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Owner/Editor in Chief/writer - Las Vegas Round The Clock

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iCandy Burlesque THE SHOW, the latest production to open at Saxe Theater inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, celebrated its official Grand Opening on Friday night, August 24. Celebrity arrivals on the red carpet included the hunks from Chippendales, illusionist Jan Rouven, impressionist/singer Gordie Brown, Recycled Percussion, the cast of iCandy Burlesque, comedienne Kathleen Dunbar and producer John Stewart.

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iCandy cast with producer John Stewart and Choreographer/Producer Nannette Barbera
Photo credit: Gabe Ginsberg / Vegas Kool

The sizzling new high-energy production stars three singers, Jaime Lynch from “X Factor,” Felice Garcia of “The Voice” and international touring artist Elisa Furr, along with several of Las Vegas' most beautiful and talented dancers. In addition, comedienne Kathleen Dunbar has joined the cast providing comic relief with her hilarious standup routine that will have audiences laughing out loud. (Read more about Kathleen Dunbar in this week's edition of Burt Davis's column.)

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Jaime Lynch, Felice Garcia and Elisa Furr
Photo credit: Gabe Ginsberg / Vegas Kool

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iCandy cast with Chippendale dancers
Photo credit: Gabe Ginsberg / Vegas Kool

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Impressionist Gordie Brown
Photo credit: Gabe Ginsberg / Vegas Kool

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Illusionist Jan Rouven
Photo credit: Gabe Ginsberg / Vegas Kool

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Recycled Percussion with Choreographer/Producer Nannette Barbera
Photo credit: Gabe Ginsberg / Vegas Kool

iCandy Burlesque is produced and choreographed by Nannette Barbera, a Las Vegas showbiz veteran with more than 300 shows to her credit. Barbera created iCandy in 2005 beginning with iCandy Country, then iCandy Rock & Roll and now iCandy Burlesque. “The timing is perfect to launch this production,” said Barbera. “There has been an enormous resurgence in the popularity of burlesque in recent years and this show encapsulates every aspect of the beauty and showmanship of that era.”

Barbera keeps the 70 minute show moving with almost 30 burlesque numbers and more than 100 eye dazzling costume changes.  “iCandy Burlesque is pure fun from the provocative dance numbers and costumes to three amazing powerhouse singers,” said Theater owner David Saxe.  “If you liked ‘Burlesque’ the movie, you will love this show.”

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the cast of the show escorts guests downstairs from the showroom to the “iCandy Burlesque Ultra Lounge” to entertain all night. The ultra lounge also features a live D.J., dance vignettes every half hour, pole and go-go dancing.

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

The Strip’s biggest tease, FANTASY at Luxor Hotel & Casino, has announced the addition of two sexy new dancers to the show. Ashton, a statuesque knockout with incredible moves to match, and the stunning Chloe, who recently moved to the United States from her native England, both made their debut in the show this month. The ladies have joined the gorgeous and multi-talented cast at an exciting time as the show recently added two sexy new numbers and choreography.

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Chloe

CULINARY DROPOUT, the first Las Vegas restaurant by five-time James Beard Foundation Outstanding Restaurateur semi-finalist Sam Fox, has opened its doors inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The hip- and rebel-style gastropub introduces a perfect new hangout to sip creative libations, savor tasty food and take in live music throughout the week.  Conveniently located near the casino floor and adjacent to the pool, the new location is more than 6,000 square feet of swank interior with an additional 3,000-square-foot patio, seating more than 320 guests.

LAS VEGAS RESTAURANT WEEK returns – August 27 through September 2, providing locals and tourists the unique opportunity to dine at many of the city’s best restaurants at affordable prix fixe prices while helping to support Three Square Food Bank. Diners can visit any participating restaurant during the specified dates and enjoy a multi-course, prix fixe menu specially created for Las Vegas Restaurant Week. Each restaurant will create their own delicious menu offering at price points ranging from $20.12 to $50.12, with a fixed portion of the proceeds benefiting Three Square and the fight against hunger in Southern Nevada.

