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January 28, 2015

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Photos: ‘Frank: The Man, The Music,’ Yardbird celebrate at Venetian-Palazzo
Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015
It was as if “The Chairman of the Board” Frank Sinatra was still alive and in fine voice. It’s truly uncanny how Bob Anderson can sound and look just like Ol’ Blue Eyes, the leader of The Rat Pack.
Photos: Nevada Ballet Theater honors Debbie Allen as Woman of the Year
Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015
It was a glittering and glamorous gala, and honoree Debbie Allen of “Fame” notoriety was cool as a cucumber as she was praised and lauded as Woman of the Year — but she almost didn’t make it.
Strip Scribbles: Nick Cannon + Amber Rose update; Rod Stewart returns
Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015
Stunning silver-haired model Amber Rose stayed on in Las Vegas on Monday for an intimate, hideaway and quiet luncheon in La Cave at the Wynn, and with her was rumored boyfriend James Harden of the Houston Rockets.
Alex Stratta and Preferred Restaurant Brands part ways
Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015
It was only in early December when the culinary fires were aflame with reports that Las Vegas celebrity chef Alex Stratta had teamed with Preferred Restaurant Brands to open three off-Strip restaurants.
Photos: Farrah Abraham’s weekend at Ghostbar Dayclub, AVN and Life
Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015
It was a nonstop round of weekend partying for “Teen Mom” reality-TV starlet Farrah Abraham highlighted by the super-sexy Toga Party she hosted at Ghostbar Dayclub on Saturday atop the Palms.
Photos: Nick Cannon sets social media ablaze with Drai’s visit with Amber Rose
Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015
If Nick Cannon, formerly married to pop diva Mariah Carey, and Amber Rose, formerly wed to Whiz Khalifa, are “just friends,” as they insist that they are, why did they spend the past weekend together nearly inseparable in Malibu and Las Vegas?
Strip Scribbles: DiCaprio, De Niro, Scorsese paid $60M to shoot video?
Monday, Jan. 26, 2015
When you hire superstars Leonardo DiCaprio and Oscar winners Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese for a promo video for your new hotel, you must know that it’s going to cost a pretty penny.
Did Manny Pacquiao’s question KO Miss USA Nia Sanchez of Nevada?
Monday, Jan. 26, 2015
Manny Pacquiao has KO’d a lot of fighters in Las Vegas, and he delivered a punch to Nia Sanchez with his mangled version of “What would you tell global terrorists if you had 30 seconds to talk with them?”
Confirmed! Calvin Harris signs three-year deal with The Hakkasan Group
Monday, Jan. 26, 2015
Scottish DJ and producer Calvin Harris will hold down residencies at three Hakkasan Group venues in Las Vegas: Hakkasan Nightclub at MGM Grand, nearby Wet Republic at MGM Grand and, after its Spring opening, the new Omnia nightclub in Caesars Palace.
Confirmed! Diana Ross returns to Las Vegas with start of mini-residency
Monday, Jan. 26, 2015
The Supremes superstar singer Diana Ross has inked April dates for the first nine performances of her new mini-residency contract at the Venetian, and Janet Jackson, Lionel Richie and Ricky Martin are soon to follow in her legendary heels.
Wynn and Encore ink residencies with 27 DJs in Las Vegas
Monday, Jan. 26, 2015
The nightclub wars on signing top global DJs intensified this morning when Steve Wynn revealed an amazing slate of no less than 27 sultans of spin for his three nightclubs and daylife beach club.
Star Surveillance: Steven Seagal, Eric Church, Chauncey Billups, Lance Bass
Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015
Action-film star Steven Seagal dined at Barry S. Dakake’s N9NE Steakhouse in the Palms in a party of 25. He stuck to seafood, though, with a shellfish platter that included oysters, lobster bisque and mahi mahi.
