The gift that keeps on pouring
Ever wonder why people pay real money to give imaginary Facebook gifts like cocktails and presents? Princeton alums Patrick Ledbetter and Adam Ludwig did. And with the classic fusion of Ivy League education and Internet innovation, they created Give Real, a service that allows you to virtually give actual drinks. “We created Give Real as a fun way to celebrate birthdays with friends across the country. But since its launch in December 2008, we’ve seen people send drinks to friends for every occasion,” says Ludwig. Donors have the option of purchasing drink credits on the website, Givereal.com, or via a Facebook application. Lucky recipients then register their own credit card online, and then spend away on any drink (including nonalcoholic ones) at any establishment that takes plastic. When the binge is through, the recipient magically has the gift amount credited back to their account in three to five days. For far-away friends, the 90-cent service fee is a small price to pay for a virtual reunion.
Sunday is the new black
If partying is your religion, there’s no such thing as a day of rest—time to add one more stop to your schedule. Last week, we told you about 360 Sundays at Rok Vegas, and now the N9NE Group is getting in on the seventh-day celebrations. “We have one specific goal,” says the N9NE Group’s Michael Fuller. “Change what is considered a traditional local club night. Local nights in Vegas have become very formulaic. We are going to try to add some spice to the formula and deliver high-quality production and talent that is constantly changing from week to week.”
Beginning February 15, the Goodlife kicks off just in time for those trying to forget a deplorable Valentine’s Day the night before. Collaborating with Vegas Alliance, the Goodlife party at Moon (and ultimately expanding to include the Playboy Club) aims to focus on all that is … well … good. Think luxury, comfort and fresh tuneage. According to N9NE Group’s Julie Cane, Moon will feature house music in the main room and local hip-hop DJs in the Satellite Bar (psst—any local hip-hop DJs interested in playing can contact 944-9847 for more info). Once a month, the Goodlife will hold a theme night, such as the Hair Wars or Clash in the past. A world-renowned DJ will also stop by monthly, and Carl Cox is already scheduled on March 8. Plus, all locals receive complimentary admission, and ladies get two free Ketel One cocktails.
Goodbye rehab, hello Vegas?
Has anyone else noticed the somewhat unnerving number of celebrities hosting parties in Vegas seemingly moments after being sprung from rehabilitation centers and/or jail? It seems like only Mischa Barton had the good sense (or a good lawyer?) to cancel her participation in the grand opening of CatHouse on December 29, 2007 after being arrested on a DUI charge. March 1, 2008, wildman Steve-O hosted one final fete at McFadden’s (“The wildest Irish pub on earth”) before entering rehab for drug and alcohol abuse. Last week during AVN, Sin City received a visit from porn star Mary Carey, fresh from VH1’s Celebrity Rehab and reportedly now sans Xanax addiction. And don’t even get us started on the many aged rockers whose bums have graced our VIP booths over the years …
The latest wave of post-intervention star power brings us Shifty Shellshock of Crazytown, who will host the grand opening of Rok Vegas’ new 360 Sundays along with DJ Donald Glaude on February 1. The mohawked wonder—who made an unexpected cameo on the Weekly’s “Hawkspotting” webisode—has had stints on Celebrity Rehab as well as the halfway-house reality show Sober Living, which debuted last week and also stars—wait for it, this is good—Mary Carey! Small world.
Crowning Vegas’ Party Monster
Las Vegans know how to throw a great party. One of our own, promoter/DJ Brett Rubin, proved just that. Earning a spot on E!’s show Party Monsters Cabo, Rubin was hesitant to delve into the world of reality shows, but his decision paid off. He ended up as one of the final two contestants. Rubin showcased his event-planning skills and squared off in the finale against the seemingly immature, star-struck, Jesus-centric Kinsey Schofield to plan a launch party for celeb client Nick Cannon’s new entertainment management company. Big congrats to Rubin for kicking Kinsey’s derriere Vegas-style and winning a $100,000 contract as the celebrity party planner for LG.