By Judy Thorburn
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Owner/Editor in Chief/writer - Las Vegas Round The Clock
Owner/Editor in Chief/writer - The Flick Chicks
Director of Communications - Nevada Film Alliance


Cosmopolitan Magazine Hosts Third Annual Bikini Bash at Planet Hollywood

On Monday, May 24,  Mario Lopez, actor/author and host of Extra, and Lo Bosworth, star of MTV’s The Hills hosted Cosmopolitan Magazine's  third annual and biggest ever Bikini Bash at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino presented by NIVEA.

Yard House Opens 2nd Las Vegas venue at new location inside Red Rock Casino

To celebrate the Grand Opening, Yard House hosted a private party at its second location at Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa on Friday night, June 4.

Sterling Silver Maestro Thomas Sabo Hosts V.I.P. Grand Opening at Grand Canal Shoppes

Friday night, June 5, sterling silver maestro and international jewelry designer Thomas Sabo hosted the V.I.P grand opening of his second location in Las Vegas at the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Las Vegas.

Simon G. Jewelry presents star studded ‘Summer Soiree’ at The Venetian Las Vegas

On June 5, The Venetian pool deck was the setting for  “Summer Soiree” a star studded musical evening presented by Simon G. Jewelry.

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

Belated happy birthday wishes to Las Vegas resident, actor/artist Tony Curtis, who celebrated his 85th on June 3rd.

Martha Banks, soprano and doctoral candidate at UNLV, was named the national winner of the Classical Singer Magazine vocal competition for 2010 Sunday, May 30 in New York City. The competition consisted of more than 1,100 singers from over 60 universities and conservatories. Included were singers from all of the top 10 music schools in the U.S. All voice types competed for a scholarship award and a recording contract session in NY with orchestra.

Martha Banks

Encore Beach Club opened at Wynn Las Vegas over the Memorial Day weekend.  The 60,000-square-foot venue features a lush oasis with three tiered pools, daybeds featuring private safes and 26 cabanas outfitted with refrigerators and flat screen televisions, and will be the premier destination for the trendsetter seeking the quality party atmosphere usually found in European hot spots. Eight two-story bungalows offer views of the Las Vegas Strip with hot tubs, showers, lavish furnishings and a temperature-controlled cooling and heating system set to each guest’s preferences. As day turns into night, the party moves into the chic 5,000 square foot Surrender Nightclub,  for those seeking an upscale evening soirée. Hours of operation for  Encore Beach Club are Seven days a week from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. and on Thursdays from 10 p.m. until closing. Surrender Nightclub is open  Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 10 p.m. – closing.

Both venues will celebrate the Las Vegas local community and hospitality industry with three weekly parties. Industry personnel and local ladies will receive complimentary entrance to all three with a Nevada ID.

Every Wednesday evening, Surrender Nightclub will ask locals to "Surrender Your Wednesdays" with an indoor industry bash. The party kicks off on June 2 at 10 p.m.

Encore Beach Club seamlessly transitions daylife to nightlife by transforming into an exclusively outdoor evening swim party dubbed "EBC at Night." June 3 will be the kick-off for this highly anticipated event, continuing every Thursday through the season.

On May 26,  a VIP party was held at Rick Belcastro’s 15,000-square-foot Badda Bing (located at 3500 West Naples Drive) to celebrate the second anniversary of the luxurious gentlemen's club and the 70th birthday of local columnist and one of Las Vegas' most colorful characters, Monti Rock III. The event marked the debut of the “Chapel of Lust” Wedding Chapel with Reverend Monti Rock performing a wedding. To read more about the evening's proceedings go to Dianne Davis' column in this week's edition of

Now in its 15th year The 2010 Couture Show,  the world's most exclusive annual collection of leading international design icons and emerging stars designers and the best of Couture retailers, convened June 3-7 at the Wynn Las Vegas. Couture is the only destination where more than 85% of the world's most recognized designers and brands exclusively choose to show during Las Vegas Market Week. The best media supported brands, to “price respectful” products, to innovative and trendy designs are among the over 150 companies who exhibited at Couture. Industry luminaries included David Yurman, Judith Ripka, Roberto Coin and Scott Kay, as well as carefully vetted designers featured in fresh new destinations, including the "nextWAVE" area for new talent, as well as a German Pavilion featuring eight of Germany's most important designers.

