Glenn Pinkerton/Las Vegas News Bureau
Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 | 6 p.m.
Las Vegas B-Boys
Las Vegas will be one of six global cities hosting the epic final breakdancing showdown before November’s world finals in Paris, France. On Friday, Red Bull BC One, the world’s most prestigious one-on-one B-Boy competition, will lay down the dance floor at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq Promenade with Sirius XM satellite radio personality Sway Calloway hosting 16 of America’s greatest B-Boys before only one is crowned North America champion.
Other simultaneous contests are in Brazil, Algeria, Croatia, Finland and Taiwan. Las Vegas hometown heroes Maynard and B-Boy Benstacks will have a huge turnout of fans to cheer them to a hoped-for victory. After months of training, it comes down to this one night.
Each competitor will battle in front of hundreds of cheering fans to showcase jaw-dropping freezes, incredible power moves, high-flying acrobatics and precise footwork. Each B-Boy will battle for the chance to represent North America in the world finals Nov. 29 in Paris, where they will compete against the world’s best dancers to claim the most coveted title in B-Boying.
Each B-Boy will demonstrate his best skills, rhythm and creativity to impress the panel of judges, RoxRite (Red Bull BC One All-Star and 2011 Red Bull BC One World Champion), Neguin (Red Bull BC One All Star and 2010 Red Bull BC One World Champion) and Marlon (Havikoro Crew, Texas). The Friday night events will be streamed live at RedBullBCOne.com starting at 9 p.m. PT.
Red Bull BC One was founded in 2004 in Biel, Switzerland. Over the years, the championship has moved from Germany to Brazil, South Africa, France, USA, Japan, Russia and South Korea. Today it remains one of the foremost events in hip-hop culture, helping to evolve the art of breaking.
RETURNING HOME: Ever since comedy queen Rita Rudner moved to Las Vegas in the summer of 2000, she’s been a local favorite and headliner. Now after a run at the Venetian, the comedienne is returning to Harrah’s with her unique style of comedy and epigrammatic one-liners.
“An Evening With Rita Rudner” begins Wednesday, Sept. 17, with performances Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday. Over the course of a 12-year run and 2,000-plus shows, Rita has sold 1.5 million tickets and has become the longest-running solo show in the history of Las Vegas. She performed in the Harrah’s Showroom for four years from 2006 through 2010 and will be returning to a place that she can truly call “home.”
MAGIC TV: Tropicana magician Murray Sawchuck, a regular on “Pawn Stars,” joins forces with fellow illusionist Jan Rouven from the Riviera to shoot a new TV series in Las Vegas this week.
“Sons of Houdini” will air on the Reelz cable network starting Sept. 26 featuring young magicians following in the footsteps of the famed and respected magician Houdini.
GREAT SANTA RUN: The goal for this year’s 10th anniversary Opportunity Village Great Santa Run is 15,000 red-suited volunteers in order for Las Vegas to hold on to the Guinness World Record. Execs at our beloved charity have set Dec. 6 downtown for runners, teams and showbiz stars to participate.
Registration opens Friday. Let’s make it another incredible fundraiser!
LAS VEGAS MOVIEMAKERS: By day Daniel Rock is a Las Vegas jeweler and watchmaker; by night he’s a filmmaker, and his first full-length film “Jerry” filmed here is about to be released through his production company Dreamstreet.
Daniel tells me his feature is “heartfelt, although with a foul mouth,” and will be available as a digital download as of Oct. 1. Here’s the first official clip from the film with 11-year-old Steven (Steven Mihranian) giving Jerry (Daniel Rock) heartfelt advice on getting girls. A hesitant Jerry is cajoled by young hell-raiser Steven into asking for Rachel’s number.
STARRING SHOWCASE: I’m thrilled to note that former “Phantom — the Las Vegas Spectacular” at the Venetian star Kristen Hertzenberg has landed a starring showcase at Santa Fe Station on Sept. 13.
She is one of our city’s most accomplished vocal talents, and I’m pleased that my Scottish entertainer friend Jack Walker is producing her show. Don’t miss her!
“Viva Veracruz!” premieres at PH Showroom in Planet Hollywood.
Yellowman, Ras Kronik and Najja Dread are at Backstage Bar & Billiards on Fremont Street.
Sexy Stephanie Sanchez belts out the blues at Hard Rock Cafe on Paradise and Harmon.
Dive-In Movie Night at Boulevard Pool in the Cosmopolitan features a double-header with “The Bourne Identity” and “Spy Kids.”
And Jermaine Dupri spins at XS in Steve Wynn’s Encore.
Strip producer Adam Steck explain how he’s trimming his new striptease show “Sydney After Dark” to make it more intimate and moving it from one theater to another at Planet Hollywood. Plus, our guest columnists are pull-no-punches entertainer Maren Wade and Pahrump winemaker Jack Sanders.
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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