Wednesday, May 22, 2013 | 3:03 p.m.
A jam-packed Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors on this day:
Is former Mayor Oscar Goodman getting an invitation to be the next “victim” at “The Showbiz Roast,” which skewered Zowie Bowie’s Chris Phillips last month at the Stratosphere?
Malloy Modern Magic in California claims that Jan Rouven has wrongfully taken two of their exclusive illusions and is performing them in his current Riviera show. In an email, the company says: “We will be pursuing all our legal rights in connection with the use of our Subspiker and Prediction chest illusions that he does without our permission or approval of our rights. We had an exclusive fabricator deal to create these, and he has failed to obtain our permission.”
I received angry emails and tweets from hotel staff complaining that a major sports celebrity here over the weekend failed to score points with them in his non-existent tipping.
Back on dry land after his dives on ABC’s reality TV competition “Splash,” comedian Louie Anderson will start a new residency in Las Vegas, but not at his old Palace Station comedy club. As of July 10, his new home will be at the Downtown Plaza.
SHe stockholder Eva Longoria, who regularly visits her CityCenter restaurant, suffered a very embarrassing wardrobe function in the rain at the Cannes Film Festival when she lifted up her floor-length gown, which got stuck around her waist revealing she’d forgotten her underwear.
Pop star Avril Lavigne has donated $10,000 from her foundation to our Easter Seals Nevada serving more than 8,000 locals with disabilities. Her new Rockstar Club there will run a series of recreational and music programs for youth with disabilities on a year-round basis.
Is nightlife czar Victor Drai opening his interim after hours club at Bally’s on Thursday, where he’ll hold court until the new Gansevoort boutique hotel opens from the transformation out of their former home at Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall?
SECRETS REVEALED? MGM Grand headliner magician David Copperfield permitted CBS TV cameras into his secret Las Vegas warehouse for the first time ever for an upcoming segment on the network’s Sunday morning program. The CBS show “60 Minutes” toured the late Michael Jackson’s warehouses of cars and clothes still maintained by his estate. Its curator pointed out that the wardrobe helped inspire the designer for the new “Michael Jackson One” show opening with its first preview Thursday night at Mandalay Bay. It’s a mind-blowing memorabilia collection.
BURLESQUE FAME: The three-day Burlesque Hall of Fame with veterans of the long-ago entertainment form will be at The Orleans starting May 30. Oscar-winning director Robert Zemeckis’ wife Leslie is flying in to launch her new book “Behind the Burly Q,” which becomes the definitive history of the art form told by the stars themselves, many of whom live here in Las Vegas.
Behind the Burly Q
SCINTAS PREMIERE: It’s a bittersweet premiere for The Scintas at the Downtown D Hotel. The group is celebrating their new residency with a pre-party, but sister Chrissi Scinta won’t be performing. Still trying to regain her voice from last year’s throat problems and surgery, her spot will be taken by former fellow Buffalo, N.Y., hometown sweetheart Janien Valentine. “It’s a long while off before Chrissie can sing with us again,” brother Frankie. We’ll be there tonight and will have our report on the latest with her fight to sing again and a report of the new show here at Vegas DeLuxe tomorrow.
FOND FAREWELL: For a decade, Kevin Burke played the starring solo role in “Defending the Caveman” at Harrah’s. Now he’s hung up his spear on the Strip and turned it over ceremonially to newcomer Chris Allen. Certificates proclaiming it “Kevin Burke Day” were signed by the mayor, Gov. Brian Sandoval and Sen. Dean Heller. I took him for a celebration lunch to Heraea at the Palms, where he told me after a brief vacation back home with his kids in Indianapolis, he will go out on the national company tour of the one-man play, star in a limited engagement at Harrah’s Laughlin this fall and then return here with his own comedy production.
Kevin owns the Guinness World Record for the most theatrical performances in a 50-day period with “Caveman.” He performed more than 3,000 shows during the Harrah’s run, more shows than any other actor in the history of “Defending the Caveman,” including original caveman Rob Becker.
CHAMPAGNE WISHES: Legendary guitarist Carlos Santana and the California sparkling wine house of Mumm Napa have teamed for a new Supernatural Rose, a 2006 vintage named for his award-winning album that will sell in limited availability for $65. The bubbly will be launched tonight at a small party with Carlos at the House of Blues Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay, where he’s performing in a residency. Naturally, when the cork is popped, I will join the toast with, “Champagne wishes!”
Winemaker Ludovic Dervin said: “It’s vibrant and lively and approachably luxurious, very much his expressions of life and music.” Carlos is donating a portion of proceeds from every bottle sold to his Milagro Foundation to help underserved children in need of health, education and arts programs. Mumm is add funds to support teen substance abuse prevention programs.
Now You See Me
It’s the grand opening of the long-awaited Eclipse nightlife venue at the new Daylight Beach Club at Mandalay Baywith DJs Axwell and Anthony Attalla. under the desert sky.
The Neighbourhood, Love Life, Parade of Lights and DJ Fournames headline Smash Magazine’s concert at the Downtown Fremont Country Club.
And there are sneak previews in town of the new Las Vegas magic-themed movie “Now You See Me” starring Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Woody Harrelson and opening May 31.
We’ll have our reports of champagne wishes with Carlos, The Scintas and a sneak peek of “Michael Jackson One.” And “Pin Up” starlet Claire Sinclair will celebrate her 22nd birthday with a custom-made birthday cake at her Stratosphere show that she’ll slice and serve to audience members.
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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With its glass, star-lit exterior, visitors can't miss the Riviera when driving down the Strip. As the first high-rise to open on the Las Vegas Strip, featuring a nine-story hotel, the Riviera has seen more than 50 years as an entertainment destination in Las Vegas. Top bill acts like Liberace, Dean Martin and the long-running Splash revue (closed in 2006) have graced its showrooms over time.
The Riviera still offers its share of entertainment options with topless revue "Crazy Girls," a comedy club and "Illusions," starring Jan Rouven.
The 100,000-square foot casino has been featured in many films like "Casino," "Austin Powers" and "21." Although the hotel has passed through a long list of owners over the years it has always held on to it's unique theme (for Las Vegas) in that it lacks any particular theme. It also features a William Hill Race & Sports Book walk-up betting window right off the sidewalk on the Strip.
The Riviera has dining options well covered, from seafood and steaks at R Steak and Seafood, a variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner fare at Banana Leaf Café to an international cuisine at the R Buffet.