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October 1, 2012

Wynn & Company Watches Opens Inside Wynn Las Vegas Esplanade

Wynn Las Vegas continues to raise the bar for luxurious shopping experiences with the addition of Wynn & Company Watches located in the Wynn Esplanade. The new store is the premier shopping destination for watch aficionados offering renowned timepiece collections from industry leaders such as Patek Phillipe, Vacheron Constantin, Panarei, Breguet, Blancpain, Harry Winston and A. Lange & Söhne. For more information, contact Wendy Zamaripa, wendy.zamaripa@wynnlasvegas.com.


First Friday Las Vegas Celebrates 10 Years of Art and Community

The First Friday Las Vegas arts and culture festival continues to evolve and draw huge crowds from around the valley and beyond for a night of art, music, food and more. This month, First Friday is celebrating 10 years of art and community in Downtown Las Vegas. With the theme of 10, this anniversary event will be full of exciting activities, including an attempt to break 10 world records involving pumpkins in a single day. In the midst of this 10 year celebration the First Friday Foundation will be born. The Foundation will be a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and advancing local artists and inspiring civic art in Las Vegas. Watch for  additional details and opportunities to become involved. For more information, contact Alissa Kelly, PR Plus, Alissa@prpluslv.com.


Motley Brews 2012 Downtown Brew Festival Comes to Las Vegas

The festival will feature 40 breweries and more than 150 local and regional craft brews, musical performances and bites from local restaurants. The event will take place at the Clark County Amphitheatre in Downtown Las Vegas on Oct. 20. For more information, contact Matt Guidish, Kirvin Doak Communications, mguidish@kirvindoak.com.


4th Annual Vegas Cinefest Returns October 3-6

On Oct. 3, the 4th annual Vegas CineFest ("VCF") International Film Festival will kick off another year celebrating the arts in film and music. The festival will run from Oct. 3-6 and will be held at Palms Casino Resort. This year, the festival will screen 140 films from around the world and will feature panels designed to educate independent filmmakers. In conjunction with the festival, the Digital CineMart will be featured with opportunities for filmmakers to sell to distributors and film brokers. For more information, contact PublicRelations@VegasCineFest.org.


Third Annual Las Vegas Halloween Parade Hits Downtown on Halloween Night

The Las Vegas Halloween Parade returns for its third annual event on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. The parade, free and for all ages, will include art cars, music, fire performances, a costume contest, giant puppets, mobile artworks and the unexpected by the wonderful, imaginative people of Las Vegas. The parade begins on Garces and Fourth Street (just north of Charleston Blvd.) and ends on Third Street between Ogden and Stewart for the free after party. The best places to watch the parade will be north or south of Fremont Street on Fourth Street. The 2011 Halloween parade drew more than 12,000 participants and spectators and that number is expected to grow in 2012. Anyone in costume can be part of the parade and show off their creativity and imagination. For more information, contact Robert Jarrett, PR Plus, robert@prpluslv.com.


Rod Stewart Extends Schedule of Las Vegas Residency into 2013

Following months of sold-out shows, two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Rod Stewart has announced plans to extend the schedule of his Las Vegas residency Rod Stewart: The Hits at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace into 2013. Nine new shows have just been added Jan. 23 through Feb. 9 with tickets now on sale. For more information, contact Emily Wofford, Caesars Entertainment, ewofford@caesars.com.


Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Announces 2012 Holiday Event Details

Glittering Lights, the holiday drive-through spectacular, will brighten Las Vegas Motor Speedway with the world's largest light tunnel and more than 450 animated light displays along a 2.5-mile racetrack. This season Glittering Lights is expanding with more displays that include a NASCAR scene and avenue of trees. The largest regional holiday light show is all LED, a more energy-efficient way to entertain Las Vegas. The show runs nightly from Nov. 16, 2012 through Jan. 6, 2013. For more information, contact Jasmyn Caldwell, Preferred Public Relations, jasmyn@preferredpublicrelations.com.


