NEW RESTAURANT MARBELLA OPENS THIS MONTH
Marbella located at 4561 W. Flamingo Road in the former Ruth's Chris Steak House space is a new restaurant opening Oct. 27 for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. The stylish tapas bar will feature the colorful flavors of food from Spain as well as musical entertainment and dancing.
Nightly, Marbella will transform its dining atmosphere into a trendy lounge and afterhours hotspot, similar to the Discotecas that can be found on the coast of Spain. Authenticity runs high with Flamenco dancers, Spanish string bands and DJs.
Marbella will offer a happy hour from 4 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. with menu and drink specials and on Thursday nights will transform into “Ladies Night Out” with a free cocktail for ladies. Sundays will feature a bottomless Mimosa & Bloody Mary brunch from 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. and live band from 7 p.m. - midnight.
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CABARET JAZZ WILL DEBUT AT SMITH CENTER
Jazz greats and cabaret stars will have a home in Las Vegas when the 258-seat Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts overlooking Symphony Park opens in March 2012. Inside the Boman Pavilion, the new venue will feature a regular schedule of the top performers in an intimate club setting designed for live music.
Jazz artists already scheduled to perform include the San Francisco Jazz Collective and Branford Marsalis, cabaret stars include Barbara Cook, Andrea Marcovicci and Las Vegas' own Clint Holmes, who will begin a residency the first weekend of every month.
Holmes recently played Feinstein's in New York City and is slated to appear at the legendary Carlyle Café in Manhattan later this year in a tribute to jazz great Bobby Short. In addition, Holmes will play a key role in the Smith Center's community and education outreach programs.
NEVADA STATE MUSEUM OPENS AT SPRINGS PRESERVE
The Nevada State Museum will re-open Oct. 28 on Nevada Day at its new location in the Las Vegas Springs Preserve. The 70,000-square-foot new $51.5 million museum is double the size of the former museum at Lorenzi Park and has permanent and temporary exhibit space, a research library and educational labs.
Highlights at the new museum include the first dinosaur fossils documented in Nevada, Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel's 1946 Flamingo stock certificate, mineral specimens from Nevada mines, preserved Nevada wildlife and Las Vegas showgirl costumes. Through interactive exhibits, video presentations and other displays, visitors will learn about Nevada's people, geography and history.
SOUTH POINT LAUNCHES ONLINE POKER ROOM
Michael Gaughan, owner of the South Point, will debut SouthPointPoker.com, the first free play site approved for a Nevada regulated casino in the United States, on Monday, Oct. 17.
The SouthPointPoker.com, hosted on the Zen Entertainment platform, will offer: a $10,000 Main Event seat every week with daily qualifying tournaments; an additional $100,000 in cash and prizes each month; and daily tie-in promotions allowing players to win online.
FREMONT STREET FOCUSES ON HALLOWEEN
Fremont Street is the center of downtown's Halloween celebrations throughout October.
The Fremont Street Experience will host the third annual OktoberFrightFest, a month-long street party blending Oktoberfest and Halloween. Viva Vision light and sound shows are themed to songs such as “Time Warp” and “Monster Mash,” while ongoing live performances throughout the month include Frank & The Steins, Alice and Ozzy's Frightmare and Vampire Rising. Outdoor bars offer beer and drink specials. The Golden Nugget will hold its second Fall Beer Festival Oct. 14 and 15.
In the Fremont East Entertainment District, the Neon Museum will host its first Boneyard Bash fundraiser on Oct. 28 at the Jackie Gaughan Plaza; visit www.neonmuseum.org for details and tickets.
Zombie Precinct: Screamont East will be a haunted-house attraction in the Fremont East Entertainment District across from the El Cortez. The attraction will run Oct. 14-16 and 19-31 and open at 6 p.m. nightly. Admission will be $12.
Downtown festivities will culminate with the Las Vegas Halloween Parade on Monday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. Participation is free to anyone in costume. Costumed marchers gather at 6 p.m.; visit www.thelasvegashalloweenparade.com.
PLAYBOY COMEDY CELEBRATES SIX YEARS AT THE PALMS
Playboy Comedy will commemorate the brand's sixth anniversary at the Palms by welcoming comedian Jim Jefferies Oct. 27 –29. Guests who purchase a ticket to see comedian Louis C.K. perform in the Pearl will be able to see Jefferies for $20.
