BRETT’S VEGAS VIEW
contributed by Jackie Brett
KEITH URBAN PLANS 12 CONCERTS AT CAESARS PALACE IN 2020: Four-time Grammy© Award winner Keith Urban following two performances in September in the newly renovated showroom will bring his all-new show “Keith Urban Live – Las Vegas” to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace for 12 concerts next year beginning January 10-11 and 17-18 at 9 p.m. Urban’s concert event will be an arena-sized production in a theater up close and personal setting. General tickets begin at $69. The current CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year, Urban released his single “We Were” this year in May, which marked his 40th Top 10 song.
CHICAGO WILL RETURN TO THE VENETIAN NEXT YEAR: For the third year in a row, rock band Chicago will return to The Venetian Theatre inside The Venetian® in 2020 for an eight-show limited engagement: Feb. 28-29 and March 4, 6, 7, 11, 13 and 14 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $49.95. The group was inducted into the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which was their first nomination. Chicago is the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in six consecutive decades and rank No. 4 in Billboard Magazine’s Top Bands. This year marks the band’s 52nd consecutive year touring, without missing a single concert date. This month the band released its 37th album and fourth holiday collection “Chicago Christmas.” Three original band members remain: Robert Lamm on keyboards and vocals, Lee Loughnane on trumpet and vocals, and James Pankow on trombone.
THE DOOBIE BROTHERS ANNOUNCE EIGHT SHOWS IN FEBRUARY: Following their Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nomination, The Doobie Brothers announced their first Las Vegas residency presented by SiriusXM will be next year at The Venetian Theatre inside The Venetian® on Feb. 7-8, 12, 14-15, 19, and 21-22 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $49.95. Meanwhile through Jan. 20, fans can support The Doobie Brothers by voting for the group to be among the top five artists selected as 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees. The Doobies have three multi-platinum, seven platinum, and 14 Gold albums, including “Best of the Doobies,” which sold more than 12 million copies – a rare “diamond record.”
MARSHALL RETAIL GROUP LAUNCHES TIM BURTON MERCHANDISE: Marshall Retail Group, America’s largest independent specialty retailer in the airport and resort marketplace, has unveiled the official Lost Vegas: Tim Burton @ The Neon Museum merchandise, made exclusively in partnership with renowned director, producer, artist, writer and animator, Tim Burton. The exhibition at The Neon Museum is running through Feb. 15, 2020. The custom-curated assortment of gifts and collectibles available only at The Neon Museum store feature new original artwork by Burton, which pays homage to the city of Las Vegas. General admission tickets available on The Neon Museum’s website are $30. Hours are 9 a.m. – midnight daily.
‘FANTASY’ CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY AND 2020 CALENDAR: The adult revue “Fantasy” at the Luxor celebrated its 20th anniversary with the debut of the show’s annual calendar, “2020: Vision of Beauty.” The recent special occasion called for a gold carpet and showgirls posing in pink gowns. This year former “Fantasy” singers and dancers also participated in the pre-show reception. A portion of the proceeds from calendar sales will benefit Opportunity Village, which serves local adults with intellectual and related disabilities. The $20 calendar is available at the Luxor, Atrium Showroom and Fantasy website.
AIR SEX CHAMPIONSHIPS WILL VISIT LAS VEGAS: For the first time in the Air Sex Championships 11-year history, which has brought laughter to every major U.S. city, will visit Las Vegas on Saturday, Oct. 26 at Place on 7th downtown at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12 online at Eventbrite in advance or $15 at the door. The show is a magical blend of coordination, showmanship, humor and interactive storytelling. As seen on HOB, MTV, “Bad Girls Club,” “America’s Got Talent” and in “GQ” magazine, Air Sex Championships is a comedy show bringing people together in a respectfully dirty, unpredictably ridiculous, and oddly touching celebration of sexual freedom and expression.
‘FRIENDS’ CELEBRATES ONE-YEAR – HELPS SAFE NEST: “FRIENDS! The Musical Parody” is celebrating its one-year anniversary at the D on Saturday, Oct. 26. Recently, the show had a pop-up Monica’s apartment at Springs Preserve for SafeNest’s Run for Hope 5k supporting survivors of domestic violence. The ladies of FRIENDS appeared for photo opportunities with guests. The show is offering 25 percent off tickets, with 25 percent going back to SafeNest through the end of October with code PURPLE.
HARD ROCK ADDS NEW ITEMS TO MEMORABILIA EXHIBITION: The Hard Rock has added three new items to the Memorabilia Exhibition located near the Pink Taco restaurant. The exhibit is open Thursday–Monday 11 a.m.–8 p.m. through Dec. 31. Viewing is free. New items include: a section from Otis Redding’s personal plane, which crashed on Dec. 10, 1967, killing the singer and his bandmates; Michael Jackson’s signature white right-hand glove covered in clear Swarovski crystals; and Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia’s ponytail and scissors that cut it off.
