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November 22, 2014

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Celebrity preview: Usher, Jane’s Addiction, Steve Angello, Scott Disick, Miss Nevada
Friday, Nov. 21, 2014
Is anybody skating on thin ice this pre-Thanksgiving Weekend? Perhaps so! Macau is far away, but beloved boxer Manny Pacquiao is expected to have a tough fight against Chris Algieri, who has been training the past month here at the Venetian.
Miss Nevada (and Miss USA) Nia Sanchez crowns successor Sunday at UNLV
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
Nia Sanchez never thought that she would win the Miss Nevada USA Pageant a year ago, but then she went on to become the first Nevada delegate in history to win the ultimate crown of Miss USA.
Strip Scribbles: Pia Zadora, Rick Moonen, Burt Reynolds, Vegas Rocks! Awards
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
It’s not quite a performance from a hospital bed, but pretty darn close. Feisty singer Pia Zadora has a miracle return to her cabaret shows at Piero’s this weekend a few months after serious injuries sustained when her golf cart overturned.
Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest opens Friday; official tree lighting Nov. 28
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman will flip the switch to reveal a brilliantly lit forest announcing the official start to the holiday season in Las Vegas. Mirage headliners Boyz II Men, Venetian headliners Human Nature, yours truly and many more will join Madame Mayor.
Jeff Civillico’s fundraising Headliners Bash takes over Penn & Teller Theater
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
Our Strip showbiz stars have big and generous hearts, and Linq Hotel headliner comedy juggler Jeff Civillico on Friday brings them all together at Penn & Teller Theater in the Rio for his annual Headliners Bash.
Obama’s immigration speech to cut into 2014 Latin Grammys on Univision
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
President Barack Obama’s immigration speech will officially cut into as many as 40 minutes of today’s live Univision telecast of the 2014 Latin Grammy Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Great Santa Run: Hostess Holly Madison, mayor’s $10K challenge, grand marshals Chippendales
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
Along with marking 10 years of the Great Santa Run, Opportunity Village is commemorating its 60th anniversary. The beloved nonprofit provides unparalleled opportunities, enrichment and support to nearly 3,000 valley residents with disabilities and their families.
Q+A: Wolfgang Puck’s 22 years on the Strip and first suburban bistro
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
This week, Wolfgang Puck came to town to officially open his Bar & Grill and sign copies of his cookbook “Wolfgang Puck Makes It Healthy: Light, Delicious Recipes and Easy Exercises for a Better Life” for fans.
Preview: Billy Hufsey’s exuberant ‘Celebrity Idols’ at Planet Hollywood
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014
Billy Hufsey’s “Celebrity Idols” is a wild, exuberant, frenzied and furious party with more than 30 musical numbers and 50 flashy, super-sexy costume changes celebrating movies and music and their stars who became celebrity idols.
Strip Scribbles: Reba McEntire at Caesars? Derek Jeter, Jessica Alba, Mac King
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014
Former Las Vegas builder and developer Ron Pratte built up one of the world’s greatest collections of automobilia and collector cars over the past two decades. Now he’s selling more than 1,500 pieces and 140 cars.
Cleen Rock One of Las Vegas wins twice on ‘Ink Master’
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014
Our Las Vegas tattoo artist and salon owner Cleen Rock One scored a double victory on Tuesday night’s “Ink Master” on Spike TV and moved one step closer to winning the $100,000 grand prize.
Electric Daisy Carnival returns to Las Vegas from June 19 to 21, 2015
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014
Tickets ranging from $329 for a three-day pass to $699 for a VIP pass go on sale Monday, Dec. 1. Once again, there will be no single-day tickets for the fifth-annual festival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Exquisite, breathtaking and splendid ‘Faberge Revealed’ at Bellagio
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014
This is the ultimate in bling. The gold-and-diamond-encrusted Faberge eggs first crafted for the czars of Russia and dating back to the 19th century are priceless works of art. They are exquisite, breathtakingly beautiful and super splendid.
Q+A: Bombshell Angelica Bridges talks ‘Hollywood Bombshells’ at Planet Hollywood
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014
Angelica Bridges will work with comedienne Kathleen Dunbar as her mother in the show, plus eight hot dancers. Rehearsals start in a week, and Angelica is training for her own aerial choreography.
Strip Scribbles: ‘Mall Cop 2,’ Frank Marino, ‘Ink Master’ and Celine Dion
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014
“Divas Las Vegas” at the Linq Hotel headliner Frank Marino is keeping a secret project with Oprah Winfrey under wraps after their weekend in California where the Strip headliner was part of her show “Life You Want to Live.”
Michael Boychuck’s online Hair Academy goes global
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014
Hair guru Michael Boychuck has become a worldwide phenomenon since he began last year signing up students from as far away as Australia, Japan and Europe for his new online Hair Academy at
Wolfgang Puck opens his Bar and Grill at Downtown Summerlin
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014
Award-winning celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck officially opens his new Bar and Grill at Downtown Summerlin today with a book signing for “Wolfgang Puck Makes It Healthy: Light Delicious Recipes and Easy Exercises for a Better Life.”
