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MARCH 2012

March 7, 2012

House of Blues Las Vegas Announces Two-Year Engagement with Carlos Santana

Carlos Santana will begin a two-year run of unique performances - "An Intimate Evening with Santana: Greatest Hits Live - Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow" -- in the specially re-configured House of Blues at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas beginning in May 2012. Tickets go on sale Saturday, Mar. 3 at 10 a.m. For more information, contact Alissa
Kelly, PR Plus, Alissa@prpluslv.com.

Orleans Arena Home to WCC and WAC Basketball Conference Championship Tournaments
The Orleans Arena will be the center of attention for NCAA basketball fans beginning Feb. 29 with the West Coast Conference Championships. The Western Athletic Conference Championship will also take place at the Orleans Arena and is scheduled for Mar. 7-10. For more information, contact David Strow, Boyd Gaming, davidstrow@boydgaming.com.

Mountain West Basketball Conference Championship at Thomas & Mack Center
The Thomas & Mack Center on UNLV's campus will once again be the home for both the Men's and Women's Mountain West Basketball Conference Championship Tournaments. The Women's tournament kicks off on Mar. 7 while the Men's tournament begins Mar. 8. For more information, contact Javan Hedlund, Mountain West Conference, jhedlund@themwc.com.

Circus Circus Unveils Newly Remodeled Guest Rooms
More than 1,900 guest rooms in the Casino and Skyrise Towers at Circus Circus have been remodeled, offering guests a fresh selection of accommodations. Contemporary jewel and earth tones welcome guests into the Casino and Skyrise Tower rooms. These accommodations feature classic furnishings, pillow-top mattresses, 40-inch flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi Internet access. The remodeled rooms are part of an overall re-fresh at Circus Circus that also includes new wallpaper and carpet throughout the property. For more information, contact Wendie Mosca, MGM Resorts International, wmosca@mgmresorts.com.

Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino Welcomes KJ Kitchen Dim Sum & Seafood Restaurant
KJ Kitchen Dim Sum & Seafood Restaurant is now open at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. The Rio location is the second establishment for the traditional Chinese restaurant, which has a great reputation for serving high-quality, fresh seafood dishes. The new eatery will also debut its first dim sum menu, available during lunch, which will bring a special element of the Chinese culture to casino guests and loyal KJ Kitchen diners. For more information, contact Andrew Ho, Caesars Entertainment, hoa@caesars.com.

Warhol, Picasso, Chagall and Other Masters Now Reside in Las Vegas
The Forum Shops at Caesars has been home to many firsts in Las Vegas, and now it offers the Las Vegas visitor the largest retail fine art Gallery in the world, Martin Lawrence Galleries, Las Vegas. This 26,000 square foot showcase is open to the public and offers artworks at every level of price and experience, including 20th Century
masters and 21st Century stars. For more information, contact Michelle Loosbrock, The Wagner Junker Agency, michelle@wjagency.com.

Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art Presents "Claude Monet: Impressions of Light"
Organized in partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, "Claude Monet: Impressions of Light" features works that illustrate the height of Monet's engagement with color and light. All of these works will be on display through Jan. 6, 2013. For more information, contact Sara Gorgon, MGM Resorts International, sgorgon@mgmresorts.com.

Plaza Hotel and Casino Announces New Entertainment Options
The Plaza Hotel and Casino has announced two new entertainment options playing in property's historic 600-seat showroom. "Avant Garde" is a unique show, now playing, best described as "music, mirth, magic and mayhem." Also announced is award-winning Broadway Production, "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas." The production will
debut on Mar. 31 in the Plaza's classic showroom with live performances every evening at 5 p.m. For more information, contact Amy Maier, B&P Public Relations, amaier@bpadlv.com.

Dream Racing Launches in Las Vegas
Dream Racing is now open at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Dream Racing offers thrill seekers the opportunity to become a race-car driver for the day, taking a track-ready Ferrari F430 GT for fast laps just like a professional. This is the only place in Las Vegas where participants can take to the track at the wheel of a machine specifically tuned for professional Gran Turismo (GT) Racing. For more information, contact Maggie Feldman, Magnetic Public Relations, Maggie@magneticpublicrelations.com.

