BRETT’S VEGAS VIEW
Contributed by Jackie Brett
KISS RESIDENCY WILL KICK OFF IN DECEMBER: KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons broke the news of the band’s return to Las Vegas during an interview at Animazing Gallery located in The Venetian Grand Canal Shoppes where his “ArtWorks” collection of paintings and sketches was being previewed. He said KISS would be at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood starting Dec. 27 and through February. KISS is in the middle of its “End Of The Road” farewell tour, which was originally scheduled to conclude on July 17, 2021, in New York City but is now expected to last well into 2022. The pandemic prolonged their plans. KISS did a nine-show run in Las Vegas back in November 2014 at The Joint in the former Hard Rock Hotel, now Virgin Hotels. Their run was captured for “KISS Rocks Vegas” DVD and Blu-ray set released in August 2016.
‘WOW – THE VEGAS SPECTACULAR’ RETURNS TO RIO SHOWROOM: “WOW – The Vegas Spectacular” is returning to the Rio Showroom this week on Aug. 10 featuring many of its favorite performers, as well as new acts. The show has performed more than 1,200 times since its debut at the Rio on Oct. 7, 2017, transporting audiences into a world of water, wonder and fantasy. Prior to the pandemic shut down, “WOW” had received numerous awards. Many of the numbers familiar to audiences will return like comedian Alex Traisci, along with brand new acts including Navas and their “Wheel of Death” – Gold Medalists at the Monte Carlo Festival, the Adagio act “Duo Ice,” the gravity-defying hand-to-hand act “Acrodream,” “Rialcris” the trio of muscle men recently featured on “America’s Got Talent,” the aerial duo “Luna Girls,” a mind-blowing Icarian act and, the juggling talents of Paul Ponce, the son of former “WOW” stars Silvia Silvia and Victor Ponce who are now starring in “Extravaganza” at Bally’s. This acclaimed production features a cast of more than 30 international performing artists from more than 10 different countries. The 180-degree theatrical setting engages audience with 3D multi-media projections, water walls and holograms. There are more than 400 lighting pieces in the show and an LED wall constructed of 24 million LED lamps. Embracing the scale of the show there are 240 costumes worn by the cast with eight changes for every cast member. In August the show’s schedule is Tuesday and Friday at 8 p.m., and Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., dark Monday. Starting in September “WOW” will perform nightly at 7 p.m. with additional shows at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, dark Friday. Tickets range from $52.99 to $126.93 online, at Ticketmaster, or by calling 702-777-7776.
CHEF TODD ENGLISH OPENS OLIVES RESTAURANT AT VIRGIN HOTELS: Four-time James Beard award winner and celebrity chef Todd English has expanded his culinary foothold in Nevada with his latest restaurant opening Olives at the new Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. His first Las Vegas restaurant, The Beast, opened in AREA15 last year. English worked with design firm ICRAVE to reimagine the design of his iconic restaurant Olives in Boston which premiered in 1989. The menu features the star chef’s time-tested take on Mediterranean cuisine. Olives features an intimate 185-seat dining room with a stone and steel hearth kitchen. The cozy space surrounds an elegant, raised bar with upscale lounge areas dressed in stone, terra cotta, wood, cork and Renaissance-inspired hand-glazed art. Olives is a five-star dining experience. Hours are Wednesday–Sunday from 5–11 p.m. with dinner service from 6–10 p.m. The restaurant is conveniently located off the Paradise parking garage.
