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Owner/Editor in Chief/writer - Las Vegas Round The Clock

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Director of Communications - Nevada Film Alliance

Female Impersonator Frank Marino Celebrates 30 Years of Performing in Las Vegas

Adding to his long list of accolades and achievements that includes not one, but two stars on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars, world renowned female impersonator and The Queen of the Strip, Frank Marino, recently celebrated 30 years of performing on the Las Vegas Strip.  Last year he made the Guinness Book of Records for being the longest running headliner in the history of Las Vegas. “I can’t believe it’s been 30 years – it doesn’t show, does it? For 30 years, it has felt like I’ve lived on a permanent vacation,” said the international entertainment icon. “It’s not a job performing, it’s a pleasure being able to perform.”

In honor of his 30th anniversary, Marino has also created a Commemorative Frank Marino doll, named the “Frankie” Doll, which has hundreds of different costumes, just like the Diva himself. 

Marino's show “Divas Las Vegas” runs nightly at 9:30 pm at The Linq Hotel & Casino and stars Marino as the hilarious, comic icon, the late Joan Rivers along with an all star cast of talented female impersonators who do an amazing job recreating several of the music industry's biggest superstars including Madonna, Celine Dion, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, Bette Midler, Britney Spears, Dolly Parton, Shania Twain, Liza Minelli, Cher, Beyonce and Tina Turner, complete with spot on mannerisms, hair, makeup and gorgeous costumes.  The cast also features a troupe of fantastic male dancers, that accompany the impersonators who lip sync to some of the music icon's greatest hits.  Meanwhile, as the show’s emcee and star, Marino brings an international whirlwind of couture to the stage with each spectacular entrance. 

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Divas Las Vegas is produced by Frank Marino along with Alex Schechter and Adam Steck of SPI Entertainment. Ticket prices range from $74.99 to $94.99 (plus tax and fees) and are available at The LINQ box office.

World Premiere of Lance Burton's Billy Topit Master Magician

The World Premiere of Lance Burton's film Billy Topit Master Magician, that he produced, cowrote (with Michael Goudeau), directed and stars in, took place at Brenden Theatres in The Palms Resort Casino on Thursday evening, September 24. Prior to the 6 pm start of the film there was a red carpet featuring a long list of celebrities and fellow magicians who were there to show support for their acclaimed colleague and friend. Among the arrivals were Rich Little, Mike Hammer, Anthony Cools, Clint Holmes and Kelly Clinton,  last year's America's Got Talent winner Mat Franco, Criss Angel, the Amazing Johnathan, Jarrett & Raja, Fantasy cast members,  several hunks from Thunder From Down Under, Lydia Ansel,  SEXXY choreographer/dancer Jennifer Romas and other cast members, Johnny Thompson, the Great Tomasini, and member of the film's cast including Joelle Righetti, Michael Holly, Michael Goudeau, Russ Merlin, Tommie Laing, Fielding West, Rory Johnston and George Joseph.

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Lance Burton and Gabriella Versace
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All proceeds from tickets sales benefit three locals charities that are close to Burton's heart: Variety The Children’s Charity of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas Shriners and Nevada SPCA. “I hope to spread a little magic around the world with “Billy Topit Master Magician” and here at home,” Burton said.

“Billy Topit Master Magician” is not a biography of Lance Burton’s life but a fictional character in a fictional setting that is set in Lance’s adopted hometown of Las Vegas.   “The one thing Billy and I share in common is this, we both love magic and we both love Las Vegas. I guess that is two things actually” stated Lance.

The independent comedy took over five years from idea to theatrical release and has been Lance’s labor of love since retiring his stage show in 2010 at the Monte Carlo Resort. The inspiration for the movie goes back to Lance’s childhood when he watched the TV series “The Magician” starring Bill Bixby. “I loved that show,” stated Burton. “Through the years there have been many films and TV shows with magician characters and some were quite good. I just felt that I could bring something to the table that was genuine. Something based in reality. I didn’t want to do the stereotypical mysterious magician character. That’s why Billy Topit is a struggling magician, even though he is very skilled.”

