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Sugar and spice and everything nice! Reality TV beauty Audrina Patridge is back in town yet again to brighten the Strip, and UFC ring girl Brittney Palmer celebrates her March Playboy cover and layout.
The long-awaited, semi-open-air nightclub Butterfly has its official opening underneath the pillars of the Eiffel Tower at the Paris. Meantime, other attractions this weekend circle around sports.
First, the rough-and-tumble American Roller Derby comes to town with a take-no-prisoners, high-speed chase on wheels, hair pulling, leg and arm hooks and maybe even a few wild punches. Our favorite local company Zappos.com presents the West Coast Conference college basketball championships at Orleans Arena all weekend. There’s even a battle for the King of the Cage title.
If you see lots of people with bald heads this weekend, no need for double takes! Instead, thank them for shearing their locks for the annual St. Baldrick’s fundraisers that combat children’s cancer. It’s a tremendous cause, and for the fifth year in a row, I’ll join local radio and TV people as MC and help raise money for the volunteers and their shearers.
However, you can give a double take if you run into the identical Weasley twins from the “Harry Potter” film franchise. James and Oliver Phelps will be celebrating their birthdays on the Strip.
Now it’s time to sharpen the scissors for all the single, double and triple takedowns that we’ve wrapped up in another edition of the Royal Robin Rundown:
FRIDAY, MARCH 2
Korn walks “The Path of Totality” and winds up at the Pearl in the Palms. Frontman Jonathan Davis debuts a new DJ set taking on his alter ego J Devil (see below). Garth Brooks is back at the Wynn for two nights. While Donny and Marie Osmond are on the high seas to the Bahamas for a fan-appreciation weekend cruise, the Osmonds entertain at Orleans Arena all weekend. The Isley Brothers perform at Las Vegas Hotel for two nights. Pato Banton & the Now Generation are at Sunset Station, and Las Vegas’ Imagine Dragons put an end to “Continued Silence” at Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip and celebrate their record release.
Three comedians provide laughs all weekend: Ron White at the Mirage, Amy Schumer at the Riviera and David Koechner at the Paris.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Audrina hosts the red-carpet celebration for the grand opening of Sugar Factory’s 2,700-square-foot location at MGM Grand. Zappos.com presents the WCC Championships at the Orleans, and American Roller Derby is at Texas Station.
Tickets go on sale for Garbage’s April 14 show at the Pearl; Cage the Elephant’s April 26 outdoor concert at Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan; and Daughtry with Safetysuit and Mike Sanchez on May 24 at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel.
Jonathan Davis takes on DJ duties at Rain in the Palms. Guest host Jake Pavelka and the muscled men of Chippendales host ladies night at Rockhouse Bar and Nightclub at Imperial Palace as they broadcast live with Robert & CC on Hook Jaw Net Radio. Identical twins James and Oliver Phelps celebrate their birthday at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at the Paris. First Friday downtown presents its first Burn Vegas Burn when the 20-foot Lucky Lady Lucy wooden statue goes up in smoke to symbolize the transition from old to new and with the growing Downtown Las Vegas District. And Winter Dance Party is at South Point all weekend.
SATURDAY, MARCH 3
Singer Aaron Neville is at Star of the Desert Arena in Primm all weekend. Norm Crosby is at Suncoast for two nights. Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart brings his band to Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip, with proceeds benefiting his charity Music Therapy Research. And Alan Parsons presents his Live Project at Boulder Station.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Strip stars and local radio and TV personalities -- including yours truly -- continue the five-year St. Baldrick’s tradition in Las Vegas, which to date has raised more than $1.6 million. We’ll be at McMullan’s Irish Pub headquarters opposite the Orleans in a 24-hour marathon as hundreds of volunteers who’ve collected dollars will shave their heads in the fight against childhood cancer. The glamour girls from “Fantasy” at the Luxor will add their dazzle to this year’s debut event for St. Baldrick’s at Ri Ra in Mandalay Place.
Tickets go on sale for John Mayer’s May 5 concert with Kacey Musgraves at the Joint, and the fight for King of the Cage is at Eastside Cannery.
Audrina has her second weekend appearance as she hosts at Chateau. Brittney Palmer celebrates her sexy-hot Playboy cover at Gallery in Planet Hollywood. “Entourage” star Jeremy Piven joins Bryce Soderberg of Lifehouse, Todd Morse of the Offspring, Alex Mercier and Jaco Caraco of Miley Cyrus' band for a performance by their band Bad Decisions at the Bank in the Bellagio. John Martin, the voice of Swedish House Mafia’s “Save the World Tonight” and Avicii’s “Fade into Darkness,” performs at RPM Nightclub at the Tropicana. The grand opening of Butterfly features guest DJ Rony Seikaly, yes, the former Miami Heat star. And Bassnectar performs at Rain.
New gay nightclub Share, at 4636 Wynn Road, celebrates its grand opening with two charities, Adam Boushka and Jeff Parshley’s NOH8 and Golden Rainbow, sharing the spotlight. E! Entertainment’s Ross Matthews hosts the evening, with a performance by Luciana. Confirmed guests: Carson Kressley, Jai Rodriguez, Ronnie Kroell, Angel Porrino, Josh Strickland, Laura Croft, Penn & Teller, Josh Flagg, Madison Hildebrand and the Chippendales.
SUNDAY, MARCH 4
Chelsea Grin performs at Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip, James and Oliver Phelps host a meet-and-greet at Sugar Factory in the Paris, and Skylar Grey hosts at Lavo in the Palazzo.
We’ll be back throughout the weekend with reports and photos, so check back often, and we’ll continue our coverage Monday.
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