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Photos: Justin Bieber toasts 21st birthday at Omnia grand opening
Monday, March 16, 2015
After the cake presentation, the birthday boy, who turned 21 on March 1, was escorted to the exclusive Heart of Omnia, where Miguel, Kris Jenner and “Scorpion” stars Katherine McPhee and Elyes Gabel joined him.
Strip Scribbles: Kerry Simon on ‘The Doctors’; Clint Eastwood; ‘Pawn Stars’
Monday, March 16, 2015
Celebrity chef Kerry Simon’s incredible fight against the neurological disease Multiple System Atrophy is set to receive national coverage on the TV series “The Doctors” this week.
‘DWTS’ preview: Suzanne Somers gets ‘Physical’; Redfoo’s ‘Juicy Wiggle’
Monday, March 16, 2015
In a salute to her new Las Vegas home and fellow stars, actress, singer, dancer and author Suzanne Somers will perform the cha cha to Flamingo headliner Olivia Newton-John’s 1980s hit “Physical” on tonight’s two-hour season premiere of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.”
Celebrity preview: Justin Bieber, Jason Mraz, Korn, Whitney Cummings, Ludacris, Ringo Starr
Friday, March 13, 2015
All eyes this weekend will be on the madness and mayhem that Justin Bieber is certain to cause with his Bieber Fever fans when he celebrates his belated 21st birthday in tandem with the opening of the $100 million-plus Omnia nightclub at Caesars Palace.
L.V. flick ‘The Three Es,’ shot with $11,000 in two years, has first film society screening
Friday, March 13, 2015
It’s difficult to believe that you can make a great movie for just $11,000. It’s even more difficult to believe that it took three years out of the lives of the filmmakers here in Las Vegas to capture the story.
Vegas Uncork’d is ‘here to stay’; Adam Rapoport predicts fine-dining changes
Thursday, March 12, 2015
The lineup of chefs includes Emeril Lagasse, Wolfgang Puck, Gordon Ramsay, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Susan Feniger, Mary Sue Milliken, Guy Savoy, Hubert Keller, Michael Mina, Rick Moonen, Steve Martorano, Julian Serrano, Masa Takayama and Frank Pellegrino Jr.
Strip Scribbles: ‘Wheel of Fortune’ rolls into L.V.; ‘Wizard Wars’; Elaine Wynn
Thursday, March 12, 2015
The “Wheel of Fortune” Wheelmobile will be in town for two days this weekend, and the long-running game show is looking for energetic, enthusiastic, fun and good game players.
Shania Twain says of former best friend: ‘I wish I’d never met you’
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Shania was asked by Andy Cohen about the betrayal when her best friend Marie Ann Thiebaud ran off with her longtime record producer husband Robert “Mutt” Lange, father of their son Eja.
Derek Jeter takes over for Michael Jordan at Shadow Creek, Aria
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Derek Jeter has taken over the Michael Jordan mantle at the Celebrity Golf Invitational at Aria, and none other than the NBA great himself is here to turn over the clubs to the MLB star.
Preview: $107 million Omnia Nightclub opens with Calvin Harris, Justin Bieber
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Eleven months of preparation and a whopping $107 million (some reports have it as high as $125 million) have gone into the double-the-size transformation from the old Pure nightclub to the new Omnia. You won’t recognize any of the old; now it’s all new.
Comedienne Whitney Cummings: ‘Being naked is my fear’
Thursday, March 12, 2015
With a successful career as TV producer and star, Whitney Cummings is one of Hollywood’s most eligible bachelorette beauties. However, her dating life is often a disaster. She’s baffled by the way men come on to her.
Strip Scribbles: Vince Neil, KISS trade AFL players; new reality-TV show; ‘Duck Dynasty’
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Motley Crue rocker Vince Neil of the new Arena Football League team the Las Vegas Outlaws and rival KISS rockers Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of the L.A. Kiss have negotiated a pre-season training camp trade.
