By Judy Thorburn This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Owner/Editor in Chief/writer - Las Vegas Round The Clock

Owner/Editor in Chief/writer - The Flick Chicks
Director of Communications - Nevada Film Alliance

It saddens me to report the recent deaths of two entertainment legends. Both were residents of Las Vegas.

Eydie Gorme, one of the greatest singers in the music industry, passed away at age 84 on Saturday, Aug. 10 at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas following a brief illness. A pop music staple since the 1950's, Gorme performed with her husband, singer Steve Lawrence as Steve and Eydie, in Las Vegas, the Catskills, and on numerous TV shows including Steve Allen's The Tonight Show and Ed Sullivan. As a solo artist, Gorme received a Grammy nomination in 1963 for her hit record “Blame It On The Bossa Nova”. Fluent in Spanish since childhood, her Spanish language recording of  “Amor" was a huge success in Spanish-speaking countries. Our hearts and prayers go out to Steve, whom she was married to for 55 years, their son, extended family and other loved ones.

Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme
Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme
Photo credit: Dianne R. Davis

Burlesque legend, Dixie Evans, who was known as the 'Marilyn Monroe of Burlesque, passed away at an assisted care facility in Las Vegas on Saturday, August 3rd, just months after she suffered a stroke. She was 86. A Las Vegas resident since 2006, she established the Burlesque Hall of Fame on Fremont Street in 2010.  Our sincere condolences go out to her family and friends. At this writing, a memorial service for the veteran performer has yet to be announced.

Dixie Evans and Tempest Storm
Photo credit: Denise Truscello/Wire Image/Getty

The Who's Roger Daltrey Receives Check for Charity and Announces Joint Collaboration with Fremont Street Experience

Roger Daltrey, lead singer of the legendary rock band The Who, appeared at  press conference at the 3rd Street Stage on Fremont Street Experience on Monday August 12 to receive a donation from Fremont Street Experience President Jeff Victor for Teen Cancer America, a charity inspired by Daltrey and Pete Townshend.

Teen Cancer
Jeff Victor and Roger Daltrey
Photo courtesy of Fremont Street Experience

Daltrey and Victor also announced that The Who will get its own Viva Vision® show at the Fremont Street Experience.  The light and sound show, titled The Who – Miles Over Vegas will contain stunning graphics built around three iconic songs: “My Generation,” “I Can See for Miles” and “Pinball Wizard.”

 “It’s quite exciting to get our own Viva Vision show, seven minutes of 3D video animation from our early period done in that Pop Art style and using vintage footage. I am very intrigued to see the final show,” stated Daltrey.
“The Who has been at the top of our wish list for years and we are thrilled that they agreed to have their music featured on Viva Vision. I am sure that The Who – Miles Over Vegas will be a fabulous addition and will blow everyone away when it premieres this fall,” said Victor.

 Viva Vision, the world’s largest video screen spanning five football fields, features customized light shows synced to smash hits from legendary bands every night of the week and include Bon Jovi – Wanted in Vegas, A Tribute to Queen, The Doors – Strange Days in Vegas and Heart – Crazy on Vegas.

Cast of “EVIL DEAD” Helps Raise Money for NSPCA at Celebrity Bowling Event

The cast and crew of EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL at V Theater inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino participated in NSPCA "Out of the Gutters" Celebrity Bowling Event on August 11, where funds were raised to support the work done by the Nevada SPCA.

Evil Dead: The Musical cast members
Photo courtesy of Evil Dead: The Musical

Over the course of two hours, teams made up of celebrities and public participants bowled against one another at the family-friendly, dog-friendly event.
"We feel honored to have been able to participate in this event," said Sirc Michaels, producer of EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL. "A lot of us in the show have animals of our own, and we know how important the work is that the SPCA does. We encourage anyone who is considering adopting a pet to go to the SPCA and take in one of the animals they have."  
Evil Dead: The Musical is a unique production that combines multimedia, live performance, audience participation and 4D elements to take audience members into its world. From undead ushers to blood spraying out into the audience, this musical comedy is bringing a new type of entertainment to the Vegas Strip, and the people behind it are determined to make a lasting impression.

Performances can be seen at the V Theater inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino every Friday at 10 p.m. and Saturday at 11:30 p.m.

