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MARCH 2013

March 1, 2013

Las Vegas Global Business District Unveiled

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority unveiled its plans for the Las Vegas Global Business District, an overarching vision for the Las Vegas Convention Center and the surrounding area. Envisioned to be completed in phases, the Las Vegas Global Business District creates an international business destination by incorporating major renovations of the Las Vegas Convention Center, leveraging the World Trade Center designation and developing transportation connectivity through a centralized hub. Plans call for the Las Vegas Global Business District to be developed in phases over several years.  The first phase, over the next two years, will include programming and design, the development of overall budget, improvements to the current space at the Las Vegas Convention Center and land acquisition. For more information, contact Dawn Christensen, LVCVA, dchristensen@lvcva.com.

 

World's First Nobu Hotel Restaurant and Lounge to Open at Caesars Palace

The world's first Nobu Hotel Restaurant and Lounge Caesars Palace Las Vegas is now open. With a worldwide following and a global presence, Nobu certainly is the most significant and exciting new development in the destination and without a doubt will be of compelling interest to an international audience. A masterful collaboration between Caesars Palace, Chef Nobu Matsuhisa and Nobu Hospitality primary shareholders, actor Robert De Niro and Hollywood film producer Meir Teper, the 181 room boutique hotel, along with a 12,775 square foot Nobu Restaurant and Lounge, bring a new level of luxury, culture, sophistication and great cuisine to the Las Vegas Strip. The Nobu Hotel also presents a total transformation of in-room dining. Guests for the first time ever, are able to order breakfast as well as the Nobu dishes they crave around the clock. For more information, contact Celena Haas-Stacey, Caesars Entertainment, chaas@caesars.com.

Boyz II Men Announce Extended Engagement at The Mirage Hotel & Casino

Four-time GRAMMY Award-winning R&B vocal group Boyz II Men will begin an extended residency at The Mirage Hotel & Casino beginning Mar. 1. The trio, featuring baritone Nathan Morris alongside tenors Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman, will perform 78 shows in the Terry Fator Theatre on select weekend dates Mar. 1 thru Dec. 29, 2013. For more information, contact Laura Herlovich, PR Plus, laura@prpluslv.com.

 

Cirque du Soleil and The Estate of Michael Jackson Announce Michael Jackson ONE

The Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil have announced that Michael Jackson ONE will open and take residency exclusively at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino this summer. Directed by Jamie King, Michael Jackson ONE will start its preview performances on May 23 and have its official premiere on June 29.  This entirely new show is the second creative project to be developed between Cirque du Soleil and The Estate of Michael Jackson after the top grossing Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour, currently playing arenas in Europe as it travels the world. For more information, contact Jeff Lovari, Cirque du Soleil, jeff.lovari@cirquedusoleil.com.

sbe Announced SLS Las Vegas Groundbreaking

sbe, an industry-leading creative hospitality company that develops, manages and operates award-winning hotels, restaurants and nightlife, announced that they will officially break ground on SLS Las Vegas. Slated to open in fall 2014, the redevelopment of SLS Las Vegas is expected to infuse $400 million into the local economy, as well as create a projected 8,600 direct and indirect jobs.  Stockbridge Capital Group of San Francisco is an equity partner in the project. For more information, contact Robbie McKay, sbe, robbiem@sbe.com.

 

LIGHT Nightclub Announced Opening Date and Exclusive DJ Partners

After much anticipation, LIGHT--the first-ever nightclub brought to you by the minds behind Cirque du Soleil--is excited to invite guests to experience the passion and creativity of state-of-the-art production and world-renowned DJs, including global electronic music sensation Skrillex, Swedish House Mafia's Sebastian Ingrosso, man of the moment Zedd and rising star Baauer, beginning April 26. The creative entertainment company - responsible for some of Las Vegas' most successful productions -is partnering with audio/visual live production outfit Moment Factory to produce distinctly different live experiences for each performer. For more information, contact Casey Brennan, Light Group, cbrennan@lightgroup.com.

 

PIN UP to Open March 2

Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower's new original show PIN UP, inspired by classic pin up girl calendars and starring PLAYBOY's 2011 Playmate of the Year and Bettie Page Clothing model Claire Sinclair, will now debut in the Stratosphere Theater on Mar. 2. Featuring an impressive cast of dancers, singers and a live six-piece band with a horn section led by acclaimed trumpeter, conductor and composer Dave Perrico, PIN UP is a fast-paced, swingin' production that will transport audiences to a modern version of a vintage era where red lips, corsets and garter stockings grace the most beautiful of women.  For more information, contact Kathy Topp, Red 7 Communications, Kathy@red7communications.com.

