By Judy Thorburn
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Here’s wishing a Happy Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) to those of the Jewish faith.

Celebrities and VIP Guests Help Celebrate Sushi Samba's Festive Grand Opening

On Friday evening, September 19, Sushi Samba, the inventive new eatery on the strip (with outposts in New York, Chicago, Miami, Dallas and Tel Aviv), pulled out all stops for its dynamic Las Vegas Grand Opening celebration on the second floor inside The Shoppes at The Palazzo Resort.

The festivities began with an incredible parade of traditional geishas, sexy samba dancers, and boisterous, loud taiko drummers who performed in front of the 3 story “orange waterfall” before making their way through the casino floor and up the escalators to the restaurant. It was a colorful and entertaining spectacle that reflected the restaurant’s culinary fusion of Brazilian, Peruvian, and Japanese flavors and cultures, all on one plate, that is also displayed in its artfully vivid décor and vibrant Carnival-inspired environment that surround visiting patrons.

Photo Credit: Stephen Thorburn

Photo Credit: Stephen Thorburn

Before entering Sushi Samba and its boutique nightclub Sugarcane, an array of celebrities arrived on the “orange” carpet for photo opportunities. Among those in attendance for the exciting evening were cast members of “Jersey Boys”, Magician Penn Jillette, boxer B.J. Flores, actor Simon Rex, rap artist Mickey Avalon, and the entire cast of "Entourage" including Jerry Ferrara, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier and Kevin Dillon.  They, along with all the invited guests, feasted on an array of items from Sushi Samba’s popular Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian menu including: Taquitos, variety of a sushi selection/samba rolls and Sea Bass/Filet Mignon from the tasty Robata Grill.  Adrian Grenier specifically loved the Chu-Cumber Martini, one of the many signature drinks Sushi Samba offers.  The Entourage cast also drank sake selections throughout the evening.  Some of their favorite desserts were the Mochi, Rosca Doughnuts and the Fruit Taquitos.

Cast of Jersey Boys
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Cast of Entourage
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B.J Flores
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Kevin Connelly
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Mickey Avalon
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Simon Rex
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Penn Jillette
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After dining inside the restaurant, the cast moved over to Sugarcane where they ordered club vodka sodas, beer and Patron.  Kevin Dillon and Jerry Ferrara were rockin' out to the eclectic music from performer and rap artist, Mickey Avalon, who was the special musical guest that evening.  Rapping alongside Avalon was actor Simon Rex.

The Entourage crew embraced their fans taking photos with them throughout the evening and stayed at the club until approximately 3 a.m.

Photo Credit: Stephen Thorburn

Photo Credit: Stephen Thorburn

At 14,000 square feet, Sushi Samba offers a dining room that seats 150 people, a 21-person sushi bar and a main bar accommodating 35 people.  Chef Jose Mendin is Executive Chef of Sushi Samba strip and some of his favorite dishes include EastWest, which a tasteful combination of Kobe Style Beef Tataki with truffle oil-tofu crema, ponzu jelly & shimeji mushroom and Beef Tenderloin Seviche with Peruvian ‘canario’ bean, avocado, lime, tamari soy and aji panca oil.

If it sounds delicious on paper, it’s even better when you try the exquisite mix of flavors, techniques and culinary traditions offered at Sushi Samba.  If you like unique and delicious fare, this restaurant, a welcome addition to the Las Vegas scene, will rock your taste buds, while the great atmosphere will please your other senses.

Nevada Screen Actors Guild Celebrates 75th Anniversary

On Saturday evening September 20 Las Vegas Women in Film hosted a Gala Celebration at Dream Vision Studios in Las Vegas in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Nevada Screen Actors Guild ( SAG, a branch of the largest labor union representing working actors) with a portion of the evening's proceeds benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Las Vegas.  The festivities included comedian and legendary Las Vegas icon, Cork Proctor as host/emcee, swing music provided by the Arnie Webster Band, a buffet and beverages, a silent auction, and items to be raffled off, including tickets for various Las Vegas shows including the Scintas, Lance Burton, and Menopause.

Former Lt. Governor Lorraine Hunt Bono, a member of Women in Film, appeared on stage and spoke about how the organization is helping to promote motion picture production in the state of Nevada.  Senator Joe Heck was also in attendance and he read a proclamation declaring September 20th Screen Actors Guild Founders Day in the state of Nevada.

