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Entertainment Tidbits  

ENTERTAINMENT TIDBITS

by Z.Z. Zorn


Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett, the 19 time GRAMMY Award-winning musician whose music spans over six decades, will headline an exclusive Las Vegas engagement, “I Left My Heart in Las Vegas,” at The Venetian inside The Venetian Theatre September 25, 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. Tony Bennett’s daughter, Antonia Bennett, will open the performance with a collection of jazz/pop standards.

Tony Bennett's life and philosophy is the embodiment of the Great American Story. Now just celebrating his 93rd birthday on August 3, his career as the pre-eminent singer of the 20th and 21st centuries is unprecedented. He continues to be embraced and loved by audiences of all generations.

Tony Bennett has performed for eleven U.S. Presidents, is a World War II veteran who fought in the Battle of the Bulge, participated in the liberation of a concentration camp and marched side by side with Dr. Martin Luther King in Selma to support civil rights. Throughout his life he has been a dedicated pacifist and proactive humanitarian supporting many causes whose goals benefit the lives of millions. In 1999, Tony Bennett, with his wife Susan Benedetto, a former public school teacher, founded Exploring the Arts (ETA) to strengthen the role of the arts in public high school education. ETA continues and by the end of 2019, ETA will partner with 44 public high schools in all five boroughs of New York City and in Los Angeles. For every ticket sold to “I Left My Heart in Las Vegas,” Tony Bennett will donate $1 to to Exploring The Arts, Inc.

A visual artist all his life, Tony has exhibited his artwork in museums and galleries around the world and three of his paintings are part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institute. He has authored six books, including his most recent, “Tony Bennett: On Stage and In The Studio.”




Pete Davidson

Pete Davidson, “Saturday Night Live’s” youngest cast member, will join the Aces of Comedy series at The Mirage Sunday, Aug. 25 at 10 p.m. Tickets to see the famous comedian’s debut at Terry Fator Theatre are on sale now.

Pete Davidson is the first “Saturday Night Live” cast member born in the 1990s and the youngest member of the current cast. In 2015, Davidson made headlines as one of the featured comedians during Comedy Central’s “Roast of Justin Bieber.” In 2016, he shot his first stand-up special for Comedy Central and was named one of Forbes’ “30 Under 30.” He can be seen in the Netflix comedy “Set It Up,” the independent film “Big Time Adolescence” and Paramount Players’ “What Men Want.” Most recently he appeared in Netflix’s Mötley Crüe biopic “The Dirt.”



Cherry Boom Boom, an immersive rock ‘n’ roll and go-go live dance show, will return to Las Vegas with the launch of a new residency at the Night Owl Showroom at Hooters Casino Hotel. Previews will begin on Thursday, Aug. 15 with a grand opening on Thursday, Sept. 5.

Redesigned specifically for Las Vegas, the interactive show features more than 15 numbers performed by five professional dancers and one bawdy host swinging above you. With an unforgettable soundtrack and distinctive style, Cherry Boom Boom unleashes the sensual, bold and fearless dance performances from an all-female cast.

Creator, director and supervising choreographer, Lindsley Allen, was a founding member of female performer group and dance ensemble, The Pussycat Dolls, as well a dancer for legendary performer, Prince. Allen now brings her talent and expertise to Cherry Boom Boom, creating a standout show that mixes rock ‘n’ roll Americana roots with sexy choreography. Cherry Boom Boom is a full-production dance show that combines dance, theatricality and specialty acts. With previous residencies at King King Hollywood, Tropicana Vegas, The Sayers Club Los Angeles and Harvelles. Cherry Boom Boom celebrates music, dance and the sexy, bold and fearless American woman.

Cherry Boom Boom will perform shows starting at 11 p.m. from Thursday through Saturday at the Night Owl Showroom at Hooters Casino Hotel . The 70-minute production features a cast of five dancers and specialty acts as well as a host. Tickets start at $45 and are available now online at www.ticketkite.com/cherryboomboom or by calling the Box Office at 702-483- 8056.




