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Top Salon Teams Compete for Global Beauty Master at 2014 Battle of the Strands

It was a hair raising (meant in an awesome way) experience inside the Silverton Hotel's Veil Theater on Monday, October 6, as six winning salon teams from around the world, including Jamaica, United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Mexico, competed for the title of the Global Beauty Master at Battle of the Strands 2014. This World Cup of Beauty is the most extreme hair, makeup and wardrobe competition of all time showcasing an amazing array of  innovative, creative and artistic fantasy designs.

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Woody and Amy Mishleb
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Co-hosts for the live presentation was husband and wife team of Woody and Amy Mishleb, Creative Director and National Training Directors for Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas, owners of Woody Michleb Product. Among the highly respected industry insiders that participated as judges for the live competition were award-winning photographer Babak, Vidal Sassoon’s Creative Director Dusan Grant, Los Angeles-based freelance stylist Diana Schmidtke, and Cycle 14 winner of “America’s Next Top Model” Krista White.

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The judges for the competition
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

The competition featured statuesque models parading across the stage in each of their team's best eye popping colorful costumes, stunning makeup and nails and, of course, most imaginative, avant garde hair designs that incorporate different textures and materials with the model's real hair, that drew oohs and ahs from everyone in the room including the judges.  Choosing the winner was a difficult decision for the esteemed panel of judges since every amazingly talented salon team offered up winning creations, each as equally dazzling as the next.  Yet, after the judges deliberated, the Wanda Montes Squad from Puerto Rico walked away with the title of 2014 Global Beauty Master that included $100,000 worth of prizes and $10,000 in cash.

The Six Salon Team Finalists Designs

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Canada's Salon Collage team creation
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Jamaica's salon team design
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People's Choice Award Winner USA's Red Door Spa team creation
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Puerto Rico's Wanda Montes Squad creation
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Colorado's Hair Love Magic team creation
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Mexico's She Hiar Care Salon team creation
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Other team design creations

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Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

During the competition the audience was encouraged to text their choice for the People Choice Award with the winner eventually announced as Red Door Spa from the U.S.A.

Live entertainment was provided by rising pop star Manika and rock string quartet Bella Electric Strings with a cappella group Mosaic appearing on video.

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Bella Strings
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Battle of the Strands was LIVE STREAMED to 660 plus theaters nationwide through Fathom Events and will air on the Discovery Fit and Health Network as a four part docu-series titled "Global Beauty Masters".

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Global Beauty Master Winner: Wanda Montes Squad from Puerto Rico
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Flamingo Las Vegas Headliner Olivia Newton-John Lights the High Roller Pink with the Chippendales and Breast Cancer “Thrivers”

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, on Monday night, October 6, Flamingo Las Vegas headliner and breast cancer “thriver” OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN ceremoniously lit the High Roller – the world’s tallest observation wheel – pink for the night. Olivia was joined by the Chippendales from Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, donning special pink cuffs and collars. Fellow breast cancer survivors, who she refers to as “thrivers,” joined her at The LINQ Promenade to help spread awareness and ride the High Roller.

Olivia Newton-John
Photo credit: Denise Truscello

Olivia Newton-John with Chippendales
Photo credit: Denise Truscello

Olivia Newton-John with cancer survivors
Photo credit: Denise Truscello

Olivia Newton-John in front of the High Roller lit up in pink
Photo credit: Denise Truscello

Olivia is currently performing her “Summer Nights” residency at Flamingo Las Vegas, where a portion of every ticket sold is given back to the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre (ONJCWC). In 1992, Olivia was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her personal triumph against cancer led her to announce her partnership with Austin Health and the creation of the ONJCWC in her hometown of Melbourne, Australia. After nearly ten years of fundraising close to $200 million, the ONJCWC opened its doors in 2012. The ONJCWC provides a comprehensive range of services and facilities for cancer treatment, education, training and research as well as a dedicated wellness center. For more information on ONJCWC, please visit:

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

Vocal impressionist VERONIC DICAIRE recently met with “Lend Your Voice” charity KEEP MEMORY ALIVE, supporting the mission of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, to donate funds raised during her August campaign. Throughout the month, Véronic raised $1,792 for Keep Memory Alive by encouraging audience donations during her show, VÉRONIC Voices at the Jubilee Theater at Bally’s Las Vegas.

