By Judy Thorburn
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Vegas! The Show  Celebrates One Year Anniversary

VEGAS! The Show celebrated its one year anniversary at the new Saxe Theater inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Thursday night August 4.

Vegas! The Show
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

I was at the opening night performance last year and gave it a rave review. Since then, I have returned several times to share it with friends who enjoyed it as much as I.

Vegas! The Show is a highly entertaining production that has it all, a storyline that takes the audience on a journey down memory lane paying tribute to vintage Vegas, the entertainers and the glitz and glamour that made the city famous. The show features an incredibly talented cast of singers and dancers and a live big band orchestra that are the best in the business, plus gorgeous costumes, and fabulous, innovative choreography by Tiger Martina.

As far as I was concerned, there wasn't anything that needed improvement. However, before entering the showroom for the anniversary performance, I was informed of recent changes to the show which took me by surprise. After all, why fix what isn't broken. Yet, I can honestly say I was wowed. As  a result of some tweeking and some new additions to the cast the show is even better than ever.

There isn't one weak act, performer or sour note. Notable standouts are charismatic leads Eric Jordan Young and Reva Rice, both outstanding singers and dancers. Tap dancing identical twins Sean and John will blow you away with their awesome footwork and great stage presence, and lead dancer, flame haired Tara Palsha's mesmerizing dance skills and sex appeal are through the roof. As for the new additions to the cast, leaving a lasting impression in more ways than one are former American Idol second season finalist Lou Gazzara whose tribute to Elvis, Elton John, Frank Sinatra and newly added Wayne Newton are first rate, and David Villella with his own masterful, interpretive, fun take on Tom Jones and a few of his chart topping hits.

Lou Gazzara
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Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

David Villela, Eric Jordan Young and Gabriel Burrafato paying tribute to Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin
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Lou Gazzara and Tara Palsha
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Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Eric Jordan Young
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Magician Joseph Gabriel
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Can Can number
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Tara Palsha
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Trina Johnson-Finn as Tina Turner
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David Villella as Tom Jones
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If you haven't yet seen Vegas The Show!, what are you waiting for? This fabulous show is the epitome of what Vegas is all about, packed into one energetic, fast paced  superbly staged production. It just doesn't get any better than this.

VEGAS! The Show was created by Las Vegas show producer and theater owner, David Saxe and Broadway choreographer, Tiger Martina.  Because of popular demand, the show recently expanded its schedule from six days to seven days a week, twice nightly, 6 and 9 p.m, to accommodate larger audiences.

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

Flamingo headliner, comedian GEORGE WALLACE,  has partnered with P.F. Chang’s China Bistro to offer a FREE ticket to his show to anyone who eats at the restaurant on Wednesdays in August during the dinner hours and orders an entrée. Tickets are limited one per person and they are available for the show only on the night they are redeemed from the restaurant.

Body & Soul starring RICK FAUGNO returns to the Shimmer Cabaret for an extended run every Monday beginning Monday, August 15. The show by song and dance man, Rick Faugno, the original Las Vegas Frankie Valli for “Jersey Boys,” is a tour de force of pop, rock, soul, funk, blues, jazz, Latin and just about every musical genre imaginable. This is a journey of self-expression through music and dance that recalls the great performers of the past. Nowhere else can you see one performer bring together so many different styles of music and make them his own. Tickets for Body & Soul starring Rick Faugno are $29-$39 (plus tax and service charge).

"NAME THAT TUNE,” one of America’s most beloved game shows of all time, makes its live debut at Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, beginning Thursday, August 18, giving 100 participants per show the chance to win thousands of dollars in cash and prizes.Las Vegas favorites, Chris Phillips and Marley Taylor of Zowie Bowie, will host the live version of the classic game show.Name That Tune Live! will run Wednesday through Monday, dark on Tuesdays, in the Human Nature Theatre at Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino at 3 p.m. There will be an additional 7:30 p.m. performance on Fridays. Tickets are $49.95 plus tax and applicable fees.

