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Shake Shack brings fourth Southern Nevada location to Henderson

Shake Shack opened its fourth Southern Nevada location and its first in Henderson, on Wednesday, July 12th at 2225 Village Walk Drive in The District at Green Valley Ranch, the finely curated shopping, dining and entertainment destination.

Participating in the official ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:45 am were executives from Shake Shack, along with Henderson Mayor Debra March, other dignitaries and representatives from The District at Green Valley Ranch and the Henderson Chamber of Commerce. Immediately following the ceremony, the doors were open to the public and the first 100 customers to make a purchase received a free Pie Oh My concrete with purchase.

Shake Shack has built a reputation as a modern day “roadside” burger stand known for its 100% all-natural, antibiotic-free Angus beef burgers, chicken (no hormones added ever), griddled flat-top dogs, fresh-made frozen custard, crispy crinkle cut fries, beer, wine and more.

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Shake Shack interior - Photo credit: Stephen

In addition to the Shack classics, the Henderson Shack offers a selection of local frozen custard concretes: PB Toffee Crunch (vanilla custard, peanut butter sauce, marshmallow sauce, chocolate toffee and malt powder), Takes the CupCAKE (chocolate and vanilla custard, The Cupcakery cream cheese-chocolate crunch frosted cupcake and fudge sauce) and Pie Oh My (vanilla custard and a slice of Four & Twenty Blackbirds seasonal pie).  Guests can wash their burgers down with local and other brews and Shake Shack’s exclusive Brooklyn Brewery ShackMeister® Ale. Wine lovers can enjoy a glass of Shack Red and Shack White wine from Napa-based Frog’s Leap Winery.

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Shake Shack menu board - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

As part of Shake Shack’s mission to Stand For Something Good®, the Henderson Shack will donate 5% of sales from its Pie Oh My concrete to Three Square, Southern Nevada’s only food bank, aimed at providing food assistance to local residents through food banking, food rescue and ready-to-eat meals.

In keeping with Shake Shack’s commitment to green architecture and eco-friendly construction, the Henderson Shack is constructed with recycled and sustainable materials. The walls are clad in reclaimed cedar and Oregon White oak logs salvaged, milled and repurposed into wooden planks. Tabletops are made by CounterEvolution using reclaimed bowling alley lanes and booths are crafted from lumber certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

Magician Mat Franco Unveils Namesake Theater Marquee at The LINQ Hotel & Casino

Magician Mat Franco was honored on July 10 with the unveiling of his new namesake marquee, Mat Franco Theater at The LINQ Hotel & Casino, which was renamed by the center-Strip resort in celebration of his continued career success.

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Mat Franco Unveils Namesake Theater Marquee at The LINQ Hotel Casino - Photo credit: Mike Kirschbaum/Tony Tran Photography

Kicking off the milestone afternoon, the property’s regional president, Eileen Moore welcomed the crowd of invited guests and fans before inviting Mat to help her in unveiling the venue’s new signage. “Today’s a special day for us here at The LINQ, because we’re able to rename The LINQ Theater in Mat’s honor and really put a world-class stamp on our property,” shared Moore.

Cast of MAT FRANCO MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY at Mat Franco Theater Unveiling 7.10.17 credit Mike KTony Tran Photography
Cast of MAT FRANCO MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY at Mat Franco Theater Unveiling - Photo credit: Mike K/Tony Tran Photography

After revealing the long-awaited marquee, Franco expressed his gratitude for his producers and management teams at BASE Entertainment, Caesars Entertainment, and Red Light Management, as well as his mass of supporters and fans. “But we have more than a quarter of a million people who’ve all come through these doors over the last two years to thank most of all,” shared Franco.

BASE Entertainment CEO Delivers Toast to Mat Franco at Mat Franco Theater 7.10.17 credit Mike KTony Tran Photography
BASE Entertainment CEO Delivers Toast to Mat Franco at Mat Franco Theater - Photo credit: Mike K/Tony Tran Photography

Moore then introduced Clark County Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick, who presented Franco with a plaque proclaiming July 10, 2017 as “Mat Franco Day” on the Las Vegas Strip and throughout the county. Commissioner Kirkpatrick concluded the presentation by surprising Franco with his very own Key to The Strip, an honor bestowed upon The Strip’s top entertainers and public figures.

