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In Las Vegas, March has always been magnificent. While the rest of the country is still getting pounded with winter, snow, and ice; Las Vegas has been mostly clear and sunny (yes, we’re having a light rain today, but then we’re back in the low 70’s tomorrow.) …and this is the first precipitation that we’ve had since November…yes, we’ve had a mild winter. Spring is just around the corner (the vernal equinox is on the 20th—balancing the day and night,) and awakening that spirit of renewal.
The Celebration of Dionysus always took place about this time in Greece; celebrating the return of the leaves on the grapevines. It seems that there is something innate that is built into the core of our being that senses this time of regeneration for the earth. There have always been celebrations in the spring honoring that spirit of rejuvenation. It is the end of winter. Spring is about re-birth, life after death, and a fresh start after a cold period in our lives. Spring brings us hope.
March is a big month…the month kicks off with the Con/Agg Convention…the largest in the city. 150,000 people are anticipated to come to town and partake in this meeting that only occurs every three years. Students from all over the country will make Vegas their Spring Break destination; there is St. Patrick’s Day; March Madness; NASCAR; pools are opening up, and there are even some bright spots in the entertainment industry.
March is one of the best times of the year to come to Las Vegas. This is the time to get new things going. In Vegas, just like in any other city in the country, Spring-cleaning will occur (both for ourselves and our entertainment,) and we’ll have more garage sales this month than at any other time of the year. Springtime in Las Vegas is a beautiful thing…the weather is perfect, and there are thousands of events, conventions, shows, and things to do. I love the spring and the fall—everything seems to be just right. (I think that it’s the equinox…) Things are bustling, and we love it.
“Pin-up” and “MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET” both just celebrated their one-year anniversaries.
“Raack N’ Roll” quietly closed at the D.
Global superstar Miley Cyrus announced her highly anticipated 2014 “Bangerz Tour” will make a stop at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday, March 1 for an 8 p.m. performance.Cyrus recently released her new album, Bangerz, on RCA Records. It debuted at No. 1 on both the Billboard Top 200 Album chart and the Digital Album Charts with more than 270,000 albums sold. Additionally, during release week, Bangerz hit No. 1 on iTunes in more than 70 countries. Cyrus’ two singles off Bangerz, “Wrecking Ball” and “We Can’t Stop,” already have sold 4.3 million copies in the U.S. alone. “Wrecking Ball” landed at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 where it remained for two weeks, becoming Cyrus’ first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1.
Imagine Exhibitions Gallery will debut its newest feature exhibition, Da Vinci The Exhibition, at The Venetian Las Vegas®. Opening March 12, 2014, the experience follows the Renaissance master, Leonardo da Vinci, on a journey of innovation, creativity, science and wonder amid beautiful scenes of the Italian countryside. Da Vinci The Exhibition is a hands-on examination of da Vinci’s life, research and art. Featuring more than 65 fully built, life-size inventions, more than 20 fine art studies and dozens of stunning displays, guests will learn the complex beginnings and lifetime achievements of da Vinci through his discoveries in art, engineering, flight, hydraulics, music, light and more. Imagine Exhibitions Gallery is currently home to 50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic, which will conclude its limited engagement on March 2nd.
Beginning at noon on Friday, March 7, and throughout the entire weekend, the Downtown Grand Las Vegas Hotel & Casino and Downtown3rd, encompassing Third Street adjacent to the property, will become a hub of celebration for NASCAR enthusiasts, including the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a genuine NASCAR that has been retrofitted into a racing simulator. Located just outside the entrance to the Downtown Grand, the NASCAR racing simulator will offer guests immersive experience inside the retired NASCAR vehicle that has been specially outfitted as a two-person competitive simulator. Players will slide behind their respective steering wheel and race against each other on the realistic track that is projected onto the windshield. Spectators will also be able to view the race through the translucent film on the windshield. For those looking to commemorate their visit with some ink, Downtown Grand will also sponsor an airbrush tattoo artist who will offer complimentary temporary tattoos to visitors.
