By Judy Thorburn
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Suzie and Howard Lederer host Eighth Annual World Series of Barbeque at Golden Nugget

On July 2,  Suzie and Howard Lederer hosted their annual World Series of Barbeque at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in conjunction with their Second Annual Celebrity Charity Poker Tournament benefiting the Boys and Girls Club.

Fourth Annual Ante up for Africa Raise More Than $275,000 at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino

The fourth annual Ante up for Africa charity poker tournament took place July 3 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino as part of the 41st Annual World Series of Poker® .

Firefighters Raise $50,000 at the 11th Annual Fire & Rain Firefighter Bachelor Auction

Eighteen of Southern Nevada’s bravest firefighters participated in the 11th Annual Fire & Rain Firefighter Bachelor Auction on Saturday, June 19 at RAIN Nightclub inside the Palms Casino Resort.

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

Emmy award winning actor/comedian Brad Garrett performed last week at his new self titled  Brad Garrett's Comedy Club that recently opened at the Tropicana Las Vegas. The very tall (6 foot 8 inch) comedian took to the stage as the club's first headliner and it was a great way to debut his new club.  Brad is a very funny guy and he kept the audience in stitches with his harmless insult type humor and clever observations on life, including his take on gambling in Las Vegas. For those who are familiar with Garrett as Robert, the character he played on Everybody Loves Raymond, it was a surprise to see his on stage persona is far removed from that TV role, though both showcase his sharp comedic talent.    If you failed to catch Brad during his run at the club, June 28 through Sunday, July 4, he will be back.

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 he signed   with the Tropicana, Garrett’s comedy club will be the only location in Las Vegas where guests may see Garrett perform. Other comedians scheduled to headline at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club in 2010 are Kevin Nealon, Dom Irrera, Bob Zany, Rondell Sheridan, Rocky LaPorte and some surprise celebrity guests.



Brad Garrett as Herman Munster

Brad Garrett as Sammy Davis Jr.

Brad Garrett as Rodney Dangerfield

Featuring comedy seven nights a week, 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

You can read more about Brad Garrett's performance in this week's edition of Dianne Davis's column.

Fremont Street Experience continues its “Summer of the ‘70s”  concert series with Platinum Rockstars, the ultimate classic rock tribute band.  The band will perform an array of hits from Led Zeppelin, Boston, Journey, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi and Van Halen during 3 sets a night Tuesday, July 6 through Saturday, July 10 from 9 p.m. – midnight, all for free.

In celebration of the ‘80s music scene, beginning July 9, The Whip Its will perform every Friday and Loveshack will perform every Saturday from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Suncoast Lounge. Starting August 4 and throughout the remainder of the summer, both groups move poolside from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., The Whip Its on Friday and Loveshack on Saturday.  Admission is free and guests must be 21 or older to attend.

The newly announced upcoming special guests for Matt Donnelly’s  improvisational comedy show Executive Monkeys that will run through the month of July, inside The Lounge at the Palms are:

July 7 – Paul Provenza

July 14 – Randy Couture

July 21 – Hot Babes of Reality TV featuring Tiffany Michelle (Amazing Race) and Trishelle Cannatella (Real World Las Vegas)

Showtimes are 9 p.m each Wednesday. Tickets are priced at $25.

On July 9th, the Mandalay Bay Events Center will host Lilith Fair, a concert tour and traveling music festival, founded by Canadian musician Sarah McLachlan, Nettwerk Music Group's Dan Fraser and Terry McBride, and New York talent agent Marty Diamond, featuring female recording artists. This year's lineup includes Elizaveta, The Bangles, Miranda Lambert, and of course, Sarah McLachlan and others.  Tickets are $65.45

Comedienne Joan Rivers' engagement dates in The Venetian Showroom have been changed from July 8-10 and 15-17 to September 23 – 25 and September 30 – October 2.

