Kix Brooks Plans National TV Around First-Ever Cookbook

 

MULTI-FACETED ENTERTAINER
KIX BROOKS DISHES UP MULTIPLE
NATIONAL TELEVISION APPEARANCES
THIS WEEK FOR RELEASE OF
“CELEBRATION-WORTHY” (AMERICAN PROFILE) COOKIN’ IT WITH KIX: THE ART
OF CELEBRATING AND THE FUN OF
OUTDOOR COOKING OUT TOMORROW
 
Brooks To Help Make “Cooking More of a Social
Event Than a Chore” (Rolling Stone) on Upcoming
Appearances Including TODAY, Fox & Friends and
GAC in Support of First-Ever Cookbook
KIX BROOKS
 
Country music superstar Kix Brooks – one-half the best-selling duo in country music history Brooks & Dunn – reveals national television appearances surrounding the release of his first-ever cookbook, Cookin’ It With Kix: The Art of Celebrating and The Fun of Outdoor Cooking, available tomorrow, August 30th, through W Publishing Group, an imprint of Thomas Nelson. 
 
Showcasing that he is “just as creative behind a grill as a microphone” (American Profile), Brooks will kick off Labor Day weekend in New York City by firing-up some of his signature dishes on TODAY this Thursday (9/1 on NBC) before hosting Travel & Leisure’s (www.facebook.com/travelandleisure) Facebook Live Chat (9/1 @ 1:30P CST).  Brooks will next appear on Fox & Friends (9/2 on FOX) on Friday before returning to Nashville for an autograph book signing on Saturday at the Country Music Hall of Fame (9/3 @ 3P CST at 222 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203). Additionally, Brooks & Dunn will also serve as a highlight during the first-ever CMT Concert Of The Summer: Jason Aldean & Friends Live At LakeShake (9/3 on CMT @ 7P CST). Capping off his television appearances, Brooks will be on hand for GAC Playlist the following Tuesday (9/6).
 
Critics are already praising the multi-faceted entertainer’s Cookin’ It With Kix: The Art of Celebrating and The Fun of Outdoor Cooking as it “weaves tales ranging from his childhood in Louisiana to days on the road with Brooks & Dunn. It also has party planning tips and other advice for making cooking more of a social event than a chore” (Rolling Stone).
 
“Showcases his love of entertaining and his Southern roots. With more than 100 recipes, from gumbo and steak to beignets and cocktails, Cookin’ It with Kix serves up celebration-worthy ideas for any gathering.” – American Profile
 
“Brooks is taking his love of all things culinary to the pages with the release of his first cookbook. With more than 100 recipes featured alongside personal stories, ‘Kix Tips,’ and drink pairings, Brooks has every party, tailgate and holiday meal covered.” – Nashville Lifestyles
 
“His Louisiana heritage shines through in delectable dishes like Smashed Tater Salad, Corn Grit Waffles, Smothered Strip Steak, and more. Enjoy some good ole’ Southern fare that the whole family will applaud.” – QVC
 
“Conveys his Louisiana background through Cajun-inspired dishes and his love of the outdoors with plenty of grilling and backyard barbecue recipes.” – Taste of the South
 
“Many of the recipes are oriented toward outdoor cooking, but many of them can be converted for the stove or oven. In addition to main courses, ‘Cookin’ It with Kix’ has chapters on side dishes, sauces and condiments, desserts and libations. Throughout the book, he encourages readers to experiment.” – The Advocate
 
“The cookbook has more than 100 family recipes, many with the flair of his Louisiana heritage of hot sauces and outdoor meals, plus his favorites of duck gumbo and beignets.” – Las Vegas Review-Journal
 
Written with long-time radio producer and friend Donna Britt, the upcoming book includes over 100 recipes showcasing Brooks’ passion for all types of outdoor cooking, oftentimes with a flare of his Louisiana heritage highlighted, in family recipes alongside personal stories. From side dishes to desserts, cocktails to hot sauces and duck gumbo to beignets, Brooks has created the perfect collection for get-togethers and easy entertaining.
 
In addition to his success as one-half of country music’s must successful duo of all time, Kix Brooks continues to his career as a solo touring/recording artist while simultaneously exploring new paths. The CMA Humanitarian award-winner’s extensive resume includes lead acting and film producer credits, three CMA “National Broadcast Personality of The Year” awards for American Country Countdown, a Cooking Channel series “Steak Out with Kix Brooks” and co-owner of Nashville’s award-winning winery Arrington Vineyards, which was just named the top Tennessee winery of the year for the third time by at the New York International Wine Festival.  This year, the Nashville Entrepreneur Center recognized his diversified spectrum of success as he was inducted into the EC Hall of Fame. Brooks & Dunn will pick up the next leg of Reba, Brooks & Dunn Together In Vegas at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in November. For more information, visit www.kixbrooks.com.

