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

Lolita's Cantina Opens in Town Square

The latest restaurant and nightclub concept by The Medusa Group recently opened at Town Square, located on South Las Vegas Blvd.

Sammy Hagar Surprises Fans with Concert at Cabo Wabo Cantina

Prior to his concert with Aerosmith at MGM Garden Arena, Sammy Hagar and his band The Wabos surprised fans at his official pre-concert party at Cabo Wabo Cantina when he and his band jumped on stage for a 12-song set Saturday night, July 31.

Aerosmith's Steven Tyler hosts After Concert Party at Studio 54

Following Aerosmith’s concert at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Friday night, July 31, the band's frontman, Steven Tyler held an after-party at MGM Grand's Studio 54 amid rumors he'll be a judge on the next season of the TV's popular reality show, American Idol.

Terry Fator and MGM Resorts International Honor the Public Education Foundation

Sunday night, August 1, ventriloquist/singer/impressionist Terry Fator and MGM Resorts International honored The Public Education Foundation (PEF) with a special performance of Terry Fator: Ventriloquism in Concert inside The Terry Fator Theatre at The Mirage.

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

On July 23rd Patricia Richards, head mixologist at Wynn and Encore Las Vegas, came in first place at the National USBG Milagro Competition at Tales of the Cocktail, the annual five-day cocktail festival in New Orleans, Louisiana. Richards competed against 14 top bartenders from across the country in the final round of the competition and took first place for her original margarita, Fiesta Fatale. The drink blends Milagro Añejo, Creole Shrubb Liqueur, basil, passion fruit and citrus topped with foamy passion fruit, sriracha and basil espuma.

Comedy-Magician Mac King performed a special benefit show on Saturday, July 24 for the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada, which raised $2,600. Over 200 people attended the event at The Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Educational Campus. The money raised will help provide girls with summer adventures at Camp Foxtail.

Cynthia Cameron (VP of Human Resources for Hooters Casino Hotel) and Ann Simmons of Simmons Group have been named Symetra Community Champions for their volunteer work with the I Have a Dream Foundation (IHAD) of Las Vegas. The Symetra Community Champion Award recognizes and celebrates people across the country who are working to make a positive difference in their communities.

ALEX, the namesake restaurant of chef Alessandro Stratta at Wynn Las Vegas, has received the coveted 2010 Grand Award from Wine Spectator magazine. ALEX joins an elite group of 75 dining establishments around the world to receive the Grand Award, the magazine’s highest honor.

ROCK TOWN at Sam's Town Live is featuring live rock bands every Friday night from 9 pm. to 1 a.m. Admission is FREE. In August, The Orleans Hotel and Casino is launching a new weekly line up of entertainment at Brendan’s Irish Pub. Entry is free. Guests must be 21 or older. The new entertainment schedule is as follows: - Tuesday – 8 to 11 p.m. – beginning August 10 Karaoke hosted by Eric Kohn - Wednesday – 8 to 11 p.m. – beginning August 4 Dueling Guitars with Bert Lynch and Keith Phelps - Thursday – 7 to 11 p.m. – beginning August 5 The Fab Beatles Party starring The Fab. – Prizes, trivia and Fab Beatle-oke - Friday and Saturday – 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. – beginning August 6 Live Celtic Music with popular Las Vegas bands including The Wild Celts, Finnegan’s Wake and Killian’s Angels

The first 3,000 ticket holders through the gates for the Las Vegas 51s against the Memphis Redbirds ballgame at Cashman Field on Friday, August 6 at 7:05 p.m will receive a free logo cap from Cannery Casino & Hotel, Eastside Cannery Casino & Hotel or Rampart Casino. The caps will be distributed by the famed Cannery Girls.

In support of their current album (and novel), Year of the Black Rainbow, New York’s indie-prog-metal-storytellers Coheed and Cambria and rock masters Porcupine Tree, along with The Dear Hunter, will perform at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Friday, August 13. Tickets, start at $25 (plus applicable service fees).

The Bud Light 21 Tour in celebration of pro surfer Kekoa “Koa-Boi” Cazimero, rides the big wave into Las Vegas’ Planet Hollywood The Theatre for The Performing Arts on Friday, August 13.7:30 p.m. The show, in support of Cazimero going out on tour, will feature artists Oscar winners Three 6 Mafia, Boyz N Da Hood’s Gorilla Zoe, Ya Boy and local group Splitbreed. Tickets are $40 and $65 with Gold Circle seating at $150 plus any additional service fees.

For the second year, Orleans Arena will host 102.7 Coyote CountryFest on Saturday, August 14 at 6 p.m. Performers include country music recording artists Blake Shelton, Uncle Kracker, Jaron and the Long Road to Love, The Band Perry, Matt Kennon and Jerrod Niemann. General Admission Seating – $15, Reserved Seating – $40

Primm Valley Casino Resorts celebrates the official day of roller coasters with complimentary rides for Nevada residents on The Desperado Monday, Aug. 16. Guests must present a valid Nevada ID to enjoy the complimentary attractions in Primm.  Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Age and height restrictions apply among others. Seatbelts have a maximum length of 44 inches. Rides are weather permitting. For hours of operation, call 702.679.RIDE (7433).

Music legends BOB DYLAN and his band with JOHN MELLENCAMP will play The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Wednesday, August 18 at 7pm. Ticket prices are $150, $120, $85 and $59.50 (plus applicable taxes and fees).

In an effort to continue to educate the public on the importance of space, science and technology in our community, the Henderson Space & Science Center kicks off its new speaker series in August 18 with Dr. Henry Sun, Desert Research Institute professor serving as the first guest speaker. He will address the topic - The Search for Life on Mars. The 45-minute lecture will include Dr. Sun’s research in the dry valleys of the South Pole and Death Valley, using micro-organisms found inside rocks from these model regions. His findings will serve as evidence that life exists on planet Mars .Jim Frey, UNLV Professor Emeritus - Sociology and current Henderson Space & Science board member, will host the evening. A questions & answers session will follow Dr. Sun’s presentation which takes place from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Admission to the speaker series is complimentary and open to the public. The Henderson Space & Science Center opened the Ends of the Earth: From Polar Bears to Penguins exhibit inside Galleria at Sunset earlier this year. Visitors are able to travel from one end of our globe to the other to explore the fascinating (and cold!) worlds of the Arctic and Antarctic, through interactive and artifact-based exhibits. The exhibit runs through September 12.

In support of his star-studded forthcoming album Hang Cool Teddy Bear, Meat Loaf will perform at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Friday, August 20. Joining Meat Loaf for will be his daughter Pearl as the support act. Tickets, start at $39.50 (plus applicable service fees).

Comedians Dom Irrera and Mike Saccone are scheduled to appear at Brad Garret's Comedy Club at the Tropicana Aug. 26 – 28. Admission starts at $39. Guests must be 18 years of age and older.

UNLV Department of Art assistant professor Stephen Hendee, who is a Las Vegas Based sculptor that exhibits at a national level in museums and galleries, presents “Ice Next Time,” an exhibition of fictional post-apocalypse textiles, clothing, and artifacts, Aug. 27 – Oct. 23 in the UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum, located on UNLV's campus (between Lied Library and Wright Hall). A reception, gallery talk, and participatory event opens the exhibition from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Aug. 27.

The annual Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon will be held Sunday September 5 beginning at 6 p.m. and will run through 6PM on Monday, September 6th at the South Point Hotel & Casino, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Admission Is Free. Seating is on a first come basis.

O.N.E. Oasis Bar, which combines casual sophistication with a friendly island vibe,has opened at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The menu, featuring citrus-focused libations, created with Signature O.N.E. Coconut Water harvested from young, green coconuts, includes Caribbean Lemonade, Antioxidant Lemonade and Lime in a Coconut, as well as the non-alcoholic Zero Proof O.N.E.

Celebrity sightings:

Monday night, July 26

Supermodel Marisa Miller was spotted dining at TAO with friends. Tuesday night Miller was seen dining at Dos Caminos inside The Palazzo. Holly’s World co-star Angel Porrino was named as one of Sin City’s up-and-comers by Blush Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas. The 21-year-old was joined by her co-star Laura Croft to celebrate the “Next Big Thing” honor.

