BRETT’S VEGAS VIEW
Contributed by Jackie Brett
‘PRINCESS DIANA: A TRIBUTE EXHIBITION’ TO DEBUT IN LAS VEGAS: In August, “Princess Diana: A Tribute Exhibition,” a 10,000-square-foot royal exhibit will assume a long-term permanent residency inside The Shops at Crystals on the Strip. The exhibition has been designed to transport visitors into the life of world-famous royalty through designer fashions, personal effects and historic items of the “People’s Princess” and family and friends important in her life. Organizers worked to curate the exhibit from a collection of Diana and British royal memorabilia considered by many to be the world’s most comprehensive. This collection has taken more than 45 years to assemble. Guests will journey through 12 themed rooms anchored by three standout collections: “Wedding of the Century,” “Fashion Icon” and “Gone Too Soon: A Memorial.” The display will include a life-size artistic sculpture of the most famous wedding dress in history, nine Diana-worn textiles, historic royal family items and more than 500 original items and personal objects belonging (or relating) to Diana as well as other well-known royals, including Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William and Prince Harry. Adding a significant amount of exclusive photography to the exhibition will be Anwar Hussein, the longest-standing living professional photographer of the royal family, who began his career capturing royal photos in the 1960s. The exhibition is created and produced by SBX Group and SEE Global Entertainment in partnership with Pink Ribbons Crusade, a 501(c)(3) all-volunteer charity sharing its multi-million-dollar collection to raise funds to fight breast cancer.
AXE KINGDOM INTERACTIVE POP-UP OPENS INSIDE TIVOLI VILLAGE: At Axe Kingdom opening at Tivoli Village in Suite 130, guests can channel the Viking spirit with this new interactive experience recalling the days of yore. A medieval interactive adventure with photo ops along the way, Axe Kingdom includes everything from axe throwing to dragon slaying, survival games like Fortnight, and more. This new attraction will run Thursdays through Sundays from July 14 through Nov. Hours of operation Thursday–Friday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday noon to 10 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays are available for private parties, team building/company outings, and more. Axe Kingdom is for all ages. Adult tickets are $30 for a one-hour experience and children 13 and under are $17.50 each for 60 minutes. Half hour pricing is also available.
DUCK DUCK SHED EVENT CELEBRATES LAS VEGAS ARCHITECTURE: The Neon Museum will debut a four-day event, Oct. 27-30, entitled “Duck Duck Shed: Celebrating Las Vegas Architecture, Design, and Culture” to recognize the city’s defining architecture. The event will highlight the city’s architectural character over the decades with more than three dozen individual offerings. Programming will include presentations by nationally acclaimed speakers, such as author, historian, urban planner and architect Alan Hess and Jon Sparer, the famed architect behind prestigious international resorts as well as The Mirage, Paris, and Bellagio in Las Vegas. Duck Duck Shed will also offer tours of historic Las Vegas neighborhoods and properties by foot, coach, and helicopter, including exclusive, once-in-a lifetime tours of Siegfried & Roy’s Jungle Palace, a private estate which is not open to the public. Duck Duck Shed is focused on the themes first identified in the seminal text “Learning from Las Vegas” by Denise Scott Brown, Robert Venturi, and Steven Izenour, which is celebrating its 50th year since its initial printing and is still considered required reading in many universities’ architecture programs. The authors penned the idea that buildings are either “ducks” that explicitly represent their function through their unique shape and design or “decorated sheds” which are more generic structures with signs and décor denoting their purpose. Examples of this academic concept include the Tropicana which opened in 1957 and Resorts World that opened last year as “decorated sheds” and the Excalibur and Circus Circus as “ducks.” All programming is being offered on an a la carte basis so attendees can attend the programs of their choice. For full details on event programming and to sign up for any tours, exhibits or lectures, visit duckduckshed.com.
THE BIGGA BAGGARIDDIM TOUR WILL STOP AT SUNSET STATION: The Bigga Baggariddim Tour starring UB40, The Original Wailers featuring Al Anderson, Maxi Priest and Big Mountain will make a stop at Sunset Station on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m. and perform under the stars at the Sunset Amphitheater. Tickets start at $35. With massive hits like “Red Red Wine” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You,” UB40 became one of the biggest names not only in reggae but in pop music in the 1980s and ’90s. The Wailers rewrote the history books as Bob Marley’s band, and today under leader Aston Barrett Jr. they carry the flame for the past and light the way forward. In 1974 when Marley went solo, he surprised the music community by choosing American born lead guitarist, Al Anderson, whose stunning lead work first alerted rock fans to the Wailer’s music. Andersons’ musical achievements with Bob Marley & The Wailers include the platinum award winning albums, “Live at the Lyceum,” “Babylon by Bus” and 10 times platinum album “Legend.” Maxi Priest since his 1988 debut and 10 albums has scored huge hits like “Close to You” by bringing together the sounds of reggae with R&B. He is the most successful reggae solo artist in the world, second only to legend Bob Marley. American reggae band Big Mountain brought a very commercialized version of Jamaican music to the American mainstream when their cover of Peter Frampton’s “Baby, I Love Your Way” reached the Top Ten in early 1994.
