Indulge in Las Vegas’ art scene at the opening reception for Asian Contemporary, showcasing works from some of China and Korea’s most respected contemporary artists, at CENTERpiece Gallery, 6-8 p.m.
Today is Earth Day, so do your part to keep our world beautiful. Start by grabbing your old flip flops and heading to Old Navy at Town Square, which has teamed up with TerraCycle to produce The Flip Flop Replay. Through May 21, Old Navy will collect flip flops, which will then be recycled into four public playgrounds around the country. Celebrate the green way from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. as Mandalay Bay partners with the Association of Zoos & Aquariums for an Earth Day festival, Party for the Planet. The fest will feature booths giving demonstrations and tips on going green along with activities such as an eco-friendly scavenger hunt and Earth Day crafts. United Blood will also be present and guests who donate will receive complimentary admission to Shark Reef Aquarium. Admission is free at the Mandalay Bay South Convention Center Entrance. If sharks aren’t your speed, celebrate another of nature’s wonders, playmate Claire Sinclair. The face of Bettie Page Clothing will meet and greet fans today at Miracle Mile’s store from 1-5 p.m. The Las Vegas resident is also returning as a guest performer in Crazy Horse Paris at the MGM from April 20-27.
Bounce into Easter a day early as The District at Green Valley Ranch invites you to “Come on, Get Hoppy” and meet the Easter Bunny. From 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at The Green, celebrate springtime with candy, face painters, balloon characters and rides on the carousel. If the Easter Bunny is too busy making celebrity appearances and doesn’t have time to make an Easter basket for your kid, Sugar Factory has got the candy covered. With baskets such as “The Rabbit Pants Basket,” “Easter Polk Dot Wicker Basket” and even an “Easter VIP Tub” (ranging from $30-$198) no sweet tooth will go unsatisfied. There’s even more food to be gorged today when Nathan’s Famous July Fourth Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier hits its first stop, the Brooklyn Bridge at New York-New York. Winners will compete to go to Coney Island for the Fourth of July finale. Visit NathansFamous.com for more information.
Celebrate Easter Sunday with Simon at Palm Place’s exquisite brunch buffet and egg hunt from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The buffet offers selections of warm hot-cross buns, chocolate croissant bread pudding, homemade jelly and more. Kids can choose from specialty creations such as mini mac and cheese, triple decker PB&J sandwiches and dirt worm cakes. Cost is $49 for adults and $29 for kids 12 and under, which includes entry into the 9 a.m. egg hunt. The Village at Lake Las Vegas hosts its annual Easter Egg Hunt with hourly egg hunts from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and special appearances by the Easter Bunny all day. The egg hunt costs $5, with a portion benefiting Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada. Lake Las Vegas Marina offers cruises at noon and 2 p.m., $15 per person. Call 564-2685 for reservations.
The Crown Vegas at the Rio hosts some of the most famous names of Motown, as The Platters, The Cornell Gunter Coasters and The Marvelettes take the stage. The show is reminiscent of the smooth and upbeat days of the 1950s and ’60s with classics such as “Please Mr. Postman” and “Charlie Brown.” The all-ages show has been a staple in Las Vegas for 14 years, and is performed nightly at 7. Tickets are $39.50 for general seating, $59.50 for VIP and available at TheCrownVegas.com.
Come on down! You could be the next contestant on The Price is Right! From April 19-30, Drew Lachey, former member of boy band 98 Degrees, takes on hosting duties. Since 98 Degrees, Lachey has appeared in the musicals Hairspray, Rent and Monty Python’s Spamalot on Broadway and currently hosts America Sings. In 2006 he won first place in Dancing With the Stars. The Price is Right Live is 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and 7 p.m. on Friday. Tickets are $54.50 at BallysLasVegas.com.
We’ve all been waiting for the opening of the Tivoli Village, and this evening one of its first restaurants, a Vegas favorite, Brio Tuscan Grille hosts an exclusive Opening Reception benefiting Aid for Aids of Nevada (AFAN). From 6-9 p.m. guests are invited to taste small plates and sip on custom martinis while local artist Jeremy James entertains. A raffle benefiting AFAN will offer exciting prizes like a spa package from Ritual Salon & Spa, tickets to Penn & Teller, a semester of classes from Kidville, and a year worth of lunch or dinner from Brio. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here. Brio will be open to the public Thursday the 28th.