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March 3, 2015

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Strip Scribbles: Joey Fatone receives key; sake bomb train derails; Mrs. Nevada America
Monday, March 2, 2015
Singer and actor Joey Fatone of ’N Sync fame had a surprise official welcome celebration with his cast mates on his fifth night as Dennis Dupree in “Rock of Ages” at the Venetian on Friday night.
Photos: Britney Spears + Steven Tyler; with boyfriend, sons at Mirage, Wynn
Monday, March 2, 2015
The pop princess and Planet Hollywood headliner also launched her Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation charity partnership downtown at the campus with its chief, Tony Hsieh.
The Amazing Johnathan cracks jokes, entertains staff while battling for his life
Monday, March 2, 2015
Maniacal magician The Amazing Johnathan spent the weekend marking the 10th consecutive day in a hospital in his fight with cardiomyopathy, a degenerative weakening of his heart muscle with Type 2 diabetes.
Wayne Brady pulls off unlikely improv with marathon of mirth
Monday, March 2, 2015
Fans, including Rio headliner Penn Jillette, who was there celebrating his wife Emily’s birthday on Friday, gave Wayne such a warm welcome back to his hometown that I felt he never wanted to bring the curtain down.
Beware of ticket scams for Mayweather Jr.-Pacquiao fight May 2 at MGM
Sunday, March 1, 2015
It’s a warning not to get scammed. We don’t want our Las Vegas visitors and locals ripped off trying to purchase hard-to-get tickets for the May 2 fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Celebrity preview: Liberace, Shania Twain, Chumlee, Pentatonix, Roseanne, Jay Leno
Friday, Feb. 27, 2015
The glitz and glamour of Liberace is reborn this weekend — along with his famed mirror-decorated and rhinestone-covered pianos — with a gala to benefit Opera Las Vegas as his mansion is reopened. It’s 28 years to the month that Wladziu Valentino Liberace died.
Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Florida Georgia Line, Lady A to headline second-annual Route 91 Harvest
Friday, Feb. 27, 2015
Jake Owen, A Thousand Horses, Frankie Ballard, Mark Chesnutt, Easton Corbin, Clare Dunn, Brett Eldredge, Gloriana, Joe Nichols, Jon Pardi, Chase Rice, The Cadillac Three, Thomas Rhett, Austin Webb and Drake White also will join the all-star lineup.
Ailing Kerry Simon to close Simon in Palms Place, KGB in Harrah’s
Friday, Feb. 27, 2015
Vegas DeLuxe has learned exclusively that KGB in at Harrah’s and his popular Simon Restaurant & Lounge in Palms Place will be shuttered shortly. Carson Kitchen downtown will remain open.
Swarovski Crystal Starburst ushers Grand Bazaar Shops opening at midnight
Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015
There’s a multitude of shops, boutiques, dining options and interactive fun experiences packed into the 2-acre outdoor shopping promenade not to be found anywhere else, so call it a grand new world of shopping and entertainment.
Strip Scribbles: Will Smith’s movie magic in ‘Focus’; Boyz II Men’s anniversary
Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015
This is the weekend that Boyz II Men celebrate their second anniversary at the Mirage, and the smooth-as-silk R&B singers are far from the end of the road, as the popular, award-winning trio now have dates on sale through Dec. 27.
Photos: Priscilla Presley to open Elvis attraction, show April 23 at Westgate
Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015
“After a 40-year absence, it’s time for the authentic Elvis Presley to return to Las Vegas,” said Joel Weinshanker, managing partner of Graceland Holdings LLC. “Elvis redefined live entertainment in Las Vegas.”
Preview: New-look, new-energy ‘Zumanity’ at New York-New York
Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015
If Cirque du Soleil shocked and scandalized when it launched its “naughty side” “Zumanity” nearly 12 years ago, think how much farther it pushes the envelope when tonight’s revamp of the show is revealed.