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

On Friday night, August 9, just a few weeks after attending the Grand Opening, I returned to CARMINE'S FAMILY STYLE ITALIAN RESTAURANT inside the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, to try a dish I didn't get to sample at the prior event. As a non meat eater, I love eggplant parmigiana but have never been happy after ordering it at a Las Vegas restaurant. That is, until I took my first bite of Carmine's beautifully prepared dish that is served, like every one of their dishes, in a huge platter, stacked high with enough to go around to satisfy between 3 to 5 people at a table.

Rather than breading the eggplant and then frying it in oil, which usually winds up being too greasy and mushy, at Carmine's the thinly sliced unbreaded eggplant is dipped in egg, layered, and topped with marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese before being baked to perfection. The result is absolutely scrumptious, and I must say, the best eggplant parmigiana (priced at $27.95) I have ever eaten in a Las Vegas restaurant. Along with the entree which is listed on the menu as a “side dish” , the entire meal, which was shared with my husband and a colleague, included a bread basket filled with a variety of complimentary tasty breads, and an enormous mixed green salad filled with tomatoes, olives, peppercinis, red onions, radishes, and cucumbers (priced at $25.95). Everything on the reasonably priced, extensive menu featuring an array of meat, poultry, pasta and vegetarian offerings, promises to satisfy any palate. So, if you are hungry for a really exceptional eggplant parmigiana you must try Carmine's inside the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.

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Eggplant Parmagiana
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Hours of operation are:

Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm.

Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm – 12:00am.

Walk ins are accepted but reservations are advised to ensure quick seating.

GRIMALDI'S PIZZERIA, famous for its award-winning, hand-tossed, coal-fired brick oven pizzas and calzones, has partnered with Comedy-Magician and Harrah’s Headliner Mac King for MAC KING'S MAGICAL LITERACY TOUR; BACK TO SCHOOL 2013. During the month of August, guests that donate three new or gently used elementary school books at any of the five Grimaldi’s Pizzeria Las Vegas locations will receive two tickets to The Mac King Comedy Magic Show at Harrah’s Las Vegas and a Grimaldi’s $5 off card (Limit one per person. Grimaldi’s $5 off card good for future visit only). Donations benefit Clark County READS, the literacy initiative of The Public Education Foundation.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and The Salvation Army have partnered together to provide local students with much needed school supplies during their 2013 “STUFF THE BUSS” campaign from Tuesday, Aug. 6, until Monday, Sept. 9.

The campaign will serve community families in need by helping kids across the country prepare for a successful academic year with donations of items such as notebooks, binders, pens, pencils, scissors and crayons.  Bring your donated item of a single school supply to your local Krispy Kreme “Stuff The Buss” drop box and get a FREE original gazed doughnut. Bring in a backpack of school supplies and get a FREE  dozen Original Glazed doughnuts.

The new school supplies will be given to The Salvation Army and distributed to youth through their national social service programs.
The 2013 Super Summer Theatre is presenting “LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL” based on the hit movie of the same title, at the Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, located 10 miles west of 215 on Charleston. Opening night was Wednesday night, August 7 with additional performances August, 8, 9, 10, 14,1 5, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24,  2013.  

Guests are encouraged to throw down a blanket, or bring/rent a chair in general-admission grass seating where many share a picnic dinner, indulge in treats from the concession stand and enjoy the outdoors before settling in under the stars for some super theatre. Park entrance after 5 pm is free with show ticket.  Parking lot opens at 5 pm.  Meadow opens at 6 pm.  A limited number of tickets are available at the gate the night of the show for $20.

Friday, August 16, 2013 will be officially proclaimed "Forgotten Door Day” by Mayor Goodman's office in Las Vegas in honor of the homegrown band, FORGOTTEN DOOR, who is launching an unprecedented six-month weekend residency at the Wolf Theatre inside the Clarion Hotel & Casino (305 Convention Center Dr., Las Vegas 89109) that evening. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. for the 7 p.m. shows on Fridays and Saturdays. On Sundays, the show begins at 9 p.m. Tickets are $47.97 General Admission, $57.97 VIP, and booths for four are available for $195.

RAIDING THE ROCK VAULT will salute Olympic Gold Medalist and World Champion LEON SPINKS and pack the house with living legends for “NIGHT OF THE CHAMPION” performance in his honor. Sugar Ray Leonard, “Raging Bull” Jake LaMotta, John H. Stracey, Michael Spinks, Earnie Shavers, Tony “The Tiger” Lopez, James “Quick” Tillis, Danny Lopez, Joe Cortez, Zab Judah, and Richard Steele, are among the guests expected to attend the one-night-only event, Saturday, August 17 at LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.

