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    Everything Las Vegas Issue # 863

    2015 Vegas Uncork’d preview: Gordon Ramsay, new chefs and attractions
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    Do you have what it takes to go up against “Hell’s Kitchen” tormentor Gordon Ramsay? Could you take his ferocious temper and abusive screaming while you cooked? Would you dare give him back as good (or bad) as he venomously dishes out?

    You will have that opportunity when Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit returns to the Strip from April 23-26. Star chefs including Michael Mina, Masa Takayama, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Guy Savoy will join Gordon. Julian Serrano also will debut his restaurant Lago at Bellagio.

    “This is truly the only weekend each year when world-class chefs gather in one destination to host intimate dinners where they push culinary innovation and mix and mingle with their fans and peers,” said Adam Rapoport, Bon Appetit editor in chief. First-ever auto sponsor Buick will join returning sponsor Chase Sapphire Preferred for the feasting festival now in its ninth year.

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    BY Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    When Steve Wynn officially opens “Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers” at Encore Theater in the Wynn on Dec. 20 with 34 jazzed-up singers and high-energy dancers and a blistering, onstage 30-piece orchestra, the remarkable show will have been put together in only six months. It’s a musical masterpiece that will have you singing along with the cast, and it all began on a private plane ride to New York.

    Steve commissioned a Broadway show tunes-styled birthday party this year for his wife Andrea. He was so impressed with the event that he decreed it would form the basis of “Showstoppers.” Steve gathered his troops to fly to New York and spent the entire time in the air having them all sing their favorite Broadway numbers.

    By the time they landed, he had down on paper all 30 hits he needed for the show from “A Chorus Line,” “Chicago,” “Cabaret,” “Guys and Dolls” and more. We’ll post our preview of the dazzling scenery, fabulous costumes and collection of showstopping songs next week. You’ll stand up, cheer and sing along just like all the concierges and limo and taxi drivers who saw the dress rehearsal Tuesday.

    Bellagio’s holiday display is a breathtaking winter wonderland
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    The annual holiday display at the Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is a breathtaking winter wonderland with its 42-foot-tall tree and decorations made with 28,000 poinsettias all lit up by thousands of twinkling lights.

    The majestic holiday tree is decorated with 7,000 warm white LED lights and 2,500 ornaments. Below it, a model locomotive runs past four chocolate houses and through two chocolate stations that were created by Bellagio’s pastry team.

    Two 12-foot-tall animated snow globes stand on each side of the tree showcasing classic winter scenes. In one globe, ice skaters glide across an ice pond, while in the other... read more
    Steve 12-12-2014, 01:02 PM



    Everything Las Vegas Issue # 862

    ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ parody heads to Bally’s
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    Even before the erotic romance movie “Fifty Shades of Grey” opens on Valentine’s Day, the scandalous film starring Dakota Johnson, the daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, and hunky Jamie Dornan has kicked up controversy, just like the original 2011 book that set summer reading ablaze with previously taboo sex tales of bondage, domination and sadomasochism.

    Here are two trailers for the film posted on YouTube:

    Now our Strip entertainment scene is about to step up its sex quotient with the Las Vegas debut of “50 Shades! The Parody” and its 10-day jump on the steamy film’s release. The hilarious parody, which has played to sold-out audiences across the country, will move into Windows Showroom at Bally’s on Feb. 3.

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    Colosseum opts for real country in Reba and Brooks & Dunn booking
    BY: John Katsliometes/Las Vegas Sun

    Announced this morning is the real deal is playing the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, sharing the bill and the performance with a similarly famous country music superstar, Reba McEntire. The show is titled “Reba and Brooks & Dunn: Together in Vegas.”

    The news is now, but the dates are far off: June 24 and 26-27 and July 1-2 and 3. The trio returns Dec. 2, 4, 6, 9 and 11-12 of 2015. Tickets are $205, $155, $105, $85 and $59.95 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday at websites axs.com and thecolosseum.com and by calling (866) 320-9763.

    The conversation among the trio of superstars about playing dates in Las Vegas started several months ago. They agree on the environment, which was just before a concert at MGM Grand Garden Arena, but not exactly when it was or who they were going to see.

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    Las Vegas of yesteryear is revived every week with ‘The Dennis Bono Show’
    BY: John Katsliometes/Las Vegas Sun

    Bono knows all the old tricks, as he should. He is both the pilot and navigator of one of the last remaining genuine Old-Vegas entertainment pleasures, “The Dennis Bono Show,” which is performed 2 p.m. Thursdays and broadcast at 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. Saturdays and 8 p.m. Sundays on KDWN 720-AM, and also at 7 p.m. Sundays on KJUL 104.7-FM.

    Bono debuted the show 15 years ago, securing a locals crowd at Sunset Station’s Club Madrid even as he worried that the show would fizzle within two months. But the show soars right along, showing no signs of ebbing. He celebrates his sixth year at South Point, where the room is regularly at capacity, in January.

    In October, the classic crooner signed a syndication deal with the CRN Network. As a result, Bono now reaches 30 additional radio stations in 11 million more households across CRN’s 11 states, primarily those in California.

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    Behind-the-scenes of the Ice Rink at the Cosmopolitan
    By Don Chareunsy/Las Vegas Sun

    Photo Credit: MIKAYLA WHITMORE

    It was quite a build-in this month before the Ice Rink at the Cosmopolitan had its ice-skating area, fire pits, s’mores and warm cocktails in place for its grand opening to the public on Nov. 21.

    Las Vegas Sun photographer Christopher DeVargas captured much of the design, construction and work that went into building the Ice Rink with a visit on Nov. 13.

    Photo coordinator Mikayla Whitmore returned for the grand opening one week later to capture the finished product — and the joyful and fearful looks of ice skaters above the Strip at the Cosmopolitan’s remade Boulevard Pool.

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    Despite protests, Dirk Arthur debuting his own production of cats
    By John Katsilometes/Las Vegas Sun

    The Kats Report Bureau this weekend has been ensconced at the Riviera, and that hotel is happening this weekend with a couple of conventions that helped fill the lobby with hundreds of guests on Friday afternoon.

    Yes, the 59-year-old Riviera is positively bouncing with activity as we close out November. Soon to arrive at Versailles Theater, where the continuing renovation is apparent even at the vacuumed and polished entrance, are “The Rat Pack Is Back” and “MJ Live.”

    These satisfying, resilient and adaptable shows are being swept out of the Rio’s Crown Theater to make room for the new “Duck Commander” musical, and I am tapping my watch while wondering when the contract will be signed and we can get to planning for that proverbial call of the wild.
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    Steve 12-05-2014, 06:41 AM


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