Thursday, July 2, 2015

Everyone Should Try Some Therapy! It Helps & Is GOOD Eats! Now In Downtown Vegas!

The Bar

The Smash & The Fuhgettaboudet  

The sign of a truly great dining experience can be summed up via memory. After a week do you still crave that delicious intriguing popcorn? Are you thinking about how nice it would be to escape the Las Vegas heat and sip either a Elder Melon Sangria or a minty fresh "The Smash?”  If the answer is YES then the dining experience at Therapy absolutely qualifies as memorable.  Located at 518 Main Street this new chic Downtown Vegas restaurant with New York style has debuted on the restaurant scene with a splash.

Popcorn
The menu is simple enough that if you are not a full-fledged foodie you will not be intimidated and on the other hand if you are a sophisticated foodie you will find delightful pairings that will have you thinking “hummmm” interesting. What am I referring to? For starters the appetizers or “Bites” are served tapas style. Meant to be shared but honestly some are hard to share!  The intriguing popcorn? Let’s start there; this popcorn has a myriad of flavors that fit perfectly, fresh popcorn served with fried paprika peanuts with bits of maple candied bacon, so satisfying and interesting. You might be tempted to pick through the popcorn for the thick squares of bacon and if your fellow diners don’t mind go for it! FLAVOR..FLAVOR…FLAVOR! 

Since sharing is caring, another bountiful dish is the Basket of Bread which consists of soft pretzel bread and mini bacon baguettes served with a spicy beer mustard dipping sauce and sea salt butter. The mustard sauce has enough bite to coat the pretzel bread but is not overpowering, and the pretzel is soft and moist right out of the oven.  Bring on the bread!
The "Gnudi"

However do not, DO NOT leave Therapy without trying the “Gnudi” a wonderful combination of baked ricotta, truffle honey, fig jam, roasted almonds & cranberry served with walnut crostini’s. This dish is so creamy and flavorful that I literally wanted to eat it by the spoonful.  As you might know ricotta cheese by itself is a little bland but the infusion of the above ingredients makes this a dish a definite do!  Just one more rave about this dish, Truffle Honey seriously amps the wow factor and delights your taste buds.
Charred Kale Salad

Here is the part where the serious foodie might take notice of this unexpected and wonderfully different yet simple dish that is the Charred Kale salad. Kale is the new superfood on the block but if not cooked correctly it can be bitter and tough.  Executive Chef Daniel Ontiveros knows exactly how to treat this leafy green food. He grills it in olive oil and then adds roasted beets, a sunny farm egg and radishes and tossed with a smoked bacon vinaigrette. Egg you say with Kale? Yes I had the same thought but the yolk blends nicely with the smoky kale and the bacon vinaigrette brings it all together perfectly! A harmonious unexpected pairing that I want to duplicate every day at home! Unexpectedly the tartness of the beets adds a brightness of flavor that is simply marvelous.

Oxtail Empanadas 
There are more fabulous dishes on this menu.  With a nod to his El Paso Texas upbringing Chef Ontiveros has put together an oxtail empanada that is so rich and tender that you will not believe that it is oxtail!  This braised beef part is paired perfectly with the light flaky crusty empanada and the rich gravy is slow cooked and savory.  Another four star dish! Who can say no to Shrimp Scampi and who would want to? This Scampi has Garlic marinated gulf shrimp in a white wine sauce and grilled toast. The butter is not overpowering but serves to bring out the delicate shrimp essence and garlic flavor.
Kurobuta Bone In Pork Chop

Now we can talk about one of the big guns on the menu! The tempting and tantalizing delicious Kurobuta Bone in Pork double Chop topped with a fresh grilled peach compote served with mustard mashed potatoes and pork jus.  The mustard in the potatoes tempts and brings out the sweetness of the peach compote and they complement each other perfectly.   The Kurobuta pork is referred to as “black hog” and is the crème de la crème of pork. This pork comes from the Berkshire variety, a heritage breed that originated in Bershshire, England and has been kept pure bred for hundreds of years.  This dish is a favorite not only because of the robust flavors but it brought back fond childhood memories of eating baked pork chops with peaches.  Granted my memories were regular chops not this “Pork Beauty Pageant” winner but it still brought out some nostalgic feelings. This double chop was moist and juicy and cooked to perfection; another tasty testament to the prowess that Chef Ontiveros has with flavorings.

