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Backstreet Boys opened their exclusive Las Vegas residency Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life show at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood.

Cher added 18 dates—Aug. 2-19 and Nov. 8-25—to her extended Classic Cher engagement at Park Theater at Monte Carlo.

The Pin Up show at the Stratosphere Showroom closed. The World’s Greatest Rock Show tribute production will open there on June 4.

English rock band The Who will launch their first six shows and exclusive Las Vegas residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace July 29.

American rock band Boston will make a Hyper Space Tour stop at Park Theater at Monte Carlo Saturday, June 17.

Magic Mike Live Las Vegas based on the hit films Magic Mike and Magic Mike XXL opened at the Hard Rock.

Grammy-winner Peabo Bryson will bring his soulful hits to The Orleans Showroom April 28.

Grammy-nominated recording artists-songwriters Marsha Ambrosius and Eric Benét will bring The M.E. Tour to the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay May 25.

Actress Cindy Williams of Laverne & Shirley fame has returned in a guest starring role in Menopause The Musical at Harrah’s through May 29.

Pete Vallee, who stars as Big Elvis in free afternoon shows at Harrah’s, is the latest Las Vegas Walk of Stars recipient.

Country singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson will headline Brooklyn Bowl in The Linq Promenade Friday, April 28 with Margo Price and Brent Cobb.

Twelve-time Grammy Award winner jazz saxophonist and songwriter, Kirk Whalum, will headline The Foundry in SLS Las Vegas on May 13.

Reba McEntire, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn with the longest running country music residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace will return in June, July, November and December.

The Smith Center’s Cabaret Jazz venue will be renamed in honor of president and CEO Myron Martin.

Dining and Beverage Changes

A new two-story Sugar Factory American Brasserie opened at Fashion Show Mall with a walk up indoor/outdoor carousel bar and outdoor patios on both levels.

Superstar Pitbull launched a partnership with his Voli 305, which is now the exclusive vodka used in Sugar Factory’s signature cocktails.

The Plaza downtown replaced the long closed Islands Sushi & Hawaiian Grill with Brightside - Breakfast and Burgers, a New York-style deli on the casino floor.

Jared’s Old Fashioned Hotdogs & Hamburgers has opened at Pawn Plaza next to the famous TV Pawn Stars store.

JC’s Irish Sports Pub at JW Marriott closed its doors on March 20 to make room for a full sportsbook.

Chef Emeril Lagasse’s Las Vegas chefs are collaborating on a dinner series “Tour de Emeril.” The remaining Friday-evening dinners are: June 23 - Lagasse’s Stadium; Sept. 8 - Delmonico Steakhouse; and Dec. 8 - Table 10.

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Pinot’s Palette, paint-and-sip studio, opened a third Las Vegas location at Town Square with a main studio and smaller private party room.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway will hold a second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race beginning in the fall of 2018 making it the first facility to host two annual event weekends with all three national touring series.

The Springs Preserve’s seasonal Butterfly Habitat is open through May 29.

The Plaza has a new 5,000-square-foot,
multi-purpose flexible space adjacent to the casino floor.

Keep Memory Alive will honor illusionist Siegfried Fischbacher of legendary duo Siegfried & Roy, who has cared for partner Roy since the tiger accident onstage, with the inaugural Caregiver Award during the 21st annual Power of Love gala Thursday, April 27 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

The new Dance With Me studio opened at Tivoli Village. Three of the business’ owners are Dancing with the Stars professionals Maksim and Valentin Chmerkovskiy and Tony Dovolani.

Drai’s Beachclub is back at The Cromwell rooftop with celebrated DJs, returning exclusive resident artists G-Eazy, Machine Gun Kelly and other artists.

For the first time, South Point’s Bingo Room will host a $1 Million Extravaganza Bingo event Friday and Saturday, July 21-22.

Elite Motor Rentals will open at Pawn Plaza offering rentals of The Polaris Slingshot, an exotic three-wheel hybrid of a car and a motorcycle.

Get A Haircut barber shop is the newest of eight ground-level storefronts at The Promenade at Juhl downtown. The Corner Market will open next.

A $425,000 city grant will allow the Neon Museum to purchase adjacent land to expand and display another 30 signs.

The American Alliance of Museums AAM awarded the Mob Museum downtown accreditation, the highest national recognition afforded U.S. museums.

Forbes Travel Guide unveiled its 59th global list of Star Rating recipients. Two Five-Star Las Vegas winners for hotel, restaurant and spa are Mandarin Oriental and Wynn. Three Five-Star hotels are Aria Sky Suites, Encore Tower Suites and Skylofts at MGM Grand and spas include ESPA at Vdara, and spas at Encore and Four Seasons. Five-Star Restaurants include: Joël Robuchon at MGM Grand, Le Cirque and Picasso at Bellagio, Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace, Twist by Pierre Gagnaire at Mandarin Oriental and Wing Lei at Wynn.

Alex and Ani, the eco-conscious jewelry and accessories brand, opened its sixth Las Vegas location inside McCarran International Airport’s C Gates.

Lush Cosmetics opened an all-new three times larger location within the Fashion Show mall.