"Defending the Caveman," Broadway's hit show at the Golden Nugget will move and have a limited engagement at the Excalibur from Dec. 15 through Jan. 11, 2009, with performances inside the Thunder from Down Under Showroom at 7 p.m. nightly with additional matinee performances on Dec. 20 and 21 at 3 p.m. The one-man show stars comedian Kevin Burke. Tickets are $39.95, $49.95 and $64.95, call 702-597-7600.
Grammy award-nominee and infamous rocker Kid Rock is set to perform at The Pearl Concert Theater in the Palms on New Years Eve and now he will continue the party with a second performance for 2,500 fans on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $100, $150 and $200, call 702-474-4000.
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The World Poker Tour® (WPT) has returned to the Bellagio for the Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic running Nov. 28 -Dec. 19. The three-week event, created by Bellagio to pay tribute to Doyle "Texas Dolly" Brunson, who won 10 World Champion bracelets since 1876, consists of 10 No Limit Hold 'em tournaments, seven super satellites and a Senior's No Limit contest.
The entry fees for all tournaments range from $1,500-$5,000 and the WPT main event, to be held Dec. 13 -19, requires a $15,000 entry fee. The champion will receive the first place prize money as well as a $25,000 seat in the April 2009 WPT World Championship at Bellagio.
The ClubWPT event, which premiered during the Festa al Lago VI tournament in October, will be held Wednesday, Dec. 17 and is open to all professional and amateur poker players. The entry fee is $500, visit www.worldpokertour.com.
The 2007 tournament attracted a Bellagio tournament-record of 664 players for a total prize pool of more than $9.6 million and the 26-year-old winner Eugene Katchalov took home $2,482,605.
The Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic main event's final table will be broadcast on Fox Sports Net (FSN) as part of the WPT Season VII television lineup, scheduled to begin airing during the FSN Sunday night sports block in 2009.
The Silverton has brought live entertainment back to the property in a big way at a newly constructed 13,000-square-foot, $1 million entertainment pavilion.
Country crooner Blake Shelton, who made his musical debut with "Austin," a single that spent five weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs list, will headline during rodeo week on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 10 p.m. Shelton has charted 13 singles on the country charts and released five albums. Tickets are $35.
The Pointer Sisters, an award-winning pop and R&B recording act that achieved mainstream success during the 70s and 80s, will take center stage on Dec. 26. In recent years, the group has performed with some of the greatest symphony orchestras in the world. Tickets are $25.
Impressionist, singer and entertainer Gordie Brown, who is currently touring with Celine Dion, will begin performances Feb. 5, 2009, at the Golden Nugget in the 600-seat showroom renamed in his honor. Brown will perform Tuesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. with a live band. Tickets prices will be tiered and range from $39.95 to $99.95 for front row VIP tickets, which include an artist meet and greet, call 866-946-5336. Brown signed a multi-year headlining contract with the hotel in September.
The Canyon Club at the Four Queens downtown has comedian Jeff Allen headlining next Friday, Dec. 12 at 9:30 p.m. Admission is $10. On Dec. 13 at 7 p.m., Leon Russell and Jeremy McComb will take center stage at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35, call 702-387-5175.
Sony Pictures Television's "Jeopardy," which is celebrating its 25th season, will be filming live at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Jan. 8, 9 and 10 during the CES convention. The show will be filmed on a 16,000-square-foot set next to Sony's booth at the show and seat 600 fans. The episodes being filmed will introduce the show's new set and also promote a new interactive game called "Play Jeopardy Live."
Philippine singer Imelda Papin will be headlining at the Orleans Showroom with Ron Dante, lead singer of The Archies and The Cufflinks and producer of Barry Manilow, Pat Benatar and Cher, on Dec. 27 at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $40.
The Tropicana will present American Funk, Rock and R&B Legends - WAR on Tuesday, Dec. 30 at 8 p.m. in the Tiffany Theater. Tickets are $50 and $60, call 702-739-2411.
"The Comedy Stop" at the Tropicana will be closed Dec. 18-25 and the "Folies Bergere" will be dark Dec. 12-25. "Xtreme Magic Starring Dirk Arthur" will have holiday performances through Dec. 31 at 2 and 4 p.m. with additional performances available Dec. 12-25 at 7 p.m.
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"Jersey Boys," which recently marked six months of successful performances at The Palazzo, has welcomed Deven May to the role of Tommy DeVito as cast member Erik Bates left to return to the show's national tour. No stranger to the show, May is well known for his portrayal of DeVito from the first national tour.
The eclectic traveling Las Vegas Showgirl Art Competition Exhibition, which is a tribute to the iconic Las Vegas showgirl, is on display at the Nevada State Museum in Lorenzi Park though mid-August 2009. Among the artifacts is designer Bob Mackie's "Blue Cage" costume from the "Jubilee!" finale.
Hash House A Go Go, which highlights farm fresh food with a funky, modern twist and sophistication with no pretension was recently featured on The Food Network's "Rachel Ray's Vacation." The restaurant located at 6800 West Sahara Avenue serves breakfast and lunch daily from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. Monday -Saturday, call 702-804-4646.
