BRETT’S VEGAS VIEW
Contributed by Jackie Brett
WHITNEY HOUSTON HOLOGRAM SHOW CLOSED AT HARRAH’S: The “An Evening with Whitney: The Whitney Houston Hologram Concert” show closed June 12 at Harrah’s. The show opened at the Harrah’s Showroom last November featuring Houston’s hologram and voice backed by a live band, singers, and dancers performing her famous songs. According to a spokesperson, the show plans to enhance the production with expanded and more immersive stagecraft and reopen again in Las Vegas. Time will tell.
DA VINCI EXHIBITION DEBUTS AT NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM: Now through Saturday, Sept.10, the traveling Da Vinci Machines & Robotics Exhibition will be on display at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum located at 900 Las Vegas Blvd. N. On loan from the museum of Leonardo da Vinci in Florence, Italy, this exhibit brings together creations and concepts devised more than 500 years ago by the brilliant scientist, inventor and artist, Leonardo da Vinci. More than 60 machines and artworks are on display with many being interactive. The collection brings to life the Renaissance Man’s most important and impressive designs including: the bicycle, spring powered car, hang glider, helicopter, and for the first time, his incredible robotic drummer. The museum is open daily including holidays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; tickets are available online or at the door.
JACK BINION’S STEAK OPENS AT BALLY’S: Jack Binion’s Steak, the namesake restaurant of Las Vegas gaming legend Jack Binion, is now open at Bally’s. With the transformation to Horseshoe underway, the restaurant is an integral part of the resort’s rebrand and honors the rich history and legacy behind the Binion and Horseshoe names. The establishment is in the former BLT Steak space, next to Indigo Lounge. In keeping with traditional steakhouse elegance, Jack Binion’s Steak welcomes guests with a large circular bar, warm wood interiors accented by neutral tones, polished stainless steel and rich leathers. Vintage photographs adorn the walls and transport guests back to when Las Vegas was born. Hours are daily 5 to 10:30 p.m. Jack Binion’s steaks are selected from Black Angus corn-fed cattle for superior marbling and aged for 28 days. Not to be outdone, all steaks are finished on an 1800-degree broiler to deliver a perfectly seared and seasoned centerpiece. Seafood options are abundant including the decadent Jack Binion’s Colossal Seafood Tower, which features six types of crab, including Merus King Crab legs, known as the “Filet Mignon of Crab,” alongside colossal shrimp, Blue Point oysters and Maine lobster tail. As a staple of Horseshoe properties across the country, Jack Binion’s Steak locations have been recognized with local, regional and national awards, including the Distinguished Restaurants of North America (DiRONA) Award, Wine Spectator’s coveted Best Restaurant for Wine award and its Award of Excellence.
RICK MICHEL’S ‘SINATRA FOREVER’ HEADLINES ITALIAN AMERICAN CLUB: Rick Michel will present his “Sinatra Forever” show focusing totally on Ol’ Blue Eyes’ music at the Italian American Club (IAC) at 2333 East Sahara Ave. on Wednesday, June 22 at 8 p.m. Michel will share and interpret Sinatra standards with a 16-piece All-Star Big Band Orchestra including two violins, a viola and a cello. This headliner showman has been called “the closest sound to Sinatra we have ever heard” by “Variety.” He’s performed and headlined in Las Vegas since 1981, been a Master Impressionist for more than 40 years, and been touring his “Sinatra Forever” show around the country as well as internationally with performances in Costa Rica, Canada, Mexico and Chile just to name a few. Tickets are $65, which includes a buffet dinner served from 6:30 to 7 p.m., call 702-457-3866 for reservations.
SIX STATION CASINOS PROPERTIES PLAN JULY 4TH FIREWORKS: This Fourth of July, Station Casinos will light up the skies with a city-wide fireworks spectacular presented by Fireworks by Grucci. The company will celebrate Independence Day with dazzling fireworks shows, a variety of viewing locations and entertainment offerings throughout the weekend. The coordinated launch of each fireworks display at Red Rock, Green Valley Ranch, Palace Station, Sunset Station, Santa Fe Station, and Boulder Station will be one of the largest displays in the city. All shows start at 9 p.m. The shows will be live streamed on social media and will have a synchronized playlist for guests to listen along to, both available at stationcasinos.com/fireworks. Each casino will celebrate the holiday with offerings throughout the weekend.
