by Z.Z. Zorn
The Holiday Season has brought about
wonderful Christmas Productions that can still be seen. Two that I have
seen, Terry Fator: A Country Christmas Live
at the Mirage and Legends in Concert Xmas Show at the Flamingo are
exceptional. Too bad there was only one night for the outstanding FaLaLa Las
Vegas Philharmonic with the Las Vegas Master Singers at the Smith Center.
The two shows I raved about are:
Terry Fator: A Country Christmas
boasts a brilliant cast fronted by Terry Fator and his wife Taylor Makakoa
in addition to pre-show opener Ben Harris and Fator’s loveable characters
Winston, the Impersonating Turtle, Vikki “The Cougar,” country legend Walter
T. Airdale, Duggie Scott Walker, Julius, Emma Taylor, the world’s greatest
Elvis impersonator Maynard Tompkins, Berry Fabulous and a duet by Bing
Crosby and Garth Brooks. Terry Fator is a magnificent puppeteer with an
unbelievable range of voices. He also treated the audience by singing in his
own voice that is outstanding. Settings, great band and everything about
this show is perfection in the Terry Fator Theater at the Mirage.
Legends in Concert Xmas Show
Legends in Concert Christmas Show
has tribute recreations performed live, not lip- sync performances of
legendary musical superstars Michael Jackson (Jason Jarrett), Barbra
Streisand (Sharon Owens), Bobby Darin (Art Vargas), Britney Spears (Katie
Murdock) and Elvis (Bill
Cherry). You'll do a double-take
as their voices, mannerisms, costumes and looks are unbelievable exactness.
Backed by singers
and dancers, a great band and beautiful holiday sets, you can enjoy this
show in the Donny and Marie Showroom at Flamingo.
The holiday spirit is also alive and well in
Las Vegas with the community excelling with so much they want to do the
bring about happiness and joy.
Two terrific shows that do this were Toys for Tots produced by L.J. Harness,
Jonathan Scott and Mary Shriver and Tony
Sacca’s 29th Annual Merry Christmas Show that will air
locally and nationally on December 29. Kudos to all the many benefit
productions that helped to bring Xmas to children and those in need.
Along with Christmas Time comes thought of
the New Year. There are so many New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Las Vegas
that are too numerous and impossible to list. However, here are some that
are interesting to make note of:
Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino invites guests
to “Paint the Town Gold” for
the second consecutive year at the one-of-a-kind holiday celebration. The
mega party, which is open to the public, will begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday,
Dec. 31 when the resort transforms into a golden wonderland, complete with
elaborate gold-themed accents, fun party favors, lavish culinary selections
and more. Unforgettable experiences at restaurants, bars, lounges and Spa
Mandalay will provide an exhilarating evening. Throughout the resort, themed
models will enhance the masquerade-style atmosphere, encouraging guests to
welcome 2015 in an exuberant environment. The complimentary event will offer
guests an unparalleled experience on one of the most exciting nights of the
To experience Paint the Town Gold New Year’s Eve Packages,
including tickets to Maroon 5, a Gold Dust Massage at Spa Mandalay and entry
to the Foundation Room, call Mandalay Bay Concierge at 877-305-3136. To book
a room reservation, visit Mandalay Bay online or call Room Reservations at
877-632-7800 with room code P4NYEPR.
Rock ‘n’ Roll into the new year during
the DowntownCountdown New Year’s Eve 2015 Celebration
taking place Wednesday, Dec. 31 from 6 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. at Fremont Street Experiencein fabulous
downtown Las Vegas. This year the ultimate New Year’s Eve street party is
features 13 of the world’s greatest tribute bands. These tribute bands
include: Fan Halen (Van Halen), Queen Nation (Queen), Led Zepagain (Led
Zeppelin), Rio (Duran Duran), Generation Idol (Billy Idol), No Duh (No
Doubt), Red Not Chili Peppers (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Doobies Inc. (The
Doobie Brothers), Jumping Jack Flash (Rolling Stones), Aeromyth (Aerosmith),
Crimes of Passion (Pat Benatar), Don’t Look Back (Boston) and Bonfire
What is incredible about these acts is they are not just live
cover bands. They have the look and stage show emulating the bands they are
paying tribute to and the audience knows every hit song. The result will be
one fantastic street party of 13 bands playing on three stages for nine
hours. All of this for only $40.
