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Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 | 6:04 p.m.
WARNING ADULT CONTENT: 2016 AVN Awards
WARNING ADULT CONTENT: 2016 AVN Awards
Top XXX actress Jessica Drake led today’s 100-strong contingent of porn stars and filmmakers at the California Occupational Safety & Health hearings in Oakland that seek to expand statewide regulations so that condoms, dental dams and goggles become mandatory during L.A. adult filming.
Many of the porn stars at last month’s AVN and Adult Entertainment Expo at the Hard Rock Hotel said adult-entertainment studios would move to Las Vegas if the rules were implemented.
Jessica flies from Oakland to Las Vegas for her Saturday debut appearance at Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club here.
“Dancing is how I got my start in this business, so it’s really my favorite way to interact with fans,” she said, adding that her act will be a must-see spectacle with elaborate costumes, fan interaction and dancing.
Jessica won Mainstream Star of the Year at last month’s AVN Awards at the Joint, and her newest erotic movie, “Casual Encounters,” was released Tuesday by Wicked Pictures.
SOCCER WEEKEND: Young soccer fans in Las Vegas will take part in a youth soccer clinic Friday afternoon with six Global Legends Series players at Sam Boyd Stadium. GLS is a soccer matchup of some of the most decorated and accomplished international players here for its first-ever stop in the USA.
The two teams are led by America’s Landon Donovan and Portugal’s Luis Figo of Real Madrid fame. There are 26 international players who have a combined 14 World Cup titles, 75 Champions League titles, 294 domestic league titles and more than 1,000 appearances. The total value of their contracts is more than $1.4 billion.
They represent Poland, Italy, Sweden, Mexico, France, Spain, England, the Netherlands, the Ukraine , Czech Republic and Trinidad & Tobago. Their showdown Saturday starts with a 4:30 p.m. kickoff, followed by a red carpet after-party at Hakkasan in MGM Grand.
Proceeds from their events here benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada, and 26 children from the Jackie Gaughan and Southern Highlands clubhouses will accompany the players onto the field.
POLITICALLY INCORRECT: Former Mayor Oscar Goodman admitted that he’s brought back “the broads” to his steakhouse Oscar’s Beef, Booze and Broads at the Plaza.
“We’re back to living up to our slogan of beef, booze and broads,” he told me cheerily. “I’m probably the only person in America who can get away with political incorrectness by hiring them to keep customers company and call them by that name.”
He’s added four ladies to match that job description, and they are happy to keep his customers in conversation over cocktails.
ANNIVERSARY FLIGHT: It was 35 years ago that Vegas Indoor Skydiving built its facility in the heart of the Strip. To celebrate the milestone, VIS will pit two divisions of 11 competitors each of our city’s most talented indoor skydivers in Tunnel Jam 2016 on Thursday, March 10, to claim the title of champion and $5,000 in prizes.
The public is invited to watch the inaugural flight competition by donating one bag of nonperishable food items for Three Square food bank.
Judges for the minute-long air routines with 20 points available for style and difficulty include Five Finger Death Punch bass player Chris Kael, a former flight instructor there, and BMX pro and reality-TV star Ricardo Laguna.
THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT: Whether they’re a race regular or a first-time fan, anyone visiting Las Vegas Motor Speedway during the 2016 NASCAR Weekend can find everything they will need to know via the LVMS app. Its chock full of information ranging from facility maps, shuttle routes, daily news and schedules and fan information.
The easy-to-use LVMS app, which can be downloaded to any mobile device, also includes a social media hub so fans can tap into all of LVMS’ social channels and venue information. Fans who want to know anything from what time the qualifying sessions run to when driver introductions begin can use the app. The app will be updated in real time with schedules, driver appearances, ticket upgrade information, directions, traffic tips and live audio.
If that wasn’t enough, the app also houses LVMS Fan Zone, where fans can go to have fun and earn chips redeemable for prizes and merchandise in an interactive environment. From answering trivia questions and voting in polls to performing social media tasks, there are plenty of ways for fans to use the social rewards program to earn chips that can be used for LVMS and NASCAR items. The iPhone version is available for free download in the Apple ITunes store and for Android users at the Google Play store.
POSITIVELY KIDS: “Jersey Boys” at Paris Las Vegas singer-actor Travis Cloer, who plays Frankie Valli in the hit musical, has put together his own new show, “Setting the Standard.”
He’ll perform if for the nonprofit Foundation for Positively Kids Vintage Vegas gala at Westgate Las Vegas on Saturday, March 5. The gala honors Kevin Janison of NBC News 3 and his wife, Terry, with Channel 3’s Jim Snyder hosting.
BABY BOOGALOO: Young TV star Miles Brown, known as Jack “Baby Boogaloo” Johnson on ABC’s “Black-ish,” arrives here Friday for rehearsals for his debut role in Cirque du Soleil’s “One Night for One Drop” benefit show next month at the Smith Center.
He will tell the childhood story of this year’s artistic director, Hassan El Hajjami, a former “The Beatles Love” performer, on his actual quest for water in his grandmother’s village in Morocco. We posted our first interview with Hassan in January during which he revealed his journey for water and continuing commitment to save the world’s resources.
“Iron Chef” Cat Cora will join with “Bar Magic” consultant Tobin Ellis for a Q+A at the Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show here March 8.
Undefeated boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. was ringside at Sam’s Town for the fourth Premiere Boxing Champions featuring Alexis Santiago and Erik Ruiz in the main event on Fox Sports. Alexis won a unanimous decision after a full 10 rounds.
UFC champion Georges St-Pierre was at Hyde Bellagio for a performance by American rapper and former chef Action Bronson to kick off Nice Kicks’ Las Vegas Fashion Week.
Rappers Pusha T and Travis Scott were at Drai’s Live atop the Cromwell for the Agenda and Good Music lifestyle fashion tradeshow party with Floyd and Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden in the VIP table crowd.
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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"My expectations aren't that high for my place... just the best food, the best service, the best ambiance and the best broads!" - former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman.
Goodman, opened his signature steakhouse in December 2011, bringing memorabilia he accumulated during his 12 years as mayor. His restaurant, which is in the glass dome atop the front entrance of the Plaza Hotel and Casino, features aged steaks cooked over a 600-degree grill, which is accompanied by high-quality, made-from-scratch sides by Chef Jeffrey Martell. The libations feature a variety of hand-crafted cocktails.
The restaurant combines the meal and drinks with the opportunity to have one of Oscar's "Broads" visit with customers during dinner.
"These attractive women are reminiscent of the iconic showgirls who accompanied the former mayor to events during his tenure. However, instead of being showgirls, these women will be dinner companions who can discuss Las Vegas history or things to do downtown or on the Strip. When not mingling with customers, they stroll through the restaurant as hostesses, adding to the glamorous and uniquely Vegas style of Oscar’s," according to the restaurant's promotional materials. The restaurant opens daily at 5 p.m. Reservations can be made onlineor by calling 702-386-7227.
Oscar's Lounge is just outside the restaurant, featuring hor d'ourves, such as crab cakes or seared ahi tuna, and martinis. The lounge opens daily at 4 p.m.
Calvin & James, an acoustic jazz duo, from live entertainment from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
A private dining area, which can accommodate up to 100 people, is also available, serving Italian entrees and appetizers inspired by family recipes or named after legendary mobsters.