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October 1, 2014

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Robin Leach

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Celebrity preview: Mayweather Jr., Macklemore, Marc Anthony, Luis Miguel, ‘Limelight’
Friday, Sept. 12, 2014
We’ll be seeing stars this weekend no matter how the second fight in four months is called between our Las Vegas boxer Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. defending his championship titles against Marcos Maidana at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
New burlesque musical cast is ready for ‘Limelight’ at Plaza
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
In “Limelight,” black-and-white magic movie days are transformed into blazing Technicolor songs-and-dances with six female dancers and singer Felice Garcia, who has double-duty also performing in “Million Dollar Quartet” at Harrah’s.
Star-studded VIP pre-party planned for Mayweather Jr.-Maidana rematch
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
Jack Nicholson is expected at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday along with Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith, Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Magic Johnson, Michael Strahan, Joe Jonas, Don Cheadle, Dane Cook and many more.
Strip Scribbles: Elaine Wynn honored in NYC; Keep Memory Alive 5th anniversary
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
It’s National Preparedness Month, and the team members at the Venetian and Palazzo want hundreds of volunteers to join them in an ambitious undertaking from Sept. 20-21 for the American Red Cross and nonprofit Clean the World.
Westgate Las Vegas salutes military, 9/11 victims with ‘Hornets Nest’ screening
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
This is the sad day of remembering the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001 in New York and near Washington, D.C., and those who lost their lives as fallen heroes. David Siegel and his new Westgate Las Vegas pay tribute tonight with a VIP reception and screening.
Counter Intelligence: Ferran Adria, Julian Serrano, Jose Andres, ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ winner
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014
For a select group of Las Vegas chefs, restaurateurs and foodies, it’s the two most hallowed private events ever possible, and both are in the same day. Call it the Reign of Spain, and it involves celebrated chef Ferran Adria.
Robin Leach’s ALS ice-bucket challenge substitutes water with champagne
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014
Set designer and Emmy winner Andy Walmsley took on the role of secret agent James Bond for his desert-produced ice-bucket challenge and then called on Strip entertainers singer-musician Chris Phillips of Zowie Bowie and hypnotist Anthony Cools to do better.
Las Vegas body-painting artist Gear Boxxx’s star is rising on ‘Skin Wars’
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014
Gear Boxxx’s first job was airbrushing T-shirts at the mall in seventh grade, where he learned to persuade the ladies with his charm into buying airbrushed T-shirts to help support his love for comic books and video games.
Strip Scribbles: Lou Ruvo Center 5th anniversary, Donny & Marie, Matt Goss, ‘Ink Master,’ Nobu Villa
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014
In just five years, our Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health has hosted more than 55,000 patient visits, and 30 clinical trials to end neurological brain diseases are underway at the facility in downtown’s Symphony Park.
Rick Harrison of ‘Pawn Stars’ to lead Pawn Stars Poker Run on Oct. 5
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014
Rick’s son Corey Harrison will lead motorcycle riders through Las Vegas starting from Gold & Silver Pawn downtown to the 100-year-old historic Pioneer Saloon in Goodsprings, plus, stops in Summerlin and on the Strip before an after-party at Hogs & Heifers.
Strip Scribbles: Las Vegas leaders head up $3.5 billion casino resort in Bahamas
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
Former Hard Rock Hotel and Palms President Paul Pusateri has been named COO of Baha Mar, a spectacular 1,000-acre complex along 3,000 feet of pristine beach in Nassau. It will be home to 3,200 luxury suites and include four or five hotels, including SLS Lux.
Lao Sze Chuan at the Palms is authentic, traditional and ‘the real thing’
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
Chef Tony Hu’s exciting spicy menu is a reinvention of his popular Chicago restaurants, and the decor and new look of the venue formerly Little Buddha proves that it’s a perfect match. Lao Sze Chuan is a glamorous palace.
Flamingo headliner Olivia Newton-John opens cancer research center in Australia
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
The Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute was founded at Melbourne’s Austin Hospital on Monday with former Premier John Brumby at Olivia’s personal request as chairman. The research center is attached to Olivia’s own cancer treatment center at the hospital.
