By Judy Thorburn
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Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo welcomes NBA Defensive Great Gary Payton

NBA great Gary Payton hosted the 2010 pro basketball tournament inside Lagasse’s Stadium at the Palazzo on the evening of Saturday, April 17.

Peepshow celebrates first anniversary at Planet Hollywood

Blonde bombshell Holly Madison and the sexy cast of PEEPSHOW celebrated the show’s first anniversary at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Sunday, April 18, with a stunning signature PEEPSHOW cake and a celebratory champagne toast.

Jersey Boys Celebrates 2nd anniversary at the Palazzo

The Las Vegas production of the 2006 Tony Award award winning, international acclaimed, hit musical, Jersey Boys, celebrated its second anniversary at the Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino on Saturday evening, April 24.

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

The NAB Show (National Association of Broadcasters) the world's largest electronic media show covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums convened April 1-15, 2010 at the Las Vegas Convention Center and Las Vegas Hilton (exhibit hall opened April 12).

Cirque due Soleil has confirmed that it is putting together a Michael Jackson-themed show that begins touring late next year. The show will then open at an unspecified MGM Mirage property in late 2012. Plans include opening a restaurant and/or nightclub.

Aston Hotels & Resorts is the new owners of the MonteLago Village Resort at Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, Nevada. The resort is the hotelier’s first property in Nevada, adding to its collection of more than 27 hotels and condominium resorts located in Hawaii, South Lake Tahoe, California and Sun Valley, Idaho.

On Monday, April 19, multi-talented singer, dancer and choreographer Derrick Williams joined the cast in the role of “Mufasa” for the Las Vegas company of Disney’s landmark musical THE LION KING at Mandalay Bay.

Mercy Hollinger, team member at Stratosphere Casino, Hotel and Tower was named a “Hospitality Hero” by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) for her years of dedication to providing excellent customer service. Hollinger was honored with the award on April 22, exactly 14 years to the day after starting at the property in 1996 as a change attendant before her promotion to her current position of floor person.

Mercy Hollinger

The 62nd Anniversary of Yom Ha’atzmaut / Israel Independence Day was celebrated - Sunday, April 25 1:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M. at the Venetian Resort. The FREE event was emceed by Jason Feinberg of Fox 5. Festivities included Kosher Food for Sale, Entertainment by Jewish Jammin’, Performances by Jewish Youth Choirs, Israeli Shuk Shopping Experience, Children’s Activities and Jewish Organization Booths.

Chazz Palminteri brings his 18 character, one man play “A Bronx Tale” back to The Venetian showroom April 28 - May 9 and October 7 - 18, 2010. Tickets are priced at $45.75, $75.75 and $105.75 inclusive of tax and handling fees. The show runs approximately 85 minutes and will begin at 8 p.m. Nightly.

Sammy Hagar's Cabo Wabo Cantina at Miracle Mile Shops inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino now offers Live Rock Star Karaoke on Sunday nights beginning at 9 p.m.

The Beach Boys perform at the Aquarius Outdoor Amphitheater at The Aquarius Casino Resort, Laughlin, on Saturday, May 1. Aquarius Casino Resort is offering a special room package including two concert tickets and a two-night stay on Friday and Saturday, April 30 and May 1 for $189.99 plus tax.

Saturday, May 1, Rockhouse Bar & Nightclub will host the “May ‘First’ Weather Fight After-Party.” T Those who present their ticket stub from the evening’s main event will receive complimentary admission to Rockhouse before midnight. And for those that didn’t attend, Rockhouse will still have great deals with two-for-one beers all night long.

Gunfighters from around the country will convene at the Gold Strike Hotel & Gambling Hall in Jean, Nev. to recreate the history of the “Old West” April 30 – May 2. Dressed in authentic period garb, gunfighters, mountain men, cowboys, Civil War soldiers, Indians and miners will compete in skits and with encampments to place in the Gold Strike Grand National Competition of the “Old West.” The public is invited and encouraged to attend this family-friendly competition, which runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday through Sunday, April 30 – May 2. Admission and parking is free all three days

Broadway star and seven-time Tony nominee, Bernadette Peters will perform a classic evening of Broadway and cabaret at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 1 at The UNLV Performing Arts Center as part of the New York Stage & Beyond Series. Tickets are $45, $60, and $90 and can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center Box Office at 895-ARTS (2787) or by visiting

America’s Got Talent” finalist Grandma Lee is headlining at Bonkerz Comedy Club, uncensored and uncut, May 3 through May 29 at 8:30 p.m The show is dark on Sundays. Tickets are $29.95 each. Palace Station hotel guests and locals with a valid Nevada ID receive a $10 discount.

