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December 19, 2014

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Reba McEntire and reunited Brooks & Dunn are new Caesars headliners
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014
It was in August 2009 that Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn shocked country fans by announcing that they were splitting up after their “Last Rodeo Tour.” The duo assured fans that they were still “good friends” and the mutual decision was on “good terms.”
NASCAR Champion’s Week: Kevin Harvick, Victory Lap, ‘After the Lap’
Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014
NASCAR’s top driver Kevin Harvick has arrived on the Strip for NASCAR Champion’s Week, and he carried the winning trophy onboard a cabin of the High Roller observation wheel at the Linq Promenade this afternoon.
Tom Colicchio stars in Gordon Ramsay-produced ‘Best New Restaurant’ on Bravo
Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014
Tom travels America as host, judge and executive producer to find the best new U.S. restaurant. In the end, only one of the 16 restaurants discovered in four foodie cities will be crowned Best New Restaurant with a $100,000 prize.
Photos: Mayor, Robin Leach race on Slotzilla, raise $10,000 for Opportunity Village
Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014
It was a 30-mph ride through the sky 80 feet above ground for 400 feet. It took 30 seconds before the brakes powered on and my feet touched the landing pad. I have never felt more relieved in my life. Terra firma never looked so good, and I’ll admit it: My hands were shaking.
Strip Scribbles: ‘Ink Master,’ ‘Ka,’ Jeff Dunham, Robert De Niro, Joan Collins
Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014
Wednesday is a big day for showbiz news in Las Vegas. First up, the new country music star to sign a residency at Caesars Palace, and buzz is already rampant that it won’t just be one lovely lady.
Drummers drum and lords leap! Strip stars support In12Days charity
Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014
After losing her husband, Bryan, an aerial choreographer for Cirque du Soleil, unexpectedly in 2008, Suzanne Lea was left a widow to look after their two daughters. It was a grim time, and anonymous friends decided to brighten their Christmas.
Wrangler NFR: 280 consecutive sellouts; renewed through 2024; $90 million
Monday, Dec. 1, 2014
The world’s richest and most prestigious rodeo has called Las Vegas home for 30 years, and now it’s going to be here for at least another decade. It’s time to celebrate in a big way!
Robin Leach vs. Carolyn Goodman at Slotzilla; Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest
Monday, Dec. 1, 2014
It’s a battle of epic proportions: Mayor Carolyn Goodman and I have challenged each other in a dare to fly the zipline above Fremont Street. Each of us will donate $5,000 to Opportunity Village if the other is brave enough to take the flying ride at Slotzilla.
‘An Evening With Joan Collins’ is the perfect recipe for entertainment
Monday, Dec. 1, 2014
Glamorous Joan Collins is as gorgeous onstage as she is offstage, and she had audiences for her three nights of shows at South Point spellbound by her saucy stories and sassy exploits.
Criss Angel extinguishes truck fire en route to Luxor show
Monday, Dec. 1, 2014
When a truck burst into flames, it was no Criss Angel illusion, and the Cirque du Soleil headliner magician grabbed a fire extinguisher and put out the flames as two people escaped from the blaze.
Strip Scribbles: Burt Reynolds, NFR, Mac King, Holly Madison, Carson Palmer
Monday, Dec. 1, 2014
Says Burt Reynolds: “I’ve collected so many things through my journey, but I find it very difficult to manage them all. It truly is time to downsize. It’s bittersweet for me to let them go, but I no longer have room for them ...”
Robert De Niro, Nobu Matsuhisa, James Packer to restore Caribbean resort
Monday, Dec. 1, 2014
Restaurant and hotel partners Robert De Niro and Nobu Matsuhisa from Caesars Palace have teamed up with Australian multimillionaire mogul James Packer to take over the 11-year abandoned K Club on the twin island of Antigua and Barbuda.
