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Ethel M Chocolate's Annual Holiday Cactus Lighting

Ethel M Chocolates 19th Annual Holiday Cactus Lighting went off without a hitch on Tuesday night, November 13. Local Las Vegas entertainers comedian, George Wallace, singers Zowie Bowie and Michael Grimm entertained throngs of people that gathered at at Ethel M's Henderson factory for the traditional holiday event. Choirs from Schofield Elementary and Coronado High school added to the merriment, serenading guests as they took in factory tours, visited the balloon artists and face painters and stood in line for photos with Santa.

Photos courtesy of Ethel M Chocolates

Photos courtesy of Ethel M Chocolates

Photos courtesy of Ethel M Chocolates

At approximately 6pm, the entertainers led the crowd in a 5-4-3-2-1 countdown as Ethel M flipped the switch on more than a half million lights. The 3-acre Cactus Garden sparkled with LED lights, inflatables and lights that appear like falling snowflakes with 3D glasses.

The Ethel M Holiday Cactus Garden which visitors can enjoy for FREE is now open nightly from 5pm to 10pm though Jan. 1.

Local Celebs Attend VIP Sneak Peak of Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Local entertainers were in attendance at Thursday night's (November 15) VIP sneak peak of Glittering Lights, the holiday drive-through spectacular at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which helps to support local children's charities.

A portion of ticket sales will benefit Speedway Children’s Charities which provides funding for hundreds of children’s charities throughout Southern Nevada. Goodwill of Southern Nevada will provide $2 off admission with a donation of gently used items at any of the 30+ sites located in Southern Nevada or at the gates of Glittering Lights.

Among the VIP invited guests at the Glittering Lights reception and preview were Mirage headliner, Terry Fator, Tropicana headliner comedy magician Murray, his showgirl wife, Cloe and on stage sidekick Doug "Lefty" Lefrovich; several dancers from Fantasy; one of the hunky men from "Thunder From Down Under", Defending The Caveman" star, comedian Kevin Burke, and D. D. Post from Las Vegas' favorite murder mystery dinner show "Marriage Can Be Murder Mayhem", who acted as hostess for the evening's festivities.

Kevin Burke
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Doug "Lefty" Leferovich, Murray Sawchuck and Chloe Louise
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Kevin Burke, Terry Fator and D.D. Post
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Terry Fator and Taylor Makakoa
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

The outdoor event featured complimentary food provided by Carrabba's Italian Grill, hot coffee and cocoa from Bad Ass Coffee, and gourmet popcorn from POPPED!

Before enjoying complimentary tram tours of the dazzling light displays, guests were treated to a holiday themed private performance by ventriloquist/singer Terry Fator and his puppet friends, Emma Taylor and Winston, the impersonating turtle. Terry, D.D. and young heart patient, Ava Davis presided over the ceremonial lighting in which Ava pushed the button that switched on the lights.

This year, the 12th Annual Glittering Lights is even bigger and brighter than ever. Expanded by 20 percent the show includes an Avenue of Trees, 450 light displays incorporating a NASCAR display and 15,000 gift bags filled with goodies for visitors. This year, sponsors will be supporting an entire section of the park such as the Victorian Village which is comprised of 20+ light displays or Candyland which includes 12+ light displays. Many sponsors will have their own custom, semi-custom or standard light display and others will have a specialty night or product inclusion in gift bags.

Glittering Lights will be open nightly starting Nov. 16, 2012 through Jan. 6, 2013, Monday through Thursday from 5:30-9 p.m. at $15 per vehicle and Friday through Sunday from 5:30-10 p.m. at $20 per vehicle. The first 15,000 vehicles will receive a gift bag filled with goodies.

Opportunity Village Hosted Star-Studded Camelot Fundraiser

Opportunity Village, Las Vegas’ favorite charity, hosted its annual Camelot fundraiser on Thursday, Nov. 15 at the organization’s Oakey Campus, home of the Magical Forest. This event was emceed by comedian Brad Garrett and celebrated the efforts of Bill and Susan Walters on behalf of individuals with disabilities.

This year, Camelot included a cocktail reception, five-star dinner, silent and live auctions, a preview of the Magical Forest and a special performance of a song inspired by Opportunity Village, written and performed by Mac Davis. As evidence of his kindness, Honoree Bill Walters generously pledged $1 million to Opportunity Village at this event.

David Copperfield and Linda Smith
Photo credit: Steven Joseph Photography

David and Anita Feherty
Photo credit: Steven Joseph Photography

Brad Garrett
Photo credit: Steven Joseph Photography

Bill and Susan Walters
Photo credit: Steven Joseph Photography

Downtown Hotspot Insert Coin(s) Raises $2,000 for Local Charities 
during “Artists for a Cause”

Famed Downtown bar, Insert Coin(s) raised $2,000 to benefit Heaven Can Wait Animal Society and Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation during its inaugural “Artists for a Cause” event on Nov. 14. Local artists including Juan Muniz, King Ruck, Obeyjef, Brian DeLeon, Bree DeLano, along with influencers, gathered to celebrate art and culture and engage in a silent auction to support the chosen nonprofits.



