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Black History, music, wrestling and liquid art: This week in Vegas Feb. 18-23

Nick Valensi celebrates his birthday at Body English inside the Hard Rock Hotel
Courtesy of Body English




There is never a lack of events, large or small, to ponder when looking for something to do in Las Vegas. Here's a few that are timely, entertaining and good for your soul, or your wallet.

Music and Room Deals

Over at the Hard Rock Hotel, free concerts and DJ events at Vinyl are getting noticed by the local music aficionados, and those on a budget. Red Eye Radio comes in 10 p.m. Friday, Mark O’Toole 1 p.m. Saturday followed by Rival Sons, Beware of Darkness and Tyler Bryant that night at 10 p.m. for $12.

The Hard Rock currently has a killer deal through April 18. The “Breakin’ Vegas” package includes rooms starting at $199 per night with $199 in drink credits per day that are valid throughout the resort at participating casino and pool bars. In addition, patrons receive 20 percent off food purchases at select restaurants as well as complimentary entry into the newly reopened, Body English Nightclub & Afterhours. To receive this sizzling spring break deal, book online at or by phone at 800.343.4346 and use the code “HBREAK3.” It’s worth the price of admission to check out the newly-re-opened Body English. Nick Valensi of The Strokes celebrated his birthday last month at Body English Nightclub & Afterhours with an electrifying DJ set. The famous guitarist hit the turntables and celebrated his birthday early as Body English’s staff presented him with a custom-made cake created in the shape of a vintage-looking Carr amplifier. DJ Chris Kennedy, also known for his role as Francis in Fox’s “Malcolm in the Middle,” joined Valensi on stage and took over the stylings for the night.

For more information on the “Breakin’ Vegas” deal go to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino site.

Local Scene Celebration

There are still many activities in and around the valley celebrating Black History Month. Our top pick: The 10th annual Gospel Fest returns to the Henderson Pavilion at 200 S. Green Valley Pkwy., this weekend. After a rousing full weekend of food, live entertainment and local crafts, the show goes on this weekend with Key West, Big Brother June, IC Jones, Linda McCoy, William Roundtree and Ken Young among other gospel and Motown music performers. A fashion show gets underway on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. just before the Gospel Fest Musical Concert at 6 p.m. on the KCEP Power 88 Stage. Go to for all the details.

Mid-Week Mixer

So you’re in town mid-week and looking for something interesting to do. Downtown continues to attract new business, fashion groupies. The local meeting spot Commonwealth recently launched a weekly event every Wednesday fusing art, music and fashion.

Commonwealth, decorated in pre-Prohibition décor, will have signature cocktails on hand by mixologist Juyoung Kang and live performances on its 2,000 square-foot rooftop, with an incredible 360-degree view of downtown, from acts that come in from Los Angeles, New York, as well as Las Vegas among other talent-rich cities. Fashionistas can peruse the art installations around Commonwealth while sipping “Little Hot Mess” and other progressive libations.

Go to for more info.

Mat Madness

Fans are finding the exploding Future Stars of Wrestling, the Las Vegas-based group that includes Elite Champion Remy Marcel, FSW Champion Tyshaun Prince, Reno Scum, TNA Impact Kenny King and The Young Bucks. The Future Stars of Wrestling makes its debut at the Silverton, a rockin' good place for wrestling these days, on Saturday. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the Ground Zero event and tickets start at just $10. Go to Future Stars of Wrestling web site for more info.


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