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September 20, 2014

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Celebrity preview: iHeartRadio, Mr. Olympia, 30 Seconds to Mars, Diana Ross, Chippendales
Friday, Sept. 19, 2014
It’s brains, beauty, brawn and beer this weekend in Las Vegas, and even though 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival superstars will flash their magnetic appeal, it will be the competitors at Mr. Olympia who will flex their muscles along with the handsome hunks of Chippendales at the Rio.
Strip Scribbles: Jeff Civillico jumping off Planet Hollywood; Elvis returns to ‘Legends’
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
Juggler Jeff Civillico, who has a residency at the Quad, is determined to go one better than his two previous “insane” rappelling jumps with “Over the Edge” off the roof of Planet Hollywood to benefit Special Olympics Nevada.
Magician Mat Franco wins Season 9 of ‘America’s Got Talent,’ to headline on the Strip
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
Las Vegas magic is hotter than ever on television and with U.S. viewers thanks in part to Henderson masked magician and teacher Jeff McBride, who taught Mat Franco ahead of his $1 million win on Wednesday night’s “America’s Got Talent” on NBC.
Iggy Azalea, One Direction, Ariana Grande, Coldplay, Calvin Harris lead iHeart lineup
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
It’s a bigger blast than New Year’s Eve as the kings and queens of music show their love for the three massive iHeartRadio Music Festival concerts this weekend. Be it pop, country, EDM, R&B, rock and rap, every genre is covered in the superstar lineup.
Delano Las Vegas, with its hot desert theme, is cool, hip and South Beach chic
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
The influence of our neighboring 54,000-square-mile, hot, hot, hot Mojave Desert with 120-degree temperatures in Death Valley permeates much of the new Delano Las Vegas, yet the renovated property is as cool — and hip and South Beach chic — as can be.
Strip Scribbles: Randy Couture, Cleen Rock One, Motley Crue and First Friday
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
It’s difficult to believe that the ginormous Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace is celebrating not only its second anniversary but also its 2 millionth guest. The venue serves a mind-boggling 3,500 guests on average every day.
Lou Ruvo Center news: Expansion, Michael Buble, NIH meetings + Kerry Simon MSA project
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
Ambitious expansions plans are on the drawing board over the next five years at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health now celebrating its fifth anniversary in downtown’s Symphony Park.
Westgate Las Vegas renovations are underway; timeshares selling well
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
“Our nightclub plans are a work in progress, but we’re getting ready to welcome our award-winning Edge Steakhouse from our Westgate resort and spa in Park City. It’s a cutting-edge culinary experience that won three best-of awards last year statewide in Utah.”
2013 Miss Asian Las Vegas Catherine Ho describes herself as role model, mentor
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
Our Asian community is abuzz now that the 2014 Miss Asian Las Vegas Pageant, the second one, is Sept. 28 at Palazzo. It brings to an end the reign of the first winner, UNLV student Catherine Ho, 21, who will crown the new titleholder.
Counter Intelligence: Jose Andres, Border Grill, Taste of the Nation, Nobu, World Food Championships
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
Hot off the grill! Celebrity chef Jose Andres, who is revolutionizing Las Vegas dining at SLS Las Vegas and the Cosmopolitan, has more ambitious plans for the future. He’ll take over a downtown block for his Life Is Beautiful restaurant setup.
High-octane ‘Limelight’ at the Plaza captures spirit of The Roaring ’20s
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014
“Limelight” is a high-octane, frenzied entertainment package with some of the most dynamic dancing seen in Las Vegas. Some of its excitement is right in your face as the gorgeous glamor girls dance among the audience and their legs barely miss your head.
Strip Scribbles: ‘The Naked Magicians,’ Liam Payne, Wynn, Adelson, Murren
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014
It’s an eye-grabbing title, among other body parts, and, yes, three close-up magicians and an improv comedienne could lose their clothes while performing close-up magic in a new show coming to the Strip near MGM Grand.
Two-year contract extension for Britney Spears at Planet Hollywood?
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014
Pop princess Britney Spears is racking up such impressive ticket sales with her resident show “Britney: Piece of Me” at Axis Powered By Monster at Planet Hollywood that she’s become the top-selling Strip artist for Caesars Entertainment.