Magicians Johnny Thompson and Mat Franco at Mat Franco Theater Unveiling 7.10.17 credit Mike KTony Tran Photography
Magicians Johnny Thompson and Mat Franco at Mat Franco Theater Unveiling - Photo credit: Mike K/Tony Tran Photography

Afterward, the cast and crew of MAT FRANCO – MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY and executives from Caesars Entertainment, BASE Entertainment, and Red Light Management gathered in the venue’s meet and greet room for a private champagne reception. “We knew from the beginning that we had someone special on our hands,” toasted Base Entertainment CEO Brian Becker. “Here’s to many more years of success, Mat!”

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

MEN OF THE STRIP, Las Vegas’ newest all male revue starring Jeff Timmons, from the internationally renowned boy band 98 Degrees, and a sexy “six-pack” of hot dancers, premiered at Hard Rock Live inside The Hard Rock Cafe on the strip (3771 Las Vegas Blvd. So.) Friday evening, July 14 for a limited engagement. If you think it's hot outside, wait till you experience the sizzling bodies and moves of Men of the Strip. Temperatures are sure to rise more than a notch. This very interactive show starts at 9 p.m. (doors open 8p.m.) Fridays through Sundays, and on select dates, through July 28. Tickets are $50 to $100.

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Cast of Men of the Strip - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

One of Las Vegas’ most acclaimed Chinese restaurants –Dim Sum Favorite, “PING PANG PONG”, debuted its redesigned and expanded space at the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino on July 12. With an expansion that is 50 per cent larger than its original space with seating for more than 300 guests, and a private private banquet room, capable of hosting nearly 100 guests for private events, receptions and parties, more patrons than ever before can now enjoy Ping Pang Pong’s legendary and authentic Chinese dishes.

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Ping Pang Pong - Photo courtesy of Ping Pang Pong

Read more about the redesigned, expanded Ping Pang Pong at the Gold Coast and and its delicious culinary offerings in this week's edition of Jacqueline Monahan's column “About the Town”.

Winston the Impersonating Turtle is hold up in the Terry Fator Theatre and, in the heat of the summer, he invites all Las Vegas locals and tourists to stay cool with him by offering a 'SUMMER OF WINSTON' TICKET DISCOUNT. Now, through Sept. 30, 2017, fans can receive 40-percent off standard ticket prices (available in sections B, C and D). This offer can be redeemed at the box office and using code WINSTONSUMMER.

Fator is also excited to launch a new children’s book “Winston,” written by Sally L. Kirkham, Ph.D., a leader in learning behavior, and illustrated by longtime Fator collaborator Pete Mitchell. The book is centered around Fator’s popular character Winston the Impersonating Turtle.

Popular British magician/comedian, PIFF THE MAGIC DRAGON, who performs in his own show at Flamingo Las Vegas, has auditioned for a new challenging role in the seventh season of the hit series Game of Thrones.

Local Las Vegas restaurant group METRO PIZZA has announced a WATER DRIVE TO AID THE HOMELESS during the heat of summer. For the entire month of July 2017, Metro Pizza will offer a complimentary small cheese pizza to every guest who brings an unopened case of 24 (12 oz.) bottles of water to any of the four Metro Pizza locations below. Water will be distributed through local Clark County charities. There is no limit to the amount of cases of water guests can bring in, however it is for dine-in customers only and only during normal business hours. Participating Metro Pizza locations are: 1395 East Tropicana Ave Phone:(702) 736-1955; 4001 South Decatur Blvd Phone:(702) 362-7896; 6720 Sky Pointe Dr Phone:(702) 564-6726; 1420 W. Horizon Ridge Pkwy Phone:(702) 458-4769

NICK CANNON Presents: Wild ‘N Out and Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino are teaming up for the ULTIMATE EIGHT WEEKEND SUMMPER POOL PARTY SERIES in Las Vegas featuring live musical performances and guest appearances. On July 9, DJ Samtrakk, winner of “Your Shot,” DJ Tiesto’s inaugural six-week DJ competition, kicked things off at 11 a.m. Partygoers also had the opportunity to experience a meet and greet with Nick Cannon. The Wild ‘N Out girls and other special guests will host the Sunday parties alongside Cannon throughout the summer.The eight dates of the summer pool party series at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino are: July: 9, 23, 30; August: 6, 13, 20, 27 and September: 10. Guests must be 18 years and older to attend. Tickets begin at $35, not including fees.

