The line-up for Hakkasan Nightclub's first three weekends, including the Preview, Grand Opening and MGM Grand's Fight weekend, consists of the premiere performances by resident DJs Tiësto and Calvin Harris, in addition to featured artists (in alphabetical order) Bingo Players, deadmau5, Hardwell, Laidback Luke, R3hab, Steve Aoki and Tommy Trash. Grand Opening weekend will culminate with a star-studded affair Saturday, April 27 hosted in partnership with “GQ Magazine” and featuring a full set from Calvin Harris.
'KINGS OF THE MIC TOUR' FEATURES LL COOL J
Two-time Grammy®-winning recording artist, LL Cool J featuring DJ Z-Trip, will headline the “Kings Of The MicTour” and be joined by legendary artists Ice Cube, Public Enemy and De La Soul when the Hip-Hop tour stops at The Joint at the Hard Rock on Friday, May 24. Tickets start at $49.50.
The tour will come on the heels of the release of Cool J's 14th studio album, “Authentic,” on April 30 on 429 Records / The Savoy Label Group. First introduced to the world in 1984 as a Def Jam Records flagship artist, Cool J is the first rap artist to amass 10 consecutive platinum-plus selling albums.
As a solo recording artist, Ice Cube has sold more than 10 million albums. He is also an accomplished writer, director, actor and producer in cinema with his most recent credit “21 Jump Street.” Cube is gearing up for several film releases this year as well as his 10th solo album release, “Everythang's Corrupt.”
HALL & OATES VISIT HARD ROCK THIS SUMMER
The No. 1 selling duo in music history, Daryl Hall and John Oates, will return to The Joint at the Hard Rock for two nights August 2 and 3. In April 2011, Oates released his solo album, “Mississippi Mile” on Elektra Records. Hall released his solo album, “Laughing Down Crying,” on Verve Records on Sept. 27, 2011. Most recently as a duo, Hall & Oates released their first box set, “Do What You Want, Be What You Are: The Music of Daryl Hall & John Oates” with four CDs containing 74 tracks and 16 of them previously unreleased. Tickets start at $45.
BURGER BISTRO OPENS AT LVH
Burger Bistro has opened next to the Plaza Bar and TJ's Steakhouse at the LVH offering six different burger types including Angus beef, California lamb, yellow tail tuna, turkey breast, lump and black fin crab and kosher vegetarian. The interior features contemporary high-top tables and an eye-catching bar with burgers priced from $10 to $15.
NEW 'LAS VEGAS ROCKS VARIETY SHOW' STARTS AT LVH
The lineup for the new weekly “Las Vegas Rocks Variety Show” hosted by Tony Sacca will feature famed guitarist Esteban and his violinist daughter Teresa Joy, “The Phat Pack,” comedian Anthony Padillo and featured house band The Gregg Peterson Band in the Shimmer Cabaret at the LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino on Friday, April 5 at 4 p.m.
The hour-long show will be taped with a live audience every Friday at 4 p.m. and air the following day locally at 3 p.m. on Vegas TV Cable 14 as well as regionally and will be broadcast via the Internet. The show is free for the audience that will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis. For a guaranteed reserve seat call 364-8668. Audiences will receive a BOGO drink offer to be used during the Happy Hour in the Tempo Bar following the show.
RICK MICHEL STARS IN 'SINATRA FOREVER' AT SANTA FE STATION
Master impressionist Rick Michel will present his “Sinatra Forever” show with a seven-piece Big Band whose members worked with Sinatra on Saturday, April 6 at 7 p.m. in the Chrome Showroom at Santa Fe Station. Admission is $15 cash at the door.
BILL MAHER WILL CONTINUE 2013 RESIDENCY AT THE PALMS
Comedian, television host, political commentator and bestselling author Bill Maher will continue to make the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms his 2013 home with remaining shows June 8-9, Sept. 6-7 and Nov. 2-3. First on “Politically Incorrect” and for the last 10 years on HBO's “Real Time,” Maher has garnered 29 Emmy nominations. Tickets start at $45.
FORMER MAFIA BOSS MICHAEL FRANZESE SPEAKS AT MOB MUSEUM
Once ranked No. 18 on “Fortune” magazine's list of “The Fifty Biggest Mafia Bosses,” Colombo crime family Capo Michael Franzese ultimately decided to own up to racketeering charges, accept a 10-year prison sentence and do the nearly unthinkable—quit the mob. Franzese will share his story at The Mob Museum in its historic courtroom on Friday, April 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Attendees will hear firsthand about his transformation from mob leader to motivational speaker, author and topic of the upcoming History 2 Channel special, “The Definitive Guide to the Mob.”
