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Star Surveillance: Jake Pavelka, Tiger Woods, Lindsey Vonn, Ricky Martin, Shania Twain, Jeremy Lin
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Former “The Bachelor” and “Dancing With the Stars” star Jake Pavelka dined at Stack in the Mirage and enjoyed oysters, hot rocks and wings before watching Cirque du Soleil’s “The Beatles Love.” Fans mobbed handsome actor Josh Henderson at the D Las Vegas.
Strip Scribbles: ‘Thrift Hunters,’ Wolfgang Puck, Justin Bieber and Derek Hough
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Modern-day treasure hunters Jason T. Smith and Bryan Goodman, the Las Vegas stars of Spike TV’s “Thrift Hunters,” started filming a new 10-episode Season 2 of their hit series here today. The duo has been professional thrifters for seven years.
Victor Drai’s rooftop palace at Cromwell: ‘There is no other club in America like this one’
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
When nightlife czar Victor Drai opens the doors this Memorial Day Weekend to Drai’s Beach Club and Nightclub, his luxurious rooftop palatial playpen at the new Cromwell boutique hotel, it’s more than a 10-year dream come true. “This will change the face of tourism in ...
Photos: Kisses galore — 1 million Hershey’s Chocolate Kisses, to be exact
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
To celebrate the June 3 grand opening and red ribbon cutting of the interactive Hershey’s Chocolate World flagship store at New York-New York, the candy company will give away 1 million of its trademark Hershey’s Chocolate Kisses.
Photos: Amy Purdy finishes second on ‘DWTS’; Walter Frank is runner-up on ‘Ink Master’
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
America on Tuesday night clearly wanted courageous Amy Purdy to win the disco ball trophy on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” and heavily voted in favor of tattoo artist Walter Frank to grab the $100,000 prize on Spike’s “Ink Master.”
Meryl Davis wins ‘DWTS’; Amy Purdy of L.V. runner-up
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Amy Purdy. Our winner. Our hero. She showed courage, passion and determination and will be looked up to for years to come as a young lady who inspired a nation and overcame every challenge imaginable that would have felled others.
Strip Scribbles: NeNe Leakes in ‘Zumanity’; ‘Once’ at Smith Center; Strip changes
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
If the short run of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” star NeNe Leakes as the Mistress of Ceremonies in Cirque du Soleil’s “Zumanity” at New York-New York is a success, expect a revolving cast of additional reality TV characters to pop up from time to time.
Q+A: L.V.’s Walter ‘Sausage’ Frank of Club Tattoo competes in ‘Ink Master’ finale
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Las Vegas tattoo artist Walter Frank faced the toughest challenge of his career to get into tonight’s finale of Spike TV’s “Ink Master” reality TV competition. At stake for him are bragging rights, an Inked Magazine cover and centerfold feature and $100,000 prize.
Pure at Caesars Palace closes after 9 years for makeover, reopening in 2015
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Hundreds of VIPs and celebrities and thousands of revelers have celebrated wild experiences at Pure since 2004 as it paved the way for the mega-club invasion. I was there for New Year’s Eve champagne shindigs with Britney Spears, Ne-Yo, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna.
Photos: Will Las Vegas heroine Amy Purdy win ‘Dancing With the Stars’ finale?
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
It’s an epic, near superhuman, achievement for the former Cimarron-Memorial High School graduate who had just started work as a massage therapist at Canyon Ranch Spa at the Venetian. On her 19th birthday, Amy lost her legs below her knees.
Photos: Happy-go-lucky songs and love mesh in ‘Mamma Mia!’ at Tropicana
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
“Mamma Mia!” is ABBA’s fun, feel-good, forget-your-troubles smash-hit musical, and it’s back rocking the Strip. After watching it in London, New York and Las Vegas since it began its global trek 15 years ago, I’ve finally figured out its secret to success.
2014 BBMAs: M.J.’s hologram; Shakira’s near wardrobe mishap; Kendall’s goof; Robin Thicke’s plea
Monday, May 19, 2014
The Disastrous Flub of the Night Award goes to reality TV starlet and model Kendall Jenner, who will now probably never be given a visa to enter Australia. All she had to do was remember the name of the Down Under boy band 5 Seconds of Summer. She didn’t.