ARCADE AT HORSESHOE LAS VEGAS TO OPEN FALL OF 2022: Bally’s Las Vegas continues to welcome new developments and will debut the ARCADE at Horseshoe offering fun for all ages in the fall of 2022 as part of its rebrand. The ARCADE will occupy the former Caesars Sportsbook space. Located on the first level of Bally’s near the food court, the destination will offer more than 80 games, from classic arcade favorites to the latest releases, in a 7,000-square-foot space. Designed by Aria Group, the attraction’s interior draws inspiration from urban night settings featuring a variety of colorful artwork and bright neon lights. The attraction will also feature an enhanced and refreshed bar that was formerly in the space. The ARCADE will be one of the several projects associated with the Horseshoe rebrand and follows the recent addition of Jack Binion’s Steak and the upcoming opening of M.Y. Asia by Chef Martin Yan. The property transformation will also include a renovated exterior, casino floor and public areas. Sports fans can still enjoy sports wagering via the Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill app and at the new Caesars Sportsbook ticket counter coming to Horseshoe Las Vegas.
‘TEASE: A BURLESQUE REVUE’ RETURNS TO THE STAGE JULY 16: The Burlesque Hall of Fame’s quarterly burlesque spectacle “TEASE: A Burlesque Revue” returns to The Space at 3460 Cavaretta Court on Saturday, July 16 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20/$30/$40 online at The Space’s website. The celebration of burlesque talent features the best Burlesque entertainers in Las Vegas alongside special guest, Best Boylesque award-winning performer Matt Finish. The performances will be joined by an interview with BHOF’s 2022 Living Legend Award recipient, Gina Bon Bon, a Las Vegas mainstay in the 1970s and international performer who has worked alongside Tempest Storm, Robert Alda, Red Buttons, and others. The Burlesque Hall of Fame is the world’s only museum dedicated to preserving, sharing, celebrating, and inspiring the art of burlesque. The museum is located at 1027 S. Main St, #110, and is currently open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission $15; $12 with Nevada ID; $10 for students, military and seniors.
PLAZA HOSTS ‘ANNOYED PIT BOSS BOOK SIGNING’: Table games dealer then supervisor Eric Sherwood, now author of the book “Dealt – Stories from My Life on the Felt,” will hold his first book signing and meet and greet event in Las Vegas at the Plaza on Friday, Aug. 26, at 6 p.m. His book was released in May this year. It is a collection of 32 short stories from Sherwood’s experiences. In 2012, Sherwood created the Twitter account @AnnoyedPitBoss, formerly the Annoyed Casino Dealer, to share his daily happenings to the world. At the Annoyed Pit Boss Book Signing, guests can have either their personal copy of the book signed or purchase one onsite. Attendees will also receive one complimentary cocktail. Registration via RSVP is required online at www.plazahotelcasino.com/annoyed-pit-boss/ and space is limited onsite to the first 100 people to arrive. On Saturday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m., guests can again meet up with Sherwood to play blackjack on the Plaza’s casino floor. Guests wanting to attend the book signing and play blackjack can save up to 20% booking online at the same link using the code: ANNOYED.
WE ALL SCREAM WILL PUT CHERRY ON TOP OF NATIONAL ICE CREAM DAY: We All Scream, Corner Bar Management’s two floor, art-filled nightclub and ice creamery located Downtown at 517 E. Fremont St., will put the cherry on top of National Ice Cream Day with sweet treats, beats and more on Sunday, July 17. We All Scream’s ice cream will also be available for purchase through its Fremont-facing shop window beginning at noon on July 17. Dripping in colorful murals and ice cream-inspired design, We All Scream invites guests to dance and indulge on this dessert-filled holiday. Beginning at 10 p.m., Holy House and hau5trap, deadmau5’s house music label, will take over the back patio to present headliner Dillon Nathaniel on We All Scream’s vintage dairy truck-turned-DJ booth. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased We All Scream’s website.
VINCE VAUGHN DEBUTS WSOP® MAIN EVENT® BRACELET: World Series of Poker (WSOP®) Celebrity Master of Ceremonies, Vince Vaughn, arrived at the 53rd annual WSOP Main Event in memorable fashion. Adorned in royal attire, Vaughn was carried into the Bally’s Events Center flanked by a full Roman Royal Court making his way to the Final Table. Vaughn unveiled the newly designed Main Event bracelet during his procession before offering a few words and making the iconic Shuffle Up and Deal announcement to kick off the last of the prestigious Main Event $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em flights.
