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The Bellagio Hosts 20th Annual Canon Customer Appreciation Reception and Fundraiser for National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Canon U.S. A. celebrated 20 years of support for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children with a special Red Carpet Canon Customer Appreciation Reception and Fundraiser to raise funds and awareness for child safety, at the Bellagio Hotel on Friday, January 6.

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John Walsh and Bryan Cranston
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

More than 50 celebrities, elected officials and patrons of NCMEC  participated in this year’s Canon Red Carpet Reception. Special guests in attendance included Oscar nominee Bryan Cranston, star of the new movie “Why Him?”and the AMC crime drama series “Breaking Bad”,” and NCMEC co-founder and host of CNN’s “The Hunt with John Walsh” John Walsh. Other celebrities from the world of sports and entertainment included actor Robert Hays, TV personality Todd Newton, baseball legend Rollie Fingers,  sports hero Willie Gault, TV reporter/host/writer and producer Stacey Gualandi, actor Danny Masterson, actor Joe Regalbuto, actress Paula Trickey, Steampunk Icon Doc Phineas, TV actor Mark Donovan, singer/actress Pia Zadora, rocker John Payne, Celebrity Magician/Planet Hollywood headliner Murray Sawchuck, his stage assistant April Leopardi and sidekick/comedy slight of hand trickster Doug “Lefty” Leferovich,  music and magic duo Jarrett and Raja, the hunks from Thunder From Down Under, celebrity hypnotist Thom Kaz, and many more.

 

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Alyssa Nance John Payne
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

 

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Psychic Char Margolis
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

 

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Chris and Jennifer Phillips
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

 

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Danny Masterson
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

 

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Doc Phineas
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

 

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Douglas 'Lefty" Leferovich
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

 

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Jarrett & Raja with Hooters girls
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn


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Jeffrey Garrovillo and April Leopardi
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

 

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Jim Fassel
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John di Domenico (Donald Trump impersonator)
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Marklen Kennedy 2017 Canon 2269
Marklen Kennedy
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Mark Donovan
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Miss United States Ms. Woman Las Vegas
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Murray Sawchuck, Arlene Sawchuck, and Jenni Lee
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Paula Trickey
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Pia Zadora
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Robert Hays 2017 Canon 2258
Robert Hays
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Rollie Fingers
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Sound Collage
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Steve & Sasha Judkins
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Thom Kaz
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Thunder From Down Under
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Willie Barnes and the Black Stunt Mens Association
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Willie Gault
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The gala event began with  a cocktail reception and silent auction followed by a buffet style sit down dinner with entertainment provided by singer/piano man Michael Cavanaugh.  Also featured was a live auction where guests were given a chance to place a winning bid for prizes such as a seven day stay at Interval International Resorts or a 22 person seat experience at Yankee Stadium.  All proceeds from the evening went to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

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Auction items
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NCMEC is the leading private, nonprofit organization in the United States helping to find missing children, reduce child sexual exploitation and prevent victimization. NCMEC has been working with law enforcement, families and professionals on issues related to missing/sexually exploited children.

Since 1997, Canon U.S.A. and NCMEC have collaborated to educate the public about the issue of missing children. TheCanon4Kids program, a partnership between Canon U.S.A. and NCMEC, donates product to help law enforcement quickly disseminate photos and information about missing children, produces PSAs with missing children’s photos, and educates parents about tips for taking and maintaining updated photos of their children.

 

'Celebrity Magician' Murray Sawchuck's 4th Annual Magic Variety Show Benefits Friends For Life Humane Society and Rockin' 4 Rescues

Celebrity Magician MURRAY SAWCHUCK teamed up with Rockin' 4 Rescues to stage his 4th ANNUAL MAGIC VARIETY SHOW FOR FRIENDS FOR LIFE HUMANE SOCIETY at the Starbright Theatre in Summerlin on December 21. The lineup of performers included Electra Brass, an all female brass electric quartet, Vocalist Kaci Machacyk, Michael Shapiro from Reckless in Vegas and Gret Mazros, Juggler Steven August, Benny Hill writer and comedian Lenny Windsor, dancer April Leopardi, slight of hand card trickster, Douglas 'Lefty' Leferovich, local favorite Zowie Bowie and music and magic duo Jarret and Raja. The event was a huge sell out success, raising over $6000 for the charities.

