Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011 | 9:25 p.m.
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The new Animal Planet series Confessions: Animal Hoarding tonight airs the story of 200 lovebirds’ journey from a chaotic hoarding situation to the compassionate care of Wayne Newton’s Casa de Shenandoah here in Las Vegas. The birds were rescued from a home where the owners allowed the birds to live freely but relinquished them voluntarily to relocate them permanently to Wayne’s home.
The blue black-masked, white-bellied lovebirds provide an impressive addition to Wayne’s wildlife sanctuary, which includes Arabian horses, wallabies, penguins, peacocks and Peepshow star Holly Madison’s sloths. Confessions explores stories of people who own more pets then they can care for, as there are more than 3,000 reported cases a year -- at least 10 times that number goes unreported. The series brings families together to voluntarily find humane solutions that work for pets and people.
Meantime, Holsteins in the Cosmopolitan is hosting a viewing party for Top Chef Just Desserts, as two of its pastry chefs, Carlos Enriquez and Craig Poirier, compete on the Bravo series. Fans will watch the chefs create their best sweets on the competition show while enjoying drink and food specials and surprise complimentary treats. The party begins at 9:30 p.m., followed by the show at 10, with viewing parties every Wednesday.
Fear not if you miss the first airings -- check your local listings for reruns.
*The cast of Jersey Boys at the Palazzo invited Major Gen. Bill Hyatt and his wife Becky Hyatt to be their special guests to thank them for their private tour of Nellis Air Force Base last month. The stars called the couple onstage after curtain call to present a framed and signed Jersey Boys poster.
During the presentation, Deven May, who portrays Tommy DeVito, said, “We wouldn’t be able to be up here doing what we do every night if it wasn’t for you and the other brave men and women at Nellis who serve our country every day.” Bill in turn presented the cast with a framed photograph of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.
*Las Vegas-based knockout triplet violinists Alizma are celebrating today’s release of their album Tell Me How to Love You. Their music is original and co-written with an incredible lineup of producers and writers, except for Track 13, which is a violin medley with famous melodies. The blond bombshells told me that their album is meant to bring love and hope.
Dancing With the Stars co-host Brooke Burke promoted Sketchers shoes at the MAGIC fashion show. … Actor Mark Wahlberg had lunch with friends at Chef Kerry Simon’s Simon in Palms Place. … Las Vegas nightlife VIPs and yours truly attended the jam-packed, 1960s fashion-themed Hard Rock Hotel San Diego’s glittering Prom Night party hosted by Dennis Haskins of Saved By the Bell fame. His Las Vegas back-to-school bash is Sept. 9 at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at the Paris.
In addition to Rod Stewart’s opening night at Caesars Palace, director Michael Rappaport joins Phife Dawg to celebrate the theatrical release of Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest at Lavo at the Palazzo. … MAGIC officially wraps with a bikini parade of gorgeous models at a live photo shoot for SexFly Swimwear by Natalia Harris at Gallery Nightclub in Planet Hollywood, plus a DJ Jazzy Jeff party at the Palms. … And our Greenspun Media Group colleagues at Vegas Inc celebrate our city’s heroes -- including Mirage headliner Terry Fator, Wolfgang Puck’s business partner Tom Kaplan, Theresa King and Southern Wine & Spirits -- at the Angel Awards at Hard Rock Cafe on The Strip.
We’ll have full coverage of Rod Stewart’s opening night at The Colosseum and a preview of the tribute to the late DJ AM at the Hard Rock Hotel.
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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