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November 21, 2017

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Strip Scribbles: ‘Model Employee’ winner Sonja Ewy begins work at Mandalay Bay


Robert John Kley

Sonja Ewy.

Sonja Ewy

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Sonja Ewy.

Sonja Ewy

“Model Employee” winner Sonja Ewy has completed her first assignment as the new $100,000 spokesmodel for Mandalay Bay. She flew in to meet and speak with hotel employees and shoot her first fashion and jewelry layout for the next M Life magazine.

Here’s a peek of photographer Robert John Kley’s location shot at Foundation Room atop the hotel. It proves that she is not just a pretty face who makes gorgeous gems and desirable diamonds look even more stunning.

VH1’s reality TV competition demonstrated Sonja as a triple threat of beauty, brains and brawn. She went from strutting the runway to getting down and dirty with many challenges such as cleaning the Shark Reef Aquarium and sorting out recyclable items from garbage.

Now as “The Face of Mandalay Bay,” Sonja also has filmed her first video for MLife TV, which will be shown throughout Mandalay Bay. Her videos will be used for promotional purposes across the country.

Bratalian's First Anniversary With Chef Carla Pellegrino

Bratalian's first anniversary with chef Carla Pellegrino in Henderson on Monday, June 18, 2012. Launch slideshow »

CARLA’S COMMUTE: Our favorite “Top Chef” kitchen queen Carla Pellegrino is about to become a bi-coastal commuter, and she’s putting her 2,900-square-foot, four-bedroom gated-community Las Vegas home on the market as a $3,500 monthly rental property. It includes a stainless steel kitchen and poolside BBQ.

As plans proceed to open a new venture in Miami, she knows that jet setting between Nevada and Florida will become regular round trips with necessary hotel stays. She, her sister Alessandra and their family will continue to run successful restaurant Bratalian in Henderson, and Carla still plans to open a second Bratalian downtown near Fremont Street within the next few months.

When I learned about the Miami move, she told me: “I’m not moving out of Las Vegas. I am just expanding and returning to my favorite fine-dining scene. It’s going to be a very busy but fun time juggling our two Vegas restaurants and setting up the kitchen for the new Miami venture. In a very short time, I hope to get it into an orderly two-week schedule in both cities. My heart and home will always be in Las Vegas.”

Criss Angel

TONIGHT’S TV: Magic fans get the first sneak peek of Criss Angel’s new Spike TV series “Believe” right after tonight’s two-hour finale of Season 3 of “Ink Master.” Dave Navarro hosts, and Las Vegas tattoo titan Joey “Hollywood” Hamilton of Club Tattoo could nail the $100,000 top prize and the champion’s title.

Criss left for New York today for a promotional blitz to promote the new series of specials. On Monday night, he appeared on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Show” and today taught Katie Couric magic tricks.

‘Being: Mike Tyson’ on Fox Sports

Mike Tyson, Cus D’Amato and his wife at a family dinner. Launch slideshow »

Mike Tyson continues his Fox Sports 1 TV series “Being: Mike Tyson” with Episode 4 that is a real tear jerker for the audience and Mike and wife Kiki. “Being: Mike Tyson” shows the couple back where it all began for him as a boxer – Cus D’Amato’s boxing gym in the Catskills.

Mike explores the influence that Cus had on him as a boxer and a man. After reflecting on his past, Mike lays the groundwork for his future in boxing, visiting and mentoring young fighters he’ll be working with as a promoter.

2011 MAGIC: Tempest Storm and Claire Sinclair

Claire Sinclair at the Bettie Page Clothing Booth at MAGIC at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Feb. 14, 2011.
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TEMPEST’S MOVIE: The private and uncensored life of Las Vegas burlesque queen Tempest Storm is being captured on film, and the world-renowned entertainer wants the documentary to set the record straight with a funny, intimate and controversial portrait of a provocateur feminist.

Filmmakers Nimisha Mukerji and Kaitlyn Regehr used their savings in March to fund two trips here to film the veteran sex icon who was once Elvis Presley’s girlfriend and JFK’s mistress. They recruited cinematographer Lindsay George and British photographer Matilda Temperley to join the documentary team.

They’ve turned to Kickstarter to finish the final four weeks of production. They need to raise the final $40,000. With hours remaining for pledges, they are at $44,888 mark. You can help with as little as a $1 donation or as much as $8,000 to ensure the film is completed. “Tempest was a trailblazer. Her story has never been made into a documentary before, and this is the first time she is opening up her private life to film cameras,” said the filmmakers.

“She’s now 84. She’s had a series of health emergencies over the last few years and is frail. We don’t know how much time Tempest has left, and although she doesn’t plan on leaving this world any time soon, she feels this might be her last chance to tell her own story in her own words.”

NEW BOOK:Flamingo headliner George Wallace has been entertaining audiences for more than three decades. The humorist has appeared on the big screen, the small screen and countless stages in his extensive career. Now he’s written his first book, “Laff It Off,” to be released by Chaite Press on Oct. 21.

He says: “It’s more than a collection of jokes; it also is a lesson on how to live life with laughter. Looking at life through a humorous lens has helped me every step of the way. I’ve always tried to help my audiences see the lighter side of life.” George and comedy writer Dan Ewen raked through archives, unearthed transcripts and footage to complete the book. In addition to a book tour, a DVD/download comedy concert, also called “Laff It Off,” will coincide with its release.

Nobu Hotel and Restaurant Ribbon Cutting

The Nobu Hotel and Restaurant ribbon-cutting opening with chef Nobu Matsuhisa and business partner and actor Robert De Niro in Caesars Palace on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013. Launch slideshow »


It’s a Night of Cocktails and Canapes With Nobu Matsuhisa at Breathe Pool at the Hard Rock Hotel.

Comedienne Rita Rudner returns to the Venetian for one night of standup.

Mary Ellen Hooper, Joel Lindley and Avi Liebman headline at the Improv at Harrah’s through Sunday.

Phoenix is at Boulevard Pool in the Cosmopolitan.

“Pin Up” at the Stratosphere starlet Claire Sinclair hosts The Moonshiners party at the View and Moon in the Palms, with $1,500 in prizes for the best Prohibition era dances and costumes.


Food, glorious food! We have two Las Vegas chefs competing on two TV shows. Kimmy Moy takes up the Food Network challenge to find a new chef for a new M Resort restaurant, and we’ll check in on Shirley Chung competing on “Top Chef” in New Orleans. Plus, a roundup of what’s new in our dining and restaurant scene.

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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