Carrot Cake
After such wonderful entrees and bites the meal would not be complete without dessert or Simply Sweets. The  trio of freshly made sorbets in three flavors cherry, orange, and key lime were a perfect way to cleanse the palate and were the right light touch for dessert.  But imagine my delight when the crumbled Carrot Cake was brought out with a schmear of cream cheese and it was not heavy!  Usually after such a large meal one of the last items to enjoy would be a heavy cake. This carrot cake was fluffy and light and is a huge favorite of patrons. Not your average carrot cake and a must taste on the menu.    
Therapy Space

Here in Las Vegas everything is sparkly and new. Therapy’s interior is a muted blend of grays, blues, woods and the plate ware compliments this woodsy interior.  However what adds to the charm are the exposed beams in the ceiling which are original beams from the early 1940’s and the exposed brick wall behind the bar which is reminiscent of pubs back east.  Greys and golds and royal blue booths make this restaurant fun and chic.  

Eating such incredible food creates memories and a complete meal prepared with fresh ingredients is a wonderful experience.   Chatting with Chef Ontiveros and complimenting him on such a fabulous dinner I had to ask; where or what is your guilty pleasure when you feel like just “eating?” His answer, “Lucille’s BBQ! They catered my wedding and well you know I am from Texas”; a simple answer from a very talented yet down to earth Chef. Chef Ontiveros has plenty of experience with preparing fine cuisine after all he worked with the best here in Vegas!   He has worked at such culinary standouts as L'Atelier de Joel Robuchons , Michael Mina and Bouchon; and now lucky patrons of Therapy can try his fabulous dishes at a fraction of the cost.  

Strawberry Sangria, Very Berry Sangria, Elder Melon Sangria

What to try that I did not mention? The Very Berry Sangria! The Devil’s Eye, an Absinthe cocktail that is marvelous! The drink menu is so varied and utilizes fresh ingredients.  As you sample the cocktails thank Restaurateur Jared Weiss, he is the inspiration and the drinks are his concoctions. So raise your glass to Jared!

Be on the lookout for secret menu items according to VP of Operations Roger Seahorn, which will be coming! You can also thank him for the east coast look as he is a Boston native. Love that!
General Manager Chuck Scimeca mentioned that late night at Therapy will have a fun mixture. Not only will the late menu be served but a DJ will add a nightlife flavor after 10 pm.  Upstairs is available for private parties and holds 60.    

Sunday - Wednesday: 11am - 12am
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday: 11am - 2am
 518 East Fremont St
Las Vegas, Nevada
(702) 912-1622

Celebs Hang Out At The D In Downtown Vegas! Who??

Mehcad 

On Sunday, June 28 former Calvin Klein model and “True Blood” star Mehcad Brooks enjoyed a delicious meal at Joe Vicari's Andiamo Italian Steakhouse at the D Casino Hotel Las Vegas. The sexy star was greeted by swooning female fans, and then indulged in Andiamo’s signature lamb chops and a slice of chocolate cake. Brooks will star as Jimmy Olsen in the highly-anticipated CBS pilot, “Supergirl,” scheduled to premiere this fall.
 
Derek
the D proved to be a celebrity hotspot yesterday when Derek Waters, actor and TV host for Comedy Central’s hit series, “Drunk History,” also paid a visit to the Downtown Las Vegas hotel. He was spotted hanging out with the D’s troupe of Flair Bartenders and gorgeous Dancing Dealers at the LONGBAR.