BILLY TOPIT MASTER MAGICIAN is a comedy adventure that tells the story of a skilled Las Vegas magician who performs at children’s birthday parties but dreams of making it big. When he meets and falls for pretty server at a local casino cafe, they start to date and he convinces her to be his assistant. Things gets complicated when some greasy mobsters come after Billy looking for money they believe he owes them.  Thankfully, he is able to use his magic skills to avoid confrontation. But when things go out of control,  Billy has to call on his best friends, The Magician, the Ventriloquist, the Jugglers, and the Mime for help. They aren't the A-Team, or even the B-Team, but they’re all he's got.
The cast of Billy Topit features many of Lance’s friends, most of which are magicians, jugglers, comedians, as well as actors. Louie Anderson, Mac King, as well as, Criss Angel all make cameo appearances.

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Joelle Righetti and son
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Michael Holly (center right)
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Anthony Cools
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Clint Holmes and Kelly Clinton Holmes
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Criss Angel, Amazing Johnathan, and his wife Anastasia Synn
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Dave Johnson
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FANTASY star Jamie Lynch (center) with dancers
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Mat Franco
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Mike Hammer
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Morea Reveen, Paul Shortino, and Shayma Tash
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Murray Sawchuck and Douglas "Lefty" Leferovich
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Rich Little
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Robin Leach and Lydia Ansel
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Chris Randall (right)
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Thunder From Down Under
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Tommy Ward
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While there might be a nightmare scene in the movie Lance went on to say, “This is a family friendly movie that I hope will connect with people all over the world. It is a love letter to Las Vegas. When I am no longer around, I hope Billy Topit will still be inspiring people to visit our city. I am also honored to be able to donate all of the funds raised by the World Premiere and Limited Engagement run at Brenden Theaters to three charities close to my heart, Variety The Children’s Charity of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas Shriners and Nevada SPCA.  I hope to spread a little magic around the world with “Billy Topit Master Magician” and here at home.”  

George Strait To Perform Exclusive Worldwide Concert Engagements at New Las Vegas Arena

At a special press conference inside the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on Tuesday morning, September 22,  Country Music Superstar, aka The King of Country Music, George Strait,  appeared in person after it was  announced that he will be among the first entertainers to perform at the new Las Vegas Arena scheduled to open in April 2016.  The Country Music Hall of Fame inductee will perorm a series of exclusive worldwide concert engagements at the new venue April 22, April 23, September 9 and September 10, 2016.  Opening for Strait will be GRAMMY, ACM and CMA Award-winning singer/songwriter Kacey Musgraves, who recently released her second studio album Pageant Material to critical acclaim.  This announcement is the first of an exciting, prestigious lineup of incredible performers who will appear on the Arena’s stage.

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Tickets for the concert series range in price from $75 to $200 plus applicable fees and go on sale for the general public Friday, Oct. 2 at 10:00 a.m. PT at

“This is an exciting announcement for the Las Vegas Arena, and another example of why Las Vegas is the Entertainment Capital of the World,” said Rick Arpin, senior vice president of entertainment and development, MGM Resorts International. “We are thrilled that George is going to be a huge part of our opening season with this special exclusive engagement.  He has had a significant impact on our city’s entertainment landscape over the years and we are thrilled he will provide Las Vegas visitors and our local community the opportunity to see a series of additional legendary performances.”

George Strait said, "I said all along I wasn’t going to tour anymore, but I also said that I wasn’t retiring by any means and I still wanted to do some dates. I’ve been working a little bit here and there, and I’m really proud of this new album that’s coming out. I’m also very excited to be coming back out and playing for the fans out there. It has been a year and 10 months since I performed with my band.  I'm looking forward to singing those songs I love to sing.  I’m really, really looking forward to being able to play in the new Las Vegas Arena. I hear it’s just unbelievable. I can’t wait."

During a Q & A session with members of the media Strait was asked, “Why Las Vegas?”. He responded, “Las Vegas has been part of my country career. Most recently I performed at the MGM in the Garden.  The crowds are great. There is so much to do here. A concert is a bonus. My first gig was at the Frontier when two shows a night was common, then the Hilton. I stayed in The Elvis Presley suite. I filmed a movie (Pure Country) at the Mirage; played there and the Nugget, and now here. It feels like home.”

