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2015 Miss Nevada USA and Miss Nevada Teen USA Crowned

The 2015 Miss Nevada USA and Miss Nevada Teen USA pageant took place Sunday night, November 23 at the Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus. The pageant featured more than 40 contestants who competed in swimsuit, evening gown and interview.

In the end, the judges’ picked Miss Chateau USA Brittany McGowan as Miss Nevada USA 2015 and Miss Clark County Teen USA Geovanna Hilton was chosen Miss Nevada Teen USA 2015. The two new beauty queens were crowned by the previous titleholders, Miss Nevada USA 2014 Nia Sanchez and Miss Nevada Teen USA 2014, Alexa Taylor.

Miss Nevada USA 2015 Brittany McGowan
Miss Nevada USA 2015 Brittany McGowan
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Miss Nevada Teen USA 2015 Geovanna Hilton
Miss Nevada Teen USA 2015 Geovanna Hilton
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2014 VEGAS ROCKS! Magazine Music Awards at The Pearl

At the same time the American Music Awards were being telecast on TV, the fifth annual VEGAS ROCKS! Magazine Music Awards 2014 took place Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014 at 8 p.m. at The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort. The event was co-hosted by the “Publishing Queen of Rock ‘n' Roll,”, VEGAS ROCKS! Magazine Publisher/ Founder/ CEO SALLY STEELE who celebrated VEGAS ROCKS! Magazine’s 10th Anniversary as the first-ever all rock publication produced in Las Vegas.

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This year’s theme of A CELEBRATION OF ’80s ROCK! honored and featured some of the most legendary artists in the music business.
The follow is a list of the award presenters and winners for each category.

Local musician/drummer LJ Harness presented Leona X with the award for Best Las Vegas Rock Band;  Stratosphere headliner Frankie Moreno presented Chaotic Resemblance with the Vegas Stars of Tomorrow award;  Otis Day (of Animal House fame) and rocker John Payne presented Dope Throat  with the Hollywood Rocks award; Frank DiMino of Angel presented Smells Like Nirvana with the award for  Best Rock Tribute Band; Rudy Scarzo  (Dio/Ozzy/Quiet Riot) introduced Wes Cage (son of actor Nicholas Cage) as winner of the Best New Artist award. Flavor Fav presented Danny “The Count” Koker with Ambassador of Rock award; the cast of Counting Cars presented Dane Davis Band with Best of Vegas award.  John 5 (Rob Zombie/Marilyn Manson) presented Michael Anthony (VAN HALEN/ CHICKEN FOOT) with the “Inspirational Icon” award; Music Producer Pat Thrall presented TOTO founding members Steve Lukather and David Paitch with the “Music Lifetime Legend Inspiration” award; Danny Koker of Counting Cars presented STEPHEN PEARCY (RATT) with “Voice of ’80s Metal” award; Devil City Angels featuring: RIKKI ROCKETT (POISON),TRACII GUNS (L.A. GUNS) ERIC BRITTINGHAM (CINDERELLA) and BRANDON GIBBS (CHEAP THRILL) received “Best New Superstar Union 2014” award;  Jizzy Pearl of Quiet Riot presented Marq Torien with the  “’80s Rock Survivor” award for the BULLET BOYS and Jason Green presented Great White with the Special Recognition award.

The awards show included a tribute to the late rocker Wayne Static who died on November 1, 2014,  performances by Count's 77, Devil City Angels, Great White, Wes Cage Band, Michael Anrhony, John 5 and Blas Elias (Slaughter) and a special all-star celebrity jam at the show's finale.

Red Carpet Arrivals

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John 5
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Blacklist Union
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Alicia Perrone and Victor James of Fans Of Jimmy Century
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Various Performance Photos

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John Zito
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Eric Brittingham
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Rikki Rockett
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Terry Ilous
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John 5
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Michael Anthony
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Sally Steele
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The New Tropicana Unveils JFK Exhibition

On November 22,  the 51st anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination, The New Tropicana Las Vegas held a grand opening event of the JFK Exhibition introducing visitors to a unique exhibition of artifacts from a historic time in 20th century America.

