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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

October edition of 'Mondays Dark with Mark Shunock' Fundraiser Celebrates 'Women Who Rock'

The October edition of “Mondays Dark with Mark Shunock”  took place on Monday, October 13th, at 8:30 p.m. at Vinyl inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

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Mark Shunock
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

The theme and title of this month's show was “Women Who Rock,”  and featured a lineup of some of Las Vegas' most talented singers that rocked the house with their own amazing rendition of a hit song by one of rock music's female superstars such as Pat Benatar, Joan Jett, Stevie Nicks, Gwen Stefani, the late great Janis Joplin and others.  Performers included Gretchen Bonaduce, Savannah Smith, Rockie Brown, Justin Mortelitti, Jaime Lynch, Valerie Mikita Ojeda, Becca Kotte, Jason Charles Miller,  Jessinia Paz, Nieve Malandra, Justin Mortelitti, Cheryl Daro, and Stephanie Calvert.

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Cheryl Daro
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Becca Kotte
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Gretchen Bonaduce
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Jamie Lynch Thompson
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Justin Mortelliti
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Larry Atello
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Lisa Marie Smith
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Nieve Malandra
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Rockie Brown
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Savannah Smith
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Stephanie Calvert
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Jason Charles Miller
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Valerie Mikita Ojeda
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Arsenal band members Chris Cicchino, Andy Gerold and Dan Grennes
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Jassen Allen Cropp and Phillip Drennen
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Joy Schafer, Cheryl Daro and Hannah Dorfman
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Mondays Dark board members Bob and BettyAnn Golden
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Music accompaniment was provided by the band Arsenal from Rock of Ages with Kenny Davidsen on keyboards and back up vocals by Jassen Allen Cropp and Phillip Drennen.

Following the success of last month’s “Gone Country” night, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, 100 percent of the ticket proceeds, auction items and “Boobies Rock” t- shirt sales  from the October show benefited The Healing Curve, a nonprofit initiative which provides reconstructive surgery for mastectomy patients.

Red Carpet Arrivals

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'America Idol' runner up Blake Lewis
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Alicia Perrone and Victor James of electro pop dance band 'Fans of Jimmy Century'
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Scot McKinley, Gary Motykie and Brent Fitz
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'Pin Up' star Claire Sinclair
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Eric Jordan Young
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Gary Motykie, Tabitha Stevens and Scot McKinley
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Jamie Lynch Thompson and Shaun Saunders
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John Payne and Gabriella Rose Lamboy
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Lauren Boyd, Trevor Krahl, Shannon Mills, and Jenny Florkowski
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DJ Liz Clark, John Katsilometes, and Jamie Lynch Thompson
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Mark Sartain, Tabitha Stevens, Mark Shunock, and Tiffany Masters
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Monroe Valentino
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Scot McKinley and Nuzzo Anthony
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Patrick and Mariah Rivera
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Paul Johnson
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Scot McKinley, Gary Motykie, Jake Hattan, and Kevin Motykie
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Troy and Yesi Burgess
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Vin Armani and Scot McKinley
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Next month’s theme is ‘One Hit Wonders’ to benefit Vegas Shepherd Rescue, whose mission is to provide lost, unwanted and homeless German Shepherds a safe and loving environment while they rest and recuperate with needed medical treatments and/or training while being rehabilitated to the point where they can be placed in forever homes.”

CASA Foundation 24th Annual Recognition Gala at the Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino

On Saturday, Oct. 11, hundreds of volunteers, advocates and supporters joined CASA Foundation of Las Vegas for the 24th Annual Recognition Gala at the Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino. Guests and honorees enjoyed a spectacular evening of appreciation and gratitude for those who dedicate time and resources to benefit children in foster care in Clark County.

The evening began at 5:30 p.m. with guests socializing and placing bids on an abundance of generously donated items that included a weekend stay in Brianhead, Vdara Spa weekend getaway, Tory Burch merchandise and jewelry.

Following an exceptional performance by The Carnell Upchurch Band, the main program began with a heartfelt welcome from Nancy Myster, CASA Foundation of Las Vegas President. Myster thanked all of the gala attendees and volunteers for their time, dedication and hard work over the last year; giving a special nod to the major event sponsors, Wirtz Beverage, Wells Fargo, Las Vegas Sands Corp., and the Adelson Family.

