Wednesday, March 26, 2014 | 6 p.m.
Tonight’s episode of ABC’s Emmy Award-winning “Modern Family,” now in Season 5, was filmed at our Mandalay Bay.
The show, which most recently was nominated for 12 Emmys, stars Ed O’Neill ( Jay) , Sofia Vergara (Gloria) and Ty Burrell (Phil), who wind up in one high level of suites, but the storyline has them feuding for an even higher level.
While Claire (Julie Bowen) secretly hits the tables to win back money she lost years earlier, Phil (Ty Burrell) tries to enter a secret society of magicians and Cam (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) exit a spa day to join a wild bachelor party.
The half-hour episode airs tonight. What happens in Vegas …
TATTOO TRIUMPH: Two Las Vegas tattoo artists were declared safe on Tuesday night’s episode of “Ink Master” on Spike’s hit reality-TV contest where they are vying for a $100,000 grand prize, bragging rights and a cover feature in Inked Magazine.
Now after five weeks of competition, 12 of the original 20 remain, including Walter “Sausage” Frank from Club Tattoo and King Ruck of Black Spade Tattoo & Red Elephant Tattoo, both here in Las Vegas.
They took part in the bizarre Flash Challenge tattooing film superpowers in a special “X-Men”-themed episode. In the Elimination Challenge, the contestants had to create color portraits of famous “X-Men” characters on the movie franchise’s superfans. Guest Hugh Jackman treated the artists and their “X-Men” superfan human canvases with a preview of ““X-Men: Days of Future Past.”
Next week on an episode titled “2 on 1 Tat-Astrophe,” the contestants compete for a trip to Mexico and are also forced to work in rival pairs — but one human canvas can’t take the pain and passes out.
NIGHTCLUB SHOW: Comedian and talk-show host Adam Carolla delivered Tuesday’s keynote speech at the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the 29th Annual Nightclub & Bar Convention & Trade Show at our Convention Center. Adam talked about his efforts to break into the beverage industry with his new cocktail line Mangria.
Our thanks to contributing videographer Richard Corey, who was on duty for the red carpet ceremonies with Mayor Carolyn Carolyn and former Mayor Oscar Goodman, Holly Madison, Playboy Playmates and cast members from “Jersey Boys.”
Also there Tuesday, Kevin Mack, Horny Mike and Roli, the cast of History Channel’s hit “Counting Cars,” former NBA player Jerome “Junkyard Dog” Williams and Fright Dome owner Jason Egan. They arrived separately but wound up as a power group, adding Lil Jon to their entourage while taking pics with fans.
Convention events conclude today with the awards to winners of the Top 100 of the Year and a platinum celebration party with David Guetta at XS in Steve Wynn’s Encore. Convention host and “Bar Rescue” star Jon Taffer, after delivering his keynote speech, signed his new book “Raise the Bar,” book and “Waitressville Fashions” show takes place on the main stage displaying new cocktail uniforms for the ladies.
QUEEN LATIFAH: I’d previously reported here that Carole King, Rita Moreno, Jordin Sparks, Ricky Martin, Jon Secada and Andy Garcia would honor Gloria Estefan and husband Emilio Estefan at this year’s 18th Annual Keep Memory Alive Gala on April 26 at MGM Grand.
This morning, the celebrity guest lineup was confirmed, along with Fantine’s debut performance and talk-show hostess and recording artist Queen Latifah. Even more names will be added later, with two trying to shuffle travel to make it the most amazing gala to date.
BASEBALL GENEROSITY: Two-time Cy Young Award-winning pitcher Clayton Kershaw ( 2011 and 2013) has teamed up this spring and summer sports season with the Venetian and Palazzo to raise money for at-risk youth. Clayton and wife Ellen founded his Kershaw’s Challenge charity, and every strikeout in the 2014 regular and post season will earn it $100 from the two resorts.
The couple flew to Las Vegas to co-host a baseball clinic at the hotels for the Las Vegas Junior Giants, a free program for at risk kids ages 5-18 to escape drugs, gangs and crime. Clayton, who also won baseball’s highest humanitarian honor, the Roberto Clemente Award in 2012, will use the money raised to support additional programs in Los Angeles, Dallas and Africa where he established his foundation caring for a young orphan battling hunger and HIV so that she would get schooling, mentoring and nutritional meals.
‘PAWN STARS’ GOODWILL: In Nevada alone, more than 27,000 people are affected by epilepsy. One in 10 people nationwide will have a seizure sometime during their lifetime, and 1 in 26 will develop epilepsy from electrical brain seizures.
Today is National Epilepsy Day, and “Pawn Stars” cast members are joining the fight for the Epilepsy Foundation. Richard “Old Man” Harrison will wear purple to sign photos and other autographed memorabilia they’ve donated.
STAR SURVEILLANCE “America’s Got Talent” host Nick Cannon jetted in from Cancun to play a special DJ set Tuesday night at 1 OAK in the Mirage. He wore a sleeveless T-shirt emblazoned with Wild N Out on the front and a plug for his new album “White People Party Music” on the back. The album will be released April 1 and might, as it’s April Fools Day, explain why he’s photographed in white makeup. Lil Jon, his fellow SKAM artist, was there and joined in with fans and Wild N Out glamour girls in singing Nick’s new hit “Pajama Pants” from his new album.
Actress Leslie Mann, in town to picked up the Comedy Star of the Year award from CinemaCon, enjoyed lunch with director husband Judd Apatow at Social House in CityCenter.
Grammy winner and trumpet titan Chris Botti makes marvelous music and soaring, sophisticated sounds at the Smith Center.
Comedian Andrew Dice Clay resumes his residency at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel through the weekend.
New Orleans funk favorites Galactic start a 12-show, adult-party run through April 12 at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq.
Sixteen mixologists battle in the Cocktail Classic at Surrender in Encore with DJ Diplo on the decks.
Hecho en Vegas Mexican grill and cantina opens at MGM Grand.
It’s the Hollywood megastar night at CinemaCon in Caesars before Sir Elton John returns to claim his Colosseum theater. This weekend, the “Million Dollar Piano” man officially opens his champagne bar Fizz designed by his husband David Furnish. Plus, Chicago star chef Matthias Merges previews his new Asian restaurant Yusho about to open at Monte Carlo.
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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MGM Grand features KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; and world-class entertainment at the Grand Garden Arena and Hollywood Theatre.
The resort offers signature restaurants by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans Fish House, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill and Michelin three star and Forbes Five Star restaurant, Joël Robuchon.
As part of its ongoing “Grand Renovation,” MGM Grand has remodeled all rooms and suites in its main tower and is adding several new experiences to its lineup including Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Nightclub, a new upscale dining/nightlife concept (coming in April 2013).
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