BRETT’S VEGAS VIEW
contributed by Jackie Brett
‘JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE’ WILL BROADCAST FROM PLANET HOLLYWOOD: For the first time, ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” will bring the show to Las Vegas and broadcast from Caesars Entertainment’s Zappos Theater inside Planet Hollywood and film five episodes, April 1-5. Emmy-winner Kimmel serves as host and executive producer of his distinctive late-night talk show, which is shot live in front of a studio audience. Tickets are available at www.kimmelinvegas.com. Kimmel moved to Las Vegas with his family when he was nine years old. He attended Ed W. Clark High School, and the University of Nevada for one year.
‘FUERZA BRUTA’ IS NEW PERFORMING ART EXPERIENCE: While this new show in a dark obscure tent in the southeast corner of the Excalibur’s parking lot may not be for everyone, it will have strong appeal for many. Diqui James’ similarly fashioned “De La Guarda” standing-only show ran at the Rio in the fall of 2000 for nearly a year. The Rio show led to the creation of “Fuerza Bruta” in Buenos Aires in 2003. True you will be standing an hour with a show happening above your head and all around a 360-degree changing theatre, but the experience keeps you intrigued. Infectious drum-beat music is a backdrop to scenarios taking the audience through wind, rain and confetti-blizzards with acrobats performing. The production has some truly mesmerizing experiences including the huge clear-plastic tarp shallow pool that is lowered above the crowd to where folks can touch it while performers run and jump in the water. When a tarp is pulled over the audience, you’re not sure what is happening and suddenly it is raised and becomes a tent with three big circles where performers drop through it. This is a one-of-a-kind experience taking place Wednesday-Sunday at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets start at $86.50.
BLVD & MAIN TAPHOUSE AND VIEW LOUNGE WILL OPEN AT THE STRAT: BLVD & MAIN Taphouse and View Lounge will be opening at The Strat on the main casino floor next to the new, state-of-the-art William Hill Sports Book later this month in time for NHL playoffs and college basketball finals. The 6,000-plus-square-foot BLVD & MAIN will combine craft beer including the company’s own beers and elevated pub cuisine with comfortable seating. Next door, the 3,000-plus-square-foot View Lounge will offer craft cocktails and small bites. Both venues will offer flat screen televisions and convenient access to the William Hill Sports Book for betting. BLVD & MAIN brewer, Dave Otto, has developed a signature beer Jaywalker to roll out for the opening. Two of Otto’s other beers…Sean Patrick’s Irish Red and Hualapai IPA of parent company Golden Entertainment’s PT’s taverns, will be among the two dozen beers on tap. The interior design for both places will honor the nearby Downtown Las Vegas Arts District with pieces commissioned by local artists.
PLAZA HOSTS INAUGURAL DEMOLITION DERBY EVENT AT CORE ARENA: The Plaza will present the inaugural Casino Battle Royal Demolition Derby in Las Vegas from demolition derby promoter Stirrin’ Dirt Racing at the new outdoor Core Arena, March 29 and 30. The two-day, family-friendly event begins at 3 p.m. and will run two car classes: Mini Cars and Stock Class. Tickets start at $30. Each night at 7 p.m., a free After Party will be held under the Plaza’s front-entrance dome offering music, food and drink specials, and wrestling presented by Snake Pit Pro Wrestling Academy with a special guest appearance by Juventud “the Juice” Guerrera. Stirrin’ Dirt Racing drivers including Johnny Gullo #17, Gumby #000, Jeri Gullo #17, Dalton Gullo #6, and Steve “Scooter” Carroll #06 are currently part of the reality series “Kings of Crash” on the Velocity channel. Stirrin’ Dirt Racing has also partnered with Mayhem Racing for an upcoming reality show on MAV TV airing this spring.
BUDWEISER CLYDESDALES KICK OFF MARCH MADNESS AT TOPGOLF: March Madness will be kicked off at Topgolf Las Vegas with an appearance by The Budweiser Clydesdales on the first day of the tournament Thursday, March 21 from 2 to 4 p.m.Fans can meet the majestic horses and take photos with all eight of the Budweiser Clydesdales, which are an integral part of the Anheuser-Busch company and have appeared in more than 25 Super Bowl commercials. In addition, Topgolf is offering $30 beer bucket specials on Budweiser, Bud Light and Michelob Ultra during the NCAA basketball tournaments throughout the month.
ANNUAL POWER OF LOVE® FUNDRAISER ATTRACTS BIG NAMES: Keep Memory Alive’s 23rd annual Power of Love® star-studded gala will be held on Saturday, March 16 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The notable personalities expected include: Snoop Dogg; actors Anthony Anderson, Pedro Capo, Boris Kodjoe, Nicole Ari Parker, and John O’Hurley; singers NE-YO, Miguel, and Leona Lewis; musical artists Bernie Williams and Greg Phillinganes; and TV host of “Bar Rescue.” The Las Vegas signature event raises crucial funds for Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. The lineup of performers will be honoring international superstar Lionel Richie. In addition to celebrating the Richie’s music, the evening will also honor Lonnie Ali, wife and caregiver of the late Muhammad Ali, with the Keep Memory Alive Caregiver Hero Award. Longtime Keep Memory Alive supporter and celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck will be joined by James Beard Foundation seven-time award-winner Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park, The NoMad in New York, Los Angeles and now Las Vegas, to prepare culinary creations for the evening.
