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    Monday, June 24, 2013

    The third and final night of the 17th annual Electric Daisy Carnival came to a safe and successful close at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday night and through this morning with a sold-out crowd gathering under the electric sky for the third annual three-day event.

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    Sunday, June 23, 2013

    The 17th annual Electric Daisy Carnival, back at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the third consecutive year, has attracted sold-out crowds of 115,000 ...

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    Friday, June 21, 2013

    It's hard to believe, with hundreds of the world’s most famous DJ’s here for the Electric Daisy Carnival, that anything else could possibly be going on -- however, this is Vegas and there are plenty of other choices.

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    Thursday, June 20, 2013

    Until now, celebrity chef Michael Mina has been lauded about his serious side of food — fine dining, creative cuisine and elegant service. It's won him numerous national awards, including those famed Michelin stars. Now he just wants to have fun!

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    Thursday, June 20, 2013

    With last night’s surprise double elimination of two supermodels on the VH1 reality show "Model Employee," we are now just one week away from knowing who will win the $100,000 year-long Face of Mandalay Bay contract.

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    Thursday, June 20, 2013

    It’s a homecoming for singer/actor Bryan West – and family members will be there for him in his Las Vegas debut tonight in "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" at the Venetian. Bryan plays Adam, whose drag-queen persona is Felicia, in the musical about two female impersonators and a transgender entertainer on a trip through the Australian outback.

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    Wednesday, June 19, 2013

    In a change of role-play, actress Gwyneth Paltrow was the keynote guest speaker at the Licensing Expo held this week at Mandalay Bay. The movie star is co-owner of a fitness fashion line with Tracy Anderson, and her speech and Q&A session focused on "Brands on the Brink of Global Expansion."

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    Wednesday, June 19, 2013

    With comic book fans dressed in the colorful costumes of their favorite artistic heroes, you would have thought the characters had stepped right from the pages.

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    Wednesday, June 19, 2013

    Until now, Veronic DeCaire’s name has been relatively unknown in the U.S. — but the 50-plus voices that come from her repertoire are all instantly recognizable: Shania, Cher, Dolly, Madonna, Adele, Christine and Tina plus the incomparable Celine Dion, who is a first-time producer of Veronic’s debut show opening at Bally’s on Thursday.

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    Wednesday, June 19, 2013

    Two of the supermodels vying for the $100,000 ‘Face of Mandalay Bay’ yearlong contract have now been booted from VH1’s "Model Employee" reality show. Tonight, another model — or maybe two in a surprise twist — get the pink slip and we will be left with just four or five finalists.

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    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

    For 10 nail-biting minutes, several thousand people stood in total silence and watched magician Criss Angel inch his way, blindfolded, across two steel beams swaying 50 feet in the air. The "Mindfreak" star, who is shooting a new series of one-hour specials for Spike TV, was in full view of the audience members, who stopped shopping at the Fashion Show mall on the Strip.

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    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

    The front façade from the famous gold lion to the north end by M&M’s World is coming down.

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    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

    The journey on Interstate 15 across the desert from Los Angeles to Las Vegas for the "Priscilla" musical touring company is as incredible an undertaking as the Australian outback drag-queen scripted adventure itself. The big, glitzy, colorful theatrical production complete with an on-stage cutaway bus takes nine trucks to transport — two of which are just for the wardrobe costumes and hair pieces! Cast and crew arrived Monday, and Tuesday morning, “Priscilla School” opened to teach hired Las Vegas locals how best to help the cast fast-change in and out of the myriad of outrageous outfits. "Priscilla Queen of the Desert — The Musical" opens for a one-night preview Tuesday night, and the full run premieres on Thursday at the Venetian.

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    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

    The newly crowned Nevada representatives going onto the Miss America pageants have less than 90 days to prepare for the national spotlight.

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    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

    It was the night two great institutions of rock ‘n’ roll teamed up for a knock-out show for the ages -- and the “guinea pig” audience loved them for it.

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    Monday, June 17, 2013

    Reality television’s Holly Madison, who now calls Vegas home, has settled on Sept. 10 for her California wedding to "baby daddy"Pasquale Rotella, the promoter of this weekend’s giant Electric Daisy Carnival here.

