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The Paul Mitchell name is hailed as a leader in the hair-care industry, and many hairstylists began their careers at the 27th annual educational extravaganza Caper held here in Las Vegas. Paul Mitchell co-owners John Paul DeJoria and Angus Mitchell are Las Vegas regulars, and the company’s artistic director, Robert Cromeans, runs the Paul Mitchell Schools and three salons, one of them at Mandalay Bay.
Magic Johnson, Marie Osmond, Tabatha Coffey and Kathy Buckley were guests at the Caesars Palace meeting attended by 2,500, and I had the privilege of reading Mayor Carolyn Goodman’s proclamation of Paul Mitchell Day.
“We come to Las Vegas every year for this, and it’s always a great visit from start to finish. It all goes smooth as clockwork with the professionals doing hair, makeup, modeling, cutting, color and fashion presentations,” Angus said.
Angus told me he’s keeping his late father’s dream alive: “I was 17 turning 18 when I lost him, but I am humbled and think he would be proud of what I am doing. He started the hair schools in the ’70s, and we now have 110 coast to coast, with the flagship here in Las Vegas. We have just opened in Eastern Europe, London and other European capitals and head to Australia, South Africa and Moscow. We are on track with his vision, but I never would have dreamed it would get this big.”
Magic and Marie thanked Paul Mitchell Schools for its annual FUNraising Campaign, which has donated more than $6 million to charity. Marie introduced several children who are alive today because of life-saving treatments at a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. She told the hair-care pros, “You go out and you change people’s lives.”
Angus, who has opened his own Beverly Hills salon, summed up: “It’s the first of many eventually, and I only hire staff from our school students. It has worked, and we’ve already discussed a future salon for Las Vegas. We are building a family and the continued growth and leadership of the company.”
NEW SPEEDWAY: Former three-time U.S. Open Speedway champion Gene Woods, who now lives here, is opening Sin City Speedway on May 26 for 500cc alcohol-burning bikes without brakes that hit speeds up to 65 mph. Gene has built a grandstand seating 1,500 fans with unobstructed views of the Strip at the 93,000-square-foot Sports Center opposite the runways at McCarran Airport.
Gene told me: “This was the original extreme sport. It’s now No. 2 in Europe behind soccer. It’s been a grass-roots motorsport in California for over 40 years and now finally makes its way to Las Vegas.” Gene began racing when he was 9 and has won the national minicycle championship.
INCREASED FIGURES: The final figures are in from the recent 27th Annual Nightclub and Bar convention and trade show here. There was an 8 percent increase in exhibitors, with 662 companies this year, and attendance rose 9 percent, to 34,158.
It’s the most important beverage, bar and nightclub event of the year, and celebrity guests included Toby Keith, Ne-Yo, Lil Jon, 50 Cent, Pauly Shore, Andrew Dice Clay, Theresa Giudice and Dennis Rodman. “This year’s show was bigger and better than ever. We couldn’t be happier with the turnout,” said its president, Jon Taffer, who stars on Spike TV’s “Bar Rescue.”
AERIAL PHOTOS: More than 17,000 cars and trucks use the Memorial Bridge daily over Hoover Dam at Lake Mead, and the span over the Colorado River has become a tourist attraction thanks to visionaries Mike O’Callaghan and Pat Tillman, for whom the bridge was named. Contributing photographer Tom Donoghue took to the skies in a Maverick Helicopter Tour flight to capture this sensational photo gallery, and we say a sincere thank you for his derring-do.
Donny Osmond returns to his Flamingo headliner show with sister Marie Osmond after beating a vocal problem with a week of rest. Happy 7th anniversary and congratulations to Pure at Caesars Palace, with Wyclef Jean performing for partygoers. Joan Rivers and daughter Melissa Rivers celebrate a wedding anniversary here in the season finale of “Joan Knows Best.” Savion Glover’s Bare Sounds celebrates tap as jazz and Caribbean sounds at Smith Center for the Performing Arts.
John Henton, Scott Kennedy and Josh Rachford headline at Harrah’s Improv through Sunday. DJ Sander Van Doorn spins the wheels of steel at Lavo in the Palazzo. And Tracky.com, the new Las Vegas-headquartered social collaboration computer software platform, launches from Mike Tyson’s “Hangover” home in Wayne Newton’s neighborhood.
NBA legend Michael Jordan has Hollywood and sports stars arriving for his annual Celebrity Invitational golf tournament at Shadow Creek, and we have a preview. Plus, an interview at the Hard Rock Hotel with new resident DJ Pauly D ahead of Thursday’s premiere of his own reality TV series, and the incredible story of how injured UFC ring girl Natasha Wicks fought back and is now in training here for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
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