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Celebrities and Dignitaries Celebrate the Grand Opening of Vegas Auto Gallery's New Luxury Showroom

Vegas Auto Gallery celebrated the grand opening of its expansive new luxury showroom on Friday, June 29. Vegas Auto Gallery owners and luxury auto industry experts Nick Dossa and Ed Ghaben were surrounded by friends, family, celebrities and local dignitaries as they unveiled the more than 24,000-square-foot open floor plan showrooms, which boast an always-changing inventory of pre-owned, low-mileage domestic and imported luxury cars and SUVs with brands including McLaren, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Porsche, just to name a few.

Guests were treated to live performances by violinist Lydia Ansel, custom cigar rolling, luxury shoe shining, a donut wall provided by Carl’s Donuts and of course, a showroom full of one-of-a-kind luxury cars. In attendance were reality stars Mike Shouhed and Shervin Roohparvar from Bravo TV’s “Shahs of Sunset,” magician Murray Sawchuck, local BMX pro Ricardo Laguna, and DJ Ben Harris. Also in attendance were Commissioner Jim Gibson, who presented Dossa and Ghaben with an official Clark County Proclamation, proclaiming Friday, June 29, 2018 “Vegas Auto Gallery Day,” and County Clerk Lynn Marie Goya, who presented the team with an official Certificate of Appreciation.

Murray Sawchuck Photo credit Gabe Ginsberg
Murray Sawchuck - Photo credit: Gabe Ginsberg

Mike Shouhed and Nick Dossa Mike Shouhed
Mike Shouhed and Nick Dossa - Photo credit: Mike Shouhed

Lydia Ansel Photo credit Gabe Ginsberg
Lydia Ansel - Photo credit: Gabe Ginsberg

DJ Ben Harris and Natalia Harris
DJ Ben Harris and Natalia Harris - Photo credit: Gabe Ginsberg

Amber Ramsay and Ricardo Laguna Photo credit Gabe Ginsberg
Amber Ramsay and Ricardo Laguna - Photo credit: Gabe Ginsberg

Located at 3055 Palms Center Dr, a mere block from the famed Las Vegas Strip, Vegas Auto Gallery showroom hours are Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Rehab Beach Club Resident Flo Rida Unveiled a Dedicated Memorabilia Case at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

On Friday, June 29 multi-platinum rapper Flo Rida unveiled a dedicated memorial case at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino ahead of his celebratory performance at Rehab Beach Club. The legendary and original day club commemorated Flo Rida for having the most live performances than any other artist in Rehab’s 15-year history. Flo Rida is also celebrating 10 years since the release of his debut single “Low.”

The display is located on the casino floor, adjacent to Goose Island Pub and is complete with personal items from Flo Rida including a custom-made embroidered and beaded denim outfit by Robin’s Jeans, a pair of Christian Louboutin sneakers and Philipp Plein sunglasses. Flo Rida was also presented with a platinum record to celebrate his 100 million records sold.

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Photo credit: Karl Larson/Kabik Photo Group

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Flo Rida - Photo credit: Karl Larson/Kabik Photo Group

Fans heard from Chas Smith, vice president of entertainment at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, “Without the artists we have performing, Rehab would never have been what it is.” Smith praised Flo Rida as he was introduced to the crowd, “This artist alone has kept us on the map and we can’t say enough about the guy.”

“I love when people tell me how one of my songs got them through a tough time or marked a special time in their life or helped them with a healthy life choice or how they partied to my music,” Flo Rida said. “Music does all these things and I am proud to a play a role as a positive ambassador to the power of music. I am thankful for the first 10 years and looking forward to the next 40 years.”

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

Caesar Entertainment Las Vegas Resorts all-new Fortune Pai Gow Poker Progressive jackpot of $1,428,739.11 hit for one lucky guest on Saturday, June 30 at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.

Magician Mat Franco celebrated the 1,000th performance of his award-winning show, MAT FRANCO - MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY, Tuesday, July 3 in the Mat Franco Theater at The LINQ Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The milestone performance was attended by a full house of enthusiastic audience members who joined the “America’s Got Talent” Season Nine winner for a photograph to commemorate the occasion. GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Joe Esposito was also in attendance and spent time celebrating and catching up with Mat after the show.

