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July 30, 2015

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Andre Agassi Foundation for Education red carpet.

Opening night of Britney Spears’ “Britney: Piece of Me” on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at The Axis in Planet Hollywood.
Britney Spears considers two-year renewal at Axis at Planet Hollywood
Music:
Friday, July 24, 2015
Caesars Entertainment executives are “very eager to have her back.” I was told: “There’s a new two-year-residency offer on the table after negotiations were concluded last week.” What does Britney Spears do next?
Rush's "Clockwork Angels Tour" concert at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Friday, Nov. 23, 2012.
On 40th anniversary, 40 reasons to still dig Rush
Thursday, July 23, 2015
The timeless band Rush, my fave, fave, favorite for nearly all of its 40 years of existence, is back for its “R40” anniversary tour Saturday night at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Piff the Magic Dragon and Mr. Piffles.
Piff the Magic Dragon: Mr. Piffles is the greatest decision I have ever made
Guest Columnist:
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Mr. Piffles is a rescue dog. Not like Lassie. There’s not much Mr. Piffles could rescue, is there? Apart from maybe a moth with a sore throat. What I mean is, I rescued Mr. Piffles.
Las Vegas-based producer and manager Seth Yudof.
Producer and manager Seth Yudof: The Las Vegas bait-and-switch
Guest Columnist:
Thursday, July 23, 2015
I was once a badass teenage guitar player from Austin, Texas, but we’ll return to that later. I landed in Las Vegas more than 13 years ago for the shallowest of reasons: financial reward and a beautiful dancer.
Alain Ducasse’s Mix will soon become Rivea at Delano Las Vegas.
Alain Ducasse’s Rivea, Skyfall Lounge set to open at Delano Las Vegas this fall
Counter Intelligence:
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Also: SW Steakhouse at Wynn Las Vegas will close Monday for renovations with a scheduled reopening of Aug. 14. During the closure, signature SW Steakhouse dishes will be served at Lakeside by executive chef David Walzog, who oversees both restaurants.
A true living legend, Willie Nelson is at the Chelsea on Sunday, July 26, 2015, in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Weekend best bets: Rush, Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett and ‘Avenue Q’
Las Vegas:
Thursday, July 23, 2015
It's a great weekend for old-school country fans with two genre greats stopping through with shows in Las Vegas. But if that's not your thing, there's still a musical, a bar bash and more in store for the days ahead.
Chef Paul Bartolotta of Ristorante di Mare at Wynn Las Vegas adds the finishing touches to his fritto misto di mare during the James Beard Foundation's Taste America: "Local Flavor From Coast to Coast" dine-around at the Mirage Pool on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013.
Mark LoRusso to replace Paul Bartolotta at Wynn; two new chefs at Aureole; Shibuya chef departs
Counter Intelligence:
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Mark LoRusso has a long history with Wynn Las Vegas, most recently with Botero at Encore. Before Botero, LoRusso was executive chef of Tableau at Wynn Las Vegas’ Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Tower Suites.
Graham Fenton, star of "Jersey Boys" at Paris Las Vegas.
‘Jersey Boys’ star Graham Fenton: This dude bro is now married and drives a Prius
Guest Columnist:
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
“Vegas baby, Vegas!,” I yelled the famous line from “Swingers” as a 20-something on his first trip to Las Vegas like so many dude bros from my generation. What’s a dude bro? This South Jersey guy.
Christina Jones talks about her experience as an Olympic synchronized swimmer and being a true athlete during “ENTSpeaks” at Inspire Theater on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in downtown Las Vegas.
Christina Jones: The road to the world championships by way of Las Vegas
Guest Columnist:
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
I look down, and I am naked. I look up, and I am standing in front of thousands of people, flashing cameras and panels of judges in a massive arena. The music starts, and I plunge into the chilly pool. Frantically, I try to remember the choreography.
Chicago on Friday, July 17, 2015, at Axis at Planet Hollywood.
Review: Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire at Axis at Planet Hollywood
Music:
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire each trot out three horn and woodwind players, two percussionists and multiple vocalists to faithfully re-create well-worn hits of yesteryear. And each augments its stable of sing-along tunes.
Mario Lopez attends “Vegas Nocturne” at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. in the Cosmopolitan on Friday, April 11, 2014, in Las Vegas.
‘Vegas Nocturne’ still alive — in New York; Mac King faces down Penn & Teller on ‘Fool Us’
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
The Spiegelworld Production “Vegas Nocturne” lives on, if in a scaled-back form. The show that closed a year ago at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is set for a one-off Thursday night at the Slipper Room in New York.
Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli perform during the 2015 Keep Memory Alive “Power of Love” gala Saturday, June 13, 2015, at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Celine Dion discusses return to Colosseum at Caesars Palace in August
Music:
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Canadian superstar chanteuse Celine Dion returns to the Colosseum in Caesars Palace in August after a nearly yearlong break from her residency to care for Rene Angelil, her husband and former manager who is battling cancer for a second time.
