By Judy Thorburn
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TV’s 90210 Actress AnnaLynne McCord Joins Sirens of TI In Celebration of their 5th Anniversary

Saturday evening October 24,  sexy actress AnnaLynne McCord, star of TV’s 90210,  joined the cast of Sirens of TI and assumed the fierce role of “Sin,” the production’s fearsome lead seductress in celebration of Sirens of TI’s  5-year anniversary.  Scantily clad in a beaded silver Sirens of TI costume, AnnaLynne kicked off the night with an electrifying red carpet at Christian Audigier The Nightclub, where she posed with members of the cast.  AnnaLynne was even hoisted up by two of the production’s infamous Pirates as onlookers cheered her on.

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Following the red carpet, AnnaLynne appeared in a special never-before-seen performance by the Sirens of TI, as she sailed into the bay outside of Treasure Island Hotel & Casino as the figurehead on the show’s iconic pirate ship. McCord then took “center ship” showing off her provocative moves and shimmied along with the Sirens in the final dance number of the production, which featured high divers and an electrifying pyrotechnics display. Thousands of viewers crowded along the perimeter of the property located on Las Vegas Blvd. and on the patio of Christian Audigier The Nightclub to watch AnnaLynne in the spectacular production, that has welcomed more than 10 million viewers since its 2003 debut.

Following the show, AnnaLynne hosted a bash inside Christian Audigier The Nightclub at TI as a continuation of the Sirens of TI celebration. The actress danced with members of the cast in the club’s VIP area and helped them celebrate their birthday as they blew out the candles on an extravagant pirate ship birthday cake.
The dynamic outdoor production of Sirens of TI can be seen at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino nightly at 7 p.m., 8:30 p.m.10 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.


Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Celebrates Expansion Milestone with Topping Off Ceremony for New Tower.

Friday, Oct. 24, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino hosted its topping-off ceremony for the new 17 story North Tower that is slated for completion in September 2009.  A crane lifted the traditional evergreen tree and American flag to the top of the structure as hundreds of team members, executives and construction workers looked on.

“This is a monumental occasion for the Hard Rock, and we are very pleased to celebrate this expansion milestone,” said Yale Rowe, senior vice president and general manager of operations for the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. “We have great faith in the resiliency of Las Vegas and while much of our attention is focused on current market conditions, we continue to position the Hard Rock for the future.  We are fortunate to be well-funded with partners who have not wavered in their commitment to the redevelopment of the Hard Rock.”

The new hotel tower is part of Hard Rock’s widely publicized $750 million expansion project and will feature 479 guest rooms, state-of-the-art meeting space, and ten luxurious “pool suites” on the main level offering direct access to Hard Rock’s world famous Beach Club swimming pool. Crowning the tower will be a decadent 3400 square-foot Penthouse.

The event also marked the property’s progress and uninterrupted construction since announcing plans to expand last year. More than 700 construction workers and executives from MJ Dean Construction and its subcontractors attended the three-hour event, celebrating their accomplishment with a catered barbeque, raffles and entertainment.


Magician Jeff McBride Hosts 7th Annual Witches and Wizards Masquerade Ball

At 9 p. m. on Friday night October 24, following the completion of his amazing “Magic at the Edge” show, magician Jeff McBride hosted the 7th annual Witches and Wizards Ball at Wonderground, a magical, interactive club experience inside the Sound Trax Showroom at Palace Station.  This was the first time the unique event was open to the public, and those who showed their ticket stub for McBride’s earlier show were granted free admission.

Guests were invited to come in costume for the Witches and Wizards Ball, and so they did with fabulous costumes ranging from eye catching beautiful, to wild, inventive, imaginative and interesting, to say the least.

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Jeff McBride and Judy Thorburn

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The event featured performances by several top magicians and illusionists, music by DJ Master Leo Diaz, as well as dance and costume contests.

Special guest magician Jon Randall, editor of the UK’s leading independent Pagan magazine kicked off the event with an historical recreation of Houdini’s final séance held by Houdini’s wife Bess in 1936. Other guest performers included Eugene Burger Hollywood’s Magic Castle’s Close-Up Magician of the Year, America’s Got Talent’s Bizarro, the Deborah Nervig Dance Ensemble as well as up close and personal magic from strolling magicians Jean Pierre, Jordan Wright, Scott Hitchcock, Paul Draper and others.


