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Strip Scribbles: Garth Brooks takes control; Giada to serve lunch; Ray Nisi dies; Lipshtick debuts


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Steve Wynn, Andrea Wynn, Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks backstage at Encore Theater in the Wynn before Brooks’ final performance Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012.

Garth Brooks @The Wynn

Garth Brooks. Launch slideshow »

If you don’t like the way things are done, then do it yourself — and that’s exactly what superstar and former Wynn Las Vegas headliner Garth Brooks did this morning.

Brooks, one of the last artists to refuse to offer his music on iTunes, is making his songs available on his own website. Brooks, 52, who is married to country singer and TV star chef Trisha Yearwood, made the announcement this morning during a press conference in Nashville.

Brooks is one of music’s top-selling acts and has said that he has no animosity toward Apple but disagreed with the company’s approach to music sales. Others who refused to join iTunes until reaching deals include AC/DC, The Beatles, Radiohead and Led Zeppelin.

Alas, there was no announcement of Brooks exiting retirement again and hitting the road to tour.

Media Night With Rita Rudner

Media night with Rita Rudner at I Heart Burgers at the Palazzo and her show at The Venetian on Jan. 24, 2011. Launch slideshow »

LIPSHTICK LAUGHS: The new standup-comedy series Lipshtick at the Venetian with 14 female performers debuts with daytime talk-show host Wendy Williams.

The lineup includes Whitney Cummings, Joy Behar, Jennifer Coolidge, Susie Essman, Lisa Lampanelli, Caroline Rhea and resident comedienne Rita Rudner.

They’ll be in a rotation to appear three to four times a year with more comediennes being added at later dates.

SAD NEWS: I learned today from a colleague that Ray Nisi, owner of Double Helix at Palazzo and Town Square, suffered a heart attack last week, fell into a coma and died Wednesday.

I chatted with Nisi at his third-anniversary party for Double Helix Town Square a few weeks ago. He was a really nice guy. RIP.


Hot off the grill!

Giada VIP Grand Opening at Cromwell

Celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis waves from the red carpet as she arrives during the VIP grand opening of Giada, the first Giada De Laurentiis restaurant, on Monday, June 2, 2014, in the Cromwell. Launch slideshow »

As Vegas DeLuxe previously reported, Giada De Laurentiis’ first-ever restaurant, Giada at the Cromwell, will begin serving lunch next Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. De Laurentiis confirmed the news to her more than 1 million Twitter followers @GDeLaurentiis and @GiadaVegas. As a thank you to Las Vegas residents, Giada is offering a special locals preview from July 16 to Aug. 1 to be the first to experience the new lunch menu.

The World Food Championships filmed on Fremont Street last November airs on A&E’s new FYI cable channel ahead of this year’s larger competition.

It’s the official opening of Mercadito at Red Rock Resort. Robin Leach’s Q+A with chef and owner Alfredo Sandoval was posted June 23.

The second Guest Series dinner-and-drinks event tonight at Nove Italiano in the Palms continues with master mixologist Francesco Lafranconi of Southern Wine & Spirits. Executive chef Kieran Toivonen’s guest column discussing the Guest Series was posted Wednesday.


New Kids on the Block

Donnie Wahlberg, Jonathan Knight, Danny Wood, Jordan Knight and Joe McIntyre of New Kids on the Block. Launch slideshow »

New Kids on the Block begin four nights of four shows at the Axis at Planet Hollywood. A Q+A with frontman Jordan Knight was posted early this morning.

A sneak preview of “Sharknado” with Mystery Science Theater stars is at various movie theaters in the valley.

The Rev. Horton Heat, Metalachi and Franks & Deans are at Fremont Country Club.

D Las Vegas is hosting a screening party of the World Food Championships on FYI.

The Big Data electronic music project is at the Cosmopolitan.

Mingo Fishtrap is at Silverton Casino Lodge.

Burning Body, Miss May and Asking Alexander are at Hard Rock Live! on the Strip.


The NBA Summer League is back, and players from

the Atlanta Hawks, Washington Wizards, New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks, Toronto Raptors, Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Mavericks, Milwaukee Bucks, Golden State Warriors, Charlotte Bobcats, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs and more play Friday through July 21 at Cox Pavilion and the Thomas & Mack Center.

Our weekly Weekend Celebrity Preview shines the spotlight on the NBA Summer League, NKOTB, Lipshtick and Wendy Williams, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Erislandy Lara, Jenny McCarthy and more.

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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