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Comedy Hypnotist Anthony Cools Celebrates 20 Year Anniversary in Show Business

May 7, 2014 marked Paris Las Vegas headliner, Canadian born comedy hypnotist Anthony Cools' 20 year anniversary in show business.

To celebrate the momentous occasion, Cools was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award in Recognition of The Longest Running Hypnosis Show on The Planet. He also received a document from Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman proclaiming May 7 as Anthony Cools Day. Later in the evening, Cools (aka The King of Sociability) threw a private party followed by a special anniversary performance of The Anthony Cools Experience that was, as usual, uncensored, raunchy, and extremely hilarious.

Among the invited VIP guests in attendance were fellow local entertainers including Mark Shunock (Rock of Ages), comedy magician Murray Sawchuck; musician John Payne (Raiding the Rock Vault); singer Pia Zadora; prop comedian Carrot Top; master singer impressionist Gordie Brown; Travis Cloer and Devon May from the cast of “Jersey Boys”; singer Ben Stone; former American Idol finalist Jasmine Trias; comedian Crazy Jay (The Rocking Comedy Show) and magicians Kyle and Mystie Knight, and others.

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Anthony Cools 20th Anniversary Show
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Anthony Cools and Morea Reveen
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Anthony Cools with his parents and his brother Cam Cools
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Becca Kotte Mark Shunock Anthony Cools 20th Anniversary 50598
Becca Kotte and Mark Shunock of Rock of Ages
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Jasmine Trias and Ben Stone
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Anthony Cools and Carrot Top
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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CrazyJay Bird
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Gordie Brown Mark Shunock Murray Sawchuck Anthony Cools 20th Anniversary 50629
Gordie Brown, Anthony Cools, Mark Shunock and Murray Sawchuck
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

John Payne Anthony Cools 20th Anniversary 50599
Gabriella Rose Lamboy and John Payne
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Singer, Lisa Marie Smith
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Mistie Knight Kyle Knight Anthony Cools 20th Anniversary 50590
Kyle and Mistie Knight
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Murray Sawchuck and Anthony Cools
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Anthony Cools and Pia Zadora
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Travis Cloer Deven May Anthony Cools 20th Anniversary 50588
Travis Cloer and Deven May of Jersey Boys
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

If you haven't yet seen Cools' adult themed show, be forewarned, it is definitely not for prudes. Anything goes, including the use of profanity and explicit sexuality as Cools interacts with his group of willing volunteers that are brought to the stage, put in an hypnotic state and then proceed to perform all sorts of outrageous behavior. Since the participants change with each and every show, you never know what to expect. What IS consistent and guaranteed is a lot of fun and plenty of laughs.

24th Annual AIDS Walk at UNLV Raises Nearly $440,000

More than 10,000 walkers joined Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) at the 24th annual AIDS Walk at UNLV on May 4, raising nearly $440,000 to benefit client services for men, women and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.
Penn & Teller served as grand marshals for the 13th year in a row, matching walkers' donations of $250 or more. Walgreens once again had the largest team with about 500 participants, presenting a check to AFAN for more than $159,000.
Performers across the Strip entertained the crowd, including Josh Strickland singing the National Anthem and acts from Rose.Rabbit.Lie., Million Dollar Quartet, Mo5aic, Panda! and Zodiac Dragon. Body painted by Skin City Body Painting, cast members from Le Reve - The Dream posed for photos with event goers. Local media personalities Chris Saldana and Dayna Roselli introduced the AFAN board of directors, Congresswoman Dina Titus, Senator Ruben J. Kihuen, Assemblyman James Healey and representatives from Senator Harry Reid, Congressman Joe Heck as well as Mayor Carolyn Goodman, who proclaimed May 4 as AIDS Walk Day in the state of Nevada.

Penn & Teller at front of race
Photo credit: Jacob Kepler

Taiko Drummers
Photo credit: Jacob Kepler

Walgreens check presentation
Photo credit: Jacob Kepler

Walgreens team
Photo credit: Jacob Kepler

AIDS Walk 2014
Photo credit: Jacob Kepler

Penn & Teller
Photo credit: Jacob Kepler

#iwalkfor t-shirt
Photo credit: Jacob Kepler

Dina Titus, Carolyn Goodman, Antioco Carrillo, Steven Horsford
Photo credit: Jacob Kepler

AFAN Board of Directors
Photo credit: Jacob Kepler

AIDS Walk volunteers
Photo credit: Jacob Kepler

Le Reve
Photo credit: Jacob Kepler

Josh Strickland singing National Anthem
Photo credit: Jacob Kepler

The Animal Foundation’s 11th Annual “Best In Show”  Finds Forever Homes for more than 50 Dogs

On Sunday, April 27, local celebrities, philanthropists and animal lovers gathered at the Orleans Arena for The Animal Foundation's 11th Annual “Best In Show,” for the purpose of finding forever homes for more than 50 canine contestants. The event raised more than $215,000 to help animals in need.