United Way of Southern Nevada held their annual Tocqueville Society Dinner to honor its distinguished members of the Tocqueville Society on Wed. June 2.   Michael and Jennifer Yackira received special recognition for their outstanding leadership and commitment to the nonprofit organization. Celebrating the inspirational power of philanthropy, Donald D. Snyder was the keynote speaker. Those who attended the event confirmed their minimum commitment of $10,000 to the 2010 Annual Campaign to create lasting change to improve lives.

Dan Goulet, United Way president & CEO; Kate Puterman; Howard Puterman, United Way Tocqueville Society co-chair, VP and Enterprise Holdings general manager; Dee Snyder;  Donald D. Snyder, keynote speaker, chairman of the Board of Directors, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts; Robyn Caspersen, United Way Tocqueville Society co-chair, partner, audit services, Deloitte & Touche LLP;  honorees Michael Yackira, president & CEO, NV Energy and Jennifer Yackira; and Beth Miller, United Way vice president, major gifts.

United Way’s Tocqueville Society is a nationally recognized group of more than 20,000 members that was founded over 25 years ago to deepen the understanding, commitment and support of United Way’s most generous and community-minded investors.  In honor of Alexis de Tocqueville’s admiration for the spirit of voluntary association, the Tocqueville Society promotes commitment to service for the common good.

Singing impressionist/comedian Larry G Jones will open his one-man show at the Harmon Theater at Planet Hollywood June 8. Showtime is 7 p.m.  The show is produced by Raphael Erardy who worked with the late Danny Gans as his collaborator and drummer for more than 20 years. The show will feature the talented Jones performing over 75 rapid-fire vocal impressions of numerous celebrities, politicians and many of Las Vegas' biggest headliners including Cher, Elton John, Neil Diamond, Elvis, The Phantom of the Opera, and The Rat Pack .Tickets are priced at $47.97 and $67.97. Performances are nightly except for Sundays and Thursdays.

Las Vegas International Press Association is honoring singer  Julio Iglesias with the Maximum Hispanic Pride (Máximo Orgullo Hispano) award.  The Clark County Commissioners are also naming June 10 “Julio Iglesias Day.” This day marks the first of his 2010 Las Vegas concert series.

Iglesias will be performing at the Las Vegas Hilton June 10, 11 and 12. The show starts at 8 p.m. each night. Tickets can be purchased starting at $59 plus tax and applicable service charges

Due to popular demand, Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular has extended the military “ticket match” through July 4 to honor our military heroes. For every full-priced ticket purchased by the public, Phantom will donate one ticket to the men and women of Nellis and Creech Air Force Base. The Phantom Military “ticket match” is available for full-priced tickets purchased by the public now through July 4 for performances through September 5, 2010. The code VALOR must be entered at time of purchase to count toward a ticket donation for the troops at Nellis and Creech Air Force Base.

Stratosphere Casino, Hotel &Tower and the cast of BITE® are teaming up with United Blood Services to host a blood drive on Saturday, June 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Theater of the Stars Showroom. Throughout the day, performances from the high-energy rock ‘n roll show BITE featuring sexy dancers and alluring vampires will really get the blood pumping. Donors will have the opportunity to enter special prize giveaways including a free one-night stay at the Stratosphere, a free buffet for two, BITE tickets and SkyJump passes. To book an appointment, donors should visit and input sponsor code: BITE, or call 702-638-7400.