Photos: ‘Dandy’ Randy Couture foxtrots into fifth place on Night 1 of ‘DWTS’
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014
UFC legend Randy “The Natural” Couture proved his skills outside the Octagon and on the ballroom floor on the first night of the new Season 19 of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.”
‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Season 12 winner Scott Commings: Gordon Ramsay Pub and Grill vs. DMV
Monday, Sept. 15, 2014
“Hell’s Kitchen” Season 12 victor Scott Commings has started his prize, from the longtime Fox reality-TV competition, of the job of head chef at Gordon Ramsay Pub and Grill in Caesars Palace. But forget the kitchen heat.
Strip Scribbles: Big & Rich, Tiesto, Channing Tatum and Niall Horan
Monday, Sept. 15, 2014
Hakkasan at MGM Grand resident DJ Tiesto took over the hotspot for a Gold Party edition of his “Club Life” as he celebrated two of his 2014 singles going gold — “Wasted” featuring Matthew Koma and “Red Lights.”
New Pia Zadora show on hold after accident; months of recuperation ahead
Monday, Sept. 15, 2014
Singer and actress Pia Zadora was due today to start rehearsals at the Palms for an entertainment showcase for Las Vegas hotel execs of her new, expanded Las Vegas version of her sell-out Metropolitan Room cabaret show “Pia Reloaded” in New York.
UFC legend Randy Couture begins run on ‘Dancing With the Stars’
Monday, Sept. 15, 2014
It’s a debut in the ballroom for six-time Hall of Famer UFC world champion Randy Couture and a return for singer, actress and pro-dancer champion Julianne Hough as the new Season 19 of “Dancing With the Stars” premieres tonight on ABC.
Opportunity Village’s $136M goal includes 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, Great Santa Run
Monday, Sept. 15, 2014
As our beloved not-for-profit charity Opportunity Village celebrates its 60th anniversary, its leaders have set incredible goals for its next 60 years of service to secure the future for people with disabilities in the Las Vegas Valley.
Celebrity preview: Mayweather Jr., Macklemore, Marc Anthony, Luis Miguel, ‘Limelight’
Friday, Sept. 12, 2014
We’ll be seeing stars this weekend no matter how the second fight in four months is called between our Las Vegas boxer Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. defending his championship titles against Marcos Maidana at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
New burlesque musical cast is ready for ‘Limelight’ at Plaza
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
In “Limelight,” black-and-white magic movie days are transformed into blazing Technicolor songs-and-dances with six female dancers and singer Felice Garcia, who has double-duty also performing in “Million Dollar Quartet” at Harrah’s.
Star-studded VIP pre-party planned for Mayweather Jr.-Maidana rematch
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
Jack Nicholson is expected at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday along with Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith, Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Magic Johnson, Michael Strahan, Joe Jonas, Don Cheadle, Dane Cook and many more.
Strip Scribbles: Elaine Wynn honored in NYC; Keep Memory Alive 5th anniversary
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
It’s National Preparedness Month, and the team members at the Venetian and Palazzo want hundreds of volunteers to join them in an ambitious undertaking from Sept. 20-21 for the American Red Cross and nonprofit Clean the World.
Westgate Las Vegas salutes military, 9/11 victims with ‘Hornets Nest’ screening
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
This is the sad day of remembering the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001 in New York and near Washington, D.C., and those who lost their lives as fallen heroes. David Siegel and his new Westgate Las Vegas pay tribute tonight with a VIP reception and screening.
Counter Intelligence: Ferran Adria, Julian Serrano, Jose Andres, ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ winner
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014
For a select group of Las Vegas chefs, restaurateurs and foodies, it’s the two most hallowed private events ever possible, and both are in the same day. Call it the Reign of Spain, and it involves celebrated chef Ferran Adria.
Robin Leach’s ALS ice-bucket challenge substitutes water with champagne
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014
Set designer and Emmy winner Andy Walmsley took on the role of secret agent James Bond for his desert-produced ice-bucket challenge and then called on Strip entertainers singer-musician Chris Phillips of Zowie Bowie and hypnotist Anthony Cools to do better.
