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Entertainment Tidbits  

ENTERTAINMENT TIDBITS

by Z.Z. Zorn


The Las Vegas Philharmonic presents the critically acclaimed horror film, Psycho, on the big screen while the orchestra performs the musical score live on Saturday, October 6 at 7:30 pm in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. This will be the Philharmonic’s first of four Pops concerts during its 20th anniversary season. Dr. Jonathan Rhodes Lee , Professor of Music at UNLV, will host a pre-concert conversation in Reynolds Hall one hour prior to the performance (6:30 PM) for patrons interested in learning more about the music behind Alfred Hitchcock’s classic horror film. Patrons are encouraged to dress to kill as their favorite Hitchcock character and arrive early for devilish treats and entertainment provided by Red Rock Winds, a woodwind quintet from UNLV’s School of Music.

The Las Vegas Philharmonic will continue to offer its roundtrip shuttle bus service from designated Henderson and Summerlin locations to its Saturday evening performances during the concert season. A roundtrip bus pass costs $25 per concert and can be purchased in conjunction with the patron’s concert ticket.


And, The Las Vegas Philharmonic Guild will host a Hollywood Happening luncheon on Sunday, October 28 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort and Spa . The event will include a champagne reception, musical entertainment, luncheon, silent auction and a fashion show. Guests are encouraged to dress as their favorite Hollywood celebrity from the golden age of film or modern day, and prizes will be awarded. Tickets are $125 per person. The Hollywood Happening luncheon and fashion show continues to raise funds for the organization through signature events. All proceeds from the event will support the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s Youth programs and Music Van education and community outreach project. The Las Vegas Philharmonic, led by Music Director, Donato Cabrera, established its presence in Southern Nevada in 1998. The mission of the Las Vegas Philharmonic is to inspire a lifelong appreciation of music through performances and educational experiences that enhance the lives of our residents and the culture of our city.


Every year for the past 23 years there has been a Las Vegas tradition party called the Old-Time Reunion. I have been attending since the first one and it is a wonderful nostalgic event that also includes cocktails, dinner, entertainment and much friendship and mingling. This year the Old-Time Reunion will be held on Sunday, October 7 in The Orleans Hotel Mardi Gras Ballroom at 4:30 p.m. for cocktails and 6 p.m. for dinner and entertainment. So much of Old Vegas is shown on video screens on walls throughout and are so much fun as well as other reminiscent events.
Reservations are required for $55 per person and if you want a complete list of attendees add $5. Send your reservation to The JGS Group 1050 Indigo Dr. 110 Las Vegas, NV 89145 and make your check payable to Old-Time Reunion Party. You will surely enjoy this event and want to continue to make it a yearly experience!



Contemporary local artist James Stanford presents a new exhibition featuring photomontages of vintage Las Vegas landmarks and the city’s famed neon signs. The free exhibit will be Friday, Sept. 21 through Saturday, Dec. 8 in The Studio at the Sahara West Library, 9600 W. Sahara Ave.

A welcoming reception with Stanford will be 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 27.

Heavily influenced by his native Las Vegas roots and surroundings, Stanford is an innovative artist who revisits the vibrant energy of 1960s Vegas with this collection. Entitled Shimmering Zen, he will feature a range of intricate digital collages of original photographs that capture the city’s iconic aesthetic and particularly its neon signs. Some of the pieces include The Neon Museum, Fremont Street, Fong’s Garden and Circus Circus, Flamingo, Golden Nugget, Tropicana, Caesars Palace and Binion’s properties.



