“BRETT’S VEGAS VIEW” – by Jackie Brett
‘SYDNEY AFTER DARK’ WILL OPEN AT PLANET HOLLYWOOD: The American debut of Australia’s sexy female revue “Sydney After Dark” starring breathtaking women from “down under” will premiere at the PH Showroom inside Planet Hollywood on Monday, July 7. The show’s creator is Australian pop artist Belinda Chapple and the acclaimed cast has traveled all over the world entertaining. The lead vocalist will be Natalie Conway and choreography is by Wil Sabin. Shows will be Thursday through Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $39, $59 and $79.
LAS VEGAS HOSPITALITY ASSOCIATION WAS GIADA’S FIRST GROUP: Las Vegas Hospitality Association (LVHA), a leading local 523-member nonprofit tourism organization, was the first group to experience Emmy Award-winning celebrity Chef Giada De Laurentiis’ first-ever restaurant GIADA (pronounced Ja-da) at The Cromwell at a private luncheon event before it opened to the public later in the day. GIADA is located on the second floor of The Cromwell with long escalators leading to and from it and can seat 260 guests.
NEW RESTAURANT TACOS & BEER OPENS: The former home of Firefly at 3900 Paradise Road has new life as Tacos & Beer serving Mexican-style fare and street tacos. Signature cocktails include frozen sangria and frozen margaritas. The restaurant features 20 rotating beers on draft and several dozen available in bottles and boasts one of the few Certified Ciserones in Las Vegas.
PALACE STATION OPENS TWO NEW RESTAURANTS: Palace Station is introducing two new restaurants: a new Charcoal Room steakhouse and Little Tony’s, a new concept by 11-time World Pizza Champion Tony Gemignani. Station Casinos’ popular steakhouse concept, the Charcoal Room, is set to debut this month. This will mark the second Charcoal Room location in Las Vegas as it first originated at sister property Santa Fe Station.
NEW RETAILERS OPENING AT TOWN SQUARE: Town Square will be adding two new stores and a southern style barbecue restaurant, Pot Liquor CAS (Contemporary American Smokehouse) in the coming months. Shoppers will soon be able to visit Cariloha, a store filled with products made from bamboo, and Paper Source, a shop stocked with a selection of fine and artisanal papers, invitations, greeting cards and more. GameWorks is slated to open this summer. The family-friendly restaurant will feature classic and modern arcade attractions, American cuisine and an outdoor patio space for al fresco dining. GameWorks’ newest location will include a 7,000-square-foot arcade game floor, an eight-lane bowling alley and the flagship Social Gaming Arena, a devoted space for local area network (LAN) multi-player online computer gaming.
GOLDEN RAINBOW’S 28TH ANNUAL ‘RIBBON OF LIFE’ SET AT RIO, JUNE 22: Golden Rainbow’s 28th annual “Ribbon of Life” production will be held in The Penn & Teller Theater at the Rio on Sunday, June 22 at 1 p.m. This year’s fundraising show, “Under the Big Top,” will be full of circus-inspired acts with performances by entertainers Clint Holmes, Josh Strickland and Reva Rice; cast members from “Dancing Queen,” Frank Marino’s “Divas Las Vegas,” “Jersey Boys,” “Jubilee!,” “Million Dollar Quartet,” RagTag Entertainment, “Rock Of Ages,” “Zombie Burlesque” and Cirque du Soleil’s The Beatles “LOVE,” “Michael Jackson ONETM,” “Mystère”and “Zumanity;”vocal groups Sin City Opera and The Sound Collage; and many more. Tickets range from $45-$200.
CESAR MILLAN BRINGS ‘LEADER OF THE PACK LIVE’ SHOW TO THE PEARL: Renowned dog behavior expert Cesar Millan will bring his live stage show “Leader of the Pack LIVE”to The Pearl inside the Palms on Friday, Aug. 15, at 8 p.m. marking the first time he has held an event of this nature in Las Vegas. Millan is known for his hit television series “Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan” and his new series “Cesar 911,” which has been picked up for Season 2. Tickets start at $39, with the Super VIP Package available for $499.
WENDY WILLIAMS HOSTS WORLD’S LARGEST BACHELORETTE PARTY: New York Times best-selling author and daytime talk show host Wendy Williams will host the World’s Largest Bachelorette Party July 11–13. TAO Group presents the third installment of the larger-than-life bachelorette bash, complete with gift bags full of thousands of dollars in gifts, VIP nightlife treatment, prizes and giveaways, along with cocktails and fare from the acclaimed kitchens of LAVO Italian Restaurant and TAO Asian Bistro.For the third year, the authority on all things weddings, The Knot, will be the featured media partner. Each day will offer a unique experience as brides and bridesmaids party from sun up to sun down.
