Smoked Burgers & BBQ Announces First-Ever Celebrity Burger Charity Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

L to R: The “It Takes Two” burger named after entertainers Donny & Marie.
“The Spicy Mat Franco” named after Magician Mat Franco.

(Photo Courtesy of Smoked Burgers & BBQ)

SMOKED BURGERS & BBQ AT THE FORUM SHOPS 
ANNOUNCES FIRST-EVER CELEBRITY BURGER CHARITY PROGRAM

Las Vegas-Based Entertainers Create the Burgers of Their Dreams 
in Order to Benefit the Charities of Their Choice 

 

 Las Vegas-based celebrities are creating themed burgers to benefit local charities. Smoked Burgers & BBQ at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace is announcing its 2019 schedule of its inaugural Celebrity Burger Charity Program, with each burger created to have a portion of proceeds donated to the charity of their choice. The Celebrity Burger Charity Program officially begins Aug. 1 and will run through Dec. 2019 with plans to continue the program into next year. 

“We asked well-known and beloved Las Vegas celebrities to create the burgers of their dreams based on their personal preferences. We had a fantastic time working side-by-side to develop these burgers and ultimately have proceeds benefit charities in our community,” says Joey Pintozzi, co-founder and vice president of sales and marketing, Hospitality Boulevard.

The Celebrity Burger line-up to include: 

August – Mat Franco at The LINQ Hotel + Experience

  • Burger: “The Spicy Mat Franco” – Beyond Meat burger patty, vegan cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, jalapeños and smoked sriracha ketchup on a vegan bun served with mesquite or sweet potato fries.
  • Charity: The Animal Foundation
  • Price: $18 

September – Donny & Marie at Flamingo Las Vegas

  • Burger: “It Takes Two” – 2 Angus beef patties, American cheese, house ketchup, mustard, onions and pickles on a brioche bun, served with mesquite or sweet potato fries. 
  • Charity: Children’s Miracle Network 
  • Price: $20 

 

October – Penn & Teller at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino

  • Burger: “The Penn & Teller Veggie Burger” – Beyond Meat burger patty, tomatoes, onion, cheddar cheese and Smoked Burgers & BBQ signature smoked sauce on a brioche bun served with mesquite or sweet potato fries. 
  • Charity: Aid for Aids of Nevada – AFAN
  • Price: $18

 November – Jeff Civilico at Paris Las Vegas

  • Burger: “The Juggler” – Beyond Meat burger patty, organic mixed greens, sautéed mushrooms, avocado, smoked sriracha ketchup served on a brioche bun served with mesquite or sweet potato fries. (Add a fried egg for $2.00)
  • Charity: Win-Win Entertainment 
  • Price: $18  

December – Mac King at Harrah’s Las Vegas

  • Burger: “The Big Mac King Burger” – Beyond Meat burger patty, lettuce, tomato, red onion, dill pickles and bleu cheese with mustard aioli on a brioche bun served with mesquite or sweet potato fries.
  • Charity: Susan G. Komen Nevada
  • Price: $18

“What better way to encourage guests to donate to a worthy cause than by feeding them! I think it’s amazing that Smoked Burgers & BBQ is creating awareness for these charities while guests simultaneously chow down on a big juicy burger,” concludes Mac King, comedian, Mac King Show.

All Celebrity Burgers will be priced under $20 and available throughout the month with 10 percent of sales benefitting the charities. All burgers can be made vegan upon request.

ABOUT SMOKED BURGERS & BBQ 
Smoked Burgers & BBQ at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace specializes in jaw-dropping burgers, handcrafted cocktails, draft beer, homemade lemonades and sweet teas. The menu takes a twist on BBQ classics while infusing West Coast flare. Designed and operated by Hospitality Boulevard, the restaurant features indoor and outdoor Strip-side dining and live entertainment. Smoked Burgers & BBQ’s emphasis is on creating the ultimate guest experience whether it be for a work lunch, watching the big game or spending a night out on the town in a casual, comfortable environment. Hours of operation are Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Smoked Burgers & BBQ is located next to The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace’s Upper Valet. For more information, find and follow on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Click here to download high-res photos. 

ABOUT HOSPITALITY BOULEVARD
Designed with the customer experience in mind, Hospitality Boulevard is the restaurant and bar conglomerate created by everyday guys, Ryan Klaasen and Joey Pintozzi. From Los Angeles to Las Vegas to New York, Hospitality Boulevard’s portfolio of venues includes Smoked Burgers & BBQ at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, Maxie’s at The LINQ Promenade and The Wellesbourne in Los Angeles. Additional concepts to be announced in 2019. 

 

Vegas Strong Benefit Concert Raises More Than $700K

 

VEGAS STRONG BENEFIT CONCERT RAISES MORE THAN $700,000 FOR VICTIMS OF OCT. 1 TRAGEDY

Impassioned Performances and Heartfelt Messages Lifted Spirits, Paid Tribute and Raised Money for Las Vegas Victims Fund

Very Special Evening Included The Killers, Imagine Dragons, Bryce Harper, Elton John, Celine Dion, Jason Aldean, George Strait, Cirque du Soleil, Boyz II Men, Penn & Teller, and More

 

The Vegas Strong Benefit Concert today announced that more than $700,000 was raised by the Dec. 1 all-star concert at T-Mobile Arena. Held in honor of the victims of the October 1 tragedy, the special event to benefit the Las Vegas Victims fund featured more than a dozen A-list entertainers and homegrown talent, drawing a capacity crowd of 12,000 guests.

 

“We are grateful for the outpouring of love from these icons of Las Vegas entertainment, who once again proved that our community stands as one to support the victims of this senseless tragedy,” said Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak, who organized the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund with Sheriff Joseph Lombardo.

 

The Las Vegas entertainment industry and close-knit local community united to produce the benefit, which featured live performances and heartfelt monologues from Las Vegas headliners, hometown stars and more. The full lineup included performances by The Killers, Imagine Dragons, Jay Leno, Boyz II Men, David Copperfield, Penn & Teller, Carrot Top, Cirque du Soleil and Blue Man Group; appearances by Bryce Harper, Kurt Busch, Wayne Newton; and recorded tributes from Celine Dion, Elton John, Jason Aldean, George Strait and the Las Vegas Golden Knights.

 

About the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund Committee:

The Las Vegas Victims’ Fund (“LVVF”) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation created to oversee the consolidation and distribution of funds contributed in response to the shootings at the site of the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 1, 2017 (“1 October”). One hundred percent of the funds contributed to and distributed by the LVVF will go directly to the families of the decedents and the victims of 1 October. The LVVF is overseen by a committee consisting of 17 individuals representing the Las Vegas community. The committee includes representatives from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Clark County, major donors to the LVVF, UNLV, Catholic Charities, victims’ advocates, mental health professionals, lawyers, the resort industry and charitable organizations, among others. All officers, directors and committee members serve without compensation and all services necessary for the operation of the LVVF will be contributed free of charge. The committee is being assisted by The Feinberg Group and the National Center for Victims of Crime to adopt the protocol pursuant to which claims can made, prioritized, processed and funds distributed. The LVVF’s mission is to distribute the funds that have been, and will be, contributed to assist the victims of 1 October in a transparent, equitable and expeditious manner.

Las Vegas entertainers come out to support 26th annual AIDS Walk

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Las Vegas Entertainers Come Out to Support at 26th Annual 

AIDS Walk Las Vegas on April 17

Get ready to “Make Your Mark” at the 26th Annual AIDS Walk Las Vegas on Sunday, April 17 at Town Square starting at 8:30 a.m. with some of The Strip’s top performers showing support.

AFAN’s largest fundraiser of the year, AIDS Walk Las Vegas saw 6,000 walkers in 2015 raising more than $400,000 to directly benefit supportive services to stabilize and empower the 3,000 clients living with or affected by HIV.