On Wednesday, July 4, legendary country music artist, Billy Ray Cyrus took over Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas for an unforgettable 4th of July celebration as part of the five-block entertainment district’s Downtown Rocks summer concert series. Fans went wild as the GRAMMY-nominated musician took the stage and delivered a full-length performance featuring some of his most popular hits such as “Achy Breaky Heart,” “Ready, Set, Don’t Go” and “Busy Man.”

One of the longest running productions on the strip, “Frank Marino’s DIVAS LAS VEGAS,” starring Frank Marino as Joan Rivers, and featuring an all male cast of lip syncing superstar impersonators, has closed at the Linq. The show’s final performance was Tuesday night, June 26.

With more than 600 shows performed, AUSSIE HEAT is celebrating a milestone of three successful years in Las Vegas. Recognized as Vegas’s most hands-on, interactive male revue, the show recently reached #5 on Trip Advisor for all shows in Las Vegas.In 2015, Aussie Heat debuted at The D in downtown Las Vegas, and within a year quickly relocated to center-Strip, where they continue to burn up the stage at the V Theatre inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. Performing four nights a week, Aussie Heat now features six new dancers, new dance numbers, and an all-new beachy look that honors their down-under roots.

Pop superstar and ‘80s icon PAULA ABDUL is returning to Las Vegas for a special performance at Red Rock Resort. The Grammy and Emmy Award-winning pop icon will bring STRAIGHT UP PAULA! Paula Abdul’s 2018 North American Tour to the Red Rock Ballroom Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $30 and went on sale Friday, July 13, 2018.

Due to popular demand, the ELECTRIC SAFARI LGBT night swim pool party will now take place every Friday evening this summer at Flamingo Las Vegas. Starting July 13 at the Flamingo Beach Club, The Strip’s lively LGBT offering will continue to feature high-energy DJs, pop-up performances, and more.

MARTHA STEWART WINE & FOOD EXPERIENCE presented by USA Today Network and MGM Resorts International in Las Vegas will take place at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds – 311 W Sahara Avenue, on October 13, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The savory Wine & Food Experience series offers an American culinary tour for fans and connoisseurs alike who can indulge in this savory exploration showcasing fine food, wine, beer and spirits from local and national chefs and mixologists. The event features a tented entrance with a “Celebrating with Martha” theme showcasing Martha-designed products.  Guests can get creative with Martha’s Celebrations line at Michaels; snap a selfie at a café table with Martha in the backdrop; explore the lifestyle leader’s newest lines from Macy’s tabletop; grab a glimpse of a cool ‘utensil chandelier;’ and explore kitchen gear, books, Martha’s QVC product line, and more. Tickets go on sale Sat., July 14. Tickets include the Grand Tasting ($85); VIP ($120) for guests to enjoy a lounge and early event access; and a limited Martha Stewart master class ticket ($250).  In Las Vegas, Stewart will present a cooking demonstration in the Grand Tasting that all guests can enjoy. For the upgraded “Martha” ticket, patrons can learn directly from the lifestyle leader during a coveted seminar experience in which she’ll share her favorite tips and practices for celebrated occasions.

Supergroup, GENERATION AXE, featuring some of the greatest guitarists of all time, Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt, and Tosin Abisi once again will join together to tour North America, making a stop at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Friday, November 9. Tickets went on sale Friday, July 13 at 10 a.m.

Known for its farm-fresh ingredients, modern atmosphere and community involvement, ROLLED ICE CREAM will open its fourth location on Tuesday, July 17 at 4870 Blue Diamond Road, Suite 100. To celebrate the addition of the new location, the first 50 people in line at 12 p.m. will receive a FREE small Rolled Ice Cream.

Headlining the next installment of Third Thursday on 3rd and equipped with nothing more than their ink kits and creative prowess, top artists from two Las Vegas tattoo shops, Chrome Gypsy Tattoo and X Studio 21 will square off for A LIVE ART THROWDOWN on Thursday, July 19th at 7pm at The Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino. Food trucks will be joined by games, give-a-ways, and additional street food offerings from Freedom Beat PLUS all-you-can-drink beer for just $25 dollars.