The phenomenally popular off-Broadway production Girl’s Night: The Musical will make its Las Vegas debut at the Hollywood Theatre inside MGM Grand for a limited engagement May 6-12, 2010.

The DC elite team of Motocross athletes will appear in person for an autograph signing at the DC store located in Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Las Vegas on Thursday, May 6 from 5 – 6:30 PM.Guests will be able to meet and get autographs from DC’s top motocross athletes including Jeremy McGrath, Nate Adams, Robbie Maddison, Josh Hill, Davi Millsaps, Adam Jones, Tommy Searle, Nico Izzi, Matt Moss, Max Anstie, Brock Tickle, and Martin Davalos. who are in town for the 2010 Monster Energy AMA Supercross finals. There will be in-store discounts and people can shop the new spring / summer 2010 collections.

As part of the First Friday design series, on Friday, May 7 at 10 a.m., Paige Dixon, who was the floral designer for Wynn for 6 years, will discuss the history of flowers and secrets of floral design at Las Vegas Design Center at World Market Las Vegas, 495 S. Grand Central Parkway.

Due to a recent scheduling conflict, Kevin James will no longer be performing with Ray Romano Friday, May 7 and Saturday, May 8 at the Terry Fator Theatre inside The Mirage. Romano will still perform as scheduled. Tickets prices are $99, $89 and $79 (plus tax and service fees). Tickets for the tour can be refunded at the point of purchase.

Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar is sponsoring “InVision presents… Art n’ Sole,” an artistic silent auction to benefit Goodie Two Shoes Foundation in Las Vegas on May 8 at 6:30 p.m. Art n’ Sole is an event that brings local artists together with Goodie Two Shoes Foundation to raise awareness and funds for disadvantaged children. InVision, a local coaching firm has teamed together with Las Vegas artists who have painted pairs of shoes to be auctioned off for the charity. Bidding will begin at 7 p.m. and will end promptly at 8:30 p.m. Tickets for the benefit are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Ticket includes entry, a beverage and hors d’oeuvres.

Legendary country music singer Merle Haggard performs at The Club inside the Cannery Casino and Hotel on Saturday, May 8 at 8 p.m. Tickets are available in three levels: Gold $54.95, Prime $44.95, or Reserved $29.95

Folk-rock band America performs their greatest hits at Cannery Casino & Hotel in The Club on Saturday, May 15 at 8 p.m. Tickets are available now in four levels: Table for four $79.95, Gold $39.95, Prime $24.95 and Reserved $14.95.

In recognition of the 43rd anniversary of the reunification of the City of Jerusalem there will be a celebration Tuesday, May 11 at 7:00 P.M. At Congregation Ner Tamid. Festivities include song, dance, messages, video and food and a Special Video Message Nir Barkat, Mayor of Jerusalem. For more information please contact Jewish Federation of Las Vegas at 702-732-0556 or - This program is free and open to the entire community.

M Resort Spa Casino hosts Rock ‘N Roll Wine’s annual Reggae Pool Party to the resort’s outdoor pool and entertainment piazza, Villaggio Del Sole, on Saturday, May 15 at 7 p.m. Wine and music lovers have the chance to sip more than 50 wines under the stars – poolside – while enjoying the live reggae sounds of Michael Black and Jah Guide band and Los Angeles sensation Peter Goetz with his festival band. More than 25 wineries will be represented and guests can sample selections including Rodney Strong, Jus Soli, Davis Bynum, George Wines, Wilson Creek, Kim Crawford, and Rock ‘n Roll Wine’s own award-winning wines “Reggae Rhapsody” and “The Grotto”. Tickets are $39.95 in advance and $45 at the door plus Live Entertainment Tax. Ticket price includes all wine sampling and live entertainment as well as a Rock ‘n Roll Wine Bucks voucher for $10 toward the purchase of any of the evening’s featured wine at local retailers

The Orleans Summer Comedy Series starring Tom Papa from NBC’s The Marriage Ref kicks off May 21-22 with special guest Ben Bailey, host of Discovery Channel’s Cash Cab. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets start from $19.95, plus tax and convenience fees

The legendary Steve Miller Band will perform in the spectacular Villaggio del Sole outdoor concert venue at the M Resort Spa Casino on Friday, May 21 at 9 p.m. Ticket prices are $85, $74.50 and $53.50 all inclusive. All seats are reserved seating.

