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    Everything Las Vegas Issue # 846

    Red Rock Resort to invest $35 million in new offerings and renovations


    Station Casinos LLC will invest more than $35 million this year in its flagship property, Red Rock Resort, by introducing four new restaurant concepts, as well as enhancing other venues and amenities within the resort.

    Highlights of the $35 million-plus reinvestment include:

    Four new restaurants:

    Mercadito Red Rock: The Sandoval brothers of Chicago are bringing their award-winning authentic and creative Mexican cuisine to Las Vegas. The menu will expertly blend traditional Mexican fare with creative interpretations of local and seasonal ingredients and will offer a beverage menu that includes unique variations of classic cocktails and an extensive tequila list. Mercadito was named by Zagat in 2013 as one of “America’s Hottest Mexican Restaurants" and was recognized by USA Today for serving one of the “country’s ten best margaritas.”

    The Light Group: A new neighborhood dining experience featuring a farmer’s market-inspired small plates menu with simple, seasonal and sustainable ingredients paired with masterfully hand-crafted beers and an extensive wine list. The restaurant will be managed by The Light Group, a leading hospitality development and management company under the direction of Executive Chef and Partner Brian Massie.

    New Italian Restaurant: The Company will develop a new contemporary and casual Italian restaurant that will replace the existing Terra Rossa Italian restaurant.

    Noodle Bar: Red Rock’s culinary team has also developed a noodle bar concept that will be located between the Grand Café and the High Limit gaming room and will offer a lively interactive dining experience featuring noodle bowls, dim sum and specialty fried rice.

    Creation of Restaurant Row at Red Rock: The new restaurant venues will be built along the property’s Charleston Boulevard casino entrance complete with outdoor entrances and patios. These restaurants will be linked by a pedestrian walkway to create connectivity for guests to walk along all five restaurant locations including the existing Lucille’s Bar-B-Que and Yard House. Outdoor patios and water features will be prominently featured throughout the new design.

    The Shops at Summerlin Connector: A new parking section with a public drop off area located off Summerlin Centre Dr. will offer guests convenience from the soon-to-open The Shops at Summerlin to the casino.

    In addition to the new amenities, Red Rock will also undergo a number of other enhancements which will include:

    T-bones Chophouse: The newly renovated steakhouse will feature a stylish refurbishment including all new furniture, carpet, drapes and additional artwork.

    Resort suite upgrades: 26 of Red Rock Resort’s incredible suites ranging in size from 1,500 square feet up to 6,500 square feet will receive a complete transformation.
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    Red Rock Resort to invest $35 million in new offerings and renovations


    Station Casinos LLC will invest more than $35 million this year in its flagship property, Red Rock Resort, by introducing four new restaurant concepts, as well as enhancing other venues and amenities within the resort.

    Highlights of the $35 million-plus reinvestment include:

    Four new restaurants:

    Mercadito Red Rock: The Sandoval brothers of Chicago are bringing their award-winning authentic and creative Mexican cuisine to Las Vegas. The menu will expertly blend traditional Mexican fare with creative interpretations of local and seasonal ingredients and will offer a beverage menu that includes unique variations of classic cocktails and an extensive tequila list. Mercadito was named by Zagat in 2013 as one of “America’s Hottest Mexican Restaurants" and was recognized by USA Today for serving one of the “country’s ten best margaritas.”

    The Light Group: A new neighborhood dining experience featuring a farmer’s market-inspired small plates menu with simple, seasonal and sustainable ingredients paired with masterfully hand-crafted beers and an extensive wine list. The restaurant will be managed by The Light Group, a leading hospitality development and management company under the direction of Executive Chef and Partner Brian Massie.

    New Italian Restaurant: The Company will develop a new contemporary and casual Italian restaurant that will replace the existing Terra Rossa Italian restaurant.

    Noodle Bar: Red Rock’s culinary team has also developed a noodle bar concept that will be located between the Grand Café and the High Limit gaming room and will offer a lively interactive dining experience featuring noodle bowls, dim sum and specialty fried rice.

