On Thursday, July 11, the Neon Museum will host the first of an ongoing series of community education and enrichment programs called “Times of the Signs.” Open to the public (reservations are required in advance), “Times of the Signs” programs will take place in the famous Neon Boneyard and will consist of illuminating lectures, panel discussions, presentations or performances.
The topic of the first program will be “Stardust Showgirls” a special evening commemorating the 55th anniversary of the opening of the Stardust Hotel & Casino. Opening on July 2, 1958, the Stardust was famous for its lavish French-style production show Lido de Paris, which ran until 1991 and was then replaced by Enter the Night, an updated production show with Broadway-styled theatrics.
The monumental Stardust sign is one of more than 150 neon signs preserved and viewed by thousands of visitors each year in the Neon Museum’s Neon Boneyard exhibition area.
“We look forward to bringing our collection of historic and iconic Las Vegas signage to life through our Times of the Signs series,” says Danielle Kelly, executive director, Neon Museum. “We invite the public to join us July 11 for an informative and entertaining evening in our incomparable Neon Boneyard.”
Panelists participating include former Enter the Night showgirl-turned-attorney Akee Levin;Joyce Marsha ll Moore, oral historian, University of Nevada Las Vegas and Lisa Gioia Acres, historian and author, College of Southern Nevada. Dr. Michael Greene, professor, Department of Social Sciences, College of Southern Nevada will moderate the evening’s discussion.
The evening will begin with a meet-and-greet with the panelists for Neon Museum members only at 6:15 p.m. The program will begin promptly at 7 p.m.Light refreshments will be available in the La Concha reception area.
Space is limited and attendees must RSVP in advance by emailing RSVP@neonmuseum.org or by calling (702) 650-8404 (callers are asked to leave their name and how many tickets they will need). Admission is a suggested donation of $5 per attendee.
For more information, go to www.neonmuseum.org.
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DO VEGAS ON A DIME THIS SUMMER WITH SHOWS AT CAESARS ENTERTAINMENT’S RESORTS
This summer, Caesars Entertain-ment’s Total Vegas Resorts offer an assortment of affordable, entertainment options that are sure to make any vacation memorable. Visitors from all over the world can receive top-notch Vegas experiences with shows that won’t break anyone’s pocketbook, including:
Harrah’s Las Vegas: Elvis takes over the Piano Bar at Harrah’s to perform some of the King of Rock and Roll’s biggest hits, as well as popular rock, gospel, country and R&B songs. The audience brings this show to life by participating and requesting songs for Big Elvis to perform, no matter how popular or obscure. Big Elvis will have the audience singing along, laughing and sometimes even shedding a few tears. Best of all, the show is free, providing a memorable experience at a price that anyone can afford. Showtimes are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 2, 3:30 and 5 p.m.
The Improv at Harrah’s: The Improv at Harrah’s Las Vegas has been named “Best Comedy Club” in the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s “Best of Las Vegas” poll numerous times. The show features three different comedians weekly, ensuring a unique and hilarious experience each visit. Tickets to the longest-running comedy club in Las Vegas are $37.45 and $55.95. The show runs nightly at 8:30 and 10 p.m. and is dark on Monday nights.
Mac King: Voted “Best Bargain Show” in the 2013 Las Vegas Review-Journal’s “ Best of Vegas” readers’ poll, Mac King combines humor and magic to create an experience that is great for all guests. King is known for his original magic tricks, such as making live goldfish appear over an audience member’s head. King’s use of quick wit and audience participation guarantees that no two shows are alike. King takes the stage Tuesday through Saturday at 1 and 3 p.m. and tickets are $38.45 and $49.45.
Cook E. Jarr: If you’re looking for a classic Vegas lounge show, stop by the Piano Bar at Harrah’s and watch performer Cook E. Jar hit the stage. Cook E. Jarr performs classic hits by artists like Kool and the Gang, but incorporates music from newer artists such as Usher and 50 Cent. He also wows the audience with his ability to mimic sound effects, such as dogs barking and motors revving. The free show dazzles audience members with colorful lights, disco balls and tunes that make everyone want to stand up and dance. Cook E. Jar performs Saturday and Sunday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Bally’s Las Vegas:
Visitors looking for a show with a view should look no further than the L.A. Comedy Club, located inside Windows at Bally’s. The theater features 30-foot windows that offer a breathtaking view of the Las Vegas Strip. The show contains some of the most popular comedians seen on Comedy Central, HBO and Showtime. Different performers appear each week, providing the audience with a new show every time. Tickets are $38.45 and VIP tickets are $61.45. Any ticket can be upgraded to all-you-can-drink for $25. Showtimes are Tuesday through Sunday at 9:30 p.m.
