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Luminaries Honored at 15th Annual UNLV Hall of Fame Awards

The 15th Annual UNLV College of Fine Arts Hall of Fame awards took place on Tuesday evening, April 3 in the UNLV Student Union Ballroom. The gala event, which honors those past and present residents of Nevada who have made a significant impact in the areas of visual arts, performing arts and/or architecture, included a reception, dinner and ceremony.

This year's list of inductees and award recipients were architect and urban planner Denise Scott Brown, American glass sculptor Dale Chihuly and his wife Leslie Jackson Chihuly, president of Chihuly Studio; Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté; Myron Martin; president and CEO of the Smith Center; and Claudette Robinson, one of the original members of The Miracles, whose lead singer/frontman was her former husband, Smokey Robinson.  They join many luminaries of the stage and screen, artists and architects - people who worked tirelessly to raise the level of arts around the world.

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Also recognized were Broadcaster and educator Dr. Harvey Allen Godorov and arts administrator William Lowman, who were presented with the Dean Koep Medal, and Fine Arts Alumnus of the Year was artist and educator Tim Bavington. 

Todd Fisher, whose late mother, beloved legendary actress/singer/dancer Debbie Reynolds was honored as the Dean's Medal recipient last year, came on stage with his wife Catherine Hicks to announce the Debbie Reynolds Endowment for the Arts and a $1 million pledge to UNLV. Todd stated, “My mother was given a scholarship (when she was young) back in Burbank to the studio to be trained. And like my mother, this (pledge) is for the future stars.”

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With a rich history in the performing arts business, including serving as the director of UNLV's Performing Arts Center, Pres./CEO of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Myron Martin has brought the world's most celebrated entertainers to Las Vegas, including first run touring attractions and internationally acclaimed performers in music, theater and dance. Under Myron's leadership and keeper of the vision, The Smith Center has been praised for “representing Las Vegas' artistic coming of age, by the Associated Press, and called a cultural oasis by the L.A. Times. In its first five years, the Smith Center has welcomed more than 2 million guests. In accepting his award, Myron was proud to say, “The Smith Center has made the list of top 10 performing art centers in the world.”

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Among his many achievements, visionary leader William Lowman helped found the Las Vegas Symphony, consulted for many small arts organizations and moved into the arts administration as the Founder and Director of The Nevada School of the Arts. - a summer music camp and year round community school. “It feels like a million bucks to be honored in my hometown,” Lowman said when presented with the award.

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Born and raised in Philadelphia Dr. Harvey Allen Godorov, has a long and distinguished career in arts and education. Godorov was a full time professor at UNLV teaching courses in English, speech, journalism, theater, acting and broadcasting for 31 years. He developed programs in TV and radio and started the broadcasting and journalism internships, produced and hosted a weekly Public Service Radio Show for the college, in addition to creating PSAs for the school. In 1979, Godorov received the doctorate in secondary education from UNLV and in the mid 1980s, he switched to teaching night classes at CCSN so he could host an all night radio talk show on KDWN for a number of years. In 2007 Gidorov was entered in the U.S. Congessional Record and in 2008 he was elected to the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

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London born, current Las Vegas resident, acclaimed artist, Tim Bavington is best known for translating music to canvas by assigning sounds to corresponding colors and compositions. In addition to paintings, Bavington has explored large scale sculptures. He created a major commission titled, “Pipe Dream” , which is on display at Symphony Park at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Las Vegas.

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Bold visionary, Guy Liberte, the creator/founder of Cirque du Soleil, was the first to orchestrate the marriage of cultures and artistic and acrobatic disciplines that is the hallmark of Cirque productions. He opened his first Las Vegas production, Mystere in 1993 and changed the face of entertainment on the strip. In October 2007 he entered into another lifetime commitment by creating the One Drop Foundation to help fight poverty by providing sustainable access to water for communities all over the world. In September of 2009, Liberte also became the first Canadian private space explorer. Under the theme Moving Stars and Earth for Water, his mission was to raise awareness on water issues facing humankind on planet earth through a special 120minute webcast program featuring various artistic performances unfolding in 14 cities on five continents including the International Space Station. Among his many awards and recognitions, Time Magazine named him one of the most influential people in the world, honored with his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and most recently included in Forbes 100th anniversary issue as one of the World's Greatest Business Minds.

