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by Z.Z. Zorn

Celebrating July 4 is a holiday we all know about. Here are just a few facts about July 4 Independence Day you may not have heard about:
Only two people actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4: John Hancock and Charles Thomson, secretary of Congress. Most of the others signed on August 2.
One US president, Calvin Coolidge, was born on July 4. So were Nathaniel Hawthorne, Neil Simon, George Steinbrenner, and Malia Obama.
Three US presidents have died on July 4 — John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe. In a bizarre twist of fate, Adams and Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826, the fiftieth anniversary of the country they helped found.
Other countries — including Denmark, England, Norway, Portugal and Sweden — celebrate the Fourth of July because many of their citizens moved to the US or simply to attract American tourists.
Happy Holiday!

Hank Thornley

The Nevada Broadcasters Association will present the Lifetime Achievement Award to broadcast veteran Hank Thornley during the 23nd Nevada Broadcasters Association Annual Hall of Fame Gala on Saturday, August 18, at 7pm at The Four Seasons Las Vegas.
Thornley turns 101 this year and is credited for creating the first television news operation in Las Vegas as news director and anchorman at KLAS-TV Channel 8. In 1962 Thornley was lured to Las Vegas and its premier TV station, KLAS TV, which at the time didn't have a news department. Thornley built a news operation from scratch, one employee and piece of equipment at a time. As the first anchorman and news director in Las Vegas, Thornley had a ringside seat to the explosive growth of the city. His fledgling news operation covered politicians including powerful Sheriff Ralph Lamb, President John Kennedy, assorted dignitaries and stars and even The Beatles. Under Thornley, Channel 8 became the pre-eminent news operation in the city.
In addition, the Nevada Broadcasters Association and Foundation (NVBA and NVBF) are pleased to announce that 35 Nevada broadcasters have been selected, to be inducted into the 2018 Nevada Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame. Each inductee has served in broadcasting a minimum of 20 years, with 5 of those years in Nevada.

Tony n' Tina's Wedding has found the perfect venue with the opening in Buca di Beppo inside Bally's. With its original director, Larry Pellegrini, at the helm, and an ensemble cast featuring Rachel Swindler as Tina and Joseph Ben Shimon as Tony, this production is fresh and relevant as it incorporates today's popular culture into the show's repertoire. Tony n' Tina's Wedding is an interactive comedy, a festive celebration in which the audience doesn't just watch a show, they participate directly in the fun.
The hilarious Tony n' Tina's Wedding is the longest running Off-Broadway comedy in history since opening February 14, 1988 in New York City.

Tony n' Tina's Wedding performs Friday through Wednesday at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $99, which includes reception, dinner and the show. A VIP package is available for $129, which includes a two-hour open bar and a post-show meet and greet.
Tony n' Tina's Wedding is lots of fun with entertainment, dancing, dinner, cake and more. With audience participation and enthusiasm so much that people often wonder if certain audience guests are actually part of the cast. Kooky activities involve comedy, drama, a real type wedding ceremony, costuming, much frivolity and others events.

Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding officially tied the knot at Buca di Beppo inside Bally’s Las Vegas, Friday, June 15 with a VIP grand opening celebration. Some Las Vegas celebrities and entertainers in attendance were Chippendales, Douglas Leferovich, FANTASY, Menopause the Musical, Murray Sawchuck, Andrew Freeman of Raiding the Rock Vault, Ricardo Laguna, the cast of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man, Tenors of Rock, WOW, and Xavier Mortimer, among others.

Shiver with antici… –pation, for the cult-classic Rocky Horror Picture Show – Live! as it returns to House of Blues at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Sunday, July 29.

Fans are in for a raucous good time as the talented cast brings the 1975 cult classic musical to life in a completely immersive, off-the-stage Rocky Horror Picture Show Experience. Assembled from casts of the top shows on the Las Vegas Strip and around the city, the brilliant actors and singers bring the music of the film to life.