Since the evening’s theme was SAG Then & Now, guests were advised to dress up as their favorite movie star or film character of the 1930's for the event in which the atmosphere suggested an old time Speakeasy, starting with a door that had an open slot where each guest had to give their secret password for admittance into the large main room filled with round dining tables and a stage.

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On the walls surrounding the large room were large posters with photo images of every National President of the Screen Actors Guild throughout the years, beginning with Ralph Morgan in 1933 up to Alan Rosenberg, who has held the post since 2005.

Photo Credit: Stephen Thorburn

Everywhere you looked there were flappers, gangsters and their molls, thugs with machine guns, and men and women adorned to the hilt in snazzy clothes of the by gone era, as well as Madame Tussauds wax figures, and a table set up with a fortune teller (Angela Kay) dispensing  psychic predictions for those interesting in knowing their future.  Also roaming among the crowd were several look-a-likes of celebrities from the past to the present including Janet Valentine as Marilyn Monroe and her husband Rock as Alice Cooper, Nancy Abercrombie as Mae West, and Leigh Christiansen as Phyllis Diller, just to name a few.

Photo Credit: Stephen Thorburn

Photo Credit: Stephen Thorburn

Babs Daitch as "Auntie Mame"
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Rock and Janet Valentine
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Nancy Abercrombie as "Mae West"
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Leigh Christiansen as "Phyllis Diller"
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Fortune teller Angela Kay with curious guest
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Judy Thorburn with roaring 20's "Flapper" Laura
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Seated nearby me at another table was a very dashing looking mature man that looked remarkably like the late legendary actor Douglas Fairbanks Jr.  Upon introducing myself, Jim Hodge told me a little about his long career as a singer/actor.  In 1958 he performed with Betty Gable at the Desert Inn when she opened her act there. Most recently he has performed with the Encore Dancers, a group of talented, mature (55+), beautiful women and he has appeared on the big screen in movies such as in Oh, God You Devil and Rocky IV.  From what I perceived from our conversation, the handsome senior citizen showed no signs of retiring from the business he appears to love.

Jim Hodge
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A big thanks goes out to the Nevada Screen Actors Guild for its support of people like Hodge and thousands of other working actors who have dedicated their lives to their craft.  Borrowing the title of the classic movie, the Gala Celebration proved to be “An Affair to Remember”.

Bellagio’s Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Debuts Colorful Autumn Exhibit

Wednesday, September 24 Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens revealed a sensational harvest display for the colorful fall season.  The autumnal exhibit, accented with golden, scarlet and amber hues, features a towering 35-foot-tall cider mill powered by a gentle stream.  Close by, a   25-foot-tall whimsical apple tree comes alive and expresses warm greetings and well wishes to passersby.  Meanwhile, a 10-foot-tall Ent, a mythical tree made of recycled paper and wood, sits perched near an enchanting moss-covered walkway welcoming guests with a sweet smile.  Steps away, guests are invited to leisurely stroll through a picturesque archway of lush vines and evergreen shrubs surrounded by a bountiful harvest of bright orange colossal pumpkins, ranging from 350 to 850 pounds.  Refreshing ponds, lined with more than 5,000 delicate cattails along the water’s edge, offer serenity among the botanical beauty.  The fall exhibit is free to the public and will be on display through November 29.

Photos courtesy of Bellagio

Donny and Marie Headline at the Flamingo Las Vegas

America’s favorite brother and sister duo, Donny and Marie Osmond recently opened as headliners of their much-anticipated variety show aptly titled “Donny and Marie” inside the Flamingo Las Vegas, and I, along with other members of the media, was invited to see them last Thursday night.

This is the first time in 29 years that Donny and Marie have performed an extended engagement at a Las Vegas venue. I can say, whole heartedly, it is great to have them back, at least for a while, now that they’ve signed a contract for a six month gig at the strip casino/resort.

It is hard to believe their show biz career spans over 40 years. Donny told the audience he was just 18 years old and Marie was 16 when they first performed in Las Vegas.  Now, at 50, the youthful looking grandpa is as handsome as ever and sister Marie, having recently lost over 40 lbs. looks beautiful, shapely, and fabulous in each and every one of her glittery and gorgeous costume changes.

