Greek Festival and New Vegas Dining Experiences

In Vegas VIP Scene-ery by Vegas Only Entertainment

BRETT’S VEGAS VIEW

Contributed by Jackie Brett

 

OCEAN PRIME LAS VEGAS SCHEDULED TO OPEN IN SPRING 2023: Cameron Mitchell Restaurants (CMR) is investing nearly $20 million to open the first Ocean Prime in Las Vegas, which will be the anchor restaurant in 63. The flagship venue on the corner of the Strip and Harmon Avenue will be the 18th location nationwide. With five restaurant openings in 2021 and 2022, CMR is looking forward to five to seven additional locations to come in 2023. Ocean Prime is scheduled to open in Spring 2023. The restaurant will be over 14,500 square feet with a nearly 2,500-square-foot rooftop terrace, and will include more than 400 seats, two bars, and three private dining rooms. This premier location, four stories above the Strip, will offer grand views from the entire restaurant and outdoor patio lounge. The restaurant design is inspired by the meeting of land and sea, from the lounge with soft waves elements, hues of the ocean and lighter tones to the main dining room with earthy hues intermixed with deep dark blue shades of water. The outdoor patio and lounge area will be designed for guests to take in the views of the Strip while evoking the feeling of being at a resort by the sea.  63, a multi-level retail and hospitality complex, is being developed by Las Vegas-based Brett Torino, owner of Torino Companies, and New York developer Flag Luxury Group’s Dayssi and Paul Kanavos. 63 will debut in this fall with the second phase opening in early 2023.

CIRQUE MECHANICS’ LAUNCHES ‘ZEPHYR – A WHIRLWIND OF CIRCUS’: The UNLV Performing Arts Center (UNLV PAC) is pleased to welcome Las Vegas’ own Cirque Mechanics as they present “Zephyr—A Whirlwind of Circus” at the Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m. as a part of its 46th season. UNLV PAC, which opened in 1976, is the original home for the arts in Southern Nevada. Cirque Mechanics, founded in 2004, is a premier American circus with a unique approach to performance, inspiring storytelling, and innovative mechanical staging. Single tickets are priced from $20-$50 (discounts available); online website is pac.unlv.edu. “Zephyr—A Whirlwind of Circus” is the company’s newest production and is being launched exclusively in partnership with the UNLV PAC. The show is a tale about our choices for our planet and its resources, featuring a performance windmill as the multi-functional mechanical story centerpiece. The tug-of-war between man and nature has the artists harnessing human power, instead of wind, to generate an energetic acrobatic experience. Traditional circus acts from contortion to hoop diving, hair hang to foot juggling, will be presented with modern and distinctive whimsy and theatricality.

MATT MEYER’S SERVED GLOBAL DINING WILL REOPEN AS 138°: Chef-Owner Matthew Meyer will launch his new concept 138°, which is taking over the space of his previous restaurant Served Global Dining in Henderson. Inspired by the perfect temperature for finishing steaks as well as a reference to a classic punk song, 138° is planned to officially open on Sept 25 as a craft chophouse experience with killer burgers, show-stopping brunch and a full cocktail lounge. At the heart of 138° will be Meyer’s in-house dry aging program, featuring local Nevada ranch beef as well as carefully sourced pork, duck and fish, finished on a woodfire grill. Cocktails will focus on smartly updated classics, featuring handmade cordials and bitters, named for local areas, such as the “Anthem,” “7&7 Hills” “Hendertucky” and more. Decor will be sophisticated but comfortable with just a little bit of edge. Highlights include a center fire pit lounge in the dining room, dry aging display, and a new climate-controlled portico for year-round outdoor dining. A grand piano will be the centerpiece of entertainment on the weekends. There are two private dining rooms available for functions, business meetings and celebrations. The address is 1450 W. Horizon Ridge Pkwy., Ste. C-205.

‘BRIDESMAIDS’ UNAUTHORIZED PARODY’ DEBUTS AT THE ORLEANS: “Bridesmaids: The Unauthorized Movie Musical Parody,” based on the 2011 hit movie “Bridesmaids,” will have its world official premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at The Venue inside The Orleans, bringing the comedy, bad decisions, and female camaraderie to the Las Vegas stage. Tickets for the adults-only musical spoof are on sale now at the Bridesmaidshit website for special preview performances. Raunchy yet heartwarming the 90-minute show presented by Lynn Shore Entertainment and Ivory Star Productions is a female-driven musical following a group of girlfriends and their chaotic shenanigans as they rival to be the brides’ best friend. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 9:15 p.m., with doors opening at 8:45 p.m. Guests must be 18 years old or older. Tickets are $46.83, VIP $60.59, and Platinum VIP $79.85.

