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DECEMBER 2013

December 1, 2013

Downtown Grand Opens in Downtown Las Vegas

Downtown Grand Las Vegas recently opened, featuring 634 stylish hotel rooms, nearly 600 brand-new slot machines and 30 table games, a sports book and walk-up gaming and dining windows along 3rd Street. A variety of food and beverage offerings, include Stewart + Ogden diner bistro, a three-meal restaurant featuring a menu designed by award-winning restaurateurs Elizabeth Blau and Kim Canteenwalla; Red Mansion Chinese Restaurant and MOB Bar, a downtown favorite in a new, larger location featuring increased seating and a stage for live music.  Downtown Grand will continue to unveil new experiences over the next few months, culminating with the spring 2014 premiere of PICNIC, an Urban Rooftop Pool Retreat. For more information, contact Melissa Warren, Faiss Foley Warren, Melissa@ffwpr.com.

 

The Modern Contemporary Art Museum Announced for Downtown Las Vegas

An inspiring, new institution dedicated to visual arts and design is planned for two acres in the
burgeoning downtown arts district.  The Modern Contemporary Art Museum is one of three complementary components of a progressive cultural center that will showcase art, technology and design in addition to providing essential training and tools for a new wave of artists and designers. A $29 million capital campaign is underway. The project has already received $2.4 million pledged in land and cash donations. The mission of the Modern is to inspire and educate through creativity, art and design. The campus will include three components: The Modern Contemporary Art  Museum, the Center for Creativity, and Luminous Park, an outdoor sculpture
garden and community gathering space. For more information, contact Michele Madole, SK+G, Michele.madole@skgadv.com

 

Madame Tussauds Unveils Marvel 4D Interactive Theater
Recently, Marvel Comics Legend Stan Lee ushered in a new era for Madame Tussauds Las Vegas. He became the first guest to experience the brand new Marvel 4D Theater that is
complete with an array of new figures, including Captain America, Thor, Nick Fury and Tony Stark. The new theater now enables guests to see Thor, Iron Man, Captain America and Spider-Man save the world from destruction. For the first time, they will be able to see, hear and feel the super heroes save the day. The theater is the grand finale to the attraction's renovation. The all-new attraction offers an array of show-stopping new interactive experiences and a selection of newly added A-list celebrities for every fan. For more information, contact Marina Nicola, Vox Solid Communications, mnicola@wearevoxsolid.com.

Fremont Street Experience Debuts New Viva Vision Show, The Who-Miles over Vegas

Fremont Street Experience has revealed its newest Viva Vision show, The Who - Miles over Vegas. The new light and sound show is built around the music of legendary rock band The Who and includes three of the band's most iconic songs - "I Can See for Miles," "Pinball Wizard" and "My Generation" - custom synced to stunning graphics, including live music footage, album art, performance footage and more. Viva Vision shows run nightly and are free to the public. For more information, contact Rachel Diehl, Preferred Public Relations,  Rachel@preferredpublicrelations.com.

 

Fizz Las Vegas Now Open

The highly anticipated champagne lounge and bar, FIZZ Las Vegas, is now open inside Caesars Palace Las Vegas. Positioned between The Colosseum at Caesars Palace and Forum Shops at Caesars, FIZZ Las Vegas brings a new energy to the main floor of the popular hotel and casino. Owners Steve Kennedy and Michael Greco of Marvel Management and Marketing have worked alongside Creative Director David Furnish and Designer Todd-Avery Lenahan (TAL Studio) to create a unique, intimate space. FIZZ Las Vegas features a selection of high-end champagnes by
the glass and carefully-curated spirits. Working with Furnish and Sir Elton John's personal chef, exquisite choices of caviar, gourmet paninis and small plates compliment the beverage selection. For more information, contact Jeff Klein, PR Plus, jeff@prpluslv.com.