Former long-time Las Vegas news anchor Gary Waddell, Master of Ceremonies explained the awards being presented, ensuring each recipient received their individual recognition. The  award winners in each category are as follows:
Judge John F. Mendoza CASA Child of the Year: Ryan Matt
Adelson Scholarship 2014: Jai McClean
Child Advocate of the Year 2014: Honorable Frank P. Sullivan
President’s Award: Barbara Grove, Square Salon
 CASA Outstanding Case Worker: Kellene Martin
CASA Outstanding Newcomers:  Roxanne Kautz, Daphnee Legarza, Sherri Nestmann, John Staten, Mylers Thompson
CASA Outstanding Service Awards, David Clark, Michael DeJoy, John Kane, Stacie Michman-Roch, Politimi Zondiros
CASA Excellence Award: Jack Breen

Ryan Matt and Jack Breen – CASA Child of the Year and CASA Volunteer Excellence Award
Photo credit: Brian Janis

Nancy Myster and Gary Waddell
Photo credit: Brian Janis

Barb Grove – President’s Award Winner
Photo credit: Brian Janis

Jai McClean 2014 Adelson Scholarship Recipient
Photo credit: Brian Janis

Judge Sullivan – Child Advocate of the Year
Photo credit: Brian Janis

As the award portion of the evening came to an end right before 9:00 p.m, Nancy Myster took the stage once again to thank the gala attendees and honorees for their generosity and support not only for that evening, but throughout the year.

Olivia Newton John Makes Special Appearance at Summerlin Hospital

World renowned singer/actress, Las Vegas resident headliner and breast cancer survivor, Olivia Newton John was the special guest speaker at an event titled “Mammos and Mimosas” that took place at Summerlin Hospital's Outpatient lobby on Saturday morning, October 11 in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

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Cancer survivors Jeanette Tellison and Olivia Newton-John
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Olivia spoke about her personal experience with breast cancer beginning with a self exam when she detected something was wrong to her personal victory against the disease.  As a staunch advocate for the prevention and early detection of the deadly disease, she encourages women to take an active role in their health. In her mission to help eradicate the desease and save lives, Olivia founded the Cancer Wellness Center in her hometown of Melbourne, Australia and designed the heart shaped, self examination “Live” kit.

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Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Saturday's event was free and open to the public and featured a complimentary breakfast buffet that included bagels, lox and creamcheese, muffins, pastries, assorted fruit, desserts, beverages and of course, mimosas made of orange juice and champagne. Tables were set up against the corridor wall ajacent to the lobby where guests were given free information to learn about breast cancer awareness and prevention, keeping a healthy lifestyle and diet,  alternative therapies for those stricken with the disease, along with a scavenger hunt, raffles, and giveaways that included a free breast examination kit, in hopes of empowering women with the knowledge and resources to combat cancer.  Guest were also given the opportunity to tour the Summerlin Hospital's Breast Cancer Center and check out the latest technology.  It was also important to get the word out for women, especially those over forty, and others with a family history of breast cancer, to get a yearly mammogram screening. According to the American Cancer Society statistics, one in eight women will develop breast cancer intheir lifetime.

Check out the below video to listen to Olivia Newton John's message about Breast Cancer Awareness and Prevention.

Rampart Casino Celebrates 15 year Anniversary

Rampart Casino executives, loyal players and guests commemorated the casino’s 15-year anniversary with a champagne and cake-cutting ceremony on Friday, Oct. 10. Bubbly flowed and guests applauded as General Manager Michael Gaughan, Jr. led the group in a toast to the milestone. Following, excited guests lined up through the casino to partake in the festivities.

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Rampart Casino General Manager Michael Gaughan, Jr. kicks off the celebration
Photo Credit – © Therese Sam / JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort and Rampart Casino

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Rampart Casino exectutives toast the 15 year anniversary
Photo Credit – © Therese Sam / JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort and Rampart Casino

Among the Rampart Casino executives in attendance to celebrate the occasion were Vice President of Marketing Michelle Bacigalupi, Vice President of Finance Lou Capone, Director of Room Operations Anthony Casal, Director of Security Tim Fox, Director of Revenue Strategy Athene Garfield, Director of Table Games Sam Garritano, Director of Slots Dale Hambleton and Director of Food & Beverage Lloyd Wentzell.

This year, Rampart Casino commemorates its 15-year anniversary with its “15 Years of Fun” campaign. Guests can take part in the celebration through the casino’s $100,000 15th Anniversary Giveaway in addition to its $20,000 Red Zone to Riches Pro Football Challenge, hot seat drawings, free slot tournaments, weekly blackjack tournaments and more.

