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'Bettie Page Reveals All' Documentary Makes its World Premiere at The Orleans Hotel and Casino

The World Premiere of the  feature-length documentary film "Bettie Page Reveals All”, directed by Academy Award nominated documentary filmmaker and Emmy winning TV producer Mark Mori, was held at the Century Orleans 18 Theatre on Friday evening, April  6 during this year’s Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender.

"Bettie Page Reveals All” offers an intimate look at the rise, fall and resurrection of one of the world's most recognized and controversial sex symbols. Narrated by Page herself in the years prior to her death at age 85 in 2008, the compelling 100-minute film was authorized by the famed former pinup as the only film biography on her life.

Bettie Page shot to fame in the 1950s with her fetish modeling and racy pinup photos, and yet she continues to enchant and inspire multiple generations of women (who emulate her jet black hair, blue eyes and trademark bangs) and men (who long for her). But the story behind her allure, the real person underneath that timeless youthful, sexy image, has been a mystery for the ages—until now.

Co-produced by Mark Roesler with the participation of CMG, and Bettie Page, LLC, the film includes appearances by Rebecca Romijn, Tricia Helfer, Tempest Storm, Sam Menning, Rev. Robert Schuller, Joey Arias and photographers who worked with Bettie, ex-husband Harry Lear, auto designer Richard Arbib and Brigadier General and Nixon Advisor Charles West.

Joining Mori on the red carpet prior to the screening was special guest and 2011 Playboy Playmate of the Year Claire Sinclair, along with Robin Leach, “Absinthe” performer Melody Sweets, legendary burlesque queen Tempest Storm, Bettie Page Clothing Designer/CEO Tatyana Khomyakova, Miss Rockabilly Rumble Michelle Gannon, and a host of pinup beauties.

In addition to the VIP screening, there was a Bettie Page Lookalike Contest with "Roxy” a raven haired, spitting image of the legendary pinup beauty, walking away the winner.

“Absinthe” performer Melody Sweets, Mark Mori and 2011 Playboy Playmate of the Year Claire Sinclair

Tempest Storm

Claire Sinclair and Tatyana Khomyakova

Mark Mori holding the movie poster with Claire Sinclair

"Roxy” and Clair Sinclair

Ben & Jerry's 34th Annual "Free Cone Day" Raises More Than $2,000 for Charity

Ben & Jerry’s 34th Annual “Free Cone Day,” held on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at the District at Green Valley Ranch and Sunset Station Hotel & Casino Scoop Shops was a great success.  More than 6,500 free cones were given away! Each year, the Henderson shops enlist the help of local celebrities to scoop ice cream to benefit children’s charities, and this year, the Lied Discovery Children’s Museum and St. Jude’s Ranch for Children earned more than $2,000 in combined donations over the course of the day’s event.

Celebrity scoopers at The District at Green Valley Ranch Scoop Shop included the members of Recycled Percussion, Steph MacKenzie and Chris Foxx from 97.1’s “Foxx and MacKenzie in the Morning,” Kyle and Nate from Chippendales, Jersey Boys’ Travis Cloer and Deven May, hypnotist Marc Savard, Kristi Holden and Kristin Hertzenberg from PHANTOM: A Las Vegas Spectacular, Thunder From Down Under blokes Leigh, Marcus and Matty, FANTASY’s Tracey and Koree, Cody Collins (Country Superstars), BMX pro Ricardo Laguna, and Davey D and Lady G from Hot 97.5’s Morning Show.

Also  pitching in to assist St. Jude’s fundraising efforts were: Mrs. Nevada-America 2012 Kristie Jelinsky, Little Miss Nevada Princess 2012 Adajah Milam, Young Miss Nevada Princess 2012 Nicola Timmons, Pre-Teen Nevada Princess 2012 Jia Bleu Harris, and Teen Nevada Princess 2012 Chelsea Williams.

