Brett's Vegas View
Christina Aguilera opens her residency, “Christina Aguilera: The Xperience,” at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Friday, May 31. British rock ‘n’ roll band Def Leppard begin a residency there Wednesday, Aug. 14.
Illusionist Criss Angel opened his spectacular “Criss Angel MINDFREAK” at Planet Hollywood with a fully reimagined stage and first high-tech experimental interactive lobby.
Father-and-sons trio, The Bronx Wanderers moved from Windows Showroom, their home since September 2016 at Bally’s, to the Mat Franco Theater at The LINQ.
Las Vegas’ longest-running show “Legends In Concert” opened its new residency at the Tropicana after moving from the Flamingo.
“The Greatest Piano Men,” celebrating the greatest pianists and showmen from Beethoven to Liberace will headline the Flamingo March 26-April 21.
Forgoing top hats, capes or clothes, The Naked Magicians from Australia opened their first Strip residency in Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club at MGM Grand.
New at SLS, “Ester Goldberg’s Totally Outrageous Brunch” plays twice on Saturdays and Sundays starring International Glamour-Puss Ester Goldeberg.
Luenell is headlining her stand-up show “Tommy T. Presents: Luenell” in The Sayers Club at SLS each week on Sundays through May 12.
Atlanta rapper Lil Baby will appear with New Generation Tour at House of Blues at Mandalay Bay Friday, March 22.
Returning to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Aziz Ansari, co-creator and star of Netflix’s Master of None, will headline at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23.
At The Pearl at the Palms, Southern rock band Needtobreathe will headline Saturday, April 6. Irish musician, singer and songwriter Hozier, will stop Sunday, April 7 on his North American “Wasteland Baby! Tour.”
Manzo is the new Italian butcher’s restaurant with a three-tier, wood-burning grill nestled inside bustling marketplace Eataly at Park MGM.
From the Midwest, Big Whiskey’s American Restaurant & Bar debuted in Town Square with updated classic American cuisine.
Santos Guisados Tacos & Beer, Las Vegas’ first guisado taco shop, opened downtown at 616 E. Carson Avenue with 40 seats and décor drawing inspiration from Mexican churches.
Frankie’s Uptown - A Neighborhood Bar with The STRoLL, a hybrid Stromboli and Calzone, opens this month at Downtown Summerlin in space Casa Del Matador occupied.
The Broken Yolk Cafe from San Diego opens its first Nevada location in Town Square in March. Hours are daily 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. “Man v. Food,” the BYC Challenge, is a dozen egg omelet giant meal to be eaten in under an hour.
Family-owned and operated, Bok Bok Chicken opened its third Las Vegas location since last August with two more planned this year including one in Town Square.
The Great Vegas Festival of Beer produced by Motley Brews returns for two days Friday-Saturday, April 5 and 6 at a new venue: the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center.
Virgil’s Real Barbecue at The LINQ Promenade is now serving breakfast daily Monday-Friday from 8-11 a.m. and brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon.
The Stratosphere is rebranding to The STRAT Hotel, Casino and SkyPod. The top of the tower with thrill rides, restaurant, lounge and Observation Deck is designated a destination called SkyPod.
Replacing Rain,the Palms will open the new multi-level dayclub/nightclub KAOS in April with multiple stages, a broadcast capable LED tower wall, rotating DJ booth, and six-story bronze sculpture “Demon with Bowl.” Cardi B is already signed.
Renovating closed rooms, Binion’s will open Hotel Apache featuring 81 vintage-styled furnished rooms reminiscent of the original 1932 namesake hotel. The property will add Whiskey Licker Up overlooking Fremont Street Experience with a rotating bar, overhang balcony and mechanical bull.
The Gazillionaire broke soil outside his “Absinthe” tent at Caesars Palace to plant the ABSINTHE Electric Oak. The new 35-foot high visual attraction will feature 120,000 LED leaves of ever-changing color.
Tattoo’d America Pop Museum (TAPM) will be the first exhibition for three months at thebrand-new, cultural and entertainment Pop Vegas venue at The LINQ Promenade. TAPM will feature tattoo-themed rooms, 500 works of art and live demonstration studio.
Las Vegan and business entrepreneur Ron Coury released his biographicalbook Tenancity about battling and conquering political and police corruption, bribery, coercion, death threats and cancer.
Caesars Entertainment Corporation is the first founding partner of the Las Vegas Stadium opening 2020, which guarantees special marketing privileges.
Golden Tiki in Chinatown held a Don The Beachcomber second-anniversary party and unveiled Donn Beach’s shrunken head. Texas native Beach, born Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gantt in 1907, opened the original Don’s Beachcomber in Hollywood in 1933.
Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, currently Hard Rock, will join Curio Collection by Hilton in 2020, after the resort makes an extensive property transformation.
Arizona Charlie’s Boulder and Decatur Bingo Rooms joined the Plaza downtown offering the $1 million linked bingo progressive, Bingo Millions MegaProgressive.
The $100 million SLS Las Vegas renovations include updates to the casino floor, hotel rooms and new fast-casual Mexican concept Uno Mas.
The Hard Rock Café guitar sign, which was in front of the Hard Rock Café for 27 years, was restored and recently transported in six pieces to its new home in the Neon Museum’s Boneyard.
Chef Kim Canteenwalla, co-founder of Blau + Associates restaurant group with Las Vegas restaurants Honey Salt and Andiron Steak and Sea, is the new executive chef of The Centurion Lounge for card members at McCarran International Airport.