“BRETT’S VEGAS VIEW”

DATE: Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016

BY: Jackie Brett

VEGAS COLUMN

 

GUNS N’ ROSES REUNION STARTS IN LAS VEGAS

               Guns N’ Roses will reunite on stage for the first time in 23 years over the opening weekend, April 8 and 9, of the new T-Mobile Arena before they headline the Coachella music festival the following two weekends. Tickets start at $79.50.

 

JENNIFER LOPEZ DEBUTS HER NEW LAS VEGAS SHOW

               Jennifer Lopez premiered her headlining residency show “Jennifer Lopez: All I Have” at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood last week and attracted celebs galore. Among the global superstar’s first night audience were: Justin Bieber, Ryan Seacrest, Rebel Wilson, T.I., Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Kelly Osbourne, Leah Remini, Gina Rodriguez, Hoda Kotb, Camilla Belle, Wilmer Valderrama, Ryan Guzman, Cheryl Burke, Derek Hough, Nicole Scherzinger, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Kiesza, Pras, and her entire “Shades of Blue” cast including Ray Liotta, Sarah Jeffery, Warren Kole, Santino Fontana, Gino Pesi and Dayo Okeniyi. The show included guest performances by Ja Rule (“I’m Real”), Ne-Yo (“All I Have”) and Pitbull closing (“On The Floor”).

               Her show with hit songs such as “On The Floor,” “Jenny From The Block,” “Get Right” and “Love Don’t Cost A Thing” also features a five-piece live band and 16 dancers, extravagant costumes, and state-of-the-art technology in sets, lighting, video and special effects. Tickets for her 9 p.m. performances range from $59 to $229.

 

‘TODAY’ SHOW FILMED FROM LAS VEGAS

               Hoda Kotb was in town covering Jennifer Lopez’s opening night show. Her sidekick for the “Today” show’s live broadcast was Jenna Bush-Hager. The duo arrived upon a portable chaise lounge carried by Caesars royal court. They were visited on set by faux Steve Tyler from “Legends in Concert,” Teller with a bit of magic and Cirque du Soleil performers.

               Human Nature also appeared and promoted their new show “Jukebox” being launched March 29 in the Sands Showroom at The Venetian. The Australian quartet’s new show will extend beyond their original Motown show presented by Smokey Robinson and be a co-production of SPI Entertainment and The Venetian with a new music selection.

 

MGM RESORTS WILL BE CHANGING LAS VEGAS’ PARKING EXPERIENCE

               MGM Resorts is launching a major parking strategy that includes charging for parking. The company’s $90 million strategy will expand and enhance parking infrastructure, and take advantage of new technologies to improve the parking experience. The strategy includes the implementation of a parking fee program that will introduce a modest fee compared to other markets for customers utilizing valet services or self-park facilities. An overnight guest utilizing a self-park facility will pay $10 or less and guests will be able to earn free-parking status through the M life program. The parking fee program will be implemented in the second quarter of 2016.
               The company is planning to build a $54-million, 3,000-space parking structure near the northwest corner of the Excalibur Hotel campus. Construction is scheduled to begin the second quarter of 2016, with completion the second quarter of 2017.       

               Additionally, the company is investing an additional $36 million to improve parking facilities at its Las Vegas resorts by implementing guidance technologies, redesigning parking layouts and establishing other guest enhancements.

 

MANDALAY BAY FINISHES CONVENTION CENTER EXPANSION

                The Mandalay Bay’s Convention Center expansion is complete now with this month’s opening of the 70,000-square-foot Oceanside Ballroom. The $70 million expansion includes 350,000 square feet of new exhibit space, a 20,000-square-foot foyer and underground parking that opened last August. In total, the convention center has 2 million total square feet and more than 900,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space. In addition, the expansion is incorporating an additional rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) array spanning eight acres.

               The final phase of Mandalay Bay’s resort-wide, multi-year transformation is the $100 million redesign of more than 3,000 guest rooms and suites that will wrap up in February. 