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Justin Schmiedel, Dr. Jeffrey Cummings, Veronic DiCaire, Dr. Donna Munic-Miller, and Dawn Russi
Photo credit: Al Powers/Powers Imagery

The dynamic cast of LEGENDS IN CONCERT, Las Vegas’ longest-running live tribute show at Flamingo Las Vegas, introduced BARBRA STREISAND to its cast of award-winning tribute artists on Monday, Sept. 29.  Through the end of the year, the talented SHARON OWENS will honor the legendary Barbra Streisand with her uncanny resemblance and breathtaking vocal range of three full octaves. The current cast has a range of music legends, from contemporary pop stars to classic icons. With 11 performances every week in the Donny & Marie Showroom, guests will be able to watch the stars align with show times including:  Sunday and Monday at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Tuesday at 9:30 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Sharon Owens as Barbara Streisand
Sharon Owens as Barbra Streisand
Photo credit Gaylin Addis

Recognized worldwide as a leader in luxury hospitality, BELLAGIO has begun the remodel of all 403 suites in the resort’s main tower. This marks the final phase of an approximately $165 million investment into the newly designed rooms and suites that began in 2011. After redesigning 2,568 Resort Rooms in the Bellagio Tower in 2011, the AAA Five Diamond resort followed up with a remodel of all 928 Resort Rooms and suites in its Spa Tower in 2012. The completion of the remaining suites in the Bellagio Tower is expected by February 2015.

In celebration of 15 years in Las Vegas, MADAME TUSSAUDS LAS VEGAS (located at the Venetian) is offering $15 tickets to Nevada locals from now until December 31. Locals must present valid Nevada I.D. at our box office upon pick-up. One I.D. for up to 8 guests.

Every Tuesday between now and November 25 POT LIQUOR CAS AT TOWN SQUARE, a new restaurant serving authentic southern style barbeque with a contemporary twist, is offering 25 percent off of all menu items between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m.

CAESARS ENTERTAINMENT was recently honored with three awards at the GLOBAL GAMING EXPO'S CASINO ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS CEREMONY on Oct.1, 2014 in Las Vegas.  Of the nine award categories, Caesars Entertainment was nominated in five categories and took home three awards, including JEFF DUNHAM for “Casino Entertainer of the Year,” who performed at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in June, and will launch his residency show, “JEFF DUNHAM: Not Playing with a Full Deck” at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Nov. 28, 2014. The COLOSSEUM at Caesars Palace, home to the world’s greatest entertainers including Elton John, Rod Stewart and Shania Twain, was named “Casino Arena/Amphitheater of the Year.” Additionally, recognized as the “CASINO ENTERTAINMENT EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR” was KURT MELIEN, the company’s Vice President of Entertainment who is responsible for, among many other successes, bringing one of pop music’s biggest superstars, Britney Spears, to Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino for her Las Vegas residency show, “Britney: Piece of Me.”

Comedian BOB ZANY headlines at the LAUGH FACTORY inside the New Tropicana Hotel Oct. 6-12. Assisting Zany is award winning comedienne Felicia Michaels and hosting the evening is Las Vegas resident, comedian Penny Prince. Show times are 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., nightly. Tickets are priced at $34.95 and $44.95.

SHAGGY CHIC, the luxury, natural and eco-friendly dog salon and boutique at Tivoli Village, has expanded its retail offerings to Downtown Summerlin.  Shaggy Chic Treat Boutique at Downtown Summerlin opened Thursday, Oct. 9 at 10 a.m., offering an expanded selection of its popular retail items, including a cookie bar with more than two dozen varieties of delicious and easily digestible biscuits that are oven-baked and made with human-grade, wholesome ingredients. The store will also carry a full selection of fashionable leashes, collars and clothing and Shaggy Chic salon’s signature paraben-free shampoos, conditioners, detangler and fur fresh that are developed for a dog’s health, happiness and comfort.

To celebrate Downtown Summerlin’s GRAND OPENING, the Shaggy Chic Treat Boutique will DONATE 10 PER CENT OF ALL SALES from Oct. 9 through Oct. 12 TO THE SHAGGY CHIC FOUNDATION, which supports local rescue organizations seeking to save abandoned pets, promote pet adoptions and provide necessary medical care.
To commemorate its  15 YEAR ANNIVERSARY, RAMPART CASINO (221 N. Rampart Blvd)  will be hosting  a special champagne and cake-cutting ceremony on Friday, Oct. 10. Led by General Manager Michael Gaughan, Jr., a group of casino executives will toast to the milestone by passing out flutes of champagne and pieces of cake to its guests and loyal players.
In celebration of Oktoberfest, at 6:30 p.m on Friday, October 10,  Paris Las Vegas headliner ANTHONY COOLS will tap the keg and kick off the weekend’s festivities at Hofbräuhaus ( 4510 Paradise Road). Then on Saturday, October 11 at 7 p.m.,  Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist NORM CLARKE performs the honorary Bürgermeister duties  to keep the Oktoberfestbier steins full!