Host Jeff Civillico entertains guests with the help of audience members during the The Animal Foundations 11th Annual Best In Show Vegas 4.27.14
Jeff Civillico
Photo credit: Bryan Steffy,

The Quad headliner Jeff Civillico hosts The Animal Foundations 11th Annual Best In Show Vegas 4.27.14
Jeff Civillico
Photo credit: Bryan Steffy,

Host Jeff Civillico, who headlines at The Quad Resort & Casino, opened the AKC-style dog show, entertaining spectators with his astounding balancing acts and family friendly comedy. Civillico was joined by local celebrities and news personalities who presented a variety of categories featuring incredible shelter dogs. Presenters included KLAS’ Denise Valdez, KTNV’s Beth Fisher, KVVU’s John Huck, KSNV’s Gerard Ramalho, KXNT’s Dayna Roselli, and Devan May, who plays Tommy Devito in the Las Vegas production of Jersey Boys. The female presenters were escorted onstage by two dreamy men from Chippendales. Also in attendance was Mayor Carolyn Goodman.

Mayor Carolyn Goodman and guests enjoy brunch at The Animal Foundations 11th Annual Best In Show Vegas 4.27.14
Mayor Carolyn Goodman
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Jersey Boys star Deven May gives the contestants a few pointers backstage during The Animal Foundations 11th Annual Best In Show Vegas 4.27.14
Deven May
Photo credit: Bryan Steffy,

Winners from each category were determined by audience applause and the coveted title of “Best In Show” went to Jackson, a black and white cutie with dazzling blue eyes.

The Animal Foundations 11th Annual Best In Show Winner Jackson poses with his trophy Las Vegas 4.27.14
Best in Show winner "Jackson"
Photo credit: Bryan Steffy,

The show ended with a raffle, where more than 50 dogs were matched with loving new owners. Raffle winners were required to complete The Animal Foundation’s standard adoption process, in which they are evaluated for suitability by adoption counselors.

Contestant Bogo greets excited spectators during The Animal Foundations 11th annual Best In Show Vegas 4.27.14
Best in Show Contestant, "Bogo"
Photo credit: Bryan Steffy,

In addition to the Best In Show contestants who found a family to call their own, The Animal Foundation found forever homes for 188 animals as part of the Best In Show Adoption Weekend, which offered 50 percent off adoption fees for any pet waiting for a forever home for 11 days or long.

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

The sexy girls of X BURLESQUE celebrated the show’s 12th anniversary in Las Vegas Wednesday evening, April 23rd at Flamingo Las Vegas. Partying alongside the X Girls was the seductive cast of X ROCKS, model and judge of Oxygen’s “Best Ink” Sabina Kelley, comedian Robert Nash, The Quad headliner Jeff Civillico, BMX pro and MTV reality star Ricardo Laguna, Zowie Bowie, actress Grace Morley and son Montel Williams, model Allie Finley, burlesque legends Bambi and Bambi Jr, Frank Sidoris, lead guitarist from SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators and son of X Burlesque producer Angela Stabile, musicians Todd Kerns and Brent Fitz and YouTube host Heather Marianna.

Angela Stabile Jeff Civillico Matt Stabile - Photo credit Edison Graff
Angela Stabile, Jeff Civillico and Matt Stabile
Photo credit: Edison Graff

Frank Sidoris Todd Kerns and Brent Fitz  - Photo credit Edison Graff
Frank Sidoris, Todd Kerns and Brent Fitz
Photo credit: Edison Graff

Matt Stabile Angela Stabile - Photo credit Edison Graff
Matt and Angela Stabile
Photo credit: Edison Graff

Ricardo Laguna Angela Stabile Matt Stabile - Photo credit Edison Graff
Ricardo Laguna, Angela and Matt Stabile
Photo credit: Edison Graff

Sabina Kelley - Photo credit Edison Graff
Sabina Kelly
Photo credit: Edison Graff

XB Cast - Photo credit Edison Graff
X-Burlesque cast
Photo credit: Edison Graff

VAN FLETCHER, Banquet Food Server at the LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino for more than 43 years, was honored by The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), in conjunction with National Travel & Tourism Week, as an exemplary employee who demonstrates superior customer service. Called a “HOSPITALITY HERO” - one who goes above and beyond to deliver the best customer service and show the best hospitality to every visitor they meet, Fletcher won this illustrious title for 2014.  He was presented with a trophy by Ericka Aviles, Business Marketing Manager for the LVCVA on Monday, May 5, surrounded by LVH executives and many fellow Banquet Food Servers.

