By Judy Thorburn This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Owner/Editor in Chief/writer - Las Vegas Round The Clock

Owner/Editor in Chief/writer - The Flick Chicks
Director of Communications - Nevada Film Alliance

Hard Rock Cafe Hosts BARocker - Annual Flair Championship

Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas hosted the second annual regional BARocker competition Wednesday night,, December 17. Hundreds of people filled the third level of the strip location of the famous cafe to cheer on their favorite bartender from cities spanning the central and west regions. Hard Rockers from Denver, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Diego, Seattle, Chicago and Dallas all traveled to sin city to flip, twirl, pour and spin their way to the top spot.

BARocker Regional Finalists Christian and Stefano Bellelli Credit Photo FM
Christian Ortiz and Stefano Bellelli
Photo courtesy of Photo FM

BARocker Regional Finalists credit Photo FM
Regional finalists
Photo courtesy of Photo FM

At the end of the night bartenders Christian Ortiz and Stefano Bellelli from Las Vegas and Seattle reigned supreme and will be moving on to the world finals in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

The competition was judged by a panel of industry experts and local celebrities, including Chris Kael of Five Finger Death Punch. Participating bartenders were judged on several key components, including recipe knowledge, pour testing, accuracy, speed, flair and showmanship.

The judging panel
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Monday's Dark Anniversary Celebration

The special anniversary edition of Mark Shunock's monthly philanthropic variety show “Mondays Dark” took place on Monday evening December 15 inside The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The unprecedented fundraising event benefitted 13 local charities in one night and featured representatives from an unparalleled 24 local charities under one roof for the highly-anticipated evening.

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Mark Shunock
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Back to benefit from the December Anniversary Reunion Event of Mondays Dark were  representatives from the following organizations: AFAN: Aid for AIDS of Nevada, The Douglas J. Green Memorial Foundation, The Healing Curve, His Love Street Nevada, The Miracle League, Neurofibromatosis Network, NSPCA, Opportunity Village, The Rudy Foundation, Safe House, Saint Therese Center, SHINE, and Vegas Shepherd Rescue. Tickets for the evening's show were $20 general admission and $50 for VIP seating with 100% of the proceeds from all ticket sales split evenly amongst its beneficiaries.

For the first time, Shunock, who normally hosts the event, decided to sit back and watch the show until the finale. Instead, a list of celebrities were invited to introduce the evening’s lineup.  Presenters included MTV personalities/BMX stars TJ Lavin and Ricardo Laguna, football legend Rudy Ruettiger, Edie from Zumanity, comedy/hypnotist Marc Savard, Las Vegas entertainment journalist John Katsilometis, newly crowned Miss Nevada USA 2015 Brittany McGowan, Life is Beautiful event founder Rehan Choudhry, Pawn Star's Chumlee and celebrity journalist Robin Leach.

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Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Counting Cars
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John Katsilometes
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Marc Savard
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Miss Nevada USA 2015 Brittany McGowan
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Rehan Choudry
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Robin Leach
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Rudy Ruittiger
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Steve Shore
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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TJ Lavin and Ricardo Laguna
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Emcee for the evening's festivities was Scott Nevins, American TV/Radio Host and Comedian, from the Bravo series The People's Couch, and longtime community leader Steve Schorr acted as off stage announcer. The fantastic lineup of performers that gladly donated their time and talent to the worthy cause included singer Earl Turner, mesmerizing gymnastic dancers Cory and Luke from Cirque du Soleil, guitarist Chris Chiccino from Rock of Ages, tap dancing extraordinaire twin brothers Sean and Jon from Absinthe, comedian Louis Anderson, Graham Fenton, Buck Hujabre, Devon May, Travis Cloer, Jeff Leibow, from the cast of Jersey Boys,  PBR's Savannah Smith and Anne Martinez, singer/showman Frankie Moreno, singer/dancer Reva Rice and several fellow cast members from Vegas The Show, former American Idol finalist Blake Lewis, Zowie Bowie's Chris Phillip, violinist Lydia Ansel and Nieve Malandra, “Showgirl of Burlesque” Kalani Coconuts, and Australian singing quartet, Human Nature.

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Blake Lewis
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Chris Chiccino
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Cory and Luke
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Earl Turner
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Frankie Moreno
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Human Nature
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Jersey Boys Travis Cloer, Graham Fenton, Buck Hujabre, Deven May, and Jeff Liebow
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Kalani Coconuts
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Louie Anderson
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Nieve Malandra, Chris Phillips, and Lydia Ansel of Zowie Bowie
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Reva Rice
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Savanah Smith and Anne Martinez of BBR
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Sean and John Scott
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Mark Shunock, his wife Cheryl Daro, and several of their fellow entertainer friends including Lorena Peril and Chadwick Johnson closed the show with an amazing rendition of  “Five hundred, Twenty Five Thousand, Six Hundred Minutes”  from the award winning musical “Rent”.

