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August 29, 2014

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Westgate Las Vegas owner David Siegel: ‘I like the odds here — we know what we can do out here’
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Timeshare titan David Siegel says, “We’ve been out here in Las Vegas with our properties about 10 years now, and I haven’t put a quarter in a slot machine. I don’t think this is a gamble. Everything in life is a gamble. It’s a very good calculated business risk.”
High Roller turns 100 days old; first 100 guests receive free ride
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Then from 4 to 7 p.m., a new daily happy-hour program is launched at the world’s tallest observation wheel at the Linq for guests paying $24.99 with open bar and bartender in cabin — that means as much as guests can drink for the 30-minute circle.
Strip Scribbles: Miss USA Nia Sanchez of Nevada returns to town July 17-20
Monday, July 7, 2014
For the first time since winning the 2014 Miss USA Pageant in Baton Rouge, La., in June, hometown beauty Nia Sanchez is returning to Las Vegas for a pageant models reunion with former Miss Nevada USA contestants.
Four-time cancer survivor Helene Neville of Henderson completes 2,000-mile run
Monday, July 7, 2014
For the first time in 70 days, 53-year-old Henderson grandmother Helene Neville is off her feet, and instead of running more than 25 miles a day, she’s back behind a steering wheel. “I feel fantastic except for the blisters and sore feet,” she told me.
‘All By Myself’ fan Richard Dunn, Lance Bass and Michael Turchin attend Celine Dion’s show
Monday, July 7, 2014
“Lonely” airport videographer Richard Dunn isn’t the only one in his family able to sing Celine Dion’s hit “All By Myself” — his 2-year-old daughter Bailey knows the words, too, and sang them to the Canadian superstar backstage this weekend.
Thunder From Down Under toasts 13 years at Excalibur, welcomes counterparts in ‘Sydney After Dark’
Monday, July 7, 2014
The handsome Aussie hunks in Thunder From Down Under at Excalibur celebrated their 13th anniversary over the Fourth of July Weekend. Producer Adam Steck of SPI Entertainment told me that he’s increased the number of shows to meet demand.
Celine Dion’s ‘All By Myself’ YouTube fan Richard Dunn meets his idol on Fourth of July
Saturday, July 5, 2014
Celine Dion super-fan Richard Dunn, now known worldwide for his 2 a.m. video of her hit remake “All By Myself” filmed via his cell phone at our McCarran Airport, returned to the Strip with family and friends Friday night to celebrate the Fourth of July.
Celebrity preview: Khloe Kardashian, Papa Roach, Queen, Pauly D, Nick Cannon, Thunder
Friday, July 4, 2014
Today’s packed excitement is just the start of the three-day holiday weekend with plenty of fun set for Saturday and Sunday. Even Khloe Kardashian is in town to celebrate her 30th birthday at Tao in the Venetian.
Longtime L.V. producer Dick Foster sells showbiz company, plans to pen life story
Friday, July 4, 2014
It’s been an extraordinary global life story for veteran Las Vegas producer Dick Foster, who moved here full time in 1989 with his show “Spellbound.” What was supposed to be a 13-week run turned into an eight-year triumph.
Strip Scribbles: Melody Sweets’ new show; ‘Pawn Stars’ expo; ‘Viva Veracruz’
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Another Strip star has created another new show. Sexy Melody Sweets, who is the burlesque queen dazzling as the Green Fairy in the wild and wacky “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace, will premiere her “Wild Wild West Burlesque Show” on July 22.
Criss Angel to premiere ‘Mindfreak Live’ on Nov. 13 in Dubai
Thursday, July 3, 2014
The Cirque du Soleil headliner at “Believe” has created “Mindfreak Live” that will debut in the 15,000-seat Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Sports Complex in Dubai on Nov. 13. It’s based on his successful TV magic show seen in more than 90 countries.
Tonight in L.V.: Las Vegas Sin, Snoop Dogg, Ne-Yo, UFC stars, Gloriana
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Those gorgeous gridiron girls from the Las Vegas Sin formerly of the Lingerie Football League and now the Legends Football League take on Western Conference rival the Chicago Bliss in the last home game of the season at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Food faceoff: Giada at the Cromwell vs. Giada’s Italian Cucina in Anthem
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Any confusion of having two restaurants with Giada in the name in Las Vegas is likely to now be resolved as Daniel Convertino, owner of Giada’s Italian Cucina in Anthem, says that he’s ready for a resolution with Food Network celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis.
