Ice Skating in Vegas, Winter Parq with Snow, Music & Munchies

In Vegas VIP Scene-ery by Jackie Brett

“BRETT’S VEGAS VIEW” by Jackie Brett

TIM ALLEN WILL HEADLINE AT THE MIRAGE AGAIN IN 2015: Tim Allen comedianRenowned comedian and award-winning actor who stars on the ABC hit sitcom “Last Man Standing,” Tim Allen will return to The Mirage in 2015 bringing his stand-up comedy to the Terry Fator Theatre for five scheduled performances. Allen was the star on the long-running ABC television series “Home Improvement.” His film credits include leading roles in “The Santa Clause,” “Toy Story,” “Galaxy Quest,” and “Wild Hogs,” among many others. His Saturday dates for his 10 p.m. shows next year are Jan. 31, March 7, May 16, Oct. 10 and Nov. 7. Tickets start at $59.99.

DOWNTOWN SUMMERLIN OPENS OUTDOOR ICE SKATING RINK: An ice skating rink opened in Downtown Summerlin with hours of operation from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and certain holidays through sometime in mid-January. The skating fee is $15, which includes skate rental. The Rock Rink is located on the northwest side of the property at Rosemary Park Drive and Summa Drive.

MTO CAFÉ AT DOWNTOWN SUMMERLIN NOW OPEN: The second location of MTO Café is now open in the Dining Arroyo area at Downtowninteror of cafe Summerlin.  The restaurant serves up its hallmark comfort food featuring fresh local ingredients for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Chef Johnny Church, named 2014 Culinarian of Year by the Nevada Restaurant Association, has expanded the menu to include dinner at the Summerlin location.  As with the original café, the community table has been handcrafted by the owners using wood from the family farm in Kentucky. MTO Café at Downtown Summerlin is open daily from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

THE LINQ WILL BECOME WINTER PARQ WITH SNOW: The LINQ will transform into Winter PARQ starting Dec. 5 with a tubing hill for thrill-seekers to slide down a 30-foot tall hill made of real snow. Located behind the High Roller, Winter PARQ will be an attraction for all ages. Tickets are $5 per ride or $20 for an All-Day Pass. The Winter PARQ hill will be open Monday through Friday from 4 to 10 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 2 to 10 p.m. Starting Dec. 8, The LINQ Promenade will let it snow across the entire dining, shopping and entertainment district, with real snowflakes draping down the buildings every half hour. Holiday decorations, music and singing carolers will fill the promenade.

MONDAYS DARK HOLDS ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY STAR-STUDDED EVENT: Top talent will descend on The Joint at Hard Rock for Mondays Dark’s One-Year Anniversary, benefiting 24 Las Vegas charities, on Dec. 15. Among the list of confirmed presenters are Dot Marie Jones – “Glee,” A.J. Buckley “CSI: New York,” Life is Beautiful Festival Founder Rehan Choudhry, Robin Leach, Frank Pellegrino Jr., hypnotist Marc Savard, TJ Lavin and Ricardo Laguna, Chumlee “Pawn Stars,” and more. The entertainment lineup will include performances by American Idol’s Blake Lewis, Earl Turner, Edie the Entertainer from Cirque du Soleil’s “Zumanity,” Clint Holmes, and a reunion of current and past cast members from the Las Vegas production of “Jersey Boys.” General admission is $20 in advance, $30 at the door; with VIP tables available for $50; visit www.MondaysDark.com.

