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Owner/Editor in Chief/writer - Las Vegas Round The Clock

Owner/Editor in Chief/writer - The Flick Chicks
Director of Communications - Nevada Film Alliance
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VEGAS HAPPENINGS

by Judy Thorburn

First, I am saddened to report that legendary entertainer Kenny Kerr peacefully passed away Sunday morning, April 28 at the age of 60. Kenny was known as The World’s Foremost Master of Female Impersonation. His  Las Vegas show Boylesque, which he opened in 1977, was the longest running show of its kind and remains a show business institution.

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Kenny Kerr

In 1999, Kenny Kerr became the first female impersonator ever to be inducted into the Tropicana Hotel’s Las Vegas Hall of Fame.  In the fall of 2001, he was chosen from among many Impersonators from around the world as the World’s Top Female Impressionist by the television show Tacha A Spilia in Milan, Italy. In 2002, Kenny finished a 5 year run at the Plaza Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, which marked his 25 years as a Las Vegas Headliner.

In 2006, Kenny moved to Palm Springs to star in the CopyKatz Revue. However, in 2012 he moved back to Las Vegas to be closer to family and friends.

Kenny’s ‘trailblazing’ efforts as the first female impersonator in Las Vegas paved the way for similar current shows not only in Sin City, but around the world.  Kenny was a true first-class star and his memory will live-on in the hearts that he touched.

His family will announce details for a memorial service at a later date.

X Burlesque Celebrates 11 year Anniversary

X Burlesque, the most provocative show on the Las Vegas Strip, celebrated 11 years in Sin City on Wednesday, April 24 at Flamingo Las Vegas.  Created and produced by husband and wife team, Matt and Angela Stabile, the topless revue showcases a variety of performances by six gorgeous dancers set to music by today's hottest artists.

Several new dance numbers have also been added to the show in honor of the 11th anniversary, including a new hip hop number to Beyonce’s “Run the World,” Rhianna’s “Birthday Cake” and Keri Hilson’s “The Way You Love Me,” as well as a new number featuring the X Burlesque version of today's showgirl titled “A Girls Best Friend” to Shirley Bassey’s “Diamonds are Forever” and Rhianna’s “Diamonds.”

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For 75 minutes, the burlesque beauties reveal their assets while teasing and playfully interacting with the audience. X Burlesque combines high-energy performance with the use of props such as bathtubs, guitars, and feather boas to fulfill the audience's every fantasy.

During this year’s anniversary celebration, a one-of-a-kind painting of the X girls by artist Terry Ritter was auctioned off with the money donated to Shellee Renee, a former Las Vegas showgirl who is recovering from breast cancer. A copy of the painting will be permanently on display in the “X Burlesque” showroom.

X Burlesque is performed nightly at 10 p.m. inside the X Showroom at Flamingo Las Vegas. Tickets range in price from $44.95 to $55.95 plus tax and applicable fees.

Local Celebs Roast Chris Phillips aka Zowie Bowie at Stratosphere Showroom

The Stratosphere showroom was on fire Tuesday night, April 23. Not literally, thankfully, but figuratively speaking, the room was smokin' hot with roasters delivering burning jabs at Chris Phillips of Zowie Bowie in what producer Andy Walmsley hopes was the first in a series of Showbiz Roasts.

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Chris Phillips (Zowie Bowie)
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Joining Chris on stage as he sat on a pink throne, or rather the hot seat, were roasters  Flamingo headliner George Wallace, impressionist Gordie Brown, journalist Robin Leach, Dennis Bono, Frankie Scinta, insult comic Vinnie Favorito, comedy magician Murray Sawchuck,  singers Lorena Peril of Fantasy, Clint Holmes, Kelly Clinton-Holmes, the vocal group BBR, Justin Spencer of Recycled Percussion, Brian Thomas (“Lowercase g” at Kiss by Monster Mini Golf),  entertainment reporter John Katsilometes and TV reporter Dayna Roselli.

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Brian Thomas
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Gordie Brown
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Clint Holmes and wife Kelly Clinton-Holmes
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Dayna Roselli
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Dennis Bono and Lorraine Hunt
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George Wallace
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John Katsilometes
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Lorena Peril
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Murray Sawchuck
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Recycled Percussion
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Robin Leach
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The Scintas
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Vinnie Favorito
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It was a hilarious night filled with digs at Phillips, the tan and blonde spike haired lounge singer who has developed a huge fan base in the 8 years he has performed in Las Vegas. Nothing was off limits as each and every celeb took their turn teasing and poking fun at Chris and, for that matter, their fellow roasters. Crude, sarcastic, insulting are just a few of the words to describe what was spewed.

