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August 27, 2014

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Strip Scribbles: Rod returns and renews; ‘Chow Masters’; ‘X’ marks the spot for 12th year; Boo the dog

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John Nelson, Rod Stewart, John Meglen and H.C. Rowe at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace.

8/24/11: Rod Stewart at The Colosseum

Rod Stewart at Caesars Palace on Aug. 24, 2011. Launch slideshow »

Rocker Rod Stewart had planned to wind down the third year of his shows of “The Hits” in the Colosseum at Caesars Palace this summer. Now he’s disclosed today that he’ll extend his headliner run through at least Nov. 23.

The two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer debuted at Caesars in 2011 and returns for a spring run Wednesday through May 17. Despite hitting his 69th birthday, he’s going stronger than ever and will extend his 2014 run with 18 shows starting Sept. 17, with dates in October and November. Tickets go on sale Saturday.

I’m reliably told that he will announce later this year even more dates for 2015. He’ll keep kicking his soccer balls into the audience, and you can safely expect his hits “Hot Legs,” “Maggie May” “Some Guys Have All the Luck” and “Do You Think I’m Sexy?”

We obviously do since we keep on buying tickets to bring him back. Be sure to read our Editor at Large John Katsilometes’ profile of Rod posted Saturday.

‘X Burlesque’ 12th Anniversary

A dancer is bathed in purple light as “X Burlesque” celebrates its 12th anniversary in Las Vegas on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at the Flamingo. Launch slideshow »

‘X’ CELEBRATES 12TH ANNIVERSARY: The sexy stockinged stunners who make up “X Burlesque” at the Flamingo have “Reloaded” to mark their 12th anniversary in Las Vegas. The wilder costumes are more erotic, the fishnets, pasties and blindfolds are more exotic, the dance routines are faster and more fabulous and what little amount of clothes there is are peeled off more suggestively.

Twelve years on the Strip is a major accomplishment, and Las Vegas Sun photographer L.E. Baskow was on duty under the spotlights at the celebration to catch all our family photos before they bared their saucy striptease. On Wednesday, the girls and producers Angela and Matt Stabile celebrate with bottles of bubbly at Fizz in Caesars.

Second Annual Porn Brunch at Rattlecan

Chef Sammy D poses with adult film actresses and food critic Al Mancini during the second annual Burning Angel porn brunch at the Rattlecan restaurant in the Venetian Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. Guests received a copy of Eating Las Vegas: The 50 Essential Restaurants written by Las Vegas food critics Mancini, John Curtas and Max Jacobson. Actresses from left are: Kleio, Jessie Lee, and Joanna Angel. Launch slideshow »

‘CHOW MASTERS’: Las Vegas chef Sam “Sammy D” DeMarco, former executive chef of First Food & Bar and Rattlecan at Palazzo and the Venetian, respectively, hits San Francisco and Austin on tonight’s Travel Channel show “Chow Masters.” The series premiered last Tuesday. Sammy’s on-camera partner is Hollywood director Frank Coraci, whose latest, “Blended” with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, opens May 23.

Tonight, Sammy and Frank vote on the best tacos. Sammy, who lives here with his family, will unveil new projects shortly. Meantime, the mission on “Chow Masters” is to track down the tastiest and most creative comfort food in America. City by city, their quest takes them off the map searching for the three most innovative and delicious twists on comfort food classics. They judge which contender will win a $10,000 prize and the Golden Skillet Award.

DOUBLE HONORS: Chef Akira Back’s signature restaurants and lounges have snagged two major awards at the Southern Nevada Hotel Concierge Association annual Choice Awards. Akira’s Kumi Japanese Bar + Restaurant at Mandalay Bay was named Best New Restaurant, and his Yellowtail Restaurant & Lounge at Bellagio won for Best Asian Restaurant.

Akira opens a Yellowtail on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood this summer, and he also is set to open venues in Indonesia and Dubai before year’s end.

