“BRETT’S VEGAS VIEW” by Jackie Brett
NO MORE CLARION RESORT: The small nearby 202-room Clarion on Convention Center Drive has closed for good. It’s been an interesting little property that opened as the Royal Inn in 1970 and changed hands and names numerous times: Royal Americana, Debbie Reynolds Hotel & Casino, Paddlewheel, and Greek Isles.
JERRY SEINFELD RETURNS TO CAESARS PALACE DEC. 26 AND 27: Jerry Seinfeld, who is best known for his role on NBC’s “Seinfeld” series, will return to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace for two nights of his stand-up comedy on Dec. 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. The “Seinfeld” show was chosen as the best sitcom on American television ever in a recent poll conducted by “Vanity Fair” and “60 Minutes.” Tickets range from $75 to $150.
THE PLAZA FEATURES ‘LIMELIGHT’ FOR A LIMITED ENGAGEMENT: “LIMELIGHT” is a sexy transformation of the Great Gatsby-era into a modern-day burlesque spectacular with a host of memorable characters, playfully naughty dancers led by a bad-boy Charlie Chaplin and vocal stylings of a re-imagined curvy Betty Boop. Named after one of Chaplin’s most famous films, “LIMELIGHT” brings the world of black and white silent films to vivid Technicolor through the art of contemporary burlesque. This show will run Thursday-Saturday at 10 p.m. from Sept. 12 through Nov. 1 at The Plaza downtown. Tickets are $30 and $40.
HEARTHSTONE KITCHEN AND CELLAR WILL OPEN AT RED ROCK RESORT: This fall, The Light Group Executive Chef and Partner Brian Massie will introduce Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar at Red Rock Resort. Hearthstone’s menu will be designed for using fresh and seasonal ingredients showcasing Rustic American dishes. The restaurant’s exhibition style wood-burning oven maximizes the flavors of Chef Massie’s creations while igniting a full sensory experience.
JW MARRIOTT HOSTS LAS VEGAS JAZZ FESTIVAL FOR THIRD YEAR: JW Marriott will host the upcoming three-day 2014 Las Vegas Jazz Festival at the resort’s state-of-the-art outdoor event center accommodating 2,800 jazz enthusiasts. Expected performers at the event running Sept. 19-21 include Maze, Keith Sweat, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Eric Benet, Anthony Hamilton, Ledisi and Brian Culbertson. For tickets, full festival lineup and additional information, visit www.lvjazzfestival.com. On Saturday, Sept. 20 and Sunday, Sept. 21, Ceres restaurant will offer a jazz brunch from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. featuring saxophonist Vince Preister and guitarist Calvin Brooks. The cost is $34.99 and includes either a Bloody Mary or pomegranate mimosa.
SUPER RUN WILL REV UP IN HENDERSON, SEPT. 25-28: Hot rods, muscle cars and vintage vehicles from across the nation will descend on Henderson Sept. 25-28 for the 15th Annual Super Run Classic Car Show. There will be automotive competitions, weekend concerts, a retro fashion show, and vendors. Spectator admission is complimentary. Car aficionados can get a sneak peak at the street rods at the official kickoff event on Sept. 25. The Fiesta in Henderson hosts the party, which features a selection of classic cars displayed in the hotel’s parking lot from noon-8 p.m. Other attractions scheduled throughout the weekend include the Hubcap Art Gallery & Silent Auction, kid’s entertainment show, and automotive vendors and exhibitors. Early car registration is open through Sept. 15 at a discounted rate of $50 and then it goes to $65. Car show participants will have a chance to win over $15,000 in cash and prizes. More than 250 trophies will also be awarded in a variety of categories.
LVMPD HOSTS FREE MONTHLY SAFETY FORUMS AT MOB MUSEUM: Beginning Saturday, Sept. 27 and continuing the third Saturday of every month through 2015, The Mob Museum downtown will partner with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) to host monthly Community Safety Forums. The forums taking place from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Oscar B. Goodman Room are FREE and open to the public. Topics change monthly and range from Auto Theft to Emergency Preparedness.
FREAKLING BROS. TRILOGY OF TERROR PROVIDES HALLOWEEN THRILLS: Freakling Bros. The Trilogy of Terror, featuring “Circus of Horrors,” “Castle Vampyre” and “Gates of Hell,” Nevada’s first and only R-rated attraction, will be marking its 22nd year as a stand-alone haunt in Las Vegas. Located at the Grand Canyon Shopping Center, Freakling Bros. The Trilogy of Terror will operate from 7 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday – Thursday over the following dates: Oct. 3–5, 9–12 and 16–31. For more, call 702-362-FEAR.