Keith Barry Hypnomagician Dazzles Audiences at Planet Hollywood

He may not yet be a household name in the United States, but Irish hypnomagician Keith Barry, a European phenomenon, who has sold out shows across the continent, and first astonished American audiences with his celebrity-filled hour-long magic TV special for CBS, is well on his way to stardom on this side of the Atlantic.

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Judy Thorburn and Keith Barry

Barry recently opened his show at Planet Hollywood for a limited engagement and following his performance on media night, all I heard were words of praise by audience members who were blown away by his show that blends hypnotic suggestions (mind control), magical illusions, reading people’s minds and even going so far as to stop his own pulse.   Add me to that growing list of admirers who can’t figure out how he does what he does.  All I know is that he left me in a state of awe and mystified by his incredible talent.
As usual, a hypnotist has no act without willing and eager subjects from the audience and several are selected to accompany him on stage via a random toss and catch of a large Frisbee or plastic rocket.  Once by his side, those chosen are literally at his command and unaware what Barry has up his sleeve, or more fitting, in his thoughts, but the result is mind boggling.  In addition to his talents, Keith Barry is quite a handsome fellow with a quick wit and engaging personality. Needless to say he has what it takes to grab the attention of everyone in his audience.

Keith Barry: Hypnomagician will perform October 28 through November 27 at 9:30 p.m. nightly except for November 6, 14, 15 &19 in the Planet Hollywood Showroom. Tickets are now on sale and are priced at $55 + tax.


Amazing Johnathan’s Annual Halloween Party

On Thursday, October 30, after attending the media night performance for Criss Angel Believe, I headed over to Amazing Johnathan’s pre Halloween Party at his warehouse located in southeast Las Vegas. This was the third year I was invited to his annual Halloween bash and, like the previous years, AJ once again threw a fabulous party that included several of his celebrity friends, guests dressed in striking costumes, food and drink, and “freak show” entertainment.  But in order to partake in the revelry, arriving guests were first led through a series of haunted rooms with scary twists and turns before winding up at the indoor/outdoor party setting.

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Amy Solomon, Carrot Top, Jacqueline Monahan and Judy Thorburn

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Among the noted guests who turned out for this event were Defending the Caveman star Kevin Burke, comedian Carrot Top, magician Nathan Burton, magician Jeff McBride, mentalist Gerry McCambridge and Cher impersonator Heidi Thompson.  Since a picture is worth a thousand words, check out our photo gallery from Amazing Johnathan’s Halloween bash.


Scarlett - Princess of Magic Honored with Prestigious Merlin Award from International Magician’s Society

On Friday afternoon, October 31 (Halloween), The International Magician’s Society presented Scarlett-Princess of Magic with the coveted Merlin Award prior to her headlining performance inside the V Theatre at Planet Hollywood.  For her illustrious career, and as one of the few females who has reached headline status in the entrancing world of illusions, the flame haired young woman joined an eminent group of magicians including Penn & Teller, Criss Angel, Sigfried and Roy and David Copperfield, who has been honored with the prestigious award. Tony Hassini, President of IMS, the world’s largest magic organization worldwide, presented Scarlett with the Merlin Award, the equivalent of an Academy Award, whose recipients have achieved the highest level of their craft.

Audiences are dazzled by the lovely magician’s beauty, amazing skills and appealing personality in her family friendly show.  In her act she performs exciting feats of illusions dressed as Hollywood stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Betty Boop, Michael Jackson, among others. Scarlett has mastered some of the most difficult feats performed by the legendary Harry Houdini and Harry Blackstone, Jr.

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Tony Hassini, President of IMS, Scarlett and David Sachs
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Scarlett – Princess of Magic performs six days a week, Friday through Monday at 2:30pm; Wednesday at 4pm and Thursday at 4pm and 5:30pm (Tuesday is dark) inside the V Theatre at Planet Hollywood.  Children under 12 accompanied by an adult are admitted free.


Star Studded “Black Carpet” Premiere of Criss Angel’s Believe


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Celebrities from the entertainment world celebrated Halloween on Friday evening, October 31 at the Black Carpet Premiere of CRISS ANGEL Believe at Luxor Las Vegas.  Criss Angel kicked off the evening by walking the black carpet with Girls Next Door star Holly Madison on his arm. Joining the illusionist on the black carpet were Cirque du Soleil founder, Guy Lalibertè, the show’s co-writer and director Serge Denoncourt and many of the wonderful characters from the new production that partners Angel with Cirque du Solieil.

