Don McLean Readies ‘Botanical Gardens’ For March 23 Release; Legendary Songwriter To Be Honored In His Hometown; NYC & UK Media Appearances & More!

DON MCLEAN SET TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM BOTANICAL GARDENS MARCH 23

Don’s hometown of New Rochelle, New York set to honor Don on March 21, along with an appearance on BBC’s Breakfast News March 15 with more BBC Radio interviews this week and major media appearances scheduled in New York City March 21 & 22.

 Iconic American singer, songwriter and performer Don McLean is set to release his new album Botanical Gardens on March 23, 2018 via BMG.

Don is set to appear on BBC Breakfast Thursday, March 15 along with multiple BBC radio stations and Absolute Radio in the U.K.

“Greetings from London where we are promoting my new album ‘Botanical Gardens’, said McLean. “The reception has been wonderful and I look forward to coming to New York next, where we will perform at City Winery on Friday the 23rd! I think this new album will do very well. Take a listen to “Ain’t She a Honey” and “Total Eclipse of The Sun” – I hope it will be something people like.”

Don is profiled in a new episode of Heartland TV’s More Than The Music airing Tuesday, March 20 at 8:00pm ET/PT as well as Heartland’s Roku channel and online at watchheartlandtv.com, with an encore viewing Sunday, March 25 at 8:00pm ET/PT.

On March 21, Don’s hometown of New Rochelle, New York will have its own piece of “American Pie” when the world-renowned singer and songwriter will dedicate his existing plaque at the city’s Walk of Fame in Ruby Dee Park at Library Green. The ceremony is open to the public, beginning at 4 PM, and will be hosted by Jennifer Lanser, Executive Director of the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce. Later that evening the city will honor McLean with a Lifetime Achievement Award at their annual Dinner Dance and Awards ceremony at 7pm. For more information or to RSVP, contact the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce at info@newrochamber.org, infonewrochamber@gmail.com, call 914-632-5700 or visit newrochellechamber.org.

Don then returns to New York City with appearances scheduled at ABC News Radio, WABC’s Bernie & Sid, iHeart/Premiere Radio Networks, Fox News Radio, United Stations, LifeMinute, and more, ending the week with a performance at City Winery Friday, March 23.

With over 40 gold and platinum records worldwide, his prowess for writing timeless songs is once again captured on Botanical Gardens, as he artfully weaves country, Americana, folk, and boot stomping rock for an eclectic, yet American sound that he is known for.

Botanical Gardens, his 19th studio album and first in 8 years, is arguably one of Don’s most reflective to date. As he characterizes it, “The inspiration for the project started years ago when I would walk in the beautiful gardens in Sydney, Australia near the Opera House. I would dream young dreams and it was a comfort and an inspiration. I was always young inside, like we all are, and I felt it again there.” Further reflecting on the record, Don says, “the whole album really revolves around the title song. Later on I realized that the gardens are really a metaphorical heaven, and there’s a kind of death and rebirth.

Intimacy can be found at the heart of this record, with Don penning personal numbers looking back on a life well-lived, as well as his observations on youth and love. Recording at Watershed Studios in Nashville also allowed a different kind of intimacy for Don and his band, as they were made to “play close and feel the music”, resulting in a raw, yet tight sound throughout.

In nearly 50 years, Don’s songs have become an iconic staple of American music. His music has been performed by artists as diverse as Elvis Presley, Madonna, Fred Astaire, Drake, James Blake, Ellie Goulding, Chet Atkins, Garth Brooks, Weird Al Yankovic, George Michael, Josh Groban, Coolio and Ed Sheeran.

 

Official Botanical Gardens track listing:

1. Botanical Gardens
2. The Lucky Guy
3. A Total Eclipse Of The Sun
4. The Waving Man
5. When July Comes
6. You’re All I Ever Had
7. Rock and Roll Your Baby
8. I’ve Cried All The Tears That I Have
9. Ain’t She A Honey
10. The King of Fools
11. Grief And Hope
12. You’ve Got Such Beautiful Eyes
13. Last Night When We Were Young

Don McLean U.S. & European Tour Dates:
Mar 23 City Winery – New York, N.Y.
Apr 13 Greenwich Odeum – East Greenwich, R.I.
Apr 14 The Birchmere – Alexandria, Va.
Apr 29 Southend Cliffs Pavilion – Westcliff-On-Sea, UK
Apr 30 York Barbican Centre – York, UK
May 01 Victoria Theatre – Halifax, UK
May 02 Sage Gateshead – Gateshead, UK
May 04 De La Warr Pavilion – Brexhill-On-Sea, UK
May 06 Wales Millennium Center – Cardiff, UK
May 07 The Bridgewater Hall – Manchester, UK
May 09 London Palladium – London, UK
May 10 Symphony Hall – Birmingham, UK
May 11 Colston Hall – Bristol, UK
May 13 Philharmonic Hall – Liverpool, UK
May 15 Glasgow Royal Concert Hall – Glasgow, UK
May 16 Usher Hall Edinburgh, UK
Click here for Don’s entire tour calendar

“Indisputably one of THE tours of the year.” — HotPress.com

For more information on Don McLean visit his website, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

About Don McLean:
A New York native, Don McLean is one of the most revered and respected songwriters in American history. After paying his dues in the New York club scene in the late ‘60s, he went on to score mega-hits like “American Pie,” “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night),” “Castles in the Air” and many more. In 2004, McLean was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame by country superstar Garth Brooks. “American Pie” has brought great happiness and hope to millions of people through the years and continues to be honored for its success. In 2000, the song was named one of the Top 5 Songs of the 20th Century by the RIAA and in 2002 was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. 2017 brought a huge honor when the iconic song was inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry, joining less than 500 works including “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” classical music compositions, infamous live broadcasts and similar recordings. McLean continues to tour both North America and abroad bringing a mix of his classic hits with an array of new works.

Blue Man Group Spreads Holiday Cheer with Additional Matinee Performances Every Day, Dec. 21 – Jan. 2, 2018

 

BLUE MAN GROUP SPREADS HOLIDAY CHEER WITH ADDITIONAL MATINEE PERFORMANCES EVERY DAY, DEC. 21 – JAN. 2, 2018

Get a Sneak Peek of Blue Man Group’s Holiday Spirit HERE

 

 To accommodate the holiday season, Blue Man Group Las Vegas is adding matinee performances to their regular show schedule from Thursday, Dec. 21 – Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018. Shows will be held at 4, 7 and 9:30 p.m. each day, with the exception of Sunday, Dec. 31, when performances are scheduled for 1, 4 and 7 p.m. in observance of New Year’s Eve.

 

Nevada residents can also take advantage of an exclusive Buy One, Get One Free ticket offer now through Dec. 31, 2017 with proof of a valid Nevada ID. Tickets start at $59 (plus taxes and fees) and can be purchased online or at the box office.

For more information on Blue Man Group, visit www.blueman.com/vegas or follow @bluemangroup on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

 

ABOUT BLUE MAN GROUP LAS VEGAS
International entertainment phenomenon Blue Man Group has returned to Luxor Hotel and Casino where they first took Las Vegas by storm. The Blue Man Theater has been custom designed for the ideal Blue Man Group experience with audiences closer to the action than ever before.

 

Blue Man Productions is a global entertainment company best known for the award-winning Blue Man Group show, performed in over 20 countries and seen by more than 35 million people worldwide since 1991. A dynamic combination of art, music, comedy and technology, the show’s euphoric celebration of human connection has universal appeal for a broad range of age groups and cultural backgrounds. The show is continually refreshed with new music, fresh stories, custom instruments and state-of-the-art technology. Blue Man Group has permanent theatrical productions in New York, Las Vegas, Boston, Chicago, Orlando, Berlin and a World Tour.

 

This creative collective has become part of the pop culture zeitgeist. Blue Man Group has served as the face of branding campaigns for Intel and TIM/Brasil and appeared countless times on hit shows like “The Tonight Show,” “Arrested Development,” “Ellen,” “Schlag den Raab” (Germany), “WOWOW” (Japan), and “Caldeirão do Huck” (Brasil).

