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Chuck Rounds' Las Vegas Entertainment News

A monthly Las Vegas Entertainment Newsletter

February 2015

It’s the month of Love!! February is a great month…it’s beautiful out here. Lots of major events make February one of the best months of the year--- The Super Bowl, Valentine's Day, MAGIC, and the Chinese New Year (which is occurring the same weekend as the MAGIC convention.) February is the shortest month of the year, but it’s packed full. February is a busy time for conventions, and is always the start of new things as the city looks ahead to the summer. Late winter and early spring are good times to get shows opened so that they can establish themselves prior to the summer season.

The Super Bowl…the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots…we don’t really know a lot about the game, but we’ve heard as much as we possibly will ever want to about under-inflated footballs. The latest…it’s the weather’s fault. Really? It only affected the balls that the Patriots brought? Whatever… In Las Vegas, we are not allowed to call the game, the “Super Bowl.” The NFL has a love/hate relationship with the city and will not allow the use of the name “Super Bowl.” So all of the football parties for that day will be “The Big Game,” “The Championship,” and “The Super Party.” And then there are the commercials…most of which we’ve already seen…most of us have already choked up over the “Lost Puppy.”

Chinese New Year is on the 19th. The Sheep (or Goat) is a Yin energy. It is a symbol of Peace, Harmonious co-existence and Tranquility. That is the primary and fundamental mood for this year. Though there are cries for War and a countdown is soon to begin, if any almanac serves me well – War will be averted and a period of mending and compromise will be undertaken to ensure Peace is maintained. The Sheep is the symbol of the Arts. It relates to passive and nurturing times. It will help the healing process with regard to past events caused by individuals who have little respect for the human race or life itself. It will be a year of banding together in faith and in belief that good will prevail and win out over the forces that refuse to comply to a peaceful way of life. The emphasis will be on joining forces in order to fight the evil and destruction that has been brewing. Much will depends on this – the balance of international economy and social harmony is in peace. Though sabers are rattling on either side, as the calming vapors of the Sheep year spreads over the Nations, sentiments will be kindled and wisdom will prevail. 2015 is a year to use mental abilities over brute force. For those who wish to be aggressive, expect to be out-maneuvered by strategy and common sense. (I hope the three branches of our Government read this…)

MAGIC is in town the 17th – 19th to introduce the spring fashions. MAGIC is one of the biggest conventions of the year with nearly 100k attendees...but in addition to this convention; there are also a couple of hundred other conventions that hit the city this month. MAGIC is the world's largest fashion marketplace, comprised of ten unique communities showcasing the latest in apparel, footwear, accessories, and manufacturing. Every February and August the retail industry convenes in Las Vegas to spot and shop the latest trends in men’s, women’s, juniors' and children’s apparel, footwear, and accessories.

February 14th falls on a Saturday this year, and the following Monday is President’s Day…which means a four-day weekend. Valentine’s should be huge this year!! Every chapel will be filled to capacity from dawn until the stroke of midnight. Normally, Las Vegas hosts nearly 10,000 weddings per month; the anticipation is that this year, Las Vegas could host 10,000 weddings on just that day. If you haven’t booked a time yet…good luck. This feels like the perfect set of circumstances to generate a lot of business. It should be a great day.

The 1st Oscar ceremony was held on Thursday, May 16, 1929, at the Hotel Roosevelt in Hollywood to honor outstanding film achievements of 1927/28. It was hosted by actor Douglas Fairbanks. The 87th Academy Awards will be held on February 22nd, 2015.

Here are the latest odds:

