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BRETT’S VEGAS VIEW

Contributed by Jackie Brettt

‘NITRO CIRCUS’ WILL OPEN AT BALLY’S IN SPRING 2019: Nitro Circus, known worldwide for spectacular arena and stadium live shows, is creating its first-ever resident stage show, which will open at Bally’s next spring. The original adrenaline-charged choreographed show featuring the most talented action sports athletes performing unbelievable stunts and feats will take over the Jubilee Theater, which is being redesigned and renamed the Nitro Circus Theater. The showroom will have a specially built, multi-million dollar set, ramps stretching throughout, a platform stage and side walls, and video screen installations. The idea will be to engage the audience in the action-sports playground. Nitro Circus, Base Entertainment and Caesars Entertainment are teaming up to co-produce the show, which Nitro Circus is creating. Tickets will go on sale in October 2018.

TRAVIS PASTRANA MADE HISTORY RECREATING EVEL KNIEVEL JUMPS: Action sports superstar Travis Pastrana celebrated Evel Knievel earlier this month with a live event, “Evel Live,” on the History® channel. He successfully reproduced three of Knievel’s history-making jumps including the epic Caesars Palace fountain feat, which nearly killed the original daredevil 50 years ago, and set new records. “Evel Live” was produced by Nitro Circus Media Productions in partnership with History® and Caesars Entertainment. Travis Pastrana co-founded Nitro Circus in 2003. In 2016, the company introduced Nitro World Games and is at the forefront of action sports and entertainment. In Spring 2019, Nitro Circus will return to Las Vegas when it launches its first-ever resident stage show at Bally’s.

PAULA ABDUL’S 2018 TOUR WILL VISIT RED ROCK RESORT: Grammy and Emmy Award-winning pop superstar Paula Abdul will bring her “STRAIGHT UP PAULA!” 26-city 2018 North American Tour to the Red Rock Ballroom Saturday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. This is the ‘80s icon’s first solo outing in more than 25 years. Last year, Abdul toured 45 cities in the United States on the sold-out “Total Package Tour” with Boyz II Men, and New Kids on the Block. Tickets start at $30.

MIRAGE HEADLINER MATT GOSS IS BUSY CREATING: Multi-platinum selling British singer-songwriter Matt Goss released his single “Red Flares” last Friday, which he recorded at Studio at the Palms. Goss with a full swing band, back-up singers and sexy dancers currently headlines his show, “Matt Goss at The Mirage,” four nights a week at the resort. More news, Goss is currently co-writing the upcoming musical version of acclaimed British television series “Upstairs, Downstairs.” This fall, a feature documentary about him and his twin brother Luke’s life titled “When the Screaming Stops” and produced by Fulwell 73 Productions, which is co-owned by James Corden, will be released. Goss has also written a children’s book and is planning to release a Christmas holiday album of traditional classics.

BACKSTREET BOYS RECORD-BREAKING RESIDENCY WILL END APRIL 27: Backstreet Boys (BSB), the best-selling boy band of all time, will hold their final Las Vegas-residency shows at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Feb. 6-April 27, 2019. General ticket prices begin at $55.

MARIAH CAREY LAUNCHED HER NEW RESIDENCY AT CAESARS PALACE: This month, Mariah Carey began her all-new Las Vegas headlining residency, “The Butterfly Returns” at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. She will return on Aug. 31, Sept. 1, 2, 5, 9 and 10. General tickets start at $55.This show is focusing on a more intimate performance on The Colosseum’s stage with a four-piece live band, three backup singers and seven dancers. A surprise is Carey’s two children, Monroe and Moroccan, joining her on stage during the song “Always Be My Baby,” as well as audience members being invited to sit with the superstar on stage while she performs “Touch My Body.”

DEL FRISCO’S UNDERGOES RENOVATION: Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse on Paradise Road is undergoing a $2 million complete renovation and will reopen Monday, July 23, with completion expected in August 2018. Note, there will no longer be live piano music. The new modern look will blend the property’s classic steakhouse details with a modern palette of chartreuse, cream and charcoal grey with metallic accents of brushed brass and bronze. There will be creamy leather and plush velvet banquettes and upgraded amenities with the main dining room featuring 17 dining tables. The central dining lounge will be framed with three large raised booths – dubbed the “Godfather” Booths – for an exclusive dining experience. Waterfall crystal chandeliers will illuminate each booth. Additional highlights of the project include: 4,200 square feet of meetings and convention dining space; laser cut metal screen installations; and a communal bar table.

ETHEL M ADDS WINE TO THEIR SIGNATURE CHOCOLATE TASTINGS: New at the Ethel M Chocolates’ factory store in Henderson is the addition of wine pairing at chocolate tastings. Visitors can now sip Trinchero Family Estates’ wine alongside fan-favorite candies such as Ethel M’s signature Pecan Caramel Raptures and Lemon Satin Crèmes.Tastings with wine are held five times daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the odd hours, and cost $25 per person. Non-alcoholic chocolate tastings are available five times daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the even hours, and cost $15 per adult and $6 per child. Subject to change are tasting times, wines and chocolate flavors.

GOOD CHARLOTTE WILL MAKE A TOUR STOP AT THE PALMS: Multi-platinum modern rock quintet Good Charlotte are planning a North American Tour in support of their seventh full-length studio album, “Generation Rx,” scheduled for release on Sept. 14. The tour will conclude at the newly renovated Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. Ticket range is $34.95-$85.95.

Z’CREAM DREAM IS UNDERGROUND’S FIRST ‘ZAP-ON-TAP’ CRAFT BREW: Z’Cream Dream, available to the public through Aug. 31, is The Underground’s first “Zap-on-Tap” craft brew at the Mob Museum. House-brewed at The Underground’s new Prohibition exhibit featuring a distillery, brewery and speakeasy, Z’Cream Dream is a collaboration with signature sponsor Zappos. The next seasonal Zappos craft beer selection will be introduced on Sept. 1.Zappos has an in-house process for selecting a beer selection team each time, which meets with The Underground’s experts to create a different brew. Summertime Z’Cream Dream, a cream ale with subtle notes of sweet blood orange and the presence of vanilla, is available for $8 per pint glass.The Underground’s speakeasy, which opens daily at 9 a.m., is a full-service bar with a new Happy Hour from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday offering 20 percent off select cocktails, draft beer and wine by the glass. Admission to the speakeasy is included with the museum’s general admission, and free any time for patrons using the daily passwords found on Instagram Stories @MobMuseum Underground.

ENTERTAINMENT HIGHLIGHTS

The national touring tribute show “Kalimba, The Spirit of Earth Wind and Fire” will headline the M Pavilion on Saturday, July 21 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $19. The Orleans Showroom has lined up Cheech & Chong on Saturday, Aug. 18 at 8 p.m. with tickets starting at $50. and Air Supply, Aug. 31-Sept. 1-2 at 8 p.m. with tickets from $39.95. Penn & Teller won’t return to their show at the Rio until Saturday, Aug. 18 due to the silent partner’s recent spinal-fusion surgery. Timing is great. “ABBA The Concert” will return to the Tropicana on Saturday, Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. Audiences will be in the mood considering the current film release “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.” This tribute show brings the pop phenomena back to life. Tickets are priced from $29.95 to $34.95. Award-winning illusionists Kyle and Mistie Knight will headline the Suncoast Showroom on Sunday, Aug. 12. The magical duo has appeared on hit TV shows, including The CW Network’s “Fool Us” and BBC’s “Now You See It.” Tickets start at $24.95. The ‘60s and ‘70s music band Flower Power Time Machine will follow on Sunday, Aug. 26. Tickets start at $14.95. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. The Gatsby Gang Jazz Band will perform live in The Underground speakeasy inside the Mob Museum on Saturdays, July 21 and 28 from 7–10 p.m.

DINING NEWS

Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine will celebrate the one-year anniversary of Robert Irvine’s Public House at the Tropicana with a bash on Saturday, July 28 from 6 to 11 p.m. There will be a special selection of a la carte dishes, an hourly beer rotation menu, an all-new happy hour menu, and entertainment featuring Blues and Rock party band The Steel Benders. Searsucker at Caesars Palace is partnering with “Absinthe” by Spiegelworld to offer a dinner-and-show package starting at $149, which includes a curated menu and complimentary Moscow mule at the restaurant, and one reserved seating level show ticket. Golden Rainbow for the third year will partner with local restaurants for “Dining Out For Life” on Tuesday, July 24. Held across the nation annually, the campaign raises funds for local HIV/AIDS service organizations. More than 20 local participating restaurants have pledged to contribute a portion of their day’s proceeds to Golden Rainbow. Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar’s next “Taste & Learn” wine event will be held on Saturday, July 28 at 6 p.m. and will highlight Italy’s “hidden-gem” wineries.  Wines will be paired with four courses. Cost is $65, call 702-364-5300.

SOUTH POINT CAR SHOW WILL BENEFIT SPEEDWAY CHILDREN’S CHARITIES: The South Point Car & Truck Show presented by Star Nursery, which will benefit the Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities, is set for Saturday, Aug. 18 at the South Point’s Exhibit Halls from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event housed in a climate-controlled environment will feature cars, trucks, bikes, semi-trucks and an array of exotic vehicles on display. Admission, which will include family entertainment, is free for spectators. Registration for vehicles is $35 and a variety of awards will be up for grabs including Best Club Participation, Children’s Choice, People’s Choice and South Point Choice. Vendor booths are available to rent at the show.

CELEBRATING NATIONAL DAYS

It seems Las Vegas doesn’t want to miss out on any given day of the year with a designated honor. For National Caviar Day on Wednesday, July 18, high-end MB Steak at the Hard Rock will serve its organic sturgeon caviar, a delicacy made with crème fraiche, buckwheat blini, whipped egg yolk and shallots, for $32. National Daiquiri Day on Thursday, July 19 will be celebrated at Cabo Wabo Cantina, located Strip-side at the Miracle Mile Shops. Guests will be able to mix any combination of flavors offered at the bar, with prices starting at $12. National Tequila Day is Tuesday, July 24. Cabo Wabo Cantina will make it a week-long celebration with shot specials Monday, July 23 to Friday, July 27. Throughout the week, Cabo Wabo will offer 50 percent off shots of Cabo Wabo tequila, Espolòn and Chinaco. MB Steak will celebrate with a Spicy Cucumber Margarita on July 24 priced at $15, Therapy restaurant Downtown will feature the Mango Ricky cocktail for $12, and PT’s Entertainment Group, with 59 taverns throughout the Las Vegas Valley and Nevada, will offer $5 shots of Golden Entertainment’s limited-edition Patrón Reposado tequila. Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant in Downtown Summerlin will offer $6.95 shots of Patron Barrel Select Reposado. In addition, the cantina is prepared for the holiday with more than 35 brands of tequila and will offer its signature Cadillac “Naughty Maggie” Margarita. Freed’s Bakery, featured on Food Network’s “Vegas Cakes,” will get on the action and sweeten the day with Tequila Sunrise Cupcakes. International Beer Day will be Friday, Aug. 3. Again, PT’s Entertainment Group’s 59 locations will celebrate ales, lagers and stouts from around the world by offering 50 percent off import beers. Hash House A Go Go will celebrate National Tattoo Day On Tuesday, July 17. If you show ink at any of the four Hash House A Go Go locations, you’ll receive two drawing tickets to win a tattoo from celebrity artist Dirk Vermin at Pussycat Tattoo, valued at $500. Tickets will also be provided to guests who dine in and purchase a souvenir twisted glass with any drink, Hash House merchandise or any signature menu items or dessert. Secondary prize drawings will be held at day’s end at each location. The grand prize drawing will be held July 18 at the Henderson location.

DISCOVERY CHILDREN’S MUSEUM TURNS BACK TO THE ‘80s: The three-story Discovery Children’s Museum will turn back time from July 21-28 with Totally 80’s Week with themed programming including having popular toys and fashion accessories for sale in the museum store. The week will culminate with an adults-only Totally 80’s Night on Saturday, July 28 from 7 to 9:30 p.m., which will benefit Discovery and Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada. Guests are encouraged to dress in 80’s fashion or as their favorite star or character of that era. During the event, Ghostbusters of Las Vegas will make an appearance. Tickets include museum access, one signature cocktail, light bites, a retro candy bar, karaoke, music and dancing, a photo booth, glow-in-the-dark graffiti, rad science demonstrations, and more. Early bird admission is $20 for museum members and $35 for non-members; and will increase on July 22 to $50. Additional activities will include an 80’s Style Station ($10), Spin Art ($20), and a Trivia Tournament ($40 per team of four people).

LOCAL LIBRARY BRANCHES OFFER NEW TOY LENDING PROGRAM: Across the country, the concept of toy lending has been taking root at libraries. Now the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District is establishing a new Toy Lending Program featuring 200 dolls from the popular American Girl doll collection. The dolls represent an array of personality profiles, ethnicities, and historical back-stories. Each doll will be loaned with a book telling their life story through the character’s perspective, along with a backpack carrier for transporting them. Library cardholders can check out the dolls for three weeks at a time and renew them once.

ABOUT TOWN NOTES

Wayne Newton’s former home and ranch estate, Casa de Shenandoah, which opened to the public in 2015, is now closed for tours and as a public attraction. The 32nd Annual Aid for AIDS of Nevada’s over-the-top Black & White Party fundraiser will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Daylight Beach Club from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. inside the Mandalay Bay Resort. The “Escape to Paradise” theme will be an 80s throwback party featuring popular entertainers, avant-garde fashions, hors d’oeuvres, and more. As always, guests are encouraged to wear black and white. Guest passes start at $80. The Gazillionaire, host and producer of “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace, will be next to have his likeness unveiled as a shrunken head created by Smithsonian artist Terry Barr for The Golden Tiki’s cabinet of curiosities located in Chinatown. The reveal will be on Wednesday, July 18 at 6 p.m. The 2018 World Series of Poker is winding down at the Rio and will culminate on Sunday, July 15 when the champion is crowned at the main event, which has turned out to be the second biggest turnout in the event’s history with a field of 7,874 players. The top 1,181 players will earn a minimum payout of $15,000 and the winner will get $8.8 million. Marquee Dayclub will be a wet winter wonderland July 20–22 with real snow flurries and giveaways for Xmas in July. During Beatwave Sunday, guests will have the opportunity to enter Santa’s Ultimate Slay Ride Bikini Contest for the chance to win a piece of the $5,000 cash prize. The 8th Annual Handbag Trade-In Event is being held July 13-22.  People donating a handbag of any size or brand at any of Brighton’s 10 Las Vegas store locations will receive $25 off any Brighton handbag valued up to $249, or $50 off $250 or more. At the end of the trade-in period, Brighton will clean and refurbish the donations and deliver them to Dress for Success Southern Nevada. Popular Summerlin® with strong new home sales the first half of 2018, topped last year’s numbers over the same time-period by 64 percent to earn the community the No. 3 spot on a country’s list of best-selling master-planned communities (MPCs), according to national real estate consultant RCLCO’s report.

