By Judy Thorburn

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Golden Rainbow's 26th annual “Ribbon of Life” fundraiser

Celebrating 26 years of service to Southern Nevada’s HIV/AIDS community, Golden Rainbow, a nonprofit organization that provides housing and direct financial assistance to men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS,  presented its annual “Ribbon of Life” fundraising production for the first time on the main stage at the new Smith Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, June 24.

Approximately 1,630 attendees filled Reynolds Hall as 380 performers from the best shows on the Las Vegas Strip as well as local entertainment companies like RagTag Entertainment and the Las Vegas Deaf Theatre took the stage in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Hosted by 8 News Now anchor Chris Saldaña and appropriately themed “Ovations,” this year’s show  included a special appearance by comedian George Wallace,  Riva Rice from Vegas! The Show performing “Ovations of Josephine Baker,” Broadway in the Hood with “Circle of Life,” from The Lion King, Jubilee! in “Sing, Sing, Swing,” Las Vegas Tenors’ rendition of “Rock of Ages,” a capella group Mo5aic,  Clint Holmes singing Rogers & Hart's "It Never Entered My Mind" and Stephen Sondheim's "Losing My Mind", performers from PEEPSHOW, Frank Marino’s Divas Las Vegas and Centrifuge teamed up for “In the Heights,” The Las Vegas City Ballet along with performers from Jubilee!, Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular, Nevada Ballet Theatre with a medley from “West Side Story,”  plus outstanding musical numbers from other Broadway hits including Chicago, Company, Miss Saigon, Spamalot, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and more. A few of the electrifying performances brought the audience to standing ovations.

Cast members of Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Riva Rice
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Chris Saldana
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Cast members of Rock Of Ages
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Broadway in the Hood with “Circle of Life,” from The Lion King
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Cast members of Spamalot
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Nevada Ballet Theatre's performance from West Side Story
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn


Special guests KSNE Sunny 106.5’s Melanie Myers and Zach Dillon, Golden Globe-winning actress and Grammy-nominated singer Pia Zadora, and “Who's The Boss” former child actor, Danny Pintauro joined in on the action, introducing select acts throughout the show. For the second consecutive year, Freed’s Bakery helped Golden Rainbow celebrate with a three-tiered cake donned with red draping, gold flowers and pearls made from icing.

This year’s record-breaking show raised more than $200,000. In addition to the onstage spectacular, Golden Rainbow hosted a silent auction with exclusive prizes such as vacation packages, Tiffany & Co. jewelry, designer handbags, show tickets, dinner packages, one-of-a-kind art and more. The auction raised $17,000. All proceeds from the fundraiser directly benefit the organization’s Direct Financial Assistance and Affordable Housing Programs.

The 2011 production drew around 1,150 guests and raised approximately $150,000. As a result of last year’s fundraising efforts, the nonprofit provided 7,413 nights of shelter, 1,178 days of utility assistance, 1,620 days of transportation and medical and dental assistance to more than 500 households.

The next “Ribbon of Life” spectacular is set to return to The Smith Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, June 30, 2013.

The ARTY celebrates arrival in Las Vegas in 2013 with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at The Palazzo.

An official press announcement and ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Wednesday morning, June 27  at The Palazzo to celebrate the arrival of The ARTY 2013 in Las Vegas. Preciding over the event was Professor John Dishman, CEO & Founder of the ARTY. The first global open art competition and art show event, with the largest cash prizes in history and the most engaging public platform ever known, will take place at The Venetian | The Palazzo Las Vegas and Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas from April 18 through April 21, 2013.

Designed to set new standards in art events and culture, the 4-day public event will immerse attendees in a multidiscipline, experiential journey of discovery.  The Arty® will gain quick acclaim as the most unique and rewarding international competition and show in the world, with the greatest appeal to public participants and independent artists ever offered.  Planned as an annual event in Las Vegas and in China, The Arty events will reach millions among many diverse cultures. The Arty sets out to bring about global awareness of the role of art in our culture and to stage a modern day renaissance.




The Arty will also gain quick acclaim as the most unique international competition ever developed or offered. The world’s top independent visual artists will be showcased, each competing for one of ten $100,000 awards, selected by a unique balance of public choice and by renowned judges. It will feature the greatest odds of winning, with equal share. More than $500,000 will be awarded in art grants and scholarships on behalf of The Arty Scholars, a nonprofit organization serving students and the educational community. Over 70,000 people are expected to visit The Arty’s many segments, including the international public art fair and expo, fashion and special events, educational workshops, and the Awards Gala highlighting the art competition and scholarship winners.