Q+A: Simon Morley of ‘Puppetry of the Penis’ talks path to Las Vegas
Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015
It’s one of the most unique and unusual shows ever brought to Las Vegas, and because it involves male nudity, it won’t be staged in a Strip casino hotel. Vegas DeLuxe has the “below the belt” exclusive.
Strip Scribbles: TSA, FAA cause high-roller headaches for NASCAR race; Carrot Top turns 50
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015
Celebrities and high-rollers planning to fly helicopters to and from the NASCAR races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway from March 7-8 had their plans go awry because of new TSA and FAA flight regulations.
District Attorney Steve Wolfson, staff on reality-TV series ‘Vegas D.A.’
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015
Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson and his staff are under the glare of lights and cameras all week at the Regional Justice Center as crews shoot episodes of reality-TV series “Vegas D.A.”
Preview: Rascal Flatts bring ‘Vegas Riot’ to the Joint through March 14
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015
It’s only nine nights of shows, but top-selling country stars Rascal Flatts kick off their first Las Vegas run tonight with such a bang in the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel, you can bet they’ll be returning later for an even longer run. No wonder their shows are being dubbed “Vegas Riot.”
Review: Brilliant, laugh-out-loud ‘Nice Work If You Can Get It’
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015
What a joyous comedic romp with the George and Ira Gershwin musical “Nice Work If You Can Get It” at the Smith Center on Tuesday night. I’ve never seen or heard the normally staid main hall come alive with so much out-loud laughter.
Nude pics of Calvin Harris; Mayweather-Pacquiao ticket$; Elvis sites, Aerosmith run at Westgate?
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015
Calvin Harris, who is the latest body and face for Emporio Armani underwear, has hired lawyers to stop nude photographs of him being sent to porn and media outlets. They’ve been warned of facing court action if they are published.
New PBS doc features Meryl Streep, Steve Wynn’s collection of Monet
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015
TV viewers will get an intimate look at Steve Wynn’s extraordinary art collection when PBS has its national pledge campaign this spring. The ”Monet’s Palate” documentary features hotel mogul Steve with its opening narration by actress Meryl Streep.
Britney Spears to extend Planet Hollywood contract? Thirty shows for J.Lo?
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015
Let’s put to rest the rumors about pop princess Britney Spears’ residency of her show “Britney: Piece of Me” at Planet Hollywood. New dates for her fall shows at Axis at Planet Hollywood will be announced shortly, with tickets going on sale early spring.
Strip Scribbles: Downtown tourist scams warning; Andre Rochat’s 35th anniversary; Oscar chefs
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015
Operators of The Haunted Vegas Tours, The Vegas Mob Tours, The Haunted Mob Tour and The Goodsprings Ghost Hunt are warning tourists that unscrupulous people have been ripping off their names to sell low-cost downtown copycat tours.
Preview: Diana Ross’s residency at the Venetian begins April 1
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015
Diana Ross, who gave us a preview of two of her stage production costumes, says she will include her Motown classics with The Supremes, including “Can’t Hurry Love” and “Stop! In the Name of Love.”
Preview: ‘Nice Work If You Can Get It’ at the Smith Center
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015
It’s the madcap and riotous song-and-dance spectacular with a cast of outrageous characters. It begins with a birthday celebration for a wealthy playboy who meets and falls in love with a bubbly and feisty bootlegger who melts his heart.
Suzanne Somers joins 10th anniversary ‘DWTS’ cast, sets May 23 opening at Westgate
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015
New Las Vegas residency headliner Suzanne Somers will juggle rehearsals for her debut Westgate Las Vegas show opening May 23 with practice for the 10th anniversary year of “Dancing With the Stars,” which premieres March 16.
Photos: Price tag for Nicolas Cage’s former Las Vegas home: $7 million
Monday, Feb. 23, 2015
Oscar-winning actor Nicolas Cage (“Leaving Las Vegas”) is selling his magnificent 14,306-square-foot Spanish Hills guard-gated community estate with seven bedrooms, 11 bathrooms and a 12-car garage.