As for their 90 minute production, it is sharp, fast paced, and totally entertaining from start to finish. Backed by musical director Jerry Williams’ nine piece band, and eight vivacious, talented dancers, their show has everything - singing, intricately choreographed dancing,  humor, video screens with clips that trace their careers, audience interaction, and their signature back and forth banter laced with affectionate digs, that was a staple of their 70’s TV show.

Donny & Marie
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She may be a little bit country and he a little bit rock and roll, but the charming, dynamic pair engage the audience with a diverse musical repertoire that encompasses other genres including swing music of the 40’s, hits from the 60’s and 70’s and a salute to the best of Broadway, featuring a medley of songs from West Side Story, Gypsy, Grease, Chicago, Phantom of the Opera, and more.

Both Donny and Marie get a chance to perform solo, each with a set that showcases their careers and highlights their individual chart topping hits such as Marie’s “Paper Roses”,  Donny’s  “Puppy Love”, “The 12th of Never”, and “Soldier of Love” as well as teaming up for duets on ”I’m Leaving It All Up to You”, “Deep Purple” and “It takes Two.”   Marie also proves she has the vocal range to tackle opera and Donny, an accomplished musician, gets down on the piano and plays a mean sax.

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I always knew Donny and Marie were talented, but you really need to see them in person to appreciate them as performers. This dazzling production produced by Las Vegas entertainer Danny Gans and Chip Lightman of GansLight Entertainment is just the ticket, one that celebrates Donny and Marie, crowd pleasing entertainers, through and through.  Put this on your must see list.  I’m willing to bet, if you aren’t already a fan, after seeing this show you will be.

Donny & Marie perform at the Flamingo Las Vegas showroom 7:30 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday with an additional Saturday matinee at 4:00 p.m.  Ticket prices are $85, $99 and $115 (plus tax and fees).

Hawaiian Tropic Zone Holds Pageant To Crown “Miss Hawaiian Tropic Zone Las Vegas”

On Thursday, Sept. 25 at 9 p.m. “Hawaiian Tropic Zone” inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood held a beauty pageant with over 30 young women strutting their stuff in cocktail dresses and bikinis in hopes of winning the title, “Miss Hawaiian Tropic Zone Las Vegas” In the end, Denay Thompson took home the crown and official title.  In addition, she was awarded $1,500 and a trip for two to New York City. The runner-up received $1,000 while $500 was awarded to the third-place contestant. Winners were determined by a panel of judges including Randy and Kim Couture, Playboy talent scout Lorris Baker, Miss Washington 2007 Elyse Umemoto and Dr. Samir Pancholi of Cosmetic Surgery of Las Vegas.”

2008 Miss Tropic Zone Las Vegas Pageant being crowned
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Isaac Brekken / Getty Images

Winner Denay Thompson
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Isaac Brekken / Getty Images

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

Starting on September 26, all four Coast Casino properties—Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall, Suncoast Casino and Hotel, The Orleans Casino and Hotel and Gold Coast Casino and Hotel - are participating in the “Pumpkin Patch Pick” promotion, which allows 32 lucky players a shot at winning $1 million.  In the Million Dollar Pumpkin Patch Pick game, contestants can win $500 to $2,500 with one lucky winner coming away with $1 million. Beginning September 26, Club Coast players using their Club Coast or B Connected players cards at slot machines, video poker machines or at their favorite table games, can earn base points toward drawing tickets to participate in the promotion.

Every Friday and Saturday evening at 8:15 p.m. from October 3 through October 25, drawings will take place, with 10 winners selected nightly at each Coast Casino property. One winner will be selected each evening to play the Million Dollar Pumpkin Patch Pick game. Each of the other nine participants will receive $500.

Participants must be present to win. Complete contest details and rules are available at the Club Coast booth at each Coast Casino property.

