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Performers from Cirque du Soleil Defeated Cast Members from Jersey Boys in Second Lip Sync Battle at Beer Park at Paris Las Vegas

Thursday evening, July 28, performers from Cirque du Soleil took home the coveted lip sync battle belt at BEER PARK’s second battle versus the cast members from Jersey Boys.

 Cast Members from Jersey Boys Performing during Beer Parks Second Lip Sync Battle
Cast Members from Jersey Boys Performing during Beer Parks Second Lip Sync Battle - Photo courtesy of Beer Park

53X Performing during Beer Parks Second Lip Sync Battle
53X Performing during Beer Parks Second Lip Sync Battle - Photo courtesy of Beer Park

The crowd waited in anticipation as 53X Creative Director and Chippendales performer, Bryan Cheatham, graced the lip sync battle stage around 12:30 a.m. with his rendition of Ray Parker Jr.’s “Ghostbusters.” Shortly after, the Cirque performers impressed with their version of Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy,” while Jersey Boys cast members took a different route and amused the crowd with the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” theme song. Both teams were neck and neck throughout the competition, but the performers from Cirque du Soleil pulled ahead in the third and final round with their rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Beat it.”

Throughout the night, cast members from all three shows were mingling with the crowd and snapping photos with fans.


Paul Zerdin and Mat Franco Unveil New Celebrity Hot Dogs at  Pink's Hot Dogs and Haute Doggery

In honor of National Hot Dog Day, Pink's Hot Dogs at Planet Hollywood and Haute Doggery at The LINQ unveiled two new celebrity hot dogs.  Paul Zerdin, star of "Mouthing Off," and Mat Franco, star of "Magic Reinvented Nightly," released two new hot dogs dedicated to their Strip resident productions, available exclusively at Las Vegas' favorite hot dog spots.

Haute Doggery celebrates National Hot Dog Day
Haute Doggery celebrates National Hot Dog Day - Photo courtesy of Haute Doggery

The 'America's Got Talent' season 10 winner Paul Zerdin will join Pink's Hot Dogs iconic wall of fame alongside other celebs who have created their own hot dogs, including Kim Kardashian, Holly Madison and Brad Garrett.

Paul Zerdin Joins Pinks Hot Dogs Wall of Fame
Paul Zerdin Joins Pinks Hot Dogs Wall of Fame - Photo courtesy of Pink's Hot Dogs

"The 'Mouthing Off' dog at Pink's Hot Dogs is an American dream come true," said Paul Zerdin. "I couldn't imagine a better way to celebrate National Hot Dog Day and my first-ever Strip residency."

Caitlin Hearst cast member of Mat Francos Magic Reinvented Nightly with The Mat Franco Hot Dog
Caitlin Hearst cast member of Mat Franco's Magic Reinvented Nightly with The Mat Franco Hot Dog - Photo courtesy of Haute Doggery

Zerdin's hot dog is inspired by his smash-hit residency at Planet Hollywood and features pastrami, chili, bacon, mushrooms and tomato for $8.99.  

NBC's 'Mat Franco's Got Magic' star and season nine victor of 'America's Got Talent' magician Mat Franco paid homage to his hometown of Rhode Island with his new signature 'The Mat Franco' dog at Haute Doggery with a char-grilled frank, mustard, chili, onions, celery salt and pepper, priced at $6.49.

The Mat Franco Hot Dog and The LINQ Promenades High Roller
The Mat Franco Hot Dog and The LINQ Promenades High Roller - Photo courtesy of Haute Doggery

"It's a dream come true to perform nightly at The LINQ in Las Vegas. The Mat Franco Dog at Haute Doggery gives me a little piece of Rhode Island and I'm excited to share that with my friends, family and fans."


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

On Sunday, July 10 two millionaires were made with CAESARS ENTERTAINMENT'S $1 MILLION THREE CARD POKER 6 CARD BONUS™ table game. The first winner, Revelyn Limjuco of Santa Cruz, CA, hit the bonus at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Shortly after, the second winner hit the bonus at Caesars Palace after just 30 minutes of play.  The 6 Card Bonus™ side bet on Three Card Poker gives players the chance to win $1 Million with a total wager as small as $15 if they hit a super royal flush in diamonds: 9, 10, J, Q, K, A. Additionally, $100,000 payouts are available for the super royal in hearts, clubs or spades.  Sunday’s two winners make a total of 15 $1 million winners of this bet since 2011.

