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Best Choices: Blink-182, WNBA basketball, ‘Marilyn’ and more for your Las Vegas weekend

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Erik Kabik Photography/ MediaPunch Blink 182 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & & Casino in Las vegas, NV on July 23, 2016.

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Memorial Day weekend brings fresh arrivals to the Vegas entertainment scene and one returning homeowner who cannot wait to get back onstage. Whether you’re searching for music, sports or funny this vacation weekend, it’s easy to find the best program in the best place on and off the Strip.

‘ MANILOW LAS VEGAS: THE HITS GET BACK’ Barry Manilow’s return to the Vegas phase provides a show tailor-made for the Vegas audience. “My audience has actually been informing me exactly what they desired,” he said. “As they’ve grown more youthful and older, they want to hear the songs they know and I more than happy to do that, so I changed my show around.” Hence those hits, coming home to the Westgate International Theater. Might 25-26, details at < a href=" https://www.westgateresorts.com/hotels/nevada/las-vegas/westgate-las-vegas-resort-casino/barry-manilow-greatest-hits-concert-tour/" target=

” _ blank” > westgateresorts.com.’ MARILYN! THE NEW MUSICAL’ Initial Broadway-style musical productions are an unusual thing on the Las Vegas Strip nowadays, makings this new program much more interesting. The fantastic Ruby Lewis stars as Marilyn Monroe and leads an excellent cast at the Paris Theater, where preview reveals started today and the production continues at 7 p.m. nightly other than for Mondays. Might 25-27, info at < a href="

https://www.caesars.com/paris-las-vegas/shows/marilyn-the-new-musical#.Wwb2_1MvzBI” target=” _ blank “> caesars.com. BLINK-182: KINGS OF THE WEEKEND The first punk-rock citizens in Las Vegas are also bringing the first headlining residency reveal to the fabulously remodelled Pearl Theater at the Palms. Blink-182 kicks things off with two show spectaculars this weekend and is set to return in June. Might 26-27, info at < a href=" http://www.palms.com/pearl-theater.html "target =" _ blank

” > palms.com. Related content JIM GAFFIGAN Celine Dion is back house at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace (through June 9) however comedian Jim Gaffigan slips in for a Sunday night program. Still hot on his current “Cinco” Netflix show, Gaffigan is about to drop a new special “Noble Ape,” beginning July 13. May 27, details at < a href=" http://www.thecolosseum.com/events/detail/346490" target=

_ blank” > thecolosseum.com. LAS VEGAS ACES VS. SEATTLE STORM The next chapter of our Las Vegas expert sports story begins Sunday at 5:30 p.m. when the WNBA’s Aces, led by No. 1 draft pick A’ja Wilson, tip-off their home opener at Mandalay Bay Occasions Center. May 27, details at aces.wnba.com.

320K visitors expected in Las Vegas for Memorial Day weekend

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Las Vegas Sun Drivers browse heavy traffic on Interstate 15 in Clark County near the Strip.

Thursday, Might 24, 2018|11:31 a.m.

. The agency accountable for promoting Las Vegas states 320,000 individuals are expected to go to the location during Memorial Day weekend.

Data launched today by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority reveal that’s an increase of 3,000 visitors compared to last year.

The Nevada Department of Transport anticipates roughly 198,000 people to drive to the destination, while McCarran International Airport approximates it will see more than 527,000 travelers leave or show up between Friday and Monday.

The tourist company says this will be one of the busiest Memorial Day weekends on record.

More than 96 percent of the destination’s nearly 149,000 rooms are expected to be booked for the weekend.

The agency says the weekend deserves an estimated $410.2 million to Las Vegas.

Weekend Rewind: Unveiling the Palms, rocking the Signboard Music Awards and more

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Courtesy Clique Hospitality It’s time to take in the view from the top of the Palms again at Apex Social Club.

contact) Tuesday, Might 22, 2018|2 a.m. What. A. Weekend. It’s hard to recall anything that occurred prior to Sunday, when the Electric Daisy Carnival covered its 8th festival at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway after the Signboard Music Awards flooded MGM Grand and the rest of the Strip with music’s most significant super stars after the Vegas Golden Knights beat Winnipeg to earn their location in the Stanley Cup Finals. Sure, that last one didn’t happen in Las Vegas, however the countless fans cheering at Toshiba Plaza didn’t mind.

