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

CSI: The Experience celebrates First Year Anniversary at MGM

CSI: The Experience, the popular interactive attraction based on the hit CBS show, celebrated its first year anniversary at MGM Grand on the Las Vegas Strip on Wednesday, September 22.

Renowned Grammy Award Winner Michito Sanchez Brings 'Salsero' To The Tropicana Las Vegas

The Tropicana brings “salsa” to the strip with the opening of “SALSERO Saturdays” with Michito Sanchez Salsa Orchestra at Tropicana’s Tiffany Theatre.

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

The Spa at Encore hosted a special VIP event sponsored by Elaine Wynn titled “Spender in the Spa” on September 16 to celebrate a new line of skin care products and treatments available for visiting patrons. Special guest was renowned skin care expert Ling Chan, who flew in from New York to unveil her new Ling Signature Facials and her anti aging skin care line aimed at hydrating the skin, reducing wrinkles and slowing down the aging process that is now offered exclusively in Las Vegas at Encore. During the event, guests enjoyed offerings of complimentary champagne and hors d'oeuvres, skin consultations from Ling's estheticians, head, neck or shoulder messages given by one of Encore's skilled therapists, and a guided tour of the luxurious spa facilities.

Ling Chan with Elaine Wynn
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Ling Chan demonstrates her hydrating lotion on Dianne R. Davis
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Some interior photos from our tour of the spa

Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Tiffany & Co. at the Forum Shops inside Caesars Palace celebrated the globe-spanning extravaganza, Fashion’s Night Out, with a special event on Sept. 10. The premier jeweler paid tribute to fashion and style by offering guests a variety of festivities. Those in attendance were able to speak with a stylist to create chic looks with the Tiffany keys, enjoy refreshments and listen to the sounds of DJ Twin.

Guests at 'Fashions Night Out'

Guests enjoy refreshments

Guest tries on earrings

Phenom, a men's and women's apparel and accessory boutique, located in Town Square on the south end of Las Vegas Blvd. held a Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, September 25. The exclusive invite-only event included complimentary food and drinks with music provided by by DJ Chris Roxstar and entertainment by break dancers. The Las Vegas store is the first location to be launched by co-owners Peter and Tracy Horowitz and Barry and Debra Jacobson, who have over 25 years of experience in the retail business. The opening of the boutique also acts as the launching pad for visualist/artist Sean Danconia's “Stark Raving Mod” art work which is featured on a new clothing line showcased and available for purchase at Phenom.

Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Visualist/Artist Sean Danconia autographs a poster
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Gospel sensation Kurt Carr and the Kurt Carr Singers headline the 2nd Annual Power 88 Super Soul Gospel Fest 2010 at the Henderson Pavilion, 200 S. Green Valley Parkway, on Saturday October 2. Vanessa Bell Armstrong, the legendary Keith Pringle and Elder Goldwire McLendon are also set to perform. Gates open at 12 p.m. with entertainment and activities until 8 p.m. Tickets start at $15.

Lurie Horns Pfeffer, Tony© Award-winning stage manager for the Broadway hit and international tours of Billy Crystal’s, 700 Sundays, will be making her debut with the The City of Henderson's Shakespeare in the Park series in October. Pfeffer will serve as the production supervisor for the four-performance tour of Macbeth featuring the Las Vegas Shakespeare Company, beginning October 2 at River Mountain Park, 1941 Appaloosa Drive.

The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino transforms into retro roller skating phenomenon Down & Derby, monthly from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. beginning Friday, Oct. 8. Partygoers are encouraged to dress the part by wearing their best throwback attire including neon spandex, headbands, wristbands, high socks, glitter and more. Down & Derby takes place monthly on Thursday, Friday or Saturday depending on The Joint concert schedule. Tickets are $15 and can be picked up at The Joint box office.  Skate rental is available for $5. Guests are welcome to bring their own roller skates to the event.

Three popular headliners from the 80s & 90s, Exposé, All-4-One and P.M. Dawn will perform in concert at the Henderson Pavilion, 200 South Green Valley Parkway, October 9 at 8 p.m. Gates open at 7 p.m. Tickets are just $10 and are on sale now.

Show business icon Donny Osmond who been married to his wife Debbie for more than 30 years, will host a Wedding Engagement Event 10/10/10 at 10 a.m. at the Forum Shops at Ceasars Palace.  He will be there as 10 couples simultaneously get engaged in front of The Trevi Fountain at The Forum Shops at Caesars in Las Vegas. Selected from more than 200 couples around the country, the ten lucky couples, who will be flown to Las Vegas via Funjet Vacations will also receive:

All expense paid trip to Las Vegas, including flights provided by Funjet Vacations

Two-night stay at Caesars Palace.

