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‘Baz’ actress Ginifer King: ‘Your head will be spinning — an entire world explodes’
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Broadway and Hollywood actress Ginifer King says that Las Vegas has presented nearly everything when it comes to entertainment, but her castmates and she in “For the Record: Baz” vow that we haven’t seen anything yet.
Photos: Fall under the sweet spell of Hexx Kitchen + Bar at Paris
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
It’s a first for Las Vegas — executive pastry chef and chocolate countess Carol Garcia has the first true bean-to-bar chocolate “factory” in the Silver State. It’s located in the new-look, 30,000-square-foot, 300-plus-seat Hexx Kitchen + Bar in Paris Las Vegas.
Strip Scribbles: Vinnie Favorito at Tommy Wind theater, Moonen, Burton, BMG
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
New York magician Tommy Wind has reopened his own theater just one block north of MGM Grand and has announced that fresh-mouthed comedian Vinnie Favorito will open there this Thursday.
Mariah Carey releases video for ‘Infinity’ filmed at Caesars Palace
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
This morning, Caesars Palace headliner Mariah Carey debuted the music video for her new single, “Infinity,” from her recently released album “Mariah Carey #1 to Infinity,” a career-spanning chronological collection of her 18 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 singles.
Alfonso Ribeiro to fill in for Val Chmerkovskiy on ‘DWTS Live! Tour’
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Las Vegas audiences will have one shot to see Season 19 “Dancing With the Stars” champion Alfonso Ribeiro co-host and perform on “Dancing With the Stars Live! Tour” when it stops at the Venetian Theater over the Independence Day holiday weekend.
Superstar VIPs ensure KMA Power of Love Gala firsts for biggest, best to date
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
It’s one of the most spectacular and star-studded charity events of the Las Vegas calendar, and this year‘s 19th Annual Power of Love Gala has outdone itself as the best yet with some extraordinary firsts.
Miss Nevada USA Brittany McGowan preps for Miss USA Pageant
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
With less than 30 days to leaving Las Vegas for the televised Miss USA Pageant in Baton Rouge, La., our Miss Nevada USA Brittany McGowan of Southern Highlands is already into her final preparations.
Casting begins for film on Tatiana Alvarez, aka male DJ Musikillz
Monday, June 1, 2015
Preliminary casting has begun on the movie life story of DJ Tatiana Alvarez, who disguised herself as a man to get her DJ gigs, as women weren’t being hired by nightclubs to spin the wheels of steel. She booked herself as Matt Muset, aka DJ Musikillz.
Strip Scribbles: ‘Crazy Girls’ take it off at Planet Hollywood; WSOP; Celine
Monday, June 1, 2015
The tantalizing topless temptresses of “Crazy Girls,” formerly at the now-shuttered Riviera, have moved into their new Sin City Theater home at Planet Hollywood and have started their regular 9 p.m. shows.
A bigger Caesars venue for Matt Goss? Britney, Mariah, J.Lo and now …
Monday, June 1, 2015
It’s not yet official, but British-born crooner Matt Goss has not only extended his Caesars Palace run, but he also has doubled the number of days he’ll perform there starting in August.
Strip Scribbles: Emeril’s seafood fest, Twizzlers, Rubio, Franco and Grimm
Friday, May 29, 2015
To the uninitiated, the thought of fried Florida frog legs might be off-putting, but not when Emeril Lagasse’s chef Heath Cicerelli at Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House in MGM Grand uses buttermilk to cook them with spicy Creole tomato glaze.
Gumball 3000 heads to homestretch in Death Valley and ends in Las Vegas
Thursday, May 28, 2015
More than 100 vehicles valued at more than $200 million are en route to Las Vegas as the seven-day Gumball 3000 road rally nears the end of an exhausting journey that began last Saturday in Stockholm, Sweden.
Shania Twain finishes two weeks of rehearsals in L.V. ahead of final tour
Thursday, May 28, 2015
After two weeks of rehearsals here in Las Vegas, pop and country superstar Shania Twain is about to set off on her final road tour of 67 dates starting next Friday, June 5, and ending in Toronto in October.
Tonight in L.V.: Gipsy Kings, Robert Plant, Cage the Elephant, Juice Standard
Thursday, May 28, 2015
The legendary Gipsy Kings and their flamenco rhythms mix their blistering guitar traditions from the South of France and Spanish vocals at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel.
Two buzzed-about L.V. businesses: Kailava’s cakes, Cobra Culture’s ‘second skin’ dresses
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Two new local businesses are creating buzz with their overnight success stories. Cake-baker Kailava moved her extreme sugar sculptures and cakes here from Utah just last month.
World’s longest limo with lap pool, helipad to be built in Las Vegas
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Every episode of my TV series “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” started with a remarkable shot of an even more remarkable car — a record-setting 100-foot limousine.
Q+A: Deana Martin talks Dean Martin, Old Vegas, The Rat Pack, big-band show
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
It’s just days away now for when Deana Martin returns to Las Vegas and all the memories of being here as a youngster with her dad, Dean Martin, and his The Rat Pack friends Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. will come flooding back.
