Note: This is a past article from January 14, 2012
You can find the current Las Vegas Entertainment Tidbits article HERE
JANUARY ENTERTAINMENT TIDBITS
By Z.Z. ZORN
Vegas Magic Theatre at the GOLD
COAST blends the exceptional abilities of three to four acts into a fast-paced
70-minute showcase of skill, guaranteed to amuse and confuse. Paul
Stone has put together a cast of magicians, masters of illusion and
outstanding variety and specialty acts from around the world. Every week,
Vegas Magic Theatre presents a
completely new line-up of creative, trend-setting acts from across the globe,
creating an original experience each time audiences visit.
Ben Stone - Host
Theatre is hosted by Paul‘s son Ben Stone, an affable, talented, singer,
magician and all-around performer,
A special entertainment treat one hour prior to show time,
audiences are invited into the Magic Lounge in the front of the Theatre to enjoy
close-up magic performed by sleight-of-hand artists. Vegas Magic Theatre show times are Thursday, Friday
and Sunday at 7 p.m., and Saturday at 5 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are only $14.95.
Nevada Ballet Theatre (NBT) is honoring Eva Longoria
as its 'Woman of the Year' on Saturday, January 28. An actress, producer, philanthropist
and activist, Eva Longoria began her career acting on several soap operas
including the long-running "The Young & The Restless," but it wasn't until she
landed the role as the saucy and sexy 'Gabrielle Solis' on ABC's Desperate
Housewives that she achieved worldwide prominence.
Eva maintains a giving spirit and her charitable
work is impressive, specifically her work with 'Eva's Heroes' which she founded.
NBT will celebrate her many accomplishments and shed light on her philanthropic
endeavors - a side not often seen by the public – as she is honored at NBT’s
& White Ball.
The Black & White Ball is one of the most highly
attended events of the social season, hosting an array of local celebrities,
dignitaries,VIPs and arts
supporters. Since 1985, this star-studded gala has enabled NBT to present
professional company dance productions, quality dance instruction within its
affiliated Academy and expose students in at-risk communities to the art form of
dance through its outreach program, Future Dance.
Past honorees of the Black & White Ball
include luminaries of the stage and screen such as Debbie Reynolds
, Celine Dion, Bette Midler,
. Nevada Ballet
Theatre honored these legendary women for their dedication to the world of arts
and entertainment and many of them have enjoyed a special connection to Las
Vegas. RSVP to (702) 243-2623 x 222
or by email email@example.com
This CHINESE NEW
YEAR, January 23 to February 5. the YEAR OF THE
DRAGON is an exceptionally powerful and lucky symbol and Las Vegas will abound
with a variety of Chinese New Year events.
THE PALAZZO in
the Waterfall & Atrium Gardens brings an oriental sanctuary to The Chinese New
Year 2012, The signature attraction is suspended 19
feet in the air and measures a staggering 128-feet and 8,000 pounds. The feng
shui-designed zodiac took more than a year to create with 50 designers, welders
and painters from across the globe.
According to feng shui practices, it is good luck and will remove
obstacles in the New Year when you visit the dragon and walk around it three
times in a clockwise motion. The red and gold water dragon ceremonial dragon
dance is at 1 p.m. on Jan. 23 and will breathe fire and smoke at select times
the first week of Chinese New Year.
is more of a local resort, but they are inviting locals and
tourists alike to celebrate the Chinese New Year on Monday, Jan. 23.as they host
a traditional Chinese lion and dragon dance performed by the Lohan School of Shaolin. The
dance will include a 30-person assembly with a 63-foot dragon including adult
and baby lion dancers, Buddhas, musicians and
festive flags. The dance will begin in the lobby to chase away evil spirits. The
M will also recognize the New Year with festive décor including tangerine trees,
welcome banners and lanterns.
THE GOLD COAST
is the place where the Chinese New Year will be celebratedwith The Lohan School
of Shaolin who will perform a traditional Lion Dance
parade February 1 at 7:30 and 10 p.m. The parade includes several dragons, a
percussion procession and characters that will make several stops in the Casino
to pull ceremonial lettuce from the ceiling and toss the leaves to spectators.
Being hit by a piece of lettuce during a Lion Dance parade is considered
particularly lucky, and is an auspicious way to begin the New Year.
Chinese New Year decorations and lucky citrus trees will adorn the casino and
popular restaurants Ping Pang Pong and Noodle Exchange will serve authentic
Chinese dishes.There will be multiple gaming promotions and drawings for $16,800
in promotional chips on January 23 and 30, and a $5,000 Slot Hot Seat contest on
January 28. Complete details are available at www.goldcoastcasino.com.
