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Strip Scribbles: The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel turns 5; Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend

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The Killers open the new Joint.

Kenny Chesney Rocks the Joint

Kenny Chesney performs at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Saturday. Launch slideshow »

It’s a day of congratulations in the Entertainment Capital of the World.

* Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman proclaimed today as “The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel Day” to mark the fifth anniversary of the entertainment venue. The showroom opened April 17, 2009, with five sold-out shows over two opening weekends (two of the artists were The Killers and Paul McCartney).

Since then, it has sold more than 1 million tickets to 380 events with everybody from Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney and Imagine Dragons to Motley Crue and Guns N Roses, who return for their second residency May 21 through June 7 for “An Evening of Destruction — No Trickery.”

* New York magician Tommy Wind, who began his career at age 7, celebrates his 300th show at his TW Theater beside MGM Grand on Friday. He will announce the launch of the 3 to 10 a.m. Club Equilibrium after he had to evict the operators of the After Club that used the space earlier this year.

MGM officials have set May 1 for the groundbreaking ceremony of its new arena planned for behind New York-New York and Monte Carlo.

ROYAL LORDE: Before her two nights of sold-out concerts at the Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool, New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde met MLB and Kansas City Royals legend George Brett, whose 1976 photograph in National Geographic inspired her hit song “Royals.”

The teenage singer known for her wild hair and painted lips wore a simple black-and-white outfit for her performance of “400 Lux,” “Royals,” “Team” and more.

Being Oscar Book Signing at The Mob Museum

Oscar Goodman's Launch slideshow »

MOB MONEY: It took two suitcases to haul $1.5 million in cash to Mayor Carolyn at City Hall on Wednesday. It’s the first of four annual payments the Mob Museum (full name the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement) will make to the City of Las Vegas.

It wasn’t a payoff from da-boys, however; it was the first of the federal historic tax credits resulting from the rehabilitation and repurposing of the old U.S. Post Office downtown and its neighboring former Federal Courthouse into a museum, which now carries no debt.

ROCKABILLY PINUPS: The four-day, 17th annual Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly party begins today at the Orleans, and it’s a mix of burlesque beauties and striptease shows, wild cars from the 1960s, jive classes, tattoo lounges, weddings and music from bygone eras. Entertainers have traveled from as far afield as Britain, Italy and Mexico for the partying.

The Pin Up Angels led by Brenda Lee, who since 2007 have sent care packages to troops overseas and Wounded Warriors returning home, will sell their pinup calendar and pose for sexy photographs to raise funds for the packages.

2012 Playmate of the Year Claire Sinclair, who stars in “Pin Up” at Stratosphere, will sign her four new comic books at the Secrets in Lace Booth. The Wondrous comics show her as a poverty-stricken college student who gains superpowers while volunteering for a medical study. She winds up fighting a new sinister super villain who turns out to be her former boyfriend!

Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert at Pearl

Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert during Launch slideshow »

COUNTER INTELLIGENCE

Hot off the grill! Controversial TV chef Anthony Bourdain will broadcast his Las Vegas tour on his CNN show “Parts Unknown” this Sunday. He was filmed at Bootlegger Bistro, Huntridge Tavern, Lotus of Siam with Jet Tila and at Raku with Rio headliner magician Penn Jillette.

There also is a stop at the downtown Plaza to meet former mayor Oscar Goodman at his Beef Booze & Broads steakhouse. The fiery chef checks out Marquee and Jose Andres’ e,’ both at the Cosmopolitan, and Guy Savoy serves his artichoke soup with black truffle in a private Caesars Palace villa dripping with opulence.

Chef Charlie Palmer has launched an outdoor Thursday night cocktail and cigars party in his Swan Court patio of his restaurant Aureole at Mandalay Bay. I attended the first and fun-filled evening of cigar pairings from Nat Sherman along with a lively jazz band.

For the third consecutive year, the Cosmopolitan hosted events at California’s Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival with food personalities well known here: Hubert Keller, Guy Fieri, Andrew Zimmern and Roy Yamaguchi.

Celebrity Wife Swap

TV NOTES: Here’s the YouTube video trailer of next Tuesday’s “Celebrity Wife Swap” and the antics I cope with when Eric Roberts’ wife Eliza comes to town.

This weekend on Showtime, you can see the promos for my at-home tour with boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. in advance of his upcoming MGM fight. Our program airs next Saturday, and we’ll post my interview with him next week ahead of the special.

STAR SURVEILLANCE

ESPN sportscaster Dick Vitale attend Elton John’s “Million Dollar Piano” at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace.

Justin Spencer of Recycled Percussion celebrated his birthday driving thrilling high-speed laps with the Richard Petty Driving Experience at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Don Larsen, the only player to pitch a perfect game in a World Series back in October 1956, signed a baseball in chef Barry Dakake’s at N9NE Steakhouse in the Palms after dinner.

Iron Maiden and Megadeth at Mandalay Bay

Dave Murray and Adrian Smith of Iron Maiden at Mandalay Bay Events Center on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. Launch slideshow »

TONIGHT’S TIPS

Megadeath and Motorhead are at Pearl at the Palms.

The “three sisters and a mister” who make up Haim are at Boulevard Pool.

Steve Aoki and DJ Fergie are at Hakkasan at MGM Grand.

Magician Jeff McBride’s Wonderground in the Olive in Henderson has three stage shows with no less than 11 magicians, plus dancers, artwork and a psychic sideshow.

Laura Hayen and Matt Baca headline at Bonkerz Comedy Club at Rampart.

Chance the Rapper and Waka Flocka Flame are at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq.

The four-day Pure Aloha Festival kicks off at the Rio with more than 100 food booths, carnival rides and retailers.

TOMORROW’S TEASE

We’ll have the Easter Weekend rundown of attractions, parties and shows with Foster the People, Phil Lesh, the debut of Jim Belushi’s Chicago comedy standups and the season opening of Tao Beach with Jason Derulo.

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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