BRETT’S VEGAS VIEW
Contributed by Jackie Brett
FIVE IRON GOLF IS OPEN AT AREA15: Five Iron Golf has debuted its first location west of the Mississippi at the new AREA15 on the second floor. The 6,300-square-foot indoor space offers eight golf simulators, personalized instruction, memberships, a full bar, bites and more. The golf simulators featuring both TrackMan and Full Swing technology with down-the-line and front-facing cameras installed in each bay. The urban space allows everyone to practice and play like the pros with actionable data, instant video analysis, and virtual rounds on close to 200 of the world’s greatest courses, while also offering premium entertainment options: a full bar, 12 widescreen TVs, a TV wall, shuffleboard and more. Elevated bar-bites are from The Beast by Todd English, which will include the four-time James Beard award winning chef’s spin on sliders, wings and other hand-held favorites. Five Iron Golf originated in New York City in 2017 and has expanded to Chicago, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and now Las Vegas with two additional locations in Washington, D.C. and Pittsburgh opening this spring. Five Iron Golf is open from 7 a.m.–10 p.m. Monday to Wednesday, 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m.–midnight Friday–Saturday, and 9 a.m.–8 p.m. Sunday. Reservations can be made by calling 702-239-1600.
MUSEUM OF DREAM SPACE OPENS AT GRAND CANAL SHOPPES: Museum of Dream Space, frequently abbreviated MoDS, is a new multi-media art gallery opening its first Nevada location inside Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian® and first store out of California where the initial art exhibit opened in Los Angeles in May 2019. MoDS Vegas is welcoming guests to venture through five breathtaking rooms filled with state-of-the-art technology and structural design. Making their way through the space guests find themselves surrounded by pure luxury in The Gold Room; then magically transported to the ethereal Moon Room; and enveloped by an electrifying experience in the next room featuring vibrant floating bulbs filled with glowing electricity; and much more. For the opening, MoDS has a special partnership with Las Vegas artist, Adam Rellah, whose exhibit is available to the public through Saturday, Feb. 6.
CHEF MARC HOSTED “I ♥ SAN MARZANO DOP’ DINNER AT AHERN HOTEL: The Ahern Hotel formerly the Red Dragon on E. Sahara Avenue is in full remodel mode. Local celebrity Chef Marc Sgrizzi relocated his top-rated Italian restaurant from the Summerlin area to the Ahern in 2019 where he has two restaurants. His Chef Marc’s Italian Steakhouse on the second floor is being remodeled and temporarily closed, while a newly remodeled Trattoria by Chef Marc is open on the first floor where our dinner was held. It was a small gathering, which included popular local entertainer Frankie Moreno, to promote San Marzano DOP tomatoes exclusively grown in the Argo Sarnese-Nocerino area in the South of Italy. For American shoppers, the shape is like a plum tomato, but oh so much richer in taste. In 1996, San Marzano tomatoes were recognized with the European PDO quality label, a protected designation of origin, as Pomodoro San Marzano dell’Agro Sarnese-Nocerino DOP. Chef Marc had the challenge to create a four-course dinner with each course highlighting these peeled tomatoes, which was an introduction to the carefully grown tomatoes along with the chef’s culinary talents. First course was Pomodoro Pizza Romana featuring a chilled tomato on bread. Second was Filetto Di Pomodoro over fresh homemade linguine. Third a scene stealer was the tomato with slow-cooked calamari, zucchini and orzo. Probably most ingenious was the Sweet Tomato Tart accompanied by homemade basil gelato. Chef Marc said they grow fresh vegetables and herbs at the hotel and that he makes frequent trips to Italy to source quality ingredients, refine his regional dishes, and create stellar food and wine menus. Buon Appetito!
