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October 30, 2014

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Paul Stanley of KISS: ‘Winning and living on your own terms defines rock and roll’
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
“Forty years of doing this means 40 years of being victorious. Every time I step up onstage with the makeup on, it’s a victory lap. I mean this is extraordinary. We’re not a rock band; we’re a phenomenon.”
Review: ‘Zombie Burlesque’ is dead-on fun, frivolity and flirtatiousness
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
The hysterically funny songs, outrageous MC Enoch Scott and the mind-numbing contortionist Alonzo Jones (Turf) will keep you in a high-octane state during David Saxe’s “Zombie Burlesque” at his V Theater.
Strip Scribbles: Vince Neil, Las Vegas Outlaws, Criss Angel, Houdini, ‘Ink Master’
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
The rivalry is on between Motley Crue and hometown rocker Vince Neil and his new Arena Football League team the Las Vegas Outlaws and the L.A. Kiss owned by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS.
Baby’s Badass Burgers; Sushi Roku; Border Grill; Yusho After Dark; truffle season
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
Beautiful, badass and bombastic burgers are the main attraction on the playful pink truck introduced today in Las Vegas. Yes, there’s a babe on board to serve the made-to-order burgers. Precise Badass Locations of the Day are announced on Facebook.
Tao gets million-dollar menu and venue makeover at the Venetian
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
Restaurant Business reported weeks ago that Tao generated $64.6 million in sales in 2013, making it the highest-grossing independent restaurant in America. Normally, the rules are don’t mess with success and if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
PBR World Finals and top bull riders, bulls to return to town in 2015
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
Tickets for the “toughest sport on dirt” are on sale now for next year’s 22nd consecutive PBR World Finals, from Oct. 21-25. The Top 35 bull riders in the world will fight the angry, stomping and snorting animals to compete for a $2.2 million purse.
Celine Dion says she is ‘getting ready to come back to work’
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
And the rumors of Jennifer Lopez and Kanye West receiving mega-million contract offers are apparently baseless. “They’re just rumors,” I was reliably told. ”There are no mega-bucks offers or contracts in the works.”
KISS recruits roadies from Nellis AFB for Joint run Nov. 5-23
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
Master Sgt. Jason Borkhuis, Sgt. First Class Cory DeMille and Sgt. Richard Reichert were chosen by KISS. The three brave men have a total 60-plus years of service and are highly decorated and well respected in the armed forces community.
Imperial Palace gets $230 million makeover to become the Quad — no, the Linq Hotel
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014
For more than 30 years, it reigned on the Strip as Imperial Palace and was known far more for being one of the world’s Top 10 car museums with one of the largest collections of motor vehicles anywhere than it was for its corridor carpeting and rooms.
Britney Spears plays waitress, hosts her cast at Buca di Beppo
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014
In advance of her huge “Britney Day” celebration Nov. 5, pop princess Britney Spears celebrated privately with the cast of her residency show “Britney: Piece of Me” at Axis at Planet Hollywood.
Strip Scribbles: Voyage to the edge of space; Grand Canyon bucket-list trip; ‘Ink Master’
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014
Days ago, courageous Internet executive Alan Eustache, who works for Google, made a record-breaking 135,908-foot dive from the edge of space over New Mexico. It made headlines around the world.
Rock in Rio USA: 100 acts, 300,000 fans, 47-acre City of Rock, Bruno Mars
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014
Bruno Mars, Joss Stone and Ed Sheeran were announced Monday as the newest performers to join already-set Taylor Swift, Metallica, Linkin Park, John Legend and The Deftones. More concert artists will be revealed in December and January.
PBR World Finals Round 5: Silvano Alves wins event and world titles, $1 million
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014
The 26-year-old from Pilar do Sul, Brazil, who lives in Decatur, Texas, went an incredible 6-for-6 beating back all of his bulls at the 2014 PBR BFTS World Finals for the first time in his career to win the event with 502 points.
Star Surveillance: Selena Gomez minus Justin Bieber; Joey Fatone; Von Miller; Warren Sapp
Monday, Oct. 27, 2014
Fright Dome at Circus Circus owner Jason Egan escorted Ozzy Osborne and Sharon Osbourne through the haunted attraction. No word if Ozzy scared the ghosts! Kerry King of Slayer dined at La Cave in the Wynn.
Strip Scribbles: It’s on! Robin Leach vs. Carolyn Goodman at Slotzilla
Monday, Oct. 27, 2014
I’m donating $5,000 to our beloved charity Opportunity Village because I challenged Madame Mayor to the race, and she accepted so that Opportunity Village gets the money. She’s incredible!
Lavo Champagne Brunch: Ladies who lunch — in lacy lingerie
Monday, Oct. 27, 2014
The glamour girls turned out in the scantiest of skivvies, the naughtiest of negligees, the barest of bras and the sexiest of stockings to make the four-hour, high-energy party brunch Saturday the sizzling event of the season.