Photo credit: the D Las Vegas

Get Your "Coaster Cred" In Vegas At The Adventuredome

Do you have what it takes to earn your “Coaster Cred” this summer? The Adventuredome at Circus Circus Las Vegas is giving adventure-seekers the chance to validate their love of thrill rides with a “Coaster Cred” promotion which will run July 1-31.

Upon arrival to the theme park, visitors who mention the “Coaster Cred” promotion will receive a punch card to signal the start of this adrenaline-pumping adventure. Participants must ride all seven thrill rides in the park – roller coasters El Loco and Canyon Blaster, Chaos, Disk’O, Sling Shot, Inverter and Happy Feet: Mumble’s Wild Ride 4-D inside the Extreme Ride Theater.

Ride operators will punch guests’ cards to verify their accomplishment. Once all seven rides have been conquered and the daring have proven themselves worthy, the card can be redeemed for an official Adventuredome “Coaster Cred” T-shirt and lanyard. The bragging rights will be endless!
Passes can be purchased at The Adventuredome Box Office or online at adventuredome.com.

The Adventuredome
Circus Circus Las Vegas
2880 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 734-0410

Mandalay Bay Transforms Rooms & Suites! In LV #iwokeupthisway

Panoramic Suite 
Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino announced  the final phase of its resort-wide transformation with the upcoming redesign of more than 3,000 guest rooms and suites.

Created by the MGM Resorts International Design Group, each of the designs for the new rooms and suites will feature vibrant colors and bold statement pieces, exuding a confident and inviting atmosphere.

Reservations for select remodeled rooms are now available for stays beginning July 2015 and can be booked by calling 877-632-7000 or visiting mandalaybay.com.

“Mandalay Bay has undergone a remarkable evolution over the last few years,” said Chuck Bowling, president and COO of Mandalay Bay. “These new rooms and suites will round out a dynamic resort experience complete with world-class dining, high-energy entertainment and nightlife and premier meeting and convention space.”

Featuring bright, natural designs and color palettes with modern furnishings, the new rooms will offer comfortable spaces ideal for guests in search of a retreat during their stay. Splashes of texture and color have been carefully integrated into lush fabrics and warm curtain patterns to create a bright and airy atmosphere.

Resort King

Resort Collection
The Resort King will feature a refreshing cobalt and white color scheme where the softness of the curtains will accentuate the curves of the carpet. The Resort Queen rooms will welcome guests with either a warm ruby and latte combination or rich lavender and mocha. Creating a bold centerpiece for the room, each bed is framed by a vibrant mural onyx-inspired wall. All rooms will feature a fully stocked minibar, Keurig coffee machine and a flat-screen HD TV, openly displayed and visible throughout the room.

For guests looking to stay connected, the new Resort Collection rooms will feature a thoughtfully designed work area with a spacious glass desk, modern seating and task lighting. Functional details include an electrical outlet on each lamp for easy bedside and tableside recharging. The experience is highlighted by sweeping views of the mountains, the city skyline or Mandalay Bay’s famed 11-acre pool and beach oasis.

Panoramic Suite Living Room

Suite Collection
For guests seeking additional space, the Suite Collection offers one- and two-bedroom suites ideal for entertaining friends or meeting with co-workers. Featuring rich jewel tone fabrics accented by natural wood and stone, each suite will feature multiple seating and dining areas. The media and living area will include a large table for guests to gather and socialize, whether for business or pleasure.

Luxury Collection
Guests seeking the ultimate indulgence can select from the many glamorous one- to four-bedroom suites in the Luxury Collection. Featuring newly designed décor complemented by well-appointed amenities such as floor-to-ceiling windows and dining and bar areas, these suites will ensure that each guests’ stay feels like a well-deserved escape.   

The approximately $100 million remodel includes more than 3,000 guest rooms and suites. The project is expected to be completed by spring 2016.