First Friday Las Vegas Presents: First Vegas Burn! The Flames of Change
The First Friday Las Vegas arts and culture festival draws crowds for a night of art, music, food and more. First Friday Las Vegas will take place Mar. 2 from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. March's event is very special and symbolic for the city. First Vegas Burn! The Flames of Change will feature a burn signifying a transition from the old to new way of doing things, bringing a new energy and spirit to the growing Downtown Las Vegas district. For more information, contact Alissa Kelly, PR Plus, Alissa@prpluslv.com.

New Nightlife and Dining Outlet Announced for MGM Grand
Entertainment and nightlife company Angel Management Group and Hakkasan Ltd., a prestigious global restaurant brand, announced a partnership to launch a Michelin-starred luxury-dining brand combined with a lavish new nightclub at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. The collaboration delivers an innovative concept evolving beyond Hakkasan's
original restaurant model, incorporating the best elements in dining and nightlife set to debut in Dec. 2012. For more information, contact Jackie Oribello, Angel Management Group, Jackie@amgcorp.com.

NASCAR Rolls into Las Vegas
NASCAR Weekend at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway is set to kick off on Mar. 8 at 6 p.m. with the popular NASCAR Hauler Parade down the Las Vegas Strip. Friday welcomes Stratosphere Pole Day. The Sam's Town 300 is set to drop the green flag at 2 p.m. on Saturday and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 400 is scheduled to start at noon on Sunday, Mar. 11. For more information, contact Jeff Motley, jmotley@lvms.com.

Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational Returns to Las Vegas
The 11th Annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational (MJCI), hosted by ARIA Resort & Casino at Shadow Creek, returns to Las Vegas for the second consecutive year March 29-April 1. Included in the tournament are a Celebrity-Amateur tournament, two-person, 36-hole scramble tournament for competing celebrities and various parties and entertainment. For more information, contact Scott Ghertner, MGM Resorts International, (702) 650-7565.

Las Vegas Welcomes Big League Weekend: Chicago Cubs vs. Texas Rangers
The Chicago Cubs will make their eighth straight appearance to Las Vegas for two games against the two-time American League Champions Texas Rangers on Saturday and Sunday, March 17 and 18 at 1:05 p.m. at Cashman Field. The two games will feature split-squads. The Cubs have recorded 13 sellouts over the past seven seasons (2005-11) for their annual Big League Weekend visits to Cashman Field. For more information, contact Jim Gemma, Las Vegas 51's, lv51sgemma@aol.com.

Las Vegas to Host Academy of Country Music Awards
Country Music's Party of the Year(r), the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, honoring country music's best and introducing the industry's hottest emerging talent, will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 1st on the CBS Television Network. The show will be hosted for the second consecutive year by Reba and Blake Shelton. In addition to the awards show, the 2nd Annual Fan Jam, hosted by Zac Brown Band, will take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Fremont Street Experience will also host free concerts by Eric Church and Luke Bryan. For more information, contact Brooke Primero, ACM, brooke@acmcountry.com.

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts Set to Open March 10
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is scheduled to open doors on March 10 with an invitation-only, multi-star production by George Stevens Jr. that will be filmed for a television special. The state of the art facility contains three theatres, including the 2,050-seat Reynolds Hall and is centerpiece of Downtown Las Vegas' Symphony Park development. The Smith Center is also the home of the Nevada Ballet Theatre and the Las Vegas Philharmonic. For more information, contact Amber Stidham, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, astidham@thesmithcenter.com.

The Royal House Presents: The Pastel Project
The Royal House presents: The Pastel Project, a spring celebration of music, art & food Mar. 23-24. The Pastel Project is the first in the series of outdoor concerts and festivals of the season. Outside there will be a main concert stage with stage side cabanas and a spring/festival inspired atmosphere. Activities such as roller skating, strolling Americana entertainment troop, sidewalk chalk, art sculptures, carnival rides, above ground pools flying beach balls, various food and beverage trucks, vendors and more. For more information, contact Kamela Brewer, Royal House Las Vegas, kamela@aeproyal.com.

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