And the award for "Best Breakfast with a Starring Roll" goes to...Bar Bouchon!
Take a bite out of (and with) Hollywood at Bar Bouchon Sip like a star, circulate with celebrities, and come hash out and egg on nominations
"Best Supporting Role" Nominees:
En"JOY" fresh seasonal fruit salad or a vanilla yogurt parfait, with house preserves
Go for Graydon's favorite grits -- Bouillie steel cut oats with Blenheim apricots & brown sugar
Fans go crazy for Croissants au Jambon et Fromage French country ham & Swiss cheese croissant
Have a L-E-O - or forest mushroom & Gruyère cheese omelette, served with mixed greens
Put the "SPOTLIGHT" on eggs sunny side up, served with bacon, country sausage & toasted brioche
Save "ROOM" for Shelton Farm's chicken hash fingerling potatoes, leeks & button mushrooms, served with a sunny side up hen egg
And for the "DANISH GIRL" -- Thomas Keller's best assortment de Pâtisserie
Oscar Season Breakfast Menu for two weeks only
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Johnny Depp and Supergroup, The Hollywood Vampires, to Play First TV Performance at Grammys 2016
Johnny Depp will take the stage with Alice Cooper and their heavy metal supergroup, The Hollywood Vampires—which also includes Aerosmith's Joe Perry and Guns N' Roses' Duff McKagan—in what will mark their very first television performance after their 2015 debut. Their hard rock performance will definitely add some edge to the awards show as they pay tribute to late Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister and premiere their new song, "As Bad as I Am."
The Hollywood Vampires will join many other superstars on the stage during Grammys night.
It was announced on Thursday that Chris Stapleton will pay tribute to the late B.B. King, while Lady Gaga will honor David Bowie.
Other performers include:, Carrie Underwood, who will sing a duet with Sam Hunt, and Justin Bieber, nominated for Best Dance Recording, who will join up with Skrillex and Diplo for their collaboration on "Where Are Ü Now." Pitbull, The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar will also see the stage as well as Adele and Ellie Goulding.
Outstanding Film and Television Performances Honored at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards
The Screen Actors Guild Awards presented its coveted Actor statuettes for the outstanding motion picture and primetime television performances of 2015 at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® held Saturday, Jan. 30 at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. In a ceremony attended by film and television’s leading actors, the 22nd Annual SAG Awards was simulcast live coast-to-coast by TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. (ET) / 5 p.m. (PT). A primetime encore presentation immediately followed on TNT. In addition, TBS and TNT subscribers were able to watch the SAG Awards live through the networks' websites and mobile apps.
Honored with individual awards were Leonardo DiCaprio, Idris Elba, Brie Larson and Alicia Vikander for performances in motion pictures, and Uzo Aduba, Viola Davis, Idris Elba, Queen Latifah, Kevin Spacey and Jeffrey Tambor for performances in television. The Screen Actors Guild Awards originated awards for the outstanding performances by a motion picture cast and by television drama and comedy ensembles. The Actor for a motion picture cast performance went this year to “Spotlight”, while the Actors for television drama and comedy ensemble performances went this year to “Downton Abbey” and “Orange is the New Black”.
Nominees chosen by their respective SAG Awards film and television nominating committees were announced on Dec. 9, 2015. Information on voting procedures to choose the recipients was sent to the 116,741 active voting members of SAG-AFTRA on Dec. 16. Balloting closed at noon on Friday, Jan. 29. Integrity Voting Systems, the Awards' official election teller, sealed the results until they were announced live during the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Honorees for outstanding television and film stunt ensemble action performances were announced from the red carpet during the SAG Awards Red Carpet Pre-show, hosted this year by People deputy editor of entertainment JD Heyman and entertainment reporter Caroline Moderressy-Tehrani, which was webcast live on sagawards.tntdrama.com, sagawards.org and People.com.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler presented Carol Burnett with the 52nd Life Achievement Award, following a filmed salute to the comedic trailblazer, actor, singer, dancer, producer and author. Susan Sarandon introduced a filmed “In Memoriam” tribute to the SAG-AFTRA members lost during 2015. In keeping with the SAG Awards tradition of highlighting the work of SAG-AFTRA members, SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard introduced a light-hearted look at how the profession of acting has been portrayed in film and television.
