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Ventriloquist and comedian Terry Fator cannot only crack a joke without cracking a smile, he can also bring inanimate puppets to life. Those fourteen puppets (to be precise) are featured on a revolving basis in the hugely popular show, “Terry Fator: The Voice of Entertainment”, now in its ninth year at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas.
Some of the more dependable puppets (most likely underground Union members) are the original Winston the Impersonating Turtle, Maynard Thompkins, the world’s greatest Elvis impersonator who can’t vocally impersonate the King but can do a mean Aaron Neville; innocent tween-texting-queen Emma Taylor who belts out Etta James on steroids, the smooth-as-Godiva-chocolate Julius who melts hearts with his melodious Nat King Cole nuances, and Vikki the Cougar who shamelessly boasts about the surgically enhanced décolletage beneath her untouched and sagging cotton neck.
President Donald Trump rounds out the cast along with annoying stoner neighbor, Duggie Scott Walker, who can’t stay straight in his seat, much less in his life. Of late, Sir Elton John, Michael Jackson and Sir Paul McCartney have joined the hilarious fun on stage. As part of the 9th anniversary celebration in March, Fator introduced “Michael Jackson” and “Paul McCartney”, both of whom wowed the audience with samplings of their individual hits as well as a dueling duet: the master puppeteer’s left hand obviously knew what the right hand was doing.
The Hand That Rocks The Puppet Stable
Angie Fiore Fator, Christine McKellar, Terry Fator
As the hand behind the custom foam-molded superstar musical legends and celebs, Terry Fator writes his own jokes and material. A decent singer in his own right, he blends humor with talent while posing as the human foil to the performing puppets, male and female, that he animates without so much as moving his lips.
As each unique character takes center stage with Fator at the forefront, it makes you wonder how many vocal cords one human being can have (many people are unaware we’re all gifted with one set of two).
From Zilch to Zillions…
After twenty years of being endlessly on a budget and on the road entertaining at schools and country fairs, the once struggling entertainer got a long overdue break after winning “America’s Got Talent” in 2007. Doors opened miraculously. For the past nine years, Fator has headlined at the Mirage Hotel in the Terry Fator Theater, backed consistently by renewed multi-million-dollar contracts with the property.
Terry Fator, Criss Angel, Carrot Top, Angie Fiore Fator
During a recent VIP 9th anniversary party at STACK at the Mirage, Terry and his bride of two years, Angie Fiore Fator, were surrounded by a throng of celebrity well-wishers including Carrot Top, Criss Angel, Matt Goss, Piff the Magic Dragon, Murray SawChuck, and Douglas “Lefty” Leferovich. The show’s music director and drummer, John Wackerman and his wife, entertainer Linda Suzanne, joined the festivities along with the Terry Fator band members and kinetic dance master and DJ opening act, Ben Harris. – Christine McKellar
Tickets can be purchased at the Terry Fator Theatre box office, by phone at 702-792-7777 or 800-963-9634 or online at https://www.mirage.com/en/entertainment/terry-fator.html Tickets start at $59, plus applicable taxes and fees. Terry Fator: The VOICE of Entertainment. Monday – Thursday, select Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., at the Terry Fator Theater in the Mirage Hotel
Former police officer, police chief and coroner takes the “stress”out of PTSD
Dr. Michael Murphy has spent enough years as a law enforcement office, chief of police, Clark County Coroner, and Director of Forensic Services with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. to know PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) in all its shapes and guises. One out of five who suffer from this syndrome due to exposure to extreme violence or stress, show no outward signs. Dr. Murphy has developed a means to motivate all manner of manifestations of PTS into Post Traumatic Growth (PTG): a process of illuminating positive energy as opposed to remaining a victim of negative energy.
58) Dr Michael Murphy: From PTSD to Post Traumatic Growth - YouTube
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BOB ANDERSON RETURNS TO HIS VEGAS ROOTS AT SOUTH POINT: The last time singer impressionist Bob Anderson was in Las Vegas was when he was headlining his incredible “Frank: The Man, The Music” show with a 32-piece orchestra at the Palazzo in 2015. On Friday and Saturday, March 23-24, Anderson will be appearing with a quartet in the showroom at the South Point, resurrecting the type of show which made him a star in the first place. He will open with vintage video, tell stories from his past, cover stars he has known such as Tony Bennett, Bobby Darin, Steve Lawrence, Jack Jones, Elvis, Tom Jones, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, and of course Sinatra. Tickets for his 7:30 performances are $20 to $30.
