ENTERTAINMENT

Foreigner has an exclusive headlining residency show at The Venetian Resort beginning Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, with 10 performances.

Journey with nine dates in October has added four dates for New Year’s Eve week, Dec. 27, 28, 30 and 31. 

Legends in Concert,” Las Vegas’ longest-running production show, will experience a first when Frank Marino, the longest-running Vegas headliner, joins the show Sept. 11-Nov. 19 at the Tropicana performing as Joan Rivers for his last time. Marino will be joined by Freddie Mercury, Lady Gaga, Pat Benatar and Elvis tribute artists.

Cat’s Meow, a new karaoke bar opened on the second floor in Neonopolis downtown on Fremont with karaoke every day and DJs playing popular music between singers. 

Magician Hans Klok opened his new family-friendly production, “Hans Klok: The World’s Fastest Magician,” in the new immersive 425-seat Thunderbird Showroom at Excalibur.

Carlos Santana continues his residency in 2020 at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay starting Jan. 22. “Africa Speaks” is his latest album released in June.

Aquatic “O” by Cirque du Soleil at Bellagio for the first time will extend the show’s schedule to nightly beginning in January 2020. 

Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel in Concert” celebrated its 100th performance at Harrah’s on stage with a custom-made cake. 

Las Vegas-based chanteuse Melody Sweets released her new single, “Flavor of the Month,” and music video.

Comedienne Luenell is the first entertainer with a limited engagement through Sunday, Sept. 29 at Jimmy Kimmel’s Comedy Club at The LINQ Promenade.

Downtown Grand opened The Spare Room, formerly The Mob Bar, with two shows. “Hypnomania Comedy Show” at 7 p.m. features Don Barnhart hypnotizing audience members Wednesday–Sunday nights. At 9 p.m., the “Delirious Comedy Show” takes over with top stand-up comedians. 

Comedian Samuel J. Comroe, 4th place finisher on Season 13 of NBC’s America’s Got Talent is headlining Monday–Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the L.A. Comedy Club in The Strat’s Dragon Room.

DINING

Mama Rabbit Bar featuring a collection of mezcal and tequila debuted at Park MGM as an ode to Oaxacan culture curated by James Beard Award-winning mezcalera Bricia Lopez. 

Chosun Hwaro & Nara Teppan, the first authentic 485-seat Korean BBQ experience on the Strip and largest in Nevada, opened at the Miracle Mile Shops featuring 30 Korean BBQ tables and 12 teppanyaki tables. 

Smoked Burgers & BBQ street-side at The Forum Shops has celebrities creating themed burgers to benefit local charities of their choice starting last month with Mat Franco and continuing through December with Donny & Marie, Penn & Teller, Jeff Civilico and Mac King.

Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill at Red Rock Resort is now open for lunch daily at noon featuring contemporary Japanese cuisine created by chefs and brothers Bruce and Eric Bromberg. 

Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas started a käsespätzle German noodle dish challenge where anyone eating the four-and-a-half-pound creation in less than one hour will receive it for free. 

El Dorado Cantina is celebrating National Guacamole Day, Sept. 16, all throughout September serving four specialty guacamoles. 

John and Tabitha Simmons have expanded their Firefly Tapas Kitchen + Bar, a Las Vegas staple for 16 years, with a new outlet at 7355 S. Buffalo Drive. 

Caked Las Vegas, formerly The Cupcakery Summerlin, in the Rock Springs Shopping Plaza, is a one-stop bakeshop owned and operated by Ricardo Gudino, who was featured on the Food Network’s Cupcake Championships. 

ABOUT TOWN

Happy Place, an immersive pop-up phenomenon exhibit with larger-than-life installations and photo-friendly fantasy-themed rooms, debuted a Las Vegas residency at Mandalay Bay.

Binion’s Gambling Hall downtown opened the 81-room boutique Hotel Apache with vintage-style furnishings reminiscent of the original hotel in 1932.

 

Photo by Rob McGovern

The Strat’s SkyPod has revealed a complete remodel of the tower’s indoor/outdoor Observation Deck on the 108th and 109th floors, which includes the new 108 Drinks and 108 Eats by James Trees. On the main floor, there’s the new Link Slot Lounge showcasing 44 games and the casino’s first table game area with 22 tables. 

AREA15 under construction announced Oddwood Bar will be its first food-beverage experience by Ryan Doherty, creator of downtown hangouts Commonwealth, The Laundry Room and Park on Fremont. It will be a center bar showcasing an ever-changing 23-foot-tall weeping Japanese maple tree with twinkling LED leaves. 

Fashion Show mall debuted a three-dimensional mural titled “Be Kind to Bugs” on the staircase near Neiman Marcus created by hometown artist Michael Dodson. 

Women’s clothing and accessory brand Johnny Was based in Southern California since 1987 opened its first Nevada store at Fashion Show. 

Place on 7th, Fremont’s indoor/outdoor event venue, has changed its signature bi-weekly Downtown Country Throwdown from two Fridays a month to four with drink specials, DJs, lessons and more. 

The Degree, a 226-unit, five-story on-campus student housing community for up to 758 students at UNLV opened for the current semester.

The brand-new ballpark built for the Las Vegas Aviators received BaseballParks.com’s 20th Annual Ballpark of the Year Award. 

Pete Vallee aka Big Elvis, an afternoon three-day mainstay at Harrah’s Piano Bar, is the latest celeb honored with a shrunken head at the Golden Tiki in Chinatown.

The Venetian Resort revealed a dramatic redesign of its pool deck within the hotel tower inspired by the Italian Riviera.

The whimsical Ugly Duckling sign dating back to the 1990s has returned to the Neon Museum’s Boneyard after receiving extensive restoration and refurbishment.