For more information and reservations, visit mandalaybay.com, call toll free at (877) 632-7800 or find us on Facebook - www.facebook.com/mandalaybay and Twitter twitter.com/MandalayBay and follow #iwokeupthisway.

4th Of July BBQ At BARE Pool & Lounge W/SKAM Artist


SKAM Artist 4th of July BBQ
Saturday, July 4 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
BARE POOL LOUNGE
3400 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, 89109

(702) 588-5656

Try A Real Range Experience! The Range 702 4th Of July Specials


LOL! "Queen Of Comedy" Sommore Will Perform At The Suncoast 7/10 & 7/11

The “Queen of Comedy” Sommore brings her stand-up comedy act to the Suncoast Showroom, July 11 and 12.

Equally classy and sassy, Sommore’s frank, fearless routines and controversial wit have garnered loyal fans worldwide. Among the top-grossing stand-up comedians in the U.S. and abroad, Oprah Winfrey proclaimed her “a force to be reckoned with in the new millennium.”

New Jersey native Sommore began her career as the first woman to host BET’s ”Comic View,” later hosting Russell Simmons’ “Def Comedy Jam” and “Showtime at the Apollo.” In 2000, she entered “The Guinness Book of World Records,” performing for an audience of more than 50,000 people in Atlanta, Ga. as part of the “Queens of Comedy” tour.  The recording of the show became the longest-running and highest-rated special in the history of Showtime Networks.  She is the 1995 recipient of the Richard Pryor Award for Comic of the Year.

Sommore’s film credits include roles in “Soul Plane,” “Friday After Next” and “Something New.”  She also graced the small screen, appearing on “Flavor of Love,” as a regular on “1 vs. 100” and competing for the winning team on season six of “Celebrity Fit Club.”  Her comedy specials “The Queen Stands Alone” (Comedy Central, 2008) and “Chandelier Status” (Showtime Networks, 2012) earned rave reviews. In 2014, she guest starred in an episode of VH1’s television series “Hit the Floor.”

Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available from $15.95, plus tax and fees. Tickets can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office, by calling 702.636.7075, or by visiting www.suncoastcasino.com.


WestCare's Christmas In July W/Partners Raises Much Needed Items For LV Families

WestCare Nevada has teamed up with community partners Crazy Pita and Nevada Title Company for a ‘Christmas in July Drive,’ which will benefit the women and children at the nonprofit’s Women and Children’s Campus. The drive will begin on July 1 and end on July 31.

Community members are asked to donate new and unwrapped baby items, including toys, blankets and clothing, as well as women’s clothing and new toiletries. Items can be dropped off at donation boxes located inside any three of the valley’s Crazy Pita restaurants or at a Nevada Title Company office branch location:

Crazy Pita Locations:

•           Downtown Summerlin
10975 Sage Park Dr., #100
Las Vegas, NV 89135

•           Town Square Las Vegas
6587 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV  89119

•           The District at Green Valley Ranch
2225 Village Walk Dr. #175
Henderson, NV  89052
                                      
Nevada Title Locations:

•           2500 N. Buffalo Drive, Suite 150
 Las Vegas, NV  89128

•           10000 W. Charleston Blvd, Suite 180
 Las Vegas, NV  89135

•           701 N Green Valley Pkwy, Suite 115
Henderson, NV  89074

•           3993 Howard Hughes Pkwy, Suite 120
 Las Vegas, NV  89169

•           517 Boulder Plaza
 Boulder City, NV  89005
                                                           
Other items needed include: Changing tables, bouncy chairs, play packs, art easels for toddlers, little creative work stations, and Baby Einstein toys with educational learning tools and games. Women and children housed at the WestCare campus will benefit from the drive, which is taking place prior to a renovation planned for the facility’s nursery on Aug. 22.

The Women and Children’s Campus  is a 33,453 square-foot facility that provides clients and their children emergency shelter, food, employment assistance, case management, education, and core supportive and wraparound services. 