COLOSSEUM LINES UP COMPELLING COMEDIANS: The Colosseum at Caesars Palace has top-of-the-line resident headliners including Céline, Elton John, Rod Stewart and country greats Reba McEntire with pals Brooks & Dunn. On the other side of the coin some powerhouse comedians will be visiting this year. People Magazine’s “The People’s Comedian” Sebastian Maniscalco is hitting the road with his new “Stay Hungry Tour” and making a stop on Sunday, April 15 at 8 p.m. Maniscalco has a new popular radio show on Sirius XM and was included on Forbes’ 2017 “The World’s Highest Paid Comedians” list. Tickets are $39.50 to $95. Jim Gaffigan, three-time Grammy-nominated comedian, actor, writer, producer and best-selling author, will visit on May 27 and July 20 as part of “The Fixer Upper Tour.” Tickets for his 8 p.m. shows range from $55 to $99.50. The comedy pairing of Steve Martin and Martin Short will return on July 1 with “An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life featuring the Steep Canyon Rangers and Jeff Babko.” Tickets range is $49.50 to $185.
RICK MICHEL BRINGS HIS VARIETY SHOW TO THE RAMPART CASINO: Another longtime Las Vegas headliner and impersonator, Rick Michel will be appearing at the Rampart Casino at JW Marriott with his one-man show as part of the Cascade Concert Series on Tuesday, March 20 at 3 p.m. With a seven-piece band, the “Man of a 1,000 Voices” will present “The Rick Michel Variety Show.” He’ll be taking the audience musically through his show biz life from 1961 to the present. Tickets are $18 at the casino cage or call 702-507-5980. He’ll be on guest on the “Dennis Bono Show” at the South Point on Thursday afternoon, March 15. In addition, Michel with homes in Las Vegas and Mexico will appear on an episode of House Hunters International airing on March 20 on HGTV at 10:30 p.m.
HOLMES AND TURNER CONFIRM THE MAGIC OF COLLABORATION: When two of Las Vegas’ best entertainers team up on stage, it can mean only one thing “music magic” at its very best. Clint Holmes, who was nominated for two Grammy® Awards in 2018 for his latest album “Rendezvous,” and Earl Turner have been headliners in town for years. Putting these two tornado-like forces together in the Westgate International Theater Thursday-Sunday in “SOUNDTRACK: Your Songs. Our Stories. The Show.” at 7 p.m. is ingenious and possibly long overdue. As always, the men are backed by great musicians under the musical direction of Christian Tamburr, a three-time Down Beat Magazine Music Award winner, along with backup singer Serena Henry. Tickets are $48, $58, $78 and $98.
COUNTRY STAR BRANTLEY GILBERT WILL VISIT GREEN VALLEY RANCH: Brantley Gilbert will be returning after several years to Las Vegas for a special appearance at the Green Valley Ranch Amphitheater with special guest Lauren Alaina on Saturday, June 16 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $55. Country rock artist Gilbert’s third studio album in 2014 was “Just as I Am” with songs expressing his life. Georgia native Alaina appeared on Season 10 of “American Idol.” She followed with her No. 1 debut album, “Wildflower,” and then “Road Less Traveled” with a collection of 12 songs penned by the young star including the single, “Doin’ Fine.” Alaina performed on the 51st Annual CMA Awards where she was nominated for her first CMA Award – New Artist of the Year.
GOLDEN NUGGET 52 FRIDAY HEADLINER SERIES: The Golden Nugget continually lines up a terrific variety of headlining acts every Friday night at 8 p.m. Here are the remaining ones in March. Tommy James & the Shondells with their hits are set for March 16. The rock band was formed in Niles, Mich., in 1959 and garnered two No. 1 hits: “Hanky Panky” and “Crimson and Clover.” Twelve other Top 40 hits include: “Sweet Cherry Wine,” “Crystal Blue Persuasion,” “Mirage,” and “Mony Mony.” Jeffrey Osborne has the March 23 slot. After 10 years as lead vocalist with the band L.T.D., he made an impact with his solo career and Top 40 hits such as “Stay With Me Tonight,” “Don’t You Get So Mad,” and his “Love Power” duet with Dionne Warwick. Comedian Bobby Bones will visit with his one-man comedy show, “Bobby Bones Red Hoodie Comedy Tour” on March 30. He is the self-deprecating host of “The Bobby Bones Show.”
MINT TAVERN REVISES VINTAGE VEGAS: The MINT Tavern has opened at 332 W. Sahara Ave., a few doors down from the Golden Steer, which is the oldest operating steakhouse in town, with a classic Las Vegas-lounge atmosphere. The local-friendly spot offers time-honored libations, a variety of live entertainment and 24-hour gaming. The establishment was conceived by nightlife mogul Todd Worz and Jonathan Fine, owner of FINE Entertainment. The name is inspired by The Mint, which originally opened its doors downtown as a hotel and casino in 1957. Currently, The MINT Tavern is featuring free weekly swing dancing lessons on Fridays from 7:30–9 p.m. and will have a rotation of other entertainment such as a pianist and vocalist, three-piece band, acoustic guitarist, comedy shows and big bands.
