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Vegas Weekend: Setting the scene -- Breast cancer benefits & birthday bashes

     It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month and TAO Beach is hosting a benefit event on Saturday for the Susan G. Komen For The Cure Foundation of Southern Nevada. The "Save 2nd Base" party includes open bar from 1-2 p.m. for anyone in a pink bathing suit.

Mario Lopez celebrates his birthday at Gallery on Saturday night.     There's also fun by the pool to start the weekend off on Friday as the Miss Tropic beauty contestants host at The Mirage's Bare pool. The celebrity scene picks up Friday night as Angela Simmons hosts at Tryst inside Wynn Las Vegas and Ice Cube will bring the party to Chateau Nightclub at Paris Las Vegas. For more great Vegas nightlife, check out London Calling at The Bank inside Bellagio, DJ88 at Vanguard Lounge downtown on Fremont Street, EC Twins at TAO Nightclub at The Venetian, Dave Fogg & Dainjazone at Rain at the Palms, Dada Life at Surrender inside Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, Congorock at ARIA's Haze and Soxxi at the Artisan Hotel.

     On Saturday, along with the "Save 2nd Base" benefit at TAO Beach, Armin Van Buuren spins at Marquee Dayclub at the Cosmopolitan. When dark falls, the Smashing Pumpkins perform at the Cosmopolitan, and there are more celebrity-hosted events, including Mario Lopez holding his birthday celebration at Gallery Nightclub at Planet Hollywood, LL Cool J at Chateau and Bryam Greenberg & Victor Rasuk hosting at Pure inside Caesars Palace.

     You can also live it up at The Tropic Beauty Model Search at The Bank, Paul Oakenfold at Rain, Van Buuren inside TAO Nightclub, DJ Scooter doing a special guest DJ set at Haze, A-Trak at Surrender, Erick Morillo at Marquee and Chingy live at LAX inside Luxor.

     Close out your weekend in Vegas with Dirty South at Marquee on Sunday and Chromeo, Cut/Copy and Z Trip at Rehab's season finale at the Hard Rock Hotel.

     It's another star-packed weekend in Vegas!

Vegas Weekend: Setting the scene -- a jam-packed Labor Day Weekend

     What happens when you take the world's most exciting destination and give people an extra day to enjoy it? In Vegas, it means a four-day spectacle of celebrities, concerts and top music mixers. Fasten your seat belts -- you're in for a wild ride all weekend long.

     Gallery NightclubThe fun begins on Friday with pool parties. Will.i.am performs at Encore Beach Club, Roger Sanchez and EC Twins spin at Cosmopolitan's Marquee, DJ Vice is at TAO Beach atop the Venetian, DJ Pauly D gets some fists pumping at the Palms Pool for Ditch Fridays and Boris, Oscar G & Riva Starr are at the controls at Wet Republic at MGM Grand.

     The stars will be out Friday night, too, with Nicole Scherzinger and Nelly at Chateau Nightclub at Paris Las Vegas, Sammi Sweetheart and Deena Nicole at Gallery Nightclub inside Planet Hollywood and Ice-T and Coco at Vanity at the Hard Rock.

     Tao BeachThe world's top DJs will be in Vegas all weekend, too, starting Friday night with Deadmau5 at The Cheslea inside the Cosmopolitan, Skrillex and Lil Jon at Surrender Nightclub at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, Cedric Gervais spins at TAO, Armin Van Buuren at Marquee, DJ R.O.B. at Artisan, Paul Van Dyk at Haze inside ARIA, 30H!3 at Pure inside Caesars Palace, DJ E-Man spins at 1OAK at The Mirage, DJ Cassidy is at Bellagio's The Bank, Pauly D moves inside to the Palms' Rain and EC Twins perform at Lavo at The Palazzo.