PEOPLE magazine and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) hosted the Screen Actors Guild Post-Awards Gala for the 20th year. This exclusive event, which was held immediately following the SAG Awards on a specially extended section of the Shrine Theater, honors the philanthropic causes and good works of the members of SAG-AFTRA. The Gala benefits the SAG-AFTRA Foundation.
The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards presented by SAG-AFTRA with Screen Actors Guild Awards, LLC was produced by Avalon Harbor Productions. For more information about the SAG Awards, SAG-AFTRA, TNT and TBS, visit sagawards.org/about
LA Art Show And Los Angeles Fine Art Show's 2016 Opening Night Premiere Party
The LA Art Show and The Los Angeles Fine Art Show returned to the Los Angeles Convention Center, the LA Arts District hosted the Fabirk Expo, and across town Art Los Angeles Contemporary was held at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica.
The LA Art Show kicked off on Wednesday January 27 with a gala Opening Night Premiere Party hosted by Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman. The evening benefited St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and gave guests the opportunity to be the first to view the galleries, plus enjoy beverages and gourmet treats from over 20 select Los Angeles restaurants.
JLo was joined by the cast and crew including Ray Liotta and Drea de Matteo of her new series "Shades of Blue" at NBC's TCA Winter 2016 Press Tour on Wednesday, January 13th in Pasadena, CA.
Shades of Blue is an American police procedural television series created by Adi Hasak. In Shades of Blue Lopez plays an NYPD Detective financially strapped and also a single mother who is part of a group of corrupt New York City detectives. The show opens with a startling confession from her character, Harlee Santos. It then spirals into a nightmare world of wiretaps and deception. When she is caught up in an FBI anti-corruption probe, she must choose between doing the right thing for her daughter or covering up for her corrupt police co-workers. Also starring Ray Liotta as Lieutenant Bill Wozniak, who steps outside the limitations of the law to protect his precinct and Drea de Matteo who portrays Shirley, a tough, outspoken female cop.
The 73rd annual Golden Globes kicked off on Sunday night, with Ricky Gervais returning for a fourth time hosting the annual Golden Globe Awards.
The winners are:
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture - Kate Winslet, "Steve Jobs"
Best Original Score - Ennio Morricone, "The Hateful Eight"
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture/Musical or Comedy - Matt Damon, "The Martian"
Best Motion Picture Animated - "Inside Out"
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture - Sylvester Stallone, "Creed"
Best Screenplay - Motion Picture - Aaron Sorkin, "Steve Jobs"
Best Motion Picture - Foreign Language - "Son of Saul" (Hungary)
Best Original Song - Motion Picture - "Writing's On The Wall," for the film "Spectre"
Best Director - Alejandro González Iñárritu, "The Revenant"
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama - Taraji P. Henson, "Empire"
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy- Jennifer Lawrence, "Joy"
Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - "The Martian"
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture -- Drama - Brie Larson, "Room"
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture -- Drama - Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Revenant"
Best Motion Picture - Drama - "The Revenant"
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture made for Television - Maura Tierney, "The Affair"
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Rachel Bloom, "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"
Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy - "Mozart in the Jungle"
Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television - "Wolf Hall"
Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television - Oscar Isaac, "Show Me a Hero"
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture made for Television - Christian Slater, "Mr. Robot"
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama - Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Gael García Bernal, "Mozart in the Jungle"
Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television - Lady Gaga, "American Horror Story: Hotel"
Best Television Series - Drama - "Mr. Robot"
Technology Connects. Industries Collaborate. Innovation Betters the World at CES 2016
Global industry leaders form cross-market relationships at world’s most influential technology event CES 2016 wrapped as the most expansive CES, breaking records across the board and providing unparalleled opportunities for companies big and small to launch innovation to the world market.
More than 3,800 exhibitors unveiled their latest technologies across more than 2.47 million net square feet of exhibit space this week. CES 2016 touched every major global industry and showcased the latest wave of products and technologies that are connecting the world, enhancing lives and solving global challenges. More than 170,000 industry professionals, including more than 50,000 from outside the U.S., were drawn to this high-level business event driving the ever-changing global technology industry.
