BRETT’S VEGAS VIEW

 

Date: Nov. 19, 2017

BY: Jackie Brett       

 

BAVETTE’S STEAKHOUSE & BAR DEBUTS AT PARK MGM

            Renowned Chicago restaurant group Hogsalt Hospitality has opened Bavette’s Steakhouse & Bar as part of the Monte Carlo’s makeover into Park MGM. Paying homage to Gilded Age opulence, the ambiance features glowing chandeliers, sultry jazz, rich woods, red banquettes, and a mix of vintage art and murals by acclaimed artist David Plunkert. In speakeasy fashion, in the back of Bavette’s is a hidden parlor bar. Bavette’s is open daily at 5 p.m. serving decadently reimagined steakhouse fare with some French flair.

 

HOLLY MADISON IS GREAT SANTA RUN’S GRAND MARSHAL

            TV personality and author Holly Madison will serve as the official Grand Marshal for Opportunity Village’s 13th annual Las Vegas Great Santa Run taking place Downtown on Saturday, Dec. 2. The annual charity fun run with hundreds of Santa-clad participants will also welcome Mayor Carolyn Goodman and the Chippendales and feature special performances by Human Nature, Jennifer Romas’ “Sexxy” cast featuring Gabriella Versace, Santa and Mrs. Claus and the beloved OV Elvi, the world’s only all-Elvis dance troupe.

            The holiday event will return this year to compete against rival Liverpool and others for the international title of most Santas gathered for a fun run through the “World Santa Alliance.” Registration is $45 for general participation; free for children three and under; and $10 for canine companions. The package includes a five-piece Santa suit.

 

GREEN VALLEY RANCH HOSTS UNIVERSAL DOMINO LEAGUE TOURNAMENT

            The Universal Domino League’s (UDL) Fall Classic Domino Tournament will be held in the Estancia Ballroom at Green Valley Ranch on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 25-26 with more than 350 players competing for more than $50,000 in cash and prizes. The tournament will also be attempting to set the Guinness World Record for “Most People Playing in a Domino Tournament.” Entry is free for all spectators.

 

SAM’S TOWN’S WINTER WONDERLAND LIGHTS UP IN MYSTIC FALLS PARK

            Sam’s Town will light up its Winter Wonderland display complete with a glimpse inside Santa’s workshop at Mystic Falls Park on Wednesday, Nov. 22 at its annual tree lighting ceremony. The holiday attraction featuring a nine-minute holiday-inspired laser light show will be available through Jan. 1.      

   

            Cowboy Santa will appear at the Mystic Falls Park gazebo on Thursdays and Fridays from 4–8:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 8:30 p.m. from Nov. 24 through Dec. 23.

            In addition, Sam’s Town is again hosting Cell Phones for Soldiers encouraging folks to donate cell phones and chargers through Wednesday, Nov. 30 and in return receiving one free dining coupon to Firelight Buffet with the purchase of another buffet.

 

‘LEGENDS IN CONCERT’ PRESENTS HOLIDAY SHOW AT FLAMINGO

            “Legends in Concert,” the longest-running show in Las Vegas at the Flamingo, will run its annual holiday show Monday, Nov. 20 through Dec. 30. For the first time in the production’s history, “Legends in Concert” will debut a tribute to the late superstar George Michael, portrayed by Michael Knight recreating hits from the superstar’s solo career and Wham!.

            Other artists presented will include: Whitney Houston by Jazmine; Frank Sinatra, by Brian Duprey; and Elvis Presley by Matt Lewis and Bill Cherry. Each tribute artist will highlight a holiday season song and keeping with an annual tradition, local youth choirs and performing arts groups perform in the holiday production. The show includes a new opening number, big finale with the entire cast performing “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” and the Legends band’s tribute to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “Christmas Eve in Sarajevo” (“Carol of the Bells”).

 

ANNUAL ‘A VERY TERRY CHRISTMAS’ RETURNS TO THE MIRAGE

            Terry Fator will present his annual holiday show “A Very Terry Christmas” at The Mirage Nov. 27-Dec. 25 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $59.99.

            The holiday-themed performance features Fator, pre-show opener Ben Harris, and lovable 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 and Latin heartthrob Fernando V. Francisco, “Elton John,” “Donald Trump,” “Bing Crosby” and “David Bowie.”

 

GEN KOREAN BBQ HOUSE AT GALLERIA MALL OFFERS NEW APPROACH

            When you think of visiting the Galleria at Sunset mall for shopping, add dining to the special offerings there. Three restaurants sit side by side, Larsen’s Grill, World of Beer and GEN Korean BBQ House, on an upper level with outside entrances directly facing the free parking lot.

            GEN Korean BBQ House, the first in the valley with another one planned on the west side of town, offers all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue at set prices $15.99 for lunch and $20.99 for dinner. It’s a different experience and not a buffet. You sit at a table or booth with you own tabletop grill and cook your food, which makes for a fun experience especially when dining with friends. The food is plentiful and menu options boundless consisting of freshly prepared meats, seafood, and vegetables, and many side dishes.

