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Talk about beauties and the beasts -- actress Minka Kelly (“Friday Night Lights,” “Charlie’s Angels”) and singer-actress Mandy Moore dined with UFC stars Georges St-Pierre, Jon Fitch and Kenny Florian at Lavo in the Palazzo on Friday night, with the group enjoying salmon, chicken parmigiano and pasta.
Also dining at Lavo, Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps, who ordered a Kobe meatball and pizza. After dinner, Phelps headed upstairs to the boutique nightclub, where fellow Olympic gold medalist Apolo Ohno joined him. “Dancing With the Stars” pro-dancer champion Cheryl Burke also was spotted at the nightclub after dining at the Italian restaurant.
UFC star Forrest Griffin hosted a UFC 143 pre-party at Lavo. The MMA stud took over a dance-floor table with friends, posed for photographs with fans and was thrilled by a “Rocky”-themed shout-out and presentation.
At sister hotspot Tao in the Venetian, Apl.De.Ap of the Black Eyed Peas dined on crispy rice, satay bass, sushi and wok sirloin before heading up to the nightclub, where he manned the DJ booth for his Friday night set.
Phelps and Ohno made a late-night stop at Marquee to take in the sounds of Gabriel & Dresden, who kicked off their 2012 Marquee residency with a performance with Jes.
Thanks to Al Powers and Brenton Ho of Powers Imagery for their photo gallery.
Don Chareunsy is editor of VegasDeLuxe.com and arts and entertainment editor of LasVegasSun.com.
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