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"Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man" Celebrates Red Carpet Premiere at Paris Las Vegas

Kendra Wilkinson and Jai Rodriguez celebrated the Las Vegas premiere of "Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man" at Paris Las Vegas, Thursday, June 8. An exclusive group of celebrity and VIP guests walked the star-studded red carpet and enjoyed the Las Vegas debut of New York City's longest-running Off-Broadway production before heading to Chateau Nightclub to toast to the premiere of the new season of WE tv's "Kendra on Top," airing June 23 at 10 p.m.
 
Among the celebrities who joined Wilkinson, husband Hank Baskett, Rodriguez, and co-star Michael Milton on the red carpet were Jessica Hall ("Kendra On Top"), prop comedian Carrot Top, hypnotist Anthony Cools, the hunks from "Thunder From Down Under," singing quartet Human Nature, the ladies of "FANTASY," The Australian Bee Gees, BMX rider Ricardo Laguna, the casts of "Comedy & Dolls," "Crazy Girls," "50 Shades! The Parody, " "Solid Gold Soul” and X Burlesque," Piff The Magic Dragon, celebrity magician Murray Sawchuck, " Robert Sepulveda, Laith Ashley, Arisce Wanzer, Mikalah Gordon ("American Idol"), and more.

Kendra Wilkinson at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv
Kendra Wilkinson at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada - Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv

Jai Rodriguez at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv
Jai Rodriguez at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada - Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv

Michael Milton at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv
Michael Milton at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada - Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv

Anthony Cools at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv
Anthony Cools at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada - Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv

Carrot Top at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv
Carrot Top at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada - Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv

Comedy and Dolls at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv
Comedy and Dolls at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada - Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv

Crazy Girls at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv
Crazy Girls at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada - Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv

Eric Jordan Young at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv
Eric Jordan Young at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada - Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv

FANTASY at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv
FANTASY at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada - Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv

Frederic da Silva at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv
Frederic da Silva at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada - Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv

Hank Baskett at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv
Hank Baskett at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada - Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv

Human Nature at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv
Human Nature at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada - Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv

Jessica Hall at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv
Jessica Hall at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada - Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv

Laith Ashley Arisce Wanzer at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv
Laith Ashley Arisce Wanzer at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada - Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv

Melody Sweets at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv
Melody Sweets at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada - Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv

Mikalah Gordon at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv
Mikalah Gordon at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada - Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv

Murray Sawchuck at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv
Murray Sawchuck at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada - Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv

Patti Wilkinson and Colin Wilkinson at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv
Patti Wilkinson and Colin Wilkinson at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada - Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv

Piff the Magic Dragon at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv
Piff the Magic Dragon at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada - Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv

Ricardo Laguna at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv

Ricardo Laguna at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada - Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv

Robert Sepulveda Jr. at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv
Robert Sepulveda Jr. at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada - Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv

Shawn Nightingale Matt Murphy Adam Steck and Bri Steck with cast at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv
Shawn Nightingale Matt Murphy Adam Steck and Bri Steck with cast at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada - Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv

Solid Gold Soul at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv
Solid Gold Soul at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada - Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv

The Australian Bee Gees at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv
The Australian Bee Gees at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada - Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv

Thunder From Down Under at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv
Thunder From Down Under at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada - Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv

X Burlesque at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv
X Burlesque at the premiere of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and WE tvs Kendra on Top on June 8 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada - Photo by Isaac Brekken Getty Images for WE tv


Following the show, which received a standing ovation from a full-house of enthusiastic guests, the stars and their celebrity and VIPs headed to Chateau Nightclub, where Wilkinson was surprised with a Champagne bottle-shaped cake to commemorate her upcoming birthday, Monday, June 12.
 
"Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man" is a sex-affirmative, coming-of-age show, in which Wilkinson stars as Robyn, the bookish and demure host of a university authors forum. Featured author Dan Anderson, played by Rodriguez, brings Robyn out of her professorial shell by encouraging her and audience members to embrace their naughtiest instincts with the help of Stefan, her hunky stage assistant, portrayed by Milton.
 
The 75-minute production combines comedy, charisma, and a lot of sass to create a memorable evening perfect for everyone from couples looking to spice up their routines to groups interested in a girls' - or guys' - night out. With eight performances a week in an intimate theater just off the casino floor, the show is highly interactive and draws upon audience participation to demonstrate the most outrageous and hilarious techniques.

A co-production of Adam Steck's SPI Entertainment with Matt Murphy and Shawn Nightingale, "Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man" takes the motto "practice makes perfect" to a whole new level. Under the direction of Tim Drucker, the show becomes the ultimate adults-only party, promising to leave its audience with intimate bedroom insight.

"Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man" performs nightly (dark Wednesdays) at 7 p.m. with additional 11 p.m. shows Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets are now on sale and start at $39 (plus taxes and fees). A VIP ticket upgrade is available and includes a meet-and-greet and souvenir photo with the stars.

South Beach Resort Hosts Grand Opening Event and Raises Money for Boys’ Town

South Beach Resort, located at 8920 W. Russell Rd. just east of the I-215 Beltway, celebrated its grand opening with a fundraiser for the 100th anniversary of Boys’ Town, on Friday, June 9.

Grand Opening Party
Grand Opening Party- Photo credit: Jeff Ragazzo

 Saltwater Pool at South Beach Resort
Saltwater Pool at South Beach Resort- Photo credit: Jeff Ragazzo

Winnie and Bob Schulman with models
Winnie and Bob Schulman with models- Photo credit: Jeff Ragazzo

The luxury apartments hosted an all-white attire party for over 250 guests, who included new residents, South Beach developers and investors, and board members of Boys’ Town. South Beach representatives offered tours of the upscale apartments and amenities, including the full-size matrix gym, located on the second floor of the SB Lounge, and spa offerings.

Guests dined on upscale fare, including sushi presented in elaborate sushi boats, a Mediterranean-inspired cheese and charcuterie display, desserts, and featured cocktails including raspberry sorbet infused with champagne. As the sun set, guests moved outside to the residence’s palm tree-shaded Central Park to enjoy a few of South Beach’s outdoor perks, including a 16-foot outdoor TV screen, fire pits, and plenty of lounging spaces surrounding the beautiful salt-water swimming pool.

Guests at South Beach Resort
Guests at South Beach Resort - Photo credit: Jeff Ragazzo

At the end of the night, South Beach held a raffle contest to raise money for Boys’ Town in honor of its 100th anniversary. Prizes included a shopping spree at Sak’s Fifth Avenue and experiences at Speed Vegas, FIZZ, Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop and more. Boys’ Town is a non-profit organization is committed to provide a continuum of care to children whose lives have been damaged or compromised due to abandonment, abuse or neglect.

Vegas Vickie Bids Farewell to Fremont Street Experience to make way for New Resort-Casino Project

Tuesday morning, June 13, Vegas Vickie – the iconic kicking cowgirl neon sign who welcomed guests from near and far to the world-famous Fremont Street Experience – was lowered from her perch overlooking Downtown Las Vegas. Her removal is an early phase of construction for a new resort-casino project that will transform the west end of Downtown Las Vegas’ Fremont Street by developer Derek Stevens.

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Vegas Vickie - Photo credit: Tom Donoghue Photography

Vegas Vickie bids farewell to Vegas Vic 6.13.17
Vegas Vickie bids farewell to Vegas Vic - Photo credit: Tom Donoghue Photography

Stevens’ journey in Downtown Las Vegas began with transforming the former Fitzgerald’s property into the D Las Vegas, and giving Golden Gate – Vegas’ most historic casino – its first major expansion. He purchased land occupied by Las Vegas Club casino in 2014 to continue his vision of revitalizing the west side of Fremont Street Experience and later acquired Granite Gaming Group properties in 2016. The land for these properties will be used in the development of Downtown Las Vegas’ first resort-casino to be built from the ground up in decades.

“I love Downtown Las Vegas and want to continuously introduce new and exciting entertainment to our visitors,” said Stevens. “We’re experiencing a modern renaissance in this part of our city, and Vegas Vickie’s departure allows us to move forward with creative concepts and projects. But don’t worry, this won’t be the last you see of her.”

Insomniac’s Third Annual EDC Week Charity Auction and First Ever Surreal Sweepstakes Raises Record Breaking $162,000 for Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada

Insomniac, the production company behind North America’s largest three-day dance music festival, Electric Daisy Carnival, partnered with eBay for Charity and Surreal to give back to the communities of Southern Nevada with the third annual EDC Week Charity Auction and first-ever EDC Week Charity Sweepstakes. Hundreds of participating fans raised over $162,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada, which will fund fourteen comprehensive art programs across the region. During the EDC Week Charity Auction and Surreal Sweepstakes, thousands of bids were made for over 75 once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
 
“With each year of the EDC Week Charity auction, I am so grateful for the outpouring of support we receive from our fans and the community,” said Pasquale Rotella, Founder and CEO of Insomniac. “We partnered with Surreal for the first time to give everyone a fair shot at winning a special experience this year, and the response was incredible. Thank you to all that participated, because of you we raised our highest total yet for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada.”
 
During two unique phases of the EDC Week Charity Auction, fans from around the world had the opportunity to bid on unbelievable EDC experiences through eBay for Charity. Prizes included the chance to win The Golden Ticket to 10 Insomniac events throughout the year, to propose on stage at EDC Las Vegas, to take a helicopter tour over the festival and more. Headliners could also bid on creating priceless memories with some of their favorite artists, including the chance to pop champagne with Armin van Buuren, have a pizza party with Showtek, race across the track with Excision and much more.
 
As an extension of the EDC Week Charity Auction, Insomniac partnered with Surreal to launch the first EDC Week Charity Sweepstakes, where fans could enter to win a variety of experiences with the biggest names in dance music. During the festival, the winning fans will watch Major Lazer on stage, ride the Artist Ferris Wheel with Marshmello, catch Martin Garrix at OMNIA, take a helicopter tour of the festival with Pasquale Rotella, and more.
 
“When we discovered we were going to be the recipients of this year’s EDC Week Charity Auction and Surreal Sweepstakes, we never imagined such an incredible outpouring of generosity and support,” said Andy Bischel, President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada. “With these funds, we will be able to enhance 14 fully developed art programs, buy supplies, and foster creativity for our kids across Southern Nevada.”
 
Since the launch of the EDC Week Charity Auction in 2015, Insomniac, eBay For Charity, artists and premier Las Vegas businesses have raised over $355,000 for local nonprofits including Culture Shock Las Vegas, The Shade Tree, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada. For additional information on the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada and the EDC Week Charity Auction, please visit www.ebay.com/insomniac.

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

GRIMALDI'S PIZZERIA recently invited several members of the media, including yours truly, to sample their newly launched seasonal SUMMER SELECTIONS MENU featuring savory barbecue flavors, berries, and specialty cocktails at the South Rainbow location: 7155 S Rainbow Blvd, Ste. 125.

Being on a gluten free diet, I was thrilled to discover that among their fresh summer fares are several 'gluten friendly'*  dishes including the kale chopped salad which is made with a mix of kale, romaine lettuce, red onions, cucumber, slivers of Italian cheese, sun dried tomatoes, kalamata olives tossed in a lemon vinaigrette, and the seasonal selection of spinach and strawberry salad, both of which are absolutely delicious and available for a limited time.

As for pizza, I have visited several pizzerias that offer gluten friendly pizzas, but unfortunately, I have been disappointed and turned off by how the crust seems to have, what I can only describe as, the unappetizing texture of cardboard. Grimaldi's, on the other hand, has gotten it right. I sampled gluten friendly versions of two of their pizzas; the Garden, topped with fresh roma tomatoes, sliced onions, mushrooms and black olives and the Traditional cheese, topped with just the right amount of their home made sauce and mozzarella and basil.  Not only was each bite pleasing to my palate, the texture of the thin crust was perfect: mouth watering smooth, crispy, but not burnt, at the edge, just as it should be.   In fact, you would never know it is gluten free.  Hats off to Chef S. Cory Lattuca, for making customer satisfaction a top priority. He has discovered the secret to preparing the gluten free dough, and it is so good that odds are, no one can tell the difference between the regular and gluten friendly pizzas. No doubt, this food lover will be returning to Grimaldi's for another tasteful experience in the not too distant future.

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"Gluten Friendly" Pizza - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

*Gluten Friendly" does not mean "Certified Gluten Free".  Therefore, 'gluten friendly' may not be suitable for celiac patients, as it may contain small traces of wheat due to cross contamination

Read more about Grimaldi's new Summer Selections, including their specialty cocktails and desserts, in this weeks edition of Jacqueline Monahan's column “About the Town”.

Tuesday afternoon, June 13, the VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS – the National Hockey League’s newest franchise – broke the ice by announcing THE D LAS VEGAS as its official Downtown Las Vegas (DTLV) casino partner. This six-year exclusive sponsorship deal will entail exciting activations and events for fans in DTLV when the Vegas Golden Knights kick off their inaugural season this fall. Details about the partnership were unveiled during a press conference on Third Street Stage in the Fremont Street Experience, featuring the D Las Vegas’ CEO Derek Stevens, Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Vegas Golden Knights President Kerry Bubolz and Coach Gerard Gallant. It will include the following elements:

·Annual Fan Fest in Downtown Las Vegas in the off-season
·Special watch parties at the D for every Vegas Golden Knights game
·Player appearances at the property
· Official merchandise pop-up shop at the D
· Game tickets for purchase at concierge
· the D Las Vegas zamboni wrap at Vegas Golden Knights’ Summerlin training facility

In addition, Stevens announced that the D Las Vegas will make a $100K donation to jumpstart the Vegas Golden Knights Foundation.The press conference took place a week ahead of the NHL Expansion Draft on June 21. President Bubolz also had a few words on what the sponsorship would mean to the team once the season begins in exactly 114 days.  “We’re very excited for this partnership with Derek and the D Las Vegas. Every time I hear him speak about Downtown Las Vegas, I get more and more excited about working with this part of the city.”

In true Derek Stevens fashion, the ceremony concluded with the hotel CEO surprising Bubolz and Coach Gallant with matching signature blazers, designed with both company logos and personalized names on the back to replicate a hockey jersey.

Mayor Carolyn Goodman Derek Stevens Gerard Galland and Kerry Bubolz
Mayor Carolyn Goodman Derek Stevens Gerard Galland and Kerry Bubolz - Photo credit Tom Donoghue Photography

Celebrity Magician MURRAY SAWCHUCK received his very own shrunken head Wednesday evening, June 14, at Golden Tiki located in Chinatown on West Spring Mountain Road. Managing Partner Branden Powers was on hand to present the honor to the Las Vegas entertainer. Among the guests invited for the reveal was entertainment journalist Robin Leach and flamboyant Las Vegas personality/70's icon, Monti Rock III. Murray's head is the latest in a series of celebrity shrunken heads on display at Vegas’ iconic Tiki revival bar. Previous shrunken heads include Carrot Top, Frank Marino, Robin Leach and former Review Journal gossip columnist Norm Clarke.

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Celebrity magician Murray Sawchuck with sidekick and card prestidigitator extraordinaire Douglas "Lefty" Leferovich - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Robin Leach, The Baron and Murray Sawchuck - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Monti Rock III and Murray Sawchuck - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

ONE7 COMMUNICATIONS won a 2017 SILVER ANVIL AWARD Thursday night, June 8, at Public Relations Society of America's (PRSA) ceremony in New York City, recognizing the best in strategic and influential public relations programs nationwide.  Out of the numerous entries this year, 124 were selected as finalists with only 56 winning Silver Anvils. One7 communications  took home the Silver Anvil in the category Events and Observances (seven or fewer days): Consumer Services for the campaign "The Color Run Brightens Up Downtown Las Vegas."

DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN celebrated a milestone by spearing 10 YEARS OF PERFORMANCES IN LAS VEGAS. Broadway's timeless and internationally revered one man show debuted in southern Nevada on June 1, 2007 and is currently Las Vegas’ only resident Broadway show. Performances are 8:40 p.m. nightly at the D showroom at the D Las Vegas. Regularly priced tickets are $34.95++, general admission; $44.95++, VIP admission and includes priority seating and a Defending the Caveman t-shirt; and $58.18++, Platinum admission and includes first-tier seating, a commemorative photo, Defending the Caveman t-shirt, and one well drink, domestic beer or house wine.

Defending The Caveman

AWAY SPA, The newest spa concept from W Hotels has been launched at W LAS VEGAS, a 289-room tower within the SLS Las Vegas.  Featuring an innovative array of spa and salon services to heighten the senses and rejuvenate mind and body AWAY Spa at W Las Vegas was developed under the leadership of Spa Director Shane Upson, whose larger-than-life personality is reflected in all elements of the spa, from the invigorating design to the glamorous and inventive treatments. Some of the treatments custom-designed for AWAY Spa at W Las Vegas include the Vegas Vegan facial; Stoned hot stone massage; Vegas Baby hydration facial; Man Up men’s facial; and the ultimate in pampering experiences, the Massage a Trois, which includes a bath soak, hydrating body wrap, scalp massage and full body massage.  AWAY Spa at W Las Vegas features ten treatment rooms, a full service salon, a communal relaxation lounge with custom massage chairs, plus locker rooms with steam rooms and oversized experience showers.  “We know that people coming to Vegas are looking to live large, and whether they’re here to strut the Strip or sign a business deal, AWAY Spa will ensure they look and feel their best,” said Upson. “It has been a great thrill to help design and launch this spa concept, and we look forward to leaving our guests wowed in a way that only AWAY Spas know how to do.”

THE FLOWRIDER, the Strip’s first and only stand-alone wave machine, is bringing the world’s best flowboarders back to Las Vegas for the USA FLOW Tour 2017 at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Saturday, June 17 starting at 10 a.m. The FLOW Tour is flowboarding’s premier competitive tour featuring some of the world’s best riders. Flowboarders of all ages ride the tides and show off their talents at tours held in Asia, Europe, and the United States.  Professional flowboarders will be on hand to exhibit their extreme skills to spectators and will be competing for a cash grand prize. Amateurs are also welcome to join the competition as there will be various categories for riders to compete in, such as the junior stand-up division, youth bodyboarding, women’s stand-up and more. For spectators, the event is free and open to the public all day long. For those who will be competing, registration is from 8 to 9 a.m., practice for registered competitors is from 8 to 10 a.m. and the competition will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

FlowRider at Planet Hollywood credit Erik Kabik
FlowRider at Planet Hollywood - Photo credit Erik Kabik

PANCHO'S MEXICAN RESTAURANT, located in Downtown Summerlin, will celebrate summer with a FREE DESSERT FOR KIDS who bring in their report card now through Sunday, June 18. Accompanied by their family, children ages 12 and under who show a report card to their server will be treated to a complimentary deep-fried ice cream: vanilla ice cream covered with crispy corn flakes and cinnamon, topped with warm caramel sauce and whipped cream.

Fifteen Caesars Entertainment Restaurants and three acclaimed SLS LAS VEGAS RESTAURANTS, Bazaar Meat by José Andrés, Katsuya and CLEO, will join Three Square’s Las Vegas Restaurant Week to benefit the fight to end hunger in Southern Nevada from Monday, June 19 through Friday, June 30.  Each participating restaurant will offer a prix-fixe menu featuring signature dishes exclusively for Restaurant Week, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Three Square. For every $1 raised, Three Square provides three meals for hungry families in Southern Nevada. Three Square Food Bank provides 33 million meals per year for those in need through the help of Las Vegas Restaurant Week.

BEER PARK at Paris Las Vegas will kick off the season with its SUMMER MOVIE SERIES, featuring a different movie showing bi-weekly beginning on Tuesday, June 20 with a “Fast Times Pizza Party,” featuring the popular 80s coming-of-age comedy and plenty of pizza. Additional features will include ‘Ferris Bueller's Day Off’ as well as a retro throwback featuring beloved ‘80s cartoons. Guests can participate in the Summer Movie Series with the purchase of any of BEER PARK’s selection of food and drinks. Seating will begin at 7 p.m., with the showing at 7:30 p.m. Due to the Fourth of July holiday falling on a Tuesday, the Summer Movie Series will resume the following week, July 11.

For the fourth consecutive year, the iconic water park, WET’N’WILD LAS VEGAS, will be an official host venue in the global record attempt for THE WORLD'S LARGEST SWIMMING LESSON (WLSL) on Thursday, June 22 at 9:45 a.m. Check-in will begin at 9:15 a.m. Tens of thousands of kids and adults at aquatic facilities around the world will unite to set a new Guinness World Record™ while raising awareness about the importance of water safety and drowning prevention. Following the WLSL at Wet’n’Wild Las Vegas, participants can enjoy the park’s world-class slides and attractions for FREE. To participate, each child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The WLSL covers a 30-minute, basic swim lesson that will be held in the Red Rock Bay wave pool.  To register, visit www.wetnwildlasvegas.com and click on the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson event page. Availability is on first come, first served basis. Once the maximum 400 people is reached, registration will close.

SAFE NEST, Nevada’s largest and most comprehensive non-profit agency devoted solely to domestic violence issues, in partnership with THNK (True Health Needs Knowledge), The Rape Crisis Center, and Planned Parenthood, invites Vegas teens, ages 13-19, to "EXPECT RESPECT" and learn about healthy relationships at their ANNUAL TEEN CONFERENCE from 10 am to 5 pm. on Friday, June 23. Workshops, guest speakers, group activities, discussions and community involvement are all part of this informative conference which will be held at Cashman Center, 850 Las Vegas Blvd. North.  Lunch will be provided to participants, as well as fun giveaways throughout the day.  Local community leaders are also invited to participate in the day. There is no cost for teens to participate.  However, registration for the conference is needed by calling Safe Nest at 702-877-0133 ext. 252 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

HOUSE OF BLUES WELCOMES “POTTERCON” Sunday, June 25, the official day-drinking and mingling destination for witches, wizards, squibs, and magical creatures alike. The stage show includes a live Sorting Ceremony, Trivia Contest, Costume Contest, and Harry Potter themed skits, while additional activations throughout the venue include a step and repeat photo booth, fortune telling stations in the Astronomy Tower, custom Harry Potter themed merchandise, and more. Tickets for Pottercon 2017 start at $15, plus applicable fees.  Doors & Show: 2 p.m. 21+

Country star CHRIS YOUNG is returning to Las Vegas with special guests THE SWON BROTHERS, for a performance at the Sandbar Poolside Stage at Red Rock Resort on Friday, June 30. Tickets are $45 plus tax and applicable fees.

FORMER REVIEW JOURNAL COLUMNIST NORM CLARKE will be interviewing entertainer MARIE OSMOND on July 1 at 2 p.m. as part of his ongoing series 'Conversations with Norm' inside the Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Announcing the event will be Shawn Tempest of KTNV Channel 13. Tickets are $25.

HENDERSON'S ANNUAL FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION, which draws thousands of people to the city each year, is being moved to a bigger venue this year. The Fourth of July festivities will be held at one of the city’s largest parks, HERITAGE PARK located at 350 E. Racetrack Rd., between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. on July 4.  Admission is FREE. The festivities include human hamster balls, bounce houses, Zippy pals (electric animal rides), a small Ferris wheel, face painting and children’s art activities.  The Fourth of July celebration also will include a concert by Wildfire performing hits by artists ranging from Stevie Wonder to Walk to the Moon from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  The evening will conclude with an 18-minute fireworks display at 9 p.m that will be synched to music above Heritage Park in honor of America’s birthday.

Legendary pop-dance band, THE B-52s, featuring original members Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson, will perform a three-night engagement at the House of Blues inside Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Friday – Sunday, July 7-9.  Doors open 7:30 p.m. Show starts 8:30 p.m. 18+ Tickets start at $59.50, plus applicable fees.

As part of her North American tour, Burlesque icon DITA VON TEES  brings her “The Art of the Teese” variety show to the House of Blues on July 10. Tickets for Dita Von Teese: The Art of the Teese start at $50, plus applicable fees.

Celebrity sightings:

Saturday night, June 10...

 DJ Vice manned the decks into the wee hours of morning at TAO Nightclub in The Venetian, Fueling up for the night, DJ Vice and TV personality Brody Jenner enjoyed dinner at TAO restaurant before heading up to the nightclub. Joining the party was “Jersey Shore” star Ronnie Magro as well as photographer Kirill Bichutsky, who celebrated his birthday at Beauty & Essex in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas earlier in the night.

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Brody Jenner, DJ VICE, and Ronnie Magro - Photo credit: Brenton Ho

Thursday night, June 8...

Talk show host and TV producer Andy Cohen was seen having dinner at Beauty & Essex in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Wednesday, June 7...

TV host Ross Matthews enjoyed dinner at Beauty & Essex in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Kendra Wilkinson and Jai Rodriguez, stars of the just-launched Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man stage show at Paris Las Vegas, were spotted attending the 8 p.m. performance of the hit show ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The popular reality TV stars were seen taking in’s outlandish acts and hilarious antics during the. Following the show, the duo went backstage for a photo with The Gazillionaire.

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Kendra Wilkinson and Jai Rodriguez at ABSINTHE Las Vegas 6.7.17 - Photo credit Joseph Sanders/Spiegelworld

Tuesday, June 6...

Special guests Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi, former stars of ABC’s The Bachelor, made a special appearance for the launch of ALTR Created Diamonds’ new luxury brand, ‘LOVEMONSTER’ at JCK Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Resort. The newly engaged couple was be on hand to meet and greet and photo opportunity with JCK guests.

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Photo courtesy of JCK Las Vegas

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Photo courtesy of JCK Las Vegas


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