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September 23, 2017

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Strip Scribbles: ‘Beacher’s Madhouse,’ Carla Pellegrino’s restaurant, Mark Shunock’s Monday shows



Victoria Justice, David Copperfield, Ryan Rottman and Jeff Beacher at MGM Grand.

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 »

Buzz has started at MGM Grand that President Scott Sibella will announce shortly the opening dates of “Beacher’s Madhouse.” Originally in an April interview with me confirming our exclusive and initial Feb. 11 and March 26 reports, he’d hoped that it would open at the former “Crazy Horse Paris” space for Labor Day.

However, in a later interview, he admitted that construction and management issues have delayed the early fall plans. Now I’m hearing that “Beacher’s Madhouse” is set to open in mid-December with a star-studded premiere party on New Year’s Eve.

Official details are expected to be announced next week, and I’ll track down impresario Jeff Beacher for an interview on what raucous party behavior and wild zany acts we can expect here.

And now more …


Is chef Carla Pellegrino hoping to take over the recently shuttered Roy’s on West Charleston for a west-side version of her east-side Bratalian that attracts all the stars?

Is actor Mark Shunock (Lonny in “Rock of Ages” at the Venetian) about to launch Monday’s Dark show nights for off-duty Strip performers next month?

Travis Wall at Bacchanal Buffet

UNIQUE BIRTHDAY: It has to be one of the most unusual ways to celebrate a first anniversary — and of a buffet to boot. More than 1 million visitors seated 600 at a time with a choice of 500 dishes a day have turned the $17 million Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace into the eighth wonder of the eating world. Well, at least the No. 1 buffet in America, according to USA Today.

Emmy-nominated dancer and choreographer Travis Wall of Fox’s hit “So You Think You Can Dance,” along with eight of his talented friends, took over the extraordinary buffet space and created a one-of-a-kind epic dance sequence celebrating the culinary paradise. From tables to plates to food, they used everything for an amazing YouTube video salute.

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Frank Trigg, Kit Cope and Denise Pernula film a commercial for Forgiven Alcohol Burner.

TV COMMERCIAL: Four familiar faces show up in the new Forgiven Alcohol Burner national commercial now airing on NBC. I spotted its gorgeous spokesmodel Denise Pernula working with BMX star T.J. Lavin, UFC fighter Frank Trigg and MMA fighter Kit Cope.

Denise, a face of the Playboy Club when it was open at the Palms, was the on-camera host and interviewer for our shows “Vegas Minute” by for TV stations across the Southwest. “It was an over-the-top, tongue-in-cheek commercial,” she told me.

Santana Makes Music Donation

Carlos Santana Andre Agassi makes a visit to students at the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. Santana brought a surprise donation of 200 instruments for the school's music students. The instruments came from Hermes Music, LP Music, and PRS guitars. Launch slideshow »

SALUTING HEROES: Big applause for our heroes Andre Agassi and House of Blues headliner Carlos Santana, who resumes his 80-date, greatest-hits residency at Mandalay Bay on Wednesday night.

Today, Andre hosted Carlos at his Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, where the guitar guru made a donation of more than 100 musical instruments. Editor at Large John Katsilometes was onsite and will post his report later.

Money Talks

‘MONEY TALKS’: Las Vegas sports handicapper Steve Stevens is the subject of tonight’s one-hour series “Money Talks” premiering on CNBC. The show delves into a world of high risk, high reward and high emotions, where Steve calls himself the “Michael Jordan of Sports Handicapping.”


Enter the decadent nightlife of Shanghai in the 1930s when Mandarin Oriental transforms its 23rd floor bar into an Asian speakeasy with dramatic red-hue lighting, Asian lanterns and other decor from when the city was known as the “Las Vegas of Asia.” It’s an every-Tuesday happening with jazz and contemporary music from Shaun DeGraff Trio.

“The Wizard of Oz” begins its eight-show run at Smith Center for the Performing Arts through Sunday.

The San Gennaro Feast kicks off six nights of entertainment, food and a carnival.

The best and the worst, the funniest and the saddest performances by our hospitality staffers gets voted on to divvy up $10,000 in prizes at the inaugural industry Gong Show at Diablo’s Cantina in Monte Carlo.

The new Kings of Leon album will be released in two weeks, but there’s an exclusive listening party at Planet Hollywood tonight hosted by the inaugural Life Is Beautiful festival held downtown in October, at which KoL will perform.


Dinner at “Top Chef” host and judge Tom Colicchio’s new steakhouse Heritage at the Mirage exceeds his sterling reputation, plus, a jam-packed, hot-off-the-grill Counter Intelligence with Season 5 “American Idol” winner Taylor Hicks and a roundup of all the Hollywood, music and sports stars at play on and off the Strip.

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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