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By Judy Thorburn

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“Da Vinci - The Genius” Exhibit Opens at The Venetian

Da Vinci – The Genius, the most comprehensive exploration of Leonardo da Vinci’s work ever created is presently on display at Imagine Exhibitions Gallery, located off the main reception lobby inside The Venetian.  The exhibition is open to the public beginning June 15 for a limited engagement.

Extreme high resolution photo on poplar panel of the 'Mona Lisa'
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Da Vinci – The Genius celebrates the full scope of Leonardo da Vinci’s psyche as an inventor, artist, anatomist, sculptor, engineer, musician and architect. The interactive exhibition features 13 compelling themed areas of da Vinci’s work, offering visitors an unmatched look inside the mind of the man who laid the groundwork for some of modern society’s most impactful inventions, such as the helicopter, airplane and automobile.  Featured in the exhibit are models from the ideas he conceived such as a drawing of a submarine, replicas of the first armored vehicle or tank, the Trojan Horse of its time: a wooden structure for storming walls of a castle or fortress, and other weapons of destruction.  And, odds are you never knew the mastermind created the first ever humanoid robot. A replica of the robot, which resembles a “knight in armor from Medieval times”, is available for guests to view as well as touch. Guests will also enjoy a glimpse into da Vinci's mysterious alphabet and writing techniques as they browse touch screen versions of his actual codices.

Da Vinci notebooks
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Da Vinci notebooks
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Da Vinci notebook
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

French scientific engineer and examiner of fine art, Pascal Cotte, whose research revealed the Secrets of Mona Lisa conducted a scientific analysis that revealed dozens of secrets about history’s most elusive art piece, all verified and approved by the Louvre Museum. The exhibit showcases Cotte's studies and 25 of his most compelling revelations, illustrated by 40 super magnified, high resolution sectional images exploring every aspect of the work.

Mr. Cotte was on hand at the media reception Tuesday evening June 19, and he offered some fascinating information about the one of the world's most famous paintings, which is the centerpiece of this extraordinary exhibit.

Pascal Cotte
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

In responding to the often asked question why the Mona Lisa is so famous, Cotte said, “The answer is inside the painter's technique. Da Vinci, (who was way ahead of his time) “used a new technique called “glazing” which was very sophisticated. To get the shadows on the face, a single layer of glaze was applied. Then, after waiting a week for it to dry, an additional layer was added per week for 10 to 25 weeks to create the shadow.”  These and other interesting facts about the Mona Lisa are discovered during a visit to Da Vinci -The Genius.

Other highlights include reproductions of “Virgins of the Rocks”, “The Annunciation”, the controversial new da Vinci discovery “Bella Principessa”, amazing anatomical sketches, the preparatory drawings of the “Anghiari Battle” and three dimensional interactive presentations of “The Las Supper”, the “Vitruvian Man” and the “Sforza Horse” sculpture that offer never-before-seen perspectives of these famous works.

“It's a perfect complement to the Venetian's summer long Carnevale festival and the emerging arts community in Las Vegas”, stated John Caparella, President of the Venetian.

I found "Da Vinci - The Genius" to be an educational and fascinating, must see display of art for the entire family to experience.

Presented by Imagine Exhibitions, Da Vinci – The Genius is open daily from June 15 to October 15 at The Venetian® in Las Vegas. Admission prices are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors/military, $20 for Nevada Residents and $18 for children ages 12 and under.

Duck Party Returns at Palms Place Pool With Invasion of 25,000 Rubber Ducks

In celebration of the return of the weekly Thursday night Duck Party, more than 25,000 rubber ducks invaded the ultra-modern pool at Palms Place on June 7.  Partygoers were given the chance to search for specially marked ducks redeemable for various prizes at Palms.  DJ Stephi K provided an evening of electric dance music perfect to dive into the weekend.

Chef Kerry Simon (center)
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Duck Party
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Duck Party
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DJ Stephi K
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Simon Restaurant & Lounge chef and owner Kerry Simon joined in the fun, making this year’s first duck party the “it” place for Thursday evenings. Simon’s Happy Hour menu is served from 4-7 p.m. for Duck party early birds to enjoy. The duck party at Palms Place Pool will take place every Thursday at 7 p.m.

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

LINDA FLEURY, a resident of Eagle River, Alaska was the lucky winner of the $1 million jackpot at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Wednesday night, June 20. Shortly after inserting $20 at IGT’s Wheel of Fortune  the guest hit the jackpot which came in at $1,064,121.24.

Linda Fleury

CHARLEEN MAIRS has been hired as the new Food & Beverage Director for Somerpointe Resorts and Tahiti Village. With more than 10 years of experience in food and beverage, Mairs’ hiring coincides with the evolution and update of the Tahiti Joe’s menu and experience.

