Weekend best bets: NASCAR Weekend, WCC basketball, bull riding, Bubble Run, Talib Kweli

The Kobalt 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series won by Brad Keselowski on Sunday, March 9, 2014, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

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The Kobalt 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series won by Brad Keselowski on Sunday, March 9, 2014, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Las Vegas:
Thursday, March 5, 2015 @ 6 p.m.
Las Vegas’ March entertainment madness kicks off with a weekend packed with events sure to please sports fans, including NASCAR Weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Here are our weekend best bets:
Derek Jeter.

Derek Jeter prepares for first L.V. golf tournament; will Tom Brady compete?

Shadow Creek:
Thursday, March 5, 2015 @ 5:31 p.m.
Among the star names being mentioned to attend is Kardashian family member Brody Jenner with his dad Bruce Jenner, who is reportedly undergoing treatment for a transgender sex change. The Jenners have competed in previous years.
"Crazy Girls" 25th anniversary celebrations at the Riviera from Oct. 1-3, 2012.

Strip Scribbles: Riviera’s 60th anniversary; new Strip dining and nightlife

Las Vegas:
Thursday, March 5, 2015 @ 5:01 p.m.
The noon May 4 closing of the doors to the Riviera, which is becoming part of the expanded Las Vegas Convention Center district, isn’t stopping the Diamond Jubilee 60th Anniversary celebrations there next month.
William Lifestlye and Brody Jenner are new resident DJs at Tao in the Venetian.

Brody Jenner + William Lifestyle, Steve Aoki, Gary LeVox, Craig Wayne Boyd

Music Notes:
Thursday, March 5, 2015 @ 4:30 p.m.
The exclusive Las Vegas residency of DJ duo Brody Jenner and William Lifestyle kicks off at Tao in the Venetian on Friday and returns March 20. They also will launch the summer pool season at Tao Beach the weekend of April 4.
Mariah from "Fantasy" at the Luxor poses for the camera during the Fantasy 2013 Calendar shoot Monday, July 9, 2012.

No prom for Oregon teenager + ‘Fantasy’ dancer, principal says

Thursday, March 5, 2015 @ 3:33 p.m.
“All prom guests have to be 19 and under,” said Regis High School principal Scott Coulter. “Austin is not in trouble, but after we laughed about it, I said this just isn’t going to happen.”
In this combination of file photos, Floyd Mayweather Jr. prepares to spar at a gym in East London on May 22, 2009, and Manny Pacquiao weighs in for a junior welterweight boxing match against Ricky Hatton on May 1, 2009, in Las Vegas.
Hotel rates, fight-ticket prices skyrocketing for Mayweather-Pacquiao on May 2
Thursday, March 5, 2015 @ 2:29 p.m.
Hotel insiders tell me that regular rooms are being booked in a frenzy, some already with a starting price of $1,250 to $1,500 a night — and that’s without any assurance of getting a ticket to the fight itself.
Six-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson rides the High Roller at Linq Promenade in Las Vegas.
NASCAR Weekend preview: Hauler Parade; will Jimmie Johnson win fifth L.V. race?
Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
Thursday, March 5, 2015 @ 12:02 p.m.
The green flag will drop at 6 p.m. today for the 50 bright, colorful haulers to roll under the bright neon lights of our Strip hotel landmarks, and racecar fans and tourists will be able to watch from both sides of the Strip.
The Chandelier Bar at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Friday, Dec. 10, 2010.
Jon Taffer of ‘Bar Rescue’ to open bar in Las Vegas, talks dining scene, pub vs. bar
Thursday, March 5, 2015 @ 2 a.m.
Las Vegas is famous for some of the greatest nightclubs in the world, you know that, but we’re not famous for the best bars in the world. Think about it. Las Vegas isn’t known for great bars; we’re known for great nightclubs and restaurants.
Holly Madison rides the High Roller on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at the Linq Promenade.
Handwriting analyses of Celine Dion, Holly Madison, Criss Angel, Carrot Top and Rick Harrison
Las Vegas:
Thursday, March 5, 2015 @ 12:01 a.m.
We all know that you shouldn’t — or can’t — judge a book by its cover. But when it comes to your handwriting, that’s a different story. There are experts who can read you fully by what you write, how you sign your name and how you scribble.
Ben Vaughn: It’s high time that someone stood up for the potato
Guest Columnist:
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 @ 9:34 p.m.
Once upon a time in our recent food history, all things that came out of the ground that people ate were generally considered to be vegetables. And, yes, potatoes are a vegetable if you use the broad definition of the term.
The Robertson family of "Duck Dynasty" on A&E.
Strip Scribbles: Genting’s cruises and casinos; ‘Duck Commander’ casting; Steven Tyler
Las Vegas:
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 @ 5:28 p.m.
Industry insiders are trying to plot the chess game being played by Genting Gaming Group, which will soon start construction of its Resort World casino hotel on the Strip opposite the Wynn.
Rene Angelil and Celine Dion arrive at the "Veronic Voices" premiere at Bally's on Friday, June 28, 2013.
Are Shania Twain and Celine Dion returning to Caesars Palace?
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 @ 3:32 p.m.
Shania Twain made it official this morning on “Good Morning America” that after 11 years, she’s going back on tour — and it will be her last! It starts June 5 in Seattle and ends Aug. 24 in Fresno, Calif. There’s no stop set for her “Rock This Country” tour in Las Vegas.
Holly Madison, John Katsilometes and Chet Buchanan support St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s fundraiser for childhood cancer research Saturday, March 1, 2014, at New York-New York’s Brooklyn Bridge.
St. Baldrick’s events at New York-New York, McMullan’s Irish Pub, Vinyl
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 @ 2:29 p.m.
It’s one of the most emotional fundraisers of the year. On Saturday, dozens of men, women and their children will volunteer to have their heads shaved in the annual St. Baldrick’s Day events to raise money for children’s cancer research.
Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel.
Experts to discuss Bugsy Siegel at the Mob Museum on March 24
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 @ 1:27 p.m.
Who killed Mob legend Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel at age 41 with an assassin’s bullet in Beverly Hills, Calif., after he opened the Flamingo here in 1947? No suspects were ever arrested, and to this day it remains an unsolved mystery.
Jon Taffer.
Jon Taffer of ‘Bar Rescue’ talks Nightclub & Bar, past year in L.V. and what’s ahead
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 @ 2 a.m.
“Bar Rescue” reality-TV star Jon Taffer perhaps more than anybody else knows the nightclub and bar business inside out. For 30 years, he’s helmed the annual Nightclub & Bar Show and presided over its business, expansion and growth.