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Strip Scribbles: Amy Purdy’s surgery; Lalique opening; ‘Ink Master’; Piff the Magic Dragon


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Tom Bergeron, Amy Purdy of Las Vegas and Derek Hough on Season 18 of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” on Monday, April 21, 2014.

Thursday’s invitation-only opening of the jewel box 2,200-square-foot Lalique store at Crystals in CityCenter will be an appropriately sparkling affair.

The store has been designed by one of the world’s wealthiest women, Lady Tina Green, partnered with architect and designer Pietro Mingarelli. They have created the interiors of many yachts and private planes of the world’s richest moguls.

Lady Green, who lives in Monaco, was set to arrive today with her husband, retail mogul Sir Philip Green, and Planet Hollywood founder and Chairman Robert Earl.

The couple owns the Top Shop, Top Man, Miss Selfridge and British Home Stores global retail conglomerate. Lalique Chairman Silvio Denz and North America President Maz Zouhairi, showcasing the company’s crystal objects, jewelry, art, fragrance and interior design, will host the party.

Highlights of the boutique include a black crystal sound system, a six-tiered chandelier from the 1950s, hand-made creme-and-black tiles with lacquer trim from Italy and other lighting inspired by the Normandy cruise liner.

Las Vegas’ Amy Purdy on ‘DWTS’

Tom Bergeron, Amy Purdy of Las Vegas and Derek Hough on Season 18 of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” on Monday, May 19, 2014. Launch slideshow »

‘DWTS’ UPDATE: Following up on our story Tuesday, Las Vegas Paralympic snowboarder and “Dancing With the Stars” contestant Amy Purdy is undergoing laser treatment on her right shoulder. The 34-year-old who lost her legs below her knees from bacterial meningitis shortly after her 19th birthday was hospitalized after dancing with Las Vegas Academy pro Derek Hough on Monday’s hit ABC show.

Amy says doctors at Urban Medical in Los Angeles have told her that she may have a rib out of place and as a result her muscles are in spasm. She says that she’s being very proactive in the healing process so she can dance on Monday’s episode of “DWTS.”

Season 4 of ‘Ink Master’

Walter “Sausage” Frank of Las Vegas competes on Season 4 of “Ink Master” on Spike. Launch slideshow »

TATTOO TROUBLES: “Ink Master” judges gave our Walter “Sausage” Frank a tough time on Tuesday night’s episode of the top-rated Spike series. The show, now in Season 4, started with the final six tattoo artists, and they were divided into three antagonistic teams of two each.

Walter, from Club Tattoo at Miracle Shops at Planet Hollywood (the home of last season’s winner, Joey “Hollywood” Hamilton), was partnered with rival Matti Hixson, and they decided to make a mix of Japanese styles. The elimination round was the only challenge of the night, and the judges criticized them for not sticking to their specialties.

Walter is aiming for the “Ink Master” crown, $100,000 prize and bragging rights, but it looked as if his partner or he would be booted. But the judges really blasted the third team, and in a face off Jay Blondell was eliminated. Walter is now in the final five, and next week he takes a boat ride in the choppy waters of New York Harbor to tattoo the Statue of Liberty on a human canvas. Spike has already given the green light for a Season 5.

Piff the Magic Dragon

$1,000 CROISSANT: This weekend marks the debut of the midnight one-hour breakfast being served by Piff the Magic Dragon at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. in the Cosmopolitan. The club confirmed my earlier Vegas DeLuxe report of the addition of Breakfast at Piffany’s to its entertainment lineup.

Thirty people will see the private show in the study and then bid on the one magic croissant being served — $1,000 snags the meager meal, with it all being donated to Communities in Schools of Nevada. Piff’s act with his Chihuahua sidekick also will feature “princesses, mind-reading goldfish and performing fleas,” according to the eccentric British magician.

Incidentally, Conde Nast Traveler magazine will reveal that RRL will debut on next month’s Hot List, so its editors are hosting a May 15 celebration party there with several of RRL’s “Vegas Nocturne” performers and guest 22-year-old Emily Ratajkowski, the British-born American model and actress who appeared in Robin Thicke’s racy music video for “Blurred Lines” and was heavily rumored to be at the center of the controversy over his split with actress wife Paula Patton.

Robin Thicke Blurred Lines

CONGRATULATIONS! Chefs, servers and other employees at Nobu Hotel and Restaurant Caesars Palace celebrated its first anniversary with an amazing cake that was a replica of the Nobu bento box. Yes, it’s 12 months already since the boutique hotel inside a hotel was opened.

The incredible-looking lemon curd Bavarian sheet cake was inside a Nobu bento box made out of chocolate. Then each compartment featured Nobu sushi made out of cake and fondant that took the chefs more than 20 hours to create.

Polaroid Fotobar and Museum Preview Night

Victoria Quang and Nikki Delos Santos with an Andy Warhol cutout in the Polaroid Museum on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at the Linq. Launch slideshow »

INCREDIBLE IMAGES: One of the very few 20x24 original Polaroid cameras still in existence today from its 1976 invention is on display and in use at the new flagship Polaroid Fotobar and Museum in the Linq. It’s the same camera used to photograph presidents and celebrities including portraits of Bill and Hilary Clinton, George and Barbara Bush and the 20-star spread for Vanity Fair’s 20th Hollywood issue with Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Steven Spielberg and more.

Andy Warhol, whose wax image is on display in the second-floor museum, was among the select few granted permission in the late ’70s to use it for his Interview magazine covers.


Former Miss World and now Bollywood superstar Priyanka Chopra will host and make her singing debut at Surrender in Steve Wynn’s Encore on Friday night.

Adult-entertainment star Tasha Reign open the new Splash summer pool at Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club on Saturday, and it also is a celebration of her graduation from UCLA, where she funded her studies with XXX films. Her porn pals Brook Haven and Lolly Ink will join her.


Rocker Rod Stewart returns to his run of residency shows at Caesars Palace through May 17 before his new fall shows starting Sept. 20.

Heather Marianna brings her “Beauty Kitchen” to Ghostbar at the Palms.


Reality redhead Holly Madison finally opens her 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque striptease supper club at Mandalay Bay, and MGM Resorts execs pick up shovels for the groundbreaking of the new arena behind Monte Carlo and New York-New York on the heels of Chairman and CEO Jim Murren’s news of the Park revealed this week. We also take an advance look at Sunday’s Miss Nevada United States Pageant contestants.

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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