 

Beyond the stage show, they are Grammy-nominated recording artists, known for their contributions to various film and TV scores and multiple Blue Man Group albums, including their most recent, THREE.  Their “Megastar World Tour” rock concert parody played arenas across the globe. The group’s recently published first-ever book, Blue Man World, is a visually stunning anthropological exploration of the curious bald and blue character.

Minus5 Ice Experience Celebrates Labor Day with Special Offer at All Locations

 

MINUS5 ICE EXPERIENCE CELEBRATES LABOR DAY WITH SPECIAL OFFER AT ALL LOCATIONS

 

 

WHAT:
Minus5 Ice Experience, the coolest experience in Las Vegas, New York and Orlando, will celebrate Labor Day-and the unofficial end of summer-with a special offer for everyone to enjoy. Guests who visit the one-of-a-kind ice experience can receive 20% off entry before 8:00 p.m. at any Minus5 location. Tempered at minus five degrees Celsius, guests are invited to celebrate the end of summer with signature cocktails in glasses made of pure ice.

WHEN:
Monday, September 4, 2017

WHERE:

Minus5 Ice Experience at Grand Canal Shoppes
3377 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 293-3388

Minus5 Ice Experience at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place
3930 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 740-5800

Minus5 Ice Experience at Monte Carlo
3770 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 643-7800

Minus5 Ice Experience at New York Hilton Midtown
1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019
(212) 757-4610

Minus5 Ice Experience at Pointe Orlando
9101 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 704-6956

About Minus5
Created in 2001, Minus5 Ice Experience is a unique ice-themed experience where guests can enjoy quality vodka cocktails served in a glass made of 100% pure ice, all within the beauty of a -5° Celsius (23° Fahrenheit) stunning ice environment. This icy experience begins with donning Minus5 parkas and gloves, then entering a fully frozen attraction, complete with walls, tables, benches and a bar made completely of ice. Guests are surrounded by a variety of intricate works of art, carved out of pristine ice, and created by some of the country’s most award-winning ice carvers. The experience is rounded out with a state-of-the-art sound and LED light show, providing much more than just a place to grab a cold cocktail. It’s a true entertainment experience. Upon exiting, guests can purchase permanent memories of their time spent at Minus5 Ice Experience including high-quality logoed clothing, framed photographs and other cool merchandise. In addition, Minus5 Ice Experience is also available for private and corporate events allowing for something completely unique for guests, clients and coworkers. To learn more, visit www.minus5experience.com or find them on Facebook and Twitter @Minus5IceExperience.

On Shelves Tomorrow: Redken’s No Blow Dry Air Stylers

NEW! NO BLOW DRY #NBD
Redken introduces a whole new way to achieve styled hair without the heat.

 

One in two women air-dry their hair. * With this fact in mind, Redken has developed NEW No Blow Dry air dry stylers, the easy solution that allows consumers to achieve a frizz-controlled style without the use of a blow dryer. Designed for people on-the-go who are either short on time or do not have the desire to heat style their hair, No Blow Dry is a great alternative to a heat styler.

 

The air-drying trend has also been seen across the New York, London, Milan and Paris Fashion Week runways, where embracing one’s natural hair texture is now more on-trend than ever. Designers have drawn inspiration from each model’s individual esthetics and style, incorporating their own personalities into the overall ‘look.’ This trend has translated from runway to every day, where consumers are letting their hair air dry naturally, then taming frizz with a leave-in cream.

 

Ideal for consumers who are tight on time, taking a break from heat tools, or want to achieve an effortless it-girl look, No Blow Dry gives a perfected air-dried finish with the help of Redken’s Air-Tex Technology, which contains flexible polymers for control and movement as well as quick dry polymers to speed up drying time. Each cream gives noticeable style results with natural movement and control, a soft touch and a no-product feel.

 

“It can seem counterintuitive for a stylist to recommend a styling product that involves nothing more than air-dry,” says Rodney Cutler, Redken Brand Ambassador and owner of Cutler/Redken Salons in NYC. “However, for me, products like No Blow Dry perfectly capture today’s consumers: they’re multitaskers on-the-go, and as we’ve seen at Fashion Week, that effortless look is more chic than ever. As a stylist, it’s important for me to give a client a great cut and shape so that their hair can dry naturally, and this product is the perfect complement. It’s unrealistic to think that a customer will blow dry their hair every single day for that fresh-out-of-the-salon look, so recommending an air dry cream is a great alternative to suggest so clients can still achieve amazing style.”

 

The NEW No Blow Dry collection contains three new creams: Airy Cream for fine hair, Just Right Cream for medium hair and Bossy Cream for coarse hair types. To use any of the No Blow Dry creams, simply work a dime-sized amount evenly into damp hair, then scrunch or twist in and air-dry for best results.

 

TIPS & TRICKS

  • For loose beach waves, apply the appropriate No Blow Dry to damp hair. Create one loose braid and let hair air-dry. Undo braid, and shake out hair to perfectly waved tendrils.
  • For tighter beach waves, apply the appropriate No Blow Dry then create two or more braid, depending on hair’s thickness. Let hair air-dry, then undo braids and shake out hair.
  • For a soft, face-framing bend, apply the appropriate No Blow Dry then clip hair behind ears and allow it to air-dry. Unclip, then gently tousle.
  • For bouncy waves with root volume, apply the appropriate No Blow Dry then twist hair into a high topknot, and allow to air-dry. Undo the topknot and gently brush through.
  • For tousled waves with sleek roots, apply the appropriate No Blow Dry then twit hair into two low buns, and allow to air-dry. Undo the buns and gently brush through.
  • For enhanced natural texture, apply the appropriate No Blow Dry then scrunch hair and allow it to air-dry.
  • For defined natural curls, apply the appropriate No Blow Dry then gently twist curls into shape using fingers and allow to air-dry.

 

The suggested retail price for No Blow Dry is ($24) and is only available at Redken authorized salons nationwide starting in April 2017.

 

About Redken
Redken 5th Avenue NYC is a professional haircare and haircolor company dedicated to providing inspiring education, groundbreaking products and unparalleled creativity for clients and stylists alike. With a backstage presence at Fashion Week in New York, London, Milan and Paris, Redken has become a leader in backstage beauty, creating the runway looks for the industry’s most prestigious designers. A unique mix of fashion, innovation and inspiration, Redken creates the buzz, sets the pace and establishes what’s new, what’s hot and what’s next in hair. To locate a Redken salon please log on to Redken.com. Please note, Redken products can only be guaranteed authentic when purchased from a salon or authorized retailer partners – ULTA, Beauty Brands, JCP and Look Fantastic. We request that you do not credit drugstores or unauthorized retailers. For more information, visit Redken.com, like Redken on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Periscope @Redken5thAve.

 

NEW! REDKEN NO BLOW DRY #NBD

NEW! NO BLOW DRY #NBD
Redken introduces a whole new way to achieve styled hair without the heat.

One in two women air-dry their hair. * With this fact in mind, Redken has developed NEW No Blow Dry air dry stylers, the easy solution that allows consumers to achieve a frizz-controlled style without the use of a blow dryer. Designed for people on-the-go who are either short on time or do not have the desire to heat style their hair, No Blow Dry is a great alternative to a heat styler.

 

The air-drying trend has also been seen across the New York, London, Milan and Paris Fashion Week runways, where embracing one’s natural hair texture is now more on-trend than ever. Designers have drawn inspiration from each model’s individual esthetics and style, incorporating their own personalities into the overall ‘look.’ This trend has translated from runway to every day, where consumers are letting their hair air dry naturally, then taming frizz with a leave-in cream.

 

Ideal for consumers who are tight on time, taking a break from heat tools, or want to achieve an effortless it-girl look, No Blow Dry gives a perfected air-dried finish with the help of Redken’s Air-Tex Technology, which contains flexible polymers for control and movement as well as quick dry polymers to speed up drying time. Each cream gives noticeable style results with natural movement and control, a soft touch and a no-product feel.