Kenny Loggins says reinventing himself has kept his 40-year music career thriving
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Known for beautiful soft rock in the 1970s and performing with Jim Messina, Kenny Loggins is now interested in country pop, and a children’s music challenge just might provide him with an excuse to cut back on his busy touring schedule.
Strip Scribbles: Red Bull Signature races; Hot Chicks vs. Hot Wings; UFC Fight Week
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
It’s known as the oldest, largest and most prestigious desert off-road race in America for the toughest and roughest of challenges: 400 miles of brutal, dangerous driving held annually here since 1967.
MGM Resorts sets plans for 40-acre recreation park hosting Rock in Rio and more
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Except for potential parking problems, it should be a smooth zoning-approval process now that MGM Resorts International has set out its plans for the 40-acre outdoor recreation park between Circus Circus and Sahara Avenue.
Photos: David Siegel replaces LVH letters with Westgate Las Vegas sign
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
David Siegel said that the letters were 1-inch larger than rival Donald Trump’s name on his tower here and in a practical expense-saving measure, David took them from his former Planet Hollywood Westgate tower, which is now a Hilton timeshare.
Strip Scribbles: UFC Fight Week, Life Is Beautiful, Las Vegas Sin, Hot Chicks vs. Hot Wings
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
For the next six days, UFC rules the Las Vegas Valley with its International Fight Week of events that include a takeover of the High Roller at the Linq by UFC fighters Wednesday night. Events also include two meet-and-greets.
Is Pamela Anderson en route to the Rio to cheer on husband Rick Salomon in WSOP?
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Former “Baywatch” beauty and “Dancing With the Stars” darling Pamela Anderson might arrive here tonight to cheer on the final hours of her two-time husband Rick Salomon playing for a $15 million first-place prize in the Big One for One Drop.
Victor Drai to be inducted into Nightclub Hall of Fame next Tuesday
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Nightlife czar Victor Drai will be inducted into the Nightclub Hall of Fame and honored for opening three venues in the past 30 days. “It’s an honor to receive this award and the recognition from the Nightclub Hall of Fame,” he said.
Strip Scribbles: Back-to-back fireworks on the Strip for scaled-back Fourth of July
Monday, June 30, 2014
With the arrival of the High Roller observation wheel at the Linq, the tallest in the world per Guinness World Record accountants, you can for the first time this year catch an aerial view of back-to-back fireworks planned for the Fourth of July.
WSOP’s $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop: Antonio Esfandiari ready to repeat; Guy Laliberte ‘rusty’
Monday, June 30, 2014
It began with 42 of the wealthiest poker players in the world competing in hopes of winning the first-place prize of $15,306,668, but by Sunday night, 11 of them had been knocked out of Guy Laliberte’s the Big One for One Drop at the Rio.
NeNe Leakes is having a ball as the sexy Mistress of Sensuality in ‘Zumanity’
Monday, June 30, 2014
Reality-TV star Nene Leakes of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” is a firebrand when it comes to orchestrating a “make-believe orgy” for a male police officer and a female schoolteacher. She couldn’t have been happier with the odd coupling.
Celebrity preview: 311, Shaq, NeNe Leakes, Taboo, Kraftwerk and Spoon
Friday, June 27, 2014
Some weeks, it’s all about singers and musicians or kings and queens of comedy. This weekend is really a unique one because the headliners are normally doing something else elsewhere and hardly thought of as Strip headliners.
Strip Scribbles: Angel Management Group, ‘Book of Mormon,’ Jabbawockeez and Victor Drai
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Nightlife conglomerate Angel Management Group (Hakkasan at MGM Grand, Pure at Caesars Palace and LAX at Luxor all in Las Vegas) has relinquished management of Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at Paris Las Vegas.