‘NASHVILLE UNPLUGGED’ HAS 5TH ANNIVERSARY AT SUNSET STATION: “Nashville Unplugged: The Story Behind the Song” is celebrating its fifth anniversary at Sunset Station where the show performs every Friday at 8 p.m. with special guest performers and month-long drink specials inside Club Madrid through June. Specials include $3 Budweiser and $3 Fireball shots. Upcoming lineup of hit makers includes: David Tolliver –June 13; Chris Wallin – June 20; and Brian Davis – June 27. Shows are a $10 cover at the door with a $5 discount to Boarding Pass card members.
MARK SHUNOCK’S ‘MONDAYS DARK’ WILL BENEFIT RUDY FOUNDATION: The fundraising June showcase of Mondays Dark at Vinyl inside Hard Rock will take place on Monday, June 16 at 8:30 p.m. The evening will feature the music of Tony-nominated musicals in “Mama Rocks A Million Boys,” showcasing scene favorites from the four celebrated Las Vegas Broadway musicals: “Mamma Mia!,” “Rock of Ages,” “Million Dollar Quartet,” and “Jersey Boys.” One hundred percent of the proceeds from the June showcase will benefit Rudy Foundation. Rudy Foundation was inspired by the story of Daniel ‘Rudy’ Ruettiger, whose story was told in the 1993 blockbuster film, “Rudy,” starring Sean Astin. Tickets are $20.
ALIANTE OFFERS SUMMER COUNTRY SERIES LINEUP: Aliante has a new Summer Country Series lineup June through August inside the 650-seat Access Showroom. The lineup includes: June 13 – Jana Kramer known for her acting role on the TV series, “One Tree Hill;” July 3 – Nashville country trio Gloriana; Aug. 29 -Southern rock and country band Blackberry Smoke; and up-and-coming country star Sam Riddle performing weekly on Saturday from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets are $5 for Riddle, start at $15.50 for Kramer and at $22.50 for the two groups.
HEADLINER JEFF DUNHAM HAS CUSTOM SUNDAE AT SERENDIPITY 3: Comic Jeff Dunham has teamed up with Serendipity 3 at Caesars Palace to create his own personal sundae “The Dunham” being offered the entire month of June. Dunham’s sweet creation is offered as a three-course meal package priced at $33. Dunham and his beloved cast of characters will take over The Colosseum at Caesars Palace with his “Disorderly Conduct” tour on Friday, June 13 at 8 p.m.
QUICK ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: The famous dance crew Jabbawockeez is celebrating the first anniversary of their “PRiSM” show at the Luxor with a limited time “Buy One, Get One Free” ticket offer for locals through June 30. On Saturday, June 21, the legendary Beach Boys tribute show “Papa Doo Run Run” will take the stage at the 25,000-square-foot M Pavilion at 7 p.m. Tickets are priced at $19.99, $24.99, $29.99. At the M Resort, there is the “Laugh Out Loud Comedy Show” in the Ravello Lounge on Fridays from 9:30 – 11:30 p.m. Upcoming acts are: creator of “Refried Comedy” improv Richard Villa – June 13; current finalist on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” Aida Rodriguez – June 20; and for three seasons a featured act on BET’s “Comic View” Kirk McHenry – June 27. Downtown Grand has “Summer Comedy Club” every Thursday in the Grand Ballroom at 7:30 p.m. Comedians scheduled the rest of the month are: June 5 – John Bizzare as seen on “The Tonight Show;” June 12 – Greg Vravis as seen on Comedy Central; June 19 – Bobby Wayne Stauts as seen on CMT; and June 26 – Bruce Mickelson as seen on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” “The Legendary Monroe Powell & The Platters Revue” will appear in the Grand Ballroom at JW Marriott June 13-14 at 7 p.m. Comedian / Hypnotist Doug MacCraw will follow on Sunday, June 15 at 4 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the Casino Cage. Elvis tribute artists will be competing at the Casa Blanca Hotel in Mesquite, Nev., about an hour-20-minute drive from Las Vegas, in a three-day event June 20-22. Performers will come from as far away as Australia. In another direction about a 45-minute drive is Primm, Nev., where the Star of the Desert Arena at Buffalo Bill’s Resort has headliner acts. The upcoming lineup is: Rick Springfield – June 14; Natalie Cole – June 28; WAR – July 5; and Art LaBo’s Latin Legends – July 19.
ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL OFFERS NEW DINING AND WEDDING OPTIONS: Insomniac has expanded its food offerings at the sold-out Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) taking place June 20-22. Well-known Las Vegas food trucks will roll into the Las Vegas Motor Speedway to provide fans a variety of food menus. Additionally, local restaurants including Desnudo Tacos, District One, Nacho Daddy, Naked City Pizza and Skinny Fats.The VIP Dining Deck will return for the second year and offer a seated, multi-course dinner from Chef Keven Lee. For the second year, EDC is providing fans with the opportunity to get married at the festival and, for the first time, this year’s wedding packages also include reception options for the entire wedding party. The first package is available for $35 per person.
