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Strip Scribbles: The Amazing Johnathan to wed? Plus, Celine, Ne-Yo and Mark Shunock



The Amazing Johnathan.

Celine Dion Celebrates 10th Anniversary of The Colosseum

H.C. Rowe, of AEG and executive director of The Colosseum; John Nelson, AEG vice president; John Meglen, AEG president and co-CEO; and Dave Platel, CDA Productions Management associate celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Saturday, March 16, 2013. Launch slideshow »

2013 World Food Championships: Finals

The final day of the 2013 World Food Championships on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, at Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

‘Mondays Dark’ Benefits St. Therese Center/HIV Outreach

Anthony Cools and Mark Shunock perform during Shunock’s “Mondays Dark,” benefiting St. Therese Center/HIV Outreach, at Vinyl on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, at Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

It’s a condensed version of our daily Strip Scribbles as I board yet another big jet plane, this time a quick trip for my twin grandson and granddaughter Jack and Meg’s high school graduation in California.

Off I go … and off we go!

A delicious Wicked Whisper & Racy Rumor to add a little matrimonial merriment to this hump day.

Congratulations seem to be in order for edgy comedy magician The Amazing Johnathan, who is planning a Saturday wedding here to performance artist Anastasia. They have been dating for several years.

I’m told that smashing comic Gallagher will join them in holy matrimony, and there’s a report that Anastasia will stick needles into her body with a gold ring attached to one to commemorate the ceremony.

Insiders tell me to expect one of the wackiest weddings of all time.

CELINE & NE-YO DEBUT: It’s a unique video, and ABC’s “Good Morning America” premiered the hometown hero Ne-Yo and Caesars Palace headliner Celine Dion duet this morning.

Here’s a link to watch Celine at the piano and singing along with her fellow Las Vegas favorite.

FOOD TV: Last winter’s World Food Championships downtown will be seen on a July 10 TV special as part of the debut of the new FYI network, which used to be A&E’s Bio cable channel.

You’ll catch me along with “Pin Up” at the Stratosphere headliner Claire Sinclair on the judges panel. The World Food Championships return this fall to downtown.

CHARITY CHECK: “Rock of Ages” at the Venetian star Mark Shunock has decided that his June 16 edition of “Mondays Dark” will benefit the Rudy Foundation, which provides scholarship opportunities in education, sports and performing arts.

Mark will feature the Strip’s four resident Broadway shows — “Mamma Mia!” at Tropicana, “Million Dollar Quartet” at Harrah’s, “Jersey Boys” at the Paris and his “Rock of Ages” — in the showcase concert of Broadway musical hits at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel.

COOL COMEDY-HOT CUISINE: For the first time in its 26 years, Cool Comedy-Hot Cuisine heads here with a fundraiser starring Bob Saget, Jay Leno and Ben Folds at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay on Thursday. A four-course dinner will be served by “Top Chef Masters” Susan Feniger, Mary Sue Milliken and Rick Moonen.

It’s all to benefit the Scleroderma Research Foundation in finding a cure for the hard-skin disease that attacks lungs, kidneys and gastrointestinal tracts with life-threatening consequences. Other celebrities are expected to drop by for impromptu performances and appearances.


Grammy winners Macklemore & Ryan Lewis celebrate the fourth anniversary of Surrender and Encore Beach Club at Steve Wynn’s Encore. My interview with Surrender and EBC nightlife guru Sean Christie was posted on May 15.

Guns N’ Roses: An Evening of Destruction continues at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel through Saturday.


Blackstone, based in New York, expands upon its future plans for the newly acquired Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

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