Entertainment Flashes

“Gwen Stefani–Just a Girl” will be the superstar’s residency show inside Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood with 25 dates from June 27 through March 2019. 

Marilyn Monroe played by actress-singer Ruby Lewis will come alive when “Marilyn! The New Musical” opens at Paris in May with 20 original musical numbers telling the sexy icon’s life story. 

Jeff Kutash’s original musical production “A Mob Story” will open at the Plaza in July with the last Godfather, former Colombo family capo, Michael Franzese hosting. 

Goo Goo Dolls will stop at The Joint at Hard Rock Saturday, Nov. 10 with their “Goo Goo Dolls-Dizzy Up The Girl 20th Anniversary Tour” celebrating the music album. 

Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham will return this summer with four performances of his “Passively Aggressive” tour at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace

LINQ headliner Frank Marino with his “Divas Las Vegas” cast of female impersonators will become an interactive show allowing the audience via Facebook Live to vote who in the cast will perform each night. 

Cirque du Soleil’s “Mystère” at Treasure Island has a new open rehearsal schedule every Saturday 3–3:30 p.m. with spectators receiving a special show voucher. 

Barenaked Ladies will make a “Last Summer on Earth 2018 Tour” stop at Red Rock Resort with Better Than Ezra and KT Tunstall at the Sandbar Poolside Stage Saturday, June 16.

Kesha and Macklemore’s tour will stop at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, June 9.

Fremont Street Experience’s summer series begins Friday, May 25 with Candlebox and Cracker. Future free concerts are: June 30 SiriusXM Presents Summerland Tour 2018 starring Everclear, Marcy Playground and Local H; July 4 Billy Ray Cyrus; July 14 The Cult; Aug. 11 Molly Hatchet; Aug. 25 Halestorm; and Sept. 29 RATT and Sebastian Bach.

Brooklyn Bowl and entertainment company Neo Soul Vegas are starting an ongoing concert series with R&B legends Dru Hill Friday, June 22 and soulful crooner Lloyd Saturday, Aug. 18. 

Celebrity impressionist, Sean E. Cooper, a featured act for 14 years in “Fantasy” at the Luxor, received the Career Achievement Award at the second Las Vegas F.A.M.E (Film, Art, Music and Entertainment) Awards

Dining Items

Bomb Tacos opened its second valley location downtown with an authentic taqueria look.

On May 2, Flower Child opens its first Nevada location at Rampart Commons focusing on nourishing food using organic, sustainable ingredients.

In May, the Palms will introduce new premier steakhouse Scotch 80 Prime, which will have a statement window overlooking Flamingo Road and outdoor patio.

Completely renovated and expanded Michael Mina Bellagio reopened with a re-imagined concept emulating fresh seafood feasts at seaside villages.

Sadelle’s, New York City’s popular vintage-style restaurant and bakery, will open at Bellagio in December after Café Bellagio closes in August. 

Once (pronounced on-seh) is a new Peruvian restaurant in The Palazzo at Grand Canal Shoppes by Chef Ricardo Zarate

Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar debuted Club Diamante, a free membership-based frequent-patrons’ program offering 10 percent off each check.

Healthy casual eatery Portion Control opened its second location at 2560 St. Rose Parkway with a guilt-free gourmet menu.

Twin Creeks Steakhouse at the Silverton broadened its menu to offer plant-based appetizers, entrées and side dish options.

Park on Fremont started a weekly Tuesday “Name Game” promotion where three to five names are posted on social media channels. Selected names are offered free well drinks and draft beers from 7 to 9 p.m. 

About Town Clips

Richard Branson and partners are purchasing the Hard Rock hotel and casino, which after 2019 and renovations will be transformed into Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. The guitar sign may not survive.

The VOID and ILMxLAB have created the fully-immersive VR fantasy adventure Star WarsSecrets of the Empire attraction in the Grand Canal Shoppes at St. Mark’s Square at The Venetian|The Palazzo

The Strip’s first permanent multidimensional esports venue, Esports Arena Las Vegas, opened at the Luxor. The multilevel 30,000-square-foot arena is set up to host every form of competitive gaming from daily play to high-stakes esports tournaments. 

The Las Vegas Monorail Company with zero-emissions trains has launched virtual transit ticketing with the new Google Pay app for Android phones. 

Grammy-nominated DJ and producer Steve Aoki’s wax figure has been unveiled at Madame Tussauds.

The new seasonal display at the waterfall atrium inside The Venetian|The Palazzo features one of the world’s oldest Venetian gondolas. 

The Plaza hotel is opening a new fitness center, Real Results, which is the company’s second downtown location offering athletic sports style training, traditional workout equipment and other amenities.

The Wildlife Habitat at the Flamingo turned 23 and has more than 50 species of animals including 60 exotic birds and 300 large fish. 

The Mob Museum’s new Underground Prohibition History Exhibit is open with an educational speakeasy and cocktails. 

Las Vegas landmark, Ellis Island Casino, Hotel & Brewery behind Bally’s celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Drybar with its newest outlet at the Fashion Show mall has opened three blowout hair bar Las Vegas locations in two years. 

Within the new meetings and conference space, which is part of the Monte Carlo’s transformation into Park MGM this spring, is the Madison Meeting Center offering 10 flexible rooms. 

Harrah’s is celebrating its 80th anniversary with a $140 million makeover of some guest rooms.