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April Leopardi, Murray Sawchuck, and Douglas 'Lefty" Leferovich
Photo credit: Ira Kuzma

 

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Murray Sawchuck with charity representatives
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Murray stated, "The greatest thing about being popular is the ability to give awareness and give back - pay it forward! It's such a thrill to be able to help people helping animals and others!"

In honor of his 2 year anniversary as Planet Hollywood Headliner on December 20, 2016, Murray's sidekick Lefty and assistant April Leopardi surprised Murray onstage with a celebratory cake.   Ironically, it was supposed to be his day off, but instead Murray spent the evening as the host and star of the charity show where all the proceeds went to his rescue charities.

Murray opened at Planet Hollywood December 20, 2014 after leaving the Tropicana Hotel after his 3 year run on October 31, 2014. Not missing a beat, Murray brought in April Leopardi as his new stage assistant and updated his show for the new modern venue.

Murray added, "In a year where there has been 26 shows that have closed on the Las Vegas strip , I am honored to be celebrating my 2 year anniversary at Planet Hollywood and hopefully many more!"

Murray performs 4 p.m., 6 days a week, at Planet Hollywood.

GracedByGrit Hosts Gritty Girls' Weekend of Sports and Empowerment

GRACEDBYGRIT, a high-performance women’s athletic apparel company in Tivoli Village, hosted a weekend of sports and empowerment during its “Gritty Girls’ Weekend” last Saturday and Sunday, January 7th and 8th. The high-energy weekend featured events and speakers designed to inspire young girls and teens to be confident, “gritty” girls.

 

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Girls Tennis Exhibition hosted by GRACEDBYGRIT
Photo credit: Sherrie Bainer

GRACEDBYGRIT partnered with the Marty Hennessy Inspiring Children Foundation to host the Las Vegas Girls Empowerment Exhibition last Saturday. Dozens of girls of all ages enjoyed the complimentary event at Lorenzi Park, which featured a tennis exhibition with junior professional tennis player Zoe Scandalis and other young athletes; team games; guest speakers; gift bags; and concluded with an upbeat dance party.

The weekend continued with a self-empowerment workshop, “GRITTYGIRLS,” hosted at the GRACEDBYGRIT store at Tivoli Village on Sunday. An extension of GRACEDBYGRIT’s empowerment program in Solana Beach, Calif., GRITTYGIRLS offered dozens of Las Vegas high school girls the opportunity to hear from successful female role models about ways to feel self-confident and become better leaders.

 

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Girls Tennis Exhibition at Lorenzi Park with GRACEDBYGRIT
Photo credit: Sherrie Bainer

 

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Girls enjoying tennis at Lorenzi Park with GRACEDBYGRIT
Photo credit: Sherrie Bainer

 

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GRITTYGIRLS leadership workshop at GRACEDBYGRIT in Tivoli
Photo credit: Sherrie Bainer

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

Rock and roll legend, SEBASTIAN BACH, met with fans to sign his autobiography inside Goose Island Pub at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on Saturday, Dec. 17. The former Skid Row frontman and famous solo artist signed copies of his new rock memoir, 18 AND LIFE ON SKID ROW, before returning for a live DJ set at Center Bar.

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Sebastian Bach
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The musical comedy matinee, “TONY SACCA'S VEGAS THE STORY,” starring Tony Sacca has been extended at Bally’s Windows Showroom. The original musical production, written and created by Sacca with additional material from the late David Brenner, opened last September and has been met with much enthusiasm by continually growing audiences.In an entertaining fashion, Sacca tells the story of Las Vegas from 1904 to the beginning of legalized gambling, the passage of a quickie divorce and the building of the Hoover Dam in the 1930s, up until today with a look into the future of Las Vegas in the year 2050. The production places special emphasis on resident headliners who ultimately made Sin City “The Entertainment Capital of the World.”   Tickets for “Tony Sacca’s Vegas The Story” are $39.99 general admission and $49.99 VIP, which includes a Las Vegas musical clock and meet-and-greet. Ticket prices are plus all applicable taxes and fees

Caesars Palace continues to trail blaze with the introduction of Las Vegas’ first Virtual Reality Lounge, featuring Oculus Rift, at Alto Bar. Guests can experience this one-of-a-kind space for a limited time only, beginning Wednesday, Dec. 28. Located in the private space of Alto Bar, the OCULUS VIRTUAL REALTY LOUNGE features four Oculus Rifts with Touch, taking guests on a fully immersive 360 degree experience. The Oculus Virtual Reality Lounge features a variety of the most popular VR games available. Oculus Rift and Touch provides guests the ability to manipulate objects and gameplay elements in VR with extraordinary precision. The Oculus Virtual Reality Lounge will be open for limited hours from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Guests must be 21 and older to experience.