On behalf of 20th Century Fox and the new 3D animated film, THE BOOK OF LIFE, families are invited to attend THE BOOK OF LIFE HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL  Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 12 noon to 3 p.m at  the Fashion Show Mall's Exterior Plaza , 3200 Las Vegas Blvd S.  This FREE event will include fun activities such as face painting, a photo booth, cookie decorating, balloon twisting, free food, arts and craft activities, and much, much more!  Kids (and parents!) are also encouraged to come dressed up to trick-or-treat throughout the carnival! All who arrive in costume will be eligible to win BIG raffle prizes such as a Kindle, bike, game system, gift cards, and tickets to see The Book of Life.  THE BOOK OF LIFE is in theaters nationwide starting Friday, October 17, 2014.

On Sunday, Oct. 12,  WORLD FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS PRESENTS WFC 29 “DOWNTOWN BEATDOWN” AT THE DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS EVENTS CENTER.  As DLV’s first live sporting event, Downtown Beatdown will pit top amateur MMA fighters from Las Vegas and the surrounding region against each other at the new open-air concert and events venue.  Downtown Beatdown’s headlining fight will put undefeated local stars Rob Jimenez and Cory Hall head-to-head for the 170 lbs Amateur World Title. Thirteen total fights pack the card, which features top local fighters including several talented up-and-comers. Undefeated local phenomenon Jason Pacheco is matched against Chuck Brand in his WFC debut while WFC veteran Cody Monsalve will face off against Alex Hansen at 165 lbs. Additional fighters include Erik Perez, Vladimir Martinez, Farley Thomas, John Buttner, Jake Gillman, Juan Torres, PJ Reyna, Vance Elrod, Trevor Wells, and Raji Swidan. Doors open at 6 p.m. and fights will commence at 7 p.m. Tickets for WFC 29 begin at $30.

International pinup model and judge on Oxygen's "Best Ink" SABINA KELLEY will join the cast of Las Vegas' newest show, LIMELIGHT, a high-octane mix of burlesque and vaudeville, for one weekend only Thursday, Oct. 16 through Sunday, Oct. 18 at The Plaza Hotel & Casino in downtown Las Vegas. LIMELIGHT is now playing a limited engagement at The Plaza Hotel & Casino downtown through Nov. 1, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m. Tickets are $30, exclusive of taxes or fees, or $40 VIP with priority seating and a meet and greet with the cast.

ALIANTE CASINO HOTEL AND SPA (located at Aliante Parkway and Interstate 215) will host A COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17, in response to an imminent need for blood donations in Southern Nevada. United Blood Services will be on hand inside the Sedona Ballroom to facilitate safe and convenient blood donations for residents 17 years of age or older. Aliante encourages all applicable persons to donate and refreshments and prizes will be offered for each participant. In addition, each donor will be entered for the chance to win a $500 Visa gift card.

Comedy-magician MAC KING will perform at the 13th annual VEGAS VALLEY BOOK FESTIVAL on Saturday, Oct. 18 to celebrate reading and literacy. The Vegas Valley Book Festival will take place at the Historic Fifth St. School, located at 401 S. Fourth St. in downtown Las Vegas.

In representation of Mac King’s Magical Literacy Tour, King will celebrate reading and literacy by taking photos with event-goers and doing an autograph signing, as well as performing in the Storytelling Tent. Additionally, children and adults alike are invited to King’s booth where books and other merchandise from his award-winning show at Harrah’s Las Vegas will be available. At the festival, King’s schedule for appearances is: 12:05 p.m. to 12:35 p.m. - Storytelling Tent, 12:45 p.m. to 1:35 p.m. - Autograph Signing, 1:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. - Stage Performance

Attendees are encouraged to donate new or gently used children’s books at King’s booth, kicking off King’s annual book drive. Attendees have the choice to donate three new or gently used books to receive two passes to The Mac King Comedy Magic Show, or five new or gently used books to receive four passes to The Mac King Comedy Magic Show.

To conclude Mac King’s “Why Reading is Magical” essay contest, three winning fifth-grade students will join King on stage to read their essays.

INTERNATIONAL HOUSE OF BLUES FOUNDATION has awarded  a $2,496.35 grant in support of William E. Orr Middle School's marching band as part of the 2014 ACTION FOR THE ARTS GRANTS. The school will receive their new instruments and equipment on Thursday, Oct. 23 at 2:30 p.m. Orr will receive two alto saxophones and various jazz equipment to allow more students the chance to practice and lead to more opportunities for the community.  Additional schools and organizations in the Las Vegas area receiving Action for the Arts grants include: After-School All-Stars, Canyon Springs High School band, Fremont Middle School Orchestra, Girls Rock Vegas, Mariachi Azul and NyE Communities Coalition.