    Creation of Restaurant Row at Red Rock: The new restaurant venues will be built along the property’s Charleston Boulevard casino entrance complete with outdoor entrances and patios. These restaurants will be linked by a pedestrian walkway to create connectivity for guests to walk along all five restaurant locations including the existing Lucille’s Bar-B-Que and Yard House. Outdoor patios and water features will be prominently featured throughout the new design.

    The Shops at Summerlin Connector: A new parking section with a public drop off area located off Summerlin Centre Dr. will offer guests convenience from the soon-to-open The Shops at Summerlin to the casino.

    In addition to the new amenities, Red Rock will also undergo a number of other enhancements which will include:

    T-bones Chophouse: The newly renovated steakhouse will feature a stylish refurbishment including all new furniture, carpet, drapes and additional artwork.

    Resort suite upgrades: 26 of Red Rock Resort’s incredible suites ranging in size from 1,500 square feet up to 6,500 square feet will receive a complete transformation.
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    It’s Greased Lightning! Olivia Newton-John arrives for ‘Summer Nights’ run at Flamingo
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun



    It was an arrival ceremony fit for a “Physical” pop princess, although Oscar Goodman’s gift of a burned-out light bulb from the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign was totally unexpected and out-of-the-ordinary.

    “I’m not going to read everything my wife, the mayor, wrote on the official proclamation I’m supposed to read marking Olivia Newton-John Day,” the former mayor declared with a Beefeater gin martini, a bright orange jalapeno pepper and a Key to the City for Olivia in hand.

    Olivia, adorned in a black blazer, a black-and-white striped shirt and black leather pants, laughed as he said: “I don’t think you’re going to wake up in the middle of the night to read the proclamation word for word, but I’m sure that you’re going to remember the light bulb. Nobody else has it.”

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    Fearing the worst but rewarded with the best at ‘Zombie Burlesque’
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun



    I am not into “Walking Dead,” “Twilight” or “Resident Evil’s” “Extinction” or “Apocalypse.” You could perhaps twist my arm under much protest with the Robert Englund, Tito Ortiz and Jenna Jameson film “Zombie Strippers.”

    So when the constant invitations to check out “Zombie Burlesque” at V Theater in Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops kept coming, I decided to see it — I feared the worst.

    Instead, I was delightfully surprised with one of the most fun, hilarious nights of insanity on the Strip. Taking nothing away from “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace or sister show “Vegas Nocturne” at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. in the Cosmopolitan, “Zombie Burlesque” might just be the best-kept, raucous, rambunctious and rowdy sexy secret in Las Vegas.

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    Man-Cave Las Vegas Style



    Steve says: "Customize you own Las Vegas room...I did."

    Sin City might be hundreds of miles away, but you can re-live your Vegas dreams each night with Las Vegas bedding. From the MGM to the Bellagio, New York New York to the Luxor pyramid, the atmosphere of Las Vegas Boulevard remains unrivaled. The city that never sleeps offers a multitude of restaurants, museums and artwork, unlimited shopping and an array of activities from gambling to amusement parks, and everything in between. Creating the “Vegas Experience” in your home requires nothing more than a few minor tweaks and your sense of style will be unmatched just like the real thing!

    Can’t get enough of the excitement and enjoyment ...
    by Published on 03-28-2014 12:49 PM
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    16th ANNUAL TIGER JAM ROCKS LAS VEGAS MAY 16-17

    GRAMMY-nominated pop rock band OneRepublic will headline the 16th annual Tiger Jam at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, May 16-17. The two-day charity event hosted by Tiger Woods combines world-class golf, high-stakes poker, gourmet cuisine and exclusive VIP experiences into a star-studded weekend benefitting the Tiger Woods Foundation’s college-access programs.

    “We are excited to welcome OneRepublic to Tiger Jam for the first time in our 16 years,” Woods said. “This unique and entertaining event gives so much to my foundation, helping us grow our programs and providing even more young people with a shot at college.”

    OneRepublic released its debut set, Dreaming Out Loud, in 2007. The album included the smash single “Apologize,” which shattered digital sales and airplay records worldwide. The band’s sophomore album, 2009’s Waking Up, produced three singles including, “All the Right Moves,” “Secrets” and “Good Life.” OneRepublic released its third studio album, Native, in March 2013, which debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. The set includes hits “If I Lose Myself,” “Feel Again” and “Counting Stars,” which reached No. 1 on Top 40 Radio.