“We are renovating our facility little by little, and given that our next project is the nursery, it made sense to reach out to the community for support in this way,” WestCare Director of Development Darlene Terrill said. “Our clients are so grateful for all of the community support. It means the world to them and to us.”

About WestCare
WestCare Foundation was founded more than 41 years ago in Las Vegas with the goal of “uplifting the human spirit.” The non-profit provides a variety of programs across the continuum of health and human services. Every doorway into a WestCare program is designed, not only to lead to solutions for the presenting issue, but also to be a first step toward identifying other potential complicating and co-occurring factors impacting the life of individuals as a whole. WestCare’s trauma-informed, person-centered continuum of care spans 17 states and two U.S. territories and is recognized for clinical excellence, coordinated access and collaborative innovation.

Addressing the issues of substance abuse, mental health disorders, homelessness, domestic violence, criminal justice, HIV/AIDS, and Veterans support, WestCare offers services such as: Outpatient and residential treatment; women and children’s programs; education/prevention efforts; emergency shelters and transitional living services; Veterans programs; mental health services; and community triage centers.  For more information, visit www.westcare.com.

Have You Been To The Utah Shakespeare Festival? Say Goodbye To The Adams Theater!

The Utah Shakespeare Festival says a fond farewell to the historic Adams Shakespearean Theatre at the end of this summer. Next season, 2016, will usher in a whole new audience experience at the Festival with the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center of the Arts and the Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre. However, before the lights dim forever in the Adams Theatre, the Festival has planned celebrative activities throughout the season. Patrons can come and experience all the magic the Adams has to offer as well as say goodbye.

“For over forty years this wonderful ‘wooden O’ has provided the blank page for us to tell a thousand dreams,” said Festival Founder Fred C. Adams. “She has sat through snow storms, wild winds and pelting rains, waiting patiently for world class directors and designers to bring her to life each spring with creative ideas and just the right amount of magic. She now serves as the inspiration for a new and exciting youngster to pick up the torch and carry the Festival to new and brighter heights.”

The complete list of activities is below. More information is available at our website, www.bard.org.

Exhibits

Adams Farewell Art Exhibit in the Randall L. Jones Lobby
This exhibit celebrates the architecture, spirit, and history of the Adams Memorial Shakespeare Theatre, the symbol of the Utah Shakespeare Festival since 1977. Over ninety artists from the western United States and as far away as Beijing, China, submitted work, presenting the Adams Theatre in oils, watercolors, quilts, sculpture, and drawings. Most pieces are on sale, with proceeds going to the artist and the Utah Shakespeare Festival.

Video Tribute to the Adams Theatre
A video tribute has been commissioned to highlight the memories and history of the Adams Shakespearean Theatre. The video can be seen in the Auditorium Theatre lobby and online.

The Greenshow
The Festival will once again have three different Greenshow’s this year; Irish Night, English Night, and Italian Night. English Night will conclude with a touching song about the Adams Shakespearean Theatre and the stories we have shared inside the Wooden O. The Greenshow is free and begins at 7:10p from Monday to Saturday on The Greenshow stage.

Special Adams Theatre Backstage Tour
The Backstage Tour will focus more on the Adams Theatre and the technology that is used to create the magic onstage. Call for tickets or visit bard.org

Reunion Weekend: August 13-15
All past employees of the Utah Shakespeare Festival are invited for a special reunion weekend to celebrate the closing of the Adams Theatre. There will also be a reception in the Adams Courtyard on August 15 after the evening shows. For more information visit bard.org/news.

Photo Opportunities around the Adams Theatre
Around the Adams Theatre will be designated photo opportunities so audience members can document and share their last time at the theatre. Please share these photos on our Instagram page @utahshakespeare or on Facebook, facebook.com/utahshakespeare.

September 3, 4 and 5: Closing Night Celebrations
On the closing nights of The Taming of the Shrew, King Lear and Henry IV Part Two there will be a special commemoration highlighting the many memories and shows that have been produced in the Adams Theatre.

