“BRETT’S VEGAS VIEW” by Jackie Brett
THE QUAD WILL BECOME THE NEW $223 MILLION LINQ HOTEL & CASINO: Caesars Entertainment announced the current Quad Resort & Casino mid-Strip, formerly the Imperial Palace, will be completely re-imagined with a $223 million upgrade and become The LINQ Hotel & Casino. Combined with the world’s largest observation wheel, the High Roller, and The LINQ retail, dining and entertainment promenade, The LINQ Hotel will welcome its first guests on Oct. 30, 2014, with rates starting at $89. A new feature will be the 21,000-square-foot Vortex Roof Deck, located on the fifth floor rooftop. It will host some events including fashion shows, live concerts, and weddings and have remarkable views of the Strip. Additionally, there will be a 15,000-square-foot spa and fitness center, a coffee shop and a social lounge.
LVH – LAS VEGAS HOTEL & CASINO BECOMES WESTGATE PROPERTY: Westgate Resorts has acquired LVH–Las Vegas Hotel & Casino as the newest addition to its portfolio of 28 resorts. The property formerly known as the Las Vegas Hilton will be renamed Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. Westgate will convert some of the rooms to luxury timeshare villas while still operating the resort hotel rooms and suites.
‘VIVA VERACRUZ’ WILL MAKE AMERICAN DEBUT AT PLANET HOLLYWOOD: “Viva Veracruz! The Show” will make its American premiere on the Strip on Monday, July 28 at the PH Showroom inside Planet Hollywood. The show’s story is about a traveler’s walk through the legends and colorful history of Veracruz. The adventure is told with dance and music, traditional and modern elements, artisanal handicrafts and cutting-edge technology. The music is a combination of original compositions and traditional songs such as the world-famous “La Bamba.” Salsa, Danzon, contemporary dance and, of course, Jarocho, the original Veracruz dance, confront each other, resulting in a beautiful combination of cultures and traditions. Performances are Thursday through Tuesday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $39 and $69 and go on sale July 14.
‘ABSINTHE’ STAR MELODY SWEETS HOSTS BURLESQUE’ SHOW: The Green Fairy, Melody Sweets, from “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace will host a “Wild Wild West Burlesque Show” on Tuesday, July 22 at 10:30 p.m. at the Absinthe Spiegeltent. In celebration of the premiere of her latest music video “Shoot ‘em Up,” featured on Sweets’ debut album “Burlesque in the Black,” fans will get an exclusive look at the video and a night of sultry and seductive Wild West burlesque. Revelers will also enjoy special guest appearances by the “Absinthe” cast as they’ve never seen them before, including The Gazillionaire and Penny Pibbets performing as Cowboy Summerlin Sam and his trusty steed Phallus. Pre-sale tickets are $15 online at www.MelodySweets.com, and $25 at the door with all proceeds benefiting AFAN and The Burlesque Hall of Fame Museum.
PRESTO CAFÉ OPENS SECOND HEALTHY CAFÉ LOCATION: Armed with the motto “Spread the Healthy Word,” Presto Cafe opened its second location at 215 and Stephanie last Saturday and will have a grand opening Saturday, Aug. 9. Partners and cousin duo, Reza Arshadi and Azad Zahedi promote health conscious menus for every lifestyle including vegetarian, vegan, meat lover, and gluten free hero while using fresh produce from local vendors. Their first location opened about a year ago at 4950 S Rainbow Blvd. near Tropicana. The food is excellent.
AL PACINO BRINGS ‘PACINO: ONE NIGHT ONLY’ TO THE MIRAGE: Superstar Al Pacino will bring his “Pacino: One Night Only” show to The Mirage Saturday, Aug. 16 at 7:30 p.m. This is an opportunity to step into Pacino’s world as he shares his passion for acting and directing in an up-close-and-personal setting in the Terry Fator Theatre. The evening will explore his life beginning in the 1960s when he performed Off-Broadway and will follow his career to present day. The show will include previously untold stories, never-before-seen clips, and a question and answer session. Pacino is one of the rare winners of the acting Triple Crown: the Oscar, Tony and Emmy Award. Tickets are $149.99 and $199.99.
VICTOR DRAI TO BE INDUCTED INTO NIGHTCLUB HALL OF FAME: Victor Drai created the concept of a late night party with the original opening of his After Hours nightclub more than 15 years ago. Today, in just the past 30 days, Drai has proven to be a visionary opening an unprecedented three new venues, including: Drai’s Beach Club • Nightclub, Liaison Nightclub – the Strip’s only gay nightclub in a casino on the Las Vegas Strip, and the return of his famed late night/early morning venue, Drai’s After Hours. The Nightclub Hall of Fame will induct and honor Drai with its most anticipated and highly sought-after accolade in nightlife on Tuesday, July 8. The private induction ceremony and public celebration will commence at Drai’s Beach Club • Nightclub at their weekly event, Yacht Club, set atop the new Cromwell. For table reservations, visit www.draislv.com.