Photos: Tori Spelling, Dean McDermott, Human Nature light Christmas tree at Venetian
Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014
The Australian foursome performed songs from their just-released Christmas album, including “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” and “White Christmas,” which will be showcased in their limited-engagement show.
Celebrity preview: Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder, Chrissie Hynde, ‘Pippin,’ Joan Collins
Friday, Nov. 28, 2014
The entertainment schedule isn’t too crowded with offerings this Thanksgiving weekend because of Black Friday shopping insanity and for those not hunting bargains and still resting from overindulging on Tom Turkey and his trimmings.
Q+A: Jeff Dunham brings ‘Not Playing With a Full Deck’ to Planet Hollywood
Friday, Nov. 28, 2014
Comedy ventriloquist Jeff Dunham is the first to admit that what he does for a living is not normal — and that explains why his new residency show at Planet Hollywood is titled “Not Playing With a Full Deck.” “I tip between nuts and not nuts,” he laughed.
NASCAR Champion’s Week: Expect fireworks off the track and on the Strip
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014
NASCAR’s star drivers, including first-time champion Kevin Harvick, pit crews, fans and Hollywood celebrities start arriving this weekend for the sixth year of NASCAR Champion’s Week in Las Vegas.
Q+A: Terry Fator discusses holiday show, says ‘there’s nothing but pure joy at Christmas’
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014
For Mirage headline entertainer Terry Fator, his show becomes a major change from the normal when he throws out the old and brings in the new with an entirely different Christmas act.
Strip Scribbles: ‘Dancing With the Stars’ cast is headed to Las Vegas
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014
The exciting Season 19 finale featured the Top Three celebrity couples of the season: Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson, runners-up reality-TV star Sadie Robertson with Mark Ballas and actress Janel Parrish with Valentin Chmerkovskiy.
Cleen Rock One of Las Vegas wins back-to-back on ‘Ink Master’
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014
Las Vegas artist and Chrome Gypsy Tattoo owner Cleen Rock One is now one of the five remaining rivals from the original 18 who started in their quest for $100,000 and the prestigious title.
Q+A: Joan Collins talks love, marriages and ‘Dynasty’ catfights
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014
She’s been a sex symbol through the years and became British and U.S. royalty as the hottest TV property ever in the days of “Dynasty” when she defined the word “bitch.” Years earlier, she actually starred in “The Bitch,” a 1979 sequel to the year-earlier “The Stud.”
Q+A: Murray Sawchuck’s blind drive leads to 21 escapes, TV appearances galore
Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014
Magician Murray Sawchuck’s contributions to magic on television were recognized at the Los Angeles Fame Awards show one week ago: He was presented with a Career Achievement Award in the Magic Arts.
Strip Scribbles: Cleen Rock One on ‘Ink Master’; ‘Zumanity’; 310,000 Thanksgiving visitors
Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014
Casting for Season 6 of “Ink Master” began this week with a nationwide search for tattoo artists and human canvases. We’ll be back here Wednesday with the news of Cleen Rock One’s victory or loss with his own line of Monster DNA headphones.
Preview: Circus-themed ‘Pippin’ features Lucie Arnaz upside down on trapeze
Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014
You’ll recognize some TV faces in this high-energy production: The late Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s daughter Lucie Arnaz plays Berthe, and Sasha Allen, the Season 4 breakout star from NBC’s “The Voice,” is the Leading Player.
Caesars prepares to name first of two Colosseum headliners in Celine’s absence
Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014
Caesars Palace executives confirmed today our previous Vegas DeLuxe stories that a new headliner for the Colosseum is about to be announced. The identity and contract terms are still cloaked in secrecy.
2015 Miss Nevada USA, Miss Teen Nevada USA crowned; Miss USA preps for Miss Universe
Monday, Nov. 24, 2014
Brittany McGowan was crowned by 2014 Miss Nevada USA Nia Sanchez, who went on to become Miss USA, the first from the Silver State. Miss Clark County Teen USA Geovanna Hilton was crowned 2015 Miss Nevada Teen USA by 2014 Miss Nevada Teen USA Alexa Taylor.
