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STK Las Vegas Celebrates its 3-Year Anniversary with a "Vintage Vegas Affair" Hosted by Claire Sinclair

STK, the sultry steakhouse inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas celebrated its 3 year anniversary on Monday night, June 2 with a “Vintage Vegas Affair”.  The event was hosted by PIN UP star, Claire Sinclair who helped transport guests back in time to the glitz and the glamour of old-school Vegas.

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Claire SInclair with DJ Mike Attack
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Reminiscent of a Vegas time-capsuled casino, the venue was filled with table games, Vegas showgirls and a life-size martini glass complete with a burlesque performer.

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Burlesque performer
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

During the high energy affair, guests were treated to an assortment of passed appetizers including caviar-deviled eggs, bacon wrapped dates, crab stuffed mushrooms, crispy prawns, smoked salmon and tuna tartar from Executive Chef Stephen Hopcraft and a Moet Hennessey sponsored bar with Veuve Clicquot and Belvedere handcrafted cocktails.

Several celebrity guests including Zowie Bowie's Chris Phillips and violinist Lydia Ansel, Carrot Top, Chef Sammy D, journalist John Katsilometes, and celebrity impersonator Sean B. that walked down the red carpet and through the velvet ropes before entering the packed venue.

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Angela Rosen, Chris Phillips, Lydia Ansel, Michelle Dempsey and Claire SInclair
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Carrot Top and Claire SInclair
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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John Katsilometes and Claire SInclair
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Celebrity impressionist Sean B. and Claire SInclair
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Chef Sammy D. and his wife Ellen
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Guns N' Roses Guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal Goes Head-To-Head With Las Vegas Personalities in Ultimate Spicy Food Challenge

Guns N’ Roses guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal faced off with Hard Rock Hotel & Casino executives and Las Vegas personalities during Bumblefoot’s Spicy Food Challenge inside Pink Taco on Thursday, May 29. Contestants tested their spice tolerance alongside Bumblefoot, and the participant that lasted the longest was declared the winner. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and AEG Live Las Vegas provided the champion with a $1,000 donation to the charity of his or her choice and a gift bag.

Bumblefoot, a world-renowned and critically-acclaimed guitarist, has a special gift of consuming some of the world’s hottest foods. His tolerance is currently at 7.1 million Scoville units, which is three times stronger than commercial-grade pepper spray weapons.

 Pink Taco prepared several dishes with various levels of spices, each round getting hotter and hotter. Among the participants were some of the property’s key organizers for the Guns N’ Roses’ An Evening of Destruction. No Trickery! residency including Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Chief Operating Officer Jody Lake, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Vice President of Entertainment Chas Smith and AEG Live Las Vegas’ Vice President of Booking Bobby Reynolds; along with notable locals: Lorrin Bond, 97.1 The Point radio personality; Sarah Feldberg, Las Vegas Weekly editor;  Brian Hammer, Morning Host 107.9 BOB-FM; John Katsilometes, Las Vegas Sun editor at large;  Al Miller, KOMP 92.3 radio personality; Mayleen Ramey, OK! TV host and producer;Flo Rogers, Nevada Public Radio president and CEO; and Kim Wagner, KSNV Ch. 3 co-host of "Wake Up With the Wagners" and “News 3 at Noon”

Two winners were declared: Al Miller won $1,000 for Amazing Gracie and Jennifer Thal won $1,000 for Calling All Cats Rescue.

Photo credit: Erik Kabik / Erik Kabik Photography

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

To commemorate its official opening, MCCARRAN MEDICAL CLINIC AND PHARMACY hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at McCarran International Airport, on Friday, May 30. Located near the A/B checkpoint in Terminal 1, the medical facility opened its doors to locals, airport employees and tourists and will serve as a full-service pharmacy with licensed medical providers on staff as well as an extensive selection of TSA-approved toiletries and sundries. As the ninth largest airport in North America, McCarran sees nearly 42 million passengers annually.

