Vegas Halloween Haunts, JFK Exhibit, NFR and More

In Vegas VIP Scene-ery by Jackie Brett

“BRETT’S VEGAS VIEW”  by Jackie Brett

 

HALLOWEEN MADNESS: Elixir – a local lounge in Green Valley will screen the original 1968 George Romero horror zombie classic, “Night of the Living Dead” at a special Halloween edition of “Brewvies” on Monday, Oct. 27 at midnight. The special Halloween “Brewvie” night will be hosted by Las Vegas Weekly’s movie critic Josh Bell. There will be no cover for the party and free popcorn.  Wes Winters will get a late start performing in the Grandview Lounge at the South Point on Halloween Oct. 31. It will be party time with prizes being given away for dancing troupe on stagebest costume. Dance troupe Jabbawockeez at the Luxor will celebrate Halloween with a special 4 p.m. matinee performance of “PRiSM” on Friday, Oct. 31. Complimentary candy will be provided to guests arriving in costume and T-shirts will be awarded to the best costumes. Rockhouse in The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian is hosting a Freaky Friday Halloween party on Oct. 31 with a grand total of $1,000 in prizes being given out throughout the night. There will be two contests – a costume bull riding contest at 9 p.m. with $500 worth of prizes, and a costume contest at 11 p.m. with $500 in prizes going to the bestturtles in tank costume in the house. At Shark Reef Aquarium’s Haunted Reef inside Mandalay Bay, Halloween and Dia de los Muertos will come together for a frighteningly good weekend. On Friday, Oct. 31 the Haunted Reef will host its annual community day. Kids ages 12 and under who dress up in a Halloween costume, as well as any adults who donate blood at the designated United Blood Services booth, will gain free admission to the aquarium. The weekend will continue with trick or treating, decorations and events that pay tribute to Dia de los Muertos. Fright Dome at Circus Circus annually is a nationally top-ranked haunted attraction and open 7 p.m.–midnight, through Oct. 31 on select nights. Hakkasan Nightclub at MGM Grand will transform into the Forbidden City where a sultry Empress will reward patrons wearing the sexiest attire with cash prizes. The Bank at Bellagio will host an Instagram contest with a chance to win $40,000. DJ Pauly D will make a special, spooky appearance there on Saturday, Nov. 1.  Hyde Bellagio will transform into a frightening fantasyland with three nights of Halloween events. On Tuesday, Oct. 28, Hyde will team up with Fright Dome to transform the weekly Lost Angels Industry Night into a night fright. On Oct. 30, it will be Hyde’s Halloween Masquerade and on Oct. 31 All Hallows’ Eve with Hyde in the Dark and party-goers encouraged to dress spooky and sexy.

THE JFK EXHIBITION COMES TO THE NEW TROPICANA: On the air force one and greeters51st anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Nov. 22, 2014, “The JFK Exhibition” will open at The New Tropicana and introduce an exposition of artifacts through Jan. 3. The exhibit will feature some of the most iconic memorabilia, including two JFK limousines, a Boeing 707 Air Force One fuselage outfitted exactly the way it appeared on Nov. 22, 1963, and personal items belonging to the president and Jacqueline Kennedy that will be on display for the first time ever in America. “The JFK Exhibition” will also feature several items from the archives of Greenspun Media Group and Las Vegas Sun on JFK’s connection with Las Vegas. In addition, knowledgeable guides will be available to give tours and answer questions. The exhibition will be open daily from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. in the Pavilion. Admission is $24.95 and $19.95 for locals with discounts for military, seniors and students. For tickets, call 888.829.903 or visit TropLV.com.

VEGAS MUSIC SUMMIT ANNOUNCES ARTISTS AND KEYNOTE SPEAKER: The 2014 Vegas Music Summit (VMS) will take place Nov. 13 and 14 downtown and kick off with Vans Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman appearing as keynote speaker. The two-day event will also host artist performances, industry panels and special events at multiple venues throughout the area. The conference will feature live performances and will host industry panels featuring some of the most influential people from the music and tech industries. VMS participants include music executives from major and indie record labels, producers, booking agents, promoters, managers, attorneys and music publishers. Participating downtown venues include: El Cortez Hotel, Backstage Bar, Beauty Bar, Commonwealth, Fremont Country Club and Park on Fremont. Conference badges are $99 and include access to conference panels, showcases and after parties. Live showcase wristbands are available for $25 and include all live music showcases at all venues, visit http://www.vegasmusicsummit.com.

JW Marriott and Rampart Casino Commemorate 15th Anniversary: This year, award-winning JW Marriott and Rampart Casino exterior of Las Vegas casinoare commemorating their 15th anniversary with a “15 Years of Fun” campaign and celebrating the milestone with property-wide renovations including: Race & Sports Book updates; addition of The Bonkerz Comedy Club in the Edge Lounge; Valencia Ballroom renovations; Summerlin Room expansion; and Spa Tower updates. Rampart Casino’s Bingo Room opened in April and daily offers six one-hour game sessions. The 300-seat bingo facility is complete with top-of-the-line technology by FortuNet, Inc. BingoStar®, complimentary drink service and a non-smoking section. This month, Rampart officially launches its “15 Years of Fun” campaign with the $100,000 15th Anniversary Giveaway in addition to its $20,000 Red Zone to Riches Pro Football Challenge, hot seat drawings, free slot tournaments, weekly blackjack tournaments, and more.

