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October 24, 2014

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Robin Leach

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John Legend + Chrissy Teigen, Jon Bon Jovi, Chippendales, L.A. Kings, L.A. Clippers
Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
Singer John Legend and his supermodel wife Chrissy Teigen enjoyed brunch at Mercadito in Red Rock Resort. Rocker Jon Bon Jovi had lunch at Wolfgang Puck’s Pizzeria & Cucina in Crystals.
‘Resort Rescue’ host Shane Green: In ‘creating experiences, Las Vegas rules the world’
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
“Las Vegas did it better than anybody anywhere out there. We had a couple of tough years but went back to creating better and better experiences. A lot of money was invested, which hurt a lot of bottom lines ... but now look at what has happened.”
Andiron Steak & Sea, white truffles, Crave American Kitchen, Sage
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
Kim Canteenwalla and Elizabeth Blau, the husband-and-wife powerhouse team behind Honey Salt and Made L.V., have officially announced their highly anticipated fine-dining concept opening spring 2015 at Downtown Summerlin.
Steve Martorano’s second L.V. restaurant, Martorano, is his first on the Strip
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
Dining with celebrity chef and DJ Steve Martorano is an Italian night of partying you’ll never forget. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience at his new and second Las Vegas restaurant, Martorano at Paris Las Vegas.
2014 World Food Championships is for serious foodies and competitors
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
It will cost Mike McCloud $600,000 just to stage the largest food fight in Las Vegas history, and that’s before he shells out another $300,000 for the prize purse. The 3rd Annual World Food Championships is expanding its field of competitors.
Strip Scribbles: Shania, Oprah, Veronic, Kerry Simon, ‘Ink Master,’ Booze District
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
Oprah Winfrey’s TV network cameras will be here Friday at Caesars Palace filming segments with singing superstar Shania Twain, Caesars President Gary Selesner and yours truly. Shania returns tonight to the Colosseum.
‘Wicked’ star Kim Zimmer: ‘There’s something in the show that touches everyone’
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
For our preview of “Wicked,” at the Smith Center from tonight through Nov. 9, I talked with longtime friend and “Guiding Light” actress Kim Zimmer, who reprises her role of Madame Morrible.
Jeff Civillico to go ‘Over the Edge’ at Planet Hollywood
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
Daredevil juggling Quad headliner Jeff Civillico will throw himself off the roof of Planet Hollywood on Friday afternoon in a crazy, never-been-done-before stunt to raise funds for Special Olympics of Nevada.
Fright Dome’s grand opening is spook-tacular at Circus Circus
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014
Fright Dome, whose selected charity of the season is Nevada SPCA, kicked off its 12th anniversary Friday night with a star-studded grand-opening party and black carpet complete with a chainsaw cake created by Las Vegas’ Showboy Bakeshop.
Comedy legend Marty Allen, 92, releases official biography ‘Hello Dere’
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014
Veteran comedy star Marty Allen has finally penned his official illustrated biography covering his amazing 70 years in showbiz. And at age 92, he’s still going strong with appearances here in his hometown.
Strip Scribbles: Criss Angel, Miss USA Nia Sanchez and Route 91 Harvest
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014
It was supposed to be a quiet and anonymous donation, but whispers slipped out that “Believe” at the Luxor headliner magician Criss Angel donated $25,000 to kids with cancer.
‘Resort Rescue’ host Shane Green of L.V. on dysfunctional employees, owners, unruly guests
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014
Resort hotel staffs had no idea as Shane Green filmed them to catch every move on hidden cameras. He scours each resort from top to bottom — from using a blacklight to check for clean bedding to catching a bartender neglecting new customers.
Mike Rowe’s new CNN show spotlights ‘Le Reve’ with unprecedented access
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014
“Somebody’s Gotta Do It” shows Las Vegas at its entertainment best as host Mike Rowe goes underwater, over water and becomes part of the spectacle meeting up with Dale Hurt, who is known as “King of the Techies.”
