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Clint Holmes Launches New Residency at Golden Nugget

Singer and consummate entertainer Clint Holmes kicked off the first night of his limited residency inside the Golden Nugget Showroom on May 9.  It was a cause for celebration for several reasons.  Not only was it Holmes' opening night inside the Golden Nugget showroom, it marked his return to the venue where he performed for several years beginning in 1999.  Plus, May 9 also happened to be his 71st birthday.

Among the invited VIP guests in attendance to help him celebrate the opening were Clint's wife, singer/comedienne Kelly Clinton Holmes, entertainer Frankie Moreno, comedy magician Mac King, singer Earl Turner, Righteous Brothers Bill Medley & Bucky Heard, and magic and music duo Jarrett & Raja.  

Holmes once again proved to the audience what an amazing and talented performer he is. That said, he couldn't have picked better back up musicians.  His five piece band is comprised of musical director, Christian Tamburr, on piano and vibes, bassist David Ostrem;  drummer Jakubu Griffin; guitarist Pablo Gadda; and saxophonist Rocco Barbato, who are nothing short of excellent, and some of the best musicians in the business.

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Clint Holmes performing with guitarist Pablo Gadda - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

During his 90 minute show that is part autobiographical, Holmes reflects on his life, paying tribute to his parents (British white mother and American black father), their struggles and their musical influences on him.   While his style leans towards jazz, there isn't any music genre that he can't tackle and make his own.  With a repertoire that ranges from covers of classics, contemporary pop, to, yes, jazz,  the performer lends his own unique style, interpretation and twist to each song, whether it be Adele's “When We Were Young, The Beatles' “She Was Just 17”, Stevie Wonder's “I Wish”, Ray Charles' “I’ve Got a Woman,” or the “other” city that he loves, “New York, New York”.

Holmes is also a talented songwriter. Among the list of songs he performs during the show are original pieces including the title song from his newly released album Rendezvous, which he describes as “smooth jazz”.  One of his compositions, “If Not Now When”, he wrote while undergoing treatment for colon cancer over a decade ago.  Although inspired by his personal experience, the lyrics are so meaningful as to make an impact on everyone.

As a matter of fact, impact is just one of many words to describe what Clint Holmes brings to the stage and on his audiences. He is an extraordinarily gifted showman that commands the stage and attention with both his talent and charisma.  If you haven't yet had the pleasure of seeing him perform in person,  I have to say... if not now when?

You can catch Clint Holmes perform in The Golden Nugget Showroom 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays through August 31.

SEXXY Celebrates 500th Performance

Choreographer/dancer Jennifer Romas celebrated two years and 500 performances of her show SEXXY at Westgate Resort Casino on May 8.  It was a milestone for the hard working producer/creator of the high energy production.  The show features a collection of sensual, sexual, fun and enticing vignettes and stars Romas and her cast of talented, beautiful dancers and powerful singer Gabriela Versace who invite guests to “leave your inhibitions at the door” as you enter this erotic, forbidden, tantalizing world of everything SEXXY.

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In an effort to continually improve the production and take it to a new level, Romas has turned up the heat with three new dance numbers, revamped pre show entertainment, stunning new props, costumes and graphics.  The gorgeous performer was also thrilled to announce the kick off of her Summer of Sexxy campaign that includes the launch of Westgate's new “Sexxy” casino gaming chips as well as a Big 6 “Sexxy” gaming wheel and “Sexxy” blackjack tables located throughout the casino floor.  Starting May 22, the “Sexxy”girls will be hosting Mondays at the pool with “Sexxy” signature cocktails and more for the “The Playground” that opens May 20.

In addition, the SEXXY brand has been trademarked and will soon be unveiling new merchandise, including bling tops, caps and posters, that encompass strength, sexuality, intrigue desire, passion, seduction, confidence and empowerment for both men and women alike.

All tickets for SEXXY include taxes and service fees and can be purchased at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & casino box office. Guests must be 18 years or older.

