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December 22, 2014

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Rocker Bret Michaels battles health issues while on U.S. tour
Monday, Nov. 17, 2014
A diabetic since childhood, rocker Bret Michaels of Poison fame suffered a near-fatal brain hemorrhage at the 2009 Tony Awards when a set piece struck his head.
Daniel Boulud and Human Nature celebrate milestones at Venetian
Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014
The Australian quartet Human Nature celebrated their milestone 25th anniversary with dinner down the hallway from their showroom at DB Brasserie by acclaimed French chef Daniel Boulud.
An evening with Prima, March-Torme, Martin, Luft, Lewis at M Resort
Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014
It was a first time ever on the stage: Louis Prima’s daughter Lena Prima, Mel Torme’s son Steve March-Torme, Dean Martin’s son Ricci Martin and Judy Garland’s daughter Lorna Luft paid tribute to their legendary Las Vegas parents at the M Resort.
Celebrity preview: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Whoopi, Aaron Lewis, Judas Priest, Toad, Wale
Friday, Nov. 14, 2014
This weekend is no laughing matter because the Strip will be shut down and downtown is blocked off. However, we have plenty of comedic rivalry, literally next door to each other, to ensure that amid the grumbling, laughter doesn’t vanish altogether.
Strip Scribbles: Miss Nevada USA Pageant, Great Santa Run and Criss Angel
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014
Eighteen gorgeous Nevada girls will be competing in next weekend’s Miss Nevada USA Pageant in Judy Bayley Theater at UNLV, and we’ve got the first photos of the contestants.
Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors: Maloofs + NHL? Buddy V, Mario Lopez, ‘Celebrity Idols’
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014
Several years ago, George Maloof persuaded NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman to move his annual NHL Awards to Las Vegas. No timetable for a Las Vegas team has been set, and the NHL denies any “done deal.”
Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon preview: Two nights on the Strip; 35,000 runners; same-sex weddings
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014
Grammy Award winners Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will perform during the 3 p.m. pre-race concert Sunday with the marathon and half-marathon and Zappos Half of the Half starting at 4:30 p.m. traveling along both sides of the Strip in the dark.
Veteran Broadway team behind ‘Duck Dynasty’ musical; 14 original songs?
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014
The 90-minute production with actors playing members of the Robertson reality-TV show family will be a celebration of their rags-to-riches saga and is based on the family book written by Willie and Korie Robertson published in 2012.
World Food Championships, Gordon Ramsay, Searsucker, Boulud and Andrea’s
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
Food, glorious food! For the next six days and nights, the fight among amateur chefs is on. Grills are burning, pots and pans are rattling, knives are sharpened, and everything from bacon to burgers to chili is on the menu.
Hats — and bras — off at 15th anniversary of ‘Fantasy’ at Luxor
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
When you have glamorous girls, topless dancers, pounding and pulsing music, a four-tiered birthday cake and a star-studded red carpet, you have the winning mix for a crackerjack celebration.
Strip Scribbles: L.V.’s Cleen Rock One still in hunt on ‘Ink Master’
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
Even though the “Ink Master” judges voted front-runner tattoo artist Josh Hibbard the winner of Tuesday night’s episode, the Portland, Ore., reality-TV star was booted from the top-rated show for smoking marijuana.
It’s glitz, glamour and guns at NFR’s Miss Rodeo America pageant
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
Off come the chaps and jeans in favor of fancy gowns, although the 10-gallon hats and the guns seem to be a permanent fixture. This year, 27 gorgeous ladies vie for the crown of reigning Miss Rodeo America Paige Nicholson.
Martin Jacobson wins $10 million at 2014 WSOP: ‘It just felt like it was meant to be’
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
It was a night of 10s: The winner, Martin Jacobson, won the $10 million top prize as the Rio celebrated its 10th anniversary of hosting the poker pros. Martin, 27, is from Sweden and now lives in London.
Criss Angel escapes injury free from Houdini straightjacket stunt
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014
“It was hugely successful,” Felix Rappaport, COO at Foxwoods in Connecticut and former Luxor president, told me. “We had an enthusiastic crowd of over 10,000 people watching. Criss was fabulous from start to finish. It was an elaborate and mind-blowing stunt.”
Strip Scribbles: Miss Nevada USA preps, Giada expands, ‘Ink Master’
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014
Shanna Moakler, 1995 Miss USA and state director of the Miss Nevada USA Organization, joined with 2011 Miss USA Alyssa Campanella of California and 2014 Miss Nevada Teen USA Alexa Taylor to welcome the glamorous girls to Life Time Athletic in Summerlin.
