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

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“Sexxy” Opens at Westgate Las Vegas

Las Vegas’ newest topless revue, “Sexxy” recently opened inside the 300-seat Shimmer Cabaret at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino.

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Jennifer Romas
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

 

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Cast of SEXXY
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Appropriately titled, Sexxy features an all female cast led by the show's creator, talented choreographer/dancer Jennifer Romas who is joined on stage by several amazing hot and gorgeous female dancers and powerhouse vocalist Gabriela Versace.  Adorned in  tantalizing, seductive costumes that reveal their feminine attributes, the lovely ladies take audience members through a journey of steamy, fun and enticing vignettes that incorporates the top ten most popular erotic fantasies, encompassing several music genres. As an added treat, the dancers occasionally come into the audience for an interactive guest experience.

No matter what the temperature is outside, Sexxy heats up the showroom and raises the body temperature of everyone in the audience.  Congratulations goes out to Jennifer Romas for creating and putting together an entertaining, high energy show that lives up to its name and then some with its curvaceous, beautiful dancers, and titillating, well choreographed dance numbers.

“Sexxy will arouse a standing ovation in one way…or another,” said Jennifer Romas. “The show is “sexxy,” sassy with a bit of edge and is sure to please everyone. My cast is amazing…they are brilliant and “sexxy” in their own right.”

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Jennifer Romas talks with the audience after the show
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Gabriela Versace
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Romas’s extensive resume includes numerous national television shows including NBC’s America’s Got Talent and VH-1’s Rock of Love, and performing as a lead dancer in Striptease The Show, Monster Circus, Splash and ICANDY Burlesque. Romas has also had the opportunity to work for big screen films such as Sony’s Think Like a Man Too, and most recently had the distinct honor of choreographing for pop-superstar Britney Spears. She is currently the solo dancer in Purple Reign: THE Prince Tribute Show, also performing at Westgate’s Shimmer Cabaret, and is the owner of JRR Enterprises LV.

“In a city where topless entertainment is prevalent, we believe Sexxy will distinguish itself as a must-see show of this type in Las Vegas,”said Rick White, Vice President of Entertainment at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino.

Among the VIP guests at the official Grand Opening Night Performance and celebration on Wednesday night, February 4 were illusionist and former Monte Carlo headliner, Lance Burton with fellow magician and consultant Johnny Thompson; Motley Crue's Vince Neil;  Planet Hollywood magician Murray Sawchuck with his on stage assistant/master sleight of hand card trickster Lefty (Doug Leferovich) and wife Chloe Crawford;  Choe's fellow dancers from “Fantasy”;  actor/dancer Adrian Zmed and wife, singer Lyssa Lynne;  Zowie Bowie's Chris Phillips and electric violinist Lydia Ansel; “Defending the Caveman” star Kevin Burke; producer Jeff Kutash; comedy hypnotist Anthony Cools, comedian Paul Scally, comedian Geechy Guy,  comedienne Kathleen Dunbar,  Las Vegas dance icon Mistinguett; celebrity hair stylist Michael Boychuck; Jason Tenner from Westgate's “Purple Reign: THE Prince Tribute show” that Jennifer also performs with; former Jersey Boys cast member Jeff Leibow and his wife Melody; comedienne Penny Wiggins; musical magicians Jarrett & Raja; rocker John Payne; singers Maren Wade, Felice Garcia, Jerry Jones, Tim Molyneux, Chadwick Johnson and many more.

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Cast of Purple Reign: D'Andre, Jennifer Romas, and Jason Tenner
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Brittney Shae Cobb and Chadwick Johnson
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Christina Shaw
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DJ Liz Clark
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Douglas 'Lefty' Leferovich
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Eric Jordan Young
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Felice Garcia
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Gabriella Rose Lamboy and John Payne
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Geechy Guy
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Jarrett and Raja
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Jeff Kutash (left)
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Jeff and Melody Leibow
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Jerry Jones
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Jerry Metellus and Jennifer Romas
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Kathleen Dunbar
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Kevin Burke
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Lance Burton
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Lydia Ansel
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Lyssa Lynne and Adrian Zmed
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Fantasy dancer Maraiah Nieslanik Rivera amd Patrick Rivera
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Maren Wade
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Maria Gara and Steven Lee August
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Morea Reveen and Anthony Cools
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Murray Sawchuck
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Paul Scally
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PIP
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Renata Szalai and Cass Cates
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Robin Leach with the cast of SEXXY
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radio show hosts Stephen and Carolyn Jacobs
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Tim Molyneux
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Sexxy can be seen nightly at 11 p.m., dark Monday and Tuesday. Tickets start at $29.95 for general admission and $39.95 for VIP admission. Guests must be 21 years of age or older.