It was also announced at the press conference that Strait will release his new album Cold Beer Conversation, Friday, Sept. 25. The album was produced by Chuck Ainlay and Strait and features 13 songs including his latest single, “Cold Beer Conversation”  that premiered on country radio.

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Lon Helton, Cindy Mabe, George Strait, Louie Messina and Rick Arpin
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George Strait guitar
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George Strait new album cover display
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George Strait memorabilia display
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George Strait memorabilia display
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George Strait memorabilia display
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George Strait awards
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George Strait is a music icon and the most-nominated artist in CMA Awards history. With a career spanning more than three decades his achievements include having 60 No. 1 singles and selling more than 68.5 million records. He was the first country music artist honored with Billboard’s “Legend Of Live” Award, and he earned 2013’s Entertainer of the Year title from the Country Music Association as well as 2014’s Entertainer Of The Year title from the Academy of County Music.

September edition of Mondays Dark with Mark Shunock featured North of the Border Theme

The September edition of Mondays Dark with Mark Shunock to benefit a local charity took place on Monday evening, September 21 inside Vinyl at the  Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. All proceeds from the evening's fundraising event, including ticket sales and a silent auction, will go to the this month's chosen charity, Las Vegas Labrador Rescue, which is dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing Labrador Retrievers from abandoned and/or neglected situations including high kill shelters, as well as educating the public on the importance of spaying and neutering their pets.

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Dave Heck and Mark Shunock with Luke
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The theme for the entertainment filled evening was “North of the Border” featuring songs from top Canadian artists such as Celine Dion, Alanis Morrisette, Shania Twain, Avril Lavigne, Niel Young, Michael Buble, Joni Mitchell, Sarah McLachlan and others performed by an incredible lineup of singers, musicians and other performers that donated their talent and time in support of the worthy cause. The amazing lineup of performers included singers Jassen Allen and Phillip Drennen (The Backup Boys) who opened the show and backed up several performers, Mandi Seekings, Brihony Dawson, Janien Valentine, Mark O’Toole, Chadwick Johnson, Becca Kotte, Adrian Zmed, Lyssa Lynn, Jeff Leibow, Lou Lou White, Zipporah Peddle, Brett Pruneau, and two singing performances by Mark Shunock who also read this week’s amusing, true life, “Missed Connection” that was posted on Craig's List. In addition there was a surprise appearance and performance by impressionist Gordie Brown. And as always, the musical accompaniment was provided by musical director Kenny Davidsen and the Mondays Dark Band.

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Adrian Zmed
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Becca Kotte
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Brett Pruneau
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Brihony Dawson
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Chadwick Johnson
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Gordie Brown
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Janien Valentine
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Jassen Allen Cropp and Philip Drennen
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Jeff Leibow
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Musical Director Kenny Davidsen
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Lou Lou White
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Lyssa Lynn
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Mandi Seekings
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Mark O'Toole
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Mark Shunock read "Missed Connections"
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Mark Shunock sings "Arms of an Angel"
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Zipporah Peddle
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Andy Gerlov (Rock of Ages)
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Anthony Cools
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Auriel Balistreri Richard Davis
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BettyAnn and Bob Golden (Board of Directors)
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FANTASY star Jamie Lynch
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Josie Dee
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Kayli Barker
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Kenny Davidsen and the Mondays Dark Band
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LJ Harness and Tiffani Foote
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Patrick and Mariah Rivera
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Sebastian Aguirre and Morea Reveen
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As of this date, the series of Mondays Dark has raised over $200,000 to support local charitable organizations.

The October 19th edition of Mondays Dark will feature the music of Trey Parker and Matt Stone of ’Team America’, ’South Park’, and ’The Book of Mormon’ which will benefit Project 150 which helps homeless high school students.
Advance tickets are $20, $30 at the door. You won’t find a more worthwhile, entertainment value in Las Vegas. Nowhere else can you some of the city’s best entertainers perform on one stage while at the same time helping to support a worthy local charity. #mondaysdark

Autumn has arrived inside The Waterfall Atrium and Gardens of The Palazzo® Las Vegas.

A new Autumn display was recently revealed inside The Waterfall Atrium and Gardens at The Palazzo La Vegas. The current seasonal display, inspired by nature, took six months to plan and fabricate by the resort’s floral and horticulture teams.  The main feature are sixteen-foot-tall cattail sculptures that  were crafted out of 70% recycled steel. The display also features a total of 8,000 pounds of pumpkins, with the largest pumpkin weighing in at 930 pounds.

