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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Celebrities Hit the Red Carpet At Las Vegas Mob Experience Grand Opening Celebration

The Las Vegas Mob Experience celebrated its Grand Opening at the Tropicana on the evening of March 29 with a star studded kick off party that drew celebrities from the world of Hollywood and Las Vegas.

Red carpet arrivals included Pamela Anderson, Holly Madison (Girl’s Next Door), Rita Rudner, Rich Little, Kevin Richardson (Backstreet Boys), Peter Greene (Pulp Fiction), Frank Vincent (Goodfellas, Mob Experience Gangster Guide), Tony Sirico (Sopranos, Mob Experience Gangster Guide), Alicia Jacobs (Vince Neil’s ex-girlfriend – who also happens to have grown up next to one of the biggest crime families in Vegas!) and the cast of “Pawn Stars”.

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The Las Vegas Mob Experience is an immersive, highly interactive journey, featuring the largest collection of authentic artifacts, memorabilia, photos and videos of organized crime ever assembled that explores the history of organized crime and the impact  its major players had on the building of Las Vegas.

The adventure begins as guests enter the Experience and actually become part of the story! Celebrity gangster guides (James Caan, Mickey Rourke, Frank Vincent, Steve Shirripa, Tony Sirico) and live character actors will help to expose the myths behind the legends as they give unprecedented access to the private lives and deaths of a group of notorious men who lived extraordinary lives!

 

Hours of operation for the Las Vegas Mob Experience is 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Admission price is $39.95. Seniors (65+), Children (4-12), Military and Nevada locals: Receive a 25% Discount with a valid ID.

Star Studded CinemaCon 2011 (formerly ShoWest) Convenes at Ceasars Palace

CinemaCon 2011, the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) formerly known as ShoWest, set up shop at Ceasars Palace Monday March 28 – Thursday March 31.

More than 6,000 motion picture theater industry professionals, including theatre owner/managers, studio executives, movie distributors, and manufacturers of the latest groundbreaking technologies meant to enhance the moving going experience, attended the four day event which took place at the Conference Center (the location of most CinemaCon events) and the Colloseum (the site of major screenings and presentations).

For most attendees highlights are the in person appearance of several film stars and filmmakers that show up to help promote their new releases. Many of the stars in attendance also were honored with CinemaCon’s annual achievement awards in specific categories during the Final Night Awards Show.

This year the talent awards and their recipients were in the following categories:

Breakthrough Performer of the Year: Blake Lively

Action Star of the Year – Vin Diesel

Female Star of Tomorrow – Rosie Huntington-Whitely

Male Star of Tomorrow – Chris Hemsworth

Comedy Star of the Year – Russell Brand

Career Achievement Award – Helen Mirren

Male Rising Star of 2011 -Jason Momoa

Female Rising Star of 2011 - Julianne Hough

Male Star of the Year - Ryan Reynolds

CinemaCon Visionary Award - Tyler Perry

Sprite Refreshing Films Celebrity Participant - Natasha Bedingfield

Read my extensive coverage of CinemaCon 2011 including a star studded photo gallery at www.theflickchicks.com.

 

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

The final round of the Miss Knockout competition was held at Studio 54 inside MGM Grand on Thursday night, March 31. The three Miss Knockout winners were Jeannie Duffy, Danielle Davidson and Michelle Tarajcak who will be MGM Grand’s 2011 boxing ring girl.

Angel Porrino and Laura Croft of Holly’s World, as well as News 8 NOW anchor Chris Saldaña and KTNV Sports Director Doug Kezirian, served as celebrity guest judges and had a difficult choice ahead of them as 20 stunning ladies, all winners from the four preliminary rounds, entered the fierce competition.

Each lady was competing for the chance to win the official title of Miss Knockout, $5,000 cash, an official year-long contract with MGM Grand and a VIP party with their friends at Studio 54 after every boxing match.

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Miss Knockout Finalists
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Angel Porrino sashes Miss Knockout Danielle Davidson Finalists
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Laura Croft sahes Miss Knockout Jeannie Duffy Finalists
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Miss Knockout Danielle Davidson
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Miss Knockout Jeannie Duffy
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Miss Knockout Michelle Tarajcak
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Miss Knockout Winners
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Each contestant showed off their ring girl skills by climbing over boxing ring ropes in 4 inch tall heels and worked the crowd while holding up ring cards. DJ Loczi asked each of the ladies to describe themselves in three words, giving the judges and audience a glimpse of their personalities. One of the words Duffy used was “patriotic.” She added that she served in the United States Air Force for six years.

