BRETT’S VEGAS VIEW
Contributed by Jackie Brett
CELANO DESIGN STUDIO INSPIRES TWO RESORTS WORLD RESTAURANTS: Resorts World tapped award-winning, New York-based Celano Design Studio to design two of the new restaurants opening at the new resort on the Strip on June 24. The debuting concepts include ¡Viva!, a new Mexican restaurant from Chef Ray Garcia that celebrates life through food, drinks and fun, and Here Kitty Kitty Vice Den, a hidden speakeasy located within Zouk Group’s Asian hawker-inspired food hall Famous Foods Street Eats. ¡Viva! draws inspiration from Mexican culture yet features distinctly Las Vegas touches. In addition to a main dining room, ¡Viva! offers an indoor promenade patio, a stunning bar, outdoor patio with wooden trellis and lush greenery, and a private dining room housing an exclusive tequila and mezcal collection. Highlights of the space include an exploding flower infinity mirror that doubles as an art installation and interactive Instagrammable experience; the main bar featuring a bottle display influenced by the architecture of ancient ruins around Mexico; a dazzling driftwood sculpture resembling a tree in bloom in the center of the dining room; and a vibrant mural designed by Miami-based Chalk & Brush, inspired by the culture, landscape, architecture, and patterns of Mexico, which acts as a backdrop for the indoor promenade patio as well as the indoor bar. To find Here Kitty Kitty Vice Den, guests must first visit Ms. Meow’s Mamak Stall, which is located inside Famous Foods Street Eats. Like the Mamak stalls found throughout Singapore and Malaysia, this small retail store features shelves packed with Asian snacks, games, and drinks – plus a unique shelf lined with lucky cat sculptures that serves as the unexpecting entrance to Here Kitty Kitty.
FLIGHT CLUB WILL OPEN AT GRAND CANAL SHOPPES IN SPRING 2022: The popular London-based “eatertainment” concept, Flight Club, will open a new location in Las Vegas in spring 2022 in the Grand Canal Shoppes inside The Venetian®. This will be the company’s third U.S. location and largest venue. The Social Darts phenomenon will offer an unexpected, boundary-pushing social experience for groups of all sizes. Flight Club made its debut in London, England, in September 2015. The destination, which each one is different, will offer a super-charged social gaming experience with multi-player games set in semi-private playing areas and will serve food and cocktails. Inspired by the heritage of darts from the British pubs and fairgrounds, Flight Club, the home of Social Darts, has taken the traditional game and revolutionized it with ground-breaking technology enabling automatic scoring and running multi-player games for groups of six people up to groups of 400.
DRAI’S BEACHCLUB • NIGHTCLUB ANNOUNCES GRAND REOPENING: Drai’s Beachclub • Nightclub on the The Cromwell’s rooftop will celebrate its official reopening with full-length live performances by superstars Wiz Khalifa and Future in the Nightclub, plus a stacked Beachclub lineup from Friday through Sunday, June 4-6. Multi-platinum Grammy and Golden Globe-nominated artist Khalifa will usher in the return of Drai’s LIVE on Friday, June 4. To continue the star-studded weekend, artist and producer superstar, Future, will light up Drai’s stage on Saturday, June 5. On Sunday, June 6, Drai’s resident and legendary DJ and producer, DJ Franzen, will close out the weekend with his epic Sundrais experience starting at 10 p.m. Plus it will be a celebration for Franzen’s birthday. The unofficial start of summer with nighttime performances at Drai’s Nightclub is Memorial Day weekend with a four days of parties May 28-31. Drai’s Beachclub, which is 11 stories above the Las Vegas Strip, will host day parties throughout the weekend. DJ Maria Romano will get the weekend started on Friday, June 4; and on Saturday, June 5, Khalifa will return for a Drai’s Beachclub performance. The first Beachclub weekend will culminate on Sunday, June 6, with Sunday Fundrais. Drai’s Beachclub is open Thursday-Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Drai’s Nightclub operates Friday-Sunday from 10 p.m.–3 a.m.