Life is Beautiful Festival Talent to Play Night Shows at Fremont Country Club

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Life is Beautiful Festival Talent to Play Night Shows at Fremont Country Club

Limited number of tickets for late night performances with Fitz & The Tantrums with Echosmith and Mayer Hawthorne with Sabriel

Life is Beautiful Festival just announced night shows with several of the festival’s musical talent giving fans the chance to keep the music going long after the last headliner takes the stage. Fitz & The Tantrums, Echosmith, Mayer Hawthorne and Sabriel all will take over the Fremont Country Club after performing to thousands at the festival, to play underground sets at the intimate venue. The Fremont Country Club will host these separately ticketed shows Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25.

 

“We’re excited to add a couple night shows this year and give fans a chance to see some great artists inside an intimate venue,” said Craig Nyman Head of Music and Live Performance for the festival, “After performing in front of thousands at the festival, it’s going to be fun having these talented bands perform at Fremont Country Club in front of much smaller crowds.”

 

Friday, October 24 – Fitz & The Tantrums with Echosmith
Tickets: $25
Doors: 11 p.m.
Showtime: 11:59 p.m.

 

Saturday, October 25 – Mayer Hawthorne with Sabriel
Tickets: $20
Doors: 11 p.m.
Show: 11:59 p.m.

 

Tickets will be available for purchase starting on Wednesday, Oct. 15 and can be purchased at www.lifeisbeautiful.com.

 

2014 Sponsors & Partners
Sponsors and Partners of Life is Beautiful Festival include Wirtz Beverage Nevada, WEU/ World Trust Foundation, Dos Equis, Zappos.com, the D Las Vegas, KETEL ONE Vodka, The LINQ, Travel + Leisure, Marriott Hotels, Pandora, Las Vegas Events, Silicon Valley Bank, CBS Radio, The City of Las Vegas, Whole Foods, Cirque du Soleil®, Sub-Zero and Wolf and Westar Kitchen and Bath, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Hendrick’s Gin, 7UP, Bacardi, Jim Beam Kentucky Fire, Alex & Ani, Maui Jim, Café Bustello, ORGANIZE, Red Bull, Downtown Project, US Foods, Chef Works, Le Creuset, Dansko, Movember, Airstream 2 Go and online content partner POPSUGAR.
*Sponsors and partners listed are current as of release date.

About Life is Beautiful
Life is Beautiful is an inspirational company dedicated to helping people conquer their fears and chase their dreams. Its signature project, the Life is Beautiful Festival was founded in 2013 and launched in October of that same year as a highly successful lifestyle event featuring marquee musicians, chefs, artists and speakers. Held in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas, Life is Beautiful Festival attracted more than 60,000 patrons in its first year, and is now branching out to an international online forum for social change. For more information on the company’s projects and the latest festival news, visit www.lifeisbeautiful.com, or connect with Life is Beautiful socially at Facebook.com/LIBFestival, Twitter.com/lifeisbeautiful, Instagram.com/lifeisbeautiful and YouTube.com/user/LifeIsBeauitful.

NEON MUSEUM NAMED ONE OF 2014 TOP 50 MUSEUMS WORTH TRAVELING FOR

NEON MUSEUM

NEON MUSEUM NAMED ONE OF 2014 TOP 50 MUSEUMS
WORTH TRAVELING FOR

Las Vegas Museum announced as one of 50 museums across the United States worth traveling for according to Flipkey.com, a TripAdvisor company

 

Flipkey.com, the vacation rental company of leading travel site TripAdvisor, named the Neon Museum in Las Vegas one of the “Top 50 Museums Worth Traveling For.” FlipKey.com compiled the list by assembling the 50 most loved and talked-about museums in each U.S. state as determined by industry research and traveler feedback; the Neon Museum represents Nevada on the list.

Other museums on the list include The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, Calif., The Children’s Museum of Phoenix and the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) in Boston.

Flipkey.com, named the “Top Vacation Rental Site” by Travel + Leisure, features 240,000 vacation homes in 11,000 cities around the world, the largest collection of authentic guest reviews in the industry and more than 5,000 special deals daily. A TripAdvisor company, FlipKey is visited by millions of travelers every month.

ABOUT THE NEON MUSEUM
Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic and cultural enrichment. In addition to an approximately two-acre Neon Museum campus, which includes the outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard, the museum also encompasses a visitors’ center housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby as well as nine restored signs installed as public art throughout downtown Las Vegas. Public education, outreach, research, archival preservation and a grant-funded neon sign survey represent a selection of the museum’s ongoing projects. Both the Neon Boneyard and the La Concha Visitors’ Center are located at 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North in Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.NeonMuseum.org.

