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November 27, 2015

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Celebrity preview: John Mayer and Grateful Dead, ‘Elf,’ Billy Gardell, Whitney Cummings, Ratt
Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015
As we recuperate from an overindulgence of turkey and all the trimmings, we have much to be thankful for this holiday weekend: Family, friends, health and being able to live the good life in The Entertainment Capital of the World.
Q+A: Las Vegas hotel exec moonlights as bestselling sex story author
Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015
“1,001 Las Vegas Nights” by author Angelique St. Chase Jr. contains multiple detailed and unconventional erotic scenes. Angelique describes it as a “gourmet romance novel” because she’s a longtime foodie and has set some of her stories at celebrity chef restaurants.
Ultimo’s Grand Banquet — ‘the grandest meal ever served in Las Vegas’
Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015
One of our city’s top culinary events of the year, Ultimo: A Weekend of Excellence is set for Dec. 17-20 at the Venetian and Palazzo. Now in its third year, Ultimo celebrates the romance of Italy with lavish feasts and exceptional culinary experiences.
Q+A: French star chef Hubert Keller talks five years with Vegas PBS
Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015
For the first time in five years of filming, Mandalay Bay and “Top Chef” star chef Hubert Keller is taking his Vegas PBS cameras back to his French hometown of Ribeauville in Alsace for two one-hour specials recording the 600-year-old Christmas festival.
Preview: ‘Elf: The Musical’ provides holiday cheer at the Smith Center
Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015
Based on the 2003 movie starring Will Ferrell, “Elf” is the hilarious tale of a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole.
‘Sexxy’ lands one-night HOB showcase for potential touring show
Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015
For the first time, on Friday, Dec. 11, House of Blues and Live Nation, in conjunction with Jennifer Romas Enterprises, will present her hot, sizzling “Sexxy” at HOB in Mandalay Bay as a precursor to a possible touring show.
Review: Brash Blue Man Group turns up noise, gale-force winds
Monday, Nov. 23, 2015
There’s no question the new Blue Man Group show back in its Luxor home is a sensory experience. It’s not just them pounding on PVC pipes or beating big drums. It’s not just the fiery, ferocious two-band sections going full belt on upper-stage risers.
Photos: Britney Spears lights Christmas tree, hosts Jay Z + Beyonce, plans ‘Piece of Me’ changes
Monday, Nov. 23, 2015
It was a wow and wonderful weekend for pop princess Britney Spears as she wrapped the last of her “Piece of Me” resident shows at Axis at Planet Hollywood before her Christmas break. She returns Dec. 27 for New Year’s Eve Weekend performances.
Photos: Henderson, Seven Hills win Miss Nevada USA, Miss Nevada Teen USA
Monday, Nov. 23, 2015
“It’s unreal — I am in shock. I can’t believe I won,” 23-year-old Las Vegas model Emelina Adams, nickname Emmy, told me seconds after the tiara was placed on her brunette locks Sunday night as the new 2016 Miss Nevada USA at Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall at UNLV.
Luke’s Lobster at Fashion Show; $30 burger at Old Homestead; Emeril; Tal Ronnen; Victoria’s Secret
Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015
Hot off the grill! A 300-square-foot shack on the Strip is getting ready to change the traditional fast-food habits of visitors and residents. The 380-calorie lobster is about to claw its way into battle against the 459-calorie one-fourth-pound burger.
Celebrity preview: J.Lo, Britney, Celine, Miss Nevada USA, Blue Man Group, Human Nature, Rise Against
Friday, Nov. 20, 2015
Sunday night entertainment hits a highpoint with Las Vegas stars as the American Music Awards airs on ABC from L.A. hosted by new Planet Hollywood resident headliner Jennifer Lopez, who starts her run Jan. 20 at Britney Spears’ Axis at Planet Hollywood theater.
Strip Scribbles: Steve Wynn + Mirage, Linq bar crawl, Eggslut, Tom Dietz, Santa Claus
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015
This Sunday is the day 26 years ago that Steve Wynn made his mark on the Las Vegas Strip by opening the Mirage, the largest and most expensive hotel since our gaming mecca began at the time.
