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May 25, 2015

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Rock in Rio USA’s Roberta Medina: ‘We’re excited for what’s to come’
Monday, May 25, 2015
With 172,000 people from 47 states and 32 countries, Rock in Rio’s Roberta Medina, daughter of founder Roberto Medina, is thrilled that their debut music festival on the Strip, Rock in Rio USA, was successful.
Robuchon vs. Del Frisco’s; Therapy downtown; Made L.V.; STK’s new items
Friday, May 22, 2015
Bravo to Cucina Italiano, the sister restaurant to Brio in Las Vegas, which has set May 28 for its opening in Henderson promising all cooking done in full view of guests.
Iggy Azalea’s blackjack run; Bobby Flay’s divorce battle; Letterman in L.V.?
Thursday, May 21, 2015
My notebook fills up at high speed with the oddest of gossip from striding the Strip on a nightly basis, and today is a bonanza, from Iggy Azalea and Bobby Flay to David Letterman at Caesars Palace.
Strip Scribbles: B.B. King salute at Brooklyn Bowl; Blue Man Group; Vegas PBS; free ice cream
Thursday, May 21, 2015
The family of the late, loved B.B. King, legendary king of the blues who died here a week ago, plans to celebrate his life and musical talent at a free event in Brooklyn Bowl at the Linq Promenade on Friday night.
Tonight: Radius rooftop pool at Stratosphere; Epicurean Affair; Method Man and Redman
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Stratosphere officially opens its new day-and-night Radius rooftop pool on the 25th floor 300 feet above the Strip. Swim to the infinity edge, and you get panoramic views of the valley under the sun or moon.
‘Fall in love all over again’ with Suzanne Somers in ‘Sizzles’ at Westgate
Thursday, May 21, 2015
“I feel like I’m back home again,” Suzanne Somers told me as she wrapped a guest appearance on Tuesday’s season finale of “Dancing With the Stars” partnered with Tony Dovolani, who plans to fly to Las Vegas to check out her new show soon.
Cirque takes on cabaret-style show with ‘Baz’ at Light in Mandalay Bay
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Make no mistake: This is no ordinary Cirque du Soleil show. This will be as if Joel Grey (“Cabaret”) wandered into the hi-jinx of “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace minus the circus acrobatics.
Celine Dion offers advice to Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Celine Dion said: “Performing in Las Vegas gives us the chance to be special every night. I’m very positive about living here — it’s the best place as an artist and as a mom, so I would tell them to have as much love and fun as I have had.”
Strip Scribbles: Opportunity Village, Elann Saula and Palazzo at Cannes
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Please support Thursday night’s 5th Annual Opportunity Village Ovation spring performing arts concert hosted by KTNV morning news anchor Beth Fisher at the O.V. Ralph and Betty Engelstad Campus on South Buffalo.
Tonight: Letterman; Sammy DeMarco at Made L.V.; Santana at HOB; Down & Derby; Wet at Night
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
No note about this evening would be complete without a tip of the hat to David Letterman, who ends his 33-year run as host of CBS’ “Late Night With David Letterman,” the longest in history.
Jennifer Lopez: ‘It’s going to be the best J.Lo show you’ve ever seen and heard’
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Global superstar singer, actress and dancer Jennifer Lopez says “the sky’s the limit” when it comes to creating her new residency at Axis at Planet Hollywood that begins Jan. 20. “Everything I’ve ever done has led to this,” she said excitedly.
Bristol Palin + Dakota Meyer; Neal Schon + Michaele; Geoffrey Edelsten + Brynne Gordon
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
This weekend’s marriage plans for Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol Palin and Medal of Honor Sgt. Dakota Meyer at the Palin family’s “old Kentucky home” have been canceled.
Strip Scribbles: Ricky Moreno, Tyson Beckford, Krewella, Mac King, Jeff McBride
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Las Vegas travel counselor Ricky Moreno, who specializes here in “fish-out-of-water” travel experiences for his clients, has become one of the final 15 contestants on Travel Channel’s new competition “Travel Channel Star.”
‘Dancing With the Stars’ finale tonight features Las Vegas and love
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
There will be two dances of special interest: brother-and-sister Derek Hough and Julianne Hough, who attended Las Vegas Academy, will partner in the two-hour program that will determine the winner of this season’s mirror-ball disco trophy.
It’s PDA for Swift, Harris; Celine ready to return; Chrissy, Mariah’s bust lines
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Superstar singer Taylor Swift and Hakkasan and Omnia resident superstar DJ Calvin Harris stole the spotlight at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards — and not because of her eight gold statuettes and his one, but for their public displays of affection.
Strip Scribbles: ‘AGT’ winners Michael Grimm, Mat Franco; BMG; Vista; ‘Mondays Dark’
Monday, May 18, 2015
Las Vegas resident and “America’s Got Talent” Season 5 winner Michael Grimm won’t have far to travel to get to work during the next three summer months. He’s landed a 90-day residency at Vinyl.
