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Strip Scribbles: The mystery of the ‘Sydney After Dark’ grand-opening cancellation



“Sydney After Dark” at Planet Hollywood.

‘Sydney After Dark’

Dancers rehearse for the new production “Sydney After Dark” on Saturday, July 5, 2014, at Planet Hollywood. Launch slideshow »

The saucy and sassy “Sydney After Dark” bevy of beauties striptease show was supposed to have its official premiere at Planet Hollywood on Friday night after four weeks of previews, but an email was sent to guests Wednesday saying that event was being postponed until a new, more intimate venue for the show was secured. Interesting!

I’m reliably told that much has changed with the Australian production since I watched its first night. The girls are gorgeous, striking and sensual, and it’s a wonderful 75 minutes with erotic thrills from Down Under. Their costumes are staggering creations, but producer Belinda Chapple has now decreed that they have to be shed faster for Las Vegas audiences.

She also has trimmed some of the pure vocal and dance numbers so that the topless traditions are upfront. The choreography remains provocative and sexy, and smoky singer Natalie Conway punches home the hits.

It’s a whole new beautiful look at international striptease from the other side of the world, and the torrid temptresses look set to become a Strip mainstay — wherever they land?! — like their mates at Thunder From Down Under and “The Australian Bee Gees” at Excalibur and Human Nature at the Venetian, shows all under the umbrella of Adam Steck’s SPI Entertainment.

On Monday, the new Mexican Tourism Board-sponsored “Viva Veracruz!” opened at the Planet Hollywood Showroom with early evening performances before “Sydney After Dark.”

Simon Says Fight MSA Benefit

Kerry Simon, second from left, and Bill Murray, right attend the Simon Says Fight MSA benefit at Keep Memory Alive event center Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in downtown Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

AWARDS: Restaurateur Elizabeth Blau, who is a guest columnist on Sunday, and Venetian/Palazzo F&B chief Sebastien Silvestri will be recognized with awards at the Sept. 23 Culinary Awards planned as a benefit for the Epicurean Charitable Foundation at Springs Preserve.

Elizabeth will receive the Humanitarian Award and Sebastian the Leadership Award. Heroic chef Kerry Simon, who is battling Muscular System Atrophy, also will be recognized.

2012 Vegas Uncork'd: Border Grill, Michael Mina, Jose Andres

Day 2 of 2012 Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appetit with Susan Feniger, Mary Sue Milliken and Adam Rapoport at Border Grill, Michael Mina at Stripsteak and Jose Andres at Jaleo on Friday, May 11, 2012.
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FOOD CARE: Border Grill at Mandalay Bay chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger host a private summer BBQ tonight for politicians to learn from chefs the growing dangers of antibiotics used in America given to food animals. They say the misuse of antibiotics in the food chain produces antibiotic-resistant diseases that now kill more Americans that HIV/AIDS.

Legislation has been introduced in Congress and the Senate to end the routine use of antibiotics on healthy animals and curb the increasing threat of superbugs. Mary Sue and Susan say they’re leading the way in helping combat the problem by serving only antibiotic-free meat and teaching politicians and officials how to fire up the grill properly.

BESTSELLER: Congratulations to Las Vegas politico and author Wayne Allyn Root, who is near the top of the bestseller lists for a third consecutive week with his “The Murder of the Middle Class.”

He’s No. 6 on the Top 50 political hardcover books just behind Dr. Ben Carson and Charles Krauthammer but ahead of Ralph Nader and former President Jimmy Carter.

150TH ANNIVERSARY: As the list of entertainers grows for the Sept. 22 all-star concert to celebrate Nevada’s Sesquicentennial, it becomes obvious that this will be the ultimate one-night-only variety show at the Smith Center. The event will feature The Silver State’s best and brightest stars, including Strip performers from “Jubilee,” “Jersey Boys,” “Million Dollar Quartet” and Cirque du Soleil shows.

Also scheduled to perform: Jerry Lewis, Penn & Teller, Veronic DiCaire, Susan Anton, Clint Holmes, Frankie Moreno, The Lon Bronson Band and Las Vegas Mass Choir. More stars are still signing on, and I’ll play traffic cop to ensure that they all get onstage and offstage on time.

Elvis Tribute Contest 2013

Sean Martin of Arcadia, Calif. waits with other Elvis tribute artists to walk the red carpet during the Las Vegas Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest on Friday, May 10, 2013 at the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

ELVIS MEMORIAL: Next weekend, Elvis Presley fans around the world will celebrate the King’s memory on the 37th anniversary of his death. To show respect, the newly named Westgate Las Vegas will assemble Elvis artifacts and memorabilia into its Kings Ransom Museum. Elvis played 837 consecutive sold-out shows there over seven years when it was known as the International and then the Hilton.

Included in the collection will be the last car Elvis purchased, a 1976 Lincoln, along with his personal Walther “James Bond” PPK pistol, his 1953 Martin Stage guitar, his emerald tourmaline and diamond cross necklace, a 14k gold star ruby and diamonds ring and his trademark Aviator prescription sunglasses. Fans also could stay in the legendary 5,000-square-foot Elvis Suite on the 30th floor.


Mayor Carolyn Goodman attends the ceremonial groundbreaking of Venue Las Vegas on Fremont Street downtown.

There’s a back-to-back double-header with The Railers and The Josh Abbot Band followed at midnight by Flume at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq Promenade.

The Mob Museum hosts Hot Havana Nights to harken the days when mobsters Bugsy Siegel, Meyer Lansky and Lucky Luciano ran the Cuban gaming paradise.

Justin Timberlake’s ‘20/20 Experience’ at MGM Grand

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It’s a weekend of pop prince Justin Timberlake and comedy royals Lisa Lampanelli, Jay Leno and Dennis Miller, plus, guest columns Sunday by Elizabeth Blau, Kevin Burke and Josh “The Chop” Towbin.

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