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May 20, 2013
David Perrico Pop Evolution Begins Extended Engagement at Stratosphere Theater
A new musical big band production is debuting tomorrow night May 21 at Stratosphere Theater with trumpeter, conductor and composer David Perrico, his 18-piece band Pop Evolution and the vocal talents of Naomi Mauro and Savannah Smith who will be playing twice a month. David Perrico Pop Evolution will appear every first and third Tuesday of the month at 10:30 p.m. (doors open at 10 p.m.) with tickets priced at a reasonable $20. Half of all proceeds at the door will be donated to the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, a magnet public high school in the Clark Country School District dedicated to the performing and visual arts. For reservations stop by Stratosphere Ticketing, online at Stratospherehotel.com or call (800) 99-TOWER.
Legends in Concert At Flamingo Achieves Milestone with Thirty Years on the Strip
Still going strong after packing in the crowds for the past 30 years is the sensational tribute production Legends in Concert. Throughout their three decade run, Legends has performed 18,000 shows along the famed Strip. Over 500 tribute artists have been featured and the cast changes frequently bringing the show up to date with who’s who in the list of great entertainers. Legends in Concert are proud to be the only Las Vegas show that offers a matinee six days a week at 4 p.m. plus their nightly 9 p.m. shows Sunday-Friday (dark Saturday). Tickets to the family-friendly production start at $49.95 for adults and $26.85 for children. For reservations, call (702) 777-7776 or visit www.flamingolasvegas.com.
Alize at Palms Introduces Pre-Theater Dining and South Point Adds Affordable Lunch Specials
If you are planning to see a show at The Pearl Concert Theater inside Palms Casino Resort, Alize, one of their intimate restaurants located on the 56th floor with a fantastic view is now offering a new three course Pre-Theater menu for $75 per person beginning at 5:30 p.m. For reservations, call (702) 951-7000. For a real meal deal, check out South Point Hotel where they are now serving several midday specials such as lunch at Big Sur Oyster Bar and Coronado Café for $7.95 and Baja Miguel’s for $9.95. Save even more money with a visit to Steak ‘n Shake where four meals are listed under $4!
A Look into the Past of the Golden Gate Hotel & Casino
If walls could talk! A lot of history fills the confines of downtown’s Golden Gate Hotel & Casino. This famed property began its journey at the corner of Fremont and Main Street, now the bustling site of the Fremont Street Experience, one hundred and eight years ago and is still standing today! When it opened in 1906, guests were charged a buck a day to stay in a 10’ X 10’ non-air conditioned room. Casino winnings were said to be $5-$100 per day from gamblers. In 1907, the Golden Nugget was the first hotel to go high-tech by installing a phone with the number listed as 1. During the early years of Prohibition, alcoholic drinks were masqueraded in coffee cups in order to keep the customers satisfied with sneaking a drink with no hassle from the law. Today, over a hundred years later, the Golden Gate property remains on of the most affordable places to stay in the downtown area with standard rooms ranging from $39 to $79 a night. Last year, they undertook their first renovation in 50 years by adding 14 luxury suites which are priced from $89-$199 per night. Single bets of $5 to $100 are still welcome throughout the casino and the new high limit room accepts wagers up to $5,000. For room reservations, call (866) 599-6674.
A Memorable Memorial Day Weekend Planned for Las Vegas
If you are heading up to Vegas for Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-27, you can expect big crowds celebrating the holiday with you. This extended four-day holiday is always one of the busiest to welcome in the summer season. Here are just a few ideas where you can get the best bang for your buck. Marquee Nightclub and Dayclub at The Cosmopolitan will be presenting United We Stay, a fun weekend of poolside and dance parties beginning May 24 and continuing through May 27 with entertainment. For times and ticket prices visit http://bit.ly/12FlvE. On Friday, May 24 at 8 p.m., the sexy ladies of FANTASY (playing at Luxor) will make the trek across the Strip to the Rockhouse, located at The Venetian’s Grand Canal Shoppes and will tease the guests as they test their skills with a ride one the famous mechanical bulls. Patrons will also enjoy the new $10 “Bottomless Bikinis Bar,” available to all ladies wearing pool-side garb from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. More weekend fun will be at Tacos and Tequila (T&T) inside the Luxor with $3 tacos and drinks as low as $5 for Dos Equis and $8 Micheladas drink specials flowing from Friday-Monday. DJ music will be provided from 8 p.m.-11 p.m. T & T will feature their signature Mariachi Brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. On the entertainment scene, funny man Bill Cosby returns to the Treasure Island Theatre May 24 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $59, plus tax and service fees. For reservations, call (866) 712-9308. Three days of Memorial Day weekend entertainment is offered at Palms with Wiz Khalifia performing on Friday, May 24 at the resort’s famous pool party Ditch Fridays. Upstairs, ghostbar welcomes DJ Jazzy Jeff. On Saturday, May 25, Big Sean continues Ditch Weekend with a live gig at Palms Pool. Finishing up the weekend is Carefree Nation and Socialclair Group with Chris Brown at Palms Pool with Kid Conrad finishing up at ghostbar. Palms Pool entertainment begins at noon, ghostbar at 8 p.m. and Moonbar Nightclub opens at 10:30 p.m. National Wine Day is designated on Saturday, May 25 and Public House at Luxor will be offering half-priced glasses and bottles of vino. All of Caesars Entertainment properties will celebrate the weekend with pool parties, live entertainment, drink specials and giveaways. A lot of eye candy will be on display at Planet Hollywood’s Pleasure Pool with the sexy presentation of their annual bikini contest on Saturday, May 25. Contestants have a chance at winning their share of over $5,000 in prize money. For a complete rundown of activities, visit www.caesars.com. DayDream, the Pool Club at M Resort opens Memorial Weekend with cabana and daybed rentals available throughout the summer. Bad Boy Charlie Sheen will be making an appearance at Sapphire Pool and Dayclub on May 25.