SAHARA HOSTS GROOVE CRUISE WEEKEND AT AZILO ULTRA POOL: The Sahara is holding a Groove Cruise Weekend June 24-26. The three-day festival-style event will feature multiple parties at Azilo Ultra Pool and Lounge and the Sahara Theatre as well as a headlining performance by Jeffrey Sutorius with special guest Gene Farris. Guests can enjoy DJ performances throughout the weekend, cruise ship-style décor by AWOL Productions, staff donning captain’s hats and other cruise ship attire and roaming dancers, percussionists and performers. Award-winning DJ Jeffrey Sutorius, a former member of Dash Berlin and a successful solo artist, has performed at some of the biggest festivals in the world, and served as resident DJ at Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub for more than seven years. Gene Farris lives and breathes house music. As a bonafide Chicago legend, he’s been pushing musical boundaries for close to three decades. The weekend’s DJ lineup will also include Anthony Attalla, Deep Fake, Kristina Sky, DJ Reza, Mars, Max Low, Scooter and Lavelle, Scottyboy and many more. The weekend events will be held Friday 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. at the Sahara Theater; Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Azilo Ultra Pool with an after party 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. at Azilo Ultra Lounge; and Sunday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at Azilo Ultra Pool. Tier two weekend passes are available for $79.95 and tier for $99.99. Guests can also purchase single day event tickets at the door for $50 on Saturday and Sunday or single day lounge tickets for $30 on Friday and Saturday. For hotel accommodations you can use promo code “GCLV.”
SUMMERLIN® COUNCIL PATRIOTIC PARADE RETURNS JULY 4TH: The 28th Annual Summerlin Council Patriotic Parade, Southern Nevada’s largest Fourth of July parade, will take place Monday, July 4 from 9 to 11 a.m. The first full-scale parade since the pandemic is planned to be grander than ever with more than 70 entries, including 25 giant inflatable parade balloons, veteran and military organizations, both patriotic and pop culture-themed floats, performing groups, and representation of four local professional sports teams, including the Vegas Golden Knights, Las Vegas Aces, Las Vegas Aviators and new this year, the Las Vegas Raiders, represented by a 30-foot custom Raiders-branded giant inflatable balloon in the shape of a football. New to the parade this year is “The Magic of Encanto” float, which will join several popular and returning patriotic-themed entries, including “A Salute to the Military,” honoring the service men and women from Nellis and Creech Air Force Bases; “America Sings!” featuring the Desert Angels gospel choir; “America Standing Tall” featuring a 15-foot Miss Stars and Stripes towering high above the crowd; “A Very Vegas Birthday” with a special appearance by Elvis; and “Dancing in the Streets” by the Contemporary West Dance Theatre ARTSWORK Pro. Returning to the parade this year are fan favorites, “The Fourth Awakens,” featuring the Neon City Garrison Star Wars costuming club; “Mario Karts on Parade,” featuring Mario and Luigi; and “Frozen Fun,” featuring Elsa and Anna. More than 2,500 people are expected to participate in the parade.