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Claudette Robinson, an original member of The Miracles, was the first female artist signed to Tamla/Motown label. The Miracles record “Shop Around” became Motown's first million record seller which prompted Motown founder Berry Gordy to proclaim Robinson as the “First Lady of Motown”. With a career that spanned 5 decades, selling more than 60 million records, the Miracles were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and in 2012 they were retroactively inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Additional accolades include The Miracles being named #32 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of “the 100 greatest Rock and Roll artists of all time and among Billboard magazine's “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”. In 2017 Robinson presented The Miracles Exhibit at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, showcasing memorabilia from her private collection.

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Architect, planner, designer and educator Denise Scott Brown, was honored for her many projects and ideas that have influenced designers and thinkers worldwide. As an advocate for women in architecture she has spoken out about discrimination within her profession. With her contribution to the architectural community, she helped transform a “cowboy” city into the entertainment capital of the world and her insights int the city still resonates as an inspiration to many. Although she was in Philadelphia and unable to accept the award in person, she appeared on video saying that she was honored to receive the award and hoped that students are given a framework to explore new possibilities.

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Renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly is recognized as leading the avante garde in the development of glass as a fine art. His work is included in more than 200 museum collections worldwide and his colorful and beautiful glass ceiling work is viewed by locals and visitors in the lobby of the Bellagio in Las Vegas. He has also been the recipient of many awards including two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and 12 honorary doctorates.

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Leslie Jackson Chihuly's primary role is to ensure ongoing organizational strength to assist her husband Dale in realizing his vision, encompassing all aspects of his art, from unique large scale commissions to museum exhibitions, individual artworks and editions. She and her husband are involved with numerous non profit and philanthropic organizations, both locally and nationally with a focus on health, education, music and the arts. Together they founded the Dale and Leslie Chihuly Foundation to inspire and educate the public regarding all forms of art and to provide support to artists and arts organizations. In 2011 she was awarded the “Woman of Influence” Award by the Puget Sound Business Journal and in 2015 was presented the “Woman of Valor” award for her dedication to the arts community in the state of Washington.

Each of the inductees have made Nevada richer for their cultural contributions, are an inspiration to students, and help ensure that UNLV remains one of the nation's top fine arts colleges. 

Proceeds from this event will benefit the UNLV College of Fine Arts students.

Portion Control Brings Healthy Eats to Henderson with Grand Opening of Second Location

Bringing healthy eats to Henderson, Portion Control celebrated the opening of its second Las Vegas location with an exclusive preview celebration and VIP party on Thursday, March 29.

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Using high-quality ingredients, Portion Control puts a healthy spin on classic comfort food for dine-in, take out or meal prep designed to achieve optimum health. Founded in 2016 by Justin Blum, chief executive officer of Raw Fitness, in partnership with Executive Chef Vince Upperman and Director of Operations Natalee Upperman, Portion Control specializes in providing freshly prepared, preservative and additive free, non-GMO meals made with balance, nutrition and convenience in mind. Whether a meat eater, vegetarian, vegan and/or gluten free  there are several delicious options on the menu to accommodate and satisfy anyone's dietary needs and taste buds.

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Vince and Natalee Upperman, along with partner Justin Blum, welcomed friends, family, and special guests for a sneak peek inside the casual dining concept before it opened to the public on Saturday, March 31.

Two-time UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir and two-time Impact champion professional wrestler Austin Aries made an appearance along with City of Henderson Councilwoman Gerri Schroder to commemorate the new restaurant and its role in making Las Vegas a healthier place.

"The Mayor and City Council congratulate Portion Control on the grand opening of your new Henderson restaurant," said Schroder. "We recognize your goal to provide great-tasting, high-quality meals to help aid in people's everyday healthy lifestyle or fitness goals."

"We're so excited to bring our brand of health food with fresh quality ingredients to Henderson," said Executive Chef Vince Upperman. "We look forward to serving each and every one of you."

“Eating healthy is more than following a diet, it’s about making a positive lifestyle change, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the food you enjoy. We’re thrilled to bring Portion Control to Henderson and continue to make Las Vegas a healthier place to live, ” said Blum.

