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October 2022

#VegasStrong –October 1st will be five years since the mass shooting in Las
Vegas…and my heart still sinks at the thought of it all. It is a burden that we
Las Vegans will always carry. The thing that I take away from this event…five
years later is: We are Vegas Strong!

Yay!! It’s October! October is probably the biggest, busiest, and ‘funnest’
month of the year in Las Vegas. And pretty much everything is back to normal
around here. The weather is beautiful, the casinos are busy, and the events are
plentiful. Las Vegans are happy during October. When we’re busy, we’re happy.
The heat of the summer is gone, and we have some great high points in the month;
Football, Hockey, Festivals, and of course, Halloween is always a big
celebration. October is the best month of the year. It’s time for the Golden
Knights and the Raiders! We are suddenly a city of hockey and football fans.

Halloween in Las Vegas is a full contact holiday. Most venues will host some
sort of costumed ball—usually having to do with some sort of sexual content, and
the more outrageous the better. There are a couple of Fetish and Fantasy balls,
several Erotic balls, and the Pimp an’ Ho ball. It’s a strange night and not one
for the timid. It is a huge party in Las Vegas. There is not a better city in
which to celebrate Hallow’s Eve.

The daily designations include: October 2 is National Name Your Car Day and
World Smile Day. October 4 is National Taco Day, Golf Day, and Vodka Day.
October 5 is National Do Something Nice Day. October 8 is National Poetry Day.
October 9 is Leif Erikson Day. October 11 is National Coming Out Day. October 12
is National Free Thought Day, National Kick Butt Day, Native American Day, and
Columbus Day (I do find it amusing that Kick Butt day is the day after Coming
Out day.) October 15 is National I Love Lucy Day. October 24 is National
Bologna Day. October 25 is Chucky, The Notorious Killer Doll Day. October 28
is National Chocolate Day. October 30 is National Frankenstein Day. And
October 31 is National Knock-Knock Jokes Day, Magic Day, Girl Scout Founder’s
Day, and of course, Halloween.

A medieval kingdom will take over Sunset Park with lavishly costumed knights,
knaves, fine ladies and wenches as Clark County Parks and Recreation present the
annual Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival October 7, 2022 - October 9, 2022.
Several stages will feature entertainment with costumed performers presenting
more than 50 shows per day along with historical re-enactments, jousting
tournaments, medieval pageantry and more than 100 artisans - including
blacksmiths, stained glass designers, jewelers, wood workers, toy makers,
perfume blenders, stone carvers and sword, dagger and armor craftsman -- to
demonstrate and sell their wares. Authentic food, from fish and chips to an
English feast, also will be available as well as beer and ales for adults with
proper identification. Concerts all weekend will feature local acts with
nationally known acts, as well as a royal parade with kings, queens, warriors
and peasants. The festival offers full-contact jousting tournaments; no-holds-
barred gladiator battles; black powder demonstrations, strolling minstrels,
contortionists, magicians, storytellers, jokers, jugglers, flame eaters, belly
dancers, trained parrots and pirates. Additional attractions include rides, bow
and arrow and axe target games, medieval barber and surgeon demonstrations and
Renaissance guilds.

Renowned American actor and comedian George Lopez will bring his new comedy
tour, 'OMG HI!', to Luxor Hotel and Casino for two nights of non-stop laughter
and entertainment in November. Lopez is scheduled to perform in the Luxor
Theater on Friday, Nov. 11 at 10 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 12 at 10:30 p.m. Like
many African American comedians before him, George Lopez broke ground for Latino
comics by embracing his ethnicity and confronting racial stereotypes head-on.
Lopez's illustrious and multi-faceted career has encompassed television, film,
standup comedy and late-night television. Lopez is currently in production for
his upcoming NBC comedy "Lopez vs. Lopez," a sitcom about a blue-collar family
featuring his daughter Mayan Lopez, which is scheduled to premiere Sunday, Nov.
4. He will also star in "The Blue Beetle" for DC Comics, a tale about an
Mexican-American Superhero, which will be released in theatres August 2023.

