BRETT’S VEGAS VIEW
Contributed by Jackie Brett
NOTE: There will be no column next week as Jackie is on vacation.
SNOW CARNIVAL HOLIDAY FOREST WILL DEBUT AT M RESORT: Snow Carnival Holiday Forest, an immersive winter-themed wonderland produced by International Special Attractions, Ltd. (ISA) in partnership with M Resort, will open on Wednesday, Nov. 23 and run through Jan. 8, 2023. Tickets for the seasonal attraction will go on sale soon. A gentle flurry of snowflakes will greet visitors as they are welcomed into a world of more than 350 tons of real snow both falling from above and blanketing the ground. To keep the magic of the picturesque winter wonderland alive, 50 tons of fresh snow will be added throughout the indoor Snow Carnival engagement each day. From snowball throwing to snowman building, this celebratory attraction will offer fun for the whole family. Coast down the snowy inclines of the “Mini Matterhorn” snow slide, visit the Candy Cane Forest, or stop by a snow play area for winter games and more. Snow Carnival will create a storybook experience of exploration. Snow Carnival, which will be open daily inside of the M Pavilion with select operating hours through Jan. 8, will also offer wintery eats, treats, and drinks.
DAVID BLAINE MESMERIZES AT RESORTS WORLD THEATRE: Magician, extreme illusionist, and stunt artist, David Blaine, premiered his first-ever Las Vegas residency, “David Blaine: In Spades,” exclusively at the Resorts World Theatre last week. Due to overwhelming ticket demand, the magician is adding six new 2023 show dates Jan. 6-7 and 27-28, and March 10-11. Previously announced 2022 show dates include Oct. 28-29 and Dec. 16-17. Blaine takes “In Spades” to new heights as he welcomed the audience suspended from helium balloons freely floating from the 85-foot-tall ceilings of the theatre followed by a jaw-dropping jump from the height of an eight-story building into cardboard boxes stacked six-feet tall in the front orchestra. Throughout the creative production, Blaine utilized the individual state-of-the-art features of the multi-level, 5,000-capacity Resorts World Theatre incorporating large-scale installations. The New York Times noted Blaine has “taken a craft that’s been around for hundreds of years and done something unique and fresh with it,” whilst The New Yorker claimed, “he saved magic.” An eclectic, star-studded crowd attended Blaine’s premiere including Woody Harrelson, Edward Norton, Lars Ulrich, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Logan Paul, JR, Guy Oseary, Alex Honnold, Rob Lowe, Miranda Kerr, Evan Spiegel, Steve Wozniak, Brian Grazer, Darren Aronofsky, Philippe Petit, Sergey Brin and more.
LAS VEGAS BOOK FESTIVAL RETURNS FOR 21ST YEAR: The Las Vegas Book Festival, now in its 21st year, returns to downtown Las Vegas Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. with lectures, workshops, activities, book signings, and more. The free annual event is held at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St., and open to all ages. The Las Vegas Book Festival is the largest literary event in Nevada, presented by the city of Las Vegas.The 2022 Las Vegas Book Festival will feature four headline authors — Carl Bernstein, Elin Hilderbrand, Kiley Reid and chef Hubert Keller. Topics include politics, book club favorites, diversity and cookbooks. Each headliner will sign books after their sessions.
SAHARA HOSTS COMMEMORATIVE 70-YEAR ANNIVERSARY: The Sahara’s 70th Anniversary Celebration will be held on Friday, Oct. 7 with the unveiling of a historic photo exhibit on the casino floor, and a cake presentation and champagne toast being held in Azilo Ultra Lounge. The “70 Years of Extraordinary Images: Sahara’s History in Photographs,” exhibition will span the resort’s history and noteworthy milestones from 1952 to the present day including vintage images of the superstars who performed at the resort. The Sahara will feature anniversary specials, limited-time dishes, and more. In the CASBAR Lounge there will be three anniversary cocktails available for $13 each this October: Speed – The Ride; The Sinfinity; and Ode to the Beachcomber.
