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Suzanne Somers Announces Upcoming Residency at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino

The Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino and actress, entertainer, and best-selling author Suzanne Somers held a press conference on Wednesday morning, March 24 to reveal details about Somers' upcoming residency, set to begin on May 23 inside the newly named cabaret venue “Suzanne's”  (formerly known as the Shimmer Showroom) at the Westgate. Also on hand were Mark Waltrip, COO of Westgate Resorts and David Siegel, founder and CEO of Westgate Resorts.

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Suzanne Somers
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

For years a top-selling Las Vegas headliner, Somers returns to the stage with her new sophisticated nightclub act at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, titled “Suzanne Sizzles”, that will entertain audiences for a total of 28 weeks through May 2016.

During her years in Las Vegas in the 1980s, Somers was recognized as one of the best female entertainers by media and fans alike for her show, which she starred in at the Westgate Las Vegas when it was known as the Las Vegas Hilton. With “Suzanne Sizzles,” Somers is creating a cool, sexy return to the heyday of the Rat Pack and the Great American Songbook. Accompanied by her band, the show will transport audiences back to the days of lush sound, glamour, and luxury in a setting that will be elegant and the environment intimate, with cocktail seating.

“I’m thrilled to be back in Las Vegas with my new show.  I’m excited to perform songs I love to sing, in such an intimate setting where I can interact with the audience, and create a very special evening,” said Suzanne. 
“Suzanne Sizzles,” a 70-minute show, will be performed at 7 p.m. five days a week, dark Sundays and Mondays. On sale now, general admission tickets are priced at $65.00 (plus taxes and fees); VIP and meet-and-greet tickets are also available. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino Box Office.

“Las Vegas has hit the jackpot with the return of America’s sweetheart, Suzanne Somers,” said David Siegel, CEO of Westgate Resorts. “We are huge fans of Suzanne and are thrilled to have her back in Las Vegas and especially glad she will be at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. We know our guests will love her phenomenal show just as much as we do.”

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David Seigel, CEO of Westgate Resorts
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

In addition, the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino will open the Suzanne Somers Spa, featuring all of Somers’ SUZANNE Organics Cosmetics, organic skin care, and organic hair care products, and the Suzanne Somers Organic Spa Café, serving food based on recipes from Somers’ series of bestselling cookbooks.

Each show night, Somers will prepare in the dressing room she designed, using materials that are hypoallergenic and green. A pioneering health and wellness advocate, Somers, a #1 New York Times bestselling author, has written a new book, Tox-Sick: From Toxic to Not Sick, an exposé on the immediate and long-term dangers of living in a world that has become increasingly toxic to our health. Tox-Sickwill be published by Harmony Books in April 2015. Suzanne has also been hitting the dance floor with ABC-TV’s “Dancing with the Stars” 10th anniversary season, airing now.

Clink on the attached video from the press conference to hear Suzanne Somers talk about her upcoming residency.

Check out Dianne Davis' interview with Suzanne Somers in this week's edition of her Views of Vegas column.

Bellagio Celebrates Japanese Culture with Vibrant Spring Conservatory Display and Art Installation by Renowned Sculptor Masatoshi Izumi

Bellagio welcomed spring with a dynamic celebration of Japanese culture as it unveiled two stunning exhibits on Thursday, March 26 showcasing the passion for nature and art in the Land of the Rising Sun.

