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More Than 100 Local Educators Experience National Geographic Exhibition at The Venetian

Tuesday night, April 9, more than 100 educators visited 50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic in Imagine Exhibitions Gallery at The Venetian for a special event hosted by National Geographic Learning, part of Cenage Learning. The evening served as a thank you to local teachers for their contributions to the educational community and demonstrated how they can incorporate National Geographic’s stunning photography into their curriculums.

While the teachers mingled and enjoyed complimentary hors d'oeuvres, they were treated to a free preview of National Geographic’s latest learning materials. These materials bring learning to life and can help educators achieve their 21st century curriculum goals in science, social studies, technology, English language arts and English language development. Some of the images in 50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic are featured in these materials, so many of the educators expressed interest in making the gallery a future field trip destination.

50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic will run for a limited engagement. The exhibition is open daily from 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., last ticket sold at 6 p.m. Ticket prices are as follows: General admission $16; students with a valid ID, Nevada residents, military and seniors $13; children 12 and under enjoy free admission when accompanied by a paying adult. Taxes and fees not included.

Main Entrance to 50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic 2013 Tom Donoghue Photography and Imagine Exhibitions Inc
Main Entrance
Photo Credit: Tom Donoghue Photography

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Educators check out the exhibit
Event Photos – Imagine Exhibitions Gallery

Local Educators Enjoy 50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic at The Venetian 4.9.13 Imagine Exhibitions
Local educators check out the exhibit
Event Photos – Imagine Exhibitions Gallery

Ben & Jerry's 35th Annual "Free Cone Day" Raises More Than $2,000 for Charity by Serving Up More Than 6,300 Scoops!

Ben & Jerry’s 35th Annual “Free Cone Day,” held on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at the Scoop Shops located in the District at Green Valley Ranch and Sunset Station Hotel & Casino was a great success, giving away more than 6,300 free cones! Each year, the Henderson shops enlist the help of local celebrities to scoop ice cream while supporting local children’s charities, and this year, St. Jude’s Ranch for Children raised more than $2,000 over the course of the day’s event at both stores.

Celebrities that lent their support in The District at Green Valley Ranch Scoop Shop were Jan Rouven, Master Illusionist,  Lady G and Jeff G from Hot 97.5’s Morning Show, Sam Riddle, Whitney and Tiffany from X Burlesque, John and Gavin from Chippendales, The Revolver Girls, BMX pro Ricardo Laguna, Claire Sinclair, star of PIN UP! at the Stratosphere, FANTASY’s Tracey and Mariah, comedic magician Mac King and Jeff Civillico.

In addition, the District at Green Valley Ranch location featured a DJ, face painting and a balloon artist and welcomed back GAMES2U, a mobile unit featuring a variety of interactive games and activities.

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Chippendale dancers and Revolver
Photos courtesy of Ben & Jerry’s

Magician Jan Rouven
Photos courtesy of Ben & Jerry’s

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Comedy magician Mac King and Fantasy Dancers
Photos courtesy of Ben & Jerry’s

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Sam Riddle and X-Burlesque dancers
Photos courtesy of Ben & Jerry’s

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Claire Sinclair
Photo credit: Scott Harrison/Retna.

Fremont East Studios, An All-Media Production Studio, Opens in Downtown Las Vegas

Fremont East Studios, a comprehensive, state-of-the-art production facility offering every aspect of production, from pre-to post, opened on April 9 at 221 Las Vegas Blvd. N. “It’s the studio of every producer’s dreams—a true one-stop shop for all aspects of the media production process,” said Freeman White III, the director of production for Fremont East Studios.

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Fremont East Studios
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

The 9,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility plans to offer educational programs with internships, kids’ classes and equipment training. Based on the principles of founder Mimi Pham, Fremont East Studios aims to follow passion and make a successful connection with the community to promote growth and positivity.

“The goals of Fremont East Studios are not only to be known for outstanding work in all aspects of media creation, but to serve Las Vegas as an educational hub for those interested in learning while helping to grow the community of artists downtown,” said Pham.

Funded by Downtown Project, the downtown Las Vegas revitalization effort being led by CEO Tony Hsieh, Fremont East Studios is the next venture opening that hopes to tap into the positive force working to change the city of Las Vegas.

“I am excited about the role that Fremont East Studios will have towards contributing to the growth of the local community,” said Hsieh.