After almost five years of on-stage magic and comedy at the D Las Vegas Casino Hotel, ADAM LONDON has announced that he will now teach magic tricks to audience members. Presto Magic, the new ticketing option, allows magic-lovers the opportunity to arrive at the theatre an hour early to learn up to three tricks and participate in a Q&A with London. The tricks will be beginner-level, easy enough for children to perform and are sure to “WOW!” crowds of all ages. Presto Magic tickets cost $49.95++ and include a rubber duck, a commemorative photo and first seating at Adam London’s Laughternoon. The new ticketing option begins on July 15, 2017, but tickets are already available for purchase. Aside from the launch of the new ticketing option, to celebrate National Ice Cream Month in July, London is also giving a complimentary scoop of ice cream to all audience members through Labor Day.

In celebration of National Tattoo Day on July 17, DINE IN GUEST WITH TATTOOS WILL RECEIVE 25% OFF THEIR CHECKS AT HASH HOUSE A GO GO, and a portion of the proceeds July 15 - 17 will be donated to Defending Freedom, a local nonprofit organization that helps military and their families readjust to civilian living. Additionally, a raffle will be held to win a tattoo ($400 value) with raffle ticket sales being donated to the charity. As part of the festivities, each Hash House A Go Go location (6800 W. Sahara Ave.; 3535 S Las Vegas Blvd., inside the LINQ Hotel & Casino; 1 S. Main St., inside the Plaza Resort & Casino and 555 N. Stephanie St., Henderson) welcomes a local tattoo artist who will airbrush a “tattoo” on a painting in the restaurant. Check your local location for days and times of live airbrushing.

O’Sheas Casino at The LINQ Hotel & Casino will continue to keep the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day alive with the third “YEAR OF THE LEPRECHAUN” celebration that will kick-off beginning at 12 p.m. on Monday, July 17. The festivities will include drink specials, live entertainment, little leprechauns and a celebrity keg-tapping by the cast of Legends in Concert. Attendees can see if they have “the luck of the Irish” by trying their hand at 24-hour beer pong. Lucky guests will also have a chance to meet the cast of Legends in Concert, the iconic superstar tribute show at Flamingo Las Vegas. O’Sheas spokesperson Brian “Lucky” Thomas will lead legendary characters including Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Dusty Springfield and Marilyn Monroe in the celebrity keg-tapping around 5 p.m. Live entertainment and DJs will keep the party going all day and night.

SHARKY'S WOODFIRED MEXICAN GRILL will debut two new, limited-time only SUMMER SALADS on July 18 that will make guests “Feel Good About Eating” this summer. The new BBQ Chicken Salad and the Organic Roasted Vegetable Salad showcase summer’s peak-season ingredients that are just the right mix of flavor and satisfaction and can easily be a meal unto themselves. These salads will be available until September 24 at all 28 Sharky’s restaurants in Nevada, California and Oregon.

BLACKBERRY SMOKE brings their American rock sounds to the House of Blues Las Vegas in support of latest release Like An Arrow on Saturday, July 22. Doors open 7 p.m. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets start at $20, plus applicable fees.

THE GOLDEN TIKI (located in Chinatown, Las Vegas) will celebrate its "Terrible Twos" SECOND ANNIVERSARY on Sunday, July 23 with the debut of international pin-up icon, Las Vegas headliner and 2011 Playboy Playmate of the Year, CLAIRE SINCLAIR'S SHRUNKEN HEAD. Guests are also invited to enjoy drink specials, a scavenger hunt, and other festivities from 6-8 p.m. Brandon Powers, The Golden Tiki's managing partner, and The Baron of the Universe, former contestant on America's Got Talent, will be on hand to present the honor. Guests will also be able to take part in a scavenger hunt around the bar featuring unique artifacts, a mermaid and fishtail braid bar by Kelly Cardenas Salon, complimentary tiki punch and in-house DJ set. There is no cover for the event, but guests must be 21 and over to attend.

THE CROMWELL, the only standalone boutique hotel on the famous Strip, adds to its allure with several new elements including the introduction of a 24-hour casual eatery called eatwell, an updated Interlude bar and lounge, new high limit slot area, enhanced concierge technology, eKey technology, with an all-new Sportsbook expected to debut before September 1, 2017.

LAS VEGAS SOCCER LLC is on the City Council Meeting agenda for Wednesday, July 19 to bring a professional soccer team to Las Vegas. The Las Vegas City Council will vote to approve a stadium lease agreement for a United Soccer League (USL) expansion team to begin play during the 2018 season at Cashman Field. The City Council Meeting will take place at City Hall on Wednesday, July 19 at 9 a.m. The public can view the meeting live on KCLV Cable Channel 2.

Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino is going to “Treat the Street” with the launch of its first ever “THIRD THURSDAY ON 3RD STREET FESTIVAL” on July 20th from 7pm – 10pm. Designed to feed the soul and the senses, the evening will feature five gourmet food trucks (Truk-N-Yaki, Stripchezze, The Cookie Bar, Cousins Maine Lobster and Waffle Love), a live street art battle from Secret Walls PLUS games, give-a-ways, a DJ and more.  The night of food, art, and music is part of the Downtown Grand’s commitment to entertainment on the 3rd street corridor, and this authentic road side affair will bring together some of the best artists and food truck vendors in the valley.

On Thursday, July 20 from 7-10 p.m., the Puerto Rican recording artist and producer YANDEL will perform at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. Yandel “La Leyenda” is bringing his most infectious reggaeton hits and material off his highly anticipated fourth solo album, like “Mi Religion”, which has already garnered more than eight million views on Vevo since its release in late May. Admission is FREE for anyone 21 and over, but it is on a first come, first served basis until venue capacity is reached. Early arrival is encouraged!

Baile fans will enjoy an evening of dancing and performances by top Mexican regional music artists at Frías Entertainment’s “RANCHCHEANDO EN LA CIUDAD” CONCERT at the Orleans Arena on Friday, July 21 at 8 p.m. The concert lineup features corrido music singers El Fantasma and Kanales, as well as the norteño music band Voz de Mando. Tickets are available from $48 plus tax and fees.

Longtime members of Fleetwood Mac, LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM AND CHRISTINE McVIE, have joined together to record their first-ever album as a duo. Simply titled LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM/CHRISTINE McVIE, the 10-song album will be released by Atlantic Records this summer, followed by a run of special U.S. concerts, including a stop at Park Theater at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino Saturday, July 22 at 8 p.m. The show will be supported by The Wallflowers. Tickets range in price from $45 to $159 (not including applicable service charges or fees).

THIRD EYE BLIND is bringing their Summer Gods Tour with special guest Silversun Pickups to The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, Saturday, July 22. Tickets range in price from $39.95 to $200.95 (not including applicable service charges).

Fremont Street Experience will soon be home to a new attraction, FEAR THE WALKING DEAD: SURVIVAL, scheduled to open this summer. Inspired by the hit AMC series, thrill-seekers and zombie fanatics will enjoy this unique multisensory experience that combines a thrill ride, escape room, maze, and interactive gaming, all set against the horrors of a zombie apocalypse. The attraction, in the heart of Fremont Street Experience, is in partnership with Triotech, a Canadian company who is a leader in creating high profile, technologically advanced interactive media-based award-winning attractions.


This year, The Rogers Foundation and Assistance League of Las Vegas gear up for the new school year, which is set to begin in August, with the HEART TO SOLE NEW ATHLETIC SHOE AND SCHOOL SUPPLY DROVE TO BENEFIT THE OPERATION SCHOOL BELL CAMPAIGN. While supplies including pencils, crayons, notebooks, erasers, rulers, washable markers, glue sticks, folders, paper and more are all needed, new athletic shoes are of particular need. From kids size 12 to adult size 6, both boys and girls styles are needed. Those making a new shoe donation at Assistance League of Las Vegas Thrift Shop can receive two free ladies blouses or two men shirts (excluding Top Drawer merchandise) a $10.00 value. The Assistance League Thrift Shop is located at 6446 West Charleston Blvd.

The Plaza Hotel & Casino in downtown Las Vegas will hold a UFC 214 VIEWING PARTY on Saturday, July 29 inside its Plaza Event Center. There will be food and drink specials, including $15 buckets of beer. Doors open at 5 p.m. Guests can watch UFC 214 Cormier vs. Jones 2 inside the nearly 5,000 sq. ft. event space that has 18 large screen HD televisions, two projectors and a state-of-the-art sound system, making it one of the best viewing experiences in the city. Tickets to the party are $10 for members of the Plaza’s Royal Rewards Players Club or $20 for non-Players Club members. Guests receive a buy-one-get-one-free cocktail (or non-alcoholic beverage) with admission and a free raffle entry for prizes, including tickets to watch the next UFC event held in Las Vegas in the Plaza’s corporate box at the T-Mobile Arena. In addition to viewing parties for UFC and boxing matches, the Plaza Event Center will host special events for ice hockey, soccer, college football, and NFL games this fall.

