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October 31, 2014

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Offer to Madonna in Celine’s absence? Todd English moving to L.V.; Surrender expands
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
Celebrity chef Todd English, who has made racy headlines in New York tabloids with his saucy shenanigans, is moving to Las Vegas to escape the paparazzi there who chronicle his every move. ...
Strip Scribbles: Emily West of ‘AGT’; Miss USA Nia Sanchez; Wayne Newton’s award
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
Emily West has gone on to become a popular country artist and was signed to Capital Records in Nashville. Her “Blue Sky” debut duet with Keith Urban hit the country charts.
Preview: Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton launch Route 91 Harvest
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
It’s as if the annual Country Music Awards from Nashville and the Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand are being rolled into one three-day, all-star Las Vegas weekend.
Motley Crew frontman Vince Neil talks plans for his Las Vegas Outlaws
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
It will have all the action and excitement of the NFL, plus, the fun of a rock concert party. That’s the goal of hometown rocker Vince Neil for his new Arena Football League expansion team the Las Vegas Outlaws, which kicks off its debut season next March.
Shanna Moakler: ‘I think Nevada has a good chance for a repeat’ at Miss USA
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
I talked with Shanna Moakler, Miss Nevada Pageant USA executive producer, 1995 Miss USA, Playmate of the Month in 2001 and star of VH1’s hit reality-TV series “Hollywood Exes” (she’s the ex-wife of drummer Travis Barker of Blink-182).

Strip Scribbles: ‘Ballistic’ B.J. Baldwin, $5K lunch with Giada, ‘Ink Master,’ 16 days of music
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
“Ballistic” B.J. Baldwin, the four-time off-road racing king, has accomplished a miraculous high-speed drive living up to his nickname tearing through the streets of Ensenada, Mexico, where he races regularly for the Baja 1000.
David Spade talks what women want and turning 50
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
The arrival of Lipshtick at the Venetian has meant a jump across the Strip to the Mirage for David Spade. It’s a far cry from his first shows in Las Vegas at the Improv in the Riviera when he recalled performing 21 shows a week.
‘Marriage Can Be Murder,’ now at The D Las Vegas, celebrates 15 years of interactive theater
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
There were two murders the night I had dinner at The D Las Vegas downtown, and the suspect sat just a few tables away until a police investigator exposed his identity. Don’t be too shocked because it wasn’t real-life ugliness.
Monica Fung is crowned 2014 Miss Asian Las Vegas at pageant in Palazzo
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
It was a take-your-breath away moment as the contestants walked onstage for introductions in their cultural costumes. The crowd cheered as outfits from China, Cambodia, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Vietnam and more dazzled under the lights.
Journey back in time with Matt Kazam in ’40 Is Not the New 20’ at Riviera
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
It’s frightening to think that 40 years ago, iPhones didn’t exist, and instead we held up a Get Smart shoebox-sized phone with a 6-foot antenna to our ears. Worse is that online dating sites didn’t exist back then.
History, legend of ‘Lion’s Share’ slot machine come to a close at MGM Grand
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
The “Lion’s Share” was the oldest mechanical-reel machine in the casino. Custom made for the resort’s opening, it slowly gained a cult following as it held onto its top jackpot as the years went by. It grew to become the most popular slot machine.
Strip Scribbles: Randy Couture exits ‘DWTS’; farewell, Circo, hello, Lago at Bellagio
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
Meantime, Las Vegas tattoo artist Cleen Rock One from Chrome Gypsy Tattoo continues tonight with his “Ink Master” quest for the $100,000 prize on the Spike reality-TV competition hosted by Dave Navarro.
‘Wonder Woman’ star Lynda Carter takes on L.V. slot machines at G2E
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
The world’s most powerful woman takes over the Strip today. No, it’s not former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, first lady Michelle Obama or former vice-presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. It’s Wonder Woman!
Lorde and Jerry Lewis face off in Las Vegas tonight
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
Tonight is a remarkable evening in Las Vegas entertainment as a newcomer goes up against a veteran. The terrifically talented twosome is two-time Grammy Award-winning, multiplatinum-selling ”Royals” singer Lorde and Hollywood screen legend Jerry Lewis.
