“BRETT’S VEGAS VIEW” by Jackie Brett
LAGO BY CHEF JULIAN SERRANO WILL OPEN AT BELLAGIO: Circo just closed and Italian restaurant Lago will take over the space and debut at Bellagio in March 2015. It will be the first Italian restaurant from the James Beard Award-winning, Michelin-decorated Chef Julian Serrano. Lago’s exterior façade will be wrapped in a colorful mosaic measuring 15 feet tall and spanning 100 feet wide, comprised of Italian glass portraying an aerial map of Milan. The abstract map will include colored backlit glass panels with a color gradient and bright metal accents symbolizing Milan’s roadways.
WAHLBURGERS RESTAURANT COMING TO LAS VEGAS: Wahlburgers, the popular fast casual burger restaurant founded by brothers Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlberg and the focus of A&E Network’s Emmy-nominated reality show of the same name, announced a three restaurant franchise agreement with Vegas American Hospitality Inc. Wahlburgers will debut in Las Vegas in early 2015 and add two more locations within the next five years.
DOWNTOWN SUMMERLIN OPENS WITH FOUR-DAY CELEBRATION: The new shopping destination Downtown Summerlin with 125 stores will open with a four-day festival Oct. 9-12 featuring food, fashion, events and live entertainment. Stores will open at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9 and at 8 p.m. there will be an opening light show with the street party going to 11 p.m. On Saturday, Oct. 11 there will be fashion shows at noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
ANDIRON STEAK & SEA WILL OPEN AT DOWNTOWN SUMMERLIN: Chef Kim Canteenwalla and Elizabeth Blau, the husband and wife powerhouse team behind Honey Salt and Made L.V., have announced their fine dining concept Andiron Steak & Sea will pay homage to all things grilled, roasted, shucked and seared and open next spring at Downtown Summerlin. The restaurant will abandon the “traditional steakhouse” concept in both menu and design.
FIRST RISE LANTERN FESTIVAL WILL LIGHT UP LAS VEGAS SKY OCT. 18: The first RiSE Lantern Festival in Las Vegas will take place Saturday, Oct. 18 at sunset in the Mojave Desert and light up the sky with up to 20,000 personalized floating sky lanterns. Tickets range from $59 to $114 based on seating selection, plus a $10 to $20 shuttle fee depending on pickup location at either the Rio or Gold Strike. Each ticket includes a yoga mat that participants can keep and two sky lanterns and music from Joshua James. A ground torch will also be available to light each biodegradable lantern, and RiSE provides participants with markers to inscribe personalized messages on their lanterns. For tickets, visit .
REDEVELOPMENT AND EXPANSION WILL TRANSFORM FASHION SHOW MALL: The Fashion Show on the Las Vegas Strip is planning an extensive redevelopment and expansion of the mall’s exterior plaza. The current open plaza design will be transformed into a walking pathway, framed by dining terraces, small free-standing shops and seating areas. The redevelopment will include five additional restaurant spaces: three full service restaurants with outdoor dining terraces facing Las Vegas Boulevard and two bistro-sized venues with outdoor patios. Six free-standing retail “Cabanas” will be added, along with a new lush landscape redesign that will include shade trees and an exterior passenger elevator at the main parking level. Located above these new additions will be an iconic “Cloud Bar,” complete with an oval roof floating above curving glass walls.
ERIC JORDAN YOUNG OPENS ‘SHAKIN’’ AT PLANET HOLLYWOOD: Two-time Broadway World Award Winner Eric Jordan Young has returned to the Las Vegas Strip with a production featuring stunning choreography and a live band at the Sin City Theatre at Planet Hollwood. “Shakin’” plays Saturday-Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $44.95 and $54.95.
EL CORTEZ LAUNCHES NEW POP-UP OUTDOOR PATIO-THE WINEYARD: The El Cortez will introduce The Wineyard, a new pop-up outdoor patio, to Downtown Las Vegas on Friday, Oct. 10. It will be located directly across from the main property on Jackie Gaughan Parkway with a laidback atmosphere created with wooden picnic tables, overhead string lights and cedar wine racks plus music, drinks and food. The weekly event will take place each Friday in October from 5 p.m. to midnight. Additional nights may be added.
ROCK IN RIO LAS VEGAS ANNOUNCES INITIAL ENTERTAINMENT LINEUP: Rock in Rio, the famous music festival, has announced its initial star lineup: Metallica, Linkin Park, Taylor Swift, No Doubt, Deftones and John Legend. They will be part of the first stateside edition taking place May 8-9 and May 15-16 in Las Vegas. The announcement was unveiled as Rio de Janeiro and Las Vegas met in Times Square with an exciting surprise performance from past Rock in Rio artists John Mayer and Sepultura with Les Tambours Du Bronx to celebrate the festival’s 30th anniversary and first U.S. edition in 2015.
