“BRETT’S VEGAS VIEW” by Jackie Brett
MARIAH CAREY ANNOUNCES HEADLINING RESIDENCY AT CAESARS PALACE: Mariah Carey, the iconic chanteuse and best-selling female artist of all time with more than 200 million records sold, made her announcement on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” that she is coming to Las Vegas with a headlining residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Her residency will start Wednesday, May 6, 2015, and tickets to her first 18 performances are on sale now and range from $55 to $250.Carey will perform all 18 of her timeless and beloved No.1 hits together in one concert. Carey is working on a new edition of her worldwide best-selling album “#1’s.” Set to include all 18 of her No. 1hits, along with newly recorded music, the album will be released later this year.
‘MENOPAUSE’ CLOSES AT LUXOR – OPENS AT HARRAH’S: After five years, the last show for the campy “Menopause the Musical” at the Luxor will be Jan. 18. The show will open Feb. 3 at The Improv at Harrah’s taking over the 6 p.m. time slot that “Defending the Caveman” has occupied. The transition includes a stage expansion plus new set, costumes, and light and sound equipment.
RIBBON CUTTING SIGNIFIES TOM’S URBAN IS OPEN AT NEW YORK-NEW YORK: Tom’s Urban is a modern and casual dining concept now open at New York-New York serving food for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night. There’s an inside entrance located on the casino floor and an outdoor entry adjacent to the resort’s iconic Brooklyn Bridge. The 12,000-square-foot venue features a contemporary dining experience offering innovative, yet familiar dishes coupled with a creative bar program.
WYNN HERALDS KASKADE’S RETURN WITH EXCLUSIVE RESIDENCY: Multi-GRAMMY-nominated recording artist and producer, Kaskade, has established a multi-year exclusive residency with Wynn Las Vegas daylife and nightlife venues – Encore Beach Club and XS Nightclub. Wynn resort was Kaskade’s first exclusive residency in Las Vegas in 2010 at Encore Beach Club at the start of his unprecedented career in dance music. He will return on Friday, Jan. 30.
NEW ARTISTS ADDED AND TICKET SALES START FOR ROCK IN RIO USA: Rock in Rio, the legendary music festival celebrating its 30th anniversary, has revealed additional artists for the lineup of its first stateside edition, taking place May 8-9 and May 15-16 in Las Vegas over four days at the City of Rock, a permanent open-air venue being built on The Strip. New acts for the first weekend, dedicated to rock music, include The Pretty Reckless and Hollywood Undead on the Main Stage, as well as Foster the People, Gary Clark Jr, Bleachers, Saints of Valory and Of Mice & Men on the Sunset Stage. They join previously announced Main Stage performers No Doubt, Metallica, Linkin Park and Maná, and Sunset Stage artists Deftones, Sepultura (featuring Steve Vai) and Coheed and Cambria. The second weekend will feature a pop-centric lineup with Sam Smith, Echosmith, Empire of the Sun and Ivete Sangalo added on the Main Stage, and Charli XCX, Tove Lo, Magic!, James Bay and Mikky Ekko added on the Sunset Stage. Previously announced second weekend performers include Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran on the Main Stage, as well as John Legend and Joss Stone on the Sunset Stage. Tickets for the festival go on sale Jan. 20 at RockInRio.com/Tickets. General admission weekend passes are $298 and VIP daily passes available are $498.
BARDOT BRASSERIE PRESENTS AVANT-GARDE BEVERAGE PROGRAM: BARDOT Brasserie, Michael Mina’s new French concept at Aria debuted a beverage program inspired by France’s passion for incredible spirits, wine and beer upon opening Friday, Jan.16. BARDOT introduced its own signature French beer, Hors D’âge, brewed exclusively for the restaurant in the northern hills of France. Guests can select from vintage cognacs dating back to the 1800s as well as Las Vegas’ largest collection of Chartreuse. BARDOT serves dinner daily from 5 to 10:30 p.m. with brunch offered on Saturday and Sunday between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
SPEEDWAY HOLDS FIFTH ANNUAL LAPS FOR CHARITY: The fifth annual Laps for Charity event will take place on Sunday, Jan. 25 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. NASCAR fans and car enthusiasts will have the opportunity to drive their personal vehicles around the superspeedway to benefit the Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities. Drivers can take three laps for a donation of $30 and can buy three additional laps for $20. Participants can also get a photo with their car in the speedway’s Victory Lane for a $10 donation. Added this year is a “Drive Under the Lights” option, where drivers can make four laps under the lights beginning at 5 p.m. for a $40 donation.
