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Wayne Newton Hosts Wounded Veterans at his Estate

In honor of Veteran’s Day, entertainer Wayne Newton, known around the world as the King of Las Vegas, hosted over 100 wounded war veterans from around the country for an informal luncheon on the grounds of Casa de Shendandoah, his palatial ranch estate located in southeast Las Vegas.


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The legendary singer is an avid supporter of our brave troops who have fought for our country and is the Chairman of the USO Celebrity Circle. Since the Viet Nam war, Newton has generously volunteered his talent and time with the USO, entertaining thousands of soldiers stationed around the globe.
The afternoon outdoor luncheon at his estate was just one way for Wayne to show his appreciation and thank those men and women in uniform who have returned home with physical wounds.

In addition to enjoying sandwiches and soft drinks, and a surprise visit from Las Vegas headliner Terry Fator who took time away from his busy schedule to meet and chat with the soldiers, guests had a chance to share some time with several extended members of Newton’s family.


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Making their indelible mark was some of Newton’s beloved animals that call his Las Vegas residence home. Guests were able to get up close and personal with the most adorable, people friendly little penguin named Charlie, as well as a hilarious parrot and one of Newton’s beautiful Arabian horses.

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Of course, the highlight for every veteran who attended the event had to be when the host appeared. Newton greeted each and every soldier and posed for photos. For the war veterans who have had to endure so much, it was great to see the joy and smiles on their faces and know that the afternoon at Newton’s Las Vegas ranch resulted in a wonderful experience they will always remember.

Mary and the Maori Hi Five Receive Star On The Strip

On Thursday, Nov. 12, Mary and the Maori Hi Five showband were awarded the 40th star on the Strip by the Las Vegas Walk of Stars Committee during a presentation/ceremony on the Brooklyn Bridge in front of the New York New York Hotel & Casino. The following day, the star was unveiled on the sidewalk in front of the hotel. The group was the first of the Maori showbands to leave New Zealand in the 1960s.


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Mary and the Maori Hi Five Showband

After touring the world, Mary and the Maori Hi Five arrived in the United States in 1965. In Las Vegas, they worked at the Sahara, Thunderbird, Hacienda, Tally Ho and Caesars Palace and at Harrah’s Club in Reno and Tahoe before disbanding in 1971.

The group worked with many famous stars including: Louis Prima, Keely Smith, Gia Mione, Sam Butera, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Harry James, Louis Armstrong, Mel Torme, Ray Charles, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Harry Belafonte and in 1964, they headlined with the Beatles in Hong Kong.

One member of the group, Robert Hemi Te Miha passed away in November 2007. Of the remaining members, Kae Pohe lives in Las Vegas and Solly Pohatu resides in New Zealand. The camaraderie even to this day is undeniable and they are proud to be representing the Maori race.


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Mary and the Maori Hi Five Showband

The group will be featured in the second part of a 12-part series being filmed for a New Zealand Maori television program “Unsung” (Heroes of Maori Music) and Frontier Films will also be filming for Australian television program called “Kia Ora Mate,” where Maori entertainers will salute Aussies for helping to start their careers.

Purple Reign Delivers The Ultimate Prince Tribute Show at Hooters

If you are a fan of Prince but haven’t been able to see him perform live in concert, without a doubt the next best thing is Purple Reign, the Ultimate Prince Tribute show that is as close to the real thing as you will ever get. The band which has played in several other Las Vegas venues, recently opened in the Night Owl showroom at Hooters Casino. I caught their act during the media night performance on Friday night, November 13.

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Purple Reign showcases a 5 piece band of fabulous musicians lead by front man, Jason Tenner, who not only looks remarkably like the legendary pop icon, the Prince clone has his voice, moves and attitude down pat and can play a very mean guitar. Tenner and his bandmates recreate the performances of Prince during his heyday from the mid 1980’s to 90’s with an array of hit songs that includes, of course, Purple Rain from Prince’s movie of the same name. Also featured in the show is a tribute to Morris Day and The Time (who appeared in Purple Rain) and they complement the show with the perfect blend of lookalike and soundalike funk.

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Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

In short, when it comes to tribute shows, I can’t rave enough about Purple Reign. Don’t take my word. Check it out for yourself.

Purple Reign, the Ultimate Prince Tribute show, performs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the Night Owl Showroom at Hooters Casino Hotel.

