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Hundreds Gather at Celebration of Life for Tony Sacca

Hundreds of friends, fans, VIPs, and numerous celebrities gathered together on Monday afternoon, February 6 inside the main showroom at the Stratosphere for a Celebration of Life for beloved, longtime Las Vegas entertainer/TV show host/ producer, Tony Sacca who passed away Monday night, January 31, at a local hospital after suffering cardiac arrest. His longtime love and partner, chef Josette LeBlond was at his side.

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Tony Sacca and Chef Josette LeBlond
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There was standing room only in the packed 650 seat showroom for the event hosted by Tony's longtime friend, Ron Garrett, who, for years, was Entertainment Director at the Sahara.  Several notable entertainers such as singer Tony Orlando,  legendary impressionist Rich Little, comedian and Emmy award winning actor Louie Anderson, master magician Lance Burton, illusionist Siegfried Fischbacher (of Siegfried & Roy fame), Wayne Newton, Frankie Scinta (of the multi-talented The Scintas)  made their way to the stage to pay tribute to Tony Sacca.  Each shared their own personal story and experience with the showbiz veteran, who would have turned 66 on February 20, 2017.  Other celebrities that showed up to pay their respect and were spotted in the audience were female impersonator Frank Marino of Divas La Vegas, Zowie Bowie's Chris Phillips, singer Earl Turner, sports legend Rudy Ruettiger and The Bronx Wanderers's Vinny Adinolfi.

Born in Philadelphia, Tony was bitten by the show biz bug as a child and later performed all over the country and in Puerto Rico with his identical twin brother Robert, as the Sacca Twins. They moved to Las Vegas in 1981 and landed a gig in the lounge of the old MGM Grand that is now Bally’s. After Robert succumbed to leukemia in 1999 Tony began a solo career.  Among his many achievements and accolades, Tony hosted Las Vegas's longest running TV talk show, Entertainment Las Vegas Style, where he interviewed over 500 celebrities.  He was the talent director, host and star performer of the San Gennaro Festival,  and produced and hosted the annual holiday, fundraising show “Merry Christmas Las Vegas” for 30 years.  It was former Mayor Oscar Goodman, who dubbed Tony “Las Vegas Entertainment Ambassador” and in 2008 Tony was given a Star on Las Vegas Blvd.  Most recently, Tony's dream of headlining a show on the strip finally came true with the opening of his show, Tony Sacca's“Vegas The Story”, staged at 2pm in the Ballys Windows Showroom, that garnered rave reviews from audiences and critics alike.

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Tony Sacca performing with cast members of Vegas The Story
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

In paying tribute to his friend and fellow entertainer, Tony Orlando stated, “Of all people, Tony represented this town.  No one loved show business more than him. He didn't headline one room.  He headlined the city and become a piston to the engine that makes this town work.”

Joining Sacca and the love of his life, renowned French Chef Josette Leblond, were invited guests including members of the media, close friends, and several celebrities and entertainers including Spanish born actress, comedian and flamenco guitarist Charo, singer Denise Clemente, former showgirl Cindy Doumani, Hall of Fame Broadcaster and Marketing and Advertising Executive Ron Garrett, and Ms. America 1997 Susan Jeske, among others.  The event featured a delicious buffet, live musical entertainment,  Classic Vegas Entertainment footage, and recognition from local and state dignitaries and even the White House for Sacca's outstanding achievements, including holding the title of the longest running talk show host in the history of Las Vegas, as well as his volunteer work and service to to the Las Vegas community.

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Impressionist Rich Little and Ron Garrett
Photo credit: Judy Thorburn

 

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Wayne Newton
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Lance Burton stated, “Tony was part of the fabric of Las Vegas.  We lost a bright and shining light in the neon of Las Vegas. Let us be thankful that we had him for so long.”

