The NFL football season is history. But that doesn’t mean excitement needs to be put on hold. Oh my gosh, no. The folks over at Sports Illustrated were creatively up to the challenge, responding by providing the ultimate in eye-popping candy when 19 swimsuit models arrived in stunning fashion at LAX nightclub in the Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Thursday, February 12, to launch their new promotion for the much awaited 2009 Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition.
The event marks the first time the Sports Illustrated swimsuit model team decided to make Las Vegas their destination promotion site. Earlier in the week they were in New York. The models arrived in grand style aboard “SI One,” a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700, which was completely wrapped in Sports Illustrated swimsuit imagery- something unique to no doubt soothe weary pilots’ eyes as they fly the airways. This is also the first time that Southwest Airlines has wrapped a plane in virtually nose-to-tail imagery.
Although the Sports Illustrated 46th swimsuit edition is now available on newsstands, Las Vegas Backstage Access thought you might want to see a quick teaser flash slideshow of the 19 models arriving on the red carpet at LAX. (please click on underlined words to view show; view their names by clicking on captions button in lower right). Our professional photographers have assembled a quick exclusive glimpse of the beauties. Included is cover girl Bar Refaeli (pictured in this article), the girlfriend of actor Leonardo DiCaprio, and Brooklyn Decker, fiancée to Andy Roddick. Six-time Grammy award-winning recording artist John Legend performed at LAX for attendees.
The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit franchise reaches more than 66 million satisfied adults annually in over 10 countries including China, Czech Republic, Greece, Mexico, Netherlands, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, and Taiwan.
Approximately one in three Americans over the age of 18 “read” the Sports Illustrated swimsuit model edition.
Terry Fator, 43, has come a long way. The “America’s Got Talent” impressionist, singer, comedian, and ventriloquist went on from winning that competition in 2007 to land a five-year, $100 million deal The Mirage in Las Vegas, with an option for an additional five years.
“When I won Talent, my wife and I were broke,” says Fator, who has a new autobiography, “Who’s the Dummy Now.” “Now I have to convince her that she doesn’t have to buy shoes at discount stores.”
Fator is the newest headliner at The Mirage. His performances start today, Saturday, February 14, at the helm of the 1,265-seat Terry Fator Theatre (formerly the Danny Gans Theatre) for five shows a week.
Fator’s show is family-friendly and features a cast of seven puppets, including Cowboy Walter, Emma Taylor and Winston the Impersonating Turtle. Combining ventriloquism and impersonation, Fator performs the singing styles of an eclectic group of stars including Elvis, Maroon Five, James Blunt, Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, Etta James, Marvin Gaye, Nat King Cole and his daughter Natalie.
Despite our serious Nevada budget shortfall, including not being able to adequately fund our school systems and the teachers who develop young minds, the 2009 Nevada Legislature apparently won’t be taking up the proposal of legalizing prostitution and creating legal brothels.
“It’s the only major industry in the state that doesn’t pay anything,” says George Flint, president of the Nevada Brothel Owners Association.
The Nevada legislative staff had been drafting a bill to allow the mayor of Las Vegas to issue up to three brothel licenses as a pilot program until a brothel licensing board could be established.
In exchange for the opportunity to expand into the Nevada’s urban counties, the industry volunteered to be taxed.
Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman has always called for a public discussion of legalizing prostitution as a way to redevelop downtown Las Vegas and help provide budget revenues.
Year after year the measure has been brought up. Each time the legislative initative has failed.
Nevada Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley’s opposition this year was pivotal to the death of the bill, saying the bill would not be heard because “I do not support legalizing prostitution.” Buckley runs a disciplined caucus and her strong opposition to a bill virtually guarantees its failure.
Although the battle may be lost, the war wages on. Now, with state budget shortfalls taking center news stage, more groups are joining in to closely scrutinize the impact of such legislative decisions including ABC’s “Nightline” that is delving into the concept of taxing prostitution in Nevada.
It’s a very rare occurrence when Las Vegas Strip neon marquees intentionally go dark. The odds are better for hitting a Megabucks jackpot. But on a usually bustling Saturday night, March 28, at 8:30 p.m. local time, running for one hour, Las Vegas casinos, businesses, and residents are being asked and urged to turn off their lights and join 240 cities in 70 countries in support of a global call for action on climate change.
The event marks one of the few times Strip lights have been darkened for specific occasions, such as the deaths of presidents and entertainers. The last time was for the funeral of iconic entertainer and Las Vegas resident Robert Goulet on November 9, 2007.
The World Wildlife Fund is asking all businesses, government agencies, and individuals to dim or turn off lights for their Earth Hour event. Las Vegas has been designated as a flagship city. Earth Hour will begin in Fiji, in the Southwest Pacific, and will move across our planet, culminating on the West Coast of the United States.