The National Community Band, a project of the John Philip Sousa Foundation, presents a free concert at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 11 in the Artemus Ham Concert Hall on the UNLV campus.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) hosts its inaugural Rockin’ Vegas for the Cure concert at B.B. King’s Blues Club on Thursday, July 15, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The night will be filled with great music, food and fundraising, featuring nine bands from around the Las Vegas Valley including ‘Nuff Said, Fifth Avenue, Tim Scott/Brad Cordle Band, Yellow Brick Road, Dangerous Curves, Jim Buck, Desert Outlaws, Paul Shortino and B.B. King’s own PJ Barth Band. Additional entertainment will be provided by Comedian Frank Zhaborsky, balloon figures and face-painting by Steve-N-Kids and magic by Houdini’s Magic Shop. VIP tickets are available and include a VIP area, specialty cocktail and passed hors d’oeuvres from 7 to 10 p.m. VIP tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. General admission tickets will also be available at the door for $5. This is an all ages event.

LeeAnn Rimes will perform in concert at the Crown Theater, Las Vegas’ newest entertainment venue located inside the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino Friday, July 16, 2010, at 8:00 p.m. Ticket Prices: $69, additional ticket charges may apply.

Iconic recording artists Carole King and James Taylor bring their highly anticipated “Troubadour Reunion” tour to the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday, July 17.  This once-in-a-lifetime, intimate, in-the-round performance will bring two of the most beloved singer/songwriters together on tour for the first time in four decades.  The concert is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are priced at $125, $85 and $55, not including applicable service charges and taxes,

Tribute artist Tom Stevens’ will perform his one-man “The Ultimate Tribute Show” in the Embassy Theatre at the Las Vegas Rocks Café in downtown Las Vegas on Sunday, July 18 at 4 p.m.  Tickets are $19.95 plus tax for the show only and $39.95 plus tax for dinner and show.

Music icons Lesley Gore, Shirley Alston Reeves (the original lead singer of The Shirelles) and “Little” Peggy March come together as the Legendary Ladies of Rock & Roll to will perform an evening of their chart-topping songs on The Orleans Showroom stage July 24 and 25.  Showtime is 8 p.m.Tickets are available starting from $29.95, plus tax and convenience fees.

Country superstar Toby Keith performs at The Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Casino Resort on Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $89, $129 & $154, plus additional service fees

The  Liberace Foundation and Museum is seeking enthusiastic, outgoing volunteers to greet guests, serve as a Museum guides, assist in the Gift Store and Cabaret Showroom and more.  Volunteers will have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to help preserve the dedication to the legendary Liberace in a space filled with his rare antiques and treasures. In addition, volunteers receive a complimentary lunch for each day of service and are afforded the opportunity to see shows in the Cabaret Showroom. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age. No experience is necessary. To learn more contact Shirley Swift at 702.798.5595 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Celebrity sightings:

Wednesday evening, June 29 Heisman trophy winner Sam Bradford, the number one overall pick of the 2010 NFL draft and newest Quarterback for the St.Louis Rams spotted partying at Surrender Nightclub.

Thursday night, June 30 Vince Neil rocked the Palms Pool & Bungalows with a poolside concert.

Friday, July 2...

A.J. McLean of the Backstreet Boys was spotted shopping with his girlfriend at Betsey Johnson in Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Former UFC Heavyweight champion Frank Mir attended Blue Man Group at the Venetian.

Vienna Girardi of The Bachelor was spotted dining and dancing at TAO. 

Also seen at TAO was Glee star Mark Salling and friends.

E!’s Ben Lyons was spotted with a large group having dinner at TAO and then later in the club.

Spotted in the nightclub at TAO was Adrian Wilson, safety for the Arizona Cardinals.

Over at LAVO, number 1 NFL draft pick Sam Bradford was spotted in the club.  At another was table UFC head honcho Dana White and friends.

At Studio 54 UFC fighters celebrated the UFC 116 battle scheduled for Saturday night at MGM Grand. Silver Star Casting Company hosted the official pre-fight party.  The guest list included fighters Melvin Guillard, Diego Sanchez, Frank Trigg and more.

Fighters in attendance included Melvin Guillard, Diego Sanchez, Frank Trigg, Jamie Yager, Clay Guida and Travis Browne.

Joining the band of fighters were comedians Joe Rogan and Doug Benson.

