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February 11, 2016

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Robin Leach

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Tonight in L.V.: ‘Jubilee’ closes, Lamb of God, Anthrax, Romantic Rebel, Sonny Charles
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016
American metal icons Lamb of God, Anthrax, Power Trip and Deaf Heaven blow the roof off Brooklyn Bowl at the Linq Promenade. Romantic Rebel, First Decree and Killswitch perform at Hard Rock Live! on the Strip.
End of an era: 34-year showgirl history of ‘Jubilee’ concludes tonight — what’s next?
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016
Tonight the nearly 35-year history of “Jubilee” at Bally’s comes to an end as the curtain rises for the last time at 9:30. An amazing feat: It will mark 18,720 shows for more than 18 million guests. Incredible! There will be tears among the dancers for sure.
10 questions with Dave Loeb of ‘Showstoppers’ and UNLV
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016
Six nights a week, Dave Loeb, UNLV professor of music and director of jazz studies, takes to the stage of Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas for the spectacular “Showstoppers” with its talented cast of 66 singers and dancers and full orchestra.
Valentine’s Day big business: Weddings, honeymoons, $100 ceremony
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016
The National Retail Federation’s 2016 consumer spending survey estimates that Americans will spend a record-high $19.7 billion this year on Valentine’s Day gifts and experiences. Forbes reports $4.5 billion will be spent just on the “ evening out.”
Chazz Palminteri at Italian American Club; new Guy Savoy chef; Libre at Red Rock
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016
Actor Chazz Palminteri hosts dinner at Italian American Club on March 9 to talk about his career and Bivi Sicilian vodka, for which he credits Frank Sinatra. Restaurateur Guy Savoy has appointed Julien Asseo as his executive chef at Restaurant Guy Savoy.
Strip Scribbles: Historic designation for Liberace Mansion? Westgate sportsbook, Shelby giveaway
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016
Clark County commissioners will meet next Wednesday to read and hear petitions for the Liberace Mansion to receive a historic designation. British businessman Martyn J. Ravenhill purchased the home and has spent a small fortune restoring it.
Photos: Donny and Marie Osmond unveil wax figures at Flamingo en route to Madame Tussauds
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016
Headliner siblings Donny and Marie Osmond gasped when their wax-figure doubles were unveiled Tuesday night at their Flamingo showroom. They came face-to-face for the first time with their Madame Tussauds creations.
Tonight in L.V.: ‘For the Love of Cocktails,’ Dam Short Film Festival, Alder & Birch, DJ Eric D-Lux
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016
The three-day “For the Love of Cocktails” party gets underway with Tony Abou-Ganim and Francesco Lafranconi at Salvatore Calabrese’s bar Bound in the Cromwell. DJ Eric D-Lux spins at Light in Mandalay Bay. Alder & Birch Steakhouse opens at the Orleans.
Jose Andres hosts Dine-N-Dash with Curtis Stone, talks marriage of Chinese, Mexican cuisine
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016
It was a double whammy when celebrity chef Jose Andres stormed into town for his first-ever Dine-N-Dash dinner crawl. Only this rambunctious and enthusiastic culinary king could turn a dine-around into an extraordinary eating extravaganza at SLS Las Vegas.
UFC donates $1M to KMA; Diane Keaton’s wine; ‘Love’ reimagining; L.T.’s 57th at Sapphire
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016
In advance of the Tony Bennett 90th birthday salute planned as a benefit for Keep Memory Alive on May 21, I’m hearing that UFC led by Dana White has made a $1 million donation to kick-start fundraising for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.
Strip Scribbles: Two new L.V. shows lose investors; ‘The Bachelor’; Chinese New Year
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016
“Angels” who finance Broadway shows and Strip productions can be unreliable. Executive producers who fund Hollywood movies also earn notoriety for their inability to come up with money on deadline.
‘Never Sleep Alone’ enthusiastic sexual evangelism in ‘Absinthe’ tent revival
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016
You know mischief and monkey business are afoot when you’re handed an envelope with a mask, condom and three very personal sex questions along with your first glass of champagne. Love Dr. Alex Schiller wastes no time in getting to the point.