Las Vegas Market has announced that DONNY OSMOND, celebrity entertainer, former teen heartthrob and home products licensor, will serve as a live auctioneer at its 7TH ANNUAL & "UP ON THE ROOF" FUNDRAISER BENEFITING GIFT FOR LIFE, on Monday, July 31, 2017, at the SUMMER 2017 LAS VEGAS MARKET.  In addition to live auction items, the annual gift and home industry fundraiser also will feature a silent auction, offering a spectacular selection of nine Las Vegas-themed items, including tickets to see celebrity magicians Penn & Teller, hotel giveaways, dinners, spa packages, show tickets and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Up on the Roof tickets, which cost $25 each, or five for $100, may be purchased online at https://upontheroof.splashthat.com/, and at specially-designated kiosks on site in the Grand Plaza, C10 and in the Pavilions during Las Vegas Market. All guests will receive one raffle ticket with each ticket purchased and can buy additional raffle tickets at the auction. All proceeds will benefit Gift for Life, which raises funds to benefit DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS and its funding for HIV/AIDS service, education, prevention and advocacy programs across the U.S. 

OPPORTUNITY VILLAGE has announced the redesign of its acclaimed thrift store, located at 390 S. Decatur Blvd. Now reopened, the restructured space features new departments and showcased display areas that will provide customers with a fresh, enhanced shopping experience.

Las Vegas has been honored in WINE SPECTATOR'S 2017 RESTAURANT AWARDS, which highlight restaurants around the world that offer the best wine selections.

The personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017's Best and worst Cities for Recreation and LAS VEGAS is ranked 2017’s 3RD BEST CITY FOR RECREATION.

Celebrity sightings:

Thursday night, July 13...

Grammy Award-winning artist Jermaine Dupri continued his summer residency at TAO Nightclub in The Venetian with a blowout set for party-goers as he pumped out hit after hit.

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Jermaine Dupri - Photo credit: Andrew Dang

Thursday afternoon professional boxer Anthony Joshua was seen taking in the afternoon with friends from a VIP cabana at Marquee Dayclub in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Wednesday, July 12...

Professional basketball players James Johnson, Wayne Ellington and Tyler Johnson were seen at The Luxor Hotel & Casino, where they spent the evening at MINDFREAK® LIVE!, the world-famous magic spectacular conceived by superstar illusionist Criss Angel.

Miami Heat players James Johnson Wayne Ellington and Tyler Johnson with Criss Angel at MINDFREAK LIVE July 12 2017
Miami Heat players James Johnson Wayne Ellington and Tyler Johnson with Criss Angel at MINDFREAK LIVE July 12 2017 - Photo courtesy of Criss Angel/APWI

Tuesday, July 11...

Tuesday afternoon, prior to the Shake Shack's public opening of their newest location in Henderson, Milwaukee Brewers’ player Eric Thames stopped in for a  burger during the “friends and family” practice run.

Actor and dancer Miles “Baby Boogaloo” Brown, widely known for his role as “Jack Johnson” on ABC’s Black-ish, was spotted attending the 7 p.m. performance of MAT FRANCO - MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY in the newly renamed Mat Franco Theater at The LINQ Hotel & Casino.

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Miles Brown attends MAT FRANCO MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY at The LINQ Hotel Casino 7.11.17 - Photo courtesy of: MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY 1

Sunday, July 9...

“Jersey Shore” reality TV star Jenni “JWoww” Farley was spotted at Hakkasan Nightclub inside MGM Grand Hotel & Casino.

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Hakkasan Jenni JWoww Farley - Photo credit: Joe Janet

Nick Cannon, host of "Wild 'N Out," rapper, actor, comedian, entrepreneur, record producer, radio and television personality, appeared at Sugar Factory American Brasserie at the Fashion Show. While there, he talked with movie producer and owner of Hollywood's TCL Chinese Theatre Elie Samaha and Sugar Factory founder Charissa Davidovici about their upcoming collaboration on Theatre Box, a one-of-a-kind 70,000 square-foot entertainment complex with eight luxury theatres and 700 seats combined, including San Diego's first IMAX, opening in San Diego in spring 2018.

International DJ Lost Frequencies dined at TAO restaurant in The Venetian Sunday night after his set at Marquee Dayclub in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Several names were spotted at Drai’s Nightclub atop The Cromwell during a high-energy performance by Drai’s LIVE resident artist Fabolous. Actor and comedian Kevin Hart was seen with a small group of friends, taking in the concert from Fabolous’ private stageside VIP booth. Fabolous gave Hart a shout out from the stage, wishing his friend a happy birthday in front of the crowd. Adjacent to Fabolous’ table,  Drai’s LIVE resident DJ Esco was spotted taking in the performance with friends from a stageside VIP booth.

