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Owner/Editor in Chief/writer - Las Vegas Round The Clock

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Director of Communications - Nevada Film Alliance

The Venetian and The Palazzo Usher in the Year of the Horse in Magnificent Style

In honor of Chinese New Year 2014, The Venetian and The Palazzo welcomed the “Year of the Horse” on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 with a traditional lion and dragon dance. Mr. Sheldon Adelson, chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corporation, and his wife, Dr. Miriam Adelson were in attendance to paint the eyes of the dragon and bring it to life,  Also in attendance to usher in the new year were president and COO, John Caparella; president of global gaming operations, Rob Goldstein; and president of international marketing, Larry Chiu.

Dancers from the Yau Kung Mon Kung Fu School of U.S.A. from Los Angeles and San Francisco paraded through both properties, blessing the baccarat salons in the casinos.

The colorful event featured a parade of dancers and drummers dressed in authentic costumes who made their way through The Waterfall Atrium of The Palazzo to bring good luck throughout 2014. Guests gathered to watch the dragon and lion dance and take photos of the art installation featuring hand-sculpted and hand-painted horses.

To commemorate the Year of the Horse, the resort’s floral and horticulture department worked with a team of artisans, and consulted with a Feng Shui master, to produce the massive “Year of the Horse” art installation.

This year’s Year of the Horse art installation features:
• 8 unique hand-sculpted and hand-painted horses 
• 1 sculpted lamb (The Horse’s secret friend) 
• The primary horse stands at 16-feet high once installed in the fountain 
• 4 horses are at 8-feet high
• 2 horses will be in the raised gardens 
• 2 horses will appear to be walking through water
• 2 horses are rearing and are at 18-feet tall
• 1 horse is a foal and is 48-inches high.

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Dragon Dance in The Palazzo Lobby
Dragon Dance
Photo courtesy of the Venetian and Palazzo

John Caparella Participates in Lion Dance
John Caparella participates in the Lion Dance
Photo courtesy of the Venetian and Palazzo

Lion Dancers at Chinese New Year Celebration
Lion Dancers
Photo courtesy of the Venetian and Palazzo

Sheldon and Dr Miriam Adelson
Sheldon and Dr. Miriam Adelson
Photo courtesy of the Venetian and Palazzo

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Year of the Horse
Photo courtesy of the Venetian and Palazzo

The Year of the Horse art installation will run through Feb. 16.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas Unveils Street Drum Corps Memorabilia Case

Award-winning percussion group Street Drum Corps was honored at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas with a memorabilia case on Thursday, Jan. 30.

The display includes items from the group’s five-month residency at Vinyl such as a drumhead, trashcan, bucket, washing machine and custom-made clothing items worn by Street Drum Corps’ founding members Bobby Alt, Adam Alt and Frank Zummo. Also featured in the display is a set of drumsticks used by Adrian Young of No Doubt, Roy Mayorga of Stone Sour, Shannon Larkin of Godsmack, Tommy Lee of Mötley Crüe, Jose Pasillas of Incubus and Stephen Perkins of Jane’s Addiction while collaborating with Street Drum Corps.

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Bobby Alt, Frank Zummo and Adam Alt
Photo credit: © Patrick Gray / Erik Kabik Photography

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Memorabilia case
Photo credit: © Patrick Gray / Erik Kabik Photography

Following the memorabilia case unveiling, the group celebrated with friends and family members inside the trendy hotspot The Ainsworth.

Street Drum Corps was named “2012 Drum Ensemble of the Year” by Drum Magazine and has been featured on MTV, VH1, FOX’s “American Idol” and many other major television shows and networks.

Chef Bobby Flay Brings Bobby's Burger Palace to the Las Vegas Strip

Celebrity Chef and restauranteur Bobby Flay opened his 18th location nationwide of Bobby’s Burger Palace last Wednesday, January 29th at 3750 Las Vegas Boulevard South in front of City Center and adjacent to City Center Drive.