‘HOLLYWOOD MEDIUM’ TYLER HENRY PERFORMS IN PRIMM: Tyler Henry, better known as the “Hollywood Medium,” will appear at the Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, Nev., located 25 miles south of Las Vegas, on Saturday, April 21 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25. His show, “5 Life Lessons I’ve Learned from The Departed,” addresses what it’s like to live as a medium and have his unique gift. The show will give insight into Henry’s extraordinary talents, offer a visual journey with a multimedia video presentation, and feature an interactive Q&A with the audience. After discovering his gift at a young age growing up in Hanford, Calif., Henry knew he could bring comfort to families by providing messages from the departed, and insight into the future. Henry is a best-selling author with his first book “Between Two Worlds: Lessons From the Other Side” released in 2016.
Overlapping with St. Patrick’s Day weekend will be March Madness mayhem around town for the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament March 15-18, which means “party time!” Here are a couple highlights. Hoops Central for viewing will be held inside the 1,500-seat International Theater at the Westgate each day with games starting at 9 p.m. General seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, and reserved seating is available for $25 a day with one free beer included. There will be satellite betting stations along with food and drink specials. Former NBA star and NCAA college basketball legend Darrell “Dr. Dunkenstein” Griffith and former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman will kick off the festivities on Thursday, March 15 and will be available for autographs and photos throughout the morning. The Plaza downtown will host its annual March Mania viewing party in the Plaza Event Center March 15-18. The nearly 5,000-square-foot event space will have 18 large screen high-definition televisions, stadium style food and drinks, and a satellite betting station. Admission is $15 for a One-Day Pass or $40 for a Four-Day Pass.The Silverton Casino will feature varying ticket packages for unlimited food and beverages at Shady Grove Lounge and Mermaid Lounge during the tournaments March 15–18. Each venue will be home to a different menu and ticketed guests will be able to catch every bit of the action at both lounges. Tickets start at $50. There will be beer, shots and basketball at Cabo Wabo Cantina inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood for all the college tournament games from Tuesday, March 13 through Monday, April 2. The March Mayhem viewing parties will include beer buckets for $23 on the Strip-side patio. The LOFT, the luxury event space directly above Cabo Wabo Cantina, will also show games.
***ST. PATRICK’S DAY HIGHLIGHTS***
The Fremont Street Experience hosts a St. Paddy’s Day weekend blow-out running Thursday, March 15 through Sunday, March 18. There will be 19 bands and more than 40 hours of live performances taking place on three outdoor stages. At noon on March 17, there will be the annual Las Vegas Firefighters Benefit Association St. Patrick’s Day march with uniformed firefighters from across the country joining Las Vegas firefighters and bagpipers for a trek down Fremont Street. Reminder there will be a party downtown under the canopy at The Plaza starting at 7 p.m. and ending with green fireworks at 10 p.m. Also, at Downtown Container Park, there will be a “Sham-Rock the Park,” a park-wide St. Patrick’s Day beer bash with live entertainment from 3 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 online and $20 at the gate. Each ticket grants access to bottomless beverage options including Guinness and shamrock-hued PBR drafts. Commonwealth in the heart of Fremont East Entertainment District will hold a “shamrockin’” party starting at noon on March 17and offering a hosted open bar to 4 p.m. with well drinks and draft beers for $50 and live performances from local DJs. Commonwealth will open for general admission at 4 p.m., with a performance from The Rayford Bros. band from 5 to 10 p.m. There are plenty of Irish Pubs around town to frequent including: Nine Fine Irishmen at New York-New York with an authentic bar imported from Ireland; Rí Rá Irish Pub at Mandalay Bay; Hennessey’s Tavern on Fremont Street where you can order the world’s largest pint served in a souvenir, 64-ounce glass; McMullan’s Irish Pub at 4650 W. Tropicana Ave. across from The Orleans; J.C.’s Irish Sports Pub at JW Marriott; McFadden’s Restaurant & Saloon at Town Square serving signature 80-ounce fishbowl cocktails; Tilted Kilt and O’Sheas Casino & Bar with two indoor bars Dublin UP and the corner Lucky Bar at the LINQ Promenade. There will be a parade down the LINQ Promenade at noon with bagpipers, leprechauns, stilt walkers and anything else embellishing St. Patty’s Day. MB Steak inside Hard Rock Hotel will celebrate starting at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 17 with a St. Patrick’s Day party complete with drinks, music, bagpipers and more. Available exclusively for the night will be drink specials including the “Get Lucky” cocktail, made with Jameson Irish whiskey, peach schnapps and fresh sour mix for $16 and Guinness priced at $9. The Celtic Feis event for the ninth year at New York-New York will start on March 16 at 4 p.m. with a parade from The Park ending on the Brooklyn Bridge. On March 17, visitors can start the day with a march at 10:30 a.m. at The Park led by The Las Vegas Pipe Band. Festivities at the Brooklyn Bridge will run 11 a.m-3 p.m. Off the grid and different will be XCYCLE Las Vegas’ second “Bikes and Brunch” charity event for the Patrick Kelley Youth Foundation (PKYF). For a $40 donation, riders can celebrate the “green” holiday for a good cause and get an intense 45-minute cardio workout at 12:15 followed by a complimentary brunch catered by Rachel’s Kitchen and Pressed Juicery. CraftHaus Brewery and Ethel M Chocolates are teaming up to present a special St. Patrick’s Day tasting featuring seasonal beers and chocolates and an in-depth lesson on pairings from a chocolatier and brewery owner, Wyndee Forrest for 30-45 minutes. Sessions will be held at the Ethel M Chocolates Factory Tasting Room in Henderson at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. on March 17. Cost is $25, call 702-435-2608. This St. Patrick’s Day, participating Baskin-Robbins stores nationwide will be offering a free sample of its Mint Chip ‘n OREO® Cookies Milkshake on Saturday, March 17 from 3–7 p.m. On Saturday, March 31, guests can enjoy all regular and kids-sized scoops of any flavor for $1.50.
