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APRIL 2014

April 1, 2014

Las Vegas High Roller Now Open

Ushering in a new era of excitement in entertainment, the Las Vegas High Roller, the world's tallest observation wheel, officially opened March 31 at The LINQ. For more information, contact Christina Karas, Caesars Entertainment, ckaras@caesars.com.


The World's Legendary Music Festival, Rock in Rio, Heads to Las Vegas in May 2015

Rock in Rio, the legendary music festival, will launch its first stateside edition in Las Vegas in May 2015 with support from iHeartRadio. Founded by Brazilian entrepreneur Roberto Medina, Rock in Rio has redefined the modern music festival experience with its immersive combination of the biggest names in music and a massive entertainment attraction. Since its inception in 1985, 13 Rock in Rio festivals have taken place across three countries with more than 7 million people attending and 1 billion more watching at home around the world. For more information, contact Cohn & Wolfe, RockinRio@cohnwolfe.com.


Las Vegas Celebrates Two Decades as No. 1 Trade Show Destination

Las Vegas has been named the No. 1 trade show destination for the 20th consecutive year, according to the Trade Show News Network's (TSNN) "2013 TSNN Top 250 Trade Shows in the United States" list. Las Vegas hosted 53 of the largest shows. The coveted list by Trade Show News Network represents the top 250 trade shows held in the country last year, ranked by net square footage. The 53 shows in Las Vegas encompassed 20,113,046 net square feet, or 31.2% percent of the total space for all 250 shows. The largest single show was the International CES, held in Las Vegas, at more than 1.9 million square feet. For more information, contact Heidi Hayes, LVCVA, hhayes@lvcva.com.  


Mamma Mia! To Open at The New Tropicana Resort

After a nationwide search, full casting has been announced for the highly anticipated Las Vegas production of MAMMA MIA! which begins performances at The New Tropicana resort in Las Vegas May 8. The talented cast features MAMMA MIA! alumni, including all three Dynamos as well as several Las Vegas locals who will join the company. MAMMA MIA! will perform in the newly transformed Tropicana Theater Sunday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. For more information, contact Rebecca Smith, Kirvin Doak Communications, rsmith@kirvindoak.com


Las Vegas City of Lights Jazz and R&B Festival Returns for 22nd Year

Michael Schivo Presents, celebrating 48 years as Nevada's premier Pop, Rock and Jazz concert promoter and recipient of Nevada Arts Advocacy highest annual award, has again teamed up with Old School 105.7 and Power 88 in Las Vegas and Radio Free 103.5 in Los Angeles to co-sponsor the 22nd annual Las Vegas City of Lights Jazz and R&B Festival, April 27. By popular demand, the Festival will remain at the Clark County Government Amphitheater. Performances will include various GRAMMY Award winning artist.. For more information, contact Michael Schivo, jazzrover@aol.com


‘Provocouture' Kicks Off at Luxor Hotel and Casino

A social and stylish new LGBT nightlife experience kicked off at Savile Row, located inside LAX Nightclub at Luxor Hotel and Casino. PROVOCOUTURE debuted March 31. The lounge invites gay and gay-friendly guests to explore their voyeuristic desires during sophisticated evenings inside the intimate venue. The evenings will cater to partygoers' sensual sides with special seductive performances, unique cocktails and vintage pop music. Guests are able to mix and mingle while entertainment surrounds them with no reserved tables. Additional PROVOCOUTURE dates are scheduled for April 28 and May 26. For more information, contact David Gonzalez, MGM Resorts International, dgonzalez@mgmresorts.com.


1923 Bourbon & Burlesque by Holly Madison to Open at Mandalay Bay Resort and

The Prohibition Era of live jazz, bootleg liquor and seductive cabaret will come to life with a modern twist inside 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque by Holly Madison premiering at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino April 17. The new social lounge will transport guests to an exclusive speakeasy featuring a sensual burlesque revue, along with 1923's custom barrel-aged whiskey and premium cigars. For more information, contact Alexandria Baum, Kirvin Doak Communications, abaum@kirvindoak.com.


Carlo's Bakery Opens at The Venetian

Carlo's Bakery, the setting of TLC's hit reality show "Cake Boss," has opened its very first store west of the Mississippi River. Located just adjacent to Buddy Valastro's restaurant, Buddy V's, in the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, Carlo's Bakery Las Vegas features fan favorites, including Buddy's Cannoli, Lobster Tail pastry, Italian cookies and of course, his famous cakes. All items will be available for purchase in-store, via phone and online. For more information, contact Katie Conway, Bread & Butter PR, katie@breadandbutterpr.com.