Hartland Mansion Unveils New Renovations and Enhancements

After a three-month, million-dollar renovation, on Tuesday evening October 14,  Larry Hart with sister Linda Hart unveiled the changes and enhancements to the famous Hartland Mansion located at,525 Park Paseo Drive, which included a ribbon-cutting ceremony of the newly installed Toni Hart “Garden of Angels” honoring their late mother.

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Larry and Linda Hart
Photo courtesy of Hartland Mansion

The Garden of Angels features a life-size angel statue and 100 hand-signed ceramic angels positioned at various locations throughout representing 100 individuals who touched Toni Hart’s life. The garden also includes 350 Japanese Boxwood plants, dozens of rose bush plants, night-blooming jasmine, Fuchsia Hibiscus, orange trees, and acacia trees surrounding a Victorian-inspired Gazebo.

For the past 30 years, Hartland Mansion under the founding leadership of Dr. Toni Hart, has been a premier event location playing host to countless weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, social and corporate events and filming.

“With the grand reopening of the Hartland Mansion,” said Larry Hart, project designer for and manager, “I wanted to keep as much of the original design as possible, while redefining the mansion with updated elegance, vibrant color and whimsy.”
Among the hundreds of details to the mansion that have been renovated and restored, a standout is a Christos and Jeanne-Claude-inspired art installation…“The Beauty of Light” featuring 36 crystal chandeliers with 8,900 crystal drops, hung under the porches of the sprawling estate, which in length is 50 feet shy of a football field. Italian wicker and Moroccan tile outdoor furniture and a gilded front door with 19,000 Swarovski Crystals placed one at a time on the head of a crayon add more glamour.

New art installations include: “A Field of Possibilities” mural; an Italian glass mosaic “Life Bubbling Up and Overflowing;” “Birdland Mansion,” a collection of hand-painted primary-colored birdhouses; “Light Comes In All Colors” consisting of nonelectrical Hand-painted, primary-lacquered sconces, which were the original fixtures to the mansion; hand-beaded carousel horses by American folk artist Larry Cardinal; “Hearts Take Flight” featuring hand-painted hearts and butterflies created by the Children of Nevada Children’s Center; and a Joan Miro exhibit.

Although the sprawling historical home has undergone a design overhaul, Hart staunchly abides by his mother’s hallmark philosophy of offering handcrafted events with unwavering attention to detail and an impeccable standard of service. The venue can host up to 180 guests for corporate events, galas and weddings.

At the unveiling of the mansion renovation and ribbon-cutting ceremony, William “Willie” Corbin who for 25 years has been a loyal family friend especially to the late Dr. Toni Hart, valuable volunteer, and part time security at Harland Mansion, was recognized and honored by Larry Hart and his sister Linda who surprised Corbin with a car and plaque. For all those years, Corbin, who lives in North Las Vegas, has taken a two to 2.5-hour bus ride each way to make it to Hartland.

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William 'Willie' Corbin and Robin
Photo courtesy of Hartland Mansion

Neil Diamond and Prince Tribute Shows Join Entertainment Lineup at Westgate

Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino recently added two new entertainment offerings in the Shimmer Cabaret. Neil Diamond: The Tribute starring Rob Garrett as the “King of Diamonds” and the K.O.D. Band and a revamped Purple Reign: THE Prince Tribute Show starring Jason Tenner. 
“Westgate is committed to entertaining audiences with a variety of world-class entertainment options,” said Rick White, Vice President of Entertainment at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. “Both of these amazing and highly-entertaining tribute shows are sure to excite our guests.”

Often referred to as the “King of Diamonds,” Neil Diamond: The Tribute is a spellbinding recreation that makes audience members proud of the portrayal of the legendary superstar. Garrett, known as “America’s #1 Neil Diamond Tribute Artist,” has been performing as Neil Diamond for more than 20 years and has received numerous awards including the “2008/2009 Male Musical Tribute Act of the Year” award presented by the Entertainment Network at the Celebrity Impersonator Convention. Neil Diamond: The Tribute can be seen nightly at 8:30 p.m., dark Monday and Tuesday. Tickets start at $45. Locals can receive 2-for-1 pricing and military personnel can purchase tickets for $19.

