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We start with Wicked Whispers and Racy Rumors!
2011 Playmate of the Year Claire Sinclair has turned down all big-money offers to be photographed and filmed for television with her injuries from the weekend fight with Hugh Hefner’s son Marston that we reported Monday. Instead, she distributed this one photograph for free hoping that it would bring attention to domestic violence and stop women from being battered and bruised.
Claire added: “I was offered money from several media outlets for photos and interviews. I have not and will not accept a cent regarding this case.” Marston was released on $20,000 bail after being booked by police.
A big restaurant change is underway at Aria. Rumors are that the Light Group’s Union is relocating, and, in expanded space, Javier’s, a contemporary tropical Mexican restaurant from Laguna Beach, Calif., is moving in. Set to open in May, Javier’s will be positioned more into the casino. Javier’s says it has the largest selection of premium tequilas in Orange County and offers regionally influenced home-style Mexican cooking.
What new show set to open many months from now on the Strip is having its producers and partners rethinking its ambitious scale? What show may be shuttered even before its planned ending?
Paris Hilton won raves for her fabulous gown and hair styling at Sunday’s Grammy Awards -- and it’s thanks to Las Vegas hair guru to the stars Michael Boychuck, who flew to Hollywood to tend to her tresses.
I’m hearing that partners in not one but two similar lounges at two Strip hotels are exiting so that their music concepts can be overhauled and refreshed.
DOWNTOWN RENAISSANCE: It’s taking all day for a 40-foot crane to lift a 38-foot-tall monument sign into place at the entrance to downtown’s new 61-acre Symphony Park this afternoon. Rita Brandin, senior VP and development director of Newland Real Estate Group, says the colorful and contemporary monument on the western edge of the park is designed to reflect Symphony Park’s artistic and cultural focus. “It features a series of faceted geometric panels in a variety of colors and is in keeping with the design goal of ensuring art has a high profile in all areas of the development.” The artwork is made of structural steel tube and corrugated aluminum illuminated with a glowing effect at night. Installation is expected to be complete by Feb. 20.
Other improvements continue during the construction project due to be completed March 12 in time for the official opening of the Smith Center for Performing Arts. The Discovery Children’s Museum is under construction at Symphony Park with a planned opening in November.
The investment to date at Symphony Park is nearly $750 million, and Bill Arent, city of Las Vegas Economic and Urban Development Department director, says: “This represents a significant public-private investment and just one part of the overall investment and redevelopment in downtown. The year 2012 is truly shaping up to be the Year of Downtown.”
Other projects engaged in development agreements include the Charlie Palmer boutique hotel, Newland Communities’ residential offerings, expansion of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and Forest City’s planned hotel casino. Cordish Companies is under an exclusive negotiation agreement with the city to investigate the feasibility of a live district and arena at Symphony Park.
MAGIC MOMENTS: At just 21, illusionist Tommy Wind becomes one of the youngest Las Vegas headliners when his show “Impact” opens tonight at Wolf Theater at the Clarion. He describes it as an “explosion of magic and music,” where he plays seven instruments and makes them disappear after playing hip-hop, jazz and tap. Voted Best Magician of the Year at the World Magic Awards, he also incorporates the art of fencing in his martial arts act. Additionally, he brings a poster of one of his dancers to life and impales himself.
Hometown illusionist Seth Grabel, who became known as the bad boy of magic from “America’s Got Talent,”, opens the new 110-seat theater Royal House Showroom at Royal Resort. Seth graduated in hotel management from UNLV but became a magician after opening for Amazing Johnathan at Krave in Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile.
“One Tree Hill” star Stephen Colletti celebrated his birthday with girlfriend and co-star Chelsea Kane at 1 OAK at the Mirage after dinner at Stack. The couple danced the night away with a group of friends that included “One Tree Hill” creator Mark Schwahn. Stephen, who was presented with a birthday cake from Jean Phillippe Patisserie, partied with Chelsea until 3 a.m. Fresh from their Grammy performance with the Beach Boys, Foster the People’s Mark Foster, Cubbie Fink and Mark Pontius dined at STK in the Cosmopolitan on Monday night.
Redfoo returned to nearby Marquee on Monday for his monthly Party Rock DJ residency, and musician producer Pharrell Williams and designer Kenneth Cole were at separate tables. Redfoo and crew dined at Tao in the Venetian beforehand, where Nadine Velazquez dined with her boyfriend to celebrate his birthday. Emmy-winning actress Jaime Pressley dined at Japonais in the Mirage. And former New York Giants player Will Demps and trainer Joe Sharpe dined at Sushi Roku in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.
Happy Valentine’s Day, everybody! May all your romances and love be wonderful on this Cupid’s arrow day. My top romantic restaurant tip for sweethearts tonight is at chef Andre Rochat’s beautiful Alize atop the Palms. He’s serving an extravagant four-course menu for couples gazing at the panoramic Strip views.
If love and lust are more to your liking, Collective Zoo debuts its ultimate Valentine’s sleepover at the Artisan taking over the entire third floor for sexy performance acts, music from Kid Conrad, BloomKace and Mikey’s World and a champagne room filled with surprises.
“Jersey Shore” star Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino hosts the Official Headrush MAGIC After-Party and celebrates his brother Marc’s birthday. The Situation gets the big gift when he is presented with a custom chopper on the red carpet at RPM in the Tropicana before partying.
“Twilight” star turned designer Kellan Lutz celebrates the third line of women’s and men’s ready-to-wear for Dylan George and Abbot Main’s fall collections at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at the Paris. The Mob Museum is now officially open as of this morning with the “Jersey Boys” cast downtown.
Lupe Fiasco and Gellatly are at the NYLON party in Lavo at the Palazzo. Manufactured Superstars are at XS in Steve Wynn’s Encore for Hudson Jeans. DJ duo Disco Fries (Nick Ditri and Danny Danger) kick off their residency at Moon in the Palms. And Steve White, Don McEnery and Debbie Praver headline at Harrah’s Improv through Sunday.
Our exclusive interview with DJ Pauly D on his jump from the Palms to the new season of Rehab at the Hard Rock Hotel, and he reveals secrets about his own reality TV series starting after next month’s end of “Jersey Shore,” plus how two daredevil skaters met, fell in love and moved to Las Vegas to star on the Strip.
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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