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Strip Scribbles: Showgirl Museum, Alvin Ailey, NAB, Prima Jr., fireworks

<em>Jubilee!</em> by Denise Truscello

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“Jubilee!” at Bally’s photographed by Denise Truscello in May and June of 2011 for its 30th anniversary on the Strip.

Jubilee! by Denise Truscello

“Jubilee!” at Bally’s photographed by Denise Truscello in May and June of 2011 for its 30th anniversary on the Strip. Launch slideshow »

Extreme Collectibles

The more than 20,000 items in the Showgirl Museum are valued at more than $50 million, having been repaired and restored to their original beauty. Designer Grant Philipo assembled the treasured collection over the last 30 years.

There are pieces from 1960’s “Folies Bergere” from Paris and originals from Donn Arden’s “Jubilee” that closed at Bally’s in February after nearly 35 years.

On the Discovery Channel’s 2013 show “Extreme Collectibles”, the museum was described as “the greatest single collection of elegant and original show costumes in the world.”

It truly is a walk back to the Golden Era, then right up to present day. Now a group of showbiz supporters led by hypnotist entertainer Thom Kaz are leading a fundraising effort not only to save the museum but also to also expand it with a permanent home where visitors can explore.

FIREWORKS: Last week’s angry winds calmed just in time for the spectacular 10th anniversary fireworks at Red Rock Resort on Saturday. It took six days and 2,000 man hours to install the pyrotechnics for the eight-minute show.

Twenty pyro technicians choreographed the fireworks in 72 hours. Additionally, 45 7,000-watt xenon beams were used for the performance illuminations of the three nights of animated light shows.

TAX DAY: Today ends the IRS extension for filing 2015 federal tax returns. If you leave it to the last minute at 8 p.m., you can find a mobile Post Office open at Shark Reef Aquarium in Mandalay Bay.

The USPS on wheels staff will give you two free tickets to the exhibit to ease the pain of sending more money to the government.

ONCE IN A LIFETIME: Dancers from Las Vegas have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity Tuesday to learn from some of the best dancers in the world as the Alvin Ailey American Dance theater hosts a one-day master-class workshop at the Smith Center.

Its their way of arriving in our community for two nights of performances Tuesday and Wednesday. AAAD dancer Daniel Harder will talk about the grace, skill and beauty that characterizes the troupe and what it takes to dance for them.

2016 NAB Show: Day 1

Neal Mohan, YouTube's Chief Product Officer, speaks during the first day of the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center Monday, April 18, 2016. Mohan announced the introduction of 360-degree live streaming and spatial audio on YouTube. Launch slideshow »

BROADCASTING BILLIONS: More than 25,000 delegates from 160-plus countries have arrived here with 100,000 media and entertainment professionals for the National Association of Broadcasters six-day convention at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Some 1,800 exhibitors are on hand sprawled over more than 1 million square feet representing digital media, broadcast, film, post-production, advertising, online video and more. The exhibits and meetings run through Thursday and last year represented nearly $20 billion in purchasing power.

TREATMENT BREAKTHROUGH: Multimillionaire tycoon John Paul DeJoria, who runs the mega-brand John Paul DeJoria hair care and Patron tequila products, has set up new Las Vegas headquarters for his third major company.

John Paul DeJoria

He now has a botanicals, ultra-effective formula for cold sore treatment gel Aubio and an external analgesic lip protectant that also treats fever blisters. Some 3.7 million people suffer from cold sores, and he has Nature’s Golden Drop to treat it.

PRIMA PRIMO: They were dancing in the aisles, up and down the stairs and in their seats when Louis Prima Jr. rocked the Palms on Saturday. He even got caught up in the enthusiasm and led the band on a play-and-walk through the theater. The Witnesses are fine musicians and are as zany as Louis is while performing. He sat in on the drums for a solo at one point while his bass player was lying on his back on the floor with the instrument above him as he played it.

“My wife just had triplets, so I’m celebrating,” he told to the audience. They deserve a full-time Las Vegas residency. They are supercharged with energy, pack a ton of fun into their show and jump-jive better than any youngsters. Naturally, they closed with their hit “Just a Gigolo” as the audience sang along.


What a wrap party it was for the stars of 2016 CinemaCon at Sir Elton John’s Fizz champagne bar at Caesars Palace. In attendance: Jared Leto, Kevin Hart, Chris Pratt, Colin Farrell, Samuel L. Jackson, Will Smith, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Eddie Redmayne, Jeff Goldblum and more.

Choreographer Mary Murphy (“So You Think You Can Dance”) and R&B singer-songwriter and producer Durrell Babbs, aka Tank separately attended “Absinthe” at Caesars. Post-performances, they met with The Gazillionaire, Joy Jenkins and Melody Sweets for photos.

Actors Lorenzo Lamas and Winsor Harmon dined at Jenna and Michael Morton’s La Comida and enjoyed Hamburguesa Mexicana, enchiladas de pollo, steak and chicken tacos and house margaritas with Lorenzo’s wife and daughter.

Actor Tom Felton (“Harry Potter”) enjoyed dinner at Tao in the Venetian with a group of friends before heading upstairs to the nightclub for a VIP table and the sounds of Four Color Zack.

Also there: Rapper Wiz Khalifa and friends and separately “Pretty Little Liars” star Janel Parrish celebrating her boyfriend Justin Altamura’s 30th birthday. “Teen Wolf” star Cody Christian celebrated his 21st birthday there while Demetrius Shipp (“All Eyez On Me”) partied at Tao.

Over at Lavo in Palazzo, Redfoo and The Party Rock Crew were the life of party as they broke out in dance and got the restaurant joining in when the DJ played their songs.

Upstairs in Lavo Casino Club, Chicago Bears safety Omar Bolden and Washington Redskins safety Duke Ihenacho partied with friends.

Swedish indie-pop trio Miike Snow performed the first concert of the season at Boulevard Pool in the Cosmopolitan with guest Kaneholler.

“SYTYCD” executive producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe was spotted at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in the Miracle Mile Shops of Planet Hollywood.

And Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Nassif (“Botched”) celebrated a friend’s bachelor party at Encore Beach Club as DJ David Guetta spun the wheels of steel. Golfer Jordan Spieth partied in an upper-deck bungalow with pals.

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Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich and 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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