McCarran Medical Clinic and Pharmacy will cater to the more than 15,000 airport employees, Las Vegas locals traveling out of and into the airport and domestic and international visitors. The first-of-its-kind, the facility will provide a variety of services that cater specifically to travelers, including vacation supply prescriptions, travel immunizations and urgent care services.

McCarran Medical Clinic and Pharmacy hours are 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily for the medical clinic, 9:30 – 6 p.m. for the pharmacy and 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. for the retail store.

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Dr. Kochy Tang, owner/co-manager of McCarran Medical LLC, Stan Wasserkrug, co-manager of McCarran Medical LLC, Rosemary A. Vassiliadis, director of aviation for the Clark County Department of Aviation, Marce Casal, pharmacist and David Inman, owner/co-manager of McCarran Medical LLC, cut the ribbon during an opening ceremony of the McCarran Medical Clinic at McCarran International Airport on Friday, May 30.
Photo Credit: Los Enterprises

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Marce Casal, pharmacist, Stan Wasserkrug, co-manager of McCarran Medical LLC, Rosemary A. Vassiliadis, director of aviation for the Clark County Department of Aviation, Dr. Kochy Tang, owner/co-manager of McCarran Medical LLC and David Inman, owner/co-manager of McCarran Medical LLC, stand in front of the McCarran Medical Clinic and Pharmacy sign at McCarran International Airport during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, May 30.
Photo Credit: Los Enterprises

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The interior of the McCarran Medical Clinic and Pharmacy at McCarran International Airport which opened to the public on Friday, May 30.
Photo Credit: Los Enterprises

SAMBALATT, a Las Vegas-based, award-winning premier coffee restaurant, recently opened its newest location in a highly visible outdoor plaza at Monte Carlo on the Las Vegas Strip. The new, 3000 square foot restaurant with the capacity to hold approximately 80 people, is the brand’s largest venue to-date and features its award-winning menu items and amenities. Sambalatte at Monte Carlo exclusively features a coffee bean roaster and a state-of-the-art coffee lab, providing “The Theater of Coffee,” so guests can enjoy watching the roasting process by the experts.

Outside highlights a spacious patio that features a view of the Las Vegas Strip and a seating area for 70 people. All the familiar and delicious Sambalatte menu items are available including coffee, savory sandwiches, salads, pastries, desserts, and a grab-and-go open food case. Other amenities include a state-of-the-art coffee lab featured behind a glass wall, a variety of unique brewing techniques and technology, flat-screen televisions, free Wi-Fi, multiple power source work stations and more.

PETER PAVONE, best know as a Sinatra impersonator, recently joined "Country Superstars" as Johnny Cash and George Strait at the V Theatre inside Planet Hollywood.  He will be working in the show part-time not all six nights. Show times are 7 p.m. Tuesday thru Sunday.

Vocal impressionist VERONIC DICAIR has announced she has partnered with Olive Crest as the June charity for “Lend Your Voice,”  her monthly awareness-building and fundraising effort for selected local nonprofits.  Throughout the month, Véronic will encourage audience donations by providing information on Olive Crest’s mission during her performances at the Jubilee Theater at Bally’s Las Vegas. Olive Crest is dedicated to preventing child abuse, treating and educating at-risk children, and preserving the family. By working tirelessly to meet the individual needs of kids in crisis by providing safe homes, counseling, and education for both youth and parents, Olive Crest has transformed the lives of over 60,000 children and families.

Life Time Athletic Summerlin, 10721 W. Charleston Blvd., will throw a POOLAPALOOZA POOL PARTY from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 7, at the club’s resort-style outdoor pool. The family-friendly event will feature a pirate theme and is open to the public.  Poolapalooza will provide fun for all ages with a live DJ, giant inflatable waterslide, face painting, balloon animals, refreshments and pirate-themed attractions and giveaways for children. The summer kick-off party will culminate with a dive-in showing of “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” on a giant projector screen at 8 p.m. Poolapalooza is open to members and non-members of Life Time Athletic Summerlin. The event is free for members and their guests; non-members are welcome at the standard club fee of $60 per person, which also grants a 24-hour access window to all club facilities.