International Hair Stylist Claude Baruk Opens First North American Salon at Encore Las Vegas

Claude Baruk, a leading colorist and trendsetter in France, officially launched his first North American salon at Wynn Las Vegas.  Hand-selected by Steve Wynn, Baruk's Salon at Encore blends his signature hair spa services with an artistic precision resulting in runway-worthy styles. The salon also features 12 hairstyling stations, eight pedicure thrones, eight manicure tables, two makeup stations, and a team of talented stylists, colorists, manicurists, and makeup artists. The new salon offers a variety of services from haircuts and color treatments to bridal up-dos. In addition, special lavish services are available, including the Le Balayage De Claude, Rendez-vous Prive and the Women's Signature "5 Step" Cut. The salon also uses a first-to-market Steam Pod treatment that straightens hair while leaving it healthier and shinier than ever before. For more information, contact Shane Collins, Wynn Las Vegas, shane.collins@wynnlasvegas.com


Sprinkles Cupcakes Opens at The LINQ

Sprinkles Cupcakes recently opened at The LINQ, featuring the popular cupcakes, Sprinkles Ice Cream and a 24-hour Cupcake ATM, perfect for Las Vegas' round-the-clock nature. Handcrafted from the finest ingredients, Sprinkles Cupcakes are available in more than 50 flavors, including banana, chai latte, dark chocolate and the classic favorite, red velvet, available in gluten-free, sugar-free and vegan. The location will also feature slow-churned ice cream served in waffle cones or sundaes loaded with house-made sauces and toppings. For more information, contact Dawn Britt, one7 communications, dawn@one7communications.com.


Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas Opens at The LINQ

BROOKLYN BOWL celebrated its opening weekend with a lineup of concerts that included a sold-out midnight show by The Roots on Friday, March 14 as well as a two-night concert event by Elvis Costello and The Roots on March 15 and 16. Occupying 80,000 square feet inside The LINQ, Caesars Entertainment's open air district in the center of the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, concert goers are able to enjoy a live concert experience, 32 lanes of bowling and rockin' comfort food by the world-renowned Bromberg Brothers' Blue Ribbon Restaurants, including their iconic fried chicken celebrated on Food Network's "The Best Thing I Ever Ate."  For more information, contact Langdon Flynn Communications, brooklynbowl@langdonflynn.com.


Divorce Party Las Vegas Celebrates Official Strip Debut at Bally's Las Vegas

Divorce Party Las Vegas recently made its official Strip debut inside Windows Showroom at Bally's Las Vegas. An 80-minute comedic musical event, Divorce Party Las Vegas, centers around Linda, still reeling from her divorce, as her friends turn her despair into a weekend of hilarity. Hailed by the L.A. Weekly as a blend of "Sex and the City with Dr. Phil, Oprah and SNL," the show uses laughs, songs and the occasional shock factor to explore the realities of divorce, long term relationships and moving on. For more information, contact Langdon Flynn
Communications, Kristin@langdonflynn.com.


Riviera Hotel & Casino welcomes "Pawn Stars" parody PAWN SHOP LIVE! 

The Broadway-style comedy PAWN SHOP LIVE!, a comedic nod to the story behind HISTORY's reality smash hit "Pawn Stars," is set to open at the historic Riviera Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip April 21. PAWN SHOP LIVE! is based on the story of the world's most famous and beloved pawn shop, Gold & Silver Pawn. The production, which has been fully endorsed by the break-out stars of the hit television show, includes story contributions from Rick Harrison and the Harrison family. PAWN SHOP LIVE! will run nightly at 4:30 p.m. inside the Starlite Theatre. For more information, contact Jeff Klein, PR Plus, jeff@prpluslv.com


New York-New York Transforms Strip-Side Façade

New York-New York Hotel & Casino officially unveiled its transformed Strip-front façade featuring a re-imagined public plaza, expanded outdoor dining patio and four new retail venues. Anchored by the property's famed Brooklyn Bridge, the plaza delivers an animated and engaging pedestrian environment at the south end of Las Vegas Blvd., encouraging guests to become part of the scene. New retail outlets include Swatch, Stupidiotic, I Love NYNY and Starbucks. For more information, contact Shant Apelian, MGM Resorts International, sapelian01@mgmresorts.com.