The Colosseum at Caesars Palace is offering Las Vegas Locals $50 SHOW TICKETS during “Summer of Caesars” Anniversary Celebration. Tickets for MARIAH #1 TO INFINITY,” “REBA, BROOKS & DUNN: TOGETHER IN VEGAS; AND "ROD STEWART: THE HITS"; are available for purchase through Friday, Aug. 5.

CARLOS SANTANA has extended his residency at House of Blues into 2017, marking the fifth year of performances at the intimate venue for the guitar legend.

In celebration of the first anniversary of his first-ever headlining resident production on the iconic Las Vegas Strip, Season Nine winner of NBC’s America’s Got Talent, magician MAT FRANCO is teaming up with SUNNY 106.5 FM and Petco and to collect much-needed supplies to benefit Nevada’s largest open-admission animal shelter, The Animal Foundation. Visit any Las Vegas-area Petco location between Friday, July 29, and Friday, Sept. 2, to purchase and donate a minimum of $10 worth of items from the organization’s wish list and receive one complimentary ticket voucher to see MAT FRANCO - MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY live onstage at The LINQ Hotel & Casino.

“Queen of Comedy” SOMMORE will bring her side-splitting comedy back to the Suncoast Showroom July 30 and 31. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available from $35 plus tax and fees and can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office.

Country music legend TRACE ADKINS will bring his timeless hits and trademark baritone vocals to The Orleans Showroom July 30 and 31.Showtime each evening is 8 p.m. Tickets start at $69.95, plus tax and convenience fees, and can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office.

"RAIDING THE ROCK VAULT" ended its residency at The Tropicana Las Vegas on Sunday, July 31. The production has performed at the property since 2014, when it relocated from Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino - formerly LVH - Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, where it was launched in 2013.

Fremont Street Experience will be partnering with CBS RADIO stations: 98.5 KLUC, Mix 94.1, Q100.5, X107.5, and Newstalk 840AM KXNT, to host a SLOTZILLA CHARITY CHALLENGE, this time to benefit ST. JUDE'S RANCH FOR CHILDREN. Fremont Street Experience will be donating 100% of SlotZilla revenue to St. Jude’s Ranch on Monday, August 1 from noon to 6 p.m. On-air talent from each station will be on-site to support the event while doing live breaks from Fremont Street Experience. There will be a noon media event where children from St. Jude’s Ranch for Children and local celebrities will be on-site taking pictures and flying on SlotZilla. Flight times can be purchased at the SlotZilla box office or can be booked in advance online at http://www.vegasexperience.com.

The world-renowned CAESARS PALACE LAS VEGAS is celebrating its golden anniversary with a weekend of exciting events highlighted by a free PUBLIC FIREWORKS DISPLAY at 10:20 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 5. The milestone anniversary weekend also includes a variety of events, specials and amenities to celebrate including resort-wide champagne specials, anniversary room packages, decadent menu offerings and specialty cocktails. The big weekend of celebration kicks off exactly five decades later from the day it opened, on Friday, Aug. 5 with a special birthday pool party for hotel guests hosted by award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay at the picturesque Garden of The Gods pool oasis. During the poolside celebration, the winner of the 50th Anniversary nationwide cocktail competition will also be revealed. As part of the ongoing Summer of Caesars celebration, the iconic resort is also continuing to offer a free, self-guided walking photo tour and exhibit highlighting the most memorable moments and people in the rich history of Caesars Palace available through the end of August.

The smash-hit musical ROCK OF AGES is teaming up with UNITED BLOOD SERVICES OF SOUTHERN NEVADA to tackle the severe need for blood donations. As part of the organization’s Summer Thank You Series, anyone who donates blood at any Las Vegas-area United Blood Services location between Monday, Aug. 1 and Sunday, Aug. 7, will receive one complimentary ticket voucher to see The Strip’s most radical production live onstage at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. To find your nearest donation location, visit UnitedBloodServices.org/LV.

SUPER TOY CON,  the largest diecast model car, toy, comic and pop culture convention in Las Vegas, returns to the Orleans Arena, Aug. 5-7. The three-day event will welcome numerous celebrity guests for autograph sessions along with activities and events including an artist’s alley way, downhill diecast racing track, costume contests, a Hall of Fame banquet ceremony and more.