    The 2014 Tiger Jam will kick off Friday, May 16 when poker legend Phil Hellmuth teams up with Woods to host Poker Night presented by the World Poker Tour. For a $10,000 buy-in, participants will join Woods, Hellmuth, Poker Hall of Famer Doyle Brunson and other great players for an exclusive night of poker followed by a Pre-Jam Party at Moorea Beach Club at Mandalay Bay. Tournament prizes include a package with unique golf experiences, Pro-Am playing spots in premier PGA TOUR events and other exclusive items.

    Prior to Saturday evening’s live concert, guests can participate in a morning golf outing at Cascata Golf Course before attending the VIP reception at Mandalay Bay. This exclusive pre-concert party will feature gourmet food and spirits as well as live and silent auctions filled with luxury items. Following a rocking performance from OneRepublic at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, the night will conclude with a post-concert party at the House of Blues.

    A variety of VIP packages are available to attend this one-of-a-kind charity concert event and experience a fun weekend in Vegas.

    For more information on 2014 Tiger Jam opportunities or to attend the dinner and auction, please call (949) 725-3003.

    Tickets for the OneRepublic performance priced at $55, $85 and $125, not including applicable service charges, go on sale Saturday, March 22 at 10 a.m. and will be available at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mandalaybay.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

    SLS Las Vegas to unveil new pool playground and nightclub Life
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun



    Executives at the luxury boutique hotel SLS Las Vegas on the site of the former Sahara are expected to announce details shortly of the property’s new nightlife venue opening Labor Day Weekend.

    I’ve learned that it will be a 20,000-square-foot venue sprawled over two levels and features a rooftop pool. It will be known as Life, and we’ll get a further look at what’s planned on the hospitality company SBE’s website blog.

    Sam Nazarian’s SBE, launched in 2002 as a private company headquartered in Beverly Hills, already operates here in Las Vegas Hyde at the Bellagio and the newly opened Double Barrel Roadhouse at the Monte Carlo.

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    Jacksons' out (already, Meat loaf extends.
    BY: John Katsliomentes/Las Vegas Sun

    The Jacksons’ run in “Rocktellz & Cocktails” at Planet Hollywood is being trimmed by about three weeks. Originally scheduled to run through April 27, instead the brothers’ autobiographical song-and-dance production closes April ...
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    Remembering Jackie Gaughan



    It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the passing of John D. “Jackie” Gaughan. Las Vegas lost a legend today and the El Cortez lost its patriarch in Jackie, but his vision for the gaming industry and his presence as a beloved member of the El Cortez family will be felt for years to come. An Omaha native and proud Irishman, Jackie was a pioneer for Las Vegas and a role model for us to this day. Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time, and we ask the community to celebrate the impact he had on our city through his years of dedicated leadership and service for the betterment of all.

    This morning, Las Vegas learned it had lost one of its gaming legends. Tonight, Fremont Street pauses in remembrance of Jackie Gaughan with a special Viva Vision tribute.

    Best associated with the Plaza and El Cortez, casino pioneer Jackie Gaughan passed away at the age of 93. Gaughan was a regular fixture at El Cortez, even continuing to reside there after selling it in 2008.

    Over his storied career, Gaughan owned or held interest in a number of other Vegas casinos. Las Vegas Club, Western, Gold Spike, Golden Nugget, Pioneer Club, Showboat, Flamingo. At one time or another, he played key roles at them all. Read how he is being remembered here in Vegas as well as in his hometown of Omaha through the links shared below. El Cortez is also sharing condolences and memories of Mr. Gaughan on its Twitter stream.

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    Terry Fator’s fifth-anniversary show is packed with laughs from current events
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    Thanks to recent headlines, there is a new look, sound and feel to entertainer Terry Fator’s comedy-impressionist residency at the Mirage, which celebrated its fifth anniversary over the weekend.

    Backstage afterward, Terry told me: “I’m working with one of Jay Leno’s comedy writers who doesn’t have that late-night television gig anymore. We follow the news, we follow tabloid targets, we follow people’s stupidity, and if it’s funny and doesn’t hurt anybody, we’ll write jokes and one-liners to add to the show.

