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Robin Slonina of ‘Skin Wars’: ‘I knew that everybody would fall in love with bodypainting’
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Television’s first-ever bodypainting competition show “Skin Wars” has become one of cable’s most-watched original series, and thanks to Las Vegas art star Robin Slonina, it starts its Season 3 on GSN on Wednesday.
Caesars Palace’s illustrious history ahead of its 50th anniversary celebrations
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Elaborate preparations are underway for the 50th anniversary celebrations of Caesars Palace. It’s a golden birthday blast that will stretch from June through Aug. 5, which back in 1966 was the opening night with Andy Williams as the headliner.
Photos: Three days of UNLVino; Vegas Uncork’d news
Monday, April 18, 2016
It has to go down in Las Vegas culinary books as one of the most unique weekends of feasting. It was Las Vegas doing what we do best: Eating, drinking and partying! We start today wrapping up UNLVino and with Vegas Uncork’d news.
Alon construction details to be revealed in less than two months
Monday, April 18, 2016
I can now reveal that we are less than two months away from the real ground-start of the new hotel Alon to be built by Crown Resorts’ Australian billionaire James Packer, newly engaged to Caesars Palace headliner Mariah Carey, and Andrew Pascal.
Strip Scribbles: Showgirl Museum, Alvin Ailey, NAB, Prima Jr., fireworks
Monday, April 18, 2016
The more than 20,000 items in the Showgirl Museum are valued at more than $50 million, having been repaired and restored to their original beauty. Designer Grant Philipo assembled the treasured collection over the last 30 years.
‘DWTS’ preview: Wanya Morris, rivals to switch pro dance partners
Monday, April 18, 2016
Our Mirage headliner and Boyz II Men star Wanya Morris has dropped in the race and sports book odds-to-win “Dancing With the Stars” rankings produced by Johnny Avello for entertainment purposes only at Wynn Las Vegas.
Tonight in L.V.: Diplo at XS, Pop-Up Live at Ghostbar, NOFX, Open Mic, Cook E Jarr
Monday, April 18, 2016
Tickets are on sale today for Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band for their “I Don’t Know Tour” stop at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Oct. 15. DJ Diplo spins at XS in Steve Wynn’s Encore.
Celebrity preview: Chris Stapleton, Fabolous, G-Eazy, Nelly, Skrillex, Louis Prima Jr., M83
Friday, April 15, 2016
It’s going to look as if it’s New Year’s Eve at midnight this weekend when Red Rock Resort celebrates its 10th anniversary with more than just a spectacular fireworks display. Talk about popping the cork, and it has nothing to do with UNLVino’s Sake Fever.
Chippendales guest host Antonio Sabato Jr.: ‘I’m the main event for the month of May’
Friday, April 15, 2016
His sex appeal is magnetic. His good looks are stunning. His physique is overpowering. His charm is unmistakable. When Antonio Sabato Jr. competed alongside Cheryl Burke on Season 19 of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” in 2014, the reality-TV competition sizzled.
Photos: New Davidoff Cigar Bar offers insider-program VIP cards
Thursday, April 14, 2016
The first 100 early birds at the launch of Davidoff Cigar Bar’s insider program won free VIP cards made from stainless steel to reflect the chic, upscale design of the curved boutique building on the forecourt of Fashion Show mall.
2016 CinemaCon Day 2: Matt Damon, Kevin Hart, Warren Beatty, J.Law
Thursday, April 14, 2016
More than 4,000 delegates were on the edge of their seats watching the extraordinary car-chase sequence filmed on our Las Vegas Strip for Matt Damon’s new actioner “Jason Bourne” that hits theaters July 29.
Strip Scribbles: ‘Gigolos,’ Britney Spears, ‘Ghost Adventures,’ ‘Bachelor’ L.V. twins
Thursday, April 14, 2016
TV ratings have soared for the last two weeks of the Season 6 episodes of “Gigolos” on Showtime, the highest since the program about our Las Vegas male escorts started. Producer Marklen Kennedy chatted with me this morning.
Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly: Burlesque bingo, Dita, pin-up tattoos, 1950s music
Thursday, April 14, 2016
I don’t have a clue as to what “burlesque bingo” is, but I am assured that this won’t be your “Grandma’s bingo.” I can only assume that if you win your straight or diagonal lines, you shed one item of clothing — or not, and the caller strips down instead!
Tonight in L.V.: UNLVino’s Bubble-Licious, Volbeat, Marche Bacchus, Maibock, Carla Rae
Thursday, April 14, 2016
The Venetian and Palazzo chief Rob Goldstein receives the Dom Perignon Award of Excellence at the first-night Bubble-Licious fundraiser for UNLVino at the Venetian. Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend begins at the Orleans and continues through Sunday.
Kerry Clasby of Downtown Summerlin farmer’s market: ‘Revolution is underway’
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Is Las Vegas on the cutting edge of a food revolution bringing health and wellness to our valley? Kerry Clasby, “The Intuitive Forager,” believes so despite the fact that we live in a desert, and farmers have to deal with many obstacles.
Strip Scribbles: ‘Furious 7,’ Warren Beatty, Sly at CinemaCon; Coachella; Lou Ruvo Center
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
John Fithian, president of the National Association of Theater Owners, reported record-breaking numbers to the 5,000 2016 CinemaCon delegates on the first day of their annual convention at Caesars Palace on Tuesday.
Favorite hotel of world’s millionaires? Hint: It’s in Las Vegas
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
In second place in the survey by New World Wealth was New York City’s Plaza, followed by Mandarin Oriental in London, Hotel du Cap Eden Roc in Antibes, France, and Raffles Hotel in Singapore.
Kenny Rogers begins final tour May 13; George Clinton at Brooklyn Bowl on June 22
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Legendary country music star Kenny Rogers, after more than five decades of touring, selling more than 120 million albums and entertaining around the globe, will begin his final world tour May 13.
Fitness trainer Mathew Miller of Las Vegas competes on NBC’s ‘Strong’
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Mathew Miller was the strength and conditioning coach for “Le Reve — The Dream” for eight years. His job was to keep the performers in top shape and show ready all year long for two performances a night five days a week.
UNLVino celebrates 42 years of raising scholarships
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
To the rest of the world, it looks as if Las Vegas is simply doing what Sin City does best: drink, drink again, then drink some more. But the three days of champagne, sake and wines serve a worthwhile purpose.
Price tag for Las Vegas party is $200,000 — elevator service extra
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
We have a juicy Wicked Whisper & Racy Rumor this Wednesday: Convention delegates are groaning at the latest perceived Las Vegas rip-off they have experienced while here.
Planet Hollywood theater to receive makeover before Frankie Moreno’s debut
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
The makeover of the Planet Hollywood mezzanine theater begins Monday in advance of Las Vegas singer-songwriter and musician Frankie Moreno’s headliner show “Under the Influence” opening there April 23.
Tonight in L.V.: Lakers vs. Jazz, K-Fed, Eric D-Lux, Nick Ayler, Unwritten Law, Fenix, AOMG
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Let’s go farther afield than normal to recognize regular Las Vegas visitor Kobe Bryant playing his final NBA game after 20 years with the L.A. Lakers against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center in L.A.
‘Absinthe’s’ fifth anniversary: ‘We are enormously proud of this show’
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Nobody gave it a chance five years ago. A vulgar, rude, disgusting and distasteful in-your-face MC, foul-language sidekick, drunken acrobat climbing on stacked chairs, female tap dancer undressing nearly naked inside a large balloon — and more.
Photos: New Xcycle in Boca Park pedals toward success, draws celebrities
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Thirty-six brand-new, sparkling, speed-resistant bicycles are lined up in military attention at the new boutique fitness studio Xcycle in Boca Park. Simultaneously, this is one of the hottest and most addictive fitness trends in the Las Vegas Valley.
