“BRETT’S VEGAS VIEW” by Jackie Brett
BELLAGIO DEBUTS LAGO BY JULIAN SERRANO: Bellagio continues lakeside epicurean experiences with LAGO by Julian Serrano, a contemporary, Milan-inspired Italian restaurant concept. Boasting a new outdoor patio with views of the resort’s famous fountains, LAGO’s space is inspired by Italian Futurism – the sweeping artistic and cultural movement of early 20th century Italy. This is Michelin-starred Chef Serrano’s third Las Vegas restaurant. Lago is open from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. nightly.
PKWY TAVERN TAPHOUSE AND GRILLE OPENS: Entrepreneur Jonathan Fine, owner of Strip nightclubs PBR Rock Bar & Grill and Rockhouse, has broadened his hospitality empire with the opening of his latest venture PKWY Tavern Taphouse and Grille located at 9820 W. Flamingo Road just off the 215 Beltway. The restaurant’s 3,000-square-foot outdoor patio allows patrons to play corn hole, shuffleboard, beer pong, and Jenga. PKWY’s indoor games include classic video upright arcade machines, darts and Bowlingo as well as an array of board games including Sorry and Life. The locals-driven taphouse has introduced a loyalty club called T.E.A.M. (Taphouse Exclusive Active Member) that rewards its members for each beer they drink. The T.E.A.M. program starts at 50 for a $50 gift certificate and tops out at 1,000 for a VIP Beer God celebration that entails PKWY Tavern sending the T.E.A.M. member and three of their closest friends to a local brewery for a tour, a round on the house every time they visit PKWY, and their name enshrined on a highway sign to hang in the tavern.
NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK START MAIN EVENT TOUR AT MANDALAY BAY: New Kids On The Block (NKOTB) will embark on The Main Event, a 30-city summer headlining tour featuring special guests Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum selling artists TLC and Nelly. The tour will kick off Friday, May 1 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center at 7 p.m. NKOTB have sold more than 80 million albums worldwide. Tickets start at $39.50.
LITTLE BIG TOWN APPEARS WITH DAVID NAIL AND ASHLEY MONROE: Country music group Little Big Town is heading to The Joint at Hard Rock with special guests David Nail and Ashley Monroe on Friday, June 26. Tickets start at $35. Little Big Town – consisting of members Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman, and Jimi Westbrook – first entered the music scene more than 15 years ago. They recently completed their sixth studio album, “Pain Killer,” and on Oct. 3, 2014, Reba McEntire asked them to become the newest members of the Grand Ole Opry.
LEGENDARY COMEDIAN MARTY ALLEN PERFORMS AT RAMPART CASINO: World War II veteran and 93-year-old legendary comedian and dramatic actor Marty Allen will bring excitement to the Rampart Casino’s Grand Ballroom on April 17 at 7 p.m. and he will be accompanied by his wife Karon Kate Blackwell. Tickets are $15. Allen began his career in 1950 as an opening act for stars such as Sarah Vaughan, Edyie Gorme and Nat King Cole. He later became part of the comedy team of Allen & Rossi with Steve Rossi. In the 1960s, he performed on Broadway in “Let It Ride!” and “I Had A Ball!” Allen also worked in television making 40 appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and hundreds more TV impressions in the 1970s and into the 1980s, many as a regular on “Hollywood Squares.”
MELISSA ETHERIDGE MAKES TOUR STOP AT THE PEARL AT THE PALMS: Academy Award and Grammy winning artist, Melissa Etheridge, will bring her tour in support of her 12th collection of new material on album “This is M.E.” to The Pearl inside the Palms on Friday, Aug. 7 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $49. Etheridge will share personal stories about her remarkable journey through life and the inspiration behind some of her most beloved songs. Her credits include two Grammy Awards and 17 nominations, an Academy Award for “I Need to Wake Up” from the Al Gore documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” and a star on the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame.
RUDY RUETTIGER MAKES ENCORE PERFORMANCE AT THE SMITH CENTER: Rudy Ruettiger famous for his inspirational life story in the movie “Rudy” is making an encore performance of his one-man show “Voices Of Rudy: The Journey To The Movie” at the Troesh Studio Theater at The Smith Center on Saturday, April 25 at 7 p.m. Ruettiger takes the audience on a journey sharing his life story of how he accomplished his dream of going to Notre Dame and how he convinced Hollywood to make a movie of his life, which earned him an invitation to the White House. Local entertainer Tony Sacca is the show’s producer/director. Tickets are $34-$39.
DRESS FOR SUCCESS HOLDS TWO-DAY ‘SHOP FOR SUCCESS’ SALE: On Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dress for Success Southern Nevada will hold its semi-annual, two-day “Shop for Success” excess inventory sale at the Opportunity Village Thrift Store at significantly reduced prices. The store is located at 390 S. Decatur Blvd. On Sunday, shoppers can buy a shopping bag for $25 and fill it with as many items as it will fit. And new to the April sale, two special tents will be dedicated to just teen and high-end designer clothes.