PANDA! at The Venetian and The Palazzo Announces Extension

Meeting popular demand, PANDA!, the first-ever Chinese-produced show to take up a Las Vegas residency, has extended its window for ticket sales at The Palazzo Las Vegas through July 2014. Hailed as "one of Las Vegas' best new productions" and a "jaw-dropping spectacle" (Sunseeker), PANDA! is produced by a team whose impressive credits include the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Tickets for the new performance dates are now on sale. For more information, contact Steve Flynn, Langdon Flynn Communications, steve@langdonflynn.com.


Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens Opens Spring Display

The weather around the country may still be a bit unpredictable, but springtime has officially sprung inside Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens where it's always a pleasant 68.4 degrees. Through May 11, the spring display brings a bounty of more than 8,200 vibrant colored flowers and floral creations.. For more information, contact Jessica Weaver, MGM Resorts International, jweaver@mgmresorts.com.


Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational Returns to Las Vegas

Hosted by ARIA Resort & Casino, the 13th Annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational (MJCI) returns to Las Vegas' Shadow Creek April 3-6 featuring celebrity favorites plus first-time attendees, including actors Ray Romano, Luke Wilson and Jesse Metcalfe, GRAMMY Award-winning R&B trio Boyz II Men and Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson. In its fourth year in Las Vegas, MJCI will gather dozens of celebrities for four days of star-studded events and golf at ARIA and Shadow Creek. The Celebrity-Amateur tournament, which pairs one celebrity with four amateur participants, will take place Thursday, April 3 and Friday, April 4. The MJCI two-person, 36-hole scramble format tournament, which includes only competing celebrities, will take place Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6. For more information, contact Natalie Mounier, Kirvin Doak Communications, nmounier@kirvindoak.com.


Palms Opens Back Room Burger

Palms Casino Resort is beefing up its restaurant scene with Back Room Burger, the only poolside burger restaurant in Las Vegas. Back Room Burger is an original concept created by a collaboration of chefs from Palms and N9NE Steakhouse, which introduces a fun twist on classic American favorites with diverse burger options, hearty sides, craft beer and playful custard shakes, with or without a buzz. Debuting just in time for the start of pool season, guests can kick back and enjoy delicious food in a cool atmosphere, with a prime location overlooking the lively action of Palms Pool. For more information, contact Alex Acuna, Palms Casino Resort, pr@palms.com.


Chef Daniel Boulud to Open DB Brasserie at The Venetian

Contemporary French restaurant DB Brasserie is set to open this May inside The Venetian Las Vegas. The opening is one of the most anticipated culinary events of the year - Chef Daniel Boulud's return to Las Vegas. With a menu created in collaboration with Executive Chef David Middleton, DB Brasserie stays true to Chef Boulud's signature French-American cooking and modern sensibility. DB Brasserie will boast a wine program of approximately 300 international selections with special attention given to exciting new American wine regions while seating 280 diners, including two private dining rooms, as well as a casual bar and lounge. For more information, contact Alissa Kelly, PR Plus, Alissa@prpluslv.com.


Da Vinci The Exhibition Opens at The Venetian

Imagine Exhibitions Gallery presents Da Vinci The Exhibition, a comprehensive and interactive look at the brilliance of the original Renaissance man, Leonardo da Vinci at The Venetian Las Vegas. Featuring more than 65 fully built, life-size inventions, more than 20 fine art studies and dozens of stunning displays, guests will learn the complex beginnings and lifetime achievements of da Vinci through his discoveries in art, engineering, flight, hydraulics, music, light, anatomy and more. In addition to da Vinci's role as an inventor, Da Vinci The Exhibition investigates a collection of da Vinci's most renowned paintings, including some controversial works traditionally attributed to him, but not yet authenticated. Guests will have the opportunity to thoroughly study the artistic mastery behind such works as "Mona Lisa," "The Last Supper," "Portrait of a Young Man," "Virgin of the Rocks," "St. John the Baptist" and more. For more information, contact Kara Rutkin, Kirvin Doak Communications, krutkin@kirvindoak.com.


Chicago Hotspot Yusho to Open at Monte Carlo

Yusho, the Japanese-inspired grill and noodle house by renowned Chicago Chef Matthias Merges will make its Las Vegas debut at Monte Carlo in April 2014. The approachable menu will include varieties of fresh seafood, poultry, meats and vegetables, cooked-to-order over a chattering fire, along with house-made pickled vegetables, noodles and steamed buns. The high-energy venue will offer guests a variety of social experiences positioned right in the heart of The Strip. The restaurant is part of a major transformation taking place at the resort as the entire front facade is recreated into a gathering place where visitors can take in the city's robust sights, sounds and flavors. In addition to Yusho, the new plaza will feature a variety of casual restaurants, bars and eateries all opening this spring. For more information, contact Ashley Farkas, MGM Resorts International, afarkas@mgmresorts.com.


JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa Kicks Off Pool Season with Upgrades  

JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa is now offering access to its tropical pool oasis. This season, the resort furthers its goal of providing the finest in high-end hospitality by upgrading its cabanas. In addition, it offers memberships, family passes, delectable fare, specialty drinks and more. Guests may soak up the sun and relax in the serene 11,000 square-foot pool area surrounded by cascading waterfalls, palm trees, plush lounge chairs and views of the surrounding golf course and mountains. For a more exclusive experience, pool goers can reserve JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa's private cabanas. Patrons may choose between Standard Cabanas, which can host up to eight people, or Grand Cabanas, which can accommodate up to 16. For more information, contact Therese Sam, JW Marriott, therese.sam@jwmarriottlv.com.


Red Rock Resort Announces Sandbar Summer Concert Series

Red Rock Resort is proud to announce the Sandbar Summer Concert Series will return to the Sandbar poolside venue. The outdoor concert series welcomes the summer with performances by The Goo Goo Dolls, Daughtry and Plain White T's (Aug. 1), Lifehouse (May 3), KANSAS (May 17) and more. With a remarkable concert lineup and the opportunity to dip your toes into one of the most spectacular pools in the Las Vegas valley, the Sandbar Summer Concert Series offers a live music experience unlike any other. For more information, contact Jeff Klein, PR Plus, jeff@prpluslv.com.


Orleans Arena Awarded LEED Gold Certification

Boyd Gaming Corporation recently announced that the Orleans Arena has been awarded LEED Gold certification for existing buildings by the U.S. Green Building Council. The Orleans Arena is the first arena in the state of Nevada to receive LEED Gold recognition.  It joins a handful of prominent arenas across the country in achieving the prominent sustainability recognition, including American Airlines Arena in Miami, FL, Amway Center in Orlando, Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Philips Arena in Atlanta, the Moda Center in Portland, and the Toyota Center in Houston. The certification caps a multi-year effort to incorporate sustainable practices throughout the Arena's operations.  Through a variety of measures - most completely unnoticeable to guests -- the Arena significantly reduced its energy consumption, and reduced the amount of waste sent to local landfills by 25 percent. For more information, contact Jasen Woehrle, The Firm Public Relations, jasenw@thefirmpr.com.


Electric Daisy Carnival, Las Vegas Tickets Sell Out in Record Time

Months before the festival gates open - and prior to the release of a lineup, Insomniac announced that all VIP and General Admission tickets for the 18th annual Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC), Las Vegas have sold out. With more than 400,000 fans expected to fill the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, June 20-22, the festival will be the largest experience that Insomniac has ever produced in its more than 20-year history and maintains the show's position as the largest dance music festival in the world. In addition to the impressive number of fans who purchased tickets, this sold out announcement marks an additional milestone for the company, with tickets selling out more than three months in advance, earlier than ever before. For more information, contact Alison Monaghan, Kirvin Doak Communications, amonaghan@kirvindoak.com.


UFC International Fight Week to Return to Las Vegas 

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and Las Vegas are teaming up for the third annual UFC International Fight Week July 1-6. The weeklong experience for UFC fans around the world will feature the largest gathering of fighters and unprecedented access to UFC stars, UFC Fan Expo, pool party with Octagon Girls, training sessions and tournaments, a free concert, weigh-ins, The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale, UFC 175 and more. Several of the hottest locations in Las Vegas will host UFC themed events. For more information, visit www.ufcfightweek.com.


Palms Casino Resort Offers 24-Hour Checkout Experience

Palms Casino Resort is the first major hotel in the United States to offer a 24-hour checkout program. Guests can maximize their Las Vegas experience at no extra cost by booking the 24-hour checkout option on Superior, Premier and Ivory Suites, by booking at Palms.com. Experiencing 24-hour checkout is a quick and easy process. While booking directly through Palms.com, a guest will note their anticipated check-in time on the website (standard check-in time is at 3 p.m.). Upon arrival, the guest will provide the hotel with a mobile phone number to communicate via text message. On the day of departure, the guest will receive a reminder text about the scheduled departure time (the guest can even check out via text). For more information, contact Alex Acuna, Palms Casino Resort, pr@palms.com.