Celebrity guests include wrestling legends John Cena, the Bella Twins, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and WWE’s Kurt Angle; Rose McIver who plays Olivia Moore in the CW television series “iZombie”; Caity Lotz (White Camary) and Franz Drameh (Firestorm) in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow; David Prowse who played super villain Darth Vader in “Star Wars;” FOX-TV’s “Gotham” star Sean Pertwee (Alfred Pennyworth); William Zabka who played Johnny Lawrence in the 1984 hit film “The Karate Kid”; and many more.  Single day tickets start at $12, plus tax and convenience fees, and can be purchased by calling the Orleans Arena Box Office

BEER PARK at Paris Las Vegas will host the 2016 Olympics Summer Games Viewing Party for Opening Ceremonies with Free Beer for Fans beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 5. As the torch makes its last stop in Rio de Janeiro, Beer Park will honor each country by serving up a complimentary Budweiser Signature draft beer to guests wearing their favorite country’s apparel.

Contemporary artist, NAN COFFEY will showcase her “It’s a Rad, Rad, Rad, Rad World” art exhibition in SKY ART GALLERY AT CAESARS PALACE  on Saturday, August 6 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Held on the same weekend as Caesars Palace 50th anniversary celebration, the show will feature the largest collection of works ever shown by Coffey in one place at one time including never before seen originals, limited edition prints, hand painted objects and screen prints hand-pulled by Nan.

As part of Fremont Street Experience’s Rock of Vegas FREE concert series VERTICAL HORIZON will perform Saturday, August 6 at 9 p.m. on the 1st Street Stage.


Celebrity sightings:

Saturday night, July 30...

Recording artist Nelly was spotted at TAO Restaurant in The Venetian with friends.

At Beauty & Essex in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, former “Real Housewives” stars Brandi Glanville and Kim Richards were seen enjoying dinner together.

Sunday night, July 24...

“Pretty Little Liars” star Ashley Benson dined at LAVO with friends and family.

Saturday, July 23...

Ashley Benson celebrated her cousin Elijah’s 21st birthday at TAO Group properties. The group kicked off the festivities at TAO Beach in The Venetian. After a sun-filled day at the beach, it was off to dinner at TAO Restaurant.

Ashley Benson and Elijah at TAO 7.23.16
Ashley Benson and Elijah at TAO - Photo credit: Thomas Tran

GRAMMY-nominated musician and DNCE front man, Joe Jonas, took over the DJ booth at Hyde Bellagio to deliver an explosive set featuring his signature blend of urban beats, electronic house and R&B.

Joe Jonas plays an unforgettable DJ set at Hyde Bellagio 7.23.16
Joe Jonas plays an unforgettable DJ set at Hyde Bellagio - Photo courtesy of Hyde Bellagio

NBA legend and two-time Olympic gold medalist, Gary Payton, was spotted playing beer pong with fans on Saturday night at BEER PARK at Paris Las Vegas.

Friday,  July 22...

In the afternoon, singer and actress, Christina Milian was spotted at LIQUID Pool Lounge at ARIA Resort & Casino.

In the evening, actor Cedric Yarbough celebrated with his friend’s upcoming nuptials at TAO in The Venetian.

Also having dinner at TAO was Clipper’s star and Team USA player DeAndre Jordan.

1 OAK Kevin Durant and DeAndre Jordan Photo Credit Hakkasan Group
1 OAK Kevin Durant and DeAndre Jordan - Photo Credit Hakkasan Group

Over at LAVO in The Palazzo, Chris Paul enjoyed dinner at the restaurant before heading upstairs to the Casino Club for a few rounds of blackjack.

NBA basketball star DeAndre Jordan celebrated his 28th birthday at 1 OAK Nightclub inside The Mirage Hotel & Casino.Joined by good friends, which included Team USA teammate Kevin Durant, Jordan and his group were seated at a VIP table behind the DJ Booth where DJ Fashen was laying down chart-topping hits.

Kim Kardashian West hosted an evening at Hakkasan Las Vegas Nightclub inside MGM Grand. Before making her way into the nightspot, Kardashian West hit the renowned blue carpet where she posed for photos alongside friends Larsa Pippen, Carla DiBello and Maria Menounos, among others.

Kim Kardashian and Fergie DJ Hakkasan Photo Credit Denise Truscello of Wire Imagery 6
Kim Kardashian and Fergie DJ Hakkasan - Photo Credit Denise Truscello of Wire Imagery

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Kim Kardashian at Hakkasan - Photo Credit Denise Truscello of Wire Imagery

Kim Kardashian Maria Menounos Larsa Pippen Carla DiBello Hakkasan Photo Credit Denise Truscello of Wire Imagery 12
Kim Kardashian, Maria Menounos, Larsa Pippen, Carla DiBello at Hakkasan - Photo Credit Denise Truscello of Wire Imagery

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Kim Kardashian at Hakkasan - Photo Credit Denise Truscello of Wire Imagery

Thursday night, July 21...