WESTGATE BOOKS HEADLINERS FOR NFR: Westgate will be Rodeo Central presented by Crown Royal Black featuring daily drink specials, prize giveaways and live entertainment in conjunction with Wranglers National Finals Rodeo Dec. 4-13. Country music legends Sammy Kershaw, Lee Greenwood and John Michael Montgomery will headline in the Westgate Theater with all shows beginning at 10 p.m. Tickets range from $29 for locals up to $79 for VIP. Concert dates are: Dec. 5-6: Sammy Kershaw; Dec. 7-8: Lee Greenwood; and Dec.  9-10: John Michael Montgomery. Daily NFR activities will take place at the Tempo Lounge and include: 5 p.m. Happy Hour; 7–9 p.m. Live Rodeo Broadcast; and 9 p.m.–1 a.m. live entertainment.

JEFF BRIDGES RETURNS TO LAS VEGAS FOR RECORD ‘LIVE’ RELEASE: Following two sold-out shows in June 2014, Jeff Bridges & The Abiders will return to Red Rock Resort for a live performance and albumactor and singer Bridges release party of their new record “Live” on Friday, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. Recorded during his previous performances at Red Rock, Jeff Bridges & The Abiders’ new 14-track album “Live” was released last month and features live recordings of songs from his debut album “Be Here Soon,” as well as his self-titled follow up, original music from the critically-acclaimed film “Crazy Heart” and some of Bridges’ favorite chosen covers. Tickets are $49 and $69.

KELLY CLINTON PERFORMS HER OWN SHOW AT ITALIAN AMERICAN CLUB: Kelly Clinton-Holmes with a four-piece band will showcase her show “Uh Oh, My Half Italian Roots Are Showing” at the Italian American Club on E. Sahara on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. Clinton will provide a night of music, comedy and colorful characters including her mentor and inspiration, Jo Jo “Spaghetti” Moretti. Tickets are $20 at the door or online at www.iacvegas.com.

HAMMARGRENS HOST 19TH ANNUAL NEVADA DAY OPEN HOUSE: Former Nevada Lt. Governor Lonnie Hammargren, M.D., and his wife, Sandy, will host their annual Nevada Day Open House on Nov. 1 and 2 from noon-5 p.m. each day. The Hammargren Home of Nevada History is located off Flamingo and Sandhill Road at 4318 Ridgecrest Drive. The famous residence will be open to the public for house tours and offer non-stop live entertainment.  At the door, admission is $15 and free for children under 12. Proceeds will benefit The Mid-East Memorial Wall.

FREE EVENING OF JAZZ IN LORENZI PARK NOV. 9: The public is invited to a free eclectic jazz journey with the Allegato World Jazz quartet Sunday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. in the Sammy Davis Jr. Festival Plaza in Lorenzi Park. The quartet, featuring Allison Adams-Tucker, will perform songs from Japan, Italy, France, Cuba, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and the United States, in six different languages. Bring blankets and/or folding chairs to be more comfortable in the outdoor amphitheater.

‘MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET’ STAR MARTIN KAYE PERFORMS AT ART SQUARE: The star in “Million Dollar Quartet” at Harrah’s who entertainer on Red carpetplays Jerry Lee Lewis and recording artist Martin Kaye will bring his distinct showmanship and brand new show “Should’ve Been A Doctor” to Art Square for one night only on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. The performance will blend original compositions exclusively written for the show, featured songs from his two previously released albums and renditions of fan favorites. Tickets are $20 online at tinyurl.com/qyj94s3.

X107.5’S 2014 HOLIDAY HAVOC WILL FEATURE BUSH: X107.5’s Holiday Havoc will return to The Joint at Hard Rock featuring British rock band Bush on Friday, Dec. 12 and special guests The Airborne Toxic Event, Priory and Meg Myers. Tickets start at $39.50, call 888-9-AXS-TIX.

FIGHT CHAMPION CHRIS ALGIERI TRAINS AT THE PALAZZO®: Undefeated light welterweight world champion Chris Algieri is training in a custom gym at The Palazzo through Nov. 13 for his upcoming fight against Fighter of the Decade and defending WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao. Algieri is giving boxing fans the chance to watch his training sessions on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. On Tuesday nights fans can hear how training is going when Algieri speaks with The Palazzo’s Ken Thomson on Yahoo Sports Radio from 7 to 7:30 p.m. The broadcast is live from Lagasse’s Stadium. The Clash in Cotai II: Pacquiao vs Algieri will take place Sunday, Nov. 23 (Saturday, Nov. 22, in the United States) at The Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena. The Venetian and The Palazzo will be the only Las Vegas Strip resorts broadcasting the fight live with a viewing party in the Palazzo Ballroom, as well as Lagasse’s Stadium. For information and tickets, visit Venetian.com or call 866-641-7469.