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Bobby's Burger Palace entrance
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

During its Grand Opening celebration, Clark County Commissioner Mary Beth Scow and Chef Flay were on hand to officiate over the ribbon cutting ceremony at 10am which was followed by Mayor Caroline Goodman presenting Flay with the Key to the City.

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Bobby's Burger Palace ribbon cutting
Photo credit: Melissa Hom

The strip location is the first of its kind in Las Vegas and on the West Coast and also the first to feature Bobby's newly revamped and expanded menu of signature burgers (prepared with your choice of certified angus beef, ground turkey or whole chicken breast), including the new Vegas Burger, created specially for this location, made with white American cheese, Fresno red chiles, and BBQ potato chips.

Prior to opening the doors to the public at noon, there was a special media luncheon.  Bobby was on and and addressed the crowd, saying it was “My dream to have my own Burger place. When it comes down to it, I am a burger guy. I opened the first (Burger Palace) in Long Island 6 six years ago and I knew to be a success, you have to have all three keys...great burgers, fries and shakes...a very American concept.”

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Bobby's Burger Palace dining room
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Bobby's Burger Palace dining counters
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Bobby's Burger Palace
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Bobby stated he wanted to do something “explosive” to create a contrast in texture.  So, when dining at BBP, customers can, at no additional cost, order any burger crunchified, which means it comes topped with a layer of potato chips between the bun and patty that adds a delicious crunch.

For a healthier option, all burgers can be served topless where the burger or whole chicken breast is stacked on a bed of greens minus the bun. The menu also includes the Crunch Salad with chopped vegetables, romaine, crispy tortillas, white cheddar cheese cubes and balsamic dressing.

Side dishes include hand cut french fries served with BBP Fry Sauce (Bobby's own blend of mayonnaise, roasted red and chipotle peppers and spices), Sweet Potato Fries and Beer Battered Onion Rings. For those who can't make up their mind, a new feature on BBP's new menu is the “Half and Half”, which allows diners to order a combination of two sides of their choice. The menu also  features a Griddled Cheese with American, Swiss, Cheddar an Monterey Jack cheeses and tomato, and a newly added Griddled Pimento Cheese and Bacon Sandwich.

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turkey burger on a bed of greens minus the bun (left) and side of sweet potato fries
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Bobby Blue Burger
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Buffalo Burger
Photo credit: Melissa Hom

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Crunch Burger
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LA Burger
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To satisfy the sweet tooth, 10 milkshakes and malteds are available including two new flavors, Mint Chocolate Chip and Mocha Caramel, along with popular staples such as Vanilla Bean, Dark Chocolate, Blueberry Pomegranate and my personal favorite, the sinfully delicious Pistacchio.  The restaurant also serves up bottled sodas, iced tea, lemonade, 16 bottled beers and glasses of red and white wine to quench any thirst and also features BBP's first Margarita Bar.

“My goal is to get you to crave my burgers”, Bobby emphasized. As someone who had the privilege of sampling several of the tasty menu items, I have to say that is a done deal.

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Bobby Flay
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

While their food and drinks are being prepared and delivered, guests have the option of sitting inside at the 54 seat counter or the spacious outdoor patio for al fresco dining on the strip. BBP Vegas is open 7 days a week from 10 am to midnight. Burgers range from $8.50 to $9.50.

Pawn Stars Parody, Pawn Shop Live! Opens at Golden Nugget

PAWN SHOP LIVE! a parody of the story behind HISTORY Channel's smash hit reality show, “Pawn Stars,”   opened at the Gordie Brown Showroom inside the Golden Nugget in downtown Las Vegas on Tuesday, January 21.

The comedy production, created by Emmy award-winning producer Derek Stonebarger, is based on the story of the world's most famous and beloved pawn shop, Gold & Silver Pawn in downtown Las Vegas. PAWN SHOP LIVE! includes story contributions from Rick Harrison and the Harrison family, the break-out stars of the TV show who have fully endorsed the production.