Golden Nugget Opens New Baccarat Pit
Baccarat seems to be gaining momentum on casino floors, not only on the Strip, but downtown as well. The D has been offering it for a while and just last week the Golden Nugget added a baccarat pit featuring four tables able to accommodate up to 32 players at once plus three 60’’ televisions and a small lounge.
Poolside Monday Movie Nights at the Cosmopolitan
Beginning Monday, May 27, The Cosmopolitan will host weekly family movies under the stars. Dive-In Movies at Boulevard Pool will be shown at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. with each film being different so guests can make it a double feature. If you are bedding down at the resort, there is no charge. All other movie fans will have to pay $3. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
South Point Signs 12-Year Deal to Host USBC Championship Events
South Point Hotel & Casino, famous for their premier bowling center has signed a 12-year deal with the United States Bowling Congress (USBC), Las Vegas Events (LVE), and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCA) to be the host property for several bowling events each year including the annual USBC Open Championships and USBC Women’s Championships in the new $30 million bowling tournament starting this year.
The Venetian and Palazzo Embark on Three-Month Carnevale Celebration
May 27 marks the return of the family-orientated three-month summer Carnevale celebration at The Venetian and Palazzo for the second consecutive year. This year’s festival, which continues through September 8, will be expanded to feature 300 separate entertainment, art, fashion, games, music and wine experiences. For additional information, log on to www.venetian.com/carnevale or www.palazzo.com/carnevale.
Luxor Hosts Temptations Sundays for Fifth Summer
For the fifth summer, Luxor has brought back Temptation Sundays, the longest-running Las Vegas LGBT pool party. This years events will once again search for “The Tempter” in a contest hosted by TV personality Jaymes Vaughn a contestant from CBS’ The Amazing Race. Deluxe cabanas with LCD TVs and fridges are available for a full-day rental starting at $250. Plush daybeds are going for $150 and other VIP seating options start at $40. Temptation Sundays is held every Sunday through September 8 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Luxor’s North Pool. General admission is $20; Las Vegas locals, Luxor and Excalibur guests, military, police and fire personnel are just $10. VIP guest list subscribers receive free entry until 2 p.m. by texting “Vegas” to 77948. For additional information, visit Luxor.com/LGBT.
Palms Pool Launches “Cabanas for a Cause” Fundraiser”
“Cabanas for a Cause” is a community charity event going on at Palms Pool through August 12, 2013 on selected Mondays. All proceeds from a $100 cabana rental are being donated to worthy, local non-profit organizations. Monday, June 10, donations will be made to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Las Vegas; June 17, Special Olympics Nevada will be the recipient; on June 24, The Center, which supports the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, will benefit from the donations. Other charities being assisted throughout the summer are Three Square Food Bank on July 8; HELP on July 15; Lily Clair Foundation on July 29, Grant a Gift Autism Foundation on August 5 and Conkerr Cancer on August 12. Guest DJs will entertain from 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Menu items and refreshing drinks will be available. Children 16 and younger are welcome with a paid adult. Reserve your cabanas in advance by calling (702) 942-6832 or by e-mailing email@example.com
Luxor’s FANTASY Production Honors Military Members with Discounts on Ticket Prices
Beginning Memorial Day, May 27, FANTASY, playing at Luxor is saluting our troops, both veterans and active-duty military personal with two tickets to see the show. The price for a single ticket is normally $39, but if you present your valid ID you will receive two tickets for the price of one. This offer is valid through the end of June. FANTASY performs nightly at 10:30 p.m. Call (702) 262-4400.
SHe By Morton’s Combines Stylish Fashion and Chic Cocktails at “Fabrik Fridays”
Every Friday, SHe by Morton’s will showcase celebrated fashion lines at “Fabrik Fridays” at Eva Longoria’s boutique steakhouse located at the main entrance of ARIA. Three stylish fashion shows a week at 7, 9 and 11 p.m. will feature live DJ sets, entertainers, delicious food and Bacardi drink specials. The fashion collections will parade down the 30-foot runway winding through the main dining room. During the event, SHe will offer five cocktails priced at $9 each. For more information and reservations, call (702) 254-2376,
Grab a Chip and a Chair for Rio’s 2013 World Series of Poker Marathon
On Wednesday, May 29, the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino will be hosting the 44th Annual World Series of Poker which concludes with the Main Event beginning on July 7 and ending July 15 when the final table is reached. Kicking off the weekend marathon will be a new “Millionaire Maker” where one lucky player could transform a $1,500 buy-in to a whopping $1 million! The event kicks off June 1. For a complete rundown of the scheduled events, which are open to anyone, log on to their website at WSOP.com. Even if you don’t have the nerve to sit in on one of the qualifying sessions, the general public is invited to come and watch the action going on at the Rio.
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