By Judy Thorburn
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Owner/Editor in Chief/writer - Las Vegas Round The Clock
Owner/Editor in Chief/writer - The Flick Chicks
Director of Communications - Nevada Film Alliance

Holly Madison Hosts Adriana Fernandez Bikinis Fashion Show and U.S. Launch at Eve Nightclub

Holly Madison, star of Peepshow and her E! Network series “Holly’s World,” hosted the Adriana Fernandez Bikinis fashion show and official U.S. launch party at Eva Longoria Parker’s nightclub Eve on Friday night, March 5.  Adriana Fernandez Bikinis is an international swimwear sensation. The evening's event marked the premiere launch of the brand in the U.S.

The Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show Convenes in Las Vegas

The Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show, the most important beverage event of the year, where hospitality industry professionals conduct business and network,  took place March 8-10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center as part of International Hospitality Week, which includes the, International Restaurant Show and HotelWorld Food & Beverage.

Planet Hollywood Hosts Las Vegas Premiere of “She's Out of My League”

The Las Vegas Premiere of the comedy She's Out Of My League, which included a glamorous, star studded Red Carpet event, was held at Planet Hollywood Casino and Resort on March 10.  Celebrity arrivals included the stars of the film, Jay Baruchel and Alice Eve, supporting cast members Nate Torrence, Krysten Ritter, Hayes MacArthur, Jessica St. Clair, Kim Shaw, and Geoffrey Stults and director Jim Field Smith along with David Krumholtz (of the hit TV series, Numb3rs),  “Jersey Shore’s” Pauly D, former professional wrestler/Dancing With the Stars runner Up, Stacy Keibler, Playboy Playmates Laura Croft and Angel Perrino,  Miss Nevada USA Julianna Erdesz and Australian singing sensation Human Nature.

Celebrities Attend Opening Night of Matt Goss Live from Caesars Palace

Several celebrities attended the Opening Night of Matt's Goss's new show Live from Caesars Palace on Friday, March 12.  Red carpet arrivals were the show's producer and creator of the Pussycat Dolls, Robin Antin, multi-platinum recording artists Mel B, Natasha Bedingfield and Leona Lewis,  Reality star Laura Croft, comedian Rita Rudner and Imperial Palace headliner and female impersonator Frank Marino.

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

Actor Corey Haim, who attended the  red carpet Premiere of Reach For Me at the Las Vegas Hilton  in January, died early Wednesday, March 3 at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Los Angeles County coroner's Lt. Cheryl MacWillie said. He was 38.

Corey Haim (Left)
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Monday, March 8 through Wednesday, March 31, Miracle Mile Shops’ fountain will emit a constant orange color in between its regularly scheduled water shows in support of The National Multiple Sclerosis Society - Nevada Chapter.  Additionally, all money tossed into the fountain and the center’s indoor rainstorm feature during the month of March will be donated to the Nevada Chapter.

Hussong’s Cantina and Taqueria, located at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, is saying “Muchas Gracias” to Las Vegas locals by offering special drink and menu discounts Mondays for everyone who shows a Nevada ID or local business card.   Every Monday from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. locals can enjoy half off nachos and tacos and $5 fresh hand squeezed lime Original Margaritas, along with half priced well drinks and draft beers. Local ladies receive their first Original Margarita on the house, while local guys get a free tequila slammer.

Hussong's Cantina
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Annie Duke triumphed against the crème de la crème of the poker world on Sunday, March 7  to win the 6th Annual National Heads-Up Poker Championship at the Caesars Palace Poker Tournament Room.  Duke defeated Erik Seidel, who has won eight World Series of Poker bracelets and ranks 9th all-time money list, in the tournament’s best-of-three finals to claim the championship and the $500,000 first-place prize.  Seidel takes home $250,000 as the second-place finisher.  The National Heads-Up Poker Championship is taped for broadcast on NBC over six consecutive Sundays beginning April 18 (Noon - 1PM ET).

Annie Duke (arm raised in air)
Photo credit: Stephanie Moore/NBC Sports

As part of a spectacular tribute to nature's most beautiful season, Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens unveiled a fantastical new Spring exhibit on March 9 that showcases large-scale sculptural ants, made entirely of bronze.  Inspired by the social nature of these industrious creatures, American artist Susan P. Cochran created a seven-member colony that represent the ideals of cooperation and teamwork. The spring exhibit within Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is free to the public and will be on display March 14 through May 9.

