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JULY 2014

July 1, 2014

Life is Beautiful Festival Announces 2014 Official Lineup

The Life is Beautiful Festival, Oct. 24-26, has announced the official lineup and programming details for its highly-anticipated sophomore year. Expanding from a two-day to a three-day cultural event in response to the success of its first year, Life is Beautiful will once again play host to the world's top musicians, chefs and cultural icons for an inspiring weekend in Downtown Las Vegas. Expanding in both longevity and in scope, this year's festival will feature nearly 70 chart-topping acts, dozens of culinary giants, and world-renowned speakers, all on four massive stages in the heart of the newly revived Downtown Las Vegas, with unexpected art installations and several Culinary Villages. Featured musical acts include Kanye West, Foo Fighters and OutKast. For more information, contact Michelle St. Angelo, Langdon Flynn Communications, michelle@langdonflynn.com.


Giada De Laurentiis' First-Ever Restaurant, GIADA, is Now Open at The Cromwell Las Vegas

The most anticipated restaurant opening of 2014, Giada De Laurentiis' first restaurant, GIADA, is now open at The Cromwell Las Vegas. The cornerstone of the boutique hotel and casino, GIADA boasts priceless views, signature dishes and a warm and inviting atmosphere, all a reflection of De Laurentiis' vision. Located on the second story of The Cromwell, above the most exciting and dynamic intersection in the world, GIADA accommodates nearly 300 guests and encompasses three dining experiences - a dining room, a lounge and a terrace. The priceless views of the Bellagio fountains, Caesars Palace and Bally's Grand Bazaar Shops, make every seat in the space an unforgettable experience. For more information, contact Chelsea Ryder, Caesars Entertainment, cryder@caesars.com.  


Red Mansion Opens at Downtown Grand

Downtown Las Vegas now offers authentic Northern Chinese cuisine at Red Mansion. Artfully and freshly prepared, Red Mansion features Beijing-style dishes, handmade noodles as well as expertly prepared house-made dim sum. The dishes are creative, healthy and beautifully plated, using only the freshest ingredients. Red Mansion is helmed by Master Chef Li Yu, formerly of Beijing Noodle No. 9 at Caesars Palace. Chef Yu is renowned by both guests and food critics for creating menus that feature unique noodle dishes, dumplings, soups and specialty items. For more information, contact Marina Nicola, Vox Solid Communications, mnicola@wearevoxsolid.com.  


New Exhibit Honoring Jackie Gaughan Now on Display at El Cortez Hotel & Casino

In conjunction with the Museum of Gaming History, the El Cortez Hotel & Casino unveiled a new mobile exhibit honoring downtown gaming legend Jackie Gaughan. The exhibit, titled "Jackie Gaughan's Downtown as Seen through Gaming Memorabilia," will take visitors on a historic journey through downtown Las Vegas. Gaughan was actively involved in a number of downtown properties, including the El Cortez Hotel & Casino, Gold Spike, Club Bingo, and The Las Vegas Club among others. For more information, contact Ashley Trevizo, Kirvin Doak Communications, atrevizo@kirvindoak.com.


Summer Arrives at Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Celebrate summer in the cool 69-degree Conservatory with an array of colorful finches and canaries as they flutter inside a New England style open glass green house. An oversized tree with a tree house atop is a sight to see with larger-than-life birds made of organic materials, including natural seeds alongside custom designed kites suspended overhead. On either side of the tree house, life-size horses gallop through dancing sunflowers and vibrant blossoming buds. Live harp and saxophone performances take place nightly from 5-6 p.m. A total of 83,000 fresh flowers, including hydrangeas, bougainvillea, and sunflowers will be placed on display through
Sept. 7. For more information, contact Shant Apelian, MGM Resorts International, sapelian@mgmresorts.com.


Mercadito Brings a New Flavor of Mexican Cuisine to Red Rock Resort

Las Vegas now has a new restaurant for casual, creative Mexican cuisine. Mercadito has opened at Red Rock Resort.  Drawing from culinary experiences of Mexican markets, Mercadito features a wide variety of creative tacos made with handmade corn masa tortillas, five different guacamoles, three choices of refreshing ceviche and classic dishes like enchiladas and chile rellenos. Mercadito Red Rock will spotlight new items crafted specifically for the Las Vegas location, including nachos, ensalada verde and the Mercadito mac & cheese.  The Tippling Bros., Mercadito's exclusive beverage partner, creates a perfectly designed drink menu featuring "on draft" cocktails including margaritas, sangria and a variety of signature drinks, as well as frozen libations, an impressive tequila list and non-alcoholic aqua frescas.  For more information, contact Michelle Wilmoth, PR Plus, michelle@prpluslv.com.