Challenge for Las Vegas’ Cleen Rock One: Cover up nearly naked pinups with tattoos
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
Keep your eyes on Cleen Rock One, owner and artist at Chrome Gypsy Tattoo here in Las Vegas, and not on the bountiful human canvasses. His rival is his former fired employee Tim Lees, who is now an artist at Propaganda Tattoo in San Diego.
‘Kinky Boots’ at Smith Center an emotional high with laughter, tears and joy
Monday, Sept. 8, 2014
Celebrities and Las Vegas VIPs joined Broadway angel investors and a festive audience for the weekend’s official premiere of “Kinky Boots.” It has everything you could ever ask for in a dazzling, brash and successful night of brilliant theater.
Strip Scribbles: Amy Purdy + Oprah; George Clooney’s wedding; Britney hits road
Monday, Sept. 8, 2014
Las Vegas VIPs and high-rollers attending the celebrity fight-night gala in Italy hosted by Andrea Bocelli for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson’s Center in Phoenix heard secrets from George Clooney when he spoke at the festivities in Florence.
Joan Rivers gave me my break in showbiz, Brian Evans says; G.R.L. member Simone Battle dies
Monday, Sept. 8, 2014
I watched from afar as friends of Joan Rivers paid tribute to the comedienne at her funeral in New York on Sunday. I was happy that a very candid and emotional interview I recorded with her many years ago for “Entertainment Tonight” was rerun on “Entertainment Tonight Weekend.”
Restaurant and hotel titan Robert Earl says ‘Be My Guest’ in new TV series
Monday, Sept. 8, 2014
Hotel magnate Robert Earl, who launched his Planet Hollywood restaurant and hotel brand here in Las Vegas, admits that he’s gained 14 pounds while filming the first 14 episodes of his new TV series “Be My Guest” on the Cooking Channel.
Cyndi Lauper: ‘If young people don’t discover Broadway, then Broadway will die’
Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014
Cyndi Lauper and Jerry Mitchell won 2013 Tony Awards for their work on “Kinky Boots.” “Now we’re thinking we should collaborate on something else together. Maybe we could create something special for Las Vegas?” Cyndi told me Thursday afternoon at the Smith Center.
Celebrity preview: Cyndi Lauper’s ‘Kinky Boots,’ Gay Pride, Kendrick Lamar, Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld
Friday, Sept. 5, 2014
The message from the hit and award-winning musical “Kinky Boots” enjoying its official national-tour premiere Saturday night at our Smith Center for the Performing Arts is one of “acceptance” and “making the world a better place for everybody.”
Strip Scribbles: Can Randy Couture deliver KO on ‘Dancing With the Stars’?
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014
UFC hometown hero Randy Couture has KO’d his enemies inside the Octagon and on the silver screen in “The Expendables,” but can he win on the dance floor? The MMA king will join the lineup of Season 19 of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” that kicks off Sept. 15.
Preview: Behind-the-scenes of ‘Kinky Boots’ at the Smith Center
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014
With a dream team of entertainment talent behind the hit musical “Kinky Boots” opening tonight at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts ahead of its Saturday premiere, it’s like a fine bottle of champagne popping open with vibrant bubbles and excitement.
Counter Intelligence: Made L.V., Wolfgang Puck, Luciano Pellegrini, Max Jacobson
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014
Hot off the grill! It’s an unusual name for a restaurant, but Made L.V. describes how it was “hand made” with Las Vegas solely in mind. It’s the newest creation officially opened this week from the husband-and-wife restaurant team of Kim Canteenwalla and Elizabeth Blau.
Harvey Fierstein: ‘You will float out of the theater after seeing ‘Kinky Boots’ — I guarantee it’
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014
The national-tour premiere of “Kinky Boots” on Thursday night is a remarkable and major achievement for our two-year-young Smith Center for the Performing Arts, and it gives Broadway’s seal of approval to our upstart appearance in America’s theatrical industry.
Strip Scribbles: Caesars denies Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert $1 million reports
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014
Officials at Caesars Entertainment and AEG Live have officially denied reports about country superstar husband-and-wife Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert turning down a $1 million concert offer. Star names are floating to fill in during Celine Dion’s absence.
