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

Music & Arts Society Celebrates its Launch in Downtown

Jesse Saunders, world-renowned DJ/producer, remixer and originator of the musical genre “House Music,” and Evelyn Thompson, artist, interior designer, speaker, visionary and social architect, co-founders of the Music & Arts Society, celebrated the official launch of their nonprofit organization with a VIP party Thursday evening June 10  at The Arts Factory located at the corner of Charleston Blvd. and Main Street in downtown Las Vegas.

Golden Rainbow Holds 24th Annual “Ribbon of Life” Fund raising Show

On Sunday June 13, I attended the 24th annual “Ribbon of Life”   charity fundraiser at the Las Vegas Hilton presented by the Las Vegas based HIV/AIDS charity Golden Rainbow.  Proceeds in the amount of of $175,000 from ticket sales (which ranged from $25 to 200) and a silent auction went to benefit Golden Rainbow whose mission is to provide housing and direct financial assistance to southern Nevadans living with HIV/AIDS and to support prevention education.

Sgt Pepper Live featuring Cheap Trick at Paris Las Vegas

In 1967 the Beatles released what became one of the most beloved rock albums of all time, Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band. Now, 43 years later, legendary rock group, Cheap Trick best known for their hit singles “I Want You to Want Me” and “Surrender”, perform the songs from the classic album live on stage at Paris Las Vegas for a limited engagement beginning June 12.

Tea Professionals Convene at 2010 World Tea Expo

The annual World Tea Expo took place June 11 – 13 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. During the three days over 5,000 industry professionals convened in the city to focus on the latest trends, best new products, services and wares in the $7 billion specialty tea industry.  More than 200 exhibits displayed more than 100 new products at this year's show with many first timers and returning exhibitors launching new tea blends, tea ware, books and flavors to create the most “tasteful” tea  experience possible.

Julien's Annual Summer Auction Features Collections from High Profile Celebrities at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino

On Monday, June 14, I attended a press preview  for Julien’s Annual Summer Auction that will take place at Planet Hollywood, June 24, 25, 26 and 27.The World-class museum quality exhibition featuring the collections and estates from many high profile celebrities covers over 20,000 square feet of iconic items and is open free to the public 10 a.m . to 10 p.m. daily  from June 14th – June 24.

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

Murphy’s Law Bar & Grill, located at 1590 E. Flamingo Rd. now hosts Trivia Night every Sunday evening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Playing guests in groups of two or more can test their knowledge on a wide range of pop culture topics including sports, movies, music and much more. Friends of the tavern’s Facebook page can log on prior to trivia nights to get a sneak peek of a featured question of the evening. The night’s first and second place winners receive food and beverage certificates for Murphy’s Law Bar & Grill. Ermenegildo Zegna, the leading Italian luxury menswear brand with an unparalleled reputation for quality and service opened its largest Las Vegas store inside Crystals at City Center on June 5. At approximately 10,000 square feet, the two-level store showcases its extensive collection of suiting, sportswear, small leather goods and accessories.

On June 7, Celebrity athlete and UFC sports legend Chuck Liddell was immortalized in wax by Madame Tussauds Las Vegas at the UFC’s Fan Expo at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. On July 1, Liddell will make a personal appearance to see his figure for the first time at a VIP party and figure unveiling hosted at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas. The UFC star’s figure is part of a Chuck Liddell Experience at Madame Tussauds that includes a photo opportunity with the figure posed in a UFC “cage.” The 40 year-old athlete is the first mixed martial arts athlete to be inducted into Madame Tussauds, located in front of the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino. To celebrate Liddell’s induction into the famed collection, guests will receive a $5 discount off general admission, now thru July 4 if they mention Chuck Liddell or UFC at Madame Tussauds’ box office.