Iconic bands, Styx, Foreigner and special guest Kansas will bring the “United in Rock” tour to the Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, May 22. The concert is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are priced at $85 and $55, not including applicable service charges.

Mandalay Bay’s “Concerts on the Beach” series officially begins in May and is scheduled to run through September on the Mandalay Bay Beach stage. Concert-goers are invited to bring their blankets, sit on the beach or wade in the surf and listen to the music from the cool confines of Mandalay Bay’s 1.6 million gallon wavepool. The 2010 line-up kicks off 9 p.m on May 22 with popular rap group Cypress Hill. Tickets are priced at $35, inclusive of tax and fees. Upcoming concerts feature Ziggy Marley, Rick Springfield, One Republic, Boz Scaggs and the Wailers.

Celebrity Sightings:

Friday, April 16

Actor Eddie Cibrian and girlfriend and singer Leann Rimes dined at N9NE Steakhouse.

Other celebrities spotted at N9NE Steakhouse was: former NFL athlete Warren Moon who stopped in to say hi to Executive Chef Barry S. Dakake and to sign his famous Shakedown Door and actor Victor Rasuk who was seen having a drink at the bar with 9 Group's Bronson Olimpieri

Saturday, April 17

“Peepshow” star Holly Madison and friends had brunch on Saturday at Hash House A Go Go inside the Imperial Palace.

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill dined at Nobu inside the Hard Rock Hotel. Earlier in the day McGraw stopped into Field of Dreams (Forum Shops at Caesars).

Actress and model Shanna Moakler celebrated her birthday with 9 Group at Palms Casino Resort. She began her evening by enjoying dinner at N9NE Steakhouse with five others.

Shanna Moakler
Photo credit: Shane O'Neal

Also at N9NE Steakhouse was: R&B artist and producer Ray J with 17 friends and writer, producer and on-air correspondent Brad Wollack with five others.

Upstairs in Nove Italiano, actor Victor Rasuk dined with 9 Group’s Bronson Olimpieri and Mike Diamond.

Victor Rasuck and friends
Photo credit: Joe Fury

Following Moakler’s dinner, she and nine friends partied at a VIP table inside Moon Nightclub. Around 1 a.m. she was presented with a birthday cake and the exclusive Playboy Club key inside Playboy Club’s Fireplace Lounge.

Shanna Moakler
Photo credit: Joe Fury

Rasuk and three friends also partied inside Moon Nightclub following his dinner at Nove Italiano.

Earlier that afternoon, Moakler enjoyed the warm Vegas weather at a cabana at Palms Pool & Bungalows. Chuy, Chelsea Handler’s assistant on the show, Chelsea Lately was also seen at the pool, partying with five friends.

Upstairs at Moon Nightclub, NBA athlete C.J. Watson partied at a VIP table with seven friends.

ACM nominees Randy Rogers Band headed straight from their show on historic Fremont Street to their pre-awards celebration at LAVO. The awards newcomers arrived ready to go in a party bus with a large group of friends.

Randy Rogers Band
Photo credit: Al Powers

Also at LAVO and in for the ACM awards was Lindsey Vonn. The Olympic gold medal skier and controversial SI cover girl was joined by her husband Thomas for a romantic meal, before heading to the club.

Lindsey and Thomas Vonn
Photo credit: Al Powers


Lindsey Vonn
Photo credit: Al Powers

Over at TAO, True Blood star Ryan Kwanten was spotted dining at the Asian bistro before hitting the nightclub.

Sunday, April 18...

Ryan Kwanten spent the day at TAO Beach, enjoying the grand cabana overlooking the pool with friends before heading to the ACM’s where he was presenting.

LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian were spotted dining at LAVO before heading up to the nightclub. Upstairs the affectionate couple and friends danced to the sounds of DJ Vice. Earlier in the night they were spotted at Dos Caminos.

Leann Rhymes and Eddie Cibrian
Photo credit: Al Powers

Around 1 a.m. Toby Keith was spotted paying blackjack in the high limit room at Valley Ranch

Thursday night, April 22, actor Chazz Palminteri was spotted dining at TAO Asian Bistro.

Enrique Iglesias, on a photo shoot in Vegas for his upcoming album, took a break from the set at the Palms Casino Resort on Thursday night to check out Playboy Club, where Bunny Tiffany presented him with a key to the club.