BELLAGIO’S CONSERVATORY CREATES ‘ARTFULLY AUTUMN’ DISPLAY: The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens fall display “Artfully Autumn” running through Nov. 12 features dramatic sculptural pieces, an abundance of fall floral, foliage and pumpkins, and a new custom fragrance. This season’s masterpiece pays homage to modern architecture and artists such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Christo and Jeanne-Claude and Louis Comfort Tiffany, incorporating reverence to their designs in unexpected and imaginative ways. Throughout the Conservatory journey, guests will enjoy botanical works of art nestled within a palette of rich golden hues and crisp oranges and reds as a new festive fall “cornucopia” scent fills the air with the aroma of cranberry and orange mixed with rich cinnamon, setting the mood for the season. Upon entering, guests are welcomed by a spectacular waterfall sculpture towering above the West Bed. The sculpture is a reinterpreted homage to the famed Rain Vortex at Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore, the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. To create the infinity waterfall basin, Bellagio engineers removed a portion of the Conservatory subfloor below, a first in the resort’s 24-year history. Some fun stats include the weight of the waterfall structure is 3,000 pounds; the largest pumpkin of which there are 357 in the display weighs 1,026 pounds; nine illuminated acorns; one fairy; five flickering giant dragonflies; and much more.
DRAI’S COMMEMORATES 25 YEAR ANNIVERSARY: Drai’s Beachclub • Nightclub • After Hours at The Cromwell is celebrating a Las Vegas first in nightlife – a remarkable 25-year anniversary for the club. The party will be held where it all began at Drai’s After Hours in the basement of The Cromwell on Saturday, Oct. 15. Legendary Victor Drai opened Dari’s After Hours in 1997 and changed the Strip by introducing nightlife to a casino. Still going strong 25 years later, Drai’s was voted “Best After Hours” by Las Vegas Weekly’s “2021 Best of Vegas.” Originally opened as a sister restaurant of Drai’s successful Los Angeles restaurant, Drai’s pivoted to become a popular after-hours club playing house music, which has transitioned to hip hop throughout the years. Drai’s After Hours is a sleek, sexy and exclusive lounge famous for wrapping up the night with in-demand DJs throughout the past two decades. The club is made up of four intimate rooms, totaling more than 13,000 square feet, and offers VIP bottle service in addition to an expansive bar selection and is one of the only spots on the Strip to offer hookah nightly. Building on the venerable success of Drai’s After Hours, Drai built a nightlife empire with Drai’s Beachclub • Nightclub situated 11 stories high on the rooftop of The Cromwell with dazzling views. Drai’s Nightclub is a 30,000-square-foot palatial, multi-level club with an expansive dance floor, massive LED lighting systems, and modern technology featuring more than 7,000 square feet of the most state-of-the-art high-definition LEDs in production, including a towering 80-sided LED disco ball – the only one of its kind. Drai’s Nightclub is home to Drai’s LIVE, an unprecedented concert series providing the opportunity to see full-length performances by top performers like Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown. Drai’s Beachclub is a 35,000-square-foot oasis with multiple pools shaded by towering palm trees, a variety of cabanas and bungalows, a full-service gourmet kitchen and two full-service bars.
NF HOPE CONCERT RETURNS TO THE SMITH CENTER: Celebrating 12 years of fundraising and performances by top talent, the NF Hope Concert will return to the stage in Myron’s Cabaret at The Smith Center on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $49. NF Hope Concert founders Jeff Leibow, formerly of “Jersey Boys,” and his wife Melody, are bringing the concert back. The lobby opens at noon for silent auction viewing. For people wishing to watch the event from home or outside of Nevada, livestream tickets are available. The NF Hope Concert benefits Neurofibromatosis Network, an organization dedicated to families and individuals suffering from Neurofibromatosis (NF).
