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December 1, 2012

Shania Twain Begins Residency The Colosseum at Caesars Palace

Shania Twain, one of the world's best-selling female artists of all time, will debut her brand new show, Shania: Still the One on Dec. 1, kicking off her two-year residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Shania: Still the One, developed by Show Creator and Executive Producer Shania Twain, produced by AEG Live and directed by Raj Kapoor, will take fans on a spectacular journey through the various stages of Shania's life and career in an unforgettable evening filled with music, multi-sensory and visual experiences, fashion and the unexpected. Further contributing to the creative vision is Production Designer Michael Cotton , Costumier Marc Bouwer and Lighting Designer Peter Morse. For more information, contact Kelly Frey, Caesars Entertainment, kfrey@caesars.com.


Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil Opens at ARIA

Cirque du Soleil proudly celebrated the Las Vegas premiere of its newest resident show Zarkana at ARIA Resort & Casino at CityCenter. Zarkana, a visually stunning modern acrobatic spectacular, begins its residency at ARIA following hugely successful engagements at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Arena Madrid and Moscow's Kremlin State Palace Theatre. The show follows Zark, the ringmaster of an extraordinary circus coming back to life, as he guides us in an abandoned theatre populated by a motley collection of off-the-wall characters and incomparable acrobats. Zarkana is a visual vortex set in a twisted acrobatic fantasy universe where, little by little, chaos and craziness give way to a true celebration. For more information, contact Ann Paladie, Cirque du Soleil, ann.paladie@cirquedusoleil.com.


Tim McGraw & Faith Hill Soul2Soul Opens at The Venetian

The Venetian Las Vegas will welcome Tim McGraw and Faith Hill "Soul2Soul" for a limited engagement opening on Dec. 7 and covering 10 weekends through April 2013. "Soul2Soul" at The Venetian will mark the first time in six years that McGraw and Hill have performed together in the United States. The Venetian Theater has also been modified to accommodate this new production.  "Soul2Soul" will include many of the no. 1 hits that have made them, both in their own right, two of the most significant entertainers of our generation. For more information, contact Keith Salwoski, The Venetian Las Vegas, keith.salwoski@venetian.com.


Fremont Street Experience Announced the World's First Powered-Launch Zipline Attraction Planned for Downtown Las Vegas

Fremont Street Experience has announced the creation of "SlotZilla" - the world's first powered-launch zipline attraction - to be built in Downtown Las Vegas. Construction on SlotZilla is expected to begin immediately after New Year's with the attraction anticipated to open during the first half of 2013.  SlotZilla will be a two-level thrill ride. Riders on the upper four ziplines will take off about 100 feet above ground. Riders, lying flat in a harness, will be launched to a speed that will zoom them 1,700 feet under the Fremont Street Experience canopy.  Riders on the lower four ziplines will take off about 70 feet above ground and zip 800 feet to a mid-point landing platform. For more information, contact Rachel Diehl, Preferred Public Relations, Rachel@preferredpublicrelations.com.


Construction Commences on Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino

Executives of Fifth Street Gaming, a Nevada-based casino management company overseeing the redevelopment of Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino, have begun construction on the 650-room downtown hotel. The property anchors Downtown3rd, an emerging metropolitan center that will eventually include 18 bars and restaurants on 3rd Street between Stewart Avenue and Ogden Avenue and the surrounding downtown neighborhood.  Downtown Grand is expected to be complete year-end 2013. For more information, contact Eryn Sebelius, Faiss Foley Warren Public Relations, eryn@ffwpr.com.


Andrea's Opens December 28 at Encore Las Vegas

The evolution of Las Vegas nightlife takes an exciting culinary turn with the Dec. 28 opening of Andrea's, a unique new dining concept in Encore at Wynn Las Vegas.  The restaurant debuts an alluring style of "vibe dining," combining a restaurant and nightlife experience into one environment. The addition of Andrea's will complete the expansive Encore Beach Club and Surrender Nightclub entertainment complex, becoming the first Wynn Las Vegas restaurant to be fully integrated into a nightclub. For more information, contact Lisa Long Adler, Las Vegas Nightlife Group, lisa@llac.com.


Cirque du Soleil, MGM Resorts and The Light Group Present...Light

The Light Group returns to its revolutionary nightlife roots through a new collaboration with Cirque du Soleil and MGM Resorts International. Light at Mandalay Bay will be the first-ever nightclub turned on by Cirque du Soleil, merging cutting-edge creativity with incredible music to produce a new kind of nightlife experience. Scheduled to open in Mar. 2013, the chic, fashion-forward 38,000-square-foot venue will feature state-of-the-art production, theatrics and world-renowned DJs and performers. For more information, contact Casey Brennan, The Light Group, cbrennan@lightgroup.com.


