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The Paul Lynde Show Opens at Bally's

Although comedian and actor Paul Lynde passed away 35 years ago at the age of 82, his persona is cleverly and brilliantly brought back to life in The Paul Lynde Show, which recently opened inside Windows Showroom at Bally's.  The show is written and performed by the very talented comedian and acclaimed celebrity impersonator, Michael Airington, who delivers spot on, quirky, vocal intonations and mannerisms of Lynde. while immersing himself into the role of the flamboyant late stage, TV and film personality who rose to fame in the 1960's and 1970s and was best known for his hilarious risque answers on the TV game show The Hollywood Squares.

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Michael Airington as Paul Lynde - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn
Based on the comedian’s 1976 live theater production of the same name, the one man show features voiceovers from the host of The Hollywood Squares himself, Peter Marshall, as well as an all-star three-man band comprised of acclaimed musical director Keith Thompson and Vinny Adinolfi and Fernando Torte from the Bronx Wanderers.   The humor is derived from Lynde's true life story and includes anecdotal accounts beginning with being a 250 lb. fat kid, going to Northwestern University where his classmates included actresses Patricia Neal and Charlotte Rae,  as a starving artist living in NYC's Hell's Kitchen, his big break as a costar in the Broadway musical Bye Bye Birdie that led to roles in films and TV, working with several well known stars of his era,  and, most notably, on the aforementioned, The Hollywood Squares, a gig that lasted 13 years and was has his “easiest job ever”.

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Michael Airington as Paul Lynde - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Younger audiences in their 20's or 30's may not be familiar with Paul Lynde or references to long gone stars in the entertainment industry, as do more mature, older audiences. Yet, there is no denying Lynde's humor is timeless and Michael Airington does a masterful job resurrecting the comedy legend in a show that is well written, performed, and laugh out loud funny, as it celebrates the life and humor of Paul Lynde.   Adults of all ages should find it both entertaining and memorable, just like the legendary comedian.

Performances of The Paul Lynde Show starring Michael Airington are 2 p.m. Wednesday through Monday (dark on Tuesdays) inside Windows Showroom at Bally's. Ticket prices start from $39.99 and $49.99 (plus tax & fees). Guests must be 18 years of age or older.

AIDS Walk Las Vegas Raises Nearly $300,000 and Draws More Than 5,500 Supporters

More than 5,500 walkers, family, friends, and pets gathered into Town Square Las Vegas on Sunday, April 23,  in support of Aid for AIDS of Nevada's (AFAN) 27th annual AIDS Walk Las Vegas, raising more than $300,000 to benefit those living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.

Thousands walk for AIDS Walk Las Vegas Courtesy Madison Freedle
Thousands walk for AIDS Walk Las Vegas - Photo courtesy Madison Freedle



AFAN Executive board Courtesy Te Ann Lakeotes TMLphoto
AFAN Executive board - Photo courtesy Te Ann Lakeotes TMLphoto


Longtime AFAN supporters Penn & Teller served as grand marshals for their 16th consecutive year, encouraging individual walkers to fundraise a minimum amount of $250, matched dollar for dollar by the duo with their Penn & Teller Challenge.

Penn Teller address the crowd Courtesy Te Ann Lakeotes TMLphoto
Penn & Teller address the crowd - Photo courtesy Te Ann Lakeotes TMLphoto


Marco and Johiah of Sunny 106.5 kicked off the walk as they introduced some of Las Vegas' best talent, including a number to "Hallelujah" by the Las Vegas Pride Spinners and a moving serenade by Broadway in the Hood, along with performances by "Rupaul's Drag Race" Coco Montrese, Absinthe's 'Green Fairy' Melody Sweets, "America's Got Talent" finalist Tape Face, Human Nature and original musical act "Clowntown" written by Michael Brennan. Carrot Top and Tyson Beckford made appearances along with cast members of Magic Mike Live Las Vegas and Men of The Strip in support of AFAN and its cause.

