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Strip Scribbles: Kerry Simon’s Carson Kitchen, Bastille Day at Bouchon, Jabbawockeez, ‘Sydney’


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Kerry Simon and Bill Murray attend the Simon Says Fight MSA benefit at Keep Memory Alive event center Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in downtown Las Vegas.

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 »

Hot off the grill!

Celebrity chef Kerry Simon can now welcome Las Vegas residents home with his new Carson Kitchen in the old John. E Carson Hotel at 124 S. 6th St. in downtown Las Vegas.

“I’m psyched that Carson Kitchen is finally open,” Kerry said. “The overwhelming positive response means so much to me, and I look forward to it becoming a staple in the downtown dining scene.”

Kerry, with restaurateur Cory Harwell and executive chef Matt Andrews, mixes global gourmet flavors with the hip vibe of downtown and an infusion of his signature personality.

Carson Kitchen uses locally based ingredients to create an approachable menu, with all items less than $20, along with a drink collection of small-batch brews, global wines and old-school microbrew sodas.

The 1,800-square-foot dining room seats as many as 60 guests with a design inspired by Kerry’s own loft-style home in Las Vegas complete with repurposed wood and steel from the old hotel and an interactive chef’s table bordering the kitchen.

Carson Kitchen is set to open a 910-square-foot rooftop patio for live music and skyline views along with a 6-foot-tall garden wall and full-service granite bar.

Thomas Keller Bouchon 10th Anniversary

The 10th-anniversary celebration of Bouchon by chef Thomas Keller in the Venetian. Launch slideshow »

BASTILLE DAY: Now in its 14th year, Bouchon’s annual Bastille Day celebration is a national affair for guests of Thomas Keller’s casual bistro concept. With festivities and a menu planned for Sunday in Beverly Hills and Yountville, Calif., and Monday at the Venetian, Bouchon’s tribute to the national French holiday this year is destined to be their best.

“Bastille Day has been a long-standing tradition for our Bouchon in Yountville and one that we are proud to share with the local community and its visitors,” said Thomas, chef and proprietor of Thomas Keller Restaurant Group. “Expanding the celebration to include our guests at Bouchon Beverly Hills and Bouchon at the Venetian in Las Vegas simply allows us to further the celebration of France and French traditions in America. That is what Bouchon is all about.”

Classic French dishes such as tarte flambe and fruits de mer will be offered on the menu at all three Bouchon locations, in addition to select East Coast and West Coast oysters, macarons and beignets. House-selected wines from France, classic French cocktails and beer also will be featured.

On Monday, Bouchon at the Venetian will celebrate from 3 to 10 p.m.

Jabbawockeez Prism at Luxor: Opening Night

The Jabbawockeez's opening night of their new show Launch slideshow »

FIRST BIRTHDAY: Luxor dance-crew headliners the Jabbawockeez celebrated the first anniversary of their show “Prism.” Post-performance, the Jabbawockeez flooded the audience and tossed out noisemakers in celebration of the anniversary.

Afterwards, the dancers were presented with a commemorative cake onstage created by Luxor chefs featuring signature Jabbawockeez white masks and images of the Season 1 winners of MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew.”

‘Sydney After Dark’

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

GORGEOUS GIRLS: The luscious, long-legged beauties in the new “Sydney After Dark” at Planet Hollywood show look as if they’ve stepped out of the pages of a Victoria’s Secret catalog. They are gorgeous and are featured topless in stunning costumes covering only the aspects of the musical and dance life in Australia’s swinging city.

It’s a Down Under twist on schoolgirl uniforms, silk acrobatics and pleather short skirts and thigh-high-stocking fantasies. There will be no shortage of volunteers for the hospital bed scene with the two sexy nurses. “Sydney After Dark” is at the former “Peepshow” at 9:30 every night except Wednesdays.


Nightlife czar Victor Drai will be inducted into the Nightclub Hall of Fame at his rooftop Drai’s Beach Club + Nightclub at the Cromwell.

Original longtime solo star Kevin Burke is back in the lead (and only role) of “Defending the Caveman” at Harrah’s.

Manic melon-smashing comedy king Gallagher starts a three-week run at the Golden Nugget downtown.

Gene Pompa and Peter Banachowski serve up laughs at the Improv at Harrah’s through Sunday.

Blue Sky Yoga owner Cheryl Slader presents Grammy-nominee Krishna Das and the Seeds of Peace program at the Center of Spiritual Living.

Tickets are half price with Nevada ID at the High Roller at the Linq Bloq Party. The High Roller is celebrating its 100th day of revolutions.


While Robin Leach revs up his Italian vacation at a Versace fashion show in Milan, Mirage headline entertainer Terry Fator and his opening DJ act Ben Harris hold down our fort with guest columns, plus the celebrity-chef dinner at Nove Italiano in the Palms.

Robin Leach contributed to this report — even though he’s supposed to be on vacation.

Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.

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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