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Aid for AIDS of Nevada Celebrates 32nd Annual Black & White Party at DAYLIGHT Beach Club

The Las Vegas community came dressed for a cause and ready to party on Saturday, Sept. 8 for Aid for AIDS of Nevada's (AFAN) 32nd annual Black & White Party held at DAYLIGHT Beach Club inside Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. Proceeds from the night went directly to benefit AFAN's programs, including on-site HIV testing, nutritional services, medical transportation, education and prevention, housing programs, and mental health services.

Marco and Joanna from Sunny 106.5 kicked off the evening by introducing performances from East Side Riot and Jacinthe Morearty.  Hosts Miss Behave and Andrew Ryan then entertained the crowd and introduced performances from top Strip headliners, including Aussie Heat, Vegas! The Show, Jennifer Romas, Tenors of Rock, Murray The Magician, Kyle Khou from "American Idol", Adore Delano from "RuPaul's Drag Race" and Magician David Goldrake. In between performances, DJ Axis kept party goers dancing with a live set.

 VIP Hosts Joanna and Marco enjoy the Black White. Credit Amit Dadlaney
VIP Hosts Joanna and Marco enjoy the Black White. Credit: Amit Dadlaney

Mr. and Mrs. Pride excite the crowd with their over the top costumes. Credit Amit Dadlaney
Mr. and Mrs. Pride excite the crowd with their over the top costumes. Credit: Amit Dadlaney

Aussie Heat shows their support for AFAN s Black White Party Credit Amit Dadlaney
Aussie Heat shows their support for AFAN s Black White Party.  Credit: Amit Dadlaney

Cast of Miss Behave Game Show pose for a photo. Credit Amit Dadlaney
Cast of Miss Behave Game Show pose for a photo. Credit: Amit Dadlaney

Cast of Vegas The Show perform at Black White. Credit Amit Dadlaney
Cast of Vegas The Show perform at Black White. Credit: Amit Dadlaney

David Goldrake dazzles the crowd with magic. Credit Amit Dadlaney
David Goldrake dazzles the crowd with magic. Credit: Amit Dadlaney

DJ Axis at Black White. Credit Amit Dadlaney
DJ Axis at Black White. Credit: Amit Dadlaney

Guests pose in their best black white. Credit Amit Dadlaney
Guests pose in their best black white. Credit: Amit Dadlaney

Jacinthe Morearty performance at Black White. Credit Amit Dadlaney
Jacinthe Morearty performance at Black White. Credit: Amit Dadlaney

Jennifer Romas performs at AFAN s Black White Party Credit Amit Dadlaney
Jennifer Romas performs at AFAN s Black White Party.  Credit: Amit Dadlaney

Longtime AFAN supporters wow the crowd before entering. Credit Amit Dadlaney
Longtime AFAN supporters wow the crowd before entering. Credit: Amit Dadlaney

Murray Sawchuck shows his support for AFAN s Black White Party Credit Amit Dadlaney
Murray Sawchuck shows his support for AFAN s Black White Party.  Credit: Amit Dadlaney

Performers from Piranha Nightclub pose for a photo. Credit Amit Dadlaney
Performers from Piranha Nightclub pose for a photo. Credit: Amit Dadlaney

Right to wear red individuals honored on stage. Credit Amit Dadlaney
Right to wear red individuals honored on stage. Credit: Amit Dadlaney

Tenors of Rock perform a medley of 80s rock hits at AFAN s Black White Party Credit Amit Dadlaney
Tenors of Rock perform a medley of 80s rock hits at AFAN s Black White Party.  Credit: Amit Dadlaney

Vegas fills DAYLIGHT Beach Club for AFAN s Black White Party Credit Amit Dadlaney
Vegas fills DAYLIGHT Beach Club for AFAN s Black White Party.  Credit: Amit Dadlaney

 

Themed "Escape to Paradise," attendees came dressed for the biggest 80s throwback event of the year wearing iconic 80s clothing, balloon costumes, over-the-top gowns, stilts, and barely-there fashions. DAYLIGHT Beach Club was transformed with giant boomboxes, life size cassette tapes and neon lights, and partygoers were even able to go for a swim alongside black and white mermaids. Attendees were treated to samples from Brio Tuscan Grille, House of Blues, Hamburger Mary's, Slice of Vegas, Libertine Social, Hussong's Cantina, Four Seasons, and Tito's Handmade Vodka.

