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Emilio and  Gloria Estefan Receive Star From Las Vegas Walk of Stars

Latin music legends Gloria and Emilio Estefan received a star from the Las Vegas Walk of Stars in a live ceremony at Crown Theater, inside Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, on Thursday, April 29.
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Erik Estrada Celebrates Cinco de Mayo at Tacos & Tequila

Television icon Erik Estrada celebrated Cinco de Mayo with a fiesta at Tacos & Tequila (T&T) at Luxor.
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The Master Luncheon Series, Part of the Vegas Uncork’d Presented by Bon Appetit

As part of Vegas Uncork’d spectacular four day culinary event presented by Bon Appetit magazine, the Master Luncheon Series was held on May 7 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. as world-renowned chefs of The Venetian and The Palazzo delighted guests with creative, one-of-a-kind menus to tantalize their taste buds.
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Caesar's Palace hosts Vegas Uncork'd signature event The Grand Tasting

Vegas Uncork'd signature event, the Grand Tasting, was held from 7:30 pm to 11 p.m. on Friday May 7 at Caesars Palace's all new 5 acre Garden of the Gods swimming pools and gardens.
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Vegas Uncork’d welcomed Palazzo After Hours- Crushed: Wine that Rocks!

Saturday, May 8, 2010 at 10:30 p.m. Vegas Uncork'd presented  Palazzo After Hours- Crushed: Wine that Rocks,  poolside at The Palazzo.
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Additional recent and upcoming “happenings” in and around Las Vegas include:

DownBeat Magazine, host of the annual DownBeat Awards – considered the most prestigious music honors nationally in the field of jazz education – recently recognized UNLV Jazz Ensemble I as one of the nation’s best for Graduate College Large Ensemble Outstanding Performance, sharing the honor with the University of Miami Studio Jazz Band. The awards, officially known as the “Student Music Awards,” were announced in DownBeat’s June edition, released April 27 and presented in 15 categories and five separate divisions (junior high, high school, performing high school, college and graduate college).

Comedy-magician Mac King celebrated 10 years of laughter and magic with the “Mac King Comedy Magic Show” at Harrah’s Las Vegas on Tuesday, May 4. In honor of this momentous occasion, Mayor Goodman declared May 4 “Mac King Day” in Las Vegas and Rick Mazer, President of Harrah’s Las Vegas presented King with a cake.

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Mac King, Bear and Rick Mazer

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Goldfish Cake



Legendary guitarist Carlos Santana partnered with local nonprofit, Project Sole to collect used, durable footwear at his shows at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino from April 21 through May 2. The collaborative effort gathered nearly 400 pairs of shoes, which will aid local nonprofits and schools in need as well as those in Chile after the recent devastating earthquake. Volunteers and staff from Project Sole were onsite at The Joint to collect the gently used shoes before each performance of Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through the Hits. As a “thank you” to those who donated, fashionable shoe brands Carlos by Carlos Santana and Unity by Carlos Santana offered a 20 percent discount on their merchandise.

 

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Carlos Santana



The M Resort’s innovative new cooking show, “Martini Time with Chef Tina Martini”  will air on Cox 96 in Southern Nevada three times a day, two days a week beginning Monday, May 10. The show will reach more than 400,000 households. Shows will air Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Entertainment mogul David Saxe has acquired the $34 million, 435 seat theater formerly occupied by Steve Wyrick in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood and renamed it the Saxe Theater. The 22,000 square-foot entertainment facility will debut  in June and will be home to the first major talent-driven Las Vegas stage production in more than a decade.

Twin Creeks Steakhouse at Silverton Casino Lodge kicks off new Happy Hour on Thursday, May 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  In addition to nightly specials on drinks and small plate (tapas) items Twin Creeks has added a weekly Thursday night performance by local musician Jeremy Cornwell, who blends original material and unique cover songs to deliver a high-energy performance.

The Gibson Library, currently located on Water Street in Downtown Henderson, will close its doors on Saturday, May 15 in order to pack up and re-locate to a newly constructed building at 100 W. Lake Mead Pkwy., near Boulder Hwy. The new Gibson Library is expected to open by July 1, but tours for the media of the new location will be available by mid-June.

