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October 13, 2015

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Robin Leach


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Q+A: Celebrated Italian restaurant Carbone is ready for Las Vegas
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015
One of the most eagerly awaited new restaurants of the fall is set to open Monday at Aria. Food critics and fans alike have described Carbone’s original New York location as the best Italian-American restaurant of all time.
Strip Scribbles: Britney Spears, Olivia Newton-John, John Fogerty, Taylor Hicks
Monday, Oct. 12, 2015
Planet Hollywood headliner Britney Spears is back in a Hollywood recording studio working on her ninth album. She’s behind the studio mic for songwriter Mischke Butler and producer DJ Matthew Burns, who has worked with Pitbull, Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding.
Artisan hosts 2015 AVN Halloween Porn Star Party from Oct. 30-31
Monday, Oct. 12, 2015
For the first time, the 2015 AVN Halloween Porn Star Party will be held in Las Vegas, and it’s so big and ambitious that it will run for two nights — Oct. 30 and 31 — from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. at Artisan Boutique Hotel.
Strange bedfellows Steve Wynn, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders
Monday, Oct. 12, 2015
For the most unusual TV-ratings show on the Strip this week, expect to see Hillary Rodham Clinton flanked by Bernie Sanders on her immediate right, Martin O’Malley on her immediate left, with Lincoln Chafee also on her right and Jim Webb on her left.
Celebrity preview: Underwood, Young, ‘Pawn Stars,’ MENUS, Wine Amplified, Festivino, Garbage
Friday, Oct. 9, 2015
Key attractions this weekend have to do a lot with drinking and dining — after all, this is Las Vegas. There is Festivino at the Venetian, Epicurean Charitable Foundation’s MENUS at Mandalay Bay Beach, Wine Amplified at Las Vegas Village for two nights — and more.
New team to run Light, Daylight at Mandalay Bay; ‘Baz’ heads to Venetian
Friday, Oct. 9, 2015
Billionaire Ron Burkle, who has become owner of Light Nightclub and Daylight Beach Club at Mandalay Bay after this week’s exit by Hakkasan Group, has signed Colin Comer and John Pettei’s new company Play Management to oversee the businesses as managing partners.
‘Crazy Girls’ dance captain Sara: Adult burlesque is still on top 28 years later
Friday, Oct. 9, 2015
Members of the current “Crazy Girls” dance team are actually younger than the topless tribute itself. They are busy preparing to celebrate the red-carpet milestone Oct. 21 at their new home in Planet Hollywood.
Q+A, Part 2: ‘Idaho’ at Smith Center’s progress, obstacles and casting
Friday, Oct. 9, 2015
“We are keenly aware that New York and Broadway have certain attitudes about things that come in from different places, and I know that New York probably has certain attitudes about Las Vegas. Since I’ve been here, one of my big missions has been to ...” put Las Vegas on the map.
Strip Scribbles: Kerry Simon marquee tribute; FBI; Criss Angel, Spencer Horsman
Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015
It might be the ultimate Las Vegas tribute to late star chef Kerry Simon, who lost his life last month to Multiple System Atrophy that he battled for nearly two years. It also is one he probably never expected.
Review + photos: Intimate, magical ‘Girls Night Out’ with The Judds
Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015
When The Judds were revealed onstage as the curtain rose and they were under the spotlights, the audience reaction was wild. “This is a night of many firsts,” said Wynonna affectionately. “Mama has been waiting all day for this — actually five stinking years!”
Q+A, Part 1: ‘Idaho’ at Smith Center is ‘not your grandmother’s prairie musical’
Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015
It has to be one of the most unusual, unique and novel productions to grace the stage in the three-year history of our Smith Center for the Performing Arts. You will have to wait until next July for the barebones show that has no scenery, special effects or fancy costumes.
Strip Scribbles: Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears dancer, Elton John, Billie Jean King
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015
Superstar and 2016 resident headliner Jennifer Lopez will give a sneak peek of her new Strip show when she hosts the 2015 American Music Awards on ABC on Nov. 22 from Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. J.Lo’s show “All I Have” kicks off Jan. 20 at Axis.