ANNUAL WINE & FOOD TASTING BENEFITS NATHAN ADELSON HOSPICE: Nathan Adelson Hospice will hold its 15th Annual Wine & Food Tasting Extravaganza on Thursday, Oct. 9 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. to benefit the hospice’s Pediatric Program and Families in Need Program. Attendees will be sampling popular wines and delectable cuisine while enjoying music, a silent auction and live auction. The event is being held in the showroom at Gaudin Motor Co., 7200 W. Sahara Ave. Tickets are $75, call 702-938-3910.
THE VENETIAN® WILL HOST ULTIMO–A WEEKEND OF EXCELLENCE: The Venetian® will host culinary event Ultimo – A Weekend of Excellence, Dec. 5-7. This special weekend of luxury adventure will include the return of the Venetian’s Grand Banquet with several of the world’s best culinary celebrities, including Chefs Daniel Boulud, Emeril Lagasse, and Buddy “Cake Boss” Valastro. The Grand Banquet spans The Venetian’s Grand Colonnade with a spectacular single table seating nearly 200 people. The event presented by “Robb Report” magazine and Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada will benefit the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. On Saturday, guests will have a French Brunch with Daniel Boulud at his new db Brasserie restaurant, then head out on one of four luxury experiences: Canyon Ranch SpaClub®’; exclusive fashion; Exotics Racing at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway; or a private baking class with Buddy Valastro. The weekend will include a Welcome Party, Dine-Around, After Party and Sunday Truffle Farewell Brunch. For prices and information, visit Ultimo on The Venetian’s website.
PHILHARMONIC AND ‘LOVE’ CAST PERFORM AT LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL FESTIVAL: The Beatles “LOVE” by Cirque du Soleil will partner with members of The Las Vegas Philharmonic for a one-of-a-kind performance at the Life is Beautiful Festival on Sunday Oct. 26. The Philharmonic will perform a 40-minute tribute to The Beatles with the set including a performance of more than 50 dancers and aerialists from the resident “LOVE” production at The Mirage.
MAC KING WILL PERFORM AT VEGAS VALLEY BOOK FESTIVAL: Comedy-magician Mac King will perform at the 13th annual Vegas Valley Book Festival on Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Historic Fifth St. School downtown to celebrate reading and literacy from 1:45-2:15 p.m. King will do an autograph signing, perform in the Storytelling Tent from 12:05-12:35 p.m., and conclude with his “Why Reading is Magical” essay contest featuring three winning fifth-grade students reading their essays. Additionally, attendees who donate three new or gently used books can receive two passes to “The Mac King Comedy Magic Show” or four passes by giving five books.
JDRF WALK TO CURE DIABETES EXPECTS 4,000 PARTICIPANTS LOCALLY: Nearly 4,000 walkers touched in some way by type 1 diabetes (T1D) are expected at the JDRF Nevada Chapter’s annual Walk to Cure Diabetes, on Saturday, Oct. 25 at UNLV. JDRF Walks are held in more than 200 cities worldwide. The 5K route beginning at 10 a.m. will wind through the UNLV campus, visit www.lv.jdrf.org.
‘WINTER DANCE PARTY’ TAKING PLACE AT SOUTH POINT: John Mueller’s “Winter Dance Party” ®, the official live and authentic re-creation of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper’s final tour will take place at South Point Oct. 17-19 at 7:30 p.m. Mueller, the critically acclaimed former star of the U.S. touring version of the London/Broadway hit musical “Buddy…the Buddy Holly Story,” performs as Holly and Linwood Sasser fills his legendary father’s footsteps as the Big Bopper. Ray Anthony performs as Valens and has played the part in the “Legends” show in Las Vegas. The energetic four-piece band includes Grammy award winning Mike Acosta on saxophone. Tickets are $20-$30.
PROJECT DINNER TABLE HOSTS ITS FINAL DINNER SATURDAY, OCT. 11: After five years, 28 community dinners, more than 5,500 guests and more than $110,000 in donations to approximately 40 Southern Nevada charities and organizations, Project Dinner Table will host its final dinner on Saturday, Oct. 11. The centerpiece of every dinner has been one long dinner table, draped with white tablecloths seating up to 175 guests. Chefs create a one-night-only multi-course menu inspired by local farmers and purveyors served family-style. For the final dinner, guests will journey to the Marjorie Barrick Museum on UNLV’s campus. Price is $190.
CULINARY DROPOUT AT HARD ROCK HOLDS CRAFT BEER PAIRING DINNER: Foodies and beer connoisseurs can unite at Culinary Dropout inside the Hard Rock Hotel for a limited-seating, five-course craft beer pairing dinner on Thursday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. The edgy gastro pub is teaming up with the brew masters at Las Vegas’ Joseph James Brewery for the special one-night engagement. Tickets are $50, call 702-522-8100.
LAS VEGAN EATZ PRESENTS FIRST MIXIN’ FOR THE MISSION EVENT: Las Vegan Eatz will presents its first Mixin’ for the Mission fundraising event on Nov. 6 from 5:30-8 p.m. at Amanda Harris Gallery of Contemporary Art, 900 Las Vegas Blvd. So., Ste 150, to raise money and awareness for V Animal’s Sanctuary that provides shelter for many unwanted farm animals. Cost is $40, call 702-769-6036.
