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By Judy Thorburn

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Owner/Editor in Chief/writer - Las Vegas Round The Clock

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Grand Opening of “Laugh Factory Presents: Murray ‘Celebrity Magician’

Comedy magician, Murray, who gained national fame wowing both the judges and TV audiences alike as a semifinalist on America's Got Talent, and has appeared on several TV reality series such as the History Channel's Pawn Stars, recently signed on as the resident headliner in the Laugh's Factory's new showroom at the New Tropicana Hotel and Casino.  He kicked off his limited engagement with a Grand Opening Red Carpet Event on Monday night, June 4 that drew a slew of local celebrities, headliners and performers from various shows on the strip.

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Among the celebs walking the red carpet were: several hunks from Thunder Down Under; Imperial Palace headliners Human Nature; America's Got Talent winner, singer Michael Grimm; magician/vocalist Ben Stone; former American Idol finalist Jasmine Trias; Paris headliner/comedy hypnotist Anthony Cools; Dancing With The Stars: Live in Las Vegas dance pro Lacey Schwimmer and other cast members; Chris Phillips of Zowie Bowie; Stratosphere headliner, singer Frankie Moreno; singer Jack Walker; actress Beverly Washburn, local CBS, “8 News Now” anchor Daynor Roselli; Let's Talk New Now host Rick Singer and his co-host Ella Roberts; Ventriloquist/radio show host Michele LaFong; Robert DeNiro impersonator Robert Nash; America's Got Talent contestants magicians/pianists Jarrett and Raja, Laugh Factory co-owner and comedian Harry Basil,  and of course, the show's star Murray, sidekick “Lefty”, and lovely stage assistant, Chloe.

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Jack Walker with Murray
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Ben Stone and Jasmine Trias
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Actress Beverly Washburn with Murray
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Zowie Bowie's Chris Phillips
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Dance pro Lacy Schwimmer (2nd from left) with fellow "Dancing with the Stars: Las Vegas" dancers
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Channel 8 News anchor Dayna Roselli
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Douglas "Lefty" Leferovich, Murray and Chloe Louise
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Ella Roberts and Rick Singer
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Frankie Moreno
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"Laugh Factory" co-owner Harry Basil
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Jarrett and Raja
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Michael Grimm and wife
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Murray’s unique blend of comedy and magic along with his numerous television appearances and his 18 years of international touring is the perfect fit for the Laugh Factory Las Vegas’ multi-venue comedy experience. Much like the Laugh Factory Las Vegas, Murray brings something fresh and exciting to the New Tropicana Las Vegas with his signature spiky blonde hair, black designer glasses and charismatic performance style. Staged in the intimate venue, the show features two of Murray’s signature illusions performed on a 360 degree platform located in the middle of the audience, that allows the surrounding audience to have a rare, up close and personal magic experience in which they can see behind, in front and on the sides of the illusion and magic.

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Also woven throughout the show is Murray's, silent, but facially expressive and very funny sidekick and guest act ‘Lefty’ aka Douglas Leferovich, an accomplished sleight of hand artist with a comic flare.

Read more about Murray's headline act at the Laugh Factory in his week's edition of Dianne Davis's column, View of Vegas.

Sneak Peak of Surf The Musical Set to Open at Planet Hollywood

Tuesday night, May 29, members of the press were invited to a sneak peak of the nostalgic rock n roll musical, Surf The Musical, featuring the hits of the Beach Boys, which is set to debut at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino this summer.  Preview performances begin the week of June 11 with a Gala VIP and media night Grand Opening scheduled for July 17.

Broadway's hottest young director Kristin Hanggi, fresh off the heels of the worldwide success of her hit musical, Rock Of Ages, was on hand to provide a behind-the-scenes taste of the show in progress, that included few musical numbers, some costumes (a throw back to fashions from the early 60's) and set renderings from the show that is described as “a carefree story of good vibrations set in the nostalgic, happy times of the 1960s Southern California beach community.”  Hanggi was joined by choreographer RJ Durell, who said he incorporated “a mixture of different styes of dance including swing and 60's moves and went to New York and Los Angeles in search of the best talent.  I feel like all of us are taking the 60's and turning it upside down and giving it a modern twist to make it fun, fun, fun...pun intended (in reference to those memorable, repetitive Beach Boy lyrics)”.

“We want to capture the essence of what made the (Beach Boys) music great,” said Hanggi. “When I read the script, I started getting vision of what it would be.” She then added,  “The show is “a love letter to Southern California, all the families, and those they touched.”