OSCAR FOR BEST PICTURE

ODDS

BOYHOOD

2 to 5

THE IMITATION GAME

7 to 1

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

9 to 1

BIRDMAN

18 to 1

SELMA

20 to 1

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

30 to 1

WHIPLASH

60 to 1

AMERICAN SNIPER

75 to 1

OSCAR FOR BEST ACTOR

ODDS

MICHAEL KEATON

BIRDMAN

5 to 6

EDDIE REDMAYNE

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

11 to 10

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH

THE IMITATION GAME

20 to 1

STEVE CARELL

FOXCATCHER

30 to 1

BRADLEY COOPER

AMERICAN SNIPER

75 to 1

OSCAR FOR BEST ACTRESS

ODDS

JUNIANNE MOORE

STILL ALICE

1 to 9

REESE WITHERSPOON

WILD

8 to 1

ROSAMUND PIKE

GONE GIRL

25 to 1

FELICITY JONES

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

40 to 1

MARION COTILLARD

TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT

60 to 1

OSCAR FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

ODDS

J.K. SIMMONS

WHIPLASH

1 to 5

EDWARD NORTON

BIRDMAN

10 to 1

ETHAN HAWKE

BOYHOOD

12 to 1

MARK RUFFALO

FOXCATCHER

14 to 1

ROBERT DUVALL

THE JUDGE

30 to 1

OSCAR FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

ODDS

PATRICIA ARQUETTE

BOYHOOD

1 to 7

EMMA STONE

BIRDMAN

12 to 1

MERYL STREEP

INTO THE WOODS

15 to 1

KIERA KNIGHTLY

THE IMITATION GAME

25 to 1

LAURA DERN

WILD

28 to 1

OSCAR FOR BEST DIRECTOR

ODDS

RICHARD LINKLATER

BOYHOOD

1 to 6

ALEJANDRO GONZALEZ INARRITU

BIRDMAN

7 to 1

MORTEN TYIDUM

THE IMITATION GAME

18 to 1

WES ANDERSON

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

22 to 1

BENNETT MILLER

FOXCATCHER

45 to 1

ODDS PRODUCED BY JOHNNY AVELLO

ODDS ARE FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY. ODDS AS OF 1/15/15

There is a new web-isode series out about Vegas Talent, called “Vegas Talent Live!” The first episode features special guests Sammy Shore, Seth Grabel and Kento hosted by Bruce Radel. Here is the link, http://youtu.be/xGNsBtUdGi4

The Gender Defenders brings the “he said/she said” to the Plaza Hotel & Casino in Downtown Las Vegas for a special, limited run on Valentine’s Day weekend. A hysterical take on the sometimes-frustrating relationship between men and women, The Gender Defenders will be performed Friday, Feb. 13 and Saturday, Feb. 14. Hosted by America’s favorite transgender comedian Jaye McBride, The Gender Defenders stars nationally-touring comedians Kelly MacFarland and Steve Caouette, who bring their unique views on relationships to the audience (and each other), making sense of their own perspectives and how they see the other “species.”

The sizzling American pop-rock duo KendraBarry will take the stage at M Resort’s Ravello Lounge Friday, Feb. 6. During this special, one-night-only performance, KendraBarry will electrify the stage as they perform a medley of Top 40 hits from artists like Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, Meghan Trainor, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Arianna Grande as well as some of their original hit singles. The talented pair of singer-songwriters, Kendra Daniels and Barry Allen of KendraBarry, is fast becoming a Las Vegas favorite with hit singles like "Damn I'm Good," “Her Way,” and “Make Me Fall.” The duo established a name for itself opening for the popular rock concert Raiding the Rock Vault during the Las Vegas Fashion Mob Show and has gained a loyal fan base through many performances in a variety of music venues across the country.

Machine Guns Vegas (MGV), a premiere firearms facility that allows first-time shooters to advanced firearms enthusiasts to shoot full auto/machine guns on the Strip, introduces the “Just Divorced” Package, allowing a recently divorced husband or wife and up to four guests to celebrate the divorcee’s new independence by utilizing wedding memorabilia as targets. Available starting this Valentine’s Day, MGV’s “Just Divorced” package encourages ex-spouses to celebrate their recent uncoupling and new beginning by taking aim at wedding items from years past including (but not limited to) wedding dresses, tuxes, and marriage certificates with MGV’s largest caliber-shot available.

M Resort Spa Casino will host a job fair to recruit candidates for a variety of seasonal positions for the 2015 pool season. The resort will hire for both of its pools, which were named “Best Pool” by the 2014 Las Vegas Review-Journal readers’ poll, during two separate job fairs in January and February. Available positions include cocktail servers, bartenders, barbacks, lifeguards, security officers, cashiers, pool supervisors, VIP sales representatives and cooks. Cocktails server applicants are required to audition in swimwear.