Penn & Teller will serve as grand marshals for the 15th consecutive year and leaders of the Penn & Teller Challenge, offering five tiers of fundraising incentives including complimentary show tickets to Frank Marino’s Divas and Rock Of Ages, plus tickets and VIP backstage passes to Blue Man Group. The top challenger will be awarded with complimentary show tickets, a photo opp and exclusive meet & greet with Britney Spears. For every $250 raised by a challenger, Penn & Teller will match the donation dollar for dollar. Mercedes and JC from Mercedes in the Morning on Mix 94.1 will host the opening ceremony, kicking off with Rachel Tyler of Steve Wynn’s ShowStoppers singing the National Anthem. Las Vegas entertainers will show their support with performances from Absinthe’s “Green Fairy” Melody Sweets, VEGAS! The Show, Twisted Vegas, Venetian headliners Human Nature and Steve Wynn’s ShowStoppers.

Several politicians will address the crowd, including Councilman Stavros Anthony, Mayor Pro Tem Steven Ross, Senator Kelvin Atkinson and Senator Harry Reid.

“Las Vegas community members donate their time, money and talents every year and show tremendous support to AFAN and its mission but there is always more work to be done,” said AFAN Executive Director Antioco Carrillo. “HIV/AIDS is everyone’s public health issue and does not discriminate by gender, race or socioeconomic status. It is through this sense of community and duty that we can come together to truly make a difference.”

People of all ages are encouraged to participate and registration is free. For additional information and to register, visit afanlv.org.

Annual presenting sponsors of AIDS Walk include Caesars Entertainment, Walgreens, Penn & Teller, CBS Radio, Greenspun Media Group, PDQ Printing, AGR, Jamba Juice and Snell & Wilmer.

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AIDS Walk Las Vegas 2015

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Penn & Teller at AIDS Walk Las Vegas 2015

About AFAN

Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) was founded in 1984 and is the oldest and largest AIDS service organization in the state of Nevada. 2016 marks AFAN’s 32nd anniversary of practicing its unyielding commitment to the community by providing unparalleled health expertise, support and advocacy for adults and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in southern Nevada. Over the years, AFAN has created various programs that offer consistent and comprehensive assistance including direct client service programs, food programs, prevention and education programs and community outreach.  As part of AFAN’s mission, these client service programs assist in enhancing the physical health and psychosocial wellness of the individuals they serve, while promoting dignity and improving the quality of their lives. For more information, please visit afanlv.org. Keep up with AFAN events and news on Facebook and Twitter.

Photos: Penn & Teller Take Top Casino Entertainment Award at Global Gaming Expo

PENN & TELLER TAKE TOP CASINO AWARD
Little River Band and Ron White Also Receive Awards

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Magic duo Penn & Teller were named casino entertainers of the year last night at the Global Gaming Expo’s (G2E) third annual Casino Entertainment Awards.

Little River Band was named musical artist of the year and Ron White won comedian of the year at the awards ceremony held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino as part of the week’s G2E conference and tradeshow for the casino industry.

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Charo presented Jerry Lewis with the Casino Entertainment Legend award. The iconic comedian first performed in Vegas showrooms in the early 1950s.

H. C. Rowe, Executive Director of The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, also received a Casino Entertainment Legend award, which recognizes lifetime achievement in the casino entertainment industry.

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The Showroom at Turning Stone Resort Casino was named showroom of the year. AVA Amphitheater at Casino del Sol won amphitheater of the year.

Other winners included: Bob Rech, Director of Entertainment at Potawatomi Bingo & Casino, named casino entertainment executive of the year; Terrye Seigel, President of Terrye Seigel Productions, named independent talent buyer of the year; and Seth Shomes, Vice President and Head of the Casino Division at United Talent Agency, named casino booking agent of the year.

Presented by G2E and the American Gaming Association (AGA), the Casino Entertainment Awards, are the only awards exclusively honoring outstanding artists, executives and venues in the casino entertainment industry.

About Global Gaming Expo 2015
Global Gaming Expo 2015, the world’s premier event for the casino gaming industry, is broadening its scope to match the changing gaming-resort landscape and position its attendees for the future. Complementing an expanded gaming focus, the 2015 show will introduce the “Integrated Resort Experience at G2E,” presenting innovative non-gaming technology, products and services as guests would experience them in a gaming-resort setting. This new effort will deliver a complete “end-to-end” solution to help casinos attract more guests, encourage them to stay and play longer, and increase revenue per visitor. The annual event showcases the latest developments in gaming technology and features keynote addresses by high-profile leaders from within and outside of the gaming industry.

The Global Gaming Expo takes place September 28 – October 1 in Las Vegas at the Sands Expo and Convention Center. For more information about the Global Gaming Expo 2015, please visit www.globalgamingexpo.com.

TV Personality Ross Mathews Hosts AFAN’s Black & White Party on Aug. 29

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TV Personality Ross Mathews Hosts AFAN’s 29th Annual Black & White Party

 TV personality Ross Mathews will bring his charisma and his own fashion-forward monochromatic look to Las Vegas when he hosts Aid for AIDS of Nevada’s (AFAN) 29th Annual Black & White Party on Saturday, Aug. 29 at 9 p.m. inside The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

The premier party of the year will showcase a pop up wedding chapel and fully ordained officiant to perform weddings and vow renewals for the first time in Black & White history.

Entertainers including The Perry Twins, Maren Wade, “Love is Love” by Legends in Concert, Pia Zadora, DJ Axis, Nick Ayler, The Sound Collage, Brandon Godfrey and Boiis will take the stage while steampunk-inspired decor from the International Special Events Society (ISES) transforms the venue.

Guests will sample bites from top restaurants including Culinary Dropout, Ferraro’s, FU, Pink Taco, 35 Steaks + Martinis, Hexx, Popcorn Girl, Jamba Juice, Brio and more. Back Bar USA will pour top shelf spirits from its portfolio of brands including Bacardi, Corona, Cavalli Vodka, Absolut and Jameson.

More than 40 raffle prizes will be up for grabs including packages from Aria, Life is Beautiful, Mandarin Oriental, Exotics Racing, Penn & Teller and The Cosmopolitan.

The $50 GA ticket price also grants admission to the official after party at Piranha Nightclub and Temptation Sundays pool party at the Luxor the following day.

While the Black & White is an unforgettable festive atmosphere, AFAN Executive Director Antioco Carrillo wants guests to remember the evening still has a sobering purpose to fight HIV/AIDS and eradicate the stigma it carries in Southern Nevada.

“We want people to get dressed up, come let loose and have the time of their lives,” said Carrillo. “But at the same time, it’s important to remember the event is ultimately dedicated to raising funds for locals living with AIDS and sending a message of prevention.”

Tickets can be purchased at afanlv.org. $130 VIP tickets with early entry at 8 p.m. or VIP tables with four tickets for $600 are also available. Guests must be 21+ years old and black and white attire required for admission.

Hard Rock Hotel is offering a special room package for party attendees by visiting hardrockhotel.com/las-vegas-specials/hotel-deals/afan-black-white-ball/803 or calling 800.343.4346 and using code HAFAN15

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Ross Mathews

About AFAN
Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) was founded in 1984 and is the oldest and largest AIDS service organization in the state of Nevada. 2014 marked AFAN’s 30th anniversary of unyielding commitment to the community, providing support and advocacy for adults and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in southern Nevada. AFAN offers consistent and comprehensive direct client service programs, including medical case management, housing and utility assistance, emergency food and transportation vouchers, prevention and education programs and community outreach. As part of AFAN’s mission, these client service programs assist in enhancing the physical health and psychosocial wellness of the individuals they serve, while promoting dignity and improving the quality of their lives. For more information, please visit afanlv.org. Keep up with AFAN events and news on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Photo Recap: Penn & Teller Present the Key to Their Theater, Welcoming Golden Rainbow’s 28th Annual “Ribbon of Life” Fundraiser to Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino

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Penn & Teller Present the Key to Their Theater, Welcoming Golden Rainbow’s 28th Annual “Ribbon of Life” Fundraiser to Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino 

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World-famous duo and longtime local HIV/AIDS advocates Penn & Teller presented Golden Rainbow executives with the key to their theater as the nonprofit prepares for its 28th annual “Ribbon of Life” spectacular. The organization’s largest fundraiser of the year will be held on Sunday, June 22 at The Penn & Teller Theater at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.

