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

Owner/Editor in Chief/writer - The Flick Chicks
Director of Communications - Nevada Film Alliance
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Divas Day Out at Southpoint Hotel & Casino

Las Vegas largest women's event, Divas Day Out was held January 25 at the Southpoint Hotel & Casino. Over 100 businesses were on-site with information on health, fitness, beauty, motherhood, travel, finance, education, and careers.

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Frank Marino
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The one day annual FREE event was packed with vendors selling a variety of items such as clothing, jewelry, handbags and accessories, makeup, perfume, and household items. In addition, there were several booths offering giveaways and raffle tickets for a chance to win prizes.

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Diva's Day Out at the Southpoint
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Diva's Day Out at the Southpoint
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Diva's Day Out at the Southpoint
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Host for the event was female impersonator/Las Vegas headliner Frank Marino who brought along several cast members from his show Divas Las Vegas that performed for the attendees.  Also making special appearances were the hunky men of Thunder Down Under, and dance pro Mark Ballas, from TV's Dancing With the Stars.

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Divas Las Vegas cast member Derek Barry as Britney Spears
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Mark Ballas
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Diva's Las Vegas performers sign autographs
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Jalisco Cantina Serves up Authentic Mexican Cuisine

After successfully operating Super Mex for 11 years, the owners rebranded the restaurant Jalisco Cantina, a new Mexican concept that opened in the fall of 2013.

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Jalisco Cantina
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Named for the Mexican state of Jalisco, the birthplace of tequila, the traditional menu found at Super Mex has been expanded and incorporated with new innovations to create an unforgettable  culinary experience.

Featuring authentic “casero”, or home-made style cuisine that combine old world spices, Jalisco Cantina's diverse menu offers more than 90 delicious items to reflect its richness.

Select favorites include guacamole made from whole avocados,  tortillas cooked fresh, black boiled beans, and an array of cheeses such as queso fresco, manchego, monterrey jack, and quesadilla, and margaritas made from only 100% agave tequila and real fruit juices, to accompany each meal.

At a media event last week, guests (including yours truly) were treated to a flavorful variety of guacamole dips, an assortment of appetizers that included skewered shrimp wrapped in bacon in an adobo barbeque sauce, wild mushroom quesadillas, roasted pork carnitas, tacos del campo which is deep fried avocado in a street (open faced) taco, chicken adobo quesadilla, and shredded chicken and beef taquitos. Everything was a feast for the eyes and just as delicious.

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Jalisco Cantina entrance
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Jalisco Cantina bar and lounge
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If you are looking for some great Mexican food with a new twist,  you must visit Jalisco Cantina at your choice of two locations: 3460 East Sunset Road at Pecos or 6450 S. Durango at Sunset. The inviting restaurant and adjoining cantina are opened 24/7 serving Mexican breakfasts and dinners with the friendliness you would find in our own home.  On Tuesdays and Saturdays, diners can also enjoy live blues music performed by local musicians.

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

RAIDING THE ROCK VAULT – “Classic Rock by Those Who Rocked It” – made its triumphant return to LVH - LAS VEGAS HOTEL & CASINO, Friday, Jan. 24, with a new lineup and songs.  The show’s returning all-star lineup includes Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Howard Leese [Guitar] (Heart), Robin McAuley [Lead Vocals] (MSG, Survivor), John Payne [Lead Vocals and Bass] (Asia), Paul Shortino [Lead Vocals] (Rough Cutt, Quiet Riot), Jay Schellen [Drums] (Badfinger, Asia), Andrew Freeman [Lead Vocals and Guitars] (Lynch Mob, The Offspring), and Michael T. Ross [Keyboards] (Lita Ford, Hardline). New additions that have signed up to perform in the show include hard rock guitarist Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio), as well as two female vocalists, who will trade off: Carol-Lyn Liddle and Stephanie Calvert (Starship). Songs that have been added to the hit show include “Dreams” (Fleetwood Mac), “Heartbreaker” (Pat Benatar), “Alone” (Heart), “Dream On” (Aerosmith), “Highway to Hell” and “Thunderstruck” (AC/DC).

RAIDING THE ROCK VAULT performs Friday through Tuesday nights weekly (schedule subject to change) at 8 p.m. in the LVH Theater. Ticket prices range from $49 to $80 plus taxes and fees. A special Rock Star Package is available for $140 (which includes tickets in the first five rows, t-shirt, concert program, CD, meet and greet and VIP pass). A special 2-for-1 locals discount will be available for a short time (must present valid Nevada ID) and there are dinner/show packages with the world-famous Benihana and Vince Neil’s Tatuado Restaurant & Cantina.

SMASHBURGER, the leading better burger restaurant, with eight locations in Las Vegas, has been ranked number six on Forbes third annual America’s Most Promising Companies list. Chosen from hundreds of applicants this year, the Forbes list recognizes the nation’s top 100 privately-held, high-growth companies with compelling business models and strong management teams, as well as notable customers and investors.

EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL, the show that has been taking over the Las Vegas Strip one bloody t-shirt at a time, was nominated in 5 categories for the BroadwayWorld 2013 Awards this past November. After all the votes were counted, the show's star, Ben Stobber, won Best Lead Actor in a Musical for his portrayal as Ash, the hero with a chainsaw for a hand.

