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December 1, 2015

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Criss Angel with baby son in Australia; ‘50 Shades’ ends Nov. 17; NFR; Resorts World
Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015
Criss Angel has had to shutter his Cirque du Soleil show “Believe” at the Luxor this week as he is currently in Australia caring for his 20-month-old son Johnny battling leukemia with four days of chemotherapy.
Olivia Newton-John: ‘Aussie Burger’ at Hard Rock Cafe for Pinktober; ‘Legends’ tribute artist
Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015
Flamingo headliner singer Olivia Newton-John teams up with Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip on Wednesday in the fight against breast cancer. The cafe will host a private luncheon for breast cancer survivors.
Preview: ‘Ragtime’ at Smith Center promises ‘a brighter tomorrow’
Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015
The 13-time Tony Award-nominated “Ragtime: The Musical” has been described as “explosive, thrilling and nothing short of a masterpiece” and “one of the best musicals of recent decades.”
Did Jeff Timmons save Channing Tatum’s ‘Magic Mike’-type revue?
Monday, Oct. 26, 2015
Hunky actor Channing Tatum, whose resume pre-Hollywood includes stripping, appeared to sign up for a residency of his “Magic Mike” male revue at the Hard Rock Hotel. It was reportedly a touch-and-go scenario that was saved.
2015 PBR World Finals photos: J.B. Mauney is $6 million man, battles new injury
Monday, Oct. 26, 2015
Additionally, for his 92.75-point ride on Bruiser in Round 4 on Saturday, J.B. Mauney captured the Lane Frost/Brent Thurman Award for the third consecutive year. The award is given to the rider who receives the highest-marked ride.
Strip Scribbles: Changes at ‘Le Reve’? Plus, Terry Fator, Andrew Sasson, Aussie Food Network
Monday, Oct. 26, 2015
Steve Wynn reportedly wants to change the musical score with a fresh, new upgrade and new music now that “Le Reve” has hit its 10th anniversary, and that means changes to the water-bound dance routines and more than 100,000 musical cues in computers.
Piff the Magic Dragon, Mr. Piffles to headline at Flamingo
Monday, Oct. 26, 2015
It had to happen! The applause was too raucous. British comedian and magician John van der Put, who is better known by his stage name Piff the Magic Dragon, has landed his own Strip variety show.
Bruno Mars brings ‘Uptown Funk’ to the Fountains of Bellagio
Monday, Oct. 26, 2015
Can’t wait for Bruno Mars on the Las Vegas Strip for New Year’s Eve? Need to hear his music before he gets to the Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan on Dec. 31?
2015 PBR World Finals Round 4: J.B. Mauney clinches world title, Renato Nunes retires
Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015
It was official even before today’s final round of the 2015 Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough World Finals at the Thomas & Mack Center: J.B. Mauney from Mooresville, N.C., clinched the 2015 world-champion title Saturday night at UNLV.
Celebrity preview: Madonna, Korn, Bill Maher, Rick Springfield, PBR, Loverboy, ‘AGT,’ XIV Sessions
Friday, Oct. 23, 2015
Can anybody offer competition for superstar Madonna at MGM Grand Garden Arena? Maybe the only one to dare try is the world’s first magic performing Chihuahua, Mr. Piffles, owned by new, off-the-wall Las Vegas resident magician Piff the Magic Dragon.
Criss Angel cancels Luxor shows, flies to Australia to be with sick son
Friday, Oct. 23, 2015
“Mindfreak” magician Criss Angel has canceled performances of his Cirque du Soleil show “Believe” at the Luxor as of tonight through Nov. 1 as he flies to Australia to be with his sick 20-month-old son.
Siegfried & Roy turn down six figures to fly four new cubs to UAE
Friday, Oct. 23, 2015
For 12-year-old Emma Goldsberry of the Make-a-Wish Foundation, it’s a dream come true thanks to Siegfried & Roy, masters of the impossible. On Thursday afternoon, she was appointed Cubs Child Ambassador of Conservation.
Strip Scribbles: Channing Tatum’s ‘Magic Mike’-inspired Las Vegas show?