 

“It can seem counterintuitive for a stylist to recommend a styling product that involves nothing more than air-dry,” says Rodney Cutler, Redken Brand Ambassador and owner of Cutler/Redken Salons in NYC. “However, for me, products like No Blow Dry perfectly capture today’s consumers: they’re multitaskers on-the-go, and as we’ve seen at Fashion Week, that effortless look is more chic than ever. As a stylist, it’s important for me to give a client a great cut and shape so that their hair can dry naturally, and this product is the perfect complement. It’s unrealistic to think that a customer will blow dry their hair every single day for that fresh-out-of-the-salon look, so recommending an air dry cream is a great alternative to suggest so clients can still achieve amazing style.”

 

The NEW No Blow Dry collection contains three new creams: Airy Cream for fine hair, Just Right Cream for medium hair and Bossy Cream for coarse hair types. To use any of the No Blow Dry creams, simply work a dime-sized amount evenly into damp hair, then scrunch or twist in and air-dry for best results.

 

TIPS & TRICKS

  • For loose beach waves, apply the appropriate No Blow Dry to damp hair. Create one loose braid and let hair air-dry. Undo braid, and shake out hair to perfectly waved tendrils.
  • For tighter beach waves, apply the appropriate No Blow Dry then create two or more braid, depending on hair’s thickness. Let hair air-dry, then undo braids and shake out hair.
  • For a soft, face-framing bend, apply the appropriate No Blow Dry then clip hair behind ears and allow it to air-dry. Unclip, then gently tousle.
  • For bouncy waves with root volume, apply the appropriate No Blow Dry then twist hair into a high topknot, and allow to air-dry. Undo the topknot and gently brush through.
  • For tousled waves with sleek roots, apply the appropriate No Blow Dry then twit hair into two low buns, and allow to air-dry. Undo the buns and gently brush through.
  • For enhanced natural texture, apply the appropriate No Blow Dry then scrunch hair and allow it to air-dry.
  • For defined natural curls, apply the appropriate No Blow Dry then gently twist curls into shape using fingers and allow to air-dry.

 

The suggested retail price for No Blow Dry is ($24) and is only available at Redken authorized salons nationwide starting in April 2017.

 

About Redken

Redken 5th Avenue NYC is a professional haircare and haircolor company dedicated to providing inspiring education, groundbreaking products and unparalleled creativity for clients and stylists alike. With a backstage presence at Fashion Week in New York, London, Milan and Paris, Redken has become a leader in backstage beauty, creating the runway looks for the industry’s most prestigious designers. A unique mix of fashion, innovation and inspiration, Redken creates the buzz, sets the pace and establishes what’s new, what’s hot and what’s next in hair. To locate a Redken salon please log on to Redken.com. Please note, Redken products can only be guaranteed authentic when purchased from a salon or authorized retailer partners – ULTA, Beauty Brands, JCP and Look Fantastic. We request that you do not credit drugstores or unauthorized retailers. For more information, visit Redken.com, like Redken on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Periscope @Redken5thAve.

 

Andrea Bocelli Announces U.S. Tour Beginning at MGM Grand Garden Arena This December

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Andrea Bocelli Announces U.S. Tour This December 

DATES ANNOUCNED FOR LAS VEGAS, DALLAS, HOUSTON, NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY AND BOSTON  

 ANDREA BOCELLI
This December, legendary tenor Andrea Bocelli will be returning to the U.S. for seven special concert dates in select cities, starting at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Saturday Dec. 3, with additional dates in, Dallas, Houston, New York City, New Jersey and Bocelli’s first appearance in Boston in more than six years. The unique performances will feature a new popular repertoire from Bocelli’s latest album, Cinema along with Bocelli’s beloved repertoire of Arias, love songs, and crossover hits. Bocelli will be joined onstage by conductor Eugene Kohn, guest artist Katharine McPhee and soprano Ana Maria Martinez at each stop on the tour.

American Express card members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for the Las Vegas show prior to the general public beginning on Monday, March 28 at 10 a.m. PST. General on sale will begin April 4 at 10 a.m. PST. Visit axs.com and andreabocelli.com for more information.

Describing a recent performance, The Morning Call raved, “The purity and precision of Bocelli’s tenor was, indeed, otherworldly,” while The Columbus Dispatch calls the tenor “absolutely amazing.” 

Bocelli’s latest album, Cinema, was released this fall, and highlights a collection of movie songs etched in the culture and hearts of several generations, including epic theme songs featured in films such as “Doctor Zhivago,” “Love Story,” “The Godfather,” “Life is Beautiful,” “Gladiator” and many more. The album includes duets with international superstars Ariana Grande and Nicole Scherzinger. Local PBS affiliates in each tour market will begin airing the television performance of Cinema throughout March, giving fans the opportunity to pledge support to the station and receive great seats to the upcoming 2016 performances.

Thrilling audiences for over 20 years, Andrea Bocelli exploded onto the world’s stage with his hit, “Con te Partiro” (and later it’s arrangement as a duet with Sarah Brightman with the title “Time To Say Goodbye”) and has since sold 80 million records and performed countless worldwide tours. Today, Bocelli is known for being one of the greatest singing talents in the world.

DECEMBER 2016 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

               Date                                       City                           Venue                            General On Sale Date
Saturday, December 3, 2016              Las Vegas, NV       MGM Grand Garden Arena                April 4th
Saturday, December 10, 2016            Dallas, TX             American Airlines Center                   April 4th
Sunday, December 11, 2016              Houston, TX          Toyota Center                                   April 4th
Thursday, December 15, 2016           New York, NY       Madison Square Garden                      March 21st
Saturday, December 17, 2016            Boston, MA           TD Garden                                        April 4th
Sunday, December 18, 2016              Newark, NJ            Prudential Center                              March 21st  

Redken hosting Trim Hunger Cut-A-Thon for Hunger Awareness Month!

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Hunger is Shear Madness!
Redken 5th Avenue NYC hosting Trim Hunger Cut-A-Thon to benefit City Harvest in support
of Hunger Awareness Month.

Trim Hunger Cut-A-Thon

In recognition of Hunger Awareness Month, Redken 5th Avenue NYC will host the Trim Hunger Cut-A-Thon at the Redken Exchange on Thursday, September 10 from 10 AM – 3:30 PM to benefit City Harvest, the world’s first food rescue organization dedicated to helping feed the nearly 1.4 million New Yorkers facing hunger.

 

Trim Hunger is the most recent non-profit endeavor of Redken stylist Josif Wittnik, owner of Salon CTI and Day Spa and The Salon Professional Academy in Appleton, Wisc. Following a local project to help feed families in need in his community, Josif developed Trim Hunger to raise awareness for the cause and feed the hungry on a national level.

 

“Hunger is a cause that my wife and I have always supported from a global standpoint, but I was really inspired to take more action after I worked with a family in my community that was unable to put food on the table following an unexpected medical incident that left them with many bills to pay,” says Wittnik. “That’s when I realized that hunger is more than what we see on TV. There are families in our local communities who don’t know where their next meal will come from, and in New York especially, we have an opportunity to make an impact on so many lives. Thanks to the support from Redken and City Harvest, the Trim Hunger Cut-A-Thon brings community members together to work toward one common goal: to raise awareness and money for hunger.”

 

Top Redken stylists will be giving haircuts, blow-outs and braids for a minimum donation of $25. Essie, also a sponsor of the event, will be offering “orange thumbie” manicures in their Roarrrrange shade as a symbol of support in the fight against hunger.

 

“It costs City Harvest just 25 cents to rescue and deliver one pound of food in New York City, and with more than 1.7 million New Yorkers struggling to afford food for themselves and their families, a little bit goes a long way,” says Leslie Marino, General Manager, Redken US.  “Redken’s Trim Hunger Cut-A-Thon will bring together both stylists and members of the community to help make an immediate impact on the fight against hunger in New York City.”

 

On September 27, Redken hopes to break the Guinness Book of World Records’ existing record for the most people cutting hair at the same time when 22 Trim Hunger Cut-A-Thons will be held simultaneously at The Salon Professional Academies (TSPAs) across the nation.