Duffy was announced first, and she took center stage to accept her new title and collect her awards from the judges. She was joined by Davidson and Tarajcak, and the girls reveled in the spotlight as balloons and confetti rained down over them.

Now that the competition is over, the ladies will begin to prepare for their first fight on April 9 when Erik Morales and Marcos Maidana meet in the title match at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. They also will work the highly anticipated fight between Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley on May 7.

Las Vegas resident Angela Caudle recently won a 2011 URAL, a Russian sidecar motorcycle, in a free drawing at P.J. Clarke’s inside The Forum Shops. The motorcycle giveaway was part of the St. Patrick’s Day festivities at the restaurant. In addition to the drawing, the pub-style eatery also sold t-shirts to raise money for the Agassi Foundation. More than $10,000 was raised in support of the organization.

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Celebrating with the lucky winner are P.J. Clarke’s General Manager Jason Villafana (left) and Executive Chef Johnny Church.
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ABSINTHE, a unique show described as one part vivid imagination, two parts carnival and a shot of old world burlesque mixed with a heavy dash of decadence, premiered at the Roman Plaza at Caesars Palace on Friday, April 1.  ABSINTHE performs Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. and Wednesday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m., with no show on Monday. The schedule is subject to change without notice. General admission tickets are available for $69 + tax, with a VIP package available at $99 + tax per person.

Music legend Barry Manilow recentlt celebrated the one year anniversary of his wildly successful show at Paris Las Vegas. To commemorate the special milestone, Paris Las Vegas Regional Vice President and General Manager David Hoenemeyer, along with AEG Live Las Vegas Vice President John Nelson, presented Manilow and his cast and crew with a special anniversary cake and a champagne toast. By demand, tickets for 33 more performance dates from September 2 – December 11 are on sale. Ticket prices are $250, $175, $125, $95 and $65.

The stars of VEGAS! The Show appear on the April 8th episode of Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures.”VEGAS! The Show tells the story of the most exciting and influential entertainers who made Vegas… Vegas!  The show begins when ghosts from Las Vegas’ past arise from the Neon Boneyard, taking the audience on a journey through the city’s golden years.

Producer David Saxe invited the “Ghost Adventures” crew to Saxe Theater inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood to meet the VEGAS! cast and to share his experiences working at the Sands Hotel, now the site of Madame Tussauds, where the GA team will track things that go bump in the night.

Primm Valley Casino Resorts in association with Golden Boy Promotions and Roy Englebrecht Promotions present Fight Club Primm, a Solo Boxeo Tecate event at Buffalo Bill’s Star of the Desert Arena on April 8 at 7 p.m. The doubleheader will feature two main events alongside additional world class fighters. The main event will feature junior welterweights, Jessie Vargas (14-0, 7 KOs) from Las Vegas and Mauricio Herrera (16-1, 7 KOs) of Lake Elsinore, CA. Herrera is fresh off the biggest win of his career after a grinding match against Provodnikov in January. Eager to keep his momentum going, Herrera hopes to use the recent victory as fuel for the highly anticipated 10 round match against the undefeated Vargas. Co-headlining the event are junior middleweights Eddie Gomez (3-0, 3 KOs) from the Bronx and Roberto Lopez (4-1-2, 1 KO) of Brooklyn. A complete fight card will be available closer to the event. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for Fight Club Primm and the TeleFutura broadcast begins at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for $27.25 and $59.00.