The silent auction featured generous item donations ranging from popular show tickets to “stay-cation” packages and one-of-a-kind experiences. Guests bid on items and enjoyed a display of video-game-inspired art from local talent. Artist Juan Muniz created an art piece live at the event to raffle off in effort to raise additional funds.

The silent auction featured items courtesy of: Lavo, LaCave, STK, Cabana Suites, Flame Restaurant, Palms Resort, Nove Italiano, Kelly Cardenas Salon, RedBull, Fuku Burger, Barrymore, WPT Poker Champ - Alex Outhred

Featured Artist - ObeyJef

Featured Artist - King Ruck of Black Spade Tattoo

Featured Artist - Juan Muniz

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

BAGATELLE RESTAURANT AND SUPPER CLUB opened its doors to the public with an exclusive grand opening celebration showcasing its chic ambience and European flair. The unforgettable night included special appearances by house phenomenon Chris Willis and dance superstar Wynter Gordon, as well as a mesmerizing performance by avant-garde troupe the Lucent Dossier Experience. Guests enjoyed Bagatelle’s signature Mediterranean cuisine and champagne, compliments of the “Champagne Angel,” filling flutes from above.

Remi Laba, Alex Yemenidjian, Jonathan Segal at Bagatelle Grand Opening
Photo Credit: Carlos Larios

Listening Lounge
Photo Credit: Carlos Larios

Lucent Dossier
Photo Credit: Carlos Larios

Lucent Dossier
Photo Credit: Carlos Larios

Sax Player
Photo Credit: Carlos Larios

Wynter Gordon
Photo Credit: Carlos Larios

From now until the end of December, SIN CITY COMEDY is offering a $5 ticket to the show with proof of local Las Vegas residency. Sin City Comedy performs nightly at 9 p.m. at the Sin City Theatre, located on the Mezz at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Tickets are regularly priced at $48.50 and $37.50.

FANTASY, the sizzling adult revue at Luxor Hotel and Casino, is offering a smokin’ ticket deal for Nevadans beginning Friday, Nov. 16. Guests with a valid Nevada ID will get 50 percent off tickets to The Strip’s Biggest Tease through the end of December with a maximum of four tickets per purchase.

This holiday season, the Christmas extravaganza “MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS LAS VEGAS BY CHIP DAVIS” will spread holiday cheer by donating $5 from every 2-for-1 ticket offer purchased to EASTER SEALS NEVADA, the nonprofit that serves more than 7,000 Nevadans will disabilities every year. Guests can use code ES241 when booking this special offer available November 20-December 20 during Mannheim Steamroller’s six-week engagement inside The Palazzo Theatre at The Palazzo Las Vegas.

SUNRISE HOSPITAL AND MEDICAL CENTER has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes Sunrise Hospital’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.

UNLV architecture professor ALFREDO FERNANDEZ GONZALEZ was named the 2012 NEVADA PROFESSOR OF THE YEAR by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The award was presented during a luncheon Nov. 15 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Sammy Hagar’s CABO WABO CANTINA inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino will give shoppers a delicious Black Friday bargain with discounted meals on Friday, Nov. 23. Guests will receive 10 percent off their meal by presenting a receipt from purchases made on Black Friday at any store inside the Miracle Mile Shops.

JERSEY BOYS Las Vegas is sending support to New Jersey, the birthplace of The Four Seasons and backdrop of the hit show, by donating a portion of ticket sales to the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Beginning Monday, November 19, for select full-price tickets sold for performances between Nov. 27 and Dec. 22 using code JERSEY, JERSEY BOYS will donate $25 to the American Red Cross. All proceeds will be allocated solely to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief to help people affected by the devastating storms in the Northeast this year.

Fremont Street Experience is hosting the official ZAPPOS.COM ROCK 'N ROLL LAS VEGAS MARATHON KICK OFF PARTY presented by Michelob Ultra and KOMP 92.3 featuring a free concert by Australian rock band Sick Puppies, Friday, Nov. 30 at 9 p.m. on the 3rd Street Stage.

The Rock `n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & ½ Marathon to benefit the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America scheduled for Sunday, December 2 and will begin on the Strip, wind through downtown Las Vegas and back. Kick-off party sponsors include: Fremont Street Experience, the D Las Vegas Casino Hotel, KOMP 92.3, Michelob Ultra and

In true Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon fashion, live bands will perform at every mile along the course. The Las Vegas event is also renowned for hundreds of running Elvi and its run-through wedding chapel where runners in love can tie the knot or rekindle their romance on their way to the finish line.

After more than three years of sold-out performances at The Mirage, superstar entertainer TERRY FATOR has signed an almost unprecedented new deal with The Mirage Hotel & Casino to continue his run. The agreement will keep him delighting crowds in Las Vegas until at least the year 2016.

Beginning January 1, 2013, Fator’s show calendar will change with performances scheduled Monday – Friday.

Terry Fator currently performs at The Mirage every Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Fodor’s, the leading name in travel guides, recently announced that Bellagio Resort & Casino has been recognized as a 2012 Fodor’s 100 Hotel Award winner in the Global Icon category. This distinction designates Bellagio as an Outstanding Hotel as selected by Fodor’s editors and travel experts, recognizing high style, excellent service and a one-of-a-kind stay for guests.

