Celebrity preview: ‘Showstoppers,’ Frankie Moreno, Brian Setzer, Penny Pibbets, Meryl Davis + Charlie White

Stratosphere headliner Frankie Moreno performs during the Nevada Sesquicentennial All-Star Concert on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Las Vegas.

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Stratosphere headliner Frankie Moreno performs during the Nevada Sesquicentennial All-Star Concert on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Las Vegas.

Las Vegas:
Friday, December 19, 2014 @ noon
It’s the quietest entertainment weekend of the year as tourists stay away in droves and locals are frantically finishing shopping and wrapping chores. Make the most of the peace because next weekend it all explodes again in preparation for New Year’s Eve.
Derek Hough, Amy Purdy and Erin Andrews on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

From tragedy to triumph: Amy Purdy has become a courageous heroine

Q+A:
Friday, December 19, 2014 @ 3 a.m.
It’s an extraordinary story of courage, heroism and determination to overcome all the odds. Former Las Vegas massage therapist and Mount Charleston skier Amy Purdy lost her legs, underwent a kidney transplant and approached death’s door.
The 2014 Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest at Surrender on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in Encore.

Photos: Sexy defeats ugly at Surrender’s holiday sweater contest

Encore:
Friday, December 19, 2014 @ 2 a.m.
Surrender in Encore hosted its 2014 Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest on Dec. 10, and Daniella Deegan ran away with first place and $2,500 with her barely there half sweater and matching barely there shorts.
Ellen DeGeneres appears via video at the 2014 Global Gaming Expo on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in Las Vegas.

Strip Scribbles: Ellen’s IGT slot machines; Cosby accuser now L.V. strip club host

Las Vegas:
Thursday, December 18, 2014 @ 6:01 p.m.
Studio audiences at this week’s “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” tapings are being treated to incredible Las Vegas experiences as part of her 12 Days of Giveaways, including hotel stays at the Venetian, Palazzo and Mirage.
Ariel Ouellette, 10, of Las Vegas rides on the the Winter Parq tubing hill in the Linq parking lot Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. The Winter Parq hill is open Monday through Friday from 4 to 10 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 2 to 10 p.m. The hill will close at 8:30 p.m. Christmas Eve.

Weekend best bets: Brian Setzer Orchestra, War and Winter Parq

Thursday, December 18, 2014 @ 6 p.m.
It’s a slow holiday weekend ahead, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of festive activities to partake in and opportunities to get in the spirit of giving. Here are our weekend best bets:
Charlie Ebersol and Britney Spears.
Put a ring on it! A Christmas gift for Britney Spears: Engagement?
Music:
Thursday, December 18, 2014 @ 3:58 p.m.
Even though it’s been only a two-month romance, rumors are picking up fast and furious that Britney Spears plans to get engaged over next week’s Christmas celebrations to new beau producer Charlie Ebersol.
Jaclyn Schultz and Jon Misch of Season 29 of "Survivor" on CBS.
Meet-and-greet: Jon Misch and Jaclyn Schulz of ‘Survivor’ at D Las Vegas
Television:
Thursday, December 18, 2014 @ 2:57 p.m.
“Survivor” Season 29 competitors Jaclyn Schultz and fiance Jon Misch are at The D Las Vegas from 7:30 to 9 p.m. today in a meet-and-greet to sign autographs and pose for photographs with fans.
The Las Vegas Strip.
NYE in Las Vegas: 80,000 fireworks, music of Whitney, One Republic, Pitbull
The Strip:
Thursday, December 18, 2014 @ 2 p.m.
The lucky numbered 7-minute-11-second “America’s Party” performance will be fired from the rooftops of MGM Grand, Aria, Planet Hollywood, Caesars Palace, Treasure Island, the Venetian and Stratosphere.
“Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers” at Encore Theater in Wynn Las Vegas.
Q+A: Steve Wynn talks ‘Showstoppers’ ahead of Saturday grand opening
Encore Theater:
Thursday, December 18, 2014 @ 2 a.m.
Hotel tycoon Steve Wynn is the most excited he’s ever been in his life with the creation of his “Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers” spectacular that after previews has its official opening gala Saturday night at Encore Theater in Wynn Las Vegas.
Tori Spelling, Dean McDermott, their four kids and Venetian headliners Human Nature celebrate the lighting of the Christmas tree Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at the Venetian.
Review: Human Nature’s holiday show a strange yuletide brew? No!
The Venetian:
Thursday, December 18, 2014 @ 1 a.m.
“The Human Nature Christmas Motown and More” show at the Venetian is full of tidings of great joy and songs of wondrous delight, and it’s all a truly beautiful and entertaining musical night.
Andrea Bocelli is flanked by soprano Maria Aleida and music conductor Eugene Kohn at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014.
Andrea Bocelli to perform at Power of Love Gala for Keep Memory Alive
Philanthropy:
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 @ 11:33 p.m.
When the Italian tenor was here for a concert at MGM Grand two weeks ago, Andrea and his wife, Veronica, toured the Frank Gehry-designed building, and because they lost a relative to Alzheimer’s offered to help the work of the brain center.
Tori Spelling, Dean McDermott, their four kids and Venetian headliners Human Nature celebrate the lighting of the Christmas tree Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at the Venetian.
Human Nature heats up and cools off for holidays; Extreme Thing dumped for ’15; ‘Mondays Dark’
The Kats Report:
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 @ 10:58 p.m.
The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel. I am positioned on the actual floor seating area of the music hall, in which The Killers played on opening weekend and Imagine Dragons performed just last week.
Vince Neil and his Las Vegas Outlaws announcement with friends, including Robin Leach, Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Derek Stevens and Carrot Top, on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, at Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas.
Vince Neil and his Las Vegas Outlaws vs. KISS’ L.A. Kiss
Arena Football League:
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 @ 9:55 p.m.
It’s “Monday Night Football” of a totally different kind at the Thomas & Mack Center with Vince Neil performing the national anthem. Expect new Outlaws players to be signed over the course of the next four weeks with Vince getting first draft picks in January.
NeNe Leakes in Cirque du Soleil’s “Zumanity” at New York-New York.
Strip Scribbles: Elvis exhibit, new-look ‘Zumanity,’ Reba and Brooks & Dunn
Las Vegas:
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 @ 5:28 p.m.
I’m hearing that the world’s largest attraction of Elvis tribute artists, memorabilia and wardrobe items will replace the former sprawling “Star Trek” exhibit at Westgate Las Vegas early in the New Year.
Cleen Rock One of Las Vegas works on a human canvas in Season 5 of “Ink Master” on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, on Spike TV.
So close! Cleen Rock One of L.V. in Top Two of ‘Ink Master’ and finishes …
Spike TV:
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 @ 3:58 p.m.
The live finale on Spike TV from New York City was fierce and thrilling. The program began with three finalists who each had spent 35 hours tattooing a full back human canvas. The three judges first eliminated Erik Siuda from Long Island, New York.