The Stratosphere recently hosted its first Cocktail Server Blackjack Tournament with 37 teams of cocktail servers and the MGM Grand team being the winners. The Creative Costume Contest was won by a team from the Stratosphere: (l to r) Sommer Horris, Brenda Magiros and Melissa Merrick.
The Las Vegas Design Center's premiere "Sustainable Footprints" event will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the World Market Center Las Vegas home furnishings campus downtown. The event will offer the latest information on eco-friendly floor coverings and design, rug-specific special events in showrooms, an afternoon chocolate and dessert reception from noon to 5 p.m., and a chance to hear from award-winning designer, Clodagh, who is an innovator and leader in environmental design, at 10:30 a.m. followed by her book signing. For details, visit www.lvdesigncenter.com or call 702-599-3093.
A Dec. 30 wine dinner at Spiedini's restaurant inside the J.W. Marriott will feature Joseph Carr Wines and cost $68, call 702-869-8500.
American country music singer Lorrie Morgan will perform at the Casablanca Room inside the new Eastside Cannery on Boulder Highway on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $24.95, call 702-856-5300.
Morgan has charted more than a dozen top ten hits. As the daughter of Grand Ole Opry star George Morgan, Morgan spent many nights backstage at the Opry and made her debut there at the age of 13. By age 21, she was opening shows for award-winning country singer George Jones. She has also recorded more than 15 studio albums.
The MGM Mirage is now delivering free Vegas Concierge on the Web site, yourvegasbeat.com. There are two ways to join: signing up on Twitter ensures updates sent straight to a cell phone or PDA, while joining the VegasBeat group on Facebook allows users to mingle with other Vegas-goers, vote on Vegas attractions or book a room for their next trip. Visitors can get insider information on all the MGM Mirage resorts including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, Treasure Island, New York-New York, Monte Carlo, Excalibur and Circus Circus.
The Cannery in North Las Vegas will have Sha Na Na doing two shows featuring rock 'n' roll music on Dec. 31 at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. Dinner and show packages are available at three restaurants and range from $59.99 to $109, call 702-617-5550.
Ashlee Simpson-Wentz and Pete Wentz will host the New Year's Eve party at PURE Nightclub at Caesars Palace. The popular twosome will spearhead a club-wide countdown to the midnight fireworks. Advance tickets are $200, call 702-731-7873.
At the Ritz Carlton at Lake Las Vegas, New Year's Eve dinner will be served on Dec. 31 at the Medici Caf‚ & Terrace at two seatings. The first is a four-course menu at 5, 5:30 and 6 p.m. for $95, and the second is a five-course meal with one bottle of champagne for two people, dancing and live entertainment at 8:30, 9 and 9:30 p.m. for $165 per person, call 702-567-4700. In the Firenze Lobby Lounge from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., there will be dancing, libations and light dining fare and no cover charge.
On Dec. 31, Coyote Ugly at New York-New York is offering a New Year's Eve celebration of beer drinking, bar-top dancing and raucous partying for $50 per person with a complimentary glass of champagne for a midnight toast and party favors, call 702-740-6815.
"Keeping Up With The Kardashians" stars Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian will host the festivities inside LAX Nightclub at the Luxor on Dec. 31. DJ Casanova will mix the beats while the three brunette beauties lead the masses in a club-wide countdown and champagne toast at midnight. Advance tickets are $200, call 702-262-4LAX.
Once again, Sam's Town is holding The Mystic Falls Winter Wonderland with tree-lined walkways covered in lights and holiday decorations through Dec. 31. It's free and open to the public with festive shows taking a western twist daily and featuring Frosty, toy soldiers, snow and more at 6, 8 and 10 p.m.
The MonteLago Village's floating ice rink on Lake Las Vegas is open from 3 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. All-day skate passes are available for $12 for children and $15 for adults through Feb. 15, 2009.
On Dec. 9, Mayor Oscar B. Goodman will flip the switch at 6 p.m. to light Las Vegas' official 50-foot tall Christmas tree at the Fremont Street Experience. Directly following the ceremony at 6:30 p.m., the "Holiday Lights on Ice" skating show will debut on the 1st Street stage. The show is free every night from Dec. 9-20 at 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30 p.m.
At the Hard Rock Hotel, all the female dealers and cocktail servers are wearing sexy Santa suits now through Christmas and the 24-hour Hard Rock Retail Store, which carries designer brands, is offering 30 percent off all merchandise.
Santa's Workshop Children's Tea will take place in the Firenze Lobby Lounge on the following Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 11:30 a.m. The event offers gingerbread-man decorating and a holiday tea for young guests with storytelling, singing and photos with friends from the North Pole. Adults may enjoy the holiday activities for $55 and $45 per child 12 and under.
On the same dates plus Dec. 27 and 28 at 4 p.m., there will be an adult "Ritz Tea" experience with piano selections for $55 per adult.
On Dec. 20 at 6 p.m., singer Annie Meadows will present a holiday concert in the ballroom.
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