The 2011 COYOTE COUNTRY FEST! starring DIERKS BENTLEY, CRAIG CAMPBELL AND RANDY HOUSE will be coming to the Orleans Arena on August 19 at 7:30 p.m.Seating is reserved and tickets are priced at $15, $45 and $65, inclusive of tax and fees. The $65 tickets include an autographed Dierks Bentley poster.

Le Doux Swimwear, a favorite of celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian, Cameron Diaz, Paris Hilton, Drew Barrymore and Megan Fox, will celebrate the launch of its Vegas-inspired 2012 “SIN CITY GLITZ” Collection with a series of events at Encore. On Friday, August 19 Le Doux founder Juliana Renz will host a “100 Swimsuit Giveaway” and Fashion Show at Encore Beach Club. On Friday, August 19 and Saturday, August 20 the Swim store inside Encore will host a trunk show featuring Le Doux Swimwear. These events are designed to give the public a sneak peak at what will be hot for next year in swimwear. Le Doux Swimwear will be featured at the swimwear and lingerie expo, CURVENV Las Vegas, August 22 – August 24, 2011 at the Venetian Las Vegas Casino Hotel & Resort.

CLUB NIKKI at the all-new Tropicana Las Vegas hotel and casino will host the Official
Hall of Fame Induction Party for basketball legend Dennis Rodman on Saturday,
August 20, 2011.

For the second consecutive year, international sining sensation, CHARICE, will be one of many star-studded performers to appear during 98.5 KLUC’s END OF SUMMER BLOCK PARTY at the Henderson Pavilion. This year’s back-to-school concert is scheduled for Tuesday, August 23 at 6 p.m. and, in addition to Charice, will feature Cody Simpson, Iyaz, Hard Nox, Jackson Gutry, Lex Rox, Denisse Lara and DJ CO-1. Tickets are $19.85 or $35.85 for premium seating, plus service fee, and are on sale now.

The VEGAS CINE FEST Film Festival is seeking volunteers! The Festival takes place August 25th., 26th., & 27th. at the TROPICANA, Las Vegas Hotel and Casino.  VOLUNTEERS are needed IMMEDIATELY in the following positions:

• Festival Coordinator 
• Talent Committee 
• Registration
• Public Relations 
• Filmmakers Check-in 
• Photographers
• Decorators
• Stage Hands
• Sound Techs/lighting/DLP projection 
• Backstage Hospitality 
• Film Q & A Coordinators 
• Information Booth 
• Project Manager 
• Exhibits Manager 
• Sponsorship Manager 
• Volunteer Coordinator 
• All Around Helpers, PA's & Crew
• Screening room Coordinators
• After Party Coordinators

Do NOT email attachments or long detailed resumes. Interviews are being held Wednesday 17th from 4pm to 7pm at the Tropicana. Enter the Tropicana main entrance, walk straight through pass the gaming tables to the security desk,  ask for Vegas Cine Fest in the Executive office area up the escalator and follow the signs.

Silverton Casino Hotel welcomes new Twin Creeks Steakhouse Room CHEF PAUL VIGIL to the family. Vigil has worked his way up the culinary ladder through his different positions across the country. He was most recently the Executive Chef and Partner at The Capital Grill in Las Vegas until February of this year.

CARF INTERNATIONAL announced that Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) has been accredited for a period of three years for its unwavering commitment to providing those affected by HIV/AIDS in Southern Nevada with educational programs and life-changing CARE services. This is the first accreditation that CARF has awarded to AFAN and they will be one of only three organizations in Las Vegas that have received this prestigious accreditation.

FIRST FOOD & BAR (located inside The Shoppes at the Palazzo) and Santa Monica Seafood present the 3rd annual Shuck & Swallow Charity Event on Wednesday, August 31.  Hosted by X1075’s Dave & Mahoney the oyster eating competition event will feature the city’s best chefs participating in a battle to see who can shuck and swallow the most oysters within 8 minutes. The winner will receive a Shuck & Swallow trophy…and of course bragging rights. This year’s participants will be announced closer to the event and Santa Monica Seafood will be donating all the oysters and appetizers to raise money for charity.