Xavier Mortimer’s Magical Dream starring acclaimed magician, Xavier Mortimer just celebrated two years of enchanting the Las Vegas Strip at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino’s Sin City Theatre. Mortimer invited guests to journey into his extravagant dream world in celebration of the show’s second year anniversary. Following a successful international career, Mortimer made Las Vegas history as the first Cirque du Soleil performer to headline his own Strip-side production.

Comprised of over 14 magic acts, the 70-minute show is filled with reality-defying illusions and an unconventional cast of characters, including the wonders of Mary Poppins, the theatrics of Charlie Chaplin and the animations of Mickey Mouse, along with an original soundtrack created by French performer Xavier Mortimer.

After performing in over 30 countries and most recently starring in Cirque du Soleil’s acclaimed production, Michael Jackson One, Mortimer is the first Cirque troupe performer to launch a headlining residency on the Las Vegas Strip. Tickets start at $60.41, excluding tax and box office fees. Guests of all ages are welcome.

The Club at Cannery Casino Hotel brings celebrated tribute acts and rock stars to their venue including Earth, Wind & Fire tribute band Serpentine Fire, award-winning Neil Diamond tribute artist Rob Garrett, heavy metal rock artist Lita Ford and the all-female hard rock band Vixen. August entertainment will also feature free live entertainment at Pin-Ups Bar and Victory’s Bar & Grill all month long.

Michael Che, who we all know and love from Saturday Night Live brings his 2018 Summer Tour to the world-famous Comedy Cellar at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino alongside special guest Cipha Sounds. The Saturday Night Live star will perform two shows, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., on Wednesday, July 11.
Comedy Cellar at Rio is an exact replica of the iconic, underground Greenwich Village club, including the “brick wall and stained glass,” low-ceiling design and full food and drink menu from the club’s sister bar and late-night hangout The Fat Black Pussycat.

Michael Che is currently the co-anchor of Saturday Night Live’s iconic Weekend Update” segment where he is also a co-head writer for the show. Che is a native of lower Manhattan and his comedy uses humor to identify humanity in the most controversial actions. He applies street culture to world issues with a delivery as “a reflective, laid-back stage presence with jokes that draw much from his city upbringing.

Michael Che

Cipha Sounds is, and has always been, more than your average DJ. Over the course of his packed career, he has been responsible for breaking artists like Rihanna and Rick Ross, has shared the stage with some of the world’s biggest musicians and comedians – from Jay Z to Dave Chappelle – and has established himself as link between music and comedy in stand-up and improv scenes. Cipha Sounds is now Michael Che’s go-to DJ and opening act on the road.

The Comedy Cellar discovered Dave Chappelle, Ray Romano, Jon Stewart, Dave Attell, Amy Schumer and Chris Rock. In addition to these household names, virtually every important comedian of the last 30 years began their careers at the iconic venue.

Tickets are $45 plus applicable taxes and fees for general admission and Las Vegas locals with a valid ID tickets are $25 plus applicable taxes and fees.

ARIA Resort & Casino appears in an upcoming episode of ABC’s hit reality series, The Bachelorette, currently celebrating its 14th season. The Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond-rated resort hosted the newest Bachelorette, Becca Kufrin, as she and her suitors experienced the resort’s stunning accommodations at the ARIA Sky Suites as well as two of ARIA's fine dining venues, Sage and Herringbone. Additionally, the episode will feature a special group date after-party at the T-Mobile Arena, as well as the highly anticipated rose ceremony which took place at Vdara Hotel & Spa.

Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina

Would you believe there is a National Tequila Day! Sure is and it’s party time at Cabo Wabo Cantina inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood as they will celebrate National Tequila Day with a week of shot specials from Monday, July 23 to Friday, July 27. Cabo Wabo will offer 50-percent off select tequila shots, including Cabo Wabo, Espolòn and Chicano. Cabo Wabo. Sammy Hagar’s rockin’ cantina also offers a wide selection of tequila cocktails including the CW Margarita, made with the restaurant’s signature Cabo Wabo tequila and Grand Marnier, priced at $13; and the Margarita Verde, made with Cabo Wabo tequila, fresh lime, cucumber and cilantro, priced at $14.
Sammy Hagar’s hard rockin’ dining and live music venue Cabo Wabo combines the laid- back beach-town vibe of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, with the excitement of the Las Vegas Strip. Blending coastal Mexican and Tex Mex cuisine, the menu offers a tempting mix of flavorful food, killer margaritas and an awesome venue where it is never uncommon to catch the Red Rocker, Sammy Hagar, himself jamming out with a live set on stage.