Andy Walmsley Presents 2nd Edition of EntSpeaks

Emmy award winning producer/ production designer Andy Walmsley presented the second edition of ENTSpeaks, a series of one night only intimate evenings with the people that made Las Vegas the entertainment capital of the world, on Monday night, February 2.

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Andy Walmsley
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Bob Anderson, Robin Leach, Nicole Kaplan Fenton, Anita Mann, Mac King, and Myron Martin
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The event took place inside the Inspire Theatre in downtown Las Vegas and featured acclaimed producer/choreographer/dancer Anita Mann, “Steve Wynn's Showstoppers” singer Nicole Kaplan, comedy magician Mac King, Smith Center President Myron Martin,  singer/impressionist Bob Anderson, and entertainment journalist Robin Leach, that took their turn to walk onto an empty stage with nothing but a microphone. Given 15 minutes to speak, each of the celebrites offered up awe inspiring stories about their life and career.

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Anita Mann
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Emmy award winning producer/choreographer Anita Mann kicked off the evening's event. The way she tells it, “I started as a dancer in Detroit putting bottle caps on the bottle of my shoes because I always wanted to dancer and make noise,”  Anita went on to talk about how at age 17 she auditioned at CBS studios in Los Angeles and got her first job as a dancer.  Gifted with the talent to create dance moves, one thing led to another in her becoming a sought after choreographer.  In her rise to fame, Mann's vast resume includes choreographing all of Elvis's films, working with Jerome Robbins in the national tour of West Side Story where she was cast as the tomboy, performing on TV shows such as Shindig and choreographing all of Jim Henson's Muppet films.  After working on the TV dance show Solid Gold, when it went off the air in 1986, she invested her life savings of $250,000 in producing the show “Blast from the Past” which opened at the Riviera. These days, along with 15 years of marriage and 15 grandchildren, Mann's attention has been on Fantasy, the topless revue at the Luxor, that recently celebrated its 15 year anniversary.  As the show's creator, producer and choreographer, Mann said, “Every night, I see the Fantasy girls perform.  This is what fulfills me as a woman and as a producer/choreographer.”

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Mac King
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Next was Kentucky born comedy magician Mac King, recently named Magician of the Year at The Magic Castle in Hollywood, who has performed his family friendly afternoon show at Harrah's for 15 years. Mac said his grandfathers were his two earliest influences. At the age of five, one taught him his first trick using a handkerchief and a kitchen knife and later on the other giving him magic books. When he and his family moved to Louisville, it was there at age 14 that he walked into a novelty store and was told about a meeting of magicians. Dropped off by his mother, he entered a basement filled with old men doing magic and one other teen, 16 year old Lance Burton, who became his buddy. They started working together, exchanging ideas and eventually each branched out on their own.  During the years of working in comedy clubs, King stumbled upon his own philosophy; figure out what he wanted to accomplish, plan, and make and that was to turn his own show into an event. The way to accomplish that was to add audience participation and learn how to pick the right people. That, along with his gift of magic, comedy and easy going, boyish, friendly stage presence are what consistently draws audiences to his popular, successful show.

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Myron Martin
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Smith Center CEO & President Myron Martin started as a normal kid who liked “cake”.  To prove it, the audience was shown an image of him as a youngster projected on the back of the stage.  He also liked to entertain.  After his dad bought him a hammond organ, he learned how to play and went to music school. Martin said he loved baseball,  joked about “playing”  for one season with the Texas Rangers and two with the Atlanta Braves. By playing, he actually meant he was their organist.  In New York he met Liberace who brought him to Las Vegas to run the Liberace Museum and Foundation. One thing led to the next which led to “living my dream, to design, build and operate the 8th greatest performing arts center in the world.” What seemed like an impossible dream to raise $470 million became a reality with the help of Mayor Oscar Goodman who took Martin to Florida to where they saw the performing art center there. We said, “This is what Las Vegas needs”.

Martin spoke about how he felt he had a guardian angel and how there were a lot of coincidences in his life that made an impact. For example,  while judging a Miss Texas America Pageant he met the woman who would become his wife, Dana, a former Miss Texas who also was on that panel.  Also, at the Gala Opening Night event for The Smith Center, John Fogerty sang Proud Mary. Coincidence or not, Mary is the first name of the late Mrs. Smith, who, with her husband were the generous benefactors of the Smith Center that carries their name.