The District at Green Valley Ranch location also featured a DJ, face painting and balloon artists and welcomed back GAMES2U, a mobile unit featuring a variety of interactive games and activities. At the Sunset Station scoop shop, Lied Discovery Children’s Museum had an interactive display and a visit from Curious George.

Kyle and Nate from Chippendales

Cody Collins with FANTASY’s Tracey and Koree

Jersey Boys’ Deven May and Travis Cloer

Thunder From Down Under blokes Leigh and Marcus

Hypnotist Marc Savard

Young Miss Nevada Princess 2012 Nicola Timmons

Kristin Hertzenberg from PHANTOM and BMX pro Ricardo Laguna

Recycled Percussion

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

The cast of ABSINTHE, Las Vegas’ hottest show, celebrated its first anniversary and 500th-show milestone on Sunday, April 1, 2012. During this celebratory evening, the Gazillionaire and his eccentric family of performers surprised audience members during the show with an alien invasion! Guests were given ABSINTHE spacesuits to wear as they were magically transported to Mars to join the festivities of ABSINTHE! Nibbles and treats were provided by Central with a special Gazillionaire ice sculpture designed to satisfy anyone’s thirst. Pick Your Poison Bake Shop also presented the cast with ABSINTHE-flavored cupcakes displayed on a confectionary tower of deliciousness.

ABSINTHE can be seen Tuesday – Sunday in the Roman Plaza at Caesars Palace.  Locals receive $25 off GA per ticket by using the code “25LOC” in all ticketing channels.

The Gazillionaire
Photo credit: Cassi Thomas/

Angel Porrino
Photo credit: Cassi Thomas/

Photo credit: Cassi Thomas/

The HARD ROCK CAFES in Las Vegas were honored by Nevada PEP for their partnership with the charity during the month of March.  Nevada PEP’s Community Development Director, Stephanie Vrsnik, presented both Hard Rock Cafe locations with plaques in appreciation of their efforts.

The Hard Rock Cafes have a year-long “Rock the Cause” philanthropic initiative in which they focus on one cause a month and partner with a related charity.  The month of March focused on Anti-Bullying and the cafes partnered with Nevada PEP, a local charity which works towards strengthening families of children with disabilities through education, empowerment and encouragement.

Both Hard Rock Cafe locations sold shoe prints to customers visiting the cafes for $1, with all proceeds going to support Nevada PEP and helping to take a step to STOP Bullying.  By donating $1, guests added their names to their own “STOP Bullying” shoes, which were displayed at the cafes.  The sales of the shoe prints at both cafes combined totaled $2,425.93.  “We are very excited to have surpassed our goal,” said Erin Ward, Senior Sales & Marketing Manager for Hard Rock Cafes Las Vegas.

"SANDY HACKETT'S RAT PACK SHOW” is back at its home base at the LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino (formerly the Las Vegas Hilton), with a new line-up of performances. Beginning Tuesday, March 27, 2012 the show performs nightly, Tuesday through Sunday at 8:15 p.m. (Dark on Mondays) through Sunday, April 29, 2012. Then, beginning on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 it will run three nights a week with shows on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m., Thursdays at 8:15 p.m. and Fridays at 8:15 p.m.

ABC TV's Dancing with the Stars is bringing a one-of-a-kind production exclusively to the New Tropicana Las Vegas. The live show, directed by Amy Tinkham and choreographed by Australian sensation Jason Gilkison, kicks off a 12-week run beginning Saturday, April 14.  The Tropicana Theater will transform into the Dancing with the Stars ballroom, showcasing fan-favorite dances from past seasons along with new and thrilling routines. Some of the beloved Dancing with the Stars alums will be featured in the opening run, including Carson Kressley, Joey Fatone, Kyle Massey, Sabrina Bryan, Tia Carrere, Dmitry Chaplin and Lacey Schwimmer. Attendees will also be introduced to the one-and-only “Las Vegas Troupe.” Tickets range from $40 - $89 plus tax and applicable fees. VIP packages are also available for $165 and include a top-price table seat on the floor, exclusive Dancing with the Stars: Live in Las Vegas merchandise and a post-show meet and greet and photo opportunity with the cast.