The innovative space, former home of government access channel KCLV, received a massive renovation and now includes two sound stages, two control rooms, talent facilities, private and shared production/post-production offices, a media lab/screening room and a fully loaded equipment room allows users to construct work comparable to that of any major production house. Fremont East Studios offers comprehensive production services for a range of projects (commercial, music video, feature, etc.), including development, production operations and logistics, studio lighting, grip and electric, green screen, live streaming, teleporting, multi-cam production (in studio and on location), editing and encoding.

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Fremont East Studios
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Fremont East Studios
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Fremont East Studios
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Fremont East Studios
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New Weekly “Las Vegas Rocks Variety Show” Debuts at LVH

Entertainer and TV host, Tony Sacca debuted his new weekly Las Vegas Rocks Variety Show on Friday  April 5 at 4 p.m. in the Shimmer Cabaret at the LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.

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Tony Sacca - Las Vegas Rocks Variety Show
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

The hour-long show will be taped in front of a live audience every Friday at 4 p.m. and air the following day locally at 3 p.m. on Vegas TV Cable 14 as well as regionally and will be broadcast via the Internet.
Guests for the first show were world renowned classical guitarist Esteban and his violinist daughter Teresa Joy, who are currently appearing weekly in the Shimmer Cabaret,  “The Phat Pack” starring Bruce Ewing, Ted Keegan and Randal Keith, headliners of their own show at the The Plaza Hotel & Casino, and comedian Anthony Padillo, who currently performs in “Comedy After Dark” in the Shimmer Cabaret at the LVH. Each of the acts performed a number or two before sitting down with Tony for a brief interview.

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The PHAT Pack - Las Vegas Rocks Variety Show
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Anthony Padilla - Las Vegas Rocks Variety Show
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Esteban and Teresa Joy - Las Vegas Rocks Variety Show
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

The Gregg Peterson Band was the guest house band, which will change weekly and highlight some of the best musicians in our community.

The show is free for the audience that will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis with the doors opening at 3:30 p.m. However, if you would like a guaranteed reserve seat call 364-8668. Audiences will receive a $10 free play coupon (for new player club sign-ups) and BOGO drink offer to be used during the Happy Hour in the Tempo Bar following the taping of each week's show.
Guests performers scheduled for the next show, Friday, April 12 at 4 p.m. are singer Clint Holmes, Michael Jackson impersonator Michael Firestone, “Birdman” Joe Krathwhol, along with David Perrico and The Pin Up Players.

PBR Rock Bar Hosts Academy of Country Music Awards Official Kick-Off Celebration

On Thursday evening, April 4, PBR Rock Bar inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino celebrated the Academy of Country Music Awards with the official kick-off bash featuring musical performances.

The celebration began with a performance by country cutie, Jordan Allena, on the hot spot’s Strip-side patio stage. The blonde singer mingled and signed autographs for fans after wowing the crowd with her performance. Former American Idol contestant, Morgan Leigh, was next to rock the stage. After performing, Leigh celebrated with her band and took a ride on the infamous PBR Rock Bar mechanical bull. ACM musician, Ray Scott, ended the night by rocked revelers with hit songs such as: “Gotta Quit Drinkin’” and “Those Jeans.”

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Jordan Allena
Photo courtesy of PBR Rock Bar

Morgan Leigh Rides the Bull at PBR Rock Bar
Morgan Leigh
Photo courtesy of PBR Rock Bar

Ray Scott Performs at PBR Rock Bar
Ray Scott
Photo courtesy of PBR Rock Bar

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

Our sincere condolences goes out to the family and friends of PETER JAMES REVEEN, world-renowned stage hypnotist and entertainer, best known as ‘Reveen the Impossiblist’.  He passed away peacefully at his Las Vegas home on April 8, from complications due to diabetes and dementia. He was 77 years old. Reveen was also a successful business manager, and for 20 years was acclaimed illusionist Lance Burton's manager.

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Peter James Reveen

Lance Burton released this statement: “Peter Reveen was a giant in the world of Magic. His Illusion shows were lavish and innovative. As a stage Hypnotist he had no peer, he was simply the best in the business. As my Manager for 20 years he was my most trusted advisor. Reveen was my very close friend for 30 years. I am sad today. I will miss him.”

A memorial service is being planned.

