By Dianne R. Davis
Photos by Dianne R. Davis or Burt Davis unless otherwise indicated.
Mark Shunock Makes Dream Come True with Opening of The Space
The Space, the brainchild of Las Vegas entertainer and philanthropist Mark Shunock, celebrated its grand opening onThursday, January 5, 2017. Invited guests, including media, founders, and local performers were invited to tour the new community arts complex located at 3460 Cavaretta Court just minutes off the Las Vegas Strip.
The Moonshiners with singer Savannah Smith
The Space’s visitors were also treated to music in the piano bar as they sipped cocktails and enjoyed passed hors d'oeuvres from Fleming’s, a sentimental welcome by Shunock and entertainment from The Moonshiners.
Mark Shunock shared his dream with those attending the opening
Representatives of U. S. Senator Dean Heller and Steve Sisolak's offices presented proclamations to Mark's partner Rusty Bridges
The Space officially welcomed the public for Mondays Dark on Monday, January 9 as Las Vegas performers joined together to celebrate the music of Forrest Gump to benefit Veterans Village. Mondays Dark brings strip entertainers together to perform for the benefit of local charities. In the past, Shunock has produced the shows monthly, but in 2017, two charities will benefit each month. On January 23, Carestream will be the recipient of money raised as a result of the concert.
Pod-cast Recording Studio
The new community-driven, charity-based arts complex is set to be a haven for all arts and artists in Las Vegas and designed to accommodate a wide variety of events including plays, musicals, intimate concerts, readings, workshops of all kinds, ancillary fundraising events, parties and photo shoots.
Featuring state-of-the-art technology and a convenient location with ample parking, The Space offers featured charities additional community space and offers multi-level sponsorship opportunities to local businesses.
The Space will also offer a variety of kid-friendly productions, classes, and workshops for the youth in Las Vegas. The new arts complex features a 3,000 square foot raw performance space, a black box theater, two rehearsal studios, podcast/recording studio, and a vintage piano bar and lounge. For more information, visit www.thespacelv.com, follow @TheSpaceLV on Instagram and Twitter, or like on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thespacelv.com.
A Tribute to “Debbie” Reynolds
Debbie Reynolds, A beloved actor, singer, and businesswoman passed away on December 28, 2016. Thanks to modern technology, this and future generations will continue to enjoy her talent.
Photo courtesy of Debbie Reynolds
Her breakout performance in Singin' in The Rain in 1952 is a classic. And fans will always remember her performance in The Unsinkable Molly Brown.
With thanks to Sun City Anthem Television, we present this excerpt from an interview that LVRTC and SCA-TV entertainment reporter Dianne Davis did with Debbie at the South Point Casino a few years ago. RIP Mary Frances “Debbie” Reynolds
US Twerking Championship at Sapphire Jan 20 - Call For Entries
Hosted by Alexis Texas
So You Think You Can Twerk? Enter for a Chance to Win $3,000 Cash. Sapphire, “World’s Largest Gentlemen’s Club” will be hosting the U.S.A. Twerking Championships, an Official AVN event, put on by Twerk Cup and U.S.A. Twerking, LLC during AVN week in Las Vegas. This event will be hosted by Elegant Angel contract-girl and big-booty adult superstar Alexis Texas who is famous for her voluptuous assets.
For the first time ever, competitive twerking comes to Las Vegas on Friday, January 20th, 2017 at Sapphire, World’s Largest Gentlemen’s Club” from 6 pm to 9 pm. Join in this intense competition and witness this global phenomenon as the best twerkers from all over the country bounce, pop and jiggle for a chance at the grand prize of $3,000 cash. Second prize is $1500 and the third place winner will receive $500. The charge to enter is $66 and includes both the competitio and two drink tickets.
General Admission is $50 for Spectators (Includes 1 Drink Ticket) only if guests arrive in Sapphire complimentary transportation. Complimentary admission with AVN Badge only if guests arrive in Sapphire complimentary transportation as well.