CULINARY DROPOUT AT HARD ROCK PROMOTES MOVEMBER MOVEMENT: Culinary Dropout inside Hard Rock will acknowledge the global Movember movement to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues. Mo Bros and Mo Sistas can show support by stopping by the restaurant throughout November to take a photo in front of a backdrop decorated with popular moustache styles. Faux ‘staches will be provided as well. Photos will be uploaded to the Culinary Dropout Facebook “Movember Movement 2014” album daily and a $1 will be donated to the Movember Foundation for every photo posted and an additional dollar will be donated for every tag on the Facebook page.

THE BUZZ ABOUT TOWN: Elton John will stay on as a resident headliner in the Colosseum at Caesars Palace for three more years. The buzz last week was that Jennifer Lopez is reportedly signing a multi-million dollar deal to headline a 72-gig deal over a two-year period with Planet Hollywood where Britney Spears currently performs her show. Frankie Moreno will perform his final show at the Stratosphere onsinger and musician at piano Dec. 20 where he has held court since Nov. 9, 2011. Over the past three years, he and his 10-piece band have wowed audiences. Moreno will leave to pursue new opportunities nationwide. Upcoming shows at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan include: Kid Cudi Nov. 7; The Black Keys with special guest Jake Bugg Nov. 8; Amy Schumer Dec. 6; and Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga Dec. 31.

RESTAURANT ITEMS: Uncle Joe’s Pizza at 505 Fremont Street closed interior of casino food courtits doors for good this month after 18 years. Fulton Street Food Hall is a new 24-hour daily, 250-seat, chef-driven marketplace at Harrah’s. The dining experience allows patrons to shop at different stations before checking out and offers a sit-down breakfast, bakery, salad station, noodle bar, pizza station, sushi bar, and more. From Nov. 1-30, Crossroads at House of Blues inside Mandalay Bay will hold a Feed the Souls Food Drive where guests can donate non-perishable food items and receive 20 percent off their food bill. Each guest must donate at least one item in order for the entire table to receive discount. Diners who donate will also be entered into the Thanks-For-Giving raffle to win a pair of tickets to select November shows. Cabo Wabo Cantina inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood will recognize Veterans Day with a buy-one, get-one-free drink special exclusively on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Mercadito at Red Rock Resort will celebrate the Mexican tradition of death and rebirth with Dia de los Muertos by offering new dishes created especially for the holiday by chef and partner Patricio Sandoval, as well as a special libation crafted by Tippling Bros. Tacos & Tequila (T&T) at the Luxor will celebrate Dia de los Muertos from Oct. 31 through Saturday, Nov. 1 with specialty dishes, cocktails and a full-on fiesta on Saturday hostedshow girls in mist by the sexy ladies of the show “FANTASY” and with  a DJ spinning from 7 to 10 p.m. Plus, the ladies of FANTASY will judge a photo booth “best costumed picture” contest, awarding the winner dinner for two at T&T, FANTASY tickets and a one-night stay at Luxor. Other activities will include face painting, temporary tattoos and more.

17° SOUTH AT TAHITI VILLAGE HAS NEW FALL MENU ITEMS: The tropical new restaurant 17° South inside Tahiti Village will soon have new fall menu specials and an expanded Open To Close Locals Happy Hour drink menu for locals only. Prime Rib Saturdays will be available from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. beginning Nov. 8 for $17.95. The special includes a complimentary well cocktail, domestic draft beer or glass of wine  and a 12 oz. cut of beef prime rib served with garlic mashed potatoes and farm-fresh vegetables.The restaurant will also introduce Chef John Gremo’s homemade New England Clam “Chowda” beginning Saturday, Nov. 1, which will be available daily by the cup for $5 or as an entrée in a fresh bread bowl for $10.

MARCHE BACCHUS MAKES OPENTABLE TOP 100 WINE LIST: OpenTable (NASDAQ: OPEN), the world’s leading provider of online table set up by lakerestaurant reservations, announced the  2014 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Wine Lists in America.Highlighting restaurants with deep-yet-accessible wine lists that include the affordable and the extravagant, the list of award winners spans 28 states and includes Marche Bacchus in Las Vegas located in the Desert Shores community of Summerlin.

TUFF-N-UFF’S MATCH ON NOV. 7 WILL BE AT COX PAVILION: Jeff Meyer and Shannon Knapp, leaders of two highly respected, nationally recognized mixed martial arts organizations, Tuff-N-Uff and Invicta Fighting Championship, respectively, are joining forces to award two female “Future Stars of MMA” a coveted multi-fight Invicta FC contract. Four female featherweights and four female lightweights are set to square off on Tuff-N-Uff’s upcoming card Friday, Nov. 7 live from the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas. The women who succeed in each of those fights, two featherweights and two lightweights, again will square off against each other at a Tuff-N-Uff event in 2015. Knapp will award those two winners an Invicta FC contract, and the privilege to launch their pro careers inside the Invicta FC cage. Tickets start at $25.