Every Friday and Saturday evening following his show “Magic at the Edge,” cutting-edge magician Jeff McBride hosts Wonderground, a magical, interactive club experience, at Palace Station. Wonderground features interactive close-up magic, uncommon variety acts, performance art, a psychic sideshow, and DJ Leo Diaz spinning house, mash-ups and down-tempo techno. The guests are different every week and you never know who might appear. Past celebrity guests have included Lance Burton, Criss Angel and comedian Kevin Burke.  Entrance is $10 at the door, or half price for patrons showing up in magical costumes before 10:30 p.m. Those who have attended McBride’s “Magic at the Edge” show earlier in the evening can show their ticket stub for free admission. For more information, go to

During October, National Breast Cancer Awareness month, Nevada Cancer Institute is offering a preventive screening mammogram at a special reduced price of $50 for cash-pay uninsured patients only. “Nevada Cancer Institute, the state’s designated cancer institute, wants to make sure that preventative screenings are available to all women, including the uninsured,” said Heather Murren, NVCI chairman of the board and cofounder.  To schedule an appointment for your $50 screening mammogram, call (702) 822-5416.

Jazz aficionados around the valley have two opportunities to enjoy vocal jazz performances at the College of Southern Nevada during the month of October. On Thursday, Oct. 2 in the Nicholas J. Horn Theatre, The Department of Fine Arts, which has assisted music students at the College since 1989, stages its annual Joe Williams Music Scholarship Fund Concert featuring performances by the CSN Jazz Singers, as well as the College Singers and the Chamber Chorale.  Also on the program will be British band classics performed by the CSN Concert Band.  Then on Friday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m., The Jazz Singers take the stage again as they showcase their talent in ensemble selections, as well as solo performances by each individual. The Vocal Jazz Solo Night will be held in the BackStage Theatre. Tickets for each event are just $5.00.  Call the CSN Box Office at 651-LIVE (5483) for reservations or visit This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The CSN Performing Arts Center is located at 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave., one mile east of Interstate 15.

Friday, October 3rd Nevada's largest Halloween festivity, Stagecoach Depot’s Haunted Corn Maze, Opens in Glendale, NV, a 35-minute drive north of North Las Vegas off of I-15.  The event which runs thru October 31 features a humongous corn maze in the crop circle style of a fire truck and ends with a barbeque and entertainment. Admission price is $12 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under.  On Oct. 24 there will be an outdoor bar and "Rock Star Karaoke" by Myke and Miranda. The band Evenflow will play on Halloween night. Bring a can of food to donate to the poor and receive a dollar off admission prices. This is the fifth year that the annual Halloween event will take place. The idea is to try and find the center of the maze and then to get back out again on foot. For further information call Beverly or Penny at (702) 864-2288 or visit

The Hollywood Allstarz, a collection of Powerhouse Rock Legends, featuring Chas West, former member of Bonham and The Lynch Mob; Carlos Cavazo, formerly of Quiet Riot; Vinny Appice, formerly of Dio and Black Sabbath; Shawn McNabb, former member of Quiet Riot and Great White; and Krigger, former member of Giuffria, London, and Tina Turner, brings its critically acclaimed show to The Club at the Cannery Casino & Hotel on October 3. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door.

Silverton Casino Lodge celebrates Las Vegas BikeFest 2008 by giving away an Orange County Chopper, Friday, Oct. 3 at 9 p.m. BikeFest attendees purchasing a limited edition Bass Pro Shops “Reel Deal” OCC replica at Silverton Casino Lodge’s booth inside Cashman Center will receive entry into the contest.  Beginning at 7 a.m. on Oct. 3, all new Discovery Club sign-ups as well as existing Discovery Club members with a BikeFest 2008 wristband will receive an entry to win the chopper.  All Las Vegas BikeFest 2008 registrants will receive an entry in their registration packet. All entries must be turned in at Silverton Casino Lodge’s Discovery Club two minutes prior to the drawing on Oct. 3. Patrons must be present to win and 21 years or older. Guests are encouraged to visit the Discovery Club for more details.

On Sunday, October 5, The 5th Annual Meatball Awards honoring talented entertainers, members of the media, Chefs, sommeliers and entrepreneurs, etc. that help make Las Vegas  “Entertainment Capitol of the World.” will take place in the Main Showroom at The Plaza Hotel & Casino in downtown Las Vegas.  This year’s Host and Masters of Ceremonies is comedian Vinnie Favorito.  Those scheduled to receive or present awards include Mayor Oscar Goodman, the Scinta’s, Martin Nievera, Eddie Escobedo (El Mundo Newspaper & Mexican Patriotic Committee), Marveletts, Mike Weatherford, Christopher Roman (Univision 15 / Telefutura), Shelley Berkley, Tony Ruivivar and more, with music provided by Artie Schroeck & Band. There will be a no host cocktail hour in the Main Showroom Theater from 3 – 4 pm. prior to the 6 pm. Awards Presentation and Show and a “meatball samplings buffet” from 6 – 7:30 pm.  Tickets ranging from $27.95 to $47.95 (Meatball Buffet included along with a complimentary surprise “gift” for each attendee) are on sale at The Plaza Rat Pack Box Office (702) 386-2444. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Mexican Patriotic Committee which supports the Hispanic Community with continuing education through free computer classes, free musical instructions to children ages 10-14, and supports citizenship education.