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Surf The Musical director Kristin Hanggi and choreographer RJ Durell
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Surf The Musical director Kristin Hanggi, cast member Adrian Zmed and choreographer RJ Durell
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As Las Vegas’ hottest new musical extravaganza, audiences will be transported into the magic of the early 1960’s and the sweet sounds of summer enhanced by such memorable Beach Boy hits as California Girls, Help Me, Rhonda, I Get Around, Fun, Fun, Fun, God Only Knows, Wouldn’t It Be Nice, and many, many more.Hanggi has put together an amazing state-of-the-art dream team of Broadway’s top backstage talents who will light up the showroom at Planet Hollywood with a modern, technologically eye-popping production.  The talented creative team includes set designer Beowulf Boritt (The Scottsboro Boys), lighting designer Howell Binkley (Jersey Boys, Memphis), costume designer Gregory Gale (Arcadia, The Wedding Singer, Urinetown), Grammy Award-winning Music Producer Frank Filipetti, and Music Director Ed Hamilton (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Promises Promises).

Utilizing cutting-edge, innovative technology from projection design wizard Darrel Maloney (the genius behind the high-paced media of American Idiot), and celebratory choreography from RJ Durell and Nick Florez (Michael Jackson’s Immortal, Katy Perry’s California Girls World Tour, Madonna’s Confessions Tour), Surf the Musical, a family friendly musical for all ages to experience and enjoy, is sure to rock the Las Vegas strip.

Celebs hit The Palazzo Las Vegas for Simon G. Jewelry "Summer Soiree"

In celebration of the JCK jewelry convention and to help The Palazzo Las Vegas kick off its first ever Carnevale celebrations, celebrity-adored brand Simon G. Jewelry threw its annual Simon G. Jewelry "Summer Soiree" Saturday night, June 2, at Azure at The Palazzo. Stylish guests included George Clooney's gal pal Stacy Keibler, Pamela Anderson, Giuliana Rancic, Melissa Rycroft and husband Tye Strickland, Cheryl Burke, Audrina Patridge, Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin, Gilles and Carole Marini, Patti Stanger of "Millionaire Matchmaker," celeb stylist and member of the E!'s "Fashion Police" George Kotsiopoulos and many others.

The night's festivities kicked off with comedian and host Dannon Green taking the stage to introduce the Soiree's charity partner Generosity Water while fire dancers continued the entertainment by taking a dip in the pool with their sparklers. Red carpet darlings Audrina Patridge (in Gloss Army), Melissa Rycroft (in a BCBG Max Azria dress she borrowed from Rent The Runway), Cheryl Burke (in Bebe), Lisa Rinna (in a vintaga Gucci dress and Aldo shoes), Pamela Anderson (wearing Palladium Jewelry by Simon G) and more, dazzled in the latest from Simon G. Cheryl Burke said on the red carpet that she is excited about The Palazzo's Carnevale celebrations, which feature three months of classic Italian festivities through new experiences, entertainment, art, music, and wine from June 4 to Sept. 9.

Stacy Keibler showed up in a blue sequined Herve Leger number accessorized with Simon G. earrings, saying they were the perfect pair to dress up any outfit. "They are classic and elegant," she said. And while she copped to enjoying the nightlife and the restaurants at The Palazzo, she's counting down the days until she reunites with her beau. "I'm off to Europe next week," she said.

Giuliana Rancic, in simple and elegant Simon G. Jewelry earrings, was in town to host the Miss USA pageant and said she's looking forward to expanding her family with the addition of a new baby in three months saying that she hasn't decided on a name just yet because "people say you have to wait until the baby is born to name it." She also admitted to missing hubby Bill. "I've never done Vegas, which to us is The Palazzo, without him in the past five years," she said.

Patti Stanger wowed in Rachel Zoe and an $80,000 Simon G. Jewelry necklace and said that from bridal pieces to colored stones, Simon G. Jewelry is always her first stop when shopping for the latest and greatest baubles. Melissa Rycroft and Tye Strickland raved about The Palazzo and the Azure Pool calling it "the best place on earth."

Celebs feasted on signature dishes from Lagasse's Stadium, and toasted with champagne and Diosa Tequila, all while taking full advantage of the photo booth on hand.  Musical entertainment was provided by KC and the Sunshine Band who enticed guests to kick off their heels and dance in the pool. The evening was a smashing success for Simon G. Jewelry, the family-owned and run company that has been decking out red carpet beauties and girls next door alike for years. In addition to debuting their new collection, Simon G. Jewelry also announced their new line of colored diamond jewelry called 'Midnight'.

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Tea Connoisseurs Converge for 2012 World Tea Expo

The World Tea Expo, the largest global event for the tea industry covering all aspects of tea,  took place June 1 - 3 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.  Thousands of tea professionals and companies from more than 50 countries converged on Las Vegas for the three-day event featuring the very best leafs, blends, pots and tea-related products.