Tyson Beckford and Chippendales cast members make an appearance Courtesy Te Ann Lakeotes TMLphoto
Tyson Beckford and Chippendales cast members make an appearance - Photo courtesy Te Ann Lakeotes TMLphoto


Human Nature poses for pictures Courtesy Te Ann Lakeotes TMLphoto
Human Nature poses for pictures - Photo courtesy Te Ann Lakeotes TMLphoto


Rupauls Drag Race Coco Montrese Courtesy Te Ann Lakeotes TMLphoto
Rupauls Drag Race Coco Montrese - Photo courtesy Te Ann Lakeotes TMLphoto



Strip Entertainers at the start line Courtesy Te Ann Lakeotes TMLphoto
Strip Entertainers at the start line - Photo courtesy Te Ann Lakeotes TMLphoto


Walkers donned over-the-top costumes and festive gear as they perused family-friendly activities, including carnival games, pop-up shops, a complimentary braid bar from Kelly Cardenas Salon and more. Guests warmed up with a high-energy Zumba number before heading to the start line. Walgreens showed up in numbers as the largest team to cross the finish line with a team of 125 and Bank of America followed closely in support with 72 walkers. Raising more than $6,000, MGM Resorts International was the top fundraising team of the day.

Walkers don their AFAN AIDS Walk Las Vegas Shirts Courtesy Te Ann Lakeotes TMLphoto
Walkers don their AFAN AIDS Walk Las Vegas Shirts - Photo courtesy Te Ann Lakeotes TMLphoto


Assemblyman Nelson Araujo and U.S. Representative Ruben Kihuen, along with other Nevada government officials, honored AFAN with proclamations for their unyielding commitment to making Nevada AIDS-free.

Assemblyman Tyrone Thompson Representative Ruben Kihuen and Assemblyman Nelson Araujo honor AFAN Courtesy Te Ann Lakeotes TMLphoto
Assemblyman Tyrone Thompson, Representative Ruben Kihuen, and Assemblyman Nelson Araujo honor AFAN - Photo courtesy Te Ann Lakeotes TMLphoto


"We are incredibly thankful year after year for the strong show of support and dedication the community has for AIDS Walk Las Vegas," said AFAN Executive Director Antioco Carillo. "As our largest fundraiser of the year, this event helps fund vital services for individuals with HIV/AIDS. Everyone here today deserves a round of applause for their commitment to making Nevada AIDS-free. "

The community continues to show strong support of AIDS Walk Las Vegas through team fundraising and sponsorships. This year's presenting sponsors of AIDS Walk included Penn & Teller, Walgreens, CBS Radio, Greenspun Media Group, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Back Bar USA, PDQ Printing, Coffee Bean and Jamba Juice, The Walking Company, and iHeartMedia's Sunny 106.5.

Nevada Champions Crowned at Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest at New York-New York Hotel & Casino

Champions were crowned on Saturday, April 22 at New York-New York Hotel & Casino  in the 20th annual qualifying competition for the 101st Annual Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, NY.

Nathans HDEC 2017 MC George Shea
MC George Shea - Photo courtesy of Nathan's Famous


Nathans HDEC 2017 Main Event
The Main Event - Photo courtesy of Nathan's Famous

Rich LeFevre, a local Henderson, Nev., resident, and Michelle Lesco each earned the title of “Nevada Hot Dog Eating Champion” securing a spot to compete in the legendary Coney Island competition on July 4. During the ten-minute challenge, LeFevre earned top male honors, finishing 30 hot dogs while Lesco won the female division, eating 29 hot dogs.

The Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest has occurred each July 4 in Coney Island, N.Y. since 1916, the year Nathan Handwerker opened the legendary restaurant.  Major League Eating, the governing body of all stomach-centric sports, sanctions the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Circuit and ensures the contests are judged professionally and safety standards are upheld at each event.

Life Time Athletic Green Valley's "Ride for a Reason" raises over $62,000 for St. Jude

Life Time Athletic Green Valley hosted its annual cycling fundraiser, “Ride for a Reason,” to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital  and the Life Time Foundation on Saturday, April 22.  A total of 75 teams consisting of a combined 288 riders participated in a four-hour cycling relay ride set to high-energy, pulse-pounding music on Life Time’s expansive, resort-style pool deck. Cyclists cheered on their teammates as each took turns pedaling through one hour of Life Time’s new signature cycle formats: AMP, EDG and PWR. Cycling instructors led each hour of the ride and kept the energy up as riders pushed through challenging hills and all-out sprints.