Friday, Oct. 23, 2015
Hollywood hunk Channing Tatum’s deal for a “Magic Mike” revue at the former Body English in the Hard Rock Hotel apparently came thisclose to a firm deal, but the plans are said to have gone up in smoke at the last moment.
‘Crazy Girls’ celebrates 28 years of headlining on the Las Vegas Strip
Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015
The curvy creatures who keep trim and in perfect physically fit shape thanks to daily three-hour workouts are bare-legged — no fishnets here — with as many posterior poses as possible re-creating the famous bronze butts statue.
Preview: Madonna’s ‘Rebel Heart’ stop at MGM Grand with Mike Tyson, hits galore
Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015
Saturday’s MGM Grand show with Lunice as her opening act is the most expensive to date with an average price of $949.21. All VIP packages were sold out, with only 212 tickets, some as high as $3,100, remaining in resale 72 hours before show time.
2015 PBR World Finals Round 1 photos: J.B. Mauney wins with 91-point ride
Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015
More than 10,000 fans roared their approval at the most thrilling kickoff ride ever on an opening night in the 22-year history of the Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas.
Tonight in L.V.: Donny & Marie, ‘AGT Live,’ Blues Traveler, Shinedown, Destiny Dixon
Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015
Donny & Marie Osmond return to the Flamingo to continue their residency. “America’s Got Talent Live” is at Planet Hollywood Showroom through Saturday and features Las Vegas’ Piff the Magic Dragon and Maren Wade.
Q+A: ‘Miss Margarida’s’ classroom is about to turn into chaos at Troesh
Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015
Watch actress Annette Houlihan Verdolino in the title role of “Miss Margarida’s Way” opening in its Las Vegas premiere at the Smith Center today through Sunday, and all your bad (and hopefully some good) memories of eighth grade will come flooding back.
Photos: New York Italian transplant Carbone opens for business at Aria
Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015
It’s the first domestic expansion outside New York City for Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick as they introduced their concept to Las Vegas reinvigorating classic Italian-American cuisine with tableside service and world-class sourced ingredients.
Strip Scribbles: Ride into space for $90K; Tryst, Botero to close; Chazz Palminteri
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015
Thanks to an investment by Vegas Tech Fund, this holiday season’s luxurious Neiman Marcus catalog has an exclusive gift at $90,000 per person for a trip to the edge of space! And only 10 Neiman Marcus shoppers can buy the package.
PBR to stay in L.V. through 2018; Round 1 of 2015 PBR is tonight
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015
“We are pleased to continue our participation with PBR for three more years and have Las Vegas serve as the host destination for the Built Ford Tough World Finals and Last Cowboy Standings events,” said Cathy Tull, senior vice president of marketing for LVCVA.
Topless temptresses: ‘Fantasy’ fetes 16 years, ‘Crazy Girls’ celebrates 28
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015
After all these centuries, there’s still a dispute about the origins of the art of striptease. Was it the dance of the seven veils of Salome who danced for King Herod as referenced in the Bible’s New Testament?
Tonight in L.V.: 2015 PBR, ‘Crazy Girls,’ Gold Spike, R.A. The Rugged Man, DJ Skratchy
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015
Bull-riding champions J.B. Mauney, Shane Proctor, Cooper Davis, Tanner Byrne, Reese Cates and more from the 2015 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals officially launch five days of battles at the Thomas & Mack Center with a party at LAX in the Luxor after first-round duties.
Wolfgang Puck on future of Spago, L.V. dining; new online cooking school
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015
Wolfgang Puck now has 26 upscale restaurants and 50 other more-casual venues around the world, and he’s still not slowing down! He started filming his new TV series Monday and this week opens a new brand of WP Kitchen & Bar outlets.
Are Broadway’s ‘Puppet Up! Uncensored,’ ‘Disenchanted’ headed to Las Vegas?
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015
Jim Henson’s “Sesame Street” puppets were never like this when Brian Henson pulls the strings on twisted scenes and songs in “Puppet Up! Uncensored,” a collision of skilled puppetry with expert puppeteers not hidden below curtains.
