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Photos: Las Vegas Outlaws owner Vince Neil talks plans, The Posse cheerleaders
Monday, Jan. 12, 2015
Motley Crue frontman and Las Vegas resident Vince Neil says his new Arena Football League team the Las Vegas Outlaws will be all about “having fun” right from its first game March 30 against the San Jose Sabercats at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Advantage, Las Vegas: Agassi, Graf donate $1.5 million to Keep Memory Alive
Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015
Tennis champions and Las Vegas residents Andre Agassi and wife Steffi Graf have donated a stunning $1.5 million to the charity Keep Memory Alive that funds the work of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health downtown.
Celebrity preview: Willie Nelson, Stassi Schroeder, Scheana Marie, Grand Funk Railroad, Bobby Rydell
Friday, Jan. 9, 2015
Las Vegas is often referred to as Hawaii’s “Ninth Island” because so many Hawaii residents travel here. In fact, Las Vegas is the top travel destination for Hawaiian tourists with 250,000 visitors making the five-hour flight from Honolulu to McCarran every year.
Miss USA Nia Sanchez of Nevada is ready for Miss Universe
Friday, Jan. 9, 2015
Miss Nevada USA turned Miss USA Nia Sanchez is getting ready to do battle against 87 rivals in a bid to claim the title of Miss Universe at the three-hour NBC pageant on Jan. 25 in Florida.
Star Surveillance: Nick Jonas, Nick Cannon, Nicolas Cage and Nicole Murphy
Friday, Jan. 9, 2015
To celebrate his 51st birthday, Academy Award-winning actor and Las Vegas resident Nicolas Cage and his wife, Alice Kim, watched the late performance of “Jubilee” at Bally’s on Wednesday night.
Giada De Laurentiis denies rumors of flings with John Mayer, Bobby Flay and Matt Lauer
Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015
“I have never ever been romantically involved with John Mayer,” Giada told Gossip Cop. “I met him twice at least [five] or [six] years ago at public events along with hundreds of other people.”
Strip Scribbles: Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue parties leave Las Vegas
Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015
Las Vegas played host to the bikini beauties of the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue for three years as the glitz and glamour edition — complete with body-painted nudes — was launched.
Gravity-defying ice cream at Bally’s, gold-key gift boxes at Alize, Wahlburgers, WFC farewell
Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015
Hot off the grill! A gold key that opens a box for a surprise gift and an ice cream cone that defies gravity top our rundown of unique Las Vegas dining attractions set for the New Year.
Q+A: Jackie Evancho sings ‘Game of Thrones’ song, but she isn’t allowed to watch show
Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015
It’s been such a remarkable rise to fame around the world for young singer Jackie Evancho that she’s already forgotten that she performed at the Smith Center in her first Las Vegas headlining show two years ago.
Taylor Chandler shoots intersex video for Vivid based on time with Michael Phelps
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015
“Going for the Gold” features the world’s first intersex star, Taylor Lianne Chandler, who was born with male and female genitalia. The film reveals Taylor’s version of intimate and erotic details of an affair with a world-famous Olympic gold-medal winner.
2014 NYE: Love is in L.V. air for Sofia Vergara + Joe Manganiello, Miley Cyrus, Ah-nuld
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015
There were fireworks of the romantic kind, too, in the Entertainment Capital of the World on New Year’s Eve. An unexpected visit by Miley Cyrus lit up just like her high heels she wore while on the arm of new beau-friend Patrick Schwarzenegger.
2014 NYE: Hot! Jennifer Lopez approves Caesars Palace concert photos
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015
Superstar singer and actress Jennifer Lopez performed an impressive, high-energy show at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace. At one point, she waded into the audience to pose for photographs and sing with fans, and the crowd mobbed her.