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> Denise Truscello Elton John says farewell to the Colosseum on May 17. Sunday was a whirlwind however Thursday was a huge Vegas night, too. Elton John took his last bow at the Colosseum after the last performance of “The Million Dollar Piano,” his 2nd Las Vegas residency at the Caesars Palace venue.

Meanwhile, simply throughout I-15, Station Gambling establishments tossed a decadent party to unveil brand-new features at the Palms. Basic supervisor Jon Gray welcomed an exclusive collection of visitors, including his mentor and the original owner of the resort, George Maloof, to the striking brand-new casino bar the Unidentified, named after the Damien Hirst tiger shark art setup that sits atop the bar and commands attention. Also new on the casino level and worth a go to as soon as you can handle are the swanky Camden Cocktail Lounge and the brilliantly redesigned dining establishment Scotch 80 Prime, formerly the N9NE Steakhouse area. Stalwart chef Barry Dakake is still running the kitchen area but this is an all-new experience. The celebration culminated with awesome views from new 55th-floor nightspot Apex Social Club, where surprise guest J. Cole carried out with the Strip skyline behind him.

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Chris Pizzello/AP Janet Jackson carries out at the Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena May 20.

Stars in the area for EDC or the Billboards made the rounds over the weekend. Rap artist Wiz Khalifa dined at Estiatorio Milos at the Cosmopolitan on Friday. Christina Aguilera took over the personal dining room at Tao Sunday after her Signboards duet with Demi Lovato while rappers French Montana, Lil Pump and 21 Savage also enjoyed the Venetian location. DJ Khaled and T.I. dined at Cosmo’s Appeal & & Essex on Sunday after the awards show, the very same area Shawn Mendes and Backstreet Young Boy (and Vegas homeowner) Nick Carter visited Saturday night. “That 70s Show” actor Wilmer Valderrama brunched at Palazzo’s Morels Steakhouse on Friday. Jennifer Lopez hosted a private party to commemorate her new single “Dinero” at the brand-new Spago, opening soon at Bellagio, and rapper-of-the-moment Post Malone popped into Hakkasan to perform at the Billboards afterparty.

One last award program note: How remarkable was Janet Jackson? She was presented the Icon Award by Bruno Mars after a scorching efficiency with an army of dancers and mesmerized the MGM Grand Garden crowd and substantial TV audience with a gorgeous, uplifting speech. I said it after I saw her performance at Mandalay Bay in October and I’ll state it again now: Somebody provide Janet a Vegas residency show immediately.

Actress Leah Remini was also in the area and made the most of her Vegas time by reuniting with her “Dancing with the Stars” partner Tony Dovolani onstage at Chippendales at the Rio, where Dovolani is working as star visitor host through Might 27. Remini, celebrating her sis Nicole’s birthday, had so much fun dancing at the Rio that she returned for a repetition to close the show.

Weekend Rewind: Celeb chefs take the Strip, Girl Gaga visits Elton John at the Colosseum and more

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contact) Tuesday, Might 15, 2018|2 a.m. I’ll be investing most of this week with my running shoes on, burning off the calories built up at the 12th annual Vegas Uncork ‘d weekend, where me and all my foodie friends consumed whatever we could discover and talked up as lots of famous chefs as we might see. On the red carpet for Friday night’s Grand Tasting, Man Fieri obtained a professional photographer’s camera and turned the tables, only to obtain clowned by fellow restaurant guy-turned-TV star Graham Elliot. “This is like the Super Bowl,” the “Cake Boss” himself, Friend Valastro, informed me. “Take a look at all these chefs! They’re the best in the world and to be part of this group is unique. It makes you seem like you remain in the club, although I’m a baker.” Pal is a baker who might be opening more principles at Venetian and Palazzo, so stay tuned.

I caught up with Elliot on Saturday at Picnic in Park, an Uncork ‘d event showcasing MGM Resorts chefs. The Chicago chef and restaurateur and judge on “MasterChef” and “MasterChef Junior” operates Coast at MGM Cotai in Macau and would like to expand his relationship with a Vegas restaurant. “It’s always exciting to be around your contemporaries like this but likewise humbling due to the fact that there is such culinary success,” he stated. “To be tied in with MGM is really cool but to come out and have a restaurant here and actually belong of the Las Vegas scene is something I ‘d enjoy to be able to do.”

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is going out for you to catch Elton John’s program at the Colosseum. While we were commemorating the Strip’s wonderful cuisine, Lady Gaga was celebrating Elton John at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace Saturday night. She Instagrammed shots from her private airplane with the caption “Tiny Dancer flies her way to the Rocket Male.” She sang and danced and loved “The Million Dollar Piano” as much as the rest of us, but we’ve never had Elton devote “Your Song” to us the way he did for Gaga. May 15, 16 and 17 are his final shows at the Colosseum; Gaga will take her location as a Vegas headliner at Park Theater in December.