TRIPLE GEORGE GRILL INTRODUCES ‘GEORGE FOR A DAY’ PROGRAM: Triple George Grill will introduce its “George for a Day” program on Father’s Day June 15 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The program will consist of a mixology lesson in Triple George’s Side Bar and include small-bite food pairings crafted to complement each cocktail. The cost is $45 per adult and $15 for guests under 21; call 702-384-2761702-384-2761702-384-2761702-384-2761.
COMMISSARY LATIN KITCHEN LAUNCHED TEQUILA COLLECTION: The Commissary Kitchen by Richard Sandoval inside the Downtown Grand has unveiled its brand-new tequila collection, comprising more than 100 unique and rare spirits. Chef Sandoval’s National Beverage Director Robert Day, who is a certified tequila expert by the Consejo Regulador del Tequila (The Tequila Regulatory Council), helped create the collection that took the Las Vegas-team nearly six months to perfect. Every type of Patron including Blanco, Anejo and Reprezado is available.
ABOUT TOWN NEWS ITEMS: The Las Vegas Strip got sweeter last week when the Hershey’s Chocolate World two-story retail experience opened at New York-New York. The West Coast flagship store boasts an eye-catching 74-foot high Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar that visitors can walk through and provides more than 800 candy and chocolate offerings. CaboWabo Cantina unveiled their new upper level inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood last week.After 15 years, Wolfgang Puck’s Postrio inside The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian has announced a new, refined concept and market-driven menu led by newly appointed Executive Chef Mark Andlebradt. Postrio has dropped the “Bar & Grill” moniker and now focuses on seasonal, new American cuisine with global influences. NARS Cosmetics’ flagship boutique offering a complete line of makeup and skincare collections is now open at The Forum Shops at Caesars. Several other stores opening in the coming months include All Saints, Polo Ralph Lauren, Blancpain, and Mulberry plus Border Grill by chef/owners Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger will be revealed later this summer. Grimaldi’s Pizzeria has brought back its popular Tuesday Tastings through Sept. 30. Guests are offered half-off all glasses, carafes, and bottles of wine at its restaurants nationwide. All of the restaurant’s wines except Sangrias and Grimaldi’s house wine are half off. The Golden Gate downtown will be streaming all the 2014 World Cup games and offer $2 Budweiser drafts at Bar Prohibition! during all 64 matches from June 12–July 13. To celebrate the first day of summer on Saturday, June 21 before 5 p.m., the coolest experience in Las Vegas, New York and Orlando Minus5 will allow local Las Vegans and New Yorkers complimentary entry into the ice bar. Shoot Las Vegas is holding a Father’s Day Mobile Shooting Event on Saturday, June 14 in the mobile shooting range at the Pro Gun Club in Boulder City. For information, visit www.ShootLasVegas.com. Silver Sevens Hotel & Casino will commemorate the first anniversary since its property-wide re-branding with a week-long celebration for the casino’s A-Play Club® members from July 1- 7. All the Sierra Gold Taverns in the valley will be cheering on FIFA World Cup action and offer $3 Miller Lite pints, $4 Belvedere cocktails and $5.75 Belvedere Bloody Marys, along with a chance to win soccer gear during the games. RHUMBAR at the The Mirage will celebrate the World Cup with viewing parties and new hand-crafted cocktails for most games from the first match on Thursday, June 12 through the final game on Sunday, July 13. Las Vegas’ first retail center from online liquidator Bazargin located at 7585 Commercial Way, Suite D in Henderson has opened to the public. The retail center offers discounts as high as 75 percent off retail pricing on name brand items. All items are brand new and in original factory packaging. Skye Canyon, the first large residential development since the great recession, broke ground last week. The 1,700-acre master-planned community, which borders Highway 95 and Horse Road in Northwest Las Vegas, is currently planning for 9,000 homes along with commercial and gaming use and outdoor amenities such as parks and trails. The first models are expected to open by summer 2015.
HOGS & HEIFERS HOLDS SAILOR JERRY DAY CELEBRATION JUNE 12: On Thursday, June 12, Hogs & Heifers downtown will celebrate Sailor Jerry Day, honoring the anniversary of legend Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins’ death. From 4 p.m. until midnight, there will be drink specials – $4 Old Ironside cocktails and $3 shots of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and grub from Rolling Smoke Barbeque. In addition, Ed Word of Bad Apple Tattoo and Kyle Montoya of Stay True Tattoo will setup shop tattooing at Hogs & Heifers and some guests will win complimentary tattoos in drawings.