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July 4, 2015

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Celebrity Sightings

Andre Agassi Foundation for Education red carpet.

Kenny Chesney's "Big Revival Tour" at The Joint on Friday, April 3, 2015, in the Hard Rock Hotel.
Celebrity preview: Kenny Chesney, 311, Paris Hilton, Ke$ha, ‘DWTS,’ DJs galore
Fourth of July Weekend:
Friday, July 3, 2015
There will be fireworks and festivities and pyrotechnics and parades up and down the Strip and across the valley from east to west. Temperatures for America’s 239th birthday will remain near 110 for the three-day holiday weekend, so stay cool and enjoy the pool.
The Gazillionaire of “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace.
The Gazillionaire: How I made my gazillions, and how you can, too
Guest Columnist:
Thursday, July 2, 2015
You could get in line with all the chumps queued outside “Pawn Stars” and/or Tony Hsieh’s office desperately hoping your Grandpappy’s war medals/downtown doggy ice cream startup idea has some value. Guess what? They don’t.
Singer Kristen Hertzenberg.
Singer Kristen Hertzenberg: A heavy-hearted yet grateful goodbye to Las Vegas
Guest Columnist:
Thursday, July 2, 2015
My six years in “Phantom — the Las Vegas Spectacular” at the Venetian were a gift beyond measure, but that’s not even all of it! This town and the people in it have embraced and supported me, giving me opportunities to learn of what I’m capable.
Brody Jenner and Hannah Davis promote Las Vegas with Vegas Season on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at Hollywood and Highland in Los Angeles.
Photos: Brody Jenner, Hannah Davis promote Las Vegas in Hollywood
Tourism:
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Reality-TV star and Las Vegas resident DJ Brody Jenner set a lively soundtrack for the afternoon spinning popular beats from the Vegas Season DJ booth with assistance from 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimwear Edition cover model Hannah Davis.
Richard Oberacker, conductor of Cirque du Soleil's “Ka” at MGM Grand, turns toward the audience after conducting members of the Las Vegas Philharmonic during Life Is Beautiful on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, in downtown Las Vegas.
‘Ace,’ an original musical, cleared for takeoff at UNLV
Thursday, July 2, 2015
In Las Vegas, Richard Oberacker is known principally as the music director of the band in “Ka” at MGM Grand, among the most widely respected production ensembles in the city.
A Riviera neon sign ($395.00) is shown during the first day of a liquidation sale at the Riviera Thursday, May 14, 2015.
Strip Scribbles: Riviera moves east; L.V. on ‘AGT’; Bound bartenders; Gordie Brown
Las Vegas:
Thursday, July 2, 2015
The iconic Riviera sign that was once a staple on the Strip now has a new home at the Playground in rival Atlantic City. It marks the opening of an outdoor beer garden just in time for the Fourth of July weekend.
Fireworks erupt over Cashman Field as the Las Vegas 51s lose their home opener versus Fresno Grizzles 11-10 on Friday, April 17, 2015.
Weekend Best Bets: Las Vegas 51s, Boulder City Damboree and Night of Fire
Fourth of July:
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Time to get out your flags and sparklers — the Fourth of July holiday weekend is upon us. Looking to cool off from the heat, check out a show or enjoy a favorite American pastime? There are plenty of options to celebrate the long weekend ahead.
Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra are reunited at the Oakland Coliseum during their 29-city tour March 14, 1988, in Oakland, Calif.
New life for $1.5M Rat Pack house? Plus, Smash Mouth, Teller’s ‘Play Dead,’ Da Vinci
Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors:
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Is a $1.5 million Las Vegas house where The Rat Pack members Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. used to perform and produce music with intimate concerts for their celebrity friends about to be brought back to life?
The 2015 Miss Nevada USA and Miss Teen Nevada USA pageants Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, at UNLV. Brittany McGowan, center, was crowned Miss Nevada USA.
Reelz to carry 2015 Miss USA Pageant in Baton Rouge on July 12
Television:
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Las Vegas TV and Internet viewers will get to see our 2015 Miss Nevada USA and multiracial model beauty Brittany McGowan compete in the 2015 Miss USA Pageant on Sunday, July 12, in Baton Rouge.
Taylor Swift performs at Rock in Rio USA on Friday, May 15, 2015, at MGM Resorts Festival Grounds.
No festival action set for MGM Festival Grounds until ’16; Michael Grimm resets Vinyl schedule
Thursday, July 2, 2015
After speculation that a fall event would serve as a follow-up to Rock in Rio USA at MGM Resorts Festival Grounds, it appears that nothing will be staged at the parcel on Sahara Avenue and the Strip until next spring.
Comedian and actor Steven Wright.
Q+A: Steven Wright talks Las Vegas, ‘Louie’ and his Mount Rushmore of comics
The Orleans:
Thursday, July 2, 2015
It’s been nearly 33 years since comedian and actor Steven Wright fulfilled a fantasy by performing on “The Tonight Show,” which launched an eclectic career that has featured work in projects as diverse as “Reservoir Dogs” and “Babe.”
Maren Wade.
Las Vegas showgirl Maren Wade: Think carefully before you ‘sell out’
Guest Columnist:
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
This is a cautionary tale. Before I moved to Las Vegas from L.A., my friends warned me, “It’s so fake in Las Vegas. It’s not real life.” And “It’s so hot there! You won’t stand the heat.”
Mirage headliners Winston the Impersonating Turtle and Terry Fator.
Terry Fator’s Winston the Impersonating Turtle: ‘Things Turtles Can Do in Las Vegas’
Guest Columnist:
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