Spectators will treated to a banquet of gyrating, jiggly hind parts as contestants take the stage to show off their booty shakin’ athletic skills. Twerking Contestants from all over will be battling to display their superior booty shaking, hip thrusting, gyration, p-poppin’ and elegant rear side bounce. Winners will be determined by crowd response so bring your friends.
A portion of entry fees and door proceeds will be going to benefit The Sapphire Foundation for Prostate Cancer.
The Sapphire Foundation for Prostate Cancer is focused on helping men with prostate cancer that need financial assistance for medical expenditures and other financial needs while being treated for prostate cancer. They also hope to motivate men to get tested for the disease as early detection proves to be crucial in the treatment process. The foundation established in 2003 and has generated over $2,000,000 in donations and sponsorships to benefit programs related to the disease, for prostate cancer research and financial assistance for survivors of this disease.
This event is marketed nationwide and is expecting to attract as many as 100 twerktacular contestants and a national/international audience of hundreds including media writers and photographers.
If you are over 21 years old and have a booty shaking, p-poppin’ and dancing background and want to show off your twerks go to Sapphire to shake your “money maker” with the best in the country for this charitable cause.
Stick around after the contest as Alexis Texas takes to the stage with Elegant Angel contract-girl and adult star Tasha Reign. These lovely ladies will be available for private VIP lap dances and Skybox entertainment and will be available for autographs, photos, and will be handing out plenty of posters and videos as they mingle with the crowd all night long.
Twerk Cup and U.S.A. Twerking, LLC. Company’s mission is to build a non-profit foundation in 2017 and use recreational sports activities as the conduit for fund-raising. Past hosted events include Beer Pong, Flip Cup, Twerk Cup and Twerking Tournaments, which have gone on to draw thousands of participants from 25 U.S. States, offering some of the largest payouts in prize pool. Additional events put on by the company include Big League Wiffle Ball, that has been featured on CNBC’s The Big Idea, ESPN, Discovery Channel, ABC, FOX, ESPN Radio, Fox This Week in Baseball - MLB, Entrepreneur Magazine, and special appearances in Lincoln - Ford Car Commercials 2008.
Sapphire Gentlemen's Club, located at 3025 Sammy Davis Junior Drive in Las Vegas, is the largest strip club in the world, with well over 100,000-square-feet of topless entertainment. The club is open 24/7, 365 days a year to patrons 21 and over and features over 400 entertainers per night with premium alcohol and cigars for the customers.
The massive Main Room houses three stages including the popular SkyStage over the famous RockStar VIP section with its clear catwalk to the private SkyBoxes. Sapphire serves the finest variety of cocktails, wines, champagne and cigars.
Contestants should sign up early, starting at 5 pm, because participation is limited. For even earlier registration call Nick Benas at 503-440-4037 or register online at http://usatwerking.com/e/usa-twerking-championships-las-vegas-nv. For table reservations call 702.869.0003. For Free limo transportation to the event from the Strip, call Sapphire at 702.303.3430.
AVN Set to Open to Trade and Fans January 18 – January 21, 2017
One of the largest adult trade shows in the world, the 2017 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo provides a unique experience for both adult entertainment fans and professionals in the industry. Fans can look forward to meeting the hottest men and women in the world under one roof at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Las Vegas. Industry insiders flock every year to see the latest trends at the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo, which draws the biggest names in adult entertainment.
The AVN Expo will feature more than 500 adult stars in attendance, and more than 150 exhibitors will be there to showcase their products and services. There will be parties for fans, autograph sessions and numerous networking events for industry to have quality face time together.
Trade attendees will find a plethora of educational programs designed to teach industry newcomers what it takes to grow and succeed. Seminars will address a spectrum of relevant subjects, each with a panel of speakers hand-picked because of their expertise or passion for the topic at hand.
AVN Media Network will once again hold its fan seminar program, which will touch on a variety of topics, including interviews with Best New Starlet nominees for the 2017 AVN Awards.