 

Liberace Returns to the Las Vegas Strip at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas hosts Liberace's return to the Las Vegas Strip for the first time in
30 years as The Liberace Foundation for the Performing and Creative Arts presents Too Much of a Good Thing Is Wonderful: Liberace and the Art of Costume, an exhibit of the famed pianist's personal and performance pieces running Nov. 25 through Jan.2. The six-week exhibit features a number of Liberace's decadent belongings such as a rhinestone piano, Liberace's Rhinestone Roadster, an extravagant curated costume collection, opulent European candelabras and video clips of performances. Visitors have the rare opportunity to view intricately-designed pieces from Liberace's wardrobe, including a virgin fox fur coat with 16-foot train, sequined jumpsuits, custom-made cowboy boots and more. The rhinestone piano will be displayed at The Chandelier with the Roadster nearby at the resort's Las Vegas Boulevard entrance. A large selection of items will be available for exploration inside The Cosmopolitan's pop-up space, located on
the corner of the Las Vegas Strip off of the casino floor. For more information, contact Alyssa Anderson, the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, pr@cosmopolitanlasvegas.com

 

Las Vegas High Roller Observation Wheel Reaches New Heights

The Las Vegas High Roller has reached new heights when the observation wheel's first passenger
cabin was rotated to the highest point on the wheel's rim. At 550 feet, the rotation of the cabin to the mid-center point of the rim officially makes the High Roller the world's tallest observation wheel. As the focal point of The LINQ, Caesars Entertainment's $550 million outdoor retail, dining and entertainment district, the feat marks a major milestone for the Las Vegas Strip attraction. The LINQ will open in phases beginning in late 2013. For more information, contact Emily Wofford, Caesars Entertainment, ewofford@caesars.com.

 

MGM Resorts and AEG Unveiled Details for New Las Vegas Arena

Joint venture partners AEG and MGM Resorts International have released the first images and
details of the 20,000-seat sports and entertainment venue which will be located near the heart of the famed Las Vegas Strip. The images were unveiled as part of a project update by the ownership group for the new arena, which is expected to break ground in April 2014. The arena is being designed with an array of premium offerings and club experiences as well as features that will make it immediately available to host NBA and NHL teams, concerts, boxing, mixed martial arts, family shows, award shows and other major events. The arena, which will be the centerpiece of the revitalization of the area between New York-New York and Monte Carlo resorts, extending from Las Vegas Blvd. to Frank Sinatra Drive, is scheduled to open in the spring of 2016.  The project's anticipated cost of approximately $350 million will be financed entirely with equity contributions from the partners and privately funded third-party debt financing.  In keeping with the partners' commitment to building responsibly, the arena is being designed to meet the U.S. Green Building Council's standards for LEED Gold Certification. For more information, contact Michael Roth, AEG, mroth@aegworldwide.com.

 

Golden Gate Hotel & Casino Completes OneBar Expansion

Complementing the hotel's sleek new Fremont Street frontage, OneBar at the historic Golden Gate Hotel & Casino in downtown Las Vegas recently completed an expansion. OneBar, named for the hotel's historic address at 1 Fremont Street, now boasts a large LED video screen and a permanent platform for its world-champion flair bartenders. OneBar's signature bikini-clad bartenders continue to serve a refreshing array of frozen drinks and ice-cold draft beer while dancing to the sounds of the best bands around. Drinks are chilled by the only geo-thermal
closed loop well system in a Las Vegas casino which conserves energy and gives OneBar a chilling capacity previously unseen in the city. For more information, contact Kaley Briesmaster, Kirvin Doak Communications, kbriesmaster@kirvindoak.com.

 

Swatch Announces Hour Passion Boutique in Las Vegas

The Swatch Group is bringing Hour Passion to Las Vegas. Only the second location in the United States, the world's largest watch manufacturer will be offering collections from all of its mid to high range brands in one convenient location. The brands featured in this specialist multi brand concept include: Longines, Rado, Tissot, Balmain, Certina, Mido, Hamilton, Calvin Klein Watch and Jewelry, Swatch and Flik-Flak. Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas will only be the second location in the country and will feature a 1,500 square foot boutique. For more information, contact Rosita Wheeler, The Swatch Group, Rosita.wheeler@swatchgroup.com.