 

Join Redken and City Harvest today in the fight against hunger with an online donation, which will be immediately put to work to help put food it in the hands of hungry New Yorkers. To learn more about the Trim Hunger Cut-A-Thon, visit http://www.redken.com/whats-hot/trim-hunger/ or www.TSPAGives.org.

 

ABOUT CITY HARVEST:
Founded in 1982 as the world’s first food rescue organization, City Harvest (cityharvest.org) is dedicated to helping feed the nearly 1.4 million New Yorkers facing hunger.  City Harvest will collect 55 million pounds of excess food from restaurants, grocers, bakeries, manufacturers, and farms, and deliver it free of charge to 500 community food programs across the city this year.  In addition to helping meet the immediate need for food, City Harvest takes a long-term approach to fighting hunger by partnering with residents, local organizations and businesses through Healthy Neighborhoods programs which increase the availability of affordable fruits and vegetables in low-income communities and provide the nutrition education and resources to maintain a wholesome, food-secure diet.

 

ABOUT ESSIE
USA’s nail salon expert since 1981, Essie cosmetics was founded in New York City by Essie Weingarten, the color authority. Essie is beloved for a visionary approach to nail lacquer featuring catchy, clever names that created a new standard for the category. A leader in luxury, Essie is the go-to nail brand for beauty professionals, industry insiders, celebrities and women of style in over 100 countries. Essie is committed to safe standards with an award-winning line of nail care products and more than 900 shades to date.

 

ABOUT REDKEN
For over 50 years Redken’s foundation has been based on extensive scientific knowledge and the belief in, and support of, the expertise of salon professionals.  Redken provides salon professionals with innovative products, inspiring education and exclusive salon programs to be as successful and profitable as possible. Located in New York, Redken is also at the forefront of trends and has created a strong relationship with the fashion industry. As a result, Redken has become a leader in backstage beauty, creating the runway looks for the industry’s most prestigious designers. A unique mix of fashion, innovation and inspiration, Redken provides salon professionals and consumers the ultimate professional edge. Visit StyleSeat.com/Redken to book an appointment or buy authentic Redken products from your local salon. For more information visit Redken.com, like Redken on Facebook or follow us on twitter @Redken5thAve, Instagram and Pinterest.

Blue Man Group “Lights It Up Blue” on World Autism Awareness Day by Kicking Off Yearlong Partnership With Autism Speaks

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Blue Man Group “Lights It Up Blue” on World Autism Awareness Day by Kicking Off Yearlong Partnership With Autism Speaks
Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, New York and Orlando Blue Man Group productions contribute minimum of $25,000 to local programs and create sensory-friendly performances

 

In honor of Autism Awareness Month (April), the world-renowned Blue Man Group unveils a yearlong partnership with Autism Speaks; the company pledges to give a $25,000 donation to the cause and will host at least one sensory-friendly show, suitable for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), in each of its markets.

 

Throughout the month of April, Blue Man Group will take collections after each performance to be donated to local Autism Speaks programs in the following cities – Boston, Chicago and New York City. In Las Vegas, where there is no local Autism Speaks chapter, monies raised will go to Grant a Gift Autism Foundation. In addition, each production will offer sensory-friendly shows on select dates throughout the year, with a percentage of proceeds benefitting the cause.

 

For the sensory-friendly shows, slight modifications will be made including reducing sound and light levels at various moments during the performance and making headphones available upon request. The Blue Men will limit the amount of “chair walking” and keep their approach to the audience more subdued. Blue Man Group will also create calming environments in each theater’s lobby for families seeking a break from the excitement.

 

“We’ve heard from many families affected by autism that their children responded to the Blue Man character in a very moving way. We don’t know the exact reason. We can only speculate that it has to do with the Blue Men communicating in their own unique way — non-verbally, through visuals, touch and sound. Their message often resonates on a deeper, more sincere level,” said Phil Stanton, Blue Man Group Co-Founder. “Once we knew that we could be helpful or provide an outlet for those affected by autism, we felt it was important to do more. With our sensory-friendly shows, we want to create a safe and welcoming environment for individuals and families affected by this disorder, in the hopes that they can have an entertaining and joyful experience together.”

 

The fastest growing developmental disorder in the U.S., ASD affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys. Characteristics include social challenges, communication difficulties and repetitive behaviors. As a non-verbal, visually-stunning show, Blue Man Group serves as a great fit for all children and families.

 

The sensory-friendly performance schedule can be found at blueman.com/autismspeaks. Fans can also keep up with Blue Man Group through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or the hashtag #DareToLive.

Blue Man Group 'Lights It Up Blue' on World Autism Day by Kicking Off Yearlong Partnership with Autism Speaks

ABOUT BLUE MAN GROUP
Blue Man Group is an award-winning global entertainment company best known for its creative stage productions around the world. It developed through collaboration between three close friends, Chris Wink, Phil Stanton and Matt Goldman on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

Blue Man Group currently has ongoing theatrical productions in Las Vegas, Orlando, Boston, Chicago, New York and Berlin, along with a North American Tour. Along with the theatre show, Blue Man Group has toured the globe with their “Megastar World Tour,” a rock concert parody, headlined onboard the Norwegian Epic, released 5 albums, contributed to a number of film scores, performed with orchestras around the country and appeared in advertising campaigns for prominent brands.

 

About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed more than $525 million to its mission, the majority in science and medical research. Each year, Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 60 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit AutismSpeaks.org.

St. Baldrick’s Foundation – More Than 600 Heads to be Shaved this Year In Las Vegas to raise Funds to Fight Childhood Cancer –

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More Than 600 Heads to be Shaved this Year to raise Funds to Fight Childhood Cancer

7-year supporters to be knighted as “Knights of the Bald Table”

For the ninth consecutive year, the Irish pub trade in Las Vegas is raising funds to research and conquer childhood cancer, spearheaded by a gala head-shaving party on Saturday, March 7th from 11 a.m. until 3 a.m. on Sunday, March 8th. During the 16-hour period, the benefit will have scores of celebrities, bands, special performers and regular folks taking part in fighting childhood cancer.

McMullan’s Irish Pub, located on Tropicana and Cameron, is the headquarter for the event and has been for the past nine years and is delighted to work with 7th-year participant Nine Fine Irishmen at New York, New York, 4th-year participant RiRa Irish Pub at Mandalay Bay and 3rd-year participant Vinyl Lounge at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

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Las Vegas Valley residents have gathered at McMullan’s and have provided more than $3.5M for the campaign to find a cure for the killer of more children than any other childhood disease.

“We don’t have huge formal dinners or silent auction as our fundraiser. Rather, we have hundreds of people from all over Southern Nevada show up at our pub and sponsor their neighbors, friends and even strangers who are willing to have their heads shaved in solidarity with children who have lost their hair to cancer,” says Brian McMullan, Owner of McMullan’s Irish Pub. “We hope to add to the more than $154 million to the Foundation awarded as grants to physicians and researchers across the globe. We will beat this horrific disease”

All of the dedicated ‘shavees’, barbers, volunteers and committee members who have participated for seven years will be admitted to the “Knights of the Bald Table”. Throughout the day you will be able to see people being knighted on stage in honor of their continuous contribution to this great cause.

Masters of ceremonies for the shaving of an estimated 450 volunteers include TV personality, Robin Leach; TV newsmen, Nate Tannenbaum; TV news personalities, Gerard Ramalho and Elizabeth Watts; Entertainer, Clint Holmes and Kelly Clinton Holmes; Starsky and Hutch’s Huggy Bear, Antonio Fargas; Jennifer Romas with the Sexxy cast, CBS Radio morning show host, Carlos Diaz and Spence and many more. Extensive radio remotes will originate on local CBS-owned FM and AM stations and the event can be streamed live from computers around the world.

Special ‘shavee’ volunteers include Kevin Page, Board of Regents Chair and Dr. Jonathon Bernstein, Las Vegas Pediatric Oncologist from the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, who has also received the seven St. Baldrick’s grants.

“The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, based in Monrovia, CA, was founded 16 years ago by three people who wanted to do more to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than just sit around and drink beer”, McMullan said.