The Capital Grille at Fashion Show Mall, Allegro at Wynn, Charlie Palmer Steakhouse at The Four Seasons, Piero’s located off Strip and Grotto at the Golden Nugget are a few examples of the more than 80 restaurants participating in this year’s restaurant week festivities.  Offerings range from succulent steaks and seafood to French cuisine, decadent desserts and more.

Visit www.helpoutdineoutlv.org for an updated list of Las Vegas Restaurant Week participants and menu details. The easy-to-navigate, mobile-friendly site allows diners to search by type of cuisine, restaurant location or donation amount.

WICKED, winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy® Award and 3 Tony® Awards, will play August 29 - October 7 in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.  Ticket prices for the most anticipated production of the 2012-2013 season, begin at $39.

The FREDDIE MCGREGOR concert on Saturday, September 1 at Silverton Casino Hotel’s Sway Pool Lounge has been cancelled. Refunds are available at original point of purchase. The pool will be open all day from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. with $5 food and drink specials and the music of DJ R.O.B. spinning starting at noon. Free for locals!

DEE SNIDER, legendary lead singer of Twisted Sister, will be bringing his exciting live show to Las Vegas during Labor Day Weekend as the closing headliner for the ‘Rock of Vegas’ summer concert series at Fremont Street Experience. Snider will perform a free concert on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 9 p.m. on the 3rd Street Stage. Throughout the weekend, visitors can also enjoy FREE entertainment on three stages as the 100-day ‘Rock of Vegas’ summer concert series takes over downtown through Labor Day Weekend.

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Dee Snider

Comedian DILLON GARCIA is set to perform at the Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip Saturday, September 1, with special guests, Lance Patrick, Gabe Lopez and Gooch. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 day of show. This show is for Ages 21 and up.

The Injured Police Officer’s Fund (IPOF) hosts the seventh annual CLASSIC CAR SHOW AND MOTORCYCLE RIDE on Saturday, September 8. Beginning at  7  a.m., a motorcycle ride will kick off at the Bass Pro Shops located at 8200 Dean Martin Dr., traveling throughout the city and ending at the unique annual car show at 12 p.m. Classic, vintage and custom vehicles including hot rods, muscle cars and police cruisers will be on display while attendees enjoy a day of family fun and show support for the local law enforcement. Benefiting the police officers and their families throughout Nevada who were injured or killed in the line of duty, the car show will feature delectable fare and a raffle with esteemed prizes including four high-definition TVs. In addition, the top 60 vehicles will be awarded prizes including dignitary, club participation, best of show, people’s choice and the highly esteemed Sheriff’s pick.  Participating police agencies include Las Vegas Metro Police Department, Nevada Highway Patrol, Boulder City Police Department, Clark County Park Police, Henderson Police Department, among others.

Winder Farms, Las Vegas’ “Farmers Market on Wheels,” is partnering with Comedy-Magician Mac King and Mac King’s Magical Literacy Tour for the second annual “DELIVERING MAGIC” BOOK DRIVE. “Delivering Magic” will collect new and gently used elementary-school books utilizing Winder Farms’ delivery routes, which include more than 8,000 customers located throughout Las Vegas. Clark County READS, an initiative of The Public Education Foundation, will receive the donated books on behalf of local public elementary schools. The “Delivering Magic” Book Drive will take place Sept. 4 – Sept. 18.

Donors who give three or more new or gently used elementary-school books will receive two free tickets to The Mac King Comedy Magic Show at Harrah’s Las Vegas.  Additionally, all donors will have a chance to win free groceries for a year and the opportunity to direct money to the public elementary school of their choice.

Winder Farms Sales Reps will collect children’s books at the event locations and times as follows: Garden Park Farmers Market: 10401 Gardens Park Drive (Near Town Center and Desert Inn)  Tuesday, September 4, 11 and 18 (4 p.m. – 8 p.m.)

