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Strip Scribbles: Frank Cullotta to lead Mob tours in L.V.; Matt Goss’s new music; Andrea’s anniversary

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Oscar Goodman’s “Being Oscar” bash and book signing at The Mob Museum in Downtown Las Vegas on Saturday, May 25, 2013.

Being Oscar at Downtown Mob Museum

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Being Oscar Book Signing at The Mob Museum

Oscar Goodman's Launch slideshow »

Remember the 1995 film “Casino” with Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone and Joe Pesci? It was a fact-based dramatization of an era when organized crime controlled many of the Strip casinos.

The Frank Vincent character was based on enforcer Tony Spilotro’s street lieutenant Frank Cullotta, who also served as a technical consultant for the film and appeared in several scenes as a hitman.

Now Frank starting today hosts a two-hour bus ride tour of the incidents depicted in the movie. He will reveal the details behind the events seen on the screen.

He has surprise guests lined up who were not just associated with the film but were engaged in the incidents. He promises visits to secret Mob hangouts, murder scenes and robbery sites.

Frank, who ran with the Chicago “Hole in the Wall Gang,” was up to his eyes in Mob activity during the 1970s and early ’80’s. He entered the Witness Protection Program in 1982 and has now been on the right side of the law for 30 years.

His tours start at 6 p.m. from Royal Resort on Convention Center Drive. Full information and ticket details are at (866) 218-4935 and VegasMobTour.com.

Matt Goss at Lion Dance Parade at Caesars Palace

Matt Goss symbolically paints the eyes on the lion to begin the Chinese New Year celebrations at Caesars Palace on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012. Launch slideshow »

CONGRATULATIONS! Caesars Palace resident singer Matt Goss releases his “modern/old school swing” EP today. The tracks include the “perfect proposal” in time for Valentine’s Day, the romantic “I Do,” plus, “Mustang,” “There’s Nothing Like This” and his signature theme “Lovely Las Vegas.” The album with eight additional songs will be released this spring.

Matt and producer Ron Fair spent two years meticulously recording with a 16-piece brass section and 31 strings, prompting Billboard Magazine to applaud its “mix of big-band swing and contemporary-sounding soul that pays respectful homage to The Rat Pack era.”

Said Matt: “I want my music to sound big. I’m inspired by Queen and Sinatra, Elvis and Bowie because there was never anything understated about their music. I want to create as much energy, glamour and drama as I can.”

Andrea's Grand Opening at Encore

Stacy Keibler, Maria Menounos and Kate Upton attend the grand opening of Andrea's at the Encore on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. Launch slideshow »

MORE CONGRATS! Hotel tycoon Steve Wynn and his wife Andrea will celebrate the first anniversary Wednesday of her restaurant Andrea’s at Encore that was transformed from the restaurant Switch.

It will be a night of revelry and new taste treats from chef Joseph Elevado. Due to a medical matter in Los Angeles, I have to miss the fun and excitement, but we’ll have a report here on Thursday.

AND MORE! Brett Eldredge, Justin Moore and Kip Moore were named nominees today for this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards New Artist of the Year presented by Kohl’s.

The winner will be named on the broadcast of the 49th Annual ACMs co-hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan at our MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 6 and airing on CBS. Fan voting begins Monday, March 24, and closes at 5 p.m. PT just as the telecast begins. Go to VoteACM.com.

GROWING STARDOM: Little Elijah Johnson first caught our attention as one of the two young Simbas performing in Disney’s “The Lion King” at Mandalay Bay. When the Las Vegas-based youngster performed a Michael Jackson benefit tribute at George Maloof’s Pearl at the Palms, audiences fell in love with him, and critics predicted stardom.

Elijah has continued his journey and is now wrapping his 2 1/2 year touring stint as lead singer with Kidz Bop. He performed in concert across the country in 67 shows last year, including NBC’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, along with dates in the Bahamas and Canada. Now I hear that we should learn about a record contract being signed that will launch Elijah as the lead singer in a new boyband.

TONIGHT’S TIPS

The steam-punk version of “Alice in Wonderland” will be presented by sexy-dressed singers BBR (2 Blondes and a Brunette) and their nine-piece band at Tuscany.

It’s just $20 for four people — one must be an adult — for family skating night at Crystal Palace Roller Rink.

‘Britney: Piece of Me’ Opening Night

Opening night of Britney Spears’ “Britney: Piece of Me” on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at The Axis in Planet Hollywood.



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TOMORROW’S TEASE

As Valentine’s Day approaches, love is in the air, and never more so than at Steve Wynn’s “Le Reve — The Dream,” where the dream has turned to reality for two lead performers who have found true love, and show it nightly. Plus, the extraordinary story of the dancer in Britney Spears’ new resident show “Britney: Piece of Me” who fell and was told he’d never dance again, and we celebrate star chef Thomas Keller’s10th anniversary at his restaurant Bouchon in the Venetian.

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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