 

Legendary Band Heart Premieres on Fremont Street Experience's Viva Vision

Fremont Street Experience has added a new show to its already spectacular Viva Vision line-up. Heart - Crazy on Vegas -- premiered on Valentine's Day. It is a musical showcase with stunning graphics that was built around three of the band's most iconic and popular songs: "Magic Man," "Barracuda" and "Crazy on You." The new Viva Vision show features live Heart performance footage from today as well as a newly restored rare and classic Heart concert film. For more information, contact Rachel Diehl, Preferred Public Relations, Rachel@preferredpublicrelations.com.

   

Legends in Concert Began Performances at Flamingo Las Vegas

Legends in Concert, the show that's always in style, debuted in the Flamingo Showroom at Flamingo Las Vegas on Feb. 28 with an all-star lineup which includes tributes to entertainment icons Britney Spears, Elvis Presley, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson and Rod Stewart. Building on the show's thirty years of continuous success, Legends in Concert will take place every Sunday through Friday at 4 p.m. along with additional shows at 9:30 p.m. every Sunday and Monday and on other select weekdays and performance times throughout the year. For more information, contact Molly Cornyn, Caesars Entertainment, mcornyn@caesars.com.

 

Penn & Teller Celebrate 20 Years in Las Vegas with Contract Extension

To celebrate 20 magical years of performing in Las Vegas, Penn & Teller have extended their show through 2018 at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, making the twisted duo the longest-running headliners at the same property in Las Vegas history. For more information, contact Glenn Alai, Penn & Teller, glenn@penn-teller.com.

 

Bellagio Elevates Buffet Experience with Unlimited Caviar during Gourmet Dinner Service

The Buffet at Bellagio, known for its high-quality cuisine and exceptional service, announced the addition of a lavish new station featuring traditional, Ikura and Tobiko caviars. Every Friday and Saturday from 3:30-10 p.m. during Gourmet Dinner Service, guests may savor the delicate flavors of some of the world's finest caviars alone or as complements to a selection of freshly prepared traditional dishes. This decadent option comes included in the Gourmet Dinner price of $37.99. For more information, contact Ashley Farkas, MGM Resorts, afarkas@mgmresorts.com.

 

Four Seasons Las Vegas Launches Sophisticated Indoor/Outdoor Lobby Bar Concept

The lobby and pool garden at Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas will come alive this spring with Press, a relaxed yet sophisticated new indoor/outdoor bar concept offering a variety of innovative food and drink options in a unique setting. Currently under construction, Press is set to open in April. For more information, contact Erica Johnson-McElroy, Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, Erica.johnson-mcelroy@fourseasons.com.

 

Tony-Award-Winning Million Dollar Quartet Begins Performances at Harrah's Las Vegas

Harrah's Las Vegas has come alive with the untold story of four rock n' roll pioneers (Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis and Carl Perkins) and how they came together for one magical night, as the smash hit musical Million Dollar Quartet has moved into the Harrah's Showroom. For more information, contact Kate Whiteley, Kirvin Doak Communications, kwhiteley@kirvindoak.com.

 

Bellagio Introduces A Master Sommelier's Wine Classroom

Bellagio Resort & Casino, home to a record 17 sommeliers and the only resort in the world with three Master Sommeliers, presents A Master Sommelier's Wine Classroom, an interactive series of 90-minute seminars in which guests learn about the multifaceted world of wine from Bellagio's highly trained and skilled wine team. Beginning last month, classes will be held the third Wednesday of every month at MICHAEL MINA restaurant and will be led by Bellagio's Director of Wine and Master Sommelier Jason Smith. For more information, contact Ashley Farkas, MGM Resorts, afarkas@mgmresorts.com.

 

America's Got Talent Live in Las Vegas Returns to The Palazzo Theatre

Following a successful limited-engagement run, producers of America's Got Talent Live In Las Vegas are proud to announce that the one-of-a-kind live show, featuring stars from NBC's #1 hit television sensation, have returned to The Palazzo Theatre for a seven-week run. The live show, produced by FremantleMedia Enterprises and Syco Entertainment, and presented by AEG Live and The Palazzo Las Vegas, kicked off an eight-week run just two weeks after Olate Dogs were declared season-seven winners of the one-million dollar grand prize. They along with other fan favorites from the season were whisked away to fabulous Las Vegas, where competitors became co-stars in the extraordinary 90-minute live stage production. For more information, contact Michelle St. Angelo, Langdon Flynn Communications, michelle@langdonflynn.com.

 

Food University at Caesars Palace To Host Three-Day Event Mar. 27-29

Food Network series "Ace of Cakes" star Duff Goldman, winner of season 10 of "Hell's Kitchen" Christina Wilson, acclaimed pastry chef François Payard, chef and restaurateur Frank Pellegrino, Jr. and the "Godfather of Italian-American cooking" Steve Martorano will join the faculty of Food University at Caesars Palace, taking place Mar. 27-29. Tickets are available for the event, which is designed to transform fun-loving foodies from average cooks into exceptional home chefs in just 72 hours with a dynamic schedule of classes. For more information, contact Marina Nicola, Vox Solid Communications, mnicola@wearevoxsolid.com.