Louie Anderson brought some laughter to the crowd by jokingly saying, “ Tony changed my life. I once weighed 190 pounds. He sent me photos of Raymond Burr and William Conrad to be my inspiration. He was trying to get me to diet, and I thought he wanted me to look like them. Tony’s annual San Gennaro Feast is responsible for one of my stomachs.” All kidding aside, Louie went on to praise Tony, adding, “My interview with Tony was the greatest I ever had. Tony respected all of the performers in Las Vegas, and if you don’t respect the performers here, you have missed the point of Las Vegas. He knew it. He had a great instinct.”

Frankie Scinta shared a voice mail on his cell phone from comedian George Wallace who said, “You know Tony would want us to laugh.”

Eric Bonnici, Executive Director of The Nevada Broadcasters Foundation posthumously awarded Tony with the Commemorative Medallion of Service for his work in the broadcast industry.   Tony's older sister, Marie Tully, who flew into Vegas from the East Coast with her husband Ed, graciously accepted the award and went on to say “Tony always worked hard, especially when he moved to Las Vegas. Words cannot express how proud I am of my brother right now.”

Those who were unable to attend the event but were shown on video paying tribute to their fellow performer and friend included comedian Marty Allen, singer Lina Prima and comedian/actor Sandy Hackett.

On a personal note, I knew and was friends with Tony for over 20 years.  Like everyone, I was shocked and saddened to learn about his sudden, unexpected, passing. He made an indelible mark on the Las Vegas entertainment scene and will be missed. I know he must have been looking down from heaven and was thrilled about the vast turnout for his Celebration of Life.  Gone but never forgotten, Tony, may you rest in peace.

In lieu of flowers, Sacca’s family request donations sent to the Youth Foundation For The Performing Arts. Always wanting to help young performers, the money goes towards scholarships for students studying the musical and performing arts. This nonprofit has assisted Denise Clemente’s students in her Rising Stars program. Checks can be mailed to the Vegas Media office at 5430 Sandpiper Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89146.


World Famous Budweiser Clydesdales Trot Down Las Vegas Blvd to Kick Off Big Game Festivities at Beer Park

BEER PARK at Paris Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Strip’s first rooftop bar and grill, kicked off Big Game festivities with the iconic Budweiser Clydesdales, Sunday morning, February 5.

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Photo credit: Denice Truscello

The Las Vegas Strip was closed down at 8:30 a.m. as eight of the world-famous Clydesdales led a celebratory trot down Las Vegas Boulevard, culminating at the entryway to BEER PARK. Hundreds of fans cheered on the legendary horses ahead of the biggest game of the year, accompanied by Budweiser’s signature Dalmatian, April.

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Photo credit: Denice Truscello

 

Football fans had the opportunity to snap photos with the Clydesdales at an exclusive, hour-long “meet and greet” at the Paris valet. To continue the festivities, BEER PARK planned an exclusive “Rooftop Tailgate” party for the Big Game, where fans watched the game on dozens of screens and enjoy buffet-style food and selections from the venue’s more than 100 brews of beer.


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

 

The Bellagio Resort & Casino Rang in the Year of the Rooster with a CELEBRATORY DRAGON & LION DANCE, January 30 at the Porte Cochere with a processional through the casino.Yau Kung Moon performed the dances in a traditional Southern Shaolin Kung Fu system, a collection of martial arts with more than 1,000 years of history.

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In honor of the Lunar New Year, the Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens have revealed a vibrant Lunar New Year display. Envisioned by renowned designer Ed Libby in collaboration with the Bellagio Horticulture team and Feng Shui Master George Yau, the gardens are brought to life by colorful flowers, silk-lantern chandeliers and a preview of the highly anticipated Bellagio by MGM Shanghai resort, set to open in summer 2017.