Keith Urban

In celebration of the grand reopening of The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, four-time GRAMMY Award winner Keith Urban will bring his acclaimed “GRAFFITI U WORLD TOUR” to Las Vegas for the first time with back-to-back evenings on Sept. 6 and 7. The performances from Keith Urban, the reigning CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year, will mark the debut of the newly-enhanced Colosseum, as well as the first performances to utilize the venue’s new general admission capability on the main floor, creating a high-energy entertainment experience for fans. The shows are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.

Keith Urban is one of the most explosive live performers in music today. His concerts are critically hailed the world over and feature many of his 24 chart-topping songs including Graffiti U’s “Coming Home,” RIPCORD’s “Wasted Time,” “The Fighter,” his mega hit “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” and seminal No. 1’s including “Somebody Like You,” “Days Go By,” “Long Hot Summer” and “Stupid Boy.” His now legendary unpredictability has seen Urban performing with fans, with special guests, giving away used show guitars and performing solos perched atop audience seating. General ticket prices begin at $59 and are now on sale.



The+Source, with dispensary locations at 9480 S. Eastern Ave. in Henderson, Nev. and 2550 S. Rainbow Blvd. in Las Vegas will offer product specials and complimentary massages using Seventh Sense products in celebration of National CBD (cannabidiol) Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 8.

Seventh Sense will invite patients and customers to learn about their complete line of CBD-infused personal care and beauty products. All purchases on National CBD Day will come with a complimentary 2-ounce sample of Seventh Sense muscle balm, while supplies last.




Ribbon Cutting for Chosun Hwaro and Nara Tapan opening

Z.Z. with costumed Chosun and Nara models walking around invited event

Chosun Hwaro & Nara Teppan, the first authentic Korean BBQ experience on the Las Vegas Strip and the largest in the state of Nevada opened July 31 inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. This is the first U.S. restaurant from parent company Ebadom. The restauranteurs bring more than 20 years of experience and operate more than 200 world-class dining destinations in Korea, China and beyond.
Chosun Hwaro & Nara Teppan is a unique and authentic dining experience with Las Vegas flair from teppanyaki shows to unique items exclusive to this restaurant.
Guests can choose from two dining experiences; barbecue selections grilled at their seats, or a teppanyaki show at custom cooking tables. Both options can be complemented by Chosun Hwaro & Nara Teppan’s curated sushi menu.

The expansive 13,000-square-foot dining space boasts 30 Korean BBQ tables, 12 teppanyaki tables, with seating for up to 485 guests. The restaurant also offers VIP private dining rooms, equipped with their own Korean BBQ tables and a special VIP menu for diners. Guests on the go can stop by Chosun Hwaro & Nara Teppan’s outdoor patio and walk-up bar area adjacent to Harmon Avenue.
Guests looking to dine on less meat, there is a full sushi menu to choose. To complete the Chosun Hwaro & Nara Teppan experience, a full soju and sake menu is available. Guests can also indulge in specialty cocktails.
Media and special guests were invited the day before the opening to the great surroundings and menu of this establishment. Individual raffles tickets were given to each person attending for many prizes, and a media colleague won the Grand Prize of a 35 inch television.



Local golf enthusiasts can show off their golf skills during the Topgolf Regional Tournament on Wednesday, Aug. 14 and compete against fellow players to claim the regional winning spot. The winner of the Regional Tournament will go on to compete against 18 other teams from the U.S., U.K., Australia and Military Division in the ultimate Topgolf Tour Championships at Topgolf Las Vegas on Saturday, Aug. 24 and Sunday, Aug. 25, where one winning team will win the prize of $50,000 in cash and the title of Best Topgolf Team.
The Topgolf Tour is a two-person competition that offers the everyday golfer a chance at glory and fame as they test golfers on their strategy and accuracy by playing a variety of Topgolf signatures games. Amateurs and non-status teaching professionals are welcome to participate and must be 21 years or older. Teams and “free agents” can register now at www.tour.topgolf.com.



If you are a VEGAN this will be of extreme interest to you. Vegan Baby will recreate the recent James Beard dinner in Las Vegas on August 21.

