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Epicurean Charitable Foundation Raises Almost $800,000 For Scholarship Program

The Epicurean Charitable Foundation Las Vegas hosted their 9th Annual Scholarship Fundraising Gala Friday, Oct. 8, poolside at the M Resort Spa Casino. The event raised nearly $800,000 for its scholarship program.


United Way’s Women Leadership Council holds Annual Outreach Event

United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) held its annual outreach event at MJ Christensen Diamonds on Wednesday, Oct. 13. to engage current members and attractive prospective members.


Palms Casino Resort presents Supernatural Entertainment featuring Lior Suchard

Israeli born Lior Suchard brings his supernatural abilities to the The Palms Casino Resort’s intimate venue 'The Lounge' beginning Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010 for a five-week residency.


World Famous Dance Crew Jabbawockeez Premieres “MÜS.I.C.” at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino

Jabbawockeez, the world-famous hip hop dance crew, opened its new 90 minute show “MÜS.I.C.,” (pronounced muze – I – see ) at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino on Friday, Oct. 22.


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

"Divas Las Vegas” celebrates one-year anniversary and extended contract at the Imperial Palace Showroom

Superstar female impersonator Frank Marino and the talented cast of “Divas Las Vegas” celebrated the one-year anniversary of the dazzling drag spectacular following the show at the Imperial Palace Showroom on Wednesday, Oct. 20. In addition to marking the significant occasion, it was announced that the show has been extended at Imperial Palace through December 2012. Frank Marino’s Divas Las Vegas performs Saturday through Thursday at 10:00 p.m. inside the Imperial Palace showroom. Tickets start at $39.00.

Cast of Divas Las Vegas with Frank Marino (Center)
Photo credit: SPI Entertainment


Headlining Magician Mac King Performs at Dr. Miriam & Sheldon G. Adelson Educational Campus

Comedy-Magician Mac King performed two special assemblies for the students at the Dr. Miriam & Sheldon G. Adelson Educational Campus on Tuesday, Oct 19. King dedicates his personal time to showcase magic and discuss the importance of reading at various Las Vegas schools throughout the year. King shared with the students that he “checked-out” a magic book at his elementary school library, which later carved the career for the comedy-magician, now in his eleventh year as a headliner at Harrah’s.

Ilan Hendler, a second-grade student, was selected to be the “Principal for the Day.” Part of his duties for his role was to help announce Mac King from the stage. During one of the special shows, King donated an autographed copy of his latest book “Mac King’s Campfire Magic” to the school’s library.

Adelson Assembly – Mac King donates an autographed copy of his latest book “Mac King’s Campfire Magic” to the Dr. Miriam & Sheldon G. Adelson Educational Campus’ library on Tuesday, Oct 19. Pictured left to right: Mac King, Amy Novak, Librarian, Stacy Colwell, Head of Lower & Middle School and Ilan Hendler, Principal for the Day.
Photo credit: Courtesy of Preferred Public Relations

Madame Tussauds Las Vegas hosts the second annual Madame Tussauds “After Dark"

This Halloween season, Madame Tussauds Las Vegas is hosting the second annual Madame Tussauds “After Dark” starting October 22nd (continues 10/22-24 and 10/29-31).

Given a singe light to guide them, guests will experience the dark side of the world-famous attraction as they see, hear and feel the mysteries that surround Madame Tussauds Las Vegas over the years. It raises the question – is there life “After Dark”?

Guests will enjoy a frightening photo opportunity upon arrival and will then be welcomed into the haunted attraction by a menacing Madame Tussauds usher. During their journey, guests will discover the dark side of the world-famous attraction and enjoy further scares as they make their way through “Scream,” the attraction’s legendary horror maze.

Note: For six nights only, the renowned attraction will extend its operating hours for After Dark, which will run from 9pm – midnight. General admission is $20. A combo ticket for a regular Madame Tussauds visit and a return After Dark visit will be offered at $35.

You can read more about "Scream" in this week's edition of Jacqueline Monahan's column 'About the Town'.

