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Springing into Las Vegas Entertainment

George Wallace and Donny and Marie
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It was an evening that really took the cake. George Wallace’s 10th anniversary celebration show at the Flamingo blew in like a lion and blew out the same way, thanks to a large cake and celebrity guests throughout the entire evening. Before the sold-out show, George and friends enjoyed an intimate gathering at the new Chayo restaurant at The Linq.

When George hit the stage with his “I Be Thinkin’” routine, he soon found himself in good company. The first person he invited on stage was Terry Fator, As he was talking to Terry, to everyone’s surprise, Jerry Seinfeld, who was performing at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace over the weekend and who is George’s best friend, made a surprise visit and joined them. After Jerry left, Terry found himself alone on stage as George handed him a mic and left the premises. But the talented ventriloquist/impressionist is never by himself for long and amused audiences by throwing his voice and doing some voice echoes. When George walked back on, Terry turned him into a real live “singing” puppet.

Then George invited entertainer Frankie Scinta and celebrity magician Murray Sawchuck, respectively, on stage. Sitting in the audience were Gladys Knight and her big brother Bubba Knight, one of the original Pips, and they received a standing ovation after coming up and doing an impromptu version of “Midnight Train to Georgia.” Then it was cake time, the large confection being rolled out by George’s Flamingo headliner mates, Donny and Marie. Donny served cake as George went on with his show, which culminated with a performance by Mosaic and had audience members on their feet again.

THE AUSTRALIAN BEE GEES SHOWcelebrated its 1,000th performance in Las Vegas on Thursday, March 20 with a champagne-and-cupcake pre-show event and red carpet to celebrate the production’s accomplishments, including new songs, arrangements, video projections and costumes. Local celebrities and notables in attendance included President and COO of Excalibur Hotel & Casino Renee West, Chris Phillips (Zowie Bowie), comedian Jeff Civillico, all-girl rock band Doll Face, as well as cast members from Thunder From Down Under, FANTASY, Tournament of Kings and JABBAWOCKEEZ. If you like the Bee Gees music, you’ll love this show and there are even dance floors on either side of the stage for you to get up and move to the songs.

Let’s see, Vegas has done marriage, menopause, dating, and sex and now it’s timefor Divorce Party Las Vegas. Talk about a “split” personality! The showmade its official Strip debut Thursday, March 13 with a red carpet event to welcome it to its new SinCity home inside Windows Showroom at Bally’s Las Vegas. The 80-minute comical music event that centers around Linda, still reeling from divorce as her friends turn her despair into a humorous weekend (complete with some shocks and sex toys), was attended by many local celebrities and notables, including Jaymes Vaughan and James Davis  from Chippendales and The Amazing Race, hypnotists Marc Savard and Anthony Cools, Carol-Lyn Liddle from “Raiding the Rock Vault,” celebrity magician Murray Sawchuck, “Legends in Concert” cast members Cece Correia and Katie Steele, current Mrs. Nevada Lavetta Schneider, legendary comic Steve Rossi, Jarrett & Raja from America’s Got Talent, pianist Danny Wright, vocalist Traci Kesissian and more

Vegas’ First Family of Entertainment, The Scintas, will introduce a brand new take on their beloved original act with“Frankie Scinta,” beginning Saturday, April 5 in the D’s showroom. The revamped show will have an expanded schedule as Frankie Scinta takes the stage each week alongside brother Joe Scinta, Peter O’Donnell and Janien Valentine, Saturday–Wednesday, at 8:30 p.m. Frankie Scinta spotlights the signature characteristics that have made the show’s eponymous star one of Las Vegas’ most iconic performers – the voice, the music and the laughs – without compromising The Scintas’ undeniable group chemistry, comedic antics and dynamic musical performances that have earned the ensemble a place in audience’s hearts throughout the years. Taking center stage in the new production, Frankie invites guests to an evening of ultimate entertainment at the D as he unveils never-before-seen acts including contemporary songs from the likes of Bruno Mars, Coldplay and more.

