Tuesday, May 6, 2014 | 6 p.m.
Youngsters from age 8 to glamour girls age 39 competed in six categories of the 2014 Miss Nevada United States pageants at South Point over the weekend. Las Vegas entrants did especially well, and now six of them will go on to compete in the national finals July 1-6 in Washington, D.C.
Our thanks to pageant photographer Georgina Vaughan for her photo gallery of the winners: Little Miss Nevada, Kendall Bear (Las Vegas); Miss Pre Teen Nevada, Carlee Cook (Las Vegas); Miss Junior Teen Nevada, Mikayla Kelley (Las Vegas); Miss Teen Nevada, Bianca Gaden (Summerlin); Miss Nevada, Lisa Song Sutton (Las Vegas); and Ms. Nevada, Brittany Williams (Blue Diamond).
The Miss United States Pageant is ranked as one of the Top Three in the nation and one of the Top 10 in the world. It is not to be confused with either the Miss America or Miss USA pageants but has been one of the most prestigious competitions for more than three decades. The local director is Tanice Smith, who was first runner-up and Miss Congeniality at the Mrs. Nevada United States Pageant in 2012.
CONGRATS! “Fame” dancer, choreographer and actress Debbie Allen will be honored as Woman of the Year at the Nevada Ballet Theater’s 31st Annual Black & White Ball on Jan. 24 at Aria.
Mirage headliner Terry Fator was named Best Comedic Act at the annual 2014 Choice Awards gala of the Southern Nevada Hotel Concierge Association.
Swiss luxury timepiece maker Breguet has dedicated an astounding clock to the Smith Center and announced a portion of proceeds from sales from its Bellagio boutique will be donated this month to help fund education programming at the performing arts center.
The accounting has been completed: The Animal Foundation’s 11th annual Best in Show hosted by Jeff Civillico helped place more than 50 canine contestants in new forever homes and raised more than $215,000 for helping animals in need.
BOB IS FRANK: The praise for Bob Anderson’s uncanny lookalike and soundalike performance as Frank Sinatra in his one-night showcase production “Frank The Man The Music” at the Venetian on Sunday night is still coming in 72 hours later. Here are just some of the comments: “Bravo, Bob. Bravissimo. You did it. You took things up to another level. You made your dream come true.
“The entire Las Vegas entertainment community is proud of you. You were brilliant. It was a first-class Las Vegas event. Frank himself would have loved it. Frank would have stood up applauding like the rest of us.” Editor at Large John Katsilometes’ column about Bob was posted Monday.
RETURN VISIT: Organizers of the International Model Search featuring 50 gorgeous girls from 19 countries have set Oct. 18 at MGM Grand for its second pageant. The winner walks away with a one-year Los Angeles modeling and TV contract and a $50,000 prize. At the debut installment in early March, struggling South African student Adeline Mocke won the crown.
NENE IN ‘ZUMANITY’: “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” star NeNe Leakes is getting ready for her limited run starring in Cirque du Soleil’s “Zumanity” at New York- New York. Today, NeNe teased her first wardrobe fittings and promotional photo session on her Instagram. NeNe’s engagement kicks off June 27 and wraps July 1.
Every other year, Harrah’s headliner magician Mac King throws a Kentucky Derby Day party, and this year’s guests included Penn Jillette, Lance Burton, Vinnie Favorito, Anthony Cools and cast members from “Vegas Nocturne” and “Million Dollar Quartet.”
Nicolas Cage, Carrot Top and Carlos Santana celebrated Cinco de Mayo with lunch at Cantina Laredo in Tivoli Village. Carlos dined separately on carnitas and guacamole, while Nic and Carrot Top enjoyed tacos, tortilla soup and margaritas.
Two-time UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir attended “Veronic Voices” at Bally’s and posed for a photograph with star Veronic DiCaire post-show. Also at the show: Jai Rodriguez (“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”).
Actor Peter Facinelli (“Twilight,” “Nurse Jackie”) dined at Tao in the Venetian and enjoyed Peking duck spring rolls and crispy orange chicken before heading upstairs to the nightclub.
Rapper Flo Rida, flanked by security and a six-pack of beauties, was among the record-breaking size crowd at Encore Beach Club in Steve Wynn’s Encore for newly single DJ David Guetta.