Golden Rainbow’s Executive Director Gary Costa, Acting President Greg Nielson, Treasurer Drew Zidzik, Vice President Pietra Sardelli and Vice President Scott Emerson were welcomed by the Las Vegas headliners in the theater’s “monkey room,” just in time for the beginning of “Ribbon of Life” rehearsals.

This year’s production, “Under the Big Top,” will be full of exhilarating circus-inspired acts with performances by entertainers Clint Holmes, Josh Strickland and Reva Rice; cast members from Dancing Queen, Frank Marino’s Divas Las Vegas, JERSEY BOYS, Jubilee, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, RagTag Entertainment, ROCK OF AGES, Zombie Burlesque and Cirque du Soleil’s The Beatles LOVE, Michael Jackson ONETM, Mystère and Zumanity; vocal groups Sin City Opera and The Sound Collage; and many more.

 

Guests interested in experiencing the one-of-a-kind extravaganza can now purchase tickets at the property’s box office, online at goldenrainbow.org and ticketmaster.com, or charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000.Tickets are priced at $45, $75, $100, $175 and $200.

 

About Golden Rainbow
Golden Rainbow is a nonprofit organization that provides housing and direct financial assistance to men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS in Southern Nevada. Founded by members of the entertainment industry in 1987, Golden Rainbow is committed to serving the HIV/AIDS community through fundraisers like “Ribbon of Life” and HIV/AIDS related education. For more information, visit goldenrainbow.org or call 702.384.2899.

Follow Golden Rainbow on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and updates.

Photo: Penn & Teller “Reunite” With Andy Warhol

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PENN & TELLER “REUNITE” WITH A MADAME TUSSAUDS WAX FIGURE
OF POP ART ICON ANDY WARHOL AT POLAROID MUSEUM OPENING

On Thursday, April 24, comedic magicians Penn & Teller posed with a Madame Tussauds wax figure of Andy Warhol during the grand opening of the Polaroid Museum at The LINQ. The figure is on loan from Madame Tussauds to support the Warhol exhibition, “Capturing Celebrity,” on view at the Polaroid Museum.

In the 1980s, Warhol took numerous photographs of Penn & Teller and appeared their film, “Invisible Thread.” About the Madame Tussauds Warhol figure Penn said, “Andy would have loved it.”

PHOTO CREDIT: David Becker

Vegas Entertainers Perform at 24th Annual AIDS Walk on May 4

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Las Vegas Entertainers Perform at 24th Annual AIDS Walk 2014 on May 4

A plethora of Vegas’ entertainers will unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS at the 24th annual AIDS Walk on Sunday, May 4 at UNLV to benefit Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN).

For the 13th year in a row, Penn & Teller will serve as grand marshals and leaders of the Penn & Teller Challenge, matching donations of $250 or more.

Local TV personality Chris Saldaña and morning co-host at 100.5 FM KXNT Dayna Roselli will host the day’s festivities, which will kick-off with Josh Strickland from VEGAS! The Show singing the National Anthem. Also performing during the opening ceremony and at the community picnic following the walk are: acts from Le Rêve – The Dream at Wynn Las Vegas, Rose.Rabbit.Lie, Panda!, Mo5aic, Absinthe, Million Dollar Quartet, Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, DJ Axis, Zodiac Dragon, Las Vegas Kaminari Taiko Drummers, Kaution Dance Kru and instructors from TruFusion Yoga will lead the warm up before the walk.

AIDS Walk Las Vegas has become the largest fundraiser of the year for AFAN, with more than 12,000 walkers in 2013, raising more than $400,000. Understanding that the fight against HIV/AIDS is a community effort, AFAN is inviting other local HIV/AIDS nonprofits to participate in AIDS Walk and giving back 50% of the money raised by their teams to support their own organization’s fundraising missions.

Presenting sponsors of AIDS Walk include Penn & Teller, Walgreens, Findlay Cadillac and Findlay Honda, Ketel One Vodka, Jetflicks, Vegas Seven, CBS Radio and Jamba Juice.

Sign-in begins at 8 a.m. in front of the Student Union with the opening ceremony at 9 a.m. and the walk beginning at 10:30. The community picnic, which is a joint effort with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), will be held immediately following the walk in front of the Student Union and feature some of Las Vegas’ finest food trucks.

Individuals of all ages are encouraged to participate and registration is free. A minimum donation of $50 per person is encouraged and includes an official AIDS Walk t-shirt. For additional information and to register, visit afanlv.org

To kick off the weekend, TAO Nightclub at The Venetian will host the fourth annual Red Party on Thursday, May 1 with free admission and two-hour open bar for attendees dressed in red. TAO will make a donation to AFAN for every guest that arrives dressed in red.

Now celebrating its 30th anniversary of providing support and advocacy for adults and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, AFAN is the oldest and largest AIDS organization in the state of Nevada, assisting more than 4,000 local men, women and children.

The Smith Center Adds Third Week of Performances of THE TEMPEST; Casting Announced

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The Smith Center for the Performing Arts Adds Third Week of Performances of William Shakespeare’s THE TEMPEST 

Casting for the world premiere adaptation is also announced; led by Tom Nelis as “Prospero

 

 The Smith Center for the Performing Arts has now added a third and final week of performances for the world premiere of THE TEMPEST, which will now play April 6-27, with special preview performances April 1-4. The opening night celebration will take place on Saturday, April 5. Produced in association with the American Reparatory Theater (A.R.T.), THE TEMPEST is adapted and directed by Aaron Posner and Teller from the play by William Shakespeare, with magic by Teller, music by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan and movement by Matt Kent of Pilobolus. THE TEMPEST will perform at The Smith Center’s Donald W. Reynolds Symphony Park in a 500-seat climate-controlled tent. Tickets start at $35 for regular performances and $25 for preview performances. Tickets for the opening night celebration are $150 and include an exclusive post-show reception. All tickets are on sale now at The Smith Center box office, online at www.TheSmithCenter.com or by phone at (702) 749-2000.

Experience Prospero’s wizardry in this thrilling new production of THE TEMPEST featuring magic by illusionist Teller (of the legendary duo Penn & Teller). When shipwrecked aristocrats wash up on the shores of Prospero’s strange island, they find themselves immersed in a world of trickery and amazement, where music by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan and Pilobolus’ athletic movement animate the spirits and monsters. But the revels come to an end when the master magician realizes he has neglected his life in service of his art, and must now relinquish his conjuring in order to reclaim his life and provide for the future of his only child.

THE TEMPEST at The Smith Center will serve as the production’s world premiere. Following the world premiere in Las Vegas, the show will move to Cambridge, MA to begin performances at A.R.T.

The cast will be led by Tom Nelis as Prospero, with Louis Butelli as Antonio, Nate Dendy as Ariel, Dawn Didawick as Gonzala, Christopher Donohue as Alonso, Joby Earle as Ferdinand, Zach Eisenstat and Manelich Minniefee as Caliban, Charlotte Graham as Miranda, Eric Hissom as Stephano, Jonathan Kim as Trinculo, and Edmund Lewis as Sebastian. They are joined by musicians Shaina Taub, Miche Braden, Michael Brun, and Nate Tucker.

The creative team also includes scenic designer Daniel Conway, costume designer Paloma Young, lighting designer Christopher Akerlind, sound designer Darron L. West, music direction by Shaina Taub, magic consultant Johnny Thompson, magical prop designer Thom Rubino, and instrument designer Kenny Wollesen.