In an ongoing effort to help alleviate fears and uncertainty among students and families in Southern Nevada, THE ROGERS FOUNDATION reveals a large-scale mural designed to encourage forward-looking understanding and acceptance.  Encompassing the entire west-facing wall of The Rogers Foundation building on 9th Street in downtown Las Vegas, THE WALL OF UNDERSTANDING, CREATED BY CORE ACADEMY ARTIST IN RESIDENCE MICHAEL DODSON, is a boldly-colorful, visual work of art for the community.  “Our ongoing mission is to transform lives through education and arts. Given that our programs support some of Southern Nevada’s most vulnerable students, making a bold statement in support of them is of paramount importance,”  said Beverly Rogers, Chairman of the Board of The Rogers Foundation

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Central to the acrylic-gloss, spray paint piece is a melding of the brain and heart, surrounded by red roses in bloom. Green dendrites further punctuate the purple background of the visually-compelling piece. Titled “Conscious Gateway,” the freehand mural took Dodson about three weeks to complete and is the largest painting he has created to date.

 “I have always been fascinated with the brain and when you think about what The Rogers Foundation and what Core Academy each do, it seemed natural to combine the brain and heart – sort of visually representing education, logic and reason as well as nurturing, compassion and growth,”  explained Dodson.  The Las Vegas native chose colors that make him feel good in hopes that those who see the work of art also feel a calming, positive vibe.  The mural is publicly visible and can be viewed best from 9th Street and Garces Avenue.  It will remain on display indefinitely.

While the month of February is typically reserved for romance between sweethearts, BODIES…THE EXHIBITION inside Luxor Hotel and Casino  encourages Las Vegans and visitors to have a heart and give more than just chocolate or flowers this year.  In recognition of American Heart Month, the Exhibition WILL COLLECT DONATIONS IN THE GIFT SHOP TO SUPPORT THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION and their mission to encourage a heart-healthy lifestyle.

Due to financial reasons, DU-PAR'S RESTAURANT & BAKERY AT GOLDEN GATE HOTEL & CASINO in Downtown Las Vegas closed February 7 at midnight.
While the restaurant will be closed for the time being, Golden Gate is currently evaluating future opportunities for the space.

LUCKY DRAGON HOTEL & CASINO (located at the north end of the Las Vegas Strip at 300 W. Sahara Blvd.), the first in Las Vegas to offer an authentic Asian gaming, dining and lifestyle experience, announced plans for an expanded VIP Gaming Lounge to accommodate the growing rolling chip program as well as non-rolling VIP gaming. The updated space will serve the casino’s VIP guests, offering gaming in an intimate environment surrounded by high-end décor designed to bring luck and good fortune to its guests. Additional information on the expansion of the high-end gaming area and the reopening of  the new Dragon’s Alley noodle bar will be announced at a later date.

THE MOB MUSEUM is celebrating its 5 year anniversary with 5 days of events:  February 10 – 14.

DAY 1 | FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10 - NEW PERMANENT EXHIBIT: Original crime scene evidence from the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. ANNUAL BLOOD DRIVE | 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: United Blood Services Blood Drive, located in the bloodmobile to be parked behind the Museum. Presenting donors receive one free admission.

DAY 2 | SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11 | 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Chriss Lyon, author of A Killing in Al Capone’s Playground: The True Story of the Hunt for the Most Dangerous Man Alive.” Wiseguy Speaker Series and book signings at 11 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. Free with Museum admission and for Museum Members.

DAY 3 | SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12 | 1 p.m. If these walls could talk. Panel Discussion: History of The Mob Museum Building on how the former federal courthouse and post office became the Mob Museum.

DAY 4 | MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13 | 7 p.m. Screening of the 1975 movie, Capone, the life of mobster Al Capone, starring Ben Gazzara, Susan Blakely, Harry Guardino and Sylvester Stallone at 7 p.m.

DAY 5 | TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14

    •    FREE DAY FOR NEVADA RESIDENTS, B1G1 FOR NON-LOCALS | 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.: In recognition of our anniversary, Nevada residents will receive free admission. Buy-One-Get-One admission for non-locals.

    •    TOMMY GUN PRESENTATIONS  11 a.m. and 1 p.m.: See the two Tommy guns linked to the Massacre up close and hear the unbelievable story of how they were confiscated from Fred “Killer” Burke’s Michigan home. These two guns represent the only guns ever scientifically proven to be part of the 1929 St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.