Beginning April 10, THE SCINTAS (brothers Frank and Joe Scinta along with Peter O’Donnell) join the exciting entertainment lineup in the newly renovated showroom at the D LAS VEGAS.  The group, known for their dynamic music, comedic antics and spot-on impersonations, will perform at the downtown property Wednesday – Sunday at 9 p.m. three weeks per month. Joining the Scintas for their new show at the D is popular Las Vegas performer and former PEEPSHOW star Janien Valentine. Show tickets start $39.95. For $99, guests are invited to enjoy a special dinner and show package, which includes a three-course gourmet meal at Joe Vicari's Andiamo Italian Steakhouse.

Award-winning film star and classically-trained singer, ROBERT DAVI will perform his celebrated tribute to Frank Sinatra with a 35-minute set and 15-piece orchestra on Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14 at 8 p.m. in The Orleans Showroom Theater in Las Vegas. Tickets for the show, including performances by Don Rickles and Davi, are now on sale from $79.95 to $110 (plus tax and service charge).

The team at MARTIN LAWRENCE, inside The Forum Shops at Caesars, will launch their second annual live LAS VEGAS ART AUCTION on April 13 with a preview beginning at 6:30 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on more than 1200 available works by modern masters and contemporary artists such as Warhol, Picasso, Chagall, Haring, Erté, Kondakova, Deyber, Hallam, Rembrandt, Murakami, Miro and many others with bidding often opening at between 25-75% off retail pricing.  This unique event is open to the public.  To take part in the auction, please call the gallery now at 702-991-5990 for a catalogue and to reserve space.

 In celebration of opening her High Desert Introductions matchmaking service in Las Vegas, “AMERICA'S MATCHMAKERPATTI NOVAK will host a SINGLES NIGHT/GIRLS NIGHT OUT AT BLUE MARTINI LOUNGE at Town Square, Wednesday, April 17, from 6 – 9 p.m. Novak will entertain guests with her dating tips and is known to match people right then and there during the mixer! Guests will receive their first drink compliments of Blue Martini and enjoy light bites from 6 – 7 p.m. All ladies receive 50% off drinks all night. Throughout the evening, guests will have a chance to win prizes such as $500 in spa treatments at WELL Spa at Platinum Las Vegas, a $100 gift certificate to Town Square and much more! Admission is free but space is limited! To attend, please RSVP to 702-701-7770 no later than April 15.

The Plaza Hotel & Casino will be the new home of the historic BONKERZ COMEDY CLUB and its cadre of comedy acts beginning April 18. At the Plaza, Bonkerz will offer shows Thursday through Saturday at 7 p.m. with comic impressionist Rich Natole and at 9 p.m. with The Guidos of Comedy. And on Sunday and Monday nights at 7 p.m., Bonkerz will host the “Vintage Vegas Comedy and Magic Revue.  Bonkerz Comedy Club will reside inside the Plaza’s Zbar, just off of the casino floor. Discounted tickets will be available for locals, members of the military and seniors, with proper identification required.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas expands its poolside debauchery with ROBBIE RIVERA's brand new residency and his world-renowned JUICY BEACH party. Juicy Beach at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will launch on Saturday, April 20 with a lineup that includes Robbie Rivera, Stonebridge, Felix Cartal, Manuel De La Mare and Hot Mouth.

The College of Fine Arts’ Department of Film and the UNLV Short Film Archive are pleased to announce SPRING FLICKS 2013, the annual spring short film festival at UNLV. 
The screenings are free and open to the public.

Spring Flicks is the Cannes Film Festival for UNLV film students and Alumni. Each year, it is THE event filmmakers look forward to in order to show their creative efforts.

The goal of Spring Flicks is to promote the art and importance of the short film and to celebrate the student filmmakers who make them.

The dates of the screenings are:

 Friday, April 26 from 6 pm to 11pm in CBC A-106 
 Saturday, April 27 from 6pm to 11pm CBC A-106
Sunday, April 28 from 6pm to 11pm CBC A-106 

The SPRING FLICKS 2013 AWARDS PRESENTATION will be held in CBC-A-106 starting after the final film has been screened. The Fisher Space Pen company is again awarding $3,000 in prize money to UNLV student and Alumni filmmakers.

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:
AUDIENCE AWARD - Best Picture 
JURY AWARDS - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, and Best Editing and other categories are determined by the Judges.

Awards will also be given to the first and second runner-ups in each category.

