From: Norm Johnson

For: Sept 19, 2021

Column for: 09-15-2021


The Neon Museum, 770 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, Nev. 89101, will host a panel discussion, “Remembering the Frontier Strike: 30 Years Later” on Thursday, Sept. 30 at 6:30 p.m. in-person at the museum and virtually via livestream on Facebook.


In September 1991, one of the longest labor strikes in U.S. history began as workers with the Culinary Union and others staged a strike at the Frontier Hotel and Casino in response to cuts in benefits and compensation. In February 1998, the dispute was-settled in labor’s favor after the ownership of the hotel changed. The strike lasted a total of six years, four months, and ten days. Panelists will reflect on the lasting impact of this successful struggle for decent wages and benefits in Las Vegas. A bilingual exhibit about the strike curated by Maribel Estrada Calderon will be on display in the La Concha visitor lobby for the panel discussion and remain until Jan. 28, 2022.


The educational event will be moderated by Claytee White, Director of the Oral History Research Center at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas (UNLV). Panelists to include historian Maribel Estrada Calderon and members of the Culinary Union who were part of the strike: Geoconda Arguello Kline, Secretary-Treasurer, Culinary Workers Local 226, Mary Burns, and Gloria Hernandez.


The free event will be held at The Neon Museum. Space is limited and registration is required in advance at: The event will also be livestreamed via Facebook (@NeonMuseum). Registration for the virtual livestream is available online at: A recording of the program will be available at a future date.






UFC President Dana White, country music recording artist Matt Stell and comedian Jim Breuer are among the headliners for pre-race activities prior to the South Point 400 on Sunday, Sept. 26 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. White, president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, will serve as the race’s grand marshal and will deliver the command to start engines.


RECORDS Nashville/Arista Nashville Platinum-selling artist Stell, who will perform the national anthem, is one of country music’s top new acts. With more than 450 million cumulative streams across his catalog to date, Stell is adding to his tally with his newest single, “That Ain’t Me No More,” the follow-up to his back-to-back No. 1s, “Prayed For You”and “Everywhere But On.” He has joined Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, and Old Dominion on tour this year. Following the anthem, a team of A-10 Warthog Thunderbolt IIs from nearby Nellis Air Force Base will perform the flyover.

Breuer, who will be performing his stand-up comedy routine during race weekend at the South Point, will provide pre-race entertainment prior to driver introductions. Breuer has been a cast member on Saturday Night Live, starred in the movie Half Baked and has spent 30 years as a comedian.


The South Point 400 will cap off four days of racing at LVMS. The race weekend gets underway on Thursday, Sept. 23 with the Star Nursery 150 for the ARCA Menards Series West on the 3/8-mile Bullring. The action shifts to the superspeedway on Friday, Sept. 24 for the Victoria’s Voice Foundation 200 Presented by Westgate Resorts for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The Alsco 302 NASCAR Xfinity Series will hit the track Saturday, Sept. 25. All three races at the superspeedway are playoff events. Tickets remain for all events by calling 1-800-644-4444 or logging on to


Resorts World Las Vegas, the Strip’s newest integrated resort, recently debuted the property’s newest addition, Awana Spa. Guests can choose from a variety of treatments inspired by European and Eastern rituals with a unique social approach. 


Offering an experience not available anywhere else in the country, the theatrical Art of Aufguss will make its U.S. debut at Awana Spa. Inspired by European saunas that provide rejuvenation and social gathering for the shared goal of greater well-being, the spa highlights a theater-inspired heated room with aromatherapy, choreographed music, lighting, and dancing towels. An avant-garde, social experience that will relax, invigorate, and inspire playfulness as each Sauna Meister curates a 30-minute themed experience. 


“Awana Spa’s uniqueness stems from tapping into traditional, world-renowned treatments, with a social twist. The experience will be pleasantly unpredictable as our distinctive architecture, music and services provide a spa experience like no other that taps into Vegas’ essence,” said Jennifer Lynn, spa director at Resorts World Las Vegas “Unlike most spas, socialization is at our core through services such as the Art of Aufguss, which provides a spectacular and entertaining wellness experience.” 


