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Photos: Chef Pierre Gagnaire returns home to Twist at Mandarin Oriental
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Celebrated French chef Pierre Gagnaire flies in from Paris regularly to ensure that all is well, and it truly is at his Twist in Mandarin Oriental with his three brilliant sous chefs who toil when he’s away jet setting.
‘For the Record: Baz’ stars are onstage star-crossed and real-life lovers
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Onstage they are star-crossed lovers Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan in the new spectacular “For the Record: Baz” opening in previews at Light in Mandalay Bay on Monday. Offstage, Ciaran McCarthy and Ruby Lewis are enjoying a real-life romance.
Photos: Cooking at Sinatra in Encore with Theo Schoenegger, A.J. Lambert
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Nobody dares question that Frank Sinatra was one of the best singers of all time. Those who knew him well also say he was a great Italian chef who really knew his way around the kitchen.
Exotics Racing’s David Perisset: ‘Today for $200 or $300, you can drive a Ferrari around the racetrack’
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
“The building and track cost us $8 million, and we had another $12 million in costs. Marketing expenses are huge, and we have 115 employees and the office space. It’s an expensive business.”
Strip Scribbles: ‘Master Chef’ challenge — feed 101 L.V. stars; Suzanne Somers; Brandon Flowers
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
TV viewers across America will see a unique Las Vegas episode of “Master Chef” on Fox on Wednesday night. One hundred and one entertainers here will guest star all at once on this week’s “Master Chef” Season 6.
Photos: Mirage headliner Terry Fator finds love again — ‘It’s the real deal’
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
At his 50th birthday celebrations over the weekend in Las Vegas, Terry Fator introduced me to his new girlfriend, Dallas catering chef and event planner Angie Fiore.
Strip Scribbles: New headliner Rich Little; Hall of Famer Olivia Newton-John; Restaurant Week
Monday, June 15, 2015
Legendary comedy impressionist and Las Vegas resident Rich Little has landed a summer residency at the Tropicana starting July 15. “Rich Little Live” has a minimum starting run of five weeks.
Keep Memory Alive ‘Power of Love’ gala live auction raises $4.4 million
Monday, June 15, 2015
MGM Grand Garden Arena was magically transformed from a sports and concert venue into a glittering and magical fairytale for 1,500 guests. Celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis and Wolfgang Puck’s chefs served an amazing four-course dinner.
Celine Dion: ‘Rene wanted me to be here. He’s fighting and working really hard’
Monday, June 15, 2015
“I wouldn’t let anybody down after making the promise,” Celine Dion told me in an exclusive backstage interview after her sound-check rehearsal with Andrea Bocelli minutes after she had landed here at McCarran International Airport.
Janet Jackson to perform at Axis at Planet Hollywood on Oct. 9 and 10
Monday, June 15, 2015
Janet Jackson’s 32-city “Unbreakable World Tour” will hit Las Vegas for two nights in October. The superstar singer starts her journey with stops in Vancouver, B.C., beginning Aug. 31 and wraps in Honolulu on Nov. 12.
Celebrity preview: Keep Memory Alive, Tropic Beauty, Neon Trees, Eddie Izzard, Jeff Seid
Friday, June 12, 2015
It’s the ultimate entertainment gala, and Andrea Bocelli, Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, Martina McBride, Quincy Jones, Robin Thicke and George Benson are hoping to raise millions for our Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Symphony Park downtown.
Tropic Beauty Model Search world finals take over Las Vegas this weekend
Thursday, June 11, 2015
More than 50 gorgeous girls from around the globe will be dazzling the Strip for the next three days. These are the most beautiful bikini calendar models in the world who have won regional pageant contests from Miami to Hawaii and Canada to Colombia.
Strip Scribbles: Holly Madison’s baby shocker; Calvin Harris + Taylor Swift
Thursday, June 11, 2015
In a remarkable UPI story about her new memoir, former Playboy beauty and “Peepshow” star Holly Madison admits that she was crazy for wanting to have children with Playboy head honcho Hugh Hefner.