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    Monday, June 17, 2013

    The 51 glamorous girls of Donald Trump’s Miss USA pageant Sunday at Planet Hollywood were outscored and outpointed in the TV ratings war by the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat.

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    Sunday, June 16, 2013

    Real-estate mogul and "Celebrity Apprentice" television host Donald Trump arrived Saturday, and after watching the final dress rehearsals of his Miss USA pageant princesses, he decreed a night of celebration.

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    Sunday, June 16, 2013

    It's been a roller coaster ride of sensational and often lurid tabloid headlines for "Teen Mom" reality starlet Farrah Abraham, who wound up selling her debut porn video for more than $1 million.

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    Sunday, June 16, 2013

    Reality TV starlet and former Playboy playmate Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett celebrated her 28th birthday in true Vegas style early today.

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    Sunday, June 16, 2013

    Pitbull and Ke$ha brought their "Warrior Tour' to Mandalay Bay on Saturday night, and fans gave them a roaring sold-out welcome.

  • Sunday, June 16, 2013

    The new Miss Nevada who will go to the Miss America contest in Atlantic City Sept. 15 is 19-year-old Diana Sweeney, Miss Carson City. The new Miss Nevada Outstanding Teen is 15-year-old Katarina Clark.

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    Saturday, June 15, 2013

    The new Miss Nevada who will go to the Miss America contest in Atlantic City Sept. 15 is 19-year-old Diana Sweeney, Miss Carson City.

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    Saturday, June 15, 2013

    Three of the Miss USA beauties taking part in Sunday's pageant live on NBC from Planet Hollywood had a night free from rehearsals — and they hit up the Cirque du Soleil Beatles LOVE show at the Mirage and then continued to dance the night away at Hakkasan in MGM Grand.

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    Friday, June 14, 2013

    It’s dueling kings of comedy and dueling beauty pageants this weekend on the Strip. That sums up the great appeal of the regular weekend Las Vegas entertainment scene: if you don’t fancy one in a certain genre there’s always the other!

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    Thursday, June 13, 2013

    Food Network’s top-rated celebrity chef, Giada De Laurentiis has reportedly landed the new restaurant at the luxury boutique Gaansevort Hotel at center strip. It is being transformed out of Bills Gaming Hall, at this moment a shell- but on target for a February 2014 opening with the gaming portion to be open for New Years.

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    Thursday, June 13, 2013

    NBC television producers have surprises for everyone for Sunday’s Miss USA Pageant broadcast from Planet Hollywood.

  • Thursday, June 13, 2013

    It will take two nights of Miss America competition to determine the winners for the new Miss Nevada and Miss Nevada Outstanding Teen titles Friday and Saturday. The 23 contestants are determined not to be overshadowed by the rival national Miss USA pageant taking place Sunday on the Strip.

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    Thursday, June 13, 2013

    It will take two nights of Miss America competition to determine the winners for the new Miss Nevada and Miss Nevada Outstanding Teen titles Friday and Saturday. The 23 contestants are determined not to be overshadowed by the rival national Miss USA pageant taking place Sunday on the Strip.

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    Thursday, June 13, 2013

    No other city on earth throws a party like Las Vegas! The 4,000 visitors from around the globe for the IPW World Travel Congress convention were speechless Wednesday night when Caesars Palace hosted their final exciting night on the Strip.

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    Thursday, June 13, 2013

    It was a night of glittering glamour, gorgeous gowns, stunning swimsuits and sexy smiles. The 51 Miss USA contestants dazzled and wowed at last night’s preliminary pageant at Planet Hollywood.

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    Wednesday, June 12, 2013

    The giant, 750-seat, 27,000 square foot Carmine's Italian restaurant, set to open in the Caesars Palace Forum Shops next month, promises its Southern Italian cuisine will be served in “wow-sized” portions. Enough for four to six people at a time!