Riders participating in relay ride
Photo credit: Jeff Ragazzo


Group of cyclists burning calories for a cause
Group of cyclists burning calories for a cause
Photo credit: Jeff Ragazzo


Individual cyclist
An Individual Cyclist - Photo credit: Jeff Ragazzo


Riders at Life Time Green Valley’s “Ride for a Reason” raised over $62,000 to help St. Jude continue to go the distance for children battling cancer and their families, and to support the Life Time Foundation’s efforts to improve children’s nutrition in schools across America. Following the ride, cyclists enjoyed complimentary mimosas and Bloody Marys at the poolside bar.

Chef Wolfgang Puck Receives "Philanthropist of the Year" Award from The Southern Highlands Charitable Foundation

Chef Wolfgang Puck was honored with the prestigious “Philanthropist of the Year” award during The 17th Annual Governor’s Black Tie Reception, Thursday, April 20, at Southern Highlands Golf Club. Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group pulled out all the stops and presented five different stations from CUT by Wolfgang Puck, Lupo by Wolfgang Puck, Spago by Wolfgang Puck, Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill and highlighted their Las Vegas restaurant portfolio’s pastry and bread making displays. All food and labor costs were donated back to The Southern Highlands Charitable Foundation.

Angela Rock Governor Brian Sandoval Chef Wolfgang Puck Garry Goett
Angela Rock, Governor Brian Sandoval, Chef Wolfgang Puck, and Garry Goett - Photo credit: Cashman Photo


Chef Wolfgang Puck and Garry Goett
Chef Wolfgang Puck and Garry Goett - Photo credit: Cashman Photo

Just after 5:30 p.m., guests were welcomed into the event tent at the Southern Highlights grounds as Cristina Amato was at centerstage setting the tone for the evening ahead. Making a special appearance, Chef Puck was welcomed with an overwhelming fanfare as he mingled with invited guests and posed for pictures as he made his way throughout the room.

Garry Goett, Master of Ceremonies and Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, Olympia Group, LLC, led the welcoming remarks, kicking off the program’s presentation. Moments later Governor of Nevada, Brian Sandoval, spoke about the 17-year history of The Southern Highlands Charitable Foundation, through its work supporting families in need in Southern Nevada.

Just after 7:30 p.m., Chef Wolfgang Puck was introduced on-stage where he was presented the award.  He delivered a meaningful speech through his commitment to Keep Memory Alive, The Larry Ruvo Center and his long-standing relationship with Meals on Wheels and spoke on his 25-year history in Las Vegas, opening Spago at The Forum Shops as his flagship at a time where the incline in fine dining was just breaking through. He also referenced the tight-knit relationship he had with his mother igniting his passion for culinary, teaching him the importance of community.
As he accepted his award and then posed for photos, one last surprise of the evening was unveiled. The Southern Highlands Charitable Foundation donated a check valued at $50,000 to Keep Memory Alive, closing out the evening with a roar in celebration.

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

PROOF TAVERN, the newest gaming and dining establishment in the Lake Las Vegas community, celebrated its recent launch in MonteLago Village with a GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION FEATURING A RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY with the Henderson Chamber of Commerce and CERTIFICATE PRESENTATION by Henderson City Councilwoman Gerri Schroeder on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Proof Tavern provides patrons a diverse collection of breakfast, lunch and dinner options along with a full-service bar with specialty craft cocktails, wine and spirits. The tavern is the only establishment at the Lake Las Vegas community with gaming, offering 15 video poker machines. Guests have the option of bar, dining room or patio seating and private event space on the second floor. Proof Tavern is open 11 a.m. to midnight Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday–Saturday and 8 a.m. to midnight on Sunday. Happy hour specials are available daily from 4-7 p.m. All guests must be 21.