Impressionist Frank Caliendo Opens at Monte Carlo

As Las Vegas’ newest headliner, Frank Caliendo kicked off his ten-year residency at the Monte Carlo with a grand opening performance and gala after party celebration on Friday, Nov. 13.


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Frank Caliendo

Red carpet arrivals included several of Caliendo’s celebrity friends such as boxer and current World Welterweight champion Sugar Shane Mosley, UFC fighters Frank Mir and Stephan Bonnar, famed comedians Louie Anderson and George Wallace, and Las Vegas Strip performers Kristen Hertzenberg from Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular, Rick Faugno from Jersey Boys, singing sensation Zowie Bowie and Angelica Bridges and the Fantasy girls.


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UFC fighters Frank Mir and Stephan Bonnar

The talented Caliendo, a veteran of sketch comedy, is known by millions for his work on TV that includes his five year gig as a member of the ensemble cast of “MadTV,” as the star of his own television show, “Frank TV” on TBS, numerous appearances on Comedy Central and as a regular on America’s No. 1 pregame show, “FOX NFL Sunday” with Terry Bradshaw and Howie Long. But, it is his dead on impressions of famous actors, politicians and broadcasters including Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, John Madden, Charles Barkley former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, Dr. Phil and more that has garnered him critical acclaim.


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Frank Caliendo's impression of Chris Farley

To say he made a good impression in front of a packed theatre full of VIP guests and members of the media on opening night is an understatement. Caliendo brings to his new show at the Lance Burton theatre a vibrant mix of high-energy comedy and an array of fast-paced impressions enhanced by a live band of musicians. During this particular show, there were some surprise guests who joined Caliendo on stage. First to walk on was singer/Impressionist Terry Fator and his impersonating turtle, Winston, followed by prop comedian Carrot Top and Louie Anderson who showed up separately to deliver their brand of crowd pleasing humor, and spew out a humorous plug for each of their own shows on the strip.


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Comedian George Kanter, Frank Caliendo, Louie Anderson, Terry Fator and Carrot Top

Ticket prices for Frank Caliendo’s show at the Monte Carlo begin at $59, including tax and service fees. Performances are Monday-Tuesday and Friday-Saturday at 9:30 p.m.

Chef Mario Batali Honored at 2009 Carnivale Du Vin

On Saturday, November 14, The Venetian/The Palazzo in Las Vegas hosted Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s 5th anniversary “Carnivale du Vin”. 700 guests gathered for an evening of food, wine and music to benefit children’s causes. Chefs Emeril Lagasse, Mario Batali, Daniel Boulud, Wolfgang Puck, Charlie Trotter and other top chefs and winemakers participated in the tasting. Celebrity attendees included Karina Smirnoff of Dancing with the Stars and rocker Sammy Hagar.

Chef Mario Batali was recognized as the 2009 Carnivale du Vin Honoree, commemorating his participation, friendship and support of the annual charity event and the Emeril Lagasse Foundation since its inception.

In his fifth year participating as a “Krewe du Vin” chef, Chef Batali has continuously devoted his time, talent and vivacious energy to Carnivale du Vin. Batali also serves on the Emeril Lagasse Foundation board of directors. His commitment to children is evident, both through his support and friendship to the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, and through his recently founded Mario Batali Foundation, which continues his mission to feed, protect, educate and empower children.

Proceeds from the evening’s event went to support programs such as the Three Square Food Bank Kid’s Café in Las Vegas and Edible Schoolyard in New Orleans.

Ethel’s 16th Annual Cactus Lighting Event

Over 1,000 people were in attendance to celebrate the 16th Annual Ethel's Cactus Lighting on Tuesday, November 17. On hand for this event was emcee/comedian George Wallace and entertainers Zowie Bowie, Michael Grimm and Mosaic who all performed holiday classics for the crowd. The Cactus Garden is open and free to the public now through the remainder of the year.

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George Wallace, Zowie Bowie, Michael Grimm and Mosaic

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George Wallace with the choir

Holly Madison Kicks off 2009 Harvest of Beaujolais Nouveau at Paris Las Vegas

On November 18, Peepshow star Holly Madison and a Lucille Ball impersonator kicked-off the resort’s 3rd annual Georges DuBoeuf Beaujolais Nouveau celebration with a traditional grape stomp, reminiscent of the iconic “Lucy” scene.

