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Strip Scribbles: $500K in gold at Caesars for James Frey’s ‘Endgame’; Eric Trump; Burlesque Festival

Larry King-James Frey


Author James Frey talks with Larry King on CNN.

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Author James Frey.

A $500,000 gold coin display will be unveiled at Caesars Palace on Friday by international bestselling author James Frey. His new book “Endgame” is more than an adventure tale in an engrossing, high-stakes and apocalyptic trilogy.

It features an interactive puzzle comprised of clues that will lead to the location of a hidden key. The first reader who solves “Endgame: The Calling” and then finds the key can unlock the $500,000 and win the haul. The second book will have a $1 million prize and the third and final book even larger.

The gold will remain on display at the resort until the prize is won. “Endgame” follows the storylines of 12 characters as catastrophic events lead them on a global quest in search of three ancient keys that will save their own bloodlines and the world.

Twentieth Century Fox already has the movie option, and Google is creating a reality game. The puzzles will be solved using technology and social media. The gold haul will be kept in a secure case under security guard.

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Penn Jillette, Gary Busey and Eric Trump on Episode 7 of "All-Star Celebrity Apprentice" on NBC on Sunday, April 14, 2013.

TRUMPED! The Donald’s son Eric Trump will introduce their new executive sous chef Sydney Jones tonight at a Rock ’n Roll Wine charity event at Trump International Hotel here. Eric is here to also celebrate the hotel’s enhanced property-wide farm-to-table program, wellness spa additions and a Maverick Helicopters partnership for guests and residents.

I’m going to ask Eric about his recent condo successes of the Trump Las Vegas residences and the $8 million his Eric Trump Foundation has raised and pledged to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which benefits from this fundraiser.

We’ll have that interview here next week.

Dixie Evans Burlesque Benefit

Aya Fontaine performs during a benefit show in honor of burlesque pioneer Dixie Evans Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 at the Plaza. Launch slideshow »

BURLESQUE IS BACK: Four days of titillating events are set for the return of the Las Vegas Burlesque Festival at Gold Coast from Nov. 6-9. A kickoff party will be followed by a parade of burlesque stars.

Burlesque legends Tiffany Carter, Dusty Summers, Lovey Goldmine and Bic Carroll will teach burlesque classes to show how to shimmy, shake, tantalize and tease.

There will be nightly showcases, plus a Saturday Spectacular with 20 acts featuring 35 entertainers including Blanche DeBris, Roxi D’Lite, Amber Ray, Lili Von Schtupply and 2013 Hall of Fame burlesque king Ray Gunn.

JUDGE TROUBLES: Actor Lorenzo Lamas this morning canceled plans to be one of the guest judges with me at Saturday’s International Model Search pageant in Hakkasan at MGM.

He emailed to say that he was struggling with legal problems filed overnight by his fifth wife and had to care for his children rather than fly here. Pageant organizers are reaching out to Vegas headliners to fill his seat.

‘Limelight’ Rehearsal at Plaza

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BUSY, BUSY GUEST DANCER: Tattooed temptress and pinup princess Sabina Kelley makes her debut tonight for her weekend run as a solo guest star in “Limelight,” the new adult burlesque show at the Plaza. Stunning Sabina will appear in four numbers added to the topless production: Two with the entire company, one solo and one in a Benny Hill sketch.

On Wednesday, Sabina, whose credits included “Jubilee” and “Pin Up,” told me: “This is a dream come true being able to show my dancing skills again as a solo artist.” Next weekend Sabina returns to guest star in “Pin Up” at the Stratosphere filling in for headliner Claire Sinclair, who will be away.

AIR SHOW: Tourists headed to Las Vegas this week from Dallas on the new Southwest flights from Love Field were surprised by a “Live at 35” concert with Stratosphere headliner Frankie Moreno and two of his bandmates. Passengers received comp tickets for his show and were welcomed on arrival at McCarran by showgirls.

For 35 years, Southwest was barred from flying from the inner city airport to neighboring states due to politics protecting the DFW Airport North Dallas expansion. The Wright Amendment ended on Tuesday. Las Vegas is one of the first cities to be now served by Southwest from the closer airport.

Happy Birthday, Emeril

BIRTHDAY WISHES: A slew of Las Vegas personalities, including yours truly, recorded a video birthday greeting for celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse, who is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his original Las Vegas restaurant, the Fish House at MGM Grand. The staffs of his three other restaurants at the Venetian/Palazzo joined our filming!

CONGRATULATIONS! Legendary illusionists Siegfried & Roy were on hand today to break ground on their 20-acre park, the final project in the Terminal 3 McCarran Airport expansion. It’s scheduled to open next summer with a walking trail, two tennis courts, splash pad and playground equipment for toddlers to pre-teens.

ANTICIPATION BUILDS: As the first Rock in Rio musical festival prepares for its Las Vegas debut next spring, we’ll get a sneak peek of the three Rock Streets that will be part of the City of Rock in May. Giant inflatable guitar balloons are already popping up around the Strip, but on Oct. 27, we’ll get more sights, sounds and tastes from street artists and performers from America, Britain and Brazil. A model of the City of Rock also will also be on the grounds for the preview where the Strip meets Sahara opposite the new SLS Hotel.

‘Wicked’ at the Smith Center

“Wicked,” starring Emma Hunton as Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, is at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts from Oct. 8-Nov. 9, 2014, in downtown Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

‘WICKED ROCKY HORROR’: Members of the cast of the current national touring company of “Wicked” appearing through Nov. 9 at our Smith Center will stage a special Oct. 27 performance of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” If you always wanted to jump to the left and then step to the right in very high heels and erotic stocking costumes, hit their 8 p.m. show at the Tommy Wind Theater alongside MGM Grand and opposite Monte Carlo. Proceeds will benefit Golden Rainbow and Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS.

‘Mondays Dark’ Debuts at Body English

Mark Shunock’s debut “Mondays Dark” benefiting Opportunity Village on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, in Body English at the Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas.
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FIRST ANNIVERSARY: “Rock of Ages” at the Venetian star Mark Shunock has set Dec. 15 to mark the first anniversary of his ambitious, yearlong “Mondays Dark” shows to raise $100,000. Attending will be the 13 charities the performers have supported this year along with reps of the 11 charities to be funded next year, so large that the event will move into the Joint from Vinyl at the Hard Rock Hotel.


Sabina Kelley begins her weekend-long run in “Limelight.”

It’s the fifth-anniversary celebration “CSI: The Experience” at MGM Grand, and celebrity guests and hotel honchos will take part in a scavenger hunt.

The 55 International Model Search beauties attend an autograph and media session from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fremont Street Experience, then shoot their official night-time poster in their Venus black-and-gold swimsuits at Wet Republic in MGM Grand.

The Las Vegas Foodie Fest at Linq Promenade continues through Sunday.

Sara Evans, Parmalee, Jon Pardi and more celebrate the 102.7 Coyote Fan Jam 11 at Sunset Station.

Tinashe hosts her “Aquarius” official album release party at Tao in the Venetian.

And Yellowcard and Memphis May Fire are at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.


Sammy Hagar celebrates his birthday with a rock and roll bash and downtown concert, and “Jersey Boys” star Jeff Leibow exits the musical to run the NF charity in his daughter’s fight against the disease. Plus, Part 2 of our interview about water problems here in Las Vegas with One Drop founder Catherine Bachand.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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