            If you visit during peak times, be prepared to wait since they don’t take reservations. Hours are daily 11 a.m.-midnight.

 

SALT ROOM LV IN SUMMERLIN CELEBRATES THREE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY

            This month, the Salt Room LV in Summerlin is celebrating a three-year milestone. Having no idea about salt room therapy, it was amazing to meet the establishment’s founder and owner Ava Mucikyan and to learn and have a first-hand experience.

            Salt therapy, also commonly known as Halotherapy, includes relaxing in a solid “salt cave” for a 45-minute session. The cave walls are large Himalayan salt bricks while the floor is covered in Himalayan salt pebbles, and pharmaceutical-grade, breathable particles of salt circulate throughout the room. The quiet cave has comfortable lounge chairs and a spa-like atmosphere. You can read or just relax while taking in a glorious rather addicting experience. Mucikyan has also built a colorful separate dedicated salt playroom for children. According to Mucikyan, a 45-minute session is equivalent to three days at an ocean beach.

            In addition, Salt Room LV hosts monthly yoga and meditation workshops and can accommodate multiple guests or private sessions.

            Merchandise products made of from pure Himalayan salt, such as shot glasses, lamps and blocks are available. Since opening in 2015, Salt Room LV has developed its own line of all-natural skin care products using organic ingredients, including salt scrubs, bath salts, body lotions and lip balms.
            Located at 1958 Village Center Cir, Ste. 7, Salt Room LV is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

SOUL FESTIVAL WILL FEATURE TOP R&B ARTISTS AT ORLEANS ARENA

            The Las Vegas Soul Festival has Teddy Riley presenting top R&B artists at the Orleans Arena on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. Featured artists along with Riley will include Faith Evans, Guy, SWV, Donell Jones, Black Street, Ginuwine and Jon B. The concert will be hosted by legendary producer Jimmy Jay and also feature celebrity DJ Larose Royce. Tickets start at $39.
            Riley, best known as “The King of New Jack Swing,” rose to fame as a member of the R&B group, Guy. In 1991, the singer-songwriter formed the R&B and soul group Blackstreet. In addition, Riley has also produced music for several legendary artists, including Michel Jackson, Bobby Brown, Boys II Men and Snoop Dogg.

 

BARENAKED LADIES’ 2018 TOUR WILL VISIT RED ROCK RESORT

            Barenaked Ladies will make a “Last Summer on Earth 2018 Tour” stop at the Red Rock Resort with special guests Better Than Ezra and KT Tunstall at the Sandbar Poolside Stage on Saturday, June 16 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $56 with fans receiving a download of BNL’s new 15th studio album “Fake Nudes,” which is available on Vanguard Records.

 

JOHN GOTTI’S 1972 JAGUAR ON DISPLAY AT FASHION SHOW

            In partnership with The Mob Museum, notorious Mob boss John Gotti’s red 1972 Jaguar XKE convertible is on display at the Fashion Show at the Neiman Marcus plaza, now through Dec. 18 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays. During this time, “Mob Mondays” offers participation in a raffle with Mob Museum prizes.

 

TONY AWARD-WINNER JOHN LLOYD YOUNG HEADLINES AT THE SPACE

            For the second time in its inaugural year, The Space will feature Tony Award-winning performer John Lloyd Young, star of the hit musical “Jersey Boys” on both Broadway and the Clint Eastwood-directed film, for a two-night engagement Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8 and 9. He originated the Frankie Valli role. Tickets start at $45.

            Young’s debut album, “My Turn...” is available for download on iTunes and Amazon.com.

 

ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW – LIVE!

            House Seats will present “Rocky Horror Picture Show – Live!” featuring an all-star Vegas cast at the intimate House of Blues at Mandalay Bay on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. Assembled from casts of the top shows in town, the talented actors and singers will bring the 1975 cult classic bring to life. Tickets start at $10.

 

PLAZA HOLDS PICKLEBALL MIXERS

             The Plaza downtown is partnering with the city of Las Vegas Parks and Recreation Department to hold free Pickleball mixers on Thursdays, Dec. 7 and again Jan. 4 from 6-9 p.m. on the rooftop courts at the pool. Before each mixer from 5 to 6 p.m., a beginner’s Pickleball clinic will be held. Guests can play for free while enjoying music from a local DJ, pizza and water from Pop Up Pizza, and drink specials.

            Attendees can bring their own equipment or rent for a nominal fee. Play is open to ages 18 and older. Advanced reservations for the mixers are not necessary.

             Starting Jan. 11, Parks and Recreation will hold weekly Pickleball scramblers. The Pool at the Plaza offers 12 permanent Pickleball courts and a tennis court that can be converted into four more.

 

DINING NEWS

            Beer Park at Paris will celebrate Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23 with extended hours opening early at 8:30 a.m., food specials and football viewing parties.

