Strip Scribbles: Mayor presents Penn & Teller with key to the city

Mayor Oscar Goodman presents the key to the city to Rio headliners Penn & Teller on May 31, 2011.
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In one of his last official ceremonies before next week’s mayoral election, Merry Mayor of Mirth Oscar Goodman this morning presented Rio headliners Penn & Teller with a key to the city. Oscar wanted to recognize the magicians’ dedication to the community and unwavering commitment to helping Aid for AIDS of Nevada fight HIV/AIDS.

For a decade, Penn & Teller have led the Penn & Teller Challenge team at the annual AIDS Walk and supported various AFAN fundraisers, including AFAN’s annual Black and White Party. The illusionists have served 10 years as grand marshals for AIDS Walk and have helped raise more than $709,000 with their challenge that assists the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS in Southern Nevada.

Penn and Teller's 10th Anniversary

Penn & Teller celebrated their 10th anniversary in October as headliners at the Rio with their nightly, offbeat prestidigitation performances to sold-out audiences.

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The blue carpet for the Viva Elvis world premiere at Aria in CityCenter on Feb. 19, 2010.

Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors

The deal is top secret, but Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte has teamed up with Treasure Island billionaire owner Phil Ruffin to partner with Caesars Interactive for a major poker announcement to be revealed Thursday. … Which nightclub over Memorial Day Weekend was so jammed with huge lines that bouncers charged $100 to those wanting to jump the line who then still had to pay a $40 cover to get through the door? … Which nightclub was so popular that partygoers started lining up 3 hours before the opening? … Which dayclub had revelers lined up as early as 7 a.m. waiting for the opening bell? … Which country group gambled big on roulette and won so much that they went on a mind-numbing shopping spree? … Which hotel experienced major parking nightmares that guests had to park at a rival hotel and cross the Strip to get to their rooms? … The first contestants for Donald Trump’s June 19 Miss USA Pageant check into Planet Hollywood this Thursday.

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Ashley Hebert at Aureole in Mandalay Bay.

*As Vegas DeLuxe reported last Wednesday, ABC’s The Bachelorette gives a full-hour of exposure to Las Vegas tonight with stops at Bellagio, Monte Carlo and Mandalay Bay. Leading lady Ashley Hebert challenged the men to show off their dance moves in an audition with the hit show Jabbawockeez and then perform in front of an audience of 2,000 at the Monte Carlo.

Ashley also shares a romantic one-on-one date with contestant William at the Bellagio, where after a visit to the wedding chapel, they row a boat out to a dinner table set up in the middle of the Fountains -- a first for TV and Vegas. In her second one-on-one date, Ashley goes with chef contestant Mickey to Mandalay Bay, where they climb the wine angels tower at Chef Charlie Palmer’s Aureole, while Colbie Caillat serenades them at Mandalay Bay Beach. Ashley recently appeared on Jimmy Kimmel’s show.

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*Hotel mogul Steve Wynn revealed on his current Macau visit that he will build an attraction more impressive than his Bellagio Fountains and his Lake of Dreams at the Wynn for his next new hotel there. He promises that the attraction will be a photo op icon for Macau. Steve, who is expecting the go-ahead any moment for his second casino there, said: “It’s a very complicated structure, but it will be the best thing we’ve ever done by order of magnitude.”

*A charity fundraiser from JetBlue Airlines is underway on eBay. Fifty celebrities have donated autographed luggage to promote the airlines’ check one bag free program, and The Donald’s attache case, Lindsay Lohan’s duffel bag and Chelsea Handler’s tote are among the items. The Donald has raised the top bid to date -- more than $1,000 -- as his briefcase includes two JetBlue tickets and two VIP tickets to the Miss USA Pageant and after-party.

Nitro Circus Live

*The athletes starring in this weekend’s Nitro Circus Live, which kicks off its North American tour at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, have been busy practicing their crazed stunts in Pala, Calif. The show, which features stars Travis Pastrana, Andy Buckworth and Bob Burnquist, will be filmed by 3-D cameras for a fall movie release. Thanks to Travis Burke for his action shots.

Tonight’s Tips

Japan’s Guitar Wolf joins Cheap Time, Ricktigers and The Vermin at Hard Rock Cafe on The Strip. … Wheels Parise presents his extreme, sidesplitting comedy at Crown Nightclub in the Rio for three nights. …. Harlan is at Book & Stage at the Cosmopolitan for two shows.

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The Kobalt Tools 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway featured a victory by Carl Edwards and celebrities, including Paris Hilton and Cy Waits, on March 6, 2011.

Tomorrow’s Teases

Paris Hilton previews the premiere of her reality TV show The World According to Paris, which was partly filmed here and features her romance with hometown nightclub czar Cy Waits. Mandalay Bay Chef Mary Sue Milliken continues her quest on Top Chef Masters, and illusionist David Copperfield hosts a tour of his magical Caribbean island in Part 2 of our exclusive interview.

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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