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Fred Harmon, Chief Marketing Officer of the New Tropicana Las Vegas and Jim Warlick, owner of the JFK Legacy collection
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On display for the first time in America are some of the most meaningful, iconic memorabilia. Part museum and part educational, this interactive experience features more than 30 exhibits on display including two JFK limousines, the Boeing 707 Air Force One jet fuselage outfitted exactly the way it did on November  22, 1963, a full-size replica of the White House’s Oval Office, where visitors can sit behind the president’s desk;  replicas of five famous chairs used by Presidents Lincoln, John F. Kennedy and Franklin D. Roosevelt;  a rotary phone from the suite at the hotel in Texas that President Kennedy used to make his final call, personal items belonging to the President and his wife, First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy including clothing, watches, pens, signed notes;  storyboards from President Kennedy's life; several gowns worn by America's first ladies, and much more. Knowledgeable guides will also be present to give tours and answer questions.

In attendance at the Grand Opening which included several local celebrities VIP's were Fred Harmon, Chief Marketing Officer of the New Tropicana Las Vegas and Jim Warlick, owner of the JFK Legacy collection, who has has spent a lifetime collecting presidential artifacts. After quoting JFK in his historical speech, “It is not what the country can do for you, it is what you can do for the country”, Warlick proudly added, “We have done that by bringing this exhibition to you.”

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Celebrities at the grand opening:

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Kevin Burke of Defending The Caveman
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Pawn Stars Mark Hall-Patton
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Murray Sawchuck and Chloe Louise Crawford
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Lenny Windsor
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The JFK Exhibition: Experience His Life and Legacy is on display for a limited time, through January 3, 2015, inside the Pavilion at the New Tropicana Las Vegas. The exhibit is open from 10am-10pm. General Admission: $24.95, Seniors: $19.95, Military/First responders (fire fighters, police, paramedics): $19.95 (must show military ID or government ID)Locals: $19.95 (must show valid Nevada ID) and Children 12 and under: Free with the purchase of a paid ticket.
 

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

Comedy-Magician MAC KING was named “Entertainer of the Year” on Friday, November 21, at Win-Win Entertainment’s HEADLINER'S BASH 2014, presented by the John C. Kish Foundation. Las Vegas’ top entertainers and headliners gathered in the Penn & Teller Theater at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino to raise funds for the non-profit organization.

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FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE donated 100% of SlotZilla revenue to the Southern Nevada office of Susan G. Komen for everyone who flew on either the lower Zipline ($20) or upper Zoomline ($40) on Thursday, Oct. 30 from noon to 7 p.m. President of Fremont Street Experience, Jeff  Victor, and Director of Marketing, Tom Bruny, presented Stephanie Kirby, Executive Director of SUSAN G. KOMEN OF SOUTHERN NEVADA a check for $10,000 this past Friday, November 21.

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Jeff Victor (Left), President of Fremont Street Experience, and Tom Bruny, Director of Marketing of Fremont Street Experience, present Stephanie Kirby, Executive Director of Susan G. Komen of Southern Nevada, a check for $10,000 on Friday, November 21. The proceeds were raised from SlotZilla revenue on October 30.
Photo courtesy of Fremont Street Experience

To kick off the holiday season, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus traded in their sleigh for a ride on VOODOO ZIP LINE at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino on Monday, Dec. 1. Before they zipped the Strip, Santa spread some holiday cheer by handing out candy canes to guests at the attraction. Following, the jolly duo soared down the zip line nearly 500 feet above the city while waving at onlookers.