Overall, in the last 10 years, more than 33,000 international professionals have attended World Tea Expo, to meet with more than 1,700 tea and related product suppliers in more than 206,000 net square feet of space. Registration for the 2012 convention drew more than 4,000 delegates from around the world. The Expo features more than 200 vendor booths and hundreds of the freshest new tea products - unique tea ware manufacturers, delicious baked-goods suppliers, innovative tea product manufacturers and specialized accessory and gift dealers. The convention also includes the North American Tea Championship Winners Tasting Circle and a World Origin Tasting Tour.

World Tea Expo also presented an impressive line-up of all new educational curriculum, which covers the latest industry trends and presents a snapshot of the future of tea. Topics included: improving the tea customer's palate; how different cups work with different teas; Daoism and Buddhist Zen tea culture; comparative tea and wine tastings; tea nutrition and health - myths and truths for the layman; teas from Korea, India, China and numerous other regions; the evolution of the tea store; a new dawn for Japanese tea; tea science updates; caffeine and antioxidant clarity; and applying principles of taste biology to the appreciation of teas and food pairings; among many other topics.

In addition, the event kicked off National Iced Tea Month, featuring an educational conference and also asks: "Will tea ever be as big as coffee?" Currently, there are more than 25,000 U.S. coffeehouses compared to around 3,500 U.S. tea retail locations; yet, tea retail market growth is on an upsurge, according to Las Vegas-based World Tea Media, a division of F+W Media, organizers of World Tea Expo.

To recognize the tremendous "prosperiTEA" and milestone 10-year anniversary of World Tea Expo as well as leadership and dedication for tea,  George and Kim Jage were presented with a special World Tea Award, presented by the global tea community and the exhibitors of World Tea Expo, during a special reception on the evening of June 2.  George Jage is the founder and director of World Tea Media, a division of F+W Media, and Kim Jage is the sales and marketing director of World Tea Media, the organizer of World Tea Expo, World Tea East, the North American Tea Championship and World Tea News.

In honor of the annual event's 10-year anniversary Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman  officially proclaimed June, "World Tea Month". The proclamation states:  "In honor of World Tea Expo's vision to develop the tea community and bring greater awareness to the tea industry, we declare June to be World Tea Month, to support World Tea Expo's mission to strengthen the message of tea."

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Honors Chickenfoot with Case Dedication

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, known for being the home to rock and roll entertainment, hosted a unique memorabilia case ceremony for the super group Chickenfoot on Friday, June 1.  The unveiling ceremony was held prior to the band's concert performance that evening starting at 8 p.m. on The Joint stage.  All of the band members were on hand for the unveiling including frontman, Sammy Hager, guitarist Joe Satriani, drummer Kenny Aronoff, and former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony. The case will enclose memorabilia such as custom guitars, drum head, sunglasses, photos and more.

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The Bourbon Room Grand Opening at The Venetian Announces "Rock of Ages"

The Bourbon Room at The Venetian made its grand opening on June 1, with a surprise flash performance announcing the newest entertainment residency, Rock of Ages.

As guests enjoyed signature bourbon cocktails and listened to the tunes of classic hairband music videos, more than forty dancers joined the party in their raddest ‘80s attire, jumping up on the banisters and making their way through the crowd to the tunes of “Cum on Feel the Noize,” “I Wanna Rock” and “Nothin’ But a Good Time.”

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While the flash performance dancers made their way to the stage, president and chief operating officer of The Venetian, The Palazzo and Sands Expo, John Caparella, took to the stage to address the crowd. “We’re bringing you back to the ‘80s when VJs ruled the universe and when classic rock was called rock. We went to Broadway, we saw a show and we said, ‘This is what we have to bring to Las Vegas.’ And that show is ‘Rock of Ages.’ So, beginning in December of this year, you will be able to see ‘Rock of Ages’ perform here nightly and at the end of the show the party will carry on right here in the Bourbon Room.”

To commemorate the exciting news, Mr. Caparella led the crowd with a toast of bourbon.

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“When we first conceived the show we always had an eye for Vegas because it felt like the right environment for the type of show we wanted to make, which was just a ridiculous, fun, no excuses, just have a good time, leave your inhibitions at the door kind of Broadway experience,” said Chris D’Arienze, writer of “Rock of Ages.” “So to bring it here to Vegas feels like home for our show.”

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas hosts TROPFEST the World's Largest Short Film Festival

On Sunday, June 3, the world's largest short film festival, Tropfest, wrapped up its first festival in Las Vegas.  The festival served as a celebration of Tropfest’s 20th official birthday during a weekend  of free, mostly outdoor events that were held June 1 – 3.

The festivities kicked off on Friday, June 1 with a Tropfest welcome party and musical performance by R&B / Soul artist Allen Stone at casino floor hotspot Book & Stage.  Stone’s expertly crafted, evocative songs and fresh, smooth, soul-filled voice got the capacity crowd moving and excited for the weekend ahead.

