Here is a list of 13 fun things happening this week in the Las Vegas valley:
1. The Mob Museum has extended the Jazz Nights weekly event to 3 nights a week. The Old Fashions will blend the best of the jazz and blues worlds on July 19 at The Underground speakeasy. The Kai Brant Duo, which performs jazz, blues and pop classics, will perform July 20 and 26. Naomi Mauro will sing the greatest songs from the Roaring '20s and more on July 18 and 25.
2. Broadway in the H.O.O.D. (Helping Others Open Doors) is bringing the big, fat Broadway hit "Hairspray" to the Judy Bayley Theatre at UNLV on July 19 and 20. Sing, dance and join Tracy Turnblad on her journey to end segregation on television and to prove to the world that big is beautiful.
3. The galaxy's hottest show "Opium" at The Cosmopolitan is celebrating the 50th anniversay of the first moon landing during their funky live stage show featuring an alien chanteuse, a house band and more in-flight entertainment. Dark Tuesday.
4. "Vegas Gone Country" in the V Theater at Planet Hollywood is celebrating its 100th performance this week. Sing along to tributes to Johnny Cash, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw and Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood and more.
5. British musician, singer and songwriter Seal performs July 19 in The Pearl at The Palms hotel-casino. Seals' career spans more than 2 decades. He's won multiple awards including 4 GRAMMY awards an an MTV Video Music Award.
6. Bring your little beach bum to the Beach Day Kids Camp on July 20 at Downtown Container Park on July 20. There will be a water obstacle course with a slide, water games, snacks and food. $10 per child.
7. The Vegas Rollers, the city's only professional tennis team, is hosting themed nights during its inaugural season at Orleans Arena. July 20 is Kids Day. The first 100 kids will receive free tennis rackets during the match. July 23 is UNLV night. Anyone wearing UNLV gear will be admitted free. July 25 is Military Night. Military members will receive free admission with identification.
8. Common, the first rapper to ever win a GRAMMY, Oscar and Emmy, is bringing the Let Love Tour to The Smith Center for the Performing Arts on July 20. He'll perform new music along with greatest hits and celebrated fan favorites. There will also be a performance by support artist Nicole Bus.
9. Playboy's most illustrious and exclusive party, Midsummer Night's Dream, is back July 20 at Marquee Nightclub at The Cosmopolitan hotel-casino. The nightclub will be transformed into an enchanted forest. Famous DJ and producer DJ Mustard will spin his own hits and others late into the night. Lingerie and sleepwear strongly encouraged.
10. The Northside Cafe at Sahara Las Vegas is celebrating National Ice Cream Day on July 21 with the ultimate sundae for just $10. It features 3 scoops of ice cream, brownies, candies and a chocolate chip cookie.
11. There's a new exhibit at the Nevada State Museum titled "The Artistry of Pete Menefee, Costume Design for the Jubilee Stage.” It's part of their larger "Showgirl" exhibit that highlights the history of the showgirl in Las Vegas. "Jubilee" is still regarded as one of the most lavish and expensive cabaret shows to ever be staged on the Las Vegas Strip.
12. Author C.A. Hartnell is hosting a book signing and reading at Barnes & Noble in henderson from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 21. Hartnell’s fast-paced, historical-fiction, all-American chapter book series takes readers on a blast through her past as a child growing up in the 1950’s. The four books, SCARY SPRING: Our Polio Fright of 1955; SINISTER SUMMER: Cars, Cruisers, and Close Calls; FEROCIOUS FALL: Our Wild Weather Escapes and WILD WINTER: Christmas, Clues, and Crooks are geared for readers eight and up.
13. "Myth: Legends of the Artisan," a paranormal simulation with William Draven, is presented at 7 and 10 p.m. Tuesdays at the Artisan Hotel. Draven was featured on "Masters of Illusion." The show explores some of Las Vegas' darkest corners.
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"Gladius The Show," an acrobatic equestrian production show, will make its Las Vegas debut at the South Point Arena and Equestrian Center featuring a theatrical experience showcasing the ultimate horsemanship that incorporates aerialist, fire and Roman riding all in one. There are two shows on July 21 at 1 and 5 p.m. There are 15 performers and 22 horses. General admission tickets are available for $25 and reserved seating tickets, which include a meet and greet with the performers and horses after the show, VIP badge, lanyard and a commemorative photo, are available for $45.