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Stars Celebrate Quincy Jones and Sir Michael Caine's 80th Birthday at Keep Memory Alive's 17th Annual "Power of Love" Gala

Some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry celebrated the 80th birthday of Quincy Jones and Sir Michael Caine Saturday, April 13 at the 17th annual Keep Memory Alive Power of Love Gala at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The star-studded event raised funds for Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and its fight against neurodegenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s diseases, multiple sclerosis, ALS and memory disorders of all kinds.

Highlights from the night included heartfelt musical tributes from Chaka Khan and Stevie Wonder, hysterical stand-up comedy from Chris Tucker and nostalgic remarks about the guests of honor from Whoopi Goldberg. At the end of the evening, Wonder led a “Happy Birthday” serenade to Jones and Caine, followed by an awe-inspiring performance of “We are the World” by the entire celebrity lineup.

Performers and celebrity supporters who attended the event included music and film luminaries Amy Poehler, Arsenio Hall, Bebe Winans, Bono, Carlos Santana, Chaka Khan, Chris Tucker, Greg Phillinganes, Herbie Hancock, James Ingram, Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks, Larry King, Marcus Miller, Nikki Yanofsky, Patti Austin, Paulinho Da Costa, Rashida Jones, Siedah Garrett, Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion), Stevie Wonder, Tom Scott, Vinnie Colaiuta, Whoopi Goldberg, and Will Smith.

Continuing with its 17-year history, the Power of Love Gala showcased a celebrity-chef-packed dinner prepared by award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay. Guests were treated to a Dom Pérignon reception and bid on one-of-a-kind live and silent auction items including an 11-day Mediterranean cruise and a football helmet signed by the 2013 NFL champions, the Baltimore Ravens.

In addition, donors from across the country were able to contribute to Keep Memory Alive’s cause for the first time through a text-to-donate campaign. Now through the end of the year, donors can text “MEMORY” to 80888 to give $10 to support brain health research at Cleveland Clinic.

The Power of Love Gala was produced by headlining sponsor Bill Edwards Presents Inc. in partnership with Las Vegas, official sponsors HARMAN and Playground Sessions, and Keep Memory Alive, the fundraising arm of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. The birthday celebration for Jones and Caine honored a lifetime of achievement for the entertainment marvels and raised funds for clinical programs, caregiver support and testing of new treatment for neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, ALS, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s.

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Popular Downtown Venue Insert Coin(s) Celebrates 2 Year Anniversary

Insert Coin(s) celebrated two years of success on April 12. The “barcade”, known to be downtown’s party headquarters and a gamer's paradise, features 60 arcade cabinets, 40 video game consoles and top notch DJs performing nightly.

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Insert Coin(s)
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Insert Coin(s) owner Christopher LaPorte and program director Bree Cohen
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Insert Coin(s)
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Insert Coin(s)
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The interactive nightlife venue kicked off their 3rd year in business with a celebratory anniversary party featuring special guest NADASTROM, an electronic music icon and resident DJs Dave Fogg, Phoreyz, Cutso, and Charlie Darker.

The visionary behind Insert Coin(s), Christopher LaPorte quit a promising career in the healthcare industry to chase a dream. Self-proclaimed Gamer, Bossman, as he’s so eloquently called, created a staple in Las Vegas nightlife, and successfully proved to the world the immense strength of the videogame community.

“The success of Insert Coin(s) not only displays the strength of the video game community, but also the revitalization of Downtown Las Vegas,” said founder Chris LaPorte. “I am ecstatic to be celebrating Insert Coin(s) two year anniversary, and look forward to many more to come.”

To continue the festivities, Insert Coin(s) presented the GENERATIONS Video Game Tournament on April 13th, where $3,500 in cash and prizes was up for grabs.

The Fat Bar Celebrated First anniversary on Saturday, April 13

Fat Bar, the only one of its kind, situated in front of the busiest Fatburger in the world on the Las Vegas strip, celebrated it's first anniversary on Saturday, April 13.

The 200-seat Fat Bar was the brainchild of Darin Feinstein, owner of the local Fatburger franchises, who expanded the 3,000 square foot Fatburger to now include an outdoor patio open all year round that's offers heaters in winter and misters in summer for the comfort of visiting patrons.  Along with a full bar of alcoholic beverages, 12 draft taps and tasty cocktails such as the “Vegas Vacation” and “Bloody Fat Mary ”, the circular retro looking lounge offers hungry patrons the classic Fatburger menu featuring various sized 100% USDA custom burgers, chicken burgers, turkey burgers, veggie burgers and sides of chili cheese fries and daily fresh onion rings.  Thee is also a special that can't be beat. For $35 you get a two-hour open bar and burger and fries.

