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The largest outdoor racquetball/handball event will debut at the Stratosphere on Sept. 23 and have prize money totaling more than $45,000. In conjunction with World Outdoor Racquetball (WOR) and the World Players of Handball (WPH), the event will take place in the parking lot across Las Vegas Boulevard from the hotel. There will be 11 outdoor courts with tournament matches beginning at 9 a.m. This event is free and open to the public.

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On Wednesday, Sept. 22, the Las Vegas producing company 3-Wall Ball will hold a Kids Expo night from 5-7 p.m. at the tournament site.

Stratoshpere Exterior


“Lionardo Piano Follies” will return to the Suncoast Showroom, Oct. 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. The show features a live orchestra, showgirls, five concert grand pianos and a special appearance by Shades of Sinatra vocalist Carmine Mandia. Boasting the world's only 1959 pink Cadillac piano, “Lionardo Piano Follies” pays a fun tribute to Louis Armstrong and includes a Dueling Banjos number, with Lionardo playing the piano and trumpet simultaneously. The grand finale features a mirrored-tuxedo-wearing Lionardo performing George Gershwin's “Rhapsody in Blue” on a mirrored piano. Tickets start at $19.95, call 702-636-7075.

Piano Follies

Lionardo (born Ned Leon Mills) first tickled the ivories at age 4. He's performed in more than 20 countries, and opened for greats such as Don Rickles, Bonnie Raitt and Sheryl Crow. He's served as musical conductor for “Stars of the Lawrence Welk Show,” Shades of Sinatra, the Las Vegas Tenors, The Ink Spots and The Shirelles.

Lionardo's film and television credits include “Matlock,” Lifetime's “Against Her Will: The Carrie Buck Story” and the George Lucas film “Radioland Murders.” Lionardo was the piano coach for Halle Berry and Eric Thal in Oprah Winfrey's production of “The Wedding.”


Easter Seals Trunk or Treat Event

Easter Seals Southern Nevada's 5th Annual Trunk or Treat Event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 23 from 5 to 8 p.m. at 6200 West Oakey Blvd. There will be a haunted house and a new Scarecrow Contest, visit Admission is $3 per child.

Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds will host its second “After Dark” starting Oct. 22 and select dates through Oct. 31. Guided by a single light, guests will experience the dark side of the world-famous attraction. Guests will have a frightening photo opportunity upon arrival and then be ushered into the haunted attraction. During their journey, guests will travel through “Scream,” the attraction's horror maze.

Orleans Showroom

World-renowned medium, clairvoyant and bestselling author James Van Praagh uses his gift of communicating with the beyond during a Halloween Séance with James Van Praagh at The Orleans Showroom, Oct. 30 and 31 at 8 p.m. During the séance, the audience will learn to discover the process of mediumship, partake in a guided healing and enlightened meditation and witness random messages from family and friends in spirit. Tickets start from $49.95, call 702-365-7075.

James Van Praagh

During the last 25 years, Van Praagh has made numerous appearances on shows such as “Oprah,” “Larry King Live,” “20/20,” “48 Hours,” and “Biography.” He also has hosted his own daytime talk show titled “Beyond with James Van Praagh,” and produced several television series including “Living with the Dead,” “The Dead Will Tell” and the popular CBS prime time series “The Ghost Whisperer” starring Jennifer Love Hewitt.

As a “New York Times” best-selling author, Van Praagh has penned works such as “Talking to Heaven,” “Reaching to Heaven,” “Healing Grief” and many more. Crown Theater at the Rio

“Devil's Night 13” is an annual Halloween spooktacular bash that will take place at the Crown Theater at the Rio on Friday, Oct. 20 at 9 p.m. There will be thousands of costumed characters and two rooms with music. Sponsored by Hustler, there is a $1,000 costume contest. Tickets are $25 in advance or $35 at the door, visit

9 Group at the Palms

9 Group and the Palms will host a week-long series of Halloween festivities, from Tuesday, Oct. 26 through Sunday, Oct. 31.

On Oct. 26, Moon Nightclub will present JROC-O-Ween featuring a spine-tingling costume contest with $5,000 in cash and prizes. Admission starts at $20.

On Oct. 27 – ghostbar will hold a $1,000 in cash best Sci-Fi Disco costume contest. Admission starts at $25.

On Oct. 30, the MAIN EVENT will have Rain Nightclub, ghostbar, Moon Nightclub and Playboy Club hosting Night of the Killer Costumes. Admission is $40 and $30 for ghostbar. There's serious money to be won with Rain offering nearly $47,000 in cash and prizes for the top three funniest, scariest and most shocking costumes. Moon will offer nearly $37,000 for the top three cosmic Sci-Fi costumes. Playboy's prizes total $9,500 and ghostbar $11,000.

On Oct. 31, High Society at Nove Italiano will present a Halloween Society. The top three best Moulin Rouge costumes will be awarded nearly $2,500 in cash and prizes. Blush Boutique Nightclub at Wynn

Blush Boutique Nightclub at Wynn is holding Halloween events. Kicking things off on Tuesday, Oct. 26, Blush will hold a $5,000 Vampires and Villains costume contest. On Oct. 28, the Mingle & Mayhem event will feature a $3,000 costume contest. On Oct. 30: Blush will hold the sexiest costume contest with The Monster Bash raising the costume contest stakes to $10,000.