DINING • BEVERAGE NEWS
Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar will hold an exclusive White Truffle Celebration on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in place of its regularly monthly Taste & Learn dinner. The indulgent multi-course menu spotlighting the world’s best truffles costs $250; call 702-364-5300. “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro’s Buddy V’s Ristorante inside Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort is celebrating its sixth anniversary Jersey-style featuring a prix fixe dinner menu for one week through Monday, Oct. 28. The sixth anniversary dinner is $40. PT’s Brewing Company, a brand including PT’s Entertainment Group, has crafted a new seasonal Razzleberry wheat beer brewed with fresh boysenberries, blackberries, and raspberries, and an alcohol percentage of 5.7 percent. The Honey Salt Desert Bloom Farm Party featuring a menu of seasonally inspired comfort food served family-style will be held Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $59 with an optional beverage package for an additional $25. Pinkbox Doughnuts® three valley locations will satisfy sweet Halloween cravings with specialty themed decorated doughnuts offered now through Thursday, Oct. 31. Beer Park at Paris will host a viewing party for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 244 fight between Jorge “Gambred” Masvidal and Nate “The Stockton Slugger” Diaz starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2. Family-owned Pin Kaow Thai Restaurant for nearly two decades with locations at 1974 N. Rainbow Blvd. and 9530 S. Eastern Ave. has unveiled an array of seasonal selections including: spicy garlic edamame; mee krob; khao soi; bah mee moo dang; and pumpkin stir fry with choice of chicken, beef, pork, tofu, veggie, shrimp or seafood. Prices range from $4.95 to $17.95.
INAUGURAL LAS VEGAS CONCOURS D’ ELEGANCE IS FOUR-DAY EVENT: Monica O. Jackson, Emmy Award winning journalist and host of “The MOJ Show,” will host the 2019 Inaugural Las Vegas Concours d’ Elegance Gala (LVCE), featuring The Helene Awards. The opening night extravaganza on Friday, Oct. 25 will be held from 7-10 p.m. at the Keep Memory Alive Event Center at Cleveland Clinic with entertainment and Michelin-rated cuisine presented by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck. Tickets are $200. On Saturday, Oct. 26 a select 200 vehicles will be on display at the DragonRidge Country Club in MacDonald Highlands with gates opening at 9 a.m. There will be a full day of activities with the winner of the first ever Helene Award™ for “Best of Show” being announced. Tickets are $100. On Sunday morning, the Tour d’ Elegance will move to the Strip with collectors driving their cars for fans to enjoy. The last day will be an Invitational Golf Tournament on Monday, Oct. 28. Golf is $500. Tournament proceeds will be given to the LVCE/Art Center Scholarship Fund benefiting students of the Art Center College of Transportation Design.
With currently released album, “Kirk,” double platinum rapper and songwriter, DaBaby, will celebrate with a performance at Drai’s Nightclub at The Cromwell opening at 10:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1. DaBaby is a member of hip hop “XXL” Magazine’s 2019 Freshman Class and a BET Awards mainstage performer. Admission starts at $40 for ladies and $60 for men. Hard rock bands Great White and Slaughter will appear at The Club at the Cannery in North Las Vegas on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. Multi-platinum selling hard rock band Great White skyrocketed to fame in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Most recently, the group released their newest album “Full Circle” with their original producer Michael Wagener. Formed in Las Vegas, multi-platinum selling band Slaughter won an American Music Award and has performed more than 300 shows. Tickets start at $24.95. The Hunger Games: The Exhibition at the MGM Grand is celebrating the Halloween season with $10 admission for locals and a special ticket rate of $20 for adults and $15 for children for out-of-state visitors now through Sunday, Nov. 3. The South Point Arena will welcome the 44th annual Indian National Finals Rodeo (INFR) & Gift Show Tuesday-Saturday, Oct. 22-26. Tickets start at $20. Sports Club’s “Dance to be Fit” fundraiser will be held Saturday, Oct. 26 from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Lake Las Vegas with licensed Zumba instructors, refreshments, local vendors and a raffle. Participants are encouraged to wear pink costumes to possibly win a lifestyle package and staycation. Proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen Nevada. RSVP online.
FREAKLING BROS. THE TRILOGY OF TERROR RETURNS: Fresh off an appearance on Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures,” Freakling Bros. The Trilogy of Terror again features the award-winning Gates of Hell, Nevada’s first and only R-rated attraction, the experimental Coven of 13, and the classic Castle Vampyre, which will be celebrating its final season, leading the way to a new haunt in 2020. The Trilogy of Terror is located at the Grand Canyon Shopping Center and operating 7 p.m. to midnight Friday–Saturday and to 11 p.m. Sunday–Thursday, through Thursday, Oct. 24, and until midnight through Oct. 31. Tickets are $15 and $17 for Gates of Hell.
