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Blues-rock stalwarts ZZ Top ready for a big run in Vegas


ZZ Top is still Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard. By )

Wednesday, April 18, 2018|2 a.m.

It’s hard to think anyone would mistake the members of ZZ Top for anyone aside from ZZ Top, however that’s what took place the very first time the band visited Las Vegas.

“All I knew of Las Vegas was what we saw on films and TELEVISION, so all of us headed out and rented tuxedos because that’s what I thought you ‘d use when you head out in the evening. We were Frank [Sinatra] and the kids,” describes Dusty Hill. “And everyone kept aiming to buy drinks from me. We were the only people in tuxedos.”

Regardless of that preliminary experience, the bass gamer for the iconic Texas blues and boogie-rock outfit still loves Las Vegas. ZZ Top shot a remarkable music video for its cover of “Viva Las Vegas” on Fremont Street years prior to its illuminated canopy was set up, and the band has been known to play other Elvis tunes throughout performance encores.

Absolutely expect some Elvis if you have a look at ZZ Top’s five-show perform at the Venetian starting this weekend.

“I’m a fan of Las Vegas and constantly have actually been, on lots of levels,” states Hill, who will commemorate 50 years together as a band with guitarist Billy Gibbons and drummer Frank Beard next year. “Vegas to me is a location like Hollywood or New York where you can walk and people recognize you but it resembles, hey, that’s cool, and after that we happen with our lives. You’re not just there to see me onstage, you exist to play and have a good time.”

With its numerous hits– from 1973’s “La Grange” to 1983’s “Legs”– and equally recognizable look of beards, hats and guitars, ZZ Top is a natural choice for a Vegas mini-residency, however Hill states this is the first time the band has actually done a run like this anywhere.

“We’ve been wanting to try this for a while, even prior to it ended up being the thing to do,” he states. “To have more than one day in any town is various for us. We’re continuously.”

However making a longer stop in Vegas isn’t out of the concern. Hill has spoken with his buddies in Brooks & & Dunn about their residency at the Colosseum (co-headlining with Reba McEntire) and it seems like he can see ZZ Top exploring such an option. “I do not know if I want to change my name to Celine but we would not just do this without an eye towards the future. This is kind of an experience for us but one we’ve been wanting to do. We’ll see how it goes.”

By design, the band’s typically busy tour schedule is a little lighter in 2018. There are big plans for next year’s anniversary as ZZ Top is extremely proud of its longevity.

“We are unique due to the fact that we’re the same 3 men, and as Billy states, playing the same 3 chords,” Hill says. “We got a couple of things going on, a documentary we’re dealing with, some music things we’re dealing with, doing Vegas this year and popping around the country a little bit for the summer season. Exactly what we’re constructing and preparing for next year is quite comprehensive. The 50th only comes as soon as.”

ZZ Top carries out at 8 p.m. April 20, 21, 25, 27 and 28 at the Venetian Theatre (3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 702-414-1000) and more details can be found at venetian.com.

Hashtag UNLV: Are you Rebel Ready?

Rebel Preview is best around the corner. Hundreds of high school trainees and families will check out school April 21 to see exactly what being a Rebel is all about. (Tip: It’s about doing things differently while still having access to quality academics and diverse experiences both in and out of the class.)

Rebel Sneak peek is the primary step to becoming #UNLVBound (and Rebel proud).

However do not take our word for it. Lyric Evans participated in a couple years ago prior to he enrolled as an architecture and Honors College student: “My recommendations to prospective or inbound trainees is to not hesitate to ask suggestions, experiences, and concerns from the current students you fulfill at Rebel evaluation and on the trip. When I went, they stated so numerous things that relieved a great deal of my fears and got me actually thrilled for college.”‘

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Spielberg'' s ' Ready Player One ' tops holiday box office


Warner Bros. Pictures/ AP This cover image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows characters Aech, left, and Parzival in a scene from “All set Gamer One,” a movie by Steven Spielberg.

Sunday, April 1, 2018|9:50 a.m.

LOS ANGELES– Steven Spielberg’s action-adventure “Prepared Gamer One” has topped the domestic box office over the holiday weekend.

Studio estimates on Sunday state the Virtual Reality-focused film made a solid $53.2 million in its first 4 days in theaters from 4,234 areas.