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Also taking in the CRISS ANGEL Believe gala premiere were magician Siegfried Fischbacher, comedy illusionists Penn & Teller, Mike Tyson, Baywatch star Jeremy Jackson, actor Joey Kern, comedian Carrot Top, entertainer Clint Holmes, , the Fantasy Girls, female impersonator Frank Marino , chef Kerry Simon, comedian Louie Anderson, magician Nathan Burton, Charlie’s Angels star Tanya Roberts, Mötley Crüe member Vince Neil, Zowie Bowie and triplet violinists Alizma

Seated in the audience at the premiere were Mad Men star Christina Hendricks, LOST stars Evangeline Lilly and Dominic Monaghan, actor Justin Long, How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris, singer, choreographer and American Idol judge Paula Abdul, adult film star Tera Patrick and rocker Evan Seinfeld, reality-TV star Tila Tequila and That 70s Show star Wilmer Valderrama.

Following the second performance, Criss Angel and Holly Madison joined celebrity friends, family, VIP guests and cast members at the gala after party that lasted until the early morning hours.  Held outside at Luxor’s pool deck, which was transformed into a Cirque du Soleil fantasy land, the festivities featured a troupe of characters, trampoline artists and many of the acrobatic acts that make Cirque du Soleil famous around the world.  Attending guests included Hendricks, Long, Abdul, choreographer Adam Shankman (So You Think You Can Dance?)  Singer/songwriter Deborah Gibson, CSI Miami star Jonathan Togo, actor Keir O’Donnell, American Idol contestant Michael Johns, and the talented CRISS ANGEL Believe creative team.


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

Celebrity Chef and Multiple James Beard Award Winner Charlie Trotter has won the prestigious honor of receiving one Michelin star for his cuisine at Restaurant Charlie inside The Palazzo Las Vegas.

“The Palazzo congratulates Chef Trotter and the team of Restaurant Charlie on this rare achievement,” said Rob Goldstein, president and COO of The Palazzo and The Venetian. “Charlie’s culinary genius matched with The Palazzo’s incredible line-up of award winning restaurants makes our property a compelling destination for food connoisseurs.”

For more information, please call the restaurant at 702.607.6336 or visit them online at www.palazzolasvegas.com.

For the third year in a row, Golden Gaming, operators of Golden Casino Group, Golden Tavern Group and Golden Route Operations, partnered with Spread the World-Kids during Make a Difference Day, October 25 to distribute books to schools all across Southern Nevada. The goal was to promote literacy and provide children with the opportunity to read with used books that were donated throughout the month of October. Monetary donations were also accepted at the 36 Sierra Gold and PT’s tavern locations. $1,000 was donated in addition to 1,500 books. Make A Difference Day is celebrated every year on the fourth Saturday of October. The brainchild of USA Weekend Magazine, it has become the nation’s largest day of volunteering through the passion of millions of readers, newspapers, companies and community partners such as Golden Gaming and a 16-year partnership with the Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network.  

Philip Fortenberry,  pianist, improvisational composer and associate music director of “Jersey Boys,” has debuted his new 45 minute acoustic cabaret-style piano concert, “Liberace and Me,” for a limited engagement at the Liberace Museum. Liberace and Me,” conceived and written by Fortenberry, offers a loving respect for the spirit and legacy of Liberace and the impact he had in Fortenberry’s life and career. Throughout his show, Fortenberry acknowledges the empowering influence of Liberace and shares his own original compositions, selections from the classical repertoire, and show-stopping Broadway music. Liberace and Me” is presented in the 75-seat Cabaret Showroom at the Liberace Museum, 1775 E. Tropicana Ave. at Spencer.  Performance time is at 1 p.m. three days a week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.  Tickets are $17.50 per person and reservations are recommended.


Sin City Kitties Burlesque Cabaret has opened at Whiskey Pete’s Showroom. Orchestrating the action is queen of the Kitty Play-Parlor Mistress Lily singing her heart out while divulging the fantasies and secrets of each of her kitty counterparts. The beautiful and seductive Kitties include Mistress Lily, Champagne, Dazee, Siren, Summer, Gigi and Roxy. Tickets are $24.95 and are available by calling 1.800.FUNSTOP.

