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Tommy Wind's MAGIC PALACE Debuts on the Las Vegas Strip

Tommy Wind celebrated the Grand Opening of his Magic Palace, a Performers Lounge Nightclub at the Tommy Wind Theatre and Event Center,  3765 Las Vegas Blvd., on Monday night, July 8. Combining his love for music and magic, the young magician created the venue as a place where local and international magicians and performers from the industry can showcase there talents and acts.

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Tommy Wind and his fiancee, beverage director/performer Stacey Marie Jackson
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Acting as co-hosts were Tommy Wind and his fiancee, beverage director/performer Stacey Marie Jackson. The pair appeared on stage to introduce the lineup of performers that included magicians Luna Shimada, Bizarro, Rob Anderson, Doug Arkell, Arianne Black, Jungle Josh, Michael Howell, Pres. Clinton lookalike Timothy Smallwood, comedienne Penny Wiggins and dancing duo Elaine and Jason, who performed a Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers-like routine.

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Aerialist performers
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Luna Shimada
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Rob Anderson
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Dancing duo Elaine and Jason
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Doug Arkell
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Arianne Black
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Jungle Josh
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Michael Howell
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Penny Wiggins
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Timothy Smallwood
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Among the notable local entertainers that showed up in support of the opening were Zowie Bowie's Chris Phillips and electric violinist Lydia Ansel, dancer/choreographer Jennifer Romas, Tropicana headliner/comedy magician Murray SawChuck and magician Mark Bennick.

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Tommy Wind, Stacey Marie Jackson and magician Murray Sawchuck
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Violinist Lydia Ansel and dancer/choreographer Jennifer Romas
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The 21,000sq. ft. venue features a main stage, seating for more than 500, a parlor venue "The Gem" that seats over 50 people, close up magic stations, 4 bars and a patio balcony overlooking the Las Vegas Strip. After the show the venue turns into a nightclub with Go-Go Dancers, a live DJ spinning the music as guests enjoy libations from a huge drink selection and VIP bottle service available in 40 newly renovated VIP booths.

The Magic Palace is open to the general public. Admission is FREE but guests must be at least 21 years of age.  Dress code is business casual.

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

To acknowledge not only his current success and achievement, but also his commitment to the city’s globally recognized nightlife scene, VICTOR DRAI was awarded the highest honor in nightlife during his INDUCTION INTO THE OFFICIAL NIGHTCLUB HALL OF FAME, as part of a special ceremony on July 8th, 2014 at the newly opened Drai’s Nightclub and Beach Club at the Cromwell.

Victor Drai created the concept of a late night party with the original opening of his After Hours nightclub more than 15 years ago, and today he is a triple threat on the busiest corners of the Las Vegas Strip.  In just the past month, Drai has proven to be a visionary that delivers, and has opened an unprecedented three new venues, including: Drai's Beach Club/Nightclub, Liason Nightclub (the only gay nightclub set in a casino on the Las Vegas Strip) and the return of his famed late night/early morning venue, Drai's After Hours. In a city that has become known as the entertainment and nightlife capitol of the world, Drai has transformed the scene with his unique vision, style and innovation.

CARMINE'S NYC's FAMILY STYLE RESTAURANT IN THE FORUM SHOPS AT CAESARS toasts to one year in Sin City during the entire month of July by inviting Las Vegas locals and visitors to join in the party for their first anniversary.  After 365 days of dishing out family-style feasts for birthdays, weddings, conventions and more, the West Coast incarnation of the iconic New York eatery is celebrating with exclusive offers, events and bubbly.

In appreciation of Las Vegas residents, every 21 and over local guest will receive a complimentary glass of Prosecco with purchase and valid Nevada I.D. to toast to Carmine’s throughout the anniversary month. July is National Ice Cream month and Carmine’s is honoring the sweet-tooth occasion by offering a petite version of the colossal-sized Titanic, properly named The Tugboat all month long. The ice cream sundae features a chocolate tart, vanilla ice cream, hot fudge and chopped fruit.

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Portobello Mushrooms prepared gluten free
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Spaghetti and Meatballs
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Rigatoni Broccoli dish
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Eggplant Parmigiana
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Chicken Marsala
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Chicken Scarpariello prepared gluten free
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Porterhouse Steak
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Bread Pudding
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Perfect for large groups, the 27,000 square-foot restaurant features nine private dining rooms. With more than 750 seats, Carmine’s is readily equipped to accommodate last minute reservations for crowds of any size or occasion including convention goers, wedding rehearsals and birthday parties. The Italian eatery also features gluten free, vegetarian and vegan menus for guests with dietary restrictions.

The restaurant is open Sunday – Thursday from 11 am – 11 pm and Friday –Saturday from 11 am – midnight.

