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August 19, 2014

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Robin Leach's Celebrity Watch

Photo: Executive chef Barry S. Dakake of N9NE Steakhouse
Barry S. Dakake of N9NE Steakhouse at the Palms offers simple summer barbecue tips
Monday, August 11, 2014
Guest Columnist:
Summer is the season for barbecues, get-togethers and relaxed, easy cooking. As the executive chef of one of the busiest steakhouses in Las Vegas, N9NE Steakhouse at the Palms, my team and I are used to preparing delectable dishes for hundreds of guests.
Photo: Carrie Megan Gross and Ben Carey.
Ben Carey of Lifehouse: ‘Chandelier Sessions’ is about fellowship, mentorship and community
Monday, August 11, 2014
Guest Columnist:
A goal for me this summer is to bring a music culture to downtown Las Vegas, similar to what you might find in Austin, Nashville, Memphis, Sunset Boulevard in L.A., New York City, Chicago and New Orleans. What Las Vegas needs is a home for musicians.
Photo: Lori Milken, Camille Ruvo, Larry Ruvo, Susan Schne
We have lost an incredibly talented and kind star in Robin Williams
Monday, August 11, 2014
Robin Williams was often here in Las Vegas — with fellow comic Eric Idle at Steve Wynn’s rebirth of Monty Python at Wynn Las Vegas. He was here for the HBO Comedy Festivals in a celebrity event with Billy Crystal. And he supported Andre Agassi’s Grand Slam for Children.
Photo: Mayor Carolyn Goodman and her Chippendales friends
Strip Scribbles: Red Bull BC One, Great Santa Run, Rita Rudner and Murray Sawchuck
Monday, August 11, 2014
Las Vegas will be one of six global cities hosting an epic breakdancing showdown before November’s world finals in Paris, France. On Friday, Red Bull BC One, the world’s most prestigious one-on-one B-Boy competition, is at Brooklyn Bowl.
Photo: 88.1 KCEP-FM General Manager Craig Knight stand wi
Photos: Knockout weekend for boxer and MMA friend Ana Julaton and yours truly
Monday, August 11, 2014
What an honor for me to be inducted into the 2014 Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame as its first Mark Smith Ambassador Award recipient Saturday night. I was humbled by the kind words and outpouring of support from colleagues and friends.
Photo: 88.1 KCEP-FM General Manager Craig Knight stand wi
Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame gala is a champagne wishes and caviar dreams affair
Monday, August 11, 2014
On Saturday night, I was glad to be present as the man I refer to as Ubiquitous Robin Leach (URL for short) was honored with the inaugural Mark Smith Ambassador Award by the Nevada Broadcasters Association at the Four Seasons Las Vegas.
Photo: Cheaza Figueroa.
Cheaza departs ‘Jubilee’ for yearlong tour dates in Asia, Europe and Middle East
Monday, August 11, 2014
“You never know if it’s the right move, but I love the challenge of change. I think the aspect of the challenge is what I need at this moment,” Cheaza told me moments after ending her run in “Jubilee” at Bally’s last week.
Photo: Frontman Adam Duritz and his band Counting Crows a
Counting Crows and Toad the Wet Sprocket stick to the hits at Mandalay Bay Beach
Monday, August 11, 2014
Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz, who celebrated his 50th birthday this month, was upbeat and in fine voice as he dug into set opener “Round Here,” twisting the phrasing of the lyrics as he prowled the edge of the stage.
Photo: King of cars Josh Towbin.
Josh ‘The Chop’ Towbin: Las Vegas’ king of cars offers auto-buying tips
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Guest Columnist:
Summer is the perfect season to buy the new car that you’ve had your eye on all year. Buying a car should be a fun and exciting process, but, as we all know, it can sometimes be stressful. In order to avoid the anxiety, I have created a list of advice and tips.
Photo: Olivia Newton-John and Kevin Burke in Nassau, Baha
‘Defending the Caveman’ star Kevin Burke: My year away from Las Vegas
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Guest Columnist:
It’s been a year since Las Vegas and I broke up and I said goodbye to your sweet sexy neon and scenic vistas in infinite shades of brown — 365 days and change since I left you and my role in “Defending the Caveman” at Harrah’s.
Photo: 2013 UNLVino's Grand Tasting honoring Elizabeth Bl
Restaurateur Elizabeth Blau: Chefs have helped build and grow community of Las Vegas
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Guest Columnist:
I have lived in Las Vegas for 15 years now and have been lucky enough to have a front-row seat to the growth and development of this valley. I have been lucky to see most of it through the eyes of the restaurant community.
Photo: Justin Timberlakes The 20/20 Experience World Tour
Déjà vu: Justin Timberlake is still a solid showman in ‘20/20’ return to MGM Grand
Sunday, August 10, 2014
In a return visit to Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience World Tour” on Friday night at MGM Grand Garden Arena, one of the best live entertainers in music today kept the template nearly the same — and it was as solid and spectacular as the first time.
Photo: Adam Duritz
Adam Duritz of Counting Crows: ‘You’re always competing with your own level of quality’
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz isn’t shy about revealing the inspiration behind his most famous songs. Ask him about his band’s first original material in six years, however, and he becomes noticeably guarded, defensive even.
Photo: Justin Timberlake performs at MGM Grand Garden Are
Celebrity preview: Will.I.Am, Justin Timberlake, Jake Owen, Mario, Counting Crows, Lynyrd Skynyrd
Friday, August 8, 2014
If laughter is the best medicine, we’ll have a lot of very healthy people on and off the Strip this weekend. The kings and queens of comedy are reigning along with crown prince of pop Justin Timberlake, who leads a music invasion that includes a two-day ukulele festival.
Photo: 2014 Tropic Beauty Model Search contestants at D L
D Las Vegas owner Derek Stevens: I am proud to be part of all the exciting changes downtown
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Guest Columnist:
I smile when I walk around The D and see the casino floor buzzing with people. This is exactly how I imagined it when I first undertook what seemed like a mammoth task of transforming the historic Fitzgeralds into The D.

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