PLAZA DEBUTS ‘BRIAN CHRISTOPHER SLOTS’ GAMING AREA: Brian Christopher Slots and the Plaza downtown have debuted the first-ever “Brian Christopher Slots at the Plaza” gaming area. Brian Christopher Slots is the most watched influencer for slot machine and casino videos with over 302 million views to date and 528,000 followers, adding 5 million views each week. This collaboration makes the Plaza the ultimate destination for slot machine enthusiasts looking to play the games they’ve watched on Brian Christopher’s YouTube and Facebook. The space features Christopher’s favorite slot machines. He is known for his upbeat and educational videos featuring slot machines and casinos around the world. Each game in the space was carefully selected based on the most iconic moments from over four years. Opening with 16 slot machines and more installing in coming weeks, the space’s featured games include Cleopatra II, Dollar Storm, Lightning Zap, Huff N Puff, and more. In addition, Christopher is known for giving away “lucky wristbands” to fans who find him in a casino. Now for the first time, players in the Brian Christopher Slots at the Plaza area will have the opportunity to receive an exclusive keepsake wristband with Christopher’s signature for earning 100 points on their rewards player’s card.
COMMONWEALTH LAUNCHES NEW COCKTAIL CLUB: Commonwealth, located in the Fremont East Entertainment District at 525 E. Fremont St., has introduced “Commonwealth Cocktail Club,” which began on Jan. 29. Commonwealth Cocktail Club is being held every Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m.–2 a.m. and offering a sophisticated setting for gathering with limited occupancy due to the pandemic. Commonwealth’s stylish space is turned into a piano bar with guest performers and singers alongside pianist Spadoni. Starting at 10 p.m. local DJs, including Kid Conrad, VTECH and more, take over. Commonwealth has introduced new decadent cocktails including the sharable Basil Bae Punch Bowl made with rum, fresh lemon juice, pineapple juice and South Seas Syrup, with three to five servings for $35; Cutie Collins a combination of cucumber vodka, fresh lemon juice, orange liqueur, simple syrup and soda, priced at $14; Willy Wonka’s Hangover made with apple brandy, mezcal, fresh lemon juice, ginger, habanero and egg whites for $14; Pleasure Fist a combination of light rum, dark rum, fresh lime juice, orgeat and orange liqueur for $14; and more.
AREA15 OPENS ‘ELECTROROLL,’ POP-UP ROLLER RINK: AREA15 is introducing “ElectroRoll,” a pop-up retro-roller skating rink, through March 28. The rink is located outside in AREA15’s outdoor venue, A-Lot, and features a 2,000-square-foot rink complete with LED lights, funky glow-in-the-dark décor, music, interactive visuals on a giant outdoor screen and outdoor games. Skaters, as well as guests who choose to just watch, can purchase beer, wine, and specialty cocktails, and enjoy food served rink-side from The Beast by Todd English. Each ticket includes entry to AREA15, skate rentals in sizes for all ages, and 30 minutes of skating. Last skate is 30 minutes prior to closing. “ElectroRoll” is open Sundays noon to 8 p.m., Mondays–Thursdays 5 to 9 p.m., Fridays5 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays noon to 8:30 p.m. Tickets for each 30-minute “ElectroRoll” experience are $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 12 and under and $13 for seniors ages 65 years and older. On Friday and Saturday nights, guests can skate to 1970s and 1980s disco-inspired hits with “ElectroRoll-Disco” available for ages 21 years and older. “ElectroRoll-Disco” tickets will include one free drink ticket, a sanitized silent disco headset, and an extended skate session of 90 minutes. “ElectroRoll-Disco” takes place in two sessions 9 to 10:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. to midnight. Tickets for each session are $30. To purchase tickets, visit AREA15’s website.
