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November 24, 2017

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Strip Scribbles: ‘Matchmaker’; Celine’s birthday; Paint the Town for AFAN; Elton John, ‘Jubilee!’ return


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Tye Strickland, Melissa Rycroft Strickland, Patti Stanger, Gilles Marini and Carole Marini attend the 2012 Simon G Jewelry Summer Soiree at Azure Luxury Pool in the Palazzo on Saturday, June 2, 2012.

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Patti Stanger at One of a Kind Tuesdays at 1 OAK in the Mirage on Tuesday, March 13, 2012.

Celine Dion's Wax Figure at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas

Celine Dion's wax figure unveiling with Clark County Children's Choir at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas on Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012. Launch slideshow »

Tonight’s episode of “Millionaire Matchmaker” on Bravo turns the spotlight on Green Valley Ranch Resort as the backdrop for not one, but two dates — from romantic spa treatments, dinner and wine pairings in one of the hotel’s villa suites, plus, craps lessons and martinis at Hank’s.

Show host Patti Stanger and her boyfriend welcome Vegas Dave, the 32-year-old pro-sports bettor. Dave Oancea has more luck betting on football than he does on love. He’s never been able to focus long enough to keep a girlfriend for more than two weeks. Patti will learn if she can keep this ADHD dater’s attention focused long enough so that he can be on his way toward a proper relationship.

Her next millionaire is TV mentalist Gerry McCambridge, a resident at David Saxe’s V Theater in Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops. Gerry, a popular Strip entertainer, admits that he has trouble finding true love. Patti discovers that between his hectic show schedule and his six kids, his biggest problem is setting aside enough time to find the right girl.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CELINE: Champagne wishes to our beloved Caesars Palace superstar Celine Dion, who celebrates her 46th birthday Sunday. She will appear on the same-day broadcast of the Canadian TV show “E-Talk” with host Danielle McGimsie and will be presented with a rose-crowned cake.

It was made by Welsh chef Graham Tinsley, who led the Welsh National Culinary Team on a 10-day tour north of the border. Graham has cooked for The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Edward and The Prince of Wales, who is the patron of the team. Celine returns to the Colosseum at Caesars on June 10 to resume the next leg of her residency.

PAINT THE TOWN FOR AFAN: The sixth-annual Paint the Town fine art fundraising gala benefiting Aid for AIDS of Nevada is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the law office of Snell & Wilmer, Suite 1100, 3883 Howard Hughes Parkway. Victoria Hart, owner of Pink Kitty Creative and director of Brett Wesley Gallery, has curated artists including Niki Sands, Erin Hanson, Charles Clary, Nathan Douglas, Art Wolf and more, which guests will bid on throughout the night.

Artists also are encouraged to donate a painted ceramic piggy bank to auction as part of AFAN’s program “Every Piggy Counts.” Event sponsors and donors include Back Bar USA, Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace, Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant, N9NE Steakhouse at the Palms, Ketel One, Baileys Irish Creme, Don Julio Tequila and Heineken. Electric string quartet Phat Strad will provide entertainment. Last year, more than $20,000 in art was sold. RSVP for the free event is required; call AFAN at (702) 383-9095. Space is extremely limited.

Cee Lo Green and ‘Jubilee!’ at Hollywood and Highland

Cee Lo Green and Launch slideshow »

‘JUBILEE!’ REOPENS: Inside word from this week’s four preview performances of the newly reimagined “Jubilee!” at Bally’s has been incredibly positive. Its red carpet grand reopening is set for Saturday with a cavalcade of beauties and local Strip entertainers. Melody Sweets and Angel Porrino of “Absinthe” will lead the parade of “Jubilee!” showgirls and new director/choreographer Frank Gatson Jr., along with beauties from the “X” shows at the Flamingo and the Rio.

The guys are represented by “The Amazing Race” and Chippendales stars James Davis and Jaymes Vaughan, Graham Fenton (“Jersey Boys”), Marc D. Donovan, Rob Lyons and Mark Ferratt (“Million Dollar Quartet”) comedian Vinnie Favorito, juggler Jeff Civillico and hypnotist Anthony Cools. We’ll have a report, photo and video coverage here on Sunday.

2014 ‘One Night for One Drop’: Blue Carpet

The blue arrivals carpet for Cirque du Soleil's Launch slideshow »

ENVIRONMENTAL PARTNERS: As a result of the successful Cirque du Soleil “One Night for One Drop” benefit at Mandalay Bay and the appearance of the Formulae E electric racecar there, the two organizations will partner on global expansion plans. The global motorsport championship featuring fully electric open-wheel cars begins this September in Beijing and moves onto nine other cities, including Los Angeles, Miami, London and Buenos Aires.

Formulae E showcases and promotes sustainable technology and will promote Guy Laliberte’s One Drop organization resolving the global water crisis. The new Formula E racecars are capable of speeds in excess of 150 mph and can accelerate from 0-62mph in just three seconds! Guy commented: “We have a mutual dedication to sustainability and, we have huge confidence that together we can drive action on the water crisis.”


Several top 2016 Republican presidential contenders arrive today for face-to-face meetings this weekend with Venetian-Palazzo billionaire Sheldon Adelson. Tonight, the “kingmaker” throws a dinner at McCarran Airport for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and then Friday greets Govs. Chris Christie from New Jersey, Scott Walker from Wisconsin and John Kasich from Ohio.

Mirage headliner Terry Fator took his ventriloquist doll Monty Carlo to City Hall to drop in to sing a surprise “Happy Birthday” to Mayor Carolyn Goodman.

Fox News national correspondent Rick Leventhal dined at Tao in the Venetian before watching “Vegas Nocturne” at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. in the Cosmopolitan.

Elton John's The Million Dollar Piano at Caesars Palace

Elton John's The Million Dollar Piano at Caesars Palace on Sept. 28, 2011. Launch slideshow »

Sir Elton John arrives to resume his residency at Caesars and simultaneously celebrate the official red carpet grand opening Friday of the next-door Fizz champagne lounge designed by his husband, David Furnish. The $3.2 million boutique bar dazzles with decorations from their Beverly Hills home and boasts a $2,500 Dom Perignon rose cocktail dusted with real 24k gold flakes.


Singer-songwriter and nine-time Grammy winner John Legend is at Reynolds Hall in the Smith Center in support of his fourth solo album “Love in the Future.”

The 11th Annual Nevada Entertainer Artist Hall of Fame ceremony at UNLV to benefit its College of Fine Arts honors singer and musician Sue Kim, The Killers musician Ronnie Vannucci, artist Tim Bavington and posthumously singer Joe Williams.

At least 15 top professional drivers from the Hot Rod Association Drag Racing Series take part in a free autograph and Q+A session at New York-New York to kick off this weekend’s NHRA Nationals at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

DJ Danny Avila spins at Hakkasan in MGM Grand.

Galactic continues its weekend run at Brooklyn Bowl.

And Andrew Dice Clay is at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel through Sunday.

TOMORROW’S TEASE In our weekly Weekend Celebrity Preview, we turn the spotlight on Sir Elton’s return to Caesars, and after 30-plus years, “Jubilee!” gets a face-lift at Bally’s, plus, neon lights up and down the Strip go dark to mark Earth Hour.

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