Australian born Jeffries, burst on to the comedy scene at the 2005 Montreal Just for Laughs Festival and was asked to return for a solo performance show in 2007 titled “The Second Coming,” which sold out each night. Jeffries has had many life and professional experiences that play well into his sarcastic storytelling material touching on his favorite subjects…religion, idiots and sex.
COMEDIAN GREG BEHRENDT HEADLINES IMPROV
Special guest headliner Greg Behrendt will take center stage at The Improv at Harrah's Oct. 21-23 with supporting act Mark Normand. Tickets are $29.05 or $44.95.
Behrendt is the co-author of the three-million-copy bestseller, “He's Just Not That Into You,” and established himself as a voice of reason and inspiration for those negotiating the treacherous waters of romantic relationships. Co-authored with HBO's “Sex and the City ‘story editor, Liz Tuccillo, the book became the publishing phenomenon of the year after its release in September 2004.
In 2005, Behrendt, along with his wife, co-authored a follow-up relationship guide titled “It's Called a Break-Up Because It's Broken.”
Behrendt has also had great success with his comedy and standup specials. Other credits include “The Greg Behrendt Show,” “Greg Behrendt's Wake-up Call,” “That Guy from That Thing” and “Greg Behrendt Is Uncool.” He was a consulting producer on NBC's “Love Bites” and was also a consultant for three consecutive seasons on HBO's “Sex and the City.”
DESIGN CENTER 101 BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND
The Las Vegas Design Center (LVDC) at World Market Center features more than 30 showrooms that are open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays. To introduce this great design resource, LVDC hosts free Saturday morning coffee tours - Design Center 101. Fall dates are Oct. 22 and Nov. 5 at 10:30 a.m. in building C. For information and to RSVP, visit www.lvdesigncenter.com/events or call 702-599-3093.
THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER® BEING CROWNED AT PALMS
“The Ultimate Fighting Championship® ” will return to the Pearl at the Palms on Saturday, Dec. 3, with Michael “The Count” Bisping and Jason “Mayhem” Miller settling a feud. The middleweights, who traded verbal barbs for months as coaches on season 14 of “The Ultimate Fighter®,” will meet in a long-awaited five-round main event. Plus, the first-ever bantamweight and featherweight winners of “The Ultimate Fighter®” which will be televised nationally live on SPIKE TV, will be crowned. Tickets are $200 to $450.
WINTER JAM TOUR FEATURES CHRISTIAN MUSIC
The Orleans Arena will host Christian music's largest tour, the “2011 Winter Jam Tour Spectacular,” on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. The extensive line-up includes Grammy®-nominated bands NewSong, RED and Fireflight, multiple GMA Dove award-winner KJ-52, as well as Newsboys, Kutless and Matthew West. Admission is $10 at the door; no ticket required.
Contemporary Christian group NewSong founded the Winter Jam in 1995 and the event has been held annually ever since.
Winter Jam also features a Pre-Jam Party with Dara Maclean, Patrick Ryan Clark, For King & County and guest speaker Tony Nolan.
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First to declare a New Year's Eve engagement, Grammy Award-winning musician and producer will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas will host and perform his first-ever New Year's Eve DJ set in Las Vegas at Surrender Nightclub at Encore and Wynn. Tickets, which include a two-hour open bar, are $150 for men and $50 for women; early bird pricing is $125 / $50; call 702-770-7300.
The Palms has created the Playboy Party Pit, a devoted space with six blackjack tables open Thursday – Sunday on the casino floor featuring Playboy bunny dealers.
Master Illusionist Jan Rouven is inviting guests to celebrate National Magic Week with a $15 discount on all tickets to his show “ILLUSIONS” at the Clarion. Simply mention “National Magic Week” at the FAME Theater Box Office Oct. 25-31 and receive the discount.
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority's ever popular slogan “What Happens Here, Stays Here” was one of two winners named to the 2011 annual Madison Avenue Advertising Walk of Fame in New York City. The slogan commanded 54 percent of the public voting and will hold a permanent position on the Madison Avenue Walk of Fame in New York City.
The Village at Las Vegas will host the annual free Endless Summer Cruise at the Lake featuring up to 150 of the area's top hot rods and muscle cars on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition, there will be and a live auction.
Mike Sorrentino will launch his own Sugar Factory Couture Pop on Saturday, Oct. 15, at Sugar Factory inside Paris Las Vegas. The “Jersey Shore” celeb will be in-store celebrating the release of his design at 3 p.m. The new lollipop's design showcases his Italian heritage featuring the red, white and green colors of the Italian national flag.