Guests celebrated with a champagne toast and enjoyed passed samplings of signature Portion Control dishes including ahi bowls, salmon plate, shrimp tostada, chicken satays, oatmeal-crusted buffalo chicken tenders, turkey burgers with spinach and cranberry aioli, and fresh fruit and green smoothies.

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"A lot of people have a hard time eating good, healthy food and Chef Vince is amazing at what he does to make healthy food taste good as well," said Blum. "Congratulations to Vince and Natalee on their continued success, and thank you to everyone in the Las Vegas community for your overwhelming support."

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Located inside suite 150 at 2560 St. Rose Parkway, Portion Control Henderson is open daily Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

THE WESTIN LAS VEGAS HOTEL & SPA, which debuted as a non-gaming, non-smoking property earlier this year, has completed its final phase of improvements with the RENOVATION OF ITS OUTDOOR POOL AREA, which now features 25 percent more seating, including soft daybeds and private cabanas for the ultimate relaxation experience.

Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino now offers hotel guests and Las Vegas residents daily Yoga Poolside at the newly-renovated Westgate Pool. Held every morning at 7 a.m., Yoga Poolside is free to all ages and will feature guest instructors, including Markie Henderson, Chelsey Pierce, Ally Ojeda and Raffi Yozgadlian.

Continuing the journey to self-improvement, the Westgate Pool will also offer Silent Savasana sessions throughout the summer. Created by renowned instructor Dray Gardner, each class teaches balance, discipline, focus, determination and strength of mind. During class, participants wear state-of-the-art LED headsets which transmit the instructor's voice and a carefully curated music playlist, allowing for a complete personal experience. 

THE TYLER ROBINSON FOUNDATION (TRF), the nonprofit organization of the GRAMMY Award-winning band Imagine Dragons, teamed up with Mondays Dark on Monday, April 2 at The Space to raise funds for families facing pediatric cancer diagnoses. Local performers from the Las Vegas community gathered together for a special night of music, entertainment and charity. Hosted by Mark Shunock, the evening was filled with laughs and entertainment as $10,000 was raised in 90 minutes to support the TRF mission. With the theme of “1977,” entertainers from across Las Vegas performed songs and vignettes from that year. Performers from the evening included Valerie Witherspoon Knecht, Bucky Heard, Tenors of Rock, Jolana Sampson-Adamson, Travis Cloer, Denita Ashbury, Andrew Freeman, Crystal Robinson, Tape Face, Jassen Allen and John DiDomenico.

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Mondays Dark host Mark Shunock welcomes the crowd with laughs during the event benefitting Tyler Robinson Foundation (TRF) on Monday, April 2 at The Space.

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Entertainers from throughout Las Vegas stand alongside Mondays Dark host Mark Shunock and Tyler Robinson Foundation (TRF) board members during a check presentation on Monday, April 2 at The Space.

On Thursday, April 5, executives from Steak 'N Shake and Hooters Casino Hotel were joined by Clark County Commissioner Jim Gibson to celebrate the GRAND OPENING OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST STEAK 'N SHAKE AT HOOTERS CASINO HOTEL.

Si Sloman, general manager of Hooters Casino Hotel; Rob Oseland, chief operating officer of Paragon Gaming; Jay Fishman, president and CEO of Associated Hotels; George Ruff, founder of Trinity Hotel Investors; and Jennifer Abilez, director of design and construction for Steak ‘n Shake, joined Gibson in the ribbon cutting moment, officially signifying the grand opening of the Las Vegas Strip’s first Steak ‘n Shake location. 
In addition, Gibson welcomed the newest Steak ‘n Shake to Clark County and Las Vegas with a special proclamation marking Thursday, April 5, 2018 as “Steak ‘n Shake Day.”  Now operating 24 hours, seven days a week, this Hooters Casino Hotel location is the only location in Las Vegas to offer the full breakfast menu, the only location in the world with a gaming stations at the bar and holds seating for more than 200 guests.