American rock band, LIFEHOUSE, will take over M Pool for a high-energy performance as part of M Resort Spa Casino's summer concert series on Friday, July 20. Tickets, starting at $29.99.

Prolific professional artist MISS MINY – famous for her cartoon folk art that has a vintage feel and features larger-than-life eyes – brings her impressive talent to MAGICAL MEMORIES FEATURING DISNEY FINE ART Gallery inside The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace for FREE public events including live painting and figurine signing from Friday, July 20 – Sunday, July 22. Miss Mindy Painting and Signing Schedule is as follows: Friday, July 20 from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.; Saturday, July 21 from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. & from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 22 from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

SKY ZONE, located at 7440 Dean martin Dr Suite 201, will be celebrating World Jump Day – the biggest jump day of the year, on Friday, July 20. The park is commemorating the day by offering guests BUY-ONE GET-ONE FREE JUMP PASSES to kickstart the fun from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Sky Zone Las Vegas provides an unmatched active environment in which people come alive and live joyously in the moment with gravity-defying, wall-to-wall areal attractions that include brand classics such as SkySlam, Ultimate Dodgeball, Challenge Zone, Foam Zone and SkyHoops. The park also features some of the brand's latest and greatest innovations such as the Sky Ninja, where guests can test their agility, a SkyJoust combat zone to battle it out with friends and an opportunity to scale the skies with the park's bouldering experience, The Wall.

American country rock band RECKLESS KELLY will be performing at Gilley’s  Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que  at Treasure Island) on July 21.Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door.

Southern Highlands’ neighborhood hangout DISTILL celebrates turning four with a RAT PACK AND CASINO NIGHT ANNIVERSARY PARTY pack on Saturday, July 21. Rat packers and casino girls will be transported back in time to the days when properties like Sands Casino and the Stardust Hotel ruled the Las Vegas Strip as a live DJ spins classic hits from the ’60s, a dinner buffet, drink specials, hourly prizes given away, and a costume contest. This casino night-themed party will starts at 7 p.m. and are for guests 21 years old or older with a valid ID. There is no cover for this event. Distill Southern Highlands is located on 4830 W. Pyle Ave.

GOLDEN RAINBOW will partner with local restaurants across the valley for the third annual "DINING OUT FOR LIFE on Tuesday, July 24. Held across the nation each year, the campaign raises funds for local HIV/AIDS service organizations. In Southern Nevada, Golden Rainbow is the sole beneficiary of these funds with proceeds going to benefit critically needed services for those affected by the disease.  Over 20 local participating restaurants have pledged to contribute a portion of their day's proceeds, including Mingo Kitchen and Lounge, DW Bistro, Little Rainbow, Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar, Bottiglia Enoteca, Artifice, Urban Lounge, PublicUS, The Black Sheep, Bomb Tacos, and more. Patrons are also encouraged to do a walking tour of the participating restaurants in the Arts District and downtown.  In addition, Euphoria Dispensary will contribute a portion of their marijuana edible sales for the day. The dining event will also feature guided group tours and a "red cat scavenger hunt," a social media contest that will reward the person who finds and posts pictures of the most hidden red ceramic cats at each location.

PEREZ HILTON, the original celebrity social media influencer, joins CHIPPENDALES, AS THE SPECIAL GUEST HOST at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Hilton’s limited six-week engagement runs from July 26 through Sept. 2, 2018 (Thursday through Sunday performances). No stranger to the stage, Hilton will combine his comedic wit and outrageous sense of humor to guide the audience through a wild evening celebrating the hottest men, music and moves in Las Vegas.  Audience members can rest assured, what happens at Chippendales still stays at Chippendales! Special “Party with Perez” Pre-sale offer: Any tickets purchased between June 13 and June 18, 2018 will receive 25% off each ticket using the code: PEREZ.

Summerlin’s favorite neighborhood hangout, DISTILL, located at 10820 W. Charleston Rd., is celebrating Christmas a bit early as they ho-ho-host their first ever CHRISTMAS IN JULY PARTY. The holiday-themed party will take place on Saturday, July 28 at 7 p.m. There is NO COVER for the party, however, all guests must be 21 years old or older with a valid ID to attend. Santa himself will be in attendance and will be handing out presents every hour to party goers. The evening will also consist of a live DJ spinning Christmas tunes and top 40 hits, Santa’s Little Helper drink specials, and a Christmas in July costume contest.

