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Golden Nugget Las Vegas Honors Longtime Headliner Gordie Brown with Celebratory Event

In celebration of multi talented entertainer Gordie Brown's longtime run as the resort's headliner, The Golden Nugget in downtown Las Vegas held a VIP red carpet event at Rush Lounge on Wednesday evening October 14.

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Gordie Brown
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Gordie Brown
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Among the celebrities in attendance were: “Absinthe” stars Melody Sweets and tap dancing twins Sean and John Scott, “Jersey Boys” stars Jason Kappus and Jason Martinez, Anthony Cools, Brian Thomas, “Sexxy” star Jennifer Romas, Pia Zadora, Clint Holmes, “Rock of Ages” stars Becca Kotte and Mark Shunock, Chefs Rick Moonen and Luciano Pellegrini, BMX star and reality TV's Ricardo Laguna, Miss Nevada USA 2014 Lisa Song Sutton, magician Murray Sawchuck, musicians Jason and Janea Ebs, singer Chadwick Johnson, Drummer LJ Harness and singer Nelson Sardelli.

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Jason and Janea Ebs
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Anthony Cools
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Brian Thomas
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Chadwick Johnson
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Becca Kotte and Mark Shunock
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Jennifer Romas
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Karon Kate Blackwell and Marty Allen
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LJ Harness and Tiffani Foote
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Melody Sweets with Sean and John Scott
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Murray Sawchuck with his mother Arlene
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Nelson Sardelli
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Pia Zadora
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Ricardo Laguna and Lisa Song Sutton
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Also in attendance for this special night were Zowie Bowie's Chris Phillips, who was celebrating his birthday, and comedy legend Marty Allen. Gordie honored both from the stage during his high-energy show, where he wished Phillips a very happy birthday and paid a heartfelt homage to Allen, who received a standing ovation from the enthusiastic audience.

Before heading into The Gordie Brown Showroom where Gordie debuted new songs and impressions, attendees enjoyed the reception at Rush Lounge, where they were the first to taste the specially crafted cocktail, “Gordie Has Left the Building” – a nod to his iconic impression of The King, Elvis Presley.

Gordie, a native of Montreal Canada, has performed in Las Vegas for more than 27 years. Following a North American tour with Celine Dion, he began headlining at Golden Nugget Las Vegas in February 2009 in the state-of-the-art theater now known as The Gordie Brown Showroom. The charismatic performer has long brought to life show biz legends including Presley, Sammy Davis Jr., and Arnold Schwarzenegger, along with a superb five-piece live band.

Gordie Brown performs Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday in The Gordie Brown Showroom at Golden Nugget Las Vegas.

Pete Rose Hosts Grand Opening of his Pete Rose Bar & Grill

Baseball icon Pete Rose hosted a Grand Opening for his Pete Rose Bar & Grill on Tuesday night, October 13. The  all-American restaurant and sports bar is located  across the street from ARIA at the epicenter of the Las Vegas Strip.

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Pete Rose with Clark County proclamation
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Pete Rose Bar and Grill
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Rose was accompanied by his family and close friends, but also enjoyed mingling with fans and staff at the private event, which featured an array of sampled menu items and signature drinks. Notable guests included the casts of Thunder from Down Under, Chippendales, X Burlesque, Jersey Boys, Rock of Ages, X Comedy and others. Each guest received a complimentary gift bag upon exit which included a signed Rose restaurant card and a bottle of either Pete Rosé or Charlie Hustle Red, two signature wine varietals that benefit Rose's Hustle for Heroes Foundation. Hustle for Heroes is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to decreasing suicide rates in military veterans through education, training and counseling.

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Corporate Chef Brian Littlejohn with Pete Rose
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Pete Rose with Chippendale dancers
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Pete Rose with hunks of Thunder From Down Under
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Dancers from "X" Burlesque
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Paul Johnson (Rock of Ages) and Pete Rose
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Lisa Marie Smith (Pin Up) and Pete Rose
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musician Billy Hinsche and Pete Rose
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“I love sports, sports fans and great quality food,” says Rose, a Las Vegas resident. “My partnership with HIG Management and our restaurant’s location allows me to bring all three together.”

The menu created by Executive Chef Brian Littlejohn, includes an array of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, entrees and desserts along with signature “Pete Rose Specials,” all using responsibly-sourced ingredients. The specials will honor the three cities that Rose played for, including Cincinnati Chili on spaghetti for the Cincinnati Reds; a classic Philly Cheese Steak for the Philadelphia Phillies; and a spin on Poutine for the Montreal Expos, topped with brown gravy and cheese curds.