At The Venetian, Imagine Exhibition Gallery is presenting Da Vinci The Exhibition,a comprehensive and interactive look at the brilliance of the original Renaissance man, Leonardo da Vinci. Featuring more than 65 fully built, life-size inventions, more than 20 fine art studies and dozens of stunning displays, guests will learn the complex beginnings and lifetime achievements of da Vinci through his discoveries in art, engineering, flight, hydraulics, music, light, anatomy and more..

As he prepares for the release his highly-anticipated new album, Taylor Hicks will perform the final dates of his popular Las Vegas show at Napoleon’s at Paris Las Vegas through April 8.

Xposed!, the first Saturday LGBTQ beach club party, hosted its grand opening at The New Tropicana Las Vegas on March 29. This sizzling LGBTQ bash welcomes a rowdy lineup of all the hottest DJs throughout the summer in the all-new Tropicana Beach Club, kicking off the season with DJ Ryan Kenney and DJ Kidd Madonny. Celebrities invited to the opening included Josh Strickland from “VEGAS! the Show,” Angel Porrino from “ABSINTHE,” Carrie St. Louis, Brandon Nix, Terrance Spencer, Mark Shunock, Becca Kotte, Tiffany Engen from “ROCK OF AGES,” Jabbawockeez, Skye Miles of “Tropicana Nights,” Ryan Stuart and Jon Howes from Chippendales, Drag Queens Coco Montrese and Andrew Ryan from “Frank Marino’s Divas,” Lady Kimora, DJ Ryan Kenney and DJ Kidd Madonny.

First Friday Foundation has announced on Facebook and Twitter that, in partnership with Feed the Children and Opportunity Village, GRAMMY award-winner Sheryl Crow will make her first appearance in Downtown Las Vegas on Friday, April 4 at the new Container Park, located at 727 Fremont St, with openers Las Vegas’ Sabriel and rising country star Charlie Worsham.

Emmy-nominated actor and comedian Tracy Morgan will perform at Treasure Island April 25 at 9 p.m. Morgan was first introduced to television audiences as “Hustleman” on the hit comedy series Martin. He went on to join Saturday Night Live in 1996 where he appeared for seven seasons and created the memorable characters “Astronaut Jones” and “Brian Fellows.” After leaving SNL, Morgan starred in his own comedy series The Tracy Morgan Show and voiced Spoonie Luv on Comedy Central’s Crank Yankers.

A plethora of Vegas' entertainers will unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS at the 24th Annual AIDS Walk on Sunday, May 4 at UNLV to benefit Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN). For the 13th year in a row, Penn & Teller will serve as grand marshals and leaders of the Penn & Teller Challenge, matching donations of $250 or more. Local TV personality Chris Saldaña and morning co-host at 100.5 FM KXNT Dayna Roselli will host the day's festivities, which will kick-off with Josh Strickland from “VEGAS! The Show” singing the National Anthem. Also performing during the opening ceremony and at the community picnic following the walk are: acts from “Le Rêve - The Dream” at Wynn Las Vegas, Rose, Rabbit, .Lie, “Panda!”, Mo5aic, “Absinthe,’ “Million Dollar Quartet,” Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, DJ Axis, Zodiac Dragon, Las Vegas Kaminari Taiko Drummers, Kaution Dance Kru and instructors from TruFusion Yoga will lead the warm up before the walk.

After a nationwide search, full casting has been announced for the highly anticipated Las Vegas production of MAMMA MIA!, which begins performances at The New Tropicana resort in Las Vegas on May 8. The talented cast features MAMMA MIA! alumni, including all three Dynamos as well as several Las Vegas locals who will join the company. The Las Vegas cast will be led by Christine Sherrill as Donna Sheridan, Kimbre Lancaster as Sophie Sheridan, Mary Callanan as Rosie, Alison Ewing as Tanya, Trey Ellett as Harry Bright, Steve Judkins as Bill Austin, Sean AllanKrill as Sam Carmichael and Jordan Bondurant as Sky.

