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by Z.Z. Zorn

Nevada Ballet Theatre (NBT) has acclaimed chef, television personality, best-selling author and philanthropist Giada De Laurentiis as its “Woman of the Year” for the 34th Annual Black & White Ball. De Laurentiis’ numerous achievements in the culinary arts and dedication to national and international charitable causes will be celebrated on Saturday, January 27 at Wynn Resorts during the 46 year-old ballet company’s largest annual fundraiser and one of the city’s preeminent society and fashion events.
From her early beginnings as a Le Cordon Bleu classically-trained chef and food stylist, Giada De Laurentiis has risen to stardom as one of the world’s most beloved television personalities. As a New York Times best-selling author, Daytime Emmy Award-winner and Culinary Hall of Fame inductee, De Laurentiis has made an indelible mark on modern day culture through her Food Network shows, television appearances, cook books, product lines and more.
As the granddaughter of famed film producer Dino De Laurentiis, Giada has also channeled her acting and performing skills for the animated children’s show “Handy Manny” where she is the voice of “Paulette” and in 2014, she voiced the character of “Gelata” in the U.S. version of the Tinker Bell special, Pixie Hollow Bake Off.

Xavier Mortimer’s Magical Dream has been extended for one year in Planet Hollywood ’s Sin City Theatre. The show, which debuted in 2016, is the first on the Las Vegas Strip to showcase the talents of a former Cirque du Soleil performer as the headliner. The production showcases Mortimer’s talents and his illusions, defying explanation and transporting guests of all ages into a dream world. The 70-minute production is comprised of more than 14 acts and an unconventional cast of characters, including the wonder of Mary Poppins, the theatrics of Charlie Chaplin and the animation of Mickey Mouse.
After gracing stages in over 30 countries, Mortimer joined the cast of Cirque du Soleil’s acclaimed production, Michael Jackson One. Hailing from southwestern France, Mortimer’s quick ascension to worldwide fame was bolstered by a win at the Abano International Congress in Italy, a gold star honor at the L’Eau d’Olle Magic Festival in France and a fourth-place title in the hit television franchise, “France’s Got Talent.”
Xavier Mortimer’s Magical Dream is at 7 p.m. nightly, with tickets priced at $49 for general admission and $69 for VIP, excluding tax and box office fees.

Following a smash hit first tour, Maks and Val, the hottest stars of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars are back with an all new spectacular show and this time the family has grown.
Joining them in their brand-new show Confidential, is the stunningly talented Peta Murgatroyd, two-time Dancing With The Stars Mirror Ball champion, actress and Mrs. Maks Chmerkovskiy.
The trio, along with a dazzling cast of the industry’s best dancers, are coming to the stage this spring, performing in 49 cities across America. They make a stop in Las Vegas on May 16 at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are on sale now!
Maks, Val & Peta Live On Tour: Confidential will be a spectacular dance show, driven by a narrative of true family life and love stories. Honest and intimate, the stars will be revealing their closest secrets, hopes and dreams in their own inimitable style. The show will combine the elegance of the ballroom, some confidential revelations and a true love story.

The Sichuan Tianyu Culture Communication Co., Ltd., in cooperation with Zigong City and the Sichuan Provincial Department of Commerce, announces that world-class China Lights lantern festival will debut at Craig Ranch Regional Park in North Las Vegas as part of a cultural trade mission. From Jan. 19 through Feb. 25, Craig Ranch Regional Park will be illuminated with 40 larger-than-life lantern displays, comprised of more than 1,000 components using state-of-the-art LEDs and animation. The festival will also include cultural demonstrations and displays, traditional Asian and western dining options, and nightly live stage entertainment. Boyd Gaming will be the exclusive gaming sponsor, with opportunities for other local businesses to sponsor the lanterns throughout the exhibit.

The ultimate love story Beauty and the Beast takes the stage Valentine’s Day weekend at The Smith center for the Performing Arts.
First created for San Francisco Ballet by the legendary Lew Christensen, Beauty and the Beast is a visually spectacular celebration of love and the perfect way to spend Valentine's Day weekend with your special someone. Set to a lyrical score by Tchaikovsky , this Nevada Ballet Theater (NBT) Company Premiere is a feast for the senses. From the mysterious forest filled with leaping stags and lively nymphs, to the beastly, imposing castle and its cursed occupants, this ballet will make you believe in the transformative power of love.
Venture into a colorful world of magic and enchantment with 3 performances to choose from - Saturday, February 17 at 2:00pm & 7:30pm Sunday, February 18 at 2:00pm