Based Upon Ernest Cline’s popular unique and chalk loaded with recommendations to 1980s pop culture, “Ready Gamer One” cost a reported $175 million to produce.

” Tyler Perry’s Acrimony” took second place. Driven by an extremely female audience, the Taraji P. Henson-starrer grossed $17.1 million over the 3-day weekend, followed by “Black Panther” in 3rd place with $11.3 million.

Faith-based movies also contended for attention, consisting of “I Can Only Envision” which scored once again with $10.8 million, outperforming “Paul, Apostle of Christ’s” $3.5 million and “God’s Not Dead 3’s” $2.6 million.

Oxford Ready to Construct On Spec

Blake Hutcheson, Quickly to be President of OMERS, Speak With CoStar News About Newest Job, Amazon and State of Toronto Market

His business has 1.4 million square feet of workplace to fill, but the president of Oxford Residence, which just announced strategies to proceed with a 60-storey tower in downtown Toronto, doesn’t seem too worried about renting the residential or commercial property.

” We are prepared too, but we don’t think it will pertain to that,” stated Blake Hutcheson, about the possibility of constructing the property to be referred to as The CENTER on speculation.

Oxford, a subsidiary of the Ontario Municipal Personnel Retirement System, said recently it had actually hired UK-based designers Rogers Strik Harbour + Partners to design the structure, which is called for its distance to the harbour, Union Station and Bay St.

” We are optimistic that we build it soon and we are optimistic we will have the ability to announce a substantial occupancy as part of it in the foreseeable future. We are ambitious to proceed,” stated Hutcheson, a property veteran who released reports Monday that suggest he will end up being the president of OMERS on April 1.

Hutcheson informed CoStar News he’s not dismissing the possibility that Amazon Inc, which has actually noted Toronto amongst 20 cities for its so-called HQ2 or 2nd head office, might have some significant space needs in the downtown core as part of its selection process, which might consist of The CENTER.

” If they come to Toronto, I believe anything is possible, they will need a lot of brand-new product,” he said. “Failing which, who understands? Toronto has numerous compelling functions, primarily a diverse and highly informed workforce. It truly supplies a special non-American, North American alternative. We are not surprised to be among the finalists. It may be that (Toronto) gets a part; maybe they don’t opt for all their chips in one city. In which case, Toronto might benefit without being the sole winner.”

Part of Hutcheon’s optimism is connected to the tight office rental market in Toronto’s downtown core. Cushman & & Wakefield stated in a recent report that the arrival of 2.2 million square feet has done little to satisfy need with accessibility in the 4th quarter reaching a new low of 2.7 percent, while absorption reached 950,000 square feet, which is the highest level on record given that the 3rd quarter of 1995.

” The fundamentals are strong, our relationships are deep, and we believe for that product there will be a ready-made market in the city,” said Hutcheson, adding Oxford can bring occupants from other structures, but it takes a look at its portfolio as a growing organism and trades out older assets for new ones.

This most current offer came together in May 2017 when PortsToronto announced it had offered 30 Bay and 60 Harbour Streets to Oxford and the Canada Pension Plan Financial Investment Board in a $96 million deal. Each pension fund has a 50 percent stake.

” Our company believe this is the leading advancement site in the downtown core,” said Hutcheson. ‘We think our option of architect is world class.”

Oxford is using the very same firm that developed the Leadenhall Building in London, the home it developed with British Land, which is understood locally as the Cheesegrater. The building was the highest in London and sold about a year ago for 1.15 billion pounds.

” It is probably the finest piece of architecture added to the London skyline in a century,” said Hutcheson. “The combination of that architect and the website makes it a compelling story to continue.”

Oxford, which owns and handles 50 million square feet of real estate, is still greatly dedicated to its play in the London market, even post-Brexit. “We are seeing great deals of chance in London. It’s various than a couple of years back, however we are active in London, Paris. We just bought the Sony Centre in Berlin, which is one of the largest acquisition handle the history of (Germany).”

Hutcheson keeps in mind Oxford is still a substantial believer in the Canadian market with 50 percent of the business domestic. The company’s newest development will remain in Toronto’s South Core, which is gradually challenging the intersection of Bay and King streets for “Centre Ice” in the monetary district, however Hutcheson said there are growth opportunities in all directions for anything with close proximately to a renovated Union Station.