Time warp! ‘Wicked’ cast has double duty with ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’
Monday, Oct. 27, 2014
Welcome to the one-night-only “The Wicked Rocky Horror Show” with soap-opera legend Kim Zimmer shedding her Madame Morrible character for the night to be the MC of this benefit performance for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Steve Martorano opens Martorano’s at Paris, previews new book
Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014
It’s a truly remarkable story: A journey from tough times on the Mob streets of Philly to finding a career to save himself from jail or death. Tattooed tough guy Steve Martorano has accomplished his biggest dream.
Daniel Boulud, Mary Sue Milliken, Susan Feniger, $16,000 Cognac, Crave
Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014
Can-can girls and French fanfare will be on the menu at DB Brasserie in the Venetian when star chef Daniel Boulud arrives for a weekend Nov. 14-16 inspired by the spirit of the French.
PBR World Finals Round 4: Reigning world champion J.B. Mauney wins fourth night
Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014
For the second consecutive night, defending world champion J.B. Mauney won the round in the chase and, with wins in Round 3 and Saturday’s Round 4, moved into 2nd in the World Finals at the Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV.
PBR World Finals Round 3: Reigning world champion J.B. Mauney wins third night
Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014
The 2014 PBR Built Ford Tough Series World Finals leaderboard changed at Friday night’s Round 3 in the Thomas & Mack as No. 2 Silvano Alves jumped to the top of the event, but overall leader Joao Ricardo Viera extended his lead in the world standings.
Celebrity preview: Kim Kardashian, Brody Jenner, Steve Aoki, Joe Jonas, Jimmy Buffett, LIB
Friday, Oct. 24, 2014
Weekend highlights include Kanye’s wife, Kim Kardashian West, who celebrates her birthday at Tao. There’s Five Finger Death Punch at the Joint and another NBA preseason game, this one between the L.A. Lakers and Sacramento Kings at MGM Grand.
PBR World Finals Round 2: Matt Triplett of Montana rules second night
Friday, Oct. 24, 2014
The dismal first-round showing by PBR World Finals leader Joao Ricardo Viera obviously stung because Thursday night, the Brazilian beat back all the pressures and his competition to place second in Round 2 and increased his overall lead.
Mukhtar O.S. Mukhtar talks ‘One Night for One Drop’ at Mirage in March
Friday, Oct. 24, 2014
Cirque du Soleil’s ambitious voluntary cast effort for the annual, one-night-only “One Night for Drop” benefit performance is underway for the third consecutive year, and at the helm again for the second time is “The Beatles Love” performer Mukhtar O.S. Mukhtar.
Four new shows in only 48 hours on the Las Vegas Strip, downtown
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
I was emotionally moved and drained by the heart-wrenching play “Henri” at the Smith Center that dealt with elderly patients battling dementia. The production by former Clark County Commissioner Rory Reid’s daughter Ryan Elisabeth Reid stars actor James Williams.
Strip Scribbles: Grand Prix street race, Santana, UFC, Buffalo Trace Whiskey
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
Motorsports insiders are whispering that a Grand Prix race may well be organized for the streets of our city. Pitpass and Autoweek blogs report that F1 track designer Hermann Tilke has already visited Las Vegas several times.
Preview: Life Is Beautiful’s music, chefs and solar-powered, block-long restaurant
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
There are three days of exciting pop-up events, culinary demonstrations and hands-on appearances by some of the world’s best chefs and our own Las Vegas celebrity kitchen kings and queens.
Cosmopolitan’s Ice Rink to feature snow, ice skating, lodge
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
It’s a winter wonderland again at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas starting Nov. 21 when it once again transforms Boulevard Pool into the Ice Rink. This year it will feature falling snow, ice skating, fire pits and an intimate lodge experience.
PBR World Finals Round 1: Four of Top Six riders move up leaderboard
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
More than 10,000 fans were on their feet at the Thomas & Mack Center to watch 2011 and 2012 world champion Silvano Alves jump into the No. 2 slot on the leaderboard — now just 399 points behind and ever closer to the $1 million payday bonus.
Star of the year Britney Spears to receive her day, key to the Strip
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
To recognize Britney Spears’ incredible success story, I can report that on Nov. 5, Clark County commissioners will proclaim it “Britney Spears Day,” and commission Chairman Steve Sisolak will present her with an official proclamation and the key to the Las Vegas Strip.
Eric Trump talks Atlantic City, ‘Apprentice,’ return of pageants to Las Vegas
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
“What did Las Vegas do that Atlantic City didn’t? You built the best restaurants, you built the best shows, you have Red Rock Canyon, you have an unbelievable airport and the best convention facilities in the world.”
Will it be Jennifer Lopez vs. Britney Spears on the Strip?
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
The rumor mill in Hollywood is in overdrive with Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors that “Booty” pop diva Jennifer Lopez is about to sign a mini-residency for 72 shows in Axis at Planet Hollywood, home of Britney Spears’ “Britney: Piece of Me.”
Strip Scribbles: Jimmy Kimmel, Kerry Simon, Cleen Rock One on ‘Ink Master’
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
Bill Murray and Kerry Simon have remained firm friends over the years, and the actor turned up for a fundraiser organized for Kerry at our Keep Memory Alive events center at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.