Panevino Ristorante has introduced several new special vegan and vegetarian options for its guests, furthering the Italian restaurant’s commitment to healthy dining and guests’ tastes and dietary preferences. Panevino’s Executive Chef Mario Andreoni created the new vegan and vegetarian specials. The two entrée items – Tortelloni Tricolori and Duo di Burger di Vegetali e Brodo Vegetale – both highlight vegetables and contain no animal products. The Tortelloni Tricolori features homemade three-color tortelloni filled with roasted vegetables including eggplant, yellow squash, zucchini, red bell pepper, asparagus, garlic and onion on a bed of fresh tomato sauce. The homemade pasta contains no eggs and is made simply with flour, Durum Semolina, water and a pinch of salt. Panevino’s heartier vegan burger entrée option, its Duo di Burger di Vegetali e Brodo Vegetale, features duo of homemade vegetable burger made with eggplant, mashed potatoes, porcini and Portobello mushrooms, roasted yellow and red bell peppers and bread crumbs drizzled with White Truffle Oil on soft Focaccia bread with grilled asparagus and roasted tomatoes and warm vegetable broth.Additionally, Panevino’s gourmet deli now offers five vegan and vegetarian salad lunch selections and a variety of organic teas, juices and coconut water. Panevino is located at 246 Via Antonio Avenue (on Sunset Road one block east of Las Vegas Boulevard in the Marnell Corporate Center).

In celebration of the 7th Annual Las Vegas Highland Games, Fremont Street Experience invites Las Vegas locals and visitors to Get Your Scottish, Irish and Welsh On with FREE entertainment on Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16.  The Las Vegas Celtic Society began the annual celebration to honor Celtic culture and tradition.

Fremont Street Experience will host free concerts along with pipe and drum parades both days.  On Friday at 9:10 p.m., The Los Angeles Scottish Pipe Band known as the LA Scots will parade five blocks in traditional attire including kilts.  On Saturday at 8:10 p.m., a massed pipe and drum parade comprised of six pipe bands will march with world renown Simon Fraser University Pipe Band for five blocks in traditional Scottish attire.

In addition to pipe and drum parades, Fremont Street Experience will host live concerts Friday and Saturday.  The Young Dubliners, an internationally known high-energy Celtic rock band, will headline both nights from 10 p.m.-midnight.  Also appearing are The Wild Celts, a local Celtic rock band as well as 1916, a band that blends hard rock and Celtic sounds.

April 15 marks the 99th anniversary of RMS Titanic’s sinking. In remembrance of the 99th anniversary of RMS Titanic’s sinking, guests can receive 2-for-1 admission to Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition by presenting a coupon available in Las Vegas Magazine or on Luxor.com. In addition, guests are encouraged to pay tribute to Titanic’s passengers by laying flowers at the Memorial Wall where the names of all 2,200 passengers and crew are displayed.

Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art will debut its next exhibit, “A Sense of Place: Landscapes from Monet to Hockney” on April 16. Through a juxtaposition of images, “A Sense of Place” will present more than 30 artworks ranging from paintings, photographs and a video installation that contrast and compare both approach and expressionism in art. The exhibit will showcase landscapes by artists including Claude Monet, Marc Chagall, Helen Frankenthaler, David Hockney, Sylvia Plimack Mangold, Robert Rauschenberg, Christo, Vik Muniz and many others.

A natural follow-up to the successful figurative exhibition currently at Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art through March 27, ‘A Sense of Place’ explores another subject matter synonymous with art: landscapes,” said Tarissa Tiberti, director of BGFA. “The pieces we’ve curated for this collection truly complement one another and together they create a thorough exploration of landscape art.”

The exhibit will be on view April 16 through January 2012. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for Nevada residents and seniors 65 and older, and $10 for students, teachers and military with valid ID.  Children 12 and younger are free.  Audio tours are included in the price of admission.

As a special bonus, this spring Bellagio’s world-famous Conservatory will present a celebration of the landscape to complement BGFA’s newest exhibition.

In mid-April, Tropical Smoothie Café will celebrate its 10-year anniversary in Southern Nevada. Since opening its first store in Henderson in 2001, the popular restaurant chain serves healthy, real-fruit smoothies and tasty sandwiches, wraps and salads at 19 locations throughout the Las Vegas Valley.

As part of the 10-year anniversary, the flagship store located at Eastern Avenue and Horizon Ridge Parkway in Henderson will permanently switch from fixed operating hours to 24-hours on April 18. This store is also offering two anniversary specials. Also on April 18, customers at this location who purchase a smoothie at regular price can get any sandwich or wrap for only 10 cents. And from April 18 through 24, all customers who visit this store between midnight and 6 a.m. and mention “10-year anniversary” will get 50 percent off of their entire order.