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Mark Shunock, his wife Cheryl Daro, and several of their fellow entertainer friends including Lorena Peril and Chadwick Johnson
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Afterwards, Shunock proudly announced that over the year the monthly events raised over $120,000 for the various charities and in the coming year of 2015 the following 11 charities will benefit from a monthly edition of Monday's Dark:  January - The Gay & Lebian Community Center of Southern Nevada, February -The Blind Center of Nevada, March- Dress For Success, April - Olive Crest,  May - Keep Memory Alive,  June - Orion Cancer Foundation, July - United Way, August  -  The Square Food Bank, September - Las Vegas Labrador Rescue,  October - Project 150, and November- Home Aid of  Southern Nevada.

Joining him on stage were members of his stage crew including Joy Schaefer and Hannah Dorfman and Monday's Dark Board of Directors Denise Truscello and Bob and BettyAnn Golden, whom Shunock thanked for their help and support in making these monthly fundraising events possible.

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Mark Shunock, Cheryl Daro, Denise Truscello, BettyAnn and Bob Golden
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

As an unexpected surprise, Bob Golden presented  Shunock with a gift wrapped box from Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman. Inside was a proclamation declaring December 15, 2015 Monday's Dark with Mark Shunock Day.

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Mark Shunock and Cheryl Daro
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Every month since November 2013, Shunock has gathered an eclectic cast of guests including stars from Hollywood, the Strip, musical acts, athletes and celebrity chefs for 90 minutes of performance, fundraising- and a lot of laughs. Mondays Dark partners with a different Las Vegas-based charity to raise money each month for that charity, between ticket sales and silent auction items. It has recently been recognized as a “Best of Las Vegas” pick in both Las Vegas Weekly and Vegas Seven magazines, and Mr. Shunock recently received Greenspun Media’s Angel Award for Humanitarian/Entertainer of the Year.

Other red carpet arrivals included:

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Alicia Perrone and Victor James of 'Fans of Jimmy Century'
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Cast members of 'Pin Up' including Claire Sinclair and Lisa Marie Smith
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Chadwick Johnson
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Cheryl Ruittiger
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Geechy Guy
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Jasmine Trias and Ben Stone
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Liz Clark and Peter Pavone
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Lyssa Lynne
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Maren Wade
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Melody Sweets
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Ray Jon and Lorena Peril Narbaitz
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Rocky Brown
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Nearly 100 Couples Marry and Renew Vows for Free Riding on the High Roller at The Linq Promenade on 12-13-14

The High Roller at The LINQ Promenade in Las Vegas played host to nearly 100 lucky couples who “Put a Ring on It” for 12/13/14 – this century’s last sequential wedding date.  Offering complimentary weddings and vow renewals from 10:11 a.m. to 12:13 p.m., the “in-motion” ceremonies occurred 550-feet in the air featuring picturesque views of the Las Vegas skyline on the world’s tallest observation wheel. The event also served as a launch for the High Roller’s new wedding packages, making it the city’s most unique venue for the quintessential “quickie” 30-minute Las Vegas wedding.

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The auspicious date drew couples from all over the nation who wanted to declare their never-ending adoration in a memorable and statement-making way. People began lining up, one twosome after the next, starting at 8:00 a.m. with the first licensed-to-wed couples boarding the 28 circular cabins at precisely 10:11 a.m.  The free simultaneous in-cabin ceremonies on The LINQ’s impressive new wheel included a mixture of pre-registered and walk-up couples celebrating their love, opposite and same-sex alike, all of whom received legally-binding weddings or vow renewals.

“We really love each other and this date came along and it seemed it was meant to be,” said bride Jaimee MacLean. “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and we were lucky enough to be on the first wedding cabin on the High Roller.”

“Today is an iconic date and this way I won’t have an excuse to forget our anniversary,” said groom Clay Giffin laughing. “We had been planning a beach-front wedding for a while but now that Nevada is honoring  same-sex marriages we decided to take advantage of this unique wedding location in Las Vegas high atop the High Roller.”

