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April 19, 2014

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Michael Jordan, fiancee Yvette Prieto and Will Smith at the 2013 Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational Gala at Aria on Friday, April 5, 2013.
Weekend best bets: ACM Weekend, Michael Jordan, Las Vegas 51s and ‘The Tempest’
Thursday, April 3, 2014
The weekend ahead is packed with star power, from the Academy of Country Music’s five days of celebration starting tonight with Hunter Hayes to sports champions teeing up for a cause in the annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational at Shadow Creek.
From left, Corey “Big Hoss” Harrison, Austin “Chumlee” Russell, Richard “The Old Man” Harrison and Rick Harrison on the red carpet after attending a performance of “Pawn Shop Live!” at the Golden Nugget on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014.
Strip Scribbles: ‘Pawn Stars’ + tiara; Floyd Mayweather Jr.; world’s Top 100 restaurants; Holly Madison
Thursday, April 3, 2014
A fundraising blitz is underway in Ohio to buy back a tiara — now at Gold & Silver Pawn here — once owned by President William McKinley’s wife, Ida McKinley, who died in 1907. The metal headband is in co-owner and “Pawn Stars” star Rick Harrison’s safe keeping.
Hunter Hayes and Stevie Wonder backstage at the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand on Sunday, April 7, 2013.
Vegas Goes Country with 120 hours of Rascal Flatts, Hayes, Urban, Bryan and ACM Awards
Thursday, April 3, 2014
For the next 100 hours in the Entertainment Capital of the World, it’s nothing but Nashville in Las Vegas highlighted by five hours of CBS coverage of Academy of Country Music coverage from MGM Grand with satellite cut-ins from Mandalay Bay.
Sammy DeMarco and Frank Coraci of the Travel Channel’s “Chow Masters.”
Counter Intelligence: Portofino, ‘Chow Masters,’ UNLVino, Hecho en Vegas, Guy Fieri, Taste of Las Vegas
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Hot off the grill! Las Vegas chef Sammy DeMarco has landed a new, original Travel Channel series, “Chow Masters,” that debuts this month and seeks America’s best comfort foods. He’s filming 13 half-hour episodes on a cross-country trek.
Beyonce performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013.
Rock in Rio, whose headliners have included Beyonce and Justin Timberlake, heads to Las Vegas
Monday, March 31, 2014
Rock in Rio, the multiple-day event in Rio, Lisbon and Madrid billed as the world’s largest music festival, has featured headliners Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Muse and Alice in Chains.
Shania Twain presents the Entertainer of the Year Award to Luke Bryan at the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 7, 2013.
ACM Awards preview: Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift, George Strait face off
Monday, March 31, 2014
Executive producers Barry Adelman and R.A Clark and Jack Sussman, CBS exec, said it’s a feud of five made for Las Vegas: “Our two hosts, Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, are up against each other, but then Blake’s wife, Miranda Lambert, could topple both of them.”
Il Divo.
Celebrity preview: Il Divo, Jeff Timmons’ Men of the Strip, Ne-Yo, Wynonna, Elton John and ‘Jubilee!’
Friday, March 28, 2014
The likely clarion call for this weekend is that “everything old is new again.” That’s certainly applicable to the grand reopening of a new look to the three-decade-long-running “Jubilee!” at Bally’s. It’s safe to call it a face-lift and a full makeover — its first in 30-plus years.
ABC's "Modern Family."
Strip Scribbles: ‘Modern Family’ films at Mandalay Bay; ‘Ink Master’ results
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Two Las Vegas tattoo artists were declared safe on Tuesday night’s episode of “Ink Master” on Spike’s hit reality-TV contest where they are vying for a $100,000 grand prize, bragging rights and a cover feature in Inked Magazine.
DJ Calvin Harris at Hakkasan Las Vegas in MGM Grand on Saturday, May 4, 2013.
Jon Taffer kicks off Nightclub & Bar Show with mayor, Adam Carolla; Tryst, Hakkasan host parties tonight
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
The three-day trade show serves nearly 40,000 global nightlife operators, managers and industry enthusiasts responsible for some $20 billion in annual beverage sales at more than 200,000 establishments. The main exhibit hall is packed with more than 600 booths.
Grammy-winning DJ Afrojack makes his debut at Hakkasan on Friday, March 21, 2014, in MGM Grand.
Photos: Grammy Award-winning DJ Afrojack makes his debut at Hakkasan
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Afrojack, who won a 2011 Grammy with David Guetta for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical, for Madonna’s “Revolver,” kept the crowd moving with “Take Over Control,” “Can’t Stop Me,” his No. 1 collabo “Give Me Everything Tonight” and new release “Ten Feet Tall.”
Elise Hansen, Criss Angel, Robin Leach and Claire Sinclair at Aureole on Friday, March 21, 2014, at Mandalay Bay.
Strip Scribbles: Gloria Estefan, Criss Angel, Robosaurus, Carlo’s Bakery, ‘Pawn Stars,’ gay dayclub Xposed!
Monday, March 24, 2014
More headline names are being added to the Keep Memory Alive tribute to Gloria Estefan, but I’ve learned exclusively that Carole King, Jordin Sparks, Rita Moreno, Fantine, Ricky Martin and Jon Secada will all perform duets with Gloria at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum stand with their awards during the 4th annual American Country Awards at Mandalay Bay Events Center on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2013.
Celebrity preview: Lady Antebellum, comedy kings, Afrojack, Krewella, Cake, ‘One Night for One Drop’
Friday, March 21, 2014
Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte has made clean water his mission with his One Drop organization, and tonight for one night only, 100 artists from his acrobatic circus company will perform the second-annual “One Night for One Drop” spectacular at Mandalay Bay.
The Gazillionaire, James Franco and Penny Pibbets at "Absinthe" on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, at Caesars Palace.
Strip Scribbles: Australian Bee Gees, ‘Absinthe’ milestones; Merle Haggard tribute; CinemaCon stars
Thursday, March 20, 2014
The Gazillionaire and his sidekick Penny Pibbets along with burlesque singer Melody Sweets and balloon tap dancer Angel Porrino celebrated their 1,500th “Absinthe” performance at Caesars Palace on Wednesday night.
Aerialists during a rehearsal for the Cirque du Soleil benefit “One Night for One Drop” on Thursday, March 6, 2014, at Michael Jackson One Theater in Mandalay Bay.
Strip Scribbles: ‘One Night for One Drop,’ Darius Rucker and Rusty Maples
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Cirque founder Guy Laliberte will lead a parade of stars along the blue carpet, including Frances Fisher, Siegfried & Roy, The Tenors, Boyz II Men, Blues Traveler, Kyle Richards and Mauricio Umansky, Holly Madison, Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Mary Wilson, Susan Feniger and more.
Grammy Award-winning DJ Afrojack.
Q+A: Afrojack talks debut album, Jared Leto, Hakkasan, Katy Perry and ‘The Simpsons’
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Afrojack, birth name Nick van de Wall, makes his residency debut at Hakkasan in MGM Grand on Friday night, and he recently remixed a 30 Seconds to Mars song with the band’s frontman, recent Oscar winner Jared Leto.
Hunter Hayes opens for Carrie Underwood's "Blown Away Tour" at Mandalay Bay Events Center on Saturday, March 2, 2013.
In L.V.: Jordan Belfort, Hunter Hayes, Capt. Richard Phillips, Jimmy Kimmel, One Republic
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Disgraced Wall Street banker Jordan Belfort, whose story inspired Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-nominated film “The Wolf of Wall Street” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, will be a keynote speaker for Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America at Caesars Palace on April 8.
Elvis Costello.
Celebrity preview: Elvis Costello, Mint 400, Kathy Griffin, Bill Cosby, ‘Supernatural’ and Tool
Friday, March 14, 2014
It’s a weekend where one could accurately say, “In with the new, but not out with the old.” As a brand-new concert venue officially opens on the Strip with more modern acts, we have several legends still in the spotlight, plus, the official openings of some familiar dayclubs.
Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett, center, with Holly Madison, left, and Jessica Hall, hosts at Wet Republic at MGM Grand on Aug. 27, 2011.
Strip Scribbles: Bikini tops drop as pool season opens; Daniel Boulud Brasserie confirmed; SHM film
Thursday, March 13, 2014
It’s opening day in Las Vegas of the new summer pool season for Liquid Pool Lounge at Aria and Tops Drop at Bare Ultra Pool adult pool in the Mirage. Friday is opening day for the renovated Wet Republic at MGM Grand.

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