On Oct. 14th, comedian Louie Anderson will be performing his show “Louie LOL” at Palace Station with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Three Square. Tickets begin at $49.95.
Recording artist, actress and model Christina Milian, who is currently working on a new album and the ABC Family Original Movie “Christmas Cupid,” will celebrate the end of pool season at Azure Luxury Pool at The Palazzo on Saturday, Oct. 15.
The 17th Annual “Serenades of Life - Doctors in Concert” featuring doctors and friends displaying their musical talents will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Henderson Pavilion, and benefit Nathan Adelson Hospice. Tickets are $30, call 702-938-3910.
Bernard's Bistro's Wine Show Dinner every Wednesday at The Village Lake Las Vegas features small-plated delicacies with wine parings and the following lineup this month: Oct. 12 – Jose Feliciano En Vivo Show; Oct. 19 – Barbra Streisand Show; and Oct. 26 – Great Pianist Giovanni Show; call 702-565-1155 for information.
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is introducing seven Small Plates to its menu with prices ranging from $15.50 – $22.95.
ROSA LLADRÓ SIGNING EVENT AT REGIS GALERIE
Regis Galerie a high-end art collections boutique located in The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian is hosting an exclusive free signing event with Rosa Lladró, president of the world-renowned Italian porcelain company Lladró, on Oct. 21 from 3 to 5 p.m.
The event will highlight Lladró's newest limited edition figurine “Passionate Tango,” which pays tribute to the dance.
COSMOPOLITAN WINS SOCIAL MEDIA SHERPIE AWARDS
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas won “Best Use of Twitter” and “Best in Show” in the 2011 Sherpie Awards.
The Cosmopolitan won the “Best Use of Twitter” category for using Twitter to foster two-way conversations as well as a vehicle for customer service and earned more than 9,000 followers in six months prior to opening and more than 28,000 followers to date.
The Cosmopolitan was also selected as “Best in Show” for its overall social media efforts. The property was celebrated for integrating a strategic plan utilizing Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, YouTube and Flickr to establish a unique, personable brand.
Harriet Bernard's “Coats for Kids” is taking place through Oct. 31. People can bring gently used children's coats, sweaters and sweatshirts and adult coats to any Albertson's in Las Vegas. The Review Journal picks them up and drops them off at Al Phillips The Cleaner to be cleaned for free. Then the Salvation Army picks them up and distributed them for free to the needy children. Thousands of coats are received each year.
The 12th Annual Wine and Food Tasting Extravaganza to benefit Nathan Adelson Hospice will be held Thursday, Oct. 27, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Gaudin Jaguar Porsche Aston Martin, 7200 W. Sahara Ave. The event will include wine and cuisine tastings, a silent auction, and a “cupcake prize counter.” Each cupcake costs $20 and the number on its bottom wrapper will correspond with a “surprise” gift. Tickets are $60, call 702-938-3910 or $65 at the door.
Bike MS: Vegas Challenge, Nov. 12-13, will be a two-day ride starting and finishing each day downtown at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. Ride distances vary from 30 to 160 miles with rest stations providing food and drinks.
Celebrity impressionist Rich Little will join the Heaven Can Wait Animal Society to pay tribute to the more than 30,000 shelter animals that were euthanized in 2010 with the “Lose A Pound With Your Hound” Memory Walk on Sunday, Oct. 23 located at W. Wayne Bunker Park at W. Alexander Road and N. Tenaya Way at 10 a.m. Little will also be donating $100,000 to the cause and pet owners can “Buy A Collar For A Dollar” for the chain of collars representing the animals euthanized. Pre-registration is $25 and $30 day of the walk. A family four pack is $40 and children under age 5 are free. To register online, visit hcws.org.
The first “Cheers to Chocolate” to benefit Easter Seals Nevada will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15 at Tivoli Village from 5-8 p.m. Total Wine & More will host the fine wine and gourmet chocolate tasting event with jazz musicians The Tommy Thompson. Tickets are $45, $75 for two and $50 at the door, visit www.cheerstochocolate.com.
ROBERT MARLON REVEALS FLAGSHIP ART GALLERY
Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) is partnering with local artist, Robert Marlon, for the grand unveiling of his flagship Las Vegas art studio at 2421 Tech Center Court, Suite 108 on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 6-8 p.m. Philanthropist Marlon has donated “Rainbow's End” to be auctioned off during the opening event.
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