Firefighters Bachelor Auction Hits the Stage for a Fabulous Evening

Written & Photographs by Nikki Artale

Las Vegas Firefighters held their 17th Annual Bachelors Auction on June 9, 2017 inside the Foundry at the SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. Proceeds from the Bachelor Auction will support the Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation to fund six children’s camps ranging from Camp Beyond the Scars and family camps. A dozen bachelors were representing fire companies from Las Vegas and they were among the fit and handsome men that took part in the auction. 
Capt. Jason Martinez
James Johnson

The evening began with the firefighters giving out a rose and a glass of champagne to each woman that entered the room. Our firefighter Heroes mingled with all the ladies and lots of pictures were taken and the ladies started to single out the men they would be bidding on.

Master of Ceremonies Scotty Allen got the ladies excited when he announced that the Firefighters would go into the audience and give out Kisses, but to the surprise of everyone they handed out chocolate kisses. Everyone loves chocolate.

The night started out with entertainment by Aussie Heat who added more eye candy with their amazing dance moves. They are all super talented and awesome. 
Aussie Heat

The firefighters were paired off with prize packages that included LV show tickets, dinners, helicopter rides, $500 gift certificates, a Five Night trip to Mexico, Golf, spa treatments and much more. Two Firehouse Dinner were auctioned off to six lucky ladies for $7500 each. That will be such an exciting dinner for everyone.

Upon introduction the firefighters put on a show as they came off the stage and mingled in the audience, a la Magic Mike and they tore their shirts off. Guess what………..I got one of the

It was a fabulous night and all the children will benefit by the thousands of dollars they will receive from our “Heroes the firefighters of Las Vegas”
Nevada Women’s Film Festival Celebrates Women in Film

Written & Photography by Nikki Artale

This is the third year that the Nevada Women’s Film Fest has shown the accomplishments of women in film in the media industry. It facilitates the production and promotion of independent films by and about women. Nikki Corda, Executive Director and Founder of NWFFest has once again put together a successful and inspirational film festival with fabulous films. She has had a career for many years in producing, writing and teaching film and video classes at the Nevada State College and College of Southern Nevada

Nikki Corda and Ariann Black

Nevada Woman Filmmaker of the Year award was presented to May May Luong for her many incredible years as a filmmaker and producer of feature films in the Las Vegas community. Her most recent film is The Track.

An outstanding film “I Am Still Here” is a story of an African American girl who is abducted and forced into prostitution at the age of 10 and held as a sex slave for seven years. Writer, director and producer Mischa Marcus shows the brutal and horrific life of these young children who are kidnapped for sex slavery. It is a story told with brutal honesty to create awareness. People are unaware of this problem and through awareness there will be change and action. This film helps to educate the public on an uncomfortable subject matter but this ugly reality must be told. Thisfilm has been shown in over 28 film festivals and has won eight film awards. 

Mischa Marcus

Guest entertainers for the evening were Habaka, and international recording artist and Host and female magician of the year Ariann Black. It was exciting and we all look forward to next year’s event.


Ariann Black

Purple Reign-The Prince Tribute Show in Las Vegas

Written & Photography by Nikki Artale

Jason Tenner delivers a non-stop high energy show in the International Theater at the Westgate Resort & Casino in Las Vegas NV, to the delight of Prince’s many fans. The show is terrific and amazing and a great tribute to the late Prince.

The Prince Tribute show started over 18 years ago and has continued on until this day as Jason Tenner keeps Prince’s music and legacy alive. His looks and mannerisms are spot on and the audience responds to his electrifying performance. Jason is loved and respected by his many friends and fans who attend his shows.
                                                   Chris Gardner & Jason Tenner

Every Friday night after the show, invited guests go up to The Crown Room for a VIP after party for Purple Reign after Dark and Jason delights his friends and fans with his performance and original songs.
Jason Tenner

T-Fox  Nikki Artale  Chris Gardner

You can see the Purple Reign Show Wednesday-Saturday at 9:00 pm at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, 3000 Paradise Road. Call for tickets 702 732-5111 

Nikki Artale, a woman of many professional backgrounds and experiences, is originally from a small town in North New Jersey. She moved here to Las Vegas back in 1995 to pursue the booming real estate market and is a contributing columnist for the Las Vegas Informer – interviewing the stars and entertainers for “Vegas Stars.” She has hosted a radio talk show, Celebrity News at All Talk Radio and has also been a part of a live internet webcast at “Live at the Studio.” Her numerous interviews with those responsible for the glamour behind Las Vegas can be found on her website
Nikki has also been active in the entertainment industry behind the camera – she belongs to the Screen Actors Guild and has been in numerous movies and has also judged screenplays for the Las Vegas Film Fest. Not only has she been behind the camera in the industry but also as a critic and has written many show reviews. You can usually find her at big entertainment events with her Nikon camera and smile, ready to review, interview, and capture the moments that make the night.
Aside from her lengthy experience in the entertainment industry she is also a successful Real Estate broker with 30 years of professional and dedicated services. She serves the greater Las Vegas area and has an in depth knowledge of the real estate housing market. She prides herself in giving excellent service to buyers and sellers with 100 percent of her time. You can contact her with the information below for any questions, comments or requests of services. 702-279-7001

If you are Buying or Selling, go to my real estate site to search the MLS for 
Vegas Food Expo Food Convention in Las Vegas

Written & Photographs by Nikki Artale

On March 30-31, 2017 the Vegas Food Expo with over 100 food producers in the nation met at the Gold Coast Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. This expo was for small innovative companies, retailers, distributors and restaurants from across the country. This wonderful food expo was created by Brett Ottolenghi, proprietor of Artisanal Foods.
The attendees met with over 120 of the food producers, tasting and interacting with them and gaining knowledge about their products. The food was excellent and I enjoyed meeting many of them and talking about their products.  There were many scheduled speakers and one of my favorite speakers there was Karen Caplan. Karen is President and CEO of Frieda’s Specialty Produce and a fruit and vegetable Guru in Los Almitos, CA. She has introduced over 200 specialty fruits and vegetables and has brought one of a kind products to the marketplace. In 2015 an independent film document was made “Fear No Fruit” which shows the rise of the Frieda Family in the food industry. 

                                                               Karen Kaplan

Another outstanding booth display was from Samuels Seafood Co. that showed a large display of seafood which I really appreciated because my favorite food is the “Monk Fish”, which incidentally is hard to find here in Las Vegas. Samuels Seafood Co. is in the process of opening a new warehouse here in Las Vegas which will allow it to expand its customer base and product base in the valley within the next 45 days. Samuels and Son Seafood has a 100 year tradition of bringing excellent seafood to the market.   

Uncle Dan’s seasonings and salad dressings can be mixed in with your favorite ingredients and customized in dips. They are delicious and I came home with sample packets that I love using in my salads and vegetables. Products are gluten free and no added MSG. Uncle Dan’s son was an added plus in his booth.   

                                                                   Uncle Dans

If you have a sweet tooth then the booths to go to would be Macaron Paris for their refined French Macarons. These delicious French macarons can be found in cafes, restaurants and specialty shops across North America.   

Another fabulous treat was the gourmet caramel apples I found in the Sinfully Sweet Apple Co. located in Upland, CA. They have over 150 different apples and every day they are creating more delicacies. They say the caramel will not stick to your teeth and they are a work of art. Sounds good to me.  

Las Vegas Herbs are grown in a 5,000 sq. ft. greenhouse and they are delivered live to restaurants, chefs and are available at the Farmers Market every Saturday at Tivoli Village.  

The Food Expo teamed up with Three Square Food Bank to donate any excess food from the Expo to feed the hungry in Las Vegas. Many thanks to everyone for creating this wonderful Food Expo and we all look forward to attending next year.
I Am Heath Ledger a Special Cinema Event

Written by Nikki Artale

I am Heath Ledger is an intimate look at the life of Heath Ledger through the lens of his own camera. It is a love letter to him from his family and friends.  The film features archival footage, interviews, his life, his work and the gifted actor that he was.

Keith Ledger won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in The Dark Knight in 2008 and also won a Golden Globe award for Best Supporting Actor. The movie is a thrilling crime saga and Heath plays the role of The Joker and is makeup is both ghoulish and scary. The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards.  

One of my favorite movies was Brokeback Mountain, the story of two young men, Jack Twist and Ennis Del Mar who get a job on Brokeback Mountain as sheep herders. It is a story of unforbidden love and years of struggle in their relationship until tragedy strikes. This is a must see movie.

The film will be released by Fathom Events in Las Vegas on May 3, 2017 at the Village Square 18, Century 16 South Point Hotel and Century16 Santa Fe Station at 7:30 pm. Following the documentary there will be an exclusive segment featuring interviews with Heath Ledgers family and friends.   

Fathom Events launched in 2002 and emerged as the leader in the event Cinema Industry as the 15th largest US distributor in 2015. They have brought live and pre-recorded events to more than 800 movie theaters, including AMC Regal Theaters, Cinemark and performing arts centers.

I highly encourage everyone to go see this special film.