The new Pete Rose Sports Bar and Grill celebrates Rose's historic baseball career with photos and art installations throughout the 9,000-square-foot restaurant, which is adorned with numerous high-definition TVs to take in all of the sports action.  The spacious full bar seats 35, while the dining room seats 250. There is also an outdoor patio that  seats 100 guests, offering a garden-like setting to enjoy dining al fresco while taking in the sounds and sights of the Las Vegas Strip.

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Pete Rose Bar and Grill interior
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Pete Rose Bar and Grill dining room
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Pete Rose Bar and Grill Andy Warhol artwork
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Pete Rose Bar and Grill strip side patio
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Throne of the "Hit King"
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Pete Rose Bar and Grill memorabilia
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Pete Rose Bar and Grill memorabilia
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Pete Rose Bar and Grill memorabilia
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Pete Rose Bar and Grill baseball card memorabilia
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Pete Rose Sports Bar and Grill is now open daily serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Check out Dianne Davis's interview with Pete Rose in this week's edition of her column, Views of Vegas.

Read more about the menu offerings at Pete Rose Bar & Grill in Burt Davis' column.

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

 LAS VEGAS FIT BODY BOOT CAMP announced they raised more than $2,000 from their “Boot Cancer” weekly fundraiser boot camp sessions held every Sat. in August and September. A $10 minimum donation per participant was collected over the two months with 100% of the proceeds donated to SUSAN G. KOMEN SOUTHERN NEVADA to help fight breast cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death in women after lung cancer.

Thanks to the SOUTHERN NEVADA MAKE A WISH FOUNDATION, JOSIAH OJERIO, 18, of Las Vegas, who is battling cancer, has been granted his wish of going to New York to see a live taping of SNL.  He and his family left Friday, October 16 for New York City. On Tuesday night, October 13, Laugh Factory headliner Jay Black made the announcement in front of a packed house, at the 8:30 show of Laugh Factory inside the Las Vegas Tropicana Hotel. Black invited Josiah to join him on stage, as Josiah's Mom, Grandmother and family watched from the audience. Thanks to the Make A Wish Foundation for allowing Laugh Factory to be part of this wonderful night. And thanks to the Tropicana Las Vegas for the wonderful dinner for Josiah and his family at Baccio before the show. Check out the video on the Las Vegas Laugh Factory Facebook page.

Photo credit: Laugh Factory

Saturday, Oct. 17, CRAZY PITA ROTISSERIE & GRILL is hosting a BE KIND LIKE JOSH DAY, in memory of Josh Stevens, a Henderson, NV boy who tragically lost his life at the age of 12 years old. For the entire day, all Crazy Pita locations will donate the proceeds from the Kefta Pita (marinated seasoned ground beef), Josh’s favorite Pita, to the Josh Stevens Foundation. The Josh Stevens Foundation  is built on Josh’s trademark position to simply “Be Kind”. With the belief that genuine kindness born in the heart of a child deserves celebration, the foundation’s mission is to recognize and celebrate heartfelt acts of kindness.

 The Crazy Pita restaurant located at the District at Green Valley Ranch will celebrate by throwing Josh Stevens a birthday party. The Josh Stevens Foundation will display a booth with the latest “Be Kind… like Josh” shirts, pants, hats, school supplies, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and other items to raise funds for the organization and support the anti-bulling and kindness programs in CCSD schools.

Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop at Paris Las Vegas will host a throwback performance by old school rapper, R.A. THE RUGGED MAN on Wednesday, Oct. 21. Admission to the party is $20 for ladies and $30 for gentlemen.

The Plaza Hotel & Casino in downtown Las Vegas, which served as the backdrop for Biff Tannen’s Pleasure Paradise Casino & Hotel in the 1980s blockbuster movie “Back to the Future II,” travels back to the ‘80s on Wed., Oct 21 to host a special BACK TO THE FUTURE PARTY from 6 to 11 p.m. at Beer Garden.  The party marks and celebrates the famed arrival date of Marty McFly and Doc Brown in the beginning of the movie.