MT CHARLESTON LODGE’S ‘PINE DINING’ CHEF SERIES ADDS WEEKENDS: Following a successful first few weeks of Pine Dining, the Mt Charleston Lodge team is planning additional weekends of prominent Las Vegas chefs popping up on the mountain this summer – providing a way for the community to celebrate memories of The Lodge before the rebuild begins. Mt Charleston Lodge was a beloved Southern Nevada landmark built in 1915 by E.W. Griffith. Also, all proceeds are donated to local nonprofits. Upcoming Pine Dining events will include the following chefs. On Sept. 3 it will be Pizza Saturday with Chris Decker, Ismaele Romano, Michael Vakneen and Giovanni Mauro. Proceeds will benefit Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation. On Sunday, Sept. 4 Gina Marinelli of La Strega and Harlo will be highlighted with proceeds helping Second Chance Animal Rescue. The next weekend on Sept. 10 and 11 Todd English of Olives, The Pepper Club, and The Beast at AREA15 will be featured with monies aiding Communities in Schools  Parking is unavailable on the mountain. A shuttle service with pick up destinations throughout the valley will be available to purchase with Pine Dining tickets, which are available at Mtcharlestonlodge.com/pinedining.

THE COSMOPOLITAN OPENS BETMGM SPORTSBOOK: This week, The Cosmopolitan took its first sports wager as the BetMGM Sportsbook & Lounge, celebrating the property’s transition to the MGM Resorts family. Comedian Carrot Top placed the first wager. This opening marked the first MGM resorts-branded venue at the property. In addition, this week, BetMGM and SportsGrid, the nation’s first live sports wagering streaming video network, announced an expansion and extension of their strategic partnership. Under the expanded multi-year, multi-platform agreement BetMGM’s trading team and experts will provide insight during various broadcasts including “Ferrall Coast to Coast,” “Pro Football Today” and “In-Game Live Primetime.” SportsGrid’s lead pro football analyst Warren Sharp will deliver reports from MGM Resorts properties including MGM National Harbor in Maryland.

FRANKIE MORENO HEADLINES DOCTORS IN CONCERT’ BENEFIT: Nathan Adelson Hospice, the largest and only nonprofit hospice in Nevada, will once again celebrate more than 40 years of caring for people in the community with its 26th Annual “Serenades of Life – Doctors in Concert” on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. inside Myron’s Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center. Frankie Moreno will headline the fundraiser, which will also showcase the extraordinary musical talents of local physicians. Actor, comedian and friend of the hospice, Brad Garrett, will make a special guest appearance while presenting the Brad Garrett Humanitarian Award.  Headliner and musical sensation Moreno will light up the stage with his creative brand of genre-blurring Rock ‘n’ Roll. In the past two years, he has reached the No. 1 spot on the iTunes charts a record-setting 67 times with new singles, and recently made music history by becoming the only artist to have six albums reach a Top 10 spot on the Billboard charts in a 12-month period. Tickets vary and must be purchased from The Smith Center. To purchase a link to live stream the event, email Cassondra Farris at cfarris@nah.org.

GREEK FOOD FESTIVAL RETURNS: The 49th Annual Greek Food Festival will be taking place at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church over three days Sept. 23-25 on the grounds at 5300 South El Camino Road. Times will be Friday 3–11 p.m., Saturday noon–11 p.m., and Sunday noon–10 p.m. Check out the event’s website for more information. The family-friendly cultural event features fabulous Greek food and pastries, authentic Greek music and dancing along with a Kids Fun Area. Some of the main dishes include Spanakopita, Pastitsio, Dolmathes, Saganaki, Gyro, Souvlaki and Keftedes to name a few. The traditional Greek dance performances are by the church’s own folk dance festival winning dancers. Multiple dances take place throughout the duration of the festival and guests can join in and even learn the dances. Entertainment will feature The Olympians and Etho Ellas. The Olympians started their band as three teenagers in 1976 in Southern California. They developed a reputation for keeping the dance floor full and became the favorite among many Greek communities across the Western United States. After performing for 37 years, The Olympians were recently inducted into the Western Diocese Folk Dance Festival Heritage Hall of Fame. Etho Ellas has been together for more than 14 years and is composed of musicians from Chicago, Denver and now Las Vegas. All the band’s participants have worked professionally for years in Greek nightclubs and performed with top Greek artists. This year’s festival will feature Costas Andoniadis and Lia Vasilakopoulou. Tickets are $7 single day and $15 for three-day pass. St. John the Baptist held the first Las Vegas Greek Food Festival on March 23, 1973, at the Stardust Hotel.

ACTION BRONSON WILL VISIT BROOKLYN BOWL: Rapper, television personality and New York Times best seller Action Bronson is bringing his high energy performances from the streets of Queens to Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas for a one-night performance on Saturday, Oct. 15. Tickets are $33.75-$38.50. With countless accolades and a storied entertainment career spanning over a decade, Bronson continues his lyrical genius with his latest album “Cocodrillo Turbo,” featuring notable artists and producers including Conway The Machine, Roc Marciano, Hologram, Mayhem Lauren, The Alchemist and Daringer. Drawing from his endless inspiration from the water, the album made a grand entrance with the release of its directed music video for “Subzero.” Bronson came up with this album while in the water where he says he’s spent many lifetimes.

