Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 | 6:01 p.m.
Penn and Teller
The ALS charity ice-bucket challenge is spreading in leaps and bounds across Las Vegas, and Strip entertainers aren’t walking away from the cold water. In less than 24 hours, #CrissAngel’s ALS IceBucketChallenge garnered 100,000 views. He accepted Randy Couture’s challenge, and now the “Believe” and “Mindfreak” star has challenged Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Shaquille O’Neal, who is a fan of magic.
Rio magician headliners Penn & Teller also accepted the challenge, and now they’re calling out David Copperfield, Mac King and Piff the Magic Dragon to be next. Emmy-winning designer and producer Andy Walmsley created his Hot Chick version of the challenge.
Now Andy has challenged hypnotist Anthony Cools, singer Frankie Moreno, mentalist Gerry McCambridge, Zowie Bowie’s Chris Phillips and yours truly, and the five of us have agreed to have the ice cubes dumped on us.
Anthony films Friday in a secret location and then Chris will shut down part of Fremont Street on Friday night for his video version. Gerry is channeling his mental powers to outperform our crazy stunts, so Andy will donate $500 for each of us (a total of $2,500) to ALS.
Dana White and his UFC fighters along with executives at South Point might be next. Three of the top execs of Professional Bull Riders who visit Las Vegas every year have challenged their hosts. PBR Chairman and CEO Jim Haworth, COO Sean Gleason and Senior VP of Competition Jay Daugherty endured eight buckets in 8 seconds in true PBR fashion. Still soaking wet, they did a shout-out to Dana, his UFC fighters and the South Point execs to join the fundraisers.
Andy’s hot-chick challenge has already won a slew of YouTube hits, and the reinvention is catching on — only in Vegas! One of the VIP hosts at the new SLS Las Vegas pool wrangled 20 of the bikini-clad servers there today from training to create their version.
ONE DROP RETURNS: For the third consecutive year, cast members of Cirque du Soleil shows will contribute their talents to the One Night for One Drop charity event March 20 at The Beatles “Love” theater in the Mirage. All other Cirque shows will be shuttered that night for founder Guy Laliberte’s water-awareness charity. Check back regularly to Vegas DeLuxe for details as the spectacular is planned.
The Beatles tribute
THE BEATLES’ 50TH: Today marks the 50th anniversary of when John, Paul, George and Ringo caused Beatlemania in Las Vegas for the group’s first and only show. To celebrate, there was a rooftop-concert block party at the El Cortez on Wednesday night with Paul Casey playing classic songs by the Liverpool lads.
Contributing videographer Richard Corey posted a YouTube video with some Beatles highlights with The Fab Four, Beatles radio show host Dennis Mitchel and our John Katsilometes on his meeting with Ringo Starr. Two fans who attended that Beatles concert in 1964 also were at the Mandalay Bay event.
Cirque and Southwest Airlines
This afternoon, cast members of “Love” joined with Southwest Airlines personnel to re-create the historic arrival on Aug. 20, 1964, when they performed two shows for 16,000 crazed fans at the Las Vegas Convention Center after flying in from San Francisco.
MEN OF THE STRIP: To celebrate the end of summer, Men of the Strip will take the stage this Labor Day Weekend for a limited engagement at The D Las Vegas. As seen on their hit E! special, “Men of the Strip is not your typical male revue but a full-spectrum, cabaret-style show filled with sultry singing, sexy dance moves, audience participation and, of course, more than a little skin.”
It’s produced by 98 Degrees singer and founding member Jeff Timmons and created by Glenn Douglas Packard. This spring, the handsome hunks take on their first-ever Caribbean cruise, with national performances to follow.
Hot off the grill!
The Venetian will reprise its Carnivale and Winter in Venice with a festival titled Ultimo.
Rio celebrity chef Steve Martorano opens his casual Italian ristorante at Harrah’s Atlantic City this weekend.
As first reported here, we can now confirm that the award-winning chef from El Bulli in Spain, Ferran Adria, will be the guest of Jose Andres and Julian Serrano at their Picasso (Bellagio) and Bazaar (SLS Las Vegas) restaurants on Sept. 11.
Ferran will talk about his version of “Creativity in the Art of Food” and serve the great Spanish beer Estrella Damm with cooking tips as our Las Vegas kitchen kings serve his food masterpieces. Sadly, the lunch and dinner events are invitation only and not open to the public.
‘ATLAS’ PREMIERE: The world premiere of the final “Atlas Shrugged” trilogy will be Sept. 6 at the Palms with new cast and producers Harmon Kaslow and John Aglialoro on hand for “Part III: Who Is John Galt?” Laura Regan and Rob Morrow will portray the two primary protagonists, Dagny Taggart and Hank Rearden.
DATES PHENOMENON: It’s the only time you will experience this phenomenon in your life. In August 2014, we will have five Fridays, five Saturdays and five Sundays. This happens only once every 823 years. Our Asian friends call it “silver pockets full.”
Coyote Ugly founder Liliana Lovell celebrates its 21st anniversary as a sexy and wild watering hole at New York-New York.
More than 15 magicians join the faculty of Jeff McBride’s Las Vegas-based Magic School for their showcase at Olive Mediterranean Restaurant in Henderson along with tarot readings and body-art paintings.
Tilted Kilt celebrates its grand opening at Linq Promenade.
Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Eric Bellinger is at Haze in Aria.
Interpol is at the Cosmopolitan.
Monroy is at Lounge at the Palms.
As if the gala grand opening of SLS Las Vegas and its Life nightclub weren’t enough excitement for one weekend, we also have the 28th Annual AFAN Black & White Party, Bruno Mars, John Legend, Restaurant Week and much more.
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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