BRETT’S VEGAS VIEW
Contributed by Jackie Brett
RESORTS WORLD PARTNERS WITH ZOUK GROUP: Resorts World is partnering with Zouk Group to curate an ecosystem of immersive entertainment and lifestyle concepts at the US$4.3 billion integrated resort, opening in summer 2021. Providing a multiplicity of experiences in one entertainment complex, the concepts will include a nightclub and beach club, gaming bar, and an Asian-influenced vibe dining venue. Zouk Group, a leading lifestyle and entertainment company from Singapore, owns establishments spanning across the nightlife, entertainment, and food and beverage sectors. Its namesake club, Zouk, remains at the forefront of pioneering music movements in Singapore, from fostering the growth of electronic dance music to influencing music tastes for 29 years. This opportunity will mark Zouk Group’s first time bringing its entertainment and dining concepts to the United States. Offering nearly 100,000 square feet of lifestyle and entertainment spaces, the resort’s four distinct environments will include Zouk Nightclub, a technologically advanced nightclub, and AYU Dayclub; RedTail, a new-style social gaming bar where guests can enjoy cocktails and shared plates while playing a variety of games; and FUHU a high-energy, experiential dining venue with an unexpected twist on contemporary Asian cuisine.
MYSTIC FALLS PARK® AT SAM’S TOWN MAKES THE SEASON BRIGHT: Sam’s Town on Boulder Highway is lighting up the holiday season with the return of Mystic Falls Park®’s festive seasonal display, featuring all-new décor and more than26,000 points of light through Friday, Jan. 1, 2021. Dating back to 1994, the holiday-themed attraction at Mystic Falls Park® is a time-honored tradition. This year, the indoor atrium’s new theme features animated teddy bears which come to life and can be seen playing, dancing, and decorating the park. The plush, animatronic bears were handmade this year by a family in Italy, and have traveled from Italy to Spain, Portugal, and across the United States to Las Vegas. The whimsical winter display has an 18-foot Christmas tree decorated with glimmering red and gold ornaments and 5,300 twinkling lights, topped with a starburst tree topper. Garland-wrapped lampposts, streamers and wreaths fill the atrium, embellished with hundreds of lights, ornaments and red holiday bows. As guests stroll through the park, they can also enjoy seeing blankets of snow, animatronic characters wearing Santa hats, giant pinecones, and beautifully wrapped gift boxes. Mystic Falls Park®’s gazebo is also covered in snow and decorated with garlands, a sparkling icicle trimming and large candy canes at the entrance. In addition to the holiday attraction being free, families can drop off letters for Santa in a special mailbox located under the gazebo. The park’s new holiday décor can be viewed from home by tuning into the attraction’s live Sam’s Town webcam.
NEW VIBRANT MURAL AT DOWNTOWN CONTAINER PARK: DTP Companies (DTP), a $350 million investment initiative dedicated to the revitalization of Downtown Las Vegas (DTLV) and ISI Group, a Las Vegas artist collective, have revealed the newest mural and beautification project to the Downtown area. The latest artistic expression is by Puerto Rican mixed media artist Doctor Ziso. As part of a continued and coordinated effort to increase the walkability of Downtown Las Vegas and nurture the talent of the local art community, DTP and ISI Group coordinated the adornment of the southwest façade of Downtown Container Park with a collaborative art piece encouraging interaction and exploration. Doctor Ziso’s work aims to inspire love and harmony, utilizing street graffiti influences and techniques told through vibrant splashes of color. This mural is located on the exterior southwest wall of Downtown Container Park at 707 Fremont Street.
FERRARO’S CLOSES TEMPORARILY: The family-owned and operated Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar, which has been a Las Vegas staple for more than 35 years, has made the decision to temporarily close until further notice. The restaurant is located across the street from Virgin Hotels (formerly Hard Rock) opening in January.
