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

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Celebrites Help Launch New Slot Games at 2014 Global Gaming Expo

The 2014 Global Gaming Expo, the premier international trade show and conference event for the gaming industry took place at the Sands Expo and Convention Center  from September 3 - October 2.  G2E debuted in fall 2001 as the first and only gaming trade show and conference event designed “by the industry, for the industry.”

Among the celebrities that helped launch a new slot machine game was actress/singer Lynda Carter, star of the 1970's TV series Wonder Woman who made a special appearance at G2E on Tuesday afternoon, September 30.  She was there to celebrate the unveiling of Bally Technologies' brand new slot machines Wonder Woman Wild and Wonder Woman Gold featuring games that include beloved action scenes and music from the classic 1970s TV, show as well as three signature progressive jackpots. During her appearance Carter was greeted by Bally executives and an adoring crowd.

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Lynda Carter
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Wonder Woman slot machines' design team: Jason Gourley, Michael Lopez, Gary Gonzales, and Phelan Sykes
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The following day, Wednesday,  2013 Playboy Playmate of the Year and first ever Mexican-American Playmate of the Year, Raquel Pomplun, unveiled the newest slot title in Bally Technologies’ Playboy series, Playboy Club.which features beloved Playboy bunnies. While at the booth, the Latina beauty also held a meet and greet with fans and autographed her photo.

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2013 Playboy Playmate of the Year and first ever Mexican-American Playmate of the Year, Raquel Pomplun
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Over at the IGT booth, the all-new Harley-Davidson Open Road Video Slot featured a special meet and greet autograph session with a Harley-Davidson calendar girl and 2012 Playmate of the Year Jaclyn Swedberg.

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Harley Davidson Calendar Girl and 2012 Playboy Playmate of the Year, Jaclyn Swedberg
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The show floor at G2E 2014 featured more than 485 companies (including international exhibitors from 32 countries) from all sectors of the gaming industry showcasing their newest games, products and services at the world’s largest gaming event.

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2014 Global Gaming Expo
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Elvis impersonators at 2014 Global Gaming Expo
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New Wonder Woman slot machine
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The Non-Gaming Amenities exhibit hall featured the debut of The Hotel Show, the return of F&B, and the Entertainment Arena. The Hotel Show at G2E brought hotel and lodging to the forefront and included education and a dedicated trade show. Exhibitor representatives included hotel operations, technology, furnishings and fixtures, food and beverage, and facilities management.

Food and Beverage (F&B) showcased a wide variety of food and beverage samplings as well as information on services to help food and beverage executives enhance their menus and create the ultimate dining experience.  The Sysco Pavilion and Beverage Showcase featured more than 60 distributors of the hottest new trends and products in food and beverage.

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The Entertainment Arena, is a specialty area that highlights the importance of entertainment as a critical and growing non-gaming amenity within the industry and included manufacturers of the latest in professional audio and lighting, staging and projection/video products as well as entertainment agents, promoters, independent producers, production companies, touring artists and attractions.

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Entertainment Arena
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Michael Jackson and Kiss tribute artists with Judy Thorburn
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Attendees also had the opportunity to see, taste and enjoy the latest products daily from more than 15 fine wines and spirits suppliers and distributors in the Fine Wines & Cocktails Ultra Lounge, sponsored by Southern Wine & Spirits of America.

Encompassing more than 294,000 square-feet of exhibit space, this year's show was nearly 3 percent larger than last year’s show and the largest show floor since the Great Recession began in 2008.

Jersey Boys Star Jeff Leibow Holds VIP Event in Advance of NF Hope Concert

JERSEY BOYS star, Jeff Leibow, held a NF Hope VIP event at a private residence in  Henderson on Monday evening, September 29.  During this elegant event guests were given a special, advance sneak peak of the fourth annual “NF Hope Concert” created to benefit the Neurofibromatosis (NF) Network, which will take place on Sunday, Oct. 19 at the Sands Showroom at The Venetian Las Vegas. The evening's festivities included exclusive performances by the stars of JERSEY BOYS (Leibow, Travis Cloer, Deven May and Buck Hujabre) and singer/performer, Melody Leibow, a meet and greet with the performers, and complimentary food by a local Italian restaurant, as well as wine, champagne, soft drinks, and an assortment of sinfully delicious desserts and fruit.