    •    BOOK SIGNING WITH AUTHOR CHRISS LYON | noon – 12:30 p.m. and 2 to 2:30 p.m.: Book signing with Chriss Lyon, author of ““A Killing in Al Capone’s Playground: The True Story of the Hunt for the Most Dangerous Man Alive,” in the courtroom.

    •    DOWNTOWN 3RD EVENTS AND ENTERTAINMENT: In honor of The Mob Museum’s 5th Anniversary, enjoy live entertainment, prize giveaways, food and beverage offerings available at Downtown Grand, the Commissary, Freedom Beat and Triple George Grill.

Therapy restaurant will transform into the ‘THERAPY WAITING ROOM,’ displaying a variety of student art pieces, thanks to a new partnership with the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts (LVA). Located in the Fremont East Entertainment District, Therapy will display LVA senior students’ art projects throughout the restaurant, with a FORMAL GALLERY OPENING CELEBRATION beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10. The restaurant will offer complimentary food and beverage throughout the evening, for open-house attendees.  LVA seniors, Keara Hughes and Bryan Damasco will display their paintings throughout the American-gastro restaurant, which will be available for purchase with profits going back to LVA and its students. Therapy will continue to showcase the students’ artwork for two weeks following the open-house and will be continue to be available for purchase.  The downtown restaurant plans to host one gallery event each month for LVA students to promote their art within the Las Vegas community.

THE COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN NEVADA DEPARTMENT OF FINE ARTS will host an EXHIBITION OF COLLABORATIVE PAINTING AND INSTALLATION ARTWORK BY IRANIAN BORN ARTIST ALI FATHOLLAHI AND NANDA SHARIF-POUR, TITLED “HEARING A MIRROR”, beginning Friday, February 10, that will run through Saturday, March 25, 2017.  Fathollahi and Sharif-pour’s artwork makes use of uncanny imagery, reflections, reproductions and artifacts as it asks such questions as: What do we experience when we experience others or ourselves? How much of it is reality and how much of it is a story we tell ourselves? What is the nature of conversation between the observer and the observed?   Fathollahi and Sharif-pour will participate in a Gallery Talk at 7 p.m. and an Artist Reception on Friday, February 10, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the CSN Artspace Gallery.  The CSN Artspace Gallery is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Gallery hours are from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The Artspace Gallery is located upstairs above the main entrance lobby on the North Las Vegas campus at 3200 E. Cheyenne Avenue, one-mile East of I-15 North.

THE COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN NEVADA DEPARTMENT OF FINE ARTS will also host an EXHIBITION OF CLAY AND PIGMENT PAINTINGS BY NEW YORK ARTIST, WILLIAM RULLER titled “William Ruller: Lowland” beginning Friday, February 10 that will run through Saturday, March 18, 2017.   Ruller’s artwork explores the visual language of dilapidated areas of metropolitan and rural sites as it combines clay with traditional painting materials. Mr. Troutman will participate in an artist talk on Thursday, February 9, at 6 p.m. in room H207 at the North Las Vegas Campus. An artist reception will take place on Friday, February 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Gallery. The CSN Fine Arts Gallery is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The Fine Arts Gallery is located at the half circle drive near CSN’s main entrance, on the North Las Vegas campus at 3200 E. Cheyenne Avenue.

Former Dancing With The Stars pro and choreographer LACEY SCHWIMMER has teamed up with LEGENDS IN CONCERT, the longest-running show in Las Vegas, to unveil a stunning new production number to open the show at Flamingo Las Vegas on February 11. The opening number will feature the song “Legends Never Die” which highlights this beautiful theme threaded through the musical tour de force.

“We are ecstatic to present an opening theatrical number for the first time in the show’s 34 year history. Opening the show with a customized ensemble piece is a concept I have wanted to integrate into the show for quite some time,” said Gina Adams, vice president for Legends in Concert. “Lacey’s award-winning talents have dazzled fans on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ and ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ and we’re thrilled to collaborate with her expertise to bring our vision to life.”   Tickets are on sale at all Caesars Entertainment box offices.