Strip Scribbles: Olivia Newton-John’s 50th anniversary; Hakkasan’s $100M bet at Caesars?
Monday, Feb. 23, 2015
On this first day of the workweek, we have a few Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors. Has the price tag for The Hakkasan Group’s transformation of Pure at Caesars Palace into the new Omnia Nightclub hit the $100 million mark?
Q+A: Myron Martin — Broadway season at Smith Center ‘a win, win, win’ for everybody
Monday, Feb. 23, 2015
I talked at length with the Smith Center for the Performing Arts President Myron Martin as he was about to announce the new 2015-16 Broadway Season 3 today in downtown Las Vegas.
Smith Center’s new Broadway Season 3 includes ‘Cabaret,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ ‘Book of Mormon’
Monday, Feb. 23, 2015
It will be another blockbuster year for the Smith Center for the Performing Arts with its third Broadway season of timeless classics, contemporary musicals and the launch of an all-new, Las Vegas-conceived production.
Long-running topless show ‘Crazy Girls’ at the Riviera ‘here to stay’
Monday, Feb. 23, 2015
“The ‘Crazy Girls’ aren’t leaving Las Vegas,” declared producer Norbert Aleman. “We will go from one place to the next immediately. If our show closes at the Riviera on a Monday, we will be open by Wednesday in our new home,” he told me.
Photos: Las Vegas dims the lights in honor of Jerry Tarkanian
Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015
It was a rare moment in Las Vegas history as hotels up and down the Strip, as well as off the Strip, dimmed their lights to pay tribute to the late and legendary UNLV Rebels men’s basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian.
Celebrity preview: John Legend, OneRepublic, Billy Idol, Joey Fatone, Donny Osmond, Bob Seger
Friday, Feb. 20, 2015
All eyes will turn this weekend to the glamour and glitz of a man called Oscar: It’s Academy Awards weekend in Tinseltown. But Las Vegas has its own salute to the coveted gold statuette with three events.
Chinese New Year in L.V.: Dragon dances, parades, floral displays, feasts
Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015
Our valley-wide hotels all have dynamic dragon dances and traditional parades planned to mark the turning of the Chinese calendar for the Year of the Yang honoring goats, sheep and rams.
Strip Scribbles: More ‘Sharknado’ with Ian Ziering; Pamela Anderson divorce
Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015
Filming of the third installment of the outrageous Syfy movie series “Sharknado” began this week at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla., with two-time Chippendales at the Rio guest host Ian Ziering and actress Tara Reid.
Reality-TV roundup: ‘Match Made in Heaven,’ Sammy Hagar, Brian Unger, chef wives
Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015
Former Las Vegas ballet coach and nightclub host Christina Carmel was ousted from WE’s reality-TV dating “Match Made in Heaven” on Wednesday night, but she’s still celebrating the success of her Justin Bieber “Boyfriend” spoof “Housewife” on YouTube.
Sheri’s Ranch denounces ‘sugar dating’ Web sites like Arrangement Finders
Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015
The Las Vegas area legal brothel and sex resort Sheri’s Ranch in nearby Pahrump has gone to war denouncing the new rage of “sugar dating” Web sites launched at the 2015 AVN / Adult Entertainment Expo at the Hard Rock Hotel in January.
Big blackjack win prompted Shane Smith’s $300K dinner tab at Bellagio
Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015
Japanese Wagyu beef sells at Prime for $50 an ounce; order 10 ounces, and it’s a $500 filet. Wine can easily surpass $2,000 a bottle. So if it was a large group, from 12 to 25, as reported, you can understand how the bill and tip hit $300K.
Remodeled LAX at Luxor reopens with new artists, music programming
Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015
Not only is there a new and sleek modern design to LAX Nightclub at the Luxor, but also there will be new music programs and ...
Photos: ‘State of Affairs’ hunk Chris McKenna hosts Date-A-Thon
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015
Hundreds of female and male singletons gathered at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center on Valentine’s Day for The D Las Vegas Date-A Thon hosted by hunky actor Chris McKenna.
