Ben Vaughn: There is always a new and different way to look at the same parts and pieces

Food Network star chef and restaurateur Ben Vaughn.

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Food Network star chef and restaurateur Ben Vaughn.

Contributing Columnist:
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 @ 6:06 p.m.
As a chef, my creative and adventurous sides are always looking for what’s next, and I always admire the trailblazers of new and exciting food trends and concepts. However, every now and then, I have the unique experience of visiting locations where time has virtually stood still.
Guest columnist and Las Vegas personal trainer Mel Fabros, right, at Adventure Combat Ops for Zombie Apocalypse.

Personal trainer Mel Fabros takes on Adventure Combat Ops’ Zombie Apocalypse

Guest Columnist:
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 @ 4:06 p.m.
I have been a fan of zombie culture since I watched the cult classic “Night of the Living Dead” in the 1980s. That’s why I jumped at the chance to experience the Las Vegas Strip’s new attraction the Zombie Apocalypse simulation at Adventure Combat Ops.
Gordie Brown finds much of the material for his show at the Golden Nugget in the pop culture of the 1990s. He also does impressions of Las Vegas staples such as The Rat Pack, Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley.

Impressionist and Canadian Gordie Brown: Las Vegas is ‘The 11th Province’

Guest Columnist:
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 @ 1:58 p.m.
As a longtime Las Vegas performer and proud Canadian, I would like to suggest another nickname to add to our city’s list of monikers: “The 11th Province.” I was born and raised in Montreal and got my start working as a political cartoonist for the Ottawa Sunday Herald.
Guest columnist DJ Ben Harris at Niagara Falls.

Terry Fator DJ Ben Harris: Indoor skydiving, writing, recording and mixing

Guest Columnist:
Monday, July 27, 2015 @ 11:57 p.m.
Hey, guys, it’s your friend Ben Harris here filling in for Robin Leach. I want to start out by thanking him for this great opportunity ... to talk about myself. LOL!
Sherry Gordy.

Singer Sherry Gordy: My famous Motown family and life-long lessons from Dad

Guest Columnist:
Monday, July 27, 2015 @ 10:57 p.m.
One of my fondest memories took place when I was 5 years old. It was the day of my fifth birthday party extravaganza. It really was a huge celebration fit for a princess.
Brantley Gilbert performs in the Chelsea on Friday, July 24, 2015, at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Review + photos: Newlywed Brantley Gilbert rocks the Chelsea just as he is
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas:
Monday, July 27, 2015 @ 8 p.m.
After addressing and thanking his dedicated BG Nation, Brantley Gilbert mentioned that it was his first time in Las Vegas not being single anymore, but that he is always ready to come here and have a good time.
New world champions Christina Jones and Bill May, of Cirque du Soleil’s “O” at Bellagio, with their gold medals for mixed synchronized swimming at the 2015 FINA World Championships on Sunday, July 26, 2015, in Kazan Russia.
Bill May, Christina Jones of Cirque’s ‘O’ win gold at 2015 FINA World Championships
Bellagio:
Monday, July 27, 2015 @ 6 p.m.
Cirque du Soleil performers Bill May and Christina Jones have made history as the first world champions of a mixed-synchronized-swimming event.
Guy Savoy, right, with Mathieu Chartron, hosts a Master Series Dinner for 2014 Vegas Uncork’d on Thursday, May 8, 2014, at Restaurant Guy Savoy in Caesars Palace.
Aureole, Delmonico, Joel Robuchon, Picasso, Guy Savoy win Wine Spectator top awards
Dining:
Monday, July 27, 2015 @ 4:34 p.m.
Five Las Vegas restaurants have received the highest honor, the Grand Award, in Wine Spectator’s 2015 Restaurant Awards, which highlights global restaurants that offer the best wine selections.
Executive chef Barry S. Dakake and the Arizona Cardinals cheerleaders at N9NE Steakhouse on Saturday, July 25, 2015, at the Palms.
Vanessa Lachey, Arizona Cardinals cheerleaders dine, party at the Palms
Las Vegas:
Monday, July 27, 2015 @ 2:33 p.m.
Actress and TV personality Vanessa Lachey stopped by Palms Pool & Dayclub and N9NE Steakhouse at the Palms on Saturday afternoon to celebrate a friend’s bachelorette party.
Rise Against at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012.
Concert announcements: Rise Against at DLVEC, Luis Miguel at Mandalay Bay
Music:
Monday, July 27, 2015 @ 7 a.m.
Let’s start off the week with concert announcements in Las Vegas: Punk rock band Rise Against takes over Downtown Las Vegas Events Center on Saturday, Nov. 21, with supporting acts metal core group Killswitch Engage and Los Angeles’ Letlive.
Sebastien Silvestri, Daniel Boulud, Buddy Valastro, Robin Leach and Emeril Lagasse attend the 2014 Ultimo Grand Banquet on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, at the Venetian.
Venetian, Palazzo F&B VP Sebastien Silvestri: The birth and impact of restaurants in casino resorts
Guest Columnist:
Sunday, July 26, 2015 @ 11:55 p.m.
Nowadays, you cannot be in the casino-resort business without taking your food-and-beverage program seriously. Las Vegas became a breeding ground for incredible destination restaurants. New and old properties raised the culinary bar.
Shane Scheel, Tracie Thoms, Quentin Tarantino, Rosario Dawson and Christopher Lloyd Bratten.
Shane Scheel of ‘For the Record: Baz’: We’re a community committed to excellence, one another
Guest Columnist:
Sunday, July 26, 2015 @ 11:01 p.m.
We cooked up an idea to drink for free and get Sam Harris, Tiffany and Billy Porter to sing for us. We bought a piano on Craigslist and rolled it into the bar one Friday night. We made a flier, borrowed a small sound system and scoured the talent agency’s database.
Joe Jonas hosts and DJs on Saturday, July 25, 2015, at Hyde Bellagio. He was joined by his younger brother, Nick Jonas, and actor Cuba Gooding Jr.
Photos: DJ Joe Jonas joined by Nick Jonas, Cuba Gooding Jr. at Hyde Bellagio
Music:
Sunday, July 26, 2015 @ 9:29 p.m.
Before his arrival at Hyde Bellagio, the Strip hotspot behind the Bellagio Fountains, Joe Jonas tweeted about his party, “Don’t be the Bishhhh that doesn’t come to Vegas when I DJ @HydeBellagio this Saturday, July 25!”
Mariah Carey hosts at 1 OAK on Saturday, July 25, 2015, in the Mirage.
Photos: Caesars Palace headliner Mariah Carey hosts at 1 OAK
The Mirage:
Sunday, July 26, 2015 @ 8:29 p.m.
Mariah Carey, whose compilation album “Infinity” was released on May 15, arrived at 1 OAK after midnight, where she stopped on the red carpet and wowed photographers and hundreds of fans in a stunning black gown.
Scott Disick hosts at 1 OAK on Friday, July 24, 2015, in the Mirage.
Photos: Scott Disick hosts solo at 1 OAK post-split with Kourtney Kardashian
The Mirage:
Sunday, July 26, 2015 @ 7:32 p.m.
Reality-TV royal Scott Disick, 32, began his Friday night in Las Vegas at Stack before hosting at nearby 1 OAK. Fresh off a plane from L.A., Disick relaxed in his suite at the casino resort before heading to dinner at Stack at 10:45 p.m.