Franzese is the only high ranking official of a major crime family to ever walk away, without protective custodies, and survive. Tickets are $15 for members and $20 for non-members, call 702-229-2734.
COMEDIAN JOHN CAPARULO WILL APPEAR AT SOUTH POINT
Comedian John Caparulo will appear at the South Point, April 5-7. He has performed as part of the “Blue Collar Comedy: The Next Generation” in 2007 with Bill Engvall, appeared in Vince Vaughn's “Wild West Coemdy Show,” worked alongside Chelsea Handler on her E! hit show, done voice over work, and hosted his own radio show “The Mad Cap Hour” on Sirius/XM Blue Collar Radio.Tickets are $15-$25.
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'POWER OF LOVE GALA' ATTRACTS STAR-STUDDED LINEUP
Keep Memory Alive's 17th annual Power of Love Gala fundraiser continues to grow with an extended list of entertainment icons and celebrities attending and performing at the 80th birthday celebration for friends Quincy Jones and Sir Michael Caine on April 13 at the MGM Grand.
The celebrity-guest lineup so far includes superstar Barbra Streisand, Amy Poehler, Arsenio Hall, Bebe Winans, Bono, Carlos Santana, Chaka Khan, Chris Tucker, Greg Phillinganes, Herbie Hancock, James Ingram, Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks, Larry King, Marcus Miller, Nikki Yanofsky, Patti Austin, Paulinho Da Costa, Rashida Jones, Scarlett Johansson, Siedah Garrett, Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion), Stevie Wonder, Terrence Howard, Tom Scott, Vinnie Colaiuta, Whoopi Goldberg, will.i.am and more.
The gala will include a celebrity-chef dinner, a one-of-a-kind live and silent auction, and a night of star-studded performances.
ECCOCI BOCA PARK HOLDS BEAUTY BOOK SIGNING AND LECTURE
ECCOCI Boca Park at 750 S. Rampart, Suite 8 will focus on beauty on Saturday, April 6 with a book signing from 1 – 4 p.m. with “Gotcha Covered – The Compact Guide to Camouflage Makeup” author Judith August and a 2 p.m. lecture by world renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Julio Garcia. The event with refreshments is free for the public. Attendees will also be able to enter to win a $250 gift certificate and enjoy 50 percent off all regular priced styles.
JOHN LEGEND WILL HEADLINE PRIVATE VEGAS GALA FOR MJCI
GRAMMY Award-winning artist John Legend will headline the 12th Annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational (MJCI) Celebration with a private performance at Aria on April 5 and perform hits including songs from his new album “Love in the Future” scheduled for release this June. Blue Man Group will also perform and Wayne Brady will emcee.
ACTOR-COMEDIAN EDDIE GRIFFIN BRINGS COMEDY TO THE RIO
Actor-comedian Eddie Griffin performs his two-and-a-half-hour marathon comedy routine “Comedy without a Condom” in The King's Room at the Rio at 7 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Griffin has appeared in 47 films and numerous television shows and was honored as one of the top 100 stand-up comedians worldwide. He recently finished the movie “Mucho Dinero” and his next film to be released will be “Mojo.” He's endorsing a book called “Afro-Man,” which encourages children to stay in school and it's cool to be smart.
CITY OF LAS VEGAS HOLDS DOWNTOWN CONCERTS IN APRIL
The city of Las Vegas will celebrate its diversity with two downtown concerts in April. First, Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'Ole, a five-time Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winner, accomplished hula dancer and singer in the Hawaiian language, will perform on Saturday, April 13 at 7 p.m. at the Historic Fifth Street School Auditorium. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 on event day.
On Friday, April 19 from noon to 1 p.m., Grammy Award-winning drummer Manny Kellough will bring his Jazz Xpressions group to lead a celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month in the Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse Jury Assembly Room at 333 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Admission is free and open to the public. Bring your driver's license for courthouse admission, and a sack lunch.
THE OUTLAWS WILL PERFORM AT THE CANNERY
The Outlaws band is back on the road and will perform at the Cannery on April 6. The Southern rock band was formed in 1972. They were the first act signed to Arista Records under Clive Davis and have had multiple Billboard 100 hits. Tickets are $19.95.
'ABSINTHE' SHOW CELEBRATES ZOMBIE STYLE
The highly acclaimed circus-themed show “Absinthe” recently celebrated its 1,000th show by turning PURE Nightclub inside Caesars Palace into a zombie apocalypse. Arriving just after midnight, the entire cast, including The Gazillionaire, Penny Pibbets and Angel Porrino, outfitted in full zombie attire made their way to VIP booths on the main stage. The celebrated acro-cabaret variety show opened at Caesars Palace in 2011.
ITEMS TO PONDER
The MGM Grand's boutique nightclub Tabú will close permanently on Saturday, April 6. The last night of operation will be Friday, April 5 and more details about the space will be released in the near future.