THE LINQ VENUES CHEER ON FOOTBALL WITH 248 TVs: The LINQ Promenade, Caesars Entertainment’s new open-air shopping, dining and entertainment district on the Strip, is offering football fans 12 locations ideal for watching the game, from the first outpost of New York’s infamous Brooklyn Bowl with more than 75 TVs, to the Yard House, which features 160 draft beer options on its menu. Guests at The LINQ have a choice of more than 248 TVs to view the game and several special promotions.
SAMMY’S VENUES OFFER MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SPECIALS: Sammy’s Restaurant & Bar and Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill locations are introducing all-star drink and takeout specials for every Monday Night Football game beginning at 5 p.m. weekly from Sept. 8 through Dec. 22. The N. Green Valley Parkway location is offering Pacifico, Coors Light and Miller Light draft beers for $3 each during the games along with an array of signature cocktails and the full menu of globally-inspired cuisine. The Tavern inside Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill at 6500 West Sahara has $15 beer buckets with four Coronas. Las Vegas Sammy’s locations are also offering a 20 percent discount on takeout orders every Monday night by using keywords, “Monday Night Football Offer.”
FIZZ OFFERS LIVE ACOUSTIC MUSIC AND ENDLESS CHAMPAGNE: FIZZ, the lavish new champagne lounge and bar inside Caesars Palace, has introduced live acoustic music sessions every Thursday from 8 to 11 p.m. with Peter Love. On Fridays from 7 to 10 p.m. Phil Stendeck serenades with a compellation of original songs in rock, reggae, and funk genres. Shawn Eiferman takes the stage on Saturday nights from 7 to 10 p.m. Additional entertainers include Le Grand Barr and Ryan Maloney from NBC’s “The Voice.” Guests can enjoy “Bottomless Bubbles,” which includes endless champagne refills from 5 to 7 p.m. or 7 to 9 p.m., priced at $36.
FREE ICE CREAM EVENT AT PROVIDENCE MASTER PLAN SEPT. 28: Children and families are invited to enjoy free ice cream at the Sunny 106.5 Ice Cream Sunday on Sunday, Sept. 28. The free family event family will run 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Promenade Park inside the Providence master planned community in northwest Las Vegas at 7195 Egan Crest Way. Look for the large green balloon. Festivities include ice cream-eating contests, petting zoo, balloon animals, bounce houses, entertainment by Amazing Clowns, and more. Attendees are invited to bring new or gently used books for Spread the Word Nevada.
AUTHOR TOD GOLDBERG SPEAKS AT FLAMINGO LIBRARY: The Clark County Library at 1401 E. Flamingo Road will feature “An Afternoon with Tod Goldberg” on Sunday, Sept. 21 at 3 p.m. Author Tod Goldberg will talk about his new book, “Gangsterland: A Novel,” which is a dark and funny crime story in which a former hit man, hiding out as a Las Vegas rabbi, isn’t quite as done with the Mafia as he wanted to be. Goldberg is the author of several crime novels including “Living Dead Girl,” a finalist for the “Los Angeles Times” Book Prize. A book signing and reception will follow the talk.
2015 WET‘N’WILD LAS VEGAS SEASON PASSES ON SALE NOW: Wet‘n’Wild Las Vegas is now selling Season Passes for 2015. As an added value, the water park is offering a special “Buy 3 Season Passes and Get 1 Free” offer until Sunday, Sept. 28. The special offer prices are $69.99, $89.99, and $129.99 VIP. All 2015 Season Passes can enjoy the rest of the 2014 season, which ends Sept. 28. All three pass options offer unlimited entry to the water park during public operating days and select food, beverage and retail discounts and free tubes at the Red Rock Bay wave pool and Colorado Cooler lazy river.
THE DAVE AUSTIN MEMORIAL POKER RUN TAKES PLACE SEPT. 27: The Dave Austin Memorial (DAM) Poker Run will be held Saturday, Sept. 27, beginning and ending at the Boulevard Brew Fest located at the MGM Resort Festival Village. 100 percent of the event’s proceeds will be donated to three local law enforcement and military related 501(c)3 organizations. Registration on Sept. 27 begins at 11 a.m. with the last bike out at 1 p.m. Entry fee is $30 per driver and $30 per passenger, call 702-499-2488. Each entry includes a DAM Poker Run commemorative t-shirt and ride pin and an individual meal during the event. Additional hands can be purchased for $10. The first 200 registrants also receive a complimentary ticket to the Boulevard Brew Fest featuring more than 50 Oregon brews and live music from Kings of Leon, Young The Giant and more. Prizes will be awarded to “Best Hand” and “Worst Hand” and a raffle will be held for a variety of items totaling more than $25,000.