Celebrity preview: AVN Awards, ‘Joseph,’ ‘Frank,’ Debbie Allen, Farrah Abraham
Friday, Jan. 23, 2015
S is for sophistication, songs of Sinatra, spicy Southern food and the sexy starlets of the 2015 AVN/Adult Entertainment Expo and 2015 AVN Awards. Yes, it’s an S for sizzling weekend in the Las Vegas entertainment scene.
Strip Scribbles: Miss USA Nia Sanchez of Nevada dazzles in national costume
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015
There were raves Wednesday night at the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant preliminaries for our hometown beauty Nia Sanchez, who after winning Miss Nevada USA went on to win Miss USA for our Silver State for the first time.
Sex Scribbles at 2015 AVN/AEE: Jesse Jane, Kayden Kross, Joanna Angel, Tera Patrick
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015
Tattooed actress and film director Joanna Angel had her Burning Angel starlet Kleio Valentien on hand to promote her video “Vampire Cheerleaders.” She handed out copies of the DVD and displayed her Bondage Essentials line.
Shania Twain to release CD-DVD of Caesars Palace show March 3
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015
“This show has been my labor of love for over three years,” Shania said. “It has meant so much to me and was such a privilege to live out my visions on that stage, and it is so exciting to now get to share the whole experience with the fans all over the world!”
2015 AVN/AEE: Chatting with Jessica Drake, Joslyn James, Carter Cruise, Dana DeArmond
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015
Jessica Drake, who co-hosted the 2007 AVN Awards and was inducted into the AVN Hall of Fame in 2010, is nominated as Best Actress at Saturday’s awards. Her “Guide to Wicked Sex” and the major, big-budget feature “Aftermath” also are nominated.
2015 AVN/AEE: Brody Jenner, ‘X Rocks’ girls, James Deen, tonight’s parties
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015
The distractions at the 2015 AVN/Adult Entertainment Expo are 44DD-sized — some even larger — as porn princesses wearing only stockings, high heels and very little else pose for fan photos and conduct their autograph sessions.
Calvin Harris to get $400K a night at Hakkasan, Omnia? Pharrell at Hakkasan, too?
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015
Las Vegas insiders are agog this morning with rumors that in the continuing war among rival Strip nightclubs, The Hakkasan Group is about to announce that it has locked up 31-year-old superstar DJ Calvin Harris for a new, three-year exclusive deal on the Strip.
Porn princess invasion begins for 2015 AVN/Adult Entertainment Expo
Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015
Day 1 of the 2015 AVN/Adult Entertainment Expo is today at the Hard Rock Hotel, and an estimated 500 sex starlets have arrived to primp, then pose for fans while selling their videos, sex toys and other porn paraphernalia.
Miss USA Nia Sanchez of Nevada preps for Miss Universe in Miami
Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015
The next 72 hours will be a nerve-wracking time for Miss Nevada USA beauty queen Nia Sanchez who went on to become the first Las Vegas and Silver State glamour girl to win Miss USA last year.
Strip Scribbles: Santana, ‘Caveman,’ NASCAR testing, Super Spartan Race
Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015
Legendary guitar guru Carlos Santana is being rewarded for his Las Vegas contributions with a Key to the Strip before he resumes his House of Blues at Mandalay Bay residency tonight.
Review: Joseph’s amazing ‘Technicolor Dreamcoat’ shines at Smith Center
Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015
“Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” got off to a strong start and a standing ovation at the Smith Center on Tuesday night, with husband-and-wife “American Idol” finalists Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo shining in the lead roles.
Q+A: ‘Top Chef’ star Shirley Chung plans to bring Restaurant 28 to L.V.
Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015
Dinner at “Top Chef” contestant Shirley Chung’s new Restaurant 28 in Irvine, Calif., is worth every moment of the journey. The former Las Vegas chef jumped from relative anonymity here to national fame as a finalist on Season 11 of the hit Bravo cooking challenge.
Can’t make it to the porn expo? Check out Vivid Radio on Sirius XM
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015
Top XXX stars hosting four talk shows daily include Monique Alexander, Joanna Angel, Annie Cruz, Brandy Aniston, Dani Daniels, April Flores, Ash Hollywood, Veruca James, Tera Patrick and Tanya Tate.
