Strip Scribbles: Las Vegas stars pay tribute to troops on Veterans Day

Wayne Newton dips Cheryl Burke during the grand opening of his Once Before I Go at the Tropicana on Oct. 28, 2009.
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Mr. Las Vegas Wayne Newton, who serves as the chairman of the USO Celebrity Circle, will welcome more than 100 men and women in uniform to his show Once Before I Go at the Tropicana tonight as his guests. He’ll meet and greet each one of them and then treat them to lunch tomorrow at his ranch home Casa Shenandoah.

Tomorrow, Blue Man Group at The Venetian will donate proceeds from their show to the ThanksUSA organization benefiting the families of veterans. Generous folks have donated tickets for military members and families at our Nellis Air Force Base.

Blue Man Group have joined with The Venetian and Palazzo Chairman Sheldon Adelson, American Airlines and ThanksUSA to support “Tribute to the Troops,” a four-day-long Las Vegas vacation visit for another 180 veterans honoring their military service. The “Wounded Warriors” flight will have a red carpet welcome at McCarran today with singing gondoliers and a Nellis troops honor guard. It’s the fourth time that Sheldon and his wife, Dr. Miriam Adelson, have hosted the visits.

Vegas DeLuxe will have full photo coverage of these wonderful events.

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Bryan Voltaggio serves breakfast in bed to judges Padma Lakshmi and Nigella Lawson on Top Chef Las Vegas.

*Top Chef Las Vegas resumes tonight with the chefs competing to serve breakfast in bed for judges Padma Lakshmi and Nigella Lawson. Wynn odds maker Johnny Avello, director of race and sports operations, predicts that Robin Leventhal will be ousted and Kevin Gillespie will strengthen his lead. Here are his odds, strictly for entertainment purposes: Kevin 8/5; Michael Voltaggio 5/2; Bryan Voltaggio 9/2; Jennifer Carroll 6/1; Eli Kirshtein 20/1; and Robin 60/1. Click HERE for our rundown last week with news of the Napa Valley finals.

*At the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority board of directors meeting, world champion rodeo cowboy Ty Murray gave his cowboy hat to LVCVA Chairman and Mayor Oscar Goodman as a thank you for LVCVA’s continuing sponsorship of the Professional Bull Riders. It was the first time Ty, who is married to Jewel, gave his hat to anyone in 28 years. Randy Bernard, PBR president and CEO, joined Ty.

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Ty Murray and Randy Bernard, president and CEO of Professional Bull Riders.

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Mayor Oscar Goodman wears the black Stetson given to him by rodeo cowboy champion Ty Murray.

Upcoming events

Hard Rock Hotel execs say their new nightclub Vanity will officially open on New Year’s Eve. … Porn princess Bree Olson has been picked for red ribbon-cutting duties to open the next Adult Entertainment Expo on Jan. 7 at the Sands Convention Expo here. She was the Penthouse Pet of the Month in March 2008.

*The new organizers of their debut Rock ’n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon set for Dec. 6 are estimating a record number of 25,000 participants from initial signups from all 50 states and several foreign countries. They expect it to bring in more than $20 million to our economy. A two-day health and fitness expo will precede Marathon Day, and I’ll host the bulk-up pasta dinner. Race day starts at 6 a.m. for the elite women runners, and 15 minutes later, the elite men start, followed by general runners. The Sin City Sinners will entertain in the morning. The Strip is closed from Mandalay Bay to downtown from 4 a.m. to noon. Many of the runners have promised to also support the Opportunity Village Great Santa Run the day before.

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Zowie Bowie's Marley Taylor and Chris Phillips at the grand opening of Wayne Newton's Once Before I Go at the Tropicana on Oct. 28, 2009.

*Some 1,200 Brits who call Las Vegas home are joining together for a Nov. 29 party at Zowie Bowie’s Vintage Vegas show at the Monte Carlo. The first 600 people to log on get their ticket for free! It’s to launch the Web site for the 30,000 Brits who live in Nevada. After the performance by Zowie Bowie’s Chris Phillips and Marley Taylor with guest stars, there will be an after-party in the Pub, where Chris and Marley have promised to sing all 1980s British songs. Other British stars appearing as guests are Foreigner’s Domenick Allen, Clint Holmes and J.D. Nicholas of the Commodores, plus the pipe and drum band Desert Skype will perform with the 17-piece Vintage Vegas orchestra. Raffle tickets will be handed out randomly for two round-trip flights from Las Vegas to London on Virgin Atlantic.

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Chef Mario Batali at his farmers market Bet on the Farm in the Palazzo.

*Star chef Mario Batali has created new antipasti and wine tasting menus for his Enoteca San Marco at The Venetian. The new taste treats are available 3 to 7 p.m. and again after 10 p.m. at the restaurant’s circular counter. You get three tastes each of cured meats, imported Italian artisan cheeses, fresh local vegetable fritti and biscotti. Wines are from Piemonte, Emilia Romana and Abruzzo. All for $25 for the antipasti and $15 for the wines.

*Congratulations to Prema Zombori, a stylist at Michael Boychuck’s Amp salon in the Palms, who has been named Hairdreams’ top extension specialist in Las Vegas for 2009. She has worked at Amp the past seven years, with clients including Britney Spears, Miss Nevada 2009 Georgina Vaughan, Miss Teen Nevada USA 2008 Lauren Hudman and KVBC entertainment reporter Alicia Jacobs.

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Miss USA 2009 Kristen Dalton of North Carolina receives her crown from Miss USA 2008 Crystle Stewart.

Star surveillance

Kristen Dalton, the lovely reigning Miss USA from North Carolina, will be in Extra Lounge at Planet Hollywood from 4 to 5 p.m. tomorrow for a meet-and-greet. … The cast of Jerry Springer’s America’s Got Talent Live at Planet Hollywood watched Gerry McCambridge’s The Mentalist at The V Theater in Planet Hollywood. Pantera’s Vinnie Paul ate popcorn while watching football with friends at Vince Neil’s Dr. Feelgood’s Rock Bar & Grill. … TV personality Melissa Rivers and Baywatch’s Melissa Biggs appeared on a G2E Global Gaming Expo panel at our convention center.

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Carlos Santana performs at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel.

Tonight’s tips

Guitar genius Carlos Santana returns to The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel for more of his residency concerts through Nov. 22. … Action sports star Carey Hart is joined by Big Guys of Ink House to display limited-edition prints by other famed tattoo artists in his Hart & Huntington tattoo parlor at the Hard Rock Hotel. … Foreigner performs at the Star of the Desert Arena in Primm.

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Angelica Bridges at the grand opening of the Hard Rock Cafe on the Las Vegas Strip.

Tomorrow’s teases

One of the hottest photo shoots you’ve ever seen with the Fantasy dancers as they add numbers they should’ve had for their recent 10th anniversary but were sidetracked when star Angelica Bridges quit last minute to focus on an international child custody battle. Now she’s back as the star, they’ve got all the new routines in place, and Vegas DeLuxe scored the first look! Plus, we’ll catch up on our Rat Pack story and the white lie that got look- and sound- alikes Abbacadabra on their road to stardom.

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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