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Oscar night is a special to many, for more reasons you can shake a gold statue at, and the buzz in Las Vegas is centering around The Oscar Experience: Las Vegas, which is the only event in town that is sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. That’s right, very official. The event will be held at Brenden Theatres at the Palms Casino Resort. Hosts will be Chet Buchanan of KLUC-FM 98.5 and Dao Vu, “Morning Blend” co-host on Channel 13 news, KTNV-TV. The co-hosts will start the event off at 2 p.m. with the red carpet arrivals. Expected guests include celebrity chef Carla Pellegrino, DJ Hollywood, Kevin Burke, Chris Phillips, the girls of “Fantasy” at Luxor Las Vegas, Bon Girl Robbin Young, Lance Burton, Shanti Leone , “American Idol” finalist Kelsey Madsen and more.
Can’t wait until tomorrow’s pre-pre red carpet festivities in Los Angeles gets underway? Tonight at the Palms Casino Resort there will be a pre-Oscar Experience Party and Gold Heart Award. Harrah’s comedian and magician Mac King will receive the Variety Gold Heart Award for his community involvement in bettering the lives of children in Southern Nevada. King is a literacy advocate and works often with local libraries. The show is at 6:30 and 8 p.m.
Proceeds will benefit Variety the Children’s Charity. Go to www.onalv.org for more info.
And on an Oscar side note, columnist Jane Ann Morrison had an insightful look at CIA agent and author Tony Mendez, of which is the subject of Ben Affleck’s “Argo.” Mendez described growing up in Caliente, Sparks and eventually other small Nevada towns and the hard scrabble life that taught trained him well for his future in the CIA.