Comedy legend Marty Allen talks his 93rd birthday, looks to 100
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Veteran comic Marty Allen has no intention of retiring, let alone slowing down as he celebrates his 93rd birthday. In fact, he’s partying as if he’s turning 100 when he plays the Downtown Grand for two nights.
Photos: Robin Leach takes on Mexican kitchen duties at Mercadito
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
The new restaurant Mercadito at Red Rock Resort has been spicing up the valley’s Mexican culinary scene since it opened. Now starting tonight, it gets even hotter with tequila dinner menus by executive chef Juan Puentes every Wednesday night.
Tyson Beckford to guest host in Chippendales from April 30-May 24
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
I worked with Tyson in 2002 stranded in the Australian rainforest for ABC’s “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here.” We were teamed up with Melissa Rivers, Bruce Jenner and others, including Jennifer Lopez’s former beau, dancer Criss Judd.
Strip Scribbles: Penn Jillette, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Iggy Azalea, Madonna
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Actress Anne Archer is one of the producers behind the new movie “The Squeeze” based on iconic golf figure Keith Flatt, who inspired the film. It is the first independent film shot at the Wynn.
Official confirms Celine Dion’s return to Colosseum at Caesars Palace
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Also, four of her musicians, musical conductor Claude “Mego” Lemay, who has been with her for 28 years, will depart the band along with Yves Frulla, Andre Coutu and Jean-Seb Carree when their contracts end this weekend.
Q+A: Miss Kay and Korie Robertson — the men wouldn’t be where they are without the women
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Readings and rehearsals for the family’s “Duck Commander Musical,” “show tunes from the swamp,” in New York are well underway in advance of its Las Vegas preview performances starting April 8 readying for its world premiere here at the Rio on April 15.
Photos: Sixty years of the Riviera began with Liberace on opening day April 20, 1955
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
It is without doubt the end of an era. At noon Monday, May 4, the doors to the Riviera will be shut, and gamblers, tourists and regulars will no longer be able to enter the historic and venerable Riviera hotel and casino.
Photos: DJ Steve Aoki receives celebrity star at the Palms
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
“I’m living the dream and living on top of the world,” Steve Aoki told a group of well-wishers, including Flavor Flav, Coolio, Joe Jackson and Carrot Top, when I interviewed him after theater owner Johnny Brenden unveiled the star.
Photos: Entertainers turn out in force to support St. Baldrick’s hair-razing events
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
It is heartbreaking and uplifting. The sadness arises because innocent young children are fighting a cruel and painful battle against cancer. It’s inspiring and heartening because hundreds of volunteers are willing to be shaved bald to raise funds.
Photos: Winning NASCAR Weekend for Kevin Harvick, Austin Dillon, Jeff Gordon
Monday, March 9, 2015
Las Vegas Motor Speedway owner Bruton Smith could only have been happier if NASCAR had finally come through with a second race for Las Vegas, but that ain’t happening. So Bruton was just as contented with the 130,000-strong crowd.
Photos: Maverick Helicopter flies Rascal Flatts, Vince Neil, Carrot Top to Kobalt 400
Monday, March 9, 2015
Traffic could have been a two-hour nightmare to reach Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the weekend’s Boyd Gaming 300 and Kobalt 400 NASCAR races, but it was just a 12-minute flight via Maverick Helicopter for celebrities and VIPs.
Strip Scribbles: Mark Shunock + 17 women, and his wife’s out of town
Monday, March 9, 2015
It’s a male fantasy: One man and 17 women, and it’s while his wife is out of town! The dream-come-true situation occurs next Monday when “Rock of Ages” at the Venetian star Mark Shunock has his “Divas” night for his monthly “Mondays Dark” fundraiser.
Sheldon Adelson to host GOP leaders in April; John Legend + Cirque; Kevin Hart’s award
Monday, March 9, 2015
Which rock star has been regularly tweeting Las Vegas porn stars and pinup beauties? Which Strip headline entertainer plans to cut short his residency here because of ticket sales not being nightly sellouts?