With more than 6,000 members of the media in attendance, CES 2016 garnered worldwide media coverage. The show also received impressive social media momentum, including 1,278,870 mentions of the #CES2016 hashtag and 15.2 billion total potential social media impressions from January 5-9.
While attendance numbers reached a record high, improvements to show operations enabled attendees to navigate CES 2016 with ease. For the first time, Uber and Lyft were allowed to operate in Las Vegas, increasing transportation options for attendees.
CES will return to Las Vegas Thursday, January 5 through Sunday, January 8, 2017.
Jenny McCarthy and Husband Donnie Wahlburg at the Sirius XM booth conducting a live broadcast at the 2016 CES Las Vegas.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards
Kyle Busch crowned the 2015 champ at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Awards which took place Friday, December 4th at the Wynn Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
Television personality Drew Carey hosted the awards. Singer Andy Grammer entertained. Late night host Jimmy Fallon did a special comic bit about the series. Dale Earnhardt Jr. collected his 13th Most Popular Driver Award. And young, 22-year old Jeff Hanson was given the prestigious $100,000 Betty Jane France Award for his charitable work with the Children's Tumor Foundation.
Highlight of the evening: Tom Cruise introduces four-time NASCAR Champion Legend Jeff Gordon at Sprint Cup Awards which was a very emotional moment in NASCAR history.
Additional entertainment included music by Sam Hunt, Rachel Platten and Sabrina Carpenter.
Myers Brothers Luncheon Honors NASCAR Award Winners
The NMPA Myers Brothers Award Luncheon, an annual event to celebrate and honor winners of various NASCAR industry and sponsor awards took place Thursday, December 3rd at the Encore Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
Among the various awards that were presented at the Myers Brothers Award Luncheon, which recognizes individuals or groups who have provided outstanding contributions to the sport of stock car racing was Darlington Raceway for their efforts in successfully launching and executing Throwback Weekend for September’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 weekend.
Martinsville Speedway Track President Clay Campbell was presented with the Buddy Shuman Award, which is given annually to individuals that have played vital roles in the growth of professional stock car racing.
Brett Moffitt was officially recognized as the 2015 Sunoco Rookie of the Year.
Kevin Harvick took home the bulk of the hardware during Thursday’s event including the American Ethanol Green Flag Restart Award, the 3M Lap Leader Award, the Duralast Brakes "Brake in the Race" Award and the Mobil 1 Driver of the Year Award.
Matt Kenseth won the Sherwin-Williams Fastest Lap Award.
Additional awards presented included:
Coors Light Pole Award - Joey Logano
Marketing Achievement Award - Sunoco
Inaugural Chevrolet Lifetime Achievement Award - Jeff Gordon
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Year - Sam Vernatter
MOOG Problem Solver of the Year Award - Greg Ives
Ingersoll Rand Power Move Award - Tony Gibson
Mechanix Wear Most Valuable Pit Crew Award - #41 Stewart-Haas Racing Team
Sunoco Diamond Performance Award - Kyle Busch
Goodyear Series Champion Award - Kyle Busch
Champion Sponsor Award - Mars
DISTINCTIVE ASSETS AND ITS FABULOUS GIFTS ONCE AGAIN JOIN THE 16TH ANNUAL LATIN GRAMMY AWARDS FESTIVITIES
The Latin Recording Academy hosted the 16th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards on November 19, 2015 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The show was broadcasted live on Univision from 8-11pm ET/PT (7pm Central). Distinctive Assets is proud to once again have been selected to thank the renowned presenters and performers for their participation with an array of fabulous gifts.
This year’s Gift Lounge participants included: Anabel Arto, Aluminé Skincare, Belldini, Bose, Candy Vixen, Charlotte D. Harrington, Honey Bunches of Oats, Lalo Fitness, NOON VR, PAM, and Walmart. Participating talent received a pre-assembled gift bag with an array of festive items from the following companies: Beth Minardi – Studio B, Big Cat Rescue, FitPrep,Grand Central Publishing, GrindHouse Denim, Healing Saint, Health LA, HISY, Post Honey Bunches of Oats, Hello Products, KryptAll, Lizora, L’Oréal, Luz de la Riva, Mission1, Pocket Frenz, Purely Inspired, St. Ive’s, Silvia Carenvali, Spa Ritual, Super Teased Hair, Tambonita, The Green Garmento and Tribute.