The Venetian® and The Palazzo® Las Vegas Honored with Several Prestigious Awards in 2014

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The Venetian® and The Palazzo® Las Vegas Honored with
Several Prestigious Awards in 2014

The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas have received several accolades during the New Year. In January, the properties received the following notable honors, including:

• Travel + Leisure (World’s Top 500 Hotels in 2014 for The Palazzo)
• Condé Nast Traveler (Gold List 2014 for The Palazzo)
• Condé Nast Traveler (Top 50 Hotel Spas 2014 for The Venetian)
Forbes Travel Guide (Four-Star Hotel for The Venetian and The Palazzo)
U.S. News & World Report (Best Hotels 2014 for The Venetian and The Palazzo)

“We are truly honored to receive these distinguished awards,” said John Caparella, president and COO of The Venetian, The Palazzo and Sands Expo. “These honors are a testament to the personal attention and level of service our team members offer every single day. From a collection of award-winning restaurants, entertainment and shopping, to distinctive amenities, our guests receive these unparalleled experiences all in one spectacular location.”

To be acknowledged in Travel + Leisure’s prestigious World’s Best Hotels, the magazine requires a property to go above and beyond guest expectations. The awards are determined following a survey completed by magazine’s readers. The World’s Best Awards hotel rankings are based on readers’ ratings in five categories: rooms/facilities, location, service, restaurants/food and value.

Chosen from cruises, resorts, and hotels around the world, Condé Nast Traveler 500-member Gold List is the result of nearly 80,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers’ participation in the magazine’s Readers’ Choice survey. Weighing accommodations, service, perks, details, sights, dining, and amenities, the Gold List is truly a global representation of quality and elite status. In addition, the Condé Nast Traveler 2014 Readers Poll included the list of the top 50 favorite hotel spas, as chosen by the magazine’s readers and editors.

Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Hotels provide a distinctive setting, and guests will find many interesting and inviting elements to enjoy. Attention to detail is prominent throughout the property, from design concept to quality of products provided. Staff is accommodating and takes pride in catering to your specific needs throughout your stay.

U.S. News & World Report 2014 Best Hotels recognize hotels that were ranked based on an unbiased methodology that includes the collective opinion of travel experts and guests, expressed through online reviews and ratings. To create this year’s rankings, U.S. News factored in the prominence of industry awards a hotel receives along with its reputation among travel experts and guests. In total, 1,693 U.S. hotels, 271 Caribbean hotels, 342 Mexican hotels and 223 Canadian hotels were evaluated for the 2014 rankings. Hotels named “Best” in their destination are typically the properties that have ranked the top 30 percent of U.S. News-evaluated properties in that region.

For more information on property amenities, please visit The Venetian at venetian.com or The Palazzo at palazzolasvegas.com.

The Venetian Interior The Venetian Exterior Update

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About The Venetian® and The Palazzo® Las Vegas

The LEED EB Gold®-certified  Venetian Las Vegas, the largest property in the country to receive AAA’s Five Diamond and the coveted Forbes Travel Guide Four Star awards, is one of the world’s most luxurious resort and convention destinations. Recreating Venice’s legendary landmarks, the resort offers unmatched service and quality for leisure and corporate guests. With suites ranging from a standard 650-square-foot Luxury Suite to the luxurious 10,000-square-foot Chairman Suite, the all-suite resort boasts more than 4,000 of Las Vegas’ most lavish suite accommodations.

The Silver LEED®-certified Palazzo Las Vegas literally takes luxury to new heights.  Ranked as one of the top 25 hotels in the U.S. and Canada in Travel + Leisure “World’s Best Awards,” the AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide Four Star-Award winning resort is highlighted by a flagship 85,000-square-foot Barneys New York.  The all-suite resort offers plush and opulent suite accommodations ranging from a Luxury Suite at an unprecedented 720 square feet to the 8,000-square-foot Chairman suite with private terraces and plunge pools.  The Palazzo also offers a variety of cuisines from a collection of award-winning chefs such as Buddy V’s by “The Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro,  Carnevino by Mario Batali, CUT by Wolfgang Puck and Table 10 by Emeril Lagasse.

Grand Canal Shoppes® at The Venetian and The Palazzo feature more than 60 luxury boutiques, including 20 remarkable stores and couture brands making their Las Vegas debuts at The Palazzo including Chloé, Tory Burch, Christian Louboutin, and Diane von Furstenberg.

