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October 19, 2017

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Celebrity preview: Iggy Azalea, Sharon Stone, Dita Von Teese, John Legend, Bruno Mars, AFAN


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Charli XCX and Iggy Azalea perform during the 2014 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 18, 2014, in Las Vegas.

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With Sharon Stone, Dita Von Teese and Jamie Foxx leading the superstar red carpet parade along with music-royalty Iggy Azalea and Lenny Kravitz, one would think all the attention will be focused on today’s opening of SLS Las Vegas.

Not so because other hotels aren’t rolling over and surrendering to the newcomer, even if Sharon re-creates that legendary (a)rousing “Basic Instinct” scene.

Music heavyweights Bruno Mars and John Legend have back-to-back concerts at the Chelsea in the Cosmopolitan, and Saturday night’s 28th Anniversary AFAN Black & White Party at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel will be all showstoppers.

Even “The View’s” sarcastic and witty comedienne Joy Behar joins the party with her debut in the female-comedy series Lipshtick at the Venetian. She’ll be up against cutting-edge comic Daniel Tosh, who has two nights of shows directly opposite in Terry Fator Theater at the Mirage.

So the stars are all in alignment this last weekend before Labor Day semi-unofficially marks the end of summer. With so much top talent in town, it’s so legendary that you’d be forgiven for thinking that the presidents of the United States would finally be here giving Las Vegas its biggest boost.

No, President Obama hasn’t changed his tune, and George Bush hasn’t teamed up with Bill Clinton on their respective Texas and Arkansas musical instruments. There’s a group by the name of The Presidents of the United States of America appearing at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay with their peaches.

So with or without a presidential seal of approval, we’ll move directly to The West Wing and proclaim the Royal Robin Rundown:



Bruno Mars at Chelsea: Feb. 16, 2014

Bruno Mars at Chelsea on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

Bruno Mars is at the Chelsea for two nights.

Against Me! is at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq Promenade.

The BoDeans are at Red Rock Resort.

“Sister’s Summer School Catechism: God Never Takes a Vacation!” is at the Smith Center all weekend.

Nashville Unplugged features Ira Dean at Sunset Station.

Phil Flowers is at Viva Las Vegas Event Center.

Sabotage is at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel.


Daniel Tosh is at the Mirage for two nights.

Joy Behar headlines Lipshtick at the Venetian for two nights.

Dave Coulier is at South Point all weekend.

The Black Keys at The Cosmo: 2/19/11

The Black Keys perform at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan on Feb. 19, 2011. Launch slideshow »


Tickets go on sale for Jhene Aiko with guest The Internet on Sept. 25, Junes on Oct. 10, Seth Meyers on Oct. 11, Wiz Khalifa with guest Chevy Woods on Oct. 18 and The Black Keys with guest Jake Bugg on Nov. 8 all at the Cosmopolitan.

The LVCHA Futurity, Aged and Open Cutting Horse Show & Western Gift Expo is at South Point Arena through Wednesday.

Viva Veracruz! The Show premieres at Planet Hollywood Showroom.

Mopar Midnight Mayhem is at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.


The Splitbreed album-release party is at Body English in the Hard Rock Hotel.



Savoy is at Brooklyn Bowl.

Keiko Matsui is at Santa Fe Station.

“An Evening of Pop and Doo Wop” featuring Jay Siegel’s Tokens, Joey Dee & The Starliters and The Angels is at Suncoast Showroom for two nights.

Michael Grimm at Ovation Lounge

Bill Medley and Michael Grimm perform at Ovation Lounge at Green Valley Ranch on May 9, 2011. Launch slideshow »

Michael Grimm is at Viva Las Vegas Event Center.

The Presidents of the United States of America is at HOB.

Empire Records is at Vinyl.

The Rock N Blues Fest is at Cannery.

Michael Franks is at Aliante.


Rickey Smiley is at Orleans Showroom for two nights.


27th Annual AFAN Black & White Party

Fruitloop Drag Queens perform during the 27th Annual Aid for AIDS of Nevada Black & White Party at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas Saturday night, August 24, 2013. Launch slideshow »

The 28th Annual AFAN Black & White Party hosted by Bryan Chan is at the Joint.

Boulder Station celebrates 20 years of hosting locals with food-and-beverage specials and gaming promotions through the end of August.


DJ Erick Morillo leads the grand opening of Life Nightclub at SLS Las Vegas.

Sky Blu of LMFAO’s birthday bash is at Body English.



2013 NYE: John Legend and Chrissy Teigen at Haze

Singer John Legend, with model wife Chrissy Teigen, hosts at Haze on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, in Aria. Launch slideshow »

John Legend is at the Chelsea.

Ubershall, with members of Monte Carlo headliners Blue Man Group, is at Brooklyn Bowl.

Felipe Esparza is at Backstage Bar & Billiards on Fremont Street.

We’ll be back Saturday to post opening-night coverage of the SLS Las Vegas opening. On Sunday, more entertainment reports and photo galleries and guest columns by Farid Matraki of Crystals, restaurant designer Vincent Celano and Charles Ressler of First Friday.

Remember: Be a legend this weekend!

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