SWITCHING TO MEXICAN MUSIC FOR A NIGHT: On Sunday, March 18, the day after St. Patrick’s Day, Los Temerarios and Baruch will appear in the Westgate Ballrooms at 8 p.m. Los Temerarios is a Mexican romantic music group started by brothers Adolfo and Gustavo Angel and their cousin Fernando Angel in 1978. The group has recorded more than 20 albums and been honored with multiple awards and nominations. The band has sold close to 50 million albums and has toured globally. Tickets range from $70 to $229.
SEAQUEST INTRODUCES ASIAN SMALL-CLAWED OTTER PUPS: SeaQuest Las Vegas, an interactive aquarium located inside the Boulevard Mall not far from the Strip, now has two new Asian small-clawed otter pups, which is following the addition of two coatimundi and two capybaras. These otter pups are the smallest of the thirteen otter species, grow approximately three feet long from head to tail, and weigh on average 12 pounds as adults. They are classified as “vulnerable” because they are likely to become endangered unless threatening circumstances improve. For a limited time, SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium is offering discounted tickets online starting at $8.95. To purchase a discounted ticket, search Vegas visit SeaQuest online.
DISCUSSION – CHINA, U.S., AND NORTH KOREAN WMD: Next speaker at the National Atomic Testing Museum NATM) will be Dr. Oriana Skylar Mastro, speaking on “The Day After: China, the U.S., and the Rush to Secord North Korean WMD” on Saturday, March 31 with a meet and greet at 2 p.m. and lecture at 2:30 in the NATM Theatre. Mastro is assistant professor of security studies at Georgetown University. She will make the case that China would intervene and seek control of North Korea’s nuclear facilities and weapons of mass destruction. Cost is $5 and free to museum members, call 702-794-5151 to RSVP.
THE SUGAR COOKIE OPENS SECOND VALLEY OUTLET: The Sugar Cookie’s second locations has opened in Henderson at 10960 Eastern Ave. Suite 109 offering gourmet sugar cookies in a variety of different flavors including lemon, cherry, chocolate, red velvet, coconut, and many more. For the opening last week, the business rolled out two new flavors: Cinnamon Roll with cream cheese frosting and candied walnuts and Chocolate Caramel with sea salt. The Sugar Cookie also makes cookies in mini size, frosted or non-frosted, shortbread, and can turn any pair of cookies into an ice cream sandwich. The first Las Vegas location is at 4624 W. Sahara Ave.
Paul Sallach, President of All in Aviation, has a fleet of Cirrus aircraft that would make even the most seasoned pilot drool.
His certified flight instructors are qualified and experienced commercial pilots who can offer piloting and instructional services, or fly your family and friends on sightseeing excursions that eliminate hassles at the airport and allow clients the freedom to be selective about their destinations.
Therapy Restaurant Aids Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada
Cookies and cocktails—it’s Girl Scout Cookie Season! Therapy restaurant, located in the Fremont East Entertainment District, will host the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada chapter to help raise funds on Friday, March 9 and Saturday, March 10.
The Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada will be selling boxes of cookies at Therapy, and all profits from cookies sold will be directed to the organization that helps girls develop life-long skills. Cookies will be sold on Friday, March 9 from 4 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, March 10 from noon to 4 p.m.
Therapy has created specialty cookie-inspired menu items, including the Mintini cocktail, made with Sobieski vanilla vodka, crème de menthe, chocolate royal liqueur, Bailey’s Irish Cream and dashes of orange Angostura bitters, rimmed with crumbles of mint cookies and garnished with mint fig, priced at $10.