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Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens' first Japanese-inspired display pairs the soothing aesthetics of Japan’s traditional gardens with Bellagio’s striking grandeur while boasting a vibrant collection of more than 82,000 flowers and larger-than-life floral creations and many of the culture’s most iconic landmarks.
“Springtime in Japan is truly breathtaking and we are excited to share this extraordinary cultural experience with our guests from around the world,” said Randy Morton, president and COO of Bellagio. “After traveling more than 5,000 miles to study gardens in Tokyo and Kyoto, our horticulture and design teams created a dynamic interpretation of Japan’s enchanting spring season, featuring many of the culture’s most recognizable elements.”
Among the thousands of flowers, including fresh tulips, daffodils and snapdragons, guests will discover traditional bonsai trees nestled among recreations of some of Japan’s most iconic landmarks. Adding to the charming atmosphere, live musicians perform Japanese melodies on a floating platform, 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. daily.
On view through May 11, the Japanese Garden will culminate with Golden Week, a national celebration in Japan recognizing several significant holidays including Constitution Day, Children’s Day and Greenery Day.
The Conservatory display is a collaboration between Bellagio’s expert horticulture team and MGM Resorts International Event Productions with consultation from Master Gardener Kanji Nomura from Nagoya.
Admission into the Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is FREE to the public and open daily, 24 hours a day.

Continuing the celebration of Japanese culture, Bellagio also unveiled a striking new art installation handcrafted by renowned Japanese sculptor Masatoshi Izumi just outside of the hotel’s main entrance.

Photo courtesy of the Bellagio

The installation, A Gift From the Earth, is comprised of four distinct stone sculptures, Wind, Fire, Water and Land, each representing one of Earth's four elements. Meticulously hand carved from basalt over the course of 18 months, each sculpture weighs between 17,000 and 27,000 pounds. Basalt, a form of lava that has cooled on the volcano’s surface, is frequently found in Japanese art as it represents the origins of the island nation.
“Art and culture are integral to the Bellagio experience, with original works throughout the resort, in addition to rotating exhibits at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art,” said Tarissa Tiberti, executive director of MGM Resorts Fine Art Collection. “The Izumi installation is a tremendous addition to this experience and is a beautiful representation of the authentic art forms within the Japanese culture.”

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Photo courtesy of the Bellagio

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

The cast of STEVE WYNN'S SHOWSTOPPERS recently kicked off a magical wish for 17-year-old Shadow Ridge High School student, ARY BREWER, who is currently undergoing treatment for leukemia.  Ary, who wishes to go to New York City to see Broadway shows, was serenaded on stage following the evening’s performance during a cast meet and greet. Joining with ShowStoppers’ lead vocalist Lindsay Roginski, Ary sang “Roxie” from the show, Chicago, and learned she and her family would depart for “The Great White Way” on March 31, 2015, courtesy of Make-A-Wish® Southern Nevada.

 The special wish reveal was a total surprise for Ary, who has waited more than a year for her wish to come true. The very active and outgoing student, who was just cast as Igor in her school’s Frankenstein theater production, wants to see musicals like Cats, Chicago, Mamma Mia, Hairspray and more. Make-A-Wish® Southern Nevada is joining with:  Make-A-Wish® Metro New York and Western New York to make Ary’s wish a reality.

Reflecting the Company’s commitment to sustainable business practices, BOYD GAMING CORPORATION will shut down exterior lighting at its Las Vegas Locals properties on Saturday, March 28 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in honor of EARTH HOUR 2015.  For the duration of Earth Hour, non-essential exterior building and marquee lighting will be turned off at The Orleans, Sam’s Town, Suncoast and Gold Coast.  The video screen on each marquee will display the Earth Hour logo during that period.

The LINQ Hotel & Casino recently welcomed a “DIVAS LAS VEGAS”-THEMED GAMING PIT, featuring six custom blackjack tables.This marks yet another first for FRANK MARINO, the superstar female impersonator who can add to his long list of accomplishments being the face of a table game, as well as having a pit created in the honor of him and the brilliant cast of Divas Las Vegas. Previously, Marino has had a $25 poker chip in play on the casino floor and a Big 6 betting wheel, where guests were able to bet on impersonators from the iconic show.

