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November 24, 2014

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Robin Leach

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Global leaders gathered at Lou Ruvo Center agree to set up MSA roadmap
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
Restaurateur Elizabeth Blau, a business partner of Kerry Simon’s, said: “It was historic, productive, well organized and seamless. Everybody was on the same page with the same goal and agreed to move forward.”
Strip Scribbles: ‘Britney Spears Day,’ KISS, Carlos Santana, Rod Stewart in town
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
It is a huge entertainment day in Las Vegas — I don’t recall in 15 years here the simultaneous events ever being so big and all competing for attention at the same time.
Preview: KISS plans monthlong rock parties at first Hard Rock residency
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer will kick off the nearly monthlong (through Nov. 23) loud, raucous rock parties with an over-the-top Maverick Helicopters arrival.
Preview: Royal welcome, key to the Strip, proclamation for Britney Spears
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
Britney Spears, who has renewed her Las Vegas run through 2017, will bring her 14 show dancers and four musicians to the show-stopping event that celebrates the tremendous impact she’s made on the Strip boosting tourism and increasing hotel-guest counts.
2014 Ms. Asian Las Vegas launches Juice Standard to fight Alzheimer’s
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014
Gorgeous Jamie Stephenson is an avid fan of juicing. She credits it for helping her recently win the title of 2014 Ms. Asian Las Vegas at Palazzo. Now she’s turning her love of juicing into a booming business concept.
Wolfgang Puck opens Downtown Summerlin restaurant on Wednesday
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014
Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, who led the star-chef invasion to Las Vegas, is finally going into the valley’s suburbs after a long string of Strip successes. His new Bar & Grill opens Wednesday at Downtown Summerlin.
Strip Scribbles: Brittany Maynard, Carrot Top, Mark Shunock, Britney Spears, ‘Ink Master’
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014
Just days before 29-year-old Brittany Maynard took medication to end her life under Oregon’s “Death With Dignity Act,” she had one of her last wishes fulfilled here. Brittany battled terminal brain cancer but wanted to see the Grand Canyon.
Carlos Santana hosts book signing for ‘Universal Tone’ at Barnes and Noble
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014
In the realm of guitar and music legends, Carlos Santana stands mighty tall at the top with his musical signature sound known around the world. The 10-time Grammy Award winner has been honored by The Kennedy Center and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Transformer, Johnny Depp x 5 and Teller score big on Halloween
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014
The next lunchtime back at Ghostbar Dayclub in the Palms, it was Day of the Killer Costumes, and five guys who mimicked the many iconic looks of film actor Johnny Depp split $5,000.
Criss Angel dices with death again in his latest stunt
Monday, Nov. 3, 2014
Although he is the only person to ever be successful in the Houdini Death Escape, Criss Angel paid a huge price ripping his right bicep off the bone and with shoulder tears in two places on his right shoulder.
Lorna Luft: We must keep our parents’ name and likeness in a great light
Monday, Nov. 3, 2014
“An Evening With the Next Generation” at the M Resort is the first-time collaboration among the sons and daughters of superstars Judy Garland, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Louis Prima and Mel Torme who shaped The Great American Songbook.
Strip Scribbles: Baja 1,000 at LVMS; Britney Spears’ love slave; Eva Longoria at Tao
Monday, Nov. 3, 2014
Mexico’s beautiful but unrelenting and unforgiving Baja desert peninsular is being re-created on a 3.6-mile course at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for 30 top racecar drivers seeking to qualify for the 47th-annual actual race in one week.
Celebrity preview: Eva Longoria, Chris Brown, Nick Jonas, Erasure, Phish, Halloween parties g(al)ore
Friday, Oct. 31, 2014
Happy 150th birthday, Nevada! Today officially marks the anniversary of our Silver State. It’s Nevada Day, and Las Vegas celebrates with its first-ever parade. Don’t confuse that sesquicentennial celebration with the fifth-annual Halloween Parade along Fremont Street.
Halloween Weekend: Nick Jonas, Chris Brown, Erasure, R3hab, Bebe Rexha and Fetish & Fantasy
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
Security at Strip hotels is being tightened for Halloween this weekend to ensure that partygoers don’t break outdated Casino Commission rulings. Your real-life face must match your driver license, so don’t plan on macabre makeup.
Kerry Simon’s first MSA conference aims to plan roadmap of research
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
The Multiple System Atrophy community will be represented by nearly 100 people wanting the global meeting to serve as a springboard for research, therapeutic initiatives, awareness and advocacy.
KISS specials abound at Hard Rock Hotel ahead of November shows
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
To welcome entertainment legend KISS to the Hard Rock Hotel, the casino-resort’s overall atmosphere is being revamped in true rock-star style with special menus, drinks, spa treatments and even an official pop-up store.
Strip Scribbles: Battle over Britney Spears; NHL meeting confirmed; Gordon Ramsay’s millionth
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
MGM Resorts chiefs have finally confirmed rumors reported here in August that they had discussions about an NHL team coming to their new $375 million arena, park and entertainment district under construction behind New York-New York and Monte Carlo.