'After Dark' at Madame Tussaude's Las Vegas
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn


Starting Wednesday, October 27, Rockhouse, located on Las Vegas Blvd. in front of Imperial Palace, will have an open bar every Wednesday from 9 p.m. until midnight for all college students – and even those that still wish they were. Co-eds with a college ID will enjoy all-they-can-drink, priced at just $5 for ladies and $10 for guys along with VIP bottle service starting at just $100. All wannabe students can still drink cheap with a $10 open bar for ladies and $20 for guys. And because Rockhouse promotes responsible drinking it will provide an hourly shuttle bus to and from Rockhouse every Tuesday and Wednesday night. The bus will pick up and return to Coffee Bean & Tea Lead located on Maryland Pkwy.


KOMP 92.3 is hosting a comedy benefit 9 p.m. on Friday, October 29, 2010 at Legends Casino, 1966 N. Rainbow, to raise money for breast cancer research and awareness. KOMP 92.3’s popular radio personality Brandon “Gooch” Hahn, along with fellow comedians Skratch, Mike Shank and Mike Simpson will do what they do best and bring comedy to the masses. Admission is $5 with 100 percent of the proceeds going to American Cancer Society.


The College of Southern Nevada (CSN) Foundation, which will host the Fall Fun Fest at the CSN Charleston campus Oct. 29 through 31, has lined up a variety of genres for the fest’s concerts, ranging from punk to hip-hop. Headliners for Friday, Oct. 29 are Strung Out and The Vandals, with openers Death by Stereo and Happy Campers. Headliners for Saturday, Oct. 30 are BIG B and Unwritten Law, with openers Battle Born and The Fact Remains. Opening bands start at 6 p.m. Live music will continue until 10:30 p.m. each evening. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the concert.


Renowned impersonators Sebastian Anzaldo and Sharon Owens perform as Sinatra and Streisand in Frank & Barbra The Concert That Never Was at The Club at the Cannery Casino & Hotel on Saturday, October 30 at 8 p.m. Admission is only $10 at the door. for all ages.


In celebration of Halloween Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay will eerily transform into Haunted Reef on Saturday, October 30 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Costumed children 12 and under will receive complimentary admission and sugary sweets. Guests 17 years of age and older will also receive complimentary admission upon donating blood at the United Blood Services booth. The booth, set up just for Haunted Reef, will be open Saturday, October 30 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Voters who show proof they voted will receive a complimentary medium lemonade on the big day from any of the five Raising Cane's locations in the valley. Proof can include a voting receipt or "I Voted" sticker. Offer is valid on Election Day only.


Raising Cane's locations include 4655 W. Charleston Blvd. @ Decatur, 7550 Las Vegas Blvd. South @ Warm Springs, 1120 E. Flamingo Rd. @ Maryland, 5660 Centennial Center Blvd. @ Ann and 7135 S. Rainbow @ Warm Springs.


Rock icon Rod Stewart will play eight performances at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace November 6-21. Ticket prices are $225/ $150/$99/$69 (all prices include 10% Live Entertainment Tax). Dates for the limited engagement are November 6, 7, 10, 14, 17, 18, 20, and 21. All shows begin at 8pm.


Legendary singer/icon Diana Ross is bringing her “MORE TODAY THAN YESTERDAY” tour to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace for a two-night engagement Friday, November 12 and Saturday November 13. Showtime is 8pm. The legendary icon will perform her greatest hits in this spectacular live show, which features breathtaking costumes and stage designs, along with a live string and horn section. Ticket prices are $99.50/$79.50/$59.50/$49.50 (all prices include 10% Live Entertainment Tax).

The male a cappella group Straight No Chaser will perform for one night only at the Paris Théâtre on Sunday, November 7th at 8pm. The stop in Las Vegas is part of their highly successful tour that has been playing sold out dates across the country since September. Ticket prices are $30, $40, and $55 (plus applicable taxes and fees).


To celebrate and honor Frank Sinatra’s 95th birthday on December 12, Wynn Las Vegas will premiere performances of SINATRA Dance With Me in the Encore Theater on December 11, 2010. “We will present an extraordinary evening of Frank Sinatra—his words and music set to incredible movement by Twyla Tharp. This mesmerizing treatment of the man and his music moves with an intense, electrifying fascination,” said Steve Wynn.

SINATRA Dance With Me follows four couples as they fall in and out of love at a swinging nightclub. Blending the legendary vocals of Frank Sinatra with a big band and 14 of the world’s finest dancers, SINATRA Dance With Me weaves classic standards including “Fly Me To The Moon,” “My Way” and “That’s Life” in a soaring dance fantasy of romance and seduction.