Guest MC Tyson Beckford, third from left, and his Chippendales at the Rio cast mates at Flowrider on Sunday, May 24, 2015, at Planet Hollywood.
Tyson Beckford is bringing his sexy back to Chippendales at the Rio
Adult Entertainment:
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
“Las Vegas couldn’t get enough of Tyson,” said Kevin Denberg, Chippendales managing partner, in a press release today. “He completely embraced the role and thrived on the energy and excitement of the crowd, making him a huge hit.”
"Crazy Girls" 25th anniversary celebrations at the Riviera from Oct. 1-3, 2012.
‘Crazy Girls’ statue to go on display at Planet Hollywood on Monday
The Strip:
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
The world-famous “No Ifs, Ands or ...” “Crazy Girls” bronze butts statue will be moved from a warehouse to the casino floor of Planet Hollywood at 6 a.m. Monday. The statue was created in 1995 and has survived the test of time.
Food Network star chef and restaurateur Ben Vaughn.
Ben Vaughn shares his passion and inspiration behind his pop-up dinners
Contributing Columnist:
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
I was put on this planet to preach the gospel of great food and specifically Southern cuisine. We all have our passions in life. They’re why we get up in the morning. Passion is inspiring and motivating. I love listening to people talk about their passions.
Alex Stratta.
Chef Alex Stratta: The dining evolution — to be or not to be a foodie
Guest Columnist:
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
As long as we foodies continue to develop a culture of excellence, driven by quality and genuine hospitality, we can reach new heights and surpass expectations. I take this upon myself as a responsibility to my guests and profession.
Guest columnist Nathan Morris, left, of Mirage headliners Boyz II Men.
Nathan Morris of Boyz II Men: Challenge yourself and learn something new this summer
Guest Columnist:
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Summer is a great time to teach yourself a new skill. With the longer and more relaxed days, and maybe even a couple of vacations planned, you might find yourself with more time on your hands — so why not put it to good use?
An artist’s rendering of Kabuki at the Bellagio Fountains.
Bellagio Fountains to feature 30-minute Kabuki show Aug. 14-16
The Strip:
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Larger-than-life animation and water choreography will be featured in the Kabuki work “Koi Tsukami,” or “Fight With a Carp,” as a large fish and turbulent sea are projected onto the Bellagio Fountains in a battle scene.
“Absinthe” star Melody Sweets.
Melody Sweets shares eight ways to seduce a lover at dinner
Guest Columnist:
Monday, July 20, 2015
While Robin Leach is fulfilling champagne wishes in Italy, he has some friends in the field toiling away for him in Las Vegas. I’m lucky enough to be one of those people. Thank you, Robin, and cheers!
J. Cole on Saturday, July 18, 2015, at Axis at Planet Hollywood.
Review: J. Cole achieves authenticity at Axis; Big Sean, YG, Jeremih among openers
Planet Hollywood:
Monday, July 20, 2015
Not many people can capture an audience when they look like they just rolled out of bed, but Roc Nation rapper J. Cole did just that Saturday night at Axis at Planet Hollywood during the third part of his “Forest Hills Drive Tour.”
The Offspring performs at Brooklyn Bowl on Friday, July 17, 2015, in the Linq Promenade.
Photos: The Offspring takes over Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq Promenade
Music:
Monday, July 20, 2015
Frontman Dexter Holland and his punk rock band The Offspring perform regularly in Las Vegas, having headlined in recent years at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel and Boulevard Pool in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Guest columnist limousine builder Jay Ohrberg.
Jay Ohrberg: What we roll to Vegas stays in Vegas — at the Hollywood Car Museum
Guest Columnist:
Monday, July 20, 2015
Now, I’m excited to embark on an even more ambitious project. I’m starting with two Rolls Royces, and after cutting them in half and slicing them together, it will wind up probably having 50 wheels, a 25-foot lap pool and a helicopter landing pad.
Alice in Chains at Pearl at the Palms on Saturday, July 18, 2015, in Las Vegas.
Review + photos: Alice in Chains unchained at Pearl at the Palms
Music:
Monday, July 20, 2015
If Layne Staley was the mayonnaise this deviled egg was created from in 1987, William DuVall has become the Miracle Whip rendition. Alice in Chains began the evening with “Junkhead,” a song noted for its reference to Staley’s heroin use that ended his life in 2002.
Theory of a Deadman performs at Fremont Street Experience on Saturday, July 18, 2015, in downtown Las Vegas.
Photos: Theory of a Deadman at Fremont Street Experience
Downtown Las Vegas:
Monday, July 20, 2015
Saturday night’s setlist as posted onstage: “So Happy,” “Panic,” “Low Life,” “All or Nothing,” “Blow,” “Bitch Came Back,” “Santa Monica,” “Hurricane,” “Better Off,” “No Surprise,” “Not Mean to Be,” “Drown,” their big hit “Angel” and “Hate My Life.”
“Zombie Burlesque” at V Theater in Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood.
Monday By the Numbers: Inside the David Saxe Productions empire
Monday, July 20, 2015
This week, Monday By the Numbers crunches the stats related to the shows in David Saxe Productions. Its signature production, “Vegas! The Show,” celebrates its fifth anniversary this month at Saxe Theater at Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood.

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