“BRETT’S VEGAS VIEW” by Jackie Brett
JEFF CIVILLICO WILL MOVE TO THE FLAMINGO FOR THE SUMMER: Family-themed show headliner Jeff Civillico will move from The Linq showroom while it undergoes renovations for a 12-week summer residency next door at the Flamingo in Bugsy’s Cabaret. From June 14 through Sept. 6, Civillico will perform two shows daily at 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. Note purchased tickets, vouchers, coupons, comps, etc. for The LINQ will be honored at the Flamingo. Civillico’s show was recently voted “Best Family Attraction” by readers of the “Las Vegas Review-Journal” in its annual “Best of Las Vegas” poll. MAC KING’S SHOW AT HARRAH’S NEARS TWO-MILLIONTH VISITOR: “The Mac King Comedy Magic Show” performed at Harrah’s since January 2000 will celebrate its two-millionth guest this summer with a prize package giveaway. All guests attending a performance of the family-friendly show June 16-27 will have the chance to win. Shows are at 1 and 3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.The Two-Millionth Audience Member prize package will include a two-night stay at Harrah’s, a Mac King Magic Set, his two books: “Tricks With Your Head” and “Campfire Magic,” a t-shirt and a meet and greet. TIVOLI VILLAGE’S PHASE TWO ANCHOR WILL BE RESTORATION HARDWARE: The anchor tenant for Phase Two at Tivoli Village will be lifestyle purveyor Restoration Hardware (RH). Four-story RH Gallery at Tivoli with indoor and outdoor space will be the first and only store in the Las Vegas Valley by the renowned RH retailer. It is currently set to open in 2016. BIGBANG KICKS OFF TOUR AT MANDALAY BAY EVENTS CENTER: Presented by Live Nation Las Vegas, South Korean boy band BIGBANG will kick off its 2015 World Tour ‘Made’ in USA at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Friday, Oct. 2. The group debuted in 2006 and consists of G-Dragon, T.O.P., Taeyang, Daesung and Seungri. The group’s tour will follow the release of the album “Made” on Sept. 1. LEE BRICE ADDED TO IHEARTRADIO MUSIC FESTIVAL DAYTIME LINEUP: The Daytime Village will return to the MGM Resorts Village across from the Luxor on Saturday, Sept. 19 between the two nights of the fifth annual iHeartRadio Music Festival at MGM Grand Sept. 18 and 19. Lee Brice has been added to the Daytime Village along with live performances by Hozier, Tove Lo, Trey Songz, Walk The Moon, Nick Jonas, George Ezra, Tori Kelly, Echosmith, James Bay, Zella Day, Shawn Mendes and The Struts. CELEBRITY NEWS: Pia Zadora, who fully recovered from an accident, is taking a break from her residency at “Pia’s Place” inside Piero’s Italian Cuisine and will return on Friday, Sept. 11 at 9 p.m. For the summer, the Golden Globe winner will travel and work on other projects. Big Sean will be a special guest performer for Grammy-nominated J. Cole’s upcoming performance at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood as part of his 2014 Forest Hills Drive Tour on Saturday, July 18 at 8 p.m. Tickets range in price from $40.75 – $200. NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal will return to the turntables for a second appearance as DJ Diesel when he hosts a bash at Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop at Paris on Saturday, June 27. Exactly one year after his first appearance, the former rapper will get party goers pumped playing original mixes and afterwards the 7-foot-1 retired basketball player and current analyst on “Inside the NBA” will mingle. Admission is $30. ADAM LONDON’S ‘LAUGHTERNOON’ SHOW OFFERS FREE ICE CREAM: Paid audience members seeing comedy magician Adam London’s “Laughternoon” show at the D Hotel downtown can scoop up a complimentary cup of Anderson Dairy ice cream through Labor Day weekend. For London, this is a nostalgic throwback to his job selling ice cream as a teen. July marks the 31st year of National Ice Cream Month and London will give away a free party that includes up to 31 show tickets, meet-and greet, party favors, cake and complimentary non-alcoholic drinks. To enter, visit the Laughternoon Facebook page before July 19. London’s “Laughternoon” is daily at 4 p.m. and tickets start at $19.95.