Tonight in L.V.: J.Lo, Westgate Superbook, Donny & Marie in wax, ‘Twisted Vegas’
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016
Time-share titan David Siegel has flown in from his Florida home for today’s unveiling of his newly renovated Race & Sports Superbook at Westgate Las Vegas. He’ll handle this afternoon’s ribbon cutting and champagne toast.
Strip Scribbles: $1K Nobu dinner; Giada; Chinese New Year; $2.3M Broncos win; ‘Jason Bourne’
Monday, Feb. 8, 2016
We have the scoop on highlights of this year’s 10th anniversary Vegas Uncork’d festivities here April 28-May 1. For the first time, Uncork’d will go off-Strip, so expect chefs, foodies and restaurateurs checking out our downtown dining scene.
Angelina Jolie to produce film about Celine Dion? NASCAR, Wynn, Tropicana, ‘Top Chef’
Monday, Feb. 8, 2016
Would Angelina Jolie’s husband, fellow Oscar winner Brad Pitt, star as impresario showman Rene Angelil, who guided Celine and his rags-to-riches journey to global stardom? Rene died last month here at age 73.
Moon-themed hotel, once eyed for L.V., lands in Coachella Valley
Monday, Feb. 8, 2016
The $4 billion, 4,000 all-suite, five-star lunar-themed Moon World Resorts that once looked for space in Las Vegas has landed in Coachella Valley in California. My sources advise that the official announcement will be made Tuesday for the venture.
Tonight in L.V.: Wolfgang Puck’s Monday Night Flights, Cook E Jarr, Justin Credible, Kelly Clinton
Monday, Feb. 8, 2016
SKAM artist DJ Justin Credible spins at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. DJ Technicolor is at nearby Bond. Lounge lizard Cook E Jarr entertains at Napoleon’s in Paris Las Vegas. Kelly Clinton Holmes hosts her weekly Open Mic Cabaret at Bootlegger Bistro.
Dr. Alex Schiller: People are still hoping for Cinderella dream in Tinder world
Monday, Feb. 8, 2016
It’s appropriate for the week leading to Valentine’s Day that love Dr. Alex Schiller premieres her controversial, immersive-theatrical production “Never Sleep Alone” under the “Absinthe” tent at Caesars Palace.
Celebrity preview: AC/DC, Awolnation, Lil Wayne, Tyga, Ne-Yo, Curtis Stone, Jose Andres
Friday, Feb. 5, 2016
It’s a culinary weekend, as award-winning chef Jose Andres is joined by Australian hunk star chef Curtis Stone for Dine-N-Dash at SLS Las Vegas. The dynamic duo guide seven SLS restaurants, just like a pub crawl, then it’s two theatrical presentations.
Rene Angelil’s ‘Celebration of Life’: ‘He went through life wanting everybody to smile’
Friday, Feb. 5, 2016
Caesars Palace superstar Celine Dion said of her late husband and manager, “Rene always surrounded me with the best people. Rene never, ever hated anyone or had a bad opinion of someone. He loved life so very much, and life loved him.”
Strip Scribbles: Rob Kardashian + Blac Chyna, Ian Ziering, Dennis Rodman
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016
Let’s hope that new romantic duo Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna won’t be dancing the light fantastic this Super Bowl 50 Weekend here. She’s the ex-fiancee and mother of rapper Tyga’s 3-year-old son, King Cairo, and he’s appearing at Drai’s on Friday.
Photos: ‘Twisted Vegas’ cast arrives at Westgate Las Vegas
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016
It wasn’t the most luxurious of arrivals, but it certainly was unique — maybe even a little “Twisted”! It was a U-Haul truck that brought the cast of the new show “Twisted Vegas” to Westgate Las Vegas valet Wednesday morning.
Mark Shunock’s post-‘Rock of Ages’ plans: New L.V. nightlife role, ‘Mondays Dark’ expansion
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016
In addition to expanding the reach of his amazing, monthly “Mondays Dark” charity efforts to Los Angeles and Nashville, Mark Shunock has created an entertainment company that will provide a new performance show for a major Strip nightlife destination.
Tonight in L.V.: Clint Holmes, Domenick Allen, Las Vegas Music Summit, ‘ROA’
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016
Clint Holmes and Domenick Allen start a three-night run of their show “What a Wonderful World” at Cabaret Jazz in the Smith Center. The annual Las Vegas Music Summit gets underway with two days of conferences, followed by rocking fun at Backstage Bar & Billiards.