Tony Sacca, the “Entertainment Ambassador of Las Vegas”  has settled on the name Embassy Theatre for the showroom at his new dining-entertainment venue,  Las Vegas Rocks Café located downtown at Neonopolis, 450 Fremont Street.

Tony Sacca and Josette LeBlonde
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Bellagio has been appointed Darius Allyn, a distinguished member of the Court of Master Sommeliers, to the position of Sommelier for Osterio de Circo and Sensi.  Allyn becomes the fourth on the already impressive team of Master Sommeliers, joining Joseph Phillips of MICHAEL MINA, Robert Smith of Picasso and Director of Wine Jason Smith.  This honor further validates Bellagio’s commitment to excellence and establishes it as the only hotel in the world with four Master Sommeliers at a single property.

Preeminent disc spinner DJ Skribble hosted his new weekly Saturday night production, Freak Show  inside Studio 54 at MGM Grand on  Saturday, March 6.  DJ Skribble’s high-energy performances and unforgettable sounds gave club-goers a night of spectacular music, as the iconic mix master settled into his new home on The Strip.  The non-stop party and over-the-top entertainment had Studio 54 rocking all night long and into the next morning.  DJ Skribble   heats up the dance floor as he spins energetic tracks that transforms the club into a modern day circus freak show.

On the evening of  March 8, Eva Longoria Parker and the team at her Las Vegas nightclub, Eve, located in Crystals at CityCenter, donated 100% of the $25 cover charge to the Red Cross relief efforts for the victims of the earthquake in Chile.  Every guest was given a complimentary cocktail to thank them for their donation. Criss Angel, Angelica Bridges and Carrot Top, who all star in shows at the Luxor, hosted the event and thanked the crowd for their generous support. In addition to money raised through the cover charge, donations toward a raffle included an autographed Holly Madison calendar.

Criss Angel, Angelica Bridges and Carrot Top together at Eva Longoria Parker's nightclub, Eve.
Photo credit: Hew Burney,

Criss Angel and Angelica Bridges get cozy at Eve, Eva Longoria Parker's nightclub at CityCenter Las Vegas
Photo credit: Hew Burney,

The cast of FANTASY at LUXOR gather for a photo with one of the $1 bills that "rained" on the crowd.
Photo credit: Hew Burney,

Criss Angel, Angelica Bridges and Carrot Top thank the crowd at Eve for donating money to the Red Cross for Chile relief.
Photo credit: Hew Burney,

Comedian/actor David Spade will perform his 75 minute show, featuring real-life comical situations, at the Venetian Showroom March 18 – 20 & 25 – 27. Ticket prices are $65.75, $85.75 and $105.75 inclusive of tax and fees. Show time is  9 p.m.

The Vienna Boys Choir – young favorites who have performed for millions over more than five centuries with their unique charm and especially beautiful voices, will peform at The UNLV Performing Arts Center– at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 18 as part of the Charles Vanda Master Series. More than 100 choristers between the ages of 10 and 14 make up the four choirs which tour yearly worldwide.

The choir’s repertoire includes everything from medieval to contemporary and experimental music. Tickets are $35, $50, and $80 and can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center Box Office at 895-ARTS (2787) or by visiting

Due to popular demand, Broadway’s triple threat Rick Faugno (pronounced Fawn-Yo), the original Frankie Valli in “Jersey Boys” at the Palazzo, will reprise his critically-acclaimed one-man song and dance show, “Songs My Idols Sang (And Danced!),” on Sunday, March 21, at 3 p.m. in the 400-seat South Point Casino Showroom. Tickets are priced at $20, $25 and $30.  He’ll also be selling his new CD at the performance.

Actor and Broadway star, Mandy Patinkin performs a very special benefit concert - Mandy Patinkin: Dress Casual, with Paul Ford on piano - at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 27 in the intimate Judy Bayley Theatre to support the Nevada Conservatory Theatre at UNLV and Theatre of the Emerging American Moment (TEAM). Tickets are $125 or VIP $200, which includes preferred seating and a reception with Mr. Patinkin following the show. For reservations, call 895-ARTS (2787) or visit

Rampart Casino continues to feature entertainment from the Golden Age of Las Vegas with Drinkin’ Singin’ Swingin’  a high-energy original show featuring musical tributes to legendary icons Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin.  Ryan Baker (Sinatra,) Bryan Clark (Davis) and Rick Michel (Martin) bring the hits that made these legendary performers icons today.  The 90 minute show will be presented in  Addison’s Lounge, located conveniently on the casino level, at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 26 and Saturday, March 27 and 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 28.