X Burlesque celebrates "Diamond Anniversary" in Las Vegas

X Burlesque, the most provocative show on the Las Vegas Strip, celebrated its 15 year, Diamond Anniversary in Las Vegas, with the addition of sensual new dance numbers at Flamingo Las Vegas. The high-energy, racy production, features a variety of jaw-dropping performances by some of Las Vegas’ sexiest and most talented dancers.
Stunning new costumes and seductive new dance numbers have been added to X Burlesque in honor of the Diamond Anniversary, including a seductive pole number to “Dirty Girl” by Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators; a high-energy showstopper to “Show Girl” by Bart & Baker and “Lone Digger” by Caravan Palace; a hip hop number to Iggy Azalea’s “Mo Bounce;” a sensual “leg” striptease to Calvin Harris’ “Slow Acid;” and a trip to “Paradise City” and “Pure Imagination,” a Gene Wilder tribute to Guns & Roses.

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Voted “Best Female Revue” in Las Vegas in 2016, X Burlesque continues to use innovative new projection mapping, becoming the first topless revue in Las Vegas to do so. In addition, the X Bar and Bugsy’s Showroom will be rebranded and will soon be adorned with updated photos of the sexy X Girls.

In attendance to celebrate the special performance on Thursday, May 18 were the sexy cast members of X Country and X Rocks, actor and star of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” Jai Rodriguez, BMX pro Ricardo Laguna, cast members from Tenors of Rock, musician Frank Sidoris, lead guitarist from SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators and son of X Burlesque producer Angela Stabile, and Ryan Kelsey from Chippendales.

Created and produced by husband and wife team, Matt and Angela Stabile, X Burlesque is performed nightly at 10 p.m. inside the X Showroom at Flamingo Las Vegas. Tickets are $55.95, $79.95 and $86.27 plus tax and fees and can be purchased at the Flamingo Box Office.

Hakkasan Group Hosts First Ever Charity Golf Tournament Benefiting Keep Memory Alive

Hakkasan Group hosted its first ever Charity Golf Tournament at the Spanish Trails Golf Course on Monday, May 22.  As an extension of the renowned hospitality group’s Hakkasan Gives Back initiatives, the company partnered with the Keep Memory Alive Organization supporting the mission of Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and raised $50,000 for the local organization.

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Joe Haro, Ian Staller, Michael Severino, Larry Ruvo, Nick McCabe, Rich Kenny, Glenn Morrison, and Anna Robins - Photo credit: Aaron Garcia/Hakkasan Group

The event kicked off at 9:30 a.m., with over 200 guests headed to the destination for a day filled with golf and fun, all to benefit a truly important cause. Around 10:00 a.m. Nick McCabe, CEO of Hakkasan Group, joined Keep Memory Alive Co-Founder and Chairman Larry Ruvo to present him with a commemorative check for the organization.

“We are incredibly grateful to have the support of Hakkasan Group and cannot thank them enough for choosing Keep Memory Alive as the benefactor of the inaugural Charity Golf Tournament,” said Anna Robins, Senior Director at Keep Memory Alive. “The funds from this generous donation will be used to advance the important work of the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health as we continue our mission to eradicate brain disease and support the patients and family members of those who suffer from them.”

As the day went on, participants enjoyed their time golfing on the stunning 18-hole course, where surprises were waiting at each stop hosted by local sponsors offering delectable cocktails, giveaways, and additional contests with chances to win prizes including a hole-in-one car giveaway by Earnhardt Buick GMC, Monster Drive Hole contest with Monster Electronics Package and Putter giveaway, Closest to Pin Contest with Bellagio Stay Package, and much more.

“Hakkasan Gives Back is an initiative that we take great pride in, and we’re extremely proud to be able to bring our company together to support our community in a variety of ways,” said Nick McCabe, CEO of Hakkasan Group. “The level of participation we received from local partners and clients was astounding, and we are delighted to be able to support such a wonderful cause.”

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Larry Ruvo and Nick McCabe Check Presentation - Photo credit: Aaron Garcia/Hakkasan Group

The day was a result of true community and Hakkasan Group would like to thank all of the sponsors for their contributions in hosting such a rewarding event.

