ON THE STRIP: Dec. 2-9

Joyce Lupiani

Holly Madison will perform with the "Million Dollar Quartet" one night only. Photo: Image by COURTESY PHOTO

ON THE STRIP: Dec. 2-9

CREATED Dec. 2, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The following is a roundup of news and events on the Las Vegas Strip or not far from it for the week of Dec. 2 through Dec. 9:

BRITNEY SPEARS GRAND ARRIVAL
Singer Britney Spears will make her grand arrival at about 4:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at Planet Hollywood. The public is invited to attend. Traffic will be affected in immediate area temporarily. More info

JAZZ MIXER AT THE BARRYMORE
The weekly Jazz Mixer at the Barrymore will take place 7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 3. Entertainment by Julian Tanaka Trio. $5 drink specials and 1/2 priced appetizers. More info

'CHOPPED' JUDGE TO HOST FUNDRAISER
Chef Maneet Chauhan, author and judge on Food Network's hit show "Chopped," will create a special menu on Dec. 4 at Origin India Restaurant and Bar to raise money for Filipinos affected by Typhoon Haiya. Cost is $50 per guest. Reservations can be made by calling 702-734-6342.

HOLLY MADISON GUEST PERFORMANCE

For the first time in more than a year, Holly Madison takes the stage in Las Vegas during a special encore performance of "Million Dollar Quartet" on Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. in the Harrah’s Las Vegas Showroom. $62.70-$86.90, plus taxes and fees. More info

REPEAL DAY AT RX BOILER ROOM
The Rx Boiler Room in the Shoppes at Mandalay Bay will celebrate the 80th anniversary of the repeal of prohibition from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5. The bar and restaurant has teamed up with Belvedere Vodka to showcase a prohibition-era themed cocktail hour. There will be complimentary Moscow Mules (one per person) and $5 vintage cocktails (while supplies last). To receive the specials, guests must use the key word found on the Rx Boiler Room Facebook page. Guests are encouraged to dress up. More info

SUGAR FACTORY OPENS NEW LOCATION
The grand opening of Town Square's Sugar Factory American Brasserie will take place at 5 p.m. Dec. 6. The event will be hosted by "Extra" host Mario Lopez, the Bella twins from "Total Divas," and WWE wrestlers. The new 7,000-square-foot brasserie and retail store is located next to the movie theaters. The new location will be open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. More info

LA CUCINA ITALIANA FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL
The La Cucina Italiana Food & Wine Festival will take place Dec. 5-8 at The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas. The events is part of Winter in Venice, the resort's 3rd annual celebration of the winter holiday season. The festival will be headlines by Chef Mario Batali. Celebrity hosts and chefs include Buffy Valastro from "Cake Boss," Dario Cecchini, the singing butcher of Panzano, Wolfgang Puck, Roberto Caporuscio, the master pizzaiolo, and Anthony Giglio, sommelier and author. Events include the Dinner with Wolfgang, "How to Italian," an afternoon dedicated to learning about authentic Italy, and "Bella Notte," a gala hosted by Robin Leach. More info

NASCAR AFTER THE LAP
NASCAR After the Lap will feature drivers from the NASCAR Sprint Cup in a meet and greet inside the Pearl Theater at The Palms at 5 p.m. on Dec. 5. 12 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers will interact with their loyal fan base. Tickets are $20. All proceeds benefit the NASCAR Foundation.  More info

ROCK & ROLL ACADEMY AT ORLEANS
The Rock & Roll Academy, a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club, will take place Dec. 5 in the Orleans Arena at The Orleans. The concert will feature some of the biggest names in rock 'n' roll -- Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer of KISS, Alice Cooper, Vince Neil of Motley Crue, Rob Zombie, Dee Snider of Twisted Sister, Tom Keifer of Cinderella and more. There will also be a live auction. Reserved seating is $100. More info

ROCKIN' HOLIDAYS AT MIRACLE MILE SHOPS
Rockin' Holidays at Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood on Dec. 5 will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Southern Nevada. The event will feature a cocktail reception, a live-art demonstration by Michael Godard, an auction, a live DJ, complimentary show tickets, and one-night-only sales for attendees. The event is free to attend. Donations accepted. RSVP to RSVP@MMS-LV.com.

NATIONAL FINALS RODEO
The National Finals Rodeo is back in town Dec. 5 through 8 and that means a variety of entertainment and gift shows on the Las Vegas Strip and surrounding areas. Click here for a complete list.

WINTER HOLIDAY DISPLAY AT BELLAGIO
The annual winter holiday display will open to the public on Dec. 6 at the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Garden. The display will feature a 45-foot tall Christmas tree, a life-sized snow globe surround by water arches, four drumming soldiers. a family of topiary polar bears and more. Admission is free. More info

BUDDY V SIGNS AUTOGRAPHS
Buddy "Cake Boss" Valastro of the hit TLC series "Cake Boss" will sign copies of his newest book "Family Celebrations with the Cake Boss" from 1 to 2 p.m. Dec. 6 at Buddy V's Ristorante in the Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian/Palazzo. Fans are encouraged to RSVP. More info