Saturday night, June 2, Tropfest threw a 20th Birthday celebration at the Boulevard Pool, an intimate outdoor venue perched high above the heart of the Las Vegas Strip.  The party began with a special “Road to Vegas” screening featuring films submitted by amateur short film makers centering on the theme of traveling to Las Vegas. The top six entries were shown, including the first prize submission by Rakitha Perera, who won a three-night stay at The Cosmopolitan and VIP entrance to Tropfest Las Vegas.

The party continued with screenings of specially curated short film content that gave festival goers a taste of Tropfest’s rich 20 year history, including celebrated filmmaker Nash Edgerton’s award-winning short films “Spider” and sequel, “Bear.”  Indie-spirited Delta Spirit, who are set to play Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza this summer, took to the stage following the screenings and continued the party late into the night.

Tropfest’s “All-Star Competition” on Sunday night, June 3, began with the arrival of the competition’s celebrities on the black carpet.  Those in attendance included the competition’s host Rob Corddry (The Daily Show, Hot Tub Time Machine, Childrens Hospital), President of the Jury Toni Collette (Jesus Henry Christ, United States of Tara), jurors Rebel Wilson (Bridesmaids, What To Expect When You’re Expecting), Anthony LaPaglia (Without a Trace, Happy Feet), Griffin Dunne (House of Lies, An American Werewolf in London), Charles Randolph (writer/producer, Love And Other Drugs, The Interpreter) and Trevor Groth (Sundance Director of Programming).  Also in attendance at the festival was actor Tobey Maguire, James Woods, Jason Gann (Wilfred) and Abbie Cornish (Somersault, Sucker Punch).

16 films representing some of the best Tropfest entries of the past two decades vied for the top prize at the “All-Star Competition.” The films, each less than seven minutes in length, were hand-picked by Tropfest founder and acclaimed director John Polson (Hide & Seek, Tenderness) and represented a wide cross section of work.  In the end, “The Story of Bubble Boy” directed by Sean Ascroft was declared the winner of the inaugural competition.  The film, which features a sad outcast wrestling with his demons, is about being trapped by the past and redeemed by the future.

Singer-songwriter-artist LP closed out the “All-Star Competition” with a spirited performance highlighted by ear-catching vocals.

Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens Unveils New England Inspired Summer Floral Exhibition

The Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens has unveiled a summer floral exhibition that brings a slice of the Northeastern seashore to the west. Inspired by water, light and scent, guests are transported to the endearing and crisp atmosphere of New England through September 9. New to the summer exhibition is a blue and white lighthouse with a rotating light as well as live performances by classical and jazz guitarists daily from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Visitors are encouraged to escape the desert heat and venture to the East Coast for a few moments, where a carousel, egrets, floral frogs, ladybugs and soaring balloons enhance the seasonal ambiance. The rocky shore of the coastal pond boasts the perfect habitat for a sailboat, truly representing an American summer.

In conjunction with the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art’s exhibit “Claude Monet: Impressions of Light,” the Conservatory has created a floral interpretation of Claude Monet’s Cap Martin, Near Menton, comprised of 1,000 flowers. Located in the Giardini corner, the recreated painting is fitted within a 6-foot tall elaborately carved frame.

The summer display at Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is complimentary and open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week now through September 9.

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

DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN, which explores the ongoing battle for understanding between the sexes, celebrated its 6th anniversary at Harrah's on June 1. The one man show, starring Kevin Burke is an insightful comedy that every man and woman can relate to and, truth be told, affectionately says it like it is. Don't take my word.  See for yourself why audiences and critics alike rave about this hilarious and, at times, moving, show. Performances are 7 p.m inside the Improv showroom at Harrahs.

PT’s Entertainment Group, operator of PT’s and Sierra Gold taverns, announced the WINNER OF 425,000 WORLD SERIES OF POKER (WSOP) GIVEAWAY on Thursday, May 31. ELIZABETH RUSH, a semi-finalist from PT’s on Durango Drive, won a seat valued at $10,000 at the 2012 WSOP Main Event Championship to take place on Saturday, July 7 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

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BODIES...THE EXHIBITION AND TITANIC: THE ARTiFACT EXHIBITION, which are conveniently located on the Atrium Level of Luxor Hotel and Casino, is offering students a 30 percent discount for admission to encourage learning while school is out.  Tickets to BODIES…The Exhibition and Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition are regularly priced at $32 for adults, $30 for seniors and $24 for children 4 – 12 years of age. The Exhibition is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with last admission at 9 p.m. It is recommended that children 12 and under are accompanied by a teacher or parent as an adult guide.