One of the great things about being an impersonating turtle is that I can impersonate Terry Fator writing an article for Robin Leach while Robin is off on another one of his epic summer vacations.
Channing Tatum’s Madame Tussauds wax figure on display Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at Town Square.
Photos: Channing Tatum (wax figure) makes appearance at Town Square
Film:
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
The sexy male stripper sequel “Magic Mike XXL” with heartthrob Channing Tatum is one of the hotly anticipated summer box office movies, and it had a sneak preview at Town Square in Las Vegas on Tuesday night.
GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio is introduced by Rick Harrison at World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop on Tuesday, May 28, 2015, during his first visit to Las Vegas as a declared candidate.
Strip Scribbles: ‘Pawn Stars’ new tenants; Marche Bacchus and Olives; Bonkerz comedy at SLS
Las Vegas:
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
In anticipation of this summer’s grand opening, “Pawn Stars” reality-TV star Rick Harrison, owner of Pawn Plaza, has signed two new tenants: SoCal Speed Shop and Vegas Flip Flops.
A standard room is shown during a tour of the Linq Hotel and Casino (formerly Imperial Palace and The Quad) on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. The casino is in the first phase of a $223 million renovation project.
Hotel news: Linq completes $223 million renovation; Mandalay Bay redesign
Las Vegas Strip:
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
The Linq Hotel & Casino has completed its resort renovation, which cost $223 million and now offers 2,253 newly renovated guest rooms, including 244 suites, two unique urban loft-style penthouses and 25 first-of-its-kind poolside cabana guest rooms.
The Fourth of July from atop Allure Las Vegas on Friday, July 4, 2014, in Las Vegas.
Preview: Summerlin Patriotic Parade, fireworks at Stratosphere, Red Rock, GVR
Fourth of July:
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
As the Fourth of July holiday weekend approaches, it’s time for fireworks. It also is time for parades, and it looks as if nobody will do it better this year than the 21st Annual Summerlin Council Patriotic Parade.
Chris Van Dahl as Steven Tyler in “Legends in Concert” at Flamingo.
Review: ‘Legends in Concert’ showcases solid lookalikes, soundalikes
Flamingo:
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
It’s uncanny. I swear that it was Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler. Doubly confusing, I swear that it was Celine Dion. In neither case, however, was it “the real thing.” It was their amazing doubles with extraordinary lookalike and soundalike skills.
Tomatoes.
Ben Vaughn: Tomatoes, to-MAH-toes — know your ‘love apples’
Guest Columnist:
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
I particularly enjoy the idea that the French thought juicy little garden tomatoes were an aphrodisiac, naming them “love apples” for a few hundred years until someone cleared up that silliness.
The 2015 International Model Search finals won by Savannah Lynx at Hakkasan on Saturday, June 27, 2015, in MGM Grand.
Photos: International Model Search crowns winner at Hakkasan
MGM Grand:
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Our 2012 Miss Nevada USA Jade Kelsall had the look of the winner to the celebrity and VIP judges. Her red, see-through lace gown was dramatized even further when she shed her silk train in a finale flourish.
The 2015 Tropic Beauty Model Search world finals won by Elise Duncan of Perth, Australia, at Light on Saturday, June 13, 2015, in Mandalay Bay.
Strip Scribbles: Model Search controversy; Tesla triumph; Caitlyn Jenner comedy skit
Las Vegas:
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Beautiful Perth, Australia, glamour girl Elise Duncan wants to set the record straight. Elise says that she was not crying about not being able to take part in the second pageant, both at MGM Grand.
The 2015 Miss Nevada USA and Miss Teen Nevada USA pageants Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, at UNLV. Brittany McGowan, right, was crowned Miss Nevada USA, and Geovanna Hilton won Miss Nevada Teen USA.
Despite NBC pulling the plug, Miss USA Pageant on July 12 ‘will go on’
Television:
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
NBC’s decision was in reaction to hotel mogul and pageant co-owner Donald Trump’s comments about Mexican immigrants in his political declaration of running for president in which he said that they brought crime, drugs and rapists to America.
“The Supernaturalists” by Criss Angel.
Strip Scribbles: Nearly drowned escapist talks; Criss Angel denies publicity stunt; Celine fan videos
Las Vegas:
Monday, June 29, 2015
“This was no publicity stunt,” said Criss Angel. “He owes me his life. Don’t try this anywhere, any time at any age. I’m glad that he recovered fully and was able to return for the second night after we had to cancel the premiere.”
Rain Hannah and Vince Neil attend the last hurrah at Center Bar on Sunday, June 28, 2015, in the Hard Rock Hotel.
Photos: Rowdy, raucous ‘Final Toast’ and ‘Last Call’ at Center Bar
Hard Rock Hotel:
Monday, June 29, 2015
What a party it was as the Hard Rock Hotel said farewell to the original and infamous Center Bar in true rock-and-roll fashion on Sunday, and I gave the “Final Toast,” a countdown and then pulled a giant switch to turn off the globe light above the bar.
Miss Summerlin Katherine Kelley is crowned the new Miss Nevada by outgoing winner Ellie Smith during the pageant at the Smith Center on Saturday, June 27, 2015.
Photos: Teacher Katherine Kelley of North Las Vegas wins Miss Nevada Pageant
The Smith Center:
Monday, June 29, 2015
Jenna Holdrige, 19, from Reno was asked, “If you were a Kardashian, what would you say to Caitlyn?” It took less than a second of thought, and she answered, “I love you, Dad.”

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