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December 18, 2014

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Agassi Serves an Ace

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Andre Agassi Foundation for Education red carpet.

The Las Vegas Strip.
NYE in Las Vegas: 80,000 fireworks, music of Whitney, One Republic, Pitbull
The Strip:
Thursday, December 18, 2014
The lucky numbered 7-minute-11-second “America’s Party” performance will be fired from the rooftops of MGM Grand, Aria, Planet Hollywood, Caesars Palace, Treasure Island, the Venetian and Stratosphere.
“Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers” at Encore Theater in Wynn Las Vegas.
Q+A: Steve Wynn talks ‘Showstoppers’ ahead of Saturday grand opening
Encore Theater:
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Hotel tycoon Steve Wynn is the most excited he’s ever been in his life with the creation of his “Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers” spectacular that after previews has its official opening gala Saturday night at Encore Theater in Wynn Las Vegas.
Tori Spelling, Dean McDermott, their four kids and Venetian headliners Human Nature celebrate the lighting of the Christmas tree Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at the Venetian.
Review: Human Nature’s holiday show a strange yuletide brew? No!
The Venetian:
Thursday, December 18, 2014
“The Human Nature Christmas Motown and More” show at the Venetian is full of tidings of great joy and songs of wondrous delight, and it’s all a truly beautiful and entertaining musical night.
Andrea Bocelli is flanked by soprano Maria Aleida and music conductor Eugene Kohn at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014.
Andrea Bocelli to perform at Power of Love Gala for Keep Memory Alive
Philanthropy:
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
When the Italian tenor was here for a concert at MGM Grand two weeks ago, Andrea and his wife, Veronica, toured the Frank Gehry-designed building, and because they lost a relative to Alzheimer’s offered to help the work of the brain center.
Tori Spelling, Dean McDermott, their four kids and Venetian headliners Human Nature celebrate the lighting of the Christmas tree Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at the Venetian.
Human Nature heats up, cools off for holidays; Extreme Thing dumped for ’15; ‘Mondays Dark’
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel. I am positioned on the actual floor seating area of the music hall, in which The Killers played on opening weekend and Imagine Dragons ...
Tori Spelling, Dean McDermott, their four kids and Venetian headliners Human Nature celebrate the lighting of the Christmas tree Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at the Venetian.
Human Nature heats up and cools off for holidays; Extreme Thing dumped for ’15; ‘Mondays Dark’
The Kats Report:
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel. I am positioned on the actual floor seating area of the music hall, in which The Killers played on opening weekend and Imagine Dragons performed just last week.
Vince Neil and his Las Vegas Outlaws announcement with friends, including Robin Leach, Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Derek Stevens and Carrot Top, on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, at Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas.
Vince Neil and his Las Vegas Outlaws vs. KISS’ L.A. Kiss
Arena Football League:
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
It’s “Monday Night Football” of a totally different kind at the Thomas & Mack Center with Vince Neil performing the national anthem. Expect new Outlaws players to be signed over the course of the next four weeks with Vince getting first draft picks in January.
NeNe Leakes in Cirque du Soleil’s “Zumanity” at New York-New York.
Strip Scribbles: Elvis exhibit, new-look ‘Zumanity,’ Reba and Brooks & Dunn
Las Vegas:
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
I’m hearing that the world’s largest attraction of Elvis tribute artists, memorabilia and wardrobe items will replace the former sprawling “Star Trek” exhibit at Westgate Las Vegas early in the New Year.
Cleen Rock One of Las Vegas works on a human canvas in Season 5 of “Ink Master” on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, on Spike TV.
So close! Cleen Rock One of L.V. in Top Two of ‘Ink Master’ and finishes …
Spike TV:
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
The live finale on Spike TV from New York City was fierce and thrilling. The program began with three finalists who each had spent 35 hours tattooing a full back human canvas. The three judges first eliminated Erik Siuda from Long Island, New York.
Steven Goforth and Alissa Dale perform during a Nevada Ballet Theater dress rehearsal for "The Nutcracker" in Reynolds Hall on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts.
Review: ‘The Nutcracker’ by NBT offers adventure, invention and imagination
The Smith Center:
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Betsy Lucas performs Clara’s innocence and exuberance with perfection. Alissa Dale (The Winter Fairy) and Steven Goforth (The Snow Prince) soar in their snow scene — the classic winter scene is their scene.
Hakkasan on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in MGM Grand Las Vegas.
Hakkasan’s takeover of Light Group is another step toward company’s dominance of the Strip
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Well, it seems as if Hakkasan Group has finished its holiday shopping. The entertainment conglomerate that seems to want for nothing has produced an embarrassment of riches ...
The exterior of Hakkasan at MGM Grand on Thursday, June 6, 2013, on the Las Vegas Strip.
Nightclub operator Hakkasan acquiring Light Group in $36 million deal
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Hakkasan Group initiated a major shakeup of the Strip’s nightlife business today with plans to acquire another prominent nightlife company, The Light Group, for $36 million. Morgans Hotel Group ...
The Food Network star Ben Vaughn.
