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Strip Scribbles: Historic designation for Liberace Mansion? Westgate sportsbook, Shelby giveaway


Steve Marcus

British businessman Martyn J. Ravenhill hosts an open house and book signing at the Liberace house Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. Ravenhill purchased Liberace’s former residence for $500,000 in August. He also recently published a book titled “The Social Stockmarket.”

Martyn J. Ravenhill and the Liberace House

British businessman Martyn J. Ravenhill poses in a marble bath tub during an open house and book signing at the Liberace house Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. Ravenhill purchased Liberace's former residence for $500,000 in August. He also recently published a book titled Launch slideshow »

Clark County commissioners will meet next Wednesday to read and hear petitions for the newly renovated Liberace Mansion to receive a historic designation.

British businessman Martyn J. Ravenhill purchased the home and has spent a small fortune restoring it to its former grandeur to preserve Liberace’s legacy in Las Vegas. This would be a first for Clark County.

Initially, the ordinance established in 2011 only applied to neighborhoods for historic-preservation protections but in October 2014 was expanded to homeowners and structures.

Liberace fans and supporters will address the commissioners to explain why the mansion should be designated a historic building. Martyn told me:

“This would enable us to protect the house and its unique characteristics. Eventually, I hope we can seek a national designation. Las Vegas has not been overly aggressive in preserving tangible properties related to our community’s unique history.

“Winning a historic designation for the Liberace Mansion would be a very positive accomplishment for our community.”

Westgate Las Vegas Superbook

RENOVATIONS: The Westgate Las Vegas race and sportsbook Superbook has gotten even bigger and more luxurious with its newly renovated look unveiled Tuesday by Westgate founder David Siegel, who flew in from Florida for the champagne event.

To mark the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Mayor Carolyn Goodman and former Mayor Oscar Goodman were there with dueling proclamations alongside Clark County Commissioners Steve Sisolak and Larry Brown.

Videographer Richard Corey also was on duty for his YouTube video. The Superbook now sprawls more than 25,000 square feet and features one of the world’s largest indoor LED video walls at 4,488 square feet — 240 feet wide and 20 feet tall.

There are more than 400 seats and 19 wagering windows for players, plus a new bar and deli.

ON THE MOVE — OPENINGS: Hermes of Paris will be expanded at Crystals at CityCenter. Plans are underway for Hermes to relocate from existing premises to a much-expanded 13,500-square-foot space adjacent to Aria’s lobby entrance with a premium bi-level location. The target date for opening Hermes Crystals is December 2017.

* The nationwide hairstyling chain Drybar opens its flagship store at Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood in July. The brand’s largest footprint to date at 2,797 square feet will feature 20 styling chairs, DJ booth, full bar and photo booth. Drybar specializes in “no cuts, no color,” just blowouts at a flat price regardless of hair length and thickness. The wash is included.

Drybar is now in all 319 USA Sephora stores, 117 Nordstrom stores and 53 Canadian outlets. Chrissy Teigen, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Garner and Zooey Deschanel call it a “regular stop.” Stores will be opened by year’s end in New York, Seattle, Miami, L.A. and Toronto for a total of 75 standalone shops.

Mob Museum Toasts Anniversary

Jonathan Ullman, executive director and CEO of the Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, poses in front of a bullet-pocked wall at the museum in downtown Las Vegas Wednesday, Feb.13, 2013. The wall is a portion of the warehouse wall where the St. Valentine's Day massacre occurred on Feb. 14, 1929. The museum celebrates it's first anniversary on Valentine's Day. Launch slideshow »

* The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, aka the Mob Museum, has unveiled artifacts from the historic production “Folies Bergere” that had a 50-year run at Tropicana starting Dec. 24, 1959, and ending March 28, 2009. During the 1970s, the production’s executive producer was Joe Agosto, who oversaw the skim at Tropicana for Midwestern Mob families.

“Folies” came to Las Vegas from Paris, France, where it started as a cabaret music hall in 1869. Lou Walters, father of broadcast journalist Barbara Walters, is credited with bringing it to Tropicana when he was entertainment director. The costumes are on loan from Nevada State Museum, which recently acquired a large collection of “Folies” wardrobe from Tropicana.

TRAVELING MAGIC: Three Las Vegas magicians who make up the team Magic & Mystery School here will tour Britain as part of its 25th anniversary celebration.

Jeff McBride, Larry Hass and Eugene Burger will travel, teach and perform together throughout the tour starting at the world’s largest magic convention in Blackpool from Feb. 19-21.

They’ll hold a four-city lecture/workshop tour through Manchester, Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Blackpool, then three lectures at month’s end in Hertfordshire.

DAM SHORT FILM FESTIVAL: Nearly 130 short films to make viewers laugh, cry, shriek and sit on the edge of their seats will be shown at the 12th Annual Dam Short Festival at the historic Boulder City theater starting tonight 20 miles from the Strip.

The four-day festival wraps Saturday with the awards gala in Forge Social House for best drama, comedy, sci-fi, horror, animation, student and documentary.

Manneken Pis Las Vegas Unveiled

The Manneken Pis Las Vegas statue is shown after an unveiling ceremony at The D Las Vegas on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in downtown Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

OWNERS CAR: The D Las Vegas owner Derek Stevens is giving away his prized 2016 Shelby GFT350 Ford Mustang in a drawing to his casino customers.

The contest is from March 1 through September, with one player each month qualifying for the grand prize of the car on Sept. 17. The six-speed, four-passenger car with white exterior and racing blue stripe holds the chassis number 284 from 500 produced.

FOND FAREWELL: On her last night of her first run of residency shows at Axis Theater at Planet Hollywood, Jennifer Lopez treated cast and crew of “All I Have” to an Italian feast. J.Lo has fallen in love with our Italian restaurants, having become a regular at Carmine’s in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace and Martorano’s in Paris Las Vegas.

On Tuesday night, she had Carmine’s send over 10 garlic and oil pastas, six antipastos, seven orders of garlic bread, seven sides of broccoli and three mixed green salads. For dessert, there were 60 cannolis and eight cheesecakes. J.Lo has just added dates in May, June, July, August and December that go on sale Friday. She returns May 22.

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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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