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April 19, 2015

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Celebrity Sightings

Andre Agassi Foundation for Education red carpet.

Diana Ross performs during the 2004 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Review: Diana Ross is a soaring angel in ‘Memories’ debut at Venetian
Music:
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Miss Ross is a perfectionist when it comes to music, and she was absolutely perfect on opening night. Her new show is a bare-bones, no-distraction production. There are no acrobats or athletes leaping across the stage, no stripped-down sexy dancers.
Meizhou Dongpo.
Strip Scribbles: Large Chinese restaurant at Venetian; Rockabilly Weekend; SLS; Imagine Dragons
Las Vegas:
Thursday, April 2, 2015
At just under 19,000 square feet, the new Meizhou Dongpo restaurant opening around New Year’s at the Venetian’s Grand Canal Shops is likely to be one of the largest in America, if not the largest. It’s gigantic and will be the flagship of the brand.
Diana Ross presents the Dick Clark Award for Excellence to Taylor Swift at the 42nd Annual American Music Awards at Nokia Theater L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Los Angeles.
Weekend Best Bets: Diana Ross, Hannibal Buress and Pinoy Pride Festival
Las Vegas:
Thursday, April 2, 2015
The weekend ahead is packed with star power, from the original diva Diana Ross to top comedians and bodybuilding kings. Here’s a look at our weekend best bets:
Melody Sweets, Ross Mollison, The Gazillionaire and Joy Jenkins celebrate the fourth anniversary of “Absinthe” on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at Caesars Palace.
Photos: ‘Absinthe’ celebrates four years with toga party, marching mariachi band
Caesars Palace:
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Impresario Ross Mollison told me: “Caesars President Gary Selesner went out on a limb for us four years ago. If it hadn’t been for him rooting for us and overruling other Caesars executives, we wouldn’t be here.”
Singer/actress Pia Zadora performs during a guest performance in "Million Dollar Quartet" at Harrah's Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014.
Sixty years of the Riviera: Pia Zadora weds the boss; new Engelbert Humperdinck CD
The Strip:
Thursday, April 2, 2015
To date, we have looked at Liberace, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and Dolly Parton’s connection with the Riviera that closes its doors May 2 after 60 years. Now we turn the spotlight on the young lady who married previous Riviera owner Meshulam Riklis.
Joy Jenkins, Melody Sweets and The Gazillionaire celebrate the fourth anniversary of “Absinthe” on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at Caesars Palace.
‘Absinthe’ to Cosmopolitan? Ha! And dual VegasVille action with Kelly and Clint Holmes
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Ross Mollison promised a surprise announcement before midnight at the fourth-anniversary performance of “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace on Wednesday night, and he followed through.
Emily West, Mat Franco and host Nick Cannon on the Season 9 finale of “America’s Got Talent” on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, on NBC. Franco was declared the winner.
‘America’s Got Talent’ winner magician Mat Franco conjures Strip residency
The Linq Hotel:
Thursday, April 2, 2015
“America’s Got Talent” Season 9 winner Mat Franco will start his run of magic shows June 24 at the Linq Hotel joining the crowded battlefield of Las Vegas magic that includes headliners Criss Angel, David Copperfield, Penn & Teller and Jan Rouven.
Charles Ressler.
Charles Ressler shares his incredible life journey to be strong and ‘Brave’
Guest Columnist:
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Nobody can tell Charles Ressler’s life story better than he can. He swapped his business suit for a showbiz career but felt doomed to follow the path of drug-addicted vagrancy. Charles eventually became one of the executives behind First Friday.
Andre Rochat's 35th anniversary dinner Sunday, March 29, 2015, at Andre's in Monte Carlo.
Q+A: Star chef Andre Rochat celebrates 35 years in Las Vegas
Monte Carlo:
Thursday, April 2, 2015
In 1980, Andre Rochat changed the face of our restaurant industry introducing Las Vegas to its first freestanding fine-dining experience. Decades before Fremont Street Experience and Zappos arrived to put downtown on the map, it belonged to Andre.
Food Network star chef and restaurateur Ben Vaughn.
Ben Vaughn: The higher you climb, the harder you fall in chase for culinary awards
Guest Columnist:
Thursday, April 2, 2015
There are dozens of “best of” lists when it comes to the restaurant industry: best local restaurant, best national restaurant, best chef, best regional restaurant, best, best, best. I love seeing the trends of restaurants and how the ultimate places to eat change so frequently.
A look at MGM Resorts Festival Grounds during preparations Wednesday, April 1, 2015, for the first Rock in Rio USA festival, scheduled for May 8-9 and 15-16, on the new venue on the southwest corner of the Strip and Sahara Avenue.
MGM Resorts Festival Grounds is looking a lot less like a lot
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
The big-wow features of Rock in Rio USA are the Ferris wheel and zip line in the middle of the festival grounds’ footprint. The City of Rock blueprint has the same homey facades that have been used in Rock in Rio’s other cities.
Kerry Simon and Bill Murray attend the Simon Says Fight MSA benefit at Keep Memory Alive event center Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in downtown Las Vegas.
Strip Scribbles: MSA Awareness Month for Kerry Simon; ‘Duck Dynasty’; ‘Shark Tank’
Las Vegas:
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
To mark the first anniversary of our initial chef Kerry Simon fundraiser for his continuing battle of Multiple System Atrophy, this is MSA Awareness Month at our Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in downtown’s Symphony Park.
The Gazillionaire and Penny Pibbets of “Absinthe” celebrates its third anniversary Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Caesars Palace.
