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Celebrity preview: Gloria Estefan, Britney Spears, Eric Church, Nas, Pauly D, Deadmau5, The Wanted


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Britney Spears arrives at Planet Hollywood on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.

Britney Spears Arrives in Las Vegas

Britney Spears celebrates her official arrival at Planet Hollywood on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. Launch slideshow »

Entertainment’s first ladies of music and song are ready to do battle this weekend all within a few thousand feet of one another on the Strip.

Reigning royalty Britney Spears returns to resume her “Britney: Piece of Me” residency at Planet Hollywood, while Latin pop princess Gloria Estefan joins Queen Latifah, Carole King, Rita Moreno, Jordin Sparks and Fantine at the Keep Memory Alive Power of Love Gala at MGM Grand Garden Arena with Ricky Martin and Jon Secada.

Add tonight’s return of Celine Dion’s favorite Canadian vocal impressionist Veronic DiCaire to her Bally’s residency, and it’s a powerful sisterhood jackpot.

There are guys onstage this weekend, too, along with Ricky and Jon. Veterans Bobby Rydell, Tony Orlando and The Temptations can still show the youngsters how it’s done, while Eric Church keeps country alive in a sold-out show at the Chelsea in the Cosmopolitan.

Congratulations to magician Murray Sawchuck, who celebrates his second anniversary with a red-carpet gala Sunday at Tropicana’s Laugh Factory. Comedian Tracy Morgan is up the Strip at Treasure Island.

Third Annual Las Vegas Foodie Fest

Almer Fagaragan of Las Vegas dives into a tornado potato during the Third Annual Las Vegas Foodie Fest across from the Luxor Hotel on Thursday, April 24, 2014. Launch slideshow »

It’s food galore this weekend. There’s a veritable feast with Las Vegas Foodie Festival at the Lot opposite the Luxor with more than 50 food trucks, while Nevada’s largest craft beer party takes over the downtown Fremont East Entertainment District with the Great Vegas Festival of Beer.

Travel a little north to Mesquite for three days of the sixth-annual Smokin’ in Mesquite Barbecue Championships and Country Fest with line dancing, a mechanical bull, cattle calling and hot dog-eating contests.

Four of America’s top east-west chefs (two from the east and two from the west) will do battle for judges Shirley Chung and Jet Tila at Caesars Palace competing for the title of Supreme Asian Chef.

Eight top Las Vegas mixologists will compete at Andrea’s in Steve Wynn’s Encore creating original Botran Rum cocktails for Francesco Lafranconi of Southern Wine and Spirits and celebrity judges Emilio Estefan and Tony Abou-Ganim to decide who wins an all-expenses paid trip to the distillery in Guatemala.

‘The Tempest’ World Premiere at Smith Center

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'Best in Show' Adoption Event

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After a successful monthlong run of “The Tempest,” Rio headliner magician Teller waves a fond farewell to his restaged and reimagined Shakespeare play with its 20 tricks and illusions. The final three performances are all weekend at the tent outside the Smith Center, and then the incredible cast and crew move east for its Harvard premiere and presumed Broadway debut. Don’t miss it!

But it’s our four-legged friends who will tug at the most heartstrings Sunday with the Animal Foundation’s Best in Show at Orleans Arena. Dogs of all shapes and sizes will strut their stuff with Quad juggler showman Jeff Civillico as MC of the parade that winds up in a nearly 100 percent adoption rate.

Woof, woof! Now it’s time for us to bark out loud with our weekly runway show we affectionately title the Royal Robin Rundown:



Bobby Rydell is at Suncoast Showroom all weekend.

Tony Orlando is at South Point all weekend.

O.A.R. is at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq for three nights and Gogol Bordello for two.

“The Vegas Rocks Variety Show” taped for television spotlights “Forever Doo Wop” and “Forever Motor City” casts, singer Jeneane Marie and comedian Mark Scott at Boulder Station.

Nashville Unplugged features songwriter Jimmy Ritchey at Sunset Station.

The 22nd Annual Las Vegas City of Lights Jazz and R&B Festival with 14 artists (Boney James, Kirk Whalum, Norman Brown and Rick Braun among them) is at the downtown Government Amphitheater for three nights.

Dustin Lynch is at Aliante.

Brillz is at Hard Rock Live! on the Strip.

Ghost is at Mandalay Bay.


Tracy Morgan is at Treasure Island.