Award-winning Chinese magician Liu Chien brings his “Liu Chien Magic Show 2011 — Witness Of Miracles” to the Encore Theater on April 30 and May 1 at 7:30 p.m. The show features exciting audience interactions and breathtaking illusions. Humorous and unexpected, Liu Chien’s show lets the audience experience the mystery of magic up close, and has earned him a place among the most influential magicians in Asia. The show will be performed in Chinese. Tickets are now on sale for $68, $108 and $188, inclusive of tax and service charge.

Celebrity sightings:

Saturday night, March 26, "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" star, Francia Raisa was spotted enjoying dinner at Cabo Wabo Cantina inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. In town for a friend's birthday, the actress was joined by ten friends for an evening of food and fun at Sammy Hagar's Las Vegas Cantina. The birthday party enjoyed Cabo Wabo until midnight, when they were overheard discussing plans to finish the night at Chateau Nightclub and Gardens at Paris Las Vegas.

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Francia Raisa with a Sugar Factory Couture Pop at Cabo Wabo Cantina inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood.

Sunday March 27…

At LAVO, host, singer-songwriter Macy Gray dined at the Italian eatery, and then headed up to the nightclub.  She surprised the crowd with two songs, starting with “Kissed It,” and ending with her hit “I Try”.

Twilight” Wolf Pack members, Tinsel Korey and Kiowa Gordon, celebrated their birthday on the Chateau Beer Garden terrace. The birthday duo enjoyed lunch and Mimosas with friends while taking in the sun and the view on Las Vegas’ first beer garden.

Also enjoying the afternoon on at the Beer Garden were Playmates Alison Waite and Stacy Fuson. After enjoying their meals, the two models grabbed Sugar Factory Couture Pops.

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“Twilight” stars Tinsel Korey and Kiowa Gordon enjoying lunch at the Chateau Beer Garden at Paris Las Vegas.

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Playmates Alison Waite and Stacy Fuson dancing with Sugar Factory Couture Pops at the Chateau Beer Garden at Paris Las Vegas.

Reality star and TV host Bridget Marquardt was spotted shopping at Sugar Factory at Paris Las Vegas last night at 11:30 p.m. The Playboy beauty was dressed to impress in a curve-hugging red dress and towering red patent leather pumps, as she picked up sweet treats such as a signature Lilac Swirl Couture Pop, a Hello Kitty Princess Swirl Couture Pop and some adorable Sugar Factory apparel items. Marquardt took pictures with fans and was excited to be looking around the confectionary emporium’s new flagship store.

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Bridget Marquardt

Tuesday night, March 29…

Singer Kim Sozzi was also spotted at Sugar Factory at Paris Las Vegas before heading out of the store to enjoy.

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Kim Sozzi

Travie McCoy lead singer of Gym Class Heroes wrapped up Spring Break in Las Vegas with his highly anticipated performance at PURE Nightclub inside Caesars Palace.

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Travie McCoy
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Wednesday night, March 30…

Jordan Brand partnered with the 10th Annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational to celebrate the Las Vegas debut of the four-day tournament with a welcome celebration at HAZE Nightclub in ARIA Resort & Casino at CityCenter. Michael Jordan arrived with beautiful girlfriend Yvette Prieto. Also joining Jordan in the nightclub were country music icon Toby Keith and NBC’s The Office funnyman Brian Baumgartner.

All the stars were clearly excited to be a part of the annual charity event. They included football legend Jerome “The Bus” Bettis, baseball great Ken Griffey Jr., Gabriel Aubry, hockey star Brett Hull with his beautiful wife, Darcie, and Baseball pro Mike Piazza, actor Chi McBrid and basketball player Penny Hardaway.

Speaking to the charity side of the event, Jordan told reporters he thinks “it’s going to be a big contribution to the charities [Make-A-Wish Foundation, Nevada Cancer Institute, Cats Care and the James R. Jordan Foundation]. I’m very proud and very happy that a lot of celebrities came out to try to support [us], and people are going to benefit from it,” said Jordan. Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky said he was thrilled to participate in MJCI. “The greatest thing about being celebrities or professional athletes is the opportunity to help people who are less fortunate and help charities around the world,” said Gretzky. “Michael is always there to help people, and we’re just part of this whole team.”

Also joining Jordan in the nightclub were country music icon Toby Keith and NBC’s The Office funnyman Brian Baumgartner.

