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Music is the word this Holiday weekend

 

Clash Fridays at Rain NightclubThis holiday weekend is all about big-name music stars and DJs along with nonstop beat-thumping hits in the clubs.

To kick things off right on Friday night, R&B star Mya hosts Clash Fridays at Rain Nightclub at The Palms, Maroon 5 front man Adam Levine performs live at 1 OAK at The Mirage, Planet Hollywood's Gallery Nightclub is rockin' with a special DJ set by Samantha Ronson, Chuckie spins at Marquee Nightclub at The Cosmopolitan and Chateau Nightclub at Paris Hotel plays the hits with DJ Dave Aude. Join exquisite international models from the Wilhelmina Modeling Agency during Wilhelmina Weekend at The Bank at Bellagio and catch Z Trip at Venetian's TAO. Join Steve Aoki for Aoki's House at Encore's Surrender and get down with Mark Knight and D. Ramirez at HAZE Nightclub at ARIA for In The House Fridays.

Celebrate Dancing with the Stars Karina Smirnoff's birthday on Saturday at Planet Hollywood's Gallery Nightclub and wish DJ and singer-songwriter Calvin Harris a very happy birthday at Encore's Surrender. Grab friends and head out to TAO at The Venetian for DJ Wale; The Cosmopolitan's Marquee for Kaskade; HAZE Nightclub at ARIA for Travis Barker & Mix Master Mike; Chateau Nightclub at Paris Hotel for Dave Aude; and Rain at The Palms for tyDi. Party it up with I Love NY Saturdays, featuring DJ Jus Ske at 1 OAK at The Mirage.

On Sunday, catch Adele's official DVD release party at Revolution Lounge at The Mirage and hit up Dave Fogg at The Palms' Ghostbar.  Have a great three-day weekend!

 

Vegas Weekend: Setting the scene - Family holiday activities

Winter in Venice 

The holidays are upon us, and what better way to celebrate the season than to zip up the warm jackets, pack the thermos with hot chocolate and take the family out to view holiday décor?

The weather's great, so head outside for a walk through beautifully lit displays. At Ethel M's holiday cactus garden in Henderson, visitors can wander down brightly lit paths from 5 until 10 p.m. through Sunday, January 1. For an even more elaborate tour, visitors can purchase 3D glasses to enhance the experience. Enjoy music by local choirs and say hello to Santa on select evenings.

At the Holiday Spectacular at the Springs Preserve through December 23, enjoy a family-friendly atmosphere with yummy treats, crafts, reindeer (pony) rides, photos with Santa and an ice-skating rink. Plus, enjoy nightly musical performances by local artists including Kid Fiddlers, Rage Time Entertainment, Beth Mullaney, The Rock Group and much more.

Through January 8, Venetian and Palazzo have been transformed into a winter wonderland for Winter in Venice. Get in the merry spirit as you surround yourself with brilliantly lit trees and festive music. Warm up with an eggnog cupcake and hot apple cider as you enjoy the nightly light show and performances. Also, tie up the skates to glide across the largest ice rink on the Strip.

Don't miss Opportunity Village's largest fundraiser of the year, the Magical Forest, for gorgeous light displays designed by local businesses. Take a ride on the Forest Express train through the two-acre forest, enjoy the kiddie rides and take a photo with Santa.

With miles of LED lights, the drive-through Glittering Lights  at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway is sure to impress. Plus, soak in the breathtaking details in the Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, decked out for the holiday season with hundreds of seasonal plants, flowers, and festive decorations.

Finally, head out of town for Ice Skating on the Lake with the family at the Aston Montelago at Lake Las Vegas.

Happy holidays to you and yours from Las Vegas!

Fans treated to exclusive content during Cirque Week

 

Have you ever wondered howCirque Week Cirque du Soleil artists are chosen and train for a particular show, or how state-of-the-art technology is used to enhance a performance? These questions and many more were answered for hundreds of Cirque fans during behind-the-scenes special events held Dec. 1-10 as part of Cirque Week in Las Vegas.

Those who purchased an event package were invited to enjoy behind-the-scenes Q&As, meet and greet opportunities with performers, technology demonstrations, exclusive dress rehearsal viewings and more. For those interested in learning more about the Cirque du Soleil lifestyle, the company hosted a "business side of Cirque" seminar, to teach fans how performers are recruited and train for various shows.

The week started off with an "O" workshop at Bellagio Hotel, where participants learned how to mime and clown their way across the stage by an "O" performer. Did you know that the onstage pool at "O" holds 1.5 million gallons, takes eight hours to drain and is set at 88 degrees? That's one big hot tub! Cirque fans were also invited to sit in on a live rehearsal for Zumanity at New York New York Hotel, and had the opportunity to meet Criss Angel after his performance at the Luxor Hotel.

For fans interested in the acrobatic side of Cirque du Soleil, many had the opportunity to learn how artists perform upside down in the VIVA Elvis show at ARIA Resort, and how artists are constantly changing up the famous battle scene in MGM Grand's resident Cirque du Soleil show "KA."  Did you know that the "sand" in KA's beach scene is made of granulated cork?