Neiman Marcus and Monique Lhuillier present Fashion for Three Square with Three Square Food Bank

The Bag Childhood Hunger campaign culminated Saturday night, May 13, with “Fashion for Three Square,” a special event that featured a Fall 2017 Monique Lhuillier fashion show, presented by Neiman Marcus, along with food catered by chefs from top restaurants in the Las Vegas Valley, including Rick Moonen, Shawn McClain, Artisanal Foods, Andiron Steak & Sea, Nobu and Wolfgang Puck Group.

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This was the sixth year that Three Square Board Member, Diana Bennett hosted the event, bringing together fashion and Southern Nevada’s only food bank. Joining an exclusive list of designers who’ve participated in past events, including Herve Leger, Zac Posen and Michael Kors, the designs from Monique Lhuillier’s FW17 collection elevated the evening with her whimsical gowns and designs. The show was set against the backdrop of the Las Vegas Strip just as the sun set on the patio of Ms. Bennett’s home. The entertainment, cuisine, and cocktails were a cherry on top of the $2 million raised in support of food insecure families in Nevada.

The event benefits Three Square Food Bank’s Bag Childhood Hunger campaign, which provides meals to food insecure children in Southern Nevada.

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

CAESARS ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION has announced that, as part of its continued commitment to providing guests with the best possible experience, the company will be launching a $90 MILLION COMPLETE RENOVATION OF 1,270 ROOMS AT FLAMINGO LAS VEGAS. The renovation will begin in late August 2017, with the first guest arrivals expected in November 2017, and final completion of all rooms expected in the second quarter of 2018.

Popular Las Vegas chef and restaurateur, CARLOS BUSCAGLIA, has joined HEXX Kitchen + Bar as the new executive chef. Buscaglia, who is best-known locally as co-creator and executive chef of Due Forni Pizza & Wine, has nearly 25 years of culinary experience, much of which has been in Italian cuisine, spanning classics to dishes with modern appeal.

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health welcomes JODY GHANEM as a development director. A Las Vegas resident of 40 years, Ghanem, has been actively involved in the Las Vegas community including the arts and education ---, formerly an advisory board member at The Smith Center, the revitalization of Downtown, UNLV, Reno Medical School, St Viator’s Foundation and the Meadows School. In her new role, Ghanem will oversee the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health’s philanthropic fundraising.

LifeTime has announced  Summerlin local KORY B.  as the “Weight Loss”   winner of Lifetime's national 60-Day Challenge competition, a title earning him a new lease on life and $10,000 cash. Kory, a member of the Life Time Athletic Summerlin club in Las Vegas, lost an astounding 8.37 percent body fat and shed 26.4 pounds during the 60-day national weight loss competition.

The challenge kicked off on Saturday, Feb. 11 with a “Weigh-In Weekend,” where participants received individual consultations from Life Time certified personal trainers, selected either “Weight Loss” or “Transformation” as their challenge category and completed their first weekly weigh-in for the program. The “Weight Loss” category was judged on the largest percent of body weight lost, while the “Transformation” category was judged on total transformation in body composition, including body fat percentage and before and after photos.

Over the next 60 days, Kory and his fellow participants worked with Life Time personal trainers and nutrition coaches to achieve their goals and received complimentary access to weekly “Try-It Tuesday” events. These events, designed to help participants achieve personal success, included grocery store tours, fitness classes, and a variety of nutrition, exercise and technology seminars.
Two national “Weight Loss” winners (one male, one female) and two national “Transformation” winners received $10,000 in cash. The top 16 finalists of each category also received $1,000 cash prizes.

MAVERICK HELICOPTERS took home its eighth consecutive award for Best Air Tour from the Southern Nevada Hotel Concierge Association’s (SNHCA) Concierge Choice Awards. The company was honored during the Choice Awards Gala on Sunday, April 30 at Omnia Nightclub.