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Nicole Kaplan Fenton
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The blonde and petite Nicole Kaplan began her allotted time by saying, “This is my very first speech. I say other people's words for a living.  She then focused on (jokingly) how it took her 20 years to become an “overnight success” and proceeded to list the “must dos” as follows:

#1. Date a celebrity, which Kaplan did by agreeing to go out for dinner with diminutive actor Gary Coleman who was interested in rubbing her feet.  Needless to say, she declined a second date.

#2. Become a U Tube star.  After agreeing to be a contestant on Killer Karoake, a cross between American Idol and Fear Factor, where she was required to sing “Fever” while walking across the Walk of Fear containing boxes of maggots, lizards and an alligator, Kaplan wound up screaming at the top of her lungs.  It was the most horrible moment of her life, yet it was watched by over 6 million people.

#3. Find A Cause. As an animal activist, Kaplan wanted to play only animal roles and got a job playing an opera singing poodle in Finding Nemo at a Florida park.

#4. Dress for Success. Her first job in Las Vegas was as a singing telegram that included getting in costume as a showgirl, sexy Santa, rapper, and female Elvis.

#5. Become a hometown hero.  For Kaplan that meant bringing legendary football player, Terry Bradshaw's show, `"Terry Bradshaw: America's Favorite Dumb Blonde...A Life In Four Quarters",  in which she was a member of the cast, to her hometown of Pittsburgh, Pa. as part of the national tour.

#6. Marry your costar to climb the ladder of success.  She and her future husband, Graham Fenton, who plays Franki Valli in Jersey Boys, shared their first kiss on stage. The rest is history. Married 6 and 1/2 years, each are currently performing in top shows on the Las Vegas strip.

Before exiting the stage, Kaplan said “I feel successful and find the joy in everything I've done. (then added) Go to bed and get up with a great attitude."

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Bob Anderson
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Singer/impressionist Bob Anderson, who stars as Old Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra, in Frank The Man. The Music at the Palazzo, describes his career as being “in the right place at the right time”. After serving in Viet Nam, Bob who was from Michigan, became a carpenter. “That wasn't working”, he says. “My relatives were musicians so I sat down with them in Detroit and decided to go to California.  I slept in my Volkswagon and wound up in Las Vegas where I met reporter Mark Tan in a bar inside the Sahara. He took me to a showroom rehearsal for Nancy Sinatra. The Everly Brothers had been fighting on stage.  They quit and left,  leaving Nancy in desperate need of an opening act. I said I can do whatever she needs and that night I opened there. I was also given a suite on the top of the hotel.  I was in Las Vegas for only 24 hours when I opened for Nancy Sinatra. She helped me get in at The Top of The Dunes. That's how I got started”.   That led to TV appearances on the Mike Douglas Show, Merv Griffin, Johnny Carson and David Letterman and becoming a headline act in Las Vegas.  “If I ever write a book,” Anderson said, 'I would title it “From Nancy to Frank”.”

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Robin Leach
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Walmsley introduced celebrity entertainment journalist Robin Leach as a fellow British bloke, part of pop culture and fond of champagne and caviar. “Everything I have done, I have created out of thin air.  The 3D's of life are dedication, determination and discipline”, stated Leach.

At ten years old Leach said he knew he wanted to be in the newspaper business and began working as a teen cub reporter for the Harrow Observer in his home town in England.  His introduction to show business was when he was sent to interview Leslie Bricusse, the writer of Anthony Newley's new musical (Stop the World, I Want to Get Off).  Eventually Robin went to New York, where he worked for the Daily News, launching the Star with Rupert Murdoch. Other career recollections include covering the Oscars where he sat down with Warren Beatty for an interview and doing the pilot for Entertainment Tonight (1980).  But, his biggest claim to fame was his idea for Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous that he hosted and ran for 14 years, and which  Leach claims was the first reality show.

He concluded, “I have dreams of doing a network TV show.  Whatever happened to me would never happened in Britain.  Whatever your passion, eat it, drink it, live it and follow it to the fullest.”

These days, Leach who has made his home in Las Vegas, writes a daily column, Vegas DeLuxe.

The next edition of EntSpeaks is planned for May, keeping with Walmsley’s attempt to stage one every three months. Among the VIP invited guests in this show's audiences were celebrities, several of whom could be possible speakers.  For the time being, we will have to wait and see.  What I do know is another memorable and insightful evening with six celebrities you think you know, is forthcoming.