 

Adventuredome at Circus Circus Las Vegas Adding Record-Breaking Roller Coaster

Coming soon to The Adventuredome at Circus Circus Las Vegas, roller coaster fans get ready for negative G drops, gravity-defying turns and over-the-edge twists!  Only the second of its kind in the United States, El Loco, The Adventuredome's newest roller coaster, will offer thrill seekers a unique and exhilarating ride experience in a custom and compact design guaranteed to excite all. The Adventuredome will begin construction on El Loco in the coming weeks and the coaster will be ready for screams and thrills in December. For more information, contact Krista Gilbertson, MGM Resorts, kgilbertson@mgmresorts.com.

 

Raiding the Rock Vault to Kick Off Year-Long Run at LVH

The history of rock 'n' roll will come to life like never before when Raiding the Rock Vault, a one-of-a-kind rock concert experience boasting the ultimate set list, kicks off a year-long run Mar. 9 at the LVH - Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. Narrated, sung and acted along with compelling imagery, including historical footage, the show transports the audience back to a magical musical journey from 1948 to 1989, traversing the genre's history chronologically through the ‘40s, ‘50s, '60s, '70s and '80s. The show features classic anthems from The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, The Eagles, Queen, Van Halen, AC/DC, Journey, Free, Bryan Adams, Supertramp, Toto, Deep Purple, and more. For more information, contact Steve Flynn, Langdon Flynn Communications, steve@langdonflynn.com.

 

Pop-Up Wedding Chapel Returns to The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has once again launched Las Vegas' most unique wedding chapel - The Pop-Up Wedding Chapel - offering visitors and locals alike a twist on the classic Vegas wedding.  The unrivaled location of The Pop-Up Wedding Chapel at the corner of the Las Vegas strip creates a one of a kind "wedding photo" for those participating as well as a great viewing opportunity for those passing by to watch and enjoy. The Pop-Up Wedding Chapel offers a range of experiences from traditional to faux to commitment ceremonies and even pet weddings. For more information, contact Alyssa Anderson, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, pr@cosmopolitanlasvegas.com.

 

Palms Casino Resort Opens Heraea

Ladies now have a new place to play with Heraea, the ultra-chic American restaurant and sports lounge created by The ONE Group, that celebrated its grand opening at Palms Casino Resort on February 17. The original dining concept offers enticing cuisine, energetic music and state-of-the-art sports viewing in a stylish space with a feminine flair. Heraea delivers a contemporary take on classic American food along with an inventive twist on game day favorites from Executive Chef Doug Bell. For more information, contact Alex Acuna, Palms Casino Resort, alex.acuna@palms.com.

 

The Improv at Harrah's Las Vegas Celebrates 50 Years of Laughs

Founded in 1963 by Budd Friedman and later joined by partner Mark Lonow, The Improv has been bringing the brightest stars of comedy to stages across the country for 50 years, including Harrah's Las Vegas for the past 18 years. During its almost two decades in Las Vegas, The Improv has repeatedly been voted "Best Las Vegas Comedy Club" in the Las Vegas Review-Journal's coveted "Best of Las Vegas" poll. To celebrate 50 years as the industry's premier stage for both up-and-coming comedians and the greats of the genre, Harrah's Las Vegas will host appearances by some of comedy's brightest stars throughout the year. For more information, contact Molly Cornyn, Caesars Entertainment, mcornyn@caesars.com.

 

Project Dinner Table Announces 2013 Dates

Project Dinner Table returns this April for its fourth season, which promises to be the most dynamic one to date. New locations and chefs will be announced shortly, with the first dinner scheduled to take place Saturday, April, 20. Project Dinner Table is the popular local dining phenomenon that blends a philanthropic approach and appreciation for the farm to table movement, while focusing on what we love: food, community and purpose. A series of once-in-a-lifetime, dinners served around one long, white-linen-draped table set in unique and adventurous settings, Project Dinner Table celebrates phenomenal chefs, local growers and sustainable sources. Furthermore, each gathering brings diverse individuals together to share a meal served family-style, all while rediscovering the lost art of conversation.  Guests at every event may expect to find themselves breaking bread with local growers, food artisans, restaurateurs and other spirited community members. 2013 dates include Apr. 20, May 18, Jun. 29, Sept. 21, Oct. 19, Nov. 10. For more information, contact Marina Nicola, Vox Solid Communications, mnicola@wearevoxsolid.com.

