SEÑOR FROG's LANDS NEW PAD AT TREASURE ISLAND
Mexico's party staple, Señor Frog's Restaurant Bar & Clothesline will liven up Sin City when it opens its Las Vegas location inside Treasure Island later this month. The restaurant and bar will include an expansive indoor and outdoor venue, featuring views of the Strip and Sirens of TI show. The 586-seat venue will have 22,000 square feet of dining space, five bars and a large outdoor patio.
Señor Frog's will offer contemporary cuisine with a twist combining American, Mexican and Italian fare for lunch and dinner, feature nightly entertainment, and open daily at 11 a.m.
Column Continues Below Advertisement
MGM RESORTS CONSIDERS ZIP LINES AT STRIP HOTELS
MGM Resorts International is contemplating building zip line rides between the Luxor and Excalibur resorts and is waiting for the Federal Aviation Administration to review the plans. Plans call for four routes with one running from the top of the Luxor's pyramid to the roof of MGM Resorts' tram station outside the Excalibur. Similar attractions have become popular at the Fremont Street Experience downtown and in Boulder City.
JERRY SPRINGER HOSTS ‘THE PRICE IS RIGHT LIVE™’ AT BALLY's
“The Price is Right Live™” Stage Show at Bally's will welcome back special celebrity host Jerry Springer for an exclusive engagements April 25 – May 6 and May 16 – June 3. The show from FremantleMedia, producers of “American Idol” and “The Price Is Right” TV shows, features such fan-favorite games as “Plinko,” “Cliffhangers,” the “Big Wheel,” and of course, a fabulous “Showcase.” Springer will enlist audience members to play for a chance to win thousands of dollars in cash and prizes.
MARY WILSON TO PORTRAY LENA HORNE AT SMITH CENTER
Las Vegas resident and one of the founders of the Supremes, Mary Wilson, will be performing in the new Cabaret Jazz Club at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, in a tribute show, “Stormy Weather: The Lena Horne Project.” The show based on the book written by James Gavin in 2009 is about Hollywood's first African-American goddess, Lena Horne, from her reign at MGM's “dream factory,” to a fabled night club seductress, and civil rights icon. Gavin will narrate the multi-media theatrical experience. Performances are May 11 at 8:30 p.m., and May 12 at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets start at $45, call 702-749-2000.
‘ZARKANA’ WILL ESTABLISH RESIDENCY AT ARIA
“Zarkana,” the surreal acrobatic spectacle by Cirque du Soleil, will open at ARIA with previews starting in October and an official opening slated for November. The production will take up residency at ARIA after “Viva ELVIS” ends its run in August.
BELLAGIO's SPRING EXHIBITION IS ‘DUTCH GARDEN’
The Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens has its spring themed “Dutch Garden” running through May 13 and features live musical performances from 5.-6 p.m. daily, a 26-foot-tall windmill, 11-foot-tall carousel and a floral interpretation of Claude Monet's “Fisherman's Cottage on the Cliffs at Varengeville.”
WORLD CLASS ROCKERS UNITE WITH MOPARS CAR EVENT
MOPARS at the Strip is a three-day event for classic car owners and fans at the Las Vegas Speedway and at the Cannery. World Classic Rockers (WCR), featuring an all-star lineup of musicians, singers and songwriters who played in the rock bands Steppenwolf, Journey, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Boston, Toto and Santana will perform at the Cannery on Saturday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. The performance is free with a MOPARS at the Strip wristband and a limited number will be sold to the general public at the door. On Friday, April 13, The Saucy Jacks will perform the hits of the 1960's British Invasion at The Club at 6 p.m. and admission is free.
20TH ANNUAL CITY OF LIGHTS JAZZ AND R&B FESTIVAL RETURNS
The 20th Annual Las Vegas City of Lights Jazz Festival will be held on April 28 from 1-10 p.m. and April 29 from 2-9 p.m. at the Government Amphitheater. The lineup with 11 of the biggest names in jazz and rhythm and blues includes Eric Benet, legendary band Morris Day and the Time, multi-Grammy Award winner vocalist Melanie Fiona, the creative genius of vocalist Rahsaan Patterson and the vocalist destine to change pop R&B music Goeapole. For information and ticket prices, visit www.yourjazz.com and parking is free.
‘ROCK OF VEGAs' IS FREE DOWNTOWN SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
Fremont Street Experience downtown has announced this year's free summer concert series “Rock of Vegas” with an entertainment lineup of legendary rock 'n' rollers from the 1980s. The concert series will kick off Memorial Day weekend with Vince Neil, legendary singer of Mötley Crüe, and run through Labor Day weekend with a performance by the ultimate glam metal rocker, Dee Snider, legendary singer of Twisted Sister.
All concerts are Saturday nights with the exception of June 22, which is a Friday night. The rest of the lineup includes: June 9 – Dennis DeYoung - The Music of Styx; June 22 Night Ranger; July 7 Asia featuring John Payne; July 21 Warrant & Skid Row; Aug. 4 Bret Michaels “Get Your Rock on Tour 2012;” and Aug. 18 TBA.
