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A record number of more than 30,000 runners are registered, so be prepared for afternoon and night road closures in and around the Strip when the Zappos Rock ’n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon sets off Dec. 4 for the first time as a late afternoon-into-nighttime race. It starts from Mandalay Bay at 4 p.m. and the half-marathon at 5:30 p.m. Parts of the Strip will be closed until staggered late hours from 8:30 p.m. until 2 a.m. I-15 eastbound ramps will be affected at Charleston, Sahara, Tropicana and Sands.
Cheap Trick is set to headline the pre-race concert. “Dancing With the Stars” host Brooke Burke-Charvet leads the first-ever Stiletto Dash the day before with a $5,000 cash prize in a 50-yard sprint at the Palazzo with funds raised going to our Opportunity Village, which has its own Great Santa Run that same morning. As usual in the marathon, there will be a run-through wedding chapel and Elvis Presley impersonators.
Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors
Hollywood TV executives have not yet given the go-ahead for more episodes of a Las Vegas-based reality TV series, and so after two seasons, it’s now on an extended hiatus with no new shoot date announced. … Two NBA players involved in romances here shocked fans in Miami turning up at a restaurant with some questionable female company in skirts up to here and tops down to there. … Has a major hotel contract with a celebrity chef gone up in smoke due to lengthy lawyer delays? … Which well-known couple climbed a ladder, borrowed from friends, to a billboard near McCarran Airport so they could celebrate their love making out under the stars as the 215 traffic shot by below? … In a case of mistaken identity, which former porn star pushed another beauty while dancing in a Strip nightclub thinking incorrectly she had eyes on her husband?
… The UNLV Rebels girls were auditioned over the weekend for “America’s Got Talent” as a dance team. They won’t know until January if they’re on the show. … The multimillion-dollar Alex restaurant recently shuttered at the Wynn has a strange new life -- as the reception lobby of the lavish Tower Suites while a renovation is underway at the arrivals area. … Which country star is headed here for the American Country Awards hoping to rekindle a romance with a local beauty but will find her phone number changed so he can’t reach her? … Which local chef will soon announce the biggest deal of his life with an extraordinary 21st century restaurant complex concept?
… Another tasty tidbit of newcomers at MGM Grand: Sugar Factory, booming at Paris, Mirage and Planet Hollywood, is arriving alongside a new celebrity tattoo parlor. … Actor Kelsey Grammer went almost unrecognized at the Eagles concert at MGM Grand because of his heavy and long new beard. … Just asking why a nightclub group here insists that its security staff confiscate breath mints and Trident from handbags of its female patrons?!
*For the first time, the Fighters Only World MMA Awards will partner with Fox Sports for next Wednesday’s production at the Pearl in the Palms. The ceremonies will be taped to air nationally Dec. 11 on Fox Sports. Monte Carlo headliners and “America’s Best Dance Crew” winners Jabbawockeez kick off the awards.
*Our leading Las Vegas drivers didn’t capture the top spots in the Baja 1000 over the weekend in Mexico. Only 155 of the drivers from 16 countries finished from the 278 that started. B.J. Baldwin had his run end with a blown engine. Hometown frontrunners Bryce Menzies and Rob MacCachren placed 3rd and 13th, respectively. Troy Herbst placed 11th and Pat Dean in a team of drivers came in 12th. For the second time in three years, the father-and-son team of Andy and Scott McMillin of San Diego won. Next year’s 39th SCORE Desert Series starts Jan. 13 in Laughlin.
*Check out the December Man of the Year issue of GQ, and you’ll find a special Bombay Sapphire photo insert that salutes inspiring bartenders throughout Steve Wynn’s casino resort Wynn. The magazine’s photo editors also selected XS and Tryst co-owner Jesse Waits and Ronn Nicolli, his strategic marketing director, for their incredible style.
*Guitar guru Carlos Santana raised more than $5,400 for Three Square food bank during his final performances of “Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through the Hits” at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel. More than 16,400 meals will be distributed to families as a result of Santana’s collection.
*Tonight marks the end of Season 13 of “Dancing With the Stars,” but fans won’t have to wait for the dance-floor action for too long. The Game Show Network has acquired Seasons 4-13, plus next Spring’s 14th, so that means repeat airings with such Las Vegas headliners as Wayne Newton, Marie Osmond and champion Donny Osmond and regular visitors including Kim Kardashian, Mario Lopez, Kelly Osbourne and David Hasselhoff.
*Hot Chelle Rae, who won their first American Music Award on Sunday, flew here Monday to perform a concert at Southwest Career and Technical Academy in support of the anti-bullying campaign there. DJ Chet Buchanan hosted HCR’s Ryan Follese, Nash Overstreet, Ian Keaggy and Jamie Follese. Our hometown pop princess Manika walked the AMA red carpet.
*Minus 5 Ice Bar at the Monte Carlo welcomed its 10,000th guest over the weekend and celebrated by treating Jessica of Oceanside, Calif., and her friends to a bottle of champagne and then a fur coat to her as a souvenir.
The Third Annual Gobble-A-Go-Go contest with a $5,000 prize is at Lavo in the Palazzo with DJs Gabriel and Dresden eyeballing the turkeys, and it’s not just skating on the Strip at the Venetian, as speedsters will find another ice rink at Lake Las Vegas through Jan. 29.
Our Weekend Celebrity Preview will give you the best guide to everything that’s happening in Las Vegas from Thanksgiving Day through the weekend, plus our interview with hit-man David Foster, who has a sneak preview of his Friday show at Mandalay Bay with Chaka Khan, Charice, Paul Anka and Earth Wind & Fire’s Philip Bailey.
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