Golden Gate Hotel & Casino Celebrates Completion of Renovation

The history of Las Vegas' original casino, which opened its doors at One Fremont Street in 1906, spans the roaring 20s, Prohibition, Rat Pack era and now the 21st century. The landmark boutique property is celebrating the completion of its first major expansion in 50 years. Included in the renovation were a five-story all-suite tower and new porte-cochere. For more information, contact Kaley Briesmaster, Kirvin Doak Communications, kbriesmaster@kirvindoak.com.


Delos and MGM Grand Las Vegas Introduce First-Ever STAY WELL Rooms

Delos, the pioneer of Wellness Real Estate, and MGM Grand Hotel & Casino are pleased to announce the first-ever STAY WELL Rooms, to be completed this month.  The Delos-designed STAY WELL Rooms are the first of its kind and will integrate the best of medical science and technology to create hotel rooms that optimize and support the physical and emotional health and well-being of guests, including more than 12 health and wellness features in each room. The 42 new STAY WELL Rooms, located in the hotel's main tower, will help guests reverse jetlag; reset the body's internal 24-hour clock and regulate melatonin levels to promote better sleep; incorporate an advanced water filtration system which infuses Vitamin C into shower water; and offer healthy food and beverage options. For more information, contact Stacy Hamilton, MGM Resorts International, shamilton@mgmresorts.com.


Chateau Terrace Now Open at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens

The outdoor Chateau Terrace at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens is now open at 10:30 p.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, offering Las Vegas visitors a gorgeous setting to enjoy cocktails and the view in a laid-back atmosphere. Situated on the second story of Paris Las Vegas overlooking the Bellagio fountains and the Las Vegas Strip, the Chateau Terrace has direct access from Las Vegas Boulevard. Guests will be welcome in anything from flip flops to stilettos, whether they are wrapping up their day or preparing for a late-night out.  For more information, contact Cara Zizzo, Wicked Creative, cara.zizzo@wickedcreative.com.


Las Vegas FOOD & WINE All-Star Weekend Returns to Mandalay Bay

Kicking off Friday, Oct. 5, the weekend will be hosted by FOOD & WINE's Gail Simmons along with a talented line-up of celebrity chef superstars, distinguished sommeliers and sophisticated mixologists. FOOD & WINE All-Star Weekend will provide first-class interactive experiences, once-in-a-lifetime moments and exceptional hospitality. Following two successful years at ARIA Resort & Casino and Bellagio, this is Mandalay Bay's first year participating in FOOD & WINE All-Star Weekend. Restaurants from MGM Grand also join the roster for the first time this year.  For more information, contact Ashley Farkas, MGM Resorts International, afarkas@mgmresorts.com.


Tom Colicchio to Open New Steakhouse at The Mirage

Tom Colicchio, renowned New York chef and head judge of Bravo's "Top Chef," will bring his passion for cooking with fire to the Las Vegas Strip with the opening of a new restaurant at The Mirage. Slated to open summer 2013, the 250-seat restaurant will focus on meats prepared entirely over an open flame - from wood-burning ovens to charcoal grills. Colicchio's new restaurant, located within The Mirage's iconic Atrium, will be open for dinner. The restaurant will take the location currently occupied by Kokomo's, which will close in early 2013. For more information, contact Suzie Rugh, MGM Resorts International, srugh@mgmresorts.com.


Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens Welcomes the Spirit of Autumn

The sights, scents and sounds of the harvest season have arrived at Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. On display through Nov. 24, the captivating fall exhibition takes guests on a romantic journey through wine country, without leaving Las Vegas. This year's show boasts a bevy of seasonal visuals, including an authentic cider mill, a vintage wine press and an aged stone face. For more information, contact Brittany Harris, MGM Resorts International, bharris04@mgmresorts.com.