Criss Angel to launch third production, aims for six in next four years
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
Juggling three shows will take magic powers as Criss Angel continues with his 10-year-deal for “Believe” on the Strip. He premieres “Mindfreak Live” at Foxwoods in Connecticut next month and again in January with a two-week East Coast tour.
Paul Stanley of KISS: ‘Winning and living on your own terms defines rock and roll’
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
“Forty years of doing this means 40 years of being victorious. Every time I step up onstage with the makeup on, it’s a victory lap. I mean this is extraordinary. We’re not a rock band; we’re a phenomenon.”
Review: ‘Zombie Burlesque’ is dead-on fun, frivolity and flirtatiousness
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
The hysterically funny songs, outrageous MC Enoch Scott and the mind-numbing contortionist Alonzo Jones (Turf) will keep you in a high-octane state during David Saxe’s “Zombie Burlesque” at his V Theater.
Celine Dion says she is ‘getting ready to come back to work’
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
And the rumors of Jennifer Lopez and Kanye West receiving mega-million contract offers are apparently baseless. “They’re just rumors,” I was reliably told. ”There are no mega-bucks offers or contracts in the works.”
KISS recruits roadies from Nellis AFB for Joint run Nov. 5-23
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
Master Sgt. Jason Borkhuis, Sgt. First Class Cory DeMille and Sgt. Richard Reichert were chosen by KISS. The three brave men have a total 60-plus years of service and are highly decorated and well respected in the armed forces community.
Strip Scribbles: Vince Neil, Las Vegas Outlaws, Criss Angel, Houdini, ‘Ink Master’
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
The rivalry is on between Motley Crue and hometown rocker Vince Neil and his new Arena Football League team the Las Vegas Outlaws and the L.A. Kiss owned by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS.
Baby’s Badass Burgers; Sushi Roku; Border Grill; Yusho After Dark; truffle season
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
Beautiful, badass and bombastic burgers are the main attraction on the playful pink truck introduced today in Las Vegas. Yes, there’s a babe on board to serve the made-to-order burgers. Precise Badass Locations of the Day are announced on Facebook.
Tao gets million-dollar menu and venue makeover at the Venetian
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
Restaurant Business reported weeks ago that Tao generated $64.6 million in sales in 2013, making it the highest-grossing independent restaurant in America. Normally, the rules are don’t mess with success and if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
PBR World Finals and top bull riders, bulls to return to town in 2015
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
Tickets for the “toughest sport on dirt” are on sale now for next year’s 22nd consecutive PBR World Finals, from Oct. 21-25. The Top 35 bull riders in the world will fight the angry, stomping and snorting animals to compete for a $2.2 million purse.
Imperial Palace gets $230 million makeover to become the Quad — no, the Linq Hotel
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014
For more than 30 years, it reigned on the Strip as Imperial Palace and was known far more for being one of the world’s Top 10 car museums with one of the largest collections of motor vehicles anywhere than it was for its corridor carpeting and rooms.
Britney Spears plays waitress, hosts her cast at Buca di Beppo
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014
In advance of her huge “Britney Day” celebration Nov. 5, pop princess Britney Spears celebrated privately with the cast of her residency show “Britney: Piece of Me” at Axis at Planet Hollywood.
Strip Scribbles: Voyage to the edge of space; Grand Canyon bucket-list trip; ‘Ink Master’
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014
Days ago, courageous Internet executive Alan Eustache, who works for Google, made a record-breaking 135,908-foot dive from the edge of space over New Mexico. It made headlines around the world.
Rock in Rio USA: 100 acts, 300,000 fans, 47-acre City of Rock, Bruno Mars
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014
Bruno Mars, Joss Stone and Ed Sheeran were announced Monday as the newest performers to join already-set Taylor Swift, Metallica, Linkin Park, John Legend and The Deftones. More concert artists will be revealed in December and January.
PBR World Finals Round 5: Silvano Alves wins event and world titles, $1 million
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014
The 26-year-old from Pilar do Sul, Brazil, who lives in Decatur, Texas, went an incredible 6-for-6 beating back all of his bulls at the 2014 PBR BFTS World Finals for the first time in his career to win the event with 502 points.
Star Surveillance: Selena Gomez minus Justin Bieber; Joey Fatone; Von Miller; Warren Sapp
Monday, Oct. 27, 2014
Fright Dome at Circus Circus owner Jason Egan escorted Ozzy Osborne and Sharon Osbourne through the haunted attraction. No word if Ozzy scared the ghosts! Kerry King of Slayer dined at La Cave in the Wynn.
Strip Scribbles: It’s on! Robin Leach vs. Carolyn Goodman at Slotzilla
Monday, Oct. 27, 2014
I’m donating $5,000 to our beloved charity Opportunity Village because I challenged Madame Mayor to the race, and she accepted so that Opportunity Village gets the money. She’s incredible!
Lavo Champagne Brunch: Ladies who lunch — in lacy lingerie
Monday, Oct. 27, 2014
The glamour girls turned out in the scantiest of skivvies, the naughtiest of negligees, the barest of bras and the sexiest of stockings to make the four-hour, high-energy party brunch Saturday the sizzling event of the season.