Due to popular demand, comedian and radio host Jimmy Failla has added a second
show at Rocks Lounge inside Red Rock Resort. Failla will now perform Saturday,
Nov. 5, 2022 at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Jimmy Failla is a New York City Cab Driver
turned Professional Stand Up Comic who appears regularly on all the biggest Fox
News Shows including Gutfeld, Tucker Carlson Tonight, America's Newsroom,
Outnumbered, and The Faulkner Focus. His Nationally Syndicated Talk Show, Fox
Across America, airs weekdays from 12-3pm eastern on over 110 radio stations
across the country. In addition to Fox News, he has made multiple appearances on
"Gotham Comedy Live" on AXS TV and "The Jim Gaffigan Show" on TV Land. Failla
was voted "Outstanding Male Comedian of The Year" at the 2014 New York City
Nightlife Awards and he is the author of "Follow That Car; A Cabbie's Guide to
Conquering Fears, Achieving Dreams, and Finding a Public Restroom."

Everyone’s invited on an amazing journey with Elmo to discover the “power of
yet” in Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic. In partnership with the non-profit
educational organization Sesame Workshop, this production features favorite
Sesame Street pals Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, and more in a magical adventure
live on stage. Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic visits Las Vegas on November
19 and 20 for three shows at the Thomas & Mack Center. Elmo is inspired to
learn a magic trick when he meets magician extraordinaire Justin, who has come
to Sesame Street to perform a magic show. But there’s one problem…Elmo doesn’t
know how to do magic! Through Justin’s encouragement to practice, work hard and
never give up, Elmo embarks on an extraordinary journey. He learns that it’s
okay to make mistakes and that magic can be found anywhere when you believe in
yourself and the power of what’s yet to be. Cookie Monster and Gonger uncover
the science and fun of baking while Abby Cadabby experiences the transformative
abilities of caterpillars. Big Bird learns about the magnifying magic of shadow
puppetry while Rosita orchestrates a rhythmic beat using everyday objects around
her. And artist Grover mixes up the pigment power of the three primary colors.
With high-energy dance numbers and a soundtrack that’s sure to get everyone out
of their seats, Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic is an inspirational
introduction to live theater and the art of illusion that the entire family will

Multi-GRAMMY Award-winning superstar Bruno Mars announced today he will perform
two New Year's Eve weekend shows at Dolby Live at Park MGM in Las Vegas December
30 – 31. Fourteen-time GRAMMY-Award winner and 30-time GRAMMY Award nominee
Bruno Mars is a celebrated singer, songwriter, producer, and musician who has
sold over 200 million singles worldwide, making him one of the best-selling
artists of all time. Mars accepted Album Of The Year (An Evening with Silk
Sonic) on behalf of the duo, Silk Sonic, during the 2022 BET Awards. Previously
sweeping the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards, the super duo took home four awards
including Record Of The Year ("Leave The Door Open"), Song Of The Year ("Leave
The Door Open"), Best R&B Performance ("Leave The Door Open"), and Best R&B Song
("Leave The Door Open"). This came after "Leave The Door Open" became Mars' 17th
song to reach Multi-Platinum status.

Snow Carnival Holiday Forest has announced tickets are now on sale for the one-
of-a-kind winter-themed attraction, produced by International Special
Attractions, Ltd. (ISA) in partnership with M Resort Spa Casino. Snow Carnival
will welcome guests beginning Wednesday, November 23 with tickets priced at
$36.99 for adults, $29.99 for children ages 3 to 11 plus taxes and fees and free
admission for children 2 and under. Guests can also take advantage of early bird
pricing with a $5 discount on all tickets purchased through September 30 at Snow Carnival Holiday Forest is forecasted to be the best new
holiday attraction in the Las Vegas Valley! Since announcing the upcoming event,
locals and Las Vegas visitors have been flurrying with excitement to experience
it all. From snowball throwing to snowman building, this celebratory attraction
will offer a variety of seasonal favorites. Coast down the snowy inclines of the
"Mini Matterhorn" snow slide, visit the Candy Cane forest, or stop by a snow
play area for winter games and more! Snow Carnival will create a storybook
experience of exploration, wonder and fun for the entire family.

Couples looking to add a spine-chilling feel to their big day can say "I Boo"
this Halloween at The Little Vegas Chapel with special 'To Boo or Not to Boo'
and 'Spooky Love' wedding packages featuring a Halloween-themed ceremony
performed by a Harley Quinn officiant. Available only on Monday, October 31,
2022, the 'To Boo or Not to Boo' package priced at $699 pre-tax includes a
Halloween ceremony performed by a Harley Quinn officiant in the newly-opened
Imperial Chapel, choice of custom eerie music, roundtrip limousine services from
the couple's hotel, Unity Candle Ceremony, and a Halloween-inspired, fresh six-
rose bouquet and boutonniere. Couples can capture and share their eternal love
with professional photography, a private online photo gallery, 15 digital
images, video recording of the ceremony, keepsake fuzzy dice, up to 24 guests
and a wedding coordinator. Other packages are also available.