AFAN's Executive Director Antioco Carrillo and Board President Scott Washburn honored individuals for their outstanding efforts in the fight against HIV/AIDS on stage including Gary Costa, Mia Stein, Tammy Unglesbee, Thomas Benko, Doug May, Felipe Crook, Kristopher Minnich, Gary Brewer, Lester and Dustin Rossi Boudreaux Thibodeaux, Noel Dahl, Sharon Hearne, Chris Scavo, and Bri Kouretas. These individuals had the privilege of wearing red in addition to black and white to symbolize their contributions to AFAN.

"We thank everyone in the community who helped us with this event, especially the performers and volunteers who are giving their time tonight," said Carrillo. "We wouldn't be able to have this party without you. With the money raised and your continued support, our team will continue to provide lifesaving resources for those living with HIV/AIDS in Southern Nevada until a cure is found."

Imagine Dragons' Non Profit Organization Raises Record Amount at 5th Annual Rise Up Gala to Fight Pediatric Cancer

On September 14, in an extraordinary, one-night-only experience, the 5th Annual Rise Up Gala raised a record $2.1 million for The Tyler Robinson Foundation (TRF), the Imagine Dragons’ nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting families facing a pediatric cancer diagnosis.

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Imagine Dragons - Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

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Imagine Dragons perform - Photo credit: Denise Truscello

More than 800 guests attended the star-studded, sold-out event held at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas which featured a performance by the GRAMMY Award-winning, multiplatinum-selling band, as well as appearances by special guests including master of ceremonies Joel McHale, Criss Angel, Clayne Crawford, “Impractical Jokers” stars The Tenderloins, Missi Pyle and TRF Community Impact Award honorees the NHL Western Division champions, the Vegas Golden Knights including Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Cody Eakin, Deryk Engelland, Erik Haula, Nick Holden, Brad Hunt, William Karlsson, Brayden McNabb, Colin Miller, Tomas Nosek, Nate Schmidt, Reilly Smith, Tomas Tatar and Alex Tuch.

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Absinthe - Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

Anthony Cools
Anthony Cools - Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

Carrot Top
Carrot Top - Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

Criss Angel
Criss Angel - Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

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Frankie Grande - Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

Joel McHale
Joel McHale - Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

John Caparulo
John Caparulo - Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

Linds Edwards
Linds Edwards - Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

Missi Pyle
Missi Pyle - Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

Oliver Trevena
Oliver Trevena - Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

Opium
Opium - Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

Steve and Barbara Young
Steve and Barbara Young - Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

Tenors of Rock
Tenors of Rock - Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

The Tenderloins
The Tenderloins - Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

Vegas Golden Knights
Vegas Golden Knights - Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

Zowie Bowie
Zowie Bowie - Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

TRF supporters and Imagine Dragons fans unable to attend the event once again had an opportunity to join the gala’s festivities from home, catching a livestream of the band’s special acoustic set as well as a livestream of the red carpet arrivals hosted by Frankie Grande. Online viewers generously contributed to TRF’s mission, raising an additional $5,000 in support of TRF families.

Additionally, the Rise Up Gala honored those who have made notable contributions to TRF through direct personal efforts, philanthropic support, or by raising public awareness for pediatric cancer. This year’s honorees included the Vegas Golden Knights, corporate partner Live Nation, TRF Youth Ambassador of the Year 17-year old singer/songwriter Tris Weeks and the Legacy Award honoree Jeff Schwartz.

TRF has raised more than $7.5 million to support families battling childhood cancer by providing grants to offset the many unseen costs associated with treatment. More than 500 families have benefited from TRF support. The Foundation continues to grow its efforts for families through a number of awareness and fundraising initiatives.

Candlelighters Hold Annual Superhero 5K In Support of Children Battling Cancer

Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada held its 29th Annual Superhero 5K with Chet Buchanan at Mountain’s Edge Exploration Peak Park on Saturday, September 15. Runners, walkers and community partners sported superhero capes in support of children battling cancer as they competed in the 5K Superhero Run and the Superhero one-mile.

