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Strip Scribbles: ‘One Night for One Drop,’ Darius Rucker and Rusty Maples


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Aerialists during a rehearsal for the Cirque du Soleil benefit “One Night for One Drop” on Thursday, March 6, 2014, at Michael Jackson One Theater in Mandalay Bay.

‘One Night for One Drop’ Rehearsal at Mandalay Bay

Performer Rokardy from Cirque du Soleil plays a homeless man during rehearsal at Michael Jackson Theater on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, for this year's “One Night for One Drop” fundraising performance at Mandalay Bay. Launch slideshow »

2014 One Night for One Drop: Workshop

The 2014 One Night for One Drop workshop led by show director Mukhtar Mukhtar on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at Broadway Hall dance studio in Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

Performers from all eight Cirque du Soleil productions on the Strip will take part in Friday’s “One Night for One Drop” charity show at Michael Jackson One Theater in Mandalay Bay.

Cirque founder Guy Laliberte will lead a parade of stars along the blue carpet, including Frances Fisher, Siegfried & Roy, The Tenors, Boyz II Men, Blues Traveler, Kyle Richards and Mauricio Umansky, Holly Madison, Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Esther Lofgren and Susan Francia, Mary Wilson, Susan Feniger, In-Q, Natalie Irish, Heather McDonald, DJ 88 and dancers from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

To raise additional funds for Guy’s water for the world foundation One Drop, I’m going to MC a unique auction at the end of the show with blockbuster surprises. Guy is providing a seven-day stay in his 10-room Big Island Hawaii estate and its three guest villas, which I’m predicting will sell for more than $100,000.

Celebrity chef Todd English will cook and serve a four-course dinner for 12 in your home. There is the ultimate collector’s package of tickets to the U.S. Grand Prix Formula 1 race tucked neatly inside a Champions Edition of the official Formula 1 Opus book autographed by all 22 of the world-champion drivers — only 100 copies were printed in the limited run.

There’s some breathtaking bling, too: the first necklace from the Lady Kenilworth collection of a necklace with 40 carats of gemstones, a Richard Mille high-tech engineered chronograph watch valued at more than $140,000, and more than $100,000 worth of a special One Drop collection of designed jewelry with earrings and a necklace for her and a ring and cufflinks for him.

Incidentally, 23 high rollers have committed to date to pay the $1-million buy-in for the second-annual Big One for One Drop tournament at this year’s 45th annual World Series of Poker on June 29. The 2012 inaugural event sold out with 48 card sharks and was won by Antonio Esfandiari with a prize of $18.3 million — with $5.3 million raised for One Drop.

2013 ACM Lifting Lives Celebrity Golf Classic

Jake Owen, Scotty McCreery, Brett Eldredge, Charles Kelley and Darius Rucker take part in the 2013 ACM Lifting Lives Celebrity Golf Classic hosted by Rucker on Saturday, March 6, 2013, at TPC Summerlin. Launch slideshow »

GOLF GAME: Chart-topping country music star Darius Rucker will return to host the ACM Lifting Lives Celebrity Golf Classic at TPC Summerlin for the third consecutive year on April 5, the eighth held since 2004.

The Academy of Country Music, which presents the Week Vegas Goes Country, says country stars Frankie Ballard, Charles Kelley, Scotty McCreery, Jake Owen, Cole Swindell and more will play in the star-studded scramble tournament to raise funds and awareness for ACM Lifting Lives.


Adam Jones, the Grammy Award-winning guitarist for Tool, watched “X Burlesque” in the Flamingo where he was brought onstage for the “Mile High Club” dance number.

Rusty Maples at 2014 SXSW

Las Vegas band Rusty Maples at Austin Ale House for 2014 SXSW on Thursday, March 13, 2014, in Austin, Texas. Launch slideshow »

Rusty Maples represented Las Vegas at the SXSW music festival in Austin as the only band from our hometown. Rusty Maples, who played at the Life Is Beautiful celebration in Austin Ale House, has just recorded an EP here and released the first song, “Long Walk Home.”

Chicago Cubs players George Kattaras, Anthony Rizzo, Ryan Sweeney, Eric Hinske and Nate Schiernoltz dined at N9NE Steakhouse in the Palms with executive chef Barry Dakake.

French DJ sensation Norman Doray spun at Light in Mandalay Bay, where star chefs Akira Back and Hubert Keller watched the mashup sets. DJ Sebastian Ingrosso took over the decks the next night.

ESPN “Game Day” host Keyshawn Johnson partied at Haze in Aria, where Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew celebrated his birthday with “Breaking Bad’s” Jeremiah Bitsui and actor Emmanuel Lewis.

San Francisco 49ers players Ahmad Brooks, Ray McDonald and Justin Smith dined at chef Brian Massie’s Stack in the Mirage.

Be sure to check out more Star Surveillance posted later in the evening.

Elvis Costello and The Roots: 3/15/14

Elvis Costello and The Roots perform at Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday, March 15, 2014, in the Linq. Launch slideshow »


The opening week of celebrations for Brooklyn Bowl at the Linq continues with Brett Dennen.

Bravo reality TV star Jenni Pulos (“Flipping Out”) signs copies of her new book “Grin & Bear It” at Barnes & Noble on North Rainbow.

“The Pink Floyd Experience” and The Lon Bronson Band are in Reynolds Hall and Cabaret Jazz, respectively, at the Smith Center.

Bayside, Daylight, Mix Tapes and Four Years Strong play Hard Rock Live! on the Strip.


Congratulations to The Australian Bee Gees on their 1,000th performance at the Excalibur, and the three stars will unveil their new show to mark the milestone.

The first official look at Holly Madison as a burlesque redhead as she wins a $5,000 Animal Foundation donation from the Food Network star Candace Nelson at the opening of her Sprinkles Cupcakes store and 600-cake auto machine at the Linq.

Plus, March Madness enters Hoops Heaven as the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament gets underway.

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