TributePalooza celebration kicks off with a Dec. 30 pre-
party, featuring six tribute bands under the FSE (Fremont Street Experience)
Canopy. The headliner event is Dec. 31, with all 13 bands featured. Then
seven bands will continue the five-day party on Jan. 1-3. The concerts will
begin at 6:15 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and at 5 p.m. on the other nights.
On New Year’s Eve, just before
midnight, revelers will say goodbye to 2014 with a year-in-review
retrospective on the Viva Vision screen and a midnight countdown led byLas
VegasMayor Carolyn G. Goodman. Immediately following will be an epic
live Fireworks by Grucci produced show synchronized with virtual fireworks
on Viva Vision as part of the citywide celebration, “America’s Party: Las
Vegas New Year’s 2015.”
Admission to Downtown Countdown is $30 per person when purchased
online by Dec. 26. Beginning Dec. 27 tickets will be $40 per person and can
be purchased online, in-person at any of the Fremont Street Experience
member hotel-casinos, or at the event gates on Dec. 31. New Year’s Eve is
the only night of the year when Fremont Street Experience has paid, ticketed
admission. New Year’s Eve admission is restricted to persons 21 and over. To
purchase tickets in advance go to www.VegasExperience.com/NYE.
III will welcome 2015 with a naughty
New Year’s Eve Celebration that will treat revelers to an
all-night New Year’s Eve bash with exclusive VIP and open bar packages, as
well as hundreds of gorgeous entertainers on Wednesday, Dec. 31. The famed
gentlemen’s club will also feature a countdown to midnight and champagne
Partiers are encouraged to
purchase pre-sale tickets to the event, starting at $50 with limited
quantities available, by calling 702.673.1700 or visiting the Crazy Horse
III website. Tickets will also be sold at the door the evening of the event,
priced at $80. Additional table and bottle packages will be available for
Guests can arrive to this
sexy New Year’s Eve celebration using Crazy Horse III’s complimentary limo
service, pending availability, by calling 702-673-1700. Crazy Horse III is located on Russell Road, just a few
blocks west of I-15.
Casinos entertains with a number of new weekly acts and shows at
several of its properties in addition to its trademark bands that the city
has grown to love. Entrance is free unless otherwise noted. Guests can enjoy
incredible entertainment including: Sunday Night Football at Sunset Station
and Texas Station; Monday Night Football at Santa Fe Station, Sunset Station
and Palace Station; New Year’s Eve
entertainment across all properties on Wednesday, Dec. 31; Thursday Night Football at Sunset Station;
Darrin Michaels at Texas Station on Thursday, Dec. 25; Lon Bronson All-Star
Band at Sunset Station on Fridays.
Zadora is back at Pia’s Place
inside Piero’s! In recovery from a recent accident, Pia Zadora was anxious to return
to Pia’s Place and, in the spirit of the holiday season, has added some of
her favorite classic holiday songs into her repertoire during her shows.
Zadora, her musical director Vincent Falcone and her band, put their twist
on traditional favorites – and even Santa himself stops by each night for a
little Jingle Bell Rock! No cover; must be 21 with valid I.D.
Pia will perform on Friday and Saturday
evenings, beginning at 9 p.m. on Dec 19 and 20 – and a special New Year’s Eve show!
Golden Globe winner, GRAMMY
Award® nominee, ShoWest winner, accomplished singer, film and Broadway star
all describe Pia Zadora.
Performing since the age of six, for those who have seen her in concert,
what comes to mind first and describes this multi-talented performer is
simply this: Pia Zadora is the complete entertainer..
Italian Cuisine (355 Convention Center Drive) opened in 1982 and
today, some 31 years later, remains one of Las Vegas’ most notable
restaurants favored by the city’s influencers, celebrities and founding
families. Piero’s os Old School Vegas and Hip all at once.