It was just announced that MARILYN! THE NEW MUSICAL, an original musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe will opening at Paris Las Vegas with preview performances beginning May 23 and a grand opening June 1, just in time for Marilyn’s birthday. Marilyn! The New Musical features 20 original musical numbers as well as classics like “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” and “My Heart Belongs to Daddy,” telling the story of one of the world’s most famous women, from her days as Norma Jean overcoming a difficult childhood, to her meteoric rise to stardom and becoming one of the biggest and most enduring sex symbols of all time.  Marilyn! The New Musical will perform Tuesday through Sunday at 7 p.m. Ticket prices start at $49, plus applicable taxes and fees.

THE VENETIAN®, THE PALAZZO LAS VEGAS, AND SANDS EXPO TURNED EXTERIOR MARQUEE SIGNS BLUE on April 2, 12:01 am until sun-up; sundown until 11:59 pm, to recognize WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY. World Autism Awareness Day shines a bright light on autism as a growing global health issue. This special awareness day helps to increase and develop world knowledge of children and adults with autism.

Restaurant and nightlife company TAO GROUP AND TAO CARES announces its mission for WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH for the third consecutive year. Once again, for the entire month of April, all of TAO Group’s restaurant brands nationwide, including TAO Uptown, TAO Downtown, LAVO Italian Restaurant, Bodega Negra, Vandal, Beauty & Essex, The Stanton Social, Legasea and Egghead in New York City; TAO, LAVO Italian Restaurant and Beauty & Essex in Las Vegas; TAO, Beauty & Essex, The Highlight Room and Luchini Pizzeria & Bar in Los Angeles; as well as nightlife brands such as Avenue, Marquee, TAO Nightclub and LAVO Nightclub will raise money through sales of special “blue-themed” food and drink items in honor of the official color for Autism awareness. TAO Group will be contributing 10% of the proceeds of each “blue-themed” item to Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, Eden II Programs, a school program offering a center-based full day program for people with autism/PDD, and additional World Autism Awareness initiatives.

COUNTING CROWS will celebrate 25 years of making music by hitting the road for a worldwide “25 YEARS AND COUNTING” tour, making a stop at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Saturday, July 14. "The nice thing about having 25 years of music to celebrate and seven studio albums we absolutely love to choose from is that we can play a different show every night,” said Crows vocalist Adam Duritz. “We can't wait!” Tickets start at $50.50 (plus applicable service fees) went on sale beginning Friday, April 6 at 10 a.m. at the Hard Rock Hotel box office.

Due to popular demand, multi-GRAMMY Award-winning superstar BRUNO MARS has added three additional performances at Park Theater at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino – July 25, 27 and 28. Tickets for the new Park Theater performances start at $99.50, not including applicable service charges, and went on sale to the general public Friday, April 6 at 10 a.m. PST.  Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.

America’s favorite ventriloquist JEFF DUNHAM, is bringing his cast of characters back to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace for four shows of his “Passively Aggressive” tour on June 20, July 11, Aug. 29 and Sept. 12 . Tickets go on sale Monday, April 9 at noon PST. Tickets prices are $89.50/$69.50/$49.50 (plus tax and fees) and can be purchased in person at The Colosseum Box Office. Orders are subject to additional service charges and fees.

Multi-platinum rocker DAUGHTRY is returning to Las Vegas for a special performance at the Sandbar Stage at Red Rock Resort on Saturday, May 19. Doors open at 7 p.m. and guests under 21 must be accompanied by an adult. All tickets went on sale beginning Friday, April 6 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at any Station Casinos Reward Center and The Fiestas.

In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, DISCOVERY CHILDREN’S MUSEUM launched a special exhibit, the SENSORY TUNNEL EXPERIENCE by Neuro-fit Systems, open at the museum now through April 30. The 10-foot tunnel is designed to light up the senses with a barrage of visual, auditory and proprioceptive input. The walk is meant to illustrate the gifts and challenges experienced by those on the autism spectrum. Museum visitors can find the sensory tunnel within the Solve It! Exhibit on the third floor. The Sensory Tunnel Experience is included in the cost of admission to the museum. DISCOVERY Children’s Museumis located at 360 Promenade Place, Las Vegas.