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Jeff and Melody Leibow
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Jeff and Melody Leibow make the announcement about NF Hope Concerts
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Jersey Boys stars Buck Hujabre, Travis Cloer, Deven May, and Jeff Leibow perform for VIP guests
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Tickets for this special event were just $195 per person and also included VIP premiere seating at the upcoming benefit “NF Hope Concert” and a chance to win exclusive silent auction items including a beautiful new Tory Burch purse and a Mandarin Oriental Stay & Play Package  with all proceeds benefitting the Neurofibromatosis (NF) Network, an organization that raises funds and awareness to fight neurofibromatosis, a largely unknown genetic disorder of the nervous system that results in the growth of noncancerous and cancerous tumors along nerves. Jeff Leibow, whose young daughter is afflicted with the disease, will end his run in Jersey Boys Las Vegas in November to devote his time and energy to his new position as Director of NF Network.

Check out Dianne Davis' interview with Jeff Leibow and his wife Melody in this week's edition of her “Views of Vegas”.

2014 Miss Asian Las Vegas Pageant at The Palazzo® Las Vegas on Sunday, Sept. 28

The second annual 2014 Miss Asian Las Vegas Pageant was held at The Palazzo® Las Vegas on Sunday, Sept. 28  featuring 21 delegates, ages 15 – 52 who competed for the titles of TEEN, MISS, MS. and MRS.

Among the group of local icons and celebrity judges that walked the VIP red carpet were judge Marquel Martin, former contestant on ABC’s “The Bachelorette” and “Bachelor in Paradise”; judge Isabelle Du, current cast member on CBS’s “The Amazing Race”; judge Dennis Hour current cast member on CBS’s “The Amazing Race”; judge Ricardo Laguna, professional BMX rider; local magician Murray Sawchuck and his wife Chloe Crawford.

Returning as emcee for the production was Patranya Bhoolsuwan, KLAS Ch. 8’s reporter and anchor who was joined by her co-hosts Catherine Ho, 2013 Miss Asian Las Vegas, and Alexandra Drechsler, 2013 Miss Asian Las Vegas 2nd Runner Up.

The pageant began with the girls' introduction as they paraded the stage in their breath-taking cultural costumes, each representing the contestant’s unique ethnicity.  Next, was the swimsuit segment followed by the talent segment that featured amazing vocals, cultural dances and even a mother and daughter duet by TEEN delegate Jannah Bowen and MRS. delegate Tammy Tsai. After talent, the lovely hopefuls displayed poise and beauty for the evening gown competition. Local musician Daniel Park provided the soundtrack, singing covers of John Legend’s “All of Me” and Chris de Burgh’s “The Lady in Red”.

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Ethnic Costume Segment
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Performance Segment
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Zowie Bowie's Chris Phillips and Lydia Ansel
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Muscian Daniel Park performs
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The chosen finalists then went on to the next round of question and answer as each were asked about their platform and then a random question about their personal life, current events, among other pressing topics by judges, Martin, Du, Hour and Laguna as well as James Mulligan, official artist for Disney and Warner Bros.; Michael Skenandore, president at WENDOH Media; Carrie Carter-Henderson, founder/president of BESTAgency; Roy Ng, chief operating officer at Twilio, Inc.; and Mary Choi Kelly, vice president of human resources at The Venetian® and The Palazzo.

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Celebrity judges pose with 2014 Miss Aisian Las Vegas MISS Monica Fung
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As the judges deliberated, musical entertainment was provided by local entertainers, electric violinist Lydia Ansel and Zowie Bowie's Chris Phillips. When the results were in and the coveted crowns and sashes placed on the winners, last year’s queen offered her congratulations to each.

