Celeb Anniversaries and Holiday Shows

In Vegas VIP Scene-ery by Vegas Only Entertainment


Contributed by Jackie Brett


BROADWAY HIT ‘SIX’ SCHEDULES SEVEN-WEEK RUN AT VENETIAN: The Tony Award-winning global sensation “SIX” will debut at The Palazzo® Theatre inside The Venetian® on March 21, 2023, for a limited seven-week engagement. “SIX” will play eight performances each week Tuesday-Friday at 8:30 p.m., Saturday at 6:30 and 10 p.m., and Sunday at 5 and 8:30 p.m. Tickets begin at $69.99. “SIX” is the new original musical everyone is losing their head over. The “SIX” wives of Henry VIII take the microphone to remix 500 years of historical heartbreak into a euphoric celebration of 21st century girl power. The show comes off as an amazing upbeat musical concert. “SIX” won 23 awards in the 2021/2022 Broadway season, including the Tony Award® for Best Original Score (Music and Lyrics) and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical.

EMBRACING APPEAL OF ATOMIC AGE – ATOMIC MUSEUM REBRANDS: Since opening on Feb. 20, 2005, the museum, founded by the Nevada Test Site Historical Foundation and located on the Desert Research Institute campus has been called the National Atomic Testing Museum. It is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and located just east of the Strip. With its global appeal, the museum is being rebranded Atomic Museum with a new mission of attracting more visitors, thereby increasing general knowledge about the history and impact of the nuclear industry throughout the world. The museum seeks to highlight programming, exhibits and content emphasizing not only nuclear history, but also a broader understanding of social, political and popular culture impacts associated with the Atomic Age. Since opening, the Museum has established one of the most comprehensive collections of atomic history in the world with thousands of rare photographs, videos, more than 3,500 artifacts and scientific and nuclear reports and data. Continuing to tell the story of the Nevada Test Site and the country’s nuclear weapons program, the museum highlights the atomic fever, which spread throughout the United States as atomic tests became televised during the 1950s. From the museum’s “Atomic Testing in Pop Culture” exhibit showcasing atomic-themed comic books, candy, children’s toys, liquor and more to artifacts related to atomic tourism in Las Vegas, visitors learn about the cultural phenomenon that was the Atomic Age.  NOTE: Very last minute with regrets, author Bruce W. Church’s “Meet and Greet & Book Signing” was postponed from the original Dec. 10 date and will be rescheduled.

HUMAN NATURE ENDS YEAR WITH ‘CHRISTMAS MOTOWN AND MORE’: Human Nature is one of Australia’s greatest musical success stories and exports. The pop vocal group which features brothers Andrew and Michael Tierney together with high school mate Toby Allen will headline their holiday show “Human Nature: Christmas Motown and More” at South Point Dec. 20-22 at 6:30 p.m. and Dec. 23 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $45. From the group’s years of having headline residencies on the Strip, they have acquired a loyal local and visitor fan base. Human Nature has sold more than 2.5 million albums, earned 27 platinum awards, 18 top 40 hits and five top 10 hits worldwide.

TICKETS ON SALE FOR VERIZON’S 2023 PRO BOWL GAMES: The 2023 Pro Bowl Games presented by Verizon is heading to Las Vegas for a completely reimagined experience for fans and players. Today, fans can buy tickets to see all the action on Sunday, Feb. 5 at Allegiant Stadium and catch NFL’s stars representing their team, city and conference. The 2023 Pro Bowl Games, hosted in partnership with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and Las Vegas Raiders, will be a week-long series with 88 NFL stars battling it out in AFC vs NFC competitions. On Sunday, Feb. 5, ticketholders to The Pro Bowl Games will be able to witness all the impressive player feats live, including the first-ever Flag football games between the league’s best players, exciting Pro Bowl Skills and a major musical performance. Sunday’s events will also be televised from 3-6 p.m. EST on ESPN and ABC. Fans can visit ProBowl.com/tickets to buy tickets, which start at $35. A key evolution of the 2023 Pro Bowl Games is the shift from a traditional tackle game to a Flag football game plus Pro Bowl Skills. With a high level of inclusivity and accessibility, Flag football has been a key part of the NFL’s participation and development strategy globally

DIVAS, FEATURING POPS, JAYA & KUH, WILL VISIT M RESORT: Pops Fernandez, Jaya and Kuh Ledesma are set to take the stage with their successful show, 3 Divas, at M Resort in the M Pavilion on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. The three powerful singers are making a stop as they tour the world with their first-ever collaboration together on stage with 3 Divas. Tickets start at $50. The concert features three top Filipino Divas. The ensemble brings together onstage Pops Fernandez, dubbed the Philippines’ Concert Queen, who has performed for the last four decades internationally and locally in sold out shows, along with Jaya, Asia’s Queen of Soul, known globally as a powerful songstress of soul, rapper, record producer, actress, dancer and presenter, and Kuh Ledesma performing hits from her 35 year music career of more than 1,000 concerts, numerous awards, and 20 albums.

