Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012 | 3:01 p.m.
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The 77th birthday of Elvis Presley would’ve been celebrated today, so for seven nights, the new 35 Steaks + Martinis at the Hard Rock Hotel is going all-out Elvis. Matt Baldoni will entertain with the King of Rock ’n’ Roll’s hits, a one-of-a-kind Elvis outfit will be on display at the restaurant, and a free dessert in honor of his 1956 hit “Just Because” will be served combining his favorite sweets: brioche banana bread pudding with peanut butter mousse and grape jelly sauce.
FOOD FOR A CAUSE: Las Vegas-based hospitality group Block 16 donated the proceeds from its Holsteins and LBS Burger’s limited-edition “Billy Burger” and Pink’s Hot Dogs’ bestselling “Chili Cheese” to Shade Tree, which offers services to domestic violence victims. Executive Chef Anthony Meidenbauer presented a $4,220 check. The “Billy Burger” -- a turkey burger topped with stuffing, cranberry-orange relish, herb mayo and fries -- was named for owner Billy Richardson, who has just opened Public House with Anthony at the Venetian.
A LITTLE VEGAS MAGIC: Magicians Lance Burton, Siegfried Fischbacher and Norm Neilson joined 95-year-old circus impresario Tihany for the opening of Vegas Magic Theater at Gold Coast. Tihany learned his escapology while a Hungarian refugee hiding underwater from World War II German firing squads. “Pawn Stars” regular Murray Sawchuck headlined the new venue with singer Jasmine Trias, MC magician Ben Stone and Michael Douglas, who produced a live cat from a folded newspaper! Boyd Gaming Chairman Bill Boyd and wife Judy also were in attendance.
NICK CANNON’S PROGRESS: Nick Cannon’s DJ appearance at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at the Paris on Friday night was postponed due to his midweek hospital emergency with dialysis. Wife Mariah Carey reports that he is stable, has a good prognosis and should be discharged today. She said he’s laughing and in good spirits. Get well soon!
NEW LAUGH FACTORY LOCATION? As comedy king Brad Garrett gets ready for his move to MGM Grand with his own theater, I’m reliably told that Laugh Factory from Hollywood will take his old club space at the Tropicana, and plans are still moving ahead for the live “Dancing With the Stars” show at the Tropicana in February that we reported Dec. 12.
RIVAL PAGEANTS! Just as the 2012 Miss America Pageant contestants get settled into their Planet Hollywood headquarters, another rival group of gorgeous girls gets ready to check into the nearby MGM Grand. Midweek, the global finalists of the 2012 Tropic Beauty International arrive for their contests this weekend. This pageant is solely about model beauty and not scholarships and achievements. The U.S. finalists were determined in a contest at the Mirage last fall. The finals get underway Thursday with a calendar signing, blackjack tournament and meet-and-greet cocktail reception. Preliminary judging is Friday, and the contest is at Studio 54 one hour after the new Miss America is crowned.
NE-YO TO JOIN ‘THE VOICE’: Our Grammy Award-winning hometown star Ne-Yo is set to become an adviser on the new season of “The Voice.”. My pal Robin Thicke, Jewel, Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert, Alanis Morissette, Lionel Richie and Las Vegas regular Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds are the other mentors.
KISS MONSTER MINI GOLF UPDATES: Beloved Las Vegas favorite Brian “Lucky the Leprechaun” Thomas has been selected the ambassador by KISS for the group’s new Monster Mini Golf set to open here March 15 with its Hotter Than Hell wedding chapel, All Nite Rock Cafe, the 18-hole course, themed rooms and gift gallery. Brian will be known as Lowercase G as the mini Gene Simmons.
The ultimate KISS tribute band will play at the opening, and would-be rockers can compete for that honor until Jan. 17 at [email protected] Four bands will play in a Kiss Off on Jan. 29 at Body English in the Hard Rock Hotel MC’d by KISS’ own Tommy Thayer, who’ll select the winner. The winners receive a set of authentic KISS costumes and boots.
Gym Class Heroes frontman Travie McCoy performed and partied at Haze in Aria, enjoying champagne and whiskey before hitting the stage to perform his hits, including “Billionaire.” Travie called it a night at 3 a.m. And MMA fighter Ross Pearson and his family went to “Titanic: Artifact Exhibition” at the Luxor. Ross, who defeated Andre Winner as the Season 9 lightweight champion of “The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom,” spent a lot of time on the largest artifact, a 15-ton section of the ship called “The Big Piece.”
We’ll check in on the eight topless temptresses at “Crazy Girls” at the Riviera as they plan their yearlong 25th anniversary celebrations, plus continuing coverage of the 2012 Miss America Pageant.
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