     On Saturday, DJ Reach is at TAO Beach, DJ Erra and DJ Mr. Best are at Mirage's Bare pool, Chris Lake spins at Liquid Pool Lounge at ARIA, Steve Angello takes the controls at Encore Beach Club, Marcus Schulz and EDX spin at Marquee, Tiesto is at Wet Republic and The Pharcyde performs at Palms Pool.

     When night falls, Paul Oakenfold celebrates the three-year anniversary of Perfecto at Rain in the Palms, Snooki hosts at Pure, The Situation hosts at LAX inside the Luxor, Angello's Size Matters party comes to XS at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, Akon performs at Chateau, Avicii mixes it up at Marquee, Calvin Harris and Afrojack spin at Surrender, LMFAO provides the beats at TAO, Z-Trip spins at Lavo, A-Trak is at Tryst, also at Wynn, Ciara performs live at Haze, Lloyd Banks takes the stage at 1OAK and Miguel appears at Moon and the Playboy Club at Palms.

      Things don't slow down on Sunday, as Diddy hosts a party at Palms Pool, Kaskade performs at Encore Beach Club, Fat Boy Slim takes over Marquee, Fortune 421 takes control at Bare, DJ Dan is at Liquid and Robbie Rivera plays at TAO Beach.

     PureSunday night Gareth Emery and Dirty South are at Marquee, DJ Vice is at Lavo, Sebastian Ingrosso is at Surrender, Erick Morillo spins at TAO, Flo-Rida takes the stage at Haze, Estelle performs at Chateau, Zen Freeman, Kenneth Thomas and Dave Fogg are at Ghostbar at Palms and the New Boyz are live at Rain.

     Close out the weekend by celebrating the holiday in style with Benny Banassi headlining at Marquee Dayclub, a free party wit Gervais at TAO Beach, Ingrosso at Encore Beach Club, Above & Beyond at Wet Republic, the Identity Fest at Mandalay Bay, Sky Nellor at STK Steakhouse at the Cosmopolitan and Chuckie at Marquee Nightclub.

 

Vegas Weekend: Setting the scene -- Diva time: Kendra Wilkinson, Keri Hilson, Kelly Rowland and more!

     Celebrity pool parties and recording artists performing nightly in nightclubs -- there's a lot going on this weekend in Vegas, so make your plans to be a part of the excitement!

     Kick off the weekend at Liquid Pool Lounge at ARIA for the Cheaterville.com Reality Star Party, featuring Angelina Pivarnick (Jersey Shore), Jessie Sulidis (Bachelor/Bachelor Pad), Robb Zbacnik (CBS Survivor), Nick Frank, and Cassie McWilliams and Noah Valinsky (VH1's Saddle Ranch). There are plenty of DJs poolside, too, including TV Rock at Marquee dayclub at the Cosmopolitan, DJ Skribble, Mr. Choc and Big Syphe at TAO Beach atop The Venetian and Jazzy Jeff provides the sound at Ditch Fridays at the Palms Pool.

     The parties continue Friday night with De La Soul performing at Vanity inside the Hard Rock, Sean Paul live at The Bank at Bellagio, Steve Aoki at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas' Surrender Nightclub, Cirque De Stylz at Rain inside the Palms and Gabriel & Dresden at Marquee.

     Saturday afternoon, Kendra Wilkinson hosts at MGM Grand's Wet Republic pool and Sublime lead singer Rome will perform an acoustic set at Encore Beach Club. De La Soul plays at Rehab pool at the Hard Rock and Matt Darey is at Marquee.

     Saturday night, you can catch Kelly Rowland performing live at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at Paris Las Vegas, and Keri Hilson takes the stage at Haze Nightclub at ARIA. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at Keri Hilson's view on Las Vegas, which you can find along with other great Vegas videos on our official YouTube channel:


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     Also on Saturday night, the Cheaterville.com Reality Star Bash continues at ARIA's Gold Lounge, Sublime's Rome appears at Blush Boutique Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas and Method Man hosts the party at LAX inside the Luxor.

