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Strip Scribbles: Showtime cameras are ready for Jake Steinfeld’s show
It’s still a mystery as to what No Expectations is all about, but Showtime cameras will be rolling tomorrow night at MGM’s Hollywood Theater for Jake Steinfeld’s Las Vegas premiere of his one-man show. Superstar singer Tom Jones will wind up his performance there and turn the stage over to Jake for the late-night entertainment that we reported exclusively earlier this month.
Jake isn’t doing any publicity for the show so that it all remains a surprise. He would only say: “Robin, you’ve known me over 20 years, and I approach everything with extraordinary passion. That’s how I’m going into this, too, even though it’s a complete departure from anything and everything I’ve ever done before.”
You can be guaranteed that it will be packed with humor, incredible storytelling and inspiration. Jake says it will be far more than a motivational experience. Tickets are free because it’s a TV taping, but be there in plenty of time for the 10:30 p.m. start to assure a seat.
*Two movie parties are on tap this weekend here. First up, the premiere tonight of Reach for Me at the Las Vegas Hilton, with Zac Efron among the confirmed celebrity guests. Stars from the film confirmed for the red carpet include director LeVar Burton, Adrienne Barbeau, Charlene Blaine, Seymour Cassel and Alfre Woodard. Others attending include Steve Buscemi, Queen Emily, Corey Haim, Lani Misalucha and her cast, Steve Railsback, Billy Zane and football hero Rudy Ruettiger.
Then tomorrow night, Corey and his co-stars and crew celebrate the debut of his film American Sunset at Hawaiian Tropic Zone in Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile. Among those expected are co-stars Frank Molina, Bernard Robichaud, Angela Cullins and Eric Leffler, with producer-writer Jackie Giroux, executive producer Gary Rasmussen and director Michael Masucci. Also attending will be Mark Atienza, Pamela Warren, Natalie Denise Sperl, Masiela Lusha, Lalesha Railsback and Estella Warren.
*Please support the Grant a Gift Autism Foundation as it presents its first Fashion for Autism Gala at the Four Seasons Hotel tomorrow with Nevada first lady Dawn Gibbons, 2008 Miss USA Brittany Williams and Fantasy headliner Angelica Bridges.
*Carlos Santana and his legendary band are bringing their high-energy fusion rock show back to Las Vegas this spring and have just announced eight additional dates in The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel from April 21 through May 2. Tickets go on sale tomorrow. Carlos and the boys are at The Joint from Feb. 3-21 in time for the release of the 10th anniversary edition of Supernatural.
*To celebrate the Year of the Tiger and Chinese New Year, illusionist Dirk Arthur is taking his 3-month-old rare white Bengal tiger Saber to the students of the Hebrew Academy on Monday. It’s a rare opportunity for kids to prove that touching a tiger’s tale brings good luck. Dirk will speak about the white tigers that have been extinct in the wild since the 1960s, with only 600 in captivity. Dirk has the largest exotic cat habitat in the world here in Las Vegas.
Singer Avril Lavigne rolled up with friends at 1:45 a.m. to enjoy the rest of the night pre-dawn at Eva Longoria Parker’s Eve in Crystals at CityCenter. MMA and UFC champions Dan Henderson and Rashad Evans also were at Eve. … Crooner Matt Goss, who wraps his residency at the Palms this weekend before moving onto the Strip, was the surprise guest performer at last night’s cocktail party in Tiffany & Co. at CityCenter to showcase the new store and its magnificent jewels. Our photo by Ethan Miller of Getty Images shows Matt with Tiffany Group Director Peter Sinibaldi. … Hip-hop hero Busta Rhymes hosted Tao’s Worship Party last night in The Venetian. His night began with dinner at Tao with a group of friends before heading upstairs to a VIP table and entertaining the crowd with songs including “Arab Money,” “Put Ya Hands Where My Eyes Can See” and “Courvoisier.” … Contributing photographer Tom Donoghue was on hand when Adam LaRoche of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Chipper Jones of the Atlanta Braves with Buck Commander leader Willie Robinson of The Outdoor Network decided that a tattoo in Carey Hart’s Hart & Huntington tattoo parlor in the Hard Rock Hotel was a good thing to do for the cameras. … CHiPs star Erik Estrada watched Jersey Boys last night in the Palazzo.