Bruce Buffer had twice the reason to celebrate following the opening of his poker room at Luxor. Silver Star owners Luke Burrett and Charis Boyle of Playboy fame played host to the star-studded event.

ESPN's Dick Vitale spotted at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for the Kenny Chesney concert. 

NFL Hall of Famer Troy Aikman also was at the  Kenny Chesney concert.  .

Musical Director Steve Aoki returned to spin at his weekly party, Aoki’s House at Surrender Nightclub. Enjoying the set was mixed martial artist and current UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre and poker player Antonio Esfandiari. Also at Surrender was 2007 Playmate of the Year Sara Underwood with three girlfriends.   

Steve Aoki
Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

Antonio Esfandiari
Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

Georges St. Pierre
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Sara Underwood
Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

Reality TV personality and Girls Next Door alum Kendra Wilkinson looked spectacular as she arrived at Moorea Beach Club at Mandalay Bay to kick off the Independence Day weekend. First stop was the red carpet where . Kendra grabbed her co-stars Eddie Bochniak (Kendra’s assistant) and Jessica Hall (friend) to join her.

Kendra Wilkinson
Photo credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Kendra Wilkinson
Photo credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Kendra Wilkinson
Photo credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

TAPOUT hosted a bikini model search at TAO Beach with guest judges Skyskrape, Punkass and MMA fighter Pat Barry.  Also spotted checking out the scene were MMA fighters Cort McGee and Anthony Johnson, Chris “Birdman” Andersen from the Denver Nuggets and Jukka from The Dudesons.  Swimsuit stunner Erene Kleoni won the contest, taking home $500 in TAPOUT gear and earning a featured spot on the TAPOUT website.

Jukka of the Dudesons and Erene Kleoni (right)
Photo Credit: Hew Burney

Cort McGee, Chris Anderson, Punkass, Erene Kleoni and Anthony Johnson
Photo Credit: Hew Burney

Punkass and Erene Kleoni
Photo Credit: Hew Burney

Tapout Crew, Jukka from Dudesons
Photo Credit: Hew Burney

Saturday afternoon, July 3, Reality TV star Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino of MTV's hit series "Jersey Shore" celebrated his  birthday at Sugar Factory at Miracle Mile Shops inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Family and friends surprised "The Situation" with a giant, two-foot tall, 75 pound birthday cupcake featuring an ab-baring photo of himself, and the entire group indulged in Sugar Factory's signature Couture Pops. The "Jersey Shore" stud quickly headed over to Sugar Factory's spacious gelato and milkshake bar and began serving up scoops of scrumptious gelato to his many eagerly awaiting fans.

The Situation
Photo credit: Erik Kabik for RETNA

The Situation serves Gelato
Photo credit: Erik Kabik for RETNA

LMFAO brought their high energy DJ stylings to TAO Beach hyping up a crowd that included Vienna Girardi from The Bachelor and golfer Anthony Kim.

Girardi was spotted dining at LAVO on Saturday night before hitting the nightclub, as were Glee’s Mark Salling  Comedian Wayne Brady was spotted at a VIP table in the nightclub as well.

Sports Illustrated and Victoria’s Secret model Marisa Miller dined with friends.

Checking out international superstar DJ Paul Van Dyk at TAO were Entourage's Rex Lee and "Drama" from MTV's Fantasy Factory, while LMFAO took over a dance floor table for the night.

Roger Clemens and Chuck Liddell spotted at Kenny Chesney’s concert.

Poker stars came out for legendary poker player Doyle Brunson’s World Series of Poker kick off party at Blush Boutique Nightclub. The legend was joined by the newest poker star, 21 year old Daniel Kelly, who won a bracelet and more than $1.3 million earlier in the day.

Also enjoying the festivities were former Miss USA and reality television star Shanna Moakler, who was joined by another former reality television vixen Real World Las Vegas star Trishelle Cannatella.

Shanna Moakler
Photo by Bryan Steffy

Other poker stars enjoying the evening were: Phil Hellmuth, Todd Brunson, Mike Sexton, Hoyt Corkins, Liv Boeree, Jeff Madsen, Bryan Devonshire, and Shaun Deeb.