TONY SACCA MAKES SECOND APPEARANCE AT CABARET JAZZ: Showman Tony Sacca is making a return engagement to Cabaret Jazz in The Smith Center with his show “A Celebration of Songs” on Saturday, July 19 at 7 p.m. featuring a 10-piece ensemble with rhythm section and horns along with The Saccettes. His show will be a personal song exploration sprinkled with his hometown sounds of Philly, tributes to Barry Manilow and Four Seasons, Doo Wop, his own original Vegas songs and a touch of Broadway. Recently Sacca’s biography by Mascot Publishing and written by Arlene Krieger describing his life’s journey from being born an identical twin and first performing at age 12 with his brother to his solo career today was released.
DJ LADY STARLIGHT HOSTS OFFICIAL LADY GAGA AFTER-SHOW BALL: “Little Monsters” will unite as Lady Starlight, Lady Gaga’s DJ, takes over Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop following Gaga’s sold out concert performances on Saturday, July 19 and Friday, Aug. 1. Since Gaga’s rise to fame in 2008, Starlight is known to be a huge influence on Gaga’s on-stage persona and costumes. The lavish hot spot will party in true Gaga fashion into the late night hours, with Starlight bringing an epic conclusion to both shows. Admission for the Lady Gaga After-Show Ball is $20 for ladies and $30 for gentlemen.
BLACK CANYON WATER TRAIL GETS NATIONAL RECOGNITION: Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell has designated the Black Canyon Water Trail, a portion of the lower Colorado River that flows through Lake Mead National Recreation Area, as a National Water Trail, making it one of America’s 16 water trails. The trail, which flows between Nevada and Arizona, is the first water trail in America’s Southwest and the first that traverses through a desert.
THE VENETIAN AND THE PALAZZO HOST GLENLIVET SINGLE MALT DINNER: The Venetian and The Palazzo will host a special Glenlivet single malt dinner with Master of Scotch, Rick Edwards on Wednesday, July 23. The evening will start with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., followed by four-course dinner paired with Glenlivet’s critically acclaimed single malts in the Paiza Club on the 36th floor of The Venetian. This intimate dinner, sponsored by Pernod Ricard, is $150.
KERRY SIMON’S CARSON KITCHEN NOW OPEN DOWNTOWN: Celebrity Chef Kerry Simon’s new Carson Kitchen is officially open inside the old John E Carson Hotel at 124 South 6th Street downtown. Carson Kitchen uses locally-based ingredients to create an approachable menu, with all items under $20, along with a comprehensive drink collection of small-batch brews, global wines and microbrewed old-school sodas. Carson Kitchen is also scheduled to introduce a 910-square-foot rooftop patio which will host live music and offers skyline views of the surrounding city along with a lush six-foot-tall garden wall and granite full-service bar.
A MODEL EVENT FOR RUNWAY HOPEFULS IN LAS VEGAS: A recent Model Search took place for the upcoming Fashion Week Las Vegas Season 5 Aug. 18-21 at Las Vegas Soundstage Studios, adjacent to the Palms casino hotel. The hopefuls auditioned to be among the 50 chosen from all over the world to compete in the Runway Model Competition held at the week-long event. A panel of industry experts will judge the 50 finalists with one female and one male each receiving a two-year contract with Envy Models. The various designers showing their lines choose the models to display their garments on the runway from the final 50 contestants. So far, there are 30 designers from South Africa, Dubai, Paris, Trinidad, Georgia (Russia), the U.K., New York City, Texas, Boston, and California that will be attending the August event.
‘LAS VEGAS: THE GAME’ CONTRACTS FOR REALITY TV SHOW: “Las Vegas: The Game” whose nightlife experiences are designed to prank friends has announced the company is under contract with Langley Productions to secure a reality television show. Changing the way Vegas vacations are done, “Las Vegas: The Game” specializes in an unconventional brand of scripted reality led by self-proclaimed wiseguys Chad Hardy and Justin Oswald.The reality program plans to showcase the team’s outrageous pranks and give viewers behind-the-scenes perspective while featuring the clients and characters who make the magic happen. Langley Productions has produced “Cops,” “Las Vegas Jailhouse” and “Vegas Strip.”