Throughout the gardens and The Palazzo lobby, guests will also find:

·60 colossal falling leaves, playfully suspended from the ceiling
·3,000 preserved cattails
·3,500 carnations that make up each of the topiary pumpkins in the East and West Gardens
·800 flowering plants, including chrysanthemums, garden mums, and celosia
·900 plants of various varieties

The flowers and plants of the display are refreshed biweekly. A team of five gardeners each spend four hours a day maintaining the gardens.

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The installation is an encore of sorts to the atrium’s summer display, which artfully evolved throughout the season.  Nearing the end of the summer, the seasonal art installation began to show hints of autumn, both in content and color palette. The full transition into autumn was recently completed, taking a crew of 14 team members working 10 hours overnight.

Guests can experience the beautiful Fall display at The Palazzo through November 16.

Blue October Memorabilia Case Dedication at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas

Hundreds of fans gathered in the hallway between Pink Taco and Fuel Café Express at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on Saturday, Sept. 19, to watch alternative rock band Blue October get honored with a memorabilia case dedication.

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Blue October memorabilia case
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Blue October
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The display showcases the snare drum Jeremy Furstenfeld used to record “Into The Ocean;” a violin that Ryan Delahoussaye accidentally smashed during the Crazy Making Tour; the guitar Charles Britton “C.B.” Hudson recorded Foiled with; Matt Noveskey’s bass guitar that was played on the Sway Tour; Justin Furstenfeld’s original, handwritten, scratch lyrics for “Fear;” and much more.

The case dedication took place before the band performed a sold-out concert at the property’s intimate entertainment venue, Vinyl. Following the show, the group grabbed drinks at the new Center Bar, where band members from Five Finger Death Punch and In This Moment were also seen hanging out.

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

Based on consistently great reviews from travelers, DOWNTOWN GRAND HOTEL & CASINO has received the TripAdvisor CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE AWARD. Certificate of Excellence winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience. Now in its fifth year, the award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.

On Wednesday, Sept. 23, global music superstar, PITBULL launched a seven-night limited engagement at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. His unique Vegas show, “Time Of Our Lives,” runs through Oct. 7, 2015. Remaining show dates are Sept. 25, 26, 30, Oct. 2, 3 and 7. Tickets are on sale now and range in price from $39 - $169, plus fees. All shows begin at 9 p.m.

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Through Sept. 27, the HIGH ROLLER OBSERVATION WHEEL at The LINQ Promenade (located at the center of the Las Vegas Strip) will honor the MEN AND WOMEN IN PUBLIC SERVICE for protecting and serving the city by offering $10 OFF A REGULARLY PRICED TICKET to experience breathtaking views of the Las Vegas Strip from an air-conditioned cabin at 550 feet in the air. Additionally, the discount program runs through the officially proclaimed “Thank a Cop Week in Nevada” from Sept. 19-26.  The High Roller First Responders promotion is valid for up to four standard tickets per person, excluding Happy Half Hour, to experience the world’s tallest observation wheel. Public Service members must show valid ID to be eligible. This promotion cannot be combined with any other offer or promotion.

Throughout the month of October, CABO WABO CANTINA, located inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, will honor NATIONAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH by donating $1 from each sale of their Vojito cocktail to Susan G. Komen of Southern Nevada , a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds to provide breast health education, screening and treatment services to medically underserved women in the area.   Nevada Guests who purchase the Vojito, handcrafted with Devotion Black and Blue vodka, fresh berries, fresh mint and lime juice,  during October will also receive a complimentary pink rubber wristband.

TREVI Italian Restaurant inside The Forum Shops at Caesars will partner with Susan G. Komen® of Southern Nevada to support NATIONAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH with a specialty ‘PRETTY IN PINK’ MENU  available throughout the month of October. The Pretty in Pink menu will include hand-crafted Italian sodas in watermelon, cherry and strawberry flavors, priced at $5 each, along with sweet strawberry gelato starting at $6.50 per scoop. Ten percent of each specialty item sold will be donated to Susan G. Komen. Guests must mention the Pretty in Pink menu at time of purchase for participation.