One of them offered children cancer research as a fundraising recipient and the participants had a goal of raising $1,000 each. After raising more than ten times that amount, the annual event mushroomed with more than 100,000 heads get shaved annually and is held in pubs, firehouses, restaurants, meeting halls, high school gyms and other venues in all 50 states and 18 countries.

The sad fact is that every three minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer worldwide and the average number years of life a child loses to cancer is 71 years. The time to help is now. Since 2005, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation has awarded more than $154 million to support research that shows the most promise in finding cures and better treatments for children fighting cancer. This year, the Foundation hopes to surpass its 2014 fundraising record of $38.9 million. We need YOU to help make that happen.
To get involved, visit www.StBaldricks.org, and connect on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Vimeo.

About St. Baldrick’s Foundation
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. St. Baldrick’s coordinates its signature head-shaving events worldwide where participants collect pledges to shave their heads in solidarity with kids with cancer, raising money to fund research. Since 2005, St. Baldrick’s has awarded more than $154 million to support lifesaving research, making the Foundation the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants. St. Baldrick’s funds are granted to some of the most brilliant childhood cancer research experts in the world and to younger professionals who will be the experts of tomorrow. Funds awarded also enable hundreds of local institutions to participate in national pediatric cancer clinical trials, and the new International Scholar grants train researchers to work in developing countries. For more information about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation please call 1.888.899.BALD or visit www.StBaldricks.org.

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PAULA ABDUL AND JASON DERULO JOIN NIGEL LYTHGOE AT THE “SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE” JUDGES’ TABLE

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TWO-TIME EMMY AWARD-WINNING CHOREOGRAPHER
AND MULTI-PLATINUM RECORDING ARTIST PAULA ABDUL AND
PLATINUM-SELLING RECORDING ARTIST JASON DERULO
JOIN NIGEL LYTHGOE AT THE
“SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE” JUDGES’ TABLE Cat Deeley Returns as Host for the 12th Season;
Season Features New “Stage vs. Street” FormatAuditions Begin in New York, Saturday, Jan. 24; Dallas, Saturday, Feb. 14;
Detroit, Sunday, Feb. 22; Memphis, Sunday, March 8; and
Los Angeles, Sunday, March 15

 

World-renowned choreographer, performer, singer and songwriter Paula Abdul and singer/songwriter/dancer Jason Derulo will join Nigel Lythgoe at the judges’ table, alongside returning host Cat Deeley, for the 12th season of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. The upcoming season will feature a new twist in the competition: stage dancers vs. street dancers.

“With the new and exciting format comes a new and exciting panel of judges,” said executive producer and judge Lythgoe. “I’m delighted that Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo will be joining me at the judges’ table this season on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. Paula is an incredible artist and she brings the perfect combination of expertise and heart to the panel. Jason’s insight, humor and creativity will add a new perspective to the panel that we haven’t had before.”

“I have dedicated a large part of my career as a choreographer to discovering and mentoring some of the most iconic artists and performers from all over the world,” said Abdul.  “SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE has a long-standing history of launching brilliant careers for young choreographers and dancers in the industry. It’s going to be a true honor and pleasure joining this panel with Jason and Nigel, and I’m looking forward to an exciting new season!”

“I am truly excited, and eagerly look forward to joining the cast of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE,” added Derulo. “It is one of the most respected and longest-tenured shows on network television, and I hope to be a part of new growth and continued success.”

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE returns this summer on FOX. Auditions for the new season start in New York, NY (Saturday, Jan. 24); Dallas, TX (Saturday, Feb. 14); Detroit, MI; (Sunday, Feb. 22); Memphis, TN (Sunday, March 8); and Los Angeles, CA (Sunday, March 15).

Auditioners traveling to cities for the open calls should make arrangements to stay for at least two days following their initial audition (three days for Memphis) in the event of a callback.

Dancers either must be U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents of the U.S. or possess current legal Employment Authorization Cards enabling them to seek employment freely in the U.S. (i.e., without restrictions as to employer) by the date specified in the eligibility rules. Dancers must be no younger than 18 or older than 30 years of age on the first day they register for auditions. Any dancer who is a minor in his/her state of residence must also have a parent or legal guardian sign all required documents. Dancers must provide legal, valid proof of age when they register for auditions. Check www.fox.com/dance for full eligibility rules.

Throughout the auditions, the dancers who advance will be placed into two teams – the STAGE dancers, featuring those trained in styles such as contemporary, ballet, jazz or tap; and the

STREET dancers, hopefuls skilled in hip-hop, animation or breaking.  As the auditions continue, the judges, along with each team’s All-Star Mentor, will eliminate dancers until only the Top 20 – 10 Street Dancers and 10 Stage Dancers – remain. When the competition goes “live,” the Top

20 will be challenged weekly to perform a variety of styles, working with world-renowned choreographers. One dancer from each genre will be eliminated each week leading up to the Season Finale. Who will win…a dancer from the stage or the street? Find out when SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE returns in summer 2015.

Paula Abdul is a groundbreaking choreographer, dancer, songwriter, performer, designer, actor and businesswoman. She is a two-time Emmy Award winner, Grammy Award winner, three-time American Music Award winner, a seven-time MTV Video Award winner and multi-Platinum recording artist who has been entertaining her fans for over 25 years. Abdul was a resident judge for eight seasons on AMERICAN IDOL and the first season on THE X FACTOR. Most recently, she was the lead judge on the Australian hit dance competition series, “So You Think You Can Dance Australia.” Her work as choreographer includes her Emmy Award-winning contributions to “The Tracey Ullmann Show” and “The 17th Annual American Music Awards.” She also has choreographed for Duran Duran, ZZ Top, the Jackson family, George Michael, Luther Vandross, INXS, Heart and Prince. In films, she served as choreographer for Patrick Dempsey in “Can’t Buy Me Love,” she transformed Val Kilmer into the iconic Jim Morrison in “The Doors,” she choreographed the memorable African wedding dance scene with Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall in “Coming to America” and was the choreographer for Arnold Schwarzenegger in “The Running Man.” Abdul has sold more than 60 million records worldwide, and has the third longest-charting album on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and the longest-charting album ever with her debut album “Forever Your Girl.”

Five years in from making his debut in pop music, Jason Derulo has sold more than 45 million records worldwide and amassed almost 1.5 billion views on his YouTube Channel. “Wiggle,” featuring Snoop Dogg, is his eighth song to reach the Top 10 on the Top 40 format and his ninth Platinum-selling single. Derulo’s ubiquitous hit “Talk Dirty,” featuring 2 Chainz, was his most successful track to date, having sold more than six million singles worldwide with a music video that has garnered almost 250 million views on YouTube. His fifth single from the “Talk Dirty” album, “Trumpets,” is his fifth Platinum song off of the album, putting him in an elite category of hit-making artists to accomplish the feat. The Miami native’s career started when he was 16 years old and began writing songs for artists including Lil Wayne, Pitbull, Diddy, Sean Kingston, Cassie and Danity Kane. He was the TEEN CHOICE Awards 2014 “Choice Single Male” winner and also received two additional nominations, including “Choice Summer Song” and “Choice Summer Music Star: Male.” His video for “Talk Dirty” also earned him two additional nominations at the MTV Music Video Awards for “Best Pop Video” and “Best Choreography.”

Over the course of its 11 seasons, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE has received 44 Emmy Award nominations and garnered 13 Emmy Award wins, including Outstanding Choreography for Mia Michaels (2011, 2010 and 2007); Napoleon and Tabitha Dumo (2014 and 2011); Tyce Diorio (2009); and Wade Robson (2008 and 2007). The hit series also received awards in the category of Outstanding Costumes in 2014, 2010 and in 2009, as well as awards in Outstanding Lighting Design in 2011 and 2012. SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE recently celebrated seven Emmy Award nominations, including repeat nods in the categories of Outstanding Reality
– Competition Series and Outstanding Host for Reality or Reality – Competition Series (for Cat Deeley). The series won a TEEN CHOICE Award in 2012 for Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming, a Critics’ Choice Television Award in 2012 for the category of Best Reality Series – Competition, and Deeley won the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Reality Show Host in 2012.