KRISPY KREME GETS INTO THE HALLOWEEN SPIRIT: Five local Krispy Kreme locations will welcome ghouls and goblins with free Original Glazed doughnuts for customers dressed in costume exclusively on Friday, Oct. 31. Krispy Kreme has also brought back seasonal favorites, the Halloween-themed Krispy Skremes!, available now through Oct. 31. Varieties include Jack-o’-Lantern, Spider Web and Halloween Sprinkle.
BUDDY V’S RISTORANTE CELEBRATES ONE YEAR WITH ANNIVERSARY CAKE: During October, diners at Buddy V’s Ristorante inside Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian|Palazzo can celebrate the Italian eatery’s one-year anniversary by ordering a special, limited edition cake created by “cake boss” Buddy Valastro for $9 at lunch, dinner and brunch.
OPPORTUNITY VILLAGE HOSTS FIRST SANTA RUN SUMMIT: Opportunity Village, creators of the Las Vegas Great Santa Run, will hold its first Santa Run Summit Oct. 16 and 17. The conference will feature sessions and workshops for race directors, fundraisers and event managers from around the globe who are currently hosting or would like to coordinate a Santa-themed race event or other fundraiser. Registration is $250 and vendor tables $100, visit Opportunity Village’s website.
CANDID NEWS: HAZE Nightclub at ARIA will be closing its doors at the end of October to make way for a new concept in 2015. Britney Spears “Piece of Me” headliner Las Vegas residency show at Planet Hollywood has been extended to 2017. Lagasse’s Stadium® at The Palazzo Las Vegas® is teaming up with Anheuser-Busch to host a special five-course beer dinner featuring a selection of Chicago-based Goose Island Brewing Co. beers on Friday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. for $55, call 702-607-2665. IGT debuted the a pair of slot machines – The Ellen DeGeneres Show™ featuring Ellen’s Dance Party Video Slots and The Ellen DeGeneres Show™ featuring 12 Days of Giveaways Video Slots – at last week’s Global Gaming Expo (G2E) conference in Las Vegas. These new slot machines will hit the casinos in Las Vegas in about a month. Now through Oct. 24, the 5th Project Playhouse Pet Edition fundraiser is taking place at The Green at Town Square. Magnificent luxury pet houses designed by local builders are on display and will be auctioned off live on Friday, Oct. 17 at a VIP Party from 5-8 p.m. The month of October is recognized as Las Vegas Museum Month by the Las Vegas Museum Alliance. Throughout the month, local museums offer special events and deals, visit www.VegasMuseums.org. Cirque du Soleil and the city of Las Vegas recently celebrated the entertainment company’s contributions to the Las Vegas community with a special street sign unveiling outside Las Vegas City Hall. The Quebec-based organization first arrived in Las Vegas in 1993 and with their eight resident productions, Cirque du Soleil has performed more than 36,000 shows. Rampart Casino located at the J.W. Marriott is commemorating its 15-year anniversary on Friday, Oct. 10 with a special champagne and cake-cutting ceremony at 6 p.m. Upcoming events at the Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool include: Dum Dum Girls Oct. 9; Nas: Illmatic 20 Year Anniversary Concert with special guest Fashawn Oct. 17; and Wiz Khalifa with special guest Chevy Woods Oct. 18. Hussong’s Cantina and Slice of Vegas inside The Shoppes at Mandalay Place are celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month with month-long specials including the playful Boobie Pizza and Save the Ta-Tas t-shirts. A percentage of the proceeds from both restaurants will benefit the Save the Ta-Tas Foundation.
ALIANTE CELEBRATES TWO-YEAR ANNIVERSARY WITH PROMOTIONS: Aliante, a AAA Four Diamond resort, is celebrating two years as an independently-owned and operated property with specialty dining, and social media promotions on Facebook from October through November. Aliante will also celebrate one year of re:lax spa with a “Spa-nniversary” promotion, Oct. 24-30. Guests booking a 50-minute or more treatment will receive a complimentary 25-minute express treatment for the face, body or nails. Also opened in the fall of 2013 was FARM 24-7.
JAYDE FUZION AT M EXPANDS ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT SUSHI MENU: By popular demand, Jayde Fuzion restaurant at the M Resort has expanded its all-you-can-eat sushi program with extended hours from 5-10 p.m. and new small plate menu items. Now all-you-can-eat sushi is available daily in the sushi bar for $24.95.
GOODWILL BREAKS GROUND ON THREE NEW STORES: This past week, Goodwill of Southern Nevada made history by breaking ground on three new locations for Goodwill Retail Stores and Drive-Thru Donation Centers in one week. Two of the 16,000-square-foot buildings will be brand new locations and the third will be a relocated store. The expansions will create more than 100 new, full-time jobs when the stores open in Spring 2015.