From royal courts to enchanted forests, Clark County Parks and Recreation presents the 25th Annual Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival as it returns to Sunset Park (2601 E. Sunset Rd. Las Vegas) Oct. 12 – 14. This three-day event will immerse visitors in the Renaissance era with numerous villages and different guilds, activities, historical reenactments, live performances and an array of authentic period foods and beverages – truly an event that’s fun for the entire family!
The Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival presents various shows per day along with historical re-enactments, jousting tournaments, medieval pageantry and more than 100 artisans – including blacksmiths, stained glass designers, jewelers, wood workers, toy makers, perfume blenders, stone carvers and sword, dagger and armor craftsman – to demonstrate and sell their wares. Guests looking to feast will be delighted in the variety of food and drink offerings including traditional fare such as turkey legs,Shepard’s pie, beers, ales and more. This year’s live entertainment will feature music on various stages from Tempest, Gallows Humor, Bogtrotters Union, Killian’s Angels, Whiskey Bards and Sportive Tricks.
The Festival is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $13 per day in advance for adults ($15 day of event) and $8 per day in advance for seniors ages 60 and older as well as children ages six to 12 ($10 day of event). Children five and younger are free. Three-day passes can be purchased in advance for $30 for adults and $20 for children ages six to 12 and seniors ages 60 and older. Combo packs including three-day admission, an event T-shirt and an 18x24 commemorative poster are also available. Three-day passes and advance tickets are available through www.ticketfly.com. Event box offices will be open at the festival 9 a.m. daily during the fair.
Event parking will be available at Del Sol High School (3100 E. Patrick Lane) beginning Friday from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., as needed. Overflow parking will be at Cannon Junior High (5850 Euclid Street) for all three days of the festival, only as needed. Free shuttle service is available to and from the festival grounds approximately every 15 minutes. Guests should refrain from parking at area businesses as they will tow unauthorized vehicles.
Patrons may bring one sealed bottle of water, sunscreen, blankets and still camera. No carry-in food or beverages, pets, lawn chairs or weapons (with or without permit) are allowed inside the festival area. No re-entry is allowed. ATMs will be on site and located by the each entrance gate, next to the main food court and in the vendor village. Alcohol sales begin at 1 p.m. on Friday and sales will cease at 9 p.m. both Friday and Saturday evening and 4 p.m. on Sunday. All alcohol sales are ages 21+ with proper identification.




Lionel Richie

“Lionel Richie - All the Hits.” the spectacular, state-of-the-art production, designed exclusively for Zappos Theater will continue at Planet Hollywood through October 20.

The critically-acclaimed Las Vegas residency “Lionel Richie – All The Hits” celebrates decades of Richie’s timeless musical career. Since the show’s premiere in 2016 the show has received rave reviews and accolades from fans and critics alike. In recognition of his artistry, multi-platinum-selling and four-time GRAMMY Awards winner Lionel Richie was presented with the Key to Las Vegas’ iconic Strip by Clark County Commissioner Jim Gibson, who also officially declared Wednesday, Aug. 15 as “Lionel Richie Day.”

Magician Mat Franco celebrated the third anniversary of his award-winning show, MAT FRANCO –MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY in the Mat Franco Theater at the LINQ Hotel & Casino. Mat and the crew commemorated the milestone performance backstage with champagne and cupcakes before the show, which was packed.

“How did he do that?” is just the tip of the iceberg audiences say and feel while enjoying his unique feats of illusion. Besides being amazingly awe-struck, there is laughter, intriguing videos of a very young Mat, and his stage presence and exemplary audience involvement. All this and more in one spectacular performance by the winner of America’s Got Talent.

MAT FRANCO – MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY performs Thursday - Friday at 7 p.m. with an additional 9:30 p.m. performance on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, and is DARK Wednesday and Thursday. Ticket prices start at $45 and a VIP Experience is available with a $50 upgrade on any section plus all applicable fees, per person. The VIP Experience includes a personal meet & greet and photo with Mat Franco directly following the performance, a VIP laminate, a signed keepsake souvenir and a complimentary beverage. Tickets can be purchased online at MatFranco.com, by calling 702-777-2782 or in-person at The LINQ Theater box office.



MGM Resorts International invites gastronomy connoisseurs and foodie fans to revel in an epicurean adventure October 12-14. World-renowned chefs, award-winning restaurants and the city’s top beverage experts will unite to create a memorable culinary experience sure to delight the palate. A selection of MGM Resorts International’s finest food and beverage offerings will be highlighted at Mandalay Bay, Delano Las Vegas, Luxor and the Las Vegas Festival Grounds during a special three-day weekend of celebrity chef dinners, cocktail demonstrations, wine offerings, multi-course menus and more.




Mark Shunock - founder of THE SPACE

The Space has quickly earned a reputation for hip and intimate experiences unparalleled in the city built on exceptional entertainment. Located just behind Aria and The Cosmopolitan, The Space is announcing an diverse fall concert and event lineup that includes Tony winner John Lloyd Young from Jersey Boys, Wicked star and recording artist Shoshana Bean, brilliant Native American performance artist Alexandro Querevalú, and Michael Winslow of Police Academy.

