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July 28, 2014

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Andre Agassi Foundation for Education red carpet.

Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men performs on opening night of Boyz II Men's residency at The Mirage on Friday, March 1, 2013.
Boyz II Men’s Shawn Stockman: Our job is to test the limits of how bright our spirits can shine
Guest Columnist:
Sunday, July 27, 2014
We live in a brave new world where old-fashioned customs are being challenged with fresh perspective. The world is created and driven by individuals who aren’t afraid to uncover a new route to get to the same destination — or a previously unimagined destination.
Chef Michael LaPlaca: From punk rock to pasta for Portofino’s culinary king
Chef Michael LaPlaca: From punk rock to pasta for Portofino’s culinary king
Guest Columnist:
Sunday, July 27, 2014
This is Michael LaPlaca, executive chef at Portofino in the Mirage. When I was younger, I dreamed of becoming a professional skateboarder or joining a punk-rock band. I watched “The Warped Tour” on MTV and thought chain wallets made you cool.
Carmine's serves an eggplant lasagna during the Epicurean Affair presented by the Nevada Restaurant Association at the Palazzo on Thursday, May 22, 2014.
Jeffrey Bank: 125,000 meatballs, 14,869 pounds of garlic, 1,200 Titanic sundaes at Carmine’s
Guest Columnist:
Sunday, July 27, 2014
I’m often asked “Why Las Vegas?” when it comes to my decision to open the first West Coast location of Carmine’s NYC. The truth is when it came time to decide where I would next take the brand, I couldn’t think of a better place.
Dorothy Brooks, shown in 2004 with Celine Dion during Brooks' 80th birthday party, celebrated her 90th birthday party at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Wednesday, July 23, 2014.
‘Miss Dorothy’ ushers in her 90th birthday at Caesars; Pavel Chekov muses about brushes
Friday, July 25, 2014
The week was brightened by the smile of 90-year-old Colosseum usher Dorothy Brooks. “Miss Dorothy,” as she is uniformly known, celebrated that birthday Wednesday before the Shania Twain performance. Miss Dorothy still pulls three shifts a week at ...
Charli XCX and Iggy Azalea perform during the 2014 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 18, 2014, in Las Vegas.
Celebrity preview: Iggy Azalea, Chris Paul, Calvin Harris, Sky Blu, Boston, Cheap Trick, Styx
Friday, July 25, 2014
“Fancy” Aussie singer Iggy Azalea has “99 Problems” with Arianna Grande, but it’s no problem offering our weekly Weekend Celebrity Preview in Las Vegas. Music takes center stage in the Entertainment Capital of the World this weekend.
John Payne and Robin McAuley perform with other band members during rehearsal for "Raiding the Rock Vault" in the LVH Theater at LVH on Wednesday, March 6, 2013.
A thunderstruck John Payne takes ‘Rock Vault’ to court
Thursday, July 24, 2014
As predictable as a rock fan shouting “Free Bird!” at a Skynyrd show, the dispute between John Payne and his former mates at “Raiding the Rock Vault” has wound up in court. That Payne sought a legal avenue in the wake of his departure from the show was ...
Styx rocks Pearl at the Palms on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, in Las Vegas.
Weekend best bets: Styx, ‘The Voice’ and Summer Santa Rampage
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Dust off your Santa suit and grab your air guitar: The weekend ahead is packed with entertainment options sure to please just about anyone, whether you’re a bar crawl enthusiast, a classic rock fan or just looking for a few laughs.
Jason Kappus, second from right, portrays "Bob Gaudio" in "Jersey Boys" at Paris Las Vegas.
‘Jersey Boys’ star Jason Kappus: ‘I’ve got the wife, a kid, the dog, and the house is on its way’
Guest Columnist:
Thursday, July 24, 2014
We are all about having a dream and making it happen. That shiny ideal that dawns on you as an 8-year-old or a high schooler or in the midst of a mid-life crisis. But what if you have two dreams?
“Jersey Boys” at Paris Las Vegas cast members Buck Hujabre, Lauren Tartaglia, Jason Martinez and Douglas Crawford arrive at Mark Shunock’s “Mondays Dark” at Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas.
‘Jersey Boys’ star Lauren Tartaglia: ‘This city is great — it is unique and special and insane and amazing’
Guest Columnist:
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Hi, my name is Lauren Tartaglia, and I am an actress in “Jersey Boys” at Paris Las Vegas. “Jersey Boys” is my whole world. Obviously. To everyone else, though, we performers might seem a bit odd.
“Jersey Boys” actor and yoga instructor John Salvatore.
‘Jersey Boys’ star John Salvatore wears his physical and mental battle scars with pride
Guest Columnist:
Thursday, July 24, 2014
As a performer in “Jersey Boys” for six-plus years, maintaining freshness and spontaneity doing eight shows a week is always a challenge. One of the main tools I use for keeping mentally focused and present onstage is my daily yoga practice.
Myron Martin, president and CEO of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, announces the Broadway shows for Season 2 during a donors reception at The Smith Center on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013.
Nevada 150th all-star show is one to be remembered, if not recorded
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Thus far, the Nevada 150th event has snared an impressive lineup. Acts, individuals and productions to be represented include Las Vegas entertainment legend Jerry Lewis, Cirque du Soleil, “Jubilee,” “Jersey Boys,” ...
Opening night of Britney Spears’ “Britney: Piece of Me” on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at The Axis in Planet Hollywood.
Planet Hollywood headliner Britney Spears gets intimate … with apparel
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Pop princess Britney Spears is launching a sleepwear-apparel line, the Intimate Britney Spears, with retail partner Change Lingerie, a company with more than 180 stores worldwide. Intimate Britney Spears debuts Sept. 9 with an event in New York City.
Ellie Smith, left, gives a hug to her sister Amy Smith after Amy was named Miss Nevada’s Outstanding Teen at the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts Theater on Sunday, June 1, 2014. Ellie Smith was later crowned 2014 Miss Nevada.
‘Scoring irregularities’ might send two Nevada contestants to national teen pageant
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
On June 1, Las Vegas Academy of Arts student Amy Smith was crowned Miss Nevada Outstanding Teen. Smith is representing our state at next week’s national competition in Orlando, Fla. If it were only that simple ...
The Food Network star Ben Vaughn.
Chef Ben Vaughn: Asada Taco is my new food crush in downtown Las Vegas
Guest Columnist:
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Downtown Las Vegas is certainly thought-provoking. It’s an area of town that has craved consideration for some time, and it is finally getting the attention it deserves. I will admit, I’m a little confused by sections of downtown Las Vegas.
Cory Harwell, right, counts extra money that Nicholas Fortin has collected during the St. Baldrick’s Day head-shaving fundraiser for cancer Saturday, March 1, 2014, at McMullan’s Irish Pub.
Carson Kitchen’s Cory Harwell: Opening downtown restaurant ‘a whirlwind of excitement’
Guest Columnist:
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
I met my dear friend Kerry Simon back when he was a regular customer at my Cana Tapas Kitchen & Bar in Town Square, and our mutual interests and passions quickly built the potential for a solid business partnership.
Actress and singer Pia Zadora and her husband, Michael Jeffries, on the red carpet after attending a performance of "Pawn Shop Live!" on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at the Golden Nugget.
Singer Pia Zadora: I’m ready to fire on all cylinders again with ‘Pia Reloaded’
Guest Columnist:
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
What is wrong with this picture — Robin is on vacation, and I’m doing his work?! But for him, anything! When I asked Robin what I could write about while he was away, he said, “Anything you want; it’s your column for the day.”
Amy Newmark's granddog Riley, a rescued Pug.
Amy Newmark: Add a little ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ by adopting a pet
Guest Columnist:
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
I’m so excited to be coming to your fair city this week for SuperZoo 2014, a national pet retail conference at Mandalay Bay! Besides having fun, my focus will be to help promote dog and cat adoptions in Las Vegas through your local organization the Animal Foundation.
Tracey Gittins in the new-look “Fantasy” at the Luxor.
‘Fantasy’ star Tracey Gittins: ‘This is the sexiest time of the year in Sin City’
Guest Columnist:
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
I have lived in Las Vegas for more than eight years and have worked and played up and down the Strip as a dancer in “Fantasy” and as an instructor in Las Vegas’ hottest burlesque and pole-dancing class Night School 4 Girls.
Sean E. Cooper attends the 2014 “Fantasy” calendar-release party on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, at Luxor.
‘Fantasy’ comedian Sean E. Cooper: Why I have the best job on the Las Vegas Strip
Guest Columnist:
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
There’s an abundance of cool jobs here in sunny Las Vegas, but none quite as awesome as mine. As the sole male in the topless show “Fantasy” at the Luxor — don’t worry, I leave the topless part to the ladies — I easily have the best job on the Strip.
Alison Ewing, Christine Sherril and Mary Callanan in "Mamma Mia!" at the Tropicana in May.
‘Mamma Mia!’ closes in less than three months at Tropicana
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
The return of “Mamma Mia!” at the Tropicana lasted about six years less than the show’s original run at Mandalay Bay. The show is closing, effective ...
Lady Gaga, performing in Chicago on July 11.
Concert review: Lady Gaga’s ‘ArtRave’ is a surprisingly straightforward affair
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
The crowd felt restrained, as if holding out for a moment to really let loose. For some, it never came.
"Fantasy" at the Luxor star Lorena Peril and Ray Jon Narbaitz arrive for the "Showbiz Roast" of former Mayor Oscar Goodman on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at Stratosphere Theater.
Lorena Peril’s next Vegas show is ‘Vegas! The Show’
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Lorena Peril has experienced the thrill of performing for tens of thousands of fans in an open-air arena and 10 fans in the cozy confines of Rush Lounge at the Golden Nugget. She knows Las Vegas showrooms, too. ...
Brody Jenner makes his DJ debut Friday, July 18, 2014, at Hyde Bellagio.
Brody Jenner, with girlfriend Kaitlynn Carter, debuts as DJ at Hyde Bellagio
Monday, July 21, 2014
Reality-TV heartthrob Brody Jenner (“The Hills,” “Bromance,” “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”) made his debut as DJ on Friday night at Hyde Bellagio and was a sharp-dressed man in a blue suit, black T-shirt, trucker hat and sneakers.
Sir Elton John and David Furnish attend the official grand opening of Fizz on Friday, March 28, 2014, at Caesars Palace.
David Furnish: Our new lounge Fizz is all about champagne wishes and caviar dreams
Guest Columnist:
Monday, July 21, 2014
It’s only fitting now that I fill in for my friend Robin Leach while he is on vacation because with my gorgeous new champagne lounge, Fizz at Caesars Palace, we are fulfilling champagne wishes and caviar dreams every day.
Alison Ewing, Christine Sherril and Mary Callanan in "Mamma Mia!" at the Tropicana in May.
‘Mamma Mia!’ star Alison Ewing: ‘I had gotten the bug … I was born to do this!’
Guest Columnist:
Monday, July 21, 2014
Ever since I was a little girl, I can remember charging a ticket price for my performances. It was 5 cents for a show in my living room, me dancing around in my sister’s old, oversized dance-recital costumes while lip syncing to a worn-down record.

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