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2014 Miss Asian Las Vegas Winners: TEEN Rianne Lu, MS Jamie Stephenson, MRS Esmeralda Gould, and MISS Monica Fung
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  Winners in each category were:

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Best Costume – Esmeralda Gould
Miss Photogenic – Rowena Tuallo 
Miss Social Media – Celina Go 
Miss Congeniality – Christine Ko
Miss People's Choice – Rianne Lu
Miss Talent – Tammy Tsai & Jannah Bowen 
Miss Entrepreneur – Celina Go

2014 Miss Asian Las Vegas Titles
2014 Miss Asian Las Vegas TEEN – Rianne Lu 
2014 Miss Asian Las Vegas, TEEN, 1st Runner Up – Megan Madison
2014 Miss Asian Las Vegas, MISS – Monica Fung
2014 Miss Asian Las Vegas, MISS, 1st Runner Up – Erica Valdriz
2014 Miss Asian Las Vegas, MISS, 2nd Runner Up – Christine Ko
2014 Miss Asian Las Vegas MS. – Jamie Stephenson
2014 Miss Asian Las Vegas MS., 1st Runner Up – Violetta Taing
2014 Miss Asian Las Vegas MRS. – Esmeralda Gould 
2014 Miss Asian Las Vegas MRS., Senior – Tammy Tsai

After the pageant, all the delegates, judges, volunteers, sponsors and attendees made their way to SUSHISAMBA for the official after-party.  

Marriage Can Be Murder Celebrates 15 Year Anniversary

Marriage Can Be Murder,  Las Vegas’ longest running dinner theatre show from writers Eric and Jayne Post, recently celebrated 15 bloody years of performances.  Featuring a whacky cast of characters and actors planted among the guests, plus the help of audience interaction, the dinner show is a zany mix of comedy, shenanigans, and murder mystery.

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Marriage Can Be Murder
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Since its Las Vegas debut, Marriage Can Be Murder has committed 5,000 performances with 20,000 murders, and given 375,000+ people the opportunity to play detective alongside the outlandishly eager cop, and his ditzy hostess. Voted by locals, the Best Dinner Show of 2013 and 2014, the experience provides a mix of intrigue and shenanigans, and topped with a suspect hiding amongst the guests.

“Who doesn’t love a good mystery? The audience taps into their inner crime-solving geek and instantaneously submerges into the plot,” said producer John Bentham. “It makes you wonder, ‘Am I sitting across from an innocent bystander or the suspect?’

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Burt and Dianne Davis are interviewed by Dee Dee during the hilarious dinner show
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Marriage Can Be Murder rotates its actors and plot line every few months. Performances are available for group bookings, holiday parties, and private (70+ people) or semi-private (25 + people) events.

The who done it murder mystery dinner show kicks into gear nightly at 6:15 p.m. at the D showroom at the D Las Vegas.

MARRIAGE CAN BE MURDER is celebrating 15 bloody years of performances with a YEARLONG PROMOTION offering locals specially priced $30 tickets on the 15th of each month through July 2015.

Read Jacqueline Monahan's review of Marriage Can Be Murder in this week's edition of her About The Town column.

Additional recent and upcoming happenings in and around Las Vegas includes:

On the evening of October 1, Multimedia Games crowned  Kathryn McDonald, representing the Snoqualmie Casino in Snoqualmie, Wash, the new NATIONAL TOURNEVENT OF CHAMPIONS victor, the announcement of a $1 million grand prize for the 2015 TournEvent of Champions Championship, and $30,000 awarded to various charities, at the XS Nightclub inside Wynn Las Vegas.

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In a day that kicks off Breast Cancer Awareness Month, McDonald, a two-time breast cancer survivor was all smiles as she celebrated her victory with a crowd of well-wishers. She prevailed over 122 other top tournament slots players in a loud and intense competition to become the 2014 National Champion in the National TournEvent of Champions. McDonald walked away with an exquisite champion’s ring and a $200,000 winner’s check.

The National TournEvent of Champions finals pitted 123 finalists representing 103 casinos from around the country in a high-energy battle for tournament slots supremacy that started with qualifying TournEvents as early as April of this year.

Although just in its third year, the National TournEvent of Champions has exploded in popularity and virtually doubled in size each year. And 2015 promises to do the same with an announced $1 million dollar grand prize for a total purse of $1.3 million.

Earlier in the evening, Multimedia Games kicked off the championships with its first-ever TournEvent for Charity™ event in which a mix of celebrities, and local and industry media members squared off on behalf of their favorite charities. In the end, JC Fernandez of KMXB Mix 94.1 claimed victory and the $10,000 winner’s check for the Shine Family Foundation. The remaining charities were winners in their own right, sharing in the $20,000 total contribution made by Multimedia Games.