About the principal cast members:

Tom Nelis (Prospero) was previously seen at the A.R.T. in The Blue Flower and bobrauschenbergamerica and appeared recently at the Huntington Theatre in Now or Later. His Broadway roles include Enron, The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, and Aida; and off-Broadway credits include Road Show, Richard III, the title role in Henry VI, and ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore (The Public Theater), Doris to Darlene (Playwrights Horizons), Ipheginia 2.0 and Hot ‘n’ Throbbing (Signature Theatre), Passion and Orlando (Classic Stage Company), Septimus and Clarissa (Ripe Time), The Merchant of Venice (Theatre for a New Audience and The Royal Shakespeare Company), Ahab in Laurie Anderson’s Songs and Stories from Moby Dick (BAM/world tour), Oscar Wilde in Gross Indecency (Mineta Lane Theatre), Hot Mouth (Manhattan Theatre Club), Pearls for Pigs (Richard Foreman/world tour); as well as 20 years with SITI Company, including last season’s Cafe Variations at ArtsEmerson. He is the recipient of an Obie (The Medium) and San Diego Critics Ensemble (Wintertime)Awards, and Drama League (Score) and Barrymore Award (Candide) nominations. Mr. Nelis received his MFA from UC San Diego.

 

Louis Butelli (Antonio) appeared in CYCLOPS: A Rock Opera (47th St, NYMF Award Outstanding Individual Performer, Pulitzer Prize Jury Nomination); and regionally in Henry VIII (Folger Theatre, Helen Hayes Award, Outstanding Supporting Actor), Twelfth Night (Folger Theatre, Helen Hayes Nomination, Outstanding Supporting Actor), Shakespeare Theatre DC, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, among others.

 

Nate Dendy (Ariel) was seen in The Fantasticks (The Mute; L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award and Helen Hayes Award nominations) at Arena Stage, South Coast Rep, Trinity Repertory Company; in  Angels In America (Prior Walter) at  Risk Theatre Initiative; Twelfth Night at Dallas Shakespeare Festival; and A Christmas Carol at Trinity Repertory Company. He appeared in the film “Turtle Hill: Brooklyn.” He has an M.F.A. from Brown University/Trinity Rep.

 

Christopher Donahue (Alonso) appeared in Metamorphoses at Circle in the Square and Monsters (Obie Award) at Classic Stage Company. He was seen in numerous off-Broadway productions and regional theaters, including The Hungtington Theatre, Hartford Stage, BLO, Chicago Opera Theatre and The Goodman Theatre.

 

Dawn Didawick (Gonzala) was seen on Broadway in All My Sons (Tony Award for Best Revival); and in regional theater productions including Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Globe Theater, Longwharf Theatre, Hartford Stage Company, Seattle and Saint Louis Repertory Theaters.  Her films include Erin Brokovich, Breakfast of Champions, and on television in “Almost a Woman” (Peabody Award), “Pretty Little Liars” and “Heart of Dixie.”

 

Joby Earle (Ferdinand) was seen on Broadway in War Horse; off-Broadway in Julius Caesar and Romeo and Juliet. His regional credits include Owners (Yale Rep), The Puppetmaster of Lodz (Berkshire Theatre Group), and The Pitmen Painters (Palm Beach Dramaworks).

 

Zachary Eisenstat (Caliban) was previously seen at the A.R.T. as Will Scathlock in The Heart of Robin Hood, and in The Donkey Show.  Other credits include On The Town and The Chosen at Lyric Stage Company, Coriolanus at Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and The Play About the Baby at Exquisite Corps. Other theater includes Matchmaker, Matchmaker I’m Willing To Settle at the 2011 NY Musical Festival and a staged reading of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Boston Landmarks Orchestra. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.

 

Charlotte Graham (Miranda) was seen in Three Sisters, Buil, and Love’s Labour’s Lost at Chautauqua Theater Company, Camelot at Trinity Repertory Company and Beast at New York Stage & Film. Her television credits include “Gossip Girl,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Hart of Dixie” and “Joe, Joe & Jane” (NBC pilot). She is a graduate of the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Program in Acting.

 

Eric Hissom (Stephano) performed the title role in Cyrano at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre, appeared in Twelfh Night at Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Thirty-nine Steps at La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Rep and the Broadway National Tour, and Eurydice at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre among others.

 

Jonathan Kim (Trinculo) was seen in New York in In Masks Outrageous and Austere (originated the role of the Interpreter) and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Principal/Soloist).  He appeared in the movie “Second Hand Lions,, and  television credits include ”Boardwalk Empire” and “ Barney and Friends.”

 

Edmund Lewis (Sebastian) appeared in Hamlet and Saint Joan at the Lynn Redgrave Theater and Access Theatre in New York; and regionally at the Olney Theater Center, The Orphan at The Tank Theater, Five by Ives at Arclight Theater, Waiting For Godot and The Misanthrope at Pilot House Theater and Like Larvae at the NY Fringe Festival.

 

Manelich Minniefee (Caliban) is a principal dancer with Pilobolus Dance Theater and has performed in The Magic Flute at the Verdi Opera House, Parma Italy; appeared on television as a dancer in “Sesame Street,” the “2007 Academy Awards Telecast,“ “Ellen,” “Live with Regis and Kelly” and on the NFL Network.  He has a B.F.A. in Dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

 

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About the creative team:

Director and adaptor Aaron Posner is a Helen Hayes and Barrymore Award-winning playwright and director. His adaptations include Macbeth (with Teller, from Shakespeare), Stupid Fucking Bird (adapted from Chekhov’s The Seagull), Who Am I This Time? (& Other Conundrums of Love) adapted from Kurt Vonnegut short stories, The Chosen and My Name is Asher Lev (adapted from the Chaim Potok novels), Sometimes a Great Notion (adapted from Ken Kesey), a nine-actor Cyrano, and musical adaptation of Mark Twain’s A Murder, A Mystery & A Marriage, and many more. He is a founder and former Artistic Director of Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre and has directed at major regional theaters from coast to coast. He is an artistic associate at Milwaukee Rep and the Folger Theatre in Washington, DC (where his recent production of Romeo and Juliet received rave reviews).

Director and adaptor Teller has been the smaller, quieter half of Penn & Teller since 1975.  With Penn Jillette, he has played off and on Broadway, toured in North America and Britain, and is currently the longest-running headline act in Las Vegas.  Penn & Teller have written and starred in television series and specials, including eight seasons of the Emmy-nominated Showtime series “Penn & Teller: Bullshit!;” “Penn & Teller Tell a Lie” on Discovery; “Penn & Teller’s Sincity Spectacular” on FX;  “Behind the Scenes,” a PBS children’s series on the arts; “The Unpleasant World of Penn & Teller,” a magic and comedy series on England’s Channel 4; and the recent ITV variety series, “Penn & Teller:  Fool Us.”  Teller has written for The Atlantic Monthly, Smithsonian, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Esquire, GQ, The New Yorker; as well as three books with Penn Jillette and two on his own.  He is also a frequent contributor to All Things Considered on NPR. In 2008, Teller and Aaron Posner co-directed a version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, conceived as a supernatural horror thriller that employed stage magic to represent the play’s uncanny hallucinations and manifestations. He also co-wrote and directed the original off-Broadway and Los Angeles productions of Play Dead and co-directed the performance film. Teller also directed and starred in “Tim’s Vermeer,” a feature documentary film, which will be released in theaters internationally in 2014 by Sony Picture Classics.

Founded in 1971, Pilobolus has built its fervent and ever-expanding international following by proving the human body to be the most expressive, universal, and magical of media. Pilobolus maintains its own singular style while actively collaborating with the best and brightest minds from all conceivable professions the world over.  Based in Washington Depot, Connecticut and New York City, in recent years Pilobolus has transformed from avant-garde dance company into an international entertainment brand featured on the likes of “Oprah,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and the Academy Awards. The company has engaged in activities as varied as making circuses, creating television advertising, publishing books, breaking world records, teaching in schools, and producing music videos. Pilobolus has been awarded prestigious honors over the years, including the Berlin Critic’s Prize, the Scotsman Award, the Brandeis Award, a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cultural Programming, the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement in Choreography, a TED Fellowship for presenting at the TED conference in 2005, and 2012 Grammy Award nomination for its interactive music video collaboration with OK Go and Google Chrome Japan, “All Is Not Lost” (allisnotlo.st). Pilobolus achieves all of this without ever losing sight of its core mission: to make art that builds community.

