Vegas Lunar New Year, Celeb Sightings, Hotel Updates

In Vegas VIP Scene-ery by Vegas Only Entertainment


Contributed By: Jackie Brett


NEW STATUE HONORS OSCAR’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY: To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the award-winning Oscar’s steakhouse at the Plaza downtown unveiled a statue of its namesake, former Las Vegas Mayor and mob attorney Oscar Goodman, and announced plans to add patio seating later this year. A life-sized bronze statue of Goodman with one of his notorious clients, Tony Spilotro now resides in the lobby outside the restaurant’s entrance. The statue entitled “Good Counsel” was created by master sculptor and acclaimed artist Brian Hanlon, who donated his time to the project and was inspired to honor Goodman for his important contributions to Las Vegas. Hanlon has more than 550 permanent installations nationwide including several statues in Las Vegas, such as Jerry Tarkanian at the Thomas & Mack Center and most recently, former President Barack Obama at the Historic Westside Legacy Park. In its 10 years, Oscar’s steakhouse has amassed numerous accolades as a must-visit dining destination. To expand the popular dining experience, the Plaza will begin construction this spring to add patio dining, and the restaurant will remain open during construction. The al fresco dining area will be created on a new rooftop structure that will be built adjacent to Oscar’s lounge. The new space will seat 50 to 60 people and offer the restaurant’s full dinner menu in addition to its extensive wine and cocktail lists.

LIGHT NIGHTCLUB ANNOUNCES ITS GRAND REOPENING: LIGHT Nightclub inside Mandalay Bay will hold its grand reopening on Friday, Feb. 11. After nearly a two-year closure, the club which has been a Las Vegas hot spot since 2013, will be offering a world-class sound system and the most prominent LED screens in town. LIGHT will reopen its doors hosting DJs and live performances from some of the music industry’s top entertainers providing the ultimate party. Starting Feb. 11, LIGHT will be open Friday and Saturday nights from 10:30 p.m.–4 a.m. General admission will be $20 for ladies and $30 for men, with an exception for special events. VIP bottle service and table reservations will also be available, offering guests a chance to experience VIP entry and access to a private table with a dedicated server. Pricing for VIP service will be based on availability, the featured artist and holidays. LIGHT will merge cutting-edge creativity with popular music and DJs playing a wide range of popular hits. Performers and dancers will immerse the crowd in a pulsating party vibe set to state-of-the-art sound and lighting. Massive LED screens will captivate the senses and keep the energy high.

NOBU HOTEL CAESARS PALACE STARTS YEAR WITH NEW ROOMS: Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace, the luxury boutique hotel within the famous Las Vegas resort, is debuting 182 redesigned guest rooms and suites after completing a multimillion-dollar refresh. The world’s first Nobu Hotel now features a more modern, residential feel with design inspiration from “kintsugi,” the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold epoxy. Highlights of the new re-envisioned guest rooms and suites include a custom sofa, quartzite coffee table, new custom carpet, and a statement desk or dining table. The refreshed Hakone, Sake, Nobu Penthouse and Nobu Villa suites also feature new furniture, rugs and flooring. Additionally, the redesigned guest corridors feature a custom carpet with rippling forms, suggesting a pond of koi fish cluster at each guest room door, and patterns inspired by “suminagashi” – the art of Japanese paper marbling. The new inset lobby carpet depicts monumental slabs of marble and agate surrounded by gold veining, with pops of gray, rust and blue. This is the first of several corporate projects to be completed as Caesars Entertainment, Inc. expands its longstanding partnership with Nobu Hospitality – the global lifestyle brand founded by Nobu Matsuhisa, Robert De Niro and Meir Teper. A new Nobu restaurant is set to open in Paris Las Vegas in the early part of this year.

‘FINDING MAGIC MIKE’ FINALISTS JOIN MAGIC MIKE LIVE CAST AT SAHARA: Following the successful launch of the new unscripted reality competition series “Finding Magic Mike” on HBO Max™, this season’s winner Johnny Dutch and finalist Nate Bryan will join the cast of “Magic Mike Live” at the Sahara for a limited engagement Jan. 27-May 29. Both men participated in the finale of “Finding Magic Mike” where after their final performance, they were surprised by an unexpected offer to join the “Magic Mike Live” cast. Dutch is a former number one world-ranked runner from North Carolina who joined “Finding Magic Mike” in search of self-discipline and a sense of direction after losing his chance to make the USA Olympic team. Bryan is an Indiana native who was a rising star in the minor league when he fell in love with a woman and out of love with baseball. He found himself lacking the confidence he once felt as a professional athlete and joined “Finding Magic Mike” where he began to realize that learning how to dance could help him succeed. In addition to debuting the newest cast members, tickets for performances July 6-Oct. 23, 2022, are now on sale. “Magic Mike Live” performs Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 and 10 p.m.; Wednesday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m., with select 10 p.m. performances. Tickets start at $49. 

