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Michael Godard: Las Vegas pop artist witnesses McCarran’s midnight circus
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Guest Columnist:
Once again I find myself at one of the greatest locations for people watching: McCarran Airport here in Las Vegas. Usually I’m rushing through the terminal placing mental bets on whether I’ll make my flight. Well tonight’s a different story.
Photo: Louis Prima Jr. and his band in Downtown Las Vegas
Louis Prima Jr.: ‘This has been a difficult 12 months personally and professionally’
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Guest Columnist:
This was a year that saw my residence burglarized, by a group of teens that remains unprosecuted, while I was on tour. It saw difficult but necessary changes to our band. And, most devastatingly, it saw the passing of my mother, Gia Maione Prima.
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From emergency room to Las Vegas, comedian Matt Kazam proves ‘40 Is Not the New 20’
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Guest Columnist:
As I bring my new one-man comedy show “40 Is Not the New 20” to the Riviera, I have been reflecting on what motivated me to write the show. In life, we are always looking for our “aha moment,” the time when everything seems so clear.
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Dave Koz is bringing saxy back, talks L.V., ‘Summer Horns’ and coming out 10 years ago
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Q+A:
Dave Koz is bringing saxy back to the Smith Center on Saturday night with his saxophonist friends Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair and Richard Elliot. The quartet had a lot of fun on Dave Koz and Friends’ “Summer Horns” — recording the album and touring.
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BMX and reality-TV star Ricardo Laguna: Where I get to shine and show love to Las Vegas
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Guest Columnist:
I am just a guy who rides little kids’ bikes for a living and who has a dream to make a positive impact in the community. So it really was a no-brainer when an opportunity to have my own festival was brought to the table.
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Alfredo Sandoval: Mercadito is ‘the story of three brothers changing Las Vegas one taco at a time’
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Guest Columnist:
Mercadito is definitely a family affair. Being trained in the restaurant business by my father as a pre-teen, it’s all I’ve ever known. For nearly 20 years, I’ve worked with my two brothers, Felipe and Patricio, before Mercadito Hospitality was founded and now after.
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Brannon Braga discusses his ‘Star Trek’ legacy, ‘Cosmos,’ haters and James Bond
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Q+A:
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.”
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SLS Las Vegas President Rob Oseland: ‘This is a place designed with locals in mind’
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Guest Columnist:
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.
Photo: A rendering of Bazaar Meat in SLS Las Vegas openin
SLS Las Vegas culinary king Matt Erickson: A preview of Bazaar, Ku Noodle, Katsuya and more
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Guest Columnist:
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.
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‘X Burlesque’ star Shakeera Onstead: L.V. ‘is always opening something bigger and better’
Monday, July 28, 2014
Guest Columnist:
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.
Photo: Comedian John Bizarre entertains the crowd as X Bu
‘X Rocks’ comic John Bizarre: Zen and the art of jocular maintenance in Las Vegas
Monday, July 28, 2014
Guest Columnist:
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.
Photo: Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men performs on opening
Boyz II Men’s Shawn Stockman: Our job is to test the limits of how bright our spirits can shine
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Guest Columnist:
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.
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Chef Michael LaPlaca: From punk rock to pasta for Portofino’s culinary king
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Guest Columnist:
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.
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Jeffrey Bank: 125,000 meatballs, 14,869 pounds of garlic, 1,200 Titanic sundaes at Carmine’s
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Guest Columnist:
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.
Photo: Charli XCX and Iggy Azalea perform during the 2014
Celebrity preview: Iggy Azalea, Chris Paul, Calvin Harris, Sky Blu, Boston, Cheap Trick, Styx
Friday, July 25, 2014
“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.

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