CROSBY, STILLS & NASH WILL PERFORM AT THE HARD ROCK
Classic rock legends Crosby, Stills & Nash (CSN) have four U.S. concerts this month and one is at The Joint at Hard Rock on Friday, April 20, 8 p.m. More than four decades since the trio's legendary Woodstock festival, its members continue a creative partnership. CSN will donate $1 from every ticket sold to various charities. Tickets start at $45.
TERRY FATOR CELEBRATES THREE YEARS AT MIRAGE
Terry Fator celebrated three years at The Mirage by introducing his newest permanent character, Monty Carlo, who is a career lounge singer who never quite made it to the top. Monty has joined the show as he prepares for his audition for NBC's “America's Got Talent,” the very show that propelled Fator into stardom.
Fator has had 40 puppets throughout his career and worked 32 years before becoming an “overnight success.” The man who has mastered more than 100 voices got paid $25 for his first job when he was 11 years old.
TRINA JOHNSON-FINN OPENS TRIBUTE TO HOUSTON
Multi-talented performer Trina Johnson-Finn will debut in “Queen of the Night- A Tribute to Whitney Houston” at Texas Station in the Dallas Events Center on Friday, April 20. The “sing-satiional” 90-minute live entertainment show will bring the top selling hits of the late Whitney Houston to the stage. Tickets start at $10.
Currently, Johnson-Finn performs in “Vegas! The Show” at the Saxe Theater at Planet Hollywood.
REAL HOUSEWIVE KANDI BURRUSS VISITS GALLERY NIGHTCLUB
Grammy-award winning songstress and “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” reality star, Kandi Burruss, will appear at Gallery Nightclub inside Planet Hollywood on Friday, April 13. This starlet who was an original member of the R&B girl group Xscape will celebrate the announcement her own Bravo series, “The Kandi Factory,” where two protégés work alongside Burruss and her team of experts to compete for the opportunity to become the next big pop sensation.
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS IN QUICK TIME
Eddie Vedder, best known as Pearl Jam's frontman, is postponing his 15-city U.S. solo tour to November and December due to temporary nerve damage in his right arm, the result of a back injury sustained earlier this year. He was supposed to perform at the Palms on April 11.
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals are returning to Las Vegas with a performance at Aliante Station on Friday, April 13. Last year, Potter took home the “Music Video of the Year” award at the 45th annual Country Music Association Awards, for her duet with Kenny Chesney, “You and Tequila.”
TOP OF NEXT COLUMN
On the heels of the November release of the “Ceremonials” CD, The Cosmopolitan will welcome Florence + The Machine with special guest Blood Orange to the Boulevard Pool on Saturday, April 21 at 9 p.m. as part of a 15-city tour.
Award-winning alternative rock band Garbage will perform at the Pearl inside the Palms on Saturday, April 14.
The Hard Rock will open its ninth season of its unrivaled pool party, Rehab Sundays, with a live performance by singer-songwriter, Pitbull and a DJ set by DJ and reality TV star Pauly D on Sunday, April 22.
The Irish pub Rí Rá Las Vegas located inside The Shoppes at Mandalay Place features authentic Irish music nightly. The remaining April lineup includes: the three-piece band All Folk's Up from Ireland; John Windsor; Cheap Whiskey that play pubs in Ireland and the United Kingdom; and Tommy O’Carroll and Patsy Whelan who hail from Dublin.
SPECIAL EVENT AND MISC. NEWS
For the 11th consecutive year, Penn & Teller will serve as Grand Marshals during Aid for AIDS of Nevada's (AFAN) 22nd Annual AIDS Walk at the University of Nevada Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15. The duo will again lead the “Penn & Teller Challenge” team, with the promise to match all funds raised by their team.
Gallery Nightclub inside Planet Hollywood will throw a wild “Booty Bounce” go go dance competition on Wednesday, April 11, for a $5,000 prize. Professional and amateur dancers are encouraged to enter, call 702-776-7770.
The first Marc by Marc Jacobs women's and men's clothing and accessories store will open a new boutique outlet in The Forum Shops at Caesars.
The Martin Lawrence Galleries will host a public art auction on April 21 at 6:30 p.m. in its 26,000-square-foot gallery at The Forum Shops. To take part, call 702-991-5990.
On Friday, April 27, Casa Fuente inside The Forum Shops at Caesars will host a special tasting and the Las Vegas launch of Milagro UNICO Tequila Joven from 5-7 p.m. and it's open to the public.
The next monthly Vegas StrEATs food-truck, arts and music festival on the Jackie Gaughan Parkway from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. will be on Saturday, April 14.
The 7th annual Save the Boobs Poker Run benefiting American Cancer Society will take place all-day Sunday, April 15. The ride begins at 9:30 a.m. at O’Aces Bar & Grill, makes stops at Pioneer Saloon, Whiskey Dick's, Las Vegas Harley Davidson and ends with a barbecue at Hogs & Heifers downtown. Registration starts at 8 a.m. Entry is $30 and $10 for a passenger.
The Injured Police Officer's Fund (IPOF) will host the 7th annual Classic Car Show on Saturday, April 14, from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. with doors opening to the public at 10 a.m. at the Bass Pro Shops.
