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April 18, 2014

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Strip Scribbles: ‘Zarkana,’ Australian Bee Gees, Holly Madison, Garth Brooks

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Cirque du Soleil

Zarkana” by Cirque du Soleil.

'Zarkana' by Cirque du Soleil

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Holly Madison Launches Lucky Pet Products

Holly Madison launches Lucky Pet Products by Holly Madison with her dog Louis at the SuperZoo 2012 Convention at Mandalay Bay on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012.

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'Batman Live' Rehearsals

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The last of the giant truck convoy along with cast and crew for the new Cirque du Soleil show “Zarkana” opening Nov. 1 at Aria in CityCenter arrives on the Strip on Thursday. It marks the end of the massive load-out at New York’s Radio City Music Hall and the long cross-country trek for more than 65 trucks.

Be sure to check back for our report and photo gallery.

500 SHOWS: Congratulations to the Australian Bee Gees cast and crew celebrating their 500th show at the Excalibur this week. They just want to be our everything!

GARTH STILL BUSY: Despite Garth Brooks’ decision to end his monthly weekend shows at the Wynn on Nov. 17, the country superstar is still keeping busy. On Oct. 21, he’ll be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and don’t be surprised if he returns to the Wynn to film his solo show for broadcast next summer.

HOLLY WINDS DOWN: Holly Madison now has her last 10 “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood performances before taking off on maternity leave and being replaced by Ice-T’s buxom wife Coco Austin.

Holly, now 18 weeks into her pregnancy, emailed me to say that as she celebrates the final nights, all is going well and that she’s posting her favorite “Peepshow” pix on Instagram. She added that the cast and she are having lots of unscripted fun in the nightly show as her exit gets closer.

COUNTER INTELLIGENCE

Hot off the grill! TV chef Adam Richman’s World Food Championships here next month will unveil its stars, competitors and contest at the Paris pool as a charity benefit for our beloved Keep Memory Alive.

A new cooking contest known as the Golden Spoon is set for December on the Strip with details to be forthcoming.

The food truck midnight brawl was between David Middleton of Marche Bacchus and Brian Howard of Comme Ca at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

They faced the task of preparing a gourmet meal from the secret ingredients of duck legs, powdered doughnuts, chia seeds and pumpkin puree. My food critic pal Al Mancini was one of the judges. It was a squeaker, with the winner by the narrowest of votes: Brian Howard from Comma Ca!

LFL EXPANSION: The Las Vegas-headquartered Lingerie Football League has announced its first expansion team in Atlanta for next year’s season, with first home games set for April 13 and May 18. The LFL is inviting fans to come up with a team name to match the sass of our Las Vegas Sin and two-time defending champions L.A. Temptation.

TONIGHT’S TIPS

“Batman Live” debuts at the Thomas & Mack.

The Las Vegas Cine Fest unspools for four days at the Palms.

Comedy queen Rita Rudner stars in her one-woman show at the Venetian.

Sea Wolf is at Vinyl at the Hard Rock Hotel.

One Pin Short, Good Greens, Through the Roots and Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds play Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip.

Chef Sammy De Marco’s First Food and Bar in the Palazzo hosts its Fourth Annual Shuck & Swallow oyster eating contest for Las Vegas chefs to raise money for our food bank Three Square.

TOMORROW’S TEASE

More sexy girls take topless to new heights on the Strip with a show inspired by the unbelievably erotic “50 Shades of Grey”; we talk with the producer behind “Shades of Temptation.” We also preview the Food & Wine All-Star Weekend, Taste of Tao at Tao Beach in the Venetian and reveal details of a chef’s hotel and restaurant.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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