By special arrangement with Frank Sinatra Enterprises and The Sinatra Family, SINATRA Dance With Me features original recorded masters of Frank Sinatra’s voice backed by a live on-stage, 17-piece big band. The show’s score combines classic vocal performances from the Sinatra catalog and archives along with signature Sinatra arrangements (Nelson Riddle, Billy May, Quincy Jones) and some brand new orchestrations for this innovative spectacle. Ticket prices are $69 and $89, plus tax and service charge. SINATRA Dance With Me plays at the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas at 7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday through January 29, 2011. The theater is dark on Sundays.


As part of the monthly First Friday design series at Las Vegas Design Center at World Market Center, sought-after designer Lynda Murray will discuss the home she designed for movie director Michael Bay along with her other work during her presentation "Grand Vision: What To Do With A 17,000 Square-Foot House” on November 5 at 10 a.m.


The Nevada Gaming Commission met in Carson City on Thursday, October 21 and approved licensing for the $3.9 billion Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Hotel Casino, which is scheduled to open on Dec. 15. Located on 8.5 acres on the Strip between Bellagio and CityCenter, The Cosmopolitan will have a 150,000-square-foot casino, more than a dozen signature restaurants, and three rooftop pool venues, including one managed by a nightclub operator. A grand opening celebration is scheduled for New Year's Eve weekend.


Celebrity sightings:

Saturday afternoon, October 16, Mike Tyson, former undisputed heavy weight champion, was spotted dining at Cabo Wabo Cantina inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino with a party of eight

Saturday night Ben Lyons from the E! Network celebrated his 29th birthday at LAVO. The film critic was joined by Stephanie Pratt, E! personality Michael Yo and actor Fabrizio Goldstein After dinner they took over a dance floor table in the club.

Ben Lyons with cake
Photo Credit: Al Powers

Ben Lyons, Steffanie Pratt, Michael Yo and Fabrizio Goldstein
Photo Credit: Al Powers

Ben Lyons and Steffanie Pratt
Photo Credit: Al Powers

Fabrizio Goldstein and Ben Lyons
Photo Credit: Al Powers

Earlier on Saturday actor Julian Morris was spotted at TAO Beach.

Sunday, Oct. 17…

Arizona Cardinals linebacker, Joey Porter dined at N9NE Steakhouse inside Palms Casino Resort with six friends.

Professional golf players Stuart Appleby and Richard Johnson dined at N9NE Steakhouse with friends.

“Friday Night Lights” star Aimee Teegarden was spotted shopping for sweets at Sugar Factory at Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Aimee Teegarden celebrates 21st birthday at Sugar Factory at Miracle Mile Shops.

Aimee Teegarden
Photo credit: Sugar Factory

FALLOUT: NEW VEGAS, the most anticipated new video game of the year was celebrated at TAO Beach. Joining the festivities were actress Anna Kendrick, who starred in Up in the Air and Jesse Metcalfe from Desperate Housewives.

Olympian Shaun White celebrated winning the vert competition at the Dew Tour with an after party at LAVO. Despite losing the overall title due to an injury that caused him to miss the first event, he was in amazing spirits. The two time Olympic gold medalist arrived with 15 friends on a giant Red Bull tour bus and started the night with dinner at the Italian eatery After dinner, the rowdy crew hit the nightclub. Shaun stood atop a banquette to take in the scene as girls clamored to get close to the athlete.

Shaun White
Photo Credit: Al Powers

Shaun White with friends
Photo Credit: Al Powers

Monday evening, October 18

American mixed martial artist and former Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell, along with his wife and kids, were spotted getting frozen yogurt inside Yogurtland at Town Square on the south end of the Las Vegas strip.

Tuesday night, October 19…

The first annual Twitterati event was held at Blush Boutique Nightclub. Twitter co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone and Twitter VP of Production Jason Goldman hosted the evening, which honored the Las Vegas Twitter elite.

Jason Goldman, Biz Stone and Evan Williams
Photo Credit: © Erik Kabik/ Retna/

Dirt Nasty, better known as actor Simon Rex, performed at Moon Nightclub inside Palms Casino Resort for the weekly party BANG.

