Monday, April 1, 2013 | 11:38 p.m.
Now that actor and rapper Ice-T is here for the summer with wife Coco Austin, who is headlining in “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood, the happy couple are turning up everywhere as she shows him the sights. They were nuzzled up close as could be in a VIP booth at Body English at The Hard Rock Hotel.
They also had lunch on the outdoor patio at Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina at Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. Coco enjoyed two frozen Vida Locas, while Ice selected a frozen strawberry daiquiri with their tortilla soup and short rib enchiladas.
Olympic champion Michael Phelps returned to the new sports lounge restaurant Heraea in the Palms for a second weekend, this time in a bachelor group of 12 for NCAA games. Also there, NFL players Mikel Leshoure (Detroit Lions), Martez Wilson (New Orleans Saints) and Terry Hawthorne from the University of Illinois to celebrate Mikel’s birthday.
Nearby at N9NE Steakhouse, New York Knicks point guard Mike Bibby was in a group of 20 to watch NCAA games. Also there, undefeated world lightweight boxing champion Adrien Broner. Upstairs at Moon, four-time Mr. Olympia and Las Vegas resident Jay Cutler hosted his official afterparty for his Desert Classic bodybuilding contest that was at the Pearl.
Actress Jeri Ryan and her son Alex watched Blue Man Group at the Monte Carlo. After the performance, they had a VIP meet-and-greet posing for photos and then tweeted: “Blue Man Group! So much fun! Awesome show!”
Recording artist Kendrick Lamar hosted and performed at 1 OAK in The Mirage. His set included “Swimming Pools,” “Soul” and “Ignorance Is Bliss,” and afterward he enjoyed champagne, vodka and cognac with his entourage. Before 1 OAK, he had grilled sea bass at Stack.
Superstar Engelbert Humperdinck dined in a group of six at Gordon Ramsay Steak in Paris Las Vegas. Engelbert and his son Scott Dorsey shared two-dozen Kusshi oysters, steaks and 2010 Fisticuffs Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. The group shared sticky toffee pudding for dessert. Eng tells me that he’s been house hunting here and will be back in two weeks to close on a purchase in moving here from Beverly Hills, Calif.
British pop singer-songwriter Tulisa Contostavlos of N-Dubz fame and a judge on “The X Factor” U.K. took a mini Las Vegas vacation and while here had words from her new album “Female Boss” tattooed on her lower back: “She is strong when she is weak. She is brave when she is scared. She is humble when she is victorious.”
Congratulations to our friends The Gazillionaire, sidekick Penny Pibbets, vocalist Melody Sweets and nearly topless balloon dancer Angela Porrino on the 1,000th performance and second anniversary of their circus tent show “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace. The troupe surprised the audience rushing in as zombies at show’s end and stayed in blood-streaked clothes and ghoulish makeup when they celebrated at nearby Pure.
The cast was presented with a green, two-tiered cake topped with the number 1,000 covered in gold glitter. The Gazillionaire held the cake high into the air as the group cheered, but Penny dove face first and took a bite out of the cake and moments later went back in for more.
Platinum selling singer-songwriter Ryan Cabrera performed an acoustic set at Hyde Bellagio. He posed for photos on the red carpet and showed off his tattoos, including one of a portrait of actor Ryan Gosling! He snapped photos with fans waiting for his arrival and inside Hyde delivered his unplugged performance at the fireplace that included hits “On the Way Down” and “True.” Ryan wrapped his set with new single “I See Love.” Ryan kicks off an acoustic tour with Tyler Hilton and Teddy Geiger in May.
It was a sold-out house for The Oak Ridge Boys’ Easter Sunday show at Eastside Cannery with father-son “Pawn Stars” stars Richard and Rick Harrison meeting with them before the show. Rick, who is getting married in July in California, made headlines over the weekend while on Mark Levin’s radio show for bashing government overregulation.
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Catering to the young and modern crowd, Planet Hollywood is a one-stop shop for entertainment with its massive shopping mall, slew of restaurants, spacious casino and clubs.
The ambiance of the casino is retro-chic meets high-tech with black granite floors throughout and colorful LED lights throughout the space. The theme carries into the 100,000 square-foot casino with 250 flat screens topping off slot machines. The casino is also home to 87 tables, a sports book and a poker room.
There's also the Miracle Mile Shops, one Vegas' largest malls, with 140 stores including BCBG Max Azaria, bebe, Urban Outfitters and The Discovery Channel Store.
Following an afternoon of shopping, guests can satisfy their appetites at one of the gourmet restaurants in Planet Hollywood, like the non-traditional approach to steakhouses at Strip House or check out the exotic Far East motif at KOI restaurant and lounge. And if guests are still looking for more, they can spend the after hours at Privé, Triq or Krave nightclubs.
Perhaps one of the resorts biggest attractions came in March with the addition of "Peepshow." The naughty twist on the story of Little Bo Peep is modern-day spin on the run-of-the-mill Vegas topless review. The "Peepshow" stage has seen visiting celebs like Scary Spice Mel B, "Dancing with the Stars" Kelly Monaco and Playboy's Holly Madison.
Arguably one the coolest joints in town, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino houses some of Vegas' best entertainment, restaurants and nightlife.
At Hard Rock, it's all about the music. From the light fixtures made out of drum cymbals and guitar shaped door handles to stage costumes and tools of the trade of legendary musicians displayed on the walls, the hotel screams rock and roll. The Hard Rock's Joint has hosted some the biggest names in music — from The Who to Bob Dylan to hometown heroes, The Killers.Aside from the music venues, the pool at the Hard Rock is one of its biggest attractions. Spread out over 4.7 acres, the pool area features swim-up blackjack, a bar and grill, private cabanas, a bevy of secluded nooks, a waterfall and an extensive live music venue with a dance floor. During the summer, the pool transforms into the Rehab club on Sunday afternoons.
The resident nightclub Body English fuses European elegance with a rock star bachelor pad and it often a hot spot for visiting celebs and popular DJs. Vintage rock memorabilia lines the walls at Wasted Space, Hard Rock's anti-club.
Restaurants at Hard Rock are just as hip as the rest of the casino. Pink Taco serves up Mexican dishes, as well as a Central American and Caribbean menu. Nobu, one of five worldwide Japanese-specialty restaurants from famed Nobu Matsuhisa, satisfies a different taste. For round-the-clock cuisine, Mr. Lucky's 24/7, is sure to ease your appetite even after a Vegas-all-nighter.