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“If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen,” could aptly be applied to the spate of shows on the Las Vegas Strip that have opened and closed this summer as rapidly as it takes a cup of water to boil in a microwave. Only a handful seem to have the right ingredients to remain staples on the local entertainment menu. In the case of the Aussie Heat those ingredients are six talented, waxed, oiled and buffed-out acrobatic male dancers from Down Under.

The adult-themed male revue originally opened three years ago at the D Hotel Las Vegas as “The Aussie Hunks.”  Under the leadership of General Manager, Adam Barr, the show modified the original beefcake moniker and moved to a more centralized location at the V Theater inside Miracle Mile at Planet Hollywood.  “Las Vegas is the number one location for male revues on the planet,” says Barr. “The best of the best are here. We found we had to compete with that and shows that have unlimited budgets and are backed by big casinos. We’ve been able to somewhat mold our show. I can’t tell you the amount of times I hear that the number one thing customers like (about the show) is the interaction. That and the comedy.”

There is plenty of interaction five nights a week both on stage and off with the Aussie Heat. Barr emcee’s the show with humor and a keen eye for guests who fit into the variety of musical dance skits performed by his cast of stripping, spinning, tumbling and chiseled Australians. Some of the skits lend themselves to audience participation with women in jeans, others work better with guests in skirts or dresses. “Nobody in the audience gets more attention than they want. It’s up to them,” explains Barr. “I always try to pick out a bachelorette or someone celebrating a birthday. If a group of fifteen comes in, their focus is on their friend having fun.”

Guests don’t even have to leave their seats during the show’s finale to be part of the act. The Heat leave the stage and randomly give lap dances to sometimes blushing but very willing guests of all ages and genders. Following the show, the cast treats guests to a free shot downstairs at Blondie’s Sports Bar & Grill. “The boys love to meet the girls. We get a lot of feedback on the show too. I ask how they heard about us and what do they like about the show.”

More than just a band of naughty boys from Down-Under, the Aussie Heat are staunch supporters of Opportunity Village. On a good month, they donate up to $1,000 from their photo op proceeds.  They’re actively involved with the Village as well as with the LGBT community. The troupe is  booked regularly for conventions and private events.

Not just anyone can qualify to be a member of the Aussie Heat. Barr points out that first and foremost: one must be Australian. “Each role in the show also requires a high level of skill,” he adds. “Our guys are professional dancers. We really put our focus into more than fist pumping in the air. We offer the most interactive and fun experience customers could have.”

According to Barr,  dance numbers cover the spectrum from hip-hop, b-boy, and break dancing, to line dancing and a touch of big guy ballet. Certain sexy elements will have guests on the edge of their seats, calling out for more. To celebrate over 600 performances and the milestone three year anniversary, the Aussie Heat is offering a special bachelorette party promotion. Bachelorettes receive $10 off their tickets. There is no charge for the bride, plus she’s guaranteed an onstage experience. In addition, all VIP ticket groups of ten or more will receive complimentary transportation from their hotel, accompanied by an Aussie Heat host.

Social media is an important ingredient in marketing the show. With a limited budget, Barr is constantly vying for space on the Internet. Platforms like Facebook will turn a blind eye to adult male venues who have film credits, he says, while denying advertising under an adult entertainment clause to similar smaller venues. Barr had to lobby for months to be qualified on popular travel apps.

With a current #5  on Trip Advisor for all shows in Las Vegas, it’s a safe bet the Aussie Heat could well be the best frosting to put on any celebration cake.

Tickets for Aussie Heat start at $54.99 (plus applicable tax fees) and can be purchased online at the V Theater Box Office, For more information, visit Aussie Heat LV  or follow on Facebook, Instagram and You Tube

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BRETT’S VEGAS VIEW

contributed by Jackie Brett

 

DIVAS CLOSES AT THE LINQ: Rather suddenly, one of Las Vegas’ longest running shows, “Frank Marino’s Divas Las Vegas,” closed at the Linq. Marino with his memorable Joan Rivers impersonation has been the show’s host for the male cast of female lip-syncing impersonators paying tribute over 33 years to such superstars as Madonna, Cher, Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, Tina Turner, etc. The show starring Marino, now 54-years-old, opened in 1985 at the former Rivera as “An Evening at La Cage.” In 2010, the show moved to the Imperial Palace, which became the Quad and now the Linq.

COLIN KANE WILL DEBUT COMEDY RESIDENCY AT HARD ROCK: Colin Kane, recognized as a master insult comedian, has signed on for his first residency inside Vinyl at Hard Rock beginning on Friday, July 27 at 8:30 p.m. His new R-rated show, “The Wolf,” is a biting adult comedy experience with Kane tackling relationships, dating, adult-only memorable encounters, and anyone sitting in the front row. This attack comedian, who has made insult an art form, is an equal opportunity offender. Being a master of working-the-crowd, guarantees no two shows are alike. Kane will perform again on Aug. 31 and Sept. 28 with more dates to be announced. Tickets start at $25.

FLO RIDA UNVEILS MEMORABILIA CASE AT HARD ROCK: Hip-hop artist Flo Rida recently unveiled a dedicated memorabilia case at Hard Rock prior to appearing at the resort’s Rehab Beach Club. The display located on the casino floor has the multi-platinum selling rapper’s personal items including a custom-made embroidered and beaded denim outfit by Robin’s Jeans, a pair of Christian Louboutin sneakers, and Philipp Plein sunglasses. The Rehab Beach Club’s resident performer is celebrated for having more live performances than any other artist in day-club’s 15-year history. In addition, Flo Rida is celebrating 10 years since the release of his debut single “Low.”

BRIAN MCKNIGHT WILL LIGHT UP THE JOINT: R&B legend Brian McKnight will appear at The Joint at Hard Rock on Friday, July 27 at 9 p.m. Tickets start at $39.50. McKnight’s extensive catalog includes 19 albums released over the past 25 years. With 16 Grammy Award nominations, numerous chart-topping songs, and more than 30 million albums sold worldwide, McKnight has earned a viable spot in contemporary music history. McKnight has also starred in the Broadway production of “Chicago” and been a red-carpet host for TV’s “Extra!” In addition, the singer, songwriter and producer, is a multi-instrumentalist who plays nine instruments including piano, guitar, bass, drums, percussions, trombone, tuba, flugelhorn and trumpet.

TRIPLE GEORGE CELEBRATES 13TH ANNIVERSARY WITH JULY SPECIALS: Triple George Grill located across the street from the Downtown Grand was a trail blazer 13 years ago when it opened. It was one of the first independent eateries to emerge and survive in the beginning years of the revitalization of downtown Las Vegas and its eclectic urban dining scene. To celebrate its longevity, Triple George Grill will celebrate its 13th year of serving classic American-style steaks, chops and seafood beginning on Friday, July 13 by rolling out 13 “lucky” days of All-Day Happy Hour at the Triple George Bartop, $13 power-lunch pricing, and a shout out to all “Georges.” “Cheers to George” is a returning campaign running July 13-20. How this dining promotion works is any solo George will receive a complimentary appetizer with their meal; double Georges, which is any two Georges dining together, will be served a whiskey flight and dessert gratis; and triple Georges feasting together will receive a 96-ounce porterhouse steak and house wine free for the table. For all non-George folks, the 96-ounce porterhouse experience will be offered to any single guest at the special, anniversary price of $130 dollars. All-Day Happy Hour will feature daily specials and give-a-ways.

NEW EXHIBIT AT BELLAGIO TAKES A LIQUID VIEW: Primal Water: An Exhibition of Japanese Contemporary Art is the new exhibition with 28 works in various forms at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Arts (BGFA) running this year through Oct. 21. The exhibit curated by Midori Nishizawa highlights important works of post-war Japanese art using water as a motif to present a view of Japanese Contemporary art history by 14 featured artists spanning four generations. The approach to the water theme by the artists takes a myriad of directions including waters absence, abundance, existence, and relationship with humanity. General admission is $14; check on discounts.

LIVE PAINTING DEMONSTRATIONS AT MAGICAL MEMORIES GALLERY: Professional artist Miss Mindy, known for her cartoon folk art with a vintage feel and expressive larger-than-life eyes, will be appearing at the Magical Memories Featuring Disney Fine Art Gallery inside The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace Friday-Sunday, July 20-22.  During her visit, Miss Mindy, whose work is described as “Cartoon Folk Art,” will spotlight all three of her collections including; the Disney Collection, Candy Circus Collection, and Deluxe Collection. She will be doing live painting and figurine signing at the free public events: 4-7 p.m. July 20; noon-2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. July 21; and noon-2 p.m. July 22. All three collections will be available to purchase at the gallery.

WESTIN HOSTS PADDLE & PLANKS YOGA EVENT AT LAKE LAS VEGAS: Want to really test your balance? So-Fit Events is holding Paddle & Planks, a stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) yoga event for all levels, at The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa on Saturday, July 28 at 8 a.m. This event combines stand-up paddleboarding with an invigorating yoga class taught by Tiffany Zoldan with Lake Las Vegas Water Sports. All participants will receive a swag bag and a digital photo. The prize drawing will include a swimsuit and rash guard, dining certificates, and more. Tickets, which include the equipment rental, are $35 on Eventbrite.

BEAUTY BAR HEADLINES DIVERSE MUSIC STYLES: Beauty Bar located on Fremont East downtown has lined up experimental pop-punk band, I Set My Friends on Fire, and Canadian folk group, Timber Timbre, in August. I Set My Friends on Fire from Miami, Fla., will be bringing their “10 Years of Slaughter” tour to town and play their debut hit album “You Can’t Spell Slaughter Without Laughter” in its entirety. The band will be joined by Annisokay and 7 Minutes in Heaven. Tickets are $13 in advance online or $15 day of the show pending availability. Folk ensemble Timber Timbre from Ontario, Canada, is recognized for their cinematic and haunting sound, which has been featured on television programs such as “Breaking Bad” and “The Good Wife,” and films like “The Last Exorcism Part II” and “The Gambler.” The group will perform favorites from their “Out of This Spark” album, as well as their most recent album, “Sincerely, Future Pollution.” Tickets are $16 in advance online or $19 day of show pending availability.

‘AUSSIE HEAT’ CELEBRATES THREE YEARS IN LAS VEGAS: “Aussie Heat,” which debuted at the D downtown in 2015, relocated within a year to the V Theater inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, where it is performed four nights a week. “Aussie Heat” now features six new dancers, new dance numbers, and an all-new beachy look honoring the group’s down-under roots. The Australian-based show is comprised of eight classically trained dancers in street, break and hip-hop dancing. The sexy male dance group has appeared on “Australia’s Got Talent” and “So You Think You Can Dance Australia.” Tickets to the electrifying show start at $54.99. To celebrate the anniversary, “Aussie Heat” is offering a special bachelorette party promotion, where bachelorettes receive $10 off tickets, and the bride’s admission is free along with a guaranteed onstage experience. In addition, all VIP ticket groups of 10 or more include complimentary transportation.

ENTERTAINMENT HIGHLIGHTS

Anita Baker, who received the 2018 BET Lifetime Achievement Award, will headline the Encore Theater at Wynn for three shows Aug. 29-Sept. 2. The eight-time Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter’s show is part of the Anita Baker – Farewell Concert Series. Florida Georgia Line will headline five nights inside Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood around the time of the Wranglers National Finals Rodeo running Dec. 6-15. Dates for “Florida Georgia Line Live From Las Vegas” with Big Loud Records and Atlantic Records artist Mason Ramsey as the opening act are Dec. 1, 5, 7, 8 and 11. Wynn Las Vegas is planning to get aboard the Christmas holiday train with its first-ever seasonal production “The Holiday Show.” The musical with holiday hit tunes, comedy and multi-genre dance numbers will be staged in the Encore Theater Nov. 30-Dec. 30. Diana Ross will return to Wynn for a third headlining engagement at the Encore Theater this fall. The Lifetime Achievement Award-winner will perform nine shows between Oct. 31 and Nov. 17. Celebrity social media influencer Perez Hilton will be the special guest host for the Chippendales at the Rio for six weeks running Thursday through Sunday, July 26-Sept. 2. The Atlanta rapper Playboi Carti event at The Joint at Hard Rock on Sunday, July 29 has been relocated to House of Blues at Mandalay Bay at 7 p.m. Tickets already purchased for the event will be delivered by House of Blues using the initial method of delivery. Tickets may also be refunded at the original point of sale. Harrah’s resident non-verbal headliner Tape Face will be performing July 1015 and 17-22 before the “America’s Got Talent” finalist leaves to perform at Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland. His show will resume at Harrah’s on Sept. 7.   At any given time, there are celebrities enjoying Las Vegas and surprising visitors. An unexpected appearance was made recently by the Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo when he visited Hyde Bellagio and onstage performed the group’s Grammy-winning song, “I Gotta Feeling.”

MASTER CLASSES CONTINUE AT WYNN: Upcoming classes at Wynn include Master Pasta Making on Friday, July 13 at noon and Sushi & Summer Cocktails on Friday, July 27 at 3 p.m. Both classes cost $150 each.The pasta event will be held in the kitchen at Costa de Mare. Attendees will create their own handmade pasta with executive chef Mark LoRusso and his team. Involvement will include kneading, rolling, cutting and filling ravioli, garganelli and herbed tagliatelle before cooking and enjoying the lunch. Pairing sushi with a mixed drink, which can heighten the dining experience, will be the focus of the Sushi & Summer Cocktails class being held in Andrea’s at Encore. Wynn’s assistant director of beverage development Andrew Pollard will share his tips and techniques for creating cocktails, which won’t overpower the delicate textures of sushi. Master sushi chefs at Andrea’s will provide the savory bites to sample throughout the interactive demonstration.