Dirt Nasty
Photo credit: Credit Shane O’Neal / 9 Group

JRoc, friend and Dirt Nasty
Photo credit: Credit Shane O’Neal / 9 Group

Hall of Fame American football wide receiver Jerry Rice and PGA golfer Anthony Kim joined PURE Nightclub for The Strip’s hottest industry night.

Wednesday night, October 20…

N9NE Steakhouse Executive Chef Barry S. Dakake celebrated his birthday at Nove Italiano inside Palms Casino Resort. Joining Chef Barry was Motley Crue rocker, Vince Neil, media personality, Robin Leach and Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist, Norm Clarke

Chuck Liddell, American mixed martial artist and former Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight champion, partied at ghostbar with 15 friends. Liddell and friends sat at a VIP table and drank FIJI water.

Famed champion bull riding legend and country music singer Justin McBride celebrated the release of his second album Justin McBride: Live at Billy Bob’s Texas with an album release party at Lagasse’s Stadium. Before taking the stage to perform an acoustic set, McBride mingled with guests at the bar.

Justin McBride
Photo Credit: Robyn Andrzejczak, IS Photography/

Justin McBride performing at Lagasse's Stadium
Photo Credit: Robyn Andrzejczak, IS Photography/

A subdued Mickey Rourke was spotted at Surrender Nightclub. The actor came to the Encore hotspot to watch the popular Los Angeles electronic duo known as the Eye Candy Twins take over the Surrender turntables in their first Las Vegas performance. Rourke watched the energetic DJ set from a VIP table with some friends.

Over at Blush Boutique Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas, NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice was spotted at We Love House Wednesdays. The Dancing With The Stars alum was accompanied by friends at a dance floor VIP table and hung out until close.

Eye Candy Twins
Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

Eye Candy Twins
Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

Thursday, October 21 Hugh Hefner and his former girlfriend Holly Madison hanging out in the Hugh Hefner Sky Villa inside the fantasy tower at the Palms Casino Resort. Hef’s present girlfriend Crystal Harris made the trip with Hef who hosted the Playboy Club.

Holly Madison with Hugh Hefner and Crystal Harris
Photo Credit: Ed Graff

Crystal Harris sat with friends at Hefner’s VIP table inside the Playboy Club.

Playboy Bunnies: Top left: Erica O’Connor, Deanna Taylor, Danielle Kalafut, and Danielle Dugan
Bottom: Jenn Carey, Anna Sophia Berglund, Hugh Hefner, Crystal Harris and LaGracella Omran
Photo credit: Erik Kabik/Retna

Anna Sophia Berglund, Hugh Hefner and Crystal Harris
Photo credit: Erik Kabik/Retna

New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes was seen checking out Worship Thursday at TAO.

Friday night, October 22…

International superstar DJ Tiesto was spotted at Surrender at Aoki’s House to see Surrender’s resident DJ Steve Aoki take over the turntables. Tiesto spent time in the DJ booth with Aoki and then hung out at a VIP table under the stars. Also at Surrender on Friday were poker pros Antonio Esfindiari and Phil Ivey.

DJ Steve Aoki and DJ Tiesto
Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

Antonio Esfindiari and DJ Steve Aoki
Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

Actor Hugh Grant was spotted at TAO Las Vegas with a group of ten friends.

NFL athlete for the New York Jets, Mark Sanchez dined at N9NE Steakhouse inside Palms Casino Resort Friday night (10.22.10). Accompanied by two others, they enjoyed a family-style feast that included the signature rock shrimp, organic truffle chicken, Alaskan king crab legs, Maine lobster, NY sirloin and a side of potato gnocchi.

Following dinner, Sanchez and ten friends were seen partying at a VIP table inside Moon Nightclub where they enjoyed mixed drinks and had a great time on the dance floor.

Over at Rain Nightclub, hip-hop artist T-Pain (real name Faheem Rasheed Najm) enjoyed the scene from the VIP table on stage with a group of thirty. T-Pain had the crowd going when he got behind the mic for a performance.