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Frank Marino
Photo courtesy of The Linq

The first and oldest televised awards show honoring gospel music artists, The STELLAR GOSPEL MUSIC AWARDS, will take place inside the Orleans Arena on Saturday, March 28. This year’s show will be co-hosted by gospel singer Tamela Mann, comedian Rickey Smiley and comedian David Mann. Showtime for the evening is 7 p.m. Tickets to attend the taping are available ranging from $50-$200, plus tax and convenience fees, and can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office

DISTILL, one of Summerlin’s favorite local hotspots, located at 10820 W. Charleston Blvd., announces LIVE MUSIC every Saturday afternoon.  From noon – 4 p.m., guests can enjoy the smooth sounds of local musicians outside on the patio while enjoying house-made cocktails and handcrafted food. All guests at Distill must be over 21 with valid ID.

April's edition of FIRST FRIDAYS LAST VEGAS one of the largest arts and culture festivals in the Western United States, celebrates in Downtown Las Vegas with “Wavelengths” on Friday, April 3.

Calling all self-proclaimed geeks, science aficionados and technology fans! April’s First Friday is not only a time to explore art and culture, but a time to explore the variety of frequencies that define colors and sound, social rhythms and wavelengths that form everything that surround us but are often unseen.  “Wavelengths” allows makers and mad scientists to step out of their lairs and laboratories and onto the First Friday footprint for a night of wonder and insight.

Starting at the Welcome Area at Charleston and Casino Center, First Friday-goers can start their “Wavelengths” experience by exploring an oversized kaleidoscope constructed by Dead Girls & Robots and electronic Theremin instrument for guests to explore.  The Art of Attunement will also have a special activation in April focusing on the art of biofeedback and how the exploration of brainwaves and balancing them can lead to a healthy lifestyle, physically and mentally.

 This April, both well-known and emerging artists will embrace the “Wavelengths” theme in the ArtWalk, running down Casino Center from Colorado to Charleston. The Arts District also features a variety of arts and crafts vendors made popular in the Artisan Bazaar. Kids will be able to participate in a variety of activities for children of all ages in KidZone, as well as build theme-inspired creations from Lug Vegas. Attendees can sample a variety of cuisine from the traditional food trucks on site at The Eatery. The Dance DepARTment sponsored by Epyk Entertainment will feature a variety of DJs throughout the evening, while emerging musicians are featured on the main stage.

The “Sleeping Lioness,” LUPITA D'ALESSIO, will perform at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Friday, April 3 at 8 p.m. as part of her Cuando Se Ama Como Tú tour. Tickets range in price from $59 - $99, plus applicable tax and fees.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino presents KENNY CHESNEY'S PRE CONCERT POOL PARTY WEEKEND AT REHAB POOL with performances by UNCLE KRACKER AND DEE JAY SILVER, poolside games, specialty cocktails and more on Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4. When the sun goes down each night, partygoers can make their way across the property to Chesney’s shows at The Joint.  Tickets to Chesney’s Pre-Concert Pool Party Weekend at REHAB Pool start at $10 for females and $20 for males per day. No Shoes Nation members and ticketholders for Chesney’s shows at The Joint will receive complimentary entry.

NFL champion and Nutrition 53 founder BILL ROMANOWSKI will be at the Henderson Pavilion, 200 S. Green Valley Pkwy., on Saturday, April 4 as part of the HEALTHY HENDERSON FAIR, which is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Romanowski will discuss the importance of health, nutrition and exercise at the free event.

In addition to Romanowski’s appearance, the Healthy Henderson Fair will highlight a variety of health care and wellness services available to residents such as health screenings. It will also include an opportunity for the public to speak to fitness professionals; learn about city-produced exercise programs and classes, including personal training; and sign up for the Lighten Up Henderson – Spring Into Action weight-loss challenge, which is Monday, April 6 through Friday, May 29.  Additional activities include bounce houses, contests, entertainment, and fun alternative exercise options for all ages.