DINING – BEVERAGE NEWS ITEMS

The Underground at The Mob Museum is now selling its house-distilled moonshine and proprietary vodka starting at $19.95 for 750 milliliters and $5.99 for 50 milliliters. The Underground Moonshine corn whiskey is made with double-distilled, 100-percent corn mash on-site and measuring 100-proof. The Underground Vodka, handmade in Nevada, is 80-proof.  Enclave, an off-Strip multifaceted meetings and event facility, has added a new catering partner. Acclaimed chef, restaurateur, television personality and author, Emeril Lagasse and his off-site catering brand, Emeril’s Catering, now have preferred vendor status. Last week, Beer Park at Paris started “Beer and Rosé Thursdays,” which takes place from 6-8 p.m. every Thursday through Aug. 30. The weekly event offers brewery-fresh beer and Stemmari rosé by the glass along with live music from a local DJ and classically-trained violinist Lydia Ansel. Sharky’s Modern Mexican Kitchen, formerly Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill, will open its second Las Vegas-location this month at 5070 Blue Diamond Road, west of Decatur Boulevard. The fast-casual restaurant offers modern menus items made-to-order using organic and non-GMO ingredients.  Andiron Steak & Sea in Downtown Summerlin will hold a Green Our Planet Dinner focusing on a multi-course “school-to-table” dinner menu featuring local produce harvested from school gardens on Tuesday, July 10. Las Vegas-based Green Our Planet is a nonprofit conservation organization founded in 2013 with the mission to help conserve, protect, and improve the environment through education, which includes building outdoor and indoor gardens in schools. Cost is $59. PT’s Entertainment Group, with 59 taverns throughout the Las Vegas Valley and Nevada, will salute National French Fry Day on Friday, July 13 by offering fresh French fries for $1 at all locations, which include: PT’s Pub, PT’s Gold, PT’s Ranch, PT’s Brewing Company, Sean Patrick’s, Sierra Gold and SG Bar. Esther’s Kitchen, an Italian restaurant Downtown, will recognize National Ice Cream Day, Sunday, July 15, by offering complimentary house-made ice cream in a variety of seasonal, creative flavors that day for guests who purchase at least one food item.

‘SHRINERS HOSPITALS FOR CHILDREN OPEN’ OFFER BOGO TICKET: Tickets are on sale for Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, Las Vegas’ official PGA TOUR event, which is part of the FedExCup regular season. The weeklong charitable tournament will be held Oct. 29–Nov. 4 at TPC Summerlin highlighting 132 of the world’s best golfers. There are two BOGO – two buy-one-get-one ticket – offers available through Sunday, July 15; call 702-873-1010. The general admission daily ticket allows access to the tournament grounds for $15. The Hill daily tickets offer views overlooking holes 16-18 from a 10,000-square-foot pavilion for $35. Fans 18 and younger receive free admission to the tournament grounds when accompanied by an adult. Additionally, military and first responder personnel can receive complimentary admission to the tournament grounds.

MGM RESORTS HOSTS JAPANESE ARTIST MWKAIYAMA IN PUBLIC STUDIO: Kisho Mwkaiyama, a notable Japanese artist, has begun work in a public studio at Bellagio on a new art installation, Vendarta 100: Six Elements and The Seasons. Through January 2019, Mwkaiyama will work on a commissioned artwork comprised of 24 square gouache paintings, which upon completion will join the MGM Resorts Fine Art Collection and be installed permanently at Mandalay Bay. The artist is working in space next to Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, which has a guest lounge for viewing and learning more about Mwkaiyama’s artistic practice.

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The 64-room Resort on Mount Charleston, located about 40 miles northwest of downtown, has had numerous owners since opening in the 1980s and has been sold again for $4.8 million to Colin and Deanna Crossman. The North Carolina couple with smaller hotels in that state are planning changes to the Kyle Canyon Road retreat including renaming it The Retreat on Charleston Peak, making physical and decorative upgrades, and instituting changes to the menus and bar hours. Artist Mark Vranesh’s upcoming exhibit running until Sept. 1 will be at Trails Rachel’s Kitchen in Summerlin. There will be a free public reception with Vranesh on Thursday, July 19 from 5-7 p.m. The gathering will include an informal conversation with the artist about his new direction of art. Gaming action at the Rio has the famous World Series of Poker running through July 14. The prize pool is expected to be around $60 million with the winner likely earning $8 million. This premier annual event attracts poker pros, celebrities and average folks from more than 85 nations.  Last year, 7,221 players participated, and the winner, New Jersey’s Scott Blumstein, took home $8,150,000. Lucha Libre Las Vegas will present an afternoon of pro-wrestling action for all ages on Sunday, July 22 at The Sahara Event Center at 800 E. Karen Ave. Doors and meet-and-greet are at 1:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $15 and $5 for children 14 and under.

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HOUSE OF BLUES HOLDS CRAFT BEER AND MUSIC FESTIVAL: Local Brews Local Grooves craft beer and music festival will be held at House of Blues at Mandalay Bay on Saturday, July 14 with doors opening at 6 p.m. The event will showcase more than 20 different breweries from the southwest and elsewhere including Bad Beat, Crafthaus, Big Dog’s, Joseph James, Lovelady, Lagunitas, and Ninkasi paired with musical performances from Mike Xavier, Silversage, The Revival, Glass Pools, PureJoyPeople, and Teddi & The Northern Lights. The House of Blues team will present a specialty menu and guests will be able to visit brew masters and hear from experts on perfect brew and food pairings. Tickets start at $40. Following the evening festivities, there will be an after-party in the Foundation Room. Access will be complimentary with a festival show ticket.

RIO INTRODUCES THE WALL GAMING LOUNGE: The Rio jumps into the esports arena by introducing The Wall Gaming Lounge, the first phase of Las Vegas’ newest interactive space by Hybrid One. The Wall, a multi-phased, 24,000-square-foot project located in the Masquerade Village area, is the first permanent esports venue for Caesars Entertainment. The Wall at the Rio is highly interactive and allows guests to enter the space and feel immersed in a highly-visual and dynamic gaming atmosphere. Visitors can compete like an esports professional or spectate in a social, ultramodern atmosphere. With completion expected this fall, the next phase will feature additional chef-driven food and beverage offerings from The Wall, and competitive gaming experience. The Wall is open Thursday-Sunday from 4 p.m.–2 a.m. Free self-parking is available.

JEFF CIVILLICO NAMED SPOKESMAN FOR NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM: Family-friendly entertainer and Strip headliner of his own show at The LINQ, Jeff Civillico has been named “Ambassador” for the Las Vegas Natural History Museum. This is the first time in the museum’s 27-year history a celebrity has partnered to further promote local and national recognition for the educational venue’s current growth and expansion. Civillico’s role will include being the celebrity ambassador in marketing, special events, corporate development and special programming.The museum also produces the annual Las Vegas Science & Technology Festival boosting awareness and education on science and technology citywide partnering with many local businesses and establishments with nine days of events and happenings in May.

CANNABITION WILL BE CITY’S FIRST IMMERSIVE CANNABIS MUSEUM: Nevada’s “Canna-versary,” the one-year mark since the sale of recreational cannabis was legalized, was celebrated on July 1. To celebrate, Cannabition—Las Vegas’ first and only immersive cannabis-themed museum will open Aug. 2 at Neonopolis. Cannabition will feature elaborate cannabis-inspired installations created by leading experiential art and exhibit designers. Visitors will be able to interact with monumental art pieces including a slide emptying into a pool of handmade foam “nugs” and at 23 feet, the world’s largest water pipe known as “Bongzilla.” There will be 10 educational and photogenic exhibits exploring the historic, botanical and lifestyle aspects of cannabis. Meanwhile, a 420 Scavenger Hunt has been launched throughout Downtown and runs until Tuesday, July 10 (7:10) at 4:20 p.m. To participate, individuals and teams can register online at Cannabition. The hunt will take participants to 25 of Downtown’s popular arts, cultural, dining and drinking destinations as well as a few obscure locations. Participants earning the most points will be announced at a 710 awards party at The Nerd bar at Neonopolis on Tuesday, July 10 from 8 p.m. to midnight and awarded from a pool of 42 prizes. Note: The term 420 or four-twenty is known as code for “consumption of cannabis,” and 710 specifically refers to cannabis concentrates such as hash oil.  

TONY N’ TINA’S WEDDING OPENS AT BUCA DI BEPPO AT BALLY’S: “Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding” is an interact dinner show, which has been around what seems like forever. The wedding-themed satire has appeared in many different locations in Las Vegas over the past couple decades; however, this new location at the Buca de Beppo Italian Restaurant in Bally’s is a winner. Participants are treated like guests at a real wedding reception, but this is anything but normal. The cast helps makes it fun with characters such as a stripper girlfriend, pregnant bridesmaid and drunken priest. The dinner show is Friday through Wednesday at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $119.75.

HIP-HOP ARTIST PLAYBOI CARTI WILL PERFORM AT THE JOINT: Breakout hip-hop artist, Playboi Carti will be touring this summer following the surprise release of his new album, “Die Lit,” this year on May 11. A week following the release, Carti made a surprise appearance on the season finale of “Saturday Night Live.” He joined the show’s musical guest Nicki Minaj for a performance of “Poke It Out.” Minaj is featured on the track included on “Die Lit.” The Atlanta-born rapper will perform at The Joint at Hard Rock on Sunday, July 29 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $39.50.

MICHAEL CHE WILL VISIT COMEDY CELLAR AT THE RIO: Comedian Michael Che will bring his 2018 Summer Tour to the Comedy Cellar at the Rio with special guest Cipha Sounds. The “Saturday Night Live” (SNL) star will perform two shows, 7 and 9 p.m., on Wednesday, July 11. Tickets are $45.Che is currently the co-anchor of SNL’s “Weekend Update” segment where he is also a co-head writer for the show. Che has performed stand-up on NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and on CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman.” Cipha Sounds has combined comedy with being the official DJ for Comedy Central’s “Chappelle’s Show,” and on his tours. He is a regular DJ at SNL after-parties and appeared in Che’s Netflix Special. He is now Che’s go-to DJ and opening act on the road.

NEON MUSEUM NEWS AND ELVIS’ STAR: With the Neon Museum garnering national and international attention, it has gotten to the point where visitors have been turned away because tours have been sold out. This prompted in early June, offering self-guided tours with Historical Interpreters (guides) on hand to answer questions regarding the collection from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a one-time admission of $19. There was a significant change made to peak-time nightly tours. Late night tours, previously available only on weekends, are now available seven nights a week. The last tour begins at midnight and finishes at 1 a.m. Hot Yoga has returned to the Neon Boneyard on Saturdays with an expanded schedule this summer. The cost is $18 with Neon Museum members receiving $8 off. Starting time is 4:30 p.m. for all sessions. Elvis Presley’s star has been installed on the Electric Promenade donor’s walk, which leads from the distinctive La Concha visitor’s center to the main Neon Museum Boneyard. The star was originally part of the Las Vegas Walk of Stars in front of the now-demolished RivieraWhen the Riviera’s sidewalk portion of the Las Vegas Walk of Stars was dismantled in early 2015, the Viva Las Vegas Club received possession of the Elvis star, which was slightly damaged. Club members decided to donate the original star to the Neon Museum, while a new star was created and reinstalled along the Walk of Stars.

MGM RESORTS’ LOVE ALBUM WINS AWARDS AT CREATIVITY FESTIVAL: MGM Resorts International’s “Universal Love” album, which is a collection of reimagined wedding songs for the LGBTQ community released last April, won five Lions at the 65th annual Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity. The compilation album, produced by MGM in conjunction with global advertising agency McCann, features six newly recorded versions of love songs giving same-sex couples a soundtrack featuring pronouns changed to reflect the world of LGBTQ relationships. The boundary-changing songs are performed by beloved artists, including Bob Dylan, Kesha, St. Vincent, Valerie June, Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie, and Kele Okereke of Bloc Party.

MOB MUSEUM HOSTS TALK ON DOPING IN PROFESSIONAL SPORTS: Jeff Novitzky, a former federal law enforcement agent, will discuss The War on Doping in Professional Sports at The Mob Museum on Saturday, July 7 at 2 p.m. Novitzky with an athletics background, relentlessly pursued celebrity dopers including Barry Bonds, Lance Armstrong, Marion Jones, and others. He will share his experiences and techniques used from some investigations, along with evidence he collected against athletes who cheated.

DINING AND COCKTAIL NEWS

Last week, SUSHISAMBA® Las Vegas Executive Sous Chef Thomas Tapat, took home the grand prize of $10,000 on Food Network’s reality-based cooking show “Chopped.” Four chefs competed on an episode titled “Think Small,” with each taking a mystery basket of ingredients and turning them into dishes judged on creativity, presentation, and taste. SUSHISAMBA is located at the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Palazzo. All summer, Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar is offering a changing rotation of prix-fixe menus inspired by Italy’s most renowned culinary regions. Calabria’s menu is featured June 29–July 12. Other regions to be showcased include: Sicilia July 13–26; Toscana July 27–Aug. 9; Veneto Aug. 10–23; and Campania Aug. 24–Sept. 7. Each Summer Regional Menu is $49. Masso Osteria at Red Rock Resort, owned by celebrity Chef Scott Conant, has launched an all-new Social Hour menu, available daily at the bar and lounge 5-7 p.m. The menu dishes are priced between $3.50 and $15 and made with refined Italian ingredients. Gourmands can pair bites with seasonal selections of $5 glasses of wine, $6 cocktails and $4 select brews. The Top of the World restaurant at the Stratosphere has a new craft cocktail menu developed by Jason Shullo, who recently joined the parent company, Golden Entertainment, Inc., as corporate director of beverage. Shullo has developed award-winning beverage programs for STK locations across the country. New selections include: the Grin & Pear It; the Spiced Sunrise; the Key Lime Pie; and the Clingstone. Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant in Downtown Summerlin has fresh new cocktails available through the end of summer. New Summer Coolers include: the peach ginger cooler; the raspberry vanilla cooler; and the blueberry lemon spritzer. Each cocktail is $11. Leaving no promo opportunity overlooked, Freed’s Bakery, well-known for its exposure on Food Network’s “Vegas Cakes,” will celebrate Shark Week’s annual, week-long TV programming block with shark cupcakes, available July 22-29. The limited-edition themed creations are $3.25 each or $34 per dozen. Family-owned Freed’s Bakery is located at 9815 S. Eastern Ave.

LIBRARY DISTRICT HOLDS BOOK AND AUDIO/VIDEO SALES: The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District Foundation’s Big Summer Book Sale will be held July 5 and 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and July 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sahara West Library at 9600 W. Sahara Avenue. Shoppers will discover thousands of books, ebooks, DVDs, CDs, LPs and more items. All proceeds and donations go to fund new resources and priority projects for the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District and Foundation. Book sales are free and open to the public. Several future book sales include: The Teacher’s Book Sale – Saturday, Aug. 4 at the Clark County Library; Centennial Hills Library Book Sale – Aug. 24 and 25; and Sahara West Winter Sale – Dec. 6, 7, and 8. Hours for each sale are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

TROPICANA WILL HOST 64th MISS RODEO AMERICA PAGEANT: The 64th Miss Rodeo America Pageant will be held at the Tropicana this Dec. 2-9. The seven-day contest will return to Las Vegas and feature more than 30 contestants. The competition will be held in conjunction with the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. Reigning State Rodeo Queens will enter to win the sought-after crown by competing in the areas of appearance, horsemanship and personality. The winner will receive more than $20,000 in scholarships and become the official representative of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association appearing at more than 120 rodeo performances as well as schools, children’s hospitals, civic groups and other events to educate the public about the sport of rodeo. Tickets will go on sale on Aug. 15.