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Proof Tavern, located at MonteLago Village within the Lake Las Vegas Community, hosted a grand opening celebration with a packed house on Thursday, April 20, 2017. - Photo credit: Josh Metz


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Proof Tavern owner, Sam Tibolt (center), celebrates the venue’s launch with a ribbon-cutting alongside officials from the Henderson Chamber of Commerce, City of Henderson Councilwoman Gerri Schroeder, staff and VIPs, on Thursday, April 20, 2017. - Photo credit: Josh Metz



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A server offers a slice of the Margherita Flatbread at Proof Tavern, located at MonteLago Village within the Lake Las Vegas Community, during the grand opening celebration on Thursday, April 20, 2017. - Photo credit: Josh Metz


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Owner Sam Tibolt (left) and Executive Chef Jon Littleton pose on the red carpet at the grand opening of Proof Tavern at MonteLago Village within the Lake Las Vegas Community on Thursday, April 20, 2017. - Photo credit: Josh Metz


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Guests mingle at the bar inside Proof Tavern at MonteLago Village at the Lake Las Vegas Community, during the grand opening celebration on Thursday, April 20, 2017. - Photo credit: Josh Metz

San Diego resident VEERA DEVABHAKTINENI hit a $1 MILLION DIAMOND SIX CARD ROYAL FLUSH JACKPOT AT THE CRAZY 4 POKER TABLE at Flamingo Las Vegas on Saturday, April 15. This wasn’t Devabhaktineni’s first time playing Crazy 4 Poker, but it was his first million, won after only an hour of play. The last Las Vegas millionaire was made less than six months ago at O’Sheas Casino at The LINQ Hotel & Casino. 2016 was a lucky year, bringing eight new millionaires to the ever-growing list.

Veera Devabhaktineni FLV Millionaire 4.15.17
Photo courtesy of the Flamingo Las Vegas


In celebration of Month of the Military Child, magician Mat Franco invited a group of youth from the Nellis Air Force Base Youth Center on  April 22 to experience a thrilling performance of MAT FRANCO – MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY at The LINQ Hotel & Casino.  Following the awe-inspiring matinee performance, the group was treated to a special meet and greet with the young magician onstage. In recognition of the nationwide initiative, military service members can celebrate their loved ones by taking advantage of a special discount of $35 off select seats to experience MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY through the end of April by using code 35MIL when purchasing tickets online, by phone or at the LINQ Theater box office with valid proof of service.



2017 HOOPS CENTRAL Celebrity Bracket Challenge winner, Golden Globe-winning actress and singer PIA ZADORA, presented with a check for $5,000 for a charity of her choice on Tuesday April 25, at the world-famous Race & Sports SuperBook® at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. Zadora, who beat out 16 other celebrities in the inaugural bracket challenge, including NBA legend Thurl Bailey, Nate Morris of Boyz II Men, HISTORY’s Pawn Stars, Joey Fatone and Terry Fator, among others, played on behalf of Project F.O.C.U.S.  HOOPS CENTRAL Celebrity Bracket Challenge runner up, professional dancer TONY DOVOLANI of Dancing with the Stars, was on hand to present the check, alongside Jay Kornegay, Vice President of Race & Sports Book Operations, and Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino Director of Advertising, Michelle Massaro.

Tony Dovolani and Pia Zadora Photo credit Arlene Richie
Tony Dovolani and Pia Zadora - Photo credit Arlene Richie

The University of Nevada (UNLV) Rebel Hockey Club announced, Monday, April 24, that the team has signed defenseman JAKE KEARLY from the University of Vermont of the NCCA Division 1 for the 2017-2018 campaign season. “Jake Kearley is a big, skilled defenseman who has the ability to change the overall culture of our program,” said Rebel Hockey’s General Manager, Zee Khan “He has experience playing at the highest levels of hockey, including NCAA D1, and will introduce a caliber of hockey to UNLV that we haven't seen before.”