Strip Scribbles: Megan Fox’s third child; Susan Sarandon; Wanya Morris on ‘DWTS’; Avicii
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
The stork is busy, as actress Megan Fox showed 2016 CinemaCon delegates at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace on Monday night during the premiere of her new film “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.”
Dramatic changes continue in Cirque’s ‘The Beatles Love’ at the Mirage
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Dramatic changes are continuing in Cirque du Soleil’s “The Beatles Love” at the Mirage in advance of the now-set 10th anniversary celebration July 14 with Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and widows Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison.
Emeril Lagasse, Daniel Boulud et al prepare for feast on the Strip
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
It’s set to be a three-hour dinner unlike any other. The Venetian celebrity chefs Emeril Lagasse and Daniel Boulud have surprises up their sleeves for their contribution to Vegas Uncork’d on April 28.
Tonight in L.V.: ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ Chinese dance troupe, N9NE happy hour, DJ John Cha
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
The world-renowned Chinese National Song & Dance Troupe performs “National Beauty” at Orleans Showroom. The production is best described as a dance poem inspired by bamboo painting, calligraphy, tea ceremonies and Chinese medicine.
Playboy Dan Bilzerian wins big in 33-hour L.V.-to-L.A. bicycle ride
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Instagram playboy Dan Bilzerian not only kept his own $600,000 bet, but he also picked up an additional side-bet win of $250,000 from high-stakes poker player Rick Salomon of Paris Hilton sex-video fame who also had bet against Dan.
Photos: DJ Pauly D + Aubrey O’Day are making music together
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Love-struck, hand-holding couple DJ Pauly D and Aubrey O’Day confirmed their five-month anniversary to me when we met at the opening of the fitness studio Xcycle in Boca Park.
Strip Scribbles: Riley Keough + ‘Girlfriend Experience,’ Vince Neil, Christie Brinkley
Monday, April 11, 2016
Is The King turning over in his grave? Elvis Presley might be shocked to know that his granddaughter, Riley Keough, is going naked as a prostitute in the new series “Girlfriend Experience” on Starz.
2016 Billboard Music Awards moves to T-Mobile Arena on May 22
Monday, April 11, 2016
It’s now definite that the 2016 Billboard Music Awards will be here May 22 at the new T-Mobile Arena with returning host Ludacris and new host Ciara, who replaces Chrissy Teigen.
Lorena Peril returns to ‘Fantasy’ at the Luxor
Monday, April 11, 2016
Dynamic vocalist and powerhouse performer Lorena Peril returns to the cast of “Fantasy” at the Luxor tonight. She replaces current headliner Jaime Lynch, who will continue to make special appearances in the adult show.
Tonight in L.V.: STK’s 5th anniversary, Floetry, Las Vegas 51s, Cyberkid, Virgil Abloh
Monday, April 11, 2016
STK at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas celebrates five years. Our Q+A with executive chef Stephen Hopcraft was posted this morning. British soul singers Floetry — Natalie Stewart and Marsha Ambrosius — headline at Brooklyn Bowl.
2016 CinemaCon preview: Megan Fox, ‘Star Trek Beyond,’ Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner
Monday, April 11, 2016
Stars of the silver screen and Hollywood studio moguls are arriving here today for the annual CinemaCon convention of the National Association of Theater Owners at Caesars Palace. More than 5,000 delegates are attending.
Britney Spears selects new single, plans video, ninth studio album
Monday, April 11, 2016
Fans of Planet Hollywood headliner pop princess Britney Spears around the world can breathe a collective sigh of relief today that she’s finally decided on her new single. I can reliably confirm that it will be titled, “Make Me (Oooh).”
Ten questions: Stephen Hopcraft talks STK’s fifth anniversary at Cosmopolitan
Monday, April 11, 2016
I’ve never known if STK’s popularity with the world’s jet-setters is because of its DJ nightclub atmosphere or the fabulous food and cuisine twists. I put 10 questions to its senior executive chef, Stephen Hopcraft, about the fifth-anniversary milestone.