Spinks and other star attendees will participate in a 2 p.m. autograph session at LVH Race & Sports Book before attending the 8 p.m. performance of RAIDING THE ROCK VAULT.  Proceeds from tickets will go to The Richard Steele Foundation & Boxing Club, which helps youth and families thrive through education, intervention, leadership initiatives and community outreach, as well as New Vista, an organization dedicated to developing programs to meet the needs of intellectually-challenged individuals.  Ticket prices for RAIDING THE ROCK VAULT’s “Night of the Champion” with Leon Spinks range from $59 to $150 (plus tax & fees) for a special Rock Star Package (which includes tickets in first five rows, t-shirt, concert program, album, meet and greet and VIP pass).

As part of Fremont Street Experience’s Rock of Vegas summer concert series, THIRD EYE BLIND will perform a free concert on the 3rd Street Stage on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 9 p.m.

Neil Diamond Tribute artist ROB GARRETT and the nine-piece King of Diamonds band will perform at the Cannery in North Las Vegas, for one show only, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, August 17th.

The ANNUAL ONE DRUNK PUPPY WINE TASTING EVENT will be held  6 pm to 9 pm on August 17 at the Veil Pavilion inside Silverton Casino Hotel.  A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit five local animal rescues offering rehabilitation, adoption services and more right.  Party-goers will enjoy complimentary appetizers, entertainment and a wide selection of international wines, featuring luscious varietals and many opportunities to sample new flavors from Southern Wine & Spirits. A silent auction offering unique packages to support all the organizations will be available. Admission cost is $35 in advance and $45 day of.

Buffalo Bill’s Resort & Casino celebrates National Roller Coaster Day on August 16 by offering FREE rides on The DESPERADO ROLLER COASTER. Amusement ride enthusiasts are invited for a day of heart-racing action from the time the coaster begins operation at 12:15 p.m. to the last ride at 7:45 p.m. This offer is exclusive to The Desperado roller coaster on August 16 and is open to all visitors, weather permitting.

Accessory maven TARINA TARANTINO will visit Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to celebrate her latest do-it-yourself jewelry design book “The Sparkle Factory” and makeup line Tarina Tarantino Beauty on Monday, Aug. 19. Known for her over-the-top handmade accessories, the famed designer will host a signing for her new book “The Sparkle Factory” and showcase her cosmetic collection Tarina Tarantino Beauty at Love Jones, the resort’s premier women’s boutique, from 7 to 9 p.m. Fans will have the opportunity to meet the sparkle queen, receive a makeup demonstration of her new line from professional aestheticians and enjoy a congratulatory flute of pink champagne. The event is FREE and open to the public. “The Sparkle Factory” will be available for purchase at Love Jones for $23.  Tarantino will host an after party with a live DJ, complimentary signature cocktails and light bites inside 35 Steaks + Martinis from 8 to 11 p.m.

HYDE BELLAGIO will host 15 Las Vegas mixologists Thursday, Aug. 22 when they create original cocktail recipes using one requisite ingredient: Bacardi’s DEWAR’S® Highlander Honey whiskey.   Beginning at 7 p.m., Hyde invites guests to mingle at the fountain-side hot spot and sip samples of each contender’s unique DEWAR’S® Highlander Honey concoction. Guests also will be asked to cast their votes for their favorite libation to crown the ultimate winner. The mixologist with the fan-favorite recipe will walk away with bragging rights and up to $2,000.The event is part of's Rock ‘N Roll Cocktail Competition Series – a series of bartending battles challenging local mixologists to develop inventive cocktail recipes that incorporate a partnering liquor label.   After the winner is announced, guests are welcomed to continue their evening with Peter Love Band and “Live Music Thursdays,” a weekly high-energy lounge night featuring the acoustic sounds of local artists. Tickets to the event are $50.

PRIMM VALLEY CASINO RESORT is now offering a $9.95 ticket program for all shows at the Star of the Desert Arena. The location of the seats will vary based on availability for each event. This offer is open to all guests and will replace the 2-for-1 promotion for Las Vegas residents. Tickets can be purchased at the Star of the Desert Arena Box Office. The Star of the Desert Arena  upcoming concert lineup for August includes: August 24 – Los Tigres del Norte;  August 31 – Kenny Rogers.

Comedians and late night TV favorites ADAM FERRARA and WENDY LEIBMAN combine to perform at The Orleans Showroom August 23 and 24. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are available starting from $19.95 plus tax and convenience fees.