Choreographer Matt Kent is the Associate Artistic Director of Pilobolus and has worked with the company since 1996 as a dancer, collaborator, creative director, choreographer and associate artistic director. His past Pilobolus projects include Head Choreographer for Andre Heller’s Magnifico, a large-scale circus production; Choreographer for a Sports Emmy-nominated teaser created in collaboration with the NFL network; and Choreographer for a television appearance on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” Matt is one of the creators of Pilobolus’s European hit Shadowland, and he has performed in more than 24 countries and on Pilobolus’s appearance on the 79th Academy Awards. Outside of Pilobolus, he has worked as zombie choreographer for AMC’s hit series “The Walking Dead” and as movement consultant on the Duncan Sheik musical Whisper House.  He lives in Connecticut with his wife and two sons.

In a career that spans four decades, singer-songwriter Tom Waits has adventurously delved into recording, literature, film and theater, as both actor and composer. His music, recognized for its distinctive orchestrations and arrangements, has ranged from country, blues, cabaret, waltz and field hollers to gospel, polkas and marches. He has recorded more than 20 albums including Bad As Me and appeared in well over 20 films including, “Ironweed,” “Dracula,” “Down By Law,” “Short Cuts,” “Book of Eli” and “The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus,” working with such maverick directors like Jim Jarmusch, Terry Giliam, Francis Ford Coppola, Hughes Brothers, Hector Barbenco and Robert Altman.  Waits and his long time collaborator and wife, Kathleen Brennan were recently named number four in a list of the “100 Best Living Songwriters” published by America’s Paste magazine.  Paste said “In literature only a handful of writers have pulled off the near impossible.  In music, it happens on every Tom Waits recording.”

 

About The Smith Center:

The hallmark of downtown Las Vegas’ 61-acre urban development known as Symphony Park, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is a public-private partnership that opened in March 2012. Heralded as the city’s Heart of the Arts®, The Smith Center is an architectural triumph and long-awaited cultural achievement that educates and entertains the citizens of Southern Nevada. The $470 million world-class performing arts center offers a blend of performances by resident companies, first-run touring attractions, lectures and internationally acclaimed performers in music, theater and dance. The five-acre campus features four performance spaces including the 2,050-seat Reynolds Hall, the 258-seat Cabaret Jazz club, the 250-seat Troesh Studio Theater and the 1.7-acre Donald W. Reynolds Symphony Park for outdoor concerts. Additionally, the campus is home to the Discovery Children’s Museum that opened in March 2013. For more information about The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, please visit www.TheSmithCenter.com. Keep up with news and events on Facebook and follow The Smith Center on Twitter at @SmithCenterLV.

 

About the A.R.T.:

The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) The A.R.T. at Harvard University is a leading force in the American theater, producing groundbreaking work in Cambridge and beyond. The A.R.T. was founded in 1980 by Robert Brustein, who served as Artistic Director until 2002, when he was succeeded by Robert Woodruff. Diane Paulus began her tenure as Artistic Director in 2008. Under her leadership, the A.R.T. seeks to expand the boundaries of theater by programming events that immerse audiences in transformative theatrical experiences.

Throughout its history, the A.R.T. has been honored with many distinguished awards, including consecutive Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Musical for Pippin (2013) and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (2012), both of which Paulus directed; a Pulitzer Prize; a Jujamcyn Prize for outstanding contribution to the development of creative talent; the Tony Award for Best Regional Theater; and numerous Elliot Norton and I.R.N.E. Awards.

The A.R.T. collaborates with artists around the world to develop and create work in new ways. It is currently engaged in a number of multi-year projects, including the Civil War Project, an initiative that will culminate in the staging of new work in the 2014/15 season. Under Paulus’s leadership, the A.R.T.’s club theater, OBERON, has become an incubator for local and emerging artists and has attracted national attention for its innovative programming and business models.

As the professional theater on the campus of Harvard University, the A.R.T. catalyzes discourse, interdisciplinary collaboration, and creative exchange among a wide range of academic departments, institutions, students, and faculty members, acting as a conduit between its community of artists and the university. A.R.T. artists also teach undergraduate courses in directing, dramatic literature, acting, voice, design, and dramaturgy. The A.R.T. Institute for Advanced Theater Training, which is run in partnership with the Moscow Art Theater School, offers graduate-level training in acting, dramaturgy, and voice.

Dedicated to making great theater accessible, the A.R.T. actively engages more than 5,000 community members and local students annually in project-based partnerships, workshops, conversations with artists, and other enrichment activities both at the theater and across the Greater Boston area.

Through all of these initiatives, the A.R.T. is dedicated to producing world-class performances in which the audience is central to the theatrical experience.

 

The Loeb Drama Center, located at 64 Brattle Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge, is fully accessible. ASL interpreted and audio described performances are available at select productions. Visit americanrepertorytheater.org/access for more information.

 

For further information call 617-547-8300 or visit AmericanRepertoryTheater.org

The Smith Center Adds Additional Week of Performances of THE TEMPEST Due to Popular Demand

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Due to Popular Demand The Smith Center Adds Additional Week of Performances for William Shakespeare’s
‘THE TEMPEST’
Produced by American Repertory Theater
Adapted and Directed by Aaron Posner and Teller
Magic by Teller / Music by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan
Movement by Pilobolus

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts has added an additional week of performances for the world premiere of a reimagined version of “THE TEMPEST” due to popular ticket demand, which will now play April 6–20.  The Smith Center’s first ever co-production, “THE TEMPEST” is produced by the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), adapted and directed by Aaron Posner and Teller from the play by William Shakespeare, with magic by Teller, music by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan and movement by Matt Kent of Pilobolus. “THE TEMPEST” performances will take place at The Smith Center’s Donald W. Reynolds Symphony Park in a 500-seat climate-controlled tent, where no seat is more than 60 feet from the stage. Performances are scheduled Tuesday-Sunday at 8 p.m. with additional matinees at 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets for all performances begin at $35 and are on sale now at The Smith Center box office, online at www.TheSmithCenter.com or by phone at (702) 749-2000.

“We are thrilled at the community’s response to “THE TEMPEST,” our very first co-production at The Smith Center with A.R.T.,” says Myron Martin, president and CEO of The Smith Center. “We are adding an additional week of performances to meet demand and allow more guests to experience the world premiere of this incredible staging of the classic William Shakespeare play with an inventive, magical twist.”

Experience Prospero’s wizardry in this thrilling new production of “THE TEMPEST” featuring magic by illusionist Teller (of the legendary duo Penn & Teller).  When shipwrecked aristocrats wash up on the shores of Prospero’s strange island, they find themselves immersed in a world of trickery and amazement, where music by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan and Pilobolus’ athletic movement animate the spirits and monsters.  But the revels come to an end when the master magician realizes he has neglected his life in service of his art, and must now relinquish his conjuring in order to reclaim his life and provide for the future of his only child.

The Tempest” at The Smith Center will serve as the production’s world premiere. Following the world premiere in Las Vegas, the show will move to Cambridge, MA to begin performances at A.R.T. and then Washington D.C. and New York City.

A perfect opportunity to continue their commitment to the Las Vegas community, Land Rover Las Vegas is the official sponsor of the Las Vegas run of “The Tempest.” As part of its role, Land Rover Las Vegas will have a hospitality tent complete with refreshments for sale pre-show as well as rare vintage vehicles on display.