TOM RUBIN WILL PRESENT ‘FAILURE IS AN OPTION!™’: “Success Guru” Tom Rubin has trademarked his show title “Failure Is An Option!” and will present his humor oriented parody about America’s obsession with self-help June 18-20 at Ron DeCar’s Event Center, 1201 Las Vegas Blvd. So., at 7:30 p.m. General admission seating tickets are $29.95. TREVI STARTS SHOW TICKET PROMOTION AND LATE-NIGHT HAPPY HOUR: This summer, TREVI inside The Forum Shops at Caesars is offering guests one complimentary happy hour Bellini to anyone that presents a same-day ticket stub or receipt from a show they attended at The Colosseum or from “Absinthe.” Along with the late-night ticket promotion, TREVI is offering a late-night happy hour from 9 to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. Specials include $6 TREVI Bites and drink specials including classic frozen Bellinis for $4, bottled beer for $5 and wine and cocktails for $7. TREVI’s earlier happy hour specials are also available from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. BEAUTY BAR CELEBRATED ITS 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY: Established in 2005, Beauty Bar Las Vegas was the first bar on East Fremont Street downtown. The bar is co-owned by venture capitalist and entrepreneur Darin Feinstein and Corey Harrison of History Channel’s “Pawn Stars.” The bar voted “Best Dive Bar” in the “Las Vegas Review Journal’s” 2015 “Best of Las Vegas” readers’ poll and one of “USA Today’s” Top Ten Best Bars in Downtown Las Vegas is a renowned live music venue featuring and promoting local artists and DJs. The birthday bash was held last Friday. DOWNTOWN GRAND FEATURES SUMMER ENTERTAINMENT AND EVENTS: The Downtown Grand is holding summer entertainment and events at The Pool Deck in June and July. The resort will begin its summer concert series on the Fourth of July with the high-energy alternative rock band Lit performing on the resort’s rooftop pool deck Saturday, July 4 at 8 p.m. with local Ashley Red as the opening band. Tickets are $20 with a free drink included. Other Saturday night acts will include: Empire Records July 18; Journey Unlimited Aug. 8; and Mick and The Stones on Labor Day Weekend – Sept. 5. Doors open at 8 p.m. with a $5 cover and the first drink free. Downtown Grand will host a special Las Vegas 51’s event for fans after the game on Sunday, June 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. Several 51’s players and Cosmo the mascot will attend and sign autographs and merchandise. Admission is free and available by showing a Las Vegas 51’s ticket stub or season ticket credentials at the door. Without a game ticket, it is $5. Cold beer specials will start at $2 and there will be $2 food specials. Additional summer events at The Pool Deck include Thursday Night Luaus presented by Hot Lava and Chillin’ and Grillin’ All You Can Eat BBQ every Friday for $12.99 from 5-8 p.m. JILL & JULIA WON FIRST FRIDAY’S ‘MUSIC IS BEAUTIFUL’: Local duo, Jill & Julia won this month’s First Friday’s “Music is Beautiful”competition. The contest narrowed down more than 100 bands and had 23 musical artists perform at eight different First Friday venues. Jill & Julia won the opportunity to perform at the three-day festival “Life is Beautiful” that returns downtown Sept. 25-27 for the third year. Sisters and Las Vegas residents, Jill & Julia are singer/songwriters with close-knit harmonies. They captured their first record deal in October 2013 with Lamon Records Nashville. Deviating from the traditional country music genre, Jill & Julia are more closely identified with the Alternative and Folk genres. MOB MUSEUM PRESENTS ‘SPEAKEASY CINEMA’ SERIES IN JULY: The Mob Museum downtown will be hosting “Speakeasy Cinema,” an after-work film series at 6:30 p.m. featuring classic mobster noir movies with a complimentary alcoholic beverage in the museum’s historic courtroom. This special program is made possible by a grant from Nevada Humanities. The Wednesday night gangster movie schedule will include: July 1- MGM’s 1952 “The Captive City” shot entirely in Reno, Nev.; July 8 – 1950 “Dark City;” July 15 – Columbia Pictures’ 1950 “711 Ocean Drive;” and July 22 – 1952 “Hoodlum Empire.” Space is limited to 100 at each screening, which will be preceded by a short presentation providing historical context and behind-the-scenes facts about the mid-century mob film. Tickets are available for each individual film for $15 for non-members and $12 for museum members or guests may opt to purchase tickets for the entire series for $50 and $40 respectfully, call 702-229-2734. Prices include one alcoholic beverage per film. Wine, beer, popcorn and snacks will be available for purchase. SUMMERLIN BREAKS GROUND ON THE CLIFFS: The Howard Hughes Corporation® (NYSE: HHC) broke ground last week on The Cliffs in Summerlin®, which is the first new village to be developed in the master-planned community in nearly 12 years. Chunky stone, wood-like tiles, metals and integrated outdoor living spaces are some of the design criteria to help the 1,700 homes in 11 neighborhoods seamlessly blend with the natural terrain. ALIANTE INITIATES TWO DRIVING EXPERIENCE STAY PACKAGES: Aliante has introduced two new stay-and-play packages in partnership with the Richard Petty Driving Experience at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Both packages include a two-night stay, dining credit, transportation to the LVMS and either three laps or eight laps in a NASCAR race car. Prices range from $200 to $650.In addition, Aliante recently-unveiled a sponsored race car with Aliante logos that will be on property June 25-29 and fans are encouraged to share photos with the car on social media for a chance to win prizes. SANDS CORPORATION HELD A FUN ‘CAN CONSTRUCTION’ CONTEST: The Sands® ECO360° and Sands® Cares partnered with local Three Square Food Bank for the second month-long “Hunger is Not a Game” food drive and collected 30,254 food items. In addition for fun, four company teams with 12 participants competed in a team exercise to conceptualize and build a piece of artwork with the cans collected around the theme of “The Venetian.” The winning team, the “Can-doliers,” with more than 4,000 food cans built a scene including a gondola, the Rialto Bridge and the Campanile Tower. VENETIAN-PALAZZO TO HOST MANY SPORTS EVENTS IN JULY: The Venetian® and The Palazzo® wi