Red Carpet Arrivals Included:

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producer Adam Steck and rocker John Payne
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Andy Walmsley and magician Mark Bennick
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Anita Mann
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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FANTASY dancers
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actor Antonio Fargas
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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magician Ariann Black
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Bob Anderson
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Brittney Shae Cobb and Chadwick Johnson
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Clint Holmes
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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DJ Liz Clark
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Eric Jordan Young
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Geechy Guy
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Nicole Kaplan and Graham Fenton
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musical magicians Jarrett and Raja
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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singers Jasmine Trias and Ben Stone
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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singers Jeannie Brei and Jerry Jones
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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comedy juggler Jeff Civillico
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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producer Jeff Jutash
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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singer Jeff Leibow
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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dancer/choreographer Jennifer Romas
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Jerry Jones
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entertainment journalist John Katsilometes
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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entertainer Karon Kate Blackwell and comedian Marty Allen
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Zowie Bowie's Lydia Ansel and Chris Phillips
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Mac King
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Marty Allen
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Mayor Carolyn Goodman and former Mayor Oscar Goodman
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Absinthe's Melody Sweets
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celebrity magician Murray Sawchuck and wife/dancer Chloe
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Myron Martin
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singer Pia Zadora
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Robin Leach
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radio show hosts Stephen and Carolyn Jacobs
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Seventh Annual Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards at The Venetian Las Vegas

The Seventh Annual Fighters Only World Mixed Martial (MMA) Awards took place inside The Venetian Theatre at Venetian Las Vegas on Friday, Jan. 30. The show, which was once again hosted by former fighter and Silver Star-awarded Marine-turned-FOX Sports commentator Brian Stann and television personality Nicole Dabeau, featured awards from 22 categories that celebrated all that is the sport of MMA.

Categories and award winners included:

Fighter of the Year (winner – Robbie Lawler), Knockout of the Year (winner – Mark Hunt vs. Roy Nelson), Comeback of the Year (winner – Dominick Cruz) and Fight of the Year (winner – Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes).

In attendance showing their support and presenting awards alongside industry leaders were celebrity fans including musician 8ky 6lu, Emilio Rivera of “Sons of Anarchy,” actress AnnaLynne McCord of “90210,” George Eads of “CSI,” Alan Ritchson of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” musician Joey Fatone, comedian Dov Davidoff, reality star Derrick Levasseur, former Major League Baseball player Jose Canseco, singer and actress Pia Zadora, BMX pro Ricardo Laguna, model Sabina Kelley, UFC announcer Bruce Buffer, BMX pro Ricardo Laguna and DJ Ashba of Guns N Roses, among others.

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Alan Ritchson
Photo courtesy of The Venetian

AnnaLynne McCord
AnnaLynne McCord
Photo courtesy of The Venetian

Emilio Rivera
Emillio Rivera
Photo courtesy of The Venetian

George Eads
George Eads
Photo courtesy of The Venetian

Jose Canseco
Jose Canseco
Photo courtesy of The Venetian

The Seventh Annual Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards will premiere nationally on Wednesday, Feb. 4 at 9 p.m. on FOX Sports 2 and will re-air on Fox Sports 2. 

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

I am saddened to report that AMY ARNAZ, wife of Desi Arnaz Jr. passed away on Friday, January 23rd.  Amy was 63 when she lost her battle with brain cancer after being diagnosed with the deadly disease in January of 2013. Amy was a trained dancer who studied with the late Sonja Arova.  She also taught ballet at the University of Nevada and her dancing was also influenced by Vassili Sulich, the founder of Nevada Dance Theatre. Affectionately known as 'Miss Amy' to those that knew her, Amy was the executive director of the Boulder City Ballet Company. Amy and Desi Arnaz Jr. resided in Boulder City, Nevada, with their daughter, Haley, where they owned the Boulder Theatre, home to the Boulder City Ballet Company. Amy is survived by her husband, Desi Arnaz Jr.; daughter, Haley; brother, Tom (Gloria) Bargiel; sister, Lisa Bargiel; and niece, Desiree Bargiel. Private funeral services will be held. Family and friends may sign an online memorial guestbook at www.bouldercityfamilymortuary.com.

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Amy Arnaz

 

On Friday, Feb. 6, rock icon ROD STEWART celebrated his 100th performance at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace with a sold-out crowd of fans. To mark the milestone, Stewart has announced plans to return to Las Vegas this summer for eight concerts of his mega-hit residency, “Rod Stewart: The Hits.” beginning July 28 through Aug. 15, 2015. Tickets are now on sale.

