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  • BLAKE GRIFFIN CHARGED WITH BATTERY

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    And not the cool kind, like you’d want.

    The L.A. Clippers’ Blake Griffin apparently did enough at Tao last month to earn the wrath of the Clark County District Attorney, catching a charge of misdemeanor battery for allegedly smacking a guy taking pictures of the mayor of Lob City. Of course, TMZ suggests that surveillance footage shows Griffin in an argument, but that no slapping occurred on camera. Weird, right, that the surveillance footage a club would turn over wouldn’t include anything that would prove a wealthy, famous client committed a crime? Huh. Well, that sounds like it’s on the up-and-up. Case closed. (more…)

    SNOOP BREAKS OUT THE WHITEFACE FOR HALLOWEEN

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    Snoop could’ve gone as Dre and just not released Detox at Tao. (Photos by Brenton Ho)

    It’s got to be tough when you’re Snoop Dogg–a human cartoon character–to find something for Halloween. But his showing at Tao was just plain lazy. He already had his Todd character from Instagram and YouTube. He just rolled that out for Snoopadelic Cabaret Friday night at Tao. Come on, man. You’re not even going to attempt an Iggy Azalea getup? We thought you were better than this, Snoop. Swizz Beatz was in the booth with Snoop, too. He went as a guy in a Dsquared shirt. So we take it back, Snoop. You didn’t have the laziest costume that night after all. (more…)

    1030THURS: THE ROUNDUP

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    Sparklebra Demon Chic is all the rage this Halloween. (Photo by Bobby Jameidar | SPYONvegas.com)

    Here we go. Thursday before Halloween. It is officially on. Tao does Yelloween tonight, with $25,000 up for grabs including $10,000 for the best group costume and another $5,000 for the runner up. They’ll also have contests for individual costumes. Or you can go as all the Village People with a puppet rig and try to sweep all the categories. (more…)

    KIM KARDASHIAN, KANYE BIRTHDAY IT UP AT TAO

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    Steven Tyler, Adam Levine, Goth Madonna, Joe Francis and Kim Kardashian all celebrate. (Photo by Denise Truscello)

    With Kanye in town to do a disappointingly drama-free Life Is Beautiful performance, Kim Kardashian jumped on the opportunity to celebrate her 34th birthday at Tao/debut her Sexy Mummy Halloween costume.

    Kardashian dragged Yeezy to the club, plus Khloe Kardashian, Malika and Kahadijah Haqq, Robin Antin, Jonathan Cheban, Simon Huck and mother Kris Jenner–who brought Justin Bieber’s particularly media-savvy manager along.

    The club was filled with paper Kim Kardashian: Hollywood masks that were in no way creepy. Somehow, that didn’t keep Matt Kemp away, who swung over the table to say hello.

    Speaking of Kanye, the leaky Planet Hollywood contract team is feeding more info to TMZ, this time about a proposed deal that would’ve seen Ye do nine shows at the Axis to the tune of $4.5 million. Please. That doesn’t even cover one tour’s glittery mask budget. (more…)

    FAR EAST MOVEMENT AT TAO

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    Which one is the Gangnam Style guy?

    Hip hop group Far East Movement was spotted at TAO in the Venetian on Friday night. Upon arriving, they took the stage to surprise partygoers with an impromptu performance of a few of their biggest hit.

    After the performance, the group spent the rest of their night partying as Kennedy Jones set the soundtrack. No word yet on how much sizzurp was sipped.

    WE’RE DOING INSTAGRAM CELEBS AT CLUBS NOW

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    Game of Thrones is getting weird, y’all. (Photos by Al Powers)

    Jen Selter has more than 4 million followers on Instagram, despite the fact that she looks like any number of nightclub cocktail waitresses around town. Her PG cheesecake booty pics reel ‘em right in under the guise of being some kind of fitness guru, which is an easy thing to be when you’re 20.

    Selter was in town to celebrate her 21st, doing dinner at Tao before a trip to the club, then followed it up with an obligatory Saturday cabana stay at Tao Beach. That night she was at Marquee, where she hung out with fellow Instagram celeb/poker player/porn star tosser Dan Bilzerian. He made sure to shout out her #NeverEndingAss. Regular #EndingAss wouldn’t rate for Bilzerian’s feed.

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    0724THURS: THE ROUNDUP

    Chris Paul is very excited about his new vase. (Photos by Tom Donaghue. Additional photos by Al Powers)

    Chris Paul is very excited about his new vase. (Photos by Tom Donaghue. Additional photos by Al Powers)

    Chris Paul is getting ready for his charity ping pong tournament, Topspin, on Saturday. Tonight he’s setting the mood by hosting a night at Tao. Which seems like it’s the opposite of how you set the mood for ping pong. Feel like the right way to set the mood for that is to chug Mountain Dew in your stepdad’s basement.

    Clubs


    • Hakkasan: Dzeko & Torres. 10 p.m.
    • Tao: Chris Paul.10 p.m.
    • Encore Beach Club: Mighty Mi.10 p.m.
    • Body English: Throwback Thursdays.10 p.m.
    • Haze: DJ Scene.10 p.m.
    • Drai’s: DJ Shift.10 p.m.