 

LOCO CANTINA WILL OPEN AT TOWN SQUARE ON FEB. 8

               The slogan “Mexican street eats and fiesta—where flavor and fun is a way of life” defines Las Vegas’ newest Mexican drinks and dining experience, Loco Cantina opening at Town Square on the second floor on Monday, Feb. 8. Loco Cantina will open at 11 a.m., serve lunch and dinner daily, have a happy hour, and offer live entertainment nightly.

               Loco Cantina will have a “fiesta-like” atmosphere with a rustic yet industrial interior design. Playfully placed repurposed doors with vintage hardware and crates will descend from the ceiling, juxtaposed with industrial light fixtures housing Edison bulbs. Slate-wrapped columns will showcase the daily specials in chalk. The bar will feature an exposed metal casing wrapped in mesh. The outdoor patio will have a pergola awning with garage doors.

               The restaurant will have 230 seats with 80 of them on the patio, four tables for communal dining and nine televisions. The owner is Steve Cohee, who also owns and operates the Mexican-inspired bar and grill Adobe Gila’s with current locations in Illinois, Ohio and Florida.

 

PIZZAREV LAUNCHES FIRST NEVADA LOCATION IN HENDERSON

               The build-your-own pizza concept, Southern California-based PizzaRev will launch its first Nevada location on Feb. 18 in Henderson at 1381 W. Sunset Road with two more expected this year. On opening day from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m., guests will be encouraged to pay what they’d like for their pizza with all proceeds benefiting nonprofit group After-School All-Stars.

               PizzaRev offers a fully customizable pizza experience where guests can create a personal pizza in thousands of combinations for one price, have it assembled to order and fired in less than three minutes in a 900 degree stone-bed oven. PizzaRev also serves custom entrée salads, an Oreo dessert pizza, and beer and wine.

 

MEGASTARS BRYAN, KEITH AND PAISLEY SET FOR ROUTE 91 HARVEST

               The third annual Route 91 Harvest will return to Las Vegas with country heavyweights Luke Bryan, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Little Big Town, and Chris Young at the Las Vegas Village across from the Luxor Sept. 30–Oct. 2. Passes for the three-day, two-stage country music festival go on sale Friday, Jan. 29 at 10 a.m.

               The diverse lineup will also include Billy Currington, Lindsay Ell, Tyler Farr, Granger Smith featuring Earl Dibbles, Jr., Jana Kramer, Dustin Lynch, David Nail, Travis Tritt and more.  

 

THE SCINTAS SET FOR LIMITED ENGAGEMENT AT THE PLAZA

               The Scintas will be opening their music and comedy show in the main showroom at the Plaza for a limited engagement beginning Friday, Feb. 19. They will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19, 20, 26 and 27; March 11, 12, 25 and 26; Apr. 8, 9, 15 and 16; and May 6, 7, 13 and 14.

               The Scintas, brothers Frankie and Joe, and “honorary Scinta” Peter O’Donnell, along with newest addition, Janien Valentine, have become a fixture in Las Vegas for the past 16 years. Tickets start at $29 for general admission and $49 for VIP tickets.

 

THE MOB MUSEUM IS INTRODUCING ‘MOE-BOT’ TELEPRESENCE SYSTEM

               Your next tour of The Mob Museum could be via a robotic device you control from your own home. Beginning Monday, April 1, “Moe-Bot,” a BeamPro telepresence robot created by Suitable Technologies, will enable guests to “visit” the museum via their computer screen or mobile device and direct their exhibit experience almost as personally as if they were physically there.


               Once a user logs onto the system, their face appears on Moe-Bot’s screen, which is mounted on a mobile stand whose movement the user controls. In this way, the visitor gives the impression of being physically inside the museum. A museum guide accompanies the Moe-Bot visitor to answer any questions, point out must-see displays and ensure each tour experience is interactive and personalized. In the case of school groups using Moe-Bot, the teacher can control the device while its video feed is projected for his or her class to watch. For information, call 702-229-2734.