Off course, all the harsh words were meant in jest, and not to be taken seriously. Chris was a good sport taking it all in stride and laughing out loud as his looks, talent, sexuality, and interest in younger women were targeted in rapid order, from the eclectic panel that are supposed to be his friends.

Roastmaster for the evening's affair was comedy magician Mike Hammer, who kicked off the roast by saying, “What is this...a wax museum? I've seen younger faces on cash. He addressed Robin Leach with “Now you are on the panel with the poor and unknown.”  Hammer then went on to describe the man of the hour, Chris, as looking like the illegitimate son of Rod Stewart and David Bowie.

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Mike Hammer
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One of the highlights of the night was when Kelly Clinton-Holmes presented a hilarious video clip of her  in drag, impersonating Phillips, complete with fake tan and wig, on her Vegas Video Network talk show “Talktails,” that showed her boozing it up and laughing.

Another was Clint Holmes's oh so funny parody of Chicago’s “Does Anybody Really Know What Time it Is? with lyrics changed to “Does anybody really know who Zowie Bowie is? Does anybody really care?” that brought down the house.  The trio of lovely singers, BBR sang “Sweet Talking, Bleach Blonde, Tanningman” to the melody of Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy. Two actresses from “Nunsense”,  introduced as women who Chris had NOT slept with, showed up and danced around him.  And, it was announced that because Vince Neil couldn't make it, he sent a quartet of shirtless hunks from Thunder From Down Under, who proceeded to give Chris a lap dance, as his hot girlfriend, violinist Lydia Ansel, seated alongside the band, looked on.

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Nunsense
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BBR's Anne Martinez, Savanah Smith and Tara Palsha
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Thunder From Down Under
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After taking off his pants to reveal he was wearing a diaper,  Justin Spencer told Chris, “The only thing more fake than your tan is your 25,000 twitter followers”.

Robin Leach, who way overstayed his 3 minutes and was reminded several times by a heckler in the audience, said, “We can say out loud what we've been thinking, but not saying all these years. (Chris is) the original rags to riches, back to rags story.”

Hammer called George Wallace a “generous man” and then added, “A homeless family lives under his beret.” When it was his turn to throw some verbal punches at Chris, Wallace first remarked, “I am the only black man here. That's bullsh-t.” He then looked at Chris and said, “Who the hell are you. I don't know you. And who is this half ass band?

Last on the dais, Insult comic and professional roaster Vinnie Favorito, disregarded any boundaries whatsoever, and did go way over the line a couple of times with below the belt jabs at Lorena Peril, Clint Holmes and Gordie Brown.Vinnie responded to everyone's shocked reactions by saying: "Buckle up…its a roast, folks!" If, you've seen the no holds barred, always uncensored Vinnie in action, than nothing should come as a surprise.

In fact , anyone who agrees to be roasted knows what's in store for them.  Word is that Walmsley wants to recruit female impersonator Frank Marino, star of Divas of Las Vegas, for the hot seat at his next Showbiz Roast.  If so, I can hardly wait.

Red Carpet Arrivals

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Producer Andy Walmsley, Lydia Ansel and Chris Phillips (Zowie Bowie)
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Alicia Perrone and Victor James of the electro/dance band Fans Of Jimmy Century and red carpet coordinator Sam
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Bella Strings
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Jeff Molitz
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Rock of Ages star Mark Shunock
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Earl Turner
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Gerry McCambridge
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Jarrett and Raja
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Jasmine Trias and Ben Stone
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Jeff Civilico and Mike Hammer
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Kathleen Dunbar
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Lydia Ansel, Chris Phillips (Zowie Bowie), Maria Gara (Snake Babe) and Steve August (pyrotechnic performance artist)
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Comedy impressionist Robert Nash
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BBR's Savanah Smith and Anne Martinez
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Skye Dee Miles
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Tony Sacca (center)
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Orianthi Unveils Memorabilia Case Display at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Australian singer, songwriter and guitarist Orianthi was honored at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas with a memorabilia case unveiling event on Thursday, April 25. In front of a crowd of fans, Paul Davis, Vice President of Entertainment; Max McAndrew, Book and Operations Manager of Vinyl; and Warwick Stone, Curator and Creative Consultant welcomed and congratulated Orianthi on her musical accomplishments. The crew then unveiled the new case containing various pieces of Orianthi’s music history including her signature Paul Reed Smith SE Orianthi model guitar in scarlet red, which was featured in the music video “Shut Up And Kiss Me.”