A variety of burlesque’s past and present will come together for a special revue in celebration of legend DIXIE EVANS' 85th birthday at the newly-renovated Royal Resort on Saturday, September 3, 2011.  Regarded as the “Marilyn Monroe of Burlesque,” no one has done more to preserve the history and art of burlesque than Evans.

The “Dixie Evans Birthday Bash” features an all-star line-up to honor the icon including such starlets of shimmy as Cabernet Dance, Jami Deadly, Kitten DeVille, Miss Karla Joy, Kalani Kokonuts, Renea’ LeRoux, Angie Pontani, Absinthe’s Melody Sweets, Rita Star, Cha Cha Velour and Vi Vacious, among others; along with legends Tiffany Carter, Shannon Doah, Kitten Natividad and “Queen of the Fire Tassels,” Satan’s Angel, who last graced the Royal’s stage in 1975.  The intimate cabaret show includes cupcakes and a champagne toast before moving the bump and grind outside for a private midnight pool party.

The “Dixie Evans Birthday Bash” starts at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.) on Saturday, September 3 at the Royal Resort, 99 Convention Center Drive.  General admission tickets are on sale now for $25 ($30 day of show)  VIP tables for four are available for $400 and include goodie bags with a special gift from Evans, hors d’oeuvres and a bottle of champagne. All tickets include entrance into the show and pool party, cupcakes and a champagne toast. 21 and over, please.

The singer-songwriter duo of DAVID CROSY & GRAHAM NASH will bring their legendary vocals to Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino for their first tour together since 2008.  The twice-inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artists will take the stage at the Mandalay Bay Theatre Friday, Sept. 9 at 9 p.m. Tickets are priced at $90 and $65, inclusive of tax and fees.

Celebrity Sightings:

Once again Rev Run enthralled a packed crowd at LAVO’s Old School Wednesday. In his most energetic performance to date he kept partiers entertained for more than an hour, teaming with DJ Ruckus. Spotted checking out the scene was former NBA pro John Salley, who was heard saying, “I love my life. I can’t believe I’m here right now.”

DJ Ruckus and Rev Run
Photo credit: Brenton Ho

Rev Run
Photo credit: Brenton Ho

Thursday, August 11, UK sensation Tinie Tempah hosted Worship Thursday at TAO. The British rapper signed autographs on the red carpet before heading into to TAO Asian Bistro for a dinner of signature dishes with friends

The night wrapped up with a house music set from DJ Viktoria Metzger.

Tinie Tempeh
Photo credit: Al Powers

Tinie Tempeh performs
Photo credit: Al Powers

Tinie Tempeh at TAO
Photo credit: Al Powers

Friday, Aug. 12 at the Palms Casino Resort: 
Playmate Tiffany Toth hung out at Playboy Club.

Tiffany Toth
Photo credit: Aaron Garcia

Following his performance at the pool for Ditch Fridays, rapper Big Sean took the grand stage at Rain Club. Also spotted at the mega club, Palms resident DJs Clinton Sparks, who was off duty and enjoying his evening.

Sacramento Kings star DeMarcus Cousins dined with a party of 12 for his 21st birthday at N9NE Steakhouse. Joining Cousins was Kings teammate Tyreke Evans.

Pop sensation Ryan Cabrera was spotted with a group at Moon Nightclub.