On Sunday, April 28, loveable pups in need of forever homes will compete in THE ANIMAL FOUNDATIONS 10th ANNUAL BEST IN SHOW, Las Vegas's most famous dog show held at the Orleans Arena.  The event showcases more than 50 cuddly canine contestants from The Animal Foundation, Nevada's largest animal shelter and pet adoption center, vying for the audience's hearts and homes in an American Kennel Club-style dog show.

For the past ten years, Best In Show has raised crucial dollars that allow The Animal Foundation to operate the largest animal shelter in Nevada while providing services such as adoptions, humane education and a low-cost spay/neuter clinic.

Sunday's Best In Show commences with a pre-show VIP Sponsorship Brunch and silent auction at 11 a.m. At noon, doors to the Orleans Arena open for the vendor fair and for general admission seating to the highly anticipated show at 1 p.m. The 10-year milestone event will feature several exciting acts and personalities:

  •  Singer, songwriter and entertainer Clint Holmes will host the event.
  •  Siegfried & Roy will be honored for their vast contributions to Best In Show throughout the years.
  •  Celebrity Judge Holly Madison will present the Special Needs category.
  •  Las Vegas Valley news personalities will serve as individual category presenters.
  •  The cast of Tony award-winning musical Million Dollar Quartet will provide live entertainment.
  •  A vendor fair in the Orleans Arena from noon to 4 p.m. will showcase unique pet-friendly businesses such as luxury pet food and apparel boutiques, expert animal trainers, local animal advocacy non-profits and more.
  • The Animal Foundation's Best In Show Adoption Weekend kicks off on Friday, April 26 for three days of celebrations and special discounts as the organization aims to find forever homes for 200 dogs and cats.
  •  The Animal Foundation will offer $50 off all dogs two years and older and all cats one year and older at the Campus Adoption Center (655 N. Mojave Road, Las Vegas) and PetSmart Charities Everyday Adoption Center (286 W. Lake Mead Parkway, Henderson) beginning on Friday, April 26. Special pricing will be valid through Sunday at both locations.
  • The Campus Adoption Center will open doors for a fun-filled day including a vendor fair and carnival on Saturday, April 27 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. The vendor fair will showcase many of Sunday's featured businesses and the family-friendly carnival will feature giveaways, raffles, shelter tours, games and more.

Tickets for Best In Show are on sale now and cost $12 for adults and $5 for seniors and children 2-12 years of age.

Comedic superstar CARLOS MENCIA will perform at Treasure Island May 3 at 9 p.m. Guests must be 18 years or older to attend. Tickets are available starting at $49.95, plus tax and handling fees.

RICKY NELSON REMEMBERED featuring MATTHEW AND GUNNAR NELSON comes to the South Point Hotel Casino and Spa Friday, May 3 – Sunday, May 5. The show features hit songs like “Hello Mary Lou,” “Poor Little Fool,” “Travelin’ Man,” “I’m Walkin’,” “I Gotta Feeling,” “Teenage Idol,” “Garden Party” and many more. Ricky Nelson Remembered showcases his life and career through his music and with interviews from artists he influenced, including Paul McCartney and Chris Isaak. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets, on sale now, range in price from $30 to $20 (not including tax and fees).

The R&B quartet, TEDDY RILEY & BLACKSTREET Featuring Dave Hollister bring the hits to the Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip Saturday, May 4th. Doors open at 9:00 PM.  Ages 21+ General admission tickets are $36.00 in advance and $42 day of show, VIP tickets are available for $54.

Gospel Music icon KIRK FRANKLIN has teamed with HOUSE OF BLUES for an ALL NEW GOSPEL BRUNCH. Kirk Franklin’s Gospel Brunch at House of Blues will be unveiled for the first time at House of Blues this Mother’s Day, May 12.  The all-you-can-eat Gospel Brunch is a non-denominational, participative celebration of gospel music to help wipe away the week’s troubles and inspire the week ahead. The ever evolving all you can eat buffet menu features southern specialties and morning feast favorites such as cornbread muffins and maple butter, Creole chicken and shrimp jambalaya, chicken and waffles, carving stations, plus create-your-own Bloody Mary and mimosa bars. Kirk Franklin’s Gospel Brunch at House of Blues will debut on May 12 with scheduled shows taking place at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. every Sunday. Tickets are $50 (adults), $27.50 (child under 11). A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the International House of Blues Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides arts and cultural educational programs and resources for youth in communities across the United States.