GRAMMY-nominated pop rock band OneRepublic will headline the 16th annual Tiger Jam at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, May 16-17. The two-day charity event hosted by Tiger Woods combines world-class golf, high-stakes poker, gourmet cuisine and exclusive VIP experiences into a star-studded weekend benefitting the Tiger Woods Foundation’s college-access programs.

Old School 105.7 FM is bringing one of the biggest concerts of the year to The AXIS Powered by Monster at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Saturday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m.  The 105.7 “Old School Block Party” will feature classic rhythm and blues, funk artists including S.O.S Band, A Taste of Honey, Zapp, Sugar Hill Gang, Klymaxx, One Way, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Dazz Band and Club Nouveau..  

“This is 40” actress Leslie Mann was spotted enjoying a delicious midday meal at Social House at The Shops at Crystals. Joined by director, producer and husband of 17 years, Judd Apatow, the Hollywood power couple took a seat in the lounge just before 3 p.m. and sampled in a few of the restaurants delectable lunchtime items such as the Rock shrimp tempura.

Mantecore, the white tiger who appeared in thousands of performances with Siegfried & Roy during the duo's record-setting run at The Mirage, and who was the tiger involved in the tragic incident on stage in which Roy Horn was severely injured, passed away after a short illness on March 19. He was 17.

"The world has lost one of its most majestic creatures and I have lost a brother," said Roy. "I will forever believe it was his concern for my safety and well-being that caused him to act as he did on that night long ago. We spent many hours together and he never failed to bring me great joy and wonderment. It was my great honor to be beside him at the end. He is now playing with his siblings in White Tiger heaven. His contribution to the avalanche of awareness for conservation and preservation has made him unforgettable. His spirit will live forever with Siegfried & Roy and his multitude of fans."

At First Friday Las Vegas, April 4, laughter will ring through the Downtown streets of 18b, the Arts District, as First Friday celebrates The Fool. More than 30 street performers, from various Las Vegas Strip productions, will be wandering throughout First Friday entertaining the loyal attendees. Green Street will be transformed into a Puppet Theatre and the KidZone will be giving free face painting.  

Fremont Street Experience is inviting country music fans to cowboy up during Country Music Weekend taking place Friday, April 4 through Sunday, April 6. Fremont Street Experience’s three stages will feature Nashville headliners LoCash Cowboys, a country music duo that is currently taking the U.S. by storm, along with some of the best local Las Vegas country music talent. Country music fans will have two opportunities to see the LoCash Cowboys during free performances on Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5 from 9:10-10:40 p.m. on Fremont Street Experience’s 1st Street Stage next to Binion’s and Golden Nugget. Las Vegas favorites Fairchild, Rowdy Cowboys and Sam Riddle will round out the three-day lineup. Country Music Weekend is sponsored by Crown Royal. 

The soulful Maxwell returns to The Pearl inside the Palms on May 25, 2014 at 8 p.m. over Memorial Day Weekend. The sexy ambassador of soul came back strong with 2009’s release BLACKsummers’night with a brand new look and a fresh yet deliciously vintage sound.

Schoolboy Q will perform a second show at Hard Rock Live on Friday, April 4, with Isaiah Rashad, Vince Staples, and Audio Push. Meeting popular demand, hip hop artist Schoolboy Q has added an 11:30 p.m. show after the 8 p.m. show sold out. Touring in support of his recently released album, Oxymoron, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, Schoolboy Q’s lyrical anthems and socially conscious numbers have brought him to prominence in the hip hop industry.

Motley Brews and Joseph James Brewing Company have partnered for the brewing of Sweet ’N Funky Desert Junkie, made exclusively for the 2014 Great Vegas Festival of Beer scheduled in Downtown’s Fremont East Entertainment District on Saturday, April 26 from 4 to 8 p.m. The festival’s official beer will be a refreshing Honey Blonde Ale, brewed with local desert honey, two-row malt and Saaz hops for a subtle, earthy flavor, sweet punch, and a dry, crisp body at a refreshing 5 percent alcohol content.

