CHELSEA HANDLER RETURNS TO CAESARS PALACE
Talk show host, author and stand-up comedian Chelsea Handler will return to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Saturday, Sept. 4 with her “Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang” show presented by Belvedere Vodka. Joining her will be Brad Wollack, a writer and producer for Handler's “Chelsea Lately” and also an Emmy nominated television writer, producer and comedian. Ticket prices are $49.50, $59.50, $69.50, and $99.50, call 800-745-3000.
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Along with national television appearances, Handler is best known for her own E! Entertainment show “Chelsea Lately,” which airs week nights at 11 p.m. and has been picked up through 2012. The daily program offers a tongue-in-cheek look at hot topics of the day.
A three-time published author, Handler's latest book, “Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang” hit stores in March 2010.
ORLEANS ARENA WILL HOST COYOTE COUNTRYFEST
For the second year, the Orleans Arena will host 102.7 Coyote CountryFest on Saturday, Aug. 14 at 6 p.m. Performers will include country music recording artists Blake Shelton, Uncle Kracker, Jaron and the Long Road to Love, The Band Perry, Matt Kennon and Jerrod Niemann. Tickets are $15, $40 and $65 for Inner Circle Seating that includes Shelton's latest CD, “Six Pack,” call 702-284-7777.
HASH HOUSE A GO GO PLANS THIRD VEGAS LOCATION AT M RESORT
Hash House A Go Go will open its third Las Vegas location inside the Four-Star boutique M Resort in early October 2010. Known for over-sized food portions, Hash House will replace the resort's Red Cup Café, which closed on July 12 for remodeling. Meanwhile, guests are being offered breakfast in the Studio B Buffet.
Hash House A Go Go's concept of twisted farm food has become a success throughout the city. An example signature dish is Sage Fried Chicken, stacked with bacon waffles, hot maple caramel reduction and crowned with fried leeks. Since opening in Las Vegas in 2005, the restaurant has been featured on The Food Network's “Rachel Ray's Vacation,” the Travel Channel's “Man v. Food,” the Fine Living Network's “Martha Stewart,” NBC's “Dr. Phil” and ABC's “What Would You Do?” The first Hash House opened in San Diego in 2000.
BOB SAGET BRINGS HUMOR TO THE ORLEANS SHOWROOM
Comedian Bob Saget, recognized from his long-running ABC series' “Full House” and “America's Funniest Home Videos,” will appear at The Orleans Showroom Aug. 14 and 15, at 8 p.m. Tickets start from $39.95, call 702-365-7075.
Saget is also well known for his adult-themed brand of comedy, dealing with life as a single dad, dating, divorce and any questions you had about “Full House.” In 2007, Saget filmed the HBO comedy special “Bob Saget: That Ain’t Right.” Later in the year, he wrote, directed, produced and voiced-over the film “Farce of the Penguins.”
From 2006 to 2008, Saget hosted the NBC quiz show “1 vs. 100,” where he ad-libbed his way through the one-hour prime time game. In 2008, he was the subject of a Comedy Central roast and in 2009 he appeared in his own sitcom “Surviving Suburbia.” In addition, Saget has a recurring role in the HBO series “Entourage.”
Saget has appeared on film in “Half Baked,” “Dumb & Dumber” and “The Aristocrats,” among others. In 2007, he appeared in the Tony Award-winning musical comedy “The Drowsy Chaperone.”
SAM's TOWN LIVE! HOLDS ‘VARIETY TOAST OF THE TOWN’ ON THURSDAY
Sam's Town offers a music/variety show every Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Sam's Town Live! 750-seat showroom. Entry is free to all B Connected Club members, which is free to join, and non-member entry is dependant on available space. For information, call 702-456-7777.
Every week, “Variety Toast of the Town” features well-known Las Vegas entertainers in a 75-minute variety show format. Musicians, singers, dancers, impressionists, magicians and comedians rotate week-to-week. This format has been successful at the company's Suncoast property.
