By Z.Z. Zorn
In my last
article I wrote about the upcoming
Elvis Presley’s Graceland. Now on Thursday, April 23rd the
Grand Opening of its new, permanent exhibition, theater showroom and wedding
chapel in Las Vegas at the Westgate
will be celebrated with star-studded, red carpet events.
“Graceland Presents ELVIS: The
Exhibition - The Show - The Experience” will bring the authentic Elvis Presley back to
Las Vegas for the first time in 40 years, at the same venue where Elvis
performed over 600 record breaking, sold-out shows.
Graceland Presents ELVIS
expansive, new permanent exhibition featuring hundreds of artifacts never-
before-displayed outside of Graceland, live entertainment shows in the new
Elvis Presley Theater, and the new Elvis Presley’s Graceland Wedding Chapel.
The April 23rd opening events will take place on the
59th anniversary of Elvis’ very first performance in Las Vegas in
exciting happenings at Westgate
(formerly Las Vegas Hilton)
Suzanne Somers, one of
America’s most popular and beloved personalities, and for years a top-selling Las Vegas headliner, will be
back onstage in a sophisticated sexy nightclub act at the Westgate scheduled to debut May 23.
“Suzanne Sizzles” will entertain for a total of 28 weeks through May 2016 in the
newly named cabaret venue,
“SUZANNE’S” at the
years in Las Vegas in the 1980s, Somers was recognized as one of the best
female entertainers by media and fans alike for her show, which she starred
in at the Westgate when it was known as
the Las Vegas Hilton. Accompanied
by her band, the setting will be elegant and the environment intimate, with
cocktail seating. The show will transport audiences back to the days of lush
sound, glamour, and luxury. “Suzanne
Sizzles” a 70-minute show, will be performed at 7 p.m.
five days a week, dark Sundays and Mondays. On sale now, general admission
tickets are $65.00 (plus taxes and fees); VIP and meet-and-greet tickets are
also available. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Westgate Box Office
at (800) 222-5361.
In addition, the Westgate
will open the
Suzanne Somers Spa, featuring all of Somers’ SUZANNE Organics Cosmetics
, organic skin care,
and organic hair care products, and the Suzanne Somers Organic Spa
based on recipes from Somers’ series of bestselling cookbooks. Suzanne is a
pioneering health and wellness advocate. She is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and has
written a new book, TOX-
Toxic to Not Sick, an exposé on the immediate and long-
term dangers of living in a world that has become increasingly toxic to our
will be published by Harmony Books this April.
Las Vegas’ original dayclub,
at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
, reveals its 2015 Grand Opening with a DJ set by
on Saturday, April 25 and performance by
Flo Rida on Sunday, April 26. This season,
REHAB will add Just the Tip
Wednesdays, an industry day that grants locals
and industry professionals free entry to the dayclub, and
Backyard Pool Party Fridays, a
country-themed bash featuring red cup drinking games and sounds of Top 40
hits, with light infusions of country, to its signature Saturday and Sunday
events. Relax Mondays will return with its regularly-
Tickets to REHAB start at $30 for females
and $50 for males. Prices are subject to change per event. The dayclub is
open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Guests must be 21 years of age or older with a
valid form of identification to attend.
will host the Great American Foodie
, formerly known as Las Vegas Foodie Fest,
from Thursday, April 30, through Sunday, May 3, outside the
Rio. The event will be open
from 4 p.m. to midnight Thursday through Friday, noon to midnight on
Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday. Great
American Foodie Fest will feature more than
50 of the nation’s top food
trucks and food vendors, including fan-favorite, White Castle, along with a
number of celebrity trucks from The Food Network, History Channel, Cooking
Channel and Travel Channel. In addition to a wide variety of food and drink
options, the festival will feature live DJs along with carnival rides,
games, eating competitions and more.
Individual general admission to Great American Foodie
Fest will start at $8 per day, or $13 for an unlimited weekend pass, if
purchased in advance; and $10 per day, or $15 for an unlimited weekend pass,
if purchased at the gate. Active
military personnel and veterans, seniors 59 and older, and Clark County
first responders will receive a discount of $2 off each ticket purchased at
the gate with a valid ID. Individual food and drink items are priced per
purchase. Parking will be available at no cost. Guests looking for an
upgraded foodie experience may enjoy the new-and-improved
Red Dragon VIP Tent, priced at $75 per
person, per day if purchased in advance. The exclusive covered area will
feature an expanded list of passed appetizers and desserts, a deluxe open
bar, beer and wine tastings and chef demonstrations. Guests may also
purchase passes to the Red Dragon VIP Tent at the gate for $85 per day. All
payments made at the ticket gate must be cash only.
