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Strip Scribbles: Australian Bee Gees, ‘Absinthe’ milestones; Merle Haggard tribute; CinemaCon stars

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The Gazillionaire, James Franco and Penny Pibbets at “Absinthe” on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, at Caesars Palace.

The Gazillionaire & Penny Pibbets

The Gazillionaire and Penny Pibbets from Launch slideshow »

This is a day of congratulations.

The Gazillionaire and his sidekick Penny Pibbets along with burlesque singer Melody Sweets and balloon tap dancer Angel Porrino celebrated their 1,500th “Absinthe” performance at Caesars Palace on Wednesday night.

That’s a lot of swear words from Penny’s sock puppets!

In profanity-free news, country music icon Merle Haggard will be honored with the Crystal Milestone Award at the April 6 CBS telecast of the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards from MGM Grand Garden Arena to commemorate his prolific 50-year career.

A tribute album, “Working Man’s Poet,” with Merle’s songs performed by Jason Aldean, Toby Keith, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Thompson Square, Joe Nichols, Randy Houser and Parmalee drops April 1.

Merle, 76 and with 39 #1 hits, is still making music and is regarded as one of country music’s greatest living recording artists. He certainly is the only country artist to have served time in San Quentin and perform at the White House.

The Australian Bee Gees and Veronic DiCaire

The Australian Bee Gees and Veronic DiCaire at Excalibur in Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

NEW LOOK, NEW SOUND: The Australian Bee Gees celebrate their 1,000th show tonight at Excalibur. New costumes, video projections and two songs will be added to the new look and disco sound of the headliner show as of tonight. The stars are Michael Clift as Barry Gibb, David Scott as Robin Gibb and Wayne Hosking as Maurice Gibb.

The Australian Bee Gees have performed in more than 40 countries and been seen by more than 1 million people. In the decade since The Australian Bee Gees launched, the cast members have driven, flown and sailed nearly 1 million miles.

2013 CinemaCon Awards

Actress Elizabeth Banks accepts the Award of Excellence in Acting during the 2013 CinemaCon Awards at The Colosseum in Caesars Palace on Thursday, April 18, 2013. Launch slideshow »

MORE STARS: To kick off next week’s CinemaCon meetings for the National Association of Theater Owners at Caesars Palace, Paramount Pictures is hosting a star-studded first night on Monday. Action hero Mark Wahlberg, co-stars Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor and director Michael Bay from “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” plus, Dwayne Johnson from “Hercules” and Will Arnett from “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” will screen their films in the Colosseum for the opening dinner party.

More than 5,000 motion picture theater industry professionals from around the world will be attending. Check daily next week at Vegas DeLuxe for our coverage of the silver-screen superstars working and partying here.

TATTOO TITANS: Our two local tattoo artists were declared safe on this week’s fourth episode of “Ink Master” on Spike with its $100,000 prize. Walter “Sausage” Frank from Club Tattoo and King Ruck from Black Spade Tattoo are moving on per host Dave Navarro and guest judge New York Yankees legend C.C. Sabathia.

The two challenges for the episode titled “Nude & Tattooed” took a total of nine hours of work on naked human canvases, plus, an aquatic design. Next week, the remaining contestants have three hours to tattoo X-Men X-treme mutant superpowers onto their human canvases.

FINAL TRYOUT: If you’re a tough temptress with a love of football, there’s still time for you to be considered for a slot this season on the Las Vegas Sin roster. The final tryouts for the 2014 Legends Football League team are April 5 at Charlie Frias Park on Tropicana at Decatur starting at 9 a.m. The gridiron girls making up the Sin will be announced afterward, along with spring and summer home-game dates.

Slotzilla at Fremont Street Experience

Slotzilla at Fremont Street Experience on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, in downtown Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

SLOTZILLA CALLS: A two-day job fair starts Friday at the new downtown SlotZilla zip-line ride to fill more than 140 full- and part-time positions. Ability to work at heights and in the elements are two of the obvious criteria.

MARCH MADNESS: The 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament sends fans into Hoops Heaven across town, and our Las Vegas Sun Sports colleagues Ray Brewer, Case Keefer and Taylor Bern are holding court in the Grand Ballroom viewing zone at South Point.

No games are played here, but we can claim more fans watching — and betting on — the action than anywhere else in America. From 64, we cut to 32 and then the Sweet 16 by Sunday. By next weekend, we are down to the Elite Eight and then the Final Four from the East, West, South and Midwest.

Championship game weekend is April 5. Can Rick Pitino’s defending champions from Louisville repeat in this 76th year of the games that date back to 1939?

President Obama has picked Michigan State to win over Louisville. Check out an analysis of how the Las Vegas sports books view the matchups.

TONIGHT’S TIPS

Cabaret singer and Broadway musical superstar Patti LuPone presents her world journey of “Far Away Places” at the Smith Center.

Holly Madison debuts her redheaded ’do to welcome Food Network star Candace Nelson to the opening of Sprinkles cupcakes at the Linq.

Australian DJ duo Nervo launch the industry night parties at Hakkasan in MGM Grand.

Cake starts a three-night run at Brooklyn Bowl, with Karl Benson’s Tiny Universe handling late-night music duties.

10 Years and Hellbound Glory rock Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel.

Get Scared, Alesana and Hearts & Hands play Hard Rock Live! on the Strip.

The USA Mixed Martial Arts Federation finals are at Texas Station.

And, as noted above, The Australian Bee Gees presents its 1,000th performance at Excalibur.

TOMORROW’S TEASE

Comedy is king, but there can only be one ruler. It’s a knockdown battle of leading standup comics on a weekend that George Wallace celebrates his 10th anniversary at the Flamingo, which means his best friend Jerry Seinfeld, across the Strip at the Colosseum, is certain to pop in on the festivities. Bill Maher, Daniel Tosh and David Spade also are girding for the war.

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.

Follow Robin Leach on Twitter at Twitter.com/Robin_Leach.

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Follow Sun A&E Senior Editor Don Chareunsy on Twitter at Twitter.com/VDLXEditorDon.

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