Strip Scribbles: Google glasses for Cirque; Giada’s restaurant sign; Snoop moves to Summerlin
Monday, May 19, 2014
A new ad campaign will unveil the new “Zarkana” at the beginning of June. It will be as if the audience is riding inside and on top of the Wheel of Death. The blue sand lady and British twin aerialists Andrew and Kevin Atherton will wear Google glasses, too.
Photos: Las Vegas Sin defeat Green Bay Chill, 34-24, in season home opener
Monday, May 19, 2014
It was great to see the gorgeous gridiron girls of the former Lingerie Football League back in action with our Las Vegas Sin season-opening home game at the Thomas & Mack Center. Even better to see them wallop the Green Bay Chill 34-24 and tie-up the 2014 season.
‘DWTS’ preview: Amy Purdy’s last-minute drama; Mark Ballas seriously injured
Monday, May 19, 2014
Against all conceivable odds, hometown hero Amy Purdy has made it to the final two nights of ABC’s hit series “Dancing With the Stars,” but last-minute challenges and surprises will be thrown at her in the toughest 48 hours of her life.
Face-off! Michael Jackson and Billboard Awards vs. David Copperfield and ‘The Amazing Race’
Sunday, May 18, 2014
In one corner, Hollywood Theater at MGM Grand resident headliner and illusionist David Copperfield is banking on his incredible magic to make the late King of Pop Michael Jackson’s hologram image “disappear” in the other corner.
Billboard Awards preview: Michael Jackson imagery is ‘as if he’s still alive’
Saturday, May 17, 2014
A “real-life” Michael Jackson will appear halfway through the 2014 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday at MGM Grand Garden Arena despite last-minute lawsuits and court filings to block the spectacle. “It’s as if he’s still alive. He’s totally real. It’s absolutely uncanny.”
Celebrity preview: BBMAs, Tiger Woods, John Legend, HRC Gala, Phillip Phillips, ‘Mamma Mia!’
Friday, May 16, 2014
In space parlance: Las Vegas, we have a problem! It’s a sexually charged battle of the vivacious vixens. Breakout female rapper Iggy Azalea is likely to get very explicit Sunday at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards with her hit “Fancy.”
Nobu’s secret to success? Watching his first restaurant go up in flames 50 days after opening
Friday, May 16, 2014
He must own the secret to eternal youth. At age 65, he still looks as young and full of life as the day fellow chef Wolfgang Puck introduced me to him in Beverly Hills, Calif., in the late 1980s. Wolf told me to keep my eyes on Nobu Matsuhisa.
Strip Scribbles: Celine, Britney and Rod in jet jam; Billboard Music Awards; Donny & Marie
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Within five minutes, three planes landed, and out stepped none other than Britney Spears and Rod Stewart to resume their headline Strip concerts at Planet Hollywood and Caesars Palace, respectively, and Celine Dion returning home from the Bahamas.
Gordon Ramsay embroiled in legal fight with business partner Rowen Seibel
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Against the backdrop of 2014 Vegas Uncork’d, a major legal fight has unfurled between feisty TV star chef Gordon Ramsay, who was brought to Las Vegas by Serendipity at Caesars Palace partner Rowen Seibel, over their Fat Cow restaurant in Los Angeles.
Las Vegas Sin face Green Bay Chill in season home opener at the Thomas & Mack
Thursday, May 15, 2014
It’s the first home game of the season for the gorgeous girls of the Las Vegas Sin tonight at the Thomas & Mack Center. The former Lingerie Football League beauties now playing as Legends Football League take on the Green Bay Chill.
Steve Wynn pays $28.2 million for Jeff Koons’ sculpture of Popeye
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Hotel tycoon Steve Wynn peeled off a lot of greens to buy the life-sized sculpture of cartoon character Popeye created by pop-modern artist Jeff Koons at the Sotheby’s auction in New York on Wednesday night. In fact, $28.2 million greens.
Holiday greetings? Christmas in May in Las Vegas with Wayne Newton and others
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Tis the season to be jolly … it’s the most wonderful time of the … hey, wait a moment. It’s only May. What’s going on? Those elves at our Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority have created a new holiday season for the middle of summer.