MURRAY The Magician aka. Murray SawChuck just returned from a 3 week USO Tour for our military around the globe. He played 7 shows, 5 countries and clocked over 16,000 miles performing for troops in Honduras, AUTEC - Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Greenland. Murray, who was born and raised in Canada, stated, "This was a dream of mine to perform and give back to our military the day I got my United States Citizenship Feb. 2009. It was such an honor meeting and seeing the various branches of our military keeping us safe 24/7. I was honored!" Murray is now back at his resident headlining show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino weekly this Monday!

Celebrity Magician Murray Sawchuck with the troops at GTMO - Photo courtesy of

Due to medical reasons, ELTON JOHN is forced to CANCEL his entire performance schedule for the UPCOMING APRIL/MAY RUN of “The Million Dollar Piano” at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Cancelled show dates are April 25, 26, 28, 29 and May 1, 3, 4, 5. Orders purchased with a credit card for the cancelled performances will be refunded to the credit card used for purchase.  Those who purchased tickets with cash may present tickets at the original point of sale for a refund.

Pawn Plaza (located at 725 Las Vegas Blvd. So.) tenant JARED'S OLD FASHIONED HOT DOGS & HAMBURGERS is celebrating their GRAND OPENING this Fri., April 28 and Sat., April 29 by hosting “HOT DOGS TO HELP DOGS” from 11a.m. - 4:30 p.m. with 15% of their sales over the two days being donated to the Nevada SPCA.

Latin superstar GERARDO ORTIZ will perform in concert on Saturday, April 29 at Star of the Desert Arena in Primm. Concert goers will hear hit songs like "Mujer De Piedra," "Dámaso" and "Eres Una Niña." Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $35.

ESSENCE VEGAS Las Vegas’ premiere marijuana dispensary and resource center IS LOOKING TO FILL 50 POSITIONS at one of three Essence Vegas dispensary locations throughout Las Vegas and Henderson, including Essence – West at 5765 W. Tropicana Ave., Essence – The Strip at 2307 S. Las Vegas Blvd. and Essence – Henderson at 4300 E. Sunset Rd. Suite A3, as well as Desert Grown Farms’ 54,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art cultivation facility. Those who have a passion for the cannabis industry and wish to apply must bring their resume to the JOB FAIR on Tuesday, May 2 from 9 am to 5 pm at Wild Horse Golf Club, 2100 W Warm Springs Rd Henderson, NV 89014. Positions are available in the following areas: Cultivation Tech, Shift Manager, Patient Consultant, Receptionist, Maintenance, Inventory Control. Qualified candidates will receive onsite interviews. Interested applicants should have their state issued ID or Driver’s License with them at time of interview.

PANCHO'S MEXICAN RESTAURANT, located in Downtown Summerlin, will honor active-duty military and veterans with a 10 percent discount throughout the month of May for Military Appreciation Month.  Veterans and active-duty service members who show a valid military ID will receive a 10 percent discount off their total bill.

The lovely ladies of FANTASY, Luxor Hotel & Casino's award-winning adult revue, will salute the nation’s troops with their fourth annual special show for the military Wednesday, May 10 at 10:30 p.m. in honor of MILITAIRY APPRECIATION MONTH, FANTASY will offer COMPLIMENTARY TICKETS for active-duty military with valid military identification. The first 50 military members to reserve their tickets will receive complimentary entry to the show for themselves and a guest. Immediately following the show, all honored guests are invited to mix and mingle with the FANTASY cast at a meet-and-greet, with the opportunity for autographs and photos. Members of the military must reserve their tickets before Friday, May 5 by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Mirage Hotel & Casino headliner TERRY FATOR continued to show his support and appreciation for aspiring ventriloquists by creating the Clinton Detweiler Scholarship, a scholarship that helps up-and-coming performers pursue their career in ventriloquism. This year, Fator will be giving away two scholarships to the contestants that showcase their best ventriloquist and puppeteering skills. THE CLINTON DETWEILER SCHOLARSHIP packages includes: Travel and accommodations to the 2017 Vent Haven Convention, including entry into the convention, Credit towards an Axtell Expressions puppet, Ventriloquism courses taught by comedy ventriloquist Tom Crow.  To qualify for the Clinton Detweiler Scholarship, contestants must submit a one-minute video showcasing their best ventriloquist skills as well as a short written response answering why they should be chosen to attend the 2017 Vent Haven Convention beginning Saturday, April 22, 2017. All entries must be received no later than Friday, May 26, 2017 at 11:59 a.m. EST. Fator himself will be making the decision on the finalists, and ultimately who is awarded the scholarships. Winners will be announced on or around Monday, June 5, 2017. Entry, as well as full scholarship details, can be found at www.terrfator.com/scholarship.
Photographer, chef, scientist, and author NATHAN MYHRVOLD will open the MODERNIST CUISINE GALLERY at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace in May 2017. The gallery will sell limited-edition prints of food photography taken by Myhrvold and found in the books he has co-authored: Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science, Modernist Cuisine at Home, The Photography of Modernist Cuisine, and the forthcoming Modernist Bread, on sale fall 2017. This will be the first gallery in the world to solely display and sell food photography by a single artist.