Preview: ‘Fantasy’s’ fabulous 15th anniversary celebrates with dancers, memories
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014
For 15 consecutive years, the glamour girls of “Fantasy” at the Luxor have been shedding their costumes to go topless, and tonight they celebrate the milestone anniversary at the same time as creator Anita Mann celebrates her 15th wedding anniversary.
2014 WSOP final three — all Europeans — battle for nearly $19 million
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014
The winner walks away with a whopping $10 million, and it could be the player who entered, because he won a World Cup bet, for $1,000. Play Monday began at 4:30 p.m. and concluded at 4:25 a.m. today after 244 hands.
Billy Hufsey talks new show ‘Celebrity Idols’ at Planet Hollywood
Monday, Nov. 10, 2014
Even before Billy Hufsey, who runs his own Las Vegas theatrical academy for children wanting to be in show business, became a household name in “Fame,” he made headlines as an undefeated Golden Gloves boxer and has a black belt in karate.
Britney Spears + Charlie Ebersol on Instagram and Facebook; Kristin Cavallari
Monday, Nov. 10, 2014
An August business meeting has blossomed into November “hearts and happiness” for pop princess and Planet Hollywood headliner Britney Spears and new beaufriend TV producer Charlie Ebersol.
Imagine Dragons performs pop-up show at Bellagio Fountains
Monday, Nov. 10, 2014
Las Vegas rockers Imagine Dragons, with frontman Dan Reynolds, performed their hits “Radioactive” and “It’s Time” and their new single “Bet My Life.” The surprise mini-concert will be edited into new commercials.
Strip Scribbles: Opportunity Village honors Penn Jillette; Soul Train Awards
Monday, Nov. 10, 2014
Renowned Rio headliner magician Penn Jillette, who had partner Teller and magic consultants Johnny and Pam Thompson at his table, even joined The Lon Bronson All-Star Band onstage to perform one of their rock numbers.
Criss Angel: ‘Life is death without change’; talks second Houdini escape
Monday, Nov. 10, 2014
“Mindfreak Live” is based on his A&E hit series “Mindfreak” that ran from 2005-2010 with 96 episodes in more than 100 countries. His second touring show “The Supernaturalists” will premiere at Foxwoods next June for a three-week run before its national and world tour.
Preview: WSOP’s November Nine in hunt for $10 million payday
Monday, Nov. 10, 2014
Nine men sit down to play poker this evening at the Rio, and by Tuesday night, one will walk away with a $10 million payday and the bragging rights of the World Series of Poker Bracelet. It’s the richest and most prestigious poker tournament in the world.
Celebrity preview: Kris Jenner, Bret Michaels, Roseanne Barr, Soul Train Awards, Burlesque Weekend
Friday, Nov. 7, 2014
Eyebrows will raise over the blossoming romance between Kardashian matriarch and momager Kris Jenner celebrating her 59th birthday at 1 OAK in the Mirage and new beau music manager Corey Gamble, who at 33 is 25 years younger than her.
Las Vegas stars of ‘Thrift Hunters’ turn trash into treasure
Friday, Nov. 7, 2014
“We’re not anything earth shattering, but we’re taking something simple, something anybody can do with just a few dollars, and making it attainable,“ Bryan Goodman says of Jason T. Smith and himself.
Fans turn out in force for ‘Britney Spears Day’ celebrations
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014
Thirty gorgeous dancers and thousands of fans of pop princess Britney Spears turned out in full force at the jam-packed Linq Promenade on Wednesday when she was given a key to the Strip and Clark County commissioners proclaimed it “Britney Spears Day.”
KISS takes to the air, salutes military in Joint debut
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014
Against an ever-building, ear-blasting crescendo of fireworks, flames, smoke and other pyro explosions, Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer proved why they’re still on top as the best.
Strip Scribbles: Steve Wynn, Burlesque Festival, Soul Train Awards, Roseanne, Penn
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014
Tickets go on sale today for the Dec. 16 premiere of “Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers” with 34 singers and dancers performing Broadway’s biggest hit songs with a 30-piece orchestra.
Kris Jenner to celebrate 59th birthday, new romance at 1 OAK
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014
Corey Gamble, a tour manager for Justin Bieber, and Kris Jenner have been dating casually since August, but the romance really heated up on their recent Las Vegas visit and a week ago when they were together in Mexico.
Global leaders gathered at Lou Ruvo Center agree to set up MSA roadmap
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
Restaurateur Elizabeth Blau, a business partner of Kerry Simon’s, said: “It was historic, productive, well organized and seamless. Everybody was on the same page with the same goal and agreed to move forward.”
Strip Scribbles: ‘Britney Spears Day,’ KISS, Carlos Santana, Rod Stewart in town
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
It is a huge entertainment day in Las Vegas — I don’t recall in 15 years here the simultaneous events ever being so big and all competing for attention at the same time.