STONEY’S ROCKIN’ COUNTRY HIGHLIGHTS LIVE COUNTRY MUSIC: Stoney’s Rockin’ Country in Town Square is featuring some of country’s hottest risingstars this month in addition to it line dancing and mechanical bull. Plus, there are free line dance lessons Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. Upcoming acts this month include Jeremy McComb July 15, The Cadillac Three rescheduled show July 16, Lily Rose July 22, and After Midtown July 29. Show start at 10 p.m. General admission 21+ are $10 in advance; 18+ $15 in advance; and $25 day-of-show. This week’s headliner Jeremy McComb has explored nearly every facet of the entertainment industry. From radio to tour managing, he’s released five albums, grown an international fan base, hit the Billboard charts and written songs for projects selling more 6 million copies … including a Grammy-nominated soundtrack “Blue Collar Comedy Tour – One for the Road.”
MOB MUSEUM’S HOUSE-DISTILLED MOONSHINE RECEIVES TWO AWARDS: The Mob Museum’s house-distilled moonshine received two prestigious awards in the 2022 Central Coast Wine and Spirits Competition as part of this year’s California Mid-State Fair, which is held annually for 12 days. In the category of invitational spirits made outside of California, The Museum earned Double Gold for its 100 proof Cinn-City Moonshine naturally flavored with cinnamon and brown sugar and Silver for its Ginger Jake Moonshine featuring citrus notes and a gingery snap. Both varieties are crafted in-house in The Underground’s custom-made, copper-pot still. The Museum has also previously received acclaim for its premium spirits, being awarded a Double Gold medal for its house-distilled signature moonshine in 2019 by The Fifty Best and winning first place in the category of Best Moonshine at the 2020 International Whiskey Competition.
FASHION SHOW CELEBRATES WITH ‘SUMMERTIME HAPPINESS’: This summer, Fashion Show Las Vegas (FSLV) has launched “Summertime Happiness,” an activation featuring complimentary experiences, events and Instagrammable art installations now through Labor Day. “Summertime Happiness” is a multi-layered celebration of body positivity and self-love. To bring positive vibes, the destination has transformed into the “happy place” adorned with vibrant floral ceiling decorations and immersive art. There are cheerful art installations and interactive pop-ups throughout FSLV. Guests can snap photos with an 8-foot-tall selfie photo box featuring dynamic colors, vivid and playful archways, an expressive interactive wall with positive affirmations, eye-catching palm trees surrounding a trendy seating area of various shapes and more. In addition, “Be Brave” is a new 6-foot-tall art installation created by Chicago-based public artist, Matthew Hoffman. On select Saturdays, shoppers can enjoy live music from local DJs and grab summer swag from “Summertime Happiness” ambassadors throughout the destination. Guests can also engage in additional complimentary activations in the Great Hall, including face painting July 16 and hair braiding July 23.
FANTASY WILL OFFER COMPLIMENTARY CALENDAR TO SOCCER FANS: In celebration of the professional soccer game taking place at Allegiant Stadium on Saturday, July 16, the sports-loving ladies of the topless revue “Fantasy” at the Luxor will be giving away a free gift to special guests who attend the show Friday through Sunday, July 15-17. Anyone in attendance wearing the jersey of their favorite professional soccer team or in possession of a ticket to the July 16 game will receive a free “2022: Gold Standard” calendar. Following the show, the calendar will be available to guests at the Atrium Showroom merchandise counter where other Fantasy-branded gifts are for sale and where guests can meet and take photos with cast members. Shows are nightly at 10:30 p.m. inside the Atrium Showroom, with an additional 8 p.m. show on Sundays.
ZEFFER’S CAFÉ AT SAHARA ADDS BRAND-NEW BREAKFAST DISHES: Zeffer’s Café inside the Sahara has added six brand-new dishes to its breakfast menu inspired by seasonality and simplicity. Featuring an elevated casual environment, Zeffer’s offers classic breakfast and brunch favorites with a unique twist. Hours are 6 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday and 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday through Sunday. New dishes off the griddle are Lemon Raspberry Pancakes and Grand Marnier French Toast. New classic dishes include Steak and Egg Breakfast and Eggs Benny. New item on the lighter side are Bowl of Steel Cut Oats and Avocado Toast. In addition, Zeffer’s Café also offers hand-crafted cocktails, beer, wine, hard seltzers and more.
CABO WABO CANTINA TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL TEQUILA DAY: In celebration of National Tequila Day, Cabo Wabo Cantina inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, will offer tequila flights, margaritas, a special tequila-infused dish and more on Sunday, July 24. Cabo Wabo will feature a Maestro Dobel tequila flight, complete with Blanco, Diamante, Pavito and Humito tequilas for $25. In addition, Cabo Wabo will offer a complimentary choice for all margaritas to be infused with Zigman Blanco Tequila, available now through Sunday, July 31. Signature margaritas at Cabo Wabo include the “Cocorita,” made with Cabo Wabo Blanco Tequila, lime juice and crème of coconut, served on the rocks and rimmed with freshly toasted coconut; and the “Strawberita,” crafted with Cabo Wabo Tequila, strawberry purée and lime juice, served on the rocks, among others.