 

BIG GAME 10K RUNNING FESTIVAL OFFERS THREE SPECIAL RACES

               An international field representing five countries and 14 states are among the early entries for the second Big Game 10K road race festival to be held downtown on Sunday, Feb. 7. The event includes a 10K, 5K, Combo Challenge, Kids Fun Run, and costume contest, along with the three-day Big Game Health and Fitness Expo. Football-themed events include a pre-race Carbo Load, post-race Touchdown Tailgate, and a viewing party for the big game itself.
               The event is being held once again as a benefit for the Las Vegas-based Goodie Two Shoes Foundation. For information, visit www.biggame10k.com.

 

RISING STAR SIERRA BLACK WILL PERFORM AT SANTA FE STATION

               Rising country star and Las Vegas native Sierra Black will showcase her talents with two free shows at Santa Fe Station in the Chrome Showroom on Jan. 29 and 30 at 9 p.m. Black recently released her new single “Casino.” Entry is first-come, first-served.

               Black began singing when she was six years old. She inherited her talent gift from her grandmother, who was the youngest member of the singing trio of Cuban-born sisters called The De Castro Sisters, who hit the top of the Billboard charts with the 1954 hit “Teach Me Tonight.”

               In between recording sessions in Nashville, Black has performed alongside and opened for many country music acts, including Joe Nichols, Little Big Town, The Swon Brothers and Keith Urban, whom she sang a duet with at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas.

 

ETHEL M® CELEBRATES WITH VALENTINE’S DAY LIGHT DISPLAY

               Ethel M® Chocolates in Henderson will celebrate Valentine’s Day by illuminating its three-acre botanical garden with more than 200,000 pink, red, white and purple lights from Feb. 1-14.

               Ethel M’s Valentine’s Day candy collections include heart-shaped 14-, 28- and 46-piece chocolate boxes, chocolate covered strawberries, a Bearington teddy bear, baskets and bundle options.

 

THE WESTGATE’S RACE AND SPORTS SUPERBOOK® IS NOW MOBILE

               As part of its recent renovation at the Race and Sports SuperBook® at Westgate is the arrival of an innovative new mobile app. The SuperBook® Mobile App is available for download on smartphone devices and tablets, including Android, iPhone and iPad.

               To enroll, guests must complete an application form at the Race & Sports SuperBook. All SuperBook® Mobile app users must be 21 years or older and be a member of the Westgate Las Vegas Players Club. By law, wagers are only accepted within the State of Nevada.

 

SLS PLANS WHOLE BIG GAME WEEKEND OF ACTIVITIES

               SLS for the Big Game weekend Feb. 5-7 has arranged culinary offerings, nightlife festivities and game day viewing parties.

               The weekend will be kicked off by James Beard award-winning chef José Andrés hosting the property’s first-ever Dine-N-Dash event on Friday, Feb. 5 at 5:30 p.m. The culinary tour will feature signature dishes and hand-crafted beverages from all seven restaurants on property, a “cocktail theater” by renowned mixologist Rob Floyd and a live cooking demonstration by Andrés with special guest chef Curtis Stone. Tickets start at $99.

               Also on Feb. 5, Platinum-selling electronic rock band AWOLNATION will debut and christen The Foundry, the new live 1,800 capacity entertainment venue at SLS that replaced LiFE Nightclub. Tickets for the opening party at 8 p.m. start at $35. On Saturday, Feb. 6 at 10:30 p.m. legendary rappers Lil Wayne, Method Man and Redman will take over The Foundry. Tickets start at $30.

               On Sunday, Feb. 7 there will be Big Game viewing parties at Umami Burger, Beer Garden & SportsBook and also at The Sayers Club.

 

SPEEDWAY CREATES CHAIRMAN’S EXPERIENCE FOR RACE FANS

               Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS) will debut the Chairman’s Experience at the Blackjack Club during the Kobalt 400 in March. The Chairman’s Experience will be limited to the first 60 race fans and will take place in the Blackjack Club on the third floor of the infield media center. This location provides a 360-degree view of the speedway from both an indoor, climate-controlled area as well as an outdoor patio. The experience will also allow unprecedented access to behind-the-scenes activities along with the best in food, drinks and comfort. For information and to sign up, call the speedway sales and marketing office at 702-832-8254.