CLIP AND TIPS: Comedian Gallagher will appear in the Golden Nugget Showroom for a limited engagement July 8–19 (except 13-14). Tickets start at $21.95. “Lipshtick—The Perfect Shade Of Standup” is set to debut at The Venetian on July 11 with comedian Wendy Williams, who is best known for her long-running talk show “The Wendy Williams Show.” Double Barrel Roadhouse at Monte Carlo’s newly developed plaza is introducing a new Hosted Bar wristband. From 10 p.m. to midnight every night, guests can throw down endless draft beer and well cocktails for $25. Native Austin, Texas eight-member band and 2014 SXSW Music Festival showcasing artist Mingo Fishtrap will bring their gritty Memphis soul, pop and funk to the Silverton’s Veil Pavilion Thursday, July 10 at 7 p.m. The LINQ will launch BLOQ PARTY Tuesdays on June 10 with live music from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., special offers, discounts, and 50 percent off High Roller tickets for locals. The world’s fastest amateur Bicycle Motocross (BMX) racers take over the South Point Arena during the USA/BMX Las Vegas Grand Nationals, July 11–13. This event is free and open to the public. Special Olympics Nevada is partnering with Caesars Entertainment and The LINQ to host the first fundraising Party in the Pod event on Saturday, July 19. Sponsorships are available for companies and individuals to host a pod on the new High Roller. The inaugural event will feature a red-carpet walk with Special Olympics athletes and celebrities, a High Roller ride, and Jeff Civillico’s afternoon show “Comedy in Action” at the Quad. Rí Rá Las Vegas will celebrate International Beer Day with an #InstaGUINNESS party from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug 1. Attendees will raise a glass and toast to the worldwide celebration while enjoying a free pint of Guinness® and complimentary appetizers. RSVP is required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. TREVI Italian Restaurant inside The Forum Shops at Caesars will celebrate summer by offering Chef’s Choice specialty brick oven-fired pizzas for $10 each throughout July along with introducing $5 house-made waffle sundaes to honor National Ice Cream Month. PBR Rock Bar & Grill inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood will celebrate the daiquiri on Saturday, July 19 in honor of National Daiquiri Day. The party spot will offer guests a $1 bonus shot with the purchase of any signature frozen daiquiri.
ANNUAL SUPERCONTEST AND WEEKEND RETURNS TO LVH: The LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino soon to be Westgate will feature the return of its annual pro football handicapping SuperContest and SuperContest Weekend, Aug. 22–23. k®. Contestants can win their share of nearly $1,500,000 (based on number of entrants) by paying a $1,500 entry fee prior to the start of the regular professional football season and then picking five games each week against the point spread. Early bird contest entries end at 4 p.m. on Sept. 1 and final deadline is 11 a.m. on Sept. 6.
WHISK(E)Y WEDNESDAY RETURNS TO ANDRE’S AT MONTE CARLO: On Wednesday, July 9, Whisk(e)y Wednesday returns celebrating domestic whiskies and is a series featuring unlimited whiskey tastings. The event takes place on the second floor of Andre’s Restaurant & Lounge at Monte Carlo, inside their signature Cigar Lounge. The price is $35, call 702-798-7151702-798-7151. Whisk(e)y Wednesday’s “grand tasting” takes place over two sessions: the first from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. and the second tasting from 10 p.m. to midnight. After the debut of this new flight of American whiskies, the flight will remain on Andre’s menu until the next tasting in September.
BRANDI GLANVILLE-WENDY WILLIAMS HOST MEGA BACHELORETTE PARTY: “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star and New York Times bestselling author Brandi Glanville and daytime talk-show host Wendy Williams will host the World’s Largest Bachelorette Party July 11–13. The two will join bachelorettes from across the country as TAO Group presents the third installment of the larger-than-life bachelorette bash, complete with gift bags, VIP nightlife treatment, prizes and giveaways, along with cocktails and fare from LAVO Italian Restaurant and TAO Asian Bistro. Benefit Cosmetics will be the “makeup of honor” for the weekend. For information, visit http://taolasvegas.com/wlbp/.
OV NATION HOSTS HAPPY HOUR EVENT AT DOM DEMARCO’S PIZZERIA: OV Nation, a new generation of Opportunity Village supporters, will host a summer happy hour event on Wednesday, July 9 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., with 25 percent of proceeds during the event benefitting Opportunity Village. Featuring 50 percent off all draft beer and wine on tap, Dom DeMarco’s happy hour at 9785 W Charleston Blvd. occurs daily from 4-6:30 p.m., but will extend to 7:30 p.m. for this special event. Any guest who attends the event to support OV will receive a special wristband to enjoy the additional 60 minutes of happy hour.