STRIP’S NEWEST ATTRACTION – FLYOVER – TO OPEN SEPT. 1: FlyOver in Las Vegas, the new immersive flight ride from leading hospitality company Pursuit, will officially take off on the Strip Sept. 1. The attraction located next to the Hard Rock Café will take guests on a multi-sensory journey soaring over 22 of the American West’s most spectacular destinations, from the Grand Canyon’s plunging river valleys to the volcanic peaks of Oregon’s Cascade Volcanic Arc. The flight ride’s film, “The Real Wild West,” will be shown in stunning 8K high definition on a 52.5-foot spherical screen. The attraction uses a state-of-the-art moving platform with six degrees of motion enabling guests to feel every sweeping movement of the journey. Special effects including wind, mist and location-specific scents heighten the immersive flight ride as guests hang suspended with their feet dangling above the country’s most stunning natural wonders. At the start of the ride, guests are entertained by a cinematic boarding and pre-show experience created by Moment Factory. The panoramic, six-minute pre-show is projected across 360° wraparound walls and a central hanging medallion as it chronicles the booms and busts of the American West, from the Cambrian Explosion through to Gold Rush ghost towns and Silicon Valley startups, setting the stage for the adventure ahead. FlyOver will open with two flight ride experiences and a full-service bar serving craft cocktails and bites. The experience will be open daily to guests of all ages, with tickets starting at $24 for children ages 12 and under and $34 for adults. Children must be at least 40 inches tall to ride.
‘OPIUM’ WILL RETURN TO THE COSMOPOLITAN SEPT. 24: Houston, we have liftoff! After being stuck deep in Uranus for more than 15 months, OPIUM’s Captain Kunton and his plutonic crew are ready to touch back down at the Opium Theatre inside The Cosmopolitan on Sept. 24. Tickets start at $99 and can be purchased online at Spiegelworld.com, or by calling 702-534-3419. Passengers for the Starship OPM 73 can finally return on board with adult-only in-flight entertainment once again performed by the ridiculously talented crew including Rob the Robot, Lieutenant Harriet, Nurse Chardonnay and Chip the fresh cadet. The show is a wild ride aboard the Starship OPM 73 from Uranus to Las Vegas with the spaceship’s twisted crew at your service with in-flight entertainment provided by the galaxy’s most talented variety performers and other space oddities. Earlier this year, it was announced that Spiegelworld would be taking over the restaurant space formerly operating as Rose. Rabbit. Lie., adjacent to the Opium Theatre. With the re-opening of “OPIUM,” further announcements about the restaurant plans will be made in the coming weeks. “OPIUM” will resume flights 10 times per week Wednesday–Sunday at 8 and 10 p.m. The performance schedule is subject to change. Tickets can be purchased online at Spiegelworld.com.
GILBERT GOTTFRIED’S ‘DIRTY COMEDY FESTIVAL’ HEADLINES PLAZA: Gilbert Gottfried’s “Dirty Comedy Festival” will visit The Comedy Works at the Plaza downtown on Friday-Saturday, Oct. 15 and16 at 9 p.m. inside the hotel’s vintage Vegas showroom featuring red velvet booth seating, an updated sound system, full bars, and table cocktail service. Tickets online are $30 and $45 for VIP. Must be 21 or older to attend. Since age 15, Gottfried has been performing stand-up comedy. After more than 50 years, this legend continues to work without censor and without allowing anyone to tell him when a joke is “too soon.” Gilbert Gottfried’s “Dirty Comedy Festival” is a showcase of his dirtiest comedy along with three of the most talented “blue” comics in the business. This show is not for folks who are easily offended! The show will also feature Bobby Slayton – the “Pitbull” of Comedy listed as one of Comedy Central’s top 100 stand-up comedians of all time; Thea Vidale – star of the ABC sitcom “Thea,” featured on “Last Comic Standing,” and co-host of the AVN (Adult Video News) awards; and Patty Rosborough – “Ladies of Laughter” winner and featured on Comedy Central, A&E, Showtime and VH1.
3 REDNECK TENORS HAVE SUMMER RESIDENCY AT LAUGH FACTORY: The 3 Redneck Tenors are back in Sin City at the Laugh Factory inside the Tropicana with a summer residency through Sept. 1 in the 320-seat venue performing Monday through Sunday at 6:30 p.m. The 3 Redneck Tenors were top finalists on “America’s Got Talent” and featured on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.” Tickets start at $39.95 for general admission. The 3 Redneck Tenors are a new breed in the “tenor genre” – their musical comedy featuring classically trained veteran artists is like Duck Dynasty goes to Carnegie Hall! The Laugh Factory known around the world is celebrating its ninth anniversary at the Tropicana Hotel. It continues to book comedy superstars such as SNL star Jon Lovitz, who will be returning for two more runs, Aug. 23–25 and Aug. 30–Sept. 1. “Something About Mary” and “Half Baked,” actor/comedian, Harland Williams headlines August 27–29, and Pauly Shore Sept 27 and Oct 25.