Tickets are now on sale for HIV/AIDS nonprofit Golden Rainbow’s 27th Annual “RIBBON OF LIFE FUNDRAISER” that returns to The Smith Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, June 30 at 1 p.m. Tickets are priced at $38, $56, $81, $109 and $212.  “Ribbon of Life” is an original production unlike any other in Las Vegas, featuring some of the best performers from premiere shows on the Las Vegas Strip. This year’s extravaganza, “Tributes,” will feature a wide spectrum of tribute-themed performances from contemporary to classic, Broadway to film, pop to hip-hop, music videos, television and political comedy.

Celebrity Sightings:

Wednesday night, April 3...

GRAMMY Award-winning rapper, actor and record producer, Coolio was spotted with his friends and son at LAX Nightclub located inside Luxor Hotel & Casino. The multi-talented star spent his evening sipping on drinks and enjoying the sounds provided by resident DJ Gusto.

Also spotted at the hot spot was Seattle Seahawks Cornerback Marcus Trufant.

Celebrities and rock stars alike continue to flock to see Def Leppard’s resident show VIVA Hysteria! take over The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Music icons Billy Idol, Steve Stevens and Billy Morrison along with actor Eric Dane (former co-star of “Grey’s Anatomy” )were spotted among the audience enjoying the British rockers’ performance. The stars hung out with friends in one of The Joint’s luxurious VIP suites and posed for pictures with the legendary band.

Gary Payton, the NBA Champion with the 2006 Miami Heat, nine-time All Star and two-time Gold Medal winner was joined by family and friends at the new sports restaurant,  HERAEA at Palms Casino Resort to celebrate Payton's induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

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Billy Idol and Joe Elliott
Photo credit: Knight Billham Photography

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Billy Idol and Phil Collen
Photo credit: Knight Billham Photography

Friday afternoon, April 5...

The stars of History Channel's hit show "Counting Cars" were spotted on track at Dream Racing, the luxury sports car racing experience at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Gearing up for the premier of the show's second season, cast members Scott, Shannon, Horny Mike, Roli and Grandpa suited up in full racing gear before taking to the wheel of a fiery red fleet of Ferrari 430 Gts and showing off their skills on the race course.

Tommy DeVito original member of the legendary singing group Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons was spotted at the debut of Tony Sacca's Las Vegas Rocks Variety Show at the LVH.

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Tommy DeVito
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Friday night...

Seven-time GRAMMY Award-winning singer-songwriter John Mayer was spotted rocking out at Def Leppard’s resident show VIVA Hysteria! at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The popular hung out backstage with the legendary band and posed for photos.

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John Mayer at Def Leppard
Photo Credit: Knight Bilham Photography

TAO Group’s Seven Deadly Sins weekend celebrating seven years bringing revelry to the Las Vegas Strip kicked off at LAVO Friday night with the birthday celebration of partner Jason Strauss. Spotted toasting Strauss were Rumer Willis and Jayson Blair, Mark Salling, Wilmer Valderrama, Ben Barnes and Nicholas Hoult. Also with the group and celebrating her own birthday was Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Nina Adgal, who turned 21.

At TAO former Disney stars Drew Seeley and Lucas Grabeel were spotted in the nightclub.

Chateau Nightclub & Gardens inside Paris Las Vegas welcomed R&B artist Omarion as he hit the Rooftop for a special live performance.

Omarion Chateau Nightclub Rooftop DJ Booth
Photo credit: David Becker/WireImage

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Omarion performing at Chateau
Photo credit: David Becker/WireImage

The sophisticated nightclub in Encore at Wynn Las Vegas celebrated four years of business, maintaining  its position as the No. 1 nightclub in the country based on Nightclub & Bar’s Top 100 rankings. Resident DJ and global superstar, David Guetta headlined the evening for a sold out, passionate crowd.

David arrived shortly after 1 am and took time to pose with the executive team and celebratory anniversary cake before jumping on stage to take over for Sultan & Ned Shepard.

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David Guetta
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Jesse Waits and David Guetta
Photos credited to Erik Kabik/Retna.

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Eric_White, John Wood, Yannick Mugnier, Jesse Waits, David Guetta, Zee Zandi, Ronn Nicoli, XS4yr
Photos credited to Erik Kabik/Retna.

Sports and entertainment stars including Michael Jordan, Will Smith, Don Cheadle, Bruce & Brody Jenner, Chevy Chase, Michael Phelps, Julius “Dr. J” Erving, Jerry Rice and Wayne Gretzky among dozens of others gathered at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas for the 12th Annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational Celebration.