Strip Scribbles: America’s most expensive restaurant menus; Elvis’ 80th birthday; ‘The Hangover’
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015
Two Las Vegas restaurants and two chefs with Las Vegas outlets have wound up on Daily Meal’s annual Top 10 list of the most expensive restaurant menus in America.
2015 CES: ‘Hardcore Pawn’ star Seth Gold is on the prowl in Las Vegas
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015
“I see all the brands here, and then I know what to expect 90 days later. I’m especially interested on this trip checking out all the cutting-edge, high-end watches and the wrist devices that do everything,” he told me.
Criss Angel, David Copperfield collaborator opening theme park in Utah
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015
Las Vegas illusionist and magic builder Curtis Hickman, who in his decade here has created illusions for Criss Angel and David Copperfield, has become chief creative officer of a 45-acre adventure park under construction at $100 million in Evermore, Utah.
‘Pawn Stars’ star Rick Harrison creates Trivia Challenge app
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015
“Pawn Stars” reality-TV hero Rick Harrison has created a Trivia Challenge app for your smartphone and laptop. It’s a speed trivia game with thousands of questions in 15 categories ranging from pop culture to the more scholarly.
Mariah Carey residency rumors intensify; Journey at the Joint; where’s Calvin Harris?
Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015
The Internet went ballistic this morning with rumblings from New York to Europe and also Las Vegas that 45-year-old superstar singer Mariah Carey is headed to the Strip with a mini-residency.
Strip Scribbles: Ben Vaughn’s new downtown restaurant; Canon USA benefit; Rio turns 25
Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015
Culinary personality and Food Network star chef Ben Vaughn is joining forces with Kent and Lance Johns of the historic Atomic Liquors & Bar on Fremont Street to open a downtown Las Vegas restaurant late spring or early summer.
2015 CES: Parade of stars includes Nick Cannon, Tiesto, Ryan Seacrest, 50 Cent, Neil Young
Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015
Actor, TV and radio host, singer and entrepreneur Nick Cannon is serving as the ambassador for the Entertainment Matters program at CES, the content-focused segment developed for film, TV and digital communities.
Preview: ‘Re-Animator’ is a bloody good time bringing the dead back to life
Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015
It didn’t just win a Best Musical Award but also Best Blood Effects, and theatergoers in the first three rows watching “Re-Animator: The Musical” at tonight’s premiere (16 performances through Jan. 18) at the Smith Center are right in the Splatter Zone.
Strip shows for Diana Ross, Janet Jackson, Lionel Richie and Ricky Martin?
Monday, Jan. 5, 2015
Global-superstar singers Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Janet Jackson and Ricky Martin may all be getting mini-residencies on the Strip early this spring if plans work out.
Strip Scribbles: Tiesto renews contract at Hakkasan; $10 million makeover at XS
Monday, Jan. 5, 2015
Hakkasan Group CEO Neil Moffitt, who announced Tiesto’s renewal today, said: “We are delighted to continue our partnership with such a talented and creative artist, particularly on the heels of the monumental year he just experienced.”
2015 CES preview: Driverless vehicles, flying drones, smartwatches
Monday, Jan. 5, 2015
Strange sights will be seen this week in Las Vegas as the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show fires up its more than 20,000 products and technological breakthroughs ...
Review: Stripper pole, bathtub dancing win raves in ‘Sexxy’s’ first night
Monday, Jan. 5, 2015
Westgate Las Vegas CEO David Siegel was first to his feet Sunday night to lead the midnight standing ovation for dancer Jennifer Romas and the cast of her new adult burlesque “Sexxy” at his hotel. “Bravo,” he told me.
2014 NYE: Robin Thicke toasts New Year with 20-year-old girlfriend at SLS
Monday, Jan. 5, 2015
Also at SLS: rapper French Montana, boxing champion Manny Pacquiao, “Walking Dead” actor Chad Coleman, MMA fighter Tito Ortiz, “The Bachelor” star Bob Guiney and San Francisco 49ers player Chris Cook.