This summer, top party destination Gentlemen’s Club, Crazy Horse 3 , located at 3525 W. Russell Rd., will turn back the clock with a NEON Flow 80s and Ladies party starting at 10 p.m. on Thursday, July 5. Crazy Horse 3 invites guests to dress in their neon 80s best and will crank up throwback hits and party remixes by DJ Greg Lopez known for his top-rated morning show "The Doghouse," Lopez has been spinning turntables at some of sin city’s most popular nightclubs, including Hyde, TAO, Marquee and more.

Crazy Horse 3 will kick off the party starting with a hosted open bar from 10 p.m. to midnight. A 2 a.m. laser show will light up the entire club along with fluorescent body paint and neon attire on the club’s gorgeous dancers. Guests using the Crazy Horse III app (702-673-1700) to check into the venue will receive a $150 gift card, valid as club credit.

Drai’s Nightclub

A one-of-a-kind nightlife experience, Drai’s Nightclub atop The Cromwell, is at the forefront of the ever-changing day and nightlife scenes by offering live, full-length performances by celebrated artists and DJs such as a late- night concert performance by GRAMMY Award-winning rapper 2 Chainz. Often spotted enjoying performances are big names at Drai’s Nightclub such as San Francisco 49ers’ wide receiver Pierre Garcon, Tennessee Titans’ defensive end David King, Carolina Panthers’ defensive tackle Vernon Butler, Carolina Panthers’ linebacker Shaq Thompson, Golden State Warriors’ point guard Shaun Livingston, boxing legend Mike Tyson, rapper Tyga, Carolina Panthers’ defensive tackle Vernon Butler, Portland Timbers’ striker Samuel Armenteros, Hannover 96’s defenseman Miiko Albornoz and Newcastle United’s midfielder.

BEER PARK at Paris Las Vegas celebrates the favorite sips of summer with “Beer and Rosé Thursdays,” starting on Thursday, July 5. The weekly event will be held from

6 – 8 p.m., offering $5 brewery-fresh beer and rosé by the glass, plus live entertainment through Thursday, Aug. 30. “Beer and Rosé Thursdays” offerings will apply to brewery-fresh Budweiser pints and Stemmari rosé by the glass.

Guests will be treated to live entertainment by local DJ and classically-trained violinist Lydia Ansel . Known for her energetic rock ‘n’ roll style, Ansel previously spent three years performing at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace with Rod Stewart and featured at events including the Billboard Music Awards and Latin Grammy Awards.

Along with incredible views of the Fountains of Bellagio and the Las Vegas Strip, BEER PARK offers billiards and foosball, as well as oversized yard games, including Jenga and Connect Four.

BEER PARK rooftop bar and grill on a 10,000-square-foot deck offers a tailgate party atmosphere with an outdoor smoker and grill, picnic tables, and more than 100 drafts, can and bottle beer selections; including 36 beers on tap. The all-American menu includes selections such as barbecue ribs, oversized drumsticks and reuben sandwiches, all prepared with meats cooked on a custom-made Budweiser Beechwood Grill as well as marinated bratwurst, nachos and more. With dozens of high-definition televisions throughout and an onsite betting station, BEER PARK is a popular gathering place for sports fans. BEER PARK is open daily from lunch through late night, transitioning to a fun, high-energy bar after 10 p.m.

Beverly Hills Rejuvenation Center opened its second Las Vegas venue with much ballyhoo in Downtown Summerlin . There was a Red Carpet with notable attendees and exclusive prizes raffled off to raise money for The Shade Tree, a local non-profit that provides aid to women, children and animals that are abused or homeless.

