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Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 | 6:32 p.m.
“Pin Up” at the Stratosphere star Claire Sinclair shows nearly everything posing in the buff for Scott Santodonato’s photo interview layout in the new Strip LV magazine.
Claire poses provocatively on the cover and then goes birthday suit-style in the inside pages. She sheds her black bra and panties for some strategically placed drapes that still lets her show her curves to the best.
Other interviews in this month’s edition include Hollywood heartthrob Channing Tatum, leggy blond songstress Taylor Swift and The D Las Vegas headliner Frankie Scinta.
SOUL TRAIN NOMINEES: Four days of fun and festivities are planned when Soul Train Awards weekend pulls into Orleans Arena starting Thursday, Nov. 6. It begins with the kickoff reception and meet-and-greets with nominees and presenters.
Wendy Williams hosts the awards Nov. 7, Bill Bellamy hosts the Centric Comedy All-Star Show on Nov. 8, and it wraps up Nov. 9 with two music events featuring Kool & the Gang.
The Soul Train Awards honor artists in 12 categories. Chris Brown leads with seven nominations, Beyonce has six and Pharrell Williams five. The awards will be recorded for broadcast on Centric and BET on Nov 30.
GAGA GETS DONNY’S SEAT: Flamingo headliner Donny Osmond flew to London to be guest judge and sing on the results show of this weekend’s “Strictly Come Dancing,” the BBC version of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.” Next week, Lady Gaga gets Donny’s seat there as guest judge.
50 YEARS: Hard to believe Britain’s legendary rockers The Who have been traveling and performing for 50 years. The group will celebrate the half-century milestone with a stop at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace next Sept. 19. Tickets go on sale Friday.
ALL OVER THE MAP: Comedy ventriloquist Jeff Dunham is bringing his five-continent world tour to a close before he starts his residency at Planet Hollywood on Nov. 28, with shows running through next May. He taped the “All Over the Map” shows around the world, and the special will be shown on Comedy Central on Nov. 16, with a DVD and Blu-Ray release Nov. 18. Ten days later, he’s here on the Strip.
JUGGLING OFF THE EDGE: Quad juggler headliner Jeff Civillico made it safely to the ground after leaping off the roof of Planet Hollywood while juggling three tennis balls nonstop on the way down. He called it “rapuggling,” and it’s already raised nearly $3,000 for Special Olympics of Nevada. Donations can be made for another 30 days.
FIVE WEDDINGS A DAY: Rock in Rio will grant five free weddings a day starting May 8 at the chapel it will set up as part of the festival grounds on the north end of the Strip. Taylor Swift, Metallica, No Doubt and John Legend are just a few of the star performers. Couples who want to exchange their wedding vows should submit their love story to MarryMe@RockinRio.com.
CONGRATULATIONS: Frank Marino’s “Divas Las Vegas” celebrated five years at the Quad and unveiled a new Rihanna routine over the weekend. Frank and his cast have signed on for another three years as the Quad becomes the Linq Hotel this month. Loni Love (“The Real,” “Chelsea Lately”) joined the celebration.
Rock of Ages
NEW VIDEO CHALLENGE: As part of the End Ebola Now Campaign, members of “Rock of Ages” at the Venetian joined to create a #ShakeEbolaOff challenge video. In the video, the dancers challenge the cast of “Pin Up,” the Broadway cast of “Matilda” and a Los Angeles-based dance center to compete in the challenge to raise awareness of the disease.
Tattooed beauty Sabina Kelley and tattoo Blink-182 rocker Travis Barker were together at Hyde Bellagio, where he hosted after his Wine Amplified headliner set Saturday night, and then went onto Crazy Horse III Gentlemen’s Club, where they were flirty and playful before leaving together. Global pinup model Sabina is a “Best Ink” judge and guest stars in “Pin Up” and “Limelight” at the Plaza this month.
Caesars Palace headliner Shania Twain brought her family to Cirque du Soleil’s “Michael Jackson One” at Mandalay Bay on Sunday night, her second visit to the show. Post-show, Shania’s group visited the cast backstage for photos with singer Valerie Kimani and artist Ahlamalik Williams before receiving a private backstage tour.
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White, actor-comedian Eddie Griffin and actor Stephen Dorff attended Criss Angel’s “Believe” at Luxor.
Brett Maly and the Art Encounter gallery in the Forum Shops at Caesars were featured on the “Pawn Stars” episode titled “Van Gogh a Go Go.”
Actress Shenae Grimes celebrated the launch of Perrier-Jouet Nuit Blanche Rose champagne at Hakkasan in MGM with her husband model/musician Josh Beech. A five-piece percussion band serenaded her as confetti dropped when servers presented the first bottles of the bubbly with a three-tier birthday cake. The couple kissed between champagne sips and then danced to the DJ set by Calvin Harris. Shenae’s outfit was Cheap Monday jeans, Horace jacket, vintage lace top, Alexander Wang shoes and Two Halves jewelry.
Rich Redmond, drummer for Jason Aldean, and Jon Hull, Jason’s drum tech, watched Blue Man Group at Monte Carlo over the weekend. Post-show, the musicians went backstage for a VIP meet-and-greet.
“Rock of Ages” star Mark Shunock presents his October edition of “Mondays Dark” at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel with a salute to “Women Who Rock” featuring Gretchen Bonaduce, Savannah Smith and Jaime Lynch in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Butch Bradley and Darrin Rose headline at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club at MGM Grand through Sunday.
Our exclusive champagne sit-down with Shania, who reveals her plans for a new album and tour after her two-year run at Caesars Palace comes to an end in mid-December. And a bevy of beautiful models from around the world arrive for the International Model Search pageant.
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Transport yourself to the opulent and excessive Roman Empire at Caesars Palace. But the ever-changing Caesars Palace is far from ancient. The hotel and casino is constantly raising the bar for what visitors can expect in a Vegas resort experience.
Caesars Palace features 3,348 rooms and suites in five towers, including the new luxury boutique Nobu Hotel and Restaurant, which opened Feb. 4, 2013, in the totally remodeled Centurian Tower. Caesars features 129,000 square feet of gaming space, including the Strip’s largest poker room and a 250-seat sports book. Other amenities include about two dozen restaurants, a four-level shopping mall, four pools, a spa, Pure and Poetry nightclubs and Pussycat Dolls.
Dining options include restaurants from world-renown chefs Guy Savoy, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay and, on Feb. 4, 2013, Nobu Matsuhisa.
You never know what characters you’ll run into at Caesars with regular performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Bette Midler, Elton John and maybe even the emperor himself.
It is virtually impossible to be anywhere in Las Vegas and miss the Stratosphere. It towers 1,149 feet above Las Vegas and is the tallest observation tower in the United States. The casino itself is 55,784 square feet and contains 950 slot machines, 120 game tables and 2,427 hotel rooms.
Of the hotel's 2,427 rooms, 909 were recently remodeled into Stratosphere Select rooms.
The Stratosphere is mostly known for its rides at the top of the tower. The Big Shot, located at the 113th floor, torpedoes riders up 160 feet using compressed air. X-Scream is a teeter-totter perched at the top of the observation deck — if that wasn't scary enough, the coaster arm flings the riders out 27 feet over the edge of the tower. Guests looking for something more sedate can just hang around the 107th floor and simply look at the scenery.