Established in 1999, Distinctive Assets is best known for creating lavish gift collections and interactive gift lounges at major Hollywood events and celebrity functions. The boutique firm also provides celebrity placement, product introduction, event production and branding opportunities for a broad range of companies ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to small start-ups.
The Latin Recording Academy is an international, membership-based organization comprised of Spanishand Portuguese-speaking recording artists, musicians, songwriters, producers and other creative and technical recording professionals. The organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for Latin music and its makers. In addition to producing the Latin GRAMMY Awards to honor excellence in the recorded arts and sciences, The Latin Recording Academy provides educational and outreach programs for the Latin music community.
For more information about The Latin Recording Academy, please visit LatinGRAMMY.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @LatinGRAMMYs on Twitter, like "Latin GRAMMYs" on Facebook , and join the Latin GRAMMYs' social communities on Foursquare, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and YouTube.
Food is Art
Food is Art held in evening of food, wine and art with top chefs and sommeliers/mixologists! This 21+ event which benefits the ALS Association Nevada Chapter and the Springs Preserve was held Saturday, November 14th at the Springs Preserve.
As guests travel through the Springs Preserve, they encountered tastings from each course while enjoying mixology bars and wine pairings, and perusing silent auction items. The event also featured live entertainment by Jaime Kyle with Dave Jenkins and Steve Price of Pablo Cruise.
The chef's tasting menu included:
Gerald Chin of Strip Steak
Geno Bernardo of Herringbone
Aaron Neely of Siegel's 1941 at the El Cortez
Ricardo Romo of Itsy Bitsy
Steve Piamchuntar of Divine Cafe & Events
Luis Oliveira of Sambalatte Torrefazione
Monica Delgadillo of Mina Group, serving sweet treats, cookies, petit fours, etc.
Joe Romano of PT's Pub/Sierra Gold/Sean Patrick's (VIP only)
Megan Romano of Chocolate & Spice (VIP only)
Jon Stokes of the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas (VIP only)
Buddy V's Carlo's Bakery (VIP only)
Honorees included: Tony F. Sanchez III, Esq., as well as Steve Rigazio and The Rigazio Family.
About ALS Association Nevada Chapter The ALS Association Nevada Chapter is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization serving people with ALS throughout Nevada. It is their goal to serve all persons and their families living with and fighting ALS in Nevada one person at a time. They work extensively to provide much-needed programs that offer emotional, physical and financial assistance.
Other sponsors included: Southern Wine & Spirits, Shetakis Foods, Circle TPR, El Cortez Hotel & Casino, Golden Entertainment, US Foods, Sysco, Sierra Gold, PT's Ranch, Sean Patrick's, PT's Gold Pub, Culinary Academy of Las Vegas, and State Restaurant Supply.
Nevada’s Largest Holiday Drive-thru Light Show, Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Celebrates 15 Spectacular Years
Nevada’s largest holiday drive-thru light show spectacular, Glittering Lights at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway celebrates 15 spectacular years of holiday tradition in southern Nevada. Tickets are available at the gate, glitteringlightslasvegas.com or area Walgreens stores. Entry is $20 per vehicle. Bring a donation of goods for Goodwill of Southern Nevada, and receive an instant $2 entry discount.
Ms. Claus and Santa arrived in style at the VIP opening of the 2015 Glittering Lights at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Human Nature performed at the 2015 Glittering Lights at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway opening
About Glittering Lights
Jingle that sleigh to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway – only 10 minutes from fabulous downtown Las Vegas – for Glittering Lights, Nevada’s largest holiday drive-thru light show featuring more than 3 million lights amongst a 2.5 - mile course that intertwines through the speedway. A tradition for 15 years in southern Nevada, Glittering Lights is open nightly November 13 until January 3, 2016, 5:30-9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 5:30-10 p.m., Friday, Sunday and holidays.
