Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 | 6 p.m.
The topless dancers, cast and crew of the Riviera’s “Crazy Girls” are stunned and upset that their charity plans for Thursday’s 26th anniversary have suddenly crashed.
Producer Norbert Aleman and his gorgeous girls, who have the longest-running adult-cabaret revue on the Strip, had planned to donate proceeds from the special performance to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, but officials there have turned down the offer.
“We are baffled by the rejection,” Norbert told me, “particularly after Mayor Carolyn Goodman has agreed to proclaim it Crazy Girls Day.
“The entire cast is devastated. We have all known people affected by breast cancer, and we wanted our donations to help their work to find a cure. It’s crazy they say that they do not accept donations from topless shows, and we have so many on the Strip to help their wonderful work.”
He added: “It’s ironic they single out topless shows because there’s absolutely nothing illegal in what we do and turning over the proceeds of one night to the charity. We are going ahead, and we hope another charity group reading Vegas DeLuxe will ask us to donate similarly to them.”
CELINE SURPRISE: The American Gaming Association will induct Caesars Palace headliner Celine Dion into its Gaming Hall of Fame in November with a party at Pure in Caesars. Organizers asked me to record a video for guests and Celine with a media explanation of how she has impacted and changed the Strip’s entertainment scene with headliners who followed in her footsteps.
We wrapped it under the bright lights this past weekend, and there’s a surprise coming from Celine on Nov. 14 when her “boss” Gary Loveman will be inducted alongside her.
TASTY BITES: Motley Crue rocker Vince Neil has officially signed his Circus Circus contracts for his new tequila and South-of-the-Border restaurant and tour bus bar to open there in early November.
Mirage executives confirm that they have “taken back” the shuttered B.B. King’s jazz bar and soul-food restaurant there and will convert it into a bright bistro offering three daily meals. The Mirage also is wrapping up contracts with a new star chef to run their Onde Italian restaurant there with a new design and makeover.
Star chef Luciano Pellegrino confirms that Valentino’s final date at the Venetian will be Sunday, Nov. 3, and he’ll serve the last truffle dinner of the season to mark its exit. Will it be the location at the hotel for celebrity chef Daniel Boulud’s return to Las Vegas?
The new Season 11 of “Top Chef” with chefs Tom Colicchio and Emeril Lagasse filmed in New Orleans with Las Vegas chef Shirley Chung (formerly at the Cosmopolitan’s China Poblano by Jose Andres) starts on Bravo this Wednesday (Tom and Emeril both have restaurants here). I’ve learned that Shirley does us proud.
Controversial chef commentator and Emmy Award winner Anthony Bourdain will film part of the third season of his CNN shows in Las Vegas, Africa and Brazil for airing next year.
THREEPEAT HAT TRICK: Congratulations to astonishing bodybuilder Phil Heath, who for the third consecutive year won Mr. Olympia on Saturday night at Orleans Arena. Kai Greene repeated as runner-up. Hometown hero and four-time winner Jay Cutler competed after a one-year absence and placed sixth. Thirteen bodybuilders have won the title in the 49-year history of the event.
MOST DANGEROUS: I just love the quote about my friend The Amazing Kreskin in gaming authority John Romero’s book “Las Vegas: The Untold Story.” Psychic and mentalist Kreskin, who regularly performs on the Strip, is described as “the most dangerous person in the world with a deck of cards. The casinos would rather deal with Willie Sutton.” (Willie was the legendary bank robber in the early part of this century).
ICED POKER: Before the L.A. Kings vs. Colorado Avalanche exhibition game at MGM Grand Garden Arena, NHL legend Luc Robitaille hosted his charity poker tournament and raised more than $80,000. Luc is now the president of the Kings’ business operations.
OVERSEAS READERS: I just discovered that in addition to our regular daily readers in Britain and as far away as Japan and Australia, they also hail from Belgium. Former Las Vegas resident Chris Giordano, who is Franco Dragone’s right-hand man, is one of our fans and because of his connection to David Copperfield, he read our story last week about Joanie Spina. With the European time zone ahead of ours, he became the first to call her to tell her that she had to read our story.
Sonya White and Tom Rhodes headline at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club through Sunday.
DJ Vice spins the wheels of steel at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan.
Our candid interview with Luxor headliner and “Believe” magician Criss Angel as he previews his new 11 one-hour specials for Spike TV complete with behind-the-scenes photos. Plus, a Britney Spears show update and a peek into the construction of her new Planet Hollywood theater.
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.
With its glass, star-lit exterior, visitors can't miss the Riviera when driving down the Strip. As the first high-rise to open on the Las Vegas Strip, featuring a nine-story hotel, the Riviera has seen more than 50 years as an entertainment destination in Las Vegas. Top bill acts like Liberace, Dean Martin and the long-running Splash revue (closed in 2006) have graced its showrooms over time.
The Riviera still offers its share of entertainment options with topless revue "Crazy Girls," a comedy club and "Illusions," starring Jan Rouven.
The 100,000-square foot casino has been featured in many films like "Casino," "Austin Powers" and "21." Although the hotel has passed through a long list of owners over the years it has always held on to it's unique theme (for Las Vegas) in that it lacks any particular theme. It also features a William Hill Race & Sports Book walk-up betting window right off the sidewalk on the Strip.
The Riviera has dining options well covered, from seafood and steaks at R Steak and Seafood, a variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner fare at Banana Leaf Café to an international cuisine at the R Buffet.