Miss Universe Organization
Monday, July 7, 2014 | 6 p.m.
For the first time since winning the 2014 Miss USA Pageant in Baton Rouge, La., in June, hometown beauty Nia Sanchez is returning to Las Vegas for a pageant models reunion with former Miss Nevada USA contestants.
The women will be here from July 17-20 along with pageant director Shanna Moakler for Nia’s welcome-home celebration. Nia, the first Miss Nevada USA to win the Miss USA crown, resides in Henderson.
Meantime, 2014 Miss Nevada Teen USA Alexa Taylor is set to compete for the title and crown of Miss Teen USA at the Atlantis Paradise Island resort on the Bahamas on Aug. 2.
MAGIC PROPOSALS: Harrah’s comedy magician headliner Mac King is coping with increasingly numerous requests to help out fans with their marriage proposals. He did two at his show on back-to-back days this weekend.
Mac told me: “The couple arrives at the show and are seated on the aisle near the stairs on to the stage. She doesn’t suspect anything; as far as she’s concerned, they’re just attending a show that her boyfriend wants to see. After they’re seated, he excuses himself to go to the bathroom, and he’s brought to my dressing room, where he gives me the ring and we go over the plan. He goes back to his seat, and the show starts.
“Five minutes into the show, I invite the woman up on stage to help with a card trick. At the end of the trick I say we're going to try one last extra-impossible variation. I give her the ring box to hold between her hands and tell her that her card will appear inside the little box while she is holding it between her hands. The card disappears, and she opens the box. She sees the engagement ring and looks confused.
“That look turns to joy when she glances up from the box to see that her boyfriend has stepped onstage and dropped down on one knee beside her and is proposing to her in front of hundreds of people. It only takes a few seconds for it to dawn on the audience what they’re seeing, and they start clapping, whistling and cheering. It is really a wonderful moment.”
Thomas De La Cruz
MAGIC MAN: He’s known as Smoothini, the Ghetto Houdini, and he’s wowing Howard Stern and Howie Mandel, two of the judges on “America’s Got Talent.”
Thomas De La Cruz describes himself as America’s best close-up bar magician living and working here in Las Vegas, and here’s a YouTube video as he now prepares for the hit NBC series’ quarterfinals.
SIN-FALL: The Las Vegas Sin of the Legends Football League (formerly Lingerie Football League) hosted their final season home game at the Thomas & Mack Arena against their Western Conference rival Chicago Bliss.
After a back-and-forth game, the Sin lost to the Bliss 27-18 but hope to improve their 2014 season stats July 26 taking on the Seattle Mist in an away game.
I’m hearing rumors that acclaimed chef Ferran Adria from El Bulli in Catalonia, Spain, will be here in September for a private gourmet dinner. His revolutionary cooking has made it one of the most famous restaurants in the world, declining 400 requests for tables daily.
Sylvester Stallone’s brother Frank Stallone will be recording tracks for a debut album this summer with producer Ron Dante in preparation for a pop-hits and classic Frank Sinatra-Bobby Darin show on the Strip.
Pop princess Olivia Newton-John has agreed to extend her “Summer Nights” residency at the Flamingo, as originally forecast here. Tickets go on sale Friday for new concerts from October through January next year.
Spike TV has officially ordered a second series of 10 episodes of “Thrift Hunters” with Las Vegas gurus Jason T. Smith and Bryan Goodman, also as reported here several weeks ago. The new season is now filming here and will air Sunday nights this fall following “Auction Hunters.”
The Australian topless revue “Sydney After Dark” opens for previews at Planet Hollywood.
Guitar Gods is at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.
Flamingo headliner Donny Osmond holds down the fort with our first guest column as I fly off to Europe for my annual summer vacation. Plus, David Siegel discusses plans for his recently acquired Westgate Las Vegas (formerly LVH).
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Catering to the young and modern crowd, Planet Hollywood is a one-stop shop for entertainment with its massive shopping mall, slew of restaurants, spacious casino and clubs.
The ambiance of the casino is retro-chic meets high-tech with black granite floors throughout and colorful LED lights throughout the space. The theme carries into the 100,000 square-foot casino with 250 flat screens topping off slot machines. The casino is also home to 87 tables, a sports book and a poker room.
There's also the Miracle Mile Shops, one Vegas' largest malls, with 140 stores including BCBG Max Azaria, bebe, Urban Outfitters and The Discovery Channel Store.
Following an afternoon of shopping, guests can satisfy their appetites at one of the gourmet restaurants in Planet Hollywood, like the non-traditional approach to steakhouses at Strip House or check out the exotic Far East motif at KOI restaurant and lounge. And if guests are still looking for more, they can spend the after hours at Privé, Triq or Krave nightclubs.
Perhaps one of the resorts biggest attractions came in March with the addition of "Peepshow." The naughty twist on the story of Little Bo Peep is modern-day spin on the run-of-the-mill Vegas topless review. The "Peepshow" stage has seen visiting celebs like Scary Spice Mel B, "Dancing with the Stars" Kelly Monaco and Playboy's Holly Madison.
Just as distinctive as it's famous neighbors Caesar's Palace and The Venetian, Harrah's Las Vegas has been entertaining guests since 1973. The 87,700-square foot casino is filled with 1,520 slot machines and 107 gaming tables. Outside the casino, guests are able to experience fun in a street-fair atmosphere at the Carnival Court, an outdoor lounge with live entertainment (including the bartenders), food stands and outdoor shops.
At Harrah's comedy is King, and that has never been more apparent then the comedy acts of Rita Rudner, the Mac King Comedy Magic Show and the Improv Comedy Club. After the show, guests are more than welcome to laugh at their friends at The Piano Bar, famous for its dueling pianos and karaoke. Most recently, Harrah's added tribute show "Legends in Concert" to its list of entertainment.
Restaurants like Ming's offers Asian cuisine, while Ruth's Chris Steak House offers guests fine steaks and fresh seafood. Toby Keith's I Love This Bar is a country-themed bar with a restaurant, live music and the occasional appearance from Keith himself.