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Photo courtesy of Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada

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Photo courtesy of Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada

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Photo courtesy of Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada

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Photo courtesy of Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada

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Photo courtesy of Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada

Following the race, attendees enjoyed food and refreshments and a kid’s zone with bounce houses and an obstacle course, as well as the newly added Beer Garden hosted by Ellis Island. Proceeds from the run will go toward supporting Candlelighters’ mission to provide emotional, financial and quality of life services to local children and their families battling a childhood cancer diagnosis.

The race is just one of many community events Candlelighters hosts during the organization’s annual shineGOLD campaign to generate awareness and community support in honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Candlelighters, Southern Nevada’s first and oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting local pediatric cancer patients, is commemorating its 40th year of service to the community. This year also marks the third year of the organization’s shineGOLD campaign which is designed to help spread awareness about the devastating impact childhood cancer has on families and encourage the community to offer support and get involved.

ON YOUR FEET! Cast Donates $25,000 to Keep Memory Alive on Behalf of Emilio & Gloria Estefan

Thursday evening, Sept. 6, Jason Martinez, who portrays Gloria’s father in ON YOUR FEET!, along with the full cast, presented Mr. Larry Ruvo with a $25,000 donation to Keep Memory Alive in support of the Major José M. Fajardo Patient Services Program. The check was presented on behalf of Gloria & Emilio Estefan who started the Major José M. Fajardo Patient Services Program in honor of Gloria’s father José Fajardo who died of multiple sclerosis.

Dr. Marwan Sabbagh Larry Camille Ruvo Erick Vidmar Dr. Dietmar Cordes Dr. Carrie Hersh Dr. Le Hua Shaina Meyer Sondi Facer and others attend ON YOUR FEET at The Smith Center 9.6.18
Dr. Marwan, Sabbagh, Larry Ruvo, Camille Ruvo, Erick Vidmar, Dr. Dietmar Cordes, Dr. Carrie Hersh, Dr. Le Hua, Shaina Meyer, Sondi Facer, and others attend ON YOUR FEET at The Smith Center 9.6.18 - Photo courtesy of The Smith Center

In addition to Mr. Ruvo, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts president and CEO Myron Martin, director of Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health Dr. Marwan Sabbagh, Drs. Le Hua, Carrie Hersh and Dietmar Cordes, along with Shaina Meyer, Sondi Facer and Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health administrative director Erick Vidmar were also in attendance.

Following their final performance at The Smith Center the cast of ON YOUR FEET donated 25000 to Keep Memory Alive 9.6.18
Following their final performance at The Smith Center the cast of ON YOUR FEET donated 25000 to Keep Memory Alive 9.6.18 - Photo courtesy of The Smith Center

Larry Ruvo Myron Martin Dr. Marwan Sabbagh attend the final performance of ON YOUR FEET at The Smith Center 9.6.18
Larry Ruvo, Myron Martin, and Dr. Marwan Sabbagh attend the final performance of ON YOUR FEET at The Smith Center 9.6.18 - Photo courtesy of The Smith Center

Mr. Larry Ruvo graciously accepts a 25000 donation to Keep Memory Alive on behalf of Gloria and Emilio Estefan 9.6.18
Mr. Larry Ruvo graciously accepts a $25000 donation to Keep Memory Alive on behalf of Gloria and Emilio Estefan 9.6.18 - Photo courtesy of The Smith Center

The donation will benefit Keep Memory Alive, whose mission is to provide enhanced treatment and ultimately cures for patients and their families suffering from neurocognitive disorders. Keep Memory Alive raises awareness and funds in support of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, and by supporting the organization and its fight against neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, ALS and memory disorders of all kinds, we can ensure progress towards better treatments and ultimately cures will occur in Las Vegas.

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

Magician Mat Franco visited The Animal Foundation on Tuesday, Sept. 11, when he presented the state’s largest open-admission animal shelter with much-needed animal care supplies and Petco gift cards to care for the nearly 25,000 animals it saves annually. 

2018 marks the third year in a row that Mat has teamed up with SUNY 106.5 and Petco to collect items from The Animal Foundation’s wish list in celebration of the third anniversary of his award-winning show, MAT FRANCO – MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY. During the month-long pet supply drive, visitors to any Las Vegas-area Petco location that purchased a minimum of $10 worth of items from the organization’s wish list, or a gift card of equivalent value, received one complimentary ticket voucher to see MAT FRANCO – MAGIC REINVENTED NIGHTLY in the Mat Franco Theater at The LINQ Hotel & Casino.