"THE DENNIS BONO SHOW”  Is taped live for worldwide broadcast every Thursday afternoon at 2pm in the main showroom at the South Point Hotel & Casino.The show is celebrating its 17th year of broadcasting, and continues to feature many of the stars in the famous "City of Entertainment."  The featured lineup of guests appearing Thursday , January 12  are four dynamic lead singers - The Atlantic City Boys, jazz/pop/blues singer- Ronnie Rose, star of Vegas! The Show - Reva Rice,  jazz singer - Rita Lim,  comedian & actor from "Seinfeld" Fame -Steve Hytner,  and Las Vegas entertainer & recording artist - Corrie Sachs. Tickets are available on Wednesday & Thursday at the main box office starting at 12pm. All you need is your players card and your ticket is FREE!!

JAGUAR LAND ROVER LAS VEGAS, CLARK COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT POLICE DEPARTMENT, PROFESSIONAL BMX RIDER AND TV PERSONALITY RICARDO LAGUNA team up once again in an effort to educate young people about the importance of making safe decisions on Saturday, January 14, from 11 a.m. –2 p.m. at Land Rover Las Vegas, located at 5255 West Sahara Avenue. Kids will have the chance to meet the BMX star and receive a free helmet from Clark County School District Police Department. Additionally, Laguna and friends will put on a BMX demonstration for everyone and other entertainment, including music by DJ Ocho, free bike raffles, and much more.

Season 8 winner of American Idol, Singer-songwriter KRIS ALLEN will bring his smooth vocals to the Suncoast Showroom on Saturday, Jan. 14. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. Tickets start at $29 plus taxes and fees, and can be purchased in-person at gift shops inside The Orleans, Suncoast, Gold Coast and Sam’s Town. Tickets may also be purchased the day of the show (depending upon availability) at the venue box office.


Platinum-selling R&B singer, KEITH SWEAT will perform a limited engagement in the Donny & Marie Showroom at Flamingo Las Vegas with a unique Vegas show, “Keith Sweat: Last Forever,” Jan. 17 through Feb. 4, 2017. Ticket prices begin at $59, plus applicable tax and fees. VIP seats including a meet and greet with Keith Sweat are also available. Tickets are available at any Las Vegas Caesars Entertainment Box Office.

The new Cirque du Soleil touring show, the visually stunning TORUK - THE FIRST FLIGHT, inspired by Jame Cameron's record breaking movie, Avatar, is coming to Las Vegas for a limited engagement, for one week only January 18-22 at the T-Mobile Arena.  The show will transport you through the world of Pandora through a visually stunning live setting where you will experience a storytelling odyssey through a new world of imagination, discovery and possibility. Through a riveting fusion of cutting edge visuals, puppetry,and stagecraft buoyed by a souring cinematic score, Cirque du Soleil applies its unique signature style to James Cameron's imaginary world and "makes the bond" between two kindred artistic visions that capture the imagination. Tickets are on sale now.

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Majestic Repertory Theatre rings in the new year with the madcap romp, ANTON CHEKHOV'S CHERRY ORCHARD OF THE LIVING DEAD. Written and directed by Troy Heard, ANTON CHEKHOV'S CHERRY ORCHARD OF THE LIVING DEAD is a madcap mashup of the late 19th Century Russian playwright's works with a healthy dose of George A. Romero-style Zombie-Fu! Performances will be January 19 through February 12; show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 5 p.m. on Sundays. Majestic Repertory Theatre performs at 1217 S. Main Street. General admission tickets are $23 and are on sale now.

Multi-talented entertainer SHEENA EASTON will bring three decades’ worth of hits to the Suncoast Showroom, 8:30 pm on Jan. 21 and 22.  Tickets start at $27 plus taxes and fees, and can be purchased in-person at gift shops inside The Orleans, Suncoast, Gold Coast and Sam’s Town. Tickets may also be purchased the day of the show (depending upon availability) at the venue box office.

