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The "Bear" Facts About What's New in Las Vegas Entertainment

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A new show has opened on the Las Vegas Strip that offers you a chance to grin and “bear” it, for real! East met West on Saturday, January 11, as PANDA! celebrated its world premiere at The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas. The first-ever Chinese production to take up a residency on the famed Las Vegas Strip, PANDA!hosted a red carpet event in honor of its opening, featuring world-renowned celebrities, athletes, and beauty queens.

Among the guests in attendance were Holly Madison, Carrot Top, Olympic Gold Medalist Boxer Zou Shiming, Shanna Moakler, Josh Strickland, hypnotist Marc Savard, Claire Sinclair, Ricardo Laguna, Jeff Civillico, Murray and Chloe SawChuck, Thunder From Down Under’s Chris Asimos, America’s Got Talentmagicians Jarret & Raja, speaker, actress, and former gymnast Cathy Rigby, Steinway artist Danny Wright, and cast members from Rock of Ages and Million Dollar Quartet.

Directed by An Zhao, PANDA!is a spectacle that combines high-flying acrobatics, mesmerizing martial arts, music and dance, and includesa talented cast of award-winning performers from the China National Acrobatic Troupe and Shaolin Monastery Kung Fu Monks Troupe. Produced by a team whose impressive credits include the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 summer Olympics in Beijing, PANDA! is set against stunning LED backdrops on a newly renovated stage. 

The Broadway-style comedy PAWN SHOP LIVE!, a parody of the story behind the History channel’s reality smash hit “Pawn Stars,” opened in the Gordie Brown Showroom inside the Golden Nugget in downtown Las Vegas on Tuesday, Jan. 21. Created by Emmy® award-winning producer Derek Stonebarger, the production is based on the story of the world's most famous and beloved pawn shop, Gold & Silver Pawn. PAWN SHOP LIVE! includes story contributions from Rick Harrison and the Harrison family. The break-out stars of the TV show have fully endorsed the production, which tuns Tuesday through Saturday at 4 p.m.

 With seven live actors and dancers, as well as a puppet, PAWN SHOP LIVE! features celebrity guests and surprises - even the real “Pawn Stars” will appear on stage as often as their filming schedule permits. The on-stage characters will be lampooned versions of Rick Harrison, Austin “Chumlee” Russell, Corey "Big Hoss" Harrison and Richard “The Old Man” Harrison - better known as Slick, Chump, Lil Boss and Old Fart. Directed and co-written by Troy Heard, the show begins with a young Slick Garrison struggling with a debilitating illness which forces him out of school and into a world of home schooling. Slick grows into a book- and street-smart genius, using his experiences and life lessons often taught by his father - a puppet named Old Fart - to eventually influence the world with his knowledge and art of the deal. Working the family business, Slick is joined by his son, Lil Boss, and his son's dimwitted friend, Chump, who become international superstars in the process. 

Starting February 11, folks will be able to take a bus tour that’s right out of the movie Casino.Led by famed mob hit man Frank Culatta, who long ago owned the Upper Crust pizzeria in town, the tour leaves from the Royal Hotel, As scenes from the movie play on a monitor on the bus, Culatta exposes the truth behind the happenings being viewed on the screen (one of the characters in the film was patterned after him and there is even a scene in which a real 1973 murder he committed is depicted) as visitors are taken through the Las Vegas environs and shown where the mob used to live and hang out. Peppered with Culatta’s colorful stories of the larger-than-life real mobsters, places, and events and culminating in a pizza party, it’s a great evening of Las Vegas history you won’t find anywhere else. Culatta, who told me that he committed four murders, two direct and two indirect, spent 10 years in jail altogether for burglary (he used to rob the locals) and was also in the Witness Protection Program.

Following a hugely-successful 18-show run in late 2013, Grammy Award-winning musician and acclaimed actor Meat Loaf will be returning to the RockTellz & CockTails stagei at the PH Showroom inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Meat Loaf will perform 24 dates, beginning Feb. 13, kicking off the 2014 series, which promises an unparalleled lineup of artists..