The Mirage Hotel & Casino is back in the saddle for 2022 National Finals Rodeo
with 10 days of complimentary live music, NFR viewing parties, drink specials
and Aces of Comedy performances by Ron White and Steve Treviño. Grab your boots
and head to The Mirage December 1 – 10 to enjoy a stellar lineup of country
artists including Travis Denning, Lainey Wilson, Ian Munsick and many others.
Over the 10 days of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, The Mirage will host
viewing parties at the BetMGM Sportsbook starting at 5:45 p.m. nightly.
Admission into viewing parties is complimentary. Must be 21 years of age or
older to attend.
Each night will feature country's brightest stars headlining "Rodeo Vegas" at
the BetMGM Sportsbook where the party never ends. Live music begins at 8 p.m.
nightly and admission is complimentary. The lineup is:
Thursday, Dec. 1 & Sunday, Dec. 4: Casey Donahew
Friday, Dec. 2: Lainey Wilson
Saturday, Dec. 3: Josh Abbott Band
Monday, Dec. 5: Danielle Bradbery
Tuesday, Dec. 6: Glen Templeton
Wednesday, Dec. 7: Randy Rogers Band
Thursday, Dec. 8: Travis Denning
Friday, Dec. 9: Elvie Shane
Saturday, Dec. 10: Ian Munsick
As part of the Aces of Comedy series, Ron White, best known as the cigar-
smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from the "Blue Collar Comedy" tour, will
perform his hilarious stand-up comedy inside The Mirage Theatre December 2 – 3
and December 9 – 10.
"America's Favorite Husband" Steve Treviño has joined the Aces of Comedy lineup
and is scheduled to perform at The Mirage Theatre Thursday, Dec. 1 and Thursday,
Dec. 8. Known for his tongue-in-cheek humor and relatable stories, Treviño will
charm guests with his comedy during NFR week.

Following last week's sold-out shows, House of Blues Las Vegas inside Mandalay
Bay Resort and Casino announces 2023 dates for An Intimate Evening with Santana:
Greatest Hits Live: Presented by SiriusXM. Tickets for the new dates go on sale
Saturday. The residency, rockin' the House of Blues stage for 10 years now,
features unparalleled dynamic energy from Carlos and his band and is a must-see
concert experience for fans of the award-winning artist.
2022 Performances:
Nov. 2, 4-6, 9, 11-13
2023 Performances:
Jan. 25, 27-29 - just added!
Feb. 1, 3-5 - just added!
May 17, 19-21, 24, 26-28 - just added!

In addition to its regular Spanish language tours offered every Thursday, Friday
and Saturday evening, The Neon Museum celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept.
15 through Oct. 15, with the addition of special Gallery Talks during general
admission hours in the afternoon daily. These 15-minute talks highlight the
history behind specific signs and properties that are relevant to the Hispanic
community, including The Flamingo, The El Cortez, and La Concha.
The Flamingo Hotel & Casino – Currently the oldest property on The Strip,
opening in 1946, signage from the Flamingo in the Neon Boneyard dates to 1976
and was designed by Raul Rodriguez. An award-winning designer of floats for the
Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena, California, Rodriguez designed more than
500 floats, including his first float when he was just 14 years old. While he
worked for Heath and Company, Rodriguez visited Las Vegas and met with Barron
Hilton, who had just bought the Flamingo hotel. Rodriguez would go on to design
the iconic feathered Flamingo sign, noting that signs and floats are similar in
design: “both are only granted a few seconds from viewers to catch their
attention.” Rodriguez is portrayed in the Museum’s Las Vegas Luminaries mural.
El Cortez Hotel & Casino – The oldest continuing hotel and casino operating
under the same name, opening in 1941, the El Cortez is on the National Register
of Historic Places and famous for its interior and exterior Spanish Colonial
design. The rooftop signage was installed in 1952 and still sits atop the
building, 70 years later.
La Concha Motel – Meaning ‘the shell’ in Spanish, La Concha opened in 1961 and
was next to the Riviera, across from Circus Circus on the north end of The
Strip. The Neon Boneyard has La Concha’s restored shell-shaped sign as well as
the iconic hotel lobby that was disassembled into 8 pieces, transported to its
current location, and reassembled to serve as the Museum’s visitor center after
the property closed in 2004.