CELEBRITY TIDBITS

In honor of Khloé Kardashian’s birthday last week, Madame Tussauds Las Vegas presented her first wax figure complete with a flower wall. The “Revenge Body” star’s figure is dressed in her own donated outfit: Good American high-waisted jeans; sexy black lace bodysuit; and Christian Louboutin pumps. Gwen Stefani debuted her headlining residency show “Gwen Stefani – Just a Girl” inside Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood last week. Had a couple of recent losses in Las Vegas last week starting with Richard Harrison, best known to viewers of the History Channel reality series “Pawn Stars” as “The Old Man.” He passed away after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Dear friend and incredible singing talent Jeneane Marie, lost her battle with cancer. Her career included Frank Sinatra having her open for him. She also opened for many headlining stars such as Wayne Newton, George Carlin, Liberace, Don Rickles, BB King, Mel Torme, Josh Grobin, Tanya Tucker, Bette Midler, and Barbra Streisand to name only a few. Las Vegas resident superstar and Caesars Palace headliner Celine Dion launched her 22-city Asian-Pacific tour last week with a two-hour, sold-out performance inside the Tokyo Dome last. The Colosseum at Caesars Palace was built exclusively for Dion’s first show residency, “A New Day…,” which began in March 2003. She performed her 1,000th show at The Colosseum on Oct. 8, 2016. Las Vegas-band Dorman will make its debut at the House of Blues as an opener for headlining act Kenny Medcalf, an Elton John tribute artist, on Friday, July 6 at 8 p.m. Dorman’s previous public appearance took was at NASCAR on March 4.

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A Quilts for Vegas exhibit showcasing 250 quilts created by volunteer quilters for victims of the Oct. 1 – Route 91 Harvest festival shooting is on display in the Clark County Government Center’s rotunda through July 20. Afterwards, the handmade creations will be shipped to survivors and family members of the victims who were killed. Beer Park at Paris will host a viewing party for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 226 fight between Stipe Miocic and Daniel “DC” Cormier Saturday, July 7 starting at 7 p.m. Following the fight, Cormier will host a knock-out after-party at Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop beginning at 10:30 p.m. Tickets start at $30 and are available online.The South Point Arena and Equestrian Center has partnered with national recreational vehicle brand, Van City RV, to become an exclusive sponsor of the new Van City RV Horse Trailer Parking Area. The 25-acre premium lot features high-end lighting, custom fencing and a welcoming ranch style arch entrance. The area also offers a secure and convenient location to park horse trailers with close-proximity to the arena. Retail boutique Eden in Love in Town Square is “paw-tnering” with the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) with a festive “Christmas in July” shopping fundraiser for the entire month of July. Shoppers in the store will be able to make donations to purchase an “ornament” from the Christmas tree. Eden in Love will accept donations up to $30 and will match the donation with a discount off their entire purchase. Brooklyn Bowl at The LINQ Promenade is celebrating National Fried Chicken Day with a VIP Bowling Lane and all-you-can-eat fried chicken giveaway for Method Man & Redman on Friday, July 6. Anyone who purchases or with a ticket to the Method Man & Redman concert will be entered for the chance to win. Tickets for Method Man & Redman start at $37.50. The giveaway also includes two pitchers of beer. The local F.I.O.R.E. group will celebrate its 14th birthday on Thursday, July 12 at 11:30 a. m. at The Italian American Club with special guest Anthony Carnota, who is known as the “Spanish Liberace.” Tickets are $25.

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ON THE RECORD WILL OPEN AT PARK MGM: Los Angeles-based Houston Hospitality, founded by trendsetting fraternal twin brothers Jonnie and Mark Houston, will open their biggest project and first in Las Vegas. On The Record (OTR) encompassing a 11,000-square-foot space will be located off the main casino floor from Park Theater at Park MGM. The three-room nightlife venue opening on New Year’s Eve 2018 with a modern “speakeasy” atmosphere will include both indoor and outdoor spaces and a world-class cocktail program.

SMITH & WOLLENSKY WILL RETURN TO THE STRIP IN SPRING 2018: An all-new Smith & Wollensky, branded “America’s Steakhouse” restaurant, will make its return to the Strip next spring when it debuts a new establishment in the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian l The Palazzo in the former Zeffirino Ristorante location. The alluring space located near the South Canal turnaround spans 14,000 square

feet and two stories.

CORKS ‘N CRAFTS OPENS AT DOWNTOWN SUMMERLIN: Corks ‘n Crafts, a modern DIY craft-and-sip studio, is opening in Downtown Summerlin offering a variety of crafting opportunities combined with a chef-based menu, fine wines, specialty cocktails, and craft beers. From wood crafting, seasonal décor, jewelry making, string art, fabric dying, and décor boards; Corks ‘n Crafts offers something for a variety of ages in an upscale, industrial workshop environment. This modern-day DIY craft-and-sip studio is open Monday–Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Corks ‘n Crafts also offers bottomless mimosas on Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. for $22 (crafts not included). Crafters can book online with prices starting at $30. Corks ‘n Crafts will host a weekend of grand opening activities on July 14 and 15 noon-4 p.m. Throughout the day, there will be make-and-take crafts, refreshments, treats, tours, children’s activities, raffles, and more.

MAZ JOBRANI FROM ‘SUPERIOR DONUTS’ MAKES VEGAS’ STAND-UP DEBUT: Maz Jobrani, who plays Fawz in the CBS sitcom “Superior Donuts,” will be making his Las Vegas stand-up debut at the Laugh Factory inside the Tropicana, Saturday-Tuesday, June 30-July 3, with special 8:30 p.m. shows only. Jobrani’s supporting acts will be Brian Scolaro and Matt Fulchiron June 30 and July 1, with Raj Sharma and Omid Singh taking over July -2-3. The 10:30 p.m. show June 30-July 1 will feature Ian Brag followed by Dennis Blair taking over July 2-3. Blair will continue as the headliner with for the 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. shows July 4-8.

THE STOVE WILL OPEN AS BRUNCH SPOT NEAR ANTHEM: Combining forces, two established chefs Antonio Nunez and Scott Commings will open The Stove by July 2 in space formerly occupied by Standard & Pour, one of the final restaurants Kerry Simon started before his death in 2015. The new breakfast and lunch restaurant at 11261 Eastern Ave. in Henderson will have a menu of American cuisine with regional influences and include vegan dishes. The Stove will also have an 8-foot living garden wall providing vegetables and herbs for use in the kitchen.The second-story eatery with a Coffee Chill Room, dining room, and Twisted Tea Room will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. A patio will offer al fresco dining with views of the valley, while a private dining room will be able to host up to 45 guests seated.

GOLD SPIKE HOLDS ‘DOWN & DERBY’ SUMMER PARTIES: Gold Spike offering an adult playground downtown began holding Down & Derby, a dance party on skates, last week.  Continuing every third Wednesday, Gold Spike’s “Backyard” is being transformed into a roller rink for Down & Derby and Real 103.9’s roller disco party. The skate night extravaganza includes contests, prizes and summer drink specials. On July 18, the theme will be Rock Bottom 3: Booty Short Contest with music from DJ’s Phoreyz & SHR3D; and, on Aug. 18 Jock Jams Disco. Admission to each event is free. Skate rentals are $10 each accompanied by a free drink.

TRUFUSION LAUNCHES YOGA WITH A VIEW AT LINE AT TOPGOLF: Topgolf Las Vegas and TruFusion are partnering and launching Yoga with a View atop the fourth floor of the venue. Yoga with a View classes for all skill levels are taking place at 10 a.m. every other Sunday beginning Sunday, June 24, for guests 21 and over. Class size is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. All yogis are required to bring a yoga mat and towel with them; however, the first 10 guests to come to each class receive a free Topgolf yoga mat. Classes are free and open to the public. After the class, yogis can cool off by the third-floor Hideaway Pool for Topgolf’s Mimosa Summer Sundays and enjoy $5 mimosas and Bloody Marys and a special poolside brunch menu. Guests can also enjoy complimentary golf lessons by a Topgolf professional during brunch in one of the poolside bays from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Admission into Hideaway Pool is free and open to the public.

MEET COMIC BOOK WRITER CHRIS CLAREMONT – ARTIST JOE RUBINSTEIN: In celebration of the 2nd anniversary, the Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. exhibit at The Mirage will host a free signing with comic book writer and novelist Chris Claremont, known for the X-Men series, and comic book artist Joe Rubinstein, most associated with inking Marvel Comics’ “The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe” and the 1982 four-issue “Wolverine” miniseries by Claremont. The signing and meet-and-greet will take place June 30 from 2-7 p.m. Additionally, Las Vegas Comic Con running June 25-July 1 coincides, and Con-attendees can receive 50 percent off their admission ticket into the exhibit by showing their convention badge.

BEN MCGEE SPEAKS ON ASTEROID DAY AT ATOMIC TESTING MUSEUM: Multi-disciplinary scientist and television personality Ben McGee will be the guest speaker at the National Atomic Testing Museum on Saturday, June 30 at 2:30 p.m. for his lecture, “The Day an Asteroid Nuked the Test Site,” as part of the annual global Asteroid Day 2018. Tickets are $5 and free for museum members.McGee’s lecture will center on one of the most titanic asteroid collisions in history, which happened in Nevada. The Nevada National Security Site is the epicenter of the Alamo Impact. McGee will give personal insight into the unfolding evidence of an ancient, civilization-ending explosion, which left a hole in present-day Nevada nearly a mile deep and more than a hundred miles wide.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS

Mexican restaurant and bar, El Dorado Cantina, which is close to the Strip and serves non-GMO cuisine, is celebrating its fourth anniversary this month. In honor of the milestone, guests who dine at the 24-hour restaurant through June 30 will receive a complimentary birthday cupcake, baked in-house. Happy Hour is available 2 to 6 p.m. and again from midnight to 4 a.m. daily. The Tropicana celebrated the kick-off of the 12th annual Las Vegas Restaurant Week with its Summer Cookout featuring Robert Irvine at Robert Irvine’s Public House. The property partnered with Three Square Food Bank to host a summer camp-inspired affair for adults and raised more than $18,000, which will allow Three Square to provide more than 54,000 meals for Southern Nevada residents. Andre’s Bistro & Bar’s Las Vegas Restaurant Week 2018 menu is paying tribute to the late Anthony Bourdain. This year’s throwback menu features dishes inspired by Brasserie Les Halles, the New York-based French restaurant which closed in 2017. He was working as their executive chef when he was inspired to write his breakout book, “Kitchen Confidential.” The multi-course, prix-fixe menu available through June 29 is $50. Beer Park at Paris will start “Beer and Rosé Thursdays” on July 5. The weekly event will be held from 6–8 p.m., offering $5 brewery-fresh beer and rosé by the glass, plus live entertainment through Thursday, Aug. 30. Masso Osteria at Red Rock Resort has appointed Emily Hansen as the restaurant’s executive chef and Christian Pollock as the general manager. The new duo will work alongside celebrity chef Scott Conant. San Francisco Bay-area native Chef Hansen spent six years operating her own business as a private chef. In 2016, she appeared as a finalist on Food Network’s “Chopped,” which features Chef Conant among its panel of judges. Pollock’s impressive resume ranges from managing Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak at MGM Grand, to Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Prime Steakhouse and Julian Serrano’s Picasso at Bellagio. Brothers David and Michael Morton’s MB Steak restaurant at Hard Rock has launched Social Hour featuring cocktails including classic martinis and Manhattans, wines by the glass and beer from 5 to 6 p.m. daily in the bar and lounge. A complimentary rotating selection of signature “light bites” will be served. Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant in Downtown Summerlin has expanded its popular lunch and dinner menus with an array of new dishes, available now. Among the new entrée selections is beer-battered fish tacos, two corn tortillas filled with crispy Mahi-Mahi, shredded cabbage, pico de gallo and chipotle sour cream, served with Mexican-style rice and beans.

FOURTH OF JULY SPIRIT

Caesars Palace will present a firework display on Saturday, June 30 around 9:20 p.m. The fireworks can be enjoyed from the Venus European Pool Lounge at the viewing party from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets start at $99 with complimentary drinks and Venus Night Swim. On June 30, Go Pool Dayclub at Flamingo will be hosting its Red, White & Taboo party, with a special performance by Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas. Doors open 9 a.m. with $15 tickets available at Go Pool Vegas. Also, on June 30, It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere Bar at Flamingo will be hosting a fireworks viewing party. Cost is $50 per person, which includes an open bar. Another way to see the fireworks display on June 30 is from the Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck at Paris. The one-hour 9 p.m. viewing package includes the deck experience, souvenir frozen drink, commemorative photo and an Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck fiber optic wand for $100. Beer Park at Paris will hold a rooftop barbecue featuring hot dog and ice cream carts and drink specials including the Firecracker Margarita for $12 from Saturday, June 30 to Wednesday, July 4. Guests will have front row seats to a firework show on the Strip on Saturday, June 30. In Pahrump, Nev., about an hour’s drive from Las Vegas, the 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular will take place at 9 p.m. at Petrack Park. Admission is complimentary, and you can bring a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy the event. The Las Vegas Philharmonic will celebrate America’s Birthday on July 4 with a Star Spangled Spectacular at TPC Summerlin. Beginning at 5 p.m., the event will include fireworks, food, fun family activities, entertainment and a special performance by the symphony orchestra. Cost is $10-$250. TREVI Italian Restaurant in The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace will celebrate Independence Day with a specialty Red, White and BOOM cocktail available exclusively on Wednesday, July 4 for $10. The strawberry margarita is made with triple sec, tequila, Blue Curacao, sweet and sour mix, fresh strawberry and lime.

HUMOR PREVAILS AS LADY LIBERTY SIGNS WITH LAS VEGAS ACES: The WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces, Las Vegas’ second major professional sports team, has signed free agent center Lady Liberty to an honorary contract for its inaugural season. Liberty, 18, was given her official 75.5-foot tall jersey at New York-New York. Scouts noted Liberty’s statuesque presence as the tallest player in the WNBA at 150 feet.

