DINING EXPLOSION

Bavette’s Steakhouse & Bar paying homage to Gilded Age opulence opened as part of the Monte Carlo’s makeover into Park MGM.

Rosina being unveiled at The Palazzo this month is an elegant 65-seat cocktail retreat with a “Champagne Call Button.” 

Celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis with a namesake fine-dining eatery in The Cromwell will open her second Strip restaurant, Pronto by Giada, at Caesars Palace in late January. 

The Tropicana’s new dining experience is all-you-can-eat Savor, the Buffet

Cravings buffet at The Mirage introduced Chef’s Table offering a new VIP treatment. 

With a cafeteria-style approach, Cafe Sanuki opened in Chinatownserving perfect udon noodles.

Rodeo steakhouse Wrangler Grill opened at the Silver Nugget in North Las Vegas.

Galleria at Sunset mall offers three side-by-side restaurants Larsen’s GrillWorld of Beer and GEN Korean BBQ House with outside free parking lot entrances. Next year, Bobby Mao’s Chinese Kitchen + Mexican Cantina will bring two cuisines under one roof at the main entrance.

TankedTV host Brett Raymer opened his third Donut Maniavalley location with a fourth one by year’s end.

HOLIDAY HAPPINESS

Sam’s Town’s Winter Wonderland with Santa’s workshop and laser light show at indoor Mystic Falls Park is available through Jan. 1. 

Holiday-themed shows on the Strip include: “Legends in Concert” at the Flamingo thru Dec. 30; Terry Fator’s “A Very Terry Christmas” at The Mirage thru Dec. 25; and Human Nature’s “Jukebox” at The Venetian thru Dec. 23.

Nevada’s largest holiday drive-thru light show, Glittering Lights at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway runs through Jan. 7.

Ice rinks providing winter fun include: The Cosmopolitan’s at the rooftop Boulevard Pool thru Jan. 10;Green Valley Ranch’s backyard pool area Winter’s Village thru Jan. 7; and Wet’n’Wild’s Christmas Town thru Dec. 31.

2018 ENTERTAINMENT HIGHLIGHTS

Elvis Costello will bring his brand new show, “NOW/NOT NOW,” to Wynn’s Encore Theater for six dates Feb. 28-March 10. 

Elton John’s final 14 performances of “The Million Dollar Piano”at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace are scheduled April 28–May 19 and Rod Stewart will return for the eighth year of his residency there in June 2018.

Jeff Foxworthy will headline at The Venetian TheatreWednesday-Thursday, Jan. 24-25.

YouTube personality Markiplier will bring his “Markiplier’s You’re Welcome Tour” to The Joint at Hard Rock Jan. 7.

British glam metal outfit The Darkness will bring “Tour de Prance” to Brooklyn Bowl at The LINQ Promenade Friday, March 30. 

Country singer Dylan Scott will perform at The Foundry inside SLS Friday, Jan. 12.  

The inaugural Emerge Music + Impact Conference moved its prior three-day November schedule to April 6-8. 

SHOWBIZ FLASHES

 

photo by Erik Kabik

“The Cocktail Cabaret” isa new 5 p.m. show on Cleopatra’s Bargein Caesars Palace with four veteran singersand four-piece band led by pianist Philip Fortenberry

Masters of Illusion, the hit CW television series, will debut a limited engagement in the Jubilee Theater at Bally’s on Dec. 6. 

Topless revue “X ROCKS” from “X Burlesque” creators opened in The Back Room at Bally’s with 10 p.m. performances. 

Comedy impressionist Gordie Brown started an open-ended run with 9:30 p.m. shows at Hooters in the Night Owl Showroom

Master magician Dirk Arthur opened a new version of his “Dirk Arthur Wild Magic” show at the Westgate Cabaret

“Purple Reign,” the world’s No. 1 Prince tribute-show starring Jason Tenner, started a new residency at the Tropicana.

Michael GrimmAmerica’s Got Talent season five winner, is performing every Tuesday night in the Piazza Lounge at Tuscany.

The free Las Vegas Connection Live Radio/Stage Show takes place 3:30-5 p.m. every Thursday in the Grandview Lounge at South Point

DJ Diplo has extended his exclusive residency at Wynn-Encorethrough 2019. 

NEWS ABOUT TOWN

The LINQ Promenade plans to build an overhead $20 million Fly LINQ with 10 side-by-side zip lines.

Excalibur’s new Ultimate 4-D Experience 
opened showing three movies plus The Polar Expressthrough Jan. 2 in a 72-seat special effects theater.

Caesars Palace completed the $100 million renovation of its Palace Tower with 10 luxurious new 29th floor villas.

The Spa at Trump underwent a complete remodel.

The William Carr Gallery opened at the Grand Canal Shoppesfeaturing original photography artwork. 

UNTUCKit, direct-to-consumer apparel brand, opened its first Nevada location at the Fashion Show mall. 

Local CraftHaus Brewery has launched Silver State beer, available year around in 12-ounce, six pack cans.

Starting Jan. 11, Parks and Recreation will hold weekly Pickleballscramblers at the Plaza’s rooftop courts.

Legendary Freed’s Bakery new reality show Vegas Cakes is airing on the Food Network.

Las Vegas makeup artist Lissette Waugh’s accredited L Makeup Institute has opened an expansive retail location at Tivoli Village.

Salt Room LV in Summerlin celebrated a three-year milestone with its encased Himalayan “salt cave.”

SPORTS RELATED ITEMS

WNBA’s San Antonio Stars will relocate with new basketball team owners MGM Resorts International and play at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in 2018. 

The Las Vegas Lights Football Club (FC) unveiled its logo with team colors – blue, yellow and pink and will play in the United Soccer League (USL) in February 2018. 

Vegas Aces Training Centre,new home of the Vegas Aces Volleyball Club, is Southern Nevada’s first dedicated volleyball facility.

The Raider Image with official team merchandise opened in the Galleria at Sunset mall.