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Orianthi
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Orianthi
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That night, Orianthi took the stage at Vinyl and wowed a packed house with her crazy guitar riffs and edgy vocals. The artist performed several of her previous hits including "According To You" and "Think Like A Man" as well as tracks off her new album Heaven In This Hell.

Orianthi is best known for being the lead guitarist of Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” tour. In addition to her solo work, she plays with Alice Cooper and can be seen on the April cover of Guitar World magazine.

Virgin America & Sir Richard Branson Celebrate New Flights with Star-Studded Launch Party at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Virgin America, the award-winning domestic airline known for its upscale service and hip, mood-lit new aircraft, celebrated the launch of its newest route from Los Angeles International Airport to Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport with a red carpet bash at The Chandelier inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Monday, April 22.

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Sir Richard Branson
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Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson kicked off the festivities with a toast to Virgin America’s inaugural flight during a gate reception hosted by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas at McCarran International Airport. Guests included Virgin America President and CEO David Cush, Adrienne Maloof, singer Joe Jonas, and actresses Jaime Pressly and Krysten Ritter.

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Adrienne Maloof
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Jaime Pressly
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Joe Jonas
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Krysten Ritter
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Sir Richard Branson then helped host a red carpet launch party at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas to fete travelers who arrived on the airline’s star-studded inaugural flight from Los Angeles. The event featured small bites and signature cocktails in The Chandelier, a dramatic three-story architectural wonder created by 2 million crystals.

To mark the Vegas expansion, the airline also launched a new seat-to-seat delivery feature on flights nationwide, allowing travelers to send fellow guests onboard a drink, snack or meal using a digital seat map on the airline’s in-flight entertainment platform, Red.

Champions Crowned at Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest at New York-New York Hotel & Casino

On Saturday afternoon, April 20 champions were crowned at New York-New York Hotel & Casino in the Nevada qualifying competition for the famed Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Contest held annually on July 4.

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Jeff “The Beast Man” Butler and Miki Sudo were named Nevada Hot Dog Eating Champions. During the 10-minute competition, Butler ate 31 ½ hot dogs while Sudo took top female honors, finishing 40 hot dogs.

"This event proves that New York-New York Hotel & Casino remains a hot bed of competitive eating and a destination for top Major League Eaters from around the nation," said Major League Eating Chairman George Shea. "Nevada will be well represented on July 4 at Coney Island."

In the local heroes competition, Nellis Air Force Base defeated Clark County Fire Department by devouring 31 hot dogs and winning $1,000 for the Air Force Assistance Fund.

The Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest has occurred each July 4 in Coney Island, N.Y. since 1916, the year Nathan Handwerker opened the legendary restaurant.

Major League Eating, the governing body of all stomach-centric sports, sanctions the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Circuit and ensures the contests are judged professionally and safety standards are upheld at each event.


Additional recent and upcoming “happenings” in and around Las Vegas include:

LAKA Manicure Express, the international nail bar known for its on-the-go, fashionable nail services, celebrated the launch of its newest location inside Fashion Show mall  in Las Vegas, with a ribbon cutting on Thursday, April 25 from 12-2 p.m.  In attendance at the grand opening celebration were several University of Nevada Las Vegas Cheerleaders. As a supporter of local charitable organizations, LAKA Manicure Express donated 50 percent of the entire day’s proceeds to the University of Nevada – Las Vegas Foundation.

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LAKA Manicure Express
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LAKA Manicure Express
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LAKA is known across multiple continents for its popular and innovative 15-minute manicure express that caters to busy women and fashionable teens.

Singer, comedian and celebrity impressionist TERRY FATOR celebrated yet another milestone Wednesday, April 24 as he welcomed his one millionth guest to Terry Fator: The Voice of Entertainment, the successful show he headlines at The Mirage Hotel & Casino, Monday through Friday at 7:30 p.m.  Franz Kallao, vice-president of hotel operations at The Mirage, attended the celebration and presented Fator with a commemorative plaque. The audience also took part in the festivities, each receiving a specialty gift bag filled with Terry Fator and The Mirage-branded items.

MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL recently unveiled details about the experience it is creating in Las Vegas surrounding the world-class 20,000-seat arena under development in partnership with renowned sports, entertainment and facilities organization AEG.  Plans include new Stripside experiences at  NEW YORK-NEW YORK and MONTE CARLO resorts and a public park leading to the new state-of-the-art arena.

Comic impressionist RICH NATOLE presents “Voices of a Generation”  in the Bonkerz Comedy Club at The Plaza Hotel and Casino in downtown Las Vegas.  Showtime is 7 p.m.