2014 PBR World Finals: Parties galore and Bushwacker set to retire
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
Cowboy riders have long regarded 8-year-old bull Bushwacker as the meanest, ugliest, fiercest and rankest of them all. He retires finally after this week’s BFTS PBR World Finals.
Sticker shock: Life Is Beautiful’s $249 festival and $40 parking passes
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
Is the $40 parking fee that Life Is Beautiful festival organizers are charging to visit the cordoned-off downtown area outrageously high? Is it a steep price that is best described as gouging?
YouTube darling Jenna Marbles opens Season 4 of Ghostbar Dayclub
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
Shame on me for having never heard of Jenna Marbles! Also debuting for the season over the weekend: Lavo Party Brunch at Palazzo and XIV Vegas Sessions with its Resurrection soiree at Hyde Bellagio.
Eric Trump: ‘We’ve had so much good luck. We’re buying everything around the world’
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
I’ve known Eric Trump since he was a youngster, and he’s grown up as a duplicate of The Donald following in his father’s famous footsteps. They sound alike and talk alike.
International Model Search winner Angela Byrd has lived in L.V. for one month
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014
“It was my first time in a national pageant, so you can imagine my disbelief,” Angela told me moments after being crowned at Hakkasan in MGM Grand. She walked away with a $25,000 check, modeling agent and photography bookings.
Strip Scribbles: ‘Ink Master,’ Oasis at Gold Spike, Border Grill at Forum Shops
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014
Tonight on the top-rated Spike show, Cleen Rock One gets three hours to use a large number of needles and blades to “scratch” lines on a walrus penis bone for a scrimshaw design before taking on the American Traditional design elimination challenge.
Strip entertainers lend talent, support to ‘NF Hope Concert’ at Venetian
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014
Led by “Jersey Boys” star Jeff Leibow, the show included Veronic, Clint Holmes, Jasmine Trias, Ben Stone, Kristen Hertzenberg, Jeff Timmons, Marc Savard and “Jersey Boys,” “Million Dollar Quartet” and “Rock of Ages” cast members.
Elton John extends residency at Caesars Palace through 2017
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014
The new, three-year run of shows at the Colosseum starts Jan. 16, and tickets for performances from Jan. 16-24, March 18-31 and April 3-14 go on sale Sunday.
Five days of thrilling PBR battles in richest bull-riding event on Earth
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014
Thousands of rodeo fans in Stetsons and silver-spur boots will be on and off the Strip to cheer on the competitors. Professional Bull Riders continues as “America’s fastest-growing sport” with CBS Sports providing daily coverage.
Bobby Flay talks 10th anniversary of Mesa Grill, Las Vegas dining scene
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014
“I’m extremely proud of what we’ve accomplished these past 10 years at Caesars Palace,” said Bobby. “Mesa Grill has become not only a stage for me to showcase my love for the Southwest but has become an integral part of Las Vegas.”
Sabina Kelley’s debut pin-up calendar is hot, hot, hot
Monday, Oct. 20, 2014
You get to see all her tattoos, especially on the April page that displays her amazing full back drawings and June that displays the full arm sleeves. For September, the blonde beauty is totally naked but with modesty intact!
Mayor Carolyn Goodman vs. Robin Leach at downtown’s Slotzilla zip line?
Monday, Oct. 20, 2014
If she takes me up on the challenge, it will be to start the 10th Annual Las Vegas Great Santa Run on Saturday, Dec. 6, which serves as one of the big fundraisers of the year for our beloved charity Opportunity Village.
Strip Scribbles: Ri Ra record; Felice Garcia album; Bobby Flay; Chef Artist Dinner Series; EDC
Monday, Oct. 20, 2014
Pending final review by Guinness World Record accountants, Ri Ra Irish Pub hosted nonstop live music with no more than 25-second breaks between songs and five-minute breaks between sets for nearly 16 days ending at 1:10 a.m. Friday.
‘Absinthe’ starlet Penny Pibbets launches ‘Dancing With the Crazy Stars’
Monday, Oct. 20, 2014
When The Gazillionaire’s outrageous “Absinthe” sidekick, wacky comedienne Penny Pibbets, asked him to financially back her new solo show on Dec. 21, he refused and flung a paltry $5 at her. She has now retaliated.
Celebrity preview: Zac Brown Band, Ne-Yo, Khalifa, Hagar, CP3, Buffett, Rucker, Marbles
Friday, Oct. 17, 2014
To say it’s a blockbuster weekend is an understatement. You really need 144 hours to enjoy everything rather than jamming it all into 72 hours. Fighting words don’t even begin to describe all the rivalries in the Entertainment Capital of the World.
‘There is still one child dying every 20 seconds because of contaminated water’
Friday, Oct. 17, 2014
Cirque du Soleil sponsors its third-annual, one-night-only fundraiser “One Night for One Drop” on March 20 in The Beatles Love Theater at the Mirage. It will be an original production created by Mukhtar O.S. Mukhtar.
Face-off: Ghostbar Dayclub vs. Lavo vs. Marquee’s DayDome vs. Encore dome
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
Can tourists and locals still have daytime weekend party fun now that the pools have closed for the season? You bet! And two dayclubs are pulling out all the stops yet again in a duel to win the war of Saturday partying.

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