CORNER BAR PRESENTS ‘HOLLY JOLLY ON FREMONT’: Corner Bar Management, the hospitality group behind Commonwealth and The Laundry Room at 525 E. Fremont St., as well as Park on Fremont at 506 Fremont St., introduces its holiday “Holly Jolly on Fremont” experience starting Wednesday, Nov. 25. Reservations encouraged and can be made by visiting the Holly Jolly on Fremont website. Corner Bar’s multi-venue experience will highlight holiday-themed drinks, over-the-top decorations, live music and more. Holly Jolly on Fremont will be an invitation for guests to experience a winter wonderland at the three businesses. Commonwealth will transform for the holidays, offering fresh roasted chestnuts, a DJ on the rooftop, complimentary hand warmers and seasonal cocktails, including the Thyme With G-Ma, Mistletoe-Politan, Cow Flippin cocktail, and Chimney Sweepings. Hot cocktails include the Sco-Tea Toddy and Mulled Wine. The Laundry Room will feature a live pianist playing holiday classics nightly. Park on Fremont will become “Santa’s Workshop,” with ornate decorations and holiday cocktails including the Rye Not A Mule?, Nightmare on Xmas, Foggy Noggin Martini, Crantastic Park, and S’more Coco Please!.
WALDORF ASTORIA ANNOUNCECES LUXURY SHOPPING EXPERIENCE: The Strip’s non-gaming Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas has created a new Luxurious Shopping Escape package for the holiday season. The hotel has partnered with neighboring shopping complex, The Shops at Crystals, which is home to more than 50 of the world’s finest luxury brands, to provide a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. The resort’s Luxurious Shopping Escape package includes: a two-night stay; $250 American Express gift card exclusively for The Shops at Crystals provided at check-in; one private shopping appointment with a participating luxury retailer; and an exclusive gift and special experience from the retailer the guest chooses. In addition, guests can indulge in Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas’ holiday food and beverage offerings including holiday tea in the Tea Lounge and Bubbles and Bites in SkyBar. The Luxurious Shopping Escape is available through Dec. 31 with rates starting from $249.
DISCOVERY CHILDREN’S MUSEUM SHOWCASES THE NUTCRACKER: Nevada Ballet Theatre (NBT) and Discovery Children’s Museum have joined forces for the holidays to present “The Nutcracker Extravaganza: Behind the Scenes.” This one-of-a-kind exhibit will be on display from Dec. 19–Jan. 3 at Discovery Children’s Museum, during regular museum hours. Attendees will receive an exclusive view of original Nutcracker show elements typically only seen from the stage. From the famous “flying rocking horse” to the well-known cannon in the battle scene, these original set and prop pieces will be complemented by a display of more than 20 costumes including handmade headpieces, tiaras and wigs worn each year by NBT’s professional company. Plus, a special holiday photo opportunity will let your family mark this magical occasion with a take-home souvenir, with proceeds going to support NBT’s core mission activities.
HISTORY MUSEUM DISPLAYS RECOVERED NATIVE AMERICAN ARTIFACTS: Earlier this year, the Bureau of Land Management and Las Vegas Natural History Museum recovered from Nevada caves several artifacts from highly sensitive archaeology sites. Now on display at the Museum, the artifacts are believed to be from the Lowland group of Virgin Branch Anasazi Puebloans who lived in the region near the Virgin River and Moapa Valley in Nevada from about 300 B.C. to A.D. 1225. The artifacts recovered include stone-boiling tongs, a basket, and various ceramics. Most notably, a complete Tusayan Ware ceramic pot was found, still encased in its original netting, offering scientists great insight into life at that time. The Museum’s Collections Manager and Archeologist, Laura A. Benedict cited research by Romero in 2014 that suggests, “The corrugation and the netting may have assisted in transporting the finished jars to where they would be used: corrugation helps maintain a good grip on ceramics and the netting may have been used for handling the jars.” When asked about the recovered items, Benedict added, “We are incredibly excited to bring such rare and beautiful artifacts to the public.” The Las Vegas Natural History Museum began in 1989 with a small group of citizens. After very humble beginnings, this private nonprofit museum is now a Smithsonian Affiliate, accredited with the American Alliance of Museums, and is a federal and state repository for fossils and artifacts.