In celebration of Pet Appreciation Week (June 1-7), CHAPMAN CHRYSLER JEEP, located at  930 Auto Show Drive in Henderson, will hold a PAMPER YOUR PET DAY EVENT on Saturday, June 7 from 10 a.m to 2 p.m  with a selection of services fit for furry pups of all shapes and sizes. Local vendors will be on-site to showcase their services and provide complimentary check-ups, grooming, nail clipping and more. In addition, the day will include food, raffle prizes and radio promotions. Vendors include Heaven Can Wait, Petco, Durango Animal Hospital, Lola’s Canine Bakery, Let’s Join Paws, pet photography with Portraits by Catherine, Alicia’s Mobile Dog and Cat Grooming and more.

The next taping of Tony Sacca’s “LAS VEGAS ROCKS VARIETY SHOW” will feature comedian Louie Anderson, harpist virtuoso Mariano Gonzales and singer Anne Martinez, backed by the Michael T Band, on Saturday, June 7 at 2 p.m. in the main showroom at the Plaza Hotel & Casino. The hour-long taping is open to the public. Admission is FREE.

BROWN SABBATH, the alter ego of Austin-based psych-funk collective Brownout, performs live at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7. Doors open 9:30 PM.  Show starts 10:30 PM. Tickets are available at no cover. Ages 21 and over with ID welcome.

Acclaimed Las Vegas-based artist ANGEL DELGADO will present a new series of paintings and sculptures in a solo exhibition titled "CONSTANCY" at the AMANDA HARRIS GALLERY OF CONTEMPORARY ART, 900 S. Las Vegas Blvd. #150, with a special opening reception and artist talk on June 14 from 6- 8 p.m. A special Video Performance will be held on Thursday, July 10, from 6-9 p.m. Inspired by the months Delgado was imprisoned in Cuba for a controversial performance art piece in 1990, the works examine the unique materials available to prisoners with limited access to supplies. The pieces include carved soap blocks, drawings on handkerchiefs and paintings. Delgado’s impressive work is largely based on the limitations, restrictions, prohibitions and controls that are frequently imposed on human beings in society.

Beginning Monday, June 16 and running through August 22, 2014, HONEY SALT, located on the Westside of Las Vegas at 1031 S. Rampart Blvd., will open its doors to the world and introduce the SUMMER OF LOVE, a focused program to raise funds for a variety of valley charities throughout the summer. Each week Honey Salt and its chefs will partner with a different local charity on a special three course Taste of Honey menu highlighting the best seasonal and local ingredients. $5 of each menu purchased will be donated to that week's cause. Additionally, enjoying a delicious signature Summer of Love Sangria at the bar will mean another $1 for that week's charity.  The lineup of charities includes: The Torino Foundation, United Way of Southern Nevada, Three Square, Desert Reign, Opportunity Village, Green Our Planet, Keep Memory Alive, Agassi Foundation, Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth, Create a Change Now and Girls on the Run.  Summer of Love menus will run nightly during dinner service beginning at 5:00 p.m

The LAS VEGAS IMPROVISATION PLAYERS kicks off its summer schedule of improvised music and comedy shows with a brand new performance on Saturday, June 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the American Heritage Academy, located at 6126 South Sandhill Road. Tickets are only $10 and available for purchase at the door which opens at 6:40 p.m.

GOLDEN RAINBOW has revealed the thrilling lineup for its 28th annual “RIBBON OF LIFE” production at The Penn & Teller Theater at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino on Sunday, June 22 at 1 p.m. This year’s production, “Under the Big Top,” will be full of exhilarating circus-inspired acts with performances by entertainers Clint Holmes, Josh Strickland and Reva Rice; cast members from Dancing Queen, Frank Marino’s Divas Las Vegas, JERSEY BOYS, Jubilee, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, RagTag Entertainment, ROCK OF AGES, Zombie Burlesque and Cirque du Soleil’s The Beatles LOVE, Michael Jackson ONETM, Mystère and Zumanity; vocal groups Sin City Opera and The Sound Collage; and many more. The spectacular will be hosted by TV personality Chris Saldaña and Edie of Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity. During last year’s production, more than 1,400 people came together and raised more than $152,000 through ticket purchases, a silent auction and monetary donations. All proceeds help support Golden Rainbow’s mission of providing housing and direct financial assistance to the Southern Nevada HIV/AIDS community. Guests interested in experiencing the one-of-a-kind extravaganza can now purchase tickets at the property’s box office.Tickets are priced at $45, $75, $100, $175 and $200.

