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This somewhat exhausted entertainment author wasn’t the only one to pull a huge doubleheader of Saturday’s Justin Timberlake show at T-Mobile Arena followed by Sunday’s ACM Awards show at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Kelly Clarkson pulled it off, and much more gracefully, seeing JT do his Man of the Woods thing from the lofty perch at Hyde Lounge at T-Mobile and carrying out a duet of “Does He Love You” with her hubby Brandon Blackstock’s stepmom and ACM host Reba McEntire late in Sunday’s show. For the record, I didn’t sing a word over the weekend. Point goes to Kelly.
Another popular couple was all over the Strip in the most significant way possible. Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton were at World Hollywood Friday morning, of course, as she made her grand arrival to mark her coming resident show at Zappos Theater. Welcoming Stefani to Las Vegas with Shelton were Caesars Home Entertainment CEO Mark Frissora, Live Country Las Vegas President Kurt Melien and Vegas Golden Knights buzz man Mark Shunock. I likewise spotted among my favorite Las Vegans sneaking through the crowd, tennis legend Stefanie Graf.
On Sunday, Stefani attended her very first ACM program where Shelton carried out twice, consisting of a rowdy team-up with Toby Keith. After the show, Shelton took his girl to a surprise complimentary show and celebration at your house of Blues at Mandalay Bay, where they were signed up with by fellow vocalists Keith, Clarkson, Cole Swindell, Chris Janson, Michael Ray, Brett Young and Luke Bryan. Another point for Kelly.
Howard Carter and Nico Santucci. Spiegelworld’s new show” Opium “is currently making waves at the Cosmopolitan but the celebrities are still in love with the business’s initial Las Vegas production, “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace. Taking in all the antics inside the huge white camping tent on Thursday night: Chester Lockhart, reality TV personality and present co-star of “Sex Tips for a Straight Lady from a Gay Male” at Paris Las Vegas; and “Dancing With destiny” lobbyist Tony Dovolani, soon-to-be guest host at Chippendales at the Rio.
Vegas business owner, designer and restaurateur Nico Santucci got so caught up in Vegas Golden Knights fever– and truthfully, who hasn’t?– that he welcomed his patrons at Capo’s Speakeasy on West Sahara and basically everybody else to write a letter about exactly what the local hockey group means to them. The winning action came from previous football player Howard “Woody” Carter, who lost more than 100 pounds when he appeared on season 16 of “The Biggest Loser,” who composed a wholehearted note about how the Knights’ spirit and success has assisted him deal with the pain of losing his spouse to cancer. The reward: Supper at Capo’s, of course, followed by a Rolls Royce trip to T-Mobile Arena and a ticket to join Santucci against the glass to view the team’s first-ever playoff game on April 11.
In another Italian food-related note, it was just recently announced that Summerlin’s next great restaurant is set to arrive this summertime in the area formerly occupied by Due Forni. Chef Gina Marinelli is getting ready to open La Strega (Italian for “the witch”) on Town Center Drive near the Beltway, a contemporary eatery with a style influenced by the Italian countryside and cuisine covering seasonal dishes from across the nation’s varied areas. The neighborhood is getting more delicious all the time.