Wax figure of Boxer Chuck Liddell
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Following his record breaking two and a half year run at Harrah's Reno, master musical impressionist Greg London is bringing his “ICONS” Entertaining the World One Impression at a Time show to the Mardi Gras Showroom at the Riviera with previews beginning on June 16 and a Grand Opening set for mid July. Among the “ICONS” that are part of London’s fascinating repertoire are Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, Billy Joel, Tina Turner , Ray Charles, Sammy Davis, Jr., Rod Stewart, Michael Jackson,Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, Freddie Mercury/Queen, Barry Manilow, Elton John, Joe Cocker, Bruce Springsteen, Jim Morrison of the Doors, Bob Dylan, Garth Brooks,Julio Iglesias, Tom Jones, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ozzy Osbourne, Kermit The Frog, and many many more. Show times will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday–Sunday. Tickets are $39.99, $59.99 and $69.99, call 877-892-7469.

On Thursday, June 17, SKYBAR, at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, unveils an exclusive photo exhibit featuring the works of legendary rock photographer, Neal Preston. The collection provides an extensive overview of Preston’s body of work, shot over four decades. It includes a limited-edition never-before-seen Led Zeppelin enlarged contact sheet which is a collaboration between HRH magazine and Neal Preston. A public reception will be held at SKYBAR from 9 to 11 pm on June 17. Signed and numbered limited-edition exhibition prints will be available for purchase at the Hard Rock Retail Store. Preston’s exhibit, will be on display inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino beginning June 18, following the unveiling event at SKYBAR.

In celebration of “Father’s Day,” Madame Tussauds Las Vegas located in front of The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino, is hosting “dads-go-free” on Sunday, June 20. Among the many dads-turned-stars now on show at Madame Tussauds are Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, and Snoop Dogg. The dads-go-free offer at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas is applicable June 20 only and must be accompanied by a paid Adult admission.

Due to popular demand, Disney’s THE LION KING is extending its spectacular two-for-one offer for Nevadans through June 30, 2010. “THE LION KING Loves the Locals” offer is in celebration of the production’s one-year anniversary at Mandalay Bay.

Performers scheduled to perform Concerts on the Beach at Mandalay Bay in July are:

GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter Rick Springfield will perform June 19 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $30.

OneRepublic, the GRAMMY Award-winning American pop band from Colorado, will deliver its unique sounds to the fans on the Mandalay Bay Beach stage for a holiday weekend performance Saturday, July 3 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $35.

Reggae legends The Wailers will entertain their fans with a concert performance Saturday, July 10 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $25.

The Gipsy Kings brings its flamenco-style music for a Friday, July 16 performance at 9 p.m. Tickets are $52.50.

Popular reggae musician Ziggy Marley performs Saturday, July 17 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $40.

Jamaican ska and reggae singer/musician Jimmy Cliff performs Saturday, July 24 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $32.50.

“Le Rêve,” the evocative aqua spectacle in-the-round, presented exclusively at Wynn Las Vegas, will be dark (no performances) June 16 – July 1.The show will resume its normal schedule on Friday, July 2.

ABBA The Music performs some of the greatest hits from the Swedish pop phenomenon on Sunday, June 27 at 7 p.m. at the Casablanca Event Center in Eastside Cannery Casino & Hotel. Tickets are available in two levels: Prime at $24.95 and Reserved at $17.95. Ticket prices do not include tax and applicable fees. Must be 5 years or older to attend.

“Artist in Africa: Wildlife and Landscapes of Kenya’s Masai Mara,”a presentation by award-winning artist and naturalist Sharon K. Schafer will take place from 7-8:15 p.m. Thursday, June 17, at the Paseo Verde Library – located at 280. S. Green Valley Parkway near the 215 Beltway.

Neil Simon’s comedy classic, “The Odd Couple” will be staged at six benefit performances in the BackStage Theatre at the College of Southern Nevada’s Cheyenne Campus, located at 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave. Shows are June 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 7 p.m., and June 20 and 27 at 2 p.m. Proceeds from the show will go to the Vicente Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship at CSN. Rodriguez, a 20-year old stagehand, tragically fell to his death from a catwalk at the MGM in May 2009. Tickets are $20 and available by calling the CSN Box Office at 651-LIVE (5483). Student, senior and advance ticketing discounts are available.