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Fat Bar in front of Fatburger on the strip
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Fat Bar on the strip
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With approximately 50,000 and 80,000 people strolling by each day, Fat Bar is also the perfect place for people watching.

Located directly across from where the Monte Carlo meets City Center, The Fat Bar is open 24 hours a day seven days a week and has a breakfast menu from 5 a.m. until noon.
Thursday nights from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. a deejay plays ‘80s music and on Fridays and Saturdays the deejay plays rock ‘n’ roll from 10 p.m.-2 a.m.

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

FOUR UNLV FILM GRADUATES, Stephanie Perez - Editing Fellow; Brian Merrick - Editing Fellow; Craig Boydston - Cinematography Fellow; and Constanza Castro - Producing Fellow, were recently accepted into the AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE (AFI) for Fall 2013. This, along with last year's acceptances, makes the UNLV film program the most represented of any other American undergraduate program at AFI.

At the world-renowned AFI Conservatory, a dedicated group of working professionals from the film and television communities serve as mentors in a hands-on, production-based environment nurturing the talents of tomorrow's storytellers.

With an emphasis on narrative visual storytelling and personal expression, each class breaks into teams that mirror a real production environment. Those teams collaborate on and produce more films than any other graduate level film program.

The AFI Conservatory is a division of the American Film Institute founded in 1969, located in Hollywood's Griffith Park. The school is the only existing Master of Fine Arts conservatory in advanced film education.

“American Idol,” past winner TAYLOR HICKS has announced his show will be moving from the Indigo at Bally’s to Napoleon’s inside Paris Las Vegas.  Hicks will perform at Paris starting Jan. 21, 2013.

Great Britain’s premier arena rock band DEF LEPPARD commemorated the final shows of their VIVA Hysteria! residency at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino with Paul Davis, Vice President of Entertainment at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Bobby Reynolds, Vice President of Booking at AEG Live, and Suzanne Richardson, Marketing Director at AEG Live, on Wednesday, April 10. AEG Live and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino presented each member of Def Leppard with a custom-wrapped mini Trans-Am, paying homage to the band’s legendary Hysteria album and residency artwork, as a thank you for their dedication to the run of shows.

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L-R Paul Davis, Rick Allen, Vivian Campbell, Rick Savage, Joe Elliott, Phil Collen, Bobby Reynolds and Suzanne Richardson
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4.10.13 custom wrapped cars in honor of VIVA Hysteria gifted by AEG Live and Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Las Vegas
Custom wrapped cars
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DEF LEPPARD concluded their extremely successful VIVA Hysteria! residency with two packed shows on Friday, April 12 (today) and Saturday, April 13.

PEEPSHOW, Las Vegas’ mega-hit striptease spectacular is pleased to announce the FOURTH ANNUAL BROADWAY BARES: THE BAREST SHOW ON EARTH on Sunday, April 21 at 11:59 p.m., which will be held on the PEEPSHOW stage at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.  Hosted by award-winning television personality Scott Nevins, the show features the sexiest entertainers from across the Strip coming together for a one-night-only event unlike any other, with special performances by Jaymes Vaughan and James Davis of Chippendales and “The Amazing Race,” iCANDY star Maren Wade, and ROCK OF AGES cast member Mark Shunock.  Tickets are available in advance for $25 + tax, $30 + tax at the door. VIP tickets are also available in advance for $55 + tax, $60 + tax at the door.

LAKA Manicure Express, the globally-known provider for on-the-go, fashionable nail services, along with the University of Nevada – Las Vegas Cheerleaders, will celebrate the launch of LAKA Manicure Express’ newest United States location inside Fashion Show mall on Thursday, April 25 from 12-2 p.m.  In addition to a variety of luxurious services, each LAKA Manicure Express location features an extensive line of products including more than 150 highly pigmented nail lacquers and specialty creams for the care of hands and feet.

Open to the public, the grand opening event will include a ribbon cutting ceremony, pink refreshments, raffle prizes and giveaways for discounts on future services. LAKA branded shopping bags will be provided to mall patrons and, as a supporter of local charitable organizations, LAKA Manicure Express will donate 50 percent of the entire day’s proceeds to the University of Nevada – Las Vegas Foundation.

On Saturday, April 27, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., DRESS FOR SUCCESS SOUTHERN NEVADA  at 3400 W. Desert Inn Rd., Suite 25, will open its doors for “Shop for Success,” offering shoppers the opportunity to find high-end designer apparel at reduced prices with all proceeds benefiting Dress for Success Southern Nevada. New and nearly new designer clothing and professional attire will be available for significantly reduced prices including sweaters for only $4, pants and skirts for $6, and suits for $20 – as well as accessories such as purses, scarves and jewelry. Cash or credit will be accepted.

