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08.31.09 · 4:54 PM
Not so hot: Las Vegans don’t rank among Maxim’s Hometown Hotties
When it comes to beautiful women in Las Vegas, we’re not exactly dealing with a drought. Water is scarce in our city, appreciation for the arts, perhaps, soft, nap-worthy fields of grass, definitely, but attractive ladies? We got ’em in droves. Which is why I was a little confused when an online search for Nevada-based finalists in this year’s Maxim Hometown Hotties competition returned this piece of advice from the famed men’s magazine: There are zero results for your search. ... Read more...
08.27.09 · 11:14 AM
The emancipation of Mimi
Ladies and gentlemen, Mimi Bobeck has left the building. Well, almost. “Never say no,” says Kathy Kinney, the actress who played the rude and obnoxious receptionist on The Drew Carey Show for nearly a decade. “But I think Mimi’s on sabbatical.” The brash character came out of semi-retirement this spring for an appearance on Carey’s game show, The Price is Right, but Kinney says Mimi’s reappearance was rare. “(It) was the first time I’d had all that makeup on in ... Read more...
08.27.09 · 8:26 AM
The deadliest job fair
Call it the deadliest job fair. If you’ve ever watched king crab-fishing documentary TV series The Deadliest Catch and thought that you could handle the frigid temperatures, round-the-clock work and salty co-workers of life on the Bering Sea, there are two things you should know. 1) You can’t. 2) Now is your chance to apply. Each season, Discovery Channel follows Alaskan king crab fishing boats as they depart from Dutch Harbor in search of lucrative and often elusive quarry. As ... Read more...
08.25.09 · 6:49 PM
Man vs. mollusk: Vegas chefs do battle at Shuck and Swallow
Epic moments of athletic achievement are often defined by overcoming seemingly impossible obstacles. In 1996, Kerri Strug vaulted for Olympic gold with a bad ankle sprain. In 2004, Red Sox pitcher Curt Shilling won Game 6 of the American League Championship Series against the Yankees with an ankle injury that caused the now-famous “bloody sock.” And on August 24, First Food & Bar staffers Robert Ryan and Jacob Mual sustained scrapes, cuts and torn lips on their way to shelling ... Read more...
08.24.09 · 7:11 PM
Jackson’s kids spotted in Vegas
As the controversy surrounding their father’s death continues to flash across TV screens nationwide, Michael Jackson’s children were spotted in Las Vegas this weekend. Jackson’s two sons, ages seven and 12, and 11-year-old daughter were seen playing in the pool at the Palms on Saturday. This was not the first time the children were at the resort: Their father lived at the Palms for about two months last year. People.com reported that the siblings’ grandmother, Katherine Jackson, was close by ... Read more...
08.24.09 · 2:32 PM
Satisfying a need for speed
Michele Abbate likes to go fast, and tonight I’m buckled in beside her for the ride. “You don’t want to ride with me on my first run,” she says as we stand beside her Mazda Speed Protégé. “I go slow.” Beside us, three people overhear her and start laughing. “Michele,” one of them says, “I don’t think I’ve ever seen you go slow.” Abbate laughs. She doesn’t disagree. It’s Saturday night and we’re at the second summer event of the ... Read more...
08.24.09 · 12:21 PM
Celeb Recap: Party all the time
Music fans were well-served this weekend as an array of musicians was added to the usual lineup of actors, actresses and reality-show personalities playing in Las Vegas. From shock rock and punk-pop to rap and R&B, there was a show in town for almost every music-loving concertgoer. While he doesn’t “Party All The Time” anymore, Eddie Murphy partied ahead of time, before the weekend even started. The DJ at Jet played Murphy’s 1980’s collaboration with Rick James after the actor ... Read more...
08.22.09 · 4:47 PM
Send in the cheesy movies… the worst you can find
Most of the time, talking during a movie is one of the most annoying things a person can do in a theatre – unless, of course, you’re really good at it. If you’re really good at it, you can coordinate 400 theatres nationwide to play the same atrocious movie while you make fun of the film. And everyone will want to listen in on your whispers. This is precisely what Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett (better known ... Read more...
08.21.09 · 5:21 PM
Celeb forecast: Shock rock, crooning Boyz and Ms. Conrad
Music fans will be well-served this weekend as the usual line-up actors, actresses and reality show personalities takes a back seat to bands. From shock rock and punk-pop to rap and R&B, there’s something for almost every concertgoer. Ludacris will kick things off tonight with a free concert at the Palms. The poolside show is part of a Miller Lite promotion that saw all 2200 tickets given away gratis. Also performing poolside tonight is Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, who will ... Read more...