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Pawn Shop Live
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

“We have been laughing at ourselves since before ‘Pawn Stars’ gained success and every minute since then after it hit the air,” said Rick Harrison. “Why not get involved with these guys, add a real element to their show and enjoy the ride all the way to the bank …or the poor house,” he joked.

With seven live actors (including Kady Heard in multiple roles) and two female dancers, as well as a puppet, PAWN SHOP LIVE! features celebrity guests and surprises - even the real “Pawn Stars” will appear on stage as often as their filming schedule permits. The on-stage characters are lampooned versions of Rick Harrison, Austin “Chumlee” Russell, Corey "Big Hoss" Harrison and Richard “The Old Man” Harrison - better known as Slick (Sean Critchfield), Chump (Garret Grant), Lil Boss (Gus Langley) and Old Fart (a puppet, manipulated and voiced by Enoch Scott).

Directed and co-written by Troy Heard, the show begins with a young Slick Garrison struggling with a debilitating illness which forces him to drop out of school and into a world of home schooling. Slick grows into a book- and street-smart genius using his experiences and life lessons, often taught from his father - a puppet named Old Fart - to eventually influence the world with his knowledge and art of the deal.

Working the family business, Slick is joined by his son, Lil Boss, and his son's dim-witted friend, Chump, who become international superstars in the process. Stonebarger developed the concept of the show while starring in Oscar: A Good Man, a play he created about former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman. Stonebarger is an award winning filmmaker and Emmy® award-winning television producer.

Red carpet arrivals at the Grand Opening of Pawn Shop Live!

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Richard “The Old Man” Harrison, Derek Stonebarger and Rick Harrison
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Pawn Stars TV show cast Corey "Big Hoss" Harrison, Austin “Chumlee” Russell, Richard “The Old Man” Harrison, and Rick Harrison
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Austin “Chumlee” Russell and cast member Garret Grant
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Corey "Big Hoss" Harrison and cast member Gus Langley
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Clark County Museum system administrator Mark Hall-Patton
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Rick Harrison and his children
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Murray Sawchuck and Chloe Louise Crawford
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Pia Zadora
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Ricardo Laguna
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Sabina Kelley, Best Ink Oxygen Network Judge & Model
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PAWN SHOP LIVE! is staged Tuesday through Saturday at 4 p.m. in the intimate, 600 seat, Gordie Brown Showroom, on the third level of the hotel’s Spa Tower.

Tickets for PAWN SHOP LIVE!, are priced at $24.95, $29.95 and $39.95 (tax and fees are additional) and can be purchased by calling the Golden Nugget.

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

From January 26-30, the WINTER LAS VEGAS MARKET (at the World Market Center in downtown Las Vegas)hosted its biggest and best attended market in its nine-year history. Record-breaking gains in both attendance - with 21% more buyers and 850,000 more square feet of resources than last winter - firmly cemented the Market's position as the leading furniture,home décor and gift market in the western United States.
"In the last 12 months, we have aggregated existing resources, added new categories and floors and increased participation of local and regional sales representatives, all of which has sparked momentum," said Bob Maricich, Chief Executive Officer, International Market Centers.

In total, 850,000 square feet of resources - 500,000 from gift and home décor and 350,000 from furniture - has been added since winter 2013.  Additionally, the number of temporary exhibitors has increased by 10% in just one year, with a record 340 gift and home décor exhibitors showcased on three floors in Building C and 80 furniture exhibitors featured on B2 at the winter 2014 Market.

Among new tenants for winter 2014 was Enesco, a global leader in the gift, plush toy and home décor industries, with an 11,818-square-foot showroom on C6

Winter market highlights included the introduction of a new Sunday-Thursday date pattern, debut of new and expanded showroom resources and launch of three new temporary exhibit categories. In addition to the gains in resources, the Market also offered
participants a wide range of unparalleled market amenities, networking event and educational programming, including presentation second annual Las Vegas Market CEO Summit.