In celebration of Father's Day, BODIES…The Exhibition and Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at Luxor invite kids to bring Dad on the adventures of a lifetime. From June 14 through 20, dads will get in free with the purchase of a child’s admission.

As part of the “Friday Night Live” free concert series Contemporary Christian singer/songwriter Annie Meadows will perform  7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, June 18, 2010 at The Village Lake Las Vegas.  Meadows will perform the first half of the evening solo and then will be joined by a full band.

Misura, a men’s fine apparel boutique specializing in European designs and exceptional tailoring, has opened in Studio Walk at MGM Grand in the former site of Bernini.  Misura offers a remarkable selection of clothing, shoes and accessories from some of the most desired designers in men’s fashion including Hugo Boss, Zegna and Cole Haan. 

Cannery Casino & Hotel hosts the Eighth Annual Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival on Saturday, June 19. Headlining entertainment includes Curtis Salgado, Janiva Magness, Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater and Ironing Board Sam. Along with music there will be delicious BBQ and handcrafted beers served by Las Vegas’ best restaurants and breweries. The fun starts at 5 p.m. at The Club’s indoor/outdoor festival grounds and admission is $5 at the door.

After two months away, Steel Panther returns to Green Valley Ranch’s Ovation beginning Saturday, June 19. Best known for its embodiment of all that is rock ‘n’ roll, the ’80s glam metal parody band rocks the stage with its colorful repartee, loud costumes and graphic body language, in addition to paying homage to great bands like Bon Jovi, Motley Crue and Poison. The show is open to adults 21 years or older and there is no cost for admission.  Entry to the concerts will be first come, first served and based upon venue capacity

Devo will perform live on Saturday, June 19 at 8:00 p.m. at the Crown Theater, Las Vegas’ newest entertainment complex located inside the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino. Tickets are priced at $79 plus any additional charges.

Legendary R&B vocal group the Spinners perform their collection of timeless hits in The Club at Cannery Casino & Hotel on Saturday, June 26 at 8 p.m. Tickets are available in four levels: table of four $59.95, gold $34.95, prime $19.95 and reserved $9.95.

Eastside Cannery Casino & Hotel is offering its guests a special two nights with no cover charge for “Sammy Shore’s Barking Mad Comedy Jam” at Marilyn’s Lounge on June 25 and 26 at 8 p.m.  Dennis Blair and Dean Napolitano, two seasoned veterans, join the legendary comic on stage for two nights of madness and laughter.  Seats are available on a first come first serve basis with doors opening at 7:00 p.m.  Visit for more information.

The Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros show which was scheduled for July 3, 2010 at Crown Theater inside the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino has been relocated to Hard Rock Café Live on the Strip at 3771 Las Vegas Blvd. S.

With the venue change, the show is now 18 years of age and over instead of 21 and over. All tickets will be honored at the new venue and show date and time remain the same: July 3, 2010. Doors at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are still $18 plus additional service fees

Energetic vocal quartet Fifth Avenue (Rob Hyatt, Jerry Jones, Bryce Robinson and Jeff Celentano),  bring their eclectic infusion of music styles including jazz, pop, doo-wop, classic rock and roll and barbershop to the Suncoast Showroom June 26 and 27. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices start at $19.95, plus tax and convenience fees.

Celebrity sightings:

Sunday night  May 30,  Comedienne/actor  Mike Epps was spotted dining at Society Café Encore with three ladies.

Tuesday, June 1...

First Lady Michelle Obama was in Las Vegas to promote healthy lifestyles  among women and children and to support the re-election campaign for Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Jersey Shore stars Pauly D and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino were spotted dining with friends at LAVO on Tuesday night.   They were later seen checking out industry night upstairs in the club.

Thursday June 3...

In the afternoon, Cincinnati Bengal and recent Dancing With the Stars contestant Chad Ochocinco took over several cabanas at TAO Beach while filming his upcoming reality show -- Ochocinco’s Ultimate Catch.