 As part of the celebration, guests can take their picture under the Plaza’s iconic dome next to a collection of DeLoreans, including replicas of Doc Brown’s truck and the Libyan Volkswagen bus. A replica DeLorean time machine will also be on display. “Marty McFly,” “Biff Tannen” and “Doc Brown” will also be on hand for photos with guests.
The Back to the Future Party at Beer Garden includes drink specials such as Biff’s Root Beer Beer Float and Doc’s Wake Up Juice (a Basil Hayden Bloody Mary) from 6 to 11 p.m. as well as a special costume party and contest starting at 8 p.m. Guests can come dressed in their best ‘80s outfits, and judging for the best costume occurs at 9 p.m. The guest with the best costume wins $500.
That day, much of the property will be transformed to embody the 1980s and the “Back to the Future” movies. Guests will enjoy popular ‘80s music all day long, and M3 Trio, a local ‘80s cover band will perform from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. in the Plaza’s Omaha Lounge on the casino floor. Also on the casino floor, the Plaza’s Party Pit Girls will be dressed in ‘80s outfits, and themed $10 match play coupons will be given to the first 250 guests who purchase a drink at Beer Garden or at the bar setup under the dome by the DeLoreans on display.

KOMP 92.3's new morning show, BS IN THE MORNING WITH BRITTNEY & SPARKS, is celebrating one year on-air in Vegas with two fun events on Friday, Oct. 23.  Starting in the morning the duo will broadcast their show live from the top platform of Slotzilla at the Fremont Street Experience; making them the first show to ever broadcast from the top platform. Later that evening, they’re having a listener appreciation party at Banger Brewing (450 Fremont St., #135) from 7 – 9 p.m.  The evening at Banger Brewing is FREE and open to the public, must be 21+ with valid ID.

On Saturday, Oct. 24, Opportunity Village will host the MONSTER MASQUERADE, an adult-only evening of mystery and mayhem from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Guests can enjoy HallOVeen from 8-10 p.m. and attractions such as train rides on the Forest Express, Cheyenne’s Enchanted Carousel, Boris the Elf’s 3D Experience and Rod’s Monstrous Mini Golf. Guests can then move inside for the night filled with spirits and entertainment. Guests can creepily disguise themselves with Masquerade Masks available for purchase in the Ghoulish Gift Shop. There will also be a costume contest for $10. General admission tickets to the Monster Masquerade include two drinks tickets, attractions and entertainment, and can be purchased for $75 each. Couples tickets include four drink tickets, attractions and entertainment, and are priced at $120 for two people. VIP tickets are available for $170 each, and include open bar from 9:30-11 p.m., two drink tickets, entry into the VIP party section, VIP line for attractions, free entry into the costume contest and a free zombie makeover. For more information or to purchase tickets visit

During the last week of the month, HallOVeen will be open nightly through Nov. 1, and will feature a “Day of the Dead” theme for the final evening. HallOveen hours are Fridays-Saturdays 5:30-10 p.m., Sundays 5:30-9 p.m. and Oct. 26-29 5:30-9 p.m. General admission pricing is $11.99 for adults and $9.99 for children. Wristbands will be sold for $12 and individual ride tickets for $3. Passport all-access tickets are $21.99 for entry and unlimited rides or a child Passport for $17.99. Children two and under are free.

All events will be located at Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest at 6300 W. Oakey Boulevard, Las Vegas. Proceeds from these events will directly benefit the programs and services offered at Opportunity Village.

REGIS GALERIE, with a newly expanded showroom at The Grand Canal Shoppes inside The Venetian, is set to celebrate the grand re-opening, featuring the the new design and shop-in-shop boutiques.

On Saturday, Oct. 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. Regis Galerie will host DAVID LLADRO for a special signing event. David Lladró is the son of Lladró co-founding brother Vicente Lladró, and a member of the Lladró Board of Directors. The signing event will celebrate a partnership between Lladró and the non-profit organization Operation Smile, and also showcase Lladró’s new introductions for the fall.
During the weekend celebrations, Regis Galerie will also feature demonstrations of inside painted glass with a prominent Jacarte artist, and welcome French artist PLATINE DA VINCI who will discuss her paintings and interact with guests. Both Ms. Da Vinci and the Jacarte artist will be at the Galerie on Saturday, Oct. 24 from 12 to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 25 from 1 to 5 p.m.

For one night only, political humorist BILL MAHER returns to The Pearl inside Palms Casino Resort on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $49, plus any additional service fees.