Not only excited about the night ahead at Sin City’s premier nightclub, the athletes and entertainers were also anxious to get the competition started at Shadow Creek. Former NBA star Michael Finley expressed that he could not wait to play on the exclusive golf course and former football player Hollywood Henderson warned that players were in for a surprise with how difficult the course would be for them the next day. Actor/comedian Larry David came to show his support for the charities but was hesitant about golf as he told reporters, “I don’t play that many tournaments. In fact, I avoid tournaments, because I’m afraid I’ll kill somebody. Think I want a gallery watching me swing? It’s hard enough swinging with your friends looking at you. No, I could get sued.”

Inside of HAZE, guests were bumping to the beats of DJ MC Lyte as she rocked the dance floor with hot tracks, like Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way.” Alan Thicke and Piazza caught up behind the DJ booth.

Everyone was having fun before the first round of the competition took off. The Celebrity-Amateur competition began Thursday, March 31st at Shadow Creek.

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Chi and Julissa McBride
Photo Credit: Chris Weeks/ WIRE Image.
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Gabriel Aubry
Photo Credit: Chris Weeks/ WIRE Image.

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Janet Jones-Gretzky and Wayne Gretzky
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Larry David
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Michale Jordan and Yvette Priedo
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Tricia Covel and Toby Keith
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Mike Piazza and Alan Thicke
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Thursday night, March 31 Hollywood heavyweights and sports legends gathered for a celebratory meal at Eva Longoria's BESO Steakhouse in Crystals at CityCenter. The dinner followed day one of the 10th Annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational spent at beautiful Shadow Creek, which welcomed the public for the first time ever.

The competing celebrities had a few words for Jordan when asked about the day’s golf. Former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz joked, “No, it’s not Michael’s year. Sorry Mike. But, as defending champ I’m just going to have to represent. Maybe we can get in the final group together.”  Country superstar Toby Keith said, “I chatted with [Michael] last night and I said, ‘How are you playing?’ and he said, ‘Terrible.’ So I don’t know; if he’s going to win, he must have a loaded team.”

The big surprise of the day came when hockey star Chris Chelios eagled the 18th hole and celebrated with an impromptu cannonball into the lake bordering the green, as spectators went wild for the sports star. “Don’t tell Michael!” Chelios exclaimed to the crowd as he made his way back to land. The tournament weather could not have started with a more perfect day, as the sun shone on celebrities and spectators as they experienced Shadow Creek for the very first time. Hockey star Mike Piazza took a look around Shadow Creek and said, “The course is amazing. You don’t even feel like you’re in the desert, which is kind of cool out here.”

In the meantime, over at CityCenter, crowds arrived early in the day to stake out the best spots to watch their favorite celebrities arrive to BESO. Jordan arrived at the restaurant with girlfriend Yvette Prieto on his arm. A-list MJCI attendees included Brett Hull and Winky Wright, Kenny Lofton and Ken Griffey, Jr.

Stars continued making their way down the red carpet, including famed director Spike Lee with beautiful wife Tanya Lewis Lee on his arm, Hockey stars Chelios and Wayne Gretzky, actress Salli Richardson, talk show host Maury Povich and wife Connie Chung.

Excited about the money being raised for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Nevada Cancer Institute, James R. Jordan Foundation and Cats Care, the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats’ charity arm, former NBA all-star Penny Hardaway shared, “It feel greats because when you’re giving back to the community, giving to a great cause, it makes you feel good.” Funnyman Brian Baumgartner revealed the Make-A-Wish Foundation was close to his heart when he said, “[It’s] a huge, huge foundation charity for us on [NBC’s] The Office. We’ve hosted a dozen kids or so over the years and it’s always a really, really special day for us. We tremendously enjoy it; and the fact that Michael does this, it’s fantastic.”

Inside BESO, Hockey stars Gretzky, Piazza and Brett Hull shared their table with Baumgartner and model Gabriel Aubry.

Also in attendance at BESO were Marcus Allen, Hill Harper, Mario Lemieux, Larry David, Janet Jones-Gretzky, Alan Thicke, Brett Hull, Flex Alexander and Shanice.

Thursday evening, March 31, You Tube phenomenon Judson Laipply treated the packed club to a surprise performance of his Evolution of Dance bit.   Before hitting the club, Laipply and friends dined at TAO.

Ben Lyons was also spotted at TAO.  The E! Entertainment film critic and friends had dinner at the Asian Bistro before heading up to a VIP table in the nightclub.