‘MURDER’ SHOW OFFERS CUTTHROAT CABBAGE FOR ST. PAT’S: The dinner show, “Marriage Can Be Murder,” is adding a traditional Irish dish to its menu in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, March 15-17. The “Cutthroat Cabbage” will be the fourth entree choice. Tickets start at $71.95. Entree options change each season and the current lineup includes: Dead Meat, Fowl Play, and Hasta La Pasta. All show tickets are inclusive of a three-course meal: Pre-Killing Course; Main Corpse…Course; and Death by Sugar; drink and server gratuity. The show has enjoyed two decades of performances in Las Vegas and will celebrate its 20-year anniversary this summer.
O’SHEAS BLOQ PARTY RETURNS ST. PATRICK’S DAY WEEKEND: The weekend of St. Patrick’s Day, Friday night-Sunday, March 15-17, will include the annual parade, food and drink specials, a weekend-long crawl and live entertainment at O’Sheas BLOQ Party at The LINQ. The free St. Patrick’s Day multi-day celebration is centered around the Irish-themed casino and pub, which is celebrating 30 years of shenanigans. For the first time, there will be a weekend-long crawl with several stops in The LINQ Hotel & Casino, with the final stop being O’Sheas Casino to redeem your prize. Throughout The LINQ Promenade, there will be bagpipers, live bands, DJs, festive décor, live entertainment, a beer truck and more. The St. Pat’s parade led by Brian “Lucky” Thomas will have a marching band, stilt walkers and Irish dancers traveling down The LINQ Promenade. Beads will be handed out to the crowd and the parade will end with an official toast given by Lucky inside O’Sheas. Many exclusive St. Paddy’s Day food and beverage specials will be offered by the myriad of food and beverage outlets at The LINQ Promenade and the High Roller will be illuminated green.
CONTAINER PARK HOLDS “SHAM-ROCK THE PARK” BEER FEST: Downtown Container Park will host its second “Sham-Rock the Park” park-wide beer bash and St. Patrick’s Day celebration on Sunday, March 17 from 2 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 online and $25 on event day at the gate. Each ticket includes bottomless barley options from Guinness Blonde Stout, Murphey’s Irish Stout, PBR green beer and Hop Valley’s Bubble Stash and Citrus Mistress. There will be limerick-laden live entertainment on The Lawn. Oak & Ivy will serve $5 Jameson shots from 2 to 6 p.m. on the rooftop and downstairs at the main bar $11 Irish Buck “Mules.” At Downtown Terrace for an additional fee, there will be fresh renditions of traditional Irish fare including spiked monkey bread, colcannon – mashed potatoes with cabbage and green onion, plus corned beef hash and steak & eggs with Irish Coffee and Black Velvets.
BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT VIEWING AT FASHION SHOW MALL: The Strip shopping destination Fashion Show will be transforming the mall’s Great Hall into a one-of-a-kind fan zone and offer slam dunk views of the best games in college basketball March 23-24, 30-31, and April 6 and 8. For the first time, Fashion Show will showcase six days of games on its larger-than-life digital screens, which will be lowered for viewing college basketball games. Guests will be able to view multiple games during each viewing party, and additional seating will be provided in the event space. Various complimentary activations during the viewing parties will include the chance to learn how to play casino games courtesy of the Casino Education Group. Viewing parties are free and open to the public.
RESTORED HARD ROCK CAFÉ GUITAR SIGN LIGHTS UP AT NEON MUSEUM: The newly restored, re-electrified Hard Rock Café guitar sign was illuminated for the first time this month during a private VIP event. The sign, which was located in front of the Hard Rock Café for 27 years, was divided into six pieces for transporting to the Neon Museum Boneyard from Young Electric Sign Company. The restoration took approximately 1,650-man hours to complete the rebuild and install. There are approximately 4,110 feet of neon tubing on the sign, equating to more than three-quarters of a mile and more than 700 individual neon units.
MADAME TUSSAUDS PROMOTES THE ‘90S: This month, the ‘90s are back at two Madame Tussauds West Coast locations – Las Vegas and Hollywood taking guests back in time. Celebrating 20 years on the Strip, Madame Tussauds is throwing a ‘90s bash. Vegas visitors can feel the girl power with Sporty, Scary, Baby, Ginger and Posh in their period sportswear, leopard, feathers, Union Jacks and glam. The memorable duo Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake are in their all-denim ensembles. Can’t leave out scandal participant President Bill Clinton playing the saxophone. Guests can immerse themselves in the best and worst of ‘90s style.