Nevada Ballet Theatre - Beauty & The Beast

Matt Goss

Hit entertainer and beloved showman Matt Goss returns to the Las Vegas Strip, headlining an extended engagement at The Mirage .Matt Goss at The Mirage” is appearing now on select evenings inside 1 OAK Nightclub. Starting Tuesday, Feb. 9, Goss will perform every Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Matt Goss, along with his sexy dancers - The Dirty Virgins, gets up close and personal with the audience in the relaxed, intimate club setting, reminiscent of The Rat Pack era. Fans can order a bottle of champagne or a Matt Goss-themed specialty cocktail direct to their table, while singing and grooving alongside Goss.

Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin has announced 12 performance dates for his headlining Las Vegas residency “ALL IN” at Park Theater at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in 2018. The multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning artist will thrill audiences with his non-stop, electrifying show filled with incredible performances and his personal magnetism that has captivated his audience for decades around the globe. Beloved by fans worldwide for his instinctive understanding of rhythm and passion, Ricky has released 15 albums in multiple languages, selling more than 85 million albums with 95 Platinum records and 40 Gold records worldwide.
Additionally, for every ticket sold to his Las Vegas shows, Ricky Martin will donate $1 to The Ricky Martin Foundation which has provided the much needed help for the damages in Puerto Rico and to denounce human trafficking. The one-of-a-kind show, promoted by Live Nation and MGM Resorts International, features Martin performing 21 of his greatest and current hits, including “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” “Shake Your Bon Bon,” “She Bangs,” “Cup of Life” and many more. The 2018 performance schedule is as follows: March: 15, 17, 18, 21, 24 and 25 - May: 23, 26, 27 and 30 and June: 2 and 3.
Multiple GRAMMY winner Ricky Martin is one of the leading music figures of his generation.

Comedy Magician Adam London’s “Laughternoon is now celebrating its five-year anniversary at the D Las Vegas in January. The all-ages comedy-magic show performs afternoons at 4 p.m. To celebrate the milestone, London has decided to make 2018 a year of giving back to the community that has helped to make his show such a success. With hia “I Give a Duck” celebration, London has chosen a different local charity or organization to donate to for each month of 2018. The yearlong spree kicks off in January.
“The goal behind this campaign is to position the entire year of 2018 as a triumphant merge between Las Vegas’ entertainment and philanthropic industry,” said London, writer and star of Laughternoon. “Our campaign is meant to say thank you to the community in the best way that we know how.”

Gilberto Santa Rosa brings his romantic, Latin-Caribbean stylings to House of Blues on Thursday, Jan. 25 at 8:30 p.m.. Puerto Rican born Gilberto Santa Rosa has performed with various Latin orchestras since his teenage debut in 1976 where he has refined a unique, improvisational style that engages both romantic and tropical elements of Salsa and Boléro music. Rosa’s distinctive sound has granted him numerous hit singles such as “Que Alguien Me Diga” and “Perdóname,” as well as international prestige. He was the first tropical salsa singer to perform at Carnegie Hall Theater in NYC, was awarded with the Billboard Lo Nuestro Award for Best Male Singer in 1995, and continues to hold the record for the most No. 1 albums on the Billboard Tropical Albums List.
Most recently, Rosa collaborated with Lin-Manuel Miranda and a handful of other Hispanic musicians and artists under the collective name Artists for Puerto Rico to release the single “Almost Like Praying” in October 2017 in support of relief efforts for Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. All proceeds from the song went directly to the Hispanic Federation's UNIDOS Disaster Relief and Recovery Program.

Michael Feinstein and Liza Minelli

An Intimate Evening with Michael Feinstein and Liza Minnelli, will be at The Smith Center on Friday, March 30. This anticipated show invites audiences to join acclaimed singer and pianist Michael Feinstein, as he gives an intimate retrospective with stage-and-screen legend Liza Minnelli. Sharing personal stories and rarely seen video footage, each will relive incredible moments from their dazzling careers. The evening will also include special performances with Feinstein’s versatile band.
Earning a total of seven Oscar, Grammy, Emmy and Tony awards across her 60-year career, Liza Minnelli is renowned for her lifetime of roles on Broadway, film and television, especially her Academy Award- winning performance in musical film “Cabaret.” The singer and actress also starred in hit films such as “Arthur” and “New York, New York.”
A performer, composer and arranger, Michael Feinstein has earned nominations for five Grammys and two Emmys during his 30 years of bringing the music of the Great American Songbook to the world. His performances around the globe have included concerts at the White House, Buckingham Palace, Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall. His venue Feinstein’s/54 Below, known as Broadway’s Supper Club, hosts performances by Broadway’s finest stars.
Tickets for An Intimate Evening with Michael Feinstein with Special Guest Liza Minnelli start from $39 and can be purchased at

