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Star Surveillance: Ice-T & Coco, Michael Phelps, Kendrick Lamar, Ryan Cabrera and ‘Absinthe’

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Coco Austin, Ice-T and 12th Planet at Body English in The Hard Rock Hotel on Thursday, March 28, 2013.

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Mike Bibby and chef Barry Dakake at N9NE Steakhouse in the Palms on Saturday, March 30, 2013.

Now that actor and rapper Ice-T is here for the summer with wife Coco Austin, who is headlining in “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood, the happy couple are turning up everywhere as she shows him the sights. They were nuzzled up close as could be in a VIP booth at Body English at The Hard Rock Hotel.

They also had lunch on the outdoor patio at Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina at Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. Coco enjoyed two frozen Vida Locas, while Ice selected a frozen strawberry daiquiri with their tortilla soup and short rib enchiladas.

Olympic champion Michael Phelps returned to the new sports lounge restaurant Heraea in the Palms for a second weekend, this time in a bachelor group of 12 for NCAA games. Also there, NFL players Mikel Leshoure (Detroit Lions), Martez Wilson (New Orleans Saints) and Terry Hawthorne from the University of Illinois to celebrate Mikel’s birthday.

Nearby at N9NE Steakhouse, New York Knicks point guard Mike Bibby was in a group of 20 to watch NCAA games. Also there, undefeated world lightweight boxing champion Adrien Broner. Upstairs at Moon, four-time Mr. Olympia and Las Vegas resident Jay Cutler hosted his official afterparty for his Desert Classic bodybuilding contest that was at the Pearl.

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Jeri Ryan, right, and her son Alex Ryan at Blue Man Group in Monte Carlo on Wednesday, March 27, 2013.

Actress Jeri Ryan and her son Alex watched Blue Man Group at the Monte Carlo. After the performance, they had a VIP meet-and-greet posing for photos and then tweeted: “Blue Man Group! So much fun! Awesome show!”

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Kendrick Lamar performs at 1 OAK in The Mirage on Friday, March 29, 2013.

Recording artist Kendrick Lamar hosted and performed at 1 OAK in The Mirage. His set included “Swimming Pools,” “Soul” and “Ignorance Is Bliss,” and afterward he enjoyed champagne, vodka and cognac with his entourage. Before 1 OAK, he had grilled sea bass at Stack.

Superstar Engelbert Humperdinck dined in a group of six at Gordon Ramsay Steak in Paris Las Vegas. Engelbert and his son Scott Dorsey shared two-dozen Kusshi oysters, steaks and 2010 Fisticuffs Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. The group shared sticky toffee pudding for dessert. Eng tells me that he’s been house hunting here and will be back in two weeks to close on a purchase in moving here from Beverly Hills, Calif.

British pop singer-songwriter Tulisa Contostavlos of N-Dubz fame and a judge on “The X Factor” U.K. took a mini Las Vegas vacation and while here had words from her new album “Female Boss” tattooed on her lower back: “She is strong when she is weak. She is brave when she is scared. She is humble when she is victorious.”

‘Absinthe’ Celebrates 1,000 Shows

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Congratulations to our friends The Gazillionaire, sidekick Penny Pibbets, vocalist Melody Sweets and nearly topless balloon dancer Angela Porrino on the 1,000th performance and second anniversary of their circus tent show “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace. The troupe surprised the audience rushing in as zombies at show’s end and stayed in blood-streaked clothes and ghoulish makeup when they celebrated at nearby Pure.

The cast was presented with a green, two-tiered cake topped with the number 1,000 covered in gold glitter. The Gazillionaire held the cake high into the air as the group cheered, but Penny dove face first and took a bite out of the cake and moments later went back in for more.

Ryan Cabrera at Hyde Bellagio

Ryan Cabrera at Hyde Bellagio on Thursday, March 28, 2013. Launch slideshow »

Platinum selling singer-songwriter Ryan Cabrera performed an acoustic set at Hyde Bellagio. He posed for photos on the red carpet and showed off his tattoos, including one of a portrait of actor Ryan Gosling! He snapped photos with fans waiting for his arrival and inside Hyde delivered his unplugged performance at the fireplace that included hits “On the Way Down” and “True.” Ryan wrapped his set with new single “I See Love.” Ryan kicks off an acoustic tour with Tyler Hilton and Teddy Geiger in May.

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The Oak Ridge Boys flank Richard "Old Man" Harrison of "Pawn Stars" at Eastside Cannery on Sunday, March 31, 2013.

It was a sold-out house for The Oak Ridge Boys’ Easter Sunday show at Eastside Cannery with father-son “Pawn Stars” stars Richard and Rick Harrison meeting with them before the show. Rick, who is getting married in July in California, made headlines over the weekend while on Mark Levin’s radio show for bashing government overregulation.

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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