ASKA YANG PERFORMS SPECIAL CONCERT AT RESORTS WORLD: Resort World Theatre is hosting Taiwanese superstar Aska Yang for a special holiday performance on Saturday, Dec. 24 at 4 p.m. Yang will be performing his smash hits “Onion,” “Dove” and more. Yang’s debut in Taiwan was as a contestant on season one of Taiwanese TV singing contest “One Million Star” in 2007. While he emerged as one of the top six finalists, the media questioned his real age. He publicly admitted he falsified his age and quit the competition. Nevertheless, the final 10 contestants, including Yang, had released two compilation albums, “Stars Reunion” and “Yesterday,” and he recorded four songs in both albums. Because of the press attention, his name was frequently mentioned in a sensational way throughout the whole year. After reaching a new agreement with his manager at the end of 2007, his musical career formally started. He released his debut solo album “Dove” in January 2008, and it became the best-selling album in the first half of the year. His fan base began to expand to other regions like Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong. Yang also played his first solo concert in Taipei Arena four months after the release of his debut album. However, after the solo concert, he was embroiled in conflict with his manager again and terminated the contract in October 2008. Yang restarted his music career in early 2009.

‘FANTASY’ WILL PERFORM ADDITIONAL HOLIDAY SHOWS: The ladies of “Fantasy,” the award-winning topless female revue at the Luxor, will celebrate the holiday season with additional 8 p.m. shows Dec. 23–25. In addition, the cast will giveaway festive stockings stuffed with holly jolly fantasies. To make this season bright, all six shows will feature a holiday number set to “Run Run Rudolph.” All guests attending the shows on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day will be entered to receive a special holiday gift basket. During each tantalizing performance, a randomly selected seat will be chosen from the audience. The winner will receive the Fantasy “Naughty or Nice Stocking” gift basket containing Fantasy-branded gifts including the new “2023: Fantasy Has Legs” calendar, playing cards and more. The Christmas Eve baskets will also include a $100 gift certificate to Public House Sports Bar at Luxor, while the Christmas Day baskets will feature a $100 gift certificate to Diablo’s Cantina at Luxor. Following the show, the gift baskets may be picked up at the Atrium Showroom merchandise counter where guests can purchase additional Fantasy-branded gifts.

SUNLIFE ORGANICS OPENS AT UNCOMMONS: Las Vegas’ first SunLife Organics held its grand opening last Saturday at UnCommons, the new 40-acre urban community in Southwest Las Vegas. Located at 6810 Helen Toland St., Suite #105, the cult-favorite, Malibu-based eatery offers organic superfood bowls, smoothies, cold-pressed juices and more. Founded by Khalil Rafati in 2011, SunLife is committed to serving the highest quality organic ingredients Mother Nature offers. SunLife Organics provides an alternative take to a modern-day juice bar. Designed by a feng shui master, each location incorporates crystals and geodes – some standing over seven feet tall – throughout the space that Rafati collected throughout his travels. Because of this unique layout, seating is located entirely outside the juice bar, at handcrafted oversized picnic tables in a secluded courtyard. SunLife Organics is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Sunday. SunLife is among the first of many food and beverage tenants to open at UnCommons, joining the Cuban-inspired neighborhood bodega, Mercadito; beloved boba tea shop, Teaspoon; and heirloom coffee roaster and pioneer, Urth Caffé; plus, more opening soon.

HEARTHSTONE KITCHEN & CELLAR WILL FEATURE HANUKKAH MENU: Heartstone Kitchen & Cellar, located at Red Rock in Summerlin, will celebrate Hanukkah with a menu offering traditional dishes enjoyed throughout the holiday period, Sunday-Monday, Dec.18-26. The dining destination’s menu will include homemade challah bread served with honey butter; traditional potato latkes with smoked salmon, capers, dill crème fraiche and shallot; a tender beef brisket, complemented by a red wine demi glaze sauce and served with glazed rainbow carrots, pearl onions and sweet potato. Chocolate babka bread pudding with French vanilla ice cream, topped with kosher chocolate caramel sauce and fresh mint will serve as dessert. Pricing for each dish varies per dish and ranges from $10-$31. The menu will be available for both dine-in and take-out.

COMMONWEALTH CELEBRATES 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY: Commonwealth, Corner Bar Management’s stylish cocktail bar located in the heart of the Fremont East Entertainment District at 525 E. Fremont St., will celebrate its 10-year anniversary offering downtown views, handcrafted cocktails and rooftop dancing on Friday, Dec. 16. Corner Bar Management redefined nightlife in Downtown Las Vegas when it opened Commonwealth as its first concept in 2012, which was ahead of its time with its cocktail program and industrial-chic atmosphere. Commonwealth reflected founder Ryan Doherty’s passion for unconventional art, music and design. Commonwealth also houses The Laundry Room, an acclaimed cocktail haven with limited seating and an exclusive admission process. Doherty has continued to raise the bar for nightlife Downtown, situating Corner Bar Management at the forefront Fremont East’s revivals with the openings of Lucky Day, Park on Fremont, We All Scream, DISCOPUSSY, Museum Fiasco, Peyote, Cheapshot and their latest bar and restaurant, La Mona Rosa, which will host its grand opening early next year.