Tickets are $20 per vehicle, $55 for a season pass. Buses are $1 per person with a minimum charge of $20. Purchase tickets at glitteringlightslasvegas.com, southern Nevada Walgreens locations or at the gate. Goodwill of Southern Nevada offers discounted entry coupons for Glittering Lights with a donation of goods. Coupon available at any of the stores, drop off locations or at the entrance of Glittering Lights. Value is $5 off Monday-Thursday and $2 off Friday-Sunday and holidays. A portion of each ticket sold benefits Speedway Children's Charities.
Follow Glittering Lights @lasvegaslights or facebook.com/glitteringlightslasvegas
Glittering Lights at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Master Calendar of Events 2015
Free Military Night - active and inactive military and spouses with valid ID receive free entry tonight. To experience the holiday light show, veterans and active duty military must present the appropriate ID at the entrance to Glittering Lights to receive free admission: U.S. Military ID, VIC ID (Veteran Identification Card) or DAV ID card (Disabled American Veterans ID).
Speedway Children’s Charities PJ Run through the lights.
Hope for Hearts Night - first 200 vehicles receive a piece of handcrafted jewelry from Uganda. Hope for Hearts-501(c)3 charity is dedicated to funding schools in conflict countries moving kids from Poverty to Prosperity through education.
Marriage Can Be Murder, Las Vegas' Killer Comedy Interactive Dinner Theatre Show gives the first 200 vehicles an advent calendar.
Calportland gives a treat to the first 200 vehicles
Living Nativity presented by branches of the United Methodist Church
The first 200 vehicles receives a sweet treat from BSweet.
Grimaldi's Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria gives first 200 vehicles $5 voucher.
Living Nativity presented by branches of the United Methodist Church
Living Nativity presented by branches of the United Methodist Church Glittering Lights at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway 2015 Fact Sheet
It’s time to grab family and friends, and jingle that sleigh to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway – only 10 minutes from the Spaghetti Bowl – for the holiday drive-through spectacular, Glittering Lights. The dazzling array of festive lights and sounds feature more than 3 million lights that intertwines through the speedway.
Glittering Lights has entertained more than 1 million people the past 14 years. Completely LED, the 2.5 course of Glittering Lights is environmentally sound with colors that shine more vibrant than before.
USA Today named Glittering Lights one of the 10 Best Annual Events
CNN Travel named Glittering Lights one of eight Best places to see Christmas lights in the U.S.
Las Vegas Motor Speedway - 10 minutes from the Spaghetti Bowl
The merriest way to arrive is I-15N, exit 54, turn right.
I-15N - exit 54 -turn right on Speedway Blvd - continue for a half mile and turn right into the entrance of glittering lights. Using a GPS will double your travel time, routing you to Las Vegas Blvd.
Friday, November 13 through Sunday, January 3
Sunday through Thursday 5:30 – 9 p.m.
Friday, Saturday and holidays 5:30 – 10 p.m.
Purchase online at glitteringlightslasvegas.com, southern Nevada Walgreens locations or at the entrance of Glittering Lights.
Tickets are $20 per vehicle.
Season passes are available for $55.
Buses are $1 per person with a minimum charge of $20.
Check glitteringlightslasvegas.com for special VIP ticket packages.
Living Nativity: As a community project, branches of the United Methodist Church bring a Living Nativity to Glittering Lights, Thursdays through Saturdays starting December 3, and December 18-21.
By the Numbers: 150,000+ visitors annually
30,000 vehicles anticipated (26,000+ in 2014)
3 million+ lights
500 animated and sparkling displays
First 15,000 vehicles receive a gift bag
Goodwill of Southern Nevada offers discounted entry coupons for Glittering Lights with a donation of goods. Coupon available at any of the stores, drop off locations or at the entrance of Glittering Lights. Value is $5 off Monday-Thursday and $2 off Friday-Sunday and holidays. In 2013, Goodwill provided job seeker services and training to over 10,000 local Nevadans. Visit www.sngoodwill.org to learn more.
Speedway Children's Charity (SCC) receives a monetary portion from each purchased ticket to Glittering Lights. SCC provides funding for hundreds of children's charities throughout southern Nevada that meet the direct needs of children. From educational support to the basic need of a coat or a simple meal, SCC's vision is that every child has the same opportunities no matter what obstacle they are facing.