THE MOB MUSEUM PARTNERS WITH PLAZA ON FIRST TRAVELING EXHIBIT: The Mob Museum downtown has partnered with the Plaza on a brand-new exhibition that will remain on view until June 30, 2015. The exhibit includes the John Gotti car and informational signage. Part of the museum collection since 2011, the Gotti car is a 1972 Jaguar XKE Convertible. The car was a gift to Gotti from veteran Gambino Family mobster Greg DePalma, who gave the car to Gotti to curry favor with the “Teflon Don.” Its original price was approximately $7,500. Informational displays feature photographs and text spotlighting prominent “Sin City Mobsters,” such as Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel and Tony “The Ant” Spilotro, whose Las Vegas associations are inextricably linked with the city’s history. Another graphic display addresses some of the iconic Las Vegas resorts—such as The Flamingo and the El Cortez—which were once famously associated with Mob ownership.
HAKKASAN’S WISHING TREE-FESTIVE FEAST HONOR CHINESE NEW YEAR: This Chinese New Year Hakkasan will be honoring the Chinese “Wishing Tree” tradition by collecting wishes from around the world and offering a special eight-course festive feast from Sunday, Feb. 8 to Sunday, March 1. Inspired by the “Wishing Tree” in Hong Kong, all Hakkasan locations across the globe are inviting guests to share their hopes for 2015 by writing their wishes on specially designed wishing ribbons placed throughout the restaurants during the festive period. The Chinese New Year menu is $136.88. A la carte items will be individually priced, starting at $20.88. To welcome the start of the Year of the Sheep, Hakkasan will feature the lion dance as part of the epicenter of the restaurant’s celebration on Thursday, Feb. 19.
JAMIE LISSOW HEADLINES LAUGH FACTORY AT TROPICANA: Jamie Lissow will be headlining the Laugh Factory at the New Tropicana resort alongside Francisco Ramos and host Jay Reid, Jan. 19-25, with show times at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Lissow has appeared on “The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn,” NBC’s “Late Friday,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” and is a proud “Star Search” loser. Recurringly he can also be seen on Fox News Channel’s “Red Eye.” Ramos’s TV credits include the new pilot “Tribeca,” that was directed by Steve Carell, the Byron Allen syndicated show “The First Family,” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Las Vegas native Jay Reid has been entertaining audiences in small clubs throughout his hometown, and has since appeared in comedy venues from Los Angeles to Iraq.
ANDRÉ ROCHAT CELEBRATE 35TH ANNIVERSARY IN LAS VEGAS IN 2015: In 1980, French-born chef André Rochat changed the face of Las Vegas’ dining industry when he introduced the city’s first freestanding fine dining experience. Thirty-five years later, he is revered and credited as the chef who introduced Las Vegas to gourmet dining. Rochat and his staff will celebrate this milestone throughout 2015 at his two restaurants, Alizé at The Top of Palms and Andre’s Restaurant & Lounge at Monte Carlo. Throughout 2015, both restaurants will celebrate with ongoing specials. This celebration includes 35 percent off wines from now through Dec. 31 at both establishments for early evening reservations; and loyal guests, those who dine four times or more in 2015, will receive a complimentary fifth dinner for two valued at $200.
SCHEDULED BEER AND WINE PAIRING DINNERS: Lagasse’s Stadium® at The Palazzo Las Vegas® is teaming up again with Samuel Adams to host a five-course beer pairing dinner featuring a selection of premium craft beers on Friday, Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. Cost is $55, call 702-607-2665. Jalisco Cantina at 3460 E. Sunset at Pecos will hold its third wine pairing event on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 6 p.m. The featured wines will be Kendall Jackson: Pinot Gris; Sauvignon Blanc; Pinot Noir; Summation; and Cabernet Sauvignon. The cost is $25, call 702-436-5200. Charlie Palmer’s Aureole at Mandalay Bay will unite with Darioush winery for an exclusive six-course wine pairing dinner Thursday, Feb. 5 at 6:30 p.m. Mandalay Bay’s Director of Wine, Harley Carbery, along with winery proprietor Darioush Khaledi and president Dan de Polo, will host the event guide guests through each course. Tickets are $225.