Many of the couples chose to celebrate a renewal including Andy and Melinda Leeka who have been married 27 years. The couple from Southern California planned multiple ceremonies on this iconic day of 12-13-14. “We are so delighted to be part of this celebratory day, the High Roller was the perfect first location to kick-off our full day of renewals,” said Andy Leeka. “Why wouldn’t you want to get married on the 8th Wonder of the World.”

Leading up to the day, the High Roller hosted two casting calls for ordained ministers. With personalities and characters ranging from local television anchors to Elvis impersonators, a total of 15 volunteer officiants were on hand to help create the cherished experience.

Among the betrothed was Las Vegas radio host Ken Johnson of 97.1-FM The Point and his other half Lori Kenney who immediately jumped at the opportunity to participate in the 12/13/14 wedding extravaganza.

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Photo courtesy of Lori Johnson

“My girlfriend,” said Johnson, cutting his sentence short and smirking at his new spouse. “Excuse me, my wife.  My wife and I have been looking for the perfect way to take the next step. We heard about the High Roller’s 12/13/14 event and knew right away.  We live in Las Vegas so it only makes sense to hold a ceremony that’s over-the-top and very Vegas.  This was everything we wanted.”

 Not only did each couple receive a complimentary ceremony, but they were also provided with a champagne toast, two commemorative photos and t-shirts to immortalize the historic day. Each couple shared their experience on the wheel with witnesses and celebrated further inside The LINQ Promenade with friends and family after the matrimonial ride on the High Roller.  Some couples opted for the High Roller’s special 12/13/14 wedding packages with private cabin ceremonies to further customize the experience throughout the special wedding date. Although 12/13/14 is winding down, the High Roller offers wedding packages day and night year-round for couples in search of an extraordinary venue.

6th Annual Toys For Tots Fundraiser

The 6th annual benefit concert for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program, sponsored by Cadillac of Las Vegas, was held at The Westgate (formerly LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino ) on Saturday, December 13.

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LJ Harness U.S. Marines and Johnathan Scott
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

“Our goal is to have every child in Las Vegas wake up on Christmas morning and have a new toy,” said Jonathan Scott, Executive Producer of this concert. “It’s great to have the new Westgate Las Vegas carry on the tradition of this great U.S. Marine Corps benefit concert.”

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Executive producer, Johnathan Scott
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

The theme of this year’s event was Pop! Goes Las Vegas!”, hosted by popular Las Vegas entertainer, Zowie Bowie's Chris Phillips and violinist, Lydia Ansel and featured an all star lineup of Las Vegas entertainers, with many performing popular music. There was also a special tribute to the late Michael Jackson by the young dancers from The Rock Center for Dance.

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Chris Phillips and Lydia Ansel
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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The Rock Center For Dance
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

David Perrico returned as the Musical Director this year, along with his 12-piece band and Pop Evolution's Naomi Mauro and Laura Shaffer. The list of performers included comedians Geechy Guy, Dennis Blair and Paul Scally, singer/dancer Adrian Zmed, British singing sensation Ben Stone and former American Idol finalist Jasmine Trias, sultry singer Nieve Malandra, singer/actress Pia Zadora performing a duet with her daughter Katie, accompanied by Frank Sinatra’s conductor and piano player Vinnie Falcone, BBR with Anne Martinez and Savannah Smith, singer Maren Wade, entertainer Eric Jordan Young performing a tribute to Sammy Davis Jr., American Trilogy's tribute artists Rob Garrett (Neil Diamond) Justin Shandor (Elvis) and Gary Anthony (Frank Sinatra); Rosanna Telford, the cast of Purple Reign: THE Prince Tribute Show at the Westgate, actor/singer/dancer Adrian Zmed, powerhouse vocalist Lyssa Lynn, Kent Foote and the Vegas Good Fellas, the most moving and powerful rendition of “God Bless America” by Vegas! The Show star Lorena Peril with the Marine Corps Honor Guard, and a special appearance from rocker Vince Neil, the lead singer of Motley Crue.

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Musical Director David Perrico
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Adrian Zmed
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Lyssa Lynne
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Anne Martinez and Savanah Smith of BBR Alice
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Ben Stone
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Jasmine Trias
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Dennis Blair
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Eric Jordan Young
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Gary Anthony as Frank Sinatra and Rob Garrett as Neil Diamond
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Geechy Guy
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Jason Tenner of Purple Reign
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Jennifer Romas
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Jerry Jones
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Justin Shandor as Elvis Presley
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Pia Zadora and her daughter Katie
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Kent Foote (right) and the Vegas Goodfellas
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Laura Shaffer
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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LJ Harness
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Lorena Peril Narbaitz
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Maren Wade
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Naomi Mauro
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Nieve Malandra
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Paul Scally
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Rosanna Telford
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Wes Winters
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Vince Neil with Chris Phillips
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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U.S. Marine Corps Representatives for Toys For Tots
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. Proceeds from this concert will go to the Toys for Tots Program.