About the Creative Team:
Director and adaptor Aaron Posner is a Helen Hayes and Barrymore Award-winning playwright and director. His adaptations include “Macbeth” (with Teller, from Shakespeare), “Stupid Fucking Bird” (adapted from Chekhov’s “The Seagull”), “Who Am I This Time? (& Other Conundrums of Love)” adapted from Kurt Vonnegut short stories, “The Chosen” and “My Name is Asher Lev” (adapted from the Chaim Potok novels), “Sometimes a Great Notion” (adapted from Ken Kesey), a nine-actor “Cyrano,” and musical adaptation of Mark Twain’s “A Murder, A Mystery & A Marriage,” and many more. Posner is a founder and former artistic director of Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre and has directed at major regional theaters from coast to coast. He is an artistic associate at Milwaukee Rep and the Folger Theatre in Washington, DC (where his recent production of “Romeo and Juliet” received rave reviews).

Director and adaptor Teller has been the smaller, quieter half of Penn & Teller since 1975.  With Penn Jillette, he has played off and on Broadway, toured in North America and Britain, and is currently the longest-running headline act in Las Vegas. Penn & Teller have written and starred in television series and specials, including eight seasons of the Emmy-nominated Showtime series “Penn & Teller: Bullshit!;” “Penn & Teller Tell a Lie” on Discovery; “Penn & Teller’s Sin City Spectacular” on FX;  “Behind the Scenes,” a PBS children’s series on the arts; “The Unpleasant World of Penn & Teller,” a magic and comedy series on England’s Channel 4; and the recent ITV variety series, “Penn & Teller:  Fool Us.”  Teller has written for The Atlantic Monthly, Smithsonian, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Esquire, GQ, The New Yorker; as well as three books with Penn Jillette and two on his own.  He is also a frequent contributor to “All Things Considered” on NPR. In 2008, Teller and Aaron Posner co-directed a version of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” conceived as a supernatural horror thriller that employed stage magic to represent the play’s uncanny hallucinations and manifestations. He also co-wrote and directed the original off-Broadway and Los Angeles productions of “Play Dead” and co-directed the performance film “Tim’s Vermeer,” a feature documentary film, which will be released in theaters internationally in 2014 by Sony Picture Classics.

Founded in 1971, Pilobolus has built its fervent and ever-expanding international following by proving the human body to be the most expressive, universal, and magical of media. Pilobolus maintains its own singular style while actively collaborating with the best and brightest minds from all conceivable professions the world over.  Based in Washington Depot, Connecticut and New York City, in recent years Pilobolus has transformed from avant-garde dance company into an international entertainment brand featured on the likes of “Oprah,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and the Academy Awards. The company has engaged in activities as varied as making circuses, creating television advertising, publishing books, breaking world records, teaching in schools, and producing music videos. Pilobolus has been awarded prestigious honors over the years, including the Berlin Critic’s Prize, the Scotsman Award, the Brandeis Award, a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cultural Programming, the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement in Choreography, a TED Fellowship for presenting at the TED conference in 2005, and 2012 Grammy® Award nomination for its interactive music video collaboration with OK Go and Google Chrome Japan, “All Is Not Lost” (allisnotlo.st). Pilobolus achieves all of this without ever losing sight of its core mission: to make art that builds community.

Choreographer Matt Kent is the associate artistic director of Pilobolus and has worked with the company since 1996 as a dancer, collaborator, creative director, choreographer, and associate artistic director. Past Pilobolus projects include head choreographer for Andre Heller’s “Magnifico,” a large-scale circus production; choreographer for a sports Emmy-nominated teaser created in collaboration with the NFL network; and choreographer for a television appearance on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” Kent is one of the creators of the Pilobolus’s European hit “Shadowland,” and he has performed in more than 24 countries and on Pilobolus’s appearance on the 79th Academy Awards. Outside of Pilobolus, he has worked as zombie choreographer for AMC’s hit series “The Walking Dead” and as movement consultant on the Duncan Sheik musical, “Whisper House.”  He lives in Connecticut with his wife and two sons.

Tom Waits is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor, with a distinctive voice, described by critic Daniel Durchholz as sounding “like it was soaked in a vat of bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a few months, and then taken outside and run over with a car.” With this trademark growl, his incorporation of pre-rock music styles such as blues, jazz, and vaudeville, and experimental tendencies verging on industrial music, Waits has built up a distinctive musical persona. He has worked as a composer for movies and musical plays and has acted in supporting roles in films, including “Paradise Alley,” and “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” and “Down by Law.” Waits was nominated for an Academy Award for his soundtrack work on “One from the Heart.”

Kathleen Brennan is an American musician, songwriter, record producer and artist. Eulogized on husband Tom Waits‘ album “Swordfishtrombones” in the song titled “Johnsburg, Illinois,” which is her birthplace and where she was raised, Brennan is Waits frequent music collaborator.

Save the Date: AFAN Hosts 24th Annual AIDS Walk Las Vegas Sunday, May 4

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AFAN Hosts 24th Annual AIDS Walk Las Vegas Sunday, May 4

 

What:  Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) hosts the 24th Annual AIDS Walk Las Vegas

When:                    
Sunday, May 4, 2014
8 a.m. – sign-in for teams and individuals
9 a.m. – opening ceremony
10:30 a.m. – AIDS Walk
12 p.m. – after walk picnic

Where:                   
UNLV
Grassy courtyard north of Student Union
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89154

Who:                      
Penn & Teller, grand marshals and leaders of the Penn & Teller Challenge AIDS Walk Team

Details:                  
Registration will begin Thursday, Jan. 9 for the 24th Annual AIDS Walk Las Vegas. People of all ages are encouraged to participate and registration is free. A minimum donation of $50 per person is encouraged and includes an official AIDS Walk t-shirt. For additional information and to register, visit afanlv.org.

On Thursday, Jan. 9 from 5-8 pm., AFAN will host a kickoff party to celebrate the launch of the AIDS Walk Las Vegas 2014 website at the House of Blues Foundation Room inside Mandalay Bay. Guests will enjoy free admission, special happy hour pricing and be entered to win a two-night stay at ARIA Resort & Casino.

Create a Change Now Online Auction at www.biddingforgood.com Open and Accepting Bids

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Create a Change Now Online Auction at www.biddingforgood.com Open and Accepting Bids

Features 67 silent auction items valued at more than $27,000

Create a Change Now online silent auction is now open and accepting bids. The silent auction is being held in conjunction with Create a Change Now’s first fundraiser Circus Garden Party on Saturday, Sept. 7 from 3 – 6 p.m. at the Historic Fifth Street School. The online silent auction can be found at www.biddingforgood.com/createachangenow.

Some of the featured items include:

  • Four tickets to Penn & Teller plus private meet and greet with magic trick ($2,500 value)
  • .50 carat diamond necklace from The Jewelers ($1,600 value)
  • Garden Bed by Garden Farms of Nevada ($900 value)
  • Tickets to the Zoppe Italian Circus at the Smith Center ($200 value)

 

Other items include luxurious vacations, spa packages, personal training sessions, private chefs and more. Event goers can also purchase raffle tickets for the chance to win a Vitamix high performance blender.

The Circus Garden Party will have activities for all ages including stilt walkers, jugglers, face painting, balloon art, live music as well as educational components such as how to plant vegetables and healthy cooking demonstrations.

Guests can also sample cuisine from local restaurants including Hops & Harvest by Bradley Ogden, Poppy Den by Chef Angelo Sosa and Rachel’s Kitchen. Fresh52 Farmers Market will also be on hand with fresh produce.

“Our goal is to fight childhood obesity which has become a national epidemic in this country. With our first big fundraiser we are hoping to reach a large audience so this event is geared to entertain and appeal to the entire family,” said Melissa Blynn, executive director of Create a Change Now. “We hope the community will join us for what is sure to be an afternoon of fun.”

The event is open to the public. Regular ticket prices start at $65 for couples and $40 for an individual ticket. Groups of four kids under 12 are free.

All proceeds raised from this event will help support nutritional education as well as planting more edible gardens in schools. To purchase tickets visit https://ticketcake.com/event/first-annual-circus-garden-party/las-vegas/2013-09-07. For more information call (702) 300-7399. The Fifth Street School is located at 401 S. Fourth St. Las Vegas, NV 89101.

