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February 14, 2016

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Robin Leach


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Battle of the brunches: Lydia Ansel, Maren Wade talk Wolfgang Puck; STK
Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016
Two restaurants not known for brunches have launched weekend options, and they couldn’t be more different. Chef Stephen Hopcraft at STK in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas dishes up a wild, pajama-clad party with a band, singer, DJ and more entertainment.
Celine Dion to fulfill husband Rene Angelil’s dying wishes; brother dies
Friday, Jan. 15, 2016
In yet a second heartbreaking blow to Celine Dion, her sister, Claudette, revealed today that their brother, Daniel, also has been given just days to live in his own battle with similar mouth and brain cancer that claimed Rene Angelil’s life.
Celebrity preview: Fabolous, Scott Disick, Warren G, Martin Lawrence, Erykah Badu, Styx, Daniel Tosh
Friday, Jan. 15, 2016
It’s girls vs. boys this weekend as female singers take on male comics in the weekly Weekend Celebrity Preview of our Entertainment Capital of the World. The winner could be 5-foot singer-songwriter, record producer, actress and activist Erykah Badu.
Miss Nevada USA deals with sister’s death by discussing DUI, drugs
Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016
Gorgeous Las Vegas model Emelina Adams, who won the Miss Nevada USA title in November, is turning last week’s death of her sister into an anti-drug and -DUI message for Nevada students. “I want something very positive to come from Jessica’s passing,” she told me.
Star-studded red carpet expected for Jennifer Lopez’s grand opening at Axis
Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016
Stars scheduled to walk the red carpet before curtain up include Jessica Alba, Cheryl Burke, Kristen Chenoweth, Ryan Guzman, Derek Hough, Ray Liotta, Holly Madison, Ne-Yo, Kelly Osbourne, Ryan Seacrest, T.I., Wilmer Valderrama, Keenan Ivory Wayans and Rebel Wilson.
Tonight in L.V.: ‘X Country’ grand opening, ‘Cat in the Hat,’ Burton Cummings, curling cup
Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016
“The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss continues at the Smith Center through Sunday. Burton Cummings debuts his show at Orleans Showroom. The Continental Cup of Curling is at Orleans Arena. Gypsy Road is at Lounge at the Palms.
Rene Angelil, Celine Dion’s husband, dies at 73 of cancer
Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016
Superstar singer Celine Dion had a premonition that Christmastime would be the last her husband and former longtime manager Rene Angelil would spend with their family of three children and her. Rene died this morning at age 73, losing his awful battle against throat cancer.
Q+A, Part 2: ‘Never Sleep Alone’ love doctor — ‘It’s a sexy, sophisticated, hilarious show’
Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016
“Nobody does what they don’t want to do in this show. It’s just a chance for the beautiful people of America to shake loose a little bit and become that sexy and adventurous person they’ve always wanted to be.”
Preview: New ‘X Country’ is ready to shake it (off) at Harrah’s
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016
Six sexy dancers are about to change the face of line dancing with their country curves when “X Country” celebrates its grand opening Thursday night at Harrah’s. It’s the latest “X” production from Angela Sampras and Matt Stabile.
Strip Scribbles: Sir Elton John, Leslie Bricusse, Clint Holmes, Chazz Palminteri, J.B. Mauney
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016
When I was 15 and began my journalism career, I accidentally met songwriter Leslie Bricusse and his actress wife Yvonne Romain on my first day at the Harrow Observer in England. Leslie was writing Anthony Newley’s “Stop the World” West End musical.
10 questions: Stunt racer Romain Thievin of Exotics Racing, ‘Bourne Identity’
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016
The arrival of actor Matt Damon, who won a Golden Globe on Sunday for “The Martian,” to conclude filming here in Las Vegas of the newest “Bourne Identity” sequel recalled for me one of the best car chases ever captured on celluloid.
Q+A, Part 2: ‘Puppet Up! Uncensored’ is Jim Henson for adults
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016
“This is really one of those shows where you walk out feeling like you had a good laugh, you’re feeling buoyant at life, and more than anything you’re really impressed by the six people who you’ve just been watching onstage.”
