“BRETT’S VEGAS VIEW” by Jackie Brett
‘MJ LIVE’ WILL MOVE TO THE STRATOSPHERE AND OPEN MARCH 30: “MJ LIVE,” the Michael Jackson tribute show, will open at its new home in the Stratosphere Theater on Monday, March 30 after a nearly three-year run at the Rio. “MJ LIVE” is the No. 1 Michael Jackson tribute show in the world showcasing the legendary superstar and his music with impersonations performed by rotating impersonators: Justin Dean; Jalles Franca; and Tony Kouns. Tickets range from $49.95 to $79.95.
MODEL TYSON BECKFORD GUEST HOSTS CHIPPENDALES SHOW AT RIO: International super model, film star, and fashion icon, Tyson Beckford, will join the Chippendales as a special guest host for a limited engagement April 30 through May 24 at the Rio. The all-new production was revamped earlier this year featuring some of the latest music hits and cutting edge dance, lighting and musical staging.
THE ANIMAL FOUNDATION’S ‘BEST IN SHOW’ SET FOR APRIL 26: The Animal Foundation’s 12th Annual “Best In Show” will return to the Orleans Arena Sunday, April 26. Show proceeds directly benefit the more than 35,000 lost, unwanted and abandoned animals that pass through The Animal Foundation’s doors each year. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for seniors and children (2-12 years of age), visit animalfoundation.com/event/show. “Best In Show” will commence with a pre-event VIP Sponsorship Brunch and silent auction at 11 a.m. At noon, doors will open for the vendor fair, entertainment and general admission seating. The show will begin at 1 p.m. The Animal Foundation is currently seeking loving foster families to provide a “temporary home” for the 50 cuddly competing canines.
MADAME TUSSAUDS UNVEILED MILEY CYRUS ATOP A WRECKING BALL: Madame Tussauds Las Vegas premiered wax figure Miley Cyrus on a wrecking ball suspended from a 130-foot-high, 90-ton crane in front of The Venetian®. Together, the figure and ball weigh more than 200 pounds and stand at more than 10 feet. This six-month creation will be permanently installed in the attraction’s Music Room.
WESTGATE INTRODUCES NEW SILK ROAD NOODLE BAR: Westgate has debuted the Silk Road, a new Asian-food concept inspired by the world-famous Silk Road Trade Route. The casual 156-seat eatery with a private dining area for up to 38 guests overlooks the gardens in Westgate’s Benihana Village. For those looking for vegetable-only options, Silk Road Noodle Bar offers several dishes including the Vegetable Delight and Vegetable Earth Pot. Hours are nightly 5:30–10:30 p.m.
JAYDE FUZION TRANSFORMS INTO ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT SUSHI DINING: Jayde Fuzion’s all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant at M Resort will transform its current space into an all-new, all-you-can-eat sushi experience with a selection of Asian fusion dishes served tableside or at the sushi bar beginning March 18. Three distinct all-you-can-eat menus will also be available with each including miso soup, edamame, pickled Asian cucumber salad and a carafe of sake. Jayde Fuzion seats up to 80 guests and has a private dining room for up to 20 guests. New hours of operation will be Wednesday through Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m.
RED ROCK’S MERCADITO STARTS TEQUILA DINNERS AND COOKING DEMOS: Last week, Mercadito at Red Rock Resort started weekly Wednesday four-course Tequila Dinners with Executive Chef Juan Puentes cooking new, tequila-based dishes. There are four menus rotating weekly over three months with tequila tastings between courses. Cost is $36. Mercadito is also adding monthly Cooking Demo Mondays at 6 p.m. with Chef/Partner of Mercadito Hospitality Patricio Sandoval and Chef Puentes demonstrating. Participation is $45, which includes a five-course meal, accompanying cocktails, demonstration, question and answer session with the chef, and recipes. Upcoming dates are: April 13; May 4; June 22; July 13; Aug. 10; and Sept. 28. Space is limited to 30-40 people, call 702-979-3609.
DOWNTOWN SUMMERLIN FARMER’S MARKET STARTS UP: Downtown Summerlin has started its weekly Saturday farmer’s market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Pavilion with 90 percent of its produce organic and free of pesticides and curated by Kerry Clasby, also known as The Intuitive Forager. For more than a decade, Clasby has been an organic grower, distributor and professional forager for celebrity chefs with world renowned restaurants. Throughout the season, the market will host cooking demonstrations, live music, classes dedicated to ecological stewardship and tasting events.
SHAQ’S ALL-STAR COMEDY JAM WILL BRING LAUGHS TO ALIANTE: Shaquille O’Neal’s Next All-Star Comedy Jam tour will stop at Access Showroom inside Aliante for two shows at 8 and 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 28. The stand-up shows will be hosted by Faizon Love and feature comedians Aida Rodriguez, Billy Sorrells and Kelly “K-Dub” Walker. Tickets start at $17.50. Also performing will be this year’s winner of Shaq’s All-Star Comedy Jam, which will be announced in the coming weeks.