On Monday, May 1, SHAKE SHACK® will kick off its 6th ANNUAL GREAT AMERICAN SHAKE SALE BENEFITING NO KID HUNGRY®,  a campaign focused on ending childhood hunger in America. In Las Vegas, a portion of the donations benefit Three Square Food Bank. Throughout May, Shake Shack guests who donate $2 or more to No Kid Hungry will receive a card for a complimentary hand-spun shake—valued at $6.00—redeemable on their next visit. Donations will be accepted in-Shack and online at http://bit.ly/shack-donate-now. 100 percent of donations will benefit No Kid Hungry.

THE GALLERY OF MUSIC & ART in Las Vegas is proud to welcome THE FABRIC OF RHYTHM, an exhibition by STEVE SMITH of JOURNEY. All Artwork will be on exhibition and available for acquisition May 1st through May 31st, during Gallery Hours 10 am to 11 pm daily. The gallery is located within the Forum Shops at Caesars, Terrace Level 3. Steve Smith will be making three very special Artist appearances at the gallery on Thursday, May 4, May 11 and May 18 from 6:00-8:00pm. All appearances are complimentary and open to the public, however, RSVPs are strongly suggested: http://stevesmithdrumart.com/vegas.html.

CSN's DEPARTMENT OF FINE ARTS presents a lively FESTIVE EVENING OF CHORAL MUSIC featuring the CSN Jazz Singers, The Chamber Chorale, who appeared at the MGM Grand Garden recently to participate in the production of The Music of Game of Thrones; CSN’s College Singers who appeared with Hugh Jackman to promote his latest film at the Cinema Convention; and the members of CSN’s Voice Classes. As a special treat for Nevada audiences, these talented performers have come together to present a semester ending concert under the direction of Dr. Mark Wherry, Lilian Roberts, and Voltaire Verzosa. The concert takes place on Thursday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Nicholas J. Horn Theatre at the North Las Vegas campus.  General admission tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. The CSN Performing Arts Center is located at 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave. in North Las Vegas.

Comedian DAVE CHAPPELLE will perform live at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Friday, May 5 at 9 p.m. Tickets, ranging in price from $59 to $279.  Please note that this is a strict NO CELL PHONES ALLOWED show. Guests should leave phones in their cars or at home. Guests who bring a cell phone will be required to place it in a locked pouch. All attendees will be subject to a pat down and wanding. Guests with a cell phone inside the venue will be immediately ejected.

Billy Idol and the House of Blues Las Vegas at Mandalay bay Hotel & Casino have extended BILLY IDOL: FOREVER into October 2017. Tickets for the newly announced performances will go on sale Friday, April 21 at 10 a.m. Tickets for the May 2017 dates are currently on sale. All shows begin at 8 p.m. 2017 performance dates are:  May 3, 5-6, 10, 12-13 – on sale now - Oct. 4, 6-7, 11, 13-14, 18, 20-21 – just added!

The House of Blues Restaurant & Bar also announces “HATS AND HORSES” – a Kentucky Derby viewing party on May 5 and 6.  Guests who don their classic derby hats are treated for a free mint julep (one per customer).  The race starts early with all-you-can-drink mimosas and bloody marys from 8 a.m. – noon.  $8 Kentucky Bucks will also be available all day.

