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Strip Scribbles: ‘Housewives’ visit strip club; CeeLo; ‘Chopped’; Diddy
There will be hilarious fireworks on Sunday’s “Strip Is a Trip” episode of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” filmed at Crazy Horse III. Additionally, the feuding women fight over riding the mechanical bull at PBR Rock Bar & Grill at Planet Hollywood.
The sexy ladies were here for an ultimate girls weekend, but there’s a confrontation between Kenya and Phaedra, plus, the girls school Porsha on how to gain independence from husband Kordell when he objects to the strip-club hi-jinx.
CEELO’S GUESTS: New Strip headliner CeeLo Green says he’s left room in his show “Loberace” at Planet Hollywood to allow guests to drop in to perform. He’s expecting fellow “The Voice” judges Adam Levine and Blake Shelton to be the first and possibly P.Diddy.
CeeLo will return to the next season of “The Voice” on NBC before resuming his residency in October. He says that he’s thrilled with the reaction to “Loberace,” which showcases his 20-year career.
WICKED WHISPERS & RACY RUMORS
Which Strip headliner was shocked to discover that his partner hacked his iTunes account to check on photos that should’ve never been transferred from his cell phone?
Is P.Diddy set to open Palms’ pool season in April?
Which female superstar -- not Britney Spears -- is in negotiations for a first-ever residency here?
Which Las Vegas VIP jetted to the Caribbean for fun in the sun with which gorgeous blonde?
Which Strip entertainer is trying to jump from one hotel to another?
Congratulations to Sensi chef Royden Ellamar on winning this week’s episode of “Chopped” on The Food Network. Next Tuesday, Steve Benjamin, executive chef of Joel Robuchon’s L’Atelier at MGM Grand, competes and hosts a screening at Mansion.
Las Vegas restaurants were added Wednesday night to iPhone app Chefs Feed with restaurant recommendations and food gossip. More than 600 of the nation’s top chefs, including Las Vegas stars Thomas Keller, Michael Mina, Mario Batali and Wolfgang Puck, have made recommendations.
New highlights include chef Mathieu Chartron from Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace, Claude Le-Tohic from Joel Robuchon and Ben Jenkins at Michael Mina in Bellagio. Chefs Feed was named “Best of 2012” by Apple in its selection of the Top 70 from 900,000 at iTunes.
Bill Feather, former president at Planet Hollywood, and his partners Kelley Jones, former President of The Light Group, and Frank Tucker are expanding their celebrity chef collection. They already have Bradley Ogden signed for Hops and Harvest, which opens in May at Tivoli Village near their chef Angela Sosa’s Poppy Den and Taste Market and View wine bar and cheese shop.
Now they’re opening three restaurants in Ventura Beach, Calif.: Funky Chicken with Bradley, Anejo Cantina with Angelo Sosa and Ocean by Mandalay Bay seafood star Rick Moonen. Rick just traveled to Portland to join fellow former New York chef Ken Norris to cook a pop-up dinner at Riffle NW.
FIRST ANNIVERSARY: It was a vision nearly 20 years in the making, but Sunday marks the first anniversary of our Smith Center for the Performing Arts, and during its first 12 months, 420,000 tickets have been sold for 450 performances. More than 42,000 students have visited. Its iconic Carillon Tower bells have rung more than 4,380 times, and more than 220 volunteer-led tours have attracted 5,500 people.
The Nevada Legislature has declared March 10 as “Day of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts” in the State of Nevada. “It has been a monumental year for us as an organization and a city,” said Myron Martin, president and CEO. “We’re just getting started. This past year was incredible, but what’s to come is even better.”
XS STATS: When Nightclub and Bar popped XS in Steve Wynn’s Encore at the top of its newest Top 100 ranking, it wasn’t the first time it won. XS was named No. 1 in 2010 and 2011 but slipped to 2nd in 2012. Now it’s risen to the top again for the hat trick with record-breaking revenue of $80 million. More than 40 DJs are on the residency list, including Avicii, Will.I.Am, Dirty South and Martin Solveig for this new season.
Fremont Country Club opened Wednesday night Downtown with a fabulous performance by Louis Prima Jr. and The Witnesses and sensational singer Sarah Spiegel. Mayor Carolyn Goodman and husband former Mayor Oscar Goodman cut the red ribbon, and actor Verne Troyer had fans going wild. A Jack Nicholson lookalike led a celebrity parade that include Zowie Bowie’s Chris Phillips, and Paul Vato from the Binions cigar store handed out 18” cigars that take four hours to smoke. I’m told that some weeks, FCC will have star performers.
Nearby at The D Hotel, Angela Stabile’s new “Raack ‘n’ Roll” topless revue readies for its official grand opening Friday.
Former UFC light-heavyweight champion and UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell was at Las Vegas-headquartered Xyience Xenergy drinks this morning to sign an endorsement deal. The retired 43-year-old fighter, who remains the face of the UFC brand now celebrating its 20th anniversary, will appear in Xyience advertising, point of purchase materials and on its website.
MMA star Urijah Faber enjoyed BBQ chicken pizza and wellness drinks at Henderson’s Greens & Proteins.
Rapper and producer Warren G hosted and parted at LAX in Luxor on Wednesday night. He wore a pullover with “West Coast certified’’ emblazoned on it for his 2 a.m. mini-concert, which included “Nothin’ But a G Thing” and “Regulate.”
Jazz giant Wynton Marsalis performs with Lincoln Center Orchestra at The Smith Center.
Rodney Carrington brings blue-collar humor to MGM Grand’s Hollywood Theater.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. hosts the Speedway Children’s Charities benefit at Sam’s Town, where fans can bid on a pre-300 race ride with him.
George Wallace, Mac King and Ricardo Laguna are among the celebs expected at the ribbon cutting for Galaxy Green Valley movie theater offering reclining seats, powered foot rests and beer and wine service.
Moe and guests Orgone are at Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip.
NASCAR’s big-money events dominate the weekend, another power battle erupts for Women of Wrestling, and a contingent of comedians keep the chuckles going.
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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