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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE was created by Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe and is from 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group, and dick clark productions. The series is executive-produced by Fuller; Lythgoe; Allen Shapiro, CEO of dick clark productions; Barry Adelman, Executive Vice President of dick clark productions; James Breen; and Jeff Thacker.

Visit the official SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE site at fox.com/dance to view exclusive videos and photos. “Like” SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE on Facebook at facebook.com/SoYouThinkYouCanDance. Follow the series on Twitter @DANCEonFOX and join the discussion using #sytycd and #stagevsstreet. Follow host Cat Deeley at @catdeeley, and follow the judges Nigel Lythgoe @dizzyfeet, Paula Abdul @PaulaAbdul and Jason Derulo @JasonDerulo.

Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant Celebrates Golden Week with an Exclusive Menu of Traditional Chinese Fare with a Luxury Twist

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HAKKASAN LAS VEGAS RESTAURANT CELEBRATES GOLDEN WEEK WITH AN EXCLUSIVE MENU OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE FARE WITH A LUXURY TWIST

This autumn, Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino will celebrate the annual Chinese holiday Golden Week Monday, Sept.  29 through Sunday, Oct. 12. To mark Golden Week, the restaurant will feature a limited edition chef’s menu. In addition, guests who dine on the specialty menu will receive an exclusive takeaway gift in celebration of the holiday.

Golden Week is considered to be China’s biggest annual national holiday, spanning seven days in October where all workers are given three days of paid time off. Consequently it is a popular period of time when the Chinese travel significantly around the world to experience luxury offerings. Traditionally Golden Week takes place October 1 through 7; however, Hakkasan will be offering the dedicated menus for a longer period of time to accommodate all travelers.

International Development Chef Ho Chee Boon has created a special menu to cater specifically to traditional Chinese tastes. For parties of two or more, the set chef’s menu is $138 per person and includes Peking duck with Tsar Nicoulai Reserve caviar; dim sum platter; braised whole seabass in claypot; spicy Szechuan rib-eye beef with enoki mushroom; roasted crispy chicken with wild mushroom in oyster sauce; crispy prawn with dried chili and cashew nut; fried rice with diced abalone, and to finish, black sesame and chocolate dumplings with ginger and yuzu tea. A box containing hand-made golden macarons are given at the end of the meal for each guest to take home as a gift.

To ensure the experience in the restaurant is enjoyable, Hakkasan has Cantonese-speaking staff on-site and in reservations, and accepts China Union Pay, the Chinese credit card of choice. Menus and websites will be Cantonese translated and staff will be fully trained in Chinese etiquette.

In addition to Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant, several Hakkasan restaurants around the world including London, Shanghai, Beverly Hills, Miami, New York and San Francisco will also be celebrating Golden Week with exclusive menus in order to provide the experience to Chinese nationals who are traveling elsewhere. Each participating restaurant’s menu will vary and offer a slightly different twist tailored to each location.

 

ABOUT HAKKASAN LAS VEGAS RESTAURANT
Since opening in May 2013, Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant has continued to offer its guests a world-class culinary program helmed by Michelin-starred Chef Ho Chee Boon. The menu takes a modern approach to Cantonese cuisine, using the finest ingredients and expert techniques to create timeless yet innovative signature dishes. The restaurant has been thoughtfully designed with a variety of public and intimate spaces and as the night progresses the mood grows more energetic and dynamic playing for a unique dining experience.

 

Open nightly for dinner Monday through Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Thursday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to midnight. For reservations, visit hakkasan.com/lasvegas or call 702-891-7888.

 

ABOUT HAKKASAN GROUP
Hakkasan Group is a worldwide entertainment, dining, nightlife, and hospitality company with establishments currently located across the United States, Europe, Middle East, and Asia.  Its namesake is taken from its Michelin-star restaurant that set the high-level standard for the group’s collection of diverse brands.  Its ‘brand-first’ philosophy builds dining, nightlife, day life, and soon-to-be hotel concepts into world-class lifestyle hospitality brands, all with a focus on service, design, innovation and the experience.

 

Its restaurant portfolio includes the flagship Hakkasan Restaurant with 12 locations worldwide, including Yauatcha, HKK, Sake no Hana, Herringbone, Searsucker, and Social House.  Under the nightlife/daylife umbrella of brands are Hakkasan Nightclub, Wet Republic, Stingaree, HQ Nightclub, HQ Beach Club, Bootsy Bellows, Hooray Henry’s, THE NICE GUY and SHOREbar. In 2014, Hakkasan Group and MGM Resorts International announced the formation of a joint venture hotel management company named MGM Hakkasan Hospitality with a series of hotel and resort projects already under development including MGM projects in the Americas, the Middle East, and Asia along with Hakkasan projects in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Hakkasan Group is owned by Tasameem Real Estate LLC, an Abu Dhabi-based investment company. For more information, visit www.hakkasangroup.com.

 

ABOUT MGM GRAND HOTEL & CASINO
MGM Grand is “The Entertainment Authority,” creating the ultimate Las Vegas experience.  The AAA Four Diamond hotel features the astonishing KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; master illusionist David Copperfield; the vaudeville-inspired Beacher’s Madhouse and world-class entertainment at the Grand Garden Arena and Hollywood Theatre.  MGM Grand offers signature restaurants by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Michael Mina’s PUB 1842, Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans Fish House, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill and Michelin three star and Forbes Five Star restaurant, Joël Robuchon. The resort recently remodeled all rooms and suites in its main tower and launched the industry’s first-ever STAY WELL Collection. MGM Grand is home to many of today’s hottest DJs including Tiësto, Calvin Harris and Steve Aoki who share residencies between the brand new Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Nightclub and WET REPUBLIC, The Strip’s hottest day life destination. The hotel also features a state-of-the-art, non-smoking Five Green Key conference center, the Grand Spa, Cristophe Salon, CSI: The Experience and an inviting six-acre pool complex. Upscale accommodations include SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand, an exclusive boutique luxury hotel within the hotel and The Signature at MGM Grand, a luxury all-suite, non-gaming hotel located adjacent to the main resort. MGM Grand is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM).  For more information and reservations, visit www.mgmgrand.com or call toll free at (877) 880-0880 or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Verboten Heralds Brooklyn Renaissance With New Nightclub – March 2014 Lineup

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Verboten Heralds Brooklyn Renaissance With New Nightclub
Music and Arts Venue to Open in the Heart of Williamsburg
 March 2014 Opening Lineup

 

With the party-tossing Verboten gang’s eponymous venue on North 11th Street slated to open soon, it’s official: Williamsburg has become New York’s new clubland paradise. – TIME OUT NEW YORK

 

Brooklyn-based nightlife entrepreneurs Verboten [German for “forbidden”] have been shaping the NYC clubbing landscape and beyond for over 12 years and are now set to open the doors at their purpose-built venue for nightlife, music and arts in the heart of Williamsburg.

 

After years of meticulous planning, co-founders Jen Schiffer & John Perez, along with a team of industry veterans and illustrious partners, will further ignite the ongoing Brooklyn renaissance happening in recent years. Verboten parties have already encapsulated the explosive global, underground dance music scene and will continue to host DJ residencies and top-notch musical programming featuring both established and burgeoning talent. The diverse array of upcoming music and arts programming is set to mirror the spirit of Brooklyn and will include live music, art shows, yoga & fitness classes, burlesque performances, and tap into the creative consciousness of NYC.
 

 

“We’re excited to build a home for ourselves and our team; a multi-functional event space in Brooklyn designed for musicians & artists to fulfill their creative visions. We look forward to celebrating the unique wealth of talent that NYC has to offer for everyone who comes through our doors.”  –Jen Schiffer & John Perez, Verboten Co-Founders

 

The 750-person capacity venue is a 10,000 square foot former metal manufacturing warehouse, designed by Verboten’s John Perez and architecture firm Latent to be a true home for performers and music fans alike. The design aesthetic spotlights industrial steel and concrete accents that bring Verboten’s dystopian aesthetic to life. Verboten features a one-of-a-kind Martin Audio sound system custom-designed by ITI Audio, innovative ROBE intelligent lighting showcase, panoramic HD video wall, along with video projections and 3D mapping by multimedia designers Waking Dream.