Music legend CHUBBY CHECKER, aka 'King of the Twist’, is set to perform at Sam’s Town Live! located inside Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall on June 28.  Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available from $34.95, plus tax and fees. B Connected members can get a $5 discount on all tickets by showing their B Connected card at the box office at time of purchase (discount is limited to one ticket per B Connected card).

The world-famous dance crew JABBAWOCKEEZ is celebrating its first anniversary of “PRiSM,” the hit show at LUXOR HOTEL & CASINO with a limited time “Buy One, Get One Free” ticket offer for locals. Through June 30, locals may purchase tickets online using the promo code “_NZ,” or at any MGM Resorts box office. Guests must present a valid Nevada ID for discounted tickets at the time of pick up.

Rock legend Sammy Hagar will kick off the SOUNDWAVES poolside concert series at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Wednesday, July 2. Sammy Hagar’s All-American Beach Party will be the ultimate concert experience with Sammy and The Wabos on stage rocking through hits like “I Can’t Drive 55,” “Your Love is Driving Me Crazy,”"There's Only One Way to Rock," “Right Now,” "Finish What Ya Started," and "Why Can't This Be Love," while fans enjoy signature Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum cocktails from the stage or in their own VIP, poolside cabana. Tickets start at $62.50

UFC President Dana White and Kent, LION FIGHT Founder and CEO, has announced that LION FIGHT 16, a world class full Muay Thai rules event, will take place live Friday, July 4 from The Pearl inside Palms Casino Resort.   LION FIGHT 16 is part of the UFC’s International Fight Week , the biggest fan event in the world of combat sports, taking place in Las Vegas July 1 – 6.  Featuring the best of the best in Muay Thai, the event will be topped  off with a world championship super lightweight title fight between Muay Thai superstar and fan favorite Kevin “The Soul Assassin” Ross and Australian knockout artist Michael “Tomahawk” Thompson. Also, former lightweight champion in the women’s division, Tiffany “Timebomb” Van Soest, will compete in the co-main event, and for the first time ever, Rungravee Sasiprapa will fight inside the Lion Fight ring – this is a fast rising star in Muay Thai. Tickets for LION FIGHT 16 are on sale NOW starting at $25

The American debut of Australia’s sexiest and most provocative female revue SYDNEY AFTER DARK starring the most breathtaking women from “down under,” Sydney After Dark will premiere at the PH Showroom inside  Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino on Monday, July 7.

Celebrity Sightings:

Sunday, June 1...

Chart-topping artist B.o.B made an appearance at Las Vegas’ original dayclub. REHAB.  He ended the night by hosting at Body English Nightclub.

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Photo credit: Erik Kabik / Erik Kabik Photography

Following a night of rockin the house t the Joint,  Guns N’ Roses band member Duff  McKagan was spotted dining at the resort’s newest Sunday fiesta, Pink Taco Brunch.

Saturday, May 31...

Legendary rocker and former Guns N’ Roses band member Duff McKagan reunited with the band at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas for an unforgettable performance.

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Also on property was breakout star Aloe Blacc, who returned to REHAB for his second show this year. Blacc sang his hit songs “I Need a Dollar,” “The Man,” “Lift Your Spirit” and “Wake Me Up” before continuing the party inside Body English Nightclub, where he took the stage to perform again.