Q+A, Part 1: Love doctor’s ‘Never Sleep Alone’ hookup show is set for ‘Absinthe’ tent
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016
It’s about to get even more ribald and risque — bawdy. Self-styled sexual evangelist Dr. Alex Schiller will host three nights of her extreme, edgy “Never Sleep Alone” show where strangers not only get to make out with each other onstage, but also can hook up.
Strip Scribbles: L.V. twins move forward on ‘Bachelor’; AVN Awards host is named
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016
In two weeks (Jan. 25), an episode of “The Bachelor” that was filmed secretly here in October with Mirage headline entertainer Terry Fator is set to air, and presumably the Marquee at the Cosmopolitan cocktail servers take Ben and Chris Harrison to see Terry’s show.
‘Sexxy’ star Jennifer Romas: ‘Not only did we create a show, we also created a family’
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016
Jennifer Romas, producer and star of “Sexxy” at Westgate Las Vegas, surprised her cast of dancers after their show when she booked two limousines and whisked them off to a Sky Tower penthouse on the Strip.
Tonight in L.V.: Nervo at Omnia, ‘Alice’ at Brooklyn Bowl, DJ Ikon at Hyde
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016
“Alice — A Steampunk Fantasy Concert” goes through the looking glass and down the rabbit hole at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq Promenade where you can join the Mad Hatters tea party.
Review: Susan Anton celebrates the times of her life at Cabaret Jazz
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016
She is a real golden girl, a multitalented star standing statuesque at just under 6 feet tall with a sensational smile and majestic mane of platinum-blonde hair. For more than 35 years, she has dazzled as an actress and singer.
Q+A, Part 1: ‘Puppet Up! Uncensored’ heads to Venetian this spring
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016
Who would have guessed that the genius artists behind Miss Piggy, Kermit the Frog and the other wholesome and good characters of The Muppets and “Sesame Street” would have a naughty side? Apparently, that’s what happened often before and after cameras rolled.
Strip Scribbles: 2016 CES wrap, ‘Real Swingers,’ David Bowie, ‘MDQ,’ Big Sean
Monday, Jan. 11, 2016
2016 CES set incredible records: Its 2.47 million square feet of show-floor exhibits was increased from 2.2 million last year, and attendance had to be capped at a record 176,000 visitors to cope with logistics. Automotive electronics were up 25 percent at 200,000 square feet.
Tonight in L.V.: Diplo at XS, ‘Frozen,’ Kelly Clinton Holmes, Santa Fe & The Fat City Horns
Monday, Jan. 11, 2016
DJ and record producer Diplo kicks off the first of his Mad Decent Monday parties at XS in Steve Wynn’s Encore. It’s the final night of “Disney on Ice’s Frozen” at the Thomas & Mack Center. Santa Fe & The Fat City Horns returns to Cabaret Jazz in the Smith Center.
Las Vegas twins Emily, Haley Ferguson compete for rose on ABC’s ‘The Bachelor’
Monday, Jan. 11, 2016
They are blonde, beautiful and former Silverado High School students. Las Vegas twins Emily and Haley Ferguson, who run the blog, are models and cocktail servers at Marquee who have turned their “twin-dom” into a full-time career.
Celebrity preview: Muse, John Fogerty, Willie Nelson, Wyclef Jean, ‘Frozen,’ EDM Pop-Up
Friday, Jan. 8, 2016
The hands of time get turned back this weekend as the past comes back to capture the future. First, let’s go to 1969 when rocker John Fogerty hit the big time with not one but three chart-busting albums with Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Pilates guru Nina Waldman: 10 ways to stay fit and Zen in 2016
Friday, Jan. 8, 2016
Millions of Americans vowed with their New Year’s resolutions to go slim and trim for 2016, but how long does the promise and commitment last? Is it a juice diet, is it a new gym membership, is it an exhausting physical boot camp?
Strip Scribbles: Brian Evans, William Shatner, Mecum Auctions, Quick Jet Charter
Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016
Las Vegas crooner Brian Evans and actor William Shatner performed a duet at Brian’s show in Maui. They filmed a music video together with the songs “It Was a Very Good Year” and “Here You Come Again.”