Q+A: Surrender, EBC exec Sean Christie: ‘People all over the world know Las Vegas is the best’
Thursday, May 15, 2014
With Memorial Day Weekend just nine days away, Encore Beach Club and Surrender Nightclub get ready to celebrate their fourth successful anniversary and head into a fifth season. At the helm of this success story is managing partner Sean Christie.
Q+A: Chef Daniel Boulud is happy to be back — ‘we’re all lucky to have Las Vegas’
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Born on a farm in the French countryside, Daniel Boulud, 59, has become one of the most successful and famous chefs in America, and now he’s returned to the Strip to open his showcase DB Brasserie at the Venetian.
Venetian’s Mario Batali, Buddy Valastro, Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud shine at Vegas Uncork’d
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Colorful “The Chew” TV star chef Mario Batali transformed his Carnevino at Palazzo into a sea of trademark orange for his “Beef and Barolo” extravaganza during the 2014 Vegas Uncork’d food-and-wine festival last week. It capped a day of golf at Cascata.
Strip Scribbles: Drai’s at Cromwell nears completion; Pure at Caesars Palace closes for major facelift
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Construction crews at the Cromwell have given the go-ahead for nightlife czar Victor Drai to set the final timetable for the opening of his $100 million rooftop, center Strip Drai’s Beach Club and Nightclub that overlooks the Bellagio Fountains.
World’s wealthiest and most powerful in secret meeting at Bellagio
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Many of the world’s most powerful people — including former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and President Obama’s top adviser Valerie Jarrett — are meeting secretly in Las Vegas this week to discuss global money and then have some after-hours fun.
Walter ‘Sausage’ Frank of Club Tattoo in Miracle Mile Shops makes ‘Ink Master’ finals
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Congratulations to Las Vegas tattoo artist Walter “Sausage” Frank from Club Tattoo in Miracle Mile Shops of Planet Hollywood who Tuesday night was one of three finalists chosen to move onto next week’s “Ink Master” Season 4 finale on Spike TV.
Q+A: Candy Spelling talks daughter Tori Spelling, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Crawford and more
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Tonight, Candy Spellling, still one of the richest women in America, will be in Las Vegas to sign copies of her new book “Candy at Last” at the Barnes & Noble on North Rainbow Blvd. She also will candidly discuss some of the no-hold’s-barred revelations in its pages.
Is $10 million on the table to keep DJ Calvin Harris at Hakkasan?
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Execs at MGM Resorts International fear that Calvin Harris — birth name Adam Richard Wiles — who is only one year into his two-year deal, might be grabbed by rivals as bidding wars on the Strip go into overdrive.
Vegas Uncork’d at MGM Resorts: All-Star Feast at Aria, Michael Mina, Joel Robuchon and Hakkasan
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
There’s has never been a buffet like the All-Star Feast the 2014 Vegas Uncork’d chefs produced at Aria on Saturday night. The chef’s counters turned into a gastronomic gala, and the dessert selection was a mind-blowing psychedelic explosion.
Strip Scribbles: 100th show for ‘Panda!,’ World Series of Poker, ‘Chow Masters,’ Star Surveillance
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
“As the first resident Chinese show in Las Vegas, we’re honored and humbled to celebrate 100 magnificent shows at Palazzo,” said director An Zhao. “One hundred shows is a testament to the amazing talent of our wonderful cast and creative team.”
Carrie Underwood, One Republic, Miranda Lambert, Iggy Azalea set for Billboard Music Awards
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Singer-songwriter Lorde will perform her new single “Tennis Court” for the first time on television. Also added today: Ariana Grande will perform “Problem,” which features Iggy Azalea, and Iggy will perform “Fancy.”
Meat Loaf bounces back in ‘Rocktellz & Cocktails’ after health concerns
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Doctors concerned about a chest infection wouldn’t let Meat Loaf perform one of his “Rocktellz & Cocktails” shows last week at Planet Hollywood despite his pleas for a cortisone shot to go onstage. He was vastly improved by Saturday when I saw him.
Amy Purdy of Las Vegas quicksteps her way into ‘DWTS’ finals — was it Oprah’s phone call?
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Maybe it was the live telephone call from talk-show titan Oprah Winfrey during rehearsals? Maybe it was the new running blades? Maybe it was family and friends loudly cheering in the studio audience? Maybe it was the Twitter and social-media explosion of support?