Since 1999, SCC has awarded more than $1.7 million children's charities in Southern Nevada. Visit scclasvegas.org to learn more. Avenue of Trees is an overview of all the charities that benefit from the generosity of Glittering Lights with a twinkling display of more than 80 Christmas trees.
6TH ANNUAL FASHION FOR AUTISM GALA
The 6th Annual Fashion for Autism Gala was held Thursday, November 5 at the Aria Hotel & Casino.The theme of the evening was "Bringing a Solution Into Focus." The evening’s festivities included a champagne reception and silent auction at 6 p.m. followed by dinner, awards ceremony, fashion show by PORSCHE and live auction at 7:30 p.m. The event honored community leaders who have made a difference in the lives of children and families living with autism. FOX 5 Las Vegas' Jason Feinberg served as the emcee for the evening.
Also coming soon the new center for Autism & Related Disorders.
Grant a Gift Autism Foundation announced its new partnership with The UNLV Center for Autism, The University Nevada School of Medicine Pediatrics Dept and the new UNLV Medical School. For the first time in Nevada and, perhaps, for the first time most anywhere, medical research, diagnostics, clinical care, speech-occupational-behavior therapy, family support and education, public outreach and advocacy will be under one roof and one location. The synergism of all these organizations will enable extraordinary consolidation, collaboration, and coordination. The increased efficiencies will enable scientists to confer with clinicians, therapists, teachers, parents, counselors, and advocates all working side by side on the same issues from multitude perspectives.
As a partnership, we will be able to provide:
Medical research on the causes and treatment of autism
Education of physicians and other health care providers to accelerate early detection and facilitate timely treatment
Outreach to parents and families to inform them of their options and alternatives.
A continuum of family centered care from childhood through the life span.
Stronger and more cohesive advocacy to help change public policy and provide adequate insurance coverage.
About the Organization: Grant a Gift Autism Foundation is a Nevada non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and community safety net that proudly serves children, youth and their families living with autism by providing diagnostic and treatment funding, support services, vocational training, transition planning, and education.
2015 Boneyard Bash
Held at the iconic Neon Museum in Las Vegas, which features over 150 signs including the newly added "Rivera" Hotel sign and "Liberace".
Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic, arts and cultural enrichment. The Neon Museum campus includes the outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard, a visitors’ center housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby and the Neon Boneyard North Gallery which houses additional rescued signs and is available for weddings, special events, photo shoots and educational programs.
ANDY RODDICK LEADS TEAM ELTON TO VICTORY AS MYLAN WTT SMASH HITS RAISES MORE THAN $1 MILLION FOR CHARITY
Andy Roddick defeated James Blake 5-1 in men’s singles to lead Team Elton to a 17-11 victory over Team Billie Jean at Mylan WTT Smash Hits in front of a capacity crowd at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on Monday night. The biggest winner was charity as, for only the third time in event history, Mylan WTT Smash Hits raised more than $1 million for the Elton John AIDS Foundation with a portion of those proceeds benefitting local charity Aid for AIDS of Nevada.
Mylan WTT Smash Hits, co-hosted by Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King, has now raised more than $14 million to support HIV and AIDS prevention and awareness programs since the first event in 1993.
The multi-colored Mylan WTT tennis court was built just steps away from where Elton John plays his hit show, “The Million Dollar Piano” at Caesars Palace.
The evening started with all the players participating in a live auction that raised approximately half of the night’s total. Among the top auction items was a $100,000 bid for a private hitting session with Andre Agassi and Stefanie Graf and two signed Elton John piano benches, which sold for $30,000 each.
When the action moved from the auction to the stadium court, it was Elton John who stole the show. The avid tennis player and fan teamed with longtime friend Martina Navratilova for an upset 3-2 victory over Andre Agassi and Stefanie Graf. Although the opening celebrity set didn’t count towards the final overall score, it inspired Team Elton to a quick start in men’s doubles.
Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish teamed together for the first time since they paired up on the ATP World Tour this July in Atlanta. The duo was too tough for Andre Agassi and James Blake as they posted a 5-3 set win for Team Elton.
A quartet of Hall of Famers took the court for women’s doubles. Team Elton added to their lead as Lindsay Davenport and Navratilova outlasted Graf and Tracy Austin of Team Billie Jean, 5-2.
