BRETT’S VEGAS VIEW
Contributed by Jackie Brett
FOUR ‘DANCING IN THE DESERT’ MURALS UNVEILED AT THE STRAT: The STRAT and Life Is Beautiful (LIB) together unveiled “Dancing in the Desert,” a collection of four striking murals by internationally renowned artist, Antonyo Marest, and curated by Justkids. Each of the four 40’ x 40’ murals, which are visible from W. Bob Stupak Avenue, are displayed from the massive parking garage walls to the southwest of the main entrance. Life Is Beautiful and The STRAT commissioned Marest for the four murals. Marest sought to recreate the feeling of welcome and desire to live life, which he felt while observing Las Vegas from the resort’s famed Observation Deck in the SkyPod of the tower. The four murals were commissioned from Marest, who is a multidisciplinary artist from Alicante, Spain, and curated by Life is Beautiful’s art curator Justkids. Marest has studied art and architecture at numerous European universities with artistic expertise in sculpture, paint and design.
JACK BINION’S STEAK WILL DEBUT AT BALLY’S IN JUNE: As Bally’s Las Vegas is continuing its transformation into Horseshoe Las Vegas, Jack Binion’s Steak is set to open at the resort next month during the 53rd World Series of Poker® (WSOP®). The richest, most prestigious and longest-running poker series will be taking place on the Strip for the first time at Bally’s and Paris May 31–July 20. Jack Binion’s Steak is an integral part of the legacy and experience of Horseshoe Casinos throughout the United States. Named after Jack Binion, former president and COO of Horseshoe Casino and son of original Horseshoe Club owner Benny Binion, the restaurant ties into the Horseshoe’s rich history.
ADAM LONDON’S ‘LAUGHTERNOON’ OFFERS FREE SUMMER ICE CREAM: Comedy magician Adam London is offering a “scoop” of fun this summer. From May 30 through Labor Day weekend, audience members of London’s “Laughternoon” show will be enjoying a complimentary cup of Anderson Dairy ice cream. The family-friendly show is performed afternoons at 4 p.m., Thursday through Sunday, at The Venue inside The Orleans. The summer ice cream giveaway is a nostalgic nod to London’s teenage years, when the then-burgeoning magician had a job delivering ice cream. London recalls how ice cream made people smile. London’s “Laughternoon” has been charming audiences in Las Vegas for nearly a decade with a blend of wit and whimsy while incorporating an inordinate number of his trademark rubber ducks into the show. Regular tickets are $14.72 and VIP $22.97. On Saturday and Sunday, a Presto Magic VIP Meet & Greet is $63.34 and offers a semi-private meeting where you can learn up to three magic tricks and receive a trademark souvenir yellow rubber duck.
TIVOLI VILLAGE ADDS FOUR WELLNESS, DINING VENUES: Tivoli Village recently signed leases with four new tenants: The NOW Massage, Milkcow, StretchLab and The Chancellor. Now open, The NOW Massage offers high-quality, customizable massage services. With locations across the United States, its interiors have been recognized by press and influencers for its elevated aesthetic, inspired by exotic destinations from around the world. The NOW Massage in Suite 165 is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Milkcow, founded in 2013 as the first milk and honey concept ice cream brand, will officially open on Saturday, June 18. After seven years in development, Milkcow is now open in more than 15 countries with more than 50 locations. Milkcow in Suite 140 will be open Sunday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Slated to open the end of June in Suite 180, StretchLab is the ultimate one-on-one assisted stretching service helping guests of all ages, body types and fitness levels achieve greater ranges of motion. Trained Flexologists® create customized stretching routines based on the guest’s needs and specific goals. Complimentary stretch demo sessions are available now through opening day. To book a free stretch, call 702-758-8810.
THE CHANCELLOR OPENS AT TIVOLI VILLAGE: The Chancellor is an elevated dining experience now open and featuring an eclectic mix of Italian, Mexican, French and American fare complemented by hand-crafted cocktails and impeccable wine list. Recently known as Exclusivo and reimagined as The Chancellor, the menu, created by the culinary team of Corporate Chef John Miranda and Executive Chef Robert Meistrell, expands across the globe with such large format dishes as the Whole Roasted Branzino and the Tomahawk Steak, with a wide variety of small bites including the Hamachi Tostada, among other delicacies. A four, six, or nine course tasting menu is also available. The intimate atmosphere is sleek and stylish featuring dark wood, rustic fixtures, richly appointed leather banquettes, and a full-service bar. There is also a hidden, private dining room called The Library with a covered balcony accessible through a secret bookcase. The Chancellor is located upstairs at 440 South Rampart Boulevard, Suite 180, in Tivoli Village, next to El Dorado Cantina. The two establishments share the courtyard and patio space. The Chancellor is open Wednesdays-Sundays from 5 to 10:30 p.m.