JABBABUSY: Luxor headliners Jabbawockeez aren’t resting on their laurels after all the praise lavished on them for their appearance with Pharrell Williams at Coachella. Now they’ve just shot the new YMCMB collaborative track “Senile” with Tyga, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne. They are rapping alongside Jabbawockeez as they perform original choreography. The official “Senile” music video has been posted to YouTube.

Senile

Behind the Mask of Senile

For a behind-the-scenes look at what went into the choreography and making of “Senile,” check out “Behind the Mask of Senile With Tyga” also on YouTube. Jabbawockeez debuted their second Las Vegas show, “Prism,” at Luxor last year.

Boo

Boo, right, and buddy Buddy at Trump International Hotel and Tower in Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

GOING TO THE DOGS: To celebrate the dog days of summer, Trump International Hotel Las Vegas here is marking National Pet Month. When guests check in with their precious pooches, our four-legged friends are given a free Trump posh puppy collar and a bottle of Coola all-new organic Pet Sunscreen Spray, which will be released exclusively at Trump Spa next month. For years, Donald Trump’s hotel has offered pet-friendly services and amenities, including a pet park and dog walking.

The online Pomeranian sensations Boo and Buddy, aka “The World’s Cutest Dogs,” helped kick off the summer-long celebration. The furry jetsetters stayed in a luxurious penthouse suite on the 62nd floor, where they lounged around in Trump-monogrammed puppy robes and slippers, slept on plush dog beds and blankets and were waited on paws and foot. Our thanks to Erik Kabik of Retna for the adorable photos.

Slotzilla at Fremont Street Experience

Slotzilla at Fremont Street Experience on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, in downtown Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

ZIP-ALONG: The first part of the $12 million zip line SlotZilla is open downtown. After 14 months of construction and safety checks, the 12-story slot machine-themed takeoff tower is shining by day and glowing in neon by night on Fremont Street Experience for the lower line.

The upper-thrill Zoomline will be open within weeks. The zip line is 77 feet high and provides an 850-foot flight, half the length of Fremont Street. When launched, the Zoomline will be 114 feet high and zoon the entire length of Fremont Street — 1,700, feet landing atop a newly built Main Street Stage.

STAR SURVEILLANCE

Rapper Too $hort was at the Bank in Bellagio.

Former NBA player Jerome “Junkyard Dog” Williams and his local nonprofit the JYD Project teamed up with Speedway Children’s Charities and Touro University Nevada to host a basketball clinic for children from the university’s Center for Autism & Developmental Disabilities. NBA legends Doug Lee and Keith Starr joined JYD in teaching alongside students from Findlay Prep Pilot Program.

Reality TV star Rick Harrison (“Pawn Stars”) was at Art Encounter in Forum Shops at Caesars to see artist Jota Leal’s stylized creation of the famous four “Pawn Stars” and “Pawn Stars” fine art appraiser Brett K. Maly signing copies of his just-released book “The Pocket Picker: For Fine Art.”

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Fright Dome at Circus Circus cast members attend Nevada SPCA Big Give.

Local celebrities and supporters of the Nevada SPCA No-Kill Animal Shelter took part in the 24-hour online fundraising campaign Nevada Big Give. Lance Burton, Kevin Mack (“Counting Cars”), Travis Cloer (“Jersey Boys”), Robert Torti (“Rock of Ages,” DeLee Lively and Tyler Dale (“American Restoration”) met and greeted supporters.

Fright Dome owner Jason Egan brought hearses full of his zombies and a dunk tank to raise extra funds. Due to conflicting film scheduling, avid NSPCA supporter Zak Bagans (“Ghost Adventures”) was unable to attend but took to social media the entire day to encourage fans to get involved — and they did donating more than $10,000.

TONIGHT’S TIPS

Rocky LaPorte and Ron Morey headline at the Improv in Harrah’s through Sunday.

Marche Bacchus in Desert Shores debuts star chef Alex Stratta’s spring menu and wine tasting.

TOMORROW’S TEASE

An extraordinary and emotional story of loving courage and dedication as a Las Vegas VIP couple deal with the nightmare of cancer, plus Las Vegas boxing champion Ana Julaton makes a high-speed round trip to the Philippines for her MMA debut.

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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