Las Vegas Market is the leading furniture, home decor and gift marketplace in the western U.S., presenting 2,000+ gift, home décor and furniture resources in an unrivaled market destination. Las Vegas Market features thousands of gift, furniture and home décor lines, allowing for cross-category commerce among these industries. The Summer 2014 Las Vegas Market runs July 27-31, 2014, at World Market Center Las Vegas.

Magician SETH GRABEL AND TAMMY SHAW, publisher of Las Vegas Woman magazine, got married Sunday, January 26, during the 56th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.  Queen Latifah, an ordained minister, officiated as winners of the Grammy for Best New Artist  Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performed their Grammy nominated song “Same Love”. During the telecast, 33 couples of all races, genders and sexual orientation, young and old including Grabel and Shaw, entered the performance hall as Madonna performed with Macklemore, Lewis and the song’s featured vocalist, Mary Lambert.

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Photo courtesy of Seth Grabel

Wedding couples
Photo courtesy of Seth Grabel

Beloved internationally-renowned singer/actress OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN has announced she will be bringing her new show “Summer Nights”, to the Donny & Marie Showroom at the Flamingo Las  Vegas beginning April 8th for a nine week concert residency.  Backed by an eight-piece band, Olivia will take fans on a musical journey through her illustrious career featuring hits from her early years including “Have You Never Been Mellow,” “Let Me Be There,” “If You Love Me Let Me Know” and “I Honestly Love You,” as well some of her favorites from Grease.   All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, available at any Las Vegas Caesars Entertainment Box Office, go on sale Friday, Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. and are priced are $69, $99 and $139, and a special meet and greet package is available for $249. Additional service fees apply.

The SMITH CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS has received a $100,000 grant from Disney to fund the DISNEY MUSICAL IN SHOOLS PROGRAM, an outreach initiative that creates sustainable theatre programs in elementary schools.

Disney Musicals in Schools was launched in response to Disney Theatrical Group’s concern that low-income students in urban, public schools were not afforded equitable access to the arts. After successfully offering the program in New York City schools, Disney Theatrical Group began partnering with organizations in other communities around the United States. The Smith Center marks the second such partnership, following a successful launch at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville.

Theatre activities address imagination, creativity, problem-solving, teamwork, communication skills, and so many more goals of classroom learning. As part of the program, The Smith Center and Disney Theatrical Group trained and placed teaching artists in after-school programs. The teaching artists’ roles are to produce the chosen Disney KIDS musical and work with educators to create a sustainable theatre program on their campus. At no cost to them, the schools received performance rights, educational support materials and guidance from the teaching artists.

On Feb. 4, The Smith Center hosted a culminating Student Share Celebration, at which each school had the rare opportunity to perform a selection from its show on Southern Nevada’s premier stage in Reynolds Hall. Josh Strickland, current star of VEGAS! The Show and past star of Tarzan on Broadway, hosted the event.

 The Smith Center will select five new schools to participate in the program during the 2014-2015 school year. Disney KIDS musicals, created in partnership with Music Theatre International (MTI), are about 30 minutes in length, and have been adapted from the classic Disney films Sleeping Beauty, 101 Dalmatians, Aladdin, The Aristocats, Cinderella, The Jungle Book and Winnie the Pooh.

After a well received opening on the Las Vegas Strip in December, THE PHAT PACK has announced that their show at Ballys is going dark for an uncertain amount of time. “We are currently in discussions with the other producers who are working in that room to bring THE PHAT PACK back within the next few months.” says Bruce Ewing, representative and singer in THE PHAT PACK  “If that doesn’t work out, we will be open to looking for a new venue, or even hope to present our show around town in weekly engagements.”

British born CHLOE LOUISE CRAWFORD (the stunning wife of Vegas headliner Murray Sawchuck)  who performs in two shows on the famed Las Vegas Strip most evenings: as  the lead assistant and choreographer in Murray's ‘Celebrity Magician’ at the Tropicana, and as a cast member of the topless revue, Fantasy, at the Luxor Hotel & Casino, has been selected as Playboy’s “Cyber Girl of the month” for February.  Her stunning photos will appear online this week.