Bidders do not have to attend the event to win.

About Create A Change Now
Create A Change Now is a non-profit organization that fights childhood obesity by educating children on healthy eating habits and encourages a hands-on approach in the kitchen. Create A Change Now aims to teach elementary school students how to plant edible gardens in schools and partners with local chefs to teach students how to prepare and cook the food they harvest.  Create a Change Now has gardens at several local elementary schools including: Rose Warren Elementary School, JT McWilliams Elementary School and Ollie Detweiller Elementary School.

For more information visit www.createachangenow.org

 

 

Tickets on Sale Now for AFAN’s Famed 27th Annual Black & White Party

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Tickets on Sale Now for AFAN’s Famed 27th
Annual Black & White Party
at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Roster of over-the-top weekend activities planned to accompany main social event

 

Revered as one of Las Vegas’ signature social events, Aid for AIDS of Nevada’s annual Black & White Party returns to Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Paradise Beach on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Black & White Party boasts a unique experience of festivities, celebrations and revelry complete with gourmet food, beverage samplings, eye-catching atmospheric entertainment and live stage performances. As the largest non-profit supporting the HIV/AIDS community in Nevada, 100 percent of proceeds from the evening go to support HIV/AIDS services.

“It’s been nearly three decades of incredible Black & White Party memories,” said Earl Shelton, director of development for AFAN. “We’re looking forward to making this year one to remember. It’s an honor to have Hard Rock Hotel as our invaluable host for the second consecutive year and we can’t wait to create another evening for the history books.”

Celebrating its 27th anniversary in 2013, the Black & White Party began as a humble gathering of community members in 1986 to collect canned foods for those living with HIV/AIDS in Nevada. Held at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Paradise Beach, with plush tropical scenery with Caribbean-blue water and sandy beaches, the Black & White Party will feature nearly 20 unique food & beverage vendors, exciting raffle prizes, fashion contests and live entertainment.

“We’re pleased to support AFAN by participating as the host venue for the second year in a row and 10th overall,” said Jody Lake, Chief Operating Officer of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. “This year’s expanded activities will make Hard Rock Hotel a great destination all weekend long.”

General admission tickets are on sale for $35 per person; limited VIP tickets are available for $100 per ticket and include early entry to the event at 8 p.m. with first access to tastings and vendors, an exclusive gift bag and distinctive VIP party entertainment. Tickets can be purchased at www.afanlv.org. Black and white attire is required for admission.

Additionally, in celebration of Black & White Weekend, Hard Rock Hotel is offering an exclusive room package with a portion of room rates benefitting AFAN from Friday, Aug. 23 to Monday, Aug. 26. Use code HAFANBW when reserving online or by telephone at 800-343-4346.

For the first time, a roster of official events will surround the main Black & White evening to create an unforgettable weekend. The official kick-off party will be held at Share Nightclub on Friday, Aug. 23 at 10 p.m. No cover for Las Vegas residents; tables are available for $200 and limited cabanas can be purchased for $250 through AFAN’s website with 100 percent of proceeds going to support the organization. During the day on Saturday, Aug. 24, Breathe Pool Lounge at Hard Rock Hotel will host the official pre-party from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; $5 cover for locals. Following the Black & White Party, the after-party will be held at FreeZone and Piranha Nightclub located in the “Fruit Loop” beginning at 1 a.m. To cap off the weekend, 35 Steaks + Martinis at Hard Rock Hotel will host a delicious brunch for $45 per person beginning at 11 a.m. featuring stuffed French toast and mini chicken & waffles among other dishes.Unlimited mimosas are available for an additional $15 per person.

Presenting sponsors for this year’s Black & White Party include Penn & Teller, Walgreens, Findlay Cadillac and Findlay Honda Henderson. Gold sponsors include Pink Kitty Creative, Vegas Seven, Yelp DJ Axis and QVegas.

Guests must be 21 years of age or older to attend any of the weekend events. For more information on AFAN and Black & White Party, visit www.afanlv.org.

About AFAN

Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) was founded in 1984 and is the oldest and largest AIDS service organization in the state of Nevada. 2009 marked AFAN’s 25th anniversary of practicing its unyielding commitment to the community by providing unparalleled health expertise, support and advocacy for adults and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in southern Nevada. Over the years, AFAN has created various programs that offer consistent and comprehensive assistance including direct client service programs, food programs, prevention and education programs and community outreach. As part of AFAN’s mission, these client service programs assist in enhancing the physical health and psychosocial wellness of the individuals they serve, while promoting dignity and improving the quality of their lives. For more information, please visit www.afanlv.org. Keep up with AFAN events and news on Facebook and Twitter.

 

About Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is Las Vegas’ off-strip playground, just minutes and less than three miles from McCarran International Airport. The premier destination entertainment resort is owned by Brookfield Real Estate Finance Fund II and managed by WG-Harmon, LLC, a subsidiary of Warner Gaming, LLC. Built in 1995, the property completed a $750 million expansion in 2010. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino offers an energetic entertainment and gaming experience with the services and amenities associated with a boutique luxury resort hotel. The property is known for its innovative nightlife and music scene where acts such as The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, Incubus, Foo Fighters, Carlos Santana, Mötley Crüe and Guns N’ Roses have all performed. Features of the property include an 11-story Casino Tower with 640 guest rooms, 17-story Paradise Tower with 490 rooms and suites and the all-suite HRH Tower with 359 suites, eight spa villas and seven penthouse suites; 72,000 square feet of casino space featuring Peacock High-Limit gaming and Asian gaming amenities; 80,000 square feet of flexible meeting and convention space; more than $4 million in rare music memorabilia; Body English Nightclub & Afterhours; Reliquary Water Sanctuary, Spa & Salon; 4.5 acres of tropical pool paradise housing world-famous pool parties REHAB Sunday and RELAX Monday; live music/entertainment venues The Joint and Vinyl; Hart & Huntington Tattoo Co.; restaurants Culinary Dropout, Nobu, The Ainsworth, 35 Steaks + Martinis, Mexican cantina Pink Taco, ’round the clock diner Mr. Lucky’s Café and 福Fú Asian restaurant; a state-of-the-art fitness center and trendsetting retailers John Varvatos, Affliction, Love Jones, Rocks The Jewelers and Rock Paper Photo. For room availability and additional information call 800.HRD.ROCK (800.473.7625) or visit www.hardrockhotel.com.

Aid for AIDS of Nevada Welcomes More Than 12,000 Walkers to UNLV for 23rd Annual AIDS Walk Las Vegas

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Aid for AIDS of Nevada Welcomes More Than 12,000 Walkers to UNLV for 23rd Annual AIDS Walk Las Vegas

On Sunday, April 14, Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) once again set fundraising records as they hosted the 23rd Annual AIDS Walk Las Vegas at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) with entertainment legends Penn & Teller serving as Grand Marshals and leading the Penn & Teller Challenge team for the 12th consecutive year. More than 12,000 supporters joined AFAN for the 2013 walk and collectively raised $471,000. The Penn & Teller Challenge set a new fundraising record with 1,764 walkers raising a total of $224,140.

Walgreens returned for a second consecutive year to serve as a presenting sponsor for AIDS Walk Las Vegas and provided a pivotal role in fundraising efforts. Throughout February and March, local Walgreens stores raised $120,055 for AIDS Walk, which was presented to AFAN during the event’s opening ceremonies. Also announced during this year’s opening ceremonies was the return of AFAN’s annual Black and White Party, now entering its 27th year, to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for another celebration with impeccable cuisine, delicious cocktails and eye-catching entertainment on Aug. 24, 2013.

In a new fundraising component for this year’s event, AFAN extended their fundraising efforts to benefit other nonprofit organizations serving individuals with HIV/AIDS.  AFAN split 50 percent of the $5,275 raised by nonprofit teams, including: The Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada, Community Counseling Center of Southern Nevada, Golden Rainbow, Human Rights Campaign, Nevada AIDS Project, Planned Parenthood of Southern Nevada, and Rebuilding All Goals Efficiently (RAGE).