Photos: Paris Hilton, bachelorettes’ Thunder From Down Under night of ‘fake orgasms,’ bump and grind
Monday, March 9, 2015
Paris Hilton, with the help of Beacher’s Madhouse producer and headliner Jeff Beacher, organized a fabulous bachelorette party for her cousin Brooke Brinson at Australia’s Thunder From Down Under male revue Saturday night at Excalibur.
Top Westgate Las Vegas execs talk future plans for former Hilton property
Monday, March 9, 2015
“Elvis liked to eat with the employees in the employee cafeteria, and they loved him and he loved them. This was his home. ... Elvis is as much a part of this building as the walls are. He is still the heartbeat of the property.”
Q+A: Michael Tilson Thomas conducts London Symphony Orchestra in first L.V. performance
Monday, March 9, 2015
Michael Tilson Thomas is the third generation of his family to follow an artistic career. The principal guest conductor of the London Symphony, he also is the music director of the San Francisco Symphony and founder and artistic director of the New World Symphony.
Celebrity preview: Chris Brown, Steve Aoki, Brody Jenner, J. Cole, Rascal Flatts, NASCAR, Baldrick’s
Friday, March 6, 2015
It’s a weekend of hair-raising excitement with two big NASCAR races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and hair-razing to raise funds for the children’s cancer-fighting charity St. Baldrick’s Foundation across the valley.
Jon Taffer of ‘Bar Rescue’: I see owner confidence, growth, new concepts, investments
Friday, March 6, 2015
Economically, I see some positive shifts. Confidence of the operators to open and remodel is much, much higher than it was. Robin, it’s a whole new field than it was two years ago, the entire marketplace.
Q+A: Joey Fatone is in sync after first five days in ‘Rock of Ages’
Friday, March 6, 2015
Fans are shouting his name mid-performance, and the confetti gun that fires the glitter has been shooting into his face. It’s not easy being a music superstar when you grab the mantle of actor.
Derek Jeter prepares for first L.V. golf tournament; will Tom Brady compete?
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Among the star names being mentioned to attend is Kardashian family member Brody Jenner with his dad Bruce Jenner, who is reportedly undergoing treatment for a transgender sex change. The Jenners have competed in previous years.
Strip Scribbles: Riviera’s 60th anniversary; new Strip dining and nightlife
Thursday, March 5, 2015
The noon May 4 closing of the doors to the Riviera, which is becoming part of the expanded Las Vegas Convention Center district, isn’t stopping the Diamond Jubilee 60th Anniversary celebrations there next month.
Brody Jenner + William Lifestyle, Steve Aoki, Gary LeVox, Craig Wayne Boyd
Thursday, March 5, 2015
The exclusive Las Vegas residency of DJ duo Brody Jenner and William Lifestyle kicks off at Tao in the Venetian on Friday and returns March 20. They also will launch the summer pool season at Tao Beach the weekend of April 4.
No prom for Oregon teenager + ‘Fantasy’ dancer, principal says
Thursday, March 5, 2015
“All prom guests have to be 19 and under,” said Regis High School principal Scott Coulter. “Austin is not in trouble, but after we laughed about it, I said this just isn’t going to happen.”
Hotel rates, fight-ticket prices skyrocketing for Mayweather-Pacquiao on May 2
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Hotel insiders tell me that regular rooms are being booked in a frenzy, some already with a starting price of $1,250 to $1,500 a night — and that’s without any assurance of getting a ticket to the fight itself.
NASCAR Weekend preview: Hauler Parade; will Jimmie Johnson win fifth L.V. race?
Thursday, March 5, 2015
The green flag will drop at 6 p.m. today for the 50 bright, colorful haulers to roll under the bright neon lights of our Strip hotel landmarks, and racecar fans and tourists will be able to watch from both sides of the Strip.