On October 30th Binion’s Gambling Hall & Hotel in downtown Las Vegas opened a brand-new poker room that completes another step in a series of refurbishments to the legendary property. The new Binion’s poker room, flanked by two full-service bars featuring cocktails and video poker, combines the nostalgia of the renowned Binion’s heritage with the modern direction of the game. Historic photos are spaced around the room with eleven 42 and 50-inch plasma televisions for player viewing and entertainment. Located in the upscale concierge area is The Binion’s Gallery of Champions and Poker Hall of Fame where available games are presented on electronic boards.

Thursday, November 6, The UNLV Chamber Chorale will host the 24th Annual Invitational Madrigal/Chamber Choir Festival in two separate sessions beginning at 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. in the Lee & Thomas Beam Music Center located on the university campus. The festival features performances by ensembles from high schools throughout the Las Vegas Valley. Both sessions are FREE and open to the public. For further information contact the UNLV choral studies office, 895-3008.

Beginning on Thursday, Nov. 6 and running once a week for the month of November, including Nov. 13 and 20 (excludes Thanksgiving), the first 25 ladies that visit RA Sushi Bar and Restaurant (3200 Las Vegas Boulevard South) on Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. will receive a gift certificate from Roni Josef Salon & Spa for a complimentary manicure when they purchase one of RA’s refreshing new martinis featured on the specialty “Martinis & Manicures” menu. The first 25 ladies to attend will also receive a gift bag, compliments of RA Sushi, Roni Josef and Roxanne Magazine. Specialty martinis available for “Martinis and Manicures” include: Bruce Lee Chee ($9.50), a kicking gin martini made with Lychee and cucumber; Mount Saint Melons ($8.50) made with cantaloupe; and Chai One On ($8.50), a rich dessert-style cocktail.


From November 7-9, The Hard Rock Hotel is hosting the debut of Dream Team Gaming’s “The Dream Team Poker Tournament” inside the Poker Lounge, drawing celebrity poker players, including Jamie Gold as participants. "I am thrilled to play in the launch of Dream Team Poker," said Jamie Gold, philanthropist and 2006 World Series of Poker Main event champion. Gold will be joined by other poker champions including: David Benyamine, 2008 World Series of poker bracelet winner who currently ranks third in player of the year standings; Eric Schoenberg,  who participated on the show, Poker After Dark and nicknamed “Poker Babe”; David Daneshgar, 2008 World Series of Poker bracelet winner; Kenny Tran, 2008 World Series of Poker bracelet winner; and Jean Robert Bellande, who participated on the CBS reality TV series Survivor: China and is a promoter and poker player better known as “Action Bob” for his fast play and vigorous personality.   For additional information on Dream Team Poker, please visit www.dreamteampoker.com.

In celebration of the one-year anniversary of eyecandy sound lounge & bar, Mandalay Bay, in conjunction with SpyOnVegas, presents famed hip-hop artist Tone Loc Wednesday, November 12.  Tone Loc will take the stage at 11 p.m. to perform his popular hits including “Wild Thing,” “Funky Cold Medina,” “I Got It Goin' On” and “All Through the Night.”  The exceptional event will feature a complimentary cocktail made with Snow Queen Vodka that will be served from 6 - 8 p.m.  Resident DJ Presto One will  spins the hottest in club party beats; scantily dressed ladies of Snow Queen Vodka and Perrier Jouet Champagne seduce the crowd and a roaming magician will entertain guests with his sleight-of-hand tricks.

Friday, November 13 Texas rock band, Fastball, will take the stage at The Canyon Club Las Vegas located inside the Four Queens Hotel & Casino.

Doors open at 9:30 pm. Fastball will be opened by jazz and blues talent, Greg Medoro, a Las Vegas favorite. Tickets are $15 for locals and $25 general admission and can be purchased by calling The Canyon Club box office at (702) 387-5175.

Howie Mandel, the host of NBC’s prime time and syndicated hit game show “Deal or No Deal,” will perform his hilarious stand-up comedy for the first time inside Danny Gans Theatre at The Mirage November 14 - 15 at 10 p.m.   Tickets are priced at $70 plus tax

Saturday, November 15, White Lion (whose smash hits in the 1980’s include “Wait,” “Tell Me,” Broken Heart” and “Little Fighter) will appear in concert at the Canyon Club on Saturday, November 15. Doors open at 9:30 p.m.  Tickets are $15 for locals and $25 general admission.