Following an incredible dinner at the James Beard House in New York City, Vegans Baby will feature the same five celebrated chefs and five extravagant dishes and wine pairings for an innovative plant-based experience. Founder, Diana Edelman, will host her Vegas Vegan dinner in Las Vegas, in partnership with Hearts Alive Village.

The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a reception featuring passed appetizers and champagne, followed by a five-course dinner, presented by Las Vegas chefs Andrew Carroll of CATCH Las Vegas, Brian Howard of Sparrow + Wolf, Oscar Amador of EDO Gastro Tapas & Wine, Vincent Pellerin of Partage and Yuri Szarzewski of Eatt Gourmet Bistro.

Tickets are $140 (including sales tax and gratuity) and can be purchased on Eventbrite. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Hearts Alive Village Las Vegas, a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating homeless dogs and cats.




Shin Lim

Shin Lim, the only person to win “America’s Got Talent” twice returns to The Mirage with his acclaimed show Limitless at the Terry Fator Theatre. Although he is respected for his skill and poetic performance by esteemed magicians and is considered an inspiration to many young magicians, Shin Lim admits that he is not a magician nor a wizard and has no intention of lying to the audience. He performs carefully self-choreographed routines rather than pretending to defy the laws of physics. Combining dexterity, precision and grace, he has distilled a lifetime of training into a devious display of dancing digits. His mind-boggling finger moves are so masterful that the audience is left to wonder if what they have seen is truly possible.
Shin Lim’s shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and show dates at The Mirage are: Aug. 30, 31. Sept. 1, 27, 28, 29. Oct. 28, 29, 30,Oct. 31. Nov. 1 thru Nov. 10. Dec. 6,7,8, and 9. Dec. 20,21 and 22. All shows are at 7:30 pm except for Sept. 8 and Nov. 2 at 10 pm.




Oscar Goodman 80th Birthday

Everyone, not only Las Vegas, knows former Las Vegas Mayor and mob attorney Oscar B. Goodman. Well, Oscar just reached his 80th Birthday and the downtown Las Vegas community came together and hosted a special birthday celebration for him with entertainment and a birthday program.

In honor of Goodman’s 80th birthday, the special event included a memorable 80 martini salute poured by 80 bartenders in coordination with the United States Bartenders’ Guild Las Vegas Chapter and Bombay Sapphire, the Mayor’s Gin of choice for his iconic cocktail. Las Vegas legend Frankie Scinta emceed the event that welcomed local entertainers and special guests.

After the Fremont Street Experience birthday event, guests walked across the street to Oscar’s Steakhouse at the Plaza Hotel to continue the party with Oscar and his friends and family as they celebrated over dinner with live music, showgirls, and a special surprise at the end of the evening. In addition, the Hizzoner martini was featured as “What Oscar Drinks.” Of course, Oscar’s Steakhouse was named after Oscar Goodman. Happy Birthday Oscar!



Xavier Mortimer’s Magical Dream at Bally’s will offer complimentary general admission tickets to teachers for any show in August in honor of National Back to School Month. All educational professionals will receive complimentary admission to one show in August when purchasing tickets with their Clark County School District I.D. in-person at the box office.

The 70-minute, 14 act show is comprised of scenes from Xavier Mortimer’s own dream world and combines comedy, illusions, acrobatics, and original music composed by the illusionist himself. Xavier Mortimer takes audiences through a journey with captivating visuals, clever characters and unexpected twists. Allie Sparks performs alongside Mortimer as Belle, his dream girl and love interest.

Xavier Mortimer’s Magical Dream performs at 6 p.m. Friday through Wednesday, with tickets starting at $49 for general admission and $69 for VIP.



O by Cirque du Soleil will, for the first time ever, offer guests the chance to experience the wonder every night of the week at Bellagio. The breathtaking spectacular will add performances on Mondays and Tuesdays beginning in January 2020; tickets for the additional performances are on sale now.

Since its debut in 1998, “O” has been viewed by more than 17 million audiences. Featuring incredible acrobats and synchronized swimmers including nine Olympians, performing 60-foot high dives in a 1.5-million- gallon pool, “O” offers a must-see experience in Las Vegas. The timeless masterpiece now includes 85 additional cast and crew members to accommodate the new schedule.