Photo credit: Joe Fury/9 Group

T-Pain performs at Rain Nightclub
Photo credit: Joe Fury/9 Group

miX Lounge inside THEhotel welcomed the cast members from Disney’s THE LION KING at Mandalay Bay as they hosted a night to remember celebrating the launch of new Friday performances. The 7:30 p.m. Friday night show will be ongoing as THE LION KING continues to perform six nights a week in the Mandalay Bay Theatre. The show is now dark on Monday.

Following their successful first Friday performance, cast members Kissy Simmons (“Nala”), Derrick Williams (“Mufasa”), Thom Sesma (“Scar”), Buyi Zama (“Rafiki”) and Jenali Remy (“Simba”) hit the carpet.

Inside miX Lounge, the cast members celebrated THE LION KING’s one-year anniversary at Mandalay Bay, by raising their glasses and toasting the show’s success and the excitement of new Friday night performances.

THE LION KING's Derrick Williams, Buyi Zama, Jelani Remy and Kissy Simmons
Photo Credit: David Becker/WireImage

THE LION KING's Derrick Williams, Buyi Zama, Jelani Remy, Kissy Simmons and Thom Sesma
Photo Credit: David Becker/WireImage


Saturday night, October 23…

Christina Aguilera was spotted at TAO Las Vegas after performing at Justin Timberlake’s concert benefitting Shriners Hospitals for Children. The newly single platinum blonde danced with her friends and waved to the crowd from her skybox when DJ Vice shouted out "the sexiest lady in the world is in the house".

The Plain White T’s hit LAVO after their performance at the benefit.

Also in town for the Justin Timberlake and Friends Concert, Sean “Diddy” Combs hosted his after-party at PURE Nightclub inside of Caesar’s Palace.

Following his arrival on the red carpet, Diddy was escorted through the packed house to his VIP table on PURE’s iconic state. Known for throwing the best parties in the world, the Grammy Award-winning artist promised to show guests a good time. While on stage, and with mic in hand, he was dancing and rapping along to his smash hits including “Bad Boy For Life,” “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down,” and “It’s All About The Benjamins.”

AMG CEO Neil Moffitt with Sean "Diddy" Combs
Photo credit: David Becker of Wire Image

Sean "Diddy" Combs
Photo credit: David Becker of Wire Image

Sean "Diddy" Combs
Photo credit: David Becker of Wire Image

Professional boxer, Floyd Mayweather and two friends, dined at N9NE Steakhouse inside Palms Casino.

Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola, from MTV’s reality sensation, Jersey Shore dined at Nove Italiano with four friends. Earlier in the day, Giancola had an exclusive cooking lesson from Chef Geno inside Nove Italiano’s kitchen and prepared Nove’s signature meatballs. Following her dinner at Nove, Giancola headed to Playboy Club where she was presented with the prestige Playboy Club key. Giancola and friends then headed over to Moon Nightclub for her hosting duties for the night.

Chef Geno gives Sammi Giancola a lesson in NOVE Italiano's signature meatballs
Photo credit: Jorge Nova/9 Group

Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola at the Playboy Club
Photo credit: Jorge Nova/9 Group

Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola at MOON Nightclub
Photo credit: Jorge Nova/9 Group

Famed DJ Tiesto returned to Surrender for a second night in a row. The DJ hung out in an exclusive bungalow with two friends and several ladies.

Joe Mauer, member of the Minnesota Twins, spotted enjoying dinner with 11 friends at Strip House inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Comedian Geechy Guy, star of "The Dirty Joke Show" at Hooters Casino Hotel, tapped the keg in honor of Oktoberfest at the Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas, joining other celebrities including Lance Burton, Carrot Top and The Amazing Johnathan. Geechy took on the happy task just before his 10 p.m. show to a full house in the famous Las Vegas Bavarian beer hall which opened six years ago. Geechy was accompanied by other "Dirty Joke Show" cast members Rob Sherwood and Mat Black.

Geechy Guy Taps Keg

Geechy Guy Toasts Oktoberfest

Sunday, October 24, Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola from the MTV’s reality sensation Jersey Shore had brunch at Simon at Palms place on Sunday morning. Giancola and two friends. Sammi also made cotton candy with Chef Kerry Simon in the kitchen.

Kerry Simon with Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola
Photo credit: Ed Graff

George Maloof with Sammi
Photo credit: Ed Graff

Jewel was spotted over the weekend at Hussong’s Cantina at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place. The singer was accompanied by a young girl.

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