      More top DJs are spinning Saturday night, too, including Kyau & Albert at Rain, ATB at Marquee and Nicky Romero at Surrender. Speaking of DJs, be sure to cast your vote in the Vegas Spin-Off, where seven lucky finalists will be selected to compete live on Sept. 26 at Marquee.

      Close out the weekend with ATB at TAO Beach or George Acosta at Encore Beach Club. Join us for biggest celebrity parties and best music -- every weekend in Vegas!

Vegas Weekend: Setting the scene -- Rodman, Kevin Dillon, swimwear parties & more

     Pool parties, birthday parties and the hottest club scene -- it's no wonder why weekends in Vegas are always something special.

     This weekend is no different, with celebrities and some of the top DJs in the biz spinning all over town. Kick off your weekend at the pool today with Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano at Marquee Dayclub at Cosmopolitan, Carnival at TAO Beach at The Venetian or Rev. Run & Ruckus at Ditch Fridays at the Palms pool.

Vanity Nightclub at Hard Rock     Tonight, Run and Ruckus move inside to Rain, Mya performs at Vanity Nightclub inside the Hard Rock. Yelawolf plays at 1OAK at The Mirage, EDX and the EC Twins perform at Marquee, Wolfgang Gartner spins at Surrender inside Encore at Wynn Las Vegas and Smoove celebrates his birthday at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at Paris Las Vegas.

     Saturday, enjoy some sun and sounds by Vegas Spin-Off DJ Markus Schulz, who spins with Funkagenda at Marquee. Snooki hosts at Wet Republic at MGM Grand, Mya is at Revel Saturdays at the Hard Rock's Rehab pool and DJ Erra plays at Bare pool at The Mirage.

     Kevin Dillon is sure to have an entourage for his birthday bash at Haze inside ARIA. Smoove continues his birthday weekend at Gallery Nightclub at Planet Hollywood and Snooki is at Luxor's LAX.

     There are plenty of musical acts and sultans of spin to choose from, too, including Diplo at Marquee, Ray J at Chateau, Savoy at Rain and Mosaic at the Silverton.

     Close out the weekend with the Karmaloop Magic Kickoff party featuring DJ Franzen at Liquid Pool Lounge at ARIA, the Syrup Swimwear MAGIC Kickoff party featuring a live fashion show at Bare pool, Hardwell at TAO Beach and spend Sunday night at Ghostbar inside the Palms with Kevin Brown.

Vegas Weekend: Setting the scene -- We've got a 'Situation' all weekend

     If you're a fan of Jersey Shore, this is a great weekend to be in Vegas, where nightlife and celebrities are everywhere you look.

     On Friday night, we've got a "Situation" at Gallery Nightclub at Planet Hollywood as Mike Sorrentino plays host. On Saturday night, expect some major fist-pumping as The Situation is at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at Paris Las Vegas, while just off the Strip over at the Palms, DJ Pauly D has dual engagements -- first at the sexy Midsummer Night's Dream party at Palms Pool, then his regular residency at Rain.

     Kick the weekend off with Ditch Friday at the Palms Pool featuring Big Sean and Jason Smith. 

Jet Nightclub     After dark, you can help Lucas Till of "X Men: First Class" celebrate his 21st birthday at Chateau on Friday night, or party with the Hollyscoop girls for Diana Madison's birthday at The Bank at Bellagio. For some live music, 1OAK at The Mirage features Tyga and Pepper is on stage at the Hard Rock Hotel.

      For more great beats, catch Kill The Noise doing a DJ set at Surrender Nightclub at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas and Big Sean at Rain.

     Saturday, spend a little time in the kitchen -- take part in an afternoon cooking class with Chef Geno at Nove Italiano inside the Palms. You can also enjoy some Liquid refreshment -- the ARIA pool lounge is host to a live DJ set by Scooter & Lavelle.

      There are plenty of ways to spend the evening, including Omarion at LAX inside Luxor, Joe Jonas at ARIA's Haze Nightclub, DJ Nick Cannon at Gallery and Max Vangeli at Surrender.