MGM RESORTS REIMAGINES LOYALTY REWARDS PROGRAM: MGM Resorts is rolling out its reimagined loyalty rewards program, MGM Rewards, on Feb.1unlocking unprecedented access for both gaming and non-gaming guests to the Company’s 20-plus destinations across the country including multiple properties in Las Vegas and offering more ways to earn and new benefits. For the first time, non-gaming customers will join their gaming counterparts and have the benefit of earning a currency – MGM Rewards Points – redeemable for complimentary food and beverage, entertainment, hotel stays and more. All members can now earn Points on nearly all expenditures at MGM Resorts destinations, integrating both non-gaming and gaming activity. In addition to MGM Rewards Points, customers playing slots also will earn Slot Dollars. MGM Resorts’ five-member tier levels – Sapphire, Pearl, Gold, Platinum and NOIR – remain in place. MGM Rewards offers members new and exclusive marquee benefits, including waived resort fees (Gold+), Tier Achievement Travel Credit to Las Vegas (Platinum+), complimentary tickets to MGM Rewards concerts (Pearl+), advanced suite upgrades for up to three nights (Platinum+), access to exclusive tier appreciation events and experiences (Gold+) and 4 p.m. late check-out (based on availability; Platinum+). As an added benefit, MGM Rewards Points and Slot Dollars will not expire for Pearl+ members due to account inactivity.

DOWNTOWN SUMMERLIN® CELEBRATES LUNAR NEW YEAR: The signature Downtown Summerlin® Lunar New Year parade will return on Tuesday, Feb. 1 with a 6 p.m. performance featuring fan dancers, an oversized-dragon and more. The parade, in partnership with BESTAgency and Guan Strong Lion Arts Association, will take place on Park Centre Drive. Festivities will be complimentary and open to the public. Feb. 1-15, the property will celebrate the year of the Tiger with festive décor throughout common areas. Highlights will include picture prefect oversized 2022 letters in Macy’s Promenade, a larger-than-life Chinese dragon in the Dining Arroyo and an insta-worthy photo wall filled with festive décor located in the hallway near H&M. Downtown Summerlin will also host a red envelope giveaway through the Summerlin app Feb. 1–15. Guests will have an opportunity to receive a complimentary red envelope filled with chocolate coins and surprise gift cards while supplies last. Redemptions will take place at the Concierge, located under the Breezeway of ONE Summerlin.

COUNTRY’S CHRIS JANSON WILL HEADLINE AT GREEN VALLEY RANCH: Breakout country superstar Chris Janson will be returning to Las Vegas for a night performance under at the stars at the Backyard Amphitheater at Green Valley Ranch Resort on Saturday, May 28 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $32.50 and go on sale Jan. 21 Janson is a platinum-selling recording artist, multi-instrumentalist, and award-winning singer/songwriter. In the five years since the release of his debut album, the three-time CMA nominee has collected prestigious accolades placing him amongst country music greats. Janson has 4 No. 1 hits including multi week chart topper “Done,” “Good Vibes,” “Fix a Drink,” “Buy Me a Boat” and award winning “Drunk Girl.” His current single is “Waitin’ On 5.” In addition, the talented songwriter has lent his pen to industry peers including Tim McGraw (“Truck Yeah,” “How I’ll Always Be”), LOCASH (“I Love This Life”) and the legendary Hank Williams Jr. (“God Fearin’ Man,” “Those Days Are Gone”) and many more. Chris is a Grand Ole Opry member.

TUFF HEDEMAN TOUR WILL BE BACK AT SOUTH POINT IN MARCH: The annual Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Tour will be back in Las Vegas for one night only at South Point Arena & Equestrian Center on Saturday, March 5 at 7 p.m. Top ranked bull riders will take on several bulls for a chance to win $30,000. Tickets start at $30 for general admission. The two-hour action-packed show will highlight some of the world’s most qualified bull riders. Hedeman was a founding member of the PBR (Professional Bull Riding Inc.) and has been at the helm of bull riding organizations for more than 30 years. He is a four-time World Champion bull rider, Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer and one of the most notable cowboys in the world. In 2017, he founded the current national Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Tour. The tour event is an invitation only for the bull riders to compete. Boot Barn and Discount Tire present Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding, sponsored by Pendleton Whiskey. Leading up to the main event, fans can enjoy meet and greets with the bull riding professional Tuff. The meet and greets will begin on Friday, March 4 from 3-5 p.m. before the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and continue Saturday, March 5 from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. at Boot Barn.