Tickets for these shows can be purchased in advance for $10 at the casino cage or $15 at the door and includes one complimentary drink.

Nevada Ballet Theatre will present Brave New World, featuring three world premiere works: Song of the Nightingale, a story ballet based on the original Hans Christian Andersen tale, The Nightingale, choreographed by local artist Gail Gilbert; a fascinating new work by Wideman/Davis Dance Company Artistic Director Thaddeus Davis; and Cyclical Night, a tango-inspired piece by Nevada Ballet Theatre’s own Artistic Director James Canfield. This eclectic program will be presented on Saturday, March 27 at 8 pm and Sunday, March 28 at 2 pm at UNLV’s Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway. Ticket prices range from $10 - $75 and can be purchased by calling the UNLV Performing Arts Center Box Office at (702) 895-ARTS (2787) or ordering online at

The UNLV Performing Arts Center presents Adam del Monte – first prize-winner at the 1997 Stotsenberg International Classical Guitar Competition – at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 25 as part of the Classical Guitar Series. del Monte is one of the leading guitarists in the word today performing both flamenco and classical guitar.Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center Box Office at 895-ARTS (2787) or by visiting

International singer and songwriter Jay Sean will host his 27th birthday party, along with a special performance, at Eve nightclub located in Crystals at CityCenter, on Friday, March 26.

Shakespeare At Play is presenting a production of William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.” at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 26 at the Village Lake Las Vegas in Henderson. Shakespeare At Play is composed of award-winning actors, directors, writers and producers that have performed in various destinations such as China, England, Canada and the United States. Guests are encouraged to bring a low-back chair to the performance. The stage will be located near the gazebo on the platform in front of Sonrisa Grill. This outdoor production  is FREE to the public.

The Flying Karamazov Brothers bring their unique blend of comedy, theater, music and juggling to The Orleans Showroom for two performances, March 27 and 28 at 8 p.m.  Tickets are priced from $19.95, plus tax

Comedian George Wallace, known for giving away prizes at his show, is now going above and beyond by giving away a Smart Car which will be awarded to one lucky winner chosen at random on April 1, 2010 at 11:15 p.m. during Wallace’s “I Be Thinkin’” show. Fans can participate in the Smart Car giveaway by filling out an entry form at the Flamingo Showroom directly after seeing George Wallace’s show. The winner does not have to be present at the drawing in order to claim the car. Only one entry per guest and entrants must be 18 years or older.  

Bestselling author and Food Network star, Giada De Laurentiis, will personalize her new cookbook Giada at Home: Family Recipes from Italy and California and greet fans at Sur La Table inside Miracle Mile Shops Monday, April 5 at 5 p.m.  Tickets to gain access to the cookbook signing and meet and greet can be obtained by purchasing a copy of Giada at Home: Family Recipes from Italy and California at Sur La Table’s Miracle Mile Shops location any time between now and April 5.

Blizz Frozen Yogurt has opened at The Mirage. The self serving yogurt shop features a variety of flavored yogurts and a large selection of toppings such as fruits and berries, nuts, hot fudge, warm pie fillings and brownie bites for guests to create their own masterpiece. Calorie-conscious guests will appreciate that almost all the delicious flavors offered at Blizz are non-fat.  In addition to frozen yogurt, Blizz offers smoothies, waffles, frappés, shakes and crêpes.   Blizz is open Sunday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 9 a.m. – midnight.

Celebrity sightings:

Friday, March 5...

Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher spotted at Blush Boutique Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas Friday.  Also at Blush was Killers bassist Mark Stoermer.

Sammy Hagar's Cabo Wabo Cantina was a popular venue for both Holly Madison and rocker Lita Ford, who stopped in to enjoy some of the Cantina's Mexican specialties at the Miracle Mile on Friday.

Peepshow star Holly Madison and a guest enjoyed a quick lunch.

Rock 'n 'roll star Lita Ford, best known for her hit "Kiss Me Deadly," and her duet with Ozzy Osbourne, "Close My Eyes Forever," was joined by husband, glam metal singer Jim Gillette, and their two children at the Cantina.

Saturday, March 6...

Actor Seth Green vacationed in Vegas with 16 friends, which included fellow Rat Race actor Breckin Meyer. The recently engaged Green had lots to celebrate this trip, including the return of his hit Cartoon Network series, Robot Chicken, and his 36th birthday which was was on February 8th.  The group started their evening with dinner at Society Café Encore. Shortly before Midnight, the group headed over to Blush Boutique Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas where  Green was surprised by the nightclub when he was presented with a Robot Chicken birthday cake made by Gimme Some Sugar Bakery.