08.21.09 · 4:59 PM
Shuck or swallow?
It’s an age-old question: Shuck or swallow? Whatever your preference, chefs and patrons at FIRST Food & Bar have the opportunity to do both on Monday, and both will go to benefit a good cause. The restaurant will host Shuck & Swallow – a charity event bringing together approximately 20 Vegas restaurants to compete in a contest centered on that infamous aphrodisiac: the oyster. Each restaurant’s team will consist of two people – one to shuck and one to swallow. ... Read more...
08.21.09 · 11:33 AM
The beverages themselves aren’t green in color, but the topic of conversation is decidedly eco-friendly. And don’t worry, there are drinks at the monthly environmental awareness mixer called Green Drinks—just make sure you recycle the cup or bottles when you’re finished. “Green Drinks is an International Group,” said Tara Pierce, a co-organizer of the event. “The [Vegas] chapter has been running for about two years.” Pierce explains Green Drinks offers casual free networking events focused on raising awareness regarding eco ... Read more...
08.20.09 · 12:46 PM
Up on the roof: Inside Hotel 32
On the top floor of the Monte Carlo there is a hotel within a hotel. Rising from the ashes of a fire that destroyed a portion of the property last year, the entire 32nd floor has been transformed into its own entity: Hotel 32. Upon arrival, guests are presented with an exclusive iPod touch to take anywhere in Vegas that communicates directly with Hotel 32’s suite assistants who can help you book show tickets or order room service after a ... Read more...
08.19.09 · 12:52 AM
Professional dominatrix says Vegas doesn’t live up to Sin City nickname
If Dr. Drew Pinsky were an Irish woman with a slight accent and expertise rooted in bondage culture and cathartic play, he’d be Rowynn Eire, the woman behind the educational show “Ask A Mistress” playing August 19 at Onyx Theatre. Since moving to Las Vegas last March, Eire, a professional dominatrix, has been working to educate what she describes as a “close-minded” local population in a city that hardly lives up to its Sin City moniker. “I’ve done BDSM all ... Read more...
08.18.09 · 4:02 PM
Night bite: Ménage Mondays
Why attend a party hosted by a lady who’s name you don’t know when you can share the evening with an entire household of familiar faces? Cathouse has scrapped the “Madame” for “Ménage” on Mondays and added weekly residents Starkillers (aka Nick Terranova) and Austin Leeds plus Chris Aurelius and Jeff Retro. (That’s a foursome of DJs, but since ménage actually means “household” in French, you can get your mind out of the gutter.) If all goes well when the ... Read more...
08.18.09 · 3:38 PM
Just as we were beginning to worry Las Vegas had run out of original contest ideas, T&T (Tacos & Tequila) at the Luxor saves the day. Adding to the desired debauchery of their Mischieve Wednesdays pre-party leading up to a night out at LAX, T&T has launched… wait for it… human rooster fighting! Think about it: What’s not entertaining about two grown adults dressed like giant roosters? Feed them a few $5 Tecatés, margaritas or Hornitos shots and you’ve got ... Read more...
08.17.09 · 6:39 PM
Celeb recap: Olympic swimmers, Kardashian sisters and Hollywood A-listers
Pirates, pretty sisters and stars with birthdays all invaded Las Vegas this weekend. Here’s how the parties shook out. DJ Jazzy Jeff (born Jeffrey Townes), kicked things off on Friday as Will Smith’s former small-screen co-star hosted Ditch Fridays at the Palms. He later moved his turntables inside from the pool deck to Rain nightclub as he took over for DJ AM, who had the night off. Earlier that afternoon Peepshow star Holly Madison strutted her stuff during a photoshoot ... Read more...
08.17.09 · 1:25 PM
The great bingo battle: paper versus plastic
To daub or not to daub? Two Weekly writers hit the bingo hall to settle a debate over the use of paper versus electronic machines. Paper The ’68 Comeback Special Elvis was always my favorite version of The King. His tousled hair. Those swinging hips sheathed in leather, viewable from all 360-degrees. The kinda-playing of his guitar. It seemed only natural that my favorite Elvis would bring me good luck while playing bingo, so I ponied up an extra 50 ... Read more...
