“BRETT’S VEGAS VIEW” by Jackie Brett
TOPLESS REVUE ‘SEXXY’ OPENS AT WESTGATE: The new topless revue “Sexxy” made its debut inside the 300-seat Shimmer Cabaret at Westgate. The show features producer and local headliner, dancer, and choreographer Jennifer Romas. The all-female show has seven seasoned professional dancers. Romas has been featured on national television shows including NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and VH-1’s “Rock of Love,” and performed as a lead dancer in “Striptease The Show,” “Monster Circus,” “Splash” and “ICANDY Burlesque.” She has choreographed for Britney Spears and is currently the solo dancer in “Purple Reign: THE Prince Tribute Show,” also playing at Westgate’s Shimmer Cabaret. “Sexxy” runs Wednesday through Sunday at 11 p.m. Tickets are $38.90 $49.90.
MINT 400 TO FEATURE NEW EVENTS FOR 2015: Off-road racing’s 2015 Polaris RZR Mint 400 presented by General Tire March 11-15 in Primm, Nev., will feature new events. The new 126-mile Mint 400 race loop is designed to allow all 20 classes of race vehicles to race a full three laps. Other improvements include: a new Start/Finish Line; several expanded spectator areas; parking passes pre-sold online; and an off-road style “flying finish” with a massive table top jump. New to the Mint 400 this year will be “The Mint 400 Experience,” an off-road festival featuring interactive displays, an array of food trucks, cold beer, Mint 400 memorabilia, and Polaris RZR Demo Rides in a fleet of brand new 2015 RZR XP1000’s.This year’s parade will be open to all competitor vehicles and take place Wednesday, March 11 going from the South Point Hotel down the Strip to Fremont Street East, ending with an off-road style kick-off party and “The Mint 400 Pit Crew Challenge Qualifying.”
THE VENETIAN® AND THE PALAZZO® CELEBRATE YEAR OF THE GOAT: To commemorate Chinese New Year 2015, The Venetian and The Palazzo are celebrating the Year of the Goat in a number of ways. Through March 8, guests are greeted with opulent art and décor, restaurant offerings, and incentive cards. The art display at The Palazzo’s Waterfall Atrium features three hand-sculpted, life-size rams, and eight sheep adorned with fleece of fresh carnations. Eight bamboo trees and 28 tangerine trees are also part of the 2,400 plants and flowers used in the installation. A ceremonial lion dance will officially kick off Chinese New Year 2015 on Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. The event feature a parade of dancers and drummers dressed in authentic costumes.
MOB MUSEUM PRESENTS AN EVENING WITH SANDRA LANSKY: On Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 6 p.m., The Mob Museum will present “Daughter of the King – An Evening with Sandra Lansky.” Meyer Lansky’s only daughter will discuss her memoir, “Daughter of the King: Growing up in Gangland.” From a pampered upbringing to her family’s heartaches and the “unexpected tenderness” of her father, Lansky’s book provides insight into the mid-20th-century’s world of organized crime. Tickets are $25 with museum members receiving a 10 percent discount, call 702-229-2734.
‘SEMICOLON; THE ADVENTURES OF OSTOMY GIRL’ PREMIERES IN LAS VEGAS: The Las Vegas-produced documentary, “Semicolon; The Adventures of Ostomy Girl,” produced and directed by Robin Greenspun, will have its home city premiere screening on March 15 at a 4 p.m. at Brenden Theaters inside the Palms with a celebrity red carpet to precede the event. The documentary chronicles the tragedies and triumphs of 25-year-old Dana Marshall-Bernstein, who suffers from Crohn’s disease. The March 15 screening will double as a fundraiser for the local chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) and the Cleveland Clinic Digestive Disease Institute. Tickets are a $50 donation.
CESAR MILLAN’S VEGAS SPECIAL PREMIERES ON fEB. 20: The exclusive two-hour special, “Cesar Millan: Viva Las Vegas!,” will premiere Friday, Feb. 20, at 9/8c, a week before the return of “Cesar 911” on Friday, Feb. 27. The Nat Geo WILD special was filmed at The Pearl inside the Palms. It was dog guru Millan’s first live stage show in Las Vegas and the only U.S. stop on his 2014 world tour.
WACKY WORLD OF SPORTS SHOWCASES ODDBALL ATHLETIC COMPETITION: Clark County Parks and Recreation will introduce the first-ever Wacky World of Sports on Saturday, May 2 at Sunset Park. From 8 a.m.–8 p.m., contenders and spectators can enjoy a full day of oddball athletic competition with up to 500 teams chasing the quest for glory. The variety of games will feature Human Derby Races, Reverse Kickball, Broom Ball, Bubble Soccer, Mud Volleyball and a Human Foosball tournament. Registration is available online at http://www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/parks. Team registration starts at $100 and admission to watch is free.
