World Food Championships winner Ricardo Heredia is a rising star

San Diego chef Ricardo Heredia wins the overall title at the 2014 World Food Championships on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, in downtown Las Vegas.

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San Diego chef Ricardo Heredia wins the overall title at the 2014 World Food Championships on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, in downtown Las Vegas.

Guest Columnist Ben Vaughn:
Friday, November 21, 2014 @ 2 a.m.
This year’s top honors went to San Diego chef Ricardo Heredia. A two-time finalist at the event, when Ricardo is asked about how he got into the business of food, he likes to say he “hustled” his way into the kitchen.
2014 Miss Nevada USA Nia Sanchez is crowned 2014 Miss USA at the 2014 Miss USA Pageant at Baton Rouge River Center on Sunday, June 8, 2014, in Baton Rouge, La. Runner-up 2014 Miss North Dakota Audra Mari is at center and 2013 Miss USA Erin Brady is at right.

Miss Nevada (and Miss USA) Nia Sanchez crowns successor Sunday at UNLV

Pageant:
Thursday, November 20, 2014 @ 7:01 p.m.
Nia Sanchez never thought that she would win the Miss Nevada USA Pageant a year ago, but then she went on to become the first Nevada delegate in history to win the ultimate crown of Miss USA.
Singer and actress Pia Zadora performs during a guest stint in "Million Dollar Quartet" on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at Harrah’s.

Strip Scribbles: Pia Zadora, Rick Moonen, Burt Reynolds, Vegas Rocks! Awards

Las Vegas:
Thursday, November 20, 2014 @ 6:01 p.m.
It’s not quite a performance from a hospital bed, but pretty darn close. Feisty singer Pia Zadora has a miracle return to her cabaret shows at Piero’s this weekend a few months after serious injuries sustained when her golf cart overturned.
Jane's Addiction at Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday, May 10, 2014, in the Linq.

Weekend best bets: Jane’s Addiction, David Sedaris and Anjelah Johnson

Thursday, November 20, 2014 @ 6 p.m.
Before the holidays hit, get in one last weekend of fall festivities with entertainment options ranging from top-notch comedy and concerts to homegrown Las Vegas talent.
People stroll through Opportunity Village's Magical Forest Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012.

Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest opens Friday; official tree lighting Nov. 28

Holidays:
Thursday, November 20, 2014 @ 4:28 p.m.
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman will flip the switch to reveal a brilliantly lit forest announcing the official start to the holiday season in Las Vegas. Mirage headliners Boyz II Men, Venetian headliners Human Nature, yours truly and many more will join Madame Mayor.
The Quad headliner comedy juggler Jeff Civillico performs at the closing-night party for IPW 2013 at Garden of the Gods pool at Caesars Palace on June 12, 2013.
Jeff Civillico’s fundraising Headliners Bash takes over Penn & Teller Theater
Philanthropy:
Thursday, November 20, 2014 @ 2:33 p.m.
Our Strip showbiz stars have big and generous hearts, and Linq Hotel headliner comedy juggler Jeff Civillico on Friday brings them all together at Penn & Teller Theater in the Rio for his annual Headliners Bash.
President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014.
Obama’s immigration speech to cut into 2014 Latin Grammys on Univision
Television:
Thursday, November 20, 2014 @ 12:31 p.m.
President Barack Obama’s immigration speech will officially cut into as many as 40 minutes of today’s live Univision telecast of the 2014 Latin Grammy Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Santa Claus, Jace Crispin of Chippendales at the Rio, Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Gavin McHale attend the 2013 Great Santa Run on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in downtown Las Vegas.
Great Santa Run: Hostess Holly Madison, mayor’s $10K challenge, grand marshals Chippendales
Opportunity Village:
Thursday, November 20, 2014 @ 10 a.m.
Along with marking 10 years of the Great Santa Run, Opportunity Village is commemorating its 60th anniversary. The beloved nonprofit provides unparalleled opportunities, enrichment and support to nearly 3,000 valley residents with disabilities and their families.
Wolfgang Puck.
Q+A: Wolfgang Puck’s 22 years on the Strip and first suburban bistro
Dining:
Thursday, November 20, 2014 @ 2 a.m.
This week, Wolfgang Puck came to town to officially open his Bar & Grill and sign copies of his cookbook “Wolfgang Puck Makes It Healthy: Light, Delicious Recipes and Easy Exercises for a Better Life” for fans.
Billy Hufsey’s “Celebrity Idols” at Sin City Theater in Planet Hollywood.
Preview: Billy Hufsey’s exuberant ‘Celebrity Idols’ at Planet Hollywood
Theater:
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 @ 10:08 p.m.
Billy Hufsey’s “Celebrity Idols” is a wild, exuberant, frenzied and furious party with more than 30 musical numbers and 50 flashy, super-sexy costume changes celebrating movies and music and their stars who became celebrity idols.
Ashley Monroe, Angaleena Presley, Miranda Lambert, Shania Twain, Kelly Clarkson, Faith Hill and Reba McEntire backstage after Twain's "Still the One" at The Colosseum in Caesars Palace on Saturday, April 6, 2013.
Strip Scribbles: Reba McEntire at Caesars? Derek Jeter, Jessica Alba, Mac King
Las Vegas:
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 @ 6:30 p.m.
Former Las Vegas builder and developer Ron Pratte built up one of the world’s greatest collections of automobilia and collector cars over the past two decades. Now he’s selling more than 1,500 pieces and 140 cars.
Cleen Rock One of Las Vegas works on a human canvas in Season 5 of “Ink Master” on Spike TV.
Cleen Rock One of Las Vegas wins twice on ‘Ink Master’
Television:
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 @ 5:03 p.m.
Our Las Vegas tattoo artist and salon owner Cleen Rock One scored a double victory on Tuesday night’s “Ink Master” on Spike TV and moved one step closer to winning the $100,000 grand prize.
Attendees dance to the music of Kaskade during Night 2 of the 2014 Electric Daisy Carnival on Saturday, June 21, 2014, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Electric Daisy Carnival returns to Las Vegas from June 19 to 21, 2015
Music:
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 @ 4:29 p.m.
Tickets ranging from $329 for a three-day pass to $699 for a VIP pass go on sale Monday, Dec. 1. Once again, there will be no single-day tickets for the fifth-annual festival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Imperial Red Cross Easter Egg with portraits (1915) on display in the exhibit “Faberge Revealed” at Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art.
Exquisite, breathtaking and splendid ‘Faberge Revealed’ at Bellagio
Art:
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 @ 2:58 p.m.
This is the ultimate in bling. The gold-and-diamond-encrusted Faberge eggs first crafted for the czars of Russia and dating back to the 19th century are priceless works of art. They are exquisite, breathtakingly beautiful and super splendid.
Angelica Bridges stars in “Hollywood Bombshells” at Sin City Theater in Planet Hollywood.
Q+A: Bombshell Angelica Bridges talks ‘Hollywood Bombshells’ at Planet Hollywood
Adult:
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 @ 11:57 p.m.
Angelica Bridges will work with comedienne Kathleen Dunbar as her mother in the show, plus eight hot dancers. Rehearsals start in a week, and Angelica is training for her own aerial choreography.