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April 16, 2014

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Russell Davis, Tony Gemignani and Jon Taffer at Pizza Rock on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in downtown Las Vegas.
Q+A: Jon Taffer previews 2014 Nightclub & Bar Convention — NSA spyware a big concern?
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Nightclub & Bar Media Group President Jon Taffer told me: “We have bar, beverage and nightlife industry professionals coming from all over the world. Representing 200,000 on-premise establishments, they are responsible for $20 billion in beverage sales annually.”
The Jacksons: Tito, Jackie, Marlon and Jermaine.
Celebrity preview: The Jacksons, 2 Chainz, Adam Carolla, UFC 170, George Lopez, Pixies, Shen Yun
Friday, February 21, 2014
It’s a clash-of-champions weekend in and out of the ring. Sports fans will revel with Ronda Rousey as she defends her world bantamweight title against Sara McMann in UFC 170 at Mandalay Bay Events Center. Both women are Olympic medalists.
Ice Cube performs at Hakkasan on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in MGM Grand Las Vegas.
Pure, LAX and Chateau to get makeovers in acquisition by Hakkasan Group?
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Once the Pure transformation is complete, Hakkasan will upgrade LAX at Luxor and Chateau at Paris, but bigger blockbuster discussions have centered on a Hakkasan hotel on the Strip. (Fontainebleau could be an easy and fast acquisition and refurbishing.)
Jabbawockeez’s premiere of “Regenerate” on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, at Luxor.
Strip Scribbles: Jabbawockeez’s short film; El Loco roller coaster; Ice Cube at Hakkasan; Restaurant Week
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
“America’s Best Dance Crew” Season 1 winners and Luxor headliners the Jabbawockeez premiered their new short film “Regenerate” on Monday night at their Luxor theater. It’s the story of a world without art and culture and how the Jabbawockeez lead a rebellion.
The legendary Lion’s Share slot machine at MGM Grand Las Vegas.
The legend and cult of the $2.345 million Lion’s Share slot machine at MGM Grand
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Just what does a 20-year-old MGM Grand slot machine have that keeps people from around the world playing it day and night? The answer is a $2.345 million jackpot! The machine is now the only one left of the original 50 that MGM Grand had for its opening 20 years ago.
An exterior view of the Bellagio, June 6, 2013.
MGM Resorts narrows its 4th-quarter loss to $38.3 million
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Las Vegas-based MGM Resorts International reported its fourth-quarter earnings Wednesday.
Farrah Abraham, center, at Sapphire Pool & Dayclub on Friday, June 14, 2013, in Las Vegas.
Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors: Farrah Abraham, Miley Cyrus and Jason Alexander
Monday, February 17, 2014
A promotional visit by sex-tape vixen Farrah Abraham to a Las Vegas strip club last summer has come back to haunt her, and Vivid Entertainment head honcho Steven Hirsch has offered the star of two of his bestselling sex tapes a $1 million polygraph challenge.
Elton John's The Million Dollar Piano at Caesars Palace on Sept. 28, 2011.
Strip Scribbles: New films and videos from Elton John, Tiesto and Jabbawockeez
Monday, February 17, 2014
Two Las Vegas headline entertainers with breakthrough film projects are about to hit big and make history. First is Sir Elton John’s Caesars Palace resident headliner show “The Million Dollar Piano” filmed at the Colosseum. In March, there will be two unprecedented screenings.
Daughtry.
Celebrity preview: Bruno Mars, Daughtry, The Eagles, Meat Loaf, Crystal Gayle, Dion, Helen Reddy
Friday, February 14, 2014
This Valentine’s Day weekend, there can be no excuses for not taking out the love of your life for a big-time entertainment treat. There’s music for young and old alike. Think Helen Reddy and Dion. Think Crystal Gayle and Daughtry and Bruno Mars.
MGM Resorts adding charging stations for electric vehicles
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Drivers of electric vehicles will soon find 27 new charging stations at nine MGM Resorts International properties along the Las Vegas Strip.
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.
Strip Scribbles: Luke Bryan, Havana Brown, Penn & Teller, Minka Kelly and Mandy Moore
Monday, February 10, 2014
Reigning Academy of Country Music Awards Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan will get Las Vegas Police Department motorcycle outriders when he does double duty for his April 6 hosting and performing at the 49th annual ACM Awards.
DJ Tiesto at Hakkasan Las Vegas in MGM Grand on Friday, May 3, 2013.
Hakkasan launches weekly radio show titled Hakkasan Nightclub Radio
Thursday, February 6, 2014
The hourlong weekly show is hosted by Hakkasan resident DJ Mark Eteson and features a mix of the latest music, artist interviews and news coming out of the megaclub and the dance music scene.
DJ Calvin Harris at Hakkasan Las Vegas at MGM Grand on Saturday, June 8, 2013.
Strip Scribbles: Disney’s $100,000 grant to Smith Center; Nightclub & Bar Awards; British soccer studs
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Our Smith Center for the Performing Arts has become the country’s second performing arts center to join the Disney Musicals in Schools project, and Josh Strickland (“Vegas! The Show”) greeted 200 students, who will benefit from Disney’s $100,000 grant, on Tuesday.
The delicious date and artichoke pizza at Crush in MGM Grand.
Q+A: Crush executive chef Billy DeMarco talks small plates, fun vibes, scallops and Beyonce
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Menu standouts: octopus ceviche (with grapefruit and pickled jalapenos), Sea Scallop Benny (scallops with quail eggs and chorizo), ricotta gnocchi with braised short rib and pea puree, and lamb sirloin steak with celery root puree and bacon Brussels sprouts.
Pink begins her “The Truth About Love Tour” concert hanging from a bungee and caught by dancers above the stage Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Review + photos: Look up! It’s Acrobat Girl! Or Pink and her ‘Truth About Love’ finale at MGM Grand
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Pink brought her “The Truth About Love Tour” to MGM Grand Garden Arena on Friday, and it was a big night because it was the end of a successful global jaunt for the betrothed of motocross star Carey Hart and mother of young daughter Willow, both of whom were at the show.
George Strait performs during his “The Cowboy Rides Away Tour” stop at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014.
Photos: Cowboy and country legend George Strait rides away, again, at MGM Grand
Monday, February 3, 2014
In front of a sold-out MGM Grand Garden Arena crowd Saturday night, country music legend George Strait arrived onstage to a roaring standing ovation that made it sound like the “12th Man” was rocking the arena for Super Bowl XLVIII.
Pink performs at Mandalay Bay Events Center as part of her "The Truth About Love Tour" on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013.
Celebrity preview: Pink, George Strait, Juicy J, Krewella, Zedd and Bruno Mars at Super Bowl XLVIII
Friday, January 31, 2014
We’ve got music superstars here this weekend, but safely before the Strip falls silent for Super Bowl XLVIII. Pink winds down her “The Truth About Love Tour” at MGM Grand Garden Arena, and country legend George Strait is in the final stretch of his “The Cowboy Rides Away.”
Colt Prattes and Pink.
Q+A: Colt Prattes, lead dancer of Pink’s ‘The Truth About Love Tour’
Friday, January 31, 2014
Colt Prattes, whose resume includes acting, singing, dancing, Broadway and bodybuilding, is the lead dancer of Pink’s “The Truth About Love Tour,” which stopped at MGM Grand Garden Arena nearly a year ago and ends the tour tonight with a sold-out show in the same venue.

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