Strip Scribbles: iHeartRadio lineup; Britney talks cheating ex; Blake and Miranda say no to Caesars
Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014
Hometown hero Vince Neil and Motley Crue lead off Friday night of the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival with Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, Coldplay, Zac Brown Band, Usher, Bastille and Steve Aoki, and more celebrities are to be announced.
Delano Las Vegas opens with South Beach chic, no gaming and no smoking
Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014
Today, the all-suite Delano Las Vegas debuts at Mandalay Bay in a $100 million makeover of the former The Hotel at Mandalay Bay that began in April. The boutique property brings the glamour and celebrity of Miami’s South Beach to the Strip for the first time.
LDW celebrity preview: Keith Urban, Nico & Vinz, Jason Derulo, Ed Sheeran, Lil Jon, Puff Daddy
Friday, Aug. 29, 2014
It’s a holiday weekend almost as big as New Year’s and certainly with as many big-name entertainers and star-DJ party people as you would expect for Dec. 31. Our LVCVA is predicting that LDW will attract 313,000 visitors, giving us a $208 million economic boost.
Nightlife at SLS Las Vegas: Life Nightclub, The Sayers Club and Foxtail
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
Tonight, the five-day LDW party at SLS gets underway with the grand opening of The Sayers Club with Swedish pop star Tove Lo. She’ll christen the Hollywood music venue’s stage with raw lyrics and candid performances including “Habits (Stay High).”
Strip Scribbles: Miss Nevada, Men of the Strip, Mariah Carey, Adele, Ana Julaton
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
Miss Nevada 17-year-old Henderson beauty Ellie Smith plans a Labor Day Weekend bon voyage party as she departs for the 2014 Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City. The pageant preliminaries for the 53 contestants are Sept. 9-11.
New book ‘Remember the Time’ offers different take on Michael Jackson
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
The King of Pop would be celebrating his 55th birthday Friday if he were still alive and hadn’t died in June 2009. Books have been written about Michael Jackson, shows have been staged, and a legion of lookalike dancers have tried to duplicate his moves.
Dining at SLS: Bazaar Meat, Ku Noodle, Cleo, Katsuya, 800 Degrees, Griddle Cafe and more
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014
SLS Las Vegas is unequivocally a restaurant-, bar- and nightclub-themed hotel, although the 74 casino tables and 790 slots are seeing action. Food, drink and parties are the big draw, but take time to peek into ...
Strip Scribbles: Diana Ross to add more Caesars shows in Celine’s absence?
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014
“They’re definitely together looking at possible other dates,” I was reliably told — and might Katy Perry be there for the New Year’s Eve Weekend dates Celine will miss after her successful secret high-roller show there last Dec. 31?
Holly Madison rides the High Roller at the Linq Promenade
Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014
On Sunday afternoon, reality-TV star and former “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood headliner Holly Madison made the prettiest of pictures when she took her first ride aboard the High Roller at the Linq Promenade.
Strip Scribbles: New cause for Rick Harrison of ‘Pawn Stars’; Phil Varone’s 3,000+ women
Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014
Rick Harrison is partnering with a major pharmaceutical company to launch a national awareness campaign now that he realizes he has a medical condition that requires a drug, not a dietary deficiency that needs to be supplemented.
SLS Las Vegas opening: Iggy Azalea, Bahamas prime minister, Joe Francis, Pamela Anderson, Tiesto
Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014
There were a number of eyebrow-raising moments during the star-studded opening of SLS Las Vegas over the weekend. Where else would you simultaneously see the prime minister of the Bahamas and notorious Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis? ...
‘The Beatles’ Love’ cast takes Southwest flight from S.F. to L.V. to mark anniversary
Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014
Cast members from Cirque du Soleil’s “The Beatles’ Love” at the Mirage joined with Southwest Airlines and our McCarran International Airport to commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ historic Las Vegas arrival in 1964.
N.H. couple hope $2.4 million ‘Lion’s Share’ slot machine will be shipped to them as gift
Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014
If Nevada and New Hampshire regulatory authorities permit it, the “Lion’s Share” one-armed bandit that finally paid out its $2.4 million jackpot after 20 years Friday night at MGM Grand will be shipped as the ultimate souvenir to Linda and Walter Misco.