A century of classic and new Disney stars are taking to the ice to share memories, laughs and excitement in Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic. The magnificent celebration is coming to Thomas & Mack Center from May 1 – 4, 2014. This magical moment in entertainment history combines Disney’s unforgettable stories and enthralling characters that have entertained families all over the world. The captivating production features the largest cast ever of lovable Disney stars on ice – Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Pinocchio, Jiminy Cricket, Stitch, Nemo and the Incredibles – and exciting moments from Disney’s Mulan and The Lion King.
“The Tom Green Show – An Outrageous Evening of Comedy, Satire & Storytelling” is the debut of the iconic comedian/actor’s innovative and groundbreaking one man show inside Vinyl at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. This unique and intimate live show will combine Green’s clever and irreverent stand-up comedy along with his insightful satirical storytelling that will take the audience on a wild ride of sights, sounds, music and laughter. This hilarious multimedia assault on the senses can only be seen live and exclusively in Las Vegas. The Tom Green Show is a Mike Tricarichi Production.
Jubilee, the longest-running and most iconic show on the famed Las Vegas Strip, will reopen at Bally’s Las Vegas on Monday, March 17 after undergoing a major transformation. Donn Arden’s Jubilee first opened on July 30, 1981 and quickly became a staple in Las Vegas entertainment. To this day the unparalleled grand spectacle remains to be the last show of its kind, featuring the Strip’s only remaining authentic showgirls. While the best of the show’s main elements will be preserved as a nod to the original production, the choreography, staging and music will be refreshed for today’s audience.
Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino is now the place for music fans to experience the rock star life first-hand! The world-renowned property has partnered with Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp and House of Blues Las Vegas to bring rock ‘n’ roll fans a wide variety of camps featuring major rock stars. Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp provides music fans the opportunity to jam with legendary rock stars, write and record original songs, participate in master classes and perform live on stage in front of friends and family at House of Blues. Daily rock sessions are scheduled at Mandalay Bay and at Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp’s facility located west of The Strip. Discount hotel accommodations are available for registered campers.
Camps include: Judas Priest Rock Camp: February 27 – March 2; Gene Simmons Rock Camp: March 27 – 30; Blues Fantasy Camp: April 10 – 13. Camp packages begin at $5,495
For registration and additional camp information, call (888) 762-2263 or visit www.rockcamp.com.
The city of Henderson is seeking parade entries and floats for the 2014 Henderson Heritage Parade, which celebrates the city, our history, and our traditions. The parade is scheduled for Saturday, April 26 at 10 a.m. in the Water Street District. There is no cost to participate. All entries should reflect this year’s theme, “Let’s Go to the Market,” which celebrates the 15th anniversary of the Henderson Farmer’s Market. Participants are encouraged to decorate their parade entry using items they may find at a farmer’s market as inspiration. Deadline for parade applications is Thursday, March 27. Applications are available at HendersonLive.com.
Citing evidence submitted by Owner Michael Galam that proved that all trade names, trademarks, trade styles, service marks, domain names, advertising symbols, goodwill, telephone numbers, advertising rights, and other media were intended to be used in connection with the sale, a United States District Judge James C. Mahan reversed his previous decision barring Michael Galam from using the name Crazy Horse Too for the embattled Gentleman’s Club located at 2476 Industrial Road, Las Vegas Nevada 89102. Crazy Horse Too is Open 24 Hours a day and offers the highest quality entertainment with best prices in Las Vegas! ALL the Sexy, NONE of the Shakedown!
Country rockers Eli Young Band are set to perform at The Pearl inside Palms Casino Resort on May 10, 2014 at 8 p.m. The band will be out in support of new album 10,000 Towns (due March 4). The Eli Young Band—four musicians who met during their college days in Texas—is now 11 years into a career built on touring without a single lineup change. That dedication is paying off big-time as the band enjoys a crazy new level of success. They sell a crazy amount of tickets. Get a crazy amount of airplay. And are selling a crazy amount of downloads – they received their first platinum record for “Crazy Girl” and have sold more than 1.5 million downloads of the track.