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Jason Tenner and Jennifer Romas of Purple Reign: THE Prince Tribute Show
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Rosanna Telford and Rob Garrett of Neil Diamond: The Tribute Show
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Check out Dianne R. Davis’ review of Neil Diamond: The Tribute starring Rob Garrett and her video interview with Rob Garrett in this week's edition of her Views of Vegas column:

Purple Reign: THE Prince Tribute Show is an authentic, high-energy, must-see performance for Prince and live music fans alike. Tenner has been depicting “The Artist” for nearly 20 years and has been recognized as “Best Tribute Act” and most recently was named “Best Impersonator” by the Las Vegas Review-Journal 2014 Best of Las Vegas Readers’ Poll. Tenner has performed as a musical guest on Late Show with David Letterman. Purple Reign: THE Prince Tribute Show can be seen nightly at 10:15 p.m., dark Monday, Tuesday and Saturday. Tickets start at $49 and locals can receive special $19.99 pricing.

Read Jacqueline Monahan’s review of Purple Reign in this weeks edition of her About the Town column:

Both shows add to the already existing Shimmer Cabaret lineup that includes The King starring Trent Carlini which can be seen nightly at 6:30 p.m., dark Tuesdays, eluding to the two kings and a prince reference.

Purple Reign grand opening red carpet arrivals:

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Cast of Purple Reign: THE Prince Tribute Show
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Angela Rosen, DJ Liz Clark , and Jennifer Romas
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Chris Phillips and Lydia Ansel of Zowie Bowie
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Douglas 'Lefty' Leferovich
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Geechy Guy
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Grant Griffin
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Jasmine Trias and Ben Stone
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Jeff Civillico
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Maren Wade
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Maria Gara and Steven Lee August
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Michael Jackson tribute artist
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Kyle and Mistie Knight
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Murray Sawchuck
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Peter Pavone
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Samantha Ratcliffe and Jim D'Arrigo
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Sean E. Cooper
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Skye Dee Miles
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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

On Tuesday, October 14, Chef BOBBY FLAY and staff from MESA GRILL at Caesars Palace visited Three Square Food Bank for a private tour and award presentation. Chef Flay was in Las Vegas to celebrate the 10th anniversary of MESA Grill at Caesars Palace, and the tour provided an opportunity to demonstrate how MESA Grill’s charitable contributions are being utilized. Matt Muldoon, Chief Development Officer of Three Square, and Diana Bennett, Board Chair of Three Square, guided the tour for Chef Flay and the MESA Grill team members, and fielded questions from the group regarding hunger in Southern Nevada and Three Square’s efforts to solve the problem of hunger in the community.

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Bobby Flay
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Bobby Flay
Photo credit: Erik Kabik

Following the tour of the Three Square campus, Matt Muldoon awarded a plaque to Chef Flay and MESA Grill general manager Jean-Pierre “JP” Francois in recognition of MESA Grill as the 2014 Fall Las Vegas Restaurant Week top donor at the Gold donor level, donating $8,825 in proceeds from the week-long event. To date, MESA Grill has donated more than $64,000 to Three Square from Restaurant Week proceeds, providing more than 192,000 meals back to the community. The management and staff of MESA Grill continue their dedication to solving hunger in our community by volunteering at Three Square throughout the year.

ONE DROP celebrated the third annual ‘Walk for Water at the Springs Preserve’ presented by UFC on Saturday, October 11. The event pays tribute to the 780 million people that lack access to water and are forced to walk miles every day to retrieve it. The 2.7 mile walk kicked off at Symphony Park at The Smith Center and ended with a celebration at the Las Vegas Springs Preserve.

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Upon arrival at The Springs Preserve, walkers were treated to food and games, along with key notes from Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Congresswoman Dina Titus, ONE DROP CEO Catherine B. Bachand, UFC Hall of Famer and former Light Heavyweight Champion Forrest Griffin and more.

CAESARS ENTERTAINMENT PROPERTIES in Las Vegas celebrated the first legal same-sex wedding at the beautiful Garden Chapel of the Flamingo Las Vegas on Saturday, October 11.  Grooms Atrau Stoller and Raymond Huntington of Washington State had originally planned their union as a destination commitment ceremony and when they learned of the change in Nevada law they filed for a wedding license and exchanged legal vows of marriage. Exchanging vows in the beautiful gardens of Flamingo Las Vegas, the newly married couple and wedding guests made their way to the High Roller Observation Wheel where they celebrated with a champagne toast at 550-feet above the Las Vegas Strip. 
Caesars Entertainment Properties in Las Vegas has announced 15% off same-sex vow renewals and ceremonies through March 1, 2015 at all wedding chapels at the Caesars Entertainment owned or operated resort properties in Las Vegas, offering all-inclusive, reasonably-priced, customizable wedding packages.