“Variety Toast of the Town” is produced by Desert Productions, which represents many Las Vegas acts including Vocal Soup (Clint Holmes, Susan Anton, Domenick Allen and Martin Nievera), Shades of Sinatra, The Las Vegas Tenors and Lena Prima. Upcoming bands include: RockDaddy on July 23 and Phoenix on July 30.
MAC KING RELEASES LUNCHBOX-O-MAGIC
Harrah's afternoon headlining comedy-magician Mac King has created and added the next installment of his Magic-in-a-Minute retail brand with the release of Lunchbox-o-Magic, which contains more than 50 easy-to-do children's magic tricks.
Lunchbox-O-Magic is a real lunchbox containing a trick thermos, flatware and sandwich bag plus other magical lunchtime props. Also included is an instruction book and DVD featuring easy how-to-do videos for tricks like Water Weight, Steel Appeal, and Salt & Pepper Separator. Lunchbox-O-Magic is available online at www.mackingshop.com or exclusively nationwide at Barnes & Noble. for $16.99.
In June of 2004, Mac King launched “Magic In a Minute” – a Sunday comic strip in major national newspapers, which led to magic toys, books, magic sets and instructional videos.
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TERRY FATOR DOES SPECIAL SHOW FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION FOUNDATION
Unparalleled ventriloquist Terry Fator has partnered with MGM Resorts International to pay tribute to The Public Education Foundation (PEF) with a special performance of “Terry Fator: Ventriloquism in Concert” on Sunday, Aug. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at The Mirage. All proceeds from the show along with a $350,000 contribution will be made to benefit PEF. Tickets are $59, $79, $99 and $129, call 800-963-9634.
ANTE UP FOR AFRICA RAISES MORE THAN $275,000
The fourth annual Ante up for Africa charity poker tournament held at the Rio as part of the 41st Annual World Series of Poker®, raised more than $275,000 to aid the victims of the humanitarian crises in Africa. First place went to professional poker player Phil Gordon, who won a total of $129,086 and donated 100 percent back to the charity. The runner-up of the non-gold bracelet event was actress Shannon Elizabeth.
Ante up for Africa attracted 83 players this year including celebs Don Cheadle, Annie Duke, Matt Damon, Brad Garrett, Montel Williams, David Alan Grier, Evander Holyfield, and Jerome Bettis. The No-Limit Hold ’em poker tournament required an entry fee of $5,000 and all of the in-the-money finishers donated a portion of their winnings to the charity.
SHAGGY TO PERFORM AT THE PALMS
The Palms Pool & Bungalows, in partnership with Cruzan Rum, has announced another live poolside performance in its Cruzan Campfire Concert Series. Reggae and R&B artist Shaggy will perform Thursday, Aug. 12, at 9 p.m.
Tickets are $30 and $50 for a VIP ticket that includes a complimentary Cruzan cocktail.
Jamaican-American reggae artist Shaggy emerged in the early '90s and has proved to be one of the biggest crossover success stories in dancehall reggae. One of Shaggy's first singles “Oh Carolina,” coupled with the high-profile Maxi Priest duet “One More Chance,” landed him a deal with Virgin Records in the early ’90s.
CHUCK NEGRON HEADLINES AT THE CANNERY
Chuck Negron former lead singer of Three Dog Night and Blood, Sweat & Tears will entertain in The Club at Cannery in North Las Vegas on Saturday, Aug. 7 at 8 p.m. The performance will include hit songs from the beloved discography of both legendary bands. Tickets are available in four levels $14.94, $24.95, $39.95 and $79.95, call 702-507-5757.
Considered one of the greatest singers in rock 'n' roll history, Negron made music history when he turned the simple lyric “Jeremiah was a Bullfrog” into one of the signature lines of the canon of pop music.
Blood, Sweat & Tears released multiple gold albums and earned 10 Grammy nominations and won three Grammy Awards including Album of the Year. Hits include “Spinning Wheel,” “When I Die” and “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy.”