Additional recent and upcoming "happenings" in and around Las Vegas include:

On behalf of the Las Vegas Hospitality Association (LVHA), its president, Bryan Kroten surprised Coach DAVE RICE, head coach of the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels, with a $500 check for his new foundation to help autism.  As parents of a son with autism, Rice and his wife Mindy, started the Dave Rice Foundation, a non-profit, tax exempt organization dedicated to the education and support of health initiatives including developmental disorders such as autism, and other charitable causes.“One of the goals of LVHA is to be a leader in philanthropic gifts and scholarships to assist the Southern Nevada community,” said Kroten, “and Coach Rice’s foundation is a most worthy cause.

”After performing for nine months at the casino resort, Pat DiNunzio frontman of the 80's rock band, The Smithereens, closed his show “CONFESSIONS OF A ROCK STAR” at the Riviera on Monday night, June 25.

PHANTOM - THE LAS VEGAS SPECTACULAR celebrated its 6th year anniversary and 2614 performances at the Venetian on Tuesday night, June 26. The iconic musical will end its run in the extraordinary custom built theatre on September 2, 2012.  If you haven't yet seen it, now is the chance to experience one of the most beloved shows before it closes.

On Thursday night, June 28, 31 year old MICHAEL "THE GRINDER" MIZRACHI of Miami became the first two-time winner of the $50,000 buy-in Poker Players Championship at the Rio in the World Series of Poker, earning him  $1.45 million. The event, considered the tournament's second most-coveted title after the Main Event, drew a field of 108 competitors. Mizrachi, who won the event in 2010, collected his third career World Series of Poker individual event championship bracelet, bringing his career earnings at the tournament to almost $7 million over 29 in the money finishes.

The “Laugh Factory Presents: ‘MURRAY: CELEBRITY MAGICIAN’” has been extended through Labor Day 2012. “America’s Got Talent” semifinalist and “Pawn Stars” resident magic expert, Murray, will continue to entertain audiences and headline at the Tropicana Las Vegas 6 nights a week at 7pm (Friday’s are dark).

Murray the Magician and assistant Douglas (Lefty) Leferovich

Due to overwhelming response, legendary comedian and impersonator Rich Little has announced  that his show “JIMMY STEWART & FRIENDS” has been extended through the summer at LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. The one-man show will run through August 22, 2012. “Jimmy Stewart & Friends” is performed 8:30 p.m. Saturday – Wednesday at the Shimmer Cabaret inside the LVH.

Canadian native and world-renowned hypnotist MARC SAVARD is celebrating Canada Day, July 1, by offering those with a Canadian ID a special $5 ticket to his Comedy Hypnosis show at the V Theater within the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. This offer, redeemable July 1 only, is good for general admission seating and is subject to availability.

Michael Jackson impersonator Michael Firestone opens his new show,`MJ LIVE!” a tribute to Michael Jackson’s performing career, on July 2 in the Crown Theater at Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. Performances start at 5 p.m daily. Tickets are $19.72 general admission, $46.99 Golden Circle plus taxes and fees.

This July 4-9 pastry chefs, culinary professionals and students from around the world will be gathering at the Red Rock Resort for the 15th annual AMORETTI WORLD PASTRY FORUM AND CHAMPIONSHIP, the most coveted championship event in the pastry industry. From July 4 through July 8, industry leaders in the world of pastry will lead forums and teach classes on making gelato, cake decorating, chocolate making, interesting flavor combinations, how to start your own bakery and more. Beginning on July 8, following the forums, the World Pastry Team Championship will commence as International teams of three representing China, Japan, Netherlands, Mexico, Morocco, South Korea and The United States spend 13 hours to complete sugar and chocolate sculptures that fall under this year’s theme of Astrology/Horoscopes.  The teams will be judged by a panel of experts on artistry, technical merit, work ethic, hygiene and degustation. The awards ceremony on July 9 will be followed by a cocktail reception and a gala dinner honoring the winners. Anyone who arrives to the pastry team championship in a chef’s jacket will receive complimentary admission to watch the event.

Organizers of the National Council of La Raza announced that VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN will be the keynote speaker at it's annual conference to be held for the first time in Las Vegas from July 7-10.

As part of  Fremont Street Experience’s free summer concert series ‘Rock of Vegas’, ASIA featuring John Payne, will perform on Saturday, July 7 at 9 p.m. on the 1st Street Stage. Through the labor day weekend, visitors can also enjoy free entertainment on three stages as the 100-day ‘Rock of Vegas’ summer concert series takes over downtown.

