Celebrity preview: Lady Gaga, Aerosmith, Daughtry, Goo Goo Dolls, Dave Koz, Crystal Hefner

Lady Gaga performs during her “ArtRave: The ArtPop Ball” tour stop at United Center on Friday, July 11, 2014, in Chicago.

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Lady Gaga performs during her “ArtRave: The ArtPop Ball” tour stop at United Center on Friday, July 11, 2014, in Chicago.

Friday, August 1, 2014 @ 3 p.m.
It’s music mayhem because in addition to Lady Gaga’s second time at MGM Grand in two weeks, there’s Daughtry, Goo Goo Dolls and The Plain White T’s at Red Rock Resort; Journey and The Steve Miller Band at Mandalay Bay; Aerosmith at MGM Grand; Weezer at the Cosmopolitan; and more.
Michael Godard and "Jubilee!" showgirls arrive at the "Veronic Voices" premiere at Bally's on Friday, June 28, 2013.

Michael Godard: Las Vegas pop artist witnesses McCarran’s midnight circus

Guest Columnist:
Thursday, July 31, 2014 @ 8 p.m.
Once again I find myself at one of the greatest locations for people watching: McCarran Airport here in Las Vegas. Usually I’m rushing through the terminal placing mental bets on whether I’ll make my flight. Well tonight’s a different story.
Louis Prima Jr. and his band.

Louis Prima Jr.: ‘This has been a difficult 12 months personally and professionally’

Guest Columnist:
Thursday, July 31, 2014 @ 7 p.m.
This was a year that saw my residence burglarized, by a group of teens that remains unprosecuted, while I was on tour. It saw difficult but necessary changes to our band. And, most devastatingly, it saw the passing of my mother, Gia Maione Prima.
Comedian Matt Kazam.

From emergency room to Las Vegas, comedian Matt Kazam proves ‘40 Is Not the New 20’

Guest Columnist:
Thursday, July 31, 2014 @ 6 p.m.
As I bring my new one-man comedy show “40 Is Not the New 20” to the Riviera, I have been reflecting on what motivated me to write the show. In life, we are always looking for our “aha moment,” the time when everything seems so clear.
Toronto Raptors' DeMar DeRozan falls to the floor while holding his face after he was hit by Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson during a USA Basketball minicamp scrimmage Monday, July 28, 2014, in Las Vegas.

Weekend best bets: USA Basketball, Weezer and Las Vegas Film Festival

Thursday, July 31, 2014 @ 6 p.m.
It’s a big weekend for film fans with the return of the Las Vegas Film Festival, and whether you’re a cinefile, a sports fan or just looking for a laugh, there’s plenty to do in town this weekend to kick off August in style.
Dave Koz, second from left, with saxophonist friends Richard Elliot, Mindi Abair and Gerald Albright.
Dave Koz is bringing saxy back, talks L.V., ‘Summer Horns’ and coming out 10 years ago
Q+A:
Thursday, July 31, 2014 @ 2 a.m.
Dave Koz is bringing saxy back to the Smith Center on Saturday night with his saxophonist friends Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair and Richard Elliot. The quartet had a lot of fun on Dave Koz and Friends’ “Summer Horns” — recording the album and touring.
Chippendales guest Ricardo Laguna, second from right, at the Rio on Jan. 5, 2012. Jaymes Vaughan, James Davis and Chaun Thomas are with Laguna.
BMX and reality-TV star Ricardo Laguna: Where I get to shine and show love to Las Vegas
Guest Columnist:
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 @ 7 p.m.
I am just a guy who rides little kids’ bikes for a living and who has a dream to make a positive impact in the community. So it really was a no-brainer when an opportunity to have my own festival was brought to the table.
Alfredo Sandoval.
Alfredo Sandoval: Mercadito is ‘the story of three brothers changing Las Vegas one taco at a time’
Guest Columnist:
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 @ 6 p.m.
Mercadito is definitely a family affair. Being trained in the restaurant business by my father as a pre-teen, it’s all I’ve ever known. For nearly 20 years, I’ve worked with my two brothers, Felipe and Patricio, before Mercadito Hospitality was founded and now after.
Brannon Braga.
Brannon Braga discusses his ‘Star Trek’ legacy, ‘Cosmos,’ haters and James Bond
Q+A:
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 @ 2 a.m.
Ask 100 Trekkies what they think of Brannon Braga, and you’ll get 100 answers. In addition to his work as writer and producer on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Star Trek: Voyager” and “Star Trek: Enterprise,” Braga has produced “24,” “Cosmos” and “Salem.”
SLS Las Vegas President Rob Oseland will have some unique operational advantages to work with at the new casino resort, slated to open in 2014.
SLS Las Vegas President Rob Oseland: ‘This is a place designed with locals in mind’
Guest Columnist:
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 @ 10 p.m.
We’ve been at work on SLS Las Vegas for years, and as we inch closer to unveiling the vision behind this project, I get one question more than any other: “What does SLS stand for?” The answer is uniquely layered and at the same time absolutely simple.
A rendering of Bazaar Meat in SLS Las Vegas opening Aug. 23, 2014.
SLS Las Vegas culinary king Matt Erickson: A preview of Bazaar, Ku Noodle, Katsuya and more
Guest Columnist:
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 @ 9 p.m.
At SLS Las Vegas, you will find some of the most enlightening F&B concepts that SBE has to offer all under one roof. What makes it so special is that each one, new and old, has been uniquely adapted to the Las Vegas community. Consider this your appetizer.
Dancers take the stage as “X Burlesque” celebrates its 12th anniversary in Las Vegas on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at the Flamingo. Shakeera Onstead is third from right.
‘X Burlesque’ star Shakeera Onstead: L.V. ‘is always opening something bigger and better’
Guest Columnist:
Monday, July 28, 2014 @ 10 p.m.
Working in “X Burlesque” at the Flamingo has allowed me to really appreciate all that Las Vegas has to offer. Las Vegas is far smaller than most people realize, and for the most part the entertainment industry really isn’t as cutthroat as most other cities.
Comedian John Bizarre entertains the crowd as “X Burlesque” celebrates its 12th anniversary in Las Vegas on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at the Flamingo.
‘X Rocks’ comic John Bizarre: Zen and the art of jocular maintenance in Las Vegas
Guest Columnist:
Monday, July 28, 2014 @ 9 p.m.
When a standup comic walks onstage at a burlesque show, as I found out the first night I filled in for my wife Nancy Ryan, the audience isn’t really sure what’s happening, and you can clearly see that confusion on their faces.
Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men performs on opening night of Boyz II Men's residency at The Mirage on Friday, March 1, 2013.
Boyz II Men’s Shawn Stockman: Our job is to test the limits of how bright our spirits can shine
Guest Columnist:
Sunday, July 27, 2014 @ 11:59 p.m.
We live in a brave new world where old-fashioned customs are being challenged with fresh perspective. The world is created and driven by individuals who aren’t afraid to uncover a new route to get to the same destination — or a previously unimagined destination.
Chef Michael LaPlaca: From punk rock to pasta for Portofino’s culinary king
Chef Michael LaPlaca: From punk rock to pasta for Portofino’s culinary king
Guest Columnist:
Sunday, July 27, 2014 @ 10:57 p.m.
This is Michael LaPlaca, executive chef at Portofino in the Mirage. When I was younger, I dreamed of becoming a professional skateboarder or joining a punk-rock band. I watched “The Warped Tour” on MTV and thought chain wallets made you cool.