Initially created as the home of Mondays Dark , a twice-monthly celebrity-driven variety show that has raised more than $800,000 for local charities in southern Nevada, The Space is the brainchild of Las Vegas entertainer and philanthropist Mark Shunock, also known as the Host for the Vegas Golden Knights and MC for Magic Mike Live. The Space has emerged as the haven for the arts and artists in Las Vegas, presenting a wide variety of avant-garde concerts, performances, comedy shows, and other events.

This fall, The Space also will premier ComedySportz, the internationally- acclaimed and hilarious improvisational comedy group featuring two teams of professionals who compete for laughs, points and audience support. Shows are scheduled for Friday, Sept. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 6 and 20. Monday’s Dark will return on Sept.10 and 17 and Oct. 8 and 22, with proceeds benefitting several nonprofit organizations.



Palace Station, the original Las Vegas locals’ casino in Southern Nevada, is located at 2411 W. Sahara Ave. It was opened by Frank Fertitta, Jr. as The Casino on July 1, 1976 and later named Bingo Palace before becoming Palace Station. The property has now had a complete renovation to modernize and add new amenities and is celebrating a grand reopening throughout September. Among the new additions are a new casino floor, three new restaurants, a pool area, bingo room and a race and sports book.

Legendary disco and funk band KC & The Sunshine Band returned to Las Vegas alongside special guests the Village People , to help celebrate the Grand Re-opening of the newly-modernized Palace Station on September 15.




Ventura Juelz with timekeepers checking starting time of her record Twerkathon

Adult film star, Juelz Ventura, set a new Guinness World Record for “Longest Duration Twerking with a late-night “Twerkathon” in celebration of National Twerk Day, at Crazy Horse 3 Gentlemen’s Club in Las Vegas, early into the morning hours on Sunday, Sept. 16.

Ventura attempted to break the current world record, previously set at two hours and one minute, with a personal goal of three hours. Wearing Crazy Horse 3 booty shorts and athletic shoes to increase her comfort and stamina, Ventura was cheered on by the entire club as the event was videotaped and photographed from beginning to end. Ventura set a new record for “Longest Duration Twerking at two hours and thirty minutes , confirmed by official timekeepers.

Best known for appearing in more than 200 adult videos and for starring in multiple adult film parodies, Ventura has appeared on the cover of Penthouse Magazine and has won Adult Video News (AVN) Awards for “Best Oral Sex Scene” and “Most Outrageous Sex Scene” in 2012.



NBC’s summer smash hit series World of Dance has its second annual touring spectacular, The World of Dance Live Tour including a stop at the Grand Events Center inside Green Valley Ranch Resort on Friday, November 2 at 8p.m. Featuring breathtaking performances from the best dancers from across all genres, including the top six finalists from NBC’s World Of Dance.
The World of Dance Live Tour is a live interpretation of the TV show “World of Dance”, NBC's hit dance competition series and consists of engaging and interactive 90-minute dance showcases which include the hottest stars from the television show as well as dance icons from YouTube, along with ticket packages that include special talent meet and greets and autograph sessions. The first three extraordinary performers for the Tour include Michael Dameski, Charity and Andres, and BDash and Konkrete , with more of the shows’ superstar talent to be announced shortly.




Daniel Emmit singer AGT

Although he didn’t win AMERICA GOT TALENT on AGT, operatic singer Daniel Emmet certainly was in the semi- finals. He was mesmerizing to see and hear on TV and you can still see him and hear his powerful spectacular voice in person at Cocktail Cabaret at Caesars Palace where he is appearing along with other talented performers.



Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group and Nevada Ballet Theatre (NBT) 11th annual collaboration, entitled Art from Art kicks off the second decade of their acclaimed partnership and marks the beginning of NBT’s 2018-2019 performance Season. Held exclusively at the Mystère Theatre at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino, this year’s event will be presented over two weekends : Sunday, October 7 at 1 pm ; and Saturday and Sunday, October 13 and 14 at 1 pm .
Always a unique experience, this year’s performance will present audiences with a seamless show—breathing fresh perspective into this ever-popular event. This year’s choreographers hail from various performing arts and technical theater backgrounds—including dancers, acrobats, aerialists and even a stage rigger---and possess a range of choreographic experience.

