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Strip Scribbles: Mob Con 2013, ‘Beacher’s Madhouse’ and Frankie Moreno

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Victoria Justice, David Copperfield, Ryan Rottman and Jeff Beacher at MGM Grand.

Donny & Marie Osmond's 500th Performance

Donny & Marie Osmond's 500th performance at the Flamingo on March 23, 2011. Launch slideshow »

2012 Great Santa Run at Town Square

Mayor Carolyn Goodman is flanked by Chippendales at the Rio dancers Sami Eskelin and James Davis, who is competing in Season 21 of CBS' Launch slideshow »

If wild and wacky impresario Jeff Beacher gets to open his new Beacher’s Madhouse at MGM Grand for Memorial Day Weekend, expect to see flying midget bartenders.

Construction permits have been issued and confirm our exclusive Feb. 11 story that the shuttered “Crazy Horse Paris” theater will be converted into his provocative playground of the absurd. As we reported, remodeling and redecoration are already under way.

Jeff has begun auditioning eccentric acts he plans to feature.

ONLY IN VEGAS: A Mob convention. Loan sharks, hitmen and burglars will be at the first Mob Con 2013 at Palace Station in September. It’s an opportunity to meet Wise Guys, Goodfellas and Goombas talking of the murder and mayhem they created.

The former Made Men share the good, bad and ugly from living in the underworld. Plus, meet the FBI and Metro, who put them out of business.

WICKED WHISPERS & RACY RUMORS

The new Donny & Marie Osmond one-year contract extension at Flamingo gives them sufficient time off for TV shows and other concert dates and opens dates in the showroom there to be filled prime time by a very physical pop star. On the heels of the proposed Britney Spears deal at Planet Hollywood, Caesars Entertainment execs have settled on another female singer, and I’m reliably told that she could start there as soon as this fall. “The deal is very close to being finalized,” I was reliably told.

It seems too improbable to be true -- or to even become true -- but there’s reliable word that a major sports team might be sold to enable its owners to buy another team, with sufficient money remaining to buy into the Las Vegas hotel business.

Former Mayor Oscar Goodman has received the galleys of his new book “Being Oscar” out May 21 and is proofing his illustrious words. I’m hearing solid reports that it will be turned into a TV movie.

Check out ShowofPeace.com for the latest date of the global music concert Las Vegas promoters still intend to produce in China. The original April 2010 date has been postponed many times, and the latest after three fails in three years is Dec. 31. ZZYX Entertainment predicts that it will produce as many as six Forbidden City concerts under the rights granted by the Ministry of Culture and China Arts Foundation. The organizers say the Global Harmony brand will launch in May with Divas in Beijing and will include a worldwide New Year’s Eve TV special celebrating music in Las Vegas, New York and China.

Is it possible that former “Peepshow” beauty Holly Madison can lose 40 pounds in six weeks post-pregnancy, a goal she’s set for herself?

Is this year’s Great Santa Run to benefit our beloved Opportunity Village about to announce a major location change for its world-record Santa-costumed turnout, and will there be a mid-summer Speedo run to raise extra funds?

STAR POWER: The list of entertainment icons and celebrities attending and performing at the 17th annual Keep Memory Alive 80th birthday celebration April 13 honoring Sir Michael Caine and Quincy Jones continues to grow. Larry King, Rashida Jones, Amy Poehler and Arsenio Hall are the latest in the star-studded lineup. Funds raised go to our Downtown Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.

COOKING DUO: Entertainer and Stratosphere headliner Frankie Moreno, who arrives home tonight after a trek through Kenya and France to find inspiration for his next CD, teamed up with “Top Chef Seattle” firebrand Carla Pellegrino. Before his departure, they filmed a kitchen segment at her restaurant Bratalian in Henderson for Hallmark Channel. They sang a song, “Veal Scallopini,” at the end of the show, which aired last weekend and repeats for the next month.

