By Judy Thorburn
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Director of Communications - Nevada Film Alliance

Madame Tussaud's Las Vegas Welcomes “Twilight” Star Robert Pattinson

Twilight” star Robert Pattinson’s $300,0000 wax likeness is presently on display at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas for a limited time: November 3 through November 30, 2010.


Zen Magic Opens at Saxe Theatre in Planet Hollywood

Traditional magic takes on a Japanese flavor in ‘Zen Magic’ at the Saxe Theater inside Planet Hollywood.

World’s Greatest Chefs Gather for Food & Wine’s All-Star Weekend

The inaugural FOOD & WINE All-Star Weekend kicked off Friday night, November 5 at Vdara Hotel and Spa. The event featured Bravo’s Top Chef: Just Desserts host Gail Simmons as an array of culinary all-stars gathered at CityCenter.


Celebrities attend TAO Las Vegas 5th Anniversary Celebration

A bevy of celebrities showed up at the 5-year anniversary celebration of TAO Las Vegas inside the Venetian, on Saturday, November 6.

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

Las Vegas based HIV/AIDS charity Golden Rainbow hosted the 44th annual Beaux Arts Ball, a Halloween celebration with custom production numbers and costume contests at Studio 54 at MGM Grand on Sunday, Oct. 31. The fundraising event served as the grand finale to Studio 54’s legendary “Nightmare on 54th Street” and was hosted by Zumanity’s Mistress of Sensuality Edie and local TV anchor Chris Saldana. Prizes were awarded for “Sexiest,” “Best Drag” and “Most Original” costumes. Proceeds from the 44th Annual Beaux Arts Ball support Golden Rainbow’s continued mission of providing assistance to those fighting HIV / AIDS throughout Southern Nevada.

Golden Rainbow provides housing and direct financial assistance to men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS in southern Nevada while also supporting HIV/AIDS related education. For more information, visit

Zumanity’s Mistress of Sensuality Edie, Director of Entertainment for MGM Grand Barry Morgan and local TV anchor Chris Saldana
Photo credit: Nathan D. Frye

Golden Rainbow staff
Photo credit: Nathan D. Frye

Partygoers enjoy the event
Photo credit: Nathan D. Frye

Studio 54 dancer
Photo credit: Nathan D. Frye

Nathan Burton’s Comedy Magic show at the Flamingo Hilton is one of the most entertaining, family frendly, afternoon shows in Las Vegas. As the headline comedy illusionist, the personable Burton delivers a fun filled act that continually amazes audiences of all ages. Last week, from Monday through Friday, October 31 - November 5, Burton offered audiences an added treat by featuring Murray, who was a semi finalist on this season’s TV reality competition ‘America’s Got Talent’, as a guest performer. The tall, bespeckled, blonde spike-haired comedy magician, with his own brand of humor and illusions, performed several tricks and proved why he was a standout on ‘America’s Got Talent’ and has since gained national popularity.

Nathan Burton
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Murray with assitants
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Spas at Bellagio, MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay have been named among the “Top 10 Best” in Spa Finder’s 2010 Readers’ Choice Awards. visitors and readers of SpaFinder publications voted on spas in 35 countries/regions on six continents and the following MGM Resorts’ spas were honored: Best Spa at a Casino Hotel – Spa Bellagio, MGM Grand Spa and Spa Mandalay, Best Spa for Interior Design and Best Spa for Luxury – Spa Bellagio

Luxist, the AOL Web site covering the world of luxury and fine living, has named Harrah's Entertainment restaurants: Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace as one of the top five restaurant in the U.S. category, "Best Domestic Restaurant" while the Strip House brand, which has a location at Planet Hollywood was named "Best Steakhouse."

FANTASY, Luxor’s steamy adult revue, which recently celebrated its 11th successful year on The Strip, has extended its contract with the resort through 2011.

