The Broadway-style comedy PAWN SHOP LIVE!, a comedic nod to the story behind HISTORY’s reality smash hit “Pawn Stars,” is set to open at the historic Riviera Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip on Monday, April 21, 2014. PAWN SHOP LIVE! is based on the story of the world’s most famous and beloved pawn shop, Gold & Silver Pawn. The production, which has been fully endorsed by the break-out stars of the hit television show, includes story contributions from Rick Harrison and te Harrison family. PAWN SHOP LIVE! will run nightly at 4:30 p.m. inside the Starlite Theatre. PAWN SHOP LIVE! will be performed at the Starlite Theatre inside the Riviera Hotel & Casino nightly at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $79, $59 and $39 plus tax and applicable fees and go on sale Saturday, March 29 at 10 a.m. A special Ticketmaster pre-sale will be available from Wednesday, March 26 at 10 a.m. through Friday, March 28 at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Riviera Box Office or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com. Guests under 13 years must be accompanied by an adult. For more information on the show, please visit www.RivieraHotel.com or www.pawnshopshow.com. * * * * * UNLVino LAUNCHES ‘PICK TWO’ PACKAGE TO CELEBRATE 40 FABULOUS YEARS To mark its 40th anniversary, Nevada’s original wine event, UNLVino, is introducing incredible Pick Two pricing so guests can savor multiple events during this time-honored epicurean showcase. UNLVino will take place over four nights throughout the city, April 9-12. Use promo code GRAPES at UNLVTickets.com to purchase a Pick Two package. Beverage enthusiasts can choose their favorite two events for a special value of $199 by visiting UNLVTickets.com and using the promo code GRAPES. The events eligible for this package include: BAR-B-Q — Thursday, April 10 from 7 — 10 p.m. — This moonlit soiree will honor Las Vegas’ top mixologists at Caesars Palace Garden of the Gods Pool. They’ll also enjoy mouthwatering twists on barbeque favorites. Bubble-Licious — Friday, April 11 from 7 — 10 p.m. — Sip bubbly and savor fine cuisine with internationally celebrated pop artist, Romero Britto, at The Venetian’s Doge’s Palace Plaza. Delicious beverages will be complemented by amazing small plates from The Venetian and Palazzo’s collection of restaurants. Founders’ Grand Tasting — Saturday, April 12 from 7 to 10 p.m. — UNLVino will honor the men who created this wonderful scholarship event 40 years ago — UNLV Dean Jerry Vallen and Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada’s Larry Ruvo — with a totally reimagined Grand Tasting experience that is bigger and better than ever before. In addition to these events, the 40th UNLVino will kick off April 9 with Sip & Savor at Spago inside The Forum Shops, hosted by world-renowned chef Wolfgang Puck. The event begins at 6 p.m. for VIP ($275), and 7 p.m. for general admission ($225). Tickets are available at unlvtickets.com. * * * * * APRIL FIRST FRIDAY LAS VEGAS: THE FOOL First Friday Las Vegas, the largest arts and culture festival in the Western United States, has become the leader for family-friendly activities, art, cultural enrichment, educational efforts, imagination, community and more; mostly low cost or free of cost, for every age. On Friday, April 4, laughter will ring through the streets of 18b, the Arts District, as First Friday celebrates The Fool. More than 30 street performers, from various Las Vegas Strip productions, will be wandering throughout First Friday entertaining the loyal attendees. Green Street will be transformed into a Puppet Theatre and the KidZone will be giving free face painting. First Friday will coincide with GRAMMY winner Sheryl Crow at the Container Park presented by the First Friday Foundation, in partnership with Feed The Children and Opportunity Village (doors open at 6 p.m.). Tickets are available at www.eventbrite.com. * * * * * TERRY FATOR: UPDATED SHOW IN CONJUNCTION WITH 5TH ANNIVERSARY AT THE MIRAGE When audiences last saw Terry Fator, his loveable sidekick Winston the Impersonating Turtle was looking for a new gig on the Las Vegas Strip. Fast forward to 2014 and Winston has gone Hollywood in the updated version of Terry Fator: The VOICE of Entertainment. Winston leaves the bright lights of Sin City for big budget movies in sunny California, tasking Fator to audition a cast of characters to find Winston’s replacement as his right-hand man… er… turtle. Those auditioning include Vikki “The Cougar,” country legend Walter T. Airedale, Duggie Scott Walker, Julius, Emma Taylor, the world’s