Downtown guests can also indulge in Executive Chef Talen Lancaster’s dessert, the Lemon Love, made with deep fried powdered lemon cookies with orange tempura with vanilla cream, priced at $10.
Therapy’s Girl Scout inspired cocktail and dessert will be offered now through Sunday, March 11. For menu previews and more, visit: http://www.therapylv.com/
CHINA TANG OPENS AT MGM GRAND: Opening in The District at MGM Grand, renowned Hong Kong-based Lai Sun Group makes its Western Hemisphere with the debut of China Tang, which offers a dining experience reviving the glory of the Tang Dynasty regarded as China’s golden age of cosmopolitan culture and cuisine. China Tang serves some of the finest cuisine from Canton, with a touch of Sichuan, a dash of Beijing and a repertoire of dim sum. China Tang’s atmosphere evokes 1930s Shanghai glamour and draws inspiration from Art Deco nostalgia with a globally curated art collection. Each evening, the dining room comes alive with Chinese musical entertainment and a noodle pulling performance. China Tang is open 5-10:30 p.m. for dinner on weekdays, lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday 11:30 a.m.-midnight, and Sunday 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
SEND NOODLES WILL OPEN AT THE PALMS: Palms Casino Resort will unveil Send Noodles an Asian fusion-inspired concept on March 8. As part of the ongoing $620 million property-wide renovation, the intimate, art-infused restaurant will join the latest culinary additions Lucky Penny Café and A.Y.C.E. Buffet on the casino floor. Send Noodles will be open daily for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and midnight Friday and Saturday.
TOTO WILL BRING WORLD TOUR TO SUNSET STATION: TOTO in support of the band’s 40th Anniversary will bring “The 40 Trips Around The Sun” world tour to the Sunset Amphitheater at Sunset Station on Friday, Aug. 10. Tickets are $25 (standing room), $35, $45 and $55. TOTO’s new greatest hits package titled “40 Trips Around The Sun” was recently released while the band is currently in the middle of an extensive European tour With more than 40 years together, TOTO remains one of the top selling touring and recording acts in the world, as well as one of the few 70’s bands to endure changing trends and styles. As individuals, the band members can be heard on an astonishing 5,000 albums.
ZAPPOS AND CAESARS ENTERTAINMENT PARTNER: Zappos.com is teaming up with Caesars Entertainment, beginning with the renaming of The AXIS 7,000-seat live entertainment venue at Planet Hollywood. The second-highest grossing theater in the United States will now be known as Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood. The theater boasts one of the largest video and projection installations in the world. Projections come from 60 ultra-high-definition projectors covering more than 200 degrees of the audience chamber.
LIONEL RICHIE ANNOUNCES NEW 2018 DATES: Multi-platinum-selling artist and four-time Grammy® Award winner Lionel Richie has announced additional 2018 dates of his residency, “Lionel Richie – All the Hits” at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood March 9 through 20 and Aug. 15 through Oct. 20. General ticket prices begin at $59.
MINT 400 DRIVERS MEET AND GREET: Fans can meet the Mint 400 racers and get personal autographs and photos at the 5th Annual Rugged Radios Driver Meet and Greet being held Thursday, March 8 from 5-9:30 p.m. at 9th and Fremont St. inside the Pit Crew Challenge Lot.
GREAT AMERICAN FOODIE FEST WILL RETURN TO SUNSET STATION: The Great American Foodie Fest, formerly the Las Vegas Foodie Fest, will return to Sunset Station’s parking lot April 26-29. The event has been featured on Cooking Channel’s shows “Carnival Eats” and “Eat St.” and been ranked as the Top 10 Food Festivals in America. Festival hours will be 5-11 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. The food fest is a culmination of the best specialty food vendors and gourmet food trucks from around the country. There will be more than 50 food vendors, including 15 celebrity food trucks and food vendors featured on top food networks. The food fest will also have a special appearance and cooking demos by celebrity Chef Phillip Dell, winner of Food Network’s Show “Chopped” and three-time Grand Champion on the National Barbecue Circuit. In addition, the festival will feature a beer garden and live entertainment, a carnival rides/games, eating competitions, arts/craft vendors, retail vendors and more. General unlimited re-entry admission is $8 presale for a Four-Day Pass or $10 for a Day Pass at the gate. Accordingly, VIP is $50 or $60. Military, veterans, and seniors 59 and older will receive a $2 discount off ticket purchased at the gate with a valid ID.
