Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 | 4:33 p.m.
It’s a teary night of TV viewing when boxing legend and Las Vegas resident Mike Tyson discusses marriage, fidelity and parenting with his own personal hero, NFL Hall of Fame star Jim Brown. The third episode of “Being: Mike Tyson” airs tonight on the new Fox Sports 1.
In his quest to become the family man he aspires to be, Mike candidly confesses his own shortcomings as a father. He recalls some of the tragedies that have shaped his outlook. In revealing his own future in boxing, he lays the foundation with a visit to mentor young fighters he’ll work with as a boxing promoter.
Mike turned up at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction over the weekend and Dish Las Vegas for our Three Square food bank at Palms Pool last Thursday.
WALKING MAN: Marvel-man Karl Bushby made it safely through Death Valley, Calif., and is now about 10 days away from walking into Las Vegas. The former British paratrooper is walking around the world. Our story last week told of his amazing trek, which began in November 1998.
He doesn’t expect it to finish for at least another five years. During the start of his walk in Chile all the way up through Fairbanks, Alaska, he went through nine pairs of shoes. After that, he started having to use special equipment such as snowshoes, so by now he’s lost count of the actual number of worn-out footwear. He’ll be staying at Caesars Palace for three days of rest before the next leg of his walk to Washington, D.C., to the Russian Embassy to get paperwork to clear his walk across Siberia.
Since Karl hails from the North of England, the cast of Cirque du Soleil’s “The Beatles: Love” at the Mirage will host him one night of his visit. He also will watch “Jubilee!” at Bally’s. “It’s my first-ever visit to Las Vegas, so I’ve never seen a traditional variety show and am really looking forward to the break.” I’ve arranged for my pal Michael Boychuck to get Karl a haircut and a beard trimming at his Color salon in Caesars, along with a pedicure for his sore feet.
STRIP GIFT: The first charity to benefit from “Rock of Ages” at the Venetian star Mark Shunock’s new monthly Monday Night Live shows with volunteer Strip performers will be one that I support year-round: Opportunity Village. Well done to all of you, and good luck with the new series of entertainment shows. Mark has set a goal for 12 charities to benefit once a month for a total of no less than $120,000.
FOOD FIGHT: When the 2013 World Food Championships kick off next month downtown at Fremont Street, there will be 450 competitors in seven categories vying for the $300,000 prize purse. The Kansas City Barbeque Society will host the first barbecue challenge Nov. 7, and there’s an Ultimate Bacon Experience along Fremont East on Nov. 9. But it’s the Food Fight on Fremont Street that has my juices running.
Prize fights in Nevada date back to the 1890s, but this is the first time that Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be overshadowed. World-class athletes will do battle in the high-stakes, high-pressure world of culinary competition. Many pro athletes turn to the food industry to open restaurants and develop product lines when their playing careers are over. Now, two world-class athletes will face off in a heavyweight food fight for the ages.
Earl Campbell, 1991 NFL Hall of Fame running back, is the first signed up. The one-time Houston Oilers running back made history with his Heisman Trophy win in 1977 and today is the president of a premium smoked meats company that last year sold more than 10 million pounds of Texas smoked sausages. Earl, who retired in the late 1980s, also produces all-purpose seasonings, rib rubs and a barbecue sauce. The downtown events will be filmed for the World Food Championship TV special.
‘MR. WARMTH’: Don Rickles, at age 87, may well be a little slow on his feet, but his rapier wit and savage comedy are sharper than ever as he demonstrated in his two weekend shows at the Orleans. Backstage, he told me that his Las Vegas career has lasted six decades. My pal Robert Davi opened for him with his Frank Sinatra sound-alike tribute show.
I’ve known Don for many years and even appeared with Jerry Lewis, Merv Griffin, Bob Newhart, Tommy Lasorda and him in his unscripted 1986 Showtime comedy TV special. We filmed it when he was starring at the Sahara. I still remember that unbelievably funny show that took twice as long as normal to shoot because we were all in hysterics from the Mouth That Roared. The Orleans show was a great evening of the American Songbook and laugh-out-loud humor laced with Don’s legendary insults.
Tom Higgenson, Dave Tirio, Tim Lopez, Mike Retondo and De’Mar Hamilton of The Plain White T’s partied with friends, including director Bryan Singer (“X-Men”) at the Act in the Palazzo. The band also joined John Stamos at Sir Elton John’s “Million Dollar Piano” at the Colosseum in Caesars.
