BRETT’S VEGAS VIEW by Jackie Brett
BRITNEY SPEARS WILL END HER LAS VEGAS SHOW DEC. 31: Britney Spears, the first contemporary pop superstar with a Las Vegas residency, has announced the final 18 show dates for her record-breaking “Britney: Piece of Me” at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood, which will be Sept. 3 through Dec. 31, 2017. Her next previously-announced 21 performances will start on May 3. General ticket prices range from $59 to $229.
MEL BROOKS WILL VISIT WYNN LAS VEGAS: Mel Brooks the Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony winning actor, writer, producer, and director will perform at Wynn on Friday and Saturday, June 30 and July 1 in the Encore Theater. “An Evening With Mel Brooks” will provide a behind-the-scenes look into his extraordinary life and career. The rare onstage event will combine personal anecdotes with stand-up comedy and film clips of his most memorable work, which includes “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein,” and “The Producers” as well as the TV series “Get Smart,” and “2000 Year Old Man” comedy albums and books. Tickets start at $75.
LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM-CHRISTINE MCVIE WILL VISIT PARK THEATER: Longtime collaborators and Fleetwood Mac members, Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie, have teamed up for their first duo record with 10 songs being released by Atlantic Records on June 9. The duo will hit the road on a U.S. tour with a stop at Park Theater at Monte Carlo supported by The Wallflowers on Saturday, July 22 at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $45-$159.
MOB MUSEUM’S PROHIBITION DISPLAY WILL HAVE DISTILLERY-SPEAKEASY: Part of The Mob Museum’s improvement project downtown will be a comprehensive Prohibition Era history experience with a working distillery and speakeasy. The new immersive exhibits with multimedia displays, objects and artifacts will debut in 2018 and occupy the museum’s basement level. Prohibition famously shut down thousands of breweries and distilleries across America, but it didn’t eliminate the public’s desire for alcohol. Instead brewing and distilling of booze became the purview of organized crime syndicates. In the museum’s speakeasy, guests will encounter exhibits documenting the culture of the 1920s while enjoying the ambiance of a fully operational tavern.
CÉLINE DION ADDS MORE CAESARS PALACE DATES INCLUDING DEC. 31: Céline Dion has added 37 more show dates to her residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace including New Year’s Eve. This summer, in between runs of her Las Vegas residency performances, she will hit the road with her LIVE 2017 European Tour comprising 25 dates across Sweden, The UK, The Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Germany and Scotland. Last month Dion launched her first line of fashion accessories with more than 200 articles, including handbags and luggage ensembles. The Céline Dion Collection will be available in stores in September 2017.
VOGUES, DIAMONDS ARE PART OF ANNUAL SUMMER OF FUN AT CANNERY: KOOL and KJUL radio stations will present the 15th Annual Summer of Fun Kick Off at the Cannery, which will be a concert and festival event featuring craft vendors, food trucks, a classic car show and entertainment by vocal quartet The Vogues, The Diamonds, The Outsiders and Shades of Blue on Saturday, May 27. Doors to the festival open at 4 p.m. Tickets start at $5.
COMEDIAN BOB SAGET BRINGS HIS TOUR TO BROOKLYN BOWL: Self-proclaimed “Dirty Daddy” and Grammy-nominated stand-up comedian Bob Saget is bringing his signature off-color comedy style to Brooklyn Bowl on Friday, May 26 at 7 p.m. General admission standing tickets start at $30, seated tickets at $39.50, and VIP Meet and Greet packages at $100. Saget was America’s favorite dad on the family-friendly ‘90s TV series “Full House” and the former host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos.” Yet he has never been afraid to embrace his darker raunchy and even produced R-rated comedies such as “Farce of the Penguins.”
‘THE PAUL LYNDE SHOW’ OPENS AT BALLY’S WITH MICHAEL AIRINGTON: “The Paul Lynde Show” written and performed by comedian and celebrity impersonator Michael Airington opened in the Windows Showroom at Bally’s. The one-man 2 p.m. afternoon show celebrates the life of the legendary comedian, Paul Lynde. It is based on the comedian’s 1976 live theater production of the same name and features voice overs by Peter Marshall, the master of “Hollywood Squares,” and a live three-man band.
DAVE CHAPPELLE BRINGS COMEDY TO MANDALAY BAY EVENTS CENTER: Comedian Dave Chappelle will headline at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Friday, May 5 at 9 p.m. Chappelle recently made his return to the screen with a pair of stand-up specials exclusively on Netflix. His film career began in 1993 as Ahchoo in Mel Brooks’ “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” and he starred in the ABC’s series “Buddies.” Tickets range in price from $59 to $279.