Strip Scribbles: Jeff Beacher, Sabina Kelley, Criss Angel, Barbra Streisand, Rick Harrison
Monday, Oct. 6, 2014
Showman Jeff Beacher is deliberately keeping his Beacher’s Madhouse at MGM Grand open only Fridays while he is in L.A. recuperating from a stomach operation. He’ll switch to a Tuesday, Friday and Saturday schedule as of Oct. 21.
Did Mario Lopez and Britney Spears have a one-night stand in Las Vegas?
Monday, Oct. 6, 2014
Did actor and TV host Mario Lopez spill the secret about his “one-night stand with a pop star in Las Vegas”? He didn’t reveal her name in his new book “Just Between Us,” or even tell his wife, Courtney Mazza Lopez.
Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett to headline at Cosmopolitan on New Year’s Eve
Monday, Oct. 6, 2014
Two legendary musicians, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, will perform their Las Vegas show together to count down into the New Year at the Chelsea in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Richard Dunn has done it again with new YouTube video of Celine
Monday, Oct. 6, 2014
Richard Dunn turned his single iPhone camera shots into yet another video after picking up a $1,000 voucher from Delta Airlines for being voluntarily bumped from a flight from Venice, Italy, back to Atlanta. This time, he chose “The Prayer.”
Roy Horn toasts 70th at ‘Michael Jackson One,’ Rx Boiler Room, 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque
Monday, Oct. 6, 2014
Siegfried & Roy were longtime fans and friends of the late King of Pop. Joining them were Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” tour director Kenny Ortega, “X-Men” director Bryan Singer, Magic Castle founder Irene Larsen and more than a dozen friends.
‘Crazy Girls,’ America’s longest-running topless cabaret, celebrates 27th anniversary
Monday, Oct. 6, 2014
It’s a remarkable achievement. After 27 years, the topless beauties who comprise today’s “Crazy Girls” are still going strong and attracting sellout audiences at their Riviera Showroom.
Lisa Lampanelli, 100 pounds lighter, is a one-woman wrecking machine
Monday, Oct. 6, 2014
She’s a one-woman wrecking machine who could easily prove President Barack Obama’s secret weapon against ISIS terrorists. Confronted by her sharp tongue, they’d simply run high speed back to their caves.
Red Bull Air Race pilot Kirby Chambliss: ‘There’s always a sense of danger’
Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014
Kirby Chambliss, who has flown everything from a Boeing 737 to a single-seat, 17-foot wingspan plane, is the star attraction this Saturday and Sunday at the Red Bull Air Race for the first time at our Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Celebrity preview: Aldean, Shelton + Lambert, Bentley, Gilbert, The Band Perry, LuckyRice, Lampanelli, Sykes
Friday, Oct. 3, 2014
Stetsons, spurs and cowboy boots will be the fashion on the Strip this weekend as the inaugural Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival turns Las Vegas into Nashville when Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are joined by Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley and Dwight Yoakam.
Photos: Lorde rules the Joint with amazing, hypnotic and passionate show
Friday, Oct. 3, 2014
It’s difficult to believe this New Zealand teenager who has already amassed much music and award success at 17 is so professional and confident. “It’s amazing for someone so young to be so cool. Really unusual in the best sense,” I was told.
Offer to Madonna in Celine’s absence? Todd English moving to L.V.; Surrender expands
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
Celebrity chef Todd English, who has made racy headlines in New York tabloids with his saucy shenanigans, is moving to Las Vegas to escape the paparazzi there who chronicle his every move. ...
Strip Scribbles: Emily West of ‘AGT’; Miss USA Nia Sanchez; Wayne Newton’s award
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
Emily West has gone on to become a popular country artist and was signed to Capital Records in Nashville. Her “Blue Sky” debut duet with Keith Urban hit the country charts.
Preview: Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton launch Route 91 Harvest
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
It’s as if the annual Country Music Awards from Nashville and the Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand are being rolled into one three-day, all-star Las Vegas weekend.
