Monday, Feb. 20, 2012 | 3:57 p.m.
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When comedy actor and magician Kevin Burke dragged a member of his audience onstage, Chris Jones had no idea he was about to get married! His fiance Julie had arranged it in advance with Kevin at his show “Fitz of Laughter” at the downtown Fitzgerald’s on Sunday night.
Kevin, who is an ordained minister, got the groom onstage during the interactive magic hypnosis portion of the comedy performance. Without Chris knowing what was going on, he admitted that he was in town with Julie to get married.
“Why not right now?” Kevin asked. With that, 20 family and friends in the audience pushed Julie onstage, and magically the impromptu wedding got underway with the group acting as witnesses.
“It’s the first wedding I’ve performed downtown,” Kevin told me. “But my second in Vegas because I married one other couple onstage at ‘Defending the Caveman’ at Harrah’s.”
Congratulations to the newlyweds!
SO YOUNG! At age 19, Porter Robinson cannot drink in the nightclub where he works. He wouldn’t get in carded if he wasn’t working there. That’s the amazing story of the wunderkind who graduated high school last year and has become a much in-demand DJ, so much so that Sunday night, he made his 2012 residency debut at Surrender in Steve Wynn’s Encore.
Porter has toured with DJ Tiesto and new Grammy winner Skrillex, shared the EDM stage with DeadMau5, Afrojack and David Guetta and has a chart-topping EP “Spitfire.” Porter’s residency with Wynn includes dates at Surrender, Encore Beach Club and XS.
MARDI GRAS UNDERWAY: Carnaval is underway and winds up March 8 with Mardi Gras (French for Fat Tuesday). It’s all about fun before fasting for Lent. At Sushi Samba in the Palazzo tonight, there will be a live TV feed from Rio with dancers and drummers here matching the Brazilian extravaganza in South America. Over at the Rio, it’s pull out all the stops for the annual celebrations. For the city of New Orleans, it’s the lifeblood of a multimillion-dollar industry.
Over the weekend, Zowie Bowie kicked off the celebrations at the M Resort, and contributing photographer Tom Donoghue shot this photo gallery for us of the grand opening of the M Pavilion Events Center with a Naughty Gras: Mardi Gras to the Max party, with some 3,000 party people at the events.
A FIFTH SEASON! The cast from the smash hit “Jersey Boys,” formerly at the Palazzo, will be welcomed to their new home at the Paris on Thursday in a ceremony that combines a little Jersey with the elegance of the French capital. The guys will be greeted by Paris President David Hoenemeyer and his team members, who will perform their own song tribute, and, for the first time, the cast will present a Four Seasons jacket to David, who hails from New Jersey, and make him an honorary “Fifth Season.”
NEW STAR ON THE WALK: Former Mayor Oscar Goodman welcomes Motown stars and Walk of Stars executives to his Oscar’s Steakhouse in the Plaza tonight. Legendary Motown songwriter, six-time Grammy winner and former Las Vegas resident Norman Whitfield, who penned “Heard It Through the Grapevine” and other hits, will be honored with a star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars.
Guests for the announcement and details include his three sons; Gladys Knight and the Pips original member Bubba Knight; Smokey Robinson’s former wife Claudette, originally with the Miracles and widely known as the First Lady of Motown; Seth Warner, who produced the California raisins “Grapevine” commercials; and singer Michael McDonald, who will phone in greetings.
DJ Steve Aoki spins at XS, and DJ Vice at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan. The Celebrity Impersonators convention is underway at the Golden Nugget, and their Reel Awards recognizes individuals and groups in the celebrity-impersonation field. Iced Earth and Symphony X play House of Blues at Mandalay Bay. And Juliana Chen performs magic at the Plaza for the week.
Chefs Wolfgang Puck and Hubert Keller kick off our hot-off-the-grill Counter Intelligence rundown. Surprise celebrity guests and Mayor Carolyn Goodman welcome 2,500 hair and cosmetology professionals to the 27th annual Paul Mitchell beauty convention. And I hope we can finally reveal the identity of the global name launching a live confessions reality theater production 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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