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November 27, 2014

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Strip Scribbles: ‘Skin Wars’ on GSN; Johnny Thompson turns 80; Ana Julaton’s next fight

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Season 1 of “Skin Wars” on the Game Show Network. Gear Boxxx of Las Vegas is at center.

GSN’s ‘Skin Wars’

Season 1 of “Skin Wars” on the Game Show Network. Gear Boxxx of Las Vegas is at center. Launch slideshow »

Skin Wars

Skin Wars

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Johnny Thompson's 80th birthday at the Four Seasons in Las Vegas. Guests included Siegfried Fischbacher, David Copperfield, Penn Jillette, Lance Burton and Teller.

Two hometown personalities are featured on the Game Show Network’s newest series “Skin Wars” premiering Wednesday night. Supermodel actress Rebecca Romijn hosts the inaugural season of the eight-episode, hourlong competition programs.

Las Vegas street-graffiti artist Gear Boxxx is one of the contestants as judges including Las Vegas artist Robin Slonina and entertainer RuPaul seek the most skillful, accomplished and versatile body painters in the country on television’s first body-painting competition show.

Robin, who owns Skin City Body Painting, hosts her premiere party at downtown’s Inspire Theater on Wednesday.

Robin saw five years of twists and turns, hard work and stubborn faith with her one-woman body-painting business come to fruition with GSN’s decision to green light her production. Her business has grown from a garage storeroom to a global institution employing entertainers, models and artists.

She pitched her “Project Runway for Body Paint” to Hollywood, and GSN gave it the go-ahead with Rebecca as host because she was the first model ever body-painted for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Rebecca also was body painted for six hours a day for her role as “Mystique” in “X-Men.”

Robin says her premiere party will feature body-painted models, showgirls and a temporary tattoo stand. At stake for the winner of Robin’s series is a $100,000 cash prize, a one-year supply of paint and featured guest artist at IMATS, the premiere body-painting trade show in New York.

80TH BIRTHDAY MAGIC: Johnny Thompson is hailed as the “magic guru of Las Vegas,” and for his 80th birthday, Penn & Teller, Siegfried & Roy, David Copperfield and Lance Burton invited him to a birthday tea at the Four Seasons.

Afterward as they were leaving the celebration, they surprised him in valet with a 2014 Cadillac as a birthday gift. It was filled not only with birthday balloons, but also a bevy of scantily clad showgirls!

Boxer Ana Julaton

Las Vegas boxer Ana Julaton. Launch slideshow »

WORKOUT PUNCH: Las Vegas boxer and MMA athlete Ana Julaton is getting ready for her trip to Dubai for her flyweight title bout against Malaysian MMA pioneer Ann Osman. On Wednesday, Ana will host an open workout session at the House of Ryu gym on West Hacienda to showcase her skills ahead of the Aug. 29 fight.

Before she flies out to the Middle East, Ana will be inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame on Saturday alongside Evander Holyfield and Roberto Duran. She’s training as many as 8 hours a day six days a week here for the Octagon cage fight.

ON THE MOVE: Strip singer Cheaza Figueroa, who also starred in “Peepshow” and most recently “Jubilee!” at Bally’s, has a busy travel schedule of concert tour dates.

First she moves to Shenzhen, China, and then onward to Dubai and Hawaii before a European tour in Britain and France next April with DJ Natty Rico, who also hails from Las Vegas.

ON CRUTCHES: Actor William Shatner was an ace at the helm of the Starship Enterprise but not so lucky behind the reins of his horse.

“I’m proof that a young horse and an old rider don’t always mix,” he joked as he used crutches to get onstage at the Official Star Trek Convention at the Rio over the weekend.

Henderson Sisters Win at 2014 Miss Nevada

Ellie Smith and Amy Smith embrace after the sisters won the 2014 Miss Nevada and Miss Nevada’s Outstanding Teen Pageants, respectively, at the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts Theater on Sunday, June 1, 2014. Launch slideshow »

DOUBLE WIN: Despite a voting controversy, Henderson’s 15-year-old Amy Smith went to the Miss America Outstanding Teen Pageant in Orlando, Fla., as our Miss Nevada’s Outstanding Teen. The hiccups didn’t harm her chances.

Although she didn’t come home with the title, her fellow contestants awarded her Miss Congeniality, and the judges gave her the Best Platform award for her program designed to empower young people through community service. Amy’s sister, Miss Nevada Elie Smith, goes to Atlantic City in September to compete in the Miss America Pageant. Ellie also won the teen title in Nevada.

FOUR-STAR AWARD: Grammy winner and Flamingo headliner Olivia Newton-John will be the first recipient of Easter Seals Nevada’s Four Star Award for outstanding commitment to community service and nonprofits throughout the world.

The award will be presented to her during a tea party at the Four Seasons on Aug. 18 that also honors Las Vegas businesswomen Terri Peck, Christie Garness and Tonia Chafetz.

600 SHOWS: “Rock of Ages” at the Venetian performed its 600th show Friday, and to mark the milestone the cast celebrated backstage with a cake designed by Showboy Bake Shop featuring images from the musical along with Bourbon Room signage.

Be sure to check out four of the show’s stars — Mark Shunock, Justin Mortelliti, Becca Kotte and Tiffany Engen — as today’s guest columnists. Ticket sales are so solid for “Rock of Ages” that starting Nov. 3, the show will run seven nights a week.

‘Sydney After Dark’

Dancers rehearse for the new production “Sydney After Dark” on Saturday, July 5, 2014, at Planet Hollywood. Launch slideshow »

MARRIAGE PROPOSAL: Two audience members at the new “Sydney After Dark” at Planet Hollywood really got into a festive mood during the show. The dancers picked on Michael Pearlman to learn some Australian lingo as an honorary Aussie for the night.

In front of the packed house, Michael proposed to his girlfriend Ciara Drawdry, who promptly accepted to grand applause from the crowd.

TONIGHT’S TIPS

The hip-hop-centric Paisley Summer Tour is at Hard Rock Live! on the Strip.

Allan Havey, Mike Wilmot and Jesus Trejo headline at the Improv in Harrah’s through Sunday.

Day 2 action of Guy Laliberte’s recent Big One for One Drop charity poker tournament airs for two hours on ESPN with the Final Nine next Tuesday.

TOMORROW’S TEASE

Jennifer Aleman, who is the company manager of the topless “Crazy Girls” at the Riviera, and singer Franky Perez are my guest columnists, plus, we’ll unveil Pure nightclub expansion plans at Caesars Palace and check on TV productions filming here this fall.

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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