Dirk Arthur is a Vegas mainstay who has thrilled
audiences with his spectacular illusions and amazing tigers in many of Las
Vegas’ top hotel/casinos. Now you can see his marvelous show Dirk Arthur Wild Illusions at the
Riviera’s Starlite Theatre at 7 p.m.
and an added 4 p.m. matinee performance during the holidays. This fast-paced
show with breathtaking big cat magic is interwoven with comedy, beautiful
dancers and large-scale effects. In addition, Dirk Arthur increases
awareness for preserving wildlife and the environment. All proceeds of all
show merchandise goes to preserving animals.
Riviera also has other great shows
worth mentioning. You must see the hilarious 40 is not 20 show and get ready for minute to minute
laughter. And, of course, the world famous
Crazy Girls and the
Riviera Comedy Club.
Hotel & Casino is setting a new precedent on the Las Vegas Strip.
Beginning Thursday, January 1, 2015, the Riviera Hotel & Casino will become the first resort on
the Las Vegas Strip to offer guaranteed room type preferences at no extra
charge. A common practice throughout Las Vegas, room type requests are
typically categorized as “preferences” and are not guaranteed without
additional fees. The Riviera is
breaking this practice by guaranteeing the preferred room type for all
direct bookings on www.rivierahotel.com. The Riviera reservation team will review all room requests to
ensure that even last-minute direct bookings are guaranteed their room type.
Most people love Burgers, right? So, now you
can enjoy bombastic and badass burgers at Downtown Las Vegas’ Baby’s Badass Burgers - a new food
truck experience at Beauty Bar Las Vegas 517 E. Fremont (in the alley).
Enjoy Baby’s popular burgers served by the infamous food truck babes.
Caesars Chalet Ice Skating Rink
Palace turns the Las Vegas Strip into an ice skaters’ paradise once
again with a real ice skating rink this holiday season.
Guests are able to ice skate over the iconic Caesars Palace fountain, the
Strip-facing promenade that overlooks the Las Vegas Boulevard through Jan.
11. Caesars Chalet offers a
traditional real ice skating rink with an infusion of
entertainment and special activities that evokes the holiday season. Ninety-
minute skating sessions are available daily from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Skate
rentals are available for $5 per session; each 90-minute session costs $20
per person. All Access Pass: $35 Unlimited public skating on day of purchase
and complimentary skate rental. This year, guests can also purchase an
extended pass and/or rent the entire rink for a private party or event.
Guests can also indulge in
warm decadent seasonal food and beverage offerings from Moet and Patron.
Festive funnel cakes will be available in flavors such as Caramel Apple, Red
Velvet and the traditional favorite dusted with powdered sugar. Signature
cocktails will include: Miracle on the Blvd., Inner Elf, Naughty &
Nice, Ugly Red Sweater and Red Roller. Bottle service with Adirondack
seating will be available nightly.
For more dining options, guests can also visit
Serendipity 3 adjacent
to Caesars Chalet for sweet
treats like the famous Frrrrozen Hot Chocolate and Colossal Brownie Sundae
or enjoy savory dishes such as The One & Only Las Vegas Strip Steak
Sandwich or hand breaded chicken strips.
at the Sin City Theatre inside Planet
Hollywood Resort & Casino will end its successful run on December
27. The 90-day engagement showcased Young as a triple threat who has
transformed into a staple of Las Vegas talent. Showgoers won’t want to miss
the final performances of Shakin
’ at Sin City
Theatre. The concluding performance dates are December 15-17, 20, 22-
24 and 27. The closing performance of Shakin’ on December 27 will be a very
special day for Young, as it will mark the end of his first headlining
production and is also his birthday.