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Mat Franco - Photo courtesy of Animal Foundation

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Mat Franco - Photo courtesy of Animal Foundation

Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas continued its 15th annual OKTOBERFEST celebration Saturday night, September 15, with talented singer, showman, songwriter and musician FRANKIE MORENO who tapped a keg of Las Vegas’ only authentic Oktoberfestbier and treated the crowd to an impromptu performance. The 15th annual Oktoberfest celebration runs through October 31 and features Oktoberfestbier stein-holding contests, live entertainment, bar games, prizes and celebrity keg tappings every weekend. The cast of “FANTASY” will make an Oktoberfest appearance on Friday, Sept. 21, while stars of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s show “Raiding the Rock Vault” will perform the ceremonial keg tapping duties on Saturday, Sept. 22.

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Frankie Moreno - Photo courtesy of Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas

CREAMISTRY Las Vegas celebrated the grand opening of its first valley location at 7325 S. Rainbow Blvd. with free, made-to-order liquid nitrogen ice cream on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 1-3 p.m., face painting, social media contests and additional giveaways.

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Creamistry - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Creamistry - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Creamistry - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Creamistry - Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Founded in 2013 and franchising since 2014, Creamistry is an Irvine, California-based franchise that serves made-to-order liquid nitrogen ice cream using all natural and organic ingredients including vegan, dairy free and gluten free options, that can be customized with over 60 flavors and toppings. Currently, there are over 50 shops open and operating in four states, with more than 300 additional locations in various stages of development worldwide.

Comedian/Magician Mac King has extended “THE MAC KING COMEDY MAGIC SHOW” for four more years at Harrah’s Las Vegas. King’s contract now extends through 2023, which will give him 23 years at the hotel. In January, he celebrates a historic 19 years at Harrah’s, making him the longest running act performing at the same hotel in Las Vegas history.

The new FEAST BUFFET AT PALACE STATION has debuted the ONLY OVERNIGHT BUFFET AVAILABLE IN SOUTHERN NEVADA along with an exclusive menu to cater to the late night dining crowd. Now available daily from midnight to 8 a.m., the special menu features an array of delicious late-night items along with a salad bar and dessert station for guests to enjoy. The Overnight menu is priced at $6.99 per person for Boarding Pass loyalty card holders and $10.99 per person for non-card holders (excludes tax and gratuity).

The Universal Domino League, the first official gaming association dedicated solely to the game of dominoes, has announced CASINO DOMINOS made its world debut in Downtown Las Vegas beginning Tuesday, Sept. 18. The state-of-the-art new domino casino game will be featured on table games at the historic PLAZA HOTEL & CASINO LAS VEGAS with additional formats, including slot machines and digital applications, coming soon.The first of its kind, Casino Dominoes is a fast-paced, easy-to-learn card game, similar to three-card poker or blackjack. Inspired by the classic game of dominoes, Casino Dominoes utilizes up to six players at once. Players are dealt three cards and one connector card each, with the goal of matching their domino cards to the connector card, using standard domino rules. Scoring is calculated in multiples of five. The more points collected, the higher the payout. Players can win up to 500 to 1 on a wager, with the option of placing doubles side bets.

America’s Got Talent named close-up magician SHIN LIM the winner of the sensational Season 13 on September 19. Shin Lim will headline an exclusive engagement of AMERICAS GOT TALENT LIVE, a stage show version of the NBC #1 rated television show of the summer, in Las Vegas Nov. 2 – 4 in the Paris Theater at Paris Las Vegas. The starring role in America’s Got Talent Live is in addition to the million-dollar prize Shin Lim won during the exciting live Season 13 finale.  Shin Lim will headline the Las Vegas stage with guest Season 13 finalists, singer Courtney Hadwin, electric violinist Brian King Joseph, trapeze artists Duo Transcend and comedians Samuel J. Comroe and Vicki Barbolak.The four show dates including a special Sunday matinee performance, are: Nov. 2, 3; 7:30 p.m.Nov. 4; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets will go on sale to the public Friday, Sept. 21 at 10 a.m. PST. Tickets range in price from $55 to $185, plus additional taxes and fees.