BODIES...THE EXHIBITION is also teaming up with the American Heart and Stroke Association this Father’s Day, June 17, to offer complimentary blood pressure, body mass index and glucose testing to educate dads about their current state of health and help ensure they stay fit for years to come. In addition to the health screenings, the exhibition that provides an extraordinary view inside the human body is also offering 20 percent off admission to further highlight the importance of positive lifestyle choices for both the man of the house and his family.The 20 percent discount is valid for all adult admission tickets purchased Sunday, June 17. Complimentary health screenings will be available with paid admission from 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets are valid for same day visit only and cannot be sold or transferred. Tickets to BODIES…The Exhibition are available at the Luxor box office. Regularly priced tickets are $32 for adults, $30 for seniors and $24 for children 4 – 12 years of age. The Exhibition is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with last admission at 9 p.m. It is recommended that children 12 and under are accompanied by a teacher or parent as an adult guide.

 

The cast of BEATLESHOW! at Saxe Theater is celebrating the release of what is arguably the greatest album of all time, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, with a special offer for locals: $15 tickets to the show for the entire month of June. BeatleShow! takes the stage at Saxe Theater inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. To take advantage of this special offer, locals simply need to present their Nevada I.D.s at the Saxe Theater box office June 1st through June 30th.  The $15 ticket offer does not include taxes and fees and may not be applied to prior purchase.

LAVO Italian Restaurant launched Beer, Bubbles & Balls in the lounge and on its Strip-front terrace on Monday, June 4. The new happy hour offering will be available for guests to enjoy seven days a week from 4:30 pm to 7 pm. The happy hour will feature small bites options in the form of balls, both savory and sweet. Guests can choose from Meatballs, Rice Balls, Fried Crab Balls, Tuna Tartare Balls and Brownie Balls priced at just $7 each. Iondo Prosecco or a Peroni Beer are also just $7.

 

As part of Fremont Street Experience’s ‘Rock of Vegas’ summer concert series, a FREE show featuring DENNIS DEYOUNG PERFORMING THE MUSIC OF STYX will take place Saturday, June 9 at 9 p.m. on the 1st Street Stage.

In honor of World Oceans Day on June 8, guests of SIEGFRIED & ROY'S SECRET GARDEN AND DOLPHIN HABITAT at The Mirage and SHARK REEF AQUARIUM at Mandalay Bay are invited to discover the impact each of us has on our oceans through fun and informative activities. On Friday, June 8 from 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. guests will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities in the gift shop that include a globe toss, reading corner, matching water fun facts and an animal blubber simulation.  Admission to the attraction is $19.95 for adults; $14.95 for children (4 – 12); Children three and younger are free.  Hotel guests, Nevada residents and members of the military with valid ID, $16.95 for adults; $11.95 for children (4 – 12).

Tony Award winning actress and singer IDINA MENZEL, star of Broadway’s Wicked and the original stage production of Rent, brings her brand new live show to the Smith Center of the Performing Arts on June 10 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $56 to $129.

KISS® By Monster Mini Golf®, a unique rock ‘n roll-themed amusement attraction based around the legendary band KISS® will be featured on “Tanked”, the hit show on Animal Planet, Saturday, June 9 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT). Wayde King and Brett Raymer, the owners of Acrylic Tank Manufacturing (ATM), will set out to construct and unveil a tank to mimic a mini-rock concert, complete with amplifiers, a light show and the iconic KISS logo. In attendance watching the unveiling of the rockin’ KISS-themed tank will be the rock legends and KISS by Monster Mini Golf owners.

“The Price is Right Live™” at Bally’s Las Vegas welcomes back celebrity host DREW LACHEY for an exclusive limited run, June 6 – 17, 2012. Once again, Lachey will enlist many lucky audience members to play for thousands of dollars in cash and major prizes.

The "King of Sufi Music", USTAD RAHAT FATEH ALI KAHN, will perform at the Treasure Island Theatre June 15 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $75, plus tax and handling fees.

Sirc Michaels Productions is holding open auditions on Monday 6/18 from 6-10pm and Tuesday 6/19 from 5-9pm for its production of THE AWESOME 80s PROM, which will open as a resident production this July.  Men and women of various ages are needed.  For more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Casa Fuente inside The Forum Shops at Caesars presents JUNEFEST, an entire month dedicated to beer with the first Casa Fuente Craft Beer Festival set to take place on June 22-23. Each week in the month of June, Casa Fuente will feature a selection of small batch and craft beers for patrons to enjoy while beating the heat and relaxing on the indoor patio.

On June 22-23, the first Casa Fuente Craft Beer Festival will take place at the cigar bar and lounge from noon until 6:00 p.m. each day where guests will be able to sample and enjoy tasty beers from all over the world.  The event is free to attend with tickets redeemable for beers available in four-packs for $20.00.