THE MOB MUSEUM RECEIVES TWO AWARDS: The Mob Museum received two awards last month. For the second time, it received the Mayor’s Urban Design Award (MUDA) in the Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse category. This time was for The Underground Prohibition history exhibition in the Museum’s basement. In 2006, former Mayor Oscar B. Goodman created the MUDA to promote and encourage premium urban design principles. The Mob Museum is housed in the former Post Office, which is a historic building on the National Register of Historic Places. The second award was a Double Gold medal for The Underground Moonshine from “The Fifty Best,” a recent moonshine tasting where entries were evaluated using professional criteria by a panel of judges, who blind-tasted the American unaged white whiskeys. The Underground Moonshine’s Double Gold award was the highest recognition granted in this year’s tasting.
DINING BEVERAGE ITEMS
Phoenix-based Macayo’s Mexican Restaurants has two locations in Las Vegas. The location on Sahara Avenue in the west valley closed Sunday, March 10. The Charleston Boulevard outlet, on the east side, will close soon after nearly 60 years in Las Vegas. After nearly 13 years in the Midwest, Big Whiskey’s American Restaurant & Bar Las Vegas opened in Town Square. The grand opening celebrations will begin Friday, March 15 with the popping of its first Maker’s Mark whiskey barrel and a customary whiskey toast for guests in attendance. The first 100 people through the doors will receive a special T-shirt. Beer Park at Paris will host an all-day party starting at 9 a.m. on Sunday, March 17 and serve green mimosas and green beer throughout the day. The party will continue with beer, Irish whiskey and DJs playing party songs throughout the day and night. Triple 7 Restaurant and Microbrewery located inside Main Street Station Casino Brewery and Hotel is offering a robust lineup of unique, high-quality beers each month throughout the year, all brewed inside Triple 7’s all-new brewhouse. Beer enthusiasts ordering one of the freshly-brewed beers for at least four months can earn the perks with Triple 7’s new “Brewtifully Crafted Collection” rewards program. To participate in the program, guests need to request a punch card to earn rewards. Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant, located in Downtown Summerlin, will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the “Greengo Burrito,” available exclusively on Sunday, March 17 for $14.95. The next Sotto le Stelle– Under the Stars – Ferraro’s late-night, all-you-can-eat patio grilling event will be held at Saturday, March 23 from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. The al fresco party will take place every two weeks with different dishes every time. Cost is $25 and includes one complimentary featured beverage while all wines will be offered at 50 percent off and spirits at 25 percent off. PT’s Entertainment Group, a division of Golden Entertainment, Inc., which is the largest traditional tavern operator in Nevada with 61 locations in the state, is hosting a grand opening party for its newest PT’s Gold, located at 4935 Warm Springs, with an extended happy hour from 5 to 10 p.m. and giveaways beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 14. PT’s Happy Hour offers a 50 percent discount on drinks including wines by the glass, premium spirits and all craft and import beer. The Nightclub & Bar Show will attract an estimated 39,000 attendees to the Las Vegas Convention Center March 25-27.
MISC. QUICK TIPS
A portion of Clark Avenue connecting Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and The Smith Center will be renamed to Robin Leach Lane to honor the life and legacy of the veteran journalist, television personality, who was a longtime supporter of center’s Keep Memory Alive fundraising entity. Leach attended the original Keep Memory Alive fundraising dinner more than 20 years ago at Spago, and helped it evolve into the now signature philanthropic event, the annual Power of Love® gala. Former “Take That” front man Robbie Williams attended an exclusive full-scale dress rehearsal of last week’s fundraising show “One Night for One Drop” imagined by Cirque du Soleil at the “O” Theatre inside Bellagio. U.K.’s number-one British solo artist began his Las Vegas residency March 8 at Wynn. One Drop Foundation’s mission is to provide access to safe water and sanitation around the globe. Magician Shin Lim, current champion of “America’s Got Talent” and of the “Champions” challenge has added another set of dates to his residency at The Mirage Aug. 30-Sept. 2. Previously announced dates are May 31–June 2 and July 26–28. Voki Kalfayan, creator of the Gazillionaire in “Absinthe,” will bring Spirsonal leader Talia Brava to the Inspire Theater located downtown on Saturday-Sunday, March 16-17 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for the world premiere of “Talia Brava: Do You Believe in Brava.” Talia Brava is the hyper-ego of Lucia Brizzi, second generation leadership trainer who brings real coaching work and new age spirituality to outrageous comedy experiences. The show is described as a “live interactive healing-growth-rebirth experience.” Bachelor contestant Kamil Nickalek, best known for his time on ABC ’s most recent seasons of “Bachelor in Paradise” and “The Bachelorette,” recently visited the Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop at Paris. The Valley Health System has become the official founding healthcare partner of Las Vegas Aviators® and Las Vegas Ballpark®. Las Vegas Ballpark is currently under construction at Downtown Summerlin® and will become the home of the Las Vegas Aviators®, the city’s professional Triple-A baseball team of the Pacific Coast League (PCL) and affiliate of the Oakland Athletics.