Located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, The Venetian features an indoor streets cape complete with gondolas and singing
gondoliers, the Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, world-class gaming, exquisite restaurants, a wide variety of entertainment such as “Soul2Soul with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill;” the party musical “ROCK OF AGES;” “PANDA!,” an unprecedented theatrical spectacle; showroom headliners including Human Nature, David Spade, Rita Rudner, Tim Allen and Joan Rivers and extensive convention and corporate services.

Other unique offerings include the chic dining and nightlife hotspots, TAO and LAVO; the world’s largest Canyon Ranch SpaClub; the ultimate sports bar, sports book and restaurant on the Strip, Lagasse’s Stadium; and Prestige at The Palazzo – an exclusive space designed to offer the sophisticated traveler an elevated level of services and amenities.

Guests can earn points while they eat, sleep, shop and play with Grazie, the premier loyalty program. The Palazzo and The Venetian Las Vegas are the first ever Alliance Resorts in the InterContinental Hotel Group global portfolio.

For additional information, visit venetian.com or palazzolasvegas.com , follow on Twitter @venetianvegas @palazzovegas and interact on Facebook.

Life is Beautiful Festival Wraps Up a Successful Inaugural Weekend

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Life is Beautiful Festival Wraps Up A Successful Inaugural Weekend

 Music, Food, Art and Learning Event Entertained 60,000 Attendees

 

 

Life is Beautiful Festival has wrapped up its inaugural weekend with an impressive 60,000 in attendance, who successfully enjoyed two full days of non-stop music, food, art and learning.

“Both in attendance and sentiment, this festival has exceeded our very high expectations,” said festival co-founder and CEO Rehan Choudhry. “The response has been overwhelmingly positive. Every musician, chef, artist and speaker on the festival showed a tremendous amount of love for Las Vegas through their performances, and seeing hometown heroes The Killers close out the festival to thunderous applause was heart warming.”

Life is Beautiful Festival was a developed by Aurelian Marketing Group in partnership with Another Planet Entertainment, MAKTUB Marketing and Downtown Project, and with the cooperation of the City of Las Vegas to shut down an unprecedented 15 city blocks as its venue. The festival featured more than 70 bands including headliners Kings of Leon and The Killers; more than 50 chefs and restaurants; special performances by Cirque du Soleil and other theatrical productions; over a dozen world-renowned artists; and over 25 noted speakers.

Visit www.lifeisbeautifulfestival.com or connect with the Life is Beautiful team socially at Facebook.com/LIBFestival and Twitter.com/LifeIsBeautiful for continual information.

 

Life is Beautiful Festival Would Like to Thanks Its Sponsors

Wirtz Beverage Nevada, Heineken USA, Esquire MagazineLas Vegas Review Journal, Travel + Leisure, Sub-Zero Wolf, Westar Kitchen & Bath, Las Vegas Events, Cirque du SoleilZappos.com, Red Bull, El Cortez Hotel & Casino, the D Las Vegas, Toyota, CBS, Ketel One Vodka, Bacardi, Murphy-Goode, Whole Foods Market, Ploom, Downtown Grand Hotel and Casino, Dolce Vita, Original Penguin, Le Creuset, Airstream 2 Go, Silicon Valley Bank, Chef Works, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and Flamingo Las Vegas, La Caja China, Silver State Productions.*Sponsors listed are current as of release date.

 

 

ABOUT AURELIAN MARKETING GROUP
Aurelian Marketing Group is a brand experience company made up of a group highly experienced brand strategists, creative directors and expert producers with a deep track record in creating and implementing meaningful and impactful branded entertainment and events.  Its CEO, Rehan Choudhry is the former Director of Entertainment for The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas and was previously the Regional Director of Entertainment for Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City.  He was recognized by event trade publication, BizBash as an Event Innovator for his work at The Cosmopolitan in 2011. www.aurelianmg.com

 

ABOUT ANOTHER PLANET ENTERTAINMENT
Since its inception in 2003, Another Planet Entertainment has produced and promoted events with artists as diverse as Radiohead, Dave Matthews Band, Neil Young, Daft Punk, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Metallica, Paul McCartney and Kanye West. In its first year of operation, Another Planet was selected by a vote of its concert industry peers as “Promoter of the Year” in the United States by Pollstar Magazine. Another Planet is the exclusive promoter of several venues in Northern California also produces two major yearly festivals in San Francisco  Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival (beginning in 2008) and Treasure Island Music Festival (beginning in 2007). www.apeconcerts.com.

 

ABOUT MAKTUB MARKETING
MAKTUB Marketing is directed by Joey Vanas.  Vanas is the managing partner of First Friday Las Vegas and the Executive Director of the First Friday Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting local and civic art. Vanas has overseen the growth of the First Friday event to 20,000+ people while creating positive media attention and awareness for the Downtown Vegas Arts scene in markets across the country and around the world.