Starting June 22nd, Sirc Michaels Productions' EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL will be presented at The V Theater, located in the Miracle Mile Mall at The Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino. Performances will be Fridays at 10pm and Saturdays at 11:30pm, with ticket prices ranging from $39.99 to $59.99.

TAYLOR HICKS, American Idol's fifth season winner, will have an eight-week engagement headlining at Bally’s Las Vegas beginning Tuesday, June 26. Hicks will perform in The Indigo at Bally’s Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. Ticket prices are $29.99 and $59.99, which includes a meet and greet with Hicks. Additional service fees apply.

Emmy Award-winning actor and comedian MARTIN SHORT makes his Aces of Comedy debut at the Terry Fator Theatre at the Mirage on June 29 and 30.  Tickets are priced at $59.99, $49.99 and $39.99, plus tax and service charges.

THE PLAYBOY CLUB, located inside the Palms Casino Resort closed its doors permanently as of Sunday, June 3rd.

THE GOLD RUSH CASINO at Sunset Road and Marks Street in Henderson closed on Friday, June 1 and will reopen in three to four months as WILDFIRE SUNSET, said Lori Nelson, Station Casinos' V.P. of Corporate Communications. Nelson said Wildfire Sunset will include the same amenities as the other three locations, including a sports book, a modest casino with slot machines, a bar and the company's Wildburger restaurant.

Celebrity sightings:

Sunday May 27...

Sky Blu of LMFAO celebrated Memorial Day Weekend with his dual DJ residency “Who Came To Party!?” at WET REPUBLIC at MGM Grand and PURE Nightclub at Caesars Palace. After launching his DJ residency “Who Came To Party!?” at WET REPUBLIC last weekend, he made his second appearance at the pool party destination and performed to a sold-out crowd. Then, with the help of reigning Miss USA Alyssa Campanella and the 2012 Miss USA Contestants, the GRAMMY® Award-nominee, singer, songwriter, producer and DJ did a repeat show and debuted “Who Came To Party!?” at PURE Nightclub.

Pulling out all the stops, Sky Blu, joined by fellow Big Bad artists Mark Rosas, girlfriend Chelsea Korka and BVillain, made a grand entrance as they were escorted through the main floor of the Vegas hot spot by a full drumline as they beat to LMFAO’s “Shots” all the way to the stage. Exclusively for “Who Came To Party!?”

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"Who Came To Party" at Wet Republic
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Sky Blu and Mark Rosas at Wet Republic
Photo credit: Al Powers and Brenton Ho of Powers Imagery LLC

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Sky Blu and Miss USA Alyssa Campanella at Wet Republic
Photo credit: Al Powers and Brenton Ho of Powers Imagery LLC

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Sky Blu and Big Bad at PURE Nightclub
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Miss USA Alyssa Campanella at PURE Nightclub
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Sky Blu, BVillain and Miss USA contestants at PURE Nightclub
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Sky Blu and Miss USA contestants at PURE Nightclub
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P. Diddy Celebrates Memorial Day Weekend at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens with Black & White Affair

Superstar rapper P.Diddy hosted an elaborate end to Memorial Day Weekend with his Black & White Affair at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens. Jet-setting from Cannes to Miami, he ended his worldwide party train under the Eiffel Tower on the rooftop of Paris Las Vegas at Chateau Gardens.

Diddy officially got the party started when he hopped in the DJ booth for hours with DJ Biz Markie.

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P Diddy, DJ Biz Markie and Cool V during the Black & White Affair Memorial Day Weekend party at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens in Las Vegas.
Photo Credit: Denise Truscello/WireImage

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P Diddy in the DJ Booth at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens in Las Vegas.
Photo Credit: Denise Truscello/WireImage

Reggie Bush dined with friends at TAO Asian Bistro, before heading to the nightclub.

Upstairs at TAO Nightclub Erick Morillo continued his yearly tradition of spinning until the early hours of the morning. Bush and Shaun Phillips were spotted taking in the scene and Paris Hilton, Brandon Davis and Lukas Haas came by to catch Morillo’s set.

Dancing with the Stars pro Mark Ballas, who turned 26 on Thursday had dinner with friends at LAVO.

Also dining at the Italian eatery was comedian Pauly Shore. Afterwards, he and a friend made their way upstairs to LAVO Nightclub before heading to TAO.

Partygoers turned out in white for DJ Armin Van Buuren’s white party in the main room, while Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, took over a section in the club’s Boombox room after a packed concert at the Boulevard Pool.

DJ Fred Matters had Glover and his band danced on the couch.

Also at Marquee were Boyd Gordon, Alexandre Bolduc and Paul Bissonnette of the Phoenix Coyotes.

