Robin Leach's Vegas DeLuxe
- Check out VegasDeLuxe.com for more celebrity and arts and entertainment coverage.
Las Vegas plays host this weekend to USA Sevens Rugby with 44 action-packed games among 16 international teams from as far afield as Australia, Kenya, Fiji and New Zealand at Sam Boyd Stadium. The Hard Rock Hotel serves as the official host hotel, with the tournament wrap party at The Joint on Sunday, with Love Shack heading the show.
The U.S. team took some time out to meet the cast of Cirque du Soleil’s Mystere at Treasure Island. In the show, the cast chose one of the players, Brian Dewhurst, to take on the role of Poppa, the grown baby onstage who steals the show.
*With everything new again, nine hotel properties here are involved with this fall’s startup of a Las Vegas-based airline. LV Air will have four wide-body charter aircraft to serve between McCarran and JFK in New York. The nonstops will feature only first-class seating and service.
At The Big Apple check-in, bags will be tagged for their hotel destination here, and the next time passengers will see them is on arrival at their suite here. Flights include concierge and limousine service at both ends, and passengers will use smart phones for their ticketing needs, including for flight reservations, shows, restaurants and nightclubs. LV Air says the flights will be taking off this fall.
*In another startling development about new hotel buyers, I can say that within 60 days, a local hotel partnership will officially acquire a major Strip property. Everything is totally hush hush, but, again, it’s a done deal.
*I can confirm that Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner has decreed that the 2011 Playmate of the Year will again be officially unveiled here at the Palms. I don’t have the exact April date yet, but expect Hef and Playmates to travel here for the crowning.
*Angel Management Group has signed DJ Sharam to a year’s residency with monthly appearances -- similar to its signing of DJ Tiesto at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel -- at LAX at the Luxor.
*In advance of its now definite May 1 opening, Nikki Beach at the renovated Tropicana has begun its South Beach Happy Hour from 4 to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays with last night’s debut. This will be such a huge draw when fully open that it’s easy to imagine visitors arriving at McCarran and within 5 minutes plunging into the Nikki Beach pool. I suggest the Trop make check-in available poolside after the visitors have cooled off in the daylife pool complex!
*It was so sad yesterday to learn of the death of the beloved Bubbles, the happy host and greeting gatekeeper at Rao’s at Caesars Palace. Senior Editor John Katsilometes penned a wonderful story in Bubbles’ honor in The Kats Report. Bubbles always had a warm hug, generous smile and affectionate handshake whenever I went there. He will make the perfect host in heaven. RIP, good man!
*Don’t forget after watching our hometown darling Katy Perry on the Grammys on Sunday with Barbra Streisand, Mick Jagger and Bob Dylan to click over to see the new episode of Holly’s World. Not just because of my cameo, but it’s a report by Holly when Playmate of the Year nominee Claire Sinclair arrived for her Strip debut in Crazy Horse Paris at MGM Grand. Claire returns there to star again with new dance numbers this spring.
*You’ll find the Royal Robin Rundown of highlights in the weekend celebrity forecast posted this morning, but here are a few items that arrived past deadline: Tickets go on sale tomorrow for Elvis Costello with The Imposters at The Pearl at the Palms on May 13, and Southern Nevada Public Television hosts the 22nd annual wine and beer festival fundraiser Splendor in the Glass with 65 wineries and breweries at the Las Vegas Hilton. Master Chef Hubert Keller is set to spin the wheels of steel.
Andre Agassi, Steffi Graf and their children dined at Sen of Japan. Chad Kroeger of Nickelback dined with retired NHL player Chris Chelios at N9NE Steakhouse in the Palms. Fran Drescher joined with Donny and Marie Osmond to entertain more than 2,000 students from Paul Mitchell’s hair care teaching salons at their Caesars Palace convention. Paul Nassif, the husband of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Adrienne Maloof, ate lunch with friends at BLT Burger at The Mirage, as did Louie Anderson with three friends.
Time for some loving, and who better than bachelorette beauty Kim Kardashian to lead us into Valentine’s Day as Las Vegas becomes Marriage Central with the largest number of weddings and licenses in the world being issued in a nearly 24-hour marathon. Over the weekend, we’ll post the latest on the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition as it’s readied for unveiling and the 20 gorgeous models prepare for a flight here for two days of nonstop celebrations. And we’ll have all the other reports from this weekend of love and romance.
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.
Follow Robin Leach on Twitter at Twitter.com/Robin_Leach.
Follow Vegas DeLuxe on Twitter at Twitter.com/vegasdeluxe.
Follow VDLX Editor Don Chareunsy on Twitter at Twitter.com/VDLXEditorDon.