Planning for the 2015 TournEvent for Charity is already underway as Multimedia Games aims to make the event an annual kickoff for the National TournEvent of Champions finals. Starting next year, Multimedia Games will partner with Save A Warrior ― a program dedicated to healing US veterans struggling to cope with life after returning home from the battlefield ― to make the organization the charity of choice for Multimedia Games and TournEvent for Charity. Multimedia Games capped the announcement with a $10,000 donation to their national charity of choice, Save A Warrior.

PANDA! celebrated its 200th show at The Palazzo Las Vegas on Monday, Sept. 29, when it was honored with a proclamation from Chinese Consul General Yuan Nansheng. PANDA! Executive Producer Fai Wong accepted the certificate on behalf of the production and John Caparella, president and COO of The Venetian®, The Palazzo and Sands® Expo, was on hand to congratulate the show on its honor.

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John Caparella, Yuan Nansheng, Fai Wong, and Steven Yang Celebrate PANDA! 200th Show at The Palazzo Las Vegas
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PANDA! made history when it celebrated its world premiere at The Palazzo Theatre in January 2014. The first-ever Chinese produced show to take up a Las Vegas residency, the show was welcomed with proclamations from several politicians, including Sen. Dean Heller, Sen. Harry Reid, and Rep. Dina Titus.

Set against a state-of-the-art LED wall, PANDA! transports audiences to a mythical realm of Far Eastern folklore and is produced by a team whose impressive credits include the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. The cast features world-class performers from China National Acrobatics Troupe, Shaolin Monastery Kung Fu Monks Troupe, and China Star Dance Troupe.

PANDA! performs Friday through Tuesday at 7:30 p.m

DOUGLAS CRAWFORD, from the cast of Jersey Boys gathered together several performers in the Las Vegas entertainment community inside the Havana Room at the Tropicana on Sunday afternoon, September 28 to celebrate the life of their beloved fellow entertainer and friend, Dustin Dubreuil who took his own life in May.  Sharing memories and expressing their emotions through heartfelt tributes and songs were Brandon Nix, Anne Martinez, Niki Scalera, Kristen Hertzenberg, Joan Sobel, Kye Brackett, Gail Bennett,  Jeremy Kocal, Danny Rocque, Andy Wright, Phillip Fortenberry, Keith Thompson, a special video homage and song from Dustin's 16 year old son Marcus Dubreuil, and a beautiful but emotionally heartbreaking tribute from his close friend, Douglas Crawford.  For those who knew and worked with Dustin, it was a great way to honor their talented friend who was treasured more than he ever realized.

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Douglas Crawford
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Andy Wright
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Anne Martinez
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Brandon Nix
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Danny Roque
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Gail Bennett
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Jeremy Kocal
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Joan Sobel
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Keith Thompson
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Kristen Hertzenberg
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Niki Scalera
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THE SHADE TREE SHELTER AND NOAH'S ANIMAL HOUSE (NAH) in Southern Nevada offers refuge and safety for battered and abused women children and their pets. To ensure that family pets can remain with the families who have fled from a domestic violence situation, fourteen area businesses will raise funds Oct. 1-14 by inviting customers to “bark up” or donate money on their bill at time of checkout or donate by purchasing a NAH signature plush dog for $20.  All proceeds will benefit the operating expenses at Noah’s Animal House (NAH) in Southern Nevada, an animal shelter located next door to The Shade Tree shelter that provides safety, shelter and support for the pets of women and children of domestic violence situations.

PT’s Entertainment Group (PTEG), operators of PT’s, Sierra Gold and Sean Patrick’s Pub & Grill taverns, is holding a FUNDRAISER at its four new SEAN PATRICK'S LOCATION from October 1 to December 31 in honor of Madison “Maddy” Graves, original founder and partner of Mad Matty's Casino, GeeBee's Bar & Grill, Kavanugh's, Morrissey's, Molly Malone's and Sean Patrick's Irish Pubs  During that time, all four Sean Patrick’s are accepting donations in honor of Maddy to benefit KEEP MEMORY ALIVE and the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. Guests are welcome to make individual donations or add to their check in increments of $1, $5 or $20. Larry Ruvo of Southern Wine & Spirits and former classmate of Maddy, along with PTEG have each committed to matching the donation of the amount collected. The four taverns are located at 11930 Southern Highlands Parkway, 3290 W. Ann Road, 6788 N. 5th Street and 8255 W. Flamingo Road.