In honor of Black History Month, the NEON MUSEUM will spotlight notable aspects of African-American history on tours of the Neon Boneyard throughout February. In addition, the museum is presenting two special programs in February related to Paul Revere Williams, the African-American architect of the iconic La Concha Motel lobby which today serves as the museum’s visitor’s center.

On Thursday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. the Neon Museum’s Scholar in Residence Dr. Leslie Luebbers will deliver a lecture on Paul Revere Williams at  the Marjorie Barrick Museum at the University of Nevada.

Families will enjoy “Pop-Up Architecture: Paul Revere Williams in Las Vegas,” scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 22, from 2 to 4 p.m.During this program, children will create small (4-page) pop-up books featuring Las Vegas buildings designed by famed architect Paul Revere Williams, designer of the La Concha Motel lobby which serves as the NeonMuseum’s visitor’s center. This event is recommended for children in third through sixth grade.

As a title sponsor of the Chinese New Year in the Desert festival, downtown Grand Las Vegas Hotel & Casino is offering a variety of events planned.just steps from the Chinese New Year in the Desert festival

Good fortune, happiness, wealth and longevity will be celebrated as Downtown Grand sponsors events and entertainment within the hotel, along Third Street and at the adjacent Downtown Third (Dt3) stage, beginning on Thursday, Feb. 6 and continuing throughout the weekend. Events include:

Thursday, Feb. 6 – from 4 to 9 p.m. at The Commissary, located in Downtown Grand’s west tower – official packet pick up location for participants in the Race to the World Zumba Record being held on Saturday.

    •     a ZIN (Zumba Instructors Network) demonstration dance will be held 4 to 5 p.m. at the Commissary
    •     the Vietnamese variety act, “Dragon Fest,” performs 8 p.m. at Downtown Grand’s Mob Bar followed by DJ entertainment until 2 a.m.

Friday, Feb. 7

    •    Noon to 6 p.m. at Downtown Grand’s Art Bar – Zumba packet pick up continues
    •    6 to 8 p.m. at Mob Bar – pianist and Hong Kong native Jenny Cheng performs
    •    8 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Mob Bar – Karaoke Night

Saturday, Feb. 8

    •    11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Downtown Third Stage – On-site registration for the Race to the World Zumba
    •    Record with the Zumbathon beginning at 1 p.m.
    •    3 to 8 p.m. at the Downtown Third Stage – DJ entertainment
    •    8 to 10 p.m. at the Downtown Third Stage – Society of Seven concert
    •    10 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Mob Bar – Live entertainment

As title sponsor of the Chinese New Year in the Desert festival, Downtown Grand will also participate in the International Vendor Village located on Third Street between Fremont Street and Stewart Avenue where guests can taste international flavors from renowned food vendors all weekend long.

Showcasing the number-one hits and showmanship that dominated stages around the world, PIANO MEN – A LIVE TRIBUTE TO SIR ELTON JOHN AND BILLY JOEL starring Jeffrey Allen and Matthew Banks will perform at the Dallas Events Center inside Texas Station Gambling Hall & Casino on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 8 p.m.  Tickets for this all-ages show are $15 plus tax and applicable fees for general admission and can be purchased at any Station Casinos Reward Center and The Fiestas.

Job seekers alert! Meet face to face with some of the area's best employers at the LAS VEGAS DIVERSITY CAREER FAIR, Thursday, February 13, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM  at the Palms Casino Resort.  Bring along plenty of resumes and remember to dress for success!

This Valentine’s Day, THE D LAS VEGAS is partnering with SpyOn Vegas and X107.5 KXTE-FM and collaborating with speed dating organizations Pre-Dating and Lock and Key, to invite singles hoping to be struck by Cupid’s arrow to meet their perfect match while breaking the world record for the largest speed dating event at THE D DATE- A THON. From 6 – 9 p.m., 1,000 romantic hopefuls will have the opportunity to meet that special someone while enjoying $1 drinks, giveaways and more.