For patrons who had to pay up to Uncle Sam this tax season, LBS BURGER JOINT at Red Rock Resort would like to offer a reprieve, with five cent drafts all day long on Tuesday, April 17. Guests are invited to kick back, relax and sip on a cold brew that won’t put a dent in their pocketbooks.

KEVIN MCHALE, best known as the loveable and spirited Artie Abrams on TV's “Glee,” will spend the afternoon at Sugar Factory inside Paris Las Vegas to host a meet and greet on Saturday, April 14, at 2 p.m. Fans, or the endearingly-referred, ‘gleeks,’ who desire to meet McHale must purchase a Sugar Factory Couture Pop prior to the event in order to have the opportunity to meet the television sensation. Purchases must be made in-store at Paris Las Vegas, from Thursday, April, 12, at 8 a.m. to Saturday, April 14, by 2 p.m.

One Couture Pop must be purchased per guest who would like to participate in the meet and greet.A special sticker will be placed on the purchased lollipop and serve as the event ticket.

The comedians who will perform April 17 – April 22 at THE IMPROV inside Harrah's are:

Rachel Feinstein: She developed her hilarious, character-driven style by opening for her father's blues band as a child. Feinstein has made numerous appearances on Comedy Central and can be seen in episodes of “Comics Unleashed” as well as the “Just For Laughs” comedy series on TBS. She has also appeared on VH1's "Jewtastic" and CNN's “Not Just Another Cable News Show.”

Frazer Smith: One of the most well-known comics in California, Frazer Smith can be heard on All Comedy Radio’s “The Green Room,” which is aired in more than 160 markets nationwide.

Jonny Loquasto: Growing up in a small town in Pennsylvania, he was known around the block as “Prince Chubby.” After moving to Orange County, Calif. to be a physical therapist, Loquasto rediscovered his love for comedy and began his career in stand-up. Since then, Loquasto has hosted shows for the Gameshow Network, TBS, CBS Sports, CBS Mobile's “Comedy Channel” and recently made his first televised stand-up appearance on Bryon Allen's “The Entertainers.”

On April 21 from 1 to 4 p.m., REGIS GALERIE, a high-end art collections boutique located in The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, is hosting a grand unveiling celebration of its exclusive DEAN MARTIN bronze sculpture designed to pay homage to the legendary entertainer.

The youthful Dean Martin sculpture was commissioned by Regis Galerie and is the third piece in its signature Rat Pack Bronze Collection. The Collection currently features sculptures of Frank Sinatra from "Pal Joey" and Sinatra along with Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. performing together.

Los Angeles-based artist, Lance Richlin, was commissioned to design the limited edition sculpture that depicts a young Dean Martin performing on a marble staircase. Richlin specializes in sculptures, drawings and paintings and has created several pieces for Regis Galerie over the years. Only 300 sculptures will be made in this series and will retail for $6,500, $5,500 the day of the unveiling. Regis Galarie is open to the public. Ten percent of sales made on April 21 will be donated to the American Lung Association.

ROCKHOUSE BAR & NIGHTCLUB, located on Las Vegas Blvd. in front of Imperial Palace, directly across from Caesars Palace, will host a viewing party for one of the most anticipated UFC match-ups of the year when Jon “Bones” Jones defends his title against Rashad “Suga” Evans for the Light Heavyweight Championship on Saturday, April 21.Doors open at 6 p.m. and include the showing of all matches leading up to and including the main event. Patrons may also take advantage of open bar packages offered during the viewing party.