ONE NIGHT WITH THE KING is coming to The Orleans Showroom Jan. 28-29. The show features performances by three acclaimed tribute artists – Victor Trevino, Jr., Ben Thompson and Ted Torres – and perfectly captures Presley’s sound, moves and more. The show portrays distinctive moments in The King’s career, and includes all of his best-loved hits.

Showtime is at 8 p.m. each night. Tickets start at $19.95 plus taxes and fees, and can be purchased in-person at gift shops inside The Orleans, Suncoast, Gold Coast and Sam’s Town. Tickets may also be purchased the day of the show (depending upon availability) at the venue box office.

CHABAD OF GREEN VALLEY/HENDERSON has embarked on their latest project – the construction of a new JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER in Henderson. Aptly named, “A Place to Call Home,” the center expects to break ground in February 2017 with a grand opening in winter 2018. Serving the needs of the vibrant and growing Jewish community of Henderson, the new center will be home to not only a synagogue, but also social hall, kosher kitchens, Hebrew school, pre-school, library, classrooms for adult education, and much more.

Coinciding with the announcement of the new center, Chabad of Green Valley/Henderson also embarks on a full re-branding campaign, changing its name to Chabad of Henderson and unveiling a new logo.  This change better reflects its location, new beginning, and commitment to fulfilling its statement that it is, and will be, ‘A Place to Call Home’ for the entire Henderson community.The 1.9 acre property is conveniently located at the center of Henderson community life on Carnegie Street, just North of Horizon Ridge; About 1 mile from the current Chabad of Green Valley/Henderson location, and 1.8 miles from the Green Valley Parkway exit on I-215.

Chabad of Green Valley/Henderson has kicked off a fundraising campaign to help make the new Community Center a reality.  All donations, large or small, are welcome to complete this inspiring and exciting project.  This is a defining moment for Chabad, and for the City of Henderson, and members of the Jewish community are encouraged to be a part of history in the making. There is no richer blessing than contributing to a new synagogue and educational center for Jewish families, who will benefit generations to come.  Interested donors should please contact the office or make a donation on the Chabad website at: www.chabadofgreenvalley.org

Celebrity sightings:

Sunday, Jan. 8...

Actor Billy Zane  was spotted attending the hit show ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace.

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Billy Zane at ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace
Photo credit: Joseph Sanders/Spiegelworld

Crazy Horse III, the award-winning gentleman’s club hosted a star-studded lineup that included rapper and reality star, T.I., hip hop recording artist, French Montana and model, Blac Chyna.

Saturday night, January 7...

Professional football player Michael Sam celebrated his 27th birthday in Las Vegas, where he enjoyed one of the most sizzling productions on the Las Vegas Strip – the world-famous Zumanity by Cirque du Soleil®. Joined by a group of close friends, Sam was spotted after the show around 8:30 p.m., as he exited the theater. In celebration of his special day, he also enjoyed a private meet-and-greet backstage, where he took photos with some of his favorite artists including the show’s beloved Botero Sisters. The star athlete then made his way to Omnia for a special performance by EDM heavyweight Zedd.

Michael Sam with the cast of Zumanity by Cirque du Soleil Jan. 7 2017
Michael Sam with the cast of Zumanity by Cirque du Soleil Jan. 7 2017
Photo courtesy of Cirque Du Soleil

Exclusive resident artist, Grammy award winning rapper Tip “T.I.” Harris made a highly-anticipated return to Drai’s Nightclub atop The Cromwell where he served up an explosive full length concert performance presented by Drai’s LIVE.

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Drais LIVE Presents TI at Drais Nightclub Las Vegas 1.7.17
Photo credit: Jesse Sutherland/Tony Tran Photography

Several pro athletes were spotted taking in the late night show, including retired MLB player Barry Bonds, Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles, San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu, Tennessee Titans wide receiver Harry Douglas, and Chicago Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward.

At TAO Nightclub in The Venetian, French Montana treated club goers to an unrivaled performance. For the remainder of the night, he partied at his VIP table where DJ Carnage and internet phenomenon Cameron Dallas joined in on the fun.

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French Montana
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Also in the crowd were Los Angeles Rams’ players Lance Kendricks and Kenny Britt and their wives.

Earlier in the night, French Montana and a group of friends including Cameron Dallas enjoyed dinner at TAO Restaurant.

Friday night, January 6...

Baseball star and Las Vegas native, Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals dined at La Cave Wine & Food Hideaway at Wynn Las Vegas. Earlier in the day, Harper was a featured panelist at Under Armour’s booth at CES 2017 to discuss the importance of sleep for athletes.

