The Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation has assembled another superstar line-up including the Counting Crows, Sarah McLachlan and legendary rocker Phil Collins for the Grand Slam for Children Benefit Concert set for Oct. 7 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Grammy Award-winning producer, arranger and composer David Foster will return for his 11th year as musical director.
For the first time, this year's concert will feature a performance by the winner of the "Grand Slam to Stardom" contest that was open to residents of Clark County, Nev., who are 14 to 28 years old. The winner, chosen by Foster, will open the show.
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More than 85,000 fans and VIP guests have attended 10 Grand Slam events, raising $52.3 million for charity. Tickets are $90, $70 and $50; call Ticketmaster at 702-474-4000.
Singer, songwriter and entertainer Nick Lachey will bring his pop sound to the Luxor Theater Nov. 10 and 11. Tickets are $90, $75 and $49, call 800-557-7428 or 702-262-4400.
Lachey first burst onto the music scene as the lead singer of the pop group 98°. In 2003, Lachey became a pop culture icon with the hit MTV show "Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica." While on a break from filming, he released "SoulO" in 2003, which included "This I Swear," the theme song for "Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica." In 2004, Lachey's acting career included guest roles on "Charmed" and "Hope and Faith," and in 2005, he starred as a stockbroker turned jewelry thief in the motion picture "The Hard Easy."
Lachey released "What's Left of Me" earlier this year and the title track reached the top five on Billboard's Pop 100 list. Lachey helped write eight songs on the album.
The sizzling dance sensation Burn The Floor® will debut at the Luxor on Thursday, Sept. 14. The high-energy, 70-minute show, seen by more than three million people in 32 countries, features a variety of dance styles, including salsa, samba, cha cha, tango and rumba, all with a sexy, modern edge. Burn The Floor® combines elements of a rock n' roll concert and Broadway theater into a powerful stage performance.
Shows are scheduled Sunday - Thursday at 7 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 9:30 p.m., and Sunday at 4 p.m. Tickets are $41 and $29, 800-557-7428 or 702-262-4400.
What a surprise, more like shock, when this reporter had the opportunity as an invited guest to experience The Café at Monte Carlo, which has been completely remodeled. The 320-seat eatery, which had a coffee shop appearance, was closed on July 17 and reopened on Aug. 18 with a new sophisticated and dramatic look and menu. The new interior with rich woods and faux-mink-like tables took six months to design and the outcome can compete in the gourmet-dining arena.
The Café is open 24 hours everyday and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner at reasonable prices. My privileged group got to try many dishes including our starters... chicken fingers, spicy Thai honey chicken wings, shrimp cocktail, tandori beef skewers, and chili verde, followed by individual main dishes and three desserts. Every food dish was impeccably prepared and worth ordering. This restaurant is excellent.
The Silverton, located three miles south of Mandalay Bay off I-15, is offering a new weekly series of free video poker classes every Tuesday morning by video poker professional and gaming writer Bob Dancer. Classes are held inside Twin Creeks Steakhouse, with the beginner-level class from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and the intermediate-level class from noon - 1 p.m. All classes, which vary weekly, are free and formed on a walk-up basis. For information, call the Silverton Player's Club at 702-263-7777.
Dancer is one of the best-known video poker players and writers in the country today. He started his video poker career in 1994 and has since won more than one million dollars.
The 9th Annual CineVegas Film Festival will return to the Palms and Brenden Theatres June 8-16, 2007. Dennis Hopper will continue to serve as Chairman of the Creative Advisory Board in 2007. He has been dedicated to growing the national presence of CineVegas since he was honored in 2003 with the Marquee Award for his lifetime achievements in the film industry.
Submissions for the 2007 festival will be accepted from Dec. 15, 2006 to March 15, 2007. For information, call 1-888-8VEGAS8.
CineVegas features world film premieres, honorees celebrities and holds panel discussions with renowned filmmakers, writers and talent. At night, the festival hosts nine nights of parties.
The creative team behind the international sensation "STOMP," will be holding auditions Sept. 25-30 for a new production to open at the Aladdin (soon to be Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino) next spring in a new, custom-designed theater. For information, call 877-STOMPLV (786-6758).
Breck Wall's "Bottom's Up" revue has been a recurring show in Las Vegas since 1964 and was last seen as an afternoon show at the Flamingo in 2004. It has now opened at Fitzgerald's downtown in the intimate showroom occupied the past few years by "Steve Connolly's Spirit of the King" show.
During September, Madame Tussauds Las Vegas is offering free entry to all police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians who are the first to respond to emergency situations. Individuals just have to show valid identification at the box office for free entry. For information, call 702-862-7800.
"LVM2Go" is a brand new bi-weekly, free tourist digest-size guide from the Greenspun Media Group that debuted last weekend. The new handy Las Vegas magazine features current and noteworthy happenings, attractions, dining, entertainment, nightlife, shopping, maps (city, Strip and downtown) and more.
The Riviera has started an outdoor Country and Western impersonator show complete with barbecue steak dinners and all the trimmings that takes place every Wednesday through Nov. 15. Tickets for the Riviera Barbecue Steak Dinner and All American Show are $60.72; call 702-794-9433.
Former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson is currently training for a couple more weeks on the mezzanine level at the Aladdin. Sessions are daily except Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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