Friday, Feb. 26, 2010 | 2:57 p.m.
Big congratulations to Palazzo star chef Charlie Trotter, who married his longtime love public relations executive Rochelle Smith today at the luxurious One & Only resort in the Maldives. They were kind enough to send me this iPhone photo from the middle of the Indian Ocean. Amazing that the iPhone works there but not at CityCenter!
*After last night’s grand opening premiere of Frank Marino’s Divas Las Vegas at Imperial Palace, hometown entertainer Frank Marino received his second star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars. He is the first person to have two stars on the famed boulevard, one at the Riviera where he performed for two decades, and the other will go outside his new Imperial Palace home at center Strip. We’ll have a full photo report of Frank’s premiere next week.
*Mayor Oscar Goodman has donated a package to the Nevada Public Broadcasting auction. One person can win lunch at Chicago Joe’s with the mayor and then take a private tour of The Las Vegas Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement (aka the Mob Museum), plus receive a copy of the documentary Mob Law and Of Rats and Men signed by our merry mayor himself.
*Yesterday, we exclusively confirmed that Dick Arthur’s XTreme Magic was coming to a close at the Tropicana as we first rumored. Now we can confirm another one of our rumors: Men of X will close at Hooters Casino on March 21. Both shows are likely to reappear elsewhere.
*Steve Wynn’s new Encore Beach Club and Surrender Nightclub will debut Memorial Day weekend and is accepting applications tomorrow for 400 jobs at the day and night entertainment complex. The 60,000-square-foot venue is looking for cocktail servers, bartenders, hosts, promoters, lifeguards, pool attendants and security. Model candidates will be interviewed in swimwear and have to present a zed card/headshot upon check-in. All other applicants need a fitted T-shirt or tank top. Nice not to have a job interview in a three-piece suit!
Pro boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. celebrated his 33rd birthday with dinner in a party of six at N9NE Steakhouse in the Palms. … Carrot Top celebrated his birthday dinner with friends at Iron Chef Kerry Simon’s Palms Place restaurant. … UFC President Dana White partied with friends at the blackjack tables upstairs at The Playboy Club in the Palms. … Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco had breakfast at Hash House A Go Go during his headline visit at The Playboy Comedy Lounge in the Palms. … Actor Tobin Bell of Saw fame was a real cut-up (groans are OK!) at Bodies: the Exhibit in the Luxor. A couple spotted him in the gift shop and asked if he was the killer from the Saw films. That produced a slew of fans wanting photos and autographs, and he told them he’s filming Saw VII to be released on Oct. 22.
Now we’re going to cut through all the trivia and shock you with other highlights of the weekend in a thrilling package we affectionately refer to around here as the ROYAL ROBIN RUNDOWN:
FRIDAY, FEB. 26
*Country king Garth Brooks resumes his performances at Encore Theater in the Wynn for three nights with four shows. Tickets for new concerts through August go on sale tomorrow.
*Even though the Winter Olympics has pre-empted his late-night comedy show, Jay Leno is not sitting idly by. He has two nights of standup at Terry Fator Theater in The Mirage.
*The Oak Ridge Boys play Silverton Casino Lodge, and Diamond Rio are at the South Point for three nights to entertain NASCAR fans.
*Chart-topping guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd is another NASCAR attraction for two nights at The Orleans.
*Rockers STS9 unravel the numbers with a show at the House of Blues in Mandalay Bay, while Foghat plays its “Slow Ride” for two nights of free concerts in Race Fan 2010 shows at Fremont Street Experience. Metal Elvis debuts a run of shows mashing up Elvis songs with metal classics at the Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip.
*It’s three days of ice hockey for our Las Vegas Wranglers at The 0rleans Arena against the Stockton Thunder.
*Illusionist Dirk Arthur has the students of Andre Agassi’s College Preparatory Academy meet his 3-month-old white Bengal Tiger Saber this afternoon as part of the Lunar New Year celebrations for the Year of the Tiger. … Thomas Goldsmith, grandson of one of the few survivors of the Titanic, shares stories at the Titanic exhibit in the Luxor today.