Christina Aguilera just revealed her first big tour in Ten Years and the 22-city trek includes a stop at the Colosseum on Oct. 27. Tickets are on sale at livenation.com beginning Might 18. Aguilera’s been constructing buzz behind new single “Speed up” featuring hip-hop stars Ty Dolla $ign and 2 Chainz– both resident performers at Drai’s– and if the trip is a winner, let’s throw her name into the mix of next-generation headliner alternatives.

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Christina Aguilera at Hakkasan on Friday, April 17, 2015, in MGM Grand.

Found at the Venetian’s hip cocktail lounge The Dorsey drinking on Spicy Flamingos: comic and actor Craig Robinson, who you know from TV shows like “The Workplace” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and films like “Completion” and “Hot Tub Time Device.” I choose the Montañista myself, however those Flamingos are good. And spicy.

Bodybuilding icon and four-time Mr. Olympia Jay Cutler made the rounds, capturing T.I. at Drai’s Friday night and stopping off at the Palms over the weekend for a preview at the Scotch 80 steakhouse, one of three new locations soft-opening at the off-Strip resort this week.

More proof that “Opium” is off to a terrific start at the Cosmopolitan: The Spiegelworld show’s brand project won a Rose Gold Award in the advertising and integrated marketing categories at the recent Muse Creative Awards, an international competitors commemorating excellence in the art of communications. Now we’ll wait and see if it wins an award in the category of “A lot of Theatrical Usage of Bananas” in the upcoming LV Sun Weekend Rewind Awards. I’m still trying to find the ideal place to hold that ceremony.

Best Choices: John Fogerty, Adam Sandler, Country in the Park and more for your Las Vegas weekend

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John Fogerty closes out his current run at Encore Theater this weekend.

Friday, May 11, 2018|2 a.m.

. The Vegas Golden Knights aren’t simply the best hockey group ever, they’re likewise the most kind and generous. Think how good it was for the men to wait till midweek to handle their next Stanley Cup Playoffs opponent, maximizing T-Mobile Arena for 2 weekend concerts from U2. That’s called Vegas hospitality. If you’re not going to T-Mobile Friday or Saturday night, consider these other musical extravaganzas, or possibly a night of laughs with a comedy icon.

EARTH, WIND AND FIRE The groove has actually been deep for the first half of EWF’s six-show run at the Venetian Theatre. The legendary funk, soul and R&B band and its soaring vocals and horn area cover it up Friday and Saturday night and you’ll be sorry if you miss it. May 11-12, details at venetian.com. JOHN FOGERTY Speaking of hockey and hospitality, this Rock-and-roll Hall of Famer used a Golden Knights jersey during last weekend’s programs at Encore Theater. If Fogerty loves Vegas this much, it’s safe to state these 2 shows won’t be his last in this town– but it’s tough to beat a rock legend in this intimate place. May 11-12, information at wynnlasvegas.com. ADAM SANDLER The class clown has actually returned. Sandler’s wacky tunes and unclean jokes produce an extremely amusing show at the Chelsea, where he’s already performed a handful of times this year. Could Saturday’s go to be the last of his Cosmopolitan residency gigs? Might 12, details at cosmopolitanlasvegas.com. Associated material COUNTRY IN THE PARK The 12th annual outdoor show at Expedition Park in the Mountain’s Edge master-planned neighborhood functions platinum-certified vocalist and songwriter Jerrod Niemann, “American Idol” winner Trent Harmon, rising star Ben Rue and locals Thrillbilly Deluxe. The occasion likewise includes a beer garden, food suppliers and more, and picnic baskets, chairs and blankets and leashed family pets are welcome. May 12, information at mountainsedge.com. X AMBASSADORS Often inspiring, in some cases introspective, rock trio X Ambassadors released its Joyful Tour earlier this year and played a victorious gig at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado earlier this month. The program concerns the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay Sunday night. May 13, information at houseofblues.com.

Weekend Rewind: Mel Brooks at Wynn, Pitbull at MGM Grand, Cardi B at Drai’s and more

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Pitbull postures with Larry and Camille Ruvo on the red carpet prior to the Keep Memory Alive Power of Love Gala at MGM Grand on April 28.