The outdoor patio was filled with guests enjoying entertainment of musical performances by Nieve Malandra and DJ High Maintenance, appetizers, drinks, gift bags and more. Inside, novel services and techniques that are offered were demonstrated and explained.

Beverly Hills Rejuvenation Center is an anti-aging and wellness destination that reverses the effects of natural aging caused by the environment, stress and disease and seeks to rebalance and rejuvenate the whole person in a comfortable and supportive environment, through healthcare advancements and customized programs.

Jeff Civillico

Celebrity Entertainer Jeff Civillico, best known as an award-winning comedic entertainer on the Las Vegas Strip for more than a decade has been named “Ambassador” for Las Vegas Natural History Museum. This is the first-time in the 27-year history of the Museum that a celebrity has partnered with the Museum to further rally local and national recognition for the Museum and its current growth and expansion.

Eden in Love, a retail boutique that is dedicated to giving back to the community through the power of consumerism, is ‘paw- tnering’ with the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) for a festive “Christmas in July” shopping fundraiser for the entire month of July.

Shoppers who come in the store will be able to make donations to purchase an “ornament” from the Christmas tree that designates what the donation will go towards. Eden in Love will accept donations up to $30 and will match the donation with a discount off their entire purchase. Shoppers can share their support with contributions towards:
Grooming for rescued cats and dogs
Bottles and kitten formula for newborn, rescued kittens
Nursing kits and puppy formula for newborn, rescued puppies
Rescue an animal in peril at another shelter
Eden in Love 6671 S. Las Vegas Blvd #A – 123 – Town Square - Located off the South Parking Garage across from Brio
Monday-Thursday. 10 a.m.- 9 p.m., Friday-Saturday. 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m.- 8 p.m.

One of the nation’s best-loved television shows “American Idol” will bring the American Idol: Live! 2018 tour to the Orleans Arena on Sunday, July 29.

The American Idol: Live! 2018 tour will feature performances from this season’s winner Maddie Poppe as well as this season’s top finalists, including Cade Foehner, Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Catie Turner, Gabby Barrett, Jurnee and Michael J. Woodard. Kris Allen, Season 8 winner of “American Idol” will also be a special guest on tour.

The 2018 tour will span three months this summer. The tour will cover over 40 cities kicking off on Wednesday, July 11 in Redding, Calif. and wrap on Sunday, September 16 in Washington, D.C. Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets start at $39 plus tax and fees.

Golden Rainbow

Over 600 guests gathered for a sold out show at the Foundry at SLS for Golden Rainbow's 32nd annual Ribbon of Life, raising nearly $85,000 for critically needed services for those living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.

Edie, from "Zumanity," and Sean McAllister, from FOX 5's MORE Show, served as hosts for the show as they introduced over 150 performers from more than 30 Strip shows. Entitled "The Show Must Go On," the original production featured numbers influenced by classic Broadway musicals and the iconic British performers and composers, including a George Michael medley, "Jumpin' Jack Flash" by the Rolling Stones, "Mercy" by Duffy, "Let's Dance" by David Bowie, a Queen medley, and many more.

Performers from top Las Vegas shows gathered and volunteered their time and talents to support Golden Rainbow's production, including Human Nature, Chippendales, Tenors of Rock, cast members from "BAZ- A Musical Tour de Force," "Le Reve- The Dream," "The Beatles LOVE," "Zombie Burlesque," "Tony N' Tina's Wedding," "WOW- World of Wonder," "Fantasy," "Opium," and more.

During the show, a heartfelt video was shown, showcasing a few of Golden Rainbow's client stories and how the organization has changed their lives. Golden Rainbow Executive Director Gary Costa and Ribbon of Life Producer, Pietra Sardelli greeted the audience and thanked them for their support. Costa said, "Until there is a cure and the stigma of HIV/AIDS is gone, we will continue to educate the community and fight for an AIDS-free Nevada.

Following the performance, attendees enjoyed an after party at the Sayer's Club hosted by Katie Kenner from "Sex Tips for a Straight Woman from a Gay Man" and Enoch Augustus from "Zombie Burlesque." Guests mixed and mingled with performers from the show while enjoying appetizers, drinks, and additional performances.

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