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November 18, 2017

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Strip Scribbles: Can Randy Couture deliver KO on ‘Dancing With the Stars’?


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Randy Couture, left, battles against Lyoto Machida during the light heavyweight bout at UFC 129 in Toronto on Saturday, April 30, 2011.

DWTS: Chuck Liddell

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UFC hometown hero Randy Couture has KO’d his enemies inside the Octagon and on the silver screen in “The Expendables,” but can he win on the dance floor?

The Mixed Martial Arts king will join the lineup of Season 19 of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” that kicks off Sept. 15, partnered with Karina Smirnoff, who won Season 13 with actor and solder J.R. Martinez.

Randy, who will go up against Olympic athlete Lolo Jones and NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip, isn’t the first MMA star to trip the light fantastic. His UFC rival Chuck Liddell lasted a few weeks in Season 11.

Also competing in Season 19: Actors Antonio Sabato Jr., Jonathan Bennett, Alfonso Ribeiro, Lea Thompson and Janel Parish, talk-show host Tavis Smiley, Sadie Robertson (“Duck Dynasty”), fashion blogger Bethany Mota, 72-year-old fashion designer Betsey Johnson and 76-year-old comedian Tommy Chong.


Insiders are breathing a sigh of relief that Celine Dion’s husband Rene Angelil is feeling better and making progress in his battle against cancer.

Elton John’s 67th Birthday at Fizz

Sir Elton John, right, with David Furnish, celebrates his 67th birthday at Fizz on Friday, March 28, 2014, at Caesars Palace. Launch slideshow »

Sir Elton John has indicated that he’s willing to perform more shows in her absence in the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

NHL gossips are still murmuring that Hollywood producer mogul Jerry Bruckheimer (“CSI,” “Pirates of the Caribbean”) has the inside track for a team to skate here in Las Vegas at the MGM arena opening next year.

If there’s any consolation for pop princess Britney Spears over the romance bust-up with David Lucado, it’s that Planet Hollywood is ecstatic with her continuing sold-out “Piece of Me” shows, defying all the naysayers.

Contract offers are being made to a slew of young rock big names to fill Britney’s theater when she’s on hiatus.

Whispers of an $80 million budget for the new nightclub being transformed out of Pure at Caesars by Hakkasan Group are getting stronger, and it’s irking other club owners in the hotel’s corporate kingdom.

Trevor Brazile, Joe Montana and Emeril Lagasse

World champion rodeo cowboy Trevor Brazile and NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana at Lagasse’s Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, in Palazzo.

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The 2014 NFL season kicks off at Lagasse’s Stadium, one of the best places in town to watch games all season long, in Palazzo as the Green Bay Packers take on the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks tonight.

The world premiere of the movie “Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?” at the Palms on Saturday is set to attract paparazzi and stars. The invitation-only after-party is at Moon.

Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse hosts a five-course wine-pairing dinner at his Delmonico Steakhouse next door at the Venetian with award-winning Kosta Browne Winery.

RODEO WEDDINGS: For the first time, couples looking to tie the knot in Las Vegas during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo can do so right in the middle of Cowboy Fan Fest from Dec. 4-13. Guests are invited to reserve a time at Rope ’Em in Wedding Chapel powered by at Las Vegas Convention Center.

2013 Wrangler NFR: World Champions Crowned

The world champions of the 2013 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo are crowned on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at the Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV. Launch slideshow »

After its successful second year, Cowboy Fan Fest will return for 10 days of entertainment and interactive fan experiences. The 100,000-square feet Best of the Western Lifestyle will include music and entertainment, food and beverages, an arena, interactive booths, exhibits and more. Total attendance for Cowboy Christmas and Cowboy FanFest reached 196,856 in 2013, surpassing the previous record of 186,100 set in 2012.

GO ORANGE: The Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign is turned orange all day today marking the national Go Orange Hunger Awareness Day initiated by Feeding America. Locally our Three Square food bank raises awareness with hotel marquees going orange at Caesars Palace, Harrah’s, Paris, Planet Hollywood, The Cromwell, Linq Promenade and its High Roller, The Cosmopolitan, Treasure Island, Tropicana, Boyd Gaming properties and the six Station Casinos.

Local restaurants on and off the Strip are taking part, including Brio at Tivoli Village, Honey Salt in Summerlin, Hakkasan at MGM Grand and Mandarin Oriental, where employees are wearing orange clothing.

HAUNTED HIRES: The Freakling Bros. Trilogy of Terror returns for its 22nd year as a standalone haunt here as Nevada’s first and only R-rated Halloween attraction. Audition to be one of the new cast members and act in Circus of Horrors, Gates of Hell or Castle Vampyre. Applications are available online at before casting calls this Saturday and next Saturday.


‘Kinky Boots’

The Tony Award-winning “Kinky Boots” is at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts from Sept. 4-14, 2014, in downtown Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

“Kinky Boots” opens at the Smith Center.

Rebel Souljahz, J. Boog and Anuhea are at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq Promenade.

Rich Natole and Linda Lou headline Bonkerz Comedy Club at Silver Sevens.

The local band showcase continues with Avalon Landing, Ekoh and Yaygos at Boulevard Pool in The Cosmopolitan.

Acoustic music sessions start and continue every Thursday at Fizz in Caesars.

TOMORROW’S TEASE Our Q+A with Cyndi Lauper proves that girls still just want to have fun as she brings her “Kinky Boots” to the Smith Center through Sept. 14. The two-day Las Vegas Gay Pride parade and festival dominates our Weekend Celebrity Preview as comedians Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld and Susie Essman do battle.

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