            Carnevino Italian Steakhouse at The Palazzo and B&B Ristorante at The Venetian are serving white truffle menus to celebrate the truffle harvest season throughout November, based on availability. Cost is $300.

            Boteco at 9500 S. Eastern Ave. is holding a Best of 2017 Tasting Menu on Friday, Dec. 1 from 5-11 p.m. with a wine pairing included for $100; call 702-790 2323.

            “Tanked” TV host Brett Raymer just opened the third Donut Mania location in his growing franchise in North Las Vegas with a fourth location at Trails Village Center opening in Summerlin by the end of the year.

 

WYNN OFFERS MORE MASTER CLASSES

            The upcoming series of workshops led by master chefs, sommeliers, bakers and artisans at Wynn take participants behind the scenes.

            The Chocolate Master Class on Thursday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. will be led by executive pastry chef Patrice Caillot and chef chocolatier Bruno Codinha. Participants will get a crash course in emulsions, tempering, molding and piping, while tasting a variety of Wynn’s artisanal chocolates handcrafted daily. Cost is $125.

            Champagne Wishes on Thursday, Dec. 14 at 3 p.m. will have director of wine Mark Thomas leading an intimate champagne and small bites tasting session. Cost is $150.

            Treat Trimming on Saturday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. will be a family-friendly workshop creating holiday ornaments with executive pastry chef Patrice Caillot. Cost is $95.

 

BRITNEY SPEARS'S SUPPORTS LAS VEGAS NONPROFITS

            Las Vegas “Piece of Me” headliner Britney Spears is also an amateur painter who just sold her first work at auction and the buyer was none other than Las Vegas columnist Robin Leach, best known for his distinctive voice and “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.” Spears donated her painting of flowers representing a new beginning on a small canvas to Vegas Cares to auction for the benefit the October 1 victims. Reportedly the art piece sold for $10,000.

            In addition, she recently appeared at the grand opening for the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation’s Britney Spears Campus, which she donated $1 million to help build.

 

FUTURE SHOWS

            Elvis Costello is bringing his brand new show, “NOW/NOT NOW,” to Wynn for a six-night run in the Encore Theater on select dates from Feb. 28-March 10, 2018.

            Harry Connick Jr. will return to the Encore Theater for two more performance nights with his band on Friday-Saturday, Dec. 1 and 2 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $59.50.

            Comedy impressionist Gordie Brown will start and open-ended run at Hooters in the Night Owl Showroom on Wednesday, Nov. 29. Performances will be nightly except Tuesday and Friday at 9:30 p.m.

            Latin pop star Ana Gabriel, who has released more than 30 albums in different genres including Latin Pop, Ranchero and Banda, will headline The Pearl at the Palms on Saturday, Nov. 25 at 9 p.m. Tickets start at $60.

            “X107.5’s Holiday Havoc – Night One” presented by Dollar Loan Center returns to The Joint at Hard Rock on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. featuring Rise Against with special guests Portugal. The Man, Royal Blood, New Politics and Mondo Cozmo. 

            The 66th MISS UNIVERSE Competition will air live with Steve Harvey hosting the three-hour special from The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Nov. 26 on FOX at 4 p.m. Tickets start at $31, visit Ticketmaster.

 

QUICK ITEMS

             On Nov. 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., four popular Nevada authors will sign their publications in the Mob Museum’s retail store on Black Friday. Books include: “Las Vegas Babylon and Lost Las Vegas” by Jeff Burbank; “Discovering Vintage Las Vegas” by Paul Papa; “Getting Off on Frank Sinatra” by Megan Edwards; and “The House Always Wins” by Brian Rouff. No admission fee is required to attend the signing.

            Paige O'Hara, known as Disney’s heroine Belle in the Oscar-winning animated film “Beauty and the Beast,” is an accomplished artist, who has done renderings based on her character. O’Hara will be live painting in the Magical Memories Featuring Disney Fine Art at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace and signing works Friday, Nov 24 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 25 from 1-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.

            The boxing comeback film “Rocky IV” will be shown on the wraparound LED video screen at Wynn Race & Sports Book on Thursday, Nov. 23 at 9:30 p.m. Admission is complimentary.

            Celebrating five years, the Neon Museum is offering Nevada residents two-for-one tours through Dec. 22 by booking online using promo code local2for1. Tours take place outdoors and last between 45 and 60 minutes.

            The 58 white memorial crosses are gone from next to the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign and on display at the Clark Country Heritage Museum until Dec. 17. Afterwards, the museum will be preserving the crosses.

            Lucky Dragon continues “Hot Manila Nights” featuring a live band on Friday, Nov. 24, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. inside Dragon’s Alley, adjacent to the casino floor. There is a $10 cover charge, which includes one San Miguel beer, for non-members and $5 for members.

            Gentlemen’s club Crazy Horse III will collect toy donations Dec. 1-9 to support KLUC-FM’s 19th annual toy drive. Patrons giving a new and unwrapped toy priced at $15 or more will receive one free drink.

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