Holly Madison has extended her run as “Bo Peep,” a modern woman who discovers her sexuality, in PEEPSHOW at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino throughout 2011. Madison who was described by CNBC as “the hottest thing in Las Vegas,” began her well-received run as “Bo Peep” in June of 2009. Starring alongside Madison is a sizzling ensemble of sexy PEEPSHOW GIRLS, showstoppers from film, TV and Broadway; Cheaza, the beautiful Peep Diva; and Josh Strickland, PEEPSHOW male lead singer. Tickets for performances through February 6, 2011 will go on sale on Monday, November 8 at noon.

9 Group hosted Night of the Killer Costumes at Palm Casino Resort’s legendary nightclubs to celebrate Halloween and to try their luck at more than $100,000 in cash and prizes.

Winners include:

Rain Nightclub – Best Overall Costume: 1st Place Winner of $10,000, Iron Man – Kevin Cooney
Photo credit 9 Group

Ghostbar – Best Undead Costume: 1st Place Winner of $5,000, Werewolf – Andrew Passaretti
Photo credit 9 Group

Moon Nightclub – Best Sci-Fi Costume: 1st Place Winner of $10,000, Sci-Fi Creature – Shinji Baba
Photo credit 9 Group

Playboy Club – Sexiest Costume: 1st Place Winner of $5,000, Candy Bikini Girl – Jaclyn Hendricks
Photo credit 9 Group

Back by popular demand, International master illusionist Jan Rouven will once again appear exclusively at Fremont Street Experience. “Jan Rouven Presents Death-Defying Illusions” performs two FREE shows nightly at 8 and 10 p.m. seven days a week starting Friday, Nov. 5 through Tuesday, Nov. 30 on the 1st Street Stage.

Jan Rouven and Siegfried

The following two new shows have opened at the Riviera:

Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show- Show times are 7 pm. Monday - Saturday, dark Sunday, GA $45.41, Preferred $63.59, VIP $81.77 plus tax and fee. Le Bistro Theatre. Dinner and show combinations available.

The Amazing KRESKIN - Show times are 7 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday, dark Sunday & Monday, GA $39.99, VIP $49.99 plus tax and fee. Mardi Gras Showroom Level 2. Dinner and show combinations available.

As part of his current tour, Listening Booth, Grammy Award winning artist, Marc Cohn, will perform in the 742-seat Venetian® Showroom Saturday, November 13, 2010 at 8 p.m. The concert will feature sounds from the American folk singer-songwriter’s unique catalog of music, including songs from his newest album, Listening Booth: 1970 and his hit single, “Walking in Memphis.” Ticket prices start at $32.50 inclusive of tax and handling fees. A limited number of VIP Packages, which include front row seats and the rare opportunity to meet Cohn after the show, are available for $85.50 per person inclusive of tax and handling fees.

German fashion house HUGO BOSS offering a versatile range of products designed for the fashion-conscious individual opened a new store at The Venetian. The 2171-square-foot store is conveniently located near the casino floor in the main colonnade.

Conveniently located near the casino floor in the main colonnade, the 2171-square-foot store offers the most discerning shoppers with a comfortable and classy shopping environment. Streamlined and easy to navigate, the store is decorated in elegant black and white with welcoming and knowledgeable personal shoppers to help find the right look.

Hash House A Go Go will be donating a Turkey Dinner To Go Go to a local family in need this fall. The dinner serves six people and includes a ten-pound turkey with stuffing, homemade garlic mashed potatoes and pumpkin mashed potatoes, fresh green beans and carrots, homemade biscuits and strawberry jam, chutney and homemade Snickers or pumpkin bread pudding.

Customers may nominate a friend or family in need to receive the dinner. Customers may not nominate themselves. The winner will be notified by phone on Monday, Nov. 22 and can pick up the dinner at the Sahara location on Wednesday, Nov. 24. Deadline for nominations is Friday, Nov. 19, 2010

Submissions should include a 300-word essay, along with name and phone number of both the person being nominated as well as the nominee and can be sent to the following address: Carly Vadnais, PR Plus, 5576 S. Ft. Apache Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89148 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Celebrity sightings:

Tuesday night, October 2 illusionist Criss Angel decided to check out his competition and attended fellow illusionist Dirk Arthur’s show – Dirk Arthur’s Wild Magic – at O’Sheas Theater inside O’Sheas Casino.

