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DJ Diplo, Johnny Manziel and friends at Surrender on Saturday, May 24, 2014, in Encore.
Johnny Manziel — Johnny Football! — parties with Dom Perignon at Surrender in Encore
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Johnny Manziel, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Texas A&M drafted 22nd overall by the Cleveland Browns as their first-round pick, celebrated Memorial Day Weekend partying with friends at Surrender in Steve Wynn’s Encore on Saturday night.
Ryan Lewis and Macklemore celebrate Surrender's third anniversary at Encore on Wednesday, June 5, 2013.
Celebrity preview: Cher, Bruno Mars, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Nicki Minaj, Rixton, world’s top DJs
Friday, May 23, 2014
There are more multimillionaire headliner DJs spinning in our beach clubs, dayclubs and nightclubs for the next 96 hours than there are big-time Hollywood and sports entertainers, and that’s something that could only happen in Las Vegas.
Shania Twain arrives at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 18, 2014, in Las Vegas.
Strip Scribbles: Shania Twain, Murray Sawchuck, Epicurean Affair, Bobby Flay and ‘Rat Rods’
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Las Vegas schoolchildren will be presenting their end-of-year report cards to superstar Shania Twain next week. Last fall, I interviewed Shania after her charitable foundation Shania Kids Can donated funds and furniture to needy elementary school students.
John Lithgow is in Las Vegas to accept the Human Rights Campaign's Equality Award.
Life is good and ‘Love Is Strange’ for HRC honoree John Lithgow
Friday, May 16, 2014
Golden Globe- and Emmy Award-winning actor John Lithgow is back in Las Vegas to accept the Human Rights Campaign's Equality Award. Before we talk of his new movie and the honor he is to receive at the ...
Steve Wynn has purchased Jeff Koons’ sculpture Popeye for $28.2 million.
Steve Wynn pays $28.2 million for Jeff Koons’ sculpture of Popeye
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Hotel tycoon Steve Wynn peeled off a lot of greens to buy the life-sized sculpture of cartoon character Popeye created by pop-modern artist Jeff Koons at the Sotheby’s auction in New York on Wednesday night. In fact, $28.2 million greens.
Sean Christie is flanked by Macklemore, right, and Ryan Lewis during Surrender's third-anniversary celebration Thursday, June 6, 2013, at Encore.
Q+A: Surrender, EBC exec Sean Christie: ‘People all over the world know Las Vegas is the best’
Thursday, May 15, 2014
With Memorial Day Weekend just nine days away, Encore Beach Club and Surrender Nightclub get ready to celebrate their fourth successful anniversary and head into a fifth season. At the helm of this success story is managing partner Sean Christie.
Buddy Valastro and Daniel Boulud attend the grand opening of DB Brasserie by chef Boulud on Thursday, May 8, 2014, at the Venetian.
Q+A: Chef Daniel Boulud is happy to be back — ‘we’re all lucky to have Las Vegas’
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Born on a farm in the French countryside, Daniel Boulud, 59, has become one of the most successful and famous chefs in America, and now he’s returned to the Strip to open his showcase DB Brasserie at the Venetian.
WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. and WBA champion Marcos Maidana of Argentina attend a news conference at MGM Grand on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. The two champions will meet in a WBC/WBA unification fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday.
Celebrity preview: Mayweather, Juan Pablo, Snoop, Ditch Fridays, Eclipse, XS Night Swim and Azure
Friday, May 2, 2014
It’s a knockout weekend and not just because fight fans expect Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. to deliver a winning punch against Marcos “El Chino” Maidana in their 12-round world championship battle at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night.
Steven Wynn speaks to the media during the opening of the Downtown Grand Las Vegas Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas Sunday, October 27, 2013.
Nevada Supreme Court upholds Wynn's $7.5M judgment against 'Girls Gone Wild' founder
Friday, May 2, 2014
Justices said the soft-porn video empire founder's last-minute attempts to challenge the default were an attempt to stall proceedings. In 2012, Wynn was awarded …
Florida Georgia Line arrives at the 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas.
Strip Scribbles: Billboard Awards lineup includes Imagine Dragons, Florida Georgia Line, John Legend
Thursday, May 1, 2014
On Wednesday, Billboard confirmed that Florida Georgia Line will be onstage at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena joining Luke Bryan, plus our Las Vegas rockers Imagine Dragons, One Republic, John Legend and Jason Derulo.
Steve Wynn rolls the dice after placing a $2,000 bet during the opening of the Downtown Grand Las Vegas Hotel and Casino on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013.
4 more Boston-area communities on board with Wynn megaresort
Monday, April 28, 2014
Wynn Resorts has signed agreements with four more Boston-area communities as it seeks to build a $1.2 billion resort-style casino there. Tuesday is the deadline for ...
Britney Spears arrives at Planet Hollywood on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.
Celebrity preview: Gloria Estefan, Britney Spears, Eric Church, Nas, Pauly D, Deadmau5, The Wanted
Friday, April 25, 2014
Reigning royalty Britney Spears returns to resume her “Britney: Piece of Me” residency at Planet Hollywood, while Latin pop princess Gloria Estefan joins Queen Latifah, Carole King, Rita Moreno, Jordin Sparks and Fantine at the Keep Memory Alive Power of Love Gala.
Wolfgang Puck, third from right, receives the UNLVino Dom Perignon Award of Excellence during Sip & Savor at his restaurant Spago on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.
Strip Scribbles: Floyd Mayweather Jr., Jerry Lewis, Wolfgang Puck and Criss Angel
Thursday, April 10, 2014
I’ll be filming today a version of my old show “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” touring unbeaten boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s three Las Vegas homes and his extraordinary collections of cars and jewelry.
Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan rehearse for the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Friday, April 5, 2013.
Celebrity preview: Country’s biggest stars, ACM Awards, Michael Jordan, Rob Thomas and Teller’s ‘Tempest’
Friday, April 4, 2014
If country music and its superstars are not your cup of tea, then you’ve got a cornucopia of comedians and illusionist Teller’s magical version of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” as alternatives. If you love Nashville sounds, then you are in heaven this weekend.
Aaron Posner and Teller, pictured here Tuesday, March 11, 2014, are co-directing “The Tempest” adapted from the play by William Shakespeare that opens next month at the Smith Center in Symphony Park.
Strip Scribbles: Teller’s ‘Tempest’ triumph; Michael Jordan’s golf benefit; George Clooney’s tequila
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Teller hosts his star-studded premiere and celebration Saturday at the new 500-seat tent theater in Symphony Park outside the Smith Center, and even with “The Tempest” being extended from two weeks to one month, people are still fighting for tickets.
Sheldon Adelson and Elaine Wynn at Buddy V’s Ristorante in Palazzo on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013.
Strip Scribbles: ‘Area 52’ film, Elaine Wynn’s $142 million painting and Las Vegas Sin
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Elaine Wynn has never officially confirmed her purchase of the $142 million Francis Bacon three-paneled painting of Lucian Freud studies last fall. However, art insiders say she now owns the valuable 1969 oil on canvas triptych.
David Miller, Sebastien Izambard, Urs Buhler and Carlos Marin of Il Divo perform Saturday, March 29, 2014, at Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Review: ‘A Musical Affair’ with Il Divo, Lea Salonga a master class in vocals, performance
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
There wasn’t a false note in the entire performance, but favorites of the night included “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “Defying Gravity,” “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” “Bring Him Home,” “I Dreamed a Dream”/“On My Own” and “Music of the Night.”
Ne-Yo at Surrender on Friday, March 28, 2014, in Encore.
Photos: Ne-Yo parties at Encore Beach Club and performs at Surrender
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Ne-Yo, sporting black cargo shorts, a black muscle T emblazoned with “This Is Stupid,” a black cap, black Chuck Taylors, a gold chain and sunglasses, arrived with a group of 10 and settled into a luxury bungalow overlooking the popular daytime pool party.
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.
Miley Cyrus performs at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, March 1, 2014, in MGM Grand.
Strip Scribbles: From Strip to U.S. Senate for Brian Evans? Plus, learn how to twerk
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
In his debut pitch Monday for supporters in Hawaii, Brian Evans said that he’s seeking the position as a tribute to his mother who died after knee surgery. Brian, who commuted regularly to Las Vegas from Hawaii, where he has lived for a decade, isn’t hiding his past.
Canelo Alvarez and opponent Alfredo "El Perro" Angulo face their fans following their weigh-ins at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Friday, March 7, 2014.
Celebrity preview: Terry Fator, Alvarez vs. Angulo, Nick Cannon, Sofia Vergara, REO Speedwagon
Friday, March 7, 2014
There is plenty to do in Las Vegas this weekend for sports fans, from the high-speed excitement of two NASCAR races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to a welterweight boxing battle at MGM Grand Garden Arena and a debut kickboxing event at Planet Hollywood.
Andrea Wynn, Janie Schorr, Camille Ruvo and Larry Ruvo attend Andrea’s first-anniversary celebration Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Encore.
Andrea Wynn’s multimillion-dollar birthday party is ‘Gatsby’ themed, but hints to Spidey
Monday, March 3, 2014
Andrea Wynn’s 50th birthday party was directed by Philip William McKinley, who took over the troubled “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” on Broadway in 2011. The event starred Hugh Jackman and featured more than 70 dancers and musicians.
Afrojack and Steve Aoki at XS in the Encore on July 4, 2011.
Party on: Seven of 10 top-grossing U.S. nightclubs are in Las Vegas
Friday, February 28, 2014
Trade publication 'Nightclub & Bar' revealed its 2014 Top 100 list of the nation's top-earning nightlife venues, with the clubs and lounges of the Las Vegas Strip dominating the rankings.
Katherine Webb at Encore Beach Club on Saturday, April 13, 2013.
Strip Scribbles: Encore Beach Club, Bare, SLS, ‘Jubilee!’ and 2014 ACM Awards
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
New to Encore this season in addition to 10 percent more seating to accommodate demand, a custom-designed outdoor LED screen situated above the awning where DJs spin. More guests throughout the venue can now watch DJs in action with exceptional clarity.
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.”

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