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Strip Scribbles: Blue Man Group, Skating Aratas, Jabbawockeez on NBC’s ‘I Can Do That’



Jenny and Victor Arata on NBC’s “I Can Do That.”

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Alan Ritchson, a Blue Man and Joe Jonas at Blue Man Group in Monte Carlo for “I Can Do That” on NBC.

Joe Jonas, Alan Ritchson at BMG

Joe Jonas, center, and Alan Ritchson, right, at Blue Man Group in Monte Carlo for “I Can Do That” on NBC. Launch slideshow »

Jabbawockeez on NBC’s I Can Do That

NBC’s new Tuesday night hit “I Can Do That” is giving plenty of exposure to Las Vegas entertainment. Here’s a sneak peek and rare photo of two of the reality-TV show’s stars Joe Jonas and Alan Ritchson as honorary Blue Men.

The pop star and the actor, respectively, flew to Las Vegas for training at the Monte Carlo theater for their adventure, which will be shown tonight on NBC. It’s the first time in Blue Man Group history that a pair of non-Blue Men performers were permitted to go through the entire bald-and-blue experience.

Blue Man Group co-founders and original Blue Men Phil Stanton and Chris Wink taught the TV duo. At one point, Joe spits paint onto a revolving art canvas to create a one-of-a-kind painting.

The cast of the six-week summer series “I Can Do that” includes former Pussycat Dolls singer, dancer and actress Nicole Scherzinger; singer Ciara (who headlined at Drai’s atop the Cromwell on Friday night with boyfriend Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson); standup comic Jeff Dye; and “Dancing With the Stars” pro-dancer champion Cheryl Burke.

Host Marlon Wayans tracks down unique entertainment across America and challenges the celebrity players to see if they can duplicate the act. Already, Joe and Cheryl have attempted to re-create the amazing dance steps of our Luxor headliners the Jabbawockeez.

Next up Tuesday, June 16, and 23, the amazing Las Vegas skating duo Victor Arata and Jenny Arata known as The Skating Aratas. They will coach two of the celebrities on how to master their jaw-dropping routine. After a week of intensive training, the celebrities will return to the stage to perform the act in hopes of scoring the top “ultimate entertainer” title slot.

The Skating Aratas perform their death-defying roller-skating stunts as headliners in David Saxe’s “V: The Ultimate Variety Show” at Miracle Mile Shops of Planet Hollywood. One includes a high-speed, 360-degree spin while Jenny hangs for two minutes from Victor’s neck in a noose! Which stars will tackle that mind-blowing sequence?

Caesars Headliners Reba McEntire, Brooks & Dunn

Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn announce their show Launch slideshow »

SOLD OUT: Caesars Palace executives reported today that the June 24-27 concerts of Reba McEntire, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn are already sold out during their June 17-July 4 initial residency run at the Colosseum.

It’s been 10 years since country superstar Reba has performed at the CMT Awards, but the Caesars resident entertainer returns for Wednesday night’s fan-voted awards show.

Reba joins a lineup of singers including Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban and Lady Antebellum with a EDM mashup with DJ Zedd. The show, broadcast from Nashville on CMT, also will feature former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Las Vegas regular comedian David Spade and singers Hunter Hayes and Billy Ray Cyrus as presenters.

The show is hosted by “DWTS” co-host Erin Andrews and actress Brittany Snow (“Pitch Perfect 2”), who will hop on a plane afterward for her Vegas Magazine cover girl party at Omnia in Caesars on Friday evening.

2015 ‘One Night for One Drop’: Blue Carpet

Cirque du Soleil's 'One Night for One Drop' blue carpet Friday, March 20, 2015, at 1 OAK in the Mirage. Launch slideshow »

CIRQUE’S ‘ONE DROP’ MOVIE: Artists from eight Cirque du Soleil shows took part in this year’s “One Night for One Drop” fundraiser at the Mirage. Fathom Events, who will unveil it as a one-night-only movie playing in nationwide cinemas Wednesday, filmed the one-night-only concert.

This special theatrical edition of the charity benefit also will include never-before-seen footage from some of the most talented Cirque performers on the Strip. Select Regal Cinemas in Las Vegas are showing this epic production reliving their amazing feats.


Culinary couples Kim Canteenwalla and Elizabeth Blau welcome chefs Megan Romano and Joseph Romano as they team up for a four-course, pop-up dining experience at Kim and Elizabeth’s Made L.V. in Tivoli Village.

Megan and Joe, who married shortly after meeting in the kitchen of Charlie Palmer’s Aureole in New York, run Chocolate & Spice Bakery. Elizabeth and husband Kim run Honey Salt, Andiron Steak & Sea, Buddy V’s, Made L.V. and new restaurants opening at Westgate Las Vegas.

Congratulations to Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Harrah’s celebrating its 50th anniversary with a five-course Founders Favorites dinner paired with New Orleans-style cocktails and California wines. The favorite menu items of Ruth Fertel, known as the First Lady of Steak, will be served.

Comedians Bobby Collins, Michael Palasck and Murray Valerriano headline at the Improv in Harrah’s through Sunday.

“The Wheels of Soul” summer tour rolls into Pearl at the Palms with Tedeschi Trucks Band, Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings and Doyle Bramhall II.


A culinary experience with Frank Sinatra’s granddaughter A.J. Lambert as Sinatra at Encore executive chef Theo Schoenegger and she share secrets of Ol’ Blue Eyes’ Sunday menu favorites. Plus, a visit to the new Public School 702 in Downtown Summerlin.

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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