THIRD THURSDAY ON 3RD RETURNS TO DOWNTOWN GRAND: Third Thursday on 3rd established last year will begin its official 2018 monthly (weather permitting) street party residency on March 15 with “Shamrock the Street” from 6-9 p.m. on the 3rd street corridor at the Downtown Grand.This month’s event will feature five gourmet food trucks including: Waffle Love, Cookie Bar, Hot Corn and More, Stripchezze, and Cousins Maine Lobster. Other activities will feature street games, live art by two of the valley’s top freestyle artists, Jesse Hudson and Recycled Propaganda, and DJ Edoc providing the shamrock soundtrack. The Downtown Grand will be pouring all-you-can-drink Green Beer for $20 from 6 p.m.-midnight on 3rd Street as well as inside at Freedom Beat and Furnace Bar.
PLAZA WILL FEATURE GREEN FIREWORKS: A free St. Patrick’s Day party will overtake the Plaza’s dome entrance on Saturday, March 17 starting at 7 p.m. and ending at 10 p.m. with a live green-fireworks show. The public event will feature St. Patrick’s inspired entertainment, a DJ., and drink specials, including $4 green beer, $5 Irish Mule, $15 buckets of Guinness beer with six cans, and $3 shots of Jameson Irish Whiskey. The Plaza’s $15 yardstick well cocktails will also be available. In addition, the Plaza will debut a new 10-foot by five-foot Plaza pyrotechnic logo sign behind the stage and flaming throughout the celebration.
MORE DOWNTOWN ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATIONS: The official Paddy’s Pint Crawl will be held at the Downtown Grand Saturday, March 17 from noon-midnight. Wristbands for $20 at the casino cage will get you all-you-can drink green beer at Freedom Beat, Furnace Bar, and the Citrus Grand Pool Deck. Additionally, Hogs & Heifers will host its annualLas Vegas Valley Firefighters Parade & Skills Challenge on 3rd Street. Parade assembly begins at 10:30 a.m. in front of the saloon. At noon, the parade will move from Fremont and Main, down Fremont to 3rd Street, culminating at Hogs & Heifers for the Firefighter Skills Challenge Competition. There will be fire trucks on display, Irish dancers, Honor Guards plus a Jameson Irish Whiskey ice luge and more.
ORLEANS ARENA WILL HOST CURLING COMPETITION: For the first time in a decade, the World Men’s Curling Championship will return to the United States and the Orleans Arena March 31–April 8. Much excitement is prevailing following the historic first-time gold medal-win by the U.S. Men’s Curling Team in the recent 2018 Olympic Winter Games.The event will bring curling teams from around the world, including Sweden’s Olympic Curling Team who took home the silver medal. A total of 13 teams will each play 12 games during the seven-day round-robin portion, followed by a playoff round featuring the top six teams. From there, the teams will be pared down to a medal round for the final four. The crowning of the new world champions will take place Sunday, April 8. Tickets start at $25.
MOB AUTHOR SETS APPEARANCES AT THE MOB MUSEUM: The Wiseguy Speaker Series at The Mob Museum will feature Scott M. Deitche, author of “Garden State Gangland: The Rise of the Mob in New Jersey” on Thursday, March 15 at 7 p.m. Deitche, an organized crime historian with roots in Mob history, covers the ongoing saga of the New Jersey Mob from Prohibition to present day. In his discussion, he will cover topics such as the story behind the TV series “Boardwalk Empire,” the mobster known as the “Al Capone of New Jersey,” the gangsters who inspired “The Sopranos,” and Frank Sinatra’s alleged ties to New Jersey gangsters. This event is free for members or with general admission. On Friday, March 16, Deitche will be signing his book in the Museum’s retail store from 1-3 p.m.
DOWNTOWN GRAND CONTINUES CULINARY ROAD TRIP DINNERS: Chef Scott Commings returns with his monthly Culinary Road Trip dinner series at the Downtown Grand on Wednesday, March 14 from 6:30-8 p.m. The season 12 winner of “Hell’s Kitchen” will pay a four-course delicious tribute to one of America’s oldest cities, Boston, Mass., which boasts being one of the first cities to officially celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The Irish culinary event will feature Boston and St. Patrick’s Day themed décor, live entertainment, and photo-opportunities. Tickets are $55 and include five perfectly paired, themed cocktails.
WELCOME SIGN WILL TRAVEL: The 15-foot-tall replica of the world-famous “Welcome To Fabulous Las Vegas” sign was at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway during the weekend’s NASCAR tripleheader for fans to take photos and was equipped with a prize wheel. The sign display will be traveling to other Speedway Motorsports Inc. facilities throughout the year to promote the city of Las Vegas as a travel destination.