Tickets to this benefit were $20, or a complimentary ticket was provided with a donation of an unopened toy or stuffed animal valued at $20 or more. Prior to the 8 p.m show there was a celebrity red carpet at 6 p.m.

Other red carpet arrivals included:

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Cast of Purple Reign
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Radio hosts Stephen and Carolyn Jacobs
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Jeff Kutash
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Johnathan Scott, Nicole Duffel, Lenny Windsor, Liz Clark, and LJ Harness
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Johnathan Scott, Vince Neil, Rain Hannah, Tiffani Foote, and LJ Harness
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Cast members of Marriage Can Be Murder
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Ray Jon and Lorena Peril Narbaitz
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Ricardo Laguna
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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Las Vegas Rocks publisher Sally Steele
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn


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

MAKERS & FINDERS, a new urban craft coffee bar at 1120 South Main St., in the heart of the burgeoning Arts District in downtown Las Vegas, celebrated its official grand opening on December 5 with U.S. Congresswoman Dina Titus (D-Nev.), Las Vegas Councilman Bob Coffin, local dignitaries, community leaders and neighbors.

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Ribbon cutting
Photo courtesy of Makers & Finders

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Owners Josh and Valeria
Photo courtesy of Makers & Finders

Featuring coffees from five single origins, including Latin American and Free Trade small growers, Makers & Finders also offers a full food menu of Latin comfort foods for breakfast and lunch.

Fremont Street Experience donated 100% of SLOTZILLA revenue to the AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION for everyone who flew on either the lower Zipline ($20) or upper Zoomline ($40) on Saturday, November 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. President of Fremont Street Experience, Jeff Victor and Director of Marketing, Tom Bruny, presented Kerry A. Sallee, Business Development Director of the American Heart Association a check of $10,000 on Monday, December 8.

Jeff Victor (Left), President of Fremont Street Experience, and Tom Bruny, Director of Marketing of Fremont Street Experience, present Kerry A. Sallee, Business Development Director of the American Heart Association, a check for $15,940 on Monday, December 8. The proceeds were raised from SlotZilla revenue on November 8
Photo courtesy of Scott Roeben of Fremont Street Experience.

On Saturday, Dec. 13 beloved Las Vegas Charity IN12DAYS concluded the final day of giving with Grand Finale Performance at MJ ONE Theatre. After 11 days of gifts, In12Days recipients and volunteers joined together for a celebration of the 12 days with a special performance of “12 Drummers Drumming.”The celebration included performances by cast members from Molodi, Cirque du Soleil, Water Beauties (synchronized swimming) and more. In12Days is a local Las Vegas charity that gives extravagant gifts based on the “12 Days of Christmas” song to families in need during the holiday season. This year, In12Days is focusing on children that have lost a parent or a loved one and is surprising them with gifts for 12 days to help restore the joy and hope of the  season.

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Photos courtesy of Cashman Photo

After two years and performing 105 shows for 337,500 guests from all over the world, international superstar Shania Twain took the stage at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace for the last time Saturday evening, December 13, with her headlining residency show, SHANIA: STILL THE ONE. Demonstrating her love of the city, in Oct. 2013, Shania opened the first international Shania Kids Can Foundation (SKC) Clubhouse at Tom Williams Elementary School in North Las Vegas. SKC is Shania’s non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk children in communities across the world. The program, founded as a response to the difficulties Shania endured as a youth, is designed to implement simple, yet effective initiatives to increase the potential of students in the program to live successful, fulfilling lives.

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To commemorate Shania’s dedication to SKC and the city of Las Vegas, during the show, John Meglen, President of Global Touring with AEG Live, and Sean McBurney, General Manager of Caesars Palace, presented the Shania Kids Can Foundation with a check for $5,000.

Hot Rod City Las Vegas and Michael Dezer, owner of one of the world's largest vehicle collections at The Miami Auto Museum, has announced the grand opening of the new HOLLYWOOD CARS MUSEUM by Jay Ohrberg, located at 5115 Dean Martin Dr. in Las Vegas. The recent partnering of Dezer, one of the world's foremost car collectors, and legendary custom car builder Ohrberg has resulted in a 30,000 sq.-ft. (and still growing) museum housing vehicles that appeared in more than 100 films, TV shows and videos – including James Bond, Batmobiles, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and other wild creations by the veteran car builder. The museum is open 7 days a week.