PARK ON FREMONT located at 506 Fremont St. in the Fremont East Entertainment District, will host a ‘NAME GAMEPROMOTION every Tuesday night from 7 to 9 p.m., starting on April 10. Each week, Park on Fremont will pick three to five names and post the announcement on social media channels. The popular downtown bar and eatery will offer free well drinks and draft beers to select people whose names have been chosen for the current week of the ‘Name Game’ promotion. The first event on April 10 will allow guests with the names “Hannah,” “Michael” and “Sarah” to drink free.

Enjoy the CELTIC EXTRAVAGANZA and support SAFENEST at the LAS VEGAS HIGHLAND GAMES April 14 and 15 at Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs (9200 Tule Springs Rd.). Guests can save $1 by bringing a non-perishable food item to support SafeNest at the 14th annual festival (one discount per entry). Expecting more than 10,000 festival-goers over the course of two days, the Celtic party features fun, food, and merriment from England, Scotland, and Ireland features two days of live music, bagpipe competition, children’s activities, traditional food vendors, and Scottish heavy athletics competition such as the caber toss. “Community outreach is a huge part of the Las Vegas Celtic Society, and partnering with SafeNest to hold their biggest food drive of the year at our event is really a win-win for both organizations,” said Josh MacEachern, the Executive Director for the festival. For tickets and information please visit http://www.lasvegascelticsociety.org. The Las Vegas Celtic Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Celtic culture in Southern Nevada.

LAS VEGAS SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY FESTIVAL IN PARTNERSHIP WITH LAS VEGAS NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM announces the following dates & programming for the month of April:

The March for Science, a global organization that advocates for evidence-based science policies that serve all communities has scheduled the Las Vegas event for 10 am – 1 pm on Saturday, April 14- Citizen Science Day, at 1025 1st Street (Art Square).
CSN Science & Tech Expo. - April 27,  9 am to 1 pm at CSN North Las Vegas Campus, 3200 E. Cheyenne Avenue, North Las Vegas. Free admission to this open trade show of exhibits and demonstrations that include: web design, apprenticeship, exhibits, chemistry magic shows, planetarium sows, creepy crawlers and some gross, cool dead stuff!

Wetlands Park Bio Blitz - Sat., April 28, 8 am to Noon at Wetlands Park7050 Wetlands Park, Las Vegas. BioBlitz is a fun day of science in the park! Participants will identify plants, mammals, birds & birds with the help of scientists and naturalists. All observations are entered into a global database, iNaturalist, to help track biodiversity.

Jr. Paleontologist Day with Dr. Josh Bonde - UNLV & Las Vegas Natural History Museum/Las Vegas Science & Technology Festival, Sat., April 28, 9 am - Shadow Ridge High School (Parking Lot) 5050 Brent Lane, Las Vegas.

Join Museum Paleontologist Josh Bonde at the NEW Tule Springs State Park. Meet at the Shadow Ridge High School Parking Lot for a pedestrian tour. Pack plenty of water and a snack. The few mile round trip hike (depending on group interest) will include an overview of the interesting geology of the area and then a visit to some historical dig sites from the 1960's where Radiocarbon dating came of age. Also see some fossils on the ground. It is important to note that collecting fossils on State or Federal Land is illegal without a permit from the relevant land management agency. Come for a hike, learn about our past, and maybe find a treasure for our future. Wear clothes that can get dirty!

ICE CUBE, CYPRESS HILL FEATURING MIXMASTER MIKE, BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY AND BABY BASH bring the blazing 420 ROLL IT UP CELEBRATION It Up to the Thomas & Mack Center on Friday, April 20. Doors open at 6:30pm. Show starts at 8 pm.  The Vegas 420 Pre-Party kicks off at 3:30 p.m. at the front of Thomas & Mack Center and features A Lighter Shade of Brown; Mellow Man Ace; special Raider Nation guest, Raiders legend Frank Hawkins; food and drink vendors; and more. Roll It Up is an all ages event. Tickets start at $48.75 plus applicable fees. The Vegas 420 Pre-Party is 21+ with valid ID.  Access to the party is included with any Roll It Up ticket.  Guests only wanting to attend the Pre-Party festival can do so by paying $20 at the gate.