Celine Dion ‘scared’ over Rene’s cancer battle, says he’s being ‘a champ’
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015
Caesars Palace headliner Celine Dion joined ABC’s “Good Morning America” live from the Colosseum on its “40 for 40” anniversary marathon of 40 stars over 40 hours. Celine first appeared on U.S. television on “GMA” in 1991.
Mike Tyson to receive wax figure at Madame Tussauds in December
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015
The figure is modeled after Mike Tyson’s starring appearances in “The Hangover” films for Warner Bros. Mike’s double will go on display inside the attraction’s “The Hangover Experience” and positioned next to that tiger forever trapped inside a bathroom.
Tonight in L.V.: Latin Grammys, Heart, Maverick Helicopter + Matt Goss
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015
Sisters Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson lead Heart for three nights of shows at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay. The Latin Grammy Awards air live on Univision from MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Latin Grammy Awards are at MGM Grand Garden Arena
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015
It’s one of the biggest annual events in Latin music, and, at MGM Grand Garden Arena tonight, more than 50 artists and presenters will make the 16th Annual Latin Grammy Awards telecast and Las Vegas sizzle and shine to 80 countries.
Q+A: Blue Man Group’s renovated Luxor theater includes top technology, windstorm
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015
Blue Man Group has defied logic and triumphed around the world. Now after a 15-year run here at several Strip theaters, they have moved back to their original Luxor home with a whole new look in a newly renovated theater.
Photos: Drag rules in ‘Drop the Mic’ at Sayers Club for charity
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015
Even with tall comedy star Brad Garrett’s surprise appearance with comedienne Kathleen Dunbar and female-impersonator partner Heath Harmison performing “Time of My Life,” it didn’t save them from being eliminated at the debut “Drop the Mic” performance party.
Strip Scribbles: Elisa Furr offers ‘Sister Wives’ star Meri Brown support in catfishing scam
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015
“Legends in Concert” at Flamingo Las Vegas singer Elisa Furr has been helping support “Sister Wives” star Meri Brown, who was the victim of an online catfishing scam by a woman posing as a man in Oklahoma.
Golden Steer to feature Frank Sinatra tribute menu Dec. 1-31
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015
A Frank Sinatra menu will go into effect starting Dec. 1 at the iconic Golden Steer, the longest-running steakhouse in Las Vegas. The carefully selected three-course menu was created based on what “The Chairman of the Board” ordered.
Restaurateur Elizabeth Blau joins ‘Restaurant Startup’ on CNBC
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015
The new season with Elizabeth Blau joining food visionaries Joe Bastianich, Antonia Lofaso and Tim Love starts airing Jan. 6, with just one team getting the opportunity of a lifetime when they are offered the keys to a working restaurant in Los Angeles.
Q+A: ‘Jubilee’ welcomes modern dance, more of the dancers, less front-of-curtain acts
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015
“Jubilee” director Gene Lubas says, “I still want to stay respectful of what this type of show was, but we added a few things. We still have the beautiful showgirls, but now they are dancing to John Legend and Beyonce with a little more fierce in their step.”
Celine Dion, Rene Angelil’s loving tradition continues with bronze casting of hands
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015
It’s the most loving and romantic story I’ve heard in my 15 years of living in Las Vegas — maybe in my 52 years of living in the USA (the anniversary is Nov. 23, 1963, when I arrived in New York Harbor).
Shanna Moakler previews 2016 Miss Nevada USA Pageant
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015
“We’ve got real contenders. It’s going to be another awesome year for Nevada,” said pageant director and 1995 Miss USA Shanna Moakler. “It’s going to be super tough for the judges because Nevada has done so well attracting really great, quality girls.”
Strip Scribbles: Britney Spears at Linq tree lighting, K-Fed, Mariah Carey
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015
Maintenance workers have begun the installation of a 30-foot Christmas tree at the Linq Promenade that pop princess and Planet Hollywood headliner Britney Spears will light Saturday evening. Crews today started putting up holiday decorations on the tree.
