Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 | 3:32 p.m.
A few quick notes this Thursday in the Entertainment Capital of the World.
Superstar singer and actor Justin Timberlake’s five-year deal with the Shriners Hospitals for Children celebrity golf tournament is not being renewed, and this week of appearances is his last as it switches over to solely a PGA Tour event next year. And thus why there’s no star-studded concert with his “Friends” this year.
Our Las Vegas Motor Speedway is opening up Jan. 28-29 for NASCAR drivers and teams to test for next year’s Sprint Cup season. NASCAR, after a four-year gap, is permitting four tests over the 1.5-mile super-speedway. Las Vegas gets the nod because of favorable weather in January. NASCAR stars will be here in December for their annual awards.
Magician and regular visitor David Blaine will spend 72 hours this weekend in a death-defying stunt serving as a conduit for more than 1 million volts of electricity. My pal Stan Allen of Magic Magazine tells me David will be wrapped inside seven high-power Tesla coils while on a three-story structure in Manhattan’s Hudson River Park.
Bar and nightclub consultant Jon Taffer from Spike TV’s “Bar Rescue” will be at Treasure Island on Nov. 8 to give a five-hour workshop to managers, operators, bartenders and hospitality industry professionals who want to learn how to make more profits and of resources available to them.
DEBUT DISC: The first Rocky City Club artist to have a debut CD released is producer Ron Dante’s discovery, Brooke Toia. Ron is on the board of the Las Vegas-headquartered talent search operation. Brooke, 21, hails from Brisbane, Australia, and moved here in search of stardom. The singer-songwriter wrote all 10 tracks on her new album “How to Love.”
Ten years ago, her father Mark gave up his advertising photography career to direct TV commercials and works for advertising agencies and production companies worldwide. Rock City is the brainchild of Las Vegas entrepreneur and promoter Jack Wishna and is the world’s first social music network. Ron is one of music’s experts ISO aspiring musicians as stars of tomorrow online at RockCityClub.com.
DIFFERENT ROLES: Our colleagues at Vegas Magazine have the stars of the new CBS drama “Vegas,” now in its second week, on the current cover. Actress Carrie-Anne Moss dishes on the similarities and differences between herself and the gritty characters she chooses to emulate:
“I tend to be someone who appreciates the natural world, and nature and truth and beauty and integrity, and I feel passionately about the other side of corruption and greed and exploitation. My character in the show feels that way, too.” She also laughs about her children’s eventual reaction to seeing her in more gritty roles: “I think that when my children do see ‘The Matrix,’ they won’t believe it -- that that’s the woman who tells them not to play with guns in the backyard, who says not to be violent and rough. I may have to just say, ‘Sorry, guys, I’m a hypocrite!’ ”
Actor and singer David Hasselhoff dined with friends at Origin India Restaurant and Bar and enjoyed chicken chili fry and chicken makhni.
Mesmerized by the bartenders, actress Katherine Heigl returned for a second consecutive night to Japonais at the Mirage.
The downtown Golden Nugget has set its National Finals Rodeo concert schedule: Merle Haggard on Dec. 7 and 8; Charlie Daniels Band on Dec. 8 and 9; the Oak Ridge Boys on Dec. 11 and 12; and Randy Travis on Dec. 13 and 14.
Furthur featuring Phil Lesh and Bob Weir are in concert at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel.
Grouplove plays the finale of the weekly poolside Boulevard Pool parties at Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Holly Madison hosts the Planet Hollywood restaurant memorabilia presentation in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace of actor Daniel Craig’s 007 tuxedo from the new James Bond film “Skyfall.” Today is James Bond Day.
And “Batman Live” at UNLV’s the Thomas & Mack Center continues through Sunday.
Las Vegas celebrates Columbus Day with a holiday weekend packed with stars and shows as Garth Brooks begins his final run of shows at the Wynn ending his three-year deal. The L.A. Clippers bounce into town to play the Denver Nuggets in an NBA preseason game at Mandalay Bay, and we’ll be right under the basket to count those three-pointers!
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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