FESTIVINO RETURNS TO THE VENETIAN® AND THE PALAZZO®: Festivino will again be hosted at The Venetian and The Palazzo. This is a full-bodied festival celebrating old world and new world wines paired with delicious dishes from the finest chefs on Friday, Sept. 26, from 7 to 10p.m.During Festivino, guests can mingle and learn about the celebrated wines from master sommeliers and enjoy culinary specialties all while surrounded by the beautiful Waterfall Atrium of The Palazzo featuring stunning seasonal décor. All-inclusive tickets are $85 and $75 for Grazie loyalty card holders.
KINGS OF LEON MOVES ‘MECHANICAL BULL TOUR’ TO THE STRIP: GRAMMY Award-winning band Kings of Leon announced its 2014 Mechanical Bull Tour will move its Saturday, Sept. 27 performance from the MGM Grand Garden Arena to The Lot along the Las Vegas Strip when it headlines the Boulevard Brew Fest. Young The Giant, Kongos and others will join Kings of Leon for the event presented by MGM Resorts International and Oregon Brewers Festival with doors opening at 5 p.m. General admission tickets priced at $59 and VIP tickets priced at $129. Tickets for the original Kings of Leon performance at MGM Grand will be honored at the new venue or guests can receive a full refund at the original point of purchase. The deadline for refunds is Friday, Sept. 19 at 5 p.m.
PROJECT DINNER TABLE ANNOUNCES FINAL TWO DINNERS FOR 2014: Now in its fifth season Project Dinner Table’s final two family-style outdoor dinners for the 2014 season will take place Saturday, Sept. 13 and Saturday, Oct. 11.Price for each dinner is $175 for members and $190 for non-members.The Sept. 13 evening dinner will be held at the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) Orchard with Bellagio Chefs Roy Ellamar and Edmund Wong at the helm. Proceeds will benefit Candlelighters and Miracle Flights for Kids.On Oct. 11, guests will dine at the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art on UNLV’s campus. Chefs from Caesars Palace will create a very special one-time only menu. October’s charity partners are Safe Nest and Blind Center of Nevada.
MJ CHRISTENSEN’S THIRD ‘DIAMOND DIG’ BENEFITS DRESS FOR SUCCESS: On Thursday, Sept. 18, from 5 to 7 p.m., MJ Christensen will again host a “Diamond Dig” at the Henderson store, 10400 S. Eastern Ave., to benefit Dress for Success Southern Nevada. Guests will get to purchase “digs” or scoops from a special sand box filled with gemstones. Lucky “diggers” who find a gemstone in their scoop will win a corresponding prize. One lucky guest will win the grand prize diamond necklace valued at $2,500. Proceeds from the purchase of “digs” will go to Dress for Success Southern Nevada. Hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served.
QUICK TIPS: Snoop Dogg will return with his 1920s style to TAO with his Snoopadelic Cabaret on New Year’s Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 31. The entire three story venue will be filled with period-influenced entertainment acts throughout the evening. Tickets are on sale now…$100 for gentlemen and $50 for ladies. Stand-upcomedian Doug Stanhope will appear at the Plaza Showroom on Saturday, Sept. 27 at 9:30 p.m. Tickets start at $49.The Life is Beautiful Festival Oct. 24-26 is releasing a limited quantity of single-day general admission $105 and single-day VIP tickets $249.50 for sale at lifeisbeautiful.com. Tickets for the Grills & Guitars Kick-Off party Thursday, Oct. 23 for $175 are also available separately on the website. Tony Orlando will be in Las Vegas headlining at the South Point Sept. 19-21. Tickets range from $45 to $55. The restaurants and bars at MGM Resorts International properties Bellagio, ARIA, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, Monte Carlo, The Mirage, New York-New York and Luxor will be offering food and drink selections and specials during football game dates. LuckyBear 2014, Sept. 26-29 will be an unscripted weekend for bears and friends from across the United States and beyond that will be complete with poolside parties and BBQs at the Blue Moon Hotel for Men. The fun will continue at several local LGBT bars, including The Fun Hog Ranch, Charlie’s and The Garage. Considering Adam Carolla famously closed his long-running “The Man Show” with women jumping on trampolines, it was only befitting that the comedian recently launched his Mangria at the gentlemen’s club Crazy Horse III.