UP, UP AND AWAY!’ A MUSICAL FABLE STARRING MARILYN MACCOO AND BILLY DAVIS, JR. comes to The Orleans Showroom Feb. 11-12.  Showtime is at 8 p.m. each night. Tickets start at $34.95 plus taxes and fees, and can be purchased in-person at gift shops inside The Orleans, Suncoast, Gold Coast and Sam’s Town. Tickets may also be purchased the day of the show (depending upon availability) at the venue box office.

Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 7, Broadway star Billy Harrigan Tighe, will star as “J.M. Barrie” in the national tour of FINDING NEVERLAND, which will perform for a limited time at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Feb. 14 – 19. Tighe’s recent credits include PIPPIN on Broadway, “Fiyero” in WICKED and “Elder Price” in THE BOOK OF MORMON, both in the West End and on National Tour.

On Feb. 17, THE ANIMAL FOUNDATION, which operates Nevada’s largest open-admission animal shelter, will celebrate the GRAND RE-OPENING OF THE PETSMART CHARITIES EVERYDAY ADOPTION CENTER inside PetSmart Henderson store at 286 West Lake Mead Parkway. PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, donated more than $100,000 to The Animal Foundation to help finance staffing needs, purchase crucial supplies and assist with operational costs for the adoption center. The funding support is expected to contribute to multiple years of operation. To celebrate the PetSmart Charities Everyday Adoption Center opening, The Animal Foundation and PetSmart Charities will be presented with Las Vegas’ largest dog treat created by The Cookie Zoo, to commemorate the occasion. Additionally, this celebration will kick off PetSmart Charities’ National Adoption Weekend, Feb. 17-19, where tens of thousands of homeless pets have found their forever homes via the 1,500-plus PetSmart stores across North America. Throughout National Adoption Weekend, all dogs six months and older will be available for adoption at a discounted re-homing fee of $50. Beginning Friday, Feb. 17, PetSmart Charities Everyday Adoption Center will be open daily from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. For more information and to view adoptable pets, please visit animalfoundation.com.

Relix, the pop culture music magazine published by Brooklyn Bowl founder Peter Shapiro, is hosting an afternoon of Ween-themed brunch and lunch, as well as a prize-packed bowling tournament, beginning at noon on Saturday, Feb. 18, at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas. The LET ME LICK YOUR PLATE AND BOWLING TOURNAMENT will take place on the second day of Ween’s three-day President’s Day Weekend run at the iconic bowling alley and concert hall on The Linq Promenade.

Grammy Award-nominated jazz musicians THE RIPINGTONS will bring their award-winning music to Access Showroom at Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa on Saturday, February18. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets start at $39.50 plus tax and fees, and luxury booths are also available. Guests 21 or older.

Insomniac announced the 5th ANNUAL HALF WAY TO ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL (EDC) Las Vegas will return to the grand Marquee Dayclub Dome at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on February 18 and 19, 2017. Over President’s Day Weekend, fans will have the opportunity to experience a taste of the dynamic spirit, visually stunning décor, and globally renowned talent that EDC Las Vegas will bring to life in its 21st Anniversary celebration on June 16-18, 2017. Halfway to EDC will bring summertime festival vibes to the winter weekend-long swim party under Marquee’s recently reimagined Dayclub Dome. The climate controlled venue features dual heated pools, exclusive cabanas, and a lighting and sound system fit for thousands of high-energy Headliners.

With only four months ahead of fans in their journey to North America’s largest dance music festival, the two-day winter pool party will transport attendees to a relaxing desert getaway filled with beautiful palms and luxurious lounges. Last year’s event showcased the best in dance music with sets from notable names like Dash Berlin, Jauz, Ookay, and Andrew Rayel. EDC will take over the Marquee Dayclub Dome each day from 11 AM until sunset. Tickets for this 21+ event are now on sale.

