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Strip Scribbles: Luke Bryan, Havana Brown, Penn & Teller, Minka Kelly and Mandy Moore


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Shania Twain presents the Entertainer of the Year Award to Luke Bryan at the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 7, 2013.

2013 ACM Awards at MGM Grand

Luke Bryan holds his awards for Entertainer of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year at the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand on Sunday, April 7, 2013. Launch slideshow »

Reigning Academy of Country Music Awards Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan will get Las Vegas Police Department motorcycle outriders when he does double duty for his April 6 hosting and performing at the 49th annual ACM Awards.

Luke co-hosts the CBS show at MGM Grand Garden Arena with Blake Shelton and then must make a high-speed round trip to Mandalay Bay Events Center for the 4th Annual ACM Fan Jam remote.

Plans call for him to perform at Fan Jam after police motorcycles escort him between the two venues, and then he’ll race back to continue the three-hour telecast from MGM. Reigning New Artist of the Year Florida Georgia Line hosts this year’s Fan Jam.

Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show With Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars performs during the halftime show of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. Launch slideshow »

MORE DOUBLE DUTY: Hot and sexy Havana Brown, the DJ turned pop sensation, will be racing between the Bruno Mars show at Chelsea in the Cosmopolitan and her DJ duties at Tao in the Venetian this weekend all the while celebrating her birthday.

The pop artist, with her third consecutive No. 1 on the Billboard dance charts, has toured with Britney Spears, Lady Gaga and Chris Brown. She’ll open for Bruno, the Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show phenomenon, then leave for Tao.

Somehow in between, she’ll blow out her birthday cake candles at Tao with girlfriends flying in from all over the world and then spin the decks into the wee hours. Will Bruno join her later at Tao?

NBT and Matt Goss at the Smith Center

Nevada Ballet Theatre dancers Alissa Dale and Grigori Arakelyan rehearse at the Smith Center in Las Vegas on Wednesday, May 2, 2012. Launch slideshow »

MORE MUSIC: Caesars Palace headliner Matt Goss releases his new EP on Tuesday, and nearby “Absinthe” sensual and seductive burlesque performer Melody Sweets debuts the world premiere of “Love Digital,” a new single from her album, “Burlesque in the Black,” on Valentine’s Day this Friday at the oddball time of 1:43 p.m.

Her raw and risque music video is being described as a “digital sex-pot explosion.” Matt’s new EP, “I Do,” includes “Lovely Las Vegas,” and reviewers have praised it for its big band-swinging style.

EVEN MORE MUSIC: Three performers from three of the Strip’s hottest Broadway productions join forces for the first-ever Broadway Rocks Vegas concert Feb. 24 at 10 p.m. at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel: Graham Fenton of “Jersey Boys” at the Paris, Martin Kaye of “Million Dollar Quartet” at Harrah’s and Justin Mortelliti of “Rock of Ages” at the Venetian.

The show was created by Graham, who stars as Frankie Valli, to introduce his band A Million Pieces. “I became a huge fan of Justin and Martin after seeing them perform onstage, and when I found out that they both not only rocked onstage, but offstage, as well, I knew the three of us had to come together for a concert,” said Graham. “Eventually, we would love to create an ongoing concert series, inviting other Las Vegas entertainers to share their original works alongside us.”

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Jim Rees, Penn Jillette, Teller and Dan Walsh at the opening of Hash House a Go Go on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, at the Rio.

MAGIC FOOD? Rio magician headliners Penn & Teller joined with Rio exec Dan Walsh and Hash House a Go Go co-owner Jim Rees to open a new Hash House at the casino resort today, and it was no ordinary red ribbon ceremony. The illusionists cut a fresh ribbon of rosemary for the occasion.

Hash House a Go Go, which brings farm-fresh food with a funky, modern twist to locals and visitors alike, recently placed eighth overall for “Best Burger in the World” at the World Food Championships. It has other locations at the Quad, the downtown Plaza and its Las Vegas flagship on West Sahara.


Congratulations to star chef Hubert Keller, who celebrates the 10th anniversary of his Burger Bar in Mandalay Place tonight and in between greeting guests joins DJs Carlos Sanchez and Brian Minogue behind the wheels of steel himself.

Home Free, the a cappella winners of NBC’s “Sing Off” in December, play their first Las Vegas show with impressionist Jeff Tracta at LVH on April 24.

Bonkerz Comedy Club has moved to Rampart Casino at the Marriott Resort and debuted with a new stage starring comedy headliners Kyle Marlett and Lou Magelowitz. On Thursday, the hotel’s 15th anniversary continues with Grandma Lee and guest Lynn Yafchak.


Singer Lionel Richie dined at Andrea’s in Steve Wynn’s Encore.

House of Blues headliner Carlos Santana dined at Honey Salt in Summerlin.

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Darryl Strawberry at N9NE Steakhouse on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in the Palms.

Four-time World Series champion Darryl Strawberry dined at N9NE Steakhouse in the Palms with sports memorabilia agent Mead Chasky at a high-top table in the lounge, where longtime friend executive chef Barry Dakake brought out N9NE favorites to accompany their college basketball viewing. Before heading out, Darryl stopped by the kitchen to sign chef Barry’s celebrity shakedown door.

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Mandy Moore and Minka Kelly at Hakkasan on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in MGM Grand.

Actresses Minka Kelly, Mandy Moore and girlfriends dined at Hakkasan in MGM Grand before heading to Britney Spears’ “Britney: Piece of Me” at Planet Hollywood.

Twice in the same day, actress Vivica A. Fox dined at Trevi in the Forum Shops at Caesars. First it was lunch with traditional Caesar salads and chef Peter Scaturro’s calamari fritti and fettuccine al pesto gamberi. The group returned in the evening for more drinks and classic Italian cuisine, including a brick oven-fired pepperoni pizza.

Country music crooner and former Hootie & The Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker was spotted at O’Sheas enjoying entertainment and hanging with Brian Thomas, who hosts as Lucky the Leprechaun.


Debi Gutierrez and Jeff Dye headline at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club at MGM Grand through Sunday.

Larry Reeb and Greg Vaccariello are at Riviera Comedy Club through Sunday.

Ray Kurzwell, dubbed the “Ultimate Thinking Machine,” lectures on inventions and innovations at UNLV.

DJ Vice spins at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan.

D4N13L spins at XS in Encore.


Penn reveals the results of his battle with Hershel Walker on the Food Network’s “Rachael vs. Guy” in his quest to raise more money for our beloved charity Opportunity Village, and the “Buy Low, Sell High” “Thrift Hunters” of Las Vegas talk their new reality TV series and reaction to becoming famous with their trade.

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