DOUBLE BARREL ROADHOUSE, Vegas’ wild strip-side hotspot located within Monte Carlo Resort & Casino's new plaza, will host a special performance by Las Vegas rock band ADELITAS WAY, Friday, July 11 at 10:30 p.m. General admission tickets can be purchased at the door for $18. For $50, guests 21 years of age and older can enjoy entry to the show and access to a hosted bar, that includes unlimited draft beers and well drinks, from 9 –11:30 p.m. Guests must be 18 years of age or older with a valid I.D.

THE NEVADA CHILDHOOD CANCER FOUNDATION will hold its 18th annual CAMP CARTWHEEL SUMMER CAMP for critically ill children and their siblings July 16 – 19 and 22 – 26 at the Torino Ranch. The event is a medically supervised, outdoor and overnight camp experience for children diagnosed with cancer, or other life- threatening illnesses. Camp Cartwheel includes four fun-filled days of swimming, scuba diving, arts and crafts, canoeing, outdoor games and more. The Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation’s staff and volunteers provide more than195 campers, ages five through 17, the chance to form positive peer relationships, develop greater independence and self-esteem, and have the opportunity to feel like a healthy child. Children attending Camp Cartwheel are given a cost-free camp experience thanks to local donations from businesses, community leaders, caring individuals and other generous supporters. For more information on Camp Cartwheel, please call the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation at 702-735-8434 or visit

On Thursday, July 17, from 6-9 p.m., the AMANDA HARRIS GALLERY OF CONTEMPORARY ART, 900 S. Las Vegas Blvd. #150, will host a video presentation of select performances from acclaimed Cuban contemporary artist ANGEL DELGADO's career. As part of the event, Delgado will also discuss his inspiration and commitment to performance art with the attendees. Delgado’s “Constancy” exhibit opened last month at the Amanda Harris Gallery. 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.

NIA SANCHEZ, the newly crowned Miss USA 2014, will host NATIONAL LOLLIPOP DAY BENEFITING THE SHADE TREE AT SUGAR FACTORY TOWN SQUARE on Sunday, July 20. Sanchez will sign autographs and take photographs with fans from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. She is the first Nevada beauty queen in history to win the Miss USA crown. The event will be part of Sanchez’s official Las Vegas homecoming celebration. Miss Nevada Teen USA 2014 Alexa Taylor will also make an appearance to support Sanchez.  Sugar Factory will donate 50 percent of all Couture Pops sold at Sugar Factory Town Square on National Lollipop Day to The Shade Tree Las Vegas, the only 24-hour accessible shelter specifically to meet the needs of women, children, and their pets in Southern Nevada. Sanchez, who once lived in a woman’s shelter with her mother, is an advocate for the organization. Sugar Factory will also sell its signature Couture Pops at 50 percent off throughout the day, both in-store and online.

Fans of the hit NBC show, “The Voice”, can finally see their favorite contestants live as the season’s talented top Finalists and favorite past stars hit the road on a huge summer tour.  The highly anticipated THE VOICE 2014 SUMMER TOUR  will make a stop at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Friday, July 25. Heading the tour is this season’s winner, Josh Kaufman, runner up, Christina Grimmie and Jake Worthington who came in third. Jake Barker will also be joining the lineup along with Jamaica native and Season 5 champ, Tessanne Chin, soul-pop teen artist, and runner up, Jacquie Lee and vocal powerhouse/family man, Will Champlin, and Dia Frampton, a Team Blake favorite, from Season One. Tickets, starting at $45 (plus applicable service fees), can be purchased at the Hard Rock Hotel Box Office.

VIVA VERACRUZ! THE SHOW, the story of a traveler’s walk through the legends and colorful history of Veracruz, Mexico, will make its American premiere at the PH Showroom inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Monday, July 28.

Westgate Resorts has acquired the LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino as the newest addition to its portfolio of 28 resorts. Located on 3000 Paradise Road, just one block off the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center,  the property was formerly known as the Las Vegas Hilton and will be renamed WESTGATE LAS VEGAS RESORT & CASINO. The LVH is a landmark property that, at one time, was the largest hotel in the world and was home to such legendary greats as Elvis Presley and Liberace during Vegas’s golden age.

Celebrity Sightings:

Sunday, July 6...

In the afternoon, UFC legend, Chuck Liddell, along with his wife and children, went candy shopping at Sugar Factory American Brasserie at Town Square.  Later, they dined at Sugar Factory American Brasserie at Paris Hotel Casino and Resort.

Chuck Liddell and family enjoy the King Kong Sundae at Sugar Factory American Brasserie in the Paris Hotel
Chuck Liddell and family
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Grammy award-nominated producer and rapper DJ Khaled was spotted at TAO Asian Bistro on Sunday evening.