08.17.09 · 1:54 AM
Local tattoo artists stack the deck with custom cards
Not all tattooists trace pictures from a book. When you know where to look, tattoo artists with extraordinary abilities are creating works that transcend the medium of skin. One group in Las Vegas aims to dispel the stereotype that tattoo artists aren’t real artists, while helping the less fortunate in the process. Aaron Neiman of Pussykat Tattoo Parlor is co-founder of The Las Vegas Tattoo Art Collective, a group that meets monthly to bring recognition local tattoo artists and the ... Read more...
08.17.09 · 1:28 AM
Believe the Rumer: Willis birthday girl is 21 years humble
She has a funny name, her parents are divorced and she grew up under the Hollywood microscope, but Rumer Willis seems ridiculously well-adjusted and humble. Instead of a fancy new car, an exotic vacation abroad or expensive jewelry, all she wanted for her 21st birthday was to have a good time with her friends and family. Yet with a new movie about to hit theaters and parents like Bruce Willis and Demi Moore (and Ashton Kutcher as a step-dad), Rumer ... Read more...
08.15.09 · 10:57 AM
A pregnant Kourtney and other Kardashians come to play
Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian might have taken Miami, but the eldest Kardashian forgot to take something else, and is now pregnant. “There’s so many times I’ll forget to take my (birth control) pill,” she told Ryan Seacrest on Thursday. “I know, it’s stupid.” Kourtney Kardashian, 30, announced earlier this week that she is expecting her first child with on-again/off-again boyfriend, Scott Disick. It would appear that the couple is indeed “on” once again. The expectant mother admitted she was “shocked” ... Read more...
08.14.09 · 12:50 PM
Celeb forecast: Booty plundering and sisters with booty
The weekend is here once again and so are the stars. DJ Jazzy Jeff will kick things off this afternoon as he hosts what will be a pirate-themed edition of Ditch Fridays at the Palms. The afternoon pool party is just the start of a weekend chock-full of high seas-themed fun at the resort: Ghostbar will be transformed into Davy Jones’s Locker tonight for one of the bi-weekly Nine2Eleven open bar events (RSVP required, from 9 until 11 p.m.) sponsored ... Read more...
08.14.09 · 9:10 AM
Culinary cable shows turn the camera on Las Vegas
Somebody must have rung the dinner bell at a meeting of TV producers, because three – count ’em, three! – foodie cable shows are stopping by Las Vegas in the span of a week. On Wednesday, Man vs. Food rolled into town with host Adam Richman sampling spicy seafood at Hot N Juicy Crawfish, Hash House A Go Go’s super-sized brunch and, finally, the NASCAR Café’s infamous 6-pound burrito. A week later, Top Chef: Las Vegas will premiere on August ... Read more...
08.13.09 · 10:15 PM
Harry Basil’s in town, hide the Krazy Glue
One could say Harry Basil wears a lot of hats. Literally. The prop comic gives Carrot Top a run for his money with a frenetically paced set full of quick costume changes and bits that center on scenes from popular films. Before his show on Tuesday night at The Comedy Stop at The Sahara, comedian, actor, director, screenwriter and occasional poker player Harry Basil, walked downtown to the Gambler’s General Store. He’s been performing in Las Vegas since 1984, so ... Read more...
08.13.09 · 9:59 PM
Jeremy Piven finds peace as a pushy salesman
Jeremy Piven not only brings the goods, he lets them all hang out in his new movie. The actor, best known for his role on the HBO series Entourage and his off-screen luck with the ladies, was in Las Vegas last night for the premiere of his new film, The Goods. His starring role is the biggest one he has had to date. “It’s the first time I’ve had my huge head there, on the side of anything,” Piven said, ... Read more...
08.13.09 · 6:36 PM
Will Ferrell talks two great men: Jesus and Manolo Blahnik
Forget Steve Madden: Will Ferrell is a Manolo man. The actor-comedian joked about his shoe fetish last night at the premiere for his new movie at Planet Hollywood. Ferrell plays a small but very funny part alongside Jeremy Piven in The Goods. The soon-to-be-smash movie hits theaters tomorrow. While walking the red carpet last night Ferrell was asked if he could give anyone a high-five, dead or alive, who would it be. “Anyone?” the Saturday Night Live alum asked, pondering ... Read more...