BLUE MAN GROUP LAS VEGAS invites Nevada residents to experience its award-winning show at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino through a special two-for-one ticket offer, available now – Sunday, Dec. 21.  To receive the two-for-one deal, locals must present their Nevada ID and mention the code “LOCALS” at the Blue Man Group Box Office or by calling 702.730.7010. The offer is available only on Category A: Orchestra, Category B: Poncho and Category D: Mezzanine tickets and is subject to availability. The offer is not valid in conjunction with any other discount or on previously purchased tickets. Guests may purchase up to six tickets per Nevada ID.

Vocal impressionist VERONIC DICAIRE  will raise funds and awareness for her selected charity partner NEVADA BALLET THEATRE in October, as part of her  “Lend Your Voice”  campaign, a  monthly goodwill effort for  Las Vegas-based nonprofits. During her performances from October 2 through October 18 at the Jubilee Theater at Bally’s Las Vegas, Véronic will encourage audience donations and provide information on Nevada Ballet Theatre’s mission from the powerful platform that is her stage.

DISNEY LIVE! MICKEY'S MUSIC FESTIVAL  featuring an all-star line-up of more than 25 Disney characters performing Disney classics “Aladdin,” “The Little Mermaid” and Disney/Pixar’s “Toy Story” remixed to rock, pop, reggae, hip-hop, jazz and country, among other jams, will take place October 3, 4 and 5 inside the Orleans Arena. The show will kick-off with a state-of-the-art video projection of a frenzy backstage, which spills onto the stage as Mickey welcomes guests to his concert tour. Thereafter, the audience will be transported to a new world of hip hop beats, dizzying acrobatics, flying carpets and magical transformations with characters Aladdin, Jasmine and Genie. Showtimes vary. Tickets are available from $20 plus taxes and fees.

The 52nd annual ART IN THE PARK, one of the largest outdoor juried art festivals in the Southwest returns to Boulder City, Nevada -9am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday,  October 4th & 5th. The event benefitting Boulder City Hospital, is FREE to the public, and features fine art, fine crafts and traditional craft artists.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, Flamingo Las Vegas headliner and breast cancer “thriver” OIVIA NEWTON-JOHN will ceremoniously light the High Roller – the world’s tallest observation wheel – pink for the night. On October 6 at 6 p.m.Olivia will be joined by Chippendales from Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, who will be donning special pink cuffs and collars. She is also inviting fellow breast cancer survivors, who she refers to as “thrivers,” to join her that night at The LINQ Promenade and High Roller to help spread awareness and have the opportunity to ride the High Roller for free from from 6 to 8 p.m.The High Roller will donate $1 from every ticket sold on Monday, Oct. 6 to the ONJCWC. In addition, The LINQ Promenade retail shops will also participate in special “pink offers” throughout the month of October and all the coins collected from The LINQ Fountain will be donated to the ONJCWC.

Fremont Street Experience will once again transform itself for the SIXTHANNUAL OKTOBERFRIGHTFEST, combining Oktoberfest and Halloween for the ultimate street party, taking place October 5 – November 1. The spooktacular festivities will include free performances from the popular stage production show “Frank & The Steins,” “Vampire Rising” and “Halloween Hotties.” Viva Vision light and sound shows will also be themed to “Time Warp” and “Monster Mash.” Frank & The Steins will perform on the 1st Street Stage Oct. 5 – Nov. 1 from 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. (dark on Oct. 9, 16 and 23). Vampire Rising will perform on the 3rd Street Stage Oct. 7 – Oct. 30 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 p.m. - Midnight and Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. (dark on Oct. 18).  “Halloween Hotties” featuring American Idol Season 6 Finalist Haley Scarnato, will take place the Main Street Stage Oct. 6 – Oct. 31 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. and Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Fremont Street Experience member property Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino will host its FIFTH ANNUAL FALL BEER FESTIVAL during a two-day event on Oct. 10 & 11. The first event kicks off Friday, Oct. 10 from 7-10 p.m. in The Grand Events Center featuring  samplings of over 125 craft beer selections from award-winning breweries, chef-inspired appetizers, live entertainment and award-winning brew masters. Tickets to this event can be purchased individually for $50 plus taxes at the Golden Nugget Box Office. The fun continues on Saturday, Oct. 11 with an exciting Oktoberfest Pool Party from 1-7 p.m. at The Tank Pool, Golden Nugget’s award-winning pool and shark aquarium. Admission is FREE and beer enthusiasts can enjoy 150 different international and domestic beers available for purchase as well as bratwursts, pretzels and more great food while enjoying live music throughout the party

