Vegas Fall Festivities, Vegas Newbies & Culinary Tidbits

In Vegas VIP Scene-ery by Jackie Brett

“BRETT’S VEGAS VIEW” by Jackie Brett


17° SOUTH AT TAHITI VILLAGE IS NOW OPEN TO THE PUBLIC : The owners of Tahiti Village on Las Vegas Blvd. are introducing their restaurant 17° South previously only available to hotel guests to the public. The new dining experience is helmed by Chef John Gremo, who graduated from UNLV and was their executive chef for 20 years. The all-day menu starts at $7 and is diverse and affordable with the “bits and bites” portion of the menu offering ribs, mac and cheese with ham and crab cakes, and items beginning at $5.

PLANS FOR ALL NET RESORT & ARENA : The $1.4 billion, privately-funded exterior renderingmulti-use development All Net Resort & Arena is planned for the site next to SLS where Wet ‘N Wild was once located. The facility is supposed to seat up to 22,000 for basketball, have a mixed-use retail Victory Plaza, a 16-screen Cineplex, a 44-story 500 VIP Spa Suites Tower Night Club with one level overlooking the Strip, a Trader Joe’s or equivalent grocery, major health & wellness center-24/7 operation for sports, conventions, concerts, etc.

THE GRAMERCY RETAIL-RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY WILL OPEN IN PHASES: Las Vegas will soon have another new place to shop, eat, live and socialize inexterior rendering outside mall the southwest part of the valley. The Gramercy, named after the iconic New York City park, is scheduled to open in phases beginning this fall. The 500,000 square-foot lifestyle village with retail will have a modern urban atmosphere with a nine-story high-rise featuring 85 residences and a private rooftop pool and party deck and a four-story mid-rise with 160 residences overlooking a second pool.

HARVEST FESTIVAL PROMOTES ORIGINAL ARTS AND CRAFTS:Harvest arts and crafts mugsFestival® Original Arts & Craft Show will celebrate its 27th year in Las Vegas and once again transform Cashman Center Sept. 5–7 into a shopping paradise with special hand-crafted one-of-kind gift and original items. General admission is $9, $7 for seniors 62 and older, $4 for youths 13-17, and free for 12 and under.  There is a $2 off offer on general admission for attendees bringing a can of food, baby food, or formula, or paper products that will go to Safe Nest. Hours are daily at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday.

FESTIVINO RETURNS AT THE VENETIAN® AND THE PALAZZO®: Festivino, a full-bodied festival celebrating old world and new world wines paired with delicious dishes from the finest chefs, will be held on Friday, Sept. 26, from 7-10 p.m. at The Venetian and The Palazzo. All-inclusive tickets at www.venetian.com or any in-house hotel box office are $85 and $75 for Grazie loyalty card holders. Master sommeliers and Master Chefs of France participating include David Werly, Frederic Castan, Jean -Louis Dumonet, Jerome Ferrer, Claude Le-Tohic, Steve Benjamin, Bernard Liberatore, Nico Romo, Claude Godard and Olivier Dubreuil, executive chef of The Venetian and The Palazzo.

THE COSMOPOLITAN HOLDS ORIGINAL MARGARITA FESTIVAL: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will celebrate Mexican Independence Day on Monday, Sept. 15 by hosting a series of cultural events including: The Original Margarita Festival at Boulevard Pool; the patriotic “Grito Mexicano” at The Chandelier; Mariachi El Bronx at Book & Stage; and roaming mariachi bands throughout the resort. The evening will highlight unlimited margarita tastings at The Cosmopolitan’s inaugural Original Margarita Festival from 7 to 11 p.m. and showcase celebrated mixologists and their signature Margarita recipes. The top three mixologists will be handed secret ingredients in a beverage competition. Tickets are $40 at www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or through Ticketmaster.

NORM CLARKE WILL INTERVIEW FRANK MARINO AT THE SMITH CENTER: “Conversations With Norm” is a quarterly presentation featuring Norm Clarkefemale impersonator in drag of the Las Vegas Review Journal interviewing celebrities at Cabaret Jazz in The Smith Center. His next appearance on Sunday, Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. will have “Frank Marino: Under Oath.” Tickets are $24-$35 and will include a voucher good for up to four free tickets to “Divas Las Vegas.” Proceeds from the show will benefit the education and outreach programming of The Smith Center.