The event will take place on the Fremont Street Experience in front of D Bar. Each participant will date 24 people for 3 minutes each in hopes of finding a Valentine’s Day date.

 Participants will enjoy $1 drinks and music throughout the event and some lucky winners will walk away with a staycation package to return to the D with their new loves! Staycation packages include a 2-night stay in the D’s recently remodeled rooms, dinner at the award-winning Joe Vicari's Andiamo Italian Steakhouse and tickets to The Scintas. Following the event, guests are encouraged to rendezvous with their newfound crushes at LONGBAR.

The event is free but all participants must register. Interested singles can sign up at or prior to the event. Registration will also be available on-site beginning at 4 p.m. Must be 21 years or older.

Kat Ray, Ms Senior Nevada and Dustin, her 10 yr old Springer Spaniel will be joining Janice Ridondo of Windy's Ranch on Good Morning Las Vegas Monday morning to promote the upcoming Animal Adoption event:  FIND YOUR FURRY VALENTINE – 10 am to 4 pm February 15 at the Bass Pro Shops parking lot next to the Silverton Hotel & Casino.  If you are considering adopting a pet, this is the event to attend! It is a FUN time for the entire family - Food, Exhibits, Vendors, Dogs, cats, horses, pigs, donkeys, guinea pigs, hamsters, and many more animals to see and interact with, along with local Vets and merchandise for your pets.

The UNLV Performing Arts Center presents outstanding classical guitarists, DUO SIQUEIRA LIMA - URUGUAYAN CECELIA SIQUEIRA AND BRAZILIAN FERNANDO LIMA - at 8 p.m. on Saturday, February 15 in the Doc Rando Recital Hall as part of Allegro Guitar Series at UNLV.  Tickets are $40, and can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center Box Office at 895-ARTS (2787) or online at Student rush tickets are $13 each (not inclusive of the facilities fee), and available one hour prior to each event, based on availability and with valid student I.D. UNLV faculty and staff discounts also are available. A $1.50 facilities fee, in addition to the ticket price, is charged on all Performing Arts Center tickets.
Insomniac, the producers of the largest music festival in North America, Electric Daisy Carnival, Las Vegas and Marquee Dayclub at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas present the 3rd Annual “HALFWAY TO EDC” celebration on Sunday, February 16, marking the six-month countdown to the popular summer music festival with a historic winter pool party under the new Marquee Dayclub Dome. For the very first time, Las Vegas partygoers can don their summer swimsuits in February and make a splash under Marquee’s impressive Dome structure, which debuted at the end of 2013.  Halfway to EDC will give a festival-type experience with multiple headliners including Dash Berlin, Candyland, Firebeatz, Paris Blohm, Kennedy Jones and Jason Lema, creating the perfect atmosphere to get fans geared up for the upcoming EDC Las Vegas which will be held June 20-22, 2014 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The February edition of “MONDAYS DARK WITH MARK SHUNOCK”, will take place on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 8:30 p.m. at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s intimate music venue, Vinyl. Following the success of January’s sold-out evening, 100 percent of the ticket proceeds from the February show, which will feature the music of Queen, will benefit the Saint Therese Center HIV Outreach.  Special guest stars for the evening will be announced shortly.Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by visiting and are limited to 200 tickets per event.

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Mark Shunock
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Mangria creator, comedian and host of a popular self-titled podcast ADAM CAROLLA will debut his new concoction, Brose, at a fan meet and greet 7 p.m. on Friday, February 21 at Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que at Treasure Island. At the meet-and-greet, guests will have the opportunity to purchase both flavors of Mangria, and have the bottles autographed by Carolla. Guests must be 21 years and older to attend the signing.

The LAS VEGAS IMPROVISATION PLAYERS  announced the launch of its 13th season of offering up “clean-burning” improvised comedy shows to the greater Las Vegas community. The troupe’s latest show will be held on Saturday, February 22 at 7:00 p.m. at the American Heritage Academy, located at 6126 South Sandhill Road in Las Vegas. Tickets are only $10 and available for purchase at the door which opens at 6:40 p.m.