Celine Dion’s return delayed? Plus, new stars to be announced for the New Year
Monday, Nov. 17, 2014
Plans are in progress for Celine Dion’s return to her residency at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace, but because that’s now not likely to resume until May instead of the earlier expected March date, two stars are being added to the lineup.
Bigger and better ‘Le Reve’ to include new $3 million element at Wynn
Monday, Nov. 17, 2014
It’s a show I recommend to all of my friends visiting Las Vegas since it’s a production that simply could not be duplicated or presented anywhere else. The acrobatics will keep you breathless.
Strip Scribbles: New ‘Late Night Chef Fight’; ‘Where Are They Now?’ with Robin Leach
Monday, Nov. 17, 2014
For the past three years, chefs from the back of the house have fought one another alongside managers from the front of the house. The battles took place in a regular brawl at Tommy Rocker’s late night on Saturdays.
Rocker Bret Michaels battles health issues while on U.S. tour
Monday, Nov. 17, 2014
A diabetic since childhood, rocker Bret Michaels of Poison fame suffered a near-fatal brain hemorrhage at the 2009 Tony Awards when a set piece struck his head.
Daniel Boulud and Human Nature celebrate milestones at Venetian
Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014
The Australian quartet Human Nature celebrated their milestone 25th anniversary with dinner down the hallway from their showroom at DB Brasserie by acclaimed French chef Daniel Boulud.
An evening with Prima, March-Torme, Martin, Luft, Lewis at M Resort
Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014
It was a first time ever on the stage: Louis Prima’s daughter Lena Prima, Mel Torme’s son Steve March-Torme, Dean Martin’s son Ricci Martin and Judy Garland’s daughter Lorna Luft paid tribute to their legendary Las Vegas parents at the M Resort.
Celebrity preview: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Whoopi, Aaron Lewis, Judas Priest, Toad, Wale
Friday, Nov. 14, 2014
This weekend is no laughing matter because the Strip will be shut down and downtown is blocked off. However, we have plenty of comedic rivalry, literally next door to each other, to ensure that amid the grumbling, laughter doesn’t vanish altogether.
Strip Scribbles: Miss Nevada USA Pageant, Great Santa Run and Criss Angel
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014
Eighteen gorgeous Nevada girls will be competing in next weekend’s Miss Nevada USA Pageant in Judy Bayley Theater at UNLV, and we’ve got the first photos of the contestants.
Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors: Maloofs + NHL? Buddy V, Mario Lopez, ‘Celebrity Idols’
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014
Several years ago, George Maloof persuaded NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman to move his annual NHL Awards to Las Vegas. No timetable for a Las Vegas team has been set, and the NHL denies any “done deal.”
Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon preview: Two nights on the Strip; 35,000 runners; same-sex weddings
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014
Grammy Award winners Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will perform during the 3 p.m. pre-race concert Sunday with the marathon and half-marathon and Zappos Half of the Half starting at 4:30 p.m. traveling along both sides of the Strip in the dark.
Veteran Broadway team behind ‘Duck Dynasty’ musical; 14 original songs?
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014
The 90-minute production with actors playing members of the Robertson reality-TV show family will be a celebration of their rags-to-riches saga and is based on the family book written by Willie and Korie Robertson published in 2012.
World Food Championships, Gordon Ramsay, Searsucker, Boulud and Andrea’s
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
Food, glorious food! For the next six days and nights, the fight among amateur chefs is on. Grills are burning, pots and pans are rattling, knives are sharpened, and everything from bacon to burgers to chili is on the menu.
Hats — and bras — off at 15th anniversary of ‘Fantasy’ at Luxor
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
When you have glamorous girls, topless dancers, pounding and pulsing music, a four-tiered birthday cake and a star-studded red carpet, you have the winning mix for a crackerjack celebration.
Strip Scribbles: L.V.’s Cleen Rock One still in hunt on ‘Ink Master’
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
Even though the “Ink Master” judges voted front-runner tattoo artist Josh Hibbard the winner of Tuesday night’s episode, the Portland, Ore., reality-TV star was booted from the top-rated show for smoking marijuana.
It’s glitz, glamour and guns at NFR’s Miss Rodeo America pageant
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
Off come the chaps and jeans in favor of fancy gowns, although the 10-gallon hats and the guns seem to be a permanent fixture. This year, 27 gorgeous ladies vie for the crown of reigning Miss Rodeo America Paige Nicholson.
Martin Jacobson wins $10 million at 2014 WSOP: ‘It just felt like it was meant to be’
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
It was a night of 10s: The winner, Martin Jacobson, won the $10 million top prize as the Rio celebrated its 10th anniversary of hosting the poker pros. Martin, 27, is from Sweden and now lives in London.
Criss Angel escapes injury free from Houdini straightjacket stunt
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014
“It was hugely successful,” Felix Rappaport, COO at Foxwoods in Connecticut and former Luxor president, told me. “We had an enthusiastic crowd of over 10,000 people watching. Criss was fabulous from start to finish. It was an elaborate and mind-blowing stunt.”