JAY CUTLER DESERT CLASSIC BODYUILDING AND FITNESS COMPETITION returns to The Pearl inside the Palms Casino Resort on April 4.The NPC national qualifier competition, featuring contestants from around the country, consists of Men and Women’s Body Building, Men and Women’s Physique, Women’s Figure and Bikini, and Women’s Fitness. Multiple vendors specializing in supplements and apparel will also be on hand during the event.The fifth annual Classic begins with a prejudging event at 10:30 a.m. Tickets for the prejudging event are $29 plus any additional service fees for general admission seating. The finals will take place at 6:30 p.m. - Four-time Mr. Olympia Jay Cutler will be in attendance during the prejudging and finals, and a special performance by eight-time Ms. Fitness Olympia will take place during the finals.Tickets for the finals are $43 and $48 plus any additional service fees for reserved seating. VIP Tickets for the finals are $78 plus any additional service fees and include VIP seating as well as a VIP meet and greet with Cutler prior to the finals at 5 p.m. in The Pearl Mezzanine VIP Lounge.

DANMARK HAR TALENT’ (Denmark Has Talent) finalist PETER NORGAARD will realize his dream of performing on a Las Vegas stage when he heads to America to guest star for two nights only in Terry Fator: The VOICE of Entertainment. On Wednesday, April 8 and Thursday, April 9, 2015, fans can see Nørgaard’s performance during Fator’s show. Show time is 7:30 p.m.

Corner Bar Management Group, the dynamic team behind Commonwealth, Park on Fremont, BLVD. Cocktail Company, Whist Stove and Spirits and Due & Proper, will launch “ALELUMINATI,” the ultimate secret society for craft beer aficionados. “Aleluminati” is set to kick off at Due & Proper from 6 to 8 p.m. and Park on Fremont from 8 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, April 9. Each month, in addition to craft beer samplings, each gathering will feature an educational component teaching members about that evening’s specialty beer and brewery. The “Aleluminati” will hold monthly gatherings alternating at Corner Bar Management Group’s various venues.  Guests who attend “Aleluminati” events during April, May and June will be named the founding fathers and will receive discounted pricing per pint at each gathering or sponsored event. Members will have access to all pop-up events and other pairing promotions that the “Aleluminati” will host.

Comedian, voice actor and Mike & Molly TV star BILLY GARDELL makes his Treasure Island Theatre debut April 10 at 9 p.m.  Tickets start at $54.95, plus taxes and service charges. Guests must be 18 or older to attend.

The City of Henderson dedicates a day next month to celebrate one of the world’s greatest inventions, the bicycle. CRAZY SPOKES is scheduled for 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, April 11 at Mission Hills Park, 551 E. Mission Dr. The activities include a 25-mile organized bike ride, 6-mile family fun ride, and a festival focused on fitness. It is $20 per adult and $10 per child in advance for the 25-mile ride, and $5 per person for the family fun ride.

Participants are encouraged to dress up in costume for both bike rides to create a rolling carnival of fun. Wearing colorful and unique outfits, cyclists of all ages will travel in style as they wind their way through the River Mountains Loop Trail back to the start/finish line at the park. Onsite registration is at 9 a.m., with the 25-mile ride beginning at 10 a.m., and the 6-mile family fun ride starting at 10:30 a.m.  A fair takes place from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at the park. Bicycling enthusiasts and novices to the hobby will enjoy a variety of attractions such as safety and bike demonstrations. The festival also includes a number of fitness booths and children’s activities.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers STEELY DAN add The Pearl at Palm Casino Resort to their run of select concert dates for an exclusive performance on Saturday, April 11. Doors at The Pearl will open at 7 p.m. and show time is 8 p.m. Tickets start at $93.50, plus any additional service fees.

Platinum Entertainment and Fantastic Entertainment is bringing LIVE PROFESSIONAL BOXING back to the legendary theater at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino (3000 Paradise Road) on April 11, 2015 at 7:00 PM. The Bad Intentions fight card will feature a co-main event including five-time World Champion Zab “Super” Judah (42-9) against Ghana’s Yakubu Amidu (21-6), and defending World Boxing Council (WBC) and United States Boxing Council (UNSBC) champion Jesus “Chuy” Gutierrez (14-0) in a title fight against challenger James Lester. The scheduled undercard will also showcase top-notch boxing talent, including WBC Women’s Lightweight Champion Ava Knight and local Las Vegas boxers. Tickets, starting at $35, are on sale now and can be purchased at the Westgate Box Office.