TROPICANA’S HAVANA ROOM WILL OPEN ‘MEN OF THE STRIP’ REVUE: This spring the Tropicana will be following the entertainment trend in Las Vegas and launching the multi-faceted all-male cabaret show “Men of the Strip” in the resort’s Havana Room. Tickets will be $49.99 for general admission, $59.99 for a table, and $79.99 for a VIP table.
CLOSED LAX NIGHTCLUB AT LUXOR WILL BECOME E-SPORTS ARENA: Keeping up with the changing times and recognizing the growing number of millennials visiting Las Vegas and their interests, the closed LAX nightclub at the Luxor is being converted into the Strip’s first multi-level e-sports arena with the capacity to host 1,000 people. With a goal to open early next year, the venue will feature a competition stage, LED video wall, daily gaming stations, food and drink and a streaming and television-quality production studio.
FLAMINGO GO POOL WILL PRESENT SUNDAY NIGHT CONCERT SERIES: Sugar Ray and Everclear are booked for the initial lineup of the Night Jams concert series on Sundays at the Flamingo GO Pool. The series features artists who dominated the international airwaves in the ‘90s and beyond. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with an opening act at 7 p.m. and the headliner at 8 p.m. First up will be Sugar Ray on Sunday, June 25, with front man Mark McGrath hosting Day Beats at the Flamingo GO Pool on Saturday, June 24. Everclear will perform on Sunday, July 16. The band is celebrating the milestone 20th anniversary of their 1997 multi-platinum smash “So Much For The Afterglow.” Tickets for Sugar Ray and Everclear are $33.25 at Ticketmaster.
RED ROCK BOOKS SECOND DATE FOR ‘STRAIGHT OUTTA OZ’: Because his Saturday, May 6 “Straight Outta Oz” show at Red Rock Resort in Rocks Lounge sold out, Todrick Hall has added a Sunday, May 8 performance at 4 p.m. Tickets start at $35. Broadway Actor, MTV star, “American Idol” ninth season finalist and Streamy Award winner Hall, who has choreographed for Beyoncé, is putting a new twist on L. Frank Baum’s creation, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” With more than 20 original songs, Hall is bringing the American classic to life. Hall tells the tale of his adventures from a small town in Texas, to the big Emerald City lights of “Oz Angeles.” Hall was part of the Tony Award-winning musical “Memphis” and starred as Lola in the Tony Award-winning hit musical “Kinky Boots” on Broadway.
AUSTRALIAN DUO AIR SUPPLY WILL RETURN TO ORLEANS SHOWROOM: Soft rock group Air Supply will visit The Orleans Showroom again May 26-28. Tickets start at $39.95. In 1975, Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock got together to form Air Supply. They met at rehearsals for “Jesus Christ Superstar” in Sydney, Australia, and became instant friends with their common love for The Beatles and singing. Early in their musical career, the duo performed throughout Australia and began winning fans with hit singles like “Love and Other Bruises.” Later they gained international recognition as Rod Stewart’s opening act for his North American tour.
TUSCANY HOSTS ANNUAL HEALTH HEALING HAPPINESS CONFERENCE: Belsandia.com will present the sixth annual Health, Healing & Happiness conference Friday-Sunday, June 9-11 at the Tuscany. This is now the largest event in Nevada for nutrition and natural solutions for the whole body, mind and spirit. Eleven world-class speakers along with renowned vegan chefs will offer presentations about nutrition, fitness, spirituality and personal development. Attendees will have a chance to visit the Holistic Health Expo and welcome reception, to win raffle prizes, to attend yoga and fitness classes, network and much more. Cost for the full weekend is $109 – $189; and Day Passes are $69-$129.
2017 MONSTER ENERGY AMA SUPERCROSS FINALS COME TO VEGAS: Tickets are still available for the 2017 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, happening Saturday, May 6 at Sam Boyd Stadium. Tickets start at $46. Monster Energy Supercross is part aerial excitement and part high-speed chase, with riders launching 225-pound motorcycles upwards of 30 feet in the air at high speed. In the ultimate battle of man and machine, only one rider will be rewarded for pushing his body and his bike to the absolute limit. The Pit Party starting at noon provides a behind-the-scenes look at the sport, unparalleled access to meet the riders and to see the bikes, and the opportunity to buy merchandise. The Pit Party costs $20 at the gate, or you can get free access by recycling an empty can of Monster Energy. Restrictions and additional charges may apply.
