Freaking Bros. Anniversary, Jim Belushi at The Laugh Factory, NASCAR at LVMS, & Much More

Freaking Bros, is proud to celebrate equality, diversity, and inclusion with the inaugural “Freakling LGBTQ Night.” Freakling Bros. stands proudly alongside the LGBTQ community and as a token of that alliance, and a thank you for the decades of support from the Las Vegas community, will offer special 2-for-1 tickets, as well as a free rainbow glow necklace, on Sunday, October 15, 2017.


Freakling LGBTQ Night will be a celebrate.” on of equality, diversity and inclusion in the Las Vegas community,” said J.T. Mollner, Co-Creator of Freakling Bros. The Trilogy of Terror. “Freakling Bros. stands proudly alongside our friends within the LGBTQ community, many of which are in the ‘Freakling Family,’ and offer a safe space to congregate throughout the Halloween season for those who identify as LGBTQ, as well as allies, and get the hell scared out of them.”


Freakling Bros 25th Anniversary

Celebrating its 25th year in Las Vegas, Freakling Bros. The Trilogy of Terror will once again feature three heart-stopping haunts, including the classic Castle Vampyre, the experimental Coven of 13, and the award-winning, world famous Gates of Hell, Nevada’s first and only R-rated attraction. Tickets are $15 for Coven of 13 and Castle Vampyre and $17 for Gates of Hell. Line-pass t-shirts are available for $15 and are valid all month. In celebration of FREAKLING LGBTQ NIGHT tickets of the same type will be 2-for-1 on Sunday, October 15, 2017. Discounts are available for combining houses and multiple visits, including the $39 “Freak Pass.” To enter the Gates of Hell you must be at least 17 years of age or accompanied by an adult, and you must sign a consent form.


Located at the Grand Canyon Shopping Center at 4245 S. Grand Canyon Dr. (Flamingo and the 215 Beltway), the Freakling Bros. The Trilogy of Terror box office will operate from 7 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday – Thursday through Thursday, Oct. 26. The box office will close at midnight from Friday, Oct. 27 through Tuesday, Oct. 31. Castle Vampyre, COVEN of 13 and Gates of Hell will remain open until every ticket holder has entered. Dates of operation will be Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, Oct. 6 – 8 and Oct. 13 – 31.

For more information on the The Trilogy of Terror, call 362-FEAR or visit. Follow Freakling Bros. on Facebook and Twitter for haunting updates, or go to



Jim Belushi

Jim Belushi is a performer, not just an actor, comedian, singer– but a performer.  Now just put all these qualities together, and you have a heck of a show. Belushi will be appearing at the Laugh Factory inside the new Tropicana Las Vegas, beginning Friday, Oct.6 through Sunday with tickets ranging from $44.95 to $59.95 for VIP seating with booths priced at $69.95. Showtimes for this special engagement is 8:30 p.m.


Belushi has been a favorite in film, television, and stage for more than 30 years.  A proud Chicagoan, Jim became a resident member of Chicago’s famed Second City for three years.  In 1979, he left for Hollywood to star in a television series called “Who’s Watching the Kids.,” and later in “Working Stiffs” with Michael Keaton. In 1983, Jim wrote and appeared in Saturday Night Live for two seasons.  Other television credits include starring in the Oliver Stone/ABC miniseries “Wild Palm” and the critically acclaimed series “Beggars and Choosers.” Most notably, Jim starred in the ABC hit comedy “According to Jim.”  He also served as executive producer, music composer and director. Other movie credits include Homer and Eddie, The Principal, K-9, Joe Somebody, Red Heat, Once Upon a Crime, Return to Me, Mr. Destiny, Only the Lonely, North of Hell just to name a few. Baluchi’s newest movie “Wonder Wheel” was written and directed by Woody Allen. It’s release date is December 1st.  There is a buzz in Hollywood that Jim’s performance may garner him some major award nominations. He is also keeping busy starring in “Twin Peaks.”


Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi as The Blues Brothers

Besides acting, Jim is also a musician.  He and Dan Aykroyd together as the Blues Brothers opened for The Rolling Stones in 2005, and have continued to performer all over the world.  Jim also headlines his own group, “The Sacred Hearts,” which is the official house band for the House of Blues chain of venues.  For over 18 years, with harmonica in hand Jim and the bands entertained President Bill Clinton and several Senators.  Jim and Aykroyd recorded an album entitled “Have Love, Will Travel.” It was number one on the blues charts. More recently Jim teamed up with his “According to Jim” co-star Larry Joe Campbell and four other talented and funny Second City alumni to create Jim Belushi and the Board of Comedy.  The group brings an improvised comedy sketch to stages at colleges, comedy clubs, performing arts center, corporate events, and casinos worldwide.



Defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion Johnny Sauter and Las Vegas native Noah Gragson highlight a strong field for this Saturday’s Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  Sauter, who won the NCWTS race at LVMS in 2009, is back in the series playoffs again this year and will be gunning for the checkered flag in Race 2 of the NASCAR Playoffs at the 1.5-mile speedway. Gragson, a 14-time Bullring winner and NCWTS rookie, will realize a dream by racing at LVMS in front of a national television audience in his hometown for the first time.

The field also includes 2013 winner Timothy Peters, action star Travis Pastrana and NCWTS Playoffs qualifiers Christopher Bell, Matt Crafton, Ben Rhodes, Austin Cindric, Kaz Grala, Chase Briscoe and John Hunter Nemechek. Las Vegas’ Kyle Busch will have three drivers – Myatt Snider, Bell and Gragson – representing Kyle Busch Motorsports in the race.  The green flag for the 146-lap race drops at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, with Stage 1 ending at lap 35 and Stage 2 concluding with lap 70. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 beginning at 5:00 p.m. The track’s wildly popular Neon Garage opens at 8:30 a.m. and is free to all attendees, and practice sessions run from 8:30-9:25 a.m. and 10-10:55 a.m. In addition, a driver autograph session will take place from 1-1:45 p.m. in the Fan Engagement Area, and qualifying begins at 3:10 p.m.

Johnny Sauter

Johnny Sauter driving the No. 21 Allegiant Chevrolet Silverado will utilize GMS chassis No. 301. Sauter raced this chassis to his second win of the season at Chicagoland Speedway. It debuted earlier in the year at Iowa Speedway (start: 4th, finish: 2nd). Sauter’s Las Vegas Stats is 8 starts, 1 win, 4 top-fives, and 5 top-10s.  Following a ninth-place showing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sauter sits second in the NCWTS driver championship point standings. “Las Vegas is getting a little rigid, a little rough, and with the setups we’re running you’re sacrificing a little ride quality for speed. Vegas is always one of those places where you go out there and it’s a one-day show,” Sauter said. “You practice early, then qualify later in the afternoon, and then go right in to the race, so you’ve got to be on your game. It puts a pretty big emphasis on making sure you’re right when you get there. It still has its challenges but I do think that race track has come around as far as being able to race all over the place so I look forward to that this time.”

“Chicagoland (Speedway) was a tough one for us but it got us moving in the right direction for Las Vegas (Motor Speedway) this weekend. We’ll be trying something a bit new and hopefully finding some speed with that. I’m excited about that race because it’s an opportunity to better ourselves. If we can take the execution we had in Chicago and add a bit more speed to it, we should be good for Vegas.”


Fans attending Saturday’s Las Vegas 350 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race are in for a treat.  For the second consecutive year, LVMS will host “350 Fest,” a free daylong festival for race fans of all ages, in its spacious Fan Engagement Area before the night’s NCWTS playoff race. A kid’s zone, the third annual LVMS Show & Shine Car Show presented by Star Nursery to benefit Speedway Children’s Charities and a NASCAR driver autograph session are just a few of the highlights of the day’s lineup.  A beer garden, food trucks, pet adoptions by The Animal Foundation, vendor booths, giveaways and entertainment also will be part of the festivities.  Fans can enjoy 350 Fest from noon to 4 p.m., and later that evening watch as the NCWTS’ biggest stars take to the 1.5-mile superspeedway for the 21st running of the 146-lap race. Children 12 and under will receive free admission to the race with a ticketed adult.

The kids zone will have inflatable rides, a bounce house, face painters, balloon artists and more. Hundreds of hot rods are expected for the Show & Shine, and winners will be crowned in a number of categories, including a kids’ choice. The car show winners will have the opportunity to drive their vehicles on the speedway for a victory lap before the evening’s race, and anyone wishing to register for the car show can do so online via this link. The green flag for the NCWTS race – one of the Round of 8 races in the truck series’ playoffs – drops at 5:00 p.m. The track’s wildly popular Neon Garage opens at 8:30 a.m. and is free to all attendees, and practice sessions run from 8:30-9:25 a.m. and 10:00-10:55 a.m. In addition, the driver autograph session will take place from 1:00-2:00 p.m. in the Fan Engagement Area, and qualifying begins at 3:10 p.m.  For race tickets, call 1-800-644-4444 or log on to