Road to recovery for Britney Spears dancer Zac Brazenas at Planet Hollywood
Thursday, June 26, 2014
In preparation for the Britney Spears extension of her resident show “Britney: Piece of Me” at the Axis at Planet Hollywood, her amazing dancer Zac Brazenas has been working with a personal-strength trainer to ensure that his body is rebuilt.
Cirque’s One Drop $1 million buy-in poker tournament begins Sunday at the Rio
Thursday, June 26, 2014
High rollers and big-business moguls are arriving on the Strip for Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte’s huge $1-million buy-in poker tournament starting Sunday at the Rio. ESPN TV cameras will record the action of the second charity clash.
NeNe Leakes is ready for ‘Zumanity’ debut: ‘I’m erotic, I’m sexy, and I’m sensual’
Thursday, June 26, 2014
“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” reality-TV star says, “It’s going to be sexy, it’s going to be fun. We give you big hair, really big hair, and big lashes. I’m blocked for about two hours of makeup every night before show time.”
Model Emily Ratajkowski of ‘Blurred Lines’ fame gets down-and-dirty nude for GQ
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
The down-and-dirty nude layout in the new GQ magazine of British-born American model Emily Ratajkowski is burning up newsstands and the Internet. She talked about nudity when I met the 23-year-old brunette at Rose. Rabbit. Lie.
Will George Clooney’s wedding create hiccup during annual Italian vacation?
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
The Oscar-winning actor and heartthrob is planning to marry his British lawyer fiancee Amal Alamuddin at his Lake Como home, but this week new regulations were enforced to punish paparazzi and gawkers getting near his luxurious villa.
Strip Scribbles: LVMS off-road track for SEMA; ‘Las Vegas: The Game’; David Copperfield slot machine
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
It’s one of the most ambitious and unique sports events to ever be planned for our city: A nighttime, 3.6-mile, off-road track to be built around Las Vegas Motor Speedway tied to the huge Specialty Equipment Market Association trade show in November.
Crowdfunded ‘Guard Dog’ by Las Vegas’ Rory Johnston features Lance Burton
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Casting is set to start this weekend for July filming in Las Vegas on “Guard Dog,” a new family-feature film that involves former longtime Strip headliner magician Lance Burton. You can find all the details of this crowdfunded project at
Show him the tequila! Cuba Gooding Jr. ‘a hot mess’ at 2014 NHL Awards at Wynn
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
NHL writers and critics lambasted presenter Cuba Gooding Jr. overnight. One called him “out of control.” Sean Gentile, who writes the official NHL report, went as far as to say, “He may have been banned from NHL events for the rest of his life.”
Q+A: ‘Million Dollar Arm’ sports agent J.B. Bernstein returning to India in search of next MLB stars
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
The idea sounded improbable, implausible and crazy. How could a sports agent go to a foreign country where nobody played baseball and hope to find pitchers with “million-dollar arms” to play for MLB? Well, Las Vegas-based sports agent J.B. Bernstein pulled it off.
Star Surveillance: ‘The Hangover House,’ Nicolas Cage, Jared Leto, R.J. Mitte, Michael Strahan
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
“Entertainment Tonight” cameras captured The Influential House social media events during 2014 EDC with Mike Tyson, Drake Bell, Kennedy Summers (2014 Playboy POTY), Nick Cannon, the “iCarly,” cast, Calvin Harris, Crystal Hefner and more.
Strip Scribbles: Prince Charles, Penn & Teller; ‘Marriage Can Be Murder’; WFC downtown
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
It was a case of life imitating art imitating life at Monday’s performance of “Marriage Can Be Murder” at the downtown D Las Vegas. One of the actors planted in the audience performed his “death” but actually passed out and fell to the ground.
Sports, Hollywood and music stars hit the Wynn for 2014 NHL Awards
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Members of the 2014 Stanley Cup champion the Los Angeles Kings will walk the red carpet with the iconic trophy, their second win in three years, and ice-hockey fans are invited to watch the celebrations starting at 2 p.m. PST.
Strip Scribbles: Penn & Teller, Steve Rossi, Vince Neil, Britney Spears and … Oksana Baiul?
Monday, June 23, 2014
Rio headliner magicians Penn & Teller perform for Britain’s future king Prince Charles at Windsor Castle tonight. It’s a charity fundraiser and also includes a Monty Python reunion, which the duo watched in rehearsals Sunday.