Oct. 5, 2008 at 6:30 p.m Laugh to Cure Diabetes, an all star comedy show with a line-up including Jon Manfrellotti, Pam Matteson, John Padon, Rob Sherwood, Fielding West and several special celebrity guests will be presented in the Tiffany Theatre at The Tropicana.  Tickets are priced as low as $25 and are available at the Tropicana Box Office or by calling 702-739-2411. All ticket proceeds go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Nevada Chapter.

The date for The 2008 McFadden’s Flip Cup Tournament Champion has been changed from October 2 and 3 to October 9 at 10 pm. when the annual battle for the beer bulge will begin. The winning teams will advance to the finals on Friday, October 10 beginning at 10 p.m., where one team will not only stumble out of the pub with a stomach full of ale,  but with cash prizes, free bar tabs, t-shirts and best of all: the flip cup trophy and prestigious title. McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon is located inside the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. For more information, call 702.270.6200 or visit

Viva!, a tribute to Santana will perform at Eastside Cannery Casino & Hotel on Friday, October 10 and Saturday, October 11. The performance begins each night at 8 p.m. at Marilyn’s Lounge inside Eastside Cannery Casino & Hotel.

For the 15th year, a medieval kingdom will take over Sunset Park, 2601 E. Sunset Road, with lavishly costumed knights, knaves, fine ladies and wenches as Clark County Parks and Recreation presents the annual Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival, Oct. 10-12.  The three day festivities will include concerts on Saturday and Sunday and more than 50 shows per day featuring entertainment with costumed performers along with historical re-enactments, jousting tournaments, medieval pageantry and more than 100 artisans to demonstrate and sell their wares. Authentic food, from fish and chips to an English feast, will be available as well as beer and ales for adults with proper identification. The festival is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 10 and 11, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 12. Admission is $10 per day or $25 for a three-day pass for adults and $5 per day or $10 for a three-day pass for seniors and students in grades Kindergarten through 12th. Ages 5 and younger are free.

Saturday, October 18, from 5:30 to 9 p.m., The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada and Desert Springs Pools and Spas present the March of Dimes Signature Chefs of Las Vegas. Hosted by Chef Tom Moloney of Aquaknox Restaurant, the finest chefs in the city will prepare signature dishes for one night of Las Vegas’ most extravagant cuisine. Guests will make their way to each executive chef’s station, sampling the best of the best. Add music, a live and silent auction featuring travel, art, exclusive fine dining experiences, and it is a recipe for a star studded, spectacular evening. Cost per person is $400 for Elite Service and $300 for Standard Ticket.

David Brighton, together with one of the best all-star backing bands in the business, The Space Oddity Band, pays tribute to David Bowie at the Cannery Casino & Hotel on Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18. The concerts begin each night at 8 p.m. at The Club inside the Cannery Casino & Hotel. Admission is $5 at the door.

At 10 p.m. on Saturday, October 18, McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino will host the official Metro Station after party immediately following their performance a Mix 94.1’s 12th Annual Bite of Las Vegas. In addition to having the opportunity to meet the members of the up-and-coming band, guests will enjoy McFadden’s incredible Saturday night drink specials.  For the low price of $10 for women and $20 for men, guests will receive a wristband entitling them to all-you-can-drink domestic beer, well drinks, and house wine from 10 p.m. to midnight.  The wristband also entitles guests to $3 drinks after midnight.

Friday, Oct. 17, for one night only, TV’s America’s Got Talent, will bring a spectacular live-stage version of the international phenomenon to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.  The dynamic show, hosted by Jerry Springer, is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m., and will feature Terry Fator, the ventriloquist/impressionist who won season two of the show, as well as several top performers from season three including the soon-to-be named champion.  Tickets are priced at $99.50, $57.50, $49.50 and $39.50, plus applicable service charges.