Chazz is back! Palminteri’s solo show ‘A Bronx Tale’ is at Smith Center
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Critics describe “A Bronx Tale” as a classic coming-of-age story about a young boy from a working-class family in one of the New York City boroughs who gets involved in organized crime. His bus-driver father tries to keep him on the straight-and-narrow.
Late Michael Jackson ‘to perform and make TV history’ at Billboard Music Awards
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Eight new Michael Jackson tracks secretly recorded while he lived on and off here will be released on the album “Xscape” today, including the first single “Love Never Felt So Good” that was sneaked last week along with ...
Photos: Kings — and a queen — of cuisine shine with Vegas Uncork’d Master Series Dinners at Caesars
Monday, May 12, 2014
No fewer than eight of the world’s best-known chefs presented Master Series Dinners to kick off the 2014 Vegas Uncork’d food-and-wine festival Thursday evening. Only in Las Vegas could you find such stunning stars all under the same roof.
Photos: Vegas Uncork’d Grand Tasting — America’s top culinary event of the year
Monday, May 12, 2014
With perfect evening desert temperatures Friday night, it was the ultimate topper of this year’s four-day Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit food-and-wine festival. About 2,500 guests brushed shoulders with more than 60 kitchen kings and queens.
Strip Scribbles: Penn & Teller’s 40th anniversary; Britney Spears; San Gennaro Feast
Monday, May 12, 2014
On a quick transatlantic round trip over the weekend, Penn & Teller appeared on a whirlwind of London TV and radio shows to promote their tour. Their two nights each in the North of England are already sold out, and they have a five-night run at Hammersmith Apollo.
Top prize in Cirque founder’s One Drop poker benefit could surpass $20 million
Monday, May 12, 2014
Nine poker players were added this morning to Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte’s $1-million buy-in the Big One for One Drop charity poker tournament that starts June 29 at the Rio. That makes a total of 32 players, including the first female.
Amy Purdy of Las Vegas tackles quickstep, jazz on tonight’s ‘Dancing With the Stars’
Monday, May 12, 2014
Now on “DWTS,” Derek Hough and Amy Purdy are among the final five couples — the other celebrity competitors are actor-singer James Maslow, Olympic champion Charlie White, Olympic champion Meryl Davis and actress Candace Cameron Bure.
Photos: Giada De Laurentiis leads pink hard-hat tour of her Strip restaurant, sets opening dates
Monday, May 12, 2014
Unexpected construction snafus with the cantilevered windows that open out onto the Strip to become an open-air patio have now been resolved. They were tested satisfactorily over the weekend, and the delays at Giada are finally over.
Celebrity preview: Vegas Uncork’d, Jane’s Addiction, LeAnn Rimes, Eli Young Band, Scotty McCreery
Friday, May 9, 2014
Even though the Strip is overrun with 90 of the world’s best celebrity chefs and master sommeliers celebrating the eighth-annual Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit food and wine festival, there are other entertainment offerings on the menu this weekend.
Photos: Night Market at Venetian, DB Brasserie, Giada opens June 3, Gordon Ramsay’s fourth L.V. venue
Friday, May 9, 2014
The world’s best chefs kicked off the first day of the eighth-annual Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit with a nonstop parade of culinary genius at the Venetian all to coincide with the opening of kitchen king Daniel Boulud’s new DB Brasserie there.
Q&A: Giada De Laurentiis
Chef gets ready for her close-up with the opening of her first-ever restaurant
Friday, May 9, 2014
The Food Network star comes into her own with her new Cromwell restaurant.
Strip Scribbles: Shania Twain’s cause, Mr. Chow in Las Vegas and Jon Taffer’s ‘Hungry Investors’
Thursday, May 8, 2014
“Bar Rescue” host Jon Taffer tells me that they will film here, in L.A. and Dallas at struggling restaurants that have “amazing potential to succeed.” They will make life-altering investments into restaurants that demonstrate the most promise for success.
Photos: Chefs kick off eighth-annual Vegas Uncork’d with sabers for sparkling ceremony
Thursday, May 8, 2014
It was the kindest, cleanest, fastest and sharpest cut of all. It took French master chef Daniel Boulud one single “swoop rapide” of his very own super-sharp saber to pop the cork off the top of a bottle of prosecco to launch today’s eight-annual Vegas Uncork’d.

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