PARK WEST GALLERY SHOWCASES ARTIST STEPHEN FISHWICK: Park West Fine Art Museum & Gallery is continuing its artist showcase series in June with a free exhibition and fan event with artist, entertainer, philanthropist Stephen Fishwick. On Saturday, June 25 from 4 to 7 p.m., fans will have the opportunity to enjoy Fishwick’s patented “Art Attack” performance, in which he transforms a blank canvas into an explosion of art and iconic images, while being choreographed to music and dance. This will be a free meet and greet and Q&A. Fishwick’s ability to infuse color, movement, and sound into each of his paintings creates an aesthetic style all his own. He has more than 20 years of experience in the field of commercial art. Fishwick has earned the title of official artist for such intellectual properties as Elvis Presley Enterprises, the estates of Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Pink Floyd, AC/DC, Rush and Kiss to name a few. Featured at zoos and aquariums throughout the world, Stephen’s For Life Collection supports the plight of endangered animals holding value in educating, supporting and celebrating our precious wildlife. Being partnered with such organizations like Wild Wonders, Lions, Tigers, & Bears, Mission Wildlife and The Conservation Fund, Fishwick’s art has raised 2 million dollars+ toward these causes. Park West Gallery has two locations at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. Current hours of operation are daily 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
MASEGO WILL RETURN TO LIGHT NIGHTCLUB: LIGHT Nightclub at Mandalay Bay is bringing back GRAMMY Award nominee Masego to the venue’s lineup of top artists with a performance Friday, June 24. Since his first performance in April, “Mystery Lady,” his collaboration with Don Toliver, has become certified gold in the United States and has more than 24 million views on YouTube. Masego joins a stellar lineup during the month of June including Lucky Daye, 6lack and a DJ set by Majid Jordan. Since reopening its doors in February with performances by Wyclef Jean, Sam Hunt and Iggy Azalea, LIGHT has continued to bring star-studded lineups with performances from popular artists including Coi Leray, SAINt JHN and Ludacris.
PAPILLON OFFERS NEW GIRLS NIGHT OUT EXPERIENCE: Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters’ new Girls Night Out experience includes their signature night flight over the Las Vegas Strip and downtown. Following the flight, guests are whisked to the Sahara to experience a performance of “Magic Mike Live.” The Girls Night Out experience starts at $219 per person. The evening begins with complimentary, luxury transportation between the guest’s hotel and Papillon’s VIP helicopter terminal. Upon arrival, guests board the sightseeing helicopter for a narrated 10 to 15-minute helicopter flight. Afterward, a luxury ground transfer whisks guests to the 10 p.m. performance of “Magic Mike Live” at the Sahara.
ÉLIA BEACH CLUB HAS ENERGIZING RESIDENT ARTISTS: Resident artists continue to energize crowds at Élia Beach Club at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, part of Curio Collection by Hilton, with internationally renowned French producer and DJ Tchami and Dutch DJ and producer duo Yellow Claw. Coining the term “future house,” Tchami is a prominent figure within the house music genre and delivers an invigorating sound with soulful house melodies. After an unforgettable performance at Élia Beach Club during EDC Week 2022, Tchami is set to return on Saturday, June 25. The electronic producing duo Yellow Claw brings a powerhouse mix of sounds incorporating bass, dubstep, hip-hop and trap. Their fourth studio album “Never Dies” released in 2020 under Roc Nation features some of the hottest names in the music industry such as Saweetie and Offset of hip-hop trio Migos. Yellow Claw returns on Sunday, July 17. Throughout the season, Élia Beach Club’s formation of transcendent artists, ranging from hip-hop to EDM and more, will keep the crowd moving. Catch Elderbrook, Flosstradamus, Jauz, Malaa, Sickick, Snoop Dogg and TroyBoi at Élia Beach Club. Élia Beach Club is open Fridays–Sundays starting at 11 a.m.
EVA LONGORIA ABOUT TOWN INTRODUCING HER SIGNATURE TEQUILA: The Venetian® Resort welcomed actress Eva Longoria last week to kick off summer with her new ultra-premium tequila brand, Casa Del Sol. The star hosted an intimate tequila tasting at The Venetian pool deck. Her cocktail, Sol & Soda, features Casa Del Sol and is available at The Venetian and The Palazzo pool decks for the month of June. Longoria also surprised and served guests Casa Del Sol libations at TAO Beach Dayclub and the elegantly vibrant cocktail bar, The Dorsey. At The Cosmopolitan she visited the upscale CliQue Bar & Lounge and The Barbershop Cuts & Cocktails promoting her signature tequila.
