Las Vegas’ iconic female revue, FANTASY, is returning to Luxor Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas, following the state-wide pause. Recently relocated to the Luxor Theater, the captivating production will remain socially distanced while entertaining audiences with a cast of gorgeous showgirls and the powerhouse vocals of Lorena Peril. Due to popular demand, FANTASY also will offer an additional show at 8 p.m. every Sunday, beginning February 28.
Despite the recent challenges for Vegas shows, FANTASY has remained on top, honored with multiple accolades within the past year, including “Best All-Time Female Revue” by Las Vegas Weekly, and “Best Production Show,” “Best Female Revue” and “Best Bachelor Party” by Las Vegas Review-Journal’s “Best of Las Vegas” Awards. Most recently, FANTASY was inducted into Las Vegas Magazine’s Hall of Fame. Dazzling audiences on the Las Vegas Strip for 21 years and counting, the always-evolving, sexy show features high-energy numbers set to contemporary hits, breathtaking aerial acrobatics and more.
“I couldn’t be prouder of our outstanding cast for remaining strong and optimistic during these challenging times,” said FANTASY producer and Emmy-winning choreographer, Anita Mann. “Although 2020 was a heartbreaking year, we are coming back stronger than ever. We’re thrilled to safely return to the stage and celebrate our recent accomplishments in front of live audiences.”
Las Vegas comedian and magician, Murray SawChuck (who also performs at the Laugh Factory), also will return to mesmerize audiences with illusions while accompanied by stunningly beautiful showgirl, Dani Elizabeth, as his assistant. A veteran performer on the Las Vegas Strip, SawChuck has had over one billion online views, is a regular on “Pawn Stars” and was a finalist on “America’s Got Talent.”
Popular among singles and couples alike, the always-evolving, sexy production showcases 15 high-energy numbers set to a variety of today’s top music. Fans may follow FANTASY on Twitter and Instagram @fantasyluxor or at facebook.com/FantasyLuxor. Shows are scheduled nightly at 10:30 p.m. at the Luxor Theater, plus a second show at 8 p.m. every Sunday, beginning February 28. Tickets are available for purchase at the Luxor box office, online at fantasyluxor.com or by calling 702.262.4400.
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The city of Las Vegas will offer several spring break opportunities for children. Social distancing and other safety guidelines mandated by the governor’s directives will be in effect. For more information and registration, visit www.lasvegasnevada.gov/camps.
Spring Break Camps (K-8th grade) March 29-April 2, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost: $100/child for full week. Veterans Memorial Community Center, 101 N. Pavilion Center Drive.
East Las Vegas Community Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave. Mirabelli Community Center, 6200 Hargrove Ave. Camp activities will include arts and crafts, sports, games, music, life skills, physical fitness and fun, all with trained adult supervision. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Health screenings, face coverings and social distancing will be required. For more information, call 702.229.PLAY (7529).
Rainbow Company Youth Theatre Spring Break Workshop (ages 8-12)
Monday-Friday, March 29–April 3, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.–noon.
Cost: $135/youth for full week. Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.
This meaningful arts experience for youth includes sessions that build trust, courage, self-esteem, creativity, communication, and social skills. Students will end this week-long workshop with a presentation of their skills Saturday, April 3. Rainbow Company Youth Theatre Spring Break Workshop provides students a space to spark their imaginations through the use of theatrical skills like improvisation, storytelling and creative play. Students will develop teamwork, build confidence, discover hidden talents, foster empathy, and create lasting friendships during this week-long arts experience. Youth should bring lunch, snacks, and waters. Facial masks and social distancing required at all times. Registration is open through March 30, or until full. For more information, call 702.229.ARTS (2787).
Broadway Spring Break Musical Theater Camp (ages 10-18). Co-sponsored with Contemporary West Dance Theatre, Monday-Friday, March 29–April 2, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Cost: $210/youth for full week, includes a camp-provided t-shirt to wear each day. Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St. This dynamic musical theater experience will highlight some of the most memorable moments captured from some of Broadway’s most prominent musicals, “Hairspray,” “Hamilton,” and “The Lion King.” Students will commit to a week-long intensive led by renowned Broadway musical theater artists who are now based locally. They will hone their skills in acting, voice, dance and costume design and will create their own Lion King headpieces for the final presentation. The program will culminate with a final performance presentation Friday, April 2, featuring students from the camp. Youth should bring lunch, snacks, and waters. Facial masks and social distancing required at all times. Registration is open through March 30, or until full. For more information, call 702.229.ARTS (2787).