Keith Urban at The Joint

Keith Urban performs at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel on April 23, 2010. Launch slideshow »

‘Veronic Voices’ Premiere at Bally’s

Remon Boulerice, Veronic Dicaire, Rene Angelil and Celine Dion arrive at the Launch slideshow »

Tickets go on sale for M.I.A. performing at the Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool on May 31; Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Los Lonely Boys at Pearl at the Palms on Aug. 1; and Keith Urban, Jerrod Niemann and Brett Eldredge at the Chelsea on Aug. 31.

“Veronic Voices” returns to Bally’s and launches local fundraising campaign “Lend Your Voice.” Opportunity Village is the first beneficiary, with new charity partners announced each month in the run through October.

Juggler Jeff Civillico’s Win-Win Entertainment group of Strip entertainers performing free for charity to raise funds for “Nevada’s Big Give” is at Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina in Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood.

Marvel Universe is at the Thomas & Mack Center for two days.

The three-day sixth-annual Smokin’ in Mesquite BBQ Championships is at Casa Blanca in Mesquite.

Our Power of Love pre-gala VIP celebration honoring Gloria Estefan and Emilio Estefan is at the Keep Memory Alive Event Center.

The Las Vegas Foodie Fest is all weekend, and those famous square sliders from White Castle are on the menu.


Anna Kendrick, Miles Teller, Theo James at Hakkasan

Miles Teller celebrates his 27th birthday at Hakkasan on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in MGM Grand. Launch slideshow »

The first-anniversary weekend of celebrations continues at Hakkasan in MGM Grand with Tiesto, Rev Run and Ruckus.

Colby O’Donis is at Body English in the Hard Rock Hotel.

Mario is at Haze in Aria.

DeadMau5 and those ears are back at XS in Encore.



The 18th Annual Keep Memory Alive Power of Love Gala hosted by Quincy Jones with yours truly as MC at MGM Grand Garden Arena honors Gloria and Emilio Estefan with performances by Queen Latifah, Carole King, Jordin Sparks, Rita Moreno, Fantine, Ricky Martin and Jon Secada. This is the year’s major fundraiser for our downtown Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.

2012 ACM Awards: Eric Church at Fremont Street Experience

Eric Church performs at Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas on Saturday, March 31, 2012. Launch slideshow »

Eric Church, in town earlier this month for the 2014 ACM Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena, is at the Chelsea.

The Temptations are at Orleans Showroom for two nights.

Las Vegas Philharmonic — Masterworks V “Love Around the World” is at Reynolds Hall in the Smith Center.

Soul Men starring Spectrum is at Cabaret Jazz in the Smith Center.

Thomas Rhett is at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.

Little River Band is at Cannery.

The Rippingtons are at UNLV.


The Great Vegas Festival of Craft Beers is in downtown’s Fremont East Entertainment District.

The Eighth Annual Henry Prendes Charity Golf Classic is at Paiute Golf Resort saluting the Metro Police sergeant who died on duty protecting his community in 2006. Proceeds go toward construction of a 14-acre camp for at-risk youth.

Opportunity Village hosts its second-annual Spring Into Fashion garden party show, luncheon and boutique fundraiser in the gardens of Mike Tyson’s former home now owned by Equinet.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series is at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Four Las Vegas drivers are battling for the top spot.

Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest is at New York-New York to find a Nevada champion for Coney Island’s Fourth of July finals.

It’s the Supreme Asian Chef finale at Caesars Palace with judges Shirley Chung and Jet Tila.

DJ Pauly D Celebrates 33rd Birthday at Haze

DJ Pauly D celebrates his 33rd birthday at Haze in Aria on Saturday, July 6, 2013. Launch slideshow »


Taboo of The Black Eyed Peas spins at Rehab by day and nearby Body English by night.

DJ Pauly D spins with a performance by Mya at Haze.

DeadMau5 is at Encore Beach Club.

Nas is at 1 OAK in the Mirage.

Tom Schwartz, Jax Taylor and Tom Sandoval of “Vanderpump Rules” are at Hyde Bellagio.

Daydream Pool Club opens at M Resort.



The Animal Foundation’s 11th Annual Best in Show with more than 50 doggies up for adoption is at Orleans Arena.

Murray Sawchuck celebrates two years at the Tropicana with sidekicks “Fantasy” at the Luxor dancer and wife Chloe Crawford and Lefty, plus Strip performers.

The Wanted at Boulevard Pool

The Wanted at Boulevard Pool in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. Launch slideshow »


The Wanted are at Rehab.

Hyde hosts the “Life Is a Beach” season-finale party. The day-into-night champagne showers and confetti cascades resume in October.

Have a great weekend, and we’ll see you back here with reports, photographs and videos of all the parties and performers, including our exclusive backstage wrap of Keep Memory Alive.

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