It was announced this week that five-time Grammy® Award winner CEELO GREEN will return to Las Vegas to perform a four-night, limited engagement at Caesars Palace. The singer, songwriter, producer, actor and television personality will take to the stage for an intimate show from July 21- 22, 28- 29. Backed by a two-piece band, CeeLo Green will be up close and personal, like he’s never been before. CeeLo will take his audience on a journey through his two decade plus career, performing songs from his incredible repertoire including “Forget You” and “Crazy.” Tickets for the shows at the iconic Cleopatra’s Barge at Caesars Palace will go on sale to the public on Friday, May 26 at 10 a.m. PT. An exclusive presale for Total Rewards members, Caesars Entertainment’s loyalty program, will be available from Wednesday, May 24 at 10 a.m. PT through Thursday, May 25 at 10 p.m. PT. General ticket prices begin at $119, plus applicable tax and fees. Tickets may be purchased in-person at any Caesars Entertainment box office. All shows begin at 8 p.m.

Fremont Street Experience’s Downtown Rocks concert series will kick off the summer this Memorial Day weekend with a FREE CONCERT  featuring THEORY OF A DEADMAN, Friday, May 26 at 9 p.m. on the 3rd Street Stage. Downtown Rocks, an amplified concert series whose tagline is “One Louder,” showcases spectacular lineups and free, nonstop entertainment all summer long, in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas.

Comedian, satirist and TV star JOEL McHALE will make his Treasure Island debut May 26 at 9 p.m. Tickets are available starting at $54.95, plus taxes and service charges.

Every Saturday night at 8 pm all summer long, the Plaza Hotel & Casino hosts PLAZA POOL NIGHTS – a dance and swim party under the stars on its newly renovated rooftop pool deck. This Saturday, May 27, a special Plaza Pool Nights party is planned to celebrate Memorial Day.  Guests will enjoy entertainment from the Red Not Chili Peppers and DJ Exodus.  During the party, the Pool at the Plaza’s cocktail bar will be open offering a selection of frozen and specialty cocktails as well as beer and wine. The party will culminate with a live fireworks show coordinated to a music compilation of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Lenny Kravitz and Bruce Springsteen at approximately 10:45 p.m.  Entry is FREE and guests must be 21 years of age or older.

BILL FAYNE'S “BROADWAY SHOWSTOPPERS” will bring iconic show tunes to the Suncoast Showroom on Saturday, May 27. The cast of “Broadway Showstoppers” features some of Las Vegas’ most talented entertainers, including members of shows like “Vegas! The Show,” “Jubilee” and even more variety, song and dance shows. The show features hits from some of the most celebrated musicals in Broadway’s history, including “Funny Girl,” “Gypsy,” “West Side Story,” “Cats” and more. The Las Vegas-based talents who make up the show lineup include: Anne Martinez, Amanda Kaiser, Ashley Fuller, Jason Watson, Niki Scalera and Ayler Evan. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. Tickets start at $15.95 plus taxes and fees, and can be  in-person at 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.

This Memorial Day Weekend, family get-togethers, picnics and backyard barbecues will be replaced by ROCK THE STREET, this year’s biggest and loudest FREE CONCERT WEEKEND AT THE DOWNTOWN GRAND HOTEL & CASINO. Vince Neil will be the first to take center stage and transform Downtown Las Vegas’ 3rd Street with Mötley Crüe’s biggest hits on Saturday, May 27 with opener Todd Kerns & the Anti-Stars.  Then, on Sunday, May 28 for the FREE rock n’ roll concert homage and street barbecue, Tribute Nation on 3rd starring Pyromania, Trinity and Faux Fighters  willperform the all-time favorites from Def Leppard, Journey, Styx, Foo Fighters and Foreigner. This is all part of the Downtown Grand’s commitment to free live music experiences (which also includes the stages at Freedom Beat, the Grand Casino and Citrus Grand Pool Deck), this first-ever Free Memorial Day Weekend concert event will showcase 3rd Street as the resort’s newest and largest music venue.  