Ben Vaughn shares how to cook lamb like star chef for holidays
Guest Columnist:
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
As we near the holidays, and having already experienced troubling meals in years past, I fear for another holiday season peppered with dry turkey, bland or overcooked vegetables and soggy sweet potato casseroles.
Cleen Rock One of Las Vegas is one of the favorites in Season 5 of “Ink Master” on Spike TV.
Q+A: Cleen Rock One of Las Vegas competes for $100,000 in finale of ‘Ink Master’
Spike TV:
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Las Vegas tattoo artist Cleen Rock One is now just hours away from learning if he wins Season 5 of the reality-TV competition “Ink Master” in the New York finale and returns here with the $100,000 grand prize.
Iggy Azalea performs at the 42nd Annual American Music Awards at Nokia Theater L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Los Angeles.
The Rolling Stones in L.V. in June? New residents Heart at HOB? Iggy at MGM on April 25
Music:
Monday, December 15, 2014
Who dat, who dat, you ask? Iggy Azalea has revealed that her new North American “Great Escape Tour” will play MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, April 25.
The Gazillionaire and Penny Pibbets of “Absinthe” celebrates its third anniversary Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Caesars Palace.
Strip Scribbles: ‘Absinthe’ Down Under, ‘Duck Dynasty’ musical, EDC sales
Las Vegas:
Monday, December 15, 2014
I’m reliably hearing that after Australia, The Gazillionaire will travel to Europe to open two, maybe three other versions of “Absinthe” in major cities. Penny Pibbets will reportedly be with him for three months.
Wolfgang Puck signs copies of his newly released cookbook "Wolfgang Puck Makes It Healthy: Light, Delicious Recipes and Easy Exercises for a Better Life," on Wednesday,  April 9, 2014, in front of his restaurant Spago at the Forum Shops in Caesars Palace.
Wolfgang Puck offers 1992 menu with 1992 prices to mark 22 years in L.V.
Dining:
Monday, December 15, 2014
It was 22 years ago that uber chef Wolfgang Puck opened his first Las Vegas restaurant, and initially nobody came to Spago at the Forum Shops in Caesars Palace.
Theater scene feels ripple as ‘Rat Pack,’ ‘MJ Live’ move to Riviera
Theater scene feels ripple as ‘Rat Pack,’ ‘MJ Live’ move to Riviera
Monday, December 15, 2014
They may have been given a later checkout time, but the shows “MJ Live” and “The Rat Pack Is Back” are leaving the Rio and headed to the Riviera.
Mark Shunock’s debut “Mondays Dark” benefiting Opportunity Village on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, in Body English at the Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas.
Q+A: Mark Shunock toasts two years of ‘Rock of Ages,’ one year of ‘Mondays Dark’
Las Vegas:
Monday, December 15, 2014
It’s a triple celebration for Mark Shunock, Lonny in “Rock of Ages” at the Venetian. The musical celebrates its second anniversary Thursday, “Rock” has been renewed through December 2015, and his monthly charity night toasts its first anniversary tonight.
Caesars Palace General Manager Sean McBurney and AEG Live President of Global Touring John Meglen present a check to Shania Twain for her Shania Kids Can Foundation during her final performance at the Colosseum on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at Caesars Palace.
Shania Twain ends two-year run at Caesars, set to return in 2015
Music:
Monday, December 15, 2014
In the two years country pop queen Shania Twain was a resident at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace, she performed 105 shows for 337,500 guests — but never one like her finale Saturday night.
Penny Pibbets, displaying her aggressive interviewing technique at Art Square Theater on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014.
Penny Pibbets, fired by Gaz and leaving ‘Absinthe,’ takes shot at solo show
The Kats Report:
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Penny Pibbets is done as the assistant in “Absinthe,” having performed for the final time as a full-time cast member last week. Her energy is now directed to “The Penny Pibbets Show.”
Penny Pibbets, displaying her aggressive interviewing technique at Art Square Theater on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014.
Fired by Gaz and leaving ‘Absinthe,’ Penny Pibbets takes shot with her own show
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Penny Pibbets is done as the assistant in “Absinthe,” having performed for the final time as a full-time cast member last week. Her energy is now directed to “The Penny Pibbets Show” ...
The Casa de Shenandoah sign, returned to the property on Sunset and Pecos roads, as shown on Dec. 13, 2014.
Wayne Newton is making a return to Casa de Shenandoah
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Mr. Las Vegas is ending 2014 by making some major news in his Old Vegas neighborhood. Returned to the corner of Sunset and Pecos roads is the famous Casa de Shenandoah sign ...
Kris Jenner celebrates her 59th birthday at 1 OAK on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, in the Mirage.
Are lights dimmed for Light Group at MGM Resorts? Plus, Bill McBeath to Cosmo?
Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors:
Friday, December 12, 2014
Have the lights dimmed for the Light Group at MGM Resorts? There are major rumblings tonight that TLG has been booted from MGM Resorts properties in Las Vegas.
Grand marshal and Caesars Palace headliner Shania Twain and Santa Claus attend the 2013 Great Santa Run on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in downtown Las Vegas.
Celebrity preview: Shania, Smashing Pumpkins, Bush, Jeff Foxworthy, Brody Jenner, NFR
Las Vegas:
Friday, December 12, 2014
Is country entertainment taking an ever-bigger role in the Las Vegas headliner scene? Tickets go on sale today for Kenny Chesney’s two-night stand at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel in April. We’ve loved having the cowboys and cowgirls in town for the rodeo.

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