Ben Vaughn’s flavorful Bayou road trip: Meat pies, Southern food, po’ boys

Food Network star chef and restaurateur Ben Vaughn.

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Food Network star chef and restaurateur Ben Vaughn.

Contributing Columnist:
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 @ 10:55 p.m.
When you bring up Louisiana, one thing comes to mind: Bourbon Street in New Orleans and the chaos that is Mardi Gras. But Louisiana is so much more than a single street or city.
Guest columnist magician Mat Franco.

10 questions with magician Mat Franco, ‘AGT’ winner and new Linq headliner

Las Vegas Strip:
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 @ 9:06 p.m.
Mat Franco is the first and only magician to win NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” and now he’s following in the footsteps of ventriloquist and Season 2 “AGT” winner Terry Fator with his own Las Vegas Strip residency.
Marisol Nichols at The D Las Vegas on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, in downtown Las Vegas.

Marisol Nichols talks ‘Vegas Vacation,’ ‘24,’ L.V. weddings, children’s rights

The D Las Vegas:
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 @ 5:06 p.m.
Las Vegas holds a special place in the heart of “NCIS” and “24” actress Marisol Nichols, and she returned here over the weekend to mark the 18th anniversary of the Chevy Chase and Beverley D’Angelo hit comedy movie “Vegas Vacation.”
“The Hotwives of Las Vegas” premieres on Hulu on Aug. 18.

Hulu parody ‘The Hotwives of Las Vegas’ premieres Aug. 18

Television:
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 @ 2:58 p.m.
It is a parody, but it is so shocking and outrageous that Las Vegas officials will certainly be offended — or amused? — with the new Hulu TV series antics of “The Hotwives of Orlando,” who are headed to Las Vegas.
Michael Monge.

Singer Michael Monge: I’m grateful for the little things that have made me feel at home here

Guest Columnist:
Monday, August 3, 2015 @ 11:58 p.m.
I’m not much of a writer. When someone asks me to talk about myself, I typically break into song. “For Once in My Life,” “My Way” or “I’ve Got the World on a String” would be likely numbers.
Ethan Walker listens to The Black Donnellys perform during a kick-off for a Guinness World Record attempt at Ri Ra Irish Pub on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Mandalay Place. The pub is attempting to break the Guinness World Record for longest music marathon performed by Irish bands. The current record is 15 days.
Ri Ra Irish Pub’s Paula McKenna: How we broke a Guinness World Record
Guest Columnist:
Monday, August 3, 2015 @ 10:58 p.m.
Our little Ri Ra Irish Pub in Mandalay Place completed the unthinkable on Friday, Oct. 17. We set a Guinness World Record. As I look back at the mammoth task we undertook, I can’t help but ask myself if it was worth it.
Johnny Mathis performs at the Smith Center on Friday, July 31, 2015, in downtown Las Vegas.
Review: Johnny Mathis, 79, still reigns supreme after 60 years of love songs
The Smith Center:
Monday, August 3, 2015 @ 7:58 p.m.
In a day and age of thumping electronic backbeats and vocal contortions manipulated by recording studio engineers, it’s refreshing to hear a superb singer thrilling a 2,000-strong audience in a spectacular concert hall where you could hear a pin drop in between songs.
Rock star couple Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani attend Night 3 of Hakkasan's first-anniversary celebrations Saturday, April 26, 2014, at MGM Grand.
Gwen Stefani, Gavin Rossdale file for divorce after 12 years
Monday, August 3, 2015 @ 5:54 p.m.
Los Angeles Superior Court spokeswoman Mary Hearn says singer Gwen Stefani filed her petition Monday and husband singer Gavin Rossdale filed a response shortly thereafter. Stefani cited irreconcilable differences.
In this April 5, 2009, file photo, Reba McEntire and Narvel Blackstock arrive at the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Caesars headliner Reba McEntire, Narvel Blackstock announce split after 26 years
Monday, August 3, 2015 @ 3:57 p.m.
Country superstar Reba McEntire and her husband and manager Narvel Blackstock have announced that they are separating after 26 years of marriage. The two said in a joint statement Monday that they had been separated for the past several months.
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler attends “Absinthe” on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, at Caesars Palace.
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, Lee ‘Q’ O’Denat attend ‘Absinthe’ at Caesars
Entertainment:
Monday, August 3, 2015 @ 3:34 p.m.
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler celebrated the success of his raucous, sold-out Saturday night concert at MGM Grand Garden Arena by, well, relaxing at the just as raucous and raunchy “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace on Sunday night.
Mario Lopez, with wife Courtney Mazza Lopez, hosts the grand opening of Sugar Factory American Brasserie on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in Town Square.
Sugar Factory to open largest location yet at Fashion Show
Dining:
Monday, August 3, 2015 @ 2:57 p.m.
Six years after the brand’s debut on the Las Vegas Strip, Sugar Factory now has locations in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and Bahrain. When Sugar Factory had an outlet at Paris Las Vegas, the venue played host to celebrities galore and their Couture Pops.
Train lead singer Pat Monahan performs during Night 2 of the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in Las Vegas.
Upcoming at DLVEC: Queensryche, Dokken, Train and The Fray
Downtown Las Vegas:
Monday, August 3, 2015 @ 1:02 p.m.
Longtime heavy metal rockers Queensryche will rock Downtown Las Vegas Events Center on Saturday, Aug. 29, and will be performing with opening act classic metal band Dokken. Local pre-sale tickets go on sale Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Glenn Danzig.
Review: Danzig brings ‘Skeletons’ to Brooklyn Bowl at Linq Promenade
Music:
Monday, August 3, 2015 @ 2:02 a.m.
Danzig gave a proper burial to their North American tour Friday night at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq Promenade. Their 14-show trek served as a precursor to their new covers album, “Skeletons,” which is set to be released this year.
Guest columnist Heather Marianna of Las Vegas-based Beauty Kitchen.
Heather Marianna reveals beauty tips from Morocco, has venture with Farrah Abraham
Guest Columnist:
Sunday, August 2, 2015 @ 11:59 p.m.
My Las Vegas-based company Beauty Kitchen by Heather Marianna delivers an organic and encompassing at-home spa experience for the modern-day glamour girl, and I’m always looking at ways to offer my customers the latest and greatest products.
Mo5aic — Roopak Ahuja, Corwyn Hodges, Josh Huslig, Heath Burgett and Jake Moulton.
Josh Huslig of Mo5aic: The story of five guys, 10 legs, 50 fingers and one voice
Guest Columnist:
Sunday, August 2, 2015 @ 10:57 p.m.
When it comes to the a cappella experience, I have always had a unique viewpoint on its potential. In 2002, the a cappella experience was assigned to the stereotype of barbershop and doo-wop genres of vocally created music.