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Strip Scribbles: Celine Dion to extend her residency at Caesars Palace

Celine Dion Celebrates Chinese New Year, Octavius Tower Opening

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Celine Dion celebrates the grand opening of the Octavius Tower and Chinese New Year at Caesars Palace on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012.

3/15/11: Celine Dion at The Colosseum

Celine Dion's opening night at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on March 15, 2011. Launch slideshow »

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's 'Soul2Soul' at Venetian

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Boys and Girls Fundraiser at Bratalian

Chef Alessandra Madeira, chef Carla Pellegrino and the Bratalian team during a wine-pairing dinner benefiting Henderson Boys and Girls Club at Bratalian on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012. Launch slideshow »

2013 S.I. Swimsuit Issue: Marquee

2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover girl Kate Upton arrives at Marquee in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. Launch slideshow »
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Fat Joe on Fat Tuesday at Pure in Caesars Palace on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013.

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Stratosphere headliner Frankie Moreno and his family at Blue Man Group in Monte Carlo on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013.

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Kris Allen at Blue Man Group in Monte Carlo on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013.

As superstar singer Celine Dion ends her second consecutive year of sold-out performances and starts her third and final year of her current contract, I am reliably told that she’ll be extending at least two years, and maybe two more after that.

Celine returns to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace next Tuesday and will perform with the 31-piece orchestra through March 16. Tickets for summer shows go on sale Friday; her first dates in the third year are June 4 through Sept. 1.

“She’s definitely planning to go for years four and five,” I was told. “If all continues to go well, there will be years six and seven -- and, who knows, maybe even beyond that. She’s very happy and feels right at home on The Strip.”

NEW NIGHTCLUBS & DINING: When SLS Las Vegas opens at the former Sahara, expect four new nightlife experiences, including Shelter and L.A.’s exclusive live-music venue The Sayers Club. Chef Jose Andres, who has two venues in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas (Jaleo and China Poblano), will open his Bazaar in SLS with designer Philipe Starck’s Katsuya from L.A. and Umami Burger.

Seven Fred Segal-branded boutiques will occupy a 10,000-square-foot Fred Segal retail experience. SLS Las Vegas, which joins sister hotels in Beverly Hills, Miami and L.A., will have 1,600 suites. The company is opening SLS hotels in Philadelphia, Seattle, Boston, Houston and New York before the opening here in fall 2014.

LOVE IS IN THE AIR: It’s Valentines Day, and who better than country lovebirds Tim McGraw and Faith Hill to chat about love. Check out the video they shot for OK Magazine. The couple, still in love after 16 years, have passed the halfway mark of their 10-weekend residency at The Venetian. They’re seeing if they can extend the deal there later this year.

IMPROV SHOUT-OUT: A yearlong celebration of 50 years of laughs at The Improv kicks off Friday with Paul Reiser at the Harrah’s venue. Budd Freidman started The Improv in 1963 and has been at Harrah’s for 18 years. Other headliners this year include David Alan Grier from May 24-26 and Kevin Pollack from Aug. 30-Sept. 1.

TOP CHEF CARLA? There’s still a chance to give a victory on “Top Chef Seattle” to our Meatball Spot and Bratalian kitchen queen Carla Pellegrino. The end of this series is nigh, but Carla could win “Fan Favorite.” The winner receives $10,000 for charity. The deadline for voting at is Feb. 27.

TECH SECRETS: Defying gravity, the new roller coaster El Loco to be installed at Adventuredome in Circus Circus will have 1,300 feet of track and provide a 75-second flying ride. Passengers starting in December will climb 70 feet before diving over and under in a backward motion so severe that it will deliver a negative-1.5 vertical G force. The outward banking is at 45 degrees with a 180-degree turn racing over the edge of the barrel roll.

POKER DATES: The world’s biggest, richest, longest-running and most prestigious poker series -- the 44th Annual World Series of Poker -- puts the cards in the air May 29 through July 15 with 62 events. This year’s Main Event starts July 6; for three days starting June 26, there is the first-ever High Rollers Bracelet Event with a $111,111 buy-in to benefit Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte’s One Drop water foundation.


Luxor headliner Carrot Top had lunch with a female friend at Cantina Laredo in Tivoli Village in Summerlin.

Golden Nugget impressionist headliner Gordie Brown dined at Greens and Proteins in Henderson.

Multiplatinum-selling rapper Fat Joe celebrated the end of Mardi Gras with a performance at Pure in Caesars on Tuesday.

“Rock of Ages” at The Venetian cast members Carrie St. Louis, Justin Mortelliti and Mark Shunock, Stratosphere headliner Frankie Moreno and his family and “American Idol” Season 8 champion Kris Allen watched Blue Man Group at Monte Carlo in recent days.


Rockers Alice Cooper and KISS guitarist Ace Frehley will be joined by other music icons at Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy Camp through Monday at MGM Grand and the off-Strip campus.

Comedians Tom Green and Steve-O headline at Riviera for four nights.

Rebelution with Hot Rain and JBoog bring their Winter Greens Tour to House of Blues at Mandalay Bay.


Our wrap of the 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue supermodels’ visit to Las Vegas at 1 OAK in The Mirage and The Bank in Bellagio. Plus, our weekly Weekend Celebrity Preview for Presidents’ Day Weekend with Pink, The Hives, Linkin Park, Lisa Lampanelli Crystal Gayle, Jackson Brown and Chicago.

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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