Ultimate Fighter Season 1 star and top welterweight contender, Josh Koscheck, hosted a live UFC 116 viewing party inside Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo Las Vegas.  Heartthrob and Glee star, Mark Salling, also stopped by Lagasse’s Stadium to take in the action.

Mark Salling with friend

Legendary mixed-martial artist Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva celebrated his birthday at Studio 54 at MGM Grand . Naughty by Nature performed after the birthday celebration to the electrified crowd at Las Vegas’ most iconic nightclub.

Wanderlei Silva hit the red carpet in style, arriving with an entourage that included fellow UFC fighter Dan Hardy, UFC cutman Jacob “Stitch” Duran and Xyience spokesmodels Amber Nichole and Amanda Corey. Supporting him this evening was his wife Tea Silva.

Wanderlei Silva
Photo Credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Wanderlei Silva celebrates his birthday with the 54 Girls
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Sporting his trademark mohawk, Dan Hardy was  accompanied by Elizabeth Holloway. The family affair continued when Jacob “Stitch” Duran walked the carpet flanked by his two daughters Angela Hunter and Carla Duran.

The last group to hit the carpet was legendary hip-hop trio Naughty by Nature: Vin Rock, Treach and DJ Kay Gee.

Treach, Vin Rock, DJ Kay Gee
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Naughty by Nature performs
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Dan Hardy, Amanda Corey, Wanderlei Silva, Amber Nichole, Jacob “Stitch” Duran
Photo Credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Sunday July 4…

UFC star Chuck Liddell was seen enjoying a late night (early morning) snack at Society Cafe with his girlfriend.  

Vienna Girardi from The Bachelor was spotted at TAO Beach as was Glee's Mark Salling.  .

Later that night Girardi, Salling and friends dined at Dos Caminos inside The Palazzo.

Tennis star Andy Roddick and his wife 2010 Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover girl Brooklyn Decker spent the 4th of July at the Palms Casino Resort. They dined at Simon at Palms Place for brunch on Sunday and N9NE Steakhouse for dinner.

Photo credit: Shane O’Neal

Holly Madison spent her 4th of July basking in the Vegas sun with “Holly’s World” castmates Josh Strickland and Angel Porrino at WET REPUBLIC, hosted by Ciroc.

Holly Madison
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Holly Madison
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Josh Strickland, Holly Madison and Angel Porrino
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Josh Strickland and Holly Madison
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While spending Fourth of July weekend in Las Vegas participating in the Ante up for Africa charity poker tournament, stars such as Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Brad Garrett, Evander Holyfield, Shannon Elizabeth, Montel Williams, David Allen Grier and many more gathered in McFadden's celebrity green room at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino to relax, chat and enjoy the pub's tasty fare and drinks. 

Matt Damon grabs a bite to eat in McFadden's celebrity green room at the Ante up for Africa charity poker tournament in Las Vegas
Photo credit: Jacob Andrzejczak WIREImage

Brad Garrett interviews a laughing Montel Williams in McFadden's celebrity green room
Photo credit: Jacob Andrzejczak WIREImage

Shannon Elizabeth walks McFadden's red carpet at the Ante up for Africa charity poker tournament in Las Vegas
Photo credit: Jacob Andrzejczak WIREImage

Brad Garrett playfully poses on McFadden's red carpet at Ante up for Africa
Photo credit: Jacob Andrzejczak WIREImage

Don Cheadle walks McFadden's red carpet at Ante up for Africa
Photo credit: Jacob Andrzejczak WIREImage

Boxing champ Evander Holyfield walks McFadden's red carpet at Ante up for Africa
Photo credit: Jacob Andrzejczak WIREImage

Tuesday evening, July 6 singer Derrick David and his wife Rita Bliss stopped in to see Grandma Lee at the Bonkerz Comedy Club.  Grandma Lee welcomed special guest performer Kevin Skinner, winner of 2009 Americas Got Talent competition.

Kevin Skinner and Grandma Lee
Photo credit: Dianne R. Davis

Derrik David and wife Rita Bliss
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