Latin pop star WISIN will perform live at Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop at Paris Las Vegas to kick off the fall season on Thursday, Oct. 1. Admission to the party will start at $50.

British Comedian and show host PAUL SCALLY, who is now based in Las Vegas,  brings his GRAND LAUGHS COMEDY SHOW experience to The Lounge inside the Palms Casino Resort beginning Thursday night, October 1 at 9 pm. Doors open at 8 p.m. Known for being one of the most likeable comics in Vegas, Scally uses his fresh, sharp, edgy remarks and observational humor to keep audiences laughing. Grand Laughs combines the format of a traditional comedy club with the personality of a late night television show. Each week Scally brings in the best comics from L.A. and Las Vegas to share the stage. Taking the show to a new level, an interactive feature encourages fans to take out their smart phones and be ready to text-to-win during the show. Special guests for the October 1 performance include KATHLEEN DUNBAR, GEECHY GUY AND TYLER LINKIN. All guests will receive ONE 2 For 1 Drink coupon with each ticket purchased. Tickets start a $20 but All & Locals get 50% OFF. PAY $10 at Box Office. VIP Experience starts at just $29.95.

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Paul Scally
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On Saturday, October 10 at 1 p.m., Major League Eating and Martorano’s at Paris Las Vegas will partner to present the first MARTORANO'S MASTERS WORLD PASTA EATING CHAMPIONSHIP.  Taking place under the picturesque Arc De Triomphe at Paris Las Vegas, the contest will bring 12 professional and amateur competitive eaters together to eat as much Martorano’s signature pasta as they can in 8 minutes. Participants will include current Major League Eating Champion, Matt Stonie, and other notable eaters. The EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. The iconic South Philadelphia cook Steve Martorano will host the event in honor of National Pasta Month and the first anniversary of his restaurant at Paris Las Vegas.

Prizes include $2000 for first place, $1000 for second place, $500 for third place $350 for 4th place and $150 for 5th place. Eaters looking to participate in the championship can register at

HARD ROCK CAFE LAS VEGAS AT HARD ROCK HOTEL will commemorate 25 years in Las Vegas with a ten-day celebration from Friday, Oct. 2 through Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. Celebrations will include free live music shows, throwback menu items, food and drink specials, interactive events and more!

Co-sponsored by One Nevada Credit Union and Pabst Blue Ribbon, highlights of the 25th anniversary celebration include a free concert featuring MISSING PERSONS and THE VEGAS ROCK ALLSTARS on Saturday, Oct. 10, and a special celebrity brunch with Blas Elias (of Slaughter, Blue Man Group) on Sunday, Oct. 11. All 25th anniversary shows are free admission and open to all ages. Guests can also enjoy happy hour specials during all live music events and locals with valid ID will receive 15 percent off their check.

Take a piece of history home with a visit to the Cafe’s Rock Shop for some of the special, limited-edition merchandise including a 25th anniversary commemorative pin, glassware, hat or T-shirt.

FIRST FRIDAY LAS VEGAS, one of the largest arts and culture festivals in the Western United States, Celebrates "Lucky 13" Anniversary from 5 pm – 11 pm on Friday, Oct. 2.  Attendees can enjoy a variety of activities in downtown Las Vegas (Charleston Blvd. / Casino Center Blvd.  North side of Charleston in and around Arts Factory and Art Square.  South side of Charleston down Casino Center to Colorado / 3rd St.) including:

A full 13th Anniversary celebration including art, vendors, live musical performances and food.

The unveiling of 13 murals painted by 13 professional artists each mentoring and collaborating with a talented teenage artist in the community.

First Friday welcomes back guests from “ONE WORLD THROUGH ART,” to enrich and inspire guests.  Participants include: Best Buddies Nevada, The Jewish Federation, Sikh community, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Anti-Defamation League, Muslim community, Catholic Charities, The Center, Ethiopian Christian Community and Baha’i International Community.   All organizations will be on hand to answer questions and showcase various forms of art popular within their culture, including ethnic dance and musical performances.

Live musical performances on the lawn at Symphony Park, by The Smith Center.

This October, both well-known and emerging artists will embrace the “One World Through Art” theme in the ArtWalk.  The Arts District also features a variety of arts and crafts vendors made popular in the Artisan Bazaar.
Attendees can sample a variety of international cuisine from the traditional food trucks on site.