SANTA FE STATION TURNS 30 WITH SPECIAL OFFERS: Santa Fe Station, which opened its doors on Feb. 14, 1991, is turning 30 and celebrating the milestone anniversary the entire month of February with dining specials, ‘90s-themed cocktails, entertainment, and gaming promotions. The specialty cocktails are offered at 4949 Lounge, Chrome, Iguana Bar, and Sports Bar all-month long. Among the flashback drinks are The Rachel; The Beanie Baby; Denim Overalls; Run Forest Run, and the Dirty Thirty Martini served at The Charcoal Room. A sampling of dining specials at an array of the property’s restaurants includes Santa Fe Burger at The Grand Café for $13.99; a pint of beer and pound of shrimp at The Oyster Bar for $27.99; A three-course meal with a drink at Leticia’s Cocina & Cantina for $30; and lamb chops and walnut apple salad in The Charcoal Room. Families can have a safe afternoon out at Santa Fe Lanes, a 60-lane bowling center, and enjoy two hours of bowling for $30 from 3 to 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday excluding shoes and big game Sunday. Guests can also try their odds at the live keno lounge where for every $30 wager made on Feb. 14, keno fans will have a chance at selecting an item from a special prize box. Furthermore, Santa Fe Station is inviting guests to dust off their daubers with exclusive Bingo specials such as Bonus Balls every Thursday at 11 a.m., 3 and 9 p.m., plus the opportunity to win an additional $300 if any winning Bingo includes “I30.”
SMITH CENTER HOLDS LIVE STREAMING BENEFIT CONCERTS: The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is helping audiences celebrate love at home with several live streaming benefit concerts featuring two of the venue’s most popular performers, Dave Koz and Jim Brickman, as well as Spanish performer Jesús Bienvenido. A portion of the ticket proceeds will be donated to The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, which has been impacted greatly by the pandemic. Grammy-nominated saxophonist Dave Koz and R&B superstar vocalist Brian McKnight will present a one-night only virtual concert event, “A Romantic Night In,” on Valentine’s Day Eve, Feb. 13, at 5 p.m. PST. They will be joined by special guest vocalist Sheléa. Tickets are $35. Each ticket includes an exclusive digital copy of the “A Romantic Night In” EP, a collection of Koz’s most romantic songs. VIP experiences, including exclusive one-on-one meet and greets, are also available. Grammy nominated songwriter and piano sensation Jim Brickman, a regular at Myron’s Cabaret Jazz, will continue his Valentine’s Day tradition of nurturing romance with five virtual “Share The Love” live PST concerts: Feb. 12 at 6 p.m.; Feb. 13 at 4 and 7 p.m.; and Feb. 14 at 4 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $50. Celebrated Carnival performer, composer, and singer-songwriter Jesús Bienvenido will present “Carnival by Candlelight from Cadiz,” a two-show virtual event celebrating Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14, from the southwest coast of Spain. “Momo’s Four Suites,” which Bienvenido composed as a tribute to the city’s legendary Carnival, will stream at noon PST. “Bolero by Candlelight,” which features a selection of songs to lend Spanish romanticism to the American Valentine’s Day holiday, will stream at 6 p.m. PST. Tickets are $15 for one-time viewing or $20 for two weeks of on demand viewing.
CHARLIE PALMER HOLDS VALENTINE’S DAY COOKING CLASS: Chef Charlie Palmer and winemaker Daryl Groom are holding a virtual cooking class on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 4 p.m. PST and 7 p.m. EST. It’s a fun option for sweethearts or roommates to celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend. The class will be held in Palmer’s home kitchen and the duo will be sharing kitchen and valuable cooking techniques, wine pairing tips, and a recipe from his “American Fare” cookbook. The selected recipe is mustard-crusted rack of lamb. The 45-minute to hour live Zoom demonstration and Q&A class costs $75 per person and includes a copy of Palmer’s “American Fare” cookbook, suggested wine pairing and an exclusive wine offer. Tickets are on Eventbrite and more information is on Charlie Palmer’s website.
