Wednesday, April 29, 2015 | 6 p.m.
I’ve just discovered where the last 20 available tickets for sale for the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena can be purchased. Nightlife guru Joe Vargas has the details at InstaVegas.com.
The seats are in upper-level Section 204 and priced at $6,500 each. Their face price is $3,500, so it’s a jump but still a bargain! On Thursday at VegasDeLuxe.com, we’ll have the full Royal Robin Rundown of the huge money at stake with tickets, betting, parties and nightclub action for the “Fight of the Century.”
Betting fever excitement has spread to the stars, with TMZ reporting that actor Mark Wahlberg and rap mogul P. Diddy have each handed over $250,000 to a third neutral party.
They will be here for the action. Mark is betting Manny to win, while Diddy has his money on Floyd. Whoever gets the other’s quarter million promises to donate it to the winning fighter’s favorite charity.
PAMELA’S $1M PAYOFF? Did actress Pamela Anderson (“Baywatch”) get a $1 million payoff from Las Vegas pro poker player Rick Salomon in her divorce suit against him?
TMZ is reporting that the couple has finalized the split, and the Playboy beauty who starred in a Planet Hollywood magic show here walked away with a big payday.
It’s been a volatile relationship between the two 47-year-olds: Pamela and Rick, who have been Las Vegas regulars and party people, were married briefly in 2007 and then married a second time in January 2014.
Six months later, she filed for divorce and two months after asked a judge to dismiss the request. In February, she filed for divorce again and in March sought a restraining order against him. Now they’ve settled up and split for good.
PINK CONVERTIBLE FOR SALE: The gorgeous classic pink 1936 Auburn Boattail convertible that superstar Mariah Carey used for her Caesars Palace arrival Monday night can be yours starting at a cool $131,500. Celebrity Cars showroom co-owner Ryan Hamilton played chauffeur for Mariah as they drove to the Strip welcome ceremony.
More than 80 classic cars are on display in the new 20,000-square-foot Celebrity Cars just off the Strip at 7770 Dean Martin Drive. Mariah’s fans will want their photographs taken with the slick auto she used for her Las Vegas arrival before it’s snapped up by a well-heeled admirer, or maybe she’ll buy it herself?
CHARITY NO. 1: Two of our town’s most generous ladies have each promised to donate $500,000 to match gifts toward the new Bag Childhood Hunger initiative at our Three Square food bank. If contributions from other donors reach $1 million by May 31, Elaine Wynn and Diana Bennett will match it with their $1 million.
During the 2013-2014 school year and 2014 summer break, Three Square provided more than 1.8 million meals to hungry children in Southern Nevada. Every dollar donated to Three Square represents six meals. On May 14, Diana hosts a runway show at her home as a Three Square fundraiser with Neiman Marcus and Herve Leger fashions.
CHARITY NO. 2: Our Keep Memory Alive annual Power of Love Gala continues to grow for its 19th year honoring superstar Andrea Bocelli and his wife, Veronica (her grandfather has battled Alzheimer’s for more than 12 years). The MGM Grand Garden Arena festivities are set for Saturday, June 13, with Celine Dion, Martina McBride and Gloria Estefan.
Celebrity chefs Giada De Laurentiis and Wolfgang Puck will oversee the culinary extravaganza. Andrea will perform at the dazzling star-studded gala, and who knows who will join him onstage. Tickets: KeepMemoryAlive.org.
CHARITY NO. 3: Medical costs have surpassed $1 million mark for 4-year-old Elann Saula’s fight against the blood disorder that has wrecked his immune system. He undergoes monthly six-hour infusions to help his tiny body fight toxins, viruses and bacteria. He faces several more years of treatment before doctors can determine if he can ever survive without them. His father, Sami, is a musician with Cirque du Soleil’s “Ka” at MGM Grand, and on May 22 the family will host a concert fundraiser with Cirque performers to help defray the sky-high medical expenses.
Cirque has already paid the majority of the $1 million in medical insurance, but thousands more are needed. Our Editor at Large John Katsilometes profiled the family and its incredible struggle. “Awaken: A Story Beyond Words” is at Domsky Glass Studio on Highland Drive. Sami has created a CD of world music titled “Awaken” with proceeds going to the medical bills: SamiSaula.com.
BEER-PAIRING DINNERS: “Top Chef” star chef Rick Moonen, who is planning to expand his restaurants at Mandalay Bay to Los Angeles, has teamed up with Craft Haus Brewery for his own specialty beer to go with his sustainable seafood menus. Head brewer Steve Brockman suggested a Belgian Wit style as the perfect complement to Rick’s dishes at RM Seafood and Rx Boiler Room.