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Aloe Blacc
Photo credit: © Adam Amar / Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

At FIZZ, the luxurious new champagne bar at Caesars Palace, husband and wife power-rock duo Chad Kroeger and Avril Lavigne partied with a large group of friends including uber-manager Larry Rudolph and Kroeger's bandmates from Nickelback at Creative Director David Furnish and Sir Elton John's private VIP table on the upper level, while Backstreet Boys' Kevin Richardson spent a more intimate evening with his wife, Kristin Willits. Richardson had just wrapped up a two-night engagement with his band at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Also at LAVO on Saturday evening was actress and model Pamela Anderson. Anderson and a group of friends enjoyed Linguini with Mixed Seafood and the restaurant's signature Kobe Meatball.

Actor Chris Noth was spotted having dinner at TAO Asian Bistro on Saturday night. Noth, best known for his long-running roles on "Law & Order" and "Sex and The City," enjoyed Chinese Five Spice Short Ribs, Satay of Chilean Sea Bass, Lobster Wontons and Pork Potstickers with a Chile Sesame Glaze. Noth and his friend both mentioned that the short ribs and wontons were their favorites.  

Dallas Mavericks owner and "Shark Tank" star Mark Cuban was spotted upstairs at TAO Nightclub. NBA stars Chandler Parsons, Dirk Nowitzki, Michael Finley and Brian Cardinal joined Cuban at their VIP table near the dance floor. The group partied into the night to the sounds of DJ Ross One.

Comedian Pauly Shore was also spotted at TAO Nightclub at a VIP table.

"Extra" host and "Chasing Maria Menounos" star Maria Menounos dined with friends at LAVO. The group included her boyfriend, Keven Undergaro, and "Bar Rescue" host Jon Taffer and his wife, Nicole.

Cheryl Burke and Mark Ballas of "Dancing With The Stars" continued their birthday celebrations with dinner at LAVO.

Friday, May 30...

Def Jam co-founder, Russell Simmons, was sighted attending Rock of Ages at The Venetian Las Vegas. Following the performance, Simmons joined the cast backstage.

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Russell Simmons with the cast of Rock of Ages
Photo: Courtesy of Rock of Ages Las Vegas

Shania Twain hosted a private karaoke party with a small group of friends including David Copperfield and her sister, Carrie Ann Edwards on the lower level of The Deck at Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop at Paris Las Vegas.

Back Street Boys, Nick Carter, AJ McLean, Howie Dorough and Kevin Richardson arrived at midnight  for their official concert after party. While taking a back route to the rooftop, they walked up to The Deck at Chateau where they discovered the private karaoke party. Twain spotted the Backstreet Boys and caught up with them before heading upstairs for their party.

Carter went straight to the DJ booth where he took over the turntables for hours.

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Backstreet Boys with Shania Twain
Photo credit: Bryan Steffy, WireImage

Backstreet Boys On Stage
Backstreet Boys on stage
Photo credit: Bryan Steffy, WireImage

Nick Carter DJing
Nick Carter DJing
Photo credit: Bryan Steffy, WireImage

Author, comedian and "Chelsea Lately" regular Heather McDonald dined at LAVO Italian Restaurant.

Film and television star Jennifer Tilly was spotted attending Absinthe at Caesars Palace. Following the performance, Tilly met with cast .

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Jennifer Tilly
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Britney Spear's manager, Larry Rudolph, dined at Michael and Jenna Morton's newest restaurant and celebrity hotspot CRUSH eat, drink, love at MGM Grand.

Thursday, May 29...

Las Vegas favorite DJ Vice to manned the decks Hakkasan Nightclub at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino for an unforgettable Hakkasan Thursdays affair.

Chart-topping artist Tyrone Griffin, better known as Ty Dolla Sign, also made a surprise appearance and took over the fourth level hot spot for a live performance as renowned rapper, producer and actor Busta Rhymes appeared in the DJ booth.

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Busta Rhymes
Photo credit: Brenton Ho of Powers Imagery, LLC.

DJ Vice Hakkasan Nightclub Hakkasan Thursdays
DJ Vice
Photo credit: Brenton Ho of Powers Imagery, LLC.

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Ty Dolla Sign
Photo credit: Brenton Ho of Powers Imagery, LLC.