Henderson Pavilion Farmers Market:  200 S Green Valley Pkwy (Near Green Valley Parkway and Paseo Verde). Friday, September 7 and 14 (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.)

In celebration of the PRIDE Night Parade, Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas will host a PRIDE Night Parade Party featuring a free concert by the popular 1980’s cover band The Nancy Rayguns, Friday, Sept. 7 from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m. on the 3rd Street Stage.

CSI: The Experience at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino is proud to announce its involvement in the 29th Annual Las Vegas PRIDE celebration. As a violet sponsor of the event, CSI: The Experience will walk in the PRIDE Night Parade on Sept. 7 and be represented at the PRIDE Festival on Sept. 8.

In the PRIDE spirit, CSI: The Experience is proud to celebrate the diversity of its friends and fans and extends an invitation for them to join the fun on Sept. 7 at the Night Parade. Parade participants will receive a ticket to the attraction. To sign up, send your full name, the number of volunteers, phone number and Twitter handle to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Sept. 1. Please note space is limited.

Judy Garland impersonator DAVID DE ALBA will perform his  “Loving Tribute to Judy Garland" inside the Onyx Theatre on Sunday, November 11th at 3PM. Doors open at: 2:30PM.  Admission fee is $10.00 (adults).

Celebrity Sightings:

Tuesday, August 21...

Hip-hop icon Big Boi of OutKast delivered an unstoppable performance at PURE Nightclub inside Caesars Palace. The chart-topping artist made a special appearance at the hot spot along with fellow rappers Sleepy Brown and C-Bone of Purple Ribbon All-Stars during the annual PROJECT and MAGIC fashion trade show.

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Big Boi
Photo credit: Brenton Ho of Powers Imagery LLC.

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Adrienne Maloof was spotted at the official PROJECT after party held at Marquee Nightclub on Tuesday. The DJs entertaining the crowd included DJ Vice, Flosstradamus, Eric Dlux, Chris Kennedy and Fred Matters.

Legendary heavyweight boxer turned Broadway sensation, Mike Tyson, stopped by Sugar Factory at Miracle Mile Shops inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Wednesday, August 22...

Motley Crue's Vince Neil attended iCandy Burlesque THE SHOW at Saxe Theater located inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

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Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, attended Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.

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Senator Harry Reid and Steve Martin
Photo credit: Erik Kabik

Actor and producer Adrian Brody was spotted dining at the Pan-Asian restaurant, Social House inside Crystals at CityCenter.

Thursday, Aug. 23...

Minneapolis-based rockers Poliça wowed the audience at BLVD Social Club - Thursdays Live at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas with a unique blend of electronic and R&B music, playing songs like “Raw Exit,” “Lay Your Cards Out” and “Dark Star.”

Actor Chad Michael Murray celebrated his 31st birthday day with his girlfriend and a small group of friends poolside in a private cabana at Azure at The Palazzo. The grouped also dined at The Venetian’s TAO Asian Bistro and Chef Sammy D’s FIRST Food & Bar at The Palazzo.

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Chad Michael Murray and girlfriend
Photo credit: Devin Lloyd, Cashman Productions

The sexy ladies of FANTASY, Luxor’s steamy adult revue, partied at Señor Frog’s Restaurant Bar & Clothesline Las Vegas.

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Photo credit: Gabe Ginsberg / Vegas Kool

Friday night, August 24...

Actress Dania Ramirez celebrated the premiere of her latest flick, “Premium Rush,” at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at Paris Las Vegas. Ramirez was joined inside the nightclub by fiancé, actor and director, Bev Land and a group of friends. Earlier in the evening Ramirez dined at Las Vegas’ sweet spot, Sugar Factory American Brasserie  before making a quick stop to the Sugar Factory retail store where she autographed a giant pink and black candy tin.

Also in town for the weekend and seen partying at the nightclub were NBA stars Ron Artest, also known as Metta World Peace, and Alan Iverson.