Preview + photos: Jennifer Romas’ ‘Sexxy’ premieres at Westgate
Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015
It’s been a whirlwind 29 days for stunning dancer Jennifer Romas, who premieres her burlesque cabaret “Sexxy” tonight in Shimmer Theater at Westgate Las Vegas. Most of the days have been 20 hours working right through the holidays.
Celebrity preview: Justin Timberlake, John Legend, Joe Rogan, UFC 182 and ‘Sexxy’
Friday, Jan. 2, 2015
Still feeling hung over or at best simply sluggish from all the parties and champagne shows that ran into the dawn hours Thursday? Well you’re getting a chance to fully recover this weekend with a quieter-than-normal entertainment schedule.
Fireworks, celebrities galore (Jennifer Lopez!) light up Las Vegas on NYE
Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015
I spent much of New Year’s Eve at superstar Jennifer Lopez’s “The Best Is Yet to Come” performance at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace. From NYE night on the Strip, rumors about J.Lo, Mariah Carey and more flew.
2014 NYE: J.Lo, Tony Bennett + Gaga, Maroon 5, Iggy, Drake, Macklemore + Ryan Lewis
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014
You can buy a $500,000 VIP champagne table at Hakkasan and a $250,000 package at Hyde Bellagio that includes programming one song at the Bellagio Fountains. There’s even 23-karat gold lasagna being served at $100 a slice at Portofino.
Food Year’s resolutions: Ben Vaughn’s Top 10 countdown
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014
This year, let’s get specific. For every tired and worn-out topic for resolutions, there are hundreds of trends that should be on the radar for the New Year, so let’s combine the best of both and make sure that they are relevant to the topic I’m most familiar with — food.
Murray Sawchuck astounds with close-up magic at Sin City Theater
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014
Magician Murray Sawchuck is just inches from the front-row audience along the stage of Sin City Theater in Planet Hollywood when he helps his “Fantasy” dancer wife into the magic box. Chloe’s hand is the only thing left hanging.
Strip Scribbles: Remembering Robin Williams; plus, Steve Wynn, ‘Panda!’ and Jeff Beacher
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014
The lists that are compiled as newspapers, magazines and TV shows look back at the year made me reflect on the sad losses of 2014. We lost many greats, but nobody funnier than comedian and movie superstar Robin Williams.
Amy Purdy’s book ‘On My Own Two Feet’ is out today by HarperCollins
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014
The remarkable story of Las Vegas hero Amy Purdy, who lost her legs, approached death’s door and went on to become a Paralympic bronze medalist and a finalist on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” is published today by HarperCollins.
It’s ‘Champagne Wishes’ for Pia Zadora at Suncoast, then Piero’s on NYE
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014
Singer Pia Zadora made a remarkable recovery from serious injuries sustained in a September golf cart accident so much so that she returned to sing after just two months at her “Pia’s Place” showroom in the celebrated Italian restaurant Piero’s.
Second lineup is revealed for ‘ENTSpeaks’ at Inspire Theater on Feb. 2
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014
The success of “ENTSpeaks” led Andy Walmsley to sign up the Smith Center President Myron Martin, magician Mac King, “Fantasy” creator Anita Mann, “Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers” singer Nicole Kaplan, Frank Sinatra impressionist Bob Anderson and yours truly.
Giada De Laurentiis, husband Todd Thompson divorcing after 11 years of marriage
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014
Early this morning, glamorous Italian culinary star Giada De Laurentiis revealed on her Facebook and website pages that designer husband Todd Thompson and she have call their 11-year marriage quits.
Spike’s ‘Catch a Contractor’ is searching for Las Vegas victims, horror stories
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014
“Catch a Contractor” hosts Adam Carolla and husband-and-wife Skip Bedell and Alison Bedell are looking for Las Vegas homeowners who have been ripped off by “take the money and run” contractors.
