Vegas Weekender: New beginnings for Blue Man Group and The D

This weekend in Vegas the Blue Man Group break in their new stomping grounds at the Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino. It’s also the official grand opening of The D Las Vegas, formerly Fitzgerald’s, located on Fremont Street. To celebrate the newly renovated and revamped hotel and casino, Poison frontmand Bret Michaels is doing a free concert on Oct. 13 on Fremont Street Experience. From crazy nightclub parties to a fall flavors cooking class, you can do it all this weekend in Vegas.


After a successful run at the Venetian, the Blue Man Group have set up home at the Monte Carlo. Their relaunched show incorporates some of the group’s signature elements along with new playful personalities and dynamic instruments. See it at 7 p.m. daily, plus 10 p.m. on select days.

Actor and comedian Tim Allen takes the stage in Vegas, also at the Venetian, on Oct. 13 at 9 p.m.

Dennis Miller delights audiences with his intelligent yet sarcastic observations on everything from pop culture to current events in his 8 p.m. appearances on Oct. 12 – 13 at the Orleans.

Music icon Elton John sparkles in “The Million Dollar Piano,” where he performs his biggest hit songs set to a backdrop of over-the-top production elements and a live band. See him at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 11 – 13 in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

Catch British blues rock band Savoy Brown at 7 p.m. on Oct. 14 at the Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip.


XS at Encore brings an action-packed lineup of big-name DJs to revelers on the dance floor starting with Rusko and Dave Fogg on Oct. 12, followed by Calvin Harris and Kris Nilsson on Oct. 13 and Bingo Players and Warren Peace on Oct. 14. Doors open at 10 p.m. on all nights.

Party to beats by Taboo of Black Eyed Peas on Oct. 12 in Rain nightclub at the Palms. Sofi with Disco Fries and Zen Freeman take to the tables on Oct. 13, also at Rain. Doors open at 11 p.m. both nights.

Marquee at the Cosmopolitan adds to the weekend lineup with French electronic DJ Martin Solveig on Oct. 12 and house music master Erick Morillo on Oct. 13. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 12 and at 9 p.m. on Oct. 13.

Dining and Drinking

On Oct. 13 Executive Chef Geno Bernardo invites cooking enthusiasts to a culinary adventure with his Fall Flavors Cooking Class in Nove Italiano at the Palms. During the five-course meal and wine pairing class, Bernardo will share his cooking expertise and experience, giving guests a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into mastering the creations he makes on a nightly basis. After preparing each dish, guests will get a chance to taste it, paired with extraordinary wines and specialty cocktails. The three-hour class starts at noon and is $85 per person. The dishes to be prepared at this event are heirloom pumpkin soup with tortelli di zucca, Parmigiano Reggiano and nutmeg (course one); kale and local apple salad with pancetta and chopped pecans (course two); wild Block Island striped bass with caramelized brussel sprouts (course three); pan-seared duck with roasted Jerusalem artichokes and apple mostarda (course four); and pumpkin crème brûlée with ginger snap cookies (course five). For reservations, please call (702) 942-6832.

On Oct. 13 sip wine for a good cause at the One Drunk Puppy wine tasting event at Silverton from 6 – 9 p.m. Proceeds benefit Noah’s Animal House. This event features more than 50 world-class wines and sakes, a grape-stomping contest, a wine-making label contest, a silent auction and live poolside entertainment at Silverton’s Sway Pool Lounge. Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door.


For those who dare to enter, Amazing Johnathan’s Screamont Experience in downtown Vegas is open for business. Located inside the Las Vegas Club on Fremont Street, the haunted house features horrifying scenes and gruesome characters designed by the maniacal mind of the Amazing Johnathan. Screamont is open from 6 p.m. – 2 a.m. on select days through Oct. 31.

Creepy characters from Victorian London await your arrival at Bloody English.

Bloody English, the haunted Victorian London-themed attraction at Hard Rock Hotel, opens Oct. 12. The multilevel haunt features spine-tingling scenarios reminiscent of gothic horror stories such as “Jack the Ripper,” “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde” and “Sweeney Todd” as well as scenes from classic horror films and shows like “Frankenstein,” “Dracula” and “The Phantom of the Opera.” Hours of operation are 6 p.m. – midnight on Wednesdays – Sundays, Oct. 12 – 31.

Fright Dome at Circus Circus is the city’s only haunted theme park. Located in what’s usually The Adventuredome, Fright Dome features five haunted houses, multiple scare zones, live entertainment and celebrity guests from the horror film industry. This season marks Fright Dome’s 10-year anniversary in Vegas. To celebrate, Fright Dome owner Jason Egan teamed up with horror film icon George A. Romero (“Night of the Living Dead”) to create an all-new zombie-themed haunted house called George A. Romero’s Ward of the Dead. Fright Dome is open from 7 p.m. – midnight on Thursdays – Sundays, with more available days closer to Halloween.

Grand Opening

The D Las Vegas celebrates its official grand opening weekend with a performance by Poison frontman and solo artist Bret Michaels on Oct. 13. Michaels will perform on the Third Street stage at Fremont Street Experience. The concert is free and starts at 10 p.m.