Preview: ‘Absinthe’ at Caesars Palace toasts 2,000 shows, four years
The Strip:
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Melody Sweets, as The Green Fairy, has used 4.2 miles of top-stick tape to keep her pasties in place, and The Frat Pack has consumed 900 bottles of Jack Daniels while going across the high wire.
Mandalay Bay President and COO Chuck Bowling is flanked by Magic! members drummer Alex Tanas, guitarist Mark Pellizzer, singer Nasri Atweh and bassist Ben Spivak at the Delano Las Vegas grand opening Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, on the Strip.
Hotel chiefs line up to bring presidential debate to L.V. in 2016
Politics:
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Hotel honchos include Charles Bowling, president and COO, Mandalay Bay; George Markantonis, president and COO, Venetian, Palazzo and Sands Expo & Convention Center; Keith Smith, president and CEO, Boyd Gaming; and Maurice Wooden, president, Wynn and Encore.
Scott Disick, with Scott Sartiano, hosts at 1 OAK on Friday, March 27, 2015, in the Mirage.
Photos: Scott Disick hosts at 1 OAK in the Mirage post-rehab
Television:
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
There was no filming, no family members (including baby mama Kourtney Kardashian) were in attendance, and Scott Disick, looking more casual than normal in a black button-down shirt, denim and brown boots but fresh faced, stuck with water.
Tom Sandoval and Jax Taylor of "Vanderpump Rules" host and party at House of Blues Foundation Room on Saturday, March 29, 2015, in Mandalay Bay.
Photos: Jax Taylor, Tom Sandoval of ‘Vanderpump Rules’ host at Mandalay Bay
Television:
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Tom Sandoval and Jax Taylor partied with fans and, as in any good rivalry, the fellow bartenders went head-to-head with a Brugal Cocktail contest that evening, although, unlike the show, the guys kept their shirts on while working.
XS' sixth anniversary with DJ Avicii, right, with XS Managing Partner Jesse Waits, on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at Encore.
Photos: DJ Avicii leads sixth-anniversary celebration at XS
Encore Las Vegas:
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
XS at Steve Wynn’s Encore celebrated its sixth anniversary Saturday night as one of the country and world’s top nightclubs with the launch of DJ Avicii’s exclusive 2015 Wynn and Encore residency.
Diana Ross.
Diana Ross: ‘All my songs are really about love’
The Venetian:
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Diva songbird Diana Ross doesn’t do red carpets or media interviews. She prefers to let her fans hear her songs for themselves. Her music of love dominates the new show at the Venetian titled “The Essential Diana Ross: Some Memories Never Fade.”
Chris McKenna, with The D Las Vegas owner Derek Stevens, hosts the Date-A-Thon on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center.
Strip Scribbles: Derek Stevens’ $20,000 bet on Michigan State would equal $1 million win
Las Vegas:
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
It’s an underdog wager, but now Derek Stevens, owner and CEO of the downtown D Las Vegas and Golden Gate, could win $1 million for a $20,000 bet he placed at the rival Golden Nugget. Derek wagered big Dec. 5 at 50-1 odds.
Imagine Dragons, from left, Wayne Sermon, Dan Reynolds, Daniel Platzman and Ben McKee, attend Vegas Magazine's party Monday, March 30, 2015, at the Four Seasons.
Imagine Dragons playing a Las Vegas festival would be … Beautiful
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
One of the hottest rock bands on the planet is from Las Vegas and as such has become a huge festival draw. Concurrently, Las Vegas has become a hotbed of festivals and is hungry for any huge festival draw.
The Las Vegas Outlaws take on the San Jose Sabercats during the Outlaws' first Arena Football League game Monday, March 30, 2015, at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Photos: Las Vegas Outlaws show heart in 59-41 debut loss
Arena Football League:
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
For a first-time outing, it looked as if disaster was about to fell the new Arena Football League expansion franchise team the Las Vegas Outlaws. But the players came roaring back to show a lot of heart and in the second half went from scoreless to within two touchdowns.
Tony Dovolani and Suzanne Somers perform during Week 3 of Season 20 of “Dancing With the Stars” on Monday, March 30, 2015, on ABC.
‘DWTS’ photos: High praise, low scores for Suzanne Somers; Charlotte McKinney exits
Television:
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Suzanne Somers, with pro partner Tony Dovolani, scored 25 points, putting her ahead of singer Patti LaBelle with just 22 for her cha-cha and football star Michael Sam, who scored 24 with his salsa.
Aerial views of the Las Vegas Strip on Friday, March 27, 2015, including, pictured here, the Rock in Rio USA site, MGM Arena behind New York-New York and Monte Carlo and Pawn Mall.
Photos: New construction on the Strip alters Las Vegas cityscape
Monday, March 30, 2015
Progress on construction of the new MGM Arena behind New York-New York and Monte Carlo and the Rock in Rio USA site at the other end of the Strip is changing the Las Vegas skyline.
Suzanne Somers officially announces her new show “Suzanne Sizzles” on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at Westgate Las Vegas.
Strip Scribbles: Suzanne Somers on ‘DWTS’; Garth Brooks; Victor Drai; ‘Pawn Stars’
Las Vegas:
Monday, March 30, 2015
It’s Latin Night on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” and the shirts come off — so expect to see a bare-chested Tony Dovolani dancing with sexy Suzanne Somers, our new Westgate Las Vegas resident headliner.
Vince Neil owns new Arena Football League team the Las Vegas Outlaws.
Preview: Las Vegas Outlaws debut tonight with Vince Neil, Carrot Top, Zowie Bowie, ‘Sexxy’
Thomas & Mack Center:
Monday, March 30, 2015
“It’s great entertainment, a real running, high-scoring game,” Vince Neil told me Sunday. “When people leave after 2 1/2 hours of excitement, energy and entertainment, they are going to say wow! This is a case of going for it all the time.”

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