Super Sunday at Crazy Horse III

Vegas’ sexiest referees will host the big game at award-winning gentlemen’s club, Crazy Horse III, with deluxe viewing packages on Sunday, Feb. 4.
Football fanatics will cheer for their team alongside the club’s gorgeous cheerleaders on Crazy Horse III’s massive 70-inch and 100-inch televisions. The club will offer fans VIP all-access pass to the Big Game viewing party, complete with an open bar for the duration of the game, unlimited stadium tailgate fare, two raffle tickets and free transportation. Passes are currently available on pre-sale at $199 per person on .
Crazy Horse III will also offer fans a chance to win incredible raffle prizes, including flat screen televisions, tickets to the Las Vegas Golden Knights games, Beats by Dre headphones and more. Crazy Horse III offers complimentary limo service, pending availability, using the club’s signature app or by calling 702-673- 1700.

Super Sunday

House of Blues Las Vegas (inside the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino) has Super Sunday Football covered with parties in the Music Hall, House of Blues Restaurant & Bar, and Foundation Room. Super Sunday guests can opt from partying with a variety of fans at the general admission Music Hall football experience, family-friendly Restaurant & Bar, or a variety of VIP luxury championship packages in Foundation Room.
Doors at Music Hall open at 3 p.m. with the Big Game viewing beginning at 3:30 p.m., the event is open to the public ages 18+. The All-You-Can-Eat package starts at $70 and includes a buffet style menu. The All-You-Can-Eat and All-You-Can-Drink package is $135.
House of Blues Restaurant & Bar offers VIP as well as general admission packages. General admission dining packages start $70 with an a la carte style All-You-Can-Eat menu For an additional $75 ($145 total) you can include the All-You-Can-Drink package.
For an even more VIP, luxury box experience, guests can choose from a variety of Big Game viewing packages with Foundation Room.

Las Vegas Philharmonic Pink Martini
Las Vegas Philharmonic presents the biggest little orchestra around – Pink Martin i featuring lead singer China Forbes on Saturday, March 3 at 8:00 pm in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Drawing inspiration from music from all over the world – crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop – Thomas Lauderdale founded Pink Martini in 1994 to provide more beautiful and inclusive musical soundtracks for political fundraisers for causes such as civil rights, affordable housing, the environment, libraries, public broadcasting, education and parks. Nine studio albums and more than two decades later, Pink Martini still tours the world, singing in 25 languages, performing along with symphonies at opera houses, concert halls, film festivals, museums and fashion shows.
The Pink Martini performance, which begins at 8:00 pm is also included in the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s PHIL•NOM•E•NAL gala event that evening at The Smith Center. Starting at 5:00 pm, the Philharmonic will host a pre-concert Speakeasy, offering bootleg cocktails and small plate delicacies plus a silent auction followed by dinner on the fifth floor, live auction, entertainment and much more, ending with the Pink Martini concert. PHIL•NOM•E•NAL gala event pricing ranging from $5,000 - $50,000, and individual tickets for $600 per person. The Las Vegas Philharmonic will offer a shuttle bus service to the 8:00 pm concert from the Anthem Center at Independence Center in Henderson and the Starbright Theater in Summerlin, departing at 6:30 pm. A roundtrip bus ticket costs $20 per concert. For Gala ticket purchase and more information, call 702.462.2008.

Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant, located in Downtown Summerlin , will celebrate Valentine’s Day with a “Tequila for Two” margarita special available exclusively on Wednesday, Feb. 14. Singles and couples alike may enjoy the “Tequila for Two” margarita special, featuring the “Strawberry Kiss” margarita: a 40-ounce margarita for two, made with Sauza Blue Reposado tequila, triple sec, sweet and sour and strawberry syrup, priced at $23.95.
Modeled after a classic Mexican hacienda, Pancho’s romantic décor will set the date night mood with colorful Mexican tiles, stained glass windows, lush greenery and a bubbling, oversized fountain. In addition to a stunning setting, guests will be entertained by the musical stylings of pianist, Grant Peacock from 5 until 8 p.m.