THE ANIMAL FOUNDATION'S  9th ANNUAL “BEST IN SHOW”,  Las Vegas’ most famous dog show will be held on Sunday, April 22,at Orleans Arena. Magician Nathan Burton hosts the event as 50 furry contestants from The Animal Foundation’s Lied Animal Shelter participate in the highly anticipated American Kennel Club-style dog show. As The Animal Foundation’s largest event, “Best In Show” is Southern Nevada’s premier fundraiser for benefitting lost, unwanted and abandoned animals. The dogs compete for the audience’s hearts in several categories, and pups with the most crowd applause will advance to compete for the title of “Best In Show.” Even though there is only one winner, all handsome hounds will be available for adoption immediately following the show.  Tickets are on sale $12 for adults and $5 for children 2-12 years of age and seniors. On Sunday, April 22, 2012, the Orleans Arena doors open at noon, and the family-friendly show begins at 1:00 p.m.

Silverton Casino Hotel and Vizzun Entertainment present the 11th ANNUAL PURE ALOHA FESTIVAL running all weekend from Thursday to Sunday, April 19 to 22 outside at the Silverton parking lot. The two-fold event features a Hawaiian festival and comedy/concert series.  Pure Aloha features more than 100 island craft and merchandise booths, authentic food vendors and amusement rides. While guests shop and dine on ono (delicious) food, they will be entertained by local halau performances and bands. General Admission tickets for the festival are $7 and can be purchased at the event gate. Discounted rates for Seniors (Age 55+), Military with ID and children (ages 5 to 10) get in for $5.

Comedy/concert  and ticket prices are as follows:

Augie T featuring music by Mahi -- Friday, April 20. Veil Pavilion: Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 day of show.

Katchafire, Rebel Souljahz and Haleamano -- Saturday, April 21. Veil Pavilion:  Doors open at 5 p.m. with the show at 6 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 day of show.*Concert ticket purchase includes entry into Pure Aloha Festival

The 20TH ANNUAL LAS VEGAS CITY OF LIGHTS JAZZ AND R&B FESTIVAL will be held at Government Amphitheater for 2 days and nights Saturday April 28th and Sunday April 29th.

As usual, the Jazz Festival features national and Grammy Award recognized musicians to entertain throughout the day and night. Jazz and R&B artists performing on Saturday April 28th will include Grammy winning sax man Boney James, Grammy Award winner guitarist Norman Brown, Grammy Nominated sax man Gerald Albright, multi Smooth Jazz Award winner trumpeter Rick Braun, the funk and jazz of the English music creation of Down to the Bone and the very entertaining and beautiful flautist Althea Rene.On Sunday the Grammy line up continues with R&B vocalist Eric Benet, showman R&B legendary band Morris Day and the Time, multi Grammy Award winner vocalist Melanie Fiona, the creative genius of vocalist Rahsaan Patterson and the vocalist destine to change pop R&B music Goeapole.

The Jazz Festival VIP/ Early Bird tickets receive 1st entry from 10am to 12noon on Saturday and Sunday 11.00 am to 1.00 pm for center of the venue seating with its own cash bar and upgraded executive restroom facilities. Tickets are $110 in advance plus any applicable fees and ticket outlet service charges.

General Admission adult tickets in advance are $63 plus any applicable and ticket outlet service charges.2 day discounted tickets each are VIP $100.00 and GA are $57.00 plus applicable fees and service charge.FREE admission to each event for children 12 years of age and under, and a reduced ticket price to each event for children 13-17 years of age for $20, which will be available at the on-site festival box office on the day of the event only.parking is free and  improved and is easily accessible to the venue.

Government Amphitheater is located very close to Downtown Las Vegas.

Etti Liper, fashion designer and founder of Etti Gear, a collection of exclusive purebred animal art t-shirts specifically tailored to dog lovers, is hosting ETTI LIPER GEAR'S 1st ANNUAL FAUX FUR FASHION SHOW FUNDRAISING EVENT on Sunday, April 22, 2012 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Copa Room, located at 7700 Las Vegas Boulevard South in Las Vegas.