One of the most influential groups in funk music in the 1970s and 1980s, CAMEO returns to the stage with a new residency show in the Westgate Cabaret at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino that kicks off Wednesday, October 7.  Cameo will perform weekly from Wednesday through Saturday at 7:00 PM. Tickets prices start at $79 and are on sale at the Westgate Box Office.

The 16th ANNUAL WINE & FOOD TASTING EXTRAVAGANZA TO BENEFIT NATHAN ADELSON HOSPICE'S PEDIATRIC PROGRAM AND FAMILIES IN NEED PROGRAM will be held from 5pm to 8 pm on Oct. 8 at Gaudin Porsche, 6800 Redwood Street, Las Vegas. In addition to wine tastings and cuisine sampling from well-known restaurants and chefs from across the valley, the event will feature numerous live and silent auction items to help raise additional funds for the non-profit. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older. Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased by calling Stephanie Forbes at Nathan Adelson Hospice at 702.938.3910. More information, visit

Clark County Parks and Recreation presents the 22nd ANNUAL AGE OF CHIVALRY REAISSANCE FESTIVAL as it returns to Sunset Park (2601 E. Sunset Rd. Las Vegas) Oct. 9 – 11.  Traveling back through centuries when knights and kings, maidens and wenches, minstrels and jesters ruled the world, the festivities begin on Friday, Oct. 9 and feature various shows per day, more than 200 artisans, historical reenactments and plenty of food and drink to satisfy the masses.

The festival is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $13 per day advance for adults and $8 per day advance for seniors ages 60 and older as well as children age six to 12. Ages five and younger are free. Three-day passes can be purchased for $30 for adults and $20 for children ages six to 12 and seniors ages 60 and older. Combo packs including three- day admission, an event T-shirt and an 18x24 commemorative poster are also available. Event box offices will be open at the festival 9 a.m. daily during fair. Day of show prices increase on site when gates open to $15 adults and $10 for seniors and children. Parking is available for free at Sunset Park.

The 4TH ANNUAL PAWCASSO ART AND SILENT AUCTION will be held from 6:30 – 9 pm on October 10 at the Marjorie Barrick Museum at UNLV, 4504 South Maryland Parkway. The event will include a cocktail party, hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, live music, original art by local artists and raffle. Tickets are $25 on line and $30 at the door. All proceeds go to local animal rescues. To purchase event and raffle tickets go to

Celebrity sightings:

Saturday, September 26...

In the afternoon, members of the a cappella group Pentatonix including Scott Hoying and Mitch Grassi celebrated Hoying’s birthday at Marquee Dayclub where the group took in the sounds of Tritonal. Later in the night,  the group fueled up at TAO Asian Bistro where Hoying was presented with a birthday cake before heading the Marquee Nightclub to dance the night away as Benny Benassi provided the soundtrack to the night.

Friday night, September 25...

YouTube sensations Scott Hoying and Mitch Grassi along with other members of the award-winning group Pentatonix celebrated Scott’s birthday with friends at LAVO Italian Restaurant.  

“Young & Hungry” actress Emily Osment was spotted at TAO Asian Bistro enjoying dinner with a friend.

Saturday, September 19...

Rapper and producer Outasight took the stage at LAX Nightclub at Luxor Hotel & Casino performing to an electrified crowd.

Outasight at LAX Nightclub Saturday Sept. 19 Courtesy LAX Nightclub
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Friday, September 18...

Superstar Jennifer Lopez was spotted dining at Hakkasan Restaurant with a group of close companions including boyfriend Casper Smart and manager Benny Medina.

As the night continued, Empire star, Bryshere Gray was also seen enjoying a night out with a small group of friends inside Hakkasan Nightclub’s third level Ling Ling Club.  The 21-year-actor and rapper enjoyed a few cocktails and took in the sounds of DJ Turbulence’s versatile set.

Discovery television star Josh Harris (“Deadliest Catch”) attended LAX Nightclub where New York City DJ and producer Brenmar performed.

Josh Harris at LAX Nightclub Friday Sept. 18 2 Courtesy LAX NIghtclub webres
Josh Harris
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