Penn & Mac? Holding cell? Jillette’s ties to the now-shuttered Riviera
Monday, May 18, 2015
Rio headliner magician Penn Jillette has revealed that at a charity event in the Riviera long before it closed last week, Harrah’s headliner comedy magician Mac King stood in for Teller, who was on a trip to Italy.
B.B. King public viewing Friday; private, public services Saturday
Monday, May 18, 2015
We hold family and close friends of guitar jazz king B.B. King in our thoughts as they cope with his Thursday death here in Las Vegas after he suffered a series of strokes.
Celebrity preview: Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, One Republic, Bryan Adams, Neil Diamond, Courtney Love
Friday, May 15, 2015
In addition to Weekend Two of Rock in Rio USA with Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, John Legend, Ed Sheeran and more attracting more than 100,000, it’s the two final concerts for Journey in their mini-run at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel.
Photos: Kerry Simon celebrates 60th birthday at Simon in Palms Place
Friday, May 15, 2015
It was seven years ago that then Palms owner George Maloof helped Kerry Simon open the hip dining spot there. It closes May 22. Kerry, now confined to a motorized wheelchair, was presented with a custom birthday cake by GImme Some Sugar.
Photos: Amber Rose parties with DJ Lil Jon at Surrender
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Tattooed and short-crop-haired model Amber Rose was in the company of two male friends at Surrender in Steve Wynn’s Encore early this morning partying at DJ Lil’s Jon school-days-themed “Shot Class” fun.
Strip Scribbles: Carbone at Aria, Murray Sawchuck’s chandelier, PMOY Raquel Pomplun
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Carbone at Aria won’t be an exact duplicate of the New York venue, which has won numerous stars since opening in 2013 and getting a nod as a finalist in the James Beard Foundation Awards for “Best New Restaurant in America.”
Mark Shunock’s ‘Mondays Dark,’ ‘Back to the Future’ 30 years later, Las Vegas Sin
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Please support “Rock of Ages” at the Venetian star Mark Shunock’s next “Mondays Dark” charity show at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel on Monday with a beach party theme to raise funds for Keep Memory Alive.
Steve Wynn among bidders for Picasso that sold for $179.4 million
Thursday, May 14, 2015
It was one for the history books as Christie’s New York auction house soared past its first-ever $1 billion week in art sales, and our hotel tycoon Steve Wynn was there in on the frantic bidding.
Mariah Carey celebrates twins’ 4th birthdays; cancels Caesars performance
Thursday, May 14, 2015
New Caesars Palace headliner singer Mariah Carey celebrated the 4th birthday of her twins Moroccan Scott and Monroe at the Adventuredome in Circus Circus in recent weeks.
Swift, Sheeran, Mars and Legend headline Week 2 of Rock in Rio USA
Thursday, May 14, 2015
It’s a weekend that has to go into the history books as one of the biggest Las Vegas music blowouts of all time, and not just because of the lineup of Britney, Iggy, Celine, Mariah and Kanye at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday.
Hear that? Impressionist Veronic returns to Bally’s with her 50 ‘Voices’
Thursday, May 14, 2015
“I missed Las Vegas while I was away traveling,” Veronic told me as she was still unpacking from her touring. “I have to say I’m happy to be back and settle down and have my luggage and everything in my apartment and do what I have to do for the shows.”
Theater legend Hal Prince, 87, takes the stage at Smith Center tonight
Thursday, May 14, 2015
He’s more than a Prince among men. He’s king of the magical musical world of Broadway. We know Hal Prince here for his amazing directing work on “Phantom — the Las Vegas Spectacular” he restaged to run at the Venetian for six years, ending in September 2012.
Priscilla Presley: ‘We get to enjoy a journey of who Elvis Presley was’
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
There’s a unique mother-and daughter bond between Priscilla Presley and Lisa Marie Presley, and it was never more apparent than when they flew here for the opening of “Graceland Presents Elvis: The Exhibition, The Show, The Experience” at Westgate Las Vegas.
National Geographic to air special on Karl Bushby’s Walk Around the World
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
When former British Army paratrooper Karl Bushby arrived in Las Vegas on his incredible and extraordinary Walk Around the World, his name went up on the Caesars Palace marquee as he received a two-day rest in a luxury suite from his marathon adventure.
Strip Scribbles: Brace Land to retire from ‘Gigolos’? Plus, NBT and Journey
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Did “Gigolos” stud Brace Land fall for a Las Vegas showgirl while filming his new season of episodes for Showtime? Did she make him promise to give up his bedroom-work duties and retire?
Jennifer Lopez and Mariah Carey could share babysitters for twins?
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
J.Lo is the mother of 7-year-old twins Emme and Maximilian with ex-husband Marc Anthony, and her Caesars Palace song-mate Mariah Carey is mom to 3-year-old twins Monroe and Moroccan with separated husband Nick Cannon.
Bam! It’s seafood extravaganza at Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House in MGM
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse will spotlight the Louisiana Gulf as the best source of seafood in the contiguous United States with a weeklong menu at his New Orleans Fish House in MGM Grand starting May 23.