MARK & MERCEDES' NOT SO SILENT NIGHT

Mix 94.1 is kicking off the holiday season with another all-star line-up at The Joint on Friday, Dec. 6. Mark & Mercedes’ Not So Silent Night will feature The Fray with special guests Gavin DeGraw, Five for Fighting and Offset Season. Mix 94.1 is offering a VIP experience with a portion of proceeds from ticket sales benefiting American Heart Association. Available for $150, the package includes one suite ticket to the show and one pass to a private party from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Vinyl featuring meet-and-greet opportunities, an open bar and appetizers. More info

OH MY GODARD GALLERY
Renowned artist Michael Godard will meet with fans and sign autographs at his gallery from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8 at Miracle Mile Shops. More info

JERRY RICE AUTOGRAPHS
Former American football wide receiver Jerry Rice will sign autographs from 2 to 3 p.m. Dec. 6 at TRISTAR Sports Memorabilia at Miracle Mile Shops. More info

BEYONCE
Singer Beyonce will bring her world tour to the MGM at 8 p.m. Dec. 6. $62-$277. More info

ANDREA BOCELLI
Singer Andrea Bocelli will perform at 8 p.m. Dec. 7 at the MGM Grand. $89-$427. More info

A HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR AND FUNDRAISING EVENT
KJUL and KOOL 102 is proud to present A Holiday Spectacular Concert and Fundraising Event at the M Resort on Sunday, Dec. 8 inside the M Pavilion. The holiday concert benefits The Wounded Warrior Project, whose mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. The event will be hosted by singer Clint Holmes and feature guests Pia Zadora, Penn and Teller, Kelly Clinton, The Swing City Dolls, Next Movement, The Turning Point Trio and the U.S. Army Color Guard. $20 and $25. Tickets can be purchased at M Resort box office. More info 

BITCOIN CEO AT STARTUP GRIND
Jordan Kelly, the CEO of Robocoin, the world's first Bitcoin ATM, will be featured at Las Vegas Startup Grind from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 9. Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire and connect entrepreneurs in more than 50 cities. First people to register receive free admission. After that, cost is $15 in advance and $25 at door. MGM Grand Events Center. More info

ONGOING

HALF-PRICED TICKETS TO "HYPNOSIS UNLEASHED"
In celebration of the one year anniversary of "Hypnosis Unleashed starring Kevin Lepine" at Hooters hotel-casino, locals can received half-priced tickets through Dec. 30. More info

ICE RINK AT THE COSMOPOLITAN
The Ice Rink at The Cosmopolitan is open through Jan. 5. Weekly programming features Date Skate Mondays, Industry Skate on the Strip Wednesdays, and Throwback Thursdays. Hours are 3 p.m. to midnight Mondays through Fridays and noon to midnight Saturdays and Sundays. All day skating access is $10 for Nevada residents and $15 for non-residents. Visitors to The Ice Rink are allowed to bring their own skates or can rent a pair for $5. Skate aid rentals are also available for $10.  The Ice Rink welcomes guests ages two and up. However, children 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 21. Admission to the unique winter atmosphere surrounding The Ice Rink is free. More info

LIBERACE EXHIBIT
"Too Much of a Good Thing is Wonderful Liberace and the Art of Costume" is on display through Jan. 2 at The cosmopolitan. A variety of items will be on display including a rhinestone piano and several costumes. More info

HAKKASAN GIVES
Hakkasan Las Vegas has teamed up with Three Square Food Bank for Hakkasan Gives. For each guest who dines at the restaurant during the month of December, Hakkasan Las Vegas will donate $5 to directly support Three Square’s hunger relief programs that will benefit nearly 600 Program Partners in Southern Nevada. All programming and donations given throughout the month of December will culminate into a celebratory event in January 2014, where Hakkasan Las Vegas will provide Three Square with a check for the full donation amount generated. More info

ANDY WARHOL AT BELLAGIO FINE ART GALLERY
Time is running out to see "Warhol Out West," featuring the work of Andy Warhol, at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. $16 general admission. Discount for Nevada residents, senior citizens, military members and students. More info 

HAPPY HOUR EVENTS
Mandalay Bay's Foundation Room will be hosting 20 happy hour events between November and January to benefit 20 unique local non-profit organizations. The events will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Local celebrities will make guest appearances. Last year's special happy hours raised more than $30,000. More info

COWBOY MASHUP
Cowboy Mashup with Eric "Travis" Wilson takes place at 8 p.m. every Sunday at the Alexis Park on East Harmon Avenue. Free admission. More info

JEST FOR STARTERS IMPROV COMEDY
Jest for Starters Improv Comedy takes place at 7:30 p.m. every Monday night at Alexis Park on East Harmon Avenue. Free admission. Food and drink specials including $3 Bud Light draft, 1/2 price appetizers, $4 well drinks and $5 cocktails. More info

WHISK(E)Y WEDNESDAYS
In honor of Cigar Aficionado’s Big Smoke event taking place this month at The Mirage, Whisk(e)y Wednesdays at Andre's in November will feature smoke- filled whiskey flights. Whisk(e)y Wednesday is the popular weekly event that takes place at Andre’s Restaurant & Lounge’s Cigar Lounge. November's lineup includes: Hakushu, single malt, 12 year; Highland Park, 12 year; Connemara, Peated Cask Strength; Lagavulin, Distillers Edition, Double Matured; and Ardberg, Corrvreckan. Every Wednesday -- Nov. 13, 20 and 27 from 5:30 p.m. to close. Cost is $25 per person, which includes five 0.5 ounce pours. More info

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