Las Vegas body-painting artist Gear Boxxx’s star is rising on ‘Skin Wars’
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014
Gear Boxxx’s first job was airbrushing T-shirts at the mall in seventh grade, where he learned to persuade the ladies with his charm into buying airbrushed T-shirts to help support his love for comic books and video games.
Strip Scribbles: Lou Ruvo Center 5th anniversary, Donny & Marie, Matt Goss, ‘Ink Master,’ Nobu Villa
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014
In just five years, our Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health has hosted more than 55,000 patient visits, and 30 clinical trials to end neurological brain diseases are underway at the facility in downtown’s Symphony Park.
Rick Harrison of ‘Pawn Stars’ to lead Pawn Stars Poker Run on Oct. 5
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014
Rick’s son Corey Harrison will lead motorcycle riders through Las Vegas starting from Gold & Silver Pawn downtown to the 100-year-old historic Pioneer Saloon in Goodsprings, plus, stops in Summerlin and on the Strip before an after-party at Hogs & Heifers.
Strip Scribbles: Las Vegas leaders head up $3.5 billion casino resort in Bahamas
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
Former Hard Rock Hotel and Palms President Paul Pusateri has been named COO of Baha Mar, a spectacular 1,000-acre complex along 3,000 feet of pristine beach in Nassau. It will be home to 3,200 luxury suites and include four or five hotels, including SLS Lux.
Lao Sze Chuan at the Palms is authentic, traditional and ‘the real thing’
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
Chef Tony Hu’s exciting spicy menu is a reinvention of his popular Chicago restaurants, and the decor and new look of the venue formerly Little Buddha proves that it’s a perfect match. Lao Sze Chuan is a glamorous palace.
Flamingo headliner Olivia Newton-John opens cancer research center in Australia
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
The Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute was founded at Melbourne’s Austin Hospital on Monday with former Premier John Brumby at Olivia’s personal request as chairman. The research center is attached to Olivia’s own cancer treatment center at the hospital.
Challenge for Las Vegas’ Cleen Rock One: Cover up nearly naked pinups with tattoos
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
Keep your eyes on Cleen Rock One, owner and artist at Chrome Gypsy Tattoo here in Las Vegas, and not on the bountiful human canvasses. His rival is his former fired employee Tim Lees, who is now an artist at Propaganda Tattoo in San Diego.
‘Kinky Boots’ at Smith Center an emotional high with laughter, tears and joy
Monday, Sept. 8, 2014
Celebrities and Las Vegas VIPs joined Broadway angel investors and a festive audience for the weekend’s official premiere of “Kinky Boots.” It has everything you could ever ask for in a dazzling, brash and successful night of brilliant theater.
Strip Scribbles: Amy Purdy + Oprah; George Clooney’s wedding; Britney hits road
Monday, Sept. 8, 2014
Las Vegas VIPs and high-rollers attending the celebrity fight-night gala in Italy hosted by Andrea Bocelli for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson’s Center in Phoenix heard secrets from George Clooney when he spoke at the festivities in Florence.
Joan Rivers gave me my break in showbiz, Brian Evans says; G.R.L. member Simone Battle dies
Monday, Sept. 8, 2014
I watched from afar as friends of Joan Rivers paid tribute to the comedienne at her funeral in New York on Sunday. I was happy that a very candid and emotional interview I recorded with her many years ago for “Entertainment Tonight” was rerun on “Entertainment Tonight Weekend.”
Restaurant and hotel titan Robert Earl says ‘Be My Guest’ in new TV series
Monday, Sept. 8, 2014
Hotel magnate Robert Earl, who launched his Planet Hollywood restaurant and hotel brand here in Las Vegas, admits that he’s gained 14 pounds while filming the first 14 episodes of his new TV series “Be My Guest” on the Cooking Channel.
Cyndi Lauper: ‘If young people don’t discover Broadway, then Broadway will die’
Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014
Cyndi Lauper and Jerry Mitchell won 2013 Tony Awards for their work on “Kinky Boots.” “Now we’re thinking we should collaborate on something else together. Maybe we could create something special for Las Vegas?” Cyndi told me Thursday afternoon at the Smith Center.