2015 PBR World Finals: Bull rider meet-and-greets; free Tyson Fan Zone at South Point
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015
This year, the Top 40 bull riders will be divided into groups of 10, and, starting Wednesday, Oct. 21, through Saturday, Oct. 24, the cowboys will spend 90 minutes each morning in Tyson Fan Zone signing autographs and taking photos.
GOP hopefuls Donald Trump and Marco Rubio to take over the Strip
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015
GOP presidential hopefuls Donald Trump and Marco Rubio bring their showbiz connections to the Strip seeking to get voter support, as Nevada becomes the third state in the Union to hold its early Republican caucus voting Feb. 23.
Q+A: Harvey Levin of ‘TMZ’ talks his new slot machine, (lack of) height, Trump
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015
“You know better than anybody that Las Vegas is an enclosed place. It’s not like people are walking the streets and doing this and that. A lot of what we do in Hollywood is we’re outside restaurants and bars. It’s different here.”
Strip Scribbles: Shania Twain, Lydia Ansel, Santana, Christina Aguilera, EDC gift
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015
Former Caesars Palace headliner Shania Twain has had to cancel two of her tour concert dates because of a throat illness. Doctors advised her to rest for several days after she was diagnosed with a respiratory infection.
Photos: The Judds arrive at Venetian for ‘Girls Night Out’ run
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015
It was an arrival befitting country royalty as the mother-and-daughter duo of Naomi Judd and Wynonna Judd rolled up to the Venetian in a classic cherry red 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air this morning. The Judds kick off their mini-run “Girls Night Out” on Wednesday evening.
Q+A: Lyft’s launch in Las Vegas is company’s biggest week yet
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015
With the arrival of Lyft and Uber in Las Vegas, the transportation revolution is underway whether or not taxi drivers and fleet owners like it. Lyft Chief Marketing Officer Kira Wampler talked with me a few days after Lyft service began in Las Vegas.
Bobby Flay’s pad for $8 million; Estefans’ ‘On Your Feet’; Janet Jackson; Mariah Carey
Monday, Oct. 5, 2015
My four-day weekend in the Big Apple produced some interesting gossip gems: Caesars Palace celebrity chef Bobby Flay has put his three-bedroom, 3,200-square-foot Manhattan apartment on the market for a whopping $7.95 million as the final part of his divorce.
Strip Scribbles: ‘Celebration of life’ for Kerry Simon; Celine; The Judds; Santana
Monday, Oct. 5, 2015
The invitation-only memorial tribute and “celebration of life” party Sunday, Oct. 18, for the late “Iron Chef” winner Kerry Simon, who lost his life in a horrendous battle against Multiple System Atrophy on Sept. 11, will be exactly per his last wishes.
Celebrity preview: Florida Georgia Line, Lady A, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Jake Owen at Route 91
Friday, Oct. 2, 2015
It’s only in its second year, but the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Fest has already established itself with superstars and their fans. More than 25,000 country enthusiasts have already guaranteed its success this weekend with a sellout each of the three days.
Q+A: Pete Rose reveals plans for Strip restaurant opening in two weeks
Friday, Oct. 2, 2015
MLB legend Pete Rose has confirmed that he’s bringing an all-American restaurant and sports bar to the center of the Las Vegas Strip. He plans a mid-October opening of the 9,000-square-foot property opposite CityCenter and Aria.
Strip Scribbles: G2E Culinary Challenge winner, Buddy Valastro, Fright Dome
Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015
New DB Brasserie at the Venetian chef Vincent Pouessel won the G2E Culinary Challenge today, defeating 15 chefs over three days during four rounds of competition. At each round, the chefs were given mystery baskets each containing four ingredients.
Bocuse D’Or — world Olympics of food — launches 4-day Ultimo at Venetian
Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015
More than 400 culinary elite will be welcomed to the Venetian on Dec. 17 by celebrity chefs Thomas Keller and Daniel Boulud. The competition will determine who represents the United States at the 2017 Bocuse D’Or in Lyon, France.
NASCAR driver Spencer Gallagher of Las Vegas is ready to race at LVMS
Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015
It’s so great to be back home,” said Spencer Gallagher, a Palo Verde High grad. “You always mark it down on your calendar when you get to run at your home track, and I’m lucky because not a lot of guys have a big NASCAR-sanctioned track where they grew up.”