Strip Scribbles: More ‘Rock of Ages’ departures, Comic-Con in Las Vegas
Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016
Five or six additional performers from “Rock of Ages” during its three-year run at the Venetian also will depart the hit musical, now relocated to the Rio, by the end of February, following lead star Mark Shunock, as we reported Tuesday.
Donny and Marie Osmond to unveil Madame Tussauds wax figures
Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016
Next Tuesday, popular Flamingo headliners Donny and Marie Osmond will unveil their Madame Tussauds wax figures onstage at Donny & Marie Showroom instead of at the museum in the Venetian.
Las Vegas veteran aims to pitch film to Nicolas Cage
Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016
Purple Heart recipient and U.S. Army Vietnam veteran Chuck N. Baker hopes to sign up Academy Award-winning actor Nicolas Cage to turn his documentary about veterans into a larger dramatic project.
Longtime friend Leslie Bricusse toasts 85th birthday in Las Vegas
Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016
Legendary and award-winning songwriter and show creator Leslie Bricusse celebrated his 85th birthday on the Las Vegas Strip as a guest of Sir Elton John and after a series of other reunions may well be a part of our future entertainment scene.
Celine Dion to pay tribute to late husband Rene Angelil tonight at Caesars Palace
Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016
A casting of Rene Angelil’s hand will remain under the spotlight during the “Celebration of Life” event at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace that has been organized by Celine Dion at tonight’s tribute to her late husband and manager. Last Nov. 18, I reported it as the most loving and romantic story I’d heard in ...
Gordon Ramsay receives Michelin star; Herbs & Rye award; Alex Stratta; Sushi Samba
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016
Las Vegas celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay became the first English chef to win his first star from the Michelin Guide for his restaurant Le Pressoir d’Argent in Bordeaux, France, a nearly impossible achievement knowing the culinary rivalry between the two countries.
Champagne wishes and caviar dreams — now add cigar pleasures
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016
Champagne wishes and caviar dreams became my TV slogan at the end of every episode of “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous.” Now I can add “cigar pleasures” for the hat trick thanks to last week’s arrival of the first Davidoff of Geneva cigar bar on the Strip.
Strip Scribbles: Elvis Presley star, KMA, Mariah Carey, Mark Shunock, Big Boi
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016
The late Elvis Presley received new recognition on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars this morning when the Viva Las Vegas Elvis Presley Fan Club installed a new star for the King of Rock and Roll outside Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Las Vegas.
Sabina Kelley + beau Nixx 383; Rod Stewart; Soolin of ‘Fantasy’ in Playboy
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016
Gorgeous international pinup model and Oxygen’s “Best Ink” judge Sabina Kelley is enjoying a 7,400-mile long-distance relationship commuting between her Las Vegas home and the Surfer’s Paradise area of Australia’s Gold Coast.
Tonight in L.V.: Mariah Carey, Carla Pellegrino, Rita Lim, Improv comedy
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016
Newly engaged superstar Mariah Carey resumes her “#1 to Infinity” residency at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace with nine shows through Feb. 20, including Feb. 13 and Valentine’s Day.
Star Surveillance: Jared Leto, Tito Ortiz, Chumlee, Melissa + Joe Gorga, Dorothy Wang
Monday, Feb. 1, 2016
Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman and Oscar-winning actor Jared Leto attended a performance of “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace. Also at “Absinthe,” Slayer co-founder and guitarist Kerry King.
Strip Scribbles: Clydesdales at new Beer Park; Thomas Keller responds to criticism
Monday, Feb. 1, 2016
Horses used to roam the land where today’s Las Vegas Strip takes center stage. Superstar Shania Twain re-created those days of old when she rode up Las Vegas Boulevard to debut her residency at Caesars Palace in November 2012.
ACM Awards returns to MGM Grand with all-star nominees, lineup
Monday, Feb. 1, 2016
This will be the debut for Las Vegas regular Dierks Bentley as co-host and the fourth consecutive year for Luke Bryan. As reigning Entertainer of the Year, Luke has earned his fourth consecutive Entertainer of the Year nomination.
