Tuesday, March 18, 2014 | 6 p.m.
Brian Evans and William Shatner
One-time Las Vegas resident and Strip lounge crooner Brian Evans has decided to run for Hawaii’s U.S. Senate seat. Brian is known for the Fenway Park YouTube video with pal William Shatner that went viral:
In his debut pitch Monday for supporters, he said that he’s seeking the position as a tribute to his mother who died after knee surgery (HelenBousquet.com). Brian, who commuted regularly to Las Vegas from Hawaii, where he has lived for a decade, isn’t hiding his past:
“I didn’t attend Yale. I’ve been broke. I’ve been bankrupt. I had troubles as a kid. I had the same problems you or someone you knew have had. But just because I didn’t attend Yale or Harvard doesn’t mean I’m not qualified to be your voice in the U.S. Senate. I don’t want donations. I don’t want your money. I won’t accept campaign contributions.
“All I want is your vote, and if I don’t deliver, then you can elect me out of office just as fast as you elected me in. I will be your voice. I am not going to dodge a single question you have for me, and I will answer each and every email you send me to ask me your question on the issue that means the most to you.
“I’m running because I, just like you, am sick of not knowing anything at all about what this government is doing. If we don’t stand up and make ourselves heard, then we are part of the problem.”
Brian promises if elected to donate 80 percent of his salary to charity.
ONLY IN VEGAS: It had to happen sooner or later, and it could only happen here on the Strip. Move like Miley or shimmer like Shakira! Twerking has become the rage, and now our sexy burlesque class Night School 4 Girls at Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip has added the sexy maneuvers to its risque repertoire.
The 70-minute burlesque and pole-dancing class has upped the ante by adding twerking. The Las Vegas showgirls, some from “Fantasy” at Luxor and “Jubilee!” at Bally’s who are the instructors, will teach women a variety of twerking techniques in addition to more traditional burlesque and pole-dancing moves complete with feather boas.
VIVA MAX! The second benefit dinner for hospitalized Las Vegas food critic Max Jacobson was another successful fundraiser for his tremendous medical costs. His niece, Emma Swarzman, was joined by MGM Grand President Scott Sibella and celebrity chefs Rick Moonen from Mandalay Bay and Barry Dakake from the Palms.
The benefit dinner hosted by owners Michael Frey and Craig Gilbert at their Tacos & Tequila in the Luxor donated 100 percent of proceeds to Chefs to the Max to help his recovery. The three-course sit-down dinner with tequila pairings was prepared by executive chef Saul Ortiz and included spicy crab cakes, red snapper a la talla, lamb shank topped with mole verde and banana empanadas.
MOVING OUT: There are just 15 performances left for Taylor Hicks at the Paris through April 8 before the Season 5 “American Idol” winner departs to record a new album and end his residency for now.
Taylor was the first “Idol” winner to secure a long-term Strip residency and won his shot on the show auditions here when he was given a free airline travel voucher after Hurricane Katrina upset his original plans to go home to Birmingham, Ala., from New Orleans.
MONSTER JAM WORLD FINALS: Two days of making wishes come true are underway, first with a bowling bash at Sunset Station today and then with Monster Jam World Finals on Wednesday at Sam Boyd Stadium. The Make-a-Wish Foundation has arranged for courageous children coping with life-threatening medical conditions to meet all 32 competing Jam drivers and their trucks.
The kids receive exclusive behind-the-scenes access to trucks and drivers who have promised each one a ride in a truck. Last year a sellout record crowd of more than 37,000 fans from 15 countries and 50 states attended the racing and freestyle competitions.
CONGRATULATIONS! The award-winning Andrea’s in Steve Wynn’s Encore was named a winner of Open Table Diners’ Choice Awards for the Top 100 Hot Spot Restaurants in America. The yearlong awards generated more than 5 million restaurant reviews from March 2013 through February covering 19,000 restaurants in 50 states. Andrea’s was in the Top 100.
An extraordinary evening of violin virtuosity with Joshua Bell and the orchestra from the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields is at Reynolds Hall in the Smith Center.
Henry Phillips, Andy Ostroff and Ahmed Bharoocha headline at Improv at Harrah’s through Sunday.
A preview of Cirque du Soleil’s spectacular one-night-only “One Night for One Drop” benefit at Mandalay Bay on Friday, and comedian Marty Allen (“Hello Dere”) prepares to celebrate his 92nd birthday and is still going strong with a weekend of shows.
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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