Zappos.com  Rock ‘n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon & ½ Marathon Returns to Las Vegas

The Rock ‘n' Roll Marathon Series returns Las Vegas for the 2012 Zappos.com Rock ‘n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon & ½ Marathon. Runners will span across all eight lanes of Las Vegas Boulevard on Sunday night, December 2, exclusively shutting down the neon-lit Strip in epic fashion and maintaining the title of World's Largest Nighttime Running Event.  For more information, visit http://www.stripatnight.com/.


Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Returns to Las Vegas

The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, known as the richest and most prestigious rodeo in the world, has sold out 260 consecutive performances and attracts the top 15 contestants in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing and bull riding as they compete for a share of the $6.125 million purse.  The competition takes place Dec. 6-15 at the Thomas and Mack Center on the campus of UNLV. For more information, visit http://www.nfrexperience.com/.


Fremont Street Experience Hosts the 26th Annual Downtown Hoedown

Fremont Street Experience will welcome cowboys and country music fans for the 26th Annual Downtown Hoedown -- celebrating the return of the National Finals Rodeo - on Wed., Dec. 5.  The event begins at 4:30 p.m. and showcases popular country music entertainment with free live concerts on three stages.  All are invited to join in a downtown celebration and enjoy the country music acts under the neon lights at the Fremont Street Experience. The 26th Annual Downtown Hoedown lineup includes top country music talents Dustin Lynch, Uncle Kracker, Jana Kramer and Clay Walker. For more information, contact Rachel Diehl, Preferred Public Relations, Rachel@preferredpublicrelations.com.  


Cowboy Christmas Returns to Las Vegas 

The Cowboy Christmas Gift Show returns to Las Vegas with more wares to keep even the most avid shopper entertained from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dec. 6-15. More than 300,000 square feet of show floor hosting 400 plus vendors from across the United States and Canada will showcase their unique products at the Las Vegas Convention Center, including customized jewelry, western wear, boots and spurs, furniture, original art, handmade crafts and pottery, as well as providing the best source for the Official Wrangler NFR and PRCA merchandise. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.nfrexperience.com/.


First Annual Cowboy Fan Fest Scheduled for Rodeo Fans

Free and open to the public, the inaugural Cowboy Fan Fest will feature 100,000 square feet of the best of the Western lifestyle, giving fans a chance to enjoy all the rodeo has to offer.  Located adjacent to the Cowboy Christmas Gift Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Fan Fest will run concurrently with the Wrangler NFR from Dec. 6 -15. Fan Fest also includes live stage performances by Academy of Country Music artists, themed food and specialty drinks, exhibitions, mutton bustin', rodeo 101 clinics,

 live acts, fashion shows and much more. For more information, visit http://www.nfrexperience.com/.


College Football Teams to Compete at MAACO Bowl Las Vegas

The 2012 MAACO Bowl Las Vegas will feature the champion or first selection from the Mountain West Conference against the fifth selection from the Pac-12 Conference on Dec. 22 at Sam Boyd Stadium. The annual showcase has sold out for six of the last seven years with attendance of more than 40,000. The MAACO Bowl is televised on ESPN and heard throughout the country and overseas on the Sports USA Radio Network. For more information, please visit http://www.lvbowl.com/


Las Vegas to Celebrate New Year's Eve with Midnight Fireworks Display

Las Vegas Events (LVE) and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) will host the New Year's Eve celebration known as America's Party: Las Vegas New Year 2013, including a spectacular fireworks show fired from seven rooftop locations along the Las Vegas Strip. The firing locations (from the south, heading north) include MGM Grand, ARIA, Planet Hollywood, Caesars Palace, Treasure Island (TI), The Venetian and the Stratosphere. For more information, please contact Michael Mack, Las Vegas Events, michael@lasvegasevents.com.


Fremont Street Experience to Rock in the New Year with Downtown Countdown New Year's Eve Celebration

Rock in the new year with Fremont Street Experience's Downtown Countdown New Year's Eve 2013 celebration filled with nonstop entertainment.  On Dec. 31 from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. the ultimate New Year's Eve street party will feature co-headliners Buckcherry and Queensryche, plus special guests Quiet Riot, Pop Evil and Otherwise.  The party lasts all night with performances from six other incredible bands, including local favorites Yellow Brick Road and Zowie Bowie as well as Jizzy Pearl, Rok of Ages, Party Rockers and Brazen. Downtown Countdown will also include a 2012 year-in-review retrospective on the Viva Vision screen, a midnight countdown led by Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman and an epic Fireworks by Grucci produced show synchronized with virtual fireworks on Viva Vision as part of the citywide celebration, "America's Party: Las Vegas New Year's 2013."  For more information, contact Rachel Diehl, Preferred Public Relations, Rachel@preferredpublicrelations.com.