HIGH ROLLER AND LINQ HOLD LAST SEQUENTIAL 12-13-14 WEDDING EVENT: On Dec. 13, the High Roller and The LINQ Promenade will celebrate this century’s last sequential 12-13-14 wedding date. To celebrate the lucky date, the High Roller will host free simultaneous in-cabin weddings for two hours and two minutes beginning at 10:11 a.m. and ending at 12:13 p.m. To be among the betrothed couples participating in the free weddings or vow renewals on the wheel, it will be a first-come, first-served basis. Each couple will also receive a complimentary champagne toast and commemorative photo.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP CHAMPION’S WEEK IS DEC. 3-5: After a race season fueled by the new Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup format, NASCAR will return to Las Vegas for its annual postseason celebration of first-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick. NASCAR dignitaries, Hollywood stars and race fans will convene for NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion’s Week™, Dec.3-5, for an exciting lineup featuring new consumer activations and fan-favorite events. The center of the experience will be Champion’s Week Live at The LINQ, the ultimate NASCAR fan headquarters. Open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, fans can pick up Chase merchandise at the NASCAR Superstore, get their photo taken with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series trophy and see Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver cars on display. Beginning Wednesday, Dec. 3, fans can also pick up a Pit Pass for Champion’s Week Live at The LINQ and start checking in at various locations around the city where NASCAR partners will feature displays, including show cars. For additional details, visit http://championsweek.nascar.com.

BARRY BLACK AND FRIENDS PERFORM AT HOUSE OF BLUES: Soulful singer songwriter Barry Black, known nationally from his appearance on NBC’s “The Voice,” will perform “A Soulful Christmas with Barry Black and friends…” concert at Crossroads Restaurant & Bar at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay Tuesday, Dec. 16 through Saturday, Dec. 20 from 8–11 p.m. Admission is free and open to all ages. Black will perform a full set of holiday favorites and some original songs on the intimate Courtyard Stage where he will be joined by special guests including former contestants from “The Voice,” Preston Pohl and Josh Logan, as well as Serena Henry who has performed alongside Gladys Knight and Smokey Robinson.

COMMONWEALTH HOLDS UGLY ORNAMENT CONTEST: inteior of Las Vegas restaurantCommonwealth cocktail bar downtown is hosting an ugly ornament contest Dec. 1-18, awarding the winner a cash prize of $2,000, with $500 going to the charity of their choice. Participants may enter the contest in groups or individually, and must create an original ugly ornament to be photographed and posted to all Commonwealth social media platforms. Ornament enthusiasts must bring their creations to Commonwealth and complete an entry form in order to participate. In order to vote for their the favorite ugly ornament, patrons may comment and tag a friend on the photo of their choice on Commonwealth’s Facebook or Instagram profiles, and re-tweet their favorites via Twitter. Each ornament will be displayed in the downstairs lounge area of the bar as part of Commonwealth’s holiday décor. The winner will be announced at an Ugly Ornament Holiday Party at Commonwealth on Saturday, Dec. 20.

FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE WELCOMES NFR WITH HOEDOWN: The 12 Days of Country will return to the Fremont Street Experience beginning Dec. 3 with the 28th Annual Downtown Hoedown and run through Dec. 14. This year’s 12 Days of Country, which celebrates the return of two weeks of National Finals Rodeo, will feature free nightly entertainment. This year’s lineup will highlights country stars Thomas Rhett, Confederate Railroad, The Cadillac Three, American Young, RaeLynn, and Old Dominion on Fremont Street Experience’s three stages, with all performances free to the public. The Downtown Hoedown concerts begin at 4:30 p.m. and continue until 11:30 p.m. Also in December, the custom stage production show “Neon Country Nights” will be performing country hits on Fremont Street Experience’s 1st Street Stage nightly except Mondays through Dec. 25. They will also get into the holiday spirit by incorporating Christmas favorites into the nightly playlists from Dec. 9-Dec. 25.

RIVIERA PROMOTES TOY D-RIV-E: The Riviera is holding their second Toy D-RIV-E. Folks who drop off a new, unwrapped toy (minimum value of $10) to the Riviera Box Office Dec. 1-11 will receive one complimentary ticket to an upcoming comedy show at the award-winning Riviera Comedy Club or comedian Matt Kazam’s “40 Is Not The New 20.” Donated toys will benefit HELP of Southern Nevada. Kazam’s show “40 Is Not The New 20” beginning Monday, Dec.  1 will be performed at 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and at 7 and 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. All stand-up performances at Riviera Comedy Club are scheduled at 8:30 p.m. Upcoming standup acts include: Bob Zany with Carla Rea Dec. 1-7; Mike Merryfield with Greg Vaccariello Dec. 8-14; Don Barnhart with Michael Wheels Parise Dec. 15-21; John Bizarre with Jimmie JJ Walker Dec. 22-28; and Mike Marino with Derek Richards Dec. 29-Jan. 4.