World renowned DJ Ruckus kicked off his residency at TAO Nightclub in The Venetian. In the crowd was his fiancé Australian model Shanina Shaik.

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DJ Ruckus at TAO
Photo credit: Tony Tran

The world-famous Hooters Girls joined actor Bryan Cranston for photos, after walking the red carpet at the Canon U.S.A. National Center for Missing and Exploited Children gala at the Bellagio Resort & Casino.

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From left to right – Alina Tesla, Brandi Brennan, Bryan Cranston, Kristin Morris, Lynn Blake

 

Thursday, January 5...

Saturday Night Live comedians and actors, Colin Jost and Michael Che were spotted at Hakkasan Las Vegas Nightclub in MGM Grand along with a group of six friends. The duo arrived to the hotspot and headed straight to Ling Ling Club where they hung out with DJ Clue in the DJ Booth before heading to the main room to visit with resident DJ, Lil Jon.
 
Wednesday, January 4...

Legendary professional wrestler Jake “The Snake” Roberts, also known as Aurelian Smith Jr., was spotted attending the 8 pm performance of  ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace.  Following the show, The Snake and his family went backstage for photos with The Gazillionaire, his raucous assistant Wendy Widdels and the “Green Fairy,” Melody Sweets, and to share their enjoyment of the performance.

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Jake the Snake at ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace 1.4.17
Photo credit: Joseph Sanders/Spiegelworld


Tuesday, January 3...

Two-time Grammy Award-winning rapper T-Pain grabbed dinner at N9NE Steakhouse in Palms Casino Resort with his wife, Amber. After the meal, Executive Chef Barry Dakake gave T-Pain an exclusive back-of-house tour of the kitchen where he signed Chef’s famous celebrity shakedown door and the two snapped a photo together.

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T Pain with Executive Chef Barry Dakake at N9NE Steakhouse
Photo courtesy of Palms Resort Casino

 

American entrepreneur, investor, and star of "Shark Tank"  Mark , who was in town for CES, was spotted at OMNIA Nightclub inside Caesars Palace.

Also spotted at the nightlife destination was Entourage star Adrian Grenier with friends. Arriving around midnight he was there to celebrate a friend’s 40th birthday.

Monday, January 2...

In town to celebrate the New Year, professional boxer, Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez dined at La Cave Wine & Food Hideaway at Wynn Las Vegas.

Sunday, January 1, 2017...

Powerhouse hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd kicked off the New Year with an unrivaled performance at Drai's Nightclub at The Cromwell in Las Vegas. Some of the hottest names in hip-hop were seen partaking in the late-night festivities from luxurious VIP booths throughout the venue. Young Thug, who appeared onstage alongside Kendrick Lamar on New Year’s Eve at Drai’s, returned to join Rae onstage for a special performance of their collaboration “Throw Sum Mo.” Additional sightings included a return visit by Keyshia Cole, who also attended Drai’s on New Year’s Eve, rappers French Montana, O.T. Genasis, Chanel West Coast and Too Short, producers Mike Will Made It and Lil Jon, CashXO and boxing champion Floyd Mayweather.

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Rae Sremmurd Kicks Off 2017 at Drais Nightclub in Las Vegas 1.1.17
Photo credit: Radis Sammerthai

 

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Rae Sremmurd Kicks Off 2017 at Drais Nightclub in Las Vegas 1.1.17
Photo credit: Radis Sammerthai

 

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Young Thug Joins Rae Sremmurd Onstage at Drais Nightclub in Las Vegas 1.1.17
Photo credit: Radis Sammerthai


New Year's Eve, Saturday, December 31...

Emmy Award-winning actor, star of USA Network’s “Mr. Robot,” Rami Malek  and members of his family, enjoyed an electrifying concert by GRAMMY Award-winning artist Bruno Mars, at Park Theater at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino. Popular reality TV personality and DJ, Brody Jenner was also spotted taking in the high-energy show with friends.

Rapper Machine Gun Kelly, rapper Young Thug, singer-songwriter Keyshia Cole and Mr. Robot  star Rami Malek were spotted taking in Grammy Award-winning musician Kendrick Lamar's  performance at Drai's Nightclub at the Cromwell.

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Kendrick Lamar Makes His Drais LIVE Debut at Drais Nightclub at The Cromwell in Las Vegas on New Years Eve 12.31.16 Joey Ungerer 8

Backstreet Boys group members Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, and Howie Dorough were spotted at OMNIA Nightclub following their special live performance at Caesars Palace.