Nevada Governor's Conference on Tourism Scheduled for Dec. 4-5

Tourism professionals will gather to discuss industry advocacy, international visitation and collaboration at the Nevada Governor's Conference on Tourism, Dec. 4-5 at John Ascuaga's Nugget in Sparks. Keynote speakers are Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, and Terry Jones, founder of Travelocity.com and current chairman of Kayak.com. To register, visit governorsconference.org. For more information, contact Angela Froelich, Nevada Commission on tourism, afroelich@travelnevada.com.


Third Annual Cirque Week 2012 Scheduled for Dec. 1-8

Back by popular demand, Cirque du Soleil presents the third annual Cirque Week, offering fans the experience of a lifetime with access to an eight-day series of exclusive events and an all-access look into how these extraordinary shows come to life nightly. Cirque Week packages range from $150 for a two-show ticket package to $540 which includes tickets to all seven Cirque du Soleil productions in Las Vegas. To purchase tickets visit: www.cirquedusoleil.com/cirqueweek. For more information, contact Cathy Vo, Kirvin Doak Communications, cvo@kirvindoak.com.


The Venetian and The Palazzo Celebrate Winter in Venice with 50 Days of Holiday Festivities

The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas are home to Winter in Venice, the second-annual celebration of the winter holiday season on the Las Vegas Strip. Dubbed "A Gift of The Venetian," Winter in Venice features 50 days of holiday festivities throughout both resorts Nov. 18 to Jan. 6.  Festivities include an outdoor skating rink, Manheim Steamroller Christmas performances, nightly holiday parade, 65-foot Christmas tree, 3D light show and culinary competitions. For more information, contact Keith Salwoski, The Venetian and The Palazzo, Keith.Salwoski@Venetian.com.


Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens to Light Up the Holiday Season

Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens has unveiled its winter display with a 45-foot Shasta Fir decorated with more than 2,500 ornaments. Rich in nostalgia and tradition, the Conservatory is transformed into a magical winter wonderland, featuring oversized toy soldiers, a floral holiday card and an ensemble of faux baby penguins frolicking around an ice pond. A playful family trio of topiary polar bears will be adorned with "fur" coats made of more than 35,000 hand-applied white carnations as the baby bear floats on a frozen pond. Another first for the display, a gingerbread village will be specially created by Bellagio's renowned pastry team as motorized trains whirl throughout the meticulously crafted villages. For more information, contact Morgan Hernquist, MGM Resorts International, mhernqui01@mgmresorts.com.


Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall's Mystic Falls Park Winter Wonderland Now Open

The pioneer-themed Mystic Falls Park Light and Water Show has transformed into an immersive winter wonderland experience, beginning in Sam's Town's porte-cochère with festive lighting and decorative snowflakes leading to Mystic Falls Park. Garland streams, wreath-adorned lampposts, and white light and snow-covered trees fill the atrium, while Cowboy Santa takes up residence in the Park's gazebo. The 15-minute laser light spectacular will be hourly during the holiday season, from 5-10 p.m. through Jan. 1.  For more information, contact Jasen Woehrle, The Firm Public Relations, jasenw@thefirmpr.com.


The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Transforms Boulevard Pool into a Winter Wonderland

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will transform the iconic Boulevard Pool into a winter wonderland overlooking the heart of The Las Vegas Strip. The Ice Rink will open on Friday, Nov. 30 featuring skating on real ice, custom-designed fire pits, warm cocktails, s'mores and much more. The Ice Rink will be open through Jan. 20. For more information, contact pr@cosmopolitanlasvegas.com.


Commonwealth to Celebrate Grand Opening in Downtown Las Vegas

Commonwealth will celebrate its grand opening on Dec. 12, bringing an inviting new social scene to Downtown Las Vegas. Located at 525 E. Fremont St., the quintessential 6,000-square-foot cocktail bar is inspired by pre-Prohibition era design and libations, complete with its very own backroom speakeasy. A rooftop bar will offer an experiential setting for live music. Commonwealth Proprietor Justin Weniger, along with partner Ryan Doherty,  local business man Michael Parks, hospitality veteran Kenna Warner and founder of Insomniac Events Pasquale Rotella, have come together to create Commonwealth as a classic bar for the modern era. For more information, contact Cara Zizzo, Wicked Creative, cara.zizzo@wickedcreative.com.  


