Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 | 6 p.m.
A new entertainment format is starting at off-Strip strip clubs in a marketing ploy to lure customers away from hotel burlesque productions. “Dreamgirls Topless Revue” begins this week at the new House Show Club on Desert Inn west of the Strip.
The format is not usually seen in the adult gentlemen’s club industry, although years ago Club Paradise opposite the Hard Rock Hotel started a similar early evening concept before the crush hour began for the strip(per)-pole dancers.
“Dreamgirls Topless Revue” starts nightly at 10, with a midnight show added Thursdays through Saturdays. One of the dancers told me: “This is quality entertainment with professional dancers and choreographers. ‘Dreamgirls’ could easily be a full-on production for a Strip hotel.”
An official for the two-story, 30,000-square-foot adult-entertainment playground added: “We wanted to expand our business to a wider market. Couples and singles will want to visit to see a really good production, talented dancers, good music and lots of fun for everyone. And of course afterward we have all the other amenities adult nightclubs are known for.”
Presumably, if it’s a success, the burlesque shows will pop up at other adult clubs in town, but remember that these are professional dancers who won’t be doing lap dances once the curtain comes down.
POP PORTRAIT: Artist Peter Max, known for his colorful psychedelic artwork, is set to support “Iron Chef America” winner Kerry Simon’s Fight MSA fundraiser Thursday night in a unique way.
I’ll help auction his gift — a one-of-a-kind painting in your home — at the Keep Memory Alive event center in the downtown Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. The value is priceless, and I hope that we can drop the auction hammer for at least $100,000.
The U.S. Postal Service, the Statue of Liberty restoration and the Expo World Fair have commissioned Peter’s artwork, and he’s been the official artist for the Grammy Awards, the Super Bowl, the World Cup and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Star chefs Mario Batali, Julian Serrano and Todd English will be on hand to sell 10-person dinner parties in the homes of winning bidders. There are still tickets for sale at KeepMemoryAlive.org.
ENCOURAGING NEWS: Friends of still-hospitalized Las Vegas food critic Max Jacobson happily report that his recovery is progressing, albeit very slowly, and this week he managed to speak his first words.
Max, who was mowed down by a car shortly before Christmas, was in a coma for several weeks and only recently began to acknowledge friends with gentle handshakes, smiles and blinks. We wish him extra strength and a full recovery.
BOUNTY HUNTING: Who would have guessed that the bail bondsmen of America would hold an annual convention in Las Vegas? Duane Chapman, television’s “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” and his wife, Beth, were the heroes at the association’s Planet Hollywood meetings this week.
They invited their friend, actress Morgan Fairchild, to speak at the opening lectures. Morgan later dined with friends at Wolfgang Puck’s Postrio in the Venetian.
‘DOWNTOWN BEATDOWN’: The parking lot of the downtown Golden Gate will be converted into a Mixed Martial Arts zone March 23 for the World Fighting Championships and WFC 19. Several of the best amateur fighters from the Las Vegas area will face off with harsh punches, sharp kicks and ruthless grappling.
The parking lot will become a 1,500-seat arena for 15 matches for 30 of the sport’s rising stars, including driven single mother Kari Lichtenwainer, who works two jobs to train full time at Randy Couture’s Xtreme Couture gym.
TENNIS THERAPIST: For the seventh consecutive year, Las Vegas therapist Glen Alex has been tapped to serve as the massage expert for tennis players in the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., from March 2-16. Glen, a certified licensed massage therapist and the owner of Massage Advantage here, has been the therapist for more than three years to twin brothers Mike Bryan and Bob Bryan, the No.1 team in tennis history.
She explained that her tournament training staff have to ensure players operate at their highest performance level: “Treatments range anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour and involves detailed work on specific muscles requiring anatomical knowledge and an intuitive understanding of the body.”
UNSUNG HERO: The Quad headliner comedy juggler Jeff Civillico, who baffles audiences with his skills using swords, saws and other dangerous objects daily, has recruited an amazing group of Strip stars for his charity Win Win Entertainment. Since a debut fundraiser in December with a dozen headliners, his mission has exploded. Win Win matches celebrities with charities, and not just to provide entertainment at galas but also in more unlikely spots.
Each week, they are entertaining young patients at University Medical Center Children’s Hospital and have set their first 10 shows. Additionally, they have adopted four Las Vegas schools for Spread the Word week March 3-7 where celebrities read stories to encourage literacy. Executives at Cirque du Soleil, Caesars Entertainment and other Las Vegas organizations have joined Jeff’s advisory board of directors. Learn more at WinWinEntertainment.org.
HONORS: Leggy Leigh Zimmerman, now temporarily uprooted from her Summerlin home for the British stage, represented her “A Chorus Line” cast for the What’s On Stage Award for Best Ensemble in London’s West End.
Next week, she starts rehearsals there with director Trevor Nunn for a limited engagement in Noel Coward’s “Relative Values” starting March 19. Husband Domenick Allen of Foreigner joked in an email to me: “At this rate, somebody’s going to name a theater after her!”
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The Exclusive Customs calendar models host at Artisan’s Cuban Night first-anniversary party.
Traci Shane, Brian McKim and Dennis Blair headline at Bootlegger Comedy Club.
Terry Fator celebrates his fifth anniversary at the Mirage and reflects on what he’s achieved and what goals remain. Plus, the extraordinary technical wizardry of Cirque’s “O” at Bellagio celebrating its 15th anniversary.
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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