By Judy Thorburn
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Owner/Editor in Chief/writer - Las Vegas Round The Clock
Owner/Editor in Chief/writer - The Flick Chicks
Director of Communications - Nevada Film Alliance
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AFAN Hosted 24th Annual Black & White Party inside The Joint at Hard Rock

AFAN (Aid for AIDS of Nevada) hosted the 24th Annual Black & White Party inside The Joint concert venue at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, on Saturday, Aug. 21.
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Carlos Santana Celebrates Launch of New Album With Two Special Events At Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

To celebrate Carlos Santana’s brand new album, Clive Davis and Santana hosted a private VIP listening event at Vanity Nightclub inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Aug. 25.
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Rock&  Rita's "Flair for the Cure" Raises $6K for American Cancer Society

Rock&  Rita’s, the new dining and entertainment venue at Circus Circus, partnered with American Cancer Society’s Young Professionals Against Cancer and the world’s top flair bartenders to “Flair for the Cure,” Wednesday night, August 25.
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Additional recent and upcoming “happenings” in and around Las Vegas include:

On Monday, The Nevada Test Site, the Rhode Island-size tract of high desert where government scientists detonated nuclear bombs during the Cold War, was officially renamed the Nevada National Security Site.

On Wednesday, Aug. 25, Penn Jillette, the outspoken half of the comedy-magic duo Penn & Teller, sheared 10 inches of his signature ponytail with the help of his devious cohort Teller to benefit Locks of Love at the Rio Spa at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Penn has been sporting the look for almost 25 years, and while he has not had it insured like other stars and their famed attributes, the locks were considered priceless.

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Penn & Teller
Photo credit: Erik Kabik

TripAdvisor has recently named Fremont Street Experience was recently named as one of the “Top 10: Free Things To Do in the United States” by TripAdvisor. Fremont Street Experience is listed alongside other famous U.S. attractions and even a national monument. Also included on the list are: the Big Apple Greeter and the Staten Island Ferry in New York, the Pearl Harbor exhibit in Hawaii, the Garden of Gods in Colorado, Samuel Adams Brewery in Massachusetts, the Jelly Belly Factory in California, Hershey’s Chocolate World in Pennsylvania, the St. Louis Zoo in Missouri, and D.C. by Foot in Washington, D.C.

MGM Grand announced an extraordinary number of wins for the 2010 Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Wine List Awards which recognize restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections that complement their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine enthusiasts.  An astounding 11 MGM Grand restaurants including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, NOBHILL TAVERN, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, SEABLUE, Diego, Pearl, Shibuya, Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill and Fiamma Trattoria garnered awards this year, more than any other single property in the world.  Joël Robuchon’s wine program received top honors and “three glasses” with The Grand Award.  In total, MGM Grand restaurants amassed an astonishing 19 glasses this year, setting the record for the most at a single property.

The Venetian, one of the world’s most recognizable and luxurious destination resorts, has been honored with the highly coveted Gold Key ‘Elite’ and Gold Platter ‘Elite’ awards by Meetings and Conventions magazine for 2010. Only five prestigious domestic and international properties earn the ‘Elite’ status in each award category, based on readers’ experiences. For the fifth year, The Venetian has won ‘Elite’ awards in both categories and is the only property in Las Vegas to achieve this status consistently. This marks the eleventh consecutive year The Venetian has received the Gold Key award and the ninth consecutive year for the Gold Platter award.

The Las Vegas Design Center at World Market Center will president an exhibit titled “Viva Frida”, showcasing the work of revolutionary Mexican folk artist Frida Kahlo Las Vegas August 26 through September 17. The exhibit, presented by the Consulate of Mexico in Las Vegas and co-sponsored by Las Vegas Design Center, includes 34 images of her art and life providing a unique glimpse into the mind of one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. It coincides with the celebration of Mexico's Independence Bicentennial on September 15, and the Centennial of the Mexican Revolution on November 20. The World Marker Center is located at 495 S. Grand Central Parkway in downtown Las Vegas.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals perform their timeless hits in The Club at the Cannery Casino & Hotel on Saturday, August 28 at 8 p.m.
 
Tickets are available for $19.95.

Sammy Hagar's Cabo Wabo Cantina at Miracle Mile Shops inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino hosts UFC's Edgar vs. Penn viewing party Saturday, August 28, starting at 7 p.m. The re-match of the year will broadcast live on 10 high-definition big screen televisions. Admission is $20 and includes access inside the viewing party where UFC enthusiasts will catch all the action live from the best seats in the house. The first ever Boston-based UFC fight will not only showcase the much anticipated Edgar vs. Penn re-match, but also the UFC and MMA debut of James Toney fighting Vegas local and UFC legend, Randy Couture.

