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Friday, June 27, 2014 | 6 p.m.
It’s an oddball weekend even for Las Vegas.
Some weeks, it’s all about singers and musicians or kings and queens of comedy. This weekend is really a unique one because the headliners whose names are up on marquees are normally doing something else elsewhere and hardly thought of as Strip headliners.
In fact, we have only 311 at Mandalay Bay Beach as the biggest of the mainstream stars.
But when you’ve got “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” firebrand NeNe Leakes flashing a lot of leg and thigh in her new guest role as the Mistress of Sensuality in “Zumanity” and 7-foot-tall NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal making his DJ debut at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens in the Paris, you have to admit that this is non-conforming and out-of-the-ordinary — all definitions of oddball.
Check out my Q+A with “erotic, sexy and sensual” NeNe posted Thursday. Shaq is here for double-duty off-court. The retired NBA Hall of Famer and analyst on “Inside the NBA” is best known for his time with the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat.
After years of dominating the hardwood, Shaq is ready to begin tearing up dance floors. A onetime rapper, Shaq is no stranger to turntables or performing in front of raucous crowds. He also hosts the party at Azure Luxury Pool at Palazzo.
Fifty-plus years after defining the psychedelic ’60s with his colorful work, artist Peter Max has captured our town in an exclusive painting to serve as the cover art for our colleagues at Vegas Magazine out today. “Call it a fantasy landscape with Red Rock Canyon and the manmade wonders of Las Vegas with its iconic glowing neon signs set amid the natural beauty with the amazing oranges, reds and golds of the desert,” says Peter. Fans can bid on the painting and limited-edition posters at CharityBuzz.com with proceeds benefiting the Humane Society.
To punctuate the outlandishness of the weekend, very wealthy poker players will shell out a cool $1 million each to buy into Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte’s second Big One for One Drop tournament as part of the World Series of Poker at the Rio on Sunday. Guy will probably put on a red clown nose while playing to add to the one-of-a-kind fundraiser.
Now it’s time for me to show my cards and raise in the weekly Royal Robin Rundown for what promises to be an eclectic weekend with a possible $20 million record poker payday:
FRIDAY, JUNE 27
“America’s Got Talent” finalists The Texas Tenors are at Suncoast Showroom.
Eric Jordan Young is at Cabaret Jazz in the Smith Center.
Spoon is at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq for two more nights.
Nashville Unplugged features Brian Davis at Sunset Station.
Spandex Nation is at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel.
Bipolar, Leviathan and Quor are at Backstage Bar & Billiards downtown.
Bill Burr is at the Mirage for two nights.
Pablo Francisco is at South Point all weekend.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Nene Leakes performs 10 shows in Cirque du Soleil’s “Zumanity” as part of the show’s 10th anniversary in New York-New York through Tuesday.
Tickets go on sale for Mike Epps at Pearl at the Palms on Aug. 16.
Tickets go on sale for “Ghost: The Musical” at the Smith Center from Aug. 12-17.
Tickets go on sale for “Kinky Boots” at the Smith Center from Sept. 4-14.
Tickets go on sale for John Fogerty at the Pearl on Oct. 17.
Tickets go on sale for Daryl Hall & John Oates at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace on Oct. 22.
The Camping World RV Expo is at Orleans Arena all weekend.
The Gold Rush Peruvian Horse Classic is at South Point Arena all weekend.
Golden Boy Promotions presents boxing at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel all weekend.
The Islands of the Pacific Cultural Fest is at Cannery for two days.
WSOP continues at he Rio through July 7.
One Step Closer Foundation partners with VooDoo Zip Line at the Rio to host “Share a Chair for Cerebral Palsy” with proceeds to give the gift of mobility to children in need.
Shaq spins at Chateau.
SATURDAY, JUNE 28
311 is at Mandalay Bay Beach.
Three Dog Night is at Orleans Showroom for two nights.
Chubby Checker is at Sam’s Town Live!
Las Vegas pianist and singer Bill Fayne is at Viva Las Vegas Event Center.
“AGT” winner Michael Grimm starts a four-week series at M Resort.
Kraftwerk’s 3-D multimedia concert is at Chelsea in the Cosmopolitan (3-D glasses provided).
Scott Keo is at Suncoast Showroom for two nights.
Bobby Vinton is at Eastside Cannery.
The Jets are at Cannery.
Cultura Profetica is at Hard Rock Live! on the Strip.
Natalie Cole is at Primm Valley Resort.
Fabolous is at Tao in the Venetian.
SUNDAY, JUNE 29
Reggae Bowl with Irie Love is at Brooklyn Bowl.
Bill Acosta’s “I Hear Voices” with Bob Anderson, Rich Little and Gordie Brown is at Golden Nugget.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Bryan Chan celebrates his birthday hosted by Lisa Hammond and Garrett's Gay Guide and featuring DJ Morningstar at Revo Sundays in The Beatles Revolution Lounge at the Mirage. Proceeds of the evening benefit the newly established Nathan Estimada Memorial Fund.
Rita Rudner is at the Smith Center.
Guy Laliberte’s Big One for One Drop begins, with play expected through Tuesday.
Cirque’s “Michael Jackson One” begins Sunday matinees for the remainder of the year.
Taboo of The Black Eyed Peas is at Rehab, then Body English at the Hard Rock Hotel.
Sidney Wilson’s birthday with Vicious Angels is at the Bank in Bellagio.
Shaq hosts and raps at Azure.
Have a great weekend on and off the Strip. We’ll have party reports and photos starting Sunday and on Monday first day’s play of the Big One for One Drop.
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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