Academy Award-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. enjoyed cocktails on the patio at Hyde Bellagio until 2:30 a.m.
Reality TV star and skateboarder Ryan Sheckler celebrated a birthday with six friends at Hakkasan at MGM Grand until 3 a.m.
Mirage headliner Terry Fator and his wife Taylor Makakoa stopped their show to present $60,000 to the Snowball Express and Fort Worth Air Power Foundation charities. A longtime supporter of the military, Terry donates a percentage of all retail sales from his show to military charities. Snowball Express supports children of fallen military heroes who have died during service since 9/11.
Members of One Republic, Parachute and Better Than Ezra partied at Chateau Nightclub in the Paris after their Bite of Las Vegas appearances for Mix 94.1. Eddie Fisher of One Republic, Nate McFarland and Kit French of Parachute, and Kevin Griffin, Tom Drummond, Michael Jerome and Jim Payne of Better Than Ezra partied in a rooftop VIP booth and mingled with fans until the early hours.
Madison Hildebrand of Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing,” Christopher Choo of HGTV’s “Selling L.A.” and Betty Graham, president of Coldwell Banker Previews International, were with Randy Char of One Queensridge Place to unveil a new-model unit before dinner at star chef Sam Marvin’s new Echo & Rig Butcher and Steakhouse at Tivoli Village.
Rockers Phil Lesh and Bob Weir perform as Furthur for two nights at Pearl at the Palms.
Sin City Sinners lead singer Todd Kerns is at Lounge at the Palms.
Former Walt Disney and ABC chief Michael Eisner lectures at UNLV on the subject of Hollywood.
Stratosphere headliner Frankie Moreno is a one-night-only guest for the encore performance at “Million Dollar Quartet” in Harrah’s.
David Perrico’s Pop Evolution with singer Naomi Mauro is at the Stratosphere.
Comedienne Rita Rudner is at the Venetian.
Bob Zany, Danny Villalpando and Zan Aufderheidi headline at the Improv at Harrah’s through Sunday.
DJ Umek is at Lavo in the Palazzo.
DJ Crooked is at Hyde Bellagio.
Flamingo headliners Donny & Marie Osmond talk about their Strip future, plus a preview of “War Horse” opening at the Smith Center.
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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Transport yourself to the opulent and excessive Roman Empire at Caesars Palace. But the ever-changing Caesars Palace is far from ancient. The hotel and casino is constantly raising the bar for what visitors can expect in a Vegas resort experience.
Caesars Palace features 3,348 rooms and suites in five towers, including the new luxury boutique Nobu Hotel and Restaurant, which opened Feb. 4, 2013, in the totally remodeled Centurian Tower. Caesars features 129,000 square feet of gaming space, including the Strip’s largest poker room and a 250-seat sports book. Other amenities include about two dozen restaurants, a four-level shopping mall, four pools, a spa, Pure and Poetry nightclubs and Pussycat Dolls.
Dining options include restaurants from world-renown chefs Guy Savoy, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay and, on Feb. 4, 2013, Nobu Matsuhisa.
You never know what characters you’ll run into at Caesars with regular performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Bette Midler, Elton John and maybe even the emperor himself.
Just as distinctive as it's famous neighbors Caesar's Palace and The Venetian, Harrah's Las Vegas has been entertaining guests since 1973. The 87,700-square foot casino is filled with 1,520 slot machines and 107 gaming tables. Outside the casino, guests are able to experience fun in a street-fair atmosphere at the Carnival Court, an outdoor lounge with live entertainment (including the bartenders), food stands and outdoor shops.
At Harrah's comedy is King, and that has never been more apparent then the comedy acts of Rita Rudner, the Mac King Comedy Magic Show and the Improv Comedy Club. After the show, guests are more than welcome to laugh at their friends at The Piano Bar, famous for its dueling pianos and karaoke. Most recently, Harrah's added tribute show "Legends in Concert" to its list of entertainment.
Restaurants like Ming's offers Asian cuisine, while Ruth's Chris Steak House offers guests fine steaks and fresh seafood. Toby Keith's I Love This Bar is a country-themed bar with a restaurant, live music and the occasional appearance from Keith himself.