Emmy award-winning actor/comedian Brad Garrett is opening his new comedy club at the Tropicana Las Vegas on June 28.Garrett will be the first to headline his new comedy club, Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club from Monday, June 28 through Sunday, July 4. The venue will showcase a never-ending line-up of the finest comedians around – from established stand-up stars to the hottest young comics in the business. Following his initial week, Garrett will make additional club appearances – some scheduled and some unexpected – both doing stand-up on the stage and greeting patrons at the door. As part of the two-year exclusive deal with Tropicana, Garrett’s comedy club will be the only location in Las Vegas at which guests may see Garrett perform. Also scheduled to headline at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club in 2010 are Kevin Nealon, Dom Irrera, Bob Zany, Rondell Sheridan, Rocky LaPorte and other surprise celebrity guests. Featuring comedy seven nights a week, the show times will be Sunday through Thursday at 8 p.m., with two shows on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Admission starts at $39. VIP package seats are $59 (plus tax and fees) and include a line pass, and preferred venue seating. Guests must be 18 years of age and older. Tickets go on sale today, June 9.

The multi-talented actor, singer and comedian David Alan Grier will perform his hilarious routine for one night only, Friday, July 2 at 9 p.m. in the Mandalay Bay Theatre. Tickets are priced at $30 and $45. International pop diva Coco Lee is bringing her East to West World Tour to the Encore Theater for concerts on July 3 and July 4 at 8 p.m. The Encore Theater will be her only stop in Las Vegas on her tour.

Tickets are now on sale for $68, $138 and $188, inclusive of tax and service charge. Starship starring Mickey Thomas will perform in concert at Eastside Cannery Casino & Hotel on Saturday, July 10 at 8 p.m. in the Casablanca Event Center.Tickets are available now in two levels: Prime at $24.95 and Reserved at $17.95.

Celebrity sightings:

Tuesday night, June 8 LAVO celebrated “Rewind to the 90’s” with host Biz Markie. Once upstairs he surprised club goers with an impromptu performance of his single “Just a Friend,” which was a Top 10 hit. After his performance he continued his hosting duties in the DJ booth, taking pictures with fans, beat boxing and singing along as DJ FIVE spun for the club.

Biz Markie
Photo credit: Al Powers

Biz Markie
Photo credit: Al Powers

Rohan Marley, son of late reggae artist Bob Marley, accompanied by ten friends, partied at Moon Nightclub inside Palms Casino Resort.

Wednesday night, June 9 Singer Natasha Bedingfield checked out Surrender Nightclub with her husband Matt Robinson and some close friends.

Natasha Bedingfield and Matt Robinson
Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

Natasha Bedingfield
Photo credit: Bryan Steffy


Priscilla Presley mingled with other EPE executives and guests at GOLD Lounge. Thursday night.

June 10, Holly Madison was a Celebrity Bunny Dealer in the Playboy Club inside the Palms Casino Resort. Las Vegas headliners George Wallace and Carrot Top enjoyed the festivities.

Holly Madison with Bunnies
Photo credit: Denise Truscello

Holly Madison
Photo credit: Denise Truscello

Holly Madison with George Wallace and Carrot Top
Photo credit: Denise Truscello


Vince Neil was spotted at TAO’s Worship thursday The rocker was joined by wife Lia and friends to celebrate the birthday of Zowie Bowie’s Marley Taylor. The group was seen dining at TAO before hitting the nightclub.

Friday, June 11... Alexis Bellino of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Orange County hosted a Hawaii Day luau at TAO Beach in celebration of her husband Jim’s 48th birthday.

Alexis Bellino
Photo credit: Al Powers


Friday night the cast of the new MTV show The Hard Times of RJ Berger gathered at LAVO with the show’s writer/director David Katzenberg and writer Seth Grahame-Smith to celebrate their premiere.

Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg
Photo credit: Al Powers
Cast of The Hard Times of RJ Berger
Photo credit: Al Powers

Cast of The Hard Times of RJ Berger
Photo credit: Al Powers

Paul Iocono, who plays RJ Berger, along with Jareb Dauplaise, Kara Taitz, Amber Lancaster and Jayson Blair hammed it up on the red carpet before heading into LAVO’s private dining room for dinner.

Paul Iocono
Photo credit: Al Powers

Amber Lancaster
Photo credit: Al Powers


Shane West celebrated his 32nd birthday with dinner before heading up to the nightclub. 90210 star Ryan Eggold was spotted partying with friends at a nearby table. Alexis Bellino continued the party for her husband Jim’s 48th birthday. The couple and a group of friends dined at LAVO.

Shane West
Photo credit: Al Powers

Ryan Eggold
Photo credit: Al Powers

Alexis and Jim Bellino
Photo credit: Al Powers


Mike Posner, one of the hottest new recording artists in America, wowed Las Vegas with two separate energy-packed performances at Blush Boutique Nightclub and Surrender Nightclub inside Wynn / Encore Las Vegas.

Mike Posner

Mike Posner

Shortly after his performance at Blush, Posner decided to check out Surrender Nightclub.

Mike Posner

Mike Posner


Also at Surrender, Mark Boals, the Academy Award winning screenwriter for The Hurt Locker.

Actor and comedian David Spade enjoyed his favorite Vegas hangout – The Bank. David was with a few close friends including Kevin Farley, brother of the late Chris Farley.

Lead vocalist and co-lead guitarist of rock band Nickelback, Char Kroeger, and his girlfriend and some other friends, soaked up the sun, enjoying the lush and private surroundings at Bare Pool Lounge.

Season three winners of VH1’s Tool Academy, Jacob Neander and his girlfriend Christie, hosted at JET.

Saturday afternoon June 12, Beyonce's younger sister Solange Knowles spun a special DJ set for a packed crowd at TAO Beach. Later in the evening, Knowles dined at TAO Asian Bistro with friends.

Solange Knowles
Photo credit: Al Powers

Solange Knowles
Photo credit: Al Powers


Also enjoying the day at TAO Beach were cast members from The Hard Times of RJ Berger, Amber Lancaster, Jareb Dauplaise, Jayson Blair and Kara Taitz.

Shane West also chose to hit the restaurant after spending the day at TAO Beach.

Alexis and Jim Bellino kept his birthday celebration going as well, hitting the club after dining with friends downstairs.

Alexis and Jim Bellino
Photo credit: Al Powers

TAO regular David Spade returned for a second night in a row.

Amber Lancaster from The Hard Times of RJ Berger was spotted dining at TAO while her cast mate Kara Taitz visited LAVO. Lancaster, along with cast members Jayson Blair and Jareb Dauplaise took over a VIP table in the nightclub at TAO.

At LAVO, actor Josh Henderson arrived with a group of friends around 1 am.

Former MTV VJ La La Vasquez, headed to Surrender Nightclub with a group of girlfriends.

La La Vasquez
Photo credit: Bryan Steffy


Also at Surrender on Saturday, Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher sitting at the owner’s table and happily taking pictures with fans.

The entire cast and crew of Le Reve came to Blush Boutique Nightclub on Saturday night to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the show. More than 70 cast and crew members converged at the Wynn hotspot following their Saturday performance.At 12:45 am the Blush staff presented the group with a multi-level cake representing aspects of the hit show.

Cast of Le Reve



On Sunday afternoon, June 12 magician Siegfried (of Sigfried and Roy fame) was spotted with protégé Darren Romeo in the audience at the Las Vegas Hilton Theatre during Golden Rainbow's Ribbon of Life fundraising production. Also spotted in attendance was singer Josh Strickland.

Sunday night Jareb Dauplaise from MTV’s The Hard Times of RJ Berger dined at LAVO.