Time warp! ‘Wicked’ cast has double duty with ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’
Monday, Oct. 27, 2014
Welcome to the one-night-only “The Wicked Rocky Horror Show” with soap-opera legend Kim Zimmer shedding her Madame Morrible character for the night to be the MC of this benefit performance for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Steve Martorano opens Martorano’s at Paris, previews new book
Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014
It’s a truly remarkable story: A journey from tough times on the Mob streets of Philly to finding a career to save himself from jail or death. Tattooed tough guy Steve Martorano has accomplished his biggest dream.
Daniel Boulud, Mary Sue Milliken, Susan Feniger, $16,000 Cognac, Crave
Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014
Can-can girls and French fanfare will be on the menu at DB Brasserie in the Venetian when star chef Daniel Boulud arrives for a weekend Nov. 14-16 inspired by the spirit of the French.
PBR World Finals Round 4: Reigning world champion J.B. Mauney wins fourth night
Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014
For the second consecutive night, defending world champion J.B. Mauney won the round in the chase and, with wins in Round 3 and Saturday’s Round 4, moved into 2nd in the World Finals at the Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV.
PBR World Finals Round 3: Reigning world champion J.B. Mauney wins third night
Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014
The 2014 PBR Built Ford Tough Series World Finals leaderboard changed at Friday night’s Round 3 in the Thomas & Mack as No. 2 Silvano Alves jumped to the top of the event, but overall leader Joao Ricardo Viera extended his lead in the world standings.
Celebrity preview: Kim Kardashian, Brody Jenner, Steve Aoki, Joe Jonas, Jimmy Buffett, LIB
Friday, Oct. 24, 2014
Weekend highlights include Kanye’s wife, Kim Kardashian West, who celebrates her birthday at Tao. There’s Five Finger Death Punch at the Joint and another NBA preseason game, this one between the L.A. Lakers and Sacramento Kings at MGM Grand.
PBR World Finals Round 2: Matt Triplett of Montana rules second night
Friday, Oct. 24, 2014
The dismal first-round showing by PBR World Finals leader Joao Ricardo Viera obviously stung because Thursday night, the Brazilian beat back all the pressures and his competition to place second in Round 2 and increased his overall lead.
Mukhtar O.S. Mukhtar talks ‘One Night for One Drop’ at Mirage in March
Friday, Oct. 24, 2014
Cirque du Soleil’s ambitious voluntary cast effort for the annual, one-night-only “One Night for Drop” benefit performance is underway for the third consecutive year, and at the helm again for the second time is “The Beatles Love” performer Mukhtar O.S. Mukhtar.
Four new shows in only 48 hours on the Las Vegas Strip, downtown
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
I was emotionally moved and drained by the heart-wrenching play “Henri” at the Smith Center that dealt with elderly patients battling dementia. The production by former Clark County Commissioner Rory Reid’s daughter Ryan Elisabeth Reid stars actor James Williams.
Strip Scribbles: Grand Prix street race, Santana, UFC, Buffalo Trace Whiskey
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
Motorsports insiders are whispering that a Grand Prix race may well be organized for the streets of our city. Pitpass and Autoweek blogs report that F1 track designer Hermann Tilke has already visited Las Vegas several times.
Preview: Life Is Beautiful’s music, chefs and solar-powered, block-long restaurant
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
There are three days of exciting pop-up events, culinary demonstrations and hands-on appearances by some of the world’s best chefs and our own Las Vegas celebrity kitchen kings and queens.
Cosmopolitan’s Ice Rink to feature snow, ice skating, lodge
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
It’s a winter wonderland again at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas starting Nov. 21 when it once again transforms Boulevard Pool into the Ice Rink. This year it will feature falling snow, ice skating, fire pits and an intimate lodge experience.
PBR World Finals Round 1: Four of Top Six riders move up leaderboard
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
More than 10,000 fans were on their feet at the Thomas & Mack Center to watch 2011 and 2012 world champion Silvano Alves jump into the No. 2 slot on the leaderboard — now just 399 points behind and ever closer to the $1 million payday bonus.
Star of the year Britney Spears to receive her day, key to the Strip
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
To recognize Britney Spears’ incredible success story, I can report that on Nov. 5, Clark County commissioners will proclaim it “Britney Spears Day,” and commission Chairman Steve Sisolak will present her with an official proclamation and the key to the Las Vegas Strip.
Eric Trump talks Atlantic City, ‘Apprentice,’ return of pageants to Las Vegas
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
“What did Las Vegas do that Atlantic City didn’t? You built the best restaurants, you built the best shows, you have Red Rock Canyon, you have an unbelievable airport and the best convention facilities in the world.”
Will it be Jennifer Lopez vs. Britney Spears on the Strip?
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
The rumor mill in Hollywood is in overdrive with Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors that “Booty” pop diva Jennifer Lopez is about to sign a mini-residency for 72 shows in Axis at Planet Hollywood, home of Britney Spears’ “Britney: Piece of Me.”

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