‘CIRCUS XTREME’ PAYS VISIT TO THOMAS & MACK: “Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Circus XTREME” will visit the Thomas & Mack Center from Thursday, June 11 through Sunday, June 14 for seven performances. Adult tickets start at $20. Ringmaster David Shipman will guide audiences on a quest around the world with adventure seekers, Alex and Irina Emelin. An hour and a half before show time, ticket holders can go behind the scenes at the Animal Open House and get up close to the menagerie of animals and learn how they live, eat and play. Then an hour before the show, you can go inside the venue and meet the international cast of performers, try on custom costumes, learn circus skills – like juggling, and even have the opportunity to win a one-of-a-kind masterpiece created by one of the painting pachyderms.
CHRIS BROWN TO START EXCLUSIVE RESIDENCY AT DRAI’S: Award winning artist Chris Brown is a new resident artist for Drai’s LIVE and will kick off his appearances with a post Mayweather – Pacquiao fight performance on Saturday, May 2, with July 4 Weekend on tap for his next residency date. On May 2, Brown will not only launch his residency performances, but will also celebrate his 26th Birthday.
WOLFGANG PUCK WILL CREATE VIP MENU FOR ROCK IN RIO USA: Rock in Rio, the legendary music festival celebrating its 30th anniversary worldwide, has enlisted world-famous chef Wolfgang Puck to create a special hospitality menu for VIPs attending the inaugural Rock in Rio USA, coming to Las Vegas May 8-9 and 15-16. Celebrating the cultures of the three themed Rock Streets within Rock in Rio USA’s City of Rock, Puck will deliver his original take on signature dishes from the United States, United Kingdom and Brazil for the event. Included in the price of a VIP ticket, the all-inclusive buffet curated by Puck for the festival will span from snacks to dinner to desserts, with offerings changing throughout each day. In addition, the 4,000 person VIP area will feature air conditioning, an open bar and its own view of the City of Rock.
VLADIMIR KUSH AND TOMMY WARD COLLABORATE FOR FUNDRAISER: On Saturday, April 25, world-renowned painter Vladimir Kush and Quincy Jones recording artist Tommy Ward will combine their talents to raise money for Keep Memory Alive, the fundraising arm of Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, at the inaugural “Sights and Sounds” event. Taking place from 3–7 p.m. at the Kush Fine Art Gallery inside the Forum Shops at Caesars, the affair will feature live painting and musical performances with a painting to be auctioned at 4 p.m. The inaugural event raising awareness about brain health will be broadcast in the Forum Shops at Caesars, as well as Planet Hollywood and all of Kush’s galleries.
CAPITAL CITIES START LIVE CONCERT RESIDENCY AT DRAI’S Grammy-nominated indie electro duo Capital Cities will perform full-length live concerts at Drai’s Beachclub • Nightclub 11 stories above Las Vegas Boulevard on May 8, Aug. 8 and Oct. 10. Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian first came together as a duo of composers/songwriters and initially worked together as jingle writers until they formed the band in 2010.
PAINT THE TOWN AFAN FUNDRAISER WILL BE HELD AT COSMOPOLITAN: Seventh annual Paint the Town fine art fundraising gala to benefit Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) will be held Friday, May 8 from 8-11 p.m. at The Cosmopolitan on P3 Loft | Level 3 – Eastside Tower across from Blue Ribbon. This is the first year the event is open to the public and general admission tickets are $25.Paint the Town features curated works of art from international artists for guests to bid on throughout the night. The $25 general admission ticket price will go towards a bid on any piece priced above $200.
HARD ROCK CAFE HOSTED THE WORLD’S LARGEST DRAG STAGE SHOW: Las Vegas made history this month for holding the Largest Drag Stage Show. Surpassing the current record of 55 participants, 61 kings and queens came out to the Paradise Hard Rock Café location to lend their support and work their fiercest dance moves to a special mashup of “Let’s Have a Kiki” by the Scissor Sisters. Taking place during the cafe’s monthly drag brunch, this special performance was not restricted to professionals only. Many joined the festivities upon arrival by visiting the event’s “Drag Wash” and were able to be transformed on the spot by the fabulous Glam Squad 702, who ensured everyone was stage ready for the original number choreographed by local talent Paul Pratt Productions.