On Thursday, September 20, the American Gaming Association announced the GAMING HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2018: Peter M. Carlino, a prominent leader in casino operations and real estate; Richard Haddrill, a gaming innovator and local philanthropist; Philip P. Hannifin, an industry pioneer who played a major role driving out organized crime and bringing in corporate investment to Nevada; and Steven Perskie, a pioneer for growing legalized gaming outside of Nevada. Since its formation in 1989, the Gaming Hall of Fame has recognized leaders who have distinguished themselves through significant contributions to gaming. An invitation-only ceremony honoring the inductees will take place during the Chairman’s Reception at Global Gaming Expo (G2E), sponsored by AGA and the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM).

The COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN NEVADA DEPARTMENT OF FINE ARTS will host an exhibition of mixed media textile artwork by El Salvador native artist, designer, and fervent admirer of popular culture and ancient folklore, LEILA HERNANDEZ, beginning Friday, September 21, 2018 and will run through Saturday, November 3, 2018 in the Fine Arts Gallery, room H101, at CSN’s North Las Vegas campus. Hernández’s exhibition, titled Leila Hernández: La Visa Negra”, is a collection of narratives dealing with border issues and the effects of immigration in refugees living and working in the United States. The CSN Fine Arts Gallery is FREE and open to the public. Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The Fine Arts Gallery is located at the half circle drive near CSN’s main entrance, on the North Las Vegas campus at 3200 E. Cheyenne Avenue, one-mile East of I-15 North.


The public is invited to a three-day celebration marking the official grand opening of MAGICAL MEMORIES DIMENSIONS at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace September 21 - 23. Complementing the works of nearby flagship gallery Magical Memories featuring Disney Fine Art, Magical Memories Dimensions showcases original 3D works by a variety of artists. For its multi-day grand opening, the visual art venue presents a public celebration featuring guest artists, live art demonstrations, free drawing classes, giveaways and more. Throughout the course of the weekend, a portion of sales will benefit The Animal Foundation.

Fans of all ages are invited to meet original Beauty and the Beast voice cast member and artist Paige O’Hara (voice of Belle), artists Cris Woloszak and Manuel Hernandez and artist/author John Ramirez, who will all be appearing throughout the weekend at multiple times.

The celebration begins Friday, Sept 21 with a Grand Opening party from 6 - 9 p.m., benefiting The Animal Foundation and including a drawing for a chance to win the canine-inspired artwork “Disney Dogs” by Tim Rogerson. On Saturday, Sept 22, learn to draw cartoon characters with John Ramirez and enjoy live paintings and signings with Paige O’Hara, Cris Woloszak and Manuel Hernandez. The weekend festivities conclude on Sunday, Sept 23 with another free cartoon character drawing class by John Ramirez and more live painting demonstrations.

The world’s most successful and best-selling soprano SARAH BRIGHTMAN will bring her HYMN: SARAH BRIGHTMAN IN CONCERT Tour to THE SMITH CENTER Sunday, March 3, 2019. Of the tour, Brightman says fans should “expect the unexpected!” The HYMN: Sarah Brightman In Concert. Tickets ranging in price from $54 to $249 (not including applicable service charges or fees) will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, Sept. 21 at 10 a.m. PT and can be purchased in-person at The Smith Center box office.

Contemporary local artist JAMES STANFORD presents “SHIMMERING ZEN”, a new exhibition featuring photomontages of vintage Las Vegas landmarks and the city’s famed neon signs, Friday, Sept. 21 through Saturday, Dec. 8 in The Studio at the Sahara West Library, 9600 W. Sahara Ave. The exhibit is FREE and open to the public. A welcoming reception with Stanford will be 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 27.

The 10th ANNUAL ST. BALDRICK'S DAY HEAD SHAVING EVENT at New York New York Hotel & Casino kicks off early this year on Friday, Sept. 21. From 4-8 p.m., The Strip’s flagship fundraising event for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which raised more than $600,000 last year, will welcome new and returning teams for early registration during an evening of live entertainment and games on the Brooklyn Bridge, drink specials at Nine Fine Irishmen, and more.  Putting the fun in fundraising, teams and individuals ready to jumpstart the fundraising season can compete head to head in live games and activities on the Brooklyn Bridge stage with a $5 donation buy-in for a chance to win a wristband to the Fall Brew Celebration at The Park, Sept. 22. Beer Pong also will be available for a $10 donation buy-in for game supplies. The Coyote Ugly Girls will take the stage throughout the evening to pump up the crowd and emcee the evening’s festivities. All proceeds will benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