In support of the non profit community organization Golden Rainbow, Palms Pool & Bungalows hosts “CABANAS FOR A CAUSE” on Monday, July 9,  by offering luxurious poolside cabanas, day beds and island tables for a discounted price of $100 with all proceeds benefitting the charity.  Guests can lounge in style and enjoy spins by a live DJ from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition, the entire pool menu will be available including the famous Coconut Colada, Sliders, Mediterranean Steak Salad and more. All ages are welcome, children 16 years of age and younger must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Botero, the trendy steakhouse located at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas introduces BOTERO SUPPER CLUB, a sophisticated nightlife dining experience beginning July 9. The debut of the new Supper Club menu created by Executive Chef Mark LoRusso showcases his signature style, a variety of small plates and light bites, specialty cocktails, and an explosive lineup of celebrity DJs, every night after 9 p.m.

PBR ROCK BAR & GRILL'S NEW ROCK BAR inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino will celebrate “Customer Appreciation Week” with complimentary cocktails from Monday, July 9, through Friday, July 13. During this week, guests who purchase any PBR Rock Bar tank top or T-shirt will receive a drink ticket for one complimentary cocktail in the newly revamped Rock Bar. Priced at $20, these items can be purchased at the venue.

Las Vegas's newest show, “AWESOME 80'S PROM”,  a“blast-from-the-past” interactive party set at Wanaget High's Senior Prom in 1989, opens July 13th at V Theater, inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. “As soon as guests arrive, they will feel as if they’ve been transported back to their high school proms,” said producer, Sirc Michaels. “We have worked tirelessly to ensure everything from the costumes and decorations to the music and hair styles exemplifies the true spirit and culture of the decade.”  Performances start at 8pm (dark Wednesday).

The world's foremost classical crossover quartet, IL DIVO will take the stage at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace for two performances on Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14 at 8 p.m. Ticket prices are $125, $85 and $55 (all prices include 10% Live Entertainment Tax).

Music legend, ARETHA FRANKLIN brings her soulful voice to the stage of The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Sunday, July 15 for one night only at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the show range from $49.50 to $155.

Collective ZOO (CZ) continues to get wild with the fifth edition of their POOL PARTY SAFARI SUMMERTIME POOL SERIES at Rumor Boutique Resort Saturday, July 14 from 12 to 7 p.m.  This daytime get-down will include all the tools necessary for a fun laid back pool party with a 30-foot Slip N’ Slide, inflatable joust, Super Soaker water guns and plenty of beach balls. Complete with an open bar from 12 to 1 p.m. sponsored by KRU 82 Vodka, the event has no cover and kicks off with contests featuring prizes from event sponsor Powder & Sun Ride Shop. DJ performances will include sets from DJ Nubstep, SK, Topsider and special out-of-town guest, Bayside High.

Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and Studio 21 Tattoo, recently voted as Best Tattoo Shop in Las Vegas, team up to raise money for the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital with a WHERE'S THE POOL/...PARTY!!! on Sunday, July 15 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Studio 21 parking lot. The pool-less pool party is FREE to attend and will encompass a 1950s theme and feature Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum Pin-up models, free cocktails to all in attendance over the age of 21, and as an added bonus the SnOw ONO shaved ice truck will be on hand making special Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum shaved ice cocktails that evening. BBQ favorites will be also available with the Studio 21 team manning the grill. The event will also feature an art show, hula and limbo contests, cheesy beach attire contests, raffles for Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum BBQ grills and many other prizes as well as a dunk tank with the chance to sink the Sailor Jerry Girls! Monies from the event will be donated to the organization dedicated to pediatric treatment and research focused on curing children's catastrophic diseases.

Face To Face singer/guitarist TREVER KEITH and bassist/singer SCOTT SHIFLETT perform a rare acoustic set, featuring songs from their 1999 album Ignorance is Bliss, at Cheyenne Saloon on Friday, July 20 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $20, plus any service charges.

Celebrity Sightings:

Friday, June 23...

Just a few days before NBC's hit show, "America’s Got Talent" aired it's three day Las Vegas auditions, the host of the show, Nick Cannon, made his highly anticipated return to Chateau Nightclub & Gardens  at Paris Las Vegas. Cannon also made a quick stop through Sugar Factory's retail store where he picked out some adorable matching "his and hers" Sugar Factory branded tees for his recently turned one-year-old twins.

Saturday, June 24...

UFC Ring Girl Brittney Palmer as she celebrated her 24th birthday at PURE Nightclub.

Brittney Palmer
Photo credit: Brenton Ho of Powers Imagery LLC.

Nicole Scherzinger continued her birthday celebration on Saturday at TAO Beach.