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Now in its eighth year, “Rod Stewart: The Hits.” has new fall 2018 dates at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace scheduled Nov. 21-Dec. 2. Tickets start at $49. This really isn’t a big surprise. “The Voice — Neon Dreams,” which was a show scheduled to open Sept. 17 in the production’s 700-seat theater being built at the Hard Rock Hotel, which is becoming Virgin Las Vegas, has been cancelled. Base Entertainment will likely scout around for a different location for the showcase featuring singers who gained popularity on the hit TV series backed by a live band. Celebrity guests Joanna Krupa, Dean Cain, “Real Housewives of Orange County” stars Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley, and Janice Dickinson were some of the celebrities on hand to celebrate the grand opening of Beverly Hills Rejuvenation Center’s (BHRC) second Las Vegas location in Downtown Summerlin. The evening featured live entertainment by singer Nieve Malandra and DJ High Maintenance. Opportunity Village launched its early bird registration for the upcoming 14th annual Las Vegas Great Santa Run taking place Saturday, Dec. 1. Through June you can register for $20. The Scene Pool Deck at Planet Hollywood will hold the Red, White and Reggae Pool Party on Saturday, July 7 featuring GoGo dancers, drink specials and a bikini contest. The third annual cornhole tournament will begin at 1 p.m. Teams of up to four can register for $50 to receive competition entry, one bucket of Miller or Coors, two Jack Daniels cocktails, and two commemorative t-shirts. Up for grabs is $5,000 in cash and prizes. Beer Park at Paris has started a night at the drive-in movie, with outdoor showings of cult classics like “Vegas Vacation,” “Mean Girls,” and “Ghostbusters” at 9 p.m. every Monday night through Aug. 27. Westgate Executive Pastry Chef Stephen Sullivan, who was recently named “Pastry Chef of the Year” at the 29th Annual U.S. Pastry Competition, created a jumbo grand piano birthday cake for the resort’s resident headliner Barry Manilow, who turned 75 on Sunday, June 17. It took a truck to move it from the kitchen to the hotel lobby where it was on display. In keeping up with the Kardashians, Madame Tussauds will celebrate Khloé Kardashian’s birthday with her first wax figure. Details of the “Revenge Body” star’s pose and outfit will remain a secret until the figure is revealed on June 26, the day before her birthday. While the national tour cast of the 11-time Tony Award®-winning production “Hamilton: An American Musical” was in town appearing at The Smith Center, they couldn’t resist attending the hit show “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace. 

THE MOB MUSEUM ANNOUNCES GROUP TOUR TO HAVANA, CUBA: The Mob Museum is offering an educational opportunity with its “Explore Havana” trip led by Museum Advisory Council Member Scott M. Deitche, who is an organized crime expert and author of seven books on the topic. The tour takes place Oct. 18–21, 2018. This trip is operated by Cuba Executive Travel, Inc., a licensed travel service provider. Cost is $1,535 per person, with a $500 deposit needed no later than July 5. The Mob loved Havana and in the 1950s, American crime bosses invested millions to make it the Las Vegas of the Caribbean. For a short time, Havana was a Las Vegas rival until Fidel Castro extinguished the Mob’s dreams in 1959 when he seized control, shut down the casinos, and sent the mobsters packing.

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TRAVIS PASTRANA ATTEMPTS THREE EVEL KNIEVEL FEATS: History®, Nitro Circus and Caesars Palace are partnering for “Evel Live,” a three-hour live event airing on Sunday, July 8 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on the History® channel.The program will feature motorsports superstar Travis Pastrana, an 11-time X Games gold medalist, paying tribute to Evel Knievel, the founding father of motorcycle stunts, while also aiming to the push daredevil limits even farther. Pastrana will attempt to surpass three of Knievel’s most famous jumps over the course of three hours, including jumping the length of 52+ crushed cars and 16 Greyhound buses directly behind Planet Hollywood, Paris and Bally’s. The final jump will take place at Caesars Place over the resort’s iconic fountains. The non-ticket events are free and open to the public. The public can access the jumps behind Bally’s, Paris and Planet Hollywood beginning at 3:30 p.m. and at Caesars Palace beginning at 6 p.m. If successful, Pastrana will break Knievel’s records and will be the first person to complete three of Knievel’s greatest jumps consecutively. In addition, Caesars Palace is offering up to 30 percent off stays at Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas Resorts through Dec. 28, 2018, if the stay is booked by July 31, 2018, using the code “JUMP” at Caesars.com. Blackout dates apply.

CELEBRATING JENNIFER LOPEZ’S 100TH LAS VEGAS SHOW: Jennifer Lopez, who gives new meaning to the term “Wonder Woman,” is a virtual whirlwind of momentum with hit TV shows, recording music including her newest single “Dinero,” maintaining a high-profile paparazzi life and romance, and throwing in her headlining residency, “Jennifer Lopez: All I Have,” at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood. Appreciation for the glitzy lady in constant movement included the presentation of a lavish cake presentation on-stage and an afterparty in the exclusive 10,300-square-foot Nobu Villa atop Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace. Someone had the job of calculating the show’s fun statics and here are a couple: 850 wardrobe changes; more than 250,000 Swarovski crystals; 5,000 sequins; 10,000 feathers; 2,000 songs performed; 400 dance solos, more than 200 celebrity guests attending; and more than 75 million dollars in gross sales. Her show is a certifiable HIT!

SHOWS CLOSING: Shows not lasting long are somewhat common in Las Vegas. The newest production to bite the dust and close on June 17 is “Marilyn! A New Musical” at Paris. The show opened May 23 and according to reports some sets hadn’t even arrived on time. Since this reporter wasn’t invited, it is hard to comment on the show, but reviews weren’t the best. It’s been announced the show is on hiatus and will reopen on Sept. 4, but it’s probably best not to place a bet on it. Ruby Lewis who played the title Marilyn role left “Baz: A Musical Tour de Force” at the Palazzo Theater; however, she doesn’t have to feel bad because the show will close on Sunday, July 29. At least “Baz” as it’s casually referenced has had a good run. It originally opened in 2015 at Light Nightclub in Mandalay Bay and closed after a couple months. Surprising everyone, it reopened in July 2016 at the Palazzo and enjoyed success especially with the musical talent being so outstanding. So maybe there is hope for “Marilyn.”

A SHOW THAT LIVES ON: The cult-classic “Rocky Horror Picture Show – Live!” will return to House of Blues at Mandalay Bay on Sunday, July 29 at 7 p.m. The memorable 1975 musical will come to life in a completely immersive, off-the-stage Rocky Horror Picture Show Experience presented by an assemblage of talent from shows on the Strip and from around the city. Fans will be doing the Time Warp again. Tickets start at $10.

NEW RESTAURANTS WILL OPEN AT PALACE STATION: Palace Station will be debuting new first-to-market restaurant concepts and a brand-new Feast Buffet as part of the resort’s $192 million modernization plan. The new outlets – bBd’s (Beers Burgers Desserts), Boathouse Asian Eatery, Mumfresh Asian Eats, and Feast Buffet – will open this summer. The new dining venues will join the already established 18-seat Oyster Bar, Little Tony’s created by 12-time World Pizza Champion, Tony Gemignani, and the Charcoal Room steakhouse. Highlights at bBd’s will include paying homage to the burger using USDA Certified Prime Beef hand-butchered and pattied in the restaurant’s fully visible butcher room, scratch cooking and a choice of three different cooking methods. Boathouse Asian Eatery is created by brother-and-sister team Cat and Tu Do with partner Hans Mogensen from Northern California. The restaurant will offer an eclectic mix of Japanese and east Asian cuisine, serve a large selection of fresh seafood, and offer a selection of small plates, soups, wok and steamed options, and shellfish. The Feast Buffet, which first debuted at Palace Station in 1988, will have an all-new look, feel, and location on the new casino floor. The 14,000-square-foot buffet will seat 395 guests and have six stations including –The Hearth, Wok This Way, Blazing Grill, Health Favorite, The Carvery and Just Desserts. The property-wide renovation also includes: an expanded gaming floor; new bingo room; renovated sports book and poker room; refreshed exterior property look; a resort-style pool; renovated hotel rooms; and Regal Entertainment’s boutique 9-screen movie-plex featuring all-luxury recliner seating and food and beverage offerings. The project is expected to be fully completed later this year.

PLAZA HOST INDEPENDENCE DAY PARTY ON JUNE 30: The Plaza downtown will host its annual free-to-attend Independence Day party on Saturday, June 30 at 7 p.m. at its fully-renovated rooftop pool. The party, where people can swim if they choose, will feature a 10-person, hot dog eating contest sponsored by Hoffy Hot Dogs at 8 p.m. The winner will receive a grand prize valued at more than $1,000. Online registration is open until June 20.There will also be a buy one, get one free red, white and blue Firework cocktail for $12 and made-to-order food at the Plaza Food Truck.

SUMMERLIN® HOLDS 4TH OF JULY PARADE: The 24th annual Summerlin Council Patriotic Parade will take place Wednesday, July 4 from 9–11 a.m. starting at 8:30 a.m. The parade will feature more than 70 entries, more than 25 giant inflatables, traditional floats, American military heroes, bands, musical groups and a variety of kids’ favorite storybook and cartoon characters. A brand-new float in this year’s lineup will be “Vegas Golden Knights: Vegas Born, Vegas Strong.” Several other new entries added this year include: “Escape from Jurassic World;” “Hamilton’s America;” “Coco’s Fiesta Espectacular;” “The Greatest Show;” and appearances by The Incredibles, Black Panther, Pennsylvania Lions All-State Band and Paw Patrol. Putting on a parade this size, which attracts more than 40,000 spectators, features more than 2,500 participants and more than 500 volunteers, and also requires tremendous sponsors. The parade begins at the corner of Hillpointe Rd. and Hills Center Dr. in The Trails village of Summerlin. The parade ends near the corner of Trailwood Drive and Spring Gate Lane.

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The Stratosphere will light up the Las Vegas Strip on Wednesday, July 4 with a fireworks display beginning at 9:15 p.m. A viewing party will be held at Elation rooftop pool with doors opening at 8 p.m. Earlier in the day from 10 a.m.–6 p.m., locals with Nevada ID will receive free observation tower admission, a $25 per person value, and buy-one-get-one free admission to Crafted Buffet.

Freed’s Bakery featured on Food Network’s show “Vegas Cakes” has The Firecracker Cake, shaped as a red firecracker, available through Wednesday, July 4. In addition, Freed’s Fourth of July creations include: the “These Colors Don’t Run” cake; “Ameriberries” plump dipped strawberries; and “Americakes,” a holiday-themed cupcake topped with Fourth of July decorations.

The sexy “Fantasy” adult revue at the Luxor will offer complimentary 2018 “Black & White and Nude All Over” calendars, normally $20, to all attendees as well as a 50 percent discount on tickets to veterans and active-duty military service members who attend the 10:30 p.m. show Wednesday, July 4.

HOPPED TACO THROWDOWN IS A CULINARY COMPETITION: Motley Brews’ Hopped Taco Throwdown with endless craft brew samples will be held at Zappos Headquarters’ backyard Downtown from 8 to 11 p.m., with early entry at 7 p.m. for VIP guests, on Saturday, June 23. General admission, which start at $60, and VIP tickets, which start at $85, include endless tacos and craft beer samples with prices varying with purchase times. This year’s competitors include: Chef John Simmons – Firefly and Tacotarian; Chef Bryan Forgione – Buddy V’s; Chef James Tree – Esther’s Kitchen; Chef Hermant Kishore – The Toddy Shop; Carol Garcia and Carlos Buscaglia – HEXX; Chef Josh Clark – The Goodwich; Chef Bubba Grayer – Jammyland Cocktail Bar & Reggae Kitchen; and more. Each chef’s creations will be judged in three categories: Hopped Taco for best-beer-infused taco; Taco Loco for most creative taco; and Taco Dulce for best dessert taco.

PROJECT ENCHILADA IS DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION PLAN: Project Enchilada will not be a new restaurant. The revitalization program planned for Downtown being dubbed as such will be a master plan project to boost curb appeal with new landscaping, vintage signs being restored, more greenery and retail development. The first area of the plan to get spruced up will be a high-profile stretch of East Fremont Street from Las Vegas Boulevard to 14th Street where there are many closed motels and properties.

LIFEHOUSE WILL PERFORM AT M POOL: American rock band, Lifehouse, will perform at the M Pool on Friday, July 20 at 8 p.m. as part of M Resort’s summer concert series. Lifehouse with singer-songwriter and group founder Jason Wade, Bryce Soderberg on bass, and Ricky Woolstenhulme Jr. on drums has sold more than 15 million records worldwide since they released their debut album, “No Name Face,” in 2001. Tickets start at $29.99.

SLATER’S 50/50 WILL DEBUT FIRST VEGAS LOCATION THIS SUMMER: Southern California burger restaurant Slater’s 50/50, known for over-the-top indulgent burgers, bacon-infused creations, and craft beer, will open the first of three Las Vegas locations in July 2018 at 467 E. Silverado Ranch Blvd, Suite 100. The Las Vegas restaurant will feature different menu items like the Impossible Burger and Porkapalooza Platter in addition to menu mainstays. A variety of sides, salads, wings, flatbreads, and local specials will also be presented as well as vegetarian options. Fifty craft beers will be on tap, including a special showcase of local brews from Crafthaus, Tenaya Creek, and Bad Beat Brewery. A full bar, signature boozy milkshakes, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available.Slater’s 50/50 will serve breakfast, lunch, happy hour, dinner, and late-night bites and be open Sunday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.

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With June being National Steakhouse Month, Twin Creeks Steakhouse at the Silverton is celebrating all month long with a three-course menu for $39. This specialty dinner includes a choice of a 12 oz. prime rib, brick chicken, rosemary-brined pork chops or salmon with sides and a choice of soup or salad and dessert. For Las Vegas Restaurant Week, June 20-29, which helps Three Square, Twin Creeks is offering a three-course menu for $50. CraftHaus Brewery because of a cease and desist notice from actor Jean Claude Van Damme’s attorney has renamed its annual release formerly called Jean Claude. The brew was originally named in honor of CraftHaus Brewery’s brewers’ traveling van named, “Jean Claude Damn Van!” Jean Claude, Belgian Golden Strong Ale has been brewed since 2014, and now the brew is referenced as “Not That Jean Claude.” You can’t make this stuff up.

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Westgate Resorts has been named title multi-year sponsor of Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s September NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. The World of Westgate 200 will take place at the 1.5-mile superspeedway on Friday, Sept. 14, and will be the second race of the Truck Series playoffs. Free World Cup viewing parties are being held at Brightside Breakfast & Burgers inside the Plaza downtown starting at 7 a.m. Games during the knockout phase, June 30 – July 14, will be aired in Brightside at 7 and 11 a.m., with the final match at 8 a.m. on Sunday, July 15. With the Plaza being the official hotel partner to the professional soccer team Las Vegas Lights FC, players will join the party on Wednesday, June 27. While the event is closed to the public, six of the top EA SPORTS NHL 18 players in the world will battle at the inaugural 2018 NHL Gaming World Championship Final at Esports Arena Las Vegas at the Luxor on Tuesday, June 19 for a $50,000 grand prize and trip to the 2018 NHL Awards. Six finalists from three regional championships in the United States, Canada and Europe will be competing. The event will be live streamed on Twitch.TV/NHL starting at 1 p.m. From June 16 through 19, 20 of hockey’s most prized trophies, including the Stanley Cup®, are on display inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino as part of a city-wide celebration of the 2018 NHL Awards presented by Hulu. The June 20 event will honor the best hockey players in the world and top performances of the 2017-18 season. NBCSN and Sportsnet will broadcast the event live from The Joint at the Hard Rock in the United States and Canada, respectively, at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT. The 26th annual convention and 30th anniversary of the founding of The Casino Chip and Gaming Token Collectors Club, Inc. will be held at South Point this week June 21-23. The showroom floor in Exhibit Hall C will be open to the public for $10 paid admission 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on June 21 and $5 on June 22, and will be free on June 23 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The Car Show on Eastern by Celebrity Cars will add a blood drive on Saturday, June 23 from 7 to 11 a.m. The Bloodmobile will be in front of Twin Peaks Restaurant. The free car show at 9500 S. Eastern Avenue runs until 10 a.m.