Martorano, Lagasse, Bonefish Grill, Casa Fuente, Taste of the Nation
Monday, Sept. 29, 2014
Celebrity chef Steve Martorano has opened his second Las Vegas restaurant, Martorano. The Cafe Martorano at the Rio chef’s new hip hangout spot is at the Paris, and the late-night crowd is having a fun time dancing to his DJ music.
The Venetian replaces annual Winter Carnivale with luxurious Ultimo
Monday, Sept. 29, 2014
Instead of a Winter Carnivale, the Venetian this year will present the ultimate Las Vegas experience celebrating luxury, fine food, rare liquors and celebrity chefs. Ultimo stands for ultimate, ultra, utmost in a world of gorgeous jewelry and fast cars.
Strip Scribbles: Haze at Aria to close? New Planet Hollywood shows, $1.65M auto at Barrett-Jackson
Monday, Sept. 29, 2014
Joe Vargas is reporting that the Light Group’s Haze nightclub in Aria will shut down after Halloween weekend, and it is closing indefinitely with remodeling plans canceled — at least for now. I’m also hearing that Gold Lounge will get a makeover.
Festivino at Palazzo celebrates French chefs and old and new world wines
Monday, Sept. 29, 2014
Old and new world wines and delicious dishes from Master Chefs of France, some of them based here in Las Vegas, marked the return of Festivino, a full-bodied festival, at the Palazzo Atrium on Friday night.
Max Jacobson makes appearance at Carson Kitchen fundraiser for him
Monday, Sept. 29, 2014
After months of rehabilitation in Denver, Omaha and here, food critic Max Jacobson made his first appearance back in town for the Chefs to the Max fundraiser for him at Kerry Simon’s downtown Carson Kitchen on Sunday night.
Celebrity preview: Katy Perry, Kings of Leon, Jenny McCarthy, Bill Cosby, ‘AGT’
Friday, Sept. 26, 2014
The summer pool season winds down this weekend, but the party scene continues in overdrive indoors with music and comedy stars. Add the 2014 Miss Asian Las Vegas Pageant, and we have a glamorous weekend with something for everybody.
‘AGT’ judge Mel B on winner magician Mat Franco: ‘He amazed everybody’
Friday, Sept. 26, 2014
Mel B, judging for her second year on “AGT,” told me: “Mat really brought magic back in a big way. The audiences at home and in the theater loved him. He had a little bit of edginess to himself in performing. I loved what he did.”
‘AGT’ Season 9 winner Mat Franco: ‘I felt like David Copperfield for a moment’
Friday, Sept. 26, 2014
At 4 years old, Mat Franco dreamed of making it big in magic by starting to teach himself card tricks. At 12, he became the youngest student ever in Henderson magician Jeff McBride’s Magic Academy classes. One week ago, he made TV history.
Strip Scribbles: Jenny McCarthy, Wahlberg brothers, Britney Spears, Brad Garrett
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
Blonde bombshell Jenny McCarthy and new husband Donnie Wahlberg will be here this weekend with his brothers, actor Mark Wahlberg and business executive and chef Paul Wahlberg, to film scenes for their new season of “Wahlburgers” on A&E.
Preview: Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction makes its way to Mandalay Bay
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
TV cameras from Fox Sports and National Geographic will present three days of live coverage totaling 23 hours and reaching 100 million homes as the 7th Annual Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Collector Car Auction showcase begins today.
Cleen Rock One in hunt on ‘Ink Master’; Randy Couture’s ‘DWTS’ beat goes on
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
Despite dropping to 28 votes out of a possible 40, UFC legend Randy Couture and pro partner Karina Smirnoff were declared safe on “Dancing With the Stars,” while Cleen Rock One saw his archrival and former employee Tim Lees ousted on “Ink Master.”
‘Georgia on My Mind’ and ‘America the Beautiful’ cap thrilling Ray Charles tribute show
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014
Hometown award-winning singer Clint Holmes gets the biggest praise not only for masterfully performing the Ray Charles songbook, but also for marshaling the storyline of Ray’s life and the musicians onstage and offstage for their solos.