OPPORTUNITY VILLAGE TRANSFORMS MAGICAL FOREST INTO ‘HALLOVEEN’: Opportunity Village is preparing for the second family-friendly poster for charity event“HallOVeen” at the Magical Forest that will be held weekends in October, Halloween Eve and Halloween night from 5-9 p.m. This event will feature games, crafts, attractions, parades, haunted adventure and entertainment while the Magical Forest will be shrouded in Halloween wonderment. Tickets will range from a $3 single ride or attraction ticket to $20 for an unlimited ride adult and entry Passport.

MARCO ANTONIO SOLÍS WILL PERFORM AT PLANET HOLLYWOOD: In celebration of Mexican Independence Day weekend, Mexican musician, composer andsinging artist Latin record producer, Marco Antonio Solís, will perform inside The AXIS Powered by Monster at Planet Hollywood on Friday, Sept. 12 at 9 p.m.  Tickets range from $65 – $200.

ANNUAL BLACK & WHITE PARTY COMING UP: Aid for AIDS of Nevada’s (AFAN) 28th Annual Black & White Party will return to The Joint at the Hard Rock Aug. 23. The $40 general admission ticket price includes three days of parties and the city’s first T-Dance. For the complete lineup and tickets, visit afanlv.org.

MAYWEATHER PROMOTIONS FIGHT NIGHT SET FOR AUG. 30 AT THE PALMS: Mayweather Promotions will present the star-studded “Desert Showdown” featuring undefeated super middleweight contender J’Leon Love taking on the dangerous Rogelio Medina from The Pearl at Palms on Saturday, Aug. 30. Other hard-hitting action will have Badou Jack face off with Jason Escalera in the evening’s co-main event. The event will also features Chris Pearson vs. Steve Martinez and Ronald Gavril vs. Thomas Falowo. Fights will broadcast live as part of ShoBox: The New Generation on Showtime, which will air at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. Tickets are $25, $50, $75 and $100.

CULINARY TIDBITS: Local culinary husband and wife team Elizabeth Blau and Kim Canteenwalla, owners of neighborhood restaurant Honey Salt, are opening their new west side dining destination, Made LV on Aug. 18 at Tivoli Village.  To execute daily kitchen operations, the duo is bringing on help by Chef Daniel Boling, formerly of The Lodge at Torrey Pines in San Diego. Border Grill is holding a job fair Aug. 15-22 for its anticipated new location in the first level of The Forum Shops at Caesars, visit www.bordergrill.com. Ruth’s Chris Steak House will celebrate its New Orleans heritage and cocktail craftsmanship with a five-course “Hand-Crafted Cocktail” dinner at its only Nevada location at Harrah’s on Aug. 21 at 8 p.m. Cost is $95, contact 702-693-6000702-693-6000. Sammy’s Restaurant & Bar will host the sixth installment of Sammy’s Social Club dinner series at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27 and highlight different interior tequila barwine varietals from Simi Winery in Sonoma County, Calif. The four-course wine pairing dinner is $60, call 702-567-4000702-567-4000. The Salted Lime Mexican cantina at Aliante will celebrate Mexican Independence Day with food and drink specials during a five-day fiesta Sept. 12-16. Featured will be half-priced chicken fajitas, $2 house margaritas and a combo Dos Equis beer and Arta Tequila shot for $6. The Arta Tequila promotions team will hand out free samples and giveaways on Sept. 12 from 8-10 p.m.