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Rich Natole
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Fresh from breaking the Guinness World Record for the most theatrical performances in a 50-day period, KEVIN BURKE has announced he is retiring from playing the leading caveman in DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN, inside The Improv Showroom at Harrah’s Las Vegas after 10 years.  To give Burke a proper send-off, Defending the Caveman is offering a special locals offer. Simply show your Nevada ID at the Harrah’s Las Vegas Box office to receive two tickets for $50 now through May 13, Burke’s last full-time performance in the show. Chris Allen will replace Burke in Las Vegas and will begin performances on Tuesday, May 14.

With the addition of CHRIS ALLEN, Defending the Caveman will be restaged with new props, updated lighting and video. Allen will work hand-in-hand with Director Isaac Lamb, a former lead of the national Broadway tour of Defending the Caveman.


Artist MARK MELLON will present “Singularity” - Solo Exhibit of New Paintings on Canvas and Concrete Sculptures at Sin City Gallery May 2-27. On Thursday, May 2, there will be an artist’s preview from 7-10 p.m.  Mellon’s work explores the condition of man exploring our past, present, future looking for the connections between harmony and the universe. His distinctive style is a mash up of surrealism, abstraction and primitive art. Sin City Gallery is located off the Strip in the famous Arts Factory, situated in the heart of the Downtown's thriving 18b Arts District, at107 E. Charleston Boulevard, Suite 100. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 1 to 7 p.m., and by appointment during the day.

Starting Thursday, May 2, THE ACT, IN THE SHOPPES AT THE PALAZZO will introduce “THE END OF THE WORLD PARTY,” a monthly three-city bash in London, Los Angeles and Las Vegas to over-indulge in nightlife like there is no tomorrow.

The Act’s theatrical performers will infiltrate the audience with all-new acts that will test the very boundaries of the nightlife venue in celebration of the night’s theme. Guests will determine the playlist; recommending tracks to DJs that they want to die to. For anyone who has ever agonized about what to wear, The Act will enforce a dress code for party goers to wear what they have never dared. A “Last Wish” wall will be the canvas for guests to express their final desires, and cupcakes will fill a “Tray of Temptation” to satiate sweet cravings as if calories don’t count.  Because no one wants to go out without showcasing their very best, The Act will offer an Ego Massage to feel good on the inside and a makeup booth by Mac Cosmetics to look great on the outside.  The event will occur every first Thursday of the month.
 
The 15,000-square-foot, multi-level space merges aesthetic elements ranging from an Italian opera house to European cathedrals, from New York City's Grand Central Station Post Office to a turn-of-the-century speakeasy. Guests experience the action unfold onstage from numerous perspectives, including private balcony boxes, banquettes on the dance floor and a backstage seating area that allows guests to mingle with the talent.

THE FIGHT TO UNITE TOUR HEADLINED BY KOTTONMOUTH AND FEATURING DEUCE  as main support WITH SPECIAL GUESTS DIZZY WRIGHT, SNO THA PRODUCT, ESKIMO CALLBOY AND WAR PAINT, will perform at Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip Friday, May 3.  Doors open 6 p.m. Ages 18 and up. Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 day of show.

Dave Rice, the head coach of the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels basketball team, along with his wife, Mindy, will host the Second Annual ‘AN EVENING WITH DAVE RICE'  at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Friday, May 3. The event will benefit the Dave Rice Foundation, which allocates resources to several Autism-related organizations throughout Southern Nevada.

The upscale event will begin with a reception and silent auction, followed by a sit-down dinner, live auction and formal presentation. During the special evening, Dave Rice will present the Kenny Guinn Award for Commitment to Community to Bruce Woodbury. Woodbury, who has served on the Clark County Commission longer than any other person, and has made countless contributions to the Las Vegas community.

The auction items will include autographed memorabilia from celebrities including Las Vegas favorites Jimmy Kimmel, Wayne Newton and Terry Fator, as well as show tickets, dinners at some of Las Vegas’ top restaurants and more. Last year’s inaugural event helped the Dave Rice Foundation award more than $125,000 in grants in its first year, including $100,000 to The UNLV Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders.

The VIP cocktail reception and silent auction will kick off the event at 6:30 p.m., followed by the event program at 7:30 p.m. Although only a few individual tickets remain, donations can be made online to benefit the organization at www.davericefoundation.org.

The COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN NEVADA FINE ARTS GALLERY will exhibit selected student artwork from the Department of Fine Arts capstone course, ART 298, May 3 through May 31. Opening reception and refreshments will be on Friday, May 10, from 4 - 6 p.m.The CSN Fine Arts Gallery is FREE and open to the public. Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The Performing Arts Center/Fine Arts Gallery is located on the Cheyenne campus, near the half circle drive and main entrance, 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave., one mile east of I-15 North.

TEDDY RILEY & BLACKSTREET CONCERT scheduled for May 4 at Hard Rock Cafe has been CANCELED.

The Sikh community would like to invite everyone to their annual INDIAN FOOD AND CULTURAL FESTIVAL on Saturday, May 4th at 2 p.m. at the Clark County Amphitheater. There will be music, singing, dances, a fashion show and a large variety of food and fun for all ages.  Admission is FREE!

SENOR FROG'S at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino will host a hopping fiesta weekend for Cuatro and Cinco de Mayo with drink specials and entertainment all day on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5.

The celebration will kick off with a Cuatro de Mayo pre-game party where guests will enjoy Señor Frog’s signature Latin Night filled with dancing and drinking in preparation for the holiday.  Early drink specials will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. including $3 house tequila shots and two-for-one signature margarita yards. A specialty Mexican buffet, priced at $30 per person will also be available to partiers from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

The Cinco de Mayo bash will continue into the night and will require a cover charge of $20 for señors and $10 for señoritas starting at 10 p.m. Revelers will party the night away at the festively decorated two-level, indoor-outdoor party bar with non-stop karaoke, live music, conga lines and a DJ.

In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, HYDE BELLAAGIO invites chicos and chicas to get wild at the last XIV VEGAS SESSIONS BASH before the party takes a short hiatus for the summer. Beginning at 5 p.m., Hyde’s sexy señoritas will deliver chilled tequila shots and frosty margaritas to partygoers decked out in their most festive neon attire. DJs Julien Nolan, Zen Freeman, Julian Ingrosso and D4NI3L will deliver the hottest house beats and the hippest mariachi band remixes.

The OUTDOOR BEACH SERIES AT MANDALAY BAY returns with an incredible 2013 Lineup. Concert-goers are invited to bring blankets, sit on the beach or wade in the surf while enjoying to the music from the cool confines of Mandalay Bay’s 1.6 million gallon wave pool. The 2013 festivities kick off Saturday, May 11 with country music singer Gary Allan when he performs at the official after-party of the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Last Cowboy Standing event. Additional performers scheduled throughout the summer include Lifehouse, Bell Biv DeVoe, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Sublime with Rome and a solo performance by Ziggy Marley.

BLUE MAN GROUP at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino invites families to double the fun this spring with an exclusive offer for All-Day Ride Passes to The ADVENTUREDOME theme park at Circus Circus Las Vegas. Patrons will receive one All-Day Ride Pass to the theme park with the purchase of one Blue Man Group ticket. To receive The Adventuredome package, mention code “ADVENTUREDOME” at the Blue Man Group Box Office. The offer is available now and can only be applied on Category A: Premium or Category C: Standard tickets and is subject to availability. The Adventuredome passes expire seven days after the selected Blue Man Group performance. All guests must be present when exchanging vouchers at The Adventuredome. This special offer expires Sunday, June 30 and is not valid for previously purchased tickets, holiday periods or Fright Dome admission.

Singer, MARY WILSON of The Supremes, will perform in the Suncoast Showroom May 11 and 12. Showtime each evening is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available from $15.95, plus tax and fees.

The LAS VEGAS FILM FESTIVAL opens their meeting to the public on May 16 to mix and mingle with the Las Vegas independent film community. Hosted by Firkin on Paradise (4503 Paradise Rd.) the mixer, which will be held from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., will give the opportunity to talk shop while making new connections in the industry over food and drinks as the 2013 Las Vegas Film Festival quickly approaches. Immediately following the mixer, a special screening of the documentary “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey” will be presented.  Admission is free for members and $30 for non-members. Student admission is $15. Members that bring a friend who sign up as a “Friend of the Festival” will receive an additional VIP pass to the 2013 Las Vegas Film Festival.

Smash Magazine presents THE NEIGHBOURHOOD WITH SPECIAL GUESTS LOVE LIFE, DJ FOURNAMES AND PARADE OF LIGHTS on Wednesday, May 22, 6 p.m. at Fremont Country Club. Tickets are $14 in advance, $16 day of show, plus any service charges. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 26 at 10 a.m.  This show is all ages; those under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a guardian 18+.