Cantina Laredo's new 6,231 square foot restaurant, featuring modern Mexican cuisine, opened in Tivoli Village Thursday, November 15th. CANTINA LAREDO offers diners a robust lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch and bar menus served in a sophisticated atmosphere. The wide variety of options found on the menu, include vegetarian and gluten free offerings. Under the direction of Executive Chef Damon Workman, Cantina Laredo uses the best possible ingredients and prepares everything fresh in the kitchen.

For the 11th consecutive year, the city of Henderson hosts the BEST IN THE DESERT HENDERSON 250 OFF-ROAD RACE CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND, Friday, November 30-Saturday, December 1. The event features pre-race festivities, including tech & contingency and a fan expo, concluding with the Henderson 250 Desert Race and points battle decision for the 2012 racing season champ. Spectator admission is complimentary.

Prior to race day, Henderson’s historic Water Street District hosts an off-road fan expo, Friday, November 30 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. The show features a variety of festivities, including race vehicle displays, automotive and merchandise vendors, along with the Henderson 250 Tech & Contingency, where fans have access to watch official race inspections.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas announced the grand re-opening of the infamous BODY ENGLISH nightclub on Friday, Dec. 28, just in time for an indulgent New Year’s 2013 celebration. Body English will showcase indie, electronic, rock and pop music.

This December, 9Group will open SCARLET, a new high end bar at Palms Resort Casino. The 200 square foot Scarlet will provide an intimate atmosphere and a select libation menu featuring top-shelf liquors, unique infused spirits, exclusive signature cocktails and much more. The new bar addition is part of the $50 million first phase of the storied resort’s transformation.

Celebrity Sightings:

Tuesday night, Nov. 13...

The cast and crew of Zumanity™, The Sensual Side of Cirque du Soleil™ at New York-New York Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, celebrated their ninth anniversary with a bash at Hyde Bellagio during the venue’s weekly Tuesday night party, Lost Angels Insider Night.

Among the dozens of company performers in attendance were star characters including Arslan Gusengadzhiev – artist of the “Disclocation” act, William Hulett aka “Rose Boy,” Alan Jones Silva “Tissus,” and Julia Kolosova – the sexy schoolgirl in “Hoops”.

Zumanity cast members
Photo credit: Tony Tran/Hyde Bellagio

Thursday, Nov. 15...

Rocker Alex DeLeon, lead singer for Las Vegas based band The Cab, was spotted shopping at Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Josh Strickland, star of Planet Hollywood’s ‘Peepshow,’ stopped in to try the new Meatball Spot at Town Square.

Josh Strickland

LAX Nightclub inside Luxor Hotel and Casino hosted the 13th Annual Latin GRAMMY after-party and welcomed winners, nominees and artists alike for a star-studded affair.

Around 11 p.m. the stars began arriving and making their way across the red carpet. At 1 a.m. all the attention was focused on the main stage as Latin GRAMMY Award-winner MAFFIO got on top of the DJ booth, thanked all his fans for their support and performed his remix of the hit single “Gangnam Style.

Shortly after MAFFIO’s performance DJ Kane got on the mic and performed his fan favorite “Azukar”.

Also spotted partying at the Vegas hot spot was hip hop icon Ice-T’s son, Lil Ice celebrating his 21st birthday.

DJ Kane
Photo credit: Al Powers of Powers Imagery LLC.

Lil Ice
Photo credit: Al Powers of Powers Imagery LLC.

Photo credit: Al Powers of Powers Imagery LLC.

Saturday night, November 17...

Magicians Murray, Doug “Lefty” Leferovich, Michael Turco, Jan Rouven, Johnny Thompson, singer/magician Ben Stone, singer Jasmine Trias and Robert DeNiro impersonatror Robert Nash were among the invited guests who joined comedy magician Mike Hammer help celebrate his birthday at the Four Queens Hotel & Casino.

Mike Hammer
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Michael Turco, Ben Stone, Jan Rouven, Doug "Lefty" Leferovich, Mike Hammer, Murray Sawchuck and Johnny Thompson
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Jan Rouven, Jasmine Trias and Ben Stone
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Robert Nash (Robert DeNiro impersonator)
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Hip hop sensation Tyga, who turns 23 on Monday celebrated his birthday at TAO.

Joined by a group of friends the rapper was greeted by the sounds of DJ Vice.

Shortly after his arrival he was surprised by a 3-tier gold trimmed birthday cake and a girl dressed as a tiger in a cage.

Extra TV correspondent, Ben Lyons and friends was also spotted at TAO before heading up to the nightclub.

Photo credit: Al Powers/Powers Imagery

Tyga celebrates his birthday
Photo credit: Al Powers/Powers Imagery

Sunday, Nov. 18...

Devon Bostick from the popular film series “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” who just turned 21, Jonathan Brown of “Project X” and Max Topplin from the hit television series “Suits” indulged in a midday feast at Social House inside Crystals at CityCenter.


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