Star Surveillance: Lance Armstrong celebrates retirement at Surrender

New Grammy winner DJ Afrojack, Lance Armstrong and DJ Steve Aoki at Surrender at Encore on Feb. 16, 2011.
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Keri Hilson at Haze.

Keri Hilson at Haze.

2/8/11: Recycled Percussion Red Carpet at Tropicana

Matt Sorum at <em>Love</em> at The Mirage.

Matt Sorum at Love at The Mirage.

Hours after announcing his definite retirement from cycling, Tour de France legend Lance Armstrong was at Surrender at Steve Wynn’s Encore with Grammy Award-winning and resident DJ Afrojack, plus resident DJ Steve Aoki. TV legend Dick Clark had lunch at Wolfgang Puck’s Spago at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, and football Hall of Famer Dick Butkus and UFC star Nate Diaz had dinner there. Singer Keri Hilson rocked the crowd at Haze at Aria performing “Turnin’ Me On” and “Get Your Money Up.” She strutted onstage in a pair of black thigh-high leather boots and ended her set with “Pretty Girl Rock.”

Comedian Gilbert Gottfried dined at First Food & Bar at the Palazzo and snapped a few shots in the restaurant’s photo booth. Comedian Louie Anderson appeared on Craig Ferguson’s Late Late Show last night, his third appearance in a year. Rob Kardashian Jr., Duncan Penn, DJ Vice, Yeardley Smith, Washington Redskins’ D’Angelo Hall and Dave Linwood attended the Hudson Jeans party at Marquee at The Cosmopolitan. DJ Tiesto spinned the wheels of steel at a late-night private party at Savile Row at LAX at the Luxor.

Ryan Vezina and Todd Griffin of Tropicana headliners Recycled Percussion instructed schoolchildren taking part in Nevada Reading Week how to make instruments out of household objects. The duo also encouraged the students to dream big like they did, and that reading rocks! John Legend worked out in the gym at Reliquary Spa at the Hard Rock Hotel after a late lunch at Pink Taco with two friends. Drummer Matt Sorum of Guns ’N Roses and Velvet Revolver attended Love at The Mirage.

Tomorrow marks the 10th anniversary of seven-time NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt’s fatal accident. During the third lap of the Daytona 500, there will be silence in a tribute to “The Intimidator,” who died there on Feb. 18, 2001. Contributing photographer Tom Donoghue shot several photos of the racecar champion, including track testing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. In commemoration of his passing, Madame Tussauds at The Venetian moved his wax figure to the entrance spotlight, and he’ll remain there through tomorrow.

Counter Intelligence

Congratulations to MGM star Chef Julian Serrano and his Bellagio staff at Picasso on the nomination in the 2011 James Beard semi-finalists categories of Outstanding Restaurant and Outstanding Wine Service. Chef Jose Andres’ China Poblano at The Cosmopolitan was nominated as one of the 33 best new restaurants. The awards take place in New York on May 9. Sugarcane out of Miami, which is coming to Las Vegas this year, was nominated for Best New Restaurant and its Executive Chef Timon Balloo for Best New Chef. Saipin Chutima was the only Las Vegas chef to be nominated for Best Chef: Southwest for Lotus of Siam.

It’s extraordinary that all of our other great restaurants and chefs in Las Vegas were overlooked!

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