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September 22, 2014

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Strip Scribbles: Britney in the ’burbs; Bobby Flay; hot dog-eating contest; Las Vegas Sin fall

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Opening night of Britney Spears’ “Britney: Piece of Me” on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at The Axis in Planet Hollywood.

‘Britney: Piece of Me’ Opening Night

Opening night of Britney Spears’ “Britney: Piece of Me” on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at The Axis in Planet Hollywood.



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We start this week with a few …

WICKED WHISPERS & RACY RUMORS

We pose the question as to whether pop princess Britney Spears has been looking for a home in a private, well- heeled gated community in Summerlin for the remainder of her two-year — and possibly extended — residency run of “Britney: Piece of Me” at Axis Theater in Planet Hollywood.

She did plenty of exploring in the area over the weekend while her father, Jamie, and her former beau, Kevin Federline, took sons Jayden and Sean to soccer in L.A.

Britney shopped at Tivoli Village and enjoyed a spree for herself at Vasari buying a Hudson jean skirt with Bailey 44 tops and a Doma leather jacket.

* Tickets for Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s welterweight fight Saturday at MGM Grand Garden Arena against Marcos Maidana are going through the roof. Vivid Seats has floor seats at a median price of $3,500, while up in the nosebleed section it’s $738, and halfway down it’s $2,083.

* High-level execs at one of our Strip’s leading hotels booted a publicist for a pop star from the property with orders to never set foot in the resort again — “and you’d be better off never returning to Las Vegas, either.” She cursed the reception staff with the immortal words, “Don’t you realize who I am?” She caused a similar rant at the pop star’s show and was described by one prominent Las Vegas executive as “the most vile person we’ve ever heard in our lives.”

Bobby Flay Opens Burger Palace on Strip

Chef Bobby Flay’s Bobby’s Burger Palace opens Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, on the Strip in Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

BOBBY’S BEST: Food critics are raving about celebrity chef Bobby Flay’s new Manhattan restaurant Gato, calling it his best yet. I didn’t realize that greedy landlords had tripled the rent on his successful Mesa Grill and Bolo dining venues and as a result he had to shutter them in the Big Apple. His highly successful Mesa Grill is still open here at Caesars Palace.

Bobby created the new brasserie out of a former 100-year-old homeless shelter in NoHo, and Bobby himself is cooking on the line of sous chefs. One writer described it as “the city’s best new eatery in years” and another wrote “infuriatingly excellent.” Maybe it will be his next Las Vegas venture?

Legends Football League

Las Vegas Sin vs. L.A. Temptation: 4/26/14

Las Vegas Sin vs. Los Angeles Temptation at Citizens Business Bank Arena on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Ontario, Calif. The Temptation won 42-14. Launch slideshow »

Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

Mary Bowers shoves down hot dogs during qualifying for Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest Saturday, April 26, 2014 at New York New York. Launch slideshow »

SIN FALL: Our sexy gridiron girls of Legends Football League lost their first away game of the new season. Over the weekend, they took on the Western Conference champions Los Angeles Temptation in Ontario, Calif., and with L.A.’s commanding defense, it wound up a crushing 42-14 loss for our heroines. They vow to improve their season to 1-1 at the home opener here May 15 against the Green Bay Chill at the Thomas & Mack Center.

HOT-DOGGETY: Pablo Martinez won top honors downing 26 hot dogs in 10 minutes at the annual qualifying contest for the Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest at New York-New York. Carlene LeFebre won the female division with 13 hot dogs.

Both now go onto the July 4 international event at Coney Island, which has been held every year since the restaurant opened in 1916. In the local heroes competition, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department defeated Nellis Air Force Base and “Fantasy” at Luxor by consuming 33 hot dogs and winning $1,000 for the Injured Police Officers Fund.

RIDING THE HIGH ROLLER: Twenty wounded British veterans, some in wheelchairs and with lost limbs, received a hero’s welcome by our stunning showgirls upon arrival from London. The five-day Heroes for Freedom trip reunited them with fellow U.S. soldiers who served in Afghanistan and the Middle East.

Tonight after a trip to Red Rock Canyon, they ride with Elvis Presley and Austin Powers impersonators on the High Roller at the Linq. On Sunday night, they had dinner and entertainment at Double Barrel Roadhouse and Tuesday will be guests of House of Blues in the Foundation Room in Mandalay Bay.

High Roller at Sunset

Alejandro Higuera of Mexico rides the 550 foot-tall High Roller observation wheel, the tallest in the world, Wednesday, April 9, 2014. The wheel is the centerpiece of the $550 million Linq project, a retail, dining and entertainment district by Caesars Entertainment Corp. Launch slideshow »

STAR SURVEILLANCE

“Ocean’s 11” and “The Godfather” star Andy Garcia attended David Copperfield’s grand illusions show at MGM Grand.

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Jordin Sparks with Mirage headliners Boyz II Men.

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Tyra Banks and Butterscotch at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. in the Cosmopolitan.

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Frankie Scinta and Steve Schirripa at Andiamo Italian Steakhouse in the D Las Vegas.

“American Idol” Season 6 winner Jordin Sparks attended Boyz II Men’s at the Mirage.

Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart and Tyra Banks attended Sir Elton John’s “Million Dollar Piano” at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace. While in town, Tyra also watched “Vegas Nocturne” at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and insisted on taking a photograph with her beat-box favorite performer Butterscotch.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. was with rapper Nas at Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar in the Linq.

Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl champion Marshawn Lynch celebrated his birthday Chateau Nightclub at the Paris. He personally handed invitations on the Strip to fans who mobbed him at the hotel, and a bevy of beauties helped blow out the candles on a custom Skittles “Beast Mode’ cake created by Sugar Factory.

Actor Steve Schirripa (“The Sopranos”) dined at Andiamo Italian Steakhouse in the D Las Vegas on Sunday night and watched singer Frankie Scinta’s show.

Morris Day, lead singer of The Time and with his wife, led cheering for Sherry Gordy’s “Open Mic Experience” at Fiesta Ranch.

TONIGHT’S TIPS

Brad Garrett headlines at his comedy club at MGM Grand with Greg Morton and Marc Ryan through Sunday.

Tom Green continues his comedy residency at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel.

The Apple Sisters present an updated 1940s radio show at Inspire Theater.

The Canvas EighTease party hosted by J.Son is at Savile Row in LAX at the Luxor.

John Bizarre and Don Barnhart headline at Riviera Comedy Club through Sunday.

TOMORROW’S TEASE

A fascinating, fun and fabulous lunch with star chef Giada De Laurentiis as she counts down to the opening of her first-ever restaurant, Giada, here at the new Cromwell boutique hotel; the topless temptresses of “X Burlesque” celebrate 12 years in Las Vegas; and the dance-floor report of courageous Amy Purdy of Las Vegas on “Dancing With the Stars.”

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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