THOMAS PUTZIER IS NEON MUSEUM’S SEVENTH ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: The Neon Museum has named acclaimed Interdisciplinary artist, Thomas Putzier, as its seventh Artist in Residence (AIR7). Selected from a record number of high-quality and diverse submissions, Putzier will visit Las Vegas for an introductory week in September for an opportunity to explore the city and learn more about its cultural and architectural history. He will return at the end of the year to create new work during his six-week residency, culminating in a solo exhibition. Additional details will be announced in the future. Describing his inspiration for the residency project, Putzier will focus on the role neon signage has played in serving as visual representatives of expression, personality, and leisure. He will explore the way this design iconography has impacted the field of architecture. His solo show will highlight sci-fi futuristic space-age forms and geometry, from the design history of Las Vegas, by collaging their elements into completely new works of art. Putzier’s works have been exhibited in galleries, museums, and sculpture parks.

CIRCA SPORTS TO HOST FREE SPORTS BETTING PANEL: On Saturday, Aug. 27, Circa Sports will host its third annual “Circa Football Preview” hosted from 4–6 p.m. in The Galaxy Ballroom on the third floor. This free event will feature a panel filled with sports betting experts and personalities, including former pro football players Brian Urlacher and Shaun King. Topics of discussion will include insights on the upcoming season, predictions for Circa Sports’ record-breaking football contests and more. This event marks one of the first in Circa’s new meetings and conventions area. The 35,000-square-foot facility features a ballroom, breakout rooms, banquet space, adjacent pre-function areas and a 1,600-square-foot outdoor terrace. Circa Sports has brought back its two record-setting pro football betting contests, Circa Million and Circa Survivor, for the fourth year. The contests promise a guaranteed $12 million in prizes, no rake.

LAS VEGAS MINI GRAND PRIX LAUNCHES NEWLY BRANDED WEBSITE:Las Vegas Mini Grand Prix, the seven-acre, multi-million-dollar amusement and family fun center, located minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, is unveiling their newly designed website on Friday, Aug. 26. Celebrating 30 years in business, the website launch is one of many events, promotions, and improvements scheduled in this milestone year. Frequent website visitors will notice a few differences, beginning with a more sophisticated look and feel. The new site will make booking birthday parties online super simple. Additionally, the guest experience for groups, whether social or corporate is improved. The site also features a slick special events calendar highlighting all the fun and engaging community events – many of which are free to attend. Upcoming events include Trunk or Treat 2022 Sunday, Oct. 23, Nevada Child Seeker’s Youth Fest Saturday, Nov. 12, and 3rd annual Super Santa Charity Race Friday, Dec. 9.

WHAT’S IN A NAME?: Triple George Grill downtown is celebrating its 17th anniversary and offering free meals and dishes to customers named George or Jorge through August. Open for lunch and dinner, there are specials for Single George, Double George, and Triple George (Jorge) namesakes. The dining establishment’s name and promotion pay homage to the restaurant’s three owners. Located at 201 N. Third Street, Triple George is open daily at 11 a.m.

CELEBS DINING AT CARMINE’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT: Carmine’s Italian Restaurant inside The Forum Shops at Caesars is a family style dining experience. Each dish highlighting Southern Italian cuisine is a hearty portion and meant to be shared around the table. Recently, actor Nicholas Cage dined there on a Sunday afternoon with friends and feasted on favorites including pasta, a porterhouse, and a cannoli for dessert, along with specialty cocktails. Also spotted lunching at Carmine’s on Sunday was comedian Chris Tucker, who was joined by friends and family. The group enjoyed salmon oreganata, chicken parmigiana, penne ala vodka, and more.

UNCOMMONS HAS BEEN AWARDED TWO GREEN GLOBES BY GBI®: The first two office buildings to finish construction at UnCommons, Matter Real Estate Group’s mixed-use development at Interstate 215 and Durango Drive, have been awarded Green Globes® Certifications. The entire first phase of UnCommons has been constructed to the rigorous standards set by the nationally renowned Green Building Initiative®, demonstrating Matter’s commitment to sustainability and its occupants’ overall health and wellness. The first two office buildings at UnCommons were constructed during Phase I of the mixed-use property’s multi-phase development including office, retail and residential spaces. Building I, encompassing more than 100,000 square feet, will be home to the Las Vegas office for DraftKings, a leader in digital sports entertainment and gaming industries and will be the company’s second-largest office in the United States. Building II, totaling more than 75,000 square feet, is the new home for the Vegas offices of Sotheby’s International Realty, CBRE, BDO and Morgan Stanley.

A LOCAL WON $100,000 PLAYING IGT VIDEO POKER MACHINE AT ALIANTE: A Las Vegas local hit a $100,000 jackpot at Aliante this month while playing an IGT Triple Play/Five Play/Ten Play Machine. Drew, a Boyd Rewards member who is a frequent Aliante visitor, was playing IGT’s Five Play Game at a $5 denomination. After placing a $125 bet, he hit a dealt royal flush, receiving the jackpot of $100,000. This is the third major jackpot hit at a Boyd Gaming property within the last month. On July 30, another local took home more than $125,000 at Aliante after hitting the grand progressive jackpot on Light & Wonder, Inc.’s Dancing Drums® slot machine. On July 29 at The Orleans, a lucky player took home $340,000 after hitting the Pai Gow Poker regional progressive jackpot.