Located on the Las Vegas Strip and in the Tahitian paradise of Tahiti Village, Tahiti Joe’s will feature a fun and hip tapas menu with a Pacific Rim and Hawaiian fusion. Tahiti Joe’s is open to the public Sunday – Thursday from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Friday – Saturday from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. The Tahiti Joe’s bar is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.

KISS® By Monster Mini Golf®, a unique rock ‘n roll-themed amusement attraction based around the legendary band KISS® has acquired a piece of KISStory from original KISS manager Bill Aucoin’s personal arsenal. This is the first time since Aucoin’s passing in 2010 that an item been released from Aucoin’s collection. A yellow “Dolce and Gabbana” leather jacket is now on display at KISS By Monster Mini Golf in the KISS Gallery. The venue acquired the item after winning the “Aucion Auction” to benefit Relay for Life for The American Cancer Society.The Bill Aucoin display at KISS By Monster Mini Golf includes: A well-worn and enjoyed yellow goat-skin Dolce & Gabbana jacket;  A framed 6” x 4” color photo of Aucoin wearing the jacket with a KISS fan;  Aucoin’s very own KISS Alive 35 All Access Badge and A black and white 8” x 10” promotional photo of Bill Aucoin and Gene Simmons.

Bill Aucoin jacket

DOUG O 'NEILL, trainer of the 2012 Kentucky Derby winner, I'll Have Another, will appear in peron at Lucky’s Race & Sports Books inside Primm Valley Resort & Casino on Monday, June 25 at 9 a.m. to will cash in his winning ticket bet on his own horse for the 2012 Kentucky Derby.  O’Neill wagered $100 at 200-1 odds, winning a grand total of $20,000.The trainer will also sign autographs for horse racing enthusiasts.

THINKART!,a  Las Vegas’ non-profit local art organization, joins SpringHill Suites and the community for a complimentary one night showcase of the exhibition POINTS O VIEW, on Tuesday, June 26 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. On display will be a selection of artwork from Master of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts students of the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), Department of Art. All works of art will be on sale with all the proceeds given to the participating students. The gallery event will be held at SpringHill Suites by Marriott located on 2989 Paradise Road near the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Children's Heart Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the to the improvement and quality of life for Nevada children with heart problems, is hosting the 8th ANNUAL CAMP MEND-A-HEART at Rapport Executive Ranch in Alamo, Nevada. The camp will be held from Sunday, June 24 through Thursday, June 28, where children who are born with or develop heart problems are able to forge relationships, attain hope and build memories.

Camp Mend-a-Heart is a cost-free, medically supervised camp where children throughout Nevada are invited to participate in fun camp activities with other children who share similar conditions. Crafts, water fun, hiking, obstacle courses and some “hanging out” time are some of the activities that will be offered for the kids as well as a full medical staff to oversee the activities.  The Teen group, ages 13 through 18, will be able to stay throughout the entire camp from noon on Sunday, June 24 through 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 28.  In turn, the Junior group, ages 7 through 12, will be held for two nights beginning at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26 through 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 28.

Enjoy an “EVENING UNDER THE STARS”, June 28  at 7:30pm at Centennial Hills Park Amphitheatre. The event is FREE and open to the public.  Live music will be provided by the Doolittle Senior Center's "Never Too Late Band" and a fun Old West-style show by Bonnie Springs Ranch. Food will be available for purchase.

A variety of burlesque’s best will come together for a special revue in early celebration of America’s Independence on Thursday, June 28, 2012 special appearances by burlesque icons Tempest Storm and Dixie Evans, who is regarded as the “Marilyn Monroe of Burlesque”.

The “DIXIE EVANS BULESQUE SHOW” features an all-star line-up to honor America including such starlets of shimmy as Angie Pontani , Kitten DeVille, Renea’ LeRoux, Cabernet Dance, Mimi Le Meaux and Cha Cha Velour. The event will be hosted by emcee extraordinaire Kitten on the Keys, among others. Las Vegas’ own “Original Nerd of Magic” Kyle Marlett will dazzle with his magic, along with performances by “Queen of the Fire Tassels,” Satan’s Angel, and others.The intimate show also includes swing dancing and a private pool party.

Doors to the “Dixie Evans Burlesque Show” will open at 7 p.m., show time is 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 28 at Binion’s Casino rooftop, 128 Fremont St, Downtown Las Vegas. General admission tickets will be available at the door priced at $15; $10 with a valid military ID. All tickets include entrance into the show and pool party; 18 years of age and over.