Proceeds of Shop for Success will benefit Dress for Success Southern Nevada and its efforts to provide professional clothing and a network of support to disadvantaged women. Since being founded in 2009, Dress for Success Southern Nevada has suited over 300 women in the Las Vegas valley.

CENTERFOLDS OF MAGIC” will open in the showroom of the Plaza Hotel & Casino on May 1. “Centerfolds of Magic,” the first topless ensemble of all-female magicians, will perform six nights a week at 11 p.m. (dark on Thursdays). This late-night adult cabaret is a blend of award-winning illusions, talented and sexy female magicians, contemporary choreography, and hilarious original comedy. The show will open with the award-winning antics of comedian Joe Trammel, the “TV Guy.” Ticket prices range from $49 to $69, and customers must be 18 years of age or older.

The Dr. Miriam & Sheldon G. Adelson Educational Campus presents Andrew Lloyd Weber’s musical extravaganza “THE WIZARD OF OZ” on Wednesday, May 1 and Thursday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m. Theater veterans who have worked on “Les Miserables,” Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” local musicals in residence, and award winning short films will assist with the production. The show is FREE and open to the public.  Adelson Educational Campus is located at 9700 West Hillpointe Road in Summerlin. Seats can be reserved online at or by calling 255-4500 prior to the show. 

The NEVADA CONSERVATORY THEATRE AT UNLV concludes its 10thAnniversary Season May 3 with the hilarious musical “URINETOWN'” – in the Judy Bayley Theatre. Tim Bennett is director and choreographer. Show times are at 8 p.m. on May 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11. Matinees are at 2 p.m. on May 5 and 12. Tickets are $20-30 for adults, and 10 percent off for those under 18. For tickets or additional information, or call 895-ARTS (2787).

TONY BENNETT, America’s favorite crooner with more than six decades of pop, standards, show tunes and jazz hits, will perform a special intimate performance at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Friday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $196, $136, $96 and $59.50 (all prices include 10% Live Entertainment Tax and do not include additional service charges and fees.) Showtime is 7:30 p.m.  

On Thursday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m., the LAS VEGAS CIVIC ORCHESTRA, under the direction of Steven Trinkle, performs the final program of the season. The concert will feature three young soloists, Erin VanderWyst, clarinet, in the Weber Concertino in E-flat major, by Carl Maria von Weber; Richard Paugh, performing the Joseph Hayden Trumpet Concerto; and Johann Thomsen,in the Concerto for the Timpani by Jaromir Weinberger. The concert is in Room 160 of the Beam Music Center on the UNLV campus and is FREE and open to the public. Parking is available in the Maryland Parkway Department of Music lot and the UNLV Foundation lot accessible by Cottage Grove Avenue. Seating is limited.

As a special Mother’s Day gift, SHINE ALTERNATIVE FITNESS encourage guests to bring their mothers for a free workout on Saturday, May 11, and Sunday, May 12. The Cirque-inspired studio will offer moms of all fitness levels a complimentary class of their choice which features an array of stimulating, fun and rewarding workout with an impressive instructor roster that includes past and present Cirque du Soleil performers and top industry champions. The ‘women of the house’ and their loved ones can tighten and tone-up for summer through a variety of classes focused on the natural gifts and abilities of the human body such as: Pole Fitness, Hip Hop, Aerial Arts, AntiGravity Yoga, Xtreme Boxing and Salsa.
Shine Alternative Fitness delivers a fun and accessible workout regimen with a core focus on the natural gifts and abilities of the human body for people of all ages and skill levels.    Shine Alternative Fitness is located in Loft Works at 6415 S. Tenaya Way #100, southwest of Rainbow Blvd. and Sunset Road.

Australian soft-rock group AIR SUPPLY, a staple of early ‘80s radio, is returning to The Orleans Showroom for three shows on Memorial Day weekend, May 24 through 26.
Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are available starting from $39.95 plus tax and fees.

Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas presents UNITED WE STAY, a spectacular weekend of dance music-driven poolside partying and late night revelry this Memorial Day Weekend, from May 24 to May 27. United We Stay merges world-class talent with devoted fans for an unparalleled entertainment experience not found elsewhere.  The stellar lineup at the Nightclub features Arty, Gareth Emery, Kaskade, and Sander van Doorn with Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano at the Dayclub, and Armin van Buuren, Kaskade, Benny Benassi, W&W, and Dash Berlin.