Guests interested in both events can receive discounted food and beer tickets for Saturday’s Oktoberfest Pool Party with paid admission to Friday’s All American Craft Beer Tasting.

The St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Mission of Las Vegas will host its 7TH ANNUAL LEBANESE AMERICAN FESTIVAL  Friday through Sunday, Oct. 10-11-12. The celebration of food, family and fun will be held on the mission’s grounds – located at 10325 Rancho Destino Road in Las Vegas – and will feature authentic Lebanese food, desserts and beverages as well as live musical entertainment. The event will take place from 4-11 p.m. Oct. 10, from 1-11 p.m. Oct. 11, and from noon to 8 p.m. Oct. 12.  There will be rides and games for the entire family, and United Blood Services will host a blood drive on Sunday October 12th from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $3, children under age 10 and active duty military & their family with ID free admission. All donated funds and proceeds will benefit St. Sharbel Mission programs including a new school and community outreach program.

Basketball Wives LA” star, DRAYA MICHELE, is set to host an over-the-top bash at Crazy Horse III to celebrate the club’s fifth anniversary on Friday, October 10. Locals may enjoy an open bar from 8 to 11 p.m. featuring beverage selections from 50 Bleu, Crown Royal, Corona, Don Julio and Jameson Black Barrel, along with an ice luge and other celebratory surprises.  Complimentary limo transportation to the anniversary party is available through Crazy Horse III’s limo service, pending availability, by calling 702-673-1700. Crazy Horse III is located on Russell Road, just a few blocks west of the Las Vegas Strip.

From 8 – 11 p.m. every Friday and Saturday night in October, patrons at ELIXIR, Green Valley’s hottest place to ‘Relax, Dine and Play,’can enjoy the smooth sounds of local musicians live on the Elixir stage while enjoying gaming, house-made cocktails and handcrafted food. Featuring an old-Vegas vibe with a modern twist, Elixir is located at 2920 N. Green Valley Parkway just north of Sunset Road. In addition, Elixir will continue the popular Monday Night Movies Series.  During the midnight “Brewvies,” guests are invited to sit back, relax and enjoy a classic movie on the ‘big screen’ while enjoying $3 beer and free popcorn.

One of Las Vegas’ signature social events, CASA FOUNDATION’S ANNUAL VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION GALA, will take place on Oct., 11 from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at The Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino.  The gala will celebrate and honor its volunteer advocates who are empowered by the courts to ensure each foster child’s rights and needs are being attended to while in foster care.  The evening celebration for this community – based program will begin with cocktails and a silent auction followed by a gourmet dinner and program awarding the Honorable Frank P. Sullivan, District Court Judge Family Division, Dept. O. as the Child Advocate of the Year.  The evening will conclude with dancing and live entertainment. Individual tickets are available for $200 or tables of 10 for $1800 and are on sale now at .

The October edition of “MONDAYS DAK WITH MARK SHUNOCK”will take place on Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 8:30 p.m. at Vinyl inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.  100 percent of the ticket proceeds from the show will benefit The Healing Curve – a nonprofit initiative to help women who have beaten breast cancer but are left with scars and loss of breast tissue. The on-stage showcase – themed and titled “Women Who Rock,” will feature Gretchen Bonaduce, Savannah Smith, Rockie Brown, Justin Mortelitti, Jaime Lynch and others to be announced, all in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Tickets are $20 in advance, $30 at the door, and can be purchased by visiting and are limited to 300 tickets per event.