Monday night, June 25...

The Australian hunks from the male stripper revue Thunder From Down Under made a special appearance and briefly performed for the audience prior to the preview screening of “Magic Mike” at Brenden Theaters inside the Palms Resort Casino.



Thunder From Down Under

Derek Fisher, the point guard for the Oklahoma City Thunder, partied with friends in the Boom Box room at Marquee Mondays.

Tuesday night, June 26...

Comedian Dave Chappelle enjoyed N9NE Steakhouse at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.  He was joined by a party of 12 friends and family members. After dinner Chappelle toured the kitchen with Executive Chef Barry Dakake and signed chef’s “shake down” door which features the autographs of A-list celebrities, athletes and musicians.

Dave Chappelle
Photo credit: N9NE Steakhouse, Palms Casino Resort

Afterwards, Chappelle partied at Hyde Bellagio's weekly Lost Angels insider night with an intimate group of friends as the Fountains of Bellagio splashed in the background. Later in the night, Chappelle climbed into the Hyde’s DJ booth high above the crowd to personally compliment DJ Derrick Anthony on his spinning skills. Also enjoying the night at Hyde Bellagio was former NSYNC member Joey Fatone.

Dave Chappelle and DJ Derrick Anthony

The Vampire Diaries” actress Kat Graham put on an unforgettable performance at PURE Nightclub while teaming up with the Rock the Vote organization and Dr. X Sun.

Kat Graham performing at PURE
Photo credit: © Erik Kabik/

Kat Graham
Photo credit: © Erik Kabik/

Frankie Moreno,The Las Vegas Review-Journal’s “Best All-Around Performer 2012,” was spotted enjoying the Strip’s hottest show, ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace. Following the show, Moreno had his photo taken with the  the show’s lovely ladies, Penny Pibbets and Melody Sweets.

Frankie Moreno with Penny Pibbets and Melody Sweets
Photo credit: Michelle Wilmoth

Thursday night, June 28...

Pop music icon and TV judge Paula Abdul celebrated her 50th birthday and also the birthday of boyfriend John Caprio with family and friends at TAO. Paula arrived with her beau and her parents, "Extra" anchor Terri Seymour and 30 guests to the Asian bistro where they took over an area on the hotspot’s 2nd floor overlooking the signature Buddha.

Earlier in the day Abdul along with a couple dozen of her closest friends, commemorated the occasion by soaking up some sun at Azure, The Palazzo Las Vegas’ luxury pool.

Also spotted at TAO’s Worship Thursday was soccer star Steven Gerrard, captain of Liverpool’s Premier League club and the England National football team, treating his girlfriend to a birthday celebration.

Paula Abdul (right)
Photo credit: Al Powers/Powers Imagery

Friday afternoon, June 29...

One of the fastest rising emcees on the music scene, Alabama rapper Yelawolf, performed at Ditch Fridays at Palms Casino Resort’s Palms Pool & Bungalows.

Joining the Ditch Fridays dayclubbers for the show was Carson Kressley, Joey Fatone, Sabrina Bryan and the rest of the Dancing With the Stars, LIVE in Las Vegas cast.

Emmy-winning television star and celebrity stylist Carson Kressley, former *NSYNC star Joey Fatone, member of the multi-platinum recording act The Cheetah Girls Sabrina Bryan, and a large group of fellow cast members and friends were there celebrating Iveta Lukosiute’s birthday. Lukosiute is a World Champion Professional Dancer and was one of the top 20 dancers in 2011 on FOX’s ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ TV series. The sexy group of dancers showed off their skills in a Palms Pool cabana and did stunts in the pool while posing for pictures with fans and enjoying the Yelawolf performance.

Photo credit: Aaron Garcia, 9Group Las Vegas

Yelawolf performing
Photo credit: Aaron Garcia, 9Group Las Vegas

Carson Kressley and Iveta Lukosiute
Photo credit: Aaron Garcia, 9Group Las Vegas

Carson Kressley and Joey Fatone
Photo credit: Aaron Garcia, 9Group Las Vegas

Iveta Lukosiute and friend
Photo credit: Aaron Garcia, 9Group Las Vegas

Sabrina Bryan, Joey Fatone and Carson Kressley
Photo credit: Aaron Garcia, 9Group Las Vegas

After an exciting performance at Palms Pool & Bungalows, Eminem's Shady Records emcee Yelawolf took the stage again last night at Rain Nightclub in Palms Casino Resort

Yelawolf at Rain Nightclub in the Palms
Photo credit: Joe Fury, 9Group Las Vegas

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