Celebrity Sightings:

Sunday, Feb. 2...

County music singer Chris Young made his way to Hakkasan Las Vegas Nightclub at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino with a small group of friends and took a seat at a VIP booth located on the fifth level of the hot spot. Staying until 3 a.m., Young and his group  enjoyed the debut set by young Dutch DJ sensation Martin Garrix.  Just steps away from the DJ booth, “King of Country” George Strait was spotted partying on the main stage of the complex. In town for a performance at the MGM Grand Garden Arena earlier in the weekend, the multi-platinum selling artist was visiting the venue for the first time with his wife Norma Strait, family and a few close friends.

Lil Jon kept the post-game celebrations going at XS Nightclub as he stepped up to the DJ booth.

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Lil Jon
Photo credit: Danny Mahoney/XS Nightclub.

Saturday night, Feb. 1...

DJ Skrillex returned to XS for the first time since his 2012 residency concluded.

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DJ Skrillex
Photo credit: Danny Mahoney/XS Nightclub.

Legendary rapper Busta Rhymes headlined TAO Nightclub’s big game weekend celebration with help by DJ Politik.

Actor Chad Michael Murray was spotted dining with friends at LAVO Italian Restaurant.

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Spliff Star and Busta Rhymes
Photo Credit: Brenton Ho, Powers Imagery

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Busta Rhymes performance at TAO
Photo Credit: Brenton Ho, Powers Imagery

Friday night, Jan. 31...

Fresh off his Grammy win, Zedd kicked off the party weekend at XS.

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DJ Zedd
Photo credit: Danny Mahoney/XS Nightclub.

TAO Nightclub launched Sakebomb Fridays, a new weekly event with an edgy Asian aesthetic highlighted by geisha go go dancers, an LED dragon and special performances. Present for the kick off was singer Bonnie McKee, best known for pop single “American Girl,” celebrating her 30th birthday at a VIP table with friends.

Also at TAO, singer/dancer/choreographer Paula Abdul and professional wrestler Chris Jericho were also spotted with friends at separate VIP tables.

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Bonnie McKee birthday cake
Photo Credit: Karl Larson, Powers Imagery

Bonnie McKee Sakebomb Fridays at TAO
Bonnie McKee Sakebomb Fridays
Photo Credit: Karl Larson, Powers Imagery

Immediately following her "Truth About Love" tour, which took place at MGM's Grand Garden Arena, GRAMMY Award-winning pop sensation Pink made her way to the third level of Ling Ling Club inside Hakkasan Las Vegas at MGM Grand, where she hosted her official concert after-party with a number of close friends, including husband Carey Hart, dancers and more.
Seemingly in good spirits and dressed to impress in a long pink skirt with a flirty backless top , Pink fully enjoyed her evening as she was spotted dancing the night away with her hubby and even joined in the festivities by singing a few karaoke songs with her touring party. As the night went on, the iconic star indulged in a few celebratory cocktails as she gathered with her guests to toast to another successful show and partied into the early hours of the morning.

Wednesday evening, Jan. 29...

TV personality Gretchen Rossi of The Real Housewives of Orange County and fiancé Slade Smiley were spotted with friends at TAO Asian Bistro.

USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament back-to-back champions South Africa BlitzBokke were at  Blue Man Group's turbo-charged show at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino. Following the performance, athletes and coaches posed for photos  with the Blue Men and band members.

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South Africa BlitzBokke rugby player Blanco Du Preez with Blue Man Group
Photo credit: Erik Kabik / Erik Kabik Photography

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South Africa BlitzBokke rugby team with Blue Man Group
Photo credit: Erik Kabik / Erik Kabik Photography

Tuesday night, Jan. 28...

Indianapolis Colts head coach, Chuck Pagano, dined at Michael and Jenna Morton’s all-new restaurant, CRUSH eat, drink, love  at MGM Grand.