Taylor Hicks Returns to Bally's Las Vegas

As a testament to his musical talent and showmanship, "American Idol" winner Taylor Hicks will continue to bring the roadhouse to the Las Vegas Strip with a year-long extension performing at Bally's Las Vegas through 2013, beginning Wednesday, Oct. 17. Hicks is the first "American Idol" winner to secure a long-term residency in Las Vegas and is quickly becoming one of the most popular acts in the destination. Hicks will have an exclusive commitment to Caesars Entertainment, taking his talents to other Caesars properties across the country throughout the year with specific dates and locations to be announced in the future. For more information, contact Kelly Frey, Caesars Entertainment, kfrey@caesars.com.


Crazy Girls at The Rivera Celebrates 25th Anniversary

The longest running topless revue on the Las Vegas Strip will celebrate its 25th anniversary this month. A new edition of Crazy Girls, a sexy and sensuous revue, is a fun-loving adventure through the world of beauty, music, dance, and comedy, featuring stunning showgirls on stage at The Rivera. For more information, contact Jennifer Polito, Preferred Public Relations, jenniferp@preferredpublicrelations.com.


Imperial Palace to be Renamed "The Quad Resort & Casino"

Caesars Entertainment has revealed plans to re-name the company's center-Strip resort currently known as Imperial Palace to The Quad Resort & Casino. Guests will begin to see the brand transformation on property as early as November, but the official conversion will be completed by Dec. 21, 2012 with renovation plans scheduled for completion by late 2013. With its central location on the Las Vegas Strip, The Quad is in the middle of the action and a hub of activity for guests who share an enthusiasm for the eclectic. For more information, contact Leslie Thuet, Caesars Entertainment, lthuet@caesars.com.


Wynn Las Vegas Presents New Resort Offering

Known for redefining luxury and setting the bar for excellence, the Forbes Five-Star rated Wynn Las Vegas has unveiled a new collection of resort experiences to entice discerning travelers.  Guests can indulge in an updated spa respite at Wynn as well as a sumptuous new array of new dining options, including the contemporary Japanese restaurant, Mizumi, and the bustling classic Italian-American eatery, Allegro. In additions, fashionistas and timepiece collectors will marvel at the newest additions to the resort's extensive repertoire of retailers. For more information, contact Grace Russell, Wynn Las Vegas, grace.russell@wynnlasvegas.com.


Hard Rock Hotel & Casino In the Midst of Renovation

In order to maintain its hip and trendy vibe, the Hard Rock Hotel has announced a reinvestment of $20-$30 million, including changes to the registration desk, Hard Rock Store, Mr. Lucky's Cafe and the high-limit gaming area. In addition, Vinyl, a new live-entertainment venue, and Culinary Dropout, a gastropub dining establishment have already opened. Renovations began this summer and are scheduled for completion this fall. For more information, contact Lindsey Rathjen, Kirvin Doak Communications, lrathjen@kirvindoak.com.


Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort Kicks Off its 50th Anniversary Season with New Chairlift

Commemorating its 50th anniversary, Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort (LVSSR) will replace Chair 3 with Rabbit Peak Quad, a brand new, energy-efficient lift, offering a safe and modern device for beginning skiers and snowboarders. The upgrade is part of a larger, multi-million dollar investment representing the largest single year spend in the resort's history. In addition to the Chair 3 replacement, LVSSR will make numerous improvements as part of its $35 million master development plan that was accepted by the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest in 2011. Upgrades that guests can look forward to this season include eight additional trails, a restaurant remodel, a new guest locker room and a new on-mountain grill. For more information, contact Brandy Bell, Forte Creative Media, brandy@fortecreativemedia.com.


