Tuesday, July 2, 2013 | 5:36 p.m.
Call it the “Beverly Hills, 90210” reunion. This week marks the 20th anniversary of television’s West Beverly High class, so what better than to have a reunion at Chippendales at The Rio with Ian Ziering, who is guest starring as the adult male revue’s guest host until mid-month.
Actresses Jennie Garth and Shannen Doherty flew out to support former co-star Ian, and the trio started with a light dinner at star chef Steve Martorano’s Cafe Martorano, followed by the nearby show.
Ian surprised Jennie and Shannen by bringing them onstage to the delight of a shrieking audience; they had a blast during the sexy participation numbers. What they did and how they did it must remain a scandalous secret.
Rumors are rampant that Ian, who just extended his guest appearances for 15 more days, will return again early next year. “I’ll be 50 then, so it would be a real incentive to stay fighting fit if it comes to be,” he said. Check out Ian’s guest column here on Wednesday.
Meantime, Steve appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and posed for a photograph with fellow guest superstar Johnny Depp.
OSCAR’S ROAST: We have the first look at the poster for the Oscar Goodman “Showbiz Roast” at the Stratosphere, and Murray Sawchuck is roast master.
Guests include Mac King, Carla Pellegrino, Clint Holmes, Rick Dale, The Amazing Johnathan, Lola the Showgirl, Penny Wiggins, Heidi Harris, Chet Buchanan, plus, Zowie Bowie’s Chris Phillips, who was roasted at the last one that debuted the series. The Lon Bronson Band also will be onstage.
There are a few more names, but they can’t be confirmed for another week or so due to potential commitment clashes. It is uncertain whether Mayor Carolyn Goodman will attend in person or via video.
RESTAURANT OPENING: Star chef Rick Moonen’s transformation of his upper area of RM Seafood at Mandalay Place into the new Rx Boiler Room is being completed for a hoped-for Friday opening. Meantime, our Brock Radke of Las Vegas Weekly had an advance tasting:
Rick Moonen has said his new Rx Boiler Room project — replacing RM Seafood’s upstairs dining room inside Mandalay Place — is all about applying precise, somewhat scientific technique to classic cocktails and comfort food. That description may have been used before by other restaurants or bars, but Moonen and his team — including executive chef Johnny Church and lead barman Nathan Greene — are really doing it, pushing the boundaries of how familiar, favorite dishes and drinks are made and consumed.
Rx Boiler Room is expected to open to the public after July 4, but mad scientist Moonen invited the Weekly for an exclusive tasting of three plates paired with cocktails. Get ready to have your idea of bar food completely recalibrated.
STRIPSIDE MUSIC: For three nights a week 4 hours at a time, Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina in Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood will rock out with music by acoustic power trio The Busker Kings on Tuesdays through Thursdays. Comprised of Shawn Eiferman on guitar and vocals, Ryan Whyte Maloney on guitar and vocals and Beau Doyle on percussion and vocals, The Busker Kings will perform on the patio with original songs, as well as rock, country, pop, reggae and blues covers.
Patrons can enjoy the entertainment with margaritas created with Cabo Wabo Tequila, cocktails with Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum and Baja Mex dishes.
TAKING A BREAK: Poker princess and actress Jennifer Tilly took a break from the ladies poker tournament play at the World Series of Poker in The Rio for a dinner at Social House in Crystals at CityCenter. Jennifer enjoyed a raspberry mojito with her tuna sashimi and duck bao.
The Masters of Beer Pong world championships continue at the Hard Rock Hotel.
Trumpet titan Dave Perrico leads his Pop Evolution band in concert at the Stratosphere.
Pure in Caesars Palace introduces the nightlife Dream Team 3 party.
And DJs Five and Atom E are at the Lost Angels party at Hyde Bellagio.
Celine Dion spills some secrets to a long, happy marriage, plus, our guest columns from two of the lead stars of the musical “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” at The Venetian and Ian. Since it’s the Fourth of July weekend, our weekly Weekend Celebrity Preview also will be posted to cover the five-day, holiday-weekend fireworks.
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Carnival lasts all year at the Rio. With a float occasionally passing overhead and dropping beads while feathered dancers fire up the gamblers below, the Rio tries to keep its 120,000-square foot casino jumping with excitement. Special Brazilian mixed-drinks are also served throughout the casino. The hotel suites tend to be larger than similar priced rooms on the Strip and many offer excellent views with floor to ceiling windows.
The Rio offers some quality shows like "Penn & Teller" and "Chippendales." Many come to the Rio for the nightlife at the VooDoo Lounge, located on the 51st floor, or McFadden's Irish Pub on the casino level.
Others come for a bit relaxation at the Rio Spa or pool area and still others come to shop at the hotel's 60,000 square feet of shops. In each of these endeavors, the Rio attempts to make the experience a bit more fun and spontaneous.
The Rio also offers guests a variety of dining choices from all-American food at the All-American Bar & Grille to Gaylord India Restaurant for something a little spicier and even Carnival World Buffet for the indecisive.