Saturday, Nov. 15, McFadden’s Irish Restaurant and Saloon at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino is hosting “November Rain, a Totally Awesome 80s Party” that starts at 10 p.m.   The person with the most bitchin’ 80s’ ensemble will walk away with $200 cash. Party goers will get a flashback to their favorite 80s’ teen movies when, at 2 a.m., there will be a colorful drop of balloons filled with $1, $5, $10 and $20 bills.  McFadden’s will also offer their signature all-you-can drink Saturday night special; the cost is $10 for women, $20 for men to enjoy the open bar from 10 p.m. until midnight, with $3 drinks from midnight until close. For more information, call 702.270.6200 or visit www.McFaddensSaloon.com.

On November 7-15, 2008 the Australian Shepherd Club of America National Specialty Dog Show will take place at the South Point Arena.   The ASCA will be celebrating the 35the anniversary of this amazing event which showcases the talents of Australian Shepherds from all over the world with exhibitors representing 13 countries, including a number of local competitors competing over a nine-day span in a range of venues including Stock Dog Trial (herding ducks, sheep and cattle), Conformation, Obedience, Tracking, Agility and Junior Showmanship. The arena opens at 8 AM and the day finishes around 8 PM. Admission is FREE to the public.

On Wednesday, November 19 at 8 p.m., The UNLV Performing Arts Center presents the Song and Dance Ensemble of West Africa as part of the New York Stage & Beyond Series. Composed of singers, dancers and musicians, this company combines the traditional instruments, folklore and mythology of several West African nations to paint a colorful picture of the oral and musical customs of these diverse peoples. Tickets are $35, $50, and $80 (not including $1 facilities fee) and can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center Box Office at 895-ARTS (2787) or by visiting pac.unlv.edu. Student (with valid I.D.) rush tickets are $13 each and available one hour prior to each event, based on availability.

R&B sensation Usher is set to perform at The Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms on Friday, November 21, 2008 at 9:00 p.m.  Tickets for Usher are $86.00, $101.00 and $176.00, plus any additional service fees. Ticket price includes a $1.00 donation to Usher’s New Look Foundation.

Celebrating their 20th Anniversary Tour, The Smashing Pumpkins will perform at The Pearl on Saturday, November 29, 2008 at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets are priced at $78.00, $88.00 and $113.00, plus any additional service fees.

At Happy Paws Pet Expo at Cashman Center On November 22 23 HOOTERS® at Sunset Station in Henderson is teaming up with NOOTERS CLUB, which promotes pet spay and neuter through its whimsical cartoons, and Heaven Can Wait Sanctuary (HCWS),  to remind pet owners to get their pets spayed or neutered and draw attention to the plight of homeless pets.  At the Expo, the first 50 pet owners who purchase a reduced-rate voucher to have their pet spayed or neutered will also get a coupon for free HOOTERS® chicken wings. In addition, HOOTERS® and NOOTERS CLUB® is sponsoring a series of announcements and promotions to raise pet owner awareness about the benefits of spay and neuter, including: Special on-stage appearances by the HOOTERS® girls who will sign autographs for guests; Sales of a special NOOTERS CLUB® tank top and 2009 HOOTERS® calendars with a portion of the proceeds benefits Heaven Can Wait Sanctuary and Drawings for HOOTERS® and NOOTERS CLUB® prizes. In addition, anyone dining at the HOOTERS® at Sunset Station can pick up a coupon for $3 off the Happy Paws Pet Expo regular $10 adult admission. For Happy Paws Pet Expo hours, location and ticket information go to www.happypawsandfriends.com.


Celebrity sightings:

Spotted dining at LAVO inside The Palazzo Tuesday night (October 28)...

Professional poker player, Daniel Negreanu enjoyed dinner at LAVO. A vegetarian, he chose Eggplant Parmesan and his group of ten feasted on favorites from Chef Ludo.

Verdine White of Earth Wind and Fire also dined in the hot spot.

NFL'er Junior Seau, his wife and friends were also spotted enjoying dinner.

Oscar winning actor Adrien Brody was spotted Wednesday night (October 29) at LAVO inside The Palazzo having dinner with Simon Rex and two other male friends.