DOWNTOWN CONTAINER PARK HOLDS ‘OKTOBERFEST’ BEER WALK: Oktoberfest will return to Downtown Container Park with its autumnal beer walk, sponsored by Samuel Adams. The German-themed brew fest will take over the park on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. with live entertainment, competitions, specials and more. Tickets are online for $35 before prices increase.The “pitcher” perfect event will feature live entertainment by Las Vegas German Party Band, Oompoporama, and a bottomless selection of Oktoberfest beers from local and regional breweries including Samuel Adams, Love Lady, Bad Beat Brewing and more. Jäegermeister will have The Jäger Girls offering free samplings of the brand’s new Cold Brew Coffee liqueur. For guests looking to flex their barley-backed muscles, various Stein Hoisting competitions will be held with winners receiving various gifts and prizes.
‘PINE DINING’ AT MT CHARLESTON LODGE HOSTS OKTOBERFEST EVENTS: Mt Charleston Lodge’s pop up concept, Pine Dining, will host two days of Oktoberfest events on the mountain. On Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 15 and16 guests will enjoy an Oktoberfest menu featuring brats, pretzels, and more as they take in gorgeous mountain views on the site of Mt Charleston Lodge. Guests can expect authentic music, Ellis Island beers, and stein holding and pretzel eating contests. Tickets are $85 online at Mtcharlestonlodge.com/pinedining. Parking will be limited.
SKYE CANYON HOSTS SIXTH ANNUAL CHALKTOBERFEST: Skye Canyon will celebrate art, autumn, and inspiration during its sixth annual juried chalk art competition, Chalktoberfest, a festival welcoming the fall season featuring a chalk art contest, art fair, games and inflatables, and pumpkin patch, set for Saturday, Oct. 22 at Skye Canyon Park at 10111 W. Skye Canyon Park Drive from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. The family-friendly event is free and open to the public. This year’s chalk art contest theme is “Spread Love – Land, Sea, and Skye” and some 35 artists of all skill levels will vie for top honors and cash prizes as they imaginatively interpret this hopeful theme and display the power of uplifting artistic creativity. Other Chalktoberfest offerings include a Vendor Village featuring more than 30 vendors and artists, a pumpkin patch, a free canvas painting class, inflatable games, a rock wall, and an air jumper as well as a variety of food and drinks from popular food trucks Alpha Dawg, Greek Delights, Horsetrailer Hideout and Flat Tops. As part of Skye Canyon’s ongoing community support program Skye Serves, Chalktoberfest proceeds will benefit local nonprofit Project 150.
NEXT OSCAR’S DINNER SERIES, ‘THERE IS NOTHING LIKE A DAME’: Former Las Vegas Mayor and mob attorney, Oscar B. Goodman will hold his next Oscar’s Dinner Series, “There is Nothing Like a Dame,” at Oscar’s Steakhouse at the Plaza on Wednesday, Oct. 19, with cocktails in the lounge at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. in the restaurant’s newly renovated dining room with the iconic glass dome overlooking Fremont Street. Tickets for the three-course plated meal paired with wines and martini are $150. Goodman’s female focused dinner topic will give the inside scoop of Tony Spilotro’s and Frank Rosenthal’s wives as portrayed in the movie “Casino” as well as his female clients including: Sante Kimes – an accused multiple killer and ‘slave owner;’ Rosalie Maxwell – a beautiful Caesars Palace cocktail goddess accused of conspiring to murder a casino executive’s wife; Sally Conforte – wife of the owner of the Mustang Ranch and madam of the brothel; and Liz Chagra – Jimmy Chagra’s wife who was accused of conspiring with Woody Harrelson’s father to assassinate a federal judge.
MINUS5º ICEBAR FEATURES HALLOWEEN BLACK WIDOW COCKTAIL: Minus5º ICEBAR, the one-of-a-kind immersive ice attraction offering a distinctively chilling atmosphere, is making the Halloween-themed Black Widow cocktail available for a limited time this October. Available at all three Minus5° ICEBAR locations, including Mandalay Bay, The Venetian Resort and The LINQ Promenade, the Halloween cocktail is a spooky spin on the bar’s chilly margarita. The Black Widow features a witches’ brew of tequila, Blue Curaçao, Orange Curaçao, sweet and sour, lime juice, black sprinkles and splash of Grenadine served in a glass made entirely of ice.