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. This previous weekend was a pointer of why I compose the Rewind on Monday– the principle of the Vegas weekend is flexible; it can start and end whenever it desires. In this case, it appeared to begin Wednesday when Intrigue Club at Wynn Las Vegas opened its two-year anniversary event with a record-setting night anchored by pop-dance hitmakers The Chainsmokers.

There was no decreasing on Thursday when the first-ever Signboard Latin Music Week market conference in Las Vegas culminated in the 20th annual Signboard Latin Music Awards at Mandalay Bay Events Center, where global super stars including Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Maluma racked up trophies and lit the stage on fire.

Friday night brought a return to the Repetition Theater phase for the legendary Mel Brooks, who easily charmed a jam-packed house with tales of his Brooklyn training, his time in the Army, some behind-the-scenes stories of making funny magic with Sid Caesar, Gene Wilder and No Mostel and repeat efficiencies of the best cat-noise sound effect ever. The 91-year-old icon did a couple of dates here last year and was encouraged to come back for two more shows–“They used me more money,” he riffed– and if Brooks finds time for another Wynn run, put it on your agenda.

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Tony Tran Photography Cardi B at Drai’s. Saturday was one of the biggest nights of the year in Las Vegas and I’m not discussing video game two of the Vegas Golden Knights Stanley Cup Playoff series versus the San Jose Sharks. Nevertheless, hockey was on the minds and streaming screens of many at the 22nd annual Keep Memory Alive Power of Love Gala at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, participated in by stars including Marcia Gay Harden, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Carrot Top, Matt Goss and more. The voice of the Golden Knights Mark Shunock in fact started his night hyping up the T-Mobile Arena crowd and cranking the pregame siren with ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons prior to bolting over to MGM to host the gala. There was some Power of Love-Latin Billboards crossover, too, as Zappos Theater resident Pitbull and globetrotting DJ Steve Aoki popped up at both occasions.

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Golden Tiki. Despite all this partying, I was outshined … by a pregnant woman. Social network hip-hop experience Cardi B attended those Billboard Latin awards with fiancé Offset of Atlanta rap attire Migos and performed with Puerto Rican reggaeton star Ozuna, then struck Drai’s Bar at the Cromwell Friday night to party and carry out with Migos throughout the group’s Drai’s Live residency program. The club crowd– that included Denver Broncos star Von Miller– went wild when she grabbed a mic for her verse of “Motorsport,” the Migos hit that likewise features Nicki Minaj.

Chinatown’s tropical favorite The Golden Tiki has added to its collection of shrunken heads. The Man of a Thousand Voices Rich Little is the latest celebrity to be memorialized at the drinking destination and his head was sculpted by Smithsonian artist Terry Barr. Little split a few jokes onstage and chilled with fellow comedian Murray Sawchuck, who has likewise been shrunk at the GT.

Weekend Rewind: Miss Nevada at Hyde, Fleury at Blue Male Group, esports everywhere and more

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contact)Tuesday, April 24, 2018|2 a.m.

This last Las Vegas weekend was chockful of rock music, consisting of ZZ Top’s debut at the Venetian, record-breaking crowds at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center for the second annual Las Rageous festival and classic car-driving rockabilly fanatics loading the parking area at the Orleans for the long-running Viva Las Vegas weekender.

And I didn’t capture any of that things. My weekend was jammed with wine and cheese at community preferred Vintner Grill, some quality time with a Vegas stage legend (program evaluation coming later on today) and a couple of delights and cools thanks to the zombies of the Fremont Street Experience. Different strokes, folks.

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Chelsea Hancock Marc-Andre Fleury at Blue Man Group. I likewise missed out on the glamorous action at Hyde Bellagio Friday night, where Miss Nevada U.S.A 2018 Carolina Urrea hosted an over-the-top edition of the club’s Friday Night Social party. It was likewise Urrea’s main Vegas sendoff as the 23-year-old design and actress with Colombian roots is getting ready for the 67th Miss U.S.A pageant on May 21 at the Hirsch Memorial Coliseum in Shreveport, Lousiana.

Anyone else getting a little restless waiting for the Vegas Golden Knights to return to the ice? Our remarkable goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury killed time by having a look at Blue Man Group at Luxor Friday night, followed by a backstage meet-and-greet with his household.

Friday likewise marked the Chippendales launching of new star guest host Tony Dovolani, currently known for his smooth relocations from TV’s “Dancing with destiny.” And he didn’t simply play host– he choreographed a new dance for the stalwart Rio production and handled to lure Ruby Lewis, star of the upcoming “Marilyn! The New Musical” at the Paris, onstage for a spicy salsa number. Dovolani’s Chippendales engagement goes through May 27.