Fourth ‘One Night for One Drop’ heads to the Smith Center
Thursday, June 11, 2015
The fourth-annual Cirque du Soleil “One Night for One Drop” spectacular has been set for next March 18. For the first time, Cirque will move the benefit show from one of its Las Vegas theaters to the Smith Center in Symphony Park downtown.
Photos: Mario Batali’s 60 hours in L.V. includes golf classic, Carnival of Cuisine
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Celebrity chef and TV personality Mario Batali of ABC’s “The Chew” wore two hats as chef and golfer in a rush 60-hour visit here. His first duty was to host the Venetian and Palazzo’s 7th Annual Carnivale of Cuisine.
The $200,000 necklace donated to Keep Memory Alive ‘Power of Love’ gala
Thursday, June 11, 2015
The Lynne Ruffin-Smith Charitable Foundation by its president, R.T. Smith, donated the $200,000 custom-designed necklace to the Keep Memory Alive “Power of Love” gala auction this Saturday.
Strip Scribbles: Surrender, EBC fifth anniversary; KMA ‘Power of Love’ gala; Santana
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Sean Christie has been named one of “the 50 Most Powerful People in Dance Music” and was named by Billboard Magazine as one of “Dance Music’s Most Influential Executives.”
Tonight in L.V.: Calvin Harris at Wet at Night; ‘Skin Wars’; Ministry; Skrillex
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
“Skin Wars” judge and producer Robin Slonina premieres the first episode of Season 2 on the Game Show Network at Inspire Theater on Fremont Street with a screening party with a living red carpet, body-painted models, photo booth and temporary tattoos.
Criss Angel aims to enchant and delight with ‘The Supernaturalists’
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
“Mindfreak” and “Believe” magician Criss Angel is about to make new magic by appearing in two casinos 2,500 miles apart simultaneously for his new show “The Supernaturalists” that premieres June 23 at Foxwoods resort in Connecticut.
Star Surveillance: Imagine Dragons, Debbie Gibson, Olivia, Donny, Mario
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
From 109 floors above the Strip, Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds and band mates slid, spun and shot into the night sky from X Scream, Insanity and Big Shot, then suited up for SkyJump and plunged 855 feet to the base of the Stratosphere.
Mermaid Hannah Fraser kicks off 2015 World Oceans Day
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Former Silverton aquarium mermaid Hannah Fraser, who launched the Mirage mermaid pool events, kicked off 2015 World Oceans Day for the United Nations. She recognized the day of ocean celebration and action with a lecture and film in Spain.
Review: Revamped ‘Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers’ is showbiz wow, razzmatazz at its finest
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
How do you add 12 minutes of new songs and music to a show and in making it longer also seem faster? Only the magic of hotel mogul Steve Wynn could pull off that feat, but he’s accomplished the impossible with his “Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers.”
Strip Scribbles: Blue Man Group, Skating Aratas, Jabbawockeez on NBC’s ‘I Can Do That’
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
NBC’s new Tuesday night hit “I Can Do That” is giving plenty of exposure to Las Vegas entertainment. Here’s a sneak peek and rare photo of two of the reality-TV show’s stars Joe Jonas and Alan Ritchson as honorary Blue Men.
Photos: From 0 to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds and 217 mph at Exotics Racing
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
The speed on the straightaway was a hair-raising 130 mph. Even slowing down to take the 11 percent banked hairpin bend at 85 mph was just as spine tingling. You really feel the push of Gravity Force 1 on your chest.
Strip Scribbles: ‘Book of Mormon,’ Electric Daisy Carnival, Buca Cafe Italiano
Monday, June 8, 2015
The award-winning musical “The Book of Mormon” broke records at our Smith Center for the Performing Arts during its four-week run last year. Now it’s returning for a limited engagement Sept. 22 through Oct. 18, and tickets are on sale as of today.
