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Strip Scribbles: Brandon Marshall, Britney Spears, Boyd Gaming expansions


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Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall jokes with reporters at the team’s training camp Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Englewood, Colo.

Super Bowl 50

Denver Broncos Peyton Manning celebrates after the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game Carolina Panthers Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. The Broncos won 24-10. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Launch slideshow »

Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show

Beyonce, Coldplay singer Chris Martin and Bruno Mars perform during halftime of Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. Launch slideshow »

Now that the nearly mandatory trip to Disneyland is out of the way for Peyton Manning’s Super Bowl 50 champions, the Denver Broncos are headed here to the Party Capital of the World.

UNR graduate and Las Vegas native Brandon Marshall leads the charge to celebrate his team’s Big Game victory, over the Carolina Panthers last Sunday, at Chateau at Paris Las Vegas.

Linebacker Brandon joined the Broncos in 2013 after beginning his NFL career with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2012. Brandon credits two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Peyton for adding him to the starting lineup in the spring of 2014 from the practice squad.

‘Britney: Piece of Me’ Opening Night

Opening night of Britney Spears’ “Britney: Piece of Me” on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at The Axis in Planet Hollywood.

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BRITNEY’S NEW SHOW: Pop princess Britney Spears resumes her residency run of “Britney: Piece of Me” at Axis at Planet Hollywood on Saturday with a newly transformed show that’s been in daytime rehearsals at Orleans Showroom the past 10 days.

I’m reliably told that it has undergone a transformation with 75 percent new-look changes. I’ve learned that two of her songs added to the production are “Breathe on Me,” which leads into “Touch of My Hand.”

My Q+A with Britney will be posted Friday, so be sure to check back.

NEW RESTAURANTS: A preview of the new Alder & Birch modern steakhouse at the Orleans on Wednesday night wowed foodies with its great menu and stunning, upmarket design. Gone was the aging Louisiana look of Canal Street, and a smart, stunning dining concept dazzled in its debut.

Ondori Asian Kitchen will open alongside it in the next month, adding to the new-dining-look transformation of the Orleans. Boyd Gaming is spending $30 million on restaurant renovations this year, with more than a dozen new eateries at its properties, including California Noodle House at the California, Filament bar at the Fremont and Brigg’s Oyster Company at Suncoast.

Alder & Birch’s menu has solid price points for old and new customers of the Orleans with its 21-day-old, dry-aged prime beef, Wagyu sirloin steaks, Kobe beef meatballs, Colorado lamb and Australian lobster tails. Guests raved about the steaks, seafood, cocktails, bread pudding and design.

‘Never Sleep Alone’

“Never Sleep Alone” with Dr. Alex Schiller. Launch slideshow »

VALENTINE’S SEX PARTIES: Love Dr. Alex Schiller’s “Never Sleep Alone” outside Caesars Palace made my mind wander as to what our Nevada brothels would be like Feb. 14. Apparently, its no secret that Valentine’s Day is a busy time for the courtesans at Sheri’s Ranch in Pahrump! The sexpert lovers lend their services to anyone in need for the romantic day. Three girls shared customer requests for Cupid’s arrows:

Perla said she will specialize in a one-on-one girlfriend experience for those who don’t have a true love: “It’s not just about sex. It’s about affection, attention, creating and sharing a connection. It’s always a popular choice, but especially so on the day centered on loving and feeling loved. Emma suggests a threesome for couples looking to add excitement to their relationship.

And Violet is happy to help people re-enact past passionate moments: “Role play and fantasy are a big part of a sex worker’s job, and role play is very popular on Valentine’s Day reliving a sexual memory. Whether it’s that secret rendezvous under the bleachers with a high school friend, the tryst on that first European tour — any life-changing benchmarks from the erotic past. I help commemorate treasured sexual memories in all their carnal glory.”

2015 VUBBA: Grand Tasting at Caesars, Part 1

The Vegas Uncork'd Grand Tasting at Garden of the Gods pool Friday, April 24, 2015, at Caesars Palace. Launch slideshow »

MORE SECRETS UNCORK’D: We told you this week the news of Nobu’s $1,000 dinner and a “blind-folded,” dine-in-the-dark Bacchanal Buffet luncheon at Caesars. Now I have more Vegas Uncork’d news from the star-chef-studded Bon Appetit culinary events here from April 28-May 1:

Gordon Ramsay will see if you can handle his heat in his kitchen at Caesars alongside past contestants from his hit Fox show “Hell’s Kitchen”; Michael Mina will helm a “Steakhouse Redux” at Golden Steer; Michael Chow will host his first-ever Masters Dinner at his new Mr. Chow in Caesars; Tao in the Venetian will host an after-hours Sake & Sushi party; Guy Savoy will simultaneously celebrate VUBBA’s 10th anniversary with his Caesars restaurant’s 10th anniversary; and Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger will hosts two events at their Border Grill in Caesars, a cooking class and tequila-tasting dinner.

Buddy “Cake Boss” Valastro will throw a bubbles brunch at his Palazzo restaurant, and Nobu Matsuhisa will teach the art of rolling sushi while tasting sake. The Grand Tasting is set for April 29 at Garden of the Gods pool at Caesars with 50-plus renowned chefs.

SPORTS WEEKEND: Las Vegas is well represented at Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game at Air Canada Center in Toronto: Hometown hero Ne-Yo will sing our national anthem, and Cirque du Soleil cast members will perform a “basketball dream fantasy.”

Fight Weekend: Bradley Cooper, Russell Westbrook at EBC

Bradley Cooper and David Guetta at Encore Beach Club on Saturday, May 2, 2015, in Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

OPENING AND EXPANDING: Encore Beach Club kicks off Season 7 the weekend of March 4 in time for Spring Break. Due to last season’s popular Thursday night “Encore Beach Club at Night” parties, a Friday night edition will be added this season starting April 29, making it the Strip’s only weekend nighttime pool party.

BLUE MAN TOUR: It has been 25 years since the innocent, curious Blue Man Group drummed their way with splashing paint onto the entertainment scene. As part of the celebrations, they’ll launch a world tour in Singapore next month, with stops in New Zealand in April. It’s the first of several projects planned by co-founder Chris Wink for the troupe back at its original home at Luxor.

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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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