Tony Hsieh among investors in bowling app RollTech by L.V. inventor
Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016
Zappos chief Tony Hsieh is one of the investors backing Las Vegas inventor Rich Belsky and his new app RollTech, an innovative, competitive, skills-based gaming creation that connects bowlers across the world to compete for cash payouts.
Susan Anton is ‘Already Home’ at Cabaret Jazz this weekend
Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016
The huge smile, sparkling teeth and massive mane of beautiful blonde hair are trademarks of singer-actress Susan Anton, who for the first time will play her hometown Cabaret Jazz at the Smith Center this weekend.
Photos: Charlotte McKinney hosts Encore Players Club grand opening; Steve Wynn wants larger venue
Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016
There’s no question that supermodel and actress Charlotte McKinney is breathtaking: She brings traffic to a stop. Even TV personality, singer, comedian and DJ Nick Cannon was speechless.
Q+A: ‘Twisted Vegas’ star Alex Goude — ‘Nobody has ever done anything like this in America before’
Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016
The new show “Twisted Vegas” that French superstar Alex Goude opens Feb. 9 at Westgate is the first of a few shows he intends to showcase here. And all the while he’s juggling the launch in Paris of the most expensive French musical ever, the $10 million “Timeo.”
‘Skin Wars’ star Robin Slonina to open bodypaint art studio in L.V.
Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016
Robin Slonina has been a fixture in the Las Vegas arts scene for a decade since moving here in 2005. At that time, she was a wandering artist living in her Volkswagen camper van and traveling the country making interactive outdoor sculptures.
Strip Scribbles: New plans for Rose. Rabbit. Lie.? Plus, WSOP, CES, whiskey
Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016
Enthusiastic jazz fans turned out in such force for the rotating pop performers in Scott Bradlee’s “Postmodern Jukebox” at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas during New Year’s Weekend that the format could become a mainstay of the theater club.
Let it go with Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf in Disney on Ice’s ‘Frozen’
Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016
The Disney animated feature film “Frozen” set box office records when it was released in 2013. It scored $1.3 billion in worldwide box office sales, ranking as the highest-grossing animated movie of all time.
Charlotte McKinney to host Encore Players Club grand opening
Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016
Hormones of hot-blooded males are set to be raging tonight when stunning Guess model Charlotte McKinney, the 22-year-old busty beauty of the Carl’s Jr. commercial, handles grand-opening ceremonies at Steve Wynn’s Encore Players Club.
Strip Scribbles: Charlie Hunnam, Donald Trump, Kyle Busch, Chinese New Year, Rehab
Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016
Female fans waited for hours outside Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Italian Steakhouse at The D Las Vegas downtown Monday night when they learned that hunky British actor Charlie Hunnam plus stunt star Chuck Zito of “Sons of Anarchy” were dining at the hotspot.
2016 CES celebrity preview: Mark Cuban, Michael Phelps, Shaq, Magic Johnson, Ryan Seacrest
Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016
It used to be when the annual AVN /Adult Entertainment Expo was loosely linked to the yearly Consumer Electronics Show that adult filmmakers had already figured out the best way to make money out of the new inventions and gadgets.
John Fogerty: ‘I was born to do this — play loud and energetic rock — and nothing else’
Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016
Legendary musician John Fogerty is promising “a lot of very loud rock and roll” for his eight-show run that begins this Friday at the Venetian. John arrived in spectacular style this morning leading a group of 50 Harley Davidson outriders on motorcycles.
‘Twisted Vegas,’ a French parody of Sin City, to open at Westgate
Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016
One of the most unusual and unique shows to hit Las Vegas is set to open Feb. 9 at Westgate Las Vegas, and the star of “Twisted Vegas” admits that it’s a huge gamble that has whiplashed other foreign entertainers in the past.
NYE Star Surveillance: Ariana, Calvin + Taylor, Celine, Britney, Katy, Halle, Giada, R5, Carly Rae
Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016
It was the best-kept secret of New Year’s Eve. A small handful of people were the only ones who knew that Ariana Grande would surprise 3,000 high-roller guests at Caesars Palace with a concert of her hits.
Strip Scribbles: Wolfgang Puck restaurant destroyed in Dubai; John Fogerty; Penn & Teller
Monday, Jan. 4, 2016
Executives at star chef Wolfgang Puck’s Las Vegas restaurants were awakened New Year’s Eve with phone calls from their outpost of Cut steakhouse in the 63-story Address Hotel in Dubai in United Arab Emirates.