Director of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ parody is ready to shock, surprise Sin City sensibilities
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015
The newly assembled cast for the upcoming “Fifty Shades of Grey” parody “50 Shades! The Parody” meets today for its first script reading in advance of its opening next month at Bally’s.
Carter Cruise, ‘the Meryl Streep of Porn,’ leads AVN Awards with 9 nods
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015
The past year has exploded for porn princess Carter Cruise. Twelve months ago, she hit Las Vegas for the annual AVN/Adult Entertainment Expo and was barely known by anybody in the XXX-rated video business. This year is very different.
Strip Scribbles: John Travolta, Elling Halvorson, Britney Spears, Carrot Top
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015
Las Vegas helicopter hero and Papillon Group founder and Chairman Elling Halvorson received the Vertical Flight Hall of Fame Award during the 12th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards hosted in Los Angeles by actor John Travolta.
Photos: Seahawks defeat Packers in 28-22 OT thriller in Seattle
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015
Russell Wilson threw a 35-yard pass to Jermaine Kearse, and because Green Bay cornerback Tramon Williams could not stop history, the Seahawks are headed to Super Bowl 49 in Phoenix on Sunday, Feb. 1, to battle Tom Brady and his New England Patriots.
Nick Cannon encouraged Mariah’s L.V. residency, ‘will be there to support her’
Monday, Jan. 19, 2015
During filming in Los Angeles over the weekend with Nick, who filed for divorce from Mariah last week, he told me that he’s definitely going to attend the show. He’s even buying a house here for his mother so that she can help Mariah with the children.
Strip Scribbles: Miss USA, ‘Duck Dynasty,’ Amazing Johnathan, Kerry Simon, AVN contest
Monday, Jan. 19, 2015
Our Miss Nevada USA turned Miss USA Nia Sanchez underwent her interview session for judges over the weekend in advance of the live, three-hour NBC telecast of the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant in Miami this Sunday.
Preview: ‘Idol’ alums Ace Young, Diana DeGarmo are ready for ‘Joseph’ at Smith Center
Monday, Jan. 19, 2015
Diana, as the Narrator, and Ace, as Joseph, are perfect choices for this touring company production. There’s little dialogue, and the story is what’s described on Broadway as a “complete sing-through” with its 26 musical numbers.
Photos: Katie Maloney of ‘Vanderpump Rules’ toasts 29th birthday at SBE hotspots
Monday, Jan. 19, 2015
The cast of the hit Bravo reality-TV series “Vanderpump Rules” turned out to celebrate an all-weekend Las Vegas birthday bash for their onscreen pal Katie Maloney marking her 29th.

Photos: Reunited legendary rockers Styx rock Pearl at the Palms
Monday, Jan. 19, 2015
Styx, who also took the stage at the Pearl one year ago, played an extended setlist from the band’s 40-plus-years career that included “Grand Illusion,” “Come Sail Away” and “Too Much Time.” Chuck Panozzo joined the band for a few songs, including “Fooling Yourself.”
Q+A: Dana DeArmond — from Disney World to 2015 AVN Awards red carpet
Monday, Jan. 19, 2015
“I try to keep it classy, but I drink a lot of whiskey and that means dollars and strippers. I’ll party at Sapphire after the awards, make it rain on some strippers. It’s going to be a very full weekend ahead for me. I love Sapphire. It’s like the Costco of strippers — 70,000 square feet.”
Photos: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers vs. Seahawks QB Russell Wilson
Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015
Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers and Russell Wilson of the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks have already battled each other — right here in Las Vegas.
Celebrity preview: Eric Church, Elton John, Mary Wilson, Styx, Brody Jenner and Scott Disick
Friday, Jan. 16, 2015
The excitement in the past few days has been all about Mariah Carey’s addition to the Caesars Palace lineup, but we mustn’t forget that Sir Elton John is still the “Rocket Man,” and Britain’s musical lord is back at the Colosseum from Friday through Jan. 24.
