Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011 | 12:39 p.m.
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Former Mayor Oscar Goodman is shot when he guest stars on tonight’s CSI on CBS at 10, but he lives to host the public screening party downtown at the Plaza. Oscar will hand out a complimentary Bombay Sapphire martini, his favorite, to the first 200 guests who attend, and CSI writer and Las Vegas native Dustin Abraham, who wrote the episode, hosts their meet-and-greet with guests.
Tonight’s script starring Ted Danson and Frances Fisher is set at the grand opening of the Las Vegas Mob Museum inside the historic downtown building where the original Kefauver Committee hearings on organized crime were held here in 1950. “It was lots of fun,” Oscar said of filming his scene.
Since the museum isn’t completed and doesn’t officially open until Feb. 14 to tie in with the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, a replica was built for the cameras in Tinseltown. This becomes the first public and nationwide look at a Las Vegas attraction opening next year.
To re-create the building in advance of its opening, Mob Museum officials provided architectural building plans to CSI creator Anthony Zuiker, who is a UNLV film school graduate and was a guest judge on last week’s America’s Next Top Model: All-Stars (this cycle’s contestants auditioned for a role on CSI). He served as Dustin’s mentor while the latter attended Chaparral High School here in Las Vegas.
Contributing photographer Scott Harrison went with Oscar to CSI: The Experience at MGM Grand so that Oscar could check out his crime-solving skills at the interactive exhibit ahead of the screening. Oscar, CSI and the Plaza have contributed silent auction items for bidding at tonight’s party, with proceeds going to the nonprofit Mob Museum.
Officials say the exhibits will tell the thrilling story of organized crime and law enforcement with an authentic view of The Mob’s effect on the history of Las Vegas. It’s an insider’s look at the true stories of Mob history brought to life in theater presentations, exhibits, interactive-themed environments, multi-sensory experiences and one-of-a-kind artifacts.
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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