     Close out the weekend with BT and Dash Berlin live at TAO Beach at the Venetian, Bad Boy Bill poolside for Rehab at the Hard Rock, Calvin Harris at Encore Beach Club and then cap the night with Zen Freeman & Brandon at the Palms' Ghostbar.

     Celebrities, music and the best nightlife. It's a Vegas thing.

Vegas Weekend: Setting the scene -- Weezer, Erick Morillo and more

     Get your weekend in Vegas started out by the pool today with DJ Mark Stylz performing at Ditch Fridays at the Palms Pool or Tatiana Fontes at Marquee Dayclub at the Cosmopolitan.

     VanityWhen the sun sets, the action heats up. You don't have to look like Buddy Holly (or Mary Tyler Moore) to rock out with Weezer by the pool at Red Rock Resort. If you like Slipknot or Stone Sour, lead singer Corey Taylor is hosting the official concert after party at Vanity inside the Hard Rock.

     If you like club music, Vegas is the place to be tonight. Duck Sauce spins at Surrender at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas and Roger Sanchez is on the 1s and 2s at Marquee.

     On Saturday, JES performs poolside at Encore Beach Club. After dark, celebrate at Fatman Scoop's birthday party at LAX inside Luxor, let loose at Rain inside the Palms with PERFECTO with Tritonal featuring Cristina Sota, Erick Morillo spins at Marquee and DJ Ross One rocks at Haze inside ARIA at City Center.

     The party continues on Sunday with Cedric Gervais and Joachim Garrard at Beatport Sundays at TAO Beach on the roof of The Venetian, Sandra Collins at Rehab at the Hard Rock and goes into the evening with New Boyz at The Bank inside Bellagio and The Stainless Digital Party at Ghost Bar at the Palms.

Get your party on in Vegas this weekend!

Vegas Weekend -- Setting the scene: Stars, shows & spinmasters abound

Las Vegas is closing out July with celebrating celebrities, cast parties, concerts and star spinmasters, so spend your weekend in the most exciting destination on the planet and get your party on!

Surrender NightclubStart on Friday with Randy Boyer out by the pool at Marquee Dayclub at the Cosmopolitan. When the sun sets, you've got plenty of options -- Lifehouse goes 'All-In' at Red Rock Resort, Wynter Gordon performs at Bellagio's The Bank, the Bingo Players do a DJ set at Surrender at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, Xzibit spins at Vanity at the Hard Rock; catch Jazzy Jeff at CLASH Fridays at Rain inside the Palms; and you can flash back to the '80s with Eddie MacDonald and Justin Hoffman at ARIA's Gold Lounge.

You can hit the pool scene on Saturday with LA Riots at ARIA's Liquid, Chris Lake at Marquee, Ivano Bellini at Encore Beach Club and Xzibit at the Hard Rock's Rehab.

Birthday celebrations are in order on Saturday night as former "Baywatch" beauty Pamela Anderson (Chateau Nightclub and Gardens at Paris Las Vegas) and "Chuck" and "Killer Elite" star Yvonne Strahovski (Gallery Nightclub at Planet Hollywood) blow out the candles, Vegas style.  

You can also hang out with the cast of Absinthe at Blush, witness the Playmate Takeover at the Palms' Playboy Club, dance the night away at Perfecto with Ronski Speed at Rain, or Morten Breum at Surrender and ATB at Marquee.

Close out the weekend by the pool Sunday with Anjunabeats at the Venetian's TAO Beach, Calvin Harris at Encore Beach Club and The Captains of Industry at Marquee.

Las Vegas is the place for great pool parties and nightlife all summer long, so seize the summer in Vegas!

Vegas Weekend: Setting the scene -- Electronic music galore!