Angelica Bridges, Playboy model,former star of “Baywatch,” and star of the topless revue, Fantasy, will host  a swimwear fashion show at Eva Longoria Parker’s Eve Nightclub Saturday, May 15. Laguna Beach Jeans Company,  the go-to brand for Hollywood A-listers including Beyonce, Kellan Lutz and Karina Smirnoff will debut its 2010 swimwear line featuring 14 new fashions modeled by the stunning cast of the Las Vegas Strip’s hottest adult revue, FANTASY.


On Saturday, May 15  magician Lance Burton will entertain over 500 volunteers from all three of the St. Rose Dominican Hospitals at the M Resort at their Volunteer Appreciation Event.  After being served a mid-day lunch the audience will enjoy the magic of  the Monte Carlo headliner.

To celebrate the first anniversary of its opening, The Green Valley Library will host several events on Saturday, May 15, and Saturday, May 22. The first event will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 15 and will feature the Horse Creek Inter-Tribal Dancers performing in the rotunda of the Green Valley Library – located at 2797 N. Green Valley Pkwy., on the corner of Sunset Road. The second event, featuring the U.S. Buffalo Soldiers 9th and 10th Horse Cavalry, will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 22.  Troopers will be on hand in full dress uniform in the library rotunda to interact with the public and give an overview and history of this historic fighting unit.  They will also bring a live horse or two, which will be on parade in front of the building for the public to see.

Nevada Pops, under the direction of Dr. Richard McGee, will present “Guy Movies,” on Saturday, May 15, at 7:30 p.m. at UNLV’s Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall.   The concert will feature music from “Rocky,”  “Star Trek,” “Apocalypse Now,” “The Hunt for Red October,” and “Star Wars,” among others.  Because the concert is taking place on Armed Forces Day, a salute to the country’s armed forces will also be included in the program. Las Vegas’ Desert Chorale will join the Pops for several pieces throughout the evening. Tickets are $18 for adults, and $14 for students, seniors and military.  Children under 5 are free.  A video introduction to “Guy Movies” and program notes are available at www.nevadapops.org. 

Pam Matteson and Bruce Mickelson are newest guest comedians joining Sammy Shore in “Sammy Shore’s Barking Mad Comedy Jam” at Marilyn’s Lounge at the Eastside Cannery Casino & Hotel on May 21 and 22 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15.

The Art of Peter Max Gallery, located on the Terrace Level in The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, will host a gallery exhibition with Pop Art Icon Peter Max on Saturday, May 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. to commemorate Memorial Day. Max will unveil his newest original painting: an acrylic on canvas, full-bodied Liberty painting measuring six-feet tall that will be on display and available for purchase exclusively at the Las Vegas gallery.  During the exhibition, purchasers will have the opportunity to meet Max who will inscribe a priceless dedication and drawing on the back of each painting acquired at the Gallery during the event or anytime throughout the month of May.

Legendary rock and roll band Huey Lewis and the News will perform in the spectacular Villaggio Del Sole outdoor concert venue at the M Resort Spa Casino on Saturday, May 29 at 9 p.m. Ticket prices are $72.50, $62 and $51.50 all inclusive for reserved seating. General admission tickets are also available for $39.95 all inclusive.

Jerry Herbst, the 71-year-old owner, CEO/Pres. of Terrible Herbst Corp. which runs gasoline stations, retail operations and casinos in Southern Nevada, is selling his Newport Beach, Calif., home for $31.75 million. Herbst bought the six-bedroom residence for $35 million in 2008 from Oscar-winning actor Nicolas Cage who paid $25 million for the property in 2005.

Celebrity sightings:

While headlining at the Venetian a couple of weeks ago, Joan Rivers posed with delicious treats from The Cupcakery alongside Cupcakery Owner Pamela Jenkins.

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Pamela Jenkins and Joan Rivers



Saturday, May 1, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and wife Maria Shriver dined with two of their children  at Strip House inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Sunday, May 2, Carmen Electra celebrated her birthday at MGM Grand’s WET REPUBLIC, Vegas’ hottest ultra pool. Her birthday party was hosted by Hpnotiq. Dressed in a striking black-and-white retro printed dress, Carmen waved to the thousands of screaming fans, showing off her stunning black diamond engagement ring from rocker fiancé Rob Patterson. The birthday celebration ignited with the arrival of the four-tier turquoise and cream birthday cake encrusted with rocker-chic silver roses.