George Wallace, FLAMINGO headliner in the “I Be
Thinkin” show welcomes all active United
States military members with a valid military ID to come see his show for free throughout 2012. Military
members will each receive one free ticket to see “The new Mr. Vegas” in return
for the support and dedication they have given the country.
Kid Rock returns with two special, intimate shows at
House of Blues located
inside MANDALAY BAY onJan. 27 and Jan. 28 at 9 p.m.
Kid Rock has hosted the CMT Awards and has performed
at events ranging from the Grammy awards,VMAs and EMAs to Hip
Hop Honors and the CMAs.
He has performed for and visited troops overseas
numerous times, and remains one of entertainment’s most vocal supporters of our
soldiers abroad. At the same time he has been expanding his philanthropic
efforts through his own Kid Rock
Foundation. Tickets start at $104.
Sammy Hagar’s CABO WABO
CANTINA inside Miracle Mile Shops at PLANET HOLLYWOOD
will celebrate its
2 year birthday
with a week-long extravaganza starting Monday, Jan.
23 through Sunday, Jan. 29. The popular Mexican restaurant and bar will offer
guests food and drink specials, live entertainment and plenty of prizes,
including an autographed guitar from Sammy Hagar himself.
Those feeling extra brave will
have the chance to take Sammy Hagar’s personal stage to sing their hearts out at
Red Rocker Karaoke for a chance to win $500 both Tuesday and Wednesday night.
Guests will rock out to their favorite Sammy songs as Hagar tribute band OU182
takes the stage Friday night at 11 p.m. Plus, Friday night guests will also have
a chance to win a Sammy Hagar autographed guitar.
Every Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 p.m. - midnight, WABO
CANTINA plays host to Jimmy Z’s “Star Search Celebrity Karaoke.” Locals and
tourists alike are encouraged to come in and release their inner rock-star by
singing along to thousands of songs.
On Sunday nights, Jimmy Z from the hit show, “Name That Tune Live” at IMPERIAL
PALACE, teams up with M.C. Brandy Beavers to create the ultimate karaoke
experience. Guests are invited to let loose and sing their hearts out on Sammy
Hagar’s personal stage.
Las Vegas headliner
and Broadway veteran, Rick Faugnoperforms a self-titled
show in The Lounge at the
PALMS on Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 17 at 9 p.m. Faugno has performed for packed houses in Las Vegas for
the past four years. His lead role as Frankie Valli in “Jersey Boys,” his one-
man show, “Songs My Idols Sang (and Danced)” and his latest show, “Body & Soul”
at Las Vegas Hilton earned him numerous accolades.
In Faugno’s new one-man show,
audiences will experience a combination of the upbeat New Classic Vegas styles
of Blues, Jazz, Soul, Pop, Rock, and Latin variety. His journey of self-
expression includes music by innovative performers such as James Brown, Sammy
Davis, Jr., Michael Jackson, and Frank Sinatra, as well as original tracks
Faugno wrote himself.Tickets are $15
(including tax and service charge).
On Jan. 6, Faugno took a hiatus – duration to be announced - from
his show, “Body & Soul,” in Shimmer Cabaret at LAS VEGAS HILTON.
BARGAIN!The Riviera Hotel & Casino adds Confessions of a Rock Star to its Dinner & Show package
lineup. Now, $25 per person plus taxes and fees includes one general
admission ticket to Pat DiNizio’s Confessions of a Rock Star and
entry into The Riv Buffet.Guests can feast on a variety of Chinese,
Mexican, Italian, and American/barbecue dishes at The Riv Buffet before taking
in the sights and sounds of Confessions of
a Rock Star, starring Pat DiNizio, who gained fame as lead singer of
The Smithereens. Without the Dinner and Show package, tickets are $29.95 plus
taxes & fees for General Admission and $19.95 plus taxes & fees for Nevada locals.Confessions
Rock Star is an
in-depth look into Pat DiNizio’s journey from garbage man to platinum selling
artist. The show covers DiNizio’s 32-year career in rock and roll and pays
homage to his musical heroes, including Buddy Holly and The Beatles. A live band performs the hits that shaped
DiNizio’s childhood and all of the chart-topping songs that he sang with The
Smithereens. Video screens showcasing rare film footage and photos accompany the
musical journey from small town life in New Jersey to rock and roll stardom.
will appear at THE ORLEANS Showroom for
a two-night engagement, January 27 and 28 at 8 p.m.
