Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 | 6 p.m.
Continuing Halloween celebrations have almost put our entertainment scene into a “Day of the Dead” category. Other than a comedy battle between Daniel Tosh and Bill Maher, it’s a slow weekend for showbiz stars.
Hope for headlines and firework photos from angry rapper Chris Brown’s planned Black Magic Bayou bash with Vietnamese-African model gal pal Karrueche Tran have gone up in flames with his decision to commit himself to a Malibu, Calif., rehab for three months. And she’s staying with him in rehab!
The couple were all set to host the Halloween party at Haze in Aria, but that got scrapped when the troubled star was arrested in Washington, D.C., this week after a fistfight. Not only could he get four months in jail for the attack, but also it might reactivate his overhanging four-year sentence postponed for community service and probation because of his assaults on ex-girlfriend singer Rihanna. There are only horrors this Halloween for him — no treats.
Halloween will end Sunday in a unique way that has Holly Madison judging at the Forever Home Family Picnic and 4 K-9 Run in Sunset Park to benefit the Animal Foundation. Fresh from a 14-week residency at the Clarion hotel-casino, hometown band Forgotten Door will headline the animal shelter and pet adoption fundraiser. The new classic rockers are celebrating their first Hollywood Music in Media Award nod for the Nov. 21 awards for their song “Masquerade.”
Congratulations to our good friend Strip producer Adam Steck, who will be given the Nevada Arts Advocate Leadership Award at its 14th annual gala tonight at Santa Fe Station. He produces Strip resident shows, among them Human Nature at the Venetian, The Australian Bee Gees and Thunder From Down Under at Excalibur, Boyz II Men at the Mirage, Frank Marino’s “Divas” at the Quad, Meat Loaf’s “Rocktellz & Cocktails” at Planet Hollywood, plus, American Storm and previous Andrew Dice Clay and Mike Tyson productions.
His SPI Entertainment family and he are recognized for their important role in making Las Vegas one of the world’s premiere entertainment destinations.
There’s generous support, too, from the comedy community tonight at a Laugh Factory benefit in Tropicana for Las Vegas comedienne and impressionist Pam Matteson, who is fighting cancer. The fundraiser will bring in much-needed money to help pay mounting medical bills. Louie Anderson, Gallagher, Shayma Tash, Harry Basil and Finis Henderson will perform, with all money going to Pam. If you can’t make the special show, you can donate at her Go Fund It link.
Even though it’s still Halloween weekend, it also is First Friday, and that means a great number of downtown attractions, plus, our hometown hero Clint Holmes returns from New York City raves to perform his favorite Burt Bacharach and Beatles hits at Cabaret Jazz in Smith Center.
While Clint is at Cabaret Jazz, next door in Reynolds Hall is Nevada Ballet Theater’s performances from “Swan Lake” and “Sleeping Beauty.” At the adjoining Symphony Park is the Zoppe Italian Family Circus, so there’s something for everybody at Smith Center this weekend.
Our celebrity Halloween weekend party happenings were posted Wednesday, so don’t put those costumes away yet. We have something for everybody, and it still packs as much sweet fun as the current candy-crush addiction, but we call our saga the Royal Robin Rundown:
FRIDAY, NOV. 1
Frankie Avalon is at South Point all weekend.
John Ford Coley is at Sunset Station.
Clint Holmes with “Bacharach and The Beatles” is at Cabaret Jazz all weekend.
Gov’t Mule is at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.
Dizzy Wright is at Hard Rock Live! on The Strip.
Daniel Tosh is at the Mirage for two nights.
Jo Koy is at Treasure Island.
Jim Breuer is at the Orleans for two nights.
Colin Kane is at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Nevada Ballet Theater’s “Swan Lake Act II” and “Sleeping Beauty Act III” are at Reynolds Hall for two nights.
Lion Fight 12: Fabio Pinca vs. Malaipet Sasiprapa in Muay Thai battles is at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel.
Zoppe Italian Family Circus is at Symphony Park all weekend.
First Friday presents “Thank Full, Mind Full, Art Full” throughout the downtown Arts District.
“Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody” is at Golden Nugget all weekend.
Southern beauty Leanna Decker celebrates her upcoming Playboy layout at Crazy Horse III Gentlemen’s Club.
Chris Lake spins at Surrender in Steve Wynn’s Encore for the Hangover Halloween $10,000 Sexy Costume Contest.
SATURDAY, NOV. 2
Tenors of Rock, who are backed by “Jersey Boys” at the Paris star Deven May, are at Lounge at the Palms.
Spyro Gyra is at Santa Fe Station.
Zusa is at Sunset Station.
Earl Turner is at Suncoast for two nights.
The Oak Ridge Boys are at Star of the Desert Arena at Buffalo Bill’s in Primm.
Falling in Reverse is at Hard Rock Live! on The Strip.
The 1975 is at Vinyl.
Bill Maher is at Pearl at the Palms for two nights.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Season 3 of “Flipping Vegas” starring Scott and Amie Yancey of Las Vegas premieres on A&E. The couple will be tweeting during the premiere and answering viewer questions via Twitter @Scott_Yancey and Amie @Amie_Yancey; use the hashtag #flippingvegas.
The Weeknd — that’s his name — is at Pure in Caesars Palace.
Mark Ronson makes his Surrender debut for another Hangover Halloween $10,000 Sexy Costume Contest.
SUNDAY, NOV. 3
Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour to enjoy the extra hour of sleep. Check back for weekend reports and photo galleries, and next week get ready for the November Nine in the 2013 World Series of Poker at the Rio, Vince Neil’s new dining venue at Circus Circus and Rod Stewart’s return to the Colosseum at Caesars.
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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