CHATEAU NIGHTCLUB AT PARIS HOSTS MISS NEVADA USA CELEBRATION: Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop at Paris will host the official Miss Nevada USA party, in honor of newly-crowned Miss Nevada USA Brittany McGowan, on Friday, Dec. 5. Admission is $20 for ladies and $30 for gentlemen.

BERGER & SON FINE JEWELERS AND MAGGIANO’S HOST SHOPPING EVENT: Berger & Son Fine Jewelers and “Las Vegas Man” magazine are hosting a special Men’s Holiday Shopping Event at Maggiano’s Little Italy restaurant at the Fashion Show mall on Thursday, Dec. 4 from 6-8 p.m. It’s a free event to showcase holiday gift ideas for ladies and men, while offering complimentary food, Vato Cigars and scotch. Ten percent of all purchases made with Berger & Son and other select vendors will benefit Opportunity Village. The first 100 guests will receive free gift bags filled with goodies and gift certificates from participating vendors including Eyes & Optics, Heather Marianna’s Beauty Kitchen, Las Vegas Dermatology, and more. The event is free and open to the public, and guests can register online by clicking: http://mensholidayshopping.eventbrite.com.

 CHATEAU AT PARIS HOSTS NFR AFTER-PARTY WITH COWBOY TROY: Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop at Paris will wrangle in NFR weekend with Country Fried Mix, an after-party with Cowboy Troyblack cowboy rapper and DJ Sinister on Saturday, Dec. 6. The country rap artist, known for coining the term “hick-hop,” will perform his hit single “Hick Chick,” along with others, accompanied by DJ Sinister who will be serving up the latest country songs with a side of bass thumping beats. As the night progresses, the artists will join fellow partygoers and NFR enthusiasts as they dance the night away in the club’s lavish Main Room. Admission to the party is $20 for ladies and $30 for gentlemen.

HEADLINERS BASH NAMES MAC KING ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR: Comedy-Magician Mac King, who has been headlining his afternoon comedian and magicianshow at Harrah’s for 15 years, was named “Entertainer of the Year” on Friday, Nov. 21 at Win-Win Entertainment’s Headliners Bash 2014 presented by the John C. Kish Foundation.  Las Vegas’ top entertainers and headliners gathered in the Penn & Teller Theater at the Rio to raise funds for the nonprofit organization.

NFR HAPPENINGS AT THE LINQ AND RIVIERA: Country music stars Big & Rich will take the stage at Brooklyn Bowl during National Finals Rodeo (NFR on Dec. 5 and 6 at 9 p.m. Tickets start at $51.50. For NFR, Dec. 4-14, guests wearing cowboy hats get a free drink at the Sky Bar Lounge at the High Roller with a ticket purchase for a ride. Thursdays, Dec. 4 and 11, will be Cowgirl’s Night where all ladies in cowgirl hats can ride the High Roller for free. Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar at The LINQ will offer 25 percent off all appetizers, $5 draft beers, $5 Sauza tequila shots and $7 house margaritas during the rodeo. A cowboy-themed LINQ BLOQ Party with Silent Line Dancing, instead of the classic Silent Disco, will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 9 for all country fans. The Riviera will welcome NFR with drink specials, free live music, free shuttle service and more for the 10-day competition. Live music will be inside the Wicked Vicky Playroom nightly throughout the 10-day rodeo beginning at 9 p.m. WolfCreek will perform nightly except on Tuesday, Dec. 9 when Marshal Reign is featured.