WHISKEY PETES STATELINE STOP AT PRIMM VALLEY CASINO RESORTS is now open to the public. The 13,000-square-foot facility features a variety of quick service restaurants, 40 slot machines in the gaming parlor and free Wi-Fi inside the modern travel center.  Located on the west side of Interstate 15, 24 new Chevron fueling stations are now available as well as an electric car charging station to serve the more than 37,000 daily visitors crossing the California/Nevada state border. The Flying J travel center addition will open this summer and include a professional drivers’ lounge with flat screen televisions as well as seven private showers and a commercial laundry facility. This will also add 10 commercial diesel pumps to the current 24 gasoline pumps by Chevron including a separate RV fueling point.

THE WEDDING CHAPEL AT ARIA, located on the first floor of the Convention Center, is now open to couples wishing to have their dream ceremony in a luxuriously unparalleled setting. The 2,750-square-foot venue combines sleek and modern design with lavish décor for an elegant and sophisticated experience. Accommodations can be made for up to 60 guests and a variety of packages are offered, ranging from $1,500 to $21,000 including floral, limousine transportation to and from the Clark County Marriage Bureau and an officiant for the ceremony.

Celebrity Sightings:

Friday, April 19...

In the afternoon, Coco Austin, star of Peepshow at Planet Hollywood and reality show “Ice-T Loves Coco,” was spotted poolside for Marquee Dayclub’s “Get Fit” Challenge Launch Party with SHINE Alternative Fitness.

At night, actress, model and jewelry designer, Molly Sims, who once starred in the NBC drama “Las Vegas” was spotted at Strip House Steak House inside Planet Hollywood with a group of eight celebrating a girlfriend’s bachelorette party.  Earlier in the day she stopped by the new Dos Caminos in Summerlin for a margarita and to congratulate the restaurant on its return to Las Vegas.

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Austin Pettis and Brian Quick of the Saint Louis Rams dined together at HERAEA inside Palms Casino Resort.

Saturday, April 20...

Television host and rapper Shad Gregory Moss, better known as Bow Wow, hosted an unforgettable evening with clubgoers at LAX Nightclub inside Luxor Hotel and Casino

Bow Wow and his entourage took a minute to settle into their VIP table as he approached the DJ booth to introduce himself and his crew to LAX Nightclub’s resident DJ Wellman.

Mixed martial artist, Anthony Petis, hosted the HERAEA UFC viewing party.

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Anthony Petis
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Molly Sims and a group of girlfriends gathered at TAO Asian Bistro to celebrate the bachelorette bash of a good friend.  The ladies dined on signature favorites before heading up to the nightclub to continue the party at a VIP table on the dance floor.

Also spotted at TAO Nightclub was Mike Shouhed from Bravo TV’s The Shahs of Sunset.

Actor Anthony Mackie was seen enjoying dinner at LAVO.

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DJ Vice and Mike Shouhed
Photo Credit: Amit Dadlaney

Dutch house DJs/producers Bingo Players took over the turntables  at Hakkasan Las Vegas atMGM Grand. The electronic music duo, made up of Paul Baümer and Maarten Hoogstraten, debuted the first of many exclusive performances to thousands of partygoers at the recently opened Vegas nightclub.

Right before they took over the DJ booth at 1:30 a.m., CEO of Angel Management Group Neil Moffitt presented them with a commemorative-framed gold disc to celebrate the first-ever performance of their exclusive event series at Hakkasan Las Vegas.Then Bingo Players anxiously took to the stage soon after congratulating Danny Avila for an amazing set.

Bingo Players Hardwell Hakkasan LV 4.20.13
Bingo Players
Photo credit: Al Powers of Powers Imagery LLC/angelmg.com

Neil Moffitt Bingo Players Gold Disc Hakkasan LV 4.20.13
Neil Moffet and the Bingo Players
Photo credit: Al Powers of Powers Imagery LLC/angelmg.com

Questlove Ling Ling Club 4.20.13
Questlove
Photo credit: Al Powers of Powers Imagery LLC/angelmg.com

Hakkasan Confetti 4.20.13
Hakkasan confetti
Photo credit: Al Powers of Powers Imagery LLC/angelmg.com

Sunday, April 21...

Grammy nominated electronic dance music phenomenon deadmau5 closed out the Grand Opening Weekend Festivities at WET REPUBLIC at MGM Grand.

Kicking off the festivities was renowned Fergie (DJ) as he manned the decks and had partygoers on their feet, ready to keep the party going.

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deadmau5
Photo credit: Al Powers of Powers Imagery LLC/ angelmg.com

Monday, April 22...