MOTLEY BREWS' DOWNTOWN BREW FESTIVAL is scheduled to take over the Clark County Amphitheater on Saturday, Oct. 24 from 5 to 9 p.m., putting a new emphasis on the craft beer experience with a revamped RESTAURANT ROW while teaming up with Las Vegas’ brilliant chefs to create complex, beer-inspired dishes to pair with more than 250 craft brews on tap. Adding to the already impressive brew lineup, the festival will expand on the culinary offerings including delicious masterpieces by 10 different Las Vegas chefs. The Downtown Brew Festival, Nevada’s most anticipated and largest craft beer festival, will bring Las Vegas’ most celebrated restaurants together in one location, offering festival goers the unique opportunity to sample dishes from Itsy Bitsy Ramen and Whisky, Mochiko Chicken, MTO Café, SLO-BOY, Truk-N-Yaki, Sausagefest, Urban Turban and QFS Tacos.

Tickets for the Downtown Brew Festival are available starting at $40 for General Admission, $50 for Early Entry and $85 for VIP online until Saturday, Oct. 24. Tickets will be available at the door at $45 for General Admission, $55 for Early Entry and $90 for VIP, pending availability. A portion of ticket sales with benefit the Nevada Craft Brewers Association and the Goodie Two Shoes Foundation.

The Original Pinoy Music (OPM)-style band, AEGIS, brings the sound of Southeast Asia to The Orleans Showroom on Oct. 25. Showtime is 5 p.m. Tickets start from $78.14, plus tax and convenience fees and can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office.

On Wednesday, October 28, Opportunity Village will host the inaugural HALLOVINO at the Magical Forest from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., sponsored by Southern Wine & Spirits and Lee’s Liquor. This adults-only evening is a wine tasting event to create awareness for Opportunity Village’s Legacy Society. Individual tickets are available at for $50. Admission to HallOVino includes samplings of a variety of wine and hors d’oeuvres along with Magical Forest attractions such as the Forest Express train and Cheyenne’s Enchanted Carousel rides throughout the evening. HallOVino tickets will also come with two general admission tickets for Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest, valid through the 2015 season.

Legendary Grammy award winning singer songwriters KRIS KRISTOFFERSON AND JOHN PRINE co-headline a special performance in the intimate venue The Pearl inside Palms Casino Resort on October 30, at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $49, plus any additional service fees.

“Queen of Rockabilly”, WANDA JACKSON will take the stage at Backstage Bar & Billiards (601 E. Fremont. St. Las Vegas) on Saturday, Oct. 31. Supporting acts include the Delta Bombers, the Yawpers, Eddy Bear and the Cubs and DJ’s Lucky La Rue and Catman. Doors open at 8 p.m. with the show beginning at 9 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of show. The show is 21+ with valid ID.

Performer JIM BELUSHI, along with blues band THE SACRED HEARTS, will bring high-energy, soulful hits and a lot of laughs to The Orleans Showroom Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets start from $39.95 plus tax and fees and can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office

After several contract extensions resulting in a successful eleven-month run, The Venetian / Palazzo Resort announced that, “FRANK-THE MAN, THE MUSIC,” STARRING BOB ANDERSON, will perform its final show in the Palazzo Theater on Saturday, November 28th, 2015.  The closing of the show was a mutual decision by both parties. While the Hotel has spent the greater part of the year reminiscing about the glory days of the Copa Room, with the sound and timeless classics of the legendary artist, it will begin preparing the stage in December for a new show to open in early 2016.

Celebrity sightings:

Tuesday night, October 13...

Recording artist Natasha Bedingfield was spotted at TAO Asian Bistro enjoying dinner with a group of friends.

Monday night, Octobeber 12...

DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo and Rudy Gay of the Sacramento Kings were spotted at Marquee Nightclub, where they took in the sounds of DJ Vice.

Sunday afternoon, October 11...

Hip hop artist A$AP Ferg was spotted at Marquee Dayclub with friends. The rapper took in the scenes from the DJ booth where TREO was manning the decks.

Friday, October 9...

Actor Edward James Olmos  returned to Downtown Las Vegas Events Center to film a movie scene with UFC fighter Anderson Silva for the upcoming film “Monday Nights at Seven.”

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Actor Edward James Olmos and Cutman Jacob Stitch Duran with Richard Wilk at the D
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Thursday, October 8...

A host of local celebrities and athletes attended Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC) to enjoy the anticipated bout hosted by the Resurrection Fighting Alliance.  Spotted among the fans were actor Edward James Olmos (Selena, Stand and Deliver and Battlestar Galactica) and MMA cutman Jacob ‘Stitch’ Duran. The friends were also seen dining at Andiamo Italian Steakhouse and enjoying a conversation with Richard Wilk, Director of Business Development & Buzz Marketing for the D Las Vegas. - get some good Joomla extensions now!