All interested candidates should apply online in advance of the job fair by visiting www.themresort.com and clicking on the “Employment” link at the bottom of the page.
Auditions will be held inside Ravello Lounge at the M Resort.
Tuesday, Feb. 10; Wednesday, Feb. 11; Thursday, Feb. 12
10 – 11 a.m.: Auditions for Cocktail servers only (must audition in swimwear).
11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Auditions for bartenders, barbacks, cashiers, pool supervisors, lifeguards, security officers, VIP sales representatives and cooks.
4 – 5 p.m.: Auditions for cocktail servers only (must audition in swimwear).

Mariah Carey, the iconic chanteuse and best-selling female artist of all time with over 200 million records sold, is coming to Las Vegas with a headlining residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. For the first time ever, she will perform all 18 of her timeless and beloved Number One Hits together in one concert. Designed exclusively for The Colosseum, the production will also feature fan-favorite album cuts, never-before-performed selections and many more musical surprises. Presented jointly by AEG Live and Caesars Palace, the residency will launch Wednesday, May 6, 2015.

Comedy group Trailer Park Boys will bring their Still Drunk, High and Unemployed Tour to The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 at 8 p.m. Now, the hilarious trio is on the road. Spend an evening with the boys as Bubbles tries to become a movie star, Julian puts his latest money-making scams into action and Ricky comes up with an idea that he thinks can change the world.

Rock bands Seether and Papa Roach with special guests Kyng and Islander will take the stage at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 at 7 p.m.

Visual artist Linda Alterwitz will debut her exhibit “While I Am Still,” combining art with science and technology to explore the human spirit, at “The Studio” inside the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District’s Sahara West Library, 9600 West Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, Nev., 89117, from Feb. 13 through May 9. “While I Am Still,” a mid-career retrospective exhibition of Alterwitz’s work includes five series: “In-Sight” (2009-2014), “Flesh and Bone” (2011), “Just Breathe” (2013-14), “Mojave” (2014) and a traveling installation that launched at the Las Vegas art and music festival “Life is Beautiful” (2014).

The iconic Harlem Globetrotters are coming to the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, NV, February 5th with their unrivaled family show, featuring some of the greatest athletes on the planet. With incredible ball handling wizardry, amazing rim-rattling dunks and trick shots, side-splitting comedy and unequaled on-court fan interaction, this must-see event is guaranteed to entertain the whole family creating memories that will last a lifetime. Join Globetrotter stars after the game where they will stay for an autograph, photograph and high five sessions for fans. The Globetrotters will face a great challenge this year, as the infamous Washington Generals are more determined than ever to beat the Globetrotters. The Generals, the last team to beat the Globetrotters, are now coached by a former member of that 1971 team. They are on a mission and will do whatever it takes to win, with a new strategy that is sure to give the Globetrotters a run for their money.

Every week is a big week in February. As you scroll through the special offerings, events, and headliners for the month, you'll be amazed by all of the top-notch talent.

February 1 – 8



Lipshtick Comedy Series presents Lisa Lampanelli
Venetian: February 7, 2015

Ron White
Mirage: February 6, 2015 - February 7, 2015

Harlem Globetrotters
Orleans Hotel and Casino: February 5, 2015

Henry Cho
Suncoast Hotel and Casino: February 7, 2015

Seether & Papa Roach with special guests KYNG & Islander
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: February 7, 2015

Police Unity Tour Benefit Concert
Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall: February 7, 2015

Vegas Pet Expo produced by SBNQR Enterprises LLC
Cashman Center: February 7, 2015

World Archery Festival
South Point Hotel Casino & Spa: February 6, 2015 - February 8, 2015

Badfish, a Tribute to SUBLIME "40 OZ to Freedom" Tour
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: February 7, 2015

Dixie's Tupperware Party
The Smith Center: February 5, 2015 - February 8, 2015

Tom Cotter
Suncoast Hotel and Casino: February 6, 2015

Great White & Slaughter
Eastside Cannery Casino Hotel: February 7, 2015

The Wailers
Brooklyn Bowl: February 2, 2015 - February 3, 2015

RuPaul's Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons Hosted by Michelle Visage
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: February 1, 2015

Chadwick Johnson
Suncoast Hotel and Casino: February 8, 2015 - February 22, 2015

Las Vegas Legends Soccer
Orleans Hotel and Casino: February 6, 2015

Beginnings, A Chicago Tribute
South Point Hotel Casino & Spa: February 6, 2015 - February 8, 2015