 

ABOUT DOWNTOWN PROJECT
Downtown Project is a group of passionate people committed to helping to transform Downtown Las Vegas into the most community-focused large city in the world.  The organization has allocated $350 million to aid in the revitalization of Downtown Las Vegas through investments in real estate, residential development, education, small business, and tech startups.  With a goal of reaching residential density of 100 people per acre, coupled with ground level activities, Downtown Project aims to accelerate community and co-learning through the serendipitous interactions of the people of Downtown Las Vegas. www.downtownproject.com

Life is Beautiful Festival Reveals Official Schedule & Map The Killers to Close First Year Festival

Life is Beautiful Festival

Life is Beautiful Festival Reveals Official Schedule & Map
The Killers to Close First Year Festival 

Parking and Shuttle Passes Are Now Available for Purchase

Life is Beautiful Festival announced today the official schedule and detailed map for the first-ever music, food, art and learning festival in Downtown Las Vegas.  The two-day festival, which will take place Saturday, October 26th and Sunday, October 27th, 2013, expects to attract tens of thousands of people to Downtown Las Vegas.

Spanning more than 15 city blocks across Downtown Las Vegas, the Life is Beautiful Festival footprint highlights include five musical stages; two chef demonstration stages; The Culinary Village, themed after a Moroccan Bazaar; The Alchemy Gardens, dedicated to craft cocktails; Art Odyssey, a former motel transformed into a pop-up gallery space; Over 12 murals created by international street artists.

“At the beginning, we said that Life is Beautiful would be a completely new generation festival and, as you’ll see from the schedule & map, we believe we’ve delivered,” said festival co-founder Rehan Choudhry.  “With an unprecedented lineup of music, food, booze, speakers, theatrical performances and street art, we’ve created something we hope fans will be prideful of for years to come.”

Official parking and shuttle pass options are available for advance purchase beginning at 12PM PST for the below locations via ticketmaster.com.  Passes are only valid to and from the selected location at the time of purchase. The Life is Beautiful Festival’s main entrance is located on 6th Street and Carson Avenue.

 

  • World Market Center – 495 S Grand Central Pkwy #2203, Las Vegas, NV 89106

Parking passes including are $39.50 (in advance) per vehicle and include round-trip shuttle rides for vehicle passengers to and from the festival all weekend. If still available, passes will be sold for $40.00 per vehicle onsite during the festival weekend.

  • Shuttle Only Options from the Las Vegas Strip
    • Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino
    • Caesars Palace
    • Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

Shuttle passes (excluding cost of parking) are $39.50 (in advance) for the whole weekend and are only valid to and from the property selected at the time of purchase. If available, shuttle passes will be sold at each of the above locations during the festival weekend.

To purchase tickets, or to find detailed information about the festival grounds, transportation to and from the festival, or event programming, visit www.lifeisbeautifulfestival.com.

 

Life is Beautiful Festival Sponsors
Wirtz Beverage Nevada, Caesars Entertainment, Cirque du Soleil, Esquire Magazine, Heineken USA, Las Vegas Events, Las Vegas Review Journal, Red Bull, Sub-Zero Wolf & Westar Kitchen & Bath, Travel + Leisure, Zappos.com, Ketel One Vodka, Murphy-Goode, Pandora, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and Flamingo Las Vegas, Samsung, Silicon Valley Bank, Toyota, Dolce Vita + J.D. Fisk,  El Cortez Hotel & Casino, US Foods, Whole Foods Market, Airstream 2 Go, Bacardi, Chef Works, Downtown Grand Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, the D Las Vegas, Le Creuset, MGM Grand, Original Penguin, Ploom, & Silver State Productions.

Life is Beautiful Festival is being developed by Aurelian Marketing Group in partnership with Another Planet Entertainment, MAKTUB Marketing and Downtown Project. Visit www.lifeisbeautifulfestival.com and sign up to receive information updates via email. Connect with the Life is Beautiful team socially at Facebook.com/LIBFestival and Twitter.com/LifeIsBeautiful.