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Carmen Electra with birthday cake
Photo credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

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Carmen Electra and Rob Patterson
Photo credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images



Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and wife Maria Shriver dining with two of their children  at Strip House inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Las Vegas.

Actress Lisa Kudrow enjoyed a late lunch with three guests at Society Café Encore. Also at Society on Sunday was CNN political analyst James Carville.

Chester Taylor, running back for the Chicago Bears, spotted dining at Strip House at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Paris and Nicky Hilton dined at LAVO Italian Bistro.

Monday, May 3 Ludacris  filmed his music video at the Palms Casino Resort.  

Tuesday night...

May 4 world renowned chef Joel Robuchon was spotted checking out industry night at LAVO. 

Stephen Jackson of the Charlotte Bobcats came into Blush Boutique Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas  with an entourage of six bodyguards.

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Stephen Jackson
Photo credit: Bryan Steffy



Actress Lynn Hamilton, best known for her roles in “Sanford and Son” and “The Waltons,” and her husband, attended George Wallace's show.

Wednesday May 5...

All 51 Miss USA contestants spent the afternoon at Garden of the Gods pool oasis  at Caesars Palace.  They were treated by an incredible lunch prepared just for them by Celebrity Chef Bradley Ogden.  Afterward, the contestants cooled off by taking a dip and tossing beach balls in the Neptune Pool at Garden of the Gods, the new 5-acre oasis with eight distinct pools, 18ft waterfall and swim-up blackjack.

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Miss USA contestants at Garden of the Gods
Photo credit: Darrin Bush, Las Vegas News Bureau



Jenny McCarthy and her sister and some friends, had dinner at N9NE Steakhouse inside the Palms Casino Resort.  Afterwards  Jenny headed to the Playboy Club and was seen getting very cozy kissing an unknown guy.

Thursday, May 6...

Holly Madison threw a day long 21st birthday party for her assistant and friend Angel Porrino  that started in the afternoon at TAO Beach with a group that included Laura Croft and Josh Strickland, with the celebration documented by a camera crew from “Holly’s World,” Madison’s new show on E!.

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Angel Porrino
Photo Credit: Al Powers

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Holly Madison
Photo Credit: Al Powers


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Holly Madison and Angel Porrino with cake
Photo Credit: Al Powers


Dinner at TAO Asian Bistro was the next stop as a group of ten feted Angel.

After taking the stage for her star role in Peepshow, Holly Josh returned and joined Angel and Laura on the red carpet before heading up to a sky box in the nightclub.  A special five-tiered wizard fairytale themed cake by Gimme Some Sugar was topped with a large “21” to mark the occasion and featured sugar replicas of Holly and Angel in wizard outfits.

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Laura Croft, Josh Strickland, Holly Madison and Angel Porrino
Photo Credit: Al Powers


Also spotted in the club for Worship Thursday were Billy Baldwin, Chazz Palminteri and Trent Othick as the group commanded a VIP table on the dance floor.

Reigning Miss USA 2009 Kristen Dalton satisfied her sweet tooth as she unveiled the new, limited edition Miss USA Couture Pop at Sugar Factory at Miracle Mile Shops inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.  Dalton hopped behind the counter to whip up one of Sugar Factory’s mouthwatering milkshakes, and sampled a few of the delicious confections before leaving with a bag brimming with sweet treats.

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Miss USA Kristen Dalton posing with Sugar Factory’s limited edition Miss USA Couture Pop
Photo credit: Darren Decker

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Miss USA Kristen Dalton
Photo credit: Darren Decker



Paul Reiser of 90s "Mad About You" fame and current writer and actor on the upcoming TV series "Next," attended the Donny & Marie Show.

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Paul Riser with Donny and Marie



Friday, May 7...

Holly Madison hosted a beach blanket bikini bash presented by Hpnotiq at TAO Beach . The Peepshow star arrived with friends including Peepshow co-star Josh Strickland, Laura Croft and Angel Porrino.