*Have you ever wanted to break through your mental barriers? Have you ever contemplated walking on fire through hot coals? Firewalker and motivational speaker Jordan Wirsz will show you how to light up your life at the Wyndham Wingate in Henderson during a daylong seminar tomorrow. He preaches empowerment, so I guess if you can walk on fire, then you can do anything? Just know those coals are 800 to 1,200 degrees!
Now it’s our turn to heat up our own weekly mind-over-matter package of hot goodies that we affectionately fire up and refer to around here as the ROYAL ROBIN RUNDOWN:
Friday, Jan. 22
*King of country Garth Brooks performs his one-man show at Encore Theater in the Wynn, with four performances through Sunday.
*The first rock ’n’ roll wine event of 2010 takes flight at the Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip with rockers Lit and guests As Tall as Lions, with more than 20 wineries presenting more than 40 wines.
*For more than 40 years, The Temptations have racked up smash hits and sold-out shows. Otis Williams, Bruce Williamson, Terry Weeks, Ron Tyson and Joe Herndon bring classic Motown back to The Orleans for three nights through Sunday.
*Vince Neil’s Dr. Feelgood’s Rock Bar & Grill presents the balancing musical act Highwire.
*It’s the official grand opening of Hash House A Go Go, its second location in Las Vegas, serving super-sized “twisted farm food” in Imperial Palace.
Direct from MTV’s Jersey Shore, DJ Pauly and The Situation orchestrate a party night at Jet in The Mirage. … Lauren Conrad hosts at The Bank Nightclub in the Bellagio. … And Penthouse Pet Shay Laren hosts at Hawaiian Tropic Zone.
*Comedienne Bear is at Bonkerz Comedy Club in Palace Station for two shows tonight, with 50 percent of the proceeds earmarked for the American Red Cross for Haitian earthquake relief.
Saturday, Jan. 23
*Singer Katy Perry, who recently became engaged to comedian Russell Brand, hosts at Haze in Aria.
*Jazz musician Najee, who plays clarinet, flute and sax, has “Mind Over Matter” intact for his concert at Boulder Station.
*He once flew onstage in just a loincloth and knee-high leather boots, but Ted Nugent has quieted down his rock persona a little these days -- but he’s still a delightfully eccentric and gregarious rocker. His “Journey to the Center of the Mind” brings him to Ovation at Green Valley Ranch.
*George Clinton and the Parliaments play those funkadelic sessions at the Star of the Desert Arena in Primm.
*They can do far more than just KO with their fists! Five Finger Death Punch heads a four-act night at the House of Blues in Mandalay Bay with Shadows Fall, God Forbid and 2 Cents.
*As we reported above, fitness guru Jake Steinfeld performs his one-man show at MGM’s Hollywood Theater.
*Blandini performs at Dr. Feelgood’s Rock Bar & Grill.
*Residents and visitors alike can meet all 53 of the 2010 Miss America Pageant contestants, now including Miss Puerto Rico, at Fashion Show at 5:30 p.m. The glamour girls will sign autographs and pose for photos with fans.
*General Hospital actor Nikolas Cassadine will be joined by the hunks of Thunder From Down Under and Frank Marino and his cast of female impersonators from Divas Las Vegas at Imperial Palace for the 9th Annual Women’s Fair at South Point. More than 125 businesses and 5,000 participants are expected.
*Tickets go on sale for comedian Jeff Dunham’s Caesars Palace The Colosseum shows on March 19 and 20. On YouTube, his clip of Achmed the Dead Terrorist is the eighth most viewed of all time.
LL Cool J hosts and performs at Pure in Caesars Palace, while Mario is at sister nightspot LAX in the Luxor.
Sunday, Jan. 24
*Congratulations to a chef’s best friend: Chefwear celebrates its 20th anniversary with a party at Wolfgang Puck’s Postrio in The Venetian, with kitchen kings and queens flying in for the festivities.
*The opening night party for the National Association of Television Program Executives will be held at Border Grill in Mandalay Bay.
*Ring up the register because Cash’d Out with guests the Delta Bombers are performing at Carey Hart’s Wasted Space in the Hard Rock Hotel.
We’ll have the full weekend photo wrap-up of the Miss America contestants at play throughout the Strip, zooming in on their night of electric go-kart racing at Pole Position Raceway, along with a photo gallery from Marie Osmond’s Woman of the Year tribute by Nevada Ballet Theater. Plus, NATPE gets underway at Mandalay Bay, and we’ll have all those behind-the-scenes details.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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