CELEBRATING 60 YEARS WITH #RIVFACTS: With its doors closing Monday, May 4, the Riviera is counting down the final eight weeks with a look back at some highlights, fun facts, and rarely-seen photos. Week two of #RivFacts celebrates the “King of Pop,” who in 1984 cast and signed his handprints in cement for a Las Vegas “Walk of Fame” project in front of the property. The “Walk of Fame” existed for many years and featured handprints from such celebrities as Dolly Parton, Smothers Brothers, Robert Goulet, Sugar Ray Leonard and Don King, among others.
MEET ARTIST LUBA STOLPER AT ART ENCOUNTER: Ukrainian born painter Luba Stolper will debut her private collection of classic Russian School still life paintings at a public reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 26 at the Art encounter gallery in its new location 5720 S. Arville Street, Suite 117. At age 19 Stolper was accepted to art school in Russia and later escaped to Israel. In 1993, at age 34, she moved to San Francisco, studied at Berkley’s School of Professional Fabric Design, and worked as a fabric designer. In 1998, she settled in Santa Rosa, Calif., and studied under world-renowned artist Charles Becker, who called her one of the best students he ever had.
ALICE IN CHAINS MAKES SUMMER TOUR STOP AT PALMS: Multi-platinum rock band Alice In Chains will embark on a headlining U.S. summer tour and make their second location a visit to The Pearl inside Palms on Saturday, July 18 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $53. The band’s Alice In Chains & Friends Fantasy Football League recently launched its 4th annual charity auction, partnering with Music For Relief and MusiCares. Proceeds help provide protective gear and training for health workers dealing with the Ebola epidemic.
J. COLE WILL BRING HIS TOUR TO THE AXIS AT PLANET HOLLYWOOD: J. Cole, the Grammy-nominated and platinum-selling rapper, will bring his 2014 Forest Hills Drive Tour to The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Saturday, July 18 at 8 p.m. Cole will be joined by special guests YG and Jeremih as well as Dreamville artists Bas, Cozz and Omen. Tickets range from $40.75 to $200.
RJ MITTE HOSTS OFFICIAL WIZARD WORLD COMIC CON PARTY: J Mitte, star of AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” will host Comic Con’s post-convention bash at Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop at Paris with a DJ performance on the club’s rooftop on Saturday, April 25. The Wizard World Comic Con convention being held at the Las Vegas Convention Center will bring science fiction and pop culture characters together in one large festival.
PDQ OPENS FIRST RESTAURANT WEST OF TEXAS IN NORTH LAS VEGAS: PDQ, a rapidly growing restaurant chain known for its fresh but affordable chicken tenders, salads and sandwiches, will make its first foray into Nevada when it opens its 39th nationwide restaurant at 3737 W. Craig Road on Sunday, March 15. A second location is slated to open this summer on West Sahara Avenue, just west of Interstate 15. PDQ stands for People Dedicated to Quality and the food is made to order from ingredients so fresh that the restaurant has no need for freezers or microwave ovens.PDQ co-founders include Bob Basham, a principal owner who was also a co-founder of Outback Steakhouse, and Nick Reader, a former CFO of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. PDQ has locations in seven states.
WET’N’WILD HOLDS FREE PRE-SEASON OPENING EVENT: Wet’n’Wild’s first ‘Game On!’ event will introduce the nation’s first Slideboarding game waterslide attraction and offer free Season Passes and other gift giveaways. The event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 31 will kick off the 2015 season and be held one week before Wet’n’Wild opens to the public for Spring Break. The free event will include comic book displays, game trucks, a popular food truck, a costume contest with prizes, and other ‘spin the wheel’ gift giveaways. The first 100 people who come dressed in family-friendly superhero or video game costumes will win a free Silver Season Pass. Other attendees will also have a chance to spin the Wet’n’Wild Wheel for single day tickets, season passes, and more.
JOËL ROBUCHON AT MGM REVEALS NEW 18-COURSE TASTING MENU: Joël Robuchon Restaurant at MGM Grand has introduced a groundbreaking new menu that combines both modernism and tradition within luxury dining. First presented at Robuchon’s restaurant in Bordeaux, France, the 18-course menu is now available in Las Vegas, offering an opportunity to indulge in the Chef of the Century’s exquisite cuisine. Executive Chef Claude Le-Tohic and Executive Pastry Chef Salvatore Martone work together to ensure there is a flawless delivery. Cost is $445. The restaurant recently earned its sixth consecutive Forbes Five-Star Award.