Jonathan Karrant

Jonathan Karrant will be performing every fourth Wednesday evening, beginning at 7:00 p.m. with a 90-minute show, inside the Red Rock Casino, 11011 Charleston Blvd, 89135, on a regular basis.  “Jonathan Karrant is one hip jazz vocalists, born to sing and swing with style.” Jazz Corner reported.  Jonathan’s album, “On and On” hit #4 on the Billboard Jazz charts. He has received honors throughout the states including; the New York City Jazz Cabaret Honors, named “Best Singer” for the Bravo California Awards, and was named one of the top 12 rising jazz vocalists in New York by the NYC Jazz Record. “A voice, romantic without being cloying, warm but not forced, Jonathan carries songs with an emotional weight that reaches your soul. At the same time, he can swing with the kind of jazz suave that was patented by Mel Torme.” Cabaret Scenes From classic selections of the American Songbook to bringing his own jazzy twist to contemporary songs, you’ll be thrilled by this engaging young singer.


The Temptations


Motown supergroup The Temptations will bring their timeless hits and iconic moves to The Orleans Showroom on Oct. 28-29. The Temptations hit the music scene in 1960, impressing fans with their harmonic vocals, flashy wardrobe, and smooth dance moves. The group signed with Motown Records in 1961, and began releasing chart-topping hits like “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” “Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)” and their biggest hit, “My Girl.” The Temptations evolved their sound and style as they entered the early 1970s, releasing the hits “Runaway Child, Running Wild,” “Cloud Nine” and No. 1 single “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone.” In their nearly sixty-year career, The Temptations have achieved tremendous musical success. With 37 top-10 hits, 15 No. 1 singles, 17 No. 1 albums and tens of millions of albums sold, they have become one of the most successful groups in music history. In 1989, The Temptations were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for their influential R&B and soul music. The group has also won seven Grammy Awards, including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.

In commemoration of their 50th anniversary, The Temptations released their latest album “Still Here,” which debuted on the Billboard Top 200 Album list in 2010.  The group’s current lineup features original member Otis Williams, along with Billy Bannister, Terry Weeks, Ron Tyson, Larry Braggs, and Willie Greene. Showtime is 8:00 p.m. Tickets start at $49.95 plus tax and fees, and can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000; online at; or in-person at gift shops inside The Orleans, Suncoast, Gold Coast, and Sam’s Town. Tickets may also be purchased the day of the show (depending upon availability) at the venue box office.


Patrick Page

After twenty-eight years away, Patrick Page is returning to the Utah Shakespeare Festival to perform his one-man show “All the Devils Are Here,” an exploration of the evil depicted in Shakespeare’s plays.   Page will present a public performance in the Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre at 2 p.m. on September 29. General admission tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Festival Ticket Office in the Beverley Center for the Arts, by calling 800-PLAYTIX, or online at Advance reservations are recommended.   Earlier in the day Page will perform the new play for students, including participants in the annual Shakespeare Competition, hosted by the Festival and Southern Utah University. “Patrick is joining other theatre artists who have come to adjudicate for the annual Shakespeare Competition to assist in the training of budding actors,” Education Director Michael Bahr said. “He offered to perform the play as an additional opportunity for students to learn their craft from a professional.   Tickets to this performance are free and limited to students and their teachers. However, they must have a complimentary ticket which is available by contacting the Ticket Office in person or by calling 800-PLAYTIX. These tickets are not available online.

Page was a popular performer at the Festival from 1984 to 1989, playing such roles as Ben Jonson in Nothing Like the Sun, Iago in Macbeth, Jaques in As You Like It, Marcus Brutus in Julius Caesar, and the title roles in Macbeth and Richard III. He has since acted across the country and been hailed as “one of America’s leading classical actors” by the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. He originated the role of the The Green Goblin in Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark and the Grinch in How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Other New York credits include Scar in The Lion King on Broadway, the title role in Cymbeline for the New York Shakespeare Festival in Central Park, Henry VIII in A Man for All Seasons, Max in The Sound of Music at Carnegie Hall, and Jacob Marley in A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden.

Tickets are still on sale for the Festival’s 56th season which continues through October 21 with performances of How to Fight Loneliness, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tavern, and William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged). For more information and tickets visit or call 1-800-PLAYTIX.  The Utah Shakespeare Festival is part of the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts at Southern Utah University, which also includes the Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA).


Well, gang, that’s about it for this week.

I’m outa here!

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