Celebrity preview: Kenny Chesney, 311, Paris Hilton, Ke$ha, ‘DWTS,’ DJs galore

Kenny Chesney's "Big Revival Tour" at The Joint on Friday, April 3, 2015, in the Hard Rock Hotel.

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Kenny Chesney's "Big Revival Tour" at The Joint on Friday, April 3, 2015, in the Hard Rock Hotel.

Fourth of July Weekend:
Friday, July 3, 2015 @ 9 a.m.
There will be fireworks and festivities and pyrotechnics and parades up and down the Strip and across the valley from east to west. Temperatures for America’s 239th birthday will remain near 110 for the three-day holiday weekend, so stay cool and enjoy the pool.
The Gazillionaire of “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace.

The Gazillionaire: How I made my gazillions, and how you can, too

Guest Columnist:
Thursday, July 2, 2015 @ 11:36 p.m.
You could get in line with all the chumps queued outside “Pawn Stars” and/or Tony Hsieh’s office desperately hoping your Grandpappy’s war medals/downtown doggy ice cream startup idea has some value. Guess what? They don’t.
Singer Kristen Hertzenberg.

Singer Kristen Hertzenberg: A heavy-hearted yet grateful goodbye to Las Vegas

Guest Columnist:
Thursday, July 2, 2015 @ 10:01 p.m.
My six years in “Phantom — the Las Vegas Spectacular” at the Venetian were a gift beyond measure, but that’s not even all of it! This town and the people in it have embraced and supported me, giving me opportunities to learn of what I’m capable.
Brody Jenner and Hannah Davis promote Las Vegas with Vegas Season on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at Hollywood and Highland in Los Angeles.

Photos: Brody Jenner, Hannah Davis promote Las Vegas in Hollywood

Tourism:
Thursday, July 2, 2015 @ 8:03 p.m.
Reality-TV star and Las Vegas resident DJ Brody Jenner set a lively soundtrack for the afternoon spinning popular beats from the Vegas Season DJ booth with assistance from 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimwear Edition cover model Hannah Davis.
A Riviera neon sign ($395.00) is shown during the first day of a liquidation sale at the Riviera Thursday, May 14, 2015.

Strip Scribbles: Riviera moves east; L.V. on ‘AGT’; Bound bartenders; Gordie Brown

Las Vegas:
Thursday, July 2, 2015 @ 7 p.m.
The iconic Riviera sign that was once a staple on the Strip now has a new home at the Playground in rival Atlantic City. It marks the opening of an outdoor beer garden just in time for the Fourth of July weekend.
Fireworks erupt over Cashman Field as the Las Vegas 51s lose their home opener versus Fresno Grizzles 11-10 on Friday, April 17, 2015.
Weekend Best Bets: Las Vegas 51s, Boulder City Damboree and Night of Fire
Fourth of July:
Thursday, July 2, 2015 @ 6 p.m.
Time to get out your flags and sparklers — the Fourth of July holiday weekend is upon us. Looking to cool off from the heat, check out a show or enjoy a favorite American pastime? There are plenty of options to celebrate the long weekend ahead.
Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra are reunited at the Oakland Coliseum during their 29-city tour March 14, 1988, in Oakland, Calif.
New life for $1.5M Rat Pack house? Plus, Smash Mouth, Teller’s ‘Play Dead,’ Da Vinci
Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors:
Thursday, July 2, 2015 @ 3:58 p.m.
Is a $1.5 million Las Vegas house where The Rat Pack members Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. used to perform and produce music with intimate concerts for their celebrity friends about to be brought back to life?
The 2015 Miss Nevada USA and Miss Teen Nevada USA pageants Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, at UNLV. Brittany McGowan, center, was crowned Miss Nevada USA.
Reelz to carry 2015 Miss USA Pageant in Baton Rouge on July 12
Television:
Thursday, July 2, 2015 @ 2:02 p.m.
Las Vegas TV and Internet viewers will get to see our 2015 Miss Nevada USA and multiracial model beauty Brittany McGowan compete in the 2015 Miss USA Pageant on Sunday, July 12, in Baton Rouge.
Comedian and actor Steven Wright.
Q+A: Steven Wright talks Las Vegas, ‘Louie’ and his Mount Rushmore of comics
The Orleans:
Thursday, July 2, 2015 @ 2 a.m.
It’s been nearly 33 years since comedian and actor Steven Wright fulfilled a fantasy by performing on “The Tonight Show,” which launched an eclectic career that has featured work in projects as diverse as “Reservoir Dogs” and “Babe.”
Maren Wade.
Las Vegas showgirl Maren Wade: Think carefully before you ‘sell out’
Guest Columnist:
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 @ 11:30 p.m.
This is a cautionary tale. Before I moved to Las Vegas from L.A., my friends warned me, “It’s so fake in Las Vegas. It’s not real life.” And “It’s so hot there! You won’t stand the heat.”
Mirage headliners Winston the Impersonating Turtle and Terry Fator.
Terry Fator’s Winston the Impersonating Turtle: ‘Things Turtles Can Do in Las Vegas’
Guest Columnist:
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 @ 10 p.m.
One of the great things about being an impersonating turtle is that I can impersonate Terry Fator writing an article for Robin Leach while Robin is off on another one of his epic summer vacations.
Channing Tatum’s Madame Tussauds wax figure on display Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at Town Square.
Photos: Channing Tatum (wax figure) makes appearance at Town Square
Film:
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 @ 8:59 p.m.
The sexy male stripper sequel “Magic Mike XXL” with heartthrob Channing Tatum is one of the hotly anticipated summer box office movies, and it had a sneak preview at Town Square in Las Vegas on Tuesday night.
GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio is introduced by Rick Harrison at World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop on Tuesday, May 28, 2015, during his first visit to Las Vegas as a declared candidate.
Strip Scribbles: ‘Pawn Stars’ new tenants; Marche Bacchus and Olives; Bonkerz comedy at SLS
Las Vegas:
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 @ 7 p.m.
In anticipation of this summer’s grand opening, “Pawn Stars” reality-TV star Rick Harrison, owner of Pawn Plaza, has signed two new tenants: SoCal Speed Shop and Vegas Flip Flops.
A standard room is shown during a tour of the Linq Hotel and Casino (formerly Imperial Palace and The Quad) on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. The casino is in the first phase of a $223 million renovation project.
Hotel news: Linq completes $223 million renovation; Mandalay Bay redesign
Las Vegas Strip:
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 @ 6:08 p.m.
The Linq Hotel & Casino has completed its resort renovation, which cost $223 million and now offers 2,253 newly renovated guest rooms, including 244 suites, two unique urban loft-style penthouses and 25 first-of-its-kind poolside cabana guest rooms.
The Fourth of July from atop Allure Las Vegas on Friday, July 4, 2014, in Las Vegas.
Preview: Summerlin Patriotic Parade, fireworks at Stratosphere, Red Rock, GVR
Fourth of July:
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 @ 4:03 p.m.
As the Fourth of July holiday weekend approaches, it’s time for fireworks. It also is time for parades, and it looks as if nobody will do it better this year than the 21st Annual Summerlin Council Patriotic Parade.