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September 17, 2014

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Photo: Macklemore crowd surfs during Surrender and Encore
Celebrity preview: Mayweather Jr., Macklemore, Marc Anthony, Luis Miguel, ‘Limelight’
Friday, September 12, 2014
Las Vegas:
We’ll be seeing stars this weekend no matter how the second fight in four months is called between our Las Vegas boxer Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. defending his championship titles against Marcos Maidana at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Photo: Production designer Andy Walmsley at the set he de
Emmy winner Andy Walmsley hopes glamorous Old Vegas shows will return
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Guest Columnist:
I have designed some of the biggest shows the TV industry has ever seen: “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” “America’s Got Talent,” “The Biggest Loser,” “So You Think You Can Dance” and “American Idol,” for which I was honored to win an Emmy.
Photo: Members of Arsenal wait backstage before a perform
Real rockers Arsenal fuel ‘Rock of Ages’ at the Venetian
Saturday, August 30, 2014
“Rock of Ages,” which is deep into its second year at the Venetian, features a dynamite cast of Broadway-caliber performers but leans heavily on a live band at the back of the stage. ...
Photo: Keith Urban performs during the Academy of Country
LDW celebrity preview: Keith Urban, Nico & Vinz, Jason Derulo, Ed Sheeran, Lil Jon, Puff Daddy
Friday, August 29, 2014
It’s a holiday weekend almost as big as New Year’s and certainly with as many big-name entertainers and star-DJ party people as you would expect for Dec. 31. Our LVCVA is predicting that LDW will attract 313,000 visitors, giving us a $208 million economic boost.
Photo: Carlo's Bakery by celebrity chef Buddy Valastro op
Restaurant designer Vincent Celano talks Buddy V’s, Carlo’s Bakery and Mercadito
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Guest Columnist:
I’m extremely proud of the work we have done and the team I am fortunate to work with at Celano Design Studio. I have designed for hotels, nightclubs and restaurants and have worked with brands like Mercadito Hospitality, Buddy V’s Ristorante and Carlo’s Bakery.
Photo: Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis co-host a Maste
A record 151 businesses are participating in Las Vegas Restaurant Week
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Las Vegas Restaurant Week, one of the most-anticipated food events on the calendar, starts Friday and continues through next Thursday. Some 151 Las Vegas businesses, a record, will serve delicious prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus.
Photo: Jen Selter celebrates her 21st birthday at Tao on
Star Surveillance: Jen Selter, Henry Rollins, Floyd Mayweather Jr., John Popper, Uncle Kracker
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Instagram sensation Jen Selter kicked off her birthday weekend at Tao in the Venetian on Friday. As the clock struck midnight, the newly 21-year-old headed upstairs to the nightclub to continue her celebration weekend with friends and family.
Photo: Sydney After Dark at Planet Hollywood.
Strip Scribbles: The mystery of the ‘Sydney After Dark’ grand-opening cancellation
Thursday, August 7, 2014
I’m reliably told that much has changed with the Australian production since I watched its first night at Planet Hollywood. The Aussie girls are gorgeous, striking and sensual, and it’s a wonderful 75 minutes with erotic thrills from Down Under.
Photo: Kristin Hanggi, Carrie St. Louis, Justin Mortellit
Justin Mortelliti of ‘Rock of Ages’: Looking forward through the bright lights of Las Vegas
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Guest Columnist:
If you told the 10-year-old me — the altar boy, the good Italian Catholic from New Jersey, the competitive gymnast, the violinist, the honor roll student — that I would be the lead in a show in Sin City, I wouldn’t have believed you — although I probably would’ve smiled.
Photo: Darren Criss and Tiffany Engen at Rock of Ages on
It’s a double win for twins Tiffany and Brooke Engen of ‘Rock of Ages’
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Guest Columnist:
Playing “Regina” is not just a win; it’s a twin win because my twin sister, Brooke, also is part of the “Rock of Ages” family. Around the same time that I found out I would be playing “Regina,” Brooke was hired to set the “Rock of Ages” production for Norwegian Cruise Line.
Photo: Becca Kotte, Celina Nightengale, Darren Criss and
Behind-the-scenes of ‘Rock of Ages’ with just a small-town girl Becca Kotte
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Guest Columnist:
Hey, guys! Becca Kotte here. I play the role of “Sherrie” in Las Vegas’ production of “Rock of Ages” at the Venetian. For those of you who have seen the show, you already know the basics: Big songs, big hair, big everything!
Photo: Season 1 of Skin Wars on the Game Show Network. Ge
Strip Scribbles: ‘Skin Wars’ on GSN; Johnny Thompson turns 80; Ana Julaton’s next fight
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Two hometown personalities are featured on the Game Show Network’s newest series “Skin Wars” premiering Wednesday night. Supermodel actress Rebecca Romijn hosts the inaugural season of the eight-episode, hourlong competition programs.
Photo: Mark Shunock hosts his Mondays Dark, benefiting Ne
Mark Shunock: I’m a better person, husband, actor and friend because of ‘Rock of Ages’ and ‘Mondays Dark’
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Guest Columnist:
Any given night, with fake flashlight in hand, an ’80s mega sing-a-long breaks out inside our Rock of Ages Theater at the Venetian. Is this really happening? I catch myself grinning ear-to-ear looking out at our audience and realizing that it is.
Photo: Benjamin D. Hale performs as Johnny Cash during
‘Million Dollar Quartet’ star Benjamin D. Hale: Finding my Nashville in Las Vegas
Monday, August 4, 2014
Guest Columnist:
In the fall of 2012, my life took an unpredictable turn when country music icons Tim McGraw and Faith Hill opened a show at the Venetian. They were to replace the wildly successful 6 1/2 year run of “Phantom — The Las Vegas Spectacular.”
Photo: Tom Zaller at
Tom Zaller: Las Vegas wants daytime cultural entertainment and great event spaces
Sunday, August 3, 2014
Guest Columnist:
Seeing the success of Las Vegas exhibitions, it is clear that locals and tourists in Las Vegas want more access to arts and culture. To meet their demand, I opened Imagine Exhibitions Gallery in June 2012 in partnership with the Venetian.

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