Stunning television personality Catherine Elizabeth Deeley, more commonly known as Cat Deeley of the hit FOX dance competition series "So You Think You Can Dance"  indulged in a delectable midday feast at Social House at The Shops at Crystals

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas celebrated grand opening weekend of REHAB's 10th Anniversary season and kicked off Robbie Rivera’s Juicy Beach residency with an all-star lineup, Saturday, April 20 – Sunday, April 21.

On Saturday, the festivities began with Robbie Rivera’s Juicy Beach. Throughout the day, Riveria along with renowned DJs Stonebridge, Felix Cartal, Manuel De La Mare and Hot Mouth hit the turntables at Hard Rock Hotel’s luxurious Paradise Beach. The party raged on for 17 hours and ended inside Body English Nightclub & Afterhours. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has expanded its dayclub decadence by hosting this brand new residency with Robbie Rivera and his world-renowned Juicy Beach party on select Saturdays. This marks the first ever residency for the beach party outside of its Miami home base. Upcoming dates include May 25, June 22 and July 6.

Dubbed as the “Wildest Pool Party in Sin City” by Extra, REHAB’s 10th Anniversary season opened with much fanfare as beachgoers partied to the tunes of Sublime with Rome on Sunday. More than 3,000 patrons showed up for REHAB’s, Las Vegas’ original dayclub, opening day. GRAMMY Award-winning reggae star Sean Paul also joined the grand opening party with friend and resident DJ, Richard Beynon. Sublime with Rome performed for over 40 minutes featuring hits such as “April 29, 1992” and “Wrong Way.” The reggae band closed with “Santeria” while handing out beers to the exhilarated crowd.  REHAB’s party continued with Richard Beynon, DJ Shift and DJ Wellman spinning their high-energy tunes.

04.21.13 DJ Shift at REHAB Opening Weekend at Hard Rock Hotel - Photo Credit Eric Kabik
DJ Shift
Photo credit: © Erik Kabik / Erik Kabik Photography

04.21.13 REHAB Opening Weekend Crowd at Hard Rock Hotel - Photo Credit Eric Kabik
Opening Day
Photo credit: © Erik Kabik / Erik Kabik Photography

04.21.13 Sublime with Rome on Red Carpet at REHAB at Hard Rock Hotel - Photo Credit Eric Kabik
Sublime with Rome
Photo credit: © Erik Kabik / Erik Kabik Photography

04.20.13 Robbie Rivera at Juicy Beach at Hard Rock Hotel - Photo Credit Hew Burney
Robbie Rivera
Photo credit: © Hew Burney

Tuesday night, April 23...

DJ Paul of Three 6 Mafia took the stage at HERAEA inside Palms Casino Resort and performed one of the group’s hit songs for guests at the restaurant. The rapper was joined by friends which included several other Djs.

Billboard HOT 100 artist Jeremih performed his chart-topping hits at PURE Nightclub.

Jeremih VIP Booth PURE Nightclub
Jeremih
Photo credit: Amit Dadlaney of SpyOn Vegas.

Musician, Snoop Lion, also known as Snoop Dogg, WWE wrestler, Ryback, and Wayde King of Animal Planet’s “Tanked” were spotted car shopping at Towbin Automotive’s Prestige Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge dealership and their Towbin Dodge location in Henderson

Snoop Lion at Towbin dealership
Snoop Lion at Towbin Automotive dealership
Photo Credit: Towbin Automotive

Chop Towbin and Ryback
Chop Towbin and Ryback inside Towbin Dodge dealership
Photo Credit: Towbin Automotive

Wayde King at Towbin dealership
Wayde King with Chrysler 300 at Towbin Prestige dealership
Photo Credit: Towbin Automotive

Wednesday night, April 24...

Players and coaches from the Tacoma Rainiers attended multi-talented entertainer  Terry Fator's show Terry Fator: The Voice of Entertainment at The Mirage Hotel & Casino.

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The Tacoma Rainiers with Terry Fator and Taylor Makacoa
Photo courtesy of the Mirage

Thursday night, April 25...

DJ Steve Aoki kicked off the highly anticipated Grand Opening weekend festivities at The Strip’s newly opened nightlife mecca Hakkasan Las Vegas at MGM Grand. He debuted the first of his exclusive "Neon Future" parties to thousands of excited fans.

Just before taking over the DJ booth, Aoki was presented with a commemorative-framed gold disc by CEO of Angel Management Group Neil Moffitt to celebrate the first-ever performance of his exclusive event series and the official Grand Opening weekend celebration.