Tickets are on sale for the Festival’s 54th season, which runs from June 25 to October 31, 2015. The eight-play season includes Shakespeare’s King Lear, The Taming of the Shrew, Henry IV Part Two and The Two Gentlemen of Verona.  The season will also include Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific, Charley’s Aunt by Brandon Thomas and Steven Dietz’s adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. For more information and tickets visit www.bard.org or call 1-800-PLAYTIX.

Try An Asian Fusion Taco! NOW In July At Mercadito!

This July, Chef Rodelio Aglibot, known as “The Food Buddha,” brings enlightenment to taco creation at Mercadito at Red Rock Resort as part of Mercadito Hospitality’s national Tacos for Strength campaign.  Throughout the month of July, Mercadito features an Asian fusion approach to Mercadito’s ongoing list of unique taco recipes.  Las Vegans can indulge in a multicultural approach to tacos with “The Food Buddha’s Pastrami Kung Pao Style Taco” during dinner for $16.50 (four per order).  A percentage of the proceeds will benefit Share Our Strength.

For July, Chef Rodelio Aglibot unveils his Pastrami Kung Pao Taco – diced pastrami, red bell peppers, white onions and sliced scallions seasoned and caramelized with Kung Pao Sauce, topped with crushed roasted peanuts and julienne celery leaves on a flour tortilla. Aglibot’s original Kung Pao Sauce comprises of chicken stalk, soy sauce, sugar, minced garlic, oyster sauce, black vinegar, fish sauce, sambal oelek, chili oil and chili flakes to add its unique kick.

This taco melds together traditional Mexican cuisine with Asian inspirations.   “Bringing my heritage to the way I approach cooking food from all over the world always aids in my creative recipe development,” said Rodelio Aglibot.  “Because my parents were my first culinary mentors, it’s important for me to incorporate my Asian roots. In the end, it makes for interesting multicultural dishes.”

Raised in Hawaii, Chef Rodelio Aglibot continues to take inspiration from both his island roots and Filipino heritage. In 2001, Aglibot served as executive chef of Koi Restaurant in Los Angeles. After two years as executive chef at Koi, Aglibot created Yi Cuisine led by his own creative concepts, which Food & Wine magazine named one of the “Best New Asian Restaurants.” By fall 2006, Aglibot helped see the Sunda New Asian restaurant in Chicago to fruition by spring 2009 and oversaw its culinary program until 2011. In the midst of overseeing Sunda’s culinary program, Aglibot partnered with BLT Restaurant Group in New York to create a new Asian Gastropub and served as corporate executive chef beginning in 2010. During this partnership, Aglibot guided 15 restaurants in the United States and took on the responsibility of all new concepts opening under BLT’s flagship.

In 2011, The Learning Channel (TLC) premiered Aglibot’s new show “The Food Buddha,” chronicling Aglibot’s dedication to his heritage and creative menu development. Aglibot has appeared on a number of national and local television news and talk shows such as the “TODAY Show” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Today, Aglibot serves as Vice President of Culinary Operations for the lifestyle hospitality company Interestco, LLC. Aglibot lives by his own philosophy. He states, “A tragedy in life is not to find oneself and one’s passion…an even greater tragedy is to know one’s passion and deny oneself of its treasures.” His food style has been described as unpretentious and his knowledge of ingredients and food traditions are unique to his cooking style.

Each month, chef and owner Patricio Sandoval invites a different chef to “think outside the tortilla” and create a taco inspired by their culinary or personal passions, which will be served in all Mercadito restaurants with a portion of proceeds going to Share Our Strength. Since its inception, Tacos for Strength has sold more than 5,000 tacos and raised thousands of dollars to benefit Share Our Strength.