ENTERTAINMENT HIGHLIGHTS

“Rod Stewart: The Hits.” Is back at The Colosseum at Caesars palace June 19, 22, 29 and 30. Global comedy-ventriloquist superstar Jeff Dunham with his new “Passively Aggressive” tour will visit on Wednesday, June 20 and again on July 11. Comedy legend Sinbad will return to Las Vegas for a special performance at the Grand Events Center inside Green Valley Ranch on Friday, July 6 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25. Former NBC “Saturday Night Live” star, Norm Macdonald, returns to the South Point Showroom stage Friday-Sunday, June 29-July 1 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $35. Hard rock bands Great White and Slaughter, which was formed in Las Vegas, will appear at The Club inside the Cannery on Saturday, July 7. Last year, Great White released their newest album “Full Circle.” Tickets start at $19.95.

CELEBRATIONS AND SIGHTINGS

After winning the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas playing the Vegas Golden Knights, the Washington Capitals celebrated their historic first time win in franchise history at Hakkasan Nightclub at 1 a.m. just hours after they were crowned at T-Mobile Arena. With the Stanley Cup in hand, player Alex Ovechkin led his team to two VIP tables while hoisting the Cup over his head. Last week, Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt attended the hit show “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace. He went backstage after the show for a photo with The Gazillionaire. During their month-long, Las Vegas-run, the national tour cast of the 11-time Tony Award®-winning production “Hamilton: An American Musical” attended the resident “Magic Mike Live” 10:30 p.m. show at the Hard Rock.

 

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NEW SPAGO OPENS AT BELLAGIO: Wolfgang Puck’s new Spago restaurant has made its debut at Bellagio as a lakeside dining destination. The new home for Spago is inspired by California living with casual elegrance and farm-to-table spirit. Spago is open daily for lunch at 11:30 a.m. and dinner at 5 p.m. Spago commissioned Las Vegas artist Katie Lewis to create a series of 20 topographical map images inspired by the Nevada desert landscape. A piece crafted by Jacob Hashimoto, known for his three-dimensional wall hangings inspired by his Japanese heritage, covers one wall. Other highlights include: the circular and covered al fresco patio; main dining room with two impressive chandeliers; bar and lounge with a classic bar and wine cellar focal point; and two private dining room seating up to 20 guests each.

TREE OF MANY COLORS WILL BRIGHTEN FRONT OF ‘ABSINTHE’: A standout visual at Burning Man 2017 was an enormous tree illuminated with 25,000 LED leaves of constant-changing colors. The Gazillionaire from the “Absinthe” show at Caesars Palace has been working with the designers of that tree from Symmetry Labs in San Francisco to create his own 35-foot tall arborous art installation to be planted on the forecourt outside the show’s distinctive tent. The Wormwood Tree will be launched in September with a music soundtrack, which will be synchronized with the colorful patterns.

MADAME TUSSAUDS OPENS THE HANGOVER BAR: The Hangover Bar is the latest addition to The Hangover Experience at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas, which currently features the infamous hotel suite and wedding chapel along with wax figures of Alan / Zach Galifianakis, Phil / Bradley Cooper, and Mike Tyson. The full-service bar offers specialty drinks inspired by “The Hangover” including the Wolf Pack, the Buttery Nipple, the Royal Flush, and the 3 Leg Monkey. The Hangover Bar takes guests to the scene of movie characters’ rooftop toast, which kicked off “The Hangover” film’s crazy series of events. Industrial design elements include the roof of Caesars Palace, where the scene takes place, ducting tables and pipes, an aircon feature, an LED backdrop of the Vegas skyline, plus more. An option is The Highroller Package for $75, which includes admission into Madame Tussauds, a half-hour open bar at The Hangover Bar, and a day-time admission ticket to the High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel at The Linq, with an in cabin open bar and bartender for 30 minutes.

BLUE MOON BAR WILL OPEN AT PLANET HOLLYWOOD RESORT: A new spot for beer lovers will open this month. Blue Moon Bar at Planet Hollywood Resort situated adjacent to Zappos Theater will feature Blue Moon’s flagship beer, Blue Moon Belgian White, as well as seasonal and limited-release beers from Blue Moon Brewing Company. Inside the new space will be bar and lounge seating with video poker machines and multiple televisions.

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE SET FOR FIVE VEGAS SHOWS IN DECEMBER: Multi-Platinum artists Florida Georgia Line (FGL) will visit Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood performing five shows Dec. 1, 5, 7, 8 and 11 with special guest opening act Big Loud Records and Atlantic Records artist Mason Ramsey. General ticket prices begin at $49. FGL has surpassed 30 million tracks and sold more than 4.2 million albums worldwide. The group remains the first and only country act to achieve RIAA’s Diamond certification for their breakout song “Cruise.”

COMEDIAN BILLY GARDELL RETURNS TO GREEN VALLEY RANCH: Billy Gardell, Emmy nominated actor and comedian, is returning to Las Vegas for a special performance at the Grand Events Center inside Green Valley Ranch on Saturday, Aug. 11 at 8 p.m. Ticket range is $25-$55.  Gardell is most famous for playing Officer Mike Biggs in the hit TV series “Mike & Molly” from 2010-2016. Going the dramatic route, he has played Elvis’ manager Colonel Tom Park in the CMT series “Sun Records,” inspired by the Broadway musical. In 2016, Gardell received a Daytime Emmy nomination as Best Gameshow Host for “Monopoly Millionaires Club.”

GONDOLA SINGER IS VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS STANDOUT: The inaugural Vegas Golden Knights (VGK) season has created a new singing sensation Carnell “Golden Pipes” Johnson. His initial singing of the National Anthem at a VGK’s game has had him repeat his rendition since February by popular demand. It turns out Johnson is a gondola singer at The Venetian® and The Palazzo®. The resorts honored him with fellow employees, resort executives, and representatives from the Vegas Golden Knights Foundation honoring him at the hotels’ three-story atrium. Johnson was given a plaque and hockey stick fashioned from an authentic gondola oar. Johnson, or Pippo, as he’s known on the Venetian waterways, works Monday through Friday at The Venetian’s outdoor gondola attraction, which runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Schedule is subject to change.

CELINE DION RELEASES 24 NEW SHOW DATES INTO 2019: Superstar Celine Dion, who has performed more than 1,000 shows to over 4 million fans at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace since March 2003, has just added 24 performances to her Las Vegas-residency. The new scheduled shows run Oct 30 through Nov. 17 and Dec. 28 through Jan. 20, including a performance on New Year’s Eve. Tickets start at $51.This summer, the Grammy-Award winning singer will head overseas with her Celine Dion Live 2018 Tour for 22 shows across the Asia-Pacific region starting off in Tokyo on June 26.

AL DI MEOLA WILL BRING OPUS TOUR 2018 TO SANTA FE STATION: Guitar legend Al Di Meola is bringing the Al Di Meola Opus Tour 2018 with special guest Jordan Rudess to the Chrome Showroom inside Santa Fe Station on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $45. During a 40-plus year career, Di Meola has regenerated the jazz idiom three times over. And at age 63, this guitar master was inspired to begin a new chapter in his career with the release of “OPUS” on EAR Music in February 2017. Rudess is best known as the keyboard player for the Grammy-nominated rock band Dream Theater.

ELVIS TRIBUTE ARTISTS COMPETE IN MESQUITE: The 2018 Elvis Rocks Mesquite competition is a three-day event with the world’s best Elvis tribute artists competing for prize money Thursday-Saturday, June 21-23 at the CasaBlanca resort in Mesquite, Nev., about a 90-minute drive from Las Vegas. There will be three preliminary rounds – 50s, 60s and 70s with 22 tribute artists competing this year. Finalists from each preliminary round move to the final round. Judges will be industry experts from Las Vegas including master impersonator Rich Little, talent agent Steve Beyer, and veteran singer Genevieve Dew. Kelly Clinton Holmes will host the contest and after-hours events such as movies by the pool and a late-night karaoke party with DJ Jimmy Z. Single show tickets range from $15 to $25 and packages for all four shows run $40 to $75.

AUTHOR OF MAFIA BOSS FRANK COSTELLO BOOK VISITS MOB MUSEUM: Author and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Anthony M. DeStefano will make an appearance at The Mob Museum as part of the Wiseguy Speaker Series on Thursday, June 21 at 7 p.m. with a book signing to follow. DeStefano’s latest book is “Top Hoodlum: Frank Costello, Prime Minister of the Mafia,” which he researched in-depth using newly available FBI files, eyewitness accounts, and even family mementos for a complete picture of the man the press called the “prime minister of the underworld.” Cost is free for museum members or with regular admission.

***DINING HIGHLIGHTS*** 

This week, the Westin kicked off a week-long celebration honoring National Jerky Day on June 12 and National Bourbon Day on June 14. The whiskey-inspired Jake & Eli restaurant with its signature homemade beef jerky is hosting a variety of free interactive experiences throughout the week, culminating Saturday, June 16 with dinner and dancing along with complimentary passed small plates and samples of limited-edition cocktails from 4-6 p.m. Carnevino Italian Steakhouse at The Palazzo is holding a Cigar/ Whiskey Dinner in partnership with Westland Distillery and La Palina Cigars on Friday, July 13 at 7 p.m. The four-course dinner will be prepared by Chef Arnold Corpuz and accompanied by Seattle’s award-winning Westland Distillery whiskey pairings presented by sales manager Matt Freerks. La Palina will add its artisan cigars to each course. Guests will receive two of each cigar: one to smoke during dinner and one to take home. Sam Phillips, president of La Palina, attend to answer questions and discuss the manufacturing and blending process. Alder & Birch inside of The Orleans is hosting a four-course wine dining experience with Justin Vineyards on Thursday, June 28 at 6 p.m. The dinner is $90; call 702-365-7111. Boteco will hold a Grgich Hills Estate Dinner on Thursday, June 21. Miljenko “Mike” Grgich first gained international recognition at the 1976 “Paris Tasting” where a now-historic blind tasting with a panel of eminent French judges swirled and picked the upstart Chardonnays from the Napa Valley, which sealed Grgich’s reputation as one of the greatest winemakers in the world. This year the wine maker turns 95. Tickets are $75 and Boteco is located at 9500 S. Eastern Ave. #170. This summer, Martorano’s at Paris is offering a three-course tasting menu of Steve Martorano’s signature Italian-American dishes for $50. For $25 more, guests can partake of expertly selected paired wines with their meal. Andre’s Bistro & Bar at 6115 S. Fort Apache Road, Suite 112 has started an afternoon tea program available every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4:30 p.m. This version of high tea features an assortment of tea, sandwiches, classic pastries and desserts. The experience for adults is $26 and $15 per child. Honey Salt at 1031 S. Rampart Blvd. will hold a Summer Farm Table Dinner menu to highlight Fruit and Vegetable Month and Chef Anthony Taormina’s passion for seasonality on Tuesday, June 19 at 6:30 p.m. The chef will put together a prix fix menu based on the produce he cultivates year-round in his personal garden. Cost for the family-style meal is $49 with an optional beverage pairing for an additional $25.

***HOLIDAY NEWS ITEMS***

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 17. Probably in no other city would there be a dad’s day offer like this one. The sexy ladies of the “Fantasy” show at the Luxor will offer a complimentary 2018 “Black & White And Nude All Over” calendar and deck of cards to fathers who attend the 10:30 p.m. show that day. Then leave it to Freed’s Bakery to come up with a custom cake for the holiday. Father’s Day cakes will include Freed’s signature quarter sheet Icing Tie cake for dad, decorated as a shirt and tie with the choice of any flavor priced at $50.35. SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium at the Boulevard Mall is offering free admission to all fathers on June 17, and if a dad is already an annual passport holder two complimentary feeding tokens. Cabo Wabo Cantina at Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood will celebrate America’s birthday with a specialty cocktail and live entertainment on Wednesday, July 4. The All-American cocktail for $13 will be made with a blend of Absolut Citron, simple syrup, sweet and sour, Sprite, grenadine and blue Curaçao. Season two contender from NBC’s “The Voice,” Ryan Whyte Maloney, will perform on the restaurant’s Strip-side, outdoor patio.

WET’N’WILD PARTICIPATES IN THE WORLD’S LARGEST SWIMMING LESSON: For the fifth consecutive year, Wet’n’Wild will be an official host venue in the global record attempt for The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL) on Thursday, June 21 at 9:45 a.m. Check-in will begin at 9:15 a.m. The WLSL covers a 30-minute basic swim lesson in the Red Rock Bay wave pool. Afterwards, participants can enjoy the park for free. Each child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. To register visit the waterpark’s website. Kids and adults at aquatic facilities around the world will unite to set a new Guinness World Record while raising awareness about water safety and drowning prevention. While team WLSL holds the current Guinness World Record with 40,000 participants representing 24 different countries, the hope is to better that number.

***ENTERTAINMENT NOTES***

Brooklyn Bowl at The Linq Promenade for its lineup added eclectic electronic music duo, Ninja Sex Party, on Saturday, June 23 at 7 p.m., and Jimmy Eat World on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 8 p.m. Comedic band Ninja Sex Party is made up of two roommates-turned-best friends who sing about love, relationships, mythical creatures, dinosaurs, seduction, and respect. Tickets start at $30. John Mueller’s Winter Dance Party will return to the South Point Showroom to pay tribute to the final Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and Big Bopper tour Friday-Sunday, June 22-24, hosted by John Mueller at 7:30 p.m. The tribute show re-creates the final tour of these legends during a high-energy, two-hour long live performance. Tickets start at $20. The final free Jazz in the Park Series performance featuring Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers will be Saturday, June 16 at 5 p.m. at the Clark County Government Center Amphitheater downtown. Grammy winner Paula Cole will be performing Friday-Saturday, June 15-16 at 7 p.m. in Myron’s Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center. Over her 20-plus-year career, she has sold 3 million albums and had lasting hits such as “I Don’t Want to Wait” and “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone.” Cole is returning to her musical roots as a jazz singer. Tickets are $39-$49. There will be live music on Saturday, June 30 from 1-4 p.m. at E String Jazz & Pizza, 2031 W. Sunset Road, featuring the suMMit 16-piece Big Band with Gary Anderson. Tickets are $12 at the door.