Due to demand, comedian Jeff Dunham will be adding four months of performances to his highly-successful residency “JEFF DUNHAM: Not Playing with a Full Deck” at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Tickets for the new shows scheduled for June 10 – Oct. 4, 2015 will go on-sale Friday, March 27 at 10 a.m.

DUE & PROPER, located at The District at Green Valley Ranch, invites all fans of the hit HBO television series, “GAME OF THRONES,” to celebrate the show’s season five premiere on Sunday, April 12 at 9 p.m. The royal evening of fun will include a themed menu, drink specials, and prime television viewing, fit for a king.

Celebrity sightings:

Thursday afternoon, March 26...

Gospel singer, Marvin Sapp and his brother dined at Carmine’s in the Forum Shops at Caesars.

Monday, March 23...

Rocker Vince Neil, magician Steve Wyrick and former Palms Casino Resort owner George Maloof sighted at the VIP Grand Opening of Celebrity Cars Las Vegas' newest showroom on Dean Martin Drive.

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Vince Neil spotted at Celebrity Cars Las Vegas
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Saturday, March 21...

In the afternoon, reality TV star Kourtney Kardashian hosted a season preview at Marquee Dayclub at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The mother of three brought a group of friends to Vegas for the day enjoy the pool party. After making her way to the DJ booth she set off the first fireworks of the Dayclub season with headliner Cash Cash.

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Kourtney Kardashian with friends
Photo credit: Denise Truscello/Wire Image

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Kourtney Kardashian
Photo credit: Denise Truscello/Wire Image

Sia joined the festivities at Marquee Dayclub in support of Whole World Water. Earlier in the day she was spotted having breakfast at The Cosmopolitan’s Wicked Spoon buffet.

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Swae Lee, one half of hip hop duo Rae Sremmurd soaked in the sun at TAO Beach, as DJ CLA shouted him out to the crowd.

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Rae Stremmurd
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At night, Swae Lee and his brother Slim Jimmy, wowed the crowd with an energetic performance at TAO Nightclub.

Singer, songwriter, and actress Miley Cyrus enjoyed an evening out at Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. The 22-year-old headliner was joined by a number of close companions as she was spotted entering the dining destination just after 10:30 p.m.

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Later on, at around 1 a.m.  Miley Cyrus  went on to host an unforgettable evening inside Las Vegas’ newest nightlife destination OMNIA Nightclub at Caesars Palace.
At LAVO, Sia and friends enjoyed dinner before heading to catch fellow Aussie Olivia Newton-John’s show.

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Miley Cyrus with Questlove
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Also spotted at LAVO was DJ Alesso. After dinner the Grammy-nominated EDM and progressive house superstar played to a packed crowd at Marquee to launch his six date TAO Group engagement, which includes sets at both Marquee Nightclub and Dayclub during 2015.

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DJ Alesso
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Friday night, March 20...

Retired Detroit Pistons basketball player Richard “Rip” Hamilton dined at Carmine’s in the Forum Shops at Caesars with a friend.

Sia was spotted dining with family and friends at TAO Friday night.

Olympic-gold medalist Shaun White helped his sister Kari celebrate her 30th birthday at TAO. After dining they headed up to the nightclub to take in Brody Jenner and William Lifestyle’s One Night Stand residency.  Kari was presented a birthday cake by a cocktail waitress who snowboarded through the crowd.

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Kari White
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NFL Legend Jerry Rice was also in the club and popped into the DJ booth.

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Brody Jenner, William Lifestyle and Jerry Rice.
Photo credit: Powers Imagery


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