Shania Twain is ‘undisputed queen of country rock’ on new tour
Monday, June 8, 2015
Former Caesars Palace headliner Shania Twain is off to a rocking start with her new “Rock This Country Tour.” Her weekend debut concerts in Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., won major hurrah headlines.
‘Intoxicating Magic’ to debut July 25 at Strip House in Planet Hollywood
Monday, June 8, 2015
Shock illusionist Todd Robins has helped create and will direct a new magic production that re-creates dinner theater shows of yesteryear. I’ve exclusively learned that it is set to open July 25 at Strip House in Planet Hollywood.
Steve Wynn to celebrate 100th birthday of the late Frank Sinatra in Las Vegas
Monday, June 8, 2015
Hotel tycoon Steve Wynn is lining up an all-star entertainment cast for his planned, ambitious 100th birthday salute to the late Frank Sinatra this winter.
Miss USA Nia Sanchez of Nevada plans wedding to Daniel Booko
Monday, June 8, 2015
Beautiful Miss USA and Miss Universe first runner-up Nia Sanchez of Nevada has finalized her summer wedding plans to actor and model Daniel Booko (“The O.C.,” “Hannah Montana,” “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody,” “Bratz: The Movie”).
Celebrity preview: Kevin Dillon, Taryn Manning, Lee Brice, Mario Batali, Ciara, Roseanne
Friday, June 5, 2015
There will be heavy betting action in Las Vegas sports books for the final Triple Crown race of the season at the Belmont Stakes, but the odds-on favorite American Pharoah is not tipped to win — if that makes sense.
Q+A: L.V. body-paint artist, judge, producer Robin Slonina talks Season 2 of ‘Skin Wars’
Friday, June 5, 2015
Downtown Las Vegas body-paint artist and expert Robin Slonina next Wednesday begins Season 2 of her reality-TV competition “Skin Wars” for which she serves as judge and executive producer.
Insomniac guru Pasquale Rotella: Las Vegas is No. 1; new surprises, attractions
Thursday, June 4, 2015
Insomniac founder Pasquale Rotella has unveiled a sneak peek into all the brand-new, over-the top additions and attractions at the Electric Daisy Carnival here in a few weeks — but he plans to keep other surprises secret until the gates open.
Strip Scribbles: Britney Spears wedding? Rumer, Shania, WSOP Colossus winner
Thursday, June 4, 2015
Life & Style magazine is reporting that Britney Spears is planning a Las Vegas wedding to her beau of eight months, Charlie Ebersol, but no date for now. I’m still betting that it will be a Hawaii wedding as it has become their favorite getaway spot.
Robin Thicke, Isabella Rossellini, Sharon Stone added to Keep Memory Alive lineup
Thursday, June 4, 2015
Glamorous Italian actress and 14-year Lancome supermodel Isabella Rossellini plans to fly to Las Vegas to introduce her friend tenor Andrea Bocelli when he sings at the Keep Memory Alive Power of Love fundraising gala June 13 at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Tonight in L.V.: Vinnie Favorito, Exotics Racing, Whitesnake, Grape Stomp
Thursday, June 4, 2015
The formal ribbon-cutting ceremony for the $4.5 million, 14,000-square-foot Welcome Center of Exotics Racing is at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with French stuntman and racecar driver Romain Thievin and investment banker partner David Perisset.
Steve Wynn’s $10 million ‘Showstoppers’ bet paying off; show expands, adds songs
Thursday, June 4, 2015
When Steve Wynn launched his musical spectacular “Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers” last December, he admitted that it was a risky bet. Despite it being a beautiful and brilliant production, naysayers said Broadway razzle-dazzle was no longer a Strip attraction.
Photos: Lip Smacking Foodie Tours treats patrons like kings and queens
Thursday, June 4, 2015
The Strip has incredible restaurants, world-famous wines and sommeliers and most importantly a contingent of celebrity chefs. It’s the perfect storm for glitzy gourmands, but for locals and tourists, it also is a minefield to maneuver.