VARIETY OF NEWS: After years of collaboration, Urban Ranch’s very two female authorsown Beti Kristof-Mohn, along with Janice Marie Wilson, have just published their first book, “Persephone and the Polka Dot Shoes.” Their debut book signing will be held at Urban Ranch General Store, at 6985 W Sahara Ave, Ste. 105 (southwest corner of Sahara and Rainbow) on Wednesday, Dec. 10 from 5-8 p.m. Monthly First Friday will be Dec. 5 from 5-11 p.m. with a “Round Up” cowboy-tradition theme. As part of the 2014 round up, First Friday will have a full retrospective of event posters. The Hofbräuhaus will present “The Ultimate New Year’s Eve Celebration” on Wednesday, Dec. 31 from 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. that will include a free Jäger Spice cocktail and midnight champagne toast along with DJ music for $59.99. For the traditional party in the Beer Hall, there is no admission charge. On Thursday, Dec. 4, the National Atomic Testing Museum at 7 p.m. will hold a distinguished lecture “Untold Stories of Pearl Harbor” with Allan Palmer who is the museum’s CEO. He will reveal hidden stories about the Pearl Harbor Attack and the recovery of the Japanese Zero aircraft that crash landed on the island of Niihau.  Admission is $20 and free to museum members, call 702-794-5151. Sugar Factory is offering a variety of festive gift baskets, available both in-store christmas gift basket sleighand online throughout the holiday season. Santa’s Little Helper Gift Basket is $30, Santa’s Sleigh Gift Basket $45, Santa’s VIP Sleigh Gift Basket $90, and Holiday Deluxe VIP Gift Basket $145. Through Jan. 4, the High Roller is offering 50 percent off tickets to guests with an Opportunity Village Magical Forest receipt. Also, in honor of the 10th Anniversary of the Las Vegas Great Santa Run, the High Roller will offer $10 off tickets for race participants until Jan. 31, 2015, and excludes Happy Hour cabins.

SISAUNDRA LEWIS PERFORMS FOR VENETIAN’S GRAND BANQUET: The Venetian Las Vegas’ premier luxury lifestyle and culinary two enterainers in collageevent, Ultimo – A Weekend of Excellence, will welcome vocal performer and season six contestant on “The Voice,” Sisaundra Lewis and pianist Danny Wright as headlining entertainment for the weekend’s main event, The Grand Banquet taking place Friday Dec. 5 from 7 to 11 p.m. inside the stunning Grand Colonnade. The extravagant European-inspired dinner will feature opulent culinary and drink pairings by top tier celebrity chefs Daniel Boulud, Emeril Lagasse and Buddy Valastro. Introduced in 2013, the Grand Banquet seats 200 guests at a single table. For information on The Grand Banquet and Ultimo, or to purchase tickets visit http://www.venetian.com/ultimo.   

WEEKLY EVENTS AT THE LINQ: The LINQ BLOQ Party is held every Tuesday starting at 9:30 p.m. with Silent Disco taking place at The LINQ Fountain Stage. Silent Disco is free and open to the public and Chet Buchanan from 98.5 KLUC broadcasts live from The LINQ Fountains. On Wine Walk Wednesdays, there are complimentary wine samples and live music at BLVD Cocktail Company from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday is Ladies Night with females riding the High Roller for $19.95 and receiving a complimentary drink at the Sky Lounge and BLVD Cocktail Company. Comedienne and actress Danielle Stewart will be the comedic co-host forblackhaired woman in red dress the “2015 AVN Awards,” the annual adult industry show produced by AVN Media Network. The anticipated event will take place at The Joint in the Hard Rock on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. Stewart is best known for her live standup shows and for appearances on E! Entertainment’s “Chelsea Lately,” Playboy TV, the Disney Channel, and Hulu’s “Comedy Brew.” Adult superstars Alexis Texas and Tommy Pistol will co-host the 32nd annual AVN Awards with Stewart. The AVN Awards, including much of Stewart’s comedy act, will be featured in a national cable broadcast in mid-2015. There will be a red carpet pre-show and lavish star-studded ceremony. Adult industry tables and fan tickets for the award show are on sale and start at $175.