Sean “Diddy” Combs hosted The New Year 2017 After Party at LAVO Casino Club at The Palazzo. French Montana, DJ Khaled, T-Pain, Jermaine Dupri, singer Halsey, Cassie, DJs Diplo and Chuckie, were all spotted kicking off the New Year while DJ Cassidy manned the decks. Kevin Durant, Machine Gun Kelly, Terrance J, Jasmine Sanders, rapper and Empire actress Bre-Z, rapper Belly, street artist Mr. Brainwash and YouTube star Rudy Mancuso were also among the revelers who toasted to 2017 until the early hours of the morning.

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Diddy French Montana at Sean Diddy Combs and CIROC Ultra Premium Vodka host CIROC The New Year 2017 After Party at Lavo Casino Club at The Palazzo
Photo credit: Al Powers

 

Diplo and Halsey at Sean Diddy Combs and CIROC Ultra Premium Vodka host CIROC The New Year 2017 After Party at Lavo Casino Club at The Palazzo on December 31 2016
Diplo and Halsey at Sean Diddy Combs and CIROC Ultra Premium Vodka host CIROC The New Year 2017 After Party at Lavo Casino Club at The Palazzo
Photo credit: Al Powers

 

Jermaine Dupri Diddy Cassie Kevin Durant at Sean Diddy Combs and CIROC Ultra Premium Vodka host CIROC The New Year 2017 After Party at Lavo Casino Club at The Palazzo on December 31 2016
Jermaine Dupri Diddy Cassie Kevin Durant at Sean Diddy Combs and CIROC Ultra Premium Vodka host CIROC The New Year 2017 After Party at Lavo Casino Club at The Palazzo
Photo credit: Al Powers

 

TPain DJ Cassidy at Sean Diddy Combs and CIROC Ultra Premium Vodka host CIROC The New Year 2017 After Party at Lavo Casino Club at The Palazzo on December 31 2016
TPain DJ Cassidy at Sean Diddy Combs and CIROC Ultra Premium Vodka host CIROC The New Year 2017 After Party at Lavo Casino Club at The Palazzo
Photo credit: Al Powers

 

Friday night, December 30...

Former MMA Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz kicked off New Year’s Eve weekend with an official after-fight party at Hyde Bellagio  following his bout with Cody Garbrandt.  Additionally, top MMA fighters including Michael Bisping, Jeremy Stephens, Wilson Reis, Bec Rawlings, Jessica Penne, Seth Baczynski, Darrion Caldwell and Michael Chandler stopped by Hyde to party with Cruz. MMA referee Herb Dean was also spotted mingling with fans.

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Jeremy Stephens Dominick Cruz and Michael Chandler at Hyde Bellagio in Las Vegas
Photo courtesy of Hyde/Bellagio

Grammy award winning artist Jermaine Dupri treated club goers to a special DJ set at TAO Nightclub in The Venetian.

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Jermaine Dupri
Photo crredit: Al Powers

Downstairs at TAO restaurant, recording artist Halsey and a group of friends enjoyed dinner together.

Also having dinner at TAO was Chanel Dudley, better known as Chanel West Coast, with two friends.

At LAVO Italian Restaurant in The Palazzo Kelly Rowland, Terrence J and members of the Roc Nation family enjoyed dinner together.

Over at Beauty & Essex in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, UFC octagon girl Brittney Palmer had dinner with six of her friends.

Thursday night, December 29...

Kicking off New Year’s Eve Weekend, Ty Dolla $ign took over TAO Nightclub in The Venetian with a blowout performance for party goers. Before heading to the nightclub, the rapper fueled up for his set at the restaurant with his entourage that included rapper G-Eazy.

Also enjoying dinner at TAO restaurant was pop band R5 where band member Ross Lynch celebrated his 21st birthday. After dinner, members of the group headed to the nightclub where they took in Ty Dolla $ign’s performance from a VIP booth.

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Ty Dolla $ign at TAO 12.29.16
Photo credit: Al Powers

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Ty Dolla $ign on stage at TAO 12.29.16
Photo credit: Al Powers

Wednesday, December 28...

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl was spotted attending the 10 p.m. performance of the hit show ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace.