 

ABOUT AURELIAN MARKETING GROUP
Aurelian Marketing Group is a brand experience company made up of a group highly experienced brand strategists, creative directors and expert producers with a deep track record in creating and implementing meaningful and impactful branded entertainment and events.  Its CEO, Rehan Choudhry is the former Director of Entertainment for The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas and was previously the Regional Director of Entertainment for Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City.  He was recognized by event trade publication, BizBash as an Event Innovator for his work at The Cosmopolitan in 2011. www.aurelianmg.com

ABOUT ANOTHER PLANET ENTERTAINMENT
Since its inception in 2003, Another Planet Entertainment has produced and promoted events with artists as diverse as Radiohead, Dave Matthews Band, Neil Young, Daft Punk, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Metallica, Paul McCartney and Kanye West. In its first year of operation, Another Planet was selected by a vote of its concert industry peers as “Promoter of the Year” in the United States by Pollstar Magazine. Another Planet is the exclusive promoter of several venues in Northern California also produces two major yearly festivals in San Francisco  Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival (beginning in 2008) and Treasure Island Music Festival (beginning in 2007). www.apeconcerts.com.

ABOUT MAKTUB MARKETING
MAKTUB Marketing is directed by Joey Vanas.  Vanas is the managing partner of First Friday Las Vegas and the Executive Director of the First Friday Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting local and civic art. Vanas has overseen the growth of the First Friday event to 20,000+ people while creating positive media attention and awareness for the Downtown Vegas Arts scene in markets across the country and around the world.

ABOUT DOWNTOWN PROJECT
Downtown Project is a group of passionate people committed to helping to transform Downtown Las Vegas into the most community-focused large city in the world.  The organization has allocated $350 million to aid in the revitalization of Downtown Las Vegas through investments in real estate, residential development, education, small business, and tech startups.  With a goal of reaching residential density of 100 people per acre, coupled with ground level activities, Downtown Project aims to accelerate community and co-learning through the serendipitous interactions of the people of Downtown Las Vegas. www.downtownproject.com

Non-profit Partners Activate “Charity Lane” at Life is Beautiful Festival

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Non-profit Partners Activate “Charity Lane” at Life is Beautiful Festival 

Six charity partners to set up immersive goodwill experience, Oct. 26 & 27

 

On October 26 and 27, 2013, a portion of the Life is Beautiful Festival grounds will transform into a beacon of goodwill, with the launch of Charity Lane. Six worthy causes – charity: water, Three Square Food Bank, Communities In Schools of Nevada, To Write Love On Her Arms, Love Hope Strength and Mama Hope (Stop the Pity), – will execute creative and engaging activations for festival-goers who want to give back. Additionally, the festival will fundraise for said charities and make history as the first event of its kind to employ a location-based mobile donation site via Modern Giver.

As the festival’s exclusive donation medium, Modern Giver will offer fast, remote, and instant contributions to participating nonprofits (no cash, app or download needed).  To contribute, individuals can simply visit ModernGiver.com on their smartphone, choose one of the Life is Beautiful partner charities, and donate using their credit or debit card. Life is Beautiful is the first ever festival to leverage location-based mobile donations via Modern Giver to benefit partnering charities.

Within the festival itself, attendees can interact with the six chosen nonprofits in a portion of the grounds, called Charity Lane. Charity Lane will offer educational and interactive demonstrations from participating charities with far-reaching causes, benefitting local, national and international communities:

charity: water: charity: water is a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries. Festival goers will be able to partake in the organization’s “water walk” which gives them a hands-on feel for what people without fresh, clean water go through.

Three Square Food Bank: Established in 2007, Three Square Food Bank helps offer wholesome, nutritious food to nearly 100,000 Southern Nevadans each month. Three Square will be hosting a “backpack packing” session where festival goers can fill a bag full of food. The bags will support Three Square’s “BackPack for Kids” program which assists more than 275 schools with up to 5,000 children receiving supplemental weekend meals each week.

Communities in Schools of Nevada: Communities In Schools of Nevada supports nearly 33,000 students at 43 schools throughout the state, surrounding low-income, high-risk students with a community of support and the resources they need to succeed. They will be showcasing thought provoking imagery and items, including worn and tattered shoes, shining a light on the struggles underprivileged Nevadan school children face every day.

To Write Love On Her Arms: To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA) is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and help for those struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. TWLOHA invite attendees to share their biggest fears and greatest dreams via provided cards. The cards are posted all over the booth for everyone to see.

Love Hope Strength:  Love Hope Strength turns concerts into lifesaving events, through their GET ON THE LIST campaign, in which they register marrow donors from concerts around the world. Love Hope Strength will be activating their now famous GET ON THE LIST “Marrow Drive” at Life is Beautiful.  Festival attendees can register to be marrow donors via a simple free cheek swab and registration form that may help save the life of someone around the globe with cancer.

Mama Hope (Stop The Pity): Stop The Pity is a movement that tells a new story about poverty, focusing on potential, not pity. Mama Hope will be giving life to their Stop The Pity campaign by setting up a video booth and asking people “How do you make life beautiful?”. The answers will be compiled and shared with the African villages the Stop The Pity movement supports.