Award-winning country music star and Caesars Palace headliner, Reba McEntire was spotted attending the hit show ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace.

Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein and Chicago Bulls shooting guard Denzel Valentine were called onto the Drai’s LIVE stage to party with DJ Esco during another epic installment of “The COOLest Party” at Drai’s Nightclub at The Cromwell. Several other NBA standouts were spotted taking in the high-energy show, including newly traded New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose, Charlotte Hornets shooting guard Aaron Harrison, Memphis Grizzlies point guard Andrew Harrison and Denver Nuggets shooting guard Gary Harris.

NBA star Chris Paul hosted his official Topspin Celebrity Ping Pong Tournament After Party at TAO Nightclub in The Venetian. The Los Angeles Clippers player enjoyed dinner at TAO Restaurant with friends before making it into the nightclub where he joined an array of professional athletes including NBA players Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo, Russell Westbrook, Paul George, Al Harrington and Marcus Scott as well as NHL star Tyler Toffoli, retired NFL player and sports analyst Marcellus Wiley and boxing analyst Al Bernstein.

Tuesday, July 19...

NBA four time MVP, LeBron James  spent the afternoon at TAO Beach in The Venetian. The basketball star took in the day from a grand cabana and was joined by teammates Tristan Thompson and Channing Frye.

Later that night, LeBron had dinner at TAO Restaurant in The Venetian with Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Richard Jefferson and Al Horford.

Earlier in the evening, Lebron James, and other NBA stars including Los Angeles Clippers star point guard Chris Paul, Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Russell Westbrook, Los Angeles Lakers point guard D’Angelo Russell, NBA “All-Rookie First Team” member Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers center and former Findlay Prep star Tristan Thompson and NBA “Rookie of the Year” Karl Anthony Towns spent hours practicing their swings on the fourth floor and inside the Chairman’s Suite at Topgolf Las Vegas.

Monday night, July 18...

NBA star LeBron James celebrated his NBA championship at Marquee Nightclub in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The Cleveland Cavalier began his night at Beauty & Essex in the restaurant's private dining room, The Jewelry Box, where he had dinner with a group of friends. After dinner, LeBron and his entourage headed to the nightclub.

Also enjoying the party was fellow Cavaliers teammates Kyrie Irving, Dahntay Jones, Tristan Thompson, Channing Frye, Richard Jefferson and Jordan McRae as well Clippers star Chris Paul, Detroit Pistons player Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Phoenix Suns rookie Tyler Ulis.

Comedian Pauly Shore was also at Beauty & Essex Monday night having dinner with a group of friends.

Sunday, July 17...

Actresses Camryn Manheim and Maria Bello were spotted attending the hit show ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace.  After the show they went backstage to share their enthusiasm for the production with The Gazillionaire and his raucous assistant, Joy Jenkins.

Saturday night, July 16...

Famous “Dance Moms” instructor Abby Lee Miller attended X Burlesque at Flamingo Las Vegas.

In the afternoon, GRAMMY-Award winning superstar Drake was spotted at LIQUID Pool Lounge at ARIA Resort & Casino. Then in the evening he was spotted at LAVO Italian Restaurant in The Palazzo with friends.

Also at LAVO was Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

Over at Beauty & Essex in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Bethenny Frankel enjoyed dinner with a friend.

At Marquee Nightclub in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, former NBA star Rick Fox was spotted in the crowd at a VIP table.

Comedian Loni Love celebrated her birthday at TAO Nightclub in The Venetian after her show Saturday night with friends and family.

Actor Josh Hutcherson, famously known as “Peeta” in The Hunger Games series, visited the critically acclaimed production Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil® with musician and friend Mark Foster, of the indie pop-rock band Foster the People. After the high-energy, immersive show, Hutcherson and Foster enjoyed a private backstage meet-and-greet.

Friday night, July 15...

Darren King and Todd Gummerman, drummer and guitarist of the Grammy Award-nominated rock band Mutemath, earned their wings at Vegas Indoor Skydiving, prior to their sold-out show in Las Vegas. The musicians took flight in the 22-foot tall wind tunnel and posed for photos with fans afterwards.

Thursday, July 14...

Jermaine Dupri took over TAO Nightclub in The Venetian for a special edition of Worship Thursday. In the crowd was television producer Jerry Bruckheimer with a large group at a VIP table.

 

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