DOWNTOWN TERRACE INTRODUCES NEW OFFERINGS: Downtown Terrace rooftop restaurant in Downtown Container Park has debuted several new menu selections as well as all-you-can-drink Bellinis, Bloody Marys, mimosas and house wine available seven days a week, open to close for $16 with the purchase of an entrée. A new array of gourmet quick serve cuisine includes: appetizers such as Edamame $5 – add Hummus $9; salads which can be served as wraps like the Thai Spice Chicken $12 and the BLT Salad $10; a revamped variety of entrees and sides including Pastrami Rueben Sandwich $12 and Chicken & Waffle Sliders $13. For folks in a rush, Downtown Terrace guarantees being served in 30 minutes or less between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday – Friday, or lunch is on them.
Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN), founded in 1984, will hold the 28th annual AIDS Walk Las Vegas on Sunday, April 16 at Town Square with the opening ceremony at 8 a.m. Penn & Teller will again be grand marshals and leaders of the Penn & Teller Challenge AIDS Walk Team. Registration is free and attendees are encouraged to form a team and fundraise.
On Friday, March 9, Carmine’s at the Forum Shops at Caesars will be selling $1 meatballs outside the restaurant from 2-4 p.m. in celebration of National Meatball Day. Carmine’s is known for their family-style, large-portion dishes and their famous meatballs made with veal and beef. All proceeds will be donated directly to Three Square Food Bank in Las Vegas.
Dress for Success Southern Nevada will hold its semi-annual, two-day, pop-up Shop for Success excess inventory sale on 2-7 p.m. Friday, March 16 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 17 at Spring Valley High School, in the school’s auxiliary gym. There will be designer brands, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and hourly specials. All funds raised will benefit local nonprofit Dress for Success.
Freed’s Bakery from the Food Network’s show, “Vegas Cakes,” will sell specialty $1 chocolate or vanilla cupcakes to benefit the Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada (DSOSN) on Wednesday, March 21.
The Las Vegas Fashion Council (LVFC) will host “The Art of Hat Design” event with international award-winning hat designer Louisa Voisine providing an inside look at her design studio at 10219 Gillespie Street on Thursday, March 15 from 5:30-8 p.m. It’s free to attend and proceeds from purchases will benefit the LVFC’s scholarship fund.
XCYCLE Las Vegas in Boca Park will host its second Bikes and Brunch charity ride on Saturday, March 17 with proceeds benefitting the Patrick Kelley Youth Foundation (PKYF). Starting at 12:15 p.m., riders will participate in a 45-minute RYTHMX spin class set. Immediately following there will be a catered brunch by Rachel’s Kitchen and refreshments by Pressed Juicery. Participation fee is $40, call 702-489-6099.
***CITY OF LAS VEGAS HOSTS TICKETED EVENTS***
The City of Las Vegas has several events on the horizon. Actor and musician Chase Padgett will perform “6 Guitars,” a love letter to music, which is a successful show of the North American Fringe Festival circuit, at the Charleston Heights Arts Center on Friday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. The show, described as a pitch-perfect blend of music, comedy and characters, has been performed more than 300 times across North America. The 90-minute performance features Padgett portraying six different guitar-playing musicians, with wildly different personalities and musical styles, sharing how they fell in love with music. Tickets are $24 for adults and $12 for youth under 18.
Dr. Rochelle Hooks and Karla Huntsman will lead a full-day program entitled “The Why & How of Story Workshop” Saturday, March 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Historic Fifth Street School. Tickets are $45 and $25 for Clark County School District educators and librarians, who are eligible to earn two Continuing Education Units.
National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” commentator Kevin Kling will follow the storytelling workshop at 7 p.m. Kling is a well-known playwright and storyteller, recognized for his storytelling stage shows and plays performed around the world. Admission is included in the workshop registration fee but tickets can be purchased separately at $20 for adults and $10 plus tax for youth under 18.
QUEEN BEE MARKET IS OFFERED TWO DAYS: Queen Bee Market’s two-day expo featuring more than 70 vendors who make their products by hand will be Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10 at The Conference Center of Las Vegas, 6590 Bermuda Road. Tickets are $5 at the door. Children 12 and younger and military with ID receive free entry. Partnering with Three Square Food Bank, the event will host a food and fundraising drive at the annual shopping event.
“Magic Mike Live” at the Hard Rock got a great plug on NBC’s hit show “This is Us” when characters Toby and Kate held their bachelor and bachelorette parties in Las Vegas. Kate and friends took in the male strip show.
Russ Freeman & The Rippingtons will headline at Aliante on Saturday, March 10 at 8 p.m. Formed in 1985, the group throughout a more than 30-year career has released 22 albums. Tickets start at $39.50.
On National Moscow Mule Day, March 3, Corduroy on East Fremont Street previewed the launch of a new promotion. Starting March 6, every week Corduroy will hold Mule Mondays from 4-9 p.m. with half-off the infamous drink for $5.50.
On Friday, March 16, Border Grill at Mandalay Bay will feature a Casa Noble Tequila Dinner from 6:30-9 p.m. Tickets are $80.