In addition, House of Blues Restaurant & Bar extends their “SERVICE MEMBER DISCOUNT.” All military, law enforcement, fire department or EMT members showing valid ID will receive 25 percent off in the restaurant.  Does not include alcohol, cannot be combined with other promotions and management reserves all rights. 

Carlos Vives, one of Latin music’s most beloved artists, returns to the United States with the CARLOS VIVES - USA TOUR 2017 at the Pearl Concert Theater inside Palms Casino Resort on Friday, May 5 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $71, $91, $121 and $182 plus tax and applicable fees.

Broadway Actor and Streamy Award Winner TODRICK HALL announced his hit musical STRAIGHT OUTTA OZ will tour North America, Europe and Australia, with a stop at Rocks Lounge inside Red Rock Resort on Saturday, May 6 at 8 p.m.. Straight Outta Oz brings a new “twister” on L. Frank Baum’s most classic creation, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. With more than 20 original songs, Hall brings to life this American Classic like you’ve never seen it before. Tickets start at $35.

DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) Las Vegas, The Sin Sity Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and The Gay and Lesbian Center Community Center of Southern Nevada (The Center) will present the third annual PICNIC BY DESIGN FUNDRAISING EVENT AT SMITH CENTER'S SYMPHONY PARK from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 7. Themed “Wunderland,” Picnic by Design will feature over-the-top picnic baskets for two, created by design industry professionals from Nevada and Southern California. These unique picnic baskets—and their delectable contents—will be available to attendees through a silent auction throughout the afternoon. All proceeds from the event will benefit The Center and its mission of serving the LGBTQ community of Southern Nevada. Live entertainment will be provided by local artists including Chadwick Johnson, Jonathan Karrant, Ronnie Fabre and the Ukulele Ladies. Local food trucks, including Slidin Thru, Bone Appetit Bar-b-Que Grill, Truk-N-Yaki, Mr. Cooker LV and Dipped will also be present.Tickets for Picnic By Design start at $75. Guests have the option to upgrade their ticket to include private cabana seating for eight guests, champagne and a desert tray for $1,000. Guests may also chose to upgrade to a $1,500 ticket that also includes take-home place settings for eight guests, in addition to everything that is included with the $1,000 ticket. Tickets may be purchased at sinsitysisters.org or thecenterlv.org.

Faith Conservatory of the Fine Arts will present the musical “JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH” over two weekends May 12 – 21, 2017. Based on the beloved story by Roald Dahl and book by Timothy Allen McDonald, the new musical features music by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, otherwise known as Pasek and Paul, the Oscar-winning songwriting team behind the film, “La La Land."Tickets for “James and the Giant Peach” range in price from $6 - $20. Faith Conservatory of the Fine Arts, a part of Faith Lutheran Middle School & High School, is located at 2015 South Hualapai, Las Vegas.and can be reached at 702-804-4400.

Celebrity sightings:

Saturday afternoon. April 22...

“Wizards of Waverly Place” star Skyler Samuels celebrated her recent birthday at TAO Beach in The Venetian,  Joined by three girlfriends, the group took in the party from a daybed where Samuels was surprised with a birthday presentation from the TAO Beach staff.  The celebrations continued into the night as the group headed to TAO Nightclub where they partied at a VIP booth as Eric Dlux manned the decks.

Saturday, April 15...

“American Idol” Season Three finalist Jasmine Trias and magician/singer Ben Stone attended Ricky Martin’s new Las Vegas headlining residency, “ALL IN,” at Park Theater at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino. Trias and Stone posed for a photo with Martin backstage before enjoying the one-of-a-kind show.

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Jasmine Trias, Ricky Martin , and Ben Stone - Photo courtesy of Cashman Photo for Park Theater


Thursday, April 13...

 Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Samantha Hoopes was spotted at TAO Nightclub for Worship Thursday.  

Thursday, April 6...

 Latin pop music sensation Ricky Martin was spotted dining at Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant.

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