Photos: G2E’s Casino Entertainment Awards honor Penn & Teller, Jerry Lewis
Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015
Magic duo and Rio headliners Penn & Teller were named Casino Entertainers of the Year on Wednesday night at the Global Gaming Expo’s third-annual Casino Entertainment Awards at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel.
Q+A: Illeana Douglas discusses ‘Trailblazing Women,’ ‘I Blame Dennis Hopper’
Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015
On Thursday, actress and director Illeana Douglas hosts a fascinating new cable TV series for Turner Classic Movies titled “Trailblazing Women,” which turns the spotlight on female directors in the movie industry.
Tony Sacca looks back at his 30 years of Las Vegas entertainment
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015
Tony Sacca is a staple here on television and as host of the annual San Gennaro Feast of food, fun and entertainment. This month, he became the 23rd recipient of the Las Vegas Star of Fame for his outstanding achievements and service to the community.
Strip Scribbles: G2E, The Judds, Alesso, Lydia Ansel and Tracii Guns
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015
The new James Bond spy thriller “Spectre,” the 24th in the movie franchise, premieres mid-November, but G2E delegates got caught up in 007 excitement at their welcome reception. Former “Splash” director Jeff Kutash staged an elaborate 50th anniversary salute.
George Strait: ‘We’ll probably do more than four shows in 2016’ at Las Vegas Arena
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015
Country king and new Las Vegas Arena regular star George Strait says there will be more dates than just the four he’s announced here, but he doesn’t think of it as a residency. He also revealed that his new record, “Cold Beer Conversations,” was titled after he recorded it.
Wayne Newton visits new downtown Art Motel
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015
Art-creating drones and a humanoid robot have begun work at the new Art Motel, with the entire building including rooftop and courtyard coming to life as a showcase for dozens of local and global artists creating visual and multimedia installations.
‘Cake Boss’ and ‘Top Chef’ film on the Las Vegas Strip
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015
Executives from Bravo flew in chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten from New York to join Four Seasons and Mandalay Bay restaurateur and chef Charlie Palmer for episodes of Season 13 of “Top Chef,” which is not “Top Chef” Las Vegas.
‘It’s getting so frustrating and ridiculous to Criss Angel that people are blatantly taking his stuff’
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015
Criss Angel told Britain’s Celebrity Radio Exclusively that he intends to sue “Britain’s Got Talent” magician Darcy Oake after one of his “stolen” illusions aired. Criss told CRE: “A total rip-off stolen for the show. They might as well have come in my house and stolen my TVs.”
Photos: Lights go down, clothes come off at ‘Solo Strips’ at ‘Absinthe’ tent
Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015
The show was much more than bare breasts and pendulating pasties. It was filled with some of the best talent that the Strip has to offer, which includes male performers who bared all, as well. Host Bryan Chan and producer Ryan Lyons set the tone for the evening.
Strip Scribbles: Rachel Tyler’s ‘Showstoppers’ debut; Pete Rose sports bar in L.V.
Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015
It’s the career-making moment every young actor, singer and dancer dreams of in show business. That defining make it or break it arises tonight for British ingenue Rachel Tyler as she steps onto the stage at Encore Theater in Wynn Las Vegas for the first time.
World Sake Day is Thursday; Sushi Roku provides 411 on popular Japanese alcohol
Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015
Around the world this Thursday, Japanese restaurants, chefs and food fanatics mark World Sake Day as an annual event that traditionally sets the starting date of sake production in the Asian country. It’s a tribute to sake, the Japanese alcohol made of fermented rice.
Photos: Five years in the making, Lance Burton’s ‘Billy Topit’ premieres at Palms
Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015
“Billy Topit: Master Magician” is an adorable double tale of how a kids’ party magician uses his skills to thwart a team of bumbling bad guys cheating cards in a poker game and simultaneously win the girl of his dreams who winds up as his magic assistant.
Strip Scribbles: Pope Francis, Frank Marino, Barrett-Jackson, ‘Solo Strips,’ Biff Tannen
Monday, Sept. 28, 2015
Pope Francis crossed paths with Las Vegas VIPs during his East Coast visit that ended in Philadelphia. Much of the responsibility of feeding the Pope rested on the shoulders of Lidia Bastianich, proud Mom and partner of Joe Bastianich and star chef Mario Batali.