SUPER SUMMER THEATRE STREAMS ‘THE TWELVE DATES OF CHRISTMAS’: A limited streaming performance of “The Twelve Dates of Christmas” starring Kate Sirls will be presented Friday-Sunday, Dec. 11–13. Shows will be at 7:30 Dec. 11–12, and 2:30 Dec. 12–13. How bad can holiday dating be? This humorous one-woman show will help ease folks through the pains of being single during the holidays as Sirls narrates her tale of dealing with family, friends, and bad dates. It is PG-13 recommended for the language and dating situations. Stream will open 30 minutes before performance. Tickets are $15 with a $3.95 handling fee.
FOUNDERS COFFEE OPENS SECOND VALLEY LOCATION: Locally owned Founders Coffee has opened its second location joining the Durango shop which opened in late 2019. Founders’ newest location offers additional soft seating, greenery, and whimsical art. The menu mirrors the Durango location, offering Founders’ special blend of coffee, specialty drinks, toasts, and more. The new location will also support Founders Coffee’s Giving Drink Program, partnering with local charities each month to donate much needed funds through a specialty drink. Guests can enjoy Founders for dine-in, drive-thru, takeout, and delivery in Henderson at 3512 St Rose Parkway.
ALL IN AVIATION OFFERS HOLIDAY FLIGHT LESSON GIFT PACKAGES: All In Aviation has special flight lesson packages for gift giving this holiday season. All In Aviation’s destination training packages are a way to experience new adventure, while sightseeing and traversing the Southwest’s desert, mountain, and coastal regions. The high-end experience is offered in the Cessna 172 Skyhawk or Cirrus SR20, both technologically advanced single-engine piston planes designed for training. For the ultimate aviation enthusiast, All In Aviation is the only flight school in the U.S. Southwest offering jet pilot experiences in the new Cirrus SF50, the world’s first personal jet. With no previous flying experience required, flights are priced hourly based on available aircraft, plus an hourly fee for a certified flight instructor (two-hour instructor minimum). Final price depends on total flight time and aircraft model. Each customer receives a special certificate containing a pilot logbook entry. The Cessna Flight Discovery package at $399 includes one-hour round trip flight lesson with a certified flight instructor in a Cessna 172 Skyhawk, plus 1 to 2 guests (weight restricted), and a flight over local Southern Nevada natural wonders regional landmarks, including Lake Mead and Hoover Dam. Other packages start from $800 up to $2,000 and fly over other regional landmarks and areas. All In Aviation has two Las Vegas area locations serving Southern Nevada, Henderson Executive Airport and North Las Vegas Airport.
JUHL RELEASES ‘PENTERRACES’ COLLECTION: Juhl, the 344-residence, loft-style community in downtown Las Vegas, releases newly remodeled two-story luxury residences known as “Penterraces.” These two-story condos offer spacious and luxurious penthouse-like living space on the community’s sixth and seventh floors with terraces overlooking Juhl’s landscaped resort-style pool deck. In addition to gorgeous interior views, Penterrace homes also feature exterior city and mountain views. Juhl’s Penterraces feature private terraces and floor-to-ceiling windows which further extend the home’s living space and create a seamless indoor/outdoor ambiance. The community’s resort pool area also includes cabanas, fire pit, hot tub, grilling stations, summer-kitchens, and relaxed seating. Numerous high-end upgrades to each of the four available Penterraces include new kitchen and bath finishes. Four Penterraces range from 1,491 to 1,516 square feet and are priced from $499,900.
UNITED EDUCATION INSTITUTE OPENED NEW LAS VEGAS CAMPUS: United Education Institute (UEI) opened a new campus location in Las Vegas at the Boulevard Mall on Maryland Pkwy. UEI is an accredited institution offering a range of vocational and trade programs to help students get started in a new career in as little as 10 months. In addition, the UEI campus is breathing new life into the Boulevard Mall by retrofitting a large retail space. Utilizing approximately 38,000 square feet, UEI includes classrooms, training labs, computer labs and a student resource center. Initial programs being offered include Automotive Technician, Medical Assistant, Medical Billing and Insurance Coding, Dental Assistant and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Technician. Founded in 1982, UEI is an employee-owned institution accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). UEI provides students with post-secondary career education programs in high-demand sectors such as healthcare, skilled trades, business, and criminal justice. UEI is a viable option for students who are not able to put their lives on hold for years while they attend college.