“BRETT’S VEGAS VIEW” by Jackie Brett
TONY BENNETT-LADY GAGA WILL HEADLINE AT PLANET HOLLYWOOD: The incredible duo Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga will return to Las Vegas and perform at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Friday and Saturday, April 10-11 at 7:30 p.m. Bennett and Gaga initially opened their Cheek To Cheek tour in Las Vegas at two sold out shows on Dec. 30-31, 2014. They released their “Cheek To Cheek” album last September and won a Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album at the 57th annual show last month. Their Las Vegas performances will be accompanied by a big band along with each artist’s jazz ensembles who will also serve as special guests for the evening. Tickets range from $69-$250.
MILEY CYRUS AND BALL BECOME NEWEST MADAME TUSSAUDS’ FIGURE: On March 9, Madame Tussauds will debut its Miley Cyrus wax figure on a wrecking ball suspended from a 130-foot-high, 90-ton crane in front of The Venetian® on the Doge’s Palace canal bridge. Together standing 10 feet tall, the figure and the ball weigh more than 200 pounds with a 30-foot long chain. The figure and ball took more than six months to create with a team of 20 dedicated artists.Following the unveiling, Cyrus’ figure will be permanently installed into the attraction’s Music Room.
CELEBRITY CARS MOVES TO NEW LARGER LOCATION: Celebrity Cars Las Vegas has expanded to a new showroom at 7770 Dean Martin Drive, Suite 301, just off the I-15 with double the square footage and ample space for special events. The new 20,000-square-foot showroom houses nearly 80 cars, trucks and motorcycles. Inventory includes classic cars, powerful muscle cars, exotic sports cars, classic cruisers, custom sports bikes, luxury SUVs and large trucks.
ANDIRON STEAK & SEA OPENS IN DOWNTOWN SUMMERLIN: Acclaimed husband and wife restaurateurs Elizabeth Blau and Chef Kim Canteenwalla, who own Honey Salt, Made L.V., and Buddy V’s Ristorante, will open their newest fine dining restaurant Andiron Steak & Sea in the new Downtown Summerlin district on Tuesday, March 10. Andiron combines Blau’s East Coast design influence with Chef Canteenwalla’s bright and modern takes on traditional steakhouse fare. Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday with dinner nightly.
CHADWICK JOHNSON PERFORMS ALL OVER TOWN: Singer-songwriter…and champion Team Roper, Chadwick Johnson will perform his “Golden Concert” Wednesday, March 18 at 8 p.m. at the Italian American Club with special guest Naomi Mauro. A donation of $20 is requested. Johnson appears all over Las Vegas. Some upcoming gigs include the Lift Bar at Aria at 11 p.m. April 13 and 18, and the Label at The Palazzo at 9 p.m. on March 23.
DOWNTOWN GRAND WELCOMES LEGENDARY COMEDIAN MARTY ALLEN: Downtown Grand will present a special engagement with legendary comedian Marty Allen, age 92, performing at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday and Monday, March 22-23 inside The Grand Parlor. Limited to 100 guests per performance, tickets are $50, which includes $50 in free casino play per ticket, and can be purchased at Player Services. Following the show will be a meet and greet with Marty Allen in the casino, where he will be autograph signing his new book, “Hello Dere,” an autobiography about his remarkable 70-year career in showbiz.