After six years, Mamma Mia! the smash hit musical based on the music of ABBA will play its final performance at Mandalay Bay Theatre in Las Vegas on Sunday, January 4, 2009.  Tickets for the final performance are now on sale. The performance schedule for Mamma Mia! at the Mandalay Bay Theatre is Sunday - Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m. & 10 p.m. There is no performance on Friday.

R&B Casanova Robin Thicke will perform at the House of Blues
Friday, October 17, 2008 @ 7:00pmTickets are on sale now start at just $29.50.

Celebrity sightings:

On Tuesday, September 23, Ashley Olsen was seen taking in the super-hit blockbuster Jersey Boys at The Palazzo Resort-Hotel-Casino. Wearing a grey cashmere summer sweater and blue jeans, Olsen attended the rousing performance with boyfriend Justin Bartha. The couple is in town as Bartha films scenes for his upcoming movie, “The Hangover,” which is set in Las Vegas.  Also, Hip Hop Violinist Miri Ben-Ari dined at Lavo and Tito Ortiz visited the club for Lavo Tuesday’s Industry party with DJ Five.

Early Thursday morning, Sept. 25, Tito Ortiz partied at CatHouse at the Luxor Las Vegas for the weekly late-night party, Vanity Wednesdays.  The hot spot was a fitting spot for Ortiz to celebrate the announcement that his long-time girlfriend, Jenna Jameson, is pregnant with twins.

Tito Ortiz

On Wednesday, September 24, 2008 Lance Armstrong checked into the Presidential Suite at The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino and enjoyed a late dinner at Wolfgang Puck’s Cut. On Thursday morning, Lance greeted fellow cycling friends Tyler Phinney (finished 7th in the individual pursuit during the 2008 Summer Olympics), Davis Phinney (1984 Olympic Bronze Medal in the Men’s 100K Team Time Trial; father to Taylor), and Eddie Merckx (often regarded as the greatest and most successful cyclist of all time) in his Presidential Suite.

Thursday afternoon (Sept. 25) Amy Adams, actress from the NBC hit show, Chuck, was spotted having lunch at Spago inside the Forum Shops at Caesars.

Spotted dining at LAVO on Thursday evening were celebrity hair colorist Kim Vo and Scott Mechlowicz, most known for his leading roles in the comedy EuroTrip and the dramas Mean Creek and Peaceful Warrior.  After dinner they adjourned upstairs to the nightclub.

Foo Fighters, currently the biggest rock band in the world, are staying at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to perform two sold out shows in The Joint. Thursday night, band members and their families enjoyed dinner at Nobu inside the Hard Rock before hitting the stage at The Joint for what turned out to be one of their most memorable shows. At one point, spotting Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul in the balcony, lead singer Dave Grohl pointed him out and told the audience how Paul influenced his music, and then dedicated a song to him. After ripping through a solid 2 hour show, the band retreated to the Penthouse suite for some downtime. Friday afternoon, the band was spotted relaxing at the Beach Club in two cabanas enjoying their rock star life with family, friends and poolside massages before setting up for another sold out rock show.

Photo credit: Erik Kabik

Photo credit: Erik Kabik

Photo credit: Erik Kabik

Friday evening, Musician Pat Smear of The Germs and Foo Fighters joined Nate Mendel,  Foo Fighters’ bassist, inside the new rock lounge Wasted Space at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The duo was spotted following the second sold out show that the Foo Fighters played inside The Joint. In addition, actor and comedian Drew Carey was spotted having dinner at Mr. Lucky’s with a friend.

Saturday afternoon Audrina Patridge of The Hills  took a break from her busy filming schedule to host a sizzling daylife soiree at WET REPUBLIC - the ultra pool at MGM Grand.

Audrina Patridge
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Also spotted at WET REPUBLIC relaxing in a daybed was Jasmine Dustin of NBC’s Knight Rider.

At LAVO inside The Palazzo, Lauren “Lo” Bosworth of The Hills dined with a group of friends and family, all dressed to the nines to celebrate her birthday weekend. After dinner the group adjourned to the club to hear DJ Reach spin.

Also dining in the restaurant, Ian Schrager, remarking on how much he liked the LAVO concept and how different it is from what has been done.

Perez Hilton and a group of friends dined at LAVO before heading to the club.

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