Angel Porrino
Photos by Bryan Steffy

Laura Croft
Photos by Bryan Steffy

Wednesday night, July 28

Former NFL star and current UFL quarterback Daunte Culpepper enjoyed a night out at Eva Longoria Parker’s Beso steakhouse and Eve nightclub, along with fellow UFL players Ahman Green and Dominic Rhodes. Chris Young celebrated his 21st birthday at TAO Worship Thursday joined by friends including Shwayze, Cisco Adler, DJ Jason Smith, DJ Skinnie and Simon Rex aka Dirt Nasty. The group started with dinner at the Asian bistro, before heading up to a dance floor table in the nightclub. Once upstairs the guys went on stage to present a cake to their friend. Chris Young surprised the packed club with an impromptu performance of Get Romantic while Cisco and Shwayze joined in with their song Buzzin, then hyped up club goers with their crazy antics.

Chris Young with cake
Photo credit: Al Powers

Chris Young and Cisco Alder
Photo credit: Al Powers

Chris Young and Cisco Alder
Photo credit: Al Powers


Jason Smith, Cisco Adler, Chris Young, and Simon Rex aka Dirt Nasty at TAO
Photo credit: Al Powers

Jason Smith, Cisco Adler, Shwayze, Chris Young, and DJ Skinnie
Photo credit: Al Powers

Photo credit: Al Powers

Simon Rex aka Dirt Nasty
Photo credit: Al Powers

On Friday, July 30

Young continued his 21st birthday celebration at TAO Beach with Simon Rex, aka Dirt Nasty, DJ Jason Smith and DJ Skinnie. Photo Credit: Al Powers

Bachelorette host Chris Harrison started his Las Vegas birthday celebration with a rose party at Blush Boutique Nightclub. The star of the hit ABC reality show, who turned 39 this past Monday, arrived at the Wynn Las Vegas hotspot with a group of twelve friends at about 11:30 p.m. following dinner at SW Steakhouse.

Chris Harrison with wife Gwen
Photos by Al Powers

Saturday, July 31

Reality star, author and clothing designer Lauren Conrad hosted at TAO Beach as Hpnotiq took over the pool with a candy themed party to symbolize Conrad’s book titled LA Candy. Also spotted taking in the scene at TAO Beach was actor Ryan Phillipe, who was toasting his girlfriend Alexis Knapp as she celebrated her birthday.

Lauren Conrad
Photo credit: Al Powers

Lauren Conrad at Tao Beach
Photo credit: Al Powers

Lauren Conrad and friends toast
Photo credit: Al Powers

Saturday night, former undisputed World heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis hosted a post fight party at LAVO. Earlier in the night Amy Davidson from ABC’s 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter treated her mother to a birthday dinner at LAVO.

Over at TAO, former ‘N Sync pop star and Dancing with the Stars contestant, Lance Bass dined with friends, including Queer Eye’s Kyan Douglas, before heading up to the nightclub.

Actor Ryan Phillipe was spotted with girlfriend Alexis Knapp, who was celebrating her birthday with the actor and her girlfriends.

Ryan Phillipe
Photo Credit: Tony Tran/Powers Imagery

Chris Harrison continued his Sin City birthday celebration on Saturday beginning with an afternoon in a second story cabana at the Encore Beach Club, followed by dinner with his wife Gwen and six friends at Society Café Encore. The group then headed over to Surrender Nightclub, where they were seated at an outdoor VIP table. Just before Midnight, the star of the reality television dating series was presented with a Garden of Eden themed birthday cake.

Chris Harrison with wife Gwen
Photos by Al Powers/Retna

Chris Harrison with wife Gwen and cake
Photos by Al Powers/Retna

Sunday night, August 1

Actor Ryan Phillipe wrapped up a Vegas weekend celebrating the birthday of his girlfriend Alexis Knapp at LAVO.

Tuesday night, August 3

Philadelphia 76er Elton Brand was spotted at LAVO with a group of friends.