Las Vegas Lowdown | Idina Menzel, Labor Day Weekend events, and Kevin Hart

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With her breakthrough role as Elsa in Disney's box office smash Frozen and singing the multi-platinum Oscar-winning song "Let It Go," she made history as the first person with both a Billboard Top 10 hit and a Tony Award for Acting.

Menzel earned her first Tony Award nomination as Maureen in Rent, won the Tony Award for her performance as Elphaba in Wicked, and received her third nomination as Elizabeth in If/Then.

She has also starred as CC Bloom in the Lifetime Television remake of Beaches, as Rachel Berry's mother Shelby Corcoran on Glee, and opposite Susan Sarandon and Amy Adams in Disney's Enchanted.

Menzel also had her own PBS special, Barefoot at the Symphony, with an accompanying live album and DVD of the same name, as well as solo albums like her latest debut, 'Idina.'

You can catch Menzel at The Pearl Theater at The Palms on Sept. 2 at 8 p.m.

Tickets are available online at Ticketmaster.


As summer winds down, Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas resorts invite guests to partake in Labor Day Weekend festivities from Friday, Sept. 1 through Monday, Sept. 4.


  • The award-winning Bacchanal Buffet will offer special holiday menus with brunch priced at $59.99 for adults and $26.99 for children and dinner priced at $69.99 for adults and $29.99 for children.
  • Spanish Steps at Roman Plaza will have carnival games, a dunk tank and more. Drink specials include: Stoli, Corona, and Modelo drink specials
  • Searsucker will feature an $18 pork ribs special with tender ribs rubbed with brown sugar topped with chipotle barbecue and end of summer slaw.
  • OMNIA Nightclub has a full lineup of entertainment including Martin Garrix with Justin Mylo on Friday, Sept. 1, Armin Van Buuren on Saturday, Sept. 2, and Steve Aoki on Sunday, Sept. 3.


  • BLU Pool will provide live entertainment all weekend long from DJs including DJ Kyd Wicked, DJ Jack Stylez, DJ Jeff Tune-K and DJ Jack Stylez
  • Bally’s Sports Book will offer drink specials including $8 Miller or Coors Light, and five for $35 bucket of Miller or Coors Light


  • The Cromwell’s elevated lobby bar experience, Bound, will feature live entertainment Friday through Sunday beginning nightly at 9 p.m. with artists including Marlon DaSoul, Marion Peru, and Toscha Comeax
  • The recently enhanced Interlude will feature live entertainment Friday through Sunday with artists including Stendek, Rockie Brown & The Fellas, Mike Xavier, The Chillouts, The Hipsters, and more.
  • Don’t miss the all-new sportsbook at The Cromwell, featuring best-in-the-city technology and picture-quality, as well as a 32-foot-long by 9-foot-tall LED video wall and a 9-foot-by-5-foot LED odds wall with ticker capabilities.


  • GO Pool will welcome back DJs Koko & Bayati on Friday, Sept. 1.


  • Carnaval Court will feature a nautical themed Boat Party with games, prizes, and go-go dancers all weekend. Special contests include Best Dressed Captain of Carnaval Contest on Friday, Sept. 1, and Best Mate Bikini Contest on Saturday, Sept. 2.
  • Drink specials at Harrah’s Las Vegas include $14 Miller or Coors and a Jameson shot, and $9 Blue Moon


  • The POOL at The LINQ Hotel & Casino will celebrate Tropical Saturday on Sept. 2 with drink specials, pool tables, games and live music from DJ BeatBreaker and DJ MikeAttack.
  • The High Roller Observation Wheel at The LINQ Promenade will be lit red, white, and blue on Monday, Sept. 4. Guests can also enjoy the Summer Family Special with four tickets starting at $59.00.
  • Several of The LINQ Promenade outlets will offer Labor Day Weekend specials including Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop will offer 25-percent off select summer chocolate gifts all weekend long; Flour & Barley will offer a $60 Family Fun Pack: One-topping 18-inch pie, choice of wings or cheese bread and one pitcher of draft beer, and the to-go window will also offer a $8 special; Goorin Bros will host an Ella Bing bow tie pop-up shop on with complimentary beverages for shoppers on Sept. 3 and 4; and ameriCAN Beer & Cocktails will offer 30-percent off for Veterans with a valid ID as well as $5 shots of Moonshine Original, Moonshine Apple Pie and Moonshine Dixie from Sept. 2 to Sept. 4.


  • Soleil Pool will have DJs all weekend long from 12 to 6 p.m. including Jack Stylez, TA4, Kyd Wicked and DEXX of ULTRA Entertainment.
  • Burger Brasserie and Paris Sports Book will feature drink specials including $8 Miller or Coors Light, and five for $35 bucket of Miller or Coors Light


  • Planet Hollywood Pools and FlowRider will turn up the heat with DJs all weekend long and the finale of the 2017 Ms. Pleasure Bikini Contest on Saturday, Sept. 2. The contest begins at 3 p.m. and includes more than $2,500 in cash and prize give-a-ways and Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino headliners, Chippendales will serve as celebrity guest judges. DJs Roger Gangi and Shai Peri, Las Vegas’ premier violinist and entertainer Lydia Ansel, and saxophone entertainer Rocco Barbato will provide non-stop entertainment.
  • Ringer Wings, Pizza & Sliders will offer drink specials including $8 Miller or Coors Light, and five for $35 bucket of Miller or Coors Light


  • All-American Bar & Grille will offer a $27 End of Summer Feast with a third rack of ribs, barbecue flat iron, corn, baked beans, corn bread and watermelon all weekend long.
  • Pho Da Nang will serve $18 special garlic & black pepper roasted salmon with broccoli, teriyaki sauce, green onions and jasmine rice all weekend.
  • Carnival World & Seafood Buffet will offer a Labor Day Weekend menu with specialty dishes including peel and eat shrimp, rock crab, assorted Chinese dim sum, classic burgers and hot dogs, delicious crispy pork belly and more.
  • iBar will offer 50-percent off all drinks at every night from 1 to 4 a.m. with an industry card and local ID.
  • Rio Pool and The Voo Pool will have live DJs all weekend including Saturday, Sept. 2: DJ Vinsane from 2:30 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Sept 3: DJ Rectangle from 2 to 6 p.m., and Monday, Sept. 4: DJ Hollywood from 2 to 6 p.m.
  • Drink specials at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino include $5 16-ounce Miller, $5 16-ounce Coors, $5 16-ounce Blue Moon, $5 Summer Shandy, and $5 12-ounce St. Archer IPA

For more information on Labor Day Weekend activities, visit the Caesars Entertainment blog.


Kevin Hart and HartBeat Productions is bringing HartBeat Weekend back to The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas with headliners Dave Chappelle and Usher.

The fourth annual weekend will span Sept. 1-3 and feature the best in music and comedy.

R&B superstar Usher kicked off Friday night with a concert at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan,

On Saturday night, the Kevin Hart & Friends comedy set will take the stage.

Sunday will feature a can't-miss show as Kevin Hart brings legend Dave Chappelle to the HartBeat stage.

A portion of the weekend's proceeds will support Kevin Hart Charities, benefitting BrittiCares International, a nonprofit organization finding new and better ways to improve the quality of life for children who have been diagnosed with cancer.

For more information or tickets, visit the HartBeat Weekend website.