WYNN UNVEILS MASTER CLASSES FOR WINTER 2022: Wynn Las Vegas is unveiling a lineup of Master Classes for winter 2022. The popular series gives guests an inside look at some of Wynn’s restaurants and resort highlights. Taking cooking classes with master chefs like executive chef Min Kim of Mizumi, learning all about margaritas with resort mixologist Mariena Mercer Boarini, going behind-the-scenes of Wynn’s Lake of Dreams spectacular, and much more are on the agenda. The winter 2022 lineup of Master Classes for February will start off with Mastering Chocolate with executive pastry chef Patrice Caillot on Thursday, Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. This Willy Wonka-like experience is limited to 12 participants and will take place at the Wynn Pastry Shop. Champagne Dreams with executive director of wine, Brian Weitzman will follow on Friday, Feb. 11 at 3 p.m. at Lakeside. Ultimate Margaritas and More with mixologist Mariena Mercer Boarini will be on Friday, Feb.18 at 3 p.m. at Casa Playa. March highlights will be Brunch Entertaining Made Easy; Mastering Sushi; Secrets of the Lake of Dreams; and Behind the Scenes with Wynn’s K9 Team. Most sessions are $150, and a couple are $175. Reservations are required. To reserve a space, call Wynn’s concierge at 702-770-7070 or email concierge services.

RAIL EXPLORERS® OFFERS ROUNDTRIP TRANSPORTATION FROM STRIP: Rail Explorers®, the year-round outdoor-adventure family attraction featuring motorized, pedal-assist rail bikes, currently offers tours five days a week, dark Tuesday and Wednesday. All rides start at the Nevada State Railroad Museum and continue downhill to Railroad Pass. Motorized tours provide guests with an eight-mile roundtrip excursion while pedal-powered tours are a four-mile trip to Railroad Pass and include a nostalgic ride back to the top of the hill in one of the museum’s historic trains. All tours include free museum entry. Additionally, Rail Explorers® now offers guests a roundtrip transportation option from the Las Vegas Strip and surrounding areas when booking their tours from Experience Transport Agency (ETA). Guests may select this option at checkout. A tandem rail bike for two starts at $90. A quad rail bike for four guests starts at $160. Roundtrip transportation from the Las Vegas Strip and surrounding areas is $59 per person.

THE MOB MUSEUM HOLDS ‘UNDERCOVER OF THE NIGHT’ GALA: In conjunction with its 10th anniversary, The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, is inviting guests to its “Undercover of the Night” Gala presented by the Stanley W. Ekstrom Foundation at the Museum’s historic location downtown on Thursday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. The evening will be co-chaired by Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman and former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman. The event will celebrate a decade of accomplishments as well as pay special tribute to a number of undercover law enforcement agents and will honor a pioneering undercover agent whose work resulted in more than 200 convictions infiltrating the Bonanno and Colombo crime families in New York during the ’70s. This special honoree is widely considered to be one of the top undercover federal agents in history whose work was the basis of a best-selling book and a feature film nominated for an Academy Award. Admission is $250, which includes gourmet action stations, specialty cocktails, luxury auction items, live entertainment and meet-and-greet and photo opportunities with undercover agents.


Last Friday, the offensive line of the New Orleans Saints dined at ONE Steakhouse at the Virgin Hotels. Arriving casually and in good spirits, the teammates, including James Hurst, Andus Peat, Landon Young, Derrick Kelly, Ethan Greenidge, Terron Armstead, Cesar Ruiz and Erik McCoy, among others, enjoyed a late dinner and drinks before heading out to hit the town. On Saturday night, NFL legend Warren Moon visited Eight Lounge inside Resorts World with a group of friends enjoying the vast assortment of spirits and cigars in a private room. Moon joins an ongoing list of high-profile athletes who frequent the lounge, including 14-time MLB All-Star and World Series champion Alex “A-Rod” Rodriguez, NBA legend Charles Barkley and NFL legend Charles Woodson.  Paris Hilton, who is known most recently for her new show “Paris In Love,” celebrated with her bachelor/bachelorette weekend at AREA15. Episode No. 10, which aired on Jan. 13, showed Hilton exploring AREA15 with her now-husband and entourage.