Earlier in the day Corey Feldman was spotted at TAO Beach.

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Erick Morillo
Photo credit: Al Powers/Powers Imagery

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DJ Armin Van Buuren
Photo credit: Al Powers/Powers Imagery

Top model and recording artist, Nick Hissom, debuted his much anticipated new single, “Killin’ Tonight” at Tryst Nightclub, featuring a performance with electronic dance music DJ duo, Manufactured Superstars, the DJs/producers behind the smash hit “Take Me Over” and Hissom’s new single.

Nick’s mother, Andrea Wynn, and stepfather, Steve Wynn, watched from the front row, rooting the young star on inside the Wynn Las Vegas nightlife venue. Additional familiar faces surfaced in the crowd as socialite Paris Hilton and father, Rick Hilton, Lil Jon, took over the DJ responsibilities following the performance.

The entire evening was also captured for a music video featuring behind-the-scenes look at the making of the single, directed by director/choreographer Kenny Ortega.

Travie McCoy, solo singer/rapper and lead vocalist for Gym Class Heroes, delivered an intimate solo performance for a packed house at Hyde Bellagio in Las Vegas. After dining at Sensi inside Bellagio Resort & Casino, McCoy arrived on the red carpet with his girlfriend, actress Juliette Lewis, and a large group of friends.

Questlove, Grammy Award-winning band member of The Roots, and DJ Jazzy Jeff hip-hop and R&B record producer, turntablist and actor best known for his role in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, finished off Palms Casino Resort’s three-day, non-stop Memorial Day Weekend party inside Moon Nightclub in Las Vegas. Jazzy Jeff and his hype-man, MC Skillz, took the stage together opening with Jay-Z’s ‘Big Pimpin' while friend Chris Kilmore of Incubus joined them to enjoy the show.

Earlier in the day, DJ duo Sex Panther took to the stage at Palms Pool & Bungalows.

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DJ Jazzy Jeff
Photo credit: Joe Fury, 9Group

Jazzy Jeff and Chris Kilmore at Moon Nightclub
DJ Jazzy Jeff and Chris Kilmore
Photo credit: Joe Fury, 9Group

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DJ Jazzy Jeff and Questlove
Photo credit: Joe Fury, 9Group

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Sex Panthers
Photo credit: Aaron Garcia, 9Group

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Sex Panthers crowd surfing
Photo credit: Aaron Garcia, 9Group

At Tryst, Manufactured Superstars offered an opening set with a special debut performance by Nick Hissom of their new single, Killin’ Tonight. Lil Jon took to the stage around 1 am as the headlining DJ to close out the 2011 Nightclub of the Year’s holiday festivities. Mixing both house and hip-hop, the versatile star kept each and every guest happy with a combo of sounds for all tastes.

At XS, it was the night of the mau5 as deadmau5 played master of ceremonies for the club’s Night Swim party.

In true holiday fashion, XS closed out the weekend’s marathon of events with an unrivaled back-to-back set by David Guetta and Grammy-nominated DJ and producer, Avicii with an opening by Sultan & Ned.

The weekend did not go without familiar faces in the crowd as celebrities flocked to take in the EDM marathon. Fellow dance music icon Kaskade; socialites Paris and Nikki Hilton and their parents Kathy and Rick Hilton; Dancing with the Stars pros Cheryl Burke, Mark Ballas, Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd; actor Benicio del Toro; UFC legend Chuck Liddell; NFL standouts Reggie Bush and Shawn Phillips; singer and former N’Sync member Joey Fatone; comedian and Price Is Right host Drew Carey; Hollywood royalty Paulina Gretzky and Hannah Selleck; and reality star Crystal Harris all joined in the weekend parties at XS and Tryst.

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AN21 and Max Vangelli
Photo credit: Danny Mahoney/XS Nightclub

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David Guetta and Avicii
Photo credit: Danny Mahoney/XS Nightclub

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Deadmau5
Photo credit: Danny Mahoney/XS Nightclub

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Kaskade and Tiesto
Photo credit: Danny Mahoney/XS Nightclub

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Sebastian Engrosso and Kaskade
Photo credit: Danny Mahoney/XS Nightclub

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Steve Angello
Photo credit: Danny Mahoney/XS Nightclub

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Tiesto
Photo credit: Danny Mahoney/XS Nightclub

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Afrojack at Tryst
Photo credit: Danny Mahoney/XS Nightclub

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Alesso at Tryst
Photo credit: Danny Mahoney/XS Nightclub

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Skrillex at Tryst
Photo credit: Danny Mahoney/XS Nightclub

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Manufactured Superstars
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Monday night, May 29, NBA star  Luol Deng of the Chicago Bulls, and fellow teammates, was spotted at a VIP table at Marquee Nightclub.