Following a successful run of sold out shows part of their limited engagement at
South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa, Human Nature, has announced a return to the
Showroom for four holiday shows, December 20 – 23. “Christmas Motown and More”
will celebrate the season with holiday classics along with three of the greatest
vocal harmony singers in the world. These limited performances at South Point
will celebrate some of Motown’s chart-topping hits along with holiday favorites,
such as “White Christmas”, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, “Winter
Wonderland” and more.

Freakling Bros. Horror Shows is back from the dead and ready to scare the hell
out of Las Vegas for its 30th horrifying year! Rated the scariest haunt in the
country by USA Today, Freakling Bros. Horror Shows offers a hellishly-curated
festival of nightmares - three expertly-crafted haunts in one horrifying
location, including Nevada's first and only R-rated attraction, Gates of Hell,
the experimental COVEN of 13 and the classic Castle Vampyre. JUDGEMENT – You're
Guilty, Death is Coming, a haunting new room inside COVEN of 13, is also set to
make its debut for the 2022 Halloween season.
Located in the IKEA parking lot at 6555 S. Riley St. in Southwest Las Vegas,
Freakling Bros. Horror Shows returns Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022 at 7 p.m. Dates of
operation will be Oct. 1 – 2, Oct. 6 – 9 and Oct. 13 – 31.
Owned and operated by father-and-son team Duke and JT Mollner, Freakling Bros
Horror Shows offers a trilogy of terrifying haunts, including the first-ever R-
rated attraction in Gates of Hell, an experiment in serious, uncompromising,
interactive horror; the groundbreaking COVEN of 13, a horrifying journey through
witches, warlocks and black magic; and the timeless classic Castle Vampyre, a
magical and horrific voyage through Nosferatu's castle. A fan favorite, Castle
Vampyre was scheduled to be retired in 2021, but is returning this season for an
encore performance.

The Neon Museum reilluminated the historic Plaza Hotel & Casino sign during a
special lighting ceremony and reception after which the sign debuted to the
public as a permanent addition to the Museum’s collection in its Neon Boneyard.
Hartlauer Signs refurbished the 1,500-pound sign that measures 9 ft. wide by 18
ft. high. The project, which took a total of more than 100 hours, included
repairing damaged sheet metal to return the sign to its original shape and
repainting the nearly 40-year-old sign. Hartlauer also replaced 576 light bulbs
and installed 14 new border neon units around the Plaza letters.
Comedian Kathleen Madigan announced she will return to The Mirage Hotel & Casino
as part of the Aces of Comedy Series, bringing her "Boxed Wine & Tiny Banjos
2023 Tour" to The Mirage Theatre Friday, Feb. 3, 2023 at 10 p.m. The 23-date
tour will kick off in January 2023 and feature new material. The comedian's 33-
year comedy career is showing no signs of slowing down as she tours 250 nights a
year, selling out marquee theaters across the country. Madigan has had over 40
appearances on late night talk shows and multiple comedy specials airing on
Netflix, Comedy Central and HBO. She also has appeared on Jerry Seinfeld's
popular Netflix series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, and made the most of
the pandemic by launching a podcast, Madigan's Pubcast, with more than 3.5
million downloads on all streaming outlets.

The world's best pickleball players will battle for a title and big stakes
Friday, Dec. 16 – Sunday, Dec. 18 in the 2022 Bubly Team Championships Presented
by MGM Rewards, a one-of-a-kind pickleball event at Mandalay Bay Resort and
Casino's Convention Center. Four world-class teams will begin competition
Friday, Dec. 16, followed by the semifinals on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 17
on Tennis Channel. The finals will be held Sunday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m.
PT on ABC. Top pickleball pros Anna Leigh Waters, Ben Johns, Catherine
Parenteau and Riley Newman are a few of the big names scheduled to play in the
event. In addition to the pros, more than 1,000 amateur players are expected to
take to the courts while pickleball festival activities will run concurrently
during each day's competition. Fans, amateur players and pros will have the
opportunity to interact with all things pickleball. Pickleball has seen a
meteoric rise both domestically and internationally over the last two years,
with the sport now featuring more than 5 million active U.S. players. A mashup
of tennis, badminton and ping pong, pickleball is easy and fun to play combined
with a healthy challenge to master.