Fright Dome, one of the top haunted attractions in the nation, is hiring more than 250 positions for the 2010 Halloween season. All applicants must bring a valid government-issued ID and social security card and must be 18 or older to apply. Interviews will take place at Adventuredome at Circus Circus on the following dates:

Saturday, Aug. 28 – 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 29 – 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 4 – 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 5 – 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 11 – 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 12 – 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 18 – 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 19 – 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

In In celebration of the fourth annual Restaurant Week, Celebrity Chef Kerry Simon is hosting an event 6 p.m to 8 p.m on Wednesday, September 1, at his newest restaurant, KGB: Kerry’s Gourmet Burgers located at Harrah's Las Vegas. Guests will be treated to signature samplings of his famous Iron Chef sliders, Captain Crunch milkshake, specialty cocktails, desserts and more. The event is open to the public. Donations of $20 to benefit Three Square will be collected upon entry.

Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall launches a new weekly “supper club”—Wes Winters’ 88 Key Club—located at Café in the Park, beginning September 3 and 4 and continuing every Friday and Saturday from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Wes Winters’ 88 Key Club will offer an exciting night out for dinner, cocktails and dancing to the live music of Las Vegas showman Wes Winters. Positioned center stage at a nine-foot grand piano, the award winning Winters will entertain guests in an intimate setting, drawing from a huge musical repertoire and bringing the one-of-a-kind showmanship and musical prowess for which he’s become known. Through dynamic piano pieces and signature vocal arrangements, Winters will perform standards, Broadway, original tunes and the occasional audience request. The floor will be open for those inspired by the music to dance the night away. Doors open at 6 p.m. There is no cover charge.

The Nevada Restaurant Association (NvRA) and The Palazzo Resort-Hotel-Casino will host the Las Vegas Epicurean Affair on Thursday, September 9 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event will be held poolside at the Palazzo where guests will savor samplings of cuisine and cocktails from nearly 75 renowned restaurants and beverage purveyors. The Las Vegas Epicurean Affair is open to the public.  General admission tickets are $100 each . VIP tickets are available at $150 per person for early admission at 6:00 p.m.

During Fashion’s Night Out 2010 on Friday, Sept. 10 from 6 to 11 p.m. The Forum Shops presents an evening of enhanced shopping experiences including special events, activities, product demonstrations, promotional giveaways and special celebrity and designer guest appearances.

Enjoy special refreshments at Elie Tahari, celebrate the launch of the “W” bag and of creative director Massimiliano Gironetti's first women's collection at Salvatore Ferragamo. David Yurman is offering truffles and champagne and is donating 10% of the evening’s proceeds to the Public Education Foundation. It’s a CD release party at A|X Armani Exchange with a live DJ and giveaways.   Donald J. Pliner will be making a special appearance and shoe signing in his store.  A make-up presentation by one of the talented experts will be held at Dior Beauty.  There will be an in-store fashion celebration with DKNY, complete with bubbly and popcorn.  Get Fresh with a mini facial demonstration, enjoy “Tedtinis” at Ted Bake r London and so much more.  In addition to the shopping festivities, several of The Forum Shops restaurants are participating by presenting palette-pleasing Fashion’s Night Out menu items, signature drinks and special offers – Il Mulino New York, Spago, Boa Steakhouse, Sushi Roku and Planet Hollywood – just to name a few.

Celebrity sightings:

Wednesday, August 18...

In honor of MAGIC, the world's largest fashion trade event, Tryst Nightclub inside the Wynn Las Vegas welcomed Paris Hilton to celebrate the launch of her Spring 2011 Shoe Collection and her newly released fragrance TEASE. The hotel heiress arrived on the pink carpet with a full entourage including parents, Kathy and Rick Hilton. She stole the show as fans gathered around to get a glimpse of the socialite as she showed off a pair of black peep-toe pumps from her new collection. Also in the house was special guest DJ Jermaine Dupri working the turntables.

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Paris Hilton and Jermaine Dupri
Photo credit: Erik Kabik/RETNA

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Paris Hilton on the 'Pink' carpet
Photo credit: Erik Kabik/RETNA

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Paris Hilton in front of the Tryst waterfall
Photo credit: Erik Kabik/RETNA


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Kathy, Paris and Rick Hilton
Photo credit: Erik Kabik/RETNA

Primp Clothing party was held at miX Lounge inside THEhotel at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. Celebrities and VIPs came out in droves to support the Spring 2011 collection and the launch of Primp Kore, a fun and flirty women’s clothing and accessories line that was a hit as celebs doned their favorite pieces on the carpet.

First to arrive was Dancing With The Stars sweetheart, Karina Smirnoff, looking radiant in a white mini dress with flesh peep toe heels. Prior to hitting the carpet, Smirnoff dined with friends at the exquisite miX restaurant. After dinner, Smirnoff sparkled on the carpet as she posed with various Primp Clothing handbags.

Also on the carpet was Brandi Cyrus, Everlife singer Julia Ross, and Frank and Derol musician Codi Caraco. All three girls posed with hip Primp handbags before heading upstairs to celebrate with Smirnoff. Making a guest appearance was Damian Whitewood, another DWTS alum who recently partnered with Pam Anderson on the hit television show. Others to hit the carpet were America’s Got Talent alum Recycled Percussion, actor Vincent De Paul, US Weekly journalist Suzanne Marquese, Primp designer Wells Butler, and owner of Primp Clothing Greg Lorber.