Motley Crew frontman Vince Neil talks plans for his Las Vegas Outlaws
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
It will have all the action and excitement of the NFL, plus, the fun of a rock concert party. That’s the goal of hometown rocker Vince Neil for his new Arena Football League expansion team the Las Vegas Outlaws, which kicks off its debut season next March.
Shanna Moakler: ‘I think Nevada has a good chance for a repeat’ at Miss USA
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
I talked with Shanna Moakler, Miss Nevada Pageant USA executive producer, 1995 Miss USA, Playmate of the Month in 2001 and star of VH1’s hit reality-TV series “Hollywood Exes” (she’s the ex-wife of drummer Travis Barker of Blink-182).


Strip Scribbles: ‘Ballistic’ B.J. Baldwin, $5K lunch with Giada, ‘Ink Master,’ 16 days of music
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
“Ballistic” B.J. Baldwin, the four-time off-road racing king, has accomplished a miraculous high-speed drive living up to his nickname tearing through the streets of Ensenada, Mexico, where he races regularly for the Baja 1000.
David Spade talks what women want and turning 50
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
The arrival of Lipshtick at the Venetian has meant a jump across the Strip to the Mirage for David Spade. It’s a far cry from his first shows in Las Vegas at the Improv in the Riviera when he recalled performing 21 shows a week.
‘Marriage Can Be Murder,’ now at The D Las Vegas, celebrates 15 years of interactive theater
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
There were two murders the night I had dinner at The D Las Vegas downtown, and the suspect sat just a few tables away until a police investigator exposed his identity. Don’t be too shocked because it wasn’t real-life ugliness.
Monica Fung is crowned 2014 Miss Asian Las Vegas at pageant in Palazzo
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
It was a take-your-breath away moment as the contestants walked onstage for introductions in their cultural costumes. The crowd cheered as outfits from China, Cambodia, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Vietnam and more dazzled under the lights.
Journey back in time with Matt Kazam in ’40 Is Not the New 20’ at Riviera
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
It’s frightening to think that 40 years ago, iPhones didn’t exist, and instead we held up a Get Smart shoebox-sized phone with a 6-foot antenna to our ears. Worse is that online dating sites didn’t exist back then.
History, legend of ‘Lion’s Share’ slot machine come to a close at MGM Grand
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
The “Lion’s Share” was the oldest mechanical-reel machine in the casino. Custom made for the resort’s opening, it slowly gained a cult following as it held onto its top jackpot as the years went by. It grew to become the most popular slot machine.
Strip Scribbles: Randy Couture exits ‘DWTS’; farewell, Circo, hello, Lago at Bellagio
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
Meantime, Las Vegas tattoo artist Cleen Rock One from Chrome Gypsy Tattoo continues tonight with his “Ink Master” quest for the $100,000 prize on the Spike reality-TV competition hosted by Dave Navarro.
‘Wonder Woman’ star Lynda Carter takes on L.V. slot machines at G2E
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
The world’s most powerful woman takes over the Strip today. No, it’s not former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, first lady Michelle Obama or former vice-presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. It’s Wonder Woman!
Lorde and Jerry Lewis face off in Las Vegas tonight
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
Tonight is a remarkable evening in Las Vegas entertainment as a newcomer goes up against a veteran. The terrifically talented twosome is two-time Grammy Award-winning, multiplatinum-selling ”Royals” singer Lorde and Hollywood screen legend Jerry Lewis.
Martorano, Lagasse, Bonefish Grill, Casa Fuente, Taste of the Nation
Monday, Sept. 29, 2014
Celebrity chef Steve Martorano has opened his second Las Vegas restaurant, Martorano. The Cafe Martorano at the Rio chef’s new hip hangout spot is at the Paris, and the late-night crowd is having a fun time dancing to his DJ music.