The fundraising event will include a fashion show, entertainment, and a silent auction. It will be hosted by entertainment reporter Alicia Jacobs and Chippendales’ featured performer Jaymes Vaughan. Las Vegas headliner and former Frankie Valli from “Jersey Boys,” Rick Faugno will be performing. All clothing showcased during the fashion show will be animal-friendly, demonstrating Etti Gear’s platform against the cruelty of animals. All hors d’oeuvres passed during the event will be vegetarian.  Partial proceeds from ticket sales and the silent auction will benefit local animal charities including Foreclosed Upon Pets, Golden Retriever Rescue of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas Bulldog Club, and the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA).   Tickets are $100.For directions, call (702) 736-4939.

Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and Insomniac – the producers of the Electric Daisy Carnival, Las Vegas – will launch an exciting new weekly daytime event, “WET WONDERLAND”  April 29 with Kaskade (America’s number 1 DJ as named by DJ Times) every Sunday poolside at Marquee Dayclub, featuring world-class artists and performers, and cutting-edge production. Open for the season on April 21, the Dayclub will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m

Jerry Springer returns to host “THE PRICE IS RIGHT LIVE” Stage Show at Bally’s Las Vegas  for an exclusive engagement April 25 – May 6 and May 16 – June 3. The show features such fan-favorite games as “Plinko,” “Cliffhangers,” the “Big Wheel” and, of course, a fabulous “Showcase.” Springer will enlist audience members to play for a chance to win thousands of dollars in cash and prizes. “The Price is Right Live” Stage Show at Bally’s Las Vegas is presented Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $56.25. There is no age requirement for ticket holders. Contestants must be 21 years of age or older.

GODSMACK, considered one of the definitive alternative hard rock bands in contemporary music, is scheduled to perform a solo date at the Pearl inside Palms Casino Resort on Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $49 & $79, plus any additional service fees.

Jewish Community Center of Southern Nevada will celebrate ISRAEL INDEPENDENCE DAY on Sunday, April 29 from 1 – 5 p.m. at Sands Expo and Convention Center.  A variety of family fun activities and entertainment will be featured throughout the afternoon including magician Seth Grabel, a scavenger hunt and Israeli rock group The Peatot Band.  The Israel Independence Day celebration is FREE and open to the public.

SLICE OF VEGAS has opened inside The Shoppes at Mandalay Place. The restaurant is the second from Titan, the company behind Hussong’s Cantina. The casual spot serves NY style pizza with a thin, chewy crust, along with calzones, fresh pastas and unique salads.  The restaurant offers two dining options. Those passing by can grab and go from the By The Slice counter, or diners can relax in booths or lounge at the bar, taking in any of 12 TV screens or the 8-foot HD projection screen. You can use your iPhone to choose favorite songs on the jukebox and the restaurant offers a full bar, imported and domestic wine and an excellent selection of beer on tap or by the bottle.

Celebrity sightings:

Monday night, April 2...

Coolio was spotted at a VIP table in the main room at Marquee taking in the sounds of DJ Eric DLux for Marquee Mondays.

Upstairs in the hot spot’s Library country singer/songwriter Dallas Davidson took part in Celebrity Karaoke.

Eric DLux
Photo credit: Al Powers/Powers Imagery

Wednesday night, April 4...

Former Playboy Playmate Sara Underwood hosted a memorable evening at LAX Nightclub.

Sara Underwood
Photos by Al Powers of Powers Imagery LLC.

Thursday night, April 5...

Worship Thursday at TAO hosted a Pajama Jam with special guest, hip hop duo Kid 'N Play. After fueling up for their night in the restaurant they headed up to a VIP table in the nightclub. The DJ helped lead the crowd in wishing Kid a Happy Birthday as the hip hop icon was surprised with a cake.

