Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 | 6 p.m.
I joined Greta Van Susteren on her Fox News TV show this afternoon (4 p.m.) to talk about my memories of working with Robin Williams and the great charity work he did here in Las Vegas for Keep Memory Alive, Andre Agassi’s Grand Slam for Children and many more.
My pal Kevin Burke, who stars in the one-man “Defending the Caveman” at Harrah’s, was a friend of Robin’s, and he emailed me the following tribute:
“Heaven is a lot funnier today. Robin was a genuinely warm and caring man who inspired a generation of performers with his improvisational genius coupled with his unparalleled dedication to the craft of acting. This is an incalculable loss to entertainment and humanity.”
Former Flamingo headliner comedian George Wallace also was on Fox with his tribute.
Bob Markworth on America’s Got Talent
FRENCH TALENT TV: Pro Las Vegas archer Bob Markworth once lived in Paris for three years presenting his showbiz act across Europe. Now he’s been invited back there to compete on the French version of “America’s Got Talent.”
Bob, 77, takes off for the French capital Sept. 4 with his new female assistant Donna Haas to compete on “France Has Talent.” His nail-biting act includes Donna holding inflated balloons in her mouth and hands as he shoots arrows at them. Bob and Donna admit that the act is “highly dangerous but positively exciting.”
Bob, a California Archery Hall of Fame inductee and a past California state archery champion, has been performing his spectacular bow-and-arrow act in nightclubs, hotels, theaters, sport shows and on TV in 58 countries.
Hot off the grill!
Las Vegas Wine and Food Festival
Our city on and off the Strip is blessed with the nation’s largest gathering of star chefs, and the Las Vegas Wine & Food Festival from Sept. 5-6 at Red Rock Resort will showcase their talents to the full. The most provocative dining experiences will feature a massive selection of cuisine and spirits from our finest chefs guaranteeing an array of culinary decadence with superb vintners, chefs and chocolatiers all under one roof.
On Sunday, restaurateur Elizabeth Blau penned her guest column for us, and now she readies to open her Made L.V. tavern in Tivoli Village. She’s revealed its food and beverage menus in a sneak peek at Facebook.com/MadeLVTavern. Later this week, Elizabeth promises to post photos of the interior.
The new real estate project Gramercy of Las Vegas in the southwest valley has lured Alex Stratta, formerly of Wynn Las Vegas and Marche Bacchus, as its first celebrity chef, and he’s planning two restaurants there. The Gramercy will include a nine-story building with 85 units and an urban village of 160 attached homes around a central park. The concept also includes farmers markets, a med-spa and rooftop pools. Developers say there will be no chain food-and-beverage outlets.
Congratulations to Timothy Henderson, who has been appointed by Steve Wynn as executive chef of Tableau at Wynn Las Vegas. Upon graduation from the California Culinary Academy, Tim worked for Michael Mina, Larry Forgione, Mark LoRusso and Stephen Hopcraft and was sous chef at STK in the Cosmopolitan and Old Homestead at Caesars Palace before joining Andrea’s in Encore.
Our city’s most respected chefs, restaurateurs and mixologists join forces for the Share Our Strength Taste of the Nation culinary benefit to fight childhood hunger. Mark Thursday, Oct. 2, at Rain in the Palms to support the 35 chefs led by Carlos Guia of Wynn Country Club.
“Iron Chef” Masaharu Morimoto, who opens his first Las Vegas restaurant at the Mirage next year, will headline this year’s Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival with an Asian night market Aug. 22. The festival features royalty of the culinary world, and our Mandarin Oriental star chef Pierre Gagnaire will be honored with a special dinner. The event, which will feature Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas pouring her Ferguson Crest wines, is organized by Coastal Luxury Management, who operates Rose. Rabbit. Lie. in the Cosmopolitan.
The ceremonial groundbreaking for the 36,000-square-foot Venue Las Vegas modeled from the same Venue in Scottsdale, Ariz., has kicked off the construction schedule for a February opening. Its bar and lounge, V2: Virtue and Vice, will be an upscale venue serving small bites and near the state-of-the-art stage and entertainment hall.
The Beatles Plaque/Richard Corey
THE BEATLES PERMANENT PLAQUE: To celebrate the two sold-out shows The Beatles enjoyed 50 years ago on the Strip, our Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority unveiled a permanent commemorative plaque this morning in the lobby of our Convention Center. The Beatles 1964 exhibit celebrates the only two shows in history all four of the Liverpool lads played in Las Vegas together.
“Ghost The Musical” opens at the Smith Center and continues through Sunday.
Foxygen plays Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq Promenade.
My friend John Melendez, who spent three weeks with me in the Australian Outback for “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!,” headlines with Derek Jones and Sean Kent at the Improv in Harrah’s through Sunday.
Clinton Sparks hosts his The Greatest Party on Earth at 1OAK in the Mirage.
The Mob Museum hosts the first of two nights of screenings of the new Whitey Bulger documentary about the man who for years terrorized Boston and was No. 2 on the FBI’s Most Wanted List.
And the Final Table action of Guy Laliberte’s recent Big One for One Drop poker tournament at the Rio airs on ESPN.
Our guest columnists will be home beauty expert Heather Marianna and comedy headliner Geechy Guy, plus, my interview with “Purple Reign” headliner Jason Tenner about his new residency at The D Las Vegas downtown.
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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