Meanwhile, the Ling Ling Club welcomed famed DJ Jessica Who.

Earlier in the evening Hakkasan Las Vegas opened its doors for an exclusive blue carpet affair with VEGAS Magazine welcoming local celebrities including Nate Morris and Wanya Morris of Boyz II Men, Donny Osmond, Brad Garrett, Jabbawockeez, Jaymes Vaughn and James Davis of Chippendales and The Amazing Race and more.

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Steve Aoki with headress
Photo credit: Al Powers of Powers Imagery LLC and Rukes / angelmg.com

Steve Aoki Group Shot Hakkasan LV Grand Opening Rukes
Steve Aoki and crowd
Photo credit: Al Powers of Powers Imagery LLC and Rukes / angelmg.com

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Steve Aoki with gold disc
Photo credit: Al Powers of Powers Imagery LLC and Rukes / angelmg.com

Friday night, April 26...

Comedians Josh Wolf, Chris Franjola, Jeff Wild and Steve Marmalstein of E!’s hit shows “Chelsea Lately” and “After Lately” were spotted hanging out and grooving to the legendary sounds of Prince inside The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

04.26.13 Chris Franjola Josh Wolf Jeff Wild Steve Marmalstein at Prince inside The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Chris Franjola, Josh Wolf, Jeff Wild and Steve Marmalstein at Prince
Photo Credit: © Joey Ungerer

Paris Hilton, her boyfriend River Viiperi and Jeff Beacher were spotted at Marquee Nightclub taking in the sounds of Avicii.

Friday afternoon...

Krispy Kreme at Castle Walk Food Court inside the Excalibur Hotel & Casino delivered 500 doughnuts to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department at the South Central Division.  The donation launched Krispy Kreme’s Hero Appreciation Day promotion, which treated guests dressed like their favorite hero to buy one dozen doughnuts, receive one dozen Original Glazed doughnuts for free on Sunday, April 28.

LVMPD shows off 500 doughnut donation from Krispy Kreme
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers accepting 500 doughnut donation from Krispy Kreme inside Castle Walk Food Court.
Photo Credit:Scott Harrison

Friday night...

GRAMMY Award-Winner, Miguel kicked off the weekend with a special live performance PURE Nightclub. The highly acclaimed R&B sensation arrived at the hot spot just before 1 a.m. along with a large group of friends and his stunning girlfriend Nazanin Mandi on his arm.

Miguel PURE Nightclub
Miguel
Photo credit: Amit Dadlaney of SpyOn Vegas

Saturday night, April 27...

Lydia McLaughlin, the newest cast member of The Real Housewives of Orange County was spotted with a large group of girlfriends at Marquee.  The group took in the sounds of Sander Van Doorn.

Hakkasan Las Vegas at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino continued its highly anticipated Grand Opening weekend festivities with a star-studded affair as GRAMMY Award-winning Calvin Harris launched his exclusive residency and spun his widely popular hits to a room full of celebrities and thousands of clubgoers.

To kick off the night, Hakkasan Las Vegas and GQ Magazine hosted a private, VIP event in the beautifully lit restaurant. Attendees included Jennifer Lopez and boyfriend Casper Smart, Vanessa Hudgens and actor boyfriend Austin Butler, Pharrell Williams, Calvin Harris, Tiësto, GLEE” star Mark Salling, Tom Welling star of the former CW hit series “Smallville,”“Dancing With The Stars” pro Cheryl Burke and many more.

In Hakkasan’s Ling Ling Club, singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams celebrated his 40th birthday as DJ Irie spun his beats. Around 1 a.m.  the gorgeous Hakkasan Las Vegas cocktail servers surprised Williams with an exquisite, three-tiered ombre blue and gold birthday cake, complete with champagne to toast.

Also seen dancing the night away in the DJ booth was Paris Hilton with boyfriend River Viiperi and good pal Brandon Davis.

Sunday, April 28...

In the afternoon, highly celebrated DJ and producer Steve Aoki debuted his exclusive daytime party “AOKIFY SPLASH VEGAS.” at WET REPUBLIC. Arriving to the adults-only pool party around 2:30 p.m. Aoki made his way to the DJ booth where he was joined by friends and special guest Tiësto.

Also spotted partying at Sin City’s top daytime party was Will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas.

Aoki WET REPUBLIC
Steve Aoki
Photo credit: Al Powers of Powers Imagery LLC.

Aoki Crowd WET REPUBLIC
Steve Aoki crowd
Photo credit: Al Powers of Powers Imagery LLC._

 

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