Final 2014 EDC numbers: 400,000 fans from 50 states and 40 countries, 70 weddings
Monday, June 23, 2014
The Circuit Grounds stage, home to DJs Afrojack, Avicii and Calvin Harris, among others, this year, expanded to nearly twice its size in length, breaking the record as the largest clear-span structure in the world at 400 feet long.
Is Giada at the Cromwell going after Giada’s Italian Cucina in Anthem?
Monday, June 23, 2014
Are lawyers for celebrity chef Giada de Laurentiis and Caesars Entertainment, which owns the Cromwell where her new restaurant Giada is located, flexing their muscles and legal briefs over rival Giada’s Italian Cucina in Henderson?
Alfredo Sandoval plans major restaurant expansions after Mercadito opening at Red Rock
Monday, June 23, 2014
There are three choices of ceviche, and the creative tacos are delicately soft with superb sauces over shrimp, swordfish, mahi mahi and chicken. Heavenly! Order a Smokey Pablo cocktail to go with your mouth-watering lobster tostadas or the Mac and Cheese Mercadito style.
Sassy NeNe Leakes to begin guest run in ‘Zumanity’ at New York-New York
Monday, June 23, 2014
Reality TV star NeNe Leakes (“The Real Housewives of Atlanta”) is bringing the drama of her often-controversial TV appearances to a run of 10 “Zumanity” shows. It’s part of the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Cirque du Soleil show.
Celebrity preview: 2014 Electric Daisy Carnival, Icona Pop, Jeff Bridges and Bridget Marquardt
Friday, June 20, 2014
Las Vegas is ground central in the entertainment world this weekend, and not solely because of the 130,000 electronic dance music fans nightly at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the bigger-and-better, three-day 2014 Electric Daisy Carnival with its 200+ DJs.
Q+A: William Shatner brings his far-off world to Hollywood Theater at MGM Grand
Thursday, June 19, 2014
For the second time this year, legendary Capt. Kirk actor William Shatner slows down from warp speed to bring his one-man enterprise to Las Vegas. His standup storytelling from his wacky world starts tonight at Hollywood Theater in MGM Grand.
2014 Electric Daisy Carnival: 400,000 EDM fans, 200+ DJs and new online coverage
Thursday, June 19, 2014
“Whatever you want to twirl, whirl, flip or spin, we have something to excite you,” says Insomniac and Electric Daisy Carnival founder Pasquale Rotella, who has produced more than 250 festivals and concerts for 4 million ticket buyers in 20 years.
Strip Scribbles: Al Pacino to headline at Mirage, plus L.A. Kings, ‘Kinky Boots,’ Vans Warped Tour
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Legendary Oscar-winning actor Al Pacino will be up close and personal in a unique one-man show at the Mirage on Aug. 16. His “One Night Only” show celebrates his long and illustrious career that began off-Broadway in the 1960s.
Is LVH about to become a vacation timeshare property?
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Rumors are racing that the former Las Vegas Hilton resort that became the non-noticeable LVH (Las Vegas Hotel) is about to undergo a dramatic change by month’s end with Westgate timeshare mogul David Siegel taking over the off-Strip property.
Photos: Sabina Kelley is ready for her ‘Pin Up’ guest role — ‘I’m proud of what I’ve got’
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Even if she wasn’t stripping for a burlesque show, platinum blonde bombshell Sabina Kelley would still bring high-speed traffic to a stop. The “Best Ink” judge from Oxygen is about to step into Claire Sinclair’s high heels and bustier as a guest star in “Pin Up.”
Strip Scribbles: Vince Neil’s arena football team expansion; Jeff Dunham’s $100,000 donation
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Las Vegas will get a new Arena Football League expansion team in time for the 2015 season. Rocker Vince Neil, now away on his Motley Crue farewell tour, has won approval from AFL officials and rival team owners to “build a Las Vegas team from scratch.”
Celine Dion looks ahead to 1,000th performance at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Tuesday night’s 200th show added to the 717 shows Celine performed from opening night in 2003 through the wrap of “A New Day …” in 2007, bringing the total to an astounding 917 performances at the venue built for the Canadian chanteuse.

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