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Strip Scribbles: Tim McGraw, Sam Nazarian, Steve Wynn, Keep Memory Alive video, Rao’s and Coco


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Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift at the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 7, 2013.

Recycled Percussion Opening Night at The Quad

Mo5aic attends Recycled Percussion's opening night at The Quad in Las Vegas on Thursday, March 14, 2013. Launch slideshow »

Coco Austin Surprise 34th Birthday at Gordon Ramsay BurGR

Coco Austin's surprise 34th birthday party with husband Ice-T at Gordon Ramsay BurGR in Planet Hollywood on Sunday, March 17, 2013. Launch slideshow »

In case you missed it the first time, “Tim McGraw’s Superstar Summer Night,” recorded at MGM Grand Garden Arena in April, is airing on CBS for a second time. The original telecast was May 19, and viewers can watch it again July 26. The TV special includes McGraw with Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, John Fogerty, Ne-Yo, Pitbull, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, The Band Perry, Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert, Faith Hill, Florida Georgia Line, Nelly and Lady Antebellum.

SLS FUNDING: Incredible The Wall Street Journal story of how Sam Nazarian raised $200 million-plus from the U.S. greencard investor program for his Sahara makeover SLS in Las Vegas. Now he announces today four new hotels in China as a result. From WSJ: L.A. hotelier Sam Nazarian relied on individual Chinese investors to fund much of his $400 million overhaul of Las Vegas’ landmark Sahara. That experience also helped make clear that China should be his first overseas expansion.

REDUCED SETTLEMENT: The trustee overseeing the bankruptcy of the company that produces “Girls Gone Wild” videos secured a settlement Monday with Steve Wynn that will reduce his $31 million in claims against the estate by 10 percent. GGW Brands LLC trustee R. Todd Neilson said in court papers that the deal will allow the company to avoid expensive litigation.

TOUCHING VIDEO:, an inspirational video website, recently shot a segment at the Keep Memory Alive Events Center at our Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health about a couple, Verna and Jerry, battling Alzheimer’s, and the video premieres on the website today. It’s a really touching story; grab your Kleenex beforehand.

MORNING WORKOUT: Justin Spencer of The Quad headliners Recycled Percussion was featured on the Workout Wednesday segment of Fox’s “More Show” this morning. He showed Fox 5’s Maria Silva upper-body exercises he uses to keep in shape for the drumming Recycled Percussion’s show requires. Recycled Percussion’s recent globetrotting adventures will be featured on “More Access,” which begins at 6:30 p.m.

STRIP CHANGES: More changes in store for New York-New York and next door: A revamped Nine Fine Irishmen. No more Broadway Theater. New York-New York’s roller coaster may not be that busy in this heat, but execs sure are.

PELLEGRINO ON TV: Frank Pellegrino Jr. of Rao’s Restaurant Group will make an appearance on NBC’s “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” on July 24. He’ll do a cooking demo of dishes from his cookbook “Rao’s on the Grill.” He’ll also talk about Rao’s Caesars Palace and Rao’s Hollywood, opening in September.

COCO LOVES GREENS: Coco Austin, star of “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood and a guest columnist on Monday, dined with two friends at Greens & Proteins in Henderson, and they enjoyed Thai peanut chicken satay and a BBQ pizza made with low-fat cheddar and mozzarella, red onion, grilled BBQ chicken and topped with cilantro.

NFL BIRTHDAY AT TAO: NFL player Darrelle Revis celebrated his 28th birthday at a VIP table on the dance floor at Tao in The Venetian. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers star was surrounded by friends as he was presented with birthday cake pops before partying to the sounds of DJ Vice.

BEAUTIFUL LINEUP: Be sure to check out the Downtown festival Life Is Beautiful’s culinary announcements posted by our colleague Brock Radke of Las Vegas Weekly.

NEW STRIP SHOW: Join Coco, Zowie Bowie’s Chris Phillips, Vince Neil and more for a great late night of entertainment in a new show on the Strip. “Zowie Bowie Late Night” opens at Windows Showroom at Bally’s on July 25.

Don Chareunsy, editor of Vegas DeLuxe and senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun, contributed to this report.

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