With more than 30 years of performing his trademark stand-up act in theaters and
showrooms, Bob Saget is known nationally from his
two long-running series on ABC -- “Full House” and “America’s Funniest Home
today is his adult-
themed brand of comedy, dealing with life as a single dad,
dating, divorce and any questions you had about “Full House.” In 2007, Saget
filmed the HBO comedy special “Bob Saget: That Ain’t Right.” Later in the year,
he wrote, directed, produced and voiced-over the film “Farce of the Penguins,”
which also starred the voices of Samuel L. Jackson, Christina Applegate, Lewis
Black, Tracy Morgan, Mo’Nique and fifty of comedy’s biggest names.Tickets from $39.95, plus tax.
Adult Film Star
and Las Vegas Vixen, SUNSET THOMAS is something of a footnote on the menu at
House at the PLAZA CASINO in Downtown Las Vegas. The Steakhouse (billed as providing Beef
—Booze—Broads) won’t let you down (a promise Sunset is fond of making herself!)
“Hizzoner is the hippest,” howls Sunset. “The girls
he has working the room are far more than eye candy—they’re engaging and so hot—
the bar is classy and the view from the dining room is as hip as any in town.
Now when I hear Petula Clark’s song Downtown, I
can’t help but think she’s singing about Downtown Vegas!”
Sunset, of course, has a simple little stake in
the menu offering. You see, about a year ago she interviewed the Mayor for
doghouseboxing.com. At the time she signed an 8x10 photo of herself with the
words, “I wish I had an Oscar Mayor Wiener.” “I guess it stuck,” cooed the curvy
courtesan, “because that line has made its way onto the menu in the form of Veal
Shank (pun intended, I’m sure) called “Oscar’s Mayor Weiner Schnitzel.”
Crazy Horse III, located inside PLAYGROUND adult
nightlife complex, will host the sexiest celebration in Sin City during the
Adult Entertainment Expo, including meet–and-greets with top adult starlet Sunny
Leone and an AVN after party hosted by the legend himself, Ron Jeremy, from
Wednesday, Jan. 18, until Saturday, Jan. 21.
Crazy Horse III features hundreds of gorgeous female
entertainers, three tantalizing stages, oversized chairs, a main room framing an
enormous dance platform and an opulent VIP room. Crazy Horse III is part of PLAYGROUND, a lavish destination
that offers nightlife and dancing as well as some of the best sushi in the city.
Guests may take advantage of the hot spot’s complimentary transportation,
pending availability, by calling 702-673-1700.
Gallery Nightclub at PLANET HOLLYWOOD been known for
its ability to divulge revelers’ deepest desires and on Thursday, Jan. 19, it
will be time to celebrate those carnal cravings with the Fantasy Masquerade Ball, hosted byBluebird Films adult
star, Dylan Ryder.
and lavish bash will promise to tap into every club-goers’ most daring fantasy,
especially for those in town for the Adult Entertainment Expo, Sin City’s
sexiest annual convention.
is open from 10 p.m. until 4 a.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and
Saturday. Call 702-818-5700 for reservations.
HARRAH’s headliner Comedy-Magician Mac
King will perform a special benefit show Friday, Jan. 27
Rochester, Minn. at “Mending Minds: A Magical Gala for Autism.” King joins a
masterful lineup of entertainers including his childhood friend, Master Magician
Lance Burton, Comedian Bob Zany and the comedy & juggling of Michael
SILVERTON CASINO presents. Friday Night Live
7 to 10 p.m. Get ready to party for free every Friday night inside Veil Pavilion by enjoying a variety of old school bands.
The night will be hosted by 105.7 The Oasis as they take guests back to their
favorite songs from the past. The lineup will include performances by Block
Party Jan. 20 and Phil Flowers Jan. 27.No cover
and drink specials throughout the night.
There is also a Party Pit with food and drink specials during the evening along with Model Dealers
and other exciting entertainment Thursday – Saturday 6 p.m. to close at the Shady Grove Lounge
Actor, Peter Facinelli from “The
Twilight Saga” series will celebrate the overwhelming success of The Twilight
Saga: Breaking Dawn at PARIS’ Chateau
Nightclub & Gardens on Saturday, Jan. 28. Aside from his successful
role as Carlisle Cullen in The Twilight movies, the
Queens, N.Y. native is a regular on “Nurse Jackie,” the hit Showtime series, as
Dr. Fitch ‘Coop’ Cooper. The favorite vampire father plays the role as “dad,” in
real life, to three children with his wife, Jennie Garth.
, the iconic nightclub at the
MGM Grand, was originally scheduled to close on January 8. However, the closing
date has now been extended to Saturday, February 4. Studio 54, a reincarnation
of the New York City namesake, has been at the MGM for the past 14 years. So, if
you have never been to the Las Vegas Studio 54, you now have some additional
time to do so. A “closing bash” is being planned.Studio 54’s closure will make
way for a new, yet-to-be announced nightlife venue.