Ryan Cabrera
Photo credit: Aaron Garcia


MTV’s “Jersey Shore” heartthrob Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino enjoyed  dinner  at Sugar Factory American Brasserie at Paris Las Vegas with friends and family. He also stopped into the retail store to check out the signature couture pops, as well as pose for pictures and sign autographs for his adoring fans before he left to host at Gallery Nightclub next door inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Dining a few tables away was X-Men breakout star, Lucas Till, celebrating his 21st birthday with a group of friends

After making his way into the Gallery Nightclub, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino,  joined a group of ladies at his exclusive VIP table and invited a few of them up to the DJ booth. He was pleasantly surprised when the Pussycat Dolls approached him for a dance and photo op to which he happily obliged.
Also spotted at Gallery Nightclub was pop music star, Ryan Cabrera.

The Situation at Gallery Nightclub
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The Situation in the DJ booth

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The Situation and the Pussycat Dolls

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Ryan Cabrera at Gallery Nightclub

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“X-Men: First Class” star, Lucas Till, celebrated his 21st birthday with a group of six close friend at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at Paris Las Vegas.

Paris Las Vegas headliner, singer-songwriter, Barry Manilow made his way to the opulent nightclub after wrapping up his popular show. He was joined by a large group of friends and took over a VIP cabana on Chateau's terrace, overlooking the Las Vegas Strip.

Lucas Till arrives at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at Paris Las Vegas.

Photo Credit: David Becker/WireImage

Lucas Till celebrates his 21st birthday at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens.

Photo Credit: David Becker/WireImage

Lucas Till at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at Paris Las Vegas.

Photo Credit: David Becker/WireImage

TAO Group partner Noah Tepperberg celebrated his birthday at LAVO Las Vegas. R&B singer Maxwell joined the large group as did chef Thomas Keller, dining at the Italian eatery before heading up to the nightclub where Noah celebrated with a cake resembling his  favorite footwear.  The group then made a late night stop at Marquee where Maxwell got on the mic to wish the club owner a happy birthday.

Also dining at LAVO was Brandi Glanville, the latest addition to the cast of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, with her girlfriends.  After dinner she joined Tepperberg’s table in the club.

Joe Jackson was spotted in the nightclub taking in the sounds of guest DJ Tony Martinez.

Joe Jackson
Photo credit: Al Powers

Comedic actor Jareb Dauplaise of  the cancelled MTV series, “The Hard Times of RJ Berger”  chose to head to Las Vegas to party his worries away at XS Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas. The young star, who stood out in the role of “Miles” on the MTV show, spent the evening mingling with fellow celebs at the venue, including reality star Holly Madison and UFC champ Rashad Evans.

Rashad Evans and Jared Dauplaise
Photo cerdit: Danny Mahoney/XS Nightclub.

Holly Madison and Jared Dauplaise
Photo cerdit: Danny Mahoney/XS Nightclub.

Saturday, August 13...

Brandi Glanville hosted the Second Annual Single & Fabulous Party at TAO Beach.

R&B singer Maxwell arrived later in the afternoon  joining the birthday party of TAO Group partner Noah Tepperberg.

Noah Tepperberg and Maxwell
Photo credit: Al Powers

Pussycat Doll, model and actress Carmen Electra enjoyed a summer day at Azure Luxury Pool at The Palazzo Las Vegas. 

On her way out of the party, Carmen stopped at The Palazzo pool shop and bought a trendy black fedora, saying it would be perfect for traveling.

Also seen partying at Azure was singer Ryan Cabrera.

Carmen Electra
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Carmen Electra
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Palms resident DJ Pauly D spun at the 4th annual  Midsummer Night’s Dream party at the Palms Pool & Bungalows.
Also spotted at the Playboy inspired bash was actor John Cho (Harold and Kumar).

Earlier in the evening DJ Pauly D had dinner with some friends at Nove Italiano inside the Palms Casino Resort.

Sunday, August 14...

Mike “The Situation” and the entire Sorrentino clan  threw a surprise birthday bash for their baby sister, Melissa Sorrentino, who turned 24 at the stroke of midnight  at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at Paris Las Vegas.

The Sorrentino family was ushered in by superstar DJ Nick Cannon, spinning an East Coast inspired mix. "The Situation" quickly joined Cannon in the DJ booth where the beat-spinning and fist-pumping duo had the entire club screaming with excitement.