Strip Scribbles: Billionaire buys into Lake Las Vegas? Plus, Miss Nevada, Rise Lanterns
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014
I’m hearing from reliable sources that hedge fund billionaire manager John Paulson, who in March was estimated to be worth $13.5 billion by Forbes, is getting heavily involved at Lake Las Vegas southeast of the Strip.
Kerry Simon, Giada and Buddy Valastro win Silver State Awards
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014
Wheelchair-bound “Iron Chef” winner Kerry Simon received a little respite in his brutal and debilitating battle against the brain disorder Multiple System Atrophy when he won Best Chef at the fourth Silver State Culinary Awards on Tuesday night.
Photos: A triumphant celebration of Nevada’s 150th birthday
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014
Oh, what a night! A truly glorious night! Las Vegas shined brightly when the Smith Center for the Performing Arts staged the Nevada Sesquicentennial All-Star Concert on Monday night.
Strip Scribbles: ‘Georgia on My Mind,’ Mat Franco and ‘Ink Master’
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014
It’s appropriate that the grand opening of “Georgia on My Mind,” a celebration of the music of Ray Charles, is tonight at the Venetian because it marks the Sept. 23, 1930, birthday of the beloved blind singer-songwriter, composer and pianist.
Stars rally to fill in for Celine Dion, but when will she return to Caesars?
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014
Fellow Caesars Palace headliners Rod Stewart and Sir Elton John are the first two stars to help fill the dates left open as a result of Celine Dion’s decision to cancel her concerts until March to care for her husband Rene Angelil in his battle against throat cancer.
UFC legend Randy Couture and Karina Smirnoff slip in Week 2 of ‘DWTS’
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014
Actress Lea Thompson shot into the top slot with 35 votes, while NASCAR racecar driver Michael Waltrip landed in last position. Karina revealed that she now has her own nickname for Randy — “The Rainbow Warrior.”
Preview: Kerry Simon nominated in three categories at Silver State Culinary Awards
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014
Competition will be tough tonight at the Silver State Culinary Awards benefiting the Epicurean Charitable Foundation. More than 13,000 votes from the culinary community have been cast for top chefs and restaurants battling in 16 categories.
‘Brotherhood’ of Chippendales celebrates 35 years of taking it off
Monday, Sept. 22, 2014
“I remember still to this day getting hit in the face with somebody’s big black bra. I remember the woman who brought scissors with her to cut off my G-string as a souvenir while I was performing. It’s just a little bit tamer now.”
Strip Scribbles: Nick Jonas + Miss Universe; Harry Styles loses money; Liam Payne injures hand
Monday, Sept. 22, 2014
There’s no hiding the romance between lovebirds Nick Jonas and girlfriend Olivia Culpo, who met here when he was a judge and she won the 2012 Miss USA Pageant at Planet Hollywood. Olivia went on to become 2012 Miss Universe.
Randy Couture is ready for Week 2 of ‘DWTS’ with pro partner Karina Smirnoff
Monday, Sept. 22, 2014
Last week, “Dandy” Randy and Karina placed fifth out of 13 pairs before Olympian Lolo Jones was eliminated on the first Tuesday night results show of Season 19. Tonight, Randy and Karina promise to do even better.
Is Calvin Harris about to exit Hakkasan for new and larger paycheck?
Monday, Sept. 22, 2014
The Scottish-born superstar, who has more than 1 billion streams of his chart-topping hits (“We Found Love,” “Feel So Close,” “Summer”) on Spotify, was named the world’s highest-paid DJ this year and last year ($46 million) by Forbes.
Preview: Nevada Sesquicentennial All-Star Concert is tonight at the Smith Center
Monday, Sept. 22, 2014
For two hours tonight, a star-studded cast of 250 will celebrate Nevada’s cultural heritage with more than 25 acts at Reynolds Hall in the Smith Center for the Performing Arts produced by its president and CEO, Myron Martin.
Delano’s stylish start with Jaime King, Charlotte Ronson, Magic! at grand opening
Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014
The music vibe and high-energy beat of South Beach wrapped around VIP guests circulating through bars and chef stations set up in the lobby, and that was before Canadian reggae group Magic! gave an animated and intimate performance.
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.
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.

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