TEACHER APPRECIATION MONTH The Salted Lime at Aliante will honor teachers of the Las Vegas valley
with a special happy hour on the last Friday of every month including during
Teacher Appreciation Month from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 29. The $10 all-
you-can-drink deal will include well cocktails, house margaritas, 16-ounce
drafts and unlimited chips and salsa with a valid school ID. The special
promotion will begin on Friday, April 24.Clark
County School District (CCSD) teachers will also be privy to a
Teacher’s Getaway package
at Aliante, which includes one night in a
deluxe room, $25 pool credit, and no resort fee for a total of $55 for
Sunday through Thursday nights and $75 on weekend nights. Reservations may
be made online at www.aliantegaming.com using the code
“TEACH15.”The boutique re:lax spa will also offer discounts of 10 percent
off nail services, 20 percent off retail, and 30 percent off massage and
facial services for CCSD employees when mentioning “teacher’s offer.”
MILITARY APPRECIATION MONTH
Aliante will honor Military Appreciation Month in May by offering a
20 percent discount for all active and retired military personnel at
Bistro 57 with a valid ID.
The restaurant and wine bar was named after the 57th Wing at
Nellis Air Force Base.
Whist Stove and Spirits, located at
The District at Green Valley Ranch
, has introduced locally grown ingredients with the “Market
Made” dinner series, from 5 to 9 p.m. every Thursday through May 28.
Whist Stove and
Spirits breathes fresh air into the Las Vegas Valley with fragrant gardens,
colorful design and a modern American menu. The 3,000-square-
foot restaurant, bar, and patio is located at 2235 Village Walk Drive Henderson.
The organic farm-to-table menu will feature weekly hand-picked
ingredients from the Farmer’s Market within The
District. Previous selections have included: smoked salmon salad with beet
greens and seared grouper with popcorn shoots. Weekly menus for the evening
may be found on Facebook at
For reservations, call (702) 307-2694.
The Las Vegas Philharmonic
will perform its
fifth and final Masterworks concert of the 2014-15 season led by Music
Director Donato Cabrera and featuring
Van Cliburn silver medalist Joyce Yang
Saturday, April 25th at 7:30p.m. in Reynolds
Hall at The Smith Center. Pre-concert conversation with Donato Cabrera at
6:45 p.m. in Reynolds Hall.
Las Vegas Philharmonic Music Director Donato
Cabrera completes his first Masterworks Series with a program featuring
composers over a one hundred-year span including the stunning keyboard
showcase of Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini to be performed
by exciting young pianist Joyce Yang. Iconic American composer John Adams'
The Chairman Dances, a "foxtrot for orchestra,"opens the program and closes with
Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony.
Debby Boone, recording artist, songwriter and
three-time Grammy Award winner will perform her Billboard chart-toppers at the Suncoast Showroom May 16 and 17. In 1977, Boone’s
career reached instant stardom when her song, “You Light Up My Life” became one of the most
popular songs in history and topped the Billboard chart at #1 for 10
consecutive weeks. Following the success of “You Light Up My Life,”
Debby Boone displayed her
versatility as an artist and crossed over to county music. In June 2013,
Boone released her 13th album, “Swing This,” which combines songs and
experiences from the golden era of Las Vegas during the 60’s when her
father, Pat Boone
, performed at
Sahara hotels. Debby
Boone sings of the galvanizing experiences that
exhilarated the 60’s and inspired her to become a performer.
Premiere of “LOOPHOLES: A PAIN IN THE I.R.S.” on April 15
(tax day) is the first musical comedy parody about the I.R.S. Based on a true story LOOPHOLES: A Pain In
The I.R.S is the ultimate David and Goliath story of a
man who, despite having his entire net worth threatened, uncovered loopholes
and won his 15 year ordeal with the I.R.S.