The D LAS VEGAS CASINO HOTEL AND THE GOLDEN GATE HOTEL AND CASINO, located in downtown Las Vegas, will become the first casino properties to accept BITCOIN, the popular digital currency, beginning Wednesday, Jan. 22.

Between the two co-owned properties, Bitcoin will be accepted at five locations, including both hotels’ front desks and in the D’s Gift Shop. Guests at the D will also be able to purchase Detroit’s legendary Coney Dogs at Amerian Coney Island and enjoy fine dining at Joe Vicari's Andiamo Italian Steakhouse. Bitcoin purchases at the casino hotels will be processed through BitPay, a service that streamlines transactions using tablet and mobile interfaces. Tablets programmed with BitPay will be installed at each cashier, allowing Bitcoin users to easily pay for services using their mobile wallets.

To honor men and women who devote their lives to helping make our world a better place, MADAME TUSSAUDS LAS VEGAS is launching the “EVERYDAY HEROES” campaign for 2014. Inspired by the world-famous Marvel super heroes, including figures currently on display in the Madame Tussauds Las Vegas attraction, as well as by the recent grand opening of its new Marvel Super Heroes 4D Experience, Everyday Heroes will honor specific real-life heroes one day each month during 2014.

Everyday Heroes from across the country will receive complimentary admission for themselves and $8 off regular pricing (child or adult) for up to three of their guests on their designated day when they present valid identification.

Everyday Heroes kicks off on Saturday, Jan. 25, when Madame Tussauds will recognize those working in the law enforcement field. A calendar of subsequent Everyday Hero honorees for the quarter is as follows: Saturday, Feb. 22nd – Nurses 
Saturday, Mar. 22nd – Social Workers (in honor of World Social Workers Day March 19).

Entertainment veteran Matthew Resler of Vegas Java Entertainment is bringing the new Cancún Comedy Jam, featuring performances by comedy veterans GARY CAOUETTE AND TIMM METIVER to the Cancún Room at Fiesta Henderson. The laughs begin Friday, Jan. 31at 7 p.m. There is no cover with a two-drink minimum and guests must be 21 years or older.

SRO Productions presents the comedy play, PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE written by award-winning actor, writer, comedian and musician, Steve Martin, January 31st, and February 1, 8, and 9. at The Onyx Theatre, in Commercial Center on East Sahara.  Showtimes are 8 p.m. Picasso at the Lapin Agile brings together a youthful Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in 1904, shortly before they became famous. While they debate the merits of art, science, love and relationships, the discussion turns to their effect on future generations. Surrounded by a group of eclectic characters who each have differing opinions, they are soon interrupted by a time-traveling stranger who adds his own "twist" to the discussion. All tickets are $20, and can be purchased at the Onyx Theatre Box Office, inside The Rack at 953 E. Sahara Avenue, by calling (702) 732-7225.

THE GEORGE GEE ORCHESTRA, featuring vocalist John Dokes, brings their swingin’ sounds to the Suncoast Showroom for a one-night-only big band dance event on Saturday, February 1 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. This versatile ensemble performs everything from a sweet foxtrot ballad to rock and soul party favorites and all-out rollickin’ roadhouse boogie.Tickets are $15.95, plus tax and convenience fees and the event is general admission. Tickets can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office.

In honor of the big football game, PANDA!, Las Vegas’ newest resident show direct from China, is offering a $48 ticket special for an 8 p.m. performance, Sunday, Feb. 2. The hit show, from acclaimed director An Zhao and produced by a team whose impressive credits include the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, combines high-flying acrobatics, mystifying martial arts, music, and dance. Tickets for Sunday, Feb. 2’s special 8 p.m. $48 performance of PANDA! can be purchased by visiting any Venetian or Palazzo Box Office.

A  “Big Game Viewing Party” will be held February 2, 1:00pm in the BIG GAME ZONE on the 2nd floor of Sam's Town. Admission cost is FREE with Kiosk ticket. With seating for 500 and multiple giant screens, everyone is invited to cheer on your favorite team with Carlota from KOMP 92.3 The Rock Station, and meet all your favorite Jocks from KOMP!

On Tuesday, Feb. 4 the Las Vegas company of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET will welcome Golden Globe® winner and Broadway favorite PIA ZADORA to its stage for an exciting encore performance. Serving as the fifth guest performer in an incredible lineup of Las Vegas talents, Zadora will perform alongside the cast at Harrah’s Las Vegas for one-night-only at the conclusion of the evening’s 7 p.m. performance. Tickets are available at the Showroom box office.

The COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN NEVADA ARTSPACE GALLERY will host an exhibition curated by CSN Professor of Art and Art History DENNIS ANGEL, that explores the title question, “WHAT IS ART 101?” This exhibition, featuring 20 current and former CSN art students’ artwork created with black and white drawing media, will be on display from Friday, Feb. 7, through Friday, Mar. 21.The CSN Artspace Gallery is FREE and open to the public. Gallery hours are from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The Artspace Gallery is located at the half circle drive, upstairs above the Cheyenne campus main entrance, 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave., one mile east of I-15 North.