Gumball 3000, with Tony Hawk, Diplo, Skrillex, arrives in L.V. on Friday
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
It’s a large feat: More than $200 million in precious cars are being airlifted on an 11-hour flight from Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Reno for the final drive of the Gumball 3000 rally into Las Vegas.
Surf-and-turf special at Le Cirque in Bellagio — for $325
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Created by executive chef Wilfried Bergerhausen, it is a Japanese Kobe steak wrapped in truffle perigourdine sauce topped with foie gras and shaved truffles paired with 2-pound butter poached Maine lobster tail topped with lobster caviar sauce and edible 24-karat gold leaf.
Strip Scribbles: Human Ken doll Rodrigo Alves undergoes 30 plastic surgeries
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
It’s taken Rodrigo Alves 30 body-changing operations including four rhinoplasties, liposuction and six-pack implants over 10 years to look like Barbie’s mate, a human Ken doll.
$200 million to be awarded in 46th Annual World Series of Poker at Rio
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Fifty days of around-the-clock, high-stakes action is underway for the prestigious 46th Annual World Series of Poker, which began with cards in the air at noon today at the Rio.
Photos: MGM Resorts, AEG commemorate topping off at new arena
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
More than 300 construction workers and ironworkers celebrated with MGM Resorts International officials this morning as a giant crane lifted into place the last of some 7,000 steel beams weighing a total of 7,100 tons.
Party in Italy with Andrea Bocelli and showbiz friends for $200,000
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
The winning bidder and a guest will fly on a private 767 jet donated by “Shark Tank” star and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban with celebrities including new Caesars Palace headliner Reba McEntire, The Band Perry, David Foster and others.
Review: ‘Suzanne Sizzles’ is glitz, glamour and grand fun at Westgate
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
“It’s one of the happiest nights of my life — magical,” said an enthusiastic Suzanne Somers reveling in the incredible applause at Westgate Las Vegas.
Photos: Chris Brown feuds with Tyson Beckford; Khloe Kardashian + Rick Fox?
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Handsome hunk, model, actor and Chippendales at the Rio guest MC Tyson Beckford wrapped his four-week run Sunday night enmeshed in a web of weird headlines.
Strip Scribbles: Adele residency in L.V.? Plus, Elvis mystery, Shania returns, Outlaws lose
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Rumors ran rampant over the weekend, as actress, singer and author Suzanne Somers opened her “Suzanne Sizzles” at Westgate Las Vegas, that the nearby “Elvis: The Experience” and Elvis Exhibition would close imminently.
Preview: ‘Annie,’ one of Broadway’s best tour offerings, is at Smith Center
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Tonight, Annie, with curly redheaded Issie Swickle, lands at the Smith Center with no controversy and great touring reviews. “One of the best offerings that Broadway has put on tour. … The same magic and the same heart are still there.”
Rock in Rio USA’s Roberta Medina: ‘We’re excited for what’s to come’
Monday, May 25, 2015
With 172,000 people from 47 states and 32 countries, Rock in Rio’s Roberta Medina, daughter of founder Roberto Medina, is thrilled that their debut music festival on the Strip, Rock in Rio USA, was successful.
Robuchon vs. Del Frisco’s; Therapy downtown; Made L.V.; STK’s new items
Friday, May 22, 2015
Bravo to Cucina Italiano, the sister restaurant to Brio in Las Vegas, which has set May 28 for its opening in Henderson promising all cooking done in full view of guests.
Iggy Azalea’s blackjack run; Bobby Flay’s divorce battle; Letterman in L.V.?
Thursday, May 21, 2015
My notebook fills up at high speed with the oddest of gossip from striding the Strip on a nightly basis, and today is a bonanza, from Iggy Azalea and Bobby Flay to David Letterman at Caesars Palace.
Strip Scribbles: B.B. King salute at Brooklyn Bowl; BMG; Vegas PBS; free ice cream; Flowrider
Thursday, May 21, 2015
The family of the late, loved B.B. King, legendary king of the blues who died here a week ago, plans to celebrate his life and musical talent at a free event in Brooklyn Bowl at the Linq Promenade on Friday night.
Tonight: Radius rooftop pool at Stratosphere; Epicurean Affair; Method Man and Redman
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Stratosphere officially opens its new day-and-night Radius rooftop pool on the 25th floor 300 feet above the Strip. Swim to the infinity edge, and you get panoramic views of the valley under the sun or moon.
‘Fall in love all over again’ with Suzanne Somers in ‘Sizzles’ at Westgate
Thursday, May 21, 2015
“I feel like I’m back home again,” Suzanne Somers told me as she wrapped a guest appearance on Tuesday’s season finale of “Dancing With the Stars” partnered with Tony Dovolani, who plans to fly to Las Vegas to check out her new show soon.