Then, RockTellz & CockTails will be welcoming legendary musical group and Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Jacksons to Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. as the critically-acclaimed series’ next legacy artist. The Jacksons, including Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon, will perform 40 shows, beginning Feb. 20, inside the famed property’s PH Showroom. A high-energy, one-of-a-kind live show, RockTellz & CockTails is comprised of a full-on concert, hit songs and intimate, personal stories of music’s most celebrated and fascinating stars. One of the highest-selling groups of all time, The Jacksons will take audience members on an interactive, unforgettable journey through their historic lives and influential musical career.

Neil Patrick Harris, star of the CBS hit sitcom How I Met Your Mother enjoyed an exclusive teppanyaki dinner at Nobu Restaurant and Lounge Caesars Palace located at the all-new Nobu Hotel recently.. Harris took to his popular Instagram account, documenting the experience with video of Nobu’s teppan chef, fire from the grill and the signature Kobe beef. Harris was joined by seven friends where the group mingled with other guests, sipped on Devil Killer sake and shared traditional sushi and artichoke salad. Nobu Caesars Palace is the only Nobu restaurant in the United States that has teppanyaki tables and the only one in the world that has three.  The Caesars Palace location has already become a prime celebrity hang-out hosting superstars across industries including Ke$ha, Dale Earnhardt, Sandra Bullock, Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Jason Statham and the Hangover Part III cast.

Famous pop star, Joe Jonas, dined at Michael and Jenna Morton's all-new restaurant, CRUSH eat, drink, love, recently at MGM Grand. The popular Jonas brother looked stylish wearing Valentino and dined with Jeff Beacher of Beacher's Madhouse and some friends.

Ryan Walker, who plays keyboards for Imagine Dragons, dined at Michael and Jenna Morton’s downtown Las Vegas Mexican restaurant,  La Comida, the other night. The performer was accompanied by his girlfriend and they indulged in the Pollo al Horno and the Pescado a la Plancha, while sharing guacamole.  Before a private concert at The Joint, Imagine Dragons’lead singer Dan Reynolds was also spotted with a group of eight friends at Culinary Dropout.

World-renowned celebrity DJ Tiësto dined at CRUSH eat, drink, love at MGM Grand. Dressed in all-black, The Dutch musician known for topping the charts in electronic dance music, was accompanied by a large group of friends. The internationally-acclaimed DJ who launched a new residency at MGM Grand’s nightclub,  Hakkasan, began his meal with the Arugula and kale salads.

Pawn Stars' Rick Harrison and baseball star Jason Giambi of the Cleveland Indians enjoyed dinner with restaurant owner, Tom Kelly, at Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar on a recent Saturday night.


Irish artist Graham Knuttel and students from the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts had heir first creative brainstorming session for a mural to be placed on the Neonopolis building in downtown Las Vegas. The worldwide acclaimed Irish artist and leading figurative painter met with his new collaborators, 13 handpicked promising art students from the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, to outline plans for two huge art panel murals for the east facing wall on the Las Vegas Boulevard-side of Neonopolis. The highly visible murals will be 9’ x 27’ and mounted close to the top of the building. Knuttel pointed out that Las Vegans will see the work all the time and tourists once or twice so it should be relevant to Las Vegas and encompass connectivity with the environment. Together Knuttel and the students settled on a “mobsters” theme as a starting point.

“The Ultimate Showman,” Earl Turner, returns to the Suncoast Showroom with “Oh What A Night!” on February 15 and 16. Turner’s son, Aaron, competed on the hit television show So You Think You Can Dance and was named runner-up during its tenth season. Aaron Turner will make a special guest appearance at his father’s shows on February 15 and 16.

Four-time GRAMMY Award-winning R&B vocal group Boyz II Men have confirmed additional 2014 performance dates at The Mirage Hotel & Casino. The trio, featuring baritone Nathan Morris alongside tenors Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman, will perform in the Terry Fator Theatre on select weekend dates throughout 2014.

Bonkerz Comedy Club has joined forces with House of Blues Foundation Room to present a Comedy Night that kicked off on Thursday, Jan. 23 with a special performance by funny lady Kathleen Dunbar. The event took place in Foundation Room’s Shangri-La Room on the 63rd floor atop Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Joining Kathleen for the evening were emcee Lou Magelowiz and the comedian Esquire Magazine called “the ugliest comedian in America,” Warren Durso, Winner of the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, featured on CBS-TV and also currently headlining for Celebrity Cruise Lines Future Bonkerz Comedy performances in Foundation Room will take place on Thursday, March 13 and Thursday April 10with performers to be announced. All performances begin at 7 p.m.

