Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 | 6 p.m.
“America’s Got Talent Live” the nationwide tour, which stops at MGM Grand next Wednesday, allows fans of the NBC reality TV competition to experience the remarkable talent discovered this season up close and personal.
Headlining the tour is Season 8 winner Kenichi Ebina, who mesmerized America with his dance performances that mix illusions, mime, special effects, sound, light and video. The Las Vegas show is part of his grand-prize package.
Additional acts on the tour include the KriStef Brothers, the Las Vegas duo who combine comedy and acrobatics; Collins Key, the 17-year-old magician; and Jimmy Rose, the USMC veteran who learned to play guitar and write his own songs while serving in Iraq.
Plus, Taylor Williamson, the standup comic who shared his awkward dating life and charmed judge Heidi Klum; Cami Bradley, the singer-songwriter and pianist; and Tone The Chiefrocca, the songwriter and rapper from Inglewood, Calif.
OVER THE EDGE: The Quad headliner comedian and juggler Jeff Civillico “unicycle rappelled” (unipelled?!) off Planet Hollywood for Special Olympics Nevada’s “Over the Edge” fundraiser.
He said, “In my capacity as a Las Vegas performer, I am fortunate to get some pretty amazing opportunities. I emcee huge corporate events and conventions, I get to entertain kids and families from around the world, and I get to do a lot of meaningful work on behalf of charities, including, most recently, Special Olympics Nevada.
“In this case, it was even more fun because I got to rappel off the top of Planet Hollywood, a completely wild, unforgettable way to help a worthy cause. Of course, I had to raise the stakes this year, so I decided to rappel on my trusty unicycle, which provided some interesting challenges. Ultimately, they had to tape the pedals to my feet, or the other way around. That way, I got to pedal all the way down! The best way to learn the unicycle is to stick with it.
“I was cool as a cucumber the entire time, of course, and that’s the story I’m sticking to — hey, it’s 350 feet down! It was absolutely terrifying, in the best possible way. Thankfully, the whole ordeal-slash-adventure paid off for Special Olympics Nevada. My fans helped me raise more than $1,800, and the event raised more than $70,00 overall. Every dollar raised stays right in Nevada.”
MURRAY’S MAGIC: The last episode of the TLC hit “What Not to Wear” airs Friday and features Tropicana headliner magician Murray Sawchuck as he does a magical makeover in Las Vegas on an unsuspecting guest.
Murray, who just became the longest-running headliner at the Tropicana since “Folies Bergere,” received a surprise when he walked into work today and his good friend and painter Rock DeMarco had sent him a portrait to use in his green room at Tropicana.
The Magical Forest at Opportunity Village comes to light earlier this year with its first HallOVeen celebrations every weekend in October. There are three nights of spooky ghouls and goblins this weekend starting Friday, and the attractions include an enchanted carousel, a scary snowflake slide, the spooktacular Forest Express train and monster mini-golf.
On Saturday, please join my British comedian and singer friend Jack Walker when he hosts an entertainment benefit at Sambalatte in Boca Park to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with survivors joining him in a sing-along.
Our Keep Memory Alive at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health hosts the Sipping Society’s Fall Cocktail Collection of new autumn fashions and trends, plus, mixology and cuisine to match the season’s colors and textures.
GhostBar at the Palms and Lavo in the Palazzo go head-to-head with Saturday’s openings of the third-season daytime brunch parties, which means crazy costumes and cannons of confetti.
On Friday afternoon, screen superstars and Oscar winner Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro and Kevin Kline meet at Bellagio Fountains with actress Mary Steenburgen to receive a key to the city from Mayor Carolyn Goodman to mark the weekend-long celebrations of their new film “Last Vegas,” an old-folks version of “The Hangover.”
Luxor headliner Criss Angel stopped by Saxe Theater to catch fellow magician Nathan Burton’s “Nathan Burton Comedy Magic.” The “Mindfreak” magician’s new Spike TV series “Believe” features Nathan. Criss is a frequent guest at Saxe Theater and has seen Nathan’s show more than a dozen times. Often calling it the “best afternoon magic show” in Las Vegas,” Criss supports Nathan and collaborates with him on projects.
Four-time world boxing champion Miguel Cotto enjoyed lunch with his personal trainer and training staff at Sushi Roku in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. The group enjoyed the Katana Roll, yellowtail sashimi with diced chili and other protein-filled sushi items.
Stratosphere headliner Frankie Moreno had lunch today at Grape Street Cafe Wine Bar & Cellar and enjoyed executive chef John McKibben’s steak salad.
It’s the 21st Annual Taste of the Nation culinary fundraiser at Rain in the Palms with more than 35 of our town’s hottest chefs, restaurants and mixologists raising funds for Share Our Strength.
It’s a week of mystery, magic, music and mayhem under the tent of Circus Vargas through Monday at Galleria in Sunset and then next weekend at the Rio.
Trapt and Trivium are at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.
The 20th anniversary of sports-film classic “Rudy” is at Brenden Theaters in the Palms with stars Sean Astin, Angelo Pizzo and Rudy Ruettiger.
The Rape Crisis Center throws a “Party With a Purpose” at Tao Beach in the Venetian.
Frankie Moreno debuts his song “Hello World” at the United Way of Southern Nevada “Making a Difference” campaign celebration at the Paris.
Hollywood, sports and music VIPs are at work and play in the Entertainment Capital of the World in our weekly Weekend Celebrity Preview.
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