Get ready for some summer lovin’ and “have a blast” as Olivia Newton-John makes her way to Flamingo Las Vegas with her “Summer Nights” residency. Opening inside the Donny & Marie Showroom on Tuesday, April 8, the beloved internationally-renowned singer-actress will take audiences on a musical journey through her life in film and music.
The production, featuring an eight-piece band, will take fans on a journey through the celebrated singer, actress, songwriter and philanthropist’s life and career. Olivia’s appeal seems to be timeless. With a career spanning more than four decades she is still a vibrant, creative individual adored by fans across the world. Throughout her career, the much-loved star has held many humanitarian and environmental causes close to her heart, particularly since the birth of her daughter Chloe. Olivia served as Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations Environment Programme, was the co-founder of Children’s Health Environmental Coalition (now Healthy Child, Healthy World) and, in 1992 she created National Tree Day in Australia, which is responsible for planting more than 10 million trees since its beginning. In 1992, Olivia was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her personal triumph against cancer led her to announce her partnership with the Austin Health and the creation of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre (ONJCWC) in her hometown of Melbourne, Australia. After nearly ten years of fundraising close to $200 million, the ONJCWC opened its doors in 2012. The ONJCWC provides a comprehensive range of services and facilities for cancer treatment, education, training and research as well as a dedicated wellness center (oliviaappeal.com). Olivia is thrilled that a portion of every ticket sold to her Flamingo shows will benefit the ONJCWC. For more information visitOliviaNewton-John.com or follow her on Twitter @OliviaNJ.
Extreme Thing Sports & Music Festival, presented by International Academy of Design & Technology (IADT), returns for the 19th year, leaving concert, professional BMX and amateur skate competitions in its wake. Extreme Thing Sports & Music Festival, produced by Clark County Parks & Recreation, is Nevada’s only premier action sports and music festival and is set for March 29 from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. at Desert Breeze Park, 8275 Spring Mountain Road at Durango Drive.Tickets are available through all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.extremething.com.
Legendary comedianJerry Seinfeld returns to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace for two nights of his acclaimed stand-up comedy on Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22. Tickets will be available for purchase beginning Friday, Jan. 3 at 10 a.m. Jerry Seinfeld is best known for his role on NBC’s “Seinfeld,” the most popular and successful sitcom on American television, which was chosen as the best sitcom ever in a poll conducted last month by Vanity Fair and 60 Minutes. His internet show "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" launched in 2012, has garnered critical raves, an Emmy nomination, and more than 10 million streaming views. His book “Seinlanguage” was released in 1993 and went on to become a #1 New York Times bestseller. Winning critical acclaim for such diverse projects as “Bee Movie,” touring stand-up comedy performances, and guest-starring with longtime collaborator Larry David in the hit HBO TV show “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” Seinfeld continues to reign among the nation’s most popular comedy stars. He has headlined The Colosseum since Dec. 2003 and previously headlined the resort’s Circus Maximus Showroom.
The annual parade of haulers down the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and a free day of NASCAR Sprint Cup testing will kick off the annual NASCAR Weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway beginning Wednesday, March 5. The hauler parade will start at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5 on the south end of the Strip. It will proceed north to Sahara Avenue before heading north on Interstate 15 to the speedway. On Thursday, the NASCAR Sprint Cup teams will be testing the new rules package from noon to 4 p.m. The grandstands and Neon Garage will be open for free to all race fans. The speedway also is planning on having a question and answer session on Thursday following the test session with several of the Sprint Cup drivers. Starting times have also been set for the race weekend. The Kobalt 400 will begin at noon Pacific Time on Sunday, March 9, the Boyd Gaming NASCAR Nationwide race is set for 1:15 p.m. on Saturday, March 8 and gates open for Stratosphere Pole Day at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 7. There also will be two nights of World of Outlaws action on the dirt track on March 6 and 7.
Sporting events will bolster the economy in Vegas this month. The biggest of these sports event is the March Madness tournament. Every sports book in town will be packed throughout the event. These events bring in a lot of people, and when the game is over, all these folks want something else great to watch.