On Memorial Day, May 29, all Texas de Brazil locations will offer all veterans and active military members a 50% savings on their meal, valid for up to 4 people per table. For those who prefer to pick up food for their at-home party, they  will save 20% that day (pre-order required).

PINOT'S PALETTE IS PARTNERING WITH THE SHADE TREE WOMEN & CHILDREN'S SHELTER to participate in a paper icon sales campaign June 1 – July 1, COLLECTING MONETARY DONATIONS STARTING AT $1 TO BENEFIT THE SHELTER. Guests who make a donation of $5 or more will receive a $10 gift card to any Pinot’s Palette sip and paint studio. Shade Tree paper icons can be purchased at any three of the Pinot’s Palette locations as a direct donation to the charity. Purchases are not necessary for a donation. Pinot’s Palette paint and sip studios are located at:The District at Green Valley Ranch: 2260 Village Walk Dr., Ste. 104 Henderson, NV;  Town Square Las Vegas: 6587 Las Vegas Blvd., South, Ste. 175 Las Vegas, NV and Boca Park: 1000 S. Rampart Blvd., Suite 10 Las Vegas, NV.

THE LAS VEGAS NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM’S ANNUAL SUMMER SOIREE, SUNDOWN IN DOWNTOWN: BONES AND BOOZE, is back for its 6th year on Friday, June 2 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Hosted at Heritage Park located next door to the Museum, the outdoor celebration features bold rhythms, cold drinks and small bites from local businesses throughout the valley. Guests can indulge in cuisine from a variety of vendors including El Sombrero, VegeNation, Rachel’s Kitchen, Triple George Grill, Imperial Taco’s and Beer, Popcorn Girl, and more including a beer garden featuring local breweries such as Big Dog’s Brewery, Great Basin Brewery and Tenaya Creek Brewery. All proceeds will benefit the Museum’s mission; to inspire individuals through educational exhibits and programs to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the natural world.  Tickets to Sundown in Downtown start at $35, which includes all you can eat via food vendors and two drink tickets (additional drink tickets can be purchased for $5 each). VIP admission starts at $55 and includes all you can eat and drink. Couples and party pack VIP tickets are available. Tickets can be purchases here: http://bit.ly/Sundown2017 or by visiting www.lvnhm.org.  Guests must be 21 years of age or older to attend.

The annual music festival, JUNEFEST to the spacious outdoor Sunset Amphitheater, located poolside at Sunset Station, on Saturday, June 3. Then lineup up of performers include REO Speedwagon, Don Felder and Martha Davis and The Motels . Tickets to Junefest are $29 plus tax and applicable fees for standing room only. Reserved seating is available for $69, $89 and $99 plus tax and applicable fees.  Doors open at 5 p.m. and guests under 21 must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets can be purchased at any Station Casinos Reward Center.

THE LAS VEGAS FILM FESTIVAL will celebrate a decade of bringing storytelling, culture and community to Southern Nevada by holding its 2017 festival entirely at Brenden Theatres and the Palms Casino Resort June 6 – 11. The 10th annual Festival will screen a selection of feature films, documentaries, shorts and music videos, with a full programming and special events lineup.

Additionally, this year’s Festival will once again include CINEVEGAS PRESENTS AT LVFF, featuring a selection of films curated by the CineVegas team of Trevor Groth and Mike Plante.Tickets and passes to this year’s Festival are on sale now. All movie tickets are $11 per person. Passes available for purchase include the Community Festival Pass for $75, which grants access to all movie screenings, as well as the VIP Pass for $175. In addition to full access to all movie screenings, the VIP Pass also gives filmgoers the opportunity to immerse themselves into a community of filmmakers with daily festival mixers, panels, parties and access to the filmmaker lounge, all of which are held on site at the Palms Casino Resort. Passes and movie tickets will also be available at the Festival’s box office at the Brenden Theatres inside the Palms Casino Resort beginning Tuesday, June 6. Additionally, discounts for locals, seniors, students and military are available.