Jon Taffer of ‘Bar Rescue’ to open bar in Las Vegas, talks dining scene, pub vs. bar
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Las Vegas is famous for some of the greatest nightclubs in the world, you know that, but we’re not famous for the best bars in the world. Think about it. Las Vegas isn’t known for great bars; we’re known for great nightclubs and restaurants.
Handwriting analyses of Celine Dion, Holly Madison, Criss Angel, Carrot Top and Rick Harrison
Thursday, March 5, 2015
We all know that you shouldn’t — or can’t — judge a book by its cover. But when it comes to your handwriting, that’s a different story. There are experts who can read you fully by what you write, how you sign your name and how you scribble.
Strip Scribbles: Genting’s cruises and casinos; ‘Duck Commander’ casting; Steven Tyler
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Industry insiders are trying to plot the chess game being played by Genting Gaming Group, which will soon start construction of its Resort World casino hotel on the Strip opposite the Wynn.
Are Shania Twain and Celine Dion returning to Caesars Palace?
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Shania Twain made it official this morning on “Good Morning America” that after 11 years, she’s going back on tour — and it will be her last! It starts June 5 in Seattle and ends Aug. 24 in Fresno, Calif. There’s no stop set for her “Rock This Country” tour in Las Vegas.
St. Baldrick’s events at New York-New York, McMullan’s Irish Pub, Vinyl
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
It’s one of the most emotional fundraisers of the year. On Saturday, dozens of men, women and their children will volunteer to have their heads shaved in the annual St. Baldrick’s Day events to raise money for children’s cancer research.
Experts to discuss Bugsy Siegel at the Mob Museum on March 24
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Who killed Mob legend Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel at age 41 with an assassin’s bullet in Beverly Hills, Calif., after he opened the Flamingo here in 1947? No suspects were ever arrested, and to this day it remains an unsolved mystery.
Jon Taffer of ‘Bar Rescue’ talks Nightclub & Bar, past year in L.V. and what’s ahead
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
“Bar Rescue” reality-TV star Jon Taffer perhaps more than anybody else knows the nightclub and bar business inside out. For 30 years, he’s helmed the annual Nightclub & Bar Show and presided over its business, expansion and growth.
Hakkasan, Drai’s, XS, DJ Vice, Echo & Rig win Nightclub & Bar Show Awards
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
“Bar Rescue” star Jon Taffer announced today the Las Vegas winners of the 2015 Nightclub & Bar Show Awards on March 30. “The winners are visionaries who are instrumental in setting trends and forging the way for other hospitality venues,” said Jon.
Olivia Newton-John celebrates 50 years in show business, new CD
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Olivia Newton-John has sold more than 100 million albums with 10 No. 1 hits and more than 15 Top 10 singles. She’s been awarded four Grammys, an Emmy and numerous Country Music, American Music, Billboard and People’s Choice Awards.
Strip Scribbles: ‘Fantasy’ star Mariah invited to Oregon teenager’s prom
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Beautiful dancer Mariah Rivera told me that Austin Moore reached out to her via Twitter on Monday with an invitation to join him and his guy group as their date for the May 16 graduation event.
Photos: Liberace Mansion returns to life with Opera Las Vegas gala
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
The razzle-dazzle that Mr. Showmanship was known for around the world was back in full force over the weekend with the reopening of the Liberace Mansion, and it was a glittering, black-tie affair.
Review: ‘Zumanity’ is hotter, sexier with new videos, costumes and acts
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Every act has been spruced up, pushing the playful provocation farther with the new look that artistic director Ria Martens and cutting-edge Parisian choreographer Yanis Marshall have brought to the reinvigorated show. It’s truly brilliant creativity.
Photos: Britney Spears + Steven Tyler; with boyfriend, sons at Mirage, Wynn
Monday, March 2, 2015
The pop princess and Planet Hollywood headliner also launched her Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation charity partnership downtown at the Zappos.com campus with its chief, Tony Hsieh.

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