Bobby Rydell, All-American boy of the Baby Boom era, performs his rock n’ roll hits at the Suncoast Showroom April 25, 26 and 27.

Stand-up comedian Max Alexander, who will be appering at the Improv at Harrah’s April 1-6, is one of very few to perform on ShThe Tonight Show starring Jay Leno and also appeared in Comedy Central's Best of the Improv, Vol. 5 and Comedy Club Greas with Jerry Seinfeld. As of May 2009, Max is one of the only comics to perform on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson, Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien. In addition to his comedic act, Alexander has appeared in supporting roles in films and television shows, such as Roxanne, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and Full House.  Max also toured for a long time with Tom Jones as his opening act.

The Temptations – Otis Williams, Bruce Williamson, Terry Weeks, Ron Tyson and Joe Herndon – will bring classic Motown back to The Orleans Showroom April 26 and 27. For more than 40 years, The Temptations have shined as pioneers of popular music, with decades of smash hits and sold-out performances.  Their avalanche of hits includes “My Girl,” “It’s Growing,” “Since I Lost My Baby,” “Get Ready,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “Beauty Is Only Skin Deep” and “I Wish It Would Rain.”

Mandalay Bay was featured on the March 26th episode of Modern Family entitled “Vegas.” In the episode the adults are Vegas-bound when Jay hooks them up with “Excelsior Level” hotel accommodations courtesy of one of his big clients, but after learning there’s an even higher level, Jay becomes obsessed with upgrading. Meanwhile, everyone’s sneaking around when Claire secretly hits the tables to win back money she lost years ago; Phil goes underground auditioning for a secret society of magicians; Cam ducks out of a spa day with Mitch to join their friend’s bachelor party shenanigans; and Gloria is determined to hide a female version of dog butler Barkley from Jay.

Sprinkles Cupcakes kicked off the grand opening of its Las Vegas location at The LINQ with three days of sweet celebration. .Sprinkles officially opened its doors to the public on Friday, March 21 at 10 a.m. with a line of enthusiasts eagerly waiting outside. Longtime Sprinkles fan Holly Madison stopped by to be the first person to withdraw a cupcake out of the 24-hour Cupcake ATM. Holly chose her favorite flavor, vanilla, before tasting chocolate ice cream in a red velvet waffle cone which matched her new red locks. She also took mini cupcakes home to daughter, Rainbow, and doggy cupcakes for her pooches.

Acclaimed television personality and Las Vegas native, Jimmy Kimmel, will host the third annual "An Evening with Dave Rice" fundraiser to benefit the Dave Rice Foundation beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, inside the MGM Grand. The Dave Rice Foundation was founded by Coach Rice and his wife, Mindy, in an effort to raise support and awareness for several Autism-related organizations throughout Southern Nevada. Kimmel, the host and executive producer of ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, is a lifelong UNLV hoops fan and serves on the board of directors for the Foundation.

Kevin Lepine of Hypnosis Unleashedis taking over the radio airwaves on KLAV The Talk of Las Vegas 1230 AM every Tuesday from 3-4 p.m. The show will focus on living free of negativity. Live Unleashed is also available for online streaming at www.klav1230am.com. Kevin Lepine is a certified hypnotherapist who started his career helping people with stress relief and relaxation, smoking cessation and weight loss, and continues to offer these services in the form of occasional group sessions as well as self-help CDs available for purchase.

The hottest burlesque and pole dancing class in Vegas, Night School 4 Girls, located inside the Hard Rock Café on the Strip, is upping the ante by adding even more sexy maneuvers to the class’ risqué repertoire. Ladies can now learn to move like Miley or shimmy like Shakira during the 70-minute lesson that has started including the pop culture sensation, twerking. The Night School 4 Girls instructors, who are authentic Vegas showgirls from sexy productions such as FANTASY and Jubilee, will teach women a variety of twerking techniques including the now infamous Miley to the more traditional version of the popular dance move.