 

The main Control Room is a large, open event space, centered around a 1,400 square foot sprung wood dance floor [reclaimed from a Thomas Edison factory used to make phonographs], multiple staging areas for live music or DJ performances, and raised modular seating.  The adjoining Cabaret Bar is a more intimate, futuristic take on a Weimar-era cabaret, with plush leather banquettes, multiple skylights, steel chandeliers and a small stage with a DJ booth that allows it to be used independently as an intimate event space or in conjunction with the Control Room.

 

Verboten’s motto, “Nothing is Forbidden,” is seen in its whimsical food & beverage program.  A specialty cocktail menu created by Counting Room alums highlights absinthe, locally made syrups and artisanal sodas, with names taken from dystopian sci-fi novels. These will be paired with a small plates menu in summer 2014, focusing on “forbidden foods” like bacon and foie gras.

 

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Verboten March 2014
March 14 Rebel Rave: Damian Lazarus, Francesca Lombardo, Fur Coat, Ida Engberg, Pattern Drama – SOLD OUT
March 15 Wasabassco Burlesque Show – SOLD OUT
March 21 Gui Boratto, Kölsch
March 22 Magda, Bill Patrick | Matt Tolfrey, Ryan Crosson, Shaun Reeves, jozif
March 23 Zeitgeist: Cut Copy [DJ Set]
March 28 Zeitgeist: Jamie xx, John Talabot
March 29 Susanne Bartsch presents Kunst

 

Upcoming in 2014: Bespoke Music, Carl Craig, Catz n’ Dogz, Davide Squillace, Josh Wink, Justin Martin, Lee Burridge, Matthew Dear, Push The Night, Speedy J, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Tiga, Trouble & Bass, and more to be announced!

 

About Verboten
Verboten is a leader in the New York underground dance music scene: booking, producing and promoting house music and techno parties at a variety of clubs, boats, festivals and music conferences. Verboten was founded by Jen Schiffer and John Perez with the goal to bring high quality production, exceptional customer service and the best international DJ talent to an eclectic crowd of discerning music fans. In 2012, Verboten was voted ‘Best Party’ in Time Out New York, ‘Best Promoter’ for Paper Magazine Nightlife Awards, and nominated for ‘Best Event Promoter’ in 2013′s International Dance Music Awards. This past summer, Verboten hosted its inaugural summer event series StageONE on the East River waterfront and is opening its eponymous new nightclub in the heart of Williamsburg in spring 2014.

ABC’S NEW GROUNDBREAKING SUMMER REALITY SERIES “RISING STAR” KICKS OFF

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ABC’S NEW GROUNDBREAKING SUMMER REALITY SERIES “RISING STAR” KICKS OFF NATIONWIDE AUDITIONS ON SATURDAY, MARCH 29th

VISIT WWW.ABC.COM/RISINGSTAR FOR MORE INFORMATION

ABC’s innovative new series “Rising Star,” which opens the gate to a new era in reality competition, kicks off its nationwide search for talent on Saturday, March 29th. The U.S. series is helmed by executive producers Ken Warwick (“American Idol”) and Nicolle Yaron (“The Voice”). Aspiring singers are encouraged to visit www.abc.com/risingstar  for more information on the audition process. Solo vocalists, duos and vocal groups (up to five members) can register to audition in person, online or nominate a friend/family member.

“Rising Star” completely reinvents the traditional singing competition as–for the first time ever–the audience has the final say in real time. The show follows a group of aspiring singers as they perform live. During the performances, viewers vote in real time via an App to determine if the singer will advance in the competition. If the voting reaches a certain threshold, the performer moves on. In addition, the performer can see how the voting is going throughout the performance, so the feedback is immediate and dramatic.

“RISING STAR” HOPEFULS CAN AUDITION IN-PERSON IN THE FOLLOWING CITIES:
DALLAS: March 29th
ATLANTA: April 1st
CHICAGO: April 8th
NASHVILLE: April 11th
LOS ANGELES: April 15th
NEW YORK: April 24th
BOSTON: April 26th

“Rising Star” is from Keshet DCP, the joint venture between Keshet International (KI), the global distribution and production arm of Keshet Media Group, and DC Media, the parent company of dick clark productions (dcp). The singing competition for ABC will mark the company’s first foray into the market since its formation in October.

Follow us on:  https://www.facebook.com/RisingStarABC
Twitter @RisingStarABC, #RisingStar @ABC_Publicity

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Marquee Presents Jamie Jones

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Marquee Presents Jamie Jones

For Tickets & More Information visit:
www.MarqueeNY.com
www.MarqueeLasVegas.com

Marquee Las Vegas Social:
www.MarqueeLasVegas.com
www.facebook.com/MarqueeLV
www.Twitter.com/MarqueeLV

Marquee New York Social:
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One of the world’s leading figures of the international underground, the UK’s renowned Jamie Jones will be joining Marquee for two very special cross-country events this February. On Friday, February 7th, Jamie will be kicking off Fashion Week in New York with his long-awaited headlining set at Marquee New York. On Saturday, February 15th, he’ll be bringing his sound out west for a late-night appearance at Marquee Nightclub at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas.  This is the first time both Marquee venues have collaborated to feature  an underground artist like Jamie Jones, underlying Marquee’s commitment to presenting music-forward, cutting-edge artists across the country.

Named Resident Advisor’s #1 DJ of 2011, Jamie Jones is one the most important artists making forward-thinking music today. For the last few years, he has pushed forward a dynamic fusion of classic deep house with a contemporary techno edge that has rippled throughout the entire music industry. He is the co-founder of Hot Natured, his acclaimed live band, which released its debut album “Different Sides of the Sun” in September 2013, featuring the breakout singles “Benediction” and “Reverse Skydiving.” He runs the Hot Creations record label (and its HOTTRAX subsidiary), which has been instrumental in breaking new talent through a steady stream of beloved dance floor releases.

As a DJ, Jamie Jones has had a huge impact globally. For years, he was one of the lead residents at the infamous Circoloco party at DC-10 in Ibiza, before establishing his own “Paradise” night there in 2012. He enjoys an endless touring schedule, including nearly every major city and festival around the world, with notable 2013 appearances stateside at Coachella, Ultra in Miami, EDC Las Vegas, and the US debut of TomorrowWorld to name a few. To add to his achievements, Rolling Stone magazine named Jamie’s “Live at Timewarp” as the #2 “Best DJ Mix of 2013” in their year-end summary. Jamie’s two shows at Marquee mark his first major nightclub appearance in New York in several years, and his return to Las Vegas since his buzzed-about set at EDC in June.  

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Since Marquee New York re-opened in January of last year following a stunning transformation, the club’s weekly Friday night parties have featured a wide-array of leading underground artists. Notable names including Dubfire, Lee Burridge, Claude VonStroke, the Martinez Brothers and many more have all DJed to rapt dance floors of music lovers and nightlife aficionados, and the club wrapped up 2013 with an unprecedented 9-week residency featuring Marco Carola and his Music On events. Curated by the club’s Friday residents Sleepy & Boo, Marquee has a great lineup planned for 2014 Fridays already, with Jamie Jones’ debut being one of the standout events. In October of 2013, Marquee Nightclub in Las Vegas created a huge buzz by welcoming the techno legend Richie Hawtin for a late-night set, showcasing a different side of the nightlife experience that the venue is known for. Jamie Jones will be the second DJ to take the decks for a late-night journey on the Marquee dance floor, with more to come throughout the new year.

Jamie Jones Social: www.facebook.com/jamiejonesmusic
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RING IN 2014 EVERY HOUR WITH A COMPLIMENTARY CHAMPAGNE TOAST AT MINUS 5 ICE BAR

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RING IN 2014 EVERY HOUR WITH A COMPLIMENTARY
CHAMPAGNE TOAST AT MINUS 5 ICE BAR

WHAT:  Counting down the minutes of the old year has never been so cool. Welcoming in the New Year, each Minus5 Ice Bar will celebrate the arrival of 2014 around the world, offering complimentary champagne toasts to guests enjoying the ice bar on the hour every hour (beginning at 2pm in New York and 11am in Las Vegas).                    