The Summerlin® Festival of Arts, now in its 26th year and presented by the Las
Vegas Review-Journal, returns to Downtown Summerlin® Oct. 8-9. The hallmark,
outdoor festival features approximately 100 fine artists from Southern Nevada
and surrounding states, each carefully selected by a jury of local art experts.
New this year! Visit the Dining Arroyo at Downtown Summerlin all weekend to
celebrate the art and culture of the Southern Paiute, Nuwu Art and friends.
Browse handcrafted Southern Paiute fine art and folk crafts available for
purchase and experience the authentic Native American dances presented by Las
Vegas Native Youth Dancers, Calpulli Tlatelolco Azteca/Chichimeca Dance Circle,
and Nuwu Wonumeegah. The Art of The Classic Car presented by The Mustang and
Classic Ford Club of Las Vegas will have a variety of cars on display along
Festival Plaza Drive on Saturday, October 8. The Las Vegas Famers Market at
Downtown Summerlin will host extended hours on Saturday, October 8 and Sunday,
October 9 for all Festival of Arts attendees to enjoy.

Pacific Concert Group and Q100.5's Nightmare on Q Street returns to Orleans
Arena on Saturday, October 15, featuring top '90s and 2000s hip-hop and rap
artists. Starring hip-hop icon The Game, the concert will feature performances
by special guests Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Too $hort, Digital Underground, The
Luniz and A Lighter Shade of Brown.

Before "Hamilton" . . . Before "In the Heights" . . . there was FREESTYLE LOVE
SUPREME. From producer Lin-Manuel Miranda and fresh from Broadway, FREESTYLE
LOVE SUPREME brings hip-hop improv to The Summit Showroom inside The Venetian®
Resort Las Vegas on Nov. 10. Recipient of a 2020 Special Tony Award®, FREESTYLE
LOVE SUPREME, directed by Thomas Kail, is a non-stop blend of hip-hop,
improvisational comedy, music, and vocal stylings. This cast of talented
performers will provide non-stop action throughout the 90-minute show, spinning
suggestions from the audience into humorous bits, instantaneous songs and riffs,
and fully realized musical numbers. No two shows are ever the same.

America's loudest lounge singer is coming back to Las Vegas. Richard Cheese &
Lounge Against The Machine will return to Rocks Lounge inside Red Rock Resort
Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022 at 8 p.m. Cheese performs swingin' Vegas versions of
rock and rap songs, "swankifying" popular Top-40 hits into retro vocal
standards. Imagine Sinatra singing Radiohead, and you've got Richard Cheese &
Lounge Against The Machine. Since 2000, Cheese has released 20 albums and sold
more than 225,000 CDs. Richard Cheese's songs have been featured in the movies
"The LEGO Batman Movie," "Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice," and "Dawn Of The
Dead," on HBO's "The Leftovers" and on ABC-TV's "Dancing With The Stars," and
he's performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live, CNN with Anderson Cooper, ITV's The
Jonathan Ross Show, Jack Black's "Festival Supreme," England's Sonisphere, MTV's
Say What Karaoke?, KROQ's Kevin & Bean Show, Howard Stern, The Jonathon
Brandmeier Show, Opie & Anthony, and as the house band 20 times on NBC's Last
Call with Carson Daly. The lounge legend has played hundreds of sellout concerts
all over the world, from Las Vegas to London, from Portland to Portugal, from
Honolulu to Hollywood. With his snappy jazz trio, his tiger-striped tuxedo, and
his enormous microphone, Richard Cheese presents the perfect mix of music,
martini, and madcap. Viva Las Queso

Nevada Day is a grand celebration commemorating our admission to statehood on
October 31, 1864. Nevadan's have the distinction of holding the largest
statehood celebration in the nation!

And November 6th is the end of Daylight Savings time (fall back.)

An interesting note…if your birthday is at the end of September or in the first
part of October, your parents probably had sex on New Year’s Eve. is, of course, the place to read the reviews of all of the shows
that are in town so that you can be better informed as to what you should expect
from a certain production. The reviews are updated as needed to give you the
knowledge you need to spend your entertainment dollars better.

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