” We are betting on a number of advancement websites in downtown Toronto and not just South Core, though we are followers in that too,” he stated.

There is a strong market for brand-new buildings, but the chief executive states there is a market for older buildings. “A lot of those fit for tenants who do not want to pay premium leas,” he said.

Hutcheson says finding an advancement site “is similarly difficult” as obtaining the type of “trophy possessions” many financiers desire. “There is a horrible great deal of cash in the system in this country for fantastic real estate, income-producing too. You need to be on your toes, you have to be nimble, and you need to be aggressive when something fits your portfolio,” he said.

Garry Marr, Toronto Market Press Reporter CoStar Group.

Slate Ready to Flip Cominar Assets

Toronto-based Company Close to Selling Tower it Bought From REIT in 2017 and Has Two Other Characteristic on Block

Imagined: 55 University Ave. in downtown Toronto.The ink hasn’t dried on one of 2017’s biggest realty offers, however sources indicate Slate Acquisitions Inc. remains in the procedure of flipping some of the $1.14 billion in property it purchased from Cominar Realty Investment Trust. Sources inform CoStar News that Slate is close to

selling an office tower it obtained at 55 University Ave. with offers coming in between $700 to$ 750 per square foot for the 258,000-square-foot structure. Slate has also put both the Dixie Outlet Shopping Mall and Woodside Square on the marketplace. The original deal with Cominar is scheduled to close in March, but by turning some of the homes before that close, millions in land property transfer taxes will be prevented.” The Bay Street structure was considered a key part of the deal,” said one source.” It’s truly a B Class structure but in an A Class location.” Cominar could not be grabbed comment. A Slate official said the business could not comment because the original offer had actually not closed. The 2

shopping malls on the marketplace comprise about 700,000 square feet of gross leasable area with a capacity for 4.4 million of mixed-use residential and retail advancement. The approximate 400,000-square-foot Dixie Shopping center lies at Dixie Rd. and the QEW, while Woodside is a 24.5-acre website in the Finch Ave. and McCowan Rd. location. The pair announced in December 2017 Quebec-City based Cominar REIT was offering 97 residential or commercial properties it considers non-core to Slate Acquisitions Inc. The relocation includes 6.2 million square feet and leaves the REIT concentrated on the province of Quebec without any properties in western Canada, the Greater Toronto Area or the Atlantic provinces. In January, Slate announced that Slate Office REIT was purchasing$ 191.4 million worth of properties in the GTA and Atlantic region at $192 per square foot. Slate would now seem divesting some of the assets it has actually gotten from Cominar, including the 18-storey tower at 55 University the REIT gotten from Ivanhoé Cambridge, the realty subsidiary of the Caisse de dépôt et positioning du Québec, in 2014 as part of a$ 1.63 billion portfolio deal. Cominar plans to utilize the net proceeds from the$ 1.14 billion deal with Slate to pay for its debt, utilizing$ 875 million in net earnings to pay for the whole amount presently exceptional on its credit facility.

The REIT, which has stated it plans to sell an additional$ 1 billion to$ 1.5 billion in homes, amazed some market observers in February with the announcement that Michael Dallaire was stepping down as chairman of the

board. Dallaire had been president of REIT up until stepping down in November.” Cominar has actually been a vital part of my life considering that its production 20 years ago,” Dallaire said in declaration, which indicated he would now be focused on future advancement jobs of the Groupe Dallaire in Québec City. Garry Marr, Toronto Market Reporter CoStar Group.

RioCan Getting Ready to Offer More Properties

Southbank Centre, 25 KM From Calgary, For Sale in Most Current Wave to Hit Market as Part of $2 Billion Disposition Plan

RioCan, the country’s largest real estate financial investment trust, is preparing to list more assets for sale as part of its strategy to deal with $2 billion in residential or commercial property and refocus on six core markets.

CoStar News can report the Toronto-based REIT has actually secured CBRE Ltd. to market properties about to strike the market.

The brokerage has prepared a sales brochure for Southbank Centre, a 145,213-square-foot retail home in Okotoks, Alberta, marketing the property as part of the “rapidly magnifying neighborhood in the Calgary area.”