Jay Ohrberg and Michael Dezer
Photo courtesy of Hollywood Cars Museum

The Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Art has extended the viewing dates through Saturday, Jan. 3 of “ANNE FRANK, AN HISTORICAL REMEMBRANCE” featuring the work of well-known artist and lithographer Michael Knigin (1942-2011) and “CHAI LIGHTS,” a collection of 100 works of art by 31 Las Vegas artists, focused on Jewish themes.   Both exhibits will be open to the public Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. The museum will be closed December 21-25 and December 28-January 1 for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. General admission to the exhibit is $5.

Multi talented entertainer ERIC JORDAN YOUNG will end the successful run of his headlining production, Shakin’, at the Sin City Theatre inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 27. The 90-day engagement showcased Young as a triple threat who has transformed into a staple of Las Vegas talent.  There are only eight more limited opportunities to see the production this year. The concluding performance dates are December 15-17, 20, 22-24 and 27. The closing performance of Shakin’ on December 27 will be a very special day for Young, as it will mark the end of his first headlining production and is also his birthday.

Singer, songwriter and celebrated pianist GEORGE BUGATTI will usher in 2015 with a FREE performance from 11:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. inside the Riviera Hotel & Casino's intimate Le Bistro Lounge on Wednesday, December 31, 2014. There is no cover charge and guests must be 21 years or older.

FIRST FRIDAY LAS VEGAS one of the largest arts and culture festivals in the Western United States, celebrates their monthly festival of arts and entertainment in Downtown Las Vegas with “ENDLESS SUMMER,” a hot HAWAIIAN AND POLYNESIAN INSPIRED GATHERING on Friday, Jan 2.

Keeping with the island traditions that inspire “Endless Summer,” event-goers are encouraged to fashion grass skirts and leis and come dressed up in their favorite summer and Hawaiian-inspired wear. Attendees can sample a variety of island-inspired cuisine from the traditional food trucks on site that will be identified by a beach ball on their façade and scattered throughout the First Friday footprint. First Friday-goers can also capture their First Friday experience at the all new welcome tent complete with a surf-inspired backdrop, enjoy “surfing” care of Surfset Las Vegas, marvel at traditional Polynesian fire dancing by Flameology, play “beach” volleyball or experience the 8-foot volcano.  Kids will also be able to build sand castles in KidZone. The Dance DepARTment will feature a variety of DJs throughout the evening, while emerging musicians are featured at The Hub. 

Legendary pop singer BOBBY RYDELL, considered an original American Idol, will perform his rock n’ roll hits at the Suncoast Showroom January 10 and 11. Showtime each evening is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available from $15.95, plus tax and fees.

Singer, writer, entertainer and founder of The Supremes, MARY WILSON will perform in the Suncoast Showroom January 17 and 18. Showtime each evening is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available from $15.95, plus tax and fees.

Celebrity sightings:

Tuesday night, Dec. 16...

UFC Hall of Famer, former martial artist Forrest Griffin visited MTO Café at Downtown Summerlin for dinner with his daughter.

Saturday, Dec. 13...

Matt Kemp, who was just traded from the LA Dodgers to the San Diego Padres, and Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins were spotted at LAVO Champagne Brunch. The baseball players were joined by friends as they celebrated the birthday of Matt’s cousin, who was surprised with a cake.

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Matt Kemp and Giancarlo Stanton
Photo credit: Tony Tran

Spotted at Marquee Nightclub Saturday night were actor Don Cheadle and poker players Daniel Negreanu and Antonio Esfandiari.  They were celebrating the birthday of Esfandiari, who turned 36 last week.

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Antonio Esfandiari
Photo credit: Karl Larson

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Antonio Esfandiari and Don Cheadle
Photo credit: Karl Larson

Professional Boxer Amir Khan celebrated both a victory and his birthday at Hakkasan Nightclub inside MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. Earlier in the evening, Khan defeated his opponent, Devon Alexander, to retain his WBC title. Soon after getting settled in the nightspot’s fourth-level main room, a parade of  cocktail waitresses appropriately fitted in boxing robes welcomed the champion with a two-tier birthday cake and custom Hakkasan champion belt to commemorate the special day.

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Amir Kahn
Photo credit: Joe Torrance/Powers Imagery

Friday night, Dec. 12...

Suzanne Somers, joined by a group of friends, was spotted dining at LAVO inside The Palazzo. The actress and author was in Las Vegas for the World Conference on Anti-Aging.


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