Lip-sync throwdown ‘Drop the Mic’ at Sayers Club benefits Noah’s Animal House
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015
“Drop the Mic,” a one-night show that pits local entertainers and headliners in a pop-song lip-sync throwdown, is tonight at the Sayers Club at SLS Las Vegas presented by Emmy Award-winning producer Andy Walmsley.
Charlie Sheen living with HIV for four years: ‘It’s a hard three letters to absorb’
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015
Actor Charlie Sheen, who made headlines in Las Vegas two years ago with his sexual escapades with paid strippers and public appearances with porn stars, confirmed rumors in an interview with Matt Lauer this morning that he is HIV positive.
Celine Dion fan has traveled five times from Brazil to see Caesars show
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015
Four other top fans include Janine Noble of Las Vegas, Cristina De La Torre from Mexico, Charlene Hodge from Montreal and Jamie Bainum from Florida. They attend many shows and are happy to pay full price for their tickets — no discounts for multiple purchases.
Taylor Swift + Calvin Harris at Omnia for NYE? Fontainebleau sale, Elizabeth Blau
Monday, Nov. 16, 2015
We have Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors this manic Monday! Insider buzz has started that pop princess Taylor Swift might be here for New Year’s Eve with DJ beau Calvin Harris spinning at Omnia for the countdown into 2016.
Strip Scribbles: Criss Angel, CNN and the 1980s, Drake, Kenny Loggins, ‘Mondays Dark’
Monday, Nov. 16, 2015
For the second-consecutive year, “Mindfreak” magician Criss Angel has contributed to the charity Stuff the Bus for southern Connecticut’s United Way. His $5,000 donation kick-started the Christmas campaign to raise clothing and toys for needy kids.
Britney Spears brings The Fat Jew onstage for ‘Freakshow’ at Axis
Monday, Nov. 16, 2015
It certainly wasn’t kosher, but it was a lot of fun! During Britney Spears’ “Freakshow” segment of her residency show “Britney: Piece of Me” at Axis at Planet Hollywood over the weekend, social media phenomenon Josh “The Fat Jew” Ostrovsky was pulled from the audience.
‘Property Brothers’ Jonathan and Drew Scott: From HGTV to country stars?
Monday, Nov. 16, 2015
Reality-TV stars Jonathan and Drew Scott settled here in Las Vegas from Canada to build their dream home after their successful HGTV programs showed how they did it for so many others.
Celebrity preview: Kid Rock, Godsmack, The Fat Jew, Gary Sinise, Village People, Whoopi Goldberg
Friday, Nov. 13, 2015
We’re on the run this weekend — the Geico Rock ’n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon and Half-Marathon takes over the Strip on Sunday. I’m not expecting to see the TV gecko running 26 miles, but with the insurance company as headline sponsor, its image will be everywhere.
Q+A: The Village People are still going strong after nearly 40 years
Friday, Nov. 13, 2015
Felipe Rose, the Native American, says ahead of The Village People’s concert tonight at Golden Nugget Showroom, “I hear from the fans and people who see the show all the time that we’re still the kings of disco after all this time.”
Strip Scribbles: Geico gecko, Kid Rock at L.V. Marathon, Glittering Lights, Jeff Civillico, ‘God Lives in Glass’
Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015
Kid Rock’s concert for Toyota will be at Las Vegas Village opposite the Luxor at 3 p.m. Sunday, where the races start at 4:30 p.m. The finish line is outside Mirage volcano. Details of the course and road closures are at
Photos: Jack Jones and Travis Cloer’s new CDs and Terry Fator’s Christmas show
Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015
We’re making music this Thursday in the Entertainment Capital of the World: Silver-haired singer Jack Jones has recorded a new 13-track CD honoring the upcoming 100th birthday of Frank Sinatra. Jack flew to Las Vegas to debut “Seriously Frank” at Bootlegger Bistro.
Tonight in L.V.: Monica at Brooklyn Bowl, Collective Soul, Escape the Fate, Paul Scally, ‘Mister Wives’
Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015
British comedy star Paul Scally hosts the debut of his game show “Live in Las Vegas” at Lounge at the Palms being filmed for Las Vegas TV Network. Contestants will be selected from the audience as three comedians to compete against one another.
