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Celebrity preview: Bill Maher, Kathy Griffin, Joan Rivers, Hope Solo, Gotye, Jane’s Addiction


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Jane’s Addiction at the iHeartRadio Music Festival at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sept. 23, 2011.

Following the mass pool party nightclub DJ hysteria of Labor Day Weekend, little wonder that our town is a little quieter -- except for the frisky fireworks we can expect from funny folks Joan Rivers, Bill Maher and Kathy Griffin.

The comics will certainly sharpen their knives to slice and dice silly celebutantes and red-meat politicians! Jay Leno, back for a second consecutive weekend at the Mirage, will likely be less of an attacker.

Smoothing out that searing sarcasm and edgy hubris will be the smooth sounds of soul from our favorite local singing star Clint Holmes teaming with Deniece Williams for his regular First Fridays monthly concert at Cabaret Jazz in the Smith Center for the Performing Arts and singer Mary J. Blige with D’Angelo at the Palms.

Old-timers can travel back in time for the sounds of the Four Freshmen at South Point, Chicago at LVH, plus, Frank Sinatra Jr. re-creates dad’s favorites at the Cannery, while rock fans will get hooked by Jane’s Addiction at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Terry Fator's Tribute to the Troops at The Mirage

Terry Fator's Tribute to the Troops at The Mirage on Nov. 14, 2010. Launch slideshow »

My big hand of the week, though, goes to entertainer, ventriloquist, impressionist and Mirage headliner Terry Fator. Once again, this hometown hero does more than his fair share when he turns over his Saturday night ticket sales to our beloved charity Opportunity Village.

Buy a ticket, enjoy the show, and know you’ve contributed, too. Terry, time and time again, is there to support this worthwhile cause and deserves our applause. A remarkable man!

First Friday’s arts and culture festival downtown includes the Art of Acceptance and the Pride Night Parade with Nancy Rayguns performing free at Fremont Street Experience. Joan, Kathy and Margaret Cho are onsite as grand marshals of the gays.

Last weekend’s 96-hour marathon of fun, entertainment and parties has shrunk this time to the regular 48 hours, so everybody is still in “Hangover 3” recovery mode. Here’s our cure for whatever ails you; the Royal Robin Rundown is the perfect medicine for everything that’s hot and happening!

iHeartRadio Music Festival: Jane's Addiction and Ryan Seacrest

Jane's Addiction at the iHeartRadio Music Festival at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sept. 23, 2011. Launch slideshow »



Jane’s Addiction rocks Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan; Chicago at the LVH for two nights; Mary J. Blige and D’Angelo at the Pearl in the Palms; the Four Freshmen at South Point all weekend celebrating 65 years as masters of harmony; Clint Holmes with Deniece Williams at Cabaret Jazz all weekend; Nashville Unplugged featuring songwriter Paul Overstreet at Green Valley Ranch; and Blaqk Audio at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel.

Plus, the Nancy Rayguns relive the ’80s at FSE as part of the Pride Night Parade Party; Gary Allan at Sunset Station; Gotye at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay; and J.C. Brooks & the Uptown Sound at Book & Stage at the Cosmopolitan for two nights.


Jay Leno is at the Mirage; Joan Rivers the Venetian for two nights; and Rocky LaPorte, Scott Kennedy and Ron Morey at Harrah’s Improv all weekend.


Never too early to plan for Dec. 31/Jan. 1 parties! Tickets go on sale for the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ NYE show at Chelsea Ballroom in the Cosmopolitan and for Steve Winwood’s Nov. 9 concert at the Palms. The Broadway smash “Wicked” continues its run at Smith Center through Oct. 7. And Madame Tussauds celebrates the 40th birthday of Lance Armstrong with a limited-engagement wax model display through Oct. 14.

‘Wicked’ Behind-the-Scenes

Carpenters work during load-in for Launch slideshow »

Plus, “CSI: the Experience” at MGM Grand takes part in the Pride festival night parade tied to First Friday’s Art of Acceptance events. Dodge Midnight Mayhem, a safe alternative to illegal street racing, is presented by Operation Street Legal at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and autumn fast approaches with the Harvest Festival Original Art and Craft Show at Cashman Center all weekend.


Hope Solo, U.S. soccer Olympic champion goalie and outspoken “Dancing With the Stars” competitor, celebrates her gold medal with teammates at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens in the Paris, and singer Wynter Gordon performs her newest single “Stimela” poolside at the Palms.

Plus, Sushi Samba at the Palazzo celebrates Brazilian Independence Day with samba dancers and booming batucada drummers; Mr. Mauricio at Haze in Aria; and Riva Starr and Warren Peace spin at XS in Steve Wynn’s Encore.



Frank Sinatra Jr. is at the Cannery; Terry Fator hosts an exclusive performance at his Mirage theater to benefit Opportunity Village; trumpet titan David Perrico, vocalist Naomi Maiuro and their 18-piece band with guests Michelle Johnson and Ronnie Rose at the Palms; Pop and Doo-Wop at Sam’s Town; and Elvis Monroe celebrates their album release and new residency at Red Rock Resort.


Two-time Emmy winner Kathy Griffin serves up savagery with a rapid-fire, late-night standup show at the Mirage, and HBO’s “Real Time” acidic comedy commentator Bill Maher is at the Orleans for two nights.


It’s Devon Alexander vs. Randall Bailey for the IBF Welterweight World Championship at the Joint, and the Injured Police Officer’s Fund hosts the Seventh Annual Classic Car Show and Motorcycle Ride at Bass Pro Shops at Silverton Casino Lodge.

Ashlee Simpson-Wentz @Wet Republic

Ashlee Simpson-Wentz celebrates her 25th birthday with Pete Wentz at MGM Grand's Wet Republic. Launch slideshow »


Singer and actress Ashlee Simpson proves that summer never ends, hosting Summer Soak at MGM Grand’s Wet Republic, and DJ Calvin Harris takes to the turntables at XS in the Encore.


DJ Max Vangeli gets everybody out of their party clothes and into swimming trunks and bikinis for his swim party at XS.

Check back during the weekend for our reports and photos, and we’ll continue the coverage Monday. Enjoy the brief break from all the frenzied and madcap action and regain strength because Halloween insanity is mere weeks away!

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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