greatest Elvis impersonator Maynard Tompkins and Wrex the Crash Test Dummy. WHEN: Terry Fator: The VOICE of Entertainment, Monday — Thursday, select Fridays, 7:30 p.m. TICKETS: Tickets for Terry Fator: The VOICE of Entertainment start at $59.99, plus applicable taxes and fees. A “Most Valuable Package” (MVP) Experience is available for $149.99 per ticket, plus applicable taxes and fees. The MVP Experience includes premium seating, an autographed photo, a souvenir show program and a complimentary drink. Tickets can be purchased at the Terry Fator Theatre box office, by phone at 702-792-7777 or 800-963-9634 or online at mirage.com. For more information, visit terryfator.com. WHERE: Terry Fator Theatre at The Mirage * * * * * PARK ON FREMONT LAUNCHES ACOUSTIC PATIO ON THURSDAYS Thursday is the new Friday. Park on Fremont invites guests to jumpstart the weekend at Acoustic Patio, a new event featuring local musicians held every Thursday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. The weekly line-up will feature acoustic music from local artists, such as solo performer Matt Matelko. Park on Fremont’s rustic, blossoming outdoor patio creates an ideal atmosphere to sip craft beers, nosh on bar bites and take in the sounds of rejuvenating vibrations. Patrons can choose from over 70 beer selections, including Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA, Moose Drool Brown Ale, Alleycat Amber, and Samuel Smith Organic Strawberry. Complementary menu selections include the Chicken Bar Bites, cornflake crusted boneless chicken tenders served with choice of sauce; the Mac & Cheese Balls, made with bacon mac and cheese; and the Garbage Fries, layers of melted cheese covered in jalapenos, green onions, tomatoes, chipotle peppers, avocados and sour cream. * * * * * THE COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGAS ENTERTAINMENT LISTINGS Valley to Vegas: Spring Concert Series Experience a concert series unlike any other in the heart of The Strip. Enjoy the most talked about artists live at the most unique resort in Las Vegas. Discover nine concerts in eight days amidst the avant-garde of The Chelsea and the energetic social scene of Boulevard Pool. Empire of the Sun with special guest DJ Supra at The Chelsea Hailing from Australia, Empire of the Sun features Luke Steele, one of the country’s leading musicians and producers. Known for taking its fans on a post-apocalyptic psychedelic adventure, Empire of the Sun released its current album Ice On The Dune in June, which includes popular songs “Alive,” “Concert Pitch,” “DNA” and more. The first album, Walking On A Dream, sold more than one-million copies worldwide, won eight Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Music Awards and was nominated for two BRIT awards. Wednesday, April 9 9 p.m.; Doors at 8 p.m. Tickets: $35 GA; $45 Reserved Grouplove with special guest Warpaint at Boulevard Pool Los Angeles-based indie rock outfit Grouplove formed in the late 2000s. The band gained a significant fan base following the release of its EP in 2010, while touring alongside Florence + the Machine. Grouplove’s full-length debut album, Never Trust a Happy Song, appeared in September, 2011 followed by their second and most recent effort, Spreading Rumours, in 2013. Thursday, April 10 9 p.m.; Doors at 8 p.m. Tickets: $25 Young The Giant with special guest St. Lucia at Boulevard Pool For their highly anticipated second album Mind Over Matter, Young The Giant enlisted Grammy-nominated producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen. Featuring the electrifying lead single “It’s About Time,” the collection of songs finds the young band challenging themselves both lyrically and musically. This sophomore release follows the band’s eponymous debut which featured singles such as “Apartment” and the RIAA gold certified hits, “My Body” and “Cough Syrup.” Friday, April 11 9 p.m.; Doors at 8 p.m. Tickets: $25 Ellie Goulding at Boulevard Pool British vocalist Ellie Goulding creates music that finds the balance between electro-pop and indie folk. Mixing her love of folk music with her interest in electronic, Goulding was determined to pursue a career as an alternative singer / songwriter. In 2009, she began building an audience online, eventually transitioning to mainstream media, gaining praise from publications like The Guardian and fielding offers from various record labels. Goulding signed a major-label deal with Polydor Records and began working on her debut album. Later that year, Goulding topped the BBC’s “Sound of 2010,” a poll conducted by British music critics and industry