CARROT TOP CELEBRATES 17TH ANNIVERSARY AT LUXOR: Time flies…Carrot Top recently celebrated his 17th anniversary at the Luxor, making him the longest-running headlining comedian in Las Vegas. Since opening in 2005, Carrot Top has performed close to 4,000 shows for more than one million guests, attracting fans and celebrities including Queen, Sting, Amy Poehler, Hannah Einbinder, Vince Neil, Nicolas Cage, Tracy Lawrence, Anderson .Paak, Gene Simmons and many others. Scott Thompson aka “Carrot Top” has been making audiences laugh for more than three decades. As one of the most recognizable comedic entertainers, the King of Props induces laughter with his current take on pop culture, music, and headlines of the day in a continually evolving show.

ARTIST SHENSEEA SET TO PERFORM AT 2023 AVN AWARDS: AVN Media Network announced artist sensation, Shenseea is set to perform at the 2023 AVN Awards. Coming off her debut studio album, “ALPHA” and having collaborated with musical luminaries including Megan Thee Stallion, 21 Savage, Wizkid and more, this Jamaican talent will be the third female artist in the 25+ year history of the awards to perform. The AVN Awards, the sexiest awards show of the year, is celebrating 40 years in the business and will take place on Jan. 7, 2023, from 8 to 11 p.m. at Resorts World. Tickets start at $175. The 2023 AVN Awards will be hosted by adult stars Abella Danger and Reya Sunshine as part of the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo scheduled Jan. 4-7 in Las Vegas.

PIANIST KEIKO MATSUI WILL PERFORM AT SANTA FE STATION: Acclaimed pianist, composer and humanitarian Keiko Matsui will return to Las Vegas for a special performance at the Chrome Showroom inside Santa Fe Station on Saturday, April 8, 2023, at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $32.50. Matsui’s transcendent and haunting melodies have long sought to build bridges. Her sonic cultural exchange has reached fans throughout the world and allowed the pianist to work alongside icons Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Hugh Masekela and Bob James. The petite, soft spoken commanding artist would like her music to be a conduit for peace, kindness, love and light. Her 2019 recording “Echo” is an attempt to capture these elements into the vibration of sound. She co-produced “Echo” with Grammy nominated producer Bud Harner. A master storyteller, Matsui’s exquisite compositions create timeless musical anthems.

MINUS5º ICEBARS FEATURE NORTH POLE-INSPIRED HOLIDAY ICE: Minus5º ICEBAR, the one-of-a-kind immersive ice attraction offering a distinctively chill atmosphere, features festive holiday ice sculptures at all three of its Las Vegas Strip locations, including Mandalay Bay, The Venetian and The LINQ Promenade. Guests can enjoy shareable photo moments throughout the three ice lounges with all-new North Pole decorations, winter elves, famous film characters and more. Minus5º ICEBAR’s holiday ice sculptures will be on view through Jan. 2, 2023.

NEON MUSEUM TO OFFER TOUR SCRIPTS IN MULTIPLE LANGUAGES: Beginning Dec. 15, The Neon Museum will offer visitors access to hard copy scripts of the guided tour of its main collection in the Neon Boneyard in five languages: Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish. The translation of these tours was made possible thanks to a grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. The five languages were selected based on data collected on which languages the Museum’s website is translated into most often by online visitors.

DURING NFR MIRANDA LAMBERT DINED AT ONE STEAKHOUSE: On Dec. 7, country music superstar, Miranda Lambert dined at One Steakhouse at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, part of Curio Collection by Hilton. She was joined by her husband, Brendan McLoughlin and PGA TOUR professional Séamus Power. They sipped on hand-crafted cocktails from One Steakhouse’s Bon Vivant, John O’Donnell and feasted on signature steaks.

LAS VEGAS WILL HOST NCAA MEN’S FINAL FOUR IN APRIL 2028: It may be a few years off; however, Las Vegas has been selected as a host site for the 2028 NCAA Men’s Final Four, marking the first time it will host the collegiate basketball championship. Games will be played April 1 and 3, 2028, at Allegiant Stadium, the $2 billion, 65,000-seat global events venue located adjacent to the Las Vegas Strip. The announcement further solidifies Las Vegas as The Greatest Arena on Earth™, following successful marquee events this year including the NFL Draft and the NFL Pro Bowl. Las Vegas will also host the Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix in 2023 and Super Bowl LVIII in 2024. The ability to present college basketball’s most-viewed event is due in part to the completion of Allegiant Stadium in 2020.

LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY NAMED SPEEDWAY OF THE YEAR: Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS) was chosen Speedway of the Year from among 11 state-of-the-art Speedway Motorsports entertainment complexes. The award is presented for the best overall performance during 2022 in such aspects as fan friendliness, attendance, financial performance, sponsor relations and creativity.