Dave Grohl at ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace 12.28.16 credit Joseph SandersSpiegelworld
Dave Grohl at ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace 12.28.16
Photo credit: Joseph Sanders/Spiegelworld

Earlier in the night, pop rock band R5 and actress Courtney Eaton, of Mad Max: Fury Road, were seen celebrating band frontman Ross Lynch’s 21st birthday at the 8 p.m. performance of the eccentric cocktail circus. After the show, the band, returning to the show for a second time, and Eaton, girlfriend of Lynch, went backstage for photos with the cast and to express their appreciation for the performance.

Courtney Eaton at ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace 12.28.16 credit Joseph SandersSpiegelworld
Courtney Eaton at ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace 12.28.16
Photo credit: Joseph Sanders/Spiegelworld

 

R5 at ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace 12.28.16 credit Joseph SandersSpiegelworld
R5 at ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace 12.28.16
Photo credit: Joseph Sanders/Spiegelworld

Sunday night, December 18...

Actress Marie Avgeropoulos, of The CW’s The 100, was spotted attending the 10 pm. performance of the hit show ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace. Following the show, Marie went backstage for a photo with The Gazillionaire, his raucous assistant Joy Jenkins and the “Green Fairy,” Melody Sweets.

Marie Avgeropoulos at ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace 12.18.16 credit Joseph SandersSpiegelworld 2
Marie Avgeropoulos at ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace 12.18.16
Photo credit: Joseph Sanders/Spiegelworld

Recording artist LeAnn Rimes dined at TAO restaurant in The Venetian with her husband Eddie Cibrian and two children.

Model and singer, Paulina Gretzky, daughter of NHL legend Wayne Gretzky, was spotted celebrating her 28th birthday at Drai’s Nightclub atop The Cromwell in Las Vegas.  She and friends enjoyed an electrifying installment of SunDrai’s with DJ Franzen, The Strip’s hottest weekly hip-hop party.

Saturday, December 17...

Canadian sprinter and 2016 Summer Olympic medalist Andre De Grasse experienced a different kind of speed while earning his wings at Vegas Indoor Skydiving on Saturday afternoon.

Andre De Grasse
Andre De Grasse
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After her Today is Christmas concert, LeAnn Rimes enjoyed dinner with friends at TAO restaurant in The Venetian.

Upstairs at TAO Nightclub, recording artist Xzibit was seen at a VIP table with a group of friends where he was celebrating his cousin’s birthday. The rapper  jumped in the DJ booth with Justin Credible where he treated the crowd to an impromptu performance.

At a separate VIP table was Los Angeles Rams’ player Rodger Saffold and former NFL player Melvin Fowler. The players took photos with fans and at one point Saffold joined Xzibit in the DJ booth.

Also at the nightclub was mixed martial artist Francisco Rivera who was there to celebrate his friend’s bachelor party.

The world’s second fastest man, Canadian Olympic sprinter Andre De Grasse and Charlotte Hornets power forward Tyler Hansbrough were both spotted enjoying the late-night show at Drai’s Nightclub atop The Cromwell where celebrated R&B singer Lloyd made a highly-anticipated return to the stage alongside singer-songwriter Justine Skye,

Friday, Dec. 16...

Portland Trailblazers star Greg Oden was spotted at the all-new Virgil’s Real Barbecue at The LINQ Promenade Friday night with friends.

Canadian Olympic sprinter Andre De Grasse was spotted attending the hit show ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace. The 2016 Rio de Janeiro silver medalist was seen taking in ABSINTHE’s outlandish acts and hilarious antics during the 10 p.m. performance. Following the show, Andre went backstage for a photo with The Gazillionaire, his raucous assistant Joy Jenkins and the “Green Fairy,” Melody Sweets.

Rapper Xzibit was spotted at Drai’s Nightclub atop The Cromwell in Las Vegas with friends while taking in another epic installment of “The COOLest Party with DJ Esco.” Recently re-signed Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Eric Thames was also seen reveling in the late-night show at the dazzling multi-level hotspot.

Thursday, December 15...

Texas Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder put it all on the line when he was challenged to a lap dance competition by ABSINTHE’s The Gazillionaire, honorably defeating his opponent and winning free shots of Absinthe.

Michael Cudlitz of “The Walking Dead” was spotted at Beauty & Essex in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas with friends.

At TAO Nightclub in The Venetian, NFL star Jesse Palmer was seen taking in the Bad Santa themed party with friends.

 

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