Dinosaur Train Live! Buddy's Big Adventure
The Smith Center: February 4, 2015

Silverstein
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: February 3, 2015

Dancing with the Stars Live!
The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino: February 7, 2015

FRANK The Man, The Music
The Palazzo Resort - Hotel - Casino: January 27, 2015 - April 30, 2015

52 Fridays - Mel Tillis
Golden Nugget: February 6, 2015

Taylor Dayne
Cannery Casino & Hotel: February 7, 2015

Tribal Seeds
Brooklyn Bowl: February 7, 2015

Mung Tuoi Me Featuring An All Star Vietnamese Line-up
M Resort Spa & Casino: February 7, 2015

Cannibal Corpse & Behemoth with special guests
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: February 6, 2015

Jack White
Brooklyn Bowl: February 4, 2015

Hellyeah
Brooklyn Bowl: February 6, 2015

Brett Scallions Unplugged: Roots to Rock
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: February 6, 2015

Punchlines and Pumps
Buffalo Bill's Resort and Casino: February 7, 2015

Boyz II Men
Mirage: February 6, 2015 - February 8, 2015

February 9 – 15



Eddie Money
Golden Nugget: February 13, 2015

Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr
Orleans: February 14, 2015 - February 15, 2015

Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds
Buffalo Bill's Resort and Casino: February 15, 2015

Lipshtick Comedy Series Presents Loni Love
The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino: February 14,

Steel Panther - All You Can Eat Tour
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: February 13, 2015 - February 27, 2015

Future Stars of Wrestling: One For The Ages
Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall: February 15, 2015

Rita Coolidge
Suncoast Hotel and Casino: February 14, 2015 - February 15, 2015

Tower of Power
South Point Hotel Casino & Spa: February 13, 2015 - February 15, 2015

USA Sevens Rugby Tournament
Sam Boyd Stadium: February 13, 2015 - February 15, 2015

Rocky Mountain Gun Show
South Point Hotel Casino & Spa: February 14, 2015 - February 15, 2015

Kodo One Earth Tour: Mystery
The Smith Center: February 12, 2015

Las Vegas Pro Soccer Challenge
Cashman Center: February 15, 2015

Marilyn Manson
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: February 14, 2015

Love Affair Concert
Orleans Hotel and Casino: February 14, 2015

Bobby Caldwell
Santa Fe Station Hotel Casino: February 13, 2015

Queen Nation - Tribute to Queen
Cannery Casino & Hotel: February 13, 2015 - February 14, 2015

Brian McKnight
Eastside Cannery Casino Hotel: February 15, 2015

Engelbert Humperdinck
The Smith Center: February 15, 2015

The Rippingtons
Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa: February 14, 2015

The Spazmatics
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: February 12, 2015

LVCHA Weekend Winter Championship Cutting Horse Event & Western Gift Show
South Point Hotel Casino & Spa: February 11, 2015 - February 15, 2015

Pops III: A Gershwin Valentine
The Smith Center: February 14, 2015

Las Vegas Legends Soccer
Orleans Hotel and Casino: February 13, 2015

UNLV Runnin' Rebels Basketball vs Fresno State
Thomas & Mack Center: February 10, 2015

Tizer
The Smith Center: February 13, 2015 - February 14, 2015

Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp- Sammy Hagar + Pat Travers
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: February 12, 2015 - February 15, 2015

The String Cheese Incident: Sin City Incident
Brooklyn Bowl: February 13, 2015 - February 15, 2015

Guitars & Country Stars: Collin Raye
Sunset Station Hotel Casino: February 14, 2015

Lotus
Brooklyn Bowl: February 14, 2015 - February 15, 2015

In Its Entirety - Pink Floyd Dark Side Of The Moon
Red Rock Casino Resort Spa: February 13, 2015

Lover's Reminisce Concert
Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall: February 13, 2015

The Sin City Incident Bowling Tournament
Brooklyn Bowl: February 14, 2015

House of Blues presents Paper Tigers
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: February 13, 2015

February 16 – 22



Ray Romano and David Spade
Mirage: February 20, 2015 - February 21, 2015

Neil Sedaka
Orleans: February 21, 2015 - February 22, 2015

LeAnn Rimes
Buffalo Bill's Resort and Casino: February 21, 2015

Billy Idol
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas: February 21, 2015

