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Strip Scribbles: Melody Sweets’ new show; ‘Pawn Stars’ expo; ‘Viva Veracruz’


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Melody Sweets, Ross Mollison, The Gazillionaire and Penny Pibbets of “Absinthe” celebrates its third anniversary Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Caesars Palace.


Third Anniversary of ‘Absinthe’

The Gazillionaire and Penny Pibbets of “Absinthe” celebrates its third anniversary Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Caesars Palace. Launch slideshow »

Another Strip star has created another new show. Sexy Melody Sweets, who is the burlesque queen dazzling as the Green Fairy in the wild and wacky “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace, will premiere her “Wild Wild West Burlesque Show” on July 22.

It’s to celebrate her new music video “Shoot ’Em Up” from her debut album “Burlesque in the Black.” Melody says there will be special guest appearances by the “Absinthe” cast as they’ve never been seen before, including The Gazillionaire and comedienne sidekick Penny Pibbets performing as Cowboy Summerlin Sam and his trusty steed Phallus.

Also onstage will be Miss Exotic World Dirty Martini and Peekaboo Pointe, the fastest tassel twirler in the country, plus the death-defying crossbow stunts and the beat-box talents of Butterscotch from the sister show “Vegas Nocturne” at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. in the Cosmopolitan.

VIVA VERACRUZ: Our exclusive news last month about the new show “Viva Veracruz” going into PH Showroom at Planet Hollywood was confirmed Wednesday by hotel executives.

The story of a traveler’s journey through the enchanted folklore of the Mexican city will premiere Monday, July 28. It will feature 12 choreographed numbers with cutting-edge technology and spectacular dance and music combining modern and traditional elements.

The state government of Veracruz, Mexico, commissioned the show to boost the city’s tourism and image. “Audiences will be surprised and emotionally captivated by the spectacular sensations this show provokes,” said producer Alex Esqueda. “We are very proud of this visually exciting experience.”

TruTV’s ‘Hardcore Pawn’

Ashley Gold Broad, Seth Gold and Les Gold of TruTV’s “Hardcore Pawn.” Launch slideshow »

PAWN STARS EXPO: Expect to see top reality-TV heroes from “Pawn Stars” with Rick Harrison and Les Gold, Seth Gold and Ashley Gold Broad from “Hardcore Pawn” at the Pawn Expo here at the Mirage.

It’s the only national convention and trade show for the industry, and more than 120 companies are featured to share with pawnbrokers new industry knowledge.


Hot off the grill!

DB Brasserie Grand Opening at Venetian

Buddy Valastro and Daniel Boulud attend the grand opening of DB Brasserie by chef Boulud on Thursday, May 8, 2014, at the Venetian. Launch slideshow »

* I was “drinking stars.” It could have been called the $10,000 dinner. Dom Perignon flowed like water Wednesday night at celebrity chef Daniel Boulud’s new DB Brasserie in the Venetian. He flew in from New York proudly showing iPhone photos of his new baby son and that called for more bubbly that never stopped.

Each of the four items from the regular menu on the tasting was more spectacular than the one before, and each was paired with more masterpiece Dom Perignon vintages. Just 40 privileged people sat down for the intimate dinner shelling out $250 apiece for the priceless champagnes and creative cuisine:

Yellowtail sashimi with avocado, pink grapefruit and lime creme fraiche with a 2004 Dom Perignon vintage; lobster American in a champagne-vanilla sabayon with Oenotheque Vintage 1996; Sonoma Valley Quail with white peach, foie gras with the Oenotheque rose vintage 1993 concluding with an almond blanc-mager in melon sorbet with basil partnered with an extraordinary Dom Perignon Rose Vintage 2003.

Julia Fitzroy from Dom Perignon hosted the spectacular and extraordinary dining-and-drinking experience from start to finish with sports agent J.B. Bernstein among the revelers. This really was a case of champagne wishes coming true.

* UNLV graduate Reza Arshadi and his cousin Azad Zahedi put their knowledge of working on the Strip in the culinary industry to good use when they opened their own first Presto Cafe for health-conscious lifestyles. With fresh produce from local vendors, they serve treats for vegans, vegetarians and gluten-free diners.

Business has been so good at their Spanish Trail Spring Valley location since they opened this year that they are opening a location in Green Valley. Fan favorites include deconstructed tuna rolls, couscous salads, low-carb gluten-free wraps and Turkish breads stuffed with delicious toppings.

2012 Miss USA Pageant: Cafe Martorano

Chef Steve Martorano and 2011 Miss USA Alyssa Campanella at an event for the 2012 Miss USA Pageant contestants at Cafe Martorano on Monday, May 21, 2012, in the Rio. Launch slideshow »

* Celebrity chef Steve Martorano plans to open his Martorano’s Italian Bistro in the former Le Provencal space at the Paris in early fall. As his second Las Vegas restaurant, it’s likely to be a bigger celebrity haunt than his Cafe Martorano at the Rio.

The new 17,500-sqare-foot eatery will be open to passersby on the shopping boulevard, and Steve promises that he will not only cook but also spin his classic R&B disco hits in time with Mob and Las Vegas movies including “Casino.” Steve also promised me that he will have his eggplant stack homemade mozzarella, which I absolutely love at the Rio location.


UFC President Dana White partied at Surrender in Steve Wynn’s Encore with former light-heavyweight champion Rashad Evans.

At a nearby table, Gian Villante celebrated his recent UFC victory. All were rocking out to a DJ set by Ryan Lewis of Grammy-winning duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

UFC lightweight champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis hosted a UFC International Fight Week kick-off party at Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop in Paris Las Vegas mingling with fans well into the night.

And MMA fighter Roy Nelson and former MLB player Johnny Damon and his wife Michelle rode on the new, 500-foot-high VooDoo Zipline at the Rio.

The daily Tonight’s Tips and Tomorrow’s Tease were posted before Strip Scribbles today.

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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