Post-proposal dinner hosted by The Palm-Las Vegas restaurant at The Forum Shops.

A post-dinner event at PURE Nightclub.

Wedding gifts provided by retailers at The Forum Shops.

The once-in-a-lifetime experience to get engaged in the most unique of ways.

Music groups at the College of Southern Nevada will stage a special concert Thurs., Oct. 14, to raise funds for the CSN/Joe Williams Music Scholarship Fund, which has assisted music students at the College since 1989. The CSN Choral program, under the direction of Dr. Mark Wherry, will feature the College Singers, the Chamber Chorale, and the Jazz Singers.  A wide variety of works will be performed, including a salute to the Renaissance madrigal by the Chamber Chorale. The CSN Concert Band, conducted by Dr. Richard McGee, will perform traditional works including Gustav Holst's “Second Suite for Band,” and Clifton Williams' “Dramatic Essa

The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Nicholas J. Horn Theatre on the Cheyenne Campus. General admission for the event is $8 for adults, $5 for students/seniors.

Emmy Award-winning comedienne/actress Wanda Sykes brings her smart-witted stand up comedy back to the CHI Showroom at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino for two nights only – Friday, October 15 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, October 16 at 8 p.m. All tickets are $75 plus applicable live entertainment tax.

Famed champion bull riding legend and country music singer Justin McBride headlines two special events at The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas during the 2010 Professional Bull Riders World Finals.  McBride will celebrate the release of his second album Justin McBride: Live at Billy Bob’s Texas with an album release party at Lagasse’s Stadium on Wednesday, October 20 from 10:30pm-2am and he will take center stage for a lively performance in The Venetian Showroom on Friday, October 22 at 10:30pm. The album release party at Lagasse’s Stadium on October 20 is FREE and open to the public and will feature drink specials paired with a memorable acoustic set by McBride. Food and beverage minimums apply for all seated areas.

Tickets to McBride’s concert in The Venetian Showroom on October 22 start at $15 (excluding taxes and applicable fees) and may be purchased in person at any Venetian or Palazzo box office.

Openings and closings:

Balenciaga has opened its first Las Vegas location at Crystals that offers their full line of women’s and men’s ready-to-wear clothing, shoes, jewelry and accessories.  Balenciaga showcases its extensive collection in a 4,100-square-foot space located on Crystals’ second level near the Las Vegas Boulevard entrance.

Cher has announced that she will end her three year residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Saturday, February 5, 2011. Cher will have performed approximately 200 shows during the course of her three years at The Colosseum which began on May 6, 2008.

Four months after closing its doors the Ritz-Carlton at Lake Las Vegas, Dolce Hotels and Resorts was selected by Village Hospitality to take over the 349-room property. The international hotel operator, which has 27 properties in North America and Europe, plans to reopen the hotel in the first quarter of 2011.

Celebrity sightings:

Friday afternoon, September 17:

Vanessa Minnillo checked in at Venetian VIP to a 2 bedroom Penthouse Suite for the bachelorette party weekend for friend and bride-to-be Jennifer Birmingham, whom she's known for over a decade.

Bride to be Jennifer Birmingham and Vanessa Mannillo pose for photo

The celebration continued with dinner at LAVO on Friday night then the group headed upstairs to the nightclub where they danced the night away to the sounds of guest DJ Cobra.

Saturday, September 18:

Vanessa and the girls made their way to AZURE Luxury Pool at The Palazzo to soak up some sun before the evening festivities.

Vanessa Minnillo

Vanessa Minnillo and a group of friends taking photos of the bride to be

Saturday night the festivities continued at Vanessa’s favorite Mexican hot spot Dos Caminos.

Bride to be Jennifer Birmingham and Vanessa Mannillo toast the evening at Dos Caminos

After dinner Vanessa and the gals took in funny man David Spade’s sold out show at the Venetian Showroom.

The last stop on Saturday night was TAO Nightclub, where they commanded a VIP table on the dance floor. Joey Fatone and David Spade also stopped by TAO and hung out with Vanessa and the group.

Carrie Underwood visited with David Spade backstage before his show at The Venetian in Las Vegas.

