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August 1, 2013

Copa Airlines Increases Frequencies Between Las Vegas and Panama

Copa Airlines announced it will increase frequency of its nonstop service between Las Vegas, Nevada, and the airline's Hub of the Americas in Panama, Republic of Panama, on Dec. 13.  The airline will add a nonstop flight on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays to complement existing daily nonstop service between Las Vegas and Panama. This marks the third time that Copa has increased service to Las Vegas since the inaugural flight in June 2012. For more information, contact Copa Airlines, mailto:mediarelations@copaair.com.


BLT Steak at Bally's Las Vegas to Open Early 2014

Bally's Las Vegas and ESquared Hospitality recently announced the opening of BLT Steak inside Bally's Las Vegas slated for early 2014.  With its prime location and critically acclaimed menu, the praised restaurant will be a natural addition to the blossoming Bally's Las Vegas resort for visitors and locals alike. BLT Steak will occupy the space that is currently Bally's Steakhouse but expand to 9,300 square feet with more than 250 seats.  A curving bar and accompanying lounge with 50 seats will greet guests before entering the main dining room, which will seat 184 and be separated into small, intimate dining rooms that can be utilized for large parties or special events up to 100 guests.  Two separate private dining rooms will seat up to 10 and 12 guests, respectively. For more information, contact Taylor Shields, Caesars Entertainment, tshields@caesars.com.


The Light Group Opens Kumi at Mandalay Bay

The Light Group has opened its third restaurant project at Mandalay Bay. Kumi, a new Japanese concept, features the cuisine of executive sushi chef Toshiyuki Motoyama, a native of Yokohama, Japan, who was trained in traditional edomae sushi technique and studied under the famed Mr. Yamada at Kyubei. Kumi presents guests with an extraordinary ambience of raw natural woods, hammered steel accents and touches of red lacquer to compliment the dining experience. Kumi's sumptuous cuisine is complimented by a wide array of specialty cocktails created by The Light Group's very own master mixologist. For more information, contact Casey Brennan, The Light Group, cbrennan@lightgroup.com.


ghostbar at Palms Casino Resort to Undergo Renovation

ghostbar, the legendary nightclub located on the 55th floor of the Ivory Tower at Palms Casino Resort, will undergo a sexy and sophisticated remodel designed exclusively to elevate the guest experience. ghostbar will be dark from July 7, until it debuts its brand new look in mid-August. The redesign is part of the $50 million renovation currently underway at the property. Klai Juba Architects, the team responsible for the remodel of the property's Ivory Tower rooms and suites, will bring an elegant design to ghostbar with a feminine feel and an exquisite color scheme of white, black and fuchsia. Featuring Murano-style, glistening chandeliers, plush banquettes with ornate wood carved legs, and porcelain tile flooring alongside dramatic fairytale-style Brinton's carpet, ghostbar will have a sensual new vibe and will be the perfect setting to take in the world-famous views of the Las Vegas skyline. For more information, contact Alex Acuna, Palms Casino Resort, pr@palms.com.


Clear Channel Announces the 2013 iHeartRadio Music Festival Line-Up

Clear Channel recently announced the artist line-up for the biggest live concert event in radio history, the iHeartRadio Music Festival, taking place in Las Vegas Sept. 20-21. This year's line-up includes Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, J. Cole, Elton John, Muse, Tiësto, Chris Brown, Keith Urban, fun., Miguel, Bruno Mars, Phoenix, Zedd, Maroon 5, Tim McGraw, Ke$ha, Thirty Seconds to Mars and Benny Benassi, plus a rare live appearance by legendary rock band Queen + Adam Lambert, this year's Macy's iHeartRadio Rising Star winner, The Summer Set and other special surprise guests to be announced later. Ryan Seacrest, host and producer of the top-rated nationally syndicated LA Morning drive-time show - "On Air with Ryan Seacrest" on Clear Channel's 102.7 KIIS-FM, will return for a third record-breaking year to host the Festival, kicking off the two-day event on the evening of Sept. 20 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. This year, the Festival gets even bigger with the addition of the "iHeartRadio Music Festival Village" on Saturday afternoon.  The Festival Village will feature live performances on two stages by nearly a dozen popular and up-and-coming artists, including Miley Cyrus, The Wanted, Jason Derulo, The Band Perry, Avril Lavigne, Krewella, Cher Lloyd, twenty one pilots, Pete Tong, AWOLNATION and a special guest appearance by Ne-Yo.  The Village will also feature fan zones, games, concessions and interactive experiences hosted by the iHeartRadio Music Festival and Festival Village brand partners. For more information, contact Angel Aristone, Clear Channel, AngelAristone@Clearchannel.com.


the D Las Vegas to Celebrate One-Year Anniversary with Three Days of Music

In celebration of the downtown property's first year in Las Vegas, the D will host three major concert events on the 3rd Street Stage of the Fremont Street Experience. The epic lineup will include Uncle Kracker Sept. 26 and Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington Sept. 27. To cap off the festivities, Kid Rock will deliver an unforgettable performance Sept. 28. For more information, contact Kaley Briesmaster, Kirvin Doak Communications, kbriesmaster@kirvindoak.com.


"Fabulous Las Vegas" Returns to MGM Resorts September 3-8 to Celebrate PRIDE

Taste, temptation and thrilling entertainment will be at the forefront when "Fabulous Las Vegas" returns to MGM Resorts Sept. 3-8.  Now in its fourth year, this one-of-a-kind LGBT celebration will feature experiences and promotions across several MGM Resorts International destinations, complementing the citywide Las Vegas PRIDE events also taking place that week. For more information, contact Brittany Harris, MGM Resorts International, bharris04@mgmresorts.com.


Three Square's Fall Las Vegas Restaurant Week

Kicking off Aug. 23 and continuing through Aug. 30, Las Vegas Restaurant Week returns for a seventh year providing locals and tourists the opportunity to help out by dining at some of the destination's best restaurants while supporting Three Square Food Bank. Diners can visit any participating restaurant during the specified dates and enjoy a multi-course, prix fixe menu specially created for the one-week event. Each restaurant will craft their own delicious menu offered at price points ranging from $20.13 to $50.13, with a fixed portion of the proceeds benefiting Three Square and the fight against hunger in Southern Nevada. For more information, contact Jasen Woehrle, The Firm Public Relations & Marketing, jasenw@thefirmpr.com.


SPI Entertainment Announced RockTellz & CockTails

SPI Entertainment recently announced RockTellz & CockTails will make its debut on the Las Vegas Strip in September. Held in an intimate, interactive setting, RockTellz & CockTails will offer a once-in-a-lifetime, stripped-down deconstruction of the lives and careers of some of the world's most acclaimed musicians, including live performances of the songs that made them famous. RockTellz & CockTails' debut headliner will be announced shortly. For more information, contact Laura Herlovich, PR Plus, mailto:laura@prpluslv.com/.


James Beard Foundation's Taste America "Local Flavor from Coast to Coast" Traveling Food Festival Comes to Las Vegas This Fall

Tickets are now on sale for The James Beard Foundation's Taste America: "Local Flavor from Coast To Coast," a national traveling food festival which will visit Las Vegas on Sept. 27-28. The five-weekend festival will visit 10 cities from Sept. 20 through Oct. 19, 2013. A weekend-long tour, Las Vegas' Taste America festivities will kick-off on Sept. 27 with a variety of free culinary consumer events throughout the destination, and culminate in an exclusive dining event at The Mirage Hotel & Casino the evening of Sept. 28. A spectacular poolside gala tasting and reception, "A Taste of America" will be co-hosted by James Beard Award winner and Taste America All-Star, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto (proprietor, Morimoto Restaurants) and Host Chef Christian Schmidt (The Mirage, Las Vegas). For more information, contact Ashley Farkas, MGM Resorts International, afarkas@mgmresorts.com.


Andre's at Monte Carlo Resort Offers Signature Cigar Lounge on the Las Vegas Strip

One of Las Vegas' best kept secrets: the destination's only cigar lounge connected to a Strip resort restaurant is located on the second floor of Andre's Restaurant & Lounge at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino. With a collection of more than 140 Cognacs, Armagnacs and Scotches, as well as premium cigar varieties, the collection is the largest of its kind in Las Vegas and is ranked third in North America based on its sheer size. For more information, contact Marina Nicola, Vox Solid Communications, mnicola@wearevoxsolid.com.