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    Wednesday, June 12, 2013

    In 2011, Bailey Gumm was crowned Miss Nevada’s Outstanding Teen and became a contestant in the national Miss America Teen Pageant. Now, as newly crowned Miss Douglas County, Bailey will compete in this weekend’s 65th annual Miss Nevada Pageant.

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    Wednesday, June 12, 2013

    The Miss USA contestants at Planet Hollywood continue to prepare for Sunday’s live NBC telecast to 90 countries and millions of viewers.

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    Tuesday, June 11, 2013

    Former "Beverly Hills 90210" star Ian Ziering is packing in the girls as guest host of the Chippendales show at the Rio -- and he's enjoying every minute of it, so much so that he wants to do more in the adult burlesque revue -- and if his run isn't extended at month's end he'll certainly be back for a repeat engagement.

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    Tuesday, June 11, 2013

    The 4th annual Vegas Rocks! Magazine music awards show is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 25, at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel. It's tied in with the publication’s 9th anniversary. This year’s celebration of classic rock salutes some of the most legendary artists in the music business.

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    Tuesday, June 11, 2013

    When you are entertainer Terry Fator and celebrating your 1,000th show, your millionth visitor and your birthday all at the same time, it's only natural you’d have 51 of America's most gorgeous women join you for the party.

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    Tuesday, June 11, 2013

    Daytime’s leading lady, soap opera actress Susan Lucci, was at the Donny & Marie show at the Flamingo this weekend, where the singers told the audience that Donny had guest-starred with her on "All My Children" in 2006. Susan went backstage afterward for a souvenir photo with the duo.

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    Tuesday, June 11, 2013

    Plans for a Speedo, bikini and swim shorts downtown as an Opportunity Village fundraiser next Tuesday have been postponed at the last moment. The event was to also serve as the official registration kickoff and sign-up drive for the annual Santa Claus 5K Christmas marathon, which is still set for December.

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    Tuesday, June 11, 2013

    Hollywood, sports and music stars continue to choose Las Vegas as their No. 1 destination for parties, performances and pleasure. Here’s a Royal ...

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    Monday, June 10, 2013

    Bam! Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse wants to kick up his Vegas success story even more. He’s seriously mulling not only a new Vegas based television series but also a new restaurant concept to add to the four hit venues he already has on the Strip. This time, he’d partner up with Red Rocker pal, Sammy Hagar.

  • A&E

    Monday, June 10, 2013

    Despite record-setting temperatures, 1,500 fans of the Red Rocker, Sammy Hagar, turned up to patiently wait two hours and enjoy a poolside barbecue with star chef Emeril Lagasse.

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    Monday, June 10, 2013

    Hard rock band Hinder has been together now for more than 10 years, and they’re still having a grand time. The Oklahoma City musicians took time out from a long summer tour schedule recently to hit the Fremont Street Experience.

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    Monday, June 10, 2013

    The four eccentric musicians who make up Quad headliners Recycled Percussion became international jet-setters this past weekend and wowed French citizens by rattling their junkyard pots and pans.

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    Monday, June 10, 2013

    The fun is over! The hard work begins! Intense rehearsal schedules have started for the 51 Miss USA contestants at Planet Hollywood in preparation for Wednesday’s preliminary pageant and Sunday’s live NBC telecast to 90 countries and millions of viewers.

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    Friday, June 7, 2013

    With temperatures already set to shatter the 110 mark, cooling off at the pool becomes mandatory, and we have Ludacris at the Palms, Paris Hilton ...

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    Friday, June 7, 2013

    Inside sources advise that the new Gansevoort Hotel being built out of the shell of the former Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall &Salon at Center ...

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    Thursday, June 6, 2013

    It was 30 years ago that Julie Hayek became Miss USA 1983 and was first runner-up in the Miss Universe Pageant. In her role, she met presidents, ...

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    Thursday, June 6, 2013

    It will be one of the most unusual bachelorette parties ever in Las Vegas. While many bachelorettes have to worry about their husbands-to-be getting ...

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    Thursday, June 6, 2013

    No good deed goes unrewarded! Action-movie hunk Jason Statham surprised the 2013 Miss USA Pageant princesses Wednesday night after they’d ...