Next, attendees were treated with an up-close demonstration of the most technically advanced Cirque du Soleil stage in Las Vegas, the Beatles LOVE stage at the Mirage Resort. The 130 Beatles songs in the LOVE soundtrack are played through hundreds of speakers embedded in theater seats and walls. Plus, attendees could watch a bungee demo and see the one-of-a-kind costumes up close and personal during the Mystére Q&A at Treasure Island.

The week of events wrapped up with a tribute to the late King of Pop with the Las Vegas debut of Michael Jackson - The Immortal World Tour at Mandalay Bay Resort.  This new tribute production plays through Tuesday, December 27.

When green mixes with gold and silver

Earth Day is all about going "green" -- and for buildings, that means ecofriendly and sustainable construction.

In Vegas, though, our green comes in different shades -- mainly gold and silver.

City Center, MGM Resorts International's$8.5 billion mega-complex on the Strip, is the biggest project ever to receive LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold certification. Here are some ways you can experience Earth Day at City Center.

Caesars Entertainment Corp. recent expansion of the Octavius Convention Center at Caesars Palace garnered silver LEED certification as well.

Is platinum a color? OK, maybe not, but the Las Vegas  Springs Preserve earned platinum LEED certification for its 149,000+ square feet of buildings, making them among the most green in the nation.

MGM Resorts also claims the Strip's only water recycling plant, at Treasure Island. It processes 100,000 gallons of gray water daily. The recycled water is then used in the Sirens Cove at TI, at the Volcano at The Mirage, and for landscaping.

Model citizens: Join SI Swimsuit launch party in Vegas!

Vegas has always been a place for beauty, but that's particularly true this week as the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition supermodels are in Las Vegas to celebrate the launch of the magazine's annual best-selling issue.

Here's your chance to get up close and personal with the SI Swimsuit models, during two days of events that are open to the public:

On Wednesday, "Dining With SI Swimsuit" includes lunch from noon-2 at STK at The Cosmopolitan. A DJ will spin while fans taste some of the steakhouse's signature dishes and meet 2011 SI Swimsuit models.

From 3-5pm, head over to Diablo's Mexican Cantina  at Monte Carlo for "Jabbawockeez & the SI Swimsuit Models," with photos and autographs, and a performance by the Jabbawockeez.

On Thursday, you'll have three more chances to mingle with the models, beginning from noon-2 p.m. at Fashion Show Mall for  "Swimsuit Talks: Fashion & Beauty." The Fashion Show will host a roundtable with SI Swimsuit models and editors, followed by autographs and photos with fans.

Another autograph session is set for 1-3 p.m. at Hard Rock Hotel's Hard Rock Store to sign autographs and pose for complimentary photos with fans. Then close out the day from 3-5 p.m. with a meet and greet event featuring Human Nature and the SI Swimsuit models at Caesars Palace. The festivities include a performance by the group, as well as autographs with fans in front of Rao's.

The world's most beautiful women in the world's most exciting destination. Come join us for the SI Swimsuit Launch party in Las Vegas!

New Year's Eve -- through your eyes

Through our Twitter feed (@Vegas -- you are following us to keep up on all the latest in Vegas, aren't you? Of course you are.) -- we asked everyone and anyone who was spending the New Year's Eve holiday here with us to share your pics with a hashtag "#lv11" and that we'd post them -- and we like to keep our word, so here are some of the tweets you sent us!

DJDAVIDCERVERA Another bottle of Cristal gone. Another lap dance. Now time for some room service. #nyelv11 #nye #vegas #lv11 http://plixi.com/p/67202874

(Note: When you finish "another" bottle of Cristal, you can type "room sevice" and it will go uncontested, every time).

chaoticbuddhist #LV11 A panoramic shot of the fireworks taken from Ellis Island. http://twitpic.com/3lzxpe

le_mae_h View of fireworks @Vegas strip from Red Rock Casino parking garage http://plixi.com/p/67180699 ... happy new year! #LV11

trystnightclub Crowd going CRAZY right now for @EstelleDarlings hit song "One Love"! Happy New Year! #LV11 

DanaeCMB View of the strip from the Wynn #lv11 http://yfrog.com/h6j5yvj

tinch Somebody partied too hard already #LV11 - http://post.ly/1PrwF

the_glendon NYE #LV11 http://instagr.am/p/zpwW/

eflippin Cocktail time at Herbs and Rye... #LV11 @ Herbs & Rye http://instagr.am/p/zqpi/

For a complete gallery of user-submitted pics, check out our Facebook page. You are a fan of our page, aren't you? Of course you are ...

Happy New Year!

'New in Vegas' happens weekly -- check out the latest!

     There's always something new to see when you come to Vegas, so be sure to carve out some time on your next visit to check out some of the city's newest restaurants and nightclubs.