In line with the resort’s 15 year anniversary and “15 Years of Fun” campaign, JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort and Rampart Casino has enhanced its entertainment options with the addition of Bonkerz Comedy Club. The new venture will offer guests endless laughs weekly starting this February. Located at Edge Lounge, the new Bonkerz Comedy Club will provide an ultra chic setting, full bar and some of Las Vegas’ and nation’s best comics every Thursday at 7 p.m. Tickets for each event will be $15 per person, including LET (live entertainment tax), and will include a complimentary drink.

The Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas will introduce its own version of “Locks on the Bridge” this Valentine’s Day, Friday, Feb. 14. The bridge leading to the 460-foot observation deck will house a permanent fence where couples can eternalize their love by securing a personalized lock and throwing away the key.

On Saturday, March 15, Cirque du Soleil and the Springs Preserve will host the 13th annual “Run Away with Cirque du Soleil”5K Run and 1-Mile Fun Walk to kick-off ONE DROP World Water Week.  Mayor Carolyn Goodman will be on hand to perform the race start and Nevada Public Radio’s President and General Manager Flo Rogers will act as emcee for the day’s events. In celebration of ONE DROP World Water Week (March 15 through 22), “Run Away with Cirque du Soleil” gives participants a chance to run/walk alongside their favorite Cirque du Soleil artists at this annual event, while drawing attention to the importance of water and the sustainable management of safe water resources. All proceeds support the Springs Preserve and Cirque du Soleil Foundation.

Continuing its successful run at the historic Jubilee! Theater at Bally’s Las Vegas, VÉRONIC Voices announces 27 new show dates beginning April 24, 2014, now on sale. Véronic DiCaire, the vocal impressionist who has taken Las Vegas by storm with her spot-on ability to recreate the voices of music’s most iconic female singers, continues will return to Las Vegas with new show content this spring..   

Station Casinos is proud to announce the new Guitars & Country Stars concert series at Sunset Station, featuring performances from some of country music’s most talented artists. Debuting Saturday, March 1, the Guitars & Country Stars concert series kicks off with incredible performances by Mark Wills, Ty Herndon and Billy Dean, with additional artists to be announced shortly.

Laugh harder than you have all year when Terry Fator: Live In Concert arrives on DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet) exclusively at Walmart and Redbox on Feb. 18, 2014 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The film will be available on Digital HD and Video on Demand everywhere the same day. The follow-up to Fator's multi-platinum DVD debut, Terry Fator: Live From Las Vegas, Terry Fator: Live In Concert captures the America’s Got Talent winner bringing a full cast of characters to life. Called “one of the best entertainers in the world,” by Simon Cowell, the multi-talented singer, comedian and impressionist’s performance spans genres and generations. 

Terry Fator: Live In Concert sees Fator tackling Broadway, Bieber and The Four Seasons - and that's with just one of his puppets. Familiar characters Emma Taylor, the little girl with the big voice, and Winston, the impersonating turtle, are joined by new faces Monty Carlo, the lounge singer, and Berry Fabulous, the hip-hop diva, in the totally rewritten and revamped Vegas show featuring comedic banter and amazing vocal impressions of musical superstars such as Garth Brooks, Dean Martin, Aretha Franklin, Lady Gaga and more.

Comedian Adam Carolla brings his popular live podcast, “The Adam Carolla Show,” to Treasure Island Theatre for one night only on February 21 at 9 p.m. The show will feature Carolla with co-hosts Alison Rosen and Bald Bryan performing fan favorite segments including “Blah Blah Blog,” “GayWalking” and “The News” featuring pictures and video of the most current news topics. Joining the podcast, comedian and frequent Treasure Island headliner, Jo Koy will act out his popular segments including “Bung Lu Su” and “Black Lab.”

The Mirage welcomes the return of comedians Ray Romano, best known for “Everybody Loves Raymond,” and “Here Comes the Boom” star Kevin James as they perform together at the Terry Fator Theatre. Romano and James will team up to charm audience members with their smooth comedic style and quick wit. Performances are on April 4 and 6 and May 9 and 10.

The LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino has announce that its spectacular show, "Raiding the Rock Vault," has signed a long term agreement to continue through 2014. This amazing concert experience brings the history of rock 'n' roll to life with an all-star super group of musicians, the likes of which are not seen anywhere in Las Vegas.  The legendary classic rock songs of the `60s, `70s and `80s that everyone immediately recognizes - anthems for a generation - are played with stunning accuracy by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Howard Leese [Guitar] (Heart), sensational guitar player Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake), phenomenal vocalists John Payne [Lead Vocals and Bass] (Asia), Robin McAuley [Lead Vocals] (MSG, Survivor), Paul Shortino [Lead Vocals] (Rough Cutt, Quiet Riot), Andrew Freeman [Lead Vocals and Guitars] (Lynch Mob, The Offspring),extraordinary drummer Jay Schellen (Badfinger, Asia), and keyboard whiz Michael T. Ross (Lita Ford Band).  In addition to this unbelievable roster of rock musicianship, rotating special guests will continue to be a part of the show.  Previous special guests included Lou Gramm, original lead singer of Foreigner, Bobby Kimball, original lead singer of Toto, founding member and lead singer of Yes, Jon Anderson, and Mickey Thomas of Starship..

Incorporating elements of doo-wop, rhythm and blues, pop and rock into his music, Dion DiMucci, known singularly as Dion, returns to The Orleans Showroom February 13 and 14. One of the most popular American rock and roll performers of the pre-British Invasion era, Dion charted more than a dozen top 40 hits in the late 50s and early 60s.
One of the most distinctive vocalists and accomplished songwriters in contemporary music, Rob Thomas, brings his spring tour to Las Vegas at The Pearl inside Palms Casino Resort  on April 4, 2014 at 8 p.m. Rob Thomas is one of the most recognizable vocalists in the world, garnering a string of accolades – both for his work as lead singer and primary composer with Matchbox Twenty as well as for his solo work and collaborations with other artists.

British musical icon Bryan Ferry has announced his first North American Tour in three years.  The Can’t Let Go Tour will feature an incredible set list of hits, favorites and rarities spanning 40 years of career highlights. The Can’t Let Go Tour makes a stop at The Pearl inside Palms Casino Resort  on April 12, 2014 at 8 p.m.

.The Linq is about to get a little more stylish. The iconic, Los Angeles lifestyle boutique, Kitson, will open a Las Vegas flagship in the city’s newest retail, dining and entertainment district located at the heart of The Strip.The largest store in Kitson’s current expansion plan, the 12,000 square-foot, two-level location will feature the top brands in each of the store’s categories: men’s, women’s and kids’ clothing, accessories, gifts, apothecary, books and novelties.

.Hard Rock is on the search for rising rock stars to take the stage in the heart of the Roman Empire! Hard Rock Rising, the world’s largest and most far-reaching battle of the bands competition, will give one local band the chance of a lifetime – an all-expenses paid trip to Rome, Italy to perform at the first Hard Rock Live Rome music festival this summer! The selected runner-up bands will each receive new music equipment and gear valued at $10,000. Hard Rock, in partnership with the online musician community ReverbNation, will host open registration for bands wishing to participate in the global battle through Monday, January 27, 2014. The combination of Hard Rock’s iconic brand and ReverbNation’s extensive network of more than 3.3 million artists in 250 countries worldwide will provide undiscovered bands with an international stage to jumpstart their careers.

The Venetian and The Palazzo kick-off the Year of the Horse with a ceremonial dragon dance complete with firecrackers and eye painting ceremony.  The colorful event will feature a parade of dancers and drummers dressed in authentic costumes as they make their way throughout the properties. The kick-off Dragon Dance takes place on Friday Jan. 31 at 3pm. The ceremonial dragon dance will begin with an eye painting ceremony at The Venetian porte cochere, making its way through the casino to The Waterfall  Atrium & Gardens of The Palazzo, and continues through The Palazzo.

Fremont Street Experience, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and Golden Catalyst invite the public to celebrate the Year of the Horse during the third annual Chinese New Year in the Desert festival. Ring in the Chinese New Year with a three-day festival taking place in Downtown Las Vegas Feb. 7 – 9, 2014. Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays and is known as "Spring Festival" in China, “Tet New Year” in Vietnamese and “Seol-lal” in Korea. 

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas’ award-winning venue Vinyl has extended legendary comedian Andrew Dice Clay’s one-of-a-kind residency through March 2014. Guests will continue to indulge in endless nights of debauchery by one of the most controversial standup comics in the industry with the addition of 15 shows. “If you have not seen my show at Hard Rock Hotel, you haven’t seen comedy in Vegas,” said Clay. “I don’t hold anything back.”