For more information about Life is Beautiful Festival’s Charity Lane, please visit www.lifeisbeautifulfestival.com/festival/charitylane.

 

Life is Beautiful Festival Sponsors

Wirtz Beverage Nevada, Heineken USA, Esquire MagazineLas Vegas Review Journal, Travel + Leisure, Sub-Zero Wolf, Westar Kitchen & Bath, Las Vegas Events, Cirque du SoleilZappos.com, Red Bull, El Cortez Hotel & Casino, the D Las Vegas, Toyota, CBS, Ketel One Vodka, Bacardi, Murphy-Goode, Whole Foods Market, Ploom, Downtown Grand Hotel and Casino, Dolce Vita, Original Penguin, Le Creuset, Airstream 2 Go, Silicon Valley Bank, Chef Works, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and Flamingo Las Vegas, La Caja China, Silver State Productions.*Sponsors listed are current as of release date.

Life is Beautiful Festival is being developed by Aurelian Marketing Group in partnership with Another Planet Entertainment, MAKTUB Marketing and Downtown Project. Visit www.lifeisbeautifulfestival.com and sign up to receive information updates via email. Connect with the Life is Beautiful team socially at Facebook.com/LIBFestival and Twitter.com/LifeIsBeautiful.

 

ABOUT AURELIAN MARKETING GROUP
Aurelian Marketing Group is a brand experience company made up of a group highly experienced brand strategists, creative directors and expert producers with a deep track record in creating and implementing meaningful and impactful branded entertainment and events.  Its CEO, Rehan Choudhry is the former Director of Entertainment for The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas and was previously the Regional Director of Entertainment for Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City.  He was recognized by event trade publication, BizBash as an Event Innovator for his work at The Cosmopolitan in 2011. www.aurelianmg.com

 

ABOUT ANOTHER PLANET ENTERTAINMENT
Since its inception in 2003, Another Planet Entertainment has produced and promoted events with artists as diverse as Radiohead, Dave Matthews Band, Neil Young, Daft Punk, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Metallica, Paul McCartney and Kanye West. In its first year of operation, Another Planet was selected by a vote of its concert industry peers as “Promoter of the Year” in the United States by Pollstar Magazine. Another Planet is the exclusive promoter of several venues in Northern California also produces two major yearly festivals in San Francisco  Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival (beginning in 2008) and Treasure Island Music Festival (beginning in 2007). www.apeconcerts.com.

 

ABOUT MAKTUB MARKETING
MAKTUB Marketing is directed by Joey Vanas.  Vanas is the managing partner of First Friday Las Vegas and the Executive Director of the First Friday Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting local and civic art. Vanas has overseen the growth of the First Friday event to 20,000+ people while creating positive media attention and awareness for the Downtown Vegas Arts scene in markets across the country and around the world.

 

ABOUT DOWNTOWN PROJECT
Downtown Project is a group of passionate people committed to helping to transform Downtown Las Vegas into the most community-focused large city in the world.  The organization has allocated $350 million to aid in the revitalization of Downtown Las Vegas through investments in real estate, residential development, education, small business, and tech startups.  With a goal of reaching residential density of 100 people per acre, coupled with ground level activities, Downtown Project aims to accelerate community and co-learning through the serendipitous interactions of the people of Downtown Las Vegas. www.downtownproject.com

 

Las Vegas Chef Rick Moonen Goes Steampunk: Announces His New Concept – Rx Boiler Room

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LAS VEGAS CHEF RICK MOONEN GOES STEAMPUNK: ANNOUNCES HIS NEW CONCEPT – RX BOILER ROOM

Award-winning chef, restaurateur and cookbook author Rick Moonen is thrilled to announce his new concept, Rx Boiler Room inside The Shoppes at Mandalay Place. Slated to debut in late June 2013, the restaurant that previously housed his fine-dining concept (often referred to as rm upstairs) will be transformed into a steampunk-inspired restaurant and lounge, with décor reminiscent of industrialism during the 19th century Victorian era, that promises to serve re-defined comfort food classics and hand-crafted cocktails.

“Las Vegas is one of the top travel destinations in the world, and with the food scene being turned on its ear the past few years, we wanted to create a truly unique and exciting eating and drinking experience for our guests,” said Moonen. “Rx Boiler Room will feature a cool and funky mix of old and new elements found throughout the space, and the menu is being created to excite and surprise palates of all levels, with cranked-up comfort and deliciously imaginative cocktails created by some of the best bar professionals in Las Vegas.”