CRAFTHAUS BREWERY BREW EXCLUSIVE BEER FOR PSYCHO LAS VEGAS: Local favorite CraftHaus Brewery established in 2014 is proudly releasing an exclusive, limited edition brew in collaboration with Psycho Entertainment for the second year. Psycho, a crushable Helles Lager, will be available as limited draft at both CraftHaus taprooms and on tap as well as in 16-ounce cans throughout all the Psycho Las Vegas events property-wide at Mandalay Bay Aug. 19-23. Psycho Entertainment, the masterminds behind Las Vegas’ three day, multi-stage music fest Psycho Las Vegas, will kick the party off with Psycho Swim on Thursday at the Mandalay Bay Pool, then continue rocking through the festival headlined by Danzig and more than 60 other heavy rock bands, and end with their inaugural Psycho Classic Golf Tournament at Bali Hai Golf Club. Psycho, Helles Lager will be showcased at all the events.
THE SPACE STARTS WINE WEDNESDAYS IN SEPTEMBER: Starting this September, performing arts venue The Space at 3460 Cavaretta Court will begin featuring Wine Wednesdays supported by Findlay Automotive Group and Foley Family Wines with tastings and live performances. Each Wednesday, The Space will introduce guests to great wines from Foley Family Wines with a sommelier-led tasting experience beginning at 7:30 p.m. and finish with appearances by Las Vegas’ top entertainers. Events will be limited to 90 attendees, who must be 21 or older, with tickets $25 per person online at thespacelv.com. Wine by the glass or by the bottle, as well as cocktails and refreshments, will be available for purchase during the performance. The September and October lineups include Sept. 1 – Kelly Vohnn with Keith Thompson featuring Ferrari Carano Wines; Sept. 8 – David Perrico’s Pop Retro featuring Chalk Hill Wines; Sept. 15 – Broadway stars Rachel and Doug Carpenter featuring Roth Wines; Oct. 6 – Rockie Brown: Intimate. Experimental.; Oct. 13 – Katie Marie Jones; Oct. 20 – Kenzie & Colin (Cahill): Live is Beautiful; Oct. 27 – Doo Wop Kings.
PINKBOX DOUGHNUTS® NOW RAIDERS-ALLEGIANT STADIUM PARTNER: Las Vegas Raiders have announced Pinkbox Doughnuts® as their official doughnut partners ahead of the first preseason home game on Saturday, Aug. 14. The partnership grants Pinkbox the exclusive rights to Raiders themed doughnuts at its local stores during football season and names the brand the only doughnut provider within Allegiant Stadium for all events. Fans looking for a sweet treat can visit the Pinkbox Doughnuts kiosk at section 312 during all Raiders games, concerts, and Allegiant stadium events. Customers can purchase doughnuts individually, by the half dozen, or by the dozen. Guests can also get their doughnut fix by visiting the vibrant Pinkbox Doughnuts food truck, which will be serving Raiders doughnuts and customer favorites at the Fan Field experience at every home game.
DRAI’S HOLDS THURSDAY SWIM NIGHT PARTIES: Drai’s Beachclub • Nightclub will close out the summer with a top lineup for their summer Thursday Swim Night parties featuring superstar headliners Yo Gotti, Murda Beatz, top-flight DJs, and more. Drai’s can rightfully boast it is the Strip’s only rooftop Beachclub and party haven. Superstar Yo Gotti returns in over a year to Drai’s to headline a special Swim Night this week. Following headliners will be Murda Beatz Aug.19, Patrick Cornett Sept. 2, Jordan Nold Sept. 9, and Chase B Sept. 16. On Aug. 26, it will be a Beauties on the Beach party to celebrate Las Vegas’ most beautiful women. Closing out the final Thursday of the pool season on Sept. 23, Drai’s is throwing a neon-themed Swim Night Closing Party where guests are encouraged to dress in their most illuminating neon garb and celebrate the end of summer with a splash.