The star-studded annual gala marks a night of celebration kicking off the two days of exclusive celebrity golf competition at Shadow Creek in the name of charitable fundraising.  Joseph Domingues, a Make-A-Wish “wish kid” fulfilled his dream of meeting MJ earlier in the day and was able to meet many of his idols at the event, including Michael Phelps (who gave Joseph some pointers on how to walk a red carpet), Marcus Allen, Stuart Scott, Roger Clemens, Vince Coleman, Jonathan Ogden, Ron Harper and Jerome Bettis.

Jordan sat front-and-center by the stage with fiancée Yvette Prieto, where he was joined by pal Will Smith.

The crowd also enjoyed a surprise show by Blue Man Group, who emerged from the crowd to dazzle guests with their immersive audiovisual comedy show, and a live performance by GRAMMY Award-winning artist John Legend, Comedian/singer Wayne Brady headlined entertainment for the evening Brady incorporated insider jests at various celebrities into his standup show, which was co-hosted by Jonathan Mangum.

CityCenter President & CEO Bobby Baldwin welcomed the elite crowd to ARIA Resort & Casino and introduced “His Airness.” MJ took the microphone to thank his friends, sponsors and volunteers for all of the hard work put in to make the charitable tournament a huge success.

Later in the evening, the party transformed into a pop-up nightclub with R&B, EDM and hip-hop beats spun by DJ Irie. NFL legend Jason Taylor was even spotted ascending the DJ booth to spin a few tracks for his friends.

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Jayne and Chevy Chase
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Will Smith and Michael Phelps at MJCI Gala at ARIA Resort and Casino Las Vegas 4.5.13
Will Smith and Michael Phelps
Photo Credit: Getty Images Entertainment, Isaac Brekken/Bryan Steffy

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Wayne Gretsky, Janet-Jones Gretsky and Trevor Gretsky
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Adrian Young and Nina Kent
Photo Credit: Getty Images Entertainment, Isaac Brekken/Bryan Steffy

Bruce and Brody Jenner on the red carpet at MJCI Gala at ARIA Resort and Casino Las Vegas 4.5.13
Bruce and Brody Jenner
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Yvette Priedo and Michael Jordan
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Actresses and sisters, Tia and Tamera Mowry and a few of their close friends were spotted enjoying Las Vegas’ only striptease spectacular, PEEPSHOW at Planet Hollywood starring Coco of E!’s “Ice Loves Coco” on April 5

Tia and Tamera at Peepshow
Photo credit: Cashman

Saturday, April 6...

Peepshow star, Coco Austin was spotted at Towbin Automotive, where she purchased her custom-made Finland-made Fisker Karma electric sports sedan.

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Coco Austin with her new, specially-ordered Fisker Karma at Towbin Automotive
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“Glee” star Dot-Marie Jones, also known as Coach Beiste, was spotted at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas at The Venetian posing with a wax figure of fellow “Glee” coach Sue Sylvester.

The figure of Sylvester, played by actress Jane Lynch, is at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas until May 31.

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Dot-Marie Jones
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The Marquee Dayclub season opening kicked off with the birthday celebrations of Sports Illustrated model Nina Agdal and Marquee co-founder and co-owner Jason Strauss.

Nina was joined by her friends in a cabana and danced carefree to the sounds of the EC Twins. To officially ring in her 21st birthday, the Marquee girls presented Nina a cake with a cute photo of her dog Stella.

Wilmer Valderrama, Nicholas Hoult, and Ben Barnes were also spotted celebrating in Jason Strauss' cabana.

On the other side of the pool, Marquee Dayclub first-timer, Rumer Willis was joined by boyfriend Jayson Blair to celebrate a close friend's birthday while Mark Salling hung out with his friends in the next cabana.

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Nina Agdal

Photo Credit: Al Powers/Powers Imagery

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Nina Agdal with the EC Twins

Photo Credit: Al Powers/Powers Imagery

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Jason Strauss with birthday cake

Photo Credit: Al Powers/Powers Imagery

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Jason Strauss with Wilmer Valderrama

Photo Credit: Al Powers/Powers Imagery

Monday, April 8...

Country music superstar and Las Vegas Strip headliner, Shania Twain was spotted experiencing Blue Man Group at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino on  Following the performance, she attended a private meet and greet with the Blue Men.