The Las Vegas Shakespeare Company will present one performance of “Shakespeare's Roses” on Sunday, Oct. 17 at 5 p.m. in the theatre at the Adelson Educational Campus in Summerlin at 9700 Hillpointe Road. The 90-minute one-man tour-de-force performance springs from writer Dan Decker's speculative biography, “The Two Roses, ” based on the life of Shakespeare as interpreted through the Sonnets, recently published in the “New England Theatre Journal.” Shakespeare is played by Las Vegan actor Michael Hartlett. Tickets are $15 and $20 for two, call 702-220-LVSC (5872) or contact



Mitchell Walters, Bruce Clark and Greg Vaccariello will be the last lineup for the Rivera Comedy Club, Oct. 25-31, before it closes. All three comedians have worked on network television shows. Walters has opened for Neil Sedaka and Michael Bolton, toured with Sam Kinison and written for Jay Leno, Joan Rivers, George Wallace and Gary Shandling. Shows are at 8 and 10 p.m. Tickets are $24.99, call 877-892-7469.

Mitchell Walters


The award-winning singer/songwriter Phil Vassar, currently on tour with his recent sixth album “Traveling Circus,” will perform at the Eastside Cannery on Boulder Highway on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. in the Casablanca Event Center. Tickets range from $24.95 to $44.95, call 702-856-5470.

Phil Vassar

Vassar's resume boasts six No. 1 hits for country artists including Tim McGraw, Jo Dee Messina, Collin Raye, Alan Jackson and three more for himself (“Carlene,” “Just Another Day in Paradise” and “In a Real Love”). He has been named Country Songwriter of the Year by American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) twice and has taken top honors from the Academy of Country Music, Billboard and MusicRow.


Bill Cosby will now be performing one show, instead of two, in November at Treasure Island. He’ll be making people laugh on Friday, Nov. 26. Tickets are $59 and $79, call 866-712-9308.

The Cloud Nine Balloon ride that closed earlier this year due to a high wind accident has reopened on the Strip across from Mandalay Bay. The tethered helium balloon ride has a custom built gondola that holds 25 - 30 passengers and offers a fun view 500 feet in the air, call 702-932-5777 or visit

PGA TOUR professional, John Daly, has been granted an exemption to play in the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin. The tournament's week of festivities run Oct. 18 – 24 with professional play Oct. 21 – 24.

The Sinatra and Streisand tribute show, “Frank & Barbra The Concert That Never Was,” will appear at The Club at the Cannery on Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door. While the “real” Sinatra and Streisand never shared a stage, impersonators Sebastian Anzaldo and Sharon Owens explore the missed possibility of the two music icons uniting forces.

Sebastian Anzaldo and Sharon Owens as Barbra and Frank

Las Vegas showman Art Vargas along with the Swank Set band and Vargas girls will bring back the golden era of Rock 'n' Roll with “Rockin’ & Swingin’ the Jukebox Hits of the 1950s and 60s!” on Oct. 15 and16 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. at the Rampart Casino. Tickets, which include one drink, are $15 at the casino cage. For information, call 702-507-5900.

Art Vargas

The special events lined up at Lake Las Vegas this month include: Rose Regatta Dragon Boat Races – Oct. 16; the Annual Na Alaka’I O Ke Kai Regatta (Hawaiian Festival) – Oct. 23 and 24; and a Wine Walk – Oct. 23.

The remodeled Vino's Deli on the casino floor at the Cannery in North Las Vegas has re-opened as Vino's Pizzeria and sells pizza by the slice and specialty sandwiches.

Panevino Ristorante on Sunset will hold a five-course wine dinner offering a culinary tour through Italy's Trentino Alto Adige region on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. Cost is $99, call 702-222-2400.

Painted with Oil inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood will host legendary boxer Mike Tyson for an autograph signing session from 1 to 3 p.m. and 4:15 to 6:15 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16. Tickets to the meet and greet event are $100, call 702-792-6005.

A new store that's opened at Town Square is Phenom Men's & Women's Apparel Boutique. It's locally owned and the only independent retailer amidst a sea of large chain at the outdoor mall.

Noted Elvis impersonator, Steve Connolly will showcase a collection of works from his lesser-known passion, fine art. He will debut 10 original mixed-medium art works at the Southern Nevada Center for The Arts, 1310 3rd Street. Connolly received a scholarship to attend Clark University School at the Worcester Art Museum where he graduated with a degree in Visual Arts.

The Pole Position Raceway in Summerlin will host the 2010 Top Driver Shootout on Oct. 25 from 6 to 10 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the top drivers in three separate classes: Junior Karts; Adult Karts; and Over 40 Years Old. The event is open to the public, and drivers can pay standard prices for individual races or purchase three races for $45.

After missing a year, the annual Joe Williams Scholarship Fund Concert honoring the famous jazz/blues singer and longtime Las Vegan will take place Sunday, Oct. 24, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the newly redone 900-seat Crown Theater and Nightclub at the Rio. The talent lineup will include Domenick Allen, Rick Faugno, Bill Fayne, Marlena Shaw and Pete Barbutti.

MINDvention, Las Vegas' Annual All Mentalism Convention, will take place at Palace Station, Oct. 17-19. MINDvention will feature shows, lectures and workshops; visit website

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