SUPER SUMMER THEATER will kick off its 42nd season of bringing affordable, high-quality productions to southern Nevada residents with “THE WEDDING SINGER,” performing June 7 – 24 at the Spring Mountain State Park. *On opening night (Wednesday, June 7), a limited number of military families from across the Las Vegas valley will be treated to a complete night out by Super Summer Theatre and its sponsors.

Super Summer Theatre also supports local charitable food pantries and asks patrons attending opening night to bring one canned food item per car to be collected at the entrance of the parking lot.   Tickets for all performances are $15 in advance and $20 day of show. Children ages five and under are free (no ticket needed).

FIREFIGHTERS OF SOUTHERN NEVADA BURN FOUNDATION will host its 17th ANNUAL FIREFIGHTER BACHELOR AUCTION on Friday, June 9 from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. at The Foundry at SLS Las Vegas, with a special opening performance by male revue troupe, Aussie Heat.   Southern Nevada’s hottest and most eligible firefighter bachelors will be auctioned off to members of the community during the 17th Annual Firefighter Bachelor Auction. Bachelors will be paired with prize packages including premier hotel stays, a trip to Cabo San Lucas, Las Vegas show tickets, Sundance helicopter tours, golf experiences, spa treatments and much more. All proceeds from the auction will benefit individuals in the community through The Burn Survivor Initiative, a program that provides medical and emotional assistance to local burn survivors following a traumatic experience.  Tickets start at $40 for females, $80 for men and $80 for couples. Gold and Silver VIP table packages are available and can be purchased at www.theburnfoundation.org. Tickets are limited.

SOUTHERN SOUL BLUES CONCERT, featuring a lineup of talented blues musicians comes  to Sam’s Town Live! Inside Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall on Friday, June 9. The show starts at 8 p.m.
The lineup includes TK Soul, a longtime musician who is best known for his hits “Try Me,” “I’m Looking 4 a Lady” and “Zydeco Bounce.” Also appearing is Pokey Bear, a southern blues musician known for his hits “My Side Piece and “Good Foot.” Rounding out the lineup are musicians Donnie Ray, Coldrank and Benito.  Tickets are available from $35 plus taxes and fees, and can be purchased by cin-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. VIP seating is also available.

Motown supergroup THE COMMODORES will bring its top funk and soul hits to Cannery Casino Hotel’s The Club on Saturday, June 10. The group’s lineup features original members William King and Walter “Clyde” Orange, as well as 1982 addition J.D. Nicholas. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets start at $29.95 plus taxes and convenience fees.

Australian entertainer GREG BONHAM returns to the stage at the Cabaret Jazz room inside The Smith Center on Saturday, June 10 at 7 p.m. with "G'Day Las Vegas." As his third return to the entertainment capital of the world, Bonham will capture audiences with his soulful voice and sizzling trumpet skills, performing songs from Maynard Ferguson to U2 and Eric Clapton, with classic hits including "Hallelujah" alongside Bonham's emotionally charged original songs. Accompanied by his eight-piece superstar band, and award-winning pianist, Ryan Ahern who will open the show and perform renditions of famous tunes by Jerry Lee Lewis, Boogie-Woogie, Queen and Ray Charles. Tickets range from $30-$40 and are on sale now at The Smith Center Box Office, located at 361 Symphony Park Avenue.

“THE FAB FOUR – THE ULTIMATE TRIBUTE WITH ED SULLIVAN” will bring The Beatles’ classic hits back to life at The Orleans Showroom on June 10-11. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets start at $29.95 plus tax 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.

Legendary Grammy Winner PATTI LABELLE will perform live in concert on Saturday, June 10 at Star of the Desert Arena in Primm. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. with tickets starting at $30.

MODERNIST CUISINE GALLERY, the first gallery in the world to focus solely on food photography by a single artist is now open. Groundbreaking works of photographer, chef, scientist, and author Nathan Myrhvold transports beholders to the intersection of fine art, food photography, and science. Located at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, the gallery sells limited-edition prints of food photography taken by Myhrvold and found in the books he has 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.