Cancer survivor Helene Neville of L.V. sets new world record for running
Monday, Feb. 1, 2016
Five-time cancer survivor and Las Vegas grandmother Helene Neville, 55, conquered the impossible with her nonstop weekend run of 135 miles up and down the Strip. She set a world record for covering the laps between the two Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas signs.
Celebrity preview: Bryson Tiller, Beer Park, Santana, Elton John, Helene Neville
Friday, Jan. 29, 2016
In this quiet weekend, a few unique events bubble to the surface. The first is the new residency of King Billy at Stoney’s Rockin’ Country in Town Square. Whoever thought we’d kick off our weekly Weekend Celebrity Preview with an under-the-radar country band?
Celine Dion: ‘My family and I are deeply touched by the outpouring of love and support’
Friday, Jan. 29, 2016
For the first time since the death of her husband and former manager, Rene Angelil, and the two-day funeral observances last week in Montreal, Caesars Palace headliner and global superstar singer Celine Dion has reached out to fans and friends.
Helene Neville embarks on another record run: ‘It’s all about inspiring others’
Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016
It sounds impossible, a superhuman challenge that defies logic. Yet 55-year-old Las Vegas cancer survivor and grandmother Helene Neville is convinced that she has the stamina and willpower to run nonstop back and forth on the Las Vegas Strip for 135 miles.
Vince Neil sets $1M target on ‘Apprentice’; Elizabeth Blau pays $1.25M for Peli Peli
Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016
Also participating in Season 8 of “Celebrity Apprentice” will be familiar Las Vegas names: retired UFC fighter Chael Sonnen, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi of “Jersey Shore” fame, Muhammad Ali’s daughter Laila Ali and Kyle Richards of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”
Strip Scribbles: Celine Dion, ONJ, Mat Franco, Alice Cooper, Sammy Hagar, Vince Neil
Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016
A “Celebration of Life” in honor of the late Rene Angelil, the husband and former manager of singer Celine Dion, will be at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace next Wednesday at 7 p.m. per his request just as he organized his funeral services in Montreal last week.
Review: ‘Riverdance’ is riveting at the Smith Center
Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016
At times, the dancers in “Riverdance” at the Smith Center seem to float in midair. They jump, leap, twist and turn in perfect sync that rivals the Radio City Rockettes for precision. It is remarkable and riveting.
Tonight in L.V.: ‘Grease 2’ + Adrian Zmed, Charles Kelley, Rick Moonen, Charli XCX
Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016
Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum goes solo for one night at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay. Celebrity chef Rick Moonen throws a screening party for his appearance on the new Bravo reality-TV cooking series “Recipe for Disaster.”
‘Sexxy’ toasts first anniversary as star Jennifer Romas battles knee injury
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016
It might be the best-kept show-business secret in Las Vegas: What’s in the bath water at “Sexxy” in Westgate Las Vegas that allows star, choreographer and producer Jennifer Romas to slither over the porcelain tub for four thrilling minutes of ecstasy?
Strip Scribbles: ACM lineup expands, Super Bowl 50 chefs, Fetish & Fantasy Ball
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016
The Academy of Country Music has announced that Brandy Clark, Brett Eldredge, Martina McBride, Maren Morris, Chase Rice and A Thousand Horses will perform at the 4th ACM Party For a Cause Festival, rounding out the Las Vegas Festival Grounds lineup from April 1-3.
Britney Spears returns for revamped ‘Britney: Piece of Me’ at Axis
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016
Pop princess Britney Spears moves her cast and crew back to Las Vegas on Thursday to start onstage rehearsals of her new-look “Britney: Piece of Me” at Axis at Planet Hollywood. I’m reliably told that about 75 percent of the hit show will be new.
Mariah Carey, back at Caesars Palace, has marriage on her mind
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016
Mariah Carey became engaged to Australian billionaire James Packer a week ago in New York, and she’s now sporting a $10 million-plus, 35-carat diamond ring. The couple has moved into a luxury $250,000-a-month leased estate outside L.A.
Vince Neil to compete on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ hosted by Arnold Schwarzenegger
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016
Rock icon and Las Vegas resident Vince Neil of Motley Crue fame is set to appear on NBC’s next “Celebrity Apprentice” with action star and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger hosting in place of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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