THUNDERCAT WILL BRING THE FUNK TO BROOKLYN BOWL: Critically acclaimed bass guitarist, singer and songwriter Thundercat is bringing his soulful progressive R&B beats to Brooklyn Bowl on Monday, July 25 for an intimate, one-night-only performance. Tickets start at $35. Originally hailing from Los Angeles, Stephen Lee Bruner – better known by his stage name Thundercat – grew up surrounded by a family of musicians. Learning how to play the bass at an early age, he first came to prominence as the bass player for the crossover thrash group Suicidal Tendencies at the age of 16. Thundercat has been accredited for his work on some of the most influential albums of all time including Erykah Badu’s “New Amerykah,” Flying Lotus’ “Cosmogramma,” and Kendrick Lamar’s critically acclaimed “To Pimp a Butterfly.” With a successful solo career of his own, Thundercat’s “It Is What It Is” won a GRAMMY® for Best Progressive R&B Album in 2020. Well-respected by his peers and much-in-demand, Thundercat has gone on to work with major artists like Ariana Grande, Stevie Wonder, Ye, Anderson, Paak and more.
RAISED BY WOLVES OPENING AT NEONOPOLIS IS POSTPONED: The new bar planned at Neonopolis downtown called Raised By Wolves will be adjacent to the Nerd Bar when it opens. The former art gallery is currently being renovated and with delays, the grand opening has been postponed. The original Raised By Wolves is in La Jolla, Calif. Owner Nick Field says the idea is that we were all raised by wolves and can be rowdy and wild while having an enjoyable time at the new space. Craft cocktails will be available with deejays in the evenings and live music on some weeknights. The space will transform into an ultra-lounge after 10 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Raised by Wolves will feature a shot bell, and the hostesses will focus on amplifying the energy of the guests and play ice breaking games. “It’s friendly but wild.”
FERRARO’S HOLDS JUNE EVENT WITH WINES FROM SANTA MARGHERITA: Taste & Learn is Ferraro’s popular, monthly wine-tasting and education event, which provides illuminating wine education along with a menu of expertly prepared, authentic Italian small plates crafted by Chef Mimmo Ferraro. Tickets for the all-inclusive experience are $90, call 702-364-5300. The June Taste & Learn event on Saturday, June 18 at 5 p.m. will spotlight wines from Santa Margherita USA. Founded in 1935, Santa Margherita has been contributing to the international success of premium Italian wines for more than 80 years.
THE KINGSMAN WILL DEBUT AT UNCOMMONS: This fall, UnCommons, a $400 million, 40-acre mixed-use community under construction, will introduce an elevated barbershop and retail destination, The Kingsman. This new concept by Phillip Dominguez founder and CEO will offer grooming services, plus a store featuring men’s dress shoes and sneakers. Combining a sleek design with contemporary neon elements, the 1,600-square-foot men’s grooming salon and upscale boutique will offer haircut and shaving services by top-notch barbers, whose A-list clientele includes professional athletes, including Vegas Golden Knights and more. In addition, The Kingsman’s retail offerings will showcase men’s sneakers and other shoes. The Kingsman also plans to feature a membership club, The Blacklist, which will offer monthly benefits for its members. The Kingsman will join a lineup of other lifestyle brands such as Speakeasy Candle Co., an innovative eco-conscious, plant-based luxury candle maker; SunLife Organics, the first Nevada location for the Malibu-based juice bar; The Coffee Class’ third location in Las Vegas; among others at UnCommons to be announced.
D-NICE WILL HOLD CLUB QUARANTINE LIVE WEEKEND IN LAS VEGAS: Derrick “D-Nice” Jones aka D-Nice, a renowned DJ, rapper, producer and photographer, has revealed details for Club Quarantine Live in Vegas Weekend, Sept. 2-4 presented by Brand Nice and Live Nation Urban. D-Nice has personally curated a dynamic and diverse lineup for a three-day experience. The jam-packed weekend will feature multiple performances by D-Nice, along with performances by Keyshia Cole, Fabolous, Jagged Edge, Tank, El Debarge, Amerie, Mya, Fred Hammond, and more. The weekend will also feature both day and night events including the headline event of the weekend CQ Live, the Nine Zero welcome party, Girls Dem Sugar Pool Party, Praise and Worship Brunch, Originals Closing Party, and for the nighthawks, a special CQ After Dark late-night bash. As part of the weekend experience, D-Nice will also host The Meet Up, A series of panels on health and wellness and financial literacy as he continues to find impactful ways for his community to connect with each other and grow stronger.
NEXT OSCAR’S DINNER SERIES INSPIRED BY RECENT EVENTS: Inspired by recent events like the body in the barrel found at Lake Mead, former Las Vegas Mayor and mob attorney, Oscar B. Goodman will hold a special edition of the Oscar’s Dinner Series entitled “Roll Out the Barrels, Same Old Crap, Tony Did It” at Oscar’s Steakhouse at the Plaza on Wednesday, June 29, with cocktails in the lounge at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. in the restaurant’s impressive glass dome overlooking Fremont Street. Goodman is the former attorney to Tony Spilotro. The dinner will be a three-course plated meal paired with red and white wines as well as the signature Oscar Goodman Martini. Guests can book tables for parties of two people for $300, four $600, and six $900 on the Plaza’s website. Prices do not include fees, taxes, or gratuity.