MORE HALLOWEEN OPTIONS
Wet’n’Wild Las Vegas will host its first Safe Street Halloween event, Oct. 25-27. General admission is $8 and VIP $10. Scare at Town Square adjacent to the AMC Theater is open daily starting at 7 p.m. through Sunday, Nov. 3. The attraction for age 13 and older is an immersive pop-up experience featuring more than 15,000 square feet of adventure including a haunted maze, phobia rooms, wicked selfie sets, a horror film escape experience, live entertainment, special events (check out website) and a speakeasy serving custom cocktails. Tickets start at $25 Sunday-Wednesday and $35 Thursday-Saturday. This year is the 7th season for HallOVeen at Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest with four mini-escape rooms, two new rides, animatronics, trick-or-treat stations, interactive trees, and more. Tickets are available at the gate online. Attraction opens nightly at 5:30 p.m., now through Oct. 31. Quiet Events will present Halloween Silent Disco for all ages at Las Vegas Mini Gran Prix on Oct. 31 from 5-9 p.m. with three live DJs and hundreds of glowing headphones. Grab your Halloween costume and dance choosing between three music channels. Everyone in costume will receive one raffle ticket for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate. Headphone rental is free for the first 100 RSVPs, then in advance $5 for children, $10 for teens and adults, and $15 at the door. Lake Las Vegas Resort will host a family-friendly free Halloween Carnival at The Village on Sunday, Oct. 27 from 2-7 p.m. featuring an array of themed games and refreshments. Lake Las Vegas Resort will host a family-friendly pirate-themed cruise experience aboard the La Contessa yacht Friday-Saturday, Oct. 25-26 from 7-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. There will be a Shipwrecked Haunted Costume Party on the La Contessa on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 8-10 p.m. Scary costumes may win prizes. Adults only cruise is $50. The Bloody Sausage Fest will be held in the Hofbräuhaus’ biergarten on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 8 to 11 p.m. The spooky celebration will feature food and drink specials, trick-or-treating, contests and prizes to be awarded to several lucky “Wieners.” Tickets are $39. Three Dog Bakery in Summerlin will hold “Growloween” on Sunday, Oct. 27 from 1-4 p.m. with a doggy costume contest, trick or treating and pet vendors. Multi-platinum recording artist, DJ ASHBA, will host a Halloween party at ASHBA Clothing store inside The STRAT at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31 with a black carpet, live entertainment, refreshments, prizes and giveaways. An afterparty will be held at The STRAT’s new REMIX Lounge on the main casino floor, where rock group Sin City Sinners will perform beginning at 11:30 p.m. Revelers donning their best 1920s costumes—flappers and mobsters, whether classic or zombified—can enter the second Halloween costume contest at The Mob Museum’s Underground speakeasy on Thursday, Oct. 31 at 5 p.m. Lady and the Vamp perform 7-11. Admission is free. Club 101 at SAHARA will turn back time for its Thriller – ‘80s and ‘90s Annual Halloween Party, Friday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. with DJ Sean Essex. There will be no cover charge and bottle service will be available for $101. Costumes are encouraged. No masks allowed. The Burlesque Hall of Fame (BHoF) will bring some spooky and a whole lot of sexy to Ron Decar’s Event Center with its Halloween-inspired show, “Trick-or-Tease,” on Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. featuring top burlesque performers. Tickets are $49 VIP Plated / $39 VIP / $29 General Admission (VIP prices include buffet or plated dinner). The Puttin’ on the Ritz -Young Frankenstein Halloween Costume Ball fundraiser will be held at The Keep Memory Alive Event Center on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 8 p.m. to midnight. Costumes encourage. There will be live entertainment, food, cocktails and surprises. Tickets are $125. UNSHAKEABLE will host its fourth annual fundraising event, a special viewing of “Ghosts of Goldfield, the “Most Horrible Horror Movie Ever,” on Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 6-9 p.m. at The Space with light food and beverages. Costumes encouraged. event is open to the public, with a discretionary donation at the door. To RSVP, visit UNSHAKEABLE website. Drai’s Nightclub at The Cromwell will host a “Day of the Dead” party with DJ and “Jersey Shore” personality, Pauly D, on Thursday, Oct. 31 at 10:30 p.m. Admission starts at $30 for women and $50 for men. The adults-only Fetish & Fantasy Halloween Ball will be held at The Joint at Hard Rock on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 10 p.m. Tickets start at $89. Neighborhood spots Distill and Remedy’s will hold their annual Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. All eleven valley locations will have live music, a costume contest and food specials such as the Zombie Nachos. No face paint or masks allowed. PT’s Taverns will host Halloween parties at 26 of its 66 locations from now through Friday, Nov. 1 with costume contests, karaoke and other activities unique to each tavern. PKWY Flamingo will hold a Halloween-themed block party Thursday, Oct. 31 at 9 p.m. Costumes will provide a chance to win $1,000.
Las Vegas headliner Matt Goss with friends was spotted inside “Instagrammable pop-up” attraction Happy Place at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place taking photos in the larger-than-life installations and multi-sensory themed rooms. General admission tickets start at $30. Vegas Golden Knights’ superstar forward Ryan Reaves last week took over Hyde Lounge at T-Mobile Arena for a post-game party and to celebrate the launch of his new beer, Dawn Breaker. He signed autographs and held a special Q&A session hosted by Wayne “Big D” Danielson. Last weekend, the cast of the Emmy-nominated Pop TV series “Schitt’s Creek” brought a night of lively conversation, commentary and laughs to The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan on their “Up Close and Personal” tour. Following the show, the cast went out for a late-night dinner at the hotel’s STK, which is a modern steakhouse.