Accomplished racer and Hollywood actor Patrick Dempsey will return to off-road racing competition later this month in the General Tire Mint 400, March 20 – 24, where he will drive in the Zero One Odysseys Desert Challenge class.
Dempsey is a veteran of Baja 1000 competition but has spent the last few years in the top levels of sports car road racing in North America and beyond. Last year was a busy race season of competition that saw Dempsey drive a prototype Lola-Judd in the American Le Mans Series, a Mazda RX-8 GT in GRAND-AM as well as a Maserati and Aston Martin. He will make his debut race in a Dempsey Del Piero Racing Porsche GT3
with co-driver and motorsports business partner Joe Foster and new teammate Andy Lally in next month’s 12 Hours of Sebring, just one weekend before his return to off-road action in the Mint.
“I am really looking forward to the Mint,” Dempsey said. “The history of the Mint 400 is great, I will be able to get more seat time and the Zero One cars are great when it comes to really working on your car
control. It’s always a fun event in those cars, they are a blast, I have run them a few times in the Baja 1000 and it is just one more opportunity to drive something different that helps your ability to adapt quickly in any conditions.”
The General Tire Mint 400 is the oldest, roughest, most spectacular off-road race in North America. It was started in 1967, and is steeped
in American lore, as thousands of racers as well as celebrities from around the world have attempted to tame the brutal Nevada desert. With
over 300 race teams, 20 classes of vehicles, and more than 20 thousand spectators, the Mint 400 is currently the biggest off-road race in the
world. Now owned by The Martelli Brothers, The Mint 400 is part of the Best in The Desert Off-Road Championship.
“The car control really translates over to road racing,” Dempsey said. “The off-road cars are so loose and there is so much travel in the
suspension that it really gives you a lot of comfort ability when getting used to a car that is loose in any kind of racing.
Dempsey will join the ranks of other racers and Hollywood icons that have competed in the Mint 400. The illustrious list includes Parnelli
Jones, Al Unser, Rick Mears, Rodger Ward, Mickey Thompson, Ivan Stewart, Walker Evans, Robby Gordon, Rod Hall and Dempsey’s fellow
actors Steve McQueen and James Garner. The Mint 400 adventure will also be followed by a documentary crew for Discovery. For the last year, they’ve been capturing Dempsey on and off the track as he prepares for his return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the first time since 2009 this June. The show will air in four parts in August and will weave Dempsey’s story with the history of other “racers that act” like McQueen, Garner and Paul Newman.
Since 2007, Zero One Odysseys founders have specialized in providing clients with access to Nevada’s unique past, diverse terrain and
spacious beauty, either on two wheels or on four. Their goal is to customize adventures that create stories and experiences that last a
lifetime. Zero One lets clients drive the open spaces of Nevada in purpose-built safari style, performance touring cars that deliver a
smooth, fast, fun ride over diverse terrain. Zero One Racing offers arrive and drive race programs where all preparation, logistics and
support are packaged around a safe, reliable race car – all equally
prepared from one source.
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MANDARIN LAUNCHES JAZZ SUNDAYS
The Triple, Five-Star Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas announces the
launch of the new Jazz Sundays at MOzen Bistro and Mandarin Bar.
The weekly get-together features live jazz music while guests indulge
in a new brunch menu at MOzen and a special cocktail menu in Mandarin
Bar’s stylish and lively atmosphere.
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Jazz Sundays Brunch
Every Sunday, MOzen Bistro has a live jazz duo of guitarist and stand
up bass along with a new all-you-can-enjoy brunch.
The USD 58 per person menu offers fresh sushi, an elaborate seafood
station featuring Crab claws and Kumomoto oysters, live carving
options, traditional Dim Sum, a delectable dessert offering and entree
favorites including the Hong Kong Style Steamed Grouper, Belgium
Waffle with caramel pecan cream and the Soufflé Omelette. In addition
to the exquisite cuisine, free flowing champagne for USD 35 and
mimosas for USD 19 per person are available. Brunch is from noon –
2:30 p.m. For reservations and more information, please call
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Jazz Sundays at Mandarin Bar
High above the world-famous Las Vegas Strip on the 23rd floor, Sunday
evenings continue at Mandarin Bar from 4 – 8 p.m. with live jazz bands
and new libation offerings. While enjoying an exhilarating ambience,
guests will take pleasure in Mandarin Bar’s delicious light bites,
domestic and import beers at USD 6, and expertly crafted cocktails for
USD 14 including the Cherry Amour and Golden Leaf Martini which was
created exclusively for the Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas.