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Denise Truscello Tony Dovolani at Chippendales.

On Saturday, “Quick and Furious” film franchise preferred Michelle Rodriguez visited Las Vegas as the unique visitor for the inaugural broadcast of the H1Z1 Pro League at the freshly christened Twin Galaxies Esports Center at Caesars Entertainment Studios simply steps off the Strip. A passionate player who has contributed her voice to the Call of Duty and Halo video game franchises, Rodriguez joined TV host Kristine Leahy for the new league’s fight royale launching at Caesars’ brand-new full-service production studio.

In other Vegas esports news: The Luxor’s glossy brand-new Esports Arena Las Vegas had a record-breaking occasion Saturday night when Tyler “Ninja” Blevins broke the Twitch streaming record he set last month while playing Fortnite with hip-hop super star Drake. The sold-out Vegas occasion included 232 players from worldwide with $50,000 on the line.

We’re less than a month far from this year’s Electric Daisy Carnival at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the dance music megafest’s promoter Insomniac has actually revealed the launch of the fouth annual EDC Week Charity Initiative in partnership with online fundraising platform Surreal. Through May 8, fans can go into a sweepstakes to win a variety of mind-blowing EDC experiences with proceeds going to benefit the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts. Among the lots of packages up for grabs are a helicopter flight down the Strip with Kaskade, a meet-and-greet with Marshmello during his EDC Week show at XS, a DJ lesson from A-Trak and an opportunity to be onstage during a set at the Speedway. Win something remarkable and make a contribution at givesurreal.com/edc.

Red Mercury Entertainment chief operating officer Carlos Reynoso and local home entertainment lawyer Robert Reynolds– who just happens to be manager of The Killers, too– revealed their collaboration to produce the 1Farm Local Food Farm Festival, a brand-new family friendly culinary home entertainment event set for September 8 at Springs Preserve. Regional gardeners, farmers, sustainably minded food and beverage vendors and chefs will provide workshops, tastings, demonstrations and more. Stay tuned to 1farmfestival. com for more details.

Best Choices: Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, the Stray Cats and more for your Las Vegas weekend

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Jennifer Lopez brings all the Vegas glam to her program at Zappos Theater.

Friday, April 20, 2018|midnight

From West Coast hip-hop to heavy metal legends to a rockabilly extravaganza, the noises of Las Vegas are all over the map this weekend. Curate your own individual soundtrack with these musical alternatives.

VANCE PLEASURE You may not know that the Pearl theater at the Palms, currently a favorite concert location for numerous residents and travelers, was just recently upgraded and updated with brand-new seating and finishes and refurbished VIP skyboxes, among other enhancements. That implies it’s time to review this sonic standout. On Friday night you can capture rising Australian singer-songwriter Vance Pleasure (“Riptide,” “Fire and the Flood”). April 20, details at palms.com. 420 ROLL IT UP Ice Cube headlines this rap music mini-festival at the Thomas & & Mack Center on Friday’s marijuana vacation, with assistance from Cypress Hill including Mixmaster Mike, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Child Bash. April 20, information at unlvtickets.com. JENNIFER LOPEZ: ALL I HAVE J.Lo was just added to the all-star lineup of performers arranged to carry out at the 2018 Billboard Latin Music Awards on April 26 at Mandalay Bay Occasions Center. She’s closing out the latest run of her resident show at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood this weekend, however she’ll be back in mid-May. April 20-21, information at caesars.com. Related material LAS RAGEOUS The second yearly Las Rageous acid rock celebration at the Downtown Las Vegas Occasions Center features larger bands and more of them– more than 15 acts over two days. A Perfect Circle, 5 Finger Death Punch and Judas Priest lead the way. April 20-21, details at dlvec.com. VIVA LAS VEGAS ROCKABILLY WEEKEND There will plenty of live music all weekend long at the Orleans throughout the 21st Viva Las Vegas occasion, however Saturday pushes it over the top with Rock-and-roll Hall of Famer Duane Eddy, 82-year-old icon Jerry Lee Lewis and the reunited Stray Cats. April 20-22, details at vivalasvegas.net.