Exotics Racing Unveils New Private Track

Exotics Racing has revved up their driving adventure with the recent completion of the new private race track. Tailored to thrill seekers of all ages, the track design affords the ability to run in different configurations. This provides the opportunity for a unique and new experience for returning guests. The longest and most commonly ran configuration is 1.4 miles in length with 11 different turns and an 1800 foot straight-away. There is also a 1.2 mile configuration allowing drivers the opportunity to maintain higher speeds with one section having some change in elevation to add a challenging and exciting element to the track. The latter configuration has quickly become a favorite among the professional driving instructors. For more information, contact Michele Madole, SK+G Public Relations, michele.madole@skgadv.com


The D Las Vegas Announces Grand Opening Festivities

Celebrating the completion of its dramatic transformation, the D Las Vegas will host a week-long celebration and two major concert events on the 3rd Street Stage on Fremont Street Experience. Bret Michaels will hit the stage on Oct. 13 at 10 p.m. and OneRepublic will finish off the week with a performance on Oct. 20 at 10 p.m. The concerts are free and open to the public. The grand opening week will celebrate renovations more than a year in the making as the former Fitzgerald's has steadily transformed into the D Las Vegas. The newly renovated property will feature an entirely new gaming experience and 638 remodeled contemporary rooms and suites, a unique two-level casino and LONGBAR - the longest bar in Nevada. For more information, contact Kaley Briesmaster, Kirvin Doak Communications, kbriesmaster@kirvindoak.com.


Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas to Offer Hospitality Suites

Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas' newly announced guest room renovation will include the addition of two spacious hospitality suites, which feature a sleek and modern design palette, premium electronics package and innovative, user-friendly technology. The renovation is slated to be complete by Dec. 2012. Built for business and ideal for groups up to 50, the spacious, 1,900 sq. ft. Sierra and Mojave Suites are a stylish alternative to the traditional boardroom set up, offering various options for meeting and entertaining. Centrally located near the elevators on the 38th and 39th floors, highlights include natural lighting and sweeping views of the Las Vegas Valley and the surrounding desert landscape through floor-to-ceiling windows. For more information, contact Erica Johnson-McElroy, Four Seasons Hotel, Erica.johnson-mcelroy@fourseasons.com.


Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Returns to Las Vegas

To continue the tradition of a PGA TOUR event in Las Vegas, Shriners Hospitals for Children has joined with Celebrity Host Justin Timberlake to create a truly unique and world-class event for players and fans alike.  A variety of well-known golfers will participate in the competition and help support the mission of Shriners Hospitals for Children, while enjoying the signature flair that Las Vegas has to offer.  The 2012 tournament is Oct. 1- 7, 2012 at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas. The event marks 30 years of PGA TOUR golf in Las Vegas and 90 years of care from Shriners Hospitals for Children. For more information, contact Alison Monaghan, Kirvin Doak Communications, amonaghan@kirvindoak.com.


PBR Returns to Las Vegas

The PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals will return to Las Vegas Oct. 24-28. The world's richest bull-riding event will take place at the Thomas & Mack Center with riders competing for their share of a $2.2 million purse. Additional events will also take place around Las Vegas, including the PBR Fan Zone, kickoff party on Fremont Street and nightly after parties around town. For more information, contact Michael Mack, Las Vegas Events, michael@lasvegasevents.com.


Fourth Annual OktoberFrightFest on Fremont Street Experience

Fremont Street Experience will once again transform itself for the entire month of October by combining the excitement of Oktoberfest and Halloween. Featured for the festival are the haunted house Asylum, Viva Vision light and sound shows themed to "Time Warp" and "Monster Mash," the Third Annual Fall Beer Festival at Golden Nugget, three free Halloween-themed stage shows and more. For more information, contact Rachel Diehl, Preferred Public Relations, Rachel@preferredpublicrelations.com.


Palms Casino Resort's Renovated Rooms Now Available

Palms Casino Resort is transforming its look with a lavish redesign of all 428 rooms in the Palms Tower, which are now available for guest booking. The remodeled, ultra-chic rooms are part of the first phase of the $50 million renovation underway at Palms that will also include appealing new culinary options and re-imagined gaming spaces. For more information, contact Alex Acuna, Palms Casino Resort, alex.acuna@palms.com.