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Terry Fator Introduces New Character During 6th Year Anniversary Show at Mirage

In conjunction with his 6th anniversary at The Mirage, mega talented ventriloquist/celebrity impressionist/singer and comedian Terry Fator introduced a new character to his show, Terry Fator: The VOICE of Entertainment, on Monday, March 16, in front of a packed audience. The identity of the new character was kept a secret until show time, but all fans attending received a commemorative t-shirt with its likeness.

Fator describes the newest cast member, Rusty The Robot, as The Mirage’s new prototype robot designed to do the jobs of all employees. While you may think he’s a big fan of heavy metal, he’s actually able to sing virtually any song in any voice! From mimicking the other puppet characters to the the Tin Man and Elvis to Bruno Mars and Garth Brooks, he has a voice to be reckoned with and an intellect second to none.

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Rusty with Terry Fator
Photo courtesy of Terry Fator

Rusty joins the cast of lovable characters including Winston the Impersonating Turtle, flaming redhead Vikki “The Cougar”;  country legend Walter T. Airdale;  stoner Duggie Scott Walker;  Apollo theatre legend Julius,  12 year old vocal powerhouse  Emma Taylor;  self proclaimed world’s greatest Elvis impersonator, Maynard Tompkins; Wrex the Crash Test Dummy and The “Beatle”, aka the hyphen between Lennon-McCartney.

Continually wowing audiences Terry Fator: The VOICE of Entertainment showcases Fator’s unique talent of celebrity impressions through ventriloquism as he moves flawlessly through the cast while performing songs by Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Tony Bennett, LMFAO, Toby Keith and Roy Orbison, among others. He even throws in a little old school doo-wop. In keeping with the times, Fator's great material includes the addition of timely pop culture references  (the Kardashians, Justin Bieber, One Direction, to name  few) and recent chart topping hits from Bruno Mars and Megan Trainers “It All About the Bass”.  Fator also performs a few solos in which he sings songs from his new CD It Starts Tonight including “Live” and “Heroes.” In addition, at the close of every show, Fator takes a moment to honor those who serve or have served in the military.

Tickets for Terry Fator: The VOICE of Entertainment start at $59.99, plus applicable taxes and fees. A “Most Valuable Package” (MVP) Experience is available for $149.99 per ticket, plus applicable taxes and fees. The MVP Experience includes premium seating, an autographed photo, a souvenir show program and a complimentary drink.

March edition of Mondays Dark benefits Dress for Success

The March 2015 edition of the monthly entertainment filled fundraising event,“Mondays Dark with Mark Shunock”,  took place on Monday night, March 16 at Vinyl inside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Proceeds from the event benefited the chosen charity, Dress For Success of Southern Nevada, which is a part of the International Dress For Success organization, a non-profit organization that promotes economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire support from other professional women and career development tools so they can become independent and self-sufficient.

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Mark Shunock
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Paula Lawrence of Dress For Success with Mark Shunock
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

The musical theme for the evening was “Divas.” The amazing lineup of some of Las Vegas's most divalicious performers included powerhouse vocalists:  Maren Wade; Menopause The Musical’s Lisa Mack; Singer/Entertainer at the Cosmopolitan, Skye Dee Miles; Vocal Rehab/R&B/Soul Duo, 2 Of A Kind (Tymara and Dani); Vegas The Show’s Lorena Peril (accompanied by Lydia Ansel on Violin) and Reva L. Rice (singing Donna Summer's “She Works Hard For The Money” while on roller skates); Jazz singer Michelle Johnson performing an excellent rendition of “Fame”; Rock vocalist Rockie Brown; Starship singer Stephanie Calvert; Rock of Ages’ Becca Kotte.  Other performers included a contortionist duo and The World Famous Comedy Store's stand up comedienne Shayma Tash.