ABOUT TOWN NEWS: The Laugh Factory at the New Tropicana Resort Aug. 18-24 will feature a manic-human laugh machine, Angel Salazar, who will be headlining with Brandon “Gooch” Hahn and Penny Prince hosting. Salazar with his CubanThe Laugh Factory comdian heritage is known for his signature saying “Sheck it out” (check it out). He’s been in numerous major films, including “Scarface,” “Carlito’s Way, “Where The Buffalo Roam,” “Punchline,” and the cult film, “The Wild Life.”  South Point Arena will host the Las Vegas Cutting Horse Association’s (LVCHA) “Futurity,” “Open Cutting” and “Aged Cutting” events Aug. 19–27. Throughout the week, fans can witness an equestrian cutting show, visit an expo and purchase items such as jewelry, shirts, boots, hats and more at the Western Gift Show in the Arena’s concourse. This event is free and open to the public. A Car & Bike Show, Health Fair Extravaganza will be held at Red Rock Harley-Davidson, 2260 S. Rainbow Blvd., on Aug. 23 from 8 a.m. to noon. There will be car and bike awards, raffle prizes, music, food trucks, free health screenings and more. For information, call 702-876-2884702-876-2884. The free 3rd annual Spotlight Spectacular Summer Fest, which is a health, lifestyle and entertainment extravaganza for seniors, veterans and the family, will be held Saturday, Aug. 23 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at The Orleans in the Mardi Gras and Esplanade Ballrooms. There will be 100 exhibitors and entertainment with Jazzin’ Jeanne Brei, The Bruce Harper female entertainerBig Band and a stellar lineup. Smash Magazine is featuring a rock Battle of the Bands beginning Saturday, Aug. 23 at Hooters at 9:30 p.m. Cost is $7 day of show. The battle will continue on Sept. 6 and 13, with finals on Sept. 20. The Cannery Casino will host the “Together We Can” fundraiser presented by Smiths. The food, beverage, entertainment event with keynote speaker Punam Mathur will be held Saturday, Sept. 20 to benefit Three Square and feature special musical performances by students from the Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts. Tickets start at $150. Boca Park Fashion Village will host an Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation charity event for childhood cancer on Saturday, Aug. 30 from noon to 6 p.m. The festivities will include a signature Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a fashion show, carnival games, music, and more. The event is open to the public of all ages with free admission.  Las Vegas Airline has started weekly inbound, non-stop flights from Spain to Las Vegas. Unique to each trip is a Las Vegas-style show with performers and a featured superstar from Spain and the plane’s interior is configured like a nightclub.

‘FREAKSHOW WRESTLING: THE END OF THE WORLD PARTY’ RETURNS: After a one-year hiatus, Freakshow Wrestling will return on Friday, Aug. 29 at Helltown Studios, 6425 W. Richmar Ave. Presented by Smash Magazine, “Freakshow Wrestling: The End of the World Party” co-hosted by the Amazing Johnathan and Jenn O. Cide features freaky fun including helicopters, wrestling legends, a zombie invasion, explosions and a clown army. Freakshow Wrestling is the brainchild of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. legend Sinn Bodhi (“Kizarny”). Tickets are $20 through www.ticketfly.com.

2014 ROCKSTAR ENERGY UPROAR FESTIVAL FEATURES GODSMACK: The 2014 Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival, which started in 2010, will feature multi-Rockstar Energy Uproar Festivalplatinum band Godsmack, along with Skillet and Pop Evil, when it stops at The Joint at Hard Rock on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $49.50. Hard rock titans Godsmack have sold more than 20 million records worldwide. The band’s new sixth full-length album and smash single “1000hp” debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Rock chart.

TUFF-N-UFF RETURNS TO CASABLANCA IN MESQUITE : The nation’s amateur mixed martial arts promotion, Tuff-N-Uff, is bringing its action-packed fights and “Future Stars of MMA” back to Mesquite, Nev., (an 80-minute drive from Las Vegas) live from the Casablanca resort on Saturday, Aug. 23 at 6 p.m. Tuff-N-Uff Champion Michael Hobby will defend his Lightweight Belt against Ian Lujan who is vacating his Featherweight Belt to make 135 lb. debut. IMMAF World Champion Sarah Jamilia will take on undefeated Katlyn Neil. Tickets start at $25 and are $30 day of the event, visit www.TuffNUff.com.

CABO WABO CANTINA HOSTS KNOCKOUT UFC VIEWING PARTIES: Cabo Wabo Cantina inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood will host action-packed viewing parties for upcoming headliner Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fights on Saturdays, Aug. 30 and Sept. 27. Cabo Wabo’s new upstairs lounge, The Loft, will show each championship bout on two 180-inch projector screens along with a number of high-definition flat-screen TVs. There will be an admission fee.In addition to the championship fights, Cabo Wabo will feature complimentary admission and drink specials during UFC Fight Night events shown on FOX on Aug. 23 and Sept. 5.