Klok (center) with Siegfried and Roy

Siegfried with Hans Klok

Legendary magicians, Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn, attended the performance of Hans Klok: The World’s Fastest Magician at the Thunderland Showroom inside Excalibur Hotel & Casino. The renowned magicians received a standing ovation when Hans Klok introduced them to the audience during the show itself. Siegfried & Roy joined Klok and his Divas of Magic following Klok’s show that debuted on July 29. Hans Klok has been longtime friends with Siegfried and Roy after meeting them as a teen at a magic convention in Amsterdam.



ATOMIC SALOON SHOW begins Las Vegas performances on September 8.

Madam Boozy Skunkton has returned to take over the Kraken Music Hall, a hidden saloon bar in the heart of Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian. Boozy has collected the “most abnormally sexy but sensationally amoral” troupe of entertainers on Earth and is determined to create the greatest saloon show the world has ever known.

With an international cast of comic actors, variety acts, and acrobats, ATOMIC SALOON SHOW will take audiences to the Wild West as it never was. Ensuring she can oversee the day-to-day wrangling of her band of misfits, Madam Skunkton has enlisted the assistance of Spiegelworld and Britain’s leading comedy director Cal McCrystal to create the new show that’s envisioned as “Blazing Saddles” meets “America’s Got Talent” meets “Westworld.”

Spiegelworld, the same creators of the long-running hit shows ABSINTHE and OPIUM will now for the first time have three productions playing concurrently on the Las Vegas Strip. Atomic Saloon Show will begin preview performances Sept. 8 and will perform Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m., Thursday through Sunday at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., with no shows on Wednesday. Madam Boozy Skunkton has also researched a team of incredible bartenders to match the spectacle onstage.



Hakkasan Group announces its entertainment roster in support of its Labor Day weekend festivities. The popular daylife and nightlife venues will host a portfolio of talent beginning Thursday, Aug. 29 through Monday, Sept. 2. Holiday travelers will enjoy the extended weekend with unforgettable performances by chart-topping artists including Tiësto, Zedd, Martin Garrix, Steve Aoki, Lil Jon and more. The celebrations will take place at Omnia Nightclub at Caesars Palace, Hakkasan Nightclub and Wet Republic Ultra Pool at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, 1Oak Nightclub at The Mirage Hotel & Casino, and Jewel Nightclub and Liquid Pool Lounge at ARIA Resort & Casino.



SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, the 16-time Emmy Award-winning show that sparked America’s fascination with dance, is set to be live on tour. Celebrating its momentous 16th season, members of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE’s Top 10 finalists will make their way to The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas on Nov. 22 as part of Season 16’s SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE LIVE! 2019 tour.

Along with Top 10 finalists, the Season 16 tour lineup will feature two of DANCE's All-Stars. The live tour will feature this season’s most popular routines, as well as original pieces created specifically for the nationwide tour.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE LIVE! 2019 is directed by visionary director Raj Kapoor and co-directed by Rita Maye Bland, with dance routines overseen by Emmy award winning supervising choreographer Mandy Moore.



Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas is taking its käsespätzle, a “spätz”-tacular German noodle dish, to the next level. The Bavarian Beer Hall and Restaurant has launched a four-and-a-half-pound version of the specialty dish, which is complimentary to patrons under one condition: the guest must finish the supersized version of the delectable dish on their own in less than one hour.

A German classic, käsespätzle features spätzle, a very special German noodle, cooked to perfection and served with melted Swiss cheese and grated crisp onions. The over-the-top version at Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas, includes three pounds of spätzle smothered in one pound of melted Swiss cheese and peppered with a half a pound of crispy fried onions.

Participants, with no help from anyone else, will have one hour to attempt to devour the colossal dish. If not finished within the time limit, the courageous contender will have to whip out some cash to pay.

No ordinary restaurant, Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas is a party daily, with authentic German bands, boisterous sing-alongs, dancing in the aisles and on the benches, and premium Hofbräu beer. Guests can savor schnitzel, sausages, sauerbraten, pretzels and so much more. Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas is open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays until midnight..



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