Las Vegas residents Agassi and Graf gave Team Billie Jean their first set win as they impressively took out Fish and Navratilova 5-2 in mixed doubles, but Roddick quickly regained the momentum in men’s singles to clinch the match and give Team Elton the 12-11 edge in the all-time series.
Even though her team was on the losing end of the final score, King was thrilled with the Las Vegas debut of Mylan WTT Smash Hits. “We raised a lot of money for EJAF and left money locally for HIV/AIDS organizations. And the players come for nothing every year, so they are amazing. The crowds were so packed tonight, we had to turn people away. I loved being here at Caesars Palace but I have to live with being down to Elton now for a full year. He will be reminding me of it.”
Fright Dome Kicked Off their 13th Anniversary with a Star-Studded Black Carpet on October 2 in Las Vegas.
Fright Dome took over all five acres of The Adventuredome theme park at Circus Circus and partnered with the Nevada SPCA for the third year to raise awareness for the no kill shelter’s animal rescue efforts in Southern Nevada. Black carpet hostess Shanna Moakler kicked off Fright Dome’s 13th anniversary season with a star-studded lineup.
Haunted Houses included: Insanitarium, Wasterland, SWARM, Slaughterhouse, The Doll House and Killer Clowns 4-D.
Scare Zones included: Containment, Clown Havoc, Freak Show and Extermination 13.
Also in celebration of the Fright Dome's 13th Anniversary the creepy "Friday the 13th 4-D experience", where Jason haunts the grounds of Camp Crystal Lake.
Attendees included: Lance Burton (Magician), Hollywood FX artist Gary J. Tunnicliffe (Gone Girl, Hellraiser, Halloween, Exorcist); Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil; Lead Paranormal Investigator/Executive Producer from Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures” Zak Bagans; Paranormal Investigator/Cameraman from Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures” Aaron Goodwin; GRAMMY Award-Winning Rapper Coolio; Cast of PINUP ; International models Cervena Fox and Annalee Belle; “FaceOff” artist Jasmine Ringo; stars of Discovery Channel’s popular show “Guinea Pig” Ryan Stock and AmberLynn; cast from HISTORY’S hit TV series “Counting Cars”; Circus Circus General Manager Eric Fitzgerald; The Amazing Johnathan (Comedian/Magician), JABBAWOCKEEZ, Cast of "Evil Dead" the Musical, Fright Dome Owner and Creator Jason Egan; local headliners and many more.
Hailed as one of the nation’s scariest haunted attractions for 2014 by Travel Channel and having been featured worldwide for more than a decade in the top five; Fright Dome at Circus Circus is celebrating its 13th Anniversary milestone with its most extreme Halloween season yet.
The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor
Fear lives here at The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor as the torrid history of the haunted ship rises from the deep October 1 - November 1, 2015. In addition to Dark Harbor’s horrific new maze, Lullaby, that tells the tale of the ship’s youngest soul, Scary Mary, the annual fright festival is thrilled to unveil the all-new Anubis Paintball Adventure.
Those who dare will venture into the tombs of Anubis, the Greek Egyptian jackal-headed god of mummification and the afterlife. In Anubis’ underworld, guests will test their skills in an LED 3D paintball battle against the most terrifying gaggle of mummies, monsters and myths.
The brand new Lullaby maze will take guests on a frightening voyage with Dark Harbor’s youngest soul, Scary Mary, who has haunted the Queen Mary ever since her horrific drowning in the poolroom in 1952. Dark Harbor will also welcome the new Side Show of Freaks and Oddities and the Side Show Bar that will bring guests up close into the grotesque world of freaks.
The Ringmaster, The Captain and their band of spirits including Samuel the Savage, Graceful Gale, Half-Hatch Henry and Scary Mary will be joined by over 200 grizzly monsters and ghouls that will be plotting terrifying tricks and treats throughout the season of fear. Dark Harbor’s signature haunts Deadrise, Soulmate, B340, Circus and the Voodoo Village will be wrought with more horrific monsters than ever before.