MORE ENTERTAINMENT HIGHLIGHTS: Deana Martin will return to the South Point May 29-31. Legends in Concert at the Flamingo is taking a trip back in time to 1983 when ticket prices were $9.95. The show’s new discount for locals with a valid Nevada ID during March and April is up to six show tickets for $9.95 each. On Saturday, March 21 from 6-8 p.m., Bill Fayne and company will honor composer Stephen Sondheim’s 85th birthday at 6 p.m. at Ron DeCar’s Event Center. By “company,” Fayne means 25 great singers including James Allen, Brandon Burk, Adriana Lomysh Campell, Marcia Cope-Hart, Rita Davidsen, Joy Demain, George DeMott, Ayler Evan, Bruce Ewing, HayleyAnn Hart, Laurina Hendricksen, Sandra Huntsman, Jay Joseph, Anne Martinez, Karen Merstik-Michaels, Pat Newell, Vivien Rothwell, Niki Scalera, Tina Walsh, Kelly Ward, Dia Webb, Kellie Wright, Jessica Vanek, Marco Varela. Tickets are $15 to $30, call 702-384-0771. Doors open at 5 p.m. for buffet. Gary Anthony will make an encore performance as Chairman of the Board in his “Happy Birthday Mr. Sinatra!” show at the Italian American Club on Thursday, March 26 at 8 p.m. with Denise Rose as Judy Garland and a surprise special guest. Tickets are $25, call 702-457-3866. Downtown Grand has the comedy production, “Grand Laughs,” performing Thursday evenings at the Mob Bar with a rotating roster of coming comedians. Dennis Bono is celebrating 15 years of broadcasting his weekly national variety radio show, “The Dennis Bono Show from Las Vegas.” The show currently at the South Point airs over 30 radio stations and is recorded before a live audience every Thursday at 2 p.m. in the resort’s showroom. Complimentary tickets are available Wednesday and Thursdays at the Showroom Box Office. For spring break, March 23-April 12, Blue Man Group will offer its Family 4-Pack for $199, which retails for $384 and includes four Category C Mezzanine tickets and free small popcorn, call 702-730-7010 and mention “Family 4-Pack.” The Commanders Jazz Ensemble, part of the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West from Travis Air Force Base in California, will perform at the Henderson Pavilion Saturday, March 21 at 3 p.m. Advance complimentary tickets are available at the Henderson Pavilion Box Office and the Henderson Convention Center.
NEWS TO KNOW: The Riviera will celebrate its historic Diamond Jubilee Anniversary – 60 years on the Las Vegas Strip throughout the month of April with more than $500,000 in cash prizes being given away in the Classic Cash Giveaway. The iconic property will close its doors at noon on Monday, May 4, 2015. Celebrating its one year anniversary, The Juice Standard at 4555 S. Fort Apache Road is giving complimentary juice to those who shave their locks to support the St. Baldrick’s Foundation during the month of March. Participants must tag The Juice Standard in their social media photos during the head-shaving event and show the photos to the cashier to receive a complimentary Bee Pure or Bee Vibrant. Cabo Wabo Cantina inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood will commemorate National Beer Day with specials on Tuesday, April 7. Fiamma Trattoria & Bar at MGM Grand will host a wine pairing dinner with Castello Banfi Wine Education Director William Whiting Thursday, March 26 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $125, all-inclusive. Otto Las Vegas located in St. Marks Square inside The Venetian invites wine lovers to spend the afternoon on the Piazza while noshing on complimentary cicchetti, or small bites, from 3-6 p.m. with the purchase of a bottle of wine. The restaurant also features a list of 100 bottles of wine for under $100. A world-class doubleheader, featuring featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez defending his 126-pound title against young star Gary Russell Jr. in the main event on Showtime Championship Boxing, will take place at The Pearl at the Palms on Saturday, March 28, and air live on Showtime (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT). In the co-feature, undefeated rising star Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo faces experienced former U.S. Olympian Vanes Martirosyan in an important super welterweight showdown. Tickets range from $25 to $200. Totally Olive, a new gourmet boutique featuring a diverse selection of premium extra virgin olive oils, fused and infused oils, specialty oils and a variety of the finest white and dark balsamic vinegars from around the world, opened in Henderson at 10271 South Eastern Avenue, Suite 116. Open daily, the bright 1,500-square-foot Tasting Room can also be used for private events for up to 70 people. New Vista Event – Brew’s Best Hand-Crafted Beer Festival by local and reginal breweries will be held Saturday March 14 at Town Square from 1-6 p.m. Maverick Helicopters has re-signed a multi-year contract with Las Vegas Motor Speedway to continue as the exclusive helicopter operator for events at the complex including NASCAR and Electric Daisy Carnival Weekends. Maverick Helicopters will manage the heliport and work with the speedway and its entities to transfer guests and celebrities to events. Henderson’s Crazy Spokes is scheduled for 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, April 11 at Mission Hills Park, 551 E. Mission Dr. Activities include 10 a.m. 25-mile organized bike ride, 10:30 a.m. 6-mile family fun ride, and 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. festival focused on fitness. Cost for 25-mile ride is $20 adults, $10 children in advance, and $5 for the family fun ride. Participants are encouraged to dress up in costume. For information, call 702-267-2171. The rare cherub statue at Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition inside Luxor will remain on display to view through March 31. This is the Cherub’s first Las Vegas appearance.
