“BRETT’S VEGAS VIEW” by Jackie Brett
LAS VEGAS HARLEY-DAVIDSON® OPENS ON THE STRIP: The new Las Vegas Harley-Davidson® has opened on the Strip just steps away from the Welcome to Las Vegas sign. The new store will commemorate its free public grand opening with an all-day celebration and custom motorcycle raffle on Saturday, Nov. 1. Kicking-off at noon, the festivities will include appearances by professional dirt track riders, Jared and Nichole Mees, plus live performances by magician Seth Grabel, blues musician Michael Ubaldini and country singer Sierra Black. There will also be local food trucks on hand. The fundraising raffle will be for a 2014 FLHX Harley-Davidson Street Glide®, created to celebrate Nevada’s 150th anniversary and it’s signed by the state’s Governor Brian Sandoval. Raffle tickets are $150.
WHIST STOVE AND SPIRITS IS NEW DINING EXPERIENCE AT THE DISTRICT: Whist Stove and Spirits is a new restaurant at The District in Green Valley Ranch with a modern American menu designed for sharing. It is the first Henderson venture for Ryan Doherty, Justin Weniger and Kenna Warner, who own Commonwealth and Park on Fremont in downtown Las Vegas and BLVD. Cocktail Company at The LINQ. Whist is open 24-hours a day offering breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night dining, along with a playful weekend brunch.
HARTLAND MANSION UNVEILS MILLION-DOLLAR REMODEL: After a three-month, million-dollar renovation, the changes and enhancements to the famous Hartland Mansion, which include the newly installed Toni Hart “Garden of Angels”, have been unveiled. The garden features a life-size angel statue and 100 hand-signed ceramic angels positioned throughout and greenery surrounding a Victorian-inspired Gazebo. For the past 30 years, Hartland Mansion has been a premier event location playing host to countless weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, social and corporate events, filming, etc. Among the many new art installations are “A Field of Possibilities” mural; hand-beaded carousel horses by American folk artist Larry Cardinal; “Hearts Take Flight” featuring hand-painted hearts and butterflies created by the Children of Nevada Children’s Center; and a Joan Miro exhibit.
LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL FESTIVAL HAPPENINGS: There will be separately ticketed late night shows with several of the festival’s headlining musical talent taking over the Fremont Country Club after performing to thousands at the festival, to play underground sets at the intimate venue at 11:59 p.m. Tickets on Friday, Oct. 24 for Fitz & The Tantrums with Echosmith are $25 and on Saturday, Oct. 25 for Mayer Hawthorne with Sabriel $20; visit www.lifeisbeautiful.com.
COMEDIAN TOM WILSON PERFORMS AT THE LAUGH FACTORY: Top comedian Tom Wilson will take over The Laugh Factory stage at the Tropicana for a four-night visit and working alongside him will be Andrew Norelli and Timm Metivier hosting, Thursday, Oct. 23 through Sunday, Oct. 26. Shows are nightly at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. and tickets are $34.95 and $44.95.
NEVADA BALLET – CIRQUE PRESENT ‘A CHOREOGRAPHERS’ SHOWCASE’: Nevada Ballet Theatre (NBT) and Cirque du Soleil® will again join forces to present the highly creative and collaborative 7th annual “A Choreographers’ Showcase” featuring more than 60 local artists from both companies performing 11 original works on Sunday, Oct. 26 at 1 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 2 at 1 p.m. at the Mystère Theatre at Treasure Island. Tickets are $25 and $45, call the Mystère Theatre Box Office at 702-894-7722 or go online at www.nevadaballet.org.
ANNUAL WORLD’S CHAMPIONSHIP CHILI COOKOFF HAPPENS DURING PBR: The PBR has partnered with the International Chili Society (ICS) to bring the 48th Annual World’s Championship Chili Cookoff (WCCC) o Las Vegas Oct. 24-26. For information, visit www.worldfinals.pbr.com. Approximately 400 chili cooks from across the country will converge on Las Vegas and showcase their skills in four categories: Traditional Red Chili; Chili Verde; Salsa; and Home-style Chili. For three days the Tyson Fan Zone & Marketplace, which is located at the MGM Resorts Village across the Strip from the Luxor Hotel, will be the place to watch the chefs’ culinary skills and sample some of the world’s best chili. The ICS will invite approximately 350 judges to determine the 2014 World’s Champions, presenting the overall World Champion with the grand prize of $25,000.
