Brett’s Vegas View
Entertainment Flourishes and Diminishes
After a 34-year run, Jubilee! at Bally’s will close Feb. 11 and the iconic show’s backstage tour will also go away.
Rock Of Ages ends its run at The Venetian Jan. 3 and opens at the Rio on Jan. 25.
Aria’s new convention space project means closing Cirque du Soleil’s Zarkana on April 30.
Las Vegas’ hometown band, The Killers, will be the grand opening act in the new Las Vegas Arena April 6 with special guests Wayne Newton and local newcomer Shamir.
Garth Brooks will bring his world tour to the Las Vegas Arena June 24-25 and July 2-4.
Rihanna will bring The Anti World Tour back to the Mandalay Bay Events Center on April 30.
Michael Flatley’s U.S. tour of Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games will make its final stop at Caesars Palace on March 17 and mark his final appearance as a performer following a 20-year run as the show’s creator and star.
Rascal Flatts will return to The Joint at Hard Rock for a second, nine-show residency Feb.17-March 5.
Billy Idol will headline House of Blues at Mandalay Bay for his first multi-date residency beginning March 16.
Olivia Newton-John’s Summer Nights residency at the Flamingo is extended through 2016.
After 10 years, the Luxor has signed a five-year contract renewal through 2020 with resident comedian Carrot Top.
Italian actress Sophia Loren will appear at The Venetian Theatre on March 26.
Duran Duran will stop at the Mandalay Bay Events Center July 29 and Journey and The Doobie Brothers will bring the San Francisco Fest 2016 tour there on Aug. 27.
Sibling trio The Band Perry has been added to The Chelsea’s lineup inside The Cosmopolitan April 29.
MEGADETH’s Dystopia World Tour will include a stop at The Pearl inside the Palms on Feb. 26 with special guests Suicidal Tendencies, Children of Bodom and Havok.
In January, the new Beer Park by Budweiser at Paris, the city’s first rooftop bar and grill, will open featuring an outdoor grill, picnic tables and bar games.
The Hong Kong Café at The Palazzo opened featuring a fusion of Asian cuisine and Western fare for lunch, dinner and late night.
The Shops at Crystals has two new restaurants: Carbone and Herringbone.
Arizona Charlie’s on Decatur has a totally-renovated Charlie’s Market Buffet.
The Buffet at Wynn has a new more sophisticated dining concept and 120 new dishes.
Dragon Noodle Co. & Sushi Bar at Monte Carlo opened a 12-seat noodle bar offering a variety of authentic soup noodle dishes.
Los Angeles’ food stand Egg Slut will open a location at The Cosmopolitan.
The new Pete Rose Bar and Grill center-Strip serves a new breakfast menu.
Le Macaron offering French sweets opened at The Grand Canal Shoppes and The Galleria.
Rí Rá inside The Shoppes at Mandalay Place has introduced a traditional afternoon tea menu.
Fast Tracking Developments
ARIA plans a $154-million project to expand its LEED Gold-certified convention center by 200,000 square feet across four stories beginning in May and is also introducing ARIA Tower Suites, a collection of 258 suites with exceptional amenities.
The Shops at Crystals now include 13,000 square feet of multi-level, flexible meeting space accommodating up to 980 guests.
Minus5 Ice Bar will reveal a newly renovated venue at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place doubled in size with the world’s largest permanent ice bar. The adjacent Ice Lounge will also offer a new look with a 20-seat bar and two private rooms.
Maverick Helicopters opened its new $5 million Las Vegas terminal adjacent to the existing building that will be renovated.
South Point Arena and Equestrian Center has created five sponsored VIP horse stalls.
Model Charlotte McKinney will host Wynn’s new millennials Encore Player’s Club gaming experience’s opening party on Wednesday, Jan. 6.
John’s Incredible Pizza Company opened its first Nevada location at The Boulevard Mall with a restaurant, numerous party rooms, and more than 100 games, rides and attractions.
Mike Tyson now has his wax likeness modeled after his self-portrait in Warner Bros. Pictures The Hangover at Madame Tussauds.
The Mirage has opened its new cozy Center Bar and Parlor Lounge on the casino floor.
The High Roller observation wheel is debuting an annual rider pass.
The Las Vegas Natural History Museum has acquired a museum quality animal collection with 99 species from Nevada casino developer and wildlife enthusiast, Gary E. Primm.
The Gold Mine Tavern in historic downtown Henderson celebrated its 50-year anniversary.
Nevada’s largest craft beer festival, Motley Brews’ 2016 Great Vegas Festival of Beer GVFB is scheduled for Saturday, April 9.
International photography company LUMAS launched a new flagship store/gallery at The Grand Canal Shoppes.
In January, the Four Seasons will open a new stylish Nail Bar.