As you might expect with the Electronic Daisy Carnival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Vegas this weekend -- top DJs and producers are all the rave. Here's a look at who you can see and where:

Encore Beach ClubThe EDC is an all-night event, but you still need something to do during the day, so check out the official EDC Weekend pool parties with Boyz Noise on Saturday at Aria's Liquid Pool Lounge and Avicii at Marquee at Cosmopolitan on Sunday. And for those who really want to cap off an amazing weekend, hit the official EDC After Party with Laidback Luke at XS at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas on Monday night.

There's also plenty to do in between all around town. Steve Aoki, Sidney Samson, Calvin Harris and Afrojack are part of the DJ Magazine 20-year anniversary weekend parties at Surrender and Encore Beach Club. On Friday night, Samantha Ronson provides the sound at Chateau at Paris Las Vegas, Armand Van Helden is on the turntables at Gallery inside Planet Hollywood, Twista performs at 1OAK at The Mirage and Alexandra Richards spins at The Bank at Bellagio. DJ Chuckie is also celebrating his birthday with a performance at Marquee.

Jay Sean is at Pure inside Caesars Palace Friday for a live performance, and Gavin DeGraw is at Red Rock Resort for an outdoor show. You can also party the night away with Solange Knowles as she celebrates her birthday at Lavo at The Palazzo.

You can also pump your fists all day as DJ Pauly D launches his residency at Ditch Fridays at the Palms pool and later that evening at Rain for Clash Fridays. He'll also be at Moon on Saturday night.

Benny Banassi is the special guest DJ at TAO Beach on Saturday for Lo Bosworth hosting her sister's bachelorette weekend, and over at Bare pool at The Mirage DJ Erra is doing a live set. Martin Solveig is at MGM Grand's Wet Republic and Yolanda Be Cool is at Encore Beach Club.

The celebrities come out on Saturday night as Nicki Minaj heads to the Gallery, Taio Cruz performs at Chateau, Nicole Scherzinger of Pussycat Dolls fame celebrates her birthday at Tao at the Venetian and Shaq holds his retirement party at Moon.

Seize the summer like never before. The party is on all over Vegas this weekend!

Miss USA 2011: Some Southern hospitality

Note: This is the fourth in a series of blogs leading up to the Miss USA 2011 competition on June 19 at Planet Hollywood. In this entry, we're highlighting contestants from Southern states, and slowly worked our way up the East Coast a bit.

The contestants for Miss USA are used to answering questions, so we threw some Vegas-related Qs their way. Here are some selected answers:

MISS ALABAMA USA: MADELINE MITCHELL

Q: What are you most excited about seeing and doing in Las Vegas?
A: I'm most excited about the amazing shopping.

Q: If you had to pick five things to pack in your suitcase for a trip to Vegas, what would they be?
A: Swimsuit, oversized sunglasses, my favorite dress, skinny jeans and a sparkly top.

Q: What's the best advice you can give to a first-timer in Las Vegas?
A: You can sleep when you get home!

MISS GEORGIA USA: KAYLIN REQUE

Q: Where do you love to shop in Vegas?
A: The Shoppes at The Palazzo.

Q: What's the best pool in Vegas?
A: Tao Beach.

Q: What's the one thing in Vegas you can't miss?
A: The scenery. I suggest taking a few laps on the Las Vegas Strip to see the people, the buildings and lights at night.

MISS FLORIDA USA: LISSETTE GARCIA

Q: Who would be your dream date in Vegas?
A: Brad Pitt and George Clooney ... and with the rest of the Ocean's Eleven cast!

Q: What's the most unique experience you've had in LasVegas?
A: In 2004, my mom came to Las Vegas to get married by Elvis. I arranged all the wedding events and we had dinner at the Top of the World in the Stratosphere.

Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Las Vegas?
A: My favorite restaurant is American Fish in ARIA. I love eating seafood, and with Michael Mina restaurants, you can never go wrong.

MISS SOUTH CAROLINA USA: COURTNEY HOPE TURNER

Q: What's the first thing you want to do when you get off the plane in Vegas?
A: I want to watch the Bellagio's water show!