Frankie Moreno and Carla Pellegrino

Red Rock Resort

Justin Timberlake at TPC Summerlin on Sept. 28, 2011

Justin Timberlake at the weeklong Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin on Sept. 28, 2011. Timberlake's guests and competitors this week include Marshall Faulk, Bo Jackson, Anthony Anderson, George Lopez, Cedric the Entertainer and Trevor Immelman. Launch slideshow »

Criss Angel Launches MagicPlace.com

Criss Angel launches MagicPlace.com at Bare Pool Lounge in the Mirage on Monday, Aug. 15, 2011. Launch slideshow »

CONGRATULATIONS: Our Red Rock Resort has been named Casino of the Year by the Academy of Country Music for having played host to many top country artists in 2012. Red Rock will be honored at the 48th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, which air on CBS from MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 7. The presentation will be made formally at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville this fall. Station Casinos has now won the award five times, the only casino to receive the award more than once.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Former Foreigner star Domenick Allen teams with former Moody Blues and Paul McCartney and The Wings guitarist Denny Laine at Cannery on April 5.

Singer Gary Allan will perform at the official party for the Professional Bull Riders Last Cowboy Standing on May 11 at Mandalay Bay Beach Club. The hotel casino becomes cowboy central for PBR activities that weekend, including the third-annual Last Cowboy Standing event in Mandalay Bay Events Center.

Great Gatsby! Lisa Vanderpump of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” with Giggy host Bellagio’s Kids and Animals Fashion Show on May 17 and next day joins actress Terry Moore (Mrs. Howard Hughes) and Wayne Newton for the Lights of Compassion gala at Anthem Country Club all themed from “The Great Gatsby” era.

STAR SURVEILLANCE

It was a Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel weekend here, and the newlyweds spent social time celebrating not with each other but with their friends. Justin started out with his pals at a bachelor party in Yellowtail at Bellagio. Meantime, Jessica was at a bachelorette bash at Fix. J&J did link up afterward for Kyle Richards’ party at The Bank with DJ Sky Blu of LMFAO.

The next night, there was no sign of Justin, who will tour solo this fall after his summer dates with Jay-Z. Jessica hit Yellowtail this time for a celebration. Her GFs and she went over to nearby 1 OAK in The Mirage, where they danced until 3 a.m. at a VIP table.

Our spywitnesses also spotted Jessica enjoying a day of beauty treatments, massages and relaxation at Qua Baths at Caesars Palace, where she pranced around in her birthday suit at one point.

Racecar driver Danica Patrick celebrated her birthday with dinner next door at Restaurant Guy Savoy with beau and fellow driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Since they weren’t driving anywhere afterward, they enjoyed a premium 2000 Chateau Figeac Bordeaux with their truffle soup and truffle risotto.

TONIGHT’S TIPS

Sgt. Slick comes up from Down Under to spin at Lavo in Palazzo.

The International Jazz, Blues and Gospel Festival continues through Thursday at LVH.

And First Class Trash, Snakeskyn Whiskey and Crucified Barbara play Vinyl at The Hard Rock Hotel.

TOMORROW’S TEASE

Magician Criss Angel takes a break long enough from “Believe” at Luxor to pen a guest column about illusions, the box office flop “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” and his own new Spike TV series. We take a much-needed day off and then are back to normal Thursday with a look at the 1,000th show of the wild and wacky “Absinthe” at Caesars.

Meantime, here are …

WEDNESDAY’S TIPS

The second-annual Top Model Agency Party honors 100 models with 100 bottles of bubbly at The Act in Palazzo.

The cast of “Evil Dead: The Musical is at Mt. Charleston Lodge for a screening of the original movie and a sing-along of the musical.

The All-Star Bartender Competition for Sin City’s hottest server is at Insert Coin(s) Downtown.

And Def Leppard resumes its “Viva Hysteria” residency at The Hard Rock.

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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