19 Dec

Penn and Teller

Congratulations look to be in order mid January when magic headliners Penn & Teller celebrate their 20th anniversary at the Rio all-suite hotel and casino. I’m hearing solid rumors that the two outrageous illusionists will get a massive six-year contract extension to take them through at the just off-Strip property until December 31, 2018!  When signed sealed and delivered it will be one of the longest- if not the longest- contract extension in Vegas magic showbiz history with a total 26-year-headline run.  And incredibly Teller still hasn’t spoken a word!  Penn appears on Donald Trump’s upcoming NBC Celebrity Apprentice all-star show early next year raising more money for our beloved Opportunity Village charity.


FANCY FIREWORKS: Details of “America’s Party 2013,” the fireworks and entertainment extravaganza to ring in the New Year on the Strip will be unveiled tomorrow (THURS) morning but we do know that it will  encompass both the live entertainment at the Fremont Street Experience and the fireworks spectacular  co-produced by the famous Grucci family. The pyrotechnics will be launched from 7 rooftop locations. (from the south, heading north): MGM Grand, Aria, Planet Hollywood, Caesars Palace, Treasure Island, the Venetian and the Stratosphere. More 411 tomorrow!


ANDREA’S SECRETS: Steve Wynn’s wife, Andrea is hiring three of the most beautiful girls for special hostess duties at her new Andrea’s restaurant opening December 28 weekend in the former Switch space at Encore.  One will be dressed in a boxer’s outfit to serve welcome champagne shots and another will be glamorous geisha-girl styled with the sexy slit thigh-high skirt to ensure all diners get  souvenir chopsticks pairings to take home. The 3rd remains secret until opening night! But I’m told even more knockout!

Andrea’s will continue Steve Wynn’s legacy of innovation in entertainment and design with modern and feminine décor elements merging dining and nightlife into one seamless environment. The restaurant’s interiors are accented in cream, cognac, pearl and gold hues and luxurious finishes. Guests can lounge in velvet sofas in the step-up dining area under the glow of 1,000 champagne tinted Venetian glass teardrops- and check out the myriad photos of Andrea’s own eyes behind the bar wall.  DJ Steve Angello, of Swedish House Mafia fame, will direct  Andrea’s music program, curating sounds for early dining, mid  and late-evening.

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Photo Credit: Jeff Green

The Asian-themed menu is under the control of executive chef Joseph Elevado who worked for master starchef Nobu Matsuhisa for nine years before opening Soicial House at TI and MGM’s City Center. His mastery of Asian flavors and technical artistry will be married to Andrea’s hip “vibe” dining atmosphere integrated into the Surrender nightclub.  Diners have an array of fresh shellfish on ice, a wide range of dim sum pot stickers, dumplings, rolls, and scallion pancakes paired with colorful salads, noodles, fried rice variations and other tempting side dishes. His unique menu also includes classically prepared steaks, seafood, poultry and vegan options.


MAKING SCENTS:  Tied in to today’s (WED) Miss Universe pageant comes news that innovative fragrance manufacturer, Omni Scents will launch the first three Miss Universe perfumes next year inspired by MISS UNIVERSE®, MISS USA® and MISS TEEN USA®.  Celebrating a 60-year tradition of beauty the partnership aims to extend the organization’s iconic brand into a new category connected with modern perceptions of beauty. “Around the world the Miss Universe logo and brand symbolize confidently beautiful women, so it is a natural extension to introduce fragrance.” said Paula Shugart, Miss Universe Organization President. “We look forward to entering the fragrance market with a collection of beautiful scents which we believe will complement the Miss Universe brand.”  Neil Katz, founder of Omni added: “  “The Miss Universe fragrance collection, an annual series of three, will express the extraordinary feminine allure and aspirational glamour embodied by the three pageants and the outstanding women who win the titles,” Young women from every corner of the world dream of competing at Miss Universe and one day becoming as beautiful and accomplished as the winner. We hope to tap into that mindset and with each fragrance create an aura that makes every girl feel confidently beautiful.”

Follow our live blog and Twitter reports from the red carpet and the pageant this afternoon and evening and we will have a full photo wrap-up tomorrow.  Tonight’s Miss Universe official after party at Planet Hollywood will be sponsored by Russian Standard Vodka with nearly 1000 guests expected – including the newly crowned winner and the 88 other contestants.


ART WORLD:  The online surreal modern art world morphs into a first-time real-life artists showcase at the World of Art starting tomorrow (THURS) and running through Saturday night at the WYNN hotel casino. It is dedicated to art works and books from prominent surreal and modern artists put together by World of Art director and Las Vegas resident Mario Parga. The lineup of the world’s best-recognized modern artists taking part is so great that collectors from as far away as Europe and Asia will be attending.  Check  and the Las Vegas for all the amazing details.


SEEING STARS: * It was the soft opening night for real customers at starchef Gordon Ramsay’s new jam-packed Gastro Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace – and celebrity TV chefs Guy Fieri and Iron Chef  Morimoto were among the first night guests. They also hit nearby RAO’s Italian restaurant for drinks with owner Frank Pellegrini Jr. Morimoto is one of the celebrity judges today (WED) at the Miss Universe pageant at Planet Hollywood. I ran into former UNLV graduate Guy – and he asked me to pose for a photo with him for his Twitter page! Rich Gore, head of the new Food University coming to Caesars Palace on March 27 and Southern Wine & Spirits chief Larry Ruvo also in the group.

*Thunder From Down Under performers Alex Biffan and Ryan Paki took a dip with Maverick, a bottlenose dolphin, at Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden & Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage Hotel & Casino.

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Photo Credit: MGM Resorts International

The heart-throb hunks changed into wetsuits before diving into the water and after a quick tutorial by Philip Admire, Curator of Dolphin Care, the two Aussies were able to cue Maverick on several interactions including a pectoral fin wave and a dorsal tow rewarding him with a mix of fish and squid treats!

*Boxing champion Sugar Shane Mosley visited Exotics Racing and drove the Audi R8 while his son Shane Mosely, Jr. drove the Ferrari 430 Scuderia. They also both enjoyed high-speed ride-alongs in the Corvette Z06 with Exotics’ professional driver behind the wheel.

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TONIGHT’S TASTINGS: Actor David Arquette flies in 40 of his VIPs from the LA hot spot Bootsy Bellows he owns to The Act nightclub in the Palazzo…. NBA Retired Players Association LV members Gary Payton, Stacy Augmon, Larry Johnson, Jerome ‘Junkyard Dog’ Williams, James ‘ Hollywood’ Robinson and Spencer Haywood host a basketball clinic and Q&A session on health and wellness to benefit Boys and Girls Club of America at the John C Kish club in Henderson….the Holiday Hoops Classic featuring six games from Division 1 & 2 men and women’s basketball teams plays at the South Point Arena…..Comedian Shang who hosts BET’s “ Access Granted” headlines the LA Comedy Club at Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina at Planet Hollywood through Sunday…..and of course the Miss Universe pageant on NBC-TV at 8pm PT from Planet Hollywood with our live blog and Twitter coverage starting 3pm today.


TOMORROW’S TANTALIZE:  Our post report with photo gallery from the Miss Universe pageant and we’ll talk with the newly-crowned winner- plus an advance look at Friday’s Culinary Clash at the Venetian with Dancing with the Stars heart-throb Gilles Marini and uberchef Daniel Boulud. Coming up soon a rundown of all the porn-stars planning their appearances and parties for the AVN Awards ad the Adult Entertainment Expo here January 16-19.


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