Veteran comedian BRAD TASSELL opens his one-hour hit show “Comic Therapy” on Sunday, July 1 in The King’s Comedy Club at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Tickets are $39.95 for general admission and $59.95 VIP.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® and Fremont Street Experience kick-off the inaugural UFC INTERNATIONAL FIGHT WEEK with a free Fourth of July concert in downtown Las Vegas featuring  multi-platinum  rock band 3 Doors Down. The party begins at 7:30 and the concert will begin at 9 p.m. on the 3rd Street Stage.

Other UFC Fight Week events scheduled to take place at Fremont Street Experience are:

The UFC Octagon Nation Tour takes over Fremont Street Experience daily from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m., July 4-7, for a free, public event. The UFC Octagon Truck, a fully customized 18-wheeler equipped with two Octagon-sized tents, will be on display at the 3rd Street North area, giving fans a chance to meet UFC athletes, play the latest UFC video games, check out cool memorabilia and more.

A Downtown Pub Crawl will be held on Thursday, July 5 from 6-8 p.m. and will be hosted by UFC fighters at the D Casino Hotel, Golden Gate Hotel & Casino, Golden Nugget Las Vegas and El Cortez Hotel & Casino.

On July 4-5, Fuel TV, the only cable and satellite television cable and satellite television network that features the exciting world of adrenaline and thrill-seeking sports including UFC, motocross, surfing, snowboarding and more, will be reporting live from Fremont Street Experience.

STEVEN WRIGHT, billed as the “Confucius of Comedy” by the New York Post,  returns with his trademark wit, absurdist one-liners and monotone voice to The Orleans Showroom, July 13 and 14. Showtime each evening is 8 p.m. Tickets are available starting from $34.95, plus tax and convenience fees.Two-for-one tickets are available with local ID promo codeKRFD241.

Celebrity sightings:

Saturday night, June 16...

Former contestant of “The Voice” Dia Frampton performed at PURE Nightclub. She arrived at the club with an entourage of eight including her mother and sister Meg Frampton.

Dia Frampton
Photo credit: Brenton Ho of Powers Imagery LLC.

Dia and Meg Frampton
Photo credit: Brenton Ho of Powers Imagery LLC.

Dia Frampton performs at Pure Nightclub
Photo credit: Brenton Ho of Powers Imagery LLC.

True Blood star Sam Trammell was seen making a few stops at some of Sin City's hottest destinations.  He first dined at PUBLIC HOUSE, located at restaurant row inside The Venetian. Afterwards, he walked the red carpet at GALLERY NIGHTCLUB located inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Sam Trammell

In the afternoon, BMX pro and star of The Ricardo Laguna Project, Ricardo Laguna hosted a pool party fiesta at TAO Beach.   Joining him was his mom.

Saturday night at LAVO featured another installment of Stereo Saturdays with special guest, rapper Kid Ink, on hand to celebrate the success of his debut album "Up in the Air".  He dined at LAVO Restaurant before heading up to the club with a large group of friends. There, he jumped in the booth to join DJ Reflex, surprising the crowd with a performance of his hit "Time of Your Life" and new single "Drippin".

At Marquee, Clay Matthews, linebacker for the Green Bay Packers, helped his brother celebrate his bachelor party with friends and other NFL players.  Fellow Packers linebacker Robert Francois was at the next table over and Owen Daniels of the Houston Texans was nearby, all taking in the sounds of Cosmic Gate in the main room.

Ricardo Laguna
Photo credit: Al Powers/Powers Imagery

Ricardo Laguna with his mother
Photo credit: Al Powers/Powers Imagery

Kid Ink
Photo credit: Al Powers/Powers Imagery

DJ Reflex and Kid Ink
Photo credit: Al Powers/Powers Imagery

Former NSYNC member Joey Fatone and Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon partied at Hyde Bellagio inside Bellagio Resort & Casino.

The friends partied into the early morning hours while Brett Rubin kept the party rocking as part of Hyde’s weekly late-night Saturday party, Sunrise Sessions.

Joey Fatone and Warren Moon

Sunday, June 17...

Ryan Kwanten, co-star of the famed HBO series “True Blood” attended Blue Man Group Las Vegas at The Venetian with his parents.

True Blood star Ryan Kwanten dined at LAVO.  He was joined by his parents for a Father’s Day meal at the Italian eatery.

Ryan Kwanten at Blue Man Group

Tuesday afternoon, June 19...

Several top NHL stars traded ice time for track time at Dream Racin. A Ferrari racing experience at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, that allows anyone to become a race car driver for the day.

The pros, in Las Vegas for the NHL Awards, each got behind the wheel of a Ferrari F430 GT, a car specifically tuned for the track that is not even street legal.

