On the Scene with Brock Radke: Gina Marinelli, Imagine Dragons and more
All the Vegas: Gina Marinelli
“Every time someone opens a restaurant the same things get said: This is seasonality, this is farm-to-fork, it’s going to be different, my service is going to be more approachable. I don’t say (things) like that because this is just my food, just me telling my story. I’ve been to Italy, my family is Italian, I’ve been to a lot of places and cooked in a lot of them, but this is just coming from my soul. It’s me being in the kitchen that’s really going to separate this place from anything else. I’m just cooking what I feel.” Listen to the full conversation with chef Gina Marinelli of the upcoming La Strega restaurant in Summerlin at allthevegas.com.
Around the Strip
Hometown heroes Imagine Dragons hosted their fifth annual Rise Up Gala to benefit the Tyler Robinson Foundation on Sept. 14 at Caesars Palace, a star-studded event that has quickly become one of the hottest tickets of the year. In addition to the Dragons themselves, special guests and performers included Joel McHale, Criss Angel, actor Clayne Crawford and the Vegas Golden Knights. The foundation was created to support families facing a pediatric cancer diagnosis and has raised more than $7.5 million.
The Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin rematch drew tons of stars to the Strip this month. Some of our favorite sightings: reigning comedy king Dave Chappelle presiding over the party at Drai’s Nightclub, especially after the fight when the crowd included LeBron James, Usher and Boyz II Men’s Wanya Morris; UFC and WWE icons Chuck Liddell and Triple H dining separately at Scotch 80 Prime; legendary boxing names Freddie Roach, Miguel Cotto and Teddy Atlas at MB Steak at the Hard Rock Hotel; and of course, Canelo celebrating his huge win with dinner at Lavo at Palazzo and mingling with the crowd at XS Nightclub at Encore.
Murray Sawchuck (aka Murray The Magician) is taking his talents to the Tropicana. The Vegas performer who’s seen screen time on every reality imaginable, including a recent spin on Fool Us with Penn & Teller, was most recently at Planet Hollywood since 2015 and opens at the Trop’s Laugh Factory on Oct. 3, taking the stage at 5 or 7 p.m. six days a week.
One of the fastest-growing combat sports organizations in the world has found a new home in Las Vegas at the Rio. Final Fight Championship (FFC) debuted its new weekly series Fight Dome on Sept. 28, broadcast live on CBS Sports Network. It’s the first time a combat sports organization has established a residency inside a Las Vegas casino resort, and the show will continue every Friday.
Brock Radke is an award-winning entertainment reporter who has been covering the city since 2000, and interviews key movers and shakers on his All The Vegas podcast, available at allthevegas.com