Mercadito is open seven days a week.  Dinner and late-night dining: Mondays 3 – 10 p.m.; Tuesdays – Thursdays 3 p.m. to 11pm; Fridays 3 p.m. – midnight; Saturdays 11 a.m. – midnight; and Sundays 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Mercadito brunch service is 11a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  Mercadito also offers two daily Happy Hours 3 – 6 p.m. daily and 8 – 10 p.m. Sunday and Monday; 9 – 11 p.m. Tuesday – Thursday; and 10 p.m. – midnight Friday and Saturday. Reservations are recommended through Open Table or by calling 702.979.3609. Mercadito is located at Red Rock Resort at 11011 W. Charleston Blvd.

Mercadito offers a variety of special promotions including: all-you-can-eat tacos for $24 every Sunday and Monday, 15 percent off for military members all day Monday, 30 percent off food and drinks for industry guests on Takeover Tuesdays, and the ultimate ladies night, Chicas Night Out, every Thursday evening.

For additional information, please visit www.MercaditoRestaurants.com or www.RedRock.SCLV.com


A Fan Of The Doors? Strange Days Comes To The House Of Blues

Strange Days – A Tribute To The Doors
Doors open at 7 pm. Show time is 8 pm.

Patrons must be 18 and over with valid photo I.D. to gain entry to venue.

Featuring:
Strange Mistress
One Ton Project

All acts subject to change without prior notice.

It is the Patron's responsibility to check and abide by posted age limits when purchasing tickets.

No professional cameras, wallet chains & studded belts or jewelry.
Live Entertainment Tax (L.E.T.) Included in ticket price.
For Vip seating upgrades please contact
           
House of Blues Las Vegas
3950 Las Vegas Blvd S.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
Tickets Available - www.awin1.com

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Rare Picasso Photograph Now On View At Jeff Mitchum Galleries

Four rare portraits of Pablo Picasso as well as an additional group portrait, which all offer glimpses into the artist’s private life at the end of World War II, are now available at Jeff Mitchum Galleries. Shot by the late Richard Ham, the collection of portraits titled “Three Visits with Picasso” were taken by the young war photographer in the fall of 1944 to help garner positive admiration for the artist whose work had been labeled “decadent” by the Germans. With few photographs of Picasso during the War in existence, Jeff Mitchum Galleries is thrilled to display and offer the exclusive images in both their Las Vegas galleries inside Bellagio and MGM Grand.

“It’s amazing that such iconic and personal portraits of the world’s most recognized artist, Pablo Picasso, were hidden from the world for so long,” said renowned photographer Jeff Mitchum. “To exclusively represent Ham’s collection, not only does it make me feel a tremendous responsibility to preserve art and world history, but I am honored to make the artist proofs available to those who admire Picasso’s work and life.”

During his three visits, Ham had the pleasure of not only photographing Picasso in his secret studio, but engaging in conversations about different artists of the time, learning about his thoughts on the war, and sharing a lunch of tomato sandwiches. When Ham arrived for the final meeting and shared the portraits with Jean Cocteau, Picasso’s lifelong friend, he was told by a translator, “Mr. Cocteau thinks that these are the best shots of Picasso he has ever seen.”

Photographs of Picasso during the War are extremely hard to find, especially professional shots in such pristine condition, because few people knew of his whereabouts. The Germans had a dislike for Picasso’s political views such as those expressed in his painting “Guernica.” Therefore, he tended to keep a quiet profile and lived in seclusion. Now, more than 70 years later, these rare photographs will once again be on display and available to the public at Jeff Mitchum Galleries.

The portraits of Picasso come at a fortuitous time as Jeff Mitchum Galleries, Bellagio, is located next door to the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Arts, which is concurrently opening “Picasso – Creatures and Creativity.” Guests of the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Arts can exit through Jeff Mitchum Galleries and view these stunning portraits to complete their Picasso experience.

For more information about the portraits of Picasso offered at Jeff Mitchum Galleries, contact either the Bellagio or MGM Grand gallery or email PicassoPortraits@JeffMitchum.com. Collectors or anyone interested in learning more about Richard Ham’s “Three Visits with Picasso” can read the galleries’ booklet available for download here.

