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January 18, 2018

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Strip Scribbles: Is new Las Vegas-based ‘Thrift Hunters’ the next ‘Pawn Stars’?


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Bryan Goodman and Jason T. Smith of Las Vegas star in Spike TV’s “Thrift Hunters.”

Britney Spears Arrives in Las Vegas

Britney Spears celebrates her official arrival at Planet Hollywood on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. Launch slideshow »

Cable TV companies have been scrambling to find the next “Pawn Stars”, and Spike TV may have found it with “Thrift Hunters” Jason T. Smith and Bryan Goodman of Las Vegas.

The duo debuts their half-hour reality TV series in mid-January. They travel the country on a modern-day treasure hunt, hitting the biggest and best sales, hoping to find the best-hidden gems among the piles and shelves they rummage through to hold to their mantra: “Buy low and sell high.”

They formed their teaching course “Thrifting With the Boys” in 2011, and it’s now a TV series.

BRITNEY ACCIDENT: In the new documentary “Britney Jean” airing on E! Entertainment next weekend, pop princess Britney Spears reveals that she was sidelined for a day during L.A. rehearsals for her new resident show “Piece of Me” opening Dec. 27 at Planet Hollywood.

Britney described it as “a serious accident” and admits that she came close to breaking her neck. All is well now, and she’s rehearsing happily onstage at Planet Hollywood.

TELLER’S ‘TEMPEST’: The Smith Center has itself its first co-production, and Rio headliner magician Teller is in the thick of it. Aaron Posner and he will co-direct American Repertory Theater’s venture of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” in a 500-seat tent at Symphony Park from April 5-13 before it moves to the Harvard ART campus in Cambridge, Mass.

Teller and Aaron adapted the play and have incorporated Teller’s magic, music by Tom Waits and dance movements by Pilobolus. “The Tempest” is the story of a wizard and his wizardry on a shipwrecked island, and Teller has created magic that Shakespeare never imagined would bring his spirits and monsters to life.

USMC’s Toys for Tots

CHRISTMAS TOYS: Las Vegas entertainers sprung into action when called by the USMC’s Toys for Tots program to distribute toys to needy children with a fundraising concert at LVH.

Zowie Bowie’s Chris Phillips and Lydia Ansel were joined by Pia Zadora, Vince Neil and Vegas Rocks! Publisher Sally Steele.

Clint Holmes and wife Kelly Clinton Holmes hosted the event with performers singing holiday and Beatles numbers. Our thanks to Richard Corey for his video posted on YouTube.

“Pin Up” at the Stratosphere starlet Claire Sinclair dressed up in a sexy Santa suit to deliver toys to Chet Buchanan’s annual toy drive and told him that when she was growing up, a similar foundation had given to her and she wanted to give back.

PRICEY BUBBLES: The largest 30-liter bottle of Rose Champagne ever produced is now at Hakkasan in MGM Grand priced at $275,000 and waiting for one big spender. The 100-pound bottle is more than 4 feet tall and contains the equivalent of 40 regular ones.

It was supposed to be uncorked for Jay Z over the weekend after his concerts at Mandalay Bay Events Center, but he decided not to blow the big bucks. A very limited supply exists, as it takes eight people to produce each bottle.

DOUBLE-HEADER: Two of our city’s favorite entertainers perform solo shows tonight. “Jersey Boys” at the Paris star Travis Cloer has a new, one-night-only show “My Place for the Holidays” with a six-piece band at Cabaret Jazz in Smith Center. Cast mate Graham Fenton, Stratosphere headliner Frankie Moreno and others join him.

‘Mondays Dark’ Debuts at Body English

Mark Shunock’s debut “Mondays Dark” benefiting Opportunity Village on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, in Body English at the Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas.
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Afterward, pop over to Body English in the Hard Rock Hotel, where “Rock of Ages” star Mark Shunock hosts his monthly “Mondays Dark” variety talk show and fundraiser. The Aid for AIDS of Nevada benefit features Chris Phillips, Deven May (“Jersey Boys”), Mo5aic, Anne Martinez (“Dancing Queen”) and Martin Kaye (“Million Dollar Quartet”).

Last month in its debut, Mark raised $7,000 for Opportunity Village. He wants it to become $10,000 monthly so after 12 months his 12 charities will have received more than $100,000.


Oscar-winning actress and author Anjelica Houston took a book tour break to dine at Yellowtail in Bellagio.

Jay Z partied at 1OAK in the Mirage during his weekend visit.

Frank Ocean was at the Bank in Bellagio for Luke James’ performance.

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Poker pro Antonio Esfandiari celebrates his 35th birthday at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013.

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Krysta Keith and her father, Toby Keith, at Sunset Station.

Poker pro Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari celebrated his 35th birthday at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan. The all-time tournament poker earnings winner was presented with a cake decorated with playing cards and branded with “Million Dollar Man” as he partied at a VIP table on the dance floor.

Country star Toby Keith surprised daughter Krystal Keith onstage at Santa Fe Station while she was performing as part of the “Back in the Saddle” concert series. Toby performed a duet of “Cabo San Lucas” from her debut album “Whiskey & Lace.”

DJ Baauer dined at Kumi in Mandalay Bay before his set at nearby Light. He also had breakfast at Citizen’s before departing for Miami.

Actor Colton Haynes (“Teen Wolf”) dined at Tao in the Venetian and partied upstairs in the nightclub to start his weekend and ended his trip at Lavo in the adjoining Palazzo.


Travis Cloer is at Smith Center.

Mark Shunock is at Body English.

SKAM artist and poker player DJ Five is at XS in Steve Wynn’s Encore.

Star chef Rick Moonen hosts famed mixologists Dale DeGroff and Tony Abou-Ganim for a holiday drinks takeover at his Rx Boiler Room at Mandalay Place.


“Kick it up a notch” star chef Emeril Lagasse had an action-filled visit to Las Vegas, and we followed him every step of his nonstop whirlwind. Plus, Las Vegas chefs salute their own “Iron Chef” winner Kerry Simon in his battle against a rare brain disease.

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