Saturday, July 5...

At TAO Beach, provocative nightlife photographer, Kirill Was Here, returned with the latest installment of his exclusive Las RAGEous residency. Kirill took his untamed antics and signature champagne facials poolside for the afternoon while DJ Politik set the soundtrack for the daytime party.

Also at TAO Beach, Grammy-award nominated DJ, producer and rapper DJ Khaled was spotted in a VIP cabana with friends.

Saturday evening, actor Wilmer Valderrama and pop singer Demi Lovato dined at TAO Asian Bistro. The couple was joined by friends, including UFC fighter “Suga” Rashad Evans.

Later that night, DJ Khaled headlined the night and manned the DJ decks with a special set at TAO Nightclub.

Spotted enjoying Khaled’s DJ set from a VIP table was undefeated boxing champ Floyd Mayweather. Joining him was Houston Rockets’ power forward Terrence Jones, Portland Trail Blazers forward Thomas Robinson and Oklahoma City Thunder forward and reigning league MVP Kevin Durant.

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Wilmer Valderrama, Demi Lovato and Rashad Evans
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Cleveland Browns’ quarterback Johnny Manziel, "Johnny Football," extended his offseason Fourth of July celebrations at XS nightclub surrounded by friends as DJ Steve Angello spun the music.

World-renowned fighters, Ian “Uncle Creepy” McCall and Francisco “Cisco” Rivera hosted the UFC 175 viewing party at Crazy Horse III.  The top ranking champions watched the middleweight title fight with anticipation as reigning champion, Chris “The All-American” Weidman and former UFC light heavyweight champion, Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida fought it out.

Friday afternoon, July 4...

Khloe Kardashian kicked off her Las Vegas birthday celebrations at TAO Beach with her boyfriend, rapper French Montana and a large group of friends.

That evening, Khloe celebrated her 30th birthday with dinner at TAO. Joined again by French Montana and friends Malika Haqq and her twin sister Khadijah Haqq McCray.  Once inside the restaurant, R&B crooner Miguel and girlfriend Nazanin Mandi joined the group.

After dinner, the entire crew headed upstairs to TAO Nightclub and took over a VIP table on the dance floor where Khloe was surprised with a four-tier custom cake presented by two showgirls and an Elvis impersonator.

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Khadijah Haqq McCray, Khloe Kardashian and Malika Haqq at TAO
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Nazanin Mandi Miguel Khloe Kardashian and French Montana at TAO
Nazanin Mandi, Miguel, Khloe Kardashian and French Montana at TAO
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Khloe Kardashian with TAO 30th Birthday Cake
Khloe Kardashian, Elvis impersonator and showgirl
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Also spotted at TAO was mixed martial artist Georges St-Pierre. The UFC welterweight world champion enjoyed the sounds of DJ Eric D-Lux from a VIP table with friends.

Professional poker player Chris Moorman attended ABSINTHE and met with cast for a photo following the show.

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Chris Moorman with the ladies of ABSINTHE
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In the afternoon, American actress and producer, Vivica A. Fox, dined at TREVI Italian Restaurant inside The Forum Shops at Caesars with two friends.

At night, World-renowned Brazilian fighters Junior dos Santos, Glover Teixeira and Renan Barão hosted the UFC Brazilian Party at Rockhouse as part of the hot spot’s 2014 UFC International Fight Week celebration. Octagon girls Jhenny Andrade and Camila Oliveira also made appearances to greet fans and join in the Fight Week festivities.

Renan Barao and Junior dos Santos at Rockhouse
Renan Barão and Junior dos Santos
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Glover Teixeira rides Rockhouses mechanical bull
Glover Teixeira rides the Rockhoue's mechanical bull
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Junior dos Santos signs Rockhouse Wall of Fame
Junior dos Santos signs the Rockhouse wall
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Octagon Girl Jhenny Andrade signing autographs at Rockhouse
Octagon girl Jhenny Andrade
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Wednesday night, July 2...

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Fighter Rashad Evans attended Absinthe at Caesars Palace. Following the performance, Evans met with the cast for a photo.

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Rashad Evans with the cast of ABSINTHE
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Champion UFC middleweight fighter Luke Rockhold hosted a meet-and-greet party at PBR Rock Bar & Grill as part of the hot spot’s 2014 UFC International Fight Week celebration. Luke Barnatt, a fellow middleweight fighter from England, also stopped by the Strip-side party spot to greet fans and join in the Fight Week festivities.

Luke Rockhold and Luke Barnatt at PBR Rock Bar
Luke Rockhold and Luke Barnatt
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Luke Rockhold rides the bull at PBR Rock Bar
Luke Rockhold rides the bull at PBR
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