Five-time Emmy Award® winner and crowd favorite Dennis Miller returns to The Orleans Showroom February 7 and 8.

Billy Joel will return to Las Vegas for one night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, June 7. The performance marks Joel’s first solo headlining appearance at MGM Grand since 2009.

Santa Fe and the Fat City Horns move to Sundays and Latin Nights spice up Thursdays in the new weekly entertainment lineup at The Lounge at the Palms.

American Idol” winner Taylor Hicks is kicking off the New Year with additional dates of his popular Las Vegas show at Napoleon’s at Paris Las Vegas from Monday, Jan. 27 through Friday, Feb. 28

Galaxy Green Valley Luxury+ Theatrewill host the 2014 Inaugural Half Season of Cinema Society of Las Vegas making its Las Vegas debut. Las Vegans will soon be able to experience prestige motion pictures by top major and independent studios on a monthly basis from the comfort of a Luxury+ theater. Each showing will feature a pre-show cinema chat with Cinema Society of Las Vegas Director, Andrew Friedenberg, and key members from the film (directors, producers, cast, cameramen, etc.based on availability), along with an open forum for informative discussion following the screening. There is currently one showing a month through April, beginning on January 27th.

Following a successful run of shows in 2013, comedian Bill Maher will return to The Pearl inside Palms Casino Resort for additional performances in 2014. Show dates are March 22-23 and October 10 –11, 2014 at 8 p.m.

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts has added an additional week of performances for the world premiere of a reimagined version of “THE TEMPEST,” which will now play April 6–20. due to popular ticket demand. The Smith Center’s first ever co-production, “THE TEMPEST” is produced by the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), adapted and directed by Aaron Posner and Teller from the play by William Shakespeare, with magic by Teller, music by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan and movement by Matt Kent of Pilobolus. “THE TEMPEST”performances will take place at The Smith Center’s Donald W. Reynolds Symphony Park in a 500-seat climate-controlled tent, where no seat is more than 60 feet from the stage.

In order to start ushering the most iconic and longest-running show on the Las Vegas Strip into the contemporary age, the final performance of the original version of Jubilee! at Bally’s Las Vegas will be held on Thursday, Jan. 30. The show will reopen in March 2014 after undergoing a major transformation under the direction of Frank Gatson Jr., one of the world’s most celebrated creative directors and choreographers.

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Riviera Hotel & Casino is proud to announce acclaimed comedy magician and former “America’s Got Talent” contestant Spencer Horsman will guest star in ILLUSIONS inside the Starlite Theatre, beginning January 6, 2014.

Legendary comedianJerry Seinfeld returns to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace for two nights of his acclaimed stand-up comedy on Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22. Tickets will be available for purchase beginning Friday, Jan. 3 at 10 a.m. Members of Caesars Entertainment’s Total Rewards program will have access to an exclusive pre-sale starting Wednesday, Jan. 1 at 10 a.m.

Break out the sunglasses, swimwear and suntan lotion and get ready to be Xposed! during the ultimate LGBTQ pool party of 2014 that will make a splash at The New Tropicana resort in Las Vegas this spring. Featuring live entertainment, celebrity guests and all of the hottest DJs, Xposed! will revolutionize the LGBTQ day club experience as the only beach club on the Strip to offer a Saturday gay pool party.

Harrah’s Headliner and Comedy-Magician Mac King invites the public to jump on board Mac King’s Magical Literacy Tour: Nevada Reading Week 2014, benefiting Clark County READS, the literacy initiative of The Public Education Foundation. Throughout the month of February, King is partnering with the Las Vegas Wranglers, Sky Zone Las Vegas, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria and Galaxy Theatres locations in Las Vegas to collect books for elementary school children in local at-risk schools. For four days beginning March 4–7, during Nevada Reading Week 2014, King will make appearances at four select local elementary schools to teach the importance of reading and personally deliver the books collected from the book drive. During the tour’s scheduled stops, King will perform tricks from his show, read a few short stories and deliver a book to each student to keep.

Donate three or more new or gently used children’s books at partnering locations to receive a pair of tickets to The Mac King Comedy Magic Show in addition to other exclusive rewards from the host venue.

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