Photos: Joe Jonas and Alan Ritchson train to join Blue Man Group
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Singer Joe Jonas and actor Alan Ritchson (“The Hunger Games,” “Smallville”) are in training at Blue Man Group theater in Monte Carlo Resort to become honorary Blue Men for NBC’s new reality-TV series “I Can Do That.”
Strip Scribbles: Trump Hotel dining; Maren Wade’s martinis; Rehab named top hotel pool
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Real-estate mogul Donald Trump has upped the dining experience at his Trump International Hotel here. With more than 10 years of culinary experience, executive chef Sydney Jones is now overseeing all aspects with his cutting-edge and progressive cuisine techniques.
Chefs Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller, Alain Ducasse make Top 50 list
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Two Las Vegas chefs have seen their out-of-town restaurants lauded in the new list of the world’s best 50 restaurants, and a third culinary king was honored with a lifetime achievement award.
‘Baz’ actress Ginifer King: ‘Your head will be spinning — an entire world explodes’
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Broadway and Hollywood actress Ginifer King says that Las Vegas has presented nearly everything when it comes to entertainment, but her castmates and she in “For the Record: Baz” vow that we haven’t seen anything yet.
Photos: Fall under the sweet spell of Hexx Kitchen + Bar at Paris
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
It’s a first for Las Vegas — executive pastry chef and chocolate countess Carol Garcia has the first true bean-to-bar chocolate “factory” in the Silver State. It’s located in the new-look, 30,000-square-foot, 300-plus-seat Hexx Kitchen + Bar in Paris Las Vegas.
Strip Scribbles: Vinnie Favorito at Tommy Wind theater, Moonen, Burton, BMG
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
New York magician Tommy Wind has reopened his own theater just one block north of MGM Grand and has announced that fresh-mouthed comedian Vinnie Favorito will open there this Thursday.
Mariah Carey releases video for ‘Infinity’ filmed at Caesars Palace
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
This morning, Caesars Palace headliner Mariah Carey debuted the music video for her new single, “Infinity,” from her recently released album “Mariah Carey #1 to Infinity,” a career-spanning chronological collection of her 18 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 singles.
Alfonso Ribeiro to fill in for Val Chmerkovskiy on ‘DWTS Live! Tour’
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Las Vegas audiences will have one shot to see Season 19 “Dancing With the Stars” champion Alfonso Ribeiro co-host and perform on “Dancing With the Stars Live! Tour” when it stops at the Venetian Theater over the Independence Day holiday weekend.
Superstar VIPs ensure KMA Power of Love Gala firsts for biggest, best to date
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
It’s one of the most spectacular and star-studded charity events of the Las Vegas calendar, and this year‘s 19th Annual Power of Love Gala has outdone itself as the best yet with some extraordinary firsts.
Miss Nevada USA Brittany McGowan preps for Miss USA Pageant
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
With less than 30 days to leaving Las Vegas for the televised Miss USA Pageant in Baton Rouge, La., our Miss Nevada USA Brittany McGowan of Southern Highlands is already into her final preparations.
Casting begins for film on Tatiana Alvarez, aka male DJ Musikillz
Monday, June 1, 2015
Preliminary casting has begun on the movie life story of DJ Tatiana Alvarez, who disguised herself as a man to get her DJ gigs, as women weren’t being hired by nightclubs to spin the wheels of steel. She booked herself as Matt Muset, aka DJ Musikillz.
Strip Scribbles: ‘Crazy Girls’ take it off at Planet Hollywood; WSOP; Celine
Monday, June 1, 2015
The tantalizing topless temptresses of “Crazy Girls,” formerly at the now-shuttered Riviera, have moved into their new Sin City Theater home at Planet Hollywood and have started their regular 9 p.m. shows.
A bigger Caesars venue for Matt Goss? Britney, Mariah, J.Lo and now …
Monday, June 1, 2015
It’s not yet official, but British-born crooner Matt Goss has not only extended his Caesars Palace run, but he also has doubled the number of days he’ll perform there starting in August.

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