MANDALAY BAY AND DELANO FEATURE ‘WALK-UH-ROUND’ BEER DINNER: Mandalay Bay and Delano will team up with Lagunitas Brewing Company for a Walk-uh-Round Beer Dinner on Thursday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. Director of Food and Beverage and Nevada’s First Female Cicerone Sarah Johnson, along with brewery representative Ron Lindenbusch, will host and guide guests through both resorts during this traveling dinner extravaganza. A reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Fleur by Hubert Keller. Each location will have beer and food selections along with live entertainment. Cost is $125, call 702-632-7447.
DISTILL IN SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS HOLDS MARDI GRAS PARTY: The first Mardi Gras Party at Distill – A Local Bar in Southern Highlands at 4830 W. Pyle Ave. will be held Saturday, Feb. 21. Guests are encouraged to wear masquerade attire. Local jazz artists, the Outside Inn Trio, will transform Distill into a unique French Quarter experience along with Cajun and Creole inspired food specials including the “Distill Hurricane.” There is no cover for the party.
‘THE VOICE’ WINNER CRAIG WAYNE BOYD WILL PERFORM FOR PRE-RACE: The most recent winner of “The Voice,” Craig Wayne Boyd will perform during pre-race festivities for the 18th annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Boyd, who recently made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry, will play a 15-minute set, including his hit single “My Baby’s Got a Smile on Her Face” just prior to driver introductions. Boyd is making his mark in Las Vegas as he is also opening for the nine-show Rascal Flatts Vegas Riot! residency, which runs from Feb. 25-March 14 at The Joint inside Hard Rock. Rascal Flatts will perform the national anthem prior to the start of the Kobalt 400.
IMAGINE DRAGONS AND HARD ROCK HELP TYLER ROBINSON FOUNDATION: Multi-platinum, Grammy® Award-winning rock band Imagine Dragons and lifestyle brand Hard Rock International have joined forces to help slay cancer with Dragons, and support the band’s Tyler Robinson Foundation, through the Imagine Dragons Signature Series: Edition 33 merchandise line. The limited-edition collectible pin and men’s T-shirt featuring an original design by Imagine Dragons is available worldwide at Hard Rock outlets.To celebrate the partnership, Hard Rock will also join forces with Imagine Dragons to support the band’s sophomore album, “Smoke + Mirrors,” on the day of the album’s release. On Tuesday, Feb. 17, Imagine Dragons will be the first artist to take control of Hard Rock Cafe’s internal video system, played on more than 20,000 screens in Hard Rock’s 150 cafe locations. Additionally, Hard Rock Cafe locations will offer a limited-edition beverage menu to support the Tyler Robinson Foundation through February 2015.
DIFFERENT VALENTINE’S APPROACHES: Hyde Bellagio® will hold an anti-love celebration, the Black Heart Ball featuring rock star celebrity host Marilyn Manson on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 10:30 p.m. On Thursday, Feb. 12, the fountain-side hotspot will have a Champagne Soiree at 8 p.m. and have eight mixologists competing for best cocktail with guests voting on their favorite libation of the night. Whist Stove and Spirits at the District at Green Valley Ranch will launch their “Sunday Date Night” series with dinner and a private screening of “Fifty Shades of Grey” on Sunday, Feb. 15. Diners can choose to add a bottle of Moet & Chandon champagne, specially priced at $20. The private screening at 10 p.m. will be at the GVR Regal 10 Theatre. For reservations, call 702-307-2694.Downtown Summerlin is promoting romance on Saturday with their “Dine & Dance” event on Feb. 14 at the Dining Arroyo on the northeast side of the property. The evening is starting with couple’s free dance instruction from 5-6 p.m. followed by dancing and listening to live music until 8 p.m. Reservations are available at many of Downtown Summerlin’s restaurants to round out the celebratory evening. Mercadito at Red Rock will have a special sharing menu on Feb. 14 with choice of two guacamoles and salsas, two small plates, three tacos, one side and one dessert. The five-course menu is $35 or $45 with cocktail. The F.I.O.R.E. Valentine’s Luncheon will be held Thursday, Feb. 12 at 11:30 a.m. at the Italian American Club. There will be live entertainment with Gary Anderson & The Malcontents. Tickets are $25, RSVP email@example.com.
FAST LANE TIDBITS: Note: this month and next, Feb. 13 and March 13 fall on Fridays. Make of it what you will. WET REPUBLIC Ultra Pool at MGM Grand will open the new season on Friday, March 13 and heat things up with a two-day Grand Opening affair Saturday, April 11 with resident DJ Calvin Harris and Sunday, April 12 with cake slinging DJ Steve Aoki. Bellagio Executive Chef Edmund Wong will be guiding classes through crating exception three-course meals for the 2015 Cooking Class Series held in the Tuscany Kitchen at Bellagio. Classes are $135. Leading the way on Feb. 12 is Italian by the Lake. The full schedule with sessions once a month through November is online. The March 12 session will be Dim Sum and Noodles. CHANEL Fragrance, Beauty and Sunglasses has opened a 850-square-foot boutique in Las Vegas at The Forum Shops near the Festival Court. Recently during a “Marriage Can Be Murder” performance at the D, 24-year-old Dustin Hymer of Las Vegas proposed on one knee to his girlfriend, Claudia Olivari, 22 of Las Vegas. AIA Las Vegas will hold an open reception and free panel discussion on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 5:30 p.m. in the Theatre at the Marjorie Barrick Museum on the UNLV Campus. The Sports Bar at Crazy Horse III will host a fight night viewing party for the UFC 184: Ronda “Rowdy” Rousey and Cat “Alpha” Zingano women’s bantamweight title fight on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 5 p.m.