CELEBRATE NATIONAL BINGO DAY AT BOTH ARIZONA CHARLIE’S: The bingo halls at Arizona Charlie’s Decatur at 740 S. Decatur Blvd. and Arizona Charlie’s Boulder at 4575 Boulder Hwy. will join the excitement of National Bingo Day with special promotions, sweet treats, bingo daubers and more available exclusively on Monday, June 27. Promotions will be held during all sessions from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Bingo participants will receive a complimentary bingo dauber with a minimum $4 buy-in and True Rewards members who play consecutive sessions will receive a complimentary Electronic Small Rainbow with a minimum machine purchase. Any lucky player who hits bingo on the National Bingo Ball I-27 on a validated bingo pack will receive $500 in free slot play. To sweeten the day, bingo-themed cake pops will be available at the 1 and 7 p.m. sessions.
SHE WANTS REVENGE VISITS BACKSTAGE BAR & BILLIARDS: Influential rockers She Wants Revenge are bringing their Disappear Tour to Backstage Bar & Billiards at the Fremont East Entertainment District downtown. Presented by Smash Magazine, the band will perform Friday, Aug. 26. Tickets start at $25. Concert goers must be 21 years old or older to attend. Doors are at 8 p.m. Los Angeles DJs Justin Warfield and Adam “Adam 12” Bravin formed the moody, Joy Division -inspired She Wants Revenge in 2003. The duo with enough exposure to snag a record deal with Geffen, resulted in a 2006 self-titled release that drew comparisons to Interpol, early Depeche Mode, and The Bravery. After touring with Depeche Mode, they returned with 2007’s “This Is Forever.” She Wants Revenge then issued two EPs, 2008’s “Save Your Soul” and the following year’s “Up & Down.” A tour with the Psychedelic Furs led the way for the band’s third album, “Valleyheart,” in 2011.
TABLESIDE MIXOLOGY RETURNS AT CLIQUE BAR & LOUNGE: CliQue Bar & Lounge, the upscale cocktail lounge at The Cosmopolitan, just got more intimate as tableside mixology returns with a special twist, an exclusive “If You Know You Know,” aka #IYKYK, cocktail menu. To create a personalized experience, a talented bartender will arrive at the guest’s table with a mixology cart stocked with assorted liqueurs, CliQue’s house made fresh fruit juices and garnishes to craft drinks from a select menu of high-end cocktails. The cocktails include showstoppers as the “A Whale in the Desert,” “Up All Night” or “Another Day in Paradise.” Each cocktail on the specialty menu is $25 and a minimum of one for each guest at the table must be ordered. CliQue Bar & Lounge opens at 5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and 3 p.m. Thursday-Sunday featuring a menu of exclusive cocktails and dishes.
RESTAURATEUR ELIZABETH BLAU RECEIVES HOSPITALITY AWARD: Las Vegas Restaurateur, Honey Salt and Buddy V’s Ristorante, and Founder/CEO of Blau + Associates, Elizabeth Blau, has been named the recipient of the 2022 Cornell Hospitality Innovator Award by the Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship (PIHE) at the Cornell Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration. The Icon of the Industry award honors the lifetime achievements of hospitality and travel industry visionaries. The 13th annual Cornell Hospitality Icon & Innovator Awards Gala was held last month at the Zeigfeld Ballroom in New York City. Emceed by celebrity guest Dominic Chu ’99, senior markets correspondent for CNBC, this year’s I&I event celebrated the 100th anniversary of the school and featured a dinner catered by celebrity Chef Todd English.
ALIANTE HAS RARE $300,000+ SEQUENTIAL ROYAL FLUSH WINNER: A lucky Las Vegas local hit a more than a $300,000 jackpot playing IGT’s Game King™ video poker game with Sequential Royal Flush progressives at Boyd Gaming’s Aliante. The guest, who has lived in the Aliante area for more than a decade, was playing video poker at approximately 2:30 p.m. on a Tuesday. After making a $5 wager, the winner hit a rare sequential royal flush jackpot totaling $314,911.