Monday, May 6, 2013 | 6 p.m.
Magician Criss Angel will perform a death-defying stunt Thursday night, and the audience gets to choose the swords that will fall on him. Fans and the curious can watch the dangerous demonstration for free on Fremont Street.
The Cirque du Soleil “Believe” headliner at the Luxor will be chained to a wooden table with six swords hung above him. One is positioned over his heart, which makes it a guaranteed fatality if the trick goes wrong. The stunt will be filmed for his 10 Spike TV 1-hour specials airing this fall.
Criss said: “Life is death without risk. My demonstrations are a testament to my philosophy. Live every moment to the fullest.” Criss continues with his nightly shows while filming the new series.
TWO REALITY TV WINS: Celebrity chef Scott Conant (Scarpetta at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas) won $50,000 and the all-star finale of The Food Network’s top-rated “Chopped” on Sunday night. Scott donated his winnings to our Keep Memory Alive at The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.
Scott coincidentally competed against Laila Ali, daughter of Muhammad Ali, who was honored by KMA a year ago at the annual “Power of Love” fundraiser. Scott, who also won the judge’s round, had to create a three-course meal out of soft-shell crabs, crunchy peanut butter, sake and sea beans for the appetizer; suckling goat, broccoli rabe, farro and cheddar-filled pretzels for the entree; and freeze-dried grapes, marrow bones, almonds and cannoli cream for dessert.
Meantime, The Rio headliner Penn Jillette and his remaining team leader Lisa Rinna won Sunday night’s “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” on NBC, while Marilu Henner as rival team leader was fired, leaving Wynn DJ Lil Jon and country singer Trace Adkins as the two-on-two matchup to compete next weekend. Penn was voted MVP again, so he donates those winnings to our charity Opportunity Village.
Penn’s entertainment partner here, illusionist Teller, made a special appearance as the entertainer hired for a Connecticut casino party being held at Jay-Z’s sports center in Brooklyn. Next Sunday, two contestants will be fired, so the live finale May 19 will pit the two finalists — and naturally O.V. is hoping that Penn wins the jackpot.
NEW MOVIE SEQUEL: Filming has begun for the sequel “Think Like A Man, Too” at Gallery Nightcluband Pussycat Dolls Burlesque Saloon at Planet Hollywood. It’s the sequel to Steve Harvey’s 2012 film “Think Like a Man” that earned $91 million at the box office and is based on his bestselling relationship book “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man.”
WICKED WHISPERS & RACY RUMORS
Is Sir Elton John in preliminary talks to team up with a Las Vegas nightlife operator for a new nightclub venture here?
What casino might get a new investment group management takeover this week?
When “American Idol” starlet Diana DeGarmo wound up onstage blindfolded during a Chippendales segment at The Rio for her bachelorette bash, she never guessed that it was fiance singer Ace Young who was gyrating over her and wearing the trademark bow tie and cuffs.
A just-opened show is going into “cold storage” while the producers look for a new investor to replace the financier who promised everything but delivered nothing.
The British Queen Victoria pub at The Riviera has shuttered to move to a busier location.
The star chefs’ champagne saber-off to launch Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit takes place in front of Hakkasan Las Vegas by the MGM Grand gold lion statue Thursday.
Brad Garrett will host O.V.’s debut Speedo and bikini 1-mile run through Downtown on June 18 to kick off official registration for the Great Santa Run fundraiser in December.
Is the food court of a down-market hotel about to get a makeover to upgrade it to up-market?
Cast members of our “Jersey Boys” at the Paris raced one another at the American Muscle Car Driving Experience. Travis Cloer, Jeff Leibow and Deven May drove powerful hot rods in a 50-mile excursion through Red Rock Canyon. After the ride, Jeff said, “It was an unbelievable experience.”
My pals at Casa Fuente in The Forum Shops of Caesars Palace have launched their website CasaFuente.com. Fill out the entry form to win a trip for two to Las Vegas and attend the next annual Cigar Aficionado Big Smoke.
The mobile Hangover Heaven clinic at HangoverHeaven.com comes right to your hotel room and poolside if you had too much to drink the night before. The medics led by Dr. Jason Burke report a 98 percent success rate after 45 minutes of treatment, including super b-complex shots. Their slogan is “Feel like hell? Hangover Heaven gets you back to normal one bus of patients at a time.” Only in Las Vegas would you find a cure for a hangover to let you get another one all over again!
Congrats to my friend Kamela Brewer, who launched her mobile sunless tanning service two years ago here. Bold Body Bronzing was picked today by Donald Trump’s Miss USA Pageant to spray tan the contestants competing in the 62nd annual contest June 16 at Planet Hollywood. We’ll have new photos of Miss Nevada Chelsea Caswell here Tuesday.
The recent 10th annual “Best in Show” fundraiser at The Orleans Arena for The Animal Foundation raised more than $225,000. We previously reported that all 52 of the four-legged contestants were adopted and placed in new forever homes.
Tickets go on sale for Garth Brooks’ concerts being recorded May 24 and May 25. He’ll perform one-man shows at the Wynn and return Fourth of July weekend to complete the DVD and cable TV project.
Lil Jon DJs at XS in Steve Wynn’s Encore.
Monique Marvez and Danny Bevins headline at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club at MGM Grand through Sunday.
And “Legends in Concert” celebrates its 30th anniversary with a performance at the Flamingo.
First photos of Cirque’s new “Michael Jackson One” opening May 23 in previews, and the mesmerizing magic ladies of “Centerfolds of Magic” at the Plaza reveal behind-the-scenes secrets. Plus, “The Hangover” actress Heather Graham on the 10th anniversary Vegas Magazine cover, and our preview of the four-day Vegas Uncork’d.
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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.
One of the most iconic resorts on The Strip, the Luxor pyramid invites curiosity while the resort’s interior rewards visitors with equal parts excitement, mystery and intrigue.
This 4,405-room resort features a wide variety of entertainment including world-famous dance crew Jabbawockeez (spring 2013), the Cirque du Soleil production CRISS ANGEL Believe, the provocative adult revue, FANTASY, the hilarious comedy of Carrot Top, Menopause The Musical and the exclusive LAX Nightclub.
The property also offers a spa and salon, wedding chapel and inviting pool complex and is connected to Mandalay Bay through The Shoppes at Mandalay Place — a collection of unique boutiques and restaurants.
With a 120,000-square-foot gaming area, delectable restaurants and top-notch nightlife and entertainment, Luxor provides an unparalleled travel destination.