Jason Momoa, who will star in the remake Conan The Barbarian was also in the nightclub.  He was joined by his wife, actress Lisa Bonet and a group of family and friends.

Actor Vin Diesel arrived with a group of ten around 3 am, taking over a dance floor table.

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Ben Lyons
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Jason Momoa
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Judson Liapply
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Judson Liapply - Evolution of Dance
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Judson Liapply - Evolution of Dance
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Friday night, April 1…

Singer Kelis hosted at TAO.  She arrived with a group of friends, heading in to the restaurant for dinner before joining the crowd in the nightclub. Earlier in the day she was spotted soaking in the rays from a cabana at TAO Beach.

At LAVO, supermodel Irina Shayk dined with her mother and manager, choosing to call it an early night after dinner so she could rest up for her duties hosting the season opening of TAO Beach on Saturday.

Glee’s Max Adler dined on LAVO’s expansive Strip front terrace with his girlfriend and his father before making their way to the nightclub.

Actress Garcelle Beauvais was also spotted dining at LAVO.

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Kelis
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Kelis performs
Photo credit: Denise Truscello

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Irina Shayk
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Irina Shayk
Photo credit: Denise Truscello

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Irina Shayk
Photo credit: Denise Truscello

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Jaime Foxx and Gabriel Union
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Jaime Foxx

Former NFL running back and 1995 Heisman Trophy winner, Eddie George Jr. and friends from college, were spotted at Marquee Nightclub inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas taking in the sounds of DJ Ferry Corsten.

Actress Amy Smart kicked off her birthday celebration with dinner at the always star-studded Sugar Factory American Brasserie at Paris Las Vegas. Smart, who was looked to-die-for in a green minidress, flashed her gorgeous smile and was delighted when the eatery presented her with a hand-crafted birthday cake for her special day.

After dinner, the birthday girl browsed Sugar Factory's retail store.

Celebrity hair colorist, Michael Boychuck, sent his Educational Director at COLOR Salon at Caesars Palace, Lavetta Fajardo, to style Smart's hair for her birthday celebration at Chateau Nightclub inside the Paris Las Vegas.

Also seen at Sugar Factory American Brasserie was "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" star, Alfonso Ribeiro who was in town for a bachelor party.

Actresses Missi Pyle, best known for her roles in "Dodgeball" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," and Christina Moore, best known for her work on the hit TV show "MADtv," were also spotted at the sweetest spot on the Strip.

Seated a few tables away was reality TV starlet and Playboy's Playmate of the Year 2008, Jayde Nicole, along with gal-pal and fellow Playmate, Jessica Hall.

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Amy Smart with birthday cake at Sugar Factory American Brasserie at Paris Las Vegas.
Photo credit: Angela Weiss/Wire Image

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Alfonso Ribeiro at Sugar Factory at Paris Las Vegas.
Photo credit: Angela Weiss/Wire Image

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Amy Smart shopping for Couture Pops at Sugar Factory at Paris Las Vegas.
Photo credit: Angela Weiss/Wire Image

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Missi Pyle (L) and Christina Moore (R) sip on a Lollipop Passion cocktail at Sugar Factory American Brasserie at Paris Las Vegas.
Photo credit: Angela Weiss/Wire Image

Posh Boutique Nightclub, the latest installment of nightlife at the PLAYGROUND nightlife and entertainment complex, celebrated its grand opening celebration with "Holly’s World" star and former Playboy Playmate of the Year, Jadye Nicole. The bombshell arrived with her friend, actress and host of Playboy Radio’s “The Morning After,” Jessica Hall.

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Jayde Nicole at her VIP booth inside Posh Boutique Nightclub
Photo credit: Scott Harrison

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Jayde Nicole at Posh Boutique Nightclub
Photo credit: Scott Harrison

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Jayde Nicole at the Posh Boutique Nightclub Red Carpet
Photo credit: Scott Harrison

Sunny skies and famous faces ushered in the fifth season of TAO Beach on Saturday.

Saturday afternoon, April 2, Supermodel Irina Shayk played host for the fifth season opening of TAO Beach bringing her mom along for the celebration.

Actresses Gabrielle Union, Sophia Bush, Garcelle Beauvais and Dania Ramirez were all taking in the scene from a cabana.  Dwight Freeney of the Indianapolis Colts joined Gabrielle in the cabana later in the afternoon.

