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There’s an ironic coincidence with the end of The Playboy Club’s six-year run at its happy hutch at the Palms on Saturday: As the curvy creatures in their bunny-tailed leotards hop off, legendary burlesque queens strut their stuff into Las Vegas. Say hello to a full blast of bras and boas and au revoir to the breast-bulging corsets and signature rabbit ears.
Please don’t ask me what the 38-DD significance of all that coming and going is about because I don’t have a clue! The Playboy Club opened at the Palms in 2006, and in 2010 Hugh Hefner was there to celebrate Playboy magazine’s 50th anniversary. Jenny McCarthy, Holly Madison and Carmen Electra have been among the guest Bunny blackjack dealers.
The original Playboy Club in Chicago closed Feb. 29, 1986, after a 26-year run. We’re just left with Playboy Clubs in London and Macau -- and rumors of a new Las Vegas location somewhere on the Strip. It is the end of an era, and there will be a final celebration Saturday night. Gossip has it that the space will be incorporated into the upstairs Moon and become a two-story mega-club.
The Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend is the world’s top showcase of burlesque entertainers. It kicked off Thursday night, and the who’s who in international striptease includes top-flight entertainers representing some 35 cities in 10 countries and seven generations. Tonight is the 55th annual burlesque reunion showcase, Saturday is the 22nd annual Tournament of Tease, and it wraps Sunday with Icons and All-Stars.
A special highlight of the weekend are the two concerts that legendary country singer Glen Campbell will perform at LVH (formerly the Hilton). The guitarist and former TV host says this will be his final tour because he’s battling early stages of Alzheimer’s. He calls it “The Goodbye Tour,” so don’t miss the Rhinestone Cowboy’s last Las Vegas engagement. I hope he has time to stop at our Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health to learn about medical breakthroughs doctors there are scoring in their treatment of the terrible disease.
Rocker Sammy Hagar will be with chef pal Kerry Simon on Saturday celebrating the second anniversary of KGB (Kerry’s Gourmet Burgers) at Harrah’s, and I can reveal that Sammy will be making a major announcement about headlining a rock salute in August here. We’ll have the exclusive details Monday.
Vegas DeLuxe extends a warm welcome to the world’s jewelers gathering here this weekend for their annual convention and showcase parties. We have plenty of excitement that sparkles and shines, too, and we’ve given it its own 24-karat preview that we show off in this week’s Royal Robin Rundown:
FRIDAY, JUNE 1
Brave entertainer Glen Campbell, 75, performs his incredible catalog of hits on his “Goodbye Tour” stop at LVH for two nights. He’ll sing and play guitar for “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston,” “Gentle on my Mind,” “Southern Nights” and of course “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” and “Rhinestone Cowboy.” Glen was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s 54th Grammy Awards.
Our acclaimed hometown jazz cabaret singer Clint Holmes salutes the great singer and pianist Bobby Short with three shows tonight, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Symphony Park.
Carlos Santana continues his run all weekend at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay; jazzman Stanley Clarke is at Santa Fe Station; Boulder Blues featuring Eric Sardinas with The Joey Vital Trio are at Boulder Station; Allen Stone and Beatnick perform separately at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas for two nights; and Chickenfoot with Black Stone Cherry are at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel.
Former Las Vegas headliner Wayne Brady returns for two nights of standup at the Mirage and then Saturday celebrates his birthday at 1 OAK steps away from Terry Fator Theater.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Tropfest commemorates 20 years of short films hosted by Rob Corddry at the Cosmopolitan all weekend. Toni Collette serves as president of the voting jury of Griffin Dunne, Trevor Groth, Rebel Wilson, Anthony LaPaglia and Charles Randolph. Be sure to check out our colleague Andrea Domanick’s Tropfest story and interviews.
Tickets go on sale for the All-Star Comedy Jam presented by Shaquille O’Neal on Sept. 1 at The Joint and Joe Walsh at The Pearl in the Palms on Sept. 22; the Burlesque Hall of Fame presents “Titans of Tease” at the Orleans; the Venetian hosts the grand opening of The Bourbon Room; Henderson Symphony Orchestra provides the soundtrack for Charlie Chaplin’s “Modern Times” silent movie at Henderson Pavilion; Bravo personality and 2012 Miss USA Pageant co-host Andy Cohen hosts a book signing for his memoir “Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture” at the Cosmopolitan; and First Friday hosts a Cochlear celebration.
“Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star Scott Disick celebrates his birthday at 1 OAK.
SATURDAY, JUNE 2
The legendary Debbie Reynolds with Stephen Sorrentino are at South Point; Blood Sweat & Tears and Chuck Negron, formerly of Three Dog Night, perform at the Cannery; Doug E. Fresh hosts his music festival featuring SWV, Keith Sweat, K-Ci & Jo-Jo and more at Orleans Arena; singer-songwriter Tyler Hilton performs at Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip; The Aggrolites are at Silverton Casino Lodge; and Mariachi Sol de Mexico and Carmen Jara say ole in Primm.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Tickets go on sale for Willie Nelson & Family at Sunset Station on July 21 and Justin Bieber with fellow Canadian Carly Rae Jepsen at MGM Grand Garden Arena for the “Believe” tour Sept. 30. Bieber Fever will ensure a super-fast sellout!
The Ultimate Fighter presents “UFC: TUF Finale” with Jake Ellenberger vs. Martin Kampmann in the main event at The Pearl; UFC heavyweight fighter Roy “Big Country” Nelson is at the Miracle Mile’s Fight Shop in Planet Hollywood for a meet-and-greet; Simon G. Jewelry hosts its “Summer Soiree” at the Palazzo’s Azure Luxury Pool with K.C. and the Sunshine Band,Holly Madison, Kelly Osbourne, Audrina Patridge, Pamela Anderson, Melissa Rycroft, husband Tye Strickland, Lisa Rinna, husband Harry Hamlin, Cheryl Burke, Gilles Marini and Giuliana Rancic; and for the fifth consecutive year, the Grand Poker Series starts its monthlong run at the Golden Nugget.
The Playboy Club hosts “One Last Bash”, while three-time “Dancing With the Stars” champion Derek Hough celebrates his 27th birthday at Tabu Ultra Lounge in MGM Grand. Will recent dancer partner Maria Menounos be his main squeeze?
Gretchen Rossi of “The Real Housewives of Orange County” hosts Tao’s Bling Beach at the Venetian with a $5,000 prize to the woman in the most blinged-out bikini. And Laura Croft hosts the summer-long Third Annual Miss Pleasure Pool bikini contest at Planet Hollywood. Each week, contestants win $2,500, with the winner from each of the five competing contests battling for the big prize on Labor Day Weekend.
Congratulations to The Iron Chef winner Kerry Simon celebrating the second anniversary of his KGB at Harrah’s. Sammy Hagar joins the party to serve four new cocktails using his Beach Bar Rum and announce an August rock awards.
SUNDAY, JUNE 3
Singer Clint Holmes pays tribute to Bobby Short in a first-time Sunday afternoon matinee at The Smith Center.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Fifty contestants from each state and one from the District of Columbia compete in the NBC-televised 2012 Miss USA Pageant at Planet Hollywood, where 2011 Miss USA Alyssa Campanella turns over her crown to the new winner. We’ll once again tweet from the arrivals carpet and live blog from Theater for the Performing Arts. Plus, a Las Vegas yacht party with sexy sailors and studly sea captains cruises into Hyde Bellagio for XIV Vegas Sessions.
Kim Kardashian hosts a 1 to 3 p.m. meet-and-greet at her Kardashian Khaos in the Mirage and then heads to Rehab at the Hard Rock Hotel. Will current squeeze Kanye West join her, and will the power couple crash the Miss USA Pageant, where brother Rob Kardashian is one of the judges?
Alyssa’s official Miss USA After-Party with Shanna Moakler, Miss Nevada USA pageant director and 1995 Miss USA, is at The Bank in the Bellagio, and the Miss Universe Organization’s official Miss USA Party is hosted by pageant co-host Giuliana Rancic at Lavo in the Palazzo.
Be sure to check back for our reports of the pageant princesses and the stars at work and play on and off the Strip.
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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