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October 20, 2014

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Strip Scribbles: ‘Gigolos’ returns for Season 5 in Las Vegas; USA Sevens Rugby; horse handicapping series

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Bradley Lords, Ash Armand, Brace Land, Vin Armani and Nick Hawk of Showtime’s “Gigolos” set in Las Vegas.

Gigolos Season 5 trailer

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Bradley Lords, Nick Hawk, Vin Armani, Ash Armand and Brace Land of Showtime’s "Gigolos" set in Las Vegas.

Gigolos on Conan O’Brien

The handsome hunks of Showtime’s controversial reality-TV series “Gigolos” set in Las Vegas are back with tonight’s premiere of Season 5.

Producer Marklen Kennedy told me: “It’s been a labor of love for me that took a long time to get it to this point. We had to overcome so many hurdles, so I am very proud and thankful to the network, the production and to the city of Las Vegas for making my dream come alive.

“Five seasons are behind us, and we can only hope the sentiment is equaled in our love of making the show with those who watch. It’s a fantastic new season of ‘Gigolos,’ who excel in the business of doing pleasure with you — their labor of unbridled love. All women are beautiful to them, and they make great episodes of ‘Gigolos.’ ”

The sexy studs — Nick Hawk, Vin Armani, Brace Land, Ash Armand and Bradley Lords — celebrate the Season 5 premiere with a party downtown at Insert Coin(s) to prove that they have more tricks up their sleeves — and elsewhere! The show, episodes of which air repeatedly on Showtime, is a rare and uncensored look at the personal and professional lives of the five Las Vegas guys having fun getting girls and getting paid for it.

The controversial subject matter got the “Gigolos” star on Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien’s late-night TV talk shows. The “Gigolos” try to balance their own relationships, friends and family with the demands of their female clientele.

‘HORSEPLAYERS’ TV: TV cameras will film at Treasure Island for three days starting Friday during the National Thoroughbred Racing Association’s National Handicapping Champion, as Esquire Network is shooting its new reality-TV show “Horseplayers.”

In the show’s premiere episode, viewers are introduced to Matt Bernier, a Massachusetts realtor; Christina Hellmers, a regular at Del Mar racetrack; Michael Beychok, a political consultant from Louisiana; John Conte, a previous NHC winner; Kevin “The Brooklyn Cowboy” Cox, a retired NYPD mounted police officer; and Team Rotondo, comprised of a team of friends.

“Horseplayers” follows these high rollers and captures a behind-the-scenes look at how these bettors make decisions. In its 15th year, NHC is the wrap-up of a yearlong series of NTRA-sanctioned tournaments conducted by racetracks, casino racebooks, off-track betting facilities and horse racing and handicapping websites, each of which sends its top qualifiers to the national finals here.

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The USA Eagles rugby team outside Planet Hollywood on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Las Vegas.

USA SEVENS RUGBY WEEK: Tonight’s USA Sevens Rugby Parade of Nations with players from Argentina, Australia, Fiji, France, Spain, Scotland, USA and more on Fremont Street Experience kicks off Rugby Week here. The 16 seven-aside teams compete at Sam Boyd Stadium from Friday through Sunday.

There was a pep rally at Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood for our USA Eagles and to introduce Eagles captain Nick Edwards and tournament director Dan Lyle. NBC Sports is airing USA Sevens, which is expected to attract more than 70,000 fans and serves as a preview to the 2016 Olympics when it returns. And Kenya hosts a welcome reception tonight at Body English in the Hard Rock Hotel.

ART REUNION: Former acclaimed Las Vegas artist Jennifer Main is unveiling a collection of her distinctive artwork at Art Encounter in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace starting Feb. 7 in a reunion with her mentors there who helped her career when she was just 17.

Two of Jennifer’s pieces are in the permanent collection at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, with one, a large painted heart sculpture, prominently displayed at the entrance. It raised $40,000 for our St. Jude Children’s Hospital and was gifted by a generous donor.

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QUICK NOTES

The first mini-camp for the new Las Vegas Sin girls of the gridiron is Saturday and Sunday mornings at Sunset Park conducted by new head coach Tui Suiaunoa, who led the three-peat world champion Los Angeles Temptation before moving here.

For the sixth consecutive year, our Las Vegas Motor Speedway is searching for a local singer to perform the national anthem to start the Boyd Gaming 300 NASCAR weekend race March 8. The audition is Feb. 8 at the Orleans, with the Top 24 competing to find one finalist Feb. 22.

Actress and singer Florence Henderson is saluted as Woman of the Year on Saturday night at Nevada Ballet Theater’s 30th Anniversary Black & White Ball in conjunction with her 80th birthday. Expect to see “The Brady Bunch” stars at the Aria gala, alongside Marie Osmond and Mitzi Gaynor.

Tickets go on sale Friday for the new spring season of Smith center shows including Diana Krall, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, “One Night of Queen,” Lily Tomlin, John Legend, Joshua Bell With the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and Rio headliner magician Teller’s interpretation of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” (My story was posted last week.) Teller’s American Repertory Theater’s production has attracted such a strong demand for tickets that it has already been extended to now run April 6 through 20.

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The Welsh Sevens rugby team at Cirque du Soleil’s "Zumanity" on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in New York-New York.

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Graham Knuttel, Miriam Adelson and Sheldon Adelson.

STAR SURVEILLANCE

Twenty members of the Welsh rugby team watched Cirque du Soleil’s “Zumanity” at New York-New York. The Welsh players are competing in USA Sevens.

Venetian and Palazzo kingpin Sheldon Adelson cut the red ribbon to open Knuttel Gallery, the first high-end art gallery located at his resorts. Artist Graham Knuttel unveiled his latest masterpiece for guests including Rick Moonen, Alex Stratta, Miss Asian Las Vegas, Prince Lorenzo de Medici (“Secret Princes”), Murray Sawchuck and wife Chloe, Jarrett and Raja, John Payne and Paul Shortino.

Many of Graham’s paintings and sculptures are themed depicting edgy chefs, nightlife, mobsters, wildlife with flair and a broad range of culinary subjects. His artwork has been acquired by Frank Sinatra, Sylvester Stallone, Whoopi Goldberg, Colin Firth, Michael Stipe and Viscount Linley, the nephew of Queen Elizabeth II.

TONIGHT’S TIPS

Bonkerz Comedy Club has joined forces with House of Blues for a new monthly series of shows that kicks off tonight in the Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay with Kathleen Dunbar, Warren Durso and MC Lou Magelowiz.

A portion of proceeds collected during House of Blues’ 5 to 8 p.m. Happy Anniversary Hour at Foundation Room benefits HELP of Southern Nevada.

Above & Beyond debuts at Hakkasan in MGM Grand.

DJ Pizzo is at Tryst in Wynn.

DJ Five is at Tao in the Venetian.

TOMORROW’S TEASE

Joy Behar, David Spade and Jay Mohr battle for laughs, but the real explosions take place at MTV’s Nitro Circus of extreme stunts at MGM Grand. The death-defying action led by motocross star Travis Pastrana is a mix of daring, recklessness, action and “Jackass” pranks from producer Johnny Knoxville.

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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