Once again converting a sprawling city landscape into festival grounds, LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL reveals the 15 city blocks it will secure and incorporate into its music, food, art and learning 3  day event on October 24-26 in Downtown Las Vegas.

With the cooperation of The City of Las Vegas and Downtown Project, the Life is Beautiful perimeter will create an “L-shape” footprint incorporating street blocks from Las Vegas Boulevard to 10th Street, and Carson Avenue to Mesquite Ave. More than 25 businesses within the footprint, comprising of many new operations that have opened to the public since last year’s festival such as the Container Park, will be programmed with events and activations.
Life is Beautiful is an inspirational company dedicated to helping people conquer their fears and chase their dreams. Its signature project, the Life is Beautiful Festival was founded in 2013 and launched in October of that same year as a highly successful lifestyle event featuring marquee musicians, chefs, artists and speakers.

Up-and-coming country music singer/songwriter COLE SWINDELL will perform for one night only at Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que on Monday, October 27 at 9 p.m.There is NO COVER CHARGE to attend the performance.

On Saturday Nov. 8, the children of some of the biggest names in entertainment will come together for a special history-making performance at the M Resort Spa Casino. AN EVENING WITH THE NEXT GENERATION will showcase the extraordinary musical talents of Ricci Martin, son of Dean Martin, Lorna Luft, daughter of Judy Garland, Lena Prima, daughter of Louis Prima, and Steve March-Torme, son of Mel Torme, as they celebrate their legendary parents. Anthony Lewis, son of comedian legend Jerry Lewis, will host the event as the Master of Ceremonies.

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Lorna Luft
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“We are incredibly excited about getting everyone together for this rare performance,” says Anthony Lewis. “Through incredible music, audiences will get to experience a rare glimpse into the lives of these iconic legends as told through the eyes of their kin. It will be a musical phenomenon, unlike anything we’ve ever done before.”
Tickets are priced at $29.99 and $34.99 plus taxes and fees. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and doors open at 6 p.m.

Celebrity sightings:

Thursday night, October 9...

Grammy award-winning rapper Nelly hosted the latest installment of Worship Thursdays at TAO Nightclub.

Nelly Performs at TAO
Photo credit: Al Powers, Powers Imagery

Saturday, Oct 4...

Rich Redmond, the current drummer for award-winning country artist Jason Aldean, and Jon Hull, Aldean’s drum-tech, were spotted checking out Blue Man Group at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino. Following the show, the musicians went backstage for a private VIP meet-and-greet with cast members.

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Photo courtesy of Blue Man Group

The Oktoberfest celebration raged on during the weekend at Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas!

Star of HISTORY’s “Pawn Satrs” and “Pawnography,” Rick Harrison, was welcomed by a large and boisterous crowd. Rick graciously spent time talking and taking photos with fans of all ages. A woman from the armed services had just returned from a tour of duty the previous day and came to Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas specifically to meet Rick and get a photo with him.

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Rick Harrison (left)
Photo courtesy of Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas

Friday, Oct. 3...

Chippendales® dancers James Davis and Ryan Stuart were greeted to cheers from fans dressed in® fan-wear at The Oktoberfest celebration at Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas.

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Chippendales® dancers James Davis and Ryan Stuart
Photo courtesy of Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas

Rap artist Sen Dog (aka Senen Reyes) of Cypress Hill and resident "Pet Pro" on “America Now” Luciano Aguilar were spotted checking out Blue Man Group at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino. The two were joined by family and friends. Following the show, the group went backstage for a private VIP meet-and-greet with cast members.

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Rap artist Sen Dog (aka Senen Reyes) of Cypress Hill and resident "Pet Pro" on “America Now” Luciano Aguilar
Photo credit: Blue Man Group

Matt Greene, a professional ice hockey defenseman for the Los Angeles Kings, stopped by Michael and Jenna Morton's hotspot CRUSH eat, drink, love at MGM Grand.

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Matt Greene (left)
Photo courtesy of CRUSH

NHL player and current captain of the Colorado Avalanche Gabriel Landeskog was spotted dining at LAVO Italian Restaurant.

Extra! host Mario Lopez and his wife Courtney Mazza Lopez celebrated their respective birthdays and the launch of his new book, "Just Between Us,” in high style at Andrea’s restaurant and XS nightclub in Encore at Wynn Las Vegas.

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Extra! host Mario Lopez and his wife Courtney Mazza Lopez
Photo credit: Karl Larson

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Extra! host Mario Lopez and his wife Courtney Mazza Lopez at XS Nightclub
Photo credit: Danny Mahoney/XS Nightclub