08.13.09 · 4:53 PM
Jon - (Kate + 8) x Vegas = douchebag
Jon may have left Kate and custody of their eight may soon be up for debate, but Jon Gosselin is coming to Las Vegas to celebrate. The “Jon and Kate Plus Eight” patriarch will host at Wet Republic on Aug. 29. It is not clear which, if any, of his twentysomething-year-old girlfriends will be joining him at the MGM Grand pool. Gosselin has been to Southampton with former Star magazine reporter Kate Major and vacationed in both the French Riviera ... Read more...
08.12.09 · 12:35 PM
Carrie Snow’s mom is meaner than your mom
Writer and stand up comedian Carrie Snow, came up the ranks through the world of sitcom writing, but never lost her passion for stand up comedy. After the ups and downs of dramatic weight loss surgery and parting ways with Roseanne Barr after a long run as one of her writers, Snow keeps returning to her stand up roots. The Weekly caught up with Snow as she was traveling back to Los Angeles from her childhood home in Merced where ... Read more...
08.10.09 · 1:42 PM
Welcome to the ‘hood, Pho Saigon 8
Opening a restaurant specializing in Vietnamese soup staple pho (pronounced “fuh”) in the middle of a Vegas summer might be considered counterintuitive, but that’s exactly what Spring Mountain standby Pho Saigon 8 did about eight weeks ago. The popular Vietnamese eatery has opened a second location on the opposite side of town at the intersection of Eastern Avenue and I-215 in the former home of the very short-lived American Grill. (It also happens to be in the same shopping center ... Read more...
08.10.09 · 10:58 AM
Celeb recap: Panic, Gossip and Playboy
The stars were quick out of the gate this weekend and wasted no time hitting Las Vegas in full force. Things got started at the Palms on Friday as multiple AVN award-winner Kirsten Price hosted Ditch Fridays at the Palms. The brunette beauty sipped Ketel One vodka and lemonade cocktails by the pool, then continued the party later that night at Moon. Later that night Vegas Magazine threw a party for its cover boy, Usher, at Playboy Club. The R&B ... Read more...
08.9.09 · 2:06 PM
The tale of the (mix) tape: UFC 101’s walk in music
Once the fighters enter the Octagon, UFC bouts are all about blood, holds and well-aimed fists, but sometimes their walk to the ring and the music that accompanies it is as interesting as the brawl itself. While besting Yoshihiro Akiyama’s UFC 100 entrance to Andrea Bocelli’s “Time to Say Goodbye” would be tough, the walk in choices by UFC 101 fighters last night in Philadelphia featured a few gems worth mentioning. The first bout of the evening pitted modern rap ... Read more...
08.8.09 · 7:57 PM
Q&A with new UFC Octagon girl Natasha Wicks
Though she go-go dances at XS and models for top agencies like Platinum, Las Vegas native and new UFC Octagon girl Natasha Wicks does not have the typical Vegas tale. Growing up on a farm near Nellis Air Force Base as one of eight home-schooled children, Wicks spent time gardening and raising farm animals before getting involved with her family’s sport of choice: running. This passion for speed led her to enroll in Cimmaron Memorial High School where she went ... Read more...
08.8.09 · 10:43 AM
UFC 101: Where to watch
If you can’t afford the plane fare to Philly or aren’t satisfied with your lack of a home theater, Las Vegas bars and casinos are offering a plethora of viewing options for UFC 101 right in your own backyard. The UFC is following up the historic UFC 100 fight card with another stacked ticket you won’t want to miss just because you’re not in Philadelphia. With his lackluster performance against Georges St. Pierre at “Greasegate” behind him, BJ “The Prodigy” ... Read more...
08.7.09 · 4:20 PM
Celeb forecast: Cloudy with a chance of Usher
The stars will be quick out of the gate tonight and will put on a strong showing on Saturday, but it looks like the weekend’s celebrity sightings will come to a rather quiet close on Sunday. Things will get started at the Palms tonight as Vegas Magazine throws a party for its cover boy, Usher, at Playboy Club. The red carpet event is closed to the public and will begin at 7 p.m. but the club will open the floodgates ... Read more...
08.6.09 · 7:01 PM
Welcome to Paradise - the new tower at the Hard Rock, that is
If Wasted Space or the Hard Rock’s poker lounge morphed into its own sleek hotel, it’d closely resemble the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino’s new Paradise Tower. That’s because designer Mark Zeff, the man behind both, was charged with carrying the rock n’ roll decadence over to hotel and casino’s new addition. “We have created an entirely new DNA for the Hard Rock,” said Zeff, the President and Founder of Zeffdesign. “The result is a revitalized Hard Rock Hotel that ... Read more...
