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Strip Scribbles: No Justin Timberlake & Friends concert this year


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Justin Timberlake & Friends featuring Sir Elton John, Diddy and Dirty Money, Christina Aguilera, Salt-n-Pepa, T-Pain, Lady Antebellum, Selena Gomez and Free Sol at Theater for the Performing Arts in Planet Hollywood on Oct. 23, 2010.

Newly engaged actor and singer Justin Timberlake has a much lower presence at this year’s Shriners Children’s Hospitals charity golf tournament week starting Sunday. In fact, and I’m ready to be corrected, I think he will only be on the TPC Summerlin course for photographers once -- for the final winner’s check presentation.

It’s definite that he’s scrapped the final-night concert with a lineup of his star friends. I’ve asked his team and local folks here several times for an explanation about the cancellation, but as of now, not one word. There are rumors that his wedding to actress Jessica Biel is near, which might be the reason behind his low profile. He also is rumored to be in negotiations to star as an alcoholic magazine food critic in “The Last Drop.”

2010 Justin Timberlake & Friends

Justin Timberlake & Friends featuring Sir Elton John, Diddy and Dirty Money, Christina Aguilera, Salt-n-Pepa, T-Pain, Lady Antebellum, Selena Gomez and Free Sol at Theater for the Performing Arts in Planet Hollywood on Oct. 23, 2010. Launch slideshow »

2011 Food & Wine and Top Chefs All-Star Weekend

The Food & Wine Top Chefs All-Star Tasting hosted by Gail Simmons at Aria on Oct. 22, 2011. Aria President William McBeath, Simmons and Chef Shawn McClain are pictured here. Launch slideshow »

Suite Remodel at MGM Grand

This is the living area of a remodeled suite at the MGM Grand Thursday, Sept. 27, 2102. Launch slideshow »
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Carrot Top, second from right, at Machine Guns Vegas.

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Lacey Chabert, right, with Donny Osmond and her sister at the Flamingo on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012.

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Lacey Chabert, right, with Marie Osmond and her sister at the Flamingo on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012.


Hot off the grill! Las Vegas chef Michael Mina has launched an ambitious free website,, and if you sign up for free, he’ll send you each day a free recipe and tricks and tips from his chef pals. Each recipe includes a video, so 365 videos and dishes a year.

As the Third Annual Food & Wine All-Star Weekend nears next weekend, our friend Gail Simmons sent through an email to Vegas DeLuxe: “I’m thrilled to be hosting for my third consecutive year. It’s going to be a weekend full of extraordinary food and wine by some of the brightest and best culinary talent in the country. With all that will be going on, it’s hard to say what I’m looking forward to most!”

The weekend includes afternoon tea at chef Joel Robuchon’s temple of haute cuisine at MGM Grand on Friday afternoon and a Surfside Soiree at Mandalay Bay on Saturday evening featuring Hubert Keller, Michael Mina, Susan Feniger, Mary Sue Milliken and Rick Moonen and their creative, delicious food.

“I’m so looking forward to the sights, sounds, tastes and, of course, the world-class hospitality that Las Vegas has to offer. Come meet us all and say hello,” she summed up.

$160 MILLION REMODEL: Executives at MGM Grand today celebrated the completion of its $160 million room and suite remodel in the hotel’s main tower, marking a major milestone in the resort’s grand renovation. The remodel, which began in October 2011, includes 3,570 grand king and queen guest rooms and 642 suites, including the Skyline Terrace, Skyline Marquee Suites and Stay Well Rooms, 42 of them incorporating medical science and technology to support physical and emotional health and well being.

The 12-plus health wellness features in each suite will help guests reverse jetlag , promote better sleep and cleanse the body with infused vitamin C in the shower water. Dr. Deepak Chopra welcomes guests with an educational video on the in-room Stay Well channel. MGM Grand’s evolution continues into next spring with the opening of Hakkasan at the former site of Studio 54.


Lacey Chabert (“Party of Five,” “Mean Girls”) watched Donny & Marie Osmond’s show at the Flamingo on Wednesday night with her sister.

During the how, Donny sang a moving rendition of “Moon River” as a tribute to the late Andy Williams, who discovered him when he was 5 years old. This is the first time Donny sang it during his show and is now thinking about making it a part of the show to honor the legendary singer who died Tuesday.

Luxor comedy headliner Carrot Top was at Machine Guns Vegas with red- hot aiming skills.

DJ Peaches brought her sexually progressive sounds to Ghostbar at the Palms on Wednesday night. She wore a get-up of doll heads on multiple polyester clusters while performing her mix of rock and electro sounds into the early morning. After the performance, Peaches removed her large polyester cluster and enjoyed Patron with fans at her table.


“America’s Got Talent Live” premieres at the Palazzo after a one-day equipment malfunction delay.

Hoobastank kicks off the giant heavy metal Rock Vegas weekend with a concert and party at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.

It’s slaughter on the Strip as director Eli Roth’s $10 million high-tech house of horrors Goretorium opens opposite CityCenter with Dave Navarro, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Mike Tyson, Zak Bagans, Train, Incubus, Guns ’n’ Roses and Miss USA beauties Shanna Moakler and Jade Kelsall as “victims.”

“Pawn Stars” hero Corey Harrison is grand marshal of the Las Vegas Bike Fest with a Strip ride starting at Cashman Center, where a 250 vendor village has been set up for motorcycle enthusiasts.

The audience-interactive 1980s musical “Leg Warmers” packed with rock and pop classics opens at V Theater in Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops.

Strung Out and the Swellers play Vinyl at the Hard Rock Hotel.

Barcelona is at Boulevard Pool in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.


Yet another incredible, pleasure-packed weekend in Sin City with heavy metal rockers taking over from where the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival pop stars left off last weekend. Plus, Mr. Olympia, Justin Bieber and a “Happy Birthday” to British singing sensation Matt Goss simultaneously celebrating his 300th show at Caesars Palace. Add Bill Cosby, Daniel Tosh, Blink-182 and Tim Allen, and it’s a fun weekend, but President Obama hunkers down at Lake Las Vegas to prep for his upcoming debates with Mitt Romney.

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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