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Ericka Aviles of the LVCVA presents Van Fletcher with his “Hospitality Hero” Award on May 5, 2014.
Photo courtesy of the LVH

PANDA!, the first-ever Chinese produced show to take up a Las Vegas residency, celebrated its 100th show Tuesday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. Hailed as “one of Las Vegas’ best new productions” and a “jaw-dropping spectacle” (Sunseeker), PANDA! is produced by a team whose impressive credits include the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

WEDNESDAYS DOWNTOWN will introduce a new reason for locals to sip, savor and socialize in the middle of the week with its debut in the Fremont East Entertainment District on May 7. The weekly event will bring local businesses together to transform the area into a festive block party featuring  a Food Truck Village, Painters Lounge, the “World’s Greatest Happy Hour” and more from 6 p.m. to midnight. The inaugural spring series will be held every Wednesday through May 28.  Wednesdays Downtown will occupy the streets at Las Vegas Boulevard and 6th Street, which will be closed for the night.

Foremost Disney illustrator for print advertising, CHRIS DELLORCO who specializes in Home Video packaging, will hold a meet-and-greet and demonstrate his Fine Art at Art encounter™, the exclusive and unique art gallery in The Forum Shops at Caesars (3500 South Las Vegas Blvd., R40) Friday and Saturday, May 9 and 10 from 2-6 p.m. each day.

World renowned artist MICHAEL GODARD, who recently launched his own unique brand of vodka and gin, invites art fans and spirit connoisseurs to a special meet and greet event, Saturday, May 10 from Noon – 2 p.m at Lee’s Liquor, 4230 S. Rainbow.  Guests will have the opportunity to meet the famous artist, sample both lines of vodka and gin, as well as take home purchased bottles personally signed by Godard.

On Saturday, May 10, from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. (preview at 10 a.m.),  CELEBRITY ESTATE LIQUIDATORS will be holding an auction at 7770 S. Dean Martin Drive, #307,(near the Silverton Casino on the other side of Blue Diamond Road), giving attendees an amazing opportunity to buy exquisite jewelry and art at a fraction of the cost with no minimum bid or reserve on most items. The featured jewelry items that will be up for sale include Rolex, Patek Phillipe, Cartier, Chanel, Prada, and Gucci. Along with these designer pieces, colored diamonds and silver, gold, and platinum items will be auctioned off. There will also be authenticated original art from well-known masters at no reserve as well as a very rare and limited release of FBI/Government Agency-seized art, jewelry and décor. There will be over 1,000 items available for sale at the May 10 auction. In addition, anyone who purchases an item will receive a free Mother’s Day gift.

Acclaimed Los Angeles-based artist JENNIFER MAIN is being featured in a special “MUSIC IS MEDICINE" ART EVENT AT THE ART ENCOUNTER GALLERY in the Forum Shops on Friday and Saturday, May 16 and 17 from noon to 6 p.m. Main will be producing a series of original charcoals motivated by the music that will be playing while she creates in the gallery. This is a unique opportunity to add a Main original to your collection and watch as it’s created.

GOODIE TWO SHOES FOUNDATION'S 6TH ANNUAL EVENING OF HART N' SOLE will be held on Saturday, May 17 at the M Resort starting at 5 p.m.  Goodie Two Shoes Foundation will be honoring their Patron of the Year, 6pm for outstanding support to the organization during the 2013/2014 school year.  This fashionably casual, poolside event will feature rock band The Limit, in addition to plenty of libations, eats and treats, plus silent and live auctions with fantastic “great escape” packages and prizes. Tickets start at $150 per person with tables available to purchase.

The first Latino illusionist to make his mark on Las Vegas, REYNOLD ALEXANDER, is bringing his show “Reynold Alexander Magia – The Greatest Latino Illusionist of Modern Times” to the Wolf Theater inside the Clarion Hotel & Casino (located at 305 Convention Center Drive between The Strip and Paradise) for eight weeks beginning Friday, May 23 thru July 20. Tickets for the 7p.m. family friendly show are $49.95 general admission, $69.95 VIP admission or booth seating $89.95 or two for $159.95.