The Shops at Crystals in Las Vegas Set to Debut Five New Stores

The Shops at Crystals soon will welcome Richard Mille's second United States location, a Valentino store featuring the largest collection of products in Las Vegas, an opulent Loro Piana boutique that will feature their coveted new "gifts" line and RIMOWA's new Vegas flagship boutique. Crystals also will expand its Tourbillon location to become the largest in Swatch Group Ltd's portfolio. The new shops will begin to open in summer 2013, increasing Crystals' roster of world-renowned designers. For more information, contact Suzie Rugh, MGM Resorts International, srugh@mgmresorts.com.


Bellagio Continues Epicurean Epicenter Series

Bellagio, recipient of 14 consecutive AAA Five Diamond Awards, announced the remaining events for the 2013 Epicurean Epicenter Series. The resort's legendary chefs continue to create unforgettable culinary experiences, coupled with perfectly paired wines by the resort's talented wine team. The unparalleled series, from interactive cooking classes to exclusive wine and beer pairing dinners, features Bellagio as a culinary arts leader, consistently developing new, fun and educational events that inspire guests and provide lasting memories. The remaining events for Bellagio's 2013 Epicurean Epicenter series include: An Executive Chef's Culinary Classroom with Bellagio Executive Chef Edmund Wong; Beer & BBQ Secrets with Bellagio Director of Wine Jason Smith; Food & Wine's All-Star Weekend at Bellagio, Aria and MGM Grand; Louis Roederer Champagne and Le Cirque; Kistler Vineyards and MICHAEL MINA Bellagio. For more information, contact Ashley Farkas, MGM Resorts International, afarkas@mgmresorts.com.


Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art in Las Vegas Extends "WARHOL OUT WEST" Exhibit

Andy Warhol's 15 minutes of fame sustains in Las Vegas as Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art (BGFA) announced the extension of its current exhibition, "Warhol Out West," through January 2, 2014. The only comprehensive Warhol collection in the United States (outside of his namesake museum in Pittsburgh), "Warhol Out West" at BGFA also will add works from the iconic artist's advertisement series beginning Aug. 1. These works from 1985 include "Mobil," "Life Savers," "Blackglama (Judy Garland)" and "Volkswagen." For more information, contact Shant Apelian, MGM Resorts International, Sapelian01@mgmresorts.com.


Huntridge Theater Moves Forward with Revitalization

By the close of the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, Huntridge Revival, LLC had exceeded their initial fundraising goal of $150,000 through eager supporters far and wide, including hometown notable names such as The Killers and Gold & Silver Pawn, home of the hit TV show Pawn Stars. The group also received an outpouring of support from community partners that have collectively given the project an additional $500,000 in professional services and pre-construction efforts to further assist in the renovation. For more information, contact Alissa Kelly, PR Plus, Alissa@prpluslv.com.


McCarran International Airport Celebrates One Year Anniversary of Terminal 3

It has been one year since the Clark County Department of Aviation opened Terminal 3 at McCarran International Airport, the first unit terminal to be constructed in the United States in the post-9/11 era. The technologically advanced, 1.9 million-square-foot expansion has allowed McCarran to significantly improve the travel experience for passengers and increased the airport's overall capacity, allowing Las Vegas to continue an upward trend in international visitor volume. For more information, contact Christine Crews, Clark County Department of Aviation, christinec@mccarran.com.


Eleven-Time World Pizza Champion Tony Gemignani brings Pizza Rock to Las Vegas

Tony Gemignani, 11-time World Pizza Champion, is bringing his unique concept, Pizza Rock, to Las Vegas.  Slated to open later this summer, Pizza Rock will feature gourmet pizzas in a variety of styles, hand-crafted artisan cocktails and an extensive imported beer and wine list. The 185-seat restaurant designed by Michael Boskovich and constructed by Terra Nova Industries, will offer a variety of Italian and American pizza styles, all cooked in one of the restaurant's four different ovens, including Neapolitan, Classic Italian, Classic American, Sicilian, Roman, and Gluten Free. For more information, contact Ken Langdon, Langdon Flynn Communications, ken@langdonflynn.com.