Awana’s modern, yet warm space draws upon the principles of the golden ratio with rounded rooms, curved walls, and highly thought-out designs to promote a transformative and holistic experience. The design’s pinnacle is highlighted through the spectacular, state-of-the-art Fountain of Youth experience. Inspired by tales of the mythical spring that restores the youth of anyone to bathe in its curative, age-reversing waters, the Fountain of Youth experience houses a network of six vitality pools, heated Crystal laconium room, tepidarium chairs, vapor-filled steam rooms, cool mist showers and the experiential Rain Walk. The expansive co-ed facility features LED screens and immersive experiences that change throughout the day; when the projection transports guests to various picturesque destinations, the room’s temperature as well as other added touches, will match the displayed setting. Guests can opt for a Fountain of Youth Passport, which includes a two-hour journey of youthful exploration. Awana invites guests to rejuvenate the mind, body and soul through indulgent and luxurious treatments steeped in deep wellness traditions from across the world.


Downtown Summerlin®, a development of The Howard Hughes Corporation® located in the heart of the Summerlin® master planned community, is pleased to announce the return of the Halloween parade “Parade of Mischief,” presented by SelectHealth® and produced by BESTAgency, this October. The frightfully fun, family-friendly parade will fill the streets of Downtown Summerlin with mischievous mayhem every Friday and Saturday night in October (Oct. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30) starting at 7 p.m. The event is free, open to the public and takes place along Park Centre Drive.


“Parade of Mischief was a fan favorite in 2019 and we are thrilled to welcome it back this year,” said Halee Mason, marketing director, Downtown Summerlin. “The parade will feature an all-star line-up of local youth including dancing zombies, ghosts, witches, wizards, wild creatures, a rockin’ dead skeleton band and more.”


Summerlin is part of a planned urban center, serving the entire Las Vegas Valley. It includes retail, entertainment, office, hotel, and multi-family residential elements, all designed to create a vibrant, walkable urban core within the award-winning 22,500-acre Summerlin® master planned community. Downtown Summerlin totals 400 acres and features more than 125 stores and restaurants in a streetscape-shopping environment with pedestrian thoroughfares and dynamic storefronts. The first phase of development opened to the public in October 2014. Today, Downtown Summerlin is also home to City National Arena, practice facility for the National Hockey League’s Vegas Golden Knights and Las Vegas Ballpark, a 10,000-capacity minor league baseball stadium.


Don’t miss the Dynamic Productions and Dance Dynamics presentation of “The Addams Family a New Musical” live on The Lawn at Downtown Summerlin Oct. 28 - 31.Enjoy this spooky family-friendly musical theater production of acting, singing and dancing by local performers ages 12+. All showings are free and open to the public. Visit for details. For additional information, visit


The world-famous Chippendalesare showing thanks to all first responders by offering free tickets to their “off-the-chain” party at the Chippendales Theater inside Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. To show gratitude for risking their lives and their commitment to our community’s health and safety, Chippendales is reserving twenty-five pairs of free tickets to every show for frontline workers (doctors, nurses, hospital employees, fire fighters and police officers), now through October 31. To take advantage of this offer, first responders simply need to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include the code 1STRESPONDER in the subject line, as well as proof of employment by including a photo of their work ID. Offer is limited to one pair of free tickets per employee ID.  In appreciation for their service, the men will take the stage and “take it off” for nurses, doctors, hospital employees, fire fighters and police officers who risk their lives daily for our health and safety.

After nearly 17 months since the start of the pandemic, the hottest men in Vegas are back and ready to party, please and tease audiences once again, safely and by following all protocols for the safety of everyone on and off stage.


“During this challenging time, we want to do what we can to bring a smile to the faces of those who are on the front lines protecting and caring for all of us around the world,” said Director of Operations, Katerina Tabakhov. “We are confident that a night out with the Chippendales can help relieve some stress for those men and women who are always looking out for us – and give them the chance to let loose and enjoy the fun and flirty eye candy on our stage at the Rio!”
In November 2020, Chippendales was honored for the ninth consecutive year as the “Best Male Revue” in Las Vegas, as well as “Best Bachelorette Party” destination in Las Vegas at the prestigious Best of Las Vegas! Awards. The show, which features heart-thumping choreography and multiple opportunities for audience members to get on stage, is an all-out party providing the perfect backdrop for a Girls Night Out in Las Vegas. Whether looking to celebrate a bachelorette party in Las Vegas, a big birthday bash or just have a wild night out, Chippendales Las Vegas is the Strip’s number one spot to let loose and have fun.
Chippendales performs Wednesday through Sunday at 8:30 pm. (dark Monday and Tuesday). Tickets range from $49.95 to $149.95 + tax and fees (18+) and can be purchased by calling (702) 777-7776 or by visiting or


Well , gang, that’s about it for this week, You can find me out at the Speedway.