 

Las Vegas's Spring Restaurant Week Returns Mar. 8-15

March 8-15 will begin the spring Las Vegas Restaurant Week, providing locals and tourists the opportunity to support Three Square Food Bank by dining out at some of the city's best restaurants. Diners can visit any participating restaurant during the specified dates and enjoy a multi-course, prix fixe menu specially created for the 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, visit http://www.helpoutdineoutlv.org/ or contact Cheryl Kaopua, Three Square Food Bank, ckaopua@threesquare.org.

 

Wynn Las Vegas Unveiled Tulips by Renowned Artist, Jeff Koons

As part of the resort's continued commitment and appreciation of public art, Wynn Las Vegas unveils Tulips by Jeff Koons.  Rendered in mirror-polished stainless steel and transparent color coating, Tulips will illuminate the Wynn Theater rotunda at Wynn Las Vegas. The sculpture, Tulips, was acquired at auction in November 2012 for a price of $33,682,500.  The legendary piece is the sculptural culmination of Koons' Celebration series.  Created in five unique versions, Tulips is one of the largest and most complex sculptures in the series. The sculpture represents a bouquet of twisted balloon flowers, which have been cast in stainless steel and brought to a high mirror polish and plated in a vivid spectrum of color. For more information, contact Deanna Pettit-Irestone, Wynn | Encore, Deanna.irestone@wynnlasvegas.com.

 

RE/Max World Long Drive Championship to be Held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Long Drivers of America (LDA) have announced that Las Vegas Motor Speedway will be the host venue for the Open Division finals of the 2013 RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship on October 30. Founded in 1995 and based in Roanoke, Texas, LDA is best known for staging the annual RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship, the premier event in power golf. The RE/MAX championship has evolved into an international competition with power golfers from across the globe.  The event will air on Golf Channel and also NBC Sports. For more information, visit http://www.longdrivers.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 Mar. 6 with the West Coast Conference Championships. The Western Athletic Conference Championship will also take place at the Orleans Arena and is scheduled for Mar. 12-16. 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 action will run Mar. 12-16. For more information, contact Javan Hedlund, Mountain West Conference, jhedlund@themwc.com.

 

PAC 12 Men's Basketball Tournament Comes to Las Vegas

MGM Grand Garden Arena will host the PAC 12 conference championships for the first time Mar. 13-16. For more information, visit http://www.pac-12.com/.  

 

NASCAR Rolls into Las Vegas

NASCAR Weekend at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway is set to kick off on Mar. 6 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 1:15 p.m. on Saturday and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 400 is scheduled to start at noon on Sunday, Mar. 10. For more information, contact Jeff Motley, jmotley@lvms.com.

 

Las Vegas Welcomes Big League Weekend: Chicago Cubs vs. Texas Rangers

The Chicago Cubs will make their ninth straight appearance in Las Vegas for two games against the two-time American League Champions Texas Rangers on Saturday and Sunday, March 16 and 17 at 1:05 p.m. at Cashman Field. The two games will feature split-squads. For more information, contact Jim Gemma, Las Vegas 51's, lv51sgemma@aol.com.

 

March Opening Set for Park on Fremont

Park on Fremont will spruce up Downtown Las Vegas with its March opening at 500 E. Fremont St. The 5,000-square-foot gastropub will offer innovative bar fare and an eclectic art collection, with a laid-back area for dining indoors and antique tables in a lush garden outdoors. The gastropub will offer a flavorful menu. For more information, contact Cara Zizzo, Wicked Creative, cara.zizzo@wickedcreative.com.

 

Tickets for the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Go On Sale

Tickets for Las Vegas' official PGA TOUR event, Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, are now on sale.  Now part of the FedExCup regular season, the weeklong charitable tournament is held Oct. 14-20 at the masterfully designed TPC Summerlin. New this year, every ticket sold will grant access to The Hill, a luxurious 22,000-square-foot pavilion overlooking the 16th, 17th, and 18th holes. Premium food options and cold beverages, including wine and spirits will be available for purchase for ticketholders while catching the tournament play from this unique vantage point. Guests will also enjoy comfortable seating and dozens of 50-inch, flat-screen televisions for viewing other high action sports during the event. For more information, contact Alison Monaghan, Kirvin Doak Communications, amonaghan@kirvindoak.com.

 

The General Tire Mint 400 Off-Road Race Returns to Las Vegas

The biggest off-road race in the world is returning to Las Vegas March 20th-24th.  The General Tire Mint 400 is four days of off-road excitement, including a vehicle parade, the pit crew challenge, the official Mint 400 Party, the Miss Mint 400 crowning and a full day of intense off-road racing. Started in 1967, The Mint is steeped in American lore as thousands of racers in addition to celebrities from around the world have attempted to tame the brutal Nevada desert. Contingency or tech inspection takes place each year on Fremont Street in front of the casinos in historic, downtown Las Vegas. Contingency gives the fans a chance to see the race vehicles up close and personal, as well as check out a variety of off-road related products, including merchandise from their favorite teams. For more information, visit http://themint400.com/.