Q+A: New ‘Showstoppers’ star Rachel Tyler is ‘a good old-fashioned Broadway belter’
Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015
Liverpool lass Rachel Tyler arrived having been here only once before for a wedding. Now her name is up in lights as the Strip’s newest singing star. I saw her in “Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers” last weekend, and she had the audience giddy with the phenomenal strength of her voice.
Strip Scribbles: Olivia Newton-John at No. 1, Jessica Alba and Sprinkles, Journey
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015
Flamingo headliner Olivia Newton-John has made music history this week with her daughter Chloe Lattanzi. Their duet “You Have to Believe” is the first mother-daughter duo to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart.
Tonight in L.V.: Vincent Pouessel at Made L.V., Instagrammy Awards, DJ Mustard, Tom Rubin
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015
Daniel Boulud’s executive chef Vincent Pouessel of DB Brasserie at the Venetian is the guest chef at Elizabeth Blau’s Made L.V. in Tivoli Village. He promises an ooh, la la, multi-course dinner.
Westgate offers 2,500 free vacations to veterans on Veterans Day
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015
Here in Las Vegas for the fifth consecutive year, Westgate CEO David Siegel continues the company tradition of honoring former and current U.S. military personnel with free vacations.
Q+A: Mr. Chow arrives at Caesars Palace after 48 years of global restaurant success
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015
It’s set to be the tastiest Christmas gift of all. Acclaimed global restaurateur and artist Michael Chow is finally opening his Mr. Chow palace of Chinese cuisine on the Strip in time for the holidays. It will be the seventh restaurant in his nearly half-century global mission.
Strip Scribbles: Andiron’s Sunday brunch, Intrigue’s April 28 opening, WSOP
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015
There are shades of late star chef Kerry Simon at the new Sunday brunch by husband-and-wife chef and restaurateurs Kim Canteenwalla and Elizabeth Blau at their Andiron Steak & Sea in Downtown Summerlin starting Sunday.
Rene Angelil, Celine’s husband, shows improvement in cancer fight; ‘Sinatra 100’ update
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015
There’s been a slight improvement in Celine Dion’s husband Rene Angelil’s health in his battle against throat cancer. I’m reliably told that Rene has been able to get out of his hospital bed at home in Lake Las Vegas and has begun walking around again.
Piff the Magic Dragon is on fire at new Flamingo residency
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015
If Monty Python was still in TV production, new Flamingo headliner Piff the Magic Dragon would be adopted as the Minister of Silly Walk’s pet. Or his tiny Chihuahua Mr. Piffles would.
Q+A: Sean Christie pulls back layers of new Wynn Las Vegas nightclub Intrigue
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015
The newest concept in Las Vegas nightlife, Intrigue, was revealed at Tryst’s “Final Affair” industry party Thursday night, then the club with the iconic 90-foot waterfall closed Saturday night with DJ Dave Fogg, the venue’s opening and closing night party leader.
Caesars to build arena to compete with MGM? Fontainebleau to restart?
Monday, Nov. 9, 2015
Have Caesars Entertainment executives begun looking at plans to compete with rival MGM Resorts International by building another arena behind Bally’s where the world’s largest TV studio has just been installed?
America’s best caviar is from this state? Big hint: Potatoes
Monday, Nov. 9, 2015
Despite my knowledge and love of “champagne wishes and caviar dreams,” I never knew that Idaho, known for its spuds, also is the home of America’s best caviar. It took the crew at Artisanal Foods here in Las Vegas to set me right.
Strip Scribbles: Is ‘Frank: The Man, The Music’ Broadway bound?
Monday, Nov. 9, 2015
Singing impressionist Bob Anderson, who has had his Frank Sinatra show “Frank: The Man, the Music” at Palazzo this year, confirmed to me that after his Nov. 28 exit, he’s taking his show to New York.
Is Landon Swank’s escape act deja vu for Criss Angel in ‘Supernaturalists’?
Monday, Nov. 9, 2015
Cirque du Soleil’s “Believe” headliner magician Criss Angel cheated death when he escaped from an Asian torture rack suspended above a pit of starved alligators for his A&E series “Mindfreak.”

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