DRYBAR, the country’s premier blowout bar, will open its third location in Las Vegas on April 20.The newest addition is located on the first floor of Fashion Show, just steps from Las Vegas Boulevard between the Plaza entrance and Neiman Marcus.  The third Las Vegas location joins existing shops at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, which opened December 2017, and The Miracle Mile Shops, which debuted July 2016.   In addition to signature blowouts, the Fashion Show shop will also offer Dry Styling, where those short on time can have curls, braids and more styled.

Golden Nugget Las Vegas will host the return of its popular SPRING WINEFEST on Saturday, April 21 from 7 – 10 pm. at the Grand Event Center. The Golden Nugget will transform into a sommelier's paradise with a grand tasting event featuring a bounty of the finest wines from the West Coast. Featuring more than 100 selections, guests will also be treated to live music and culinary bites in the setting of a wine lover's dream come true. From 7-9:30 p.m. a silent auction will be hosted with offerings including wine lots, large format collector bottles, wine region trips, and other in-demand gifts. Tickets are available at $89 (plus tax) per person with five dollars from every full-priced ticket benefiting The Animal Foundation.

On April 25, THE CITY OF LAS VEGAS will host SECOND ANNUAL “LIVIN’ IN THE CITY” DOWNTOWN RESIDENTIAL FAIR from 3 – 7pm providing valley residents with information on downtown residential opportunities. There will also be a FREE PUBLIC SYMPOSIUM from 5:30-6:45 pm featuring Ryan Gravel, pioneering urban planner from Atlanta, and a HOSTED MIXER from 6:45 – 7:45 p.m.with refreshments courtesy of The Ogden and Juhl. The event is FREE and open to the public and will be held at Las Vegas City Hall, 495 Main Street. To attend the program and mixer, RSVP required by April 20: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Validated parking at City garage (500 Main Street). Bring ticket to event.

In honor the month of awareness and giving, autism awareness supporters are encouraged to grab friends, family, and sneakers for GRANT A GIFT AUTISM FOUNDATION'S 9th ANNUAL 5K RACE FOR HOPE AND FUN WALK on Saturday, April 28 at “The Green” at Town Square.  Sponsored by Subway, this annual day of fun, fitness, and fundraising ends April’s National Autism Awareness Month and supports programming and treatment through Grant A Gift and the UNLV School of Medicine Ackerman Autism Center. Registration begins at 7 a.m., with the runs and walk beginning at 8 a.m., and morning of family-friendly fun continues until noon with music, raffles, and entertainment.

This day also provides families a valuable resource fair from 7 a.m. – noon, empowering families in Las Vegas to learn about new and exciting community programs, treatment options, and support as they live with an autism diagnosis. The Health & Family Resource Fair is sponsored by Center for Autism and Related Disorders and features Sport Social; Aspergers Training, Employment, and Life Skills; FEAT of Southern Nevada; CARE, LLC; We Rock the Spectrum; Settle Down ABA, Inc.; Autism Treatment Assistance Program; and Project Focus.

THE SALVATION ARMY SOUTHERN NEVADA WOMEN'S AUXILIARY invites the Las Vegas community to celebrate the changing of the seasons, while raising money for a great cause. Enjoy a time of food and fashion at the 53rd ANNUAL SPRING FASHION SHOW AND LUNCHEON on Saturday, April 28, inside the Mardi Gras Room at the Orleans Hotel & Casino. Doors open and shopping begins at 10 a.m., with the luncheon and fashion show beginning at Noon. Tickets are $45 per person, with tables of 10 available for $450 each. All proceeds will benefit The Salvation Army Southern Nevada. For more information, to donate clothing for the sale or to RSVP for the 53rd Annual Spring Fashion Show and Luncheon, please call 702-256-5408. RSVPs must be received by Friday, April 13.

THE LAS VEGAS ROCK & ROLL ORCHESTRA will take center stage at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center on April 28. Four of Las Vegas' most celebrated singers will team up with both a 30-piece Symphonic Orchestra and a searing hot rock band to perform the most iconic rock hits of all time! This powerhouse ensemble will be playing favorites from Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Bruno Mars and many more under the musical direction of LV headliner Lon Bronson. Tickets start at $20.19 plus applicable fees. Doors for the show open at 6:30 p.m. and performers take the stage at 7:30 p.m.