      For a scrumptious gourmet burger experience, join KGB - that's KGB: Kerry's Gourmet Burgers from celebrity chef Kerry Simon, at Harrah's Las Vegas Rock & Rita's at Circus Circus hosts the "Great American Party" nightly - including some of the best flair bartenders in the world - mixing your favorite cocktails!

     If you like variety, dig into some Spanish tapas, Asian dim sum, Italian antipasti, Mediterranean mezze and more at Johnny Smalls at the Hard Rock Hotel. For masterful Pan-Asian cuisine, relax at the new Social House inside Crystals at CityCenter on the Strip by Aria Resort.  There's a new cowboy in town! If you're looking for a delicious meal with a rockin' feel, check out the PBR Rock Bar & Grill outside Planet Hollywood with its spectacular views of the Las Vegas Strip and a modern vibe.

   Want the chance to experience time travel ?? live on stage! You can at the new grand-illusion show Triumph at the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino.  

     You can also experience a unique nightlife setting inside the Crown Theater at the Rio All-Suite Hotel, which converts into a multi-tiered nightclub providing a mixture of themed nights with a variety of musical guests in an intimate club setting. 

     Take a stroll downtown to the Fremont East District and stop by the Maharaja Hookah Cafe, which features more than 50 combinations of hookah flavors.  Discover new venues alongside vintage casinos in Downtown Las Vegas! Book your trip today and experience the "new" in Vegas.

There's something for every musical taste in Vegas all week long!

Whether you like heavy metal, alternative, country music, pop, soft rock or hip-hop, Las Vegas has something for your ears this week. Check out this amazing lineup of music in town in the next few days:

On Wednesday, it's a "thrash" of titans when Slayer and Megadeth w/Anthrax come to the Palms.

Post-rock guitar/vocalist Jonsi comes to House of Blues at Mandalay Bay on Thursday.

Here's something for your eyes only -- Sheena Easton brings her '80s hits to South Point on Friday and Saturday and country icon Garth Brooks brings his intimate one-man show to Encore at Wynn Las Vegas all weekend.

Other amazing Friday concerts include Justin McBride at Venetian, Daughtry at Mandalay Bay and Interpol with White Rabbits at the Hard Rock.

On Saturday, you can catch pop superstar Justin Timberlake & Friends at Planet Hollywood, Jimmy Buffett at MGM Grand,  Paul Anka at Buffalo Bill's, Phil Vassar at Eastside Cannery, Widespread Panic at Hard Rock and Colbie Caillat at Mandalay Bay.

It's a weekend of amazing shows that only Vegas can deliver, so go to LasVegas.com and make your plans to catch some great musical acts!

Flamingo Las Vegas headliner Donny Osmond hosts a 10/10/10 wedding engagement ceremony at Caesars Palace

This weekend, 10 lucky couples will do what many others have done before -- get engaged in Las Vegas -- but it's never been done quite like this.  

At 10:10 a.m. this Sunday, 10/10/10, the 10 couples that were selected out of more than 200 that entered to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime event will get engaged simultaneously in front of The Trevi Fountain inside the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.

Flamingo Las Vegas headliner Donny Osmond, who has been married for more than 30 years, will emcee the event and prompt the couples to start their path to matrimony. Then Osmond will escort the couples to Tiffany & Co. inside the Forum Shops for a ring consultation and special champagne toast. The couples will be treated like high-rollers all weekend for the all-expenses-paid weekend, which includes a two-night stay at Caesars Palace, a post-proposal dinner at The Palms and more celebrating at PURE nightclub.

How will you spend 10/10/10? Make your plans for an unforgettable day in Las Vegas! To see everything that's happening this weekend and every weekend in the world's most exciting destination, check out http://www.lasvegas.com/.

It's the best of both worlds for Hagar fans at Cabo Wabo outside Planet Hollywood

Sammy Hagar treated fans and passers-by to a free show Friday night from inside his Cabo Wabo Cantina, outside Planet Hollywood's Miracle Mile Shops on the Las Vegas Strip.

Hagar played about a dozen signature songs to a packed house, including hits from his solo career such as "There's Only One Way to Rock," "I Can't Drive 55," and "Three Lock Box" along with a few songs from his Van Halen days, including "Why Can't This Be Love," "Right Now," "Top of the World" and "Best of Both Worlds," which you can see here:

 

The show was a precursor to Saturday, when Hagar and his band will open for Aerosmith at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Big-name acts are all over Las Vegas Saturday night, including Adam Lambert at Mandalay Bay Beach, Toby Keith with Trace Adkins inside the Pearl Theater at the Palms, Lionel Richie at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Better Than Ezra at Silverton and Kenny Loggins at the Sunset Outdoor Amphitheater at Sunset Station.

Along with an entertainment lineup you won't find anywhere else, Las Vegas also has amazing pool parties, unparalleled dining and shopping, luxurious spas, championship golf courses and sizzling nightlife. It's all part of Camp Vegas, the ultimate celebration of adult freedom. Book your trip to Las Vegas and experience summer camp like you never have  before.

For a complete list of shows and events in Las Vegas all year round, go to LasVegas.com.

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