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Holly Madison

According to French Law, Beaujolais Nouveau is released on the third Thursday of November. The time-honored event is celebrated at midnight throughout the world as people anxiously await the current year’s vintage. To coincide with the midnight hour in Paris, France, the Las Vegas festivities were held at 3 p.m. Holly Madison, “Lucy” and Yann Bourigault, North America Export Director of Les Vins Georges DuBoeuf were on hand at Paris Las Vegas to unveil this year’s custom designed bottle and were among the first to sample the 2009 harvest.

Paris Las Vegas celebrated this year’s festivities with five days of special events, tastings, and unique Beaujolais Nouveau pairings at eateries such as Mon Ami Gabi, Les Artistes Steakhouse and the Sterling Brunch at Bally’s Steakhouse.

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

The Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation hosted “The ’80s Alive Again” theme party on Saturday, November 14 at House of Blues as the official kick off to the 8th annual “Fill the Fire Truck” toy drive. The event was open to the public and all guests were invited to don their best ’80s gear for the Best Dressed Crew costume and karaoke contests.

On Thursday evening November 19, Vegas PBS and Andre Agassi Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas, (located at 800 N. Martin Luther King Blvd) brought families together with a special screening of the Sesame Street’ documentary “Families Stand Together: Feeling Secure in Tough Times” featuring real-life families and the story of a Muppet family coping with the ups and downs of these uncertain economic times. The special, hosted by Al Roker, Deborah Roberts and Elmo and his friends encourages children to express their feelings and ideas as their families adjust to a new life. The program is part of Vegas PBS’ continued mission to guide families throughout the community during the current economic climate. Vegas PBS also distributed Sesame Street family kits to all families in attendance, that are designed to help parents explain to their children the effects the economy may have on their lives.

CityCenter has been named the best commercial project of 2009 in the fifth annual Designing & Building Designing & Building with FSC Awards at USGBC’s GreenBuild ’09 Conference.. The awards recognize entities that are committed to using sustainable harvested wood and creating a marketplace that promotes environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable forest management. CityCenter’s dedication to the use of FSC-certified wood products is unprecedented in scale and resulted in a significant market transformation.

Las Vegas-based marketing, public relations and design agency BRAINtrust Marketing + Communications was recently honored with nine MarCom Awards by the Associate of Marketing and Communications Professionals. The international competition recognizes creative excellence in marketing and communication programs and materials.

Sam's Town Live! at Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall (5111 Boulder Highway) is presenting “Free Jazz Fridays”, a series of FREE jazz performances every Friday from 7 to10 p.m. November 20 thru January 29, excluding December 25 and January 1.

In recognition of American Cancer Society’s Annual Great American Smokeout,® Dr. Eric Moskow of Canyon Gate Medical Group addresses the dangers of smoking at BODIES…The Exhibition Saturday, November 21. Dr. Moskow will speak about the harmful effects of tobacco on the body while guests have the opportunity to see a ravaged black lung up close and even hold the specimen. After the lecture, guests are invited to throw away their pack of cigarettes in the available container inside the Respiratory Gallery and be one of the hundreds of smokers that have decided to change their lives inside this powerful exhibition.

Beginning Friday, November 27 and lasting throughout the holiday season, LBS: A Burger Joint, located at Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa, will offer the “Make-A-Wish” Burger. With each purchase of this special menu item, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Southern Nevada to help raise money to make a child’s wish come true.

This month Vegas PBS is presenting a 40 minute documentary that delves into the excitement and the creative process of Blue Man Group, one of the most innovative and creative companies in the world. With archival footage not seen before on television and inside interviews with the creators and original Blue Men, Creating Blue Man Group will be airing on Vegas PBS on Saturday, Nov. 28 at 11:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 29 at 1:30 p.m. In support of the non-profit organization’s winter membership drive. Blue Man Group is providing 100 VIP tickets to its show at the Venetian Las Vegas and five room and show VIP packages, including a two night hotel stay to the Venetian Las Vegas and two VIP tickets to see Blue Man Group. Vegas PBS members can receive the VIP tickets or the VIP room and show packages by donating to the non-profit.

Beginning Tuesday, Dec. 1 through Saturday, Dec. 12, guests who bring two or more new, unwrapped toys to George Wallace’s toy drive will receive one free ticket to his show. The ticket can be redeemed anytime from the evening of the donation through Saturday, Dec. 19. Donations can be dropped in the designated donation box located to the right of The Flamingo Showroom near the Donny & Marie kiosk at The Flamingo Hotel. Donations are accepted from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. All donations will benefit HELP of Southern Nevada, an organization that brings toys to more than 10,000 local families each year.

