Just because football season is underway and sports books get busy with bets doesn’t mean our weekend entertainment attractions go quiet. However, on a weekend when Jennifer Lopez dazzles at Planet Hollywood Resort and the megastar lineup expands at our nightclubs there’s a selection of non-showbiz events, most connected to food, that will grab the spotlight.

Don’t forget that last night (Sept. 7) legendary boxer Mike Tyson pulled off the gloves for Round 2 of his “Undisputed Truth,” a one-man life story in Brad Garrett’s comedy club at MGM Grand. His return to the stage focuses on the ups and downs of his tumultuous, and ultimately triumphant, post-boxing life and career with untold stories. Yesterday (Sept. 7) was also the opening of the valley’s newest dining hot spot — the eagerly-awaited Hamptons at Tivoli Village — with Arizona celebrity chef Jay Bogsinske from Saint Marc in Huntington Beach. He’s serving up a twist on modern American cuisine in a two-level industrial-chic space of sophisticated ambiance.

Now, to the weekend:

• The Pacific Islands Festival will celebrate our 51st state at Henderson’s Water Street District.

• The plaza outside our T-Mobile Arena will transform into a basketball court for the Hoopfest 3 tournament.

• Chefs at Mario Batali’s Carnevino steakhouse in the Palazzo will do battle to determine whether the foods of Spain can outshine the delights of Italy.

• At Caesars Palace, world-famous chef Nobu Matsuhisa will host (and cook) at a wine dinner in his restaurant there.

• The Girl Scouts of Southern Nevadas will present their Dessert Before Dinner Gala at Caesars Palace with entertainment by Cirque du Soleil performers. Eight of our Strip and off-Strip star chefs — all ladies who were once Girl Scouts — will compete in a judged challenge to make the best dessert from S’mores. Eight other Vegas VIPs who were also Girl Scouts will be saluted with awards for their community service to Las Vegas. Has Halloween come early this year? I’ll help auction a dinner with eight nuns and a second item with our city’s firefighter hunks for a firehouse meal!

So let’s get ready to slide down the pole and answer the call to pray for another extraordinary weekend in the Entertainment Capital of the World:


Jennifer Lopez at Planet Hollywood for two days

Lifehouse & Switchfoot at Mandalay Bay Beach Concert Series

Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels at Golden Nugget

Luis Fonsi at the Palms

• The CTROL Tour SZA with Ravyn Lenae at Hard Rock Hotel

Vanessa LeGrand at South Point

Wes Winters at South Point for two days

• Jazz Saxophonist Grace Kelly at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts for two days

Talking Dreads at Brooklyn Bowl

Hairball at Henderson Pavilion


Terry Fator at The Mirage for two days

Bill Maher at The Mirage for two days

Jerry Seinfeld at Caesars Palace for two days

Jim Breuer at South Point all weekend

The Dirty Midnight Laughs at Grandview Lounge in the South Point


Tickets on sale for:

• Breaking Benjamin at House of Blues at Mandalay Bay Oct. 24

Bruno Mars at Park Theater at Monte Carlo Dec. 30-31, Feb. 14-19

• The National at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel Jan. 20

The Moody Blues at Wynn Jan. 26,27,30,31

Pole Show LA Las Vegas at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay where Victoria’s Secrets meets Cirque du Soleil.

• Former Cirque du Soleil Absolute Balance open their new first studio on Fort Apache Road

• Mel Brooks Musical: “Young Frankenstein” at Super Summer Theater for two days

• Disney’s “The Jungle Book Kids” at Troesh Studio Theater at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts all weekend

World Series of Slots at Golden Nugget all weekend

• Vegas debuts its first free-roam virtual reality Arena at MGM Grand

• Las Vegas Dinner Series “Tour de Emeril” with Chef Emeril Lagasse at Delmonico Steakhouse

• Grand Opening of Absolute Balance at Absolute Balance Studio

• Celebrate Mexican Independence Day with Pop Up Entertainment at Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian and The Palazzo all weekend

High Roller Reining Classic Horse Show at South Point all weekend


DJ Irie at Jewel nightclub

Calvin Harris at Omnia nightclub

Steve Aoki at Hakkasan nightclub

J-Fresh at 1 Oak nightclub

DJ Que at The Bank

DJ Shift at Wet Republic

Mike Attack at Liquid Pool

DJ D Miles at Bare Pool


Melissa Etheridge at the Palms

Frankie Moreno at Suncoast

Lost ‘80’s Live at Mandalay Bay Beach Concert Series

Aaron Lewis at House of Blues at Mandalay Bay

38 Special at Primm Valley Resort

• Legendary Taiwanese singer Jonathan Lee at Park Theater at Monte Carlo

Nirvana Mania – Full Electric Show at Brooklyn Bowl

Ricky Nelson Remembered at Santa Fe Station

The Spazmatics at South Point

• End of Summer Concert with The Safaris, 1910 Fruitgum Company and Las La Brooks at Cannery


• Please note that Roseanne Barr’s Vegas appearance at Green Valley Ranch has been canceled due to conflict with the filming schedule of her new television show

Hoopfest 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament at Toshiba Plaza for two days

• Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada — Dessert Before Dinner Gala at Caesars Palace

• Celebrated Chef Nobu Matsuhisa to host exclusive Aruga Branca Wine Dinner at Nobu at Caesars Palace

• A Battle of Cuisines Spain vs. Italy at Carnevino Italian Steakhouse in the Palazzo featuring eight-time Michelin star Casa Mono chef Anthony Sasso from New York.

Ho’olaule’a Pacific Islands Festival at Henderson’s Water Street District

Race Season at Pahrump Valley Speedway

Las Vegas Philharmonic at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts


GTA at Jewel nightclub

Fergie DJ at Omnia nightclub

Tiesto at Hakkasan nightclub

DJ Shortkutz at 1 Oak nightclub

DJ Mike K at The Bank

Steve Aoki at Wet Republic

Scooter & Lavelle at Liquid Pool

DJ Que at Bare Pool

SEPT. 10

• Jazz singer Sacha Boutros and her extraordinary Grammy-nominated vocal talents is at The Bootlegger Italian Bistro

Ohio Players at Boulder Station


The Ultimate Football Kick Off Party at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center


Mikey Francis at Omnia nightclub

Borgeous at Hakkasan nightclub

Kid Conrad at The Bank

Jauz at Wet Republic

DJ Lezlee at Liquid Pool

Greg Lopez at Bare Pool

Check out our Chris “Bachelor” Harrison interview in Sunday’s ENT section of the Review-Journal as he hosts that night’s live Miss America pageant from Atlantic City on ABC TV as our Miss Nevada, Andrea Martinez, competes against 51 other contestants. All next week, I will be working from Los Angeles as I have to undergo two medical procedures — hopefully minor. Old age does creep up on one but we’ll be here each day with the latest news and a special advance sneak preview look at the “Fantasy,” calendar saluting the dazzling dancers of the Luxor show as it begins its 18th year of nonstop performances.

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