Strip Scribbles: Willie Nelson, Ronnie Milsap, Olympic figure skaters, PBR
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015
It seems like Las Vegas is becoming a suburb of Nashville — or even a competitor. We’ve had a string of successful residencies to prove the point with Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Shania Twain, Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn and The Judds.
Photos: Steve Martorano toasts 1st anniversary, pasta-eating contest; closes Rio restaurant Oct. 31
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015
It was not only difficult to believe, but also tough to watch! New top-ranked competitive eater Matt Stonie continued his domination by swallowing an incredible 20 half-pound bowls of pasta in just eight minutes for a total of 10 pounds.
Q+A: ‘Fantasy’ unveils Mandy Moore opening for 16th anniversary show
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015
Tonight under the direction of producer Anita Mann, the topless temptresses at the Luxor celebrate their 16th anniversary, and their show will open with a bang — a brand new opening dance number by “So You Think You Can Dance” choreographer Mandy Moore.
Strip Scribbles: Britney’s wardrobe malfunction, ‘Sex,’ ‘X Country,’ Criss Angel, Mike Tyson
Monday, Oct. 19, 2015
What group of high rollers arrived for an expensive dinner in a newly opened five-star Strip restaurant with high-class escorts flown in on a private jet for a wild weekend? Who is the mystery, high-profile local business mogul embroiled in a blackmail scandal?
Which Las Vegas restaurant is the top grossing in the U.S.?
Monday, Oct. 19, 2015
Nine of the Las Vegas restaurants are steakhouses, and some of the star-chef names on the list include Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich, Emeril Lagasse, Wolfgang Puck and Jean-Georges Vongerichten with two.
Jose Andres, David Robins, Gino Ferraro, Jin Caldwell win top honors
Monday, Oct. 19, 2015
There were two recipients for outstanding volunteerism and community spirit: Restaurant Neighbor of the Year for outstanding community service went to Raja Majid of Origin India Restaurant and Retailer of the Year was Roger Sachs of Steiner’s A Nevada Style Pub.
Emily Jillette rescues surfer in Hawaii; Lou Ruvo Center to expand?
Monday, Oct. 19, 2015
Rio headliner magician Penn Jillette’s wife Emily Jillette used magic of her own to help save the life of a badly injured surfer in Hawaii over the weekend. Emily was playing in a golf tournament on Kona.
Tonight in Las Vegas: ‘Mondays Dark,’ Carbone opens, BWW, Thomas the Tank Engine
Monday, Oct. 19, 2015
Mark Shunock of the about-to-relocate “Rock of Ages” presents his monthly “Mondays Dark” benefit at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel featuring the Strip’s top performers presenting the music of “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone to benefit Project 50.
Photos: ‘The world is a little dimmer’ without star chef Kerry Simon
Monday, Oct. 19, 2015
It was a fond and bittersweet farewell. Six hundred of us said goodbye to “Iron Chef” winner Kerry Simon on Sunday afternoon at his “celebration of life” tribute and barbecue exactly the way he wanted before his death: “No funeral, no sadness, just a musical party.”
Celebrity preview: Jimmy Buffett, Daughtry, Margaret Cho, Ciara, Kerry Simon tribute, GBDC
Friday, Oct. 16, 2015
Food and music are the specials on the menu this weekend in the Entertainment Capital of the World, but it’s a weekend in which there is truly something for everyone. Let’s eat and dance up a storm as we devour this week’s edition of the Royal Robin Rundown.
After conquering poutine, champion eater Matt Stonie goes after pasta
Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015
He must have a stomach made from steel! World champion competitive eater Matt Stonie will compete against 11 other professional eaters to scarf down as much pasta as they can in 8 minutes at 1 p.m. Saturday under the Arc de Triomphe replica at Paris Las Vegas.
Strip Scribbles: ‘Late Nite Chef Fight,’ Andiamo, Rivea, Skyfall Lounge, Zydeco Po-Boys
Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015
Trip Advisor has named Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Italian Steakhouse at The D Las Vegas downtown the No. 1 restaurant in Las Vegas. Bouley in New York was named No. 1 in the United States, with Venetian chef Daniel Boulud ranked No. 9 in all of America.