The College of Southern Nevada Department of Fine Arts is seeking actors for its February 19-28 production of “When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder?” by Mark Medoff. Director Ernest Hemmings will conduct auditions on Fri., Dec. 4 from 7–10 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 5 from noon to 4 p.m. in the Recital Hall (Room 1430) at the Cheyenne Campus, 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave. Roles are available for males and females, ages 18-70. Rehearsals will begin in January. For more additional information, contact Professor Joe Hammond at 651-4526 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The UNLV Performing Arts Center presents Forbidden Broadway Christmas, a hilarious holiday musical extravaganza, conducted by Catherine Stornetta and with the UNLV Jazz Symphony, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5 as part of the New York Stage & Beyond. Selections include “Barbra Jingle Bells” and “Fiddler on an Xmas Tree.” Tickets are $40, $55, and $85 and can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center Box Office at 895-ARTS (2787) or by visiting pac.unlv.edu.

Friends of Henderson Libraries will host The 6th Annual Library Tree Lane Gala scheduled to take place Friday, Dec. 4 at the Paseo Verde Library located at 280 S. Green Valley Parkway near Paseo Verde Parkway and Green Valley Ranch Resort & Casino. All of the holiday favorites will be offered including elegant tree displays, wreaths for sale and gift baskets on silent auction. All proceeds from the silent auction and donations will benefit an expansion of the collection of books for beginning readers, children in kindergarten through third grade, for use in all Henderson Libraries locations.

The Friends of Henderson Libraries will host several events at Paseo Verde Library beginning Tuesday, Nov. 17, as part of Library Tree Lane. Events include a holiday Carr Chat celebrating Robyn Carr at noon on Friday, Nov. 20, and various children’s holiday programs. Trees and wreaths will also be showcased during regular library hours Nov. 17 through Dec. 4.

Frankie’s Tiki Room, the only authentic tiki bar in Las Vegas (located at 1712 W. Charleston Blvd.), is having a Tiki Bash in celebration of its first anniversary on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. The evening’’festivities will include tiki artists, live music by DJ Rex Dart of the Bargain DJ collective and the unveiling of the limited-edition High Roller tiki mug.

As part of his Fall/Winter U.S. tour in conjunction with the November release of his highly anticipated album, My Christmas, classical and pop superstar Andrea Bocelli will perform at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday, Dec. 12. The concert is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are priced at $400, $275, $195, $125 and $75, not including applicable service charge

Celebrity Sightings:

Thursday night, November 12…

Poker legend Phil Hellmuth, accompanied by three friends, dined at N9NE Steakhouse inside Palms Casino Resort.

Reality star NeNe Leakes hosted at TAO’s Worship Thursday to celebrate the season wrap party for her show, The Real Housewives of Atlanta. NeNe and her husband Gregg first dined at the Asian Bistro. After dinner they headed up to a sky box in the nightclub where they could take in the entire scene.

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NeNe Leakes

Earlier in the day Leakes was spotted lunching at Dos Caminos inside The Palazzo

Friday night (11.13.09)

The band SlipKnot the lead singer Corey Taylor got married to Stephanie Luby in the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Casino Resort. 350 of their closest friends and family attended the wedding. The Rock n Roll wedding included Billy Morrison as the minister and Dave Navarro & Mark MaGrath of Camp Freddy performing at the wedding. Corey also performed three songs with Camp Freddy.

Jermaine Dye, right fielder and current MLB free agent, had dinner with a guest at N9NE Steakhouse. Osi Omenyiora, defensive end for the New York Giants, also had dinner at N9NE Steakhouse with a large group that included Vernon Davis, tight end for the San Francisco 49ers.

Later in the evening, Omenyiora was spotted at Moon Nightclub with a group of four friends. Also in the nightclub was illusionist Criss Angel who was seated at a separate VIP table with six friends.

Inside Playboy Club, celebrity chef Kerry Simon was joined by seven friends at a VIP table.

E!’s Chelsea Handler started her Vegas weekend at TAO. She was joined by her co-star Chuy, singer Natasha Bedingfield, actress Mary McCormack and Handler’s seemingly on-again boyfriend, Comcast Entertainment CEO Ted Harbert.