Wedding chapels, venues and industry members across the Las Vegas valley will kick off Veterans Day weekend by honoring military members during the 2nd annual “LAS VEGAS MARRIES THE MILITARY”. Couples where one party is a member of the Armed Forces are invited to APPLY TO WIN A FREE LAS VEGAS WEDDING OR VOW RENEWAL. All day Nov. 8, 2018, wedding venues and professionals across Las Vegas and Clark County will open their doors to selected couples. Submissions to win a free wedding or vow renewal are now open at http://www.weddingchamber.vegas/vegas-marries-military/. Interested couples must submit a 30-60 second video telling what a Las Vegas wedding or vow renewal would mean to them. All submissions must be received by Wednesday, Sept. 26.

After breaking box office records during his previous engagements, international supermodel, fashion icon and actor TYSON BECKFORD returns to CHIPPENDALES, the award-winning male revue at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino as guest host, for six weeks only, Sept. 27 through Nov. 3, 2018 (Thursday through Saturday performances).

EASTER SEALS NEVADA’s Board of Directors has appointed TINA JEEVES as acting CEO, replacing former president and CEO Brian Patchett. Jeeves, who served as the organization’s senior Vice President of Programs for the last 28 years, is a native to Las Vegas and began her non-profit tenure volunteering in high school after a close relative became disabled and prompted her to want to help others. Jeeves joined Easterseals Nevada in 1989, then Nevada Association for the Handicapped, and brings her knowledge of all aspects of the agency to her role as acting CEO.This fall, Easterseals Nevada will introduce new initiatives to its robust programming including CreARTivity, which offers children and families a CreARTivity session with Positively Kids beginning Sept. 28, 2018. Additionally, Easterseals Nevada is set to host its first-ever Winter Overnight Camp at Camp Potosi, Nov. 18-20, following the smashing success of the organization’s summer camp. Also addressing the community’s social service gaps, Easterseals Nevada recognized the need for additional Adult Day Services for adults with significant disabilities throughout the valley and earlier this year expanded programming to North Las Vegas, offering services such as rehabilitation skills, daily living training and everyday socialization.

FREAKLING BROS, is proud to announce THE TRILOGY OF TERROR will celebrate its 26th terrifying season as Las Vegas’ most renowned and spine-chilling haunt.  The Trilogy of Terror will once again feature the classic Castle Vampyre, the experimental Coven of 13 and the award-winning, world famous Gates of Hell, Nevada’s first and only R-rated attraction. The Trilogy of Terror will open for the 2018 Halloween season Friday, Sept. 28, 2018 at 7 p.m. Located at the Grand Canyon Shopping Center at 4245 S. Grand Canyon Dr. (Flamingo and the 215 Beltway), theFreakling Bros. The Trilogy of Terror box office will operate from 7 p.m. to midnight Friday - Saturday and from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday – Thursday, through Thursday, Oct. 25 and remain open until midnight from Friday, Oct. 26 through Wednesday, Oct. 31. Dates of operation will be Sept. 28 – Sept. 30, Oct. 5 – 7 and Oct. 12 – 31. Tickets are $15 for COVEN of 13 and Castle Vampyre and $17 for Gates of Hell. Discounts are available for combining houses and multiple visits, including the $39 “Freak Pass.” To enter the Gates of Hell you must be at least 17 years of age or accompanied by an adult, and you must sign a consent form.

Two rock icons and one of the most celebrated rock photographers in the world have traded in their instruments (and the lights and pulse of the live arena stage) to create an exciting collection of limited edition photographs for an exclusive exhibition appropriately entitled, “Rock in Las Vegas.” Launching on September 28, 2018 inside CARNAVALE GALLERY AT CEASARS PALACE, the collaboration is in partnership with Leica Camera and will be featured at the gallery through October 28, 2018.