VÉRONIC Voices Announces Extension through 2013

In response to its overwhelming popularity, VÉRONIC Voices, named by USA Today one of "Las Vegas' Don't Miss Shows," has announced an extended run. Véronic DiCaire, one of the world's most versatile singers, will continue to headline her hit show in the iconic Jubilee! Theater inside Bally's Las Vegas through Dec. 21. The one-woman vocal phenomenon, who continues to amaze critics and audiences with her pitch-perfect singing impersonations, is nothing short of wildly entertaining.  For more information, contact Steve Flynn, Langdon Flynn Communications, Steve@langdonflynn.com.


Circus Circus Adventuredome to Celebrate 20th Anniversary

Cupcakes, confetti and clowns will abound as The Adventuredome at Circus Circus turns 20 years young on Aug. 23. To mark the milestone, one of America's largest indoor theme parks will host a month-long celebration that will include special pricing, commemorative gifts and a birthday party in true circus style. For more information, contact Krista Gilbertson, MGM Resorts International, kgilbertson@mgmresorts.com.


LUCKYRICE Festival Returns to The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas This October

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is once again bringing LUCKYRICE, the culinary festival that gives voice to Asian cultures through the lens of food and drink, to Las Vegas from Oct. 4-6, 2013. Guests are invited to experience the invigorating flavors of popular Asian markets, cooked by celebrity guest chefs and the talented chefs from The Cosmopolitan. Event highlights during the three-day event will include an opening ceremony, a night market, dim sum brunch and entertainment. For more information, contact Renata Follmann, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, pr@cosmopolitanlasvegas.com.


Carmine's Now Open Inside The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace

Famed New York Italian restaurant Carmine's is now open on the Las Vegas Strip. Located inside The Forum Shops at Caesars, the colossal 750-seat eatery serves up "wow sized" portions of Southern Italian cuisine. Las Vegas marks the restaurant's sixth location with others in Manhattan, Atlantic City, Washington D.C. and Atlantis in the Bahamas. The Las Vegas incarnation of Carmine's boasts six private dining rooms, perfect for everything from wedding receptions to business conventions, viewing parties for major sporting events and more. The massive restaurant can easily accommodate large walk-in groups making it ideal for big parties. For more information, contact Maggie Feldman Rubenstein, Magnetic Public Relations, Maggie@magneticpublicrelations.com.


Celebrate Style at the First-Ever Festival of Fashion at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace

On Sept. 6-7, the first-annual Festival of Fashion at The Forum Shops at Caesars will celebrate fashion in a way only possible in Las Vegas. Globally recognized as the premier luxury shopping destination in the world, The Forum Shops leads the way again a creating a first-of-its kind shopping event. The Festival of Fashion is a two-day extravaganza filled with fashion, shopping and fun. The stage is set for two days of live fashion presentations, pop up and roving fashion shows, beauty bars, photo opportunities, entertainment, food, drink, one-of-a-kind in-store events, limited edition products and more. For more information, contact Michelle Loosbrock, Jeff Wagner Agency, michelle@jeffwagneragency.com.


World Hip Hop Dance Championship Finals Return to Las Vegas

Thousands of dancers will descend on Las Vegas with hopes of qualifying for the 12th annual World Hip Hop Dance Championship finals at Orleans Arena on Aug. 11, organized by Hip Hop International, the creators of "America's Best Dance Crew." In the largest gathering of nations in the history of the event, top dance and MegaCrews from around the world will vie for medals as they perform action-packed routines for a panel of international judges. World Champions from Japan and New Zealand will return to defend their titles. Highlights of this year's event include a special performance by Cirque du Soleil and appearances by the winners of the previously held World Battles featuring the top bboys, poppers, lockers and stylers. For more information, contact Jasen Woehrle, The Firm Public Relations, jasenw@thefirmpr.com.


"Dancing Queen" to Open at Planet Hollywood

The international smash hit, "Dancing Queen," produced by David King of Spirit Productions USA, will take center stage at the Planet Hollywood Hotel Casino Resort Sept. 13. The new production features a cast of 20 singers and dancers living out ABBA's greatest hits and the biggest disco classics of the 70's and 80's. For more information, contact Kevin Littlejohn, Spirit Productions, kevinlittlejohn@hotmail.co.uk.