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2 Of A Kind (Tymara and Dani Corley)
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Becca Kotte Mondays Dark With Mark Shunock March 2015 Vinyl Hard Rock Hotel and Casino 67276
Becca Kotte
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Cameron Marie Mondays Dark With Mark Shunock March 2015 Vinyl Hard Rock Hotel and Casino 66972
Cameron Marie
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Contortionist duo Mondays Dark With Mark Shunock March 2015 Vinyl Hard Rock Hotel and Casino 67117
Contortionist Duo
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Lisa Mack Mondays Dark With Mark Shunock March 2015 Vinyl Hard Rock Hotel and Casino 67058
Lisa Mack
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Lorena Peril Narbaitz Mondays Dark With Mark Shunock March 2015 Vinyl Hard Rock Hotel and Casino 67311
Lorena Peril Narbaitz
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Lydia Ansel Mondays Dark With Mark Shunock March 2015 Vinyl Hard Rock Hotel and Casino 67296
Lydia Ansel
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Maren Wade Mondays Dark With Mark Shunock March 2015 Vinyl Hard Rock Hotel and Casino 66900
Maren Wade
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Michelle Johnson Mondays Dark With Mark Shunock March 2015 Vinyl Hard Rock Hotel and Casino 67127
Michelle Johnson
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Reva L. Rice Mondays Dark With Mark Shunock March 2015 Vinyl Hard Rock Hotel and Casino 67371
Reva L. Rice with the Backup Boys (Philip Drennen and Jassen Allen Cropp)
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Providing musical backup was Kenny Davidsen and his band and The Backup Boys (Philip Drennen and Jassen Allen Cropp).

Silent auction items were donated by several Las Vegas businesses. In addition, keys were sold for $20 each, with only one able to open a special box containing $1500 worth of valuable prizes including show tickets.

Joey Fatone and Mark Shunock Mondays Dark With Mark Shunock March 2015 Vinyl Hard Rock Hotel and Casino 67295
Joey Fatone and Mark Shunock
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Next month's edition of Mondays Dark, scheduled for Monday, April 20th, is themed ‘British Invasion’ with proceeds to benefit Olive Crest, an organization dedicated to preventing child abuse, treating and educating at-risk children and preserving the family… “One Life at a Time.” Doors for the event open at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $20 in advance, $30 at the door.

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

CHRIS KAEL, lead bass player for popular heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch stopped by Hard Rock Cafe to support the restaurants’ March initiative to help music programs throughout the valley. Kael, who is a former employee of Hard Rock Cafe and longtime Las Vegas native donated one of his own personal guitars which will go directly into the hands of Las Vegas students.

Chris Kael of Five Finger Death Punch stops by Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas to support Music in our Schools Month
Chris Kael
Photo courtesy of the Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas

Throughout the month, both Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas locations will encourage locals to stop by to donate a new or gently used instrument to help kids throughout the valley discover the power of music. As a thank you, all participating Hard Rock patrons who bring in items for donation will receive 20 percent off their total check that day.

Fremont Street Experience partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities for a SLOTZILLA CHARITY CHALLENGE on Thursday, February 26.  From noon – 6 p.m., 100% of SlotZilla revenue went to Ronald McDonald House charities from everyone that flew on either the lower Zipline ($20) or upper Zoomline ($40). President of Fremont Street Experience, Jeff Victor, and Fremont Street Experience Director of Marketing, Tom Bruny, presented Ronald McDonald House charities a check for $7,020 on Thursday, March 12, 2015.
“We are honored that so many people came down to fly on SlotZilla and support this great charity, said Jeff Victor, president of Fremont Street Experience. “This was a great way for members of the community to give back to RMHC which believe every child deserves a comfortable and supportive place to grow by creating and supporting programs to improve a child’s well-being.”

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United States Marine Corps Veteran and Medal of Honor Recipient DAKOTA MEYER proposed to his girlfriend BRISTOL PALIN during the Rascal Flatts Vegas Riot! show at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Friday, March 13. Rascal Flatts’ lead singer GARY LEVOX  introduced Meyer on stage and thanked him for his service before dedicating “Bless the Broken Road” to him and Palin. The audience cheered loudly for Meyer and during the middle of the song, LeVox paused to announce that Meyer proposed to Palin backstage and she said “yes!”