Wet'n'Wild Las Vegas Introduces New Extreme Slide for 2014 Season

Wet ‘n' Wild Las Vegas has announced it is bringing the world's premier funnel water slide to Las Vegas with the acclaimed TORNADO by ProSlide Technology. The award-winning extreme water slide simulates a natural storm experience and will join the water park's more than 25 slides and attractions in providing outdoor water fun and lasting memories for families and thrill seekers. While the park will open on April 12 for Spring Break, the Wet ‘n' Wild Tornado will launch during the official start to summer, Memorial Day weekend. For more information, contact Nancy Katz, Purdue Marion & Associates, nancy@purduemarion.com.


Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Extends Rehab to Two Days a Week

After an unparalleled 10th anniversary season, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino invites revelers to indulge in a double-dose of REHAB by extending the debauchery to two days, adding Saturdays to its signature Sunday events. Partygoers can check in for a weekend of revelry beginning Saturday, April 12 with music sensation Robin Thicke and Sunday, April 13 with award-winning artist Flo Rida. For more information, contact Lindsey Rathjen, Kirvin Doak Communications, lrathjen@kirvindoak.com.


Block 16 hospitality opens The Blind Pig - Provisions & Lounge

Just off The Strip at the Panorama Towers, Block16 Hospitality unveiled a brand new dining concept with the opening of The Blind Pig - Provisions & Lounge. Designed as a gathering place for those living the urban lifestyle, The Blind Pig - Provisions & Lounge is a counter order restaurant and market serving artisanal, seasonal and chef-driven bites for locals seeking a great breakfast, lunch or dinner spot, smoothies and coffee, gourmet grab-and-go items, late night bites and more. The lounge aspect of The Blind Pig - Provisions & Lounge opens early afternoon and stays open through late evening offering handcrafted cocktails, craft beers, wine and a bar menu. For more information, contact Heidi Baldwin, J Public Relations, heidi@jpublicrelations.com.


The New Tropicana Las Vegas Debuts First Saturday LGBTQ Beach Club Party

The first-ever Saturday LGBTQ beach party at a resort on the Vegas Strip, Xposed!, celebrated its grand opening Saturday, March 29, at The New Tropicana resort in Las Vegas. Xposed! welcomes a rowdy lineup of all the hottest DJs throughout the summer, kicking off the season with DJ Ryan Kenney and DJ Kidd Madonny, to create a sizzling Las Vegas beach party that will revolutionize the LGBTQ day club experience. For more information, contact Rebecca Smith, Kirvin Doak Communications, rsmith@kirvindoak.com.


MGM Grand and Delos Complete Expansion of Stay Well Experience and Introduce New Stay Well Lounge

In response to guest demand for healthy travel options, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino and Delos, the pioneer of Wellness Real Estate recently completed an expansion of the Stay Well room collection and introduced the new Stay Well Lounge, providing Stay Well guests a sanctuary for private registration and relaxation as well as an elevated level of service throughout their stay. Encompassing the hotel's entire 14th floor, the Stay Well collection now includes 171 rooms and suites, including a breathtaking Skyline Marquee Suite. These unique accommodations include more than 20 evidence-based health and wellness features which allow guests to maintain their healthy lifestyle practices while on the road, whether for business or leisure. For more information, contact Suzie Rugh, MGM Resorts International, srugh@mgmresorts.com


sbe Introduces LiFE, an Original Nightlife Experience Debuting at SLS Las Vegas

Global hospitality leader sbe recently unveiled LiFE, an original nightlife concept set to debut at the highly anticipated SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino Labor Day Weekend 2014. LiFE is the latest addition to the dynamic nightlife collection at SLS Las Vegas, introducing a 20,000-square-foot immersive experience featuring a rooftop pool. LiFE is where the essence of the party is -- its people. SLS Las Vegas is the first Las Vegas hotel by sbe and will feature an imaginative mix of the most innovative nightlife, dining and entertainment experiences under one roof. Notable brands opening at SLS Las Vegas include a reinvention of the popular L.A. nightspot, The Sayers Club, and dynamic restaurant concepts, including The Bazaar by José Andrés, Katsuya, Cleo, 800 Degrees, Umami Burger and The Griddle Café, with more to be announced in the coming weeks. For more information, contact Cheyanne Baker, Kirvin Doak Communications, cbaker@kirvindoak.com