2015 Miss Nevada USA hopefuls at The D Las Vegas, Jabbawockeez, Crush, Life
Monday, Nov. 24, 2014
Over the weekend, the 2015 Miss Nevada USA Pageant contestants had a packed schedule in addition to the grueling rehearsals and judges’ interviews for Sunday’s contest at UNLV.
Strip Scribbles: ‘Zumanity’ firings, plus Katy Perry at Caesars? Resident DJs Pharrell, Paris Hilton?
Monday, Nov. 24, 2014
First is the shocking and surprising news that Cirque du Soleil has decided that its adult “Zumanity” at New York-New York will undergo major changes starting Jan. 3 when all of its dance cast has been told to pack up their dancing shoes.
Maksim Chmerkovskiy of ‘DWTS’: ‘Le Reve’s’ new $3 million sequence is ‘historic’
Monday, Nov. 24, 2014
Former “Dancing With the Stars” heartthrob Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who choreographed the sequence, is in awe of the 16 fire shooters and 172 high-powered water fountains firing more than 100 feet into the air lit by 120 individual, colored LED lighting spots.
Reimagining the classics: Keep Memory Alive patients, caregivers create calendar as a fundraiser
Monday, Nov. 24, 2014
Patients and caregivers at our downtown Keep Memory Alive center, some in their 80s and 90s, have transformed into movie stars in a fundraising effort that at the same time has helped improve their brain health.
Celebrity preview: Usher, Jane’s Addiction, Steve Angello, Scott Disick, Miss Nevada
Friday, Nov. 21, 2014
Is anybody skating on thin ice this pre-Thanksgiving Weekend? Perhaps so! Macau is far away, but beloved boxer Manny Pacquiao is expected to have a tough fight against Chris Algieri, who has been training the past month here at the Venetian.
Miss Nevada (and Miss USA) Nia Sanchez crowns successor Sunday at UNLV
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
Nia Sanchez never thought that she would win the Miss Nevada USA Pageant a year ago, but then she went on to become the first Nevada delegate in history to win the ultimate crown of Miss USA.
Strip Scribbles: Pia Zadora, Rick Moonen, Burt Reynolds, Vegas Rocks! Awards
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
It’s not quite a performance from a hospital bed, but pretty darn close. Feisty singer Pia Zadora has a miracle return to her cabaret shows at Piero’s this weekend a few months after serious injuries sustained when her golf cart overturned.
Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest opens Friday; official tree lighting Nov. 28
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman will flip the switch to reveal a brilliantly lit forest announcing the official start to the holiday season in Las Vegas. Mirage headliners Boyz II Men, Venetian headliners Human Nature, yours truly and many more will join Madame Mayor.
Jeff Civillico’s fundraising Headliners Bash takes over Penn & Teller Theater
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
Our Strip showbiz stars have big and generous hearts, and Linq Hotel headliner comedy juggler Jeff Civillico on Friday brings them all together at Penn & Teller Theater in the Rio for his annual Headliners Bash.
Obama’s immigration speech to cut into 2014 Latin Grammys on Univision
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
President Barack Obama’s immigration speech will officially cut into as many as 40 minutes of today’s live Univision telecast of the 2014 Latin Grammy Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Great Santa Run: Hostess Holly Madison, mayor’s $10K challenge, grand marshals Chippendales
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
Along with marking 10 years of the Great Santa Run, Opportunity Village is commemorating its 60th anniversary. The beloved nonprofit provides unparalleled opportunities, enrichment and support to nearly 3,000 valley residents with disabilities and their families.
Q+A: Wolfgang Puck’s 22 years on the Strip and first suburban bistro
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
This week, Wolfgang Puck came to town to officially open his Bar & Grill and sign copies of his cookbook “Wolfgang Puck Makes It Healthy: Light, Delicious Recipes and Easy Exercises for a Better Life” for fans.