Weekend Rewind: Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton take the town, Kelly Clarkson at Justin Timberlake and more

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This somewhat exhausted entertainment author wasn’t the only one to pull a huge doubleheader of Saturday’s Justin Timberlake show at T-Mobile Arena followed by Sunday’s ACM Awards show at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Kelly Clarkson pulled it off, and much more gracefully, seeing JT do his Man of the Woods thing from the lofty perch at Hyde Lounge at T-Mobile and carrying out a duet of “Does He Love You” with her hubby Brandon Blackstock’s stepmom and ACM host Reba McEntire late in Sunday’s show. For the record, I didn’t sing a word over the weekend. Point goes to Kelly.

Another popular couple was all over the Strip in the most significant way possible. Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton were at World Hollywood Friday morning, of course, as she made her grand arrival to mark her coming resident show at Zappos Theater. Welcoming Stefani to Las Vegas with Shelton were Caesars Home Entertainment CEO Mark Frissora, Live Country Las Vegas President Kurt Melien and Vegas Golden Knights buzz man Mark Shunock. I likewise spotted among my favorite Las Vegans sneaking through the crowd, tennis legend Stefanie Graf.

On Sunday, Stefani attended her very first ACM program where Shelton carried out twice, consisting of a rowdy team-up with Toby Keith. After the show, Shelton took his girl to a surprise complimentary show and celebration at your house of Blues at Mandalay Bay, where they were signed up with by fellow vocalists Keith, Clarkson, Cole Swindell, Chris Janson, Michael Ray, Brett Young and Luke Bryan. Another point for Kelly.

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Howard Carter and Nico Santucci. Spiegelworld’s new show” Opium “is currently making waves at the Cosmopolitan but the celebrities are still in love with the business’s initial Las Vegas production, “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace. Taking in all the antics inside the huge white camping tent on Thursday night: Chester Lockhart, reality TV personality and present co-star of “Sex Tips for a Straight Lady from a Gay Male” at Paris Las Vegas; and “Dancing With destiny” lobbyist Tony Dovolani, soon-to-be guest host at Chippendales at the Rio.

Vegas business owner, designer and restaurateur Nico Santucci got so caught up in Vegas Golden Knights fever– and truthfully, who hasn’t?– that he welcomed his patrons at Capo’s Speakeasy on West Sahara and basically everybody else to write a letter about exactly what the local hockey group means to them. The winning action came from previous football player Howard “Woody” Carter, who lost more than 100 pounds when he appeared on season 16 of “The Biggest Loser,” who composed a wholehearted note about how the Knights’ spirit and success has assisted him deal with the pain of losing his spouse to cancer. The reward: Supper at Capo’s, of course, followed by a Rolls Royce trip to T-Mobile Arena and a ticket to join Santucci against the glass to view the team’s first-ever playoff game on April 11.

In another Italian food-related note, it was just recently announced that Summerlin’s next great restaurant is set to arrive this summertime in the area formerly occupied by Due Forni. Chef Gina Marinelli is getting ready to open La Strega (Italian for “the witch”) on Town Center Drive near the Beltway, a contemporary eatery with a style influenced by the Italian countryside and cuisine covering seasonal dishes from across the nation’s varied areas. The neighborhood is getting more delicious all the time.

ACM’s Party for a Cause takes over Vegas this weekend

Although it’s no longer a central multi-day celebration, the Academy of C and w’s Party for a Cause continues on as a series of smaller sized shows throughout the weekend of the ACM Awards. That makes it a bit more unwieldy for fans looking to get the full experience, however it also enables a series of entertainers, from big-name headliners to unrecognized songwriters, all connected to the annual awards show.

Both kinds of acts combine at Stories, Songs & & Stars (April 13, 8:30 p.m., the Joint), including significant acts like Little Big Town and Thomas Rhett, along with the gifted Nashville songwriters (including Rhett’s dad Rhett Akins and prolific hitmakers Hillary Lindsay and Shane McAnally) often responsible for nation’s chart-topping singles. The Vegas organization Nashville Unplugged, which also showcases nation songwriters, gets 2 ACM-sponsored shows (April 13-14, 10 p.m., Rhythm & & Riffs at Mandalay Bay), including talent consisting of Sugarland’s Kristian Bush.

The most significant headliners will be at the Celebration at the Beach (April 13-14, 7 p.m., Mandalay Bay Beach), led by Chris Janson and Chris Young. Other highlights on the two-night expense consist of singer-songwriter Web cam and guitar virtuoso Lindsay Ell.

For country fans who want to stay away from the Strip, pop-country quartet Old Rule will headline at Red Rock’s Sandbar Swimming pool (April 13, 6 p.m.). Information on all these events and more can be discovered at partyforacause.com.