Enrique Iglesias
Photo credit: Shane O'Neal

Friday night, April 23...

Raiderette Erica Arana celebrated her 33rd birthday at LAVO after spending the day with friends at TAO Beach. Spotted in the group at the dance floor table was Darrius Heyward-Bey, a wide receiver for the Oakland Raiders.

Chazz Palminteri was spotted in the club as well. The actor joined Jason Strauss at the owner’s table.

Saturday, April 24...

Academy Award-nominated actor Chazz Palminteri relaxed in a private cabana at AZURE pool at The Palazzo with a group of friends.

Sylvester Stallone and Paula Abdul spotted dining with a party of 15 at Strip House at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Courtney Love hosted at TAO in celebration of the release of “Nobody’s Daughter,” the new album from Hole. She was presented with a cake and just after 1 am she surprised the crowd by taking the stage for an impromptu performance singing “Pacific Coast Highway” and “Someone Else’s Bed,” accompanied by Mico on guitar, a member of her band.

Courtney Love
Photo credit: Denise Truscello


Courtney Love and Mico
Photo credit: Denise Truscello

Courtney Love
Photo credit: Denise Truscello

Spotted at TAO watching the performance from a VIP table was Chazz Palminteri.

Over at LAVO actress Francia Raisa was spotted in the nightclub taking in the sounds of DJ Reach.

Blush Boutique Nightclub’s crowd went wild at 3 a.m. when legendary hip hop artist Flavor Flav walked into the Wynn Las Vegas hot spot. The former VH-1 reality star made his way around the room posing for pictures with numerous fans while DJ Mighty Mi played a tribute to the artist by playing some Public Enemy songs.

Former “girl next door” Bridget Marquardt and boyfriend, Nick Carpenter, threw a spooky-themed Halfway to Halloween Party inside Eva Longoria Parker’s Eve nightclub in Crystals at CityCenter. . The couple went as a dead bride and groom, donning macabre wedding attire, gruesome face paint and a gory wedding cake to match. Costume-clad celebrities guests included Holly Madison, star of “Holly’s World,” taking it back to her roots in a Hooters uniform and former “Baywatch” beauty and star of FANTASY at Luxor, Angelica Bridges, dressed as friend and fellow redhead-performer Carrot Top.

Holly Madison and Bridget Marquart
Photo credit: David Becker/WireImage

Bridget Marquart
Photo credit: David Becker/WireImage

Nick Carpenter and Bridget Marquart
Photo credit: David Becker/WIRE Image

Angelica Bridges as Carrot Top
Photo credit: David Becker/WIRE Image

Marquardt and Carpenter dined at Longoria Parker’s celebrated steakhouse, Beso, before walking the red carpet in full costume.

The Hollywood couple also discussed plans for a reality television show this summer that would highlight their lives, moving into a new house together, and Marquardt’s aspiring goals to start her own party planning business.

Kim and Khloe Kardashian threw sister Kourtney a 31st birthday party she will never forget this weekend at MGM Grand’s WET REPUBLIC, hosted by Bombay Sapphire. As the gorgeous trio strutted into Vegas’ hottest ultra pool, thousands of fans went wild, singing “Happy Birthday” to 31-year-old Kourtney the second the she appeared. Birthday girl Kourtney flaunted her flawless post-baby body in a sophisticated ensemble. Kourtney’s sizzling mocha dress covered up a zebra-printed bathing suit, which is part of the sisters’ Beach Bunny bikini collection that they’re preparing to launch. Always gracious, Kim, Khloe and Kourtney posed for pictures and mingled with their ecstatic fans.


Kourtney, Kim and Khloe Kardashian
Photo credit: Denise Truscello/ WIRE Image

Khloe took the carpet by storm as she playfully posed for fan pictures. Kim, fresh from her breakup with Reggie Bush, slyly avoided questions about rumored beau Cristiano Ronaldo but did admit that she thought European soccer players are hot.

The sisters, along with entourage Brittny Gastineau, Lauren London and Malika Haqq, basked in the luxurious ultra pool bungalow, while fans chanted their names.. Kourtney’s birthday celebration really lit up the sky with a electrifying sparkler entrance for a very special birthday cake, a larger-than-life three-tier teal and cream birthday cake featuring real bottles of Bombay Sapphire and topped by golden flames.


Khloe, Kim and Kourtney Kardashian
Photo credit: Denise Truscello/ WIRE Image

I'll be back next week with more of what's happening in and around Las Vegas.