Dakota Meyer and Bristol Palin at The Joint Photo Credit Dakota Meyers Instagram
Dakota Meyer and Bristol Palin
Photo courtesy of Dakota Meyer

Harrah’s Comedy-Magician Mac King made a special visit to four at-risk local elementary schools on March 3, 4, 5 and 6th, as part of MAC KING'S MAGICAL LITERACY TOUR: NEVADA READING WEEK 2015. The schools King visited were Howard Hollingsworth Elementary School, Berkeley L. Elementary School, Ruby S. Thomas Elementary School and Jim Thorpe Elementary School. King held assemblies at each school, reading short stories to the students, performing tricks from his show and discussing the importance of reading. During his scheduled visits, every student at the four schools received a book of their own. King hand-delivered the 3,500 books collected from book drives held throughout February of this year with Savers of Las Vegas, the YMCA of Southern Nevada, Egg Works, The Egg & I, The Toy Box and Splashville. Donations benefitted The Public Education Foundation.  
“I’d like to thank the community partners that helped make Mac King’s Magical Literacy Tour: Nevada Reading Week 2015 really special,” said King. “I greatly enjoyed sharing the love of reading with my new pals and the enthusiasm was priceless. I look forward to making new pals next year.”
Mac King has been a long-time supporter of childhood literacy. For years, King has visited Las Vegas elementary schools to highlight the importance of literacy to students. In 2011, King launched Mac King’s Magical Literacy Tour, a citywide literacy program to encourage reading for Las Vegas school children. Since then, Mac King’s Magical Literacy Tour has collected more than 20,000 books for local elementary school students.

Mac King-1Mac King reading an excerpt from The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak to the students at Hollingsworth ES during Nevada Reading Week on March 3, 2015.
Each student at the school was able to take a book home to keep courtesy of Mac King’s Magical Literacy Tour.

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Mac King posing with students at Bunker ES during Nevada Reading Week on March 4, 2015.
Each student at the school was able to take a book home to keep courtesy of Mac King’s Magical Literacy Tour.

LINDE PRODUCTION STUDIOS, located on 5125 West Oquendo, held its Grand Opening on Wednesday evening March 18, as Las Vegas' newest and hippest production facility for movies and television, broadcasting, media production and photography. 

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Linde Production Studios
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OPPORTUNITY VILLAGE, Vegas’ favorite charity, in conjunction with IT Girls, an organization comprised of female advocates, will host the 3RD ANNUAL IT'S SPRING GARDEN PARTY. The event will take place on Saturday, March 21 from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Ralph and Betty Engelstad Campus 6050 S. Buffalo Dr. 
The IT’s Spring Garden Party will feature a blossoming boutique showcasing local vendors including The SunDee Morning Hat Company, MoeKrafty, Lynn Rosencrantz Designs, Doterra, Ladies Who Dine -  Candles for a Purpose, LilyCarol Designs by Carol Sheehan, Las Vegas Fruits & Nuts, UR Sweet Madness LLC, and YOUniquelyU. The celebration will present a luncheon prepared by Culinary Arts Catering followed by a trendy fashion show styled by the Opportunity Village Thrift Store and modeled by OVIPs. During the Fashion Show, attendees will have the opportunity to purchase the styled outfits for the OVIPs to take home.  The afternoon will conclude with a raffle of fabulous prizes.
The cost of the event is $75 per person or $600 for a table of ten. The public can purchase tickets by emailing Charlene Blackstone at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling (702) 880-4068. All proceeds go directly to support people with intellectual disabilities at Opportunity Village.

CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN OF LAS VEGAS will be out in full force to support MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION OF SOUTHER NEVADA'S WALK FOR WISHES EVENT at Town Square Las Vegas on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Employees from all three Las Vegas CPK locations will volunteer at the event which begins at 8:30 a.m. CPK is the Walk for Wishes bib sponsor of the event and will also be offering giveaways, coupons and tastings of signature items outside of the Town Square CPK.

California Pizza Kitchen is extending their support to the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Southern Nevada by holding a fundraiser on Monday, March 23 at all three of their Las Vegas locations. Patrons will receive a Pizza with a Purpose flyer at the Walk for Wishes event where 20% of their check will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Nevada on March 23 from open to close. This fundraiser will take place at any of the participating Las Vegas CPKs (Town Square. Downtown Summerlin, Fashion Show Mall).

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California Pizza Kitchen is the Bib Sponsor of Walk for Wishes at Town Square on Saturday, March 21. CPK has partnered with Make-A-Wish in the past at the grand ppening of CPK at Downtown Summerlin on November 18, 2014 where the staff welcomed five Las Vegas Make-A-Wish of Southern Nevada families to participate in pizza dough tossing and a first lunch.