Among the players testing their skill and racing against each other were: Pavel Datsuk of the Detroit Red Wings, who is up for the league’s Selke Award for best defensive forward; NY Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist who is vying for both the Hart MVP trophy and the Vezina award for top goaltender; Jordon Eberle of the Edmonton Oilers, a contender for the Lady Byng award for skill and sportsmanship; Joffrey Lupul of the Toronto Maple Leafs, a Masterton award nominee for perseverance and dedication; Calder award contender for top rookie Ryan Nugent-Hopkins from the Edmonton Oilers, and John-Michael Liles of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The NHL stars learned about the racing machine from Dream Racing owner and former pro driver Adriano de Micheli, and practiced on the 3D simulators before suiting up in racing gear and hitting the track where they raced at speeds up to 120 mph. Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers hosted All Night Tuesdays at LAVO with special DJ set by Tommy Trash.

Lundqvist enjoyed dinner at the Italian eatery with friends and fellow hockey players including Shane O'Brien of the Colorado Avalanche, Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers, and Paul Bissonnette of the Phoenix Coyotes. The group then took over a VIP table in the packed nightclub, standing on the booth and partying to the sounds of DJ Tommy Trash.

Hendrik Lundqvist
Photo credit: Brenton Ho/Powers Imagery


Paul Bissonnette, Claude Giroux, Henrik Lundqvist and Shane OBrien at LAVO
Photo credit: Brenton Ho/Powers Imagery

Tommy Trash at LAVO
Photo credit: Brenton Ho/Powers Imagery


Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown was seen partying at Angel Management Group’s PURE Nightclub. With the recent victory of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Champion, Brown spent the night celebrating along with teammates and friends.

Also seen reveling with the Kings was actor Colin Hanks and his wife Samantha Bryant.

Colin Hanks and his wife Samantha Bryant
Photo credit: Al Powers of Powers Imagery LLC.

Wednesday, June 20...

Singer Drew Lachey attended JERSEY BOYS at Paris Las Vegas. Best known for being in the hit-band 98 Degrees and winning the second season of TV's Dancing with the Stars, Lachey is currently hosting The Price is Right Live at Bally’s Las Vegas.

From L to R: Douglas Crawford, Rob Marnell, Drew Lachey, Deven May, Graham Fenton
Photo courtesy of JERSEY BOYS Las Vegas

Friday, June 22...

In the afternoon, Ryan Bowers of of ABC’s hit reality show “The Bachelorette”, judged the “Hot 100 Bikini Contest” at Wet Republic.

Ryan Bowers
Photo credit: Al Powers of Powers Imagery LLC.

l DJ Jazzy Jeff performed at the popular adult pool party at Ditch Fridays in Palms Pool & Bungalows at Palms Casino Resort. Joining him was his hype-man MC Skillz.

DJ Jazzy Jeff
Photo credit: Aaron Garcia, 9Group Las Vegas

Hype-man MC Skillz and DJ Jazzy Jeff
Photo credit: Aaron Garcia, 9Group Las Vegas

Champagne shower for DJ Jazzy Jeff
Photo credit: Aaron Garcia, 9Group Las Vegas

After spending the day in a cabana at TAO Beach, Los Angeles Clippers player Chris Paul hosted Baller's Ball at LAVO Nightclub with special sounds by DJ Crooked. Chris and friends including brother CJ and Clippers rookies Travis Leslie and Trey Thompkins kicked off the night with LAVO's signature servings in the restaurant then made their way up to a VIP table in the nightclub.

Nicole Scherzinger also spent her day at TAO Beach. The former Pussycat Doll and current "X Factor UK" judge started her birthday off right, in a cabana with her girlfriends where they soaked in the sun. Friends including actor Hill Harper, Quinton Aaron, best known from "The Blind Side," and cousin Meleana Brown, from the show "Duets," joined her later in the day for dinner at LAVO Restaurant before heading up to a VIP table in the nightclub.

Chris and CJ Paul
Photo credit: Al Powers of Powers Imagery LLC.

Chris Paul
Photo credit: Al Powers of Powers Imagery LLC.

Reality TV sweetheart Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett celebrated her birthday at Pure Nightclub with husband Hank Baskett.

Hank and Kendra Wilkinson Baskett
Photo credit: © Erik Kabik/

Kendra Wilkinson Baskett greets her fans
Photo credit: © Erik Kabik/

Hank and Kendra Wilkinson Baskett with her birthday cake
Photo credit: © Erik Kabik/

Acclaimed film and television producer Jerry Bruckheimer was spotted taking in the club scene at a VIP table at Marquee.

UK soccer player James Beattie, joined by former teammates and friends, also partied to the sounds of the Stafford Brothers at Marquee.

Fresh from hosting The Chippendales that night, actor and singer Joey Lawrence was spotted at a VIP table at TAO Nightclub.

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