The Quad: World Champion juggler Jeff Civillico combines humor, crazy stunts and juggling to create a hilarious, entertaining show that is great for all ages. Civillico juggles bowling balls, chainsaws, fire and more. His zany personality, quick wit and audience participation create a unique experience each time. Civillico performs at 2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at the new Quad Resort and Casino. Tickets range in price from $38.50 to $49.50.
Planet Hollywood: Winner of the “Best of Las Vegas” award twice, Sin City Comedy puts a Las Vegas spin on a classic comedy show. Aside from its lineup of comedians, Sin City Comedy incorporates burlesque dancers to create an experience that is like no other comedy show on the Las Vegas Strip. Different comics take the stage weekly to create a new and exciting show. Sin City Comedy runs nightly at 9 p.m. and tickets are priced at $48.50 and $37.50.
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“YES” BRINGING TRIPLE-HEADER CONCERT TOUR TO THE PEARL
Iconic and Grammy-winning rock band Yes returns to The Pearl inside Palms Casino Resort with their Triple-Header Concert Tour on July 12, 2013 at 8 p.m.Tickets start at $39, plus any additional service fees.
Due to overwhelming demand — including sold-out shows in Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Austin and Toronto — the iconic and Grammy-winning rock band Yes have added two new legs of dates to their Triple-Header Concert Tour where they’re performing three of their classic albums in their entirety, all in one concert: 1971’s The Yes Album, 1972’s Close to the Edge and 1977’s Going for the One (track listing for all three albums listed below). The in-progress tour marks the first time since 1973 that Yes bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, keyboardist Geoff Downes and singer Jon Davison have performed an album onstage in its entirety.
Founded in 1968 by Jon Anderson and Chris Squire, Grammy-award winning recording artists Yes have created some of the most important and influential music in rock history, such as iconic pieces “Roundabout,” “Close to the Edge,” “I’ve Seen All Good People,” “Owner of a Lonely Heart” and countless others. Having sold tens of millions of records over its four-decade career, Yes continues creating masterful music that inspires fans and musicians from around the world. Join Yes on Twitter and Facebook at twitter.com/yesofficial and facebook.com/yestheband respectively.
Doors at the Pearl will open at 7 p.m. and show time is 8 p.m. 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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THE IMPROV AT HARRAH’S: JULY 2 — JULY 7
The world-famous Improv at Harrah’s Las Vegas is the longest-running comedy club on the Las Vegas Strip. The Improv’s ability to showcase young comedians, as well as bring in big names, has attributed to its longevity and success.
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 July 2 — July 7 are:
Bobby Collins: New York native Bobby Collins says he was born to be comedian. Named after famous comedian Bob Hope, Collins performs over 200 shows throughout the country each year. In the 1980’s, Collins left his job as vice president of Calvin Klein to pursue his comedy dream. Since then, he has entertained alongside comedy legends such as Jerry Seinfeld and has toured with Cher and Dolly Parton. Collins has hosted VH-1’s “Stand up Spotlight” and has released six comedy CDs.
Avi Liberman: Avi Liberman’s quirky style has made him a favorite in comedy clubs from Los Angeles to New York. Liberman has performed stand-up comedy on CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” on Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” and “Make Me Laugh” as well as NBC’s “Friday Night!” He has appeared at the prestigious Montreal “Just for Laughs Festival” since 2001 and successfully arranged stand-up comedy tours for the troops in Israel.
Jodi Borrello: Jodi Borrello is a nationally touring comedian from New Orleans who puts her own unique spin on classic comedy. She draws inspiration for her show from her experiences living in New Orleans, as well as from her family members. Borrello’s comedy material is featured alongside some of the greatest female comedians in the bestselling book “She’s So Funny.” Borrello was recently chosen as one of New Orleans’ “30 People to Watch” and named a favorite at The Improv in Las Vegas.
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 www.harrahslasvegas.com.