Thursday, April 3, 2014 | 6 p.m.
A fundraising blitz is underway in Ohio to buy back a tiara — now at Gold & Silver Pawn here — once owned by President William McKinley’s wife, Ida McKinley, who died in 1907.
The tiara is in co-owner and “Pawn Stars” star Rick Harrison’s safe keeping, and he’s given McKinley Presidential Library & Museum in Canton until June 24 to buy it back from him for the same amount he purchased it: $43,000.
It was shown on the March 7 episode of History Channel’s “Pawn Stars.” The tiara, a metal headband with two detachable diamond wings that can be worn separately as brooches, was passed down through the decades through Ida’s sister’s family. Curator Kim Kenney said that she’s confident the money will be raised and is grateful to Rick that he’s not making any profit.
LAVISH LIFESTYLES: Boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. has agreed to let Showtime cameras tour his three huge side-by-side Las Vegas homes for a new TV special, and they’ve invited me to reprise my old “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” role as a guide to the estate.
BOURBON BLAST: Holly Madison and her 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque dancers start rehearsals today with their four-piece speakeasy band ahead of next Friday’s debut. The grand opening is April 17 for the redheaded beauty.
BEST 100: The editors of the private jet-lifestyle magazine Elite Traveler, owned by my pal Carl Ruderman, joined forces with Laurent-Perrier champagne to compile their list of the Top 100 restaurants in the world. Unfortunately, none are here, but well-known chefs who have Strip venues are recognized.
Two Venetian chefs scored big: Daniel Boulud was No. 2 with Daniel in Manhattan, and Thomas Keller was No. 11 with Per Se in Manhattan and No. 55 with French Laundry in Napa Valley. Daniel opens his new bistro at the Venetian this month.
Joel Robuchon of MGM Grand won for his restaurants in China, Paris and Tokyo; Nobu Matsuhisa from Caesars Palace for his L.A. and London venues; and Gordon Ramsay of Caesars, Paris and Planet Hollywood was No. 24 for his London eatery.
Alain Ducasse of Mandalay Bay won for his Dorchester Restaurant in London; Pierre Gagnaire of Mandarin Oriental for his Paris flagship; and Jean-Georges Vongerichten of Bellagio and Aria for his New York-headquartered restaurant.
The judges decreed Alinea in Chicago the top restaurant for the third consecutive year. Grant Achatz, its chef owner, has consistently rejected overtures to relocate here.
MORE FOOD NOTES: Former Daniel Boulud chef Mark Andelbradt, who also worked for “Iron Chef” Masaharu Morimoto, has been named executive chef of Wolfgang Puck’s Postrio in the Venetian.
The new 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria opens at Monte Carlo on Friday as its first Las Vegas location. Chef Anthony Carron has a concept where customers build their personal pizzas, which are then baked in 60 seconds in an 800-degree wood-burning oven right before their eyes.
His debut location in L.A.’s Westwood Village serves 1,200 pizzas per day. The second 800 Degrees pizzeria here opens at the new SLS Las Vegas (formerly Sahara) on Memorial Day.
Las Vegas: The Game
PRANKS GALORE: A new nightlife experience — Las Vegas: The Game — is designed to let visitors prank friends by blurring fiction into reality with scripted tours featuring a cast of crazy characters. It’s the brainchild of two unlikely jokesters: Chad Hardy and Justin Oswald, who live here.
Chad made headlines with his calendar Mormons Exposed that featured shirtless missionaries and pinups of their mothers. His college degree from BYU was detracted even though he spent two years as a missionary.
Justin commented: “We have turned our preoccupation with satire into a product. We combine experimental theater and short vignettes with existing Las Vegas eccentricity as a nightlife experience filled with happenings visitors won’t really know is true or not.” Check out their website LasVegasTheGame.com.
The three categories are priced at $179 for Night Out; Pranks a La Carte starts at $500; and the price for BeSpoke is determined on the customized experience for wedding groups, bachelor and bachelorette parties, marriage proposals, birthdays and anniversaries.
OLIVIA’S CAR: The car that Olivia Newton-John rode to the Flamingo on Wednesday had been out of public view for more than three decades. “Hell’s Chariot,” best known as the black Mercury convertible with flames that raced John Travolta’s character Danny Zuko in “Grease,” was brought here for the arrival by owners Scott Byrum and David DeSure.
After being hidden for more than 35 years, the car was recently fully restored to its original condition by Dan Condon, owner of “The Shop,” a full-service, street-rod restoration shop in Palm Desert, Calif.
SONGS OF LOVE: LeMisha Fields enjoyed a career filled with hit songs touring with artists including Brandy and Brian McKnight, who wraps his world tour at Eastside Cannery on Saturday, as part of the R&B group 702.
The Las Vegas local became a mom of two and started working as a sales coordinator for Treasure Island. Now she’s been appointed its wedding chapel manager, but at home she still loves to sing and record music with her daughter.
CELEBRATIONS! “Glee” actress Dot Marie Jones joined “Rock of Ages” at the Venetian star Mark Shunock’s birthday bash at the 23rd floor bar of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Wednesday night. The cast popped champagne to also celebrate its new six-month extension through year’s end.
Dot excitedly told me that illusionist Siegfried Fischbacher had given her, her partner and their two daughters a private tour of the Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage: “We got photos of Lightning and Osborne, two of the nine bottlenose dolphins.”
Country stars Jennifer Nettles and Brandy Clark play House of Blues at Mandalay Bay.
Hunter Hayes has an all-star lineup for his free concert at the Linq to kick off the Week Vegas Goes Country.
The Sixth Annual All-Star Guitar Pull concert at Red Rock Resort to benefit our St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital features Parmalee, Sheryl Crow, Kellie Pickler, Kacey Musgraves, Gary Allan and Thomas Rhett.
Illusionist Teller is down to the wire with the world premiere of his magical version of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” the largest-ever contingent of country stars are in alignment for the 2014 ACM Awards, and we have our weekly Weekend Celebrity Preview of all entertainment highlights.
Check back Friday, Saturday and Sunday for our ACM coverage, including a preview of the red carpet before the CBS three-hour telecast Sunday with Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan returning as co-hosts.
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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MGM Grand, a AAA Four Diamond resort, offers 5,044 rooms and suites.
MGM Grand features KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; and world-class entertainment at the Grand Garden Arena and Hollywood Theatre.
The resort offers signature restaurants by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans Fish House, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill and Michelin three star and Forbes Five Star restaurant, Joël Robuchon.
As part of its ongoing “Grand Renovation,” MGM Grand has remodeled all rooms and suites in its main tower and is adding several new experiences to its lineup including Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Nightclub, a new upscale dining/nightlife concept (coming in April 2013).
MGM Grand also features a state-of-the-art, non-smoking conference center, the Grand Spa, Cristophe Salon, "CSI: The Experience" and an inviting pool complex featuring the tantalizing daylife of Wet Republic.
Upscale accommodations include The Mansion, an exclusive hotel within the hotel; the luxurious two-story SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand; and The Signature at MGM Grand, a luxury all-suite, non-gaming hotel located adjacent to the main resort.