Shania Twain says two-year Caesars Palace residency was therapeutic
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015
Country superstar Shania Twain reveals that her recent two-year residency at Caesars Palace was personal and professional therapy. She said that it was a test of her limits getting out of her comfort zone.
Strip Scribbles: Pussycat Dolls, ‘Fantasy’ and Garth Brooks + Trisha Yearwood
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015
Ex-Pussycat Dolls singer-dancer Kaya Jones, who grew up in Las Vegas, is developing a reality-TV show with my pal Peter Brennan of “Current Affair” fame who produces “Judge Judy” among other shows.
Kudos to ‘Raiding the Rock Vault,’ Rick Moonen, Stacey Linde, Tiffany Masters
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015
Congratulations to the cast of “Raiding the Rock Vault” for raising $3,500 for the Cultural Arts Training Foundation during a Rock and Rise charity performance to support the foundation’s programs for the One Billion Rising global campaign to empower women.
Preview: Smith Center to toast Nancy Houssels’ 80th birthday with gala
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015
“I’m lucky to have gotten here this far,” Nancy Houssels laughed this morning when I talked with her. “I can’t lie about my age anymore, as it’s so public, but I will tell you that I feel the same as I did when I was … 79!”
Roller coaster El Loco celebrates first anniversary at Circus Circus
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015
We know the secret to getting a free ride on the gravity-defying El Loco roller coaster as it celebrates its first anniversary today at Adventuredome in Circus Circus.
Seven Las Vegas culinary personalities named James Beard semifinalists
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015
Congratulations go to our Elizabeth Blau of Honey Salt, Made L.V. and Simon Bar & Grill nominated in the Outstanding Restaurateur category, even though Las Vegas didn’t get one tip of the toque for Outstanding Restaurant.
Strip Scribbles: Nicky Hilton at Magic; ‘Sexxy’ injuries; Mob daughter; LFL drama
Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015
The twice-annual Magic fashion show every February and August is underway with hundreds of designers and manufacturers showcasing wares. One of the first style influencers to arrive is designer and author Nicky Hilton with a new, posh handbag collection.
Show roundup: ‘Frank,’ Engelbert, Marilyn McCoo + Billy Davis Jr., ‘Ka,’ ‘50 Shades!’
Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015
The last few days have been a nonstop whirl of catching up with shows, and I even watched the movie everybody’s talking about: “Fifth Shades of Grey.” Coincidentally, I started with the opening night of the musical sendup “50 Shades! The Parody” at Bally’s last week.
Christina Carmel spoofs Bieber’s ‘Boyfriend’ with ‘Housewife’; stars on ‘Match Made in Heaven’
Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015
Former Las Vegas nightclub host Christina Carmel has become an overnight Internet and reality-TV sensation thanks to appearing on the new TV series “Match Made in Heaven” and her debut YouTube video spoof of Justin Bieber’s hit “Boyfriend.”
Photos: Britney Spears’ Intimates Collection, cake war with boyfriend, slot machine
Monday, Feb. 16, 2015
What a Valentine’s Day weekend for pop princess Britney Spears. First she launched racy lingerie and stunningly sexy swimsuits, adding to her recent Intimates Collection of spring and summer 2015 outfits.
Modeling agency for porn stars; ‘Puppetry of the Penis’; and ‘Sex Tips for Straight Women’
Monday, Feb. 16, 2015
Dancing beauty Laura Diane, a former Las Vegas Pussycat Dolls at Pure in Caesars Palace, and partner Jay Rebholz have opened Pink Lotus Adult Modeling, a Las Vegas modeling agency for adult entertainers.
Roadblock for The Rolling Stones to perform in Las Vegas
Monday, Feb. 16, 2015
The date of June 13 was penciled in at the 16,800-seat MGM Grand Garden Arena, but it turns out that bookings as far away as Europe and Australia have been juggernaut sellouts — in stadiums.

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