THE SPRING FLING AND CRAFT FAIR will be held Saturday,  March 21 at Northwest Career & Technical Academy, 8200 W. Tropical Parkway.  Enjoy a taste of offerings for the whole family including Homemade Crafts, New Health and Wellness Products, Fashion Accessories, Home Décor, Shopping and more!  For the kids, there will also be Face Painting, Crafts, and more.  In addition, attendees will have over 40 chances to win one of many door prizes donated from participating exhibitors. Plus, the  first 50 guests will receive a Free Goodie Bag filled with great discounts and free items from local businesses and Grand Prize Drawing. The event is FREE and open to the public.

The LAS VEGAS HUMANE SOCIETY invites the public to grab their canine companions and get ready to Wag, Walk & Roll on down to the 19th ANNUAL WAG-A-TAIL WALK-A-THON on Sunday, March 22 at Centennial Hills Park, located at 7101 North Buffalo Drive, at Deer Springs Way behind the Centennial Hills Library. Animal lovers will unite  for a day of canine and family-friendly fun all to benefit The Las Vegas Valley Humane Society. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the walk starts at 9 a.m.The Wag-A-Tail Walk-A-Thon features a one-mile fun walk followed by a morning of family and pet-friendly activities.Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the walk starts at 9 a.m. Registration for the walk is $30 for adults beginning March 17.  Students are $15.00 with student ID, and children 12 and under are free. All proceeds will help the Las Vegas Valley Humane Society continue its mission to improve the welfare of animals in Southern Nevada by offering animal rescue and medical treatment, fostering, advocacy as well as low cost and free spay/neuter services through private veterinarians and clinics. For more information or to pre-register for the Wag-A-Tail Walk-A-Thon log on to

Internationally celebrated photographer and ROTELLA GALLERY resident artist DAVID YARROW is readying the first-ever public release of his acclaimed South Sudanese photograph “Mankind 2” in full color.  The unveiling will occur at Rotella Gallery in Las Vegas on March 27 from 6 – 8 p.m.  The event is open to the public and guests will have the exclusive opportunity to meet Yarrow in person.  Rotella Gallery is located inside The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.

On Monday, March 23, ELTON JOHN will celebrate the 100th performance of his critically-acclaimed show, “The Million Dollar Piano,” at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace with a sold-out crowd of fans. To mark the milestone, Caesars Palace and AEG Live have just announced plans for Elton to return to The Colosseum in October 2015. Tickets for the 11 performances will go on sale Sunday, March 22 at 10 a.m. PT.

Animal lovers CAROLINE REA and ELAYNE BOOSLER have teamed up to benefit NOAH'S ANIMAL HOUSE AT THE SHADE TREE when they take the stage at “LIPSHTICK- The Perfect Shade of Standup” at The Venetian Las Vegas on Saturday, March 28. The two funny ladies will host a donation drive for new and gently used pet supplies for the organization, which is dedicated to protecting pets of domestic violence victims. Guests who bring donations to the Sands Showroom between Saturday, March 21 and Saturday, March 28 will receive 30% off tickets to Rhea and Boosler’s co-headlining performance.

95.5 The Bull’s 7th ANNUAL ALL STAR GUITAR PULL will be held at the spacious Grand Events Center inside Green Vally Ranch Resort on Thursday, April 2 at 7 p.m. A portion from all proceeds from the event will be donated directly to ST. JUDE CHILDREN'S RESEARCH HOSPITAL.  95.5 The Bull’s 7th Annual All-Star Guitar Pull will feature an outstanding lineup of country music’s biggest stars who will share the stage to combine stripped down, acoustic performances and fascinating stories. The lineup for 95.5 The Bull’s 7th Annual All-Star Guitar Pull includes Montgomery Gentry, Josh Turner, Jana Kramer, Austin Webb, A Thousand Horses and Mo Pitney.Tickets for 95.5 The Bull’s 7th Annual All-Star Guitar Pull are $29, $39, $49 and $59 plus tax and applicable fees. A special VIP Package, including table seating and a meet and greet with the artists following the show, is available for $100 plus tax and applicable fees. Doors open at 6 p.m. and guests under 21 years must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets can be purchased at any Station Casinos Reward Center and The Fiestas.

