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September 22, 2017

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Celebrity preview: MMA Awards, ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race,’ Nick Carter and Brody Dolyniuk


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Chael Sonnen arrives at the 2013 Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013.

2013 MMA Awards at The Joint

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To say it’s a mixed bag, and an eclectic one at that, doesn’t begin to do justice to the oddball opposites in this weekend’s list of attractions.

Do you want the tongue-twisting, acerbic wit of Fox political analyst Dennis Miller or the flex-your-fists excitement of the 2014 Mixed Martial Arts Awards with Mario Lopez, tongue-flashing Gene Simmons of KISS and hottie Holly Madison?

Do you want the downtown attractions of First Friday and Clint Holmes’ monthly show at Smith Center or “RuPaul’s Drag Race” at Mandalay Bay?

Make a choice between the new Sakebomb parties at Tao in the Venetian with an edgy red-light-district feel of downtown Tokyo with geisha go-go girls or the Craft Distillery drinking pleasures at Golden Nugget.

There’s even an attempt to score a new Guinness World Record for Latin-inspired Zumba dancing. What can I say? It’s that kind of a wacky weekend as our Asian friends continue with their more traditional Chinese New Year and Year of the Horse celebrations.

Don’t go looking for superstar rockers or singers because after the nonstop onslaught of shows, concerts and appearances since Jan. 1, we’re getting a little break. Forget the G-spot; it’s all about the Z-spot this weekend playing salsa and merengue for nontraditional aerobics.

Let’s shake off those annoying, ordinary keep-fit workout programs and jump to the high-energy, high-impact like Halle Berry, Victoria Beckham and Toni Braxton swear by as we tone up and strengthen this week’s edition of the Royal Robin Rundown:

Clint Holmes

Clint Holmes performs at Cabaret Jazz in the Boman Pavilion at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, May 4, 2012. Launch slideshow »



On The Beatles’ 50th-anniversary weekend of their first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” it’s good to see Herman’s Hermits starring my Manchester pal Peter Noone at South Point all weekend.

Clint Holmes presents his new show “Stop This Train” at Cabaret Jazz in Smith Center all weekend. It’s all about the music that keeps us young forever along life’s stops, highs and lows.

Tony Sacca hosts his “Las Vegas Rocks Variety Show” with The Australian Bee Gees, Denise Clemente and The Michael T Band at Boulder Station.

“Zeppelin USA — An American Tribute to Led Zeppelin” with lasers, lighting and special effects starring Brody Dolyniuk is at Smith Center.

Nashville Unplugged features Dylan Altman at Club Madrid in Sunset Station.

Crown Avenue is at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel.

Hacken Lee is at Caesars Palace for two nights.

“RuPaul’s Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons” is at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.


Comedy Central’s Amy Schumer is at the Mirage for two nights.

Fox TV’s Dennis Miller is at the Orleans for two nights.

Carrie Underwood and David Spade

Carrie Underwood and David Spade backstage at The Venetian Showroom. Launch slideshow »

David Spade is at the Venetian for two nights.


The Sixth Annual Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards is hosted by Brian Stann of Fox Sports and “Extra’s” Mario Lopez at Palazzo. Expect to see gorgeous ring girls, UFC fighters, boxers and a slew of star fans, including Holly Madison and Gene Simmons.

Tickets go on sale for Olivia Newton John’s “Summer Nights” from April 8 through Aug. 30 at Flamingo.

Tickets go on sale for Shania Twain’s “Still the One” from May 20 through July 26 at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace.

The first two of four Las Vegas musical presentations of “Les Miserables” are a fundraiser for UNLV Performing Arts Center and Golden Rainbow at UNLV for two nights.

The Third Annual Chinese New Year in the Desert Festival at Fremont Street Experience is all weekend. Mayor Carolyn Goodman emcees the opening ceremony on Third Street stage with more than 50 musicians who make up the ensemble The Desert Winds.

Poetry is the keyword at this month’s First Friday Downtown festivities with pop-up readings and performances by Human Experience.

Golden Nugget hosts the first American Craft Distillers Festival all weekend.

Mixed Martial Arts Lion Fight 13 is at the Hard Rock Hotel.


Tao features its new Sakebomb concept with elaborate decor, costumes and performances with an edgy Asian aesthetic.



Chuck Negron, formerly of Three Dog Night, is at Suncoast Showroom for two nights.

Bela Fleck and Brooklyn Rider are at Smith Center.

Michael Grimm at Ovation Lounge

Bill Medley and Michael Grimm perform at Ovation Lounge at Green Valley Ranch on May 9, 2011. Launch slideshow »

“America’s Got Talent” Season 5 winner Michael Grimm is at Sunset Station.

“Piano Men” Jeffrey Allen and Matthew Banks play a dueling-pianos tribute to Sir Elton John and Billy Joel at Texas Station.

Diane Schuur is at Aliante.

Mayer Hawthorne and Quadron are at Vinyl.

Stone Sour, Pop Evil and Stolen Babies are at Mandalay Bay.


Race to the World Zumba Record to break the Guinness World Record for the largest turnout of aerobic workout fans. We need more than 6, 670 enthusiasts to move nonstop for 30 minutes on Fremont Street Experience at 1 p.m.

Future Stars of Wresting is at Silverton Casino Lodge.

King of the Cage is at Eastside Cannery.


Backstreet Boys at Mandalay Bay

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Nick Carter of The Backstreet Boys and Lauren Kitt’s joint bachelor and bachelorette party is at 2014 Lounge of the Year Ghostbar in the Palms.

Happy Birthday wishes to Motley Crue rocker and Las Vegas resident Vince Neil celebrating at Red Rock Resort.



Monte Carlo headliners Blue Man Group performs the national anthem at the Las Vegas Wranglers-Bakersfield Condors game at Orleans Arena.

Bands, extravagant floats, drill teams and dance groups celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year in the McDonald’s Las Vegas Spring Festival Parade through downtown streets.

Check back Sunday for 2014 MMA Awards photos, and on Monday we’ll preview next week’s Las Vegas reality TV shows, get ready for Valentine’s Day romance and meet two extraordinary love-locked “Le Reve — The Dream” dancers.

Have a great weekend!

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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