Photos: ‘X’ marks the spot for Flamingo burlesque beauties toasting 13 years
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
It’s tough to single out individual bombshells from the lineup of nine lovely ladies, but we have to turn the spotlight on sexy sisters Meeka and Shakeera, who have been with “X Burlesque” since Day One — all 13 years.
Jennifer Lopez signs on for residency at Planet Hollywood
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
One day after her Fox series “American Idol” was canceled (Season 15 next spring will be the last), judge and pop superstar Jennifer Lopez has officially confirmed our numerous rumors we first hinted at last October here that she has signed on for a residency on the Strip.
Strip Scribbles: Santana auction, Ne-Yo’s cupcakes, Maren Wade’s TV pilot
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Carlos Santana and Cindy Blackman are donating 100 percent of the auction proceeds to his Milagro Foundation to benefit underserved and vulnerable children in the areas of education, health and the arts.
Epicurean Affair with Jose Andres; Cirque’s ‘One Drop’ in theaters; Boyd Gaming Chute-Out
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Tickets are now on sale for the one-night-only cinema film event of Cirque du Soleil’s “One Night for One Drop” that took place at the Mirage on March 20.
Photos: High Roller is re-created in miniature Lego version
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Lego certified professional Adam Reed Tucker decided that the Linq Promenade’s High Roller observation wheel — the world’s tallest at 550 feet — should be re-created in a miniature Lego version.
‘Jersey Boys’ star Travis Cloer raises $30,191 via Kickstarter for Christmas album
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
It’s a record deal for “Jersey Boys” star Travis Cloer, who appears in the Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons hit musical, which just celebrated seven years on the Strip, at Paris Las Vegas.
Preview: ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic begins five nights of Planet Hollywood shows
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
“Mandatory Fun” won the 2015 Grammy for Best Comedy Album, the 15th nomination for “Weird Al” Yankovic and his fourth Grammy win. He kicks off his “Mandatory World Tour” at Planet Hollywood tonight through Saturday.
Rock in Rio USA stars Metallica, No Doubt take over the Strip
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
From drinking Dom Perignon till dawn to smoking cigars and skydiving in a wind tunnel, the off-duty hours of rockers performing at Rock in Rio USA are varied and unique.
Photos: Rob Gronkowski toasts 26th birthday with two-day Rehab party
Monday, May 11, 2015
Patriarch Gordon Gronkowski tagged along with the five Gronkowski brothers (his sons): Rob and Chris celebrating their birthdays and Glenn, Dan and Gordie Jr. Linkin Park’s Joe Hahn played guest DJ on Saturday.
Strip Scribbles: John Legend, Mayer Hawthorne replace Sam Smith at Rock in Rio USA
Monday, May 11, 2015
Nine-time Grammy Award winner John Legend will replace fellow Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Sam Smith at Saturday’s Rock in Rio USA 9:30 p.m. pop concert due to the latter’s vocal-chord surgery.
You gotta have friends: Robert Davi, Rich Little and Peter Mullin
Monday, May 11, 2015
Award-winning singer-and-actress and former Caesars Palace headliner Bette Midler, who will be here at MGM Grand Garden Arena for three nights of shows starting May 22, sang it best: “You gotta have friends.”
Matt Goss pays tribute to late mother with Susan G. Komen work, ‘Strong’
Monday, May 11, 2015
Caesars Palace headliner singer Matt Goss joined forces over the weekend with the Susan G. Komen cancer organization to honor his late mother and those facing breast cancer everywhere.
Las Vegas Outlaws lose to San Jose Sabercats 61-28 in away game
Monday, May 11, 2015
Every Arena Football League game Las Vegas Outlaws owner Vince Neil has attended this new season, his team has won. When he’s been unable to attend in most cases, they’ve lost.
Insomniac partners with eBay to launch EDC Week Charitable Auction
Sunday, May 10, 2015
A unique Electric Daisy Carnival auction has been created for this year’s three-day festivities, and if you have one winning bid, you can helicopter out to Las Vegas Motor Speedway with EDC’s Insomniac head honcho Pasquale Rotella and his wife, Holly Madison.
Photos: Arianny Celeste hosts sexy Cinco de Mayo at Tacos & Tequila
Sunday, May 10, 2015
UFC ring girl and model beauty Arianny Celeste hosted her “Sexy de Mayo Dos” fiesta at Tacos & Tequila in the Luxor, and rumored new boyfriend Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker was not on her arm for the celebration.
Photos: Neal Schon and Journey unveil memorabilia at Hard Rock Hotel
Sunday, May 10, 2015
Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, Ross Valory, Deen Castronovo and Arnel Pineda, who headline through May 16, met a crowd of cheering fans. The Hard Rock’s memorabilia curators, Warwick Stone and Beau Dobney, have masterfully created the display.
Photos: The Aristofreeks fuse house and disco with Next Step at Light
Sunday, May 10, 2015
It was as if I had traveled in a time machine back to the original glory days of Studio 54 in New York, the birthplace of American disco. Disco merged with modern house music is the new rage of music hotspot Ibiza in Spain.

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