LEGAL GAY WEDDINGS BEGIN IN LAS VEGAS: Caesars Entertainment properties in Las Vegas celebrated their first legal same-sex wedding performed at the Flamingo followed by a champagne toast on the High Roller observation wheel. All the wedding chapels at Caesars Entertainment owned and operated resorts in Las Vegas and the High Roller are offering 15 percent off same-sex renewals and ceremonies through March 1, 2015. To celebrate the milestone, all LGBTQ weddings at JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa now through December 2015 will receive $1,000 off the resort’s All-Inclusive Wedding Packages for any wedding booked or held now through March 2015 and $500 off All-Inclusive Wedding Packages, which start at $9,000, for any wedding held April 2015 through December 2015. In addition, all LGBTQ couples that complete a wedding site visit will have the chance to win a complimentary Couples Massage at Spa Aquae; visit www.jwlasvegasweddings.com.
PARK ON FREMONT HOLDS PARKTOBERFEST: Park on Fremont downtown is holding Parktoberfest Oct. 17-31. The adjacent lot to the venue has been turned into a rustic beer garden with hay bale seating, keg barrel tables, intimate string lighting and a grassy picnic area. Parktoberfest features live entertainment nightly with DJs and bands, multiple food offerings, specialty beers on tap, dancing, festival-style games such as beer pong and more. Parktoberfest runs from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesday-Friday and 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
WOLFGANG PUCK SIGNS HIS BOOK AT DOWNTOWN SUMMERLIN EATERY: Award-winning chef and restaurateur Wolfgang Puck will sign copies of his newly released cookbook, “Wolfgang Puck Makes It Healthy: Light, Delicious Recipes and Easy Exercises for a Better Life” with more than 100 health-conscious recipes at his newest restaurant Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill at Downtown Summerlin on Nov. 18 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m This event is free and open to the public. Guests may bring a personal copy of the book to have signed, or purchase the book in-person for $30.
HENDERSON STROLL ‘N ROLL IS CAR-FREE CELEBRATION: Henderson Stroll ‘n Roll, the community’s largest free car-free street festival, will take place Saturday, Nov. 15 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Paseo Verde Parkway. This event is modeled after the world-famous Ciclovia in Bogotá, Colombia, an internationally-renowned health celebration that opens the streets to pedestrians and cyclists to enjoy without vehicles. For information, visit BikeHenderson.org.
HALLOWEEN PARTIES: The Bourbon Room at The Venetian will hold the “Rockin’ Horror Picture Show” Bash at this electric “Rock of Ages” inspired haunt on Friday, Oct. 31 from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. The evening will feature a costume party with guests encouraged to dress in their best costumes inspired by the colorful cast of Rocky Horror Picture Show. The guest donning the best Rocky Horror Picture show inspired look will win $2,000. In addition, the “Rock of Ages” show is offering a spooktastic Halloween offer of $35 off of P1, P2 or P3 seating for their performance on Oct. 31, as well as a complementary shot at the Bourbon Room by using the discount code: SPOOKY. On Friday, Oct. 31, Via Brasil Steakhouse is hosting Summerlin’s Largest Latin Halloween Costume Ball. The annual night-long Halloween costume party has the bar doors reopening from 11 p.m.-3 a.m. with the spacious dining room used for dancing and live performances by Latin DJs as well as Samba, Salsa and Bachata dancers. Admission is $15 at the door after 10 p.m. or guests can arrive early for dinner or a stop at the bar and stay all night. Costumes urged. Miracle Mile Shops’ PBR Rock Bar & Grill is hosting a Halloween Hoedown on Oct. 31, with a $1,000 in prizes being given out throughout the night. There will be two contests – a costume bull riding contest at 10 p.m., with $500 worth of prizes, and a costume contest at 11 p.m. with $500 in prizes going to the best costume in the house. Note that nudity, full body paint and pasties are not allowed. Shoes must be worn at all times. The following are not allowed on the casino floor: police, law enforcement or military costumes, masks or face paint which makes the guest unrecognizable, and fake weapons.
HALLOWEEN THEMED NEWS: In the spirit of Halloween, RHUMBAR at The Mirage has introduced the spooky potion Elvira’s Kiss available through the month of October. The spellbinding cocktail made with Patrón Café XO Dark Cocoa and Moët & Chandon Champagne finished with an orange twist is $12. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® Las Vegas will hold two events on Saturday, Oct. 25 benefiting the Down Syndrome Organization. The Health & Harvest Festival will bring together a collection of artists, exercise enthusiasts, games, music and more at the 9091 W. Sahara store starting with yoga from 9-10 a.m. From 10 a.m.-noon, there will be a Fun Run obstacle course, interactive games, fitness consulting and a Pumpkin Carving Contest and auction that follows. For kids 12 and under in costume, there will be free hot chocolate. At all 11 The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® Las Vegas neighborhood locations from 2-6 p.m. will be the Spooktacular Open House offering 12, 16 or 24 ounce fall beverage for $2. Fall beverage choices include Pumpkin Latte, Pumpkin Chai Ice Blended® drink, Pure Pumpkin Ice Blended® drink or Hot Chocolate.