Preview: KISS plans monthlong rock parties at first Hard Rock residency
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer will kick off the nearly monthlong (through Nov. 23) loud, raucous rock parties with an over-the-top Maverick Helicopters arrival.
Preview: Royal welcome, key to the Strip, proclamation for Britney Spears
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
Britney Spears, who has renewed her Las Vegas run through 2017, will bring her 14 show dancers and four musicians to the show-stopping event that celebrates the tremendous impact she’s made on the Strip boosting tourism and increasing hotel-guest counts.
2014 Ms. Asian Las Vegas launches Juice Standard to fight Alzheimer’s
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014
Gorgeous Jamie Stephenson is an avid fan of juicing. She credits it for helping her recently win the title of 2014 Ms. Asian Las Vegas at Palazzo. Now she’s turning her love of juicing into a booming business concept.
Wolfgang Puck opens Downtown Summerlin restaurant on Wednesday
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014
Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, who led the star-chef invasion to Las Vegas, is finally going into the valley’s suburbs after a long string of Strip successes. His new Bar & Grill opens Wednesday at Downtown Summerlin.
Strip Scribbles: Brittany Maynard, Carrot Top, Mark Shunock, Britney Spears, ‘Ink Master’
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014
Just days before 29-year-old Brittany Maynard took medication to end her life under Oregon’s “Death With Dignity Act,” she had one of her last wishes fulfilled here. Brittany battled terminal brain cancer but wanted to see the Grand Canyon.
Carlos Santana hosts book signing for ‘Universal Tone’ at Barnes and Noble
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014
In the realm of guitar and music legends, Carlos Santana stands mighty tall at the top with his musical signature sound known around the world. The 10-time Grammy Award winner has been honored by The Kennedy Center and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Transformer, Johnny Depp x 5 and Teller score big on Halloween
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014
The next lunchtime back at Ghostbar Dayclub in the Palms, it was Day of the Killer Costumes, and five guys who mimicked the many iconic looks of film actor Johnny Depp split $5,000.
Criss Angel dices with death again in his latest stunt
Monday, Nov. 3, 2014
Although he is the only person to ever be successful in the Houdini Death Escape, Criss Angel paid a huge price ripping his right bicep off the bone and with shoulder tears in two places on his right shoulder.
Lorna Luft: We must keep our parents’ name and likeness in a great light
Monday, Nov. 3, 2014
“An Evening With the Next Generation” at the M Resort is the first-time collaboration among the sons and daughters of superstars Judy Garland, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Louis Prima and Mel Torme who shaped The Great American Songbook.
Strip Scribbles: Baja 1,000 at LVMS; Britney Spears’ love slave; Eva Longoria at Tao
Monday, Nov. 3, 2014
Mexico’s beautiful but unrelenting and unforgiving Baja desert peninsular is being re-created on a 3.6-mile course at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for 30 top racecar drivers seeking to qualify for the 47th-annual actual race in one week.
Celebrity preview: Eva Longoria, Chris Brown, Nick Jonas, Erasure, Phish, Halloween parties g(al)ore
Friday, Oct. 31, 2014
Happy 150th birthday, Nevada! Today officially marks the anniversary of our Silver State. It’s Nevada Day, and Las Vegas celebrates with its first-ever parade. Don’t confuse that sesquicentennial celebration with the fifth-annual Halloween Parade along Fremont Street.
Halloween Weekend: Nick Jonas, Chris Brown, Erasure, R3hab, Bebe Rexha and Fetish & Fantasy
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
Security at Strip hotels is being tightened for Halloween this weekend to ensure that partygoers don’t break outdated Casino Commission rulings. Your real-life face must match your driver license, so don’t plan on macabre makeup.
Kerry Simon’s first MSA conference aims to plan roadmap of research
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
The Multiple System Atrophy community will be represented by nearly 100 people wanting the global meeting to serve as a springboard for research, therapeutic initiatives, awareness and advocacy.
KISS specials abound at Hard Rock Hotel ahead of November shows
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
To welcome entertainment legend KISS to the Hard Rock Hotel, the casino-resort’s overall atmosphere is being revamped in true rock-star style with special menus, drinks, spa treatments and even an official pop-up store.
Strip Scribbles: Battle over Britney Spears; NHL meeting confirmed; Gordon Ramsay’s millionth
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
MGM Resorts chiefs have finally confirmed rumors reported here in August that they had discussions about an NHL team coming to their new $375 million arena, park and entertainment district under construction behind New York-New York and Monte Carlo.
Criss Angel to launch third production, aims for six in next four years
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
Juggling three shows will take magic powers as Criss Angel continues with his 10-year-deal for “Believe” on the Strip. He premieres “Mindfreak Live” at Foxwoods in Connecticut next month and again in January with a two-week East Coast tour.
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.
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.”

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