Playboy’s most illustrious and exclusive party, MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, returns to MARQUEE NIGHTCLUB at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on July 28. Powerhouse singer and songwriter HALSEY, who made her Playboy magazine debut by gracing the cover of last year’s September/October Music Issue, will host the evening and is set to perform a medley of her chart-topping hits. Playboy will once again transform Marquee Nightclub into an enchanted forest, captivating guests with a timeless experience complete with Playmates, aerialists and a headlining set by DJ Eric Dlux. Complimentary entry and open bar 10:30 pm-11:30 pm. for guests in lingerie and sleepwear.

The cult-classic ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW – LIVE! as it returns to House of Blues on Sunday, July 29, 2018. Assembled from casts of the top shows on the Las Vegas Strip and around the city, the brilliant actors and singers bring the music of the film to life and will have fans doing the Time Warp again. Doors: 7 p.m. Show: 8 p.m. Ages: 18+ Tickets for Rocky Horror Picture Show – Live! start at $10, plus applicable fees.

THE PLAYBOI CARTI EVENT at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on Sunday, July 29 has been relocated and will now be held at House of Blues at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Tickets start at $39.50 (plus applicable service fees). Tickets already purchased for the event will be delivered by House of Blues using the initial method of delivery. Tickets may also be refunded at the original point of sale.

CARMINE’S, the famed family-style restaurant that originated in New York City 28 years ago, is celebrating its 5 year anniversary in The Forum Shops in Caesars by thanking Las Vegas guests throughout the month of July. The colossal 750-seat eatery will offer $5 Meatball Sliders and $5 anniversary aperitivo every day during Happy Hour from 2 pm-6 pm and from 9:30 pm to close at the bar. To wrap up the anniversary month, the restaurant is creating a 5-foot-long version of the already oversized lasagna and will serve complimentary slices to guests dining at Carmine’s Las Vegas on Sunday, July 29, which is also National Lasagna Day.  The 5th anniversary lasagna will measure five feet long and nine inches high.  Layered with 162 noodles, 42 combined cups of marinara and meat sauces and more than 54 cups of ricotta, mozzarella and Romano cheeses, it will tip the scales at 90 pounds.

JW MARRIOTT LAS VEGAS RESORT & SPA is holding A FREE BRIDAL OPEN HOUSE on August 4 from 11am to 2 pm. The event will feature themes for every bride, from the Royal wedding and rustic charm to modern and simple. Guests will enjoy delectable hors d’oeuvres, sip champagne, and tour the property’s multiple exquisite indoor and outdoor venues, which will be designed by local vendors! The JW Marriott wedding dream team will be at each stop along the way to show off these incredible rooms and offer tips and ideas for the perfect wedding and reception.Check in – The Lodge at the Lawn in the Spa Tower, 221 N. Rampart Blvd. Attendance is FREE, however guests must RSVP by July 30 by calling 702-869-7031 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Beginning Monday, July 30, guests will have the opportunity to TOUR T-MOBILE ARENA every Monday and Thursday at 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. During the one-hour tour, fans will experience a variety of locations, including exclusive back-of-house areas – all while being provided fun facts, figures and other information about the award-winning arena, its partners and past events. Tickets priced at $25 per person are on-sale now.

Celebrity sightings:

Friday, July 13...

Magician Teller (half of the world famous comedy magic duo, Penn & Teller) and singer/actress Susan Anton were spotted at Jackson Brown's concert inside Reynolds Hall at the Smith Center of the Performing Arts.

Thursday, July 12...
Dancer, singer, actress and YouTube personality JoJo Siwa earned her wings at Vegas Indoor Skydiving. Following her flight, Siwa, who was decked out in her custom-made rainbow flight suit, complete with a unicorn and her trademark pink bow, posed for photos with Vegas Indoor Skydiving team members and her “Siwanatorz” fans.

