Celebrity preview: John Mayer and Grateful Dead, ‘Elf,’ Billy Gardell, Whitney Cummings, Ratt

John Mayer performs at a Rock in Rio USA event in Times Square on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, in New York.

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John Mayer performs at a Rock in Rio USA event in Times Square on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, in New York.

Thanksgiving Weekend:
Thursday, November 26, 2015 @ 9 a.m.
As we recuperate from an overindulgence later today of turkey and all the trimmings, we have much to be thankful for this holiday weekend: Family, friends, health and being able to live the good life in The Entertainment Capital of the World.
The Venetian headliners Human Nature — Phil Burton, Michael Tierney, Toby Allen and Andrew Tierney —are ready for the holidays.

Review: Human Nature, Ruby Lewis offer holiday cheer at Venetian

Thursday, November 26, 2015 @ 2 a.m.
For a big helping of infectious holiday spirit in The Entertainment Capital of the World, it doesn’t get much better than Human Nature’s “Motown, Christmas & More” at the Venetian with Broadway-bound guest Ruby Lewis.
Channing Tatum in “Battle in Seattle.”

Six movies to stream after Thanksgiving Day’s food coma

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 @ 6 p.m.
Six (modern-day-classic, under-the-radar) movies to watch courtesy of Popcornflix.com, a free movie and television streaming app, after the turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, rolls, pumpkin pie, eggnog and Pepto have been consumed.
The Las Vegas Strip.

Q+A: Las Vegas hotel exec moonlights as bestselling sex story author

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 @ 2 a.m.
“1,001 Las Vegas Nights” by author Angelique St. Chase Jr. contains multiple detailed and unconventional erotic scenes. Angelique describes it as a “gourmet romance novel” because she’s a longtime foodie and has set some of her stories at celebrity chef restaurants.
The 2014 Ultimo Grand Banquet hosted by star chefs Daniel Boulud, Emeril Lagasse and Buddy Valastro on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, at the Venetian.

Ultimo’s Grand Banquet — ‘the grandest meal ever served in Las Vegas’

Fine Dining:
Tuesday, November 24, 2015 @ 6:57 p.m.
One of our city’s top culinary events of the year, Ultimo: A Weekend of Excellence is set for Dec. 17-20 at the Venetian and Palazzo. Now in its third year, Ultimo celebrates the romance of Italy with lavish feasts and exceptional culinary experiences.
Hubert Keller approaches burgers the same way as fine dining: like  a boss.
Q+A: French star chef Hubert Keller talks five years with Vegas PBS
Tuesday, November 24, 2015 @ 6 p.m.
For the first time in five years of filming, Mandalay Bay and “Top Chef” star chef Hubert Keller is taking his Vegas PBS cameras back to his French hometown of Ribeauville in Alsace for two one-hour specials recording the 600-year-old Christmas festival.
“Elf: The Musical.”
Preview: ‘Elf: The Musical’ provides holiday cheer at the Smith Center
Tuesday, November 24, 2015 @ 4:59 p.m.
Based on the 2003 movie starring Will Ferrell, “Elf” is the hilarious tale of a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole.
Rihanna's "Diamonds" tour concert at Mandalay Bay Events Center on Friday, April 13, 2013.
Rihanna in concert at Mandalay Bay on April 29; Nick Jonas at Foxtail on NYE
Tuesday, November 24, 2015 @ 3:57 p.m.
Grammy Award-winning singer Rihanna announced today her “The Anti World Tour” with Live Nation, and the tour with more than 35 stops across North America includes a show at Mandalay Bay Events Center on Friday, April 29.
Rehearsals for Jennifer Romas' "Sexxy" at Westgate Las Vegas on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015.
‘Sexxy’ lands one-night HOB showcase for potential touring show
Adult Entertainment:
Tuesday, November 24, 2015 @ 12:05 a.m.
For the first time, on Friday, Dec. 11, House of Blues and Live Nation, in conjunction with Jennifer Romas Enterprises, will present her hot, sizzling “Sexxy” at HOB in Mandalay Bay as a precursor to a possible touring show.
Rise Against headlines Downtown Las Vegas Events Center on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015.
Review: Rise! Rise! Rise! Rise Against rocks DLVEC
Downtown Las Vegas:
Monday, November 23, 2015 @ 11:01 p.m.
A chilly 50-degree evening greeted Rise Against concertgoers at the outdoor Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. Decades of Rise Against fans were bundled in coats and scarves flocking around the grounds’ singular heat lamp.
Blue Man Group returns to the Luxor on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, on the Las Vegas Strip.
Review: Brash Blue Man Group turns up noise, gale-force winds
Monday, November 23, 2015 @ 6:57 p.m.
There’s no question the new Blue Man Group show back in its Luxor home is a sensory experience. It’s not just them pounding on PVC pipes or beating big drums. It’s not just the fiery, ferocious two-band sections going full belt on upper-stage risers.
Planet Hollywood headliner Britney Spears lights a 30-foot Christmas tree Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, at the Linq Promenade. The holiday event also included young Christmas carolers and dancers.
Photos: Britney Spears lights Christmas tree, hosts Jay Z + Beyonce, plans ‘Piece of Me’ changes
Las Vegas Strip:
Monday, November 23, 2015 @ 5:57 p.m.
It was a wow and wonderful weekend for pop princess Britney Spears as she wrapped the last of her “Piece of Me” resident shows at Axis at Planet Hollywood before her Christmas break. She returns Dec. 27 for New Year’s Eve Weekend performances.
The 2016 Miss Nevada USA and Miss Nevada Teen USA pageants Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, at Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall at UNLV. Seven Hills Teen Carissa Morrow was crowned Miss Nevada Teen USA, and Miss Henderson USA Emelina Adams won the Miss Nevada USA title. Pageant host and 2011 Miss USA Alyssa Campanella is at center.
Photos: Henderson, Seven Hills win Miss Nevada USA, Miss Nevada Teen USA
Monday, November 23, 2015 @ 3:58 p.m.
“It’s unreal — I am in shock. I can’t believe I won,” 23-year-old Las Vegas model Emelina Adams, nickname Emmy, told me seconds after the tiara was placed on her brunette locks Sunday night as the new 2016 Miss Nevada USA at Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall at UNLV.
Sea and be seen: Las Vegas is Luke’s first West Coast location.
Luke’s Lobster at Fashion Show; $30 burger at Old Homestead; Emeril; Tal Ronnen; Victoria’s Secret
Counter Intelligence:
Sunday, November 22, 2015 @ 11:58 p.m.
Hot off the grill! A 300-square-foot shack on the Strip is getting ready to change the traditional fast-food habits of visitors and residents. The 380-calorie lobster is about to claw its way into battle against the 459-calorie one-fourth-pound burger.
Host Jennifer Lopez performs during the American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in Los Angeles.
One Direction, Minaj, Swift rule AMAs; Dion pays tribute to Paris victims
Sunday, November 22, 2015 @ 9:12 p.m.
One Direction debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 album charts behind Justin Bieber this past week, but the British boyband won the top award at tonight’s American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles hosted by Jennifer Lopez.