UFC FIT® CELEBRATES FATHER’S DAY WITH FITNESS-WELLNESS OFFER: UFC GYM®, the first major brand extension of UFC®, will encourage dads to focus on their fitness with a complimentary personal trainer session or recovery treatment in celebration of Father’s Day. Members and nonmembers may redeem the offer at select UFC GYM® and UFC FIT® locations including two locally, Silverado and Centennial, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. exclusively on Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19. All fathers will have access to a complimentary personal training session with a certified personal trainer who will review the unique goals, lifestyle and experience of the guest before coaching them through a one-on-one workout. UFC GYM® was the first to unite the benefits of MMA with fitness. There are currently 160 locations with 500 additional locations currently in development globally.
‘FANTASY’ AT LUXOR ADDS COUPLE SHOWS AND DAD’S DAY GIFT BASKET: The award-winning topless female revue “Fantasy” at the Luxor will perform additional 8 p.m. shows on select weekends in June and July along with the regular schedule, which is 10:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Sundays in the Atrium Showroom. The extra 8 p.m. shows are Thursday-Saturday, June 9-12 and July 7-10. For Father’s Day on Sunday, June 19, the ladies will give away a Fantasy-filled gift basket during the 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. shows. One lucky guest in the audience will be chosen to receive the Father’s Day gift basket containing Fantasy-filled merchandise including the “2022: The Gold Standard” calendar, poster, commemorative poker chips, playing cards and a $100 gift certificate to Tender Steakhouse inside Luxor.
SUPER SUMMER THEATRE IS PRESENTING ‘MARY POPPINS’ OUTDOORS: Super Summer Theatre starts its seasonal schedule with “Mary Poppins” running Wednesday-Sunday through June 25. The outdoor performance starts at 8 p.m. at The at Spring Mountain Ranch, which is 10 miles west of the 215/West Charleston intersection. “Sister Act” and “Matilda” will be the musicals rounding out the summer schedule. Super Summer Theatre, originally State Parks Cultural Arts Board, was born out of a commitment by the Las Vegas Junior League in 1976. The Junior League was charged with supporting public awareness of the newly formed Spring Mountain Ranch State Park. Performances began at the Ranch during the summer of 1976 with actors doubling as tickets sellers, Park Rangers directing traffic and patrons boarding school buses to travel to the show area. Since the productions began, more than 1 million visitors have enjoyed the park and productions. General admission tickets are $17.50. There is a $10 fee per vehicle unless you have an annual pass to enter the state park. For convenience, you can pay the fee when you buy a ticket.
THE MOB MUSEUM FEATURES LECTURES IN JUNE: The Mob Museum’s has a roster of public programs set for June inside the historic courtroom on the second floor. A livestream of each presentation will be available on the Museum’s website. To RSVP to attend in-person or for the livestream link, visit the Museum’s website. The cost is free for Museum Members or with Museum admission, except it’s $5 for the June 29 talk. “Cartel Queens: The Untold Stories of Latin America’s Female Drug Bosses” will lead on Tuesday, June 14 from 7-8 p.m. Speaker Deborah Bonello has been Bureau chief for Vice World News Latin America since August 2020. She will provide insights into several key figures in Latin America’s drug gangs. “Odessa’s Reign: The Queen Of Washington, D.C.’s Underworld” will take place Thursday, June 22 from 7-8 p.m. Odessa Madre built an empire in the 1930s selling liquor by the shot as well as managing multiple brothels and a lucrative bookmaking operation. She became one of the most powerful women in Washington, D.C.’s history, all while keeping the police in her back pocket. Speaker filmmaker Robin Hamilton brings the fascinating story of a woman who challenged the idea of what a gangster looked and sounded like to life. The last installment of the Museum’s three-part series “Breaking the Cycle of Incarceration” will be “Life After Prison: The Challenging Transition from Incarceration to Community” on Wednesday, June 29 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. There will be four speakers.
CRAFTHAUS BREWERY RELEASES THE OFFICIAL BEER FOR UNLV: CraftHaus Brewery has brewed the official beer for UNLV, Rebel Spirit, Golden Ale released on May 27. Brewed all year round with pride by UNLV Hospitality College Alumni, Wyndee Forrest, Dave Forrest, and head brewer Cameron Fisher, Rebel Spirit will be available at all games held at Thomas & Mack. A portion of the proceeds will be gifted to the University. The craft brew is only one element of the partnership as the brewery will be available as a working lab for hospitality undergrads to have a hands-on experience in operating a brewery. Students will learn sensory analysis, operating a service industry-based business, brewing process, and how to be stewards to the local community. CraftHaus beers are distributed by Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits for those interested in carrying Rebel Spirt to show their Rebel pride.