A very dear and personal friend, and the daughter of an iconic entertainer Dean Martin and an internationally celebrated performer in her own right, vocalist Deana Martin will take her audience on a musical sleigh ride of classic and contemporary yuletide tunes in her festive, holiday shows on Sunday, Dec. 8 at The Smith Center at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. This electrifying musical revue toasts the season with beloved melodies honoring her father and other musical greats, with timeless staples such as “Winter Wonderland,” “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” and “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” alongside swinging hits such as “Gee Baby at 2pm & 6pm Ain’t I Good To You” and “The Lady Is a Tramp.”
Performing sold-out concerts worldwide, Deana has recorded numerous albums that topped the Billboard charts, including her debut album “Memories Are Made Of This,” which remained in the top 10 for 40 consecutive weeks. An instantly recognizable voice with her glittering take on the Great American Songbook, Deana’s albums have broken sales records and earned critical acclaim.
In 2018 Martin was bestowed the official title of “Trobairitz” by the Friar’s Club in New York City. This coveted title has previously been awarded to several other esteemed female entertainers, including Liza Minnelli, Barbra Streisand, Dionne Warwick and Kristin Chenoweth.
Deana is undeniably authentic – a living connection to the greatest era in entertainment – touring and hosting her popular celebrity roasts, celebrating famous friends all over the country. Of course, this great friend and I go “Waaaayyyyy,” back to those wonderful times when the “Rat Pack” was alive and swinging at the Sands Hotel (now of course gone like all those great hotels of yesterday). All I can tell ya, gang, is this is a must-see musical presentation by one of the best, Deana Martin. Tickets are available online at thesmithcenter.com or by phone at 702-749-2012.
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Macy’s and Make-A-Wish will celebrate the 12th annual National Believe Day at Macy’s Downtown Summerlin on Friday, December 6 at 3:00 p.m., with a parade starting promptly at 3:30 p.m. featuring Southern Nevada wish kids who will be joined by officers from Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Clark County Fire Department and Santa Claus. Macy’s Believe campaign is a national initiative that raises more than $1 million annually for Make-A-Wish via a letters-to-Santa campaign. Our local Make-A-Wish chapter receives tens of thousands of dollars from this initiative every year to help grant wishes to children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses. Macy’s Believe campaign invites “Believers” of all ages to bring their letters to Santa to their local Macy’s store or send online at macys.com/believe. For every letter received now through Dec. 24, Macy’s will donate $1, up to $1 million, to Make-A-Wish. On National Believe Day only, Macy’s will donate $2 for every letter submitted. For more information about Macy’s Believe campaign, visit macys.com/believe.
Make-A-Wish grants life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true has positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illness, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada is part of one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children living in Clark, Nye, Lincoln and Esmeralda Counties. With the help of generous donors and more than 500 volunteers, Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada has granted more than 2,100 wishes since its inception in 1996. Visit Make-A-Wish at snv.wish.org.
The Plaza Hotel & Casino is proud to bring a western legacy back to downtown Las Vegas when it will again serve as the official host hotel for the Junior World Finals and a hotel partner of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) with a record number of rodeo events scheduled across the entire property, including in its outdoor equestrian facility, the Core Arena, Dec. 5-14.
The Core Arena will offer three outdoor arenas where 500 of rodeo’s future stars will compete in various competitions, including barrel racing, mini bulls, team roping, steer wrestling, tie-down and breakaway roping. Specific events include: Junior American and the Patriot Team Roping and Steer Wrestling (Dec. 5-13), Las Vegas Stars Tie-Down and Breakaway (Dec. 6-13), and the International Miniature Bull riders Association (Dec. 4-8)
For the second year, the Rodeo Fashion and Western Arts Expo takes over the Plaza’s fully updated and downtown’s largest ballroom from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, Dec. 5-14. The carefully curated shopping event features a diverse array of apparel and accessory designers, artisans, jewelers and Western couture from more 75 Western industry vendors, including its top makers and trend setters. The expo highlights exclusive products and has become a marquee part of the annual rodeo experience in Las Vegas.
The Plaza will also again host the Diamonds in the Desert Premier Horse Sale in its showroom on Thursday, Dec. 12 at noon. The public as well as horse brokers and buyers from across the country are invited to attend the sale that will feature live and online bidding on 75 performance horses of all disciplines.