RESORTS WORLD SUPERSTARS ADD DATES DUE TO DEMAND: It stands to reason if a resort books giant music superstars demand will be so great dates will be added. That’s already happened for Celine Dion, Carrie Underwood, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan at Resorts World opening June 24. Due to incredible pre-sale ticket demand, Celine Dion has added 11 more show dates from Jan. 19 to Feb. 5, 2022, to her recently announced Nov. 5-20 headliner engagements at The Theatre at Resorts World Las Vegas. Dion is one of the most immediately recognized, successful performers in pop music history with more than 250 million albums sold worldwide. In 2016 the Billboard Music Awards presented her with the lifetime achievement Icon Award. Known for revitalizing the modern-day Las Vegas residency, Dion remains the #1 and #2 highest grossing and best-selling Las Vegas residencies of all time. Carrie Underwood has added six new show dates from March 23 to April 2, 2022, to “REFLECTION: The Las Vegas Residency,” her recently announced headlining engagement run from Dec. 1 to 11. Underwood has already won more than 100 major awards. All nine of her consecutive album releases, two of which she co-produced, from the beginning of her career debuted #1 on the Billboard Country Chart, making her the only artist to accomplish that feat. She has also built a successful business portfolio inspired by her passion for health and wellness, including her fitness and lifestyle brand, CALIA by Carrie Underwood, bestselling book, “Find Your Path,” her fit52 app, and a partnership with BODYARMOR Sports Drink. Katy Perry has added eight new show dates from March 2 to 19 to her recently announced engagement “PLAY” on Dec. 29 and 31 and Jan. 1-15, which will offer audiences of all ages a transcendent sensory experience with vibrant visuals. Perry’s 2015 Super Bowl performance is the highest rated in the event’s history. She is one of only five artists in history to have topped 100 million certified units with their digital singles – and the first-ever Capitol Records recording artist to join the elite RIAA 100 Million Certified Songs club. Along with her philanthropy awards, she was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. Luke Bryan has added three more show dates, Feb. 23, 25 and 26, to his recently announced six dates from Feb. 11 to 20. Bryan wrapped 2020 as Billboard’s Top Country Artist of the 2010s by dominating their charts during the last decade. He has won more than 50 major music awards including five wins as Entertainer of the Year. The country charmer was named the “Most Heard Artist of the Decade” by “Country Aircheck” and the “Artist Humanitarian Recipient” by the Country Radio Broadcasters this past February.
‘27 – A MUSICAL ADVENTURE’ OPENS AT VIRGIN HOTELS: An all-new resident show inside 24 Oxford at Virgin Hotels is “27 – A Musical Adventure” honoring music icons gone too soon at the age of 27: Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Robert Johnson, Jim Morrison, and Amy Winehouse. The show first debuted at L.A.’s legendary Troubadour on March 10, 2020, with top tribute artists and studio musicians bringing the legends of rock back to life. Throughout the show, the audience is taken on a retrospective journey of sight and sound, showcasing each artist’s respective contributions to our musical landscape. The show culminates with the artists all performing together. Tickets start at $65. Performances are Wednesday through Sunday at 8:30 p.m. The show is open to ages 6 and up.
MGM GRAND BUFFET RETURNS: Folks have been hanging on wondering if buffets in Las Vegas were going to survive after the pandemic settled down. It seems there is hope with the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace opening last week on May 20, and the MGM Grand Buffet, which closed last year in March, returning this week on May 26 featuring breakfast, lunch, and a weekend brunch. Wicked Spoon at the Cosmopolitan reopened in March, and the Garden Buffet at South Point is the only buffet open daily inside a casino. Hot and cold stations will offer dishes such as made-to-order omelets, buttermilk pancakes, breakfast sides, and pastries for breakfast, as well as pasta dishes, seafood, barbecue ribs, lasagna, salads, soups, and a dessert bar, and more for lunch. Initially, the buffet is opening Thursday through Monday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Prices start at $25.99 and $29.99 every Saturday and Sunday. Kids 5 and younger eat free.
ABOUT TOWN ENTERTAINMENT CLIPS
The Fremont Street Experience, a six-block entertainment district downtown, in downtown offers free live music and concerts, which will return starting June 1. The aquatic marvel “O” by Cirque du Soleil will make its long-awaited return to its home stage at Bellagio on Thursday, July 1. Debuting in 1998, “O” is known around the globe for its award-winning acrobatics and synchronized swimming routines inside a 1.5-million-gallon pool. The new updated schedule, which is subject to change, includes nightly performances Wednesday through Sunday at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets start at $79. For Memorial Day weekend, longtime comedian, actor, and writer, Jamie Kennedy, will take the Delirious Comedy Club stage at Downtown Grand, May 27-31. Headlining The Fremont Room, he’ll be joined by fellow comedians Jason Rogers and Kyle Anderson. Kennedy came to prominence as Randy Meeks in the “Scream” franchise and is most known for writing and starring in “Malibu’s Most Wanted.” Most recently, Kennedy starred in films “Roe v. Wade” and “Last Call” along with releasing his comedy special “Jamie Kennedy: Stoopid Smart.” Tickets start at $69.95. “All Motown: Sunset” featuring the Duchesses of Motown will perform their outdoor show for four dates only May 27-May 30 at 7:30 p.m. at Alexis Park. The show highlighting an all-female cast premiered at the hotel this year on March 5 performing the top songs that defined a generation from the Motown discography. Tickets start at $44.95.