The Mob Museum Unveils New Bugsy Siegel, Illegal Casino Displays

For the first time, rare gambling artifacts were unveiled in two separate displays at The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement. The new displays represent the collaboration between The Mob Museum and the Museum of Gaming History, a preservation project of the more than 1,800 members of the international Casino Chip and Gaming Token Collectors Club. The first display, located on the Museum's second floor in the Open City section, features rare, early to mid-20th century casino chips, photographs and other memorabilia from the 1946 opening of Bugsy Siegel's Flamingo Hotel. The second display, located on the third floor in the Evidence Room, presents artifacts from legendary illegal gambling halls around the United States. Both displays opened simultaneously with an exhibit debuting at the El Cortez Hotel-Casino, which features casino chips and other objects from the many downtown casinos once operated by the late Jackie Gaughan. For more information, contact Marina Nicola, Vox Solid Communications, mnicola@wearevoxsolid.com.


Comedian Jeff Dunham is the Newest Las Vegas Resident at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

Having toured and performed to sold-out venues across the globe over the last 28 years, comedian Jeff Dunham will be calling Las Vegas his exclusive home with the announcement of his residency show  "JEFF DUNHAM: Not Playing with a Full Deck"  opening Friday, Nov. 28 at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Joining Dunham on stage in his new Las Vegas home is his famed troupe of sidekicks: Walter the Grumpy Retiree, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, redneck Bubba J, the manic purple creature Peanut, the spicy pepper from south of the border José Jalapeño, and Peanut's own ventriloquist dummy Little Jeff, a mini-version of the ringmaster himself. They may have all been conceived and hand crafted by Dunham, but his characters, who are anything but dummies, have now taken on a life of their own, each with their own legion of fans. For more information, contact Kelly Frey, Caesars Entertainment, kfrey@caesars.com


Clean the World Receives New Equipment with Las Vegas Sands Partnership

Las Vegas Sands Corp. and Clean the World, a not-for-profit global hygiene organization, recently unveiled new manufacturing equipment at Clean the World's Las Vegas facility that will help the organization double its production of recycled soap, helping people in need both domestically and around the globe. In addition to the new equipment, the two organizations also announced LVS' underwriting of 100,000 Clean the World hygiene kits for distribution through the American Red Cross to local and national disaster victims and a mass community effort to build the kits at LVS' Venetian and Palazzo properties. The new soap recycling equipment and disaster relief kit build have been made possible as part of a $1 million corporate partnership between LVS and Clean the World in 2014 - the largest corporate donation in Clean the World's history. For more information, contact Debi Kinney, Clean the World, dkinney@cleantheworld.org.  


Liaison Nightclub Opens at Bally's Las Vegas 

Never has a nightclub catering specifically to LGBT patrons been located inside the doors of a Las Vegas Strip casino venue. But that all changed when the new 7,000-square-foot Liaison Nightclub opened its doors to the public on June 20. The nightclub, launched by Las Vegas nightclub impresario Victor Drai and gay nightlife king Eduardo Cordova, in partnership with Caesars Entertainment, made history when Bally's Las Vegas welcomed the luxurious new nightclub. Liaison Nightclub features two club rooms, two DJs, multiple bars, a stage, and ample space for surprise performances. It will offer a seven-night-a-week experience featuring an eclectic mix of international house, edm, top 40 hits, hip-hop mashups, and even a drag night. For more information, contact Steven Le Vine, Grapevine PR, steven.levine@theprgrapevine.com


FAME - Food∙Art∙Music∙Entertainment Now Open at The Linq

Food∙Art∙Music∙Entertainment is now open at Caesars Entertainment's, The LINQ, and has introduced a new concept blending a high-energy Chinatown Food Market serving authentic street fare with live entertainment. The Market recreates a culinary bazaar, combining the great street foods of Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Korea, China and Vietnam on a menu serving dim sum, stir-fry, ramen and barbecue. Live entertainment, such as lion and dragon dances and Taiko drum performances, along with Gangnam-style beats to keep the market festive.  A retail area offers novelty items inspired by Asian culture, such as miniature drums and other souvenirs. The Asian market seats up to 200 guests inside, with seating for 50 or more on the outdoor patio. The Asian market is open daily from 11 a.m. until late. For more information, contact Ortal Dahan, Wicked Creative, ortal.dahan@wickedcreative.com.


Monte Carlo Introduces Energetic Open-Air Plaza

Monte Carlo Resort and Casino has completed a multi-million-dollar reinvention of its Strip-facing facade, debuting a lively open-air plaza with six unique dining concepts, vibrant community spaces and dynamic live entertainment. Monte Carlo's new plaza delivers a cool, high-energy atmosphere making it the ideal setting to enjoy Vegas' sultry summer nights. The destination includes Diablo's Cantina, a festive, two-story Mexican restaurant from leading development and management company The Light Group, and introduces five indoor-outdoor restaurants new to The Strip: Yusho, featuring inventive Japanese-inspired street food by celebrated chef Matthias Merges; Double Barrel, the first authentic roadhouse from renowned hospitality group sbe; 800 Degrees, a pizzeria from the California-based restaurateurs behind Umami Burger; BLVD Creamery, a contemporary ice cream shop with innovative flavors and unexpected dessert offerings; and Sambalatte, a Vegas-grown premium coffee experience. For more information, contact Ashley Farkas, MGM Resorts International, afarkas@mgmresorts.com.