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BILL MAHER LANDS AT THE PEARL FOR 2013 RESIDENCY
Comedian, television host, political commentator and best-selling
author Bill Maher will make the Pearl Concert Theater inside Palms
Casino Resort his 2013 home with performances on the following dates:
March 23-24, June 8-9, Sept. 6-7 and Nov. 2-3, 2013.
Show times are 8 p.m. Tickets start at $45, plus additional service
fees and tickets for the March 23-24 dates go on sale Friday, Jan. 11
Maher began his career as a stand-up comedian in 1979 and still
performs at least 50 dates a year in sold out theaters across the
country. Three of his nine stand-up specials for HBO, 2007’s “The
Decider,” 2005’s “I’m Swiss” and the most recent special “Bill
Maher… But I’m Not Wrong,” have been nominated for Emmy awards.
The Pearl Box Office is open daily from noon until 7 p.m. with
extended hours on select event days. The Pearl is now on Twitter.
Follow @PearlatPalms for concert announcements and event information.
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CEELO GREEN IGNITES BEGINS RESIDENCY AT PLANET HOLLYWOOD
Grammy Award-winning artist Cello Green has officially arrived at his
new home at Planet Hollywood.
Tickets are still available for performances. Show dates for “CeeLo
Green is Loberace” are:
Wed-Sat, March 6, 7, 8, 9
Wed-Sat, March 13, 14, 15, 16
Wed-Sat, March 20, 21, 22, 23
Wed-Sat, March 27, 28, 29, 30
Wed-Sat, April 3, 4, 5, 6
Wed-Sat, April 10, 11, 12, 13
Wednesday-Friday show times 11 p.m. Saturday shows start at midnight.
Tickets range in price from $49.50 to $149.50 for table seating.
Ticket prices do not include tax and fees. For tickets, visit the
Planet Hollywood Box Office, call 800-745-3000 or visit the website
Singer-songwriter, rapper, producer, actor and professional “lady
killer” CeeLo Green first came onto the music scene as a member of the
hip-hop group Goodie Mob along with Big Gipp, T-Mo and Khujo. They
released their debut album “Soul Food” in 1995, pioneering them to the
top of the emerging Southern rap scene. Goodie Mob released two more
albums and is currently back in the studio working on a new album.
After CeeLo’s success with Goodie Mob, he successfully reinvented
himself and formed Gnarls Barkley with deejay-producer Danger Mouse.
Gnarls Barkley released the 2006 hit “Crazy,” which reached #1 in
various singles charts worldwide and won a Grammy Award in 2007.
Following Gnarls Barkley, CeeLo put his time back into a true solo
career and released the 2010 album “The Lady Killer,” which featured
his hit single “Forget You.” The smash hit received five 2011 Grammy
nominations, winning the category for “Best Urban/Alternative
Performance,” and another single off the album, “Fool For You,” won
two Grammy Awards in 2012. In addition to the new Goodie Mob album
this year, CeeLo is also currently working on a new solo album.
For more information and updates, please visit the websites:
www.planethollywoodresort.com, www.PrimaryWaveMusic.com and
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PEBALUNA TO PERFORM AT BACKSTAGE BAR & BILLIARDS
Smash Magazine presents Long Beach, Calif. based indie band Pebaluna
on Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m. at downtown’s newest entertainment
venue Backstage Bar & Billiards. Tickets are $9 in advance and $11 day
of show, plus applicable fees. This is a 21+ show. Tickets for all
concerts at Backstage Bar & Billiards are available through
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JUICE NEWTON TO PERFORM AT SILVERTON CASINO HOTEL
Country/pop singer Juice Newton takes the stage at Veil Pavilion
inside Silverton Casino Hotel on Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m. Tickets
Grammy winning recording artist Juice Newton has been on the charts
since the 1970s. Newton’s music is based in country/folk, but has
tremendous crossover appeal as demonstrated in massive hits including
“Angel Of The Morning,” “Queen Of Hearts” and “The Sweetest Thing
(I’ve Ever Known).” Selling more than 15 million records worldwide,
Newton’s timeless catalog of hits are a testament to her true
musicianship and talent.
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FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE THE PLACE TO BE IN MARCH
Fremont Street Experience hosts Downtown Hoopstown, a month-long event
from March 1-31 to celebrate all the college basketball action in
In addition to the basketball festivities, Fremont Street Experience
will also celebrate NASCAR weekend with plenty of fast-paced fun with
RaceJam 2013 from March 7-10.