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Mark Shunock and wife Cheryl Daro
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The DANNY GANS MEMORIAL CHAMPIONS RUN FOR LIFE HOSTED BY DONNY OSMOND will be held Saturday, Oct. 18 at Town Square Las Vegas, to benefit the NEVADA CHILDHOOD CANCER FOUNDATION (NCCF). This special event, hosted by legendary entertainer and international star Donny Osmond, will continue to honor the memory of Las Vegas entertainer Danny Gans and to support, as Danny did, children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses and their families living in Southern Nevada.

Runners, walkers and community supporters are invited to compete in the 5K run, the fun run/walk and team race. Following the 5K, there will be an inspirational mini-run for children with critical illnesses called the Champions Run for Life – a one-of-a-kind and unforgettable event in Las Vegas. In addition to the run, there will be fun for the entire family including entertainment, bounce houses and more. The competitive 5K run will award the top male and female finishers with a $500 cash prize, the second place male and female finishers will each receive $200 and the third place male and female runners will receive $150 each. Medals will be awarded in all 5K divisions and to children from kindergarten to fifth in the Fun Run. All participants will each receive a race t-shirt and goodie bag.

Registration is open now and is $25 ($30 after Friday, Oct. 3) for adults and $17 ($22 after Friday, Oct. 3) for children. All entries on race day will be $40. Teams of 10 or more are $17 per person. Participants may register online at  or on the day of the race from 6:30 a.m. to 7:25 a.m. at Town Square Las Vegas. The one mile fun run/walk will begin at 7:30 a.m., followed by the 5K, team, and wheelchair and stroller divisions at 8 a.m. The awards ceremony will follow the race at 9:15 a.m., followed by the Champions Run for Life at 9:30 a.m.

Following on the heels of Hurricane Odile which forced SAMMY HAGAR to cancel his 24th annual Birthday Bash at the Cabo Wabo Cantina in Mexico, the rocker plans to transform Las Vegas’ newest music venue, the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, into an epic, belated Birthday Bash on Sat., October 18. Sammy Hagar’s Belated Birthday Bash will feature Sammy Hagar & The Circle featuring Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson rocking a setlist spanning four decades – including hits from Montrose, Hagar’s solo career, Van Halen and beyond – and with Bonham on board, they can also expect a few Led Zeppelin classics. In addition, Joe Satriani and Chad Smith will join Hagar and Anthony for a special CHICKENFOOT encore. General admission tickets are $65. “Red Zone” tickets, offering exclusive access to the Party Pit and prime views of the stage, are $85.

The Nevada Conservatory Theatre at UNLV presents “NEVADA,” Oct. 10-19 in the Judy Bayley Theatre. Nevada ― in this memory play of the same name, written by David Kranest and directed by  Donald Brenner ― is a place of discovery and dreams, of almost having but then losing, of hope and discouragement. It is a place where the central remembering character, his best friend, and his girlfriend come to the end of their journeying road. Show times are at 8 p.m. on Oct. 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18, with matinees at 2 p.m. on Oct. 12 and 19, in the Judy Bayley Theatre. Tickets are $20-30 with a 10 percent discount for children 18
HAZE Nightclub at ARIA Resort & Casino will be closing its doors at the end of October to make way for a new concept in 2015.

Celebrity sightings:

Thursday night, Oct. 2...

While in town for training camp, team members of The Los Angeles Clippers including Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan, Blake Griffin, Matt Barnes, Glen "Big Baby" Davis and Jordan Farmer among others, enjoyed dinner at TAO Asian Bistro in the Palazzo.

Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan at TAO Las Vegas
Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan at TAO Las Vegas
Photo credit: Kristin Conte

Upstairs at TAO Nightclub, hockey forward and captain of the Colorado Avalanche, Gabriel Landeskog was spotted at a VIP table with teammates who are in town for a pre-season game against the Los Angeles Kings.

Photo credit: Kristin Conte

Comedienne Lisa Lampanelli attended Absinthe at Caesars Palace. Following the performance, Lampanelli met with the cast.

Tuesday, Sept. 30...

Country superstar Shania Twain,  joined by her husband Frédéric Thiébaud,  was spotted at Lorde’s concert at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on.

Monday evening, Sept, 29…

Pamela Anderson was spotted dining with friends at LAVO Italian Restaurant.

Monday, Sept. 29...