Las Vegas Railway Express Signs Right of Way Access Agreement with Union Pacific Railroad

Las Vegas Railway Express, Inc. (LVRE) and Union Pacific Railroad have signed a conditional agreement to provide passenger service on Union Pacific-owned right of way between Las Vegas and Daggett, Calif. LVRE plans to operate an expedited luxury train service between the Los Angeles basin and Las Vegas through the use of Union Pacific track. Known as the "X Train," the service is currently scheduled for to begin in late 2013. For more information, contact Maria Bailey, Success City Online, maria@successcityonline.com.


Fred Segal to Launch Exclusive Retail Experience at SLS Las Vegas

sbe, and SANDOW have announced an exclusive partnership between SLS Las Vegas and Fred Segal. Through the relationship, SLS Las Vegas will be home to seven Fred Segal-branded retail experiences located throughout the Philippe Starck-designed property, marking the first time a single brand partner has occupied all of the retail space in a hotel. Utilizing 10,000 square feet of the SLS Las Vegas property, Fred Segal will offer a wide range of stylish merchandise across categories. The Fred Segal stores on property are set to open in conjunction with the SLS Las Vegas opening in 2014. For more information, contact Robbie McKay, sbe, robbiem@sbe.com.


Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort Opens for 50th Anniversary Season

Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort has opened for the 2012/13 season. Lifts and lift ticket offices, located at the base lodge, open at 9 a.m. Skiers and snowboarders can enjoy the 30 trails as well as "The Strip", the area's freestyle terrain park, and amenities such as Lee Canyon Sports and The Bighorn Grill. Upgrades for this historic season include a new quad chairlift, 14 new trails, a new locker room, a remodeled restaurant with an updated menu and an on-mountain grill. For more information, contact Brandy Bell, Forte Creative Media PR, brandy@fortecreativemedia.com.


9Group Introduces Scarlet to Las Vegas

This month, 9Group Las Vegas brings a new sophisticated bar with an elaborate mixology program created by Francesco Lafranconi to Palms Casino Resort with the opening of Scarlet. Scarlet will provide an intimate atmosphere and a select libation menu featuring top-shelf liquors, unique infused spirits, exclusive signature cocktails and much more. Delivering a speakeasy feel, the 200-square-foot Scarlet is subtly tucked away on Palms' casino floor. The Scarlet addition is part of the $50 million first phase of the storied resort's transformation. For more information, contact Ashli Kimenker, 9Group Las Vegas, ashli.kimenker@9groupvegas.com.


Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Reopens Body English Nightclub

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas has announced the grand re-opening of the infamous Body English nightclub on Dec. 28. Hard Rock Hotel will continue its history of introducing underground artists and trendsetting genres to the scene and will showcase indie, electronic, rock and pop music. The restoration of Body English follows Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's recent multi-million dollar renovation which included the introduction of Culinary Dropout, The Ainsworth, Fú Asian restaurant and the all-new Vinyl live entertainment venue. For more information, contact Lindsey Rathjen, Kirvin Doak Communications, lrathjen@kirvindoak.com


Rattlecan Opens at The Venetian

Rattlecan, an urban burger concept from the creators of FIRST Food & Bar at The Venetian, is ready to topple the expectations of the burger bar concept. Chef Sam "Sammy D" DeMarco and designer Antonio Ballatore, two notoriously creative thinkers from Manhattan's Lower East Side, bring a new dimension of cuisine and creativity to the Las Vegas Strip that features unbeatable burgers, signature shots and street chic graffiti art installations by the country's top street artists. Rattlecan offers service to the sports book and the poker room, ensuring guests can nosh without leaving the comfort of their game. For more information, contact Alissa Kelly, PR Plus, alissa@prpluslv.com.


Bellagio Gallery of Fine Arts Presents "Warhol Out West" Opening Feb. 8, 2013

Preserving its role as one of Las Vegas' premier cultural destinations, Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art presents "Warhol Out West" opening Feb. 8, 2013. Organized in partnership with The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, this pioneering exhibition will focus on Warhol's depiction of all things western. "Warhol Out West" will showcase 59 of the iconic artist's works, including paintings, sculptures, photographs, screen prints and wallpaper. Exhibits will include Warhol's 1960s Pop paintings of celebrities and consumer products; the 1980s advertisement series; the beloved "Double Elvis" painting; and his rarely seen "Cowboys and Indians" series. For more information, contact Shant Apelian, MGM Resorts International, Sapelian01@mgmresorts.com.