BOULEVARD FOOD COURT, offering an easily accessible, value-priced, fast-casual dining destination to the thousands of tourists, has opened on Las Vegas Boulevard. across from the Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino next to the highly-successful Fat Bar and top-grossing Fatburger franchise.  The new culinary destination features Las Vegas’ 21st Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf location, El Dorado Cantina’s second Las Vegas location El Dorado Express and six other brand new restaurant concepts such as CookieMUFU, Voodoo Pizza and Reb Dog.

WAFFLE BAR LAS VEGAS has opened its new location at Tivoli Village, featuring an expanded menu offering breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu features an innovative take on Belgian waffles with over a dozen variations from savory to sweet.

Celebrity sightings:

Tuesday, May 23...

Emmy Award-winning stand-up comedian, Louie Anderson, and singer/songwriter Eddie Money, spent the evening at newly-opened MB Steak at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

Monday, May 22...

Renowned pop singer Jewel stopped by Mystere by Circque du Soleil  to see the legendary show and wish Brian Dewhurst, who plays the iconic clown “Brian Le Petit,” a happy birthday. Dewhurst, the oldest performer in the critically acclaimed production, celebrated his 85th birthday backstage with fellow cast members, Jewel and her son after the show. Also in attendance at the bash was Apple Co-founder, Steve Wozniak.

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Sunday night, May 21...

Supermodel and T.V. personality Chrissy Teigen was spotted enjoying Las Vegas’ hottest new production, Magic Mike Live, at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Following the Billboard Music Awards, Country duo Florida Georgia Line celebrated their award for “Top Country Song” with 20 friends at TAO. In honor of their win, the restaurant presented the band with a bottle of Champagne and congratulatory dessert platter that lit up the room with sparklers.

 Also at TAO was Camila Cabello following her first performance as a solo artist at the award show. To congratulate Cabello on her performance, TAO sent out a platter of signature desserts adorned with “No Crying in the Club”.

Across the restaurant were actresses Ashley Tisdale and Lea Michele who dined together on a selection of TAO favorites.

In the private dining room was Snapchat guru and TAO Group resident DJ Khaled.

Jussie Smollett from the hit show “Empire” was also spotted at TAO enjoying dinner with friends.

Virginia Black, the whiskey Drake (who won an record breaking 13 Billboard Music awards earlier in the evening) created with Brent Hocking, hosted an exclusive backstage VIP lounge at the Billboard Music Awards where The Chainsmokers celebrated their wins by taking shots of whiskey with actor Ansel Elgort. Kate Beckinsale, Mark Cuban and Nicole Scherzinger were also hanging out in the lounge.

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Alex Pall of The Chainsmokers and Ansel Elgort hanging out at the Virginia Black VIP Lounge at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards


Chris Daughtry and Sara Foster at the Virginia Black VIP Lounge at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards
Chris Daughtry and Sara Foster at the Virginia Black VIP Lounge at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards


Drake Nicki Minaj Lil Wayne and entourage celebrate with Virginia Black whiskey at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards 3
Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Lil Wayne and entourage celebrate with Virginia Black whiskey at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards


Drake sharing Virginia Black with the crowd at the Billboard Music Awards After Party at Hakkasan photo credit Rukes
Drake sharing Virginia Black with the crowd at the Billboard Music Awards After Party at Hakkasan photo credit Rukes


Kate Beckinsale at the Virginia Black VIP Lounge at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards
Kate Beckinsale at the Virginia Black VIP Lounge at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards


Mark Cuban and Sara Foster hang out at the Virginia Black VIP Lounge at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards
Mark Cuban and Sara Foster hang out at the Virginia Black VIP Lounge at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards

Saturday, May 20...

Jermaine Dupri continued the kick-off weekend of his summer residency at TAO Beach in The Venetian. Joining Dupri in the DJ booth was recording artist Bow Wow who enjoyed the party with friends and family.

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Jermaine Dupri - Photo credit: Tony Tran Photography


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Jermaine Dupri - Photo credit: Tony Tran Photography

Later that night at TAO restaurant, DNCE band members including Joe Jonas had dinner with a group of friends.

