Happening Developments

MGM Resorts will open a 5,000-seat flexible concert venue at Monte Carlo at the end of 2016 adjacent toThe Park and 20,000-seat arena under construction behind New York New York that opens next April.

SPEEDVEGAS will transform 100 acres on South Las Vegas Blvd. into a supercar experience destination with a welcome center, café, meeting space and a supercar course opening January 2016.

Australian casino mogul James Packer whose group acquired the former Frontier property wants to build a two-tower, 1,100- room resort called Alon Las Vegas by 2018.

Mandalay Bay’s final resort-wide transformation is the $100 million upcoming redesign of more than 3,000 guest rooms and suites with completion by spring 2016.

Entertainment Highlights

Celine Dion will return to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Aug. 27 with her residency show.

This fall Blue Man Group will move from Monte Carlo to the Luxor whileJabbawockeez changes places and moves to the MGM Grand in the newly renovated theater occupied by Beacher’s Madhouse every Saturday night.

Magician Mat Franco, season 9 winner of America’s Got Talent, opens Aug. 5 with a full-scale residency production at the remodeled LINQ Theater.

The AXIS at Planet Hollywood has Pitbull visiting with seven performances of his Time Of Our Lives Sept. 23-Oct. 7 and Janet Jackson following Oct. 9 and 10 with her Unbreakable World Tour.

X Burlesque and X Rocks producers have expanded their risqué “X” brand into comedy with the premiere of X COMEDY Uncensored Fun in Bugsy’s Showroom at the Flamingo hosted by comedy veterans Nancy Ryan andJohn Bizarre and featuring comedians PIFF the Magic Dragon, the “TV Guy” Joe Trammel, and Dennis Blair.

Aussie Hunks opened downtown at the D featuring eight classically trainedAustralian male dancers nightly.

Maroon 5 returns for the fourth consecutive New Year’s weekend with performances at Mandalay Bay Events Center Dec. 30 and 31.

Drummer Travis Barker will be the first artist to kick off a residency at Hyde Bellagio Aug. 18 through 2016.

Steve Angello has been added to the Omnia Nightclub at Caesars PalaceDJ roster and debuts Aug. 4.

Drai’s Beachclub • Nightclub at The Cromwell features Miguel on Aug. 28 as part of his 28-city Wildheart North American tour.

Diana Ross sold out nine shows at The Venetian in April and will be back for nine more dates in November.

Bob Anderson starring in Frank The Man. The Music. at The Palazzo Theatre has been extended through December.

After a 10-month hiatus, lounge legend Cook E. Jarr is back on stage atNapoleon’s Lounge at Paris.

The 18th annual Advertising Community Talent Show will hold its Safe Nest fundraiser on Sept. 11 in the Chrome Showroom at Santa Fe Station.

Dining Expands

Anchor Bar credited with inventing the buffalo wing in Buffalo, N.Y., opened its first West Coast outpost in the food court at the Grand Canal Shoppes.

Hussong’s Cantina’s first U.S. location is at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place and now the company has opened an off-Strip outlet in Boca Park Fashion Village.

Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar opened the second location of its new casual food venture Pizza Forte at the Hard Rock Hotel.

Bally’s recently opened Buca Café Italiano for breakfast, lunch and dinner and also Tequila Taqueria, an 80-seat Mexican-themed restaurant and bar open daily from noon to 6 a.m.

The El Cortez opened a new 24-hour dining concept, Siegel’s 1941, paying homage to Bugsy Siegel.

The Silverton opened WuHu Noodle with 44 seats and authentic Asian fare.

Tapas by celebrity chef Alex Stratta and California’s leading cold-pressed juice company, Pressed Juicery, opened at Tivoli Village.

Misc. and Retail News

The USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament will remain in Las Vegas through 2019 with the next event March 4-6, 2016.

Mandalay Bay and Back Bar USA will present the three-day Las Vegas Beer and Barrel Project Aug. 28-30.

The La Concha visitor center at the Neon Museum has been named to theNevada State Register of Historic Places.

The Historic Railroad Tunnel Trail at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and Hoover Dam received a national recreation trail designation making it one of only 10 trails nationwide with the designation.

A new broadcast studio was unveiled at Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo.

French footwear and accessory designer Christian Louboutin is opening a store at The Shops at Crystals this fall.

At The Forum Shops new stores opening next year include Sam Edelman, Kate Spade, Canali, Creed, Paul & Shark, Fossil and Vince.

Pawn Plaza under construction has revealed two additional tenants So-Cal Speed Shop and Vegas Flip Flops.

Container Park has five new entrepreneurs: Uptown Children’s Boutique, Downtown Beauty Co., Sassy the Boutique, The Pink Tutu Ballet andVegas Flip Flops.

Tivoli Village has new tenants family fashion retailer Gypsy05 and Mint Locker cleaning service.