2015 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo preview: Porn stars, awards, parties
Friday, Jan. 16, 2015
Yes, it’s time again for the parade of porn and cavalcade of cleavage at the 2015 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo and AVN Awards starting Wednesday at the Hard Rock Hotel.
Strip Scribbles: Miss USA at Miss Universe; Rio turns 25; Justin Timberlake with gum
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015
Miss Nevada USA Nia Sanchez of Henderson, who went on to become our first Miss USA, has been on a whirlwind schedule with her 87 Miss Universe Pageant rivals in Florida.
Q+A: Star chef Michael Mina toasts opening of Bardot Brasserie at Aria
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015
“It was time to change it up,” explained Michael. “This is my 26th restaurant, but I’ve never done a truly Parisian one. I have RN 74 in San Francisco, which is a salute to the Burgundy countryside, but that’s modern interpretations of regional French cuisine. I wanted the real deal.”
They belong together: Mariah Carey is newest Caesars Palace headliner
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015
Pop diva Mariah Carey made it official this morning that she will be the new headline star added to the Colosseum at Caesars Palace lineup filling in during Celine Dion’s prolonged and delayed absence.
Photos: Rock in Rio USA, MGM Arena construction sites progressing on the Strip
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015
Construction at the Rock in Rio USA site at the north end of the Strip opposite SLS Las Vegas and the 20,000-seat MGM Arena behind New York-New York and Monte Carlo is progressing at a rapid rate.
2015 Vegas Uncork’d announces chef lineup for April 23-26
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015
Tickets have been selling fast for the ninth edition of Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit from April 23-26, and that’s before the full list of headlining chefs was known and which we can now reveal.
Strip Scribbles: Caesars Palace headliner Mariah Carey? Plus, Mob Museum on the move
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015
Does it have anything to do with pop princess Mariah Carey’s appearance with Dax Shepard and Sharon Von Etten on Thursday’s “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”?
Amy Purdy brings her miraculous story home to Las Vegas
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015
The heroine comes home! Courageous Amy Purdy, who fought back after losing her legs and went on to become a medal winner in Paralympics snowboarding, returns to Las Vegas on Thursday to promote her new book “On My Own Two Feet.”
‘Love Target’ showgirl reveals Elvis pregnancy, swinging 1960s in Las Vegas
Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015
To protect the innocent, Heidi Loeb Hegerich’s memoir “Love Target” is fictional but based entirely on her real-life exploits — and she names names. Her colorful cast of headliners and high rollers includes Elvis Presley and Harry Belafonte.
Strip Scribbles: Liberace’s mansion reopens; Reba McEntire, Brooks & Dunn add dates
Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015
The sound of Liberace’s music will come back to life on his rhinestone piano at a special event at the Liberace mansion on Feb. 28. Homeowner Martyn J. Ravenhill is re-creating one of Liberace’s famous parties complete with the entertainer’s recipes for the dinner.
Q+A: ‘Monopoly’ host Billy Gardell is changing lives — $1 million at a time
Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015
Billy Gardell, who trod the nationwide touring circuit as an unknown comic for many years, will now shuttle back and forth from Hollywood filming his hit sitcom “Mike & Molly” and hosting at the Rio at least through August 2016 — and maybe even longer.
New miniseries ‘Texas Rising’ includes Las Vegas cast and crew
Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015
Las Vegas residents actor Adam Hicks and Marklen Kennedy, who also was the talent producer, are featured in the upcoming, eight-hour, blockbuster History Channel miniseries “Texas Rising.”
NHL team in L.V. nearing reality? Phylicia Rashad at NBT gala? Plus, Britney, Celine, ‘Rambo V’
Monday, Jan. 12, 2015
Is there about to be a major shock Strip entertainment shakeup? I’m hearing serious rumblings that one show is about to get bounced out of its hotel property.

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