Put on your overalls and straw hat, and mosey on down to Remedy’s Conestoga for a hollerin’ good time as they host the party of the year with their annual Hillbilly Ball on Saturday, Jan. 27. There is no cover for the party, however all hillbillies who would like to attend must be over the age of 21 with valid ID. All of the hootenanny festivities will begin at 8 p.m. Rednecks of all kind can enjoy the southern tunes of Seth Turner and The High Desert Drifters. Guests can also enjoy a variety of theme- inspired snacks on the hillbilly-style buffet and drink specials including Jack Daniels. All guests are encouraged to dress in the Southern best and embrace their inner redneck in the costume contest.
For the late night owls, Remedy’s and Distill host ‘After Hours,’ an early morning gaming contest and party held monthly. Featuring an appetizer buffet and fun with friends, all After Hours parties take place on late late Saturday/early Sunday with the drawing at 3 a.m.
The Hillbilly Ball will take place only at the Remedy’s Conestoga location at 530 Conestoga Way in Henderson, just off the I-95.

Hillbilly Ball - Remedy's Conestoga

Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu, is returning to Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas at The Linq Promenade for a third consecutive year with a performance on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m.
Badu has sold out consecutive dates at the venue, having played Brooklyn Bowl in January 2016 and July 2017, astounding crowds with her emotional connectedness, her spiritual performances and her cultural and political awareness. Badu’s music is often described as a blend of R&B, Hip Hop and jazz and some of her influences include Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye and Yoko Ono.


Jazz Funk Soul, the musical sensation backed by Grammy- nominated Jeff Lorber, Paul Jackson Jr. and fan favorite, Everette Harp, will perform at The Foundry inside SLS Las Vegas on Saturday, Feb. 17. Jazz fans will be treated to the moving melodies of composer and producer, Lorber, whose innovation has led him to work with legends such as Dave Koz and Kenny G. With a celebration of different styles of music, the Grammy-nominated Everette Harp will showcase his ability to harmoniously fuse together an eclectic range of sounds.
Harp will also take the stage with a unique and soulful approach to provide soul enthusiasts with a refreshing take on classic tones and show his distinguished ability to blend jazz, R&B, funk, and pop. Grammy-nominated Jackson Jr., one of the most recorded guitarists in the world, will also fill the venue with fervent sounds. Best known for his top hit, “I Came to Play,” Jackson Jr. has also been recognized as a contributing asset to Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories” album, which topped the charts at number one in 104 countries.

The Vegas Strong Benefit Concert raised more than $700,000 at the Dec. 1 all-star concert at T-Mobile Arena. Held in honor of the victims of the October 1 tragedy, the special event to benefit the Las Vegas Victims fund featured more than a dozen A-list entertainers and homegrown talent, drawing a capacity crowd of 12,000 guests.
The Las Vegas entertainment industry and close-knit local community united to produce the benefit, which featured live performances and heartfelt monologues from Las Vegas headliners, hometown stars and more. The full lineup included performances by The Killers, Imagine Dragons, Jay Leno, Boyz II Men, David Copperfield, Penn & Teller, Carrot Top, Cirque du Soleil and Blue Man Group; appearances by Bryce Harper, Kurt Busch, Wayne Newton; and recorded tributes from Celine Dion, Elton John, Jason Aldean, George Strait and the Las Vegas Golden Knights.

The rebels of sports are taking over the Las Vegas Strip with Renegades, a new interactive and totally unique show. Opening Thursday, Jan. 25 inside Cleopatra’s Barge, the intimate 180-seat theater at Caesars Palace, Renegades gives sports fans an up-close and personal experience with three of their favorite sports stars. No subject is off-limits as legends recount stories from their playing days to tabloid- making headlines and beyond. Hear directly from the greats as they share their eyewitness accounts of the biggest sports stories in history, while getting your chance to play the role of sports reporter lobbing questions at the athletes during the show’s panel roundtable finale.
The starting line-up includes baseball great Jose Canseco and two-time Super Bowl champion Jim McMahon. The Fab Five’s Jimmy King will appear during the first eight shows, with six-time NFL Pro Bowler Terrell Owens taking over starting Thursday, Feb. 8. Terrell Owens will not appear in the shows from January 25 through February 4. Initially, the shows will be hosted by comedian Martin Montana, with Eric Jordan Young serving as writer, director and creative director. The Renegades roster will rotate athletes every three months.

The 17th Annual Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival is making its way now until January 28. For tickets and more info visit

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