It’s time for a Vegas news purge. Which sounds kind of gross, granted, but in actuality, it’s a way for us to share loads of Vegas scoop without having to do much actual “writing” or “thinking.” So, let’s have at it!
* The nominations for the World Series of Poker Hall of Fame have been announced. The nominees are Chris Ferguson, Barry Greenstein, Jennifer Harman-Traniello, Dan Harrington, Phil Ivey, Linda Johnson, Tom Mcevoy, Daniel Negreanu, Scotty Nguyen and Erik Seidel. Visit the official site.
* Mr. Las Vegas, Wayne Newton, met with Vegas neighbors about plans for a tourist attraction across from his Casa De Shenandoah estate. One to watch. Read more.
* The World Series of Comedy is happening through Sep. 25. The event, held at the Alexis Park Resort Hotel (motto: “There’s an Alexis Park Resort Hotel?”), features hundreds of up-and-coming comics from around the country. Get some funny.
* Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman will make an appearance on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” on Sep. 23 at 11:30 p.m.
* Spitfire comedian Kathy Griffin returns to Caesars Palace, Nov. 27. Tickets for the Thanksgiving weekend performance are now on sale at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace box office, or call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000, or visit Ticketmaster and use the keyword “Caesars Palace.”
* Keep the snickering to a minimum, please. Renaissance festivals are a hoot! Las Vegas hosts its own, the annual Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival, Oct. 8-10. Taketh ye more information, verily.
* Worst business decision ever? Las Vegas Sands Corp. considers removing “Las Vegas” from its name. Why would anyone want to remove “Las Vegas” from anything? Read more. On a related note: Harrah’s Entertainment plans to change its name to Caesars Entertainment soon. We hope to see some snarky entry about that on the Las Vegas Sands Corp. blog soon.
* The Flamingo Go Pool no longer offers topless (ahem, “European”) sunbathing. Sorry! Read more sadness.
* If you know Vegas entertainment, you’ve probably seen the Spazmatics. Who knew these folks are a franchise, part of an entertainment empire? Good stuff here.
* MTV’s “The Real World” is coming back to Vegas. (No brainer, there.) Season 25! My, how time has flown. This time around, the show will be headquartered at the Hard Rock. Brace yourself.
* The Las Vegas Valley Humane Society hosts its Sixth Annual Fur Ball fundraiser on Oct. 8. We love us some critters, so find out more.
* Here’s a look behind the scenes at Pink’s Hot Dogs at Planet Hollywood.
* Enjoyed this, “Matt Goss Goes from Bros to Boss.” Read it, and catch Matt Goss at Caesars Palace.
* We were sworn to secrecy on this one, but the word’s out. Planet Hollywood has plans to dramatically change up its street-level front parts soon. See more details.
* Here’s one for O’Sheas fans, because you know it’s coming at some point. Yes, you can fry beer. Too good.
* USA Today (at least its Pop Candy blog) covered the demise of Penn Jillette’s famed pony tail. Partner Teller lopped it off to benefit Locks of Love, a nonprofit. Read our coverage. See Penn & Teller at Rio.
* Take a bite of this sweet article about the man behind Max Brenner, the new chocolate paradise at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.
* Jermaine Jackson’s concert on Oct. 2 at Planet Hollywood is scheduled to include a special tribute to his brother, Michael Jackson. Read the adjective-filled news release.
* Cher has announced she’ll end her current stint at Caesars Palace on Feb. 5, 2011, ending a successful, three-year residency. Celine returns to The Colosseum on Mar. 15. See Cher before time runs out.
* Crown inside the Rio hosts “Country Night” on Sep. 23. The evening will feature line dancing lessons (8:00 to 9:00 p.m.), and The Ryan Whyte Malone band will perform at 9:00 p.m. with special guest appearances throughout the night. Yee-to-the-haw. Get all the Crown goodness here.