The live taping of VEGAS ROCKS VARIETY SHOW hosted by Tony Sacca at BOULDER STATION in the Railhead Showroom on Friday, February 7, features performing guests  THE AUSTRALIAN BEE GEES and singer DENISE CLEMENTE backed by the Michael T Band.  Doors open 1:0 pm. Show starts at 2 p.m. Admission is FREE.  For guaranteed seating call 702-364-8669.

BLUE MAN GROUP Las Vegas takes to the ice for a special performance and to cheer on the LAS VEGAS WRANGLERS as they take on the Bakersfield Condors inside Orleans Arena (4500 W. Tropicana Ave.) at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9.   Prior to the highly anticipated matchup, in support of the hometown hockey team,  Blue Man Group will perform a one-of-a-kind rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

On Saturday, Feb. 15, Toyota will host SWEATIN' FOR  CAUSE AT THE LIFETIME ATHLETIC SUMMERLIN LOCATION (10721 W. Charleston Blvd.) to raise money for the LIFE TIME FOUNDATION'S BACK2BASICS SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM.  Toyota will donate $1 per Sweatin’ for a Cause participant to the Back2Basics program, enabling it to impact more students than ever before.The Summerlin event begins at 9 a.m. and will be held in the Cycle studio as participants spin their way through an intense hour-long ride. The event will also feature a lighter side as a DJ hosts post workout activities and a social hour. The event is open to both members and non-members and costs $30 for non-members to participate. To sign up for the Life Time Foundation Jam, Las Vegans can call (702) 228-2611 or visit http://clubs.lifetimefitness.com/Summerlin/39473/.

This Valentine’s Day, Friday, Feb. 14, THE MOB MUSEUM (The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement) celebrates its second anniversary with two-for-one admission to out-of-town visitors and FREE admission for Nevada residents. In addition, at 9 a.m. that day, the Museum will have the official unveiling of a limited-time-only presentation of two Thompson machine guns used in the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in 1929. Lt. Mike Kline from the Berrien County Sheriff’s office in Michigan will deliver presentations about the artifacts. The public presentation schedule follows: Friday, Feb. 14: 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15:  11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.


Marquee Dayclub at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas presents LOVE FLOW, a wellness event in collaboration with local lululemon retail and showroom locations. The two-hour fresh air yoga session  will be led by a lululemon ambassador high above the Las Vegas Strip on Marquee Dayclub's roof deck patio,  Saturday, February 15 from 10 am – 12 pm. Love Flow is a FREE ALL AGES EVENT that is open to the public.  Participants should bring their own yoga mat.


Celebrity Sightings:

Sunday night, Jan. 26...

Ben Carey from the bands Lifehouse and Elvis Monroe hosted the weekly live music event, Chandelier Sessions, at Commonwealth. Performers were local  rockers, Will Play, folk, reggae and soul singer, Carrie Megan Gross, and local hip-hop performers, Rhyme N Rhythm.

Host Ben Carey Performs During Chandelier Sessions at Commonwealth
Host, Ben Carey, Performs During Chandelier Sessions at Commonwealth
Photo credit: Joe Torrance, SPYONvegas


Will Play Performs with Ben Carey at Commonwealth
Will Play Performs with Ben Carey at Commonwealth
Photo credit: Joe Torrance, SPYONvegas


Carrie Megan Gross and Ben Carey Perform at Commonwealth
Carrie Megan Gross and Ben Carey Perform at Commonwealth
Photo credit: Joe Torrance, SPYONvegas


Rhyme N Rhythm Perform During Chandelier Sessions at Commonwealth
Rhyme N Rhythm Perform During Chandelier Sessions at Commonwealth
Photo credit: Joe Torrance, SPYONvegas

Saturday, Jan. 25...
 
Newly crowned beauty queens, Miss Nevada USA 2014 Nia Sanchez and Miss Nevada Teen USA 2014 Alexa Taylor enjoyed the royal treatment at COLOR: A Salon by Michael Boychuck.  Boychuck, the official hair sponsor of the Miss Nevada USA organization, treated the beauty queens to blow-dries, manicures and pedicures. Executive Director of the Miss Nevada USA organization Shanna Moakler and Miss Nevada USA 2013 Chelsea Caswell stopped by COLOR Salon to refresh their signature “Boychuck Blonde” manes.

Also spotted at COLOR Salon were Caesars Palace headliner Matt Goss and Las Vegas entertainer Jeff Civillico.

Jeff Civillico and Michael Boychuck at COLOR Salon
Jeff Civillico and Michael Boychuck at COLOR Salon
Photo credit: Alfredo Andreani


Michael Boychuck Miss Nevada USA Nia Sanchez Matt Goss and Miss Nevada Teen USA Alexa Taylor
Michael Boychuck, Miss Nevada USA Nia Sanchez, Matt Goss and Miss Nevada Teen USA Alexa Taylor
Photo credit: Alfredo Andreani
 

Friday evening, Jan. 24...

Actors David Spade and Kevin Farley were spotted dining with a group of friends at LAVO Italian Restaurant.

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