Rick agreed but added his own touch of locally sourced flowers, herbs and botanicals from Desert Bloom Eco Farms to infuse and elevate the beer. Collaboration between brewer and chef ultimately led to a spring-inspired, effervescent beer incorporated in the beer-pairing dinners at the two restaurants.
ADVANCE LOOK: The music video with Luxor headliner comedian Carrot Top making a guest appearance with Las Vegas crooner Brian Evans at the original, horrific Bates Motel from “Psycho” will be released Friday, but a preview has been posted on YouTube.
Starring Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh and Vera Miles, the 1960 film by Alfred Hitchcock was remade by Gus Van Sant in 1988 starring Vince Vaughn, Julianne Moore, Anne Heche and Viggo Mortensen and became an A&E series in 2013. This is the first time Universal Pictures has permitted anybody to film at the buildings in the big-screen classic.
BATTLING ZOMBIES: A new Las Vegas attraction, Adventure Combat Ops, launches in May to give visitors an apocalyptic combat simulation to declare war on zombies. Civilians take part in a two-hour mission led by members of The Delta Force, The Green Berets and Navy SEALS in Adventure Combat Op’s 70,000-square-foot facility.
Founder Travis Krauss says his facility near the Palms is the only one in the world and guarantees the ultimate adrenaline rush with nonlethal weapons. Mission-specific preparation will include weapon operation, intelligence gathering, breaching, clearing rooms, hostage rescue and more. Guests will be deployed into a completely indoor, apocalyptic-themed cityscape as they attempt to complete their mission while eliminating a swarm of zombies and other enemy threats. Details: AdventureCombatOps.com.
CHAMPIONSHIP COURSE: Members of the financially troubled Spanish Trail Country Club have purchased the venue and its 27-hole course. Upgrades have started with renovations to the 15 lakes that surround the tree-lined course. The club was established in 1984 and has more than 120 bunkers with challenging streams and waterfalls. It’s the pride of the 640-acre residential community 4 miles west of the Strip and has been home to the PGA Tour’s Las Vegas Invitational.
Spanish Trail has been the home of Las Vegas VIPs including Siegfried & Roy, Steve Wynn and George Maloof. The Sultan of Brunei’s brother had a $37.5 million, 37,000-square-foot home on a 16-acre tract there. The club’s general manager Bill Rowden commented: “It’s a tremendous win for our members and guests. Our course is about to become even better as the people who care about it the most will be calling the shots.”
Journey starts their mini-residency at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel through May 16.
Comedian Steve Solomon presents his one-man “Cannoli, Latkes & Guilt — The Therapy Continues” at the Smith Center through Sunday.
“Cinderella” also is at the Smith Center through Sunday.
Star chef Alex Stratta, Cirque du Soleil director Jerry Nadal, Zappos genius Tony Hsieh and Dr. Ryan Walsh from the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health are among the 12 men making up the Vegas Dozen being recognized at Saks Fifth. Cirque and Bob Anderson (“Frank: The Man, The Music”) are providing the entertainment.
Helmet is at Backstage Bar & Billiards downtown.
Crazy Town is at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel.
We’ll examine the huge $$$$ at stake for the big fight weekend as ticket prices soar into the stratosphere and restaurant and nightclub parties sell for outrageous sums; star chef Steve Martorano prepares for TV success; and our Arena Football League team, Vince Neil’s Las Vegas Outlaws plan their strategy against the visiting L.A. Kiss — think of it as a war between Motley Crue and KISS!
Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” fame has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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MGM Grand, a AAA Four Diamond resort, offers 5,044 rooms and suites.
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.
The resort offers signature restaurants by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans Fish House, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill and Michelin three star and Forbes Five Star restaurant, Joël Robuchon.
As part of its ongoing “Grand Renovation,” MGM Grand has remodeled all rooms and suites in its main tower and is adding several new experiences to its lineup including Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Nightclub, a new upscale dining/nightlife concept (coming in April 2013).
MGM Grand also features a state-of-the-art, non-smoking conference center, the Grand Spa, Cristophe Salon, "CSI: The Experience" and an inviting pool complex featuring the tantalizing daylife of Wet Republic.
Upscale accommodations include The Mansion, an exclusive hotel within the hotel; the luxurious two-story SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand; and The Signature at MGM Grand, a luxury all-suite, non-gaming hotel located adjacent to the main resort.