The LV Craft Show with more than 50 vendors will be held in the Silverton’s Veil Pavilion on Sunday, March 11 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and admission is free.
Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport has introduced weed disposal boxes so tourists enjoying the state’s legal marijuana don’t smuggle drugs across the border.
Maverick Helicopters received the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) 2017 Award of Excellence “Diamond Award” honoring the company’s ongoing maintenance training and aircraft safety. This is Maverick Helicopters’ seventh consecutive Diamond Award for its Las Vegas and Grand Canyon South Rim locations and third for Maui, Hawaii, which opened in 2015.
New to the burger scene, Burgerim with a Las Vegas-location at 9635 Bermuda Road has ramped up expansion efforts anticipating a total of 130 outlets by the end of 2018. The Los Angeles-based company serves completely customizable 2.8 oz. gourmet burgers with 11 different patty options.
Ross Dress for Less® will open a new store in Las Vegas at Charleston Plaza on March 10. The new location will increase the store count to 31 in Nevada.
Ever hear rumors of “chemtrail” conspiracies? Of how the United States government is secretly spraying poisons on the general population? C.L. (Christine) McKellar, the author of three critically acclaimed novels, has enough grains of truth in her debut science fiction short story, “Mothology”, to make even the most skeptical wonder if there really is a cover-up.
McKellar tackles the obvious: What ARE those multitudes of feathery wisps in our airspace that defy explanation? There are far too many to justify as commercial and military traffic patterns. What is really happening to the honey bees? Why are they disappearing?
McKellar originally penned Mothology in a traditional format, then decided to present her story as a blog written by the skeptical Alison whose spacy ex-flower child cousin, Erica, comes to Las Vegas for a metaphysical convention. Included in the junket is lodging at the Luxor Hotel & Casino. The thought of staying inside a pyramid, coupled with the stories that Erica has heard and believes about Area 51, vortexes and “chemtrails”, sends the aging hippie into a tailspin.
Her paranoia begins to infect Alison. Could the massive beam of light that shoots endlessly into the universe from the top of the Luxor pyramid really have something to do with chemtrails and government conspiracies? Are the thousands of moths that swirl mindlessly around the base of the beam in part responsible for the death of not only honey bees but of millions of human beings?
Alison is soon to discover that “the truth is out there.” Let the reader form their own opinion. After all, this short story is simply “science” fiction. On sale now for only $.99 at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IH1IXC6
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Sometimes the visitors on the Strip don’t know what they’re missing. Dining options at a resort like Suncoast Hotel and Casino in northwest Las Vegas run the full gamut of culinary experiences with the newest being Peng Zu adding Asian dishes served in a contemporary atmosphere.
While the restaurant opened in December, it officially held its grand opening this month complete with a celebratory Lion Dance and restaurant blessing. You can ask what’s in a name and with Peng Zu the story is he’s a legendary long-lived figure in China said to have lived more than 800 years. He is known in Chinese culture as a symbol for longevity and eating naturally using herbs and spices to enrich his nutrition to promote good health and especially for cooking excellent soup.
Peng Zu serves a take on his magical soup recipe and serves the superb signature dish nightly, which includes chicken broth, pork wontons, shrimp, thin egg noodles, Char Siu pork and Bok choy for $12. It’s a complete meal. Seems this soup might be more beneficial than the flu shot this year.
What really makes the restaurant stand out is dinner favorites are prepared fresh to order. The menu features appetizers, soups, wok fried specialties, noodles, rice and vegetables, combination specials, and desserts. House specialties such as roast duck, black pepper steak, curry chicken clay pot and black bean prawns run $16 to $24. Combo specialties served with a vegetable spring roll and vegetable fried rice are $10.
The restaurant is located next to Du-par’s and along the casino’s long wall of restaurants. Brightly lit, the atmosphere is cheerful and evokes the casual noodle shops of Hong Kong and Shanghai. The most eye-catching design is the 50 authentic, screen-printed parasols from China suspended overhead from the ceiling. More contemporary art hangs on the walls and the back wall is another focal point with a wall-to-wall custom art installation designed with imagery and symbolism representing joy, longevity, and good fortune.
Peng Zu serves dinner daily beginning at 4 p.m. It closes at 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For information, call 702-636-7111.
Tis that time o’ year to bring out the Irish in ya. When Irish eyes are smiling, sure tis like a morn in spring—or a cocktail that’s bold and sweet all at the same time. So be bold with your sweetheart. Chances are by night’s end–you’ll both be gettin’ lucky!
1 ounce Irish whiskey
1/4 ounce green crème de menthe
2 ounces cream
Maraschino cherry for garnish
Yield: 1 Cocktail
Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
Strain into an old-fashioned glass.
Garnish with the maraschino cherry.
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