FORUM SHOPS OFFER NEW RETAILERS: British born ethical cosmetic deli, LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics recently debuted in The Forum Shops. The cosmetic heaven on Level 2 presents fresh, vegetarian products to cleanse the body, mind and soul. LUSH’s expert consultants are also on hand to offer complimentary massages and product demonstrations. This month, several new retailers will open. Early this month, French ready-to-wear fashion label brand Zadig & Voltaire debuts. Inspired by the old Hollywood glamour bygone era, Charlotte Olympia opens with her latest luxury shoes, handbags and accessory designs mid-month. American watch and lifestyle brand, Fossil will join the roster of stores.
BLVD. COCKTAIL COMPANY AT LINK STARTS TUESDAY ‘JAZZ NIGHT’: Stylish BLVD. Cocktail Company lounge at The LINQ will start “Jazz Night” every Tuesday from 8 p.m. to midnight. Talent will feature local favorite Modern Jazz Assembly (MGA) known for legendary instrumentalists, both on stage and in the studio. Famous musicians include: trumpet master Oscar Brashear of Earth Wind and Fire; saxophonist Louis Van Taylor of Kool and the Gang; percussionist Stewart Killen who has worked with Alicia Keys, Booker T and Orgone; and drummer Herman Matthews who has worked with Stevie Wonder and Tower of Power.
POOLSIDE AT ALIANTE LAUNCHES MONTHLY JAZZ SERIES: The Deck at Aliante will open for the season on Monday, March 23 and launch monthly Poolside Jazz Under the Stars concerts on Thursday, April 30. Tickets for the 7 p.m. performances are $15. The Thursday lineups include: Brian Simpson April 30; Patrick Lamb May 28; Alex Bugnon June 25; Lao Tizer with Chieli Minucci July 30; Vincent Ingala Aug. 27; and Marcus Anderson Sept. 24. The Deck will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 23 through May 24 and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. the remainder of the season. Pool is free for hotel guests, locals day-passes are $10 on weekdays and $20 on weekends and holidays. Admission is waived for non-guests with purchase of a daybed, cabana, or 50-minute minimum spa treatment. Military veterans and Sun City residents receive a 10 percent discount for day-passes.
CBS SPORTS NETWORK-ESPN WILL TELEVISE SEVEN OUTLAWS GAMES: This year, the Arena Football League (AFL) has two major television deals to broadcast Arena Football games live nationally. CBS Sports Network and ESPN are set to air a combined 31 games including the regular season, quarterfinals, conference championships and Arena Bowl XXVIII on Aug. 29, with seven of those dedicated to Las Vegas Outlaws competitions. Owned by Vince Neil, lead singer of Motley Crüe, the Outlaws inaugural season and first game vs. the San Jose SaberCats is Monday, March 30 at UNLV’s Thomas and Mack Center.
VEGAS AFTER DARK TOURS START WITH ST. PAT’S PARTY BUS PUB CRAWL: Vegas After Dark Tours marks the grand opening of its all-inclusive custom club hop experiences with an Irish pub-crawl on St. Patrick’s Day, Tuesday, March 17 at 4 p.m. The $69 tour will visit four Las Vegas Irish bars and pubs via a decked out 28-person party bus with live entertainment (leprechauns) on board and green beverages and lucky spirits flowing in between stops, call 702-778-5779. Vegas After Dark Tours offers a variety of nightlife experiences. Current packages include: Vegas Club Hop; Girls’ Night Out (five person minimum); Guys’ Last Stand (5 person minimum); and EDC (Electric Daisy Carnival) Pre-Party Bus – $85 per night, $229 for entire weekend.
