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December 18, 2014

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Strip Scribbles: Miss Nevada USA Pageant, porn stars and ‘Panda’

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2013 Miss Nevada USA Chelsea Caswell is seen during the swimsuit portion of the 2013 Miss USA Pageant on Sunday, June 16, 2013, at Planet Hollywood.

2013 Miss USA Pageant

Miss Connecticut Erin Brady reacts as she is crowned by Miss USA 2012 Nana Meriwether during the Miss USA pageant at Planet Hollywood Sunday, June 16, 2013. Launch slideshow »

More than 50 contestants will be taking part in January’s Miss Nevada USA Pageant, but first comes the Dec. 14 orientation before one winner is picked for next spring’s national Miss USA Pageant.

My pal Michael Boychuck is an official sponsor, and his Life Spa Salon at Lifetime Athletic in Summerlin will host the orientation with Executive Director Shanna Moakler and reigning beauty queens Miss Nevada USA Chelsea Caswell and Miss Nevada Teen USA Amanda Jenkins.

Michael, now the mane man as the hair guru and colorist of many Miss USA winners, says it also will be an open-casting call for contestants to register last minute for the 2014 Miss Nevada USA and Miss Nevada Teen USA pageants.

I have accepted an invitation to be one of the judges. Participants will have the opportunity to channel their inner models while wearing Kate Swim bikinis as part of a photo shoot for the new Miss Nevada USA poster. The hopefuls will enjoy a dynamic course in self-defense taught by Life Time Athletic instructors Matt Hodges and Eric Watts.

2013 AVN Awards: Red Carpet at The Joint

The 2013 AVN Awards red carpet at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. Launch slideshow »

PORN STARS: Organizers of January’s AVN Adult Entertainment Expo at the Hard Rock Hotel estimate that here will be more than 30,000 attendees. Ten top talent agents will be represented, with some 200 porn princesses and adult-industry models making appearances. The largest adult tradeshow of its kind starts Jan. 15 and wraps with the notorious awards Jan. 18.

Talent agencies participating in AVN Fan Fest this year include 101 Models, Adult Talent Managers, Foxx Modeling, Ideal Image Models, L.A. Direct Models, LAX Models, Matrix Models, Metro Talent Managers, O.C. Modeling and Spiegler Girls. The L.A. Direct Models “White Party” is at Body English on Jan. 17. Adult talent manager Mark Schechter told Vegas DeLuxe: “This year we will have a record number of over 40 of our porn stars signing for all the fans.”

It’s a true A-to-Z listing of porn stars, including Alexa Aimes, Annika Albrite, Aubrey Adams and A.J. Applegate to Zoey Monroe and Zoey Portland. Actress, director and adult-film mogul Jessica Drake will provide Vegas DeLuxe with a preview of the convention, and awards host Chantal Preston will preview the nominations and awards.

‘Panda’

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Panda

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After-School All-Stars on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, in Las Vegas.

‘PANDA’ at PALAZZO: When the first Chinese theater production ever in Las Vegas opens at Palazzo on Dec. 16, it will feature a cast of nearly 50 performers. With a budget running into the tens of millions of dollars, director An Zhao promises a show totally different from Cirque du Soleil spectaculars. At a preview performance with banker-producer Hui Wang, he said: “Before the 2008 Beijing Olympics, a lot of people didn’t know much about the Chinese culture and arts. Now they are excited to see more. The Las Vegas audiences will be seeing something they have never seen here before.”

The incredible acrobatic artists include the first-ever U.S. visit of the Shaolin Temple Kung Fu master monks, the National Acrobatic Troupe and the Bian Lian ever-changing masked dancers. Large-scale, state-of-the-art LED screens and lighting effects will transform the stage into various scenes, including an underwater world and a bamboo forest.

ALL-STARS: Several of our local newscasters including Paula Francis and Beth Fisher joined our Mayor Carolyn Goodman and her council members as the After-School All-Stars. Goodman served a Thanksgiving lunch to 60 at-risk students from Von Tobel Middle School with help from our Cordon Bleu chefs.

TONIGHT’S TIPS

The mayor is in the holiday spirit as she lights the Grand Menorah at Fremont Street Experience.

Mystic Falls Park’s winter wonderland tree lighting at Sam’s Town kicks off its holiday season with 15-minute, laser-light spectaculars every hour. Simultaneously, the Cell Phones for Soldiers program for used cell phones, chargers and other accessory donations gets underway. Each phone donated gets an hour of talk time to soldiers overseas. Chairman Bill Boyd will flip the switch.

Alice Cooper makes a horror-themed theatrical stop at Pearl in the Palms with his “Raise the Dead” tour complete with electric chairs, guillotines, boa constrictors and fake blood.

Party queen Tiffany Masters throws her 10th annual Thanksgiving Eve party at Gold Lounge in Aria.

Alice Glass of Crystal Castles joins with Jupiter from Heath for the fifth-annual Thanksgiving Eve party at Ghostbar in the Palms.

Meat Puppets plays Beauty Bar downtown.

Ian Ziering and Diplo at Encore Beach Club

DJ Diplo at Encore Beach Club on Friday, June 21, 2013. Launch slideshow »

DJ Diplo, who teamed with Britney Spears on her upcoming album, “Britney Jean,” twerks the duel-decks at Surrender in Steve Wynn’s Encore.

Angel lead singer Frank DiMino joins Sin City Sinners for a free concert at the Palms.

The Celtic Woman “Symphony” Tour dazzles at the Venetian for two nights, so see their show and then walk off your turkey excess with a stroll through Winter in Venice.

TOMORROW’S TEASE

Have yourself a wonderful Thanksgiving — enjoy the turkey and the trimmings and give thanks for all our freedoms and opportunities. We have so many of the great joys of life to be thankful for here.

FRIDAY’S TEASE

Country king Garth Brooks really ends his run at Wynn as he broadcasts a live two-hour special from Encore Theater. Plus, we’re shining bright with our Weekend Celebrity Preview to prove there’s no Black Friday at Vegas DeLuxe.

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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