Las Vegas celebrities share their New Year’s traditions
Monday, Dec. 29, 2014
There are only a few days left before we leave 2014 behind and start 2015 with optimism, resolutions and old and new traditions. We asked Las Vegas celebrities up and down and off the Strip to share their New Year’s traditions:
Strip Scribbles: Is Britney Spears engaged? Shake Shack opens; hangover cures
Monday, Dec. 29, 2014
We get story ideas, tips and gossip rumblings in phone calls and emails, and some you simply can’t ignore. It could be a comedienne’s joke, or it could be the truth.
Jennifer Romas to open adult topless revue ‘Sexxy’ at Westgate Las Vegas
Monday, Dec. 29, 2014
“We will be different from anything else on the Strip and different from anything ever done in this genre. It’s a journey of sensuality and sexual adventure with fun and enticing vignettes featuring music from all eras appealing to men and women of all ages.”
Celebrity preview: Jerry Seinfeld, Lisa Lampanelli, Afrojack, Steve Aoki, Bel Biv DeVoe
Friday, Dec. 26, 2014
It’s a quiet weekend before the last blowout of the Old Year as the New Year gets ready to rock in, but there are still goodies to unwrap, and comedy keeps the Yuletide spirit going.
‘Rock of Ages’ at Venetian toasts two years, is better than ever
Friday, Dec. 26, 2014
There was a standing ovation from the crowd, and raucous narrator Mark Shunock, who portrays Lonny, thanked the audience and Las Vegas community for their continued support of the production.
Photos: Brian Setzer Orchestra rocks Pearl at the Palms for the holidays
Friday, Dec. 26, 2014
The Brian Setzer Orchestra brought its 11th annual Christmas Rocks Extravaganza to the Palms, and the band rocked Pearl Concert Theater with “Dig That Crazy Santa Claus,” “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Joy to the World.”
Controversial playboy Dan Bilzerian is L.V. foster family’s Christmas angel
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014
Trouble-making and poker-playing Las Vegas millionaire Dan Bilzerian has made notorious headlines in recent weeks: The 34-year-old trust-fund beneficiary has been linked to a nightclub brawl.
They have great wings! Hooters en route to the Palms?
Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014
Early next year, Hooters, which describes itself as “delightfully tacky, yet unrefined” and has a casino on Tropicana just off the Strip, will reportedly take over the space formerly occupied by Heraea.
Strip Scribbles: ‘Pawn Stars,’ Mac King, WSOP, ‘MDQ’ and new restaurants
Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014
Magician Mac King celebrates his 15th anniversary at Harrah’s next month, and he’s the cover star of the New Year’s edition of Magic magazine. Mac began his first two-year contract on Jan. 11, 2000.
Andrew Dice Clay plays Cupid during his standup at Hard Rock Hotel
Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014
The thought of comedy bad boy Andrew Dice Clay making nice playing Cupid isn’t one that comes easily to mind. However, the Diceman proved everybody wrong watching his standup at Vinyl. For once, he got to be Mr. Nice Guy onstage.
Q+A: Steve Wynn reveals secrets at ‘Showstoppers’ premiere
Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014
Everybody in Saturday’s premiere audience had been singing, some even dancing while standing, as the 31-strong orchestra and 35 singers and dancers closed the show with two ultimate, show-stopping numbers.
From sock puppets to solo stardom: Penny Pibbets, HRH of lowdown, wicked humor
Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014
In her new, one-woman “The Penny Pibbets Show” downtown, she has the cheapest set imaginable partly sponsored by a crowdfunding experiment, which she says enabled her to buy a bicycle to decorate with silver sparkles and a unicorn‘s horn.
Henderson’s Helene Neville preps for final quarter of her run around America
Monday, Dec. 22, 2014
She’s already run three quarters of the way around the perimeter of the United States, but now Henderson’s Helene Neville, who has beaten cancer three times, faces the longest and toughest part of the long and lonely run.

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