MORE ST. PATRICK’S DAY HIGHLIGHTS: There will be St. Pat’s activities and specials all over town. Tacos & Tequila (T&T) at the Luxor will serve the 12-inch Mean Green Quesadilla on Tuesday, March 17 made up of spinach tortillas loaded with choice of protein including chicken, carne asada or shrimp. Each quesadilla is served alambre style, with bacon, Oaxaca cheese, chile poblano and onion, and topped with cilantro, avocado cream sauce and green pico de gallo, priced at $14. CRUSH at the MGM Grand will have limited-time happy hour specials and specialty dishes on Tuesday, March 17. Hosted by Irishman and celebrity bartender, John O’Donnell, CRUSH’s holiday party will run from 5 to 7 p.m. and feature $10 pizzas, $5 draft beers and $5 wines, etc. From March 13-17, Shake Shack at New York-New York will offer their special edition When Irish Fries Are Smiling—crinkle-cut fries topped with horseradish cream, scallions and all-natural applewood smoked bacon. The Leprechaun-approved fries will be $4.50 and the Mast Brothers chocolate mint frozen custard will be the custard flavor running March 16-22. Stitch Factory at 300 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Suite 120, will hold a St. Patty’s Day Pub Crawl on March 17 starting at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $20 and part of the proceeds will benefit Grant A Gift Autism Foundation. Due & Proper on March 17 at The District at Green Valley Ranch will host a patio party complete with DJ Earwaxxx, a lucky leprechaun, Irish fare, whiskey, beer and cocktails from 4 to 8 p.m.
MOB MUSEUM DOWNTOWN OFFERS SPECIAL TOUR AND PROGRAMS: For Women’s History Month in March, The Mob Museum is offering two special guided tours exploring the theme of “Women in Organized Crime and Law Enforcement” on Saturdays, March 7 and March 21 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. From Mob boss to prosecutor, from partner to victim, women have played countless pivotal roles throughout Mob history.The price is $10, in addition to the regular cost of museum admission.Bugsy Siegelon’s story will be explored during “Who Killed Bugsy Siegel?” the next installment in The Mob Museum’s Courtroom Conversation series, to be held Tuesday, March 24 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and museum members receive a 10 percent discount, call 702-229-2734.Future Courtroom Conversations include: “Follow the Money,” a look at the T-Men, on April 16; “Jimmy Chagra” analysis on May 28; and “What Happened to Jimmy Hoffa” on June 24.
NEON MUSEUM HOLDS EVENTS FOR CHILDREN: The Neon Museum will host Aladdin’s March Magic on Saturday, March 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. The event is designed for preschoolers through third graders and costs $5. Event includes the “Genie” performing a dramatic reading of the traditional version of the Aladdin folktale in the Boneyard Park, making a magic “flying carpet” with paper and markers, a search for Aladdin’s lamp, and learning some magic tricks themselves.On Thursday, April 2, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., the Neon Museum downtown will host a family fun event, “Drawing History in 3D” recommended for kindergartners through sixth graders accompanied by an adult. Children will learn how to draw their own 3D/anaglyph sign based on historic signs in the Neon Museum’s collection and will fabricate their own pair of 3D glasses to view their sign. Cost is $5, call 702-387-6366.
HARD ROCK CAFE HOLDS INSTRUMENT DRIVE FOR LOCAL SCHOOLS: This March, in honor of Music in our Schools Month, Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas teams up with Communities In Schools of Nevada (CIS of Nevada) to host a month-long instrument drive and fundraiser in support of local students and music programs across the valley. Folks are encouraged to donate a new or gently used instrument and receive 20 percent off their total check that day at either of two locations.