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September 22, 2017

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Strip Scribbles: $1 million spree at Aria; ‘Mob Wives’ shoot at Ghostbar; ‘Dancing Queen’ to close



Big Ang, Drita D’avanzo, Alicia DiMichele and Natalie Guercio of VH1’s “Mob Wives” at Ghostbar in the Palms.

Is it possible for a high-roller to spend a cool $1 million on a weekend visit to Las Vegas? The good folks at Aria came up with the answer. It’s a fun list obviously developed for sheer fantasy, but I’d never have guessed a $6,000 in-room breakfast — and that’s definitely my cuppa tea.

Nor did I realize premium sake at Bar Masa to go with a gold flake-topped truffle sushi would cost $7,280, but hey, big spender, let’s do two. It doesn’t stop there because the tops in bottle service at Hakkasan in sister MGM Grand will set you back $500,000.

Happy (High-Roller) Holidays!

KGB's Second Anniversary at Harrah's

Kerry Simon, Sammy Hagar, Robin Leach and Joe Satriani celebrate the second anniversary of KGB (Kerry's Gourmet Burgers) in Harrah's on Saturday, June 2, 2012. Launch slideshow »

KERRY UPDATE: I am pleased to report that “Iron Chef” winner Kerry Simon returned Sunday from Minnesota and told me he has been accepted for a stem-cell clinical trial in January. He underwent a spinal tap and a surgical stomach procedure at the Mayo Clinic the last few days to harvest his cells.

Over the next 21 days, they will grow, and then he’ll return for the transplants in his battle against the aggressive form of Parkinson’s known as Muscular System Atrophy. He was in good spirits joking, with me that Minnesota was “quite chilly.”

ADOPT, DON’T SHOP: This is a special time of year when parents and significant others think about a cute-as-can-be doggie or kitten as a last-minute gift. Here’s a plea from our contributing photographer Denise Truscello: “Adopt, don’t shop. Animal shelter pets are waiting. Perfectly healthy Christmas present dogs and cats end up euthanized a few months after the holiday. They aren’t puppies/kitties anymore, and the people don’t want them, so they think it’s OK to drop them off at shelters. The shelters simply don’t have room, so the animals are put down.

“You must realize that owning a pet is a commitment and shouldn’t be given as a gift unless the person receiving the gift is responsible enough to keep that commitment. There is no reason to buy an animal when there are thousands in shelters waiting for a home. Save a life!”

We’re happy to support Denise in her stand.

CONGRATULATIONS! Kudos to local endurance athlete Jayson Black for today’s epic completion of a project that truly inspires. On Nov. 28 (Thanksgiving), he began running 26 marathons and continued doing so over the next 26 days, totaling more than 680 miles to raise awareness for our Three Square food bank that does so much to provide food to hungry people in our valley. His final portion of the run will be at the Cannery this afternoon, and the final 3 miles will be to Three Square accompanied by North Las Vegas Police motorcycle riders.

Nearly 100 employees — hosts, servers, chefs and managers — of Hakkasan supported its monthlong partnership with Three Square to help pack food supplies for those in need this holiday season. During the volunteer activity, the Hakkasan team packed 10,000 meals to go for Kids Cafe, 1,500 bags for Backpacks for Kids and 130 Senior Share meals. During December, Hakkasan makes a $5 donation to Three Square for every patron served in the restaurant.

VH1’s ‘Mob Wives’ at Ghostbar

Big Ang, Drita D’avanzo, Natalie Guercio and Alicia DiMichele of VH1’s “Mob Wives” at Ghostbar in the Palms. Launch slideshow »

‘MOB WIVES’: Three segments of the “Mob Wives” vacation filmed at the Palms will begin airing this week on VH1. The arrival show airs Thursday, and the Jan. 2 episode will feature their fun and games at Ghostbar. Big Ang, Drita D’Avanzo, Alicia DiMichele Garofalo and Natalie Guercio decided that they needed the Las Vegas getaway to force a reconciliation between two of the divas.

But things got worse, even turning physical — and also a major casino loss all the while Alicia was recovering from an arrest when her boutique assets were frozen. The Jan. 9 episode, which includes their return to New York from the Palms, has even more fireworks.

‘Dancing Queen’ Dress Rehearsal at Planet Hollywood

Dress rehearsal for David King's Launch slideshow »

‘Dancing Queen’ at Planet Hollywood: Portraits

Portraits of David King's Launch slideshow »

ROYAL FAREWELL: My well-respected colleague Editor at Large John Katsilometes is reporting that “Dancing Queen”, the musical tribute to disco hits of the 1970s and ’80s at Planet Hollywood, winds down its all-singing, all-dancing show Dec. 30, and the 20 singers and dancers will move on to new gigs. Contributing photographer Tom Donoghue shot the good-feeling show all about celebrating good times.

A ROSE IS A ROSE: I stopped in to see Pete Rose at Mandalay Place signing autographs, and we joked that neither of us won the big lottery ticket prize. The former MLB player and manager dined at Carmine’s in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace for a 16-person family-style dinner.


The cast and crew of CBS’ “Criminal Minds” celebrated their 200th episode at Havana Room in Tropicana. Among the stars partying the night away: Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson, A.J. Cook and Jeanne Tripplehorn.

Wrestling hero Hulk Hogan dined at Tao in the Venetian and enjoyed spicy tuna tartare over crispy rice, miso-glazed Chilean sea bass, lobster won tons and Chinese sausage fried rice.

Kunal Nayyar (“The Big Bang Theory”) also was at Tao celebrating family and friends’ birthdays and anniversaries in a large group.

Oscar-wining actor and Las Vegas resident Nicolas Cage dined at Kerry Simon’s PJ brunch at Simon in Palms Place.

Pia Zadora, Shane Victorino and Austin “Chumlee” Russell of “Pawn Stars” took part in Shane’s toy drive at Sierra Gold.


Comedian Eddie Griffin plays chef at Fatburger Fat Bar in Green Valley Ranch to raise funds for Shade Tree.

The EC Twins, Lema, Lisa Pittman and Nadia Ali all play DJ at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan.

DJ Mike Attack is at nearby STK.

L.A. Riots is at XS in Steve Wynn’s Encore.


Tickets go on sale for “Book of Mormon” at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts from June 10 through July 6.

DJ and producer Sharam is at Surrender in Encore.


Merry Christmas, everybody!

Soulstice founder Andy Caldwell headlines at Light in Mandalay Bay.

DJ Mighty Mi is behind the decks at Surrender.


Jerry Seinfeld brings his wry humor to the Colosseum at Caesars Palace for two nights.

DJ Five spins at Tao.


Three of the world biggest pop-music headline-makers — Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry — simultaneously invade the Strip, and it’s pandemonium at Planet Hollywood and Beacher’s Madhouse at MGM Grand, plus, the pre-New Year’s Eve rundown of weekend shows and parties.

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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