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Kevin Hart Book Signing - Photo credit: Jeff Ragazzo/Kabik Photography

Also spotted taking in the late-night performance was Houston Rockets point guard James Harden and Sacramento Kings power forward Willie Cauley-Stein, who were both seen wishing Hart a happy birthday; DeMarcus Cousins ; Washington Wizards’ Bradley Beal; former NBA player Paul Pierce, who was previously seen at the nightclub on Saturday; and Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert seen attending with a large group of friends.

Earlier in the day Legendary rapper and hip hop artist, Fabolous, joined Kevin Hart at Rehab Beach Club.

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Kevin Hart Birthday Party - Photo credit: Jeff Ragazzo/Kabik Photography

Saturday night, July 8...

Following the surprise cancellation of her fight against Amanda Nunes, decorated kickboxer and muay thai fighter Valentina ‘Bullet’ Shevchenko arrived at Chateau with a large group of friends. The enjoyed her private VIP booth and bottle service, while mingling with fans. Her night continued with a confetti shower raining over the crowd as she, too, was presented with signs by Chateau servers. The rooftop club might not have been the octagon ring, but that didn’t stop Shevchenko from having a good time and partying into the early morning hours.

Comedian and actor Kevin Hart made a special appearance at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for his epic birthday celebration at Vanity Nightclub. The notorious funny-man also hosted a book signing for his new memoir, “I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons,” inside Vanity Lounge before his nightclub appearance.

Emmy Award®-winning host and beloved TV personality and creator of VH1’s RuPaul’s Drag Race,  RuPaul Charles, took in Zumanity by Cirque du Soleil® at New York-New York Hotel & Casino.

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RuPaul Charles at Zumanity by Cirque du Soleil July 8 2017 - Photo courtesy of Zumanity

Just before taking the stage at TAO Nightclub in The Venetian, E-40 and his entourage fueled up with dinner at TAO restaurant.

Friday, July 7...

After participating in the ‘Women of UFC’ panel and autograph sessions, MMA fighter Michelle ‘The Karate Hottie’ Waterson hosted the Friday after-party at Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop at Paris Las Vegas. Arriving at the club with her husband, Joshua Gomez, and a group of friends she made her way to her lavish VIP booth in the center of the club, where she was surprised with a confetti shower raining over the crowd. Surrounded by panoramic views of the Las Vegas Strip, Waterson took to the DJ booth to pump up the crowd.

Celebrated hip-hop artist J. Cole stopped by JEWEL Nightclub at ARIA Resort & Casino to treat fans with an intimate performance for “The Good Life Fridays,” just before his headlining tour makes a stop at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Adding to the excitement, several professional athletes were also in attendance to catch the rapper’s performance, including basketball players James Harden, PJ Tucker, and Jared Dudley, as well as head coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers Tyronn Lue. Reality television personality and current star of the Las Vegas show “Sex Tips for Straight Women From a Gay Man” Kendra Wilkinson was also spotted at her own VIP table.

Thursday night, July 6...

Fifth Harmony band member Ally Brooke celebrated her 24th birthday at TAO Nightclub in The Venetian. The singer had dinner at TAO restaurant before heading up to a VIP table in the nightclub. Upon arrival, Brooke was treated to a special presentation from TAO staff complete with a pink and gold birthday cake.

Also at TAO Nightclub was UFC fighter Urijah Faber who celebrated his recent induction into the Hall of Fame. Joined by a large group, the MMA star took in Worship Thursday as DJ Mustard manned the decks. 

At separate VIP tables were basketball stars Patrick Beverly of the Los Angeles Clippers and C.J. Watson of the Orlando Magic, both partying the night away with friends.

Wednesday, July 5...

Mixed martial artist and reigning UFC champion Cody “No Love” Garbrandt was spotted celebrating his upcoming birthday at Bare Pool Lounge at The Mirage. Arriving at around 12:30 p.m., Garbrandt was greeted enthusiastically by a group of 30 of his closest friends, which included his girlfriend Danny Pimsanjuan and retired UFC fighter Urijah Faber.

Saturday, July 1...

Singer-songwriter Jewel kicked off Fourth of July with a special visit to Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil®. The pop princess enjoyed the critically acclaimed show with her young son and group of friends, which included Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh.


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