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Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 | 6 p.m.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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In the spirit of Venice, The Venetian is a little piece of romantic Italy right here in Las Vegas. The Venetian is an "all-suite" hotel, with rooms accented with plush linens and Italian marble. The 4,027 suites are divided into two towers: The 36-story Venetian Tower that offers guests a taste of luxurious Las Vegas and the Venezia suites, which guarantee 12 floors of high-end elegance. The top five floors are the hotel's highest level of luxury with its private access, concierge lounge, upgraded features and even a dedicated staff.
The flagship of Venetian nightlife is TAO, an ultra-hip nightclub located inside of TAO Asian Bistro. V Bar is The Venetian's super smooth ultra lounge, made by the owners of New York City's club Lotus and Los Angeles' super swank Sunset Room.
The Venetian features 19 restaurants including Thomas Keller's award-winning French restaurant Bouchon, Mario Batali's B&B Ristorante, Aquaknox for fresh seafood and the 42,000 square foot TAO Asian Bistro. There's also the food court inside the Canal Shoppes for those looking for a quick bite.
Guests can float along The Grand Canal Shops in an authentic Italian gondola ride and pass stores like Burberry and Kenneth Cole along the way. And if you haven't caught a real celeb, on the street in Vegas, you can head over to Madame Tussauds to check out a wax version.
Catering to the young and modern crowd, Planet Hollywood is a one-stop shop for entertainment with its massive shopping mall, slew of restaurants, spacious casino and clubs.
The ambiance of the casino is retro-chic meets high-tech with black granite floors throughout and colorful LED lights throughout the space. The theme carries into the 100,000 square-foot casino with 250 flat screens topping off slot machines. The casino is also home to 87 tables, a sports book and a poker room.
There's also the Miracle Mile Shops, one Vegas' largest malls, with 140 stores including BCBG Max Azaria, bebe, Urban Outfitters and The Discovery Channel Store.
Following an afternoon of shopping, guests can satisfy their appetites at one of the gourmet restaurants in Planet Hollywood, like the non-traditional approach to steakhouses at Strip House or check out the exotic Far East motif at KOI restaurant and lounge. And if guests are still looking for more, they can spend the after hours at Privé, Triq or Krave nightclubs.
Perhaps one of the resorts biggest attractions came in March with the addition of "Peepshow." The naughty twist on the story of Little Bo Peep is modern-day spin on the run-of-the-mill Vegas topless review. The "Peepshow" stage has seen visiting celebs like Scary Spice Mel B, "Dancing with the Stars" Kelly Monaco and Playboy's Holly Madison.