Legendary R&B group The Manhattans will bring their soulful sounds to the Suncoast Showroom April 19 and 20. Named after the cocktail of whiskey, vermouth and bitters, The Manhattans formed in the early ‘60s. Their first hit on the Billboard charts was the 1964 song, “I Wanna Be (Your Everything),” the first of eight singles for the group, nearly all in the Top 30.

Black Flag comes to Hard Rock Live on Sunday, May 18 with opening acts HOR and Cinema Cinema. Black Flag has announced a spring / summer tour of North America entitled the Victimology Tour.  The Victimology Tour will feature new vocalist Mike Vallely joining the band for the first time since performing with them at the 2003 Benefit Shows at the Hollywood Palladium. Vallely is the fifth vocalist in the band’s 38 years of existence.

Multi-platinum GRAMMY Award-nominated recording artist Gavin DeGraw and acclaimed singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson will ‘make a move’ to the Mandalay Bay Beach stage and perform at the outdoor venue onSaturday, June 14. The Las Vegas stop is part of the pair’s co-headlining 2014 North American summer tour which kicks off at the beginning of June.

Sunset Station is proud to join 96.3 KKLZ in welcoming Las Vegas’ favorite music festival, Junefest, to the spacious outdoor Sunset Amphitheater. The annual music festival, which will be making its debut appearance at Sunset Station, will feature performances by Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Loverboy, Gary Wright and Firefall on Saturday, June 14, 2014. Located poolside at Sunset Station, the Sunset Amphitheater is the perfect destination for a concert experience under the stars.

New Kids On The Block are set to host the ultimate Vegas weekend this summer.  The group kicked off 2014 announcing they would tour Europe which thrilled their global fans, but never ones to disappoint, the multi-platinum selling act will show their U.S. fans some much wanted love with an exclusive engagement at The AXIS powered by Monster at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas from Thursday, July 10 through Sunday, July 13, fans can see NKOTB in a special four night run, their ONLY North American appearance this year. The group will be performing nightly at The AXIS as well as hosting private daytime pool parties and late night after parties.

Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden are teaming up for a North American tour that will kick off on Saturday, July 19, at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, NV. The co-headline run, presented by Live Nation, is their first outing together. Both bands will play full sets nightly. Special guest Death Grips will open on most dates.

Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino’s beach concert series will welcome Counting Crows and Toad the Wet Sprocket Sunday, Aug. 10 at9 p.m. to its Mandalay Bay’s Beach stage, which rises over the resort’s sand and surf wave pool.

Jerry Seinfeld fans can catch the all-star comedian as he returns to The Colosseum at CaesarsPalace for two nights of his critically acclaimed stand-up comedy on Sept. 5 and 6.

Latin music superstar Luis Miguel will return to The Colosseum at CaesarsPalace for a record eighth consecutive year during the 2014 Las Vegas Mexican Independence Day weekend Friday, Sept. 12 – Monday, Sept. 15 at 9 p.m.

Thursday is the new Friday. Park on Fremont invites guests to jumpstart the weekend at Acoustic Patio, a new event featuring local musicians held every Thursday evening from 6 to 9 p.m.The weekly line-up will feature acoustic music from local artists, such as solo performer Matt Matelko.

Local News

The 6th Annual Walk With Me event presented by Easter Seals Nevada to benefit Nevada residents living with disabilities returns on Saturday, April 19 to W. Wayne Bunker Family Park, located at Alexander Rd. and Tenaya Way and with it, the Annual Easter Carnival celebrations beginning at 10 a.m. Children and parents can enjoy an activity-packed morning to benefit an incredible local cause.

Mark your calendar now for the Centennial Hills Children’s Arts Festival, scheduled for Saturday, May 31, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Centennial HillsPark. The city of Las Vegas invites the community to this family festival that highlights music, entertainment and fun arts activities for children and adults. Admission is free. The park is located at 7101 N. Buffalo Drive, at Deer Springs Way.

The city of Henderson is seeking fine artists in a variety of mediums to show and sell artwork at Art Festival of Henderson. The juried art show, a Mother’s Day weekend tradition that will tke place My 10 and 11, includes indoor and outdoor booth space. Application deadline is April 1, 2014.

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