***ABOUT TOWN***

Another venue, the Rio is offering dive-in movies this summer and viewing is free. Select Fridays, starting with June 15 with “Thor: Ragnarok,” throughout the summer will show flicks on a big projected screen. On Wednesday, June 20 VooDoo Beach will transform into open ocean waters for a special screening of “Jaws” with giant inflatable sharks and tubes for guests to use for lounging while watching the movie classic. The pool will be offering a theme including a blue raspberry and cherry Shark Attack Slushy. The Miss Teen and Mrs. Continents Pageant will hold preliminary rounds on Wednesday, June 20 at 1 p.m. in the South Point Showroom with the finals on Friday, June 22 at noon. Tickets are $40 and $50 respectively. TEDxUNLV 2018 is taking place on Friday, June 22 starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Judy Bayley Theatre on the university campus. More than 14 presenters will participate in the day-long event, which will include speaker presentations, lunch, art displays, and attendee activities. TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Tickets are $100.

WINNING BIG IN LAS VEGAS: Winning big in Las Vegas is always possible. Early this month, the Golden Gate downtown on Fremont Street, which opened in 1906, had a lady from Wisconsin win the largest jackpot payout in the property’s history. She hit for $1.4-plus million playing the Million Degrees game by Scientific Game. She was in Las Vegas for a bingo tournament.

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VAN MORRISON WILL RETURN FOR FIVE SHOWS NEXT YEAR: Van Morrison has had multiple sold-out weekends at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, which has prompted a return engagement for five nights Jan. 25-Feb. 2, 2019. Legendary British R&B singer and composer Morrison in 1964 formed the group Them, which recorded hits “Gloria” and “Here Comes the Night.” A few years later, he released the Top 40 pop sensation “Brown Eyed Girl” and began his career as a successful solo musician. This year in his career marks the 50th anniversary since of the release of the “Astral Weeks” album in 1968. Morrison continues to work on new material including the release of his latest album, “You’re Driving Me Crazy,” a musical collaboration with Hammond organ virtuoso and trumpet master Joey DeFrancesco, which was released April 27, 2018.

COSMOPOLITAN ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR BLOCK 16 URBAN EATERY & BAR: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will reveal Block 16 Urban Eatery & Bar on the second level of the Boulevard Tower in early fall with six quick-service restaurants. The new culinary destination with six individual food and beverage outposts will live within a created urban space. Food outlet newcomers will include: New Orleans restaurant District: Donuts. Sliders. Brew.; Ghost Donkey, a New York-born tequila and mezcal cocktail bar; Nashville’s hot Southern chicken joint Hattie B’s Hot Chicken; Lardo from Portland chef Rick Gencarelli with over-the-top sandwiches; Ricker’s Pok Pok Wing from Portland; and Tekka Bar: Handroll & Sake, an original Japanese hand roll and sake restaurant from Las Vegas restaurateur Takashi Segawa of Mon Restaurant Group fame. Also, The Cosmopolitan plans to open Chinese restaurant Red Plate this summer in the former D.O.C.G. space on the resort’s third level.

BALLY’S FINISHES $125 MILLION RENOVATION: Caesars Entertainment has been updating rooms across its Las Vegas portfolio and Bally’s completed a $125 million redesign of 2,052 guest rooms and suites in the new Resort Tower. Additional new room highlights include USB charging stations, chic lounge furniture and reimagined bathrooms with glass-enclosed showers. Caesars Entertainment donated more than 2,000 rooms of furniture from Bally’s – more than $1.1 million in estimated value – to Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas, hurricane relief efforts in Houston, Texas, and other nonprofit agencies.The remainder of Bally’s 2,800-room inventory, in the Jubilee Tower, was renovated in 2014. Including the 3,735 rooms renovated this year, the company will have reimagined 15,500 rooms, or 67 percent of its total Las Vegas inventory, since 2014.

HOCKEY IS TRANSFORMING LAS VEGAS: In so many ways, the Entertainment Capital of the World is now the center of the hockey universe. The excitement in the city with the Vegas Golden Knights (VGK), the National Hockey League’s (NHL) 31st club and Las Vegas’ first professional league, making it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals in its inaugural season is off the Richter scale. The VGKs are the talk of the sports world. Shows and entertainers have been getting in on the act. Super fan Celine Dion, who returned to her residency at Caesars Palace after her surgery, did so wearing a GVK jersey on stage. Wayne Newton has been wearing his jersey at games and at the Westgate Barry Manilow after opening his new residency at the hotel received a VGK jersey from Jay Kornegay, VP of Race & Sports SuperBook, and Westgate president Geno Iafrate.

49TH ANNUAL WORLD SERIES OF POKER HAS BEGUN: Play has started for the world’s annual largest, richest and longest-running poker tournament, which will run through Tuesday, July 17. The 49th annual World Series of Poker at the Rio will attract more than 100,000 participants from 100-plus countries who will compete for more than $200 million in prize money and the game’s most coveted trophy – a World Series of Poker Champion’s Bracelet. Overall there will be 78 official gold bracelet events with the main event running July 2-14.

COTTONWOOD STATION EATERY IS NEW IN BLUE DIAMOND: Married couple Steve Enger and Jody Lyman have opened the new Cottonwood Station Eatery in the quaint, historic mining village of Blue Diamond, about 40 minutes from Downtown Las Vegas. Their restaurant with seating for 30 inside and 50 outside with a fire pit and pet-friendly patio is the first new commercial construction there in decades offering a dining destination for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A 1949 Ford truck aging in a backyard is now a de facto sign, and the truck bed features seating for eight on the outdoor patio. . A history wall showcases black and white photos and information about the area. There’s a photo tribute to Tippy, the dog that helped save two miners. Breakfast costing $4-$7.50 begins daily at 6 a.m. Lunch and dinner are served until 8 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and Friday-Saturday until 10 p.m. The 290 residents of Blue Diamond have the option to order golf cart pizza delivery. Having designed the logo, Lyman’s art talent is showcased, and her own burro-inspired art and coffee mugs are available for sale.

MACHINE GUNS VEGAS DEBUTS MGV OUTDOOR WATERMELON SHOOTS: Machine Guns Vegas (MGV) luxury firearms facility is launching a new shooting twist outdoors with MGV’s Outdoor Watermelon Firearm Experience. This summer Thursday through Monday, MGV begins its inaugural watermelon outdoor firearm experience allowing a participant the “once in a melon” opportunity to blow up an exploding tannerite infused watermelon. Guests have the option to shoot the 9MM, MP5 and M4. Each exploding watermelon is available for $50 with the purchase of any MGV premium outdoor packages.

RIBBON OF LIFE WILL RETURN WITH ORIGINAL PRODUCTION: It had been previously announced Golden Rainbow would present “Chicago” for Ribbon of Life. Due to the overwhelming support from the local entertainment community, Golden Rainbow’s 32nd Annual Ribbon of Life will return to its origins and present an original production instead at the Foundry at SLS on Sunday, June 24. “The Show Must Go On,” will highlight talented performers from almost every major show on the Strip with a red-carpet reception and silent auction at 11 a.m. show and show at 1 p.m. Some of the top stars will include Anne Martinez and Jaclyn McSpadden from “BAZ – A Musical Tour de Force,” Ruby Lewis from “Marilyn the Musical,” cast members from “Opium,” “Zumanity,” and “Chippendales,” as well as stage veteran Brent Barrett from Broadway’s revival of “Chicago.” Tickets start at $45. The Sayers Club at SLS will host the official after party with additional exclusive acts and performances. Entry is $25 at the door or $20 in advance through the Golden Rainbow website. Proceeds will benefit Golden Rainbow’s critically needed housing, education, and direct financial assistance services for those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in Southern Nevada.

MAGICAL MEMORIES HOSTS AUTHOR PRESENTATIONS: Magical Memories featuring Disney Fine Art Gallery in The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace on the third level will spotlight a trio of accomplished artist/authors in a series of free public events including book presentations and signings, meet and greets and more June 9-10. Dave Bossert, veteran and acclaimed Disney artist, author and filmmaker, will be first presenting and signing his book, “Dali and Disney: Destino: The Story, Artwork, and Friendship Behind the Legendary Film,” Friday at 4 p.m. and noon and 6 p.m. on Saturday. Award-winning author, animation and film historian, musician, and educator, Mindy Johnson, will be presenting and signing her book, “Ink & Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation,” at 5 p.m. on Friday and 1 and 7 p.m. on Saturday. Academy Award nominated producer of “The Lion King” and “Beauty and the Beast” Don Hahn, will be presenting and signing his book, “Yesterday’s Tomorrow: Disney’s Magical Mid-Century,” at 6 p.m. on Friday and 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday. Special guest Paige O’Hara, the amazing voice of Belle in the original, animated “Beauty and the Beast” movie, will be at the gallery for meet and greets and signings on Friday and Saturday.

‘COMPOSERS SHOWCASE’ IS MONTHLY NONPROFIT MUSICAL SHOWCASE: “The Composers Showcase of Las Vegas” is a monthly musical showcase held in Myron’s Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center at 10:30 p.m. Performances feature original music by some of Las Vegas’ best composers and songwriters and performed by some of top musicians and talent locally. This is an amazing opportunity for composers to present original musical material to a supportive audience in an informal cabaret-style setting. Mark your calendar for upcoming dates: June 20, July 25, Sept. 5, Oct. 17, Nov. 28, Jan. 16, Feb. 20, and March 20. Tickets are $20 to $25.The nonprofit was created as an entertainment forum co-founded and hosted/emceed by Keith Thompson of PK Entertainment, who produces “The Cocktail Cabaret” at Caesars Palace. He’s also been musical director for “Jersey Boys” and “Idaho! The Comedy-Musical,” and was voted “Best Composer” 2016 by “Vegas Seven.”

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“The Cocktail Cabaret” at Caesars Palace on Cleopatra’s Barge has a new summer schedule with show time moving to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and new ticket prices $39 and $59 VIP. Brent Barrett, Broadway star in shows such as “Chicago” and “Grand Hotel” and Las Vegas resident, will fill in as the guest Emcee for Eric Jordan Young. Singer Heidi Webster from shows “Lady Luck” and “Showstoppers” will fill in for Maren Wade. Kai Brant and The Las Vegas Jazz Trio will perform live in The Underground speakeasy at The Mob Museum on Saturdays in June. On June 9, 16, 23 and 30, the group fronted by “the jazz chanteuse” Brant will play from 7–10 p.m. in the retro-themed bar. Admission to The Underground is free daily after 5 p.m. and free any time for patrons through its secret side entrance, using the daily passwords found on Instagram Stories @MobMuseumUnderground Xavier Mortimer’s Magical Dream” starring magician, Xavier Mortimer will celebrate two years for his show at Planet Hollywood’s Sin City Theatre on Wednesday, June 6. The 70-minute show is comprised of more than 14 magic acts. Musical-comedy group, The Dan Band, will bring their classic diva covers with a twist to the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay at 7:30 on Friday, June 15. Tickets start at $15. On Friday, June 29, KOMP Presents: Vegas Homegrown Series Featuring Honor Amongst Thieves, Bravo Delta, DriVeN, Antitrust, and Incarnate at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $9.23. The Suncoast will feature two rock group tribute acts this month. “WANTED: A Tribute to Bon Jovi” will replicate the music of the legendary rock band Bon Jovi on Sunday, June 10. “Tom Petty & The Heartshakers: Tribute to Tom Petty” will bring the supergroup’s rock hits to life on Sunday, June 24. Both shows start at 7:30 p.m. with tickets starting at $12.

MASTER CLASSES START AGAIN AT WYNN: Wynn’s exclusive behind-the-scenes, one-of-a-kind workshops led by master chefs, sommeliers, bakers and artisans is starting up again. To register, call 702-770-7070. It will be cocktail time with Mixology 2.0 happening on Thursday, June 7 at 3 p.m. in Andrea’s at Encore. This will be an opportunity to learn bar secrets from Wynn’s assistant director of beverage development Andrew Pollard. After a round of cocktails, Pollard will demonstrate updates to several classic cocktails, share the history of bar culture and present unique garnishes and syrups to up your cocktail game at home. This interactive workshop also covers the home bar essentials necessary for the up-and-coming mixologist and includes cocktail tasting, snacks and a cocktail connoisseur certificate. Cost is $150. A Five-Star Chinese Cooking class will be held in Wing Lei at Wynn on Friday, June 15 at noon. For the first time ever, chef Ming Yu of America’s only five-star Chinese restaurant, Wing Lei, will hold an intimate cooking demonstration of several of his signature dishes. Attendees will learn Yu’s methods for preparing Alaskan king crab salad, wonton soup, three cup sea bass and wok-tossed noodles, and then experience a feast of all four dishes. Cost is $175.

***DINING TIDBITS***

Three restaurants formerly associated with celebrity chef Mario Batali will close at The Venetian l The Palazzo on Friday, July 27: Carnevino Italian Steakhouse; B&B Ristorante; and Otto Enoteca e Pizzeria. The corporate company B&B Hospitality informed approximately 298 employees affected of the three high-profile restaurants, which had been open for more than a decade. In celebration of National Steakhouse Month, Alder & Birch Cocktails and Dining at The Orleans and Cornerstone Classic American Steakhouse at the Gold Coast will offer weekly specials throughout the month of June. In honor of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Cabo Wabo Cantina will host viewing parties for soccer fans featuring Tex-Mex inspired breakfast items and drink specials for games Thursday, June 14 through Sunday, July 15. The Strip-side restaurant will open at 8 a.m.

BOWLING TO RAISE MONEY FOR LOCAL HOMELESS YOUTH: This year’s 9th annual Homeless Youth in the Alley Bowling Tournament has expanded and added an evening tournament featuring a DJ and cosmic bowling. On Saturday, June 9, there will be two events held at the Suncoast Bowling Center to benefit local homeless youth and the nonprofit Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth (NPHY). Registration for the Superheroes by Day session is 11 a.m. to noon with the bowling tournament from noon to 3 p.m. Registration for the Vigilantes by Night session is 5 to 6 p.m. with bowling from 6 to 9 p.m. Costumes reflective of each theme are encouraged. Trophies will be presented to the first, second and third place bowling teams at each session along with special team honors for best superhero and vigilante costume, best team name and most successful fundraiser. If space is still available, the price at the door on June 9 will be $35 per bowler and $175 per team of five players. Registration includes unlimited bowling, food, refreshments, desserts, tournament swag bag, souvenir and more; call NPHY at 702-383-1332.