Chad Ochocinco
Photo credit: Al Powers


Thursday night Real Housewives of  New York City star Ramona Singer dined at LAVO with a girlfriend.

Holly Madison and Benji Madden were spotted at Pink Taco at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino with a few friends.

Joel Madden of pop-punk band Good Charlotte enjoyed an evening at GOLD Lounge.

L.A.’s hip-hop group, Far East Movement performed a trio of their club anthems – “Girls on the Dance Floor,” “G6,” and their newest single produced by rapper Little John.

Friday night, June 4...

A group of notable names including Paris and Nicky Hilton and designer Roberto Cavalli gathered for dinner at LAVO in celebration of promoter and nightlife impresario Allison Melnick.

Paris Hilton, Allison Mellnick and Nicky Hilton
Photo credit: Al Powers

Paris Hilton and Nicky Hilton
Photo credit: Al Powers

Paris Hilton and Allison Mellnick
Photo credit: Al Powers

Spotted dining at TAO was Al Horford of the Atlanta Hawks.  The NBA pro celebrated his 24th birthday with friends.

Saturday afternoon, June 5...

Television personality and former Dancing With The Stars contestant  Melissa Rycroft hosted the Us Weekly Hot Bodies party at Encore Beach Club. She arrived at the hot new pool party at 1 pm with her husband Tye Strickland.

Melissa Rycroft and Tye Strickland
Photo credit: Denise Truscello

Melissa Rycroft
Photo credit: Denise Truscello

Saturday night Australian R&B singer Daniel Merriweather surprised a packed crowd at LAVO, singing two of his hits “Red” and “Change”.  Spotted in the club catching the performance was Warren Sapp.

Daniel Merriweather
Photo credit: Al Powers

Daniel Merriweather and band members
Photo credit: Al Powers

Daniel Merriweather performs at Lavo
Photo credit: Al Powers

Following the Simon G Jewelry gala event at the Venetian, Nikki Reed, Robin Thicke, Gilles Marini, Anna Trebunskaya and Jonathan Roberts gathered at Aquaknox for dinner.

Over at TAO, Giuliana and Bill Rancic and Lisa and Brittny Gastineau all dined together.  Dining nearby was 90210 star Jessica Lowndes with a large group. Both groups were spotted upstairs after dinner as TAO Nightclub celebrated the launch of Stephen Webster’s autumn and winter 2010 collections.

Lisa and Brittny Gastineau
Photo credit: Al Powers

Brittny Gastineau
Photo credit: Al Powers

Lucas Haas was seen in the club enjoying a cigar at a dance floor table and late night TV host Craig Ferguson was also spotted checking out the scene after visiting TAO Beach earlier in the day.

Brazilian soccer players Ronaldo “Ronaldinho” de Assis Moreira and Nelson de Jesus Silvak also known as “Dida” dined at FIX

Rounding up the professional athletes in town from Europe on Saturday, former German tennis player, Boris Becker, also dined at FIX.

American professional golfer Rocco Mediate dined at YELLOWTAIL

Rene Angelil, talent manager and husband to legendary singer Celine Dion, dined at YELLOWTAIL.

Sunday, June 6...

Macy Gray, n town celebrating the June 22nd  release of her highly anticipated album, The Sellout, stopped by LAVO to surprise guests with a few tracks.

Macy Gray
Photo credit: Al Powers


Macy Gray
Photo credit: Al Powers


Earlier in the night, the diehard Laker fan was spotted with in a hoodie catching the playoff game against the Celtics in LAVO’s lounge.

Brittny Gastineau and her mother Lisa, hosted the night in celebration of their new jewelry line Tres Glam. 
Brazilian soccer-players Ronaldo "Ronaldinho" de Assis Moreira and Nelson de Jesus Silva entertained at The BANK with a group of seven of their friends.

Simon Rex, also known as “Dirt Nasty,” performed a remake of House of Pain’s “Jump Around” and the hilarious song “1980.