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Chelsea Handler and Chuy

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Chelsea Handler and Natasha Bedingfield

Over at LAVO, Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes dined with her husband Gregg and several friends. Earlier in the afternoon the reality star and her husband lunched at Dos Caminos for the second day in a row.

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NeNe and Greg Leakes

Jessica Lowndes from the hit TV series 90210 celebrated her 21st birthday with a party at LAVO and a weekend Vegas getaway. She spent the day doing early Christmas shopping at The Shoppes at The Palazzo, then went by herself to see Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular at The Venetian.
Saturday, November 14…

Attending Bette Midler’s The Showgirl Must Go On at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace was comedian Chelsea Handler, Chuy (a regular on Chelsea’s tour and her late night show Chelsea Lately on E! Entertainment), and singer Natasha Bedingfield. After the show they all came back to say hello to the Divine Miss M. Bette’s daughter Sophie was also there to meet Chelsea.

Saturday afternoon Jessica Lowndes and her friends were spotted enjoying lunch with the birthday girl at Dos Caminos Mexican Kitchen.

In the evening Lowndes arrived at LAVO with boyfriend actor Aaron Paul and friends including Ryan Braun from Milwaukee Brewers. The group began the night with dinner in LAVO’s private dining room, and after a family style meal, the birthday girl was presented with a cake.

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Jessica Lowndes

Rosario Dawson was spotted dining at LAVO on Saturday as well. She was joined by her boyfriend, international DJ Mathieu Schreyer and a few friends. The couple was in town to see friend Kevin James perform his stand up show.

Dancing with the Stars pro Karina Smirnoff was spotted dining at TAO.

Melissa Rycroft (former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, contestant on the 13th season of ABC’s The Bachelor, and the 8th season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars) and her fiancée Tye Strickland, celebrated their upcoming wedding with bachelor and bachelorette parties and other fun filled events in Las Vegas.

Melissa and Tye made a stop at Sweet Surrender, the specialty cupcake and gourmet candy store located at The Palazzo, to grab a Red Velvet cupcake, which is Melissa’s favorite. Melissa and Tye decided to take some time to themselves to enjoy a romantic gondola ride at The Venetian. The couple and their wedding party were spotted rocking out at the 10 p.m. performance of Blue Man Group at The Venetian. After the show, the group went backstage for a private meet and greet with the cast.

Actor Kevin Dillon (Entourage) seen at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and having fun with other guests while gambling in the casino.

Actor Amaury Nolasco (Prison Break, Max Payne) spotted eating dinner after the fight in AGO.

Over at Body English nightclub, Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jay Bruce partying with friends. Also spotted in the club, was American record producer, rapper and Grammy winning songwriter Jermaine Dupri.

NY Yankee Derek Jeter and two friends dined at N9NE Steakhouse inside Palms Casino Resort.

For the second consecutive night, free agent Jermaine Dye was seen at the bar with a few friends.

Meanwhile, Moon Nightclub hosted a private party for sportscaster Jim Gray, who celebrated his 50th birthday with friends. The party began around 7 p.m. and VIP guests included:Retired boxer, Muhammad Ali, TV/radio host, Larry King, Former NBA players, Bill Walton, Oscar Robertson and Jerry West, Comedian, Frank Caliendo, Former NFL player Eric Dickerson, Former MLB player Joe Morgan and Hall of Fame football coach Don Shula.

Later that evening, NFL linebacker for the Chicago Bears Lance Briggs partied with one friend at a VIP table. Vernon Davis of the San Francisco 49ers was also spotted hanging out with friend.

At Rain Nightclub, renowned DJ Robbie Rivera hung out with friends on stage at the VIP booth.

Model Amber Smith from VH1’s Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew hosted an unforgettable night at Hawaiian Tropic Zone inside Miracle Mile Shops.

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Amber Smith

Sunday, November 15…

Jessica Lowndes and her friends capped off her 21st birthday weekend by going indoor skydiving, and enjoying dinner at TAO Asian Bistro with on-again boyfriend Aaron Paul and several friends.

Boxer Floyd Mayweather and eight friends was at Playboy Club inside Palms Casino Resort.

Sean “Diddy” Combs, artist, producer, actor and fashion designer, hosted a party – “Ciroc, Interscope & Bad Boy presenting: The Dirty Money, Ciroc Brunch with Diddy” on the Stratosphere Tower’s observation level located on the 108th floor.