***QUICK CLIPS***

Bob Ike, a veteran racing public handicapper since 1985, as well as radio host, will lead a free public seminar on Saturday, June 9 for the Belmont Stakes race. The seminar begins at 8 a.m. in the Rampart Casino Cascade Lounge with the Triple Crown Race beginning at 3:30 p.m. Guests will find out what goes into handicapping and betting on horse races, from reviewing Justify’s Kentucky Derby and Preakness wins and going over a full rundown of each Belmont Stakes runner. Sip, Signs & Strings is a fundraiser to benefit the restoration of the Hard Rock Café guitar sign. The evening with recording violinist Michelle Jones, hors d’oeuvres and libations will take place Tuesday, June 19 from 6-8 p.m. amid rarely seen historic signs at Ne10 Studio. Tickets are $50. The Ultimate Car Show at the M Resort will be held Saturday, June 9 from 3 to 8 p.m. The outdoor event will raise money for the Sanctuary Project. It’s free to attend and $40 to register a car. XENXEN will recognize International Yoga Day on Thursday, June 21. The studio’s day-long celebration at 750 S Rampart Blvd Suite 5 will include for the community free yoga classes all day. People who participate will receive a free class card for a friend and complimentary water bottle. XENXEN will host a raffle for attendees to win one free month of classes.

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50 POUNDS FROM STARDOM is a contagious, comedy-packed, music-filled show about one singer’s attempts to “make it big” in show business, and her niece’s lifelong dream to walk in her shoes.

Audiences of all shapes and sizes will love the hilarious parody and storytelling and be captivated by the exceptional vocal talents of two incredible performers: Marianne LeMoine and Yvette Karr. The show delivers a timely message of triumph over adversity that resonates with women of all ages. It will have you laughing, crying, and feeling 50 pounds lighter! For show listings and updates, please visit: 50poundsfromstardom.com

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GEORGE WALLACE RETURNS WITH A NEW RESIDENCY AT WESTGATE: Comedian and star of stage and screen, George Wallace, is returning to Las Vegas with a new residency show at the Westgate Cabaret beginning Tuesday, June 26. Wallace will perform Tuesday through Thursday at 8 p.m. inside the cozy Westgate Cabaret at Westgate. Tickets are $65, $75 and $95. Recently, Wallace appeared on “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” with Jerry Seinfeld and starred alongside Morgan Freeman in the film “Just Getting Started.” He will be appearing in the upcoming movie “The Last Laugh,” with Richard Dreyfus and Chevy Chase.

‘ABSINTHE’ EXTENDS ITS CAESARS PALACE RUN: The Gazillionaire announced “Absinthe” in the Spiegelworld tent at Caesars Palace will be around for years to come after a long-term contract was inked. Two performances will continue to take place daily. “Absinthe” was recently proclaimed “The #1 Greatest Show in Las Vegas History.” It is hosted by the filthy rich, actually just plain filthy Gazillionaire. The outlandish show is a rather intoxicating cocktail of circus, burlesque and vaudeville combined. The wondrous tent becomes an immersive adult playground where amazing artists perform a mix outrageous comedy and jaw-dropping, dangerous feats. The show’s popularity speaks for itself.

MORE TALENT ADDED TO DOWNTOWN SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: Downtown Rocks, the free summer concert series on Fremont Street, has added more name talent to this year’s lineup, which started last Friday with Candlebox and Cracker. Added concerts will include: June 9 – Lit and Filter on 1st Street Stage; July 21 – Jefferson Starship and Eddie Money on 1st Street Stage; and Aug. 31 – Grammy Award-winning artist Melissa Etheridge on 3rd Street Stage.

SAKE ROK AND BRANDON VOSS DEBUT ‘DRAG SUPPER CLUB’: Sake Rok, Las Vegas’ sushi experience and social dining experience at the Park MGM, is partnering with Brandon Voss to debut drags theatrical dining with Voss Events “Drag Supper Club.” Starting Saturday, June 16 and continuing through 2018, performances will be every Saturday at 6:30 and 9 p.m. The stars will be from the Emmy-winning competition reality show “RuPaul’s Drag Race Queens” like Shannel, Coco Montrese and India Ferrah, who will create a spectacle of sass, crass and a dash of obscene. General admission Drag Dinner tickets starting at $69.95 guarantee bottomless sangria and Sake Rok pre-fixe family style dining.

90 NINETY BAR + GRILL OPENS AT SUNCOAST: At the Suncoast, 90 NINETY Bar + Grill is an all-new contemporary yet casual American restaurant delivering modern cuisine, an expansive brew and cocktail selection, and live music. The neighborhood-style restaurant, named after its 9090 Alta Drive address, is an ideal setting for social hour gatherings, dinners, and lounging – both inside, and on the outdoor patio. There’s live music Thursday through Saturday starting at 8 p.m. Among the drinks are 24 brews on tap and a house brew from sister restaurant and downtown brewery, Triple 7 Restaurant and Mircrobrewery at Main Street Station. Early and late social hours go from 5 to 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. to closing. Dinner service is Wednesday through Sunday starting at 5 p.m. The venue is closed on Monday and Tuesday.

STRATOSPHERE INTRODUCES NEW GAMING PIT AND ASIAN MENU: New offerings being introduced at the Stratosphere on Friday, June 8 will include a new gaming pit with six Baccarat tables and a new Asian menu at Roxy’s Diner. A grand opening event will celebrate the new additions, commencing with a traditional Chinese Lion Dance through the casino starting at 6:08 p.m. The new gaming pit is located near the main entrance across from Roxy’s Diner.

WELCOME TO LAS VEGAS GIFT STORE OPENS AT FORUM SHOPS: The 16th and largest Welcome to Las Vegas Store has opened in The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. The store offers an unmatched selection of logo items, discover Las Vegas souvenirs and indulgent treats available only at the newly-opened outlet. There’s also a selection of merchandise with many exclusive products ranging from the Rat Pack-era to today’s hottest retail trends. Visitors can partake of the city’s newest selfie spot, featuring one of the largest replicas at 80 percent of the size of the original landmark Welcome to Las Vegas sign on the Strip designed by Betty Willis in 1959. A selection of featured merchandise celebrates the history of Las Vegas and a portion of each sale goes towards the nonprofit Neon Museum to preserve iconic heritage signs.

WESTGATE HOSTS WORLD SERIES OF BEER PONG: The 13th Annual World Series of Beer Pong (WSOBP) tournament will be held at the Westgate Thursday through Sunday, July 5-8. Famed sports announcer and entertainer, Bruce Buffer, will be returning to crown the next World Series of Beer Pong Champions. He will announce the teams of the Championship Match on the Final Table, which boasts the largest payouts in beer pong history with a $65,000 prize pool. Players interested in participating can register at the WSOBP website for $295, which includes a minimum of 12 games of play in the tournament.

CONTINENTAL CUP OF CURLING RETURNS TO ORLEANS ARENA IN 2019: The World Financial Group (WFG) Continental Cup of Curling will return to the Orleans Arena Thursday through Sunday, Jan. 17-20, 2019. This curling competition, pits six of the top women’s and men’s teams from North America, against six of the best from the rest of the world. Several disciplines, including the new mixed doubles event, are contested over a four-day period. Participants will include Olympic Champions, World Champions and more. Tickets are on sale now.

KENDRA SCOTT CELEBRATES STORE’S FIRST ANNIVERSARY: On Saturday, June 2, leading fashion accessory brand Kendra Scott will celebrate its Las Vegas store’s first anniversary inside Fashion Show Mall with cast members from the “Magic Mike Live” show at Hard Rock. In celebration, Kendra Scott will host an in-store event in partnership with Mondays Dark, a locally-based variety show founded by Mark Shunock, which donates 100 percent of its proceeds to local charities. Guests spending $100 or more at Kendra Scott or donating $20 directly to Mondays Dark will have the opportunity to take a photo with Magic Mike cast members. Twenty percent of June 2 proceeds will benefit Mondays Dark. In addition, the day will feature a lineup of alcohol-infused Sin City cupcakes and an in-store raffle where winners will receive a pair of tickets to see “Magic Mike Live.”

ART LABOE PRESENTS LATIN LEGENDS AT STAR OF THE DESERT ARENA: “Art Laboe Presents Latin Legends” at the Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, Nev. on Saturday, June 16 at 8 p.m. Laboe, a radio personality for nearly 70 years, is known for his signature request and dedication format prominently featuring “Oldies But Goodies,” a phrase he pioneered. His guests will include Latin artists: El Chicano; MC Magic; Lighter Shade of Brown; Tierra; Sunny Ozuna; and René y René. The diverse bill features music acts from the last six decades across all genres. Tickets start at $35.

JENNIFER LOPEZ CELEBRATES NEW SONG AT SPAGO: Right after her performance at the recent “Billboard Music Awards” at the MGM Grand, Jennifer Lopez celebrated the release of her new single, “Dinero, with collaborator DJ Khaled at a private party held during a first-look at Wolfgang Puck’s new Spago, opening soon at Bellagio. Among the notable celebrities attending were Salt-N-Pepa, French Montana, Ashlee Simspon, Normani and others. As the song was playing, a seven-foot-tall cake, crafted by Bellagio’s pastry team, was rolled out flanked by gold-painted models holding green and gold sparklers. Paying tribute to the single’s music video, the towering creation resembled a bank vault, with edible gold bars, a massive chocolate $100 bill, and a “Dinero”-emblazoned cheesecake glittering under Lopez’s personal logo. The dining room was decorated with bigger-than-life set designs used in the award’s show, including stacks of gold bricks and a gilded lion. Portraits of Lopez, Khaled and Cardi B from the music video lined the walls. Rapper T.I. joined Lopez on the dance floor as his hit track “What You Know” was played.

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Celine Dion returned to her Las Vegas-residency at Caesars Palace after recovering from a minimally invasive ear surgery. She debuted her new song, “Ashes,” from “blockbuster film “Deadpool 2.” Being a huge hockey fan, she also donned a Vegas Golden Knights jersey. Ten-time Grammy©-nominated rapper Wiz Khalifa recently dined at Greek restaurant, Estiatorio Milos at The Cosmopolitan over EDC (Electric Daisy Carnival) weekend and before he made his way to the mega-music event at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway to perform.

***UPCOMING EVENTS***

The Hats, Handbags & History fundraiser to help the Nevada State Museum at Springs Preserve will be held on Saturday, June 23 from 2-4 p.m. The event will feature never seen before hats and handbags museum exhibits, guest curator of textiles and costumes telling the history of hats and handbags, a cup of tea, slice of cake and glass of sparkling wine. Admission is free and there will be a silent auction of designer and vintage handbags. The 7th annual Sundown in Downtown – Bones and Booze Adventure will be held at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum on Friday, June 15 from 6-9 p.m. for ages 21 and over. The museum’s fundraiser is a soiree with small bites, refreshments, and entertainment donated by Downtown Las Vegas businesses. Cost is $45-$500. Eclipse will be a poolside gathering to benefit The Shade Tree, a Las Vegas-based shelter for victims of domestic abuse and homelessness. The event will be held at Red Rock’s Crimson Nightclub from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 8. Attendees will enjoy live entertainment, complimentary signature cocktails, beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets start at $100. The Artisan Craft Festival will hold its summer kick-off on Sunday June 3 at Sam’s Town from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. There will be more than 40 local artists and crafters, entertainment, samples, Kids Creative Corner, etc. There will be prizes including two tickets for the Vegas Golden Knights. Admission and parking are free. Wines of The World will be held at Downtown Container Park on Saturday, June 9 from 5-8 p.m. The event will feature a variety of global wines for tasting, live entertainment, retail and food specials. Tickets are $25.

***EXTRA NEWS ITEMS***

For the second year in a row, Winston the Impersonating Turtle is extending an invitation to Las Vegas locals and tourists to stay cool with him by offering a Summer of Winston ticket discount to Terry Fator’s show at The Mirage. Now, through Sept. 20 fans can receive 40-percent off standard ticket prices by using code WINSTONSUMMER. This promotion also brings discounts to Winston-themed merchandise. Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. inside Treasure Island has launched the first-ever Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Super Hero shuttle bus. The complimentary 25-person decked-out bus picks up S.TA.T.I.O.N. ticket holders and transports them directly to the attraction. The shuttle bus runs every Friday through Sunday from noon until 6 p.m. In addition, the bus will also sell tickets to the attraction, so fans can avoid box office lines and go straight into the exhibit from the bus. Adam London’s “Laughternoon,” which had its five-year anniversary in January, has announced its fourth annual summer ice cream promotion. All audience members will receive a free scoop of ice cream with purchase of a ticket, courtesy of Anderson Dairy. The promotion runs from Memorial Day until Labor Day and July is National Ice Cream Month. In addition, London is also giving back to the community with his “I Give a Duck” charity campaign. On the second Saturday of each month of 2018, ticket proceeds from “Laughternoon” go back to a different charitable organization benefitting children or families in Southern Nevada. “Xavier Mortimer’s Magical Dream” at Planet Hollywood’s Sin City Theatre, will treat all dads to a complimentary upgrade to VIP seating in honor of Father’s Day on Sunday, June 17. The 70-minute magic production is offering complimentary VIP seating with the purchase of a general admission ticket. General admission is $49.

BAZAAR MEAT AT SLS HOSTS ‘BAZAAR ON THE ROOF’ POOLSIDE PARTY: Bazaar Meat by José Andrés at SKS will host its first-ever “Bazaar on the Roof” outdoor food and drink festival at Retro Pool Lounge on Friday, June 22 from 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. The all-inclusive event will serve Bazaar Meat’s food and cocktails at dedicated stations, feature spirits and tray-passed red and white wine and craft beers, have entertainment by DJs, and whimsical décor. Tickets start at $75.

***DINING-DRINKING HAPPENINGS***

The 12th installment of Three Square’s Las Vegas Restaurant Week will return June 18-29. Restaurateurs across the Las Vegas valley will participate over the 12-day culinary event by offering prix-fixe menus at price points ranging from $20 to $80. A fixed portion of each meal’s cost will benefit Three Square, and 100 percent of all proceeds collected will support the nonprofit’s mission of providing meals to more than 279,000 food insecure residents in Southern Nevada. Downtown Summerlin’s neighborhood steakhouse, Andiron Steak & Sea, will celebrate the beginning of summer with its third-annual White Party soiree on Saturday, June 9 from 7 p.m.–midnight, with an open bar until 10 p.m. All-white attire is strongly suggested. Tickets are $79. The next Culinary Road Trip dinner at the Downtown Grand with Chef Scott Commings will be a Grand Ole tribute to the cuisine of Nashville inside the Fremont Room on Thursday, June 7 from 6:30–8:30 p.m. For an authentic Music City-experience, there will be a performance from Nashville recording artist Towne. Tickets to the multi-course dinner are $55. The Underground, The Mob Museum’s new Prohibition history exhibition featuring a speakeasy and distillery, has introduced the “Knightcap,” its first cocktail in honor of the amazing Vegas Golden Knights. The gold-hued drink is a twist on a 1920s-era drink called The Gold Rush. Knightcap features the museum’s house-distilled moonshine infused with Ginger Jake, fresh lemon juice, egg white and brown sugar simple syrup served up in a classic coupe glass garnished with edible gold dust. Normally $12, the Knightcap will be offered at half-price during all 2018 Stanley Cup Finals games.

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