MOB MUSEUM CELEBRATES NINTH ANNIVERSARY: The Mob Museum downtown will celebrate its ninth anniversary on Feb. 14 and offer free admission for Nevada residents, sponsored by NV Energy. The day will include a photo opportunity with a finely rendered, life-size sculpture of notorious Chicago Mob boss Al Capone as well as a closer look into the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre with a video presentation featuring rare images, artifacts and insights into the crime and investigation. Guests must reserve their ticket in advance. To commemorate the milestone, The Underground will have limited edition anniversary offerings. Throughout February, guests can sip on a specialty scotch flight containing four Highland scotches from the Dalmore Distillery for $45. Also Feb. 12 to 14, hand-crafted $12 cocktails curated to toast the occasion will be available. Cocktails such as The Southside Story became popular during Prohibition because of their astonishing ability to mask even the worst bathtub gin. The Gangster’s Paradise made with rye, amaretto, chocolate liqueur, cherry liqueur and Corazón Bitters is a nod to thirsty Americans who traveled south of the border to Mexico during Prohibition. In addition, all visitors will enjoy a 10% discount on food and beverage purchases in The Underground throughout the day. This promotion does not apply to souvenir bottles or other retail items. Also available for the anniversary: a new collection of retail items including a limited-edition Mob Museum building replica. Items are available for purchase online at store.themobmuseum.org.
AUTHOR DISCUSSES ‘THE FOLIES BERGERE IN LAS VEGAS’: Las Vegas author Karan Feder is the featured speaker at New York’s The National Arts Club cultural webinar series on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 4 p.m. PST. Her program is “The Folies Bergere in Las Vegas.” You can register for the free live virtual program online. Feder is known for her instrumental contributions to the development of the costume and textile collection at the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas, which was donated in 2015 by the New Tropicana Las Vegas. The unique archive is recognized as one of the most significant museum collections of cabaret costumes in the world. She is credited with spearheading the initiative to save the entire existing costume stock from Las Vegas’ legendary “Folies Bergère,” which ran at the Hotel Tropicana from 1959-2009. Feder’s exceptional research into the vocation, symbolism, and significance of Las Vegas’ iconic showgirl is illustrated in this entertaining program with dozens of photographs based on her new publication “The Folies Bergere in Las Vegas,” which is the #1 new release in the performance art history and criticism category. The book provides a behind-the-curtain look at the individuals who brought life to Las Vegas’ longest-running musical revue stage show. The book also features costume design renderings and fascinating documents from local Las Vegas archives and the show’s alumni.
MARRIAGE CAN BE MURDER OFFERS A KILLER VALENTINE’S WEEKEND: Las Vegas’ established murder-mystery dinner show is ready to “killebrate” Valentine’s Day with a special socially distanced edition of “Marriage Can Be Murder” from Feb. 12-14 at Diversion Amusements. The event space is located at 5321 Cameron Street near the new Allegiant Stadium. The award-winning comedy, dinner show celebrates 21 years in Las Vegas. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and noon and 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 14. There are a couple ticket tiers, which include three meal options … Dead Meat, Fowl Play and Hasta La Pasta along with salad and dessert.
THE RED ROCK BAKE SHOP IS BREAKING HEARTS: The Red Rock Bake Shop wants to spread love this Valentine’s Day by breaking hearts – chocolate shaped hearts that is. The three-dimensional chocolate shaped hearts come in an adorned box with a customizable love note inside, a mallet for crushing the candy, and various sweet treats inside. Chocolate hearts colors include white/gold, pink, or chocolate/gold. Boxes are $50, $60 and $75; call 702-797-7500. Additionally, starting Monday, Feb. 8 the pastry case at Grand Café at Red Rock will get struck by Cupid’s Arrow with an array of special Valentine’s Day treats including cupcakes, espresso cookies, meringues, mini doughnuts, and chocolate covered Oreos priced between $5 and $15 and ready to grab and go.
Once again superstar Garth Brooks who was scheduled last August as the first big concert headliner at the brand-new Allegiant Stadium is being postponed. His rescheduled Feb. 27 date this month has been moved to July 10. When 65,000 concert tickets went up for sale originally, they sold out in two hours. In honor of Black History Month, the High Roller Observation Wheel at The LINQ Promenade and the Eiffel Tower at Paris have turned red, yellow, and green Feb. 1–7.