Ice presents Let’s
Celebrate !is bringing a colossal
party on ice to Las Vegas from Jan. 14 – 18, 2015 for eight performances
atThomas & Mack Center. Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate!
features more than 50 characters from 16 Disney stories live on ice,
including Tiana from Walt Disney Pictures’ The Princess and the
Frog. Audiences are invited to make an ordinary day extraordinary and
enjoy some of the world’s most popular festivities, including a winter
wonderland with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, a Halloween haunt with the
Disney Villains, a Hawaiian luau with Lilo and Stitch, a Royal Ball with the
Disney Princesses, a Very Merry Unbirthday Party and more in one action-
packed and positively unforgettable celebration!
If you haven’t seen Menopause the Musical make sure to see this terrific
show at the Luxor. And, if you have
seen it, see it again, I did and loved it. The hilarious celebration of
women and what they go thru with “The Change” has a terrific cast whose
acting, singing, dancing, costuming and everything else is absolutely first-
class. Menopause the Musical
lyrics and humor are so witty, you will laugh every minute. Men love this
Murray, Chloe and Lefty
You can’t keep a great magician down. Yeah! After two years at the
(you know the guy with the
spiked blonde hair) has a new venue.
Murray ‘Celebrity Magician’, his gorgeous
wife Chloe and Lefty his sidekick magician/comedian are now opening at the Planet Hollywood’s Sin City
Theatre doing what they do
bestin a 4 p.m. show. Congrats!
Theatre (NBT) will honor dancer, choreographer, actress, producer,
director and author Debbie Allen
as Woman of the Year for the 31st Annual Black & White Ball. The recipient of
numerous awards, including a Tony Award, Golden Globe and three Emmy Awards
among others, Allen’s many contributions to the performing arts and
entertainment industry will be celebrated on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at ARIA Resort & Casino, CityCenter.
& White Ball is the 43 year-old ballet company’s largest
annual fundraiser. As one of the most anticipated charitable affairs and
highly attended black-tie society events in Las Vegas, it hosts an array of
local celebrities, dignitaries, VIP’s and arts supporters.
Entertainment Annual Fundraiser Headliners Bash 2014
was the Entertainment Show of the year
. Quad Headliner Jeff Civillico
founder and Chairman of non-profit Win-Win Entertainment hosted this event
along with President, Jill Schneider and Partnering Diamond Sponsor, John C. Kish
Foundation. Held prior
to the holidays at the Penn & Teller Theater at the RIO
dozens of headlining entertainers came
together for this special night to perform in a show that will never be
duplicated. The list of Entertainers is so long it would take up this entire
article, but think of the top best headliners from across the Las Vegas
Strip, and you will be right. Win-Win Entertainment works with Nevada non-
profits to provide entertainment solutions for charity events. The group
also hooks up entertainers with good causes such as performing shows in
Children’s Hospitals and Burn Units. By the end of
Entertainment will have arranged a total of 63
events for 2014.
Mac King Comedy Magic
Comedy-Magician Mac King
was awarded “Entertainer
of the Year” at the Win-Win event. “The Mac
King Comedy Magic Show” has been extended for four more years at
Harrah’s Las Vegas. King’s contract
extends through 2019, which will give him 19 years at the hotel. In January,
he celebrates a historic 15 years at Harrah’s, making him the longest running magician working at
the same hotel. Now in his 15th year of headlining afternoons at Harrah’s,
comedy-magician Mac King captivates audiences as he casts out a fishing line
over their heads and catches live goldfish out of mid-air, performs amazing
sleight-of-hand, makes his head completely disappear in a paper bag, and
renders himself invisible, all while remaining unbelievably funny. Because
of his quick wit and extensive audience interaction, no two shows are alike.
Legend” Mary Wilson of The Supremes will perform at the Suncoast Showroom
January 17-18. Mary Wilson
is a singer, writer, author, entertainer and Founder of The Supremes
. While growing up in Detroit’s
Brewster Projects, Wilson befriended Florence Ballard, Betty McGlown and
Diana Ross at age 13. The quartet later formed a singing group, The
Primettes. Wilson, Ballard and Ross were signed to Motown Records and became
known as The Supremes.
And, the rest is history. Mary Wilson is also a Las Vegas resident.