Premium VIP $250 package: Entry, Souvenir Fur Coat, Souvenir Russian Hat, Framed 5×7 Photo, two specialty cocktails.

Minus5 Las Vegas Champagne Toast Schedule
11am – Auckland, New Zealand
12pm – Sydney Australia
1pm – Tokyo, Japan
2pm – Hong Kong, China
3pm – Helsinki
4pm – Oslo
5pm – Reykjavik
6pm – Azures
7pm – Greenland
8pm – Nova Scotia
9pm – New York
10pm – Chicago
1pm – Denver
12am – Las Vegas

WHEN:
Tuesday, December 31st – 11am to midnight                           

WHERE:
Minus5 at Mandalay Bay
Shop 101, Mandalay Place 3930 Las Vegas Blvd South Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
Minus5 at Monte Carlo
3770 Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas, Nevada 89109

About Minus5 Ice Bar
Minus5 Ice Bar opened the nation’s first permanent ice bar in Las Vegas (Mandalay Bay Hotel) in 2008 and followed that up with a second in 2010 (Monte Carlo Hotel).  This summer, they burst onto the New York scene with a frenzy of media coverage as guests lined up down the street for a glimpse inside their new location inside the Hilton Midtown. Created in New Zealand, Minus5 Ice Bar is a unique ice-themed experience where guests can touch, feel, and explore handcrafted ice sculptures and ice architecture made from 100% pure Canadian ice, all within the beauty of a -5° Celsius (23° Fahrenheit) stunning ice environment. This icy experience begins with donning Minus5 parkas and gloves, then entering a frozen fortress, complete with walls, tables, benches and a bar made completely of ice.  Guests are surrounded by and a variety of intricate works of art, carved out of pristine ice, and created by some of the country’s foremost names in the ice sculpting business.  The experience is rounded out with a state-of-the-art sound and LED light show, providing much more than just a place to grab a cold cocktail. Minus5 has been featured on a variety of national TV programs including Travel Channel’s Trip Flip, Extreme Vegas and Vegas’ Top Lounges, E! Entertainment’s Holly’s World, CMT’s Texas Women, FOX’s New Year’s Eve Live from Las Vegas, Animal Planet’s Tanked, Lifetime’s Dance Moms and ABC’s Live With Regis and Kelly, to name a few.  For more information including hours of operation and pricing please visit www.minus5experience.com. Also find them on Facebook and Twitter @Minus5IceBar.

The Swatch Group US Announces the First Two Hour Passion Boutiques in the United States

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THE SWATCH GROUP US ANNOUNCES THE FIRST TWO HOUR PASSION BOUTIQUES IN THE UNITED STATES

 

The Swatch Group is bringing Hour Passion to New York and Las Vegas. For the first time in the United States, the worlds largest watch manufacturer will be offering collections from all of its mid to high range brands in one convenient location.

The brands featured in this specialist multi brand concept include: LONGINES, RADO, TISSOT, BALMAIN, CERTINA, MIDO, HAMILTON, CALVIN KLEIN WATCH AND JEWELRY, SWATCH and FLIK-FLAK.

Expected to open in late November, the first Hour Passion location within the United States will be a 2,500 square foot space on 34th Street in Manhattan. Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas will follow with an expected opening of the 1,500 square foot boutique soon after. The boutiques will offer newcomers and watch specialists alike an informative and enjoyable experience with a broad selection of timepieces across each of the collections. Each location has been designed to offer the customer a relaxing environment to discover the world of watches.

The contemporary setting combines modern simplicity with the elegance of tradition including materials such as cut stone, wooden floors, and stone tiles against a backdrop of glass and polished surfaces. The unique identity of each brand is reflected through its own retail area, using the brand colors, materials, and imagery. Exclusively in New York is a mezzanine lounge where customers can familiarize themselves with selected timepieces. The space can additionally be used for showcasing brands’ exhibits and novelties.

Nick Hayek, President of Swatch Group Management Board said: “The US market and the American consumer are very important to us. We feel that they should be served in the best way possible. The outstanding Hour Passion boutiques in New York and Las Vegas will give consumers a chance to experience some of our finest brands.”

These boutiques will fulfil the principal of the Hour Passion concept: presenting the values of each brand whilst respecting its DNA and unique individuality.

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HOUR PASSION is a retail entity of the Swatch Group, the world’s largest manufacturer and distributor of watches. Created in 2004, HOUR PASSION offers customers an expert multibrand watch and jewelry concept. Gathering together Swatch Group brands of mid and high range in downtown locations, HOUR PASSION also presents a more extensive brand portfolio in airport boutiques.  In 2013, the retail network consists of more than 50 boutiques present in Switzerland, UK, France, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia, Poland, USA, Malaysia and China.

About the Brands

LONGINES
Founded in 1832 in St Imier (Switzerland), la Compagnie des Montres Longines Francillon SA, known widely as Longines, is proud to be the oldest registered trademark in the world. Longines has played a pioneering role in many technological advances with a noted presence in aviation and sports time keeping, at the same time maintaining its touch of elegance.

RADO
Rado’s history dates back to 1917 when the Schlup & Co clockwork factory was founded in Lengnau. Just 40 years later in 1957 and the first watch collection under the Rado brand name was launched. Innovative design and visionary high-tech, scratch-resistant materials are unmistakeable characteristics of the brand. A leader in high end watches, Rado has become world famous for its research into the science of materials in watch making. The use of sapphire crystal, pioneering high-tech ceramics and even high-tech diamonds are what make Rado truly unique.

TISSOT
Tissot, with its signature “Innovators by Tradition”, has been pioneering craftsmanship and innovation since its foundation in 1853. For over a century and a half, the company has had its home in the Swiss watch making town of Le Locle in the Jura Mountains. Today, Tissot is the number one Swiss watch brand in the traditional watch segment in terms of units and has achieved a strong international presence reaching over 160 countries around the world

BALMAIN
Born in the exclusive world of Parisian High Fashion and founded by Pierre Balmain, the noted Haute Couture master, Balmain brings to time longstanding traditions of taste and elegance. Today its distinctively original spirit drives a watch brand backed by the Swatch Group– the source of invaluable technical and marketing advantages benefiting Balmain timepieces

CERTINA
Precision, reliability, innovation and dynamism have underlined the Certina philosophy since 1888. In 1959, Certina engineers introduced the innovative double security or DS concept, a new standard in shock and water resistance. Certina has been the official partner of the Swiss Sauber F1 Team since 2005 and now, in its 125th year, Certina have become the official partner and timekeeper for the FIA World Rally Championship.

MIDO
Founded in Switzerland in 1918 by Georges Schaeren, Mido is today based in the town of Le Locle in the heart of the Swiss Jura mountains. The brand name Mido comes from Spanish meaning ‘I measure’. Sublimating a timeless approach, Mido creates reliable and long lasting Swiss timepieces.

HAMILTON
Hamilton was founded in 1892 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA. Hamilton watches combine the American spirit with the unrivalled precision of the latest Swiss movements and technologies. Known for its innovative design, Hamilton has a strong foothold in Hollywood, with products appearing in 400 films. The brand also boasts a strong aviation heritage.

CALVIN KLEIN
The US designer Calvin Klein and the Swatch Group pooled their formidable talent in 1997 to create cK watch, a watch brand with graphic lines that are striking, refined and contemporary. A new and inimitable type of watch was born – the fashion accessory watch. Today, over 200 different Swiss-made models designed for men as well as women adorn storefronts in more than 60 countries

SWATCH
Swatch launched in 1983 by Nicolas G. Hayek, is a leading Swiss watch maker and one of the world’s most popular brands. The first Swatch watches surprised everyone with their revolutionary concept, creative design and provocative spirit. Today Swatch continues to innovate and surprise with new models, collections and special editions.

FLIK FLAK
Flik Flak is the world’s best-selling children’s watch and has been keeping children all over the world on track since 1987. It was the first child’s watch to translate the concept of telling the time into accessible fun and entertainment