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November 22, 2014

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Strip Scribbles: Vegas Uncork’d sells out; Helen Reddy returns to L.V.; Motley Crue’s farewell tour

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Gordon Ramsay, Francois Payard, Guy Savoy and Michel Richard attend the 2013 Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit Grand Tasting at Garden of the Gods at Caesars Palace on Friday, May 10, 2013.

ACM Party for a Cause

My Twitter spies alerted me: Have casino rivals Sheldon Adelson and Steve Wynn joined forces to form “LV2016” with several prominent Republicans to explore the GOP Convention being held here?

Did a blackjack player at one of our Strip casinos really turn a $200 investment at the tables into a $1.2 million win before he walked away?

Which high-roller returned to the same Strip hotel restaurant for six consecutive nights because he loved the wine list and shelled out way more than $180,000 for the same bottles at every dinner?

Caesars Palace headliner Celine Dion and Surrender at Encore Ne-Yo shot their new music video “Incredible” at a downtown L.A. rooftop over the weekend. Celine wore a chic white blazer, a brown blouse, shiny black pants and peep-toe brown boots, while Ne-Yo wore a black biker jacket, dark jeans and a gray beanie. Both added layers of gold-chain necklaces.

Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Joe Nichols and Chris Young are the first country artists set for the ACM Party for a Cause from April 4-5 at the new Linq.

Singer-actress and Las Vegas resident Pia Zadora will become the fifth guest performer to join “Million Dollar Quartet” at Harrah’s for the one-night-only finale Feb. 4.

2013 Vegas Uncork'd: Grand Tasting at Caesars

Gordon Ramsay, Francois Payard, Guy Savoy and Michel Richard attend the 2013 Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appetit Grand Tasting at Garden of the Gods at Caesars Palace on Friday, May 10, 2013. Launch slideshow »

Life Is Beautiful

SELLOUTS! Tickets for the May 8-11 Vegas Uncork’d food-and-wine feast are already selling at a 250 percent faster rate than last year. In the first four days, seven of the events in the best culinary festival in the country sold out: Guy Savoy, Nobu Matsuhisa, Francois Payard, Joel Robuchon, along with dinners at Hakkasan, Old Homestead and Bellagio’s Fire 7 Ice.

BIGGER & BETTER: Life Is Beautiful founder Rehan Choudry has set Oct. 24-26 as official dates for the second edition of the downtown festival. He promises new surprises and enhancements “with the entire team pushing the limits to build for the future.” He hopes for more than the 60,000 people who turned out last fall.

TWO-DECADE RETURN: Singer Helen Reddy has been absent from live performing for a decade, and it’s been 20 years since she appeared in Las Vegas. Now she’s returning and will perform at the Orleans from Feb. 15-16. Helen had more than 15 singles on the Top 40 Billboard Hot 100, six of which hit the Top 10, with three reaching No. 1 — including her signature hit “I Am Woman.”

'Motley Crue in Sin City' at the Joint

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FAREWELL WORLD TOUR: Expect Motley Crue and hometown rocker frontman Vince Neil to officially announce Tuesday their long-rumored — and often reported here — farewell world tour that’s likely to feature Alice Cooper as an opening act for several of the U.S. dates before the two-year global jaunt.

A banner reading “RIP: All Bad Things Must Come to an End” will be unfurled during their L.A. announcement. Vince, Tommy Lee, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx will perform on Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night TV talk show after the press conference.

CHEFS & ROCK STARS: Vince and Alice are two of the rockers alongside Sammy Hagar and Slash who will join Sin City Sinners on Feb. 27 here at the downtown Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health to benefit “Iron Chef” winner Kerry Simon, who is battling Multiple System Atrophy. The concert will be preceded with a rock-themed dine-around with star chefs Daniel Boulud, Michael Mina, Rick Moonen, Charlie Palmer, Megan Romano and Kerry’s mentor, Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

Ticket buyers at $1,000 apiece will meet the chefs and the stars, attend the concert and then join the celebrity after-party at Kerry’s restaurant Simon in Palms Place featuring soul-singer-songwriter Sabriel. More star names are being added daily. Tickets and more info: KeepMemoryAlive.org

Miss Nevadas, Matt Goss, Jeff Civillico at Color

Michael Boychuck, 2014 Miss Nevada USA Nia Sanchez, Matt Goss and 2014 Miss Nevada Teen USA Alexa Taylor at Color in Caesars Palace. Launch slideshow »

Michael Boychuck Online Hair Academy

Michael Boychuck Online Hair Academy

HAIR ACADEMY: Newly crowned beauty queens 2014 Miss Nevada USA Nia Sanchez and 2014 Miss Nevada Teen USA Alexa Taylor joined with Miss Nevada USA director Shanna Moakler and 2013 Miss Nevada USA Chelsea Caswell at Michael Boychuck’s Color in Caesars to refresh their signature “Boychuck Blonde” manes and toast success to the hair guru on the launch today of his Michael Boychuck Online Hair Academy (OnlineHairCourses.com). Also there: British singer and Caesars headliner Matt Goss and Quad headliner juggler entertainer Jeff Civillico.

A year in the making, Michael’s online institute specializes in styling, coloring, haircuts, highlights and extensions for prospective hairstylists and hair enthusiasts and can be viewed on tablets, smart phone and computers. You’ll even find a YouTube there from me about the 20 courses and dozens of how-to videos. Michael’s clients have included Paris Hilton, Lady Gaga, LeAnn Rimes, Katy Perry and Gwen Stefani, and the classes include Angel Porrino, Chris Phillips (Zowie Bowie), Hope McBane, Jade Kelsall and Denise Presley. New trends and techniques will be added monthly.

REHAB RECRUITS: Even though summer is still months away — the clock springs forward March 9 for the big NASCAR race at Las Vegas Motor SpeedwayRehab at the Hard Rock Hotel is hiring its models and servers today and Tuesday and again next Monday and Tuesday with swimwear auditions at nearby Body English.

DESIGNER CAPITAL: Fashion’s Tory Burch has joined with Bank of America to launch a $10 million entrepreneurial-funding program for women, and Las Vegas is one of the six cities selected to jump-start the program in low- and moderate-income communities. It’s named Elizabeth Street Capital, the Manhattan location of her first boutique that is now a global brand with 120 stores in 50 countries.

2013 Wrangler NFR: Round 8 With Shania Twain

Caesars Palace headliner Shania Twain attends Round 8 of the 2013 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, at the Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV. Launch slideshow »

STAR SURVEILLANCE

Caesars superstar headliner Shania Twain watched “Menopause The Musical at Luxor on a night off from her residency show “Still the One.”

Trimmed-down “Pawn Stars” star Austin “Chumlee” Russell greeted the weekend audience at the new parody “Pawn Shop Live!” at Golden Nugget.

Comedy actors David Spade and Kevin Farley dined with friends at Lavo in Palazzo before David’s headlining show next door at the Venetian.

TONIGHT’S TIPS

The Jamz Youth National Championships for cheerleading and dance teams is a daylong and nightlong event at Orleans Arena.

The restaurant documentary “Spinning Plates” kicks off Cinema Society’s Half Season at Green Valley Luxury theater.

DJ Shift spins at XS in Steve Wynn’s Encore.

And DJ trance duo and brothers Myon and Shane 54 are at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan.

TOMORROW’S TEASE

Criss Angel updates his progress from shoulder surgery and reveals secrets of his new show “Magic Jam” he says will debut next Tuesday, plus, ticket sales zoom for Britney Spears’ return to her resident show “Piece of Me” at Planet Hollywood.

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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