The Venetian replaces annual Winter Carnivale with luxurious Ultimo
Monday, Sept. 29, 2014
Instead of a Winter Carnivale, the Venetian this year will present the ultimate Las Vegas experience celebrating luxury, fine food, rare liquors and celebrity chefs. Ultimo stands for ultimate, ultra, utmost in a world of gorgeous jewelry and fast cars.
Strip Scribbles: Haze at Aria to close? New Planet Hollywood shows, $1.65M auto at Barrett-Jackson
Monday, Sept. 29, 2014
Joe Vargas is reporting that the Light Group’s Haze nightclub in Aria will shut down after Halloween weekend, and it is closing indefinitely with remodeling plans canceled — at least for now. I’m also hearing that Gold Lounge will get a makeover.
Festivino at Palazzo celebrates French chefs and old and new world wines
Monday, Sept. 29, 2014
Old and new world wines and delicious dishes from Master Chefs of France, some of them based here in Las Vegas, marked the return of Festivino, a full-bodied festival, at the Palazzo Atrium on Friday night.
Max Jacobson makes appearance at Carson Kitchen fundraiser for him
Monday, Sept. 29, 2014
After months of rehabilitation in Denver, Omaha and here, food critic Max Jacobson made his first appearance back in town for the Chefs to the Max fundraiser for him at Kerry Simon’s downtown Carson Kitchen on Sunday night.
Celebrity preview: Katy Perry, Kings of Leon, Jenny McCarthy, Bill Cosby, ‘AGT’
Friday, Sept. 26, 2014
The summer pool season winds down this weekend, but the party scene continues in overdrive indoors with music and comedy stars. Add the 2014 Miss Asian Las Vegas Pageant, and we have a glamorous weekend with something for everybody.
‘AGT’ judge Mel B on winner magician Mat Franco: ‘He amazed everybody’
Friday, Sept. 26, 2014
Mel B, judging for her second year on “AGT,” told me: “Mat really brought magic back in a big way. The audiences at home and in the theater loved him. He had a little bit of edginess to himself in performing. I loved what he did.”
‘AGT’ Season 9 winner Mat Franco: ‘I felt like David Copperfield for a moment’
Friday, Sept. 26, 2014
At 4 years old, Mat Franco dreamed of making it big in magic by starting to teach himself card tricks. At 12, he became the youngest student ever in Henderson magician Jeff McBride’s Magic Academy classes. One week ago, he made TV history.
Strip Scribbles: Jenny McCarthy, Wahlberg brothers, Britney Spears, Brad Garrett
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
Blonde bombshell Jenny McCarthy and new husband Donnie Wahlberg will be here this weekend with his brothers, actor Mark Wahlberg and business executive and chef Paul Wahlberg, to film scenes for their new season of “Wahlburgers” on A&E.
Preview: Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction makes its way to Mandalay Bay
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
TV cameras from Fox Sports and National Geographic will present three days of live coverage totaling 23 hours and reaching 100 million homes as the 7th Annual Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Collector Car Auction showcase begins today.
Cleen Rock One in hunt on ‘Ink Master’; Randy Couture’s ‘DWTS’ beat goes on
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
Despite dropping to 28 votes out of a possible 40, UFC legend Randy Couture and pro partner Karina Smirnoff were declared safe on “Dancing With the Stars,” while Cleen Rock One saw his archrival and former employee Tim Lees ousted on “Ink Master.”
‘Georgia on My Mind’ and ‘America the Beautiful’ cap thrilling Ray Charles tribute show
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014
Hometown award-winning singer Clint Holmes gets the biggest praise not only for masterfully performing the Ray Charles songbook, but also for marshaling the storyline of Ray’s life and the musicians onstage and offstage for their solos.
Strip Scribbles: Billionaire buys into Lake Las Vegas? Plus, Miss Nevada, Rise Lanterns
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014
I’m hearing from reliable sources that hedge fund billionaire manager John Paulson, who in March was estimated to be worth $13.5 billion by Forbes, is getting heavily involved at Lake Las Vegas southeast of the Strip.

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