Lipshtick Comedy Series presents Jennifer Coolidge
Venetian: February 21, 2015

The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Cannery Casino & Hotel: February 21, 2015

Tiger Box - Ellis Mania 10
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: February 20, 2015

An Evening With Gov't Mule with Special Guest John Scofield
Brooklyn Bowl: February 22, 2015

Kevin Nealon
Suncoast Hotel and Casino: February 20, 2015 - February 21, 2015

Mondays Dark with Mark Shunock
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: February 16, 2015

Facebook Chorale 6th Anniversary
Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall: February 20, 2015

The Diamonds
South Point Hotel Casino & Spa: February 20, 2015 - February 22, 2015

A Gala Performance
The Smith Center: February 21, 2015

Kalin and Myles - The Dedication Tour pres by Ones to Watch with Skype
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: February 19, 2015

UNLV Runnin' Rebels Basketball vs Boise State
Thomas & Mack Center: February 18, 2015

Take Back the City Community Education Event
Cashman Center: February 21, 2015

52 Fridays - Chrisette Michele
Golden Nugget: February 20, 2015

Ana Gasteyer
The Smith Center: February 20, 2015 - February 21, 2015

Iration - Tales By The Sea
Brooklyn Bowl: February 16, 2015

Revolver Presents 10 Years From Birth to Burial Tour
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: February 18, 2015

Machine Head
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: February 19, 2015

Jamz All- Star Cheer and Dance National Championships
Orleans Hotel and Casino: February 20, 2015 - February 22, 2015

The Dread & Terrible West Coast Tour featuring Chronixx and Protoje
Brooklyn Bowl: February 20, 2015

Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: February 21, 2015

Dr. Dog
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: February 21, 2015

In Flames - Charming America Tour
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: February 22, 2015

Trailer Park Boys: Ricky, Julian and Bubbles
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: February 22, 2015

Gilberto Santa Rosa
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: February 16, 2015

G.E.M.
The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino: February 21, 2015

Jon Pardi
Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa: February 19, 2015

February 23 – March 1



Jay Leno
Mirage: February 28, 2015

Wayne Brady
Mirage: February 27, 2015

Robert Cray Band
Orleans: February 28, 2015 - March 1, 2015

Tommy James & The Shondells
Golden Nugget: February 27, 2015

Taking Back Sunday
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: February 24, 2015

Home Expo Las Vegas
Cashman Center: February 27, 2015 - March 1, 2015

The Man In Black - A Tribute to Johnny Cash
Suncoast Hotel and Casino: February 28, 2015 - March 1, 2015

Cold War Kids
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: February 28, 2015

KOTC
Eastside Cannery Casino Hotel: February 28, 2015

Pentatonix
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas: February 28, 2015

Jimmy Mulidore "Jazz For The Ages"
The Smith Center: February 26, 2015

Thunderstruck Regional Dance Competition produced by Las Vegas Dance Starz, Inc.
Cashman Center: February 28, 2015 - March 1, 2015

UNLV Runnin' Rebels Basketball vs Wyoming
Thomas & Mack Center: February 28, 2015

JDRF Nevada Chapter Outreach Program
Cashman Center: February 28, 2015

Nice Work If You Can Get It
The Smith Center: February 24, 2015 - March 1, 2015

Rascal Flatts Vegas Riot
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: February 25, 2015 - February 28, 2015

Phantogram
Brooklyn Bowl: February 23, 2015

McCartney Years
South Point Hotel Casino & Spa: February 27, 2015 - March 1, 2015

Flight Facilities
Brooklyn Bowl: February 28, 2015

That 1 Guy
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: February 28, 2015

Grasshopper
MGM Grand Hotel and Casino: February 28, 2015

Lipshtick Comedy Series Presents Rosanne Barr
The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino: February 28, 2015

Montez De Durango Y Los Rieleros DeEL NORTE
Buffalo Bill's Resort and Casino: February 28, 2015

The Great American Soul Book - Lon Bronson Band With Special Guest Star Larry Braggs
The Smith Center: February 28, 2015

Shalom Asayag - Stand - Up Comedy
The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino: February 25, 2015

Ozomotli
Brooklyn Bowl: March 1, 2015

For dates and times, be sure to log onto the Las Vegas Online Entertainment Guide: lvol.com.

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