MIKE’S SPICY SUPREME POPS UP AT THE PLAZA: October is National Pizza Month and Pop Up Pizza on the casino floor at the Plaza is celebrating with a special pie created by award-winning Pizzaiolo Michael Vakneen. For the month of October only, Pop Up Pizza is featuring “Mike’s Spicy Supreme” with a red sauce, fresh mozzarella cheese, spicy sausage, jalapeños, pepperoni, mushrooms, hot honey, and grated parmesan cheese. Guests can order a pie for $28 or a slice for $5.25. Pop Up Pizza is open Sunday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
BOTTIGLIA HONORS PRIDE MONTH WITH THEMED COCKTAILS: Bottiglia Cucina & Enoteca at Green Valley Ranch, which opens daily at 4 p.m., is celebrating Las Vegas PRIDE month with festive cocktails throughout October. Bottiglia’s specialty cocktails, priced at $16, include the Elyx Butterfly made with Absolut Elyx, Lillet Blanc, jasmine tea, lemon juice, orange blossom honey and garnished with an orange wedge; the Pornstar Martini made with Absolut Vanilla, passion fruit puree, vanilla syrup, pineapple and garnished with passionfruit; and the Casino Royale made with Absolut Elyx, cherry liqueur, ruby grapefruit juice, Lillet Blanc and champagne, garnished with grapefruit and an edible flower.
FERRARO’S NEXT TASTE & LEARN EVENT IS OCT. 22: Ferraro’s Ristorante’s next monthly Taste & Learn will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 5 p.m. The October event spotlights wines from the Luigi Baudana and G.D. Vajra wineries located in Barolo, a community in Northern Italy’s Piedmont region. Renowned for the unparalleled red wines they produce, G.D. Vajra’s winemaking history dates to the 1880s. Tickets for the all-inclusive wine and food pairings experience are $99, call 702-364-5300.
POP-UP RIDESHARE LAUNCHES IN LAS VEGAS: Pop-Up Rideshare, a first-of-its-kind transportation resource operating in conjunction with large-scale events, announces its launch in Las Vegas. Distinguishing it from other rideshare companies, Pop-Up Rideshare was created to drive event attendees to download its corporate partners’ mobile apps to redeem complimentary rides during major conventions and events. The industry-disrupting rideshare company’s unique application programming interface (API) and software development kit (SDK) set the company apart from its competitors, while enabling brands to build goodwill by offering free rideshare service to their target audiences during high-demand transit times. Ideal for experiential marketing firms, destination management companies and other corporations planning large-scale events, Pop-Up Rideshare offers an array of customizable promotional packages for corporate sponsors. Package features include not only complimentary rideshare service and targeted lead generation through downloads of the Pop-Up Rideshare mobile app or corporate sponsors’ mobile apps, but also vinyl car wrapping and tablet video marketing. This month, during SITE NITE North America on Monday, Oct. 10, Pop-Up Rideshare will provide 50 cars from its fleet of 500 luxe, branded rideshare vehicles during the event. Event attendees will be eligible to redeem free rides via mobile app throughout the evening.
WILLIAM SHATNER DINES AT THE BOOTLEGGER: Star Trek icon, movie and television actor William Shatner returned recently to The Bootlegger Bistro on the “South Strip” to enjoy some of his favorite Italian specialties with friends, family patriarch Dennis Bono and CRN Network president and founder Mike Horn. Singer Bono is the star of “The Dennis Bono Musical Variety Show” broadcast worldwide weekly from the showroom at South Point before a live audience.
WYNN HOSTS LAS VEGAS CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE: The all-star automotive Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance will be held at the Wynn Gold Club Oct. 28-30. The event will include the rare opportunity to view an ultra-elite selection of today’s most coveted hypercars, from McLalren’s open-rooftop Elva to Bugatti’s Divo and the four-seater Koenigsegg Gemera. With as few as 10 made per model, these limited-edition vehicles offer an entrée into a singular class of auto aficionados. Surrounding these spectacular examples of automotive design will be a series of unforgettable events, celebrations and VIP experiences. Tickets can be reserved on the event’s website.