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS ITEMS: George Bugatti is entertaining every Thursday and Friday throughout April in the Le Bistro Lounge at the Riviera from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. with no cover charge as the hotel counts down to permanently closing on May 4. Golden Rainbow is calling on all entertainers to submit their production number ideas for the 29th annual “Ribbon of Life” show that benefits HIV/AIDS fight. This year’s production, entitled “Rockin’ the Ribbon,” will take place Sunday, June 28, at 1 p.m. at The Tropicana Theater at The New Tropicana. Talent entries must be submitted to Golden Rainbow via email by Friday, April 24 at 5 p.m. Legendary crooner Tony Bennett attended “FRANK – The Man. The Music.” at The Palazzo and went backstage to catch up with longtime friend and star of the show Bob Anderson and musician/conductor Vincent Falcone. On Saturday, April 25, entertainer Wes Winters will celebrate four years of performing in the Grandview Lounge at South Point, where he has presented approximately 400 shows. The anniversary party begins at 5 p.m. with a Meet and Greet along with complimentary champagne and cake. A performance by Winters will follow from 6 to 9 p.m.
THINGS HAPPENING ABOUT TOWN: The National Hockey League – NHL Awards will be held on Wednesday, June 24, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for the first time. It will mark the sixth time the NHL will honor the best hockey players in the world and the top performances of the season in Las Vegas. The Nevada Restaurant Association will present the Las Vegas Epicurean Affair at the Palazzo pools on Thursday, May 21 from 7-10 p.m. Cost is $100 and $150 for early admission at 6 p.m. and cabana rentals are $200. Event proceeds support educational and scholarship programs. Sammy’s Restaurant & Bar in Henderson will host a four-course wine pairing dinner as part of Sammy’s Social Club at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29. Cost is $55. Culinary Dropout at the Hard Rock continues its spring brewery series with a five-course menu paired with flavors of San Diego-based Ballast Point Brewing Company for $45 on Thursday, April 23 at 7 p.m. First Friday Las Vegas’ May 1 event “One World Through Art” is inviting groups from all religions, cultures, races, genders and sexual orientations to come out and celebrate the diversity in Las Vegas. The Neon Museum hosted its first artist in residence, Las Vegas artist David Sanchez Burr with his work, titled “citizen speak,” last weekend. His artwork is being transferred to the Marjorie Barrick Museum at UNLV and will be on view in the Museum’s lobby from April 27 to May 20. An artist’s reception will take place there from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 2. Starting Monday, April 20, some of the best Las Vegas sommeliers will compete at Downtown Summerlin’s Monday Night Flights at Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill. Attendees will receive three courses with wine pairings at each dinner. Votes will send the winner to the final round on June 15. Each dinner is $50 person. First dinner is sold out and next two are May 18 and June 15. The store PINK and its sister store MIXT closed in Boca Park and opened a new store at Downtown Summerlin Mall. The new Life Time Athletic Green Valley will highlight Cuban flare with a “Hot Havana Nights” themed poolside party from 7 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, May 16. The event will be free for Life Time Athletic members and $20 per non-member. Tacos & Tequila (T&T) at the Luxor will honor National Hamburger Day on Thursday, May 28 with the Matador Burger served on a fresh baked Bolillo roll for $13. A Royal Tea will be held at the Mandarin Oriental on Sunday, May 3 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Oriental Ballroom with gourmet fare and special entertainment to stimulate a child’s mind through regal art activities. The event supports the Discovery Children’s Museum with tickets starting at $50. Nationally and locally letter carriers will collect non-perishable food items, such as cereal, pasta and rice, on Saturday, May 9 as part of the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. To participate, you leave the food items in a bag by or in your mailbox. More than 10,000 cities and towns will participate.Now at two locations inside The Palazzo and newly opened at The Venetian, JuiceFarm is offering a 25 percent discount April 20 through Friday, May 15. As a bonus, those who purchase by the end of April will also receive a complimentary daily wellness shot, call 702-607-0753.
SAPPHIRE POOL & DAY CLUB OPENS FOR FUN IN THE SUN ON MAY 1: Sapphire, “The World’s Largest Gentlemen’s Club” will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during pool season and host entertainment and concerts much like the casino resort pools. The grand opening weekend will be May 1 and 2. On that Saturday “Bad Boy” Dennis Rodman will host his “Birthday Celebration” with adult stars Teagen Presley, Tasha Reign and HBO sexpert Katie Morgan. Sapphire Pool & Day Club is now offering the brand new “60 Minutes of Fame Party Package” allowing guests get to step into the shoes of a big-time DJ. This package deal is $3,500 with all sorts of exclusive amenities.
THE MIRAGE CELEBRATES NATIONAL GARLIC DAY: Yep, The Mirage says there is a National Garlic Day and the resort is celebrating it with a variety of garlicky cocktails, dishes, and desserts available April 19-25 at some restaurants: Portofino – Black Garlic Sorbet and Garlic Basil Caesar cocktail; Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steak – Black Garlic Marinated Cod; Samba – Beef Filet Tenderloin Crusted in Roasted Garlic; Fin – family-style tasting menu; and a Garlic Day Martini at the restaurants and Paradise Café and three bars.