He not only won, but made the IRS reimburse his legal fees. With a
flair for lyric writing, an active imagination, a positive attitude, and a
desire to create laughter, he turned the experience into the musical comedy
LOOPHOLES: A PAIN IN THE I.R.S
. You now can enjoy this show
until May 17 at the
Hudson Theatre in Hollywood,
California. For more information:
www.loopholesthemusical.comTickets: 323 960 7735.
Village (OV) Las Vegas’ favorite charity, is celebrating its
60th year! The not-for-
profit, helping those with intellectual disabilities, will blow out its
birthday candles with a Blowout
Birthday Bash, a special three-day celebration with
numerous activities that are open to the public: Magical Forest, Beer
Garden, Hot Air Balloon
Rides, Arts & Craft
Show and many more. Wizard Of OV at The Magical Forest, Arts & Craft
Show and Beer Garden Friday and Saturday, May 15 &16 5:30 – 10:00 p.m. Sunday, May 17 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. Hot Air Balloon Rides
Saturday, May 16 7:00 –
Forest will transform into a Wizard of Oz-inspired wonderland with several
attractions, children’s games and live entertainment. Guests can hop aboard
the Forest Express Train, enjoy Cheyenne’s Enchanted Carousel, play a round
of Rod’s Mini Golf, and jump inside the Dragon Castle Bounce House.
Throughout the weekend guests are welcome to savor in the scrumptious OV
birthday cake and ice cream. In
addition, a special cake display of Wizard of Oz-themed cakes created by
local bakeries will be featured in the OV lobby. The Opportunity Village – Oakey Campus is
located at 6300 West Oakey Blvd.
House of Blues inside Mandalay Bay
will feature a
Kids Eat Free program
throughout April until Wednesday, May 27. Each week, Monday – Wednesday,
from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. kids under the age of 12 eat free with the purchase
of an adult entrée. Each kid can
eat for free with a menu item of their choice from Crossroad’s Kids Menu
with each adult entrée purchase (up to four free kid’s meals with four
entrée purchases). Kids Menu items include Pasta with Housemade Marinara
& Cheese, Mini Cheeseburgers, Chicken Tenders and
All Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill
locations throughout the Las Vegas Valley, will celebrate Mother’s Day by
offering a complimentary dessert for mothers exclusively on Sunday, May 10.
Moms of all ages may choose one
free dessert to enjoy with purchase. Sammy’s signature desserts include: the Messy
Sundae®, a sweet combination of vanilla ice cream, chocolate and caramel
sauces, walnuts and topped with a cherry; warm crispy mini donuts served
with raspberry and chocolate sauces; a salted caramel pudding; and the yummy
honey cheese pizza made with mild sheep’s milk cheese, organic oregano and
orange blossom honey. The special will be available during lunch or dinner
I recently had the opportunity to see a one-night only
production to benefit local charities called “BRAVE.” Of the countless singers, Broadway stars, comedians,
musicians and actors that have graced the stage at
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts,
there has never been a local visionary to grace this stage sharing
stories of inspiration and dreams. Charles S. Ressler stepped out of
his comfort zone and onto the stage with “BRAVE”a musical journey of one
child who, against all odds, has led an extraordinary life. Written by and starring
Charles Ressler, “BRAVE”
featured a variety of songs to inspire, a 30-piece live orchestra
to dazzle, and most importantly the message of how to achieve personal
triumph despite the odds, to warm the heart, encourage dreams, motivate the
imagination and influence the community for a better Las Vegas. Proceeds benefit
Opportunity Village, I
Have a Dream Foundation and
Las Vegas Philharmonic
Sapphire Pool and Dayclub
Sapphire Pool & Day Club, voted “Best Day Club in Las Vegas” two
years in a row, opens on May 1st.
Dennis Rodman, Adult Stars Teagen Presley, Tasha Reign and HBO’s
Katie Morgan as they host opening weekend events.
Just slightly more “tame”
than Hugh Hefner’s Grotto with hundreds of beautiful women partying and
sunbathing. Sapphire Pool & Day
multi-level, state-of-the-art pool utopia that can comfortably accommodate
over 800 sun-worshiping party goers.The pool will be open from noon to 6 p.m.
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during pool season and, in addition to being
a poolside party oasis, will host entertainment and concerts.
Sapphire Pool and Day Club is also frequented by the who’s who of
reality TV, sports, and the adult film industry. And, because the location
is much more intimate than other pools in Vegas, guests actually have the
chance to mingle, take photos, and party with their favorite celebrities.