IT’S PBR WORLD FINALS WEEK IN LAS VEGAS OCT. 21–26: PBR Rock Bar & Grill inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood is celebrating its role as Las Vegas’ Professional Bull Riders (PBR) World Finals Week official Late Night Headquarters with live music performances, rider meet and greets and drink specials, Oct. 21–26. Each night of riding competition, Oct. 22-26, PBR Rock Bar will host viewing parties at 6 p.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday. The restaurant will have post-competition parties at 9 p.m. each night from Oct. 21 to 26. On Oct. 21 at 9 p.m. the Morgan Leigh Band will perform on the patio and celebrate the 21st birthday of the Professional Bull Riders. Thursday’s Official Draw Party and Rider Q&A on Oct. 23 at 9 p.m. will feature live music from country music star Shane Lee at 9 and 11 p.m. and a Q&A session with the top 35 riders of the tournament as they draw to see which bulls they will be riding in Friday’s competition.
NEWS TIPS: Famed magicians Siegfried and Roy were on hand for the ground breaking of a new 20-acre park named after them. The $11.5 million project opening next summer is being developed by the Clark County Department of Aviation and will have a walking trail, two tennis courts, splash pad and playground equipment. It’s a part of the final project in the Terminal 3 airport expansion and $4.5 million will be utilized in capital parks grants from Clark County. California rockers Reckless in Vegas will perform a free concert at Mob Bar in the Downtown Grand on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. The band takes timeless classics such as “Luck Be a Lady” and make them completely new and different. 17° South, the tropical new restaurant inside Tahiti Village, will host NHRA racer and perennial fan favorite Terry McMillen for a special meet and greet to benefit SHE 5Life on Wednesday, Oct. 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. In addition guests can take an up-close-and-personal look at McMillen’s one-of-a-kind pink dragster from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. After 360 hours of nonstop live music from Oct. 1-16, Rí Rá Las Vegas at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place surpassed the previously set Guinness World Record for the Longest Concert by Multiple Artists. Tacos & Tequila (T&T) at the Luxor will celebrate the Professional Bull Rider’s 2014 World Finals with celebratory shot specials including: the Sweet Home Alabama Slammer with Southern Comfort cherry; Plymouth Sloe Gin and orange juice; the Mississippi Kid with Southern Comfort lime and Chambord; or Apple Pie Moonshine. Eric and Jayne Post from “Marriage Can Be Murder” at the D downtown received a proclamation from Mayor Carolyn Goodman for their 15 Years of performances. Since its Las Vegas debut, the interactive show has committed 5,000 performances and 20,000 murders. Meanwhile the show has a special locals $30 anniversary ticket offer that is good on the 15th of each month through July 2015 for southern Nevadans. A limited number of tickets per show are available with this promotion using the promo code: 15YEARS. “Kol Isha – Women’s Voices,” a concert to benefit Susan G. Komen of Southern Nevada, will take place Sunday, Oct. 26 at 3 p.m. at King David Memorial Chapel and Cemetery, 2697 E. Eldorado Lane. Tickets start at $18 at the door. The Atomic Testing Museum is holding a reception to celebrate the 6th Annual Day of Remembrance celebration honoring Cold War Patriots and also Nevada’s 150th birthday from 2-4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30. The reception will feature refreshments, prizes, and guest speakers; call 888-903-8988 or visit www.coldwarpatriots.org. The recently renovated 23,000-square-foot shopping and dining destination known as Market LV at Tivoli Village is celebrating its re-launch with a special event. Returning for one-night only, Market LV is bringing back “Wine Away Wednesday” on Wednesday, Oct. 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with live entertainment, free wine samples, appetizers, and a $500 cash drawing. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $12 or $15 (cash only) at the door.
4TH ANNUAL CHEERS TO CHOCOLATE WILL BENEFIT EASTER SEALS: The fourth annual Cheers to Chocolate to benefit Easter Seals Nevada will be held Saturday, Nov. 15 from 7–9:30 p.m. at Tivoli Village and feature 40 different wines and many chocolate dishes by notable local restaurants and sweet shops. Entertainment will include Earl Turner at 7 p.m. with the Las Vegas Jazz Trio featuring Kai Brant at 7:30 p.m. Seth Grabel of “America’s Got Talent” will provide strolling magic throughout the evening and there will be a silent auction. Tickets are 35 in advance or $40 at the door visit: give.eastersealsnevada.org.