ROCKHOUSE, located inside the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian/The Palazzo, invites revelers to party for a cause this Memorial Day weekend.  The ultra-dive bar will donate five-percent of total sales on Sunday, May 25 to the WOUNDED WARRIORS. WWP is a national organization with the mission to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their need. Rockhouse will present a check to Wounded Warriors on Monday, May 26 at 1 p.m.

Due to popular demand, CHIPPENDALES has announced that “Sharknado” and  “90210” star IAN ZERING will return to its show at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas as a celebrity guest star from June 12 through July 19, 2014. Ziering, the first guest start to return for an encore engagement with the famous male revue is part of an exclusive roster of celebrity stars at Chippendales, which includes: Joey Lawrence, Jake Pavelka (“The Bachelor”), and Ronnie Magro (“Jersey Shore”), amongst others. For more than three decades, sinful schoolboy charm and naughty fantasy, colliding with the boy next door has been the winning combination that has solidified Chippendales as the premier destination for birthday, divorce, and Las Vegas bachelorette parties.

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Ian Zering (center) with Chippendale dancers
Photo credit: Denise Truscello

Ian on stage Denise Truscello
Ian Zering
Photo credit: Denise Truscello

Celebrity Sightings:

Thursday night, May 8...

World-renowned chef Gordon Ramsay and “Cake Boss” star Buddy Valastro enjoyed a night out at Hakkasan Las Vegas Nightclub at MGM Grand.

Wednesday, May 6...

Actor John Ratzenberger, from the former hit television show “Cheers”, was spotted with a close friend enjoying some cocktails and food at Social House located inside The Shops at Crystals.

Sunday, May 4...

Celebrities spotted hanging out poolside at REHAB, Las Vegas’ original dayclub, included reality star Khloé Kardashian; rappers Karim “French Montana” Kharbouch, Robert “Meek Mill” Williams, Tramar “Flo Rida” Dillard, Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges, Jay “Young Jeezy” Jenkins and Durk “Lil Durk” Banks; actors Tom Lister, Jr., best known as “Deebo” from the movie Friday, and Quincy Brown, stepson of Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs; boxers Danny “Swift” Garcia and Zabdiel "Zab" Judah; DJ Drama; president of Showtime David Nevins.

05.04 Danny Garcia at REHAB 2
Danny Garcia
Photo credit: © Joey Ungerer / Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas

05.04 Flo Rida at REHAB 3
Flo Rida
Photo credit: © Joey Ungerer / Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas

05.04 French Montana at REHAB
French Montana
Photo credit: © Joey Ungerer / Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas

05.04 Khloe Kardashian at REHAB 2
Khloe Kardashian
Photo credit: © Joey Ungerer / Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas

05.04 Meek Mill at REHAB
Meek Mill
Photo credit: © Joey Ungerer / Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas

Throughout the afternoon, French Montana, Meek Mill, Ludacris and Lil Durk entertained the crowd with surprise performances.

Saturday, May 3...

Two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir was ‘knocked out’ by the more than 50 voices of Véronic. After enjoying the show, Mir met with vocal phenomenon Véronic backstage.

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Véronic and Frank Mir at VÉRONIC Voices at Bally's Las Vegas.
Photo courtesy of VÉRONIC Voices

Friday, May 2...

Glenn Hetrick, special effects makeup artist/designer and celebrity judge of the Syfy hit reality TV series “FaceOff,” was spotted attending Absinthe at Caesars Palace on. Following the show, The Gazillionaire and his assistant Penny Pibbets welcomed Hetrick backstage.

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Glen Hetrick
Photo courtesy of Spiegelworld

Thursday night, May 1...

"Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" star Jai Rodriguez took in the hit show, VÉRONIC Voices at Bally's Las Vegas. After the show, Véronic and Rodriguez had the chance to meet backstage.

Jai Rodriguez at Veronic Voices
Veronic and Jai Rodriguez
Photo courtesy of Veronic Voices

Monday evening, April 28...

American television personality of TLC’s “Long Island Medium,” Theresa Caputo, joined by her husband and two friends, dined at Michael and Jenna Morton’s La Cave Wine & Food Hideaway inside Wynn Las Vegas for an early dinner.

Saturday, April 26...

NFL superstar, Marshawn Lynch, celebrated his birthday in true Las Vegas style at Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop.