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The entertainment world has lost another one of its greats with the passing of comedy legend, actor, filmmaker and philanthropist, Jerry Lewis who died at his Las Vegas home on Sunday morning August 20. He was 91. Thank you, Jerry,  for bringing laughter and joy into the lives of generations and millions of fans throughout the world. You will be missed. Our condolences goes out to his wife and family.

Imagine Dragons’ Nonprofit Organization Raises $1 Million for Pediatric Cancer at 4th Annual Believer Gala

Friday evening, August 25, the 4th annual Believer Gala, an extraordinary, one-night-only experience created to raise funds for The Tyler Robinson Foundation (TRF), the Imagine Dragons’ nonprofit organization, raised a record $1 million in support of families with pediatric cancer diagnoses.

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The Tyler Robinson Foundation

More than 700 attended the star-studded, sold-out event held at Caesars Palace which featured a performance from the GRAMMY Award-winning, multiplatinum-selling band, as well as appearances by special guests including master of ceremonies Joel McHale, honorary chair Steve Young, Backstreet Boys’ AJ McLean, Richard Marx, Daisy Fuentes, Oliver Trevena, Ted Stryker, Paul Shaffer, Kim Raver, Curt Menefee, Carla Pellegrino, Anthony Cools, Murray Sawchuck, Tenors of Rock, Absinthe’s Melody Sweets and The Gazillionaire, and Utah Jazz players Rudy Gobert and Raul Neto. For the first time ever, fans of Imagine Dragons unable to attend the gala were able to see the band’s performance on Facebook Live to support the TRF mission.

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AJ McLean - 2 Credit Bryan Steffy

Anthony Cools Credit Bryan Steffy
Anthony Cools - Credit Bryan Steffy

Carla Pellegrino Credit Bryan Steffy
Carla Pellegrino - Credit Bryan Steffy

Curt Menefee Credit Bryan Steffy
Curt Menefee - Credit Bryan Steffy

Daisy Fuentes Credit Bryan Steffy
Daisy Fuentes - Credit Bryan Steffy

Joel McHale Credit Bryan Steffy
Joel McHale - Credit Bryan Steffy

Kim Raver Credit Bryan Steffy
Kim Raver - Credit Bryan Steffy

Melody Sweets The Gazillionaire Credit Bryan Steffy
Melody Sweets &The Gazillionaire - Credit Bryan Steffy

Murray Sawchuck Credit Bryan Steffy
Murray Sawchuck - Credit Bryan Steffy

Paul Shaffer Credit Bryan Steffy
Paul Shaffer- Credit Bryan Steffy

Richard Marx Credit Bryan Steffy
Richard Marx - Credit Bryan Steffy

Ted Stryker Credit Bryan Steffy
Ted Stryker - Credit Bryan Steffy

Additionally, the Believer Gala honored four individuals who have made notable contributions to TRF through direct efforts, philanthropic support, or by raising public awareness for pediatric cancer. This year’s honorees included 16-year-old photographer Phoebe Melikidse, Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada, Qualtrics and Fox 5 Vegas MORE’s Rachel Smith. 

To raise even more funds for TRF, Imagine Dragons plans to donate $1 from each ticket sold from their upcoming Evolve Tour back to the organization. 

Aid for AIDS of Nevada Celebrates 31st Annual Black & White Party at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

More than 2,500 guests dressed for a cause at Aid for AIDS of Nevada's (AFAN) 31st annual Black & White Party at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on August 21. The event raised more than $130,000 to benefit AFAN's advocacy for those living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.

Marco and Joanna from Sunny 106.5 kicked off the evening by introducing performances from East Side Riot and Michelle Johnson. Pia Zadora showed her support with a surprise donation of $1,000 through a representative, and Assemblyman Nelson Araujo presented an official proclamation honoring AFAN and the outstanding work they do in the community.

Local entertainers, socialites, and personalities came out in their best black and white for AFAN including longtime supporters Penn & Teller, Chippendales, Pole Show LA, Miss Grand Cuba 2017 Yvette Blaess, the cast of Reverie, Coco Montrese from "Rupaul's Drag Race," Zowie Bowie, Murray Sawchuck, the girls of FANTASY, Jarrett and Raja from "America's Got Talent," the Tenors of Rock, Chloe Crawford from Criss Angel's Mindfreak, Brittany Brooks and Katrina Stuart from female empowerment band Femmology, Hayley and Emily Ferguson from "The Bachelor," Jeff Timmons from 98 Degrees, the cast of Frank Marino's Divas, and Paul Hollowell from "Finding Prince Charming."

Hosts Miguel Martinez-Valle and Norma Llyaman, the Duke and Duchess of Decadence for the evening, greeted the crowd and led them in a festive Mardi Gras parade into the "New Orleans Soiree," where guests were treated to samples from Culinary Dropout, Pink Taco, Goose Island Beer Co., MB Steak, Shake Shack, Nobu, Brio Tuscan Grille, Dunkin Donuts, Ninkasi Brewing Company, Stoli Vodka, Kimo Sabe, and Born and Bred American Craft Vodka.

The stage came alive with performances from Human Nature, Frank Marino's Divas, "Rupaul's Drag Race" Adore Delano, Piranha nightclub, BAZ, Miss Behave Game Show, Culture Shock, Pole Show LA, Absinthe's Melody Sweets, Jacinthe Morearty, silk aerialist Brandon Scott, and aerial hoop performer Lyndsi Hardin. The cast of Magic Mike Live also made a surprise appearance as they revealed it all on stage and hosted a meet and greet.

From ball gowns, balloon and showgirl dresses, stilt walkers, and illuminated garments, the highlight of the evening was the over-the-top and barely there fashions. Partygoers also had the chance to look into the future with a fortune teller, get their hair braided with glitter from Kelly Cardenas Salon, and interact in virtual reality using high-tech equipment.

Adore Delano performs at the Black White Party Credit Preston Powell Photography
Adore Delano performs at the Black White Party - Photo credit: Preston Powell Photography

Assemblyman Nelson Araujo and AFAN Executive Director Antioco Carrillo
Assemblyman Nelson Araujo and AFAN Executive Director Antioco Carrillo

Cast of BAZ poses for pictures Credit Te Ann Lakeotes
Cast of BAZ poses for pictures - Photo credit: Te Ann Lakeotes

Cast of Chippendales walk the red carpet Credit Jesse Lambert Arch Angel Studios
Cast of Chippendales walk the red carpet - Photo credit: Jesse Lambert Arch Angel Studios

Cast of Divas perform at Black White Credit Preston Powell Photography
Cast of Divas perform at Black White - Photo credit: Preston Powell Photography

Guests don their best black and white Credit Te Ann Lakeotes
Guests don their best black and white - Photo credit: Te Ann Lakeotes

Hosts Miguel Martinez Valle and Norma Llyaman pose for pictures Credit Jesse Lambert Arch Angel Studios
Hosts Miguel Martinez Valle and Norma Llyaman pose for pictures - Photo credit: Jesse Lambert Arch Angel Studios

Hosts Norma Llyaman Miguel Martinez Valle lead the crowd in a toast Credit Te Ann Lakeotes
Hosts Norma Llyaman Miguel Martinez Valle lead the crowd in a toast - Photo credit: Te Ann Lakeotes

Human Nature attends the Black White Party Credit Te Ann Lakeotes
Human Nature attends the Black White Party - Photo credit: Te Ann Lakeotes

Longterm AFAN supporters Penn Teller attend the Black White Party Credit Jesse Lambert Arch Angel Studios
Longterm AFAN supporters Penn Teller attend the Black White Party - Photo credit: Jesse Lambert Arch Angel Studios

Michelle Johnson with her dancers Credit Te Ann Lakeotes
Michelle Johnson with her dancers - Photo credit: Te Ann Lakeotes

Miss Behave and Tiffany attends the Black White Party Credit Te Ann Lakeotes
Miss Behave and Tiffany attends the Black White Party - Photo credit: Te Ann Lakeotes

Party attendees dress for a cause at the Black White Party Credit Preston Powell Photography
Party attendees dress for a cause at the Black White Party - Photo credit: Preston Powell Photography

Party guests dress for a cause Credit Te Ann Lakeotes
Party guests dress for a cause - Photo credit: Te Ann Lakeotes

Piranha Nightclub performs at Black White Party Credit Preston Powell Photography
Piranha Nightclub performs at Black White Party - Photo credit: Preston Powell Photography

Pole Show LA performs at Black White Party Credit Te Ann Lakeotes
Pole Show LA performs at Black White Party - Photo credit: Te Ann Lakeotes

Rupauls Drag Race Coco Montrese attends the Black White Party
Rupauls Drag Race' Coco Montrese attends the Black White Party

Silk Aerialist Brandon Scott Credit Preston Powell Photography
Silk Aerialist Brandon Scott - Photo credit: Preston Powell Photography

The Girls of FANTASY stop by to support AFAN Credit Jesse Lambert Arch Angel Studios
The Girls of FANTASY stop by to support AFAN - Photo credit: Jesse Lambert Arch Angel Studios


"We are honored to have so many people in the community involved to help put this event on year after year," said AFAN's Executive Director Antioco Carrillo. "We are here tonight to continue to raise funds to help those affected by HIV/AIDS and make Nevada AIDS-free. Until we find a cure we will continue to have this party and when we do, we will throw an even bigger party!"

Local Las Vegas Performers Judge Media Pizza Making Competition for Charity

TREVI Italian Restaurant, located at the heart of The Forum Shops at Caesars, hosted its third annual media pizza making competition, featuring local media personalities competing for charity on Wednesday, Aug. 16.
Competing chefs included JJ Snyder, cohost of The Morning Blend on KTNV Ch. 13, Rob Kachelriess, contributing author at Thrillist.com, Jason Harris, contributor at Las Vegas Weekly and Las Vegas Magazine and Marisa Finetti, food and wine columnist at Vegas Seven, Luxury Las Vegas and DAVID Magazine. Each participant worked with TREVI Executive Chef Jose Navarro to create a pizza using individually-selected ingredients.

The pizzas were judged on taste, creativity and presentation by a panel of guest judges and local performers including Mariah of FANTASY, The Gazillionaire from ABSINTHE Las Vegas and James Davis of Chippendales. The winner received $500, donated by Landry’s Inc., parent company of TREVI Italian Restaurant to a charity of their choice.

TREVI Charity Pizza Comp. Melissa Reese Photography
TREVI Charity Pizza Comp. -Winner Jason Harris holding check - Photo credit: Melissa Reese Photography


Jason Harris won with a pizza titled, “The Fall of Man” featuring robust fall flavors including fresh pear, brie cheese, pancetta, arugula, honey, lime, extra virgin olive oil, red pepper flakes and candied walnuts. The donation will benefit Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth.

Snyder’s charity of choice was Vegas Shepherd Rescue and whipped up the “Pizza Bella,” topped with cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, black olives, jalapenos, diced chicken and mushroom.

Kachelriess cooked for Opportunity Village and created a flatbread style “Holiday Pig” featuring arugula, ricotta cheese and bacon.

Finetti selected The Shade Tree and competed for a donation by creating the “Miso Delicioso” with steamed carrot, mascarpone cheese and miso paste.

All participants were in good spirits and visited with each other while the judging was going on. They also took the time to try the creations of their opponents and compliment the creations.

Las Vegas Market Raises Record $15,735 for Gift For Life

Las Vegas Market announced on August 17 that its seventh annual “Up on the Roof” fundraiser netted a record-breaking $15,735 to benefit Gift for Life, the gift, stationery and home décor industries’ sole charitable organization.  Some 500+ supporters attended the annual industry soiree, which featured special guest Donny Osmond, a silent auction of Donny Osmond Home products as well as Las Vegas-themed items and experiences.

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Donny Osmond

“Las Vegas Market is pleased and proud to once again demonstrate our commitment to assisting Gift For Life and its vital mission of supporting HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, education and advocacy by raising an unprecedented $15,735 at our Summer Market gala,” said Dorothy Belshaw, president of Gift Leasing and Chief Marketing Officer, International Market Centers. “Having Donny Osmond as our special guest was a big attraction and helped us attract a record crowd of 500+ to raise money for Gift For Life. As the nation’s fastest growing gift and home décor market, Las Vegas Market is proud to support the industry’s charitable efforts, to date raising more than $85,000 for Gift for Life.”

Auction prizes included tickets to the award-winning “Donny & Marie Show” – at Donny’s personal table plus a meet and greet – at the Flamingo Las Vegas, valued at $750 per pair.  Ticket winners were Diane Rice, buyer, Furniture Village and Gayle Jacobs, guest, Furniture Village. In the 90-minute show, Donny Osmond and his younger sister, Marie, backed by eight dancers and a nine-piece band reprise their fabulously successful TV variety series, which ran on ABC from 1976 to 1979.

Specially-selected Donny Osmond Home licensed merchandise from three Las Vegas Market showrooms – Art Trends, Coaster Company of America and Rizzy Home – and other licensees also were auctioned. Prizes and winners included two fine art giclees from Art Trends, valued at $299 each, won by Lucinda Lopez; Mercer Collection four-light pendant from Capital Lighting Fixture Company, valued at $498, won by exhibitor Kristi DeLeo of UMA Enterprises, and a Gavin Collection 12-light chandelier from Capital Lighting Fixture Company, valued at $480, won by sales representative Randy Spoor of Sales Producer; Houndstooth Accent Chair from Coaster Company of America, valued at $380, won by exhibitor Joseph Goulet of Candle Impressions/Next Step Reps; and king-size quilt and four décor pillows set from Rizzy Home, valued at $499, won by Jim Morey of Morey Management.

Las Vegas Market is the nation’s fastest growing gift and home décor market and the leading furniture marketplace in the western U.S., presenting 4,000+ gift, home décor and furniture resources in an unrivaled market destination. Las Vegas Market features thousands of gift, furniture and home décor lines, allowing for cross-category commerce among these industries.  The Winter 2018 Las Vegas Market runs January 28 to February 1, 2018.

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

Singer-songwriter-musician and producer RICHARD MARX wowed the audience at the launch of his limited engagement “SATISFIED: ONLY THE HITS”, in the Donny & Marie Showroom at the Flamingo Las Vegas on Tuesday, August 15. Backed only by a female string quartet dressed in gowns, the talented and handsome Grammy award winner performed an acoustic set of only the hits, including 'Endless Summer Nights', 'Right Here Waiting' and 'Satisfied', as he takes the crowd on a musical journey through his career. Marx' engagement at the Flamingo concludes September 2, but you still have time to catch his first ever mini residency in Las Vegas. Showtimes are 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $59 (not including tax and fees).

Read LVRTC contributing writer, Dianne Davis' review of Richard Marx's show “Satisfied: Only The Hits”, in the latest edition of her column 'Views of Vegas”.

LYFT LAS VEGAS partnered with ACELERO LEARNING – CLARK COUNTY HEAD START PROGRAM AND DIVINE LIGHT CENTER FOR EMPOWERED LIVING last week to provide 1,000 backpacks and other necessary school supplies to children in need as they head into the school year.

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Lyft General Manager Yacob Girma donating backpacks - Photo credit: Stacey Torma


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Lyft team with backpacks - Photo credit: Stacey Torma


"Giving a child a headstart in their education is crucial and we're humbled to be able to provide a little help during such an integral time in their lives," said Yacob Girma, Lyft Las Vegas general manager. "Acelero Learning Clark County provides Head Start and Early Head Start services to 1,531 children in our community," said Michael Mitchell, Acelero Learning executive director. "We are excited to partner with Lyft as we seek to positively impact our community and meet the needs of students and families."

In its continuing effort to be at the forefront of the luxury movie-going experience, GALAXY THEATRES, has added A NEW LASER PROJECTION SYSTEM to its Cannery Luxury+ Theatre in North Las Vegas. This is the first movie theatre in the Las Vegas area to feature such technology. Cannery Luxury+ is one of six Galaxy Theatres locations to install the latest Smart Laser Projector system from Barco in its Premium Large Format (PLF) DFX auditoriums. Additionally, each auditorium will include a new ultra-high gain screen, incorporating a new 3D reflectance technology that allows stunning display of 3D films.

The new Barco projectors feature the highest brightness in the industry and are ideal for illuminating premium large screens, especially for 3D movies. Guests will be able to experience brighter, bolder colors on a giant 65 x 36-foot screen. Locally, Galaxy’s Green Valley Luxury+ in Henderson will be the next theatre to install the new system followed by Legends IMAX Luxury+ in Sparks, Nevada and three other locations in California.


“We promise our guests the best experience and by adding Barco’s laser projectors in addition to Galaxy’s renown customer service, that’s exactly what they enjoy at our theatres,” said Rafe Cohen, President and Chief Operating Officer, Galaxy Theatres. “Barco’s laser projectors delivers the best possible cinematic experience for our guests.” 

Galaxy Theatres’ DFX auditoriums already feature immersive Dolby Atmos® sound systems with audio that flows all around the guest with breathtaking realism in addition to luxurious reclining lounge chairs. The Cannery Luxury+ Theatre is located at Cannery Casino & Hotel in North Las Vegas.

MESA GRILL at Caesars Palace has taken home the gold with THREE SQUARE FOOD BANK'S RESTAURANT WEEK TOP GOLD PLATE DONOR AWARD, for raising the most donations for the organization for the ninth year in a row.  As a result of selling 2,915 covers, Mesa Grill contributed more than $14,500 over the span of June 19 to June 30, 2017. The proceeds will provide more than 43,000 meals to help end hunger in Southern Nevada.

Photo courtesy of MESA Grill

Square’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Brian Burton, presented Mesa Grill General Manager, Jean Pierre Francois, and the Mesa Grill team with the top honor. Since first participating, Mesa Grill has raised more than $107,000 through the Restaurant Week program.

CORDUROY, a bar reminiscent of the throw-back rock ‘n’ roll-style watering holes of the past debuted on Saturday, August 5th bringing an ol’ school type of fun to Downtown Las Vegas. Unmistakably unconventional, Corduroy brings a high-energy, new social scene and takes center stage along the Fremont East Entertainment District via rock ‘n’ roll music, complete with its very own vintage speaker collection turned-art installation. Fun and a whole lot of nostalgic flair went into the design of Corduroy – the interior is a nod to the classic decor of the 70s, while the music and drinks are focused on today’s barhopping connoisseur.

The main bar, outfitted with a chromatic fluid bubble wall, is where bartenders will be serving up American Heritage and craft beers, along with the tastiest versions of classic cocktails. Hungry? Order bar munchies like corndogs and pizza bites from a floor-to-ceiling microwave wall- just like mom used to “make.” Wanna dance? Get down to the high-energy sounds that spanned the decades with a DJ booth framed by a vintage speaker wall– which serves as a functional backdrop and art piece. Corduroy will operate Wednesday through Sunday starting at 4 p.m. ‘til late.

Primm Valley Resort & Casino continues to expand on its remodeling and food & beverage offerings by recently opening PRIMM & PROPER, serving tasty American favorites for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night 24/7. Guests are greeted by a neon sign emblazoned with the phrase "good food, good people good times," before walking into the airy restaurant featuring oversize plush booths, sandstone brick decor and striking red windowpanes.

Just in time for one of the most anticipated fights and football season, the Strip’s only standalone boutique hotel, THE CROMWELL, opened its BRAND NEW SPORTSBOOK with boxing champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley on Wednesday, Aug. 22.

Mosley joined Regional President, Eileen Moore, as well as Blake Segal, Caesars Entertainment Senior Vice President of Operations and General Manager of The Cromwell, for a ribbon cutting and placed a commemorative bet on his choice for the August 26th fight.

The Cromwell’s new sportsbook features best-in-the-city technology and picture-quality, as well as a 32-foot-long by 9-foot-tall LED video wall and a 9-foot-by-5-foot LED odds wall with ticker capabilities to see scores and updates from a number of vantage points throughout the casino.

Other recent additions to the The Cromwell (which was recently named a Top 10 “Best US Casino” by the USA TODAY 10 BEST Readers’ Choice) includes more player-friendly game offerings, from single “0” roulette to EZ Baccarat to 100X odds on Craps to 3-2 shoe and double-deck blackjack, making playing at The Cromwell one of the best odds to win big in Vegas.
In addition to the new and enticing table gaming options, The Cromwell has also recently introduced a greater variety of slot games including all the latest and greatest and The Abbey, an all-new high-limit slot area.  A new fast-casual dining option, eatwell, is now open, offering great food round-the-clock, as well as an enhanced bar and lounge, Interlude, with great drinks and free live entertainment. 

In what promises to be one of the most anticipated tours of 2018, Global superstar SHANIA TWAIN has announced that she will hit the road next year in support of her new album, NOW. These dates mark Shania’s first tour since “Rock This Country” back in 2015. Produced by Live Nation, the tour will come to Las Vegas Saturday, Aug. 4 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. The show is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Tickets ranging in price from 54.95 to $179.95 (not including applicable service charges or fees) are now on sale to the general public

LAS VEGAS was just named THE BEST CITY TO CELEBRATE LABOR DAY IN THE COUNTRY. Every city is unique, and it reflects in the way they celebrate, but Vegas really stood out.  This ranking was put together by Treetopia after comparing nationwide research with Google Trends data.

CABO WABO CANTINA, located inside MiracleMile Shops at Planet Hollywood, will ring in LABOR DAY with a weekend of live music, PATIO PARTIES, and drink specials from Friday, Sept. 1, through Monday, Sept. 4.

FIRST FRIDAY FOUNDATION, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, has announced that September 1st First Friday’s throwback theme is “TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL.”Key elements for this month include:
·First Friday's Featured Artist- Kurtis Rykovich, whose paintings depict “a collection of gorgeous creatures full of dangerous allure and intrigue.” His work is inspired by his ongoing love of beauty and fantasy.

·FIRST NEVADA ROBOTICS TEAM joins First Friday in the Welcome Tent. First Nevada is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization promoting FIRST® Robotics programs and STEAM education initiatives in Nevada.
.Rock & Review, Race for October continues in September – each month from June to September, a winner will be chosen in this competition of local bands. In October – First Friday’s anniversary month – the four winners will go head-to-head and the ultimate winner will receive an exciting prize package.

·LAS VEGAS ACADEMY– students will be performing on the main stage from 6:45-7:45 p.m.

·NEW FIRST FRIDAY FOOTPRINT -The main stage moves to south end of Art Way parking lot. Majority of artists/vendors move to First Street, extending to Hoover. Premium Parking available in lot in front of Mission building and Art Square (accessed via Coolidge and South Casino Center Blvd.).

To commemorate NATIONAL CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS MONTH, the CANDELIGHTER CHILDHOOD CANCER FOUNDATION OF NEVADA will turn Las Vegas gold this September with its SHINEGOLD CAMPAIGN. The international awareness symbol for childhood cancer is the gold ribbon, serving as a symbol for all forms of cancer affecting children and adolescents. Gold was selected as the ideal choice for childhood cancer awareness because it is a precious metal, and is therefore the perfect color to reflect the most precious thing in our lives—our children.

Throughout September, the city of Las Vegas will shineGOLD to show their support for the many children battling cancer with the following events:

During September, a special Candlelighters doughnut will be featured at all five Krispy Kreme Las Vegas locations, where 50 cents for each special doughnut purchased will be donated back to the organization. The specialty doughnut is a result of a contest, where Candlelighters children were invited to create a recipe for the featured doughnut. Eight children participated, but ultimately the doughtnut created by eight-year-old Candlelighter Gavin Prince, along with his brother Brendan, age four, was selected as the winner.

 Gavin, Brendan and their family will create the donut with the Krispy Kreme donut maker on Saturday, Aug. 26 at 4 p.m. at the Krispy Kreme located at 9791 S. Eastern.

To kick off shineGOLD, an illumination event will be held at the Welcome to Las Vegas Sign on Friday, Sept. 1 at 9 a.m. Clark County Commissioners Steve Sisolak and Susan Brager will help Candlelighters transform the sign’s lightbulbs into gold, as well as present the organization with a proclamation. 

Other iconic locations across the valley will also turn gold. Additionally, Candlelighters encourages everyone to wear gold on Friday, Sept. 1 to commemorate the beginning of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Celebrate childhood cancer superheroes with the annual Candlelighters SUPERHERO 5K with Chet Buchanan at Mountain’s Edge Exploration Park (9275 S. Buffalo Drive). This fun-filled, family event kicks off at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9 and includes a bone marrow drive hosted by Be the Match, children’s activities including slides and an obstacle course, an awards ceremony, food and refreshments, drawings for raffle prizes and more, all to raise funds and awareness for children battling cancer. Costumes are encouraged.

A special in-store give back event will be held at the KENDRA SCOTT store at Fashion Show Mall on Thursday, Sept. 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. Twenty-percent of sales during the event, which is open to the public, will be donated back to Candlelighters.

GALLERIA MALL guests can #shopGOLD by purchasing gold at participating jewelry stores and redeeming their receipt at Guest Services for a coupon book with exclusive offers valued at $1,000.

Critically acclaimed POLE SHOW LA (PSLA) is hitting the House of Blues stage inside the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino on Friday, Sept. 8, marking its third year performing in Las Vegas during the Pole Expo. "As the owner of BeSpun and teaching movement to both amateur and professional dancers, I wanted Pole Show LA to celebrate body empowerment with both male and female performers," said Leigh Ann Reilly, PSLA creator.  "It's the perfect culmination of Victoria's Secret meets Cirque du Soleil showcasing the strength and artistry of our performers set to today's top hits."

PSLA is the creative vision of Reilly, a former Las Vegas showgirl, pioneer of the pole dance movement and owner of Los Angeles' premier pole dance studio, BeSpun, which opened in 2006.  After the success of BeSpun and training some of the world's most talented pole dancers, Reilly created Pole Show LA in 2007 as a way to showcase her students' talents. Since then, the show has evolved into a full-scale choreographed production starring some of the best professional dancers in the world, becoming an annual event in Las Vegas in addition to regular performances in Southern California. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show promptly starting at 8 p.m. The show is for guests 18 years and older. Tickets currently start at $45.

A new dining experience combines leisurely lounging and luxurious dining as HAMPTONS opens its doors at Tivoli Village on Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 11 a.m. From restauranteurs Wild Thyme Restaurant Group, Hamptons will feature two levels of industrial-chic interior design with vintage touches to create a space of sophisticated ambience as the team serves up a twist on modern American cuisine. “Whenever I travel, I always ask the locals for recommendations for any new hot spots in town with an appetizing menu, a cool vibe, and excellent service. It always impresses me to see each restaurant’s creativity, and I believe Hamptons will be that place on the Westside where people will be able to comfortably enjoy dishes inspired by fine-dining cuisine in a unique atmosphere,” said CEO and Founder of Wild Thyme Restaurant Group Heinrich Stasiuk. Located in Tivoli Village near the main valet at 440 S. Rampart # 180, Hamptons will be open daily from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. serving lunch from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., bar menu from 4 – 5 p.m., and dinner 5 – 10 p.m. Hamptons also offers a weekend brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., bar menu 3 – 5 p.m. and dinner service 5 – 10 p.m

Just in time for football season, Rampart Casino will unveil its newest property renovation project – RAMPART CASINO RACE & SPORTS BOOK. The newly constructed space, which replaced JC’s Irish Pub, will span nearly 6,000 square feet just off the main casino floor, and boast 126 seats, including 55 private carrels for race bettors. The Race & Sports Book will also be home to a new Race & Sports Bar – a 50 person-capacity bar and lounge featuring 10 bar-top gaming machines and plenty of televisions surrounding the bar for fans to keep up with all the action. Sports fans can celebrate the GRAND OPENING of Rampart Casino Race & Sports Book on Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. The party is FREE and open to the public 21 and older. Guests will receive a free commemorative t-shirt and will toast the opening with a glass of champagne and celebratory cake, while supplies last.

SUPER SUMMER THEATRE will conclude its 42nd season with performances of “YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN,” to be held September 7 – 23 at the Spring Mountain State Park. 
From the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation, “The Producers,” comes this monster new musical comedy. The comedy genius, Mel Brooks, adapts his legendarily funny film into a brilliant stage creation – “Young Frankenstein!” Tickets for all performances are $15 in advance and $20 day of show. Children ages five and under are free (no ticket needed). Tickets can be purchased at Prestige Travel at 7550 W Lake Mead Suite 7, Las Vegas(NE corner) or Super Summer Studios 4340 S. Valley View Suite 208, Las Vegas (Valley View and Flamingo). Theatre parking is available starting at 5 p.m. and the meadow opens at 6 p.m. All performances of “Young Frankenstein” begin at 7:05 p.m. Guests are invited to bring a blanket or chair, as well as a picnic dinner, or may purchase dinner from one of several food vendors onsite.

WILD WEST BASS TRAIL will host its 2017 LUCAS OIL WESTERN CLASSIC CHAMPIONSHIP in Henderson next month. The BASS FISHING TOURNAMENT will be held Sept. 8 through Sept. 10 at Lake Mead, with an angler seminar taking place on Sept. 6 at the Henderson Convention Center, 200 S. Water St. The event will feature 200 of the best pro- and co-anglers from the West Coast, including Nevada, California, Arizona and Washington. Fish weigh-ins, which are open to the public, will be held at 2 p.m. each day of the tournament at Callville Bay Marina, 100 Callville Rd., on Lake Mead. The top pro and co-anglers at the championship will each receive a Ranger boat with an Evinrude - a combined value over $90,000 - and split the prize payout, which is valued at over $150,000. An angler seminar will be held prior to the tournament. The free event will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sept. 6 at the Henderson Convention Center, 200 S. Water St. The seminar is a chance for fans to talk to the pros, learn new fishing techniques and view nationally sponsored/branded boats.

THE ANNUAL HO'OLAULE'A PACIFIC ISLANDS FESTIVAL returns to Henderson next month, with festivities planned from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sept. 9 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 10 at the Henderson Events Plaza, 200 S. Water St. Admission is free.This year’s celebration features a variety of traditional island entertainment, including Polynesian dancers and Hawaiian hula dancing, and popular island food, as well as new features like a Spam musubi eating contest and a sun god look-a-like contest. The two-day festival also includes crafts, fine art displays, workshops and merchandise vendors. A car show, which will be held on Water Street from Basic Road to Atlantic Avenue, and an indoor career, business and health fair are other event highlights. Founded and organized by the Las Vegas Hawaiian Civic Club (LVHCC), the event serves Southern Nevada’s vast Pacific Islander population and is one of the club’s largest annual fundraisers. A portion of event proceeds will benefit LVHCC scholarship programs.

On Sunday, September 10 Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC) will welcome back a new football season with the DOWNTOWN WATCH ZONE. As the largest Downtown Las Vegas football viewing party, fans can touchdown at the venue for a FREE EVENT featuring bottomless mimosas, special VIP tables, stadium-style food and beverage and much more. Doors will open at 9 a.m. and the event will run until 8 p.m. The event is complimentary for guests 21 or older.

The Henderson Pavilion will celebrate 15 years of music and performing arts with a concert by GREENSKY BLUEGRASS scheduled for 7 p.m. on Sept. 15 at the outdoor amphitheater, which is located at 200 S. Green Valley Pkwy.The Michigan-formed jamgrass band has created its own version of bluegrass music, mixing the acoustic stomp of a string band with the spirit of rock and roll. Tickets start at $15 per person.

International rising star, stunning vocalist DANIEL EMMET is set to take the stage on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017 at 7 p.m. at THE SPACE, an intimate, one-of-a-kind premier arts complex in Las Vegas.The concert will run the gamut from classical to pop, featuring new original songs written by Emmet, who is an accomplished composer and lyricist, in addition to being a stunning powerhouse vocalist. For this show, the 24-year-old is thrilled to collaborate with renowned and critically-acclaimed music director Jerry Williams of the Donny & Marie show. Tickets range in price from $30 to $45 and can be purchased at The Space Box Office,

The James Beard Foundation recently announced the recipients of its 2017 WOMEN IN CULINARY LEADERSHIP PROGRAM, an accelerated, learning-by-doing mentorship initiative. Since launching in 2012, WCL has provided mentorship opportunities for over 42 women in the culinary industry. More than 65 applicants with a background of two years or more in hospitality and the culinary arts, entered to participate in the eight-month mentor/grantee program with top industry leaders. The program, spearheaded by Rohini Dey, JBF trustee, and Susan Ungaro, president of the James Beard Foundation, aims to build in-depth skills in the kitchen, restaurant management, and hospitality fields. LORRAINE MOSS of Las Vegas is among the 15 women who are set to participate in an eight-month mentorship program overseen by top industry leaders. Lorraine will complete a Chef program overseen by James Beard Award-winners Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken, Border Grill, Los Angeles.

Celebrity sightings...

Saturday, August 26...

NBA star James Harden and rapper YG were seen taking in the afternoon together from a VIP a cabana at Marquee Dayclub in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas where DJ Mustard was manning the decks.

Later that day, Harden, YG and hip-hop artist Meek Mill had dinner together at TAO in The Venetian.

Also enjoying dinner after the fight at TAO restaurant were Sean “Diddy” Combs and rapper Fabolous.

Nas fueled up with dinner at Beauty & Essex in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas with his entourage.

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Nas at Marquee - Photo credit: Brenton Ho


Later that night at Marquee Nightclub, Swizz Beatz and Nas hosted the Fight Night party. Swizz Beatz took over the DJ booth after JustinCredible’s set and was joined on the stage by Naz who performed five of his biggest hits.

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Swizz Beatz at Marquee - Photo credit: Brenton Ho


Gucci Mane took over the night at TAO Nightclub with a blowout set for the club.

Gucci Mane at TAO 8.26.17
Gucci Mane at TAO - Photo credit: Bryan Steffy


Friday, August 25...

Sean “Diddy” Combs, Stephen Espinoza, CÎROC Vodka and AQUAhydrate hosted the Double or Nothing Welcome to Fight Weekend Kick-Off Party at LAVO Las Vegas. Nas and Ashanti, who both dined at TAO earlier in the evening, as well as Cedric The Entertainer were all seen partying the night away as DJ M.O.S. manned the decks. Also joining the party was former football player Michael Irvin, DJ Big Tigger, boxer Jesse Vargas, Ray Donovan star Dash Mihok, The Fugees' Pras Michel and hip-hop artist Eric B.

Sean Diddy Combs Nas at Sean Diddy Combs Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Espinoza host Double or Nothing Welcome to Fight Weekend Kick Off Powered by CÎROC Vodka and AQUAhydrate at LAVO Las Vegas
Sean Diddy Combs Nas at Sean Diddy Combs Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Espinoza host Double or Nothing Welcome to Fight Weekend Kick Off Powered by CÎROC Vodka and AQUAhydrate at LAVO Las Vegas


Cedric The Entertainer at Sean Diddy Combs Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Espinoza host Double or Nothing Welcome to Fight Weekend Kick Off Powered by CÎROC Vodka and AQUAhydrate at LAVO Las Vegas
Cedric The Entertainer at Sean Diddy Combs Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Espinoza host Double or Nothing Welcome to Fight Weekend Kick Off Powered by CÎROC Vodka and AQUAhydrate at LAVO Las Vegas

Later that night, Cedric The Entertainer headed to Marquee Nightclub in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas where he kept the night going with seven friends at a VIP table as DJ Vice headlined.

Over at TAO Nightclub, boxer Amir Khan was seen at a dance floor table with friends.

The biggest names in hip-hop and R&B kicked off Fight Weekend at Drai’s Nightclub atop The Cromwell Las Vegas. The evening included a trifecta of high-powered performances by resident rappers 50 Cent and Jeezy, as well as R&B crooner Trey Songz, joining each other onstage throughout the night for special collaborations. The evening took an epic turn when Trey Songz welcomed Chance The Rapper to the stage for a surprise guest performance, commanding the crowd with his chart-topping hit “No Problem.” But that’s not all – Drai’s LIVE performer Meek Mill, who was spotted celebrating the birthday of Houston Rockets player James Harden with a large group of friends at a private VIP booth, was summoned to the stage by 50 Cent, performing two songs alongside the powerhouse lineup. The evening culminated with a surprise appearance by NBA legend Allen Iverson.

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Courtesy of Devin Jimenez/Tony Tran Photography

Spotted taking in the late-night party were actor Gerard Butler, Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert, and mixed martial artist Tyrone Woodley.

TV personality turned DJ Brody Jenner celebrated his 34thbirthday with a special appearance and DJ set at LIQUID Pool Lounge at ARIA Resort & Casino. In the middle of his set, Jenner was surprised with an elaborate blue and white birthday cake.

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LIQUID Brody Jenner - Photo credit: Brandon Pearson

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LIQUID Brody Jenner - Photo credit: Brandon Pearson

Thursday, August 24...

Boxing champion Danny Garcia was spotted at TAO Nightclub in The Venetian. Joined by friends, Garcia took in the night from a VIP table as Justin Credible manned the decks for Worship Thursday.

In town for the highly-anticipated Mayweather vs. McGregor boxing match at T-Mobile Arena, UFC standout and MMA analyst for ESPN, Chael Sonnen was spotted attending the 10 p.m. performance of ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace. After the show, Sonnen went backstage for a photo with The Gazillionaire.

Chael Sonnen attends ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace Aug. 24 credit Joseph SandersSpiegelworld
Chael Sonnen attends ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace Aug. 24 - Photo credit Joseph Sanders/Spiegelworld

Monday, August 21...

World-famous gymnast and Team USA Olympic champion Laurie Hernandez visited the critically acclaimed show Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil. T he young star kicked off her day with an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience at the theatre, where she learned choreography from the show with some of her favorite artists. Later that evening, she dined at Libertine Social – one of the many fine restaurants on property at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino – concluding the unforgettable trip with tickets to ONE and a special meet-and-greet with cast members.

Saturday, August 19...

Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis took in the early performance of Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil® with her mother, husband (Julius Tennon) and daughter Genesis. After the show, she and her family enjoyed a special backstage tour and meet-and-greet with cast members from the show. Rounding out their Las Vegas adventure, the group later made their way to Rivea Las Vegas, where they savored a delicious Italian and French Riviera-inspired dinner from renowned chef Alain Ducasse.

Viola Davis at Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil Saturday Aug. 19 2017
Viola Davis at Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil Saturday Aug. 19 2017

Friday night, August 18...

Kevin Hart was seen partying with friends at a dance floor table at Marquee Nightclub in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. As DJ Ruckus manned the decks, the comedian jumped in the DJ booth and hyped up the crowd, sending the room into a frenzy.

Thursday afternoon, August 17...

Former professional boxer Mike Tyson was spotted at Carmine’s in The Forum Shops at Caesars.

At night, professional poker player and former magician Antonio Esfandiari was spotted at TAO Nightclub in The Venetian. Joined by friends, the group took in Worship Thursday from a VIP table as DJ Five manned the decks.

Saturday, August 12...

Model and Real Housewives of Miami alum Joanna Krupa was spotted at Hyde Bellagio where she was celebrating her sister Marta’s bachelorette party with a group of friends.

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