The exhibit will showcase the original work of JULIAN LENNON, NIKKI SIXX, and famed rock photographer NEAL PRESTON. Entitled “ROCK IN LAS VEGAS,” each of these iconic artists will showcase their distinctive photographic styles via their Leica cameras “Partnering with these legends of the stage, along with rock’s most celebrated photographer is truly a rare occurrence in the world of fine art photography and this trio of artists have created an exhibit that is perfectly tailored for the energy and excitement of Las Vegas,” notes Carnevale Gallery curator, Tony Carnevale.T he exhibition will launch with an opening event and artist reception at Carnevale Gallery at Caesars Palace (located in the Palace Tower) on September 28th at 7:30pm.  Following the opening, the exhibition will be featured at the gallery for the next month with limited edition prints available for collectors and fans alike.

One of the fastest growing combat sports promotion companies in the world, Final Fight Championship (FFC), and Caesars Entertainment's Rio Las Vegas will deliver a weekly combat sports series called, “FIGHT DOME,” which debuts on Friday, Sept. 28 and will air live on CBSSN (CBS Sports Network).The groundbreaking announcement marks the first time in the history of Las Vegas that a combat sports promotion company has established residency inside of a resort casino to deliver a weekly show involving multi-disciplines including boxing, kickboxing and MMA.

TERRIBLE HERBST, the nearly 60-year-old locally owned and operated Oil Company known for operating over 100 convenience stores, dozens of car washes, oil change and smog locations, throughout Southern Nevada, will mark the tragedy of 1 October by paying tribute to the brave men and women who helped victims and survivors. The company will offer FREE 20 oz. coffee or a 32 oz. soft drink to all first responders in uniform who visit any Terrible Herbst convenience store location in the Las Vegas valley on Monday, October 1 from 12:01 a.m. – 11:59 p.m. First responders in uniform include firefighters, paramedics, EMT’s, police officers, doctors, nurses and other medical staff.  In addition, the company will lower each of its large, iconic American flags to half-staff on October 1 in memory of the 58 individuals whose lives were lost that day.

COMEDY MAGICIAN MURRAY SAWCHUCK has signed a new residency deal into 2019 with the Laugh Factory – Tropicana Hotel & Casino Showroom, opening October 3, 2018, 6 days a week, 7pm Thursday and Saturdays, 5pm Sunday – Wednesday, dark Fridays. Murray will be bringing more comedy, more magic and of course his trusty comic sidekick/master card trickster Douglas ‘Lefty’ Leferovich! His star has definitely risen since the last time he played there in 2014.  Murray has performed on more reality shows than any other magician, over 21, most recently on CW’s ‘Fool Us’, he has become a YouTube sensation and has a channel that has had over 1 billion views and growing and has just signed on another year to shoot his 10th season on Pawn Stars as the Magic Expert. Currently this year Murray is on 3 Network TV shows and is in talks with his own TV show!

PT’s Entertainment Group, a division of Golden Entertainment, Inc., has acquired T-BIRD LOUNGE & RESTAURANT (T-Bird’s), which has three locations in Las Vegas. The acquisition will be complete on Monday, Oct. 1, when PT’s Entertainment Group will assume operations of the three T Bird’s, located at: 6560 W. Warm Springs Rd., 9465 S. Eastern Ave. and 8780 W. Lindell Rd.

Las Vegas fashion stylist JENNA DOUGHTON will host the sixth annual  STYLE WITH A CAUSE(SWAC) event, benefiting Court Appointed Special Advocates Foundation (CASA) on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at The Gramercy Residences from 6-9 p.m. A portion of the proceeds from the evening will go to benefit CASA's programs to help identify and fund the individual needs of abused and neglected children in foster care in Clark County.  Guests will enjoy interactive activations including organization classes hosted by Melanie Walker and the Neat Method team, dry stylings by Vent Blotique, a tattoo parlor, psychic and spiritual readings provided by Dallisa Hocking and her spiritual tribe of Spirit & Spark, and other empowerment stations. $2,500 "Roll Out The Red Carpet" includes a 10-person VIP table experience with curated bites and cocktails and "swac" bag. $300 "Pampered and Perfect VIP Ticket" includes a blowout the day of the event from  Vent Blotique, a makeover and spa treatments, food and beverage samplings, and "swac" bag. Guests names will also be entered into a special drawing to win VVIP raffle prizes and entry to the VVIP gifting and pampering suite. $125 "Front Row Ticket" includes access to food and beverage samplings and "swac" bag.

Openings:

Michael Morton and Jenna Morton have unveiled GREK SNEEK, a lively restaurant and bar serving fresh, authentic Greek and Mediterranean cuisine and cocktails at MGM GRAND HOTEL & CASINO.