MADE L.V. CELEBRATES WITH MARDI GRAS DINNER: At Tivoli Village, Made L.V.’s chef/owner Kim Canteenwalla will hold a family style dinner of Crescent City and Cajun inspired dishes on Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 6:30 p.m. New Orleans-native and creator of “Late Night Chef Fight” on the FYI Network, Jolene Mannina, will host the evening. The Mardi Gras Dinner is $36, call 702 722 2000.
OPPORTUNITY VILLAGE PRESENTS VALENTINE’S DAY WEEKEND EVENT: On Valentine’s Day, guests can renew their wedding vows or get married by Elvis at the “Prom Night Re-do & Renew” on Feb. 14 from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $55 and $100 for couples, and include entrance to the park and prom, admission to select rides and attractions, Wedding Vow Renewal Ceremony, champagne and hors d’ouevres. Las Vegas’ Official Elvis and ordained minister, Jesse Garon will reunite the pairs in a mass ceremony.The family-friendly Magical Forest, including selected attractions and rides, will be open to the public on Feb. 14 from 6–10 p.m. General admission is $15.
DOUBLE HELIX WINE & WHISKEY LOUNGE STARTS ‘KEEPIN’ IT CLASSY’: Double Helix Wine & Whiskey Lounge at Town Square is launching a new twist on “ladies night” beginning Feb. 8. “Keepin’ It Classy” takes place every Sunday from 8 p.m. to closing offering a rotating selection of $4 whiskey cocktails and the featured whiskey of the month hosted by Bar Manager Jessica Fesler. The first featured whiskey cocktail is a New York Sour with a red wine float. Another option is $4 Champagne cocktails.
FIVE ITALIAN RESTAURANTS RECOGNIZED BY ‘THE DAILY MEAL’: “The Daily Meal” in a recent article named the “Five Best Italian Restaurants in Las Vegas.” On the Strip were Mario Batali’s and Joe Bastianich’s CarneVino at The Grand Canal Shoppes, Paul Bartolotta’s Ristorante di Mare at Wynn, Chef Scott Conant’s Scarpetta at The Cosmopolitan, and Veranda at the Four Seasons. Off the Strip with a tremendous view was Panevino next to McCarran Airport.
NEON MUSEUM PUTS SPOTLIGHT ON AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY: In honor of Black History Month, the Neon Museum downtown is spotlighting notable aspects of African-American history on tours of the Neon Boneyard through February. In addition, the museum is presenting a special art program in February related to Paul Revere Williams, the African-American architect of the iconic La Concha Motel lobby which today serves as the museum’s visitor’s center. “Pop-Up Architecture: Paul Revere Williams in Las Vegas” is scheduled Saturday, Feb. 21 for children in sixth grade or older, accompanied by a parent or adult guardian and all participants must have a ticket. The cost for the event is $5 per person; members are free of charge. Tickets are available online.
SHAVE DAY TO SUPPORT ST. BALDRICK’S FOUNDATION WILL BE FEB. 22: Supporters of the Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada will gather on Sunday, Feb. 22 in support of the lifesaving childhood cancer research provided through St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Family and Friends Shave Day is an annual fundraiser where individuals and teams who have gathered donations will brave the shave on stage. The event will kick off at 2 p.m. at L’Oracle Gym, 7020 W. Warm Springs Road, Suite 170.
RAINBOW COMPANY PRESENTS ‘DIGGING THROUGH NEVADA’S PAST’: Each year, an original play combining musical theatre and Nevada history is produced by the Rainbow Company Youth Theatre. “Digging Through Nevada’s Past” Feb. 13-15 at the Historic Fifth Street School downtown will include the stories of notable Nevadans: mountain man Jedidiah Smith; author Mark Twain; educator Hannah Clapp; bandit Milt Sharp; miners David Bartley and Edwin Gray; and Las Vegas doctor Roy Martin. Shows are 7 p.m. Feb. 13-14 and 2 p.m. Feb. 14-15. Tickets are $5 online www.artslasvegas.org.
LIFE TIME ATHLETIC CLUBS HOST PUBLIC DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE: Life Time Athletic Summerlin and the new Life Time Athletic Green Valley will each host a Daddy Daughter Dance with a Disney “Frozen” theme from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21. The event includes dinner, music, games, special appearances, crafts and dancing. Cost is $50 per daddy daughter couple for Life Time Athletic members and $60 for non-member couples. Additional children may join any daddy daughter duo for an extra $10 fee. Prices will increase by $15 starting Monday, Feb. 16, with a registration deadline on Friday, Feb. 20. Dads and daughters who register before Feb. 16 will receive a voucher for a $25 up-do and nail polish change at LifeSpa + Salon by Michael Boychuck located within Life Time Athletic Summerlin.