Q+A, Part 1: ‘Idaho’ at Smith Center is ‘not your grandmother’s prairie musical’




Thursday, October 8, 2015 @ 2 a.m.
It has to be one of the most unusual, unique and novel productions to grace the stage in the three-year history of our Smith Center for the Performing Arts. You will have to wait until next July for the barebones show that has no scenery, special effects or fancy costumes.
Jennifer Lopez performs with Alvaro Soler during Day 2 of the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Festival on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Strip Scribbles: Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears dancer, Elton John, Billie Jean King

Las Vegas:
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 @ 6 p.m.
Superstar and 2016 resident headliner Jennifer Lopez will give a sneak peek of her new Strip show when she hosts the 2015 American Music Awards on ABC on Nov. 22 from Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. J.Lo’s show “All I Have” kicks off Jan. 20 at Axis.
J.B. Mauney wins Round 4 of the 2014 PBR Built Ford Tough Series World Finals at the Thomas & Mack Center on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at UNLV. Mauney, the defending world champion, also won Round 3 on Friday night.

2015 PBR World Finals: Bull rider meet-and-greets; free Tyson Fan Zone at South Point

The Thomas & Mack Center:
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 @ 4:58 p.m.
This year, the Top 40 bull riders will be divided into groups of 10, and, starting Wednesday, Oct. 21, through Saturday, Oct. 24, the cowboys will spend 90 minutes each morning in Tyson Fan Zone signing autographs and taking photos.
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.

GOP hopefuls Donald Trump and Marco Rubio to take over the Strip

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 @ 12:57 p.m.
GOP presidential hopefuls Donald Trump and Marco Rubio bring their showbiz connections to the Strip seeking to get voter support, as Nevada becomes the third state in the Union to hold its early Republican caucus voting Feb. 23.
Vince Neil, center, joins his friends from Slaughter, who headlined Downtown Las Vegas Events Center on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015.

Photos: Slaughter, Vixen and Steelheart rock DLVEC

Downtown Las Vegas:
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 @ 11:56 a.m.
It was a trip down memory lane to the 1980s and 1990s, with rockers Slaughter, Vixen and Steelheart headlining Friday night at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center across from The D Las Vegas downtown.
Paul Rodgers headlines Downtown Las Vegas Events Center on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015.
Photos: Paul Rodgers headlines Downtown Las Vegas Events Center
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 @ 11:03 a.m.
Voted as one of “The 100 Greatest Singers” by Rolling Stone, British singer-songwriter and musician Paul Rodgers has led three bands to global success — Free, Bad Company and The Firm — and has sold more than 90 million albums worldwide.
“TMZ on TV” executive producer Harvey Levin tries out IGT’s TMZ slot machine during the second day of the Global Gaming Expo on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, in Sands Expo Center at the Venetian.
Q+A: Harvey Levin of ‘TMZ’ talks his new slot machine, (lack of) height, Trump
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 @ 2 a.m.
“You know better than anybody that Las Vegas is an enclosed place. It’s not like people are walking the streets and doing this and that. A lot of what we do in Hollywood is we’re outside restaurants and bars. It’s different here.”
Fat Choy's bao stuffed with pork belly.
Ben Vaughn’s treasure hunt: Three Las Vegas gems for dining off the beaten path
Contributing Columnist:
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 @ 11:59 p.m.
Everyone wants the hot new ticket or to be on the cutting edge of the latest trend. That is where my treasure hunt with local undiscovered locations comes into play. I’m always on the lookout for the inconspicuous places with amazing food.
Shania Twain arrives at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, May 14, 2014, at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Strip Scribbles: Shania Twain, Lydia Ansel, Santana, Christina Aguilera, EDC gift
Las Vegas:
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 @ 5:36 p.m.
Former Caesars Palace headliner Shania Twain has had to cancel two of her tour concert dates because of a throat illness. Doctors advised her to rest for several days after she was diagnosed with a respiratory infection.
Naomi and Wynonna Judd — The Judds — stand with John Nelson, senior vice president of AEG Live, Bobby Reynolds, vice president of booking for AEG Live, and Pete Boyd, senior vice president of operations at the Venetian, on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, at the Venetian. Reuniting for the first time in nearly five years, the mother-daughter duo will perform at the Venetian Theater from Oct. 7-24.
Photos: The Judds arrive at Venetian for ‘Girls Night Out’ run
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 @ 4:34 p.m.
It was an arrival befitting country royalty as the mother-and-daughter duo of Naomi Judd and Wynonna Judd rolled up to the Venetian in a classic cherry red 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air this morning. The Judds kick off their mini-run “Girls Night Out” on Wednesday evening.
Lyft Chief Marketing Officer Kira Wampler, Remark Media Chairman and CEO Kai-Shing Tao and Lyft co-founder and President John Zimmer at the Lyft launch party Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, at Lavo Casino Club in Palazzo.
Q+A: Lyft’s launch in Las Vegas is company’s biggest week yet
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 @ 2 a.m.
With the arrival of Lyft and Uber in Las Vegas, the transportation revolution is underway whether or not taxi drivers and fleet owners like it. Lyft Chief Marketing Officer Kira Wampler talked with me a few days after Lyft service began in Las Vegas.
Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis co-host a Master Series dinner at his Mesa Grill on Thursday, May 8, 2014, in Caesars Palace.
Bobby Flay’s pad for $8 million; Estefans’ ‘On Your Feet’; Janet Jackson; Mariah Carey
New York News:
Monday, October 5, 2015 @ 7:02 p.m.
My four-day weekend in the Big Apple produced some interesting gossip gems: Caesars Palace celebrity chef Bobby Flay has put his three-bedroom, 3,200-square-foot Manhattan apartment on the market for a whopping $7.95 million as the final part of his divorce.
Chef Kerry Simon is flanked by George Maloof and Elizabeth Blau as he celebrates his 60th birthday at Simon on Wednesday, May 14, 2015, in Palms Place.
Strip Scribbles: ‘Celebration of life’ for Kerry Simon; Celine; The Judds; Santana
Las Vegas:
Monday, October 5, 2015 @ 6 p.m.
The invitation-only memorial tribute and “celebration of life” party Sunday, Oct. 18, for the late “Iron Chef” winner Kerry Simon, who lost his life in a horrendous battle against Multiple System Atrophy on Sept. 11, will be exactly per his last wishes.
Beyonce and Jay Z at the 2014 Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Beyonce, Jay Z and Blue Ivy watch ‘Mystere’ at Treasure Island
Cirque du Soleil:
Monday, October 5, 2015 @ 5:02 p.m.
Superstar singer-songwriter and actress Beyonce was in Las Vegas last week reportedly making big bucks for an exclusive private performance, but it wasn’t all work. Her family and she made time for daughter Blue Ivy’s first Cirque du Soleil show.
Bruno Mars at Chelsea on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Bruno Mars to bring uptown funk to Cosmopolitan on NYE
Monday, October 5, 2015 @ 4:04 p.m.
“Two years ago, Bruno Mars enthralled guests as he performed opening night of the Chelsea over New Year’s Eve, and this year we can’t wait to have him return for yet another captivating performance,” said Fedor Banuchi, vice president of entertainment at the Cosmopolitan.