NFR enthusiasts can also attend the free Rodeo for a Reason NFR Watch Party hosted by famed rodeo announcer Johnny Dudley, Dec. 5-14 from 7 to 9 p.m., inside the Plaza’s showroom. The family-friendly watch party will offer nightly prizes and giveaways, including a custom Bullseye saddle, as well as special guest appearances. Doors open at 6 p.m. The Plaza will also offer free shuttle service to and from the NFR evening events at Thomas & Mack Center. New this year, the Plaza and Bull West Live have partnered to hold a bull sale on Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. Fifteen of the top pre-classic three-year-old bucking bulls in the nation were hand-selected and will be matched up with 15 elite buyers to go head to head in an auction format for preferred selection. The bulls will be sold to compete for over $1.6 million in prizes during the 2020 season.
During NFR, the Core Arena will again offer 200-plus equine stalls, including the largest stalls in the city. Coupled with 24-hour onsite security and veterinarian services, the Plaza makes it easy for rodeo participants and enthusiasts to “kiss their horses goodnight,” knowing their animals will be safe while they enjoy their evening just steps away playing on the casino floor or having a delicious steak dinner at Oscar’s Steakhouse.
With nearly 170,000 people attending the NFR last year, the Plaza is creating unmatched reasons for more people to come to downtown Las Vegas during the industry’s biggest event. Multiple events at the Core Arena coupled with free viewing parties, live entertainment, RFWA Expo, complimentary shuttles and numerous food and drink specials sets the Plaza apart as the place to be for NFR and the property leading the resurgence of the western legacy in downtown Las Vegas. To learn more, visit: https://www.plazahotelcasino.com/entertainment/nfr/.
The Super Summer Theatre fall/winter season In City Series continues with performances of “House of Tomorrow,” playing Thursday, Dec. 5 – Sunday, December 15 at Super Summer Theatre Studios. Presented by Super Summer Theatre and Speeding Theatre, “House of Tomorrow” weaves together humorous, yet poignant, stories about seniors taking strength from their yesterdays, pursuing the passions of their tomorrows, opening the doors and windows of their lives (AKA their houses) to remodeling and keeping their dreams big and their hopes high. Viewers will be taken on a journey to meet seniors navigating the uncharted waters of online dating, trying in vain to order a refill from a mail order pharmacy, responding to adult children concerned about driving safety, experiencing the stresses of forced downsizing and see how one senior’s view of a weekend together differs hilariously from her daughter’s take on it—as well as other fun stories about seniors undaunted by the challenges life keeps throwing at them.
Experience the intimate thrust style theatre, boasting productions with the same flair and talent held during the summer season. Tickets for the In-City Series are $20 for general admission. The lobby opens at 6 p.m. with seating at 6:30 p.m. Show time is 7 p.m. The studio is located at 4340 S. Valley View, Suite 208 Las Vegas, NV 89103.
Remaining In City Series shows include “First Date,” playing Thursday, January 30 – Sunday, February 16, 2020 and “The Rat Pack Lounge,” playing Thursday, March 5 – Sunday, March 22, 2020. For more information, call 702.579.PLAY (7529), visit www.supersummertheatre.org or e-mail [email protected]. For the latest show updates, follow Super Summer Theatre on Facebook, Instagram @supersummertheatre and Twitter.
Super Summer Theatre is a non-profit organization with the mission to promote the use of Nevada State Parks by providing quality, family-oriented and reasonably priced cultural entertainment to the community, including theatrical arts educational opportunities. The outdoor theatre is at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park and indoor theatre is located at the ViewPoint Center located at 4340 S Valley View Blvd. The season now runs year-round May through September at the Bowman Outdoor Pavilion located at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park and October through March in the SST Studios for the Performing Arts.
Beloved showman Matt Goss recently celebrated 10 years as a Las Vegas Strip entertainer, completed his sold-out UK tour and has extended his acclaimed engagement through April 2020 inside 1 OAK nightclub at The Mirage. Tickets to see Goss bring his celebrated act, including a multi-piece Big band, sultry backup singers and iconic showgirls, start at $25 (not including applicable service fees) and are on sale now.
All shows are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at any MGM Resorts International box office, online at mgmresorts.com/mirage or ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 963-9634 or (702) 792-7777.
Guests looking for exclusive ticket prices and discounts for select shows can sign up for M life Rewards – MGM Resorts International’s loyalty program. M life Rewards provides members benefits and once-in-a-lifetime experiences at the company’s incomparable collection of resort destinations. To join, or for more information, visit mgmresorts.com/mlife.
Well, gang, see ya at the Smith Center this Sunday.