Cirque takes on cabaret-style show with ‘Baz’ at Light in Mandalay Bay
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Make no mistake: This is no ordinary Cirque du Soleil show. This will be as if Joel Grey (“Cabaret”) wandered into the hi-jinx of “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace minus the circus acrobatics.
Celine Dion offers advice to Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Celine Dion said: “Performing in Las Vegas gives us the chance to be special every night. I’m very positive about living here — it’s the best place as an artist and as a mom, so I would tell them to have as much love and fun as I have had.”
Strip Scribbles: Opportunity Village, Elann Saula and Palazzo at Cannes
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Please support Thursday night’s 5th Annual Opportunity Village Ovation spring performing arts concert hosted by KTNV morning news anchor Beth Fisher at the O.V. Ralph and Betty Engelstad Campus on South Buffalo.
Tonight: Letterman; Sammy DeMarco at Made L.V.; Santana at HOB; Down & Derby; Wet at Night
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
No note about this evening would be complete without a tip of the hat to David Letterman, who ends his 33-year run as host of CBS’ “Late Night With David Letterman,” the longest in history.
Jennifer Lopez: ‘It’s going to be the best J.Lo show you’ve ever seen and heard’
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Global superstar singer, actress and dancer Jennifer Lopez says “the sky’s the limit” when it comes to creating her new residency at Axis at Planet Hollywood that begins Jan. 20. “Everything I’ve ever done has led to this,” she said excitedly.
Bristol Palin + Dakota Meyer; Neal Schon + Michaele; Geoffrey Edelsten + Brynne Gordon
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
This weekend’s marriage plans for Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol Palin and Medal of Honor Sgt. Dakota Meyer at the Palin family’s “old Kentucky home” have been canceled.
Strip Scribbles: Ricky Moreno, Tyson Beckford, Krewella, Mac King, Jeff McBride
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Las Vegas travel counselor Ricky Moreno, who specializes here in “fish-out-of-water” travel experiences for his clients, has become one of the final 15 contestants on Travel Channel’s new competition “Travel Channel Star.”
‘Dancing With the Stars’ finale tonight features Las Vegas and love
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
There will be two dances of special interest: brother-and-sister Derek Hough and Julianne Hough, who attended Las Vegas Academy, will partner in the two-hour program that will determine the winner of this season’s mirror-ball disco trophy.
It’s PDA for Swift, Harris; Celine ready to return; Chrissy, Mariah’s bust lines
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Superstar singer Taylor Swift and Hakkasan and Omnia resident superstar DJ Calvin Harris stole the spotlight at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards — and not because of her eight gold statuettes and his one, but for their public displays of affection.
Strip Scribbles: ‘AGT’ winners Michael Grimm, Mat Franco; BMG; Vista; ‘Mondays Dark’
Monday, May 18, 2015
Las Vegas resident and “America’s Got Talent” Season 5 winner Michael Grimm won’t have far to travel to get to work during the next three summer months. He’s landed a 90-day residency at Vinyl.
Penn & Mac? Holding cell? Jillette’s ties to the now-shuttered Riviera
Monday, May 18, 2015
Rio headliner magician Penn Jillette has revealed that at a charity event in the Riviera long before it closed last week, Harrah’s headliner comedy magician Mac King stood in for Teller, who was on a trip to Italy.
B.B. King public viewing Friday; private, public services Saturday
Monday, May 18, 2015
We hold family and close friends of guitar jazz king B.B. King in our thoughts as they cope with his Thursday death here in Las Vegas after he suffered a series of strokes.
Celebrity preview: Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, One Republic, Bryan Adams, Neil Diamond, Courtney Love
Friday, May 15, 2015
In addition to Weekend Two of Rock in Rio USA with Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, John Legend, Ed Sheeran and more attracting more than 100,000, it’s the two final concerts for Journey in their mini-run at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel.
Photos: Kerry Simon celebrates 60th birthday at Simon in Palms Place
Friday, May 15, 2015
It was seven years ago that then Palms owner George Maloof helped Kerry Simon open the hip dining spot there. It closes May 22. Kerry, now confined to a motorized wheelchair, was presented with a custom birthday cake by GImme Some Sugar.
Photos: Amber Rose parties with DJ Lil Jon at Surrender
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Tattooed and short-crop-haired model Amber Rose was in the company of two male friends at Surrender in Steve Wynn’s Encore early this morning partying at DJ Lil’s Jon school-days-themed “Shot Class” fun.
Strip Scribbles: Carbone at Aria, Murray Sawchuck’s chandelier, PMOY Raquel Pomplun
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Carbone at Aria won’t be an exact duplicate of the New York venue, which has won numerous stars since opening in 2013 and getting a nod as a finalist in the James Beard Foundation Awards for “Best New Restaurant in America.”
Mark Shunock’s ‘Mondays Dark,’ ‘Back to the Future’ 30 years later, Las Vegas Sin
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Please support “Rock of Ages” at the Venetian star Mark Shunock’s next “Mondays Dark” charity show at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel on Monday with a beach party theme to raise funds for Keep Memory Alive.

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