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Strip Scribbles: Caesars Palace to transform plaza into mountain of ice
Despite expected temperatures of over 100 degrees for the Fourth of July weekend, Caesars Palace wants visitors to be cool -- in fact, ice cold. For two days, the Roman Plaza on the Strip front behind Serendipity 3 will be converted into an ice palace. This cold zone will feature snowboarding and skiing on a four-story snow jump.
Professional snowboarders and skiers will give demonstrations on the slopes of Caesars, and it comes complete with a walk-through ice lounge. It’s all part of a promotion for ice-cold Coors Light’s aluminum pints, so if the snow and ice don’t chill you, the brew will.
WICKED WHISPERS & RAMPANT RUMORS
Has a star entertainer sold one of the largest homes and grounds in Las Vegas with plans for a new company to turn it into a theme park that would welcome tourists and offer them a glimpse of his life and styles? … Was Steve Wynn serious about living in Macau for six months of the year, as he told a Macau TV show? … Was rival Sheldon Adelson on target when he said 90 percent of revenue next year and into the future for his Sands will come from his amazing Asian casino growth? … What major changes are afoot for Zowie Bowie? … I didn’t realize online networking had become arcane! But that’s the message from technology wizards here this week for Cisco Systems’ conference. CEO John Chambers gives the keynote speech, and then it’s out with the old and in with the new. … It’s a first as far as I know, but executives at The Venetian and Palazzo resorts have partnered with Barona casino near San Diego so that guests there can cash in their reward points for hotel suites, fine dining and gondola rides. The trade-off is that Venetian and Palazzo customers can golf, dine and stay at Barona.
*Ratings for Holly Madison’s new reality TV series Holly’s World continue to impress E! Entertainment execs that there’ve been preliminary talks about extending the eight-week run and shooting schedule and pushing up the start date of Season 2. Last night, I turned up on the third episode at Holly’s housewarming party, as you can see in this E! clip on YouTube.
It doesn’t show you the scream fest between Holly’s Peepshow co-star Josh Strickland and Holly’s assistant Angel Porrino, so you’ll have to catch a rerun for that heated row. “I don’t want to fight with you,” Angel said in between sobs. “This is not about me, this is not about you. This is about Holly today.” He stormed away after some bleeped-out expletives, as Angel cried: “This is dumb. This is so stupid. I don’t even want to fight anymore.”
*Congratulations to Carlos Santana, resident headliner at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel, for being named Community Advocate and Entertainer of the Year at the In Business Las Vegas 2010 Angel Awards. His sister Maria Santana Vrionis and Santana Management chief Michael Vrionis accepted the award at Planet Hollywood. Carlos has donated his time and money to the community since beginning his residency.
A portion of tickets sold to Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through the Hits goes to his Milagro Foundation, which then donates to groups including Three Square food bank and The Andre Agassi Foundation. Additionally, Carlos’ concerts have included programs for Three Square, The Agassi Foundation and Project Sole to help raise awareness and money.
“Carlos is a true humanitarian who fosters a deep concern for his fellow human beings. As a global citizen, he recognizes the need to act locally,” said John Meglen, president and co-CEO of AEG Live/Concerts West. “Carlos is happy to be part of the Las Vegas community and will continue to bless those locally through his philanthropic endeavors.”
*Luxor comedian headliner Carrot unveil his Heat Miser cocktail at Minus 5 Ice Lounge in Mandalay Place today at 5 p.m. His cocktail joins Holly Madison and Human Nature’s concoctions.
*A British pub with bangers, steak and kidney pies, sausage rolls and brew opens tonight at Riviera. Queen Victoria’s British Pub is a 7,000-square-foot venue with a tavern-style dining room, two bars and a private dining room. Former Cult drummer Les Warner will book bands on the London Underground stage there. It’s the creation of British owners chef Mark McGarry, London butcher Nick Jones and tattoo studio designer Nick Elliott.
*New Riviera headliner Greg London received a warm welcome on his Las Vegas arrival and new show Icons. In addition to rave reviews, the multi-talented entertainer’s soft opening night won a packed house, plus surprise appearances by master celebrity impersonator Rich Little and Las Vegas legend Steve Rossi of Allen & Rossi.
Comedy is king with the opening of Brad Garrett’s comedy club at Tropicana, and if you guessed he’s headlining through July 4, you’d be 100 percent right. He’s got headliners Kevin Nealon, Dom Irrera, Rocky LaPorte and other surprise guests lined up for future weeks, and Brad will play door greeter and celebrity host on the nights he’s not onstage. … Rich Ceisler, Steve Marshall and John Pate are the comedians at Riviera Comedy Club’s through Sunday.
On the high-heels of their reality TV shows, Kim and Kourtney Kardashian announce plans with mom Kris Jenner for a unique new retail concept at The Mirage. And actress Molly Ringwald celebrates the launch of her book Getting the Pretty Back, and Lavo in the Palazzo plans to turn itself pink for the night, with the largest pink posse winning autographed copies.
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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