Bollywood superstar Priyanka Chopra hosted at nearby Surrender after dining at Andrea’s. Priyanka wore a yellow For Love & Lemons nearly sheer floor-length dress. Priyanka also met up with pop princess Britney Spears after watching the latter’s “Britney: Piece of Me” at Planet Hollywood.
Brazilian and American Indian supermodel Ashley Sky hosted the launch of “Encore Beach Club at Night,” the nighttime pool party at EBC. The 22-year-old stunner wore a form-fitting Nookie dress and Gucci shoes. She turned heads at Andrea’s in a private dining booth while enjoying a selection of chef Joseph Elevado’s sushi, sashimi and specialty rolls. She then slipped into a Mikoh bikini for the pool party sipping on champagne while dancing to the sounds of DJs Mighty Mi and headliner Martin Solveig.
Actor Chris D’Elia partied at Light in Mandalay Bay.
UFC champion Anthony Pettis, Antonio Gates (San Diego Chargers) and Kyrie Irving and Anthony Bennett (Cleveland Cavaliers) partied at Haze in Aria, as did Greg Little and Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns.
Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs and Christopher “Big Black” Boykin of MTV’s “Fantasy Factory” partied at 1 OAK in the Mirage.
Meat Loaf returns to “Rocktellz & Cocktails” at Planet Hollywood through June 21.
Olivia Newton-John returns to the Flamingo through Saturday and then May 27 for dates in June, July and through Aug. 30.
“Panda!” at Palazzo celebrates its 100th show.
Kivi Rogers and Frances DiLorinzo headline at the Improv at Harrah’s through Sunday.
Fremont Street Experience kicks off National Travel Rally Week with a pictorial retrospective “Viva Vision Tribute to Las Vegas” featuring hundreds of photos of our city taken throughout the years through Sunday.
ABBA musical “Mamma Mia!” is about to reopen on the Strip with preview shows starting at the Tropicana, and we take an advance look of the first night, plus our close-up on four days of Vegas Uncork’d with more than 50 of America’s best chefs.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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In the spirit of Venice, The Venetian is a little piece of romantic Italy right here in Las Vegas. The Venetian is an "all-suite" hotel, with rooms accented with plush linens and Italian marble. The 4,027 suites are divided into two towers: The 36-story Venetian Tower that offers guests a taste of luxurious Las Vegas and the Venezia suites, which guarantee 12 floors of high-end elegance. The top five floors are the hotel's highest level of luxury with its private access, concierge lounge, upgraded features and even a dedicated staff.
The flagship of Venetian nightlife is TAO, an ultra-hip nightclub located inside of TAO Asian Bistro. V Bar is The Venetian's super smooth ultra lounge, made by the owners of New York City's club Lotus and Los Angeles' super swank Sunset Room.
The Venetian features 19 restaurants including Thomas Keller's award-winning French restaurant Bouchon, Mario Batali's B&B Ristorante, Aquaknox for fresh seafood and the 42,000 square foot TAO Asian Bistro. There's also the food court inside the Canal Shoppes for those looking for a quick bite.
Guests can float along The Grand Canal Shops in an authentic Italian gondola ride and pass stores like Burberry and Kenneth Cole along the way. And if you haven't caught a real celeb, on the street in Vegas, you can head over to Madame Tussauds to check out a wax version.
Located South of the Strip, South Point is a hot spot frequented by locals. The hotel-casino is decorated in a Pacific Coast feel, with golds, reds and browns, mixing an island feel with the ambiance of Southern California.
Guests rooms feature 42-inch flat screen TVs, iPod docking stations and plush linens. Outside, the property features landscaped gardens, a hospitality to entertain poolside and a sand volleyball court.
When it comes to gaming, the South Point has more than 120,000 square feet of casino games, as well as a separate race books and sports books, a bingo and poker room. South Point also has some family friendly features, like a 64-lane bowling center, an arcade and a 16-screen movie theater.
Dining options range from an upscale meal at Michael's Gourmet to ice cream at Kate's Korner. The 24-hour Coronado Cafe is the perfect spot for a late-night craving, which include six midnight to 6 a.m. "graveyard" specials. Other restaurants include the Big Sur Oyster Bar, Don Vito's, Garden Buffet, Seattle's Best Coffee House and the Del Mar Deli.
One of South Points more unique features is the Equestrian Center and Arena, a first for Vegas. The Equestrian Center holds a variety of events, from college basketball to Championship Bull Riding.