Carlos Santana "Wings of Legend" Unveiling
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 | 4:03 p.m.
Mayweather and Guerrero arrive at MGM Grand
A sculptured portrait in “bas relief” of guitar guru Carlos Santana will be unveiled next Tuesday for the ceiling of House of Blues in Mandalay Bay, where he resumes his greatest-hits residency tonight. The new art piece is being added to “The Blues Gods” inside Crossroads, where other music legends adorn the ceiling. The art will be on a display platform and then installed later.
In a back-to-back ceremony, Santana will then award honors to two high school winners of the Drawing Us Together contest. Art from DUT for young emerging artists presented by the International House of Blues Foundation will be on display.
AGASSI TOUR: Actress Elisabeth Shue (“CSI”) and her husband, producer-director Davis Guggenheim, were given a tour of Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy by the tennis superstar and Las Vegas resident on Tuesday; our thanks to Denise Truscello of WireImage for her photo gallery. Andre and Elisabeth participated in a Q+A with students.
Later, Elisabeth received tennis tips from Andre at Red Rock Country Club. Elisabeth, who received an Academy Award nomination for 1995’s “Leaving Las Vegas” opposite Oscar winner Nicolas Cage, and Davis were married in 1994, have three children and take an active interest in education projects.
FIGHT WEEKEND: All eyes will be on the boxing bout this weekend between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Roberto Guerrero at MGM Grand Garden Arena. The fighters arrived Tuesday, and contributing videographer Richard Corey was on hand for the undercard fireworks. “For the first time in history, Floyd arrived on time — even early,” noted Richard. “The highlight, though, was the trash talking between middleweight title fighters Gabriel Rosado and J’Leon Love from Las Vegas.”
Boxer Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton, who lives and trains here and is the first Filipino American to win the women’s WBO Super Bantamweight title, is a loyal Vegas DeLuxe reader and Twitter follower. She will be at Thursday’s press conference with Floyd and promoter Bob Arum, Friday’s weigh-in and then ringside Saturday. She’ll be tweeting and guest reporting for us.
In other MGM Resorts notes:
MAGIC CHANGE: Magician David Copperfield has had his contract with MGM Grand renewed for three more years, and, while he’s away in September, his Hollywood Theater there will be remodeled. It’s likely to be renamed The David Copperfield Theater, and the renovation will allow him to add magic acts.
EDC, PART 2: MGM President Scott Sibella confirms talks have started about a second Electric Daisy Carnival in summer 2014 using the superstar DJ lineup at Hakkasan Las Vegas and Wet Republic.
BEACHER UPDATE: Scott also hopes that MGM can break ground this month on the new “Beacher’s Madhouse showroom at the former site of “Crazy Horse Paris.” “Designs are finished, and we’re waiting on permits. It will take three months to build, and we hope to open it for Labor Day Weekend. Yet to be finalized is whether it will be one or two shows nightly,” he told me.
FILM FESTIVAL: Now in its fourth year, the Vegas Indie Film Fest kicks off its nine-day run at theaters in town tonight starting at The Orleans. VIFF’s feature film lineup is solely Nevada films making their world premieres. Opening night features the sci-fi thriller “Territory 8” made by Indie Film Factory of Las Vegas and shot using all local crews and actors. It’s the fifth feature from Emmy-nominated filmmaker Kelly Schwarze.
Also: “Little Monsters” from horror film icon and UNLV film professor David Schmoeller and “Matt’s Choice” from Penn Jillette’s just-fired “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” teammate Gary Busey, who will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award. Independent pioneer Ted V. Mikels, 83, premieres his latest “Corpse Grinders 3.”
VIFF Director Derek Stonebarger said: “We are dedicated to true independent film and the discovery and distribution of filmmakers who do not have mainstream theaters. Being the first to show great films is important, but we also care about the films, the filmmakers, the screenings, the theaters, the after-parties and the audience. The independent film scene here has exploded the last few years, and so has our festival with lots of talent, variety, fun and excitement.” More details: Viff.net.
BEAUTY SECRETS: Hair guru to the stars Michael Boychuck, who has salons at Caesars Palace and in Summerlin, is being launched online with his secrets. The web-based Makeup and Facial Academies headquartered here will next launch Michael Boychuck Hair Academy.
ADOPTIONS: All 52 dogs that took part in The Animal Foundation’s “Best in Show” on Sunday at The Orleans Arena were adopted, and all have now been moved to their new forever homes.
The busty beauties of “Centerfolds of Magic” premiere their illusions show at the Plaza.
Coincidentally, believe it or not, it’s National Pole Dancing Day, so support everybody from strippers to exercise enthusiasts!
The 51-year marriage of Mayor Carolyn Goodman and ex-Mayor Oscar Goodman. He reveals secrets of the love match that started with the two of them hating each other. We have Part 1 of our three-part exclusive interview leading up to the release of his debut book “Being Oscar.” Plus, a preview of all the Cinco de Mayo parties and the season opening of Ditch at the Palms.
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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