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Monday, March 24, 2014 | 5:31 p.m.
There will be an all-star turnout to salute singer Gloria Estefan when she is honored at this year’s Keep Memory Alive gala April 26 at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Quincy Jones, who was last year’s 80th birthday honoree alongside Sir Michael Caine, and Andy Garcia will handle tributes to Latin’s first family of music.
More headline names are being added, but I’ve learned exclusively that Carole King, Jordin Sparks, Rita Moreno, Fantine, Ricky Martin and Jon Secada will all perform duets with Gloria.
Husband Emilio Estefan will conduct the band, and their daughter Emily will play guitar. Our hometown Foothills High School Marching Band also will be onstage.
CRISS RETURNS: Criss Angel tells me that he will resume his Luxor headliner show “Believe” on April 15, ending for now the run of his show “Magic Jam” that currently fills in for the Cirque du Soleil show while his torn shoulder heals.
However, his protege Krystyn Lambert will continue to perform his straightjacket escape over the audience’s heads so that he doesn’t wreck his shoulders again. “Magic Jam” has been so successful that the cast is now setting dates for a Spring 2015 tour.
FIERCE FUN: The fire-breathing, car-crushing Robosaurus is about to make its debut downtown. Larry Ruvo calls the 43-foot-tall dragon-shaped Transformer his new ally in his continuing crusade for brain health. The amazing robot took two years and $2.2 million to build and weighs 31 tons. Powered by a 500-hp, turbo-charged diesel engine, four hydraulic pumps manipulate the claws. Two 20-gallon propane tanks produce the fire, and additional air cannons can fire confetti or fireworks.
Built in 1989, it starred in the NBC series “Steel Justice” in 1992 but was sold at a Barrett-Jackson auto auction in Scottsdale in 2008. It also appeared on “Pawn Stars” in 2011 where they turned down the $1 million purchase price. Larry will put it on display at the debut of his new Hi Festival at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health for each First Friday downtown starting May 2. He plans to have the monster hold up a glass tank containing the world’s biggest cocktail. Guests will get the opportunity to buy a lengthy straw for $20 to take a sip, with proceeds going to Keep Memory Alive.
Hot off the grill!
Gordon Ramsay’s Season 10 “Hell’s Kitchen” winner Christina Wilson, who landed a chef’s job at his Gordon Ramsay Steakhouse in the Paris, has been promoted to the role of executive chef at his Gordon Ramsay BurGR at Planet Hollywood.
Border Grill chef Susan Feniger from Mandalay Bay says she hopes to open the second Border Grill in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace by the end of June.
Buddy Valastro, star of TLC’s reality TV show “Cake Boss,” opens his Carlo’s Bakery with a ribbon-cutting ceremony next Monday. It’s his first store west of the Mississippi. The design resembles the flagship in Hoboken, N.J., which is the setting for his TV show, and customers will get a close-up view of the kitchen team in action as they bake and decorate from morning to night daily. The original opened in 1910 and, renowned for its delicious creations, also is the setting for “ The Next Great Baker.” Anyone for cannoli?
BUBBLE-LICIOUS: Eight restaurants from the Venetian and Palazzo have agreed to take part in the UNLVino Bubble-Licious festivities April 11, and three are owned by celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse. His Delmonico, Lagasse’s Stadium and Table 10 will participate alongside Thomas Keller’s Bouchon, Wolfgang Puck’s Postrio, Mario Batali’s B&B, plus, Sushi Samba and Zine Noodles.
FAN VOTING: The Academy of Country Music announced today that fan voting is now open for its most prestigious award, Entertainer of the Year, for which Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, George Strait and Taylor Swift are nominated. Fans also will choose New Artist of the Year, for which Brett Eldredge, Justin Moore and Kip Moore are the nominees and who will perform via live remote from the 4th Annual ACM Fan Jam at Mandalay Bay during the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on CBS on April 6 from MGM Grand Garden Arena. Cast votes now at VoteACM.com.
NEW NIGHTCLUB: Xposed! will be the name of the new gay dayclub experience at the Tropicana, and this Saturday’s opening marks the first Saturday LGBTQ beach party. DJs Ryan Kenney and Kid Madonny lead the lineup of go-go dancers and entertainment.
HOUSE TOUR: “Pawn Stars” hero Rick Harrison welcomed “Celebrity Home Raiders” host Kit Hoover (“Access Hollywood Live”) and auctioneer Martin Nolan to his Las Vegas home. In each episode of their new Lifetime unscripted series, a celebrity reminisces while searching through their belongings to auction off to benefit a charity of their choice.
Rick’s episode to benefit Voice Health Institute is airing until Thursday’s new program. Rick describes his decor as “macabre meets Alice in Wonderland.” Other episodes include Ice-T & Coco, Deborah Gibson, Fran Drescher, David Hasselhoff, Lance Bass and Gene Simmons.
Alonzo Bodden and Frances DiLorinzo headline Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club at MGM Grand through Sunday.
Nevada’s first lady of beer, cicerone Sarah Johnson, and beer expert Stephen Beaumont co-host star chef Hubert Keller’s five-course $100 meal at Fleur in Mandalay Bay. Guests receive an autographed copy of Stephen’s “World Atlas of Beer.”
DJ Carnage spins as Christina Milian hosts at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan as part of the 2014 Nightclub & Bar Convention and Show pre-opening events.
Our preview of the three-day Nightclub & Bar Show, plus, Celine Dion battles with The Muppets, and George Wallace celebrates his 10th anniversary at the Flamingo with a surprise visit by Jerry Seinfeld, his roommate back in the early struggling days.
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MGM Grand features KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; and world-class entertainment at the Grand Garden Arena and Hollywood Theatre.
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