ENTERTAINMENT

London’s West End’s “Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience-A Parody by Dan and Jeff” opened in Bally’s Windows Showroom. The slapstick comedy combines all seven Harry Potter books into 70 minutes with favorite characters, props and a live Quidditch match.

“Weird Al” Yankovic on his 2019“Strings Attached”tour will visitThe Smith Center Wednesday, Aug. 7 and feature a symphony orchestra.

The Boxmasters with Billy Bob Thornton will return to Las Vegas for a special performance at Rocks Lounge inside Red Rock Resort Saturday, Aug. 10.

America’s Got Talent” finalist Samuel J. Comroe will start a stand-up comedy residency Monday-Wednesday at the L.A. Comedy Club in the Dragon Room at The STRAT on Monday, July 8. 

Tokyo trio, BABYMETAL, who’ve opened for Lady Gaga on her U.S. tour,will appear at House of Blues inside Mandalay Bay Monday, Sept. 30. 

Wayne Newton celebrated his 60-year milestone performing in Las Vegas at Cleopatra’s Barge in Caesars Palace where he headlines Monday-Wednesday.

DINING

Frites Las Vegas opened at Excalibur’s Castle Walk Food Courtwith an Instagram-able food truck façade and serving French fries as creative meals.

Downtown Los Angeles’ sixth+mill ristorante, pizzeria and bar will debut its first Las Vegas location in September at The Venetian in the Grand Canal Shoppes

Real Awesome Food Truck’s Paul Samano and Fergusons Downtown launched the new food truck park at the Llama Lot on 9th and Fremont every Friday-Saturday from 4 to 10 p.m.

True Food Kitchen from Phoenix, Ariz., will open next spring on the street level of The Forum Shops near the spiral escalator with an adjacent “True Bar.”

Chef, restaurateur, TV personality and author Guy Fieri received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame joining Wolfgang Puck and Bobby Flay

Hong Kong’s Mott 32 on The Palazzo casino floor has introduced Dim Sum & Drink Sum featuring a fixed selection of dim sum, cocktails and wine 5–7 and 9–11 p.m. daily inside the bar and lounge. 

Hard Rock International debuted more than 20 new menu offerings globally including Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas Stripspotlighting steak burgers headlined by the first edible 24-Karat Gold Leaf Steak Burger.

Mexican-inspired casual restaurant Leticia’s Cocina & Cantina is open at Santa Fe Station with flavorful farm-to-table dishes. 

Executive chef–owner Dan Krohmer of Other Mama Hospitalityopened his newest restaurant concept, Hatsumi, in the Fremont East District offering Japanese style hospitality and cuisine.

Roy Choi launched limitless Korean BBQ with All-You-Can-EatMondays at his Best Friend restaurant inside Park MGM

ABOUT TOWN

The Chainsmokers in May and Steve Aoki in June each premiered their new six-minute musical Viva Vision light and sound shows at the Fremont Street Experience, which run daily with existing shows while work in sections is being done on the $32 million renovation to the canopy screen. 

New at the MGM GrandThe Hunger Games: The Exhibition was awarded a Guinness World Records title for having the Largest Interactive Touchscreen Display. The 60-foot wide display acts as an archer training experience providing guests with skills to “join the rebellion.”

Hyde nightclub inside Bellagio is closing on July 6. 

The all-new integrated and immersive underwater-themed RE-MATCH bar and The LINQ Hotel + Experience are open. The LINQ’s transformation now has hologram gaming, six virtual reality bays, high-tech casino games, esports, live interactive, multi-stage entertainment and the world’s largest digital art installation. 

The Plaza downtown continues upgrades with a $15 million transforming renovation of more than 100 hotel rooms and suites on the North Tower’s top floors. 

Auric Symphony Park, the first residential development at Symphony Park downtown, broke ground for a luxury, mid-rise apartment community with ground-level retail and restaurants.

The Neon Museum acquired Reed Whipple Cultural Centerdirectly across the highwayfrom the Neon Boneyard and will turn it into the centerpiece for an expansion development called Neon2020 and building named Ne10. First phase completion is slated for the first quarter of 2020. 

Discovery Children’s Museum opened its new summer traveling exhibit–Top Secret: License to Spy focusing on the science and technology of spying and espionage. 

Answering the call for a homey family-pet friendly longer stay property with a fully equipped kitchen, fitness center and laundry room is the brand-new 115-room Residence Inn by Marriott at The Place at Seven Hills in Henderson. 

The Downtowner, which opened in 1963 near the El Cortez, revealed its $2 million remodel with 88 renovated rooms, six-hole professional courtyard putting course and added full-service 24-hour bar, which doubles as a front desk checking in guests. 

Derek Stevens debuted his first Circa Sports location at the Golden Gate by launching the season-long Circa Sports Million Pro Football Contest offering $1.5 million in prizes.

The new Galaxy Theatres Boulevard at the Boulevard Mall with Nevada’s first all-laser projection theatre and world’s first Sony Digital Cinema offers promotions all summer including Kid’s Summerfest through Aug. 26. 

The Basement is a live escape room experience at 3440 Polaris Ave., offering two experiences, “The Basement” and “The Study.”

Mixed reality company, Nomadic, will join anchor tenant, Meow Wolf when the AREA15 experiential retail and entertainment complex center opens off I-15.

The 33rd Annual Black & White Party benefitting Aid for AIDS of Nevada is set for Saturday, Aug. 10 at the Hard Rock resort 7 p.m.–1 a.m.