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Want to work for Kim Kardashian? Want to do 9 to 5 or 3 to 10 with sisters Khloe Kardashian Odom and Kourtney Kardashian? Well, here’s your opportunity: The about-to-open Kardashian Khaos at the Mirage is having a job fair from 4 to 8 p.m. tomorrow, and interviews will take place on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Kardashian Khaos, the latest business venture of the sisters and mom Kris Jenner, is set to open in November. It’s the first Kardashian celebrity lifestyle retail boutique and will showcase the products the Kardashian girls and Kris market, represent and endorse, coupled with specialty souvenir items and limited-edition products designed exclusively by the family.
*Seven-time Grammy Award winner Gladys Knight is extending her engagement A Mic and a Light at the Tropicana to the end of the year. Her original contract called for a Labor Day Weekend finale.
The “Empress of Soul” said in a statement, “I am thrilled. The joy we’ve had performing at the Gladys Knight Theater over the past several months and the overwhelming support from our fans led us to add these shows. Working at Tropicana has been a dream come true for me, and I look forward to sharing this experience with many more audiences.”
*The Price Is Right Live celebrates five years at Bally’s this fall with talk show titan Jerry Springer as the special celebrity host Nov. 9-20 and Nov. 30-Dec. 11. He’ll enlist audience members to play for a chance to win thousands of dollars in cash and prizes, including a cruise to Mexico given away to one lucky winner at every show beginning Nov. 9.
“I am honored that The Price Is Right Live chose me as the special guest host,” Jerry said in a statement. “I have been a huge fan of the classic television game show for years and have always wanted to yell ‘Come on down!’ ”
*A tip of the hat and bravo to the good guys at Caesars Entertainment and Caesars Foundation for their three-year, $750,000 grant to The Public Education Foundation to support the nonprofit’s Teacher Exchange initiative in Southern Nevada schools. Since 2008, Caesars Entertainment and the Foundation have given nearly $1.5 million to support the initiative.
And more than $51,000 from a Viva Elvis dress rehearsal at Aria was donated to Operation Homefront Nevada in honor of Elvis Presley’s military service. The money will be used to provide transitional housing for wounded warriors and their families, morale programs for Nevada military families and emergency financial assistance.
*Mike “Timex” McDonald won $775,000 in the second event of the Epic Poker League’s inaugural season at the Palms. It was a perfect win for the Canadian player who celebrated his birthday the same day. At 22, he’s the youngest member of the league, and his winnings now total $2.8 million. CBS and The Discovery Channel’s Velocity will air the action this month.
“I couldn’t have a better birthday gift than this,” Mike said. “It was a tough day against tough players at the table.” He won at the elite Final Table over Erik Seidel, Nam Le, Dutch Boyd, Isaac Baron, Fabrice Soulier and David Steicke.
*The tables were turned on me when Mindfreak magician Criss Angel interviewed me. I agreed to let the headliner of Cirque du Soleil’s Believe at the Luxor interview me about my 50 years of celebrity journalism for his Magic Broadcast Network online at MagicPlace.com. Criss questions the most prolific magicians and celebrities in the world and gets them to share their favorite secrets, in my case my bizarre interview with Al Pacino.
*Not only did adult superstud Ron Jeremy buy everybody at Posh Boutique Nightclub a round of shots at the XXX-rated lounge, but he also took on the role of bartender, hopping behind the bar and serving shots. Additionally, Ron serenaded a blushing bride-to-be and her bachelorette party, playing “The Wedding March” on a harmonica. He cracked up dancers and patrons, saying, “I am living proof that anybody can get laid!”
*Actor Justin Long surprised his brother Christian with a Las Vegas visit to celebrate his 30th birthday and included their friend actor Jonathan Togo. The three attended The Beatles’ Love by Cirque du Soleil at the Mirage. They posed for photographs with fans and Justin, who was at Love for the third time, ordered Patron.
*Congratulations to Las Vegas drivers Rob MacCachren and Bryce Menzies, who finished first and third, respectively, in the SCORE Challenge of Champions in Baja California. Only 52 of the 77 starters completed the rugged, 252-mile off-road course. Their times put them in first and third in the totals of the four races to date, with one race remaining.
*More than 1,000 travel experts and 60 international journalists from Europe and Latin America attended the 22nd Annual La Cumbre Travel Summit at the Venetian and Palazzo. Former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, who now promotes Las Vegas as the world’s best travel destination, gave the welcome speech. Chef Thomas Keller hosted at his Bouchon before a fashion show at Azure Luxury Pool, where Las Vegas salsa band Latin Vida entertained with Brazilian drummers and dancers. Thirty Venetian and Palazzo restaurants catered the event.
Comedienne Arden Myrin starts a three-night run of four shows at Playboy Comedy Lounge in the Palms, and Mayor Carolyn Goodman performed the grand opening ceremonies by smashing just-harvested fall squash at the new downtown FEED farmers market today with more than 20 farmers and the region’s fruits, vegetables, herbs, breads and other edibles. The new weekly market was founded by Project Dinner Table that seats 150 guests monthly at one long continuous table to raise funds for charity.
It’s a weekend of the body beautiful in and out of the ring as Floyd Mayweather Jr. takes on WBA Welterweight Champion Victor Ortiz, and Jay Cutler defends his Mr. Olympia title hoping for a three-peat. We’ve got the Weekend Celebrity Preview, plus a candid and revealing interview with boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard as he returns to Caesars Palace, the site of his victory over Tommy “Hitman” Hearns 30 years ago.
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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