Strip Scribbles: Miss Nevada USA preps, Giada expands, ‘Ink Master’
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014
Shanna Moakler, 1995 Miss USA and state director of the Miss Nevada USA Organization, joined with 2011 Miss USA Alyssa Campanella of California and 2014 Miss Nevada Teen USA Alexa Taylor to welcome the glamorous girls to Life Time Athletic in Summerlin.
Preview: ‘Fantasy’s’ fabulous 15th anniversary celebrates with dancers, memories
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014
For 15 consecutive years, the glamour girls of “Fantasy” at the Luxor have been shedding their costumes to go topless, and tonight they celebrate the milestone anniversary at the same time as creator Anita Mann celebrates her 15th wedding anniversary.
2014 WSOP final three — all Europeans — battle for nearly $19 million
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014
The winner walks away with a whopping $10 million, and it could be the player who entered, because he won a World Cup bet, for $1,000. Play Monday began at 4:30 p.m. and concluded at 4:25 a.m. today after 244 hands.
Billy Hufsey talks new show ‘Celebrity Idols’ at Planet Hollywood
Monday, Nov. 10, 2014
Even before Billy Hufsey, who runs his own Las Vegas theatrical academy for children wanting to be in show business, became a household name in “Fame,” he made headlines as an undefeated Golden Gloves boxer and has a black belt in karate.
Britney Spears + Charlie Ebersol on Instagram and Facebook; Kristin Cavallari
Monday, Nov. 10, 2014
An August business meeting has blossomed into November “hearts and happiness” for pop princess and Planet Hollywood headliner Britney Spears and new beaufriend TV producer Charlie Ebersol.
Imagine Dragons performs pop-up show at Bellagio Fountains
Monday, Nov. 10, 2014
Las Vegas rockers Imagine Dragons, with frontman Dan Reynolds, performed their hits “Radioactive” and “It’s Time” and their new single “Bet My Life.” The surprise mini-concert will be edited into new commercials.
Strip Scribbles: Opportunity Village honors Penn Jillette; Soul Train Awards
Monday, Nov. 10, 2014
Renowned Rio headliner magician Penn Jillette, who had partner Teller and magic consultants Johnny and Pam Thompson at his table, even joined The Lon Bronson All-Star Band onstage to perform one of their rock numbers.
Criss Angel: ‘Life is death without change’; talks second Houdini escape
Monday, Nov. 10, 2014
“Mindfreak Live” is based on his A&E hit series “Mindfreak” that ran from 2005-2010 with 96 episodes in more than 100 countries. His second touring show “The Supernaturalists” will premiere at Foxwoods next June for a three-week run before its national and world tour.
Preview: WSOP’s November Nine in hunt for $10 million payday
Monday, Nov. 10, 2014
Nine men sit down to play poker this evening at the Rio, and by Tuesday night, one will walk away with a $10 million payday and the bragging rights of the World Series of Poker Bracelet. It’s the richest and most prestigious poker tournament in the world.
Celebrity preview: Kris Jenner, Bret Michaels, Roseanne Barr, Soul Train Awards, Burlesque Weekend
Friday, Nov. 7, 2014
Eyebrows will raise over the blossoming romance between Kardashian matriarch and momager Kris Jenner celebrating her 59th birthday at 1 OAK in the Mirage and new beau music manager Corey Gamble, who at 33 is 25 years younger than her.
Las Vegas stars of ‘Thrift Hunters’ turn trash into treasure
Friday, Nov. 7, 2014
“We’re not anything earth shattering, but we’re taking something simple, something anybody can do with just a few dollars, and making it attainable,“ Bryan Goodman says of Jason T. Smith and himself.
Fans turn out in force for ‘Britney Spears Day’ celebrations
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014
Thirty gorgeous dancers and thousands of fans of pop princess Britney Spears turned out in full force at the jam-packed Linq Promenade on Wednesday when she was given a key to the Strip and Clark County commissioners proclaimed it “Britney Spears Day.”
KISS takes to the air, salutes military in Joint debut
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014
Against an ever-building, ear-blasting crescendo of fireworks, flames, smoke and other pyro explosions, Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer proved why they’re still on top as the best.
Strip Scribbles: Steve Wynn, Burlesque Festival, Soul Train Awards, Roseanne, Penn
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014
Tickets go on sale today for the Dec. 16 premiere of “Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers” with 34 singers and dancers performing Broadway’s biggest hit songs with a 30-piece orchestra.
Kris Jenner to celebrate 59th birthday, new romance at 1 OAK
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014
Corey Gamble, a tour manager for Justin Bieber, and Kris Jenner have been dating casually since August, but the romance really heated up on their recent Las Vegas visit and a week ago when they were together in Mexico.
Global leaders gathered at Lou Ruvo Center agree to set up MSA roadmap
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
Restaurateur Elizabeth Blau, a business partner of Kerry Simon’s, said: “It was historic, productive, well organized and seamless. Everybody was on the same page with the same goal and agreed to move forward.”

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