Super Bowl XLIV champions Lance Moore and Pierre Thomas of the New Orleans Saints host at Lavo in the Palazzo. … The CW and Virgin America celebrate the premiere of Fly Girls, the reality TV series debuting March 24 that takes a 360-degree look at the airline’s jet-setting teammates. The star-studded premiere party is at Emeril Lagasse’s Stadium in the Palazzo. The Fly Girls, Roxy Olin from The City, Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley of The Real Housewives of Orange County and Gilles Marini are expected to attend. … R&B singer-songwriter Kelis debuts her new single “Acapella” and reprises her hits “Milkshake” and “Bossy” when she hosts at Eva Longoria Parker’s Eve the Nightclub in Crystals. … Iyaz performs his hit “Replay” at the party he’ll host at The Bank in the Bellagio. … Larry Platt puts his “Pants on the Ground” at Jet in The Mirage.
SATURDAY, FEB. 27
*Songbird supreme Mariah Carey uses her five-octave voice to call on the angels to be her advocate in concert at The Colosseum in Caesars Palace. Her remix album Angels Advocate is released March 30.
*The Commodores bring back their Motown sound at Eastside Cannery, and the chart hits of Franki Valli and the Four Seasons come to life in a new musical revue Oh What a Night at the Suncoast.
*Chris Cagle entertains NASCAR fans at Sam’s Town after the race, Josh Turner keeps the entertainment going at Silverton Casino Lodge, and Travis Tritt headlines at Star of the Desert Arena in Primm.
*George Thorogood and the Destroyers with guest Surf Asylum rip the roof off at House of Blues, and Timeless Memories of Asia 65 plays the Hard Rock Hotel.
*Danica Patrick should prove she’s a giant behind the wheel for the 300-mile, 200-lap Sam’s Town race. She practices and qualifies today pre-race. … NASCAR champion Tony Stewart will be honored as part of The Venetian/Palazzo’s Legends of the Sport series at Lagasse’s Stadium. He’ll play a career highlights reel, followed by a Q&A with fellow racecar driver Ryan Newman.
*Tickets went on sale today for The Eagles at MGM Grand on April 24 and Keith Urban’s April 23 concert at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel.
*The Keep Memory Alive gala featuring Barry Manilow is at the Bellagio. The fundraiser features celebrity chefs Thomas Keller and Wolfgang Puck, with celebrity guests including Holly Madison, Siegfried & Roy, Danny DeVito, Brad Garrett, Steve Schirripa and David Brenner.
Kim Kardashian celebrates the launch of her self-named fragrance with an appearance at Sephora, followed by dinner and a party at Tao. … Tabloid temptress Lindsay Lohan’s appearance at Pure has been canceled. … Ciara hosts and performs at Haze in Aria. … Reality TV star Jenni Farley, better known as JWoww from Jersey Shore, celebrates her birthday with a bash at Moon in the Palms. … And Marshall Banes is the guest DJ at LAX in the Luxor .
SUNDAY, FEB. 28
*Forty-three drivers risk their necks and dice with death approaching 200 mph for the 400.5 miles of the NASCAR Sprint Cup at LVMS. More than 130,000 fans are expected, and helicopters will provide air travel for Terry Fator, Human Nature and other VIPs for the starting line ceremonies. I’ll introduce all 43 of the star drivers.
*The 33rd Annual World Magic Seminar starts its four-day run at The Orleans, and highlights include a tribute honoring Siegfried & Roy, plus the Lance Burton teen contest, with local magicians Jeff McBride and Eugene Berger joining the fun. Twelve international magicians will perform illusions at the event.
*Cirque performers from the Strip resident shows present an extravagant evening, known as Circus Couture, of fashion displays, art exhibits and performances at Rain the Palms. Proceeds benefit our local Children’s Cancer Clinic, and St. Baldrick’s has promised to match the amount raised. Specialty acts also will entertain at a Ghostbar after-party. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is the world’s largest volunteer-driven fundraising event for childhood cancer research and blood diseases. The head-shaving event is March 6 at McMullan’s by The Orleans. On March 14, there will be an additional head shaving on the ice at the Wranglers game, and one Las Vegas committee member plans to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to shave his head atop the peak.
Wayne Newton has canceled serving as a celebrity judge for the Miss March Playboy Club Model Search at the Palms. … Black Rebel Motorcycle Club with guests The Whigs take the stage at Carey Hart’s Wasted Space in the Hard Rock Hotel. … The Perfect 10 beauty contest takes place at The Bank Nightclub in the Bellagio, with the hottest group of 10 women winning a trip to Miami for the 2010 Music Conference.
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