Breckin Meyer and Seth Green
Photo credit: Al Powers

Seth Green with birthday cake
Photo credit: Al Powers

Actor Rob Schneider enjoyed a few drinks in the lounge and mingled with fans at Strip House at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Sunday night, March 7...

Jackie Jackson of the Jackson 5 was spotted in the lounge at LAVO.

Also dining at LAVO was Chase Daniel of the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints.

Tuesday night, March 9...

Justin Timberlake was spotted dining at TAO and then enjoying LAVO’s industry night with a group of friends and business associates.

“Let It Rock” singer Kevin Rudolf performed his newest single, “I Made It” at Blush Boutique Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas.

Kevin Rudolf
Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

Kevin Rudolf
Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

Kevin Rudolf
Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

Former Playgirl cover model and Los Angeles luxury real estate hunk Madison Hilderbrand played host to the official 2010 GLBT Bar and Nightclub event at Tabú Ultra Lounge inside the MGM Grand.  The Bravo TV reality star danced the night away with his friend Mervat Berry.  The two were seen dancing to hits by Little John and Ciara as DJ AXIS created the soundtrack for the night at Las Vegas’ hottest ultra lounge.  Throughout the night Madison was seen talking with Earl Shelton, managing director for Q Vegas while mixing and mingling with the who’s who of the Vegas GLBT community.

Madison Hilderbrand
Photo credit: Vic Bonadonna and MGM Grand


Earl Shelton and Madison Hilderbrand

Earlier in the day Madison spent time at the Nightclub & Bar Convention and Tradeshow.  He also spent some time scoping out CityCenter’s residential components with a Coldwell Banker representative.  Madison’s whirlwind Vegas trip was filled with business and pleasure.

Wednesday night, March 10,  TAO Nightclub opened its doors in celebration of the Nightclub & Bar Convention.  901 Tequila was a sponsor of the party and the company’s founder Justin Timberlake was on hand.

Also spotted at TAO was DJ Pauly D of  reality show“Jersey Shore”.

Tennis star Venus Williams made her way to TAO after spending the first part of the night checking out LAVO with sister Serena. 

Over at LAVO rapper Asher Roth was spotted dining at the Italian eatery with friends.

Keisha Knight Pulliam, who played young Rudy on the Bill Cosby Show, and Venus Williams were spotted separately at Criss Angel's show.

Thursday night, March 11...

Asher Roth hopped on the catwalk at TAO and entertained the packed club with a three song set.  Before hitting the club, Roth, DJ Wreckineyez and friends dined at TAO Asian Bistro.

DJ Wreckineyez and Asher Roth
Photo credit: Al Powers


Asher Roth
Photo credit: Al Powers

Asher Roth and DJ Wreckineyez inside Tao
Photo credit: Al Powers

Also dining at TAO was Venus Williams.

Venus Williams (Center)
Photo credit: Al Powers

Warming up for his Saturday night gig, superstar DJ Erick Morillo was spotted hanging with TAO owner Jason Strauss, taking in the scene and the sounds of DJ Ross One.

Jason Alexander, who stars in The Donny Clay Experience at Planet Hollywood was seen with a friend in the Eiffel Tower Restaurant at Paris Las Vegas.

Friday night, March 12, retired football pro Jerome Bettis celebrated a belated 38th birthday at TAO. Bettis was joined by former Pittsburgh Steeler teammates Kordell Stewart and Hines Ward for the celebration.   The group and friends took over TAO’s private dining room and feasted on a huge dinner in TAO's private dining room the group headed up to a VIP table in the club where mixed martial artists Gray Maynard, Ray Sefo and Jay Hieron were on hand to help “The Bus” celebrate as a Steeler themed cake in the shape of a bus was presented to Bettis.

GRAMMY award-winning rap artist Soulja Boy and his posse took the stage at Eva Longoria Parker's Eve nightclub performing a four-song set including Billboard Hot 100 hits, "Kiss Me Thru The Phone," "Turn My Swag On" and "All The Way Turnt Up."

Also in Eve's VIP section was Bryan Scott of the Buffalo Bills celebrating his bachelor party, along with St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson,  rapper Camillionaire, rapper Sliff Star, comedian Alex Thomas and comedian Joe Clair.

Saturday night, March 13,  former N ‘Sync star JC Chasez, was spotted dining at LAVO with friends including Shawn Pyfrom from Desperate Housewives.

I'll be back next week with more of what's happening in Las Vegas.