MORE DINING AND BEVERAGE NEWS: Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Harrah’s will celebrate 50 years of Ruth’s Chris tradition and flavor with a special one-night-only Veuve Clicquot Champagne Dinner on March 19 for $125, call 702-731-7778. The four-course menu, the first of the Ruth’s Chris Anniversary Wine Dinner Series, expertly pairs each dish with a Veuve selection. El Dorado Cantina’s mixologist Tiffany Brown has created the Mexican 75, a refreshing Mexican twist on a traditional French 75. Enjoy the intense fruit flavor of raspberries and lemon with a bubbly “pop” of champagne and hint of tequila in this unique cocktail for $12. El Dorado Cantina is a hidden gem off the beaten path at 3025 S. Industrial Road. All Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill locations throughout the Las Vegas Valley, along with Sammy’s Restaurant & Bar in Henderson, Nev., have debuted a new two-for-ten lunch menu available weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The new menu offers a choice of two items from variety of select soup, salad and “woodfired” pizza favorites for $10. Brooklyn Bowl to celebrate its one-year anniversary in Las Vegas at The LINQ has debuted the Fried Chicken Martini for a limited time. The unusual cocktaiis a nod to the venue’s famous fried chicken. Tito’s Handmade Vodka is infused with a batch of fried chicken for two weeks. Then the honeyed rim drink is dipped in the restaurant’s signature fried chicken seasoning and garnished with a boneless piece of fried chicken skewered with a sprig of rosemary. Strip-side bar RHUMBAR at The Mirage is offering spring break specials and Caribbean-themed parties with music by the resident DJ through Friday, April 10. Unlimited hookah is available in a variety of flavors for $65 and $5 drink specials include Rum Punch, Coors Light bottles and vodka mixed drinks, with buckets of domestic beer available for $20. Meant for sharing, the Scorpion Bowl is $39.
‘FINE FOOD & DRINK’ EXHIBIT OPENS AT BAUMAN RARE BOOKS: Bauman Rare Books has a new free public exhibit running through April 12 featuring Fine Food & Drink, a collection of rare and unusual cookbooks, wine and cocktail first editions and bartender guides. The display highlights such original items as the first Jewish cookbook published in America, Prohibition-era bartender guides and works on wine appreciation and grape cultivation. The Bauman’s gallery is at The Shoppes at Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian/ The Palazzo.
NEWS ABOUT TOWN: Comedy magician Mac King has had his show at Harrah’s extended until 2019, which will make a record-breaking 19 years for a solo performer at the same property. In addition to January and May dates, Carlos Santana has added September and November dates at House of Blues at Mandalay Bay, which has been home to Santana’s live concert since 2012. Eccoci Boca Park will put on a public art and fashion event on Saturday, March 21 from 1 to 5 p.m. with a fashion show at 2 p.m. Artists/authors Beti Kristoff-Mohn and Janice Marie Wilson will present the illustrated story and artwork of “Persephone and Polka Dot Shoes.” The story is about the Persephone the Goddess of Spring Time. Original art work from the book will be on display along with entertainment and refreshments. Commonwealth downtown will hold a “Men in Kilts” contest with firefighters on St. Patrick’s Day, Tuesday, March 17 awarding the winner a grand prize of $500 for the charity of their choice. Participating firefighters will march from The D Hotel to Commonwealth at 5:45 p.m. The Pinoy Pride Festival, a Filipino cultural event showcasing the rich history and culture of the Philippines, will take over the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center April 3–5. The day-long event starts each day at 11 .m. and features entertainment, authentic food, and craft vendors as well as traditional carnival rides and games. The Historic Fifth Street School downtown will host a Hawaiian music concert by the duo of award-winning Hawaiian musicians called Mamo on Saturday, March 21 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 on event day, call 702-229-3515. International socialite Paris Hilton with showman friend Jeff Beacher organized a bachelorette party for her cousin Brooke Brinson at the “Thunder From Down Under” male revue at Excalibur. Highlights included Hilton winning the “the fake orgasm” contest and Hilton with Brinson becoming part of the “bump and grind” dance routine with the strippers. The party of 10 including famous sibling, designer Nicky Hilton wore sashes and boas from the Thunder gift shop. The French prime time TV show “Las Vegas Académie” filmed at the Bootlegger restaurant during Kelly Clinton’s Open Mic night. The show continues filming around Las Vegas until the end of the month. OMNIA Nightclub at Caesars Palace held a ribbon cutting ceremony with Hakkasan Group CEO Neil Moffitt and Caesars Palace President Gary Selesner to open the nightlife venue that replaced PURE Nightclub that opened in 2004. Hyde Bellagio will transform into a world of pure imagination Sunday, March 22 with a Candyland-themed XIV Sessions celebration with oversized lollipops, gumdrops and more beginning at 6 p.m. There will be a “Golden Goose Egg Hunt” where guests take home prizes throughout the night. European inspired daytime adults-only party experience Venus Pool Club within Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis at Caesars Palace will open Friday, April 10. Community members who have experienced the loss of loved ones can celebrate their memories during the 12th Annual John Anderson ‘Celebration of Life’ Live Butterfly Release hosted by Nathan Adelson Hospice Foundation at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the UNLV Alumni Park Amphitheater. The butterfly release is based on an American Indian legend for carrying wishes to the heavens. Butterflies can be reserved in advance for $25 by contacting Stephanie Forbes at 702-938-3910 or email@example.com. New York-New York with celebrities like Olivia Newton-John participating raised more than $170,000 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation during the recent sixth annual head-shaving event. All of the proceeds go toward childhood cancer research.