    Music


    • Las Vegas Country Saloon: Peter Murphy. 9 p.m.. $20
    • Brooklyn Bowl: The Stooges Brass Band. 8 p.m.
    • Boulevard Pool: Mac Miller. 8 p.m., $30

    Comedy


    • Improv: Rocky LaPorte, Ron Morey, Justin Martindale. 8:30 p.m., 10 p.m., $29.05.
    • L.A. Comedy Club: Peter Berman, Brandon Hahn. 9:30 p.m., $29.95-$59.85.
    • Riviera Comedy Club: Michael “Wheels” Parise, Penny Prince. 8:30 p.m., $19.99 ($10 locals).
    • Crown Theater: Eddie Griffin. 7 p.m., $77.75-$100.75.
    • Laugh Factory: Harry Basil, Jeff Altman. $29-$44.95, 8:30 p.m., 10 p.m.
    • Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club: Ian Bagg, Erik Myers. $$46-$68, 8 p.m.

    Bars


    • Beauty Bar: YNGCult. 9 p.m.
    • Bond: Ryne Pineda. 10 p.m.
    • Chandelier: Jennifer Keith Quintet. 8 p.m.
    • Book and Stage: Dessy Di Lauro’s Neo Ragtime Jamboree. 10 p.m.
    • Double Down: Sluthammer. 10 p.m.

    Tomorrow’s Pool Parties


    • Rehab: Hot 100. 11 a.m.
    • Daylight: The Takeover. 11 a.m.
    • Marquee Dayclub: Steve Castro. 11 a.m.
    • Drai’s: Warren Peace. 11 a.m.
    • Tao Beach: Javier Alba. 11 a.m.

    FABOLOUS BUMS OUT TAO

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    Though it does explain the glassy-eyed stare. (Photo by Tony Tran)

    Fabolous rolled into Tao Saturday night in head-to-toe Knicks gear. He may as well have carried a Fox and the Hound movie poster and a Sara McLaughlin CD with him for as sad a spectacle as a Knicks fan in public is. Though we have to admit, he has a killer Spike Lee Halloween costume ready to go.

    Fab did a few of his songs, which meant he finally had that chance to win over NeNe Leakes that everyone secretly wants. She was there with friends. As long as she could get past the NBA-Goth look he was rocking.

    DERULO, SPARKS CELEBRATE NEW ALBUM

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    This is the photographic equivalent of a slow jam. (Photos by Al Powers)

    Jason Derulo has a new album out. His girlfriend’s father has a birthday. Let the confluence of celebration begin.

    Derulo, Jordin Sparks and her dad, Phillippi Sparks came through Tao Saturday night for dinner, Kamikaze shots and a Derulo-led “Happy Birthday” serenade before he hit the stage at the club to drop tracks from the new album, Talk Dirty. After “Talk Dirty,” “Don’t Wanna Go Home,” “Ridin’ Solo” and “In My Head,” Derulo returned to the table–along with JoJo–to kick back some bubbly and listen to DJ Vice.

    JoJo herself did dinner at Tao on Friday night. At another table, Ryan Kwanten of True Blood had dinner with Hannah Montana’s Emily Osment and Entourage’s Rex Lee. Who will be in the Entourage movie, a thing that is actually happening despite there being an internet right there where we can go to look at pictures of cool cars, naked woman and, if we really want to, Kevin Dillon.

    • Guy Fieri welcomed guests to the opening of his Kitchen & Bar at the Quad on Thursday. And yet people still went in there. It’s possible there was a cattle prod involved, we guess. Also The Cromwell is rumored to be soft-opening today. Pour one out for Bill’s before you go.

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    SNOOP DOING BURLESQUE AT TAO

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    Tom Cruise is into this.

    Holly Madison is going to have some competition in the burlesque game. She might be getting there first with her 1923, but she’s going to have to face down Snoop for supremacy among club settings with a ’20s speakeasy vibe.

    Snoop Dogg is starting the Snoopadelic Cabaret on May 3 (after Mayweather-Maidana) for six dates at Tao, where he’ll play emcee and hit the booth as DJ Snoopadelic. Drop Prohibition like it’s hot? Nothin’ but a G-men thing? Wait, wait–Bathtub gin and juice.

    Give Hillary Clinton credit for being quick. She was giving a speech at Mandalay Bay yesterday when a woman chucked a shoe at the former Secretary of State. This is what happens when you stop people from bringing in tomatoes to speeches. Clinton deadpanned, “Is that part of Cirque du Soleil?” Cirque has announced Shoe: The Musical will replace Believe starting June 1.

    Howard Hughes may have been the first non-Mobbed-up casino mogul, but recently declassified documents say he also was hunting for Red October. In 1928 the Soviets lost a nuclear-armed sub in the Pacific but couldn’t recover it. The government found it, but needed help in the salvage operation. Enter Howard Hughes, who in 1974 built a giant ship to pull the sub off the ocean floor. The cover story as that he was trying to mine manganese nodules in the sea. Because the government is terrible at coming up with simple cover stories.