SKYE CANYON HOLDS SECOND PATRIOTIC CAR PARADE ON MAY 29: In celebration of Memorial Day 2021, Skye Canyon is hosting its second Patriotic Car Parade on Saturday, May 29. This year’s event will help support Kline Veterans Fund, which helps veteran families in crisis. For a $5 donation, families can register their vehicle for a spot in the car parade and decorate it in red, white, and blue. Following the parade, attendees can enjoy music, food trucks, giveaways, and more at the family-focused and safety-minded Memorial Day celebration. The Patriotic Car Parade will originate and end at Skye Canyon Park with cars lining up at 9:30 a.m. The parade led by a themed float will begin at 10:15 a.m. and make its way on a three-mile journey throughout the Skye Canyon neighborhoods on a designated route. Skye Canyon is a 1,000-acre master-planned community in Northwest Las Vegas. Registration is at Skye Canyon’s website.
INSTAGRAM PAGE LAUNCHES VIRTUAL GUIDE TO BEST DOWNTOWN BARS: As Downtown Las Vegas reemerges from the pandemic, viral community platform @DTLV welcomes visitors back with a new spinoff, @DTLVBarHop designed to showcase the bars of Downtown. DTLV Bar Hop will spotlight cocktails and bites from the Fremont East Entertainment District and the city’s Arts District. Weekly highlights will give followers a behind-the-scenes look at DTLV venues, interesting takes on crafting cocktails, bartender spotlights, food highlights to pair with drinks and more. Once bars return to full capacity, DTLV Bar Hop will launch a physical, in-person pub crawl package for Friday and Saturday nights.
STICKS TAVERN PLANS GRAND OPENING PARTY: Sticks Tavern on Water Street in Henderson is gearing up for a grand opening celebration on Saturday, June 5 with all-day happy hour pricing, prize giveaways, and a special musical appearance by Carnell “Golden Pipes” Johnson. Guests will have a chance to win free beer for a year among other prizes. The locally owned and operated sports bar is located directly across from the Henderson Silver Knights’ Lifeguard Arena and features hockey-themed cocktails, boozy milkshakes, and elevated bar food. The Sound Food Group is a family-run hospitality group that owns and operates To Be Frank, a specialty hot dog pop-up previously located inside Every Grain restaurant. Now To Be Frank has a permanent home at Sticks.
FRESH52 FARMERS’ & ARTISAN MARKET DEBUTS TWO NEW MARKETS: The Arts District and Lake Las Vegas neighborhoods are debuting open-air markets with an abundance of local fresh vegetables, fruits and artisan crafts. The fresh52 Farmers’ & Artisan Market showcases more than 40 small businesses ranging from handmade soaps and self-care products, candles, pet supplies and treats, jewelry, home décor, food vendors and so much more. Across the Las Vegas valley, fresh52 has multiple locations including Tivoli Village, Henderson, Lake Las Vegas and the Downtown Arts District. The market is open to the public and offers a free kids’ craft area. The Arts District Market at 21 W. Imperial Ave. is open every Friday from 3 to 8 p.m. Lake Las Vegas Market at 30 Strada Di Villaggio in The Village takes place every first and third Thursday of the month from 3 to 8 p.m. beginning Thursday, June 3. The Inspirada Market is in Solista Park at 2000 Via Firenze is open every second and fourth Thursday of the month from 3 to 8 p.m. Tivoli Village at 400 S. Rampart Blvd. holds its market every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lastly Sansone Park Place at 9480 S. Eastern Ave. welcomes folks every Sunday morning from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Last weekend, pop culture guru and TV personality Perez Hilton was seen attending the hit show “Atomic Saloon Show” at the Grand Canal Shoppes inside The Venetian. The celebrity blogger viewed the wild west saloon show with its eccentric acts and crazy antics during the 7 p.m. performance. Blume Kitchen & Cocktails off the Strip welcomed multiple celebrities last weekend in conjunction with their Flower Festival. On Friday, hip-hop legend Coolio took over the deejay booth and performed multiple songs for fans in the restaurant’s lounge. On Saturday, locally celebrated R&B songstress Dakota Gonzalez performed multiple unreleased tracks in the restaurant’s main dining room. In attendance was boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, Canadian rapper Tory Lanez and upcoming recording artist Lil Jamez.
Jerry’s Nugget in North Las Vegas will hold its $7,250 Bingo Big Game on June 5 at 9 p.m. Participants will play for an hour long of big payouts that will include four $1,000 coveralls. Limited tickets are on sale at the Bingo Hall for $25. Price includes reserved seating, one six-on pack, and one Bonanza pack. The Big Game warm-up session at 8 p.m. will have 10 games paying $100 each. For over 30 years, Opportunity Village, which serves people in Southern Nevada with intellectual and related disabilities, has been hosting events at a variety of venues at both the Ralph & Betty Engelstad Campus and Oakey Campus including trade shows, bar mitzvahs, board meetings, weddings, birthdays, fundraising galas, and more. Now you can say “I do” with an all-inclusive wedding at Opportunity Village and all proceeds go directly back to the more than 3,000 amazing people they serve. Call 702-880-4046 for information.