Sin City Opera (SCO) finishes
fifth season with the beloved fairy tale, Hansel & Gretel
Engelbert Humperdinck, at the
Cultural Center May
15th – 24th. The
wonderfully poignant Hansel & Gretel
allows SCO to
partner with Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth (NPHY) and their newly expanded Drop-In
Center for homeless youth. This family friendly, English version will be a
great first introduction to opera, while still appealing to a more seasoned
opera fan through the deeper characterizations and emotional content than is
typically expected in the original setting.
Opera is dedicated to being
proactive in our community and supporting other important community issues
and programs. By partnering with
NPHY on Hansel & Gretel, SCO is hoping to create a platform to engage
the community in further discussions and support for this important
Sin City Opera
soliciting donations from our sponsors and audience for the new Music &
Art Room at the NPHY Drop-In Center as well as supporting a “Plastic Food
Drive” for the donation of restaurant, fast food and convenience store gift
cards: these gift cards ensure that homeless youth can get a hot meal,
regardless of their living situation or access to a kitchen.
Urban Turban Bombay Kitchen & Tapas Bar,
located at 3900 Paradise Road near the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino,
has introduced a modern Indian lunch buffet, offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Monday through Friday.
“Turbanator” is Urban Turban’s modern take on a
traditional Indian buffet,
with signature selections offered in a quick and tasty format. Priced at
$11.95 per person, buffet lunch items include appetizers, vegetarian
selections, curries and desserts, with menu items updated daily.
SAMMY’S RESTAURANT & BAR
will toast MOTHER’S DAY with a BUBBLY by offering a complimentary mimosa for mom and
live music from local musicians, the Lisa Smith Jazz Duo, during brunch from 11 a.m.
to 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 10.
Sammy’s Restaurant & Bar
opened in fall 2013 as the latest concept by renowned restaurateur,
1501 N Green Valley Parkway in Henderson, Nev., Sammy’s offers a full
selection of entrées, pastas, salads, tapas, soups, sandwiches and desserts
along with the signature ‘woodfired’ pizzas made famous by Sammy’s Woodfired
Pizza. In addition, Sammy’s features a full bar with signature cocktails,
beer and wine along with a 24-hour gaming tavern.
Sarah Johnson, cocerone - Ninkasi Space Oddity Ball
Mandalay Bay and
Ninkasi Brewing Company
will host a once-in-a-lifetime event, the Ninkasi Space Oddity Ball: Ground Control Imperial
Stout Release Party, Friday, May 1 at 8 p.m. at Eyecandy Sound Lounge. In honor
of International Space
Day, Director of Food & Beverage and Nevada’s First Female
Johnson, along with Ninkasi
will guide guests
through the beer tasting, discussing the specific components of the beer and
how it was created from fermented ale yeast sent to space. The event will be
highlighted by lively entertainment and giveaways. The Ground Control Imperial Stout will be
officially released and tasted by Las Vegas for the first time at the May 1
event. The beer was brewed at Ninkasi’s Oregon lab facilities with ale yeast
from space; star anise (a small, star-shaped fruit) and cocoa nibs; and
finished with Oregon hazelnuts. To honor this gravity-defying brew
, every guest will receive a 22
oz. commemorative bottle packaged and designed by acclaimed artist and
illustrator Neal Williams.Other beer tastings available
throughout the evening.
this event will be provided by two California music groups
, Vokab Kompany of San
Diego and Haunted Summer
of Los Angeles.
Attendees are encouraged, but not required, to wear space-themed apparel in honor of the holiday.
Tickets for this event are priced at $50 per person.
The Laugh Factory
just celebrated its third anniversary at
Factory opened its doors at
on April 9, 2012, with co-headliners Ron
Pearson from “The Tonight Show” and Ahmed Ahmed of “Sullivan & Sons.”
Since its opening, Laugh Factory has quickly become one of the hottest
comedy clubs on the Las Vegas Strip. Since its opening, Laugh Factory has
had some famous names grace its stage. Some of these famous faces include
George Wallace, Louie Anderson, Paul Rodriguez, Ron White, Frank Caliendo,
Hannibal Buress, Russell Peters, Pauly Shore, Sammy Shore and Rob Schneider,
to name a few. Check it out!