Brannon Braga discusses his ‘Star Trek’ legacy, ‘Cosmos,’ haters and James Bond

Brannon Braga.

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Brannon Braga.

Q+A:
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 @ 2 a.m.
Ask 100 Trekkies what they think of Brannon Braga, and you’ll get 100 answers. In addition to his work as writer and producer on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Star Trek: Voyager” and “Star Trek: Enterprise,” Braga has produced “24,” “Cosmos” and “Salem.”
SLS Las Vegas President Rob Oseland will have some unique operational advantages to work with at the new casino resort, slated to open in 2014.

SLS Las Vegas President and COO Rob Oseland: ‘This is a place designed with locals in mind’

Guest Columnist:
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 @ 6 p.m.
We’ve been at work on SLS Las Vegas for years, and as we inch closer to unveiling the vision behind this project, I get one question more than any other: “What does SLS stand for?” The answer is uniquely layered and at the same time absolutely simple.
A rendering of Bazaar Meat in SLS Las Vegas opening Aug. 23, 2014.

SLS Las Vegas culinary king Matt Erickson: A preview of Bazaar, Ku Noodle, Katsuya and more

Guest Columnist:
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 @ 5 p.m.
At SLS Las Vegas, you will find some of the most enlightening F&B concepts that SBE has to offer all under one roof. What makes it so special is that each one, new and old, has been uniquely adapted to the Las Vegas community. Consider this your appetizer.
Dancers take the stage as “X Burlesque” celebrates its 12th anniversary in Las Vegas on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at the Flamingo. Shakeera Onstead is third from right.

‘X Burlesque’ star Shakeera Onstead: L.V. ‘is always opening something bigger and better’

Guest Columnist:
Monday, July 28, 2014 @ 10 p.m.
Working in “X Burlesque” at the Flamingo has allowed me to really appreciate all that Las Vegas has to offer. Las Vegas is far smaller than most people realize, and for the most part the entertainment industry really isn’t as cutthroat as most other cities.
Comedian John Bizarre entertains the crowd as “X Burlesque” celebrates its 12th anniversary in Las Vegas on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at the Flamingo.

‘X Rocks’ comic John Bizarre: Zen and the art of jocular maintenance in Las Vegas

Guest Columnist:
Monday, July 28, 2014 @ 9 p.m.
When a standup comic walks onstage at a burlesque show, as I found out the first night I filled in for my wife Nancy Ryan, the audience isn’t really sure what’s happening, and you can clearly see that confusion on their faces.
Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men performs on opening night of Boyz II Men's residency at The Mirage on Friday, March 1, 2013.
Boyz II Men’s Shawn Stockman: Our job is to test the limits of how bright our spirits can shine
Guest Columnist:
Sunday, July 27, 2014 @ 11:59 p.m.
We live in a brave new world where old-fashioned customs are being challenged with fresh perspective. The world is created and driven by individuals who aren’t afraid to uncover a new route to get to the same destination — or a previously unimagined destination.
Chef Michael LaPlaca: From punk rock to pasta for Portofino’s culinary king
Chef Michael LaPlaca: From punk rock to pasta for Portofino’s culinary king
Guest Columnist:
Sunday, July 27, 2014 @ 10:57 p.m.
This is Michael LaPlaca, executive chef at Portofino in the Mirage. When I was younger, I dreamed of becoming a professional skateboarder or joining a punk-rock band. I watched “The Warped Tour” on MTV and thought chain wallets made you cool.
Carmine's serves an eggplant lasagna during the Epicurean Affair presented by the Nevada Restaurant Association at the Palazzo on Thursday, May 22, 2014.
Jeffrey Bank: 125,000 meatballs, 14,869 pounds of garlic, 1,200 Titanic sundaes at Carmine’s
Guest Columnist:
Sunday, July 27, 2014 @ 9:58 p.m.
I’m often asked “Why Las Vegas?” when it comes to my decision to open the first West Coast location of Carmine’s NYC. The truth is when it came time to decide where I would next take the brand, I couldn’t think of a better place.
Charli XCX and Iggy Azalea perform during the 2014 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 18, 2014, in Las Vegas.
Celebrity preview: Iggy Azalea, Chris Paul, Calvin Harris, Sky Blu, Boston, Cheap Trick, Styx
Friday, July 25, 2014 @ 6 p.m.
“Fancy” Aussie singer Iggy Azalea has “99 Problems” with Arianna Grande, but it’s no problem offering our weekly Weekend Celebrity Preview in Las Vegas. Music takes center stage in the Entertainment Capital of the World this weekend.
Styx rocks Pearl at the Palms on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, in Las Vegas.
Weekend best bets: Styx, ‘The Voice’ and Summer Santa Rampage
Thursday, July 24, 2014 @ 6:01 p.m.
Dust off your Santa suit and grab your air guitar: The weekend ahead is packed with entertainment options sure to please just about anyone, whether you’re a bar crawl enthusiast, a classic rock fan or just looking for a few laughs.
Jason Kappus, second from right, portrays "Bob Gaudio" in "Jersey Boys" at Paris Las Vegas.
‘Jersey Boys’ star Jason Kappus: ‘I’ve got the wife, a kid, the dog, and the house is on its way’
Guest Columnist:
Thursday, July 24, 2014 @ 6 p.m.
We are all about having a dream and making it happen. That shiny ideal that dawns on you as an 8-year-old or a high schooler or in the midst of a mid-life crisis. But what if you have two dreams?
“Jersey Boys” at Paris Las Vegas cast members Buck Hujabre, Lauren Tartaglia, Jason Martinez and Douglas Crawford arrive at Mark Shunock’s “Mondays Dark” at Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas.
‘Jersey Boys’ star Lauren Tartaglia: ‘This city is great — it is unique and special and insane and amazing’
Guest Columnist:
Thursday, July 24, 2014 @ 4 p.m.
Hi, my name is Lauren Tartaglia, and I am an actress in “Jersey Boys” at Paris Las Vegas. “Jersey Boys” is my whole world. Obviously. To everyone else, though, we performers might seem a bit odd.
“Jersey Boys” actor and yoga instructor John Salvatore.
‘Jersey Boys’ star John Salvatore wears his physical and mental battle scars with pride
Guest Columnist:
Thursday, July 24, 2014 @ 2 p.m.
As a performer in “Jersey Boys” for six-plus years, maintaining freshness and spontaneity doing eight shows a week is always a challenge. One of the main tools I use for keeping mentally focused and present onstage is my daily yoga practice.
Opening night of Britney Spears’ “Britney: Piece of Me” on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at The Axis in Planet Hollywood.
Planet Hollywood headliner Britney Spears gets intimate … with apparel
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 @ 9:34 p.m.
Pop princess Britney Spears is launching a sleepwear-apparel line, the Intimate Britney Spears, with retail partner Change Lingerie, a company with more than 180 stores worldwide. Intimate Britney Spears debuts Sept. 9 with an event in New York City.
The Food Network star Ben Vaughn.
Chef Ben Vaughn: Asada Taco is my new food crush in downtown Las Vegas
Guest Columnist:
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 @ 6 p.m.
Downtown Las Vegas is certainly thought-provoking. It’s an area of town that has craved consideration for some time, and it is finally getting the attention it deserves. I will admit, I’m a little confused by sections of downtown Las Vegas.