Additionally, “Paint Downtown Green” St. Patrick’s Day weekend with
drink specials and free themed entertainment March 15-17 which
culminates with the 5th Annual Fremont Street Experience St. Patrick’s
Day Pub Crawl on Sun., March 17.
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Downtown Hoopstown at Fremont Street Experience will feature free
nightly entertainment from the Hardwood Hotties a high-energy sexy
stage show by Face Productions performing nightly from 6-9 p.m. on the
3rd Street Stage (Dark Mar. 7-10 and Mar.15-17) For just $1 a shot,
guests can also test their skills and challenge their friends in
basketball shoot-outs in the High Hoops Zone interactive area
featuring 20-, 25- and 30-foot basketball hoops. Beginning March 17
after the announcement of the NCAA Tournament field, Fremont Street
Experience will showcase the world’s largest NCAA bracket on the
1,500-foot long Viva Vision screen, which will be updated daily
throughout the NCAA tournament through March 31.
Celebrate NASCAR weekend in Las Vegas with RaceJam 2013 at Fremont
Street Experience March 7-10. The weekend will feature drink specials,
NASCAR merchandise booths and four days of rockin’ entertainment from
Southern Stue, Bonfire, Fairchild, Sam Riddle, The Jay Bolan Band,
Ryan Whyte Maloney Band with a special headliner performance from KIX
on Saturday, March 9.
KIX is a popular glam-metal band from Hagerstown, MD, most recognized
for their popular singles “Girl Money,” “Cold Blood,” “Don’t Close
Your Eyes,” “Midnight Dynamite” and “Blow My Fuse” which reached #13
on Billboard’s “Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks.” KIX has built a cult
following of fans that turn up in big numbers to see them play at
festivals, casinos and biker rallies across the country.
St. Patrick’s Day
Fremont Street Experience invites Las Vegas locals and tourists to
“Paint Downtown Green” all weekend long with drink specials and free
concerts from Friday, March 15 through Sunday, March 17. Fremont
Street Experience keep’s the Irish festivities going all weekend long
with free nightly performances from Finnegan’s Wake, The Wild Celts,
Darby O’Gill and the Little People, Tempest, Whiskey Galore and 1916.
Additionally, the 5th Annual Fremont Street Experience St. Patrick’s
Day Pub Crawl will take place on Sunday, March 17.
Downtown Hoopstown is sponsored in part by Captain Morgan and Crown
Royal, which can be enjoyed at all outdoor bars on Fremont Street
Experience throughout the month of March. Additionally, St. Patrick’s
Day Weekend will also feature sponsors Bushmills Irish Whiskey and
Baileys Irish Cream.
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THE IMPROV AT HARRAH’S: MARCH 5 – MARCH 10
Each week, The Improv showcases three of the funniest and freshest
faces in comedy, creating a show that is always unique and definitely
funny. The comedians who will perform March 5 – March 10 are:
Max Alexander: Max Alexander is one of the top corporate comics in the
country and has performed over the years for companies such as
McDonalds, Buick, Home Depot and Acura. He was one of the few comics
to perform on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Alexander has also
appeared in Comedy Central’s “Best of the Improv, Vol. 5” and “Comedy
Club Greats” with Jerry Seinfeld.
Frazer Smith: Frazer Smith is one of the best known stand-up comics in
all of California and is considered one of the best one-liners in the
country today. “The Green Room” is his hot show on All Comedy Radio,
which is aired in over 160 markets nationwide. Smith has been a radio
favorite in Los Angeles for the past 20 years and has interviewed
everyone from comics to big named celebrities. Smith is no stranger to
live comedy and his interviewing style is synonymous with the likes of
Johnny Carson, Jay Leno and David Letterman.
Jonny Loquasto: Jonny Loquasto began his comedy career in Los Angeles
nightclubs after earning a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy. From
stand-up to hosting a weekly wrestling show, Loquasto does it all. He
has hosted shows for the Gameshow Network, TBS, CBS Sports & CBS
Mobile’s Comedy Channel, and Break.com. He’s also written two sitcom
pilots & has his own show at the Brea & Irvine Improv Comedy Clubs
titled “Last Call Comedy.”
Shows are at 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Tickets are
$29.05 or $44.95 (plus applicable taxes and fees) for VIP tickets that
include special seating, an Improv t-shirt and post-show
meet-and-greet with the comics. Special two-for-one tickets are also
available for locals for the 10 p.m. show. Tickets are available at
Harrah’s Box Office (702-369-5223) and online at