Celebrity preview: GNR, Ellie Goulding, Kim Kardashian West, Cole Swindell, ‘Beauty and the Beast’
Friday, April 8, 2016
If you’re the biggest nightclub in town, how do you orchestrate your third anniversary of success when rock legends Guns N’ Roses, with openers Alice in Chains, are reuniting with two performances just steps opposite your front door?
Q+A: Shock illusionist Dan Sperry talks L.V. return, Zombie coffee company
Friday, April 8, 2016
Las Vegas illusionist Dan Sperry’s magic is so disturbingly confrontational, he was once banned by Dubai authorities from performing his Russian roulette trick with shards of glass. Now on Broadway in “The Illusionists,” Dan is about to embark on his own show.
Photos: L.V. stars The Killers, Wayne Newton, Shamir usher in T-Mobile Arena
Thursday, April 7, 2016
On Wednesday night, our hometown heroes The Killers, Mr. Las Vegas Wayne Newton and local hip-hop artist Shamir kicked off the party of the year at T-Mobile Arena in Toshiba Plaza between Monte Carlo and New York-New York.
Strip Scribbles: Steve Wynn’s $1.6B lake project, Vince Neil, Celine Dion, ‘Follow the Leader’
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Last year, we reported that Steve Wynn was meeting with California water-display technology company design experts and former Disney execs to map out a $1.6 billion recreational lake project with nightly fireworks and white sandy beaches.
Bobby Flay, Adam Rapoport, Taylor Hicks and Monte Carlo theater
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Publishing prince Adam Rapoport did not quit his editor’s role at Bon Appetit magazine and surrender the reigns of running the publication and upcoming food-and-wine festival Vegas Uncork’d to Caesars Palace star chef Bobby Flay, as was reported elsewhere on April 4.
Tonight in L.V.: Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, Tone Loc, Steve Aoki, Pkwy Tavern, EarwaxXx
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Night 2 of MGM Resorts’ new T-Mobile Arena stars Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande. Tone Loc hosts and performs at Throwback Thursdays at LAX in Luxor. Steve Aoki spins at Hakkasan in MGM Grand.
Guy Fieri opens El Burro Borracho at Rio; son plans L.V. food business
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Who else but Guy Fieri would have the cast of “Rock of Ages” and the bare-chested hunks from Chippendales open the Drunken Donkey? Who else but Guy would wade into the pool-side crowd outside his new restaurant to serve corn off the cob?
Strip Scribbles: Guns N’ Roses, Rene Angelil, Justin Timberlake, Paris Jackson
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Is it true there’s a provision in the Guns N’ Roses performance contract at T-Mobile Arena this weekend that if frontman Axl Rose fails to show, as has happened at past concerts, or is more than 30 minutes late, the entire group forfeits full pay?
Celine Dion’s 1,000th show to be part of Caesars Palace’s 50 anniversary events
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Caesars Palace execs have begun turning paper plans for celebrating the hotel’s 50th anniversary this August into reality and have confirmed to me that the celebration of headliner Celine Dion’s 1,000th show at the Colosseum will be an integral part.
Tonight in L.V.: The Killers, Wayne Newton, Britney Spears, Sake Rok, Baauer, Big Elvis
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Britney Spears, the pop star at Axis at Planet Hollywood who followed Caesars Palace headliner Celine Dion to start the new invasion of more contemporary music stars, returns for another run of her reimagined and remixed hit residency “Britney: Piece of Me.”
T-Mobile Arena preview: 800 bottles of tequila, 550 Wi-Fi connections, 650 screens
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
In this day and age of text messaging and Wi-Fi links, it’s important to stay connected wherever you are. The executives in charge of MGM Resorts’ new T-Mobile Arena opening tonight didn’t forget that rule.
Mario Batali opens third L.V. library for underprivileged kids, talks Eataly in L.V.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Celebrity chef Mario Batali opened the third of his children’s libraries here March 29, the 11th nationwide that his foundation has funded. Mario, along with our Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Congresswoman Dina Titus, were up early for “Green Eggs and Ham.”

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