Hip-hop artist and actor known as Nelly (real name Cornell Haynes, Jr.) partied at Moon Nightclub inside Palms Casino Resort with 10 friends.

Celebrity DJ Funkmaster Flex kicked off SEMA week in Las Vegas with a special 90 minute DJ performance at Blush Boutique Nightclub. Stopping by to enjoy the set were artist T-Pain, and Tracey Edmonds, former fling of Eddie Murphy, who was at a different table with friends. At 2:30 am, Grammy award-winning artist Nelly arrived at Blush to see Flex and celebrate his birthday. Nelly and his entourage sat in the VIP room and toasted to the hip hop stars 36th birthday while the nightclub presented him with special birthday cupcakes.

Funkmaster Flex
Photos by Bryan Schnitzer

Funkmaster Flex and Nelly
Photos by Bryan Schnitzer

Wednesday, November 3…

Nicole Murphy, ex-wife of Eddie Murphy, and Michael Phelps were spotted at Surrender.

West Coast Customs hosted at LAVO with Ryan Friedlinghaus from the TV show Street Customs holding court. Before heading up to the nightclub the group dined at the Italian eatery. Once upstairs fans clamored for photos and autographs.

"America's Favorite Fisherman," Jimmy Houston, host of Jimmy Houston Outdoors, was spotted at Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina. Fellow celebrity fisherman Roland Martin and a group of four friends joined Houston on Cabo Wabo’s spacious outdoor patio where they spent several hours enjoying the Vegas weather, sipping virgin margaritas, taking photos and signing autographs for fans.

Savini Wheels held their SEMA opening night bash at Nico Santucci's magnificent 14,000-square-foot Parisian Palace. Santucci arrived flanked by prop comedian Carrot Top and Jackson family patriarch Joe Jackson. Among the more than 400 people attended the party were Savini executives, high-end clients, (including many from Dubai) and Gumball Rally participants.

Nico Santucci with Carrot Top

Joe Jackson

Hall of Famer and former Major League Baseball player, Reggie Jackson, dined at N9NE Steakhouse inside Palms Casino Resort. Jackson and six friends sat in the lounge to watch the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings game.

Tera Patrick, adult film star, dined with five friends at N9NE Steakhouse.

Olympic gold medalist, Michael Phelps and Indy car driver, Marco Andretti, enjoyed cocktails at N9NE Steakhouse. The two were joined by friends, then headed over to ghostbar.

Dana White, president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, partied at Playboy Club with friends.

Micheal Phelps
Photo credit: Jorge Novoa/ 9 Group

Dana White
Photo credit: Jorge Novoa/ 9 Group

Thursday night, November 4…

Marco Andretti, professional Indy car driver, dined at N9NE Steakhouse at Palms Casino Resort with six friends.

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps was spotted dining at TAO with a group that included poker player Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari. At one point another guest had Phelps hold a spoon while he bent it with his mind. After dinner they hit the nightclub for Worship Thursday with special guest DJ Ross One.

Also seen having dinner at the Asian Bistro was former New York Giant Michael Strahan and Nicole Murphy who were joined by friends

Baseball players David Ortiz and Bill Hall of the Red Sox had a late night dinner with a small group of friends.

Cast members from Holly’s World on E! competed in a nacho building contest at Hussong’s Cantina in honor of National Nacho Day on Saturday. Playmate Laura Croft and Angel Porrino from the hit E! show competed against Tito Martinez, band leader for Hussong’s Rock n Roll Mariachis. The contestants assembled their creation from more than 60 ingredients ranging from specialty chips, beans, cheeses, creams and proteins and toppings. The judges then graded the contestants on originality, presentation and taste.

Laura took first place with her entry, which she named Sexy B*tch Nachos. The winning entry featured a variety of cheeses over blue corn and Hussong’s house chips along with jalapeno, avocado, sweet corn, and chipotle sour creams and topped with jalapenos. Coming in second were Angel’s Candy Ass Nacho’s. Taking third were Tito’s Mariachi Nachos which highlighted chorizo as a primary ingredient. Starting on Saturday the winning entry will be served all month long at Hussong’s Cantina inside The Shoppes at Mandalay Place.