 

Meatball Spot to Open at Miracle Mile Shops
Meatball Spot, a dynamic restaurant that will offer meatball dishes, sandwiches, flatbreads,
salads and desserts will open a new location in Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino's Miracle Mile Shops this winter. The new, 1,500-square-foot restaurant will exude rustic, East Coast charm, complete with an exposed brick interior and a warm, comfortable atmosphere. True to its namesake, meatballs of all varieties will be served at the new location, including classic, chicken,
turkey and pork. To complement the meatballs, guests will choose from a selection of savory sauces such as classic tomato, spicy meat, parmesan cream and mushroom gravy. For more information, contact Bethany Deines, Wicked Creative, Bethany.deines@wickedcreative.com.

 

Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art Presents "Painting Women" Opening February 14

Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art (BGFA) presents "Painting Women: Works from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston" opening Feb. 14, 2014. Organized in partnership with the Museum of Fine
Arts, Boston (MFA), the collection will showcase 34 paintings spanning 90 years (1860 - 1950), revealing the story of female artists, their activism and artistic achievements. The works represent the increased opportunities for education, domestic independence and artistic training that allowed many women to pursue their dreams of becoming professional painters, dating back to the 19th century. The exhibition will feature a series of paintings portraying female artists as confident practitioners of their craft, as well as a survey of work by artists, including Mary Cassatt, Georgia O'Keeffe and Berthe Morisot. A portrait by French painter Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, a predecessor and role model to the artists showcased, will introduce the series. For more information, contact Shant Apelian, MGM Resorts International, sapelian01@mgmresorts.com.

 

M Resort Announces New Restaurant

The Forbes Four Star awarded resort announced that construction will begin on a new restaurant which will be home to the winner of Food Network's newest culinary reality show, Restaurant Express. The new restaurant is expected to open mid-December in the space currently occupied by Marinelli's Italian restaurant. For more information, contact Rina Foster, M Resort, rfoster@themresort.com.

 

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Launches Healthy Menus

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas mow allows guests to eat guilt-free with the launch of its healthy menus at Mr. Lucky's Café and Pink Taco. The nutritious menus feature gluten-free, low-calorie, vegetarian and vegan options for patrons looking to enjoy a healthy yet delicious meal. For more information, contact Lindsey Rathjen, Kirvin Doak Communications, lrathjen@kirvindoak.com.

 

New York-New York Announces Partners for Dynamic Stripfront Patio Culture

New York-New York Hotel & Casino is upping its New York-ness in the months to come. Its famed Brooklyn Bridge and entryway on Las Vegas Blvd. will deliver an engaging, social environment with a dynamic patio culture, an enhanced Nine Fine Irishmen experience and the introduction of Hershey's Chocolate World, opening spring 2014. The hotel unveiled details of new retail partners who will be joining in the fun, all scheduled to open on December 28: Swatch, Stupididiotic, I Love NYNY and Starbucks. For more information, contact Jenn Michaels, MGM Resorts International, jenn_michaels@mgmresorts.com.       

 

Thomas & Mack Center Celebrates 30th Anniversary

The Thomas & Mack Center has begun a yearlong celebration of its 30th anniversary. The Thomas & Mack Center continually ranks highly as one of the top grossing venues in the country; ranking #1 as the 2012 top grossing University venue for 15,001-30,000 capacity.
Additionally, Thomas & Mack Center ranked #2 for highest grossing Las Vegas venue (Sept. 1, 2012 - August 31, 2013), as reported by leading event industry publication Venues Today. Over
the past 30 years, the Thomas & Mack Center has hosted some of the most exciting live events in the world such as the National Finals Rodeo, Championship Boxing, PBR World Finals, Disney on Ice, NBA Summer League, USA Basketball, WWE, Mountain West Basketball Tournament, the 2007 NBA All-Star Game, Ringling Bros. & Barnum Bailey Circus, and numerous others. Additionally, some of the biggest names in music have performed at the facility, including Elton John, U2, Mariah Carey, Eric Clapton, Celine Dion, N'SYNC, Garth Brooks, Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart, Aerosmith, Phish, Jay-Z, Eminem and Green Day. For more information, contact Rachel Henry, Thomas & Mack Center, Rachel@thomasandmack.com.

 

Palms Casino Resort Refreshes Classic N9NE Steakhouse

N9NE Steakhouse at Palms Casino Resort will undergo a brief makeover, reopening mid-December. N9NE'S refresh will introduce a chic, updated look to complement the $50 million property-wide renovation at Palms, while offering the same great food that has made the steakhouse a Las Vegas staple. For more information, contact Alex Acuna, Palms Casino Resort, pr@palms.com.