Gilley's Country Summer begins April 1with no cover charge at Gilley's Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que at Treasure Island and featuring live music each weekend throughout the summer starting at 9 or 10 p.m.
The Fat Bar, a 24-hour outdoor café bordering the Strip sidewalk and across from the Monte Carlo, is celebrating its first anniversary on Saturday, April 13.
National Beer Day falls on Sunday, April 7. Cabo Wabo Cantina inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood will serve buy-one-get-one drafts all day.
“Reinventing Radio: An Evening With Ira Glass,” the creator of the public radio show “This American Life” will talk about his program and how it's put together on Saturday, April 27 at The Smith Center. Tickets start at $26.
Two more winners within two days became millionaires after playing at Paris Las Vegas. The first won $1.7 million playing Wheel of Fortune® and the second $1.4 million by hitting the Grease® slot jackpot. The two recent winners mark 705 millionaires the company has created since 1987.
The Shriners Hospitals for Children Open team will be at Boca Park's Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant's annual tapping of their limited edition of Maibock beer, Wednesday, April 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. The 2013 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open will bring the FedEx Cup to Las Vegas when the PGA Tour returns for the 31st consecutive year from Oct, 14 – 20.
The Nevada Restaurant Association's Mix & Mingle spring event will be held downtown at Commonwealth on the Rooftop Bar on Thursday, April 25 from 6-8 p.m. Tickets with two drinks included are $30 for members, $40 for non-members and $50 at the door. RSVP at email@example.com.
THE SPINNERS APPEAR AT THE EASTSIDE CANNERY
American soul music vocal group The Spinners will perform at The Eastside Cannery on Saturday, April 6 at 8:30 p.m. The Spinners have been performing for more than 50 years with a long run of pop and R&B hits especially during the 1970s. Throughout the years, The Spinners have acquired 12 gold records. Tickets start at $9.95.
REHAB CELEBRATES 10 YEARS AS DECADENT DAYCLUB
The Hard Rock will launch REHAB's 10th Anniversary season with an all-star lineup including Sublime with Rome on Sunday, April 21 and a Justice DJ Set on Sunday, April 28 to celebrate Las Vegas' original indulgent pool experience. Additional talent at REHAB will be announced throughout the season.
REHAB was featured on Travel Channel's “21 Sexiest Beach Bars.” The Hard Rock's Paradise Beach is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Admission is free for hotel guests daily and the general public Monday through Friday. On weekends fees apply.
GOLDEN NUGGET HOLDS THREE-DAY WINE FESTIVAL
The Golden Nugget downtown will host its fifth annual spring wine event, Wine Revolution North America vs. South America, from April 12-14. This three-day wine festival will bring together consumers, winemakers and winery owners with poolside receptions, wine tastings, silent and live wine auctions and more.
OPENTABLE ANNOUNCES SIX AREA RESTAURANTS IN TOP 100
OpenTable, the world's leading provider of online restaurant reservations, has announced the 2013 Diners' Choice Award winners for “Top 100 Hot Spot Restaurants in the United States.” These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 15,000 restaurants in all 50 states. Winning restaurants are scattered throughout 21 states and six are in the Las Vegas area. On the Strip, there is Lavo Italian Restaurant & Nightclub and SUSHISAMBA strip at the Palazzo, Tao Restaurant and Nightclub at the Venetian, STK Las Vegas at The Cosmopolitan, N9NE Steakhouse at the Palms, and Firefly Tapa Kitchen & Bar on Eastern in Henderson.
ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC HONORS RED ROCK RESORT
Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa has been named “Casino of the Year” by the Academy of Country Music for having played host to many of Country music's top artists in 2012. Red Rock will be honored at the 48th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, which will air on CBS on Sunday, April 7 and will officially be presented with the award during an off-camera industry celebration at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville in the fall. Station Casinos has now won this prestigious award five times, becoming the only casino to have received the award more than once.
Red Rock Resort was host to such iconic artists in 2012 as Toby Keith, Brantley Gilbert, Luke Bryan, Aaron Lewis, Uncle Kracker and Jerrod Niemann. The property is also home to weekly performances of “Nashville Unplugged,” which stars singer/songwriters Brian McComas and Aaron Benward and features talented and accomplished songwriters in country music.
LOU RUVO CENTER HOLDS FREE MONTHLY ART SERIES
Through videoconferencing, The Art Series from The Cleveland Museum of Art takes place free of charge at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health on the first and third Tuesdays every month from 11 a.m. – noon in the Caregiver Library on the fourth floor. The April 16 topic will be “America's Story through Art: America Enduring; 1913-1945.” For information, contact Jennifer Gayan at 702-483-6036 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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