CASABLANCA HOLDS ELVIS ROCKS MESQUITE EVENT
Mesquite, Nev., located 75 miles from Las Vegas on the Utah border, will hold an Elvis Rocks Mesquite event at the CasaBlanca, Aug. 5-8. The event will feature welcome happy hour, Elvis Sock Hop, bowling, slot tournament, Elvis performance contests, a luau buffet with Elvis tribute artist, and a Gospel Brunch Buffet with Elvis tribute artist.
Tickets to each of the three Elvis competitions are$9.50 and $11.95 to the finals. For more information contact Michele Evans, call 888-711-4653 ext. 14 or e-mail ElvisRocksMesquite@casablancaresort.com.
Music legends Bob Dylan and his band with John Mellencamp will play The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Wednesday, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $59.50, $85, $120 and $150, call 800-745-3000.
Las Vegas' popular and colorful Elvis Presley tribute artist, Pete “Big Elvis” Vallee tied the knot at Bill's Gamblin’ Hall& Saloon in the lounge where he has been performing regularly for the past eight years. “Big Elvis,” who was recently named to “Time” magazine's List of Top Ten Elvis Impersonators, married his fiancée, Amanda Lasham at a ceremony that was open to the public.
B.B. King's two shows scheduled for the intimate B.B. King's Blues Club at The Mirage have been rescheduled to Aug. 16 and 17 at 9:30 p.m. Tickets for dinner-show seating are $75, $100, $125 and $150, call 702-242-KING (5464). The opening act Grant Garland Trio will take the stage at 6 p.m. and again at 8 p.m.
In addition, BB King's Club has cancelled its The Celebrity Jam on Sundays.
The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon will be held at the South Point and start at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 5 and continue until 6 p.m. on Sept. 6. Admission is free to the public on a first come-first served basis.
This year's World Series of Poker at the Rio had 72,192 players participated in bracelet events, up from 60,886 last year, making it the largest WSOP ever in terms of total participants. This year's Main Event had 7,319 participants, up 12.5 percent from last year, making it the second largest poker tournament in the history of the world.
Celebrate the famed French holiday with the Barry Manilow Bastille Day package at Paris Las Vegas. Available through July, the package includes two tickets to Manilow's show, $75 in food credit at French Bistro Le Provençal, admission for two to the Eiffel Tower Ride and a two-night minimum stay, visit www.parislasvegas.com.
The Comedy Stop at the Sahara has lined up the following comedians: “Last Comic Standing” finalist Louis Ramey, Lucas Brown and James Sibley – July 19-25; Quinn Dahle, Tom McTiernan, Jarrod Harris - July 26-Aug. 1; and Jay Black, Anton Shuford, and Tina Giorgi - Aug. 2-8.
Hussong's Cantina at the Shoppes at Mandalay Bay has started a new pre-concert special. Show your ticket to a Mandalay Bay or Beach concert to the waiter to receive a complimentary appetizer with the purchase of an entrée. Hussong's Rock and Roll Mariachis will get your night started. For information, call, 702-553-0123.
Nu sanctuary at Town Square will present “Family Meal,” a monthly gathering of Las Vegas' finest chefs, and host the inaugural dinner on Monday, July 19, at 7 p.m. The first “Family Meal” guests will be a five-course meal prepared by Adam Sobel, executive chef of RM Seafood, and Gary LaMorte, executive chef of Andre's at Monte Carlo. “Family Meal” is open to the public and costs $100, call 702-527-7851 or visit www.nulounge.com.
Eva Longoria Parker's nightclub, Eve located at Crystals at CityCenter, will shower guests with giveaways on select Friday evenings in July and throughout the summer. “Eva's Gifting Suite” will offer complimentary gifts to A-listeners and partygoers from Sprayology on July 23 and to Maude on July 30.
Sunset & Vines at Lake Las Vegas will hold its next installment of its “Pamper Your Palate” series of wine dinners on Wednesday, July 28 at 7 p.m. The five-course dinner is $80 either e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 702-382-7900.
Cabo Wabo Cantina has started $1 Beer Mondays where guests can enjoy a variety of draft beers for $1 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
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