2015 G2E with Buddy Valastro, Daniel Boulud, GameCo, TournEvent
Monday, Sept. 28, 2015
G2E is not solely about slot machines and video and table games this year. An “Integrated Resort Experience” has been introduced, and I’ll join star chefs Buddy Valastro and Daniel Boulud as a judge for two of the next three days of a Culinary Challenge at the Venetian.
Chris Brown to extend Drai’s run? New home for ‘Baz’? Tiesto at Hakkasan on NYE
Monday, Sept. 28, 2015
We have Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors galore this Monday: Nevada Ballet Theater has set Jan. 23 at Wynn Las Vegas for its 32nd annual Black & White Ball, which will honor Flamingo headliner singer-songwriter Olivia Newton-John.
Photos: Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Stewart remain two of Rich Little’s favorite voices
Monday, Sept. 28, 2015
Legendary impressionist Rich Little, who told me that he’s still working on a Donald Trump impression, showed all the stars he impersonates in a series of charcoal sketches, which just like his many voices are right on target, at Laugh Factory in Tropicana.
‘Sinatra 100’ celebrates Ol’ Blue Eyes: ‘He has never left us — and never will’
Monday, Sept. 28, 2015
Ol’ Blue Eyes Frank Sinatra gained legendary icon status, and nobody ever came along to knock him from his regal throne. Las Vegas became “his kind of town” even though he sang about Chicago and “I Love New York.”
Celebrity preview: David Guetta, Brody Jenner, ‘Book of Mormon,’ Daniel Tosh, Frank Caliendo
Friday, Sept. 25, 2015
The four-day Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction festival of four-wheel fantasies started Thursday, and for 96 hours, thousands of the world’s most coveted, unique and valuable autos will cross the auction block for a global TV audience of millions.
Wynonna Judd says Venetian residency is mother Naomi Judd’s ‘last twirl’
Friday, Sept. 25, 2015
The mother-and-daughter country music act of Naomi and Wynonna Judd are calling it quits, and their last performances on tour together will be at the Venetian with their “Girls Night Out” nine-show run starting Oct. 7.
Photos: Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga prepare to salute Frank Sinatra’s 100th
Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015
The spirit of Frank Sinatra was very much alive Wednesday night in the restaurant named after “The Chairman of the Board” at Steve Wynn’s Encore. Sinatra will be even more so Dec. 12, “Ol’ Blue Eyes’ ” birthday, when CBS airs a two-hour special.
Strip Scribbles: New star in ‘Showstoppers’; ‘Solo Strips’ on Monday; ‘Pin Up’
Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015
I can confirm that English musical star, actress and singer Rachel Taylor has been selected by Steve Wynn as the new leading lady of his hit production “Showstoppers” at Encore Theater in Wynn Las Vegas.
Photos: Jose Andres takes Bill Clinton and Mario Batali on tour of Haiti
Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015
Star chef Jose Andres will debut a one-hour special on PBS this Sunday. The author, TV host and philanthropist explores Haiti with fellow star chef Mario Batali and former President Bill Clinton for the National Geographic special.
Photos: Pitbull gives fans ‘Time of Our Lives’ in nonstop-energy debut at Axis
Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015
Nicknamed “Mr. Worldwide,” Pitbull is a nonstop whirling dervish. His energy knows no bounds. The baldheaded bullet balladeer jumps, leaps, flies, dances, gyrates and soars as if he’s been unplugged from a high-voltage socket or filled up on high-energy octane.
‘Picking up men in Las Vegas … the gigolo was part of the progression’
Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015
Three-time Olympic runner Suzy Favor-Hamilton has admitted that for more than a year, she led a double life in Las Vegas as one of the most in-demand, high-priced escorts. By day, she was America’s sweetheart, a ...
Emeril’s Oyster Fest at MGM, Salute, Zine Noodles, ‘Cake Boss,’ Bardot Brasserie
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015
The statistics behind celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse’s Oyster Festival at his New Orleans Fish House in MGM Grand are staggering. Each day, the TV chef’s restaurant sells an average of 30 to 35 dozen oysters fresh on the half shell.

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