Laura Croft and Angel Porrino
Photo Credit: Al Powers

Angel Porrino, Laura Croft, Chef Noe Alala and Tito Martinez
Photo Credit: Al Powers

Judges and contestants at Hussong's Nacho contest
Photo Credit: Al Powers

Friday, November 5,

Holly Madison was spotted having a late lunch at Society Café Encore.

ABC’s “The Bachelor” winner, Vienna Girardi, was seen enjoying a beautiful fall afternoon with friends on the patio at Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina.

Later Girardi, was spotted indulging in the sweets treats on the Strip at Sugar Factory inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. At night, she partied at PURE Nightclub.

Vienna Girardi
Photo credit: Sugar Factory

Also at PURE was David Oritz of the Boston Red Sox. The major league baseball star arrived with a large group of close friends.

Blush Boutique Nightclub kicked off another great weekend with the pre-party for Tony Hawk’s Stand Up For Skateparks fundraiser at Wynn Las Vegas. Hawk arrived at the venue at about 10:15 with numerous professional skateboarders and snowboarders including Olympic gold medalist Shaun White, Bucky Lasek and Andy MacDonald. The group hung out on the Blush patio until Midnight, when White decided to head over to Surrender Nightclub at Encore.

Tony Hawk, Shaun White and friend
Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

Actress Eva LaRue from CSI Miami also stated her evening out at Blush. She was in town with old friends from high school. LaRue and friends then headed over to Surrender nightclub to catch DJ Steve Aoki’s set. Also at Surrender to see Aoki was DJ Z-Trip and Michael Phelps.

Eva LaRue
Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

Eva LaRue dancing with friends
Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

Michael Phelps and Antonio Esfindiari with friends
Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

Boston Red Sox’s designated hitter, David Ortiz, dined at N9NE Steakhouse inside Palms Casino Resort.

Also spotted at the eatery was Marco Andretti, professional Indy race car driver and seven friends. Olympic gold medalist, Michael Phelps, stopped by Andretti’s table to say hello.

Professional football player, Junior Seau partied at Moon Nightclub with two friends.

Saturday, November 6…

Comedian David Spade dined at TAO before his show at The Venetian and stopped by LAVO later in the night to say hello to the TAO Group partners

Brandi Glanville was spotted hanging with friends Ashley Hamilton and Sean Stewart and dancing with a group of girlfriends on the catwalk at TAO’s 5th anniversay celebration.

Over at LAVO Erik Estrada dined with his wife and kids. Also spotted at LAVO was Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice, as well as Frank Thomas.

Brandi Glanville and Ashley Hamilton with friend
Photo Credit: Denise Truscello

Grammy-nominated hip hop artist Drake played to a sold out crowd at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Special surprise guest Lil Wayne hit the stage and performed with Drake during the finale of his Light Dreams and Nightmares tour.

Photo credit: Erik Kabik / RETNA / Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Drake and Jas Prince
Photo credit: Erik Kabik / RETNA / Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Holly Madison and Laura Croft
Photo credit: Erik Kabik / RETNA / Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Rain Nightclub resident DJ, Paul Oakenfold, ate at Nove Italiano inside Palms Casino Resort before his weekly Saturday night production of “Perfecto Vegas.” Oakenfold came in with six friends around 8:30 p.m.

Javon Walker, NFL football wide receiver came to N9NE Steakhouse with a few friends around 10:30 p.m. for drinks at the bar. Also at the steakhouse was former Major League Baseball Pete Rose.

Later that evening, Walker headed over to Moon Nightclub with his friends. Olympic gold medalist, Michael Phelps was also spotted at Moon Nightclub with friends.

Roger Clemens spotted enjoying dinner at Strip House inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

The chart topping electro and hip hop group Far East Movement took over Surrender Nightclub. The group arrived at Surrender shortly before Midnight and relaxed in a VIP bungalow prior to hitting the stage where they performed their hit “Girls On The Dance Floor” and their number one single “Like A G6” to a packed crowd.

Far East Movement
Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

EC Twins
Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

Far East Movement
Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

Far East Movement
Photo credit: Bryan Steffy

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