Dark Harbor brings the true torrid tales of The Queen Mary to life, offering one of the most authentically terrifying experiences available. The annual event runs from October 1 and continues to inflict fear on select dates through November 1. Ticket prices start at just $20 online, with Fast Fright, VIP Passes, and lodging packages available. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit www.queenmary.com/dark-harbor.
About the Queen Mary
Located in the Port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary features a rich maritime history, authentic Art Deco décor, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach city skyline. At the time of her maiden voyage in May of 1936, she was considered the grandest ocean liner ever built. The Queen Mary’s signature restaurants include the award-winning Sir Winston’s and Chelsea Chowder House & Bar as well as a weekly Champagne Sunday Brunch served in the ship’s Grand Salon. History buffs enjoy the ship’s museum and Glory Days tour, guests of all ages love the Ghosts and Legends show, and the ship is currently featuring the renowned Diana: Legacy of a Princess exhibit and Tea Room. The Queen Mary features 80,000 square feet of event space in 17 remarkable Art Deco salons as well as a tri-level, 45,000-square-foot Exhibit Hall. The Queen Mary boasts 346 staterooms including nine full suites. For more information or for reservations, see www.queenmary.com or call (800) 437-2934. The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway in Long Beach.
Global Gaming Expo’s Casino Entertainment Awards
Longtime Las Vegas magicians Penn & Teller are the casino industry's entertainers of the year. The duo that performs at the Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel and Casino were among the winners of the Global Gaming Expo's Entertainment Awards held on Wednesday, September 30 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.The awards were presented during the American Gaming Association's annual trade show.
Comedian Jerry Lewis and the director of The Colosseum at Caesars Palace H.C. Rowe won the industry's lifetime entertainment achievement awards.
The industry's choice for musical artist and comedian of the year were Little River Band and Ron White, respectively.
The Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York won for its showroom and the Casino del Sol in Arizona was recognized for its amphitheater.
Also in attendance were entertainer Charo and Pia Zadora.
Presented by G2E and the American Gaming Association (AGA), the Casino Entertainment Awards are the only awards exclusively honoring outstanding artists, executives and venues in the casino entertainment industry. The Casino Entertainment Legend Awards recognize lifetime achievement in the casino entertainment industry.
2015 Knott's Scary Farm Opening
The 43rd annual world renowned event, Knott’s Scary Farm, returned for 24 horrifying nights September 24 – October 31.
New mazez included “PARANORMAL, INC”, a haunted hospital, “The Dead of Winter” maze where the chilling Snow Queen resides, “My Bloody Clementine”, ride through the Calico Mine where Clementine and her father were brutally murdered centuries ago.
Returning mazes included : Gunslinger's Grave, Black Magic, Pinocchio Unstrung, Forevermore, The Tooth Fairy, Voodoo, and Trick or Treat.
Other attractions included: Infected – Patient Zero, Elvira, the legendary Mistress of the Dark, 160 Acres of Scare Zones, The Hanging: Straight out of Calico, and Fiesta de los Muertos.
Knott’s Berry Farm’s 43rd season of Halloween haunting will last 24 nights from September 24 through October 31.
Hours are 7pm to 1am on weeknights and Sundays, 7pm to 2am on Fridays and Saturdays.
2015 Catalina Island Film Festival
Billy Zane (Titanic, The Phantom, Twin Peaks) received the Maverick Award and Director F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton, The Italian Job, Friday) received the Stanley Kramer Social Artist Award. attending the 2015 Catalina Island Film Festival on Friday, September 25th at the Avalon Theater.
Additional honorees included:
Mena Suvari (American Beauty, American Pie) with the Avalon Award.
Inaugural recipient of the Soundtrack of Our Lives Award, legendary songwriter Diane Warren.
Lucas Till (X-Men: Apocalypse, Bravetown) with the Crest Award.
A special tribute to Wes Craven featuring Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street).
Kristin Davis (Sex & the City, Couples Retreat) received the Conservation Activist Award.
About Catalina Film Festival
Catalina Film Festival is an annual celebration of film on the only West Coast resort island, where blue water and coastal breezes provide the perfect backdrop for films, parties, panels and networking just 26 miles off the coast of Los Angeles. CFF’s beneficiary is the Catalina Island Conservatory. For additional information, visit www.CatalinaFilm.org.