Following a stunning 2016 - during which he made his debut in Las Vegas, reached the finals of America’s Got Talent, became a viral sensation as one of the most viewed videos in AGT history, completed a sold-out 52 date tour of some of the UK’s most iconic venues and successfully persuaded a Spice Girl to wear a toilet seat on her head live on American TV in front of an audience of over 14 million! – TAPE FACE is proud to his first limited engagement at Flamingo Las Vegas.

The Las Vegas show premieres Feb. 22 and will run through May 7, 2017 at Bugsy’s Cabaret at Flamingo Las Vegas. The 75-minute show is totally unique – a multi-award winning, multi-hyphenate spectacle that needs to be seen to be believed as he conjures uproarious, moving tableaux using only the most everyday objects and popular songs. Ticket prices begin at $62.95, plus applicable tax and fees. VIP seats including a meet and greet with Tape Face are also available. Tickets are available at any Las Vegas Caesars Entertainment Box Office.

GRAMMY® Award-winning band, BLUES TRAVELER, will perform a six-night limited engagement at the iconic Cleopatra’s Barge at Caesars Palace with a unique Vegas show, “Blues Traveler: Unhooked,” Feb. 22 through March 9, 2017. General ticket prices begin at $79, plus applicable tax and fees, and VIP packages and Meet & Greets will also be available. Tickets may be purchased in-person at any Caesars Entertainment box office. All shows begin at 9:30 p.m.

ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK will bring his 50th Anniversary Tour to The Orleans Showroom on Feb. 25-26. Showtime is at 8 p.m. each night. Tickets start at $54.95 plus taxes and fees, and can be purchased in-person at gift shops inside The Orleans, Suncoast, Gold Coast and Sam’s Town. Tickets may also be purchased the day of the show (depending upon availability) at the venue box office.

In January, Jon Bon Jovi announced on Facebook Live an exciting opening act contest to give bands the chance to open an arena date on Bon Jovi’s This House Is Not For Sale Tour. To enter the competition, thousands of bands uploaded audition videos at www.bonjovi.com/2017-opening-act-contest/ or the Bon Jovi and Live Nation Facebook pages.  To pick the winner for each tour date, Live Nation chose 10 finalists and Bon Jovi management selected the contest winner from the shortlist. After an intense competition, hometown heroes DARING GREATLY have been chosen as the winner of Bon Jovi’s opening act contest for Las Vegas.  In addition to opening for Bon Jovi on February 25, the band will also be featured across Live Nation and Bon Jovi’s Facebook pages.

The Color Run®, the largest 5k event series in the world, will bring its 2017 tour theme, THE COLOR RUN DREAM TOUR, Presented by Lay’s®, to 945 Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas on Saturday, Feb. 25, kicking off at 8:00 a.m. The Color Run Dream Tour will create a world where anything is possible, unicorns are real and foam clouds make everything better. The 2017 theme will make Color Runners’ dreams a lot more colorful with unforgettable music, color throws and an all new Foam Zone and Dream Wall. The Las Vegas run benefits Three Square Food Bank, Nevada’s food bank that provides wholesome food to the hungry in the community.  Tickets are priced at $24.99/team and $29.99/individual. To register or for more information about The Color Run Dream Tour, Presented by Lay’s®, visit, www.thecolorrun.com/locations/las-vegas.

URBAN TURBAN has announced international-award winning MASTER CHEF TARUN KAPOOR as new executive chef at the dine-in restaurant on East Paradise and Urban Turban EXPRESS at The LINQ. Chef Kapoor has created a new menu, integrating traditional Bombay flavors and spices with modern Indian favorites, including a large variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes.

MAVERICK HELICOPTERS, an award-winning division of Maverick Aviation Group, recently received the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) 2016 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE “DIAMOND AWARD”.” The prestigious honor is a result of the company’s ongoing dedication to maintenance training and aircraft safety. This is Maverick Helicopters’ sixth consecutive Diamond Award for its Las Vegas and Grand Canyon South Rim locations and the second consecutive award for its Maui, Hawaii facility since its inception in 2015.