    “We’re now changing it almost nightly so that everything stays current and topical.”

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    Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Vegas in 2014!

    In celebration of St. Patrick's efforts to convert pagans to Christianity, March 17 came to be known as St. Patrick's Day. The day celebrating the patron saint of Ireland landed stateside ...
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    Victor Drai’s at Cromwell will be ‘the most beautiful nightclub you have ever seen’
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun



    Standing under scaffolding and in the rubble of a dust-strewn construction site 11 stories high above the Strip, one worries that there is no possible way it will all be transformed perfectly for a Memorial Day Weekend opening.

    But nightlife czar Victor Drai promises me that he’ll be right on schedule: “We’re right on target with everything — 80 days to go, and it will then be the most beautiful nightclub you have ever seen.”

    He would know, having created XS and Tryst at Steve Wynn’s Strip hotels Encore and Wynn, respectively. “Every idea I’ve had in my head almost the last 20 years of nightlife that I was never able to do before will now be done here,” he said.

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    The Mob Returns to the Vegas Stage

    Best of Las Vegas Nominee Poor Richard’s Players will
    Challenge the Artist and challenge the Audience with their production of “Men in Suits” by Jason Milligan.

    Charles Durning, Dan Lauria, and James Handy starred in the original 1996 production of this portrait of up and coming Mafia soldiers. Max and Bobby both take different approaches to their job, but when they accidentally kill the wrong guy at New York’s Grand Central Station, they venture across state lines to make sure all is right with the Boss. Are either of them prepared for what happens next?

    Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at www.poorrichardsplayers.com.

    Performs at The Onyx Theatre: March 21, 22, 28, and 29 at 8pm, with 2pm matinees on Sunday, March 23 and 30.

    For additional information about Poor Richard’s Players or Jason Milligan’s “Men in Suits,” contact our Executive Director, Maxim Lardent, at max@poorrichardsplayers.com.

    JERRY’S TRIBUTE

    Las Vegas entertainers who joined with producer John Simpson on Monday night in ...
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    Cirque’s reimagined ‘Zarkana’ at Aria — with new music, acrobatics — is ‘brighter, lighter and faster paced’
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun


    Photo credit: TOM DONOGHUE/DONOGHUEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

    New music and an amazing new acrobatic act are among the subtle yet major changes to be unveiled Friday night at the reimagined “Zarkana” by Cirque du Soleil at Aria in MGM’s CityCenter.

    On Nov. 13, I reported that Cirque would temporarily shut the year-old magical circus show for a makeover. I was promised: “What was dark and mysterious and enthralled audiences in New York, Spain and Russia will give way to a lighter and more thrilling show for Las Vegas audiences.”

    “Zarkana” closed at the end of December to take advantage of the preplanned vacation for cast and crew in January, with the scheduled opening Friday. The spectacle about an abandoned magic theater that comes back to life returns with four guides rather than the individual magic character of Zark, while lead singer Cassiopee’s role has been expanded.

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    Revitalized and amped-up ‘Jubilee!’ sets March 17 return to Bally’s
    BY: John Katsliomentes/Las Vegas Sun

    The grander, more spectacular spectacle that is “Jubilee!” at Bally’s is scheduled to hit the stage on St. Patrick’s Day.

    Announced this morning is that “Jubilee!” is due back after a two-month upgrade being directed by Frank Gatson Jr. Tickets to the made-over show go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. Members of Caesars Entertainment’s Total Rewards program will have access to a pre-sale from Wednesday at 10 a.m. through Thursday at 10 p.m. Tickets are $62.50 to $122.50 (minus fees) and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster and at any Las Vegas Caesars Entertainment box office and by calling (702) 777-2782 and (855) 234-7469.

    The last standing show to feature traditional Las Vegas showgirls, “Jubilee!” was taken down Jan. 30 so that Gatson and his creative team could get to work on boosting the quality of the production, starting with a review of the entire cast. As Gatson has said since being recruited, every facet of the production is open to modification, including the theater’s staging and sound system.