Strip Scribbles: Charlie Chaplin show, Celine fan Richard Dunn, Britney Spears’ charitable act
Monday, Aug. 25, 2014
“Limelight,” named after entertainment legend Charlie Chaplin’s classic film, will bring the wild side of The Roaring ’20s to the downtown Plaza starting Sept. 12 for a run through Nov. 1 with a mix of singing, dancing, comedy and magic.
After 20 years, ‘Lion’s Share’ slot machine at MGM Grand pays out $2.4 million jackpot
Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014
A lucky New Hampshire couple leaves the Strip tonight for their flight home as winners of a $2.4 million jackpot from the legendary “Lion’s Share” slot machine at MGM Grand. The machine hit the big jackpot on Linda and Walter Misco’s last night in town.
SLS Las Vegas opens with global guests, shows by Iggy Azalea and Lenny Kravitz
Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014
The star-studded preview party began on the red carpet with Lenny Kravitz, Aaron Paul, Emile Hirsch, Kellan Lutz, Dita Von Teese, Chuck Liddell, Brittany Snow, Maria Menounos in the clingiest, curve-hugging gown imaginable, Holly Madison, Sabina Kelley and many more.
Celebrity preview: Iggy Azalea, Sharon Stone, Dita Von Teese, John Legend, Bruno Mars, AFAN
Friday, Aug. 22, 2014
Music heavyweights Bruno Mars and John Legend have back-to-back concerts at the Chelsea in the Cosmopolitan, and Saturday night’s 28th Anniversary AFAN Black & White Party at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel will be all showstoppers.
A record 151 businesses are participating in Las Vegas Restaurant Week
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
Las Vegas Restaurant Week, one of the most-anticipated food events on the calendar, starts Friday and continues through next Thursday. Some 151 Las Vegas businesses, a record, will serve delicious prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus.
SLS Las Vegas preview: Dancers in birdcages; 30-foot Cleopatra; peekaboo glass showers
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
The luxury SLS Las Vegas has 1,620 guest rooms created by cutting-edge French designer Philippe Starck, but it’s the restaurants, pool and nightclubs that will have the town really talking. Philippe is even bringing hip-hangout Katsuya from Los Angeles to SLS.
Strip Scribbles: L.V. stars chill for ALS ice-bucket challenge; The Beatles; Men of the Strip
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
The ALS charity ice-bucket challenge is spreading in leaps and bounds across Las Vegas, and Strip entertainers aren’t walking away from the cold water. In less than 24 hours, ‪#CrissAngel’s ALS IceBucketChallenge garnered 100,000 views.
Jason Tenner’s 17-year tribute-show career as Prince started with Halloween costume
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
“I certainly didn’t start out planning to be his double. In fact, I didn’t love his music back then. I was more into classic rock,” Jason Tenner told me. “I became aware of the reaction as people at the party first noticed the lookalike. That’s when I really fell in love with his music, too.”
SLS Las Vegas celebration will be a night of champagne wishes and caviar dreams
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014
Friday night’s celebration for the grand opening of SLS Las Vegas, followed by the midnight debut to the public, will be one epic fete — a true champagne-and-caviar blast. Let’s look at the staggering party numbers.
Strip Scribbles: ‘Sin City’ star Jaime King; ‘Panda!’; Steve Martorano; Ted Baker; Chloe Crawford
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014
Jaime King’s big break came as Johnny Depp’s daughter in “Blow” and quickly followed playing a nurse in “Pearl Harbor.” Jaime admits that she turned down the “Sin City” role several times before agreeing to the unique shooting situation.
Zak Bagans’ hit ‘Ghost Adventures’ returns for Season 10 on Travel Channel
Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014
“We’re going big this season,” said Zak Bagans, who is the lead investigator. “From the massive Queen Mary ship in California to Ireland’s Leap Castle and Mexico’s Island of the Dolls, each location is embedded with layers of paranormal activity to explore.”
Strip Scribbles: Penn & Teller, Murray Sawchuck, Nathan Burton on TV; Miss Nevada pageants
Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014
Magic and its Las Vegas magicians are everywhere you look on television this week in what’s become known as the “Wizard Wars,” which also is one of the shows premiering tonight on Syfy and is hosted by Rio headliner magicians Penn & Teller.

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