Celebrity sightings:

Thursday, February. 10...

British singer, songwriter and actress Charli XCX was spotted at Hakkasan Las Vegas Nightclub in MGM Grand. The artist arrived at the Vegas hot spot to party with Hakkasan’s new resident artists and her good friends, Cash Cash, who were kicking off their residency with the debut of their “Cash Is King” party.

Monday, February. 6...

Just days before their anticipated match against Iceland, players from the national soccer team in Mexico were spotted at Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. After the electrifying show, the team—including World Cup players Rafa Marquez and Gio Dos Santos—enjoyed a private meet-and-greet backstage including photo opps with ONE artists in the theatre.

Mexicos National Soccer Team at Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil
Photo courtesy of Cirque du Soleil®

World cup players Rafa Marquez and Gio Dos Santos at Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil
World cup players Rafa Marquez and Gio Dos Santos at Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil
Photo courtesy of Cirque du Soleil®

Sunday, January 5...

Dallas free safety Kavon Frazier, a rookie last year out of Central Michigan University, spent Sunday’s Big Game at PBR Rock Bar & Grill inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Resort & Casino. He signed autographs and took pictures with fans.

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Kavon Frazier
Photo courtesy of PBR Rock Bar

DJ and socialite, Paris Hilton kept the party going over the Big Game weekend at award-winning gentleman’s club, Crazy Horse III. Hilton headed to the popular gentleman’s club around 4 a.m. after a wild night spent at XS with resident Vegas DJs, The Chainsmokers. The former reality star was seen chatting with music producer Alesso, who arrived separately, in the VIP area of the club. Alesso showed up to the club shortly before Hilton with internet personality and founder of TheDirty.com, Nik Richie.

Saturday, February 4...

During the Big Game weekend TAO Group resident, rapper French Montana lit up the stage at Marquee Nightclub in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

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Photo credit: Mike Kirschbaum/Tony Tran Photography

Earlier in the day at Marquee Dayclub Dome, Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte was seen at a cabana, taking in the pool party with friends. Jermaine Dupri manned the decks as he headlined the afternoon.

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Jermaine Dupri at Marquee Dayclub Dome
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At TAO Nightclub in The Venetian, Ty Dolla $ign took over the club as he performed for a packed house. Before heading to the nightclub stage, the rapper fueled up at TAO restaurant.

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Friday, February 3...

TAO Group resident, Grammy winning recording artist Jermaine Dupri kicked off the Big Game weekend at TAO Nightclub in The Venetian with a special DJ set.
At Marquee Nightclub in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas DJ Mustard took over the party as he manned the decks Friday night. In the crowd was Ty Dolla $ign who took to the nightclub with his entourage after having dinner at Beauty & Essex.

Thursday, Feb. 2...

Arizona Cardinals player Calais Campbell was spotted at TAO Nightclub in The Venetian. The football star and his friends took in DJ Five’s set during Worship Thursday from a VIP booth.

12-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte was spotted at Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Nightclub inside MGM Grand.

Shortly after they arrived in the nightclub, Lochte and his guests headed straight for their VIP table located on the dance floor where they danced to beats by resident DJ, Jauz.

Saturday, January 29...

MMA fighter Tito Ortiz celebrated his birthday at Marquee in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The UFC champion and his entourage that included girlfriend Amber Nichole Miller kicked off the festivities at Marquee Dayclub.  Later that day, the group headed to the nightclub where “WAGS” star Barbie Blank Souray joined the party.

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Tito Ortiz at Marquee
Photo credit: Mike Kirschbaum/Tony Tran Photography

Also celebrating his birthday was Wilmer Valderrama who started out his night with a celebratory birthday dinner at LAVO in The Palazzo. After dinner, the group headed to Marquee Nightclub where Valderrama was given a birthday presentation complete with a cake from the Marquee staff.

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Marquee Nigthclub Wilmer Valderrama
Photo credit: Tony Tran


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