Q: What's the one thing in Las Vegas you can't miss?
A: The Luxor, especially if you admire Egyptian culture.

Q: What's the best advice you can give to a first-timer in Las Vegas?
A: Pace yourself, stay hydrated, and bring plenty of sunscreen.

MISS NORTH CAROLINA USA: BRITTANY LEIGH YORK

Q: Who's your favorite Vegas icon?
A: Frank Sinatra is a classic Vegas icon. I absolutely love the era that he represents.

Q: Who would be your dream date for a night out in Vegas?
A: Paul Walker! Fast cars, big blue eyes, and an awesome smile ... who could ask for more?

Q: If you could live at any Las Vegas resort, which one would you choose?
A: The amenities at ARIA seem phenomenal; I could definitely see myself living there!

MISS VIRGINIA: NIKKI POTEET

Q: What is the first thing you want to do when you get off the plane in Vegas?
A: It's a long flight from Virginia, so after I stretch my legs I want to see the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign!

Q: What might you wear in Vegas that you wouldn't wear back home?
A: I have in mind a 1950s showgirl costume, with lots of sparkle and glitz, and a feathered headdress 4 feet tall. Pretty sure that outfit would not be Richmond, Va., appropriate!

Q: What would be your dream date for a night out in Vegas?
A: First, I would want to go to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and race a Lamborghini. Then, to celebrate my victory over my date, I would like to enjoy a nice dinner at a restaurant with outdoor seating. Then, to finish off the evening, I would find the highest point that I can go to, possibly at the top of the Eiffel Tower restaurant, and enjoy my view of the bustling nightlife.

MISS PENNSYLVANIA USA: AMBER-JOI WATKINS

Q: What is the first thing you want to do want to do when you get off the plane in Vegas?
A: Visit one of the amazing spas so I can relax before the competition starts. The locals tell me I should try the Encore spa.

Q: If you had only one night in Vegas, which nightclub would you choose?
A: XS at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, I always have a great time there.

Q: What's the best advice you can give to a first-timer in Las Vegas?
A: Meet new people, ask the locals for advice and do as much as you can. There is something for EVERYONE in Vegas.

MISS WEST VIRGINIA USA: WHITNEY VEACH

Q: What are you most excited about seeing and doing in Las Vegas?
A: The Vegas Strip and all of the lights. I can't wait!

Q: What might you wear in Vegas that you wouldn't wear back home?
A: That fully sequined mini dress that has been sitting in my closet since I bought it.

Q: What are your must-see shows in Vegas?
A: Peepshow. I love Holly Madison.

All Miss USA contestants surveyed are over 21 years of age.
Images courtesy of Miss Universe Organization

Weekend party scene features a dose of reality

If you're heading to Las Vegas this weekend and looking for a place to spot a few celebrities and have some fun, there's no shortage of nightclub parties (is there ever?), but here are a few you might want to check out:  

Reality TV fans should check out Gallery Nightclub inside Planet Hollywood on Friday night for the Real World: Las Vegas Wrap Party. Or head up to Surrender at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas for a live performance by Steve Aoki.

How about spending a night with the Pussycat Dolls? Carmen Electra performs live as part of Saturday's opening-night festivities at the Pussycat Dolls Burlesque Saloon. With elevated platforms and stripper poles, well, this isn't your average saloon, to say the least.

Catch Dancing With the Stars pro and Playboy model Karina Smirnoff on Saturday at TAO Beach during the day, and TAO Nightclub for an evening party. Or head down the Strip to Chateau Nightclub and Gardens at Paris Las Vegas on Saturday night and see Nick Cannon spinning. Also on Saturday, British DJ/producer Mark Ronson is on the turntables at HAZE inside ARIA Resort.

Of course, there's Rehab at Hard Rock on Sunday and plenty of other places to party all weekend long. Life is Short. Summer is Shorter. Make this most of it with an amazing weekend in Vegas!

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