Trading Places: KISS Is In, Nocturne Is Out and Jenny McCarthy Swaps TV for Radio

Illustration by Cierra Pedro

Illustration by Cierra Pedro

Now that the All-Star Break is in our rearview mirror, the next big thing on the baseball calendar is the July 31 trade deadline. Otherwise known as the day the Cubs will try to sell anything that’s not nailed down—up to and including the corpse of Harry Caray—for a couple more Single-A prospects.

But for all the high-profile trades that might go down over the next two weeks (Will the Rays move David Price? Will the Dodgers once again hand over a truck full of money to the Red Sox, no Nick Punto necessary this time?), we’re seeing some significant wheeling and dealing happening on our own doorstep.

Vegas Nocturne, the Spiegelworld-produced show that anchored the entertainment offerings at Cosmopolitan supper club Rose.Rabbit.Lie., staged its final performance July 12. The restaurant and nightlife will continue, according to a spokeswoman, and live entertainment will still be featured. It’s just the nature of that entertainment that’s rather up in the air—and wildly tricky.

Nocturne felt baked-in to the Rose.Rabbit experience. Take the layout of the rooms, which catered to the anarchic flow of the various vignette performers, from the rotating stage in the ballroom to a study that contained clues to the show’s convoluted narrative. How the supper club would navigate new entertainment in the space remains to be seen, though rumors have Rose.Rabbit officials negotiating with specific performers to stay in place, while Spiegelworld is purportedly shopping around for a new home for the production.

So what do we get in return for Nocturne’s (possibly temporary) departure? Former rock band-turned-marketing department KISS at The Joint, for a nine-show residency November 5-23. Did the Cosmo already call no-backsies on this deal? This is our No, No, Nanette.

Jenny McCarthy, who was at Azure Pool on July 11 with a few friends, is trading her spot on The View for a new SiriusXM radio show, Dirty, Sexy Funny With Jenny McCarthy. If that sounds familiar, it’s because she did her touring Dirty, Sexy, Funny lady-comic showcase at Vinyl late last year. The other big trade she made—Jim Carrey for Donnie Wahlberg—will turn aisle-ward in the next few weeks when they get hitched.

Nicholas Pileggi, author of Wiseguy and Casino, which were developed, respectively, into Goodfellas and Casino (you probably could have figured that last one out) is trading Martin Scorsese-directed, Robert De Niro-starring mob movies for a Brad Furman-directed, Sylvester Stallone-starring mob movie titled Scarpa.

Pileggi, who co-created the recently canceled TV drama Vegas, wrote the screenplay for the biopic based on Colombo family hitman Gregory Scarpa. While much of Scarpa’s activities centered in New York, he did own a home in Las Vegas. And Furman directed the poker flick Runner Runner. Don’t rule out the possibility that Pileggi would put the city on celluloid again.

Finally, Insomniac could be looking to cut a two-for-one deal. Namely, spreading Electric Daisy Carnival over two weekends. A poll on the Insomniac website is courting opinion as to whether the festival should pull a Coachella and run on back-to-back weeks. Rumors that EDC was going to double its fun started in its second year in Las Vegas, but thus far those rumors have remained just that …

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