Thursday night, May 31...

Singer Taio Cruz was spotted at a VIP table overlooking the scene at TAO Nightclub. The singer was joined by friends as he danced to the sounds of DJ Five.

The ladies from celebrity news source Hollyscoop celebrated the birthday of Ani Esmailian. The group dined on TAO's signature servings before making their way to the nightclub.  Ricardo Laguna, BMX pro and star of MTV 3's "Ricardo Laguna Project", helped celebrate the occasion as Ani was surprised with a birthday cake.

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Taio Cruz
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DJ Five
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Hollyscoop
Photo Credit: Al Powers | Powers Imagery

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Hollyscoop and Ani with cake
Photo Credit: Al Powers | Powers Imagery

Friday night, June 1...

Ryan Labbe of MTV’s reality show “The Pauly D Project” celebrated his 30th birthday at PURE Nightclub. Arriving just after midnight, Labbe was joined 16 of his friends.

Later in the evening, the reality star was presented with a three-tier, baby blue and white cake that was tastefully decorated with stripes and argyle patterns.

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Ryan Labbe with birthday cake
Photo credit: Al Powers of Powers Imagery LLC

Maxim Fridays at TAO Beach celebrated the release of the 2012 Maxim Hot 100 with special guest April Rose, #82 on Maxim's list.

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April Rose
Photo Credit: Brenton Ho | Powers Imagery

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April Rose with Bling Beach winner
Photo Credit: Brenton Ho | Powers Imagery

CMT reality couple Melissa Rycroft and Tye Strickland enjoyed dinner at TAO Asian Bistro.

Gretchen Christine Rossi of "The Real Housewives of Orange County" and friends dined at LAVO Restaurant before taking over a VIP table in the nightclub.

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Gretchen Christine Rossi
Photo Credit: Brenton Ho | Powers Imagery

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Gretchen Christine Rossi and Slade
Photo Credit: Brenton Ho | Powers Imagery

Saturday Gretchen Christine Rossi of "The Real Housewives of Orange County" hosted Bling Beach at TAO Beach giving the girl with the most blinged out swimsuit a $5,000 prize. Gretchen's beau Slade Smiley and friends overlooked the entire pool party as they took over TAO Beach's Grand Cabana.

They started and Gretchen was happy to judge the Bling Beach competition,helping the crowd decide what blinged out beauty would walk away with the $5,000 prize.

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Gretchen Christine Rossi with Bling Beach winner
Photo Credit: Brenton Ho | Powers Imagery

Before hitting the Simon G Summer Carnevale, Stacey Keibler was spotted at LAVO.

"Dancing With the Stars" pro Cheryl Burke also dined at LAVO Restaurant with a small group of friends, E! News Personality Giuliana Rancic, who also attended the Simon G event, were spotted at TAO Restaurant with friends.

As was Audrina Patridge, former star of "The Hills", at TAO Restaurant after the event with a friend.

Saturday evening, June 2...

The 2012 Miss Teen USA contestants and Danielle Doty, the reigning Miss Teen USA 2011,showed off their sweet side at Sugar Factory at Paris Las Vegas.

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The 2012 Miss Teen USA contestants shop for sweets at Sugar Factory at Paris Las Vegas.
Photo credit: Sugar Factory at Paris Las Vegas

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The 2012 Miss Teen USA contestants show off their Sugar Factory signature whirly pops and goodie bags at Paris Las Vegas.
Photo credit: Sugar Factory at Paris Las Vegas

Sunday, June 3..."E! News" personality, Giuliana Rancic hosted the Official Miss USA After Party at LAVO. Giuliana danced with friends to the sounds of resident DJ Eric D-Lux as beauty queens from across the country and former titleholders celebrated the occasion in the nightclub.

Fresh from the Miss USA 2012 crowning, George Kotsiopolous of "E! Fashion Police" dined at LAVO Restaurant in a group that included Rob Kardashian. George joined Giuliana's VIP table in the nightclub while Rob partied at a table with singer Akon. At separate times in the night, both Rob and Akon jumped in the DJ booth to greet DJ Eric D-Lux. Cobra Starship also joined the Miss USA celebration in the nightclub.

Also seen at LAVO was Ali Fedotowsky, best known from The Bachelorette, and "Dancing With the Stars" pro Cheryl Burke.

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Giuliana Rancic and George Kotsiopolous
Photo Credit: Al Powers | Powers Imagery

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Akon
Photo Credit: Al Powers | Powers Imagery

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Ali Fedotowsky
Photo Credit: Al Powers | Powers Imagery

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Giuliana Rancic
Photo Credit: Al Powers | Powers Imagery

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Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke
Photo Credit: Al Powers | Powers Imagery

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