EASTER SEALS NEVADA presents the 7TH ANNUAL WALK WITH ME slated for Saturday, April 4 at Wayne Bunker Family Park, 7351 W. Alexander Road (Alexander Road and Tenaya Way). The two-mile family fun walk, beginning at at 9 a.m., will benefit Nevada residents living with disabilities. Activities include “Walk With the Stars” – a Las Vegas celebrity kick-off led by Grand Marshal Earl Turner, musical performances, carnival games and entertainment, a special Easter egg hunt for kids, concessions, a petting zoo, pony rides and other family-friendly activities. For additional information, registration and donations, please visit

After performing to a sold out crowd in 2014, M Resort Spa Casino announces the return of international sensation MARTIN NIEVERA to the 2,300-seat M Pavilion on Saturday, April 4, 2015. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $30, $38 and $46, plus taxes and fees.

MICHAEL BERKOWITZ AND THE GENE KRUPA ORCHESTRA present a CLASSIC DINNER SHOW at Sam’s Town Live! on April 4. Berkowitz brings the Krupa magic back to life for a whole new generation with an infectious energy that draws both listeners and dancers alike.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner service beginning at 5:45 p.m. The show starts at 6 p.m. with courses served during orchestra breaks. A large dance floor will also be provided for jitterbugging the night away. Tickets are available starting at $50 including tax and gratuity and can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office.

Celebrity sightings:

Thursday, March 19...

Legendary vocal group The Temptations attended Sherry Gordy Presents Take the Stage – An Open Mic Experience at Fiesta Rancho.

Wednesday, March 18...

UFC fighter Nick Diaz was spotted with a group of friends having a late night dinner at Lavo Restaurant.

Tuesday, March 17...

Singer Joe Jonas was spotted at the Asian bistro, TAO. The singer was joined by friends for a late night dinner.

Monday, March 16...

Stars of the hit TruTV show Impractical Jokers Joe Gatto, Sal Vulcano and James Murray, stopped by Rock of Ages at The Venetian Las Vegas for the 8 p.m. performance. Following the show, the guys met with the cast.

Saturday, March 14...

Legendary actor and comedian Jerry Lewis attended “FRANK – The Man. The Music.” at The Palazzo Las Vegas with a large group to celebrate his 89th birthday, which took place Monday, March 16. Lewis was welcomed by the audience with a standing ovation. After the show, the show's star Bob Anderson and Lewis had the chance to sit down together.

Bob Anderson and Jerry Lewis at FRANK - The Man. The Music. Courtesy - The Palazzo Las Vegas
Bob Anderson and Jerry Lewis
Photo courtesy of The Palazzo Las Vegas

Global music phenomenon Justin Bieber celebrated his highly anticipated 21st birthday at OMNIA Nightclub's inside Caesars Palace, during the premier hot spot’s debut weekend.

Joined by a number of close friends, the pop R&B sensation arrived on the red carpet after a long day of filming his upcoming roast on Comedy Central which will air Monday, March 30.

Upon his arrival in the club’s main room Bieber joined friend and world famous DJ Martin Garrix in the DJ booth. The celebration started as Bieber was presented with an extravagant birthday cake made to replicate his recent birthday present, a 1965 Lincoln Continental.

Following the cake presentation, the birthday boy was escorted to the exclusive Heart of OMNIA where he was joined by A-list celebrities including GRAMMY Award-winner Miguel, reality mogul Kris Jenner and “Scorpion” stars Katherine McPhee and Elyes Gabel.

Texas chef Tim Love, who has appeared on both Iron Chef America and Top Chef Masters, was spotted at Marquee Dayclub with a group of friends taking in the sounds of Audien.

Friday, March 13...

Reality TV star, Melissa Rycroft and hubby Tye Strickland were spotted dining at TAO.

Earlier in the day Nigel Bradham was seen soaking in the sun at TAO Beach.  The linebacker for the Buffalo Bills took over a cabana with friends.

Thursday night, March 12...

NFL superstar Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks attended Barry Black’s performance at Club Madrid inside Sunset Station.