The home in the Calgary bedroom suburb, about 25 kilometres south of the city, would appear to not fit into RioCan’s core plan, which also includes Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Vancouver.

” Southbank Centre is on the marketplace, as are others,” Ed Sonshine, chief executive of the REIT, confirmed, via email.

Sonshine has stated the sale procedure is speeding up but it will probably still take two years to dispose of all $2 billion in real estate being targeted, which is expected to provide $1.5 billion in net proceeds but still leave RioCan the biggest REIT in Canada.

In November, RioCan announced the first relocation in the method with a $200 million sale of 7 retail residential or commercial properties in Ontario, British Columbia and Saskatchewan to CT REIT, the realty arm of Canadian Tire, which was the anchor renter of the properties sold.

Sonshine has actually said RioCan is selling some of the 100 homes in “bundles” and got interest from purchasers shortly after announcing the prepared disposition.

In Southbank, RioCan is selling a home that is shadow anchored by destination merchants that consist of Costco, House Depot and Save-on-Foods, and is 97% rented with renters that consist of Goodlife, Winners, Michels, Sport Chek and Dollarama. The average weighted typical lease term at the centre, very first built in 2009, is 5.6 years.

CBRE is marketing the residential or commercial property as “regional financial investment opportunity”, however the cover page of the sales brochure recommends Southbank is a Calgary play.

” South Centre is preferably positioned within a region that is presently experiencing significant growths with a 79% year-over-year boost in housing starts,” the sales brochure states, referring to 3rd quarter 2017 stats.

Garry Marr, Toronto Market Reporter CoStar Group.

‘Lady of the Year’ Giada De Laurentiis is ready to open Pronto at Caesars Palace


Cashman Photography Giada De Laurentiis with some of Nevada Ballet Theatre’s Future Dance Scholars at the Black & & White Ball on January 27.

TV star chef Giada De Laurentiis has been investing a great deal of time in Las Vegas considering that she opened her initial dining establishment at the Cromwell on the Strip more than three years ago. She was back in town Saturday for an additional unique occasion– Nevada Ballet Theatre’s 34th yearly Black & & White Ball at Wynn Las Vegas, where she was honored as “Woman of the Year” for her accomplishments and dedication to charitable causes.

” First of all, I’m following some pretty amazing women, talented ladies, and that’s No. 1 on the list. To have my name next to legends like Priscilla Presley and Marie Osmond is unbelievable, and to be the first female chef to do this is a quite amazing honor,” De Laurentiis stated from the red carpet prior to the event. “Truthfully, I believe I have actually resided in a little bit of a bubble given that I opened Giada. I come to Vegas and invest all my time at the restaurant and do not really socialize with a great deal of people, so this is an opportunity– now that I have 2 places in Las Vegas– to start to get to know people. It is very important.”

The connection to NBT, among the cornerstones of regional arts and culture, reinforces De Laurentiis’ relationship with Las Vegas, however her new dining establishment Pronto helps, too. Her second restaurant opens on Saturday, Feb. 3, with a grand opening planned for Feb. 10.

” I desired Pronto to be more casual as well as more fun, not that Giada is stuffy, but it is great dining,” she said. “We tore down all those walls and opened the area to make it intense and warm like a cup of sunshine when you first wake up. I wanted the design to be young and contemporary, intense and pleased, but still Italian.”

Whereas Giada is a full-service dining destination, Pronto will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner in a fast, grab-and-go format, focusing on pushed paninis, salads, pastries and rich coffee with a comfortable wine bar. “I believe we struck a crowning achievement,” she stated of the space that used to be Payard Patisserie and Restaurant, near Caesars’ popular Bacchanal Buffet. “I think the gelato will be a favorite, and the antipasti at the wine bar, since you can’t really find that anywhere else. And the pushed Panini, though I don’t know which one. It’s constantly hard to guess which product is going to be the one individuals talk about.”

New VP for Financing Is Ready to Take on the Workday

Born in the Midwest, however living in the Southwest for the last 35 years, brand-new Vice President for Finance and Company Jean Vock concerned UNLV after Thirty Years at the University of Arizona in Tucson. We took a seat to talk with Vock about building UNLV’s financial future, how her function impacts Leading Tier initiatives, and, of course, the coming of Workday, campus’ new interface for personnels and monetary systems. Workday will integrate all leave/time off demands, allow users to submit expenditures, create invoices, look at their advantages, view pay stubs and more.

After spending time in the private sector, what led you to higher education?

I was an auditor for a defense professional and also for the State of Arizona. One of my tasks needed me to check out every neighborhood college at the state of Arizona. This was excellent because I had a reason to go to neighborhoods throughout the state. I established an excellent passion for the objective of college. Informing trainees helps to develop chances and better communities, and belonging of that is truly fulfilling.

Why did you select UNLV?

I dealt with [President Len Jessup] when he was dean of the business school at Arizona, so I figure I had a four-year interview. I was actually impressed with his energy, focus, vision and leadership. Clearly, he sees the value of college and has a vision for exactly what UNLV can do for the neighborhood. I think he liked the fact that I was able to move a number of efforts forward, and had the ability to comprehend and equate complicated information into formats that worked for scholastic leaders. When we had a discussion about this position, I might see he has actually developed an actually strong leadership team and has actually generated a great deal of favorable energy on and around this school. I thought it would be an excellent opportunity to be part of this university and its Top Tier effort.

You began in this function at the end of August. What are the challenges you’ve had the ability to spot up until now for the university?

Financing is constantly an obstacle. We always want to do more than our resources will enable. There is a requirement for more facilities, and improving existing facilities. There are excellent conceptual designs of exactly what we can do to construct out this school. Fundraising is ending up being a growing number of a fundamental part of the monetary method for lots of college organizations.

Workday is coming Oct. 2. How will it be different from the systems UNLV presently has in location?

Workday is a cloud-based system that offers a more contemporary, integrated and robust set of human resources and financial management tools. It will take a while for school to adapt to the new system.

What do individuals have to understand about the changeover?

There are a series of training sessions going on as we approach the go-live date, and more training sessions and open labs will be readily available after we release on October 2. A variety of people throughout school, called Change Champions, have actually been thoroughly associated with the planning and testing, and will be offered as resources. Faculty and personnel can also call the UNLV Concierge Office for support at 702-895-3517, or [email protected]!.?.!. In addition to augmenting our existing groups with additional UNLV workers, the university has actually also contracted with an outside group called Collaborative Solutions. This group has actually aided with a number of Workday executions. The group has been onsite the last couple of weeks, getting to know our group and the UNLV execution. It’s going to be challenging and stressful, particularly throughout the first couple of months. Be prepared– some things will be discouraging, however over time we will work these things out.

Are you ready to party like it’s 1983 with Steel Panther?

They simply do not celebration like they performed in the ’80s … unless we’re speaking about Steel Panther. The hair metal revivalists continue their residency at the House of Blues Las Vegas while recovering and forth to LA to play the famous Roxy Theatre on the Sunset Strip. “The most important thing is that we bring the celebration any place we go, actually revive exactly what the ’80s was like whether we’re in Vegas or LA,” bassist Lexxi Foxx states.

The campy rockers do not hold back in re-creating their category’s age of glory. When it’s time to go back to the Vegas phase, there’s definitely a Steel Panther Sin City regimen.

“We’ll have a couple beers on the airplane just to get rid of the night before, then a limo picks us up,” says Foxx. “Normally I’ll hit the tanning booth while Stix [Zadinia] starts signing some drum heads– we offer those to support our drug routine. [Guitarist] Satchel has a location in Vegas, so sometimes we go to his place and celebration, and his mom still lives there, which is cool. Then it’s time to head down to soundcheck, most likely do another shot and beer and get to it.”

The band has carried out all over Las Vegas for years, so there are numerous pals and fans searching for some Panther when the show is over. “The afterparty normally concerns us, unless there are some brand-new clubs to check out or strip clubs we have to begin knocking out,” he says. “In some cases we’ll go over to [Pantera drummer] Vinnie Paul’s house, which is bitchin’, and Carrot Top has a pretty cool Jägermeister bar setup backstage at Luxor. If you’re lucky, you can find us at the big [casino] bar at Mandalay Bay after the program.” Steel Panther at your home of Blues at Mandalay Bay, August 25 & & September 1.