 ERIC JORDAN YOUNG’S production, SHAKIN’: Classic Vegas Remixed With A Twist, will be dark Sunday, November 30 through Sunday, December 7 and will return on Monday, December 8. Two-Time Broadway World Award Winner, Young, takes the stage Saturday through Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Sin City Theatre inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Superstar entertainers REBA, KIX BROOKS AND RONNIE DUNN, will join forces to launch a one-of-a-kind Country music residency –  REBA, BROOKS & DUNN: TOGETHER IN VEGAS – opening June 24, 2015 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Tickets for select performances in 2015 are on sale beginning Dec. 4, at 10AM PT. Ticket prices are $205/ $155/ $105/ $85/ $59.50 (prices include 10% Live Entertainment Tax). All shows are scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

DANCE PRESENT Dance Program leader Kelly Roth’s new ballet “BONAPARTE”, Friday DEC. 5 at 7:00 PM and Saturday DEC. 6 at 2:00 PM. Leslie Kremer Roth, Artistic Director of Kremer Dance Collective, rounds out the evening with the premiere of “Joining Forces,” a quirky, spacey movement quartet to an instrumental piece titled “Joe Slam and the Spaceship” by Harry Connick. The CSN Performing Arts Center is located at 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave. in North Las Vegas. General admission is $10.00, students and seniors $8.00. Community College of Southern Nevada, Cheyenne Campus Nicholas J. Horn Theatre is located at 3200 East Cheyenne Avenue.

E! reality star and Las Vegas Strip headliner HOLLY MADISON will  host  Opportunity Village’s  Las Vegas Great Santa Run  on Saturday, December 6, 2014. Marking the event’s 10th anniversary, Holly will welecome and join thousands of Santa lookalikes in Downtown Las Vegas for the nonprofit’s largest annual fundraiser. Madison will be joined by male revue icons, The Chippendales, who will participate as the run’s Grand Marshals. Madison will then lead the runners to the starting line in a sassy, hot pink Cadillac driven by none other than Elvis Presley. The Chippendales will await her at the start of the race, where they will don their famous bowties and cufflinks to let the runners know when it’s time to “get on your mark, get set, and go!”

SCHOOL OF ROCK is hosting a mid-seaon SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER AND CONCERT, December 6 from 1 – 4 p.m  AT HARD ROCK LIVE ON THE LAS VEGAS STRIP.  Open to the public, the fundraiser will feature  a wide range of rock 'n roll performances from some of Las Vegas' most skilled young musicians.  Attendees will have the chance to bid on silent and live auctions with net proceeds from the event will go directly to local youth, helping them take advantage of School of Rock's one-of-a-kind performance-based rock music education programs.  Advance tickets are currently on sale for only $10 per person at School of Rock Las Vegas West (9340 W. Flamingo Rd., Ste. 117)

ROTELLA GALLERY in Las Vegas is launching a recurring monthly event – 1st Sunday Sax – as a new way of experiencing the gallery’s powerful photography. Bringing art lovers together starting Dec. 7, 1st Sunday Sax is a harmonious intermingling of creative minds, bold styles and enhanced senses, merging the worlds of fine arts and performing arts,  Rotella Gallery’s flagship location in Las Vegas will begin 1st Sunday Sax on Dec. 7 from 1 - 3 p.m.  Located in the Forum Shops at Caesars, Rotella Gallery has enlisted Steve Golden to perform.  Golden boasts more than forty years of music experience with major recording artists and plays soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones (not to mention all flutes, all clarinets and the EWI – an electronic woodwind instrument). 

Performer TONY SACCA will be signing his tell-all biography, “Tony Sacca: Las Vegas Ambassador of Entertainment,” on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. during Happy Hour at the newly remodeled McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks, located at 335 Hughes Center Drive. With each book purchased, Sacca is giving a free adorable musical frog that is a perfect holiday stocking stuffer.

THE SMASHING PUMPKINS have added an additional date, December 13th at Brooklyn Bowl, to their already sold out tour. Tickets for the Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas shows are $52.50 in advance and $55 day of show plus applicable service charges.  Doors are at 8:00 PM, the show starts at 9:00 PM, and 18 and older are welcome with ID. Tickets  are available at the Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas box office open daily at noon.