Kerry Simon Opens Carson Kitchen in Downtown Las Vegas

Celebrity Chef Kerry Simon and Managing Partner Cory Harwell have opened Downtown Las Vegas' newest dining destination, Carson Kitchen, at 124 South 6th St. The American gastro-lounge blends the award-winning gourmet flavors of Simon with the funky, hipster vibe of Downtown by offering an ingredient-driven menu at approachable prices with all items priced under $20. Dishes are divided into social plates, sandwiches, flatbreads, farm and garden and desserts. Drink selections feature microbrewed soda brands, such as Virgil's, along with handcrafted cocktails and an array of small-batch brews and global wines. For more information, contact Tyler Krochmal, Wicked Creative, at tyler.krochmal@wickedcreative.com


Caesars Palace opens All-New Lobby Bar

The newest addition to the Caesars Palace bar and lounge scene, Lobby Bar is a premiere cocktail destination. The former Galleria Bar, Lobby Bar features expansive lounge seating, enwrapping the front-desk reception area to the Palace Court Baccarat tables, and a highly curated beverage menu with classic concoctions and exclusive creations. The extensive cocktail menu, designed by The Modern Mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim, offers an eclectic selection of classic libations and contemporary specialties. Developing eight specialty drinks on the menu,
Tony was able to showcase his immaculate talent for mixology with the Cleopatra's Smile, Just for Mary, Monkey Shine, Caesar Ritz, The Wizard and his most famous of them all - the Cable Car. For the refined whiskey palate, Tony created two specialties on the menu exclusive to Caesars Palace, the Tennessee Highball #2 and The Chairman's Manhattan, both made with Jack Daniel's Sinatra Select whiskey. For more information, contact Monika Bertaki, Caesars Entertainment, mbertaki@caesars.com.


Neon Museum Debuts Neon Boneyard North Gallery

Las Vegas' most unique open-air wedding and event venue at the Neon Museum is now open. The new Neon Boneyard North Gallery is located on the museum's downtown Las Vegas campus.  At more than 3,100 square feet, the Neon Boneyard Annex and Outdoor Wedding Chapel contains approximately 60 rescued signs making their debut at the museum, including signs from Palms Casino Resort, New York-New York, Lady Luck and O'Shea's. As with the original Neon Boneyard, the signs provide a picturesque backdrop not only for weddings and special events, but also commercial and commemorative photo shoots as well as educational programs. A popular destination not only for events and weddings, but also photographers, film and production crews from around the world, the new space enables the museum to keep up with growing demand and the international attention the signs bring. For more information, contact Marina Nicola, Vox Solid Communications, mnicola@wearevoxsolid.com


‘Sydney After Dark' to Make American Debut at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

SPI Entertainment and Australian pop artist Belinda Chapple are proud to announce the American debut of Australia's sexiest and most provocative female revue Sydney After Dark. Starring the most breathtaking women from "down under," Sydney After Dark will premiere at the PH Showroom inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Monday, July 7. Sydney After Dark will take audiences on a unique journey with its class, style and the stunning choreography of Wil Sabin. This provocative and sultry revue will make you fantasize about the land down under, while tantalizing your every sense for a non-stop 75 minutes. For more information, contact Laura Herlovich, PR Plus, laura@prpluslv.com.


Las Vegas Hot Air Balloon Company Debuts Fifth Wheelchair Accessible Balloon In the World

Love is in the Air Ballooning, LLC recently debuted in flight its new "Chariot of Fire" (COF), only fifth in the world, hot air balloon, specially made with a wheelchair accessible ramp ideal for those with mobility restrictions. COF can carry one wheelchair and up to four other passengers comfortably. Without a wheelchair aboard, the basket lends itself to special occasions, such as weddings and engagements and is rated to carry up to six passengers with ease. One of the core values of Love is in the Air Ballooning is to provide wheelchair rides to those who would not otherwise get to experience lighter than air flights. At the same time, these flights are more expensive because of the additional space and assistance needed to accommodate their needs. For more information, contact Renee Roberts, Paragon Communications, renee@paragonpublicrelations.com.


Elevating the Lobby Bar Experience, Bound by Salvatore is Now Open at The Cromwell

Now open, the newest addition to The Cromwell Las Vegas' luxurious lineup, Bound by Salvatore, brings a new meaning to the lobby bar experience. Salvatore's more than thirty years of experience shines with perfectly executed classic cocktails, never-before-seen espresso cocktails, elegant champagne cocktails and signature creations. Featured on the carefully-curated menu are Salvatore's signature cocktails, many of which are iconic and are synonymous with the famous bartender. The Breakfast Martini comes from Salvatore's wife insisting he eat breakfast, to which he replied with a gin cocktail mixed with the finest orange marmalade, the same topping he uses for his toast. Also featured is the Spicy Fifty, which combines the best of sweet and sour on the palate with a warm finish. For more information, contact Chelsea Ryder, Caesars Entertainment, cryder@caesars.com.