Thunderbird Boutique Hotel in downtown Las Vegas has launched the THUNDERBIRD LOUNGE, where old school meets new cool. The renovation of the lounge, which also includes bar top gaming, is the latest in a series of renovations taking place in the history-rich property which has already welcomed locals and tourists alike with remodeled guest rooms, a full-service wedding chapel and showroom.The Thunderbird Lounge features a full bar with ample seating in a retro-chic vibe, select beers on tap, a pool table, Beer Pong, bar top gaming and plenty of TV screens for game watching. The lounge’s “beat the clock”-style Happy Hour runs 3 – 7 p.m. daily with specials on select domestic draft beer, well cocktails and house wines by the glass. Open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until midnight Friday and Saturday.

Celebrity sightings:

Wednesday, September 19...

The beloved Vegas Golden Knights athletes visited Andiamo Italian Steakhouse at the D Las Vegas to celebrate a highly-anticipated upcoming hockey season. Greeting hundreds of fans earlier that day at their Fan Fest at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, the players were joined by their significant others for a fun-filled feast with CEO Derek Stevens.

Middleweight boxing champ, Canelo Alvarez , joined by family and friends, was spotted dining at Carmine’s NYC Italian Restaurant inside The Forum Shops at Caesars.

Hip-hop artist, rapper and actress, Sandra Denton, “Pepa” of Salt-N-Pepa, was seen enjoying her evening at Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop and drinking champagne under the iconic Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas.

Sunday, September 16...

After winning his fight the previous night, boxer Canelo Alvarez dined at LAVO inside The Palazzo on Sunday.

Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin, aka GGG, dined with his trainer and friends at Beauty & Essex inside The Cosmopolitan.

GGG at Beauty Essex LV
GGG at Beauty Essex

Rapper De La Ghetto celebrated his birthday with friends at TAO inside the Venetian.

Friday, September 14...

Comedian Dave Chappelle dined at Beauty & Essex inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. After dinner he made his way to Marquee Nightclub to take in the sounds of DJ Mustard, stopping by the DJ booth to snap a photo with opening DJ Mike Attack.

Dave Chappell
Comedian Dave Chappelle - Photo courtesy of Beauty & Essex

American boxing fight trainer and boxing commentator, Teddy Atlas, visited the MB steakhouse located at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Thursday, September 13...

American professional boxer, Freddie Roach and Puerto Rican pro boxer Miguel Cotto, as well as boxing trainer dined at MB Steak.

Saturday, Sept. 8...

Singer and Academy Award-nominated actress Abigail Breslin, joined by her boyfriend Ira Kunyansky, was spotted dining at Beauty & Essex inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Hundreds of fans reveled in excitement to shake hands and rub shoulders with undefeated boxing champion, Floyd Mayweather, at his first ever public autograph signing and meet-and-greet at Inscriptagraphs Memorabilia inside Caesars Palace.

Friday, September 7...

Retired football star Jerry Rice was spotted at TAO Nightclub at The Venetian.

Jerry Rice at TAO Nightclub LV 9.7.18
Jerry Rice - Photo courtesy of Tao Nightclub at the Venetian

Thursday night, September 6...

On opening night of his limited three-week engagement at the iconic Cleopatra’s Barge at Caesars, Palace Paul Shaffer and his talented full band, The Shāf-Shifters were joined on stage by television icon David Letterman.For 33 years, Shaffer served as Letterman's musical director and sidekick. Letterman joined his life-long friend on stage to reminisce with anecdotes and stories from decades of working with the biggest names in music, film and television.

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David Letterman and Paul Shaffer - Photo credit: Denise Truscello/Getty Images

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Randy Bachman - Photo credit: Denise Truscello/Getty Images

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Kenny Loggins - Photo credit: Denise Truscello/Getty Images

Shaffer then surprised Letterman by introducing Randy Bachman of Bachman-Turner Overdrive and invited the Canadian musician on stage to perform “Takin' Care of Business,” one of Letterman’s favorites. Also in the audience was singer, songwriter and guitarist Kenny Loggins

Tuesday, September 4...

GRAMMY-nominated recording artist Adam Lambert and Roger Taylor and Brian May, founding members of the legendary British rock band Queen, were spotted attending the hit show Absinthe, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.


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