The premier event for bodybuilding and fitness enthusiasts, Joe Weider’s Olympia Fitness & Performance Weekend, will bring IFBB Pro League fitness and bodybuilding superstars to the Orleans Arena Sept. 14-16.
For the 12th consecutive year, the Mr. Olympia contest — an annual bodybuilding competition sanctioned by the International Federation of Bodybuilders Professional League (IFBB Pro League) — will return to the stage at the famous Orleans Arena. Bodybuilding legends such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lee Haney, Ronnie Coleman, and Las Vegas’ own Jay Cutler — bodybuilders who have all earned multiple Mr. Olympia titles during their reign — will be in attendance over the weekend.
Athletes will compete in eight electrifying divisions as the Mr. Olympia finals caps off a historic weekend of elite muscle and fitness competitions. In all divisions, there are newly improved competitors vying for top position; champions gunning to maintain their standings and legends returning from retirement.
Some of the bodybuilders competing for the Sandow this year include none other than 6x champion Phil “The Gift” Heath, Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Elssbiay, Shawn “Flexatron” Rhoden, former Mr. Olympia Dexter “The Blade” Jackson, Cedric McMillan, William Bonac, Brandon Curry, and the return of the legendary “Sultan of Symmetry,” Flex Wheeler, who is making his long-awaited comeback to the much-heralded Classic Physique division.
On Thursday, Sept. 14, fans can interact with the champs up close and in person, at the Meet the Olympians event at Orleans Arena, held on the Concourse Level. VIP ticket holders and Platinum Members will be granted early entry at 7 p.m. The event is open to the public, free of charge at 8 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. — Fitness, Figure and Classic Physique Finals; 212 and Mr. Olympia Judging. Reserved seating – $75 to $275
Saturday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. — Bikini, 212 and Mr. Olympia Finals. Reserved seating – $92 to $330
Tickets can be purchased by calling the Orleans Arena Box Office at 702.284.7777, or by visiting www.orleansarena.com.
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EAT, DRINK, DANCE, SHOP AND ENJOY THE GREEK FOOD FESTIVAL
Three day and nights to have fun at The 2017 Greek Food Festival marks the 45th Year of Greek dancing, Greek music, Greek food and just plain fun and excitement sponsored by St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church.
Festival features continuous Greek dancing to two live Greek Bands; fabulous Greek cuisine; Greek shops with clothing, jewelry, art, cultural and religious items; Church tours and a great children’s fun zone.
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THE LINQ PROMENADE ANNOUNCES SEPTEMBER EVENTS
The LINQ Promenade- Caesars Entertainment’s open-air shopping, dining, and entertainment district, announces special offers and events for September.
—Chayo Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar: Celebrate Mexican Independence Day with two days of entertainment and tacos Friday, Sept. 15 and Saturday, Sept. 16. Their popular taco cart will be out on the front patio offering a variety of tacos and beer. On Friday, guests can watch a live broadcast of President Enrique Peña Nieto re-enacting the “Grito” proclamation at Midnight. Saturday’s festivities will include a live band from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. with a night cap by a DJ from 11 p.m. to closing.
—Flour & Barley — Brick Oven Pizza: Bring the whole family to the only pizza spot at The LINQ Promenade and indulge in the Family Fun Pack. This special includes a one-topping 18” pie, choice of wings or cheese bread and one pitcher of draft beer for $60. The restaurant’s popular to-go window will also offer an $8 pizza and a single slice combo for guests eating on the run.
—Sprinkles Cupcakes: With the arrival of fall comes the season’s ultimate confection: Pumpkin cupcakes. These spiced delights are laced with fragrant ginger, clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon and topped with sweet cinnamon cream cheese frosting. September will also see the addition of Gluten-Free Lemon Blueberry cupcakes, bursting with wild blueberries in every bite.
In celebration of National Red Velvet Cake Day on Sept. 18, Sprinkles will offer guests a special “whisper” word promotion. Whisper “you’re so classic” for a free cupcake or ice cream scoop of any flavor with the purchase of a Red Velvet cupcake or an ice cream scoop.
Finally, on World Gratitude Day on Sept. 21 by pay it forward. Give a friend a gift card and enjoy a free mini cupcake. Offer valid for gift cards valued at $5 or more.
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THE FORUM SHOPS AT CAESARS PALACE
When The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace first opened its doors, high-fashion, luxury retail and celebrity chefs had not yet made its way to the famous Las Vegas Strip. That all changed when Simon Property Group revealed a first-of-its-kind retail destination complete with distinctive Roman streetscape, painted-sky ceilings, talking statues and an array of celebrated designers, shops, and restaurants. Today, 25 years later, the premier shopping destination boasts another first by revealing a new, state-of-the-art digital marquee.
Conceived and designed by Simon Property Group and built by YESCO, the double-faced sign stands 85-feet tall and is covered with an abundance of Yaham LED panels. The unique sign simulates a classical Roman building façade complete with Corinthian-inspired columns, but with a surface area boasting more than 6,000 square-feet of LED, the one-of-a-kind sign can be programmed to instantly go from replicating an ancient Roman gateway structure to an haute couture fashion runway animation in the blink of an eye.
In addition to providing seamless, visual clarity, the freestanding sign enables pedestrians to pass through underneath along the sidewalk of the Las Vegas Strip.
Excluding the two footings, the mammoth structure is 41 feet wide and weighs 158,000 pounds — more than half of which is steel.
“In addition to serving as a visually-stunning beacon of awareness, the new marquee dramatically enhances the main entrance plaza creating an awe inspiring experience for our visitors,” said Chip Harding, Senior Vice President of Business Development, Simon Property Group. “The eye-catching marquee is perfectly positioned at the center of the famed Las Vegas Boulevard creating powerful impressions for brands and retailers in the heart of Las Vegas.”
The spectacular content of the signage is created by Moment Factory, a multimedia entertainment studio specializing in the conception and production of immersive environments combining video, lighting, architecture, animation, sound and is powered by Acquire Digital using a custom built (CMS) content management system that provides the ability to effortlessly change and schedule content to create remarkable visitor experiences.
“Moment Factory was thrilled by the invitation of Simon Property Group to collaborate and apply our studio’s broad experience in high-emotion entertainment to the challenge of creating eye-catching, engaging content for this next-generation digital landmark. The Marquee’s shape opens a universe of possibilities for our creative content, not only to attract and enthrall visitors but to engage them with The Forum Shops at Caesars identity and information,” said Christian L’Heureux, Producer, Moment Factory.
The Forum Shops pylon sets a new standard in exterior signage on The Strip by creating complex architectural shapes such as classical Roman columns and pediments that are built not just from the traditional noble materials of stone and steel but from light itself.
Each curve and cornice is comprised of LEDs, empowering the very architectural frame of the sign to be programmed with content that enhances and complements the various creative and commercial messages that are displayed.
“We were pleased to work on this visually stunning and technically advanced sign,” said Neil Farr, Managing Director, Acquire Digital. “Enabling individual scheduling of each element of the pylon and window screens whilst synchronizing the players, wrapping the content around the 3D shapes, and making never-ending playout using animated transitions is the first of its type in the world and Acquire is proud to deliver it.”
Marking its milestone 25th anniversary this year, The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace is home to more than 160 distinctive retailers and restaurants and remains among the top-performing retail destinations worldwide. For more information, visit www.forumshops.com.
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Mike Kermani is an entertainment writer for the Las Vegas Tribune newspaper. He writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Mike Kermani, email mkermani@ lasvegas tribune.com