insiders to identify new talent. Building on that momentum, she released Lights in March 2010, which topped the U.K. charts during its first week and spun off a top five single, “Starry Eyed.” Goulding has since released an album a year. Her most recent being a deluxe reissue, entitled Halcyon Days, in August 2013. Saturday, April 12 9 p.m.; Doors at 8 p.m. Tickets: $35 GA Lorde with special guest Lo-Fang at Boulevard Pool Lorde, a New Zealand singer/songwriter born Ella Yelich-O’Connor, became an Internet sensation at the age of 16 with the video for her debut single, “Royals,” which has garnered more than 150 million hits on YouTube. Employing a stylish mix of arty, confessional bedroom-pop and club-ready electro-rock, Lorde has been compared to a variety of artists, including Lana Del Rey and Sky Ferreira. The New Zealander experienced a meteoric rise to fame and fast-growing fan base following the release of her debut album Pure Heroine in 2013. The singer most-recently won major acclaim when she became the first ‘Kiwi’ solo artist to top the U.S. Billboard chart. Tuesday, April 15 and Wednesday, April 16 9 p.m.; Doors at 8 p.m. Tickets: $40 — April 15; Sold Out — April 16 HAIM with special guest MS MR at Boulevard Pool HAIM consists of “three sisters and a mister” that has been shaking things up for the past four years. It is truly a family affair for the band members, who pride themselves on being able to switch from instrument to instrument with complete confidence and ease, and all while singing in three part harmony. Over the past few years, the band has opened up for Julian Casablancas, Cold War Kids, Ke$ha, Grouplove, No Age, The Bird and the Bee, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Chief and The Henry Clay People. In February 2012, HAIM released a three song EP titled Forever, which is also the title track on the record. Thursday, April 17 9 p.m.; Doors at 8 p.m. Tickets: $20 Foster the People withspecial guest Young & Sick at Boulevard Pool Indie-rock trio Foster the People has made a name for themselves playing atmospheric, psychedelic and dance-oriented pop. Formed in Los Angeles in 2009, the band features keyboardist/guitarist/vocalist Mark Foster, bassist Cubbie Fink and drummer Mark Pontius. The three-member group began receiving significant online attention after their single “Pumped Up Kicks” was promoted on-air by popular radio stations Sirius XM and KROQ, eventually reaching the number three spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Since the release of their breakout song, Foster the People has continued making music that delights fans. Their first full-length album, Torches was released in 2011; another entitled Supermodel is expected in March 2014. Friday, April 18 9 p.m.; Doors at 8 p.m. Tickets: $40 * * * * * THE IMPROV AT HARRAH’S: APRIL 1 — APRIL 6 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 April 1-April 6 are: MAX ALEXANDER: Stand-up comedian Max Alexander is one of very few to perform on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and also appeared in Comedy Central’s “Best of the Improv, Vol. 5″ and “Comedy Club Greats” with Jerry Seinfeld. As of May 2009, Max is one of the only comics to perform on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson, Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien. In addition to his comedic act, Alexander has appeared in supporting roles in films and television shows, such as “Roxanne,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” and “Full House.” 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,” Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” and NBC’s “Friday Night!” He has appeared at the prestigious Montreal “Just for Laughs Festival” since 2001 and has successfully arranged widely acclaimed stand-up comedy tours in Israel to help boost morale while donating all of the proceeds to a charity. NICK COBB: Nick Cobb’s comedy is often described as both emotional and thoughtful. Cobb was featured on NBC’s reality competition series “Last Comic Standing” in 2010. Not only did Cobb make the semi-finals, but he was one of few comics recognized for having highly original material on the show. Cobb has appeared on Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham,” VH1’s “Morning Buzz,” MTV’s “FN MTV” and AMC’s “Date Night.” 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. Jerry Fink is an entertainment columnist for the Las Vegas Tribune newspaper and writes a weekly column. To contact Jerry Fink, email him at jfink@ lasvegastribune.com.
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