Mary Wilson/The Supremes
Grand Funk Railroad
rock band Grand Funk Railroad will celebrate more than 45 years of “Grand Funk” when they bring
their hits to The Orleans Showroom
January 10 and 11. In 1969, the band released its first two albums, “On
Time,” and “Grand Funk” (also know as “The Red Album”). In 1970, the group
sold more albums than any other American band and became a major concert
attraction. The following year, they broke The Beatles’ attendance record at
New York’s Shea Stadium, selling out a concert in just 72 hours.
Grand Funk performed at
the Rock and Roll Hall of Fameand Museum in Cleveland,Ohio highlighting a donation of
memorabilia to be included in a Grand Funk display at the Hall of Fame
. Throughout their career, the
band has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide, performed in front of
sold-out stadium and arena crowds on several continents and released nine
Top 40 singles. Current members of
Grand Funk Railroad
are: Don Brewer, Mel Schacher, Max Carl,
Bruce Kulick and Tim Cashion.
The D Las
Vegas will host Hawaii
Appreciation Week Jan. 10 – 17, 2015. The Downtown casino/hotel
invites Hawaii residents and all guests to embrace the laidback vibe of the
islands with a weeklong celebration featuring comedy, gaming, music, food
and fun. Every day from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. guests can test their luck in the
$10,000 Holoholo Slot Tournament. Entry is free with valid Hawaii I.D.
Laugh The Night Away: Some of the
biggest names in comedy and entertainment from Hawaii and beyond will take
the stage Jan. 15 – 17 in the D’s intimate, state-of-the-art showroom.
Guests can continue the party with open karaoke from 9:30 – 11 p.m. after
the shows. Tickets for each night are $30 and include one drink. Hawaii
residents will receive a $10 discount with valid I.D.
Joey Guila and
Kaleo Pilanca – Jan. 15 & 16. Mel Cabang – Jan. 17. Kento will open the
show with his signature stand-up routine.
Party at DLVEC: Unique food trucks, vendors and live music
will transform the neighboring DLVEC (Downtown Las Vegas Events Center) with
the tastes, sights and sounds of Hawaii each evening from 5:30 – 11 p.m.
Guests can party under the stars at the new events center by sampling local
cuisine and enjoying bands. Honolulu’s renowned Leonard’s Bakery– an island
institution since 1952 – will treat the crowd to their famous “ono”
malasadas, delicious Portuguese-style doughnuts that have earned a devoted
following among locals and visitors.
Dine: “Local-Style” at D Grill. Guests can select from the
special ‘Island Favorites’ menu served at the D’s contemporary, casual
restaurant D Grill.
A decade in the
making, BPONG.COM brings a celebration of beer pong greatness at the
Annual World Series of Beer Pong
. Held at the Riviera,
the annual event will take place
Thursday, January 1, 2015 through Monday, January 5, 2015.
Held for the
first time inside the spacious Riviera Hotel & Casino Convention
Center, the 10
th Annual World Series of
Beer Pong will feature
thousands of beer pong enthusiasts from around the world, where players,
young and old, will lay it all on the line as they compete for the $50,000
grand prize and ultimate bragging rights as the World Beer Pong Champion.
play at the 10th
Annual World Series of Beer Pong
follows the official WSOBP rules, but
in short, the game is one of skillful hand-eye coordination. During play,
two-person teams stand at opposite ends of an eight-foot-long table, where
ten 16-ounce cups, filled with water, are placed in bowling pin formation.
Each team takes turns tossing beer pong balls (similar to table tennis
balls) at their opponent’s cup formation. If the ball goes in a cup, that
cup is removed from the game. The first team to eliminate all of its
opponent’s cups wins.
interested in participating in the 10th Annual World Series of Beer Pong can register at BPONG.COM/WSOBP.
Registration begins at $500 per player and includes a four-night stay at
Riviera Hotel & Casino and a minimum of 12 games of play in the
tournament. All participants must be 21 years or older with a valid ID.
May the Holiday Season bring Peace, Joy and
Happiness to all my readers.