David Spade and Carrie Underwood

Sunday afternoon September 19:

TV actress and former wife of David Hasselhoff, Catherine Hickland and boyfriend Todd Fisher, son of Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, were spotted inside a poolside cabana at Morrea Beach at Mandalay Hotel and Casino.

Catherine Hickland and boyfriend Todd Fisher
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Tuesday night, September 21...

Dennis Haskins, more commonly known as Mr. Belding from Saved by the Bell, hosted at PURE Nightclub last night.  He arrived with a small group of local friends and they were seated at a luxe VIP table on the main stage.  The famous principal was spotted jumping on the mic and pumping up the crowed until the early morning hours.

Nick Hogan, reality personality on “Hogan Knows Best” and son of professional wrestler Hulk Hogan, dined at N9NE Steakhouse inside Palms Casino Resort with two friends. Rock-it! Scientists, DJs Guzie and Solarz, performed at Moon Nightclub for the weekly party, BANG.

Boyz II Men (Shawn Stockman, Wanya Morris and Nathan Morris) dropped in on Joey Fatone on Tuesday, Sept. 21 during his guest hosting duties at The Price is Right – Live at Bally’s Las Vegas.Surprising the contestant and audience, Fatone called the group out to help clue in the audience to the upcoming game. As the group began to yodel – a break from their R&B grooves – the gold curtain parted and revealed the fan favorite game Cliffhanger in which contestants try to guess the price of items, and each dollar away from the correct price sends the climber higher up the mountain.

Joey Fatone with Boyz II Men
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Actor David Arquette partied at Blush Boutique Nightclub. The Scream star arrived shortly after 12:30 am with Beacher’s Madhouse creator, Jeff Beacher. The duo sat at a VIP table on the dance floor.

David Arquette with Jeff Beacher
Photo credit: Bryan Schnitzer

Wednesday night, September 22,

Former UFC champ Chuck Liddell spent the evening in a cabana with four female friends at Surrender Nightclub while actor and singer Joey Fatone hung out with friends and posed for photos with fans.

Comedian Cedric the Entertainer was spotted chatting up a female on a daybed outside of his cabana.

Joey Fatone (second from right) with friends
Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

Thursday night, September 23,

MMA star Chuck Liddell, joined by his girlfriend and a group of guys, was spotted at TAO’s Worship Thursday.

Chuck Liddell
Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

Audrina Patridge and her boyfriend BMX star Corey Bohan stayed in a one-bedroom suite at Palms Place Hotel & Spa. Corey was a winner at the TransWorld Ride BMX NORA Cup awards inside the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms.

Ryan Sheckler, professional skateboarder and reality star on MTV’s “Life of Ryan”, along with three friends, dined at N9NE Steakhouse inside Palms Casino Resort.

Friday, September 24...

In the afternoon, actor Dax Shepard, better known for starring on  Punk'd with Ashton Kutcher came to relax at Palms Pool & Bungalows inside Palms Casino Resort.

At night...

MMA fighter, Rich Franklin stopped by Moon Nightclub with a friend around midnight. They walked around the club a few times and then left.

Corey “Big Hoss” Harrison and Austin “Chumlee” Russell from History Channel’s reality TV show, Pawn Stars partied at Rain Nightclub with a group of friends.

Austim "Chumlee" Russell and Corey "Big Hoss" Harrison
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'She’s All That' actress Rachael Leigh Cook and a group of ten friends headed to Blush Boutique Nightclub inside Wynn Las Vegas to celebrate a friend’s bachelorette party. At 2:30 am. the group then decided to continue their party at Surrender Nightclub, where they danced to the music of resident DJ Steve Aoki.

Rachel Leigh Cook
Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

Rachel Leigh Cook (second from left) and friends
Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

DJ Steve Aoki
Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

Comedienne Joan Rivers was spotted at LAVO Las Vegas with a group of five friends.

Actress Jessica Lucas (who will be seen in the upcoming NBC sitcom Friends with Benefits) checked out the club at TAO.

Famed UFC fighter Rich Franklin spent the evening enjoying the elite and exclusive Noir bar.

Saturday afternoon, September 25:

Actor Taye Diggs was spotted checking in at The Palazzo VIP Lounge. Diggs was joined by a friend for a guys weekend in Vegas.

Taye Diggs
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Entourage actress and sexy Maxim cover girl Dania Ramirez hosted Vegas’ hottest pool party at WET REPUBLIC.

Dania Ramirez at Wet Republic
Photo Credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Dania Ramirez in bungalo at Wet Republic
Photo Credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

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