MISCELLANEOUS WEEKLY CLIPS: Beginning Monday, Jan. 26, “PIN UP™,” the Stratosphere’s original production show inspired by the classic pin up girls of the 1940s, 50s and 60s and featuring Playboy’s 2011 Playmate of the Year® Claire Sinclair, will move its performance time one hour earlier to 9:30 p.m. in the Stratosphere Theater. Sherry Gordy’s “Take The Stage” variety show at Fiesta Rancho at 8 p.m. will be filmed for TV on Jan. 22 with a stellar lineup including: Mickey Stevenson, who worked with Sherry’s dad Berry Gordy during the Motown heyday and wrote some of Motown’s greatest hits such as “Dancing In The Streets,” “It Takes Two, Baby;” Marshall Thompson of the Chi-Lites; N’Demand; 2 Of A Kind; Terrance & Gwen Forsythe; and surprise guests. Cover charge is $5. UFC Flyweight Joby Sanchez will host a fight night viewing party for the UFC 183: Anderson “The Spider” Silva vs. Nick Diaz at The Sports Bar at Crazy Horse III on Saturday, Jan. 31 starting at 5 p.m. Rock Rink at Downtown Summerlin will close for the season on Monday, Jan. 19. The interactive murder mystery dinner party “I Don’t Have A Clue” running Tuesday and Thursday nights at Bally’s Windows Showroom will close Jan. 31. The naughty satire “50 Shades! The Parody” will open Feb. 3 and run Tuesday at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. and Wednesday-Sunday at 7:30 p.m. The intimate, sophisticated ALIBI Cocktail Lounge located in the heart of ARIA is serving up the perfect Valentine’s Day red and pink cocktails for the special night. The Chefs for Kids Dinner and Auction will be held Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at Paris. The evening’s Legacy Award honors Tom and Barbara McDonald and the Corporate Award honors the Brown Blankfeld Group, both for their ongoing support of the program. Tickets are $185, call 702-257-5548. South Point will host the sixth annual Big City Showdown (BCS) with Las Vegas’ top high school basketball teams, Findlay College Prep and Bishop Gorman, taking the court for a match on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Floor seats are $20. For the eighth year, “Black Enterprise” magazine has named MGM Resorts International one of the “40 Best Companies for Diversity” in the United States for its diversity and inclusion practices. MGM Resorts is the only company in the gaming industry, and the only company in Nevada, to be named to the magazine’s list this year.
MERCADITO STARTS TACO CHALLENGE AND ALL YOU CAN EAT TACOS: Mercadito at Red Rock now offers All You Can Eat Tacos every Sunday and Monday and invites guests to enjoy as many of their favorite tacos all day long for $19.50. In addition, taco lovers can take the Mercadito Taco Challenge for bragging rights beginning Feb. 1, which allows guests to gain taco fame by downing 32 or more tacos in one hour. Cost to participate is $40. The few and the proud who complete the challenge will receive their meal for free and a $200 gift card for a future visit. Winners will also be invited back to a grand competition in fall of 2015 where the winner will win the coveted prize of tacos for life.
THE BIRTHDAY SUIT OPENS SECOND LOCATION AT TOWN SQUARE: Opened by husband and wife team, Jason and Stacey Laricchia in 2011 and voted by readers and editors as the top waxing salon in the city, The Birthday Suit has opened a second location in Las Vegas. Nestled inside of LOOK Style Society at Town Square, The Birthday Suit 2 boasts 1,100 square feet of treatment rooms offering waxing and custom facial services. The location includes an inviting reception area and a children’s lounge to keep the small ones entertained with child-friendly programming and activities. The first location is at 7645 S. Rainbow Boulevard, Ste. 101.
SPLASH STUDIOS OFFERS BIG GAME ALTERNATIVE FOR YOUTH: Splash Studios, LLC a “paint-your-own” pottery studio at 9700 W. Tropicana Ave, Suite 105 is offering a creative escape for children during the big football game on Sunday, Feb. 1. Guests will be able to watch the game and participate in fun activities from 1-8 p.m. The “parent free” zone is perfect for ages five and up. Pricing is $65 per child in advance and $75 on event day. The second child in-group is $50. Price includes two ceramic projects, pizza, snacks, soda, juice, games, prizes and karaoke, call 702-868-1606.
WALK WITH THE HEART OF A CHILD RETURNS TO FASHION SHOW MALL: The 12th Annual Walk with the Heart of a Child is set for Saturday, Feb. 28 at 8 a.m. at the Fashion Show Mall and supports Nevada-based Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF). This fundraiser includes a fun walk, entertainment, raffle and Kids Zone. More than 2,000 locals support the walk each year. Online registration is available at www.walkwiththeheartofachild.kintera.org. Fees are $25 for adults and $15 for virtual walkers, active-duty military, students and seniors.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY LAS VEGAS HITS 100TH HOME MILESTONE: In collaboration with MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) and the City of Henderson, Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas will raise the walls on its 100th home on Jan. 31. Sponsored by MGM Resorts with funding for the land received from the City of Henderson via grants, the 100th home is one of six single-family Habitat homes slated for construction in Henderson’s Pittman region. Since 1991, Habitat Las Vegas has provided simple, decent and affordable homes for low-income families.