SUPER SUMMER THEATRE WILL START UP IN MAY: The outdoor Super Summer Theatre’s 2017 season at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park will open with two special concert-like performances of Rodger and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” on May 19 and 20. This is the first time in the theatre’s 43-year history where amateurs are taking center stage in an effort to raise funds for theatrical productions and education programs. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 the day of the show, and $75 VIP. The season will continue with: The Wedding Singer” June 7-24; “In The Heights” July 12-29; “Man of La Mancha” Aug 9-26; and Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein” on Sept. 7-23.
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Tape Face from “American’s Got Talent” is winding down his limited engagement at the Flamingo with shows April 18-May 7 at 8 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Then he will take off on his U.S. tour in May.
The 11th annual Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit, one of the country’s top food, wine and spirits star-studded epicurean festivals, presented by sponsor Chase Sapphire®, will take place April 27-30. Tickets are still available for some events and 12 are completely sold out.
Casa De Shenandoah, Wayne Newton’s home is introducing new kid-friendly animal adventure tours lasting close to two hours and highlighting Arabian horses, the exotic animal exhibit featuring Penguin Island, Monkey Manor, Wallaby World and more.
The Nevada SPCA will present Animals in Wonderland: Chapter 7 at Casa de Shenandoah on Thursday, April 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. The $150 fundraiser will include Mad Hatter party characters, wine, tea and desserts, silent and live auctions, and adoptable rescue animals.
A special Peter Pan Dinner Theater experience is being offered on Thursday, May 4 starting with dinner, a show preview along with Q&A with cast member and the director on the stage of the Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall from 6-7 p.m. A performance of “Peter Pan” will follow in the Judy Bayley Theater at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $75.
For the 16th Trivia Challenge Night, the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation (NCCF) will hold its adult fundraising challenge for the “Most Valuable Brain” title at the Sam’s Town Live Theatre on Saturday, April 29 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $30.
In conjunction with National Travel and Tourism Week, Valley High School Academy of Hospitality and Tourism (AOHT) is organizing its 3rd Annual “Golf FORE Dummy’s” Tournament to show support for Las Vegas’ No. 1 industry – Tourism. The golf tournament will be held Wednesday, May 3 from 1-5 p.m. at Desert Pines Golf Club.
Andre’s Bistro & Bar, owned and operated by Stacked Hospitality in a casual neighborhood setting, has won seven OpenTable Diners’ Choice Awards.
Crazy Horse III gentlemen’s club will host celebrity actress and model Courtney Stodden’s divorce party on Friday, April 28. She was married to actor Doug Hutchinson when he was 51 and she was 16.
PHANTOGRAM RETURNS TO BROOKLYN BOWL: The Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel duo– better known as the electro-rock outfit Phantogram – are headed back to Brooklyn Bowl at The Linq Promenade on Wednesday, April 19 at 8:30 p.m. General admission tickets start at $29.50. Phantogram returns to Brooklyn Bowl for the first time since their 2016 album “Three” was released. The album was heavily influenced by the death of Barthel’s sister and Carter’s close friend by suicide.
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY FESTIVAL HOLDS GLOBAL WARMING DEBATE: The upcoming nine-day Las Vegas Science and Technology Festival will present “Global Warming: Hoax, Doomsday or What?” a climate change debate featuring Dr. Michael Shermer and James Taylor, moderated by local meteorologist Nathan Tannenbaum on Wednesday, May 3 at 6:30 p.m., inside the Windmill Library Performing Arts Center at 7060 W. Windmill Lane (registration is required). Shermer is publisher of “Skeptic” magazine and executive director of the Skeptics Society. Taylor is president of the Spark the Freedom Foundation.
ROYAL LINKS UNVEILS ‘HEROES CARD’ DISCOUNT PROGRAM: Royal Links Golf Club at 5995 Vegas Valley Drive has initiated a discount program for veterans, military personnel and first responders as well as paramedics, hospital employees and educators are eligible. The “Hero Card” for $99 will provide substantial reductions for golf rates, dining and the pro shop at the facility for a year after purchase.
The card includes a $49 rate for rounds on the course, 20 percent off in the pro shop and 15 percent off at Stymie’s Pub. Cardholders also receive 10 percent off for guests booked online and a free round on their birthday.