Entertainment Highlights

Nitro Circus is creating its first resident choreographed sports stunt action stage show opening at Bally’s next spring in the Jubilee Theater, which is getting a multi-million redesign and name. 

Wynn Las Vegas is planning its first-ever seasonal musical “The Holiday Show” for the Encore Theater Nov. 30-Dec. 30.

“The Voice—Neon Dreams, a show planned for the theater being built at the Hard Rock Hotel, which is becoming Virgin Las Vegas, has been canceled. 

Paula Abdul will bring her “Straight Up Paula!” tour to the Red Rock Ballroom Saturday, Nov. 10. 

Anita Baker, 2018 BET Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, will headline three shows at Wynn’s Encore Theater Aug. 29-Sept. 2. 

“ABBA The Concert” returning to the Tropicana Saturday, Aug. 25 gets energized with release of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. 

Celebrity social media influencer Perez Hilton is special guest host for Chippendales at the Rio through Sept. 2.

Interactive satire dinner show “Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding” opened at Buca de Beppo Italian Restaurant in Bally’s.

Guitar legend Al Di Meola is bringing his Opus Tour 2018 to Santa Fe Station’s Chrome Showroom Saturday, Sept. 29. 

Show Residency News

One of Las Vegas’ longest running shows, “Frank Marino’s Divas Las Vegas, closed suddenly at The LINQ.

Gwen Stefani debuted her residency “Just a Girl” show inside Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood. 

Backstreet Boys ending their residency at Zappos Theater Feb. 6-April 27 has a new single “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” and will release a new album this year.

In its eighth year, “Rod Stewart: The Hits.” has new fall dates at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Nov. 21-Dec. 2.

Colin Kane, master insult comedian, started his first residency inside Vinyl at Hard Rock with his new R-rated show, “The Wolf, returning Aug. 31 and Sept. 28. 

Mariah Carey began her all-new more intimate residency, “The Butterfly Returns, at
The Colosseum at Caesars Palace and returns Aug. 31. 

Penn & Teller will return to their Rio show Saturday, Aug. 18 after the silent partner’s recent spinal-fusion surgery.

Mirage headliner Matt Goss released his single “Red Flares. This fall, a feature documentary about him and his twin brother’s life When the Screaming Stops will be released. 

Dining – Beverage News

An all-new Smith & Wollensky will debut next spring in the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian/Palazzo in the former two-story Zeffirino Ristorante location. 

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse has undergone a $2 million complete renovation with completion expected this month revealing a new modern look.

New at the Ethel M Chocolates’ factory store in Henderson is the addition of Trinchero Family Estates’ wine pairing at chocolate tastings on the odd hours from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

Z’Cream Dream, available through Aug. 31, is The Underground speakeasy’s first “Zap-on-Tap” craft house-brew at the Mob Museum

Searsucker at Caesars Palace partnering with “Absinthe” is offering a dinner-and-show package.

Executive Sous Chef Thomas Tapat from SUSHISAMBA at Grand Canal Shoppes won Food Network’s Chopped

Two established chefs Antonio Nunez and Scott Commings opened second-story The Stove for breakfast and lunch in space formerly occupied by Standard & Pour

Fast-casual Sharky’s Modern Mexican Kitchen committed to organic clean eating opened its second Las Vegas-location on Blue Diamond Road.  

About Town Notes

On The Record opening New Year’s Eve at Park MGM will be trendsetting fraternal twin brothers Jonnie and Mark Houston’s biggest project and first in Las Vegas. The three-room nightlife venue will have a modern “speakeasy” atmosphere with indoor and outdoor spaces.

The Rio introduced esports arena The Wall Gaming Lounge, the first phase of Las Vegas’ newest interactive space by Hybrid One, and first permanent esports venue for Caesars Entertainment

Wayne Newton’s former home and ranch estate Casa de Shenandoah is now closed for tours and as a public attraction.

The Resort on Mount Charleston was sold for $4.8 million to a North Carolina couple, who will rename it The Retreat on Charleston Peak and make upgrades.

Cannabition, Las Vegas’ first and only immersive cannabis-themed museum, is opening at Neonopolis

Corks ‘n Crafts upscale DIY craft-and-sip studio opened in Downtown Summerlin offering crafting opportunities.  

Resident Rehab Beach Club performer Flo Rida unveiled a dedicated memorabilia case at Hard Rock.

Primal Water: An Exhibition of Japanese Contemporary Art with 28 works in various forms at Bellagio Gallery of Fine Arts runs through Oct. 21 highlighting important post-war Japanese art. 

Japanese artist Kisho Mwkaiyama can be viewed working in a public studio at Bellagio on a commissioned art installation, Vendarta 100: Six Elements and The Seasons, through January 2019 to be placed at Mandalay Bay.

The LINQ headliner Jeff Civillico is the Las Vegas Natural History Museum’s first celebrity partner and “Ambassador.”


The 64th Miss Rodeo America Pageant will be held at the Tropicana Dec. 2-9. 

Premier bodybuilding event, Joe Weider’s Olympia Fitness & Performance Weekend, will return to the Orleans Arena Sept. 13-15. 

South Point Car & Truck Show will be held in Exhibit Halls Saturday, Aug. 18. Admission is free.

Gold Spike is holding Down & Derby dance party on skates every third Wednesday in the transformed roller rink “Backyard.” 

The 32nd Annual Aid for AIDS of Nevada’s over-the-top Black & White Party fundraiser will be held Saturday, Sept. 8 at Daylight Beach Club inside Mandalay Bay