Comedian Bill Maher and actor Craig Robinson, best known for his role on The Office, helped celebrate Kid's birthday and took in the club scene at their VIP table on the dance floor.

Kid 'N Play
Photo Credit: Brenton Ho/Powers Imagery

Kid 'N Play with cake
Photo Credit: Brenton Ho/Powers Imagery

Friday, April 6...

The Gazillionaire and cast of Absinthe attended First Friday arts celebration to donate Bar Vendome to the monthly event. At the unveiling at Beauty Bar, Gaz presented founder Tony Hsieh with the first pair of gold shoes ever to be bestowed to another person thus making him the very first member of “The Gazillionaire’s Gold Shoe Club.”

The Gazillionaire said “Tony is the first member of the Gazillionaire’s Gold Shoe Club. The club is a very exclusive and comprises of Las Vegas richest and most powerful people. The shoes are customized for each member and a photo of them will appear on a plaque inside the Spiegeltent- in my soon to be trophy room. Tony embodies all that is great about being wealthy an influential in Vegas. Basically using that money to do cool s#%*!”


Gazillionaire and founder Tony Hsieh
Photo credit: Freeman White

Gazillionaire and Penny with Tony Hsieh
Photo credit: Freeman White

Holly Madison celebrated her April 2012 FHM feature  inside Sin City hotspot, Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at Paris Las Vegas. Before heading to the leading nightlife destination, the "Peepshow" star breezed through Sugar Factory retail store to pick out some treats for the holiday. The Las Vegas "It" girl arrived to the nightclub just before midnight with her closest friends, including her "Peepshow" co-star, Josh Strickland.

“Peepshow” star Holly Madison surprised with her Easter basket full of Peeps at her VIP table inside Chateau Nightclub & Gardens.
Photo credit: Denise Truscello/WireImage

“Peepshow” stars Josh Strickland and Holly Madison have fun with their Peeps at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens. Photo credit: Denise Truscello/WireImage

Professional boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and rapper 50 Cent dined at N9NE Steakhouse with a group of 20 people.

Also spotted at N9NE was UFC President Dana White.

American pop rock band The Plain White T’s hung out at Rain Nightclub into early Saturday morning with a group of 10 people.

“Glee” star Matthew Morrison was spotted at TAO Asian Bistro with six friends. After dinner they hit the club, taking over a VIP table in the Moat section and enjoying the sounds of DJ Politik and the EC Twins.

Saturday, April 7...

Well-known radio personality and TV host Ryan Seacrest and girlfriend, Julianne Hough, professional dancer, singer and actress, enjoyed a delectable meal at Simon Restaurant & Lounge at Palms Place Hotel and Spa.

Chef Kerry Simon, TV host Ryan Seacrest and girlfriend, Julianne Hough

Bombshell Laura Croft hosted an over-the-top 'Sexy Bunnies Bash' Crazy Horse III Gentlemen's Club.

Laura Croft
Photo credit: Dave Proctor –

Disney star, Hayley Kiyoko celebrated her 21st birthday at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens by enjoying the premiere venue’s newest party under the Eiffel Tower, BAZAAR.  Before heading into the club, Kiyoko dined at  Sugar Factory American Brasserie. After dinner, the talented actress made her way over to the Sugar Factory retail store.

Disney star, Hayley Kiyoko at Chateau
Photo credit: Jeff Ragazzo

Disney star, Hayley Kiyoko at Sugar Factory
Photo credit: Jeff Ragazzo

Also making a special appearance at Chateau was electronic dance music sensation, Inna. Glee star, Matthew Morrison was spotted at LAVO Saturday night with friends.

Professional bodybuilder and four time Mr. Olympia champion Jay Cutler was spotted at PURE Nightclub.

Sunday, April 8...

Jay Cutler was scene lounging poolside at WET REPUBLIC.

Jay Cutler
Photo credit: Brenton Ho/Powers Imagery.

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