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January 20, 2018

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Strip Scribbles: ‘America’s Got Talent,’ ‘The Office’ and ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’


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The 2011 Miss USA Pageant contestants at Go Pool at the Flamingo, where Flamingo headliner Nathan Burton levitated 2010 Miss USA Rima Fakih, on June 8, 2011.

America’s Got Talent commercial

600-Pound Heart at 'Bodies'

BODIES... The Exhibition and the American Heart Association welcome a 600 pound heart sculpture to the Luxor Resort & Casino on February 1, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Launch slideshow »

‘Jersey Boys’ Rehearsal at Paris

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'Million Dollar Quartet' at Reynolds Hall

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Las Vegas stars Terry Fator, Murray Sawchuck and Nathan Burton are the pitchmen in the new commercial for NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” seeking contestants for upcoming auditions.

Magician Murray also turned up on ex-Strip headliner Wayne Brady’s “Let’s Make a Deal” on CBS over the weekend and performed a trick. Murray is now on tour in the Caribbean until his March 18 return to the Tropicana with a run through Sept. 1.

His Laugh Factory co-star comedy queen Roseanne Barr took a brief break from the Tropicana Showroom last week to film scenes for the final episode of NBC’s “The Office.”

Sunday night’s episode of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” featured a visit to Night School for Girls at Hard Rock Cafe on The Strip, where the cast learned pole dancing, subtle striptease and how to party in Las Vegas.

GUTS? GLORY? At The Light Group’s new 230-seat Citizens Kitchen and Bar that opened in Mandalay Bay this past weekend, there’s a unique food challenge. The Muffalata Challenge is a gargantuan $135 sandwich designed to feed six people, but if one person finishes it on his or her own, chef Brian Massie will tear up the check.

NBA star turned sports commentator Charles Barkley was so impressed with the classic American dishes available 24/7 that he turned up on opening day and 24 hours later. Citizens joins the revamped Red Square that TLG reopened in December.

TOUGH-LOVE DATING: “America’s Matchmaker” Patti Novak, with her tough-love approach to dating, is opening her first office on the West Coast here in Las Vegas. Patti’s High Desert Introductions continues her success in matching thousands of clients. The author of “How to Get Real, Get Serious and Get Ready to Find True Love” says in celebration of the new office, and because February is the month of love, she’s created an introductory offer for new clients.

HAVE A HEART: The heart weighed 600 pounds and stood 12 feet high. It required an ambulance escort down the Strip to “Bodies: The Exhibition” at the Luxor, where American Heart Association spokeswoman Amanda Daniels posed with it to promote Heart Healthy Month.

NEW MARQUEE: Strip traffic will be at go-slow Tuesday and for two weeks with the installation of signage to mark the new Quad casino resort taking the place of Imperial Palace. The Quad has 75,000-square-feet of casino space, 2,640 rooms and is the home of Jeff Civillico, Recycled Percussion and Frank Marino’s “Divas Las Vegas.”

POSTPONED: “Jersey Boys” at the Paris star Travis Cloer was to debut his solo show “Setting the Standard” at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts tonight, but the dreaded cold/flu (it felled me for four days last week) has him bedridden. He has postponed his timeless Broadway hits until next month, and we’ll run our interview near the new date.


The new musical “Million Dollar Quartet” -- the story of a December 1956 day at Sun Recording Studios in Memphis with Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins -- opens at Harrah’s Showroom.

Larry Reeb and Michael Somerville headline at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club at MGM Grand through Sunday.

The Perfect 12 launch party is at Gallery Nightclub in Planet Hollywood with a dozen stocking-clad beauties and a performance by Loverance.

And Myron Martin, president and CEO of The Smith Center, unveils his Broadway Season 2; check back at 10 p.m. for a full report, including a Q+A with Myron, and a surprise -- we’re not horsing around, either.


An incredible story! To put herself through nursing school, one gorgeous blonde peels off her scrubs and commutes from Phoenix to dance saucy striptease numbers. An exclusive photo gallery of newly crowned Miss America Mallory Hytes Hagan at Super Bowl XLVII events. Action star Jason Statham reveals how he did his own death-defying stunts for his new film “Parker” with Jennifer Lopez. And a sizzling photo gallery of the topless dancers in the new show “Raack ’N’ Roll” at The D Hotel.

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