Combining the alchemy of food and drink, Moonen will showcase his spin on classic comfort food, offering guests a variety of playful creations in small and large plate portions, ideal for a shared dining experience. Paired to elevate and complement the overall experience, the drink menu will feature an emporium of the finest spirits and innovative libations, capably crafted by lead barman Nathan Greene.
Showcasing a playful interior design that defies its new age, Rx Boiler Room will offer a modern reflection of the Victorian era, celebrating the steampunk sub-genre often associated with science-fiction and inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century. The overall eclectic feel of the room will be punctuated with warm colors, opulent leather seating, chalkboard walls, and a hammered metallic ceiling. Seating options will include comfortable pub-style tables within the apothecary-style lounge; or intimate booth dining, where guests will find themselves surrounded by a variety of glass art, sculptures and rich velvet drapes.

Rx Boiler Room will be open for dinner seven nights a week. For additional details, please visit www.rickmoonen.com or www.rxboilerroom.com. Like Rx Boiler Room on Facebook and follow along on Twitter for updates and special event information.

About Chef Rick Moonen
Restaurateur, chef and cookbook author, Rick Moonen, has been one of the country’s leading advocates for the sustainable seafood movement his entire 30-year career. His restaurant, Rick Moonen’s rm seafood at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, showcases his commitment to sustainability without foregoing culinary creativity and innovation, and has been critically acclaimed by local and national press since opening its doors. His cookbook, Fish Without a Doubt, featured as part of the Gourmet Book Club, is a practical, hands-on guide to buying, preparing and cooking a wide array of fish. Rick has been featured in Food & Wine, SAVEUR, Bon Appetit, Food Arts, USA Today, Travel + Leisure, and seen on Food Network’s Best Thing I Ever Ate, Top Chef, Top Chef Masters, TODAY, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Dan Rather Reports, and CNN. Rick has received numerous awards including being named Chef of the Year by Monterey Bay Aquarium for his tireless efforts towards sustainability. Find him @RickMoonen, Facebook.com/ChefRickMoonen or www.rickmoonen.com.

Travel + Leisure lists The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in 2012 World’s Best Awards

Continuing a remarkable streak of distinguished awards since its Grand Opening in December 2010, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has been named to the Travel + Leisure 2012 World’s Best Awards list of Top 50 Large City Hotels in the Continental U.S. All recipients were voted on by the publication’s vast array of readers – both in print and online – further emphasizing the breadth of this merit.

Joining the ranks of other illustrious properties around the nation including Waldorf Astoria in Chicago, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas and Hermitage Hotel in Nashville, The Cosmopolitan is honored to represent Las Vegas with this distinction.

To view the full list, please visit the Travel + Leisure website: http://www.travelandleisure.com/worldsbest/2012/hotels/large-city-hotels-us/318.

 

New Year, New Awards Earned by The Venetian and The Palazzo

 

THE VENETIAN AND THE PALAZZO LAS VEGAS® WELCOME 2012 WITH TOP 500 HOTELS HONOR BY TRAVEL + LEISURE READERS

This prestigious award is the third consecutive year the resorts have been honored in esteemed survey

 

The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas welcome the new year with another stellar accolade, this time being named one of the World’s Best 500 Hotels in 2012  in Travel + Leisure’s tenth annual T+L 500 list, based on data collected in the most recent World’s Best Awards readers’ survey. The T+L 500 awards are featured in the magazine’s January 2012 issue and on TravelandLeisure.com/tl500.

To be acknowledged on Travel + Leisure’s prestigious T+L 500 list of the World’s Best Hotels requires a property to go above and beyond guest expectations.  The awards are determined by data from the 2011 World’s Best Awards survey completed by Travel + Leisure readers. The World’s Best Awards hotel rankings are based on readers’ ratings in five categories: rooms/facilities, location, service, restaurants/food and value.

“We are deeply honored to be named in Travel + Leisure’s ‘T+L 500’ list of World’s Best Hotels,” said John Caparella, president and chief operating officer of The Palazzo, The Venetian and Sands Expo Center.  “To make this coveted list a third year in a row is a testimony to the extraordinary service we take pride in delivering to our guests.”

As the largest resort complex in the world, The Venetian and The Palazzo take pride in providing guests with an unparalleled Las Vegas experience.  The award-winning resorts are thrilled to add another distinguished honor to its roster of illustrious accolades.  In addition to this celebrated achievement, The Venetian and The Palazzo received numerous awards in 2011 alone, including the Forbes Four Star and AAA Five Diamond Award, Conde Nast Traveler Top 100 U.S. Mainland Resorts; Association Conventions & Facilities Magazine Distinctive Achievement Award; Meetings & Conventions Magazine Gold Key, Gold Key Elite and Gold Platter Awards; and Corporate & Incentive Travel Magazine Award of Excellence.