 

PALMS WILL HOST 2016 JAY CUTLER DESERT CLASSIC

               Martini Spray Tan and Liquid Sun Rayz will present the Las Vegas City Athletic Club’s 2016 Jay Cutler Desert Classic inside The Pearl at the Palms on Saturday, March 26. The NPC national qualifier competition with contestants from around the country consists of Men and Women’s Body Building, Men and Women’s Physique, Women’s Figure and Bikini, and Women’s Fitness along with multiple vendors. Four-time Mr. Olympia Jay Cutler will be in attendance.

               Tickets for the prejudging event at 10:30 a.m. are $35.50. Tickets for the finals at 6:30 p.m. are $48, $52 for VIP, and $100 for Meet and Greet VIP. An official after party will take place that evening at Ghostbar hosted by Cutler.

 

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM HAS UPDATED AFRICAN SAVANNA EXHIBIT

                The Las Vegas Natural History Museum will unveil its newly updated African Savanna Exhibit featuring donated pieces from the Gary and Matthew Primm Family Wildlife Collection on Thursday, Jan. 28. The updated South African inspired exhibit highlights indigenous species to the continent’s lower region such as a lion, Cape buffalo, crocodile, leopard, rhinoceros and lechwe.

               Nevada casino developer and wildlife enthusiast, Gary E. Primm, donated the prestigious museum-quality animal collection last November with an estimated value of $650,000. The rare, one-of-a-kind collection features more than 90 exotic and domestic species collected and curated over 20 years.

 

BROOKMAN SCHOOL SETS GUINNESS WORLD RECORD

               Brookman Elementary School’s Guinness World Records attempt was a success with 20,703 glow sticks illuminating the school grounds on Jan. 15 with a line measuring 3.92 miles pending final approval. The glow sticks represented each book the students read and were tested on, with an 80 percent comprehension or better from September 2015 to January 2016. The current world record holder is a primary school in Australia with 9,800 glow sticks.


                Comedy Magician Adam London, who stars in his own “Laughternoon” show at the D, co-hosted with his wife Alana London, who is a fourth-grade teacher at Brookman Elementary School.

 

SCATTERED ITEMS

               For National Chocolate Lovers’ Month, HEXX kitchen bar chocolate at Paris is offering complimentary dessert tastings in its kitchen every Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. throughout February. Selections will include an array of petit fours. Also free behind-the-scenes chocolate kitchen tours will be held daily in February. Reservations can be made using Eventbrite.

               Andre's Restaurant & Lounge at Monte Carlo is now offering its $50 five-course tasting experience served on a single plate not only to patrons dining in the bar, but also in the restaurant’s main dining room. The $50 tasting plate includes an unscripted selection of three hot or cold appetizers, one chef-selected entrée and one dessert item.

               Two-time Golden Globe nominee and now “The Danish Girl” Oscar nominee Alicia Vikander was in town filming the new “Bourne” movie with fellow actor Matt Damon and attended Cirque du Soleil’s show “O” at Bellagio.

               The Stratosphere’s 107 Lounge has had a name change to 107 SkyLounge. It was named “Best Lounge” and “Best Martini” by the “Las Vegas Review-Journal.”

               The adult revue, “Sexxy” at the Westgate will celebrate its first anniversary on Tuesday, Jan. 26.

               Aria is being featured on the Monday, Jan. 25 episode of ABC’s reality series “The Bachelor,” currently in its 20th season. The resort is the backdrop for newest bachelor, Ben Higgins, and his remaining bachelorettes, with the cast staying in the luxurious ARIA Sky Suites. Additionally, The Mirage headliner Terry Fator is making an appearance during the episode’s group date.

               The M Resort will host a three-day job fair Jan. 26-28 in the Ravello Lounge to recruit candidates for 90 seasonal pool positions for both of its pools: the M Resort Pool and DayDream Pool Club.

 

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