Seen Around Town: Reality Stars, Rockers and Hockey Players Give Thanks

How celebrities spent their holiday weekend in Las Vegas.

What is this five-day workweek business? One minute you’re enjoying your time off for Thanksgiving, pressing a nice ass groove into the couch while running up your credit card on Amazon, and the next minute you’re at your desk, forging a groove back into your office chair while running up the credit card on Amazon.

You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.

We digress. Here’s how your favorite celebrities (and also some you’ve never heard of) spent the holiday in Las Vegas.


Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Timothy B. Schmitt hit up Lavo Italian Restaurant at The Palazzo for Thanksgiving dinner with friends. Schmitt, a longtime vocalist and bassist for the Eagles and Poco, played the Orleans Showroom Friday night.

Meanwhile, over at The Venetian’s Tao Nightclub, The Real World: Paris alum Chris “CT” Tamburello celebrated his girlfriend’s birthday at a VIP table in the club, while DJ Five performed nearby. We have no idea where Tamburello is off to next, but DJ Five will be back at TAO on November 30, so check that out.


High School Musical stars Lucas Grabeel and Emily Morris were spotted at Lavo on Friday night noshing on avocado toast, Thai-style deep-fried shrimp and tuna poke wonton.

The couple then took the party to The Cosmopolitan’s Marquee Nightclub, where Grabeel—who celebrated his 33rd birthday at Beauty & Essex a couple of nights earlier—got a shout-out from DJ Vice.

Photo by Brandon Pearson

Jenni “Jwoww” Farley at LAVO Brunch


Lavo is the spot lately. On Saturday, reality television participant Jenni “JWoww” Farley stopped by for party brunch with her husband and some friends. We’re told the group ordered two of Chef Marc Marrone’s $500 Ultimate Bloody Mary drinks, which is more of a feast than a beverage, as it’s garnished with a whole lobster, shrimp skewers and crab legs.

We could really go for one of those right now.

Jay Leno’s former intern and RuPaul’s Drag Race host Ross Matthews arrived early for his gig judging Sunday night’s Miss Universe pageant. Matthews got himself a ticket to Absinthe on Saturday, complete with a backstage pass to meet The Gazillionaire. For some of us, that beats sitting at a judge’s table watching beauty queens strut around on stage.

Those who weren’t at Absinthe were probably at Pearl Concert Theater at The Palms, where Grammy-nominated superstar Ana Gabriel performed to a sold-out crowd.


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Erik Haula visits Absinthe

At Absinthe on Sunday night was Vegas Golden Knights left wing Erik Haula. The Finnish hockey star, who signed a three-year deal after being selected by the Golden Knights in June’s expansion draft, scored a goal in the team’s win against the Arizona Coyotes a night earlier.

Your Vegas Golden Knights, by the way, are on a five-game winning streak, and lead their division. Boo-yah.


Tickets are going fast for Friday’s Vegas Strong Benefit Concert at T-Mobile Arena. Last week’s announcement that comedian Jay Leno and hometown baseball stud Bryce Harper would be joining the lineup only got us more excited for the show. The Killers and Imagine Dragons will play the benefit alongside Strip headliners Boyz II Men, Cirque du Soleil, Penn & Teller and David Copperfield. Proceeds benefit the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund, which (as of November 27) has raised more than $11.5 million for the victims of the 1 October shootings and their families.