The first national tour of PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT  The Musical makes its way to the sparkling lights of Sin City for an 11-week engagement at The Venetian Las Vegas with performances beginning Tuesday, June 18. The Broadway show won a 2011 Tony Award for Best Costume Design for Academy Award® winners Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner’s designs. Members of The Venetian’s Grazie Loyalty Program have exclusive access to presale tickets beginning Monday, April 8, with ticket sales open to the general public on Wednesday, April 10.  Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical presents the first show on June 18 and performs Wednesday – Monday at 8 p.m.

Celebrity Sightings:

Tuesday, April 9...

Guitarist Rick Savage of British rock group Def Leppard was spotted enjoying live Irish music at Rí Rá Irish Pub in Las Vegas on. Savage visited the pub with a friend to hear authentic Irish tunes from New York band Hot Cockalorum.

Thursday night, April 11...

Drew Carey was spotted at TAO Worship Thursday. The Price is Right host was joined by models from the show at a VIP table in the club.

Also spotted taking in the scene was quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts, Andrew Luck, who was in town celebrating the bachelor party of a friend.

Friday, April 12…

MMA star Frank Mir was spotted getting a tattoo at Club Tattoo inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
Rihanna was spotted at Marquee Nightclub Friday night after her concert. The pop star celebrated the birthday of a friend in the club’s Boom Box room where they were joined by Snoop Dogg, aka Snoop Lion, and A$AP Rocky.

Also seen at Marquee Friday night was Drew Carey.  The Price is Right host took in the sounds of DJ Benny Benassi with friends.

Mixed martial artist, Urijah Faber geared up for the night's match by dining at HERAEA inside Palms Casino Resort. The UFC fighter,  was joined by fellow MMA fighters Lance Palmer, Danny Castillo, Duane Ludwig, Fabio Prado, Vince Murdock AND Chris Holdsworth. The group enjoyed the lively atmosphere and great food while watching the UFC weigh-ins. WWE professional wrestler, CM Punk also watched the weighs-ins while dining at HERAEA.

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CM Punk
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Urijah Faber
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Benjamin Flajnik, star of season 16 of ABC’s “The Bachelor,” enjoyed a late lunch during Happy Hour at Meatball Spot. Flajnik dropped in to sample wine pairings with friend Chef Carla Pellegrino.

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Benjamin Flajnik poses with Chef Carla Pellegrino
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Saturday, April 13...

Comedian and television star Roseanne Barr was spotted enjoying Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s resident performer Andrew Dice Clay’s show at Vinyl.
Later that evening, Dice took the stage with popular Las Vegas rockers Sin City Sinners and surprised the audience by jamming with the band on the drums.

Legendary rapper and GRAMMY Award-nominee Vanilla Ice performed for hundreds of adoring fans at LAX Nightclub inside Luxor Hotel & Casino.

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Vanilla Ice
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Also seen partying at LAX Nightclub  was an impressive roster of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) mixed martial artists including Forrest Griffin, Luke Barnatt and Josh Samman from the hit reality show “ Ultimate Fighter” now in its 17th season.

Hot off her knockout fight from earlier this evening was UFC’s bantamweight champion Cat Zingano. Vanilla Ice invited the well-known group to his VIP table located on the main stage where they celebrated the star’s exciting performance and Zingano’s win.

TAO featured a special performance by rapper A$AP Rocky. After making a stop on the red carpet, the rapper made his to the nightclub where he was greeted by DJ Vice.

Will.I.Am was spotted in the club taking in the performance after enjoying a late dinner at TAO Asian Bistro.

Actors Seth Green and Breckin Meyer also hit TAO Nightclub.

Seen dining at TAO were actor Kyle Howard and friends and (at a separate table) Melissa Rycroft and husband Tye Strickland.

Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson danced with friends at a VIP table in the club.

Earlier in the day Drew Carey was spotted at Marquee Dayclub, taking in the sounds of Dash Berlin from a VIP cabana.

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A$AP Rocky performing at TAO
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Sunday, April 14...

In the afternoon, renowned DJ Tommy Trash and Australian sisters Mim and Liv NERVO manned the decks and spun their hits for the masses at WET REPUBLIC at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino.  

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Tommy Trash
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Photo credit: Al Powers of Powers Imagery LLC.

Tuesday, April 16...

Academy Award Winner, Adrien Brody was spotted at Greens & Proteins having lunch.

Also, Chris Cornell and Soundgarden ordered Greens & Proteins to-go while in studio with Carlota of KOMP-FM this morning. The rock band was at the radio station to talk about their latest album when Carlota suggested they order from the healthy kitchen.

 UFC fighter, Randy Couture, and Ashley Cartier and Little Egypt from G.L.O.W. (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling) visited Meatball Spot at Town Square.

In for Industry Happy Happy, UFC legend, Couture was accompanied by his wife.

Cartier and Little Egypt From G.L.O.W. enjoyed a late lunch during the new Happy Hour.


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