ll have appearances by football, basketball, and mixed martial arts athletes throughout the month of July. The UFC International Fight Week will be July 7-12 with a double title fight mega-card UFC 189: Aldo vs. McGregor on Saturday, July 11. Venetian/Palazzo will have a viewing party at Lagasse’s Stadium and a UFC Fan Expo at the Sands Expo July 10-11. Tickets for the two-day expo begin at $60 online and $65 onsite. One-day passes begin at $35 online and $45 onsite. The inaugural National Fantasy Football Convention hosted by Tony Romo will be held at the Venetian July 10-12. The three-day event unites fans with football players, personalities, and brands. For more information, visit GoNFFC.com. The Coach Woodson Las Vegas Invitational, hosted by LA Clippers assistant coach Mike Woodson, will celebrate the basketball world through a golf invitational with athletes and celebrities, while benefiting the Nations of Coaches charity. The nonprofit Strikes For Kids will hold the second Las Vegas All-Star Bowling Classic on July 12 inside the Strike Zone with The Palazzo hosting a red carpet featuring football stars Terrance Knighton, Sammy Watkins, Alshon Jeffery, Demarcus Ware, Duke Ihenacho, and more. Registration is open. Hoops star Chris Paul will return to host the Third Annual TopSpin Charity Ping Pong Tournament on July 18 presented by InterContinental Hotels Group. Sixteen athletes will go head-to-head in a ping pong tournament. This event allows fans to get up-close-and-personal with their favorite basketball players. FATHER’S DAY SPECIALS: PBR Rock Bar at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood and Rockhouse inside the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian/The Palazzo are offering a free cocktail with the purchase of any appetizer or entrée on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21. In addition, fathers get free rides on the venue’s mechanical bull. Rockhouse will be serving its Sunday ROCK Brunch normally $30 at a discount for dads from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For $20, dads can have the bottomless booze brunch by emailing an RSVP… firstname.lastname@example.org. Through June 21, you can get a free $25 gift card for dad when you purchase $200 in one day at Downtown Summerlin. Michael and Jenna Morton’s CRUSH at the MGM Grand will celebrate Father’s Day by offering a $45 specialty 32-ounce Short Rib dish and cocktail whiskey pairing exclusively from 5:30 p.m. to closing on June 21. HEXX kitchen │ bar │ chocolate at Paris will celebrate dads by offering a one-of-a-kind barbecue special for lunch or dinner for $31.95. HEXX will also be offering an all-day beer and bourbon shot special priced at $10. Machine Guns Vegas (MGV) is offering a “Midlife Crisis” package that will include an Aston Martin day rental, shooting a series of 13 firearms at MGV, getting behind the controls of an Extra 330L C airplane and aerial dogfight at 250 mph over the Las Vegas Strip at Sky Combat Ace, and ending at STK at The Cosmopolitan for a Manhattan and steak dinner. Cost is $4,250. AWARENESS NEWS: Supporters of Golden Rainbow came together at The New Tropicana to kick off this year’s “Ribbon of Life” by forming a Living Ribbon with approximately 75 people in red to kick off this year’s show taking place Sunday, June 28 at 1 p.m. in the Tropicana Theater. Tickets range from $45 to $200 for VIP for the HIV/AIDS in Southern Nevada area fundraiser. BRIO Tuscan Grille at Town Square held a really fun grape stomp event. Mark it on your calendar for next year. The Made L.V. Guest Chef Series at Tivoli Village on Wednesday, June 24 will pair Chef Benoit Cornet and prominent Las Vegas mixologist James “J.R.” Starkus. The Southern Wine and Spirits dinner will take place at 6:30 p.m. and costs $39, call 702-722-2000. The Richard Petty Driving Experience at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway is offering an exclusive eight-lap Rookie Experience on Wednesdays during the months of July, August and September for the special Wednesday rate of $299. For the Fourth of July weekend, OMNIA Nightclub at Caesars Palace will have Thursdays on the Terrace on July 2, and in the main club: Afrojack July 3; Calvin Harris with Burns July 4; and a special guest on July 5. Cabo Wabo Cantina is welcoming all Electric Daisy Carnival attendees with the Daisy Daiquiri from Friday, June 19 to Monday, June 22 with the price starting at $10. Towbin Automotive’s Towbin Dodge dealership, located at 275 Auto Mall Drive, will host an animal adoption drive in partnership with the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Nevada SPCA) on Saturday, June 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Towbin Dodge will donate $150 to the Nevada SPCA for each car sold that day and will also be accepting donations of essential animal-related items. Sponsored by Bank of America, Goodwill of Southern Nevada will hold a major employment event featuring more than 80 employers actively hiring on Tuesday, June 16 at The Boulevard Mall from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. with a brief introduction at 9:45 a.m. Hiring event is open to the general public, while veterans and their immediate family members are strongly encouraged to attend. Grimaldi’s Pizzeria is partnering with Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation for a hands-on pizza making class day for 10-15 students with visual imparities or blindness on June 24 at the South Rainbow store.