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Dania Ramirez poses on the Chateau Nightclub & Gardens red carpet
Photo credit: David Becker/WireImage

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Dania Ramirez and fiancé Bev Land dance at their VIP table at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens
Photo credit: David Becker/WireImage

The Asahi Super Dry Beer summer takeover kicked off at Marquee Nightclub inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Dancing with the Stars pros Derek Hough and Cheryl Burke were spotted at a VIP table taking in the sounds of DJs Drek Martinez and Bambi.

Chad Michael Murray celebrated his 31st birthday with dinner at TAO Asian Bistro.  Joined by a group of friends, the actor who is best known for his role on One Tree Hill feasted on signature dishes and specialty cocktails before blowing out the candles on a birthday dessert.

At LAVO Nightclub Cali Swag District gave a surprise performance in celebration of owner Noah Tepperberg’s birthday.

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Cali Swag District
Photo credit: Al Powers/Powers Imagery

TV personality Michael Yo was spotted hanging with a friend at Blue Man Group Las Vegas at The Venetian. Yo is known for his regular appearances on E!'s "Chelsea Lately" as well as a comedian, actor, "EXTRA" correspondent and host of "The YoShow" on omg! from Yahoo.

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Michael Yo at Blue Man Group

Saturday night, August 25...

LAX Nightclub celebrated its five-year anniversary with non-stop entertainment by the Ladies of MGM Grand’s Crazy Horse Paris and up and coming Hip-Hop artist Driicky Graham.

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Crazy Horse Paris dancers
Photo credit: Brenton Ho of Powers Imagery LLC.

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Driicky Graham
Photo credit: Brenton Ho of Powers Imagery LLC.

Los Angeles Lakers forward, Metta World Peace, also known as Ron Artest, had a feast at Sugar Factory American Brasserie at Paris Las Vegas. The larger than life NBA superstar was accompanied by a small group in celebration of a friend’s birthday. On his way out, Artest took a trip around Sugar Factory’s flagship retail store to pick up some candy.

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Metta World Peace enjoying a signature hamburger and fries at Sugar Factory
Photo credit: David Becker/WireImage

Later in the evening, Metta World Peace was spotted at LAVO Nightclub enjoying Stereo Saturdays with sounds by DJ Reflex.

Dancing with the Stars pros Karina Smirnoff joined Derek Hough and Cheryl Burke in a cabana poolside at Marquee Dayclub

The EC Twins provided the soundtrack for the daytime party.

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Derek Hough, Karina Smirnoff and Cheryl Burke
Photo credit: Al Powers/Powers Imagery

Camilla Luddington, star of Showtime’s Californication and HBO’s True Blood, along with boyfriend Matt Alan and a group of close friends, partied at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens  at Paris Las Vegas.

Before making her way to the club, Luddington dined at Sugar Factory American Brasserie . 

Also in attendance Saturday night was Metta World Peace who partied the night away in his VIP booth and dance floor.

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Camilla Luddington graces the red carpet at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens

Photo credit: David Becker/WireImage

 

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Metta World Peace autographs basketball at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens
Photo credit: David Becker/WireImage

Sunday night, August 26...

Redfoo of LMFAO started his birthday celebration early at LAVO.  The Party Rocker, who turns 37 next week, was surprised with a cake and then treated the packed club to an impromptu performance of his hits. Spotted in the crowd taking in the scene were the EC Twins.

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Redfoo
Photo credit: Tony Tran

Monday night, August 27...

It was a family affair at Marquee as Redfoo kicked off his birthday week with special guests in the house, his mom and dad. His father, music icon Berry Gordy, and mother Nancy Leiviska were on hand to attend the early birthday bash for the king Party Rocker, who turns 37 on Monday - and cheered as a huge birthday presentation commenced to the table with signs, lights and a cake for Foo.

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Redfoo with birthday cake
Photo credit: Brenton Ho/Powers Imagery

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