Rapper Fat Joe was spotted hanging out with friends at Body English inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.


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Fat Joe

Monday, November 16,

Carlos Santana and two guests dined at Morton's The Steakhouse.

Tuesday, November 17…

Actor Chris Noth spotted enjoying dinner at AGO inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Actress Allison Janney was seen dining at LAVO.

Wednesday, November 18…

Allison Janney celebrated her 50th birthday with breakfast at Simon at Palms Place.


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Allison Janney

Chuck Liddell, mixed martial artist and former Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight champion, was seen later having lunch at Simon. At night he had dinner in N9NE Steakhouse with a large party of nearly 30.

Dining separately in N9NE Steakhouse was Clay Guida, professional mixed martial arts fighter currently fighting in the UFC as a lightweight. He was joined by five friends for a late dinner in the main dining room.

Dana White, President of UFC, was at Playboy Club with a group of ten guests.


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Jessa and President of UFC, Dana White


Joe Montana, retired NFL star, had dinner at N9NE Steakhouse with Executive Chef Barry Dakake and several friends in the main dining room.

Thursday, November 19…

World renowned illusionist, Siegfried, visited Fremont Street Experience to watch Jan Rouven’s 10 p.m. illusion show on the 3rd Street Stage. Jan Rouven, an illusionist from Germany, is making his Las Vegas debut performing “Jan Rouven presents Death-Defying Illusions” on Fremont Street Experience.


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Siegfried greets fellow-German, Jan Rouven, after his show at Fremont Street Experience on Thursday evening.

Past American Idol runner-up and dance music artist Blake Lewis hosted at TAO’s Worship Thursday. After enjoying dinner the singer headed upstairs to the nightclub. Around 1 pm he grabbed the microphone from DJ Five and got the crowd clapping. He beat boxed freestyle before performing his single Binary Love from his new album Heartbreak on Vinyl for a crowd that included adult film star Stormy Daniels.


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Blake Lewis and Tao Girls

Also spotted at TAO was Allison Janney, joined by friends.

Rollie Fingers, former Major League Baseball player, had dinner at N9NE Steakhouse with former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian and a group of four friends.

Joe Stevenson, MMA star, was spotted at a VIP table inside ghostbar later in the evening with a group of friends.

Hawaiian Tropic Zone inside Miracle Mile Shops hosted a ring girl search for the Tuff-N-Uff MMA fight scheduled to be held at The Orleans Hotel & Casino on Friday, Nov. 27. Winners Jesse Preston and Alana Park took home an MMA ring girl contract and Kendra Schnell captured the grand prize MMA ring girl contract and $500 cash.

Also at Hawaiian Tropic Zone, UFC fighter Wanderlei Silva was spotted hanging out in a VIP booth with a large group of friends.

Friday night, November 20…

Rapper Lil Jon was spotted dining at LAVO with friends.

In the nightclub was rap rock band Hollywood Undead, celebrating their lead singer’s 27th birthday. The large party included adult film star Stormy Daniels, who dates their drummer Glendon Crain.

Megan Hauserman from VH1’s Megan Wants a Millionaire was also spotted in the club with a group of friends, as was former American Idol runner up and dance music artist Blake Lewis.

Dana White, President of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, had a late dinner at N9NE Steakhouse with a party of seven.

Joe Rogan, comedian, actor and long time color commentator for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, also had dinner at N9NE Steakhouse with a group of eight.

OneRepublic had dinner at N9NE Steakhouse following their concert in The Pearl.

Daisy Fuentes, model and television personality, had dinner at Nove Italiano with her mother at a table in the main dining room.

The Ikki Twins, identical twin models, Rikki and Vikki Mongeon (best known as the stars of the MTV reality dating show "A Double Shot at Love"), were seen dancing and posing for photos inside Moon Nightclub.

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Ikki Twins

At Rain Nightclub, Al B. Sure, singer, songwriter and record producer, was joined by a large group.

Actor Jason Alexander was spotted dining at Strip House inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Saturday night, November 21…

Rev Theory, rock group formerly known as Revelation Theory, was spotted partying with a group of seven friends at Moon Nightclub.

Actor Alfonso Ribeiro dined at Rare120 at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. While there, he was seen shaking hands with Jason Giambi. Later, Ribeiro was seen greeting DJ Clinton Sparks in Body English nightclub. Also spotted with friends in the nightclub was Detroit Tigers pitcher Dontrelle Willis.

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