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December 19, 2014

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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.”
John Wood, senior executive director of VIP services; Ronn Nicolli, executive director of nightlife marketing; Jesse Waits, managing partner; DJ Kaskade; Yannick Mugnier, executive director of nightlife operations; and Eric White, assistant GM attend the fifth-anniversary celebration of XS on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Encore.
Photos: America’s Best DJ Kaskade leads XS’ fifth-anniversary celebration
Thursday, February 20, 2014
EDM fans, locals, visitors and friends of the mega-club packed the indoor-outdoor hotspot Saturday night as Kaskade, the reigning America’s Best DJ and the only multiple winner of the annual award, led the celebration.
Marlon, Jackie and Tito Jackson arrive at the red carpet for Cirque du Soleil's "Michael Jackson One" at Mandalay Bay on Saturday, June 29, 2013.
Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors: The Jacksons, Nicole Richie, Trisha Yearwood and Yardbird
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
My ticketing spies tell me that the late Michael Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, is bringing her grandchildren to support The Jacksons in “Rocktellz & Cocktails” when it celebrates its official grand opening this weekend at Planet Hollywood.
This artist's rendering released Wednesday, March 27, 2013, by Wynn Resorts shows a proposed resort casino on the banks of the Mystic River in Everett, Mass.
Mohegan Sun goes negative on Wynn in Massachusetts casino fight
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Officials at Mohegan Sun, who want to build a casino hotel in Revere, unveiled a pointed turn in their public relations strategy Monday, offering new and aggressive criticism of a rival casino proposal by Wynn Resorts in Everett.
Andrea Wynn, Janie Schorr, Camille Ruvo and Larry Ruvo attend Andrea’s first-anniversary celebration Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Encore.
Photos: Steve and Andrea Wynn toast Andrea’s first anniversary at Encore
Monday, February 17, 2014
Guests were welcomed with champagne, cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres, which included some of executive chef Joseph Elevado’s most popular dishes, including tuna and crispy rice, the fried burdock roll, the king crab and fluke roll and the spicy vegan tofu roll.
Michael Turchin and Lance Bass at Surrender on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, in Encore.
Lance Bass and fiance Michael Turchin celebrate Valentine’s Day at Surrender
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Bass was in town to accept an award from the Human Rights Campaign, and the group sat at the DJ table to watch pal Dillon Francis spin. The couple sipped on Veuve Clicquot, while the rest of the entourage enjoyed Grey Goose cocktails.
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.
Colby Lemmo and Josh Fried perform in “Le Reve — The Dream” on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, at Wynn Las Vegas.
Photos: ‘Le Reve’ at Wynn is a dream romance for Josh Fried and Colby Lemmo
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Two leading performers in “Le Reve — The Dream” aren’t acting when they show their love and affection for each other. Former Planet Hollywood Pussycat Dolls dancer Colby Lemmo and former champion diver and gymnast Josh Fried have the best of love stories.
Siegfried and Roy performed together for more than 35 years. Their production show called the Stardust's Lido de Paris home before moving to the Mirage, where it remained until its closure.
Strip Scribbles: Siegfried & Roy, Mamie Van Doren, Denver Broncos and Al Pacino
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Master magicians Siegfried & Roy are on an extended Hawaii vacation soaking up the sun, the sea and the sand of our 50th state. Roy was in swim shorts in his wheelchair as Siegfried strolled barefoot in the sand nearby with friends.
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.
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.”
The fountain of the Wynn Macau casino performs celebrating its opening with the backgroung of the Lisboa Casino in Macau, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2006. American gaming mogul Stephen Wynn was ready to throw open the doors of his new US$1.2 billion casino to gamblers Wednesday in Macau _ the Chinese territory that's rivaling the Las Vegas Strip as the world's epicenter for gambling.
Wynn posts 4th-quarter earnings on strength of Macau operations
Thursday, January 30, 2014
While Las Vegas growth was overshadowed by Macau, Wynn Resorts Ltd. chairman Steve Wynn said the company was seeing an uptick in convention bookings, retail sales, room rates and occupancy on the Strip.
Wing Lei's updated, gold-and-jade dining room.
Counter Intelligence: Wing Lei for Chinese New Year, Bartolotta’s new look, N9NE Steakhouse’s revamp
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Hot off the grill! Hotel mogul Steve Wynn has given a whole new look to two of his most popular and busiest restaurants: Wing Lei and Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare. The makeovers are stunning, and the two restaurants looked great even before the refreshers.
Elaine Wynn, right, and daughter Gillian on the Andre Agassi Grand Slam red carpet at the Wynn on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010.
Does Elaine Wynn’s reported $142.4 million Francis Bacon art purchase set a new benchmark?
Monday, January 27, 2014
Hotel director and Las Vegas socialite Elaine Wynn surprised and stunned guests with her $1 million donation at the 30th Anniversary Nevada Ballet Theater Black & White Ball at Aria on Saturday night. Two months ago, there was an even bigger shocker.

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