Tonight in L.V.: Recycled Percussion, National Spaghetti Day, Matt Perrault, Clayton Kershaw
Monday, Jan. 4, 2016
It’s National Spaghetti Day, so who better to celebrate it with than gorgeous chef Carla Pellegrino, who has returned to her restaurant Bratalian in Henderson. Junk rock band Recycled Percussion is back at Saxe Theater in Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops.
‘Fantasy’ news: Magician Seth Grabel joins cast; Mariah new fashion ambassador
Monday, Jan. 4, 2016
Until now, the 15 years of topless temptresses in “Fantasy” at the Luxor have had to deal with only one man on their stage: Ace comedian Sean E. Cooper. Now he’s about to get some company in the form of acrobatic magician and illusionist Seth Grabel.
New 100,000-seat arena for Las Vegas Strip? Plus, ‘Crazy Girls’ statue, nude chef
Monday, Jan. 4, 2016
It seems difficult to believe that with MGM Resorts International about to open its 20,000-seat Las Vegas Arena behind Monte Carlo and New York-New York that another hotel company would even think about a rival stadium.
Monte Carlo rebranding draws celebrity chefs to the Strip
Monday, Jan. 4, 2016
Plans are underway for the transformation and rebranding of Monte Carlo, I’m reliably told, with orders from head honchos at MGM Resorts International to “out-Cosmo the Cosmopolitan — hotter and hipper.”
Celebrity preview: Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, Nicki Minaj, Nick Jonas, Michael Buble, R5 and many more
Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015
Nobody — and nowhere — on Earth throws a bigger or better New Year’s Eve Weekend celebration than Las Vegas, and this year as we end the madness of 2015 and I hope welcome a sane 2016, our hometown reigns supreme in the 96-hour nonstop “Auld Lang Syne” sweepstakes.
Q+A: Carly Rae Jepsen headlines three NYE Weekend shows at Venetian
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015
From coffeehouse barista to bartender, the story of pop sensation Carly Rae Jepsen’s success is another Canadian dream come true. The northern country neighbor has sold 20 million albums worldwide since her 2007 debut.
Strip Scribbles: New shows, cabaret club and Strip star, plus CES security
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015
Not one but four new shows are set for the Las Vegas entertainment scene in the first three months of the New Year. One is an original adaption of a European import, one is currently a West Coast hit, and the other two are shrouded in secrecy.
Star Surveillance: Britney Spears, Dave Grohl, R5, Vince Neil and Carrot Top
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015
Axis at Planet Hollywood headliner Britney Spears and her two sons Sean Preston and Jayden James stopped by the 4 p.m. Jabbawockeez show “Jreamz: A Journey Within” on Monday at MGM Grand.
Vegas Uncork’d to celebrate 10th anniversary in Las Vegas
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015
Mark your calendars now for the 10th anniversary of Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit from next April 28-May 1. The 2016 events are set at four casino resorts: The Cromwell, the Venetian, Palazzo and of course Caesars Palace.
Tonight in L.V.: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Omarion, R5, Paws on the Patio
Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy begins two nights at Orleans Showroom. Steve White, Daniel Kinno and Anyi Malik headline at the Improv at Harrah’s through Sunday. Omarion kicks off Hyde Bellagio’s weeklong NYE celebrations.
Photos: Mike Hammer’s Celebrity Go-Kart Race benefits Serving Hope
Monday, Dec. 28, 2015
Las Vegas celebrities turned out to race go-karts against residents at comedy magician Mike Hammer’s debut Celebrity Go-Kart Race on Sunday for Serving Hope Las Vegas that provides food, clothes and hygienic products to homeless clients.
Strip Scribbles: Taylor Swift + Calvin Harris, Penn & Teller, Wiz Khalifa, Meadowlark Lemon
Monday, Dec. 28, 2015
Two romances have become must-watch New Year’s Eve events here on the Strip: DJ Calvin Harris and singer Taylor Swift and rapper Nicki Minaj and her fellow rapper beau Meek Mill.

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