 

NASCAR Speeds into Las Vegas for Annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion's Week

For the fifth-consecutive year, NASCAR will return to Las Vegas for the postseason NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion's Week a star-studded, entertainment-filled celebration for the
series champion and fans, culminating with one of NASCAR's marquee events, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards. Since 2009, the awards have been held at Wynn Las Vegas and have grown in stature and prestige with each passing year. This year's awards will take place Dec. 6, returning to Wynn Las Vegas. Among the fan-friendly and interactive events this year are the NASCAR National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon, the annual event where drivers and teams collect a number of year-end awards and accolades; NASCAR Victory Lap down the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, featuring burnouts and an authentic pit stop; and NASCAR After The Lap sponsored by Ford and Coca-Cola, an interactive Q&A session between fans and all 13 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers. For more information, contact Sabrina Macias, NASCAR, smacias@nascar.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 270 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. 5-14 at the Thomas and Mack Center on the campus of UNLV. For more information, visit www.nfrexperience.com.

 

27th Annual Downtown Hoedown Returns to Fremont Street Experience

The 27th Annual Downtown Hoedown at Fremont Street Experience will take place Dec. 4, beginning at 4:30 p.m. The popular downtown destination has wrangled in top country music talent for cowboys, cowgirls and country music fans alike to celebrate the return of the annual National Finals Rodeo to Las Vegas with free concerts under the neon lights. This year's lineup will feature performances from Rodney Atkins, Joe Diffie, Cole Swindell, Chase Rice and Chris Janson on Fremont Street Experience's three stages. 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 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 www.nfrexperience.com.

 

Annual Cowboy Fan Fest Scheduled for Rodeo Fans

Free and open to the public, Cowboy Fan Fest will feature 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. 5-14. Fan Fest also includes live stage performances by Country Music artists, themed food and specialty drinks, exhibitions, rodeo clinics, live acts, fashion shows and much more. For more information, visit www.nfrexperience.com.

 

Art Encounter Opens Exclusive Art Gallery at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace

Art Encounter has announced the opening of an exclusive and unique art gallery at The Forum Shops at Caesars. Brett Maly, Art encounter's president and appraiser/authenticator for the History Channel's show "Pawn Stars," reports that the new gallery will be a 1,250-square-foot location. Art encounter has been serving Las Vegas since 1992 and until 2009 maintained the largest art gallery in Las Vegas. Their reentry into the retail fine art market will be highlighted by high-end, museum quality art works from private art collections around the world. For more
information, contact Jackie Brett, jackiebrett@cox.net.


Nevada Governor's Conference on Tourism Scheduled for Dec. 3-5

Members of the Nevada tourism industry will converge at Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa, Dec.
3-5, 2013 for the annual Governor's Conference on Tourism. The conference will feature internationally renowned speakers, business-building opportunities and critical insights into branding and technology to help boost sales and marketing efforts. The conference also features Gov. Brian Sandoval's annual address to the tourism industry as well as a welcome from Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki, the chairman of the Nevada Commission on Tourism. To register, visit governorsconference.org. For more information, contact Angela Froelich, Nevada Commission on Tourism, afroelich@travelnevada.com

 

College Football Teams to Compete at Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl

The 2013 Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl will feature the champion or first selection from the
Mountain West Conference against the fifth selection from the Pac-12 Conference on Dec. 21 at Sam Boyd Stadium. The Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl is televised on ABC. For more information, please visit 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 2014, 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 2014 celebration filled with nonstop entertainment.  On Dec. 31 from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. the ultimate New Year's Eve street party will feature co-headliners Blues Traveler, Loverboy and Vince Neil.  The party lasts all night with performances from five additional favorite Las Vegas bands. Downtown Countdown will also include a 2013 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 2014."  Fremont Street Experience is adults only on New Year's Eve and everyone must be 21 or older.  NYE at FSE is also a paid admission event with wristbands sold for $40 at all entrances to Fremont Street Experience on New Year's Eve.  For more information, contact Rachel Diehl, Preferred
Public Relations, Rachel@preferredpublicrelations.com.