By popular demand, 50 GREATEST PHOTOGRAPHS OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, presented by IMAGINE EXHIBITIONS at The Venetian Las Vegas, will extend its limited engagement through January 13, 2014. This exploration of National Geographic’s most celebrated photos in a 125-year-old history has captivated visitors with its gorgeous, moving and adventurous images. This will also include new weekend hours, with the gallery opening its doors from 9:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

In the wake of sold out shows and fan demand, country superstars TIM McGRAW AND FAITH HILL have announced an encore run of their limited engagement Soul2Soul at The Venetian Las Vegas in its intimate 1,815-seat Venetian Theatre. The run will open on Oct. 25- 26 and cover 10 select weekends through April 2014.  Ticket pre-sales will begin Aug. 13 and tickets for the general public will go on sale Aug 17.

Steely Dan's legendary jazz-rock icons WALTER BECKER AND DONALD FAGEN brings their summer/fall tour ‘Mood Swings 2013: 8 Miles to Pancake Day’ to The Pearl inside Palms Resort Casino on Aug. 23, 2013 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $80, plus any additional service fees.

Iconic American rock band JOURNEY will perform two shows at The Pearl inside Palms Resort Casini  Aug. 28 and 29, 2013 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $83, plus any additional service fee.

THE ACT Nightclub inside the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian |The Palazzo presents a packed Labor Day weekend line-up of non-stop events commencing on Wednesday, Aug. 28, and continuing through Saturday, Aug. 31.

Adult fantasies will come to life with a circus-themed ‘PEANUTS AND PASTIES' PARTY led by model, MMA television host and Las Vegas’ most followed social media personality, Roni Taylor, as ringmaster on Wednesday, Aug. 28. The decadent party destination will bring in guest acts such as sword swallowers, jugglers, clowns and freak shows. Spiked snow cones, cotton candy and face painting and a circus-themed drink menu will be offered throughout the evening.

Celebrity Sightings:

Tuesday, August 6...

‘VÉRONIC Voices’ star Veronic stopped by Caesars Palace to enjoy ‘Absinthe.’

Wednesday, Aug. 7...

Actress/singer Pia Zadora and her son were spotted at Blue Man Group in Monte Carlo Resort and Casino.  After the production they attended a private, VIP meet-and-greet following the show where the two posed for photos with cast members.

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Pia Zadora with her son and Blue Man
Photo courtesy of Blue Man Group

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Pia Zadora with her son and Blue Man musicians
Photo courtesy of Blue Man Group

Friday night, August 9...

Members of the English boy band The Wanted were spotted partying at Marquee Nightclub with friends after a concert at The Cosmopolitan earlier that night. The group took in the sounds of DJ Sander van Doorn.

The Wanted TAO Nightclub
The Wanted
Photo credit: Al Powers, Powers Imagery

Saturday, August 10...

In the afternoon,  MMA fighter Ronda Rousey hosted TAO Beach’s Maxim Saturdays safari summer cover reveal party. The UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion turned Maxim cover girl celebrated the September issue, out on stands now, from a VIP cabana with friends.

Maxims September covergirl Ronda Rousey TAO Beach
Ronda Rousey
Photo credit: Al Powers, Powers Imagery

Also at TAO Beach was Greg Bennett of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey”.

In the evening, Bollywood actress and singer Priyanka Chopra enjoyed dinner at TAO Asian Bistro with friends. Taking over the DJ booth, Chopra showed off her DJ skills alongside DJ Vice.

Members of the boy band sensation The Wanted were also spotted at TAO Nightclub. Max George, Tom Parker, Jay McGuinness and friends were seen at a VIP table on the dance floor where George’s brother celebrated his birthday.

Priyanka Chopra TAO Red Carpet
Priyanka Chopra
Photo Credit: Al Powers, Powers Imagery

Sunday, August 11...

Vocalist Ty Taylor, of Los Angeles based band Vintage Trouble, attended Rock of Ages at The Venetian. Following the performance, Taylor expressed his enjoyment for the performance while he met with the cast backstage.

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Ty Taylor
Photo courtesy of Rock Of Ages
Tuesday evening, August 13...

Claire Sinclair, star of “Pin Up” at Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower, also attended Rock of Ages and met with the cast backstage for a photo following the show.

Claire Sinclair
Photo courtesy of Rock Of Ages