Andre's at Monte Carlo will use its Whiskey Wednesday, May 2, from 9 – 11 p.m. to celebrate the Kentucky Derby and feature the Woodford Reserve, which is also the derby's official sponsor. The most festively attired guest will win a prize. An unlimited tasting for two hours is $25 and $35 at the door, call 702-798-7151.
Andre's at Monte Carlo is offering The Tax Collector – a classic cocktail featuring gin, dry vermouth and green chartreuse priced at $14. All specialty cocktails at Andre's are 2-for-1 from 5:30 to 10 p.m. and on tax day Tuesday, April 17, all guests who either check-in to Andre's via Facebook or Tweet “#MeetTheTaxCollector @AndresLasVegas inside @MonteCarloVegas” will receive one complimentary cocktail.
J.R. Starkus, lead bartender at Rick Moonen's rm seafood at Mandalay Bay, took top honors winning the local round of the first-ever Campari “Best Aperitivo” Cocktail Competition in conjunction with the U.S. Bartenders' Guild (USBG). Starkus' next step is to compete in New York on Sunday, May 13, against the 23 other USBG winners from across the United States.
Guests can enjoy five cent draft beers all day long on tax filing day April 17 at LBS Burger Joint inside Red Rock Resort.
HARRAH's COMEDY-MAGICIAN MAC KING LAUNCHES NEW EBOOK
Accomplished author and comedy-magician Mac King, who headlines an afternoon show at Harrah's, is announcing the sequel “Mac King's Magic in a Minute Mysteries 2” to last year's ebook, which is available on Kindle, and NOOK and Smashwords. “Magic in a Minute Mysteries” suited for children in grades 5-8 with a reading level 9-12 features Mac King and his sidekick Lewis T. Monkey from his syndicated comic strip, “Magic-in-a-Minute” that launched in 2004. For information, visit www.magicinaminutemysteries.com.
The success of “Magic In a Minute” led to magic toys, magic sets and instructional videos that are sold in major box retailers nationwide, visit www.mackingshop.com.
ARTBEAT FEATURES THE FARM AND BIG SAM's FUNKY NATION
ArtBeat presented by Target is Henderson's signature cultural arts series. The spring lineup spans a large spectrum of musical genres and includes country music trio The Farm, taking the stage, Friday, April 13, and Big Sam's Funky Nation with fun urban tunes, Friday, April 27. All shows are free at 8 p.m. at the Henderson Events Plaza.
CROSSFIRE SHOW AT SAM's TOWN BENEFITS POLICE UNITY TOUR
Las Vegas classic rock cover band Crossfire will perform at a special event benefiting the Police Unity Tour at Sam's Town Live! on Friday, April 13, at 8 p.m. This year for the annual 300-mile bike ride from New Jersey to Washington, D.C., 14 riders and two support personnel from southern Nevada will participate. Tickets are $10 in advance, call 702-284-7777, or visit www.samstownlv.com
‘JACK WALKER & FRIENDs' PERFORM AT ALIANTE STATION
As part of the continuing RMI Concert Series, “Jack Walker & Friends” will appear at Aliante Station on April 22. Walker's “friends” will include singer/actor Lou De Meis and Virtuoso concert pianist Garin Bader. Walker was the principal male vocalist in “Jubilee!” at Bally's and “Les Folies Bergere” at the Tropicana. Tickets are $15 for the 7 p.m. show.
FASHION DESIGNER ETTI LIPER HOSTS FUNDRAISER FOR ANIMALS
Etti Liper, fashion designer and founder of Etti Gear, a collection of exclusive purebred animal art t-shirts specifically tailored to dog lovers, is hosting Etti Gear's First Faux Fur Fashion Show fundraiser on Sunday, April 22, from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Copa Room next to the Bootlegger at 7700 Las Vegas Blvd. So. The event will include a fashion show, former Frankie Valli from “Jersey Boy's” Rick Faugno performing, passed vegetarian hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction. It will be hosted by entertainment reporter Alicia Jacobs and Chippendales' featured performer Jaymes Vaughan. Partial proceeds will benefit local animal charities. Tickets are $100 at www.ettigear.com.
FREE FINE ARTS COMPETITION FOR RESIDENTS
The Las Vegas Arts Commission and the city of Las Vegas sponsor the “Celebrating Life!” fine arts competition to recognize the talents of Las Vegas artists. Clark County residents age 50 or better are invited to enter their original works in this 12th annual juried event. There is no fee to enter. A free public reception and awards ceremony will be held on Friday, May 25, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Charleston Heights Arts Center, located at 800 S. Brush St. The exhibition will be displayed there May 25-July 11. For information, call 702-229-1012 or 229-4631 or visit www.lasvegasnevada.gov/files/ Celebrating_Life_Brochure_2012.pdf.
Column Continues Below Advertisement
CONTINUE ON TO...:
>THIS WEEK'S LAUGHLIN NEWS
>LAST WEEK'S LAS VEGAS NEWS
>VEGAS VIEWS FULL NEWS ARCHIVES
>Return to "Heard Around Town"
>Return to Las Vegas Leisure Guide