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November 23, 2014

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Strip Scribbles: Celine Dion viral video; Miss USA Nia Sanchez; Guy Fieri and Giada

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Celine Dion arrives at the “Veronic Voices” premiere at Bally’s on Friday, June 28, 2013.

3/15/11: Celine Dion at The Colosseum

Celine Dion's opening night at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on March 15, 2011. Launch slideshow »

Canadian tourist and Celine Dion fan Richard Dunn wound up all by himself in our McCarran Airport overnight Friday after missing two return flights and waiting for a Saturday morning departure.

So how do you pass a lonely night when everybody has gone home and stores and bars are closed? Simple! You take your iPhone and improvise shooting a video to a hit by Celine.

Enjoy Richard’s “All By Myself,” which will make him a viral video celebrity today as the superstar resumes her residency at Caesars Palace tonight. Next Tuesday, Celine celebrates the 200th show of her current contract.

Richard used luggage tape for his IPhone attached to a pole on the back of a wheelchair for the mobile shots. He took vouchers from Delta Airlines for voluntarily bumping himself from the flights so that he could return to see Celine on the Strip, as she was away and Shania Twain was onstage during his visit.

2014 Miss USA Nia Sanchez of Nevada

2014 Miss Nevada USA Nia Sanchez, with the pageant judges, is crowned 2014 Miss USA at the 2014 Miss USA Pageant at Baton Rouge River Center on Sunday, June 8, 2014, in Baton Rouge, La. Launch slideshow »

WINNING SECRETS: Our 2014 Miss USA Nia Sanchez of Henderson, who won the crown and title Sunday, took two Las Vegas beauty secrets with her to Baton Rouge, La., for the NBC telecast.

You’d almost expect her to have had her hair caressed as a Boychuck Brunette by hair guru to the stars Michael Boychuck at his salon Color in Caesars Palace, but little known is that she also used Kamela Brewer’s Bold Body Bronzing secrets of sunless tanning at BoldBodyBronzing.com.

2013 Tropic Beauty Model Search: World Finals at MGM Grand

The 2013 Tropic Beauty Model Search world finals at MGM Grand on Saturday, March 2, 2013. Linda Zimany of Budapest, Hungary, was crowned the winner. Launch slideshow »

TROPIC BEAUTY: More than 90 stunning contestants have arrived for the fourth-annual Tropic Beauty world finals, which culminate Saturday with the finalists at Hakkasan in MGM.

We get a first glimpse at all of them tonight when they greet fans, pose for photographs and sign autographs at the D Las Vegas downtown at its Long Bar and on the 3rd Street Stage outside. We’ll have a full rundown Wednesday.

Grand Opening of 'Pin Up' at Stratosphere

The grand opening and red carpet of Launch slideshow »

CONGRATULATIONS!

Burlesque beauty Claire Sinclair, who stars in “Pin Up” at the Stratosphere, re-created the swagger of retro Viva Las Vegas to celebrate the third anniversary of STK at the Cosmopolitan.

Rave reviews for my pal and Las Vegas regular Robert Davi on his Frank Sinatra: A Road to Romance” show tour of Australia, with journalists giving him top marks coast-to-coast Down Under.

Off-track road racers Rob MacCachren and Mark Post of Las Vegas finished 5th and 11th, respectively, in the Baja 500 I reported Monday but omitted their names alongside Bryce Menzies (1st) and B.J. Baldwin (4th).

Of the 232 starters, 126 drivers completed the 447-mile course at Ensenada in Round 3 of the five-race 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship. B.J. said: “I just couldn’t catch a break. I had transmission trouble and a couple of flats. Now I’m focused on having a three-peat win of the Baja 1,000.”

Authentic street fare combined with live entertainment wrapped together in a new concept of FAME ( Food Art Music Entertainment) has opened at the Linq. The market re-creates a culinary bazaar combining street foods of Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Korea, China and Vietnam with seating for 200 guests inside and an additional 50 on the patio.

27th Annual AFAN Black & White Party

Fruitloop Drag Queens perform during the 27th Annual Aid for AIDS of Nevada Black & White Party at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas Saturday night, August 24, 2013. Launch slideshow »

UPCOMING EVENTS:

The 28th Annual AFAN Black & White Party is at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel on Aug. 23, with Rio headliner magicians Penn & Teller as the presenting sponsors.

A Special Olympics fundraiser has been set for July 19 at the Linq . “Party in the Pod” will permit guests to ride in one of the High Roller wheel pods with a Strip celebrity for 30 minutes and see a post-show hosted by The Quad headliner comedy juggler Jeff Civillico and his performing pals.

STAR SURVEILLANCE

Neighboring celebrity chef and fellow Food Network star Guy Fieri dropped in to surprise Giada De Laurentiis at her newly opened and first restaurant Giada at the Cromwell. Guy’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar is steps away at the Quad and opened last month. Now expect Giada to return the favor on her next trip here.

Gabrielle Union at Drai’s

Actress Gabrielle Union graces the 11th anniversary cover of our sister Vegas Magazine and celebrated with a party at Drai’s Beach Club and Nightclub atop the Cromwell. Thanks to Christopher Rauschnot of 24kMedia on Twitter for his video of the party posted on YouTube.

Pop princess Britney Spears, on break from her residency “Britney: Piece of Me” at Planet Hollywood, flew home to L.A. to take son Jayden James to watch the double-overtime win of the L.A. Kings vs. the New York Islanders on Saturday in their bid to win the Stanley Cup. Back-to-blonde Britney giggled with Jayden when they were shown on the Jumbotron.

TONIGHT’S TIPS

Celine Dion resumes her residency at the Colosseum in Caesars.

“The Book of Mormon,” winner of nine Tony Awards, opens at the Smith Center and continues through July 6.

Steve McGrew and Kathleen Dunbar headline at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club at MGM Grand for two nights.

Bob Zany, Jack Coen and Tony Camin are at the Improv at Harrah’s through Sunday.

Thievery Corporation, Nahko and Medicine for the People are at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq.

Nightlife czar Victor Drai launches his weekly Yacht Club party with swimwear after dark at Drai’s Beach Club and Nightclub.

TOMORROW’S TEASE

Our report from the premiere of “The Book of Mormon,” and an exclusive photo gallery of the 90 Tropic Beauty contestants arriving downtown for their Saturday pageant.

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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