Tasked with identifying a work of art as their inspiration, Art from Art will encompass a dozen original creations performed by over 60 artists from both Cirque du Soleil and NBT including newcomer Blue Man Group. With mentoring by Creative Guides Johanna Sapakie (Cirque du Soleil) and NBT Artistic Director Roy Kaiser along with assistance from Caine Keenan (Cirque du Soleil), Art from Art will include a special appearance by NBT’s Future Dance Scholars.



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LA’s hottest rock and roll burlesque show, LITTLE MISS NASTY, debuts in Hooters Casino Night Owl Showroom . Beginning Oct. 5, the sexy ladies of LMN will perform every Friday and Saturday night at 10:30 p.m. The most buzzed about rock and roll burlesque show, LITTLE MISS NASTY brings the edgiest and sexiest vixens to the stage where amazing talented dancers take the audience on a sexy ride from the fun and familiar, to the dark and mysterious corners of rock and roll dripping with gritty, yet sensual scenes. The show is set to an unbeatable music backdrop that includes songs from Led Zeppelin, Marilyn Manson, Korn, Iggy Pop, Nine Inch Nails, Pantera, Rob Zombie, Rage Against The Machine, The Runaways and many other cutting edge classics. This is not a typical burlesque show, and these are definitely not your average showgirls – each dancer is a true rock star of the stage. A two-part show complete with heart racing and head banging action, LITTLE MISS NASTY is a fully choreographed and immersive production full of unexpected surprises. These empowered women are redefining what it means to be a modern, sexy and badass woman of today. Tickets start at $49, plus applicable fees on sale now at www.littlemissnastyofficial.com.



A new unique steak experience is now introduced at brothers David Morton and Michael Morton’s steakhouse, MB Steak at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino . It is a tableside carving presentation of a 16-pound Tomahawk steak.

Executive Chef Patrick Munster prepares the dry-aged USDA Prime Tomahawk steak “low and slow” the night before the reservation, first seasoning the cut with MB’s signature spice blend before slow roasting the meat overnight at a low temperature. The Tomahawk, cooked to medium rare, is carved tableside with a Wu ¨sthof knife. Ideal for groups of 10 to 12 people, the Tomahawk is accompanied by MB Steak’s signature seasonings and steak sauce and served with six shareable side dishes, with choices including lobster mac & cheese with cavatappi pasta; creamed corn with king crab and roasted poblano; maitake mushrooms with aged goat cheese; and creamed spinach with a poached egg and truffle gouda; among other selections. The Tomahawk dinner is priced at $1,200 and requires an advance order of 72 hours at minimum.



FRIENDS! The Musical Parody, a comedic spin-off of the hit TV show that dazzled New York audiences, makes its Las Vegas premiere at the D Las Vegas on October 18 with the official opening on October 26. The production features the six main characters from the cast: Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Joey and Phoebe, and will be set to original music that will make audiences laugh, cry and fall in love with these six FRIENDS all over again.
Following the path paved by the off-Broadway production, the soundtrack of FRIENDS! The Musical Parody will be set to a live band inside the showroom and will pay homage to some of the audience’s favorite moments from the original TV show.

FRIENDS! The Musical Parody is presented by Theater Mogul and Lynn Shore Entertainment and directed by Paul Stancato, whose directorial pedigree includes Grease, Jekyll & Hyde and Hairspray, among other Broadway productions.




Cabo Wabo Cantina Hockey Viewing

Cabo Wabo Cantina, (Sammy Hagar’s hard rockin’ dining and live music venue) i nside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood will celebrate throughout hockey season with viewing parties for professional hockey games beginning Wednesday, Oct. 3. Showing support for Vegas’ home team, Cabo Wabo bartenders will mix up the ‘Golden Mule’ cocktail, handcrafted with vodka, St. Germain, mango puree, pineapple juice and fresh lime juice, topped with ginger beer, priced at $12. Dos Equis beer buckets, priced at $23 will also be available.

Games will be shown throughout the cantina on flat-panel big-screen TVs, including a 200-inch video grid, a 200-inch projection screen, a 110-inch high-definition TV, two 80-inch high- definition TVs and 25 high-definition TVs, visible from any seat in the restaurant.



Just after attending a wonderful Nevada Broadcasters Association 32nd Annual Hall of Fame Gala, I heard some very sad news. The Gala had honored Hank Thornley with their Lifetime Achievement Award. Hank Thornley, 101 years of age was unable to attend the event and his vision and accomplishments were extolled at the Gala.

The event was on a Saturday and just a few days later on Wednesday, Hank Thornley passed away. RIP



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