‘Jersey Boys’ commemorates 3,000 shows on the Las Vegas Strip
Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015
It’s the show and the music that just won’t quit. Congratulations to the cast and crew of the hit musical “Jersey Boys” at Paris Las Vegas, which tonight celebrates its 3,000th performance on the Las Vegas Strip.
Kerry Simon tribute to include Bill Murray, members of ZZ Top, Cheap Trick, GNR
Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015
In keeping with Kerry Simon’s final requests, the party will have rock and roll well represented with Cash Presley as the house band and appearances by Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top, Rick Nielsen from Cheap Trick and Matt Sorum from Guns ’n’ Roses.
To tip or not to tip on the Las Vegas Strip, restaurateur Danny Meyer asks
Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015
Restaurateur Danny Meyer, who owns Shake Shack at New York-New York and a newly opened one in Downtown Summerlin, is marking today’s 30th anniversary of his first restaurant, Union Square Cafe in New York, by shutting its doors before year’s end.
Q+A: Joy Jenkins of ‘Absinthe’ answers 10 questions about National Boss’s Day
Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015
Friday is National Boss’s Day, and I thought we should track down the worst showbiz boss on the Strip. Which assistant would be tough enough to rat out her boss and his secrets?
Q+A: 2014 Miss USA Nia Sanchez of Nevada talks weekend wedding plans
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015
It’s a “Cinderella” story where the beautiful Miss USA marries her handsome Hollywood actor prince! The 2 1/2 year romance between 2014 Miss Nevada USA turned Miss USA Nia Sanchez and “Hannah Montana” star Daniel Booko culminates Saturday in Southern California.
Bennett, Brooks, Legend, Keys, Levine, Underwood, Usher to headline Sinatra celebration
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015
A lineup of extraordinary recording stars will honor the remarkable legacy and 100th birthday of nine-time Grammy Award winner Frank Sinatra with a salute as CBS joins the Recording Academy and AEG Ehrlich Ventures to present “Sinatra 100: An All-Star Grammy Concert.”
Strip Scribbles: Red Bull races, Travis Cloer, ‘Sister Wives’ and Andre Agassi
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015
It has to be one of the greatest publicity stunts ever pulled off at the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign. Who lands right there on Las Vegas Boulevard in a plane, comes to a stop at the traffic light, then takes off again when it turns green?
2015 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals stomp into L.V. from Oct. 21-25
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015
The world’s top bull riders and fiercest bucking bulls in the business return for the richest bull-riding event on the planet, the 2015 Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough World Finals from Oct. 21-25 at the Thomas & Mack Center that offers a total purse of $2.3 million.
Photos: Pete Rose Bar and Grill grand opening: ‘I’m going to have a whole lotta fun here’
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015
Pete Rose, who lives a five-minute walk from his new breakfast, lunch and dinner spot, gave me a tour of the kitchen so that I could sample his three specials from chef Brian Littlejohn that represent the three cities he played for during his MLB career.
Photos: Rise Lantern Festival at Moapa River Indian Reservation
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015
Rise Lantern Festival organizers were committed to a “Leave No Trace” policy, and by Tuesday the crews had recovered 100 percent of the litter and lanterns in addition to the 100 labor hours logged in pre-cleaning.
Marco Rubio walks into Smoke’s Poutinerie at Pawn Plaza and meets ... Robin Leach
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio laughed, shrugged his shoulders, then remembered that I had recorded a voice track for Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News when political rivals blasted him for being “rich and famous” for owning a luxury speedboat.
Photos: Andy Roddick leads Sir Elton John’s team to win; $1 million raised
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015
For only the third time in its 23-year history, Sir Elton John’s fundraising celebrity tennis tournament Mylan WTT Smash Hits brought in more than $1 million with its first-ever matches on the Strip outside Caesars Palace where he debuts the next leg of his residency.
Strip Scribbles: Lakers vs. Kings, Pete Rose Bar and Grill, ‘Sexxy,’ Britney Spears
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015
It’s a battle between baseball and basketball tonight. First, the annual pre-season game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Fans of both California teams have invaded the Strip en masse today.

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