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Holly Madison
Photo Credit: Denise Truscello

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Josh Strickland, Holly Madison, Angel Porrino and Laura Croft
Photo Credit: Denise Truscello


Friday night Kim Kardashian and Kelly Rowland threw a bachelorette bash at TAO for TV personality La La Vazquez to celebrate her upcoming wedding to Denver Nugget star Carmelo Anthony.  After dinner the women adjourned to a sky box in the nightclub and the crowd roared as DJ Reach announced their arrival. Later in the night La La was surprised with a four tier cake that was topped off with a sweet diamond ring.

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La La Vasquez and Kim Kardashian
Photo Credit: Denise Truscello

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Kelly Rowland, La La Vasquez and Kim Kardashian
Photo Credit: Denise Truscello



Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir along with Doriana Sanchez attended Matt Goss's Caesars Palace show. Both Sanchez and Weir departed after the show but not before Weir took a few minutes to pose with Goss's business partner and Pussycat Dolls creator Robin Antin along with Goss's dancers, The Dirty Virgins.

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Robin Antin and Johnny Weir with Goss's dancers, "The Dirty Virgins"
Photo credit: Cashman Photos



Gretchen Rossi of the Real Housewives of Orange County, hosted an evening at Jet nightclub.

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Gretchen Rossi
Photo courtesy of The Light Group



Saturday, May 8, Sports Illustrated cover model  Marisa Miller visited MGM Grand’s hot ultra pool destination, WET REPUBLIC where she relaxed in her exclusive VIP bungalow with husband, music producer Griffin Guess, and friends.

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Marisa Miller
Photo Credit: © RD/ Erik Kabik/ Retna Digital

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Marisa Miller
Photo Credit: © RD/ Erik Kabik/ Retna Digital



The Hills starlet Audrina Patridge celebrated her 25th birthday at LIQUID Pool Lounge at ARIA Resort & Casino.  She was joined at the hip by rocker beau Ryan Cabrera, and the twosome were seen cuddling in their private cabana.

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Audrina Patridge
Photo Credit: Denise Truscello / WireImage

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Audrina Patridge and Ryan Cabrera
Photo Credit: Denise Truscello / WireImage



Despite lasting a full day in the desert sun, Patridge had been out the night before, enjoying a celebratory dinner at ARIA hotspot, UNION, where she was joined by Cabrera, her brother and several friends, before heading to HAZE to ring in her birthday in real Sin City style!

"Keeping Up with the Kardashians" star Kris Jenner celebrated Mother's Day at Eva Longoria Parker's Beso steakhouse and Eve nightclub in Crystals at CityCenter. The Hollywood mom of six started the evening with an intimate dinner with her aunt. Upstairs inside Eve, the reality TV star sipped cocktails and danced in Eve's VIP section, mingling, taking photos with fans and inviting a few guests to her table.

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Kris Jenner
Photo credit: Denise Truscello/WireImage

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Kris Jenner
Photo credit: Denise Truscello/WireImage

Real Housewives of Orange County star Gretchen Rossi returned to Bare, soaked up the desert sun at Bare Pool Lounge with family and friends on the lavish poolside daybeds.That night, Rossi made the rounds between  some of her other favorite Light Group hotspots, hitting up Caramel and The Beatles Revolution Lounge in addition to Bare to experience “Heaven”!

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Gretchen Rossi
Photo courtesy of The Light Group



Rao's super sexy Executive Chef Carla Pellegrino and triple threat entertainer Rick Faugno of "Jersey Boys"  were spotted celebrating at Vegas Uncork'd presented by Bon Appetit poolside at Palazzo.

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Executive Chef Carla Pellegrino and Rick Faugno of "Jersey Boys"



Sunday, May 9...

All 51 of the 2010 Miss USA contestants hit Simon’s Pajama Brunch at Palms Place this Mother’s Day and met Palms owner George Maloof and chef Kerry Simon.

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Miss USA contestants with Palms owner George Maloof
Photo credit: Denise Truscello



Golfer Anthony Kim, fresh off hand surgery, was spotted  with a group of friends at TAO Beach  for Beatport Beach Party.  Later in the night they went to LAVO Nightclub where DJ Vice was spinning.

Al Harrington of the New York Kicks and Charlotte Bobcat Stephen Jackson were at LAVO with friends and family for a dinner of Italian favorites.

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