Preview: Billy Hufsey’s exuberant ‘Celebrity Idols’ at Planet Hollywood
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014
Billy Hufsey’s “Celebrity Idols” is a wild, exuberant, frenzied and furious party with more than 30 musical numbers and 50 flashy, super-sexy costume changes celebrating movies and music and their stars who became celebrity idols.
Strip Scribbles: Reba McEntire at Caesars? Derek Jeter, Jessica Alba, Mac King
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014
Former Las Vegas builder and developer Ron Pratte built up one of the world’s greatest collections of automobilia and collector cars over the past two decades. Now he’s selling more than 1,500 pieces and 140 cars.
Cleen Rock One of Las Vegas wins twice on ‘Ink Master’
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014
Our Las Vegas tattoo artist and salon owner Cleen Rock One scored a double victory on Tuesday night’s “Ink Master” on Spike TV and moved one step closer to winning the $100,000 grand prize.
Electric Daisy Carnival returns to Las Vegas from June 19 to 21, 2015
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014
Tickets ranging from $329 for a three-day pass to $699 for a VIP pass go on sale Monday, Dec. 1. Once again, there will be no single-day tickets for the fifth-annual festival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Exquisite, breathtaking and splendid ‘Faberge Revealed’ at Bellagio
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014
This is the ultimate in bling. The gold-and-diamond-encrusted Faberge eggs first crafted for the czars of Russia and dating back to the 19th century are priceless works of art. They are exquisite, breathtakingly beautiful and super splendid.
Q+A: Bombshell Angelica Bridges talks ‘Hollywood Bombshells’ at Planet Hollywood
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014
Angelica Bridges will work with comedienne Kathleen Dunbar as her mother in the show, plus eight hot dancers. Rehearsals start in a week, and Angelica is training for her own aerial choreography.
Strip Scribbles: ‘Mall Cop 2,’ Frank Marino, ‘Ink Master’ and Celine Dion
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014
“Divas Las Vegas” at the Linq Hotel headliner Frank Marino is keeping a secret project with Oprah Winfrey under wraps after their weekend in California where the Strip headliner was part of her show “Life You Want to Live.”
Michael Boychuck’s online Hair Academy goes global
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014
Hair guru Michael Boychuck has become a worldwide phenomenon since he began last year signing up students from as far away as Australia, Japan and Europe for his new online Hair Academy at OnlineHairCourses.com.
Wolfgang Puck opens his Bar and Grill at Downtown Summerlin
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014
Award-winning celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck officially opens his new Bar and Grill at Downtown Summerlin today with a book signing for “Wolfgang Puck Makes It Healthy: Light Delicious Recipes and Easy Exercises for a Better Life.”
Celine Dion’s return delayed? Plus, new stars to be announced for the New Year
Monday, Nov. 17, 2014
Plans are in progress for Celine Dion’s return to her residency at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace, but because that’s now not likely to resume until May instead of the earlier expected March date, two stars are being added to the lineup.
Bigger and better ‘Le Reve’ to include new $3 million element at Wynn
Monday, Nov. 17, 2014
It’s a show I recommend to all of my friends visiting Las Vegas since it’s a production that simply could not be duplicated or presented anywhere else. The acrobatics will keep you breathless.
Strip Scribbles: New ‘Late Night Chef Fight’; ‘Where Are They Now?’ with Robin Leach
Monday, Nov. 17, 2014
For the past three years, chefs from the back of the house have fought one another alongside managers from the front of the house. The battles took place in a regular brawl at Tommy Rocker’s late night on Saturdays.
Rocker Bret Michaels battles health issues while on U.S. tour
Monday, Nov. 17, 2014
A diabetic since childhood, rocker Bret Michaels of Poison fame suffered a near-fatal brain hemorrhage at the 2009 Tony Awards when a set piece struck his head.

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