2012 Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic Returns to Orleans Arena

The 12th annual Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic basketball tournament, featuring teams from Virginia Tech, Bradley, Portland, Colorado State, Mississippi Valley, Cal State Bakersfield, North Florida and Georgia Southern, returns to the Orleans Arena December 22 and 23. For more information, contact Jasen Woehrle, The Firm Public Relations, jasenw@thefirmpr.com.


Def Leppard Announces Exclusive Residency at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Fresh off their 2012 "Rock of Ages" tour, Great Britain's premier arena rock band Def Leppard has announced plans for an exclusive nine-show residency at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The band's set will feature a greatest hits segment in addition to their iconic album "Hysteria" being played in full. Entitled VIVA Hysteria!, the spring 2013 residency will kick off on Mar. 22 and run through Apr. 10. Produced exclusively by AEG Live, VIVA Hysteria! will feature an elaborate set design created only for Def Leppard's Las Vegas residency and will include an encore performance  highlighting other classic material from throughout the band's career. For more information, contact Lindsey Rathjen, Kirvin Doak Communications, lrathjen@kirvindoak.com


Chocolat Bistro Offers Sweet Selection at Palms Casino Resort

Palms Casino Resort has opened Chocolat Bistro, a chic fusion of traditional European cremerie and creperie, featuring delectable crepes, a palette of bright, fruity gelatos, an array of mouthwatering desserts, lip-smacking breakfast croissants and fresh flatbreads.  With roots in Milan, Chocolat's first Las Vegas location  is a warm, sumptuously beautiful chocolate oasis bringing the luxurious taste of top tier chocolates to life through contemporary design featuring rich wood tones, creamy caramel accents and sparkling chandeliers all complementing a menu designed to make every bite delectable.  For more information, contact Alex Acuna, Palms Casino Resort, Alex.Acuna@Palms.com.


"Vegas Style" Exhibit Opens at the Nevada State Museum

UNLV  students curated "Vegas Style," an exhibit on Las Vegas fashion in the 1960s and 1970s for the Nevada State Museum. The collection includes celebrity clothing, beaded gowns, fringed Helldorado Day apparel, and Las Vegas showgirl outfits. The exhibit runs from Nov. 17, 2012 until June 2013. The exhibit also features 60 Las Vegas News Bureau photos of Las Vegas celebrities performing in their entertainer's outfits, including Penn & Teller, Shecky Greene and members of The Rat Pack - Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra. For more information, contact Afsha Bawany, UNLV, Afsha.Bawany@unlv.edu.


A "Snapshot" of Downtown Las Vegas' Historical Evolution Revealed in Special Exhibition at The Mob Museum

From the archives of the Las Vegas News Bureau comes a rare look at Downtown Las Vegas as it appeared in the 1950s. Photographs of hotels, local businesses and storefronts comprise this unique collection now on display at The Mob Museum entitled "Fabulous Downtown." Access is included in the normal ticket price to The Mob Museum. The photos, a majority of which show buildings still standing and in existence, will guide guests through the various economic shifts and population increases Las Vegas has experienced through the years.  The Mob Museum, seen from its days as a federal courthouse and U.S. Post Office, is also part of the exhibition. For more information, contact Mike Doria, The Mob Museum, mdoria@themobmuseum.com.


Celebrity Chefs Collaborate for "Start Spreadin' the News" Culinary Event to Benefit Hurricane Sandy Victims

Celebrity chefs with roots in both New York City and Las Vegas have inspired a unique food and wine extravaganza to benefit victims devastated by Hurricane Sandy. The event will take place on the New York-New York Hotel & Casino Brooklyn Bridge on Sunday, December 9, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A partial list of the chefs/restaurants invited to participate in "Start Spreadin' the News" includes: Mario Batali, Tom Colicchio, Scott Conant, Todd English, Bobby Flay, Charlie Palmer, Nobu, Gordon Ramsay, Thomas Keller, Palm Restaurant, Smith & Wollensky, Rao's, Stage Deli, Nathan's, Carnegie Deli, Old Homestead and many others. Great wine, craft beers and specialty cocktails will be provided by Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada. 100% of the proceeds will go to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. For more information, contact Tania Sanchez, Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada, 702-253-3215.


New Stores and Restaurants Open at Town Square

Town Square has expanded its offerings to consumers this holiday shopping season with the addition of several new stores, a restaurant and a world-class country nightclub. Stoney's Rockin Country, an Aveda Experience Center, charming charlie and Meatball Spot all recently debuted on the heels of Town Square's fifth anniversary. Bonefish Grill is scheduled to open a location at Town Square in 2013. For more information, contact Stacy D'Alessandro, Town Square Las Vegas, stacydalessandro@forestcity.net.