There will be a St. Patrick’s Day parade in Downtown Las Vegas, and every Pub in the city will put on some sort of Irish celebration.
…In addition, remember that clocks spring forward March 9th.
March 1 – 2
Miley Cyrus: Bangerz Tour
at MGM Grand Garden Arena, March 01
Tower of Power
South Point Casino Hotel & Spa: Through - March 2, 2014
Jay & The Americans & The Vogues
Eastside Cannery Casino Hotel: March 1, 2014
10th Annual Touch-A-Truck
Orleans Hotel and Casino: March 1, 2014
Suncoast Hotel and Casino: March 1, 2014 - March 2, 2014
Mirage: February 28, 2014 - March 1, 2014
Buffalo Bill's Resort and Casino: March 1, 2014
The Smith Center: March 2, 2014
The St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
The Smith Center: March 1, 2014
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: March 1, 2014
Sunset Station Hotel Casino: March 1, 2014
1964: The Tribute 50th Anniversary Beatles Concert
M Resort Spa & Casino: March 1, 2014
The Smith Center: February 28, 2014 - March 1, 2014
March 3 - 9
Las Vegas Convention Center - 150,000 Attendees Expected, 3/04/2014 - 03/08/2014
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: March 4, 2014
Pretzel Logic - A Steely Dan Revue
Cannery Casino & Hotel: March 7, 2014 - March 8, 2014
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: March 7, 2014
Brass Transit - The Musical Legacy of Chicago
Suncoast Hotel and Casino: March 8, 2014 - March 9, 2014
South Point Hotel Casino & Spa: March 7, 2014 - March 9, 2014
Uncorked & Unplugged
Silverton Hotel and Casino Lodge: March 8, 2014
The Neighbourhood with Kitten and Born Casual
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: March 8, 2014
Repertory Dance Theatre - Elements-
Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall: March 8, 2014
The Smith Center: March 7, 2014 - March 8, 2014
Las Vegas Philharmonic: Masterworks Series IV "Rising Star"
The Smith Center: March 8, 2014
Maitres Cuisiners de France
The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino: March 8, 2014
One Night of Queen Performed By Gary Mullen & The Works
The Smith Center: March 9, 2014
UNLV Symphonic Winds Concert I
Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall: March 6, 2014
MGM Grand: March 5, 2014 - March 31, 2014
The Tom Green Show
Hard Rock Hotel: March 7, 2014 - March 10, 2014
Las Vegas Pole Day at Las Vegas Speedway, March 07, 2014
at Mirage Hotel, March 07, 2014
Santa Fe Station Hotel Casino: March 8, 2014
Marshall Tucker Band
Orleans Hotel and Casino: March 7, 2014 - March 8, 2014
at Treasure Island, March 07, 2014
at The Venetian Hotel, March 07, 2014
The Beach Boys
Buffalo Bill's Resort and Casino: March 8, 2014
Golden Nugget: March 8, 2014
Canelo Alvarez vs. Alfredo Angulo
at MGM Grand Arena March 08, 2014
Nationwide Series Race at Las Vegas Speedway March 08, 2014
at Mirage Hotel March 08, 2014
at The Venetian Hotel March 08, 2014
at House Of Blues Las Vegas March 08, 2014
Daylight Saving (Start)
March 09, 2014
Sprint Cup Series at Las Vegas Speedway March 09, 2014
March 10 – 16
Pac 12 Mens Basketball Tournament: Session 1
at MGM March 12, 2014
Pac 12 Mens Basketball Tournament: Session 2
at MGM March 12, 2014
Pac 12 Mens Basketball Tournament: Session 3
at MGM March 13, 2014
Pac 12 Mens Basketball Tournament: Session 4
at MGM March 13, 2014
Pac 12 Mens Basketball Tournament: Session 5
at MGM March 14, 2014
Spring Training: Cubs vs. New York Mets
at Cashman March 15, 2014
Pac 12 Mens Basketball Tournament: Session 6
at MGM March 15, 2014
at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas March 15, 2014
Spring Training: Cubs vs. New York Mets
at Cashman March 16, 2014
Eastside Cannery Casino Hotel: March 14, 2014
Treasure Island - TI: March 14, 2014
Mirage: March 15, 2014
Live In Concert Micha
Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall: March 14, 2014
South Point Casino Hotel & Spa: March 14, 2014 - March 15, 2014
at Planet Hollywood Resort March 15, 2014
Jon Batiste And Stay Human
The Smith Center: March 14, 2014 - March 15, 2014
Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel
Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall: March 13, 2014
The Man In Black, A Tribute to Johnny Cash
Suncoast Hotel and Casino: March 15, 2014 - March 16, 2014
March 17 – 23
March 17, 2014 St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival
Henderson Events Plaza: March 13, 2014 - March 16, 2014
Venetian: March 21, 2014 - March 22, 2014
An Acoustic Evening with 10 Years
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: March 20, 2014
The Dan Band
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: March 22, 2014
Silver Dollar Circuit Quarter Horse Show
South Point Hotel Casino & Spa: March 17, 2014 - March 23, 2014
David Alan Grier & Tommy Davidson
Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa: March 21, 2014
Felix Cavaliere's Rascals
Suncoast Hotel and Casino: March 22, 2014 - March 23, 2014
Girls Night: The Musical
The Smith Center: March 20, 2014 - March 23, 2014
Face To Face
Cannery Casino & Hotel: March 21, 2014 - March 22, 2014
at Caesars Palace Colosseum March 21 & 22, 2014
Monster Jam World Finals
at Sam Boyd Stadium March 21, 2014
Satin & Soul Featuring David Sanborn and Jonathan Butler
The Smith Center: March 21, 2014
at Treasure Island Las Vegas March 21, 2014
at Mirage Hotel March 21 & 22, 2014
Lady Antebellum with Kip Moore and special guest Kacey Musgraves
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: March 21, 2014
Lon Bronson Band
The Smith Center: March 19, 2014
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: March 22, 2014
Patti LuPone in Far Away Places
The Smith Center: March 20, 2014
PFX - The Pink Floyd Experience
The Smith Center: March 19, 2014
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
The Smith Center: March 22, 2014 - March 23, 2014
at Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas March 22, 2014
at Palms Casino Resort March 22 & 23, 2014
at The Orleans Hotel March 22 & 23, 2014
Future Stars of Wrestling
Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall: March 23, 2014
The UMMAF Nationals MMA Finals
Texas Station Gambling Hall and Hotel: March 20, 2014 - March 22, 2014
March 24 – 31
at The Smith Center March 26, 2014
at The Smith Center March 27, 2014
at Mirage Hotel March 28, 2014
South Point Casino Hotel & Spa: March 28, 2014 - March 30, 2014
Reverend Horton Heat
at Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas March 28, 2014
Wynonna and The Big Noise
Buffalo Bill's Resort and Casino: March 29, 2014
at The Orleans Hotel March 29, 2014
at The Smith Center March 29, 2014
MMA Mixed Martial Arts
at Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas March 29, 2014
at Palms Casino Resort March 29, 2014
Orleans Hotel and Casino: March 28, 2014 - March 29, 2014
Glass Craft & Bead Expo
South Point Hotel Casino & Spa: March 28, 2014 - March 30, 2014
Conversations With Norm
The Smith Center: March 30, 2014
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: March 29, 2014
John Anderson & Tracy Lawrence - Acoustic, Up Close & Personal
The Smith Center: March 28, 2014
Roslyn Kind In Concert
The Smith Center: March 28, 2014 - March 29, 2014
Suncoast Hotel and Casino: March 29, 2014 - March 30, 2014
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: March 28, 2014
Cannery Casino & Hotel: March 29, 2014
World Series of Fighting 9: Carl vs. Palhares
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: March 29, 2014
For dates and times, be sure to log onto the Las Vegas Online Entertainment Guide: lvol.com.
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