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Photo credit: Denise Truscello/Caesars Entertainment

In honor of bringing the first GOLFSMITH to the Las Vegas market, Golfsmith celebrated its soft launch with a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 9th as part of the Downtown Summerlin’s grand opening festivities.  Andrew Turcaz from the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce presented an official Certificate of Special Recognition to Tony Ostrowski, GM of Golfsmith.

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Photo Credit:  Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce.

FIVE GUYS BURGERS AND FRIES has opened a new location at 10965 Lavender Hills Drive at the “Sahara Entrance” of the new Downtown Summerlin.  This is the first Five Guys Burgers and Fries location in the West to offer milkshakes.“With 10 mix-ins and unlimited combinations available, the new Five Guys milkshakes will be freshly-made, hand-spun and a perfect addition to the juicy burgers and classic, fresh-cut fries already offered on the Five Guys menu,” said Gregg Carlson, co-owner of Five Guys Burgers and Fries.   Five Guys operates 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

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Five Guys
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Five Guys
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

LAS VEGAS HARLEY -DAVIDSON  has opened on the famed Las Vegas Strip, steps away from the Welcome to Las Vegas sign at 5191 S. Las Vegas Boulevard. The new store will commemorate its grand opening with an all day celebration and custom motorcycle raffle on Saturday, Nov. 1.   The spacious 65,000-square-foot venue features a dealership, rental services, retail shop, service center and riding academy all under one roof. Visitors can also stop in the store’s “Recharge Zone” convenience store to hydrate, cool-off and enjoy complimentary wireless internet access.

THE REFUGE CLIMBING & FITNESS, a state-of-the-art bouldering and fitness facility located in Las Vegas with over 10,000 sq. ft. of bouldering terrain and climbing specific training systems for all ability levels, opens its doors to the public on Friday, October 17 at noon. The first new climbing gym to open in Las Vegas in nearly 20 years, is located at 6283 S. Valley View Blvd. Suite C, and features cardio and strength training equipment, complimentary yoga for members, a supervised top rope area, a birthday party and special event room, corporate team building workshops as well as group and private lessons and climbing shoe rentals. The gym is hosting members-only preview nights through Thursday, October 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. Memberships are available immediately at the gym that is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m to 9 p.m.

As a part of the facility’s special events programming, RCF will host a slideshow presentation by local professional climber ALEX JOHNSON on Friday, November 14 at 7 p.m. Johnson, a two-time World Cup Gold Medalist and five-time national champion, will showcase images of her adventures climbing around the globe. The event that is open to the public and is part of the Southern Nevada Climbing Festival is also a fundraiser for the Las Vegas Climbers Liaison Council, a grassroots affiliate of the Access Fund, advocating for rock climbers in Southern Nevada by promoting responsible stewardship of local resources.

For four nights only, beginning Thursday, Oct. 23 through Sunday, TOM WILSON, one of the top comedians in the country, will take over the Laugh Factory stage at the New Tropicana Hotel. Appearing with him is headliner Andrew Norelli who moves to the featured spot, with Timm Metivier hosting.
Tickets for the 8:30 and 10:30 performances at the Laugh Factory are priced
at $34.95 and $44.95.

Professional wrestler Matt Hardy brings his FUTURE STARS OF WRESTLING to Sam’s Town Live! for the “Moment of Truth” show on October 24. FSW stars Tyshaun Prince, Brian Cage, Willie Mack, Disco Inferno and more will appear for a smack down of entertainment. This show is all ages. Doors open at 6 p.m. and a meet & greet opportunity (available for $15 in addition to price of admission) begins shortly after.  Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available starting at $17 plus taxes and convenience fees.

The Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter invites southern Nevada residents to unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions by participating in the ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION WALK TO END ALZHEIMER'S at Fashion Show Plaza  on October 25. Registration and entertainment begin at 7:00 am with the Walk commencing at 9:00 am. In addition to the main Walk, participants will enjoy local entertainment, exercise and education updates on Alzheimer’s care and research, programs and supportive services, as well as a special tribute to honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

Popular downtown bar and eatery, PARK ON FREMONT, is set to launch PARKTOBERFEST from Friday, Oct. 17 to Friday, Oct. 31 at Fremont East Entertainment District. Park on Fremont will transform the lot directly west of the venue into a rustic paradise complete with hay bale seating, keg barrel tables, intimate string lighting and a grassy picnic area. Parktoberfest will feature live entertainment nightly from DJs and bands, multiple food offerings, specialty beers on tap, dancing and more. Guests may also participate in festival-style games such as beer pong, corn hole and hammerschlagen, a medieval play on “whack-a-mole”. Parktoberfest will run from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesday through Friday and 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

“With all of the major events going on and the beautiful weather in October, we wanted to create the only outdoor beer garden on East Fremont for a fun and relaxed atmosphere to enjoy live music, great food and drinks,” says Kyle Markman, vice president of marketing and events at WENDOH Media.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas hosts an action-packed weekend with HART & HUNTINGTON TATTOO COMPANY’s 2 Lanes of Freedom Second Annual Benefit Ride events, Rock Star Beer Festival Electro Rock Edition at Paradise Beach, Darius Rucker and special guest Corey Smith at The Joint and more, Friday, Oct. 17 - Saturday, Oct. 18.

To keep the music going after the last performer hits the stage at Life is Beautiful music festival,  the intimate venue,  Fremont Country Club will host two separately ticketed shows. After performing to thousands at the  festival,  FITZ & THE TANTRUMS WITH ECHOSMITH will perform Friday, October 24. Tickets are $25. MAYER HAWTHORNE WITH SABRIEL performs Saturday, October 25.  Tickets are $20.  Showtime for each show is 11:59 p.m.  Doors open at 11 p.m.

17° SOUTH, the tropical new restaurant inside  TAHITI VILLAGE on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip, is proud to host NHRA racer and perennial fan favorite  TERRY MCMILLEN for a special meet and greet to benefit  SHE 4LIFE on Wednesday, Oct. 29 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Held in the spacious outdoor patio, proceeds from all “Terry McTinis” drinks sold during the event will go directly to breast cancer centers and outreach programs, to make an immediate impact for the breast cancer fighter and their families. SHE 4Life also assists with Free Mammogram programs to assist with early detection in order to increase the cure rate of breast cancer.

In addition to the opportunity to meet one of drag racing’s biggest stars, Tahiti Village guests and Las Vegas locals can take an up-close-and-personal look at McMillen’s one-of-a-kind dragster. Painted pink in honor of all breast cancer fighters, McMillen’s dragster will be on display in front of Tahiti Village from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 29.

Sam’s Town Live! Inside Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall will host “NIGHTMARE AT SAM'S TOWN,” a Halloween party presented by Kaliboy Entertainment on October 31. Dance all night to tunes played by DJ Bizrok and DJ 011. Winners of the costume contest will take home $500 in cash. Please note no masks or face painting will be allowed. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are available starting at $20 plus taxes and convenience fees and can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office.

To celebrate Halloween, Drai’s Nightclub at The Cromwell has issued an urgent call for all superheroes to convene for a weekend-long Superhero themed party. Featuring four action-packed nights Oct. 30 – Nov. 2 Drai’s Nightclub will celebrate the timeless superheroes among us.

With $200K in cash prizes up for grabs through costume contests and events, the rooftop hotspot will also be giving away a terrific, high-performance Italian Ducati motorcycle; because every superhero needs a cool and fast vehicle to truly be legendary.

Nightly costume contests include Hottest Heroine, Best in Theme and Best Overall. The superhero themed nights have DJ Irie taking the stage on Oct. 30 and Quintino spinning the turntables all Halloween night, Oct. 31. MAKJ and 3LAU will combine forces and perform a rare dual-headlining set on Nov.1 and it is Sunday’s best new party, SunDrai’s on Nov. 2 featuring Los Angeles and Las Vegas’ favorite, Eric Dlux. Admission for the Halloween Superhero Weekend events will start at $30 for men and $20 for women.

Celebrity sightings:

Saturday, October 11...

Following Blink-182’s nearby headlining set drummer Travis Barker hosted a rocking concert after-party at Hyde Bellagio . Joining  Barker inside was Mesut Özil, a German professional footballer who plays for English club Arsena.

Travis Barker and German football player Mesut Ozil at Hyde Bellagio Las Vegas 10.11.14
Travis Barker and Mesut Özil
Photo credit: Hyde Bellagio

Friday, October 10...

Paris Las Vegas headliner comedy hypnotist, Anthony Cools mesmerized the crowd before tapping the ceremonial Oktoberfest keg at Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas.

Anthony Cools
Photo courtesy of Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas