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Chef Todd English and Le Cordon Bleu student Todd Huelsman compete during 2013 Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appetit's Bellagio Block Party on Saturday, May 11, 2013.
Chef Todd English charged with intoxicated driving
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Celebrity chef Todd English, who has opened restaurants across the country — including at Bellagio and CityCenter — and written multiple cookbooks, was arrested Sunday on a charge of driving while intoxicated, authorities said. ...
Farid Matraki.
Farid Matraki of Crystals: Celine, Sisley, Lalique new luxury stops; fall-fashion trends
Guest Columnist:
Sunday, August 24, 2014
The Shops at Crystals in CityCenter continues to be the epicenter for luxury shopping in Las Vegas. We regularly seek to bring the best designers to the city, and this year was no exception. Celine is the most recent addition to our roster.
Tom Bergeron, Amy Purdy of Las Vegas and Derek Hough on Season 18 of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” on Monday, April 21, 2014.
Strip Scribbles: Amy Purdy’s surgery; Lalique opening; ‘Ink Master’; Piff the Magic Dragon
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Thursday’s invitation-only opening of the jewel box 2,200-square-foot Lalique store at Crystals in CityCenter will be an appropriately sparkling affair. The store has been designed by one of the world’s wealthiest women, Lady Tina Green.
Barry Williams, Florence Henderson and Christopher Knight attend Nevada Ballet Theater’s 30th anniversary Black & White Ball honoring Henderson on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, in Aria.
Florence Henderson splashes color over NBT’s Black & White Ball
Monday, January 27, 2014
Florence Henderson joked about Viagra, dusted off a joke about George Burns and sang a cappella at Saturday's NBT fundraising gala at Aria.
Barry Williams, Florence Henderson and Christopher Knight attend Nevada Ballet Theater’s 30th anniversary Black & White Ball honoring Henderson on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, in Aria.
Photos: Florence Henderson honored as NBT Woman of the Year; Elaine Wynn donates $1 million
Sunday, January 26, 2014
It was a glittering 30th anniversary celebration, a night of glamorous legends topped off with a $1 million donation from our leading lady Elaine Wynn. The annual Black & White Ball for our Nevada Ballet Theater at Aria sparkled from start to finish.
Corky Ballas and Florence Henderson rehearse for Season 11 of ABC's Dancing With the Stars.
Q+A: Florence Henderson, Nevada Ballet Theater’s Woman of the Year — her lifelong love of dance
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Growing up in a small Midwest town, poverty prevented actress Florence Henderson from fulfilling her dream to become a dancer. On Saturday, she will be honored as Woman of the Year by Nevada Ballet Theater celebrating the 30th anniversary of its glittering Black & White Ball.
Ryan Lochte, right, with an unidentified guest, DJ Twisted, Ed Moses and Cullen Jones, hosts at SHe by Morton’s on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, in Crystals at CityCenter.
2013 New Year’s Eve photos: Olympic champion Ryan Lochte hosts at SHe
Friday, January 3, 2014
The Olympic swimming champion and heartthrob, who stayed at the D Las Vegas while in town, donned a gray suit jacket, a T-shirt and kicks and partied with Olympic swimming pals Cullen Jones and Ed Moses and two other friends.
The Harmon Hotel at CityCenter sits unfinished with the Veer Towers seen in the background on July 29, 2011.
Demolition of flawed tower at CityCenter delayed again
Friday, December 6, 2013
A judge has further delayed demolition of the Harmon Tower to allow the company behind its insurance policy to provide an update on its investigation of CityCenter’s $393.8 million claim that the hotel is a total loss. Inspectors discovered flaws in the steel rebar running through its concrete.
Tiffany Masters and friends.
Strip Scribbles: ‘Innocent’ pre-Thanksgiving parties rankle Native Americans
Monday, November 25, 2013
It’s the latest absurdity of political correctness overstepping reality and trying to squash the fun of Las Vegas. A group of Native Americans is protesting plans by Las Vegas nightclubs over themed Thanksgiving parties where guests will dress as Pilgrims and Indians.
George Kotsiopoulos of "Fashion Police" on E! Entertainment.
Preview: Fashion and philanthropy at Crystals with George Kotsiopoulos
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Fashion never looked smarter and sexier, and giving never looked so good. On Thursday, George Kotsiopoulos of E! Entertainment’s “Fashion Police” hosts the collision of fashion and philanthropy at Crystals in CityCenter.
Jim Murren, CEO and chairman of MGM Resorts International, and Frank Furlan, president of Swatch Group U.S., cut the ribbon at the Tourbillon grand opening on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at Crystals in CityCenter.
Q+A: Jim Murren — ‘We came through the worst recession that ever hit Las Vegas’
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
The head honcho of MGM Resorts International says the Las Vegas landscape has changed as a result of the economic downturn that began in 2007. “Gaming revenues will never be the same again.”
"Zarkana" by Cirque du Soleil.
‘Zarkana’ at Aria to close temporarily as Cirque refreshes show for 2014
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
I’ve learned that characters will be added along with new music and a new acrobatic act. “What was dark and mysterious and enthralled audiences in New York and Russia will give way to a lighter and more comedic show for Las Vegas audiences,” I was reliably told.
The Wheel of Death act is performed during Cirque du Soleil's "Zarkana."
‘Zarkana’ artist injured after slipping from ‘Wheel of Death’ in Aria show
Saturday, November 2, 2013
The "Wheel of Death" in "Zarkana" is, as its name indicates, one of Cirque du Soleil’s riskier acts. The injuries do not seem serious, and Cirque says “Wheel of Death” is to return to the show.
Veer Towers, left, and the Mandarin Oriental are seen at CityCenter.
California buyers scooping up 'cheap' Strip condos
Friday, August 30, 2013
After several dismal years brought on by the recession, sales and prices at luxury high-rises on or near the Strip are rising. The market, while far from booming, is rebounding thanks to drastically lower prices and an improved economy.
CityCenter in Las Vegas.
Loyal reward programs by Las Vegas hotels are important and here to stay
Monday, August 26, 2013
Loyal husband Eric Wiebusch of Seattle became an overnight celebrity, earning big points with his wife after redeeming 1 million points that he earned from playing MyVegas to create a memorable 60th birthday for her at Bellagio.
An exterior view of the Harmon Tower, June 6, 2013.
Judge approves demolition of flawed CityCenter hotel tower
Friday, August 23, 2013
A judge has granted permission for owners of the CityCenter development to demolish a flawed, half-built hotel tower on the Strip after developers completed a fourth round of testing on the building.
Ryan Lochte hosts at Azure Luxury Pool in the Palazzo on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013.
Photos: Ryan Lochte toasts 29th birthday at Tao, Lavo, SHe, Azure, Andiamo and Hakkasan
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Olympic champion swimmer and heartthrob Ryan Lochte’s 29th birthday motto over the weekend was carpe diem, as he hit not one, not two, not three, but at least six hotspots while in Las Vegas — and these are just the ones we know about at this writing.
The James Turrell installation of light at Crystals in CityCenter.
New levels of luxury astound at Crystals as retail rises and gaming revenue slides
Friday, August 9, 2013
Crystals at CityCenter has become the Strip’s premiere retail destination and this month will see even more evidence of its success with a slew of store openings. Demand from visitors around the world is at an all-time high because our prices are oftentimes less than theirs at home.
Sean Lowe at Liquid Pool Lounge in Aria on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013.
Photos: ‘Bachelor’ star Sean Lowe, fiancee Catherine Giudici’s L.V. whirlwind includes 1OAK, Liquid and Kumi
Monday, August 5, 2013
ABC’s “The Bachelor” Season 17 star Sean Lowe and his fiancee, Catherine Giudici, partied like hit reality TV stars in Las Vegas over the weekend, making stops at the Mirage, Aria and Mandalay Bay during their whirlwind trip.
The 12-ounce filet and mini bakers at SHe by Morton's at Crystals in CityCenter.
Erick Stecher, executive chef of SHe by Morton’s: There’s nothing traditional about this steakhouse at Crystals
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
At SHe by Morton’s, there is never a dull moment. Being an executive chef at any restaurant is exciting, but SHe is the restaurant I am most proud ...
Owner and executive chef Shawn McClain, left, and executive chef Richard Camarota prepare the wood-fired clams with Linguica sausage at Five50 Pizza Bar on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in Aria at CityCenter in Las Vegas.
Why did chef Shawn McClain open Five50 Pizza Bar at Aria? ‘I love pizza’
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
You may know me as the creator and executive chef of Sage at Aria. What you may not know is that I recently embarked on my first casual concept, Five50 Pizza Bar, also located at Aria.
An interior view of STK at the Cosmopolitan.
STK, Tao and Todd English P.U.B. named among top U.S. restaurant bars
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Dining website OpenTable.com has named three Las Vegas hotspots among the best restaurant bars in the country as part of the site’s annual Diner’s Choice Awards.
Chef Robert Butler, right, and chef Lowell McCain, left, took the ultimate title at the World Food Championships with Adam Richman on November 4.
Counter Intelligence: World Food Championships and Food & Wine All-Stars return to L.V. in the fall
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Hot off the grill! Following last year’s successful debut, the World Food Championships are returning for its second-annual outing, but not on the Strip ...
Construction is nearing completion on the newest Starbucks on the Las Vegas Strip. It's set to open in early March in CityCenter, near Mandarin Oriental.
Ventis at Vdara: CityCenter adding a fourth Starbucks
Business:
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
A fourth Starbucks shop is slated for CityCenter — this time at Vdara.
Chef Bradley Ogden talks with friends during the Vegas Uncork'd Grand Tasting on Friday, May 11, 2012, at Caesars Palace.
Counter Intelligence: Bradley Ogden, Wolfgang Puck and Bobby Flay
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Celebrated chef Bradley Ogden opens his restaurant Hops and Harvest on Friday, but not on the Strip. He’s selected Tivoli Village in Summerlin ...
Bobby Baldwin and wife Audra Baldwin attend the red carpet grand opening of Cirque du Soleil's "Zarkana" at Aria on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012.
Poker skills helped CityCenter CEO Baldwin thrive in business
Q&A:
Thursday, May 30, 2013
In an interview with the Sun and VEGAS INC, CityCenter President Bobby Baldwin discusses how his business acumen was shaped by the knowledge he gleaned in becoming one of the world's top poker players.
Former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman arrives with showgirls and a drink at the Orleans Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Professional wrestling legend Hulk Hogan, general manager of TNA Entertainment, will bring a TNA Impact Wrestling pro wrestling event to the arena in June.
Strip Scribbles: Oscar Goodman roast? Jan Rouven lawsuit? Eva Longoria sans skivvies
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
A jam-packed Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors on this wistful Wednesday: Is former Mayor Oscar Goodman getting an invitation to be the next “victim” ...
Raising CityCenter, a collection of images taken by Cirque du Soleil show creation director Armand Thomas, documents the construction of CityCenter from 2006 to 2009.
From red to black: How CityCenter pulled out of the economic morass and started making money
Thursday, May 16, 2013
CityCenter never had it easy. MGM Resorts International announced plans to build the $4 billion development in 2004 during the height of Las Vegas' boom.
Calvin Harris, right, with Ne-Yo, opens the 2013 pool season of Wet Republic at MGM Grand on Sunday, April 7, 2013.
Star Surveillance: Calvin Harris, Ne-Yo, John Mayer, Shania, Leonardo DiCaprio, Colin Kaepernick and Brian Urlacher
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Las Vegas continues to be a platinum party playground for Hollywood, music and sports stars. Grammy-winning Calvin Harris kicked off his ...
The 2013 Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational at Shadow Creek in North Las Vegas.
Photos: Michael Jordan plans 2014 return to Aria and Shadow Creek
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
NBA superstar Michael Jordan was so thrilled with the success of his golf tournament here this month that he’s already looking forward to next year’s ...
The Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational was at Shadow Creek for the first time in 2011 and returns March 29-April 1, 2012.
Michael Jordan juggles Celebrity Invitational golf fundraiser and his wedding
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Love is in the air for NBA legend Michael Jordan, who arrived on the Strip today in advance of Thursday’s start of his 12th annual Celebrity ...
A view of the Harmon at MGM's CityCenter looking westbound from a helicopter Monday, May 21, 2012.
Contractors to begin dismantling portions of the Harmon this week
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Structural experts for CityCenter are scheduled as early as Thursday to begin chipping away at sections of concrete in the 26-story unfinished tower on the Las Vegas Strip. They'll be searching for evidence of construction defects they hope to present to a jury this summer. MGM Resorts International, which owns half of CityCenter, seeks to prove flaws that halted construction on the $275 million Harmon four years ago were the fault of its former general contractor.
The Las Vegas skyline is seen from the top of the Bellagio.
How much does it cost to build a Strip resort?
Friday, March 8, 2013
The Genting Group got a steal on the Strip land it bought this week to build Resorts World Las Vegas, a 3,500-room Chinese-themed resort. The Malaysian company paid Boyd Gaming only $350 million for the 87-acre site of the imploded Stardust and failed Echelon. By comparison, Phil Ruffin sold the 36-acre New Frontier property in 2007 for $1.24 billion, a Las Vegas record.
Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob condo in the Mandarin Oriental.
Basketball team owner takes $1 million hit in Strip condo sale
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob sold his luxury condo on the Strip to a local casino executive — and took a loss of more than $1 million on the deal. Lacob, who bought the 3,000-square-foot unit in the Mandarin Oriental three years ago for $3.3 million, sold the condo last month to Las Vegas Sands Corp. Chief Financial Officer Kenneth J. Kay for $2.1 million, Clark County property records show.
Construction is nearing completion on the newest Starbucks on the Las Vegas Strip. It's set to open in early March in CityCenter, near Mandarin Oriental.
CityCenter gets three new Starbucks
Monday, February 25, 2013
The first of three new Starbucks set for CityCenter is expected to open within the next two weeks.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick talks with reporters during a news conference Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, in New Orleans. The 49ers play the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday, Feb. 3.
Celebrity preview: Imagine Dragons, Colin Kaepernick and Anthony Bourdain vs. Eric Ripert
Friday, February 8, 2013
Also in town this weekend: The Who, USA Sevens Rugby, Chinese New Year, Avicii, David Guetta, Lil Jon, Sammy Hagar, Kris Allen, Craig Ferguson, ...
Eva Longoria arrives at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday Jan. 13, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Photos: Eva Longoria celebrates opening of SHe at CityCenter
Monday, February 4, 2013
Longoria's guest list could certainly be described as eclectic, as it included business partner Tilman Fertitta; “The Bachelor” hunk Jake Pavelka, who was a ...
Randy Anderson and Jenni Lafollette of Minneapolis, Minn. look at a photo on their digital camera after getting married Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. Las Vegas wedding chapels were busy all day as many couples wanted to get married on the date of 12-12-12.
New chapel at Aria brings modern edge to Las Vegas weddings
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
If you're looking for a Las Vegas wedding without the kitsch, a new chapel is bringing a contemporary option to the Strip.
Sandra Bullock's wax figure is unveiled at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas in The Venetian on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013.
Star Surveillance: J.Lo and Casper Smart, Sandra Bullock wax figure, Vanilla Ice and Sundance
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Actress and singer Jennifer Lopez and boyfriend Casper Smart had lunch at Social House in Crystals at CityCenter today. J.Lo is in town to attend the ...
The Veer Towers at CityCenter dwarf the Harmon Hotel, which sits empty and unfinished Friday, July 29, 2011.
Veer Towers has 100 condominium units to sell
Real estate:
Thursday, January 24, 2013
A month after buying most of the remaining condos at CityCenter's Veer Towers, East Coast investors are putting 100 units back up for sale today. Executives with Ladder Capital and Pordes Residential Sales & Marketing plan to sell their 427 condos in phases, said Las Vegas broker Jim Navarro, who is overseeing the efforts at the Strip complex. It will take about three years to sell the entire portfolio, he estimated. Navarro and six salespeople will work out of a 30th-floor suite in the development's west tower.
MGM Resorts International employees perform in during a dress rehearsal for the Inspiring Our World show at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012.
MGM Resorts employees take the stage to teach about diversity
Q&A:
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Jim Murren admits to getting choked up listening to employees talk about the hardships they've endured. This week has been especially rough — and gratifying — for the CEO of MGM Resorts International. Murren is one of 50,000 MGM workers who this week will attend "Inspiring our World," a stage show about identity put on by MGM employees for MGM employees. The goal is to teach about the value of workforce diversity.
Round 2 of Culinary Clash featuring Mario Batali, Larry Ruvo, Denise Valdez, Sebastien Silvestri and Susan Stapleton with emcee Robin Leach at the Venetian on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.
Counter Intelligence photos: Culinary Clash, $100,000 to Sandy aid, Valentino truffles
Friday, December 14, 2012
“Start Spreadin’ the News,” the culinary event on the Brooklyn Bridge at New York-New York last Sunday, raised $100,000 for Hurricane Sandy ...
The Harmon at CityCenter in Las Vegas on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011.
Harmon Hotel case to be tied up in court well into 2014
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Litigation over the flawed Harmon Hotel tower at CityCenter will continue well into 2014 under a court order issued Monday. A judge set a June 24, 2013, trial on CityCenter payment issues and a separate trial beginning Jan. 6, 2014, on the Harmon defect claims.
Bill McBeath, president and chief operating officer of Aria, is shown in the Silk Road restaurant during its Dec. 1 opening.
No. 2 executive at CityCenter resigns
Monday, December 3, 2012
Bill McBeath, president and chief operating officer of the $8.5 billion CityCenter casino-resort complex on the Las Vegas Strip, has resigned. CityCenter CEO Bobby Baldwin will assume his duties, MGM Resorts International told employees.
The red carpet grand opening of Cirque du Soleil's "Zarkana" at Aria on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012.
‘Zarkana’ technical director Dave Churchill hopes the show will last ‘forever’ at Aria
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Cirque du Soleil production personnel have engineered the technical aspects of the new show “Zarkana” so that it can remain at MGM’s Aria ...
An up-close look at Cirque du Soleil's "Zarkana" in Aria on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012.
‘Zarkana’ music director Nick Littlemore’s biggest fan: Sir Elton John
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Sir Elton John was in the midst of tackling five projects when Cirque du Soleil approached him to create the music for its new Strip ...
The red carpet grand opening of Cirque du Soleil's "Zarkana" at Aria on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012.
Photos: Night of triumph for Cirque’s ‘Zarkana’ at Aria becomes the toast of the town
Saturday, November 10, 2012
It was a night of triumph -- and comeback -- for Cirque du Soleil with the stunning premiere of its newest Las Vegas spectacle “Zarkana” on Friday ...
Heather Marianna.
Las Vegas shopping addict spent $30,000 a month for a year at Crystals
Thursday, November 8, 2012
It’s difficult to believe or understand somebody spending $30,000 a month for a year shopping for luxury items at Crystals in CityCenter. That’s $360,000 in the year since Heather Marianna moved here. ...
"Zarkana" by Cirque du Soleil.
‘Zarkana,’ Part 3: Cirque du Soleil show focused on acrobats debuts at Aria
Thursday, November 1, 2012
“Zarkana” is the biggest of Cirque’s productions to date, and writer and director Francois Girard, known for his previous movie and onstage opera ...
"Zarkana" by Cirque du Soleil.
‘Zarkana,’ Part 2: Audience that doesn’t speak language understands it
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
When Cirque du Soleil introduced its show “Zarkana” to New York, cast members spoke English, but audiences found it difficult to follow ...
"Zarkana" by Cirque du Soleil.
Photos: ‘Zarkana,’ Part 1 -- an overview of Cirque’s acrobatic spectacular at Aria
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
More than 1.2 million theatergoers have been awed by the surreal acrobatic spectacle “Zarkana,” and it hasn’t even played Las Vegas yet. Unlike other ...
The Harmon at CityCenter in Las Vegas on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011.
CityCenter appeals order that could delay demolition of Harmon tower
Friday, October 26, 2012
CityCenter has asked the Nevada Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that could delay demolition of the flawed Harmon hotel tower and a trial over defects in the structure.
"Peepshow" celebrates its third anniversary with creator, director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell, lead stars Josh Strickland, Cheaza and Holly Madison and the cast and crew at Planet Hollywood on Monday, April 16, 2012.
Celebrity preview: Holly Madison exits, Lakers vs. Kings, Psy, Speidi and Jimmy Buffett
Friday, October 19, 2012
It’s the weekend we say a warm farewell to Holly Madison and her nearly four-year run in “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood. Also in Las Vegas: Lakers vs. Kings, Psy performs at Rehab, Heidi Montag hosts at Crazy Horse III, and Jimmy Buffett is at MGM Grand.
A server takes a beverage order from MGM Mirage employees at the Aria buffet Monday, Dec. 14, 2009.
Aria closes its buffet for remodeling
Thursday, October 18, 2012
After three years and strong consumer reviews, the buffet at Aria has closed to remake its food and atmosphere. The buffet closed Monday and is expected to reopen by the end of the year.
The Jean-Louis Palladin dinner at Alize in the Palms on Oct. 16, 2011.
Counter Intelligence: Palladin dinner at Alize; Adam Richman; Javier’s
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Hot off the grill! Ten years ago, top Las Vegas chef Andre Rochat started a dinner salute to the late Jean-Louis Palladin, the master kitchen king ...
A view of MGM's CityCenter taken from a helicopter Monday, May 21, 2012. Vdara is at left, and Aria is at right.
‘Opened at a bad moment,’ CityCenter surviving in still-struggling Las Vegas
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The $8.5 billion CityCenter — built in Las Vegas’ heyday but opened after the recession had set in — continues to struggle, though it is benefiting from growing numbers of visitors to the area. One of the largest privately financed developments in the United States, the 67-acre project on the Strip took five years to design and build, and opened in late 2009 to much fanfare.
The Harmon at CityCenter in Las Vegas on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011.
Court temporarily blocks questioning of PR consultants in Harmon tower lawsuit
Courts:
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
The Nevada Supreme Court on Monday refused to let a contractor proceed with questioning set this week for public relations representatives hired by the owner of the flawed Harmon Hotel tower on the Strip.
The Harmon at CityCenter in Las Vegas on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011.
Court asked to stop probe of CityCenter PR activities for the Harmon
Thursday, October 11, 2012
The Nevada Supreme Court has been asked to intervene in a dispute over whether CityCenter has been trying to taint the jury pool in next year's trial over problems at the flawed Harmon Hotel tower.
Domenick Allen, Leigh Zimmerman, Eva Longoria and Robin Leach attend the Nevada Ballet's 2012 Woman of the Year event at CityCenter's Cartier and Aria on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012. Eva Longoria was honored at the 28th annual event.
Strip Scribbles: SHe is set to pounce at Eva Longoria’s Crystals haunt
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Actress and restaurateur Eva Longoria’s shuttered restaurant and nightclub Beso at Crystals in CityCenter is being converted into a chi-chi, ...
Popular Miami-based DJ Obscene is in town for the 2012 iHeart Radio Music Festival.
Photos: DJ Obscene is ready to create the scene at iHeartRadio weekend
Friday, September 21, 2012
Popular Miami DJ Obscene, aka 24-year-old Jonathan Garcia, will be everywhere during the iHeart Radio Music Festival weekend. He’ll be in the ...
The Wheel of Death act is performed during Cirque du Soleil's "Zarkana."
Strip Scribbles: Cirque’s ‘Zarkana’; Las Vegas Sin tryouts; Criss Angel vs. Nathan Burton
Monday, September 17, 2012
Having seen it in New York last month, I can that “Zarkana” is a visually stunning, modern acrobatic spectacular combining rock, opera and circus arts. ...
"Teen Mom 2" star Chelsea Houska celebrates her 21st birthday at Rain in the Palms on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012.
Photos: ‘Teen Mom 2’ star Chelsea Houska toasts 21st at Social House, Rain
Friday, September 7, 2012
Chelsea donned a gold sequined mini skirt and a black tank top with a blazer and partied with five friends from South Dakota on Saturday night. ...
Actress Lucy Hale and Henri Bendel President Chris Fiore open Henri Bendel at Fashion Show on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012.
Stars join shoppers for glitz and glamour of Fashion’s Night Out
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Fashion expert and E’s “Fashion Police” co-host George Kotsiopoulos headlines the chic celebrations at the Palazzo. Fashion visionary Patricia ...
"Zarkana" by Cirque du Soleil.
Photos: ‘Zarkana’s’ cross-country trek one of Cirque’s biggest challenges yet
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Moving Cirque du Soleil’s new show “Zarkana” to Aria at MGM’s CityCenter from New York’s Radio City Music Hall in time for the Nov. 1 preview ...
Michael Grimm, right, attends the Pinkberry opening at Crystals in CityCenter on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012.
Photos: Frozen yogurt fans tickled Pinkberry at Crystals in CityCenter
Friday, August 31, 2012
Top tart frozen yogurt brand Pinkberry celebrated its debut in Las Vegas with a public and VIP grand opening at its Crystals in CityCenter outlet ...
Second-quarter LV casino results show slow improvement
Monday, August 27, 2012
On the Strip, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and MGM Resorts International fared the best in the second quarter, delivering surprisingly strong financial results, according to recent earnings reports. Wynn Resorts Ltd. and Las Vegas Sands Corp. produced solid local numbers, while Caesars Entertainment’s results were disappointing.
Jennifer Lopez at Pure in Caesars Palace on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012.
Photos: Jennifer Lopez parties at Wet Republic, Pure; Enrique Iglesias at Hyde
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
What are music superstars supposed to do after headlining a sold-out tour stop at Mandalay Bay Events Center on a Saturday night? (And in this case ...
"Gigolos" studs-for-hire Jimmy Dior, Vin Armani, Steven Gantt, Brace Land and Nick Hawk. Dior is not returning in Season 3, which begins Aug. 30, 2012.
Strip Scribbles: L.V.-based reality TV shows ready to roll with new seasons
Monday, August 6, 2012
Hunks-for-hire Nick Hawk, Vin Armani, Brace and Steven Gantt return to “Gigolos,” and there’s a newcomer, Ash Armand, who replaces Jimmy Dior, ...
A view of the Harmon at MGM's CityCenter looking westbound from a helicopter Monday, May 21, 2012.
CityCenter considering more testing to prove Harmon defects
THE STRIP:
Saturday, July 28, 2012
CityCenter executives are considering conducting more destructive inspections of its flawed Harmon Hotel tower on the Las Vegas Strip after a court ruling Friday.
A view of the Harmon at MGM's CityCenter looking westbound from a helicopter Monday, May 21, 2012.
After Harmon is imploded, what will take its place at CityCenter?
Monday, July 23, 2012
The ruling last week that potentially speeds up demolition of the $275 million Harmon hotel has casino industry observers wondering what CityCenter will develop in the tower’s place.
A view of the Harmon at MGM's CityCenter looking westbound from a helicopter Monday, May 21, 2012.
Judge gives OK to raze flawed Harmon hotel tower
Thursday, July 19, 2012
A Nevada state judge is giving the go-ahead to raze a flawed hotel tower that never opened when MGM Resorts International and Dubai World opened the rest of the $8.5 billion CityCenter development on the Las Vegas Strip.
A view of the Harmon at MGM's CityCenter looking westbound from a helicopter Monday, May 21, 2012.
CityCenter back in court seeking OK to demolish Harmon tower
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Four years after Clark County building inspectors issued corrective-action and stop-work orders at the Harmon on the Las Vegas Strip, the hotel’s owner is back in court seeking permission to demolish it. After a four-month recess, testimony resumed Monday in Clark County District Court in a hearing on whether CityCenter can demolish the hotel prior to a trial planned for next year in a lawsuit over Harmon design and construction defects and unpaid Harmon construction invoices.
Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett hosts Wet Republic's 2012 season opening at MGM Grand on Saturday, March 24, 2012.
Celebrity preview: Kendra vs. Nicole vs. Brittney; Def Leppard, Poison, Scorpions
Friday, June 22, 2012
Also in Las Vegas: Lucky Rice food festival at Cosmopolitan; Golden Rainbow's "Ribbon of Life" at Smith Center; Nick Cannon at Chateau; ...
Judge scolds shareholders’ attorneys suing MGM Resorts International
Thursday, June 21, 2012
A judge on Wednesday scolded attorneys suing MGM Resorts International and told them to knock off what he suggested were abusive litigation tactics.
Flamingo headliner Donny Osmond on Jan. 27, 2009.
Strip Scribbles: ‘Legends’ to Rio? Plus, Cirque, Donny & Marie, ‘Jersey Shore’
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Following up on my exclusive report Wednesday on the stage musical maneuvers with “Million Dollar Quartet” and “Legends in Concert” at ...
Ryan Labbe celebrates his 30th birthday at Pure in Caesars Palace on Friday, June 1, 2012.
Star Surveillance: Cheryl Burke, Glen Campbell, Ryan Labbe, 'Pawn Stars'
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
“Dancing With the Stars” pro-dancer stunner Cheryl Burke helped host US Weekly’s Hot Bodies Issue party at Aria's Liquid Pool Lounge, and ...
From small westside restaurant to directing a staff at Aria, Michael Shetler drinks it all in
Q&A:
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Michael Shetler — a beer, wine and cocktails expert — was drawn to Las Vegas 13 years ago to work at the newly opened Rosemary’s Restaurant. Ten years later, he left the now-closed restaurant to be the lead sommelier at Sage at Aria, then became the restaurant’s general manager. Today, Shetler is now director of beverage at Aria and enjoys a rare view of the Vegas food and beverage industry.
Diddy performs at 1 OAK in the Mirage on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012.
Mayweather Jr.-Cotto fight at MGM Grand draws music superstars
Thursday, May 3, 2012
It all starts Friday with Flo Rida doing double duty at Ditch Fridays and Rain Nightclub at the Palms and Chuy Bravo of “Chelsea Lately” hosting ...
Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson at Wet Republic at MGM Grand on Saturday, April 28, 2012.
Photos: Ben Flajnik, Courtney Robertson at Wet Republic, Social House, Pure
Thursday, May 3, 2012
“The Bachelor” couple Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson had a weekend of food, fun and sun in Las Vegas. Despite rumors that their rocky ...
Bradley Ogden, Jose Andres and Rick Moonen toast before more than 300 chefs and sommeliers attempt to break the Guinness World Record for most bottles of wine uncorked simultaneously at the Bellagio on Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012. The record attempt kicked off the 2012 Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appetit, which will be held May 10-13.
Counter Intelligence: Jose Andres, Megan Romano, P.J. Clarke’s, Valentino
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Hot off the grill! Business has begun to boom, if quietly, again on the Strip in terms of increasing hotel rates, restaurant and nightclub ...
The Harmon Hotel at CityCenter sits empty and unfinished with the Veer Towers seen in the background Friday, July 29, 2011.
CityCenter called financial ‘black hole’ in lawsuit over stock losses
Thursday, April 19, 2012
MGM Resorts International shareholders and bondholders have filed an amended class-action lawsuit in hopes of recovering losses from the decline of the Las Vegas company’s stock and bond prices between 2007 and 2009.
Mark Salling hosts at Liquid Pool Lounge at Aria on Saturday, April 7, 2012.
Photos: Mark Salling of ‘Glee’ hosts at Liquid Pool Lounge at Aria
Monday, April 9, 2012
Actor Mark Salling of Fox’s “Glee” hosted the daytime revelry at Liquid Pool Lounge in Aria dressed head to toe in black -- a black tank top and ...
Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum accept the Vocal Group of the Year award during the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 1, 2012.
Star Surveillance: Lady A, LeAnn Rimes, Toby Keith, Lionel and Nicole Richie
Monday, April 9, 2012
Little wonder with the 47th Academy of Country Music Awards stars here that the Nashville nomads partied aplenty. Hillary Scott of Lady ...
Brooke Burke-Charvet with husband David Charvet at the Vegas magazine cover party at Gold Lounge in Aria on Friday, March 30, 2012.
Photos: Brooke Burke-Charvet at Gold Lounge; Tristan MacManus’ girlfriend
Thursday, April 5, 2012
If there’s an extra spring in the steps of Tristan MacManus, who is partnered with our hometown Empress of Soul Gladys Knight in Season ...
Ne-Yo on the red carpet for the 2012 Keep Memory Alive "Power of Love Gala" tribute to Muhammad Ali's 70th birthday at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012.
Ne-Yo on his favorite L.V. vice, fashion sense and what you can expect from his new album
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
In honor of the Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational, R&B superstar Ne-Yo paid a visit to his hometown of Las Vegas to treat Jordan and his guests to a private performance.
Jean Paul Gaultier, right, at "Zumanity" at New York-New York.
Star Surveillance: Jean Paul Gaultier, Mike Tyson, Seth Meyers, Tinie Tempah
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
The first quarter of 2012 is over, and Las Vegas continues to be the platinum playground where Hollywood, music and sports stars work, party ...
Fergie unveils her wax figure at Madame Tussauds at the Venetian on Sept. 22, 2011.
Celebrity preview: Fergie, ACMs, Michael Jordan, Tiesto, Dev, Tyga, Trey Songz, Perez Hilton
Friday, March 30, 2012
It’s the week and the four-day weekend that Vegas Goes Country -- not only because of the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards ...
Marc Garcia, Michael Jordan and Reuben Garcia at the 2011 Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational.
Strip Scribbles: Michael Jordan, celebrity pals at Shadow Creek; Celine turns 44
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Michael Jordan was the first to tee off at his four-day Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational, and following him were Cedric the Entertainer, ...
Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto on the red carpet for the Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational welcome party at Haze at Aria on March 30, 2011.
Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational stars are ready to play golf at Shadow Creek
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
The stars will be entertaining the stars during Michael Jordan’s four-day visit beginning Thursday. Grammy Award winner Ne-Yo returns home ...
Brothers Bruce and Eric Bromberg.
2012 James Beard finalists include Mina, Lagasse, Brombergs, Selvaggio
Monday, March 19, 2012
The 2012 James Beard Award finalists were announced today during a luncheon at the Palazzo at the former site of Dos Caminos, and while ...
The Harmon Hotel at CityCenter sits unfinished with the Veer Towers seen in the background on July 29, 2011.
After lengthy hearing, it's clearer than ever that Harmon is doomed to demolition
Sunday, March 18, 2012
It’s almost certain that the Harmon hotel tower in Las Vegas — which a top CityCenter executive calls a “monument of construction defects” — will be demolished sooner or later in spectacular and unusual fashion. What’s unusual for the Harmon is that it’s a brand-new, almost-completed structure.
A building wrap, starting at the base of the Harmon, points pedestrians to CityCenter and the Crystals mall Monday, Feb. 28, 2011.
Harmon implosion hearing recessed until July
Friday, March 16, 2012
Four days of hearings this week failed to resolve whether CityCenter can demolish its Harmon hotel tower on the Las Vegas Strip prior to a jury trial on defective work there — and a new round of hearings is now set for July.
The Harmon Hotel at CityCenter, which sits empty and unfinished and now serves as a giant billboard, is seen Friday, July 29, 2011.
Perini lawyer says Harmon is safe; thorny issues compel call for more hearings
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Don’t look for a quick decision on whether the Harmon hotel tower in Las Vegas can be imploded because of construction defects and safety concerns.
The Harmon at CityCenter in Las Vegas on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011.
Judge in Harmon case refuses to allow attorneys to place blame
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
A judge Tuesday refused to let attorneys stray into side issues as she weighs whether the Harmon hotel tower on the Las Vegas Strip can be demolished.
The Harmon Hotel at CityCenter sits empty and unfinished with the Veer Towers seen in the background Friday, July 29, 2011.
A quake could topple the Harmon, engineer testifies in Strip case
MGM Resorts, Perini square off in first day of court clash
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
A hearing is under way on CityCenter’s request that it be allowed to demolish the never-occupied, $279 million Harmon hotel building on the Las Vegas Strip because of construction defects and safety concerns.
Rob MacCachren.
Strip Scribbles: Three L.V. racers finish in Top Five of San Felipe 250
Monday, March 12, 2012
Picking up where he left off last season with his third consecutive win in San Felipe, Las Vegas driver Rob MacCachren overpowered a talent-laden field ...
Ne-Yo on the red carpet for the 2012 Keep Memory Alive "Power of Love Gala" tribute to Muhammad Ali's 70th birthday at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012.
Toby Keith, Ne-Yo, 50 Cent, Lil Jon among Nightclub & Bar stars
Monday, March 12, 2012
The figures are staggering: More than 31,000 bar, nightclub and beverage professionals arrive today for the 27th Annual Nightclub & Bar Convention. ...
Cirque du Soleil's "Zarkana."
Photos: Cirque CEO Daniel Lamarre discusses new L.V. show ‘Zarkana’
Thursday, March 8, 2012
"As much as we are so, so sad for our colleagues at ‘Elvis,’ we are so, so happy that MGM continues to trust us and support us. That was very, very important.”
Cirque du Soleil's "Zarkana."
Cirque du Soleil's 'Zarkana' replacing ‘Viva Elvis’ at Aria
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
The King is leaving the building, and instead of the blue suede shoes of “Viva Elvis” at Aria, Vegas DeLuxe bids a warm welcome to “Zarkana.” ...
Brian Dewhurst, Bruce Rickerd, Sophia Stiperski, Eligiusz Skoczylas, Daniel Lamarre, Najam Khan, Ross Gibson, Ricardo Galvis and Ginger Ana Griep-Ruiz at the 18th anniversary performance of "Mystere" at Treasure Island on Saturday, March 3, 2012.
Cirque’s Daniel Lamarre talks Elvis, Jackson, 3D movie and ‘Mystere’
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
In less than 24 hours, Cirque du Soleil executives expect to have plans wrapped up for the new show that will replace “Viva Elvis” at Aria, along with ...

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