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Celebrity preview: Porn stars, Ne-Yo, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Tiesto, Calvin Harris and Styx

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Porn star Jesse Jane with Chippendales dancers Sami Eskelin, John Rivera, Nathan Minor and Jon Howes in The Rio on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013.

2013 AVN Awards: Red Carpet at The Joint

The 2013 AVN Awards red carpet at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. Launch slideshow »

In a weekend in which porn princesses dominate (pun intended) the scene with their annual fan expo, awards and parties galore, it seems the joke is on … four comics who go head-to-head in different ways trying to compete.

Call it contradictory comedy! “Queen of Mean” Lisa Lampanelli, with a new slimmed-down look, could lash out and topple the XXX-rated actresses from their sky-high heels — and probably will.

But she’s up against the clean, family-styled humor of Tom Cotter, an “America’s Got Talent” finalist. He proved his appeal hosting and starring in the run of the show’s winners at Palazzo last year and is now out on the starring solo circuit.

Directly across the Strip from each other is Fluffy, aka Gabriel Iglesias, facing Tim Allen, who isn’t afraid of a few four-letter words in his “Home Improvement” toolbox to shock and surprise fans who least expect them.

It’s nice to see Las Vegas magician Rick Thomas closer to home with a return to the stage after touring the world. He’s one of the men of magic who deserve a permanent berth on the Strip with his family-friendly act, and you can’t say that about too many stars in this four-letter world. He’s even got the animals that wowed Siegfried & Roy audiences for so long, and he’s capable of continuing their mantle.

Tiesto, Calvin Harris and R3hab at Hakkasan and Wet Republic

DJ Tiesto at Hakkasan Las Vegas in MGM Grand on Friday, May 3, 2013. Launch slideshow »

World-renowned DJs Tiesto and Calvin Harris celebrate their birthdays this weekend with fans, colleagues, EDM execs and nightclub kingpins, and we shout out “Happy Birthday” greetings.

But when you have 300 of the sexiest starlets of the adult-entertainment world celebrating their annual awards in a nonstop series of parties stretched across the Strip like their barely there outfits, they will be the ones grabbing the spotlight.

Inhale that collective sigh as you marvel at deliberate wardrobe malfunctions of plunging necklines, super-short skirts, sexy stockings, leather, lace and latex and sky-high heels. Not only will they bust out (pun definitely intended) sexy moves at a string of provocative push-the-envelope festivities up and down the Strip, but at least one young lady will proudly thank her mom for bringing her into the world to accept the “Best Group Orgy of the Year” award at the 31st AVN Awards in the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel.

Please remember the all-star master-chefs dinner we are hosting Sunday night to benefit hospitalized food critic Max Jacobson at chef Rick Moonen’s Rx Boiler Room at Mandalay Bay. We are oh-so-close to selling out the last of the total 100 tickets to help defray Max’s mounting medical bills, so please support it in any way you can.

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill at the Venetian

Faith Hill and Tim McGraw announce their extended engagement at the Venetian on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. Launch slideshow »

Now it’s time to serve our own ticket to the weekly edition of the Royal Robin Rundown:

FRIDAY, JAN. 17

MUSIC

Legendary Canadian rocker Burton Cummings, who at 21 was the frontman for The Guess Who, headlines for the first time solo at the Orleans for two nights. He plays piano, guitar and keyboard and has a backup five-piece band who also are singers.

Tim McGraw & Faith Hill’s “Soul 2 Soul” is at the Venetian for two nights (only six more weekends remain before they start their tour.)

Boyz II Men are at the Mirage all weekend.

Bella Donna’s tribute to Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac is at Cannery.

Ann Hampton Calloway presents “The Streisand Songbook” at Cabaret Jazz in Smith Center for two nights.

Amon Amarth, Enslaved and Skeletonwitch are at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.

Nashville Unplugged features Keith Anderson at Club Madrid in Sunset Station.

Barry Black (“The Voice”) is at Lounge at the Palms.

COMEDY

Gabriel Iglesias is at the Mirage all weekend.

2014 AVN/AEE: Shoes

Clear high heel shoes are worn for the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo happening at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Thursday , Jan. 16, 2014. Launch slideshow »

OF SPECIAL NOTE

The 2014 AVN/Adult Entertainment Expo continues at the Hard Rock Hotel through Saturday.

Illusionist Rick Thomas is at South Point all weekend.

The WFG Continental Cup of Curling is at Orleans Arena all weekend.

“Disney on Ice: Rockin’ Ever After” is at the Thomas & Mack Center all weekend.

PARTY PATROL

AVN’s Second Annual Adult Star White Party is at Body English at the Hard Rock Hotel.

Vivid stars Brandy Aniston and Ash Hollywood are at the Bank in Bellagio.

The Official Penthouse after-party hosted by 2014 Pet of the Year Lexi Belle is at Pure in Caesars Palace.

Adult stars Kendra Lust, Richelle Ryan and Isis Love are at Sapphire.

AVN 2014 Fleshlight presents Lisa Ann, Teagan Presley and Alexis Texas at Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club.

DJ Otto Knows is at Light in Mandalay Bay.

SATURDAY, JAN. 18

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts are at Eastside Cannery.

The “Let It Rawk” ’80s and ’90s tribute is at Santa Fe Station.

Las Vegas Philharmonic’s “Battle Born — Nevada Proud!” celebrates Nevada’s 150th Anniversary at Smith Center with Alina Ming Kobialka, Donato Cabrera and Eric Whitacre.

Falling in Reverse is at HOB.

The O’ Jays are at Primm Valley.

The Swingin’ Pedestrians perform rockabilly and swing at Lounge at the Palms.

COMEDY

Tom Cotter is at Suncoast for two nights.

Lisa Lampanelli, a former AVN Awards host, is at Pearl at the Palms.

Tim Allen is at the Venetian.

2012 AVN Awards: Red Carpet at Hard Rock Hotel

The 2012 AVN Awards red carpet at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012. Launch slideshow »

2013 NYE: Ne-Yo at Pure

Ne-Yo hosts and performs at Pure on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, in Caesars Palace. Launch slideshow »

Jesse Jane and Kaylani Lei at Chippendales

Kaylani Lei and Jesse Jane with Gavin McHale and James Davis at Chippendales on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, in the Rio. Launch slideshow »

OF SPECIAL NOTE

The 2014 AVN Awards are hosted by Chanel Preston and Samantha Saint with trophy girls Evi Fox and Emily Austin and performances by Machine Gun Kelly and Rebekah Kochan at the Joint.

PARTY PATROL

Ne-Yo kicks off his 2014 residency at Surrender in Steve Wynn’s Encore.

Tiesto’s official birthday celebration is at Hakkasan in MGM Grand. Calvin Harris also is celebrating another year older.

Grammy Award-nominated DJ Zedd is at Light.

The 2014 AVN Awards Official After-Party is at Vanityin the Hard Rock Hotel.

Porn princess Jesse Jane is at Pure.

Adult stars Allie Haze, Tori Black and Jynx Maze are at Sapphire.

SUNDAY, JAN. 19

MUSIC

Styx, formed in the early 1970s, is still rocking at the Pearl.

Yellowcard and What’s Eating Gilbert are at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel.

OF SPECIAL NOTE

The “Chefs to the Max” benefit for Max Jacobson is at Rx Boiler Room.

“AGT” magician Seth Grabel is at Sunset Station.

Check back Sunday for our reports, photos and videos from the 2014 AVN Awards.

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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