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Strip Scribbles: Cancer charity rejects ‘Crazy Girls’ anniversary donation

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Crazy Girls” 25th anniversary celebrations at the Riviera from Oct. 1-3, 2012. Ricardo Laguna is pictured here with the dancers.

'Crazy Girls' 25th Anniversary: Oct. 1-3, 2012

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The topless dancers, cast and crew of the Riviera’s “Crazy Girls” are stunned and upset that their charity plans for Thursday’s 26th anniversary have suddenly crashed.

Producer Norbert Aleman and his gorgeous girls, who have the longest-running adult-cabaret revue on the Strip, had planned to donate proceeds from the special performance to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, but officials there have turned down the offer.

“We are baffled by the rejection,” Norbert told me, “particularly after Mayor Carolyn Goodman has agreed to proclaim it Crazy Girls Day.

“The entire cast is devastated. We have all known people affected by breast cancer, and we wanted our donations to help their work to find a cure. It’s crazy they say that they do not accept donations from topless shows, and we have so many on the Strip to help their wonderful work.”

He added: “It’s ironic they single out topless shows because there’s absolutely nothing illegal in what we do and turning over the proceeds of one night to the charity. We are going ahead, and we hope another charity group reading Vegas DeLuxe will ask us to donate similarly to them.”

Celine Dion Celebrates 10th Anniversary of The Colosseum

H.C. Rowe, of AEG and executive director of The Colosseum; John Nelson, AEG vice president; John Meglen, AEG president and co-CEO; and Dave Platel, CDA Productions Management associate celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Saturday, March 16, 2013. Launch slideshow »

CELINE SURPRISE: The American Gaming Association will induct Caesars Palace headliner Celine Dion into its Gaming Hall of Fame in November with a party at Pure in Caesars. Organizers asked me to record a video for guests and Celine with a media explanation of how she has impacted and changed the Strip’s entertainment scene with headliners who followed in her footsteps.

We wrapped it under the bright lights this past weekend, and there’s a surprise coming from Celine on Nov. 14 when her “boss” Gary Loveman will be inducted alongside her.

TASTY BITES: Motley Crue rocker Vince Neil has officially signed his Circus Circus contracts for his new tequila and South-of-the-Border restaurant and tour bus bar to open there in early November.

Mirage executives confirm that they have “taken back” the shuttered B.B. King’s jazz bar and soul-food restaurant there and will convert it into a bright bistro offering three daily meals. The Mirage also is wrapping up contracts with a new star chef to run their Onde Italian restaurant there with a new design and makeover.

Star chef Luciano Pellegrino confirms that Valentino’s final date at the Venetian will be Sunday, Nov. 3, and he’ll serve the last truffle dinner of the season to mark its exit. Will it be the location at the hotel for celebrity chef Daniel Boulud’s return to Las Vegas?

The new Season 11 of “Top Chef” with chefs Tom Colicchio and Emeril Lagasse filmed in New Orleans with Las Vegas chef Shirley Chung (formerly at the Cosmopolitan’s China Poblano by Jose Andres) starts on Bravo this Wednesday (Tom and Emeril both have restaurants here). I’ve learned that Shirley does us proud.

Controversial chef commentator and Emmy Award winner Anthony Bourdain will film part of the third season of his CNN shows in Las Vegas, Africa and Brazil for airing next year.

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Phil Heath and Jennie Heath at Will.I.Am's New Year's Eve party at Surrender at Encore on Dec. 31, 2011.

THREEPEAT HAT TRICK: Congratulations to astonishing bodybuilder Phil Heath, who for the third consecutive year won Mr. Olympia on Saturday night at Orleans Arena. Kai Greene repeated as runner-up. Hometown hero and four-time winner Jay Cutler competed after a one-year absence and placed sixth. Thirteen bodybuilders have won the title in the 49-year history of the event.

MOST DANGEROUS: I just love the quote about my friend The Amazing Kreskin in gaming authority John Romero’s book “Las Vegas: The Untold Story.” Psychic and mentalist Kreskin, who regularly performs on the Strip, is described as “the most dangerous person in the world with a deck of cards. The casinos would rather deal with Willie Sutton.” (Willie was the legendary bank robber in the early part of this century).

ICED POKER: Before the L.A. Kings vs. Colorado Avalanche exhibition game at MGM Grand Garden Arena, NHL legend Luc Robitaille hosted his charity poker tournament and raised more than $80,000. Luc is now the president of the Kings’ business operations.

Fundraiser for Joanie Spina

A fundraiser for Joanie Spina. Jinger Leigh, Spina, Janice West and Fielding West are pictured here. Launch slideshow »

OVERSEAS READERS: I just discovered that in addition to our regular daily readers in Britain and as far away as Japan and Australia, they also hail from Belgium. Former Las Vegas resident Chris Giordano, who is Franco Dragone’s right-hand man, is one of our fans and because of his connection to David Copperfield, he read our story last week about Joanie Spina. With the European time zone ahead of ours, he became the first to call her to tell her that she had to read our story.

TONIGHT’S TIPS

Sonya White and Tom Rhodes headline at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club through Sunday.

DJ Vice spins the wheels of steel at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan.

TOMORROW’S TEASE

Our candid interview with Luxor headliner and “Believe” magician Criss Angel as he previews his new 11 one-hour specials for Spike TV complete with behind-the-scenes photos. Plus, a Britney Spears show update and a peek into the construction of her new Planet Hollywood theater.

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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