Tonight in L.V.: Sommelier Smackdown, Bucket List Challenge, Nervo, Gregg Austin, Serpentine Fire


Be it skydiving, cage fighting, shooting machine guns or racing exotic cars, there’s a fantasy on your bucket list that can come true at Hyde Bellagio. The 2016 Bucket List Challenge party has a bunch of prizes awaiting, from becoming a DJ to an adventurous zip-line experience.

Chef Wolfgang Puck hosts another installment of his Sommelier Smackdown as the city’s best wine professionals duke it out in blindfolded taste tests at his Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill in Downtown Summerlin.

Three DJs at once at Omnia in Caesars Palace: DJ Crooked spins in the Heart of Omnia, while Australian sisters Nervo reign in the main club and SNBRN hits the wheels of steel on The Terrace.

DJ John Cha circles the dual decks at Bond in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Gregg Austin’s M TOWN is at South Point Showroom.

Serpentine Fire lights up Cabaret Jazz in The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.

Sammy Kershaw is at Boulder Station.

It’s Day 1 of the four-day, world-class drone training and certification program of AviSight Drone Academy at South Point Arena.


The Global Gaming Expo continues at Sands Expo through Thursday with 400 exhibitors presenting the latest innovations in the casino industry. The Casino Awards starts with a red carpet reception at The Hard Rock Hotel before trophies are handed out by yours truly, with Tony Orlando among the guests and a special Legend Award to Brenda Lee.

The extraordinary heroic story of the real-estate mogul who almost died from seizures and brain hemorrhage who went through rehab to fulfill his bucket-list dream of producing a musical for the Strip that opens Thursday.

And chef Charlie Palmer unveils his newly transformed Charlie Palmer Steak at The Four Seasons that includes black-and-white metallic photography inspired by Nevada’s micro landscapes. It’s the first transformation in its incredible 17-year run.

Charlie also introduces executive chef Thomas Griese, previously at Le Cirque and with Michael Mina; pastry chef Kristen Hutton; and the world’s only married master sommeliers, Steven and Lindsey Geddes. Check out the 48-piece, three-sided crystal chandelier overhanging the 25-seat maple table in the private dining room.

Artists from Cirque du Soleil contribute art to Las Vegas art exhibit
Artists from Cirque du Soleil contribute art to Las Vegas gallery exhibit
Red Plate on the Las Vegas Strip serves a cocktail made with blooming jasmine tea
Red Plate on the Las Vegas Strip serves a cocktail made with jasmine tea
Benny the Ice Skating Dog
Benny is a Las Vegas Labrador who was rescued by former pro skater Cheryl Del Sanyo, and trained to ice skate. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
The Nevada State Museum
The Nevada State Museum of Las Vegas, located at the Springs Preserve, covers all eras of the state, from prehistoric to today.
Throw a better dinner party
Cash appears at Baseball Winter Meetings
Lights FC mascot Cash plays the electronic drums at the EZ Inflatables’ booth on Tuesday at the Baseball Winter Meetings trade show at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
5 albums to soundtrack your holiday gatherings in style
1. Various Artists, “Holidays Rule," with Rufus Wainwright, The Shins, Calexico and more. 2. Various Artists, “We Wish You a Metal Xmas and a Headbanging New Year," with Lemmy Kilmister, Alice Cooper, Chuck Billy and others. 3. Various Artists, “Christmas on Death Row," featuring Snoop Dogg and Nate Dogg to name but a few. 4. Bright Eyes, “A Christmas Album.” 5. Various Artists, "The Motown Christmas Album." (Jason Bracelin/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Inside the kitchen at Springs Preserve
The staff of Divine Events do party preparation in the kitchen at Divine Cafe at Springs Preserve. With nine parties the following day, this is a particularly busy time for the crew. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
WinterFest in Henderson.
Miss Rodeo America Fashion Show
The 28 women contestants of Miss Rodeo America compete in a fashion show at the Tropicana on Dec. 7, 2018.
Tournament Of Kings Holiday Show
Wizards and warriors are ready for the holidays at Excalibur's Tournament of Kings Holiday Dinner Show.
Take a dive with the Silverton mermaids
A visit to the Silverton Casino Hotel is not complete without taking in the popular, and very unique, mermaid show.
Cowboys and western aficionados can buy virtually anything at Cowboy Christmas
Vegas Golden Knights Christmas Display
In the Las Vegas Valley, the chances of getting a white Christmas are slim. But this year, you can have a “Knight” Christmas. A Henderson resident has a Christmas lights display that is synchronized to the entrance music for the Golden Knights. GG Misa’s Knights light show is played every 30 minutes from 5 to 10 nightly. His light show consists of two songs: Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” and the entrance music, “Le Castle Vania,” from the movie “John Wick.” The display is located at 730 Bollons Island St. (Richard Brian/Las Vegas Reivew-Journal)
Holiday Hooch At El Cortez is Just in Time For Repeal Day And Christmas
Holiday Hooch At El Cortez Is Just In Time For Repeal Day And Christmas. Janna Karel/Las Vegas Review-Journal
TV's LGBT superheroes
Green Valley Ranch's Winter's Village
The Mob Museum
Best Friend Menu Reveal Wednesday
Chef Roy Choi tells us what to expect from Wednesday’s Facebook Live Menu Reveal for his new Park MGM restaurant Best Friend. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Quick Chat With Criss Angel
James D. Gish and Susan Anton rehearse
Susan Anton will be special guest at James D. Gish’s holiday concerts Dec. 7 at Summerlin Library and Dec. 9 at Clark County Library. (John Przybys/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Bellagio Winter Wonderland
"Majestic Holiday Magic" at the Bellagio Conservatory.
Underwater Santa At The Silverton
Santa takes a dive Sunday, December 2, at the Silverton Casino Hotel. (Mat Luschek / Review-Journal)
Cowabunga Bay Christmas Town
Las Vegas Natural History Museum
Las Vegas Natural History Museum, which opened in 1991, has exhibits of mechanical dinosaurs and taxidermied animals, along with live snakes, fish and sharks. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Magical Forest Lights
Cirque Du Soleil Performers Team Up For New Show "Kinekt"
Through dance, acrobatics and aerial arts, “Kinekt” tells a story all too familiar to modern families: how to maintain a human connection in the digital age. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Ethel M Holiday Cactus Garden
The Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas
The Pinball Hall of Fame was created by Tim Arnold and opened in 2006. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Jump! The Ultimate Dog Show at Springs Preserve in Las Vegas
Trainer Lou “Mack” McCammon guides several rescue dogs through a series of tricks and jumps two shows a day weekends through December at the Springs Preserve in Las Vegas. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
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