Having a drink in the lounge at LAVO was actor/comedian Dan Akroyd, talking with friends about the launch of his new vodka brand.

Upstairs in the nightclub seared at a dance floor table was Oscar winning director Steven Soderbergh. The director was joined by a large group of cast and crew in town filming the unscripted improv flick titled “The Girlfriend Experience.”

Thursday night at LAVO Restaurant, R&B superstar Maxwell dined with his entire band and entourage.

Visiting LAVO for the second night in a row was Adrien Brody, who joined Maxwell and crew for a short while and left just before they all retired to the terrace where they enjoyed LAVO's hookah lounge overlooking the Las Vegas Strip. The group partook in the ancient ritual guided by one of LAVO's own hookah masters.

Also dining at LAVO was Gregory Smith, star of TV’s Everwood, with two friends. They then made their way upstairs to the nightclub for Residance with a table on the dance floor and a bottle of champagne.

Enjoying dinner at another table was poker pro Antonio Esfandiari and others from the cast of The Real Deal!

The upcoming election was center stage at LAVO inside The Palazzo Saturday night as actress Amy Smart hosted an evening for GetOutTheVote.org.  Sporting a hot pink t-shirt emblazoned with the website, she urged everyone to make their voice heard.

Also supporting the cause was Will.I.Am of the Black Eyed Peas.

Also dining at LAVO on Saturday Neil Patrick Harris of How I Met Your Mother, AJ Buckley and Jonathan Togo of CSI, Christina Hendricks of Mad Men and actor and Apple’s MAC spokesperson Justin Long.  The group enjoyed everything LAVO has to offer, starting with a dinner of favorites hand-picked by Chef Ludo, before making their way to the Strip front terrace where they partook in the ancient ritual of Hookah while braving a bit of rare Vegas rain.  The finished their evening upstairs in the nightclub where they danced the night away.

Sean Kingston, Jamaican reggae singer and rapper, gave a surprise performance at Body English, inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Saturday, Nov. 1st.  Kingston was seen partying with E! “Daily 10” hosts Sal Masekela, Ben Lyons and DJ Clinton Sparks during the weekly Smashtime event.

Also inside the nightclub was Major League Baseball Player John Lackey, pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels, celebrating his bachelor party at Hard Rock with Adam Kennedy, who plays second base for the St. Louis Cardinals. The group was spotted partying in a VIP booth inside the club.

In addition, Film Director and Producer Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2) was seen eating at AJ's Steakhouse with Capital Films Producer Kia Jam. Boxer Mike Tyson was also spotted hanging out at Hard Rock last weekend.

Sunday evening Nelly celebrated his 34th birthday with dinner in the private dining room at LAVO.  Dinner was followed by a visit upstairs to the nightclub where he was presented with a cake resembling a Ford Flex.  Just prior to dinner, the Grammy Award winning recording artist and actor was surprised with a gift of a Ford Flex that he helped customize.  Arriving at the same time was boxer Vernon Forrest, prompting Nelly to joke that he hoped never to be on the wrong side of that punch.

Spotted in Nelly’s group of friends was rapper Murphy Lee, of the St. Lunatics hip hop group.

Poker player Antonio Esfandiari and E!’s Clinton Sparks were also in the nightclub.

Kevin Federline took in the sounds of DJ Vice upstairs in the nightclub as well.

On Sunday evening, October 2, Onch, former contestant on “Paris Hilton's My New BFF” on MTV, was spotted at Body English inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino last night.  He was eliminated from the show during the fourth episode.  Onch was seen drinking and dancing the night away and was seen mingling with lots of friends and fans.

Actor Dennis Haskins, well known for his role as principal Mr. Belding in the teen sitcom “Saved by the Bell,” was also at Body English to judge the Halloween contest for Naughtiest School Girl.
On Election Day afternoon Tuesday November 4, Hulk Hogan and his son Nick checked into the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.  Also, Rampage Jackson was spotted having lunch at Pink Taco restaurant, accompanied by two friends.

Spotted at LAVO inside The Palazzo Tuesday evening was Detroit Tiger Gary Sheffield, wearing a white shirt with plenty of bling.  Also in the nightclub at a nearby table, UFC light heavyweight Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, clad in a red Affliction shirt.


I will be back next week with more of what’s “happening” in and around Las Vegas.


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