Actor Luke Perry, best known for his role in the hit TV series “Beverly Hills, 90210,” visited VooDoo Zip Line at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.

9.29.14 Luke Perry at VooDoo Zip Line
Actor Luke Perry
Photo courtesy of VooDoo Zip Line

Saturday, Sept. 27...

DJ/producer Erick Morillo returned to LiFE Nightclub to kick off his official residency.  Also spotted at LiFE, pop singer/actor Jesse McCartney and a group of friends, along with magician/illusionist Criss Angel.

Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider was also spotted on property. The couple dined at Katsuya before heading to The Sayers Club for a night of Sessions. E! reality star Holly Madison and husband Pasquale Rotella also dined at the Japanese hotspot, then made their way to LiFE Nightclub to celebrate sbe's President of Nightlife Costas Charalambous' birthday.

Earlier in the day, Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actor/comedian Andy Samberg was spotted with friends in a private cabana at Foxtail Pool Club, and later dined at Bazaar Meat by award-winning Chef José Andrés.

DJ Erick Morillo returned to LiFE Nightclub for his official residency  Powers Imagery
DJ Erick Morillo returned to LiFE Nightclub for his official residency
Photo credit: Al Powers/ Powers Imagery

DJ Erick Morillo turns up the sounds at LiFE Nightclub Powers Imagery
DJ Erick Morillo turns up the sounds at LiFE Nightclub
Photo credit: Al Powers/ Powers Imagery

Andy Samberg and friends at SLS Las Vegas Photo Courtesy of Rich Mbariket
Andy Samberg and friends at SLS Las Vegas
Photo Courtesy of Rich Mbariket

Friday night, Sept. 26...

Actress Camilla Belle was spotted enjoying a pre-birthday celebration at Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Nightclub inside MGM Grand. The soon to be twenty-eight year old fashion darling was joined by a number of close friends.

Camilla Belle Birthday Cake at Hakkasan LV Nightclub
Camilla Belle
Photo credit: Joe Torrance of Powers Imagery, LLC/

Camilla Belle and Steve Aoki Hakkasan LV Nightclub
Steve Aoki and Camilla Belle
Photo credit: Joe Torrance of Powers Imagery, LLC/

After dinner the group was escorted to their VIP table located on the main stage on the fourth level of the hot spot. Shortly after the group's arrival, a parade of confetti tossing cocktail waitresses surprised the young star with a decadent three-tiered cake.As the night went on, Belle joined turntable sensation Steve Aoki in the DJ booth where he got on the mic to wish her a happy birthday. Just moments later she was surprised by another cake.

Singer Ferras hosted his official after concert party at TAO Nightclub. Ferras, the opening act for Katy Perry’s Prismatic world tour and first artist signed to Perry’s Metamorphosis Music record label, celebrated with a large group of friends including several dancers from the Prismatic tour.
Photo credit: Tony Tran

Thursday night, Sept. 25...

Miss Asian Las Vegas hosted their official pre-party at TAO Nightclub. Reigning Miss Asian Las Vegas queen Catherine Ho enjoyed dinner with the entire group of contestants vying for the 2014 title inside TAO Asian Bistro. Ho then made her way upstairs the nightclub with a group of fellow current title holders to host the kick-off celebration. The group included 2013 3rd runner up Connie Tsang, Miss Congeniality Grace Choy, and Miss Photogenic Michelle Jeon. The ladies danced the night away and enjoyed the sounds of DJ Five.

2013 Miss Asian Las Vegas Catherine Ho at TAO
2013 Miss Asian Las Vegas Catherine Ho
Photo credit: Joe Torrance

Catherine Ho and Miss Asian Las Vegas Contestants at TAO
Catherine Ho and Miss Asian Las Vegas Contestants at TAO
Photo credit: Joe Torrance

Grace Choy Michelle Jeon Connie Tsang and Catherine Ho at TAO
Grace Choy, Michelle Jeon, Connie Tsang, and Catherine Ho at TAO
Photo credit: Joe Torrance

Michelle Jeon Connie Tsang Catherine Ho Alexandra Drechsler Grace Choy at TAO
Michelle Jeon, Connie Tsang, Catherine Ho, Alexandra Drechsler, and Grace Choy at TAO
Photo credit: Joe Torrance


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