HASH HOUSE A GO GO OFFERS CHANCE TO WIN NASCAR® TICKETS, ETC.: Starting Aug.11, you can visit a Hash House A Go Go and enter to win one of two Grand Prizes, which include a pair of tickets to the South Point 400 NASCAR® Cup Series on Sun., Sept. 26 plus pit passes and a Meet and Greet with the Smithfield Racing Team. Additionally, four first prizes will be awarded for a Weber® Q1200 grill and swag bags from Hash House A Go Go and Smithfield. Contest runs through Sept. 6. Drawings will be held on Sept. 7 and winners will be notified then. At three Hash House A Go Go locations you can drive the Smithfield race car simulator and check out the #10 Smithfield Ford Mustang show car: 6800 W. Sahara Ave. – Sept. 2 from 5–8 p.m. and Sept. 4 from 8–11 a.m.; 10810 W. Charleston Blvd. – Sept. 3 and 4 from 5–8 p.m.; and 555 N. Stephanie St. – Sept. 3 from 8–11 a.m.
IT’S FANTASY FOOTBALL TIME AT THE FRONT YARD AT ELLIS ISLAND: Before the NFL season officially kicks into gear, it’s Fantasy Football time. Guests are invited to attend Draft Parties at The Front Yard at Ellis Island to lock in players for their fantasy teams. On Saturdays starting Aug. 14, guests can eat, drink, draft and watch the preseason games with an all-inclusive experience in the two-story indoor-outdoor beer garden. The restaurant has 25 screens and a centrally located 18-foot big screen, For $100 per person, groups of 10-15 people will receive a Draft Kit including a 2021 Draft Board and Stickers. Bites and booze include unlimited beer and Truly, a buffet station with small bites and sliders, and a Bloody Mary Bar – plus raffles and giveaways from Diageo. Bottle service and pitchers of cocktails also will be available for purchase. Parties include a three-hour time slot, available at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 4 p.m. Reserve with firstname.lastname@example.org.
MI AMOR ART PRESENTS PRINCESS PAINT PARTY AND DONATION DRIVE”: Local family-friendly art studio Mi Amor Art at 4245 S. Grand Canyon Drive will transform into a princess palace with their first princess-themed party and donation drive benefiting The Shade Tree. The Princess Paint Party will be held Saturday, Aug. 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will have a special teacup painting with beloved characters Belle and Cinderella, along with other princess activities such as story time, games and photo opportunities. The studio will also offer every kid one free bubble balloon they get to customize and take home with their painted teacup. Light bites and drinks will be available during the event. Cost is $50 per person. In addition, Mi Amor Art is hosting their first donation drive that will benefit local organization The Shade Tree. To celebrate the launch, guests are encouraged to bring a donation item with them to the Princess Paint Party or anytime to the studio during this month-long drive through Tuesday, Sept. 21. Donation items needed include diapers, children’s and women’s clothing, hygiene products, strollers, canned food, cleaning products and much more. Those who bring in a donation item will receive a $10 off coupon for their next visit to the studio.
LAKE MEAD MOHAVE ADVENTURES INVITES PHOTOS AND STORIES: Visitors are invited to share their memorable photos and stories at Lake Mead Mohave Adventures’ (LMMA) properties for chances to win gift vouchers redeemable for small, motorized boat and kayak rentals. Each marina location, including Callville Bay, Cottonwood Cove, Willow Beach and Temple Bar, will award a first-place winner a $500 credit and two second-place winners each a $250 credit. The photo and story contest is open through Sept. 30, 2021. Submit photos and stories online.
BABY’S BOUNTY HOSTS ‘VEGAS, BABY’ FUNDRAISING GALA: Baby’s Bounty, a Southern Nevada organization providing lifesaving supplies for newborns and Las Vegas’ only consistent diaper resource, is hosting their annual fundraising gala Vegas, Baby on Saturday, Oct. 9 at 5 p.m. at Red Rock Resort and Spa’s Crimson. The poolside cocktail-style reception will feature an evening of libations, bites, music, awards and a silent auction. Nearly one in three Nevada families struggle to afford diapers. Individual tickets are $150, or 10-person private cabanas can be purchased for $2,000.