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Strip Scribbles: ‘Wife Swap,’ ‘Ninja Warrior,’ ‘Masters of Illusion,’ Lenny Kravitz


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Murray Sawchuck and wife Chloe Crawford attend the grand opening night of The Jacksons in “Rocktellz & Cocktails” on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at Planet Hollywood.

Masters of Illusion

Las Vegas is all over television this summer.

Magician Murray Sawchuck appears Friday on the CW’s “Masters of Illusion” Season 2. “This is the first time ever on national TV that I’m debuting my comedy chops since my starting days sitting on the sidewalk outside Laugh Factory in L.A. waiting my turn to do 3 minutes at an open-mic night,” said Murray.

“I have been very lucky to have been on more than 19 reality-TV shows and TV, but this season on ‘Masters of Illusion,’ I am thrilled as I will be showcasing my comedy magic for the first time on television. It was the hardest thing for me to learn and accomplish.”

Hosted by Dean Cain, “Masters of Illusion” features magic performed by illusionists, escape artists and performers displaying interactive mind magic and comedy in front of a studio audience. Magicians featured in the same episode include two others from Las Vegas, Michael Turco and Rick Thomas.

‘American Ninja Warrior’ Season 6 L.V. Finals Preview

Alex Kane competes on NBC’s “America Ninja Warrior” Season 6 in Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

* Ninety contestants — including Las Vegas hopefuls Dustin Rocho and Almas Meirmanov — took on the Las Vegas finals stages for “American Ninja Warrior.” The finals episodes taped near MGM Resorts Village airs on NBC over three nights Aug. 31, Sept. 7 and Sept. 14.

This season, the show taped episodes in Venice Beach and Long Beach, in front of the USS Iowa with an all-military episode, in California, Houston, Kansas City, Universal Orlando and Pittsburgh.

* Viewers are in for shocks and surprises Wednesday when they tune into ABC’s “Celebrity Wife Swap.”

Our local singer Pia Zadora is trading places with veteran actress Cloris Leachman, and Cloris moves into Pia’s Summerlin luxury condo with Pia’s Las Vegas Metro Police husband and family.

Grand Opening of SLS Las Vegas

Philippe Starck, Sam Nazarian, Lenny Kravitz and Jose Andres at the grand opening of SLS Las Vegas on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, on the Strip. Launch slideshow »

LENNY’S U.S. TOUR: When Lenny Kravitz brings his tour to Las Vegas, he won’t be performing at SLS Las Vegas, where he is credited with suite designs and attended the grand opening last fall. Instead, he’ll play at the rival Cosmopolitan.

Lenny’s U.S. leg of his world tour kicks off in Brooklyn, and he’ll play Las Vegas on Sept. 8. Tickets go on sale Friday. Details:

Lenny’s latest album was named one of Rolling Stones’ Top Albums of 2014 and includes “New York City,” “I Never Want to Let You Down” and “She’s a Beast.”

Bill Foley Talks to Hockey Fans at Sunset Station

Bill Foley, the businessman trying to bring an NHL team to Las Vegas, answers questions for fans Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at Sunset Station. Launch slideshow »

HOCKEY UPDATE: Bill Foley, the mortgage investment banker who is leading the Maloof family pitch for an expansion NHL team for Las Vegas, says: “NHL owners convened in Las Vegas for a Board of Governors meeting and as a result of their discussions announced that the league will begin accepting applications as part of a formal expansion process.

“Since our ticket-deposit campaign launched in February, we have secured almost 13,500 deposits and commitments. I am excited to announce that we have now sold out of season tickets in our Center Ice Club, and the entire upper bowl is 98 percent sold out. Less than 200 season tickets remain in the Upper Center area.

“Las Vegas has a great deal of momentum and has definitely demonstrated that it wants a team. As we complete our application to the league, I ask that you continue to spread the word about our efforts.”

DINING SOLUTION: Las Vegas entrepreneur and investor Saville Kellner has launched another local-business startup, and our chefs and restaurants are loving him for it. Saville’s new service is

Visitors use the concierge service to locate unique Las Vegas chef dining experiences for large groups wishing to eat together enjoying chefs specials and dinner without using banquet facilities for larger groups. In three weeks, Saville has signed up more than a dozen chefs and placed more than 20 large groups with only online promotion.

BEER DAY: In honor of International Beer Day, Ri Ra Irish Pub at Mandalay Place hosts its annual #RiRaBeerDay celebration Thursday, Aug. 6. During the event, attendees will enjoy a free pint of Guinness and complimentary appetizers.

Additionally, the first 15 guests to arrive at the celebration receive a $50 gift card. Founded in 2007, International Beer Day is a global celebration of beer and the people who provide it on the first Friday in August. International Beer Day takes place in pubs, clubs, bars, breweries, beer gardens and backyards.


Ally Brooke of 5th Harmony dined at Tao in the Venetian on Monday night for her 22nd birthday. The singer and friends enjoyed sushi and sashimi, chicken fried rice with vegetables, short ribs, roasted shishito peppers and dessert.

During dinner, fans started trending #HappyBirthdayAlly on Twitter. After dinner, Ally and her group made their way to sister hotspot Marquee in the Cosmopolitan to continue the celebration at a VIP table on the dance floor as Dash Berlin spun.

Ally was presented with a three-tier cake embellished in cheetah print, music notes and gold glitter, and the group ended their night in the Boombox Room with DJ Lisa Pittman playing their hit “Worth It” as they arrived.

Horny Mike from the History Channel’s “Counting Cars” celebrated his birthday with his girlfriend Kelly at Andiamo’s Italian Steakhouse in The D Las Vegas and enjoyed oysters, shrimp cocktail and filet mignon. After dinner, owner Derek Stevens sent over a “Horny Cake.”


Olivia Newton-John returns to the Flamingo to continue her “Summer Nights” residency.


Our guest columnists are singer and actress Pia Zadora, who stars on ABC’s “Celebrity Wife Swap” on Wednesday evening, and actor Mark Shunock, who oversees the mayhem of “Rock of Ages” each night at the Venetian.

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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