08.6.09 · 6:43 PM
Tiki torches, gnomes and a bit of organized chaos with Vegas’ newest biker gang
It starts with the glitter of metal as a custom bike comes around the corner onto Fremont East. This wouldn’t normally be such an uncommon sight for downtown, but on this nondescript Saturday night in mid-July, the barrage of metal, custom paint and sparkles never ends. It continues to ebb around the corner in waves until suddenly the area in front of Beauty Bar is surrounded by the quietest, and probably the coolest, biker gang this town has ever seen. ... Read more...
08.6.09 · 11:07 AM
Ashton Kutcher and Anne Heche on sex and Spread
Ashton Kutcher has been having a lot of sex and he likes to talk about it. The 31-year-old actor told Jimmy Kimmel about his adult-themed escapades earlier this week, and he told the Weekly about them this afternoon: He gets down, again and again, in his new movie, Spread. “There’s a lot of sex in the movie,” he reiterated this afternoon as he casually lounged on the couch next to his co-star, Anne Heche. “I have sex with a lot ... Read more...
08.5.09 · 4:02 PM
Nerdwrap: Vegas overrun by influx of brainiacs
Vegas has officially gone to the nerds — and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. While our fair city isn’t exactly known as a gathering place for great minds (great bodies? Yes. Great brains? Not so much), Vegas has recently seen a peak in its smart people population. It’s almost like a small-scale CES: The annual Consumer Electronics Show, which takes place in January, has a similar surge-in-smarts effect on the city. The recent boost in brainpower started last weekend, ... Read more...
08.4.09 · 6 PM
Defcon 17 hacks into Vegas
Hackers are people, too. Really, really, really smart people. Despite the stereotype that they’re a group of secretive, conspiracy theorists out to steal every shred of info and take over the world, This n00b set out for the 17th annual Defcon Convention at the Rivera last weekend. For the most part, I had no idea what everyone was talking about. But whatever it was, it sure was impressive. The brilliant minds that make you wary to turn on your computer ... Read more...
08.4.09 · 2:55 PM
From all corners of the globe, a hip-hop hoedown hits Vegas
Hey, Vegas club-goers, there are a few eight-year-olds I’d like you to meet. At the Orleans Arena on Sunday, Aug. 2 a group of tiny Japanese girls in purple camouflage pants and teased ponytails started dancing in perfect locking unison to a song more than a decade older than they were. MC Hammer’s “Too Legit To Quit” gave way to Celine Dion’s Titanic anthem, “My Heart Will Go On” and the girls paused their frenetic, music video-quality dancing to hold ... Read more...
08.4.09 · 2:09 PM
Celeb recap: Sasha Fierce and a whole lot of stars
Beyoncé Knowles and her superstar husband, Jay-Z, were in town as the North American tour of Knowles’ alter ego, Sasha Fierce, came to a close. The final of the four performances took place in the Encore Theater on Sunday night at the Wynn. Two official after parties were held in Ms. Knowles’ honor, the first at Blush on Friday and at XS on Sunday. Jay-Z was in town for the culmination of his superstar wife’s tour and was spotted at ... Read more...
08.3.09 · 1:12 PM
Rule the Rink: Fashion tips from Robot Chicken on Wheels
I’ve always thought that roller-skating is ready for a comeback, and when Adult Swim rolled into Crystal Palace on Sunday to host roller-skating party Robot Chicken on Wheels, I almost saw that wish come true. Nearly an hour before the event officially started, the line around Crystal Palace ran the entire length of the building and then some, with people anxious to celebrate the animated show’s latest DVD release (Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II) and mingle with executive producers ... Read more...
08.3.09 · 1:36 AM
Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee take Vegas together
Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson’s on-again, off-again relationship appears to be on again. The hot-and-cold couple was all smiles this morning as they were spotted enjoying each other’s company at the Hard Rock Hotel. The former husband and wife hit the town after Lee and the rest of Mötley Crüe performed at The Joint. Instead of laying low or attempting to avoid the spotlight, however, the attention-loving couple made their presence known at Body English. Surprised fans cheered as the ... Read more...
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May 15, 2013
by Sabrina Chapman
This Sunday, XS nightclub celebrates the grand reopening of its after-dark pool party, Night Swim. Along with the bash comes a new offering of signature cocktails served by the pitcher, ...