Jeff Mitchum Galleries, Bellagio:  800.763.3074/702.693.4700
Jeff Mitchum Galleries, MGM Grand: 800.763.3074  Ext.12  / 702.304.0007

Cedric Gervais Comes To Marquee Nightclub On July 3


CEDRIC GERVAIS - MARQUEE NIGHTCLUB

Friday, July 03, 2015 10:00 PM
Marquee Las Vegas - Nightclub, Las Vegas, NV
21 & over
Male General Admission $40.00
Female General Admission $20.00
Weekend All Access Wristband


In the event that Male or Female presale tickets for this event are sold out, a limited number of general admission tickets will be sold at the door on the day of the event. Please contact 702-333-9000 for additional ticket information.

Gordie Brown Invites Fellow Canadians To See Show For FREE!

Gordie Brown is celebrating “The True North strong and free” on Canada Day at The Golden Nugget Las Vegas with a very special deal for his fellow Canadians: free tickets during the month of July. Guests that present a valid Canadian ID to The Golden Nugget Las Vegas box office will receive a complimentary pair of tickets to the show.

“Although I am in Las Vegas, I am celebrating Canada Day in full force,” said Gordie. “My Canadian audiences have always been good to me and now, I’d like to do something special for them.”

Gordie was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. While working as a political cartoonist for the Ottawa Sunday Herald, his co-workers entered him in a talent contest in which he took first place. Having caught the entertainment bug, he moved to Las Vegas with nothing more than what could fit in a suitcase and the goal of working with fellow Canadians Paul Anka and Rich Little. The gamble paid off; in less than two years, Gordie was opening for both Anka and Little, as well as other stars including Jay Leno, Louie Anderson, Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis, Barry Manilow, and Jerry Seinfeld.   

Gordie Brown’s headlining show at The Golden Nugget Las Vegas combines energetic live music, comedy, and Gordie’s signature impressions in a show that has earned him several accolades, including “Entertainer of the Year,” “Best Comedian,” and “Best Entertainer.”

Gordie Brown performs Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday (dark July 4-12) in the state-of-the-art Gordie Brown Showroom at The Golden Nugget Las Vegas. For complimentary tickets to the show during the month of July, guests must present a valid, government-issued Canadian Driver’s License of Passport to The Golden Nugget Las Vegas box office. Tickets to the show can be purchased at www.goldennugget.com or by calling (866) 946-5336.


Female Fans Line Up To Take Selfies With Madame T.'s Channing Tatum



“Magic Mike XXL” Fans Line Up To Take Selfies With Madame Tussauds Las Vegas’ Channing Tatutum For Red Carpet Screening

At the preview of the hotly anticipated summer stripper movie, "Magic Mike XXL," fans got up close and personal to snap selfies with Madame Tussauds Las Vegas' Channing Tatum wax figure. Fans showed up to see the movie's leading man for themselves and be the first to see the new flick.
Throughout the evening, the fans posed and took photos with Tatum's wax figure on the red carpet. He was dressed in a dark suit and tie which the ladies tugged and pulled at. (Sorry ladies, no breakaway pants this time.) Fans marveled at the figure with comments ranging from, "Wow, he is so lifelike" to being "obsessed with him." Another fan even asked the team if they could look away for a moment so she "could run out to her car and stuff him in the backseat."

Fans can search for their photos with Tatum at www.Facebook.com/MadameTussaudsLasVegas.
A team of 20 Madame Tussauds artists was responsible for crafting the wax figure of Tatum based from over 300 precise body measurements. In order to create a lifelike wax figure, the figure is first sculpted in clay and is then covered in plaster. Wax is then poured in and cooled off. Finishing details include acrylic teeth; head and facial hair that are individually inserted, and layers of acrylic paint are applied to build up his skin tone.


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