Columbus Short was spotted partying with girlfriend Tanee McCall, and Glee’s Max Adler and his girlfriend kept cool with frozen treats and specialty cocktails.

The afternoon saw the arrival of Jamie Foxx, who made his way to the grand cabana and quickly took hold of the mic. “I came to TAO to party and have a good time.  That’s what Vegas is about.”  Foxx and DJ Ross One teamed up to take the party to another level, getting the pool-goers to sing along to every hit played.  DJ Tiesto was also seen hanging out in the grand cabana.

Jordan Bratman arrived later in the afternoon, joining the party in the grand cabana with several guy friends.

June 2006 Playmate of the Month, Stephanie Larimore, and Elite Models Larisa Fraser, Choice Gray and Christie Doolittle were spotted enjoying lunch at Chateau Beer Garden at Paris Las

Saturday night the season grand opening of TAO Beach continued at TAO Asian Bistro and Nightclub as Danny McBride hosted in celebration of his new movie “Your Highness”.

Celebrities spotted dining under the watchful eye of TAO’s famed Buddha included McBride, Jamie Foxx, Sophia Bush, Garcelle Beauvais and Dania Ramirez.

Upstairs, celebs were seen throughout the nightclub, all taking in the sounds of DJ Vice.  Britney Spears made a surprise visit to TAO, while in Las Vegas for a second weekend in a row.  This time the pop princess kept it low key, staying secluded in a skybox with beau Jason Trawick.

Danny McBride and his friends took over a VIP table on the dance floor and he was surprised with a cake in the shape of a castle from Gimme Some Sugar.  Later in the night, McBride and Craig Robinson from The Office hopped into the DJ booth and rapped for the crowd.

Jamie Foxx commanded the table next to McBride, while just a few tables down Gabrielle Union and her friends, including Dwight Freeney from the Indianapolis Colts. Jordan Bratman was spotted enjoying a boy’s night out at a table on the dance floor.

Glee’s Max Adler and Kunal Nayyar from The Big Bang Theory partied in the Moat skybox.  Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum was joined by friends in a upper level skybox.

At LAVO, You Tube sensation Judson Laipply dined with friends before heading up to the nightclub.

Photo credit: Denise Truscello

Dynasty” star and Hollywood royalty Joan Collins checked into The Venetian for a Vegas vacation this weekend. She enjoyed a gondola ride with close friend Judy. Afterwards, the duo continued their girl’s day with an afternoon of shopping at Barneys New York.

Sunday afternoon, April 2, Pop princess Britney Spears took her sons, Sean Preston and Jayden James to see Disney’s THE LION KING at Mandalay Bay. After the show, Britney and her boys went backstage to meet THE LION KING’s stars, Kissy Simmons (“Nala”), Niles Rivers (“Simba”), Derrick Williams (“Mufasa”) and Ntsepa Pitjeng (“Rafiki).

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Saturday night, Elite models, Choice Gray, Larisa Fraser and Gio Ott, and Mixed Martial Arts fighter Gilbert Yvel enjoyed dinner at Sugar Factory American Brasserie at Paris Las Vegas. After dinner, the girls and Yvel browsed the retail store.

At a nearby table, Playboy Playmate Sara Underwood celebrated her 27th birthday with a celebration dinner. The birthday girl was joined by fellow Playboy bombshells, Jessica Hall and Victoria Moore. Also in attendance was Las Vegas headlining performer and famous Playboy flame, Holly Madison.


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Models Larisa Fraser, Choice Gray and Gio Ott with Sugar Factory American Brasserie ice cream sundaes.
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Choice Gray, Gio Ott and Larisa Fraser with MMA fighter, Gilbert Yvel with Couture Pops at Sugar Factory.
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Gio Ott, Choice Gray and Larisa Fraser with Couture Pops at Sugar Factory.
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Patrick Willis, linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers was spotted with friends at Marquee Nightclub inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Craig Robinson from The Office was also seen checking out the nightclub.

Sunday, April 3  Actress Dania Ramirez, Columbus Short and his girlfriend, Tanee McCall, were joined by friends for dinner at LAVO.

Earlier in the day they were at TAO Beach for the season launch of Beatport Sundays, headlined by ATB and Robbie Rivera.

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