Joined by his mother, Linda Sorrentino, his two brothers, Marc and Frank, Jr., and his sister's boyfriend, Michael Sussman, "The Situation" enjoyed a private VIP booth overlooking a dance floor.

"The Situation" surprised Melissa with a beautiful three-tiered buttercream cake lushly decorated with bright pink and black frosting as the DJ spun a birthday mix. 

Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino walks the red carpet at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at Paris Las Vegas.

Photo Credit: David Becker/WireImage

“The Situation” and Nick Cannon walk the red carpet at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens.

Photo Credit: David Becker/WireImage

“The Situation” and Nick Cannon inside the DJ booth at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens.

Photo Credit: David Becker/WireImage

“The Situation” and Sorrentino family celebrate Melissa Sorrentino’s birthday at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at Paris Las Vegas.
Photo Credit: David Becker/WireImage

R&B sensation Omarion hosted a special evening at LAX Nightclub inside Luxor Hotel and Casino and included a live performance.

The singer kicked off the evening with a private dinner at Social House at Crystals inside CityCenter for him and his close friends and family.
Shortly after dinner the multi-talented artist and his entourage arrived at the nightclub where they were seated in their exclusive VIP booth and joining a few other friends who arrived earlier. Immediately, the artist went to the DJ booth where he and resident DJ Gusto warmed up the crowd spinning hits.

Photos by Scott Berry

Photos by Scott Berry

Brandi Glanville of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills dined at TAO Asian Bistro with her girlfriends.

Noah Tepperberg’s birthday party continued at TAO Nightclub with a group including actor Lukas Haas, Al Harrington of the Denver Nuggets and R&B singer Maxwell.

Joining Ravi Drums on stage was Robert Iler, best known for his role in The Sopranos.

Spotted at Marquee for Dash Berlin was Kenneth Hamlin of the Indianapolis Colts.

Actor, comedian, host and DJ, Nick Cannon, rocked the dance floor at Gallery Nightclub inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino as he took over the turntables .

"X-Men" star Lucas Till was also seen at a VIP booth as he partied at Gallery Nightclub for the second night in a row.

Nick Cannon walking the red carpet before his set at Gallery Nightclub in Las Vegas
Photo Credit: David Becker/WireImage

Nick Cannon taking over the DJ booth at Gallery Nightclub
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DJ Nick Cannon looks right at home in the booth at Gallery Nightclub
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Lucas Till partying at Gallery Nightclub in Las Vegas

Photo Credit: David Becker/WireImage

Mike "The Situation” Sorrentino wrapped up a weekend-long birthday celebration for his baby sister, Melissa, with his family at Sugar Factory American Brasserie at Paris Las Vegas. The “Jersey Shore” superstar indulged Melissa with a birthday dinner at the sweet eatery, along with his mother Linda, brothers, Marc and Frank Jr., and Melissa’s beau, Michael Sussman.

Sorrentino Family at Sugar Factory Paris Las Vegas with owner, Steve Davidovici (L to R: Michael Sussman, Marc, Melissa, Steve Davidovici, Linda, Frank Jr. and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino)

Photo Credit: David Becker/WireImage

Fresh off his first NBA Championship in June, Dallas Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd whisked his fiancé Porschla Coleman off to Vegas for a surprise birthday party at Tryst Nightclub . The couple sat with a small group of friends and family at a private table.

In a separate group, Jon Gries, known for his roles in Napoleon Dynamite and Taken, was joined by an entourage of independent film actors at the sophisticated nightclub. The group sat adjacent to the sunken dance floor at a private table  while enjoying the mixed tracks by DJ Derrick Anthony.

Jason Kidd and Porschia Coleman
Photo credit: Danny Mahoney/Tryst Nightclub.

Former Major League Baseball pro Frank Thomas was spotted at Marquee Mondays.

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