Celebrity preview: Cyndi Lauper’s ‘Kinky Boots,’ Gay Pride, Kendrick Lamar, Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld
Friday, Sept. 5, 2014
The message from the hit and award-winning musical “Kinky Boots” enjoying its official national-tour premiere Saturday night at our Smith Center for the Performing Arts is one of “acceptance” and “making the world a better place for everybody.”
Strip Scribbles: Can Randy Couture deliver KO on ‘Dancing With the Stars’?
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014
UFC hometown hero Randy Couture has KO’d his enemies inside the Octagon and on the silver screen in “The Expendables,” but can he win on the dance floor? The MMA king will join the lineup of Season 19 of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” that kicks off Sept. 15.
Preview: Behind-the-scenes of ‘Kinky Boots’ at the Smith Center
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014
With a dream team of entertainment talent behind the hit musical “Kinky Boots” opening tonight at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts ahead of its Saturday premiere, it’s like a fine bottle of champagne popping open with vibrant bubbles and excitement.
Counter Intelligence: Made L.V., Wolfgang Puck, Luciano Pellegrini, Max Jacobson
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014
Hot off the grill! It’s an unusual name for a restaurant, but Made L.V. describes how it was “hand made” with Las Vegas solely in mind. It’s the newest creation officially opened this week from the husband-and-wife restaurant team of Kim Canteenwalla and Elizabeth Blau.
Harvey Fierstein: ‘You will float out of the theater after seeing ‘Kinky Boots’ — I guarantee it’
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014
The national-tour premiere of “Kinky Boots” on Thursday night is a remarkable and major achievement for our two-year-young Smith Center for the Performing Arts, and it gives Broadway’s seal of approval to our upstart appearance in America’s theatrical industry.
Strip Scribbles: Caesars denies Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert $1 million reports
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014
Officials at Caesars Entertainment and AEG Live have officially denied reports about country superstar husband-and-wife Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert turning down a $1 million concert offer. Star names are floating to fill in during Celine Dion’s absence.
Strip Scribbles: iHeartRadio lineup; Britney talks cheating ex; Blake and Miranda say no to Caesars
Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014
Hometown hero Vince Neil and Motley Crue lead off Friday night of the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival with Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, Coldplay, Zac Brown Band, Usher, Bastille and Steve Aoki, and more celebrities are to be announced.
Delano Las Vegas opens with South Beach chic, no gaming and no smoking
Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014
Today, the all-suite Delano Las Vegas debuts at Mandalay Bay in a $100 million makeover of the former The Hotel at Mandalay Bay that began in April. The boutique property brings the glamour and celebrity of Miami’s South Beach to the Strip for the first time.
LDW celebrity preview: Keith Urban, Nico & Vinz, Jason Derulo, Ed Sheeran, Lil Jon, Puff Daddy
Friday, Aug. 29, 2014
It’s a holiday weekend almost as big as New Year’s and certainly with as many big-name entertainers and star-DJ party people as you would expect for Dec. 31. Our LVCVA is predicting that LDW will attract 313,000 visitors, giving us a $208 million economic boost.
Nightlife at SLS Las Vegas: Life Nightclub, The Sayers Club and Foxtail
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
Tonight, the five-day LDW party at SLS gets underway with the grand opening of The Sayers Club with Swedish pop star Tove Lo. She’ll christen the Hollywood music venue’s stage with raw lyrics and candid performances including “Habits (Stay High).”
Strip Scribbles: Miss Nevada, Men of the Strip, Mariah Carey, Adele, Ana Julaton
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
Miss Nevada 17-year-old Henderson beauty Ellie Smith plans a Labor Day Weekend bon voyage party as she departs for the 2014 Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City. The pageant preliminaries for the 53 contestants are Sept. 9-11.
New book ‘Remember the Time’ offers different take on Michael Jackson
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
The King of Pop would be celebrating his 55th birthday Friday if he were still alive and hadn’t died in June 2009. Books have been written about Michael Jackson, shows have been staged, and a legion of lookalike dancers have tried to duplicate his moves.

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