Acclaimed actor, singer and songwriter KIEFER SUTHERLAND is making his Las Vegas musical debut, performing hits from his debut country album Down In A Hole at Rocks Lounge inside Red Rock Resort on Saturday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m., alongside special guest Rick Brantley. Tickets are $45, $75 and $99 plus tax and applicable fees for reserved seating. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and guests under 21 years must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older. Tickets can be purchased at any Station Casinos Reward Center and The Fiestas.

To commemorate what would have been the late composer, conductor and educator, Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday, THE COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN NEVADA (CSN) and PM CSN DANCE presents “DEAR LENNY SPRING DANCE CONCERT, Friday April 27 at 7:00 PM and Saturday April 28 at 2:00 pm. inside the Nicholas J. Horn Theatre located at 3200 E. Cheyenne on the North Las Vegas Campus. In addition to the Bernstein tribute, choreographer Leslie Kremer Roth premieres much anticipated new choreography. With an original viola composition written specifically for her to choreograph by her son, Tobias Roth, Leslie Kremer Roth partners with long-time colleague and dear friend Noel Brown, to give movement to their varied interpretations of “Home.”Completing the program is the promising new work of CSN Dance Certificate candidate, Kaylee Hannig. “Crossing Paths,” explores the relationship of interaction and energy between the dancers. When creating the movement Kaylee was inspired by connections between individuals, and how others can positively affect one’s life. Tickets are $8 General Admission, $5 for students and seniors.

CSN Fine Arts Music Program presents an AFTERNOON OF CLASSIC AND CONTEMPORARY JAZZ SELECTIONS performed by CSN’s JAZZ GROUP. The concert will feature CSN’s popular musical ensemble, The Jazz Singers, Jazz Combo and their special guest artists, the jazz vocal group, JAZMIN. The concert will take place on Sunday, April 29 at 2:00 p.m. in the Jay Morrison Recital Hall at the North Las Vegas campus. General admission tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. This event is presented by the CSN’s Fine Arts Department. The CSN Performing Arts Center is located at 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave. in North Las Vegas. For ticket reservations, please call the CSN Box Office at 702-651-LIVE (5483).

THE CSN ORCHESTRA will be presenting a POPS CONCERT featuring a Jazz Trio Ensemble that includes CSN faculty guest artists. Lead Faculty of Music and strings virtuoso Christopher Davis, will perform on bass; Brass Instructor, Dr. Richard McGee, will be wailing on the drums; and renown celebrity pianist, John Matteson, who teaches Music Theory and Rock History at CSN, will be tickling the ivory.The spring concert will be conducted by Dr. Charles Cushionery with original musical selections composed and arranged by Dr. McGee and Tyler Williams. The concert will take place Monday, April 30, at 7:00 p.m. in the Nicholas J. Horn Theatre at the Cheyenne campus. General Admission is $8.00, students and seniors $5.00.

Celebrity sightings:

Tuesday, April 3...

International model and “Real Housewives of Miami” cast member Joanna Krupa took over Hyde Bellagio for an outrageous birthday bash during INdustry Tuesdays insider night.

Also enjoying the night at Hyde Bellagio with an intimate group of friends was American professional golfer Michelle Wie.

Saturday, March 31...

Academy-Award and EMMY-Award winning actress, Viola Davis and daughter Genesis were spotted at one of The Strip’s most celebrated shows, “O” by Cirque du Soleil.

Viola Davis Attends O Courtesy of Cirque du Soleil
Viola Davis with cast of "O" - Photo courtesy of Cirque du Soleil

“Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Erika Jayne celebrated the release of her book Pretty Mess at Beauty & Essex followed by a night of partying at Marquee Nightclub at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Joining the New York Times best-selling author in Beauty’s private dining room were eight friends including Creative Director Mikey Minden. Two showgirls surprised Jayne at her table with a congratulatory cake donning an image of her book cover. Continuing the celebrations, the group headed to the nightclub after dinner where Marquee staff surprised her with a bottle presentation as her book cover appeared on the LED screen and read, “Congratulations Erika”.

Erika Jayne at Beauty Essex 1
Erika Jayne - Photo credit: Andrew Dang

Friday night , March 30...

Business magnate and Virgin Group founder Richard Branson was spotted with colleagues at TAO Nightclub at the Venetian.

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