After dining at Bar Sake & Robata Grill,“Little Women LA” reality show stars, Christy and Todd Gibel, enjoyed comedian George Wallace’s new show inside the famous Westgate Cabaret. Following the show, the Gibels and “The New Mr. Vegas” met for photos.

Wednesday, July 11...

Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard C.J. McCollum hosted an over-the-top bash at Hyde Bellagio alongside Shoe Palace and More Coin. The NBA superstar celebrated with an intimate group of friends into the early morning as DJ E-Rock kept the beats pumping.

Tuesday, July 10...

Los Angeles Lakers power forward Kyle Kuzma took over the fountain-side hotspot at Hyde Bellagio during an unforgettable INdustry Tuesday alongside Shoe Palace.

Also enjoying the night at Hyde Bellagio with a group of friends was Filipino-American professional boxer and former Super Bantamweight Champion of the World Boxing Organization Nonito Donaire. Additionally, six-time NBA All-Star and shooting guard for the Houston Rockets James Harden partied alongside Aaron Gordon, Andre Drummond, Caris LeVert, D.J. Wilson, Ekpe Udoh, Jordan Clarkson, Moritz Wagner and Tim Hardaway Jr.

Sunday, July 8...

Television star Rex Lee, famous for his roles in HBO’s Entourage and Freeform’s Young & Hungry, enjoyed a quiet lunch by himself at one of Las Vegas’ finest Greek restaurants, Estiatorio Milos at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Saturday, July 7...

In the afternoon,“Deadpool” star Brianna Hilderbrand celebrated her friend’s birthday at TAO Beach in The Venetian.

Later that night at TAO Nightclub, “The Flash” actor Grant Gustin was seen at a VIP table with friends.

Also at the TAO was Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert. Joined by friends, the group partied the night away at a dancefloor table.

Friday, July 6...

Pauly Shore was seen enjoying dinner with his sister at Beauty & Essex in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Over at LAVO Italian Restaurant in The Palazzo, Dallas Mavericks owner and “Shark Tank” star Mark Cuban had dinner with NBA first round draft pick Luka Dončić and friend Jason Lutin.

Later that night at TAO Nightclub in The Venetian, Los Angeles Rams star Aubrey Pleasant and his wife celebrated their third wedding anniversary at a VIP table with friends.

Also taking in the party from separate VIP booths at TAO was Kansas City Chiefs player Arrion Springs and “Deadpool” star Brianna Hildebrand.

MMA Ring Girls Arianny Celeste and Brittney Palmer hosted an unforgettable bash at Hyde Bellagioto celebrate Fight Week. Following appearances on the red carpet alongside fellow ring girls Brookliyn Wren andLuciana Andrade with model Danielle Epstein and influencer Farah Abassi among others, the ladies made their way to a VIP table on Hyde’s luxurious patio.

The knockout night didn’t end there as DJ Konflikt took over the turntables to celebrate his birthday.

Thursday, July 5,...

Australian singer, songwriter and coach of The Voice Australia Delta Goodrem, enjoyed a well-deserved night off at Sin City’s sensual show, Magic Mike Live, inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Following the jam-packed production, Goodrem and her friends posed for photos during an exclusive meet-and-greet with the talented cast where she shared her love for the show.

Kevin Hart celebrated his birthday with friends in the Pearl Lounge at Beauty & Essex in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Saturday, June 30...

The Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo made a surprise appearance at Hyde Bellagio with an impromptu performance of the group’s GRAMMY Award-winning song, “I Gotta Feeling.”

The Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo made a surprise appearance at Hyde Bellagio. Revelers immediately went wild as Taboo took the stage and hyped up guests with an impromptu performance of the group’s GRAMMY Award-winning song, “I Gotta Feeling.”

The Black Eyed Peas Taboo stops by Hyde Bellagio 6.30.18
The Black Eyed Peas Taboo stops by Hyde Bellagio 6.30.18 - Photo courtesy Hyde Bellagio

Friday night, June 29...

Actress Zena Foster celebrated her bachelorette party by dining with friend at TAO inside The Venetian.

Ronnie “the limo driver” Mund from The Howard Stern Show had dinner at LAVO inside The Palazzo.

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