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Strip Scribbles: Kerry Simon marquee tribute; FBI; Criss Angel, Spencer Horsman

Kerry Simon’s 60th Birthday

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Chef Kerry Simon celebrates his 60th birthday at Simon on Wednesday, May 14, 2015, in Palms Place.

Simon Says Fight MSA Benefit

Kerry Simon, second from left, and Bill Murray, right attend the Simon Says Fight MSA benefit at Keep Memory Alive event center Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in downtown Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

It might be the ultimate Las Vegas tribute to late star chef Kerry Simon, who lost his life last month to Multiple System Atrophy that he battled for nearly two years. It also is one he probably never expected.

Strip hotels will simultaneously display a marquee message celebrating the life and accomplishments of “Iron Chef” Kerry on Sunday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m.

A Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority official said, “It is in honor of the contributions he made to our culinary scene and the imprint he made on the destination overall.”

The salute takes place one hour after the three-hour “Celebration of Life” party at the Keep Memory Alive center in Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health where he was treated downtown.

‘The Supernaturalists’ By Criss Angel

“The Supernaturalists” by Criss Angel. Launch slideshow »

Criss Angel and Spencer Horsman

FINAL ATTEMPT? Magician Criss Angel will return to Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut on Monday to host a public water-escape performance featuring Spencer Horsman, one of the star illusionists in his magic ensemble “The Supernaturalists.”

“Spencer must put it all on the line if he wants to conquer this life-threatening challenge once and for all,” said Criss, who also revealed that Spencer will retire the act if next Monday’s attempt fails again.

“The Supernaturalists” will return to Foxwoods this fall as the show, with Criss in an exclusive world premiere, resumes two limited runs from Nov. 11-15 and Dec. 16-20.

Former Luxor chief Felix Rappaport, now president and CEO of Foxwoods, said: “Criss Angel’s genius in creating many of the most difficult stunts ever witnessed in the history of magic will make this event truly unforgettable. Although Spencer is a world-class performer, his willingness to even attempt this feat yet again is unimaginable.”


The FBI has been brought in to investigate the “catfishing” identity theft of a female Las Vegas reality-TV star by a woman who posed as a man and posted false sexual claims on the Internet. The perpetrator claimed to have a Las Vegas business but has been tracked to Chicago.

Which beloved restaurant is about to be closed in a surprise announcement to staff?

Which new restaurant will shock foodies in town with $50 and $75 entrees?

‘Raiding the Rock Vault’ at LVH

Howard Leese, center, performs with other band members during song rehearsal for Launch slideshow »

MUSICAL VOWS: Last April, Tropicana LV Weddings asked couples to tell why they deserved to win a Rock Star Wedding and weekend getaway in a suite at Tropicana. They were touched by the story from Danielle Fullmer, a young lady from Arizona who shared the heartbreak and sweet story of love and loss:

“I was a girl who was raised on classic rock! My dad had a record collection like no one else. I got engaged to a man who my dad thought the world of on Easter 2014. My dad was ecstatic! Sadly, on May 25, 2014, my dad passed away in his sleep. He passed away listening to his iPod. My fiance and I listen to his playlist daily. He was so happy I found such an amazing man, and this wedding would put a huge smile on his face. I saw ‘Raiding the Rock Vault’ four days after my dad passed away. We felt him in that room. He was smiling from dimple to dimple.”

Danielle will exchange vows with Matthew Bertrand as “Raiding the Rock Vault” lead singer Paul Shortino officiates at 11 a.m. Saturday, and the public is invited to attend.

Burlesque Hall of Fame: Tournament of Tease

Elektra Cute performs during the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend's Tournament of Tease Saturday, June 1, 2013 at the Orleans. Launch slideshow »

BURLESQUE FESTIVAL: The art of undressing is almost as old as show business, and the titillating, tantalizing and teasing of the Las Vegas Burlesque Festival begins its three-day run at Gold Coast today.

Tassels stay on for the nightly cabaret revues, with the highlight being Saturday’s spectacular hosted by Foxy Tann. Among those attending will be 2009 Miss Exotic World Kalani Kokonuts and 2013 Miss Exotic World LouLou D’vil.

For the second year, there’s a six-course Burly School for ladies wanting to learn the art form from the headline beauties. The festival schedule is at

911 HOSPITAL EMERGENCY: A cable TV channel’s production company is casting here for a medical re-enactment reality-TV series about Las Vegas mishaps and accidents. If you have a story that ends with being taken to an emergency room, they want to hear from you. It can be any type of accident but preferably one that rings to the tune of “only in Las Vegas.”

For example, a story about when somebody got drunk, did something stupid and injured himself; a stripper who fell off a pole and broke her wrist; an accident at a local gun range; a fight at a wedding chapel that led to injuries; a bachelorette party gone awry leading to hospital treatment; or a performer’s acrobatic stunt mishap.

Chosen participants will have their stories re-enacted and receive compensation for a TV interview. The producers want only legitimate stories, as they will be verified with hospital records. The show is in production here. Email producers at [email protected]

CLAIMING GOLD: The first puzzle in the “Endgame: The Calling” high-stakes apocalyptic book trilogy brought to life by bestselling authors James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton was solved just 24 hours before today’s deadline.

To win “Endgame,” the winner had to solve an interactive puzzle comprised of clues leading to a real-life $500,000 cash prize. Froyal Moreno del Rio solved the puzzle and this afternoon unlocked the gold vault at Caesars Palace for the big payoff.

Book 2, “Sky Key: An Endgame” was published Tuesday. The New York Times bestselling authors were on hand at Caesars to autograph copies of both books. No word yet on the title of Book 3 or its publication date, but more puzzles and cash prizes await.

Festivino at Palazzo

Festivino on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, at the Palazzo Atrium. Launch slideshow »


The fifth-annual Festivino wine-and-food festival with 10 top French chefs and Jonathan Cain of Journey is at the Venetian on Friday night.

The Epicurean Charitable Foundation’s annual MENUS (Mentoring and Educating Nevada’s Upcoming Students) dine-around gala with more than 30 top restaurant chefs is at Mandalay Bay Beach on Friday night.

Tennis legend Billie Jean King teams with Sir Elton John on Monday at Caesars Palace in matchups with Andre Agassi, Steffi Graff, Martina Navratilova, Andy Roddick, Lindsay Davenport, James Blake and Mardy Fish to raise funds for Elton John’s AIDS Foundation and AFAN.


Salute hosts its grand opening at Red Rock Resort.

Dennis Bono welcomes Dave Coulier and Jeff Liebow to his live broadcast at South Point Showroom.

The five-piece Las Vegas band Walk Off Hits plays five original tracks from its debut EP “For the Love of the Game” at Lounge at the Palms.

Dark Orchestra is at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq Promenade.

House Seats performs Michael Jackson’s album “Thriller” at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel.

And I film a pizza-cooking challenge at 800 Degrees Naples Pizzeria, where the flour is imported from Italy, at SLS Las Vegas.


In our weekly Weekend Celebrity Preview: Panic! At the Disco, 50 Cent and Sublime With Rome headline Wine Amplified, Halloween attractions open, plus, Carrie Underwood, Neil Young, “A Choreographers’ Showcase,” Siegfried & Roy host the Las Vegas Metro Police K-9 Trials at Orleans Arena — and more.

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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