Walkers at the 2013 walk enjoyed gorgeous weather and exciting entertainment throughout the day, including a performance of “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Strip headliners Rock of Ages and performances from other notable Las Vegas Strip artists such as Melody Sweets of Absinthe, The Australian Bee Gees and the casts of Fantasy and Thunder from Down Under.  Music for the event was provided by DJ Axis, while CBS Radio personalities Lauren Michaels of 98.5 KLUC, Heather Collins of Mix 94.1 and Chris Jackson of KXTE 107.5 kept the crowd enamored with their wit and energy.

The event was co-hosted by Jaymes Vaughan and James Davis stars of Chippendales and fan favorites from CBS’ “Amazing Race,” and local TV anchor Chris Saldaña. Various government officials came to show their support for AFAN, including Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Congresswoman Dina Titus, and representatives from the offices of Congressman Steven Horsford, Congressman Joe Heck.

AFAN also partnered with the Human Rights Campaign to present the Sixth Annual HRC Community Picnic immediately following AIDS Walk, with 10 percent of sales being donated back to AFAN.  Walkers were treated to an array dining options including food-truck fare from Chi-Town Hustler, Fat Daddy’s Ice Cream, Curbside Café, Sauced, Ben & Jerry’s, Señor Blues, Slidin’ Thru, Hawaiian Shaved Ice, Sausagefest and Bad Ass Coffee.

As AFAN’s largest fundraiser of the year, all proceeds from the AIDS Walk will go towards assisting and educating more than 4,000 men, women and children infected with HIV and AIDS in Southern Nevada.

Aid for AIDS of Nevada Hosts 22nd Annual AIDS Walk Las Vegas at UNLV on April 15

Aid for AIDS of Nevada Hosts 22nd Annual AIDS Walk Las Vegas  at UNLV on April 15

Penn & Teller Serve as Grand Marshals for 11th Consecutive Year

 

Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) hosts the 22nd annual AIDS Walk Las Vegas at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) campus on Sunday, April 15 at 8 a.m. Penn & Teller, the iconic entertainment duo, will serve as Grand Marshals for the 11th consecutive year and will host the Penn & Teller Challenge, which promises to match all monetary funds raised by pledges and donations to AFAN.

“Our organization is always overwhelmed by the massive volume of support the Las Vegas community puts behind the annual AIDS Walk,” said AFAN Executive Director Antioco Carrillo. “Penn & Teller are the main driving force behind that support, and their passionate commitment to AFAN has been immensely helpful to the organization. We are honored to continue our relationship with Penn & Teller for yet another amazing year and eagerly await the 2012 results of the always successful Penn & Teller Challenge.”

Participants may register for the AIDS Walk as individuals, join an existing team or start their own team. Registration is free, but a minimum donation of $50 per person is encouraged. To register, please visit AFANLV.ORG. To join the Penn & Teller Challenge, click here and follow the Penn & Teller Challenge link to ‘Join Our Team.’

Hosting the event for the fourth consecutive year is 8 News Now Anchor Chris Saldana.  Saldana will be joined by CBS Radio personalities Mark & Mercedes In The Morning of MIX 94.1, Lauren from Chet Buchanan & The Morning Zoo on 98.5 KLUC and Dustin In The Afternoons on X107.5, who will all serve as co-hosts throughout the day. This year’s walk will also feature a variety of entertainment including the cast of Fantasy from the Luxor Hotel & Casino, Thunder from Down Under from Excalibur Hotel & Casino, DJ Axis, the cast of Las Vegas’ own youth glee club On with the Show and more.

For more than 20 years, AFAN has hosted the AIDS Walk with great success and led the community to recognize the disease that has now grown to be a worldwide pandemic. The event serves as AFAN’s largest fundraiser of the year, providing funds for programs to assist and educate more than 3,500 men, women and children infected with HIV and AIDS in southern Nevada. More than 8,500 walkers participated in last year’s event, raising more than $461,000. The Penn & Teller Challenge raised more than $219,000 of that total. AFAN’s 2012 AIDS Walk goal is to break all attendance, community involvement and fundraising benchmarks from previous years.

In addition, the AIDS Walk serves as a unique opportunity for both local businesses and large corporations to come together and get involved as sponsors.  Sponsors of this year’s walk include QVegas, Findlay Cadillac, Audi Henderson, Lamborghini Las Vegas, Nestle, The Apothecary Shops, Caesars Entertainment, Valley Press, 8 News Now, CBS Radio, Vegas Seven, Outdoor Promotions, Clear Channel Outdoor, Rubio’s, Walgreens, Jamba Juice, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Lobster ME, Daily Kitchen & Wellness Bar, I Love Burgers and  Yelp.  These partnerships range from monetary donations to providing prizes for the top walkers and more. The success of the AIDS Walk would not be possible without the support of local businesses. Sponsorship opportunities are still available and can be found here.

Following the closing ceremonies of the AIDS Walk, a Food Truck Round-Up and picnic will be held on the UNLV campus.  Ten food trucks, including Tasty Bunz, Sin City Wings, The Rusty Pickle, Grouchy John’s, Chi-Town Hustler, The Red Neck Kitchen, Roamin’ Dough, Fat Daddy’s Ice Cream, BBQ Boy and Charlie’s Lunch, will be on hand to serve the thousands of hungry walkers.

 

About Penn & Teller
The outrageous duo, Penn & Teller are known for their unique blend of comedy and magic. Their show has been a Broadway hit around the country and now found a permanent home in Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. Penn & Teller perform in the Rio’s Penn & Teller Theater nightly at 9 p.m.  Tickets are priced at $95/$85/$75 (plus tax) and are available through the Rio Box Office at (888) 746-7784. For more information, please visit www.pennandteller.com.

About AFAN
Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) was founded in 1984 and is the oldest and largest AIDS service organization in the state of Nevada. 2009 marked AFAN’s 25th anniversary of practicing its unyielding commitment to the community by providing unparalleled health expertise, support and advocacy for adults and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in southern Nevada. Over the years, AFAN has created various programs that offer consistent and comprehensive assistance including direct client service programs, food programs, prevention and education programs and community outreach.  As part of AFAN’s mission, these client service programs assist in enhancing the physical health and psychosocial wellness of the individuals they serve, while promoting dignity and improving the quality of their lives. For more information, please visit www.afanlv.org.

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AFAN Hosts 22nd Annual AIDS Walk Las Vegas on April 15, 2012

AFAN Hosts 22nd Annual AIDS Walk Las Vegas on April 15, 2012

WHAT:                 22nd Annual AIDS Walk Las Vegas to benefit Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN)

 

WHEN:  
Sunday, April 15, 2012
8 a.m. – sign-in for teams and individuals
9 a.m. – opening ceremony
10:30 a.m. – AIDS Walk
12 p.m. – closing ceremony

 

WHERE: 
 University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Campus
Student Union
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV 89154

 

WHO:
Penn & Teller, Grand Marshals for the 11th consecutive year
Chris Saldana Anchor of 8 News Now, Master of Ceremonies
People of all ages are encouraged to participate in the 22nd Annual AIDS Walk Las Vegas.

                             

REGISTER:           Registration is free, but a minimum donation of $50 per person is encouraged and includes an official AIDS Walk T-shirt.  All interested participants are encouraged to register online at www.afanlv.kintera.org/2012aw

About AFAN
Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) was founded in 1984 and is the oldest and largest AIDS service organization in the state of Nevada. 2009 marked AFAN’s 25th anniversary of practicing its unyielding commitment to the community by providing unparalleled health expertise, support and advocacy for adults and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in southern Nevada. Over the years, AFAN has created various programs that offer consistent and comprehensive assistance including direct client service programs, food programs, prevention and education programs and community outreach.  As part of AFAN’s mission, these client service programs assist in enhancing the physical health and psychosocial wellness of the individuals they serve, while promoting dignity and improving the quality of their lives. For more information, please visit www.afanlv.org.

 

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