MAGICIAN NATHAN BURTON IS ON THE ROAD
FOR`CHINA’S GOT TALENT.’FLAMINGO
Las Vegas’ Magician
headliner will be seen by a live audience and 80 million viewers.Nathan Burton
will be taking a five-day hiatus January 18-22 from his 4 p.m. comedy and magic
show at the Flamingo to appear on “China’s Got Talent” to be filmed live in
Shanghai, China.Burton is the only American invited to be a
special guest performer on Season 3 live finale of “China’s Got Talent.” Season
2’s finale special guest performer was Susan Boyle.
This is Burton’s first time performing in China although he
performed in South Korea for a year before making his home in Las Vegas. He
opened at the Flamingo’s main showroom on April 21, 2008. He will be performing
eight minutes of comedy magic during the 4-hour live finale of “China’s Got
Talent” in Shanghai.
On July 1, 1962, Sam
and Bill Boyd opened the ELDORADO
CASINO in HENDERSON, marking the first joint venture of the
legendary father-son team, and the beginning of what would become BOYD GAMING,
one of the most respected companies in the gaming industry.
To celebrate its 50th year in operation, the downtown Henderson landmark will
offer specials and promotions throughout 2012. The ELDORADO will create a set of 2,000 commemorative, limited-
edition $5 gaming chips in recognition of the anniversary. The property will
distribute 1,000 of the chips into general circulation starting in January. In
the Bingo Parlor, any customer winning a game on “G-50” will receive a $200 cash
bonus throughout 2012.
In a throwback to the prices of 1962, the snack
bars at both the ELDORADO and
JOKERS WILD will offer a
variety of 50-cent specials throughout the year, including shrimp cocktails, hot
dogs, soft drinks, draft beer and coffee. On Sunday, July 1, the ELDORADO will host a 50th anniversary
celebration for the public, featuring cake and a champagne toast.
MGM Grand’s long
running Lion Habitat has closed and STUDIO 54, the legendary Night Club that
launched the Night Club trend in Las Vegas 14 years ago will close on Saturday,
February 4.Originally scheduled to close in January, the closing date has been
extended, so you still have time to experience STUDIO 54.
During the month of January, the Epicurean Charitable
Foundation of Las Vegas (ECF) will launch its search for the scholarship
recipients of its 2012 class. Up to 10 high school seniors interested in
pursuing a career in the culinary or hospitality industry will be selected this
ECF currently has more than 20
scholarship recipients in the program attending the schools of their dreams,
from the Culinary Institute of America in New York to the world renowned William
F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration at University of Nevada, Las Vegas
(UNLV).More than a million dollars in scholarship funds have been awarded to
deserving students since its inception. To be eligible, students must be high
school seniors at a Clark County school with plans to attend an accredited post-
secondary institution as a full-time student during the academic year following
their graduation. Applicants must also pursue a bachelor’s degree and major in
hotel management, food and beverage, culinary or other related programs.
Additional scholarship qualifications include a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
and demonstrate need for financial support. ECF isn’t just a scholarship; it is
a foundation that ensures the students' success throughout their educational and
post-graduation professional endeavors. Applications must be postmarked by Mar.
2 and mailed to the ECF office at 6765 S. Eastern Avenue, Suite 1, Las Vegas NV
89123. Potential candidates may call 702.932.5098 for more information.
THE CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW (CES) brought
much needed revenue to Las Vegas, but they also did something special for the
Las Vegas community. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), owner and
producer of the International CES gave a total of $75,000 in donations to Green
Chips and Repurpose AMERICA, a local Las Vegas nonprofit organizations advancing
clean energy and minimizing waste. CES is committed to sustainability and these
donations will help the environment and the Las Vegas community.
a local charity supporting sustainable
initiatives including solar panel installations, plans to use its $50,000
donation to help retrofit the LAS VEGAS RESCUE MISSION for solar panels. With
more than 300 days of sunshine per year in Las Vegas, the Rescue Mission’s solar
panels will significantly reduce its energy bills while using clean energy. Last
year, with the assistance of a CEA donation, Green Chips helped with a solar
panel installation at a local Salvation Army, leading to $7,000 in projected
annual energy savings.
CEA will be working again with Repurpose AMERICA and GES this
year to maximize the reuse of show materials. As part of that effort, CEA has
granted Repurpose AMERICA $25,000 to take signs and other materials from CES to
build shade structures at two local community centers.