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Brandi Cyrus
Photo credit: Al Powers

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Brandi Cyrus, Julia Ross and Codi Caraco
Photo credit: Al Powers

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Damian Whitewood
Photo credit: Al Powers

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Recycled Percussion
Photo credit: Al Powers

 

Making a late but fashionable arrival with beau Jesse Waits was Jayde Nicole, 2008 Playboy “Playmate of the Year.” The svelt Hill’s alum looked gorgeous in an orange Primp dress and black pumps. After posing solo, Nicole pulled the rest of her Playboy playmates on the carpet including Kara Kramer, Stacy Fuson and E!’s Kendra star Jessica Hall.

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Jesse Waits and Jayde Nicole
Photo credit: Al Powers

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Kara Kramer, Stacy Fuson, Jadye Nicole and Jessica Hall
Photo credit: Al Powers

 

Professional mixed martial arts and UFC fighter, Clayton Guida dined with eight friends at N9NE Steakhouse inside Palms Casino Resort.

Other celebrity guests at N9NE Steakhouse included President of UFC, Dana White with five friends.

Pro Bowl NFL line backer Junior Seau was spotted at Munchbar in Caesars Palace.

Thursday night August 19, Dana White, president of UFC came into Nove Italiano inside Palms Casino Resort with a friend around 8:15 p.m. They were joined by Two Playboy Bunnies.

Corey “Big Hoss” Harrison and Austin “Chumlee” Russell from History Channel’s reality TV show, Pawn Stars, dined separately at N9NE Steakhouse.

Jack Osbourne, star of MTV’s reality TV show, The Osbournes, partied at Playboy Club. He sat at a VIP table with six friends.

Jackie Jackson, the oldest son of the Jackson clan, was spotted dining at TAO.

Also seen at the hot spot were Australian race car drivers Marcus Marshall and Will Davidson, before heading up to the nightclub for Worship Thursday.

Friday, August 20...

Holly Madison and Playmate Jayde Nicole came into Society Café Encore for a late afternoon lunch.

Steve Ward from VH1’s Tough Love hosted Match Make Marry at TAO Beach.  Ward ended the night at TAO Nightclub where he celebrated a friend’s bachelor party.

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Steve Ward
Photo credit: Al Powers/Powers Imagery

At LAVO Grandmaster Flash was spotted in the nightclub with his girlfriend.

Saturday night Asher Roth, who rose to the top of the charts with last year’s breakout hit I Love College, was spotted at TAO.

Sunday night August 22...

Asher Roth wrapped up the weekend at LAVO on Sunday where DJ Vice made sure to let the crowd know the rapper was in the venue.

Also spotted at LAVO was Antione Wright of the Sacramento Kings.  The NBA pro hopped into the booth, sharing shots of Patron with DJ Vice.

Major League Baseball player and manager, Pete Rose, dined at N9NE Steakhouse with 11 friends.

Also at N9NE Steakhouse was Olympic gold medalist, Michael Phelps, who dined with friends. Later that night, Phelps and his friends headed over to ghostbar.

Monday, August 23...

Country music superstars Rascal Flatts filmed a music video at the Palms Casino Resort on Monday for their upcoming song “Why Wait”. Their new album titled “Nothing Like This” comes out on Nov 16th. Palma owners, brothers Joe Maloof and Gavin Maloof make cameos in the video.

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Joe Maloof & Gavin Maloof in photo with Rascal Flatts
Photo Credit:Ed Graff

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Rascal Flatts
Photo Credit:Ed Graff

Seven Miss USA 2010 candidates had dinner at Simon at Palms Place on Monday Night this included Arizona, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, Florida, Miami and West Virginia.

Tuesday, August 23,...

International DJ ATB stopped by LAVO to check out the scene.  Also spotted was Carrot Top, who grabbed a drink with a female friend.

Desperate Housewives star Tuc Watkins dined at fellow co-star Eva Longoria Parker’s Beso steakhouse in Crystals at CityCenter. Watkins was joined by longtime friend and actress Brooke Dillman.

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte held a belated birthday celebration at Blush Boutique Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas. Celebrating with Lochte was friend and competitor Michael Phelps and poker pro Phil Hellmuth. The group sat in Blush’s VIP section until 3 a.m.

Celebrated British chef, television personality and restaurantuer Gordon Ramsay was spotted dining at Serendipity 3 at Caesars Palace Tuesday afternoon.  The renowned chef was joined by his wife, Tana.

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Gordon Ramsay and Serendipity desserts
Photo courtesy: © Erik Kabik/ Retna/ erikkabik.com/Caesars Palace

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Gordon Ramsay and Seredipity 3 Chef de Cuisine Michael Wolf.
Photo courtesy: © Erik Kabik/ Retna/ erikkabik.com/Caesars Palace

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was honored at a private evening event at the PBR Rock Bar inside the Miracle Mile Shops, making him one of the first to enjoy the new restaurant and bar.