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    JOE DOWNTOWN: A ROOFTOP WRANGLERS ARENA AT THE PLAZA COULD BE JUST WHAT DOWNTOWN NEEDS

    From: Las Vegas Weekly

    A short eight months from now, hockey will likely be played on top of the Plaza hotel-casino Downtown. It’s one of those “only in Las Vegas” ideas, spawned by Brit Jonathan Jossel, who dug roots here seven years ago as head of Las Vegas properties for Tamares Group, which owns the Plaza.

    Jossel had heard about the Wranglers’ predicament: In December, the team announced its lease with the Orleans would not be renewed this fall and it was looking for a new Valley home. Walking his dog, Snorkel, one day shortly after, Jossel wondered where he could find enough land Downtown to house a rink.

    That’s when it hit him: Hockey. Downtown. A rink. The Plaza roof. The more he thought about it, the stronger he believed it would work. “Not only do I believe people would come Downtown [for hockey games],” Jossel says, but Downtown would welcome hockey. “It would add to the variety of things to do Downtown.”

    More here:
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    VICTOR DRAI TO OPEN NEW GAY CLUB ON THE STRIP THIS SUMMER
    BY: Mike Prevatt/Las Vegas Weekly



    With all the news of nightlife impresario Victor Drai opening his nightclub and daylife pool atop the new Cromwell hotel—where he’s also renovating his pioneering afterhours basement spot—it begs the question: What’s he going to do with the Bally’s space currently hosting his pre-sunrise parties?

    He’s going to turn it into a gay club.

    During a hard-hat tour of Drai’s Nightclub and Beach Club this afternoon, Drai revealed his plans to open and develop Liaison, the first casino-situated venue aimed specifically at LGBT clientele, and the first foray into gay nightlife for the film producer-turned-restaurateur-turned-club-owner.

    More here:
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    New Leonardo da Vinci exhibit opens at the ...
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    The Jacksons debut in ‘Rocktellz & Cocktails’ at Planet Hollywood tonight
    BY: Robin Leach/ Las Vegas Sun

    The late Michael Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, and two of his children, Michael Jackson Jr. and Prince Michael Jackson, aka Blanket, are set to attend the two preview performances starting tonight of The Jacksons in “Rocktellz & Cocktails” at PH Showroom in Planet Hollywood.

    The mini-residency of 40 shows celebrates with its star-studded gala red carpet premiere Saturday night. Brothers Jackie, who lives in Las Vegas, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon will present a full-on concert with hit songs and personal stories.

    The music icons are one of the bestselling groups of all time, and their show is an interactive and unforgettable journey through their historic lives and influential music career with nine No. 1 hits and 14 Top 10 winners.

    Producer Adam Steck told me: “The stories are really personal, some quite unbelievable. Audiences will treasure and adore their songs. They are American music royalty.”

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    Downtown’s newest jewel
    From: Las Vegas Magazine

    Life is grand in downtown Las Vegas. Up until December, the area’s revitalization mainly involved bars, restaurants and renovations of existing hotels. Golden Nugget, Plaza and El Cortez all received upgrades, watering holes lined Fremont East and trendy eateries sprung up as far east as 7th Street and everywhere between Charleston Boulevard and Stewart Avenue. But, in contrast to the Strip during its pre-recession heyday, no new resorts opened in the corridor—until Downtown Grand.

    While Downtown Grand (“Retro Resurgence”) is all-new, its space isn’t. The Lady Luck stood on the same piece of land Downtown Grand currently occupies for more than 40 years. After it shuttered in 2006, Lady Luck lorded over that part of the city in a sort of ominous way. Vacant as it was, people wondered when and if it would ever reopen. Fifth Street Gaming answered that question last month, with an opening bash attended by none other than Steve Wynn.

    So is Downtown Grand the start of a trend of new hotels opening downtown, or does it merely mark the culmination of the Lady Luck’s transition to a sparkling new entity? It’s hard to say.

    More here:
    http://lasvegasmagazine.com/2014/01/...-newest-jewel/

    The legend and cult of the $2.345 million Lion’s Share slot machine at MGM Grand
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun



    Just what does a 20-year-old MGM Grand slot machine have that keeps people from around the world playing it day and night? The answer is a $2.345 million jackpot!

    It’s 11 p.m. two days ago, and I find the Lion’s Share machine located on MGM Grand’s casino floor between Michael and Jenna Morton’s new restaurant ...
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