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January 19, 2018

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Strip Scribbles: ‘Extreme Homes’ films in L.V.; Great Santa Run; SlotZilla; Society Cafe


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Mayor Carolyn Goodman and her Chippendales friends Chaun Thomas and Lind Walter at the 2011 Great Santa Run at Town Square on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011.

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Bryan Forgione is the new executive chef at Society Cafe Encore.

2011 Great Santa Run at Town Square

The 2011 Great Santa Run at Town Square on Dec. 3, 2011. Launch slideshow »

2012 Opportunity Village Magical Forest

SlotZilla Plans Revealed

Las Vegas officials unveil plans Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, for SlotZilla, a zip line that will launch riders from the 11-story slot machine through Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas. The attraction is expected to open next year. Launch slideshow »

XS and Tryst's 2011 Holiday Toy Drive

XS and Tryst's 2011 holiday toy drive raised more than $171,000, a new record. Launch slideshow »
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"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2" star Alex Meraz at chef Carla Pellegrino's Meatball Spot in Town Square on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012.

HGTV’s hit “Extreme Homes” has filmed an episode at the home of Las Vegas couple Scott and Cindy McCombs, who own architectural accent company Realm of Design in Henderson. The uniqueness of their home caught the eyes of HGTV, including a pirate ship in the backyard, a multilevel pool for scuba diving and the use of recycled material.

Their fireplace was made out of recycled glass and the custom kitchen countertop and door handles from recycled metals. The couple and Realm of Design made headlines for constructing their company’s 30,000-square-feet manufacturing facility Morrow Royal Pavilion from recycled glass beer bottles.

The “Extreme Homes” episode airs in January, but an exact date is to come.

SOCIETY’S NEW EXECUTIVE CHEF: Bryan Forgione, chef de cuisine at Society Cafe in Steve Wynn’s Encore, has been named executive chef at Society. “It is an exciting opportunity for me to put some of my own signature touches on the menu through utilizing and supporting local and natural ingredients and integrating them onto the menu whenever possible,” Forgione said in a statement.

Son of chef Larry Forgione and brother of Iron Chef Marc Forgione, Bryan’s resume includes An American Place, Above at the Hilton 42nd Street, Union Square Cafe, Beekman Arm’s Tavern and Tableau at the Wynn.

SANTA RUN PREPARATIONS: Volunteers at our beloved charity Opportunity Village are working full blast with last-minute preparations for the Great Santa Run on Saturday. As thousands don Santa suits for the event at Town Square, our servicemen and servicewomen in Afghanistan will join in the effort to set a new Guinness World Record.

This year, Las Vegas competes against regular foes in Australia, Ireland and England and new competitors in Japan. Meantime, the annual Magical Forest was unveiled last week; our thanks to Christopher Rauschnot at 24kMedia on Twitter for his video posted on YouTube.

SLOTZILLA! SLOTZILLA! Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority President Rossi Ralenkotter, Fremont Street Experience President Jeff Victor and City Council members attended a press conference at FSE today to unveil plans for SlotZilla, a permanent zip line.

Our thanks to contributing photographer Tom Donoghue for his photo gallery of the unveiling. Check out the coverage by our colleagues at Vegas Inc.

ANNUAL CHARITABLE EFFORTS: XS at Encore and Tryst at the Wynn contribute to the KLUC Annual Chet Buchanan & The Morning Zoo Toy Drive every year to assist HELP of Southern Nevada, and this seventh year is set to eclipse $500,000 in total donations.

Jesse Waits, XS and Tryst managing partner, and John Wood, XS and Tryst senior executive director of VIP services, lead the effort Dec. 5, and Vegas DeLuxe will have a report and photo gallery of their worthy efforts.

TIME FOR BAGATELLE BRUNCH: Bagatelle Restaurant & Supper Club at the Tropicana kicks off its Champagne Brunch on Saturday with parties featuring DJ Stan Courtois, Natty Rico Sax, Lucent Dossier and more.

Executive chef John Zamarchi’s brunch items include Pancakes Bagatelle (buttermilk pancakes, banana foster), Eggs Bagatelle (smoked salmon, American caviar), Eggs Benedict, a lobster omelet (Maine lobster, asparagus, tomato, boursin cheese), a Scottish Salmon Scramble (smoked Scottish salmon, American caviar, toast) and more. The first brunch is 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

HOLIDAY GIFT FOR ROCKERS: Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy Camp’s next session is scheduled for Jan. 23-27 at MGM Grand and at their facility west of the Strip, and headlining the music-magic experience are rock icons Roger Daltrey (The Who), Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction), Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield), Simon Townshend (The Who, Jeff Beck), Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction) and more. Rock on!


Christmas in New York premieres as the first-ever family-friendly holiday show at New York-New York and runs through the New Year. Santa Claus joins the high-kicking chorus girls for the holiday classics.

The Irish Tenors perform at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts.

New Found Glory, Sea Haven and the Story So Far rock Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip with the Sticks and Stones anniversary tour.

Wendy Liebman and Adam Ray are at Harrah’s Improv through Sunday.


A preview of Las Vegas chef Carla Pellegrino (Bratalian, Meatball Spot) as she continues competing on Bravo’s “Top Chef Seattle,” and a rundown of 2012 NASCAR Champion’s Week that kicks off Wednesday with the Fan Fest presented by Las Vegas Motor Speedway at Fremont Street Experience.

Don Chareunsy is editor of and senior editor, arts and entertainment, of

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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