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By Dianne R. Davis
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2014 AVN Awards Tickets Now On Sale  

New ‘Golden Ticket’ Provides Fans with Ultra-VIP Experience for the ‘Oscars of Porn!’

Tickets for the 2014 AVN Awards are now on sale.  In addition to fan ticket packages ranging from $175 to $400, AVN is introducing Golden Tickets.  The new ticket category provides fans with the ultra-VIP experience, including box seating, an invitation to attend the performer-only cocktail party preceding the show, a ticket to the Official AVN Awards After-Party at Vanity Nightclub, and more.

Ron Jeremy 2013 AVN Awards 19713Ron Jeremy has always been considered to be one of the giants of the industry Photo by Stephen Thorburn

The AVN Awards returns to The Joint in Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on Saturday, January 18, 2014.  Fans may purchase standard and Golden Tickets at

Burning Angel Group 2013 AVN Awards 19563Burning Angel  stars came out en mass for last year's AVN Awards hoto by Stephen Thorburn

Adult Industry tables for the award show are also on sale.  Table options include 6-seat, 8-seat, and 10-seat sizes, priced between $1,600 and $2,500.  Availability is limited, and industry members are encouraged to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. immediately to secure a table.

Chanel Preston and Wicked Pictures contract star Samantha Saint will host the 31st annual adult entertainment awards, dubbed "the Oscars of adult" by Entertainment Weekly.  The must-attend, must-see event features the hottest stars from adult and mainstream pop culture. With a stylish red carpet pre-show and lavish star-studded ceremony, the AVN Awards celebrates outstanding achievements in the world of adult entertainment.

AEE signing 12The Adult Entertaiment Expo (AEE) offers guests the chance to get autographs from many video celebrities  Photo by Dianne R. Davis

Tickets for the 2014 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo (AEE), the precursor to the AVN Awards show, also went on sale recently.  Now in its 16th year, AEE takes place January 15-18, 2014 at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas.

AEE is part of a weeklong series of events produced by AVN Media Network at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, beginning with Internext and the AVN Novelty Expo and culminating with the 31st anniversary AVN Awards.

2013 marked the AVN Awards' 30th anniversary. The sold-out gala event at The Joint featured a live performance from rap superstar Tyga along with hosts April Macie and adult stars Asa Akira and Jesse Jane. Celebrity presenters included Showtime's Gigolos star Nick Hawk and VH1'sLove & Hip-Hop's Stevie J. and Jocelyn.

About the AVN Awards:

Over the years, the AVN Awards have become a famous staple in Las Vegas, while being housed in almost every major hotel on the strip. Starting in 1984, the show has grown drastically over the years and is now broadcast each year on cable to millions of viewers. The show allows adult and mainstream celebrities to come together once a year to celebrate the achievements of one of the world’s most profitable industries. In 2012, the AVN Awards took up residence in The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and will return for a third straight year in 2014. For more information, visit, or


San Gennaro Feast Provides Family Fun at Grand Canyon Shopping Center, Sept. 10-15

The 34th Annual San Gennaro Feast will delight visitors from Sept. 10-15, 2013, at the Grand Canyon Shopping Center (4246 Grand Canyon Drive and West Flamingo Rd. The Las Vegas family fun festival celebrating the spirit of San Gennaro features more than 70 restaurant food booths, 80 amusements rides including the new 100-foot Vertigo, midway games, and arts and crafts booths.

Tony Sacca and the Saccettes will be performing nightly

Complimentary headliner entertainment is coordinated and hosted by Tony Sacca, who has been part of the event for more than 26 years. This is the best Italian Heritage Celebration this side of Naples! Midway games include a Petting Zoo and Pony Rides. There are arts and crafts booths, a Beer Garden, and lots of free entrainment.


Fun on the midway

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and military at the door  Children 54 inches and under are free. Parking is free. POP – Pay One Price to ride all rides endlessly $25 Tuesday- Thursday and $30 on Friday and Saturday.

Food Galore!

Food is a vast variety of traditional Italian fare including pasta, pasta and more pasta, fried calamari, calzones calzones, baked clams, pizza, lobster ravioli, Italian fried dough, Italian sausage, peppers and onions, etc., as well as international foods.

Robert Nash does a mean Robert De Niro impression

Complimentary entertainment starts at 4 p.m. each day. From 4 – 7 p.m., there will be traditional Italian folk music featuring Tony De Bruno, Italian music by Enzo Selvaggi, Italian show and Neapolitan songs by Ciro Giorgio, plus strolling music by Emilio Baglioni and Joe Vento. Carmen Jon will perform from 7 – 7:30 p.m. and Philly Cuzz from 7:30-8 p.m.

From 8 p.m. till closing, it’s Tony Sacca and the Saccettes plus top line performers backed by theMichael T Orchestra.  Sacca will host an all-new stellar lineup of entertainers including the feast’s Grand Lady Janien Valentine and Grand Marshals Frankie and Joey Scinta.

Kelly Clinton-Holmes

Headliners will include: Lena Prima, Rich Michel, Kelly Clinton, Rich Natole, Michael Barimo, Robin Vincent as Madonna, Amanda Kaiser as Bette Midler, Carmen Jon, The Phat Pack, Patty Ascher, George , Robin Vincent as Madonna, Rob Garrett as Neil Diamond, Bella Strings, Sam Riddle, Shades of Sinatra, The Rat Pack is Back, Forsythe’s Tribute to the Temptations and other surprises.

Frankie Scinta is one of the Grand Marshalls

On the second night, Wednesday, Sept. 11, there will be a Traditional Italian Procession with the Knights of Columbus Military Color Guard, Mayor Carolyn Goodman, local dignitaries, and Father Dave Cassaleggio blessing The Feast at 7 p.m. on the entertainment stage with Grand Marshals Frankie and Joey Scinta and Grand Lady Janien Valentine. There will be a gigantic fireworks display at 9 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15.

Prizes for all ages

The San Gennaro Feast is sponsored by the Grand Canyon Shopping Center, Peroni Nastro Azzurro and Butler Amusements. For more information, visit

Days and hours are:

Tuesday–Thursday                (Sept. 10-12)                 4 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Friday                                     (Sept. 13)                      4 p.m. – midnight,

Saturday                                 (Sept. 14)                    11 a.m. – midnight

Sunday                                    (Sept. 15)                    11 a.m. – 11 p.m. 


On a personal note -- Congratulations to singer, entertainer, and vocal coach Carol Joyce and Entrepreneur Arnold Gold on their marriage on Saturday evening, August 10, 2013 at Congregation Ner Tamid. What a pleasure it was to be a part of such a special occasion.  Mazel Tov!

Carol Joyce and Arnold Gold
Arnold Gold and Carol Joyce



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