Across the restaurant was Snapchat guru and TAO Group resident DJ Khaled.

Also having dinner at TAO was singing group R5 who enjoyed the satay of seabass, sausage fried rice and tuna tartare.

TV host Jeannie Mai was seen having dinner with friends at Beauty & Essex in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Internationally acclaimed Korean pop stars, BTS (Bangtan Boys) visited KA at MGM Grand, where they enjoyed an exclusive introduction and photo opp with cast members from the show. Celebrated as the first Korean group to appear at an American music awards ceremony, BTS is in town for the 2017 Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs), where they will vie for the award of “Top Social Artist.”

Also in town for the BBMAs, Jeannie Mai, fashion expert and host of the Emmy-nominated daytime talk show The Real, was spotted enjoying a spectacular performance of “O” at The Bellagio.

Over at Mandalay Bay, pop singer, fashion designer and new Spider-Man: Homecoming star Zendaya celebrated some time off with her family at the world-famous Michael Jackson ONE.

Music mogul Puff Daddy  hosted the evening for thousands of Saturday night partygoers at Las Vegas hotspot, LIGHT. Arriving with son, Justin Combs and entourage in tow, Puffy headed to the stage  and transformed the nightclub into a birthday celebration of the late Biggie Smalls.

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Puff Daddy - Photo credit: David Becker

Earlier that night, hip hop artist OT Genesis, hit the stage where he performed his top hits "Cut It" and "Push It".  Other celebs in attendance were award winning DJ and Producer, Metro Boomin, Darius Walker and Candice King of Vampire Diaries who was celebrating her birthday in a nearby VIP.

Friday, May 19...

A number of high profile stars were spotted at ‎JEWEL Nightclub inside ARIA Resort & Casino as the nightspot kicked off its One-Year Anniversary Weekend celebration. The star-studded night, which also served as the Billboard Music Awards Official Pre-Party with a special live performance by PartyNextDoor, brought out chart-topping artists including Drake, DJ Kahled and Halsey, along with model Kate Upton.

Grammy-award winning recording artist Jermaine Dupri kicked off his exclusive summer residency Friday night at TAO Nightclub in The Venetian.  Joining him in the DJ booth throughout the night was Bow Wow.

Jermaine Dupri Bow Wow at TAO Beach
Jermaine Dupri Bow Wow at TAO Beach - Photo credit: Brandon Pearson

Thursday, May 18...

Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kate Upton was spotted at Hakkasan Nightclub inside MGM Grand Hotel & Casino.  

Tuesday afternoon, May 16..

Reality TV star and former Playboy model Kendra Wilkinson was spotted at BEER PARK at Paris Las Vegas.  Wilkinson will be making her Las Vegas debut headlining a new show at Paris Las Vegas, “Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay man,” alongside co-star Jai Rodriguez. The 12-week limited production will launch next week.

Saturday, May 13...

Twilight actor Taylor Lautner was spotted dining with girlfriend and Scream Queens starlet Billie Lourd at Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant inside MGM Grand.

In town celebrating his brother’s 21st birthday,“Hunger Games” actor Josh Hutcherson was spotted at Hakkasan Nightclub inside MGM Grand Hotel & Casino.

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Hakkasan - Connor Hutcherson, Tiesto and Josh Hutcherson - Photo credit: Joe Janet

Friday night, May 12...

Former football player Jerry Rice partied at TAO Nightclub in The Venetian with friends.

At LAVO Italian Restaurant in The Palazzo actor Cody Christian from Freeform’s “Pretty Little Liars” enjoyed dinner with friends and celebrated his recent birthday.

Thursday night, May 11...

Professional soccer player DeAndre Yedlin was spotted at TAO Nightclub in The Venetian with friends. Yedlin took in Worship Thursday from his VIP table as DJ Five manned the decks.

Wednesday, May 10...

Iconic American rock band, Journey, spent the evening at newly-opened MB Steak at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

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