Soulful singer songwriter BARRY BLACK, known from his appearance on NBC’s “The Voice,” will perform a run of holiday concerts at Crossroads Restaurant & Bar at House of Blues Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. ‘A Soulful Christmas with Barry Black and Friends…’ will feature the singer performing a full set of holiday favorites, as well as some original songs, on the intimate Courtyard Stage where he will be joined by special guests including former contestants from “The Voice,” Preston Pohl and Josh Logan, as well as the sensational Serena Henry who has performed alongside Gladys Knight and Smokey Robinson. ‘A Soulful Christmas with Barry Black and Friends…’ runs Tuesday, Dec. 16 through Saturday, Dec. 20 from 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. nightly. Admission is free and open to all ages.

BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY will bring their trademark big band sound to The Orleans Showroom on December 29 and 30 for “Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Wild and Swinging Holiday Party.”  Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are available starting from $19.95, plus tax and convenience fees, and can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office.

Celebrity sightings:

Saturday, Nov. 29...

Actress Rochelle Rose was sighted at  Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition inside Luxor Hotel and Casino with her husband and son. Rose, best known for her role as Countess of Rothes in the feature film "Titanic," was very friendly to the on-site staff as she explored the gallery and learned about the ill-fated “Ship of Dreams.”  Afterwards she and her family headed to  Bodies...The Exhibition, where they explored more than 200 human bodies and specimens.

Rose and family pose on the Grand Staircase at Titanic The Artifact Exhibition
Rochelle Rose and Family
Photo courtesy of  Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition

Former Major League Baseball star Darryl Strawberry and former New York Jets and UNLV football star Randall Cunningham dined at Pot Liquor CAS at Town Square.

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Darryl Strawberry and Randall Cunningham
Photo courtesy of Pot Liquor CAS

Friday night, Nov. 28...

Seattle Seahawks broadcaster and former NFL pro Warren Moon and friends was spotted dining at LAVO Italian Restaurant.

Tuesday, Nov. 25...

Actress Tori Spelling, her husband Dean McDermott and their children Finn, Stella, Hattie and Liam joined The Venetian® Las Vegas to light up the hotel’s 65-foot LED Christmas tree and take in a special holiday kickoff performance by Human Nature.

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In the spirit of the holiday season, Human Nature performed songs from their just-released Christmas album, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, White Christmas.  The Venetian® Las Vegas Holiday Tree will be on display at Doge’s Palace Plaza until January 4, 2015.

Monday night Nov. 23...

LA Dodger Yasiel Puig was spotted having dinner at TAO Asian Bistro with friends and family. After dinner the group made their way to Marquee Nightclub to take in the sounds of DJ Vice.

Sunday night, Nov 23...

Playboy Playmate and Miss Nevada USA pageant director, Shanna Moakler, stopped by Crazy Horse III for some after-hours fun.

Saturday night, Nov, 22...

Jason Kennedy continued his bachelor party at TAO. The E! News co-host and more than a dozen friends dined at the Asian bistro, enjoying Jason’s favorites from many years of dining at TAO while his friends toasted the groom to be with a few speeches. After dinner they made their way up to the nightclub where they took in the sounds of DJ Justin Credible from a VIP table on the dance floor. Kennedy was surprised with a cake adorned with a ball and chain proclaiming “Property of Lauren” in reference to his fiancé Lauren Scruggs.

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Jason Kennedy Bachelor Party at TAO
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Baseball legend and five-time World Series champion Derek Jeter was spotted enjoying a night out at Hakkasan Nightclub inside MGM Grand. Accompanied by family and friends including sister Sharlee, Jeter settled at a VIP table in the nightlife mecca’s Ling Ling Club located on the third level

Friday, Nov. 21...

Jason Kennedy, E! News co-anchor and television personality, visited VooDoo Zip Line at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino on  Kennedy, along with 18 of his closest pals, started his bachelor’s weekend off on a high note, taking turns soaring nearly 500 feet above the city.

 

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