THE PERFORMING ARTS SOCIETY OF NEVADA  presents SWEET INVENTIONS - BROADWAY'S GREAT LOVE SONGS, 2 p.m on Sunday, February 8th, at the Winchester Cultural Center Theater. The show will feature five vocalists, including Brett Pruneau - a protégé of David Downes (producer of Celtic Woman) and current Planet Hollywood's Piano Man lead; Adriana Lomysh - New York stage veteran;  Dane Reis, current lead dancer in Donn Arden's Jubilee!, Nicole Desantis - Off-Broadway and Theaterworks USA veteran and New Orleans jazz crooner, and Drew Aber - Broadway veteran and current Jubilee! Singer, performing beloved classics from Broadway musicals.  Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door with unreserved seating.  Doors open at 1:30.

The SANDRA MALLIN EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER AT TEMPLE BETH SHALOM is the only preschool program in Las Vegas to receive the highest rating of five stars by Nevada Silver State Stars QRIS (Quality Rating & Improvement System). The rating was announced on the heels of a Dec. 10 White House Summit on Early Education and Nevada’s receipt of a $6.4 million Preschool Development Grant, jointly administered by the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services. The Silver State was one of 18 states to receive this federal grant to increase access to high-quality preschool programs.

Center director Jennifer Zukowski said she and other staff members are proud to receive this honor. “Our school has been working with Nevada Silver State Stars QRIS since its inception as a pilot program,” Zukowski said. “We work hard to provide the highest quality education possible for our students and this five star rating is further proof that we are achieving our goals.”

Experience live musical tributes to rock music’s most iconic and legendary albums, with The “IN ITS ENTIRETY” CONCERT SERIES at Rocks Lounge Red Rock Resort.  Featuring world-class musicians and singers, including players that have worked with and backed legendary artists including Celine Dion and David Foster, The “In Its Entirety” Concert Series takes audiences back to a time when albums were a complete and cohesive piece of art, by performing the famous records track to track, cover to cover the way they were originally meant to be appreciated.  The “In Its Entirety” Concert Series will kick off Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 at 7:30 p.m., with a performance of PINK FLOYD'S RENOWNED DARK SIDE OF THE MOON.

On Friday, Feb. 13, The Weeknd will return to the stage at DRAI’S NIGHTCLUB for FIFTY SHADES OF DRAI’S – a night commemorating The Weeknd’s birthday and the release of the film “Fifty Shades of Grey” – with a special Drai’s LIVE concert performance by The Weeknd in an unmatched and dynamic nightlife setting.  Drai’s LIVE is an innovative new concept that bridges the worlds of live concerts and lavish nightlife.

Country music superstar COLLIN RAYE has POSTPONED his performance scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 14 at Sunset Statiom.. The performance has been RESCHEDULED for Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 7 p.m. at Club Madrid inside Sunset Station. Tickets purchased for the Feb. 14 performance will be honored for rescheduled date. If needed, refunds will be available at the original point of purchase.  Tickets for the April 11 date are available for $22, $32 and $42 plus tax and applicable fees and are available for purchase.

THE GENDER DEFENDERS brings the “he said/she said” to the Plaza Hotel & Casino in Downtown Las Vegas for a special, limited run on Valentine’s Day weekend. A hysterical take on the sometimes-frustrating relationship between men and women, The Gender Defenders will be performed Friday, Feb. 13 and Saturday, Feb. 14. Hosted by America’s favorite transgender comedian Jaye McBride, The Gender Defenders stars nationally-touring comedians KELLY MACFARLAND AND STEVE CAOUETTE who bring their unique views on relationships to the audience (and each other), making sense of their own perspectives and how they see the other “species.”  Show times are 9:00 p.m. and tickets are $25 plus tax and applicable fees for general admission.

“The Real” host LONI LOVE will perform at LIPSHTICK – THE PERFECT SHADE OF STAND UP  this Valentine’s Day – Saturday, February 14.  Living up to her name, Love is often known to offer up dating advice during her regular appearances on The Ellen Show and has even written a book on the subject, “Love Him or Leave Him, but Don't Get Stuck with the Tab.” Tickets are available from $39.50 and can be purchased by calling The Venetian and The Palazzo Box Office.

FUTURE STARS OF WRESTLING'S ‘ONE FOR THE AGES’, the biggest match in FSW history, comes to Sam’s Town Live! on Sunday, February 15. Matt Hardy will defend the FSW Heavyweight Championship against #1 contender Brian Cage in a match format he created in his long wrestling career – the “tables, ladders and chairs match.”  No limits champion Bryce Harrison and tag team champs The Following will also appear.Event begins at 5 p.m. Tickets are available starting at $14.50 plus taxes and convenience fees,

Actor and comedian KEVIN NEALON will bring his distinctive sense of humor, dry wit and likeable demeanor to the Suncoast Showroom February 20 and 21.Showtime each evening is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available from $15.95, plus tax and fees. Tickets can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming box office.

Two veteran entertainers and friends, TONY SACCA AND DENISE CLEMENTE, present “THOSE WILDWOOD DAYS”on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at 8 p.m. at the Italian American Club. The show will be a trip down memory lane and a musical journey from Doo Wop to Pop. Both Sacca and Clemente made their headlining debuts as teenagers in Wildwood, N.J. Show tickets are $25. The Italian American Club is located at 2333 East Sahara Avenue.

The Department of Fine Arts presents the ANNUAL JOE WILLIAMS MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER CONCERT on Saturday, February 21, at 2:00 p.m. in the Nicholas J. Horn Theatre at the Cheyenne Campus, located at 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave. in North Las Vegas. Admission tickets for this special fundraising event are $15.

Featured artists for this year’s event include soloists Bruce Ewing; Niki Scalera; virtuoso pianist, Phillip Fortenberry; the CSN Wednesday Night Big Band conducted by Dr. Richard McGee; and the CSN Jazz Singers directed by Dr. Mark Wherry. This event will benefit both the CSN/Joe Williams Music Scholarship Fund and the Tom Ferguson Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Tribute artist SHAWN BARKER brings his homage to Johnny Cash, “The Man in Black,” to the Suncoast Showroom February 28 and March 1. Showtime each evening is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available from $15.95, plus tax and fees.

Celebrity sightings:

Friday, Feb. 6...

Actor and Las Vegas resident Nicolas Cage and “Lord Of The Rings” star Elijah Wood were spotted filming their new movie “The Trust” at Riviera Hotel & Casino.

Monday, Feb. 1...

Drai’s Nightclub at The Cromwell hosted its weekly SunDrai’s event by throwing J. Cole a massive birthday celebration featuring performances from both him and Tinashe, plus surprise appearances from some of hip-hop’s biggest names including Busta Rhymes, Coolio, and Jermaine Dupri, not to mention a cameo from legendary bodybuilder Jay Cutler, DJ Eric Dlux and more.

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J.Cole
Photo courtesy of Drai's Nightclub at the Cromwell

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Tinashe
Photo courtesy of Drai's Nightclub at the Cromwell

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Busta Rhymes and DJ Eric Dlux
Photo courtesy of Drai's Nightclub at the Cromwell

The evening’s highlights were undoubtedly the performances from J. Cole and Tinashe.
 
Pamela Anderson returned to LAVO. She was spotted at the Italian eatery dining in a large group that included poker legend Doyle Brunson and his son Todd.

Saturday night, Jan. 31...

Pamela Anderson was spotted enjoying dinner at LAVO with a group of friends while at a nearby table were Wilmer Valderrama and Demi Lovato.

Later in the evening, Pamela Anderson and her mother attended the show “FRANK – The Man. The Music.” at The Palazzo Las Vegas. Afterwards, the two went backstage to meet the show’s star, Bob Anderson.

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Bob Anderson and Pamela Anderson
Photo courtesy of The Palazzo Las Vegas

Fabolous made his way to TAO after watching the UFC fight on TV and stopping to shop at Barneys.  He dined at the Asian Bistro before heading up to the nightclub where he performed a medley of his hits.

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Fabolous
Photo credit: Tony Tran

Also spotted dining at TAO were Adrienne Bailon and Tamar Braxton. The pop stars said hello to Fabolous before making their way to the club to catch his performance.

Marcus Cromartie of the San Francisco 49ers checked out TAO Nightclub’s Opium room, while Charles Johnson of the Carolina Panthers was spotted with friends at a VIP table in the main room.

At Marquee, Wyclef wowed the crowd with an energetic performance.

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Wyclef Jean
Photo credit: Brenton Ho

Friday night, Jan. 30...

Actor Wilmer Valderrama celebrated his 35th birthday with girlfriend, singer/actress Demi Lovato at TAO.  The couple dined with a pair of friends in a cozy booth under the watchful eye of TAO’s famed Buddha.

 

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