West Las Vegas Arts Center Spring Break Saturday Special Workshop (ages 10-15) Saturday, April 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $42/youth for full-day session.
West Las Vegas Arts Center, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd. This workshop will feature top guest artist instructors for an all-day, immersive experience. Learn fresh Afro Beat, Broadway, and Social Circus skills from three of the best teaching artists in the valley. No prior experience required. Youth should bring lunch, snacks, and waters. Facial masks and social distancing required at all times. Registration is open through April 3, or until full. For more information, call 702.229.ARTS (2787).
The Museum of Gaming History (MoGH) installed at The Neon Museum a new exhibit of artifacts from the Moulin Rouge Casino and Hotel, the first major racially integrated gaming property that also played a crucial role in ending segregation in Las Vegas.
Located in the museum’s La Concha visitor center, the exhibit includes artifacts such as promotional materials, gaming chips, souvenirs, dinnerware, and postcards, all providing a glimpse into the groundbreaking property that made history when it opened and as the location of a pivotal civil rights meeting in March 1960 that led to the beginning of the end of segregation in hotels and casinos.
Among the many artifacts in the exhibit, guests will see a Moulin Rouge promotional flyer that epitomizes the property’s historical significance: “For years men have dreamed of a resort where everyone would be welcomed regardless of color, race or creed. Today that bold dream has come true in Las Vegas, and it has come true in breath-taking fashion.”
Last year, The Neon Museum reassembled and re-illuminated the monumental Moulin Rouge sign to accurately portray how it was originally displayed. Adding the MoGH exhibit complements the museum’s commitment to showcasing the unique history and culture of Las Vegas.
Early on, boxer Joe Louis and the iconic Rat Pack frequented and endorsed the property. Though the original run of the casino was brief, its impact on the Las Vegas community and history is long lasting. The property was revived multiple times throughout its history, including in the 1980s and 1990s when community members and preservationists worked together to get the property listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Museum of Gaming History offers visitors and casino history enthusiasts the opportunity to explore more of Las Vegas, while viewing it through the lens of the city’s past. The MoGH now sponsors eight unique gaming memorabilia exhibits located all over town, including the most recent Moulin Rouge exhibit at The Neon Museum.
The March 5-7 NASCAR Weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will be conducted with a limited number of fans in the speedway seating area.
“We’re excited that we’ll have race fans in attendance for all three days of our March 5-7 NASCAR Weekend,” said LVMS president Chris Powell. “Given what our state and community have been through in the face of this terrible pandemic, we can only hope that this announcement represents some semblance of a return to normalcy.”
Race fans in attendance will be required to maintain proper social distancing, wear face coverings and be subject to temperature checks at the gate. There also will be no fan access to the pit or garage areas throughout the weekend.
“There are no higher priorities than the health and safety of every race fan who is fortunate enough to attend our events,” Powell said. “The same goes for every competitor, official, sponsor and staff member. Everyone has my personal assurance that we will follow every protocol in our zealous effort to keep everyone safe.”
The weekend will kick off on Friday, March 5 with the Bucked Up 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event followed by the Alsco 300 NASCAR Xfinity race on Saturday, March 6. The weekend will conclude with the 24th annual Pennzoil 400 Presented by Jiffy Lube NASCAR Cup Series event on Sunday, March 7. Fans who wish to attend the Pennzoil 400 weekend are encouraged to purchase tickets soon as seating will be extremely limited. For tickets, please log on to www.lvms.com.
I miss my special friend who passed suddenly here in our Village. Mary Wilson an original Supreme, was one of the neatest ladies I had the pleasure of knowing and working with for more than 20 years. Mary had it all: talent, a dynamic voice, charisma galore, and was a loving lady who did it all for more than 60 of her 76 years on this beautiful earth of ours. We shared a lot of secrets over those years.
One thing that has not been well covered since her passing, and it’s one of the most precious things she was so proud of, was her collection of “The Supremes Gowns” that she collected and displayed all over the world. She was working on a permanent site for the ‘Gowns” in Vegas when the CoVid struck in March 2020. I last had dinner with her at the Italian American Club in Dec. 2020 where we also discussed a plan to possibly go into a room at Caesars Palace in 2021 with full sponsorship (which is needed when you four-wall a showroom in the Village).
Mary Wilson had a smile a mile-wide and she loved her fans and life! She will be missed.
Love you my dear friend.